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Quinlan Community Center
10185 North Stelling Road
Cupertino, CA  95014
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Just in time for Valentines Day, Alice Bailey will give members a new appreciation of the varieties and nuances of this much beloved treat.  Alice Bailey is COO of Palo Alto's Chocolate Garage.


Don Sun presented the speakers from local high schools to compete for the opportunity to participate in our district speech contest.
From Monte Vista High School, Amita Mahatri gave an excellent speech pointing out how we often identify ourselves by our numbers (SAT Scores, # likes on FB, etc) and how the 4 way test suggests we should measure ourselves in a more meaningful way. She put it all in perspective by discussing teen suicides and wrapped up by reminding us to measure ourselves by what we do and contribute, not the numbers we achieve. 
We then heard from Melinda Sun of Cupertino High School. Melinda spoke about the importance of the Affordable Care Act as relates to health and how Rotary’s work to eradicate polio has had a major impact.  She used the amazing story of Tenley Albright (polio survivor who won an Olympic skating medal, became a world-famous surgeon).
After listening to the speeches, the judges, Joe Hamilton, Steve Ting and Irmgard Lafrentz, deliberated and awarded first prize to Melinda Sun. Congratulations to Melinda and we will all be cheering for you at the upcoming District contest.

Jeff Morrison joined in honor of his wife’s recent passing. He thanked all the rotarians for their warmth in reaching out. Diana Ding joined to thank everyone for their support recently in her father’s passing. It was difficult but she is glad to be home to her Rotary Family.


Pledge: JoAnn Leonard
Inspiration:  PP Hung Wei – Hung shared some inspirational quotes from her recent trip to Hawaii, she saw them at the Mahina Café. “How great would life be if we lived a little of it every day” and “There are so many beautiful reasons to be happy”.  Perfect quotes coming from Hung.
Visiting Rotarians: Ivan Temes from East Palo Alto Rotary Club and Sean Halasz from Satatoga Rotary Club
Rotarians with Guests: Tom Avualamovits and Tom Hu, guests of PP Hung Wei;  Jennifer Shearin, guest of Anne Greski;  Bruce Wu, guest of Chris Zhang


Jeff Moe presented the student winners of the 2015 Fall Festival Art Show.  All winners were from Cupertino High School.  The Rotary Presidents award went to Bill Wong for his work Green Forest. The Mayors award went to Jessica Xia for her work titled Hummingbird and the Fall Festival Award went to Sumin Lee for her work titled Know Coffee. The artistic talent shown by these students was amazing.

 Kathy Yates provided us an excellent talk on her life’s journey. Growing up in the military provided lots of moves for her as a young child, eventually settling the famous town of Mystic, Conn. And yes there really is a Mystic Pizza. She is a trained economist, but spent much of her career in media, including at the SJ Mercury where she ended up as Sr. VP and GM of Operations, pioneering newspaper on the web. After an interesting venture into Educational training, she has entered her post career phase, enjoying riding, hiking, travel and volunteering. 

  • Carol Atwood will be hosting an Orange picking event at the Stocklmeir Orchard to benefit local food banks from 9-12 on Valentine ’s Day. Don your gloves and join her. Contact Carol to sign up.
  • Annie Ho announced the upcoming Taiwan Trip to visit the single mom’s kitchen on March 17-26.  Contact Amelia Ho for details. Sign up deadline is this week, so don’t delay.
  • Leon Davis reminded us that February 17th is our next blood donation drive. Stop by the Y after the club meeting (between 1:30-5:00) and donate the gift of life (and receive a movie gift for your time).
  • Jeremy Nishihara announced the upcoming Dr. Seuss reading day. He needs about 40 volunteers to visit the schools and read to the students. It’s always a fun time, so contact Jeremy to sign up.
  • President Wendell Stephens made a plug for the weekly Job Support group run by Jim Gibson.  It’s a great support for the community and he recently spoke to the group. Barbara McArthur will be speaking with them next. Contact Jim if you can be of assistance, this is a great program.
  • PP Richard Lowenthal made a plea for help to support the legal and contract work on the Stocklmeir property Rotary Center project. Contact Richard if you have any expertise in rental contracts and can be of assistance.
  • JoAnn Leonard/ Richard Abdalah (Vocation chair/co-chairs) gave us information on the recently awarded teacher mini-grants. We provided over $3,000 to 11 teachers at the 3 local high schools with funds to help with their classroom. They read a few of the thank you notes to the club. It was nice to be reminded of the good we do in our community.

Mark your calendar for our next Blood Drive on February 17th. Join us at the YMCA after the meeting (1:30-5:30) to give the elixer of life. See you there.

The non-profit, Village Harvest, will  be harvesting the oranges at the Stocklmeir Orchard this year on Sunday, February 14th from 9:00am - 12:30pm.  They expect to harvest 3,000 pounds of fruit which will be sent to the local food banks, including WVCS.  They staff a volunteer team and supply all equipment needed for the harvest.  They have extended this volunteer opportunity to our Rotary Club as well.  If you would like to participate in this wonderful hands on project, please contact Carol Atwood at or 408-777-3226.

Past District Governor, Karl Stucki passed away January 13 after a long battle with cancer .  Karl was admired around the world for his many contributions to humanity.  Karl was the recipient of RI’s Service Above Self Award, and the Rotary Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award and Citation for Meritorious Service.  In 1985, and again in 2003, Karl received our District’s Sydney R. Mitchell Award as the “Outstanding Rotarian in District 5170.”  Karl was a past President of the Rotary Club of Oakland, and served as our District Governor in 2000-2001.  Each year, District 5170 honors “the Rotarian who exemplifies the greatest contribution to Rotary ideals” with the Karl Stucki Award. Karl was a stellar Rotarian and a role model for many of us.
The remembrance of  Karl, will be held on Monday February 22, at 1:00 p.m., at the California Ballroom, 1736 Franklin Street, Oakland, CA. Cupertino Rotarians and guests are welcome.  Please join PDG Jim Walker, PDG Don Allen, PDG Joe Hamilton, DGE Orrin Mahoney and others, if you'd like to ride together.


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
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.



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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 - Pallavi Shah; 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 -Calina Thompson; Third Wednesday - Bill Wilson; Fourth Wednesday - Open;; Fifth Wednesday - Laurie Campbell.


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