Human Trafficking Panel

This is the meeting for the week of August 7, 2017 through August 13, 2017

This Meeting at a Glance:
Program: Human Trafficking Panel
Program Description: In this week’s program, we have a special pre-recorded program from the 2017 Rotary International Convention. This program is a panel discussion on human trafficking with those who specialize in the fight against human trafficking.
Speaker: US Senator Bob Corker, Gary Haugen – IJM, Ashton Kutcher – Thorn, and Rebecca Bender – The Rebecca Bender Initiative.

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.

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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!

Thank you to all of you who who made our Fundraiser this past weekend a huge success! We had an amazing turn out and everyone who went had an amazing time! Also a huge thank you to Andrew Taw for chairing this fundraiser. He did a phenomenal job organizing everything and also special thanks to Mitty for being a member of Retzlaff and providing us the perfect venue space to host the fundraiser. Let’s also not forget Shag’s who once again made his famous paella that went extremely well with the wine that we had. This may be our clubs very first fundraiser but it definitely won’t be our last, let’s work together to make more of these happen so for anyone who would like to be a part of our fundraising committee, I would be glad to hear from you guys so that we can start planning more of these events!

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: “August 10th is National S’mores Day! This joke won’t make you laugh any s’less.”

Weekly Inspiration: Saucey Origins

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 traditional way of brewing soy sauce.

Japanese shoyu, or soy sauce, was traditionally brewed in vats over two years in a process that dates back to the 7th century. Over the past 60 years, global demand gave way to industrialization, and today less than one percent of shoyu is produced in the old way. But on the island of Shōdoshima, Yasuo Yamamoto ferments soy beans traditionally in bamboo barrels similar to the ones his family has built for the past 150 years. And while it takes four times longer than the modern way to produce, the results are undeniably delicious. Let’s have a taste.

Oral history is an important part of passing down the history of making things. Videos like these enhance that storytelling process. Very cool!

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 Minute: How can Rotary attract new members?

Today we are sharing a quick Rotary Minute video on attracting new Rotary members.

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.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the August 6th Fundraiser!!

Great job with the fundraiser everyone! The event team will be making announcements on how we did with the fundraiser at next week’s meeting! Keep an eye out for it!

Past Member Announcements:

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!

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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]

Sunday, August 13, 2017 – Escape Room Social in Santa Clara!

This Sunday, August 13, 2017 we will be heading down to Santa Clara for an Escape Room activity! An escape room activity is where a team gets locked in a room where you have to work together to solve puzzles in order to escape from the room. Those who don’t want to join us for the Escape Room can choose to join us afterwards for our post-escape room celebration social. Members, contact Heather if you are interested in attending!

Our club’s event chair: Heather Shaw

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 Brian Liddicoat for his generous $15 donation! Brian had this to say:
Back from a weekend in beautiful Snoqualmie Washington for Twin Peaks Fest, joining my fellow fans for coffee and cherry pie, celebrating the new third season of this cult TV show from the 90s…

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 3 Pillars of Successful Fundraising Events:

Member Maxi Bustos (California) had this to say:
“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.

Member Richard Knaggs (South Africa) had this to say:
“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.

Member Leanza Tupfer (California, USA) had this to say:
“The “Foggy” soluti!on to Peru’s water problem is by far the most interesting solution I’ve heard of for water production!

Member Cecelia Babkirk (California, USA) had this to say:
“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.

Member Brian Liddicoat (California, USA) had this to say:
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!

Member Tzviatko Chiderov (South Africa) had this to say:
“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.

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!

Special Program: Human Trafficking Panel

Every week we bring to you a new program on innovation, education, technology, and humanitarian service. This week we have a special program: a human trafficking panel featuring special guest panelists.

Members and guests, welcome to a special program of our Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley. Normally we have a program we host and create ourselves through special guest invitations. This week, we are featuring a recording from this year’s Rotary International Convention this past June in Atlanta, Georgia. The recording is of the Human Trafficking Panel with special guests US Senator Bob Corker, Gary Haugen from International Justice Mission (IJM), Ashton Kutcher from Thorn, and Rebecca Bender from The Rebecca Bender Initiative.

Each of these panelists is a major advocate and champion in the fight against human trafficking. Human trafficking is a global issue that affects many of our local and global communities, including here in the Silicon Valley. Join us in this special program and insight into the fight against human trafficking.

Please join us in welcoming our guest panelists!


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What are your thoughts about human trafficking and this panel? What would you like to ask panelists and experts about human trafficking? Share with us 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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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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  • Tzviatko Chiderov

    Such a powerful panel. Thanks for including it as part of the program this week.

  • Thanks for a great program.

  • Rory Olsen

    Thank you for showing us a needed, if depressing program. Being in Houston, the subject is too well known.

  • Keith Marsh

    Congrats to the fundraising committee for a fun and successful event. My wife and I got to meet some new members and fellow Rotarians. Good food and wine.

    • Maxi Bustos

      Nice to meet you in person!

  • Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne

    I really enjoyed the fundraising event! It was nice to meet so many of you in person! What an incredibly great program, too. Seeing the tradition of soy sauce, thinking about ways to attract new members, and certainly, learning about human slavery and how we can all work on this issue makes me proud to be in Rotary. This is a good example of how to engage members – in person, online, and to create change in the world.

  • Nathan Gildart

    This panel was extremely powerful. Slavery / trafficking in its various forms is indeed a scourge of the earth, and no nation is an exception, and we are all part of the problem and solution. I do agree that we can have a massive impact, and it would be another noble Rotary cause. Kutcher makes a good suggestion in that we should focus on the roots – “we can’t arrest our way out” of the problem was an insightful statement. It’s unfortunate that there will need to be much more concern from politicians and citizens worldwide. (including wealthy nations, if not especially) Technology can certainly be leveraged as part of the solution. Education is critical, as well as a higher standard of living around the world.

    Great video on Japanese shoyu. I did a quick Maps search and it’s only 4 hours or so away from my new home. Hmmm…

    Happy to hear the fundraising event went well. (and loved the comic Yvonne!)

  • ShagsCA
    • Maxi Bustos

      Sooo good! I regret not having a 3rd plate 😛

  • Catherine A

    Wonderful RI panel discussion. Thanks for highlighting this concerning topic to build awareness. The traditional shoyu-producing family and their story was fascinating as well.

    As a followup, Lisa Blanchard, founder of The Grateful Garment Project here in Silicon Valley, collects new, unused clothing for rape and trafficking victims, storing and distributing the clothes in hospital units where doctors collect evidence and treat rape injurues. (Victims’ clothing is often collected for evidence, so they were previously leaving rape/trafficking intake hospitals clad only in cotton gowns.)

    Lisa began the GGP effort as a small grad school project in San Jose. GGP has now gone statewide and has expanded across the U.S, with new requests to expand GGP overseas to regions where rape and trafficking are endemic.

    Lisa is a wonderful speaker and experienced advocate for victims, who in our region alone (sadly) include infants, toddlers, children, teens and adults, of all genders. (If you ever have the chance to hear Lisa speak to a group, her entrepreneurial story about the beginnigs of GGP is really enjoyable, despite the serious subject.)
    More at:

    Many thanks to the Rotary eClub of SV team for a great fundraiser last Sunday, plus the wine, music and Shag’s paella. The “wheelbarrel of booze” door prize was an inspired idea! (I hear that the Fremont/Niles winning member is hosting the next party and we are all invited!)

    My online map didn’t show construction of the new “Y” on Vallecitos Road in progress, so I arrived late, lost and a bit frazzled, yet really enjoyed the event and meeting so many other Rotarians, once I decompressed. A special thanks to Maxie who demonstrated Google Maps with GPS voice directions, on his cell phone. Thanks to our savvy eClub members, I now have a new tool to get me to any winery or social event, on time!

    • Maxi Bustos

      You are welcome Catherine! Thanks for the ride back, it was really nice talking with you. Let me know how is Google Maps working for you, and if it doesn’t I will complain with my roommate who works there 🙂

  • Carey Lai

    Thank you for sharing. It was a powerful panel discussion.

  • Raquel D. Juncal

    Human trafficking and illegal immigration are forms of delinquency arising from the complex phenomenon of current international migration. The phenomenon is not new, and there is a clear concern about human trafficking for sexual, labor or other exploitation. It can not be denied that it represents a serious violation of human rights and that the consequences are varied and diverse, affecting not only victims, but also societies in origin, transit and destination. Great panel!

    Glad to hear that everything went well at the fundraiser! 😀

  • It’s surprising how big of an issue human trafficking is not just globally, but also in our local communities. Even in the Silicon Valley, human trafficking is happening on a daily basis. When you read the reports of the raids they have where they save the young girls, it’s shocking to hear since it’s just in your backyard.

    A huge thank you to event chair Andrew Taw for an amazing 1st fundraiser at Retzlaff this past Sunday. Thank you to everyone who came out! It was a blast!

  • Past-President Mitty Chang said us about how big of an inssue human trafficking, and I think it’s very sad. In Brazil, we have been on a growth in the last two years (2015 – 2016) 8%. I am impressed by this discussion in Rotary, It’s show us that we need open our eyes for community issues, but not forget about our Polio campaign, because we have more one year to help Afghanistan, Pakistan and more 120 location. Remember, each 1 dose, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation give us more 2 doses.

    Amazing meeting president Stephen. Congrats.

  • Loved the soy sauce video. The panel recording was important for us to hear. While I always miss someone talking specifically to us, I’m glad we shared this program.

  • Great job on the fundraising event. It had great food, people and entertainment!
    This weeks meeting was very informative and very intense. It was great to see all the approaches to combating it. I have visited the websites and plan on seeing what I can do locally

  • Very tough topic. I’m glad this was shared with us.

  • Brett Sham

    Always great to see people keeping traditions going and producing / manufacturing using old techniques.

    Congratulations on the fundraising event. Can’t wait to hear more about it and see some pictures or videos of the event.

    Hearing the panel speak and learning about how real an issue trafficking still is – especially in such developed countries and domestically in the US – really shocked and astounded me.

  • Richard Knaggs

    I really need to taste this Soya sauce especially as a Sushi lover. What an outstanding recording and incredibly brave leaders.

  • mahmood khan

    Slavery is still here they just calling it Human Trafficking. I think this is a decease just like Polio. We must tackle it just as we are tackling Polio. Lets Eliminate this from the face of the earth.
    I like what I hear – we at Rotary can make a huge difference just like Polio.

  • BDL

    Sorry I missed the fundraising event: up in Sonoma with cousins. What a super-intense presentation. When you bring Ashton Kutcher together with my fellow right-wing nut Senator Corker, Rotary is doing something right!

    • We missed you, Brian!

      And that program was definitely a star-studded panel!

  • Maxi Bustos

    I attended this presentation in person during the Rotary Convention in Atlanta and it was really shocking to me, since I was not aware of the scale of this issue. It is good to see that Rotary is bringing this conversation to the table.

  • Ferheen Abbasi

    Sorry I missed the fundraising event as well! Awful time difference!! 🙁

    Fascinating panel. I agree with Mahmood – human trafficking (and the current US prison system) = modern day slavery. I hope this is the next huge project Rotary takes on after polio is eradicated!

  • john lozano

    Interesting panel and presentation. Valuable information and a good reminder about helping out with problems in our own community.

  • Roger Plested

    Very interesting meeting.

    In 1981, Mauritania became the last country in the world to abolish human property slavery. However, Mauritania is one of 4 countries which still do not enforce the law.

    The best factual book on slavery is Black rednecks and White liberals by Thomas Sowell. You can listen to the book on you tube.

    Some interesting facts: At the end of the 18th century, human property slavery existed in every county in the world. The Quakers in Great Britain and USA were the first group in the world to advocate and ban the practice of human property slavery. It was Great Britain and USA that provided the leadership to first abolish slavery in the west and subsequently the east.

  • Nicole Pham

    Congratulations to our club for our first fundraiser!


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