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Quinlan Community Center
10185 North Stelling Road
Cupertino, CA  95014
United States
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PO Box 1101
Cupertino, CA 95015

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CREF President
Strategic Planning Officer
Fund Development Officer
Immediate Past President

Home Page Stories

Join PP Liz Gallegos in celebrating our club members contributions to  The Rotary Foundation in 2014-15 and be inspired as we beging the 2015-16 campaign. Our club is one of the premier clubs in supporting The Rotary Foundation- learn why during this program.

Come and join our partner organization- Cupertino Chamber of Commerce - at the Divali festival at Memorial Park on October 17th from 10-5. Check out the flyer here.

Thanks to a generous doantion by our own Cupertino Rotary Organization, The Community Bike Repair station located at the DeAnza College Bookstore is now available for student and general public use.   As the city continues its programs to make Cupertino safer and easier cycle, Walk-Bike Cupertino hopes to see these systems installed at each of the area’s high schools as a community amenity to promote bicycling in Cupertino.

The seas of the financial market swell and dip-but CREF is a steady ship helping to support all our charitable activities.
No doubt many of you got a little queasy these past couple of weeks with the large fluctuation in the stock market. We automatically think of possible negative consequences. In the case of your Cupertino Rotary Endowment Foundation, I want to assure you, we are positioned to ride the waves.
Your CREF Board and the CREF Investment Sub-Committee continually assess our investment position for the appropriate balance of risk and return. Many thanks to Bob Adams for his leadership in this regard. He and the sub-committee interact on a regular basis with our investment counselors.
Now that the CREF permanent fund is over one million dollars, we can be confident the charitable funds available on an annual (Rotary year) basis will be there to supplement the funds we raise from our major fundraisers and other opportunities. Thank you for your commitment to CREF, and to our future of service to the community-here and throughout the world. CREF Matters.

Pledge: Sam Grenils
Inspiration: Anne Greski talked about the importance of having the courage to undertake new things but doing your best at what you doing right now.  She offered a quote from Andre Gide – “One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of shore.”  She also referred to the advice of Dr. Henry Cloud: 1) do your best at each step, 2) have the courage to take the next step, 3) do your best on the next step.
Alex Young from Saratoga
Deidre Alexander from Campbell
Himanshu Vaishnav from SJSV
Katie Perez guest of Frances Steward
Jeff Cho guest of  Orrin Mahoney
Sue Riskovec guest of Dave Stearns
Peggy Lee guest of Diana Ding
Kathi Hamilton guest of Joe Hamilton
Doug Carruthers guest of Joe Hamilton
Stella Su guest of Hung Wei
Tyler Haskell guest of Orrin Mahoney
Joe Simitian (speaker) guest of Orrin Mahoney
Mary Ellen Chell guest of Lee McCrumb
Peter Halpin joined the President’s Club to celebrate the wedding of his son at the San Diego zoo on September 12. 
Barbara McArthur joined to inform members they can use the health app on their iphones to store medical information that may be important in the case of accident or medical emergency.  She described how this can be set up to allow emergency personnel access to the information even when the phone is locked. 
Annie Ho announced a club field trip to Levi’s stadium on November 14 for a Super Bowl 50 Experience.  The event will start at 1pm, but members should be there 15 minutes early.  The experience will include a behind the scenes tour and several other items.  S  To participate in this event, RSVP by October 30. Sign up by clicking here.
Tina Ferguson announced that the ASante fine wine and cuisine tasting event to benefit the RotaCare Mountain View Free Medical Clinic.  The event will be held Thursday, November 5 from 5:30 to 8:00 at the Sunnyvale Elk’s Lodge, 375 North Pastoria Avenue in Sunnyvale.  Cost is $55 per person and checks should be made out to RotaCare Bay Area.
County Supervisor Joe Simitian, Paul Harris Fellow and former state senator, shared thoughts on the current relationship between citizens and their government.  He noted that outsiders are currently doing very well in polls for the 2016 presidential election and movements such as the Tea Party and Occupy are driven by dissatisfaction with the current state of government.  He suggested that one reason for this mood is the result of “micro-aggressions” by government – actions or policies that make things more difficult or indicate a lack of caring and hence push people away. 
He then gave several examples of these micro-aggressions.  He mentioned a constituent who approached him at one of is sidewalk office hours to ask about the $40 fee for appeals of property tax assessments that the county kept even if the appeal was successful.  Seeing the constituent’s point, he asked county personnel about this, and after some back and forth the fee was removed for all appeals.  He also mentioned the fee for paying property taxes online.  After he asked county personnel how much it really cost to process the online payment, he found it was actually eighty-one cents, far less than the fee charged.  While there was a suggestion to actually charge the eighty-one cents, it was decided the more sensible course was to eliminate the fee.  The result was a dramatic increase in online payments resulting in the county having an additional $200 million dollars in the bank at an earlier date. Other examples he gave included fees by libraries for use by people not in their district (fees now eliminated), exorbitant charges for even local calls made from juvenile hall (policy now changed to eliminate exorbitant charges), and postage required for vote by mail ballots (no longer required).  He summarized by saying that none of these items was all that earth shattering, but each of these policies pushed people away and made them lest trusting of their government. Check out his full presentation here


If you would like to be on President Wendell Stephens 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 - Open; Second Wednesday -Calina Thompson; Third Wednesday - Bill Wilson; Fourth Wednesday - Open;; Fifth Wednesday - Laurie Campbell.


About Rotary

Weekly Program & Luncheon Speaker

Oct 07, 2015
Susan Valenta
District Governor Visit
Oct 14, 2015
Liz Gallegos
TRF Program
Oct 21, 2015
Oct 28, 2015
Michael Kirst
California's Transition to Common Core State Standards
Nov 11, 2015
Dec 02, 2015
Dec 09, 2015
Senior Holiday Luncheon
Senior Holiday Luncheon
Dec 16, 2015
Dec 23, 2015
Children's Holiday Event
Children's Holiday Event

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Yr-to-date 2015:  39

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


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