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Rotary-Dignitas International Partnership

Meeting for the week of August 13-19, 2018

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: Rotary-Dignitas International Partnership

Speaker: Heather Johnston and Chuck Taylor

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,

This week we’ve got a speaker presenting on a beautiful example of what Rotary can do. Partnered with a Rotary Club in Ontario, Dignitas International is doing amazing work regarding child and maternal health in Malawi. So please join me in welcoming Heather Johnston and Chuck Taylor who will be sharing the story behind their great work.

Have a great 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!”

Did you know that August 17 is Black Cat Appreciation Day? (Also throwback to last week August 8 for International Cat Day!) Here are some jokes to get your week meow-ing along.

Why don’t cats like online shopping?
They prefer a cat-alogue.

Why was the cat scared of the tree?
Because of its bark.

What do you feed an invisible cat?
Evaporated milk.

Weekly Inspiration

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

When Gitanjali Rao first heard about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, she wanted to help in any way she could. Now, at only 12 years old, Gitanjali is the proud inventor of “Tethys,” a portable device that detects lead in water. Named “America’s Top Young Scienist,” Gitanjali hopes to inspire other kids to get moving and make a difference in their own communities.

The 12-Year-Old Scientist Taking On Flint’s Water Crisis

World of Rotary

Since 1993, Rotarians in Chile and the United States have teamed up to provide life-altering reconstructive surgeries.

Learn more at https://www.rotary.org/en/rotarians-across-continents-team-reconstructive-surgeries.

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 Brett from Sydney, Australia reporting on his chat with Roger from Kamloops, BC, Canada.

Coffee with a Rotarian – Brett on 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!
This section is usually updated on the early hours of Saturday, so contributions made over the weekend may not be listed here.

Member Rory Olsen made a $20 donation. Here is what he had to say:
Life is good! Please apply my gift to Polio Plus!

Member Brian Liddicoat made a $15 donation. Here is what he had to say:
Kids get back to school as I prepare for the first of three trials this Fall. Super-excited. Love trying cases in the courtroom.

Member Monique Ziesenhenne made a $20 donation. Here is what she had to say:
In celebration of Andrew’s wedding! Congratulations and best wishes. Please put to the Club General Fund.

Share your happy dollars thoughts with us and help with doing good around the world.

Fill out my online form.

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.

Tzviatko Chiderov said:
Such a cool video on the edible spoons!
Ferheen, thanks for your presentation, and thank you for simplifying these complex scientific concepts so they are more easily understandable for those of us with little scientific experience beyond a high school biology class 🙂 Very cool technology. I hope as it evolves the ethical considerations continue to play an important role in its real life application.

Steven Shags Shagrin said:
Andrew got married?!? Mazel tov!!! Let’s toast to it on Saturday, for sure! And happy birthday on top of it! Ferheen — that was an amazing presentation! But as Roger raised about the ethical issues, I remind you of a movie from 1978: “The Boys from Brazil” and what that sort of science might produce. 
See you at the Saturday fun time for paella!!!

BDL said:
CRISPR/Cas-9 is flat-out amazing. I wouldn’t make it through week one in college-level Genetics, but I’ve been reading lay articles on this technique for some time. Ethical discussions aside: it is happening right now and it is going to be happening a lot more in the very near future. Not much that anyone can do to stop it, even if you wanted to. We can be thankful that we have someone decent and good like Ferheen at the forefront of this research. Movie jokes aside, you can actually study this science through my favorite cartoon character: google “Spongebob Genetics”.

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: Rotary-Dignitas International Partnership

Every week we bring to you a new program on innovation, entrepreneurship, and education, and how those contribute to service to others.

Dignitas International (DI) is a medical and research non-profit dedicated to improving healthcare for communities facing a high burden of disease and unequal access to health services. DI has partnered with the Rotary for more than 10 years and, with the support of the Rotary Foundation and the Rotary Clubs of Ontario, we have been able to impact thousands of lives through two of our major initiatives in Malawi: the Young Mothers Club and the Expert Clients Program.
 In 2016, through fundraising and securing a Global Grant, we raised close to $200 000 USD to develop the Young Mothers Club for HIV+ adolescent moms to receive age-specific medical care, social and parenting support, and HIV education.

Rotary Dignitas International Partnership


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 listed for all recordings is US Pacific Time (San Francisco, California, USA).

If you can’t join the live recording, please send your questions for an upcoming speaker to [email protected]

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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