The Little Spoon: An Epic Eleven Year Old Entrepreneur

This is the meeting for the week of September 4, 2017 through September 10, 2017

This Meeting at a Glance:
Program: The Little Spoon – The Story of An Epic Eleven Year Old Entrepreneur
Program Description: In this week’s program, our guest speaker is 11-year old entrepreneur Aidan Doherty, the mind behind his business The Little Spoon. Aidan shares with us his story.
Speaker: Aidan Doherty, Founder of The Little Spoon

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

Hello Eclub Rotarians,

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend! I was at Pismo beach this last weekend and went to hit the sand dunes on an ATV. The heat was a little insane and I have to say this is definitely the first time I’ve ever received an emergency alert for excessive heat on my phone. I hope everyone else had an amazing Labor Day weekend and was able to stay cool and hydrated. Enjoy this weeks meeting!

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: “Here are some jokes courtesy of my 5th grade class!”

What did one broom say to his snoozing friend?
“Stop sweeping!”
What did one toilet say to another?
“You look a bit flushed!”
Why did the picture go to jail?
Because he was framed!

Weekly Inspiration: How the Japanese Craft the World’s Hardest Food

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 Katsuobushi, an essential staple of Japanese cuisine.

Katsuobushi is a unique and essential staple of Japanese cuisine. For the uninitiated, this seafood delicacy amounts to dried, fermented and smoked skipjack tuna that is used as a shaved condiment over many traditional dishes. And while it is ubiquitous in Japan, katsuobushi is not something people make at home. In fact, it takes nearly six months to make, and is most often produced by artisans and small factories. Takashi Suzuki is one such artisan, who has been making the fish product for the past 30 years. In his Yaizu-based factory, he continues to uphold traditional methods of production in the belief that a bit of extra care and attention can make the most delicious katsuobushi.

Have you ever had katsuobushi?


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, Rushton Hurley of Silicon Valley and Angela Hoang of Sydney, Australia!

Here is what Rushton had to say about Angela:

“This month I connected with Angela Hoang in Sydney. Angela is a pharmacist and one of our newest members. I am also her mentor in Rotary, and thoroughly enjoy talking with her about service possibilities and what that means for leading a good life! In addition to pharmacy, it turns out that Angela has also spent much of the last decade with a second job of taking bets at a major horse-racing track in her area. The day we talked was one of the biggest in years in Australia, as a celebrated horse named Winx was returning to the track after taking a break. Why is that interesting? That’s because Winx won 18 races in a row before going on equine vacation. Winx ended up winning that race by a nose after a slow start, and in getting to connect with cool Rotarians like Angela, I feel like I am a winner, too!”

Here is what Angela had to say about Rushton:

“Over the weekend I had the opportunity to have a great chat with Rushton and talk about what’s been going on in his life at the moment. I’ve already been fortunate enough to speak to him prior to this call because he’s my Rotary Club Mentor and he has made my Rotary journey so much easier through his guiding emails and webcalls but also I got to meet him in person when we went to the Brewery catch up in SF earlier this year so this Coffee with a Rotarian session was more of a ‘checking in’ than a ‘meet for the first time’ catch up. We thought we’d talk about something cool that we’d done from our respective Summer/Winter and Rushton told me all about an amazing cruise he went on with Norwegian Cruises which was for a weeks and left from Rome, went to Florence, Monaco, Cannes (our Rushton is such a high flyer!), Majorca, Barcelona, Naples and Pompeii. From the sounds of things his cruise ship was quite a behemoth of modern engineering and he and his wife seemed quite enamoured with the cover band on the ship (they saw them every night except one). Rushton also mentioned that the cruise experience was a bit of an ’embarrassment of riches’ which I think sums up the whole cruising lifestyle to a tee! Thanks Rushton for a great chat as usual, you should probably post up some holiday snaps so the rest of the club can be equally as jealous as I was hearing about the trip!”

Thank you Rushton and Angela 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.

September is New Generations or Youth Service month for Rotary International. New Generations / Youth Service encompasses Rotary’s official programs for youth including Interact, Youth Exchange, Rotaract, and RYLA. This week we are featuring a video presented by Rotary District 6690 on Rotary Youth Exchange.

Intrigued and looking for more information? You can learn more about Rotary Youth Exchange here: https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/youth-exchanges


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. 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 @siliconvalleyrotary.com 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!

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Upcoming Events:

All times are Pacific Time! (San Francisco time)

Friday, September 15 – Drinks, Food, and Art at the Palo Alto Arts Center

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.

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 Brian Liddicoat for his generous $15 donation! Brian had this to say:
“Just back from a great vacation in Colorado: saw a 95% eclipse and the kids had a great time. Big props to Mesa Verde NP, Rocky Mountains NP, Durango and Estes Park. Wonderful places.”

Thank you to member Rory Olsen for his generous $15 donation to the PolioPlus Fund! Rory had this to say:
“Please apply my gift to Polio Plus. Things a trifle wet here in Houston. Personally, outside of no cable and intermittent Wifi, all is well.”

Thank you to member Catherine A. for her generous $20 donation! Catherine had this to say:
“I am grateful for the eClub of Silicon Valley, whose selection of speakers and video presentations inspire me by focusing on the kindness and goodness of people, each week.”

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 First Object of Rotary:

Member Paul Mosso (California, USA) had this to say:
“Governor Mahoney, thank you for the presentation. It was great to hear about your journey through Rotary and all the things that are going on in our district. I’m glad to hear Rotaractors can join a Rotary Club concurrently; while I was in Rotaract especially my last year or so I would’ve enjoyed being part of both.

Member Brett Sham (Sydney, Australia) had this to say:
“Nate and Andrew, sounds like you guys had an awesome catch up! Governor Orrin, thanks for visiting our club. Great presentation – you picked up on points that I hear too often when I visit Rotary clubs – many people are all too familiar with Rotary, but how do we help them understand what Rotary is and experience it and also how do we make Rotary work for them in the time they have available to give. I also loved your focus on youth programs and how vital they are to our future and the need to better engage with them and harness the energy and enthusiasm of their participants – something I’ve been passionate about for years. I doubt I’d be a Rotarian today if it wasn’t for my experience in RYLA and Rotaract and all the opportunities those programs provided me.”

Member Raquel D. Juncal (Mexico) had this to say:
DG Orrin, thanks for your presentation! Great to learn about your experience with Rotary! The “8000 Kilometers in Peace” video… amazing!!!

Member Shags Shagrin (California, USA) had this to say:
“Thanks for a great Governor’s Visit presentation, Orrin! I loved hearing the name of that project, Operation Snowflake! I was a coordinator of a project with the same name for over 25 years in Ohio (not through Rotary, but B’nai B’rith) where we placed Jewish volunteers at local hospital Info Desks and Gift Shops on Christmas Day so that Christian volunteers could be with family but the services were still available. It’s now been over 40 years and is still going on in Youngstown, Ohio. Your mention of “real money” brought to mind a quote attributed to Senator Everett Dirksen: “A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking real money.” And the bit about Youth Services, which is so vital to the future of Rotary. That’s how I started — as a legacy Rotarian, grand-nephew of the first person to be approaching 50 years of perfect attendance before passing at 49.5 years. His Club even met at the hospital for three weeks so they could bring him down from his room to the meeting, but then he passed I was a Summer Youth Exchange Program participant for Rotarian’s children at age 16, and had worked with the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards at the District Level for both 6650 and 5160 for over two decades. Rotary’s in my blood, and obviously in yours, too!

Member Ferheen Abbasi (Osaka, Japan) had this to say:
“Thank you so much for your presentation, Governor Mahoney! Yay for fellow South Bay resident!! Your story was wonderful to listen to and I’m excited to see what you do in the future with Rotary!

Member Leanza Tupfer (California, USA) had this to say:
“Amazing to see Mash and Tachiflower still dancing youthfully at age 60 :)”

 

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: The Little Spoon – The Story of An Epic Elven Year Old Entrepreneur

Every week we bring to you a new program on innovation, education, technology, and humanitarian service. This week our guest speaker is a 11-year old entrepreneur behind the business The Little Spoon.

Aidan Doherty is an 11 year old student at Beaverbank Monarch Elementary School. In 2016 he won a prestigious Leadership award for his hard work on the provincial champion football team, The Dragons, from Football Nova Scotia. His teammates call him the Honey Badger, but on sunny Saturdays in the summertime, he is a sharply dressed, driven entrepreneur. Mentored by Lacey and Ciaran Doherty of The Middle Spoon, Aidan is learning every aspect of what it takes to run a business. He would love to tell you all about it as he mixes his delicious “lemonAidan” and serves up a decadent cookie dough sundae with your choice of toppings!

Members and guests, please join me in welcoming Aidan!

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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.

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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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  • Nathan Gildart

    Aidan, it’s really cool seeing you grow older and keep surprising and impressing us all! What impresses me most is that in all of your awesomeness you’re such a kind young guy. Your tenacity is admirable.Thanks for speaking to our club Aidan. You totally rock! Have a great year at school and say hello to your brother and sister for me!

    Thanks for keeping the gags coming Yvonne!

    And for the record, lovers of Japan, I can’t stand katsuobushi!!! (my wife thinks I’m nuts)

    • Ferheen Abbasi

      WHAT! But it tastes great on Okonomiyaki!!! And Takoyaki!!!

  • Tzviatko Chiderov

    Such a fun program. Thanks Aidan! Are you hiring? 🙂
    Also, note to self: Don’t watch videos about food on an empty stomach. I’m off to grab some dinner.

  • Megan Breyer

    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!!

  • Rory Olsen

    Thank you for such an interesting, entertaining program..

  • William

    Great meeting. Thank you!

  • Ferheen Abbasi

    Thank you so much for your presentation, Aidan! It takes a lot of guts to open up a lemonade stand and sell things no matter how old you are. I know that I couldn’t have done it at your age so I’m excited to see what you do as an adult!!!

    Also, I eat katsuobushi like everyday (exaggeration but you know what I mean) and I had NO idea how it’s made until now!! It’s… kind of gross. Haha. But tastes great on Okonomiyaki if you eat fish!!

  • Andrew Taw

    Thanks for your presentation, Aidan! It takes a gut of iron to be an entrepreneur and you seem to have really blossomed in the role! You’re incredibly impressive and you’ve definitely inspired me to take more chances and try new things this week!

  • 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?

  • Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne

    Aidan, thank you very much for your presentation! I learned a lot about lemonade and will look for different flavors in them from now on! Very fun and interesting program this week with lots to learn about food. Yum!

  • I’ma Latte

    What a great lad you are Aiden! You’re such a great inspiration! I got myself asking what happened to my rabbit farming business when i was 10yrs old then I remembered my being too generous and gave out one at a time for feasting whenever we had special guests at home. Don’t give up, you’re going places! Bravo!
    Ooh and that Katsuobushi; if only my tastebuds and fish were buddies, i could try you! 🙂 Thank you Silicon Valley!

  • Raquel D. Juncal

    It is amazing to see how naturally children can imagine creative ideas and innovative solutions around their virtues and hobbies. Surely, more easily than many older people who see almost as a utopia the possibility of leaving their comfort zone and start a business venture on their own. Thank you for a great presentation, Aidan! I applaud your dynamism and initiative!

  • ShagsCA

    As entertaining it is to view the program, you should know that it’s even more fun to be a part of the recording session! We often have chat time before and after the “formal” recording time, and that’s when deeper connections can be made. I shared a lemonade syrup recipe I got from a radio broadcast, and now I’ll share it with all: (From 8/13/07)

    Narsai David’s Anytime Lemonade Syrup

    6 Lemons
    2 cups Sugar (I use 1 cup — prefer it less sweet — can always add more per glass!)
    1 cup Water

    Squeeze the lemons. Strain the juice and set aside. Cut two of the lemons into pieces and put them in a saucepan with the sugar and water. Heat the mixture until the sugar dissolves and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain the syrup and combine the syrup with the lemon juice in a jar and keep it refrigerated. This stays fresh for several days. To make lemonade, fill a glass only 2/3 full with ice and water. Add 3-4 TBS of syrup to taste and stir. Copyright 2007, KCBS. All Rights Reserved.

    • Megan Breyer

      I could eat lemons raw all day every day, so naturally lemonade is a favorite. I’ve never seen a recipe for a homemade syrup – can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!

  • Keith Marsh

    Loved the video on Katsuobashi. Thanks to Aiden for a very interesting program. Jeff Bezos better be looking over his shoulder.

  • Catherine A

    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. http://www.laurabradbury.com/books/ (She is working on a related cookbook this year.)

    • I’ll get some pictures together for you guys – thanks for the nudge!

  • BDL

    I love this kid!

  • BDL

    Aidan Doherty, my 11yr old son desperately wants to Skype with you to get some input on his own lemonade stand ideas. Any chance?

  • Leanza Tupfer

    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.

  • Brett Sham

    Aidan, it was great fun being on the call with you. Great to have a speaker with so much energy and enthusiasm and putting to good use through entrepreneurial endeavours. Also with a sharp dress sense and a funny sense of humour!

  • Great program. Aidan, the future is bright! The video on katsuobushi was a cool one, too – I love how much we learn in our meetings.

  • Richard Knaggs

    The imagination and motivation found in children these days is amazing. I am privileged to work with kids like Aiden every day. Another Great entrepreneur of the future.

  • I was able to attend this meeting and have to say I couldn’t help but smiling the whole time. What a great personality he has: I’m sure he will have no problem succeeding in whatever he does!

  • Nicole Pham

    Thanks for your wonderful presentation Aidan!!!

  • Maxi Bustos

    Wonderful presentation! Thanks Aidan, your story is so inspiring! Keep rocking, I am sure you will succeed in your next ventures!

  • john lozano

    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 (cisvusa.org and cisv.org). The value of youth traveling and meeting people in other countries is great to see and experience.

  • Mark Dohn

    A great meeting for sure! Thank Aiden for sharing your process, experiences and opinions on how to be an entrepreneur.

  • Sean Straker

    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!

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