Meeting for the week of July 9-15, 2018
This Meeting at a Glance:
Program: Entrepreneurship and Fundraising in the Cannabis Industry
Speaker: Louis Han
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Welcome to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley!
Here’s a message from President Andrew:
Greetings Rotarians and Guests,
As I write this, I’m finally settling in after returning from Toronto for the annual Rotary International Convention. As I look back at the pictures I took, I feel incredibly fortunate to have joined this e-Club. Although our members live hundreds and thousands of miles apart, we are still connected by a common drive to better serve our communities. I had the opportunity to meet a few of our members for the first time: Raquel from Mexico, Bec from Australia, and Celine from Belize. In fact, before I was able to give Bec and Raquel a hug, I saw them in person for the first time while they were on stage as a part of a panel about Rotaractors becoming Rotarians. This made us quite famous at the convention because they spoke in front of a filled stadium of 25,000 Rotarians! Below are pictures of our club celebrities in action.
Members and guests, we’ve got a great meeting for you. Let us know what you think in the Disqus below and don’t forget to sign in.
Have a good week!
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 14 is National Mac and Cheese Day! Prepare for some extra cheesy jokes this week.
Why didn’t the cheese want to be sliced for the macaroni?
It had grater plans.
What do you call pasta that is sick?
Mac and sneeze.
Want to hear a joke about mac and cheese?
I would tell you, but it’s dangerously cheesy.
Every week we start our meetings with a short video highlighting innovation, inspiration, entrepreneurship, or social change.
One Halloween, Ryan Weimer’s then-3-year-old son wanted to dress up as a pirate. But his son, who has spinal muscular atrophy, is restricted to a wheelchair. So Ryan fashioned a homemade costume that incorporated the wheelchair as a pirate ship, and his son absolutely loved it. From that idea was born Magic Wheelchair—a global non-profit organization that creates custom wheelchair costumes for kids. In addition to bringing joy to the costumed kids and their families, Weimer says his designs can act as a “cure for the day” by liberating the kids from the stigma so often attached to wheelchairs.
World of Rotary
Rotary’s new president, Barry Rassin, strikes a perfect balance between Bahamian bonhomie and decisive leadership
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 Nate from Nagoya, Japan reporting on his chat with Brett from Sydney, Australia.
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 club members for the previous month. Thanks for your service everyone!
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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 Rory Olsen made a $20 donation. Here is what he had to say:
We aren’t quite ready to declare the construction over. But, we are close.
Please apply my gift to Polio Plus!
Member Brian Liddicoat made a $15 donation. Here is what he had to say:
Having a marvelous 4th of July with family and friends. God bless all of you!
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.
Celine Neal said:
A picture to share at the Rotary International Convention in Toronto Canada with Andrew, myself, Raquel and Bec!
Astrid Salazar Silva said:
This is my first meeting. How exciting!!! Thanks Raquel for the invitation.
Congratulations Andrew on your first meeting for this new Rotary year. I’m very enthusiastic about participating this week, as I was a Rotaractor for 5 years, and lately have been missing the good ol’ days.
I found very interesting the concept of biomimicry. I smiled when I read that every meeting starts with a short video highlighting innovation, inspiration, entrepreneurship, or social change. At my workplace, innovation is being heavily promoted, and we’ve recently been learning about block chain technology.
Sunny regards from Belize! 🙂 I look forward to more meetings!
Keith Marsh said:
Chad, thanks for the program. Greetings from Kenya where I am participating in a Rotary service project by H2Open doors. In the past two days, we completed the installation of a water purification system on Lamu Island.
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: Entrepreneurship and Fundraising in the Cannabis Industry
Every week we bring to you a new program on innovation, education, technology, and humanitarian service.
Louis Han is primarily responsible for developing deal flow for The Arcview Group’s investor network. He gained his investment experience from working with high net-worth foreign nationals in private equity and debt financings in commercial real estate transactions.
The cannabis industry became his passion after founding, operating and exiting a tax-paying medical cannabis collective that reached over 300 patients in the San Francisco Bay Area in just 1 year.
A long-time advocate for local and international communities in need, Louis had the privilege of arguing a deportation case pro bono in front of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, receiving multiple awards for pro bono service within the Silicon Valley community, teaching ESL to underprivileged youth in South Korea, and community leadership with Rotary International.
He received his law degree from Santa Clara University with a focus on corporate law and immigration. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Davis. This week, Louis presents an overview of what kinds of companies are starting in the burgeoning new cannabis industry and how they go about fundraising.
Note from the Host (Andrew):
We had some technical difficulties since I was traveling and had limited access to the internet during the recording. It’s because of this that you won’t be able to see either Louis’ or my face but you will be able to see his slides. I apologize for this and will work to minimize such technical challenges as much as possible in the future.
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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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.
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