Check out the full veterans program on our vimeo channel here.  In addition you can see the full interviews with all the veterans here. – Joe Ribera, Dan Wieshar, Richard Whittington, Philip Pflager, John Bruzus, Donald Havens, Delmar Wrensch, Dave Stearns, Terry Bartlet, Sam Grinels and lastly, Lawson Ichiro Sakai, who left us this June. 
Inspiration:  Ranga Nathan shared his thoughts on what inspired him to become a US citizen, having lived in India and Singapore, and hoped to become the change he wishes to see in the USA, as we truly become the “United States of America”. Check it out here.
 
Presidents ClubVardy Shtein –  Shared his diagnosis and remission from skin cancer.  Vardy also became a citizen in 1998 after joining the Rotary, Ranga Nathan being the second. Check out his speech here.
 
Announcements:
Bev Lenihan – Honored her brother and Uncle, and announced the Tom Dyer memorial program. Received a gift from the Sakai family to fund the program.
Dennis Whittaker shared a tribute  to Tom, and his personal experience of what it means to be a veteran.
 
Service opportunities:
Bags for WVCS – Keep those Bags Coming.. Drop bags off at WVCS, PP Hung Wei’s or PP Judy Wilson’s.
 
Wreaths across America – Sat Dec 19th, 2020 at 10AM.  At Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Reach out and share your love.
Scouting Flag Leasing Program – to have a flag flown in your yard on key holidays. Costs $50 a year. Contact George Denise for details.
 
Operation Care and Comfort – Nov 6th and 7th. April Bignell shared some video highlights - over 100 care packages shipped to US troops overseas, along with cards and letters.   
 
Fellowship Opportunities:
Cooking with Friends – Hosted by Ranga Nathan on Nov 20th at 5PM. Contact Leslie Hay to sign up.
Book Club –Nov 30th at 7PM. Judy and George will host. Bev will moderate discussion on Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime.
 
Red Badge Talk
Julie Griswold-Sahota  shared her story about being from San Leandro, and then moving to Saratoga. Started volunteering at the YMCA, graduated college in 2000. Worked at the Y, corporate life at HP, but found her true calling in non-profit work at the Y.
 
Fundraising Reports:
Annual TRF Campaign Update – Joe Ribera announced that we are 100% funded at $60000 and 84% participation.
Family Fall Festival -  Brought out a recognition book to thank our sponsors, and raised over $35000, more than the regular fall festival. Thanks to PDG Orrin and Jo Lucey for their great work.