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Superintendent Address SVR

Dr. Ben Picard, Superintendent, Sunnyvale School District and member of the Sunnyvale Rotary Club, talked today about the School District, its programs, accomplishments and needs.  Ben is a well-known and respected community leader and has been and educator since his first teaching job in 1972.  Ben described the Sunnyvale Summer school, based on the Summer Matters program. It is a program aimed at avoiding summer learning loss.  In a small learning venue, K through 8th grade students attend summer school for one month in an academic camp-like environment and are provided educational, recreational, and nutritional support.  Approximately 900 students participated at classes held at Bishop and Lakewood elementary and Columbia Middle schools.
The school district includes 8 elementary and 2 middle schools approximately 12,000 students and employs 728 people.  Ben talked about the relationship between achievement and opportunity and the diversity that exists but is changing in the School District.  Much information about the school district is available on their website here.
A measure to maintain the current property assessment to aid local schools in on the November ballot.  In keeping with Rotary principles we cannot advise you how to vote on this matter, but can urge you as a concerned citizen to vote. 


Claude Nahum Traveled to Guatemala with District 5170

Sunnyvale Rotarian, Claude Nahum, recently traveled to Antigua, Guatemala with the FACES OF HOPE project. Faces of Hope is a District 5170 unique Rotary project.  It is funded by member clubs and supported by Rotary volunteers who bear their own expenses for the trip.  Surgeons, nurses, and medical supplies are paid for by District 5170 club donations.
On this trip, the team performed 84 corrective surgeries.  The doctors call them "repairs."  Claude said that in the Jewish tradition, they speak of repairing the world.  Tikkun olam (Hebrew: תיקון עולם or תקון עולם‎‎).  Here the doctors are "repairing the world" one face at a time.
The Patients are identified by Companeros de Ciurgia (Friends of Surgery), tri-lengual volunteers who travel the countryside looking for people in need of "repair"  They speak not only English and Spanish, but also several native Mayan dialects.
Reconstructive surgery is available at no cost to the patients.  While most procedures are for cleft palates and lips, the surgeons also perform skin graphs and other procedures for burn victims and other accident victims.  Burns are quite common because the people often cook and heat their homes with open fires.
Our club supports the project with an annual donation through our International Committee.  Several other members have made the trip with Faces of Hope, and all come back in some way transformed and with a deeper understanding of the role that Rotary International plays in providing humanitarian aid world-wide.  If you are interested in participating, talk to Claude.  

Claude with Team Members

Claude Nahum with Anne Wuerslin, the US pediatrician he shadowed,
and  a young patient that came to the clinic with his grandfather.

With two of the pediatricians in the team: one could 
not speak Spanish and the other could not speak English. 


Health checkup for a baby patient.

Claude is keeping this child amused by singing
a French song:  "...ainsi font font font les
petites marionettes."



Jim McCloskey, Vice President, West Central District, B.P.O.E.

Today the Sunnyvale Rotary Club members in attendance enjoyed a lively presentation on the history and principles of The Elks organization.  SVR weekly meetings are held in the Sunnyvale Elks Lodge.  Several Rotary members are also members of Elks Lodge 2128 (Sunnyvale).  According to Jim, the Elks organization was formed as a private social club to get around the New York "blue law" that governed the hours pubs could be open. Elks Lodge numbers are sequential, depending on when a new Lodge is established.  San Francisco Elks Lodge is no. 3, San Jose no. 522 and Sunnyvale is no. 2128. Jim remarked that sitting at his table and listening to member conversations he observed that Elks and Rotarians have much in common, including fellowship and community service.  Unlike Rotary, however, the Elks are not an international organization, and membership is open only to U.S. citizens.  Visit the Elks website to learn more about the Lodge and its projects and events.


Meeting Luncheon Menu                                                                                              

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm  $25.00

Chicken Florentine
Chicken breast, spinach, onion, garlic, parsley, Swiss cheese, sherry,
bread crumbs, chicken stock, champagne, cream.
Side of Brown Rice
Vegetable Kabobs with Herb and Garlic Marinade
Red potatoes, tofu, onion chunks, button mushrooms, zucchini, tomatoes, olive oil,
lemon juice, mustard, maple syrup, garlic, basil, seasoning.  VEGETARIAN 
Sauteed Carrots with Mint
Olive oil, carrots, honey, mint.  VEGETARIAN
Salad – Composed – Lettuce, Mandarin and Kiwi
Red leaf lettuce, scallions, mandarins, kiwi, blue cheese.
 On side – chopped pecans.                Sweet & Sour Vinaigrette
Olive oil brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, tabasco sauce, seasoning.
Fruit Platter and Desserts 
Includes the following:
Iced Tea, Citrus Water
Coffee Service, Hot Water & Tazo Teas

The Light, Color, Spirit and Culture of Havana
Jim Colton, Photographer, gave a presentation to Sunnyvale Rotary brought to life by his brilliant and insightful photographs of place and people.  Since retiring from SRI International, where he was Director of the Poulter Laboratory in the Physical Sciences Division, Jim has taken up photography full time. He frequently visits exotic places and captures the light and atmosphere of the locations and the spirit and culture of the people who live there.  Many of his works can be seen on his website. Here are a few examples he showed to us and graciously permitted publication here for your enjoyment.
The light, color and atmosphere of Havana Cuba are evident in this photograph, taken on a rainy day.
The enthusiasm and energy of the Cuban people can be seen in this photograph of Afro-Cuban dancers.
The colonial Spanish influence is apparent in these carved arches, which continue to show their splendor even though the building in which they are housed is showing its age.

Grace Chen, Sunnyvale, cleaned up two of the three women's award categories at the Rotary Club of Sunnyvale Golf Tournament on May 2nd.  Even at age 15, she won both the closest to the pin and longest drive categories. She clearly loves the game of golf and showed members of her foursome a thing or two about poise under pressure.
No stranger to stress, Grace is founded the Birdie for ALL team, a group of junior Bay Area golfers. It is part of her Gracious Life Foundation, a nonprofit organization established in 2009 to raise awareness of childhood leukemia diseases and research. Birdie for ALL has supporters throughout the Bay Area who donate money for every birdie or better made by Grace and other team members. The group also hosts fundraising activities and holds golf-related events at Packard Children's, Ronald McDonald House at Stanford and Camp Okizu, a camp for children with cancer.

She really showed us Rotarians what Service above Self is all about. Congratulations, Grace!

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Sunnyvale Rotary and The Rotary Foundation
All time contributions (since March 26, 1926)  $536,944
Goal 2016-2017 $18,500
Contributions 2016-17 YTD   $12,475 Percent of Goal 69%
Percent Member Participation 65%
Average per Contributor $352
Average per Member $230
2016-2017 Pledge Cards are available to download from this website.
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