Sunnyvale Rotary

Making Business Leaders Community Leaders
Since 1927


Historic Moments: PolioPlus turns 30
This year marks 30 years since Rotary launched PolioPlus, its campaign to rid the world of polio. Beginning on Rotary's anniversary, 23 February, Rotary members worldwide will be holding events to celebrate three decades of polio eradication progress. Since 1985 Rotary and its partners have helped reduce the number of cases from 350,000 annually to fewer than 400 in 2014, and they remain committed until the disease is eradicated. Rotary has contributed more than $1.3 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect more than 2 billion children worldwide. In addition, Rotary's advocacy efforts...
Rotary member takes fundraising to new heights -- the summit of Mount Everest
Despite his longstanding interest in polio eradication, polio was not on Joe Pratt's mind as he prepared for a mid-April 2012 climb of Mount Everest, the highest mountain on earth. But that changed in late 2011, when the resident of Nottingham, New Hampshire, USA, participated in a polio immunization project in Pakistan with fellow Rotary member Steve Puderbaugh. Moved by the efforts of the Pakistanis to battle the crippling disease, and by the vulnerability of the young victims, Pratt reset the focus of his climbing adventure. Pakistan is one of three countries where polio has never been...
Bryn Styles elected new Rotary Foundation trustee
The RI Board of Directors elected Bryn Styles to serve the remaining term of Rotary Foundation Trustee Monty Audenart, who passed away on 21 January. Styles, a member of the Rotary Club of Barrie-Huronia in Ontario, Canada, will serve through 30 June 2017. His previous Rotary International positions include director, Council on Legislation representative, RI president's representative, and regional Rotary Foundation coordinator. Audenart joined Rotary in 1987 and was a member of the Rotary Club of Red Deer East in Alberta, Canada. Before taking on the trustee role, Audenart served Rotary as...
San Francisco club reveals formula for growth and retention of members
Members of the Rotary Club of San Francisco Evening meet three times a month at a wine bar after work, share a social outing once a month, and promote all their activities on social media like Meetup and Facebook. As the first evening club in the city, it has attracted many young professionals from Silicon Valley tech firms whose work schedules keep them from joining a more traditional club that meets for breakfast or lunch. But more than that, the evening format has helped the club grow by 30 percent since it received its charter in mid-2013. Danielle Lallement, who was its charter president...
Enhance your leadership skills in the Rotary Learning Center
Professional development is right at your fingertips with the Rotary Learning Center, which offers members a range of interactive courses on navigating Rotary's online tools and developing leadership skills to prepare for new Rotary roles. Anyone with a My Rotary account can take a free course in the Learning Center. Among the many courses available are How to Run a Webinar, How to Propose Legislation, Rotary Club Central Resources, and role-specific selections. Get started by finding the Learning Center under the LEARNING & REFERENCE tab on If you are already registered on...

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February 2015

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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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Please join me in welcoming our two newest members to Sunnyvale Rotary!
Rev John Harrison
Carey Au

Please join me in congratulating our newest Paul Harris Fellows from the 2/3/15 meeting:
Marie Bernard, Liz Lopez-Aguado, Mike Shum, and Jeanne Gonzales

For those of you that missed the presentation by our Homestead High School Interact Club on Tues, 2/17/15 here are a few highlights:
And a few pictures of their presentations:

On Wednesday evening, February 4, 2015, several Sunnyvale Rotarians joined Dr. Tak and President Charlie at the Rotary District 5170 Cabinet Meeting to honor our own Dr. Takashi Yoshida.  Dr. Tak received the RI Vocational Service Leadership Award.  Please join me in congratulating Dr. Tak on this wonderful award and for his support of our club, our community and our world through his Vocational Service.

Sunnyvale Rotary held our annual Speech Contest on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Cedar Crest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
We had three contestants and awarded First, Second and Third place awards.
The winners were:
First Place: Sheryl Ratnam - St. Francis HS
Second Place:  Emily Gao - Homestead HS
Third Place: Aditi Pandey - Wilcox HS
Please join me in congratulating the winners.
Special Thanks also goes to the Rotarians who helped with the Speech Contest this year from the Youth Service Committee:
Ken Sawyer, Jeff Olevson, Flo Stafford, and Liz Lopez-Aguado
There were many other Rotarians in attendance this year and we appreciate everyone who came out to support our speakers.
Thank you for your continued support of our young people!

Sunnyvale Rotary is hosting a Crab Feed and Auction on Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.  The event will be held at St. Cyprian Church, 1133 West Washington Avenue, Sunnyvale.  Cost is $50 for adults (13 and over), $20 for children 8-12 years of age, and children under 7 free.
The evening features all you can eat fresh crab, pasta, bread, salad and ice cream.  Drinks and gourmet desserts will be available for sale.  There will also be a live auction and raffle.
A “wine pull” will also be featured, an opportunity to take home a fine quality bottle of wine for $20 per “pull”.
Proceeds will go to support the many community and international projects that Rotary supports.  Locally, we read to and provide books for children who might not otherwise have books of their own, provide food and clothing for the underprivileged, provide nutritional meals for the summer for children who might not otherwise have good meals, bag groceries for low-income families, feed the homeless.  On an international level, Rotary is the leader in the world-wide effort to eradicate polio.  Among our other projects are providing wheelchairs in Mexico, delivering medical supplies to southeast Asia, providing cleft-palate surgery in central America, and assuring families of clean water in Africa.
Come join us for an evening of fun!  Bring a friend.  Tickets are available from Joe Ribera (408)739-1522.  Make checks payable to Sunnyvale Rotary Foundation.

The Sunnyvale Rotary Speech Contest will be held, Thursday,  January 22, 2015 at 6:30pm at Cedar Crest Nursing and Convalescent Center 


Dr. Tak Yoshida is a very special member of this club who will be presented with the Rotary International Vocational Service Award on Feb. 4, 2015 beginning at 6:30 p.m. and held at:
Embassy Suites Milpitas - Silicon Valley
901 East Calaveras Boulevard
Milpitas, CA 95035
Please Save the Date on your calendar and plan to attend.
This presentation will be made by District Governor Ed Jellen as part of the district cabinet meeting.  The dinner price for the evening is $35 payable at the door.  The rest of the program that evening is excellent and the food at this hotel will be better than at the Doubletree. If you choose not to eat, there will be a $5 Facility fee payable at the door.
Thus far, besides Tak,  Steve Wynnyckyj, Guy Thompson, Linda Price, Pat Vorreiter, Charlie Wasser, Ben Picard, Flo Stafford, Lisa Bickford (2), and Joe & Kathi Hamilton have indicated they are attending. Please let me know if any of the rest of you can attend and I will tell the district how many will be eating.  I will assume you will be eating and unless you tell me otherwise.  I will send a reminder with menu the week before.


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Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Monday, February 2, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)

Rendezvous Wine Bar
394 E Campbell Ave
Campbell, CA 95008

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You are invited to the Area 8 Business / Social Mixer on February 2 (Groundhog Day). Join your fellow Rotarians from Sunnyvale, Los Gatos, Campbell, Cupertino, and Saratoga for this fun event.  Price includes a glass of really good wine and "Social Lights" food sampling.


Join Us! Sunnyvale Community Services is one of the hosts of the upcoming Poverty Simulation on Friday February 6th from 8:30 am – noon at Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church (SVPC). In one morning,  participants will experience what it is like to be poor in Silicon Valley for one month. It's truly life-changing. Participants include the class of Leadership Sunnyvale, Sunnyvale Community Services, and members of the local community. This is a FREE event thanks our hosts SVPC and our sponsors Star One Credit Union and Technology Credit Union. 
Another reason why donating to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) is important.

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?



Mar 03, 2015
District 5170 Area 8 Speech Contest
District 5170 Area 8 Speech Contest
Mar 10, 2015
Local leaders in Sunnyvale
Panel on Addressing Homelessness in Sunnyvale
Mar 17, 2015
Dr. Ken Singleton
1 Grain to 1000 Grains - Overcoming Chronic Diseases with Healthy Eating
Mar 24, 2015
Ernie deFrenchi
Affordable Housing in Sunnyvale
Mar 31, 2015
Julie Matsushima
For Love of Aimee, and Rotary San Jose's new accessible playground
Apr 07, 2015
Rotarians and ELC Students
Rotary Enterprise Leadership Conference 2015
Apr 14, 2015
Kristin Dance and Tegan McClane
It's All about Art in the City of Sunnyvale
Apr 21, 2015
Jeff Olevson
NSA - National Stuttering Association
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Membership Chair
PR Outreach Chair
Vocational Service Chair
International Service Chair
Community Service Chair
Club Service
Youth Service Chair
TRF Chair

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