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Quinlan Community Center
10185 North Stelling Road
Cupertino, CA  95014
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At our Wednesday luncheon meeting this week, Colleen Hudgen will lead the annual Senior's Holiday Luncheon where Rotarians host seniors from local retirement centers and senior program centers. At our last meeting in November, Colleen announced that more than 30 Rotarians have signed up to host our special guests.

We return to Quinlan Center for this special Cupertino Rotary Holiday tradition that begins at noon.  Guests and Rotarians will be entertained by a choral group from Monta VIsta High School.
Our own Jim Jackson will present “Ten Mistakes I Made in Giving to Charity” following our Wednesday meeting, from 1:45 to 3pm in the Social Room at Quinlan. This seminar is one of three hosted by CREF annually.
Jim Jackson is a former mayor of Cupertino and the founder of Cupertino National Bank and has been an attorney in Cupertino for over 50 years specializing in estate planning.
On his retirement in 2003, Jim began assisting individuals and charitable organizations in their charitable giving.  Jim has made presentations to a variety of national conferences on charitable giving and authored articles on planned giving in the National Journal of Planned Giving. Save the date—invite family and friends!
Embarking on a new chapter in her life, Irmgard LaFrentz said a fond but sad "Goodbye" to Cupertino Rotary at our meeting on November 30.  Irmgard has closed her business here and is moving to Ecuador in early December. 
A Cupertino Rotarian since 2007, Irmgard leadership of the Club Youth Exchange program led her to helping exchange student Carolina Tamariz Malo from Ecuador in 2011. This led to a friendship with Carolina's family family. Over the last five years they have visited with Irmgard here in the Bay Area and she has visited them in Ecuador.
The Tamariz Malo family introduced Irmgard to Cuenca, their beautiful city in Ecuador highlands.  For Irmgard, with a need for something new and an energetic and extremely curious outlook, the connection is an opportunity to build a new chapter in her life.
She will be staying with Carolina's family initially as she continues learning Spanish and acclimates to her new life.  She will then move into her own apartment. 
Irmgard hopes to join a local Cuenca Rotary Club that accepts women and connect the community of American expats there with volunteer opportunities in orphanages, schools, and to help eliminate poverty.  She is excited to enjoy a slower pace of life and to immerse herself in a new culture. 
She promised to stay in touch and give us updates.  You will be missed, Irmgard!
Coming on the heels of last Saturday's kid's Snowflake day, next Saturday, Dec 10, is the Holiday Program for adults at Via West.
This second Winter event at Via West creates magical moments around wreath making, tree decorating, stocking stuffing, cookie making and caroling. Firefighters will deliver our gigantic holiday tree (provided by Cupertino Rotarians) and stay for wonderful photo opportunities.  
We need Rotarians to volunteer to make this a great day for the 18+ year olds at Via West.  It's a great experience, if you have supported us in the past, sign up again, if you haven't, join us for one of the most rewarding volunteer events in our club. In consistently ranks at the top of our members lists. 
Volunteer for from 1-4PM at Via West this coming Saturday.  Sign up online or contact Leslie Davis.
We hope you can join us on Thursday, December 8th for the annual Inner Wheel Holiday Party.  It is a festive way to bring in the holidays and everyone's generosity helps make the holidays brighter for many clients of West Valley Community Services.
At the home of John Gatto & Pat Dowd - 10641 Madera Drive, Cupertino, 
Cost: $20.00 per person. Feel free to bring donations for West Valley Community Services to the event.
RSVP to Pat Dowd 408-245-6455 or 
Tina Ferguson was our greeter last week, secretary was Karen Morris, Sgt at Arms Frank Tsui and videographer, Gary Latshaw.
To open the meeting Milt Wehrman led us in the pledge.
George Denise shared the popular story of the little boy who found thousands of starfish washed up on a beach.  As he was throwing one back into the ocean, he was asked by an observer, "Why do you bother?  You can't possibly save them all."  He replied, "Well, I just saved that one." 
He then spoke of how inspired he was by participating in Cupertino Rotary's Thanksgiving Dinner distribution this year.  There were almost eighty volunteers that helped set up, organize, and deliver 120 meals to those in need.  As he delivered the last meal, he was struck by the glow and gratitude on the faces of the mother and daughter.  He then spoke of the United Nations goal to end hunger worldwide and asked how Rotary might become involved.
Rotarians with Guests:  
Chuck Harper,  hosted his wife Nancy Harper
Gary Jones,  introduced Sabrina Rizk
April Bignell,  introduced Maggie Padovani
Rod Sinks,  hosted Tom Pyke and his mother, Phyllis Sinks
Hung Wei, introduced Tom Pyke's wife, Kathy Pyke and Jack Lin, former Santa Barbara Rotarian
Stuart Rosenberg, introduced David Fung
Leslie Davis, introduced Katie Gilbert
Jim Walker, hosted Honorary Cupertino Rotarian, Irv Webster
Nandy Kumar, introduced his wife, Shobana Nandakumar
President's Club: 
New Rotarian Sabrina Rizk joined in celebration of the publication of her children's book "Hannah and Amy go to Peru" which is available on Amazon.  She is writing a series of children's books based on the travels of her and her family to ten countries and five continents over a six month period.  
April Bignell joined in honor of George Denise and their experience in delivering a Thanksgiving meal to a lady who was a challenge to locate in a large apartment complex.  When they did finally find her, she was extremely grateful and gave them a special recipe in a thank-you note with the sentiment that said,  "I hope God blesses your socks off".
Tina Ferguson said that she has all of the volunteers needed for Kids Shopping Day on the morning of Dec 8 and a few extras that she is trying to figure out how to include.
Leslie Hay said time is running out to sign up for the Holiday Party on 12/10 at Saratoga Country Club.  Please RSVP by 12/7.  Larry Dean will be the DJ and there will also be entertainment from the Monta Vista High School choir.  She stated that she also needs help with the pouring of the BIG bottle of wine.
Josh Selo, Executive Director of West Valley Community Services, said they need 56 more gifts for their December Holiday Gift Program.  For more information, please see their website.

New Rotarian Maureen Chen's Red Badge talk. 

Maureen was born in Taipei, Taiwan.  Her father has been a Rotarian in Taiwan for thirty years and has been involved in many projects.  She lived in Taiwan until she was fourteen when her family moved to the US.  She had to learn English and worked very hard in school as her parents took very good care of her. 
She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Accounting and worked for fifteen years in accounting but realized that she lacked "people skills".  She became a single mom with a 6-month-old in her early 30s and moved back to Taiwan to be with her parents.  Her son was diagnosed as autistic at two years old and remains non-verbal. 
Maureen moved back to the US and continued her career in accounting working 50 hours per week.  She had a live-in nanny and a therapist to help her son, but became very guilt-ridden.  Her son has taught her of unconditional love but four years ago, she decided it was time to expand herself by becoming an entrepreneur.  She said looking back, she now realizes how every step in her life has led her to this point and to the realization of the true meaning of serving.  She said, "To who much is given, much is required."  This has led her to Cupertino Rotary where she will be able to hone her people skills and to give back.  Welcome to Cupertino Rotary, Maureen!

Three new Inductions!

We inducted three new Cupertino Rotarians; Maggie Padovani, sponsored by April Bignell, Sabrina Rizk, sponsored by Gary Jones, and Tom Pyke, sponsored by Orrin Mahoney and Rod Sinks.  Welcome to Cupertino Rotary, Maggie, Sabrina, and Tom!

Click on the image above to watch Assembly member Evan Low share his perspective on the recent election and challenges facing California in remarks he made to the Rotary Club of Cupertino on November 30.
Low was elected to the California State Assembly in November 2014 to represent District 28 and is currently serving in the leadership team as Assistant Majority Whip.
At the age of 31, Low became the youngest Asian American legislator to have been elected to the Assembly in state history. The district is located in Silicon Valley and includes Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga, and the areas of West San Jose, Willow Glen, Cambrian, and Almaden Valley in San Jose.
Low is a lifelong resident of Silicon Valley and has been a regional community leader. His work within the community and deep knowledge of issues local residents faced led him to run for Campbell City Council in 2006.

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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 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 - Open; Third Wednesday - Lee McCrumb; Fourth Wednesday - Open Fifth Wednesday - Peter Troop. Backup- Chris Zhang
Our highly esteemed meeting reporters are assigned as follows: First Wednesday - Byron Rovegno; Second Wednesday -Open; Third Wednesday - Bill Wilson; Fourth Wednesday - Josh Selo;; Fifth Wednesday - Laurie Johnson.


What is Rotary?

Rotary is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs. Rotarians volunteer locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health, provide education, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto -- Service Above Self

Weekly Program & Luncheon Speaker
Annual Senior's Holiday Luncheon
Dec 07, 2016
Monta Vista High School Choral Group
Simon Pennington
Dec 14, 2016
Art History
Amy Chan, Leader
Dec 21, 2016
Christmas Songs and Stories
Dec 28, 2016

ImageWatch some of our recent speakers.

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Jeff Orth

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Year-to-date 2016:  37

Full Yr 2015:     106
Full Yr 2014:     359
Full Yr 2013:     403