Meeting Minutes - Sept. 5, 2017


Mountain View Rotary Club

Meeting Minutes - September 5, 2017 – District Governor Visit
Notes by Ken

President’s Greeting:  

Good afternoon!   I’d like to welcome you to the Rotary Club of Mtn. My name is Scott Johnson, your President for 2017-2018

Our Rotary International theme for this year is “Rotary: Making a Difference.”   Our District Governor Orrin Mahoney’s theme is “Developing Lifelong Friendships, While Making a Difference.”  Our Mountain View Rotary Club is “Having Fun Making a Difference.”  

Thank you all for joining us today.  A special welcome to our District Governor, Orrin Mahoney, here for his annual visit to our Club.  Joining Orrin in his visit is Gregory Giusiana, Lieutenant Governor and also Richard Schoelerman, Assistant District Governor Area 9.  


Pledge of Allegiance: Walt Joyce led the pledge with gusto. Welcome back Walt.
Thought for the Day:   Ken Schwaderer: Modification of a quote from our District Governor Orrin Mahoney: People are like stars; They all don’t shine the same way; But they all have their own special place in the shy.
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Scott Johnson  
            In addition to District Governor Mahoney, Area 9 assistant Governor Richard Schoelerman and LG Gregory Giusiana, we hosted quest Dr. Gunther Wobser, and three prominent Rotarians from India.
Vocational Minute/Spotlight:  Dick Lubman reviewed future programs in September
Foundation Minute & Recognition:  Monique Kane recognized Jack Wong, Jim Cochran, Tom Meyers and Fred Storek for their generous contributions to the Rotary Foundation.
Club Announcements:
  • Villa Siena Social, last Tuesday, August 29th was an unbelievable event as Twana reported. Thank you President Scott for hosting.    
  •  “An American In Paris” Theater Social, October 7th – Looks to be an excellent event. Dinner groups are being organized.
  • Mtn View Art & Wine Festival service project – MV Rotary will staff a ticket and glass booth for the Chamber of Commerce on Sunday September 10th.Rotarians wishing to volunteer contact Dave Cole or President Scott.
  • Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort?  - The District will have a post Hurricane Harvey relief program: Stay tuned.
  • Mentor Tutor Connection – volunteer opportunities and open house, Sep 13th.  Flyers were distributed on tables. Those interested contact Bruce Barsi    
  • President’s Club:  We are presently up to 14 members. Dr. Bob Williams joined today.
  • Next Board Mtg:  Thursday, Sep. 21st, 5:15 p.m.  
Other Announcements:
  •  Signup sheet for the District 5170 Rotary Avenues of Service meeting, Thursday, Oct 5th, 5-9 p.m., Santa Clara Biltmore Hotel, Santa Clara.  Flyers on table.
  • Interact Fall Leadership Conference – Sat, Oct 8th, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Independence High
  • District Grants Training, Sep 1st … virtual online.  
  • RI Toronto Convention Hotel room reservations – due by Sep. 29th.   That convention is June 23-27, 2018.    
Personal Sharing/Announcements:
  • September Bdays: 6th – Frank; 10th – Tori; 10th – Jerylann; 23rd – Anita; 26th – Phil; 30th - Dennis
  • September  Anniversaries:  10th – Steve; 11th – Bob; 20th - Phil
Speaker:   District Governor Orrin Mahoney  
  • Introduction by Scott  
District Governor Orrin is a graduate of Carnegie Melon University and received a graduate degree from Stanford University. He had worked for HP for 35 years. He presented a very interesting analysis answering his favorite question:” Have you ever thought about Rotary”. He basically presented the financial impact each one of us has as a Rotarian.
Rotary is a service organization. The service project is an idea and developed in the local club which will raise a finite amount of money to support the project. The project is presented to the District who in turn may contribute multiple times the initial investment. The project is then present to the Rotary Foundation which could designate again multiple times of the now current investment. An initial worthy investment of $5k could potentially become a $25k, $50k, or even a $100k project.
Membership development is a difficult subject to approach. Many of us have been involved to varying degrees of success. This is just one extra trinket in the value of a Rotary Membership.
The western area had the largest membership growth in Rotary last year. In addition Rotary Club requirements are changing to have more friendly attendance requirements.
Our district 5170 has the largest Interact program in the world. Our other strong youth programs include RYLA, Youth Exchange, and the Speaking Contest.
Conclusion: “Rotary Makes A Difference”. “Have You Ever Thought About Rotary?”
  • Speaker recognition:   “In lieu of a speaker gift, we are making a donation to our Rotary “Polio Plus” Program on your behalf.   Polio Plus is an effort to eliminate polio from the world.
Future Schedule:
September 12th -  Speakers:  Mtn View Police Department – Officer Mike Taber & SGT Wahed Magee              4’fer: Steve
September 19th - Speaker:  Barbara Dehn, FAME Hospital in Africa.                                                                       4’fer: Bert
And remember…“Make Difference and have Fun!”
Bonus Round: Photos from Social Event at Villa Siena