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Project Amigo

Meeting for the week of December 10-16, 2018

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: Project Amigo

Speaker: Edward DeAguilera

Is this your first time to visit us? If so, welcome to our weekly online meeting! To complete our meeting, please continue reading from here to the bottom of this page.

Each Monday our week’s meeting is posted early in the morning, U.S. Pacific Time. These meetings are designed so that you can read and watch what we post anytime during the week. The entire meeting takes about 60 minutes to complete, with the video conference recording of the program being the bulk of the time.

Note that you can easily read this meeting with your favorite device, so feel free to take our meeting on the go with you; read it while on public transit, waiting in line for coffee, or even at the park! Please also make sure to complete the attendance form at the bottom and leave a comment. Enjoy!

Welcome to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley!

Here’s a message from President Andrew:

Greetings Rotarians and Guests,

With the Holiday Season upon us, it’s a good time to think about the gifts we give and the kind of good we can do with them. During the meeting the week of November 19th, our very own Foundations Chair Cecelia Babkirk, talked about the kinds of impact The Rotary Foundation has done and how giving to the Annual Fund comes back partially matched to the Club to do more great service projects. I encourage everyone who is able to in the Club to sign up for monthly giving through Rotary Direct at https://my.rotary.org/en/donate. Your contributions will help us do more cool projects like school supply drives and laptops for high school graduates.


Andrew Taw, President
Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley

Weekly Funny with the Lady of Laughter (LOL)

We believe laughter is an important part of life, and we should all make time to laugh a little. This segment of our meeting is meant to tickle you just enough. These funnies are curated by member Yvonne Kwan, our “Lady of Laughter!”

Happy 2nd week of December! Here are some jokes to get you through the week!

What do you call a pencil without lead?

Why was the broom late for work?
Because it overswept!

What are the strongest days of the week?
Saturday and Sunday because all the rest are weekdays!

Weekly Inspiration

Every week we start our meetings with a short video highlighting innovation, inspiration, entrepreneurship, or social change.

On November 26th, 2018, NASA’s InSight spacecraft is set to touch down on Mars after completing a 205-day orbit in space. Learn about the three distinct ways this groundbreaking mission will study the deep interior of the red planet in the latest video from Decoder.

How NASA's Next Mars Mission Will Take the Red Planet's Pulse | Decoder

World of

Constructive engagement
When contractor Douglas Gardner, a member of the Rotary Club of Chandler-Horizon in Arizona, heard about the flooding in Texas caused by Hurricane Harvey in August 2017, he wanted to help people rebuild. He contacted Amy Hinchman of the Rotary Club of The Woodlands, Texas, and they developed a plan.

Learn more at https://www.rotary.org/en/rotary-members-help-after-hurricane-harvey.

Coffee With a Rotarian

A natural part of Rotary is the networking and the fellowship you get out of meeting other Rotarians. Coffee With a Rotarian is a monthly program of our club where we match participating club members for one-on-one virtual (or in some cases in person) coffee meetings, so they can learn more about each other. This program is organized by member Tzviatko Chiderov.

This week we have Brian from Corralitos, CA, USA reporting on a chat with Rebecca from Sydney, Australia.

Rebecca Fry and I had a wonderful meeting. She called me on Skype during her Monday afternoon commute home in Sydney Australia. I was relaxing at home on a Sunday evening in California. That’s life in the 21st century. We had a delightful conversation while my very suspicious 10yr old daughter took copious notes on the conversation to brief my wife when she returned from her evening nurse’s shift at the hospital: “Daddy was talking to a strange woman!”. As you know, the exuberant and irrepressible Rebecca lives and works near Sydney, the capital of Australia. She grew up in New South Wales and works in government affairs for Johnson & Johnson. We found plenty in common, including a love of travel, Australia and the national parks of the western United States. I hope that we’ll see Rebecca and her partner come visit us in Northern California sometime soon. She’s a wonderful human being and would make a very good friend. Rebecca, it was great to talk with you.

We encourage all club members to participate in Coffee With a Rotarian. You can sign up here!

Service Report

Tell us about service you’ve done recently in your community.
Click here to fill out The Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley Service Survey


On the first meeting of every month, we feature service reports from club members for the previous month. Thanks for your service everyone!

For Members Only

Past Announcements

Our Events & Projects

We hold our meetings online, but we do regular service projects and social events in the Silicon Valley! This section is updated every week with our upcoming events. We welcome guests to all of the events and service projects listed here.

Also be sure to join our Meetup Group for automatic calendar updates and to RSVP for our events! These are open to all guests as well!

Past Events & Projects:

Our club recently hosted a brainstorm and brunch session. See a picture below!

From left: Andrew Taw, Cecelia Babkirk, Suzanne Van Stralen, Heather Shaw, Mitty Chang, Ferheen Abbasi, and Yvonne Kwan (Rushton Hurley was behind the camera, and Raquel D’Garay-Juncal joined over Zoom).

Upcoming Events:

All times are Pacific Time! (San Francisco time)

More events coming soon! All events are open to guests, unless otherwise mentioned. Feel free to join us! If you ever have questions, please email inquiries@siliconvalleyrotary.com

What would you like to do?

Hey Members! What would you like to do? We’re working on putting together some exciting socials and impactful service projects for our upcoming quarter’s event calendar. Let us know what you want to do by posting in our members only Facebook Group (if you don’t have access, please request it with Webmaster Mitty). Remember, you’re only taking advantage of the full impact of Rotary when you’re stepping up to get involved.

Happy Dollars: Do Good by Sharing Something Good

Each week we ask our members to share stories with the club and toss in a few dollars to support our efforts. The primary goal of this section is to provide a fun way of getting to know each fellow members and guests, while giving back to a good cause.


Happy dollars is an opportunity to share something positive that has happened in your life whether it is personal or business. Think of it as your opportunity to brag a little, but also put a little bit into a karma jar. The money donated through happy dollars is put to charitable use, and the message that you leave for happy dollars will be posted in our online meeting the following week for the entire week for folks to see! (Pending that it’s appropriate!)

Here are the happy dollars contributions from last week!
This section is usually updated on the early hours of Saturday, so contributions made over the weekend may not be listed here.

Brian Liddicoat made a $15 donation.
Getting excited for my upcoming family Christmas trip to the Phillippines, visiting Zenaida’s family there.

Catherine A. made a $25 donation.
My donation is for the Rotary Foundation, to celebrate the many Rotary Clubs actively doing monthly service projects to benefit kids. (Hint, hint, nudge, nudge.)

Anonymous donor made a $5 donation.

Share your happy dollars thoughts with us and help with doing good around the world.

Fill out my online form.

Selected Comments

Every week at the bottom of our meetings, there is a comments section for members and guests to tell us what they enjoyed about the meeting or to ask questions to the speaker. We select a few comments every week from last week’s meeting to be featured during this week’s meeting.


Here are the comments selected from last week’s meeting.

Keith Marsh said:
Once again, I would like to encourage all Rotarians to help the victims of the Paradise/Camp Fire. Send donations to: “Paradise Rotary Foundation”, c/o Scheer Memorial Chapel, 2410 Foothill Blvd, Oroville, Ca 95966.

Steven Shags Shagrin said:
Great program! And I echo Keith’s message to help the victims of the Camp Fire which wiped out the District 5160 Rotary town of Paradise. A great little Club there which now has a big community service project ahead of them.

Catherine A said:
Brian, I really enjoyed your program and found your work with teens to be one of the most inspirational and important efforts for kids that we have shared online this year. Congrats on manifesting your ideas so successfully, on helping so many youth realize their dreams and on connecting teens and young adults globally with aid and their international peers. Awesome job!

Be sure to leave a comment at the end of this week’s meeting after you watch the program below, and perhaps you’ll see your comment featured next week!

Program: Project Amigo

Speaker: Edward DeAguilera

Every week we bring to you a new program on innovation, entrepreneurship, and education, and how those contribute to service to others. Special thanks to member Roger Plested for leading our club’s Programs Committee in finding us amazing speakers each week.

Today you’ll hear from Edward DeAguilera, who serves as the United States Chief Development Officer for Project Amigo, a 501c3 Organization dedicated to transforming lives through education.

Previously Edward served as the Executive Director at the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida where he was responsible for overseeing the annual strategic planning/investment. In addition, DeAguilera managed grants, marketing, communications, volunteer engagement and public policy strategy.

Edward was born and raised in Orlando, Florida, and spent nearly six years serving as a Director of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando. He was also a Commissioner in Orange County, Florida’s Charter Review Commission, that controlled and directed and initiatives for the local government charter (local constitution). He has been active in his community serving in various Board of Directors including: Orlando Health Foundation, US Census, United Way Chef’s Gala among others.

A graduate of Columbia College and of the University of Central Florida, where Edward received a degree in political science. Edward and his wife Freda have two children, Delaney and Edward.

Edward DeAguilera and Project Amigo

Additional information:

Share your thoughts or ask our speaker a question in the comments at the bottom of this meeting page!

Upcoming Program Recording Schedule

All of our guest speakers and programs are recorded live online over Zoom video conference. We welcome members and guests to join us in one of these upcoming recordings. Recordings are approximately 30 minutes long and are subject to change without notice.

Our online video conference room link for these recordings is always https://zoom.us/j/5104080000. You are welcome to join us! Please note the timezone listed for all recordings is US Pacific Time (San Francisco, California, USA).

If you can’t join the live recording, please send your questions for an upcoming speaker to programs@siliconvalleyrotary.com.

You’re Almost Done! One last thing: The Attendance Survey…

Thanks for reading and watching this week’s meeting. You have two last things to do before you’re done. First, we have a very short attendance survey below for you to fill out to record your attendance.

Visiting Rotarians, this is how you can get an email receipt to pass along to your club’s secretary as proof that you’ve attended our meeting if you need it for makeups.

Non-Rotarian Guests, we would love to see who is dropping by our meetings! This part is optional for you. If you think you may want to join our eClub at some point in the future, we would strongly recommend you fill out the attendance form as it will improve your chances of success for your membership application.

More importantly, for all members and guests — we strongly recommend and ask that you leave a comment below in our comments area below. Tell us how you enjoyed the program. Ask this week’s speaker any questions you might have. Or just stop by and say hello and tell us where you’re from!

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