Posted by Byron Rovegno
Our meeting last week was an opportunity for all members to experience and learn about the Passover Seder.  The meeting was called to order by President Stuart Rosenberg at 12:04 PM.
 
First off P Stuart thanked the team of Rotarians who put together this special meeting.
 
Inspiration
Barbara Goldman recalled the movie “Fiddler on the Roof” and its story of Russian Jews escaping pogroms so they could practice their religion and traditions without government interference.
 
Her own grandfather did just that and came to the United States through Ellis Island in the early 1900’s and on to settle in Brooklyn where he could practice his religion and traditions. Watch it here.
 
President's Club
Ian Greensides joined the President's Club to share news of his estate planning law practice. 
 
Last year Ian went back into private practice after serving as interim executive director of People Acting in Community Together.
 
Now Ian has taken over the estate planning law practice of former Cupertino Rotarian Jim Rodriguez who has retired to Washington state.  Ian also announced that Cupertino attorney J.R. Fruen has joined the firm.  We wish Ian the best in his new endeavors!
 
Next was President Stuart who himself joined the President's Club to share that our own Vardy Shtein has been named, “Best Jeweler in Silicon Valley.”
 
 
Congratulations Vardy!!  P Stuart also thanked Vardy for his contribution to underwrite the cost of the Seder lunch.

Barbara Fielden announced that she has been a member for eleven years but is now moving to Vienna, Virginia. She will miss her friends here. We will all miss her and wish her the best.
 
Announcements
Bags for WVCS
P Stuart reminded us of the ongoing project to help West Valley Community Services by donating bags they can use to distribute food to their clients.  Grocery bags can be dropped at the home of Judy Wilson or Hung Wei.

Rebuilding Together Work Project
Coming up April 17th through 24th is the latest project to help a needy homeowner in Cupertino. The 17th is vegetation removal and 24th is painting.  Click Here to go to the signup page!
 
YMCA Blood Drive  
Alysa Sakkas encouraged us all to make a donation at the Northwest YMCA’s Blood Drive April 21st, 1:30-5:30 PM. While it is not suggested as a way to lose weight, donating a pint of blood is equivalent to 650 calories.  To make an appointment go to this page at the Stanford Blood Center site.
 
Solar Installation Training
P Stuart reminded us that our Climate Team's solar installation training is coming up April 17th 9-noon.
 
Fellowship Events

 
Koffee Klatch
This is held every second and fourth Monday at 10 AM. The next one is April 12th at 10AM. Click on the link to join:   https://tinyurl.com/CRcoffee21
 
Our Club's Book Club is coming up April 26th.
The book is: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson, an Oprah's Book Club selection. You don’t have to have read the book to listen in.    

Cooking with Friends
April 9th - learn the building blocks for vegan cooking.
April 16th - Japanese cuisine.
 
Avenues of Service Report

 
Kathy Yates reported on Cupertino's sponsorship of a Global Grant to purchase and equip a mobile dental clinic to serve disadvantaged indigenous people in Chile. The project is one of the many undertaken by our Club and its World Community Service committee.
The clinic has been immobile due to COVID19, but is will start providing services when the pandemic is under control. A trip to visit the project site in early 2022 will also be likely.  Dates and itinerary have yet to be set.  Let Kathy know if you want to be kept aware as  plans develop. Watch her present here
 
President’s time 
P Stuart announced the upcoming annual golf tournament on May 1st.   The Golf Tournament auction site goes live on April 7.
 
As a fund raiser for the Auction, Leslie Hay will have a chili party in her backyard on September 18th featuring the best of the chili recipes from years past. She has room for 25 people and the tickets are $100/person. Sign up when the Golf Auction opens ($100/ticket), these will go quickly.
 
District Training Assembly
P Stuart announced upcoming training dates April, 24th, 26th and 29th along with May 1st, 3rd and 6th.
 
The program is “Serve to Change Lives.” Register at the district 5170 website.
 
 
Sargent at Arms and zoom co-host for our meeting was Helene Davis.
Video by Sunil Nethisinghe.
Chat monitor Judy Wilson.