Meeting Notes
May 4, 2021
 
President Paul welcomed everyone to today’s Mountain View Rotary Meeting.  The Rotary International theme for this year is “Rotary Opens Opportunities.”  Our Club theme is “We Open Opportunities For Everyone in the Community.” 
 
The Club welcomed Evelyne Keomian from the Karat School Project, and Los Altos Rotary members Wendy Walleigh, Steve Geisheker, and Sherry Auerbach.
 
Mandy is our Rotary Foundation Chair and the goal for the Club is to have 100% participation in this year’s contributions to the Foundation.  You can send your donation for The Rotary Foundation to Mandy Andrei at 2934 Vivian Lane, San Jose, CA 95124.  If you prefer, you can also make your donation to The Rotary Foundation on line at https://my.rotary.org/en/donate.   If you make an on line donation, please send a message to Mandy to let her know.  Feel free to give Mandy a call if you have any questions at 650-281-4356 or email her at mandyandrei@gmail.com.
 
For anyone who would like to join the President’s Club, please make your checks out for $150 to the Mountain View Rotary Club and send them to Mountain View Rotary President’s Club, PO Box 390280, Mountain View, California 94041.
 
The slate of Club Officers and Board Members for the 2021-2022 Rotary Year is as follows:
 
President – Heather Stenshamn
President Elect – Sanjay Dave
Secretary – Bruce Barsi
Treasurer – Fred Storek
Past President – Paul Reinhart
Director – Mandy Andrei
Director – Cathy Merrill
Foundation Chair – Mandy Andrei
Membership Chair – Jerylann Mateo
DFF/Endowment – Jack Wong
Club Grant Chair – Anita Grossman
 
The Mountain View Rotary Endowment Board is seeking two members to fill open positions starting in June.  Please contact Ken Schwaderer is you are interested in serving.
 
Club Members donated more than $13,000 for our community grants which have been awarded.  The grant recipients will be speaking at our June 1st meeting.
 
Heather and Anita are working on a Kick Out Celebration for Presidents Paul and Tom with a tentative date of June 22nd in the evening.  They are considering a modified Rotating Dinner with Zoom Kick Out for all to enjoy.
 
Ernie has moved to a new Senior Living Facility in San Jose and he received a visit from Sanjay and Heather last week.  He is happy in his new place and looks forward to continuing with the club as an active member.
 
If anyone knows of any of our members in distress or that need anything, please let President Paul or one of the Board Members know.  We want to make sure everyone knows that we are here to take care of each other.
 
Program
 
Heather introduced today’s speakers, both from the Los Altos Rotary Club.  Steve Geisheker is speaking about Monrovia and LEAD Africa School and Sherry Auerback is speaking about the Karat School Project.
 
LEAD Monrovia Football Academy was founded in 2015 to improve academic performance and ultimately, living conditions in Monrovia.  The Mountain View Rotary Club has partnered with the Los Altos Rotary Club on a Rotary International Global Grant to help LEAD schools grow.  LEAD Africa opened another school in Morocco in 2019 and the goal is to have five Academies by 2023.  LEAD has developed a successful learning model during COVID that has been used throughout Africa.
 
Evelyne Keomian is the founder of the Karat School Project.  It is based in Abidjan in Ivory Coast where there is extreme poverty.  The focus is on breaking the cycle of poverty through education.  The student age is between five and twelve years with priority being given to the enrollment of girls.  Students are provided with two meals and snacks each day.  A successful program of the project is the Woman’s Farming Program.  A draft for a Rotary International Global Grant to support the project is in process
 
Next Meeting
 
Tuesday, May 18, 2021, via Zoom.  Social time starts at 12:00 pm with the meeting beginning at 12:15 pm.
 
Board Meeting
 
Thursday, May 13, 2021, starting at 5:30 pm, via Zoom.
 
Dave Cole
 
Sadly, we lost an outstanding member of our Club, a loyal friend and a genuinely wonderful person earlier today.  We will remember Dave by his constant smile, always with a word or two of encouragement, his bow when greeting us, and his jokes that made us laugh and sigh at the same time.  He was a true Rotarian, always putting service above self in so many ways.  Just looking briefly at his history with our Club, he joined in 1983 and served as President in 1993-1994.  He was our Endowment President from 2008 to 20014.  And I honestly can’t remember any year when Dave wasn’t either on the Board or heading up some committee.  For the last several years, he kept us very active with plenty of service opportunities as our Community Service Chair.  Dave’s enthusiasm, good nature, energy, compassion and friendship will be greatly missed.  We offer our sincere condolences and support to his wife Cindy and all of his family.  They will remain forever part of Mountain View Rotary.
 
Just looking back in our archives, here are a few memories to make you smile with perhaps a few tears in between.