At the September 15th meeting PP Richard Lowenthal announced that the family of PP Itsu Uenaka, who died in March and was the longest standing member of The Rotary Club of Cupertino, has launched the Uenaka university scholarship program and underwrtten it with a one million dollar gift to the Cupertino Rotary Endowment Foundation.
In honor of Itsu and his wife Marian, the $40,000 Uenaka scholarship will be awarded annually to a student scholar entering San Jose State University as the first in their family to go to university.
Barbara, Gerry and Robert Uenaka asked and Cupertino Rotary has agreed to administer the program.   Gerry said that they are glad it will be with Cupertino Rotary as both their parents were deeply involved in, and thought so much of Rotary.
Itsu was Club President for the 1957-58 Rotary year.  His family nursery business in Cupertino continues as the Cupertino Florest. The Uenaka family donation takes the balance of funds managed by CREF to more than three million dollars.
Peter Drekmeier, Policy Director for the Tuolomne River Trust, former Mayor of Palo Alto, and a co-founding member of Acterra is Cupertino Rotary's featured speaker this Wednesday Sept. 22.
Drekmeier will address Restoring Watersheds for a Thriving Bay Area.
By volume, the Tuolumne is the largest river draining the southern Sierra and feeds the Hetch Hetchy system that provides water to the Peninsula and San Francisco.

Our meeting begins at Noon and is available via Zoom - access it here.


By popular demand, we are making it even easier to participate in this year's Crab Feed-in-a-Box FUNdraiser!

Click here to sign-up!!

Your complete meal for two (or more) will be pre-boxed and available for pick-up on Saturday October 2, between  3 and 4 PM at the Northwest YMCA at 20803 Alves Drive.  NOTHING COULD BE EASIER!

Your Crab Feed-in-a-Box will contain the following items:

Crab (cracked and cleaned, with lemon and cocktail sauce condiments);  hearty pasta salad; green salad; roll and butter; dessert; bib and wet wipes.

PLEASE NOTE: You must provide your own Beverage

Crab-for-Two is $100 and additional servings can be purchased for family and friends for an easy hosting dinner party!!

We have rented Linda Vista Park picnic area. If you would like to join other Rotarians and guests to enjoy your Crab Feed-in-a-Box, bring your box and join us there from 4pm-7pm.  The address is 11111 Linda Vista Drive in Cupertino.

Rovers, Helicopters, and Ancient Martians: Why We Explore Mars
Following a wonderful introduction of our speaker Andrew Fraknoi by our own Gary Latshaw, Fraknoi shared his passion for Mars and why we explore.  His presentation included beautiful color images from the latest space probes.
It was riveting and well worth taking in if you missed it.  Click here for his fascinating presentation.
Fraknoi explained how evidence now leads us to understand that ancient Mars was a world somewhat like Earth, with lakes, rivers, and possibly the stirrings of life.
Most of us are still joining through on Zoom but we are ever so slowing building back Quinlan attendance.
Citizenship Moment: Wonderful update George Denise.
Rotary meetings are not complete without a warm welcome to our visiting guests and it was well done by PE Steve Onishi.
Inspiration by Matt Montelongo.
Followed by that inspiration, Rotarian Dana Stern shared President club moment who beautifully talked about how important it is to have a heart filled with love more than the knowledge. Congratulations to Dana for her retirement and her daughters wedding!
Service Corner:
●    Program Committee (Gary and Seema) - An overview of upcoming  fantastic speaker series. Some of them include “Restoring Watershed”, “Self driving cars”!
●    District Project fair update ( PP & DGE Savitha Vaidyanathan / Steve )  Interested Rotarians can sign up on our club website or district website and our club will pay the fee for Red Badgers or anyone manning a booth.
●    Crab Feed update (Maria Segal) - One of the most sought after events of Rotary. I am sure many of us are looking forward and don’t miss out signing up! Its October 2nd and sign up here.
●    FUHSD Adult School Career Conversations - Wonderful update by Adrienne Moberly. Please contact Adrienne for any volunteering opportunities.

●    Fun Fest Video - Wonderful video put together by Fun Committee. Every body loved the Fun Fest and it was a grand success! All the programs were wonderful and was a breath of fresh air to witness the community coming together.

●    Personal Talk by Subhasree Ragopal - It was wonderful getting a glimpse of Suhasree’s personal journey.
●    President’s time was kicked off by Rod talking about the importance of connections and why people join Rotary. Followed by that was heartfelt speech by PDG Jim Walker expressing sheer gratitude thanking all the Rotarians for all the wishes he received over the loss of is grandson. We pray for Jim’s family they are definitely in our hearts.

●    Fellowship Time was well spent in breakout rooms

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Restoring Watersheds for a Thriving Bay Area

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2021 Yr-to-date:     2

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