Speaker Date Topic
Hope International - Around the World Sep 27, 2017
Clifferd Dick and Michelle Waite


From our commencement more than 4 decades ago HOPE International Development Agency’s intent has been to transform the world by helping one person, one family, one community at a time. 

HOPE’s core objective is to do our work in a manner that focuses on the self-expressed needs of neglected individuals, families, and communities subject to abject poverty in the developing world. Having good intentions when presented with the issues is not enough. Lasting transformation becomes possible when the conviction of our belief – that the poorest of the poor must have the opportunity to become self-reliant through their own efforts – is fueled by a steadfast commitment to be a key component of this transformation. 

In 2016 HOPE supported projects in 20+ countries in the Americas, Southeast Asia, South Asia and Africa through offices in the USA, the UK, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Canada. 


CLIFFERD DICK – President, HOPE International Development Agency USA 

Clifferd met one of the HOPE founders in the Acropole Hotel in Khartoum (Sudan) in the 1980s, and has been associated with HOPE and it’s work to extend compassion to the neglected poor in the developing world since then. He has lived and worked in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal and Cambodia. In his work with HOPE he has managed and visited projects in most of the 20-30 countries where HOPE annually works. 

Undergraduate education in the USA and Canada. Graduate degree in International Policy from the University of Bristol (UK).


Michelle’s goal in life is to be the most effective purpose-driven, creative collaborator and connector in the world. After a 5 year stint working and living in Singapore, she returned to the San Francisco Bay Area. 

A successful veteran in B2B international business development and marketing leadership, she has more recently reinvented herself as an impact investor, social entrepreneur and marketing exec in tech. A strong believer in the Conscious Capitalism movement, she advocates for business doing good while doing well. 

Michelle has volunteered with HOPE in Asia and the USA, helping coordinate events, and has also visited development projects in Cambodia and the Philippines.

Nan Su, M.E. Author, Poet, & Human Rights Advocate Oct 04, 2017
Chinese Traditions

Welcome back Mr. Nan Su to hear about some of the traditions of China on the day of their Moon Festival.

Rotarians and City Officials Oct 11, 2017
Rotary Bridge in the Downtown Creek Park/Rotary Slide in the Nob Hill Project

Meeting to celebrate our club’s gift to the City of Morgan Hill to enhance the new downtown parks with a pedestrian bridge called the Rotary Bridge in the Downtown Creek Park and a recreational slide called Rotary Slide in the Nob Hill Trail Park. The $100,000 gift is the largest single gift in the Club’s history. The parks are expected to open in November 2018.

Many Rotarians worked on this project over the past several years, including Club Presidents: Laura Lundy 2012-13, Brad Ledwith 2013-14, Peter Anderson, 2014-15; David Conragan, 2015-16; Theresa Kiernan, 2016-17 Randy Toch 2017-18. Special shout-outs to the members of the Service Projects Committee: Jeff Perkins, Service Projects Chair, 2017; John McKay and Bob Foster, Project Leads; Peter Andersen, Sam Carlson, David Conragan, Chris Foster, Arlene Greenberg, Judy Henry, Theresa Kiernan, Roger Knopf, Laura Lundy, Terry Moriyama and Steve Tate. Terry Moriyama, Service Projects Chair, 2016.


The Rotary Bridge in the Downtown Creek Park is a 30-foot pedestrian footbridge over Little Llagas Creek is located between 2nd and 3rd streets in the Downtown Creek Park. The bridge will ease access for people coming from the west side of Monterey Road.


Rotary Slide in the Nob Hill Trail Park is a long green slide, in two segments, sits in a woodland area atop Nob Hill, with access off 3rd St. and 5th St. The slide is on the hill in front of the prominent green water tank facing the downtown. The feature has two sections, with the 21-foot upper segment giving a gentler ride and the lower 35-foot lower segment offering more excitement. Landings for both slides will also serve as observation platforms to enjoy high, Eastern views of the city. The slides, landing and connecting service trails were not included in the base park project budget, thus the Rotary contribution ensured inclusion in the park. 

Student Achievement Awards - Elementary Schools Oct 18, 2017
Leonette Stafford
Rotary Fellowships Oct 25, 2017
The RCMH Fun Committee

Rotary Fellowships consist of members who share a common interest in recreational activities, sports, hobbies, or professions.   These groups help expand skills, foster vocational development, and enhance the Rotary experience by exploring interests while developing connections around the world

Overview:  Rotary Fellowships held participants to make lasting friendships outside their own club, district, or country; They advance Rotary's public image and identity; and They serves as an incentive for joining Rotary and for maintaining active membership.

Organization:  Rotary Fellowships function independently of Rotary International by establishing their own rules, dues requirements, and administrative structure; They are open to Rotarians, their family members, as well as participants and alumni of all Rotary and Foundation programs.

At last count, there were 75 different organized Rotary Fellowships.

Michael Marion Nov 01, 2017
The Private Club / Resort Hybrid and Staying Relevant to Our Members and Guests

Michael Marion is a PGA Master Golf Professional and the Director of Membership Operations at Rosewood Cordevalle

Honoring Our Veterans on Veterans Day Nov 08, 2017
Jim Jeisel
Ray Piontek Nov 15, 2017
Bar Area Furniture Bank

Our guest speaker for November 15 will be Ray Piontek, founder of the Bar Area Furniture Bank. Ray will discuss his unique program to match a family in need with another entity’s surplus furniture. After a successful military and business career, Ray launched BAFB which is now starting its second year of operation. In its first year of actual operations (ending in September) Ray personally delivered 215 sets of furniture to people in need. Recipients included homeless veterans, military personnel transitioning to civilian life, foster children, flood victims, victims of domestic violence, refugees, and more.  Ray only works with referring agencies and church groups to locate his recipients and to ensure they are recognized as deserving. Ray’s unique approach makes it affordable for both the recipients and the donors and tremendously reduces the amount of wasted furnishings going to landfill.

We think you will be wow’d with all that Bay Area Furniture Bank and Ray have accomplished in Year One and their goals for going forward.

[NO MEETING TODAY] Nov 22, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving!
Aaron Nicholson Nov 29, 2017
San Jose Opera
Sam Bozzo Dec 06, 2017
District Attorney Jeff Rosen Dec 13, 2017
[NO MEETING TODAY] Dec 27, 2017
Happy Holidays!
[NO MEETING TODAY] Dec 27, 2017
Happy Holidays!
Fun Committee Jan 03, 2018
TBD Jan 10, 2018
TBD Jan 17, 2018
2017-18 Richard D. King High School Speech Contest Jan 24, 2018
Dan Makinster
TBD Jan 31, 2018
Student Achievement Awards - Middle & High Schools Feb 07, 2018
Leonette Stafford