Welcome to the Rotary Club of Cupertino

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Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM

Quinlan Community Center
10185 North Stelling Road
Cupertino, CA  95014
United States
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of Rotary Women.

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Assistant Secretary
CREF President
Strategic Planning Officer
Fund Development Officer
Immediate Past President

Home Page Stories

Join us to Kick In President Wendell Stephens. This should be the start to a great Rotary Year. See you there. -

Last year's successful Golf Tournament benefited Challenge Days at our local high schools. We recently received a  very nice thank-you letter and wanted to share it with all of you. Below are a few excerpts, click here to see the full letter.
"Thank you very much for the generous donation/grant to Cupertino High School....goals is to: Develop student capacity to engage in challenging coursework while creating and maintaining healthy balanced lives...Thanks again for your help- our students are fortunate to have support from their community."

 One of the programs we support is the Adult School in the FUHSD. We have followed their progress and provide matching grants for the Principal’s Scholarship Fund and Job Fair for several years. Recently were made aware of some fantastic success stories as a result of our support and the good work done by the Center, Check them out by clicking here  (Karen) and here (Luis)  (Click on both to see both student's success stories)

PLEDGE: Ye-Ming Wu
INSPIRATION: Colleen Hudgen gave an inspirational tribute to Suzi Blackman.  She noted Suzi’s zest for life and love of family and Rotary.  She expressed her appreciation for the difference Suzi made in the lives of so many people.
Ron Sekkel – Scotts Valley, Cindy Sekkel – Scotts Valley, Ravi Bhargava – Kanpor, Douglas Hisa – Hong Kong, and Zeda Dowell (speaker) – Scotts Valley
Malka Kausar guest of Anjali Kausar, Thomas Hu Fox guest of Hung Wei, Shirley Lee guest of Hung Wei, Ahmad Bakhshi guest of Tom Hall, Ellen Lowenthal guest of Richard Lowenthal, , Hema Chamraj guest of Niraj Baxi, Mary Ellen Chell guest of Steve Andrews, Brandon Stone guest of Frank Tsui, Jeff Cho guest of JoAnn Leonard, Martie Vaughan guest of Steve Rudd, Anne Greski guest of Orrin Mahoney
Krishna Reddy guest of Niraj Baxi, Catherine Alexander guest of Lee McCrumb, Rose Ann Woolpert guest of Helene Davis, Murali Krishnamurty guest of Niraj Baxi, Robert Yamashita guest of Annie Yamashita, and Dale MacGowen  guest of Hung Wei
Bev Lenihan spoke about the sorrow club members feel with the loss of President Suzi Blackman and the joy she brought to everything she did. Bev then introduced a movie tribute to Suzi showing many scenes of Suzi happily working on Rotary projects and with Rotary friends. Click here to view it (or on the picture below)
Richard Lowenthal announced the that the board voted to accelerate a project that Suzi championed – a Rotary clock to be placed in a prominent location in Cupertino.  Richard said that the clock will be placed in the new Main Street Project and recognize Suzi as 2015 president.
Liz Gallegos announced that following the procedures in the club bylaws, the nominating committee had nominated Wendell Stephens as club president for the remainder of the 2015-16 term.  She then asked for a motion from the floor to elect Wendell president.  The motion was made, seconded and passed unanimously. 
Bev Lenihan joined in memory of Suzi and her many contributions to the club and its members.
Richard Lowenthal joined in appreciation of Wendell Stephens stepping up to lead the club as president.
Wendell Stephens joined to support the project to place a Rotary clock in honor of Suzi in the Main Street Project.
John Zirelli and Jerra Rowland presented a check for $25,000 from the golf tournament to Paws for Purple Hearts.  Representatives of the organization, which helps veterans train service dogs for other veterans, accepted the donation and thanked the club.  They announced the funds are being used for breeding stock to keep the organization supplied with puppies suitable for training as service dogs.  They then showed off an adorable16 week old puppy the program is training.  The puppy is named Chuck in honor of Chuck Devine, and it was announced that one his sisters will be named Suzi in honor of Suzi Blackman.
Orrin Mahoney announced that registration is open for Global Elegance 2015 to be held on Sunday August 23. Click here to sign up.
Leon Davis reminded members of the blood drive at the Northwest YMCA August 5 from 1:30-5:00.
Anjali Kausar gave her personal talk in combination with her daughter Malka, a recent graduate of Lynbrook High School.  Malka described her mother’s background. Malka related that her mother was born in India and at age 5 moved with her family to Africa.  She came to the United States to attend Wichita State University.  She met her husband there, and after college they moved to the bay area and have three children.  She went to Stanford for her Masters Degree and was elected to the Cupertino Union School District Board of Trustees.  She is the CEO of the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce. 
Anjali then explained that since she married a Pakistani, her family celebrates Diwali, Ramadan and Christmas.  Since Ramadan just concluded, Anjali took the opportunity to give club members an excellent introduction to the customs surrounding Ramadan with its fasting during the day, and Eid where family members and the community come together to break the fast.  She had set up centerpieces at all the tables that included cards wishing everyone Eid Mubarak (happy Eid) and samples of Kher, a traditional desert, which club members were able to enjoy.
Judy Wilson and Jerra Rowland presided over the fly up for Calina Thompson who has completed her Red Badge requirements and moved to Blue Badge status.  Calina was accompanied by her sponsor Bev Lenihan.
Zeda Dowell gave some history and perspectives on the Muslim religion.  She said that with 1.6 billion followers it is the world’s second largest religion. It traces its origins to the prophet Muhammad born in the year 570.  During retreats to the mountains, the teachings of the Quran were revealed to him through the angel Gabriel over a 23 year period.  Upon his death there was a split between followers of his close companion Abu Bakr and his son-in-law Ali, a division that is reflected today in the split between Sunni and Shia.  Zeda emphasized that the 1.6 billion Muslims around the world represent many different cultures and traditions and the media often fails to convey these variations. Click here to see the video.


If you would like to be on Hung Wei's Weekly Agenda please contact  Jerra Rowland by the Sunday night before the meeting. Please email her at jerra95030@mac.com
If you would like to include slides as part of your announcement, please send them to Jerra Rowland well in advance of the meeting, at least 3 to 4 days, and she will be able to include your info in the flow of the meeting  when you are at the microphone for your one minute of fame. This is particularly important for club chairs who want to announce meetings, accomplishments, or details that are better covered with more than a one minute verbal overview. Send Jerra bullet points and she will do the rest.



The following information is for club members with articles to submit to the Rotator.
Deadline for Article Submission: To help the editors in the work they do, please plan to make your submissions by the end-of-the-day Thursday. Please email them to
cupertinorotary@gmail.com. Later submissions might be deferred to the next week's Rotator, depending on how far along the editor is in processing the meeting and program staff reporting for the current week.
Our outstanding editors are assigned as follows: First Wednesday - Gary Latshaw; Second Wednesday - Pallavi Shah; Third Wednesday - Chris Zhang Fourth Wednesday - Stuart Rosenberg; Fifth Wednesday - Peter Troop.
Our highly esteemed meeting reporters are assigned as follows: First Wednesday - Janice Chua; Second Wednesday -Calina Thompson; Third Wednesday - Bill Wilson; Fourth Wednesday - Open;; Fifth Wednesday - Laurie Campbell.




Weekly Program & Luncheon Speaker

Aug 05, 2015
Aug 12, 2015
Dick Bolles
What Color is Your Parachute?
Aug 19, 2015
Alex Fillipenko
James Lick Observatory
Aug 26, 2015
Sandy James
Plans for the new Vallco
Sep 02, 2015
David Doyle
Fall Festival
Sep 09, 2015
Sandy James
Plans for Vallco
Sep 16, 2015
Tom Izu
Pan Pacific Exposition
Sep 23, 2015
Joe Simitian
Update on Santa Clara County
Sep 30, 2015
Liz Gallegos
TRF Kickoff
Oct 14, 2015
Liz Gallegos
TRF Program
Oct 28, 2015
Michael Kirst
California's Transition to Common Core State Standards
Nov 11, 2015
Veterans Day Celebration
Veterans Day Celebration
Dec 09, 2015
Senior Holiday Luncheon
Senior Holiday Luncheon
Dec 23, 2015
Children's Holiday Event
Children's Holiday Event

ImageWatch some of our recent speakers.

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Image Global Case Watch

Yr-to-date 2015:  34

Full Yr 2014:     359
Full Yr 2013:     403
Full Yr 2012:     223


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