//The Write to Read Project

The Write to Read Project

Meeting for the week of July 16-22, 2018

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: The Write to Read Project

Speaker: Bob Blacker

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,

We are now in the middle of summer here in California. When I was a high school student, it would have been around now that a grim realization would dawn: I didn’t have nearly enough fun this summer and now it’s half over! Like many other students, I didn’t associate learning or school with fun; this would be a joy I would discover several years later. One thing I’m proud of about this e-Club is how devoted it is to making learning fun through both its meeting content and its youth programs. We are now less than a month away from our annual event which raises funds for our e-Club’s many youth programs such as sponsoring students for RYLA/POWER, Laptops for Good, or the Duke of Edinburgh Award. I encourage all members and guests who are within driving distance of Livermore to check out this page, buy a couple tickets, and come have a good time with us!


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!”

July 19 is National Hot Dog Day! Enjoy these jokes that I think are real wieners.

What do you call a frozen frankfurter?
A chili dog.

What do you call a hot dog race?
Wiener takes all.

Why are hot dogs angry?
Because they’re always getting roasted.

Weekly Inspiration

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

Curtis Carroll is simply known as “Wall Street” by his fellow inmates at San Quentin State Prison because of his winning reputation for picking and trading stocks. Currently serving a 54-to-life sentence, Carroll founded the prison’s financial literacy program as a way to better equip and empower inmates. For the past 10 years, he’s been teaching the basics of personal finance and how to trade and buy stocks. His goal is give others the tools and the hope to build a life beyond crime.

The Inmate Teaching Finance Behind Bars

World of Rotary

After fleeing conflict in their own countries, a group of young Rotaractors is healing wounds and bringing cultures together in a Ugandan refugee settlement.

Nakivale Rotaract Club

Learn more at https://www.rotary.org/en/rotaract-club-opens-refugee-settlement.

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 Ferheen from Santa Clara, CA, USA reporting on her chat with Roger from Kamloops, BC, Canada.

Almost all of the match ups I have had up until now were with folks I had met either in person or during a program so it was a pleasure to talk to someone I haven’t met before! Roger lives in Kamloops, British Columbia (about 4.5 hrs away from Vancouver) and used to work as an estate lawyer for a long time. He is thinking about going back, but with better work-life balance!
We talked about the different health care systems and policies between Canada and the US. And, how it would be REALLY difficult for me to be a doctor in Canada if I get my degree in the States 🙁
Roger really loves to read and finished a book by Thomas Sowell, an economist at Stanford, called “”Discrimination and Disparities”” – I am super interested in reading it! He has also convinced me to visit Kamloops because of how beautiful it is. One day, Roger!!!
And, I will be joining the programming committee as the “”Science Liaison”” (I gave myself this title!!) So if any of you have scientists in your life, please send them to me so we can invite them to speak for our club.
Thanks for such a fun chat, Roger!!

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!

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!

Member Rory Olsen made a $20 donation. Here is what he had to say:
House is almost finished. I can watch TV in the living room again!
Please apply my gift to Polio Plus.

Member Catherine A made a $25 donation. Here is what she had to say:
Celebrating the successful rescue of the remaining twelve boys in the “Wild Boars” soccer club and their assistant coach, plus the extraction of the three SEAL divers and medic who stayed with them in the Tham Luang Cave in Thailand, early this morning. (I was up all night watching tweets from Guardian reporters in country, until the last person was out.)

Member Brian Liddicoat made a $15 donation. Here is what he had to say:
Preparing for an Alaska cruise vacation with family – can’t wait!

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.

Manuj Mittal said:
‘NAMASTE’ from India!

Coming from a country where cannabis are banned – The video was indeed very informative and I am amazed by how big this industry is! Really creative on how funds are raised and it is indeed an Industry with a lot of potential. Loved the Magic Wheelchair Video, It is surely a noble cause to give families memories for life. Would surely love to know more of such initiatives around the globe. People should see the heart & soul of an individual and not the disability.

Great Meeting! Looking forward to the next one…

Nathan Gildart said:
Louis, thank you for the presentation. I’ve been reading a fair bit in the last year about the medicinal marijuana industry mostly from a Canadian perspective, so it was interesting to hear it from the American side. October 17th 2018 will be a precedent setting day in Canada, when recreational marijuana will officially become legal. I do know people using medicinal marijuana now and they find it is effective. I really wanted to attend this recording. Interesting stuff indeed!

Loved the Magic Wheelchair video. Stopped what I was doing, teary-eyed, and tweeted it out.

Had the opportunity to attend the Rotary Club of Moncton meeting this past Monday with my uncle, Chip, who is a member of the Rotary Club of South Bangkok. (we were both born in Moncton, NB, Canada) He spoke to us about one of his club’s initiatives (I saw some photos and got an update as well!)

Richard Knaggs said:
It has always been such a privilege to belong to this club. Thanks to Bec and Raquel for promoting us at the International event. I loved the Magic wheelchair video. What incredible costumes. Far better than anybodies without a wheelchair. Huge KUDO’s to Ryan Weimer for what he does. Thank you for the very topical presentation Louis. My mother was giving her pet cannabis oil for pain relief after a huge operation and it helped. Are there any listed companies Cannabis companies that you would recommend investing in?

My partner and I were also lucky enough to have lunch with our President elect Tzviatko and Masi on Saturday. They were visiting from Zimbabwe.

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 Write to Read Project – Building relationships and literacy with remote First Nations communities in British Columbia

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

Bob is a retired New Westminster Police Inspector. He joined Rotary in 1996 and has served as Club President. In 2008 – 2009, Bob became District Governor for Rotary District 5040, made up 54 Clubs across British Columbia. In 1998, Bob became an Honorary Aide de Camp (HADC) to the Lt. Governor of British Columbia. In 2007 His Honour, Steven Point, and Bob started to work together to get books into isolated First Nations Communities in British Columbia. In 2012, after his term as Lt. Governor, HH Steven Point returned to the Bench as a Provincial Court Judge. As a result, Bob carried on as the Project Leader. Both men never dreamt that WRITE TO READ would be as successful as it is today.

Write to Read – Increasing Literacy Among the First Nations People of Canada


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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