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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
CREF President
Strategic Planning Officer
Fund Development Officer
Immediate Past President
Reflections on the Brock Turner case
Jeff Rosen, Santa Clara District Attorney, will share his insights into the Brock Turner case, and the controversy over the sentencing in the case.

Pledge: Dana Stern
Inspiration: Jim Gibson gave an inspiration particularly appropriate for the beginning of the new school year.  He presented a description of the exciting but scary life passage of a young girl going to school for the first time.  It effectively captured the loss of the care free protected place of her first years and the excitement of possibility that comes with venturing out to the larger world.


Good to have guests!

Visiting Rotarians:
Rajanikant Shroff and Ramila Schroff from Boiser-Tarapur Club in India
Don Perez from Saratoga Club
Rotarians with Guests:
Andrew Fisher (speaker) guest of Rose Ann Woolpert
Branwyn Wagman guest of Rose Ann Woolpert
Rita Chiang guest of  Orrin Mahoney
Marguerite Padovani guest of April Bignell
Carol Pliner guest of Judy Wilson
Ryan Eisenberg guest of Judy Wilson
Matt Wilson guest of Bill Wilson
Cheryl Wong guest of Lynn Ching
Peter Rovegno guest of Byron Rovegno
Kohinoor Chakravarty guest of Josh Selo
Janice Yeh guest of Hung Wei
Merrianne Young guest of Pearl Cheng
Mahesh Pakala guest of Reena Rao


Items to note!

Lisa Tsuchitani announce that the annual Run for Great Schools fundraiser for CEEF will take place starting at Memorial Park on August 27.
David Doyle and Stuart Rosenberg announced that the annual Fall Fest will take place September 10 at Memorial Park.  Volunteers are needed, and members are encouraged contact Hung Wei to sign up as soon as possible.
Josh Selo announced that the annual Chefs of Compassion fundraiser for West Valley Community Services will be held on September 16 at the Computer History Museum.
Wendell Stephens announced that a foot golf fellowship will be held at Blackberry Farm on September 2 at 4:30.  Foot golf consists of kicking a soccer ball into an appropriately sized hole.  It was emphasized that no skill or experience is required to enjoy this event.



President’s Corner:
President Judy presented a set of organization charts showing members of the board, cabinet, avenues of service and other important club committees.  She expressed appreciation for the fact that our club has so many members actively involved in making the club run smoothly and succeed in mission of service to the community and the world.

Leadership Nominations

Bev Lenihan presented the slate of nominees for club leadership roles in 2017-18. The nominees are:
President-elect–Helene Davis
Secretary–Frances Seward
Club Finance Officer–Tom Scannell
Strategic Dev. Officer–John Giovanola
At-Large Officer–Stuart Rosenberg
At-large Officer–Peter Troop
The final slate will be presented on September 14, and voting for these positions will take place at the club meeting on September 28.



Professor Andrew Fisher of the University of California, Santa Cruz gave an engaging talk on the science, policy, and economics of making better use of runoff rainwater to recharge underground water sources.  He showed information on how California uses more groundwater than is returned even in wet years.  The problem is exacerbated for a tendency of rain to increasingly come in fewer, more intense storms with the result that less of the run off finds it way back into aquifers. 
Professor Fisher then described an effort to effectively use more runoff for aquifer recharge.  His team at UCSC has finished a test channeling runoff into an area that allowed for the rainwater to soak in and recharge the underlying aquifer.  Building on the success of this test, UCSC and partners will begin a five year pilot beginning on October 1, 2016 to use this approach for more water capture in the Pajaro Valley.  Professor Fisher discussed the work his team has done using satellite data to identify the best locations for capturing runoff. 
A particularly creative and important part of this work is an approach to help pay for future groundwater recapture by giving farmers a rebate on their water bills based on the amount of groundwater capture on their land.  This approach is modeled after net metering for solar panels.  This will be incorporated into the pilot. The specific approach works in the Pajaro Valley because ground water usage is metered there.  However, it is hoped that the approach can be extended to other areas, and recent state law requiring local agencies to come up with water management plans may help make this possible.

Did you know that the Rotary Club of Cupertino has an award winning, free, non-sectarian program for the employed, unemployed, underemployed and career changers?  It is our Job Search Support Group which meets every Tuesday September through June.  This group has an over 50% success rate over the last 15 years.
Jim Gibson has been our champion for this group for many years.  Due to added responsibilities in other areas of his life, Jim needs other Rotarians to work with him.  We don’t want to see this group disappear!
Check out this video to see what a great program this is. We really need your help.

If you would like to be part of this amazing, life changing activity, please contact Jim at Thanks for volunteering!


If you would like to be on President Judy Wilson's Weekly Agenda please contact  Jerra Rowland by the Sunday night before the meeting. Please email her at
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 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
Aug 24, 2016
Jeff Rosen
Reflections on Brock Turner Case
Aug 31, 2016
Laurie Smith
Santa Clara County Jails
Sep 07, 2016
Frances Velasquez
Miwok Indians of Northern California
Sep 14, 2016
Oliver Klink
Wildlife Beyond Borders

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Meet D5170 Governor
Jeff Orth

Check out the recent district newseltter

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Year-to-date 2016:  24

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