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Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM

Quinlan Community Center
10185 North Stelling Road
Cupertino, CA  95014
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President Elect
Assistant Secretary
CREF President
Strategic Development Officer
Immediate Past President
Our speaker, John F. Roberts, will talk about “Today’s Secret Service”, certainly a very topical subject with all the issues about the performance of the Secret Service being discussed in the media today. John was raised in the East Bay, a graduate of California High School in San Ramon. He has a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice form Park University in Missouri and a Masters of Public Administration from George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. John served as a U.S. Marine from 1988 to 2000. His jobs included security for the presidential helicopter (Marine One) and a criminal investigator with the USMC Criminal Investigation Division.  Mr. Roberts has served with the United States Secret Service from 2000 to present, including a variety of assignments. 

We may have had our most interesting meeting ever last week as we discussed the book “My Promised Land” by Ari Savit.  Gary Latshaw was the moderator and he did a masterful job.   There were 18 people in attendance and at least four were guests.    Israel is always an interesting topic and armed with a little new information from the book and our previous misconceptions of what we already knew about Israel we were in good shape to discuss the topics. It was wide ranging discussion with a nice feeling at the end. 
For next month we have a book on India. Amazon says  "In this brilliant, breathtaking book by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport ". Come join us on Thursday March 28th at 7PM  to discuss,Behind the Beautiful Forevers, We hope to see you then.


March 18 - Mark your calendar to come and celebrate our Club's 60th Birthday and to find out the answer to that all-important question:  Do we now have $1,000,000 in CREF's Permanent Fund?  Did we meet our goal?  What if we did?  Well, now THAT would be exciting!  With it, we could fund magnificent projects far into the future, projects like those we do now in community, international, youth and vocational services, and  fund many, many new ones, as members bring innovative ideas our way.  The possibilities are endless!  Come celebrate the good we've done and the good to come!


Join the Inner Wheel for a fun night of Bocce Ball and Dinner on Sunday April 12th starting at 4:45 PM with dinner at 6:30 PM
$60 per person includes Buffet Dinner & Bocce Ball, Campo di Bocce, 565 University Ave., Los Gatos
Please make your check payable to “Inner Wheel Club of Cupertino” and mail to Rita Witmer.161 Via Campana, Aptos, Ca  95003 
Reservation & Check MUST be received by March 31  
Check out all the details here.

PledgeDana Stern
Inspiration:   Dana Stern gave us an excellent speech about what we can learn from Geese. If you missed it,watch this short video by clicking here.

Visiting Rotarians:
Rotarians with guests

President's Club:  Sandy James joined to announce her new job as public outreach for the development company doing the development of the future of Vallco Mall.

Gauri and Savita announced the formation of the Bollywood Dance fellowship. They will meet on Saturday's from 10:30-11:30, both male and female Rotarians are welcome, no prior dance experience required. A fun time is promised to all. Contact Gauri to sign up.

Jeremy Nishihara announced the Dr. Seuss reading day will be in over 56 classes. They still have a few classes to support so contact Jeremy if you can be of help.

Teacher mini-grant presentation:
Monte Vista teacher Miki McMillan presented the project she is doing as a result of the Cupertino Rotary Teacher grant. She will be teaching a Life Skills course to students preparing to go to college to learn the skills needed to live away from home. This is a fantastic program and we were all glad to hear the details. If you missed it, you can check the presentation here (coming soon)

Sherry Hergott presented to the club about the Friends of Education program on behalf of the Vocational  Service team. She explained how the focus is in support of the state goal  "In pursuit of Career and College Readiness" and that the team has already started working with Cupertino Middle School teachers providing Rotarian expertise to help students in activities ranging from computer coding to gardening. Anyone interested in working to support students in this activity should contact Sherrie and she will get you involved.



California Education - A Futuristic Snapshot

John Danner co-Founder and CEO of a new online learning company, Zeal, to make personalizing learning simple to manage for teachers and engaging and effective for students. John gave us a perspective on his time at Rocketship and how he sees education going in the future as well as how Zeal is adressing providing data to the people who can really make a difference with student- the teachers. He was very insightful and full in energy and information. Check out his presentations here (or click on the video below)
John Danner is the co-Founder and CEO of a new online learning company to make personalizing learning simple to manage for teachers and engaging and effective for students, focusing in particular on “the other 99%” of students for whom the current education system is not working.  John’s first partner in this venture is Rocketship Education, where John was co-Founder and CEO for the previous eight years.  Rocketship is the highest performing school system for low-income students in California and the first blended school system in the country, currently serving 3700 students.  John was a fifth and second grade public school teacher before starting Rocketship.  John’s first startup was NetGravity, the first Internet adserver company, where he was co-Founder and CEO.  John took NetGravity public in 1998 and sold the company in 1999.  John has a B.S. and M.S. Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a M.Ed. in Education Policy from Vanderbilt University.  He is an Aspen Institute Crown Fellow, Ashoka Fellow, and was the 2010 winner of the McNulty Prize for Social Entrepreneurship from the Aspen Institute. - - See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/3794/Speakers/d5140642-651f-4810-b188-246df030fbdb#sthash.Nof0VkqD.dpuf


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

Mar 04, 2015
John F. Roberts
Today's Secret Service
Mar 11, 2015
Seth Shostak - Evening Program
SETI Institite: Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
Mar 18, 2015
Mar 25, 2015
Coming to America
Rotarians Don Sun, Vicky Tsai and Peyman Sahbaie- Program 2 Hosted By Don Allen
Apr 01, 2015
John Zirelli, Golf Classic Chair
2015 Golf Classic Kick Off
Apr 08, 2015
Dr. Andy Huang
The Healing of Accupunture
Apr 15, 2015
Mayor Chuck Reed
Pension Reform
Apr 22, 2015
Tomi Ryba, President and CEO, El Camino Hospital
What’s happening in health/hospital care now—challenges and innovations
Apr 29, 2015
Alex Filippenko
James Lick Observatory
May 06, 2015
Colleen Hudgen
Coretta Scott King; Wife, Mother, Civil Rights Leader, Advocate for World Peace, Accomplished Singer
May 13, 2015
Richard Lowenthal
Plug In Technology
May 27, 2015
Jafar Yaghoobi
Iran in the 80's and Today
Jun 03, 2015
Superintendents Polly Bove and Wendy Gualewicz
Report From the Superintendents of our Local Public Schools
Jun 10, 2015
Judge Paul Bernal
Bear Flag Revolt and the Berreyesa Murder
Jun 17, 2015
Zoe Alameda
End of Life

ImageWatch some of our recent speakers including, the Rotary Choir, CUSD Superintendant Wendy Gudalewicz and Political Science Professor  Terry Christensen

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Yr-to-date 2014:  278

Full Yr 2013:     403
Full Yr 2012:     223
Full Yr 2011:     650
Full Yr 2010:  1,349


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