This is the meeting for the week of June 26, 2017 through July 2, 2017

This Meeting at a Glance:
Program: The Final Stretch to End Polio, with Keynote Address from Bill Gates
Program Description: For countless years Rotary International has partnered with global organizations like the World Health Organization and the United Nations and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to be at the forefront of polio eradication. Our program this week is by Bill Gates with an update of where we are in the fight against polio, and where we are going in the coming years.
Speaker: Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft & Founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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.

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Welcome to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley!

Message from President Mitty

Last Meeting of the Rotary Year; Onwards

Greetings and welcome to the last meeting of the 2016-2017 Rotary Year, and our first transition meeting into the new Rotary Year, 2017-2018! My name is Mitty Chang and I am president of the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley, and you have intentionally or unintentionally wandered onto our online meeting for the week of June 26 through July 2!

If you are a valued club member: “Thank you for being amazing and for being part of our global eClub family!” If you are a returning guest or visiting Rotarian: “Thank you for coming back and joining us! We appreciate you!” If this is your first time visiting us: “Welcome to the meeting, and continue reading and watching!”

As I sit here and type out my very last meeting as club president, I want to thank each member of our club’s leadership team this year. From our Board of Directors team to the committee chairs — you have all done an amazing job. Thank each of you for your service!

I want to also thank all of our club members for being amazing leaders in your own communities. My pursuit this year has been to improve the club experience for each of you. I have been really proud of initiatives our leadership team has passed this year like flexible monthly payment options for dues, or the leadership development grants that we launched to help reimburse members who want to attend district conferences, conventions, or leadership training.

We started off this year with 27 members, and we’re ending the year with 38 members — with more potential members on the horizon! That’s a huge growth, and I am hoping we will continue this growth trend.

President-elect Stephen — you are now President Stephen. We all wish you the best, and welcome you into your Rotary year as president! We will each continue to serve you and to serve the club, to the best of our abilities!

This week’s meeting program is also a special program. While we normally record our own programs, this week we are sourcing in a program that was recorded at this year’s Rotary International Convention in Atlanta. I hope you each enjoy this final program for our 2016-2017 Rotary year!

Yours in service,

Mitty Chang, President
Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley
[email protected] (switches to Stephen on June 30)

Weekly Inspiration: The Mega Kitchen Serving 40,000 People Each Day

Every week we start our meetings with a short video highlighting innovation, inspiration, entrepreneurship, or social change. This week we are featuring a video from Great Big Story on converting trash into art.

With one of the largest kitchens in Asia, the Shri Saibaba temple in Shirdi, India, prepares, cooks and serves quantities of food that are nearly unimaginable. The kitchen dishes out as many as 40,000 meals per day, every day, all year long. It takes 600 people working in two daily shifts to prepare all this food. Yet despite all the effort, meals are free to the public. Why? The temple believes that those who are hungry deserve to be fed, and those who are thirsty deserve to be given a drink.

That’s a LOT of food every day!

Coffee with a Rotarian: Raquel

Getting to know our fellow members and Rotarians is an important part of Rotary. Our club runs a regular initiative called “Coffee with a Rotarian,” where members are paired with other Rotarians to get to know each other in a 1 on 1 coffee session either in-person or virtually. These Coffee with a Rotarian initiatives are spearheaded by member Tzviatko Chiderov.

This week we feature a coffee session between members Rushton Hurley (based in California, USA) and Raquel D’Garay-Juncal (based in Mexico).

Here’s what Rushton wrote about Raquel:

“Having the opportunity to talk with someone like Raquel is a wonderful reminder of why we started this club. She is a doctor working on a number of initiatives in Mexico, including helping students in schools by teaching several science classes, and working with an NGO called Corazon via a Rotary Global Grant. Her heart for such work truly comes through in talking to her! I’m excited to hear about several possibilities that are on the horizon, including a scholarship opportunity for study in Australia. While it would be great for her to have time Down Under with Brett and Angela, she’ll meet them even sooner when she goes to Atlanta for the convention next week. All you guys have a great time!”

Thanks for sharing!

New Member Intro: Maxi Bustos

We love our members. Without them, this club wouldn’t exist. This section is a segment is dedicated to introducing our newest additions to our club!

Last week we welcomed in one of our newest members, Maxi Bustos to our eClub! This week we are excited to learn more about our newest Rotarian, Maxi, in his self-introduction video.

Thanks for sharing, Maxi! And welcome again to our Rotary family!

For Members Only: Updates

This segment of the meeting is dedicated to our club members. This section includes announcements and new initiatives. Guests, you are welcome to read this section or just skip it.

Ring in the New Rotary Year! 

Let’s get ready to ring in the new Rotary year!! Our next meeting will be the official welcome meeting. This meeting is considered our last meeting of the Rotary year.

Past Member Announcements:

  • Club Fundraiser on August 6 “A Taste of Good with Rotary” in Livermore, CA: Looking for help, donations, gift prizes, etc! Email Andrew Taw
  • Message from Treasurer-elect Heather on Automatic Dues: Make sure to check your emails! We are switching our system over to automatic dues rather than manual payment. Treasurer-elect Heather has more info for you!
  • TRF Challenge coins: Members who donate the following amounts will receive the following coins: $1000 – Gold, $500 – Silver, $200 – Bronze. Go ahead and request your Challenge Coin via the online form here then! 
  • Service Blotter Submissions: Click here to fill out The Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley Service Survey

Our Events & Projects

We hold our meetings online, but we hold regular service projects and social events in the Silicon Valley every month! This section is updated every week with our upcoming events. We welcome guests to all of our 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

Fremont, CA
129 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 →

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]

Sunday, July 9 – Club Content Jam Session & Changeover 9AM to 2 PM

Join us on Sunday, July 9th for our Club Content Jam Session and Changeover event! All members are welcome and prospective members to join us for the content jam session from 9 AM to 11:30 AM. The content jam session is a quarterly event where we get together to curate and store different pieces of the content for upcoming club meetings. This is a great opportunity to contribute to an upcoming meeting, while doing some club service!

Starting at 11:30 AM, we’ll be transitioning over to our lunch at from 12 PM to 2 PM. The lunch will be our official “Changeover” event, where we officially pass the torch to President-elect (soon to be President) Stephen!

Location to be decided. Check back soon!

Special: Club Charity Fundraiser “A Taste of Good with Rotary” – Sunday, August 6, 2017 at Retzlaff Vineyard in Livermore, California

Save the date for Sunday, August 6, 2017 for our club’s first annual charity fundraiser! This delicious food and wine lunch event will indulge your taste buds while we enjoy amazing company, live music, silent auctions, auctions, and ticket drawings. More info coming soon.

Our club’s event chair: Andrew Taw

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!)

Last week’s happy dollars went towards powering our club’s projects and service grants.

Thank you to member Rory Olsen for his donation to Polio Plus fund! Rory had this to say:
“I had a novel experience today. I visited my family doctor today as a routine check up. He told me that I was doing well. Considering that I am past 65, that is welcome news indeed.

Of course, he suggested that I lose a few pounds, but that is what most MDs say unless you have a confirmed diagnosis of an eating disorder. All in all, it was great news.

Please apply my gift to Polio Plus.”

Thank you all for your donations last week!

This week’s happy dollars donations will be going to help fund our club projects and service grants!

Happy dollars is also a great opportunity to share with the group about something good that has happened to you, while giving back to a great cause.

So what are you happy about? Share with us below, and help support one of our future leaders!

Fill out my online form.

Selected Six

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 six comments every week from last week’s meeting to be featured during this week’s meeting.

Here are six comments selected from last week’s meeting about The Juno Mission: Eyes on Jupiter:

Member Ferheen Abbasi (Osaka, Japan) had this to say:
Thank you so much for your presentation, Phil! I LOVE learning about planets and space. Perhaps you mentioned this and I missed it, but I love the (real?) story behind naming the spacecraft Juno!… “The god Jupiter drew a veil of clouds around himself to hide his mischief, and his wife, the goddess Juno, was able to peer through the clouds and reveal Jupiter’s true nature.” Sidenote: I am writing my comment from the Incheon airport on my way home to the Bay! I got to watch Hidden Figures on the plane so Phil’s story was super cool! Also another sidenote, in my lab, we have our own famous Juno. It’s the binding partner on the oocyte (egg) to the IZUMO1 protein on the spermatozoa head and without it, fertilization cannot occur which means we cannot have babies! Izumo1, which my lab found, was named after a shrine for marriage so when Juno was found, they named it after the goddess of fertility 😉 Also, that video of Pluto was so cool, but the music was terrifying :((“

Guest Leanza Tupfer (California, USA) had this to say:
“In the weekly inspiration videos, I’m always amazed at the new, innovative ways we can reuse trash to beautify our world and make spaces more effective. From the man who collected trash to create a community gym on the beach to the father-son duo in this week’s video fashioning scrap metal to build transformers, it’s an inspiring message to convince people throughout the world that we can address our environmental problems and improve sustainability.”

Member Jaiki Alves (Brazil) had this to say:
“Wow!!! Awesome meeting. I learned lot about NASA, and I loved about ‘transformers’ video. Maxi, Welcome to our eClub, I know about your enthusiasm, this is a great and important moment to you, I am able to talk about Rotary and know about your profession and objectives. I went to a president party this week and we received a more distant club recognition.”

Member Andrew Taw (California, USA) had this to say:
“Thanks, Phil, for your presentation! Seriously made my week! Quick couple questions: with such a large magnetosphere, does Jupiter have auroras and, if they do, are they much larger and farther from the planet? If they’re there, are they observable by telescope from Earth?

Guest Cecelia Babkirk (California, USA) had this to say:
“Dr. Phil, Thank you for your informative talk. I think a lot of people don’t know that there is a movement to engage “citizen scientists” in any number of efforts to advance the cause of science, in addition to improving the world around us. I recently watched a PBS program called (something like) “Even Big Data Begins Small” and it is all about how ordinary citizens are contributing data locally that becomes part of a bigger picture. Some examples include something as simple as a grass roots early warning system in flood prone communities, where residents measure and report rainfall during storms in these areas (Boulder, CO), citizen mapping in developing countries that don’t have street addresses or similar identifiers, which makes it very challenging to save people when natural disasters strike (Nepal earthquake), etc. So I find it interesting that the Juno project encourages ordinary citizens to take part.

Member Catherine A. (California, USA) had this to say:
“—Welcome Maxi! —The Great Big Story video on the father-son metal fabricator artists in China was wonderful.  —Thanks, Nate, for the Cocatoo Island tour as well. Phil, I wanted your Juno presentation to continue for another hour, since the focus on your scientific work was so refreshing and interesting. What is the most surprising or unexpected thing you have learned about space or our solar system during your career?”

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 Final Stretch to End Polio, with Bill Gates

Every week we bring to you a new program on innovation, education, technology, and humanitarian service. This week our guest this week is Bill Gates of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

For countless years Rotary International has partnered with global organizations like the World Health Organization and the United Nations and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to be at the forefront of polio eradication. Our program this week is by Bill Gates with an update of where we are in the fight against polio, and where we are going in the coming years.

This program was originally filmed at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia on June 12, 2017. (Just a couple of weeks ago!) If for some reason you cannot see the video embed, a link to the video is included below too.

Please join us in welcoming Bill Gates!

Don’t see the video? You can manually play the video from this link here:

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Leave a comment!

While our keynote speaker this week isn’t answering any questions here, please let us know your thoughts in the comments below! Or just tell us how your week has been!

Upcoming Program Schedule

All of our guest speakers and programs are recorded live online. We welcome members and guests to join us in one of these upcoming recordings. Recordings are approximately 45 minutes long and are subject to change without notice.

Upcoming Recordings:

  • None at the moment!

If you would like to join us for any of the live recordings, please email [email protected] with your request. Requests will be checked up until 5 minutes prior to the recording time. Please note the timezone is all California, USA 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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Copyright Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley 2015-2017, located in Rotary District 5170 in the sunny Silicon Valley of California, USA. Rotary International club #86428. Inquiries can be sent to [email protected]

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