Meeting for the week of June 18-24, 2018
This Meeting at a Glance:
Program: Bogotá Graffiti Tour
Speaker: Jahir Dimaté
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Welcome to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley!
Here’s a message from President-Elect Andrew:
Welcome Rotarians and Guests!
As next week is our President Stephen Zhou’s last week of his term as President of this e-Club, please join me in thanking him for his service and commitment by stepping up for this role. During his term, the e-Club of Silicon Valley launched its first annual fundraising event, grown its membership, and improved its infrastructure to provide quality speakers and programs. It has been exciting to watch how the club has grown and I am humbled with how big the shoes are for me to fill in a couple weeks.
I hope you enjoy our meeting this week and don’t forget to sign in and comment in the Disqus below!
Andrew Taw, President-Elect
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!”
All of us in the education field have surely been counting down the days until the end of the school year. Here are some timely jokes to celebrate the start of summer.
How do you describe a tense clock?
All wound up.
What does a wall clock do after it stops ticking?
It hangs around.
What do you call a story that one clock tells another?
Second hand information
Every week we start our meetings with a short video highlighting innovation, inspiration, entrepreneurship, or social change.
Annyen Lam’s Tiny Blades Project showed her process is more important than the product.
World of Rotary
A venue move, the creation of a committee to attract marquee speakers, and the inception of a community-wide lobster festival raised the Rotary Club of Grove’s profile. The club also embraced the use of red badges for new members to encourage engagement. Service projects, mixer attendance, and other tasks allow rookies to earn a blue badge.
Learn more at https://www.rotary.org/en/our-clubs-landlocked-lobster.
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 Rory from Houston, Texas reporting on his chat with Carlos from Monterrey, México.
Dr. Carlos Gabuardi and I just finished having our coffee with a Rotarian. He is a bright, charming man and a lot of fun to talk with. I had a great time.
Also, here is a picture of Jazzmine, who often joins Rory for his Coffees with a Rotarian sessions 🙂
We encourage all club members to participate in Coffee With a Rotarian. You can sign up here!
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 the previous month.
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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!
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!
Member Carlos Gabuardi made a $50 donation. Here is what he had to say:
This is a contribution to alleviate the suffering of all the victims of the Volcán de Fuego eruption in Guatemala, let’s make this world a better place for all our brothers and sisters who are in need.
Member Tzviatko Chiderov made a $10 donation. Here is what he had to say:
For the volcano eruption relief efforts.
Member Rory Olsen made a $20 donation. Here is what he had to say:
Feeling well. In Dallas for a seminar. Construction is nearly done.
Please apply my gift to Polio Plus.
Member Brian Liddicoat made a $15 donation. Here is what he had to say:
My kids’ school just finished their annual Ramayana epic, a 4-day stage play telling the story of a Hindu epic, mostly for Indian expat audiences at the Mexican Heritage Theatre in San Jose. When Lord Ram takes his curtain call, that’s my official kickoff of summer. Check it out at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqjytlYxKPM
Member Nate Gildart made a $50 donation. Here is what he had to say:
I haven’t donated in a while, and as I follow the news daily I’ve been following the situation in Guatemala. I live in Japan, and something similar happened at Mt. Ontake a few years ago. My heart goes out to the affected communities.
Our happy dollars for this week will go towards our club’s support for 2 young leaders to attend this year’s Camp RYLA 5170!
Share your happy dollars thoughts with us and help with doing good around the world.
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.
Raquel D. Juncal said:
Great project, Dimitri & Lisa! Really like the idea of taking the UN sustainable development goals for creating true stories that will greatly impact human relations. Here is a good example how technology affect our lives in some very positive ways and all the opportunities for people to better their communities.
Andrew Taw said:
This is so cool! I love the potential this kind of project has to establish empathy for people living lives that we may not ever experience. Amazing work Dimitri and Lisa!
Nathan Gildart said:
I have a lot to say for this one! Thank you for your teaching approach! Ferheen, great risk-taking! (and, I agree with your perceptions – I have the same ones)
I’m so impressed with how the Theta was used to demonstrate the experience of a student. I have a Theta but use it more for my own practical projects. I’ll be bringing this idea to our school. Moreover, the connection to SGDs is huge. (I actually have a small SDG thing happening at our school next year, so I’m sure your resources will be helpful. My Grade 8s applied SDGs to a unit on globalization this past year. I’ll be checking out the links in the meeting – very jazzed! Students creating content is massive for voice.
I only wish I knew about http://global.digitalpromise.org/ in March. Our school ended yesterday until August 20th. I hope this kind of opportunity will come to my students again. I’ve signed up on the website and will email our students. There may be a few interested.
I’ve got a little 360 project with my Theta S (the HD version) I’m doing but my little device is not cooperating recently and online Ricoh troubleshooting hasn’t helped. It powers up, so it’s something I can’t figure out. 🙁
Note: Google recently released 360 Tour Creator. I’ve been playing with this and over the summer with be making tours for my students. You do have to go through a few steps to download 360 images from Streetview and then add to your tour.
One – the platform:
Two – where to download the app to download 360 images (Mac iOS / Windows)
Three – once downloaded you should have this view
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: Bogotá Graffiti Tour
Every week we bring to you a new program on innovation, education, technology, and humanitarian service.
Jahir Dimaté was born in Bogotá, Colombia but grew up in the United States for most of his childhood. He lived as a child in New York, but spent most of his teenage years in South Florida. About thirteen years ago, he traveled back to Bogotá to visit family and never left. In that time he has been able to take advantage of his English speaking skills to create opportunities for himself and others in Colombia. For the last 4 years, he has been working for the Bogotá Graffiti Tour as one of the guides and curator of projects done in connection with the tour.
Today you’ll learn about one of the top tourist attractions in Bogotá, and the only one that gives back to the local community and artists.
Thank you for the opportunity for us to show you guys a little bit about our tour and how graffiti and street art really makes an impact on local communities here in South America.
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).
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