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.
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!
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
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.
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 10, 2015 Christmas for Kids