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The Rotary Club of Santa Clara

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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MEETING INTRO
 
Our club meetings are moving along with a fever!  The atmosphere is high, energetic and full of ongoing news, announcements and programs that keep us inspired.   Our special guests, Michelle Lewis, and our very own high school Interactors made the event special!
 
                               
VISITING ROTARIANS and GUESTS
 
Patti Smith, Rotary Club, San Mateo
 
Habir Bhati introduced her father,
Jasbir Singh Bhatia
 
Margaret Demorest introduced the high school student Interactors representing Santa Clara and Wilcox High Schools.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Last week, Joe Sweeney announced our club donation of $10,000 check to the Sean Walsh K-9 Memorial Foundation.  The money will fund the purchase of a trained K-9 and report to duty at the Santa Clara Police department in November 2015. A special presentation of the check will be taking place on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at the Santa Clara Town Council Meeting at  7:00 p.m.  Do join us!
 
“Super Community” events 
 
Joe passed around a signup list and if you did not sign up and wish to volunteer, please see Joe.   It’s important to sign up online on the city’s website.   Instructions on finger printing which is mandatory, is in Joe’s email to the club.  See Joe for any questions and do join the activities!
 
Recognitions and Happenings
 
President Andy gave great kudos to Miten Marfatia and Deborah York for the
excellent work on the Art and Wine Festival – Rotary Booth.  It was great fun.
 
Special thanks to contributors:
Dan Holder, who came up with the idea of an Arnold Palmer beverage and donated the drinks.
 
Joe Sweeney created and printed all the Art and Wine signs for our club. He will now be developing a special T-shirt for all our volunteer Interactors
 
Thank you to the Rotary volunteers and Interactors who worked the event!
 
Special big thank you to Frank Chang, of
China  Stix for providing the awesome and delish Chinese Chicken Salad.
 
TIME TO STEP UP FOR “STEPS
FOR SUCCESS” !
 
 
poster created by Interactor,  Ariana Vergonio
 
Gary Citti,  our Briarwood School lead,  
announced that the time to arrive at your
designated school  is 8:45 a.m. for set up time. 
 
 
 
 
In addition,  a club gathering is being
organized to place Rotary Decal stickers on all the shoes on
Friday, October 2nd at Jan Eric’s place –
Off the Wall Soccer ,
 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.    
Pizza courtesy of Lidia’s Pizza Party,
wine, beers, water, will be available.
 
It is a great way to get to know one another especially  if you are a Red Badge.
Do RSVP to help by contacting Lidia! 
Let’s Do It!
 
Habir Bhati
Announced a reminder of the upcoming Red Cross 2015 Innovation Celebration, Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 6 p.m. – Midnight at the Club Auto Sport .  Tickets are available online at redcross.org/SVInnovation15
 
CLUB CORNER
Did you know we have a Rotary Brochure for your prospective members?  Yes,  we do.  It is available to download on our club website at www.santaclararotary.org
 
Hard copies are available at our club meetings – they will be displayed on the registration table from now on. 
 
Also, feel free to use them for Rotary events as a handout.   See Marguerite Padovani on this.
 
Karen Suty gave her Red Badge speech and did a great job!    Congratulations!
 
Update on Red Badge Project
Submitted by Tracy Wingrove
 
Rotarians are always there to lend a hand.  When the Library Foundation needed help moving about 7,500 books to a new location, Brian Kuepper, Satish Ullal, Don Skinner, Suresh Ojha, CJ Grewal, and Karen Suty stepped up.  They arrived at the Library on Saturday bright and early and in good spirits.  They didn't let the fact that the service elevator broke phase them.  They loaded the book carts full of books, moved them to their new location and re-shelved them, keeping them in order.  
They discovered books they thought about getting for themselves with titles such as "How to Own a Gun and Stay out of Jail", "My Posse Don't Do Homework" and "What Wood is That? A Guide to Identifying Types of Wood".  You know our Rotarians, always looking to improve themselves.  We wrapped up the morning with a behind-the-scenes tour of the library.
In all seriousness, a big thanks to everyone who came out and helped.  
It was a big project, and they handled it with ease.  The books are all set for the Library Foundation to use Monday morning.
 
                                                               
GUEST PRESENTATION:
 
Ken Rowell introduced our guest presenter, Michelle Lewis,  the district 5170 Interact Chair from 2014-2018 term.  Through this position, Michelle advises and mentors over 250 students for volunteer community opportunities.    The name Interact was created by combining the words “international” and
“action”.  Another factoid, District 5170 Interact is the world’s  largest and recognized interact district with over 103 clubs and 7,000 members in Silicon Valley, Metropolitan area, California, USA.  Interact 5170 is dedicated to serving both the local and international communities through service and fundraising.
 
The students, Phoebe, Vyvy, Lily, Marc,
Christina, Ishita and Arianna,
 representing Santa Clara and Wilcox High School gave a presentation and showed a
video on their RYLA experience.    One student advised how it helped him to see the light in others and build bonds and friendships that will last a lifetime.  Confidence, leadership, and mentoring, positive qualities these kids need and strive for.  RYLA is a great venue,
 so we learned.  The students expressed their love for Rotary and by gosh,  said we are indeed “The Greatest Club In the World”!!
The upcoming Fall Leadership Conference is coming up  at Independent High School,
October 11  where students attend for the day and participate in workshops.  We are invited to attend.  See Margaret or Michelle for more details.
                                               
 
 
 
 
COMING UP NEXT …
Guest speaker October 1st                                                                      
Honorable Bob Wieckowski ,   

CA State Senator
 
 
EVENTS COMING UP:
 
  • Oct 2 Steps for Success  Decal sticker party at Off the Wall Soccer
     
  • October 3 and 10, 2015 Steps for
    Success school events
     
  • October 13 City Council Meeting where we present he Check to Sean Walsh Foundation
     
  • October 21 Board Meeting , Mariani’s
     
  • Dec 03, 2015 Speech Contest
     
  • Dec 10, 2015 Christmas for Kids
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
August 27, 2015 Meeting  
 
OUR GREETER, Karina Arvizu
 
VISITING ROTARIANS
 ROTARIANS WITH GUEST
Los Gatos Morning Rotarians:Lotus Mahon, Molly Perry, Moira Sullivan,Paul Yeaton
 
Saratoga Rotary Club: Rajiv Jain
 
Ken Rowell introduced Brigitte Ford, his guest from Bay Area Builders
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Mike Sellers and Stan Rose are chairing our club’s fundraiser to purchase and donate school supplies to local schools.  Last year, $2600 was donated to 17 schools in the Santa Clara Unified School District.  So far, the collections are at $1,000. Anyone wanting to help support the cause please see Mike or signup at the next meeting.
 
The 35th Annual Art and Wine Festival, September 19, 20, 2015.  Our club will have a booth serving up Chinese Chicken Salad and Arnold Palmer beverages.  See Miten Marfatia, Committee Chair or Deborah York. 
Sign-up sheets were passed around.

RECOGNITIONS & HAPPENINGS

 
John Mlnarik reminded us that he is helping St Justin’s School with their fundraising golf tournament.  John offered to make a $50 donation to the Rotary Foundation for anyone who signed up to play and support the school.  See John for more details.
 
Mike Sellers Updated the club on the progress of our discussions with the City about having the Rotary Club of Santa Clara assist with several Super” Community Events.  Two dates are being discussed are, January 31st at Mission College and February 6th at Santa Clara University. 
Every participating Rotarian must meet NFL requirements and be fingerprinted.   Mike Sellers is looking into bringing a fingerprint machine to a club meeting to facilitate the finger printing process.   If you have questions, please see Joe or Nick for more information.
Mike Pierce gave an update on the Rotary International Foundation and passed around donation cards.  Every Santa Clara Rotarian is expected to help up support the Foundation with at least a double sustainer donation ($200). 
Stuart Cusimano, Asst. DG, advised that next Wednesday night, September 2nd, the District will be hosting an “International Fair” prior to the regular Cabinet Meeting.  Various clubs will display their International Projects.  The event takes place at the Indian Community Center in Milpitas from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm.
The Cabinet Meeting begins at 6:30 pm and if you wish to attend and have dinner, the cost is $37.00.  If you do not want dinner, the cost is $5.00.   If you are interested, see Stewart for more details.
 
Youth Protection Training
President Andy recognized and thanked Fred Ahlstrom, Caroline Grewal and Karen Suty for their fast response to his request for new members to complete the Youth Protection Awareness training
 
Blue Badge update:  Arlyne Diamond received her Blue BadgeCongratulations Arlyne!
 
SPECIAL GUEST  President Andy welcomed Jeff Orth, Rotary 5170 District Governor-Elect 2016-2017.
 
GUEST PROGRAM SPEAKER – Dave Kilby  Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs
Mr. Kilby gave a lively and passionate discussion regarding the mission, goals and objectives of the CalChamber.  What the CalChamber does, and what is happening in Sacramento during the last two weeks of this year’s legislative session. 
Next year there will be legislation and ballot measures we will need to PAY attention. In closing he recited this poem:
 
 
Farewell to Someone Else
(Author unknown)
 
We were saddened to hear this week of the passing of one of our valued members – Someone Else.
 
Someone Else’s passing creates a huge void that will be difficult to fill.
 
For many years Someone Else did far more than a normal person’s share of the work.
 
Whenever there was a tough job to do, one name was on everyone’s list and they said “Let Someone Else do it”
 
For many years Someone Else did far more than a normal person’s share of the work.
 
Someone Else was a wonderful person, sometimes appearing super human.
 
Were the truth known, everybody expected too much of Someone Else.
 
Someone Else left a wonderful example for us to follow.
 
But we can’t depend on Someone Else anymore.
 
Someone Else is gone.
 
It’s time for us all to step up and do the things that Someone Else did!
Whenever there was a tough job to do, one name was on everyone’s list and they said “Let Someone Else do it”
 
Someone Else was a wonderful person, sometimes appearing super human.
 
Were the truth known, everybody expected too much of Someone Else.
 
Someone Else left a wonderful example for us to follow.
 
But we can’t depend on Someone Else anymore.
 
Someone Else is gone.
 
It’s time for us all to step up and do the things that Someone Else did!
 
You CAN Make a Difference
UP NEXT WEEK, AUGUST 27, 2015  - Susan Valenta, our District Governor, will be visiting our club and our guest speaker! 
 
EVENTS COMING UP
  • Next Board Meeting, 7:30 AM September 16, 2015 at Mariani’s Restaurant, Santa Clara
  • Santa Clara Art & Wine 2015 September 19, 20 
  • October 3 and 10, 2015 Steps for Success school events     
  • October 20 to 26, 2015 Ireland trip
  • Dec 03, 2015 Speech Contest
  • Dec 10, 2015 Christmas for Kids
 
 

 
 
OPENING REMARKS
OUR GREETER, Maria Deane, welcomed the club and gave us a wonderful update on our club Scholarship Program.  We awarded 15 scholarships.  Maria read several notes from students that told how appreciative they were for our club’s donation.  For several, our scholarship was a critical part of their being able to attend college.
VISITING ROTARIANS, VISITING ROTARIANS WITH GUEST
 NAME-- guest Rotarian from East Palo Alto Rotary announced a celebration of the club’s 50th Anniversary, on September 12, 2015, at Mitchell Park Community Center, East Palo Alto, from 7:00-10:00 pm.  This event will fund the club’s international and local community projects. 
The ticket cost is $100.  We are welcome to attend.
Sandy Allen introduced Alan Weissberger, a walk in guest who is looking for a group where he can help serve the community.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Susan Valenta,  our District Governor, will be visiting the club on September 3rd.   Each year, the district governor has a project.  Sue is working on a wheelchair donation program.  District donations  have already filled one container of 280 wheelchairs.    The SC Rotary board approved donating  six wheelchairs using club funds to this mission!  Any Rotarian wanting to make a person donation, to add to this cause, should see the club president.
Mike Sellers and Stan Rose are chairing our club’s fundraiser to purchase and donate school supplies to local schools.  Last year, $2600 was donated to 17 schools in the Santa Clara Unified School District.  Anyone wantng to help support the cause please see Mike or signup at the next meeting.
Lou Ann Alexander, Mike Sellers, Joe Sweeney gave an update on the Sean Walsh K-9 Foundation.  Last year, Cheryl Walsh spoke to our club.  Her foundation was formed on behalf of her son, Sean, who was killed  during the war in Afghanistan.  Our club has agreed to donate $10,000 to purchase a police dog for the Santa Clara Police Department.  The dog is expected to begin service in November 2015. 
The 35th Annual Art and Wine Festival, September 19, 20, 2015.  Our club will have a booth serving up Chinese Chicken Salad and Ice Tea.   See Miten Marfatia, Committee Chair and/or Deborah York to volunteer.
ROTARY CARES
Jan Eric updated the club on the status of Easy Perez.  Easy wishes to thank everyone for reaching out with cards, emails, and most of all our club’s support.  He misses everyone and hopes to come back soon.  He will be undergoing chemotherapy over the next week.  Please see Jan for more details and information.  
Larry Fargher and Joe Sweeney shared news about Jerry Marsalis.  Jerry is fighting cancer.  He is now at Stanford Hospital undergoing tests and treatment.  Our prayers and thoughts to Jerry.

RECOGNITIONS & HAPPENINGS

Diamond Mike! 
Just came back from Klamath Falls, Oregon and shared his experience:
Klamath Falls hosted the Babe Ruth World Series event back in 1968.  Diamond Mike, a serious baseball player youth, played in the Babe Ruth World Series for his home town.   He and his former teammates were asked to come back.  They were greeted with great fanfare and Mike served as one of the two Grand Marshall’s for the parade. According to Mike, “We were made celebrities again!” 
Mike’s trip other reason to travel was to serve as the best man at his father’s wedding.  Yes his father, who is 89 years old, is marrying a much younger woman.  She is 88 !    According to Mike, “it was a great affair!”
Mike volunteered to share his good fortune with the club by donating $100 to the Rotray Foundation.
John Minark and his family visited Maryland and while there, he stopped in a the Aberdeen Rotary Club.  He brought back Aberdeen’s flag, which he presented to President Andy.
John also shared that he is helping St Justins School with their fundraising golf tournament.  John offered to make a $50 donation to the RotaRY Foiundation  for anyone who who singed pu to play and support the school.  See John for more details.
Nick Streit and Joe Sweeney announced that our club is participating with the City of Santa Clara in several “Super” Community Events.  The city  asked our club to help with  set up and operate the bar for these events.  Two dates are known, January 31st at Mission College and February 6th) at Santa Clara University.
To volunteer, every participating Rotarian, to meet NFL requirements, will need to fill out the attached form or register online and be fingerprinted.   Mike Sellers is looking into bringing the fingerprint machine to a club meeting to facillitate the finger printing process.   If you have questions, please see Joe or Nick for more information.
Red Badge updates:
Are you up to date?  Many red badgers need to check the 6-month requirement and the Board is there to help you.
Arlyne Diamond gave her Red Badger speech…She is on her way to Blue!
Rotary International Foundation:
Mike Pierce gave an update on the Rotary International Foundation and passed around donation cards.  Every Santa Clara Rotarian is expected to help up support the Foundation with at least a double sustainer donation.  ($200)  Please try to get your donation in before September 3rd, in time for our District Governor’s visit. 
Andy’s Birthday!
Harbir Bhatia presented President Andy with birthday gifts and cards on behalf of the club.
Andy commented  “I was surprised and touched when I was interrupted during today's Rotary meeting, where the club presented me with these gifts and a nice bottle of wine.  Both cards played music and were signed by the whole club.  The Club sang Happy Birthday to me.  You did not have to do that, I would have paid the fine “J. 
SPECIAL INVITED GUEST
Marguerite Padovani introduced Vanessa Vogensen, a 16-years old Interact member sponsored by the Rotary Club in Chaves, a town in the North of Portugal.  Vanessa is her club’s president.  She is spending the month with a relative in Sunnyvale and thought it would be a fantastic idea to visit the Rotary clubs in the area.
 She was first introduced to the Rotary a little over two years ago and now that she is president, she thought what better way to start the year than sharing her club’s experience with people on the other side of the Atlantic and learning as much as she can from them? She thought it would be interesting to see what both clubs have in common and what sets them apart and maybe she would be able to bring new ideas and insight to other Interactors.
GUEST PROGRAM SPEAKER 
Gerald F. Uelmen
Professor of Law and Director, Edwin A. Heafey Jr. Center for Trial and Appellate Advocacy
Professor Uelmen is renowned for his extensive experience criminal law.  He is most well known for serving on the defense tea for the trial of People v. O.J. Simpson in 1994-95; his account of the trial was published as Lessons from the Trial in 1996.  Professor Uelmen is currently the Director of the Edwin A. Heafy Jr. Center for Trial and Appellate Advocacy at Santa Clara University School of Law, and served as the dean of the law school from 1986 to 1994.
On a personal note, Professor Uelmen loves to play the accordion and keeps one or two in the backseat of his car!
Professor Uelmen recited this poem:
White may be gray.
Black may be gray.
When things are gray, they can go either way.
Painting things gray can pay.
 
In summary, a trial is not a search for the truth.  It can more accurately be described as a quest for an acceptable level of certainty.  Certainty can be quantified, truth cannot.
 
We demand greater certainty when life or liberty is at stake, as compared to when money is at stake.
Lawyers may not knowingly present perjured testimony, and must not hide evidence from the opposition.
 
COMING UP AUGUST 27, 2015
Our speaker for next meeting is Dave Kilby.  Dave is the Executive Vice President for the State Chamber of Commerce in Sacramento.    Joining Dave will be former Santa Clara Roptarian Steve Van Dorn.  It will be fun to have Steve, if only for one meeting.
EVENTS COMING UP
  • Sept 3, 2015- Susan Valenta, our District Governor’s visit to the Rotary Club of Santa Clara
  • Next Board Meeting, September 16, 2015 at Mariani’s Restaurant, Santa Clara
  • Santa Clara Art & Wine 2015
    September 19, 20
  • October 3 and 10, 2015 Steps for Success school events
  • October 20 to 26, 2015 Ireland trip
  • Dec 03, 2015 Speech Contest
  • Dec 10, 2015 Christmas for Kids
 

 

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

 

 
 
 
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