Meeting Notes -- October 4, 2022

Rotary Club of Mountain View

October 4, 2022

President Sanjay Dave’s Greeting:  Good Afternoon and welcome to the Rotary Club of Mountain View where: We’re More Than A Club…We’re a Family! 

Our International call to action for 2022-2023 is “Imagine Rotary.”  Our club’s call to action is “Imagine Mountain View Rotary.”

 
Pledge of Allegiance: Led by Jack Wong
 
Greeter & Thought for the Day: Scott Johnson offered a quote about service and particularly the opportunities we have to serve through Rotary.
 
Introduction of Visitors:  Sanjay introduced Lisa Matichak, Mountain View City Councilmember.
 
General Club Announcements:
  • MV Pubic Safety Foundation’s 3rd annual fundraising gala will be on Friday, November 4th, 5:30 p.m., at the Ameswell Hotel in Mountain View. Tori purchased a table and has some open seats.
  • Mandy is going to be walking and supporting the Alzheimer’s Association Walk on October 15th. Club members are invited to join in on this event.
  • Monthly Speaker Chairs – We only need one more volunteer to take the month of April.
  • The Golf Tournament held last Friday was a success! There were 24 golfers who enjoyed golf and then several others joined in for a social dinner afterwards at Michael’s Restaurant. Thanks go to Stephen Nichols and Walt Joyce for organizing the event.
  • The Buddhist Temple is now open so we will be able to have the crab feed this year.
  • Scott Johnson announced that the club is sponsoring some local high students to next weekend’s Interact Clubs Fall Leadership Conference in San Jose.
  • Sanjay announced that club member Hiro Kariya is doing fine but one of his sons just passed away. Alan Goodman has had contact with Hiro’s other son, David.
  • Paul Reinhart announced that the Stevens Creek Trail clean up service project will be on October 29th, 9 – 11 a.m., meeting at Whisman Park.
  • Bruce announced that Cindy Cole is moving to San Luis Obispo to be closer to her children.
 
District Announcements:
  • World Polio Day is October 24th. President Jennifer Jones pledged $150M. Jones, who spoke in front of 60,000 people in New York City, noted the state of emergency that the governor of New York State recently declared to combat a resurgence of polio in that region.
 
Mark your Calendars:
 
10/11 – Dr. Maureen O’Connor, President of Palo Alto University, will speak on Mental Health support in Mountain View
1018 – Mountain View City Council candidates’ forum
 
SPEAKER:
 
Margaret Abe-Koga introduced our speaker, Kimbra McCarthy, City Manager for Mountain View. Kimbra became City Manager in 2020 when Margaret was Mayor. Kimbra has a Juris Doctorate degree and, prior to working in government, was in the legal field. Margaret praised Kimbra for her hard work and incredible leadership that led the City through the pandemic.
 
Kimbra talked about the 7 strategic priorities for the City of Mountain View: Community for All; Intentional Development & Housing Options; Mobility and Connection; Sustainability & Climate Resiliency; Livability & Quality of Life; Economic Vitality; and, Organizational Strength & Good Governance. These priorities guide decision-making and policies for the City. Projects, based on these priorities, are developed on a two-year cycle.
 
Some updates on City projects were provided:
  • Castro Street Pedestrian Mall. This will eventually incorporate three blocks on Castro: 100, 200, and 300.
  • “Elevate MV Guaranteed Basic Income Pilot Program.” This project is underway in cooperation with partner agencies and funded with federal money.
  • There are plans for affordable housing projects on City Parking Lot 12 and also on a former VTA lot.
  • El Camino Streetscape Plan. Street parking will be removed in favor of more auto and bike lanes.
  • Google has proposed to the City their plan for developing North Bayshore and Middlefield Park. These plans include housing units, schools, parks, as well as office space.
  • A new public safety building is planned to replace the present building (which doesn’t meet earthquake codes).
 
Sanjay thanked the speaker and adjourned the meeting.
 
Imagine Rotary! Imagine Mountain View Rotary!
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Meeting Notes -- September 22, 2022

Mountain View Rotary Club
Meeting notes, September 20, 2022
at Don Giovanni’s Restaurant
 
 
President Sanjay welcomed everyone as Family in Rotary with a call to Action Internationally and locally.
 
Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the Thought for the day was Sheila’s reminder of special dates for this month of September.
 
Tori Atwell welcomed all visitors.
 
General Club announcements:
            Friends of Stevens Creek will have the Trailblazer Race on Sunday, Sept 25
            Cleanup on the Trail planned for October 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.
            A volunteer is needed for Speaker Chair for April 2023.
            Golf tournament is Sept.30.
            Cathy Merrill organizing Service projects at Hope’s Corner.
 
 Bruce Karney, much involved in Mountain View’s Environmental Sustainability Task Force, took over to introduce speakers answering a variety of questions affecting local elections for High School Boards in Mountain View and Los Altos.
 
We got to hear the opinions and views from candidates, Catherine Vonnegut, Carol Titus Zambre, Jaqueline Tanner, Eric Mark, Theta Gomez and Esmerelda Ortiz.
 
The Club calendar for October speakers shows:
            10/4-   Kimbra McCarthy, Mountain View City Manager
            10/11 –Dr. Maureen O’Conner, President of Palo Alto University
            10/18- Mountain View City Council Candidates’ forum.
 
There will be no social meeting next week.
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Meeting Notes -- August 23, 2022

August 23, 2022                     

                                                             

President Sanjay Dave’s Greeting:  Good Afternoon and welcome to the Rotary Club of Mountain View where: We’re More Than A Club…We’re a Family!!! 

Our International call to action for 2022-2023 is “Imagine Rotary.”  Our club’s call to action is “Imagine Mountain View Rotary.”

Pledge of Allegiance: Led by President Sanjay
 
Sharing:  President Sanjay shared with us his reflections on his adventure at Mt. Bierstadt, Colorado Elevation 14,065 ft.   
 
Share a special greeting:  We reached out and greeted someone at our gathering.
 
Greeter & Thought for the Day: Susan Bacchi offered a thought, “The children in our family community are suffering mental health issues in response to COVID.  As grown-ups, we need to set good examples to our future generations.  Stop the madness-push those differences aside to join hands in protecting children.”  Add on poem: Children Learn What They Live by Dorothy Law Nolte:
 
Introduction of Visitors:  President Elect, Tori Atwell introduced a visitor, Ida Rose, Community Service Advocate.
 
General Club Announcements:
 
District 5170 Announcements:   
  • Join us on Saturday, September 10, 2022, 8 am-1 pm, for Rotary's Environmental Summit on Green Transportation and Clean Energy!  Get Tickets $20 in person and FREE virtual attendance:  https://events.humanitix.com/2022environmentsummit/tickets
 
Misc. Updates
  • None
 
Speaker:
Sanjay introduced our speaker, Anne Infeld, of Citizens’ Climate Lobby back again. Her presentation focus was on Clean Energy.  Shared great information with us regarding her work.  Shared a book, ELECTRIFY with Clean Energy, by Saul Griffith.  Rotary Mountain View is a focus group for Citizens’ Climate Lobby.  Our feedback is wanted. SIGN UP FOR FREE to become a friend of CCL.  They are representatives for you -working to pass natural clean are legislation.  As your citizen partner for more information contact at the website if you missed the opportunity on the sign-up sheet at our meeting.  https://citizensclimatelobby.org/
 
Mark your Calendars:  We have a social next week on Tuesday, August 30 at 5:00 in the evening.  Location to be announced. Our Next Meeting will be on Tuesday, September 6 at 11:45
Location:  Don Giovanni’s Restaurant, 235 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041.
 
Meeting Adjourned:  12:57 PM.
 
 
Imagine Rotary! Imagine Mountain View Rotary!
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Meeting Notes -- August 9, 2022

Mountain View Rotary

President Sanjay Dave’s Greeting:  Good Afternoon and welcome to the Rotary Club of Mountain View where: We’re More Than A Club…We’re a Family!!! 

Our International call to action for 2022-2023 is “Imagine Rotary.”  Our club’s call to action is “Imagine Mountain View Rotary.”

Pledge of Allegiance: Led by Margaret Abe-Koga
 
Greeter & Thought for the Day: Bruce Barsi offered a quote often used by Past President Dan Alexander proclaiming “What a Ride!” as he related to his life’s journey.
 
Introduction of Visitors:  Heather introduced District 5170 Representative Sobha Ramesh.  Scott introduced our two RYLA Attendees, Ishaan Dave from MVHS and Sabina Datta from SFHS.
 
General Club Announcements:
  • MV Historical Association – Sanjay presented the history of Mountain View Rotary on Sunday, August 7th.
  • Public Image Chair
    • Your role as club public image committee chair is to create and implement a plan to tell Rotary’s story to the public, and to promote the club’s projects and activities.
  • Monthly Speaker Chairs – Passing along a sign-up sheet.  There are only a few open months.
  • Art & Wine Festival on September 10th.  Sign up to volunteer. Paul noted that we have 15 volunteers so far.
  • Golf Tournament on Friday, September 30tt, followed by dinner at Michaels.  Stephen and Walt are organizing the event.
  • Service Projects – Cathy Merrill sent around sign-up sheets.
    • Red Cross Blood Drive on August 13th and October 8th at the Senior Center.  Help is need with set up and break down.
    • Hope’s Corner meals
  • President Sanjay presented Past President Heather with her Past President’s badge.
 
District Announcements:
  • District Governor Savita Vaidyanathan is visiting our Club next week on August 16th.  He will be meeting with the Board 11 am.
 
Misc. Updates
Scott introduced the two RYLA students that our Club sponsored, Ishaan Dave and Sabina Datta, who recently returned from attending Camp RYLA at the Mission Springs Conference Center in Scotts Valley.  Both students shared their experiences at RYLA and thanked the Club for their sponsorship.
 
MV Rotary Endowment
The regular Rotary Meeting was paused briefly while Ken opened an Endowment Board meeting to elect new members to the Board.  A motion was made to add Twana Karney and Fred Storek to the Endowment Board.  The motion was seconded and passed unanimously by members attending the meeting.  The Endowment Board meeting was closed and the regular Rotary Meeting resumed.
 
SPEAKER:
Cathy introduced our speaker, Dr. Melissa Kaszubski, PAMF Audiologist, to discuss how our hearing changes as we age.
 
There are many physical parts to the ear that allow us to hear and there are many factors that may contribute to hearing loss.
 
An audiogram is used to measure hearing in each of our ears.  The different levels of hearing are:  1) normal; 2) mild loss; 3) moderate loss; 4) severe loss; 5) profound loss.  The three types of hearing loss are:  1) conductive – this is not nerve related and can be medically treated such as an ear infection; 2) sensorineural – this is nerve related, usually permanent and can be corrected with hearing aids; 3) mixed – combination of conductive and sensorineural.  Most people with hearing loss have a deficiency with higher pitches of sound.  Hearing loss is the third most common age related medical issue that people experience.  Most hearing loss is not medically treatable and if it is, an audiologist is required to refer the patient to a medical doctor.  For those who experience tinnitus, that ailment comes from the brain and not the ears.  Untreated hearing loss leads to further health problems including social, cognitive and emotional issues.
 
Hearing aids slow or stop the progression of hearing loss.  They are not corrective devices, they are aids.  There is not one best hearing aid and a device that works well for one person, may not work as well for another person.  There are two types of hearing aids: 1) hearing aid placed in the ear – usually for more mild hearing loss; 2) hearing aid placed behind the ear – usually for more moderate to severe hearing loss.
 
Mark your Calendars:  Our Next Meeting will be on August 16th at Don Giovanni’s.  Board Meeting starts at 11 am.
 
Imagine Rotary! Imagine Mountain View Rotary!
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Message From 2022-2023 President Sanjay Dave

Welcome to Mountain View Rotary, “Where we’re more than a club, we’re a family.” It is an honor to be your President for the 2022-23 Rotary year, where our international call to action is Imagine Rotary and our club call to action is Imagine Mountain View Rotary. 
 
I’m excited about the year ahead and it has already started out as a historic year.  This is the first year Rotary International is being led by a woman, Jennifer Jones.  I’ve had the privilege of meeting her and she is a dynamic leader with great intelligence and poise and I look forward to seeing how she elevates our club to new heights.  One of my focus areas this year for our club is Engagement. Over the past 2 years we’ve been living a “remote” life due to the pandemic and my goal is to bring our members back together again, enjoying each other’s company and rekindling that spirit that brought you into Rotary and why you stayed in Rotary. We will continue many of our service projects like cleaning up Stevens Creek Trail, volunteering at different non-profits like Hope’s Corner and keeping our club engaged with youth projects like the Rotary Speech Contest, RYLA and ELC, and of course our All-You-Can-Eat Crab fundraiser. But, in addition, I intend to work with my board to create more opportunities for service events and activities, social gatherings and fundraisers.  Also, I hope you’re able to join us in-person at our regular meetings and meet your old friends again and make new ones. To our new members, this is your opportunity to find a role in this club you’d like to lead and participate in.  We’re a relatively small club, so you have the opportunity to find a cause you want our club to participate in and get us involved.  We will support you! And if you don’t know what causes you want to support, let me know and we can review the number of causes Rotary is involved in.
 
I joined Rotary 10 years ago when I was searching for a way to give more of my heart.  After having lunch with a friend of mine, he told me about Rotary and suggested I check it out.  After visiting a few clubs in the area, it was my own home club that called to me.  I can’t tell you what a blessing it has been.  Through Rotary I not only made wonderful friends but it opened my eyes to local opportunities where I can get involved and make a difference.  As Youth Chair I had the opportunity to manage the High School Speech Contest, interview students for RYLA and meet our local high school Interact clubs and leaders.  In one of our service projects, I got introduced to Hope’s Corner, a local soup kitchen, which has become dear to my heart and where I continue to volunteer for the past 7 years.  I also met Judy Hannemann, a long-time Rotarian, who encouraged me to run for the Mountain View-Los Altos High School board, which I couldn’t have done without her support, as well as the support of all the members in the club and everyone pitched in to help me get elected.  I’m an example of where our club has given back to me more than what I’ve given to the club. 
 
If you’re a member, thank you and make this a great year.  If you’re thinking of being a member, you won’t find a more supportive and friendly group of members and we’ll immediately make you a part of our family.
 
Sanjay Dave
President, Mountain View Rotary 2022-23
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Meeting Notes -- July 12, 2022

July 12, 2022

                                                             

President’s Greeting by Sanjay Dave.   Good Afternoon and welcome to the Rotary Club of Mountain View where: We’re More Than A Club…We’re a Family!!! 

Our International call to action for 2022-2023 is “Imagine Rotary, Imagine One’s Dream.” 

 

Pledge of Allegiance:  Heather

 

Greeter & Thought for the Day:  As we finally have some semblance of summer back after two years of COVID, Margaret shared some quotes on the joys of summer.

 

Introduction of Visitors:  Sanjay introduced former member Dick Dubman and Sanjay’s wife, Dipti Dave.
 

General Club Announcements: 

  • The Mountain View Historical Association is looking for a speaker to talk about the history of Rotary in Mountain View on 8/7.  Anyone interested, please contact Sanjay.

  • The District is looking for a Public Affairs Chair for the Mountain View Club.

  • A signup sheet is being circulated for monthly chairs to schedule speakers for club meetings.

  • There are 15 members and friends/family signed up to volunteer at the Art and Wine Festival.  If others are interested please let Paul know.

  • The new District Governor, Savita Vaidnayhathan will be attending the 8/16 meeting.

 

President’s Inaugural Remarks:

Sanjay began with thanks to his wife Dipti and friend Dick Lubman for attending today’s meeting as well as to Heather for her guidance over the past year. He also acknowledged honorary member/past president Monique Kane as well as all past presidents for their leadership.  

Sanjay would like to focus this year on engagement.  Hybrid meetings will continue but he hopes that members will be able to join in person as much as possible. He is planning to meet with each member for coffee to hear everyone’s thoughts.  Some suggestions so far are to have more service projects, which Cathy is working on, and more social events which Fred is in charge of.  In addition to the crab feed, a second fundraiser is being planned.  It will be a poker tournament in October/November and we will possibly be partnering with the Public Safety Foundation.   He is also looking at a fundraiser similar to the Bear project in Los Altos but perhaps a Dog project for Mountain View where individuals/organizations can purchase dog statues around town and decorate them.

Sanjay then shared how he became a Rotarian.  About ten years ago, he shared with a friend that he was looking for something to fill a void in his life.  The friend happened to be a Rotarian from Fremont and suggested Sanjay join Rotary too.  He quickly came to see how Rotary is not just a club but a family.  He joined the Youth Committee and recently, his son attended RYLA which was life changing for him.  Sanjay has been active at Hope’s Corner which is near and dear to his heart.  He thanked Rotarian Judy Hannemann for encouraging him to run for the High School Board, and to Paul for being his campaign treasurer.

Sanjay also shared some thoughts from his attendance at the President’s Training Seminar.  The International President Jennifer Jones spoke on the theme “Imagine Rotary, Imagine One’s Dream.”  She is focusing on diversity.   It was on 5/5/1987 when the Supreme Court ruled that women could join Rotary Clubs.  The goal now is to have 30% of all club members be women by 2023.  So far 110 countries have achieved that goal.  Mountain View is at 43% women.  Jennifer Jones’ brother is an artist and designed a scarf that will be sold as a fundraiser.  He shared the list of Rotary’s major causes and the various Action Groups as well as his eight points on Imagine Rotary.

Next Sanjay introduced the new board::

  • President – Sanjay

  • President-Elect – Tori

  • Past President – Heather

  • Treasurer – Heather

  • Secretary – Bruce

  • Membership Chair – Jerylann

  • Foundation Chair – Mandy (Director)

  • Youth Service Chair – Scott (Director)

  • Club Service Chair – Cathy (Director)

  • International Chair – Jack

  • Activities Chair – Linda

  • Endowment/Finance – Jack

  • Grants Chair – Cathy

  • Social  Chair – Fred

 

Going forward, meetings will be held at Don Giovannis at either $20 or $25/person.  

 

He also had a slideshow of his attendance at the Convention. 

 
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Meeting Notes -- June 7, 2022

Rotary Club of Mountain View

Meeting Notes
June 7, 2022
 

President’s Greeting:  Good afternoon & welcome to the Rotary Club of Mountain View where: We’re More Than A Club…We’re a Family!!! 

Our International call to action for 2021-2022 is “Serve to Change Lives.”  Our club’s call to action is “As a Family We Serve to Change Lives.”  Thank you all for joining us today! It’s good to be back after my covid isolation.

Proud to be amongst many voters on Election Day!

 
Heather led the Pledge of Allegiance
 
Greeter & Thought for the Day: Mandy shared her thoughts on all we have to be grateful for.
 
General Club Announcements (Heather):
*Kudos to Cathy for a fun happy hour at Vaso Azzurro Restaurant in May!
 
*Keep Sanjay in your thoughts as he is in Houston at RI Conference.
 
*Road Runners- need more volunteers to drive their clients to doctor appointments. Contact them directly to volunteer at 650-940-7016.
 
*Local news: City MV is replacing the ‘Welcome to MV’ sign at Shoreline Blvd. Our club is in touch with the City to ensure the Rotary wheel is replaced.
 
*Club news: The Board is working on our budget for the next year. One key item is keeping lunch costs at a reasonable price while still hosting successful meetings so we have been reviewing a potential site change to Don Giovanni’s Restaurant on Castro Street. Our June 21st meeting is planned to be held there. Heather will post reminder emails on the location change. If you have ideas/concerns on meeting locations, please contact Heather/Sanjay.
 
District Announcements (Heather):
RC of East Palo Alto Bayshore is hosting a Recycling/Donation event on Saturday, June 11th, 9am-2pm, with a truck located at Laura Lane next to the Post Office (2085 E. Bayshore Rd, East Palo Alto). Time for spring cleaning and support a neighboring club’s fundraising project.
 
Member Announcements:
Scott Johnson shared that he participated in a Bocce Ball fundraising tournament with two other club members and their spouses this week and named their team the Mountain Rotary Rollers
 
 
Cathy Merrill asked if members planned to be around this area the last week in June. Since it appears the majority will be out of town, no social hour is planned on the last Tuesday of June. 
 
SPEAKER:  Club Member and well recognized realtor Tori Atwell offered to answer questions from the audience on the Real Estate world. She covered questions related to value, commissions, pricing, Interest rates, market fluctuations and staging.
 
Mark your Calendars:  Thank you to Heather as next week is “Kick Out” at the Adobe Building, June 14th, at 12:15, bring your spouse or a friend.
 
Serve to Change Lives!  Meeting was adjourned at 1:30 pm.  Be safe and well!
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Meeting Notes -- May 10, 2022

Rotary Club of Mountain View
Meeting Agenda 
May 10, 2022
                                                              
President’s Greeting by HeatherGood Afternoon & welcome to the Rotary Club of Mountain View where: We’re More Than A Club…We’re a Family!!!  
My name is Heather Stenshamn, your President for 8 more weeks :-) 
Our International call to action for 2021-2022 is “Serve to Change Lives.”  Our club’s call to action is “As a Family We Serve to Change Lives.”  Thank you all for joining us today and it’s so great to see smiles in person.
 
Pledge of Allegiance and Songmaster Phil singing “America the Beautiful.”
 
Greeter & Thought for the Day:  Noting that several of us have spent the past several months taking time to clean out our closets, Cathy M. shared a quote attributed to Oprah Winfrey:  “If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.  If you look at what you don’t have, you’ll never have enough.”
 
Share a special greeting: a few minutes to greet someone you haven’t yet today 
 
Introduction of Visitors:  Sanjay
 Lynnette Flusche, a Trustee of the IWUSA Foundation that funds InnerWheel projects + Janice and Jeanette of Inner Wheel 
           
General Club Announcements: 
Board and committee chair meeting Wed, May 18th at 5:30pm via ZOOM.
 
Tom Myers announced that CSA will be honoring supporters on May 25th, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, at Neutra House in Los Altos.  Members or our Club are invited. 
 
The Road Runners group sponsored by El Camino Hospital is seeking more volunteers to drive clients to their doctor’s appointments. 
 
District Announcements: 
  • District Training Assembly is via ZOOM, May 16-19 (Monday to Thurs); a detailed schedule has been announced. 
 
SPEAKER: Janice LeFevre and Jeanette Arenott, Foundation Coordinator Cochairs for D517. 
 Inner Wheel District 517 (same as Rotary 5170) members are part of International Inner Wheel (IIW) one of the world’s largest women’s service organizations with over 104,000 members in 105 countries and geographical areas.  Our Aims are friendship, community service and fostering international relationships.   Along with local community projects, all members support IW’s Myoelectric Limb Project that provides arms and hands to children missing an upper limb at birth or due to accident or illness, from ages 6 months to 18 years, or receive their adult B-Bionic Arm. IW partners with Hanger Clinics, a nationally acclaimed company with expertise in upper limb myoelectric prosthetic technology, and 835 easily accessible Clinics across the U.S. Hanger provides IW prosthetics at cost, plus, donates many hours of fittings the prosthetics and years of caring for the children until adulthood.  As a result of Hanger’s great generosity, over $1,000,000 of Inner Wheel funds have provided more than $3,000,000 of prosthetics and services to help children.
 
Mark your Calendars:
  • Next meeting May 17th at Adobe and our guest speaker is Amber Stine on the topic of Alleviating Homelessness. Jerylann is our 4fer.
  • Cathy announced the 4th week social will be held May 24th at Vaso Azzurro Restaurant, 108 Castro Street, Mountain View. Our Rotary Club has reserved outdoor seating for our happiness, starting at 5:30pm. 
 
Serve to Change Lives!  Meeting is adjourned. 
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Meeting Notes May 3, 2022

Rotary Club of Mountain View
Meeting Notes
May 3, 2022
                                                             
President’s Greeting by Heather:  Good Afternoon & welcome to the Rotary Club of Mountain View where: We’re More Than A Club…We’re a Family!!! 
 
Our International call to action for 2021-2022 is “Serve to Change Lives”.  Our club’s call to action is “As a Family We Serve to Change Lives.”
 
Pledge of Allegiance:  Bert
 
Greeter & Thought for the Day:  With the on-going conflict in Ukraine, Paul shared some quotes about Peace. 
 
Introduction of Visitors:  Sanjay introduced prospective member Margaret Abe Koga and Tom Moran
General Club Announcements: 
  • As a potential Club Service Project, the Red Cross held a blood drive at the Mountain View Senior Center on April 16th.  Other dates are July 9th, August 13th, and October 8th.  Please contact Heather if you are able to help with any of these events.
  • Paul told us that the Club has raised over $11,000 for our community grants through member donations.
  • Sanjay provided feedback on the well received Club Picnic on Sunday, April 28th, at Cuesta Park.  A good time was had by all
  • Mandy gave an update on the Rotary International Foundation.  Our club usually has 100% participation with donations each year.  Members need to make a donation of $100 to be counted towards that goal.  Mandy also said members can donate some of their RI points to other members.  Please contact Mandy to learn more.
  • Mandy, Heather and Paul recognized Paul Harris Fellows for last year and this year.  Recipients included: Jim Cunningham, Judy Hannemann, Heather Stenshamn and Roger Kao.
District Announcements: 
  • Tori gave an update on the District 5170 Conference was April 22nd through April 24th
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Speaker:
 
No speaker this week.   Long time Rotarian Dennis Kobza recently passed away and club members shared their memories of the wonderful things Dennis did for the club and members.
He will be missed.
 
 
Mark your Calendars:   Next week we will be back at the Adobe Building on May 10th, with the Interwheel Friendship District 5170.  Heather or Bruce will let you know if you are the 4fer next week.   
 
Our monthly club social will be on May 24th at 5:30 at Vaso Azzuro on Castro Street in Mountain View.
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Meeting Notes -- April 5, 2022

Rotary Club of Mountain View
Meeting Notes
April 5, 2022
                                                             
President’s Greeting by Heather:  Good Afternoon & welcome to the Rotary Club of Mountain View where: We’re More Than A Club…We’re a Family!!! 
 
Our International call to action for 2021-2022 is “Serve to Change Lives”.  Our club’s call to action is “As a Family We Serve to Change Lives.”
 
Pledge of Allegiance:  Jerylann
 
Greeter & Thought for the Day:  With Opening Day for Baseball fast approaching, Bruce shared some information about Yogi Berra including some of his most famous “Yogi-isms.”
 
Introduction of Visitors:  Sanjay introduced prospective member Margaret Abe Koga
 
General Club Announcements: 
  • As a potential Club Service Project, the Red Cross is holding a blood drive at the Mountain View Senior Center on April 16th.  Two people are needed at 8:00 am to help set up and then three people are needed at 4:30 to 5:00 pm to break things down.  Other dates are July 9th, August 13th, and October 8th.  Please contact Heather if you are able to help with any of these events.
  • Sanjay announced the following Club Officer and Chairs for the 2022-2023 year:
    • President – Sanjay
    • President-Elect – Tori
    • Past President – Heather
    • Treasurer – Heather
    • Secretary – Bruce
    • Membership Chair – Jerylann
    • Foundation Chair – Mandy (Director)
    • Youth Service Chair – Scott (Director)
    • Club Service Chair – Cathy (Director)
    • International Chair – Jack
    • Activities Chair – Linda
    • Endowment/Finance – Jack
    • Grants Chair – Cathy
    • Endowment Chair – Ken
  • From Youth Service Chair Scott, in the regional speech contest, our Club’s winner, Adarsh, was a finalist, but did not win.  Also, the two students form Mountain View High School and Saint Francis High School were selected to attend RYLA.  Susan spoke to us about the Saint Francis student, Sabina.
  • Paul told us that the Club has raised $9,300 for our community grants through member donations.
  • From Scholarship Chair Ken, four students have been awarded $3,000 scholarships.  The students are from Mountain View High School, Los Altos High School, Alta Vista High School and Saint Francis High School.
  • Sanjay provided information about the upcoming Club Picnic on Sunday, April 28th, starting at 11:00 am, at Cuesta Park.
District Announcements: 
  • The District 5170 Conference is April 22nd through April 24th.
  • The monthly District 5170 Presidents’ meeting is on April 6th at 5:30 pm with a guest speaker at 7:15 pm.  The guest speaker is Steve Snyder who is the Past District Governor from District 5190 in 2004-2005 and Past Rotary International Director from 2013 to 2015.
  • This is the last week to register for the Wheelchair Trip to Mexico departing for five days on July 8th.
Speaker:
 
Sanjay introduced Jeff Rosen, the District Attorney of Santa Clara County.
 
Jeff spoke about how the law reflects our values and how we treat each other.  Laws are there to protect each of us and keep us safe.  It is the goal of his office to vigorously pursue justice in a way that is fair to everyone and insure that all parties are treated with respect.  The District Attorney’s Office wants to send a strong message that if you commit a crime in Santa Clara County, you will be caught and held accountable.
 
Jeff described a large uptick in hate crimes against Asian people during the pandemic.  The District Attorney’s Office took an aggressive stance to hold such offenders accountable, but they also took a proactive approach to prevent these crimes through public service announcements and Town Hall events.
 
The District Attorney’s Office has established a unit to review previous cases to determine if there have been any wrongful convictions.  On the rare occasions that this occurs, the unit works to exonerate the person expediently.  These cases are then thoroughly reviewed to determine how they occurred and what needs to be done to make sure they do not happen again.
 
The District Attorney’s Office also has a Cold Case Unit which reviews serious cases that have not been solved or could not be prosecuted in the past.  The Unit has successfully investigated and prosecuted twenty unsolved homicides.
 
Mark your Calendars:  Next week we will be DARK to celebrate Spring Break and Easter.  We will be back at the Adobe Building on April 19th, with Peter Katz from the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce.  Our 4fer is Fred Storek.  And don’t forget to put the Club Picnic at Cuesta Park on your calendar for Sunday, April 24th!
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Meeting Notes -- March 22, 2022

Rotary Club of Mountain View
March 22, 2022
 
President’s Greeting by Heather: Good Afternoon & welcome to the Rotary Club of Mountain View
where: We’re More Than A Club…We’re a Family!!!
Our International call to action for 2021-2022 is “Serve to Change Lives”. Our club’s call to action is
“As a Family We Serve to Change Lives”. Thank you all for joining us today, it’s so great to see
smiles in person.
Pledge of Allegiance
Greeter & Thought for the Day:  Jack Wong
 
 
Share a special greeting: a few minutes to greet someone you haven’t yet today
Introduction of Visitors: Sanjay
Personal Sharing/Happy Bucks:
President Club announcements
General Club Announcements:
● Youth Service Chair, Speech contest (Scott)
● Club Fundraiser (Paul)
● Grants committee (Anita)
● Club Scholarship & Endowment update (Ken)
● Environment Project
District Announcements:
*District 5170 Conference, April 22-24: Friday evening; Sunday is 2K walk & speech contest;
Monday 18th Golf tournament/dinner (Tori&Susan)
*Monthly District 5170 Presidents meeting 4/6 @ 5:30pm, @ 7:15 guest speaker Steve Snyder,
RI Director 2013-15 & District 5190 Gov 2004-05.
*Wheelchair trip to Mexico City, last week to register on a 5 day tour departing July 8th.
SPEAKER: Sanjay introduced Adin Miller, Executive Director of LAMV Foundation.
 
LAMV inspires, leads, and empowers residents for a stronger community.
 
  • Grants to nonprofits and community initiatives
  • Programs – Philanthropy, community leadership
  • Incubation of non profits
  • Funds – Donor Advised and others
  • Convenings and events that build, educate community
 
In Two years in a Glace
 
  • Covid responses
  • Social justice orientation
  • Redesigned fiscal sponsorship (MVSF, A4G)
  • Focused grantmaking
  • A new name
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Community conversations
 
Call to Action Ides
 
Vibrant Communities Improve Lives
 
  • Participate in Community Conversations on Gender Disparities
  • Stop by and learn more about one of their grantees, Fondo de Solidaridad, at the MV Multicultural Fair (Sat, March 2, 11-2 pm)
  • Collaborate on upstream and downstream issues
  • Engage philanthropically in local giving
 
Mark your Calendars: next gathering is happy hour on 29th at Sheraton, Palo Alto; Back at the
Adobe on April 5 with Jeff Rosen: Santa Clara District Attorney, 4fer is Bruce
Serve to Change Lives! Meeting is adjourned.
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Meeting Notes - March 15, 2022

 
Mountain View Rotary Club
Meeting Notes – March 15, 2022
                                                              
President’s Greeting – Heather called the meeting to order at 12:34 and reminded everyone of Rotary International’s theme, Serve to Change Lives and our operating premise that “We’re More than a Club; We’re Family.”
 
Pledge of Allegiance - Tom led us in the pledge.
 
Thought for the Day:  Anita talked about gratitude and some things that she was grateful for, especially in light of grim geo-political challenges, and asked everyone to share something that they too are grateful for.
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests – Sanjay introduced Charlie from the Sunnyvale Club who invited the club membership to participate in the 2022 Sunnyvale Rotary Golf Tournament on April 18; register at https://tinyurl.com/3t27n3h6. District Governor Richard Flanders and Assistant Governor Sobha Ramesh were also at the meeting, as well as prospective member Margaret Abe-Koga.
 
Announcements etc.
-Six clubs, including Mountain View Rotary, are working together to support the solar project at Trinity Methodist Church. Hope’s Corner is among the nonprofit organizations at the church. Here is a video link of the solar project crew in action:
-Five Rotary members are attending this evening’s area speech contest to cheer on our winner at the club level.
-The club donated $1,600 for two slots at RYLA; a subcommittee is going through the applications from students at St. Francis High School.
-Heather presented District Governor Richard with a check for three wheelchairs as part of a district initiative this year.
-Some sad news that Nick Galiotto recently passed away.  Nick was a retired Police Captain in Mountain View, also serving on the City Council and as Mayor.  He was an active member of Mountain View Kiwanis for many years and was supported our community in many ways.  He will be greatly missed.
 
District Governor’s Presentation: Richard shared with us that this is his 53rd club visit so far this year, with nine more to go. He called out his work over the years with Bert Raphael and Walt Joyce and noted that like guest Margaret Abe-Koga, he too was a Rotary scholarship recipient in high school.
 
Membership continues to be a challenge throughout the district, with 100 people dropping their membership since the pandemic. The District is working with small chapters to help them promote their public image. He encouraged our club to stay in touch with everyone, engaging with members who have missed meetings to see how they are doing.
 
Richard also touched on the Every Rotarian Every Year campaign, noting that $870K has been raised to date in the district. At the club level, 15 members (out of 29) have given so far, for a total of $5,300. He encouraged each member to make a gift, no matter how big or small.
 
He talked more about the wheelchair initiative; four containers of wheelchairs will be given to people in Mexico City; Serbia; Monterey, Mexico and also Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines.
 
He closed with a lovely story about how a Rotarian helped him bring his father’s remains to the United States, illustrating how Rotary helps people who need help at the personal, local and global level.
 
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February 15 Meeting Notes

Meeting Notes for Rotary Club of Mountain View on February 15, 2022                                                                           

President’s Greeting:  Good Afternoon & welcome to the Rotary Club of Mountain View. Our International call to action for 2021-2022 is “Serve to Change Lives”.  

Greeter & Thought for the Day: Bert shared various life stories for our youth with vision it is ok to fail and often that is a cause for success to continue trying! 

Introduction of Guests: Seema Lindskog of Rotary Club of Cupertino joined us to recruit and share about the upcoming solar project at 748 Mercy Street with the 5 Rotary Clubs. The project seeks volunteer solar installers, may be Rotarians, friends, anyone 16 and older. To qualify, register and attend training on Friday March 4 from 3 to 6PM on Zoom with Sunwork. Work days you will choose 1-2 days of 6 days in March: Saturday 3/5, Friday and Saturday 3/11-12, Friday and Saturday 3/18-19, and Friday 3/25. 

To sign up to be a solar installer: https://bit.ly/MV-solar

Most volunteer questions are answered here: https://sunwork.org/volunteer/#get-involved

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Meeting Minutes - Feb 8, 2022

Rotary Club of Mountain View  Meeting Notes  February 8, 2022                                                                       

President’s Greeting by Heather:  Good Afternoon & welcome to the Rotary Club of Mountain View. Our International call to action for 2021-2022 is “Serve to Change Lives”.  Our club’s call to action is “As a Family We Serve to Change Lives”. 

Greeter & Thought for the Day: Daniel (President Heather's son) share his humor, you’re welcome to view it again https://www.icloud.com/iclouddrive/045I0v2y3XKbtr9Q00Hvdq9Mw#IMG_1822

Club Announcements: 
    *4th Tuesday of the month social, February 22nd to meet at Cascals @ 5pm. 
   *Sanjay shared he sent a poll for club to volunteer at Hopes Corner service project for April or May, we hope we can get 15-20 members and friends to partake.  
   *Environmental special project: Club Board approved to be part of solar project at the Mt. View Non-Profit Campus at 748 Mercy street. This project is funded by 5 Rotary Clubs (Mt. View, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Los Gatos Morning and Los Altos), Hammond Climate Solutions Foundation, the Los Altos Methodist Church and SunWork, estimate cost with volunteer labor  valued of $84,500.  SunWork will schedule training (mandatory for all volunteers including essential safety information) and work days, and provide safety harnesses and all required tools. SunWork anticipates 6 work days requiring 4 to 6 volunteers each day. 

    *Club Charities campaign began and we raised $3000! Kudos team for mailing checks. Mail donations to:
Mountain View Rotary Endowment
PO Box 390280, Mountain View, CA 94041. 
All donations to the Mountain View Rotary Endowment are fully tax deductible.

Committee Chair shares: 
    *Scholarship Chair: Ken shared the structure of the high school scholarship process. Committee this year is Ken, Judy, Paul and Bruce.  Required meeting March 24th at 9am. Last year 2021, four scholarships of $2000 were given and expectation is same for 2022. 
    *Club Foundation/Endowment Board: the investment fund’s interest earned funds annual high school scholarships. Board members year 2022-23 nominated are: Ken, Paul, Bert, Heather and Tori. Tom made a motion to approve this slate, second by Sanjay. Ken nominated these 5 individuals as board members to begin now, second by Judy; majority vote approved.  
*Rotary International Foundation Chair:  Our club’s goal is 100% Every Rotarian = all members donate to “The Rotary Foundation. Please mail in donations to our club’s PO Box 390280, Mt. View 94039 or online: https://my.rotary.org/en/donate 

Upcoming Rotary Events or Community Ask:

*Year 2023 Rotary Peace Fellowship application: do you have a friend or neighbor’s child that may qualify? Goal is to grow leaders to prevent & resolve conflict by offering academic training, field experience and professional networking. Application and details online.
*Jennifer Jones Meet and Greet on February 27th, 7-9pm at Blackhawk Museum in Danville hosted by D5170. Sold out but 1 ticket available. 
*Int’l Women’s Day seminar hosted by ‘Women in Rotary’ is Sunday, March 13th at 4pm in downtown SJ. Registration is online
*District 5170 Conference is April 22-24th in Danville and San Ramon. Online registration.

Guest Speakers: Scott introduced fellow Rotarian, Dr. Stephen Nichols, who is keeping busy on the golf course in Kaui. Stephen reminded us a few key Covid-19 virus facts: incubation period for most recent omicron variant is 2-3 days, most infectious period is 2 days before symptoms and 5 days after, antigen tests will detect if a high virus load, PCR tests is a very sensitive.
What’s changed from a year ago? Mutation capacity is huge. Observation is virus is airborne, ie. coughing, sneezing; masks news is N95 is recommended. Treating means with highest effectiveness is vaccination to prevent hospitalizations. 
Long-term COVID observations: symptoms that last longer than 4 weeks, primarily brain fog. The cognitive changes are most concerning and brain abnormalities are similar to Alzheimer. Virus is attacking the nervous system and brain. Optimistic that researching this virus will assist with understanding other diseases that affect brain and cognitive disorders. 
Dr. Nichols foresees our future is a vaccine/booster, hopefully mixed with influenza shot to prevent major illness and hospitalization. 

Stay safe! 

Mark your Calendars: Next week Feb 15th is Youth Speech contest, 3fer is Bert.
Serve to Change Lives!  Meeting is adjourned. 
Other Announcements: Mentor Tutor Connection (MTC) is Hiring!  

MTC is seeking a new Mentor Program Manager, primarily focused on MTC’s mentor program at Alta Vista High School in addition to supporting other program initiatives and projects. This part-time position is an exciting opportunity for someone who enjoys working with volunteers and high school students.

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Meetings Notes -- January 18, 2022

President’s Greeting by Heather:  Good Afternoon & welcome to the Rotary Club of Mountain View!

Thought for the Day: Regarding Martin Luther King Jr. and in honor of the celebration of his birthday, the thought of the day was as follows: MLK Jr.’s daughter mentioned this weekend on her social media: “he was a man before he was a martyr….” This phrase shows the personal loss and points to the concept that all humans have a role to play in service and civil rights. Nellie shared a quote emphasizing the importance of education and character.
 
Introduction of Guests: No guests today. 
 
Member share: 
  • Scott shared details about our speech contest to be held on February 15. He thanked Judy, Sanjay. and Jack, who will be judges. The presentation will be virtual, and students will record a 4–5-minute speech. Scott shared the benefits of the debate program held at MVHS library Wednesday night.
  • Sanjay shared that there will be a service project Saturday at Hope’s Corner on January 22, 2022, at 8:45 am. Masks will be required. All are invited, and Sanjay will send out an email with details.
  • Cathy shared that our social event will be at Pacific Catch in Mountain View (545 San Antonio Rd) next Tuesday, January 25th at 4pm. We will have a separate room for our group. Please join if you feel comfortable attending. We can also sit outside if we have a smaller group. 
  • Heather had a conversation with the Life Moves Organization. They are gathering input for a Mountain View Housing Committee and are seeking members to sit on the committee once a month. Please see Heather if you are interested. 
General Club Announcements: 
 *January and February meetings are virtual only. Stay safe, everyone. 
 *Rotary International Foundation: Our club’s goal is 100% Every Rotarian; members may donate to “The Rotary Foundation. Please mail-in donations to our club’s PO Box 390280, Mt. View 94039 or online: https://my.rotary.org/en/donate 
 
Guest Speakers: Heather introduced Raeena Lari, Raeena is Commissioner on the County of Santa Clara Health Advisory Commission, providing recommendations to the County Board of Supervisors, and serves on Adhoc Committees for Chronic Diseases and Infectious Diseases. She initiated a campaign for the County Board of Supervisors Commendation recognizing Lyme Disease Awareness in Santa Clara County, and advocated with US Senate and Congress members to support the TICK Act that funds research for the diagnosis and cure of Lyme. 
Raeena joins us today as Lyme disease is the most common and the fastest-growing vector-borne disease in the country, and constitutes a significant public health threat.  She presented a comprehensive presentation on Lyme disease. She explained the history as well as important information about this disease. Lyme Disease transmitted via ticks has long-term consequences and is not always understood by the public. If a tick bites you, she recommends having the tick tested. The Bay Area Lyme Foundation will provide free tick testing if you have had a tick and are concerned it may be a carrier of Lyme Disease. It often (but not always) begins with a rash. 
The rash is not always easy to see and often goes unnoticed. Lyme disease is often misdiagnosed and has a variety of symptoms. This misdiagnosis can delay diagnosis causing a more widespread impact. Early diagnosis is critical to a proper recovery. Lyme Disease is treated with antibody treatments. While this is effective, some continue to exhibit symptoms despite antibody treatment. 
Major lingering issues include fatigue, joint pain, sleep disturbances. Our speaker shared preventative measures, how to remove a tick, and the need to invest more money into researching this disease. She also shared that children are the most often impacted and are at significant risk for Lyme Disease. She encouraged all of us to join the effort to build awareness on the topic and advocate for increased funding to address the disease. Raeena Lari answered member questions at the end of her presentation.
 
Mark your Calendars: Happy Hour at 4pm on January 25th at Pacific Catch, 545 San Antonio Rd. Next club meeting is via ZOOM on February 1, at 12:15 pm Crabfeed memories and reminisce with guest speaker, Alan Goodman, and Tom Myers is our 3fer!  
 
Serve to Change Lives! The meeting is adjourned.
 
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Meeting Notes -- November 2, 2021

Mountain View Rotary Club
Meeting notes
November 2, 2021
 
President Heather welcomed everyone at 12.20 pm. to our first in-person meeting since the virus lockdown began.
 
After the Pledge of Allegiance Sheila voiced general thanks for the gathering, gratitude to Heather for holding the Club together with Zoom.
 
Sanjay announced the Holiday Party on Dec 10 will be at Don Giovanni's.
 
Bruce reported our good turnout for the Stevens Creek Trail cleanup.
 
President Heather will have the Club Board meeting by Zoom Nov 10 at 5.30 pm. She thanked Bruce, Alan and Sanjay for joining the President's Club.
 
Mandy, Foundation Chair, distributed letters asking for donations to the Rotary Foundation to continue our Club's 100% support.
 
President Heather will give $500 from the President's Discretionary Fund to District 5170 Wheelchair distributions in Mexico and Syria. We are encouraged to contribute to this cause in memory of our long time member Frank Davila who brought wheelchairs many times to Mexico.
 
Jack Wong was today's speaker. An experienced Financial Advisor and Portfolio Manager, he discussed different investment possibilities and variations in the Market showing how timing is a most important factor.
 
Our next meeting will be Nov 9. Guest speaker, Lisa Villareal of First American Exchange Company will talk about 1031 deferred Exchanges.
 
The meeting was adjourned at 1.30pm
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Meeting Notes -- September 14, 2021

Rotary Club of Mountain View
Meeting Summary for September 14, 2021

 
President’s Greeting by Heather:  Good Afternoon & welcome to the Rotary Club of Mountain View where: We’re More Than A Club…We’re a Family!!!  Our International call to action for 2021-2022 is “Serve to Change Lives”.  Our club’s call to action is “As a Family We Serve to Change Lives”. 
Greeter & Thought for the Day: Tori shared thoughts about 9/11 and how our lives have never been the same since. 
Member Share & General Club Announcements: 
*Sept 11th was MV Art and Wine Festival: Cathy thanked folks for assisting at the Art & Wine Festival, Jack and daughter, Scott and Joan. Scott shared the excitement of online payment systems. 
*Cathy is looking for three people to work with her on her Leadership Class project.
*Heather shared Mountain View Whisman School District seeks volunteers to serve on their Bond Oversight Committee as well as their Parcel Tax Committee which meet four times a year for about an hour to review financial documents. If interested, contact Heather to get you in touch with Committee Chairman. 
*CSA ‘Treat Yourself’ seeks donations for their event on Sept 25th. At this time, the key need is Men’s boxer underwear S-XXXL, women’s bikini underwear S-XXXL and women’s sports bra’s S-XXXL. Check out this article: https://www.losaltosonline.com/community/csa-set-to-host-day-of-self-care-activities-for-homeless-sept-25/article_9a5a4574-0ab8-11ec-a657-cb5da08d9123.html
*Heather announced Board meeting is Wed, Sept 15th at 5:30pm; any ideas or concerns, please let her know. 
*The Friends of Stevens Creek Trail’s annual event, the Trailblazer Race, is a fun and healthy activity for the whole family. This year, the 27th edition, will be a Virtual Race to ensure participants’ safety. Perhaps you and Rotary Mountain View members would like to participate. You can do so by registering here to take part during the 16-day race window: September 11-26. You can run a 5k or 10k route and upload your time to compare with your past self or other runners. There’s one registration fee per person regardless of how many events you complete; you can upload as many run times as you like during the race window-or simply take a more leisurely 3 mile (5k) walk! (Walk times can not be uploaded). The Trailblazer Race raises community awareness and essential funds, allowing the Friends to promote community involvement and pride in the completion, enhancement, and enjoyment of trails and wildlife corridors in the Stevens Creek watershed. Your support is greatly appreciated. It's a great race for a great cause!
*The Mountain View Public Safety Foundation is sponsoring its annual Fundraising Gala on Saturday, November 6th at the new Ameswell Hotel on Moffett Blvd. in Mountain View.  The event features dinner and dancing and promises to be a night to remember.  For more information and to purchase tickets, you can go to mvpsf.org.
 
District 5170 Announcements: 
*October 2nd is Avenues of Service (objective is support and share 5 Avenues of Rotary). Registration is now live for virtual or in-person event : Thursday, 9/30 5-8pm via Zoom (Rotary Best practices of 3 key area and then 30 min breakout by Ave of Services); Saturday, 10/2 11:30-3pm is hybrid of project faire and keynote is Linda Coble, first CBS female anchor of Honolulu. Detailed agenda can be found here https://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000050083/en-ca/files/homepage/2021-aos-schedule-090921/Schedule-of-Events.pdf
* Nominations are now being accepted for District Gov 2024-25, Past Presidents are eligible to apply and Heather would be honored to nominate you! 

 
SPEAKER: Christine Salinas, Gift Officer at Life Moves. Recently, LifeMoves opened their first transitional housing center in Mountain View.  Christine Salinas is a Major Gifts Officer at LifeMoves, the most extensive interim housing and shelter services provider for homeless clients in Silicon Valley.  In this role, she facilitates financial and volunteer opportunities for community members interested in supporting LifeMoves’ mission to rapidly return homeless clients to self-sufficiency and stable housing. Christine has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 14 years, where she started her career as a K-8 Spanish teacher. Christine has raised more than $4M in support of workforce development, early education, foster youth, and family wellness initiatives. She is a Certified Fundraising Executive with an executive certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University. Christine has lived in Mountain View since 2006 and is an active bilingual parent leader in the Mountain View Whisman School District, where she currently sits on the Graham Middle School Site Council.
LifeMoves is trying to solve homelessness in Silicon Valley. Believe everyone deserves a home.  Provide interim housing and assistance so people can be self-sufficient. Funding   from government contracts roughly 50%, the other half from corporations and charities.  
Basic facts on homelessness: Numbers lower than people think on homeless people having drug or alcohol issues, or mental illness.  Those numbers are closer to 20%, economics tend to be the major driving factor(s). Have shelters through the area (14 total shelters), Mountain View’s is on Leghorn.  Serve an average of 1,300 people/clients a night at sites. 25% of beds filled every night are by children.  Also have 3 temporary Housing sites, 3 permanent housings sites and 6 day service sites and a safe parking program in Redwood City.  Provide Intensive Case Management to help clients achieve long term solutions: Health, Mental, basic skills and life skills, financial literacy, basic nutrition.
New housing model just launched in Mountain View opened in May of 2021, and the county, state and City built the shelter that serves 10 family, individual units that can be moved and provide privacy. Meals, laundry, internet and privacy at this site. Each unit costs $160,000 to set up. Jack and partners will be sponsoring an event.
 
Christine shared by email:  
"It was a pleasure to meet with you today to share the nuts and bolts behind LifeMoves Mountain View. I hope you’ll join us for one or both of these upcoming events: 2021 LifeMoves Breakfast with Steve Kerr (free) and our 7th Annual LifeMoves Ride to End Homelessness. Please reach out with questions at csalinas@lifemoves.org." 
 
Thank you to Christine in lieu of a speaker’s gift the club will make a donation to Polio Plus.
Mark your Calendars: Next week’s meeting, September 21st virtual on Zoom! 
Serve to Change Lives!
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Meeting Notes -- September 7, 2021

Rotary Meeting 9/7/2021
 
-Heather started the meeting with a Moment of Silence
 
-2fer of the day – Jerylann
 
-Sanjay announced the grand opening of the stadium lights the last few weeks at the High Schools.
 
-Bruce announced that the 4fer schedule (2fer while zoom) is coming out soon.
 
-Bruce announced he is working on Cops & Gobblers, they received a nice grant and are working with the schools.
 
-Anita – CSA Treat Yourself is Sept 25th. If you would like to donate, please go onto the website she shared.
 
-Cathy – Art & Wine Festival this Sunday – has 5 volunteers
 
-Fred – shared a note he received from John Rinaldi. Reviewed the donations that he is receiving in honor of Dave Cole.
 
-Speaker – Kris Calvin – award winning author. Child Advocacy & Creativity. For a donation of $10 to our foundation, if she is provided a list, she will mail her book “All That Fall”.
 
Board meeting, 8/15, 5 pm
 
Will have zoom meetings all month.
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Meeting Notes -- August 17, 2021

Meeting Notes
August 17, 2021                                            

President’s Greeting by Heather:  Good Afternoon & welcome to the Rotary Club of Mountain View where: We’re More Than A Club…We’re a Family!!! 

Our International call to action for 2021-2022 is “Serve to Change Lives”.  Our club’s call to action is “As a Family We Serve to Change Lives”.

For video of club meeting, click here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1W2YPTvyAeBDS2LqEBKo4oNELuiOjJc_Y/view?usp=sharing

Greeter & Thought for the Day: Cathy shared a message of joy!

General Club Announcements: 

  • Sept 11th MV Art and Wine Festival volunteering. Please sign up for 1 ½ hour timeslots between the hours of 10:00am - 3pm. One can sign up by contacting Cathy directly via email cemerril@pacbell.net or sign up on the google doc:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IAPYSQqHysigsgUMt2ZhecjTt7mVy7cL4tP5lleh3UM/edit 

  • August is membership month, so I challenge you to share Rotary with friends and neighbors and bring guest to an upcoming meeting. RI President Shekhar Mehta challenges us “Each One, Bring One” to share Rotary with all!  

  • Reminder! Dues are due.

  • Sanjay: High schools are opening and notes over 97% of Mountain View teachers have been vaccinated against Covid-19, compared to 80% of all teachers in Santa Clara County. 

District Announcements: October 2nd is Avenues of Service 

SPEAKERS: For video of presentation, click here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/11V5gQnxoL2A14IM0c29S3su78UAAJNyN/view?usp=sharing
Sanjay introduced Irene Yang, Julie Gaudin and Los Altos resident, Dave Cain of the North Silicon Valley Chapter Citizen’s Climate Lobby (CCL), a non-profit, nonpartisan grassroots advocacy organization working to build on shared values toward fair and acceptable climate change solutions.  The speakers shared how they are working to put a price on the cost of carbon emissions and asked club members for their thoughts toward workable solutions to prevent the worst impacts of a warming climate. Overall, the CCL is working with local representatives toward the passage of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act to reduce emissions, create jobs and support small businesses and families without growing government. Their participatory and interesting presentation was very well received. More information is available at https://citizensclimatelobby.org/price-on-carbon

Mark your Calendars:  We will take a break, no meetings for the rest of August meetings. Happy Labor Day break. Our next meeting is September 7th virtually, hosting a special guest Kris Calvin - Author, Child Advocate and Jerylann is our 4fer.

Meeting was adjourned at 1:15.

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Meeting Notes -- August 10, 2021

Rotary Club of Mountain View

Meeting Notes
                     August 10, 2021                     
                                                             

President’s Greeting by Heather:  Good Afternoon & welcome to the Rotary Club of Mountain View where: We’re More Than A Club…We’re a Family!!! 

Our International call to action for 2021-2022 is “Serve to Change Lives”.  Our club’s call to action is “As a Family We Serve to Change Lives”.

Greeter & Thought for the Day: Paul
 
Introduction of Visitors:  Sanjay/Heather
            Special Guests: 1. Wyatt is the Interact Area 13 Director and he is a Junior at Gunn HS in Palo Alto, who has a goal this year of building a new bridge for Interact members to become better acquainted with their Rotarians, and vice versa. Wyatt shared a bit about Interact and Area 13 and some upcoming activities and projects they are planning. He got to name the mascot for his year as Area 13 Director and it is the Chocolate Chip Chinchillas!  He also said his grandmother was the first woman Rotary president of the Orinda Rotary Club.
 
            2. Adrianna joined us as a recent RYLA Camper, she is a senior at SFHS and Heather asked for her to share leadership skills and excitement from Camp RYLA this past June. She shared her recent RYLA experience and their camp project the Terra Cotta Tote Bags.  She wants to be co-captain for varsity field team this year and will major in nutritional studies at Montana State University.
 
            3. Avi shared his insights via email about Camp RYLA: “The Rotary Club's "Camp RYLA" experience was a truly inspiring event in which I was very fortunate to attend. The days of camp were spent learning about how to refine our leadership skills in order to specifically answer the question, what does it mean to lead with LUV? Through the days of camp and learning from the personal experiences of others and partaking in very informative activities, I was able to reach an answer. On the final day of camp, during my presentation, I personally concluded that "Leading with LUV" was to lead with solidarity in mind. To me, this meant leading a diverse group of individuals in order to solve a problem. It was personally fulfilling to find an answer that fit me and my goals of a diverse future of problem-solving. Along with this, hearing everyone else's personal conclusions to this introduced me to a wide range of topics on leadership making me cherish the learning experience. I was fortunate to receive at camp RYLA.”
 
General Club Announcements:
  • Sept 11th MV Art and Wine Festival volunteering 10:00am - 3pm: sign up on google doc or contact Cathy https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IAPYSQqHysigsgUMt2ZhecjTt7mVy7cL4tP5lleh3UM/edit
  • August is membership month so I challenge you to share Rotary with friends and neighbors and bring guest to an upcoming meeting. RI President Shekhar Mehta challenges us “Each One, Bring One” to share Rotary with all!  
  • Fred - dues invoices sent
 
District Announcements: October 2nd is Avenues of Service 
 
SPEAKER: Due to an unforeseen circumstance, our speaker had to cancel.  Tom Myers accepted the opportunity to share his insights about our community during these times. Tom indicated that at Community Services Agency (CSA) they added 1400 new families during COVID.  They also now have over 700 unhoused clients they support.  CSA has given out $5 million dollars in rent relief in the community and expects to give out $1 million in direct aid to clients in the next few weeks.
 
Tom shared that 15 other community based groups stepped up during the pandemic to provide much needed food in the community.  Big thanks!   Tip – food drives are great to get people involved.  Cash can go further as CSA can get food at substantial discount.  And, all the volunteers during COVID are HEROES!
 
CSA has a program coming up for the unhoused – Treat Your Self.   They are looking for the following:
*new/unused clothing for men, women, sizes small to 2XL;
*new/unused clothing for children ages 5-13;
*new/unused shoes and accessories;
*travel size hygiene products; and
*Target and Walmart gift cards in increments of $10

Donations to be dropped off at CSA by September 15th.
 
Mark your Calendars:  August meetings will be virtual.  Next week August 17th, North Silicon Valley Chapter Citizens' Climate Lobby will join us to share about carbon fee and dividend. Mandy is our 4fer.
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Meeting Notes -- August 3, 2021

Meeting Notes
August 3, 2021
By Fred Storek
 
President’s Greeting by Heather: Good Afternoon and welcome to the Rotary Club of Mountain View where: We’re More Than A Club…We’re a Family!!!
Our International call to action for 2021-2022 is “Serve to Change Lives.” Our club’s call to action is “As a Family We Serve to Change Lives.”
 
Pledge of Allegiance
 
Instead of a song, we have Daniel’s humor: Why can’t seagulls fly over the bay? Then they would be baygulls.
 
Fred offered a Thought for the Day
 
Introduction of Visitors by Paul:  We had the 2 guests from Bangalore who were at the Cascal social
 
Personal Sharing/Happy Bucks: Heather visited Ernie for a traditional lunch of meatloaf
 
Introduction of Blue Badger: Mandy Andrei
An active member is one who has been elected to membership under a business or professional classification and enjoys all the obligations, responsibilities, and privileges of membership as provided in the RI Constitution and Bylaws. Mandy you have shown your Rotary spirit and our club is so grateful for your dedication and commitment. We are especially thankful you stepped up last year as our Club’s Foundation chair and continue to serve our club in this role. I would like to share a quote by Paul Harris: “Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.” Congratulations as I pin you with a blue badger!
 
Mandy noted that her category was Financial Services and that Heather recommended her services.
 
General Club Announcements:
● Shout Outs – Thanks to Paul for hosting last week’s social.
● Foundation Chair Goals
● September 11th is the MV Art and Wine Festival and our Club is signed up to volunteer - mark your calendar
 
District Announcements: October 2nd is Avenues of Service
 
SPEAKER: Intro by Heather;
Bruce England is a Mountain View resident since 1997, although he lived here previously as well, as early as 1977. He was born and raised in Palo Alto, so he is very familiar with the region. For the past 15 years or so, Bruce has been very active in Mountain View community matters. He currently heads both Mountain View Coalition for Sustainable Planning (MVCSP) and GreenSpacesMV, which he will talk with us about today. He also heads a group focused on communications among those representing local organizations with leanings in progressive directions. Mountain View Coalition for Sustainable Planning is a group of local volunteers dedicated to making Mountain View as beautiful, economically healthy, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian accessible, and affordable as possible. MVCSP believes that it is possible and necessary to create a community where residents can get all of their needs met within the borders of our wonderful City. Ideally, every neighborhood in Mountain View should have jobs, homes, shopping, public transportation, and open space within walking and biking distance. Accordingly, he is very interested in hearing from you about programs our Rotary might consider related to sustainability in our community, including those that already exist.
 
Bruce gave us two websites for his organizations to visit:  www.greenspacesMV.org and www.mvcsp.org.  He also provided a list of several organizations that were dedicated to making Mountain View a sustainable city.
 
Mark your Calendars: next Meeting will be virtual via Zoom with more information about the meeting to follow.
 
Serve to Change Lives!
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Meeting Notes -- July 13, 2021

Rotary Club of Mountain View

Meeting Notes
                     July 13, 2021                     
                                                             

President’s Greeting by Heather:  Good Afternoon and welcome to the Rotary Club of Mountain View where: We’re More Than A Club…We’re a Family!!! 

Our International call to action for 2021-2022 is “Serve to Change Lives.”  Our Club’s call to action is “As a Family We Serve to Change Lives.”  Thank you all for joining us today; it’s so great to see smiles in person.

 
Toast:  President Heather welcomed everyone back to our in person meetings with a toast of bubbly for everyone’s continuing good health.
 
Pledge of Allegiance:  We began the meeting with our Pledge of Allegiance
 
Greeter & Thought for the Day: Bruce shared some thoughts about the joy of seeing everyone in person again and thanked everyone for all the positive things the Club has done in the last year and a half.
 
Song of the Day:  Songmaster Phil and his daughter Jody led us in singing “God Bless America.”
 
Introduction of Visitors:  Sanjay introduced several visitors to the Club today
            Jody Krazeise visiting with her Dad, Phil
            Bill Price visiting from Pittsburg, PA
            Joining us remotely was our Assistant Governor, Soona Ramesh
And joining us remotely from Bangalore, India, was our former member, Nilesh Kapse, who sent his greetings.  Nilesh was recently installed as his Club’s International Service Chair and hopes to work with us on some international projects.
 
Share a special greeting: Club members enjoyed mingling and catching up in the Adobe Building garden prior to the meeting.
 
Personal Sharing/Happy Bucks: 
Alan once again distinguished himself by being the first member of Heather’s President’s Club.
Heather told us that she was planning to have lunch with Ernie at his new his new living facility tomorrow.
Twana shared that she recently retired from Community Services Agency and is planning some trips as well as just enjoying some leisure time.
Jerylann announced that her daughter recently had twins.
           
General Club Announcements:
Thank you to Anita and Cathy for their help organizing the Rotating Kick Out Event and to Paul, Sanjay, Walt and Bruce or hosting at their homes.
Camp RYLA had a very successful event with several participants sponsored by our Club.
 
District Announcements:
District Roast and Toast at Gilroy Gardens is Saturday, July 17th
Avenues of Service, hybrid style is Saturday, October 2nd
The District goals this year are: 1) 100% Foundation participation, 2) Public relations, 3) Increase membership
 
SPEAKER - Club Assembly:
 
President Heather introduced this year’s Board Members and Committee Chairs
 
President Elect Sanjay shared that we have speakers lined up for our meetings through August and we need members to sign up to gather speakers starting in September.  Our speaker for next week’s meeting is Robert Freeman who is championing educational opportunities for all worldwide.  Sanjay said that our Holiday Party will be on the second or third weekend in December.
 
Past President Paul informed us that the first social of the year will be in two weeks on July 27th at Cascal’s.  Paul then presented Heather with the ceremonial Club Presidential Medallion.
 
Secretary Bruce let folks know that out 4fer assignment will be returning which includes being the Greeter, giving a thought for the day, bringing a simple dessert or treat, and taking the meeting notes.  The list for the year with the 4fer meeting assignments will be coming out shortly.
 
Treasurer Fred said the Club is currently very financially solvent.  He told us that the Club made a very generous donation to the Community Services Agency to help out during the pandemic.  He also told us that the Club has collected $4,000 for Dave Cole’s Memorial and folks can still contribute by writing a check to the Mountain View Rotary Endowment fund.
 
Our Foundation Chair is Mandy and our goal is 100% participation.
 
Membership Chair Jerylann said our goal is to add three new members this year and we have some potential members in the works already.
 
The Youth Service Chair is currently open.  Please contact Heather if you are interested in helping with that.
 
We are also looking for a Public Relations Chair.
 
Our Community Service Chair is Tori.
 
Our International Service Chair is Jack.
 
Our Community Grants Chair is Anita.  We are looking for someone to work with Anita this year to possibly take over this role in future years.
 
Our Endowment Chair is Ken.  We are still looking for one more member to serve on the Endowment Board.
 
Mark your Calendars: Our next Meeting is Tuesday, July 20th, at 12:15 pm at the Adobe Building and then an evening social on July 27th at Cascal’s.
 
Serve to Change Lives! Happy Rotary New Year!
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Meeting Notes -- June 1, 2021

Meeting Notes
June 1, 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.” 
 
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 although we are not quite there yet.  If you have not yet donated, please make your contribution of any amount as soon as possible and no later than the end of June so we can reach our goal.  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 Mountain View Rotary Endowment Board is still seeking one member to fill an open position starting in June.  Please contact Ken Schwaderer is you are interested in serving.
 
Heather and Anita are working on a Kick Out Celebration for Presidents Paul and Tom on the evening of June 22nd.  The event will be a modified Rotating Dinner with Zoom Kick Out for all to enjoy.  They still need volunteers to host for the outside dinners.  Contact Heather is you are willing to host.
 
The Memorial Celebration for Dave Cole took place on Saturday, May 22nd, and if you were not able to attend, the video link is still available at https://viewlogies.net/spangler/cSTCj1mSR and the PIN is 714315. 
 
The Cole Family has suggested that any donations in Dave’s honor be made to the Mountain View Rotary Club. Donations may be made by check, credit card or Paypal. Please make checks payable to: "Rotary Club of Mountain View LEF" and mail to the following address: Rotary Club of Mountain View, PO Box 390280, Mountain View, CA 94039. To donate via Paypal or credit card, please visit the following link: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=6JV2P2MFD8BFA
 
Jim Cunningham visited Ernie at his new place and thought it was very nice and quite easy to get to.
 
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
 
Anita introduced all of the representatives of the organizations receiving grants from our Club this year.
 
Carol Olson spoke about the Mentor Tutor Connection.  They are celebrating twenty-five years of helping students meet their potential and thrive.  They provide tutoring for elementary and middle school students and mentoring for high school students in Mountain View and Los Altos.  And they successfully met the challenge presented by the pandemic and helped more students than ever during the last year.
 
Joy Garza spoke about the Mountain View Public Safety Foundation Police Activities League (PAL) grant.  The grant will support many of PAL’s activities including the Boxing Program, Mentoring, Net Gain, Field Trips, and Sponsorships for activities for kids who can’t otherwise afford them.  During the pandemic, Officers were able to maintain contact with the kids through phone calls, Zoom meetings, and home visits.  PAL helps build trust between the police and community.  Joy introduce Amber Wilson who is the new Executive Director of MVPSF starting this week.
 
Christine Salinas spoke about LifeMoves in Mountain View.  LifeMoves is the largest provider assisting the homeless population in Silicon Valley.  Their newest shelter just opened in Mountain View.  It is located on Leghorn near Costco and can accommodate 124 clients.  When it reaches capacity, it will cut homelessness fifty percent in Mountain View.  The grant funds will be used to purchase books for the children in the program.
 
Bruce McFarlane spoke about the MVLA Scholars Program.  The program has five steps.  First, mentors help students with the college applications process.  Twenty-five to thirty students are awarded scholarships each year which are renewable as long as they progress successfully.  Mentors work with the scholars throughout their time in college.  The Career Launch Team helps scholars get internships and jobs.  During the pandemic, students were challenged to develop their own self-study internships.  And there is a big celebration for all the college graduates in the program.  The grant funds will be used to help fund supplemental unpaid internships for scholars.
 
Lois Bridges spoke about the Bring Me A Book program.  Their focus is on helping overcome book scarcity.  Children are matched with books according to their interests.  They provide book access in the home, schools, and public libraries.  They also work with homeless shelters, Boys and Girls Clubs, and Children’s Hospitals.
 
Next Meeting
 
Our next meeting is the Kick Out for Presidents Paul and Tom on Tuesday evening, June 22, 2021.  More details about this event to come.
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Meeting Notes -- May 18, 2021

Meeting Notes
May 18, 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.” 
 
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 although we are not quite there yet.  If you have not yet donated, please make your contribution of any amount as soon as possible so we can reach our goal.  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.
 
Heather presented her slate of Club Officers, Board Members and Committee Chairs 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
 
All positions were voted in unanimously and everyone appreciates those who are serving.
 
The Mountain View Rotary Endowment Board is seeking members to fill open positions starting in June.  Tori volunteered to serve and one more member is needed.  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.  The raffle to stay at Tori’s property in Half Moon Bay will be held in the next week or so.
 
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.
 
The Memorial Celebration for Dave Cole will be on Saturday, May 22nd, at 11:00 am, at Spangler’s Sunnyvale Chapel, 174 N. Sunnyvale Avenue.  There is parking in the back of the Chapel and at a park nearby.  Plan to arrive a few minutes early and all guests are asked to wear a facemask.  Attire will be casual in keeping with Dave’s style.  The Cole Family will be hosting a lunch at Dave and Cindy’s home following the service.  It will also be live streamed for those who are not able to attend.  Please email Jim Spangler for the link.
 
The Cole Family has suggested that any donations in Dave’s honor be made to the Mountain View Rotary Club. Donations may be made by check, credit card or Paypal. Please make checks payable to: "Rotary Club of Mountain View LEF" and mail to the following address: Rotary Club of Mountain View, PO Box 390280, Mountain View, CA 94039. To donate via Paypal or credit card, please visit the following link: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=6JV2P2MFD8BFA
 
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 speaker, Renee Zimmerman, who is the Executive Director of the Silicon Valley YMCA which includes the Mountain View YMCA.  Renee is also a member of the Los Altos Rotary Club.
 
Prior to COVID, some of the programs the Mountain View YMCA was featuring included:
-A youth swim safety partnership with Mountain View Police targeting kids most at risk
-For teens, there was a youth government program and working with AVID students
-For military families at Moffett Field, there was a Dance For All program
 
Other programs included:
-Health Transition – cardiac and pulmonary rehab
-Live Strong Living Well – cancer survivors
-Parkinson’s Exercise Program
-Diabetes Prevention Program
 
When COVID hit, after March 17, 2020, the YMCA ceased all operations and most employees were furloughed.  Members were asked to continue paying monthly dues which were treated as donations.  Funds raised were used to help the furloughed staff.  And the YMCA began providing emergency child care for health care workers at El Camino Hospital.
 
From April to May, 2020, the YMCA participated in the City of Mountain View’s Resiliency Task Force.  The YMCA also expanded its emergency child care to all affected hospital workers.
 
From June to August, 2020, the YMCA put several programs in place:
-Modified day camp for children of essential workers
-Summer food program serving more than 1,000 meals
-Virtual programs
-Outreach to isolated seniors
-Outdoor pool reopened
-Outdoor fitness area was established
 
From September, 2020, to April, 2021, the YMCA assisted seven school districts with distance learning and worked through multiple pivots with allowable fitness activities.
 
Moving forward, the YMCA will strive to provide:
-Support for families including child care and distance learning
-Continue to offer outdoor and virtual options for fitness and other activities
-Members in this area have been much slower to return than in other parts of the country
 
For summer, 2021, day camps are nearly full, swim lessons are full, returning to youth sports, more members are returning, and the YMCA is anxiously awaiting the big reveal from the state on June 15th and what it will allow.
 
Next Meeting
 
Tuesday, June 1, 2021, via Zoom.  Social time starts at 12:00 pm with the meeting beginning at 12:15 pm.  Our Grant recipients for the year will each give a short talk.
 
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Meeting Notes -- May 4, 2021

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.
 
 
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Meeting Notes -- April 20, 2021

Meeting Notes
April 20, 2021
 
Today was our first joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Munich East in Germany via Zoom.  Members of both clubs were very excited to meet each other and share information.
 
Munich East President Amir Borenstein opened the meeting and welcomed everyone attending.  The time in Munich was 7:30 pm and in Mountain View it was 10:30 am.  President Borenstein stated that the meeting was an opportunity to exchange cultures and see the difference between Rotarians’ lives during the pandemic.
 
President Borenstein gave us some information about the Rotary Club of Munich East.  The club is about twenty years old and they meet in the evenings.  They currently have 57 members and they are a family oriented club with most of their activities including families.  Their social projects have a strong focus on education including reading, providing books to low income students, and helping out in schools.  Their international project is providing materials for schools in South Africa.
 
Rotary Club of Mountain View President Paul then gave an overview of our club.  It was chartered in 1924 and we have 32 active members.  Our local projects include a community grants program, college scholarships, Cops and Gobblers Thanksgiving food drive, CSA food bank, and trail clean up.  Internationally, we help sponsor a health clinic in Tanzania and a fresh water project in Peru.  We raise most of our funds by sponsoring an annual crab feed.
 
Gunther provided a perspective between the culture he experienced in Silicon Valley and at home in Germany.  He said Mountain View Rotary was the key to learning about Silicon Valley receiving a great deal of insight from members who had grown up in the Valley and done business there for many years.,  He has recently written a book about his experience in Silicon Valley.
 
Tom in his role at the Executive Director of Community Services Agency provided insight into how the pandemic has affected this community.  CSA has a staff of forty people with more than 700 volunteers.  The agency assists the underserved with food and shelter and other basic necessities.  Although income inequality existed before, it was greatly exacerbated by the pandemic. 
 
As the Superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos High School District, Nellie spoke about the effect of the pandemic on schools.  There is a wide gap between student resources in the district with 20% of the students at or below the poverty level.  The district began distance learning on March 13, 2020, and April 19, 2021, was the first day that students returned to classes at school.  About half the students returned to school and half elected to continue distance learning.  For the students at school, they are located three feet apart and must wear face coverings.  No visitors are allowed at the schools, filtration and cleaning have been increased, and students are tested for COVID frequently.  Almost all of the teachers have been vaccinated, but very few of the students have received vaccinations.  Teachers are providing instruction in both the classroom and remotely.  Counseling continues to be available for both the students and the staff.
 
Jack spoke about the effects of the pandemic on the economy and investments.  Historically, the economy has done well during previous pandemics.  It increased by 12% last year and it is currently booming with innovation opportunities.  Two areas of innovation to consider are self-driving cars and space travel.  Both are on the cusp of becoming mainstream in modern society.  If you aren’t investing in innovation, you probably won’t be maximizing your portfolio.
 
Thomas invited everyone to visit Munich and the Rotary Club of Munich East which is considered to be the “Tech Club in Germany.”  Munich is the Silicon Valley of Germany with Google and Apple both having a presence.  When he came to the United States, Thomas joined the Mountain View Rotary Club to be able to get a better sense of Silicon Valley and Rotary in California.  He experienced service at CSA and the tech and educational institutions in the Valley.  He also noted how the Rotary rituals and meetings were different in Mountain View than in his home club of Munich East.
 
A big thank you to Thomas and Heather for putting the meeting together.
 
Ernie Hawks’ new address is at Merrill Gardens at Willow Glen, San Jose which is very close to 280/Meridian exit and about 1 mile from Heather’s home.
1420 Curci Dr., Apt 229
San Jose, CA 95125
 
Still the same phone and email to reach Ernie:
760-218-1139
 
Next Meeting
 
Tuesday, May 4, 2021, via Zoom.  Social time will start at 12:00 pm with the meeting beginning at 12:15 pm.  Our speaker is Stave Geisheker talking about Monrovia and LEAD Africa School.
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Meetings Notes -- April 6, 2021

Meeting Notes
April 6, 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 Ann Raphael to the meeting as a guest.
 
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.  Mandy reported that we have received donations from about 70% (24) of our members so far for a total of $8,600.  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 mandyandrai@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.
 
From Heather:  We are still in need of speakers for our meetings in May and June.  If you have speaker ideas, please sign up for a week(s) or month via this spreadsheet or contact me by email (hsten@me.com) or phone:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yWN7DTtzVo5i8Zk8lAeZFM8f6fZ0D5-b/view?usp=sharing.
 
Heather shared an upcoming exciting opportunity.  We will be having a joint meeting via Zoom with the Rotary Club of Munich on April 20th, starting at 10:30 am (it will be evening in Germany).  This is Thomas Dittler’s home club.  Heather asked us to let her know if we have any stories we would like to share during the meeting.
 
Heather informed us of the upcoming District Training event which will be offered virtually starting on Saturday, April 24th.  All club members are welcome to attend.  Feel free to contact Heather for further information.
 
Heather also told us that she had contact with our local Interactors who thanked us for the opportunity to present at our last meeting and reported that they were on target to write 100 letters to Seniors in the area.
 
Anita announced that the Club has received grant applications from three organizations and is expecting one additional application.  This year’s theme is Education and Literacy and we have approximately $14,000 for the grants.  Anita expects to have recommendations for the awards by next week.
 
Ernie has moved to a new Senior Living Facility in Gilroy, but will continue to be as active as he can once he gets settled.
 
Hal shared an awesome photo of him holding his new Granddaughter.
 
Nellie told us that Mountain View High School is expected to offer in person learning starting on April 19th.  So far, about 50% of the students are planning to return to the campus and 50% will continue with distance learning.  The District will also offer increased summer sessions to help students that have fallen behind.
 
Sanjay shared that the winner of our Club’s Speech Contest is now advancing to the Area Speech Contest which is being held this evening starting at 6:30 pm.
 
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 speaker, Nancy Minicucci, on the topic of Safe Cosmetics and Fight On Capitol Hill.
 
The purpose of Nancy’s talk was to help us be able to choose safe personal care products.  The FDA is not authorized to regulate personal care products.  The last regulations enacted by the federal government for cosmetics was in 1938.  There are only 30 ingredients that are banned in the United States versus 600 ingredients banned in Europe.
 
Nancy is associated with Beauty Counter with a mission to get safer [beauty and personal care] products into the hands of everyone.  The three pillars of the organization are:
            Formulate
            Educate
            Advocate
 
The organizations offers a “Never List” which notes banned chemicals that are in personal care products.  If fragrance is listed in the contents of a product, it is a concern, as companies are not required to disclose the chemicals used to make up the scent.
 
Beauty Counter advocates at all levels of the government for safe products.  This has included 135,000 emails, 10,000 phone calls, and 1,250 meetings.  California is now starting to enact regulations on personal care products.
 
What do we need to do?
            Know what is in the products
            Compare ingredients with the “Never List.”
Check out the website www.EWG.org to see if products are safe (this can be used for food products as well)
Avoid anything that has “fragrance” in it
Swap out products with safer options
 
Nancy’s contact information is:
            Email:  nenzimini@yahoo.com
            Cell:  408-206-3573
            Website:  www.beautycounter.com/nancyminicucci
 
Next Meeting
 
Tuesday, April 20, 2021, via Zoom.  This is our joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Munich, Germany so it will start at 10:30 am.  This is an exciting opportunity and we hope everyone will be able to attend.  And don’t forget to let Heather know if you have any stories you would like to share.
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Meeting Notes -- March 16, 2021

Meeting Notes
March 16, 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.” 
 
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.  Mandy reported that we have received donations from about 65% of our members so far.  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 mandyandrai@gmail.com.
 
Mandy and the Club congratulated Roger for reaching the next level of his Paul Harris Award with his most recent contribution to the Foundation.
 
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.
 
From Heather:  We are still in need of speakers for our meetings in May and June.  If you have speaker ideas, please sign up for a week(s) or month via this spreadsheet or contact me by email (hsten@me.com) or phone:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yWN7DTtzVo5i8Zk8lAeZFM8f6fZ0D5-b/view?usp=sharing.
 
Heather shared an upcoming exciting opportunity.  We will be having a joint meeting via Zoom with the Rotary Club of Munich on April 20th, starting at 10:30 am (it will be evening in Germany).  This is Thomas Dittler’s home club.  Heather asked us to let her know if we have any stories we would like to share during the meeting.
 
President Paul has asked that all members consider donating whatever they would have spent on tickets to the Crab Feed.  The funds will be used for the Club’s charitable grants for the year.  So far, we have received about $9,000 from Members of the Club.  We are scheduled to decide on this year’s grants at the end of March, so now is the time to make your contribution if you haven’t already.  Members may make their checks out to “Mountain View Rotary Endowment” and send them to Mountain View Rotary Endowment, PO Box 390280, Mountain View, California 94041.  Please note, if you want to use the envelope that was provided with the letter you received, the Post Office Box number is wrong and it will need to be corrected to 390280.  All donations to the Mountain View Rotary Endowment are fully tax deductible.  And thanks to Tori’s incredible kindness, for every $60 donated, you will get a chance to win a weekend stay (three days and two nights) at Tori’s property in Half Moon Bay with the drawing to be held in March.
 
Anita announced that the Club is accepting Community Grant requests until the end of March.  This year’s theme is Education and Literacy.  The link for the grant application form is: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1SULhpIHO_nylhiIuv8qjcz6Pux84fPoPAg0zsaDEvBc/prefill
 
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
 
Our program today was our Club’s Annual Speech Contest that was actually done by video in February.  Sanjay shared the videos of our three contestants who were part of the MVLA Speech and Debate Team.  The theme was “Rotary Opens Opportunities.”  Here are the results:
 
1st Place:  Shreya Anand
2nd Place:  Ethan Huang
3rd Place:  Akshay Shivkumar
 
Everyone was impressed by all three speakers and much appreciation to Sanjay for coordinating the contest and to our judges, Heather, Scott, and Jack, as well as Judy for her help with the event.
 
Heather introduced Jeanie Chan who is a member of the Lynbrook High School Interact Club.  Jeanie gave us an update on the local and international projects the Interact Clubs are working on.
 
Next Meeting
 
Tuesday, April 6, 2021, via Zoom.  Social time will start at 12:00 pm with the meeting beginning at 12:15 pm.  Our speaker is Nancy Minicucci on the topic of Safer Cosmetics and Fight on Capitol Hill.
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Meeting Notes -- March 2, 2021

Meeting Notes
March 2, 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.” 
 
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 mandyandrai@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.
 
From Heather:  We are still in need of speakers for our meetings in April and May.  If you have speaker ideas, please sign up for a week(s) or month via this spreadsheet or contact me by email (hsten@me.com) or phone:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yWN7DTtzVo5i8Zk8lAeZFM8f6fZ0D5-b/view?usp=sharing.
 
President Paul has asked that all members consider donating whatever they would have spent on tickets to the Crab Feed.  The funds will be used for the Club’s charitable grants for the year.  So far, we have received about $9,000 from Members of the Club.  Members may make their checks out to “Mountain View Rotary Endowment” and send them to Mountain View Rotary Endowment, PO Box 390280, Mountain View, California 94041.  Please note, if you want to use the envelope that was provided with the letter you received, the Post Office Box number is wrong and it will need to be corrected to 390280.  All donations to the Mountain View Rotary Endowment are fully tax deductible.  And thanks to Tori’s incredible kindness, for every $60 donated, you will get a chance to win a weekend stay (three days and two nights) at Tori’s property in Half Moon Bay with the drawing to be held in March.
 
Anita announced that the Club will begin accepting Community Grant requests.  This year’s theme is Education and Literacy.  The link for the grant application form is: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1SULhpIHO_nylhiIuv8qjcz6Pux84fPoPAg0zsaDEvBc/prefill
 
President Elect Heather is in the process of forming her Board for the next Rotary year.  If anyone is interested in a most exciting position on the Board, please contact either Heather or Past President Tom.  If we are short of volunteers, Tom has indicated that he will shift into draft mode.
 
Everyone in the Club was excited to greet our newest Member Prospect, Dr. Nellie Meyer, Superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos High School District.  Sanjay introduced Nellie to the Club.  She was originally from the San Diego area and received her EdD at San Diego State University.  She is married to Marty and has two adult children who live in San Diego.  She also has two very lovable Labrador Retrievers.  President Paul conducted the induction ceremony for Nellie and everyone welcomed her as the newest member of our club.  Following her induction, Nellie thanked everyone and said she was looking forward to her membership.
 
Hal shared with us that his Son Brent and Daughter-In-Law Natalie welcomed a baby girl named Leora.  All are doing well and Hal is very happy to be a Grandfather.
 
Tom informed us that Hart’s Mother passed away last night.  President Paul expressed condolences on behalf of the Club.
 
Sanjay gave us a brief update on the Speech Contest and said that he will present the videos of the contestants at our next meeting.
 
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 our speaker, Lisa Schader.  She is a woman of many talents – financial coach, photographer, blogger, and Mother of three active boys.  Her talk is about the business of blogging and how blogging can help with any business
 
Lisa told us she was fairly new to blogging.  Her blog is called MoneyFitMoms with a focus on assisting women and their families with financial management.  Her blog has been active for more than a year and she is continuing to learn and improve the blog.  During the first year, she actually lost money on the blog, but she is now starting to see a monthly profit.
 
Lisa gave us an example of one of her colleague’s blog called HouseOfNashEats.  This blog was started in 2016 and currently has more than 750,000 views per month.  She works about twenty hours per week and her estimated income in 2021 is over $400,000.
 
Some factors of a successful blog include the length of time it has existed, content, number of posts per week, the amount of traffic on the blog, and secondary topics on the blog.  Some ways to generate traffic for the blog are (5) referrals from other websites, (4) social media, (3) email list, (2) search engines, (1) and most of all from Pintrest!!!  Blogs make money from ads, sponsored posts, affiliates like Amazon and other larger networks, and creating personal products and services such as coaching, courses, etc.
 
There are several steps to build a successful blog.  First, it is a good idea to take a blogging course.  Then build the blog itself.  There is software to assist with this such as Wix, Square Space, etc.  Next comes writing posts and making them visible to search engines.  Add images and pins.  Get the blog out on social media.  Schedule time to work on it regularly.  With the goal being to produce passive income – when the blog works harder than you do.
 
The top tips include:  1) Start with your WHY; 2) Build your EMAIL LIST; 3) Look for AFFILIATES; 4) Add VIDEO; 5) Enjoy the journey and celebrate wins.
 
For questions or more information, you can contact Lisa at lisa2MoneyFitMoms.com.
 
Next Meeting
 
Tuesday, March 16, 2021, via Zoom.  Social time will start at 12:00 pm with the meeting beginning at 12:15 pm.
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Meeting Notes -- February 16, 2021

Meeting Notes
February 16, 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.” 
 
We welcomed Tom Moran as our Rotary Guest today.
 
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 mandyandrai@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.
 
From Heather:  We are still in need of speakers for our meetings in April and May.  If you have speaker ideas, please sign up for a week(s) or month via this spreadsheet or contact me by email (hsten@me.com) or phone:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yWN7DTtzVo5i8Zk8lAeZFM8f6fZ0D5-b/view?usp=sharing.
 
President Paul has asked that all members consider donating whatever they would have spent on tickets to the Crab Feed.  The funds will be used for the Club’s charitable grants for the year.  So far, we have received about $6,500 from Members of the Club.  Members may make their checks out to “Mountain View Rotary Endowment” and send them to Mountain View Rotary Endowment, PO Box 390280, Mountain View, California 94041.  All donations to the Mountain View Rotary Endowment are fully tax deductible.  And thanks to Tori’s incredible kindness, for every $60 donated, you will get a chance to win a weekend stay (three days and two nights) at Tori’s property in Half Moon Bay with the drawing to be held in March.
 
Anita announced that the Club will begin accepting Community Grant requests.  This year’s theme is Education and Literacy.  The link for the grant application form is: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1SULhpIHO_nylhiIuv8qjcz6Pux84fPoPAg0zsaDEvBc/prefill
 
President Elect Heather is in the process of forming her Board for the next Rotary year.  If anyone is interested in a most exciting position on the Board, please contact either Heather or Past President Tom.  If we are short of volunteers, Tom has indicated that he will shift into draft mode.
 
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 our own Dr. Steve Nichols.  Steve has specialized in Internal and Geriatric Medicine for thirty-five years and he has been a member of our Club for thirty years.
 
Steve began by providing information about the pandemic.  The last pandemic in our country was in 1918 which resulted in many deaths.  COVID 19 is believed to have originated in Wuhan, China, possibly from bats and then making the transition from animals to humans.  The incubation period for COVID is between two and fourteen days with the peak at five days.  Anyone exposed to COVID must isolate for fourteen days.  Anyone infected with COVID must isolate for ten days after the positive test.  Anywhere between a third and half the people who contract COVID have no symptoms, but they can transmit the disease to others.  81% of the people with COVID have mild to moderate symptoms.  14% have severe symptoms which may require hospitalization.  5% have critical symptoms which may result in death.  COVID may lead to chronic symptoms and organ failure including blood clots, heart attacks, cognitive issues, and kidney and liver failure
 
Steve then told us about the available vaccines.  There are currently two options available for the vaccine, Pfizer and Moderna.  They are using a new Messenger RNA technology for these vaccines.  With the first dose, you have approximately 50 to 80% protection from COVID.  And the second dose increases the protection up to as high as 95%.  The time between doses is three weeks for Pfizer and four weeks for Moderna.  A side effect after the first dose is a sore arm and after the second dose, possibly a day or two of body ache, fatigue, chills and fever.  At this time, it is unknown how long the vaccines will last and we may need to get them annually.
 
Two additional vaccines are likely to become available soon, AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson which are both vector vaccines.  For AstraZeneca, it is 75% effective after the first dose and 86% effective after the second dose.  Johnson and Johnson only requires one dose and it is 66% effective.  Both AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson may be stored at room temperature where Pfizer and Moderna must be stored at an extremely low temperature.
 
All four of the vaccines are very good at preventing severe cases of COVID as well as cutting down on the rates of transmissions to others.  There is no cost for the vaccines as they are provided by the government.
 
Next Meeting
 
Tuesday, March 2, 2021, via Zoom.  Social time will start at 12:00 pm with the meeting beginning at 12:15 pm. Our speaker will be Lisa Schader talking about “The Business of Blogging and How a Blog Can Help Any Business.”
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Meeting Notes -- February 2, 2021

Meeting Notes
February 2, 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.” 
 
Mandy is our Rotary Foundation Chair and she wanted to share that we have raised $7,600 for the Foundation with 20 Members donating so far.  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 mandyandrai@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.
 
From Heather:  If you have speaker ideas for the upcoming year, please sign up for a week(s) or month via this spreadsheet or contact me by email (hsten@me.com) or phone:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yWN7DTtzVo5i8Zk8lAeZFM8f6fZ0D5-b/view?usp=sharing.
 
President Paul announced that we will be unable to have a Crab Feed event this year because of the pandemic.  He asked that all members consider donating whatever they would have spent on tickets to the Crab Feed.  The funds will be used for the Club’s charitable grants for the year.  Members may make their checks out to “Mountain View Rotary Endowment” and send them to Mountain View Rotary Endowment, PO Box 390280, Mountain View, California 94041.  All donations to the Mountain View Rotary Endowment are fully tax deductible.  And thanks to Tori’s incredible kindness, for every $60 donated, you will get a chance to win a weekend stay (three days and two nights) at Tori’s property in Half Moon Bay with the drawing to be held in March.
 
Anita announced that the Club will begin accepting Community Grant requests.  This year’s theme is Education and Literacy.  The link for the grant application form is: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1SULhpIHO_nylhiIuv8qjcz6Pux84fPoPAg0zsaDEvBc/prefill
 
President Elect Heather is in the process of forming her Board for the next Rotary year.  If anyone is interested in a most exciting position on the Board, please contact either Heather or Past President Tom.  If we are short of volunteers, Tom has indicated that he will shift into draft mode.
 
Heather also told us that this year’s Rotary International Conference in Taipei has been canceled because of the pandemic and it will be replaced with a virtual conference.
 
Sanjay informed us that our Speech Contest this year will be virtual and we currently have two contestants with hopefully more to come.  Jack, Scott, and Heather volunteered to serve as judges for the contest and Judy volunteered to be the teller.
 
Visitors to the meeting today included Bruce Karney, Tom Moran, and Mitch.
 
We wished President Paul and First Lady Susan a happy Nineteenth Anniversary.  And we congratulated Scott on his retirement from Villa Siena.
 
President Paul announced that there would be no in person meetings through the month of April, but he is hopeful that we may be able to resume our meetings as early as May.
 
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 our own Jack Wong to provide an Update on the Market and the Club’s Endowment.
 
Jack started out listing the winners of a contest he offered when he gave his last presentation to the Club.  Some of our members were quite astute predicting the progress of equities during the last year.  Jack donate $100 to the Club Endowment to honor the winners.
 
Jack indicated that the market will likely continue its Bullish trend for at least the next twelve months.  With interest rates low, there is a great deal of focus on the Equities Market.  Also, the new stimulus funds will help fuel the positive movement.
 
Some of the areas Jack has seen the biggest growth in during the pandemic are in technology and home improvement.
 
Some concerns affecting the market include a possible increase in interest rates, uncertainty of the new administration, stocks being overpriced, and increasing inflation due to costs associated with the pandemic.
 
Investments to consider at this time involve what people are using day to day. Some areas of interest are lithium batteries, ecommerce shopping, innovation technologies, and energy recovery.
 
Our Club’s Endowment has done very well during the last year with an increase of more than 23%.
 
Next Meeting
 
Tuesday, February 16, 2021, via Zoom.  Social time will start at 12:00 pm with the meeting beginning at 12:15 pm. Our speaker will be Doctor Steve Nichols giving us an Update On the Pandemic and Vaccine. 
 
There will be a Board Meeting on Thursday, February 11, 2021, starting at 5:30 pm via Zoom.
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Meeting Notes -- January 19, 2021

Meeting Notes
January 19, 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.” 
 
Mandy is our Rotary Foundation Chair and she wanted to celebrate four Club Members who have reached new levels in giving to the Foundation:
 
Jack Wong reached Level 6
Jim Cunningham reached Level 5
Bruce Barsi reached Level 4
Heather Stenshamn reached Level 3
 
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 mandyandrai@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.
 
From Heather:  If you have speaker ideas for the upcoming year, please sign up for a week(s) or month via this spreadsheet or contact me by email (hsten@me.com) or phone:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yWN7DTtzVo5i8Zk8lAeZFM8f6fZ0D5-b/view?usp=sharing.
 
President Paul announced that we will be unable to have a Crab Feed event this year because of the pandemic.  He asked that all members consider donating whatever they would have spent on tickets to the Crab Feed.  The funds will be used for the Club’s charitable grants for the year.  Members may make their checks out to “Mountain View Rotary Endowment” and send them to Mountain View Rotary Endowment, PO Box 390280, Mountain View, California 94041.  All donations to the Mountain View Rotary Endowment are fully tax deductible.
 
The Club is sponsoring four students for a virtual Camp RYLA this year.
 
President Elect Heather is in the process of forming her Board for the next Rotary year.  If anyone is interested in a most exciting position on the Board, please contact either Heather or Past President Tom.  If we are short of volunteers, Tom has indicated that he will shift into draft mode.
 
Several of our Members’ canine companions joined us to see some of their canine colleagues in action.  Those Members included Hal, Anita, Roger, Alan and Paul.
 
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 or speaker, Thida Cornes, with her canine companion Nakoma, to talk to us about Canine Companions For Independence.  Thida was also accompanied by Shari who is a Breeder/Caretaker.
 
The program was founding in 1975, initially for Service Dogs, but it has since been expanded to include Companions, Therapy Dogs, and Dogs to Assist with PTSD.
 
The canines in the program remain with their Breeder/Caretaker for the first eight weeks.  Then they go to a Puppy Raiser until they are eighteen months where they learn basic commands and they are exposed to various situations in the environment.  Following that, the canines are assigned to one of six geographical regions where they receive professional training in one of the various specialties.  Upon completion of the training, they are matched to a person to provide assistance.  All of the canines live a comfortable live and are well taken care of when they retire from service.
 
The cost of a service canine is $50,000.  The program accepts donations and volunteers to assist with training and socialization.
 
Next Meeting
 
Tuesday, February 2, 2021, via Zoom.  Social time will start at 12:00 pm with the meeting beginning at 12:15 pm. Our speaker will be our own Jack Wong giving us a Financial Market Outlook along with an update on the Club’s Endowment Performance. 
 
There will be a Board Meeting on Thursday, February 11, 2021, starting at 5:30 pm via Zoom.
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Meeting Notes -- January 5, 2021

Meeting Notes
January 5, 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.” 
 
Mandy is our Rotary Foundation Chair this year 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 mandyandrai@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.
 
From Heather:  If you have speaker ideas for the upcoming year, please sign up for a week(s) or month via this spreadsheet or contact me by email (hsten@me.com) or phone:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yWN7DTtzVo5i8Zk8lAeZFM8f6fZ0D5-b/view?usp=sharing.
 
Sanjay presented several options for this year’s Mountain View Rotary Speech Contest.  After some discussion, the Club settled on the Zoom Appointment option.  The contest will be completed by February 27th with the first place winner receiving $100, second place $50, and third place $25.
 
President Paul announced that we will be unable to have a Crab Feed event this year because of the pandemic.  He asked that all members consider donating whatever they would have spent on tickets to the Crab Feed.  The funds will be used for the Club’s charitable grants for the year.  Members may make their checks out to “Mountain View Rotary Endowment” and send them to Mountain View Rotary Endowment, PO Box 390280, Mountain View, California 94041.  All donations to the Mountain View Rotary Endowment are fully tax deductible.
 
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
 
Sanjay introduced Dr. Nellie Meyer who is the Superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District.
 
2020 was definitely a challenging year for MVLAUHSD, but much was accomplished.
 
The goals and progression of learning during the pandemic have included:
-Safe students and staff
-Virtual learning
-Safe cohort return
-Return to traditional learning
 
The District had implemented the “safe cohort return” and was moving toward the “return to traditional learning” when the pandemic levels increased sharply in early December, causing a return to “virtual learning.”
 
The Governor has set four pillars to address learning during the pandemic:
-Funding – MVLAUHSD receives $450 per student
-Safety and Mitigation – this includes testing, personal protective equipment, contract tracing, and vaccinations
-Oversight and Assistance
-Transparency and Accountability
 
MVLAUHSD has received $2,300,000 from the federal and state governments to address issues related to the pandemic.
 
To date, MVLAUHSD has had a total of twelve COVID cases, nine involving students and three involving staff.
 
Next Meeting
 
Tuesday, January 19, 2021, via Zoom.  Social time will start at 12:00 pm with the meeting beginning at 12:15 pm. Our speaker will be Thida Cornes and her service companion Nakoma from Canine Companions for Independence who provide information about the program and show some tricks.  Heather challenges all members to join during our social hour for share and tell of their canine companions!!!
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Meeting Notes -- December 15, 2020

Meeting Notes
December 15, 2020
 
President Elect Heather 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.” 
 
Mandy is our Rotary Foundation Chair this year 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 mandyandrai@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.
 
From Heather:  If you have speaker ideas for the upcoming year, please sign up for a week(s) or month via this spreadsheet or contact me by email (hsten@me.com) or phone:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yWN7DTtzVo5i8Zk8lAeZFM8f6fZ0D5-b/view?usp=sharing.  She is still looking for a speaker for our first meeting in January.
 
Our family and friends visitors today included Mitch, Kathleen, Anne, Bruce Karney, Suzanne, Children Daniel, and Grandchildren Remy, Carter and River.
 
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.
 
Today’s Event
 
We had a wonderful Holiday event which was coordinated by our President Elect Heather and enjoyed by all.  It was great to see everyone and especially our family members including several Children and Grandchildren.
 
The event kicked off with a very competitive Ugly Sweater Contest.  It was nip and tuck with a few snags as our members really know how to do ugly when it comes to a sweater.  Our most esteemed judge Daniel made the tough call and awarded Alan third place, Jim Spangler second place and Tori first place for her Grinch sweater.  Thanks to all who participated and especially Daniel for his great taste of ugly in sweaters!
 
Then we had a very wonderful, uplifting virtual concert of Holiday music by the Mountain View Madrigals sharing their message of Hope and Peace. Go to: https://jilldenny.weebly.com if you wish to purchase their HOPE CD in download format for $10. The Madrigals perform a virtual holiday concert on Friday, December 18th at 7:15pm, and you can view details at https://jilldenny.weebly.com.  Our club supported the choir with a donation of $200 for the concert. Thank you all for joining and sharing holiday spirit!!  Happy Hannukah 🕎 Merry Christmas 🎄 Happy New Year!!!
 
Members thanked Heather for putting on a fantastic Holiday event.
 
President Paul ended our last meeting of the year wishing everyone Safe, Healthy and Happy Holidays!
 
Next Meeting
 
Tuesday, January 5, 2021, via Zoom.  Social time will start at 12:00 pm with the meeting beginning at 12:15 pm.  More details about this meeting to come.
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Meeting Notes -- December 1, 2020

Meeting Notes
December 1, 2020
 
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.” 
 
Mandy is our Rotary Foundation Chair this year and the goal for the Club is to have 100% participation in this year’s contributions to the Foundation.  So far, we are at 64%.  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 mandyandrai@gmail.com.
 
Paul welcomed Jim Spangler and Jack as the newest members of the President’s Club.  For those 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.
 
Alan spoke to Cindy Cole today and it sounds like Dave is doing well.  She said to say hi to everyone from both of them.  Dave currently has treatment at the time of our meetings so he has been unable to join us, but the treatment schedule may change and we look forward to his wonderful presence when he can.
 
From Heather:  If you have speaker ideas for the upcoming year, please sign up for a week(s) or month via this spreadsheet or contact me by email (hsten@me.com) or phone:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yWN7DTtzVo5i8Zk8lAeZFM8f6fZ0D5-b/view?usp=sharing.  She is still looking for a speaker for our first meeting in January.
 
Heather asked that the Club be informed the Cupertino Rotary Club is hosting a virtual meeting with Rotary International President Holger Knaack on December 9th at 9:00 am (early time due to the time difference).  Cupertino asks that each person registers only himself or herself and that they do not share the Zoom link. To join the event, click the link below, enter some basic information and mark your calendar:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUoc-GvpzguHNwJcJopYU-inIAkrG_YXaYN?fbclid=IwAR3glpbCF9S8pzZ5Rbwcd-W97_6setk3JsiGcWZnj4H5IvR_qZ4DUCpXs4w
 
Heather gave us some details for our virtual Holiday event for our next meeting on December 15th.  Lunch will be provided either via pick up or delivery.  The Mountain View High School Madrigals will present a virtual concert.  And search your closets for a Rotary inspired ugly Holiday sweater contest.  More details on this event will be forthcoming.
 
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.
 
Today’s Speaker
 
Heather introduced our speaker, Justin Lee with Rise Against Hunger.
 
Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief non-profit organization with its mission to eliminate hunger by 2030.  Currently, one in nine people go to bed hungry each day.  They are helping throughout the world, particularly in underdeveloped countries.  The program is multi-faceted:
1)  Nourishing lives
2)  Empower communities
3)  Emergency relief
4)  Grow the movement
 
Many Rotary Clubs around the world are partnering with Rise Against Hunger to raise funds and to volunteer.
 
If you would like to donate to Rise Against Hunger, click on the following link: https://www.riseagainsthunger.org/?form=givingtuesday2020
 
If you would like to volunteer with Rise Against Hunger, they have a community meal packaging event this Saturday, December 5th.  Click on the following ling to register: https://rah.secure.force.com/events/homepage?id=701f1000002zTuOAAU
 
Next Meeting
 
Tuesday, December 15, 2020, via Zoom.  Social time will start at 12:00 pm with the meeting beginning at 12:15 pm.  This will be our Holiday Celebration with more details to come.
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Meeting Notes -- November 17, 2020

Meeting Notes
November 17, 2020
 
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.” 
 
Mandy is our Rotary Foundation Chair this year 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 mandyandrai@gmail.com.
 
Paul welcomed Sheila, Sanjay, and Thomas as the newest members of the President’s Club.  For those 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.
 
Sanjay and Roger also made very generous donations to the Club’s Endowment Fund.
 
Paul informed the Club that the Board voted to make a $10,000 donation to the Community Services Agency from the Club’s Operating Funds.
 
From Heather:  If you have speaker ideas for the upcoming year, please sign up for a week(s) or month via this spreadsheet or contact me by email (hsten@me.com) or phone:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yWN7DTtzVo5i8Zk8lAeZFM8f6fZ0D5-b/view?usp=sharing
 
We welcomed Jim Cochran and Lizzie Anumitha, a good friend of Heather’s, to the meeting.
 
Sanjay was congratulated for his recent re-election to Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees.
 
Heather asked that the Club be informed the Cupertino Rotary Club is hosting a virtual meeting with Rotary International President Holger Knaack on December 9th at 9:00 am (early time due to the time difference).  Cupertino asks that each person registers only himself or herself and that they do not share the Zoom link. To join the event, click the link below, enter some basic information and mark your calendar:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUoc-GvpzguHNwJcJopYU-inIAkrG_YXaYN?fbclid=IwAR3glpbCF9S8pzZ5Rbwcd-W97_6setk3JsiGcWZnj4H5IvR_qZ4DUCpXs4w
 
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.
 
Today’s Speaker
 
Heather introduced our speaker, Bridget Johns who is the CMO of RetailNext.
 
RetailNext uses technology to gather instore shopping behavior data to assist with operations management including staffing and details of how merchandise is displayed.  It has become even more useful during the pandemic as it provides information about the store’s occupancy level in regard to the regulations in effect.
 
Things are likely to change in the post COVID world and RetailNext will be able to assist businesses with the transition.  We will find:
1)  Retail sales is everywhere
2)  There will be fewer, but improved malls
3)  The instore experience will remain important
4)  There continues to be many functions of a store
5)  Brands can go directly to the consumer
6)  Transparency is important
 
RetailNext offers real time information to consumers
1)  How busy is a particular store?
2)  If there is a wait, how long is it?
3)  Can establish a virtual que.
 
RetailNext has the ability to determine efficiency of the new normal shopping experience.
 
Ernie’s 95th Birthday
 
Our members met early before the regular meeting to celebrate Ernie’s 95th Birthday.  There were many great memories with Ernie shared and everyone wished him a very Happy Birthday and continued happiness.  Roger ordered Ernie a special Birthday Meal from Chef Chu’s with his favorite dishes.  Bert serenaded with a very fine version of Happy Birthday on his fiddle.  And Heather created and outstanding pictorial tribute to the many years of service that Ernie has given to Rotary.  We closed the celebration with one of the Club’s most memorable singing renditions of a Zoom Happy Birthday.  Ernie was most thankful to all for a wonderful time.  And a special thank you to Sanjay for organizing it.
 
Here are a few photos of Ernie over the years:
 
 
Next Meeting
 
Tuesday, December 1, 2020, via Zoom.  Social time will start at 12:00 pm with the meeting beginning at 12:15 pm.  Our speaker will be Justin Le on the topic of “Rise Against Hunger and Rotary.”
 
For our meeting on December 15th, Heather is organizing a Holiday Celebration with more details to come.
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Meeting Notes -- November 3, 2020

Meeting Notes
November 3, 2020
 
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.” 
 
Mandy is our Rotary Foundation Chair this year 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.
 
For those 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.
 
From Heather:  If you have speaker ideas for the upcoming year, please sign up for a week(s) or month via this spreadsheet or contact me by email (hsten@me.com) or phone:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yWN7DTtzVo5i8Zk8lAeZFM8f6fZ0D5-b/view?usp=sharing
 
We welcomed Dr. Achal Gang who is considering joining our Club.
 
Paul told us that we would not be able to do a Stevens Creek Trail Cleanup in the near future as the City is reluctant to schedule such events during the pandemic.
 
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.
 
Member Update
 
Cathy – Nothing really new.  Visiting the Farmers Market and some downtown restaurants for takeout.  Haven’t been able to go out dancing for awhile.
 
Scott – Villa Siena is doing good with no COVID outbreaks among the residents.  Shoulder is doing well after replacement surgery and looking forward to resuming tennis activities.
 
Judy – Took the COVID test and it was quick and painless and came back negative.  Heading down to San Diego next week to visit her Son and his family who she hasn’t seen in almost a year.
 
Sanjay – MVLA is possibly looking at some adjustments to grades to reflect distance learning.  They have started learning PODS at school for some of the students that are having difficulty with distance learning.
 
Achal – Will be moving to California soon to be closer to his Son and would like to join our Club.
 
Bert – Term on Grand Jury which had been extended due to COVID is winding down with about a month to go.  Taking fiddle lessons each week and continuing with his Old Time Dance group using Zoom.
 
Hal – During Compassion Week with his Church, he built several planter boxes for a local woman’s shelter.  Having a COVID test on Wednesday in preparation for an upcoming heart procedure.
 
Activity
 
Heather created a very exciting Rotary version of Jeopardy with categories including Election, Rotary, Presidents, Miscellaneous, and Current Events and points from 100 to 500 in each category.  With the combined brain power of our finest members and a little help from Heather’s kids, the Club scored an amazing 5,300 points!  It was a lot of fun and thanks very much to Heather and her Family for a great activity.
 
Vintage Photos
 
Let’s see if anyone can name this adventurous Past President as he navigates his way in the rocks.
 
Next Meeting
 
Tuesday, November 17, 2020, via Zoom.  Social time will start at 12:00 pm with the meeting beginning at 12:15 pm.  Our speaker will be Bridget Johns-Pavlopoulos on the topic of Safe Shopping with ShopSafe.org.
 
There is a Board Meeting on Thursday, November 12th, via Zoom, starting at 5:30 pm
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Meeting Notes -- October 20, 2020

Meeting Notes
October 20, 2020
 
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.” 
 
Paul reminded members that Mandy is the new 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.
 
Paul thanked Tori, Twana, Heather, Scott, Alan, and Bruce for joining the President’s Club.  Alan also joined the President’s Club during the meeting.  The President’s Club is $150 with $100 going to the Club Endowment and $50 going to the Club Account.  For those who would like to join, please make your checks out to the Mountain View Rotary Club and send them to Mountain View Rotary President’s Club, PO Box 390280, Mountain View, California 94041.
 
From Heather:  If you have speaker ideas for the upcoming year, please sign up for a week(s) or month via this spreadsheet or contact me by email (hsten@me.com) or phone:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yWN7DTtzVo5i8Zk8lAeZFM8f6fZ0D5-b/view?usp=sharing
 
Heather welcomed two visitors today, Bodil Jorgensen and Dr. Achal Gang who is considering joining our Club.
 
Heather said it is unlikely that we will be able to have a Holiday event this year because of the pandemic, but she is hopeful that we will be able to have a comparable event in the spring.
 
Jack gave us a brief update on the Club’s Endowment fund letting us know that it has been performing very well this year.
 
Alan received an update from Cindy Cole that Dave is doing well and his recent tests have been positive.
 
Alan will check with the Buddhist Temple to see if they are accepting reservations for next year yet for the Crab Feed.
 
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.
 
Speaker
 
Heather introduced our speaker, Alan Chiu, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Enya.  Alan has been very active in the tech field and has been involved in several local start-ups.
 
Enya has developed software which can assist in identifying and tracking individuals who may have contracted COVID.  It is designed to protect the privacy of individuals and reduce liability for entities which receive this information.
 
FeverIQ is the risk model which is updated frequently with the most current information and symptoms for COVID.  It is based on data from more than five million people in nineteen different countries.  Clients using the software check in daily to determine if they are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID.  All client information remains private with the host only receiving notification if the client may be positive for COVID.  If a client is determined to be at potential risk for COVID, they are immediately sent a test kit at home with a turnaround time of forty-eight hours when completed.
 
Next Meeting
 
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 (Election Day), via Zoom.  Social time will start at 12:00 pm with the meeting beginning at 12:15 pm.  The speaker will be announced.
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Meeting Notes -- October 6, 2020

Meeting Notes
October 6, 2020
 
Here’s our news for this week:
 
Rotary News
 
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.” 
 
Paul thanked Mandy Andrei for taking over as Foundation Chair for this year.
 
Heather introduced guest Carol Olsen who works with the Mentor Tutor Connection Group in Mountain View. Carol stressed the need for volunteers interested in tutoring students K-8th grade, or mentoring high school students who are facing a variety of social and/or academic challenges. Volunteers would meet with the students via zoom or possibly mask-to-mask in a local park or open space if they are comfortable doing so. If you or someone you know is interested, a new volunteer training session is taking place on October 14 at 10:00 am via zoom. Volunteering will only require a couple of hours per week. More information is found at: www.mentortutorconnection.org/events .
 
Heather then introduced Mandy, who thanked long time Club Foundation chair, Monica Kane for her help in transitioning to her new duties as chair. To date, nine members have contributed a total of $2100 to the Club Foundation. Mandy noted that the goal every year is 100% participation by Club members. Donations can be made on-line or make your check out to “The Rotary Foundation” and send to Mandy Andrei, 2934 Vivian Lane, San Jose, CA 95124.
 
To kick off our fundraising efforts, Heather then introduced our speaker, Orrin Mahoney, our District International Rotary Foundation Chair.  Orrin noted the Rotary Foundation is the 501c3 or charitable arm of Rotary International. Its mission is to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty.
Orrin’s presentation included an overview of the types of focus areas and examples of programs Rotary International has supported around the globe. This year the Environment was added as a new focus area. He also described various recognition awards and raffles with prizes to local Rotary Chapters for their fundraising efforts. Examples include the annual TRF raffle with a Global Grant awarded as a prize to the lucky Rotary Club that met their fundraising goal. In addition, an individual’s annual $1000/year pledge to the Foundation will qualify them for membership into the Paul Harris Society, or one can bequeath a minimum of $10,000 to the Foundation in their will and be recognized by membership in the Paul Harris Bequest Society.  The Rotary Foundation also provides Global Grant Scholarships offering up to $30,000/year to qualified students.
 
For more information on the work of the Rotary Foundation, including a link to provide your donation online, please go https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary.
 
Paul thanked Orrin Mahoney for his excellent presentation.
 
Paul then welcomed Bruce Barsi as the newest member of Mountain View Rotary’s President’s Club! The President’s Club honors local member donations of $150. Of that donation $100 goes to the Club Endowment Fund and $50 to the Club Account.  For those who would like to join, please make your checks out to the Mountain View Rotary Club and send them to Mountain View Rotary President’s Club, PO Box 390280, Mountain View, California 94041.
 
From Heather:  If you have speaker ideas for the upcoming year, please sign up for a week(s) or month via this spreadsheet or contact her by email (hsten@me.com) or phone:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yWN7DTtzVo5i8Zk8lAeZFM8f6fZ0D5-b/view?usp=sharing
 
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.
 
A big thank you to Cathy for taking the meeting notes today.
 
Meeting adjourned at 1:05pm.
 
Next Meeting
 
Tuesday, October 20th, via Zoom with the link to be provided.  We have social time starting at 12:00 pm and our meeting will start at 12:15 pm.  Our speaker is Alan Chiu and the topic is “Pandemic contact tracing with Enya.”
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Meeting Notes -- September 22, 2020

Meeting Notes
September 22, 2020
 
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.”
 
Paul welcomed our District Governor Gregg Giusiana along with the Lieutenant Governor, Art Testani, and Assistant Governor, Katie Cooney.  Visiting Rotarian Alba Alamillo joined our meeting once again and expressed her willingness to join any Club activities or service projects.
 
Paul welcomed Mandy as the Club’s new Foundation Chair.  Or goal this year is for 100% Club participation.  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.
 
Paul informed Club Members that we will be sending four students to RYLA this coming year.
 
The President’s Club is $150 with $100 going to the Club Endowment and $50 going to the Club Account.  For those who would like to join, please make your checks out to the Mountain View Rotary Club and send them to Mountain View Rotary President’s Club, PO Box 390280, Mountain View, California 94041.
 
From Heather:  If you have speaker ideas for the upcoming year, please sign up for a week(s) or month via this spreadsheet or contact me by email (hsten@me.com) or phone:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yWN7DTtzVo5i8Zk8lAeZFM8f6fZ0D5-b/view?usp=sharing
 
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.
 
Speaker
 
Assistant Governor Katie Cooney introduced our District Governor Gregg Giusiana to the Club. 
 
Gregg has been a member of the Gilroy Rotary Club for more than twenty years.  His theme for this year is “Make Membership Meaningful.”
 
Gregg was excited to announce that Jennifer E. Jones has been selected as the first woman President of Rotary International for the 2022-2023 year.  He also told us that it was recently announced that the continent of Africa is now polio free.  The only two countries in the world with new cases of polio are Afghanistan and Pakistan and progress continues to be made.
 
Gregg shared Rotary International’s new Vision:  Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.
 
With the COVID challenge this year, we need to be flexible and adaptable to change which may include:
-Virtual meetings
-Virtual fellowship and social events
-Creativity to conquer challenges
 
To make membership meaningful for new members, get them engaged in Club activities and provide them with a mentor.
 
Gregg thanked the Club for their continuing support of The Rotary Foundation and encouraged us to keep up our great effort as it is needed now more than ever.
 
It is important to get the word out about all the good work we do and the District now has a Public Relations Team available to help.
 
Next Meeting
 
Our next Club Meeting is Tuesday, October 6, 2020, via Zoom.  Social time starts at 12:00 pm followed by the meeting at 12:15 pm.  Our speaker is Steve Geisheker on the topic of “LEAD Africa and Monrovia Football Academy.”
 
The next Board Meeting is Thursday, November 12, 2020, at 5:30 pm via Zoom.
 
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Meeting Notes -- September 1, 2020

Meeting Notes
September 1, 2020
 
Here’s our news for this week:
 
Rotary News
 
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.” 
 
Paul thanked our long time Foundation Chair, Monique Kane, for her years of service in this role and asked for a volunteer from the Club to take over as Foundation Chair for this year.  The goal for the Club is to have 100% participation in this year’s contributions to the Foundation
 
Paul thanked Tori, Twana, and Heather for joining the President’s Club.  Alan also joined the President’s Club during the meeting.  The President’s Club is $150 with $100 going to the Club Endowment and $50 going to the Club Account.  For those who would like to join, please make your checks out to the Mountain View Rotary Club and send them to Mountain View Rotary President’s Club, PO Box 390280, Mountain View, California 94041.
 
From Heather:  If you have speaker ideas for the upcoming year, please sign up for a week(s) or month via this spreadsheet or contact me by email (hsten@me.com) or phone:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yWN7DTtzVo5i8Zk8lAeZFM8f6fZ0D5-b/view?usp=sharing
 
For some of our longer tenured members, we received word that former MV Rotarian Bob Johanson’s wife Paula recently passed away.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob and his family during this time.
 
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.
 
Speaker
 
Heather introduced our speaker, Pat Mitchell, who is the Executive Director of Parisi House.  Pat has spent more than twenty years in different roles in the non-profit world.
 
The Parisi House provides treatment and temporary housing for addicted mothers and their children.  The staff works with the mothers to get them on the right track which then helps to get their children on the right track as well.  These services are available to low income mothers who are pregnant and/or with children aged five years and under.  The goal of the program is to keep the mother and children together during treatment. The temporary housing is available between three and six months.  The services include individualized counseling, group counseling, parent training, support groups, as well as child education and support.  There is a strong focus on bonding between the mother and children.
 
Parisi House partners with more than fifty community organizations to offer their services.  There is currently a bit of a challenge because of the pandemic.  Clients coming directly from a hospital can be admitted into the program right away, but otherwise, new clients must be quarantined until they can be tested with a negative result.
 
The program also offers After Care which pairs former clients that have successfully completed the program with clients transitioning from the in house treatment.
 
Other Stuff
 
Heather just wanted to share that you never know when she might be snapping a photo so be ready!
 
 
And a couple of smiles from Phil.
 
Next Meeting
 
Tuesday, September 22, 2020, via Zoom.  Our meeting will start at 12:15 pm with District Governor Gregg Giusiana joining us and sharing the District’s plans for the Rotary year.  All Board Members will be meeting with the District Governor between 11:45 am and 12:15 pm.
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Meeting Notes -- August 18, 2020

Meeting Notes
August 18, 2020
 
Here’s our news for this week:
 
Rotary News
 
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.” 
 
Paul recently forwarded an email from our Foundation Chair, Monique Kane, describing the Club’s efforts to have 100% participation in this year’s contributions to the Foundation.  Please write your checks to The Rotary Foundation and send them to Monique Kane, 663 Wildwood Lane, Palo Alto, California 94303.
 
Paul also mentioned that we already have a member of the President’s Club this year and he thanked Tori for her contribution.  The President’s Club is $150 with $100 going to the Club Endowment and $50 going to the Club Account.  For those who would like to join, please make your checks out to the Mountain View Rotary Club and send them to Mountain View Rotary President’s Club, PO Box 390280, Mountain View, California 94041.
 
From Heather:  If you have speaker ideas for the upcoming year, please sign up for a week(s) or month via this spreadsheet or contact me by email (hsten@me.com) or phone:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yWN7DTtzVo5i8Zk8lAeZFM8f6fZ0D5-b/view?usp=sharing
 
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.
 
Speaker
 
Heather introduced our four panelists from the Club speaking about Changing Times Due to Pandemic.
 
Cathy spoke about how COVID has affected the retail world, particularly some of the smaller shops in the area.  She works part time at Brighton Collectibles in Palo Alto.  The store was forced to shut down on March 16th when shelter in place was ordered in Santa Clara County.  They were able to open again on a limited basis on July 2nd with a number of restrictions in place.  There are only two salespersons in the store and no more than four customers at any one time.  The salespersons must wear facemasks at all times and keep a safe distance from the customers.  They provide hand sanitizer and facemasks for the customers.  With her face mostly covered, Cathy has learned to communicate a lot more using her eyes.  They are slowly finding a new normal operation for the store, but sales are down approximately 50% from this time last year.
 
Ken spoke about the operations of medical offices.  The goal of his office is to protect both staff and patients and see everyone that needs to be seen.  Although they are deemed an essential service, they don’t see everyone requesting service.  If they have an urgent issue such as eye pain, reduced vision or prolonged redness, they may be seen virtually and if necessary, they will be given an office appointment.  If it is not urgent and can be scheduled at a later time, the office will follow up in the future.  Before seeing any patient, a questionnaire is provided asking questions about the person’s current health and any potential exposures to COVID.  When they enter the medical building, they must be wearing a facemask without a filter, wash their hands, and their temperature is taken.  Plexiglas shields are installed throughout the office and all the staff wears facemasks and face shields.
 
Tom spoke about volunteering during the pandemic and shared his experience at CSA.  They depend heavily on volunteers and COVID has had a huge impact on their operations.  Since many more people are needing services, there is a need for more volunteers.  Unfortunately, because of the fears of contacting COVID, many of the previous volunteers who were older and at higher risk are no longer volunteering.  The hope is that once a solution is found to prevent the transmission of COVID, the former volunteers and hopefully many new ones will be able to assist at CSA once again.  Even when a solution to COVID is found, the lingering financial issues are sure to affect this region for some time and CSA will need more volunteers than ever.
 
Gunther gave us some insight into how the pandemic has been handled in Germany.  Because of the pandemic, Gunther has not been able to travel outside of Germany for the last six months.  To address the pandemic, German officials enacted a strict shelter in place order and enforced it fairly rigidly.  You had to have a good reason to go outside and you were fined if you didn’t.  The result was a low number of COVID cases in Germany (.3% of people in Germany infected versus 1.7% of people in US).  The economy in Germany was affected in the second quarter of the year but seems to be bouncing back.  Unemployment remains very low.  Gunther’s business is doing well and they are involved in developing treatment solutions for COVID.  His family is doing well although they miss our Club and the Bay Area.  They send their regards.
 
Other Stuff
 
Here are a few photos Jim Cochran sent:
 
 
No retro photos this week, but take the dare and send some my way.  Let’s see if our members can guess who it is. 
 
Remember, send me some stuff so we can make this interesting and keep it going. And don’t forget the photos. Send it to bbarsi@msn.com.  And take good care of yourselves.
 
Next Meeting
 
Tuesday, September 1, 2020, via Zoom.  We have social time between 12:00 pm and 12:15 pm and then the meeting from 12:15 pm to 1:00 pm.  The topic of this meeting will be announced in a future email and a Zoom link will be provided prior to the meeting.
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Meeting Notes -- August 4, 2020

Meeting Notes
August 4, 2020
 
Here’s our news for this week:
 
Rotary News
 
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.” 
 
From Heather:  If you have speaker ideas for the upcoming year, please sign up for a week(s) or month via this spreadsheet or contact me by email (hsten@me.com) or phone:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yWN7DTtzVo5i8Zk8lAeZFM8f6fZ0D5-b/view?usp=sharing
 
Community Services Agency will be hosting a virtual event, “Empty Glasses 2020” this Friday, August 7th from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. You can learn more details about the event on the CSA website at www.csacares. Org.
 
If anyone knows of any of our members in distress or that need anything, please let President Tom or one of the Board Members know.  We want to make sure everyone knows that we are here to take care of each other.
 
Speaker
 
Sanjay introduced our speaker today, Melissa Baten Caswell.  Melissa has been a Trustee on the Palo Alto School Board for the last thirteen years and she is currently the President of the Santa Clara County School Board Association.  She is also a candidate for a seat on the Santa Clara County School Board.
 
Melissa spoke about many of the issues surrounding the opening of schools during this time of pandemic.  The biggest struggles are likely to occur at the elementary level as most younger children have not developed the skills needed to learn on their own.  Parents have not been trained to educate their children and it is compounded by the parents also having to work.  Many rely on childcare, but that is not a certainty in these times.  The situation causes a great deal of stress for both the parents and children.
 
Once the children get to the middle school and high school level, they may be more apt to learn on their own, but peer contact becomes extremely important.  It is a dilemma for these children to continue to isolate to insure their health and that of their family, or risk catching the virus by having contact with others.
 
For many reasons, schools did not do a very good job with distance learning during the last school year and they will need to do better this year as it is unlikely that there will be classroom learning for a while.  Most teachers are reluctant to go back to their classrooms at this point out of concern for their own health and that of their families.
 
In an effort to improve distance learning, many districts have provided training in this area to their teachers during the summer.  The key to being successful is effective training, providing the necessary equipment to support the effort, and sharing best practices among the teachers.  Ideally, child care providers can provide their support to assist with distance learning.  Mental health support needs to be offered proactively rather than waiting for a crisis to occur.  Keeping attendance is important to allow children who need further assistance and resources to be identified.  And it is very important for children to be involved in at least some activities other than those related to academics.  This is particularly true for older children.
 
Other Stuff
 
From Cathy:  Every few weeks I brighten up my home with fresh flowers from the Mountain View Farmer’s market. After I bring them home I rinse them off and trim them to fit the vase on my dining table. This Sunday I rinsed off the usual dirt and loose leaves directly into my garbage disposal, and moved the cut stems into the leaf compost outside and cleaned up my sink as I always do. I didn’t think much about it one way or another until dinner time, when I saw this little guy inching its way out of my sink drain, carrying his house on his back!
I set him free in the landscaping by the parking area.  Sometimes it’s the littlest things that bring you joy.
 
 
 
Shared by Phil:
 
What Love means to 4-8 year old kids ...
'When my grandmother
got arthritis , she couldn't bend over and paint
her toenails anymore.. So my
grandfather does it for her all the time , even
when his hands got arthritis too. That's love.' 
Rebecca- age 8
'When someone loves you , the
way they say your name is different.
You just know that your name
is safe in their mouth.'
Billy - age 4
??
'Love is when you go out to eat
and give somebody most of your French fries
without making them give you any of theirs.'
Chrissy - age 6
'Love is what makes you smile
when you're tired.'
Terri -
age 4
Love is when my
mommy makes coffee for my daddy and
she takes a sip before giving it to him , to
make sure the taste is OK.'

Danny - age 8
??
'Love is what's in the room with
you at Christmas if you stop opening presents
and just listen.' ??
Bobby - age 7
(Wow!)
'If you want to learn to love better ,
you should start with a friend who you hate. '
Nikka - age 6
(we need a few million more Nikka's on
this planet)
??
Love is like a little
old woman and a little old man who are still
friends even after they know each other so
well.' ??
Tommy - age 6
'Love is when your puppy licks
your face even after you left him
alone all day.'
Mary Ann - age 4
'When you love somebody , your
eyelashes go up and down and little
stars come out of you.' (what an image)
Karen - age 7
'You really shouldn't say
'I love you' unless you mean it.
But if you mean it,
you should say it a lot. People forget.'
Jessica - age 8

And the final one was a four year old child
whose next door neighbor was an
elderly gentleman who had recently lost his
wife. ??
Upon seeing the man cry , the
little boy went into the old
gentleman's yard , climbed onto his
lap , and just sat there.
When his
Mother asked what he had said to the
neighbor , the little boy said ,

??

'Nothing , I just helped him cry' 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
No retro photos this week, but take the dare and send some my way.  Let’s see if our members can guess who it is.  If you are wondering about the last ones, it was none other than our enchanting Past President Anita
 
Remember, send me some stuff so we can make this interesting and keep it going. And don’t forget the photos. Send it to bbarsi@msn.com.  And take good care of yourselves.
 
Next Meeting
 
Tuesday, August 18, 2020, at 12:15 pm via Zoom.  This will be a member panel discussion involving “Changing Times Due to Pandemic.”.  A Zoom link will be provided prior to the meeting.
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Meeting Notes -- July 21, 2020

Meeting Notes
July 21, 2020
 
Here’s our news for this week:
 
Rotary News
 
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.” 
 
From Heather:  If you have speaker ideas for the upcoming year, please sign up for a week(s) or month via this spreadsheet or contact me by email (hsten@me.com) or phone:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yWN7DTtzVo5i8Zk8lAeZFM8f6fZ0D5-b/view?usp=sharing
 
Our long time Honorary Member and Past Rotary International President M.A.T. Caparas recently passed away.  President Paul called for a moment of silence in his honor.  Many members offered tributes to M.A.T. as an outstanding person and great leader for Rotary.  He will be greatly missed.
 
Former Mountain View Rotarian Ernie Couture also passed away recently.  Ernie spent many years in the Club and was very active with the Ambassadorial Scholarship and Youth Exchange programs.  Our thoughts and condolences to his family.
 
Alan has been communicating with Cindy Cole and Dave has recently spent some time at El Camino Hospital, but he is back home now.  Cards, emails and texts are much appreciated. 
 
Community Services Agency will be hosting a virtual event. “Empty Glasses 2020” on August 7th from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. You can learn more details about the event on the CSA website at www.csacares. Org.
 
If anyone knows of any of our members in distress or that need anything, please let President Tom or one of the Board Members know.  We want to make sure everyone knows that we are here to take care of each other.
 
Speaker
 
Heather introduced our speaker today, Dennis Young, who is the Co-Publisher and Owner of the Los Altos Town Crier.  Dennis is very active in our local community and he is a Past President of the Los Altos Rotary Club.
 
The Los Altos Town Crier was first published in 1947 and the local newspaper has not missed a Wednesday edition in seventy-three years.  The paper focuses on customer service.  It is a part of our community and strives to remain visible and available.  Its goals include fairness, balance, and accuracy.  It provides a forum for all community views.
 
The Town Crier gives the community local stories that would not be covered otherwise.  Going forward, the paper will continue to print its news and will not miss an issue.  It will also work to improve its on-line profile.
 
Other Stuff
 
Bert shared a couple of photos from his archives
 
 
I’m sure Tom would agree with me that some folks just get better with time….
 
A few smiles from Phil that fit the times:
 
 
And who might this incredibly beautiful young lady be? 
 
 
Remember, send me some stuff so we can make this interesting and keep it going. And don’t forget the photos. Send it to bbarsi@msn.com.  And take good care of yourselves.
 
Next Meeting
 
Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at 12:15 pm via Zoom.  Melissa Baten Caswell will be speaking.  A Zoom link will be provided prior to the meeting.
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Meeting Notes -- July 7, 2020

Meeting Notes
July 7, 2020
 
Hi Everyone.  Hope you are all doing okay and keeping busy.  Thank you to everyone who is sharing your stories and I hope to hear from everyone in the weeks to come.
 
Here’s our news for this week:
 
Rotary News
 
President Paul welcomed everyone to his first meeting as Mountain View Rotary President.  The Rotary International theme for this year is “Rotary Opens Opportunities.”  Our Club theme is “We Open Opportunities For Everyone in the Community.”  President Paul encouraged all of us to keep in touch and take care of each other.
 
Two visitors joined our Zoom meeting today:
 
Angela Siddall is a Mountain View resident who is interested in learning about the Club and possibly joining.  She has lived in Mountain View for four years and in the Bay Area since 1964.  She is a retired Family Therapist, a Mother and a Grandmother.  Welcome Angela!
 
Alba Levy is a member of the Saratoga Rotary Club, but lives in Mountain View, Before the pandemic, she used to flip houses, and now she is doing many things including a lot of cooking.  With most Rotary meetings now on Zoom, she likes the ability to visit other Clubs both near and far.  She hopes to get involved in some of our activities since she lives in the community.  Welcome Alba!
 
From Heather:  Hi fellow Rotarians.  It was great seeing so many of you today, but I do miss Phil’s song!!  I hope with your guidance and club dedication, we can fill up a speaker schedule for the year. If you have speaker ideas for the upcoming year, please sign up for a week(s) or month via this spreadsheet or contact me by email (hsten@me.com) or phone:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yWN7DTtzVo5i8Zk8lAeZFM8f6fZ0D5-b/view?usp=sharing.  Our next meeting, July 21st at 12:15, a dear friend and former colleague will join us, Dennis Young to share "Past, Present and Future of Los Altos Town Crier”, including owning a media business during a pandemic.  I hope you can join us.  Hugs, Heather
 
Alan has been communicating with Cindy Cole and Dave has had a rough time of it as of late.  He was admitted to the hospital last week and had to undergo a procedure.  We just received word that he is now back home, but pretty exhausted.  I’m sure cards or emails would be welcome.
 
We received a letter from the Day Worker Center thanking our Club for our grant in support of  their Women and Children’s Health Programs.
 
Jim Spangler handed over the reins of Endowment President to Ken Schwaderer.  He thanked Jack Wong whose management of the fund has grown it to $194,000.  We thank Jim for his outstanding leadership of the Endowment for many years and wish Ken well in his new role.
 
President Paul introduced his new Board for the coming year and asked that they share their plans for the year:
 
Past President Tom:  Tom said he will support Paul as much as he can and add jokes as appropriate.
 
President Elect Heather:  Excited about amazing speakers for our Zoom meetings.  With more flexibility using Zoom, we envision speakers from near and far and a variety of topics.
 
Secretary Bruce:  We will keep the Mingle going until our meetings resume and bulletins will follow our meetings.
 
Twana:  Twana is a Board Member at large and will support President Paul however she can.
 
Scott:  Congratulations to Tom for a great year and looking forward to supporting Paul to do great thing here and around the world.  Scott mentioned that he will be having shoulder replacement surgery and hopes to follow Bert’s lead with a speedy recovery.  At Villa Siena, there are still no COVID cases with the residents and they are now starting new admissions in July.
 
Treasurer Fred, Membership Chair Jerylann and Board Member Cathy were not present.
 
There will be a Board Meeting via Zoom on August 13th, with details of the meeting to be provided.
 
If anyone knows of any of our members in distress or that need anything, please let President Tom or one of the Board Members know.  We want to make sure everyone knows that we are here to take care of each other.
 
Personal News
 
This is an opportunity for us to share whatever information we would like so we can keep up with what everyone is doing these days.
 
Jim Cunningham:  All is good and still playing tennis three days a week.
 
Bruce:  Up at Tahoe with his Sons and three Grandsons for the last week.  Lots of fun and very loud!
 
Walt:  Playing a lot of golf and I think I heard him say he had an ace.  We should have been there for the round of drinks!  Patricia is recovering from a broken pelvis and she is back to walking a mile a day.  All is good.
 
Bert:  Things are good.  He is serving on the Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury along with Walt and their term has just been extended to the end of the year.  Anne and he are still in lock down in their retirement community, but there are no COVID cases there.  Their house is ready for rental and they have been enjoying some online music sessions with their fellow musicians.
 
Roger:  He continues to work at home is is getting a bit bored.  No travel in his immediate future, but he is cooking a lot and playing golf once a week.
 
Anita:  All is good and she is grateful for what she has and focusing on what is good in her life.  And part of that is the great meals that Mitch has been cooking.
 
Alan:  Things are good and business has been interesting.  He has been keeping in touch with Cindy to provide updates on Dave for the Club.
 
Sanjay:  Working from home has been relaxing, but he misses being in the office.  He doesn’t anticipate getting back to the office until August at the soonest and then it will likely be some kind of alternating schedule.  For the School Board, with the recent increase in cases locally, it is doubtful that students will be able to return to school and distance learning will take place until it is safe for students to return.  Sanjay is enjoying gardening and time with his family.  He also met with Scott and former Mountain View Rotarian Dick Lubeman for coffee which was a nice break.  Sanjay wanted to remind everyone that Hopes Corner is still operating for folks in need in the community.
 
Mandy:  Everyone is healthy and she spent some time in Napa last week wearing her mask and practicing social distancing.  She is now looking to hire an assistant and working more hours than she anticipated.
 
Jim Spangler:  Business is steady and they are still taking care of families, although sometimes in different ways.  Jim’s Mom and Dad are celebrating their sixty-fifth wedding anniversary with a small dinner with their children and spouses.  Jane and Jim celebrated the 4th of July with family at their new home in Pismo Beach.
 
Ken:  Just build a turtle enclosure over the weekend for one of his Grandchildren.  His family is safe and healthy and his office is open and going good.
 
Hal:  Going for walks with his dog Cody and doing exercises with his physical therapist.  Has shopping help from his Sons and neighbors.
 
Judy:  She arranged for her hairdresser to cut her hair in her backyard along with two of her friends.  She joins Tom when he goes to physical therapy and has her temperature taken each time.  And they have twice a week BYOE (Bring Your Own Everything) parties in their backyard.
 
Jack:  Very busy with work, tech support at home, being an algebra teacher for his twelve year old daughter, handyman work around the house with questionable caulking success, and helping out at his Parents’ house during a surprise visit.  Work wise, it’s been one of the most successful years in his twenty-seven year career.  And he wanted to let everyone know that Hamilton is now available through Amazon Prime or Disney Plus.
 
Paul:  He and Susan are keeping busy taking care of their Granddaughter three days a week.
 
Other Stuff
 
No Retro Photos this Week, but I’m still hopeful that some brave members will send me an older or interesting photo to add to this section next week.
 
Remember, send me some stuff so we can make this interesting and keep it going. And don’t forget the photos. Send it to bbarsi@msn.com.  And take good care of yourselves.
 
Next Meeting
 
Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at 12:15 pm via Zoom.  Dennis Young will be speaking.  A Zoom link will be provided prior to the meeting.
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Meeting Notes -- June 23, 2020

Meeting Notes
June 23, 2020
 
Hi Everyone.  Hope you are all doing okay and keeping busy.  Thank you to everyone who is sharing your stories and I hope to hear from everyone in the weeks to come.
 
Here’s our news for this week:
 
Rotary News
 
We gave President Tom a virtual Kick Out as he completed the last meeting of his term.  Members thanked him for all of his leadership and work during a most unusual year and he was given a heartfelt, virtual, sitting ovation.
 
No virtual meeting next week.  Our next virtual meeting via Zoom will be July 7th.  It will be President Paul’s first meeting and a Club Assembly.  Paul and his Board Members will be sharing their plans for the coming Rotary year.
 
From Ken:  I have attached a thank you note from Nicole Player. She is our 2020 Los Alto High School scholarship scholar.
 
 
Alan passed on some news from Cindy Cole that Dave’s Immunotherapy is not working, so he will be starting chemotherapy soon.  We continue to send good wishes and thoughts to Dave and his family.
 
President Tom reminded everyone that it is a good idea to get tested for COVID, particularly if you are in a high risk category, and also to get tested fairly frequently.  At CSA, it is recommended that employees get tested every thirty days.  He suggested that it is best to assume everyone you come in contact with has the virus and then take the proper precautions. 
 
If anyone knows of any of our members in distress or that need anything, please let President Tom or one of the Board Members know.  We want to make sure everyone knows that we are here to take care of each other.
 
Personal News
 
This is an opportunity for us to share whatever information we would like so we can keep up with what everyone is doing these days.
 
Past President Chuck Osborn sent a message saying that he enjoys receiving our bulletins and he is currently the Treasurer of the San Mateo Rotary Club.  He wanted folks to know that he still has a special place for the Mountain View Club.
 
From the meeting today:
 
Alan – He’s living the dream.  Family and friends are all healthy and doing okay.
 
Roger – He is still working from home.  They had their first outside meal at Santana Row last week.  He visited Castro Street last Saturday and it was very crowded.
 
Bert – They are pretty well settled into their new place, but it was tough moving from a large home into an 800 square foot apartment.  There have been no COVID cases in their new community.  Anne and he have been keeping active with Zoom music sessions.
 
Bruce – Suzanne and he have been spending time with their three Grandson and helping with child care.  They are also increasing their bicycling mileage preparing for the ride around Lake Tahoe at the end of summer.
 
Sanjay – He was down in Southern California visiting his Mom last week.  While he was there, he went to the beach and found that very few people were wearing masks.  Work has been good and School Board activities are keeping him quite busy.  He and Scott are meeting former MV Rotarian Dick Lubeman for coffee on July 1st at 9:00 am, with the location to be determined.  He invited everyone to join them.
 
Twana – Working from home and responding to many wonderful donors to CSA.  She is feeling better from a recent health issue during which she experienced an appointment at urgent care.  She learned that she needed to be tested for COVID and receive her results before a doctor would see her.
 
Jack – With school now out, Jack’s daughters joined our meeting today which kept Alan engaged making faces back and forth.  Jack continues to work at home and he is most fortunate to have quality technical support from his daughters when issues arise.
 
Judy – She has seen Jim C. and Dee for a few minutes during church meal pick ups.  She is staying healthy and joining Tom with various physical therapy and rehab sessions.
 
Jim S. – He is still working in the office and taking all precautions.  His family and staff are all well.  He and Jane just purchased a home in Pismo Beach and will be going down later in the week to pick up the keys.
 
Anita – Mitch is back from Florida and after a period of quarantine and a negative COVID test, they are spending lots of time together and Mitch is cooking up a storm.  At CSA, she is working to thank the many generous donors.
 
Tori – Her pet pig needed surgery recently and it had to be performed at UC Davis.  The surgery was successful and the pig is well on the road to recovery.  She is missing her Grandkids in New York, but won’t be able to go out to see them anytime soon.
 
Cathy – She has been going on hikes and meeting fiends here and there.  She has also done some outdoor dining.  She thought it was a treat to get out for a dentist and doctor’s appointment.  She may be working part time again in July up at Stanford Shopping Center.  And she’s planning to do a COVID test tomorrow.
 
Paul – He was sitting outside for the meeting as his house cleaner was working again.  He and Susan are watching their Granddaughter several days a week.  They just returned from a trip to their cabin in Twain Harte where folks don’t take the COVID precautions very seriously.
 
Tom – He and Hart are living in an apartment in Palo Alto temporarily while their home is being remodeled.  The project is progressing very well and he is quite busy at CSA.
 
Other Stuff
 
A few smiles from Phil:
 
 
 
 
No Retro Photos this Week, but I’m still hopeful that some brave members will send me an older or interesting photo to add to this section next week.
 
 
Remember, send me some stuff so we can make this interesting and keep it going. And don’t forget the photos. Send it to bbarsi@msn.com.  And take good care of yourselves.
Meeting Notes -- June 23, 2020 2020-06-23 07:00:00Z 0

Non Meeting Notes -- June 16, 2020

Non Meeting Notes
June 16, 2020
 
Hi Everyone.  Hope you are all doing okay and keeping busy.  Thank you to everyone who is sharing your stories and I hope to hear from everyone in the weeks to come.
 
Here’s our news for this week:
 
Rotary News
 
No virtual meeting this week and I’m hoping that we have all the bugs worked out for our fourth Zoom meeting next Tuesday at 12:15 pm.  I’ll send the link for the meeting out next Sunday with the weekly 3fer message.
 
Next week will be President Tom’s last meeting of the year.  Until things settle down with COVID, we will not be able to give him the traditional Kick Out sendoff, so please try to join us next Tuesday to give him a good word or two.
 
If anyone knows of any of our members in distress or that need anything, please let President Tom or one of the Board Members know.  We want to make sure everyone knows that we are here to take care of each other.
 
Personal News
 
This is an opportunity for us to share whatever information we would like so we can keep up with what everyone is doing these days.
 
Cathy (as reported from Scott’s mingle visit this week) – Cathy is her normal happy self, though admits going through this pandemic isn't easy. She celebrated a friend's birthday recently at a Castrol Street restaurant, on a sidewalk table. This was so refreshing for her to get out and enjoy something like that again. Because she lives close to Paul and Susan she really enjoyed doing a safe distance cocktail with them in their backyard. 
 
Bill M. (as reported from Scott’s mingle visit a few weeks ago) – Professionally, Bill is really busy with plenty of work and needing to compensate for some of his employees who aren't coming in for now. Bill asked me to pass on his "best" to other members of the club. He looks forward to a future format where we can get together again. 
 
Scott – I continue working essentially half time at Villa Siena, going into work one or two times per week to take care of things I can't handle remotely. At my old age it is great to be able to play it safe, doing what is needed mostly at home ... not like the nurses, house keepers, dietary and other essential Villa Siena staff who need to report to work.   Through this pandemic, no Villa Siena resident has contracted the virus. But, we had one staff member, a housekeeper, test positive 2 weeks ago. They were asymptomatic, were immediately shut out of the facility, and then tested negative the week after. When this happened, 100% of Villa Siena residents and staff were tested, including me, with no one additionally testing positive. So, the days move on and we know that greatest risk are those who come in and out, primarily the staff. The temperature taking, questions asked, disinfecting, no visitors, no new admissions continues. Within the facility, there are safe social activities with limited numbers, and safe visits with family and friends are made available virtually and by appointment for safe physical distancing visits. Our Executive Director, Corine Bernard, knows that senior care facilities will be the last businesses that are allowed to make changes back to some type of normal. 
 
Anybody else escaped to the ocean! Joan and I have done this a few times, with appropriate support items like a drink. Very rejuvenating. 
 
 
Heather (as reported from Bruce’s mingle visit this week) – Knowing that Heather and her family are extremely active, I waited until later in the evening to make my mingle call.  And wouldn’t you know it, they were still out at the beach playing baseball and catching those last rays of sunshine for the day.  It is so nice to see Heather and her family making the best of these crazy times and I’m sure it is a time that her Sons Samuel and Daniel will remember fondly.
 
Bruce – Last Saturday night, my son JJ and his wife Liana welcomed their first son, River Rome Barsi.  He was on the large side at 8 pounds, 12 ounces, and 21.25 inches long.  Everyone is doing well and back home getting used to diapers, multiple feedings and little sleep.
 
 
Other Stuff
 
A few photos from our past:
 
 
 
No Retro Photos this Week, but I’m still hopeful that some brave members will send me an older or interesting photo to add to this section next week.
 
 
Remember, send me some stuff so we can make this interesting and keep it going. And don’t forget the photos. Send it to bbarsi@msn.com.  And take good care of yourselves.
Non Meeting Notes -- June 16, 2020 2020-06-16 07:00:00Z 0

Non Meeting Notes -- June 9, 2020

Meeting Notes
June 9, 2020
 
Hi Everyone.  Hope you are all doing okay and keeping busy.  Thank you to everyone who is sharing your stories and I hope to hear from everyone in the weeks to come.
 
Here’s our news for this week:
 
Rotary News
 
Unfortunately, our Virtual Meeting today did not happen.  We encountered some technical problems which we have since resolved and we should be good to go for future meetings.  Sorry to everyone who tried to join us for the inconvenience.  I will let folks know when the next Virtual Meeting is scheduled. 
 
If anyone knows of any of our members in distress or that need anything, please let President Tom or one of the Board Members know.  We want to make sure everyone knows that we are here to take care of each other.
 
Personal News
 
This is an opportunity for us to share whatever information we would like so we can keep up with what everyone is doing these days.
 
Great news from Tori! – My son, Kyle Atwell, was just promoted to Major in the Army.  He is currently getting his PhD at Princeton and then moves on as an instructor at West Point.  Before the Army sent him to Princeton, he was a Ranger and Green Beret.
 
Ken – Open and Protecting our staff and patients.
 
 
Other Stuff
 
I didn’t receive many updates this week, so I’ll be digging into our photo archives from 2007.  Enjoy!
 
Roger is his prior culinary life.
Our radical duo belts it out.
Who is that guy with short hair?  And its even combed!
Wait, is that a picture of Fred from last week?  Nope, it's 13 years ago!  Some folks just know how to age.
Walt looking dapper and speaking eloquently as always.
Jim stacking his piles of chips at our first Annual Poker Tournament.
And the big winner is.....none other than Bert of course!
Doctor Steve Nichols at the podium for his vocational speech.
Bruce and Twana scan the crowd at Annual Kick Out
Some "tough" characters to send Geri packing for her Kick Out.
Judy and Jim cover the bar at the Crab Feed.
Bill and Monique welcome our guests to the Crab Feed.
 
 
I didn’t have any volunteers for our Retro Photo of the Week, but I’m still hopeful that some brave members will send me an older or interesting photo to add to this section next week.
 
 
Remember, send me some stuff so we can make this interesting and keep it going. And don’t forget the photos. Send it to bbarsi@msn.com.  And take good care of yourselves.
Non Meeting Notes -- June 9, 2020 2020-06-09 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes -- May 26, 2020

Non Meeting Notes
May 26, 2020
 
Hi Everyone.  Hope you are all doing okay and keeping busy.  Thank you to everyone who is sharing your stories and I hope to hear from everyone in the weeks to come.
 
Here’s our news for this week:
 
Rotary News
 
Our third virtual Zoom meeting took place earlier today featuring Mountain View Mayor Margaret Abe-Koga as our speaker.  Her presentation was excellent with a great deal of very enlightening information.
 
Mayor Abe-Koga spoke about the City’s response to the pandemic.  All of the Council Meetings are now occurring using Zoom.  The City’s first action was to provide $500,000 for rent relief.  And many people throughout the City have helped through volunteer work and donations to the #TogetherMV RELIEF effort.  To date, the Relief Effort has included:
            Funds From the City               $3,472,000
            Corporate Funds                     $500,000
            #TogetherMV RELIF Funds  $121,529.91
 
            Total                                        $4,093,529.91
 
Actions taken by the City during the pandemic include:
            Two 24/7 safe parking lots for RV dwellers with one more parking lot in the works
            1950 packets of food
            8700 masks and 97 face shields
            320 gift cards
            425 hygiene kits
            City staff has been redeployed to deliver food to seniors
            Reopened Hope’s Corner
            14 outdoor portable restrooms; 16 hygiene stations
            Two pop up diagnostic testing stations
 
What’s next?
            Workforce is ramping up for COVID tracking
            More diagnostic sites with the next planned on May 27th from 9 am to 1 pm at Rengstorff
 
Budget
            Pandemic has led to $8 million revenue loss
            The FY 20-21 budget will be status quo
            Depending on the continuing financial situation, future budgets are uncertain
 
Four Council Goals
            Housing
            Transportation
            Sustainability
            Community For All
 
Housing
            36,727 current housing units in the City
            2,272 are under construction
            4,000 are in planning stages
 
Transportation
            Staff working on a pilot program to close Castro Street
 
Don’t forget to complete the census!
 
President Tom thanked Jack for setting up today’s meeting and reminded us that our next virtual Zoom meeting will be in two weeks.
 
If anyone knows of any of our members in distress or that need anything, please let President Tom or one of the Board Members know.  We want to make sure everyone knows that we are here to take care of each other.
 
Personal News
 
This is an opportunity for us to share whatever information we would like so we can keep up with what everyone is doing these days.
 
M.A.T. Caparas – Hellooooo! I thank you for sending me almost regularly this notice of activities of the club although I have not been able to attend any because of my age and infirmity.
I am a Filipino, from a small island across the vast Pacific that is much affected even by small tremors anywhere in the world. After WWII, which was not a small tremor, I found myself in Boston when the Yankees were basically murdering the Red Sox. A bit later, I started to settle here in the west coast before football made San Francisco famous. In the process I found it impossible to support five children while laughably trying to practice law in two opposite sides of the globe. It also meant saying goodbye to a doctorate.
No matter. I had in the meantime inclined towards a basically charitable and notoriously ill-paid activity to mitigate the occasional excessive hardship and sometimes downright injustice laid on some decent Joes by government set up and operated by ordinary lawyers. I joined Rotary, an international organization of more than 32,000 clubs with more than 1.2 million members all over the world seeking to make friends and secure world peace by rendering Service Above Self.
Elected international director, and later World President of Rotary, I had the joy of leading its mission to stop poliomyelitis, or polio, the former summer terror that almost killed FDR before his time, and which the World Health Organization, for lack of equipment, did not include among its five target enemies -- diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, measles, and tuberculosis.-Rotary quickly ended polio in the Philippines, where we started,  and did the same in the rest of the world where it can now be found in just three countries – Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria – in which less than 30 cases a year can be identified. We, Rotary, saved the lives of more than half a billion children in that time!
When my children were growing up, they used to swim together with the children of one of my senior law partners. One day, my partner’s children came down with polio, but mine did not. There was only one iron lung available in the whole country, and the girl got it. Both survived, showing the usual effects of their illness. The boy often goes around riding a four-wheel cycle he finds convenient for transportation. One sees them and wonders how many times every night they cry and wish their parents just let them die. But life has its joys and ecstasies no matter the trials, and we cannot just let people die. So, I continue to hunt for one full meal for every child every day, a system of literacy based on the conversational method to identify letters and put them together to express intelligent thought, and – most important of all – to stop children from killing one another.
The current pandemic shouts at all of us to find love and affection, and learn to love one another. Not one of us is an ordinary lawyer.
SALAMAT po.
matc
 
Other Stuff
 
Just to bring a few smiles:
 
 
One Liners
 
David Brenner – "Misers aren't fun to live with, but they make wonderful ancestors."
Jay Leno – "How many are worried about a government shutdown? How many are worried about it starting back up?"
Billy Crystal – "By the time a man is wise enough to watch his step, he's too old to go anywhere."
Joan Rivers – "Don't talk to me about Valentine's Day. At my age, an affair of the heart is a bypass."
 
Retro Photo of the Week – So how many of you were able to figure out who last week’s tractor driver was?
 
 
And if you guessed Double Past President Alan, you would be 100% correct.
 
Unfortunately, we didn’t get any retro photos this week, but I’m hopeful that some brave members will send me an older or interesting photo to add to this section next week.
 
 
Remember, send me some stuff so we can make this interesting and keep it going. And don’t forget the photos. Send it to bbarsi@msn.com.  And take good care of yourselves.
 
Meeting Notes -- May 26, 2020 2020-05-26 07:00:00Z 0

Non Meeting Notes -- May 19, 2020

Non Meeting Notes
May 19, 2020
 
Hi Everyone.  Hope you are all doing okay and keeping busy.  Thank you to everyone who is sharing your stories and I hope to hear from everyone in the weeks to come.
 
Here’s our news for this week:
 
Rotary News
 
Our next virtual Zoom meeting will be next week on Tuesday, May 26th, at 12:15 pm.  Mountain View Mayor Margaret Abe Koga will be our speaker for that meeting.  If anyone is having problems joining our virtual meetings and needs assistance, please contact Anita.
 
If anyone knows of any of our members in distress or that need anything, please let President Tom or one of the Board Members know.  We want to make sure everyone knows that we are here to take care of each other.
 
Personal News
 
This is an opportunity for us to share whatever information we would like so we can keep up with what everyone is doing these days.
 
I didn’t get much input this week, so we’re back to our photo archives for 2005 and 2006.  My how we have changed…or not.
 
 
Other Stuff
 
Retro Photo of the Week – So how many of you were able to figure out who last week’s Boy Scout was?
 
 
Why of course it was none other than Past President Bert on the occasion of his sixth grade graduation into middle school.
 
And now for this week, who might this future farmer be?
 
 
Don’t forget, please send me an older or interesting photo to add to this section.
 
 
 
Remember, send me some stuff so we can make this interesting and keep it going. And don’t forget the photos. Send it to bbarsi@msn.com.  And take good care of yourselves.
 
Non Meeting Notes -- May 19, 2020 2020-05-19 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes -- May 12, 2020

Meeting Notes
May 12, 2020
 
Hi Everyone.  Hope you are all doing okay and keeping busy.  Thank you to everyone who is sharing your stories and I hope to hear from everyone in the weeks to come.
 
Here’s our news for this week:
 
Rotary News
 
President Tom welcomed everyone to our second virtual meeting using Zoom today.  We had sixteen members attending the meeting.
 
Our next virtual Zoom meeting will be in two weeks on Tuesday, May 26th, at 12:15 pm.  Mountain View Mayor Margaret Abe Koga will be our speaker for that meeting.  If anyone is having problems joining our virtual meetings and needs assistance, please contact Anita.
 
Past President Bert is looking for any suggestions for President Tom’s Kick Out this year.  Mandy suggested a Virtual Happy Hour in the short term with another more formal event once the health restrictions are lifted.  Please contact Bert with your thoughts on this.
 
If anyone knows of any of our members in distress or that need anything, please let President Tom or one of the Board Members know.  We want to make sure everyone knows that we are here to take care of each other.
 
Personal News
 
This is an opportunity for us to share whatever information we would like so we can keep up with what everyone is doing these days.
 
Scott – An interesting place nearby to visit, on bikes or otherwise. Joan and I enjoyed visiting the Shorebird Egret Rookery, some trees along the road by Google buildings: end of Shorebird Way off North Shoreline. What a sight, and they are noisy!
 
 
Ken – Thought:  Quarantine has turned us into dogs. We roam the house all day looking for food. We are told “no” if we get too close to strangers. And we get really excited about car rides.
 
I took a few notes on what folks shared during our round robin session at today’s meeting:
 
Anita – Busy preparing grant proposals for CSA and she is very thankful for our most generous community.  She is starting on next year’s budget process for CSA which will be quite interesting.  And she is looking forward to her boyfriend Mitch’s return to California on June 2nd
 
Mandy – She enjoyed her Mother’s Day with her children and she is trying to stay positive and help out others when she can.  She is exercising more with a forty-five minute run first thing every morning.
 
Bert – Bert and Ann moved into the Sunnyview Retirement Community just a few days before the shelter in place order went into effect.  There have been no COVID cases among the 200 people in that community.  Bert allows his dog to take him for about a mile walk every day.
 
Paul – Paul’s daughter is moving out this weekend and they are preparing for that.  He has been tutoring an AVID student at Mountain View HS.  His student is finding it tough to get ready for college during this challenging time.  As our President Elect, Paul is also navigating through the surge of District emails and he attended a virtual training last week that stressed the importance of increasing our membership.
 
Bruce – Spent the meeting poolside in his Son’s backyard while helping with Grandchild care.  It’s tough duty, but someone has to do it…  Suzanne and he are continuing their bicycle rides preparing for a ride around Lake Tahoe later in the year.  Hoping folks from the Club will join the ride!
 
Cathy – Cathy welcomed us to her kitchen.  She has been working in her garden and ventured to Southwinds Nursery recently for plants.  She has been having Cocktails In The Carport with some of her nearby neighbors and hopes to continue the visits in backyards when the restrictions are lifted.  She sends her love to all and is happy to be connected to everyone.
 
Alan – AMG has been on the quiet side and Alan tries to be out of bed by 10 am so he doesn’t end up taking a nap too late in the day.  He recently finished his second novel and it is getting early rave reviews from the publisher.
 
Jack – Wishing everyone a Happy Mother’s Day.  He, Haydee and the girls spent the day delivering care packages to their Mothers on Sunday.  The girls are busy with their school work for a few more weeks.  Jack is also busy with work and sees a light at the end of the tunnel, although he expects ups and downs until we get there.
 
Hal – He has been working out on walks with his dog Cody.  He just finished a puzzle with 1,500 pieces that took him almost five weeks.  Now he is tying flies in anticipation of the upcoming fishing season.
 
Steve – Spent the last three and a half months on Kauai.  He attended a conference and joined a golf club while he was there.  Since he has been back, he has been hiking in the Stevens Creek area and he is now playing golf again while following the course’s social distancing protocol.
 
Jim Cunningham – Been busy gardening and playing tennis.  They also had a BYOE (Bring Your Own Everything) gathering in their backyard that worked out very well.
 
Sanjay – Missing everyone!  Catching up on his reading.  The family is good and they are trying out three or four new recipes every week.  He has been working from home, but expects to go back to work June 1st, where he will alternate weeks working in the office and at home.  At the MVLAUHS District, they are working to develop protocols if distance learning continues in the fall.
 
Roger – Spoke to Ernie and he is in good spirits and really enjoys hearing from friends.  Roger played nine holes at Shoreline Golf Course and said it took almost three hours because people had to tee off one at a time.  He said the parking lot at Shoreline was full though. 
 
Tori – Busy at work.  And she has enjoyed walking her pig on the beach when there haven’t been many people around.
 
Tom – Tom and Hart have been visiting Tom’s Parents who open their garage door so everyone can keep the proper distance apart.  They are starting a remodel of their home in a few weeks and they will be temporarily staying at an apartment in Palo Alto for a few months while the work is being done.
 
Twana – Twana and Bruce are doing good.  Twana is working at home and she is sharing their home office with Bruce.  Their outside patio is all put together and they have been enjoying their time there.  Her niece is having a baby on June 4th and her God Daughter is graduating from high school in San Jose which they will watch via live stream from home.
 
Other Stuff
 
 
Just to bring a few smiles:
 
A few from Phil:
 
  
 
And New This Week – See if you can guess the name of the Distinguished Member of our Club pictured below.  Going forward for all members, please send me an older or interesting photo to add to this section.
 
 
Remember, send me some stuff so we can make this interesting and keep it going. And don’t forget the photos. Send it to bbarsi@msn.com.  And take good care of yourselves.
Meeting Notes -- May 12, 2020 2020-05-12 07:00:00Z 0

Non Meeting Notes -- May 5, 2020

Non Meeting Notes
May 5, 2020
 
Hi Everyone.  Hope you are all doing okay and keeping busy.  Thank you to everyone who is sharing your stories and I hope to hear from everyone in the weeks to come.
 
Happy Cinco de Mayo! 
 
Here’s our news for this week:
 
Rotary News
 
President Tom – All Club Meetings and events are canceled through May and will likely be canceled through June as well.  We will schedule a meeting using Zoom on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month going forward until our in person meetings resume.  Our next Zoom meeting will be on May 12th and we will attempt to have a speaker.  And it looks like Mayor Margaret Abe Koga will be speaking at our Zoom meeting on May 26th
 
President Elect Paul – Paul has put together the schedule for next year’s meetings and events.
 
Treasurer Fred – Since we have already collected the facilities fee from all members for the current six months, we will be providing a credit during the next billing cycle for the time that the meetings have been canceled.
 
Community Grants Anita – This year’s theme is Mothers and Children.  The Board had previously voted to award $8,000 of our grant funds to the Community Services Agency to assist with COVID-19 relief.  We received grant applications from the Community Health Awareness Council and the Day Workers’ Center of Mountain View.  The Board voted to award a grant of $4,800 to the Community Health Awareness Council and a grant of $4,800 to the Day Workers’ Center of Mountain View.
 
If anyone knows of any of our members in distress or that need anything, please let President Tom or one of the Board Members know.  We want to make sure everyone knows that we are here to take care of each other.
 
Personal News
 
This is an opportunity for us to share whatever information we would like so we can keep up with what everyone is doing these days.
 
Ken – Here is a thought:  I never thought the comment “I wouldn’t touch him/her with a 6 foot pole” would become a national policy, but here we are!
 
Since we were a little light on the personal news this week, I decided to dig into the photo archives that Jim Cochran provided.  These photos are all from 2005.  See if you can figure out who all these folks are…
 
 
Other Stuff
 
Shared by Phil – HAPPY FRIENDSHIP WEEK FROM ONE FRIEND TO ANOTHER 
 
Written by Andy Rooney, a man who had the gift of saying so much with so few words. 
Rooney has passed away but used to be on CBS's 60 Minutes TV show.
 
I've learned.... That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person. 
  
I've learned.... That when you're in love, it shows. 
  
I've learned.... That just one person saying to me, 'You've made my day!' makes my day. 
  
I've learned.... That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world. 
  
I've learned.... That being kind is more important than being right. 
  
I've learned.... That you should never say no to a gift from a child. 
  
I've learned.... That I can always pray for someone when I don't have the strength to help him in any other way. 
  
I've learned.... That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with. 

I've learned... That life is like a roll of toilet paper. 
The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes. 
  
I've learned.... That money doesn't buy class. 
  
I've learned... That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved. 
  
I've learned.... That to ignore the facts does not change the facts. 
  
I've learned.... That when you plan to get even with someone, 
you are only letting that person continue to hurt you. 
  
I've learned... That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am. 
  
I've learned.... That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile. 
  
I've learned.... That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss. 
    
I've learned.... That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.
  
I've learned.... That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. 
  
I've learned.... That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, you're hooked for life. 
  
I've learned.... That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it. 
 
Just to bring a few smiles:
 
 
Remember, send me some stuff so we can make this interesting and keep it going. And don’t forget the photos. Send it to bbarsi@msn.com.  And take good care of yourselves.
Non Meeting Notes -- May 5, 2020 2020-05-05 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes -- April 28, 2020

Non Meeting Notes
April 28, 2020
 
Hi Everyone.  Hope you are all doing okay and keeping busy.  Thank you to everyone who is sharing your stories and I hope to hear from everyone in the weeks to come.
 
Here’s our news for this week:
 
Rotary News
 
Although all of our in person meetings and other events continue to remain on hold, we had our first virtual meeting earlier today using Zoom.  We had twenty members attend and it was a lot of fun to catch up with everyone and hear what folks are up to.  A big thank you to Anita for setting it up and to all of you that attended.  We are already planning another meeting next week and I’ll send out the link in advance.
 
We have a Board Meeting on Thursday at 5:30 pm which will also be done on line using Google Hang Out.  If anyone not on the Board wishes to join the meeting, let me know and I’ll send you the link.
 
If anyone knows of any of our members in distress or that need anything, please let President Tom or one of the Board Members know.  We want to make sure everyone knows that we are here to take care of each other.
 
Personal News
 
This is an opportunity for us to share whatever information we would like so we can keep up with what everyone is doing these days.
 
Scott – I did get a hold of Bob Williams. He and Carolyn are doing fine at The Forum, which is locked down. They are being taken care of very well. Bob had extensive back surgery last August and the recovery has taken a long time. Last year was his last trip to China, he feels. Several are familiar with Bob and Carolyn's love of chocolate. Life is good as they treat each other to a few Dove dark chocolates each night. 
 
I still am working at Villa Siena and working from home as I can. No Coronavirus there, which we work hard to maintain. Joan and I are finding time for some bike rides and hiking adventures, pics attached. Take care.
 
 
Mandy – I miss all of you and can’t wait until we can safely get together and celebrate, “life after COVID-19.” 
 
Here’s a quick update about our family. We are all healthy, the kids are studying from home and attending classes remotely. Betty, who is 92 years-old, is healthy and protected (isolated) as possible. It’s been hard for her, but we gave her a Facebook Portal so she can easily video call us. Now she’s a video conferencing pro! She’s a lot happier now that we can have “happy hour” with her every day. Being able to see us makes her feel less alone. The only one who is not following the rules is our cat, Twix. He is refusing to wear his mask while social distancing on the porch and keeping an eye on the neighborhood (photo attached). 
 
 
I’ve been working from my office every day because my clients need me now more than ever. I am their "first financial responder” and loving it. In the last few weeks I spent more time on the phone with my clients, virtually met some of their kids, grandkids and parents. It’s been wonderful. The highlight was bringing cake to two of my clients who celebrated their 90th birthday on the same day, Saturday before Easter. (Photo attached) 
 
 
… Also, I finally had my nails done! (Photo attached). 
 
 
If you would like to chat, the best way to reach me is on my cell at 650-281-4356. If I don’t answer, I am probably on the phone with a client. Please leave a message, and I promise I will call you back as soon as I can. 
 
Stay healthy, turn off the news, and smile even if it’s hard sometime! We can do this! 
 
Jerylann – Lots of good news for Jerylann!  Her youngest daughter is expecting twins in June so Jerylann will be busy helping out with the two babies and as well as their older brother who is turning six.  And as if that wasn’t enough, she is helping her oldest daughter plan her wedding at the family ranch in October.  Busy and exciting times for the Mateo Family!
 
Roger – It has been 6 weeks of isolation (Shelter in place) for us in home. I hope that you are able to keep busy while stay home order.
 
It’s been a while, I have not travel any place. Weimin and I are fine. We are staying at home cooking, gardening, and taking care of our dog, Maya. Luckily for us, we are also able to keep busy working from home.
 
I appreciate that Korea and Taiwan government have been able to contain COVID-19 and our business is not affected too much.
 
Please take good care of yourself and family members.  Keep in touch!  Best regards.
 
Ernie – Update to Ernie’s cell phone number from the previous bulletin.  The correct number is (760) 218-1139.  Give him a call when you get a chance.
 
Thomas – Warm Greetings to all my Rotarian friends in Mountain View!  As you are, we are in a lock down here in Bavaria and it is quite stunning: Everybody seems to be fine, the spring is beautiful but the world is frozen, time has stopped.
 
However, I am working frantically on my projects. And in my Industrial MakerSpace, outside of Munich, we started to produce face masks and other protective gear.
 
I am really concerned that we in Germany are destroying our economy. Some industries are booming, 3D Animated Moviemaking by example, others are being busted: transport, tourism, auto, retail. I estimate 70 % of the German economy. On the other hand, with a Covid-19 fatality rate as in Italy, we would have 2,5 Million additional deaths this year ( on a population of 82 Million ). Who can make this judgement call and re-open the Country? At some point we will have to. Even without vaccine and without therapy.
 
I was tested, had “it“ already and only mild symptoms. To celebrate life, I go running, try to motivate my family and send you some pics from my last run around Cloister Andechs towering over Lake Ammersee. 
 
Stay Safe and Sound! Thomas J. Dittler +49 (0) 175 2033804
 
 
Bruce – As I mentioned at the meeting today, Suzanne and I are gearing up to do a bike ride around Lake Tahoe (72 miles) at the end of summer and we wanted to offer this to the Club as the “Tahoe Challenge.”  And the Challenge doesn’t have to be a full ride around the Lake, it can be any distance you want it to be.  Since bike riding is one of the few activities that is currently allowed and lends itself pretty well to social distancing, this would be a great time to start getting ready for the “Tahoe Challenge!”  I’ll have more on this in the coming weeks.
 
Other Stuff
 
From Anita – It’s not often I pass stuff along - but given the current COVID-19 situation this is worth a read. Could be a good reminder to keep a perspective and stay grateful...
1. There are no bombs raining on our heads.
2. I am not a prisoner held in solitary confinement.
3. I am not a refugee trying to escape with my life.
4. I am not standing in line waiting to fill a pot of water.
5. I have access to fresh food and I'm not starving.
6. I have hot running water.
7. My country has not been ruined by years of war.
8. I can reach my friends by phone and check in on them.
9. My friends check in on me because they care about me.
10. Any anxiety I feel about this strange turn of events should be tempered by the generosity of Americans.
11. More than half of the world would gladly trade their everyday problems for the modest inconveniences I am experiencing.
12. I may have anxious dreams but I'm dreaming them on a proper bed and I'm not sleeping on the sidewalk.
13. By staying at home, I'm helping to speed our recovery.
14. As long as I have my mind, I can create, imagine, dream and not be lonely.
15. This global crisis connects all people around the world; this is a good thing.
16. Whenever something such as this happens, I hope to respond to it with humanity toward all.
17. I hope for a good economic turn-around for all injured by these events.
18. I am surrounded by books.
19. I am surrounded by love.
20. The trees have already started to bloom.
21. I have God all around me.
 
 
Just to bring a few smiles:
 
 
Remember, send me some stuff so we can make this interesting and keep it going. And don’t forget the photos. Send it to bbarsi@msn.com.  And take good care of yourselves.
Meeting Notes -- April 28, 2020 2020-04-28 07:00:00Z 0

Non Meeting Notes -- April 21, 2020

Non Meeting Notes
April 21, 2020
 
Hi Everyone.  Hope you are all doing okay and keeping busy.  Thank you to everyone who is sharing your stories and I hope to hear from everyone in the weeks to come.
 
Here’s our news for this week:
 
Rotary News
 
All of our meetings and other events continue to remain on hold.  The District has scheduled some virtual events related to the pandemic and economic issues it has caused.  For more information about these events, go to the District website at:  https://www.rotarydistrict5170.org
 
If anyone knows of any of our members in distress or that need anything, please let President Tom or one of the Board Members know.  We want to make sure everyone knows that we are here to take care of each other.
 
Personal News
 
This is an opportunity for us to share whatever information we would like so we can keep up with what everyone is doing these days.
 
Heather – Hoping everyone is well and enjoying the extra time at home.  Boys are wrapping up Spring Break so tomorrow we are back with distant learning, which the 2nd grader has more hours of work than the 7th grader has.  We picked up a new hobby as a family as Samuel missed his disc golf lesson for PE, so we bought some discs and now learning as a family.  A good sport with easy social distancing with others.  Plus boys are teaching me pickle ball on the beach!! Yup we are still on the Central Coast :-) Hugs, Heather
 
 
Ken – I was greeter Tuesday but no one showed up. My thought for the day was to wear your mask outside and stay close to home to protect yourself and others. Glad to see everyone was obeying "Shelter in Place.”

Our MV Rotary Scholars are very grateful for their awards. We continue to affect our community.

Susan and I are healthy and doing fine at home.

My office schedule has changed dramatically. The COVID-19 Shelter In Place guidelines for Mountain View Optometry and Contact Lens Clinic are on our website: www.MVO.com
The phones are staffed M-F from 9 AM to 4 PM to triage patients and answer their questions. And Doctors are on call 24/7 for emergencies as usual. In-office emergent and urgent care visits are by appointment with strict guidelines.  The opticians are scheduling appointments for contact lens and glasses deliveries M-F from 11-2.

One more thought for the day:  Do not call the police on suspicious people in your neighborhood! Those are your neighbors without makeup and hair extensions!

Take care to everyone and Rotarily yours, Ken
 
Ernie – I am doing as expected and The Terraces at Los Altos is Virus Free as of this Date!!  We had a Blood Test last Thursday in the Parking Lot of the Palo Alto VA Hospital.  All done from the Passenger Seat of the car. Questions of the results should be in next week.  
 
The food here continues to be very good.  Lunch & Dinner is served to my room by staff as the premises here is in complete lock down.  I manage to see Eric sometimes at the Front (Main) Door of the complex when he brings me healthy snacks and other necessities. I do appreciate a phone call at anytime.  Cell Phone (FaceTime)  (760) 281-1139 (5pm to 8pm).
 
I do miss all of you.  Back to normal soon.
 
Sincerely, Ernie Hawks
 
PS: Rotary etal - Road Runner
 
Bruce – Had a chance to talk to some folks during the last week and it was great to hear from Hiro, Dennis, Phil, Ernie, Bob, and a few others.  Everyone seems to be doing pretty good and making the best of our stay at home time.  And a shout out to Bob who has been putting in 10,000 steps a day up at the Forum.  I know many of us are getting out for walks, but 10,000 steps is amazing!
 
I mentioned in my last message that I am going to try and set up a virtual mingle for our club.  I hope everyone will participate in this and I think you will really enjoy talking to other club members.  I will be putting more out on this in the next day or two. 
 
Other Stuff
 
Just to bring a few smiles:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Remember, send me some stuff so we can make this interesting and keep it going. And don’t forget the photos. Send it to bbarsi@msn.com.  And take good care of yourselves.
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Non Meeting Notes -- April 14, 2020

Non Meeting Notes
April 14, 2020
 
Hi Everyone.  Hope you are all doing okay and keeping busy.  Thank you to everyone who is sharing your stories and I hope to hear from everyone in the weeks to come.
 
Here’s our news for this week:
 
Rotary News
 
From President Tom:
All Club Meetings and Events are cancelled at least until after May 3rd.
President Tom and members of the Board are continuing to explore scheduling a Virtual Club Meeting possibly using Zoom.  More details on this to follow.
 
I received word from Rotary International that the Polio Plus program has currently redeployed their personnel to battle COVID-19.  The belief is that we may see a minor setback in our efforts to eradicate polio, but the virus is a more significant threat to the world population at this time. 
 
If anyone knows of any of our members in distress or that need anything, please let President Tom or one of the Board Members know.  We want to make sure everyone knows that we are here to take care of each other.
 
Personal News
 
This is an opportunity for us to share whatever information we would like so we can keep up with what everyone is doing these days.
 
Heather – Sanjay and I were just wrapping up RYLA interviews to learn that the District cancelled RYLA Camp for June 2020.  High school junior students, school counselors, RYLA co-leads are very saddened to hear the news.  However, with the current news by Dr. Fauci, it is still challenging to predict about summer gatherings.  Thanks! Hugs, Heather
 
Bruce – Made our first distribution of $50 Safeway Gift Cards for Cops and Gobblers last Saturday.  Here’s a copy of the posting from the Police Department:
 
 
Tori – So how does a workaholic Stay In Place???  Well she drives to Santa Fe, New Mexico with her ex-husband, step-daughter, small dog and her pig, of course!
 
On our adventure, bear in mind we truly practiced Social Distancing, we drove to Santa Fe with a brief stop at the Grand Canyon, where we were stalked by a starving squirrel who obviously was used to being feed illegal snacks from tourists.  We saw less than a dozen people in the abandoned park, but that squirrel found and followed us VERY closely.
 
Highways are fairly abandoned other than a few cars and a lot of Trucks.
The pig (5 months old) and puppy slept the duration of the drive, with only an occasional small growl from my 4 pound pooch when the pig inadvertently invaded her personal space.  A word of warning, in case the temptation of doing a 15 hour drive with a young pig crosses your mind: Pigs fart on car drives.  Think on that one!
               
Once in Santa Fe, we Stayed in Place, did minor maintenance to the home enjoyed viewing a different set of walls for a few days.  Santa Fe is much like here: Take out only at restaurants, all stores and most businesses closed, near empty streets and no TP in the stores.  Only big difference is that people are being robbed in store parking lots for their toilet paper (if they are lucky enough to get a package), yes, seriously, grocery store checkers warn customers who get toilet paper to go immediately to their car and be wary of TP thieves.  I brought a diamond in case I got robbed, to negotiate for the thieves to [take that] and let me keep my TP, but I never got the opportunity of actually getting a single roll, let alone a [whole] package.
 
The drive back was uneventful other than at the California Boarder (and I am serious) the Border Guards asked if we brought our own toilet paper.  I told them no, and [that] if I did, I won’t tell them or anyone… HEY! Highway robbery is a real thing!
 
 
Paul – Hello Rotarians, Hope everyone is staying safe.
 
 
Jack and Haydee – Jack and his three girls have been spending beautiful afternoons on the swing, chit chatting and singing. Really enjoying quality time together. Still missing all our commitments but making the best of the situation. Hope you are well!!
 
 
Phil and Twana – Social Distancing Report – Smiles 
-Half of us are going to come out of this quarantine as amazing cooks. The other half will come out with a drinking problem.
-I used to spin that toilet paper like I was on Wheel of Fortune. Now I turn it like I'm cracking a safe.
-I need to practice social-distancing from the refrigerator.
-Still haven't decided where to go for Easter ----- The Living Room or The Bedroom
-PSA: every few days try your jeans on just to make sure they fit. Pajamas will have you believe all is well in the kingdom.
-Homeschooling is going well. 2 students suspended for fighting and 1 teacher fired for drinking on the job.
-I don't think anyone expected that when we changed the clocks we'd go from Standard Time to the Twilight Zone
-This morning I saw a neighbor talking to her cat. It was obvious she thought her cat understood her. I came into my house, told my dog..... we laughed a lot.
-So, after this quarantine.....will the producers of My 600 Pound Life just find me or do I find them?
-Quarantine Day 5: Went to this restaurant called THE KITCHEN. You have to gather all the ingredients and make your own meal. I have no clue how this place is still in business.
-My body has absorbed so much soap and disinfectant lately that when I pee it cleans the toilet.
-Day 5 of Homeschooling: One of these little monsters called in a bomb threat.
-I'm so excited --- it's time to take out the garbage. What should I wear?
-I hope the weather is good tomorrow for my trip to Puerto Backyarda. I'm getting tired of Los Livingroom.
-Classified Ad: Single man with toilet paper seeks woman with hand sanitizer for good clean fun.
-Day 6 of Homeschooling: My child just said "I hope I don't have the same teacher next year".... I'm offended.
-Better 6 feet apart than 6 feet under.
 
Other Stuff
 
Just to bring a few smiles:
 
 
Remember, send me some stuff so we can make this interesting and keep it going. And don’t forget the photos. Send it to bbarsi@msn.com.  And take good care of yourselves.
Non Meeting Notes -- April 14, 2020 2020-04-14 07:00:00Z 0

Non Meeting Notes -- April 7, 2020

Non Meeting Notes
April 7, 2020
 
Hi Everyone.  Hope you are all doing okay and finding exciting ways to keep busy as we begin or fourth week of sheltering in place, aka, home detention.  Thank you to everyone who is sharing your stories and I hope to hear from everyone in the weeks to come.
 
Here’s our news for this week:
 
Rotary News
 
From President Tom:
All Club Meetings and Events are cancelled at least until after May 3rd.
President Tom and members of the Board are continuing to explore scheduling a Virtual Club Meeting possibly using Zoom.  More details on this to follow.
 
Our 2020 Scholarship Recipients have been selected and they are in the process of being notified.  We are uncertain at this time whether we will be able to have the recipients attend one of our meetings, but we will revisit this once our meetings resume.  Thanks to Judy, Bruce, and Jim Spangler for reviewing the applicants and selecting the winners and to Ken for his leadership of this effort.
 
If anyone knows of any of our members in distress or that need anything, please let President Tom or one of the Board Members know.  We want to make sure everyone knows that we are here to take care of each other.
 
Personal News
 
This is an opportunity for us to share whatever information we would like so we can keep up with what everyone is doing these days.
 
Cathy -- Good morning, I have been continuing my support of the local Farmers Market, walking there today in the rain wearing my happy-to-be-out rain boots.  Here’s a couple of pics from my walk, waiting for traffic on Central Expressway this morning and from last week, social distancing at the market then walking down Jackson Alley on the way home. It’s hard to fight crowds when no one shows up!
 
   
 
Bruce – The Cops and Gobblers program has purchased 600 $50 Safeway gift cards and we will be distributing them to CSA, the police and fire departments, and other community organizations to distribute to community members that are struggling right now.  We’re continuing to gather funds and we hope to make a second distribution later in the month or in early May.  If you want to know more about what we are doing, check out eh Mountain View Public Safety Foundation website at https://mvpsf.org/.
 
 
 
 
Twana – My Bruce and I have really enjoyed stories from the Non Meetings. By contrast, our lives are relatively tame. Spring has come to our yard in Mountain View (since we don't venture out beyond it much), Bruce is doing a lot of gardening while Twana is working her normal hours from our home office at a very, very busy Community Services Agency. It is still too cool on many days for our bees to be very active, but when the temperatures get above 60 and it's sunny, they come out and especially love the apple tree blossoms behind Bruce in the picture.
My favorite funny posting lately was one where someone was showing how to make two covid masks out of one bra.   Wishing everyone well!  ~Twana and Bruce
 
 
 
 
Other Stuff
 
Just to bring a few smiles:
 
 
 
 
Remember, send me some stuff so we can make this interesting and keep it going. And don’t forget the photos. Send it to bbarsi@msn.com.  And take good care of yourselves.
Non Meeting Notes -- April 7, 2020 2020-04-07 07:00:00Z 0

Non Meeting Notes -- March 24, 2020

Hi Everyone.  Greetings from your President Tom, President Elect Paul and your Rotary Board.  Today marks about month since we last met and it seems like we are almost living in a different world now.  We hope everyone is well and doing okay during these challenging times.  Some of us have a pretty full plate right now dealing with the day to day crisis of COVID-19 while others of us are probably on our fifth round of straightening up the house and yard.  In any event, we thought it might be good to share some updates about what we are doing and any positive stories that we hear about or even some humorous ones that might brighten these times a bit.  Also, if anyone needs help with anything or if some of us are able to help out, we can make sure that our Rotary Family is well cared for.  We will also provide you with updates of what or Club is doing to help out the community during this time.
 
With everyone’s help, we hope to continue putting this bulletin out each Tuesday while we wait for our meetings to start again.  I hope that you will all share your stories, thoughts and other items of interest as much as possible.  And include photos when you can.  Please email whatever you like to Bruce Barsi (bbarsi@msn.com) and we will add it to our weekly bulletin.
 
So here’s the news for this week:
 
Rotary News
 
As we’re sure everyone knows, out Club meetings and events are canceled into the foreseeable future.  It appears that the District has also cancelled most events for the next few months.  We have not heard anything official about the RI Conference which is in Hawaii this year, and I’m sure they are closely monitoring the situation and will make a decision shortly.
 
Many of us attended the Chamber’s Celebration of Leaders event earlier this month where our Club was recognized as the Community’s Outstanding Organization.  President Tom and President Elect Paul made us proud during their talk when accepting the award.
 
Given the seriousness of the current crisis and the need to help many members of our community that are struggling, the Board met on-line during the last week and has voted to immediately provide half of this year’s grant funds to the Community Services Agency to help serve their families.  Our grant applications will close this coming Friday and the Board will then determine how to expend the remaining grant funds.
 
Ken Schwaderer is currently in the process of selecting our scholarship recipients for the year.  Jim Spangler, Judy Hannemann and Bruce Barsi have worked with the local high schools to select recipients from each.
 
Possibly in a weak moment, President Tom stated that once the current situation settles down, we will have a huge party at the Clubhouse where Hart and he live.  Pretty sure we will all be up for that and I hope we can make it the biggest bash in the history of the Mountain View Rotary Club!
 
Personal News
 
Bruce – Since I just came up with the idea of doing this today, you’re stuck with just my update for now.  I hope you will all join me next week in sharing information so we can keep up with what everyone is doing.
 
So Suzanne and I have been pretty busy helping out with the child care for our two Grandchildren while both of our sons have been called upon to work long hours in their jobs caring for some of the victims of COVID-19.  In between diapers, bottles and playing with trucks, I am also working with the other Coordinators of Cops and Gobblers to do a distribution of gift cards in early April to families that need the help.  More on that as it unfurls.  And last and probably least, I’m ahead of the game in my recovery from shoulder surgery (or at least I was until my physical therapy clinic closed).  Just started running again and I’m looking forward to getting back on my bike.
 
Other Stuff
 
Just to bring a few smiles:
 
This is from a few weeks ago when they only wanted seniors to shelter in place, but do you remember when we were younger and made fake IDs so we could get into bars?  These days we need fake IDs just to get out of our house!
 
Your Grandparents were called to war.  You’re being called to sit on your couch.  You can do this!
 
That moment when you’re worried about the elderly and realize that you are the elderly.
 
They said a mask and gloves were enough to go to the grocery store.  They lied, everybody else had clothes on.
 
Remember, send me some stuff so we can make this interesting and keep it going. And don’t forget the photos. Send it to bbarsi@msn.com.  And take good care of yourselves
Non Meeting Notes -- March 24, 2020 2020-03-24 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes -- February 11, 2020

Meeting Notes
2/11/2020
 
Presidents Greeting
 
Pledge of Allegiance: Lead by Linda Wang
 
Thought of the Day: Jerylann Mateo – How Valentines was created.
 
Songmaster Phil: Let Me Call You Sweetheart
 
Introduction of Guests:
  1. Cindy Bogard O’Gorman – Los Altos Rotary
  2. Pearl You – Los Altos Rotary
     
    President Elect Paul presented the slate of Officers for next year.  The Officers will be voted on at our next meeting on February 18th.
     
    President – Paul Reinhart
    President Elect – Heather Stenshamn
    Secretary – Bruce Barsi
    Treasurer – Fred Storek
    Past President – Tom Myers
    Membership – Jerylann Mateo
    Community Service – Scott Johnson
    Community Service – Cathy Merrill
    Community Service – Twana Karney
    Foundation – Monique Kane
    Grants – Anita Grossman
    International Service – Jack Wong
    Youth Service – Sanjay Dave
     
    Special Presentation from the Los Altos Rotary: Cindy & Pearl reviewed the new Los Altos Rotary Toastmaster. Rotary & Toastmasters working together, this is the first group since creating the partnership. They will meet 2nd & 4th week, evening meetings, figuring out where to meet. $45/every 6 months.
     
    Social: February 25th, 5:30 pm at Paul & Susan’s house
     
    Crab Feed: Alan reported we raised approx. $16,000
     
    Program: Introduced by Jim Spangler.
    Mary Chigos from Mission Hospice.
    Different ways to serve. Can be referred by doctor or you can refer yourself or by family.
    -Team can come out & evaluate – there is no charge for this.
    -Continuum of Care – serve patient & family throughout last year of life.
    -Curative Care
    -Palliative Care
    -Hospice Care
    -Transitional Care  
    -Patient makes decisions. Family involved.
    -Need volunteers.
    -They also have a Hospice House – this is for the last couple weeks of life, if the patient cannot stay at home any longer.
Meeting Notes -- February 11, 2020 2020-02-12 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes -- January 28, 2020

 
President’s Greeting:  
 
Good afternoon!   I’d like to welcome you to the Rotary Club of Mountain View.
My name is Tom Myers, your President for 2020. 
 
Our Rotary International theme for this year is “Rotary Connects the World”. 
Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “We Connect Our Community.”  
Thank you all for joining us today.
 
Pledge of Allegiance:        Sheila
 
Thought for the Day:         Phil
 
Songmaster Phil:               Home on the Range
 
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Paul Reinhart – Jim Cochran joined us
 
Mountain View Rotary is Organization of the Year
– Award banquet on March 6 from 6 to 9 PM at the Computer History Museum
 
Announcements
Community Service
Dave was not present.  Tom indicated Dave is in good spirits.  Please feel free to reach out to him. 
 
Speech Contest – February 4
– Sanjay – Ready to go.  Need judges and others to help
 
Socials - Tori – February – Paul and Susan – Mardi gras party on February 25. 
 
Crab Feed
 – Alan indicated we still need help setting up at 1 pm on Saturday.
 
Endowment
 – Jim S. indicated the foundation is doing very well under Jack’s guidance.
 
Program introduced by Tom
 
Club Assembly
 
Jim Cochran created photo books for the more senior members of the Rotary Club.  He presented photo books to Jim Cunningham, Dennis, Fred, Ken and Phil.   He also has copies for Ernie and Bob.  He said he can copy the photos on a thumb drive if you provide one to him.
 
Tom showed 3 Rotary videos.
 
Ken made a $100 donation to the local foundation in recognition of Cal’s winning sports teams.
 
Future Schedule:
Next 4fer is Mandy
Next Vocational Talk is Heather
Next Board meeting is February 20
 
Have a great week!
 
And remember…“ Rotary Connects the World, and We Connect Our Community”
Meeting Notes -- January 28, 2020 2020-01-28 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes -- January 14, 2020

Meeting Notes
January 14, 2020
 
President’s Greeting:   
Good afternoon!   I’d like to welcome you to the Rotary Club of Mountain View.
My name is Tom Myers, your President for 2020. 
 
Our Rotary International theme for this year is “Rotary Connects the World”. 
Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “We Connect Our Community.”  
Thank you all for joining us today.
 
Pledge of Allegiance:  Our newest member, Mandy Andrel
 
Thought for the Day:  Cathy Merrill
 
Songmaster Phil:  “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning”
 
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Paul Reinhart
Lavern Gentry, Visiting Rotarian from Boise, Idaho
 
Vocational Talk: None
 
Announcements: Jim Spangler enjoyed his visit with his son Nick.
 
Thank the 4fer – Cathy Merrill
 
Community Service – Dave Cole has been a bit under the weather and we all wish him well and a speedy return to the Club
 
Membership – Jerylann is working with the Chamber of Commerce on a reciprocal membership plan. The Chamber’s new CEO, Peter Katz, is invited to attend an upcoming Rotary meeting. 
 
Foundation Minute – Monique- Our Mountain View Club is a 100% participation club! Congrats to everyone!
  
Speech Contest – February 4
 
Socials – The Club Assembly meeting and the upcoming Crab Feed on February 1st will replace the 4th Tuesday evening social for January. The February 25 social will take place at Paul and Susan Reinhart’s house at 5:30 pm and celebrate Mardi-Gras!
 
Crab Feed – Alan Goodman:  Crab Feed is less than three weeks away.  Sign up for tasks! Help is especially needed for setting up tables and chairs. Please help spread the word to our near neighbor Rotary Clubs. Alan also has more flyers if you need them.
 
 
Program introduced by Jerylann Mateo:
 
Tonya Veitch, County of Santa Clara Office of Sustainability
Tonya Veitch is a Bay Area native and graduate of San Jose State University where she holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning and bachelor’s degree in Heath Services Administration. Tonya joined the County of Santa Clara in 2033 working to promote healthy and sustainable communities through projects focused on policy, improving the built environment and community engagement. Tonya currently serves as a Sustainability Analyst for the County of Santa Clara Office of Sustainability and is responsible for the marketing, education and outreach of the County’s sustainability programs. In her presentation she provided several tips on how to keep a more sustainable and energy efficient household as well as naming several federal and local agencies that will work with homeowners to help achieve those goals.  She introduced Lindsey Roark from the Rising Sun organization that focuses on helping seniors who want to make their homes more energy efficient. 
Meeting Notes -- January 14, 2020 2020-01-23 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes -- January 21, 2020

Meeting Notes
January 21, 2020
 
President’s Greeting:  
Good afternoon!   I’d like to welcome you to the Rotary Club of Mountain View.
My name is Tom Myers, your President for 2020. 
 
Our Rotary International theme for this year is “Rotary Connects the World”. 
Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “We Connect Our Community.”  
Thank you all for joining us today.
 
Pledge of Allegiance:  Sanjay Dave
 
Thought for the Day:  Bruce Barsi
 
Songmaster Phil:  God Bless America
 
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Paul Reinhart
Lavern Gentry, Visiting Rotarian from Boise, Idaho
 
Vocational Talk:  Jim Spangler was born in Mississippi while his Father was serving in the Air Force.  He attended Stanford on a wrestling scholarship.  Upon graduation, he joined his Father in the family business and continues serving the folks in our community today.  He joined Rotary in 1982 and has served as Club President as well as President of the Chamber of Commerce.  He and his wife Jane keep busy with their children and grandchildren and many travels.
 
Announcements
 
Thank the 4fer – Bruce Barsi
 
Community Service – Dave has been a bit under the weather and we all wish him well and a speedy return to the Club
 
Membership -- Jerylann
 
Foundation Minute -- Monique
 
Speech Contest – Sanjay:  The Speech Contest is February 4th and we have at least two contestants and maybe more
 
Socials – Tori:  next is February 25th with details forthcoming
 
Crab Feed – Alan Goodman:  less than two weeks away.  Sign up for tasks!  By next Tuesday, Alan needs the number of tickets that you have sold as well as how many of those tickets will be used.
 
Big Announcements!!!  The new CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, Peter Katz, and his staff attended our meeting to inform us that Mountain View Rotary has been named the Chamber’s Outstanding Organization of the Year.  The award will be presented at the Celebration of Leaders event on March 6th at the Computer History Museum.  We are hoping all Club Members will attend the event.
 
 
Program introduced by Jerylann Mateo
 
 
Brian Coulter became passionate about working on Parkinson’s related issues when his best friend was diagnosed with the disease in his early 40’s.  Brian’s father has also been diagnosed with Parkinson’s.  Brian joined the Board of Directors for the Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center (PICC) and was appointed as CEO in 2019.  PICC has recently moved from Sunnyvale to a new campus near El Camino Hospital in Mountain View. 
 
There are one million people in the United States who have Parkinson’s and more than ten million people worldwide.  Between one and two percent of people over fifty have Parkinson’s.  The exact cause is unknown, but genetic and environmental issues are believed to be factors.  Four common symptoms include tremors, slowness, stiffness, and imbalance.
 
The best treatment for Parkinson’s falls into three categories:  1) Good medical care; 2) Exercise to slow progression of the disease and improve motor symptoms; 3) Support groups.  PICC focuses on care, research and education.  In 2020, they will be working on gut brain connection, genetics database, and biomarkers.
 
Future Schedule:
Next 4fer is Phil Armi
 
Thanks to our guests for joining us today!
 
Have a great week!
 
And remember…“ Rotary Connects the World, and We Connect Our Community”
Meeting Notes -- January 21, 2020 2020-01-21 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes -- January 7, 2020

Rotary Club of Mountain View
Meeting Notes - January 7, 2020
 
President Tom greeting everyone:  “Good afternoon!   I’d like to welcome you to the Rotary Club of Mountain View.  Our Rotary International theme for this year is “Rotary Connects the World”.  Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “We Connect Our Community. Thank you all for joining us today.”
 
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Heather; Scott shared a New Year thought; and Phil led all in a song.  
 
Paul, President Elect, introduced visitors.    Mandy introduced Emily as her guest.  
 
Fred gave his vocational talk.   This included his entry to Stanford where he was a track athlete, graduated, and started a job in bookkeeping.   He has followed this career track since… working in small CPA firms, handling all varieties of accounting.   He claims to be the only CPA who actually at one time was a “bean counter,” pinto beans to be exact.   He is surely right on that and we are proud of our Rotary friend, past President and long time board member Fred!  
 
Jerylann and Tom inducted our new Rotarian:  Mandy Andrei.   Mandy has been actively participating in our Club for a time and clearly exemplifies all Rotary ideals and Rotary’s spirit of service.   She has a distinguished career in wealth management.   We welcome Mandy into our Club!
 
Tom made announcements:
            * Special Dinner for MAT Caparas – Did anyone attend?
            * Special Thanks – Jim Cochran has resigned and we thank him for his service.
            * There will be a regular club meeting on Tuesday, 1/28.   It will be a club assembly and also a time for Alan to do final coordination for the Crab Feed.  
 
Monique made some Rotary Foundation recognitions.   Cupcakes were given to Alan, Jim Spangler, and to Sanjay.   Jim Spangler was also recognized for Paul Harris Fellow – plus 3.  
 
Alan discussed plans for the February 1st Crab Feed.    “This is an ALL HANDS ON DECK event for the club” he said.   Tickets and flyers/posters were distributed.   A sign-up sheet was circulated for volunteer assignments that day.  More to come!  
 
Program:  Joy Garza, Mountain View Public Safety Foundation
Joy, Executive Director, started her career in Mountain View in 1998 as a Community Service Officer and went on to be a Public Safety Officer in Sunnyvale. She owned and operated a business in Gilroy for several years, was also a health instructor for 19 years and a Police Academy Instructor in physical fitness. Joy has 8 years of marketing experience and 10 years of experience in public safety training and coordinating. She’s worked closely with local, state and federal agencies in the Bay Area, and developed training and delivered public safety training programs. Joy earned an AA in Criminal Justice and a BS in Public Safety and Emergency Management. She has an adult daughter and is newly married to Eddie. Joy and Eddie reside in Gilroy and recently welcomed a new baby in 2019.
 
Joy shared the mission of the Foundation, as a 501(c)(3) organization.   They basically supplement the needs of the Police and Fire Departments.   She also presented goals for 2020.  
 
Future Schedule:
A 4fer is needed for next weel.  
Next Vocational Talk is Jim Spangler on 1/21.
 
Meeting Adjourned. 
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Meeting Notes -- December 10, 2019

Meeting Agenda
December 10, 2019
 
President’s Greeting:  
Good afternoon!   I’d like to welcome you to the Rotary Club of Mountain View.
My name is Tom Myers, your President for 2019-2020. 
 
Our Rotary International theme for this year is “Rotary Connects the World”. 
Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “We Connect Our Community.”  
 
Pledge of Allegiance:  Ernie Hawks and Phil Armi were warmly welcomed back and led us in the Pledge
 
Thought for the Day:  Bruce Barsi spoke of true Holiday Spirit
 
Songmaster Phil:  Phil led us singing “Oh What A Beautiful Morning”
 
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Tom Myers
Sanjay introduced his wife Dipti
Tori introduced her Dad Bill
 
Vocational Talk:  Bert Raphael
Bert talked about growing up in New York where his Mother inspired a love for the violin.  He spoke about  his professional career on the cutting edge of Artificial Intelligence and his role in creating Shakey The Robot.  He later switch to the travel industry and joined Rotary about that time.  He is now back to playing the fiddle and has a few poker groups that he enjoys.
 
Announcements
Thank the 4fer – Bruce Barsi
 
President’s Club – New members Jim Spangler and Phil Armi
 
Special Dinner for MAT Caparas – December 28th at the Elks Club in San Mateo
 
Special Thanks – Jim Cochran for his years of doing the Facebook page
           
Community Service – Dave
Thanks to Bert and Cathy for helping at a recent concert.
The Holiday Concert is this weekend and Dave will be there.  Hoping for another member to help out as well.
 
Crab Feed – Alan
Saturday, February 1st
Tickets distributed first meeting in January
 
Foundation Minute -- Monique
Special Commendations to Jim Cochran who was present and Jack Wong and Hiro Kariya who will be recognized at a later time.
Special Rotary Foundation Two Percent Award to Fred Storek
Sanjay started a new job and made a contribution to the Foundation
 
Our Caterer Hector was recognized for his great service to our Club and thanked with a Holiday gift.
 
Socials - Tori – Need a host for January
 
Program introduced by President Tom
Sandy Mobley, DNP, ACNP-BC gave a very informative presentation to the Club about stroke management.  Stroke is the second leading cause of disability.  It can be caused by high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or blood clots and it may involve either a blood vessel rupture or blockage.  Symptoms include headaches, dizziness, vomiting, drooping, weakness, or confusion.  Not all hospitals are Comprehensive Stroke Centers.  In this area, El Camino Hospital and Stanford Hospital fit that bill.  Surviving a stroke involves following the acronym BE FAST – Balance, Eyes fixed, Face droop, Arms, Speech, Time.
 
 
Future Schedule:
Next 4fer is Dave Cole.
Next Vocational Talk is Jim Spangler
 
And remember…“ Rotary Connects the World, and We Connect Our Community”
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Meeting Notes -- December 3, 2019

Meeting Notes
December 3, 2019
                                                              
President Tom Myers rang the bell and called the meeting to order with the Mountain View Rotary mantra, ““Rotary Connects the World”. Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “We Connect Our Community.”
 
Dave Cole lead the club in the pledge of allegence.
 
Jason Commerford shared a quote from Abraham Lincoln “When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad.”
 
Vocational talk was given by Paul Reinhart, who joined the Marine Corps shortly after high school. He subsequently went to UC Davis for his undergraduate degree after which time he began working in the accounting industry and obtained his CPA license. He then transitioned into working with companies doing software and system implementaions.
 
 
General Club Announcements:
 
  • Dave Cole updated us about the following Community Projects:
    • CSMA Concert this coming Saturday, December 7th.  Cathy & Bert will be working.
    • There is a new sign up sheet circulating for future events at CSMA.
 
  • Jim Spangler spoke about his trip to New York
     
  • Fred contributed to the endownment and spoke of the current local college football rivalries.
     
    Other Club Announcements:
     
  • Mat Caparas tribute dinner will be held on Satureday December 28, 2019.
 
  • Cathy gave her Red Badge talk where she described how she grew up in upstate New York. She obtained a degree in Parks and Recreations which was what ultimately brought her to the area when she took up a position in Sunnyvale’s parks and recreation department. She has been a avid volunteer throughout her life as a volunteer with Vista and that passion for giving back to the community is what brough her to Rotary after seeing the notice on Next Door.
 
  • Foundation update was provided by Monique who reminded us we are shooting for 100% participation club.
 
  • President Tom reminded us that we have our regularly scheduled club meeting December 10, 2019 and on December 17, 2019 we will have our holiday dinner event at Don Giovanni’s restaurant (further details to be provided by Paul in the coming days).
 
  • A reminder was had that the crab feed will be held again on February 1st, 2019.
 
  • Birthday wishes were give to Judy and the club also sang her happy birthday.
 
 
SPEAKER: 
 
 
Sally Perham Chavez a visiting rotarian introduced our speaker Carol Olson who spoke about the Mentor Tutor Connection.
 
Carol has 20 plus years of experience working with and helping to grow non-profit organizations and is currently the Executive Director for Mentor Tutor Connection. The organization helps to serve youth throughout all schools in the Mountain View and Los Altos schools who have either been identified as in need of assistance or are at risk of falling behind in their studies. At the elementary and middle school level, Carol stated the the program focuses on assisting teachers with students they have identified in need of assistance through tutoring assistance while at the high school level, the program encourages a mentoring based program.
 
Carol also noed that several of our members either are active members of tutor connection like Paul Reinheart or prior members such as Judy.
 
Next Week our meeting is on Tuesday, December 10th.  
 
Remember Rotary Connects the World, and We Connect Our Community!!!
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Meeting Notes -- November 12, 2019

Meeting Notes November 12, 2019
 
Ring Bell
 
President’s Greeting:  
 
Good afternoon!   I’d like to welcome you to the Rotary Club of Mountain View.
My name is Tom Myers, your President for 2019-2020. 
 
Our Rotary International theme for this year is “Rotary Connects the World”. 
Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “We Connect Our Community.”  
 
Pledge of Allegiance:        Jim Cunningham
 
Thought for the Day:          Scott Johnson
 
Songmaster Phil  - Phil was out, no song
 
Meet & Greet -  (2 Minutes)
 
Ring Bell
 
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Paul Reinhart
  • Sanjay Introduced Ramesh Hariharan, District Governor
  • Judy Hannemann introduced Armand Kambou, possible new Rotarian.  Was previously a Rotarian in Africa. 
  • Tom Introduced Rajiv Mathur – Exec. Director of Friends of Stevens Creek
  • Monique introduced her husband, Bill
 
Vocational Talk:  None This Week. Scott Johnson was honored by being a substitute speaker when last week’s speaker cancelled last minute.
 
Announcements
Thank the 4fer – Sanjay Dave
 
President’s Club – Dennis Kobra & Bert Joined President’s Club
 
Board Meeting on November 21
           
Community ServiceDave
-CSMA
-Stevens Creek Trail Clean Up on October 26
-Cops and Gobblers on November 24th, 9 am, at Police Department
           
Membership -- Jerylann
 
Foundation Minute -- Monique presented cupcakes to Anita, Sheila and Bert.
 
Socials - Tori – Monthly Social Signups Passed Around
 
Next Social is Tuesday November 19, is a no-host Meet Up at the Courtyard by Marriott on El Camino Real in Los Altos.
 
Any other announcements?
 
 
A Few Words from District Governor Ramesh Hariharan.  He mentioned the biggest challenge facing our district is membership retention.
 
 
Program introduced by Scott Johnson
Jeffrey Orth - Past District Governor
Celebrating Rotary Foundation Month - November
 
 
Future Schedule:
Next Tuesday is a social and will be held at the Marriot Courtyard by San Antonio & El Camino, 5:30pm.
 
Have a great week!
 
And remember…“ Rotary Connects the World, and We Connect Our Community”
 
Ring Bell
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Meeting Notes -- November 5, 2019

4fer: Alan Goodman

Pledge of allegiance: led by some member I can’t recall

Song: Oh What a Beautiful Morning led by Phil

Visitors: Phil’s grandson…let’s go with “Kevin,” Gunther Wobser

New Member Mandy Adrei was with us. She informed us that after visiting the Burlingame, Palo Alto and Mtn. View clubs she decided that Mtn. View is the one for her. Mandy is a Certified Financial Planner with Edward Jones in MV. Formal club membership induction to follow.

 

Announcements:

Funeral for Bruce Barsi’s mother will be on Thursday 11/7 at 11:00 A.M. at Villa Sienna.

Holiday Dinner will be Tuesday 12/17 at 6:00 P.M. at Don Giovanni in Mountain View. There will be no lunch Meeting that day.

Speaker:

Our scheduled speaker cancelled at last minute and Scott Johnson was kind enough to fill in. Scott gave us interesting information about his service with the CA Air National Guard and specifically about his time assisting in rescue operations in New Orleans immediately following Hurricane Katrina. He shared stories and pictures. Just another example of Scott’s commitment to “Service Above Self”.

 

11/12 Speaker: District Governor and District Foundation Chair

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Meeting Notes -- October 22, 2019

Meeting Notes - October 22, 2019

                                                             
President’s Greeting:   Tom welcomed those in attendance.   He reminded us that our Rotary International theme for this year is “Rotary Connects the World”.  Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “We Connect the Community.”  
 
Pledge of Allegiance:    Jim Cochran  
 
Thought for the Day:         Scott
 
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Paul.   Six visiting Rotarians were introduced. 
 
LEAD Program in Africa:  Will Smith, visiting Los Altos Rotary member.   Will introduced the Club to a potential project in Liberia.   Jack, our International Chair, will be discussing the possibilities of joining in on this project with our Board.  
 
Announcements:
  • Thanks to Scott  for being the “4’fer” today.
  • Tom thanked those who had joined the President’s Club. 
  • There will be a Board Meeting on November 21st, 5:30 p.m., at CSA.  
  • Dave announced there are 10 signups for the Stevens Creek Trail clean-up project this Saturday, Oct. 26th.   He passed around the sign-up sheet for CSMA ushering.  
  • Anita gave an update on next Tuesday’s Rotary Social hosted at her house.   She will send out an email one more time.  
  • Monique and Tom presented an additional Paul Harris Fellow Award to Heather.  
     
 
Program:  Introduced by Scott.  
Mountain View Police Chief Max Bosel gave a department update.  Chief Bosel gave a general overview of progress he is making towards three police department goals in the areas of law enforcement, community engagement, and internal affairs.    There were questions and answers.  
 
Future Schedule:
 
October 29th:    No luncheon.   Rather, there is an evening social at Anita’s house.
 
November is Rotary Foundation Month 
 
The Meeting was Adjourned
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Meeting Notes - October 15, 2019

MEETING NOTES 10/15/19
MV Rotary
By Jim Spangler
 
Ring Bell                                 12:30
Presidents Greeting
Pledge                                     Scott Johnson
Thought                                   Jim Spangler - Remember When Times are tough
No Song – Phil Armi still in El Camino, Alan not present
Meet and Greet
Ring Bell
Visiting Rotarian’s and Guests – Paul
            Guest: Bill Atwood (Torrie’s Dad) Tom (Judy’s partner)
            Rotarian: Steve Gershikan  - Los Altos
Vocational Talk:          Tom Meyers.  20 yrs with CSA, heads a team of 32 to assist those in need in our community.  Spoke of the effects of Polio on his life and pride of being part of Rotary, doing all to eliminate.
Announcements:
            4fer:                             Jim Spangler
            Presidents Club:          Fred Storek
            Next Board Meeting:  November 21, 2019
Com. Services:            Dave Cole, Opportunities with CSMA, San Mateo County Emergency response Prep.
Membership:               Jerylann – 2 in the pipeline and 1 other possibility
Foundation:                 Monique, Jim Cochrane honored
Socials:                        Torrie – Next hosted by Anita, 10/29 5:30
Others:                        Cops and Gobblers, Sunday 11/24 9AM MVPD
                                    Police and Fire Foundation Dinner 11/2 at Shoreline
 
 
Program: Judy Hannaman introduced Dawn Maher, interim CEO of the Mountain View Chamber.  Update on multiple programs underway within the Chamber.  This years Art and Wine Fest. Was a success and the budget was met.  Chamber has nearly doubled their membership to 740 members but still has plenty of opportunity to increase further (only 20% of MV Businesses) Interviews for the new permanent CEO are being held and the replacement should be in place by January.  Up coming events are the Athena awards 11/21 and the Tech Expo and Show in July.  The mission statement of the Chamber is to Protect the unique and vibrant Community balance we have in Mountain View.
 
Next 4fer is Scott Johnson.  No future vocational talk is scheduled.
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Meeting Notes -- October 8, 2019

Mountain View Rotary Club
Meeting Notes, October 8, 2019
 
President Tom welcomed us with our theme “Rotary connects the World” and “Our Club Connects our Community.”
 
The Thought for the day was Sheila’s call to think of all our present benefits.
 
Songmaster Phil is in hospital and we wish him well.
 
Members greeted each other and welcomed visiting Rotarian, Sandy Stabile, and two other guests, Tom and Vera.
 
Announcements:- Fred joined the President’s Club.
                               Next club Social will be Oct 29 hosted by Anita.
 
Community Service:-
Los Altos Sunset Partnership provides home repairs for the elderly.
 
Lists were circulated for helpers at CSMA, Stevens Creek Trail clean-up on Oct 29
           and Mountain View Public Safety Foundation event on Nov 2.
 
Rotary Foundation month is November and Monique hopes all members will pledge and give this year.
 
 
Dan Rich, Mountain View City Manager, was the speaker. He outlined the City’s four major programs:-
 
  1. Helping vulnerable populations, through Spanish Language classes, Leadership Academy and safe parking.
  2. Promoting housing especially for lower income residents, rental control      and new registration for short term rentals.
  3. Continued improvement of transportation systems to reduce fatalities, better parking and transit.
  4. Sustainability in environmental friendly ways.
 
The City Tree Lighting Ceremony will be December 9 and Dan Rich will retire as City Manager on December 18.
 
 
Next meeting is October 15 and Tom Myers will give his vocational talk.
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Meeting Notes September 10, 2019

Rotary Meeting 9/10/2019

President Tom greeted all and reminded us of the theme this year of “Rotary Connects the world”.

Followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Thought for the day by Monique

Songmaster Phil led with a  song

Meet and greet persons in the club

Paul introduced visiting Rotarian Frank Verlot from Los Alto Rotary and guest Ming who came to hear our speaker

The 4fer Monique was thanked

Ken Schwaderer and Jack Wong were thanked for joining the President’s Club

It was announced that the next Board meeting will be on November 21

Dave Cole thanked members for volunteering at the Art & Wine Festival

Nothing from membership this week

Monique announced that she will bring pledges for all to begin fully our Foundation campaign. November is Foundation month, November 5th through November 26th

Social for this month TBD for Tuesday, September 24th

District Governor will hold ‘casual’ meetings in January

There was a mention of Camp RYLA and Hal and Sanjay being involved again this year. Walt also continues with the Enterprise Leadership Program.

Frank Verlot said there is a meeting in Fremont coming up. Avenues of Service may take place in February

Next week’s 4fer is Walt Joyce

Next vocational talk is by Bill Maston on 9/17

The speaker was Kevin Walker from Stat-Medicament-Disposal Corporation. This company has an enhanced ‘drug take back program’. Among other things this program can prevent tainted drinking water if people use this program to rid oneself of drugs/meds. He sees this program as one way to combat the Opioid crisis.

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Meeting Notes September 3, 2019

Mountain View Rotary Club
Meeting Notes for September 3, 2019
 
The meeting start was delayed because the caterer was about an hour late for our meeting.  President Tom made adjustments which allowed the meeting to proceed with some minor changes.
 
President Tom introduced himself and the club, giving the theme for RI and for the club.
 
Scott led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.
 
Roger was the 4’fer for today, conducting the greeter duties and giving us a thought.  His thought was about the progress the country has made in recent years in improving the health of persons that have contracted cancer.
 
Songmaster Phil led us in singing God Bless America.
 
President-Elect Paul conducted the recognition of six guests who attended the meeting.
 
Announcements:
 
Thanks to Roger Kao for bringing the delicious cakes to the meeting, and for being the Greeter today.
 
President’s Club:  Since we had six guests today, President Tom explained the President’s Club and its benefits.
 
Two Rotarians from Sunnyvale explained to us the golf tournament that their club is sponsoring.
 
President Tom introduced Sandy who introduced two prospective members that she was escorting.
 
There will be a Board meeting on November 21.
 
 Community Service:  Dave presented the program for club members that will be staffing a booth for tickets at the Art and Wine Festival, next weekend.  He gave the names of those participating, their times, and the duties.  This will be a good publicity event for our club.
 
President Tom thanked Fred Stored for his hosting of the recent social event for the club.
 
Speaker:
 
Michael Montegut provided the program for the meeting today.  His subject was “Working with Youth to overcome challenges”.  He gave a story of his experience speaking to teenagers from a  position of vulnerability.  He told of his experiences with students at Gunn High School, and elsewhere,  about the principles he has used to overcome challenges, disappointments, and embarrassments in high school, college, and work.
 
Next weeks 4fer is Monique Kane.
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Meeting Notes -- July 16, 2019

Mountain View Rotary Club

Meeting Agenda July 16, 2019
 
 
Ring Bell
 
President’s Greeting:  
 
Good afternoon!   I’d like to welcome you to the Rotary Club of Mountain View.
My name is Tom Myers, your President for 2019-2020. 
 
Our Rotary International theme for this year is “Rotary Connects the World”. 
Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “We Unite the Community.”  

Thank you all for joining us today.  Please silence your cell phones.

 
Pledge of Allegiance:        Sons of our Guest Speaker, Nicholas Domingo  
Thought for the Day:          Twana
Songmaster Phil  - not present.
Meet & Greet -  (2 Minutes)
(Ring Bell after meet and greet)
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Paul
 
Announcements
Thanks to Twana for being our 4-fer today. The thought for the day was a rumination on the fact that the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and moon walk of July 20-21, 1969 is happening this coming weekend. She recommended the new documentary Apollo 11, with never before seen footage that can be found on YouTube.
President’s Club – Three people have joined the President’ Club already, Alan, Bruce and Dave. President Tom is inviting others to join as well. It is $150 to join, the same as last year. Judy Hannemann decided to join today, in honor of the World Series for 5 to 6 year olds that she recently attended nearby in California.
Board Meeting Date Change – The date of the first quarterly board meeting has been changed from August 15 to August 22 at 5:30 pm at CSA.
            Community ServiceDave – Dave was not present but CSA is again volunteering with CSMA and the sign up sheet for events has already been started.
             Membership efforts -- Bring a friend to Rotary!
Foundation Minute -- Monique was not present. President Tom is very proud of the fact that Mountain View Rotary is a club that has 100% of its members donate to RI in most years. His goal again for this year is to have 100% of our club members donate to RI.
Socials - Tori – Monthly Social Signups. Tori passed around a schedule for signups for the months in which there are evening socials. She still needs to have a sign up for the evening social which is scheduled for Tuesday, July 30th.
Meeting Set Up/Tear Down – Hiro does a fantastic job of helping to set up and break down for meetings at the Adobe each Tuesday. President Tom is encouraging club members to arrive early and/or stay late to help Hiro with set up and break down.
 
Any other announcements? - none
 
 
Program introduced by Paul Reinhart
 
 
 
“Anti Bullying Youth Program” – with Nicholas and Candace Domingo. Nicholas Domingo is the Executive Director of the 501c3 “Captain Encouragement. He is a 28 year old who has stepped into many arenas of work in his life ranging from manual labor and business development to modeling and acting.  Through his acting career, He has been seen on Nickelodeon’s “The Thundermans”, Disney’s “Mighty Med” and The Arsenio Hall show. Through his travels he has shifted his focus to create impact in our world. He has dedicated his life to running the superhero based non-profit youth program, Captain Encouragement, the first superhero teaching real values to kids and showcasing powers based on anti-bullying techniques. He now runs this successful program with his wife, Candice Domingo. Their program has been featured in The Boston Globe, The Rotarian Magazine, The Kansas City Star, The Union Democrat Newspaper, guest on Action 41 news and guest on various radio stations to promote their mission.
 
Nicholas, with his wife Candice, started the non-profit four and ½ years ago to help reduce violence, bullying and suicide among youth by modeling positive emotions and behaviors for school age children from grade K-3. Nicholas created a positive “super hero” role model named Captain Encouragement to help influence and change the youth culture from within. He emerged dressed in the full Captain Encouragement costume (see pictures) that he wears when he visits school assemblies. At the school assemblies, he teaches about emotional literacy and positive actions in the persona of Captain Encouragement, complete with Captain Encouragement comic books and stickers. Part of the program is to introduce real life heroes to kids like police officers and fire fighters and to help kids learn to identify safe adults. He is looking to implement the program in three elementary schools in Mountain View.
 
Future Schedule:
 
July 23
 
July 31 – Evening Social, tbd location
 
August 22 – Quarterly Board Meeting
 
 
It is now time to turn your cell phones back on. 
Thanks to our guests for joining us today!
 
Have a great week!
 
And remember…“ Rotary Connects the World, We Unite the Community
 
Ring Bell
 
 
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Meeting Notes - June 18, 2019

Mountain View Rotary Club
Meeting Minutes – June 18, 2019
President’s Greeting:
Good afternoon!  I’d like to welcome you to the Rotary Club of Mountain View.  My name is Bert Raphael, your President for 2018-2019.  This is our LAST regular meeting of the 2018-2019 Rotary year.
 
Our Rotary International theme for this year is “Be the Inspiration.”
Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “have fun Being the inspiration.”
 
Pledge of Allegiance:  Jim Spangler
Thought for the Day:  Steve Nichols
Songmaster:  Phil
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests: 
Tom reported he received letters of thanks from groups we support.
Announcements:
Scott announced the club will “Fiddle Bert Out, In Style” this Saturday, June 22, starting at 6:00 pm. A concert at Shoreline Amphitheater will impact traffic to the venue so plan accordingly.
 
Any other announcements?
Foundation Support:  Monique reported all members have contributed.
Guatemala Literacy Project:  The Ohio District has been working with students and teachers in Guatemala.  See Bert if you are interested in participating.
           
Vocational Talk:
Walt Joyce, past president, was born in Wisconsin, then moved to California where he started selling shoes in Los Altos.  Later, he went into insurance, first in San Francisco, then San Jose.  Eventually he joined Ernie Hawks, another past president, in the insurance industry.  Although he sold the business, he is still licensed and active as an insurance broker.
                       
Program:  Introduced by Bert (Program Chair Jack is absent)
Write and filmmaker, Caroline Cocciardi, has studied the art of Leonardo Da Vinci specifically, knot art.  She started with an examination of the Mona Lisa.  She recognized the embroidery on the bodice of her dress as mathematical, not merely decorative.  Intersecting octagons make up the Mona Lisa “knot”.  In fact, Da Vinci included interlocking knots in all of his paintings and were deeply symbolic.  She studied his use of circles, squares, and octagons.  Her ultimate conclusion:  Love conquers all.
 
 
Future Schedule:
June 19:  Rotary Club of Evergreen Valley chartering even at San Jose City Hall.
June 22:  First meeting of Tom’s year.
July 9, 11:45 am:  Endowment board meeting.
Future Board Meeting Schedule:  Quarterly, Third Thursdays, beginning August.
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Meeting Notes - June 11, 2019

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Mountain View Rotary Club

Meeting Notes – June 11, 2019

 
 
President’s Greeting:  
 
Good afternoon!   I’d like to welcome you to the Rotary Club of Mountain View.
My name is Bert Raphael, your President for 2018-2019. 
 
Our Rotary International theme for this year is “Be the Inspiration”. 
Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “Have Fun Being the Inspiration.”  
 
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Tom – we had 4 visiting Rotarians today.  Glynis Hayes from Victoria Island, Diane Reinhart, Kirty Vadalkar and RC Dombinli Vadalkar.
 
 
Announcements
Thanks to Paul for being our 4-fer today
 Membership efforts -- Bring a friend to Rotary!
International Conference, Report by Paul – he said the Conference was amazing with thousands of Rotarians from different cultures from all around the world.  He also shared that he and friends hiked the Hars mountains in former East Germany.   With that he joined the President’s Club.
June 19: Rotary Club of Evergreen Valley chartering event at San Jose City Hall
 
 
Vocational Talk: Scott   Scott indicated he had a two track career: 1) 35 years with the Army National Guard from which he retired, and 2) on-going work with Non-Profits.   He is currently working at Villa Siena which started in 1965.  Dr. Steve was the visiting physician and they have a person there who is 105 years old!
 
Program introduced by Jack Wong
 
“World Community Service”
Dr. Jack Higgins, a past visitor to our club and a member of the Rotary Club of Los Altos, will give us an update on some of the international projects we have supported, and projects we might support in the future. We have been providing support to various international projects selected and managed by the Los Altos club.
 
He discussed the on-going work with the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project (LARAP) that our club has contributed our DDF towards.  The project has been going on for 30 years in Africa including Liberia, Tanzania, and Uganda as well as in Nepal.  The project’s goal is to reduce mother to child HIV transmission during child birth by treating the mother before birth and the child for 6 weeks after.  The delivery of antiretroviral drugs as stopped HIV from being passed on in 98% of cases.  In Liberia, it is difficult for people to receive treatment due to the shortage of trained medical personnel and HIV testing.  Liberia is quite poor with about 85% of the population living on less than $1 per day. 
 
In Arusha Tanzania, they are working with the Foundation of African Medicine and Education (FAME).  They provide HIV testing kits and are working to prevent mother to baby HIV transmission. 
 
 
Future Schedule:
 
June 12 – Combined Board/Leadership meeting
 
June 18:  Caroline Cocciardi:  About Leonardo DaVinci
Ms Cocciardi is a writer and filmmaker who has been studying the work of Leonardo da
Vinci for more than twenty years. She has lectured for many institutions and museums
about Leonardo da Vinci’s knot art. Her studies uncovered a facet of the
Renaissance painter’s work that was overlooked for centuries
 
 
June 22: Rotary Club Kick-Out Dinner at Michaels at Shoreline.   Reception/Drinks at 6 p.m., followed by dinner/program at 7 p.m.    See email from Scott..  
 
 
Have a great week!
 
And remember…“ Have Fun Being the Inspiration!”
 
 
 
 
 
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Meeting Notes - June 4, 2019

Mountain View Rotary Club

Meeting Notes by Heather

June 4, 2019

          

President’s Greeting by Bert:   Good Afternoon & welcome to the Rotary Club of Mountain View! 

Our International theme is “Be the Inspiration”.  Our club’s theme is “Have Fun Being the Inspiration”.

Cathy led the Pledge of AllegianceHeather shared a greeting of fiddler riddles to celebrate President Bert in his last month as President.  
           
General Club Announcements:
 
  • Community Service: Dave shared Twana and Bruce greeted last week and CSMA shared a grateful thank you.  Also, Dave and Fred and spouses assisted with CSMA’s Gala and enjoyed the event.
  • Monique granted a Paul Harris Foundation pin to Jim C.
  • Kick out on June 22nd sign-up is ongoing, view your email or register at next week’s meeting.
  • Paul is in Hamburg for Rotary International Conference. 2020 conference is in Honolulu.
  • There is no BBQ and Golf Tournament this year.
  • Combined Board Meeting is June 12.
  • Rotary Club of Evergreen Valley invites all to their formal induction celebration into Rotary International on June 19th at San Jose City Hall.
  • Tom announced special thoughts and prayers for Scott’s family as his mother is receiving hospice care.
     
    Bio talk by Jason:  one of our red badgers shared his professional background, which he began as a student studying accounting in southern California while working as an Emergency Medical professional.  He worked in public accounting for a few years while teaching at a Community College. Currently, Jason is working for a private equities firm and is a real estate agent.
     
    SPEAKER INTRO:  Jack introduced speaker Kris Manfrina, a Senior Regional Vice President for Nationwide Annuities in the San Francisco Bay area. His provides a consultative approach in topics such as maximization of Social Security benefits, understanding of Medicare, retirement income planning and legacy planning strategies.
                Kris shared the average cost of healthcare in retirement is $300,000, 23% on drug costs, 32% medicare premiums and 45% copays or supplemental insurance. The choosing of medicare benefits can be complicated and Kris recommends visiting https://www.aging.ca.gov/hicap/Contact_HICAP/.
    Next Meeting is Tuesday, June 11
    Have a great week!  And remember…”Have Fun Being the Inspiration!”
     
    Meeting adjourned at 1:25pm.
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Meeting Notes - May 21, 2019

Mountain View Rotary Club

Meeting Notes May 21, 2019
 
President’s Greeting:  
 
Good afternoon!   I’d like to welcome you to the Rotary Club of Mountain View.
My name is Bert Raphael, your President for 2018-2019. 
 
Our Rotary International theme for this year is “Be the Inspiration”. 
Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “Have Fun Being the Inspiration.”  
 
Pledge of Allegiance:  Paul
Thought for the Day:  Ken
“If Aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native Americans. We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet.” Stephen Hawking
Songmaster Phil
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Paul – none present
Announcements
Thanks to Ken  for being our 4-fer today
Community Service – Dave, CSMA June 1 is their major fund raiser in Los Altos Hills. They would like help from 9-12 setting up.
No golf tourney and bbq  this year.
Membership efforts -- Bring a friend to Rotary!
Foundation & Polio Campaign Report: MV Rotary is close to 100% club participation. Please make at least a $25 donation to the Foundation if you have not already done so.
Scholarship thank-you letter from Jade Thomas of Saint Francis HS. It was a very personal and heartfelt thank you.
District Conference, President Bert reported on an enthusiastic District Conference. The main speaker was Astronaut Scott Kelley who had spent a year in space. Bert encouraged all leaders to attend next year.
 
June 22: Rotary Club Kick-Out Dinner at Michaels at Shoreline.   Reception/Drinks at 6 p.m., followed by dinner/program at 7 p.m. The entertainment will include a group of fiddlers. With a possible solo by soon to be past president Bert.
 
Vocational talk: Sheila Hodgkinson presented a history of her life that began in England. She loved both the arts and sciences. She realized that both of these disciplines come together in Architecture. She graduated in 1946. In 1953 she met and married Peter our former member. They moved to the United States where she specialized in designing Health Care facilities. She then focused on housing and remodeling. Then in 2008, she became President of Mountain View Rotary. Thank you, Sheila.
 
Program introduced by Anita:
 
Speakers from two of our grant recipient organizations:
 
 
Friends of the Stevens Creek Trail: Greg Unangst presented the history of the Stevens Creek Trail. Founded in 1993, the goal was to have a trail from the Bay to the Mountains. This local community group was established to raise community awareness and support for the completion of a trail in the Stevens Creek Corridor. The Stevens Creek Trail is currently 56.9% complete measured from the mouth of the Stevens Creek Trail on the Bay to the Stevens Creek Dam and 59.61% complete measured from the Bay to the Ridge Trail.
 
 
CANOPY Program was presented by Natalie Brubaker and Kammy Lo. Canopy plants and cares for trees where people need them the most. Their mission is to grow an urban tree canopy in Midpeninsula communities for the benefit of all. Canopy was created in 1996, to support the City’s urban forestry programs and engage residents in learning about the importance of trees and how to care for them. Canopy became an independent 501(c)3 in 2002, and has extended its programs to the neighboring communities of East Palo Alto and Menlo Park, and to Mountain View.
 
 
Future Schedule:
 
May 28 -- Dark
 
June 4 – Kris Manfrina – Health Care – Plan for costs in retirement
 
June 11 – Dr. Jack Higgins  – Los Altos Rotary
                World Community Services – Provides us an update on the projects we supported and projects for the future.   
 June 12 – Combined Board meeting
           
June 22: Rotary Club Kick-Out Dinner  (Scott?)
 
Have a great week!
 
And remember…“ Have Fun Being the Inspiration!”
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Meeting Notes - May 14, 2019

Mountain View Rotary Club

Meeting Notes May 14, 2019
 
President’s Greeting:  
 
Good afternoon!   I’d like to welcome you to the Rotary Club of Mountain View.
My name is Bert Raphael, your President for 2018-2019. 
 
Our Rotary International theme for this year is “Be the Inspiration”. 
Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “Have Fun Being the Inspiration.”  
 
Pledge of Allegiance  
Thought for the Day:   Jim Spangler – Jim told us about “Decorations Day,” which became Memorial Day in 1967.  He thanked all who have served to protect this nation.
Joke of the Week – Two atoms and one was positive that he lost an electron!
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Paul
            Reverend Claire Dietrich Ranna, a new Rotarian visiting from Los Altos
Announcements
Thanks to Jim for being our 4-fer today
Community Service
Golf Tournament and BBQ – Usually the first Friday in June.  Let Walt know as soon as possible if you are interested.
Membership efforts -- Bring a friend to Rotary!
Foundation and Polio Campaign Report (Monique)
District Conference, May 17-19 on the Hornet, Alameda
Any “Thought for the dinner” suggestions?
 
June 22: Rotary Club Kick-Out Dinner at Michaels at Shoreline.   Reception/Drinks at 6 p.m., followed by dinner/program at 7 p.m.    More information from Scott to follow.  
 
Don’t forget to pay your Rotating Dinner bills
 
We still need monthly speaker chairs for next year
 
New Member Induction – Congratulations Cathy Merrill!
 
Program Chaired by Anita: Community Grants
 
One of our Community Grant recipients was present and received the award:
 
 
Living Classroom was founded in 2008 with a mission to inspire children to learn about and value our natural world through garden-based education. They provide programs for most or all of the public elementary and middle schools of Los Altos, Mountain View, and Palo Alto.
 
May 22: Community Grants (Anita)
June 22: Rotary Club Kick-Out Dinner
 
Have a great week!
 
And remember…“ Have Fun Being the Inspiration!”
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Meeting Notes - May 7, 2019

Mountain View Rotary Club

Meeting Notes May 7, 2019
 
President’s Greeting:  
 
Good afternoon!   I’d like to welcome you to the Rotary Club of Mountain View.
My name is Bert Raphael, your President for 2018-2019. 
 
Our Rotary International theme for this year is “Be the Inspiration”. 
Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “Have Fun Being the Inspiration.”  
 
Pledge of Allegiance  
Thought for the Day:   Fred        
Songmaster Phil
Joke of the Week – Two atoms and one was positive that he lost an electron!
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Tom
            M.A.T. Caparas
            Joy Garza, Mountain View Public Safety Foundation
Announcements
Thanks to Fred for being our 4-fer today
Community ServiceDave, CSMA sign-ups May 25th is still available
Membership efforts -- Bring a friend to Rotary!
Polio Campaign Report (Monique)  -- Flash campaign results doing well
Auction: “End Polio Now” hat to Tom Myer for $20
Rotating Dinner Report (Anita):  A great success!  Thanks to Anita for organizing and all who hosted
District Conference, May 17-19 on the Hornet, Alameda
          Any “Thought for the dinner” suggestions?
June 22: Rotary Club Kick-Out Dinner at Michaels at Shoreline.   Reception/Drinks at 6 p.m., followed by dinner/program at 7 p.m.    More information from Scott to follow.  
 
Golf Tournament -- Mountain View Rotary typically holds a golf tourney and bbq the first Friday in June.   Not sure if we have enough support this year with some members injured, etc.  Please contact Walt by phone or email if you can play, and how many in your group.  We need to have 24 or more to make an event.  Walt Joyce 650 814 5569 or Wpjoyce@gmail.com.
 
Vocational Talk by Ernie Hawks – Ernie talked about life at the Terraces in Los Altos and invited all to come by for a visit.
 
Program Chaired by Ken: High School Scholarship Awards
 
Our 2019 Scholarship recipients are:
 
From Alta Vista High School
 
Carmen Huebner-Sanchez
 
Timothy Martinez
 
Christopher Moreno
Genesis Bello
 
From Saint Francis High School
 
Jade Thomas
 
From Los Altos High School
 
Lizabeth Rios-Camacho
 
From Mountain View High School
 
Samara Parada
 
Future Schedule:
           
May 8: Board/Leadership Meeting
 
May 15 & 22: Community Grants (Anita)
June 22: Rotary Club Kick-Out Dinner
 
Have a great week!
 
And remember…“ Have Fun Being the Inspiration!”
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Meeting Notes - April 23, 2019

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Meeting Notes by Fred

April 23, 2019

 
 
President’s Greeting:  
 
Good afternoon!   I’d like to welcome you to the Rotary Club of Mountain View.
My name is Bert Raphael, your President for 2018-2019. 
 
Our Rotary International theme for this year is “Be the Inspiration”. 
Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “Have Fun Being the Inspiration.”  
 
Thought for the Day:   Hal          
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Tom – Gunther was with us today
Club Bylaws – New bylaws for our club were approved by the members present. 
Announcements
  • Thanks to Hal  for being our 4-fer today
  • Paul,  Stevens Creek Trail: Clean-up report – 10 people related to our club came out
 
 
 
  •  Membership efforts -- Bring a friend to Rotary!
  • Polio Flash Campaign Final week – Watched a video
  • Rotating Dinner May 4: Anita
  • District Conference, May 17-19 on the Hornet, Alameda
  • Rotary Peace Fellowships are available.  Recent  college grads (3 – 5 years are eligible)
 
June 22: Rotary Club Kick-Out Dinner at Michaels at Shoreline.   Reception/Drinks at 6 p.m., followed by dinner/program at 7 p.m.   
 
 
Program introduced by Linda
Darlene de la Cerna, our district Youth Exchange Chair, will bring us up to date on the Youth Exchange program. She has recently doubled the size of our district’s participation in the program.  There are over 7000 exchange students from the US living abroad. 
 
Pascal Dumas, an exchange student from Germany, is going to Pioneer High School.  There are 13 outbound students from District 5170 for 2019 – 2020.  Outgoing students need to find 2 host families for incoming students.
 
 
Future Schedule:
           
April 30: Dark
 
May 4: Rotating Dinner
 
May 7: High School Scholarship Awards
 
May 8: Board/Leadership Meeting 5:30 at CSA
 
May 15 & 22: Community Grants
June 22: Rotary Club Kick-Out Dinner
Have a great week!
 
And remember…“ Have Fun Being the Inspiration!”
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Meeting Notes April 9, 2019

Meeting Notes April 9, 2019
 
President’s Greeting:  
 
Good afternoon!   I’d like to welcome you to the Rotary Club of Mountain View.
My name is Bert Raphael, your President for 2018-2019. 
 
Our Rotary International theme for this year is “Be the Inspiration”. 
Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “Have Fun Being the Inspiration.”  
 
Pledge of Allegiance  
Thought for the Day:   Jack
"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing -- that's why we recommend it daily." -Zig Ziglar
"If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way." -Napoleon Hill
"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life." -Steve Jobs
"I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it." -Estée Lauder
"You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them." -Shonda Rhimes
             
Songmaster Phil
 
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Tom
We had 3 out of the Country Rotarians from Germany.  Rotary Club – Bayerwald Zwiesel. Prof. Dr. rer. Nat. Peter Serber, Johann Kraus, and Joachim Zellner.  They presented our club with their flag and bottle of Whiskey.
 
 
Announcements
Thanks to Jack for being our 3-fer today
Enza Potter – St. Francis scholarship winner last year – wrote from CMU.
Our sympathy to Tori on the loss of her mother
Community Service
     Dave, CSMA sign-ups?
     Paul,  Stevens Creek Trail: scheduled clean-up April 20th
Membership efforts -- Bring a friend to Rotary!
Rotating Dinner May 4th -- (Anita) announcement and sign-up
District golf tournament May 17th in Alameda – Roger is signed up. Any others interested?
District Conference, May 17-19 on the Hornet, Alameda
June 22nd: Rotary Club Kick-Out Dinner at Michaels at Shoreline.   Reception/Drinks at 6 p.m., followed by dinner/program at 7 p.m.    More information from Scott to follow.  
 
Jim Spangler – won our first Annual March Madness Contest.  We had 14 Rotarian that signed up.  With his proceeds, Jim decided to donate it back to the Endowment Fund.  Total Donation to our Endowment Fund is $280. 
 
 
Program introduced by Tom
 
 
Bob Davila: the Census Process: Bob Davila, former Mountain View Rotary member, who every year works the wine & beer bar at the Rotary Crab Feed (and son of long time Club member Frank Davila) was our speaker. Bob is working for the United States Census Bureau for his second U.S. Census and has a very interesting and insightful talk about the importance and significance of the ongoing National Census. Bob’s program will be multimedia, was just given to NBC News and Univision, and he will have information handouts at the completion of his talk.
 
Future Schedule:
           
April 16th: Dr. Marcus and Denise. They will be talking about breathing techniques and guided meditation for stress release. They also will talk about how brain works too.
 
April 23rd: Darlene de la Cerna  has doubled the size of our local Rotary Youth Exchange program.  She said she can bring in a student to join her.  408-810-8855 or dmdsc57@gmail.com
 
April 29: Dark
 
May 4: Rotating Dinner
 
May 5: Board/Leadership Meeting
 
And remember…“ Have Fun Being the Inspiration!”
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Meeting Notes - April 2, 2019

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Meeting Agenda April 2, 2019

Notes by Jason

 
 
President Bert welcomed all in attendance and reminded:   Our Rotary International theme for this year is “Be the Inspiration”.  Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “Have Fun Being the Inspiration.”  
 
Bert called for the Pledge of Allegiance. Jason shared a thought for the day. Phil led a song. Judy welcomed today’s visitors. B. Cunningham, a visiting Rotarian from Bend, Oregon, was introduced. He is visiting his daughters here in the Mountain View area while transitioning between homes in Bend, Oregon.
 
Announcements:
  • Thanks to Scott for being our 4-fer today,
  • Community Service –CSMA sign-ups are going well. This is a good opportunity to get Rotary’s name out in the community.
  • Sign up for Stevens Creek Trail Clean Up this Saturday April 6th was passed around.
  • Sign up for Rotary Rotating Dinner which will be held on Saturday, May 4th, beginning at 5:30 was passed around.
  • District Training Assembly is April 6
  • District golf tournament is May 17 in Alameda – Roger is signed up. Any others interested?
  • District Conference, May 17-19 on the Hornet, Alameda.
  • Dick Lubman’s wife passed away unexpectedly and memorial service is coming soon.
 
Vocational Speech: Anita gave a talk about her background starting out in teaching and her transition that lead her to going back to school and ultimately talking with Tom one night at a Rotary social which resulted in her current position in the fundraising space.
 
 
Induction of Jason to the Mountain View Rotary club began with a speech by Scott and Jerylann presented Jason with his official acceptance into Rotary. Tom presented the Four – Way Test and its significance to Rotary.
 
 
The day was finished with a video of Rotary’s impact on Polio and what the organization along with the help of others has been able to accomplish.
 
Future Schedule:
           
  • April 3: Board/Leadership Meeting
 
  • April 9, 16, 23: Regular meetings -- Speakers to be announced
 
May 4: Rotating Dinner
 
Future Programs: April 9, 2019 – Bob Davila
 
Bob Davila, former Mountain View Rotary member, who every year works the wine & beer bar at the Rotary Crab Feed (and son of long time Club member Frank Davila) will be our speaker next Tuesday the 9th. Bob is working for the United States Census Bureau for his second U.S. Census and has a very interesting and insightful talk about the importance and significance of the ongoing National Census. Bob’s program will be multimedia, was just given to NBC News and Univision, and he will have information handouts at the completion of his talk. This should be a great program so please invite friends, relatives, and prospective members to attend. 

 
Meeting concluded by President Bert.
 
 
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Meeting Minutes - March 19, 2019

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Meeting Notes by Scott
March 19, 2019
President Bert welcomed all in attendance and reminded:   Our Rotary International theme for this year is “Be the Inspiration”.  Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “Have Fun Being the Inspiration.”  
 
Twana led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Scott shared a thought for the day.   Phil led a song.  
Tom welcomed today’s visitors.    S. Srindhar, a visiting Rotarian from Bangalore, India, was introduced.   He is visiting his daughter in the Mountain View area.   S. Srindhar shared some highlights of his Rotary Club’s activities in India and he exchanged a flag.  
 
Cathy Merrill was introduced as a guest.    David Cain was a guest, assisting our presenter.  
Announcements:
Thanks to Scott for being our 4-fer today
            Community Service –CSMA sign-ups are going well.   This is a good opportunity to get                          Rotary’s name out in the community.   
Membership efforts -- Bring a friend to Rotary!
Polio Flash Campaign underway—Monique encouraged all to donate.
The sign up for the Club social at Monique’s on March 26 was passed around.    
Civil Grand Jury candidates requested –email Bert if interested.
The San Jose East Evergreen Crab Feed is on March 23.
District Training Assembly is April 6 – Signup sheet was circulated
District golf tournament is May 17 in Alameda – Roger is signed up. Any others                                      interested?
District Conference, May 17-19 on the Hornet, Alameda
 
 
Speaker: Introduced by Tom
 
Diana Russell, co-founder of the Silicon Valley North Chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby.
Diana Russell worked as Chief Nursing Officer/Chief Clinical Officer at El Camino Hospital for 12 years.  She is a co-founder of the Silicon Valley North Chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby. She is a Registered Nurse and a member of CCL's Health Team. In this role she has been a major contributor to strategies for seeking endorsements from hospitals and healthcare providers.   Diana gave a presentation on CCL’s efforts lobbying efforts and a Carbon Fee and Dividend bill currently in Congress.   She spoke about CCL’s tie to Rotary through CCL’s founder, Marshall Saunders, who was a Rotarian in Southern California.  
 
 
Note: see page 43 of the April issue of Rotarian Magazine about CCL’s interaction with Rotary!
 
Vocational Speech:  Alan Goodman gave a talk about his background growing up in Arkansas, getting a degree in international management and how he came to own a promotional materials company.
 
Future Schedule:
            March 26: Evening social at Monique’s (Sign up!)
            April 2: Next regular lunch meeting (Speaker still not definite)
            April 3: Board/Leadership Meeting
            April 6:  Steven's Creek Trail clean up at 9am at Whisman Park on Easy Street
 
 
Meeting adjourned.    
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Meeting Minutes -- March 12, 2019

Mountain View Rotary Club

Meeting Notes by Paul

March 12, 2019

 
 
President’s Greeting: 
 
Good afternoon!   I’d like to welcome you to the Rotary Club of Mountain View.
My name is Bert Raphael, your President for 2018-2019. 
 
Our Rotary International theme for this year is “Be the Inspiration”. 
Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “Have Fun Being the Inspiration.”  
 
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Paul – We had many visitors today including many Rotarians.  These included Andrew Briggs, Carlos Pineda, Renee Zimmerman, Eric Eberle, Greg Gomon, Jerry Moison, Jack Kelly, Fiora Burke, Lisa Blagof, Kamal Della and Roy Love.
Announcements
Thanks to Phil Armi   for being our 4-fer today
 Community Service – Dave, CSMA signups continue
Sign up for Club social at Monique’s March 26
Civil Grand Jury candidates requested – See brochure; email Bert if interested
San Jose East Evergreen Crab Feed March 23
District Training Assembly April 6 – Signup sheet being circulated
District golf tournament May 17 in Alameda – Let Bert know this week if interested!
District Conference, May 17-19 on the Hornet, Alameda
 
Southern District 5170 Speech Contest (organized by Sanjay -- Chaired by Alan)
The topic of choice was Inspiration
 
Speakers
 
 
 
Sawye Raygani
  1. Sawye Raygani is a senior at Los Gatos High School, who will be attending Stanford next fall to study Human Biology and Economics. She loves cooking, kickboxing, and reading New Yorker Cartoons. Sawye is the Chair of the Los Gatos Youth Commission and Captain of the Speech and Debate Team and serves on the Community and Senior Services Commission of Los Gatos. She and her best friends also run a hiking club to explore trails in the Bay Area and take pictures of cool fungi. 
 
Terry Cole, Sponsoring Rotary Club: Santa Cruz Rotary
  1. Parents: Freny Cole
  2. High School: Pacific Collegiate
  3. Year in School: 12th
  4. School Activities: Involved in graphic design and computer science.
  5. Future Goals:  Plans to attend Tufts University next year.
 
Clarissa Lara
  1. GRADE/SCHOOL: Grade 10, Dr. TJ Owens Gilroy Early College Academy (GECA)
  2. ROTARY SPONSOR/CONTACT: Gilroy Sunrise Rotary Club –
  3. ACTIVITIES: Clarissa is a sixteen-year old Gilroy resident who attends the Dr. TJ Owens Gilroy Early College Academy, a dual-enrollment program, where Clarissa is simultaneously pursuing her high school diploma and her Associates degree. She has represented the school in the Santa Clara County Poetry Out Loud competition for two years in a row (2018 and 2019). She is an active member in the school's Writing Club and Red Cross Club. With her mother's support, Clarissa founded a Girls Who Code Club at the Gilroy Library, and she is facilitating a "Google CS First" Class at the library as well. The clubs seek to foster local middle school and elementary school students' interest in STEM-related careers by exposing them to the foundations of coding and computer science. She is an avid reader, an artistic spirit, and a proud older sister to her younger seven-year-old brother.
 
Jessica Aaron
 
 
And the winners were….. Jessica and Terry! Jessica spoke about global illiteracy and the Rotary Foundation’s inspiring role in helping to reduce it.  Terry spoke of the inspiration some of our United States Presidents have gotten from Presidents before them like Lincoln was inspired by George Washington or FDR being inspired by Teddy Roosevelt.
 
And the runner ups were….. Clarrisa and Sawye! Clarrisa spoke about inspiration from leaders like Gandhi and the salt march, as well as Dr. Martin Luther King, both striving to help others.  Sawye was inspired by inspirational posters and super heroes and how as humans, we are flawed, but have the ability to learn from our mistakes and to be compassionate.
 
Judges
  1. Jane Kenney
  2. Joe Maestas
  3. Bill Helfrich.
  4. Donna Cook
  5. Tom Lattie
     
Future Schedule:
           
March 19: Diana Russell, a co-founder of the Silicon Valley North Chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby.
 
March 26: Evening social at Monique’s (Sign up!)
 
April 3: Board/Leadership Meeting
 
And remember…“ Have Fun Being the Inspiration!”
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Meeting Minutes - March 5, 2019

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Meeting Summary by Bruce

March 5, 2019

 
President Bert Raphael welcomed everyone to the meeting.  Our Rotary International theme for this year is “Be the Inspiration.”  Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “Have Fun Being the Inspiration.”  
 
Jim Cunningham led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Thought for the Day:   Bruce offered some quotes about Spring Training and the start of this year’s baseball season.
           
Joke of the Week:  Bert gave us a history lesson about “Knock, Knock” jokes.  It seems that the person who discovered them won a “NoBell” prize.
 
President Elect Tom introduced several guests who were visiting today:
            Sofia Baryshera
Nataliie Vert
            Sergio Criollo
            Cathy Merrill
            Maithili Shinde
Veronica Jacob
Nirrvana Nworide
 
Announcements
Thanks to Bruce for being our 4-fer today.
 
Crab feed report: Alan stated that we are very close to a $18,000 profit.
 
Polio Flash Campaign begins now—Monique talked about the campaign which is asking for a $50 donation from each member.  The Gates Foundation will match all donations two to one.  Checks need to be made out to the Rotary Foundation.
 
Sign up for Club social at Monique’s house on March 26th.
 
District Training Assembly on April 6th.  This is for new members and future Club Officers.  It is free to attend as the Club pays for all costs.
 
District Conference is May 17th to 19th on the Hornet in Alameda.
 
Jack has put together March Madness 50/50 brackets.  The winner takes 50% and the remaining 50% goes to the Club’s Endowment.
 
Vocational Talk:  Sanjay gave a very inspiring Vocational talk about his experiences working in Silicon Valley and how things have evolved since he started.
 
Speaker
 
Tom introduced our speaker, Evelyne Keomian. Evelyne was born and raised in Ivory Coast, West Africa. She was a little girl who was not given much chance at education and became a teen mom at the age of 16. At a very young age, she understands first-hand what it meant to live in poverty, to go hungry and be unable to go to school. She recognized early on that without a good education her options would be limited. Evelyne taught herself how to read, and when she grew older she was able to attend night school. She moved to the United States at the age of 26 where she continued her education. 
 
In 2017 she founded the Karat School Project a direct service nonprofit organization with a mission is to provide education, meals, and other urgently needed necessities to children and women living in extreme poverty in the Ivory Coast.  It is currently a 501c3 charity.  The program started with 250 children teaching them reading and writing and providing meals.  In 2018, a full time education center was opened. 
 
The program has the following needs and they are looking for monthly donors:
          Running water at $2,500
          Meals 287 x 17
          School supplies $500
 
Future Schedule:
          March 12: Southern District 5170 Speech Contest
 
March 19: Diana Russell, a co-founder of the Silicon Valley North Chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby.
 
March 26: Evening social at Monique’s (Sign up!)
 
Remember…“ Have Fun Being the Inspiration!”
 
 
 
 
 
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Meeting Minutes - February 19, 2019

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Meeting AgendaFebruary 19, 2019
Notes by Tori
President’s Greeting:  
 
Good afternoon!   I’d like to welcome you to the Rotary Club of Mountain View.
My name is Bert Raphael, your President for 2018-2019. 
 
Our Rotary International theme for this year is “Be the Inspiration”. 
Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “Have Fun Being the Inspiration.”  
 
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Tom – Many guests today
Announcements
  • Thanks to Tori   for being our 4-fer today
  • Crab feed report: Alan – No update yet
  • Community Grants – Anita – launching pilot on new grant process
  • Membership efforts -- Bring a friend to Rotary!
  • Sign up for Club social at Paul’s Feb. 26 – should be fun!
  • District Training Assembly April 6 – Saturday with lunch
  • District Conference, May 17-19 on the Hornet, Alameda
 
Rotary Vietnam Project presentation (10 minutes)
  • Sarah Fang a Junior Pinewood High School.  Scholarships for at risk youth to combat Human Trafficking through soccer ball sales for $275 each.  One ball covers 5 tuitions and the balls are sent to 3rd world countries
 
Speaker introduced by Twana
 
Ana Maria Ruiz, General Manager of Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District – an independent special district in the San Francisco Bay Area that has preserved a regional greenbelt system of over 63.000 acres of public land and manages 26 open space preserves.
 
Began with a grass roots effort with measure R in 1972.  With 180 employees and 600 volunteers, the organization is funded via property tax to create, among other land acquisitions in the bay area, a continuous green belt in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  Developed a strategic plan in 2011.  Measure AA raised $300 million for capital projects only.  They provide over 100 docent hikes for guests to hike with a group.
 
 
                                                                                                       
Future Schedule:
         
 
February 20: Board/Leadership Meeting at CSA, 5:30pm
 
February 26: Social at Paul’s
 
March 5: Evelyne Keomian, speaking about the Karat School Project in the Ivory Coast, Africa.
 
Have a great week!
 
And remember…“ Have Fun Being the Inspiration!”
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Mountain View Rotary - Meeting February 12, 2019

Mountain View Rotary Club

Meeting Agenda – February 12, 2019

Notes by Jim Cochran

 
President’s Greeting:  
 
Good afternoon!   I’d like to welcome you to the Rotary Club of Mountain View.
My name is Bert Raphael, your President for 2018-2019. 
 
Our Rotary International theme for this year is “Be the Inspiration”. 
Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “Have Fun Being the Inspiration.”  
 
Pledge of Allegiance: Paul          
 
Thought for the Day:   Jim Cochran – Fake News
 
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Paul - Nina Zheng joined us today.  She is visiting several Rotary clubs and is looking to join.  Johanna Pascal from Argentina was a visiting scholar with us 12 years ago.  She went skiing with us at Whistler Canada.
 
Announcements
  • Thanks to Jim Cochran   for being our 4-fer today
  • Crab feed report: Alan – still waiting for final ticket sales numbers
  • Community Service – Dave, CSMA – looking for volunteers to usher.
  • Community Grants – Anita – explained that we are funding a smaller number of groups based in Mountain View
  • Monique: Rotary Foundation announcements – Flash Campaign for Polio – envelope was passed around with an expected contribution of $50 / person.
  • Club social at Paul’s Feb. 26 – Sign up!
  • Poker Tournament: Castro Valley, March 9
  • District Training Assembly April 6
  • District Conference, May 17-19 on the Hornet, Alameda
 
Speaker introduced by Twana
 
Dr. Deborah Wilson Clark, Doctor of Audiology of Pacific Hearing Service in Los Altos.  Her topic was Hearing Aid Technology.  Dr. Clark demonstrated several devices that would be of help to those with hearing loss.  She explained what the audiologist does and the limitations of our hearing.
 
Future Schedule:
         
 
February 19: Ana Maria Ruiz, General Manager of Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
 
February 20: Board/Leadership Meeting at CSA, 5:30pm
 
Have a great week!
 
And remember…“ Have Fun Being the Inspiration!”
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Meeting Minutes - February 5 2019


 

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Meeting AgendaFebruary 5, 2019
Notes by Monique
 
President’s Greeting:  
 
Good afternoon!   I’d like to welcome you to the Rotary Club of Mountain View.
My name is Bert Raphael, your President for 2018-2019. 
 
Our Rotary International theme for this year is “Be the Inspiration”. 
Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “Have Fun Being the Inspiration.”  
 
Thought for the Day:   Monique
 
Songmaster Phil (& daughter Jody) sang the Star Spangled Banner
 
Introduction of Visiting Rotarian (Jack Kelly) & non-contest guests (Jody, Jason):  Bert
 
Announcements
  • Thanks to Monique   for being our 4-fer today
  • Crab feed went very well due to high club participation!
  •  Community Service – Dave, CSMA - concert on the 10th canceled.  Next concert Feb. 17 and we are looking for ushers
  • Rotary Foundation - Monique will talk about the FLASH Campaign next week
  • Membership efforts -- Bring a friend to Rotary!
  • Club social at Paul’s Feb. 26 – Sign up!
  • Poker Tournament: Castro Valley, March 9
  • District Training Assembly April 6
  • District Conference, May 17-19 on the Hornet, Alameda
  • Rotary Club to start a new club for 20 – 30 year olds
 
 
Speech Contest chaired by Heather
 
Judy: Timer. Fred: Teller. Secret judges.
 
Three students from two high schools.
 
Evan Fine, MVHS
Rose Liu, Los Altos HS
Charlotte Zhang, Los Altos HS
 
Advisor is Julie Harmon.
 
The first speaker Charlotte speech stressed judging situations and finding a way to do the right thing- to be brave and be an inspiration
 
The second speaker Rose spoke of the homeless people, some are ex-military with only memories left as they become homeless for lack of affordability of housing. Show compassion.
 
Third speaker Evan spoke of his own journey to get to be able to talk publicly likes 4-way Rotary test and striving to the light-being an inspiration.
 
Both of the girls are from China. Charlotte arrived at age 4 and Rose 2 years ago.
 
The winner of the contest was Evan who will now go on to the next contest at the Marriott
 
 
Future Schedule:
 
February 12: Dr. Deborah Wilson Clark, Doctor of Audiology of Pacific Hearing Service in Los Altos
 
February 19: Ana Maria Ruiz, General Manager of Mid peninsula Regional Open Space District
 
February 20: Board/Leadership Meeting at CSA, 5:30pm
 
Thanks to our guests for joining us today!
 
Have a great week!
 
And remember…“ Have Fun Being the Inspiration!”
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Meeting Notes - January 29, 2019

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Meeting Agenda – January 29, 2019

Notes by Dave

 
President’s Greeting:
Good Afternoon! I’d like to welcome you to the Rotary Club of Mountain View.
My name is Bert Raphael, your President for 2018-2019.
 
Our Rotary International theme for this year is “Be the Inspiration.”
Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “Have Fun Being the Inspiration.”
 
Pledge of Allegiance: Sanjay
Thought for the day: Dave Cole
Song of the Day: Phil with his daughter Jody “God Bless America”
Joke of the Week: A vulture with too much carrion was not allowed on an airplane.
Announcements:
 
            Thanks to Dave for being our 4-fer today
            Crab feed update: Alan – Crab feed Saturday! All hands on deck.
Tom: Election of Officers for next year – The club unanimously approved Tom’s slate as presented.
            President, Tom Myers
            President Elect, Paul Reinhart
            Past President, Bert Raphael
            Treasurer, Fred Storek
            Secretary, Bruce Barsi
Other Directors, and Bylaws changes for next year, in progress.
 
 
Social at Paul’s Feb. 26
Community Service – Dave, CSMA? – Thank you Anita and Judy for volunteering 1/28/19
Membership efforts – Jerylann, Tori, Judy, Linda. Bring a friend to Rotary!
            Mention “Young Rotarian” program; Rotaract club
Global Grant Scholarships deadline Feb. 3
Poker Tournament: Castro Valley, March 9
District Conference, May 17-19 on the Hornet, Alameda
 
Leadership Training Date
 
Program: Introduced by Tori
 
Chester Santos, “The International Man of Memory,” one of the world’s foremost experts on memory training.  In a return performance, Chester Santos wowed us all with his amazing memory gymnastics. If you go to PBS and type in Chester Santos you can watch Mr. Santos in action.
 
 
Future Schedule:
 
  • February 2: Crab Feed
    •             Sell Crab Feed Tickets!
  • Feb. 5: Local Speech Contest
  • February 12: Dr. Deborah Wilson Clark, Doctor of Audiology of Pacific Hearing Service in Los Altos.
 
And remember…“Have Fun Being the Inspiration!”
 
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Meeting Notes - January 23, 2019

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Club Meeting Agenda - January 23, 2019

Notes by Jim Cunningham

                                                             
President’s Greeting:  
 
Good afternoon!   I’d like to welcome you to the Rotary Club of Mountain View.
My name is Bert Raphael, your President for the first and second half of 2018-2019. 
 
Our Rotary International theme for this year is “Be the Inspiration”. 
Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “Have Fun Being the Inspiration.”  
 
Thought for the Day:         Jim Cunningham
 
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Paul – We had a visitors to the club Jim who is a friend of Jerylann.
 
Club Assembly
 
Bert:
  • Thanks to Jim Cunningham for being the 4-fer today.
  • President’s announcements: Bert announced that our Songmaster Phil has a stroke on New Year’s Eve, but doing well in recovery and rehab
  • Global Grant Scholarships deadline is Feb. 3
  • We have sent our signed contract to the city to get Rotary signs Steven’s Creek Trail.
  • The focus areas for grants will be chosen by the President Elect and will be from the 6 areas of focus for Rotary
    • Promoting Peace
    • Fighting Disease
      • Providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene
    • Saving mothers and children
    • Supporting education
    • Growing local economies
  • Monique agreed to be the 4-fer for our February 5 meeting
  • Happy Birthday Scott!
Alan gave an update on the Crab Feed
  • Crab is looking good
  • He passed out a sign up sheet to volunteer during the crab feed.  This is an all hands on deck event.            
Community Service: Dave – CSMA volunteer opportunities are available. 
 
Vocational Talk: Jim Cunningham – Jim spoke about growing up in Wisconsin and following in his family’s tradition of becoming a dentist.
 
 
Speakers:
  •  Our Speakers were Ann Chasson and Mary Rubin who discussed their 501(c)(3) non-profit to adopt out adult cats - Dancing Cats.  They have a location in San Jose.  More information can be found at dancingcats.org
 
Future Schedule:
  • January 29: Chester Santos – The International Man of Memory
  • February 2: Crab Feed
  • February 5: Local Speech Contest
 
Have a great week!
 
And remember…“ Have Fun Being the Inspiration!”
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Meeting Notes - January 15, 2019

Mountain View Rotary Club

Club Meeting Agenda - January 15, 2019

Notes by Sanjay

                                                             
President’s Greeting:  
 
Good afternoon!   I’d like to welcome you to the Rotary Club of Mountain View.
My name is Bert Raphael, your President for the first and second half of 2018-2019. 
 
Our Rotary International theme for this year is “Be the Inspiration”. 
Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “Have Fun Being the Inspiration.”  
 
Thought for the Day:         Sanjay Dave
 
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Tom – We had 2 visitors to the club Diane and JasonJason Commerford has submitted his application to join our club.  Welcome Jason!
 
 
 
Club Assembly
 
Bert: Overview.
  • President’s announcements: Bert announced that our Songmaster Phil has a stroke on New Year’s Eve, but doing well in recovery and rehab.  A card was passed along for everyone to sign
 
Alan gave an update on the Crab Feed
  • Crab is looking good
  • we've sold 20-25 tickets online
  • He passed out a sign up sheet to volunteer during the crab feed.  This is an all hands on deck event.  He's also looking into hiring 4-5 people from the Day Workers Center to help during the end of the event, 6-10pm.
 
Tom Myers announced he'll give an update on club leadership during the board meeting on Jan. 16.
  •  
Community Service: Jim Cunningham – CSMA volunteer opportunities are available. 
 
Speaker
  •  Our Speaker was Elisabeth Seaman, a mediator.  She discussed how we should have civil discourses.  It was a lively discussion as members brought up situations where it wasn't always easy to have civil discussions when both parties have strong disagreements.  Elisabeth showed her mediation skills and taught us how to evolve those tough conversations into more of a dialogue so we can each learn from one another.  She has also co-authored a book which she brought to the meeting to sell signed copies of.
 
Future Schedule:
            January 16: Club Board/Leadership Meeting
 
 
Have a great week!
 
And remember…“ Have Fun Being the Inspiration!”
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Meeting Notes - January 8, 2019

Mountain View Rotary Club

Club Assembly Agenda

January 8, 2019

                                                             
 
President’s Greeting:  
 
Good afternoon!   I’d like to welcome you to the Rotary Club of Mountain View.
My name is Bert Raphael, your President for the first and second half of 2018-2019. 
 
Our Rotary International theme for this year is “Be the Inspiration”. 
Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “Have Fun Being the Inspiration.”  
 
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Tom – no visitors today
 
Club Assembly
 
Bert: Overview.
President’s announcements:
  • Global Grant Scholarships deadline
  • Mentor Tutor Connection meeting
  • President’s Club – now has 12 members.  Make that 14 - Ken and Jim S. joined today
  • Birthdays: Tom, Jan. 4.
  • Monthly speaker chair still needed for March. 
 
Five Avenues of Service: Vocational, Club, Community, International, & New Generations
 
  • Vocational Service: Personal talk by Dave Cole.  Dave said he has been a Rotarian for 40 years.  He owns Sterling Upholstery since 1968 and has 15 employees.
  • Community Service: Dave Cole – CSMA has some volunteering opportunities coming up.  Please review the signup sheet being passed around.
  • International Service: Jack Wong – project in Nepal needs the Rotary club there to have financials prepared.  They are looking for an accountant.  We have $3052 in grant funds for 2018/19.
  • Tory is out as she has broken her leg.
 
 New Generations:
  • Sanjay Dave— Speech Contest – February 5.  We also are sponsoring 4 kids to RYLA.  
  • Alan Goodman: Interact – Alan is working with MVHS and St. Francis clubs.
  • Walt Joyce: ELC will be at Asilomar in April.  Our club will be sponsoring 3 – 4 kids for $1500.  50% of ELC kids are low income.
 
Other Committees & Programs:
  • The Rotary Foundation: Monique Kane – Jim Cochran received has Paul Harris award.
  • Crab Feed Fund Raiser: Alan Goodman – It’s a go for February 2.  Crab availability and pricing is still TBD.
  • Community Grants: Anita Grossman – This year our club will grant 3 -5 organizations higher grant amounts.
  • Club Membership Growth Efforts: Judy Hannemann – still a focus.
  • Club Endowment Fund: Jim Spangler
  • Scholarship Awards: Ken Schwaderer
 
Treasurer Report: Fred Storek – club is in good shape financially.
 
Secretary Report: Paul Reinhart -  still working with the city of MV to get a Rotary sign on Stevens’ Creek trail in exchange for a twice year clean up by our club.
 
Bert: Rotary shifting from Five Areas of Service, to Six Areas of Focus
  • Promote peace
  • Fight disease – including polio eradication
  • Provide clean water, sanitation & hygiene
  • `Saving mothers and children – including stopping HIV transmission
  • Supporting education
  • Growing local economies
 
Officers, Bylaws, and Plans for Rotary Year 2019-2020: Tom Myers – President Elect Tom is re-writing the club by-laws and will present changes to the Board along with potential Board members for 2019/20.
 
Future Schedule:
            January 15: Bobbi Emel – Psychotherapist in Palo Alto
            January 16: Club Board/Leadership Meeting
 
And remember…“ Have Fun Being the Inspiration!”
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Meeting Notes -- December 4, 2018

Meeting Notes – December 4, 2018
                                                              
President’s Greeting - Bert called the meeting to order at 12:34 and reminded everyone of Rotary International’s theme, Be the Inspiration and our club’s theme, “Have Fun Being the Inspiration.”
 
Pledge of Allegiance - Jack led us in the pledge.
 
Thought for the Day:  Anita shared some inspirational quotes from the late George H.W. Bush
 
Song – Phil led us in a spirited rendition of “Jingle Bells.”
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests – President-elect Tom introduced Bill from Pittsburgh who is in town visiting his son. Visiting guests included Leslie, a friend of the speaker, and Nirvana., who is looking at club membership.
 
Announcements etc.
Frank and Ernie were celebrated as new honorary members of the club.
Bob is the newest member of the Presidents’ Club.
The Holiday Party is next Tuesday, December 11th at Giovanni’s. The event starts at 6:00PM.
We will be “dark” through the end of December. Our next lunch meeting is on January 8, 2019.
Rotary International is offering a $30K Year Abroad Scholarship for recent college graduates.
We still need a speaker chair for March; see Tom if you are interested.
Dave still has volunteer slots for the CSMA concert series; thank you to Twana for representing the club this past weekend.
Judy and Monique are celebrating birthdays this week; former Rotary International President Matt C., an honorary member of our club, turns 95 on December 28th.
 
Vocational Talk: Jim Cochran shared highlights from his professional experience as an industrial engineer, facilities manager for two local companies and health/safety/environmental consultant. During his tenure on the MV City Council, the city build the new town hall, revitalized the downtown area and brought the light rail to Mountain View. Jim currently volunteers at the Veterans Administration which he described as “very pleasant and you get paid with a smile.”
 
Speaker: Relationship Marketing expert Sue Brooks provided some great tips for building a business/customer base by going back to the basics of relationship building. “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” Her website is https://suebrooke.com.
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Meeting Minutes - November 20, 2018

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Meeting Notes by Dave

November 20, 2018

 
President’s Greeting:
Good Afternoon! I’d like to welcome you to the Rotary Club of Mountain View. My name is Bert Raphael, your President for 2018-2019.
 
Our Rotary International theme for this year is “Be the Inspiration.” Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “Have Fun Being the Inspiration.”
 
Thank you all for joining us today. Please silence your cell phones.
Thought for the day: Dave
Announcements:
  • Thanks to Dave for being the “4’fer” today!
  • (Tom): Monthly speaker chair still needed for March
  • Dave, Jim, Bruce – CSMA, community service—Cops and Gobblers report
  • Bert/Jerylann – District emphasis on membership. Bring a friend to Rotary. Pick up a “What is Rotary” reminder card.
  • Rotaract: Sponsoring a new club (with PA University, Los Altos). Tori representing us.
  • Tom: Holiday Party December 11. – Sign up? Gift exchange?
  • Bert: Announce Global Grant Scholarships
  • Birthdays: Bert, Ernie, Hal
Program: Introduced by Steve Nichols
 
Paul Martin, on cyber-security.
 
 
Dr. Paul Martin is a Research Scientist at Harbor Labs based in Maryland. He has taught applied cryptography, reverse engineering, computer architecture, hardware hacking, and vulnerability analysis at the university level. Dr. Martin spoke about embedded systems security, operating system security, vulnerability analysis, reverse engineering, network protocol analysis, anomaly detection, big-data security analytics and cyber-security. Paul is married to Christine, the daughter of Rotarian Dr. Steve Nichols.
 
Future Schedule:
 
Next club Leadership Meeting: November 28, 5:30 p.m., @ CSA.
 
No monthly social – Enjoy Thanksgiving period!
 
Dec. 4: Sue Brooke, a highly regarded motivational and team building speaker.
 
Tuesday Dec. 11: Holiday Dinner/Party!
Then dark until January 8.
 
Thanks to our guests for joining us today!
 
Have a great week!
 
And remember…“Have Fun Being the Inspiration!”
 
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Bonus Photos from Cops & Gobblers
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Meeting Minutes - November 6, 2018

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Meeting Agenda - November 6, 2018

Notes by Paul

                                                             
President’s Greeting:  
 
Good afternoon!   I’d like to welcome you to the Rotary Club of Mountain View. My name is Bert Raphael, your President for 2018-2019. 
 
Our Rotary International theme for this year is “Be the Inspiration”.  Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “Have Fun Being the Inspiration.”  
 
Thought for the Day:  Ernie
  • Quote from Samuel Adams on this Election Day
    • It does not take a Majority to prevail…but rather an Irate, Tireless Minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of the people”
 
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Tom-  Jason Commerford joined us again today- his second visit.
 
Announcements:
  • Thanks to Ernie for being the “4’fer” today!
  • Tom -Monthly speaker chair still needed for March
  • Interact: Thankful letter from 2011 scholarship recipient Andrew Nyugen
  • Dave, Jim – CSMA, community service – please sign up for CSMA
  • Cops and Gobblers (Sunday Nov. 18 at 9 am at the police station)
  • Travel opportunities – Uniendo America and India in January
  • Bert – District emphasis on membership. Bring a friend to Rotary.
  • Rotaract: Sponsoring a new club (with PA University, Los Altos). Tori representing us.
  • Judy – let the group know what a fun Halloween social it was last Tuesday at Tori’s
 
Program: Introduced by Jim Cunningham
 
Mountain View City Manager Daniel Rich
Mr. Rich is a Cal graduate so watch out all you Stanford fans.  ;>)
 
He updated us on the 4 major goals the city has for 2018/2019
  1. Promote strategies to protect vulnerable populations and maintain a diverse population.
  2. Housing
  3. Transportation
  4. Environmental Sustainability
 
Housing
  • North Bayshore – 10,000 units (40% micro units, 20 – 30% 1 bedrooms, 20 – 30% 2 – 3 bedrooms.
    • 1 project currently approved for 600 units
  • East Whisman – 5,000 homes
 
City Projects
 
  • Community Center re-model
  • Rengstorff aquatics center replacement
  • Latham and Shoreline community garden
  • Reversible bus lane on Shoreline (Middlefield to Pear)
 
 
Future Schedule:
 
Nov. 20:  Paul Martin, on cyber security.
. Dr. Paul Martin is a Research Scientist at Harbor Labs based in Maryland. He has taught applied cryptography, reverse engineering, computer architecture, hardware hacking, and vulnerability analysis at the university level. His research interests include embedded systems security, operating system security, vulnerability analysis, reverse engineering, network protocol analysis, anomaly detection and big-data security analytics.
 
Next club Leadership Meeting:  November 28, 5:30 p.m., @ CSA 
 
Dec. 4: Sue Brooke, a highly regarded motivational and team building speaker. 
 
And remember…“ Have Fun Being the Inspiration!”
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Meeting Minutes - October 23, 2018

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Meeting notes by Sheila

October 23, 2018

 
President Bert welcomed us with our theme to “Be the Inspiration” and as a club, “Have Fun.”
 
Visiting today was Jason Commerford, newly resident in Mountain View.
 
Announcements:
            Thanks to Sheila for being the “4’fer”.
            Speaker Chair still needed for March.
            Sign up for our Social at Tori’s home on Oct. 30.
 
Foundation: Monique presented Sheila with a Paul Harris pin.
 
Community Service: Alan and Tori had ushered at CSMA recently and volunteers are wanted for this Sunday Beethoven concert.
 
Rotary Travel and Service: Trips to Central America and to India for Polio immunizations are being planned. If interested, let Bert know.
 
Rotaract: Our Club is joining with Palo Alto University and Los Altos Clubs to sponsor a new Rotaract Club in our area. Tori has volunteered to work with the group.
 
Birthdays: Greetings to Jim Cochran and Sanjay for Birthdays this month.
 
Program: Scott introduced Dwight Perry, Past District Governor and member from Castro Valley, Chairman of the Polio Plus Committee. Scott had met him years ago when both were raising funds for a new Castro Valley Library.
 
Dwight Perry spoke of the World Polio Day, October 24, and quoted numbers for the progress in fundraising and immunizations since the campaign started in 1998. He described early efforts in the Philippines where “Polio Plus” began and how Rotary’s early fundraising enabled co-operation with the World Health Organization to spread internationally to areas where immunizations could be given. The Gates Foundation has provided matching grants.
 
District 5170 has been a major supporter. Our president Bert went to Ghana for their first inoculations. Recently India seems free of polio but three countries continued to have cases, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. Unfortunately political conditions have made work in these countries more difficult. This year only 19 cases are reported in Pakistan and Afghanistan and we are close to the goal of elimination. It is important to keep up the effort to achieve a Polio free world.
 
 
 
Future schedule:     October 30- Halloween social at Tori’s.
 
          November 28.   Board Meeting and Leadership meeting
           
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Meeting Minutes - October 16, 2018

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Meeting Notes by Scott
October 16, 2018
                                                             
President’s Greeting:   Bert welcomed those in attendance.   He reminded us that our Rotary International theme for this year is “Be the Inspiration”.  Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “Have Fun Being the Inspiration.”  
 
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Tom.   Judy introduced Tom Moran.   Becky, assistant to Dr. Miner was introduced.    
 
Announcements:
  • Thanks to Scott for being the “4’fer” today!
  • Monthly speaker chairs still needed for January and  March
  • Sign up sheet  for this month’s social (10/30) at Tori’s house was passed around
  • Rotary travel opportunities – Uniendo America trip in Central America and an India trip at the end of January for polio immunizations.   If interested, let Bert know.   
  • Bert/Jerylann – District emphasis on membership. Rotaract dual memberships. Bring a friend to Rotary. Pick up a “What is Rotary” reminder card.
  • Tom – Holiday party:  Keep Saturday, December 15th on your calendars
 
Vocational Talk – Phil Armi.   Phil was born in Hanford, near Fresno.   He majored in music at San Jose State, then “side tracked” to dentistry, graduating from Northwestern.   He practiced dentistry in the military, focusing on children dentistry.  After starting his dentistry practice in the Mountain View area, he was invited into Rotary membership … which he has been a member of ever since.   
 
Program:  Introduced by Judy.  
 
We received an update on the Foothill-De Anza Community College District from its Chancellor, Dr. Judy C. Miner.
 
Dr. Miner has worked as a higher education administrator since 1977 and in the California Community Colleges since 1979. She has held numerous administrative positions in instruction, student services, and human resources at City College of San Francisco, the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, De Anza College, and most recently at Foothill College where she served as president from 2007 to 2015.
 
Dr. Miner said she is constantly inspired by her colleagues at the District.   De Anza College recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary and Foothill College celebrated its 60th Anniversary.  She provided updates on a number of things happening in the District, including:   recent grants received, global learning programs, student accomplishments, musical theater program, the Family Engagement Institute, a new food service provider program with Google, and much more.  She said that Measure C, passed in 2006, made such a difference throughout the campuses.  Responding to a question, Dr. Miner said the average cost for a student per year at Foothill-De Anza is $1,500.   
 
 
Future Schedule:
 
Oct. 23rd – Past District Governor Dwight Perry: Rotary’s program to eradicate polio in the world.
 
Oct. 24th – World Polio Day!
 
Oct 30th – Halloween Social (evening), at Tori’s
 
Next club Leadership Meeting:  November 28, 5:30 p.m., @ CSA 
 
And remember…“ Have Fun Being the Inspiration!”
 
 
 
 
 
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Meeting Minutes - October 9, 2018

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Meeting Agenda - October 9, 2018

Notes by Jim Cochran

                                                             
 
President’s Greeting:  
 
Good afternoon!   I’d like to welcome you to the Rotary Club of Mountain View. My name is Bert Raphael, your President for 2018-2019. 
 
Our Rotary International theme for this year is “Be the Inspiration”.  Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “Have Fun Being the Inspiration.”  
 
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Tom – we had no visitors or visiting Rotarians
 
Announcements:
  •  Tom - Monthly speaker chairs still needed for: Jan. and  March
  • Sign up for this month’s Halloween social at Tori’s house.  October 30 – costumes optional
  • Monique recognized members for contributing to the Rotary Foundation – Twana, Paul, Alan, Sheila, Judy, Jack and Bert
  • Dave  – described the current program for CSMA – need volunteers to usher
  • Bert  – Stevens Creek Trail project update – MV wants an original letter from IRS specifying our tax exempt status
  • Bert – District emphasis on membership. Rotaract dual memberships. Bring a friend to Rotary. Pick up a “What is Rotary” reminder card.
  • Tom – Holiday party – still working with Don Giovanni’s to get the big room for December 15.  Club was ok moving the party to a week night.
  • Bert/Tori – We are considering sponsoring a Rotaract club for 18 to 30 year olds.  
  • Bert – We are considering a trip to Costa Rica for Uniendo America Projects.
 
Program: Introduced by Judy
 
Dr. Ayinde Rudolph, Superintendent, Mountain View Whisman School District. 
 
  • The district now has a feeding program for youngsters in the summer and winter holidays.
  • Test scores are up.
  • The district is experiencing growth and there are plans to expand schools.  He also talked about the challenges and expense of acquiring new land (10 to 20 acres per school at $14,000,000 per acre).
  • A new school is set for near Slater to be called Vargas school.  K – 4 next year.
  • A Charter school is expected from Bullis School in Los Altos.
  • We now have an all day transitional classes for young kindergartners.
  • We now have a full day pre-school and it is expanding.
  • Housing continues to be a problem for the District Trustees.
 
Future Schedule:
 
Oct. 16thDr. Judy C. Miner, Chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District
 
Oct. 23rd – Past District Governor Dwight Perry: Rotary’s program to eradicate polio in the world.
 
Oct. 24th – World Polio Day!
 
Next club Leadership Meeting:  Tomorrow, Oct. 10, 5:30 p.m., @ CSA 
 
Have a great week!
 
And remember…“ Have Fun Being the Inspiration!”
 
 
 
 
 
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Meeting Minutes - October 2, 2018

Mountain View Rotary Club

Meeting Agenda—October 2, 2018

Notes by Monique
 
Presidents Greeting: Bert welcomed all.   He mentioned the theme for the year—Have Fun Being the Inspiration
Thanked all for attending
 
Thought for day: Monique on being responsible citizens by voting in elections
 
Phil led in God Bless America
 
Intro of visiting Rotarians & guest-Tom
 
Bert thanked Monique for being the ‘4fer’
 
Bert reminded all of the upcoming Avenues of Service
 
Scott introduced the program
 
Tom served as moderator
 
The candidates for election or re-election to the Mtn View City Council were all in attendance:
 
Allison Hicks, Ellen Kamei, John Inks, Lenny Siegel, Lucas Ramirez, Pat Showalter
 
They each gave an opening statement and responded to questions.
 
The running themes that seemed of most concern:
 
*Housing much too expensive for many middle class working persons and for lower income persons
 
* City in good place financially
 
*Need to work with developers and companies to help find a balance on building for business and housing
 
*City seriously looking into developing the North side- Terra Bella area for example
 
*Need to develop better transportation solutions
 
* Persons living in RVs are mostly working and cannot afford housing anymore—need for finding a better balance to meet the needs of workers-go back to a diverse city made up of all not just the wealthy. Need a safe place to park RVS
 
*The homeless/mental health issues/needs and how to prevent homelessness
 
* Goal to reduce traffic improve other forms of transportation.  Not meeting emission goals
 
*Residents need timely access to information
 
* Equity-job housing balance
 
*Citizens missing neighborhood stores, book stores - can’t walk to places
 
*Parks need care and growth
 
* Need for tenant relocation  funds
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Meeting Notes -- September 18, 2018

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Meeting Minutes – September 17, 2018

 
Mountain View Rotary Club
Meeting Notes by Jim
 
 
President Bert Greeted the audience:
 
Thought for the Day:         Roger explained that South Korea was extending to North Korea with 600 business men spending today and tomorrow in North Korea
 
Songmaster Phil led us in God Bless America
 
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Tom
            Judy introduced Tom Moran
 
Announcements:
  • Thanks to  Roger  for being the “4’fer” today with a large cake
  • Tom – Monthly Speaker Chairs for the year – Jan. & March still open
  • Tori – Monthly social hosts for the year
  • Monique -- Foundation ;  cupcakes were passed out to many who contributed
  • Dave /Jim  CSMA update. Thanks to Jim Cunningham for last Saturday at CSMA
  • Bert – Avenues of Service Oct. 4 – sign up for good information and free meal
  • Alan announced the beginning of Yom Kanpur and welcomed improvements
     
Personal Sharing/Announcements:
 
Jim Spangler was married this past week.  He joined the President’s Club

Close  Anniversaries
  • Nichols, Stephen          Ellen, Jo Sep 10 1988      29 years 11 months
  • Williams, Robert          Carolyn             Sep 11 1955      62 years 11 months
 
 
Program: Introduced by Judy
 
Dr. Jeff Harding, Superintendent of Mountain View Los Altos High School District and Mike Matheson, Assistant Superintendent spoke to us.  They reviewed the major upgrades to our Mountain View and Los Altos High Schools.  We heard of the many updates that will be made to provide the facilities that our students need.
 
 
 
Future Schedule:
 
Sept. 25 – Evening club social, hosted by Anita
 
Oct. 2 – Mountain View City Council Candidates’ Forum  --  Scott arranging
            Our members may bring guests, but notify Paul for food scheduling.
                                                                                                   
Next  club Leadership Meeting:  Wednesday September 26, 5:30 p.m., @ CSA  
 
 Oct. 4 - District Avenues of Service –– Free dinner!
 
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Meeting Notes -- September 11, 2018

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Meeting Notes  - September 11th, 2018
                                                              
Bert Raphael, President of the Mountain View Rotary Club for 2018-2019  welcomed everyone to the meeting.
 
Our Rotary International theme for this year is “Be the Inspiration”.  Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “Have Fun Being the Inspiration.”  
 
Pledge of Allegiance: Ken Schwaderer led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Thought for the Day:  Twana Karney’s thought for the day was about “Patriot’s Day,” a day of remembrance about the events seventeen years ago today on 9/11.
 
Song of the Day:  Songmaster Phil led the group in “America the Beautiful.”
 
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Tom Myers introduced two visiting Rotarians, Richard Scholerman from the Palo Alto University Club and also the Assistant District Governor for Area 9 and District Governor Tim Lundell from the Los Gatos Morning Club.
 
Announcements:
  • Thanks to  Twana  for being the “4’fer” today!
  • Tom – Monthly Speaker Chairs for the year
  • Tori – Monthly evening social hosts for the year:
  • Anita Grossman invited the club to her home for an evening social on Tuesday, September 25th from 5:30pm to 7:30 pm and passed around a sign up sheet. She also said that she would send out an email. Tori Atwell mentioned that Tuesday, November 27th is still available for an evening social and Jim Cunningham volunteered to host a social at his home on that day.
  • Foundation – Monique Kane had no cupcakes today because the District Governor will be recognizing Rotarians later in the program for donations to the foundation. She mentioned that almost everyone in the club has given or pledged to give to the Rotary Foundation this year.
  • Dave /Jim –Community Service: Dave Cole reported that the Art and Wine Volunteering was a success, with the Rotary sign displayed at the back of the Glass and Ticket Booth where business was brisk. Rotarians Dave and his wife Cindy, Bert, Jerylann, Monique and her husband Bill and Jack with his daughters all came out to volunteer.  Dave also mentioned that the volunteering at CSMA has started again and passed around a sign up sheet. He mentioned that Jim Cunningham had volunteered for this Saturday night at CSMA and that we could use another volunteer to work with him.
  • Paul/Bert – Stevens Creek Trail cleaning project update
  • Bert – District emphasis on membership. Rotaract dual memberships. Bring a friend to Rotary. Pick up a “What is rotary” reminder card. Bert asked members to be sure to view the circulating clipboard with the best response to give community members to the question “What is Rotary?”
  • Bert – Sponsoring a new Rotaract club (Tori)
  • Bert – Avenues of Service on October 4th– sign up on clipboard. So far, Tom and Bert plan to attend.
 
Personal Sharing/Announcements:
 
Bert wished Tori Atwell and Jerylann Mateo “Happy Birthday” yesterday and the club sang to them. Bert also mentioned that Frank Davila had a birthday last week and Frank let the club know that he turned 98 years old.

Scott Johnson shared that there will be a Mountain View City Council Candidates Forum during the regular meeting on Tuesday, October 2nd. He encouraged all the members to bring guests to visit the club.
 
Bruce Barsi said that he is hosting a non-Rotary event at his home that all were invited to attend. The event is a “Meet and Greet” with candidate John Hirakawa who is running for Santa Clara County Sheriff’s department on October 1st. Please contact Bruce for more information.
 
DG Richard Schoelerman, introduced today’s speaker District Governer Tim Lundell. Tim Lundell was born and raised in Portland. He came to the Bay Area in 1972 to attend Santa Clara University Law School and stayed. He joined the Los Gatos Rotary Morning Club in 2004 and has served in many roles before becoming District Governor. In addition, he has received several Rotary awards, including Rotarian of the Year and the Richard D. King award.
 
Program: District Governor Tim Lundell began his speech by talking of the many types of clubs in our District, including some of the largest clubs in the country. He also acknowledged that it is a struggle for many clubs to grow in today’s environment. He mentioned a saying that many are sitting in the shade of trees planted years ago. In Rotary, we are all sitting in the shade of trees planted by Paul Harris 150 years ago. It is time to plant new trees.
 
When he was the District Trainer, Tim decided that learning was a big part of being a Rotarian. Tim says that Rotary is now bringing back programs that involve learning and people are enthusiastic about those.Tim knows that learning precedes leadership, it leads to the confidence to step forward. The world needs Rotary as much as ever, with Rotarians stepping up to help. He feels fortunate to be serving in the year with the theme of “Be the Inspiration,” chosen by our current RI president who is from the Bahamas. We need to be the inspiration and create the vision that inspires people. The three tenants of his year as District Governor are Learning, Leadership, and Be the Inspiration and Vision of Rotary.
 
Summing up his Rotary experience, he said “I joined (Rotary) for business and leadership reasons and I stayed to change the world.”
District Governor Lundell then went on to recognize the club members listed below for pledges or donations to the Rotary Foundation, starting with those who donated at least $200, then those who donation at least $500 and finishing with those who donated $1000 or more.
 
Foundation Recognitions for this year’s donation or pledge:
 
Double Sustainers (at least $200)
Atwell, Tori
Barsi, Bruce
Cole, Dave
Cunningham, Jim
Goodman, Alan
Grossman, Anita
Hannemann, Judy
Hawks, Ernest
Hodgkinson, Sheila
Johnson, Scott
Karney, Twana
Kane, Monique
Kobza, Dennis
Maston, Willian
Reinhart, Paul
Schwaderer, Kenneth
Spangler, Jim
Taylor, Hal
 
Super Sustainers (at least $500)
Myers, Tom
Raphael, Bert
Storek, Fred
 
Paul Harris Contributors (at least $1000)
Cochran, Jim
Karia, Hiro
Wong, Jack
 
Future Schedule:
 
Sept. 18 -- Dr. Jeff Harding, Superintendent of Mountain View Los Altos High School District
 
Sept. 25 – Evening club social, hosted by Anita
                                                                                                   
Next  Club Leadership Meeting:  Wednesday September 26, 5:30 p.m., @ CSA  
 
District Avenues of Service – Oct. 4
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Meeting Minutes - September 4, 2018

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Mountain View Rotary Club

Meeting Notes by Paul
September 4th, 2018
                                                              
President’s Greeting:  
 
Good afternoon!   I’d like to welcome you to the Rotary Club of Mountain View. My name is Bert Raphael, your President for 2018-2019. 
 
Our Rotary International theme for this is “Be the Inspiration”.  Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “Have Fun Being the Inspiration.”  
 
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Tom – we had a visitor Rob Holbrook who is semi-retired
 
Announcements:
  • Thanks to Hiro   for being the “3’fer” today!
  • Bert/Dave /Jim – Art/Wine service project update. CSMA update.
  • Paul/Bert – Stevens Creek Trail cleaning project update – city wants our club to apply for a business license to complete our contract.  There is not a fee for non-profits.
  • Bert – District emphasis on membership. Rotaract dual memberships. Bring a friend to Rotary. “Elevator speech” and guest cards.
  • Bert – Avenues of Service – he circulated a sign-up sheet
  • Bert – MTC announcement – see flyer
  • Bert – Howard Tours trip to West Africa
 
Members to Remember -    Alan was not present as his wife Kathleen has recently had surgery.
 
Personal Sharing/Announcements:
  • Anniversaries
    • Nichols, Stephen    Ellen, Jo        Sep 10 1988 29 years 11 months
    • Williams, Robert     Carolyn         Sep 11 1955 62 years 11 months
 
  • Upcoming birthdays:
    • Frank Davila            Sep 06
    • Tori Atwell               Sep 10
    • Jerylann Mateo        Sep 10
 
Program: Introduced by Tom
 
Kim Copher, Director of Leadership Mountain View. 
 
 
Kim is now the LMV Program Director as well as a member of Los Altos Rotary.  She moved to Mountain View in 1994 and completed the leadership training in 2013. 
 
LMV is a community leadership program for adults who live and work in MV.  The program lasts 9 months and requires a one day a month commitment of active learning.    The program has 36 people signed up this year and a total of 760 graduates.  More information can be found at:
 
 
 
Future Schedule:
 
Sept 11 –District Governor Tim Lundell
 
Sept. 18 -- Dr. Jeff Harding, Superintendent of Mountain View Los Altos High School District
                                                                                                   
Next Leadership Meeting:  Wednesday September 26, 5:30 p.m., @ CSA  
 
 District Avenues of Service – Oct. 4
 
Have a great week!
 
And remember…“ Have Fun Being the Inspiration!”
 
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Meeting Minutes August 21, 2019

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Mountain View Rotary Club

Meeting Notes by Tom

August 21st, 2018

 
                                                              
President’s Greeting:  
 
Good afternoon!   I’d like to welcome you to the Rotary Club of Mountain View. My name is Bert Raphael, your President for 2018-2019. 
 
Our Rotary International theme for this is “Be the Inspiration”.  Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “Have Fun Being the Inspiration.”  
 
Thought for the Day:   Dennis Kobza spoke to theme that we should all appreciate the day.
 
Song of the Day:  Songmaster Phil led us in "My Country 'Tis of Thee."
 
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Tom introduced Charlie Wasserman who will be providing us with tips and advice for growing our membership.
 
Announcements:
  • Thanks to Dennis   for being the “3fer” today!
  • Tom – Monthly Speaker Chairs for next year – still openings for speaker chair in January and March.
  • Twana – Social next week at her place
  • Bruce – Vocational talk plan
  • Tori – Monthly social hosts for the year – most slots are taken!!!
  • Bert & Dave –Art/Wine service project update
  • Dave /Paul/Bert – Stevens Creek Trail cleaning project update – we have an agreement with the city
  • Bert – District emphasis on membership. Rotaract dual memberships. Bring a friend to Rotary.
  • Bert – Sponsoring a new Rotaract club
  • Bert – Leadership Academy
  • Monique - Foundation---Monique recognized several new pledges and donations to the Rotary Foundation, including:  Judy, Jack, Scott, Hiro, Paul, Hal and Dennis.  Thank you!!
 
Members to Remember?    Alan Goodman's wife Kathleen has undergone knee surgery.  She came through the procedure fine and is recovering at home.
 
Personal Sharing/Announcements:
  • August  Anniversaries: Twana & Bruce Karney, Aug. 13, 24 yrs; Dave & Cindy Cole, Aug. 20, 29 yrs
  • Birthdays: Heather, Aug.14; Walt, Aug.22; Jack, Aug. 30; Bruce, Aug. 31. 
 
 
 
Program: Introduced by Jerylann
 
Cynthia Greaves, Communications Manager
MVLA Union High School District
 
 
                                                                                                   
Next Leadership Meeting:  Wednesday September 26, 5:30 p.m., @ CSA  
 
And remember…“ Have Fun Being the Inspiration!”
 
 
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Meeting Minutes - August 14, 2018

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Mountain View Rotary

Meeting August 14, 2018

Notes by Bill

 
Thought for the Day: Bill Maston – Find the bridge young and old. The elders can share their wisdom with their children and our children can remind us of the wisdom we forgot.
Announcements
  • Thanks to Bill for being the “4’fer” today!
  • Tom – monthly speaker chairs for next year – still one or two openings?
  • Tori – Monthly social hosts for the year
  • Bert (for Dave) – Sign-up for Art/Wine Service project
  • Bert – District emphasis on membership. Rotaract dual memberships. Bring a friend to Rotary.
  • Bert – Should we sponsor a new Rotaract club? – Los Altos Rotary and Palo Alto University Rotary are looking for a 3rd club to help sponsor a new community Rotaract club. This club would be for members between the ages of 18-30. Three clubs are required in order to sponsor the creation of a new Rotaract club. Please share your thoughts about Mt. View’s participation with Bert.
  • Bert – Membership Seminar Aug. 17: See flyer.
  • Bert – Leadership Academy – See flyer
Personal Sharing/Announcements:
  • Upcoming Anniversaries: Twana& Bruce Karney, Aug. 13, 24 yrs; Dave & Cindy Cole, Aug. 20, 29 yrs
  • Birthday: Heather, Aug. 14; Walt, Aug.22; Jack, Aug. 30; Bruce, Aug. 31.
  • Welcome back Scott
Short presentation by RYLA Guests – Introduced by Sanjay –
 
Aristotle Vergara II
Ashwini Sarvepalli
 
Two student participants in the recent RYLA camp included Aristotle Vergara II and Ashwini Sarvepalli They seemed quite overwhelmed by their experience and shared it accordingly. At first, the large crowd of people made them a little apprehensive. Later many of those faces they had seen for the first time became friends. In the big picture, they left with a greater network of fellow students from schools throughout the bay Area. Both students were juniors at Saint Francis High School. The RYLA leadership program included the following group study sessions
1. Justice or Injustice
2. Paths to Success
3. Health and Wellness
4. Practice of their Leadership Skills
5. Service to the community
6. Speech and Debate
7. Understanding Leadership Skills and Individual Style of being a Leader
8. Discussions on Understanding who you are and your net worth as well as understanding how to net work
9. Building relationships through trust and hospitality
 10. Leadership through team sports
 
Program: Introduced by Jerylann
 
Dawn Mahler, MV Chamber of Commerce – Dawn joined the chamber in February 2017 after coming from the east coast and also working for the chamber in Palo Alto. Dawn has a very diverse and highly qualified background in private industry prior to joining the chamber. The Mountain View Chamber currently has a staff of 6 with Bruce Humphrey taking over the roll as director of the chamber after Tony Siress recently stepped down to pursue personal interests. Since Dawn has joined the chamber she has been more than doubled the current membership of the chamber to 750 active members. Obviously, she has a special skill set that the chamber welcomes and needs. Dawn shared other aspects of the chamber including upcoming events that include:
  1. Upcoming art and wine festival which needs our help
  2. There is also the upcoming celebration of leaders’ award which is an annual event
  3. There is also is the tech showcase which just happened last week at the Civic Center Plaza
  4. Dawn also discussed a number of scholarship programs that are available through the Mountain View Los Altos school district for high school students. She encouraged all of us to find out what type of scholarships are available and spread the word. There is also a separate high school mentoring program called AVID. It is for families that have a first-time college student. And is specifically formatted to provide opportunities for families who have not had any college experience from any of the family members.
 
 
 
There is so many events and programs in the Chamber that Dawn encouraged all of us to call or visit the Chamber to find out more. Dawn was enthusiastic about the Chambers future. Mountain View is a dynamic city and the Chamber intends to evolve and grow with the city as well. Thank you Dawn for your presentation.
 
Thanks to our guests for joining us today!
 
Future Schedule:
 
August 21: Cynthia Greaves, MVLA High School District
 
August 28: Social at Twana’s
 
Next Leadership Meeting: Wednesday August 15, 5:30pm., @ CSA
 
Have a great week!
 
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Meeting Minutes - August 7, 2018

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Meeting - Aug. 7th, 2018

Notes by Jerylann

                                                              
President’s Greeting:  
 
Good afternoon!   I’d like to welcome you to the Rotary Club of Mountain View. My name is Bert Raphael, your President for 2018-2019. 
 
Our Rotary International theme for this Rotary year is “Be the Inspiration”.  Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “Have Fun Being the Inspiration.”  
 
Announcements:
  • Thanks to Jerylann for being the “5’fer” today!
  • Tom – Monthly Speaker Chairs for next year
  • Tori – Monthly social hosts for the year
  • Monique – Polio campaign, pledge cards; report on district RI Foundation meeting
  • Jim C.—Volunteers needed for MV Art & Wine Festival, Sept. 9
  • Bert – Emphasis on membership. Bring a friend to Rotary.
       
Personal Sharing/Announcements:
  • August  Anniversaries: Fred & Debbie Storek, Aug. 4, 45 yrs
Twana & Bruce Karney, Aug. 13, 24 yrs; Dave & Cindy Cole, Aug. 20, 29 yrs
  • Birthdays: Heather, Aug.14; Walt, Aug.22; Jack, Aug. 30;Bruce, Aug. 31. 
 
Brief Presentation
    The Borgen Project  -- Ashley Dargert spoke about their mission to end world poverty.  More information can be found at https://borgenproject.org/about-us/
 
 
Program:  (introduced by Jerylann)
 
Jessica Nowaski, MV Police Department spoke about the challenges facing the MVPD including recruiting, legalization of marijuana, homelessness and others.
 
 
Future Schedule:
 
Aug 14 --  Dawn Maher, MV Chamber of Commerce
 
 
                                                                                                   
Next  Leadership Meeting:  Wednesday August 15, 5:30 p.m., @ CSA  
 
 
 And remember…“ Have Fun Being the Inspiration!”
 
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Meeting Minutes - July 24, 2018

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Mountain View Rotary Club

Meeting Agenda - July 24th, 2018

Notes by Paul

                                                              
President’s Greeting:  
 
Good afternoon!   I’d like to welcome you to the Rotary Club of Mountain View. My name is Bert Raphael, your President for 2018-2019. 
 
Our Rotary International theme for this Rotary year is “Be the Inspiration”.  Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “Have Fun Being the Inspiration.”  
Song of the Day:  Songmaster Phil
 
Announcements:
  • Thanks to Tori for being the “4’fer” today!
  • Tom – Monthly Speaker Chairs for next year – pass around list, if needed
  • Tori – Monthly social hosts for the year – pass around list, if needed
  • Bert – President’s Club plan: $50 Rotary Foundation, $50 Club Endowment, $50 club fund.
  • Bert – District emphasis on membership. Rotaract dual memberships. Bring a friend to Rotary.
  • Bert – Richard King Tribute Dinner – Fri. evening, Nov.2, 2018
  • Bert – District 5170 Leadership Academy
       
Personal Sharing/Announcements:
  • July  Anniversaries: Bruce Barsi & Suzanne, 39 yrs, July 29
 
Program:  (introduced by Tori)
 
Dr. Leslie Friedman, Artistic Director of the Lively Foundation, will tell us about the International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley, which had its 7th season in Mountain View, June 10 - 23, 2018; and her interaction with citizens and businesses in Mountain View.
 
Leslie shared her associations with Rotary including her Rotarian grandfather.  She has traveled all over the world and has found “rescuers” everywhere – those people who helped her in one way or another.  From her perspective, Rotary is an organization of rescuers.  
 
She was a Fulbright scholar twice.  In 1984 she was in India. After that she traveled extensively with the State Department. 
 
She has a PhD in history from Stanford but her dual passion was dance.   She was humbled by individuals who came up to her after a show and said they found her performance life changing.  She developed a performance based on the Gold Rush and presented it to over 1500 4th grade students.  She discussed various forms of dance including Tap which is uniquely American combining Irish and African American styles.
 
 
Future Schedule:
 
 
July 31st – Club Social at Villa Siena – Thanks, Scott!
 
August 7 -- Jessica Nowaski, MV Police Department
 
Aug 14 -- Dawn Maher, MV Chamber of Commerce
 
                                                                                                   
Next Leadership Meeting:  Wednesday August 15, 5:30 p.m., @ CSA  
 
Have a great week!
 
And remember…“ Have Fun Being the Inspiration!”
 
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Meeting Minutes - July 17, 2018

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Mountain View Rotary Club

Meeting Agenda - July 17th, 2018

Notes by Steve

                                                              
President’s Greeting:   
 
Good afternoon!   I’d like to welcome you to the Rotary Club of Mountain View for its second meeting of the 2018-2019 Rotary year. My name is Bert Raphael, your President for 2018-2019.  
 
Our Rotary International theme for this is “Be the Inspiration”.  Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “Have Fun Being the Inspiration.”   
 
Pledge of Allegiance:  Jim Cunningham  
 
Thought for the Day:   Steve Nichols (4’fer)   
 
Song of the Day:  Songmaster Phil
 
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Gunther introduced his father and other visitors from Germany.
 
 
Announcements:
  • Thanks to Steve for being the “4’fer” today!
 
  • Tom – Monthly Speaker Chairs for next year – pass around list, if needed
  • Tori – Monthly social hosts for the year – pass around list, if needed
  • BertPresident’s Club plan: $50 Rotary Foundation, $50 Club Endowment, $50 club fund.
  • Bert – District emphasis on membership. Rotaract dual memberships. Bring a friend to Rotary.
       
Personal Sharing/Announcements:
  • July  Anniversaries: Bruce Barsi & Suzanne, 39 yrs, July 29
  • Alan, Twana and Roger joined the President’s Club   
 
Program:
 
Observations of Mountain View over 20+ years of public service.”
Mike Kasperzak, Introduced by Bert
 
Mike Kasperzak, a 42 year resident of Mountain View, talked about his observations during his public service as a Mountain View council member and mayor. He started at the Parks and Recreation Commission in 1994 when housing prices were taking off. At the time, high tech first accounted for 30% of sales tax revenue. This changed when Google became a dominant corporation in the area. He served on the Environmental Planning Commission when downtown parking needed more attention. The Computer History Museum opened in 1996, 11 months after groundbreaking. Don Giovanni changed its facade, the first restaurant to implement the downtown improvement plan. He was elected to the city council in 1998 when new restaurants were opening and plastic chairs were made illegal. He was mayor in 2003 when a new senior center opened. Google was growing and Silicon Graphics was on the way out. High tech companies purchased local methane gas as an energy source. During his tenure he was involved in various housing development plans and construction of trails.
 
 
Future Schedule:
 
July 24th – Leslie Friedman, Artistic Director of the Lively Foundation
“The Lively Foundation is dedicated to presenting the best in artistic and educational projects in dance, music, and related arts. Based in San Francisco since 1984 and on tour throughout the US and the world.
                                                                                                    
Next Leadership Meeting:  Wednesday July 18th, 5:30 p.m., @ CSA  
 
And remember…“ Have Fun Being the Inspiration!”
 
 
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2018 President Msg Bert

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2018 – 2019 Message from President Bert
 
Thank you for visiting our website! Now, how about visiting our club? We are a group of local business, professional, and civic leaders. We meet regularly, listen to and interact with interesting and inspiring speakers, and we participate in worthwhile projects both within our local community and throughout the world.
 
In 1990 I left a position at Hewlett Packard to help my wife operate a small business in Mountain View, and I quickly joined Rotary to learn more about our community. Since then, Rotarians—in Mountain View, and throughout the world! --  have become some of the key people whom I trust, am friends with, do business with, and am inspired by. Through Rotary, I have personally experienced feeding the poor in Mountain View; delivering wheelchairs to folks who couldn’t afford them in Belize; and helping to eliminate polio in India and Africa.
 
Our club theme this year is “Have Fun Being the Inspiration.” We organize and participate in fun projects, through which we accomplish significant tasks—but we need more members to help us succeed. Come to any meeting and check us out!
 
Bert Raphael
President, 2018-19
Rotary of Club of Mountain View
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Meeting Minutes - July 10, 2018

Mountain View Rotary Club

Meeting Report - July 10th, 2018
Notes by Tom
                                                              
New President Bert Raphael wished everyone a Good Afternoon!
 
Our Rotary International theme for this year is “Be the Inspiration”.  Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “Have Fun Being the Inspiration.”  
 
Pledge of Allegiance:  Bill Maston
 
Thought for the Day:   Tom Myers reminded everyone to take time to relax and be mindful.   
 
Song of the Day:  Songmaster Phil Armi led everyone in a rousing rendition of “If You’re Happy in Rotary!”
 
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Tom Myers introduced visiting Rotarian Roman Kagarlitsky, and visitor Rajut.
 
Announcements:
  • Thanks to Tom for being the “4’fer” today!
  • Tom – Monthly Speaker Chairs for next year – all months accounted for EXCEPT January and March.
  • Tori – Monthly social hosts for the year – Scott Johnson volunteered to host at Villa Sienna on 7/31.
  • Bert – Report on International Convention
  • Bert – President’s Club plan is $150.  Hiro was the first to join!!!
       
Personal Sharing/Announcements:
  • July  Bdays: Linda Wang July 7
  • July Anniversaries: Monique Kane & Bill, July 14, 17 yrs; Bruce Barsi & Suzanne, 39 yrs, July 29.
 
Program: Club Assembly
  • Bert – Overview. Club Board.  Monthly “Leadership” meetings. Emphasis on membership growth.
  • Jerylann Mateo (assisted by Judy Hannemann)– Membership
  • Dave Cole – Community Service
  • Jack Wong – International Service
  • Sanjay Dave – New Generations
  • Monique Kane – Rotary Foundation
  • Jim Cochran – Public Image & Facebook
  • Bert for Bruce Barsi (absent) – Vocational Service
  • Twana Karney - Club Trainer
 
Future Schedule:
 
July 17thMike Kasperzak, presentingObservations of Mountain View over 20+ years of public service.” Introduced by Tori
4’fer: Steve Nichols
 
Next Leadership Meeting:  Wednesday July 18th, 5:30 p.m., @ CSA  
 
Have a great week!
 
And remember…“ Have Fun Being the Inspiration!”
 
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Meeting Minutes - June 12, 2018

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Meeting Minutes by Heather

June 12th, 2018

                                                             
 
The meeting was called to order at 12:35pm by President Scott.    
 
The Pledge of Allegiance was lead by Bert
 
Heather shared two thoughts:  The first in honor of graduates by Eleanor Roosevelt “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”  The second to wish all the fathers a Happy Father’s Day:   Larry Bird said, "If there was a payment to the bank due, and we needed shoes, she'd get the shoes, and then deal with them guys at the bank. I don’t mean she wouldn’t pay the bank, but the children always came first.”
 
Bert led the introduction of visiting Rotarians: Sue L (Oakland) and Nick (Evergreen).  
 
Announcements:
  • Community Service by Dave and Jim shared Community School of Music and Art ushering is complete for the Rotary year.  Well done Rotarians!
  • Club Service by Twana is:
June 15th is Golf Tournament & BBQ at Shoreline to begin at 5:00pm.  RSVP to Walt for golf and President Scott for BBQ. 
Kick out is Friday, June 22nd, 6 p.m. at Michaels. Alan seeks actors and actresses to be part of the ‘show’!   
  • Monthly speaker chairs for next year are still needed.  Please speak with Tom if you can assist. 
  • June 22nd, 4 p.m. at CSA is special celebration to recognize their recent award of “Non Profit of the Year”. 
  • June 21st at 5:15pm is the next Board Meeting, “Combined Leadership” held at CSA.    
  • Thank you letters were received from grant recipients: CHAC, CSA, and Day Workers.       
 
Personal Sharing & Announcements:
  • June Birthday is Paul and June Anniversaries are Jerylann & Chris, Heather & Fredrik, Jim & Alice (49 years).  
  • Alan shared AMG Enterprises is celebrating 30 years with a new brand phrase: “Promotional products - You can’t get enough of this 💩”!
  • Special Operations invites all to join them for their Annual Golf Fundraiser to keep the Bay Area safe by arresting sex traffickers.  The event is July 23rd at the Los Altos Golf & Country Club https://sosarrests.org/product/fundraisers/.
 
Today’s program was introduced by Fred of Rotary Vietnam Project. District 5170 Interactors, Xuan and Huongle, shared the mission of Fighting slavery with scholarships — One soccer ball at a time. The project fights slavery through scholarships to help Vietnamese girls and boys vulnerable to human traffickers to attend school at no cost to their family. Often families are deceived by offers of fake jobs. The project seeks donations by directly sponsoring a student scholarship or purchase indestructible soccer balls.  The Interactors with support by a few local Rotarians have a current goal of $40,000.  For more information:   https://rotaryvietnamproject.weebly.com
 
 
Future Schedule:
June 19th is Death & Taxes by our very own Jim S and Fred and the 4’fer is Ken.
 
The meeting was adjourned at 1:20pm.
Have a great week!
And remember…“Make a Difference and have Fun!”
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Meeting Minutes - June 5, 2018

Mountain View Rotary Club

Meeting Agenda - June 5th, 2018

Notes by Jim S.

                                                              
 
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.”  
 
Pledge of Allegiance   Dennis Kobza
 
Thought for the Day:   Jim Spangler  (4’fer)    Thoughts about a FATHER
 
Song of the Day:  Songmaster Phil – “My Country Tis of Thee”
 
Presentation from Magical Bridge Foundation
 
St. Francis High Interact Presentation:  Melanie Sam- Video Thank you from Interact Club.
 
Announcements:
  • Thanks to Jim for being the “4’fer” today!
  • Community Service Announcements --  Dave
            Community School of Music and Art ushering  (Alan handled last event.  Fairly Small)           
  • Club Service  -- Twana and Tori
Thanks Alan and Kathleen for the great social last Tuesday!
Jerylann - Kick out – Friday, June 22nd, 6 p.m., Michaels
            Walt & Phil -- June 15th – Golf Tournament & BBQ at Shoreline-
Need final Count Tues. 6/12
  • Tom – Monthly Speaker Chairs for next year – passes around list – SUCCESS! Jerylann has stepped up to the plate and will handle August Speakers.  Tom still needs assistance with November, December and January.
  • Reminder:  CSA to be recognized as “Non Profit of the Year” on June 22nd, 4 p.m.
  • Next Board MtgJune 21st Joint Board Mtg, 5:15 p.m., @ CSA          
  • Members to Remember?    (anybody sick, etc. … mention it)      
  • City of Mountain View has offered some tickets to a dinner on Scholarships for Thurs. 6/7 from 5-8.  Anyone interested please reach out to Scott.
 
MV Rotary Endowment Board is required to have elections for the up coming year.
Slate of Members are as proposed:
Bert Raphael                 Club President
Scott Johnson              Immediate Past President
Jim Spangler                 Board Chair
Jack Wong                  
Jim Cochran                 
Sheila Hodgkinson       
Anita Grossman                       
 
 
Personal Sharing/Announcements:
  • May Bdays: Paul, 6/1    
  • May  Anniversaries:  Jerylann & Chris, 6/1;  Heather & Fredrik, 6/19;  Jim & Alice, 6/21; 
  • Other things to share?   
 
Program:   Carl Guardino  – Biggest Challenges Facing SV:  Traffic and Housing    
             Carl last spoke to our Club 6 to 8 years ago and we were very honored to have him back.  Spoke of the other 5 regions in the US that Silicon Valley is competing and compared with (NYC, Boston, So. Cal, Austin and Seattle).  Biggest woes are THE (Traffic, Housing and Education) We are now 2nd in traffic congestion and commute times only after NYC.  Although the economy is booming with a 28 % increase in jobs the population of the region has increased 8% and the housing supply only 4% bringing the dual problem of Traffic and affordable housing.  Solutions are difficult but being worked on.  #1 the Electrification of Cal Train, which will increase capacity by 100%, paid for by a “Layered” source of funds (Federal, State and local).  Bullet train would help by opening up cheaper housing in the Central Valley with reasonable commute times but the funding is highly in doubt (short fall of 90%?).  Mean while changes in land use restrictions and creative options can offer some relief (housing and commerce on top of BART parking lots).  Education is getting the boost with focuses on the 17 Community Colleges in the Region co coordinating their efforts on certifying students for the jobs in the valley.
             
  • 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:
 
June 12th -    TBD  Introduced by Fred;   4’fer: Heather
 
June 19th -    TBD Introduced by Fred;   4’fer: Ken
 
And remember…“Make Difference and have Fun!”
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Meeting Minutes - May 22, 2018

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Meeting Agenda - May 22nd, 2018

Notes by Fred

                                                              
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.”  
 

Pledge of Allegiance   Ernie Hawks

 
Thought for the Day:   Fred  (4’fer)       
 
Song of the Day:  Songmaster Phil
 
Announcements:
  • Thanks to Fred for being the “4’fer” today!
  • Community Service Announcements --  Dave and Jim
            Community School of Music and Art ushering             
  • Club Service  -- Twana and Tori
            Kick out – Saturday, June 22nd, 6 p.m., Michaels.  Please stop by CSA before hand from
            4 – 5:30 for pre-social happy hour
            May 29th, 5:30 p.m., evening social hosted by Alan and Kathleen
            June 15th – Golf Tournament & BBQ at Shoreline  
  • Tom – Monthly Speaker Chairs for next year – pass around list
  • Roger shared his perspectives on North/South Korea and the potential meeting between Kim Jung Un and President Trump
 Personal Sharing/Announcements:
  • May Bdays: Bob Williams 5/25    
  • May  Anniversaries:  Bert Raphael 5/27
Program:   Jack Wong  – “Market Update”  
             
  • Jack provided his perspective on where the financial markets are headed.
  • 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:
 
 
May 29th  - evening social hosted by Alan and Kathleen, 5:30 p.m.
 
June 5th -    Carl Guardino  Introduced by Fred;   4’fer: Jim Spangler
 
June 12th -    Sameera Kahn  Introduced by Fred;   4’fer: Heather
 
June 19th -    TBD  Introduced by Fred;   4’fer: Ken
 
Have a great week!
 
And remember…“Make Difference and have Fun!”
 
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Meeting Minutes - May 15, 2018

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Meeting MinutesMay 15, 2018

Notes by Anita Grossman

                                                              

1.President Elect’s Greeting

President Scott Johnson welcomed everyone and talked about this year’s Rotary International theme, Rotary: Making a Difference, noting that today’s presentation of grant awards recognizes local organizations that are truly making a difference.

 

  1. Pledge of Allegiance - Twana Karney led us in the pledge.
 
  1. Thought for the Day:  Hal Taylor shared some interesting facts and insights about Flag Day, coming up on June 14th. Hal served as greeter for the meeting and brought in scrumptious home-baked brownies!
 
  1. Visiting Rotarian – President-elect Bert Raphael introduced Ramesh Sabnis from Kalyan India, District 3142.
 
  1. Upcoming Events:
  • May 22nd Meeting – Jack Wong will present on Market Update and Warriors Update; Fred is the 4-fer.
  • May 29th Evening Social at Kathleen and Alan Goodman’s home
  • June 15th Golf Tourney
  • June 22nd Kick-Out – please sign up and indicate your meal preference.
 
  1. August Speakers: 2019-20 President-elect Tom Myers offered to take a club member out to lunch if s/he signs up to coordinate the August meetings.
 
  1. Community Grant Awards: Anita Grossman distributed the community grants as follows:
 
  • Mountain View Police Officers’ Association - $2,000 for Cops & Gobblers to underwrite food baskets for low-income families during the holidays.
  • Friends of the Stevens Creek Trail - $1,000 for the September 30th Trailblazer Race & Trail Walk.
  • JustREAD - $2,250 for expansion of the JustREAD and JustMATH in-school tutoring programs to Castro, Monta Loma and Theuerkauf elementary schools
  • Living Classroom - $1,500 to develop and lead three new fun and healthful “extension” activities for students in K-4th grades, local elementary schools
  • Hope’s Corner - $1,700 for the hot shower and laundry program complementing the organization’s Saturday morning hot breakfast program
  • CHAC - $2,250 for the agency’s social emotional learning program, Just for Kids, for third graders in the Mountain View – Whisman School District. The program teaches third graders healthy coping skills over 8 weeks in small group settings at eight local schools.
  • CSA - $1,700 to provide direct financial rental and/or utility assistance to low-income individuals and families served through the agency’s Homeless Prevention Services Program.
  • Day Worker Center of Mountain View - $1,300 to purchase bus tokens for Day Workers so they can commute from their homes to the Center where they have access to resources and potential jobs.
 
 
Agency representatives shared highlights about their organizations and how the funds will be used.
 
Bonus Round - Planting Trees on May 5, 2018 at Crittenden school
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Meeting Minutes - May 1, 2018

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Meeting Minutes- May 1st, 2018

Notes by Jack

                                                              
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.”  
 
Pledge of Allegiance   by Walt
 
Thought for the Day:   Jack (4’fer)
 
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader” By John Quincy Adams
 
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time.  We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.  We are the change that we seek.”  By Barak Obama    
 
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Bert – Be the Inspiration to others as the new upcoming President Role.
 
Announcements:
  • Thanks to Jack for being the “4’fer” today!
  • Community Service Announcements --  Dave and Jim
            Tree planting with Canopy, Crittenden School – May 5th (9-12 PM)
            Community School of Music and Art ushering
            Magical Bridge Playground – Rengstorff Park
  • Club Service  -- Twana and Tori
            Rotating Dinner, Sat, 4/28 … Thanks Anita!
            May 29th evening social hosted by Alan and Kathleen
  • Tom – Monthly Speaker Chairs for next year – pass around list
  • President’s Club:   Thanks to all!  We are presently up to 25 members for a total of $3,750.      
  • Next Board Mtg:  Thursday, May 17th, 5:00 p.m.         
  • Golf Outing – June 8
 
 
Personal Sharing/Announcements:
  • May Bdays: Twana Karney 5/1; Hiro Kariya 5/9;  Dave Cole 5/14; Bob Williams 5/25    
  • May  Anniversaries:  Jim Cunningham 5/6;  Bert Raphael 5/27
  • Ken had a new Baby Grandson
 
 
Program:   Youth Scholarships – Chair: Ken, Jim, and Judy
 
Winners:
 
Hailey Wilson
 
Trinity Suh
Enza Potter
 
Jackie Lomeli
Cecilia Esqunel
Sophia Felisch
 
 
            
Thanks to our guests for joining us today!
 
 
Future Schedule:
 
 
May 8th  -  Dave Devore – “Sports and Politics”       Introduced by:  Jack
            4’fer:  Bob
 
May 15th  -  Community Grants Meeting.   Chair:  Anita       4’fer:  Hal
 
May 22nd  -  Jack – “Market Update & Warriors Update”     4’fer:  Fred  
 
May 29th  evening social hosted by Alan and Kathleen
 
Bonus Photos
Steven's Creek Trail Clean up
 
Last Week's Speaker - Deborah Clark
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Meeting Minutes - April 17, 2018

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Meeting Minutes – April 17, 2018

Mountain View Rotary Club

Notes by Jim Cochran

 
 
Bert Raphael, or President-Elect opened the meeting with an introduction and a statement of our themes for 2018.
 
Anita let the Pledge of Allegiance, while Phil led us in God Bless America.  John Akkaya gave the thought for the day: Let us have peace.
 
Announcements:
 
Thanks to John Akkaya for bringing the desert today.
 
Several were asked to provide a report on the District Training Assembly last Saturday.
 
Community Service Announcements – Dave and Jim
            Tree planting with Canopy at Crittenden School on May 5th, 9 AM
            Community School of Music and Art needs help ushering
            The Stevens Creek cleanup project meets at 9 AM, April 22nd
           
Club Service – Twana and Tori
            Anita is chairing the Rotating Dinner on Saturday, April 28, 5:30 PM at the Cunningham’s
 
Next Board Meeting:  Thursday, Aril 26th, 5:15 PM
 
Program:
 
Anita introduced Shreyani Shah and Meena Sankaren from the organization, PRERNA.  This organization is assisting refugee families from conflict ridden countries.  The presentation explained how the government brings in an approved person or family, turns them over to an organization and provides a cash payment to get them started.
 
When the designated organization finishes with processing, PRERNA takes over and helps the refugee find housing and a job.  They also introduce them to classes to learn English, get the children registered for school, and help them find low cost food and temporary housing.  They always need contributions of money and volunteers to work helping the refugees get started.
 
 
Future Schedule:
 
April 24th - Dr. Deborah Clark, Pacific Hearing Service: “Hearing Loss and the Aging Brain”.
4fer – Tori Atwell
 
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Meeting Minutes - April 10, 2018

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Meeting Notes by Paul April 10th, 2018
                                                              
Scott Johnson, Club President, welcomed all in attendance and reminded that “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.”  
 
Sheila led the Pledge of Allegiance and Phil, 4’fer for the day, gave a thought.  
THE GARDEN
  • In my garden I would first plant five rows of Peas:
    • Preparedness, Promptness, Perseverance, Politeness, Prayer
 
  • Next to them I would plant three rows of Squash:
    • Squash gossip, Squash criticism, Squash indifference
 
  • Then I would put in three rows of Lettuce:
    • Let us be faithful, Let us be loyal, Let us love one another
 
  • No garden is complete without Turnips:
    • Turn up for meetings, Turn up with a smile, Turn up with a new idea, Turn up with determination, Turn up to work
 
Songmaster Phil led a song and Oh What a Beautiful Morning 
 
Announcements:
  • Polio Plus Flash Campaign – $315 raised!
  • Monique presented Bill with a cupcake and awarded him his Paul Harris fellow pin
  • Walt updated us on ELC held at 1440 Multiversity in Scott’s Valley
  • Community Service Announcements --  Dave and Jim
            Tree planting with Canopy, Crittenden School – May 5th at 9am
            Community School of Music and Art ushering needed this weekend
            Stevens Creek Trail Clean up April 22 at 9am
  • Club Service  -- Twana and Tori
            Rotating Dinner, Sat, 4/28 … chaired by Anita
  • President’s Club:   Thanks to all!  We are presently up to 25 members for a total of $3,750.        
  • CSA Empty Bowls Soup Supper, Sunday, April 15th
  • Next Board Mtg:  Thursday, April 26th, 5:15 p.m.         
  • Update from Camp RYLA student
 
 
Program:   Bert and Anne on Surprising Morocco
Interesting program about their trip to Morocco with the Commonwealth Club.  Morocco is a very pleasant place with nice people in an area about the size of California.  Contrary to what most people think, Morocco is not all desert and in fact has mountain ranges just like California.  Morocco and the USA have had the longest country to country relationship as Morocco recognized the USA in 1777.  Morocco was French at one point so the food and bread are excellent.          
 
           
 
Future Schedule:
 
 
April 17th - Shreyani Shah & Meena Sankaren “PRERNA – Empowering Refugee Families
            From Conflict-Ridden Countries”       4’fer – John Akkaya
 
April 24th - Dr. Deborah Clark, Pacific Hearing Service “Hearing Loss and the Aging Brain”
            4/fer – Tori Atwell
 
 
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Meeting Minutes - April 3, 2019

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Meeting Notes by Linda April 3rd, 2018

                                                              
Scott Johnson, Club President, welcomed all in attendance and reminded that “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.”  
 
Scott led the Pledge of Allegiance and Linda, 4’fer for the day, gave a thought.  
 
Songmaster Phil led a song and Bert introduced visiting Rotarians and Guests. 
 
Announcements:
  • Polio Plus Flash Campaign –the envelope was passed around
  • Tom passed around a sign-up sheet for monthly program chairs, next year
  • Community Service Announcements --  Dave and Jim
            Tree planting with Canopy, Crittenden School – May 5th  
            Community School of Music and Art ushering needed weekend after next           
  • Club Service  -- Twana and Tori
            THANKS to Bruce & Suzanne … last Tuesday’s pizza social
            Rotating Dinner, Sat, 4/28 … chaired by Anita
  •  April 21st 40th Annual Mtn View Downtown Spring Family Parade – idea of an entry from Mtn View Rotary.   Any volunteers, let Jim Cochran or Scott know.   
  • President’s Club:   Thanks to all!  We are presently up to 25 members for a total of $3,750.        
  • CSA Empty Bowls Soup Supper, Sunday, April 15th
  • Next Board Mtg:  Thursday, April 26th, 5:15 p.m.         
  • Update from Camp RYLA student Melanie
 
Program:   Regional Rotary Speech Contest – Chaired by Sanjay
            Top Finalist:   Lisa Deng, Rotary Area 9, Los Altos High School
            Top Finalist:  Karl Goeltner, Rotary Area 8, Monte Vista High School, Cupertino
            Finalist:  Channing Bushman, Area 6, Morgan Hill
                       
 
 
Future Schedule:
 
April 10th - Bert Raphael “Surprising Morocco”      4’fer – Phil Armi
 
April 17th - Shreyani Shah & Meena Sankaren “PRERNA – Empowering Refugee Families
            From Conflict-Ridden Countries”       4’fer – John Akkaya
 
April 24th - Dr. Deborah Clark, Pacific Hearing Service “Hearing Loss and the Aging Brain”
            4/fer – Linda Wang
 
 
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Meeting Minutes - March 20, 2018

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Meeting Notes – March 20, 2018 by Bruce          
                                              
President Scott welcomed all to the meeting and reminded the club of Rotary’s themes: 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.”  
 
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Tori Atwell and Phil led the club in a belated Saint Patrick’s Day tribute of “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.”.  
 
Bruce Barsi offered the thought for the day with quotes about persistence and never quitting.  
 
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests was done by Bert.  Honorary Members Thomas Dittler and Gunther Wobser joined us today.
           
Announcements:  
 
  • Thanks to Bruce for being the “4’fer” today!
  • Community Service Announcements --  Dave and Jim
    • Thanks to Jim Cochran and Anita Grossman for volunteering at CSMA event
    • Next CSMA event is April 21st and Judy Hannemann is signed up to help
    • There will be a tree planting event at Crittenden Middle School on May 5th
 
  • Club Service  -- Twana and Tori
    • Club Social Pizza Party at Bruce and Suzanne’s house next Tuesday, March 27th, starting at 6:00 pm.  Contact Bruce if you haven’t already signed up.
    • Rotating Dinner is on Saturday, April 28thAnita is coordinating the event and there is a signup sheet being circulated.
    • The Kickout is on Friday, June 22nd, at Michaels at Shoreline.  Jerylann is coordinating the event.
 
  • President’s Club:   Thanks to all!  We are presently up to 25 members for a total of $3,750.
  • CHAC Breakfast on Thursday, March 28th.  Go to www.chacmv.org for tickets.     
  • CSA Empty Bowls Soup Supper, Sunday, April 15th  --  card at table
  • Next Board Mtg:  Thursday, March 22nd, 5 p.m., at Villa Siena
  • District Training on April 14th in the morning in Saratoga.  Signup sheet being circulated.  Contact Bert for more information.      
  • Envelope being circulated for Polio Campaign’s final push.  Please contribute what you can. 
  • Alan Goodman invited everyone to a performance of his band this coming Saturday night starting around 7:30 pm at the Wine Tasting business in Downtown Los Altos.
 
Rene Zimmerman from the El Camino YMCA was our speaker today and she was introduced by Jim Cunningham.  Renee is currently a member of the Los Altos Rotary Club; she is a past president of the Peninsula Sunrise Rotary in Redwood City and is a Paul Harris fellow.  She received her BA from SFSU and a Masters degree from the London School of Economics.  She has 26 years of non-profit experience and has been the Executive Director of the El Camino YMCA since January 2016.
 
 
Ms. Zimmerman told us about several of the programs sponsored by our local YMCA including:
            Afterschool activities and childcare at eight of our local schools
            Preschool at two local schools
Summer camps and water safety instruction with scholarships available
Several teen programs including Youth in Government and College Tours
Alta Vista Opportunity program
Reaching out to military personnel at Moffett Field
                          
Future Schedule:
 
March 27th – DARK FOR LUNCH – Rotary Social hosted by Bruce and Suzanne
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Meeting Minutes - March 13, 2018

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Meeting Minutes – March 13, 2018

Mountain View Rotary Club

Meeting Agenda – March 13, 2018

Notes by Jim Cochran

 
President’s Greeting:
            President Scott welcomed us all to the meeting, explained the theme for the year and added our club theme.  He also asked us to silence our cell phones during the meeting.
 
Pledge of Allegiance was led by Judy
 
Thought for the Day:  Jim was 4’fer
            “The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.”  - Henry David Thoreau
 
Song of the Day: Songmaster Phil – “=My Country ‘tis of Thee”
 
Introductions: Bert introduced guest Tom Moran
 
Announcements:
  •             Bert reported on PETS meeting for new Presidents.  He passed out a roster of proposed officers for the new year.
  •             Our social meeting for this month will be on Tuesday, March 27th, at the home of Bruce and Suzanne.  It will be a pizza party starting at              6 PM.
  •             Rotating Dinner: Anita said the dinner will be on April 28.  She announced some homes that will host dinner and asked us for a couple 
                      more homes.  All food will be furnished by a caterer.  An attendance sign-up sheet was passed around.
  •             CSA Empty Bowls Soup Supper is Sunday, April 15.  A sign-up list was passed around.
  •             The next Board meeting is set for Thursday, March 22nd, 5 P.M.
  •             The Mountain View High School Madrigal Chorus sent a letter of thanks to us. They enjoyed singing for us and appreciated the $200 
                       contribution we made.
 
Reports:
  • We received a report on the club snow ski trip this past weekend to Bruce’s cabin at Tahoe.  Three families attended and found that Sunday was a sunny ski day with new snow covering the slopes. 
  • Bert reported on the state of Polio elimination around the world
  • Bob W. just returned from a teaching trip to Chili.  His sessions ran from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM and that pushed his energy limit.
  • Phil returned from two weeks in Mexico to lead our song today.
  • Canopy.org told us about the availability of trees for our homes.  They will have a planting at Crittenden Middle School, 9 to 12 noon on May 5th.  All are invited.
 
Program: Gary White speaking on “The Climate Reality Project”.
            Gary included slides as he presented an understanding for us of the causes of climate change and discussed some in detail.  He talked of the low-discharge methods of generating power and described what will happen in the future.
 
 
 
Future Schedule:
 
March 20thRene Zimmerman, “New Approaches at the YMCA”
            4’fer: Bruce Barsi
 
March 27th – Dark at the Adobe BuildingP.  Pizza Party at Bruce Barsi’s, 6 PM
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Meeting Minutes - March 6, 2018

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Meeting Agenda - March 6, 2018
Notes by Dave
                                                              
President Elect’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.”  
 
Thought for the Day:   Dave (4’fer)       
 
Song of the Day:  Songmaster Phil
 
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Bert
 
Announcements:
  • Thanks to Dave for being the “4’fer” today!
  • Mardi Gras Social Report -- Great Event!
  • Community Service Announcements --  Dave and Jim – Thanks to Scott for volunteering in March
  • Club Service  -- Twana and Tori
            Rotary Ski Trip March 8-12 … Bruce
            March 27th Social … Bruce
            Rotating Dinner, Sat, 4/28 … chaired by Anita   
  • President’s Club:   Thanks to all!  We are presently up to 25 members for a total of $3,750.      
  • Los Altos Rotary Cioppino Feed – March 9th, 6 – 10 p.m., Shoup Park Garden House
  • Next Board Mtg:  Thursday, March 22nd, 5 p.m.        
  • Kick out – June 22
 
Personal Sharing/Announcements:
  • March Bdays: Sheila – 2ndFred – 7th; Bill Maston – 10th; Jim Cunningham – 25th;   
  • Big Happy Birthday!
  • Ken bet with Fred and Jim on the Cal/Stanford basketball “Big Game”
 
Program:   Clara Roe, Life Moves – Introduced by Jim Cunningham
            “Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness”   
           Our speakers: Dr. Brian Greenburg and Nandini Gondhaleker
 
  • 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:
 
March 13th -- Gary White, “Climate Reality
            4’fer:  Jim Cochran
 
March 20thRene Zimmerman,   “New Approaches at the YMCA” 
            4’fer:  Bruce Barsi
 
March 27th – DARK, no luncheon … But, evening social hosted by Bruce & Suzanne
 
Have a great week!
 
And remember…“Make Difference and have Fun!”
 
Bonus Photo – Susan our wonderful Mardi Gras hostess!
 
 
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Meeting Minutes - Feb. 20, 2018

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Meeting Agenda - February 20, 2018

Notes by Sanjay

                                                              
President 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.”  
 
Pledge of Allegiance   Jim Cunningham led Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Thought for the Day:   Sanjay (4’fer)    
 
Song of the Day:  Songmaster Phil We sang, “If you’re happy you’re in Rotary…”
 
Meet & Greet - (2 Minutes)
 
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Bert
Ken Parker from Los Altos Rotary visited us.
 
Announcements:
  • Thanks to Sanjay for being the “4’fer today!
  • Crab Feed Update  -- Alan
    • Alan announced we’re ~$200 short of reaching $18k profit on our Crab Feed thanks to a generous donation from Bob Williams.  Ken Schwaderer generously donated the extra $200 to get us to >$18k profit.
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  • Foundation Minute:  Monique (no update)
  • Community Service Announcements --  Dave and Jim
    • Jim Cunningham announced more volunteer opportunities with CSMA.  Volunteer aprons are available if wanted.
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  • Club Service  -- Twana and Tori
            Rotary Ski Trip March 8-12  … Bruce
  • Bruce stated there are a few more openings in case anyone is interested.
 
            Mardi Gras Party, 2/27, at Paul & Susan’s
  • Party starts @ 5:30pm and Paul will have some Hurricanes ready.
 
            Rotating Dinner, Sat, 4/28 … chaired by Anita   
 
  • President’s Club:   Thanks to all!  We are presently up to 25 members for a total of $3,750.
Gunther received his President’s Club certificate
 
  • Next Board Mtg:  Thursday, March 22nd, 5 p.m.        
 
 
Personal Sharing/Announcements:
  • February Bdays: Jim S. – 1st
  • Ken Schwaderer shared that Cal Women’s basketball beat Stanford.
  • Ken announced that applications for our High School Scholarship program ends this weekend and requested anyone who wants to participate to contact him.
 
Program:   Sgt Armando Espita – Introduced by Bruce
            “Mountain View Police Department Youth Services”  
 
  • Mountain View Police’s approach to addressing gang related issues are
    • Prevention
    • Suppression
    • Intervention
  • 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:
 
February 27th -- Luncheon DARK;   Evening Mardi Gras Social at Paul & Susan’s
 
March 6thClara Roe, Life Moves   “Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness” 
            4’fer:  Dave Cole
 
And remember…“Make Difference and have Fun!”
 
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Meeting Minutes - February 14, 2018

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Meeting Notes - February 13, 2018

Notes by Jim Cunningham

                                                              
President Scott welcomed all attending 
 
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.”  
 
Frank led the Pledge of Allegiance; Jim Cunningham shared a thought; and, Phil led the club in a song. 
 
Announcements:
  • Thanks to Jim for being the “4’fer” today!
  • Crab Feed went well.   Alan asked for all remaining money from tickets sales to be turned in.  
  • Club Service  --        Rotary Ski Trip March 8-12
            Mardi Gras Party, 2/27, at Paul & Susan’s
            Rotating Dinner, Sat, 4/28 … chaired by Anita   
  • President’s Club:   Thanks to all!  We are presently up to 25 members for a total of $3,750.        
  • Next Board Mtg:  Thursday, February 15th , 5 p.m. at Villa Siena      
 
 
Program:   Speech Contest    -- Chaired by Sanjay and Judy    
Four outstanding students presented their speeches to the Club.The students, with the place they finished the competition, were:
 
1st Place – Lisa Deng;  2nd Place – Evan Fine;  3rd - Payton Fong; 4th Place – Charles Xu
 
 
Prize checks were presented.Karen Keefer, their Speech Coach, was also congratulated on her accomplishments with the students and regarding her upcoming retirement after 22 years of speech coaching.Jack Kelly, visiting Los Altos Rotarian, was thanked for his ongoing help with the speech contest.
 
 
Future Schedule:
February 20th - Sgt. Armando Espita, Introduced by Bruce
            “Mountain View Police Department Youth Services”     
            4’fer – Jim Cunningham
February 27th --  Luncheon DARK;   Evening Mardi Gras Social at Paul & Susan’s
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Meeting Minutes - January 23, 2018

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Meeting Minutes - January 23, 2018

Notes by Anita Grossman

                                                              
President Elect’s Greeting:  President Scott welcomed everyone and talked about this year’s Rotary themes:
Rotary International - Rotary: Making a Difference.”  
5170 District Governor Orrin Mahoney - “Developing Lifelong Friendships, While Making a Difference.”  
Mountain View Club - “Having Fun Making a Difference.”  
 
  1. Pledge of Allegiance -  Jim Cochran
 
  1. Thought for the Day:   Anita shared an excerpt from Bryan Stevenson’s book Just Mercy          
 
  1. Song of the Day:  Song master Phil led us in a spirited rendition of “God Bless America”
 
  1. Bert welcomed former Rotary International President and Mountain View Honorary Member M.A.T. Caparas. Under MAT’s leadership as RI President in 1986-87, women were welcomed to the fold and Rotary International secured a permanent home on Ridge Road in Evanston. Dave Cole noted that MAT was the first person who joined his President’s Club when he was Club President way back in the day.
 
 
  1. Crab Feed: Alan reminded everyone he will need to know how many tickets sold are for people who will be eating no later than next Tuesday, January 30th. Twana discussed the recycling containers that will be at the event.  .
 
  1. President’s Club: Judy joined the President’s Club, bringing the total number of members to 24 and $3,600 received.
  1. Foundation: Monique thanked Phil Armi for his gift to the Foundation and noted that there are only five gifts to go until we reach 100% club participation. February is Polio Prevention Month and a great time to make your gift if you haven’t already done so.
 
  1. Ski Trip: There is still room for the March 8-12 Ski Trip; please talk with Bruce as soon as possible if you would like to participate.
 
  1. Program: The Club was treated to a wonderful concert by the Mountain View High School Madrigals who will be travelling to South Africa later this year for a tour. The group, which has been in existence for 21 years, sang about 10 songs.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Meeting Minutes - January 16, 2018

 

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Meeting Agenda - January 16, 2018
Notes by Jim Cunningham
                                                              
President Scott’s Greeting:  
Good afternoon!   I’d like to welcome you to the Rotary Club of Mountain View.
 
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.”  
 
Thought for the Day:   Judy (4’fer)  - Make sure to read your weekly MV Rotary Bulletin all the way to the end so you can find out if you are the 4-fer!  J Otherwise there won’t be cookies L 
 
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Bert – Dennis Potter, Linda Eckols and Bob Adams.
 
We sang happy birthday to our beloved and esteemed President Scott
 
Announcements:
  • Thanks to Judy for being the “4’fer today!
  • Crab Feed, February 3rd, 2018 -- Alan – Sell your tickets!  Let Alan know if you want more
  • Foundation Minute & Presentations:  Monique – our club is rocking the donations!
  • Mentor Tutor Connection -- Bob Adams and Linda Eckols.  1/17 Noon Open House (flyers at tables --  Mentors for HS students & Tutors for K-8)
  • Club Service  -- Rotary Ski Trip March 8-12 (pass clipboard)
  • President’s Club:   Thanks to all!  We are presently up to 23 members for a total of $3,450. 
  • Next Board Mtg:  Thursday, January 18th      
 
Personal Sharing/Announcements:
  • January Bdays: Tom – 4th; Roger – 15th; Matt – 28th
 
Speakers:   PDG’s Russ Hobbs & Joe Hamilton   -- “The Rotary Foundation- Humanitarian Projects all over the world” 
  • We change lives – a nice tribute to our members. 
  • M.A.T. Caparas – when RI President allowed women to enter Rotary.  He also started the beginning of the Polio Plus Campaign
 
Future Schedule:
 
January 23rd - The Madrigals Chorus                             4’fer:  Anita
 
January 30th – Alan crabbing at us about the crab feed   4’fer:  Alan 
 
And remember…“Make Difference and have Fun!”
 
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Mountain View Rotary Meeting Minutes - January 9, 2018

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Meeting Notes - January 9, 2018 by Sheila

 

President Scott welcomed everyone at 12.30 pm at The Adobe Building with reminders of this year’s themes.
 
Phil led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and hailed “The Gang’s all here
 
Ernie had greeted everyone and gave us words from Emerson.
 
There were no visitors or guests but our honorary member, Gunther, was welcomed.
 
A “Trivia Questionnaire” showed who watches T.V. and movies.
 
Alan had handed out tickets for the Crab Feed on Feb 3. Later he checked for crab supplies which may not be what he had expected. Watch for more information.
A sign-up sheet to help at the event was passed around. Posters are available.
Number of people expected to attend should be reported to Alan by Jan 30.
 
Bruce needs final count for the Ski Trip which is on Mar 8-12.
 
Bert was thanked for organizing the Holiday Party in December.
 
Scott had visited Dick Lubman, now settled in Paradise Valley.
 
Birthday greetings to Tom who also celebrates a 20 year Anniversary.
 
Monique presented Paul Harris certificates to Jim Cochran and Jack Wong.
 
Our contributions to Rotary Foundation continue well.
 
Another trivia test was conducted by Alan with mixed success.
 
Bert, as President Elect took the chair as Scott left for Sacramento.
 
Walt spoke about the forthcoming Enterprise Leadership Conference to be held at Multiversity in Scotts Valley in April. Our Club contributes $1000 and has sponsors attending. Orientation sessions are at Mission College in February.
 
Club Trainer, Tom, wearing the blue shirt, encouraged members to show our Rotary connections and urged us to read the current Rotary magazine for accounts of different members’ activities around the world.
 
Anita will help as before with non-profit organizations supported by the Crab feed fundraising event.
 
Jim Cunningham sent round a sign up sheet for helpers at CSMA concerts.
 
Fred reported Club finances to be in good shape and dues have been billed.
 
Next week, Past District Governor, Russ Hobbs, will speak about The Rotary Foundation. Joe Hamilton, PDG will also be coming. (4’fer is Judy)
 
 
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Meeting Minutes - December 19, 2017

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Meeting Agenda - December 19, 2017 – Notes by Monique

 
President Scott called the meeting to order at the Mtn. View Rotary.
 
Anita led the Pledge of Allegiance
 
Monique shared an inspirational quote about the “power of love”
 
Songmaster Phil led us in Jingle Bells, a festive holiday song
 
President Scott asked us to greet members we had not yet spoken to at the meeting
 
Bert, President Elect asked for visitors to be introduced. One visitor was Mr. Mathur from a Rotary Club in India. Jim introduced his son Tom. Fred introduced two future members for our club Elena and Gloria.
 
 Bert announced that the San Jose club was having a bike tour fundraiser for Polio Plus of 20-150 miles. For further information check with the San Jose Club.  The bike tour is on sat. April 14 Details to follow in January. Entry fee of $65 & $85 depending on when one registers.
 
Forty-four people attended our holiday party. All had a good time! The singing group was much appreciated.
 
Gunther our honorary member from Germany was welcomed!
 
Envelopes were passed to give a gift to Steve and Phillipe for the service of taking care of the building and serving of lunches every week.
 
Monique had a cupcake moment for the Rotary Foundation giving and expressed hope that in the coming months everyone would give something to make 100% GIVING FOR THIS YEAR.
 
Dick L and his wife are now living in Fairfield. Scott will drop in on them when he goes to Sacramento to thank Dick for his wonderful service to our club!
 
Alan reminded all that the Crab- Feed is scheduled for February 3rd.
 
The next Board of Directors meeting is on January 18th.
 
Presidents Club had $3200 and Jim Cochran gave today which raised it!
 
The popular auction item of Tori’s house in NM has several bidders. Checks on the bid should be made out to the Rotary Foundation Endowment.
 
Ken S has a birthday on Dec. 22nd and was congratulated. Tom has his birthday on Dec. 25th!
 
Fred announced that with the tax rate going down that this is a good year to give to non-profits.
 
Our speaker Maria Marroquin, Executive Director of the Day Worker Center was introduced by Tom M. Maria has been a driving force behind the success of the Day Worker Center of Mtn. View for nearly two decades. Today the center, which is a striving non-profit has its own building, staff and community wide support. Maria is known for her contagious passion and dedication for helping others. AS a result, the Center has large numbers of volunteers. She works tirelessly to organize and advocate, build community alliances, raise funds and work for reforms on the national, state and local level.
In 2003 she was named Woman of the Year by Assembly women Sally Lieber, then Immigrant Advocate of the Year by Siren in 2006 and the Mexico Award by the Mexican Consulate in 2006, the Athena Award in 2016. These are but a few of her many honors for her promotion of human kindness and support of human rights.
 
The works of the Day Worker Center are many. They do training in ‘labor rights’, ‘workers rights’ and train workers for varied jobs offered in our communities. They are in demand as there is a growing shortage of workers due often to the high price of rentals.  Workers are available to work in construction/carpentry, as handyman, painting, furniture assembling, gardening/landscaping, gutter cleaning, deck/ fence work, cement, tile and paver work, remodeling/demolition, moving, house cleaning, childcare/eldercare, food prep, cooking catering, holiday lights, party décor and event setup and more with asking!
 
One can sign-up on line for help or call 650-903-4102 and http://ww.dayworkercentermv.org
 
 
The club will not have a meeting for the next two weeks. The next meeting will be on January 9, 2018.
 
Happy holidays and happy New Year!
 
 
 
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Meeting Minutes - December 12, 2017

Mountain View Rotary Club

Meeting Agenda - December 12, 2017

Notes by Walt

                                                              
President Scott Johnson’s Greeting:  
Good afternoon!   I’d like to welcome you to the Rotary Club of Mountain View.  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.”  
 
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Bert – Mountain View Residents Gloria Mungo and Elena Romierz as well as Monique’s husband Bill.
 
Announcements:
  • Thanks to Walt for being the “4’fer” today!
  • Last week’s auction … Thanks Tori!   $6,000 raised
  • Holiday Party, Sat Dec. 16th -- Bert – there will be a gift exchange.   $20 - 25 gift that can be wine.
  • Dick to be leaving club … pass around card.   Gift to be presented at Holiday Party
  • Foundation Minute:  Monique – Jack was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow.
  • Endowment Fund Gift recognition:   Jim and Dee Cunningham ($4,768) 
  • Community Service Announcements --  Dave and Jim
  • Bell Ringing, Salvation Army, Sat, Dec 9th raised over $300!
  • Club Service  -- Twana and Tori  … Rotary Ski Trip March 8-12 (pass clipboard)
  • President’s Club:   Thanks to all!  We are presently up to 22 members for a total of $3,300.
  • Next Board Mtg:  December Board mtg canceled.     
  • Need someone to transfer food for Hope’s Corner Saturday morning as Dick is moving away
Personal Sharing/Announcements:
  • December Bdays: 3rdJudy; 4th – Monique; 22nd - Ken S. 
Speaker:   Pastor Michael Love  with Trinity Methodist Church-- “Mtn View’s New Winter Shelter for Women & Families” 
           
  • Pastor Love has done a lot of work in Fiji
  • Shelter project will house 50 people.   Lots of support from city and CSA.  CSA will be referring potential people to the program prioritizing women and families.  Needed to install an expensive fire alarm system and remove all the pews to make room in the church.  The neighbors around the church were brought into the project.   He thanked our Rotary club for our on-going support.
  • 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:
 
December 19th   -- Maria Marroquin    “Day Workers’ Center of Mountain View”
            4’fer:  Monique Kane 
 
December 26th -- Dark for the Holidays
 
January 2nd -- Dark for the Holidays
 
 And remember…“Make Difference and have Fun!”
 
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Meeting Minutes - December 5, 2017

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Meeting December 5, 2017 Notes by Sheila
 
President Scott Johnson welcomed everyone to Rotary, to make a difference, have fun and develop lifelong friendships, internationally, in our district and in our club.
 
After the pledge of allegiance, Sheila’s Thought was of Peace and War, a hundred years after her father was in the trenches at Arras on the western front, hoping such war will not happen again.
 
Phil Armi, our songmaster, started the season with “To wish you a Merry Christmas.”
 
Visiting Rotarians were our Assistant District Governor, Steve Ross, from Palo Alto University Club and Tim Dahl from Brentwood Club.
 
Guests were Kathleen Goodman, Hartomo Sutanto and Gloria Mungo.
 
Announcements:   President Scott announced the Presidents Club fund has reached $3300; he presented a certificate to Bert for his recent contribution.
 
Dick Lubman will be leaving the Club after our Holiday Party on December 16.
 
Twana reported an enjoyable social meeting at Anita’s home last week.
 
The President, from the discretionary fund, has sent $105 for the Rotary Float at the Rose Bowl Parade.
 
For Community Service: Dave, Bert and Anne, had helped at CSMA last week.
               Bell-ringing for the Salvation Army will be at Shoreline Safeway.
               Toiletries collected at Villa Siena were passed on to CSA for the homeless.
 
Birthday Wishes were sung for Monique and Judy.
 
Sign-up sheet was passed for the Ski Trip. March 8-12.
 
Auction: To raise funds, Tori offered her spacious Santa Fe vacation house for a week’s use by up to 12 people. Alan called for bids and found two buyers: for separate weeks,
Bob Williams and Kathleen Goodman will each give $3,000.
 
Speaker: Tom Myers, with Hart’s support and fine photography, described their exciting trip to Antarctica in February, visiting Georgia Island and areas where Shackleton adventured.
 
 
Next meeting:   December 12- Pastor Michael Love “ Mtn View’s new winter Shelter for Women and Families.   4fer – Walt Joyce.
 
December 19- Maria Marroquin “Day Workers’ Center of Mountain View.”
 
No meeting December 26.
 
Bonus Photos - Cops & Gobblers
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Meeting Minutes - November 21, 2017

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Meeting Notes by Jim Cochran

November 21, 2017

 
President-Elect Bert Raphael opened the meeting and welcomed us all.  President Scott is away.
 
Thought for the Day:  Roger spoke of his travel originally from Korea to the United States of America, and how thankful he is for the welcome he received and the education he obtained here.  He then told us that he was giving $1000 to the club foundation.
 
We had two visitors from Egypt today.  The mother is a Rotarian and she brought her son.  She exchanged banners with Bert.
 
 
Monique recognized Walt and Bob with a cupcake to honor their contribution to The Rotary Foundation this year.
 
President-Elect Bert reminded us of the club party on December 16th.
 
Anita told us of the social meeting next Tuesday at her place, 5:30 PM.  The lunch meeting will be dark.
 
Tori described the auction of time in her house in Santa Fe, NM.  The auction will be December 7 at our club meeting.  The time will be any non-rental time for the house.  Link below:
 
 
 
The Bell Ringing project for the Salvation Army on December 9th now has a full complement of members to staff the bucket for the Saturday.
 
Bruce reported on our social project last weekend:  Cops and Gobblers.  He said that 400 baskets of food were prepared and delivered to Mountain View families by hundreds of people.
 
Bruce said that the club ski trip is now scheduled for March 1 to 5.  Individuals and families that want a weekend in the snow at his Tahoe house are invited.  He said the date could be changed if there is a big conflict.
 
Ken (Cal graduate) came to the meeting wearing a red Stanford shirt.  Stanford won the Big Game last weekend by only 3 points which did not meet the 16 points he had been given. Jim and Fred agreed to pay the club foundation the bet.  Ken also announced that he has a new grandson.
 
 
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Dick Lubman introduced our speaker:  Mr. Robert E. Lee, board member and founder of the Hope’s Corner.  He gave us an update on how important this service is to the people of Mountain View.
 
People are hungry in our community.  Even if employed, people earning minimum wage cannot afford both rent and food.  People who are without a home need not only a meal, but a place to feel welcomed.  Hope’s Corner is addressing these needs every Saturday between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. by providing a nutritious breakfast and providing a bag lunch.  They are also providing showers and fresh clothes for homeless people on Thursdays.  They are working to expand services and provide more value to those in need.
 
 
 
 
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Meeting Minutes - November 14, 2017

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Meeting Agenda - November 14, 2017
Notes by Bill
                                                              
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.”  
 
Pledge of Allegiance By Monique
 
Thought for the Day:  Rotarian Bill Maston shared his thoughts on our current President. His hopes are that regardless of what each person thinks of the President’s actions, it will inspire more of us to be more involved in our government.   
 
Song of the Day:  Songmaster Phil led us in the classical la cucaracha in honor of our fellow Rotarian Frank. The song proved to be a tongue twister for sure
 
Meet & Greet After a few minutes of socializing, visiting Rotarians and guests were introduced. Fellow Rotarian Thomas Ditler was not present but his sister and mother from Germany came in his place. We could all see the family resemblance. Thomas’ sister is also a Rotarian in Germany. Also in attendance was a couple from North Carolina who had come for a visit as part of a trip to the Intuit campus in Mountain View.
 
 
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Scott  
 
Announcements:
  • Thanks to Bill for being the “4’fer” today!
  • Vocational Service Minute:  Dick
  • Auction.  – Tori who is offering her vacation home in Santa Fe as an auction item provided us with beautiful photographs of her lovely remodeled home. It is over 4,000 sq. ft. 4 bedrooms and 4 baths with two master suites. This home is located in the Santa Fe city center only a block away from the downtown city plaza. This unique home is graciously being offered by Tori, please get your checkbooks ready for this once in a lifetime offer. The auction will take place in two weeks and our auctioneer will be the world famous fellow Rotarian Alan.  See link below.
 
 
 
  • FaceBook Promo. – Fellow Rotarian Anita gave us a brief demonstration about how to get to the Mountain View Rotary Facebook page in hopes that we will visit their page and click both “like” and “follow”. Of course, doing so will increase our visibility in the community.
 
  • Community Service Announcements? --  Dave and Jim
  • Bell Ringing, Salvation Army, Sat, Dec 9th … Jim
  • Cops & Goblers, Sun, Nov 19th  … Bruce
 
  • Club Service Announcements?  - Friendly reminders, Anita is hosting our next social starting at 5:30pm on November 28th at her home. Mark the date, the address is to follow. Also, don’t forget our December Holiday Party on Saturday December 16th. A no-host cocktail hour starts at 6:00pm with dinner to follow and will take place at Don Giovanni’s, 235 Castro Street, Mountain View.
 
  • President’s Club:   Thanks to all!   We are presently up to 21 members for a total of $3,150.
  • Next Board Mtg:  Thursday, November 16th.   4 p.m. due to Julie Rose’s retirement party. 
  
  • Members to Remember?    - Bert unfortunately had a minor eye injury. He’s assured us that he will be ok but cannot drive at the moment. It would be great if we could reach out to him.
 
Personal Sharing/Announcements:
  • November Bdays: 16thErnie Hawks;  16thBert Raphael;  22ndHal Taylor
  • November  Anniversaries: 
 
  • Other things to share? - Keeping with tradition in anticipation of “the big game” between Stanford and Berkeley, Fred and Ken placed their $50 bet on the game. Fred generously provided Ken a 16-point spread on the game. Can’t wait to see the outcome.
 
 
Speaker:   - Our guest speaker was Marsha Deslauriers is Executive Director of Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC). She has taken over the helm from our own fellow Rotarian Monique Kane. After a brief introduction, Marsha focused on the changing trends and needs of the clients making use of the resources at CHAC. The CHAC programs help more than 3,500 kids and young adults in our immediate community each year. The majority of those services are provided by CHAC interns who volunteer their time. Each intern on average has more than ten years of training experience. The focus of the classes they teach to individuals is based upon understanding social and behavioral skills which hopefully leads to prevention.
 
Marsha firmly believes that the 44-year history of CHAC has had a long term, positive ripple effect on our community. Marsha’s observation is that most all of their new clients are dealing with major anxiety and stress which is emphasized by the pressure cooker of Silicon Valley. These stress and anxiety issues are unfortunately visibly apparent in young children as young as 8 or 9 as well as young adults and older family members. Unfortunately, the problem has become so bad that the overall suicide rate has gone up more than 50% in the last 8 years. A matter of fact, suicides in young people is now the #2 cause of death in the United States for their age group. Youth depression has also increased as young children feel as they have no control over their time. Parents are also stressed for the same reason due to conflicts in balancing work with home life and children. This has unfortunately created a situation where many time kids are raising kids.
 
Another major influence on the increase of anxiety, stress and depression has been social media. Marsha pointed out that when we were kids if we did something bad very few people knew about it and it was forgotten about within days or weeks. However, with social media regardless of what you do, everybody in the whole world instantly knows about it. This unfortunately has many negative effects. Kids are bullied, they have a loss of self-esteem, it increases their anxiety and stress, and adds to depression, the feeling of hopelessness, suicide and death. While in many ways the talk by Marsha was a little overwhelming, it emphasizes the importance of CHAC and the services they provide to the community. However, as with many non-profit organizations, CHAC’s resources are being stretched. Fewer volunteers are able to volunteer, client cases are more complex and take more resources, and the number of clients in the community has continued to increase. Marsha is optimistic about the community and future of CHAC. We were happy to hear Marsha’s updates about CHAC’s roll in the community.  
 
           
Future Schedule:
 
November 21st   - Leslie Carmichael Hopes Corner     4’fer:  Roger Kao
 
November 28th -  Dark, Social at Anita’s house   
 
And remember…“Make Difference and have Fun!”
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Meeting Minutes - November 7, 2017

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Meeting Agenda - November 7, 2017

Notes by Twana

                                                              
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.”  
 
Pledge of Allegiance – Ernie Hawks
 
Thought for the Day:   Twana (4’fer)
Twana shared thoughts on Veteran’s Day which is coming up on November 11.
 
Song of the Day:  Songmaster Phil – “God Bless America.”
 
Meet & Greet - (2 Minutes)
 
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Scott Johnson (Bert Raphael absent)
Guest of Rotary: Jamil Shaikh, Mountain View resident
 
New Member Induction:  Linda Wang …. By Tori (Sponsor) & Jerylann (Membership)
Scott shared that Linda Wang was born in a small village in northeast China. She shares Rotary values and is a great match for the club. She received her education while having two babies and went into real estate in 2013. Linda mentioned that she loves her work and her goal is to help as many people as possible.
 
 
Announcements:
  • Thanks to Twana for being the “4’fer” today!
  • Foundation Minute:  Monique Kane - absent
  • Community Service Announcements? --  Dave and Jim
  • Bell Ringing, Salvation Army … Jim. Dec. 9th at the San Antonio Safeway. Contact Jim Cochran if you want to sign up.
  • Cops & Gobblers … Bruce – Nov. 19 at the Police Station. Starts a little before 9am.
  • Club Service Announcements?  -- Twana and Tori: Next holiday social at Anita’s home on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 5:30 pm, the week after Thanksgiving. Signups next week.
  • Condiment Collection Drive in Sunnyvale - Jack Wong. See flyer, can drop off at meeting or Jack’s office until November 10th.
  • Auction.   Tori will be auctioning off her Santa Fe house.  (4K sf, 4 bedrooms, 4 baths … 12 people). The rental will be for 5 nights and the date of the rental is flexible.
 
 
 
  • President’s Club:   Thanks to all!   We are presently up to 21 members for a total of $3,150.
  • FaceBook Promo.   Thanks Jerylann for sending out that email link to FB.  
  • Next Board Mtg:  Thursday, November 16th.   Question:  Move to 4 p.m. due to Julie Rose’s retirement party.
  • Crab Feed: Save the Date for Saturday, Feb. 3rd, 2018.-Alan    
 
Personal Sharing/Announcements:
  • November Bdays: 16thErnie Hawks;  16thBert Raphael;  22ndHal Taylor
 
Speaker:   Judy Chow is the Director of Product Management in the Business unit at Symantec Corporation.  She will address the topic of digital security.
           
  • Introduction by Sanjay. Judy Chow gave a very interesting presentation cybersecurity and understanding the threats. The goal is for more people to be aware and to know practical things that they can do to prevent being a victim. She mentioned that identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the United States. With many questions and high interest, Judy promised to send a copy of her slides to the club.
 
           
Future Schedule:
 
November 14th    -  Marsha Deslauriers   “CHAC Update”       4’fer:  Bill Maston 
 
November 21st   -  Leslie Carmichael, Hopes Corner     4’fer:  Roger Kao  
 
And remember…“Make Difference and have Fun!”
 
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Meeting Notes - October 31, 2017

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Meeting Notes - October 31, 2017 – Notes by Heather

                                                             

President Scott or the Great Pumpkin shared Halloween greetings at 12:30.

 

 
Stephen led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Heather shared: “When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers 'tis near Halloween”, by Unknown and Max says:  “It’s all just a bunch of hocus pocus!”
 
Phil led us in song and a special Happy Birthday wishes to StephenBert led introductions of many friends and spouses.   Dick shared a vocational minute to remind us of Rotary’s initial foundation is Service and still a strong part of who we are today 
 
Monique’s ‘Cupcake Moment’ was presented to Jim C, Hal, Dave and Judy. Plus special recognition to Jim Cochran for Paul Harris 5+.
 
Members shared “fun was had by all” at last week’s social with creative costumes, fun decorations and enjoyment of meeting Tori’s family members.  Thank you Tori!!
 
Dave shared Community Service update of CSMA event was sold out and Jim passed around bell ringing sign up for December 9th at Safeway on San Antonio.  
 
President’s Club continues to grow and 2 more members were recognized as presently at 21 members.
Upcoming Events:
  • November Board Meeting is Thursday, November 16th at 4pm.
  • November 19th at 9am:  Bruce announced is Cops & Gobblers, meet at MV Police Station to assemble and deliver.
  • February 3, 2018 is our very own Crab feed.  Mark your calendar as a new weekend to build support with Interact clubs. 
  • Upcoming Auction item for endowment fundraiser:  Rental of a Santé Fe house that is 4 bedrooms/ 4 baths that sleeps 12 people.
 
Today our Speaker was Nancy Unger and she spoke of “Bob & Belle La Follette: Progressive Models for Today”.   She shared 10 lesson of life as evidence in the history of politics when the La Follette’s lead reform as Progressive Movement in Wisconsin and USA in the late 1800s to 1920s.  History is a good resource to assist with solutions for today’s political matters and noted there are several parallels of the LaFollette movement and today.
 
              
 
She concluded with sharing a 2 minute sound film of La Follette giving a speech in 1924:
 
And remember…“Make Difference and have Fun!”
 
Meeting adjourned at 1:30pm.
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Meeting Notes - October 17, 2017

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Meeting Notes

October 17, 2017

Mountain View Rotary Club Notes by Jim Cochran

 
President Scott started our meeting at 12:30 with his introduction and welcome to all.
 
Sheila led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Songmaster Phil Armi gave us God Bless America.
 
Bert introduced Rotarians and visitors. Two Rotarians were from Los Altos: Dennis and Karen. Linda Wong, a member prospect was introduced and then Tom Moran.
 
Monique gave Foundation recognition to Tori, Bruce, and Sheila for their contributions.
 
Announcements: Thanks to Dennis Kobza for being 4fer for today
 
Dave passed around the sign-up sheet for those willing to usher at the CSAM music events on coming weekends. Dave also canvassed for those willing to be Bell-Ringers for the Salvation Army this December. Members agreed to provide participation.
 
 Next week there will be no noon Rotary meeting.  Instead, a gathering will be held at Tori’s home, 5:30 to 7:30 PM.
 
 Mentor Tutor Connection: High School is having an information open house at the District Office, on Wednesday, October 18th, 5:30 to 6:30 PM.
 
Next Board meeting is Thursday, October 19th, 5:15 PM at Villa Siena. Rotary District 5130 has a donation FIRE RELIEF FUND and information is at: www.larca5130.org
 
Today our speaker was Dr. Jeff Harding, Superintendent of the local High School District. His talk was about “Equity in Education” in which he explained the differences in student ability and outlook, depending on their socio-economic position.
 
 
The district, with the financial support of the MVLA Educational Foundation, is doing much to level the students with a boost for those in the lower levels. The biggest item may be the AVID program that is open to all focusing on kids who would be the first in their families to attend college and provides an extra class period for students with many enrichment parts. The district also faces a substantial growth to the current 4200 students with a likely increase in enrollment if the Mountain View North Bayshore growth occurs with its 1100 students.
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Meeting Notes, October 10,2017

Mountain View Rotary Club

Meeting Bulletin - October 10, 2017

                                                            

Scott, President for 2017-2018, welcomed all to the meeting at 12:30pm.

 

A special thank you was shared for Hiro as he presented a Thought for the Day.  Hiro is always the first member to arrive on Tuesdays to ensure the room is ready to welcome all members.  Thank you Hiro!!              

 

Special songs were lead by guest of Songmaster Phil, his daughter Jody and husband Fred who are visiting to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary.  Beautiful harmony was enjoyed by all. 

 

Bert lead the introduction of several guests and visiting Rotarians with a special announcement that a new member application by Linda was submitted.  Dick shared a Vocational Minute including how Rotarian businessmen in City of Chicago started public restrooms so extend the shopping day.  

 

A cupcake Foundation Minute by Monique was enjoyed by several.   

 

Announcements:

       Club members enjoyed a beautiful performance of “An American In Paris” last Saturday and dinner after. 

       Community Service activity with CSMA will begin October 22nd.  A sign-up was passed around. The Trailblazer run was a success on September 24th with Rotary sponsorship on the T Shirts, several shirts are available for taking.   

       Mentor Tutor Connection is holding Volunteer Information Open House on Oct. 18th, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the MVLA District Office. 

       Tom invited all to share farewells to Maureen on Thursday, October 12st at Don Giovanni’s.

       Jim joined the President Club to celebrate his engagement that became official on Saturday and a wedding being planned for next year. 

       Next Board Meeting is Thursday, October 19th  at 5:15 p.m. 

 

Today’s Speaker was introduced by Judy.  Dr. Ayinde Rudolph, Superintendent of Mountain View Whisman School District.  Dr. Rudolph shared his reflection of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and a new Response Instruction Program at all schools.  He is taking the lead to meet every students needs and providing resources to make this a success.  President Scott shared Dr. Rudolph is truly a visionary leader and thank you for all you do for our children and community.  In lieu of a speaker gift, the club is making a donation to our Rotary Polio Plus” Program on Dr. Rudolph’s behalf.   Polio Plus is an effort to eliminate polio from the world.

 

Remember…“Make a Difference and have Fun!”  Meeting was adjourned at 1:30pm. 

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Meeting Notes -- October 3, 2017

Meeting Notes - October 3, 2017
Club Assembly
 

President Scott welcomed all to the meeting and reminded the club of Rotary’s theme’s: 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.”  

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jim Cunningham and Phil lead the club in a song.  
 
The thought for the Day & Toast on the occastion of German Unity Day and Oktoberfest was done by Honorary Club Member Gunther Wobser.   Gunther was joined by his wide Manuela in providing German refreshments and delicious apple strudel.  
 
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests was done by Bert.  Dick provided an appropriate Vocational Minute.
           
Announcements:  
·         Jim and Twana provided an update on  our “An American In Paris” Theater Social scheduled for this Saturday, October 7th.
·         Tori thanked  Tom & Hart’s for the social they hosted last week.   The food was great and socializing were great!
·         Monique is away today, but there will be a “cupcake moment” next week.   $4,330 has been raised so far in the annual Rotary Foundation campaign.  
·         The President’s Club is up to 18 members, for a total fo $2,700 raised.
·         Mentor Tutor Connection – Volunteer Information Open House on Oct. 18th, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. MVLA District Office.  A flyer was distributed.       
  • Next Board Mtg:  Thursday, October 19th  5:15 p.m.  
·         Members to Remember?   
·         District 5170 Rotary Avenues of Service meeting, Thursday, Oct 5th, 5-9 p.m., Santa Clara Biltmore Hotel, Santa Clara.  Flyers on table.   Going so far:  Bert, Tori, Jack, Sanjay, & Scott
·         Interact Fall Leadership Conference – Sat, Oct 8th, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Independence High
School, San Jose
 
Happy Birthday was sung honoring Thomas Dittler and also Phil Armi
 
Club Assembly        
·         Jim gave an update on the Mountain View Rotary Club Endowment Fund
·         Bert gave an update on International Service and announced that Jack Wong had accepted the position of International Service Chair for the Club.    
 
Future Schedule:
October 10th   -  Dr. Ayinde Rudolph, Superintendent     4/fer:  Hiro Kariya  
October 17th   -  Dr.  Jeff Harding, Superintendent         4’fer:  Dennis Kobza
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Meeting Notes - September 19, 2017

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Meeting Notes by Bert - September 19, 2017

                                                              
President Scott rang the bell, and welcomed us to the club. He announced that there had been a scheduling mix-up and our speaker would need to leave by 1pm—so we will perform our normal weekly activities mostly in reverse order!  
 
We did the
Pledge of Allegiance and then immediately invited Tori up to introduce the speaker.
 
Tori introduced Barbara Dehn, a well-known Nurse Practitioner who has worked extensively with FAME, the Foundation for African Medicine and Education, in Tanzania. Barbara gave a fascinating presentation on “the Miracle of Mistakes”, and how poor African folks struggle to be helped with modern medical technology. Find out more about what Barbara does at her website, www.nursebarb.com.(Paul and Barb may actually be cousins)
 
After the talk, Monique came up to award cupcakes to Tori, Bert, Paul, and Scott, for their recent Rotary Foundation donations. We hope every Rotarian will make a donation to the Foundation, in any amount, each Rotary year. Donation made within the next couple of weeks will make the donor eligible for a drawing prize from the District.
 
We then stood to let Songmaster Phil lead us in singing “Oh! What a Beautiful Morning”, followed by a two-minute “meet and greet” period.
 
Then Bert came up to introduce visitors. We had one visitor, Linda Wang who might be a candidate to be a future member. Tom introduced Gunther again, but since Gunther is an Honorary Member he no longer needs to be introduced as a visitor. Twana introduced visiting Rotarian Anitha Shah, president of the Rotary Club of Bangalore (India), and we exchanged banners with her.
 
Then Bert, as his Thought for the Day, repeated some comments by various personalities about the game of Football.
 
Announcements:
  • Thanks to Bert for being the “4’fer” today! (greeter, thought, meeting notes, and his wife’s brownies for dessert)
  • “An American In Paris” Theater Social, October 7th – update by Twana: Dinner reservations after the show are still up in the air since the restaurant we had selected isn’t sure it will be open.
  • Mtn View Art & Wine Festival service project – Volunteer Appreciation Party, Shoreline Amphitheater, Wed, 9/20, 5-7 p.m. All those who volunteered are invited.
  • Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort?  -  no info yet on what Rotary will do… take the option of doing this on your own.
Silicon Valley Community Foundation has Harvey Relief & Irma Relief funds
  • President’s Club: Thanks to all!   We are presently up to 18 members.
  • Next Board Mtg: Thursday, Sep. 21st, 5:15 p.m. at Villa Sienna.
  • District 5170 Rotary Avenues of Service meeting, Thursday, Oct 5th, 5-9 p.m., Santa Clara Biltmore Hotel, Santa Clara.  Members are encouraged to attend.
  • Dick is away at a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force.
  • Thanks to Jim Cochran and Paul for maintaining our club Facebook presence and website. All members are encouraged to be a Facebook Friend of the club.
  • CSMA will be taking sign-ups for volunteer ushers very soon.
  • RI Toronto Convention Hotel room reservations – due by Sep. 29th.   That convention is June 23-27, 2018.
  • Next week no meeting; we will have a social hosted by Tom and Hart at their facility, from 5 to 7pm. The following week, Oct. 3, we will have a Club Assembly (instead of a speaker).
  • Tom announced that Maureen Wadiak, the long-time “neck” of CSA, is retiring soon.
  • Alan wished everyone a Happy [Jewish] New Year!
 
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Meeting Notes  - September 12, 2017

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Meeting September 12, 2017 – Notes by Steve

                                                             

 
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.”   
 
Pledge of Allegiance:  Bert
 
Thought for the Day:   Steve Nichols (4’fer)
 
Song of the Day:  Songmaster Phil Armi
 
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Bert Raphael
Monique introduced her husband, Bill.
Jerry Hirschfeld, a visiting Rotarian from St. Cloud, MN, presented a banner with a picture of a water fountain built with financial backing from Rotary.
 
 
Scott introduced Gunther Wobser as an honorary member.
 
 
Foundation Minute:  Monique Kane
Passed out pledges.
 
Club Announcements:
  • Thanks to Steve for being the “4’fer” today! (greeter, thought, dessert & meeting notes)
  • “An American In Paris” Theater Social, October 7. Twana is arranging dinner at SAMS American Eatery at the theater and at Dirty Water 0.2 miles away.
  • Mtn View Art & Wine Festival service project – volunteers for Sunday, Sep. 10th.  -  Thanks to those who volunteered.   Reports!
  • Tree Planting project, RI President …. Heads up.  
  • Mentor Tutor Connection – volunteer opportunities and open house, Sep 13th, 12:00pm-1:00pm, El Camino YMCA, 2400 Grant Rd, Mountain View.
  • President’s Club:   Dennis and Ken celebrated an 84th birthday and a CAL win, respectively.
  • Tom announced Hometown Heroes Recognition Breakfast, Friday, September 29, 2017, 7:15-9:00am, Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
  • Next Board Mtg:  Thursday, Sep. 21st, 5:15 p.m.
 
 
Speaker:   Mtn View Police Department – Officer Jodie Pierce & SGT Wahed Magee
Tori introduced Wahed Magee and Jodie Pierce from the MVPD.  Officer McGee organizes, coordinates, and presents public outreach activities and programs related to crime prevention. He serves as a liaison with other community outreach organizations, both public and private, as well as other law enforcement partners.  Officer McGee is assigned to the neighborhood and event services unit. He assists those in need and those living in RVs and the homeless. He works with CSA, city council, and neighborhood associations in order to implement compassionate ordinances to address these problems. He identified Rengstorff Park and Shoreline near 101 as particularly troublesome areas for homeless living in RVs.
 
 

Future Schedule:
 
September 19th  -  Speaker:  Barbara Dehn, FAME Hospital in Africa.  4’fer: Bert
 
September 26th  -  Dark, Club Social      Toyon Farm --  Tom and Hart   
 
 
Bonus Round: Volunteering at the Art and Wine Festival
 
 
 
 





 

 
 
 
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Meeting Minutes - Sept. 5, 2017

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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.
 
Facts:
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Meeting Minutes - August 22, 2017

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Meeting Agenda - August 22, 2017

Notes by Paul

President’s Greeting:  

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

Our Rotary International theme for this year is “Rotary: Making a Difference.”   Our Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “Mountain View Rotary: Having Fun Making a Difference.”  

 
Pledge of Allegiance: Alan
 
Thought for the Day:   Paul Reinhart (4’fer) Foot Ball references
 
Song of the Day:  Songmaster Phil Armi – “God Bless America”
 
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Scott Johnson - Bob Chamberlain from Bend Oregon Rotary
 
Vocational Minute/Spotlight:  Dick Lubman – Free Little Libraries – there are 1000’s of them!  They were started by a Rotarian from Wisconsin.  Also 91% of youth worldwide are literate.
           
Club Announcements:
  • Thanks to Paul for being the “4’fer” today! (greeter, thought, dessert & meeting notes)
  • “An American In Paris” Theater Social, October 7th
  • Mtn View Art & Wine Festival – volunteers for Sunday, Sep. 10th
  • Reminder to the Board:  there is no Board Meeting in August.  Next:  Thursday, Sep. 21st.
  • President’s Club:   Recognition of new members (present certificates).   Thanks to all!   We are presently up to 12 members for a total of $1,800.  Heather signed up today and Ernie was recognized for joining last week.
  •  Villa Siena Social on Tuesday, August 29th -  BBQ Social
  • Question:  How many will be able to attend the District Governor visit on Sep. 5th?   May re-schedule if not enough Board members can make it.
 
 
Other Announcements:
  •  “Save the Date” for the District 5170 Rotary Avenues of Service meeting, Thursday, Oct 5th, 5-9 p.m., Santa Clara Biltmore Hotel, Santa Clara.  Flyer available.  
Personal Sharing/Announcements:
  • August Bdays: 14th – Heather; 22ndWalt; 30thJack W.; 31stBruce   
  • August  Anniversaries:  4thFred & Debbie; 13thTwana & Bruce; 20thDave & Cindy
Speakers:   Ellen Thayn and Candace Bowers, Mtn View Library
  • Introduction by Scott  
  • Lots of stuff going on at the library including monthly activities like story time, speaker program as well as book and eBook check out.  Stop by!
 
Future Schedule:
 
August 29th   -  Dark, Social at Villa Siena, 5:30 p.m.
 
September 5th -  Speakers:  District Governor Orrin Mahoney visit.   10:30 a.m. pre-meeting.  
            4’fer: Ken Schwaderer
 
And remember…“Make Difference and have Fun!”
 
 
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Meeting Notes - August 15, 2017

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Mountain View Rotary Club

Meeting Agenda - August 15, 2017

Notes by Jim S.

                                                              

Ring Bell

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 Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “Mountain View Rotary: Having Fun Making a Difference.”  

Thank you all for joining us today.  Please silence your cell phones.

 
Pledge of Allegiance- LED BY SCOTT JOHNSON
 
Thought for the Day:   Jim Spangler (4’fer)   “PRIDE OF A FATHER”
 
Song of the Day:  Songmaster Phil Armi   “MY COUNTRY TISS OF THEE”
 
Vocational Minute/Spotlight:  Dick Lubman - ENCLUSION OF MULTIPLE GENERATIONS
           
Club Announcements:
  • Thanks to Jim for being the “4’fer” today! (greeter, thought, dessert & meeting notes)
  • “An American In Paris” Theater Social, October 7th – update – Jim (38 Rotarian’s going. Still need checks from Sanjay David, Heather Stenshamn and Walt Joyce- Please mail to Jim at 799 Castro St., Mountain View, CA 94041. Information about dinner groups, car pooling and tickets will be provided in about three weeks)
  • Mtn View Art & Wine Festival – volunteers for Sunday, Sep. 10th.  -  Twana (Opportunity to have a “ROTARY” booth, please sign up, need 6 volunteers for Sunday)
  • Reminder to the Board:  there is no Board Meeting in August.  
  • Villa Siena Social on Tuesday, August 29th …. This is where our Month end “Social” will be
  • President’s Club:   Recognition of new members receiving the Millions Dollar Bill from Rotary (Tom Meyers and Hiro Kariya).   Thanks to all!  
  • We are presently up to 12 members for a total of $1,800.
 
 
 
Personal Sharing/Announcements:
  • People taking special trips to see the eclipse next week- Twana heading to Boise, ID, Bert to the Tetons National Park, Tom Meyers to Portland (and Salem to catch the first “Eclipse delayed baseball game), Judy to Nashville, TN and Hal to Bend, OR with his son’s.
 
Other Announcements:
  • District Membership Seminar planned for Saturday, August 19th, 9 a.m. to noon, at Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton.  Flyer available.  
  • “Save the Date” for the District 5170 Rotary Avenues of Service meeting, Thursday, Oct 5th, 5-9 p.m., Santa Clara Biltmore Hotel, Santa Clara.  Flyer available.  
 
Speaker:   Elaine Lung - Improv to Improve Communication - Introduction by Twana
A Certified World Class Speaking Coach and Distinguished Toastmaster. She is a founder of the first Bay Area Toastmasters club that specializes in applied improv skills. 
 
 
Consultant and Coach on Improving Communication or “How to Speak on your feet.  Speak up under pressure”.  Elaine Lung spoke about and coaches people on applying improv skills to speaking, leadership and team building. She uses techniques commonly uses by Improv performers.  Showed us tools that we can all use.  We had 4 exercises using the “Yes, And…” (always agree and add something to the conversation), how to avoid using the blocking phrase “Yes, but….”  And then how to LISTEN to a speaker all the way through to the last word….. , pause and THINK of the whole thing the other person is trying to relay and finally how to act as “A team, making the OTHER person look good.    These are being taught and used by Google and various Business Schools and presentation was very informative and thought provoking. Her website is ElaineLung.com
 
 
Future Schedule:
 
August 22nd    -  Speakers:  Ellen Thayn & Candace Bowers, Mtn View Library
            4’fer: Paul Reinhart
 
August 29th   -  Dark, Social at Villa Siena, 5:30 p.m.
 
 
 
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Meeting Notes - August  8, 2017

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Mountain View Rotary Club

Meeting Notes - August 8, 2017 by Tom

President’s Greeting:

President Scott Johnson welcomed us.  The Rotary International theme for this year is “Rotary: Making a Difference.” The Mountain View Rotary Club theme is “Mountain View Rotary: Having Fun Making a Difference.”

Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.

Thought for the Day: T