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Dr. Larry Gerston specializes on the U.S. public policy process at the national and state levels.  He has written twelve books, focusing on a “hands on,” user-friendly approach to politics and government.

Gerston’s most recent book, Reviving Citizen Engagement: Policies to Renew National Community (Taylor & Francis, publisher) examines the loss of political attachment in the United States, explains the costs to society, and offers solutions for making America whole again.


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 November 5th.
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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
- All proceeds to go to the Rotary Club of San Jose Foundation. 
Come prepared to bid! 

20141015_Rotary meeting_2257 editedThe Exchange Students are the two boys in the middle. 
We recently introduced you to our two Inbound Exchange students. They are delightful young men. As the hosting club, we are charged with host family placement. This is a wonderful opportunity to interact with our students and to share with them the life of a "typical American family."
We are looking for host families from mid-January 2015 through mid-June 2015, at which time the students will return to their home countries.
Please consider opening your homes to our Inbound Exchange students. Host families come in all shapes and sizes. Previous successful hosts have included families with small children, families with older children, and couples without kids.  Host families open their homes to these students and share their family traditions with them.
The rewards from serving as a ‘host family' are many.  Please contact Pam Foley at or call 408-264-9000 if you are interested and would like more information. Time is of the essence for setting up housing for our young exchange student, so please consider offering your support.
Thank you.
--Youth Exchange Committee

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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Group photo in front of Hospital Julio Rodriguez
Four San Jose Rotarians left October 26 for a Rotaplast Mission in Cumana, Venezuela.They are: Jaime Chavez, Shishir Doctor, Cyndie George and Kathy Wiley. Accompanying them are Irving Stowers from Livermore Rotary as the photographer; Valerie Edwards from Stockton Rotary as the ward coordinator and Mark Montana, an employee of Cupertino Electric, John Boncher's employee, as the quartermaster. They will return November 8. Mission update: As of October 30, the Team had registered 239 patients and will have 8 days of surgery.​

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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: November 3, 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

- Business and Community Relations Director at Career Systems Development/San Jose Job Corps
- BS in Business Management and Certificate in Child Development Management from UCLA School of Management.
- Was a former grant writer and nonprofit consulting firm owner
- Enjoys working out and reading about Civil Rights & Social Justice
- 2014 Activist of the Year from Latino Action Media
- Has four kids and has been married for 10 years
- Hates seeing people getting mistreated. If I catch you mistreating someone, you might just get a chance to experience my wrath! 

- Founder and CEO of Alpha Public Schools, a charter management organization operating two middle schools in Alum Rock
- Born and raised in New Jersey, graduate of Boston College
- Worked previously as an account manager for an insurance company and as a financial advisor
- Interested in helping traditionally underserved kids from the East Side get a great education, graduate from college, and succeed in high tech jobs
- Lives in Spartan-Keyes neighborhood with his girlfriend, Holly and their Golden Doodle, Riley
- Loves discussing politics and religion and wishes it were more acceptable
- Enjoys hiking and wants to learn how to SCUBA dive
When you meet him, ask John about the year he spent hitch hiking across the US!

- 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

- 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! 

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Rotarians and guests were greeted by members of the Enterprise Leadership Conference (ELC) Committee, chaired by JOHN CALLAN.
President STEW PARK called to order meeting 4,998 of the Rotary Club of San Jose.  RAY SILVA, accompanied by TERRY KANE on piano, led the singing of “God Bless America.”  The Thought for the Day was delivered by LISA MALLETTE.
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The Red Badgers handing the microphones today were STEVE PROUTY and JEAN LU.
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  During the introductions, President Stew also called upon member DAN ORUM, president and CEO of the San Jose Giants, and asked to predict the outcome of Game 7 of the World Series, between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals.  Dan predicted the Giants would win with a score of 7-2.  
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He also noted that we can be proud of the fact that all the Game 7 starting infielders for the San Francisco Giants were all once San Jose Giants. 
JOHN KENNETT announced that at next week’s meeting, a Tahoe Get-Away will be auctioned, with 100 percent of the raised dollars being contributed to the Club’s permanent Endowment, thanks to the generosity of JIM TREMBATH.  The lodging is 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms at The Ridge on South Shore, and is for the dates November 29-December 6.  The value is $3,700 and the starting minimum bid will be $1,000. 
Our meeting speakers are on KLIV Wednesday evening at 7 PM the week after the meeting.  Tune in to 1590 AM on your radio.

PrintClick here at CreaTV San Jose's website. Put in "Rotary" in the TITLE window, click on SUBMIT and all our programs will appear. Choose the speaker you want to see/hear. 


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


Contact the webmaster by clicking on this link: Email SJ Rotary Webmaster  Please do not contact the Rotary Office about the web pages. 

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