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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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CREF President
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Home Page Stories

In June 2011, as Steve Jobs addressed the Cupertino City Council about plans for Apple's new campus he said, "we tried to buy the apartments in the corner, but they are not for sale... but we bought everything else."  This week Cupertino Rotarians get at peak at plans for the apartments that Apple tried to buy as part of their headquarters complex. 
Owned by the Irvine Company, this May they approached the City with a plan to demolish the 342 Hampton apartments and replace them with a new 942 apartment development.
Our guest speaker will be Carlene Matchniff vice president, entitlements & public affairs for the Irvine Company with their Silicon Valley office.

A hobby-horseback posse of Past Presidents kicked off the Kick-In Ceremony of our new President of Cupertino Rotary 2015-2016, Wendell Stephens to the tune of "Davy Crockett". 
PP Hung Wei ceremoniously pinned "King of the Frontier" President Wendell.

President Wendell gave a brief history of some of the pioneers from his home state of Tennessee such as Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone. 
He went on to share all of the pioneering efforts of Cupertino Rotarians over the years.  "Yes, We did that!"   He said our club will continue to be a pioneering club going forward.
We heard reports of what we've done from our Service Committee presidents, several with coon skin caps, just like President Wendell. More important we were reminded of the busy year ahead and what we will do to live out our motto of Service Above Self.
Rotary's theme for the year is "Be a gift to the World."  President Wendell said that on our Cupertino Rotary Frontier, our job is to cherish our members, love and uplift our community, and bring health, harmony and enlightenment to the world. 
We love our job!

 A number of Rotary Members had a chance to say a few words to Suzi's family on behalf of our club. Click here or on the picture below to see a video of their comments.. Like, them, we will all miss Suzi's spark and enthusiasm.

President Wendell announced the Global Elegance will be held on Sunday, Aug. 23rd at a private estate in Atherton. 
Global Elegance 2015, is Cupertino Rotary’s special evening affair to raise funds for World Community Service projects to address humanitarian needs and support education from China and India, to Latin America and Africa.
Our location is the magnificent Atherton Estate of Peter and Susanna Pau. Located on Atherton Ave., valet parking will be provided.  (The event address will be emailed to registered ticket holders.)
Significantly, donations to Global Elegance are leveraged through matching grants from the Rotary Foundation and project funding support from other Rotary clubs.
Click here for the invitation package and complete details.  Register online for tickets, or to donate in support of Cupertino's WCS projects: http://bit.ly/GlobalElegance15

Secretary:  Karen Morris
Sgt at Arms:  John Bruzus
Greeters:  Byron Rovegno and Kris Wang
Deidre Alexander from Campbell, Ravi Bhargava from Kanpur, India, and Jeff Orth the DGE from Gilroy joined us.
President Wendell introduced several guests; Cathy & Maarten Kalisvaart, Joe & Sue Hauser, Ned & Rusty Britt, Norm Hackford, Dennis Whittaker, Alicia Taam, Marymoore Paterson, his wife Pam Stephens, and Bella Vorthman.  Don Sun hosted Hsu Leu and Gail Yee McCaffrey.  Kathee Kraker introduced Ann-Marie Meacham, ED of the FUHS Foundation.  Shirley Lee, Dr. Spencer Hau, and John Ingle were hosted by  PP Hung WeiDiana Ding's guest was Jennifer Luo.  Geoff Paulsen was hosted by Judy WilsonChuck Harper introduced his wife, Nancy Harper.  Zoe Alameda's guests were Robin Lyssenko, Emil Papke, Dennis Cima and Sue Chan.   Peter Troop hosted Kathy Yates.
Kris Wang shared her inspirational story about the first time she donated blood.  That day she met a woman who had reached her 5 gallon blood donation milestone.  Kris felt inspired by the thought of how many people that woman had helped without ever having met them.
And it was a timely inspiration as our favorite dentist, Leon Davis, reminded us that the Stanford Blood Center is in need and will be taking blood donations at the Northwest YMCA on Alves Drive in Cupertino on Wednesday, Aug. 5th  from 1:30 PM - 5:300 PM.
PP Steve Rudd joined with comedic lament of the installation of Wendell Stephens to the office of President. 
Don Sun joined and announced the new summer edition of his publication Silicon Valley Impressions Magazine.  The publication highlights a variety of people who work to better the community including several Cupertino Rotarians such as Bev Lenihan, Dr. Hsing Kung, Ann and Joe Cleaver, and Polly Bove
Amy Chan joined and congratulated President Wendell and complimented the fact that he has always held women in highest regard.  She also announced the upcoming CEEF 5K Run. 
Sandy James invited all to the Cupertino Veterans' Memorial Golf Tournament which will be held on August 24th at the Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club.  Some of the proceeds of this event will benefit the Veteran's program at De Anza College. 
Scott Stauffer joined to congratulated his father-in-law - President Wendell - and said he is one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet!
Zoe Alameda said that six $1,500 De Anza Workforce scholarships have been presented to De Anza College students pursuing a two-year AA/AS degree or certificate that leads to employment without transfer. 
One of the recipients, Emil Papke, was her guest.  Emil is 32 years old and is married and has a family.  He works full-time and is in the Auto Tech certificate program.
PP Liz Gallegos announced that the Club Nominating Committee is seeking nomination recommendations for several positions:  President Elect, President Nominee, Secretary, CFO, and two Board of Directors.  The club will vote on nominees on Sept. 30th.


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

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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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