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Illness leads former Navy code breaker to form world’s first Facebook-based Rotary club
When a life-threatening illness stripped away many of her professional ambitions, Amanda Wirtz, a former U.S. Navy code breaker and professional violinist, turned to humanitarian service and Facebook to give her life new purpose. Wirtz was in her twenties and pursuing a career as a fitness trainer when a sharp pain in her abdomen sent her to the emergency room. Expecting something manageable like appendicitis, she instead found herself facing a rare tumor disorder that required her to undergo 30 surgeries over the next several years. Forced to rethink her life plans, Wirtz began focusing on...
Tips to help your club find and nurture a Youth Exchange host family
With 12 children -- six girls and six boys -- the Labordes hardly needed to add another member to their family. But they did: Over 40 years ago, Julia Mullikin, a Rotary Youth Exchange student from the United States, became like another daughter to this large family in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. "She's been a blessing for us," says Maria Victoria Hallal de Laborde who was 18 when Mullikin arrived in 1973. Like many exchange students, Mullikin remains close to her host family. So close that when one of Laborde's sisters was diagnosed with a rare, fatal disease, Mullikin arranged to send the...
Free vegetable gardens sprouting up around France
Imagine a community where the residents are all free to plant, grow, harvest, and eat healthy food whenever they want without having to pay for it. Sound too good to be true? That's exactly what residents of more than 20 cities and towns in France are doing through a project called Potalib. Launched by the Rotaract Club of Versailles, Potalib was inspired by the Incredible Edible project, an international food-sharing movement founded by Nick Green in England. The Rotaract members obtained Green's permission to apply the concept in France, changing the name to "Potalib," a contraction of "...
Anti-vaccine movement may have global repercussions
Supporters of the anti-vaccine movement question the safety, efficacy and necessity of the very medicines that have so greatly reduced our children's risk of catching a host of once-common but potentially very serious infectious diseases, such as mumps, measles and whooping cough. And then there's polio, the disabling, sometimes fatal virus that was every American parent's worst nightmare until effective vaccines were developed in the 1950s — and which still infects children in the developing world. Some who oppose vaccines are well-meaning parents who have come to believe — wrongly in the...
Rotary’s Response to Ebola Outbreak
Rotary continues to follow the developments surrounding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and advice of the World Health Organization and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, our partners in international public health. Strengthening the health infrastructure and supporting and sustaining the deployment of government health workers throughout these outbreak areas are greatly needed. Although Rotary has limited opportunities to respond at a corporate level, our strength as an organization is firmly rooted in the grassroots response of Rotary clubs and Rotarians. Clubs around the...

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September 2014

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
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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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On October 18, 2014, Sunnyvale Rotarians Flo Stafford, Joe Hamilton and Russ Hobbs will depart to Southeast Asia    
This $150,000 Rotary Foundation grant will make a significant difference in the life and health of women and children in Laos.  Sunnyvale Rotary was the largest contributor in Rotary District 5170 to help achieve this matching grant.  Below are some important details about this humanitarian effort.
  • The grant will provide hospital equipment and medical staff training in the Mahosot Hospital in the capital city of Vientiane, Laos which is the first and most important hospital in the country.
  •  The hospital is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases and also serves as a medical research and training center.
  •  Given the low life expectancy in the country which is only 54 years, the center has a highly important task in improving the country’s health.
  • It includes hospital equipment to update the hospitals critical care unit and neo-natal center.  Renown heart specialists will be training the Laotian doctors on the latest cardiac care.
  • After matching from The Rotary Foundation, Sunnyvale Rotary donated $9,508 toward the grant.  These funds came from club donations to The Rotary Foundation and the match from the Word Fund of TRF.
  • Rotarians traveling to Laos pay their own expenses; they also will be participating with the local Vientiane Rotary club in a hands on separate activity to improve the water, sanitation and school facility project in a country village 3 hours from Vientiane.
  • This grant was funded by TRF. $15000 each in Districts 5170 &5220 and $60,000 from R.E.A.P., an American Veterans group, was matched by TRF. The grant  totaled $150,000. Doctors doing training are from China and Romania.
  • Assist International, a non-profit vendor, will provide equipment, installation and training.  Assist International's founder is Bob Pagett, a Scotts Valley Rotarian who has worked with Sunnyvale Rotary with projects in Djibouti, China and Guatemala.
  • Sunnyvale Rotarians will spend a week in Vientiane but will also visit Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Hanoi in Vietnam with 7 other Rotarians from clubs in Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz and Modesto.

 I am really tempted to sit down with the person that caters meals at the New Hope International Church where we host our meetings and ask for recipes. The sesame chicken from a few weeks back was just amazing.
For the time being, with the cravings for sushi I have had over the past few weeks and seafood in general…along with spending more time in San Francisco than I probably should, I have modified one of my favorite recipes, a honey dijon, orange and almond granola crusted baked salmon. I can almost promise any fan of salmon that this recipe will put a huge smile on someone’s face.
Honey Dijon Orange & Almond Granola Crusted Baked Salmon:
Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes
Temperature: 400 degrees

-Fresh Atlantic Salmon fillet- 6 oz
-Orange & Almond Granola- 3 oz
-Olive Oil
-Cilantro- ¼ bushel
-Red Onion- ¼ onion
-Dijon Mustard- 2 tablespoons
-Honey- 2 tablespoons
-Lemon Juice- 2 tablespoons
-Butter (unsalted)- ½ cup
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place salmon in a shallow baking sheet or aluminum foil after coating the base of the sheet with olive oil.
Prep salmon with 2 tablespoons of Lemon Juice.
Mix melted Butter, Dijon, and Honey together into a small mixing bowl. Mix ingredients together until a paste texture is created and evenly mixed. Baste mixture onto the top of the salmon, evenly coating the top surface.
Sprinkle chopped Red Onion and finely diced Cilantro on top of the mixture. Sprinkle Orange & Almond Granola last on top.
Bake for 10-15 minutes to tenderness.

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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?



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Terry Christensen
State of Local State and National Politics
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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
Nov 04, 2014
Barbara Avery, El Camino Hospital
The Mountain View RotaCare Clinic: An Awesome Community Resource.
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