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Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Sunnyvale Elks Club
375 N Pastoria Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA  94085
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Jeff Rosen, Santa Clara County District Attorney

Today, election day 2016, Santa Clara County District Attorney, Jeff Rosen, spoke to the Rotary Club of Sunnyvale.  DA Rosen, gave a presentation on the findings of his Office's study of race and prosecution in Santa Clara County 2013-2015.  The DA's office intends to perform the study annually, spanning the most recent two year period.  The next report will cover 2014-2016.  The Santa Clara County District Attorney's office prosecutes approximately 40,000 criminal cases per year, 80% of which are misdemeanors. Last year 2015 there were 45 homicides in our county. More information on the activities and results of the Santa Clara County DA office can be found on their website. The study looked at defendants by race and compares the percent prosecuted to the percent represented in the county.  It also compares race of defendants to race of victims.  The report is available here.  Jeff Rosen has been DA of Santa Clara County since his election to the post in 2010.  Among the startling statistics Jeff shared with SVR during his talk is that the High School drop out rate for Santa Clara County is at the State average of 11.1%.  Moreover, that by decreasing that rate to 10%, just 1% less than it is currently, would reduce the number of crimes prosecuted by 20%! That would mean 9 fewer homicides in Santa Clara County. 

Iizuka Sunnyvale Sister City, Japan

On October 3rd, Flo Stafford and her great nephew, Rob Roberts, headed to Japan as representatives of The Sunnyvale Sister City’s Association.   They spent 3 days in Tokyo and 3 days in Koyto as tourists and then flew to Iizuka,  Sunnyvale’s Sister City.   In Iizuka, they stayed with host families and were treated like royalty.  
The Sunnyvale Sister City’s Association fosters good will and friendship between our country and Japan.  Sunnyvale Rotary is a sponsor of this organization.  They have fostered exchanges between students for several years and have now begun the exchange of adults.  If you would like more information about this program, please talk to Flo.  

Meeting Luncheon Menu                                                                                              

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm  $15.00    


Deli Luncheon


Sandwich Bar

Sliced Meats: smoked turkey, black forest ham, roast beef,

grilled chicken breast, hickory smoked bacon strips and salami

Condiments: lettuce, tomato,pickles, pepperoncini,

jalapenos,cream cheese, mayonnaise & mustard

Vegetarian Platter: grilled peppers, zucchini, squash,

portobello mushroom, alfalfa sprouts & sliced avocado

Assorted Sliced Cheeses: provolone, sharp cheddar, swiss and pepper jack

Assorted Specialty Breads rolls, sliced nut breads, white and wheat

Orzo Pasta Salad

Orzo pasta tossed with diced cucumbers, grape tomatoes,

and chopped fresh basil in a champagne  vinaigrette.


Fruit Salad, Cookies, and bags of Lays Chips

Sodas and waters on ice


Sunnyvale to Start SAFE program

On September 27, Louie Pellegrini, President of Garden City Sanitation Co. spoke to our club about the new food waste recycling program recently approved by Sunnyvale City Council.  The program will be similar to that currently underway in San Jose.  Click here for more information.  SAFE is the acronym for Sustainable Alternative Feed Enterprises.  More information on SAFE can be found here.  When sorted and processed at high temperature, food waste becomes a nutrional, pathogen free and odorless food stock for farm animals, particularly hogs.  It is also approved as a supplement in dry dog food.  One ton of processed food waste has the equivalent nutritional value of 1300 pounds of corn or 700 pounds of soybeans.  The Sunnyvale program was tested as a plot and will be rolled out to the entire city in 2017.

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. 
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!
Home Page News
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.
Tom Spink, CAPT USN (Ret)
Dec 06, 2016
History of Moffet Field
Katie Ferrick
Dec 20, 2016
Making the most of your LinkedIn Profile
Michael Kotowski
Jan 10, 2017
History of Railroads on the Peninsula and Silicon Valley
Kelly Alfrey, Outreach Coordinator
Jan 17, 2017
Santa Clara County Audobon Society
Jennifer Shannon
Jan 24, 2017
Alzheimer's Association of Northern CA and Nevada
To be announced
Jan 31, 2017

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