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Unleashing Teens’ Potential in the Developing World

Meeting for the week of December 3-9, 2018

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: Unleashing Teens’ Potential in the Developing World

Speaker: Brian Buntz

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,

This week’s speaker will talk about leveraging the energy and mobilizing power of teens. As an e-Club focused on education, innovation, and entrepreneurship, we have a steadfast faith in the potential of youth to change the world for the better. Through our Speech Contest, we also invite them to share their vision with us. If you know any high school students who would be interested in participating (or in the cash prizes) please let me know through [email protected] and I’ll connect you with our Youth Service Chairs, Yvonne and Ken.


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 December! This month is National Pear Month, so here are some pear-y good jokes.

What did the fruit say to his partner?
We make a nice pear!

What do you call a run-in with a fruity ghost?
A pear-anormal experience!

Why did the pear stop in the middle of the road?
He ran out of juice!

Weekly Inspiration

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

Bienvenidos al mercado Paloquemao, where the vibrant colors of Colombia look good enough to eat. Wander the aisles and you’ll find a dizzying array of nectarous delights. From the sweet, sweet zapote to the aphrodisiac mangostino, there’s something here for everyone.

The Sweetest Market in the World

World of

Pedal power
When Ralph Zuke learned how close the world was to eradicating polio, he decided to draw attention to the effort by riding a bike from St. Louis to Toronto for the 2018 Rotary International Convention.

Learn more at https://www.rotary.org/en/rotarian-rides-bicycle-toronto-convention.

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

This was my 1st CWR. Nate was fantastic. Learned about diff ways of our club and a lot about him. A 3rd year Rotarian, A teacher and A coach. Managing personal and professional fantastically. He is into music, has his own band and plays guitar. Must say we have some seriously talented Rotarians in our club. In one line – “Dedicated teacher, Devoted husband, Die Hard Rotarian”

Click from our convo (Stan Lee tribute)

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!

D’Garay-Juncal, Raquel
Fundraising to help a daycare in Tijuana, Mexico
Volunteer at Life Rolls On event in La Jolla, CA
Provide technical advice to TRF on a global grant application for a Disease Prevention and Treatment project.
Work on the second stage of a peace project endorsed by the UN.
Held a peace-building skills workshop with students from 15 to 18 years of age.
Planning a service project with middle school students
A partnership with a Rotary Club in Chiapas was achieved to help them with a service project.
Worked in a communication action plan for the eClub.
Worked in a membership action plan for the eClub.

A., Catherine
Finished web design work for a nonprofit music group that works with teens. Now hoping to create a Web site for The Argonauts, a group who has published articles on Santa Clara Valley history for many decades, yet is all but invisible online.

Hurley, Rushton
Coached teachers who speak to other educators

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 did a school supply donation to Scott Lane Elementary School.
This donation was even featured in the Silicon Valley Voice – a local newspaper! Read the article here.

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 [email protected]

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.
Water! Falling out of the Sky! Central California finally getting some much-needed rain after a very dry summer… makes me very happy.

Rory Olsen made a $20 donation.
Please apply my gift to Polio Plus!

Monique Ziesenhenne made a $20 donation.
Happy Thanksgiving to all…a bit late, but still heartfelt. Please donate to TRF-Annual Fund.

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.

Rushton Hurley said:
Superb information, and it’s refreshing to see a discussion about public policy that is based on objective, factual studies. Great stuff! Aline’s comments about the military as an example of a more systemic compensation system fascinated me. I’d be curious to get Aline and Bethany’s perspective on what we should expect as a result of the recent election.

I also enjoyed the Rotary page about the power of our donations, as well as the video about the man who started educational boats for rural areas of Bangladesh. Innovation, entrepreneurship, and education all in one! Nice, also, that there is alignment between the inspirational video and the program.

Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne said:
Thanks for the great program! Very interesting – and sobering – information. I began my career in librarianship as a children’s librarian, and, sadly, it seems that the early childhood worker data/salary has not really improved. And it’s such vital work! Thanks again.

Nan Herron said:
There is nothing more inspiring than powerful, brilliant young women mobilizing into action to educate us about how we can take practical steps to make this world better. Our nation’s attitude toward childcare needs such a make-over, and this is a great platform to give us steps on just how to do it! This was such an empowering, exciting talk! Thank you, Aline and Bethany! And….maybe we should get a rotary trip organized to visit and support that floating school in Bangladesh! WOW! What a brilliant idea and execution thereof! thank you!

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: Unleashing Teens’ Potential in the Developing World

Speaker: Brian Buntz

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.

Our speaker this week is Brian Buntz.

After serving in the Peace Corps in Guatemala in the mid-90’s, Brian returned home to California to become a middle school teacher in Mountain View. He worked with students recently arrived from Latin America.

His mind, though, was always on the kids back in these countries who weren’t able to go to school. In 2007, he founded the Young Dreamer Network and Dream Volunteers as a way to provide these teens in the developing world access to the knowledge and resources they needed to become change agents.

The network also empowers students from the U.S. through service learning programs. Globally, DV/YDN works with more than 500 young people per year. Brian has also personally led an average of 12 service trips a year for middle, high school students, college students, and families interested in making a difference in communities throughout Guatemala, Vietnam, Costa Rica, India, and Ghana. Throughout these trips, he has witnessed the transformative power of service, cultural immersion, and self-reflection.

In this talk, Brian will discuss how Dream Volunteers and its youth-empowerment program Young Dreamer Network is changing lives and transforming communities in remote villages in Costa Rica and Ghana, and slums in India and Vietnam. Through access to education and mentorship in the areas of leadership and service learning, this organization is investing homegrown difference makers in communities around the world that both need and want change.

Members and guests, please welcome Brian Buntz!

Brian Buntz – Dream Volunteers

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 [email protected]

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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