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10185 North Stelling Road
Cupertino, CA  95014
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In her last meeting of the year, President Judy (soon to be PP Judy) will take the stage and reflect on all the amazing work our club has done under her benevolent and encouraging reign. Rumor has it some awards will also be handed out so don't miss this recap of another great Rotary year.
The  annual Interact Year-end dinner was held on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Dynasty Restaurant in Cupertino.  The purpose was to congratulate and thank the senior out-going leadership and welcome in next year's in-coming leadership in Interact at our 3 High Schools (Cupertino, Monta Vista, Lynbrook) sponsored by Cupertino Rotary. The event serves to coordinate Interact and Rotary activities as well as celebrate the year. It was a great time to spend time with these wonderful students.
When Rotarian Pat Jackson died in 2015 her husband Jim and family established a scholarship through CREF for a De Anza student who wanted a career as a teacher, as teaching was in Pat’s family genes . The first scholarship was awarded last week to Diego Gome who will enter San Francisco State in the fall with the intention to become a professor. Diego is an amazing student who turned his GPA at De Anza from 1.3 to 3.74 and will be the Commencement speaker at the De Anza commencement on June 30  The $7000 he will receive at SFSU from this Rotary Jackson family scholarship will go a long way toward meeting his first year’s fees and costs. 
CREF can be proud of this contribution to future educational leaders.
This week we had 2 different programs.
 First, PP Bev Lenihan presided over a recognition of winners of the second annual Teen Poetry Contest.   The participants from local middle and high schools all created poems around the theme Saving Humanity.  The poems were judged by a panel including Cupertino’s first Poet Laureate David Denny and current Poet Laureate Ann Muto.  Both were present for the recognition of winners.  Each winner was recognized and read their winning poem.  Cupertino Mayor  and PP Savita Vaidhyanathan presented each winner with a certificate of recognition.   Members were impressed by the quality of all the poems and the composed presence of the students as they presented their poems.
The second part of the program was an update by PP John Giovanola on the club’s strategic plan.  John is the incoming club Strategic Development Officer starting July 1.   John acknowledged the work current SDO Richard Lowenthal has done. 
John identified 2002 as a key moment in the club’s strategic thinking.  It was at that time that Its Uenaka, Dick Lohmiller, Don Allen, and Jim Walker went to the club board to say that the club needed to evolve to better reflect the Cupertino community.  This started an effort that brought new people into the club adding skills, energy, and new partnerships that set the stage for the vibrant club of today.  Another important step occurred in 2008 when it was recognized that the club board should be more strategic, leaving day-to-day operational responsibility in a cabinet including chairs of the Avenues of Service. 
In  2013 a new strategic plan was developed that identified a number of areas to explore.  These included a Rotary Center, a satellite club, youth empowerment, creation of a position of Strategic Development Officer on the club board, support of career and technology education and students, and a strengthened community presence.  In exploring these areas the club found areas where it could really make an impact, areas that it was not reasonable to pursue further, and areas that are still works in progress.
John then turned to planning for the future.  He told members they could expect more information in the next 60 days about a visioning day to gather information from members on how they would like to see the club evolve going forward.  This will provide inputs for a new strategic plan.  He encouraged all members to start thinking about this and participate when details for the visioning day are announced.
Pledge: Constantine Lolos
Inspiration: Josh Selo read a poem entitled “Two Kinds of People” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox.  The poem is about  those who lift and those who lean.  Those who lean burden others with cares and needs while lifters lighten everyone’s load. Josh concluded by saying he was so happy to be in the company of so many lifters.
Rotarians with Guests:
Gwyn Azar, Aaron Arul, Larry Fan, Arhan Mulay, Vageeshwar Srinivasan, Harini Arumugam, who were winners in the Teen Poetry Contest, attended with members of their families as guests of Bev Lenihan.
Ann Muto guest of Bev Lenihan, David Denny guest of Bev Lenihan, Ann Woo guest of Diana Ding
President’s Club:
Josh Selo joined to express his thanks for the many ways club members have helped West Valley Community Services this year including the recent spring cleaning and wall building. He also thanked the Golf Tournament Committee for bringing in funds to help WVCS.    
Tina Ferguson joined to celebrate the wedding of her son on June 10 in a beautiful ceremony in front of family and friends.
June  Birthdays:
Sam Grinels led club members in singing happy birthday to Cupertino Rotarians with June birthdays.
PP Larry Dean announced that the nomination committee will be meeting in July to consider people to fill three director positions and other specific positions for the 2018-19 club year.  To find out more about the qualifications and duties of these positions, talk to PP Larry, President Judy, or PP Wendell Stephens.
PE John Zirelli reminded members to pay their dues for the next year as soon as possible as a courtesy to our club secretary and others so they do not have to call members with a reminder. 
April Bignell asked for additional volunteers to install a storage shed at JW House from 9-4 on Saturday June 24.  The shed will free up pantry space so JW House can better serve families going through medical crises.
PP Wendell Stephens reminded members to register by June 25 for the kick out for President Judy on June 28 at the Monta Vista High School cafeteria.  He promised it would be a fun event for all.
Bev Lenihan invited members to play Bocce Ball at Blackberry Farm from 5-7 on June 23.  She emphasized that there was no “botch” in Bocce so participants can have a great time even if they have never played before.  Just bring an appetizer or desert to share and a beverage of your choice.
On behalf of PP Hung Wei, President Judy reminded members that the annual Relay for Life will be held from 10am July 15 to 10am July 16.  The event raises money for cancer research, care, and education.  Cupertino Rotary has made a donation so participants just need to walk and enjoy each other’s company.  The 24 hours is broken up into six four-hour blocks with a team for each block.  If you would like to be a team captain or participate on a team, contact Hung.
Presidents Corner/Updates:
President Judy said that the club is looking for some members to man a hydration booth at the CEEF 5k fun run on Saturday August 26.  If you are interested please contact Judy.
Judy also talked about her experience at this year’s Rotary International Conference in Atlanta. She said Bill Gates was there and pledged an additional $400,000,000 to polio eradication.  With additional pledges from Rotarians, a total of almost one billion dollars was raised for the final push to end this disease.  Judy said it was truly inspirational to be at the conference with 32,000 other Rotarians.  She encouraged other club members to consider attending the 2018 conference in Toronto.
Chuck Harper reported on the very successful day of spring cleaning and other work for WVCS last Saturday.  Chuck said that there were over 35 volunteers from Rotary, Interact, and Inner Wheel with all 35 working together to accomplish a lot.  He thanked all those who volunteered.

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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 - Open; Third Wednesday - Open ; Fourth Wednesday - Open Fifth Wednesday - Peter Troop. Backup- Chris Zhang
Our highly esteemed meeting reporters are assigned as follows: First Wednesday - Byron Rovegno; Second Wednesday -Open; Third Wednesday - Bill Wilson; Fourth Wednesday - Josh Selo;; Fifth Wednesday -Open

Weekly Program & Luncheon Speaker
John Zirelli, President
Jul 12, 2017
Incoming Club President John Zirelli Kicks Off the New Rotary Year
Larry Gerston, Phd
Jul 19, 2017
President Trump at 6 Months
Carrolee Barlow, MD
Jul 26, 2017
National Parkinson's Institute
Ro Khanna
Aug 02, 2017
United States Congressman

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