//SheHeroes: Closing the STEM Gap

SheHeroes: Closing the STEM Gap

Meeting for the week of March 09 – March 15, 2020

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: SheHeroes: Closing the STEM Gap

Speaker: Lori Nelson

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Table of Contents

Welcome to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley!

Here’s a message from President-Nominee Brett:

ReCSV President-Nominee's Welcome 9 March 2020

President-Nominee, 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 – Tzviatko

Tzviatko from Harare, Zimbabwe

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!”

We’re getting spacey here! This week’s jokes are totally out of this world!

What kind of music do planets sing?

How do you organize a space party?
You plan-et!

Why didn’t people like the restaurant on the moon?
There was no atmosphere!


Weekly Inspiration

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

Later in this meeting, we’ll hear from Lori Nelson, the Executive Director of SheHeroes. As prep for that talk, watch and be inspired by this story about IDEO engineer Michelle Lee



Member  Spotlight

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

My wife and I have been learning to garden over the past couple seasons. Here is a photo of some of our winter crops! There’s sugar snap peas and carrots in the colander and broccoli in the background (through which my dog, Remy, is sneaking a glance). Not pictured here are some cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and lettuce. We just recently built a small starter station in the garage with heating mats and grow lights so we’re looking forward to the warm season ahead!



World of

The Four-Way Test isn’t a tool to judge others

Learn more at https://blog.rotary.org/2020/01/29/the-four-way-test-isnt-a-tool-to-judge-others/

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.

Bowling Ball Beach is located on the Northern California Coast near Gualala. It is a mystery how all of these similar large rocks got to this beach.


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.

Your Personal Learning Bucket List

Do you have a growth mindset? It may be beneficial to all concerned! Here’s a video by “Captivate” author Vanessa Van Edwards, and I love the host’s desired learning activity!!

How to Keep Learning New Things Every Day

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 Andrew from Oakland, CA, USA reporting on a chat with Kelly from Munich, Germany

I had the privilege of being Kelly’s first Coffee with a Rotarian since she joined the e-Club in December. Despite joining our club fairly recently, Kelly has been very involved with Rotaract. In fact, she helped plan the Rotaract Pre-Conference in Toronto! Born in Taiwan and raised in Toronto, she now lives in Munich working in finance. Since we met between meetings for me, we had a relatively short chat. Despite the brevity of our conversation, we managed to touch on topics like cultural identity with immigrant parents and the importance of learning grit and curiosity. I only wish we could have hung out for longer!

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

March Madness Challenge

Hi eClub members and guests!
Our first ever March Madness basketball tournament bracket! The games start on March 17th.  We’ll follow the same basic rules as the Oscar Pool.  Donate $10 to Happy Dollars and indicate it’s for March Madness.  Next, set up your bracket.

Sign up by March 16th and select the winners in your bracket by end of day on March 16th.  First game is on March 17th!

Thanks so much for supporting Rotary’s efforts to make more sustainable and impactful projects around the world!

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!

Happy Birthday Peace Corps!

March 1, 2020 was Peace Corps’ 59th birthday! Here are some messages of thanks to the Peace Corps and to our very own Cecelia Babkirk who is currently serving in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia!

Peace Corps and Cecelia Babkirk


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:

February Online Social

Upcoming Events:

Grateful Garment (organization that presented to us in Jan 2018) Gala Dinner and Auction
May 1, 2020, 6pm-10pm
Quinlan Community Center, 10185 N Stelling Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014
More info at https://gratefulgarment.org/grateful-gala-dinner-and-auction/

All times are Pacific Time! (San Francisco time)

District 5170 Events

Area 8 Service Project – Rise Against Hunger
Feb 29, 2020, 10am-12pm
Monta Vista High School Cafeteria, 21840 McClellan Rd., Cupertino, CA 95014
More info at https://tinyurl.com/area8serviceproject

Community Service Project Faire —

Mar 14, 2020, 9am-12pm
DRYCO Fremont , 42745 Boscell Rd., Fremont, CA 95014
More info at https://events.rotarydistrict5170.org/

District 5170 Training Assembly
April 18, 2020, 8:30am-2pm
University of Silicon Andhra, 1521 California Circle, Milpitas, CA 95035

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.

Nick LaGarde made a $20 donation.
For two March Madness brackets. Gotta try one with the underdog!

Raquel D’Garay-Juncal made a $10 donation.
March Madness!

Rory Olsen made a $20 donation.
Please apply my gift to Polio Plus.

When I started working as a visiting judge, I was warned that it takes forever to get cases over and the visiting judge paid. I just deposited my first check today.

Our weather is pushing eighty degrees and was overcast today.

Mark Busani made a $10 donation.
For March Madness

Kelly Ku made a $10 donation.
March Madness Time. 😀

MONIQUE ZIESENHENNE made a $25 donation.
Now thinking of the folks in Nashville! Club Fund, please.

John Dutra made a $5 donation.
Blessed a million times over with a healthy, hard-working family that shares a ton of love to all.

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:

Happy International Women’s Day! How funny that we lost an hour though 😛
Happy birthday, dearest leader Tzviatko Chiderov!!!
Loved the lantern video. Gorgeous.
Maxi, thanks for your spotlight.
Keith, the picture of that little girl mugging you is so cute hahaha.
Shags – green garlic!? Fascinating. It looks like spring onions to me.

Anne, thank you so much for doing a presentation about the census!!! I hope all of you who live in the US fill it out because it is so important. Your county receives $10k for every person who fills it out so it’s a super important way to get money for your community. Also, you do not have to be a citizen!!!!!! This is extremely important to remember. The survey will be mailed to you in a few days so join me in filling it out!!!

Tzviatko Chiderov  said:

Maxi, it sounds like you’ve had an amazing (and busy!) year so far. Thanks for sharing with us and thanks for the pictures.
Anne, thank you for taking the time to speak to our club. It was interesting to learn how the Census works. I didn’t realize that the personally identifiable information isn’t shared (or at least not for so many years). Ferheen, I like your question about recruiting members from communities that might be difficult to reach.

Emily Paver  said:

Happy Birthday, Tzviatko Chiderov! We all hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow.

Also, thanks to all who were a part of this week’s programming, especially our speaker, Anne! I love spreading the word about the census and even just attended a local Chamber of Commerce meeting to brainstorm ideas on how to get the word out to all our communities. All the best!

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: SheHeroes: Closing the STEM Gap

Speaker: Lori Nelson

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!

While women make up 48% of the workforce, they currently hold only 24% of STEM jobs. Since STEM careers are where many of the jobs of the future lie, girls will be shortchanged for their futures if they avoid this area of interest, and yet so many do. SheHeroes’ mission is to change this dismal statistic by inspiring girls to imagine how diverse, unique and fulfilling STEM careers can be. This presentation showcases the work of SheHeroes while delving into the STEM gap problem to show its causes and potential solutions.

Lori Nelson’s background is an unusual combination of nonprofit management and entertainment. A graduate of UCLA, she began her career in the Los Angeles film industry, then traveled the world as a magazine journalist.

Her travels brought her to New York, where for ten years she served as the Executive Director of the Shakespeare Globe Centre, an international organization which recreated Shakespeare’s original theater in London. She later served for several years as Executive Director of the Birmingham Pledge Foundation, a grassroots effort to end racism. One of the first women admitted to the Explorers Club, she has been very active in supporting women in exploration and science and is currently Co-Chair of the West Coast Chapter.

Lori’s background in media led her to form her own production company, N Vision Productions. The company has developed and produced non-fiction TV series for many cable networks, while also running marketing campaigns for diverse media clients.

Members and guests, please welcome Lori Nelson!


Lori Nelson of SheHeroes presents to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley

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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