This is the meeting for the week of September 11, 2017 through September 17, 2017

This Meeting at a Glance:
Program:  Raising Digital Natives with Screenwise author Devorah Heitner
Program Description: This week our guest speaker is Devorah Heitner, author of the book Screenwise, a focus on raising digital natives.
Speaker: Devorah Heitner, Author

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!

Message from President Stephen

Hello E-Club Rotarians,
Last Tuesday was National Pizza day in case no one was aware! I just thought I’d briefly mention it in my message this week since I love pizza so much. Now moving on to the important stuff, our district is hosting their annual Avenue of Service event on October 5, 2017Thursday, at the Biltmore Hotel & Suites in Santa Clara from 4:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Connect with Rotary leaders and learn about the power of service in Rotary District 5170 through educational forums and a major project fair. Special guest speaker is RI Director, Zone 25/26 John Matthews.
It would be great to have a group from our club attend together! Feel free to shoot me an email if any of you guys are interested in going so that I can coordinate and let everyone know who from our club will be there!

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: “I’m currently munching on strawberries, so y’all get some berry good jokes.”

What do you call raspberries playing the guitar?
A jam session.

How did Smoothie’s parents get engaged?
Blueberry confessed to Banana, “We blend well together.”

What is a scarecrow’s favorite fruit?

Weekly Inspiration: Amputees Climb a Volcano for a Cause

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 a group of amputees who came together to climb a volcano for a cause.

In 2010, while serving in Afghanistan, U.S. Marine Corporal Kionte Storey lost his leg to an IED. Once back in the States, Storey battled PTSD and depression as he tried to adjust to life as an amputee. Luckily, he found a positive method for channeling those dark feelings: mountain climbing. Just two years after his injury, in January 2013, Storey summited Mt. Vinson—the highest peak in Antarctica. That experience changed his life, and since then, he’s been climbing mountains around the world. Now in Ecuador, Storey is leading a group of fellow amputees on an attempt to summit a nearly-19,000-foot volcano. Their goal is to raise awareness for ROMP—an organization that provides prosthetic and orthotic care to under-served populations.


Coffee with a Rotarian

Every month our club members are paired with fellow members and special guests for an exclusive one-on-one coffee session called Coffee with a Rotarian. The idea is simple: spend 1 hour of your time during the month to get to better know a fellow Rotarian! Some of the greatest friendships were spawned that way. Members report on their coffee sessions here.

This week we feature a coffee session between two of our members, Tzviatko Chiderov and Cecelia Babkirk!

Here is what Tzviatko had to say about Cecelia:

Thank you Tzviatko for sharing!

A big shout out  to Tzviatko Chiderov for continuing to chair and organize these Coffee with a Rotarian sessions! If you are not yet signed up for a Coffee Session, please email Tzviatko at [email protected] to sign up!

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.

This week we feature a Rotary Minute video from Rotary International. It’s an old one, but still with good content. The video is on how Rotary can stay relevant to younger members. What do you think?

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.

Update to Members Page coming soon – do you have something to update?

Webmaster Mitty here. Still collecting information and photos for the page! If you didn’t see my update from last week, here it is: “Our public members page needs some updating and will go through a refresh this week. In addition to positions being reflected to their 2017-2018 Rotary Year, we’ll be also updating some of the photos there. If you have a specific professional photo you would like used or updated info about yourself you want highlighted, please email Webmaster Mitty at [email protected] with the information.”

Past Member Announcements:

  • Active members now have [email protected] email forwarders! Your forwarder should be your full first name plus the first initial of your last name. Emails going to your email will be forwarded automatically to the email you have on file with our club. If you want your email forwarder changed to a different variation of your name, please email Webmaster Mitty at [email protected]
  • 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!
  • 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

Fremont, CA
136 Members & Guests

Calling all service-minded entrepreneurs, foodies, and community leaders! This group is for anyone interested in innovation, community service, education, business networking,…

Check out this Meetup Group →

Upcoming Events:

All times are Pacific Time! (San Francisco time)

Friday, September 15 at 7 PM – Drinks, Food, and Art at the Palo Alto Arts Center in Palo Alto, CA

Come join fellow club members on Friday, September 15, 2017 starting at 7 PM for food and drinks at the Palo Alto Arts Center’s annual fundraiser! In addition to socializing with your fellow Rotarians and visiting the new Play art exhibit, you can support an amazing community effort to keep the arts alive! This event officially ends at 10 PM, but you can come and go as you please! The Palo Alto Arts Center is located at 1313 Newell Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303. Tickets are not required.

Sunday, September 17 at 2 PM – Bowling Social at Cloverleaf Family Bowl in Fremont, CA! 

Come join Rotarians of the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley for a fun, family-friendly bowling social at Cloverleaf Bowl in Fremont, California this Sunday, September 17 at 2 PM!

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!)

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! Rory had this to say:
“My wife, cats and I all lived through the flood following Harvey. The first story of our house was trashed. But we had flood insurance. It may be months before our day to day routine returns to normal.”

Thank you to member Monique Ziesenhenne for her incredibly generous $100 donation! Monique had this to say:
“I’m super happy to report I successfully defended my dissertation on Friday, Sept. 1. Yep, I’m now a PhD. Thanks to everyone who sent good thoughts and best wishes on the day! Please contribute to the Annual Fund!”

Thank you to member Brian Liddicoat for his generous $15 donation! Brian had this to say:
“Wow, the season finale of Twin Peaks: the Return AND kids go back to school all in the same week. Does it get better than this?”

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 featuring the program on The Little Spoon: An Epic Eleven Year Old Entrepreneur:

Guest Sean Straker (Australia) had this to say:
“Loved Aidan Lucious’ story and thank you for sharing with us Aidan! Always great to hear about people who have a passion for something and find a way to turn it into a business. My old manager said to me “the secret to this business is customer service – the rest is details” – your marketing strategy reminded me of this. Good job!

Member John Lozano (California, USA) had this to say:
“Aidan, thanks for the presentation. It is great to see your enthusiasm for this business venture and best of luck to you in the future. Thanks for the video on Rotary Youth Exchange. The program is similar the the organization I have been very involved with over the past 6 years ( and The value of youth traveling and meeting people in other countries is great to see and experience.”

Member Leanza Tupfer (California, USA) had this to say:
“I have always admired the emphasis of Japanese cuisine being on the process to create its’ foods, as well as quality and freshness of flavor as seen in sushi and nigiri. It’s a long process to create katsuobushi but I admire the artisans dedicated to this craft, as it is truly unique within Japanese cuisine and is a shaved condiment over many traditional dishes.

Member Catherine A. (California, USA) had this to say:
Aiden, you are awesome! I loved your elegant street stand with the white tablecloth, your dapper and quirky clothing choices, and of course, your idea for the chocolate chip cookie dough sundae. Yum! Congrats on your engineering educational goals as well! Question: How many sets of suspenders do you own and which are your favorites? Yes, Meyer lemons are super, but I liked your raspberry and strawberry additions, which sound really delicious. My prediction is that you will become a food engineer! 😉 Angela, I want to see Rushton’s Cruise photos also! (Hint hint, nudge nudge.) The Katsuobushi (dried Bonito) story reminded of my grandmother’s Bakalar. Salted, dried cod is cooked and drained, then mixed with garllic, olive oil, bay leaves and potatoes. I have a similar dish, Bacalau, at a local Portuguese restaurant, to avoid the long process of making it myself! I’m looking forward to trying katsuobushi. Laura Bradbury, a former Rotary Youth Exchange student, began a wonderful series of autobiographical books when she was unexpectedly sent to Burgundy, France for the RYE program. Her exploits may not be typical of every student in the program, particularly since she met her future husband on that first Rotary-sponsored adventure, then spend most of her time learning about French wine and food. The first book in her five-book series is titled: MY GRAPE YEAR.… (She is working on a related cookbook this year.)”

Member Chris Cochrane (Toronto, Canada) had this to say:
“Aidan… love your enthusiasm! We need to share your passion with the world, not only a Rotary audience. I have a few ideas and I’ll be in touch soon to see what we can do. When do you close business of the year? Or are you open year round?

Member Megan Breyer (California, USA) had this to say:
“Professional and cute is right! Thanks so much for telling your story, Aidan! I hope to make it to your table some day 🙂 I’m so impressed with your knowledge of running a business at such a young age – best of luck in the future!!”

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: Raising Digital Natives with Screenwise author Devorah Heitner

Every week we bring to you a new program on innovation, education, technology, and humanitarian service. This week our guest speaker is Screenwise author Devorah Heitner.

Dr. Devorah Heitner, an expert on young people and how they consider and immerse themselves in our digital world. If you think there are no problems with kids and devices, she’ll make you think again. If you think kids are turning to mush in front of screens, she’ll help you see the opportunities to mentor kids that parents and teachers now have connected to their use of technology.

Members and guests, please join me in welcoming Devorah!

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What did you think? Let’s hear from you!

Share with us your thoughts in the comments at the bottom of this meeting page! If you have questions for Aidan, feel free to ask them in the comments too!

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:

  • Friday, September 29 at 2 PM Pacific Time – “International Travel & Hosting Fellowship” with guest speaker Rick Harned

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.

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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Copyright Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley 2015-2017, located in Rotary District 5170 in the sunny Silicon Valley of California, USA. Rotary International club #86428. Inquiries can be sent to [email protected]

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