Life in a WWII Internment CampYoshiko Kanazawa was confined in internment camps for almost three-and-one-half years during World War II. After the war, her family returned to Pasadena, California, where she completed high school before graduating from UCLA.  She was silent about the injustice for most of her life, but now feels she must speak up to ensure that the government will never repeat that tragic part of history. She has been serving as a docent at the Japanese-American Museum of San Jose and giving talks at area schools.
Cupertino Inner Wheel is having their annual Bocce Ball and Dinner event on Sunday, April 7th, 2019 - 4:45 pm at Campo di Bocce The cost is $65 per person and includes a buffet dinner and bocce ball. We also have a silent auction with gift cards donated by Inner Wheel members. If you would like to attend please mail a check payable to Inner Wheel Club of Cupertino to Rita Witmer, 161 Via Campana, Aptos, Ca 95003. For further information you can call Kay Lohmiller at 408-257-4232 or Rita Witmer at 831-661-0707 or click here to see the flyer.
Constantine Lolos announced a field trip to the historic Filoli Estate now owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  The trip is  scheduled for Tuesday April 23rd at 10 am.
Two docents will guide up to 30 Rotarians and friends around the extraordinary Filoli house and extensive gardens. 
Look for a signup email announcement. Signup soon, Constantine needs to confirm our attendee count by early March.   
An opportunity for wonderful fellowship, following the Filoli visit the plan is to go to Kabul Afgan Cuisine for lunch.
Not to be missed, especially this year. President Helene offered that with the rains the year the flowers and gardens will be fantastic.
John Zirelli and Rachelle Sander, co-chairs of Cupertino Rotary's Golf Tournament announced that Uplift Family Services has been selected as the beneficiary of the $25,000 charitable award for the tournament this year.
Uplift will use the funds for a vehicle to help them transport children and family served by their program.
Rachelle invited Rotarians who love fun exciting meeting to join the golf  tournament committee.  All you need to do is contact Rachelle or John to get details.
John reported he has asked that a sunny day be scheduled.  Mark your calendars.  For golfers and non-golfers alike there will be a great silent auction, a wine tasting event and dinner.
Tom Dyer announced that Rotary in partnership with Monte Vista High School is supporting what has become an annual Veterans biography breakfast.   American Studies students will interview the veterans about their experiences in the military.  The students will then create a program for a May 15th Rotary meeting to share the stories they have heard. 
There will be ten veterans taking part icluding Jim Gibson and Sam Grinels. Rotary sponsors this program and we are looking for four or five Rotarians to accompany the interviewees to support the overall event.  Contact Tom if you are interested in helping.
American Studies is a team-taught course that combines students’ U.S. History and American Literature classes. The course, which students elect to take, focuses on collaborative learning and hands-on experimentation through authentic humanities projects, all centered around the thematic study of history, literature, and American culture.
Our meeting and program on February 13 were woven together as the five finalists in the Richard King Speech Contest spoke in and around the various aspects of our typical luncheon meeting. 
To start, Josh Selo delivered a rousing reflection, a challenging lyrical poem, addressed to the opportunities of youth and the speech contestants from high schools across Area 8 who made up our program.  Dear The Youth of Today, It's time for a wake-up call!
Immediately following Stuart Rosenberg Youth Services Chair introduced the Area 8 program, the ground rules and procedures for judging the entrants. 
Each of the contestants has already won a competition at one of our fellow clubs in Area 8.  Today's winner wins $200 and goes on to regional finals. The second place winner will receive $150.
The contest calls for five minute speeches that address Rotary International President Barry Rassin's theme - Be the Inspiration.  It also asks that the contestants include references to one or another aspect of the Rotary's Four Way Test.
Until the end of the contest the speakers names and school affiliations were masked.  They were identified as speaker A, B, C, D and E.
With the ground rules laid out Stuart invited speaker A, Kayura Narayanan a freshman at Fremont High School, to begin.   She called for using our voices to lead the world into a better and brighter future.  Using our voices to bring communities together to be the inspiration to charge our world for the better.
Speaker B,  Valerie Fu, a junior from Fremont High School, talked about the importance to focus on diligence and perseverance to nurture self-worth and embrace the ability to learn from failures.  The true benefits of self-worth is in giving ones self permission to fail.
Speaker C, Angela Chu a junior from Monta Vista High School, reflected on how Paul Harris overcame fears to inspire others to built and contribute to better communities.  She called out how the relationships we foster and the people we inspire are what truly matters.  
Speaker D, Vasant Joshi a sophomore at King's Acadamy, talked about the importance of students valuing education and the power gained by underprivileged students who overcome adversity to pursue their education.  He spoke of how education enables us to give back to society and build good will.
Speaker E, Sawye Raygani a senior at Los Gatos High School,  spoke about big dreams and pushing ourselves to be an inspiration to others by experiencing the ups and downs of life.  The ability to be receptive to failure enables us to develop empathy for others, be more open minded and better positioned to promote change.  
Balloting was very close.  The results awarded second place to Valerie Wu, from Fremont High School, and first place to Sawye Raygani from Los Gatos High School. 
Louisa Roberts thanked the many Rotarians who have signed up for reading Dr. Seuss stories in Cupertino elementary schools this year.
We will be heading out to read to over 1000 students on March 1st to celebrate Dr. Seuss on his birthday. 
Slots are filling fast so don't miss the fun, sign up by clicking here  to visit a class. Books will be provided at our meeting next week, February 20.

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