Distinguished Speakers

Oct 29, 2014
Two Club Members Will Share Their Lives With The Club
Nov 05, 2014
Larry Gerston
Election Review
Nov 12, 2014
Tony Ridder
A candid conversation with a media icon
Nov 19, 2014
Thanksgiving Program
What I Am Thankful For

News Articles Just For You

Today's program, known as "personals" will feature Club members Cindy Faulkner and Sal Pizarro who have been asked to speak about their lives.

Cindy Faulkner is the President Valley Heating, Cooling and Electrical in San Jose.  She and her husband Jeff purchased the company from fellow Rotarian Tom Atkinson on April fool’s Day in 2003.  No joke!  Her time in HVAC started 24 years ago in 1990 at the age of 22 at a local competitor right here in San Jose.  Getting that job, learning the ropes, and ultimately becoming a business owner in the heating and air business worked out to be a blessing she does not take for granted.
Cindy was born in the small town of Altus, Oklahoma.  Her family traveled around when she was young and lived in Iowa, NYC, and New Mexico then back to Oklahoma before permanently moving to Colorado when she was 13.  Her parents divorced and married twice, which is just one of weird stories she has while growing up.  Cindy enjoys learning about her ancestors and has some interesting things to share, including details about the discovery that her maiden name should have been Cogsbill not Minor because her GGG Grandfather changed his name when he ran from the law in Virginia back in 1850.
Most know Cindy for serving a long time on the annual Event committee since she joined Rotary in 2003.  She has retired this year from that committee, but still serves on Membership, Downtown, Debunking, Hospitality, Ski and plans to judge for ELC again this year.  Cindy has served on Contributions, Rotaplast (which she hopes to join again), and is a past board member.  She is also looking forward to becoming active again as a VIA Services board member.
Cindy and Jeff have been married for 18 years, and do not have children.  They enjoy the snow, camping, and loves to travel a few times a year if possible, including to the Indy 500.


Sal Pizarro has written the Around Town column for the San Jose Mercury News since 2005 and started working for the paper in 1989. Sal grew up in San Jose and graduated with a political science degree from UC-Santa Barbara. Sal, who also writes a cocktail column for the Mercury News, lives in San Jose with his wife, Amy, their two children and their dog, Chickenbone.


Enjoy a week at the Ridge Resort in beautiful Lake Tahoe!
Rotarian Jim Trembath has donated his timeshare to the highest bidder at the Rotary meeting on October 29th.
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- November 29th - December 6th
- 2 bed 2 bath condo, with fireplace and equipped kitchen
- Adjacent to Heavenly Ski Resort
- Tennis courts, swimming pool, spa & recreation facility, saunas, theater & complimentary shuttle service
- Valued at $3,780, starting bid $1,000‚Äč
- All proceeds to go to the Rotary Club of San Jose Foundation. 
Come prepared to bid! 

Looking for gift ideas? Award winning artist and Rotarian, Jim Hummel, will draw a 81/2 x 11 caricature of your family member or friend for $300. All proceeds will go to the Rotary Club of San Jose Foundation. These are going fast, so don't delay! To order yours, contact Jim by clicking here

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Thanks to our many supporters last year, we are able to continue the tradition of having a printed Membership Directory to compliment our online membership database.
If you want more information or want to place an ad. (members only please) contact Teresa McCarthy at (408) 297-6100 or
click here.

Deadline: October 31, 2014
Placement: "When They Joined" Section
Color: Black only
Provide final digital image (camera ready art) or business card by November 21, 2014

Advertising  Options:  
Full Page $400   4.5 inches x 7.5 inches
Business Card $200   4.5 inches x 2.44 inches

- Senior Director of Community Engagement at the American Cancer Society, responsible for a 17 county territory
- Originally studied to be a mechanical engineer, but her path quickly changed when her father was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1998
- Dedicated her career to the American Cancer Society since (16 years)
- Was a “military brat” - born in Germany, has lived in the Philippines and Okinawa, Japan
- She, her husband, and two children moved to San Jose last August from Sacramento
- Free time is monopolized by her children’s sports and family activities, but she loves to dive into a good book and is an aspiring super foodie! 

- General Manager/CEO of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
- Born and raised in Panama (Central America); lived in Chicago, Washington, DC and New York City
- MBA from Roosevelt University and BS in Civil Engineering from Bradley University
- Worked in the public and private sectors on highway, mass transit and airport mega projects
- Four years in the Clinton Administration at US Department of Transportation
- She and her husband, Dan have been in the South Bay less than a year
- Enjoys gardening, cycling, hiking, jazz and visiting foreign lands

- Principal of the Interface Financial Group
- Born in London England, grew up mainly in Colorado
- Attended University and Grad school in Oregon
- Worked at HP, Agilent Technologies and TRI Corp
- Lives with his wife in the Los Gatos Mountains
- Has four grown children who are for the most part independent… Yeah!
- Loves Lacrosse and founded the Red Hawks which now has 300 kids
- Hobbies are hiking, camping, skiing, biking and spending as much time at the beach as possible.

Rotarians and their guests were greeted in the lobby by the members of the International Service committee, chaired by SANDRA JEWETT, and it was a delight to see many members of the committee dressed in garb from other countries. President STEW PARK opened the 4,997th meeting at 12:22, and we were led in “God Bless America” by RAY SILVA and DAVE MITCHELL.
LEAH TOENISKOETTER followed with the Thought of the Day, providing two quotes on change from Victor Hugo and President John F. Kennedy.

Guests and visiting Rotarians were introduced, with traveling microphones handled by SARAH JANIGIAN and PAUL KING. ROD DIRIDON SR. and GAY CRAWFORD introduced our two newest members,
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NURIA FERNANDEZ, who is CEO of the Valley Transportation Authority, and MACHELLE LOCSIN, senior director of community engagement for the American Cancer Society.
Our meeting speakers are on KLIV Wednesday evening at 7 PM the week after the meeting.  Tune in to 1590 AM on your radio.

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You can download Rotary International's "End Polio Now" bimonthly newsletter by Clicking On This Link. It was updated September 2014.

The bottom line is this: As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, all children – wherever they live – remain at  risk. You can track the progress on the internet of Polio eradication at this link. There is a Rotary International Link here


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