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The Art of Marissa Renee

Meeting for the week of December 24-30, 2018

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: The Art of Marissa Renee

Speaker: Marissa Bagasao

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,

Happy holidays to all who celebrate this week. Regardless of your cultural background or whether you celebrate the holidays, there’s always a reason to celebrate a day! This week we have Marissa Renee, a remarkable young artist who will talk about her artistic journey thus far. Art, in all of its forms, are often a form of celebration. As we head toward the new year and some of you may be making New Years Resolutions, this may be a reminder to take some time, celebrate, and create something beautiful.


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 holidays! Here are some jokes that you can tell at any holiday gathering.

What is the best holiday present?
A broken drum — you just can’t beat it!

Why does Santa Claus go down the chimney on Christmas Eve?
Because it soots him!

Why does everyone love Frosty the Snowman?
Because he’s so cool!

Weekly Inspiration

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

Extremophiles are organisms that can live in exceptionally harsh environments. Find out about the different types of extremophiles, their adaptations, where they live, and which one is considered to be the most resilient creature on the planet.

Extremophiles 101 | National Geographic

World of

Resources for refugees
Rotary peace fellow helps refugees fleeing Myanmar

Learn more at https://www.rotary.org/en/rotary-peace-fellow-helps-refugees-fleeing-myanmar.

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 Nate from Nagoya, Japan reporting on a chat with Manuj from Delhi, India.

CWR | Manuj from the Bullet Train in Japan

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.
Loving my son’ enthusiasm over designing a “magnetic oven” for a school class on inventions. Been trying to unlock this “joy of learning” for years: let’s see if it sticks…

Rushton Hurley made a $5 donation.
Just saw that Rory is almost retired, and that note from Sandra about her service project in Myanmar in February, and had to toss in a fiver to honor both!

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.

Steven Shags Shagrin said:
Great program from the Rotary Thunder from Down Under (or, as they may see it, the Puppers from Uppers?) Not sure. I’m still well connected with the many local terra Clubs I served as District 5160’s Camp Royal Co-Chair for about 6 years. Great to work on local projects with them, but I need to store info so I remember to add it to the Community Service Hours part of our meeting. And those reindeer herders — what a great life commitment!

Jessica Lenth said:
Hi Brett & Angela, What a great way to use your business for service for others. I love the creativity in thinking of ways to support local nonprofits/NGOs.

Nathan Gildart said:
Hi Brett and Angela. Cracking presentation. You’re so right about simple ways to get involved in the local community! I just finished a National Geographic course on connecting curriculum to service learning, so this is a timely program. Many of your comments are the kind that came up in the threads. Like others, when I travel I’ve reached out to Rotary clubs if their meetings fit my schedule. Only in Canada and Australia have I been able to meet, but they were really great experiences, and we are all connected by the Rotary Family.
Loved the gags and reindeer video as well!

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 Art of Marissa Renee

Speaker: Marissa Bagasao

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.

Hello! I’m Marissa Renée, a self-taught Christian portrait artist who travels the United States full-time. I am 19 years old and I completed my bachelor’s degree earlier this year. When I was young, my mother gave my sisters and me Friday-morning art lessons from a skinny yellow art book. That sparked a love of art that has only grown over the years. I started teaching myself art from Walter Foster art books and YouTube videos, and now I’m eager to share the skills that I learned with others. I specialize in drawing human faces in charcoal, watercolor, pastel, and graphite. The eyes that I draw are considered by many to be the most poignant aspect of my work, as I strive to bring as much life, expression, soul, and detail into them and all the features I draw.

The Art of Marissa Renee

Additional Resources:

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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