Posted by Byron Rovegno
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.