//Africa: H2O and more

Africa: H2O and more

Meeting for the week of August 27 – September 2, 2018

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: Africa: H2O and more

Speaker: Keith Marsh

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 Guest,

Summer in the Northern Hemisphere is almost over. In the States, many of our kids are either back in school or have just started grumbling as they wake up. With the sunrise coming later and later, some of us may be grumbling as well. Despite this, I hope this meeting can be a small dose of inspiration in your week. So wherever you are, whether it’s time for coffee or wine (or both), whether you’re walking to work, on the bus, or lounging at home, just relax a spell and enjoy a bit of what it’s like to be a Rotarian. 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!”

This week’s jokes come courtesy of my brand spankin’ new 5th graders who may enjoy these corny jokes a little more than they should.

What happened to the credit card after he robbed the bank?
He was guilty as charged.

What do aliens do before a party?
They plan-et.

Why are fish bad basketball players?
Because they’re afraid of the net.

Weekly Inspiration

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

The rearview mirror: a trusty soldier in the pursuit of security, a means of scanning for approaching traffic or monitoring backseat mischief. Surely its inventor had safety on the mind! Well, not quite. In 1911, a racer vying to win the inaugural Indianapolis 500 thought adding a rear-facing mirror would give him a speedy edge. Not where you thought this was going, huh?

The Unlikely Origins of the Rearview Mirror

New Member Induction:

It is always a joyous occasion when this segment of our meeting appears, as it means we have just welcomed a new individual into our international family as our club’s newest Rotarian. In this week’s segment, we are welcoming new member Charlie Tuttle!

Meet Charlie.

New Member Intro: Charlie Tuttle

Rotarian Charlie, on behalf of the club’s Board of Directors and the club membership, we welcome you to our club as our newest member! You are now part of our international eClub, but also officially a Rotarian in the global family of Rotary. Congratulations Charlie!

World of

Rotary partners with Mediators Beyond Borders to bring local solutions for lasting peace

Learn more at https://www.rotary.org/en/rotary-partners-mediators-beyond-borders.

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 Tzviatko from Harare, Zimbabwe.

Coffee with a Rotarian | Tzviatko & Free Meeting House, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

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!

Past Events:

Here is a screenshot from our last online member social!

Upcoming Events:

All times are Pacific Time! (San Francisco time)

Our friends at PROJECT HIRED have an event coming up that they’ve invited our members in the Bay area to attend:

Ability @ Work
September 20, 2018 @ 8:30AM — 10:00AM
Celebrating 40-years of assisting job seekers with disabilities to gain and to sustain employment!

More info and tickets at https://projecthired.networkforgood.com/events/7120-ability-work/

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:
Nice week!

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.

Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne said:
What a beautiful film about the free diver. I’ve always been fascinated by that practice, though I do not wish to try it myself. Also, thanks for the presentation about telemedicine. As someone who grew up in a rural part of California, I believe that there are many local partners that could explore telehealth services for rural communities (https://www.ruralhealthinfo… and ways that Rotary could be involved. As mentioned, a big part of the issue is the differences between the states in terms of licensing, etc., but if it’s something you are passionate about, there are certainly advocacy roles, whether it’s the speed of connectivity to the licensing required.

Ferheen Abbasi said:
Thank you Dr. Gude and Mikel for the presentation!!! I’m so excited to continue working with you all 🙂

Celine Neal said:
I enjoyed the video of free diving. Would love to practice it one day. 
Thank you for your presentation on telemedicine Dr Gude and Mikel. 
This would be great in Belize.

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: Africa: H2O and more

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

“The primary purpose of the trip was to install a water purification system in a remote Kenyan village, but we also got to visit some fascinating cultural and safari venues.”

Africa H2O with Keith Marsh

Additional Information:

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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