Sunnyvale Rotary

Making Business Leaders Community Leaders
Since 1927

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Paralympian Dennis Ogbe defying paralysis
Dennis Ogbe grips the discus in his right hand. He swings his arm and twists at the waist as far to the right as he can. With one move he snaps back, letting the saucer fly. Upper-body strength is important for any discus thrower, but for Ogbe, a Paralympian, it’s everything. At age three, Ogbe contracted malaria, and while receiving treatment at a clinic near his home in rural Nigeria, he became infected with the poliovirus. Paralyzed from the waist down, he was sent home in the arms of his mother. He credits his physical rehabilitation to a harsh form of therapy – the taunts of the other...
Moving doctor’s office rescues women from breast cancer
In Tamil Nadu, India, two doctors, both members of the Rotary Club of Srirangam, discovered an alarming trend in the remote city outskirts of Trichy, women dying of breast cancer. Drs. K. Govindaraj and K.N. Srinivasan knew that much of the death and suffering could be avoided, and both were motivated by their personal experiences with the disease. Govindaraj watched his mother die of breast cancer a decade earlier, and helped found the Dr. K. Shantha Breast Cancer Foundation in her memory.  Srinivasan, an oncologist, witnessed unprecedented growth in the number of younger patients coming to...
Writer and war widow Artis Henderson finds peace through Rotary
In the first month of my stay in Dakar, Senegal, as a Rotary Scholar, a friend gave me a piece of helpful advice. “Buy a wedding ring,” she said. I had already learned that as a young American woman in a Muslim country, I attracted a certain kind of attention. But a ring? My friend nodded. “That way everyone will leave you alone.” With my thumb I felt for the empty space on my left ring finger -- a place that, even now, I sometimes touch and worry where my ring has gone. I removed my wedding band on the one-year anniversary of my marriage, eight months after my husband, Miles, was killed in...
Peace fellow Ali Reza Eshraghi on today’s Iran
Iranian-born journalist Ali Reza Eshraghi, 35, is the Iran project manager at the Institute for War and Peace Reporting and a teaching fellow in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After working as an editor at several Tehran newspapers – all of which were eventually banned or shut down by the government – he became a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, and met Pate Thomson and Mary Alice Rathbun, of the Rotary Club of Berkeley. In 2012, he completed his studies as a Rotary Peace Fellow at the Duke-UNC Rotary...
Water project unites Lebanon clubs across all divides
A project to provide clean water to all of Lebanon’s schools is uniting leaders from many of the country’s diverse religious, cultural, and political divisions. In 2011, Rotary members in northern Lebanon decided to install new tanks and water filters in a few nearby schools with the help of a Rotary Foundation grant. The idea caught on and a few other clubs followed suit. Two years later, District 2452 Governor Jamil Mouawad and other district leaders saw the potential of creating one giant water project that could reach every school and involve all 24 of the country’s Rotary clubs. They...

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April 2014

Club Information

Making Business Leaders Community Leaders Since 1927


Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
New Hope International Church
521 East Weddell Drive
Sunnyvale, CA  94089
United States
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The Rotary Club of Sunnyvale serves both our local and international community with pride and integrity. We are the service club people want to join because of our diverse and welcoming group who live "Service Above Self" by: helping our youth to become outstanding citizens, by supporting projects that assist disadvantaged in our community, and by fostering international understanding and goodwill. Our projects improve lives, build strong communities and meet basic human needs.

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The district website was timing out when people tried to register for the conference. Please try to register again if this happened to you. Otherwise, contact Bonnie Best
the district registrar at 510-397-3207. If you can not reach her, get in touch with me......CXharlie 


Thank you all so much for the Peanut Butter you have donated so far!

However, our Sunnyvale Community Services families can always use more.  Please remember to bring your donations to this Tuesday's meeting. Thank you all again!

Antonia Tognetti
Rotary Club of Sunnyvale

This week’s dose of Rotary information describes the pilot program from RI called Future Vision.  Future Vision is redefining the way Districts and Clubs create projects to be funded by the Rotary Foundation. The funding is geared at larger projects than in the past and stress a goal of sustainability.  There are 100 pilot districts in the world and District 5170 is one of them......... 
So it is Saturday night.  What do you with the night? The weather has been great so who wants to stay at home? Well, if you had joined President Doug’s President’s Club, you would have been treated to one special dinner at Doug and Mary Ann Carothers’ home. The hospitality offered by Doug and Mary Ann was as always warm and inviting. The food was exceptional. When I thanked Mary Ann for her hard work preparing the dinner for 15 of us, she simply smiled, shrugged, and said, “I liked doing this type of thing.”

In case you missed it, the President’s Club is President Doug’s way of raising money for the Sunnyvale Rotary Foundation. The funds raised become available for all the community service projects with which we become involved over the year.

Last night was Rotary at its best ……..great food, great camaraderie, and great fundraising……..As my nephew would say, “Way too cool!!!!”

Hello Sunnyvale Rotarians,
Our first meeting of the year was held at our new location at New Hope International Church.  I had not gone to the previous meeting held there so I was not certain what to expect.  Several people told me that the new location was large and comfortable with beautiful decor and a serene atmosphere.  I had not been to a club meeting in a while, partly due to my work and travel schedule and partly due the fact that I take a Google bus to work most days and don't have a car to get back and forth unless I remember to reserve one on campus.  Anyway, I went to the meeting not knowing what to expect.
What I found when I got there was a comfortable and relaxed environment with good food and great fellowship.    I felt very welcomed by everyone and knew that we had found a great new home for our weekly club meetings.
Here are some pictures of our new meeting space.  We welcome everyone to join us weekly on Tuesdays at 12;15pm at New Hope International Church.
Sunnyvale Rotary held our Speech Contest on Tuesday, 1/14/14, at Cedar Crest in Sunnyvale.
We had four contestants:
Justin Fu - 1st place  
Erik Yang - 2nd place 
Yoonyun Choi   
Deevy Bhimani
First place winner - Justin Fu
Second Place Winner - Eric Yang
All Contestants

Over 1.2 million Rotarians can't be wrong! In all the things we say and do . . . Is it the TRUTH? Is it FAIR to all? Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?



Apr 22, 2014
Connie Verceles, Economic Development Manager SV
Update on SV Economic Development
Apr 29, 2014
Barbara Keegan
Santa Clara Water District
May 06, 2014
Obse Lubo
May 13, 2014
May 20, 2014
Nurse Rona Renner
Parenting Ideas for Everyone
Jun 03, 2014
Lisa Rosenblum
The Future of Libraries
Jun 10, 2014
Bob Roberts
Photographs of Trips
Jun 24, 2014
Doug Carothers
President Elect
Immediate Past President
TRF Chair
Website & E-Bulletin
PR & Website
Youth Services Co-Chair
Recording Secretary

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