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Member Birthdays:
  • Mike Shum
    May 5
  • Gustav Larsson
    May 6
  • Jerry Nabhan
    May 8
  • Pat Sargent
    May 9
  • Marie Kuykendall
    May 14
  • Joe Ribera
    May 18
  • Antonia Tognetti
    John Tognetti
    May 21
  • Guy Thompson
    May 21
  • Jerry Nabhan
    Julie Nabhan
    May 27

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Sunnyvale Rotary Grants Committee

Acting Immediate Past President, Nancy Smith, today presented Sunnyvale Rotary Grant checks to representatives of CHAC, Northwest YMCA and Vargas Elementary School Library.  Accepting for CHAC were Monique Kane (Rotary Club of Mt. View) and Veronica Foster (Rotary Club of Sunnyvale).  The grant will go to support the many programs on CHAC (Community Health Awareness Council).  Louise Kuramoto, school librarian, accepted for Vargas School. The funds will be used to augment the school library science section.  Joan Rieder (Rotary Club of Cupertino) accepted for Northwest YMCA.  The funds will be used for the Y's "Summer Learning Program."  Columbia Neighborhood Center received their grant last week.  The grants application review committee, chaired by Nancy, included Carey Au, Ro Khana, Kurt Shuler and Liz Lopez-Aguado.


Sunnyvale Rotary at Bishop School

The Ice Cream Social at Bishop Elementary School on May 20 was a sellout and a huge success in spite of the cold weather.  The purpose of this Rotary hosted event is to raise funds for the Bishop Elementary afterschool Theater Arts program.  Rotarian Larry Gaasterland underwrote the cost of the ice cream, so all proceeds went to benefit the program.  Rotarian servers included Jeff Olevson, Flo Stafford, Pat Vorrieter, Cathy Nieto, Donna Smith, Linda Price, Antonia Tognetti, Judy Macias and Marie Kuykendall.  Many Thanks to all who worked on this.  The students at Bishop thoroughly enjoyed the ice cream and love to perform in the musicals supported by this event.  GREAT JOB!



Sunnyvale Rotary Representatives

Club members attending Rotary U at the Indian Community Center in Milpitas, Thursday, May 21.  In attendance, President-
Elect Mike Shum, Joe Ribera, Jeanne Gonzales, Pat Vorrieter, Linda Price, Barbara Evatt, Carey Au, Flo Stafford and Jeff Olevson.  Not pictured here, Liz Lopez-Aguado and Michelle Lewis, who were seated with the other graduates of the District 5170 Advanced Leadership Program. A testimonial from member, Flo Stafford, "This was the best dinner I ever had at a Rotary function." 

ALPS Graduates

Sunnyvale Rotary President-Nominee, Liz Lopez-Aguado, and District 5170 Interact District Council Advisor, Michelle Lewis, were recognized by Departing District Governor, Ed Jellen, for having completed the District Advanced Leadership Program.

Several club members proudly announced family graduations this past month.
Teresa Marie Boune (Ribera) received a Masters in Kinesiology from Cal State University - Chico.
Christopher Gaw received a Bachelor's Degree with a double major in Geography and Film, with a GIS (Geographic Information Systems) certificate, from Cal State University - Long Beach. Christopher graduated with honors.
Alyssa Jackson (Buldo) received her Nursing Degree from Cal State University - East Bay. Alyssa graduated magna cum laude and was second in her class.
Congratulations to all!


Youth and Resources

Our guest speaker on May 19, was Angela Chan, Sunnyvale Neighborhood Center's Youth and Resources Manager.  More information regarding CNC can be found at Columbia Neighborhood Center.
Amoung the many community services provided to low income families are a Legal Clinic staffed by the South Asian Bar Association and free and low cost medical services provided through the Mayview Community Health Center located at the site. One program that drew considerable interest from the club members involves children reading to pets.  This program encourages children to read to a non-threatening and attentive audience of pets. The CNC is a operated by the City of Sunnyvale and comes under the Department of Libraries and Community Services.


Schools Community Services and Rotary Join Efforts to Help Kids

Schools superintendent, Dr. Ben Picard, and Sunnyvale Community Services Director, Marie Bernard, partnered in providing an overview of the upcoming "Our Kids Our Community" event scheduled for
Did you know that when school is out, half of Sunnyvale’s school children are hungry? 47% of Sunnyvale’s children qualify for free or reduced school meals, and during the summer months, they miss the balanced nutrition they get during the school year. That’s why Sunnyvale Community Services is partnering with the Sunnyvale School District, Sunnyvale Rotary, and the Northwest YMCA to help all of our school children get the food they need this summer, and be ready for success in school this fall. Our community is working together to fill the gaps for food, backpacks, school supplies, and shoe vouchers for our children. This video from last year's program illustrates the need and the community response.


Brooklyn Public Library's New Chief Librarian

Lisa Rosenblum, Sunnyvale's Director of Libraries and Community Services will soon be departing  for Brooklyn, New York, where she will assume the mantle of Chief Librarian for Brooklyn Public Library.  Lisa was commended by President Dick Smith for her contributions to the quality of Sunnyvale Rotary Programs during her tenure as Programs Chair.  A strong supporter of community services as well as libraries, Brooklyn Public is lucky to be receiving her services.  Lisa assured the club members that she is not forsaking California as she plans to return here at the appropriate time (retirement).  Good luck, Lisa, and be sure to drop in on us when you are visiting the area.

Police Chief and Reading Partners

Rotary Club Member and Sunnyvale Public Safety Head, Frank Grgurina, was recently featured in the Sunnyvale Sun for his volunteer work with Reading Partners at Bishop Elementary School.  Frank is also very much involved with the Sunnyvale Challenge Team.



President, Dick Smith, reminded members we need several more GOOD bottles of wine for the wine pull at the upcoming Dinner at the Dump event.  The wine pull at the crabfeed was highly successful.  Because each "chance' costs $20, the bottle donated should be of at least that value. Even if you will be away on the event date, you can still help out your club and the community with your beverage donation.
Several members have sent out notices through social networks to apprise friends and family of the event.  Jerry Nabhan, event founder and host continued to urge members to get payments in sooner rather than later, both to encourage sales and so that we can get some idea of the number of guests expected.  Liz and Herb Lopez will be donating a new Apple Watch as a raffle item.  The winner will get to select the color (gold not included!).



Jun 02, 2015
Kathleen King, CEO
Healthier Kids Foundation - focus on Vision and Dental care for children
Jun 09, 2015
Gary Kremen, Founder of Match.com
How to find the love of your life!
Jun 16, 2015
Rob Tufel, Cancer CAREpoint
Cancer: How do you care for the whole person?
Jun 23, 2015
Rushton Hurley
Silicon Valley e-Club, So Far
Jun 30, 2015
Jul 07, 2015
President Mike Shum
A new year in Rotary!
Jul 14, 2015
Mahmut Altun, Director of Pacifica Institute
Pacifica Institute of Silicon Valley
Aug 04, 2015
Susan Valenta, District Governor
Rotary District 5170
Aug 11, 2015
Aug 18, 2015
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International Service Chair
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