Sunnyvale Rotary

Making Business Leaders Community Leaders
Since 1927

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Polio's Retreat
As photojournalist Allison Kwesell walks through the narrow streets of an Indian village, familiarity sets in. She visited here four years ago, when she first met Samir and his family. He was two years old then and had recently contracted polio. Kwesell approaches the front porch of a home when she hears an older woman yelling “Samir! Samir!” She runs toward the voice, wondering if she’ll recognize the boy. She sees six children playing chase on the dry earth, the dirt forming clouds around their feet. From afar she notices a young boy, not unlike the other barefoot children in the backyard...
Rotaract award winners celebrated for their life-changing projects
The village of Kumbharwadi is one of many in a drought-prone region near Mumbai, India. Until recently, its residents had access to only one well with drinkable water. During the summer months, the well runs dry, and the women and girls of the village travel three to four hours a day to search for water. Enter Project Boond, undertaken by a Rotaract club, a Rotary club, and the Watershed Organization Trust to provide clean drinking water and sanitation facilities in Kumbharwadi. Nikunj Pherwani, 2013-14 president of the Rotaract Club of Hassaram Rijhumal College of Commerce and Economics in...
Young writers get published with the help of Rotary
In Jamaica, 11-year-old Jordan Allwood reads his classmates a story about a lonely puppy who finds a new family. The puppy grows into a big dog, enjoys walks along the beach, and survives a frightening autumn day when he is caught in a trap before being rescued by his family. Jordan's story is one of hundreds that were written by children ages 7-11 for a writing contest organized by the Rotary E-Club of the Caribbean 7020 and supported by clubs in 10 Caribbean nations. The best stories, including Jordan's, were published in "The Butterfly StoryBook," produced by the club and sold through...
Clubs breaking down barriers to clean water in Ghana
When Marty Hatala, a member of the Rotary Club of Boaz, Alabama, first traveled to Ghana in 2010 to volunteer at a local orphanage, she saw how local communities struggled to find clean water. Though at least 80 percent of the country's population has access to improved water sources, according to UNICEF, 5 million Ghanaians still use water from unsafe sources. That leaves a significant part of the country's population susceptible to a range of diseases. Worldwide, one out of every five deaths among those under the age of five is caused by water-related diseases. Hatala's experiences in Ghana...
Secrets of a successful crowdsourcing campaign
In case you haven't heard, a man raised nearly $60,000 to make potato salad as a spoof on a popular fundraising site. If he can do that, a campaign to raise money for feeding hungry children or building a school in a war-torn country should be a snap, right? Wrong. The Internet is littered with humanitarians struggling to raise the money and gather the resources for projects that could make a positive impact in the world. So, what is the secret to a successful crowdsourcing campaign? It's simple, really: make it easy to give. Here are some ways you can make it easy for supporters to back your...

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September 2014

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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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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
District Site
Venue Map

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The speaker this week is Scott Morton, Parks Superintendent for the city of the Sunnyvale. He will be discussing the Seven Seas Park.

It's Sunnyvale's newest park that was officially opened July 12, built to be an oasis within the urban sprawl of the city. Seven Seas Park is the first city-developed neighborhood park since Encinal Park was dedicated in 1987 in north Sunnyvale.

Under the newly planted palm trees sits a pirate ship with bongo drum cannons and a sea monster slide. Under your feet, the springy playground flooring transitions from the color of sand to foamy light blue and finally a deep ocean blue. Sea creatures are scattered across the sea floor, welcoming young seafarers to come play.

As expected, last week’s talk by Marie Bernard on one of her favorite topics, Sunnyvale Community Services, was well received by those in attendance. From what I could see, there was not one phone or tablet being used. All attention was on Marie as she discussed the work done by SCS. She showed some videos that were played at the recent fundraiser at LinkedIn (again thank you Katie Ferrick for arranging it so that we could use LinkedIn’s facility). The fundraiser was to get money for the summer food program. The food program helps children from disadvantaged families living in Sunnyvale.
The videos that Marie showed gave Sunnyvale Rotary much thanks for the efforts we all put in to assist the children. They will be on the website shortly. If they are an appropriate size, thy will also be put on the district website to showcase how a District 5170 club helps its community. Watching those videos had to make you feel proud.
As has been mentioned at the club meetings, Steven Solomon, the Annual Giving Officer for Rotary Zones 25 & 26...
I have to admit I feel a little spoiled at these social gatherings. So many good people, so much good food, and the laughs are so extreme it becomes challenging to swallow my food…thanks Jeff.
A special shout out and thanks go out to Dick and Donna Smith for allowing us the great honor of being guests at their amazing home. It was a wonderful experience, especially for someone who is a newer member to Rotary to have the pleasure of being so welcomed into their home and welcomed by all of the members of Rotary that attended this event. The food was as stupendous as the view, but not as great and adorable as the puppies that were floating around the backyard.

I can only hope that there will be more wonderful experiences to come in the near future at other social gatherings.
Thanks again Dick and Donna Smith!

Every summer, Sunnyvale Community Services gives away over 1,000 backpacks to low-income Sunnyvale children headed to school, this year being no exception with over 1,300 backpacks prepared. Brand new backpacks are generously donated by businesses and individuals throughout Sunnyvale, including our very own Sunnyvale Rotary, which are stuffed with school supplies so that every child can get off to a good start at school.
Volunteers from Sunnyvale Rotary helped with quality control of over 300 backpacks to ensure age and grade appropriate contents, and filled an additional 66 backpacks via the formation of a gigantic assembly line. Time flew by with all of the fun everyone was having being a part of making the children’s school experience that much more enjoyable with the addition of our efforts.

Thank you to everyone that made this event as successful as it was!

Registration has begun for Sunnyvale Rotary Golf "Friendraiser" to be held on Friday September 26, 2014 at the Spring Valley Golf Course in Milpitas. The entry fee of just $150 includes cart, lunch, dinner, a goody bag, raffle tickets, and use of the driving range. Schedule and additional details are available in the flyer.
Please mail the registration form and entry fee today to ensure your spot. Sponorship opportunities are also available.

Apparently a lot of people had the same idea I did when it came to tasting Dan Paustian's amazing Cilantro Jalapeno Dip during the Discovery Bay trip and asked him for the recipe. What better way to get started with something new than through the experience of amazing flavors sending your taste buds into over drive and being stuck at the snack table for nearly an hour with a group of great people, more because we couldn't stop eating the stuff than for any other reason.
As a monthly special, I would like to expose the members of Sunnyvale Rotary to one great recipe per month, submitted by, ours truly. A special thanks goes out to Dan Paustian for passing on this great recipe, and I hope all of you will have an opportunity to experience the same levels of addictive mouth watering joy that we did at Discovery Bay.
Cilantro Jalapeno Dip:
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 16
-6-8 Jalapenos
-1 bushel Cilantro (huge handfull)
-1 packet of dry Ranch Dressing Mix
-1 cup Sour Cream
-1 cup Mayonnaise
-Puree the Jalapenos and Cilantro in a food processor until it looks like paste (be sure to scoop out the seeds of the jalapenos if you want a mild dip)
-Mix together the Cilantro and Jalapeno puree mixture with 1 cup of Mayonnaise, 1 cup of Sour Cream, and the Ranch Mix
-Chill for 1 hour and serve

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?



Sep 02, 2014
Scott Morton
Seven Seas Park and Future Parks Projects in Sunnyvale
Sep 09, 2014
Scott Myers-Lipton
Minimum Wage
Sep 16, 2014
Lisa Rosenblum
The Future of Libraries
Sep 23, 2014
Chris Wilder
Imagine Valley Medical Center: Creating San Jose's First Women's/Children's Medical Center
Sep 30, 2014
Terry Christersen
State of Local State and National Politics
Oct 07, 2014
Pam Cheng, Principal, San Miguel School
Reading Partners and Lakewood School
Oct 14, 2014
Oct 21, 2014
Deanna Santana
Sunnyvale City Manager
Oct 28, 2014
Christina Ballantyne, Principal, San Miguel School
The Ashoka Changemaker School Program
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Membership Chair
PR Outreach Chair
International Service Chair
Community Service Chair
Vocational Service Chair
Club Service
Youth Service Chair
TRF Chair

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