Meeting for the week of December 23 – December 29, 2019
This Meeting at a Glance:
Program: The Four-Way Test
Speaker: William Weckerly
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Table of Contents
- President’s Message
- Guests Recognition
- Weekly Funny
- Weekly Inspiration
- Member Spotlight
- World of Rotary
- Through a Rotarian’s Lens
- Learn Something New
- Coffee With a Rotarian
- New Member Introduction
- Club Announcements
- Our Events & Projects
- Happy Dollars
- Selected Comments
- This Week’s Program
- Upcoming Program Recording Schedule
- Attendance Survey
Welcome to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley!
Here’s a message from President Tzviatko:
President, Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley
Guests, we are happy to have you join us this week!
As we see it, our flexibility as an online, asynchronous club allows a special type of service to Rotarians around the world: we make it easier for anyone to strive for and maintain 100% attendance. That keeps you engaged with Rotary’s events and ideas, and provides a moment of inspiration for devoting your creativity, talents, and resources to good causes.
You are certainly not required to pay anything in order to attend our meetings. However, if you would like to make a small contribution to our service efforts, you are welcome to do so in our secure Happy Dollars section down the page. This could be what you normally pay at your own club’s meetings for lunch, for example. Any amount is welcome, but first and foremost, we’re happy you’ve joined us, and hope you will share with others who we are and what we do to help inspire Service Above Self.
And don’t forget to fill out our attendance form so you get an email you can pass on to your club’s secretary!
The Four Way Test
The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships.
Of the things we think, say or do
- Is it the TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Ferheen from Santa Clara, CA, USA
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Mahmood Khan (Dec 26)
From around the world,
Wishing you all the best, on your birthday and always!
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Members and guests, consider donating in their honor in our Happy Dollars section below.
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!”
Our two-part series of holiday jokes continues! Merry jokes-mas to you!
If athletes get athlete’s foot, what do elves get?
What do road crews use at the North Pole?
What did one snowman say to the other snowman?
Do you smell carrots?
Every week we start our meetings with a short video highlighting innovation, inspiration, entrepreneurship, or social change.
Meet Seven (yes, that’s his real name). He lives in Bangalore, India, and he wears nothing but red and white. And he drives a red and white car. And every item in his home is… Can you guess? This is the story of how one man came to show his true colors.
Through a Rotarian’s Lens
Sometimes a photo can capture an amazing moment. In this section Member Keith Marsh shares his incredible photography!
If you’d like to submit a photo for this section please contact Keith.
For Christmas week, I wanted to share a few photos that I have taken over the years at the Marin County Parade of Lights.
Learn Something New
This section is curated by members Shags Shagrin and Rushton Hurley and aims to teach our members and guests something new, fun and useful! If you have any ideas on a fun trick or skill you’d like to share please contact Rushton or Shags.
Weirdest Christmas Traditions From Around the World!
About 30% of the World’s population is Christian. However this doesn’t stop the rest of the World from celebrating Christmas, or ‘X-mas’, even celebrated by other religions in almost every corner of the globe. So here are some of the strangest variations of Christmas.
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 Rebecca from Sydney, Australia reporting on a chat with Rushton from San Jose, CA, USA
Rushton was pleased to be celebrating the completion of his financial reports for his non-profit organisation which will be having another educational video contest in December. He’s also heading to Beijing soon for a conference on utilising technology in education, his first time visiting China’s capital.
Fun fact, Rushton has a nephew who is famous on social media who has just released a music video in time for Christmas! This led to a discussion about the trends around social media influencers, the broad shift to younger people seeking influencing as a career and the impact of fame as an ‘influencer’.
Rushton was also able to provide some ideas on potential collaboration for a RYLA project I’m working on, RYLA Oceania https://rylaoceania.org/. He has such a wealth of knowledge around innovative service which will be great to explore further! Thanks for a great catch up Rushton!
We encourage all club members to participate in Coffee With a Rotarian. You can sign up here!
New Member Introduction
I work as a Hedge Fund Investment Due Diligence Function Coordinator at an Alternative Investment Consulting Firm called Albourne Partners. I began working at the company after graduating from the University of Toronto with a B.A in Political Science & Criminology. I’ve been with the firm for 8 years, working in different roles. In March 2018, I moved over to our Munich office to start my current position.
I come from a Rotary family. My dad and my sister are Rotarians and my mom is part of Inner Wheel. I was a Rotaractor for 10 years, first joining the Rotaract Club of the University of Toronto and then transitioning to the community-based club, the Rotaract Club of Toronto. I served as Club President from 2013-2014 and as the District Rotaract Representative in District 7070 from 2015-2016. It was an amazing ride!
In my spare time I enjoy traveling (just visited my 40th country this year), going on food adventures, cooking, learning German, watching documentaries and spending time with my family and friends.
Welcome to the club, Kelly!!
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!
- Haven’t joined the conversation on Facebook yet? Consider joining the conversation by signing into our club members-only Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/rotarysiliconvalley/
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.
All times are Pacific Time! (San Francisco time)
District 5170 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 [email protected]
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.
Rick Gibson made a $10 donation.
Rory Olsen made a $20 donation.
Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Please apply my gift to Polio Plus!
Kelly Ku made a $20 donation.
I just finished my B1.1 German course. 🙂 Happy holidays, everyone!
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.
Rebecca Fry said:
Thank you for speaking at our club DG Ramesh. Wishing everyone a happy holiday season ahead and all the best for the New Year!
Rory Olsen said:
I was very surprised to see my smiling face and Gus, my latest feline acquisition.
The DG’s talk was a very good DG talk. Unfortunately, it shows that the district, the DG and RI as whole are still struggling with what to do with e-Clubs. Rome wasn’t built in a day, so we have the next Rotary year to deal with this issue. Problems need to be identified before they can be fixed.
Raquel D. Juncal said:
Great weekly inspiration video! Mauerpark is a place I enjoy going to when I’m in Berlin and if for some reason you find yourself there on a Sunday afternoon, you’ll want to make time to drop by The Bear Pit.
DG Ramesh, thanks for your presentation! Please visit again whenever you can!
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: The Four-Way Test
Speaker: William Weckerly
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.
If you have an idea for a cool speaker, please feel free to reach out to them directly
or submit THIS FORM so our Program Committee can contact them!
If you look at the September issue of the Rotarian, you will find a letter to the editor on the Four Way test written by our speaker today, Professor William Weckerly.
Bill is immently qualified to speak to us on the Four Way test for the following reasons:
1: He is 82 years of age and has over 50 years of perfect attendance in Rotary;
2: He is a retired Christian Minister;
3: He has taught a course in Ethics for the last 17 years at an University in Florida.
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 [email protected]
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