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Demonstrative Rhetoric

Meeting for the week of January 13 – January 19, 2020

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: Demonstrative Rhetoric

Speaker: Roger Plested

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Table of Contents

Welcome to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley!

Here’s a message from President Tzviatko:

ReCSV President’s Message for the week of Jan 13, 2020

President, Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley

Guests, we are happy to have you join us this week!

As we see it, our flexibility as an online, asynchronous club allows a special type of service to Rotarians around the world: we make it easier for anyone to strive for and maintain 100% attendance. That keeps you engaged with Rotary’s events and ideas, and provides a moment of inspiration for devoting your creativity, talents, and resources to good causes.

You are certainly not required to pay anything in order to attend our meetings. However, if you would like to make a small contribution to our service efforts, you are welcome to do so in our secure Happy Dollars section down the page. This could be what you normally pay at your own club’s meetings for lunch, for example. Any amount is welcome, but first and foremost, we’re happy you’ve joined us, and hope you will share with others who we are and what we do to help inspire Service Above Self.

And don’t forget to fill out our attendance form so you get an email you can pass on to your club’s secretary!

The Four Way Test

The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships.

Of the things we think, say or do

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

The Four Way Test – Mark

Mark from Perth, Western Australia

Weekly Funny with the Lady of Laughter (LOL)

We believe laughter is an important part of life, and we should all make time to laugh a little. This segment of our meeting is meant to tickle you just enough. These funnies are curated by member Yvonne Kwan, our “Lady of Laughter!”

January 13 is National Rubber Ducky Day! Can we get a quack, quack?

What did the duck say when the waiter brought the check?
Put it on my bill!

When do ducks wake up?
At the quack of dawn!

What do you call a duck that steals?
A robber duck!



Weekly Inspiration

Every week we start our meetings with a short video highlighting innovation, inspiration, entrepreneurship, or social change.

Budapest’s skyline is full of buildings topped with colorful tile. It graces the roofs of iconic structures like Great Market Hall and Matthias Church, which required five railway wagons full of roof tiles delivered to the construction site.

These tiles were all manufactured right in Hungary at the Zsolnay Porcelain Factory. The company, founded in 1853, started making the roof tile beloved by architects in the 1860s. István Komor, operating director of the Zsolnay Cultural Quarter, takes us on a tour of the factory, which produces the famous tile to this day.

Zsolnay Tile Brightens Budapest’s Skyline

Member  Spotlight

This week’s Member Spotlight is Brett Sham! Here is what they have been up to lately:

The Christmas and New Year period has meant spending a lot of time with family and friends (both human and furry). Naturally, being married to Angela, this has meant a lot of baking – including some treats for my sister’s dog!

We were lucky enough to be able to head down to Sydney Harbour to watch the midnight fireworks display – however the big tree in these photos is blocking the Harbour Bridge so you’ll have to use your imagination!

On a more sombre note, many of you will be aware of the bushfire crisis currently taking place across Australia (where we live).

We are lucky that we have not been directly impacted so far, unlike many others who have not been so fortunate and lost their homes and some even their lives, including several volunteer firefighters.

The Rotary Australia World Community Service (an initiative of Rotary Australian Districts) has set up a bushfire appeal and you can visit this link if you wish to donate: https://rawcs.org.au/disasters/



World of

Selma Rotary Club thrives on diversity

Learn more at https://blog.rotary.org/2019/12/05/selma-rotary-club-thrives-on-diversity/

Through a Rotarian’s Lens

Sometimes a photo can capture an amazing moment. In this section Member Keith Marsh shares his incredible photography!
If you’d like to submit a photo for this section please contact Keith.

For these aspen trees in Utah, I used a technique to blur the trees to create an abstract feeling of motion.

I set the camera at a slow shutter speed and then moved the lens up and down while pressing the shutter release.

This takes some practice and does not work well except in a few situations.

Learn Something New

This section is curated by members Shags Shagrin and Rushton Hurley and aims to teach our members and guests something new, fun and useful! If you have any ideas on a fun trick or skill you’d like to share please contact Rushton or Shags.

5-Minute Crafts

5 mind-blowing ways to reuse bottles

5 mind-blowing ways to reuse bottles l 5-MINUTE CRAFTS

Coffee With a Rotarian

A natural part of Rotary is the networking and the fellowship you get out of meeting other Rotarians. Coffee With a Rotarian is a monthly program of our club where we match participating club members for one-on-one virtual (or in some cases in person) coffee meetings, so they can learn more about each other. This program is organized by member Tzviatko Chiderov.

This week we have Tatiana from Vancouver, BC, Canada reporting on a chat with Mahmood from San Jose, CA, USA

Mahmood and I had a chance to talk yesterday for our December CWR. It was a pleasure to talk with Mahmood and we had a far ranging conversation on the founding of the eClub as well as our personal tragectories that led us to San Jose & Vancouver.


We encourage all club members to participate in Coffee With a Rotarian. You can sign up here!

New Member Introduction

Please welcome our new member, Caleb !
Here is a little bit about him:

Caleb LaPlante was born in California, living also in Hawaii and Oklahoma, before relocating to Southern Oregon at six years old.

He stayed there until graduating high school, then left home to attend college in New York. After, he lived in Yellowstone, Washington D.C. and San Francisco, before returning to Southern Oregon in 2004. Now 39 years old, married with two littles, he owns and operates Generations Real Estate.

A Rotarian since 2014, he has attended an International Convention, led a four-club District Grant project, and has experience with Global Grants, as well. Fun fact: when he was seven, Caleb and his father traveled the U.S. for 3 months in a Volkswagen camper van, seeing nearly every state, most National Parks, and capturing it all on video.

Welcome to the club, Caleb !!

Service Report

Tell us about service you’ve done recently in your community.
Click here to fill out The Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley Service Survey


On the first meeting of every month, we feature service reports from club members for the previous month. Thanks for your service everyone!

Club Announcements

Our Events & Projects

We hold our meetings online, but we do regular service projects and social events in the Silicon Valley! This section is updated every week with our upcoming events. We welcome guests to all of the events and service projects listed here.

Past Events: January 2020 – Online Social ( first hour of the in-person social at Rushton’s house)

Upcoming Events:

All times are Pacific Time! (San Francisco time)

District 5170 Events

All times are Pacific Time! (San Francisco time)

More events coming soon! All events are open to guests, unless otherwise mentioned. Feel free to join us! If you ever have questions, please email inquiries@siliconvalleyrotary.com

Happy Dollars: Do Good by Sharing Something Good

Each week we ask our members to share stories with the club and toss in a few dollars to support our efforts. The primary goal of this section is to provide a fun way of getting to know each fellow members and guests, while giving back to a good cause.


Happy dollars is an opportunity to share something positive that has happened in your life whether it is personal or business. Think of it as your opportunity to brag a little, but also put a little bit into a karma jar. The money donated through happy dollars is put to charitable use, and the message that you leave for happy dollars will be posted in our online meeting the following week for the entire week for folks to see! (Pending that it’s appropriate!)

Here are the happy dollars contributions from last week!
This section is usually updated on the early hours of Saturday, so contributions made over the weekend may not be listed here.

Anonymous? made a $20 donation.
Weather is sunny and in the 70s. All is well. Please apply my gift to Polio Plus.

Rory Olsen made a $20 donation.
Sunny. Temperatures in the low 70s. Great day! Please apply my gift to Polio Plus.

Rushton Hurley made a $Other Amount donation.
I’m donating $20.20 as a way to take part in the #2020tipchallenge that I read about this morning. Great way to start the year!

Rick gibson made a $10 donation.

Manuj Mittal made a $20 donation.
Thank you all for the birthday Wishes…
This is kind of a ritual for me, every year contributing towards TRF on Bday. Happy Rotaraction!

John Dutra made a $5 donation.
My family. Lots to be grateful for and to think about!

Fill out my online form.

Selected Comments

Every week at the bottom of our meetings, there is a comments section for members and guests to tell us what they enjoyed about the meeting or to ask questions to the speaker. We select a few comments every week from last week’s meeting to be featured during this week’s meeting.


Here are the comments selected from last week’s meeting.

Ferheen Abbasi said:

Tzviatko, thanks for your kind message!
Manuj, happy birthday!
Keith, gorgeous picture as always!
Rushton, I should definitely use the club finder tool to find a new club to visit!
Leo, we are so blessed to have had a presentation from you!!! Not going to lie, I thought that Rotary was a cult too (haha). It breaks my heart that there are no libraries in Liberia! 🙁 The library is so important to me so I am so excited to hear about your project to bring a library to the country! Thank you for all that you do 🙂

Mahmood Khan said:

Very informative presentation. I had no idea the damages and the plight of population due to wars in Liberia. It has been out of sight due to dominance of the other middle Eastern wars. What a sad situation and the crazy world we live in. On a positive note – I admire the resilience, innovation and good will of people of Liberia to take care of them selves. There is still hope for the world!

Carl Mianecke said:

I especially liked the discussion about empowering the people to achieve, rather than dictating the solution. Also, great to see the multiplication factors of funding through Rotary International and involving other organizations.

Be sure to leave a comment at the end of this week’s meeting after you watch the program below, and perhaps you’ll see your comment featured next week!

Program: Demonstrative Rhetoric

Speaker: Roger Plested

Every week we bring to you a new program on innovation, entrepreneurship, and education, and how those contribute to service to others. Special thanks to member Roger Plested for leading our club’s Programs Committee in finding us amazing speakers each week.

The Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley seeks to explore perspectives on service from across the world. The views of the speakers in our programs are their own, and unless stated otherwise, are not necessarily reflective of the views of our eClub nor Rotary International.

If you have an idea for a cool speaker, please feel free to reach out to them directly
or submit THIS FORM so our Program Committee can contact them!

Before starting the presentation, please get a piece of paper and pen as it will be needed as you watch the video.

Our speaker today is our member, Roger Plested. Over the last few months, Roger has been refreshing his memory by rereading articles, relistening to tapes and researching the new articles on The Art of persuasion and particularly on Demonstrative Rhetoric.

Roger is a semi- retired lawyer from Kamloops, BC Canada

Roger Plested Demonstrative Rhetoric


Share your thoughts or ask our speaker a question in the comments at the bottom of this meeting page!

Upcoming Program Recording Schedule

All of our guest speakers and programs are recorded live online over Zoom video conference. We welcome members and guests to join us in one of these upcoming recordings. Recordings are approximately 30 minutes long and are subject to change without notice.

Our online video conference room link for these recordings is always https://zoom.us/j/5104080000. You are welcome to join us! Please note the timezone listed for all recordings is US Pacific Time (San Francisco, California, USA).

If you can’t join the live recording, please send your questions for an upcoming speaker to programs@siliconvalleyrotary.com.

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