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Community Deborah York 2016-09-11 00:00:00Z
Meeting Recap - October 20, 2016

World’s Greatest Rotary Club: Santa Clara, California

Meeting Recap and a few personal comments

Miten Marfatia, President of the Mob

Bob Ricks, Humble Scribe

 

Pledge of Allegiance: Dave DeLozier got the nod today. We are still at 100% standing up for the pledge. This may change after November 8. Stay tuned.

 

Inspiration: Bill Carver read his inspiration in German in honor of our Oktoberfest beer celebration today. Having served my country in Germany (after WWII for the wise crackers in the group) and fluent in this easy language I was able to determine that Bill was sending three platoons into Berlin to blow up Hitler’s bunker. We were inspired.

 

This is Rotary Foundation Month! Sandy Allen briefed us on the Rotary Foundation and where we stand. Please note: October 31 is the final day to contribute and for our club to meet its goal for this year. We ask that each member try to be a double sustainer at $200, but anything you can afford is appreciated. You can hand or mail your checks in or go online to Rotary.org and use a credit card. Just do it. Thanks!

 

Walt Marwitz (sure to impress Carver) introduced his visiting daughter in his fluent German left over from his Army days in Bamberg. I think he said, “This is my daughter Leann and she is going to lead a platoon into Berlin to blow up Hitler’s bunker”. It was very moving. You do know that both of these guys were officers and once led men?

 

Bob Buchser, birthday boy!  PP Bob was celebrating his actual birthday today. Against the wishes of only 99% of the club Bob requested Jimmy Fallon (aka Ken Rowell) sing the Happy Birthday song to him acappella. Jimmy responded that he did not play the guitar but we did get him to sing solo after straightening that out. In the end Miten collected about $300 from both of them and any proceeds from the iTunes version.

 

Suds Jain also had a birthday and quickly requested that Bob and Jimmy not do an encore. We could all hear Jimmy breathing deep again and this request was swiftly granted by Miten at the podium.

 

New York, New York:  Marcia Daszko brought us a banner from NY Club #6. Walt Marwitz recognized the banner from his days in a gang in that area. Marcia told Miten that she DID explain to the New Yorkers that she belonged to the greatest Rotary Club in the World. As a result we may have a few of their members heading this way looking for housing during the winter. We will need some members to interpret.

 

Joker’s Wild:  This alone is worth showing up for a meeting. Susan Taylor did not pull the card today so the pot next week should be over $1500 unless Skinner has put it in the market. One day we will have a winner and it could be you!

 

Hawaii: Poor Carver goes to Hawaii and pays a fine. We also found out he did not take German lessons while gone. Miles goes to Hawaii once a month and pays zero. Is this thing rigged?

Club Survey:  The results of the recent club survey have been tabulated. Thanks to all the members that took the time to respond. The ones that did not….we know who you are.

Our committee is meeting next week to review the results and make a determination for our future direction based on member feedback. This will be reported soon.

 

Mission City Community Fund annual dinner, November 4.   Our club is purchasing two to three tables and subsidizing members that want to attend. Miten has all the details. Please contact him. This year our community will be honoring two men and both are members of TGRCITW…….Jerry Marsalli (Lou Mariani in Andy’s year) and Bud Heintz. If you can attend, let Miten know asap. Seats go fast when discounted. This is always a great event and it will be BEFORE the election so the depression will not have set in. Most people will still be smiling.

 

Steps for Success:  Another project completed last weekend. We had a mis-communication with Scott Lane contacts on the kids that were eligible and this is being corrected. All in all we gave a lot of shoes to some needy kids in our area. Well done to all members that helped out.

 

Dates:

October 22: Avenues of Service. We have 11 members signed to attend. A Red Badge must and we also need to support PP and future DG Jan-Eric Nordmo. Jan has a special feeling in his heart for any two year red badgers. Just do not go over that limit.

 

October 27 meeting will NOT be at the Bay Club. We will be trying out the Elks Club. Miten will send a reminder for the short term memory deficit members.

 

October 28: Happy Hour (Or Hours) at Dan Holder’s new restaurant. Be there and take advantage of the free food and discount drinks. Maybe even the whiffen poof song from Carver.

 

November 9: Red Badge project at the Santa Clara Senior Center. David Cross is running the project. We are providing a BBQ for the seniors. David did happen to mention that many of our members may also qualify for the BBQ but he really needs their help in serving. Some grumbling was noticed. RIM President John Bertolotti usually attends this function just to catch up with his old high school buddies. Bottom line: We need some more bodies to help out. Contact David or Joe Sweeney.

 

November 17: District Governor Jeff Orth will visit and see TGRCITW in action. Please clean up for this meeting.

 

Speaker: Our speaker was Andy Dolich, past COO of the SF 49ers and long time COO of the Oakland Athletics. Andy had some great stories from the world of sports and even threw out some sports history trivia. A fun session was had by all.

 

NEXT WEEK!  Go to the ELKS LODGE!

 
 
 
 
 
 
Meeting Recap - October 20, 2016 Miten Marfatia, President, Bob Ricks 2015-09-25 00:00:00Z
WEEKLY CLUB UPDATE
 
 
August 27, 2015 Meeting  
 
OUR GREETER, Karina Arvizu
 
VISITING ROTARIANS
 ROTARIANS WITH GUEST
Los Gatos Morning Rotarians:Lotus Mahon, Molly Perry, Moira Sullivan,Paul Yeaton
 
Saratoga Rotary Club: Rajiv Jain
 
Ken Rowell introduced Brigitte Ford, his guest from Bay Area Builders
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Mike Sellers and Stan Rose are chairing our club’s fundraiser to purchase and donate school supplies to local schools.  Last year, $2600 was donated to 17 schools in the Santa Clara Unified School District.  So far, the collections are at $1,000. Anyone wanting to help support the cause please see Mike or signup at the next meeting.
 
The 35th Annual Art and Wine Festival, September 19, 20, 2015.  Our club will have a booth serving up Chinese Chicken Salad and Arnold Palmer beverages.  See Miten Marfatia, Committee Chair or Deborah York. 
Sign-up sheets were passed around.

RECOGNITIONS & HAPPENINGS

 
John Mlnarik reminded us that he is helping St Justin’s School with their fundraising golf tournament.  John offered to make a $50 donation to the Rotary Foundation for anyone who signed up to play and support the school.  See John for more details.
 
Mike Sellers Updated the club on the progress of our discussions with the City about having the Rotary Club of Santa Clara assist with several Super” Community Events.  Two dates are being discussed are, January 31st at Mission College and February 6th at Santa Clara University. 
Every participating Rotarian must meet NFL requirements and be fingerprinted.   Mike Sellers is looking into bringing a fingerprint machine to a club meeting to facilitate the finger printing process.   If you have questions, please see Joe or Nick for more information.
Mike Pierce gave an update on the Rotary International Foundation and passed around donation cards.  Every Santa Clara Rotarian is expected to help up support the Foundation with at least a double sustainer donation ($200). 
Stuart Cusimano, Asst. DG, advised that next Wednesday night, September 2nd, the District will be hosting an “International Fair” prior to the regular Cabinet Meeting.  Various clubs will display their International Projects.  The event takes place at the Indian Community Center in Milpitas from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm.
The Cabinet Meeting begins at 6:30 pm and if you wish to attend and have dinner, the cost is $37.00.  If you do not want dinner, the cost is $5.00.   If you are interested, see Stewart for more details.
 
Youth Protection Training
President Andy recognized and thanked Fred Ahlstrom, Caroline Grewal and Karen Suty for their fast response to his request for new members to complete the Youth Protection Awareness training
 
Blue Badge update:  Arlyne Diamond received her Blue BadgeCongratulations Arlyne!
 
SPECIAL GUEST  President Andy welcomed Jeff Orth, Rotary 5170 District Governor-Elect 2016-2017.
 
GUEST PROGRAM SPEAKER – Dave Kilby  Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs
Mr. Kilby gave a lively and passionate discussion regarding the mission, goals and objectives of the CalChamber.  What the CalChamber does, and what is happening in Sacramento during the last two weeks of this year’s legislative session. 
Next year there will be legislation and ballot measures we will need to PAY attention. In closing he recited this poem:
 
 
Farewell to Someone Else
(Author unknown)
 
We were saddened to hear this week of the passing of one of our valued members – Someone Else.
 
Someone Else’s passing creates a huge void that will be difficult to fill.
 
For many years Someone Else did far more than a normal person’s share of the work.
 
Whenever there was a tough job to do, one name was on everyone’s list and they said “Let Someone Else do it”
 
For many years Someone Else did far more than a normal person’s share of the work.
 
Someone Else was a wonderful person, sometimes appearing super human.
 
Were the truth known, everybody expected too much of Someone Else.
 
Someone Else left a wonderful example for us to follow.
 
But we can’t depend on Someone Else anymore.
 
Someone Else is gone.
 
It’s time for us all to step up and do the things that Someone Else did!
Whenever there was a tough job to do, one name was on everyone’s list and they said “Let Someone Else do it”
 
Someone Else was a wonderful person, sometimes appearing super human.
 
Were the truth known, everybody expected too much of Someone Else.
 
Someone Else left a wonderful example for us to follow.
 
But we can’t depend on Someone Else anymore.
 
Someone Else is gone.
 
It’s time for us all to step up and do the things that Someone Else did!
 
You CAN Make a Difference
UP NEXT WEEK, AUGUST 27, 2015  - Susan Valenta, our District Governor, will be visiting our club and our guest speaker! 
 
EVENTS COMING UP
  • Next Board Meeting, 7:30 AM September 16, 2015 at Mariani’s Restaurant, Santa Clara
  • Santa Clara Art & Wine 2015 September 19, 20 
  • October 3 and 10, 2015 Steps for Success school events     
  • October 20 to 26, 2015 Ireland trip
  • Dec 03, 2015 Speech Contest
  • Dec 10, 2015 Christmas for Kids
 
WEEKLY CLUB UPDATE Marguerite Padovani 2015-08-28 00:00:00Z
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OPENING REMARKS
OUR GREETER, Maria Deane, welcomed the club and gave us a wonderful update on our club Scholarship Program.  We awarded 15 scholarships.  Maria read several notes from students that told how appreciative they were for our club’s donation.  For several, our scholarship was a critical part of their being able to attend college.
VISITING ROTARIANS, VISITING ROTARIANS WITH GUEST
 NAME-- guest Rotarian from East Palo Alto Rotary announced a celebration of the club’s 50th Anniversary, on September 12, 2015, at Mitchell Park Community Center, East Palo Alto, from 7:00-10:00 pm.  This event will fund the club’s international and local community projects. 
The ticket cost is $100.  We are welcome to attend.
Sandy Allen introduced Alan Weissberger, a walk in guest who is looking for a group where he can help serve the community.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Susan Valenta,  our District Governor, will be visiting the club on September 3rd.   Each year, the district governor has a project.  Sue is working on a wheelchair donation program.  District donations  have already filled one container of 280 wheelchairs.    The SC Rotary board approved donating  six wheelchairs using club funds to this mission!  Any Rotarian wanting to make a person donation, to add to this cause, should see the club president.
Mike Sellers and Stan Rose are chairing our club’s fundraiser to purchase and donate school supplies to local schools.  Last year, $2600 was donated to 17 schools in the Santa Clara Unified School District.  Anyone wantng to help support the cause please see Mike or signup at the next meeting.
Lou Ann Alexander, Mike Sellers, Joe Sweeney gave an update on the Sean Walsh K-9 Foundation.  Last year, Cheryl Walsh spoke to our club.  Her foundation was formed on behalf of her son, Sean, who was killed  during the war in Afghanistan.  Our club has agreed to donate $10,000 to purchase a police dog for the Santa Clara Police Department.  The dog is expected to begin service in November 2015. 
The 35th Annual Art and Wine Festival, September 19, 20, 2015.  Our club will have a booth serving up Chinese Chicken Salad and Ice Tea.   See Miten Marfatia, Committee Chair and/or Deborah York to volunteer.
ROTARY CARES
Jan Eric updated the club on the status of Easy Perez.  Easy wishes to thank everyone for reaching out with cards, emails, and most of all our club’s support.  He misses everyone and hopes to come back soon.  He will be undergoing chemotherapy over the next week.  Please see Jan for more details and information.  
Larry Fargher and Joe Sweeney shared news about Jerry Marsalis.  Jerry is fighting cancer.  He is now at Stanford Hospital undergoing tests and treatment.  Our prayers and thoughts to Jerry.

RECOGNITIONS & HAPPENINGS

Diamond Mike! 
Just came back from Klamath Falls, Oregon and shared his experience:
Klamath Falls hosted the Babe Ruth World Series event back in 1968.  Diamond Mike, a serious baseball player youth, played in the Babe Ruth World Series for his home town.   He and his former teammates were asked to come back.  They were greeted with great fanfare and Mike served as one of the two Grand Marshall’s for the parade. According to Mike, “We were made celebrities again!” 
Mike’s trip other reason to travel was to serve as the best man at his father’s wedding.  Yes his father, who is 89 years old, is marrying a much younger woman.  She is 88 !    According to Mike, “it was a great affair!”
Mike volunteered to share his good fortune with the club by donating $100 to the Rotray Foundation.
John Minark and his family visited Maryland and while there, he stopped in a the Aberdeen Rotary Club.  He brought back Aberdeen’s flag, which he presented to President Andy.
John also shared that he is helping St Justins School with their fundraising golf tournament.  John offered to make a $50 donation to the RotaRY Foiundation  for anyone who who singed pu to play and support the school.  See John for more details.
Nick Streit and Joe Sweeney announced that our club is participating with the City of Santa Clara in several “Super” Community Events.  The city  asked our club to help with  set up and operate the bar for these events.  Two dates are known, January 31st at Mission College and February 6th) at Santa Clara University.
To volunteer, every participating Rotarian, to meet NFL requirements, will need to fill out the attached form or register online and be fingerprinted.   Mike Sellers is looking into bringing the fingerprint machine to a club meeting to facillitate the finger printing process.   If you have questions, please see Joe or Nick for more information.
Red Badge updates:
Are you up to date?  Many red badgers need to check the 6-month requirement and the Board is there to help you.
Arlyne Diamond gave her Red Badger speech…She is on her way to Blue!
Rotary International Foundation:
Mike Pierce gave an update on the Rotary International Foundation and passed around donation cards.  Every Santa Clara Rotarian is expected to help up support the Foundation with at least a double sustainer donation.  ($200)  Please try to get your donation in before September 3rd, in time for our District Governor’s visit. 
Andy’s Birthday!
Harbir Bhatia presented President Andy with birthday gifts and cards on behalf of the club.
Andy commented  “I was surprised and touched when I was interrupted during today's Rotary meeting, where the club presented me with these gifts and a nice bottle of wine.  Both cards played music and were signed by the whole club.  The Club sang Happy Birthday to me.  You did not have to do that, I would have paid the fine “J. 
SPECIAL INVITED GUEST
Marguerite Padovani introduced Vanessa Vogensen, a 16-years old Interact member sponsored by the Rotary Club in Chaves, a town in the North of Portugal.  Vanessa is her club’s president.  She is spending the month with a relative in Sunnyvale and thought it would be a fantastic idea to visit the Rotary clubs in the area.
 She was first introduced to the Rotary a little over two years ago and now that she is president, she thought what better way to start the year than sharing her club’s experience with people on the other side of the Atlantic and learning as much as she can from them? She thought it would be interesting to see what both clubs have in common and what sets them apart and maybe she would be able to bring new ideas and insight to other Interactors.
GUEST PROGRAM SPEAKER 
Gerald F. Uelmen
Professor of Law and Director, Edwin A. Heafey Jr. Center for Trial and Appellate Advocacy
Professor Uelmen is renowned for his extensive experience criminal law.  He is most well known for serving on the defense tea for the trial of People v. O.J. Simpson in 1994-95; his account of the trial was published as Lessons from the Trial in 1996.  Professor Uelmen is currently the Director of the Edwin A. Heafy Jr. Center for Trial and Appellate Advocacy at Santa Clara University School of Law, and served as the dean of the law school from 1986 to 1994.
On a personal note, Professor Uelmen loves to play the accordion and keeps one or two in the backseat of his car!
Professor Uelmen recited this poem:
White may be gray.
Black may be gray.
When things are gray, they can go either way.
Painting things gray can pay.
 
In summary, a trial is not a search for the truth.  It can more accurately be described as a quest for an acceptable level of certainty.  Certainty can be quantified, truth cannot.
 
We demand greater certainty when life or liberty is at stake, as compared to when money is at stake.
Lawyers may not knowingly present perjured testimony, and must not hide evidence from the opposition.
 
COMING UP AUGUST 27, 2015
Our speaker for next meeting is Dave Kilby.  Dave is the Executive Vice President for the State Chamber of Commerce in Sacramento.    Joining Dave will be former Santa Clara Roptarian Steve Van Dorn.  It will be fun to have Steve, if only for one meeting.
EVENTS COMING UP
  • Sept 3, 2015- Susan Valenta, our District Governor’s visit to the Rotary Club of Santa Clara
  • Next Board Meeting, September 16, 2015 at Mariani’s Restaurant, Santa Clara
  • Santa Clara Art & Wine 2015
    September 19, 20
  • October 3 and 10, 2015 Steps for Success school events
  • October 20 to 26, 2015 Ireland trip
  • Dec 03, 2015 Speech Contest
  • Dec 10, 2015 Christmas for Kids
Meeting Recap Marguerite Padovani 2015-08-20 00:00:00Z
IN THE NEWS... As seen in the Santa Clara Weekly

Santa Clara Rotary Helps JW House Put Dinner
on the Table
By Carolyn Schuk

Santa Clara Rotary Helps JW House Put Dinner on the Table

A shared meal around a family table is about much more than food. It's about comfort, companionship, and a respite from stress and worry. It's about feeling "at home" when you're far away from home.

That's why JW House's "Dinner is Served" program means so much to the families staying at the "home away from home" while family members are being treated in local hospitals. Community volunteer groups and generous restaurants provide the meals, every day of the year.

“After a long day at the hospital, our guests look forward to coming “home” to find that someone has planned and prepared a delicious meal just for them," says a JW House Executive Director Larrissa Robideaux.

"Groups who participate in the ’Dinner is Served’ program soon discover that their efforts go far beyond simply providing a dinner,” she says. “As families gather for dinner, a warm sense of community exists and many volunteer groups choose to return month after month. 'Dinner is Served’ is one of the most popular volunteer opportunities at JW House."

Santa Clara Rotary is one of those volunteer groups making sure that "Dinner is Served." “Our club has been volunteering since 2014,“ says Rotary Club JW House chair Joe Sweeney. “Members volunteer their time and rotate each month to prepare a hot meal and bring comfort to those families and children during difficult times.”

“We are grateful for the Rotary Club of Santa Clara’s generosity," says Robideaux, "and for being part of the community helping us serve more than 7,000 dinners a year.”

One of those Rotarians rolling up his sleeves in the JW House kitchen is Club president Andy Ratermann.

Ratermann has served on the Santa Clara Historical and Landmarks commission, and was elected three times to the Santa Clara Unified School Board – where he has served as Board Vice President and President. He's been on the boards of the Santa Clara Sister Cities Association, the Buchser Music Association and served for over a decade on the local Boy Scout Council Executive Board.

From making sure that every elementary school student starts the school year with properly-fitting new shoes through the "Steps for Success," to teaching young people how to take and idea and build a business around it through its Enterprise Leadership Conference, Santa Clara Rotary is an active presence in the City – and beyond through natural disaster relief programs and Rotary International's polio eradication program.

Santa Clara Rotary meets every Thursday at 12:15 p.m. at the Bay Club on Central Expressway in Santa Clara, and welcomes guests. Mercury News sports reporter Mark Purdy will be the lunch speaker on Aug. 13. For information visit www.santaclararotary.org or call (650) 421-4760.

IN THE NEWS... As seen in the Santa Clara Weekly 2015-07-16 00:00:00Z
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Rotary Club of Santa Clara

Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

6/30/2015

Last Week’s Meeting. It was all about the BBQ at last week’s meeting which was held on the grounds of Central Park in the new BBQ Bistro. Set up for the SVBBQ Championships was in its second day and the area was starting to fill up with the Pro- Teams. Those helping with set up took a short break to have lunch and get the final details from Joe Sweeney and his crew of Frank Walsh, Nick Strait, Lizzy Baron, and Gerry Kosko. Gerry had his band of employees from Suhr Risk Services helping with the setup which added to the fun. Their contributions and willingness to help with the event is deserving of a big thank you.

And what an event it was. By 4:00 PM on Friday everything was in place and ready to go. Bay Area Builders constructed and assembled what has to be the longest bar I have ever seen. The Beer Garden tent, the biggest we have ever had, was ready to handle hundreds of visitors, the BBQ Bistro took on a special look, the food and other venders were in place, the BBQ teams offering samples had their pits going, and the smell of BBQ filled the park. Then for two days people enjoyed the event with Club members and other volunteers working several shifts to make sure everyone was served, parking was available, the BBQ judges were taken care of, the sampling teams were paid, and all of the other tasks associated with sponsoring the event were handled. We could not do this without the support of the club members, the volunteers, and off course our partners, the Parks and Recreation Department for the City of Santa Clara who, incidentally, won the Mayor’s Cup in the Backyard Competition.

Hats off to all of you who helped make this the best SVBBQ event to date. What a way to end the Rotary year.

Polio Plus. At the insistence for many attendees small tip jars appeared in the tent and beer booth. Tips collected in the Margareta area are going Polio Plus ($677)

This Weeks Meeting. For this week, it is the traditional debunking of the outgoing president. Past president Lou Ann Alexander is hosting the meeting. This is your chance to get some digs in so take advantage of it. If for some unknown reason I miss the meeting I want to thank each and every one of our members for your support and the incredible things you do that make this the Greatest Rotary Club in the World.

See you on Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

TRF Campaign & Polio Plus Campaign– on going

 July 2, 2015, The Debunking of Past President Rainbolt

 July 9, 2015, The beginning of Andy Ratermann’s term and the 2015-2016 Rotary year.

District Events:

July 15, 2015 Roast & Toast DG Ed Jellen, Saratoga Springs

President's Message 2015-06-30 00:00:00Z
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Rotary Club of Santa Clara

Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

6/24/2015

Last Week’s Meeting. Dan Haifley the Executive Director of the O’Neil Sea Odyssey was last week’s speaker. The O’Neil Sea Odyssey is a non-profit organization founded by wet suit innovator Jack O’Neil. The Sea Odyssey organization is dedicated to the education and discovery of the marine habitat and the relationship between the living sea and the environment. The program is structure for youth in the 4th-6th grade who attend free but must earn their way by designing and performing a project to benefit their community. The program is carried out on a 65 ft catamaran sailing on Monterey Bay. Dan pointed out several statistics that this classroom setting enhances learning and retention by the students. Over 80,000 students have attended the program since it started. To learn more about the O’Neil Sea Odyssey go to www.oneillseaodyssey.org.

Rotary International Conference. Andy Ratermann returned after attending Rotary’s International Conference in San Palo, Brazil. He said he felt like he attended two conferences as he spent the second week in Rio along with 18,000 other Rotarians. Was it worthwhile for the soon to be President? Yes says Andy.

Polio Plus. If you have not done so already don’t forget to submit your Polio Plus pledge either by writing a check to Rotary International of by going on-line at Rotary.org. If you do it by check please give it to Ted Morehead or Miles Barber. Remember, your contribution counts toward your Paul Harris and also counts toward the Clubs 2014-2015 giving goals.

Newest Club Member. Tracy Wingrove was inducted as the Club’s newest member. Tracy is the Executive Director of the Santa Clara Library Foundation and is sponsored by Maria Daane who previously held that position. Tracy has a history of community service, is married to husband Jim and they have a daughter who will be a senior at Fremont High School and a son who will be a freshman at Fremont High School. Welcome to the Club Tracy.

With Tracy’s induction, twelve outstanding members have joined the Club over this Rotary year. Quite a class!

This Weeks Meeting. Well it is just around the corner, the fourth annual Silicon Valley BBQ Championships kicks off this Friday and ends on Saturday. The effort and planning that has gone into this signature event will make it the best ever. Hats off to the BBQ committee and all of those who have helped plan and organize this event. This week’s meeting will be about the BBQ and will be held at Central Park. If at all possible wear some work type clothes as set up will still be in progress and help is needed.

Oh, One More Thing. Bring a bag of lemons to the meeting on Thursday for the homemade lemonade booth.

See you on Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

TRF Campaign & Polio Plus Campaign– on going

 Club meeting at Central Park June 25,2015

 Silicon Valley BBQ Championships June 26-27

 July 2, 2015, The Debunking of Past President Rainbolt

 July 9, 2015, The beginning of Andy Ratermann’s term and the 2015-2016 Rotary year.

District Events:

TRF Campaign – on going

 Polio Plus- On going

 July 15, 2015 Roast & Toast DG Ed Jellen, Saratoga Springs

President's Message 2015-06-24 00:00:00Z
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6/16/2015

Last Week’s Meeting. Tim Richie, President of the Tech Museum of Innovation, gave us an update on all of the activities that the Museum supports. The Tech Museum is not what you might think of as a typical Museum. From their Tech Awards Program that annually recognizes innovators from around the world who develop and apply technology to improve the human condition to the Summer Camps for youth aspiring to be Scientists, Engineers and Innovators the Tech Museum is a very active and inspiring place for all visitors.

Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

Tim covered the many other programs the Tech provides including the Tech Challenge for student between grades 5 -12, the Family, Math & Engineering bilingual classes, the Girl Scouts program, and the Tech Sleepovers that offer classes and STEM activities. All in all the Tech Museum of innovation is not your father’s typical museum. For more information about the Tech, check out www.tech.org.

Easy Perez. Easy says hello to everyone. He has entered his second round of Chemotherapy and has 5-6 months left. He and his doctors feel that they have removed all of the effected tissue and the Chemo program is to make sure. He says he will try to come by on a Thursday sometime depending on how he feels.

Bob Gustky. Bob, an avid golfer, volunteered that he shot his age in a recent round. He shot an 89 and fined himself $89. Congratulations Bob.

Mission City Community Fund Grant. Margaret Demorest submitted a grant application to the Mission City Community Fund to support our Christmas for Kids Program. On June 11 at the annual Recognition BBQ the Rotary Club of Santa Clara received a $4000 grant. Thank you to Margaret for submitting and receiving the grant request.

Polio Plus. If you have not done so already don’t forget to submit your Polio Plus pledge either by writing a check to Rotary International of by going on-line at Rotary.org. If you do it by check please give it to Ted Morehead. Remember, your contribution counts toward your Paul Harris and also counts toward the Clubs 2014-2015 giving goals.

Silicon Valley BBQ Championships. The BBQ committee held the final planning meeting this week. Everything is coming together for the 4th Annual SVBBQ Championships. If you have not signed up for at least two shifts please do so by contacting Margaret Demorest or Elizabeth Mayo. Make sure you plan to attend the June 25th meeting at Central Park for a review of the assignments, tasks, and to help with the final set-up.

This Weeks Meeting. We will be at the Bay Club for this week’s meeting and Dan Haifley of the O’Neil Sea Odyssey will be the guest speaker. Dan is the Executive Director of the O’Neil Sea Odyssey which is a non-profit organization founded by wet suit innovator Jack O’Neil. The organization provides a hands-on educational experience to encourage the protection and preservation of our living sea and communities.

See you on Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

TRF Campaign & Polio Plus Campaign– on going

 Board Meeting June 17, 6:30 PM, Holders Country Inn 6:30 PM-8:00 PM

 Club meeting at Central Park June 25,2015

 Silicon Valley BBQ Championships June 26-27

 July 2, 2015, The Debunking of Past President Rainbolt

 July 9, 2015, The beginning of Andy Ratermann’s term and the 2015-2016 Rotary year.

District Events:

TRF Campaign – on going

 Polio Plus- On going

 July 15, 2015 Roast & Toast DG Ed Jellen, Saratoga Springs

President's Message 2015-06-17 00:00:00Z
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Rotary Club of Santa Clara

Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

6/10/2015

Last Week’s Meeting. Ted Keech hosted last week’s annual recognition of the Club’s Past Presidents. Many of the Past Presidents were in attendance and Ted acknowledged each with a couple of exceptions. He forgot to mention Bob Gustke tenure and some felt he should have included John Bertolotti as the president of RIM and for his one and only day serving as the Club President. The contributions from our Past Presidents have defiantly helped make the Club what it today. Ted had comments about several Past Presidents which were entertaining to say the least and reminded our members of the Club’s colorful history. Thanks Ted for hosting one of the Club’s favorite meetings.

Dan Holder verified that it was no rumor that he failed to tell his wife Anna that he accepted the President Elect position until several months after the selection. He even tried to keep Anna from learning about it at the annual Valentine dinner by telling others not to bring it up. But alas someone did accidently let the word out and Dan was had.

Polio Plus. If you have not done so already don’t forget to submit your Polio Plus pledge either by writing a check to Rotary International of by going on-line at Rotary.org. If you do it by check please give it to Ted Morehead.

Silicon Valley BBQ Championships. In a little more than two weeks the 4th Annual SVBBQ Championships takes place. Many members have been involved in the planning for the Clubs largest fundraiser. Soon it will be time to implement and all club members need to make every effort to support this event by signing up for at least two shifts. This event allows us to do the things that make us a vibrant Club. Let’s recognize the BBQ committee’s hard work by filling available shift slots on the signup sheet that will be up at this week’s meeting. Yes, life’s events sometimes get in the way of helping so if you are not able to volunteer asked a friend or neighbor to stand if for you. Volunteering is what Rotarians do. It will be fun, it will be rewarding, and you will learn more about your fellow Rotarians -I guarantee it.

This Weeks Meeting. We are returning to the Bay Club for this week’s meeting featuring Tim Richie as our guest speaker. Tim is the President of the Tech Museum and will be sharing plans and doings at the Museum. The Tech Museum is a local treasure so doesn’t miss the opportunity to learn more about it at the meeting.

See you on Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

TRF Campaign & Polio Plus Campaign– on going

 Board Meeting June 17, 6:30 PM, Holders Country Inn 6:30 PM-8:00 PM

 Club meeting at Central Park June 25,2015

 Silicon Valley BBQ Championships June 26-27

 July 2, 2015, The Debunking of Past President Rainbolt

 July 9, 2015, The beginning Andy Ratermann’s term and the 2015-2016 Rotary year.

District Events:

TRF Campaign – on going

 Polio Plus- On going

 July 15, 2015 Roast & Toast DG Ed Jellen, Saratoga Springs

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Rotary Club of Santa Clara

Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

6/3/2015

Last week’s meeting was an opportunity to view antique automobiles at John Bertolotti’s facility. What an amazing collection of early 1900’s automobiles from several manufacturers whose names don’t exist today. John led the tour providing a history lesson on the automobile, the industry, the manufactures, and their use in the early 20th century. He also spoke of the need to replace the horse as a means of transportation-especially in large cities like New York where millions of pounds and millions of gallons of waste had to be cleared from the streets daily. John’s detailed knowledge of each of the automobiles in the collation is impressive to say the least. Thank you to John for hosting the meeting.

Don’t forget to submit your Polio Plus pledge either by check to Rotary International of by going on-line at Rotary.org. If you do it by check please give it to Ted Morehead.

This week’s meeting will, once again, not be at the Bay Club. The meeting will be at the Santa Clara Elks Club located at 1620 Martin Ave in Santa Clara. This is the annual Past Presidents BBQ where we honor our Club’s Past Presidents as well as roast a few of them. Ted Keech leads the event and it is expected to be as entertaining as ever. This is one of my favorite meetings of the year so I encourage you to attend.

See you on Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

TRF Campaign & Polio Plus Campaign– on going

 Board Meeting June 17, 6:30 PM, Holders Country Inn

 Silicon Valley BBQ Championships June 26-27

 July 2, 2015, The Debunking of Past President Rainbolt

District Events:

TRF Campaign – on going

 Polio Plus- On going

 July 15, 2015 Roast & Toast DG Ed Jellen, Saratoga Springs

Other Events

Rotary International Events:

International Convention- São Paulo, Brazil, June 6-9 2015

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Rotary Club of Santa Clara

Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

5/27/2015

Gene Bleymaeir, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at San Jose State was the speaker at last week’s meeting. Gene spoke about the many successes San Jose State Athletic programs has enjoyed over the years. He also covered plans for improvements and additions to the athletic facilities at the University. The plan covers the next few years and requires mostly private donations to implement.

An Ipad mini was auctioned off with the funds raised going to Rotary International’s Polio-Plus program. Larry Fargher was the high bidder at $500. Several members pledged donations for Polio Plus and after the initial sign-up over $5,000 has been pledged. For those that are making a donation there are two ways to handle it - you can make a check out to Rotary International and give it to Ted Moorhead or you can go to Rotary.org and select the GIVE button. This will allow you to select "I WANT TO SUPPORT A POLIO FREE WORLD". From there you can login using your ClubRunner login, follow the instructions, and make your donation. After a few days you will receive and e-mail acknowledgement for your donation to keep for your tax records.

The BBQ committee provided an update on this year’s Silicon Valley BBQ Championships which is only one month away. A large volunteer signup sheet was posted and members are asked to sign up for at least two shifts over the two day event. Contact Margaret Demorest or Elizabeth Mayo for more volunteer information.

The employees of Lorenzo Rios’s company raised funds for the Club to purchase another Shelter Box in response to the Nepal earthquake. Lorenzo also reported that Easy Perez is doing well and has started his treatments following the discovery and removal of a malignant tumor.

This week’s meeting will not be at the Bay Club. The meeting will be at John Bertolotti’s facility in Santa Clara. The address for the facility will be sent in a separate e-mail. Lunch will be catered by Armadillo Willy’s. Please let me if you are bringing a guest and did not note it on last week’s sign-up sheet.

See you on Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

TRF Campaign & Polio Plus Campaign– on going

 Silicon Valley BBQ Championships June 26-27

District Events:

TRF Campaign – on going

 Polio Plus- On going

Other Events

Rotary International Events:

International Convention- São Paulo, Brazil, June 6-9 2015

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Rotary Club of Santa Clara

Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

5/20/2015

The Club’s Polio Plus campaign kicked-off at last week’s meeting as our own Suds Jain was the speaker. Suds shared his story as a victim of the disease and treatments he endured as a child. He also provided information on the origins of polio which dates back several centuries, it’s occurrence in the United States, the efforts to develop vaccines that prevent the disease, and the eradication campaigns that started in the late 1930’s. Rotary International has played a huge role to eradicate Polio globally through the Polio Plus campaign. In 2013 there were 416 Polio cases reported all of them located in three countries: Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria where it has been difficult to vaccinate all children.

Suds will be manning the information booth at this year’s BBQ where donations to Polo Plus will be accepted. It is estimated that it will cost $5.5 billion to complete the eradication of the disease globally but would save $40-$50 billion over the next 20 years.

At the meeting John Keane the Chairman of ShelterBiox USA spoke briefly about the shelter boxes and thanked the Club for the generous donation of funds following member contributions in support of relief efforts resulting from the Nepal earthquake.

Easy Perez is doing much better following removal of a cancerous tumor. The doctors feel they removed all of the cancerous tissue but Easy will be on chemotherapy for the next several weeks. We all wish Easy the best and please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

This year’s Scholarship Recipients were presented at last week’s meeting. Two students from Santa Clara High, one student from Wilcox High, and one student from New Valley High will each receive a $2000 scholarship award for each year they are attending college for up to four years. The students typically attend a community college for the first two years.

Next week the meeting will be held at John Bertolotti’s warehouse not at the Bay Club. John will give us a tour of his antique auto collection. If you haven’t already done so, please let us know if you are bringing a guest as space is limited. Directions will be forthcoming. Also remember that the following week (June 4th) the meeting will be held at the Elks club as it is the Past President BBQ. Ted Keech is the MC for this event and he said he will be covering the great Past Presidents of the Club. More information will follow.

See you on Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

TRF Campaign & Polio Plus Campaign– on going

 Joint Board Meeting May 20th

 Silicon Valley BBQ Championships June 27-28

District Events:

TRF Campaign – on going

 Polio Plus- On going

 Rotary U May 21,2015 India Community Center 525 Los Coches St., Milpitas, CA 95035 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Other Events

Rotary International Events:

International Convention- São Paulo, Brazil, June 6-9 2015

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Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

5/13/2015

The Club was dark last week as it was bocce ball night at Campo di Bocce. John Bertolotti was the team organizer and did is usual great job at setting up competitive teams. Thanks John for organizing this annual event and keeping my record clean- zero wins.

Prior to Bocce Ball week the former mayor of San Jose, Chuck Reed, was our speaker. The Mayor spoke about the issues facing cities like San Jose and Santa Clara on the unsustainable raising costs and liabilities to fund public employee pensions and health benefits. He also outlined steps needs to start containing those future liabilities.

Also at that meeting, Suresh Ojha was inducted as the newest member of the Club. Suresh was born in Nepal where a devastating earthquake stuck on April 25. He has family living there and is involved in establishing communication facilities in the country and supporting relief efforts. He spoke of the needs of the country’s citizens who have been displaced by earthquake. The Rotary Club of Santa Clara responded with member donations to purchase Shelter Boxes that can be deployed to the country that will provide basic needs. The Boxes provide people with shelter tents, stoves for cooking and warmth, and other daily essentials. Members donated $4000 and the Club matched $2000 for the purchase of the Shelter Boxes. Marguerite Padovani put together a Press Release about Suresh and the Club donations to help the country. The release was distributed to various news media and appeared in Sal Pizarro San Jose Mercury column on May 10. Here is the link http://www.mercurynews.com/sal-pizarro/ci_28080818/pizarro-willow-glen-trestle-gets-another-shot-at

A BBQ committee meeting was held on May 11. Things are moving along, there are still tables available for the Bistro and there is the need for volunteers. More will be covered at this week’s meeting

This week’s speaker is our own Suds Jain. Suds will be talking about polio and the efforts by Rotary International to eliminate the disease. Suds has experienced polio first hand and this will kick off our Polio Plus Campaign.

See you on Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

TRF Campaign & Polio Plus Campaign– on going

 Silicon Valley BBQ Championships June 27-28

District Events:

TRF Campaign – on going

 Polio Plus- On going

Other Events

Rotary International Events:

International Convention- São Paulo, Brazil, June 6-9 2015

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At toady's meeting we inducted our newest member, Suresh Ojha. Suresh was born in Nepal and has family still living their. He has been working hard to  organize communications efforts between families here in the US and Nepal as well as other tasks.  His story is compelling and the needs of the country are great. One of the quickest things that can be done now for the people of Nepal is the distribution of Shelter Boxes.

At today's meeting we passed a sign up sheet for donations to purchase additional Shelter Boxes and stated that for every $ donated the Club would match up to an amount of $2000.  If you were not at the meeting today and would like to add your name to the list please contact Miles Barber ( miles@adminbenefits.com ) with your name and the amount of your donations.
 
Our speaker today was Chuck Reed past Mayor of San Jose who is a member of the San Jose Downtown Rotary Club.  Before his talked he donated a fresh $100 bill with the provision that we match it -- which we will.
 
Sincerely,
Steve Rainbolt
President,
Rotary Club of Santa Clara
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Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

4/28/2015

President Elect Andy Ratermann took the speaker podium last week to talk about Ireland and our Sister Club in Limerick. Andy has been to Ireland several times and on a few occasions has visited our Sister Club. He shared the possibility of doing a joint international project with the Limerick Club. He also provided some details about an event he wants to do during his term. The event is a Santa Clara Rotary member trip to Ireland. There would be something for everyone including golf, sampling of Irish Sprits, and general sightseeing. He is looking for some feedback if members would support such a trip so please let him know if you have an interest. The trip would take place in the Fall.

The Silicon Valley BBQ Championships event is less than 2 months away (June 26 & 27) so planning activities are in full swing. This event is our major fund raiser for the year and will be bigger than the previous year. A major addition this year is the BBQ Bistro which is a separate area where tables can be purchased and patrons are served food and drink in a comfortable, tented setting. There are still tables available and since this is another source of revenue for the Club we want to make sure we sell each one. Brochures are available describing the Bistro. Contact Miles Baber with any sales possibilities you may have.

The hours for the BBQ are extended to 10:00 PM on Friday night and there are some excellent bands scheduled to perform. Additionally, the Club will have booths for BBQ corn, Lemonade and Baked Potatoes. With the extended hours, the addition of the Bistro, the Club’s food booths, and the margarita, beer and wine tent, guess what? We need a lot of volunteer’s for this year’s event. We need every member of the Club to help and I encourage you to enlist your family members and friends to spend some time volunteering at Central Park. In the following weeks more information about volunteering will be available.

If you have not signed up for Bocce Ball yet please let John Bertolotti know by May 6

 

th. The event is May 8th Club will be Dark on that day.

We have a special speaker this week and his name is Chuck Reed. In case you don’t recognize the name, he is the past mayor of San Jose. He served as mayor for 8 years (2007-2014) and had to deal with the impact of 2008-2009 financial crises. Mr. Reed will be speaking about coping with the retirement expenses for public employees. This is a great time to invite a guest to the meeting.

See you on Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 Bocce Ball May 7

 

th, Campo di Bocce, Los Gatos

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No host beverages 6:30 PM

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Dinner 7:00 PM

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Bocce 8:00-10:00

 Silicon Valley BBQ Championships June 27-28

District Events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 Polio Plus

Other Events

Rotary International Events:

International Convention-

 

São Paulo, Brazil, June 6-9 2015

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Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

4/22/2015

Last week’s meeting was Throw Back Thursday with past President Jan Eric Nordmo leading the meeting. Thanks Jan. I hear Bevis & Butthead were featured.

The speaker was John Ifcher, Assistant Professor of Economics at Santa Clara University. His topic was about Tax Credits and Happiness. Since I wasn’t at the meeting I don’t have any tidbits to pass along.

For the Club’s Red Badgers, a Blue Badge Progress board was displayed. The board shows the tasks needed to get a Blue Badge. Our membership chair Bob Ricks proposed it and Joe Sweeney made the board. I am not sure there was an explanation about the purpose of the board but that will be covered this week.

The District conference took place last weekend. I hope you all attended at least one session. Our own Andy Ratermann led the Friday evening pledge covering for the missing president who was probably being held captive in Area 51. Thanks Andy.

Jan Eric played a very important role at the conference for the Saturday evening dinner. He was responsible for keeping tabs on the entertainers as they dressed and prepared for their act. If you saw some photos posted on Facebook you can understand why Jan had a tough assignment.

This week’s speaker is none other than our own speaker chair, Andy Ratermann. Andy has been instrumental in establishing a sister club in Ireland and has made a few trips to the land of the Irish. So, not surprising, he will be talking about Ireland and the possibilities of doing more with our sister club in Limerick.

See you on Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 Silicon Valley BBQ Championships June 27-28

District Events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

Other Events

 

Operation Surf, April 21-27, 2015, Santa Cruz, CA

 

WPA, Women of Purpose and Action, Red Carpet Fund Raiser, April 28, 3260 The Alameda, Santa Clara. To register www.womenofpurposeandaction.com. See Lidia Blair for more details.

Rotary International Events:

International Convention-

 

São Paulo, Brazil, June 6-9 2015

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Rotary Club of Santa Clara

Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

4/15/2015

Dr. Melina Uncapher, CEO and cofounder of the Institute for Applied Neuroscience which is a science-for-good non-profit organization was last week’s speaker. Dr. Uncapher started her talk off by sharing that she has been in two serious automobile accidents as a result of other driver’s texting while they when driving. Based on her research she likened it to being under the influence of alcohol in terms of one’s ability to safely operate a vehicle. The Institute is currently partnering with various school districts to share what they are learning about how student learn and better ways to teach. Dr. Uncapher and the Institute are involved in several different applications of their neuroscience research to everyday problems. I you want to learn more I suggest you Google her or go to the Institute’s web site at

 

www.appliedneuro.org/about.html .

There was a short update on the BBQ activities that are taking place. Miles Barber reported that a lot of work has been going on behind the scene with respect to the addition of the BBQ Bistro this year. Sales of tables have been very good but there are still some spots available. The BBQ committee is gearing up to present to the club, among other things, the volunteer needs for this year’s event.

Lidia Blair is in the process of forming the Steps for Success committee and identifying the activaties for this event which takes place in the fall.

Don’t forget to sign up for the District 5170 conference taking place this week from April 17-19. You can sign up at by visiting the District 5170 website (http://www.clubrunner.ca/Portal/Home.aspx?accountid=50083

This week’s speaker comes from the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. John Ifcher, Assistant Professor of Economics, has published papers on among other topics, the effect of the Earned Income Tax Credit on happiness. That sounds pretty interesting.

Don’t miss this week’s meeting, there will be a surprise or two.

COMING UP….

Club events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 Silicon Valley BBQ Championships June 27-28

 Board Meeting April 15, 2015, 6:30 PM. Holders Country Inn

 SC Rotary Foundation Board Meeting, April 20, 6:00 PM, Anton Morec

District Events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 District Conference- April 17-19, 2015

Other Events

 

Operation Surf, April 21-27, 2015, Santa Cruz, CA

 

WPA, Women of Purpose and Action, Red Carpet Fund Raiser, April 28, 3260 The Alameda, Santa Clara. To register www.womenofpurposeandaction.com. See Lidia Blair for more details.

Rotary International Events:

International Convention-

 

São Paulo, Brazil, June 6-9 2015

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Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

4/8/2015

Don’t you wish you had a rotating stick or even and rotating stick with a light on it when you are roasting Marshmallows? Well Jim Rogers, CEO of Kampgrounds of America (KOA), has both available at the KOA locations. Jim was last week’s speaker and demonstrated both devices along with giving us a firsthand account of his experience appearing on an episode of the TV show "Undercover Boss". He showed clips from the broadcast and spoke about the preparation that took place in developing the episode and filming at the various locations he visited for the show. Jim sprinkled a lot of humor in his presentation but also talked about how in his business, like Rotary, is based on"Service Above Self". Our Program Director, Andy Ratermann, hit another one out of the park with his speaker selection.

The induction of three new members took place last week and it was quite an induction. I don’t know if three new members have even been inducted at the same time in the Club but it seem to confuse the President as he couldn’t keep the names straight. Jerry Marsalli, Fred Ahlstrom, and Lou Mariani are our newest members. Make sure you take the time to introduce yourself when you get a chance.

This week’s speaker is Dr. Melina Uncapher, CEO and cofounder of the Institute for Applied Neuroscience which is a science-for-good non-profit organization. She partners with educators throughout California to design, implement and assess education innovations that are grounded in the science of learning. Yet another interesting speaker and topic for our meeting.

Don’t forget to sign up for the District 5170 conference taking place next week from April 17-19. You can sign up at by visiting the District 5170 website (http://www.clubrunner.ca/Portal/Home.aspx?accountid=50083

See you all on Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 Silicon Valley BBQ Championships June 27-28

 Board Meeting April 15, 2015, 6:30 PM. Holders Country Inn

District Events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 District Conference- April 17-19, 2015

Other Events

 

The Wall that Heels- Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial , April 9-12, 2015, Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno

 Operation Surf, April 21-27, 2015, Santa Cruz, CA

Rotary International Events:

International Convention-

 

São Paulo, Brazil, June 6-9 2015

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Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

3/24/2015

Last week’s meeting covered more about the recent ELC program. Miles Barber and Colleen Noll talked about this year’s conference and several recent ELC graduates from the local high schools were invited to the meeting along with School Administrators. The students shared their overall ELC experience talking about the products they came up with, the friendships they made, and what they felt they learned.

Given the recent disaster from Tropical Cyclone Pam were winds reached 200 mph and left thousands of people without shelter in the islands of Vanuatu, Rotary International has started deploying Shelter Boxes to the region. Our Club purchased a Shelter Box earlier in the year and some members made donations towards the purchase of another box. Thanks to recent long vacations to exotic places by Stewart Cusimano and Harbir Bhatia, they graciously donated their fines toward the purchase of the next Shelter Box. Who knows, maybe this week we will obtain the funds to complete the purchase. So let me know of any finable activates by your fellow members.

After last week’s meeting three new potential members attended Rotary Information and were recommended to the Board for membership. The Board approved their applications and we are now awaiting approval by the Club Members. An e-mail was sent earlier for the members to comment on the applicants. The three applicants are: Jerry Marsalli, Lou Mariani, and Fred Ahlstrom.

This week’s speaker is Linda Lyon. Linda is the executive Director of the March of Dimes. She will provide some insights on the activities of the March of Dimes and maybe offer some background on this historical organization.

See you all on Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 Silicon Valley BBQ Championships June 27-28

District Events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 District Conference- April 17-19, 2015

Other Events

 

The Wall that Heels- Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial , April 9-12, 2015, Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno

 Operation Surf, April 21-27, 2015, Santa Cruz, CA

Rotary International Events:

International Convention-

 

São Paulo, Brazil, June 6-9 2015

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3/17/2015

I am sure all of you missed last week’s meeting, or you should have since there was no meeting. We were dark for the Enterprise Leadership Conference that took place starting Wednesday 3/11 and ending on Friday 3/13/15. This was the 2

 

nd ELC South Bay conference and it went extremely well. Our partners, the Rotary Clubs of Mt View and Milpitas, helped guide 60 high school juniors thru three days of instruction resulting in ten new products defined and ten new companies formed. The three Co Chairs, Colleen Noll, Miles Barber, and Phil Dolan, put together a fabulous venue of speakers, kept the program moving, and made it fun for the students. Several Club members participated as RTAs, speakers and/or judges which added to the success of the program. ECL Silicon Valley West consisting of the Rotary Clubs of Saratoga, Sunnyvale, Campbell, Los Altos & Cupertino held their program at the same time resulting in 120 High School Juniors at the Asilomar Conference Center. Quite a growth story considering six years ago we started with 48 students and four clubs and have expanded to 120 students and eight clubs in 2015.

Prior to our last week we had Jeff Rosen, District Attorney for Santa Clara County, as the speaker. He talked about how his office is trying to build bridges between the various communities in the County and what some of the major crime issues are for Santa Clara County. Surprisingly, Human Trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation is a real issue in the County

This week’s meeting will be about the recent Enterprise Leadership Conference. High School Representatives from Santa Clara High, Wilcox High, Mission Middle College, Wilson, New Valley, and St Lawrence are invited to the meeting along with students from those schools.

See you all on Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 Board Meeting, March 18, 6:30 PM, Holders Country Inn on Saratoga Ave.

 Silicon Valley BBQ Championships June 27-28

District Events:

TRF Campaign – on going

 District Conference- April 17-19, 2015

Other Events

The Wall that Heels- Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial , April 9-12, 2015, Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno

 Operation Surf, April 21-27, 2015, Santa Cruz, CA

Rotary International Events:

International Convention-

São Paulo, Brazil, June 6-9 2015

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Weekly Club News Update!

3/5/2015

Our speaker last week was Dr Hi-Dong Chai. Dr. Chai was born in Korea and educated in the United States with a PhD in Engineering. While he has established himself as an authority in his field with numerous inventions and publications he told the story of his life living under four different political systems- Imperialist Japan, Communist North Korea, Democratic South Korea, and the United States of America. Most of his story was told via an entertaining, but serious, cartoon created by Dr. Chai’s son. At the end of the meeting Dr. Chai made available several free copies of his book

 

Shattered by the Wars which tells the story of what happened to his family during WW II under Japan and during the Korean War. A touching talk pointing out the many differences living under various political systems.

Larry Fargher returned from what seemed like several months in Hawaii. What did he do while there? From his balcony on the beach he observed 101 whales and was fined appropriately.

Sales of sponsorships and BBQ Bistro tables are off to a good start for the SVBBQ Championships. Miles Barber and Susan Lucas reported on the progress and offered their help to anyone that needs to close a sponsorship. Still a ways to go to fill all of the sponsorships and Bistro tables so if you know of possible organizations that could be a sponsor and/or a purchaser of a table, please make the connection.

ELC South Bay will hold two student/parent orientation sessions this week at Mission College. The first session is March 3

 

rd and the second in one March 5th. The conference is March 11-13 and we will be dark on March 12. Please feel free to attend the opening session on March 11 at Mission College.

This week’s speaker is Jeff Rosen who is the District Attorney for Santa Clara County. Mr. Rosen will be speaking, among other topics, about the activities of the County’s DA’s office. This week is a good opportunity to invite a guest to hear Mr. Rosen speak.

See you all on Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 ELC Orientation Sessions, March 3 and March 5 at Mission College 7:00 PM

 ELC – March 11-13, 2015

District Events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 District Cabinet Meeting, March 4, 2015 6:30 PM Embassy Suites- Milpitas. Dinner offered at $35 or event fee at $5

 District Conference- April 17-19, 2015

 Far West PETS- March 6-8, 2015

Other Events

 

The Wall that Heels- Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial , April 9-12, 2015, Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno

 Operation Surf, April 21-27, 2015, Santa Cruz, CA

 Maria Daane Library going-away-party:

 

Pedro's on Freedom Circle in Santa Clara on March 4th from 4 pm to 7 pm

Rotary International Events:

International Convention-

 

São Paulo, Brazil, June 6-9 2015

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Weekly Club News Update!

2/26/2015

How did your Oscar predictions turn out? Last week’s speaker, Brain Adams, provided some of his predictions and gave some insightful information about the Academy Awards. Brian is a member of the Academy so is allowed to vote on nominations in certain areas. He spoke about what is involved in the nomination process and, if nominated, what the film companies do to bring home the Oscar. He then had a little fun by involving some members in a game of Academy Award Trivia. Brian was a very entertaining speaker and help shed some light on what happens to get a category nomination and what it takes to win in that category.

Pal Alesetty gave his Red Badge talk which was likewise entertaining. If you missed it you might want to ask Pal to share some of the details when you see him.

There was a board meeting prior to last weeks’ meeting where several donation request were approved including a donations to the Northwest YMCA, Operation Surf which works to rehabilitate active duty military who have been wounded, and the Wall that Heels which is a traveling version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial that will be in the Bay Area April 9-12, 2015emorial.

The Board also approved two donations to the Starting Arts program. One is to provide art instruction to children receiving cancer treatment at Kaiser Hospital in Santa Clara. The second one, which will start this fall, is targeted toward providing art instruction for children attending a Title 1 school in Santa Clara. Ann Watts is the Executive Director of Starting Art and she gave a brief overview of the program at the meeting describing the value of art instruction to youth at an early age.

A reminder that if you plan to attend the Tribute to Joan Marwitz’s it will be held at St. Clare’s Church in Santa Clara (941 Lexington, Santa Clara, 95050) at 10:00AM on the morning of Thursday, February 26

 

th (http://www.stclareparish.org/ ).

This week’s speaker is Dr. Hi-Dong Chai. Dr Chai was born in Korea and educated in the United States with a PhD in Engineering. While he has established himself as an authority in his field with numerous inventions and publications he has a story to tell about his own life. Dr. Chai will share his life experiences under four political systems- Imperialist Japan, Communist North Korea, Democratic South Korea, and the United States of America.

See you all on Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 ELC Orientation Sessions, March 3 and March 5 at Mission College 7:00 PM

 ELC – March 11-13, 2015

District Events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 District Cabinet Meeting, March 4, 2015 6:30 PM Embassy Suites- Milpitas. Dinner offered at $35 or event fee at $5

 District Conference- April 17-19, 2015

 Far West PETS- March 6-8, 2015

Other Events

 

The Wall that Heels- Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial , April 9-12, 2015, Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno

 Operation Surf, April 21-27, 2015, Santa Cruz, CA

Rotary International Events:

International Convention-

 

São Paulo, Brazil, June 6-9 2015

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2/19/2015

As most of you are aware by now Walt Marwitz’s wife, Joan, pass away this past Monday. Joan attended many of the Rotary social functions and was well known and liked within the Club. She had been on a program to fight the cancer but time ran out. She will be missed and our condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the Marwitz family. When we learn more about the service we will pass that information on.

Last week’s meeting was an inspiration to us all as Ashley Wong, the Interact District 5170 Area 11 Director, gave an emotional talk about Interact, the projects they engaged in and the impact they make. Ashley shared what Interact has done for her and how important it is in her life. As a senior in High School she amazed us all with her abilities, passion and her speech was met with a standing ovation from the Club. She reminded us all why we support Interact Clubs. Thank you to Margaret Demorest, our Interact Advisor, for exposing Ashley to the Club. She is a talented student who will make an impact on people’s lives.

It is crunch time for ELC as teams are being finalized and preparations are underway for the Orientation Sessions to be held on March 3 and March 5. Thanks to Daniel Peck, Mission College will be the site for the Orientation Sessions and the first half day of the Conference. ELC takes place March 11-13 with two ELC groups holding the conference on the same dates. Six years ago the Rotary Clubs of Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Campbell and Saratoga started off with 48 students. At this year’s event there will be 120 students and 8 Clubs involved in the conference.

ArLyne Diamond was inducted as the newest member at last week’s meeting. ArLyne has been active in the community for several years and has her own consulting company. Her designation is Leadership and O-D Consultant. Be sure to take the time to introduce yourself to ArLyne.

President Elect Andy Ratermann pulled out all of the stops for this year’s Valentine Dinner. Great food, great wine, great gifts, great decorations, and great entertainment. Opera singer Michael Taylor (husband of our own Susan Lucas Taylor) got some of the Rotary men to sing along and his version of The Phantom of the Opera’s "Music of the Night" was captivating. If Andy’s Valentine Dinner is any indication of his year as President, we are in for a great ride. Thanks to all of those who helped put this event on- Diamond Mike, Deb York, Colleen Noll, Gary Citti, Susan Lucas, Jim Landis, the staff at Justin’s and the staff from Black Ridge Vineyards.

It is Academy Award season and this week we have Brian Adams to share his predictions with us. Brian is VP of Marketing/Communication at Bellarmine College Prep and knows a bit about movies and the Academy. So be sure to attend this week’s meeting to see how your predictions compare.

See you all on Thursday.

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Weekly Club News Update!

2/12/2015

Keith Blackey is help establish the first Rotary Club in Kabul, Afghanistan and was last week’s guest speaker. Keith has been active in Rotary and Boy Scouts for many years. The unique thing about Keith is that he has severed in various military war zones and has made great strides in establishing Boy Scout troops as well as a Rotary Club in areas you would not expect. In Iraq he was instrumental in setting Boy Scout troops despite the ongoing civil unrest in that country. Likewise in Afghanistan he was able to lay the ground work and overcome the obstacles associated with the development of a Boy Scout network in that war torn country. He told the stories of what they had to do to avoid the Taliban and keep the Scouts safe. Similarly he was instrumental in establishing the fist Rotary Club in Afghanistan where once again they had to be concerned about the Taliban. Keith’s talk was very enlightening about what it takes to establish such organizations in countries with unstable political systems. Hope you all enjoyed it.

With ELC about one month away, the committee is hard at work putting the final touches on the program. Students have been selected, speaker assigned, and RTA’s given their teams. THERE IS STILL A NEED FOR A COUPLE OF MORE RTAs. YES, IT IS A THREE DAY COMMITMENT BUT YOU WILL FIND IT REWARDING AND BEST OF ALL, IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE WITH YOUNG STUDENTS WHO MAY BECOME FUTURE ENTREPRENEURS. Please see Phil Dolan if you feel you can commit to this outstanding program.

The BBQ committee kicked off the program to sell tables at this year event. They have all of the material you need to promote the event and sign up organizations. They will even accompany you on a prospect visit to help close the deal. Please be thinking about who might be purchasers of tables and see Susan Lucas Taylor, Miles Barber, or Joe Sweeney for any help. This effort has the potential to significantly add revenue for our Club and Foundation that will allow us to expand our charitable activities locally and internationally.

This week’s speaker is Ashley Wong, Interact District 5170 Area 11 Director. Ashley is a student at Wilcox High School and will be speaking about Interacts within the Santa Clara Unified School District and other Interact activities happening in Area 11. Please plan to attend the meeting to hear about the great things our Interact Clubs are doing.

See you all on Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 Feb. 14, 2015—Valentine Dinner at Justin’s hosted by President Elect Andy Ratermann

 ELC – March 11-13, 2015

District Events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 District Conference- April 17-19, 2015

 Far West PETS- March 6-8, 2015

Rotary International Events:

International Convention-

 

São Paulo, Brazil, June 6-9 2015

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Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

 

Last week we had the pleasure of having the President of Symphony Silicon Valley, Andrew Bales speak. Andrew gave a little history of Symphony Silicon Valley and how they have managed keep it viable from a financial standpoint as well as attracting and keeping local first class musicians. Symphony Silicon Valley was born from the ashes of the San Jose Symphony. They have flourished based on an innovative business model that is market driven, financially conservative and has the flexibility to match its programming to its support base. Their home is the restored California Theater in downtown San Jose. You can check out the upcoming performances at http://www.symphonysiliconvalley.org/.

Scott Ngai was inducted into the Club as our newest member. Scott is a Pediatric Dentist with a practice in Santa Clara. Mike Pearce is his sponsor. Stop by and say hello to Scott when you get a chance.

ELC has selected students and assigned them to teams. Each of the 10 Teams has two RTAs. The RTAs will be contacting the students this week to verify that they can attend the conference. Each student must attend, with a parent or guardian, one of two orientation sessions to be held at Mission College. A lot is going on with the ELC committee over the next month. Contact Phil Dolan or Colleen Noll to see where you may participate.

This week’s speaker is Keith Blackey. Keith is the founder of the Kabul Rotary Club in Afghanistan. Kabul is the largest city in Afghanistan. I am sure Keith has quite the story to tell. Don’t miss it

See you all on Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 Feb. 14, 2015—Valentine Dinner at Justin’s hosted by President Elect Andy Ratermann

 ELC – March 11-13, 2015

District Events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 District Cabinet Meeting Feb. 4

 

th, 2015, 6:30 PM, Embassy Suites-Milpitas. Presidents Elects, Presidents & Red Badgers Welcome. See Steve for more information

 District Conference- April 17-19, 2015

 Far West PETS- March 6-8, 2015

Rotary International Events:

International Convention-

 

São Paulo, Brazil, June 6-9 2015

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Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

1/28/2015

We were all pleasantly surprised at last week’s meeting to see the return of Mike Moul after being out for more than four months. Mike you look great and we are so glad to have you back.

Chris Cavanaugh, last week’s speaker, is a former Olympic swimmer having won Gold Medals in the 1984 Summer Olympics. Chris shared his story of what it took for him to achieve at the highest level in his sport and what he learned along the way. Supportive parents, athletic abilities, competitive spirit, and a lot of self motivation all contributed. An occasional defeat didn’t hurt either. Lessons learned from his Olympic journey are applicable to many facets of life and Chris has utilized those skills to help others achieve their goals.

Chris regularly speaks before charitable organization and participates in many charitable swimming events. He brought with him his Gold Metals and shared them and other artifacts with the Club.

The Rotary Foundation (TRF) giving continues with Jan. 31, 2015 being the deadline for counting contributions that are returned to the Club for their use in the 2015-2016 Rotary year. To date our Club is under our goal of 100% participation with only 35% of the members making a contribution and total contributions at only 77% of goal. If you haven’t yet contributed please consider doing so before the end of the month. As the "Greatest Rotary Club In the World", we can do better. You will still have a chance to contribute after the end of the month as our Polio Drive will start soon.

ELC is really heating up. RTA training and student selections have taken place and RTA’s will soon be contacting their Teams. Be sure and speak with Phil Dolan or Colleen Noll to see where you can help.

This week’s speaker comes to us via our own Ann Watts. Andrew Bales, President of Symphony Silicon Valley, will be talking about the Symphony’s plans, events and status. About time we had a little culture in the Club.

See you all on Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 Feb. 14, 2015—Valentine Dinner at Justin’s hosted by President Elect Andy Ratermann

 ELC – March 11-13, 2015

District Events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 District Cabinet Meeting Feb. 4

 

th, 2015, 6:30 PM, Embassy Suites-Milpitas. Presidents Elects, Presidents & Red Badgers Welcome. See Steve for more information

 District Conference- April 17-19, 2015

 Far West PETS- March 6-8, 2015

Rotary International Events:

International Convention-

 

São Paulo, Brazil, June 6-9 2015

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Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

1/22/2015

Steve Fisher of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority gave a presentation on the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project that is proposed for sections of El Camino Real from Palo Alto to

Santa Clara. The project proposal has been in the works since 2010 and is entering the engineering and construction phase.

The purpose of the Project is to improve transit product efficiency, cost effectiveness and provide a competitive option to auto travel. The plan calls for dedicated bus lanes as well as some mixed use lanes (bus and auto). Dedicated bus lanes would be set up on the El Camino in Santa Clara. The project is expected to improve ridership along the El Camino and reduce bus transit times.

The project will also improve the aesthetics of the El Camino. Included in this message is an attachment containing the slides presented at the meeting.

Miles Barber was the Emergency Throw Back Thursday Past President for the meeting. Thanks Miles for stepping in on such short notice. I understand he kept his reputation as the king of the presidential fines.

Our Speaker this week is Chris Cavanaugh. Chris will be speaking about his Olympic Journey which has provided him with a platform to help youth, adults, and leaders. Chris is the winner of multiple Olympic Medals in swimming. Chris is also a wealth manager with Morgan Stanley and possess many other skills. We are looking forward to Chris’s talk.

COMING UP….

Club events:

TRF Campaign – on going

 Board Meeting Jan 21, 2015- Holders Country Inn, 6:30-8:30 PM

 Jan 21 & 22 ELC RTA Training at St. Lawrence Academy 6:00 PM- 7:00 PM

 Feb. 14, 2015—Valentine Dinner at Justins hosted by President Elect Andy Ratermann

 ELC – March 11-13, 2015

District Events:

TRF Campaign – on going

 District Conference- April 17-19, 2015

 Far West PETS- March 6-8, 2015

Rotary International Events:

International Convention-

São Paulo, Brazil, June 6-9 2015

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Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

1/15/2015

We will get back to our "normal" type of meeting following last week’s Club Assembly.

Lizzy Barron received her Blue Badge at last week’s meeting after completing, in possible record time, her Red Badge Requirements. Congratulations Lizzy!

The BBQ committee kicked off the 2015 Silicon Valley BBQ Championship Competition event with detailed presentations on what will be new and different for this year’s event. Miles Barber described the new "Garden of BBQ" where tables will be available for purchase and patrons will not pay for food or drink. Miles is spearheading the campaign to sell the tables. This has the potential to significantly increase event revenue. More information will be coming out about the table sales.

Other changes and additions for this year’s BBQ:

- Longer hours on Friday night

- Larger stage

- More areas with Pop-Ups

- Incentives for the Pro Teams to offer more people’s choice

- Increased prize money

- Space for more Pro Teams

- One large ten where beer, margaritas (over ice no machine this year) & wine served

- No watermelon this year but we will have BBQ corn and lemonade

- It is planned that non-food Venders will be managed by a third party

This year’s event, our fourth, will be the biggest yet and we will need all hands on deck to help in the planning and execution. Please see committee members for areas where you can help. Expect at least monthly progress updates.

Phil Dolan gave us an ELC 2015 update. This year we are taking 60 students (10 teams) to Asilomar. Applications have been turned it and team selection will start soon. We have a critical need for Rotary Teaching Assistants (RTA’s). There are 2 RTA’s per team so we need 20 Rotarians from the three clubs to help. There will be a RTA training session on 1/21 and 1/22 from 6:00-7:00 PM at Saint Lawrence Academy. Please plan to attend one of the sessions if you are a new RTA and if you have done it before. Talk to Phil if you have questions.

Steve Fisher of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority will be this week speaker. This is your chance to get the latest news on transportation programs and projects taking place in the valley. Maybe we will hear plans for reducing commute times for Valley residents. This will be an interesting and informative meeting.

See you all on Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

TRF Campaign – on going

 Blood Drive at John Mlnarik office- Jan 14 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

 Feb. 14, 2015—Valentine Dinner at Justins hosted by President Elect Andy Ratermann

 ELC RTA Training Jan 21 & Jan 22 6-7:00 PM at St Lawrence Academy- Check with Phil Dolan

 ELC – March 11-13, 2015

District Events:

TRF Campaign – on going

 District Conference- April 17-19, 2015

 Far West PETS- March 6-8, 2015

Rotary International Events

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Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

1/6/2015

Happy New Year Everyone!

We ended the year with the Club’s Annual Holiday Dinner which I hope everyone attending found enjoyable. A big thanks to Erich Smith and Heather Knight along with the Hilton Staff for providing an excellent meal, to Jim Landes and Jennifer Flippen for the BRV wines and tastings, to Dan Holder for arranging the entertainment, to Joe and Linda Sweeny for managing the check-in, and to Diamond Mike for the special gifts a few attendees won. Ken Rowell provided the inspiration and did what you would expect him to do—made it fun and led the Club in singing Silent Night.

Keeping with tradition for the Holiday Dinner, Bob Ricks, Chairman of the 2016-2017 President Selection Committee introduce Miten Marfatia as the President Elect-Elect. Also introduce were Maria Daane and Tressa Williams to serve a two year term on the board of directors staring July 1, 2015. Congratulations to all of you.

Chief Mike Sellers arranged for the Club and five other local service organizations to participate in the 49er Toy Drive prior to the game on Dec. 20

 

th. Volunteers were asked to roam the parking lots seeking cash and toy donations. Combined, the six groups raised over $6,000. The funds were divided between the six organizations and the Clubs portion will go towards next year’s Christmas for Kids. Thanks to Pastor Bill and wife Sheila, Mario Bouza, Miten Marfatia, Frank Walsh, Harbir Bhatia plus friend, and I plus friend for working the lots. It was fun and, thanks to Chief Sellers, it looks like this will be an annual event for the Club.

This week’s meeting, the first for 2015, will be a Club Assembly. We will get updates on ELC 2015 and BBQ 2015 among other items. A great chance to ask questions, offer suggestions and listen to our members as we map out some of the events over the next six months.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone as we start the New Year. I can hardly wait.

COMING UP….

Club events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 Feb. 14, 2015—Valentine Dinner at Justins hosted by President Elect Andy Ratermann

 ELC – March 11-13, 2015

District Events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 District Conference- April 17-19, 2015

 Far West PETS- March 6-8, 2015

Rotary International Events:

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Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

12/16/14

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Despite the stormy conditions our annual Christmas for Kids went off without a hitch last Thursday. The Royal Coach buses braved the rain and as the kids got off the buses umbrellas kept them dry as they walked into Stevens Creek Lexus. The Interactors helped them to their tables where they got busy making Christmas cards for the drivers and a few get well cards for Mike Moul. Holders Country Inn delivered the lunch that was served to the kids by Members and the Interact students. A lot of questions from the kids about Santa arriving and how he would stay dry on the trip. Not to worry, Santa rolled in with the top up on his Lexus convertible. The top came down and our jolly Santa was ho hoing all the way to his chair. The 150 kids received a new coat and a bag of toys. One wrapped toy was in each bag and the kids were asked to put that one under the tree and wait until Christmas day. Not sure if that really worked.

A big thanks to all of those who helped make this a memorable day for the kids. Lots of Photos were taken and the TV Channel for the City and Santa Clara Unified School District recorded the event. Also recorded but yet to be released were a few Rotarians dancing to some Christmas Music. A sight to behold, it may go viral.

The Club’s Holiday Dinner is this week (12/18/14) at the Hilton in Santa Clara for those who have signed up. The event starts at 6:00 PM, some entertainment at 7:00 PM, and dinner around 7:30PM. There will be some announcements and a couple of other surprises.

Want an easy and painless way to contribute to our Club’s Foundation? Anton Morec has the answer. Anton has set up an

 

SC Rotary Foundation Amazon Smile Account that will send 0.05% of the cost of anything you purchase on Amazon to our Foundation. Go to: http://smile.amazon.com/ and select Santa Clara Rotary Foundation as your designated charity.

Our next meeting at the Bay Club will be Jan. 8 and is a Club Assembly or, basically the State of the Union for the Rotary Club of Santa Clara

See you at the Holiday Party on Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 Dec 18: Our Holiday Dinner at the Santa Clara Hilton.

 Jan 8, 2015 Club Assembly at the Bay Club. Please let me know if you have something to bring up at the meeting.

District Events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

Rotary International Events:

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At last week’s meeting we hosted our annual Speech Contest. Four students from Santa Clara and Wilcox high schools were given 5 minutes to speak about "Light up Rotary". All of the speeches were excellent. The students had done their homework and presented their topics with facts and passion. The contest was attended by parents, school teachers and the Principals from each of the high schools. Prize money was increased this year to $300 for first place, $200 for second, and $100 for third. The first place contestant will move on in the competition.

At the meeting, two more outstanding members were inducted into the Club. Harbir Bhatia and Suds Jain bring a lot of service experience to the club and we look forward to their participation and contributions. Be sure to take the opportunity to get to know our newest members.

Remember, this week is Christmas for Kids at Stevens Creek Lexus. A "Big Storm" is headed our way but as Sandy Allen said, "Rain or Snow it’s a go" for the event. If you didn’t attend the "Gift Wrapping" party on Wednesday evening you missed a fun event. Instead of the usual filling bags with toys, the bags were already filled and one present from each bag was gift wrapped by those who attended. Great idea that will no doubt stick.

Invitation are out for the Club’s Holiday Dinner on 18 Dec followed by an e-mail blast. If you haven’t contacted me and are planning on attending please respond by Dec. 12. The Hilton needs a meal count. The event will have a surprise or two. Don’t miss it.

Want an easy and painless way to contribute to our Club’s Foundation? Anton Morec has the answer. Anton has set up an

 

SC Rotary Foundation Amazon Smile Account that will send 0.05% of the cost of anything you purchase on Amazon to our Foundation. Go to: http://smile.amazon.com/ and select Santa Clara Rotary Foundation as your designated charity.

Our next meeting at the Bay Club will be Jan. 8 and is a Club Assembly or, basically the State of the Union for the Rotary Club of Santa Clara

See you at Christmas of Kids on Thursday.

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Weekly Club News Update!

12/2/14

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Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday there was no meeting last week. I hope you all had an enjoyable, restful, and thankful few days. Yes the 49ers lost to their main rival, my Cougars were beaten by the Huskies in the Apple Cup, and I know Michigan fans were not pleased with the outcome of their game with Ohio State. It was rivalry week for a lot of college teams so I hope your team did well.

This week’s meeting is a special one for the Club as we host our annual Speech Contest. Students from our local high schools compete with the winner advancing to the next round. The contest allows students to test and improve their speaking abilities while in front of a group of adults and we always seem to be surprised by how well they do. The meeting will be attended by the student’s parents, school teachers/administrators, and the panel of judges. Let’s show our support for our local students.

Invitation went out for the Clubs Holiday Dinner on 18 Dec and an e-mail blast will go shortly for those that might not keep their Clubrunner address up to date. Please respond by e-mail or call me if you plan to attend.

Want an easy and painless way to contribute to our Club’s Foundation? Anton Morec has the answer. Anton has set up an

 

SC Rotary Foundation Amazon Smile Account that will send 0.05% of the cost of anything you purchase on Amazon to our Foundation. Go to: http://smile.amazon.com/ and select Santa Clara Rotary Foundation as your designated charity.

This will be the last meeting at the Bay Club for the calendar year. The following week is Christmas for Kids at Lexus of Stevens Creek and on Dec. 18 the Holiday dinner will be at the Hilton in Santa Clara. We will be Dark for the last two weeks of December.

See you at Thursday’s meeting.

COMING UP….

Club events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 Dec 4: Speech Contest

 Dec. 9: Wrapping party 5:30 PM at Eastern Furniture, Santa Clara

 Dec. 11: Christmas for Kids at Lexus of Stevens Creek

 Dec 18: Our Holiday Dinner at the Santa Clara Hilton. Members, Spouses and Friends are all invited.

District Events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 Mexican Project Safari – Sign up

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Rotary International Events:

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Last week we were treated to an excellent talk by Phil Gonsalves, Associate Superintendent of the Santa Clara Unified School District. Phil started off by handing out some math problems to members and guests asking them how they would arrive at the answers. He then went on to describe several ways to solve the problems and how the different methods worked for different students. It doesn’t have to be the old borrow, cancel, and carry method that a lot of us may have learned but never really understood. Phil is on loan to the SCUSD to help bring Common Core State Standard in Mathematics to the district in an effort to improve math proficiency and real understanding of the subject.

Larry Marsalli was presented a check of $2026 in support of his family’s annual Thanksgiving dinner for those that may not have a traditional Thanksgiving meal. This was the largest donation the club has raised for this event. The best part, all of the donations were voluntary since we passed the hat. Once again the generosity the club continually demonstrates is outstanding. Thank you all for helping those less fortunate.

Lizzy Baron is well on her way to earning her Blue Badge following her Red Badge talk. Great talk complete with photos and many insights about who she is and why she joined Rotary.

Please note we are dark this week for Thanksgiving. You all have your special traditions for this holiday so enjoy and give thanks. I would also ask that you turn your thoughts and prayers to Mike Moul. Mike is still battling an infection and had to return to the Hospital this past Monday.

Invitations are about to be sent out for our annual Holiday Dinner. I hope you are all able to attend.

Have a great Thanksgiving and we will see you all at the Dec. 4

 

th meeting.

COMING UP….

Club events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 November 27: We are Dark for Thanksgiving

 Dec 4: Speech Contest

 Dec. 9: Wrapping party 5:30 PM at Eastern Furniture, Santa Clara

 Dec. 11: Christmas for Kids at Lexus of Stevens Creek

 Save the Date: Our holiday meeting will be the evening of Dec. 18, 2014 at the Santa Clara Hilton. Members, Spouses and Friends are all invited. More information to come.

District Events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 Mexican Project Safari – Sign up

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http://www.clubrunner.ca/Data/5170//HTML/231985//WheeledAdventuresMonterrey2015.pdf

for details.

Rotary International Events:

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11/18/14

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It was Throw-Back- Thursday last week with Past President Bob Ricks running the meeting since, according to Bob, I was attending and important educational convention in the Evergreen State. Thanks Bob for taking the gavel. I am sure you had as much fun as I always do.

Last week’s speaker was Brad Mattson, current CEO of Silva Power. Brad made his case that relying on traditional sources there will not be enough energy available to meet future US and Global needs. The clean solution to this problem is tapping the endless supply of solar power. While solar power usage is growing it currently represents only a small percentage of our overall energy production. Brad also argued that the U.S. can be a major player in the expansion of solar power usage through advances in solar technology. Specifically, he spoke about the production of solar panels using Thin Film Technology as opposed to the Silicon Based technologies currently used. Thin Film based solar panels will be more effective in the creation of electricity than those based on silicon and can be produced in the U.S. at cost that are completive with China’s production of silicon based panels.

This week’s speaker is Phil Gonsalves, Associate Superintendent of the Santa Clara Unified School District. Phil will be discussing the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. The Common Core State Standards Initiative is the largest-ever attempt in the United States to set unified expectations for what students in kindergarten through 12th grade should know and be able to do in each grade in preparation for college and the workforce.

At this week’s meeting we expect to hear a red badge speech, an update on ELC, and the presentation of the Club’s donation to the Marsalli Thanksgiving Dinner event. This will be the last meeting before the Thanksgiving break. Could this week’s lunch be a classic Thanksgiving meal? Probably. See you all on Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 Board Meeting" November 19, 6:30 PM. Holders Country Inn

 November 27: We are Dark for Thanksgiving

 Dec 4: Speech Contest

 Dec. 9: Wrapping party 5:30 PM at Eastern Furniture, Santa Clara

 Dec. 11: Christmas for Kids at Lexus of Stevens Creek

 Save the Date: Our holiday meeting will be the evening of Dec. 18, 2014 at the Santa Clara Hilton. Members, Spouses and Friends are all invited. More information to come.

District Events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 Mexican Project Safari – Sign up

See

 

http://www.clubrunner.ca/Data/5170//HTML/231985//WheeledAdventuresMonterrey2015.pdf

for details.

 

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Rotary Club of Santa Clara

Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

11/04/14

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It is November so that means elections and politics and we had the perfect speaker at last week’s meeting. Dan Schnur, the Executive Direct of the Jesse Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California, was the guest speaker. Don is no stranger to our club as he has accepted our invitation to speak on several occasions. At this meeting he spoke about the electorate and how basically each party, Democrat and Republican, can count on about 40 % of their respective backers voting the party line. That leaves roughly 20% of the electorate that are "salvageable" and he likes to say. This 20% are the independents and undecided that campaigns’ focus on. He also pointed out that female voters rule since they are the group that generally decides the winners. Many other points were brought out about elections and how they are decided. It was a very informative meeting and hopefully we can get Mr. Schnur back sometime next year. Given the credentials of Mr. Schnur, many members took the opportunity to invite guests to the meeting. Thank you for doing so.

Karen Suty is now the newest member of the Rotary Club of Santa Clara. She was inducted at last week’s meeting and brings our current membership to 90. Karen’s sponsor is Phil Dolan so you might guess that she is in the education field. She is a Bay Area Native having graduated from San Jose State and obtained a Masters in Education Administration from Santa Clara University. Karen has spent over thirty years is education and is the Principal of St. Justin School in Santa Clara. She is a great addition to the club so take the opportunity to welcome her.

Rotary Means Business (RMB) is a networking group for Rotarians. This group has monthly gathering. If you have an interest please see the attached flyer.

The Christmas for Kids committee is in full swing. The event will be held at noon on Dec 11 at Lexus of Steven Creek and replaces our normal meeting place. Please see Elizabeth Mayo for volunteer opportunities.

The Clubs Holiday Evening Dinner will take place on Dec 18

 

th at the Santa Clara Hilton. Save the date, more details to come.

Our speaker this week is our own Bob Ricks. As we approach Veterans Day our thoughts go out to the men and woman who have served our country. Bob, as a Veteran, will give a personal account of his visit to the Normandy beaches. Yet another not to be missed Club meeting.

See you all at this Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

TRF Campaign – on going

 November 27: We are Dark for Thanksgiving

 Save the Date: Our holiday meeting will be the evening of Dec. 18, 2014 at the Santa Clara Hilton. Members, Spouses and Friends are all invited. More information to come.

District Events:

TRF Campaign – on going

 Rotary Means Business Meeting: Nov. 6 sees attached flyer for details

 Mexican Project Safari – Sign up See

http://www.clubrunner.ca/Data/5170//HTML/231985//WheeledAdventuresMonterrey2015.pdf

for details.

Rotary International Events:

Nov. 3-9: Rotary Interact Week

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Weekly Club News Update!

10/28/14

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District 5170’s Partners in Rotary program brought us Lindsay Ford and his wife Allison as last week’s speaker. Lindsay and his wife currently live in Norfolk Island, Australia where he is a member of the Island’s Rotary Club in District 9910. Lindsay spoke about Rotary International projects he has been involved in and the impact The Rotary Foundation (TRF) has had on education, health, clean water, and sanitation for people living in impoverished areas. His message was about the importance of donations to TRF, the difference those donations make, and the image they project about Rotary that the community needs to know about. The slides he showed of children with severe physical disorders and how, through TRF, surgeries were performed that put smiles on faces and pride for all Rotarians.

This week’s speaker is one we have had several times over the past few years. Dan Schnur of the Jesse Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California will give us a glimpse of the political scene in the State of California and Nationally. Dan is very knowledgeable about politics and is a superb speaker. This is defiantly a meeting to invite potential members to as they will not be disappointed. So please, invite someone you feel would be a great Santa Clara Rotarian to this week’s meeting.

See you all at this Thursday’s meeting.

COMING UP….

Club events:

TRF Campaign – on going

 Save the Date: Our holiday meeting will be the evening of Dec. 18, 2014 at the Santa Clara Hilton. Members, Spouses and Friends are all invited. More information to come.

District Events:

Rotary International Events:

October- Vocational Month (Celebrate & share your vocation)

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Rotary Club of Santa Clara

Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

10/20/14

District Governor Club visits always seem to be special. DG Ed Jellen’s visit this past week was no exception. Over the past few years a project has been identified by the incoming district club presidents that would benefit the local community. This year’s presidents picked donating school supplies to schools in a clubs area. Mike Sellers with some help from Stan Rose asked School Principals in the SCUSD what additional supplies they may need to get through the school year. Seventeen schools responded. The Club, as usual, stepped up and raised about $2800. Mike and Pastor Bill purchased the supplies at good prices with the help from our Wal-Mart members Ryan Plesha and Karina Arvizu. About ten Principals attended the meeting and the supplies were distributed to the schools after the meeting. Truly a Rotary moment with the Principal expressing their gratitude.

Recognitions pins were also handed out by DG Ed Jellen based on member donations to The Rotary Foundation this rotary year. Participation to date has been outstanding. There were 27 Double Sustainers, 7 Super Sustainers, and 4 Paul Harris Fellows. And we aren’t done yet. Paul Harris Fellow pins were also handed for donations from the previous rotary year.

Another highlight of the meeting was DG Ed Jellen’s talk how he came into Rotary, how he almost quit, and the event that turned him into a lifelong Rotarian. The meeting really ended on a very high note.

Avenues of Service took place on 15 Oct. About twenty Club members attended and were treated to an outstanding presentation by former Santa Clara Rotarian Rushton Hurley. Andy came through but we may have to rethink the duties of the PE for this event.

This week’s speaker is brought to us by the District’s Partners in Rotary. Lindsay Ford of the Rotary Club of Norfolk Island, Australia is the speaker. Lindsay was recently introduced by a Rotary Institute Conference Chairman, as the most Passionate Rotarian he had ever met, Lindsay tells the story of Rotary, maybe not the Rotary you see, the Rotary you don’t know, the Rotary the community needs to hear about. Yet another meeting not to be missed.

See you all at this Thursday’s meeting.

COMING UP….

Club events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 Board of Directors Meeting Oct. 22, Holders Country Inn, 6:30 PM

 Save the Date: Our holiday meeting will be the evening of Dec. 18, 2014 at the Santa Clara Hilton. Members, Spouses and Friends are all invited. More information to come.

District Events:

Rotary International Events:

 

October- Vocational Month (Celebrate & share your vocation)

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10/13/14

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It is election time again and Measure H in on the ballot for those living in the Santa Clara Unified School District (SCUSD) boundaries. Mark Allgire and Michal Healy of the SCUSD were last week’s speakers and they presented the district’s case for putting the measure on the ballot. The Measure proposes issuing bonds in the amount of $419,000,000. Funds from the bond sale can only be used for infrastructure and development and cannot be used for such items and salaries. The North First street area of San Jose in actually within the Santa Clara Unified School District so as this area continues to be developed there is a need upgrade facilities to support the growing population of students. The text of the Measure explicitly defines the areas where the funds would be used. The use of the funds to add air conditioning to classrooms sparked a lively exchange among the members. To pass , the Measure needs a 55% majority vote.

The last day of Steps for Success 2014 was completed on Oct. 11. The event was held at Scott Lane and George Main elementary schools. We ran out of some shoe sizes but will deliver the proper shoes to those students this week. Thanks to all of you who helped and a special thanks to Lidia and her committee for another successful year. I trust you all had fun and are ready to help next year. And, yes Miles does have shoes for bunny ears.

This is a busy week for our club with the District 5170 Avenues of Service being held on October 15 at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose from 5:30 PM- 9:00 PM. If you pre-registered, your meal will be paid by the Club. President Elect Andy Ratermann will be your favorite person at the gathering and former Santa Clara Rotarian, and current ELC speake,r Ruston Hurley will give the keynote address.

For this week’s meeting, District Governor Ed Jellen is visiting the Club and is the speaker. The meeting will be marked by the presentation of School Supplies to principals of the SCUSD. We are expecting approximately 10 representatives in attend the meeting. They will receive the supplies purchased using the funds the Club raised. Additionally, Club members will be recognized for their donations to The Rotary Foundation. Let’s show our support for the District Governor by attending the meeting at the Greatest Rotary Club in the World.

See you all on Wednesday at the Avenues of Service and at Thursday’s meeting.

COMING UP….

Club events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 Board of Directors Meeting Oct. 22, Holders Country Inn

District Events:

 

Avenues of Service: Oct 15. Doubletree Hotel, San Jose. Bring your unique auto.

Rotary International Events:

 

October- Vocational Month (Celebrate & share your vocation)

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Weekly Club News Update!

10/7/14

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Kevin Matheny of KGO/KSFO was the speaker at last week meeting. He provided some perspective on the evolution of Radio Broadcasting stations over the past several decades. A major change took place when rules governing the ownership of Radio stations were modified following the enactment of the Telecommunication Act of 1996 which deregulated ownership of radio stations. Prior to this Act there were limitations on how many radio stations one person or an organization could own. With deregulation there is basically no restriction on the number of stations a company or individual can own for both Radio and TV. The result has been a consolidation of ownership to a handful of large media companies.

Police Chief Mike Sellars, working with Pastor Bill Schultz, is in the process of finalizing purchase of School Supplies to be handed over to Santa Clara School representatives at the District Governors’ Club visit on October 16, 2014. Last year for the District Governors’ visit we presented undergarments to Santa Clara’ Bill Wilson Center. It is a recent development that during the District 5170 Governors’ Club visits donations are given to non profits in the local area in lieu of gifts to the DG’s spouse. This year the District’s Club Presidents voted to make donations of school supplies. To date our Club has raised over $2600 for this project.

Please remember that The Rotary Foundation (TRF) drive for 2014-2015 is underway. Make your donation check out to Rotary International and either mail them to the Santa Clara Rotary Club, P. O. Box 111, Santa Clara, CA 95052 or bring the check to a meeting and give it to Ted Moorhead, myself or Miles Barber. Donations are tax deductable. Let’s achieve 100% participation this year.

This past Saturday, Oct 4, the first day for Steps to Success 2014 was held at Montague and Briarwood elementary schools. Shoes and books were passed to students. Thanks to all of the Club Members and Interacters who spent their Saturday morning helping at the schools. This Saturday, Oct. 11, Steps will be held and George Main and Scott Lane schools. Please check your e-mail or with Lidia Blair for the times you have signed up to work a shift.

This week we will hear from two members of the Santa Clara Unified School District. Michal Healy and Mark Allgire will present information on Measure H which is on the Nov. 4 ballot. The Measure is to provide infrastructure funding to support future growth of the Santa Clara Unified School District. This will be a very informative meeting.

See you all on Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 Steps to Success: Oct. 11, 2014

 District Governor’s Visit. Oct. 16. Present School Supplies Donations to Governor Ed.

 Board of Directors Meeting Oct. 22, Holders Country Inn

District Events:

 

Partners in Rotary: Oct. 11-24. See Steve R. for details

 Avenues of Service: Oct 15. Doubletree Hotel, San Jose. Bring your unique auto.

Rotary International Events:

 

October- Vocational Month (Celebrate & share your vocation)

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Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

Ever wonder if any of those stars we see at night might be similar to Earth? Puragra Guha Thakurta, also known as Raja, an Astronomer with the University of California Santa Cruz was last week’s special guest speaker and he tried to shed some light what is happening out there in deep space. Actually, he described events that took place millions of light years ago as it has taken that long for light from distant galaxies to reach Earth’s observation telescopes. The Hubble telescope, launched into orbit around Earth in 1990, has been a main source for gathering data used to study distant galaxies, determine the age of the universe (about 13-14 billion years old), and support theories about how stars and planets are formed. Raja presented, in layman’s terms, how galaxies form and evolve as well as what cosmic events must take place to potentially create an earthlike planet.

Police Chief Mike Sellars reported on funds raised for purchase of classroom supplies for schools in the Santa Clara Unified School District. To date over $2500 has been raised. Congratulations to all of you for your contributions. The presentation of the gifts will be on October 16, 2014 as part of District Governor Ed Jellen’s Club visit.

Please remember that The Rotary Foundation (TRF) drive for 2014-2015 is underway. Make your donation check out to Rotary International and either mail them to the Santa Clara Rotary Club, P. O. Box 111, Santa Clara, CA 95052 or bring the check to a meeting and give it to Ted Moorhead, myself or Miles Barber. Donations are tax deductable. The "Greatest Rotary Club in the World" should have no problem achieving 100% participation.

This week we will get an update on what is happening in Santa Clara as the city’s Mayor, the Honorable Jamie Mathews, will the speaker. This is your chance to be enlightened regarding the state and future of the city of Santa Clara.

See you all on Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 Steps to Success: Oct. 4 & Oct. 11, 2014

 District Governor’s Visit. Oct. 16. Present School Supply Donations to Governor Ed.

District Events:

Fall Leadership Conference, Sept 28, Independence High

Charter Night: Oct 4th. Ming’s in Palo Alto 6:00 PM, $50 per person. Go to http://goo.gl/vW1xK4 to purchase tickets

 Partners in Rotary: Oct. 11-24. See Steve R. for details

 Avenues of Service: Oct 15. Doubletree Hotel, San Jose. Bring your unique auto.

Rotary International Events:

September-New Generations Month

 October- Vocational Month

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Last week’s meeting was on the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York, and Washington D.C. In New York, hijacked passenger jets crash into both towers of the World Trade Center. Both towers collapsed a short time after the attacks. Our guest speaker, Michael Harding was in one of those towers at the time of the attacks. Michael, the partner of our own Colleen Noll, told the story of his own survival and the survival of others on that day. He covered the events he experience from the crash of the aircraft on the first tower followed by the second, his survival from the collapse of the first tower, his trek to a nearby office building where he new many of the workers and the efforts to get those workers back to their families and homes. It was an experience he will obviously never forget and feels strongly that this country must always remember.

Dan Holder read a letter he had written to the Club following the 9/11 attacks sharing the decision made by the Club to go forward with the annual Art & Wine event. The proceeds from the event that year were delivered to the family of Danny Suhr, the first firefighter to die from the attack. The donation was presented in New York by Ted Keech, Anton Morec, George Delucchi and Steve Duffy. Our thanks to you Dan for keeping those moments alive within the Club.

Stan Rose made a case for continued donations to raise funds for classroom supplies. This is in support of the District Governor’s visit on 16 Oct.

The Santa Clara Art and Wine festival was held this past weekend. Proceeds from the sale of Chinese Chicken Salad and Pulled Pork Sandwiches will go to students in the Santa Clara Unified School District. Thanks to Denies Donahue and Mario Bouza along with all those who showed up to work a shift in the booth. Also thanks to Dave DeLozier for his knowledge of the rules associated with the booth set-up.

For this week’s meeting we are in for a Galactic treat. Puragra Guha Thakurta an Astronomer with the University of California Santa Cruz will share with us what is happening outside our word. Don’t miss this one.

See you all on Thursday

COMING UP….

Club events:

Steps to Success: Oct. 4 & Oct. 11, 2014

 District Governor’s Visit. Oct. 16. Present School Supply Donations to Governor Ed.

District Events:

Rotary Day At the A’s: Sept 20, 2014

 Fall Leadership Conference, Sept 28, Independence High

Charter Night: Oct 4th. Ming’s in Palo Alto 6:00 PM, $50 per person. Go to http://goo.gl/vW1xK4 to purchase tickets

 Partners in Rotary: Oct. 11-24. See Steve R. for details

 Avenues of Service: Oct 15. Doubletree Hotel, San Jose. Bring your unique auto.

Rotary International Events:

September-New Generations Month

 October- Vocational Month

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Rotary Club of Santa Clara

Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

Thought you knew everything about Santa Clara County statics and government? Last week’s speaker, County Supervisor Mike Wasserman laid out some facts that few probably knew. Superior Wasserman dazzled us with facts about the county from the 2014 estimated population (1.9 Million), to the number of languages spoken in the county (more than 100), to the percentage of property taxes paid to Santa Clara County that go to fund county services (18%). He spoke of the many services the county has the responsibly to provide including over 700 miles of road maintenance. One issue that he is very proud of is helping to facilitate the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail Route. The route is marked with special signs that will take you on a 28 mile tour of the wineries in the Moran Hill, San Martin, and Gilroy wineries. The trail is closer, maybe better, and defiantly less costly than a trip to Napa Valley. Visit www.santaclarawines.com to learn more about the trail.

Supervisor Wasserman publishes a monthly newsletter covering happenings in the county. The newsletter can be found at www.supervisorwasserman.com.

Nick Streit summarized what he, Miles Barber, Tim Ford, Joe Sweeney & Gary Citti discover from their visit to Reno’s "Best in the West BBQ Cook Off" –over 500,000 people and it’s all about the food. I sense some beneficial changes coming to our 2015 event. Thank you all for taking the time to learn how we can grow and make our event even better.

The Santa Clara Art and Wine festival is coming up this weekend. If you haven’t signed up please do so at this week’s meeting or check with Denise Donahue or Mario Bouza. This year we are doing Chinese Chicken salad and Pulled Pork Sandwiches.

Police Chief Mike Seller kicked off our drive for getting classroom supplies as part of the District Governors’ visit on 16 Oct. Mike did a great job auctioning of a Dwight Clark autographed 49er football fetching $500 from Mike Moul’s winning bid. Thanks Mike, thanks to those that have pledge a donation to date, and thanks to Lou Ann Alexander for providing the football.

This week’s meeting falls on a historical day, 9/11. Our speaker comes via Colleen Noll and is one we welcome back. Mike Harding was in New York on that day and will offer a firsthand account of what he observed.

See you all on Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

Santa Clara Art & Wine Sept 13-14, 2014

 Steps to Success: Oct. 4 & Oct. 11, 2014

 District Governor’s Visit. Oct. 16. Present School Supply Donations to Governor Ed.

District Events:

Club Trainer Workshop: Sept 13, Los Gatos Lodge. See Steve R. for Details

 Rotary Day At the A’s: Sept 20, 2014

 Fall Leadership Conference, Sept 28, Independence High

Charter Night: Oct 4th. Ming’s in Palo Alto 6:00 PM, $50 per person. Go to http://goo.gl/vW1xK4 to purchase tickets

 Partners in Rotary: Oct. 11-24. See Steve R. for details

 Avenues of Service: Oct 15. Doubletree Hotel, San Jose. Bring your unique auto.

Rotary International Events:

September-New Generations Month

 October- Vocational Month

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Most of us in the Club remember the Unabomber. At last week’s meeting we got to hear a firsthand account of the search for and capture of Ted Kaczynski. Max Noel a retired FBI agent was part of the team of investigators assigned to find and arrest the Unabomber. Between 1978 and 1995 Kaczynski engaged in a bombing campaign targeted at people involved in modern technology. During that period he sent 16 bombs through the postal system resulting in the death of 3 people and injuries to 23. After a lengthy and costly search he was arrested in April, 1996 at his one room cabin in an isolated area in the mountains of Montana. Max Noel was one of the arresting agents.  Mr. Noel shared many interesting facets of the case that one normally doesn’t hear about and had many more details to pass onto us.  Thirty minutes just wasn’t long enough to cover all of the nuances of the case. Mr. Noel presentation was excellent and he could be a future speaker to shed more light on the Unabomber case.
 
A few members were missing from the meeting as they attended the “Best In the West Reno Rib Feast”.  Joe Sweeney, Nick Streit (celebrating 31 year in the Club), Miles Barber, Tim Ford & Gary Citti attended the event to get ideas for expanding our own BBQ competition.  We expect to get an update at this week’s meeting. Thank you all for taking the time to learn how we can grow and make our event even better.
 
We have the Santa Clara Art and Wine festival coming up along with Steps to Success.  Signup sheets were passed around and will be available at this week’s meeting.  Please put your names down for a shift or two.
 
A video on OPERATION SURF was presented.  This is a program put on by a group of volunteers to honor and heal our wounded military heroes. The method of healing is by teaching wounded active duty and veterans to surf.  The event will be April, 2015 in Santa Cruz and there are volunteer and donation opportunities. The Club is considering how we may participate. Your feedback on the program would be appreciated.
 
At this week’s meeting we will be kicking off the event to provide supplies to our local classroom as part of the District Governors visit in October.  A very valuable item will be auctioned off to start this campaign.  You will want to be part of the bidding with Police Chief Mike Sellers as the auctioneer.
 
Our speaker this week’s comes via Marguerite Padovoni. The Honorable Mike Wasserman, Santa Clara County Supervisor, will give us an update on happenings in the County. Be there to get the scoop.
 
See you all on Thursday.
 
 
        
                                                                                                        
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Club events:
  • Santa Clara Art & Wine Sept 13-14, 2014
  • Steps to Success: Oct. 4 & Oct. 11, 2014
  • District Governor’s Visit. Oct. 16. Present School Supply Donations to Governor Ed.
 
District Events:
  • District Cabinet Meeting: Sept 3, 2015 Doubletree Hotel, San Jose
  • Club Trainer Workshop: Sept 13, Los Gatos Lodge. See Steve R. for Details
  • Rotary Day At the A’s: Sept 20, 2014
  • Charter Night: Oct 4th.  More Details to come
  • Partners in Rotary: Oct. 11-24. See Steve R. for details
  • Avenues of Service: Oct 15.  Doubletree Hotel, San Jose.
 
 
Rotary International Events:
  • September-New Generations Month
  • October- Vocational Month
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Christian Albrect, the Northern Cal Director of the California Alcohol Control Board brought us all up to date on the functions and roles of the state’s Alcohol Control Board at last week’s meeting. Topics ranged from how alcohol sales are handled at Levi’s Stadium given that one can order drinks from a smartphone app while sitting in their seat to what is happening relative to Cannabis legalization in the sate. The Hi Tech nature of Levi’s stadium posed some challenges to Control Board and Mr. Albrect guaranteed that Cannabis legalization in the State will be on the November, 2016 ballot. The Alcohol Control Board will be the agency responsible for establishing procedure and rules should the ballot measure pass. It was and interesting talk and depending on how legalization vote going we may want to have him back as a speaker in 2016-2017.
 
John Mlnarik announced that 47 tickets for the “Day at the A’s” have been ordered by Club members and guests.  That is a great turn out with the proceed going to support RYLA. Thanks to John and all who ordered tickets.
 
Andrew Lin and Janel Alembeyogan of the Silicon Valley Rotaract Club provided information on the Philippines Typhoon Relief Silent Auction & Fashion Show to be held on September 18, 2014. Proceeds from this event will benefit Revive Farms. This organization focuses on the rehabilitation of villages affected by Typhoon Haiyan through long-term sustainability programs for farmers and fishermen. The Club presented Andrew and Janel with a check for $500 in support of the effort. For more details about the event contact William Cambra at wcambraiv@gmail.com or call (408) 607 5109. They are also accepting donated items for the auction.
 
On a lighter note, we finally caught up with Gerry Kosko and had him give us a blow by blow account of his hole-in-one a couple of weeks ago.  Gerry generously donated to the club to help celebrate his special accomplishment.
 
Denise Donahue kicked off signups for the Club’s booth at the Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival. We need club members to work a shift at the two day event.
Andy Ratermann has arranged for another outstanding topic/speaker for this week’s  meeting. It will be Max Noel, a retired FBI agent. Max will be talking about the Unabomber case that the FBI solved several years ago.
 
See you all on Thursday.
    
                                                                                                     
COMING UP….
 
Club events:
  • Santa Clara Art & Wine Sept 13-14, 2014
  • Steps to Success: Oct. 4 & Oct. 11, 2014
  • District Governor’s Visit. Oct. 16. Present School Supply Donations to Governor Ed.
 
District Events:
  • District Cabinet Meeting: Sept 3, 2015 Doubletree Hotel, San Jose
  • Club Trainer Workshop: Sept 13, Los Gatos Lodge. See Steve R. for Details
  • Rotary Day At the A’s: Sept 20, 2014
  • Charter Night: Oct 4th.  More Details to come
  • Partners in Rotary: Oct. 11-24. See Steve R. for details
  • Avenues of Service: Oct 15.  Doubletree Hotel, San Jose.
 
Rotary International Events:
  • August-Membership Month
  • September-New Generations Month
  • October- Vocational Month
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Last week U.S. Army veteran Jeremiah Pauley presented his account of being severely wounded in the Iraq conflict and his struggle to overcome his physical and mental injuries. The Wounded Warrior Project is what he turned to for help in facing the challenges associated with injuries sustained while in combat situations. His story was very touching and demonstrated what the project can do to help wounded soldiers through extremely difficult times.  Following his talk, and a standing ovation, the Club presented Jeremiah with a $1500 donation to the Project.
 
Congratulations to Susan Lucas & Marguerite Padovoni. Susan Lucas returned from here European Tour and announced her engagement to the person that our Club acted as match maker and Marguerite who earned her Blue Badge following her Red Badge personal presentation.
 
It was also announced during the meeting that John Mlnarik’s young daughter will be undergoing heart surgery in early October. John has organized a Blood Drive in support of the operation. Visit   https://www.sbcdonor.org/index.cfm?group=op&expand=13708&zc=95051 to sign up for a donation. The date is Aug 13 and the location is at the Mlnarik Law Office.
 
The speaker for this week is the Honorable Robert Cartwright. Mr. Cartwright is the Icelandic Consulate General for San Francisco which serves the citizens of Iceland located in the area and Iceland’s business and travel interests. So, as Andy Ratermann says “…it will be a really cool talk”.
 
Please note that the Club’s Foundation Board Meeting in on Aug 20th. Board chairman Anton Morec has asked that any requests for foundation funding be submitted to him along with an attached budget. Requests to date include ELC and Steps for Success.
 
See you all on Thursday.
 
                                                                                                              
COMING UP….
 
  • Santa Clara Rotary Board Meeting August 20, 6:30 PM, Holders Country Inn on Saratoga Ave
  • Santa Clara Rotary Foundation Board (SCRF) Meeting August 25, 6:00 PM, Hay Market Restaurant
  • Santa Clara Art & Wine Sept 13-14, 2014
  • Rotary Day At the A’s: Sept 20, 2014
  • Steps to Success: Oct. 4 & Oct. 11, 2014
President's Message 2014-08-12 00:00:00Z
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Last week was a busy week for the Club.  The speaker for the day was the Honorable Kevin Sheahan of Limerick Ireland who spoke about the economic development taking place in Ireland. He was also presented with an Earthquakes jersey signed by the team. His gift to the Club was a bottle of scotch which was auctioned off for $250. The Club also hosted him at Earthquakes game on Aug 2 which was attend by several Rotarians and marked the first public event at Levis Stadium. I hope everyone got home with ease.
 
The inaugural TBT was launched with Past President Bill Carver presiding and as I understand it he was pretty light on the fines. Thank you Bill for filling-in and I hope you had fun.
 
Bob Gustke was recognized for his outstanding 55 years as a member of the Club. Congratulations Bob and thanks for your many contributions.
 
This week’s speaker is Jeremiah Pauley of the Wounded Warriors Project.  The Wounded Warriors Project is designed to help wounded military personnel adjust and succeed despite injuries received while serving their country. Jeremiah is himself a wounded warrior. To learn more about the project visit:
 
See you all on Thursday
 
COMING UP…
  • ELC Committee Meeting Aug 7, 7:30 AM Denny’s Restaurant in Santa Clara
  • Santa Clara Art & Wine Sept 13-14, 2014   
  • Rotary Day At the A’s: Sept 20, 2014
  • Steps to Success: Oct. 4 & Oct. 11, 2014
 
President's Message 2014-08-07 00:00:00Z
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This past week we were fortunate to learn about the new San Francisco 49ers Museum along with the 49ers STEM program for youth. 49ers Museum Director, Jesse Lovejoy, gave us an early peak of the new Museum at Levi Stadium, which will be opening in August. The Museum is unlike any other in the NFL with 11 gallery and exhibit spaces depicting the history and heritage of the NFL team. More information about the museum can be found at http://www.levisstadium.com/museum/. Special pricing is available for residents of Santa Clara. The Museum will be open daily. On game days a game ticket is required.
 
Jesse also spoke about the new STEM Leadership Institute the 49ers Foundation is sponsoring in collaboration with Chevron, the Santa Clara Unified School District, and the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math The STEM curriculum targets 7th graders and is designed to teach the students how the components of STEM can be applied to everyday life.  The initial ribbon cutting for the Institute took place on July 18, 2014 at the Chevron STEM Zone interactive classroom at Santa Clara’s Cabrillo Middle School. To learn more about STEM visit: http://www.levisstadium.com/2014/07/49ers-foundation-launch-stem-leadership-institute/.
 
At this week’s meeting our guest speaker is the City & County Mayor of Limerick Ireland. Limerick is a Santa Clara Sister City and the home of our own Club’s sister Club.  The Honorable Kevin Sheahan is in the area this week and he will not only speak at our meeting but will be our guest at the August 2nd Earthquakes’ soccer game being held at Levi Stadium.  Being Irish this is sure to be an entertaining and informative meeting. The meeting this week may also have historical significance so plan on attending.
 
                                    
                                                                             COMING UP…
  • Earthquakes Game Aug 2
  • Santa Clara Art & Wine Sept 13-14, 2014    
  • Rotary Day At the A’s: Sept 20, 2014
  • Steps to Success: Oct. 4 & Oct. 11, 2014
President's Message Type at least 3 letters of name 2014-07-27 00:00:00Z
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The delayed debunking of Lou Ann’ presidential year took place this last week.  Lou Ann’s family was in attendance as Past President Stewart Cusimano held nothing back trying to identify all of the snafu’s she experienced this past year. He employed props to comment of the location for board meetings held at Holder’s Country Inn. He then dug up the rules book and had the Club’s expert on rules, Ted Keech, explain the different badge colors to be used for the different club positions. Of course he fined Lou Ann for having the wrong badge color.  When all was said and done everyone seemed confused about what color went with what position.
 
In the end, Lou Ann was fined for so many things, along with a few other members, that no one is probably able to track.  Lou Ann spoke of the Club’s accomplishment for the year which are all very significant and she thanked the many members of the club who contributed to her outstanding year. She is now in the history book of the Club and holds a very special place as the first female Club President and currently the only female Past President. Thanks Lou Ann for contributions and leadership this past year.
 
During the meeting we also heard form Jarrell Harris, a scholarship recipient from Santa Clara High School. Jarrell recently graduated from Mission College and is going on the San Jose State. Jarrell is an example of what our Scholarship program is designed to do.
 
This week the planned speaker is Jesse Lovejoy, the Director of the 49ers Museum. In addition to discussing the museum Jesse will talk about the 49ers contribution to your and community programs. Please note that there is always the possibility that the speaker may change do to uncontrollable events.
 
Upcoming Events:
 
Club Board Meeting: July 23, 6:30 PM Holder Country Inn. Members are welcome to attend.
Earthquakes Game at Levi Stadium: Aug 2 (Andy Ratermann)
Santa Clara Art & Wine: Sept 13-14, 2014, Central Park
Rotary Day At the A’s: Sept 20, more info to come
See you all on Thursday. 

Yours In Rotary,

Stephen Rainbolt
President,
Rotary Club of Santa Clara
President's Message 2014-07-24 00:00:00Z
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Last week was the kick-off for the 2014-2015 Rotary year.  During the Club Assembly new board members were introduced as were the various program/project chairs.  Lidia Blair provided an update on Steps for Success and has things well in hand. The Fab Five provided a post mortem on the highly successful BBQ .  The bottom line was that we raised more funds from this event that any other event the Club has held. Fantastic effort by all! Jan Eric was recognized (as were others) for his special 50th birthday and given a present by Bob Ricks to celebrate the moment.  The gift was the book titled “The Red Badge of Courage” which was passed around for members to inscribe comments for  our illustrious Past President who still holds the record for being the longest Red Badger in history.
 
This week Lou Ann will be back so Stewart Cusimano will lead the meeting with commentary on Lou Ann’s outstanding year as the first woman President of the Cub. Stewart has been working on this for a while and I am sure he will entertain us all with a factual account of Lou Ann’s year.  A meeting not to be missed.
 
Up Coming Events
July 16, District  5170 Roast Toast. For those that signed up the event is held a Saratoga Springs on Big Basin Way
July 17, Foundation Board Meeting Immediately following Thursday Meeting
July 19.  District 5170 Membership Seminar, Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton
 
See you all on Thursday.

Yours in Rotary,

Stephen Rainbolt
President
Rotary Club of Santa Clara
President's Message 2014-07-17 00:00:00Z
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Greetings Santa Clara Rotarians & Happy Rotary New Year
 
The Club has ended Lou Ann’s year on a very high note with an
extremely successful 3rd Annual Silicon Valley BBQ Competition. The
Rotary International theme for last year was “Engage Rotary, Change Lives”
which, as a club, we accomplished though all of our local community projects and
the international efforts where we were engaged.  Without doubt if you were to pick a label for
our Club last year if would be the “Year of the Woman".
 
This year’s theme is “Light Up Rotary” and our club is in a
great position to do just that. Look around Santa Clara, it is booming which
means there are greater opportunities for our club to increase membership with
quality leaders and doers and expand our fund raising efforts resulting in a
bigger impact on our community and abroad. And, have fun by enjoying our
fellowship along the way, keeping the meetings fun & informative, the
bantering flowing, and the wisecracks at their best.
 
So Happy New Year Rotary Club of Santa Clara, I am proud, nervous,
and happy to represent this great club for the next year.  So I ask, what label will we have at the end
of the year?
 
Sincerely,
Steve Rainbolt
President, Rotary Club of Santa Clara
Happy New Year - Light Up Rotary 2014-07-01 00:00:00Z
A message from President Lou Ann Alexander, June 29, 2014
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Fellow Rotarians,
 
Wow!  Our Silicon Valley BBQ Championship was a tremendous success, and we are the talk of the town.  If you didn’t see the write up and pictures of our event in the San Jose Mercury News this morning, I have put the link at the end of my message so you can check it out.  I can’t even begin to express my appreciation to all of you who worked countless hours on this event, all the way from the planning, sponsorships, and advertising, to the flat out hard work during the event.  To organize and execute a fundraiser of this caliber is truly an amazing feat and one that we can all be very proud of as Santa Clara Rotarians.  Special thanks to our BBQ 5:  Joe Sweeney, Frank Walsh, Gerry Kosko, Nick Streit, and Stewart Cusimano who are the brains and heart and soul of this event.  Without a doubt, this weekend we proved that we truly are the Greatest Rotary Club in the World!
 
On July 1st, my term as club president comes to an end.  Serving as your club president, and the first woman president in our club’s 78 year history, has been a great honor.  I have tremendous love and admiration for each and every one of you, and I am forever grateful for your love and support over this year.  For every endeavor this year, you went above and beyond, and we were able to accomplish amazing things. The strength of our club lies in the talent and dedication of each one of you, and it has been a true privilege to work alongside you all this year. Our club has something magical about it, and I am so deeply grateful to part of it.
 
We will not be meeting on July 3rd due to the 4th of July holiday.  Our next meeting will be my debunking led by Stewart Cusimano on July 10th, and then we will welcome Steve Rainbolt as president for his first full meeting on July 17th.  I know that we have great things coming with Steve at the helm as president!
 
Thank you for an amazing year!
 
With love and forever yours in Rotary,
 
 
Lou Ann Alexander
President, Rotary Club of Santa Clara
(408) 718-8810 
 
 
A message from President Lou Ann Alexander, June 29, 2014 2014-06-30 00:00:00Z
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Fellow Rotarians,
 
The whole city is abuzz about our Silicon Valley BBQ Championships coming up on Friday and Saturday.  At our meeting this week we will be covering the final plans for our big event so that we will all be ready.  We are expecting gorgeous weather and a huge turnout for the event, so be ready to be there and show everyone why we truly are The Greatest Rotary Club in the World.  If you have questions about where you are working during the event, contact Elizabeth Mayo, our volunteer coordinator, at libby311@gmail.com
 
Below is a list of our upcoming meetings and events:
 
Upcoming meetings:   
6/26: Silicon Valley BBQ Championships final planning meeting
7/03:  Dark for 4th of July
7/10:  Debunking of President Lou Ann
7/17:  Club assembly, BBQ recap
 
Upcoming events for your calendar:
6/27-28:  Silicon Valley BBQ Championships!
7/10:  Debunking of President Lou Ann
7/16: District 5170 Roast and Toast, 6-9:00pm, Saratoga Springs, contact Steve Rainbolt to sign up atstrainbolt@comcast.net.
7/17:  Steve Rainbolt’s first meeting as club president
 
I look forward to seeing you all this week!
 
Yours in Rotary,
 
 
Lou Ann Alexander
President, Rotary Club of Santa Clara
(408) 718-8810 
 
 
A message from President Lou Ann Alexander, June 23, 2014 2014-06-24 00:00:00Z
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Fellow Rotarians,
 
Our speaker this week is Cheryl Walsh, founder and president of the Sean M. Walsh K-9 Memorial Foundation.  Cheryl’s son Sean was killed while serving in Afghanistan.  To honor Sean and his dream of becoming a K-9 police officer, Cheryl and her friends formed the foundation to provide police dogs to law enforcement agencies in need.  Her foundation has awarded two beautiful police dogs, Argo and Dex, to our own Santa Clara PD. 
 
Also this week have our board meeting on Wednesday, June 18th, 6:00 p.m. at China Stix Restaurant.   This board meeting is for our current 2013-14 board and our incoming 2014-15 board.   All members are welcome to attend.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP to me so we can plan accordingly.  Dinner is included.
 
We are very close to our Silicon Valley BBQ Championships coming up on June 27th-28th,  and excitement is in the air.  Marguerite Padovani has been hard at work on publicity for our event.  Ads will run in the Eye Section of the Mercury News, the Metro, the Santa Clara Weekly, and in the Rose Garden and Willow Glen newspapers.  With KGO as a media partner, we have 2 e-mail blasts going out to KGO’s database of 87,000 along with Nick Streit and Gerry Kosko being interviewed on radio by Chef Ryan, and a radio PSA that will be playing up until our event (I have attached the PSA to this message so you can listen to it).
 
With all of this publicity, we are expecting a great event with a huge turnout, which means we need all club members to help during both days of the event.  Contact Elizabeth Mayo, our volunteer coordinator, at libby311@gmail.com to find out where your help is needed if you have not done so already.
 
I would like to express my appreciation to all of you who are sponsoring or have secured sponsors for our SVBBQ.  As of today we have over $57,000 in sponsorship. A big shout out goes to Miles Barber who obtained $23,000 in sponsorships, including $10,000 from Kaiser Permanente!  Way to go, Miles!  This event promises to be a record-breaking fundraiser for our club that will allow us to do even more to help those in need in our community. 
 
Below is a list of our upcoming meetings and events:
 
Upcoming meetings:   
6/19:  Cheryl Walsh,  Sean M. Walsh K-9 Memorial Foundation
6/26: Silicon Valley BBQ Championships planning meeting
7/03:  Dark for 4th of July
7/10:  Debunking of President Lou Ann
 
Upcoming events for your calendar:
6/18:  Joint Board of Directors meeting (for 2013-4 and 2014-5 Board), 6-7:30pm, China Stix Restaurant, RSVP tolouannalexander@yahoo.com
6/27-28:  Silicon Valley BBQ Championships
7/10:  Debunking of President Lou Ann
7/16: District 5170 Roast and Toast, 6-9:00pm, Saratoga Springs, contact Steve Rainbolt to sign up at strainbolt@comcast.net.
7/17:  Steve Rainbolt’s first meeting as club president
 
I look forward to seeing you all this week!
 
Yours in Rotary,
 
 

Lou Ann Alexander

President, Rotary Club of Santa Clara

(408) 718-8810 

 

 
A message from President Lou Ann Alexander, June 16, 2014 2014-06-17 00:00:00Z
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Fellow Rotarians,
 
Our speaker this week is Rod Diridon, Sr., executive director of the Mineta Transportation Institute.  Rod has chaired more than 100 international, national, state and local programs and is known as the “father” of modern transit service in Silicon Valley.  He will be speaking to us about high speed rail in California.
 
We are on the count down to our Silicon Valley BBQ Championships, coming up on June 27th-28th, and our BBQ committee is working around the clock.  We still need more sponsors, so please reach out to our local businesses and ask them to sponsor.  Their sponsorships will help fund our many community service projects and will be a great marketing opportunity for the businesses.  For any questions about sponsorships, contact Susan Lucas at susanlucas6@gmail.com.  If you have not already signed up to work during the event, contact Elizabeth Mayo at libby311@gmail.com.
 
And last, but not least, a big thank you to Ted Keech for his great job hosting our past-presidents BBQ last week.  Saluting our club’s history and our incredibly impressive past presidents is always a great time.  Thank you, Ted!  
 
Below is a list of our upcoming meetings and events:
 
Upcoming meetings:   
6/13:  Rod Diridon, Sr., High Speed Rail Update
6/19:  Cheryl Walsh,  Sean M. Walsh K-9 Memorial Foundation
6/26: Silicon Valley BBQ Championships planning meeting
7/03:  Dark for 4th of July
 
Upcoming events for your calendar:
6/18:  Joint Board of Directors meeting (for 2013-4 and 2014-5 Board), 6-7:30pm, China Stix Restaurant, RSVP tolouannalexander@yahoo.com
6/27-28:  Silicon Valley BBQ Championships
7/10:  Debunking of President Lou Ann
7/16: District 5170 Roast and Toast, 6-9:00pm, Saratoga Springs, contact Steve Rainbolt to sign up at strainbolt@comcast.net.
7/17:  Steve Rainbolt’s first meeting as club president!
 
I look forward to seeing you all this week!
 
Yours in Rotary,
 
 
Lou Ann Alexander
President, Rotary Club of Santa Clara
(408) 718-8810 
 
A message from President Lou Ann Alexander, June 7, 2014 2014-06-09 00:00:00Z
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Fellow Rotarians,

 

This week we have our special meeting led by Ted Keech to honor the past presidents of the Greatest Rotary Club in the World, the Rotary Club of Santa Clara.  Our club’s very first meeting was on May 28, 1936 with 15 members in attendance, and the first of our 78 club presidents was the late G.F. (Bake) Bacon.  Since then, under the leadership of these presidents, we have grown to become the leader of community service in Santa Clara.  Plan to be at the Elks Lodge, 680 Martin Avenue in Santa Clara for this very fun meeting to honor our past presidents.   We will have an open bar starting at 11:30 with our lunch meeting at 12:00.

 

Time is ticking down to our biggest fundraising event of the year, our Silicon Valley BBQ Championships, coming up on June 27th-28th.  We need all club members to be involved to make this a huge success.  This event is a great marketing opportunity for our local business and we still need more sponsors.  I have attached the e-mail version of the sponsor letter.  Please send it out to local business and ask them to be a sponsor, and if you are a business owner, please consider sponsoring.  For any questions about sponsorships, contact Susan Lucas at susanlucas6@gmail.com.  If you have not already signed up to help during the event, contact Elizabeth Mayo at libby311@gmail.com to find out how you can help. 

 

This week, our president-elect Steve Rainbolt is representing our club well at the Rotary International convention in Sydney, Australia.  Between wrestling crocs and boxing kangaroos, I am sure he is attending all of the convention events and becoming inspired to lead our club to even greater heights.  I just hope he avoids zip lining while he is there!  We look forward to hearing all about it when he returns.

 

Below is a list of our upcoming meetings and events:

 

Upcoming meetings:   

6/05:  Special meeting Location, Santa Clara Elks Lodge, 11:30-1:30, 680 Martin Ave, Santa Clara -- Past Presidents BBQ, all members are invited

6/13:  Rodney Diridon, Sr., High Speed Rail Update

6/19:  Cheryl Walsh,  Sean M. Walsh K-9 Memorial Foundation

6/26: Silicon Vally BBQ Championships planning meeting

 

Upcoming events for your calendar:

6/5:  Past Presidents’ BBQ, Elk’s Lodge, 11:30-1:30, 680 Martin Ave, Santa Clara

6/18:  Joint Board of Directors meeting (for 2013-4 and 2014-5 Board), 6-7:30pm, China Stix Restaurant

6/27-28:  Silicon Valley BBQ Championships

7/10:  Debunking of President Lou Ann

7/16: District 5170 Roast and Toast, 6-9:00p.m., Saratoga Springs.  

 

I look forward to seeing you all this week!

 

Yours in Rotary,

 

Lou Ann Alexander

President, Rotary Club of Santa Clara

(408) 718-8810 

 

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Fellow Rotarians,
 
I am very happy to announce that our club has the honor of sponsoring a Rotary global grant scholar--Jesse Caemmerer from Santa Clara University!  Jesse is one of two recipients in our district of this prestigious $30,000 scholarship awarded by District 5170 and Rotary International.  Jesse will be going to Singapore’s Rajaratnam School of International Studies to study the relations of security and strategic issues to post-conflict political and economic development, especially in Timor-Leste.  He has worked with the Rotaract Club in Timor-Leste and plans continue his work in the area after receiving his master degree.  This week, Jesse will be at our club to share his plans with us. 
 
Also this week, we will be hearing more about our water filter project in Honduras.  For the last two years, with the help of Lorenzo Rios and his brother Rolando, we have worked with the Rotary Club of San Miguel de Heredia to provide water filters to the schools in the area that are in great need.  At this week’s meeting Lorenzo, along with Anton Morec, will update us on our water filter project.  I am also happy to report that Lorenzo was recently made an honorary member of the Rotary Club of San Miguel de Heredia due his humanitarian work over the years. 
Below is a list of our upcoming meetings and events:
 
Upcoming meetings:   
5/29:  Santa Clara Global Scholar Jessie Caemmerer and Honduras water filter project update
6/05:  Special meeting Location, Santa Clara Elks Lodge, 11:30-1:30, 680 Martin Ave, Santa Clara -- Past Presidents BBQ, all members are invited to attend
6/13:  to be determined
 
Upcoming events for your calendar:
6/1-4:  Rotary International Convention, Sydney, Australia (have fun President-elect Steve Rainbolt!)
6/5:  Past Presidents’ BBQ, Elk’s Lodge, 11:30-1:30, 680 Martin Ave, Santa Clara
6/18:  Joint Board of Directors meeting (for 2013-4 and 2014-5 Board), 6-7:30pm, China Stix Restaurant
6/27-28:  Silicon Valley BBQ Championships (be there as we will need all hands on deck for this event)
7/10:  Debunking of President Lou Ann
7/16: District 5170 Roast and Toast, 6-9:00p.m., Saratoga Springs. 
 
I look forward to seeing you all this week!
 
Yours in Rotary,
 
 
Lou Ann Alexander
President, Rotary Club of Santa Clara
(408) 718-8810 
 
 
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Fellow Rotarians,
 
This week our speaker is Mike Gilleran, Executive Director of the Santa Clara University Institute of Sports Law and Ethics.  Mike previously served as the commissioner of the West Coast Conference, and has spent over 30 years in the industry of intercollegiate athletics.  He will be speaking about the realities of recruiting in Division 1, from the perspective of someone who spent many years in the industry. 
 
We have our board meeting this week on Wednesday, May 21st, 6:00 p.m. at Holders Country Inn, 1424 Saratoga Ave, San Jose.  All members are welcome to attend.  Red badge members, we would love to see you there.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP to me so we can plan accordingly.  Dinner is included.
 
We wrapped up our polio eradication drive last week and our results were amazing.  Our donations added up to $10,000!  Even more incredible, when you add on the Gates Foundation match, it means we raised $30,000 for polio eradication!  Since the cost of a polio vaccine is $0.10, our donations are enough to pay for vaccinations for 300,000 children.  Imagine that!  Thank you all for your donations and support of this project.  I am extremely grateful to be part of such a generous and caring group of people.  Thank you to Mike Moul and Phil Auger for their great work on this fundraiser.  And, congratulations to Andy Ratermann for winning the drawing for the iPad Mini. 
 
And, last but not least, I want to thank Don Skinner for his work in organizing our new member mixer over the weekend, and also Stewart and Leslie Cusimano for so graciously opening up their home for the event.  It was great to see all of you who were there.  We have a fantastic group of new members!
 
Below is a list of our upcoming meetings and events:
 
Upcoming meetings:   
5/22:  Mike Gilleran, Executive Director Institute of Sports Law and Ethics
5/29:  Honduras water filter project update and Santa Clara Global Scholar – Jessie Caemmerer.
6/05Special meeting Location, Santa Clara Elks Lodge -- Past Presidents BBQ
 
Upcoming events for your calendar:
5/21:  Board of Directors meeting, 6-7:30pm, Holder’s Country Inn, 1424 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
6/1-4:  Rotary International Convention, Sydney, Australia (president-elect Steve will represent us well)
6/5:  Past Presidents’ BBQ, Elk’s Lodge, 11:30-1:30
6/18:  Joint Board of Directors meeting (for 2013-4 and 2014-5 Board), 6-7:30pm, China Stix Restaurant.
6/27-28:  Silicon Valley BBQ Championships (be prepared to be there as we will need all hands on deck for this event)
7/10:  Debunking of President Lou Ann
 
I look forward to seeing you all this week!
 
Yours in Rotary,
 

Lou Ann Alexander

President, Rotary Club of Santa Clara

(408) 718-8810 

A Message from President Lou Ann Alexander, May 19, 2014 2014-05-21 00:00:00Z
Thursday's Meal
GREEK LUNCH BUFFET
 
Greek Salad
 
Beef Gyros Wrap
 
Vegetable Falafels
 
Lemon Pilaf
 
Pita Chips & Hummus
 
Dessert: Greek Yogurt with Berries​
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Fellow Rotarians,
 
This week our speaker is Lieutenant Brian Gilbert from the Santa Clara Police Department.  He will be speaking about the safety and traffic plan for the 49ers Levi Stadium. 
 
We are in the final week of our polio drive, and it has been a tremendous success thanks to your very generous donations.  At our meeting this week we will have our drawing for the iPad Mini.  For every $100 you have donated, you will get one entry in the drawing.   So, make sure to get your checks in.  Checks should be made payable to The Rotary Foundation. 
 
Rotary U is on Wednesday at the SJ Doubletree Hotel from 5:30-9:00.  Dinner is included and the club pays your way.  Plus, according to tradition, president elect Steve buys the wine.  All red badge members who have not attended a district event are encouraged to attend.  If you have not yet signed up, contact Steve Rainbolt at strainbolt@comcast.net to register. 
 
I missed seeing you all last Thursday.  My daughter’s surgery went well, and I look forward to being back at our meeting this week. Thank you to Steve Rainbolt for his excellent job running the meeting while I was away.   
  
Upcoming meetings:   
5/15:   Lt. Brian Gilbert, Santa Clara Police Department, Safety and Traffic, Levi Stadium
5/22:  Mike Gilleran, Executive Director Institute of Sports Law and Ethics
5/29:  To be determined
 
Upcoming events for your calendar:
5/14:  Rotary U, SJ Doubletree Hotel, 5:30-9:00.   
5/18:  New member mixer, 5-8:00 at Stewart and Leslie Cusimano’s house.  Contact Don Skinner for more info and to RSVP at dons@launchnet.com.  RSVP is required.
5/21:  Board of Directors meeting, 6-7:30pm, Holder’s Country Inn, 1424 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
6/1-4:  Rotary International Convention, Sydney, Australia
6/5:  Past Presidents’ BBQ, Elk’s Lodge, 11:30-1:30
6/18:  Joint Board of Directors meeting (for 2013-4 and 2014-5 Board), 6-7:30pm, China Stix Restaurant.
6/27-28:  Silicon Valley BBQ Championships (keep your calendar clear for this as we will need all hands on deck for this event)
7/10:  Debunking of President Lou Ann (it will be here before you know it!)
 
I look forward to seeing you all this week!
 
Yours in Rotary,
 

Lou Ann Alexander

President, Rotary Club of Santa Clara

(408) 718-8810 

 

 
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Fellow Rotarians,
 
This week we are very fortunate to have as our speaker Dr. Amir Dan Rubin, President & CEO, Stanford Hospital & Clinics.  Dr. Rubin is a highly respected and accomplished hospital executive and you will want to be there to hear him speak.  Thank you to Andy Ratermann for bringing us such wonderful speakers every week!
 
I will not be in attendance at our meeting this week, as my daughter Claire is having surgery on Wednesday.  Rest assured that you are in good hands with president-elect Steve Rainbolt at the helm.  Please be there to show him your support.
 
Bocce night last week was a wonderful success. The competition was fierce, but we all had a great time.  Thank you to John Bertolotti for his work in organizing this fun evening event for our club.
 
We are still in the midst of our polio drive.  Rotary’s work to eradicate polio is a tremendous gift to the world and one that will endure forever.  As Rotarians it will be our greatest victory so far when we finally declare the world to be polio free.  The estimated date for eradication is 2018, but it takes money to get there and the road will not be easy.  The great news is that your donations will be matched 2 to 1 by the Gates Foundation’s, so your dollars will go ever farther toward getting us to our goal.  Remember to get your checks in by May 15th, so you will be entered into our drawing for a new iPad Mini.  Checks should be made payable to The Rotary Foundation, and you get one entry for the drawing for every $100 you donate.
 
Upcoming meetings:   
5/08: Dr. Amir Dan Rubin, President & CEO, Stanford Hospital & Clinics
5/15:   Lt. Brian Gilbert, Santa Clara Police Department, Safety and Traffic, Levi Stadium
5/22:  Mike Gilleran, Executive Director Institute of Sports Law and Ethics
 
Upcoming events for your calendar:
5/14:  Rotary U, SJ Doubletree Hotel, 5:30-9:00.  Dinner included and club pays your way.  Contact Steve Rainbolt atstrainbolt@comcast.net to register.  All red badge members who have not yet attended a district event are encouraged to attend.
5/18:  New member mixer, 5-8:00 at Stewart and Leslie Cusimano’s house.  Contact Don Skinner for more info and to RSVP at dons@launchnet.com.  RSVP is required.
5/21:  Board of Directors meeting, 6-7:30pm, Holder’s Country Inn, 1424 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
6/1-4:  Rotary International Convention, Sydney, Australia
6/5:  Past Presidents’ BBQ, Elk’s Lodge, 11:30-1:30
6/18:  Joint Board of Directors meeting (for 2013-4 and 2014-5 Board), 6-7:30pm, China Stix Restaurant.
6/27-28:  Silicon Valley BBQ Championships (keep your calendar clear for this as we will need all hands on deck for this event)
7/10:  Debunking of President Lou Ann!
 
Steve Rainbolt looks forward to seeing you all this week.  I will see you all next week.
 
Yours in Rotary,
 

Lou Ann Alexander

President, Rotary Club of Santa Clara

(408) 718-8810 

 

 
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Fellow Rotarians,
 
This week we will be meeting on Thursday evening at Campo di Bocce for our annual Bocce night.  We will have a no host bar from 6:30-7:00, dinner from 7-8:00 and Bocce at 8:00.  The address is 565 University Ave, Los Gatos.  You must RSVP if you plan to attend the event by contacting John Bertolottti at john@berto-bearcat.com.  Please note that we are not meeting at Bay Club for our lunch meeting this week.
 
Thanks to all who have contributed to our Polio eradication drive.  The polio vaccine has helped to prevent 10 million cases of Polio—absolutely astounding!  And, every donation you make gets us closer to eradicating this terrible disease once and for all.  Your donations will go even farther thanks to the Gates Foundation’s 2 to 1 match.  Checks should be made payable to The Rotary Foundation, and for every $100 you donate you will be entered into our drawing on May 15th for a new iPad Mini.
 
Rotary U is coming up on May 14th at the SJ Doubletree Hotel from 5:30-9:00.  This District event is a fun evening to learn more about Rotary and meet Rotarians from other clubs in our district.  Dinner is included.  The club pays your way and president-elect Steve Rainbolt buys the wine, so what’s not to love!  For red badge members, this is a great way to meet your blue badge requirement of attending a district event.  Contact Steve Rainbolt atstrainbolt@comcast.net to register.
 
You may remember that our club donated $1000 to help the Girl Scout troop from St. Justin’s School build a community garden.  Their project, along with our contribution, was written about in the Valley Catholic Newsletter.  
 
Upcoming meetings:   
5/01:  Evening event:  Bocce Ball at Campo di Bocce.  (Please note that this meeting takes the place of our regular lunchtime meeting.  If you are unable to attend, you will be charged the normal lunch-rate unless you do a makeup meeting.)
5/08: Dr. Amir Dan Rubin, President & CEO, Stanford Hospital & Clinics
5/15:   Lt. Brian Gilbert, Santa Clara Police Department, Safety and Traffic, Levi Stadium   
 
Upcoming events for your calendar:
5/14:  Rotary U, SJ Doubletree Hotel, 5:30-9:00
5/21:  Board of Directors meeting, 6-7:30pm, Holder’s Country Inn, 1424 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
6/1-4:  Rotary International Convention, Sydney, Australia
6/5:  Past Presidents’ BBQ, Elk’s Lodge, 11:30-1:30
6/27-28:  Silicon Valley BBQ Championships (keep your calendar clear for this as we will need all hands on deck for this event)
 
I look forward to seeing you all this week!
 
Yours in Rotary,
 
Lou Ann Alexander
President, Rotary Club of Santa Clara
(408) 718-8810 
 
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Fellow Rotarians,
 
This week we will have the opportunity to hear the personal histories of some of our red badge members.  I am always fascinated to learn more about our members because we have such a diverse and impressive group.  The reason we are the Greatest Rotary Club in the World is because we have the greatest members in the world.  So, be there to learn more about some of our new Santa Clara Rotarians.
 
At our meeting last week, Mike Moul and Phil Auger kicked off our fundraising drive for polio eradication.  Polio eradication is the most massive and world changing project done by any service organization in our history, and as Rotarians we all need to be a part of it.  Imagine how amazing it will be in the near future when we are able to celebrate world-wide polio eradication and know that each one of us played a part in it!   You will have received a letter in the mail where you can mail in your donations.  Checks should be made payable to The Rotary Foundation and will count towards you Paul Harris.  The Gates Foundation will do a 2 to 1 match for every dollar you donate.  And, if all of that is not enough, for every $100 you donate you will be entered into our drawing for a new iPad mini on May 15th.
 
Upcoming meetings:   
4/24:  Red badge bios and other fun
5/01:  Evening meeting (Dark for lunch), Bocce Ball at Campo di Bocce, RVSP required, contact John Bertolotti to register at john@berto-bearcat.com
5/08: Dr. Amir Dan Rubin, President & CEO, Stanford Hospital & Clinics
5/15:   Lt. Brian Gilbert, Santa Clara Police Department, Safety and Traffic, Levi Stadium   
 
Upcoming events for your calendar:
5/01:  Bocce Ball, Campo di Bocce
6/1-4:  Rotary International Convention, Sydney, Australia
6/5:  Past Presidents’ BBQ, Elk’s Lodge, 11:30-1:30
6/27-28:  Silicon Valley BBQ Championships (keep your calendar clear for this as we will need all hands on deck for this event)
 
I look forward to seeing you all this week!
 
Yours in Rotary,
 

Lou Ann Alexander

President, Rotary Club of Santa Clara

(408) 718-8810 

 

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Fellow Rotarians,
 
Our speaker this week is Madison Givens, Miss Santa Clara 2014.  Madison suffered a traumatic brain injury from a cheerleading accident and has since recovered and gone on to become an advocate for traumatic brain injury prevention.
 
This week we have our board meeting on Wednesday, April 16th, 6:00 p.m. at Holders Country Inn, 1424 Saratoga Ave, San Jose.  All members are welcome to attend.  If you have a red badge, attending a board meeting is a requirement toward getting your prestigious Rotary Club of Santa Clara blue badge and we would love to see you there.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP to me so we can plan accordingly.  Dinner is included.
 
Below is a list of our upcoming meetings and events. 
 
Upcoming meetings:   
4/17:  Madison Givens, Miss Santa Clara 2014
4/24:  Red badge bios and other fun
5/01:  Evening meeting (Dark for lunch), Bocce Ball at Campo di Bocce, RVSP required, contact John Bertolotti to register at john@berto-bearcat.com
5/08: Dr. Amir Dan Rubin, President & CEO, Stanford Hospital & Clinics
 
Upcoming events for your calendar:
416:  Board of Directors meeting, 6-7:30pm, Holder’s Country Inn, 1424 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
5/01:  Bocce Ball, Campo di Bocce
6/1-4:  Rotary International Convention, Sydney, Australia
6/5:  Past Presidents’ BBQ, Elk’s Lodge
6/27-28:  Silicon Valley BBQ Championships (keep your calendar clear for this as we will need all hands on deck for this event)
 
I look forward to seeing you all this week!
 
Yours in Rotary,
 

Lou Ann Alexander

President, Rotary Club of Santa Clara

(408) 718-8810 

 

 
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Fellow Rotarians,
 
Our speaker this week is Jim Lyons from Santa Clara University.  Jim is the Vice President of University Relations and is in charge of the university’s government relations, alumni relations, fundraising, and marketing/communications activities.
 
If you have not done so already, you still have time to sign up for the District Conference.  The conference is at the beautiful Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose on April 11-13.  I encourage all members to attend at least one event.   Red badge members should attend to meet your blue badge requirement of attending a district event.  Bob Buchser will be in charge of the speech event at the Sunday brunch and I will be the master of ceremonies for the Saturday dinner.  We would love to see you there.  You can register on the District 5170 website:  http://www.clubrunner.ca/Portal/Home.aspx?did=5170. 
 
Last week, our club received a $1000 donation from Walmart for our Steps for Success program.  Karina Arvizu, our club member and the store’s general manager, presented the check to our club at Walmart’s grand opening ceremony at the Mercado shopping center. Thank you to Walmart and Karina for your generosity!
 
Below is a list of our upcoming meetings and events. 
 
Upcoming meetings:   
4/10:  Jim Lyons, Vice President of University Relations, Santa Clara University
4/17:  Madison Givens, Miss Santa Clara 2014
4/24:  Red badge bios
5/01:  Evening meeting (Dark for lunch), Bocce Ball at Campo di Bocce, RVSP required, contact John Bertolotti to register at john@berto-bearcat.com.  (Please note that this counts as a regular meeting, so you will be charged the normal lunch fee unless you do a makeup meeting at another club.)
 
Upcoming events for your calendar:
4/9:  Rotary District 5170 Tennis Tournament, Morgan Hill
4/10:  Rotary District 5170 Golf Tournament, Cinnabar Hills
4/11-13:  Rotary District 5170 Conference, Dolce Hayes Mansion, San Jose
416:  Board of Directors meeting, 6-7:30pm, Holder’s Country Inn, 1424 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
5/01:  Bocce Ball, Campo di Bocce
6/1-4:  Rotary International Convention, Sydney, Australia
6/5:  Past Presidents’ BBQ, Elk’s Lodge
6/27-28:  Silicon Valley BBQ Championships (keep your calendar clear for this as we will need all hands on deck for this event)
 
I look forward to seeing you all this week!
 
Lou Ann Alexander
President, Rotary Club of Santa Clara
(408) 718-8810 
 
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Fellow Rotarians,
 
For our meeting this week, we will have a recap of our amazing Enterprise Leadership Conference.  Some of the student participants will be there as special guests to give their feedback on the event, so you will not want to miss this meeting. 
 
Thank you to Jan Eric Nordmo, Nicola Nordmo, and Colleen Noll for all of their work to make our wine dinner and Scotch tasting this past weekend a smashing success!  I would also like to express my appreciation to Jim and Cheryl Landes for once again hosting the event at their gorgeous Black Ridge Vineyards, and to all the Rotarians who donated money, Scotch, or raffle prizes for this event.  The proceeds from the event will go toward sending our Interact students to RYLA. 
 
The District Conference this year is at the Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose on April 11-13.  The conference will be a fun and inspiring event, and since the conference is being held locally this year, I encourage all members to attend at least one event.  For members with a red badge, this is a great way to meet your blue badge requirement of attending a district event.  Bob Buchser will in charge of the speech event at the Sunday brunch and I will be the master of ceremonies for the Saturday dinner.  You can register on the District 5170 website: http://www.clubrunner.ca/Portal/Home.aspx?did=5170
 
In the next two weeks on April 4th and 8th you will see our club in the San Jose Mercury news as part of a District 5170 PR advertising campaign.  The ads are done by area and highlight our Rotary clubs’ youth projects.  We will be featured along with the other area 5 clubs in the Eye section.  I have attached a copy of the ad so you can check it out.
 
Below is a list of our upcoming meetings and events. 
 
Upcoming meetings:   
4/03:  Enterprise Leadership Conference Report
4/10:  Jim Lyons, Vice President of University Relations, Santa Clara University
4/17:  Madison Givens, Miss Santa Clara 2014
 
Upcoming events for your calendar:
4/9:  Rotary District 5170 Tennis Tournament, Morgan Hill
4/10:  Rotary District 5170 Golf Tournament, Cinnabar Hills
4/11-13:  Rotary District 5170 Conference, Dolce Hayes Mansion, San Jose
416:  Board of Directors meeting, 6-7:30pm, Holder’s Country Inn, 1424 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
5/01:  evening meeting:  Bocce Ball, Campo di Bocce, contact John Bertolotti to register at john@berto-bearcat.com
6/1-4:  Rotary International Convention, Sydney, Australia (join Steve Rainbolt in wrestling crocs down under)
6/5:  Past Presidents’ BBQ, Elk’s Lodge
6/27-28:  Silicon Valley BBQ Championships
 
I look forward to seeing you all this week!
 
Yours in Rotary,
 
 

Lou Ann Alexander

President, Rotary Club of Santa Clara

(408) 718-8810 

 

A message from President Lou Ann Alexander, March 31, 2014 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z
Wine, Salmon dinner and Scotch Whisky Sampling
 
Wine, Salmon dinner and Scotch Whisky Sampling 2014-03-21 00:00:00Z
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Fellow Rotarians,
 
Our speaker this week is Richard Rankin, Director Industrial Partnerships, Lawrence Livermore Labs.  Richard is in charge of the labs Industrial Partnerships Office which is responsible for technology transfer to private industry.
 
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Save the Date March 28 or Sign Up Now!
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Pssssst…. Hey you…you look like you need a time like at the Roxy…. You fancy Tomatoes get your Guy to hit this event… you know what we mean?? And you Two Pair-a-Pants guys need grab your dolls…and  break out your Potatoes, cause we’re not taking no markers on this Night of March 28.  
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Fellow Rotarians,
 
Our speaker this week is Kim Becker Aguirre, the Director of Aviation at Mineta San Jose International Airport.  Kim will share her experience in managing SJC, which she likens to a mini-city. She will outline plans to revitalize SJC’s passenger base further through an aggressive air service development program, including a newly formed Business Development Division.
 
It is scholarship season!  Every year our Santa Clara Rotary Foundation gives out college scholarships.  Our scholarships are designed to help those students who would not otherwise be able to go to college start their education at a community college or trade school and then move on to a four-year college or university.  The students are awarded $2000/year for the first two years of community college or trade school. They may then receive an additional $2000/year for two more years at a four-year college or university for a total of $8000 in scholarship money.  The Santa Clara Rotary Foundation scholarships are available to Santa Clara Unified School District seniors who attend Wilcox, Santa Clara, New Valley, or Wilson High Schools.  The student must have a GPA between 2.5 and 3.25 and plan to attend a community college or trade school.  Scholarship applications are available at the school counselors' offices or on the club website at www.santaclararotary.org.  Maria Daane is the head of our scholarship committee and has started accepting applications from students for this year.  If you are interesting in helping with our scholarships or if you know any deserving students who might qualify for our scholarships, please contact Maria.  
 
Below is a list of our upcoming meetings and events:
 
Upcoming meetings:   
2/27:  Kim Becker Aguirre, Director of Aviation, Mineta San Jose Int'l Airport 
3/06:  Off-site meeting:  Levi Stadium Tour, Lunch at 49er Training Center. RSVP to Andy Ratermann if you have not done so already.  Please note that we are not meeting at Bay Club for this meeting.  This meeting does count as a regular lunchtime meeting.  If you are unable to attend, you will be charged the normal lunch-rate unless you do a makeup meeting.
3/13:  Richard Rankin, Director Industrial Partnerships, Lawrence Livermore Labs
3/20:  DARK for Enterprise Leadership Conference
 
Upcoming events for your calendar:
3/19-21:  Enterprise Leadership Conference, Asilomar
3/28:  Scotch Tasting, Black Ridge Vineyards
3/29-30:  Rotary International New Generations Symposium, Santa Clara Convention Center
4/9:  Rotary District 5170 Tennis Tournament, Morgan Hill
4/10:  Rotary District 5170 Golf Tournament, Cinnabar Hills
4/11-13:  Rotary District 5170 Conference, Dolce Hayes Mansion, San Jose
5/01:  Bocce Ball, Campo di Bocce
6/1-4:  Rotary International Convention, Sydney, Australia. 
6/5:  Past Presidents’ BBQ, Elk’s Lodge
6/27-28:  Silicon Valley BBQ Championships
 
I look forward to seeing you all this week!
 
Yours in Rotary,
 

Lou Ann Alexander

President, Rotary Club of Santa Clara

(408) 718-8810 

 

 
A Message from our President, Dr. Lou Ann Alexander, February 24, 2014 2014-02-24 00:00:00Z
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Fellow Rotarians,
 
Our speaker this week is Anna Modlin.  Anna was born with cystic fibrosis and was close to death before finally receiving a life-saving lung transplant 3 years ago.  She is an incredible woman and has gone on to win multiple gold medals in the U.S. and World Transplant Games in swimming.  For those of you who remember our speakers from a couple of years ago, twin sisters Ana and Isabel Stenzel, our speaker Anna was featured in their award-winning documentary “The Power of Two”.  Sadly Ana Stenzel passed away late last year.  However, her legacy and the incredible work of her sister Isabel and friend Anna continues onward.  Anna Modlin’s story was featured last fall in the SJ Mercury news:  http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_24090103/competitive-swimmer-using-grit-and-lung-transplant-winning.  Since Anna is a transplant recipient, her health is sensitive, so please avoid shaking her hand and if you are sick please keep your distance.
 
This week we have our board meeting on Wednesday, February 19th, 6:00 p.m. at Holders Country Inn, 1424 Saratoga Ave, San Jose.  All members are welcome to attend.  And remember, it you have a red badge, attending a board meeting to see the board in action is a requirement toward getting that prestigious Rotary Club of Santa Clara blue badge.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP to me so we can plan accordingly.  Dinner is included.
 
For those of you who attended our Valentine’s party over the weekend, you know that it was a wonderful evening!  Thanks to Steve and Tina Rainbolt for doing an amazing job organizing the party, to Jim and Cheryl Landes for hosting the event at their lovely Black Ridge Vineyards tasting room, to Jim for sharing his knowledge of the delicious wines and for telling some unforgettable jokes, and to Diamond Mike for donating the gorgeous jewelry prizes.  A great time was had by all!
 
Below is a list of our upcoming meetings and events:
 
Upcoming meetings:   
2/20:  Anna Modlin, multiple gold medalist, World Transplant Games
2/27:  Kimberly Aguirre, Director of Aviation, Mineta San Jose Int'l Airport
3/06:  Off-site meeting:  Levi Stadium Tour, Lunch at 49er Training Center (please RSVP to Andy Ratermann if you have not done so already)
3/13:  Richard Rankin, Director Industrial Partnerships, Lawrence Livermore Labs
 
Upcoming events for your calendar:
2/19:  Board of Directors meeting, 6-7:00pm, Holder’s Country Inn, 1424 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
3/19-21:  Enterprise Leadership Conference, Asilomar
3/28:  Scotch Tasting, Black Ridge Vineyards
3/29-30:  Rotary International New Generations Symposium, Santa Clara Convention Center
4/9:  Rotary District 5170 Tennis Tournament, Morgan Hill
4/10:  Rotary District 5170 Golf Tournament, Cinnabar Hills
4/11-13:  Rotary District 5170 Conference, Dolce Hayes Mansion, San Jose
5/01:  Bocce Ball, Campo di Bocce
6/1-4:  Rotary International Convention, Sydney, Australia.  (Party down-under with President-elect Steve Rainbolt.)
6/5:  Past Presidents’ BBQ, Elk’s Lodge
6/27-28:  Silicon Valley BBQ Championships
 
I look forward to seeing you all this week!
 
Yours in Rotary,
 

Lou Ann Alexander

President, Rotary Club of Santa Clara

(408) 718-8810 

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Fellow Rotarians,
 
Our speaker this week is award-winning author Robin Burcell.  She is a FBI Academy-trained forensic artist, and she has worked as a police officer, detective, hostage negotiator and criminal investigator for nearly three decades. The Kill Order is her latest international thriller about an FBI forensic artist. Face of a Killer was the first in the series and received a starred review from the Library Journal. This novel was followed by The Bone Chamber, The Dark Hour, and The Black List.
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Fellow Rotarians,
 
This week our speaker is Jim Fiedler, the Chief Operating Officer for the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s Water Utility Enterprise. Jim is responsible for leading Santa Clara’s water policy development and program implementation of its water importation, surface reservoir operations, groundwater management, raw and treated water delivery, wholesale treated water, water recycling and water conservation programs.
 
You will want to mark your calendar for March 6th.  For our meeting that day, Andy Ratermann is putting together a tour of the fantastic new Levi Stadium along with lunch at the 49ers training facility.  The lunch and tour will extend longer than our normal meeting time.  We will have more information on this soon.
 
Below is a list of our upcoming meetings and events:
 
Upcoming meetings:   
1/30:  Jim Fiedler, Chief Operating Officer: Water Utility Enterprise
2/06:  Robin Burcell, Award winning author, former Police Officer and FBI trained Forensic Artist 
2/13: Keri Janssen, Executive Director, American Heart Association
2/20:  Anna Modlin, mulitiple gold medalist, World Transplant Games
 
Upcoming events for your calendar:
2/15:  Valentine Dinner hosted by Steve Rainbolt
3/6:  Off-site meeting:  Tour of Levi Stadium and lunch at 49er training center
3/19-21:  Enterprise Leadership Conference, Asilomar
3/29-30:  Rotary International New Generations Symposium, Santa Clara Convention Center
4/9:  Rotary District 5170 Tennis Tournament, Morgan Hill
4/10:  Rotary District 5170 Golf Tournament, Cinnabar Hills
4/11-13:  Rotary District 5170 Conference, Dolce Hayes Mansion, San Jose
5/01:  Bocce Ball, Campo di Bocce
6/27-28:  Silicon Valley BBQ Championships
 
I look forward to seeing you all this week!
 
Yours in Rotary,
 

Lou Ann Alexander

President, Rotary Club of Santa Clara

(408) 718-8810 

 

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Fellow Rotarians,
 
This week we have our club assembly.  We have lots of exciting things going on and will be talking about our events for the rest of this Rotary year, especially our Enterprise Leadership Conference and our 3rd annual Silicon Valley BBQ Championships.  The BBQ committee will also be meeting this week on Thursday at 10:45AM before our regular meeting.
Rotary International President Ron Burton has chosen Santa Clara as the site for The North America New Generations Symposium that will occur on March 29-30 at our very own Santa Clara Convention Center.  The symposium presents a rare opportunity for North America Rotary Youth organizations to share with pride their achievements and commitment to change lives through ‘service above self’. At the symposium, experienced professionals and mentors will take teens and young adults to a new level in inspiring self-confidence and leadership. I have attached the flyer if you would like more information.
 
Below is a list of our upcoming meetings and events:
 
Upcoming meetings:   
1/23:  Club Assembly
1/30:  TBD
2/06:  Robin Burcell, Award winning author, former Police Officer and FBI Forensic Artist 
2/13: Keri Janssen, Executive Director, American Heart Association
 
Upcoming events for your calendar:
2/15:  Valentine Dinner hosted by Steve Rainbolt
3/19-21:  Enterprise Leadership Conference, Asilomar
3/29-30:  Rotary International New Generations Symposium, Santa Clara Convention Center
4/9:  Rotary District 5170 Tennis Tournament, Morgan Hill
4/10:  Rotary District 5170 Golf Tournament, Cinnabar Hills
4/11-13:  Rotary District 5170 Conference, Dolce Hayes Mansion, San Jose
5/01:  Bocce Ball, Campo di Bocce
6/27-28:  Silicon Valley BBQ Championships
 
I look forward to seeing you all this week!
 
Yours in Rotary,
 

Lou Ann Alexander

President, Rotary Club of Santa Clara

(408) 718-8810 

 

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Fellow Rotarians,
 
Our speaker this week is Jude Barry who is the founder of Catapult Strategies. He has worked in national politics, California campaigns, and local government as a top-level strategist and manager.  In addition, he has advised Fortune 500 companies, political candidates, non-profit organizations, and the San Francisco 49ers.  He is also the co-founder of Verafirma, a technology company that is pioneering the use of electronic signatures for government and politics.  The company introduced technology that allows voters to register to vote or sign initiatives on an iPhone or iPad.  Its technology has been called the “next big thing” in grassroots politics.
Also this week, we have our World’s Greatest Happy Hour on Thursday, January 16th from 5:30-7:00PM at Justin’s Restaurant, 1285 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara.  Our happy hour is a great way to relax after work and enjoy time with your fellow Rotarians.  Spouses, significant others, and friends are all welcome to attend.  I hope to see you there.
 
Below is a list of our upcoming meetings and events:
 
Upcoming meetings:   
1/16:  Jude Barry, founder Catapult Strategies
1/23:  Club Assembly
1/30:  TBD
2/06:  Robin Burcell, Award winning author, former Police Officer and FBI Forensic Artist
 
Upcoming events for your calendar:
1/16:  World’s Greatest Happy hour, 5:30-7:00PM, Justin’s Restaurant, 1285 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara
2/15:  Valentine Dinner hosted by Steve Rainbolt
3/19-21:  Enterprise Leadership Conference, Asilomar
4/11-13:  Rotary District 5170 Conference, Dolce Hayes Mansion, San Jose
6/27-28:  Silicon Valley BBQ Championships
 
I look forward to seeing you all this week!
 
Yours in Rotary,

 

Lou Ann Alexander

President, Rotary Club of Santa Clara

(408) 718-8810 

 

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Fellow Rotarians,
 
Happy New Year and welcome to 2014!  I hope you all had a happy and restful holiday season.  We have many wonderful things in store for us as we head into the second half of our Rotary year.  We resume our regular weekly meetings on Thursday with our speaker Bill Hare.  Bill Hare is a two-time Grammy award winning music producer.  He specializes in the A cappella market and produces for clients around the world.  
 
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Fellow Rotarians,
 
I enjoyed seeing all of you who came to the holiday dinner last week.  You have all worked so hard this year and it was wonderful to have an evening to relax with Rotary friends and enjoy the holidays.  We are at our halfway point of this Rotary year and we have already accomplished many wonderful things.  If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look at this fantastic video made by Lexus of our Christmas for Kids:  http://youtu.be/pkJHHworUXQ .  It is such a joy to see the smiles on the children’s faces!
 
As I prepare to celebrate Christmas, I think about how important my family and friends are to me.  This time of year, I think back to where I was 10 years ago.  At that time my daughter Claire was 6 months old.  She was terribly sick at that time and spent over 8 days in the hospital battling pneumonia and the flu.  This was many months before she was finally diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. On that Christmas day in the hospital, her very first Christmas, she was so sick she almost died.  I remember holding her the entire day and praying that I would not lose her.  In those terrifying days, it became very clear to me what was important.  These last few weeks, I have had the joy of watching her dance on stage in the Ballet San Jose Nutcracker, happy and healthy.   For me, this is the best Christmas gift of all.
 
Hold your loved ones tight this holiday season and enjoy the true gifts of the season. May you all have a merry Christmas, joyous holidays, and a Happy New Year!
 
We will not be meeting the next two weeks, as we will be dark for Christmas and New Years. I look forward to seeing you all in 2014!
 
Yours in Rotary,
 
Lou Ann Alexander
President, Rotary Club of Santa Clara
(408) 718-8810  
 
 
Upcoming meetings:   
12/26:  Dark for Christmas
1/02/2014: Dark for New Year’s
1/06:  Bill Hare, Owner of Bill Hare Productions
1/23:  Club Assembly
 
Upcoming events for your calendar:
1/08:  Board meeting, 6:00PM, Holder’s Country Inn, 1424 Saratoga Ave, San Jose  (please note that we are having our board meeting a week early this month)
1/16:  World’s Greatest Happy hour, 6-7:30PM, Justin’s Restaurant, 1285 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara
2/15:  Save the date for the Valentine Dinner, more info to come
 
A message from President Lou Ann Alexander December 23, 2013 2013-12-30 00:00:00Z
A message from President Lou Ann Alexander December 16, 2013
Fellow Rotarians,
 
Thank you all for making our Christmas for Kids event spectacular last week!  The smiles on the children’s faces are the gifts we receive for all of our efforts and they are truly priceless.  Thank you especially to Linda and Tom Clark, Bill and Carleen Carver, and Margaret Demorest for your amazing work in organizing the event.  I also want to acknowledge Sandy Allen for transporting the children in her lovely Royal Coach buses, Joe Hart for arranging for us to have the event at Lexus, and Tucker Lasecke for letting us host the wrapping event at Eastern Furniture.  So many Rotarians were involved and I want to thank all of you who contributed in so many ways.  This amazing event would never happened without the combined efforts of you all.
 
This week we get to relax and enjoy the holidays at our Rotary holiday dinner at the beautiful Hilton Hotel.  If you have not yet sent me your RSVP, please do so quickly.  The Hilton needs our final head count by Wednesday.
 
Below is a list of our upcoming meetings and events:
 
Upcoming meetings:   
12/19:  Evening meeting (no lunch meeting):  Holiday Dinner, Hilton Hotel, 4949 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara.  6-7pm cocktails and wine tasting, 7pm dinner, $70 for adults/$40 for kids.  Please RSVP to me no later than December 18th and specify your entrée option of steak, salmon, or vegetarian. The Hilton is offering special room rates of $79 for those who want to stay the night.  Ask for the Rotary Group Rate
12/26:  Dark for Christmas
1/02/2014: Dark for New Year’s
1/06:  Bill Hare, Owner of Bill Hare Productions
 
Upcoming events for your calendar:
1/16:  World’s Greatest Happy hour, 6-7:30PM, Justin’s Restaurant, 1285 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara
2/15:  Save the date for the Valentine Dinner, more info to come
 
I look forward to seeing you all this week!
 
Yours in Rotary,
 
Lou Ann Alexander
President, Rotary Club of Santa Clara
(408) 718-8810
A message from President Lou Ann Alexander December 16, 2013 2013-12-16 00:00:00Z
Meeting Reminder December 19, 2013
Fellow Rotarians,
Just a reminder that our wonderful Rotary Holiday dinner is coming up on December 19th at the Santa Clara Hilton.  Please RSVP to me this week if you have not done so already and specify your entree option--steak, salmon or vegetarian.  Hope you can be there!
Here are the details of the dinner:
Holiday Dinner, Thursday, December 19th, 6:00-7:00 pm wine tasting and no host bar.  Dinner 7:00.  Hilton Hotel, 4949 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara.  $70 for adults/$40 for kids.  
Thanks to  Erich Smith, the Hilton is offering special room rates of $79 for those who want to stay the night.  Ask for the Rotary Group Rate.   
Thank you to Jim Landes for providing his delicious Black Ridge Vineyard wine for our wine tasting that evening!
 
Yours in Rotary,

Lou Ann Alexander
President, Rotary Club of Santa Clara
(408) 718-8810
 
Meeting Reminder December 19, 2013 2013-12-09 00:00:00Z
A message from our President, Dr. Lou Ann Alexander, December 2, 2013
Fellow Rotarians,
 
I hope you all had a lovely and relaxing Thanksgiving.  This week we are back in action and have our speech contest coordinated by Bob Buchser and Heath Hanich.  The students from our local high schools spend hours writing and preparing their speeches and it is always impressive to watch them in action.  Be there to show them your support.  
 
The Christmas for Kids committee will also be meeting at  the Bay Club at 11:00 before our regular meeting this week.  If you are on the committee or want to find out how you can help, plan to be there.  You can also contact Tom Clark at  tdclark001@sbcglobal.net to sign up to help with the wrapping and/or Christmas for Kids if you have not signed up already.
 
Below is a list of our upcoming meetings and events: 
 
Upcoming meetings and events:
12/5:  Speech Contest
12/10:  Wrapping for Christmas for Kids, 6:00-8:00 pm.  Eastern Furniture, 1231 Comstock Street, Santa Clara
12/12:  Christmas for Kids, Lexus of Stevens Creek, 3333 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose
12/19:  Evening meeting:  Holiday Dinner, Hilton Hotel, 4949 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara.  $70 for adults/$40 for kids.  Please RSVP to me by December 9th and specify your entrée option of steak, salmon, or vegetarian. The Hilton is offering special room rates of $79 for those who want to stay the night.  Ask for the Rotary Group Rate. (Please note that this meeting takes the place of our regular lunchtime meeting.)
12/26:  Dark for Christmas
 
I look forward to seeing you all this week!
 
Yours in Rotary,
 
 

Lou Ann Alexander

President, Rotary Club of Santa Clara

(408) 718-8810 

 



 
A message from our President, Dr. Lou Ann Alexander, December 2, 2013 2013-12-02 00:00:00Z
A message from President Lou Ann Alexander November 18, 2013
Fellow Rotarians,
 
Our speaker this week is John Crump brought to us by Don Skinner.  John is one of the authors of Thunderbolts of the Hell Hawks the visual history of the 365th Fighter Group, one of the most decorated and effective P-47 units in the Ninth Air Force during World War II.  Their fighting style was intense--close to the ground, dive-bombing, and strafing as they supported the US Army at the Normandy landings, and in the race across France, Belgium and Germany.
 
A message from President Lou Ann Alexander November 18, 2013 2013-11-18 00:00:00Z
A message from President Lou Ann Alexander November 11 , 2013
Fellow Rotarians,
 
Our speakers this week are Rob Louisell from Ford Motor Company and Sudipto Aich from the Ford Silicon Valley Lab.  They will be speaking about plug-in and all electric vehicles.  Sudipto will also be sharing with us some of the work that is done locally by the development lab.  They may also bring an electric car or two for us to see and drive.
 
As Veteran’s Day is this week, I am very aware that many of our Santa Clara Rotarians and their loved ones are veterans.  Thank you to the veterans for your service to our country.  Freedom is never free, and we are all grateful for the veterans who are willing to sacrifice so much to serve our country.
 
 
A message from President Lou Ann Alexander November 11 , 2013 2013-11-10 00:00:00Z
A message from President Lou Ann Alexander October 14, 2013
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Fellow Rotarians,

This week as part of our District 5170 Worldwide Partners in Service program, our speaker is Jennifer Scott.  Jennifer is a member of the Rotary Club of Central Blue Mountains, Australia.  She has served on many Rotary boards and committees and assisted in the design of Rotary’s Dispute Resolution System and Child Protection System. In 2007-2008 Jennifer was Governor of District 9690, an area covering Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains.
A message from President Lou Ann Alexander October 14, 2013 2013-10-14 00:00:00Z
Menu for lunch on October 10, 2013
This week we will be serving salmon!
We'll have the salad bar with a plated teriyaki salmon, served with soba noodles and broccolini. We'll have an orange custard for dessert.
Menu for lunch on October 10, 2013 2013-10-03 00:00:00Z
A message from President Lou Ann Alexander October 1, 2013
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Fellow Rotarians,
 
This week our speaker is Michael Jacobi president of Jacobi Creative.  Michael is a multi-talented, dynamic man so you will want to be there to hear him speak.
 
 
A message from President Lou Ann Alexander October 1, 2013 2013-10-01 00:00:00Z
Rotary Club of Santa Clara at the Art & Wine Festival
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Visit us this weekend, September 14 & 15, 2013, at the Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival. 
Enjoy the best Chinese Chicken in the world!!  All proceeds go toward community and youth related projects in Santa Clara.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
http://santaclaraca.gov/index.aspx?page=2360
Rotary Club of Santa Clara at the Art & Wine Festival 2013-09-11 00:00:00Z
Save the Date October 17, 2013
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A MUST FOR NEW AND SEASONED ROTARIANS!!  MAP YOUR WAY TO ROTARY SUCCESS!
FIND YOUR PASSION.  A RETRO LOOK AT ROTARY WITH AN EYE TOWARD THE FUTURE!
Save the Date October 17, 2013 2013-09-11 00:00:00Z
A message from our President - Lou Ann Alexander September 11, 2013
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Fellow Rotarians,
 
Our speaker this week is the Honorary Ken Yeager, President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.  He will be giving us an update on Caltrain, bringing BART to San Jose, and building High Speed Rail across California.
 
A message from our President - Lou Ann Alexander September 11, 2013 2013-09-11 00:00:00Z
A message from our President Lou Ann Alexander
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Welcome to September!  We have lots of good things happening this month, the biggest of which is our Chinese Chicken Salad booth at the Art and Wine Festival.  If you have not yet signed up, contact Dan Holder or Stewart Cusimano to find out how you can help.
A message from our President Lou Ann Alexander 2013-09-03 00:00:00Z
A Message from President Lou Ann Alexander
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Fellow Rotarians,
 
This week we get to venture out to a new location for our weekly meeting.  We will be at meeting at Fiorillos Restaurant, 638 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, and our speaker will be Gwendolyn Mitchell, Director of Public Affairs for the County of Santa Clara.
 
A Message from President Lou Ann Alexander 2013-08-27 00:00:00Z
A message from our President - Lou Ann Alexander August 20, 2013
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Fellow Rotarians,
 
You will not want to miss this week’s meeting as our speaker is Gary Kremen, Founder Match.com and CEO of Clean Power Finance. Gary Kremen is the quintessential Silicon Valley entrepreneur. He founded such companies as Match.Com where he invented online dating, (now responsible for 1 out of 5 marriages), Full Source Software (first Internet open source software company), Clean Power Finance (backed by major utilities with over 150 employees). He also sold sex.com for the highest cost domain name sale ever after an epic battle with a career criminal—the experience is the subject of two books and a movie in development.
 
A message from our President - Lou Ann Alexander August 20, 2013 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z
A message from our new President - Lou Ann Alexander August 14, 2013
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Fellow Rotarians,
 
With thanks to Andy Ratermann, we have a great variety of speakers in store for you.  This week our speaker is Jon Wallace, Head Coach of Santa Clara University womens’ volleyball team, hosted by Nick Livak.
 
Here is a list of our upcoming speakers:
 
A message from our new President - Lou Ann Alexander August 14, 2013 2013-08-14 00:00:00Z
A message from President Lou Ann Alexander July 30, 2013
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Fellow Rotarians,
 
This week we are very fortunate to have as our speaker Director General Bruce Fuh of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco.  Be sure to be there to give him a warm welcome and hear his very interesting talk.  
 
In case you missed the meeting last week, Stewart Cusimano won the Jokers Wild jackpot of $1688.50.  Congratulations, Stewart!  So, if you run into Stewart anytime soon, the drinks are on him!
 
I look forward to seeing you all this week.  
 
Yours in Rotary, 
 
Lou Ann Alexander
President, Rotary Club of Santa Clara
(408) 718-8810 
A message from President Lou Ann Alexander July 30, 2013 2013-07-30 00:00:00Z
A message from our new President - Lou Ann Alexander July 22, 2013
Fellow Rotarians,
 
Thank you to all the members who came to last week's club assembly.  I greatly appreciated your warm welcome as I officially took the helm.  I am really looking forward to this year and working with all of you on our many great club projects.
 
At this week's meeting,  Danni Burton will be speaking on "Appreciating the Personality Styles...Frogs, Elephants, Butterflies and Turtles".   Be there to find out what  style fits you--should be interesting!
 
Our Jokers Wild pool is now over $1200 and very few cards are left.   Buy those tickets and you may be the lucky winner!
 
I look forward to seeing you all on Thursday.
 
Yours in Rotary,  
 
Lou Ann Alexander
President, Rotary Club of Santa Clara
(408) 718-8810
A message from our new President - Lou Ann Alexander July 22, 2013 2013-07-22 00:00:00Z
Santa Clara Rotarians Visit Lisbon Portugal for RI Convention 2013
Photos Courtesy of Anton Morec
Santa Clara Rotarians Visit Lisbon Portugal for RI Convention 2013 2013-07-04 00:00:00Z
A message from our new President - Lou Ann Alexander
Today marks the start of a new Rotary year. A big thank you to our immediate past president Stewart Cusimano for his incredible work over the past year. He took our club to new levels and exemplified the Rotary motto of Service Above Self. Thank you, Stewart!

I am honored to serve as our new Rotary President, the 77th president and first woman president for our club. We are the Greatest Rotary Club in the World and I am looking forward to an incredible year ahead!
A message from our new President - Lou Ann Alexander 2013-07-01 00:00:00Z
Shelter Box Update - Typhoon in Philippines

In Past President Dan Holder's year, the Rotary Club of Santa Clara contributed funds to purchase two Shelter Boxes for distribution anywhere in the world that a disaster might strike.  These boxes are sent to some of the most dire situations and provide hope for families, that have been displaced from their homes after a disaster.  


Shelter Box Update - Typhoon in Philippines Jan Eric Nordmo 2013-03-08 00:00:00Z
Tickets are still available for our Scotch Tasting Event **LAST CHANCE MARCH 11, 2013**

Scotch Tasting

Please join us March 15, 2013 and taste some of the world's most fascinating whisky from the Scotland Highlands, Lowlands, Islay and everywhere in between. A learning experience coupled with great food (heavy hors d'oeuvre), wine and beautiful company.

Tickets are still available for our Scotch Tasting Event **LAST CHANCE MARCH 11, 2013** Jan Eric Nordmo 2013-03-04 00:00:00Z
Sad news from District 5170
Mary Marley

Our eyes are heavy, our hearts are sadden, but our memories are bright as we say goodbye to Mary Marley. Mary was from our fellow Rotary Club of Los Altos and the wife of Arley Marley III, past District Governor 2011-'12. Her passing last night was the end of a long and brave battle against cancer. For those who know her, saying she was a wonderful Rotarian and lady is an understatement. She will be sorely missed, but again fondly remembered. Our sympathies go to Arley, Monty, and family. God Bless.

Sad news from District 5170 Jan Eric Nordmo 2013-02-06 00:00:00Z
ROTARY CLUB OF SANTA CLARA HOSTING THE 2013 Silicon Valley BBQ Championships

Rotary BBQ 2013

SANTA CLARA, CA (MAY 10, 2013) - Sponsor registration for the BBQ and Car show are now on-line, see right column down below.  This event promises to be one of the biggest events in Santa Clara this year.  Join us and participate as a guest and or as a sponsor.  We will be welcoming BBQ teams from across the United States.  Six local bands will be lending the musical talents to entertain us all.  Join us for a Firework show sure to top last years!  

Santa Clara, CA (December 15, 2012) – The Rotary Club of Santa Clara has partnered with the City of Santa Clara to bring you the 2013 Silicon Valley BBQ Championships. The 2013 Silicon Valley Barbeque Championships will be sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS), a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and enjoying barbeque, is the world's largest organization of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts with over 15,000 members worldwide. The Rotary Club of Santa Clara with the help of the City of Santa Clara aspire to make this event the largest BBQ competition in Northern California.


ROTARY CLUB OF SANTA CLARA HOSTING THE 2013 Silicon Valley BBQ Championships Jan Eric Nordmo 2013-01-30 00:00:00Z
Inspiration from our President Elect Lou Ann Alexander

Today, January 24th, is my mom’s 82nd birthday.  Her body is quite weak and she is in a wheel chair.  But her mind is very sharp and she is still quite feisty.  She spends a lot of time on her computer writing and e-mailing.  And she spends way too much time on Facebook. 

Inspiration from our President Elect Lou Ann Alexander Jan Eric Nordmo 2013-01-24 00:00:00Z
Christmas for Kids
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Christmas for Kids a long-standing tradition at the Rotary Club of Santa Clara, is a culmination of a year around effort starting at the beginning of a new year.  As the new year starts, “buyers” (Rotarians and their spouses and friends) from the club seek out toy gifts and jackets for the following year’s event in December.  Much of the club's efforts will be put in long before the gifts are even distributed in December.  Countless hours will be spent raising money to help pay for this event.  In fact, many hours are spent in the club’s main fundraising efforts leading up the August Soccer tournament where a good portion of the Christmas for Kids financing comes from, through The Santa Clara Rotary Foundation.  This year of 2012 was no exceptions.  The event itself, takes hours of buying, transporting, organizing, wrapping, arranging, coordinating, transporting again, setting up, cooking, decorating, cleaning and more.  More importantly, however, it also takes the commitment of dedicated Rotarians, their spouses, Interactors, friends of the club, volunteers and others to make a dream the reality for some very special little citizens of Santa Clara.  Over $10,000 and three-hundred to five-hundred man-hours are spent preparing for this one day, most anyone seeing it will say it was well worth it.

Christmas for Kids Jan Eric Nordmo 2012-12-17 00:00:00Z
Steps for Success a Success!!

Over 600 kids in Santa Clara now have new shoes this fall school year!  Books, fun and caring smiles were handed out the last weekend of September and the first weekend of October 2012, as Rotarians, their family members, friends and Interactors from local Santa Clara High Schools banded together to purchase, transport, organize, size and fit over 600 children in need at local elementary schools in Santa Clara and Alviso. 

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Steps for Success a Success!! Jan Eric Nordmo 2012-10-23 00:00:00Z
Connect with us on Twitter Connect with us on Twitter Jan Eric Nordmo 2012-10-16 16:15:05Z
Important Message from President Cusimano regarding venue change July 19 & 26

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If you missed my first meeting of the year, you probably did not get the message that we will be meeting at the Decathlon Club, 3250 Central Expwy, Santa Clara in the Vista Room the next two weeks, July 19th and 26th.  I'm sorry about this change but the Hilton could not accommodate us.  I was advised by the Decathlon Club that a couple of our members showed up yesterday looking for the meeting.  For those folks, I've highlighted the above dates so there is no confusion...Have a great weekend!

Stewart
Important Message from President Cusimano regarding venue change July 19 & 26 Jan Eric Nordmo 2012-07-13 00:00:00Z
President Daniel "Hollywood" Holder has an important message about our BBQ event!
President Daniel "Hollywood" Holder has an important message about our BBQ event! Jan Eric Nordmo 2012-06-04 00:00:00Z
Registration now open for our 12th Annual Santa Clara Rotary Cup Soccer Tournament
Please help spread the word on our August 18 & 19 event.  Youth Soccer Teams from CA and across the USA are welcomed.  This is a Class 3, competitive class tournament open to CYSA, US Club and AYSO teams.

Please contact us right away to register your team, become a sponsor or learn more about hotel reservations for this event.
Soccer Tournament
Registration now open for our 12th Annual Santa Clara Rotary Cup Soccer Tournament Jan Eric Nordmo 2012-05-30 00:00:00Z
A Look Back at April 26, 2012
The month of April is considered Magazine Month in Rotary and Rotarians are encourage to not only read the magazine, but also are encouraged to share the magazine with family and friends to help promote the great works of Rotary.  Unfortunately, for the some, the Rotarian magazine rarely leaves the bathroom at home.

The Rotary Club of Denver annually award the Branch Rickey Award, which celebrates a players off-the-diamond humanitarian accomplishments.  The award is named for the baseball executive and player who made history in 1945 by signing Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking baseballs color barrier.

 

A Look Back at April 26, 2012 Jan Eric Nordmo 2012-05-09 00:00:00Z
A Look Back at April 19, 2012

Sidney Sheldon once said, “My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place – police, firefighters and members of our armed forces.”  Today is dedicated to our men and women in uniform everywhere.

These men and women deserve our utmost respect and admiration and may God Bless and protect each and every one of them!


A Look Back at April 19, 2012 Jan Eric Nordmo 2012-04-19 00:00:00Z
Help Spread the Word!! Join Rotary!!

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Click HERE to hear a Public Service radio ad from Rotarian Tracie Murray from Los Altos Rotary.

Click HERE to hear a Public Service radio ad from Rotarian Dan Lawson from Los Gatos Morning Rotary.

Help Spread the Word!! Join Rotary!! Jan Eric Nordmo 2012-03-10 00:00:00Z
A Rotary Minute
A Rotary Minute Jan Eric Nordmo 2012-02-25 00:00:00Z
The Inaugural Silicon Valley BBQ Championships 2012
Break out your bibs, grab your forks and a cold one.  The Rotary Club is cooking with the newest, most innovative, most fun without having to do the dishes BBQ.  Coming this June 30!!  Plan on it now, eat at later.

Plus a kidzone and car show to boot!  Plan on the spending the day in Santa Clara (Scott / El Camino) with your family and friends along with some of the nicest Rotarians you will ever meet.  Join us!  

BBQ Wagon
The Inaugural Silicon Valley BBQ Championships 2012 Jan Eric Nordmo 2012-02-17 00:00:00Z
A Look Back at February 9th, 2012
We’ve all been asked the proverbial question, “What are you doing for lunch on Thursday?”  Over seventeen years ago I had no clue to knowing what this journey would have in store for me but, like so many of you, I feel incredibly blessed to have had the opportunity to have along with me on this journey, Gary and Vicki Hong.
A Look Back at February 9th, 2012 Laurel Jones 2012-02-13 00:00:00Z
Yes it was....
Yes that was our very own Laurel Jones you heard on KCBS this afternoon touting President Obama's support for new legislation benefiting local community colleges.  Well done Laurel, hopefully President Dan does not ding you too hard.
Yes it was.... Jan Eric Nordmo 2012-02-13 00:00:00Z
Happy New Year
PLANKING-Good for your soul!
 
OK friends-If you do not know about the planking craze worldwide please Google "planking" for an explanation.  This is my humble & modest attempt at planking. See attached photo.
 
Anton Morec

Anton Planking 

Have a Happy New Year!!! 

"I say go ahead and put this on the Club website.  Planking is face down!

All the best,

Dan  

Happy New Year Jan Eric Nordmo 2011-12-31 00:00:00Z
A LOOK BACK AT December 01, 2011

The meeting began with a tribute to the Veterans of Pearl Harbor.  The attack on Pearl Harbor on December 07, 1941 was a defining moment in American history.  When the attack was over, 2,335 servicemen and 68 civilians were killed, with 1,178 wounded.  Seventy years have passed since the “…day that will live in infamy.”  Let us never forget the rallying cry of “Remember Pearl Harbor.”  Let us never forget the sacrifices these brave men and women gave in service to their country so that we may all live in the comfort of liberty.  We pray that we always embrace, knowing that our freedom in this country came at a great cost!  May God Bless the Veterans of Pearl Harbor!


A LOOK BACK AT December 01, 2011 Jan Eric Nordmo 2011-12-05 00:00:00Z
A LOOK BACK AT November 17, 2011
To those whom much is given, much more is required.  We bring a great sense of hope to so many and for this our lives become so enriched.
 
Captain Mike Sellers was recently recognized by the Santa Clara Weekly for the Police Departments commitment to our youth, by providing bicycle helmets (which Santa Clara Rotary financially supported) and educated these same kids by providing tips on preventing bicycle thefts.  For his recognition and getting his picture in the Weekly, Mike became a member of the $50 Club.  After obtaining his Blue Badge status last week, I guess this makes Mike the first member of the 50-50 Club! Mike also inspired us with some quotes by famous folks. Thank you Mike for sharing.

A LOOK BACK AT November 17, 2011 Jan Eric Nordmo 2011-11-21 00:00:00Z
Rotary International 2012 Convention Rotary International 2012 Convention Jan Eric Nordmo 2011-11-15 00:00:00Z
A LOOK BACK AT November 10, 2011
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Today’s meeting was dedicated to the Veteran’s of our Country and especially to the Veterans from Santa Clara Rotary. A War Time Prayer by Eleanor Roosevelt was shared with the club.  Dear Lord, lest I continue my complacent way, help me to remember that somewhere, somehow out there, a man died for me today.  As long as there be war, I then must ask and answer, am I worth dying for?
 Colleen Noll has been a Santa Clara Rotarian for a short time but she brings with her experience and enthusiasm to our club.  Colleen has worked in many capacities of Rotary and including serving as President from the Rotary Club of Milpitas.  She recently co-chaired the Scotch Tasting Event along with Jan and she truly made the evening memorable for all who attended.  Colleen was recently recognized as Business Person of the Year in Milpitas.  Colleen shared with us the value in Montessori education.  Thank you Colleen.  Lorenzo led us (in English) in the Pledge.
A LOOK BACK AT November 10, 2011 Jan Eric Nordmo 2011-11-14 00:00:00Z
A Look Back at November 3rd, 2011
 

In Jan Eric Nordmo’s busy schedule he is a Men’s Professional Soccer coach, a College Soccer coach, an Entrepreneurial Business man, Chair of our Scotch Tasting Event, our Area 5 Assistant Governor, our Club Webmaster and Jan is also studying for his Master’s Degree.  What the president didn’t know was that Jan is talented in creating Cheerleaders in our club.  Next time, Pom Poms may be required when Jan is the official greeter!  Jan inspired us with very appropriate words on coaching and motivation.  Thank you Jan.

A Look Back at November 3rd, 2011 Laurel Jones 2011-11-07 00:00:00Z
A LOOK BACK AT October 20, 2011
Sandy Allen is owner of family run Royal Coach Tours.  Sandy has been gracious to our club in providing transportation to and from school for our Christmas for Kids project for many years.  She is also a member of our board and involved with ELC.  Sandy gave a warm welcome to all in attendance.  Birthday Boy, Bob Buchser led us in the pledge. 
Sandy inspired us with words on taking time to think, pray, love, be friendly, laugh, give, work and volunteer.  Thank you for sharing.
 

A LOOK BACK AT October 20, 2011 Jan Eric Nordmo 2011-10-24 00:00:00Z
WORLD POLIO DAY - OCTOBER 24, 2011
 
WORLD POLIO DAY - OCTOBER 24, 2011 Jan Eric Nordmo 2011-10-24 00:00:00Z
RYLA Fundraiser, Fall Scotch Tasting 2011
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What a wonderful evening at Los Gatos' Viva on Saturday, October 22, 2011...  Over 50 Rotarians and guests got together for a bit of fellowship, fun, learning and support of our Club's RYLA program.  The evening was highlighted by an educational forum and then tasting of Scotch Whisky, also, a number of raffle gifts were award to several lucky attendees.  Mixing and mingling with some of the nicest Rotarians and their guest added to a very elegant evening.  Stories of tasting and more will be remembered long after this event.

RYLA Fundraiser, Fall Scotch Tasting 2011 Jan Eric Nordmo 2011-10-22 00:00:00Z
A LOOK BACK AT October 13, 2011.
Ron Golansky is an Administrator with O’Connor Hospital and one of our newest Rotarians and he welcomed us all with his savvy enthusiasm. Ron inspired us all with a beautiful words that encourage us all to live life to the fullest.  Thank you for sharing Ron.
The Avenues of Service is this Thursday and we encourage all board members, chairs and red badgers to attend.
 
Our Scotch Tasting Event is this Saturday evening at Viva’s is Los Gatos.  Colleen and Jan have an entertaining and educational evening planned for all those who are attending.  Wine, hors d’oeuvres and Scotch Tasting and great raffle prizes are all a part of a wonderful evening to look forward to.

A LOOK BACK AT October 13, 2011. Jan Eric Nordmo 2011-10-18 00:00:00Z
Steps for Success-2011 was another big success.
We were able to supply shoes, a book and a bookmark art project for 550 children.  This event is truly a representation of all of the good that the Santa Clara Rotary can do for our community.  Our veteran and newer Rotarians alike got to see the impact this event has on the children in our community from the shy “thank you” to the biggest smiles. I believe everyone would agree that we definitely are making a difference for these children.  This event makes you proud to be a Rotarian.
 
Michael Beck
Project Chair Michael Beck
Steps for Success-2011 was another big success. Jan Eric Nordmo 2011-10-11 00:00:00Z
A lOOK BACK AT October 3, 2011
Steve “Big Daddy” Rainbolt is a Financial Planner with Waddell and Reed and he greeted the Rotary Club of Santa Clara with a great deal of enthusiasm.  Our 75th Anniversary Chair and world traveler, Gary Citti, led the Pledge.
A lOOK BACK AT October 3, 2011 Jan Eric Nordmo 2011-10-10 00:00:00Z
Scotch Tasting Tickets on Sale Now!

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Join us and help support our RYLA program.  October 22, the Rotary Club of Santa Clara is hosting a scotch tasting event at Viva's in Los Gatos, for $60 you will taste some rare Scotches and a couple of very special Irish Whiskeys. Learn a little with our resident Scotch expert Jan Eric Nordmo, have a lot of fun support a great cause and win an iPad 2 or one several hundred dollars in other great prizes.  Please join us, bring some friends and have a fabulous time, Saturday 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM.  Buy your tickets on-line now! Order Tickets (This is a pre-purchase event)  This event was a sell out last time!

 Can't make the event but want to support it, sponsor a bottle of Scotch like Easy Perez, Tony Avelar and Dan Holder did? Thanks guys!!  Contact Colleen Noll and let us know your preference.

Scotch Tasting Tickets on Sale Now! Jan Eric Nordmo 2011-10-04 00:00:00Z
An important message from Rotary International "This Close"
An important message from Rotary International "This Close" Jan Eric Nordmo 2011-10-02 00:00:00Z
A LOOK BACK AT September 22, 2011.
The newly crowned “Chinese Chicken Salad King” Joe Sweeney had a little trouble distinguishing our club from the also ran’s and nearly joined the $50.00 club, but he got it right and welcomed the members.  Joe inspired us by sharing some famous quotes from the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Wilson Reagan.
 
Past President, Dr. Rangarajan from District 3201 in India visited Santa Clara Rotary and exchanged flags with the president and shared a little about his club.
 

A LOOK BACK AT September 22, 2011. Jan Eric Nordmo 2011-09-26 00:00:00Z
About Us! About Us! Jan Eric Nordmo 2011-09-10 00:00:00Z
Speaker July 14 -- Preston Metcalf -- Curator Triton Museum of Art
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Speaker July 14 -- Preston Metcalf -- Curator Triton Museum of Art
Speaker July 14 -- Preston Metcalf -- Curator Triton Museum of Art Andrew Ratermann 2011-07-14 00:00:00Z
Speaker July 21 -- Chris Carver - Head Coach Santa Clara Aquamiads
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Chris Carver - Head Coach and  Swim Program director for the Santa Clara Aquamiads Olympic Synchronized Swim Team will speak to the club

Speaker July 21 -- Chris Carver - Head Coach Santa Clara Aquamiads Andrew Ratermann 2011-06-21 00:00:00Z
Speaker June 16 Holly Rauser,
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Don't Dig Your Grave with Your Own Knife and Fork: The Do's and Don'ts of Dining Etiquette

 

Clients question, “If you don’t know basic table manners, what do you know?” Are you comfortable with your dining etiquette? Or... are you digging your grave with your own knife and fork in front of your client? Your employer? Your mother-in-law? In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, "What you DO speaks so loud I cannot hear what you say." Let's welcome Consider Etiquette Founder Holly K. Rauser who will teach us the art of basic dining etiquette.

 
Speaker June 16 Holly Rauser, Andrew Ratermann 2011-06-16 00:00:00Z
Speaker June 9, 2011 Ed Schueler -- Pearl Harbor Survivor
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Ed Schuler  tells his story, a first hand account of the fatefull day in American history , Dec 7, 1941 when Pearl Harbor was attached by Japan.

Speaker June 9, 2011 Ed Schueler -- Pearl Harbor Survivor Andrew Ratermann 2011-05-20 00:00:00Z
June 30 SPECIAL EVENING MEETING President Anton hosts the Rotary Awards
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 President Anton hosts the Rotary Awards

There will not be a lunch meeting on Thursday June 30, 2011.  Instead, there will be a special evening meeting starting at 6:00 PM at the Hilton.  RSVP is required.  The meeting cost is  $40 family and friends are welcome to join us.  Three course special meal including wine.  Please RSVP to scrotarypresident2010.2011@gmail.com

 

June 30 SPECIAL EVENING MEETING President Anton hosts the Rotary Awards Andrew Ratermann 2011-05-15 00:00:00Z
Speaker September 1 Ralph Martinez -- Comcast’s Area Vice President
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Ralph Martinez is a 26-year veteran of the telecommunications industry, Ralph has been named one of the Most Influential people in Cable by CableFAX Magazine.  Ralph will share some insights into the cable industry and the new emerging technologies that will change the way we work and play.

Speaker September 1 Ralph Martinez -- Comcast’s Area Vice President Andrew Ratermann 2011-05-15 00:00:00Z
June 23 Debunking Anton Morec
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Oh how the mighty must fall.  On June 23rd the club will show its appreciation for our president Anton Morec and his year of Glorious (inglorious) serivce.  Lead by last year's president Jan Eric Nordmo it is sure to be a meeting to be remembered.
June 23 Debunking Anton Morec Andrew Ratermann 2011-05-15 00:00:00Z
June 2 Special offsite meeting - Past Presidents BBQ
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On June 2 is our ever popular Past President's BBQ.  Reservations are required.  Email Anton Morec at scrotarypresident2010.2011@gmail.com . We will not be holding our regular meeting at the Hilton on this day.  The meting will be at the Santa Clara Elks Lodge, 1680 Martin Ave, Santa Clara CA.  Thank you
June 2 Special offsite meeting - Past Presidents BBQ Andrew Ratermann 2011-05-15 00:00:00Z
Speaker May 19 Detective Mike D'antonio - Murder for Hire
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Please note -- District Attorney Jeff Rosen is not able to attend.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. 

 We are extremely pleased to have Detective Mark D'Antonio visit our Club.  Mark is a sargent in charge of the detective division.  Detective D' Antonio was the lead in the Achilli "Murder For Hire" investigation.

Speaker May 19 Detective Mike D'antonio - Murder for Hire Andrew Ratermann 2011-05-15 00:00:00Z
Speaker May 26 Dr. Tim King -- Castroville Mammoth Find
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Dr Kin will be talking to the club about the Castroville Mammoth Project - In December 2010, the remains of an Ice Age Mammoth (a larger relative of the popular Woolly Mammoth, known as the Columbian Mammoth [Mammuthus columbi]) were found on an artichoke farm in Castroville, CA. For the past 3 months, a team of scholars and students from a number of California colleges and universities have undertaken the excavation and analysis of this amazing creature, under the guidance of Project Director Mark Hylkema (Foothill College). This is the first mammoth formally recovered from Monterey County - an adult male, late-20's to early 30's, it died at the edge of a muddy marsh during the end of the last Ice Age. In this talk, Dr. King will address the nature of mammoths, the environment and life of this specimen, and the details of the project excavation - including the discovery of what may be the first known recovery of Columbian Mammoth hair. 
Speaker May 26 Dr. Tim King -- Castroville Mammoth Find Andrew Ratermann 2011-05-15 00:00:00Z
MAY 5 Club DARK FOR DISTRICT CELEBRATION
MAY 5 Club DARK FOR DISTRICT CELEBRATION Andrew Ratermann 2011-05-14 05:27:09Z
May 12 speaker Ashwani Dhall
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"Take a deep breath and relax!

Stress manifests in our daily life, bringing with it physical discomfort and negative emotions. This in-turn clogs our happiness and dampens our enthusiasm. While it cannot be avoided, it can be controlled.<9> Skillful use of the breath rids our system of negative emotions and heightens our sense of well-being.

May 12 speaker Ashwani Dhall Andrew Ratermann 2011-05-14 05:26:38Z
Speaker 4/21 Larry Stone, S C County Tax Assessor
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Larry Stone, Santa Clara County Tax Assessor
Speaker 4/21 Larry Stone, S C County Tax Assessor Andrew Ratermann 2011-05-14 05:26:15Z
April 28 speaker - Dr. Robert Piccioni
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Dr. Robert Piccioni's talk is "Einstein for Everyone" which tells the true story of a young man who overcame failure and rejection to become the most famous scientist in history.
April 28 speaker - Dr. Robert Piccioni Andrew Ratermann 2011-05-14 05:25:53Z
Follow us on Facebook
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Click on the link to join now --> Rotary Club of Santa Clara
Follow us on Facebook Tressa Williams 2011-05-14 00:00:00Z
June 6, 2013 Meeting Reminder: Past Presidents' BBQ

Past Presidents

All Rotarians and their guests are invited to attend the Past Presidents' BBQ at the Elks Club in Santa Clara, 1680 Martin Ave, Santa Clara, CA.  There will be an open bar at 11:30 AM, the presentation will start at 12:15 PM so you may wish to get there a little earlier than usual.  Dress is casual, however, it will be open air and we will be sitting on picnic style benches.  (Walt Marwitz asks that the ladies consider this when dressing for the day.) 

June 6, 2013 Meeting Reminder: Past Presidents' BBQ Jan Eric Nordmo
Help spread the word about who you are!!

Dear Rotarians,

Please visit our Facebook "Rotary Club of Santa Clara" web page and in your own words answer this question:

Why did you join Rotary?

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Who will be the first to say something?

Who will be the last?

Let's let others in on our secret.

Help spread the word about who you are!! Jan Eric Nordmo
Give to the Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Foundation
 The Rotary Foundation
Give to the Rotary Foundation Jan Eric Nordmo
Get your raffle tickets!
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Help the Santa Clara Rotary Foundation raise money for local community youth programs. 

The drawing to win a $20,000 + Harley Davidson Street Glide will be held Sunday at the Art and Wine. 

We only have 1500 tickets to sell and so far over 1000 are still available.  THE ODDS ARE GREAT. 

Follow the link to get your tickets.  Buy Harley Raffle Tickets

Get your raffle tickets! Andrew Ratermann
A Final Look Back 2011-2012
Thank you Anton for hosting the debunking and fortunately there will be no acting awards forth coming. Thank you for your leadership and friendship and for mentoring me and making the transition from President-Elect to President a fairly smooth process for me!
A Final Look Back 2011-2012 Laurel Jones
A Look Back at June 21, 2012
After 51 weeks I can honestly say I have enjoyed every moment of being our Club President and I will step down with only the fondest of memories, filled with a great sense of gratitude and pride and most certainly with no regrets.
A Look Back at June 21, 2012 Laurel Jones
A Look Back at June 14, 2012
Our President for the day, John Bertolotti did not disappoint and brought a lot of fun and laughter to the meeting.
A Look Back at June 14, 2012 Laurel Jones
A Look Back at June 7th, 2012

Beautiful weather paved the way to honor the Past Presidents of Santa Clara Rotary.

 

Mohandis Gandhi once said, “The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.”  The Rotary Club of 2011-2012 is the legacy of the leadership and service our past presidents have provided and today we are a strong, vibrant and very proud organization.

A Look Back at June 7th, 2012 Laurel Jones
A Look Back at May 31st 2012
A dedication was made to all the graduates today!  Arie Pencovici once said, “Graduation is only a concept.  In real life every day you graduate.  Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life.  If you can grasp that, you’ll make a difference.”  Rotarians do in fact grasp this concept and do make a difference on an everyday basis!
A Look Back at May 31st 2012 Laurel Jones
A Look Back at May 24th, 2012
A Tribute to Memorial Day:  In the epic WWII film Saving Private Ryan, one of the final scenes of the movie is when the American soldiers are holding a strategic bridge, and a dying Captain Miller’s last words to Private Ryan were to “Earn this!” which of course was in reference to the sacrifice of others so Private Ryan may live.
A Look Back at May 24th, 2012 Laurel Jones
A Look Back at May 17th, 2012

The Father Bannan Award was established in 2000 as a way to pay tribute to the heart and spirit of one of Santa Clara University’s most dedicated supporters and Nick Livak was recently recognized for this award.  If you missed us this week you can find a video tribute to Nick on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74iUFPwQ9g4

A Look Back at May 17th, 2012 Laurel Jones
A Look Back at May 10, 2012
Tony reached out at touched all of us today by allowing his cell phone to ring at the start of the meeting.  Tony is now the Charter Member of The $100 Club.
A Look Back at May 10, 2012 Laurel Jones
A Look Back at April 12, 2012

John Madonna, a retired CEO from New York City said, “Nothing stops an organization faster than people who believe that the way you worked yesterday is the best way to work tomorrow.”

A Look Back at April 12, 2012 Laurel Jones
A Look Back at March 29th 2012

The secondary motto of Rotary, “They profit most who serve best” and ‘Service Above Self” can no better be exemplified by they dedication and commitment of the Rotarians from our club who had the experience and privilege of working ELC from March 21-23 at Asilomar!

A Look Back at March 29th 2012 Laurel Jones
A Look Back at March 22, 2012

Hope can be defined as a “feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.”  Sydney Bremer said, “Hope is the companion of power and the mother of success, for those of us who hope strongest have within us the gift of miracles.

A Look Back at March 22, 2012 Laurel Jones
A Look Back at March 15, 2012

Our meeting took place in the “House Dr. Laurel Jones Built” better known as Mission College and was dedicated to all the devoted & dedicated educators not just in our club but also across the country.

A Look Back at March 15, 2012 Laurel Jones
A Look Back at March 01, 2012

The Rotary Club of Santa Clara has a deep commitment to education and literacy, which is one of the six areas of focus TRF has identified in helping people in developing countries as well at home.

 

A Look Back at March 01, 2012 Laurel Jones
A Look Back at February 23rd, 2012

Today is the anniversary of the “Flag Raising on Iwo Jima” and is dedicated to Robert Olson and to all the veterans who fought there.

 

A Look Back at February 23rd, 2012 Laurel Jones
A Look Back at February 16th 2012

In honor of Valentine’s Day we shared a quote by Henry Van Dyke who said, “Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.”  You can only imagine the comments that followed, especially after clarifying that “marriage is not eternity.”

A Look Back at February 16th 2012 Laurel Jones
A Look Back at February 2nd, 2012
 The “Mission City Ground Hog” saw it’s shadow and we will have to face six more weeks of these 60-degree plus temperatures we have been facing.  Anthony J. D’Angelo puts it best when he said, “Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine!”
A Look Back at February 2nd, 2012 Laurel Jones
A Look Back at January 26th, 2012
 The great American Poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson once said. “To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, that is to have succeeded.” 
A Look Back at January 26th, 2012 Laurel Jones
A Look Back at January 19th, 2012
 

In an unimaginable game with the San Francisco 49ers (of Santa Clara) and the New Orleans Saints, and a lead change occurred four times in the final four minutes! Making the impossible…possible, the 49ers prevailed in what was truly “a game for the ages.” 

A Look Back at January 19th, 2012 Laurel Jones
A Look Back at January 12, 2012

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once inquired, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?”  Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Santa Clara continue to make a positive difference in the lives of others…everyday!

A Look Back at January 12, 2012 Laurel Jones
A LOOK BACK AT January 05, 2012.
 

Happy New Year!  In the words of Benjamin Franklin (and stealing a little thunder from Mike Pierce) “Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man.”

 

Dr. Michael Pierce is in his second term as our Club Secretary and has been a Santa Clara Rotarian for 3 ½ years.  He is the owner of Wellness Revolution Health Center and is a practicing Chiropractor. 

A LOOK BACK AT January 05, 2012. Laurel Jones
A Look Back at December 15th 2011
 

A LOOK BACK AT December 15, 2011.

A hundred Rotarians and guests enjoyed an evening of Christmas celebration and fellowship.  We were entertained by, the musical talents of Kevin Hull and Sarah Rogers.  They sang traditional Christmas Songs and concluded with a beautiful rendition of Silent Night. 

A Look Back at December 15th 2011 Laurel Jones
Join President Dan and the Rotary Club of Santa Clara
Dan Holder 
Join President Dan and the Rotary Club of Santa Clara Jan Eric Nordmo
A Look Back October 27th 2011

It’s only been three Months since Gerry Kosko joined our club, but he’s already making his presence felt.  Gerry and other new members of Santa Clara Rotary are currently working on a new fundraising project for our club, and a report will be given to the club in early 2012.  Gerry works with Archway Insurance Brokers and he is no relation to the membership warehouse giant.  Immediate Past District Governor Roger Hassler led us in the pledge.

A Look Back October 27th 2011 Laurel Jones
Important Video

Please visit here to see an important video from our Club President Daniel Holder

Important Video Jan Eric Nordmo
Thank you Kaiser Permanente
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The Santa Clara Rotary Club would like to thank Kaiser Permanente for their very generous support of the Santa Clara Rotary Cup.

Thank you Kaiser Permanente Andrew Ratermann
President Daniel Holder 2011-2012
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Dan Holder Takes Charge  July 1, 2011
President Daniel Holder 2011-2012 Andrew Ratermann
Scholarship Applications Due March 25th
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2011 Scholarship Applications are due March 25th! See details under downloads on the right side of this page.
Scholarship Applications Due March 25th Tressa Williams
Speaker 4/14 ELC Team
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The Team from the Enterprise Leadership Conference gives a talk about another successful conference.
Speaker 4/14 ELC Team Andrew Ratermann
Program 4/7 "Blue Badger Wisdom"
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Moderated by Maria Daane

After years of listening to "Red Badgers" introduce themselves and share their life stories, three "Blue Badgers" - who between them have been in the club for more than 75 years - will be sharing their life stories and a few bits of wisdom they've picked up along the way. Come and learn something new about three people you've known for years or just met today.

Program 4/7 "Blue Badger Wisdom" Andrew Ratermann
Speaker 3/31 Trond Unneland, PhD
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Trond Unneland, PhD, is vice president of the Venture Capital business unit of Chevron Technology Ventures, will talk about the Future of Energy

Dr. Unneland is responsible for identifying and investing in promising new technology for Chevron that deliver a clear competitive advantage and superior financial returns.

Speaker 3/31 Trond Unneland, PhD Andrew Ratermann
March 24 speaker, Christine Berdiansky & Gail Yee
Christine Berdiansky and her collegue Gail Yee will speak about Santa Clara Adult education.
March 24 speaker, Christine Berdiansky & Gail Yee Tressa Williams
March 17 Speaker Sandhya Rao
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Sandhya Rao will talk to the club about the Akshaya Patra Foundation which is the largest non-govenment run mid-day school meal program in the world.

Akshaya Patra provides a freshly prepared nutritious mid-day school meal to nearly 1.2 million disadvantaged school children in India every day

March 17 Speaker Sandhya Rao Andrew Ratermann
March 10 speaker Joe Galiardi
Joe Galiardi will talk about his recently published book, Hooked On Autographs. As a lifetime collector, he claims to have one of the largest autographed golf ball collections in the country. His speech will be about his one-of-a-kind collection and the behind-the-scenes excitement of tracking down celebrities from all walks of life for their autographs.
March 10 speaker Joe Galiardi Andrew Ratermann
March 3 speaker - Nick Leon
Nick Leon will talk about Youth Protection and Rotary
March 3 speaker - Nick Leon Andrew Ratermann
Feb 24, 2011 Mary Hanel
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Local History Librarian Mary Hanel will discuss and display the types of Santa Clara City local history materials that are housed in the Heritage Pavilion of Central Park Library. She will present a slide show of digitized historical images from Santa Clara's past; bring along a few of her favorite Santa Clara history books; a bound copy of an early 20th century Santa Clara newspaper; a pre-World War II Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce scrapbook; and a 1960s era Santa Clara Business and Industrial Directory. She will also explain why the Library-sponsored 'THE BIG READ' program coming in the Spring will help residents of Santa Clara learn more about what their town was like 100 years ago.
Feb 24, 2011 Mary Hanel Andrew Ratermann
Febuary 10 - Steve Stavis
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Steve Stavis is the Superintendent for the Santa Clara Unified School District. The Santa Clara Unified serves four cities, nearly 16,000 K-12 students, and 18,000 adult education students. The district operates 26 schools.
Febuary 10 - Steve Stavis Andrew Ratermann
Jan 20 Dan Gordon - Gorgon Beirsch
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Los Altos boy makes good and opens a brewery: the story behind Gordon Biersch

Dan Gordon Co-founder and director of Brewing operations Gordon Biersch Brewing company

Jan 20 Dan Gordon - Gorgon Beirsch Andrew Ratermann
Feb 3 Gary Richards, "Mr. Roadshow"
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Gary Richards from the Mercury News will discuss how Roadshow began and the various topics it covers.
Feb 3 Gary Richards, "Mr. Roadshow" Andrew Ratermann
Jan 13 Barney Callagan District Governor 1160
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Barney Callahagh District Governor 2011 - 2012 is flying in to attend our club meeting and share a few words from our Rotary Friends in Ireland. District 1160 Ireland
Jan 13 Barney Callagan District Governor 1160 Andrew Ratermann
SC Rotary Supports Local Youth Athletics
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Anton Morec and Andrew Ratermann present a check for $1000 to the Wade Brummal Youth Sports Scholarship Program.
SC Rotary Supports Local Youth Athletics Andrew Ratermann
Dawn Busey speaker for 11/18
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First 5
Dawn Busey speaker for 11/18 Andrew Ratermann
Partners in Rotary Service sp
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Our Speaker for Oct 28, 2010 on of the Rotary Partners in Rotary Service Dr Bharat Pandya District 3140, Mumbai, India.
Partners in Rotary Service sp Andrew Ratermann
Saitia Faaifo
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Saitia Faaifo is a dynamic combination of trainer, 3-time author, educator, motivational speaker and activist. Saitia will be speaking on Nov 4, 2010
Saitia Faaifo Andrew Ratermann
Oct 7th Speaker, David Whitman
The Tech Museum
Oct 7th Speaker, David Whitman Tanya Ahern
President Nordmo's Message
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All Hands Up!
President Nordmo's Message Jan Eric Nordmo
This Week's Speaker
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Rotary Club of Santa Clara welcomes...

Georges Goetz
Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar from Bordeaux, France

This Week's Speaker
Presidents Update
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Upcoming and other Matters - Recommended ACTION ITEMS
Presidents Update Jan Eric Nordmo
Last week's Meeting
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Last week's Meeting Jan Eric Nordmo
Last week's speaker
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Pamelah Landers

Master Hand Analyst

In 1991 Pamelah was introduced to the science-based system of Hand Analysis, and has been reading hands ever since.

Last week's speaker
President Nordmo's Update
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Thanks to Santa Clara Rotary Foundation, Mission City Community Fund and our Visiting Rotarians...up next, The Earthquakes GM John Doyle
President Nordmo's Update Jan Eric Nordmo
Last week's meeting
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Anton Morec, President Elect, foreshadowed his upcoming tenure and right now I must apologize for my last meeting summary which clearly stated "THERE WILL BE NO JEEP PICTURES",
Last week's meeting Jan Eric Nordmo
President's Message & More
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Last week's meeting, This week's meeting, Club updates...
President's Message & More Jan Eric Nordmo
Club upates and more
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Club upates and more Jan Eric Nordmo
President's Update
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Charlie Wasser provided an excellent accounting of the Polio Plus program that Rotary International has established in conjunction with the Bill & Melinda Gates contribution of $355,000,000. 

President's Update Jan Eric Nordmo
Last week's speaker
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Aliza Peleg

Vice President, Planning and Operations

Aliza Peleg is a founding member of Better Place and has been with the company since its first round of venture funding and official launch in 2007.

Last week's speaker Tressa Williams
President Nordmo's Update
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Last week's Speaker

Kieran Lehane of Ireland presented the club with greetings from his fine city of Limerick.  Kieran is part of a group visiting Santa Clara in concert with establishing Limerick as a sister city to Santa Clara.

President Nordmo's Update Jan Eric Nordmo
President Nordmo's Update
We always knew Tanya was easy on the eyes, but seeing her in infra-red was truly exciting, whereas, the happy face of Anton Morec in infra-red could have been a frightening sight if you saw this in a dark alley.
President Nordmo's Update
President's Update
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Welcome to our newest Red Badge Member, Last week's Speaker, This week's Speaker, Club reminders and more
President's Update
Scholarship Time!
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It is scholarship time for the Rotary Club of Santa Clara!  We are looking for deserving students who will graduate this June from Santa Clara, Wilcox or New Valley High Schools.  The recipients will receive $4000 scholarships ($2000/ year for 2 years). 

 

Scholarship Time! Lou Ann Alexander
President Nordmo's Update
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Anton Morec "Jeeping in the Desert" & be sure to read more for important information about this week's meeting and upcoming events.
President Nordmo's Update
Red Badgers continue to impress!
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This last week the club was treated to the newest Red Badgers, presented by your President Elect Anton "Red Badge Wrangler" Morec.

Red Badgers continue to impress! Jan Eric Nordmo
Important Message from the Board
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Important Message from the Board Jan Eric Nordmo
President's Message
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Meeting Summary and more!
President's Message Jan Eric Nordmo
Presidents Message
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Thanks to our speaker David Ruzic, visiting Rotarian from Illinois
Presidents Message Jan Eric Nordmo
Rotary with a Mission Welcomes Steve Stavis
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Steve attributes much of his success and mantra that, "Life is good!"
Rotary with a Mission Welcomes Steve Stavis
Love is in the air...
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Looking forward to a great evening Saturday, February 13th! See detail on times below      

Love is in the air... Tressa Williams
Rotary Club with a Mission Welcomes...
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Dr. David N. Ruzic Director of the Center for Plasma Material Interactions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He really enjoys teaching and tries to blow something up during every lecture.

Rotary Club with a Mission Welcomes... Tressa Williams
From The Peanut Gallery Jan 28
The Club needs this!
From The Peanut Gallery Jan 28 Kevin Haralson
Commodore on Deck
Commodore on Deck Charlie Wasser
SC Rotary Welcomes Glorian Quigley/Deanna Barnett
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The Rotary Club of Santa Clara enjoyed Glorian Quigley and Deanna Barnett. Glorian Quigley and Deanna Barnett are guests of Shawn Hartung.

SC Rotary Welcomes Glorian Quigley/Deanna Barnett Tressa Williams
Christmas for Kids - Letter from a parent

A teacher at Kathryn Hughes Elementary received this letter from a grateful parent concerning Christmas for Kids.

Christmas for Kids - Letter from a parent Kevin Haralson
Santa Clara Rotary Welcomes Stephanie Ivler
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The Rotary Club of Santa Clara is pleased to welcome Stephanie Ivler. Stephanie Ivler is a guest of Shawn Hartung.

Santa Clara Rotary Welcomes Stephanie Ivler Kevin Haralson
HOLIDAY MESSAGE FROM OUR LEADERSHIP
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Thank you all for your continued support of one of the finest Rotary Clubs in the World.

HOLIDAY MESSAGE FROM OUR LEADERSHIP Tressa Williams
From the Peanut Gallery Dec 17
For whom the Bell Tolls!
From the Peanut Gallery Dec 17 Kevin Haralson
Santa Clara Rotary Welcomes Mike Wasserman
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The Rotary Club of Santa Clara is pleased to welcome Mike Wasserman. Mike Wasserman is a guest of Shawn Hartung.

Santa Clara Rotary Welcomes Mike Wasserman Kevin Haralson
Christmas for Kids Wrapping Party
Christmas for Kids Wrapping Party Kevin Haralson
Rotary Speech Contest December 3
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Rotary Speech Contest Participants!

Rotary Speech Contest December 3 Tressa Williams
President's Message November 19
Thanks to Gary Gerber, aka "Bob".  Gary provided us some keen insight on his PhD, Purpose, Hope and Destiny!  The concepts illustrated helped the membership at large understand how your business or activities involving others needs to have strong leadership to survive.  Gary was a great sport after your President somehow got his name off target.  Thanks again to Gary for being kind to me on my debacle and for being an interesting speaker
President's Message November 19 Jan Eric Nordmo
From the Peanut Gallery Nov 19
Local newspaper seeks spell check
From the Peanut Gallery Nov 19 Kevin Haralson
Santa Clara Rotary Welcomes Gary Gerber
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The Rotary Club of Santa Clara is pleased to welcome Gary Gerber. Gary Gerber is a guest of Shawn Hartung.

Santa Clara Rotary Welcomes Gary Gerber Kevin Haralson
Santa Clara Rotary Welcomes Barb Larson
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The Rotary Club of Santa Clara is pleased to welcome Barb Larson. Barb Larson is a guest of Shawn Hartung.

Santa Clara Rotary Welcomes Barb Larson Kevin Haralson
President's Message - Oct 29
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Local Community Leaders And Business People Scare Santa Clara Rotarians Dressed As Themselves, While The Screams Of Red Badger Cause Ears To Bleed. - Happy Holloween

President's Message - Oct 29 Jan Eric Nordmo
Members Reminder
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Please Login and RSVP for the upcoming meetings & events!

Members Reminder Tressa Williams
President's Message - Oct 22
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Dana Shows how the "Boys & Girls Club of Silicon Valley" is changing the lives of children, while Jaime (Vice Mayor of Santa Clara City) recognizes Rotary's mission to "End Polio Now day"
President's Message - Oct 22 Jan Eric Nordmo
From the Peanut Gallery Oct 22
Just a small story in honor of Veteran's Day on 11/11:
From the Peanut Gallery Oct 22 Kevin Haralson
Santa Clara Rotary Welcomes James MacGregor
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The Rotary Club of Santa Clara is pleased to welcome James MacGregor. James MacGregor is a guest of Shawn Hartung.

Santa Clara Rotary Welcomes James MacGregor Kevin Haralson
Share The 4-Way Test With Children
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Start Children Early with the Principles Rotary Holds Dear.
Share The 4-Way Test With Children Kevin Haralson
New Date & Location
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Dinner and Scotch Tasting Event has been changed. New day, Saturday, September 26, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM.
New Date & Location Jan Eric Nordmo
Letters from the soccer field
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Letters from the soccer field Kevin Haralson
Theranova Project - Feb. 2010 Update
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Our work has provide real time benefits!

Theranova Project - Feb. 2010 Update
Why Did Over 1.2 Million Join Rotary?

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Santa Clara's website.  Want to know why over 1.2 million of us joined Rotary. 

Why Did Over 1.2 Million Join Rotary? Charlie Wasser
New Media on the Website

We now have 3 ways of enhancing the club's website.  Looking at the HOME page, there are two blue lines of text in the top story.  The blue indicates that there is a link to some other part of the Internet - could be within Club Runner or could be in the furthest computer from Santa Clara. The first link will take a visitor to a PowerPoint presentation I wrote about RI and about Our club.  The second link will take the visitor to an RI library of videos stored on YouTube.  The next article on the HOME page describes the process of hitting the NEWS tab and then another link on the NEWS page.  This one brings up a video in the Club Runner window. Currently, the video is Bill Gates challenging Rotary to raise $200 Million.

Yes, that is right, I am about to say, now it's your turn. For there to be any value from all this, YOU (and that is anybody reading this) needs to produce content. Content can be more information for the PowerPoint, more links like the RI LIbrary, and video pertaining to our club, community, international projects, social events and so forth. The video would be posted on the NEWS page for every visitor to see.

Prospective members do visit our site.  The more variety of methods we use to inform them, the greater the opportunity to keep their attention and to get them to step up to membership. The more we communicate this information, the greater the interest level and participation of our members.  While looking for DDF funds, I came across a club in this District that is in the process of putting together a program to build over 300 libraries in China. Their website has 5 people contributing just to the HOME page.

As to the picture of me with hair as described by the author of the Peanut Gallery, that was taken last week before I shaved.  Hmmm......Four Way Test, what Four Way Test :-)

New Media on the Website Charlie Wasser
Gates Challenge to Rotary
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Click on the NEWS tab above to see a video of Bill Gates making his latest $200 Million Challenge to Rotary.
Gates Challenge to Rotary Charlie Wasser
Members Only Documents
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There was one more area that I wanted to showcase on Thursday - the Club Documents area.  A website visitor would have to login to be able to access the area.  The items there are specific to the club - Board Minutes, ByLaws, Soccer ad sales information, Invocation dates for which we are each scheduled, and other items as they are produced.  Under other items would be things like an explanation of the new billing system.  I just posted Lou Ann's Invocation schedule.  Take a look at it if you missed her email to see when you are scheduled to give the weekly invocation.

The following is the URL to get you to the Club Documents area.  You will be asked to login before you get to the articles.

http://www.clubrunner.ca/CPrg/DxDocuments/admindocuments.aspx?cid=4212

Let me know if I can help.  More importantly, let me know if you are inspired to get involved with the Technology Committee.  Up until today it was Shawn, Peanut Gallery writer (IT IS NOT ME!!) and I.  After the meeting, Kevin came up and volunteered to do the photo parts and help out with techie type issues. (Thanks Kevin).

The next addition to our club website will be the capability to have videos. Imagine the increased level of interest if we showcase the projects and social events happening. There are a few lines added to the article on the HOME page I described at the Club Assembly.  For now, it is a link to the Rotary videos on You Tube.  The interface is crude but will be made more ergonomically correct shortly. It will give interested people a good library of videos on Rotary.

Members Only Documents Charlie Wasser
Join the Rotary Club of Santa Clara

wh-4p-ol-gdWelcome to the Rotary Club of Santa Clara's website.  Please take a few minutes navigating around the site to see what we are up to these days.  Follow the link to find our Power Point presentation about the club.

Join the Rotary Club of Santa Clara Jan Eric Nordmo
Understanding Rotary Part 8
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This is the final week of Rotary doses of information.  (Hey, I heard that crack, "It's about time :-)  The segment discusses and encourages membership growth from the individual Rotarian's effort.

Let me know what you thought of this series and I will try to find more material if there is interest.

Understanding Rotary Part 8 Charlie Wasser
Understanding Rotary Part 7
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Four Way Test.....Four Avenues of Service.....Either golf influences Rotary more than it should, or we need to look into what this Avenues of Service stuff is....

Understanding Rotary Part 7 Charlie Wasser
Understanding Rotary Part 6
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This week's Dose of Rotary Information is a short one.  It is a quickie overview of the concept of District.  As a club, number 508, we are part of District 5170.  There are over 500 Districts in the world.
Understanding Rotary Part 6 Charlie Wasser
Understanding Rotary Part 5
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Here we go with Part 5 of Understanding Rotary.  This week discussing how to become a Rotarian.  Hmmmm......you are asking youself "What does that mean?  I pay my dues, I eat lunch, what more do I have to do?"  Read on........

Understanding Rotary Part 5 Charlie Wasser
Thank a Soldier

Bob Ricks sent this article to me and he correctly suggested we get it in the eBulletin. It will also be on the club website under stories.  It is a small way to say THANK YOU to our soldiers.

Thank a Soldier Charlie Wasser
Understanding Rotary Part 4
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This is the 4th week of information about what Rotary is and some of how it operates. Today's segment will give a high level overview of The Rotary Foundation (TRF). This is the part of Rotary that assists Rotarians in doing their volunteer work and efforts worldwide.  This is not to be confused with the Rotary Club of Santa Clara's Foundation. The club's foundation will be discussed in a future Understanding Rotary segment.

As you read the following and find you are confused about the Foundation, you are not alone.  TRF is a very large and comlex arm of Rotary.

As Rotarians we should all strive to be as generous as we can be with our giving to TRF. If you are new to Rotary, you will come to understand the significance of every dollar you donate and help raise.

Understanding Rotary Part 4 Charlie Wasser
Understanding Rotary Part 3
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This is the third segment in the series of 8 describing Rotary.  It covers the upper level hierarchy of Rotary through the District Governor.  Feedback on these presentations is welcome and encouraged.
Understanding Rotary Part 3 Charlie Wasser
Understanding Rotary Part 2
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Here is the second of 8 parts about all you ever wanted to know about Rotary but were afraid to ask.
Understanding Rotary Part 2 Charlie Wasser
Understanding Rotary
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This is the first of 8 weekly segments to be included in the weekly eBulletin.  The series of 8 are a modification of 10 letters distributed during the RI President's membership meeting last year.  They are intended to be sent one at a time on a weekly basis to Red Badgers and relatively new Blue Badgers to explain various aspects of Rotary International and the local clubs.  It seems as a first run through, there would be benefits to sending it to the general membership.  Once we have gone through the first cycle of 8, the material will be posted on the members' only area.  (As always, your feedback is welcome!!!)
Understanding Rotary Charlie Wasser
Tales from RI Website
There is much being written and included in the Rotary International website.  Check back to this story to find different articles being highlighted on the RI site.  If you think there is an interesting story on the RI site or about RI, let me know and it will get referenced here.
Tales from RI Website Charlie Wasser