Sunnyvale Rotary

Making Business Leaders Community Leaders
Since 1927

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Presidents Corner – August 28, 2014
A few reminders and updates as the temperature heats up and we get closer to football and a long weekend… This is the last week to sell our raffle tickets for the Ed Shook Golf Tournament. Please have money and … Continue reading
Presidents Corner – August 22, 2014
Our big fundraiser the Ed Shook Golf Tournament is fast approaching. The tournament is Monday, September 8th, but the deadline to turn in your raffle ticket stubs and money is Wednesday, September 3rd. If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, … Continue reading
President’s Corner – August 2014
It’s hard to believe I am more than a month into my Presidency! Time is flying and we have some exciting things going on with the club. Our club’s biggest fundraiser is right around the corner with the Ed Shook … Continue reading
Member Spotlight: Jay Williams-President in Waiting
Rotary has a unique model where every office position throughout Rotary changes on July 1st of every year. As we are approaching the new year, it is getting close to the Installation of Jay Williams as the next president. As … Continue reading
President’s Corner-June 2014
We have reached the conclusion of a great year with less than a month before our new president, Jay Williams takes office. It has been an exciting year and I know the coming years will be just as wonderful. The … Continue reading

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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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The Rotary Club of Sunnyvale serves both our local and international community with pride and integrity. We are the service club people want to join because of our diverse and welcoming group who live "Service Above Self" by: helping our youth to become outstanding citizens, by supporting projects that assist disadvantaged in our community, and by fostering international understanding and goodwill. Our projects improve lives, build strong communities and meet basic human needs.

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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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