The 3 Pillars of Successful Fundraising Events

This is the meeting for the week of July 31, 2017 through August 6, 2017

This Meeting at a Glance:
Program: The 3 Pillars of Successful Fundraising Events
Program Description: In this week’s program, our guest speaker speaks to us about the top 3 mistakes that people make in planning fundraisers and how fixing them can help you raise more money while turning supporters into loyal fans
Speaker: Quierra Trammel

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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 Stephen

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!

This Sunday, our club will be hosting its very own fundraiser at the Retzlaff Winery in Livermore! If you have not purchased tickets yet or need to purchase tickets for your guests, please contact our member Andrew Taw.The second item, our Treasurer Heather Shaw is coordinating a pretty cool and unique social event where we will be putting our teamwork and thinking skills to the test to escape a locked room. We are aiming to reserve our spot for Sunday August 13

The second item, our Treasurer Heather Shaw is coordinating a pretty cool and unique social event where we will be putting our teamwork and thinking skills to the test to escape a locked room. We are aiming to reserve our spot for Sunday August 13th located in Santa Clara. Please RSVP to her as soon as possible as they require a reservation in advance. We will need at least 6 people to reserve the room up to a maximum of 11. I will be there along with Mitty and Heather, we all look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible!

Aside from that, I hope everyone enjoys this week’s meeting!

Yours in service,


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


Laughing Out Loud (L.O.L.) with our Lady of LOLs

We believe that laughing a little every day keeps you healthier. Every week we try to share with you something that will make you smile! This section is curated by Rotarian Yvonne Kwan, our club’s “Lady of LOLs.”

From Yvonne: “In honor of our first fundraiser happening this Sunday at Retzlaff Vineyards in Livermore, here are some wine jokes! Don’t worry — I think they’re quite grape.”
I’ve trained my dog to bring me a glass of red wine.
It’s a Bordeaux collie.
What did the grape say when it was crushed?
Nothing. It just let out a little wine.

Weekly Inspiration: A “Foggy” Solution to a Water Shortage

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 how one organization in Peru is using innovation to tackle a water shortage.

Millions of people in Peru lack access to safe water and sewage services. But Abel Cruz Gutiérrez has a solution. Gutiérrez, president of the “Peruvians Without Water” association, uses an ingenious system of “fog catchers” to make water accessible to residents of Lima’s low-income neighborhoods. The fog catchers resemble large rectangular sailboat sails, which are composed of nylon nets that trap microdroplets of water. The nets are set up along the foggy areas of coastal Peru and are connected to pipes, which collect the water for larger storage tanks. Residents can then use this water as irrigation for crops or to raise animals. And while the water isn’t currently drinkable, Gutiérrez is working on a solution to that as well

Clean water is a critical need for life. It’s great to see innovation tackle a need like this.


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.

Yadkinville Rotary donates to Yadkin Co. Library

A Read Across America event is held at the Yadkin County library in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday and recognition of an annual literacy grant from the Yadkinville Rotary Club.


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: https://rotaryeclubofsiliconvalley.ticketspice.com/a-taste-of-good-with-rotary

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: https://www.rotary.org/en/president-elect-sam-owori-dies

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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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: https://rotaryeclubofsiliconvalley.ticketspice.com/a-taste-of-good-with-rotary

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 to PolioPlus! Rory had this to say:
Life is good. Please apply my gift to Polio Plus!

Thank you to member Monique Ziesenhenne for her generous $10 donation! Monique had this to say:
Please donate to the Annual Fund!

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

Member Richard Knaggs (South Africa) had this to say:
“I like the idea of Angela Hoang becoming our new International Service Chair who will oversee coordinating international service projects for our Club. As an international club it makes sense. I have got to go and find some durian. I am really curious. I wish Sam Owori’s family my sincerest condolences. Thank you for your program Karen. I agree that it is absolutely critical that we take part in creativity and make things especially things that will make a difference to a community. I would love to visit one day.

Member Mahmood Khan (California, USA) had this to say:
So sorry to hear about Sam Owori, at such a young age and just he was about to launch his tenure. It goes to show how precious life is and make a difference every day. Being a Rotarian is such a mean. I am so grateful to all who are always there to contribute and make difference in their own way. Thank you Karen for your wonderful talk.
Cheers.

Member Angela Hoang (Sydney, Australia) had this to say:
“Thank you Karen for your great talk, it’s so great that one of your goals is to get kids interested in museums and galleries, this will hopefully become a lifelong passion for them and we should encourage everyone to think of these places as vibrant and important parts of our community. You’ve inspired me to duck into our Museum of Modern Art here in Sydney tomorrow, most of the time we take our local galleries and museums for granted so thank you for reminding me that I’m long overdue to visit one of ours again!

Member Raquel D. Juncal (Mexico) had this to say:
“Certainly art has different functions in diverse cultures, historical periods and social strata, but perhaps the most important one is to achieve union by reflecting life and reality, producing harmony, structuring morality and developing the creative capacity, base of all new scientific discovery that helps to satisfy and to improve the subsistence. Karen, thank you so much for sharing your work!

Member John Lozano (California, USA) had this to say:
“Karen, thank you for the presentation. I like the idea of making art and developing a different museum experience.

Member Monique Ziesenhenne (California, USA) had this to say:
“Thanks, Karen, for the interesting program! One thing you forgot to mention is the excellent shop at the Art Center, so I’ll let others know that if you are looking for unusual, art-inspired gifts for people of all ages, the Art Center has a small shop that might fit the bill! I appreciate having it so close to us. Have never tried durian fruit, though I have to say that I’ve been interested, if I could only plug my nose!

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 3 Pillars of Successful Fundraising Events

Every week we bring to you a new program on innovation, education, technology, and humanitarian service. This week our guest is professional event planner Quierra Trammel.

Quierra Trammel has worked in the special events industry for five years. She’s planned everything from weddings, to graduations, to galas. Through her work she helps raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for different social projects in the Bay Area every year. She’s worked with organizations like UC Davis, Salesforce, Intel, Pixar Animation Studios, The Golden State Warriors, and the City of Oakland on fundraising and community engagement events. In addition to being a founding board member of the East Bay Chapter of Yung Women Social Entrepreneurs, she is a full time Special Events Coordinator for a local education nonprofit and puts on an average of 30 events per year. As a passion project, she helps other organizations grow their annual fundraising events by refining how they share their mission, bringing greater value to their communities.

Please join us in welcoming Quierra!

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Feel free to ask Quierra 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.


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  • Great meeting. Please add Coffee with a Rotarian section. It’s missed!

  • William

    Excellent meeting. Very inspiring guest. Thank you!

  • Keith Marsh

    Quierra, thank you for the program. This is valuable information for our club fund raisers going forward. I love the TRIBE way. Its something we can all use.

    • Quierra Trammel

      Thanks Keith! And yes! Please feel free to use it for your next fundraiser! Happy to share

  • Raquel D. Juncal

    Quierra, thank you so much for your presentation! Great program! 😀

    • Quierra Trammel

      Thanks Raquel! I’m glad you liked it = )

  • Megan Breyer

    I am so impressed by you Quierra – thanks so much for sharing! —- Count me in for the social next weekend 🙂

    • Quierra Trammel

      Thanks Megan for the wonderful compliment! I hope the info helps.

  • Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne

    Very interesting program. Thanks very much for your information, Quierra. I’m sure it will help us going forward.

    • Quierra Trammel

      You’re very welcome. Thanks for having me!

  • Tzviatko Chiderov

    These fog catchers are genius!
    Quierra, thanks for the great presentation. I think many of your suggestions in the 3 categories are valid beyond fundraising events. Also I really liked your Paint vs. Painting a Picture story.

    • Quierra Trammel

      Thanks Tzviatko, I completely agree. I like to use a lot of tips I pick up from other industries like marketing, communications, and sales, because you’re right, they all apply to helping people connect more.

  • ShagsCA

    The first part was great, too, Quierra! And that fog water catcher — what a great idea. See you Sunday for paella!!! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3ee3ec5d907ace6f177b76fa56daf2d04aeba300c6910bfc281f084189406f13.jpg

    • Quierra Trammel

      Great to hear! And thanks for the impromptu Zoom tutorial after!

  • Rory Olsen

    Thank you for another great program! Quierra, best pf luck to you and your endeavors.

    • Quierra Trammel

      thanks Rory!

  • BDL

    Quierra, this was wonderful: THANK YOU. I took a ton of notes because it was so packed with useful advice. Are you available for brief consults?

    • Quierra Trammel

      That’s wonderful news! I’m glad it was helpful and I’d love to chat. Feel free to visit http://tribetable.org/work-with-me/ to sign up for a free call at a time that works for you. Or, if you like, I can get your info from Stephen or Andrew and we’ll make it happen. Looking forward to it!

  • Catherine A

    Quierra, your presentation was excellent! Thanks so much for sharing your insights. I particularly liked the tip about having a specific end-point goal for the fundraising ask, plus the tip about avoiding lengthy, verbal detail-dumps in face-to-face meetings and messaging. (I would love to see you completely revise the annual fundraising drives and messaging for NPR and PBS, two very worthy organizations which seem deeply entrenched in dated appeals and on-air funding practices, which haven’t been modernized in decades.) I hope you come back again to present more fundraising eprograms for us!

    • Quierra Trammel

      Thanks Catherine! I hate to see organizations missing out on supporters because they either don’t give enough detail in their message, or give way too much. Either way, they aren’t connecting with supporters, and the worst part is that most of the time they don’t even realize it! I agree that great orgs like NPR and PBS lose supporters just because they miss the mark on staying relevant to them. In fact, that’s a topic of one of the talks I give = ). I hope to come back as well. Thanks for having me!

  • Very cool video about the fog cathchers! Quierra, thanks for all the good advice – I particularly liked the “Why is that important?” exercise.

    • Quierra Trammel

      Thanks Rushton!

  • Andrew Taw

    Loved the fog catchers. And just to shamelessly brag about Quierra, she has not only raised hundreds of dollars for incredibly important causes but she has done so with perfect grace and ease despite Murphy’s Law of special events.

  • Great program!Thank you Quierra for sharing such fundamental and necessary information when it comes to fundraising. It’s always been a skill that I have struggled to master, and your framing is great. Yes, the fog catchers are amazing!

  • Cecelia

    Thank you for your informative, Quierra! While I am neither an event planner nor a professional fundraiser, I have chaired my share of both and understand all the concerns that any event planner/fundraiser has. You touched on one thing that I’ve learned about simply asking – whether for sponsorships or outright donations. Our brain (our subconscious, really) tries to trick us in advance of the ask, by introducing doubts and negative assumptions about how a potential donor will react. As you pointed out, though, people are usually looking for a reason to support you or your cause. Simply asking works amazingly well, especially when you have credibility with your prospective donor. No need for a lot of words, just the ask. I also loved the fog catchers. Another great example of how creative low-tech solutions still work in a high-tech world.

  • Quierra, thanks for all the tips and insights. It is great to have a plan of action as this has been a difficult task for me.
    See everyone Sunday!

  • Leanza Tupfer

    The “Foggy” soluti!on to Peru’s water problem is by far the most interesting solution I’ve heard of for water production!

  • Brett Sham

    The nets to catch fog look really cool!

    Quierra, thanks for sharing such vital tips. Upon reflection I can see how some fundraisers I’ve been involved with organising have faced the points you raised. What a valuable talk for our members and other Rotarians out there.

  • Awesome meeting, thanks for all content and tnks for shared about this important information.

  • Richard Knaggs

    We are in a severe drought in Cape Town. Thank you for this video because we do get a lot of fog and a friend and I recently had a discussion about how to do this. As you are probably aware this advice applies to many other areas as well. Thank you for the wonderful advice I will definitely share this with others.

  • Ferheen Abbasi

    When California was in a drought, creating water from fog would’ve been great! Quierra, you are a force for good! Thanks so much for such an interesting presentation!

  • Nicole Pham

    I had a lot of fun at today’s fundraiser! Thank you for such a great time! Thanks Quierra for your wonderful presentation!

  • Nathan Gildart

    Quierra, that was a unique topic for a presentation. (and I think you’ve identified a need that non-profits and event planners in general can benefit from) Thank you,

    I’m looking forward to hearing about how the Taste of Good event went. I was unable to be online for it.

  • Maxi Bustos

    Thanks Quierra for this useful presentation! Was nice to meet you in person today.
    I really enjoyed the fundraiser event today, great job Andrew and all the club members that made this possible.

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