Posted by Byron Rovegno
Of course!  It was the day before Halloween.
 
Laura Delgado was our greeter.
Sergeants’ at Arms were Lee McCrumb and Sun Ming.
Jean Gasperini was Secretary Assistant
 
The meeting was called to order by President Padma Chari at 12:13 PM.
Pledge of Allegiance was led by Sung Min Tao.
 
Inspiration was by Jim Gibson who spoke of humans being both simple and complex; doing good things and the unthinkable. We need to pause to try and fathom this reality.  

President’s Club:
Don Sun joined President’s Club to announce that he was working on fundraising for the 2020 Democratic Presidential Campaign of Andrew Yang.  Irmgard Lafrentz joined President’s Club to announce that her son, Daniel, won the Premier Award at the Louisiana Film Festival and then on October 12th got married. His new wife is a civil rights lawyer.

Announcements:
George Denise led off with a request for at least 20 more volunteers to deliver Thanksgiving turkeys from 9-10 AM on 11/28. This distribution is sponsored by Safeway stores and Rotary. 
 
It takes about 60 Rotary members to deliver the 120 meals to the recipient families.  So far, we have 35 families signed up to deliver meals, so we still need at least another 25 families to deliver meals.  The more families that deliver, the easier it becomes for everyone!
 
PP Helene Davis announced the annual Senior Lunch will be on 12/11. You can sponsor a senior or sponsor and host a senior.  Contact Jim Davis for more information.
 
Steve Onishi needs volunteers for Monta Vista / Lynbrook project workforce. A guest speaker is needed to give a twenty-minute talk regarding pitching to venture capitalists on the topic of social entrepreneurship. 
 
P Padma announced an opportunity to travel to India January 10th-21st for a Government of India sponsored National Immunization Day. Contact Alysa Sakkas for details. To learn more go to the Travel with Rotary page on our website.
 
David Doyle announced the Youth in Action Conference on 11/9, 12:30-5:45 PM, at the Campbell Community Center. At that time, they will discuss pollution from the Lehigh Cement Plant.
 
P Padma announced 2019 Veteran’s Day Event on Monday, 11/11, 11:00-1:00PM at Memorial Park.
 
Personal Talk by Wil Fluwelling:
Wil had “humble beginnings” in upstate New York, the son of a Vietnam veteran father and “Age of Aquarius” mother. He was a scholar / athlete [wrestling] in high school, a recipient of a Rotary Scholarship, and became a first-time parent in high school.
 
After working ten years for Hilton Hotels where he mastered accounting, he attended an entrepreneurship program that got him into the solar business in 2008.
 
He met his wife, Jessica, who attended Santa Clara University and they were married in 2010. She is the love of his life and she is the one who keeps him focused. They have a son, William, who attends Stevens Creek School where Wil is involved with the PTO.
 
Wil is interested in giving back to the community and particularly in the areas of education and veterans affairs. His father worked as a sausage stuffer. Having run for the school board, Wil prefers the political arena for what the pros refer to as sausage making.  For relaxation Wil’s favorite is a beer on the beach and snorkeling in Hanauma Bay. Anyone would say those are great choices.
 
Reports/Updates/Thank yous:
P Padma thanked those who carved pumpkins with seniors.
 
Hammerhead report:
 
Craig Cummings  principal designer of a cavity nester type birdhouse with a Rotary wheel on the face gifted prototype number two to Henry Buffalow recognizing his work with Rebuilding Together.  The initial prototype was given to PP Helene Davis at her kickout party.  We learned that more can be built for interested Rotarians. Contact Henry or Craig.
 
Rebuilding Together:
Henry Buffalow reported that on 10/19 we had 75 volunteers show up at 10435 Byrne Avenue, Cupertino, to clean up the yard, paint the outside of the house and perform some exterior woodworking and repair projects.  About half were from Cupertino Rotary with the remainder from Saratoga Rotary, High School Interactors, LDS Church, Saint Jude's and even some neighbors who were happy to see us.
 
Watch the project video at: https://tinyurl.com/CRrebuild1019