This is the meeting for the week of July 24, 2017 through July 30, 2017

This Meeting at a Glance:
Program: The Palo Alto Art Center, the Power of Art, the Changing Role of Museums, and Why it all Matters.
Program Description: In this week’s program, our guest speaker speaks to us about the power of art and how that impacts museums and art centers.
Speaker: Karen Kienzle, Director of the Palo Alto Arts Center

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!

Message from President Stephen

Welcome to Week 2 of our Rotary Year!

New to our meetings? Then I want to welcome you to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley’s online meeting! Every week we curate inspiring and educational content in an online format like the one you’re seeing here. As you continue reading, watching, and scrolling, our hope is that you’ll leave feeling a little bit more inspired. As an online Rotary club, we have these asynchronous meetings online, but we also meet in-person in the Silicon Valley / San Francisco bay area for service projects and for social events. Keep reading on, and feel free to also join us for one of our in-person events if you can make it!

Hope everyone has Sunday, August 6th from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm blocked off on their calendars!! Wanted to start this week off by giving everyone a quick friendly reminder that our very first fundraising event is approaching fast and it will be held at the Retzlaff Winery in Livermore. In case some of you may have missed the email, I have copied the email below into this week’s President’s message!

Join the Rotary e-Club of Silicon Valley for a beautiful afternoon of live jazz, great food,

fine wine, and wonderful people all to support Laptops for Good. We’ll have live jazz from Matt Finders, great food from Sweet and Savory as well as our very own Paella Master, Shags Shagrin!  We’ll also have a silent auction event with some really cool items!  More information and tickets can be found at the following webpage:

The Rotary e-Club of Silicon Valley is an online Rotary club committed to improving both local and international communities with members in five continents. We meet weekly to share stories of inspiration, service, entrepreneurship, and meet regularly both in-person and online to do service and build friendships.

Laptops for Good is a project of the Rotary e-Club of Silicon Valley that provides laptops to low-income, college-bound, high school students who have a strong history of community service. As college gets more expensive and financial aid becomes more limited, buying a computer or relying on computer labs places a significant burden during the critical first year of college. Getting into college as a low-income student represents a triumph against great odds and doing so while still working to better their community demonstrates both resilience and compassion. We believe that by making the first year just a little easier through laptops and other valuable tools for college these students can then unleash a powerful and positive force of human potential.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, I wanted to talk about how members of our E-Club can become more involved and engaged. A couple weeks ago we put together our Programs Chair Committee so that those who would like to become more involved with our meetings can reach out to our chairs persons. This last week, we have some cool new additions to our leadership team in our club and I would first like to thank them for stepping up and let everyone know who they are. First, I would like to congratulate Mitty Chang and Megan Breyers who will be our new Membership Chair for our E-Club. They will oversee membership operations in our club. So, anyone who would like to get involved with membership retention and new member outreach can reach out to Mitty and Megan to be on the Membership Committee. Secondly, I would like to thank Angela Hoang for becoming our new International Service Chair who will oversee coordinating international service projects for our Club (local service chairs are still in the works but please reach out to me personally if you would like to be in charge of local service projects in the bay area!). So, anyone who is interested in or has awesome international service project ideas can reach out to Angela or request to be part of her Committee!

I apologize in advance for the long message this week but please let everyone you know about our fundraising event so that we can set the bar high for future events! Thank you all for reading my message and I hope everyone enjoys this week’s meeting!

Yours in service,

Stephen Zhou, President
Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley
[email protected]

Weekly Inspiration: Rotting Onions or Raw Sewage? It’s Durian!

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 about the smelly fruit durian!

Durian has been described as the most foul-smelling fruit in the world. Its aroma has been compared to raw sewage, rotting flesh and smelly gym socks. Durian’s smell is so pungent that the spiky-skinned, custard-like fruit is even banned from public places in Singapore and Malaysia. But for its fans, there is nothing better in this world.

Have you ever smelled durian fruit? Have you tried it? Do you like it? Tell us in the comments!

World of Rotary

The over 1.2 million members of Rotary Clubs around the world form the largest humanitarian service organization, Rotary International. We’re part of this global family. This segment is a tribute to stories and to good deeds Rotary clubs around the world are conducting.

Rotary International to launch polio fund in honour of Sam Owori

It was a tragedy to learn of Rotary International President-elect’s death two weeks ago. Sam would have taken office as Rotary International President on July 1, 2018. While Rotary International has been working to select a new President-elect, many are honoring Sam’s memory.

Rotary International has announced a Polio Fund in memory of the late Sam Owori, who was the President-Elect of Rotary International. According to Stephen Mwanje, the Past Governor of Rotary District 9200, the fund is a sign of Rotary’s commitment to the eradication of Polio globally. This is the first time any fund has been established in honor of an individual in the Rotary fraternity.

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.

August 6th Fundraiser – Help Sell Tickets!

We need all club members to help us with our 1st annual club fundraiser happening August 6 in Livermore, CA! Please help us sell tickets, collect donations, etc! 🙂 The link to the fundraiser tickets is here:

Rotary International President-Elect Sam has died

Friends, it is with much sadness that we must inform you that Rotary International President-elect Sam Owori died last week after complications with a planned leg surgery. Here is the full statement from Rotary International:

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

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134 Members & Guests

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

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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]

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.

You can purchase your tickets here or share this link with your friends and colleagues:

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 generous $15 donation! Rory had this to say:
All is well in Texas.

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!

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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 Health Benefits of Cannabis Extract:

Member Brett Sham (Sydney, Australia) had this to say:
I was so shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of President Elect Sam – he gave such a passionate and energetic acceptance speech in Atlanta. Laurie, thanks for such an informative presentation. Here in Australia the debate is still raging on and I believe that medicinal cannabis is only made available to those that are terminally ill with strict conditions, despite it being shown to assist many where conventional medicines have been unable to help. It shocks me that medicinal cannabis use, particularly given the therapies you discussed, still attracts so much debate and stigma, yet there are so many opioid derived mediations that are freely used and accepted. Thanks for shedding more light on these treatments and explaining how medicinal cannabis is so different and so much more than allowing people to smoke marijuana.

Member Jaiki Alves (Brazil) had this to say:
“Hello everyone,  I was checking about Polio and we need see another situation, but with adults right now, because we have been cases at Brazil, Brazil started on 1985 with vaccines and Brazilian doctors found a different situation, I mean, Post-Polio. “Post-polio syndrome refers to a cluster of potentially disabling signs and symptoms that appear decades — an average of 30 to 40 years — after the initial polio illness. Polio once resulted in paralysis and death. However, the inactivated polio vaccine greatly reduced polio’s spread.
Today, few people in developed countries get paralytic polio, thanks to the vaccine, introduced in 1955. However, people who had polio at a young age might get post-polio syndrome.” —- Laurie and Shags congrats, you made a great apresentation about this, we had a case with Brazilian Family, their daughter need cannabis treatment, but here it was illegal, so this family found in USA with expensive price, the solution for their daughter was produce it, ”I found it dangerous, when I read about” (Portuguese Text) ….. So, this year it was approved here, I found a link:

Member Leanza Tupfer (California, USA) had this to say:
“Laurie, thank you for presenting Octavia Wellness to our club! Your presentation and discussion of cannabis can cause quite a bit of controversy as there is still lots of concern over using/taking cannabis for medical concern, as in the past, cannabis use was seen as recreational and controversial (still to this day). I appreciate that Octavia Wellness educates others on the health benefits of cannabis use and that there are tailored consulting sessions to help seniors and those who need it find a cannabis solution safely. Of course to other Rotarians’ point (especially Rory’s), a full exploration of both the potential benefits and risk of cannabis use must always be discussed, especially for a topic so controversial and for potential medical use.

Member Monique Ziesenhenne (California, USA) had this to say:
“Thanks very much for the presentation and the information – worth considering for many people. I do know folks who have had some form of extract prescribed by a physician for different reasons (anxiety, stroke rehab, extreme pain) and all have found it beneficial. In at least 2 cases, both folks would have preferred not to use the extracts but were relieved with their experiences. Loved the motor bike! Nice.

Member Nathan Gildart (Tokyo, Japan) had this to say:
“Laurie, that was a really informative presentation. In Canada we’ve had this discussion for as long as I can remember and I think there is a lot of validity in the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes. Great vid on the French Innovator! Way cool indeed. If I was stranded in a desert I’d most likely curl up in the fetal position and cry until someone came to my rescue! (and hopefully not fine me for loitering!!!)”

Member Raquel D. Juncal (Mexico) had this to say:
Scientific data confirm that the use of cannabis and its derivatives should be treated as a therapeutic alternative beyond the bias associated with the recreational consumption of this substance. Therefore, the final decision for its application in a particular patient should depend exclusively on the same medical criteria that govern the administration of any other drug, ie the relationship between risk and benefit for each patient. Laurie, very informative program! Thanks for your presentation!”

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 Palo Alto Art Center, the Power of Art, the Changing Role of Museums, and Why it all Matters.”

Every week we bring to you a new program on innovation, education, technology, and humanitarian service. This week our guest is Karen Kienzle, Director of the Palo Alto Arts Center.

In her current position as Director of the Palo Alto Art Center, Karen Kienzle oversees a vibrant organization that inspires the artist in everyone through a diverse range of exhibitions, public programs, educational events, and art classes for more than 108,000 adults and children annually. She provides vision and direction for all aspects of the Palo Alto Art Center and provides leadership to the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation (the private nonprofit that supports the Art Center through fundraising and advocacy). With the Foundation, Kienzle worked to successfully raise a $4.1M capital campaign and provided leadership for the $9.1M building transformation and subsequent reopening. Contributing her experience in and passion for audience development, community outreach, collaboration, and marketing, Kienzle has expanded the Art Center’s impact in the community, overseeing the successful On the Road program during the Art Center’s renovation and subsequent move back into its transformed facility.

Prior to her appointment at the Palo Alto Art Center, Kienzle served as Assistant Director for Exhibitions, Education, and Community Outreach at the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University. Kienzle also worked as Assistant Curator and Curatorial Assistant at the San Jose Museum of Art. Kienzle has held curatorial intern positions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Oakland Museum of California, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She received her B.A. in the history of art from U.C. Berkeley and her M.A. in museum studies from San Francisco State University. She is a graduate of the Getty Museum Leadership Institute at the Claremont Graduate University and is a lecturer at San Francisco State’s museum studies graduate program. In 2012, Kienzle received the Silicon Valley NextGen Emerging Leader award. In 2014 she was selected for the National Arts Strategies Executive Leadership Program, along with 49 other arts leaders from around the nation and world. Kienzle is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders and a winner of the Chamber of Commerce Athena Leadership Award.

Kienzle brings a creative and collaborative approach to problem solving in her work that fosters innovation, combining big picture vision and strategy with a pragmatic and determined drive to get things done. Her career has been dedicated to exploring the potential of art and museums as tools for communication, learning, personal expression, and community building.

Please join us in welcoming Karen!


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Feel free to ask Karen a question in the comments!

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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