//My New Years Resolutions

My New Years Resolutions

Meeting for the week of December 31 – January 6, 2018

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: My New Years Resolutions

Speaker: Club Members

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,

Not many people know this but my wife and I have a few traditions every New Year. In the week between Christmas and New Years Eve, we go through every drawer, cabinet, closet, nook, and cranny and we donate everything we haven’t seen or used over the last year. Moving often and having sore backs have encouraged us to be somewhat minimalistic. Our annual cleaning is always a good reminder to be more intentional about what we bring into the house (except when it comes to containers. I’m quite certain we have over 50 mason jars). Then, on New Years Eve, we each take out a piece of paper. On one side, we write about things that went well throughout the past year and, on the other, how we’d like to see the next year going. Sometimes it’s quite simple (floss regularly, exercise often), but sometimes the goals only sound simple (be kinder). We’ve kept a record of this over the past few years and it has helped us see how we’ve grown together more clearly.

What are some of your traditions during the New Year? What’s something new you’d like to bring into your life in 2019?


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 New Year! Here are some jokes to help you ring in 2019 with a laugh!

What is a corn’s favorite holiday?
New Ears Day!

What is a cow’s favorite holiday?
Moo Year’s Eve!

What is a digital camera’s new year resolution?

Weekly Inspiration

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

People from around the world travel to Bangkok, Thailand to see famed tattoo master Ajarn Noo Kanpai, seeking blessings and the spiritual powers of his sak yant tattoos.

Former Monk Blesses Others With His Spiritual Tattoos | National Geographic

World of

Honoring ingenuity
Rotary honors six who are changing the world

Learn more at https://www.rotary.org/en/rotary-un-day-2018-honors-innovators.

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 Tanya from Atlanta, GA, USA reporting on a chat with Cecelia from San Jose, CA, USA.

I had a great conversation with Cecelia Babkirk, who is very knowledgeable about Rotary. Cecelia spent many years in the mortgage business, but she is currently preparing for a different lifestyle. She is scheduled to teach English in Ethiopia with the Peace Corps. Cecelia is looking forward to international living and is spreading the word on how people can live anywhere in the world they want to live.

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.

Rory Olsen made a $20 donation.
Merry Christmas!

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

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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.

Cecelia said:
Liked the video about extremophiles. I wonder what is in the other 996 National Geo videos? Time is always the issue. Nate, nice video. Bullet trains are the best. Manuj, I hope to get to know you better. Marissa, your art is stunning. As one who never graduated from “stick figures”, I have a real appreciation for anyone who can visualize and control their hand well enough to produce wonderful work like that. Happy Holidays to all!

Ferheen Abbasi said:
I miss the Shinkansen 🙁 I am waiting for the high speed rail that’s supposed to come to California….
Marissa, thanks for sharing your art with us. The kitten was my favorite 🙂

Sandy Stabile said:
What an amazing young woman. Such talent for being self taught.

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: My New Years Resolutions

Speaker: Club Members

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 can not remember last New Years resolutions or you have stopped making resolutions, then this program is for you. I hope that you enjoy the interactive nature of the program with several club members as speakers. Those who would like to also hear the video contained within the video then please click on the video below the program. One of my resolutions for 2019 is to become familiar with my video editing program. When I do such tasks, I call it my play time.

New years Resolutions

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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