Distinguished Speakers

Aug 06, 2014
John Danner
California Education-A Futuristic Snapshot
Aug 13, 2014
Dave Davenport
Prospect Silicon Valley
Aug 20, 2014
Ben Field
Labors Role in Silicon Valley: Collaborating on a More Equitable Economy
Aug 27, 2014
Betty Ann Boeving
Get in the Game: Anti-Human Trafficking

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John 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.



Things you should know about new member Tim Morris:
- Chief Operating Officer at the Family Giving Tree
- Moved to Silicon Valley in April 2014 from Redmond, WA
- One of the founders of an Osteopathic Medical School
- Served on a medical mission to Haiti after the devastating earthquake
- Has traveled to all fifty states and eleven different countries
- He and his wife, Diane have three children and three grandchildren
- PhD in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University
- Founds his life and education on a Servant Leadership model
When you meet him, ask Tim about his scuba diving bucket list. 


 • A fundraiser and event planner at Archbishop Mitty High School
 • Long-time community volunteer who participated in Community Leadership – San Jose 1990-1991, has served on several city commissions, is the past president of the YWCA of Silicon Valley and the San Jose Public Library Foundation
 • Was president of the board during the planning and construction if the YWCA Villa Nueva building in downtown San Jose.
 • Loves to read and has been in the same book group for 24+ years
 • Born in Virginia and moved to California as a teen.  100% Armenian with a name that is lovingly mispronounced regularly.
 • Married to Scott for 34 years.  Mother of four children, and Oma to two grandsons.  Daughter, son-in-law and father-in-law are all Lutheran ministers.
 • Came to San Jose to attend San Jose State University and never left.  Earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and a Masters degree in Public Administration.
 • Being a compassionate person is very important to me, and is something I hope I project through my actions.

2014-07-30 SJR Mtg FEB (2 of 24)
After being welcomed to Rotary Summit Center by a line of past presidents, current president Stew Park rang the bell, and Ray Silva and Dave Mitchell helped us channel our inner Kate Smith.
2014-07-30 SJR Mtg FEB (3 of 24)
Richard Alejandro provided inspirational words to fit the special occasion, and Rotarians and guests were introduced.
2014-07-30 SJR Mtg FEB (4 of 24)
Dave Peterson discussed  the Interact/RYLA committee’s activities, exemplifying President Stew’s “Year of Participation” theme.
In honor of the day’s speaker, the club will microlend to Miguel from Paraguay so he can purchase more crates of pears, apples and bananas to vend in the streets. President Stew personally goes on line and checks the progress of loans to make sure they are fully funded through the non-profit crowdsourcing site Kiva.com.
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 August 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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