Annual Senior's Holiday Lunch MeetingColleen Hudgen will once again serve as hostess at lunch for a group of senior citizens from various senior facilities in the area to help celebrate the holiday season. And again this year, the seniors, Rotarians and other guests will be entertained by the very talented choir from Monta Vista High School singing music of the season.
Snowflake I was completed on Dec 2nd and was another amazing success as the volunteers and kids played in the snow and were treated to arts and crafts along with some holiday treats.
Our second week of holiday giving will be on December 9th, where we treat the adults to crafts, goodies and some amazing holiday music courtesy of the "Grateful Dad's".  Sign up online to volunteer for by  click here) t. You can sign up yourself and friends just by  clicking Save and book another when you sign up.
If you missed it, in last weeks Cupertino Courier there was a great article about the good work our club does over the holiday season. Thanks to Maggie  Padovani for all her work to organize the information and to our friend Matt Wilson for writing such a nice article. You can read it by clicking here or on the picture to the left.
Check out the presentation here made recently to the Cupertino City Council by President John Zirelli, PE Helene Davis and future president Padma Chair. They did a great job showcasing all the good we do in Cupertino and the world.
Heart-to-Heart…CREF Matters!
Every year about this time I get very nostalgic-and grateful. There was a time when I had little at the holidays and we fashioned tree ornaments from toilet paper rolls and cotton balls. In recent years, our family members get the opportunity to choose the charity of their preference for us to give to in their name. We are grateful—and so are they.
You may be thinking you’d like to leverage your giving at this holiday season-and, possibly receive a tax advantage in the process. On behalf of the Board of CREF (Cupertino Rotary Endowment Foundation) we warmly encourage you to direct your donation to CREF.
We are so gratified that in the past few years we have been able to increase the charitable monies significantly that come back to Cupertino Rotary for life-changing projects. We want to continue to do so. As you may know, there are still families in our own greater community that may be fashioning their own ornaments, and not sure where there holiday meal will come from.
Please make your tax-deductible gift by pressing the link directly below the heart on the front page of the club website, or make a check out to CREF and give it to me or Marj Mancuso. If you prefer to mail it, the address is CREF, PO Box 1101, Cupertino, CA 95015. Tax #EIN 77-0288042. Thank you!
Bev Lenihan, CREF Vice President and 2010-11 Cupertino Rotary President
PS—watch for your personal invitation to a February Heart-to-Heart event where you will experience CREF up close! 
P John introduced author Max Noel, former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who told the story of how the FBI captured Theodore Kaczynski, the notorious Unabomber, after the longest chase in the bureau's history. For the full story, check out the video here.

Following a 1978 explosion of a homemade bomb at a Chicago university, an FBI-led task force grew to more than 150 full-time investigators and analysts who worked in search of clues to identify the bomber. During this time Kaczynski mailed or hand delivered a series of increasingly sophisticated bombs that killed three Americans and injured 24 more.
A task force was set up after the first  four bombs 1985. There was no bombing activity 1987-1993 and then two bombs went off at opposite ends of the country on the same day. The only similarity to these and the previous bombs was use of an antique Smith Corona typewriter. (click read more to learn what happened next)
Rotary Notes 11/29/17
Kyle Pi was our greeter.
Sargents at Arms were John Bruzus and Patrick Aherns.
The meeting was called to order by President John Zirelli at 12:10 PM.
Pledge of Allegiance was led by Helene Davis.

Visiting Rotarians:  Cathy Fogel visited from Manchester, CT
Rotarians with guests: Meredith Smith was guest of Stuart Rosenberg; Bill Allen was guest of Kathee Kracker; Larry Tan was guest of Hung Wei; Tim O’Hara, Darren Speight and Rick Ambrose were guests of P John Zirelli; Phyllis Sinks was guest of Councilman and Rotarian Rod Sinks; Chris Lindstrom was guest of Constantine Lolos.

Flag Exchange:  Cathy Fogel exchanged flags with our club.

President’s Club: Jeanne Bradford joined President’s Club to share the news that her daughter Whitney married Nathan on November 25th in a wonderful backyard ceremony. Congratulations to the happy couple.

Leslie Hay reported that the Annual Holiday Party will be Saturday, 12/9 @ 6 PM @ Saratoga Country Club. It will feature Rotary Holiday All Stars and a DJ. Register, pre-pay & select entrée by 1:30 PM, 12/6. Cost is $95/person. Fellowship Hour with hors d’oeuvres & hosted wine, Champagne and Sparkling Cider. No host cash bar is also available.

Leslie Davis reported that the annual Operation Snowflake still needs volunteers.  It's our annual event at Via West to work with kids and adults with special needs. We still  need 10 more for Adult Snowflake on 12/9. - arrive at Via West at 1 PM. Help out and listen to the wonderful music of the Grateful Dads. To volunteer, please email or sign up through Club Runner.

Tina Ferguson reported that the annual Children’s Shopping Day on the morning of 12/14 is now filled with volunteers. For 17 + years now The Rotary Club of Cupertino, The Quota Club, and Inner Wheel have joined together for one fantastic day of Holiday shopping bringing joy, happiness and warmth to the underprivileged children of Cupertino. 
Colleen Hudgen reported that the annual Senior Holiday Luncheon still needs 10-15 more volunteers. The luncheon will take place at our regular Rotary Meeting on 12/13. This is a fun and easy hands-on event that involves Rotarians paying for their own lunch and for the lunch of the senior guest in advance. The luncheon program features a performance by the Variations, Monta Vista High School’s Choir. 
Larry Tan was inducted. He was born in Indonesia, went to Singapore to school and then to Cal for his BSEE. He quit engineering work to start an appraisal company and is currently starting a software company. With three grown sons, he enjoys travelling by motorcycle. Previously he was a member of Fremont Newark Rotary Club and has served in various capacities at the District level. His sponsor is Hung Wei. Welcome Larry!

Personal Talk by Debbie Textor:
Debbie was raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. Her mother taught the kids to work hard, do their best and be responsible. Much of  her youth was spent outdoors enjoying sporting activities. In 1979 the family moved to Los Gatos where she finished high school before going to Southern California for her teaching credential. Before taking a real job teaching in Long Beach she toured Europe by back pack and eventually  returned to Northern California to get a Masters and Administrative credential from San Jose State.  She continued teaching and and progressed to  Assistant Principal, Principal, Director of Special Education, and is  currently Executive Director of Pupil Services in the Cupertino Union School District. Having survived a breast cancer diagnosis in 2010, Debbie came away grateful and reevaluated her future. She spends her time with the love of her life, Ted Mitchell and their two rescue dogs. Plans include more skiing, sailing, foreign travel and giving back through Cupertino Rotary.

Fly up: Karen Morris said that sponsor Jim Jackson is proud of Tess Chandler for completing her journey to blue badger in only eight months. Congratulations Tess!

P John thanked everyone making our meeting possible and run so smoothly. He then provided the trivia update: Ten Rotarians correctly guessed that Collen Hudgen (1) made a presentation on behalf of Special Populations at Risk in Washington DC on the plight of US veterans suffering with PTSD mental health issues and drug and alcohol addiction which resulted in an award of a five-year pilot program, and (2) worked as a sharecropper until age eighteen.

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Deadline for Article Submission: To help the editors in the work they do, please plan to make your submissions by the end-of-the-day Thursday. Please email them to Later submissions might be deferred to the next week's Rotator, depending on how far along the editor is in processing the meeting and program staff reporting for the current week.
Our outstanding editors are assigned as follows: First Wednesday - Gary Latshaw; Second Wednesday - Stuart Rosenberg; Third Wednesday - Stuart Rosenberg ; Fourth Wednesday - Padma Chari  Fifth Wednesday - Peter Troop. Backup- Chris Zhang
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