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Project Hired: Focus on Ability

Meeting for the week of May 7-13, 2018

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: Project Hired: Focus on Ability

Speaker: Sharon Winston

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 Stephen:

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to all our members, guests and Rotarians around the world. This week we are excited to have Sharon Winston share the work that she does as the CEO of of Project Hired which is a non-profit that assists individuals with disabilities to help them gain and sustain employment.

I hope you enjoy this week’s program and, as always, please don’t forget to share your thoughts on the Disqus below.


Stephen Zhou, 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!”

Here are some jokes to have you meowing with laughter this week!

What did the cat on the phone say?
Can you hear meow?

What do you call the cat who was caught by the police?
The purr-petrator.

Do you want to hear a bad cat joke?
Just kitten.

Weekly Inspiration

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

For thousands of years, the Yao women of Huangluo Village have been keeping up an incredible beauty regimen, growing long, luxurious locks. Believed to symbolize beauty, wealth and longevity, long hair is considered sacred, and women in the village only cut their hair once in a lifetime when they are ready for adulthood and marriage. With over 200 women living in Huanglao, the village hopes to continue the centuries-long tradition, passing on their beauty secrets from generation to generation.

China’s Village of Real-Life Rapunzels

World of Rotary

After a grueling year of preparation, two Rotarians and a Rotaractor face one last challenge before they can join the elite ShelterBox Response Team.

Learn more at https://www.rotary.org/en/shelterbox-daunting-final-exam-volunteers.

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 Yvonne from CA, USA reporting on her chat with Ferheen from Osaka, Japan.

I’ve been blessed to know Ferheen before she became a Rotarian. She recently graduated with her Master’s in reproductive biology from Osaka University and is en route to be back in the Bay Area at the end of April. We had a wonderful chat about the next steps in our lives as well as some deeper topics about societal standards and stereotypes propagated by systemic biases — you know. Berkeley things 🙂 I look forward to meeting up with her in person when she returns!

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


Service reports from club members for last month:

John Lozano coordinated and lead a training for CISV (Children’s International Summer Village), a non-profit for youth that educates and inspires action for a more just and peaceful world. Over 25 youth from the Bay Area will travel international to participate in several domestic and international programs including Washingtonm, DC; Athens, Greece; Genova, Italy, and Cario, Egypt.

Monique leConge Ziesenhenne volunteered cleaning Mt. Zion Lutheran Church/Crestmont school to prep for Easter celebration

Richard Knaggs donated 15 Robotics Sets to West Riding Preparatory.

Yvonne Kwan volunteered with Oakland’s Plant Exchange as a traffic controller, helping to direct participants to the plant pickup zone and ensuring that pedestrians are safe.
The San Diego Rotaract Club hosted a house build in Tijuana, Mexico with the nonprofit Casas de Luz. Over the course of one and a half days, we worked with master carpenters to build a house from the ground up as well as decorate and furnish the interior. The house was given to a family of 5 who also had the opportunity to work alongside us.

Nate Gildart: Edcamp Kansai. Planned and coordinated a free teacher’s event in Osaka.

Raquel D’Garay-Juncal helped with logistics, supply chain and leisure activities throughout the Holy Week missions.

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!

Rotary E-Club of Silicon Valley

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158 Members & Guests

Calling all service-minded entrepreneurs, foodies, and community leaders! This group is for anyone interested in innovation, community service, education, business networking,…

Check out this Meetup Group →

Past Events:

Highlights from our club’s showing at the Justin’s House Annual Chili Cook Off a couple of weekends ago:


Upcoming Events:

All times are Pacific Time! (San Francisco time)

  • June 1-3, 2018 – San Jose, CA – Rotary District Conference for our home district, District 5170 – conference activities begin Friday night at 6 PM, includes an all-day Saturday conference, and Sunday morning service projects in San Jose
  • June 22, 2018 – Toronto, Canada – Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley’s RI Convention Friday Happy Hour in Toronto from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
  • June 22-27, 2018 – Toronto, Canada – 2018 Rotary International Convention
  • August 2018 – Our eClub’s second annual charity fundraiser is coming up! More details coming soon!

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!

Member Monique Ziesenhenne made a $25 donation. Here is what she had to say:
Relay for Life!

Member Rory Olsen made a $20 donation. Here is what he had to say:
Tomorrow the construction will be finished on my floor. Then they will complete and paint the new cabinets.
Please apply my gift to Polio Plus!

Member Keith Marsh made a $100 donation. Here is what he had to say:
I recently won a major raffle at my old terra club (Mission San Rafael) and am sharing my winners with the eClub.

Member Brian Liddicoat made a $15 donation. Here is what he had to say:
Inspired by the words of the great philosopher Edward D Wood Jnr: “my friends, we are all very concerned about the future because that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives!”

So what are you happy about? Share with us below to 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.

Member Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne said,
What an inspiration, Jeremy! Thank you for sharing your story. Nice coffee meet up video, Beck and Mitty! So nice when that can happen in person. I’m challenging everyone to make a donation this week – Happy dollars, Sad dollars, Just….dollars for Relay for Life! Nice opportunity to tell cancer it sucks.

Member Catherine A said,
Jeremy, it seems that you are a key opening the door and spreading hope to those trapped by external and internal self-perceptions which distorts the reality of who they actually are and what they can become. Kudos for your work in lifting up folks to trust that they are capable of far more than the negative autobiographies in their heads, which prevent them from fully embracing their passions and heart’s desires.

Member BDL said,
Jeremy, this presentation meant a lot to me. My kids have had a very good life: one is very well-organized and the other has major learning barriers and a really self-defeating attitude. I’m always on the lookout for new messages to try. Your message was food for a hungry man!

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 Hired: Focus on Ability

Every week we bring to you a new program on innovation, education, technology, and humanitarian service.

Since 1978, Project Hired has guided thousands of job seekers through the entire process by providing services designed to promote self-sufficiency and independence, remove barriers, create opportunities, and help participants build successful careers.

It is working this year, its 40th, to help more people learn how the free services they offer can change individual lives and reduce poverty and homelessness.

Sharon Winston is Project HIRED’s CEO. Winston spent over two decades as a supporter and volunteer, including six years of leadership as board chair, and now is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of Project HIRED. She also gives direction and leadership toward the achievement of the organization’s philosophy, mission, strategy and its annual goals and objectives. Its mission is to assist individuals with disabilities gain and sustain employment.

Members and guests, please welcome Sharon Winston!

Sharon Winston of Project HIRED

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 for all recordings are listed for San Francisco, California, USA time (Pacific Time).

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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