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Chartered August 1936

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Santa Clara

Santa Clara

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:15 PM
Bay Club Santa Clara
3250 Central Expressway
Vista Room
Santa Clara, CA  95050
United States
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Santa Clara Rotary Helps JW House Put Dinner
on the Table
By Carolyn Schuk

Santa Clara Rotary Helps JW House Put Dinner on the Table

A shared meal around a family table is about much more than food. It's about comfort, companionship, and a respite from stress and worry. It's about feeling "at home" when you're far away from home.

That's why JW House's "Dinner is Served" program means so much to the families staying at the "home away from home" while family members are being treated in local hospitals. Community volunteer groups and generous restaurants provide the meals, every day of the year.

“After a long day at the hospital, our guests look forward to coming “home” to find that someone has planned and prepared a delicious meal just for them," says a JW House Executive Director Larrissa Robideaux.

"Groups who participate in the ’Dinner is Served’ program soon discover that their efforts go far beyond simply providing a dinner,” she says. “As families gather for dinner, a warm sense of community exists and many volunteer groups choose to return month after month. 'Dinner is Served’ is one of the most popular volunteer opportunities at JW House."

Santa Clara Rotary is one of those volunteer groups making sure that "Dinner is Served." “Our club has been volunteering since 2014,“ says Rotary Club JW House chair Joe Sweeney. “Members volunteer their time and rotate each month to prepare a hot meal and bring comfort to those families and children during difficult times.”

“We are grateful for the Rotary Club of Santa Clara’s generosity," says Robideaux, "and for being part of the community helping us serve more than 7,000 dinners a year.”

One of those Rotarians rolling up his sleeves in the JW House kitchen is Club president Andy Ratermann.

Ratermann has served on the Santa Clara Historical and Landmarks commission, and was elected three times to the Santa Clara Unified School Board – where he has served as Board Vice President and President. He's been on the boards of the Santa Clara Sister Cities Association, the Buchser Music Association and served for over a decade on the local Boy Scout Council Executive Board.

From making sure that every elementary school student starts the school year with properly-fitting new shoes through the "Steps for Success," to teaching young people how to take and idea and build a business around it through its Enterprise Leadership Conference, Santa Clara Rotary is an active presence in the City – and beyond through natural disaster relief programs and Rotary International's polio eradication program.

Santa Clara Rotary meets every Thursday at 12:15 p.m. at the Bay Club on Central Expressway in Santa Clara, and welcomes guests. Mercury News sports reporter Mark Purdy will be the lunch speaker on Aug. 13. For information visit www.santaclararotary.org or call (650) 421-4760.

 

 

Rotary Club of Santa Clara

Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

6/30/2015

Last Week’s Meeting. It was all about the BBQ at last week’s meeting which was held on the grounds of Central Park in the new BBQ Bistro. Set up for the SVBBQ Championships was in its second day and the area was starting to fill up with the Pro- Teams. Those helping with set up took a short break to have lunch and get the final details from Joe Sweeney and his crew of Frank Walsh, Nick Strait, Lizzy Baron, and Gerry Kosko. Gerry had his band of employees from Suhr Risk Services helping with the setup which added to the fun. Their contributions and willingness to help with the event is deserving of a big thank you.

And what an event it was. By 4:00 PM on Friday everything was in place and ready to go. Bay Area Builders constructed and assembled what has to be the longest bar I have ever seen. The Beer Garden tent, the biggest we have ever had, was ready to handle hundreds of visitors, the BBQ Bistro took on a special look, the food and other venders were in place, the BBQ teams offering samples had their pits going, and the smell of BBQ filled the park. Then for two days people enjoyed the event with Club members and other volunteers working several shifts to make sure everyone was served, parking was available, the BBQ judges were taken care of, the sampling teams were paid, and all of the other tasks associated with sponsoring the event were handled. We could not do this without the support of the club members, the volunteers, and off course our partners, the Parks and Recreation Department for the City of Santa Clara who, incidentally, won the Mayor’s Cup in the Backyard Competition.

Hats off to all of you who helped make this the best SVBBQ event to date. What a way to end the Rotary year.

Polio Plus. At the insistence for many attendees small tip jars appeared in the tent and beer booth. Tips collected in the Margareta area are going Polio Plus ($677)

This Weeks Meeting. For this week, it is the traditional debunking of the outgoing president. Past president Lou Ann Alexander is hosting the meeting. This is your chance to get some digs in so take advantage of it. If for some unknown reason I miss the meeting I want to thank each and every one of our members for your support and the incredible things you do that make this the Greatest Rotary Club in the World.

See you on Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

TRF Campaign & Polio Plus Campaign– on going

 July 2, 2015, The Debunking of Past President Rainbolt

 July 9, 2015, The beginning of Andy Ratermann’s term and the 2015-2016 Rotary year.

District Events:

July 15, 2015 Roast & Toast DG Ed Jellen, Saratoga Springs

 

 

Rotary Club of Santa Clara

Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

6/24/2015

Last Week’s Meeting. Dan Haifley the Executive Director of the O’Neil Sea Odyssey was last week’s speaker. The O’Neil Sea Odyssey is a non-profit organization founded by wet suit innovator Jack O’Neil. The Sea Odyssey organization is dedicated to the education and discovery of the marine habitat and the relationship between the living sea and the environment. The program is structure for youth in the 4th-6th grade who attend free but must earn their way by designing and performing a project to benefit their community. The program is carried out on a 65 ft catamaran sailing on Monterey Bay. Dan pointed out several statistics that this classroom setting enhances learning and retention by the students. Over 80,000 students have attended the program since it started. To learn more about the O’Neil Sea Odyssey go to www.oneillseaodyssey.org.

Rotary International Conference. Andy Ratermann returned after attending Rotary’s International Conference in San Palo, Brazil. He said he felt like he attended two conferences as he spent the second week in Rio along with 18,000 other Rotarians. Was it worthwhile for the soon to be President? Yes says Andy.

Polio Plus. If you have not done so already don’t forget to submit your Polio Plus pledge either by writing a check to Rotary International of by going on-line at Rotary.org. If you do it by check please give it to Ted Morehead or Miles Barber. Remember, your contribution counts toward your Paul Harris and also counts toward the Clubs 2014-2015 giving goals.

Newest Club Member. Tracy Wingrove was inducted as the Club’s newest member. Tracy is the Executive Director of the Santa Clara Library Foundation and is sponsored by Maria Daane who previously held that position. Tracy has a history of community service, is married to husband Jim and they have a daughter who will be a senior at Fremont High School and a son who will be a freshman at Fremont High School. Welcome to the Club Tracy.

With Tracy’s induction, twelve outstanding members have joined the Club over this Rotary year. Quite a class!

This Weeks Meeting. Well it is just around the corner, the fourth annual Silicon Valley BBQ Championships kicks off this Friday and ends on Saturday. The effort and planning that has gone into this signature event will make it the best ever. Hats off to the BBQ committee and all of those who have helped plan and organize this event. This week’s meeting will be about the BBQ and will be held at Central Park. If at all possible wear some work type clothes as set up will still be in progress and help is needed.

Oh, One More Thing. Bring a bag of lemons to the meeting on Thursday for the homemade lemonade booth.

See you on Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

TRF Campaign & Polio Plus Campaign– on going

 Club meeting at Central Park June 25,2015

 Silicon Valley BBQ Championships June 26-27

 July 2, 2015, The Debunking of Past President Rainbolt

 July 9, 2015, The beginning of Andy Ratermann’s term and the 2015-2016 Rotary year.

District Events:

TRF Campaign – on going

 Polio Plus- On going

 July 15, 2015 Roast & Toast DG Ed Jellen, Saratoga Springs

 

 

Rotary Club of Santa Clara

6/16/2015

Last Week’s Meeting. Tim Richie, President of the Tech Museum of Innovation, gave us an update on all of the activities that the Museum supports. The Tech Museum is not what you might think of as a typical Museum. From their Tech Awards Program that annually recognizes innovators from around the world who develop and apply technology to improve the human condition to the Summer Camps for youth aspiring to be Scientists, Engineers and Innovators the Tech Museum is a very active and inspiring place for all visitors.

Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

Tim covered the many other programs the Tech provides including the Tech Challenge for student between grades 5 -12, the Family, Math & Engineering bilingual classes, the Girl Scouts program, and the Tech Sleepovers that offer classes and STEM activities. All in all the Tech Museum of innovation is not your father’s typical museum. For more information about the Tech, check out www.tech.org.

Easy Perez. Easy says hello to everyone. He has entered his second round of Chemotherapy and has 5-6 months left. He and his doctors feel that they have removed all of the effected tissue and the Chemo program is to make sure. He says he will try to come by on a Thursday sometime depending on how he feels.

Bob Gustky. Bob, an avid golfer, volunteered that he shot his age in a recent round. He shot an 89 and fined himself $89. Congratulations Bob.

Mission City Community Fund Grant. Margaret Demorest submitted a grant application to the Mission City Community Fund to support our Christmas for Kids Program. On June 11 at the annual Recognition BBQ the Rotary Club of Santa Clara received a $4000 grant. Thank you to Margaret for submitting and receiving the grant request.

Polio Plus. If you have not done so already don’t forget to submit your Polio Plus pledge either by writing a check to Rotary International of by going on-line at Rotary.org. If you do it by check please give it to Ted Morehead. Remember, your contribution counts toward your Paul Harris and also counts toward the Clubs 2014-2015 giving goals.

Silicon Valley BBQ Championships. The BBQ committee held the final planning meeting this week. Everything is coming together for the 4th Annual SVBBQ Championships. If you have not signed up for at least two shifts please do so by contacting Margaret Demorest or Elizabeth Mayo. Make sure you plan to attend the June 25th meeting at Central Park for a review of the assignments, tasks, and to help with the final set-up.

This Weeks Meeting. We will be at the Bay Club for this week’s meeting and Dan Haifley of the O’Neil Sea Odyssey will be the guest speaker. Dan is the Executive Director of the O’Neil Sea Odyssey which is a non-profit organization founded by wet suit innovator Jack O’Neil. The organization provides a hands-on educational experience to encourage the protection and preservation of our living sea and communities.

See you on Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

TRF Campaign & Polio Plus Campaign– on going

 Board Meeting June 17, 6:30 PM, Holders Country Inn 6:30 PM-8:00 PM

 Club meeting at Central Park June 25,2015

 Silicon Valley BBQ Championships June 26-27

 July 2, 2015, The Debunking of Past President Rainbolt

 July 9, 2015, The beginning of Andy Ratermann’s term and the 2015-2016 Rotary year.

District Events:

TRF Campaign – on going

 Polio Plus- On going

 July 15, 2015 Roast & Toast DG Ed Jellen, Saratoga Springs

 

 

 

 

Rotary Club of Santa Clara

Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

6/10/2015

Last Week’s Meeting. Ted Keech hosted last week’s annual recognition of the Club’s Past Presidents. Many of the Past Presidents were in attendance and Ted acknowledged each with a couple of exceptions. He forgot to mention Bob Gustke tenure and some felt he should have included John Bertolotti as the president of RIM and for his one and only day serving as the Club President. The contributions from our Past Presidents have defiantly helped make the Club what it today. Ted had comments about several Past Presidents which were entertaining to say the least and reminded our members of the Club’s colorful history. Thanks Ted for hosting one of the Club’s favorite meetings.

Dan Holder verified that it was no rumor that he failed to tell his wife Anna that he accepted the President Elect position until several months after the selection. He even tried to keep Anna from learning about it at the annual Valentine dinner by telling others not to bring it up. But alas someone did accidently let the word out and Dan was had.

Polio Plus. If you have not done so already don’t forget to submit your Polio Plus pledge either by writing a check to Rotary International of by going on-line at Rotary.org. If you do it by check please give it to Ted Morehead.

Silicon Valley BBQ Championships. In a little more than two weeks the 4th Annual SVBBQ Championships takes place. Many members have been involved in the planning for the Clubs largest fundraiser. Soon it will be time to implement and all club members need to make every effort to support this event by signing up for at least two shifts. This event allows us to do the things that make us a vibrant Club. Let’s recognize the BBQ committee’s hard work by filling available shift slots on the signup sheet that will be up at this week’s meeting. Yes, life’s events sometimes get in the way of helping so if you are not able to volunteer asked a friend or neighbor to stand if for you. Volunteering is what Rotarians do. It will be fun, it will be rewarding, and you will learn more about your fellow Rotarians -I guarantee it.

This Weeks Meeting. We are returning to the Bay Club for this week’s meeting featuring Tim Richie as our guest speaker. Tim is the President of the Tech Museum and will be sharing plans and doings at the Museum. The Tech Museum is a local treasure so doesn’t miss the opportunity to learn more about it at the meeting.

See you on Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

TRF Campaign & Polio Plus Campaign– on going

 Board Meeting June 17, 6:30 PM, Holders Country Inn 6:30 PM-8:00 PM

 Club meeting at Central Park June 25,2015

 Silicon Valley BBQ Championships June 26-27

 July 2, 2015, The Debunking of Past President Rainbolt

 July 9, 2015, The beginning Andy Ratermann’s term and the 2015-2016 Rotary year.

District Events:

TRF Campaign – on going

 Polio Plus- On going

 July 15, 2015 Roast & Toast DG Ed Jellen, Saratoga Springs

 

 

Rotary Club of Santa Clara

Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

6/3/2015

Last week’s meeting was an opportunity to view antique automobiles at John Bertolotti’s facility. What an amazing collection of early 1900’s automobiles from several manufacturers whose names don’t exist today. John led the tour providing a history lesson on the automobile, the industry, the manufactures, and their use in the early 20th century. He also spoke of the need to replace the horse as a means of transportation-especially in large cities like New York where millions of pounds and millions of gallons of waste had to be cleared from the streets daily. John’s detailed knowledge of each of the automobiles in the collation is impressive to say the least. Thank you to John for hosting the meeting.

Don’t forget to submit your Polio Plus pledge either by check to Rotary International of by going on-line at Rotary.org. If you do it by check please give it to Ted Morehead.

This week’s meeting will, once again, not be at the Bay Club. The meeting will be at the Santa Clara Elks Club located at 1620 Martin Ave in Santa Clara. This is the annual Past Presidents BBQ where we honor our Club’s Past Presidents as well as roast a few of them. Ted Keech leads the event and it is expected to be as entertaining as ever. This is one of my favorite meetings of the year so I encourage you to attend.

See you on Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

TRF Campaign & Polio Plus Campaign– on going

 Board Meeting June 17, 6:30 PM, Holders Country Inn

 Silicon Valley BBQ Championships June 26-27

 July 2, 2015, The Debunking of Past President Rainbolt

District Events:

TRF Campaign – on going

 Polio Plus- On going

 July 15, 2015 Roast & Toast DG Ed Jellen, Saratoga Springs

Other Events

Rotary International Events:

International Convention- São Paulo, Brazil, June 6-9 2015

 

 

Rotary Club of Santa Clara

Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

5/27/2015

Gene Bleymaeir, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at San Jose State was the speaker at last week’s meeting. Gene spoke about the many successes San Jose State Athletic programs has enjoyed over the years. He also covered plans for improvements and additions to the athletic facilities at the University. The plan covers the next few years and requires mostly private donations to implement.

An Ipad mini was auctioned off with the funds raised going to Rotary International’s Polio-Plus program. Larry Fargher was the high bidder at $500. Several members pledged donations for Polio Plus and after the initial sign-up over $5,000 has been pledged. For those that are making a donation there are two ways to handle it - you can make a check out to Rotary International and give it to Ted Moorhead or you can go to Rotary.org and select the GIVE button. This will allow you to select "I WANT TO SUPPORT A POLIO FREE WORLD". From there you can login using your ClubRunner login, follow the instructions, and make your donation. After a few days you will receive and e-mail acknowledgement for your donation to keep for your tax records.

The BBQ committee provided an update on this year’s Silicon Valley BBQ Championships which is only one month away. A large volunteer signup sheet was posted and members are asked to sign up for at least two shifts over the two day event. Contact Margaret Demorest or Elizabeth Mayo for more volunteer information.

The employees of Lorenzo Rios’s company raised funds for the Club to purchase another Shelter Box in response to the Nepal earthquake. Lorenzo also reported that Easy Perez is doing well and has started his treatments following the discovery and removal of a malignant tumor.

This week’s meeting will not be at the Bay Club. The meeting will be at John Bertolotti’s facility in Santa Clara. The address for the facility will be sent in a separate e-mail. Lunch will be catered by Armadillo Willy’s. Please let me if you are bringing a guest and did not note it on last week’s sign-up sheet.

See you on Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

TRF Campaign & Polio Plus Campaign– on going

 Silicon Valley BBQ Championships June 26-27

District Events:

TRF Campaign – on going

 Polio Plus- On going

Other Events

Rotary International Events:

International Convention- São Paulo, Brazil, June 6-9 2015

 

 

Rotary Club of Santa Clara

Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

5/20/2015

The Club’s Polio Plus campaign kicked-off at last week’s meeting as our own Suds Jain was the speaker. Suds shared his story as a victim of the disease and treatments he endured as a child. He also provided information on the origins of polio which dates back several centuries, it’s occurrence in the United States, the efforts to develop vaccines that prevent the disease, and the eradication campaigns that started in the late 1930’s. Rotary International has played a huge role to eradicate Polio globally through the Polio Plus campaign. In 2013 there were 416 Polio cases reported all of them located in three countries: Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria where it has been difficult to vaccinate all children.

Suds will be manning the information booth at this year’s BBQ where donations to Polo Plus will be accepted. It is estimated that it will cost $5.5 billion to complete the eradication of the disease globally but would save $40-$50 billion over the next 20 years.

At the meeting John Keane the Chairman of ShelterBiox USA spoke briefly about the shelter boxes and thanked the Club for the generous donation of funds following member contributions in support of relief efforts resulting from the Nepal earthquake.

Easy Perez is doing much better following removal of a cancerous tumor. The doctors feel they removed all of the cancerous tissue but Easy will be on chemotherapy for the next several weeks. We all wish Easy the best and please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

This year’s Scholarship Recipients were presented at last week’s meeting. Two students from Santa Clara High, one student from Wilcox High, and one student from New Valley High will each receive a $2000 scholarship award for each year they are attending college for up to four years. The students typically attend a community college for the first two years.

Next week the meeting will be held at John Bertolotti’s warehouse not at the Bay Club. John will give us a tour of his antique auto collection. If you haven’t already done so, please let us know if you are bringing a guest as space is limited. Directions will be forthcoming. Also remember that the following week (June 4th) the meeting will be held at the Elks club as it is the Past President BBQ. Ted Keech is the MC for this event and he said he will be covering the great Past Presidents of the Club. More information will follow.

See you on Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

TRF Campaign & Polio Plus Campaign– on going

 Joint Board Meeting May 20th

 Silicon Valley BBQ Championships June 27-28

District Events:

TRF Campaign – on going

 Polio Plus- On going

 Rotary U May 21,2015 India Community Center 525 Los Coches St., Milpitas, CA 95035 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Other Events

Rotary International Events:

International Convention- São Paulo, Brazil, June 6-9 2015

 

 
 
 

Speakers

Jul 30, 2015
Ana-Marie Jones, Executive Director
CARD - Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters
Aug 06, 2015
JaKe Carlson
Creating a Legacy of Value
Aug 13, 2015
Mark Purdy
Sports Writer, San Jose Mercury News
Aug 20, 2015
Gerald F. Uelmen
SCU Professor of Law
Aug 27, 2015
Dave Kilby, Executive VP
Cal Chamber, Corporate Affairs
Sep 03, 2015
Susanne Valenta
Rotary District Govenor
Sep 10, 2015
Ruben Barrales
Assistant to the President George Bush
Sep 17, 2015
Carrie Davis
National Coordinator - Amputee Empowerment Partners
Sep 24, 2015
TBA
Oct 01, 2015
Honorable Bob Wieckowski
CA State Senator
Oct 08, 2015
Shannon Bushey
Registar of Voters, Santa Clara County
Oct 15, 2015
TBA
Oct 22, 2015
TBA
Oct 29, 2015
Sparky Harlan
Executive Director Bill Wilson Center
Nov 05, 2015
Diwali Presentation
Diwali Presentation
Nov 26, 2015
DARK
Happy Thanksgiving!
Dec 03, 2015
Speech Contestants
Santa Clara Rotary High School Speech Contest
Dec 10, 2015
Christmas for Kids
Christmas for Kids Program
Dec 17, 2015
Holiday Party
Holiday Party
Dec 24, 2015
DARK
Merry Christmas - Happy Holiday
Dec 31, 2015
DARK
Happy New Years! Welcome 2016
 
 

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