Our annual poetry contest is open to Middle and High school students. The theme this year is “Connecting the World”.  Come and hear the winning student poets recite their poems.  Also participating in this event are current and former Cupertino Poet Laureates.  Hosted by Jeff Moe 
Zoom meeting info:
Meeting ID: 835 3503 2053  Phone: (669) 900 6833
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Youth Services Committee (David Doyle, and John Hirokawa Co-chairs)—this past year, the Youth Services Committee sponsored 19 projects with very diverse impacts (e.g. Tech Trek science camp for Middle School girls, Back to School shopping, Operation Snowflake to help children with special needs, etc) and 4 Interact groups. Our District has the largest Interact organization in the world! The initiatives all help support and develop youth as learners, leaders, and engaged citizens, especially the Interact group –future Rotarians! With 19 projects, there is a need to have more people participate, All are welcome! Meetings are on Tuesdays (normally before the lunch, now following the noon zoom meeting). 
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Workforce Development Committee: Steve Onishi, Joann Leonard, and Adrienne Moberly—.  Their mission is to empower all members of our community to find careers that are meaningful and provide a living wage. Their initiatives span middle school, high school and community college age groups. A good example is the Teacher mini grant program that provides funding to teachers to support more enrichment activity for their students (e.g. Mock Trial program). This has been a long-standing initiative of CR. A new program of the workforce development group is the FUSHD ESL Connect program. It will launch June 15, and it intended to assist ESL students.  13 students are already signed up. They will be paired with Rotarian volunteers (over the phone) to help them practice their English speaking skills and hone their fluency. Steve will be sending out an invitation to Rotarians to participate. 
A Summer internship sponsorship program was in the works, but interrupted by Covid.  This initiative will be moved forward to continue next year.

As with the Youth Community Services,the Workforce Development committee would welcome any Rotarian who would like to join in! 
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Community Services (Henry Buffalo and Josh Selo, co-chairs): This Community Service group is very hands-on. The projects are great team-building experiences, but also truly helpful in the community. 
There are typically 16-20 projects each year, with an estimated financial impact of $80,000 in contributed labor! CS works with more than 20 partners to do all kinds of things (from Veteran’s barbecues to Thanksgiving meal delivery, JW House hosting and Rebuilding Silicon Valley). This year, because of the inability to continue hand-on projects, CS committee cash was donated to organizations as a form of support during this Covid period. 
And, “quilts for Kids” has become “Masks for Kids (and Adults)! 
Meetings of the Community Services committee are the second Wednesday of each month at 11am.
Next year’s co-chairs: Henry Buffalo and Bill Allen. 
Mauri Okamoto-Kearny. Mauri spoke to the search for good news—NY Times article reports that more people are seeking out good news in today’s troubled world. John Krasinski , of The Office fame, has introduced SOME GOOD NEWS—a  “news network for good news”Check it out to get a daily download of good news. 
Roxana: Vocational Awards recognition will be coming up June 17.  Please submit your nominations. This award honors someone who uses their talents, outside of their “day job”, to better the community. The nominee could be Rotarian or a non-Rotarian. Recent prior awardees include Steve Rudd and Henry Buffalo.
President Elect Stuart Rosenberg announced District Training event took place online and went very well. All the material is posted online and can be accessed by Rotarians to expand your ideas about helping our Rotary club thrive. 
RI convention in Hawaii has been moved to online format. It can be accessed at www.ri.convention.org. Sign up and attend! It will be FREE—so Rotarians can experience the amazing learning that happens at RI conventions (though, of course, not the jovial in-person fellowship). 
Padma: virtual tour of SJ Water Company is coming up, June 9 at 10am. Vardy Stein sent out a link. As many as want to attend are welcome.
Anjali: introduced  the “skip a lunch and donate your lunch money”  idea, to benefit Eisenhauer’s (our caterer). Rotarians can donate what they would normally spend for a Rotary lunch to The Cupertino Chamber of Commerce. The funds will be used to pay Eisenhauer’s for meals that will then be delivered to WVCS and Cupertino Senior Center. There is a double benefit to this program:   it  helps Eisenahuer’s stay in business,  and provides meals to needy members of our community. Click here to buy a lunch to donate (or a few).
PP Judy Wilson: Please pay your dues! Contact Dana if you need to discuss a payment accommodation. 
Jo Lucey: Jo reported on the outcome of the Permanent Fund Capital Campaign. She began with Thank you! To Padma for making this a centerpiece of her tenure, to Hung Wei for leading the way, and to Richard Lowenthal, John Giovanola, Stuart Rosenberg, Marge Mancuso,  Eleanor Watanabe, Sam Grinells for providing leadership for the Vision 2020 campaign. 
59 First time donors pledged $19,126, which were matched by an anonymous donor with $10,000  matching funds, for a total of $29,126 from new donors. The total amount pledged from the club was $432,410! This exceeded our goal of $400,000. Congratulations to the team, and thanks to all Rotarians who participated!
Padma: Proverbs: have been her theme this year because she grew up with them; both her mother and her school taught many life lessons through proverbs. She selected 3 for today, because they speak so well to what Rotary is all about:  
  • Two heads are better than one;
  • Actions speak louder than words; and  M
  • any hands make light work.
These do speak to the power of Rotary, indeed!
Don Sun –was welcomed back after spending many months on the US Presidential campaign trail with Andrew Yang, and his campaign manager. He was asked about what is next for him, and mentioned Yang’s Humanity Forward—501c(4)  that is intended to keep the momentum going behind the UBI (Universal Basic income). experiment.  15,000 people are enrolled overall (most receiving only $250 per month in UBI). The experiment will collect data on the impact that UBI has on the social welfare of these participating families.  
Richard Lowenthal notes that Cupertino restaurants can open Friday for outdoor service. A list of them that are open is on the Chamber website
86 Participants were present as the meeting began
President Padma began the meeting at 12:07. 
Pledge was led by Rich Abdalah. 
Visiting Rotarians
Rotarians with Guests: Hung Wei: introduced four guest—Rachel Park from Hyatt House; Kelly Kang—CUSD Board: Ray Liu; Mark Linder
Janel Breen introduced Luna Fagan, from the Portland Rotoract Club, visiting today to see how we do online meetings

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