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When Clubs Can’t Meet: Where to Find Your Rotary Inspiration

Meeting for the week of March 16 – March 22, 2020

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: When Clubs Can’t Meet: Where to Find Your Rotary Inspiration

Speaker: Rushton Hurley

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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 Mar 16, 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?

Rotary's Four-Way Test

Members of the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley from around the world

🎂 🎈 🎉 🎁 🍾
Happy Birthday!!

Kelly Ku (Mar 21)

From around the world,
Wishing you all the best, on your birthday and always!

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Members and guests, consider donating in their honor in our Happy Dollars section below.

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!”

Are you looking for some clean jokes? Here are some that will sweep you away!

How much fun is washing your clothes?

Why was the broom late?
It over-swept!

What happened to the leopard that fell into the washing machine?
He came out spotless!


Weekly Inspiration

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

You’ve probably eaten omelets full of cheese, veggies and meat. But how about sandworms? Don’t knock it till you try it. Le Le Hang makes and sells crispy sandworm omelets at her restaurant in Hanoi, Vietnam. Le Le, who learned how to make them from her grandmother, shares her tasty recipe with us.

Eating an Omelet Full of Worms



Member  Spotlight

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

I have been on an adventure since Feb 21st when I started my 15 day cruise from San Francisco to Hawaii – Ensenada – SFO on the Grand Princess. The first 10 days were great: then on the way back we found that there was confirmed Corona Virus (Covid 19) on board. We headed back to San Francisco without going to Ensenada and basically were quarantined to our cabins. Princess did a great job of taking care of us.

Instead of getting off the ship in San Francisco on Saturday, as scheduled, we were held at sea and then yesterday we were allowed to port in Oakland, still under confinement. The Health Dept took control of the ship and started off-loading passengers by various categories. Some were taken to hospitals, Canadiens had a charter to get them home, Californians next, then will be out of state, then other international passengers. Californians are transported to Travis AFB or Miramar in the south. Today, I got off the ship with several hundred other NorCal folks and we are quarantined at Travis AFB for 14 days. We are put up in base hotels that are quite nice and we are being well cared for. I have – and will be- doing a lot of reading!

I have attached my current pictures in and out of uniform!


World of

Australian Rotarians respond to brushfires

Learn more at https://blog.rotary.org/2020/02/06/australian-rotarians-respond-to-brushfires/

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.

One of the best places to photograph migrating birds is at the Bosque del Apache, New Mexico in December and January. Thousands of Sand Hill Cranes, snow geese and eagles stop here to feed. Here are two Sand Hill cranes taking off just a few yards from the side of the road.


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.

Just How Does Actually Soap Work, Especially Against Microorganisms?

It’s so interesting that a combination of fats and ash makes something that cleans skin and clothing. Here’s an article from the New York Times that may teach you something new!

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 Nan from Penngrove, CA, USA reporting on a chat with Raquel from Costa Rica / Mexico

I had a wonderful CWR with our amazing Raquel who will be our leader next year! She is so interesting! She is a doctor, an entrepreneur, a student, a world traveler, and scheming for the next career, maybe epidemiology!

She said she misses being in Operating Rooms so I am connecting her with my brother who is a surgeon in New York City, since she is traveling there next week to work at the UN. Raquel has some BIG ideas for our Club, including expanding our programs for international service, which is absolutely right up my alley! I told her as long as it is in a location with warm climate, I’m in! So much to look forward to! Go Raquel!


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!

As the COVID-19 outbreak expands across the country, the NCAA March Madness is cancelled until further notice and so is our contest. To all those who already donated, thank you!

The Fundraising Committee.


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:

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.

Rushton Hurley made a $10 donation.
March Madness, baby!

Rory Olsen made a $20 donation.
Warmish, gloomy weather.

Please apply my gift to Polio Plus.

Tatiana LaGarde made a $20 donation.
For March Madness 🙂

Tatiana LaGarde made a $20 donation.
For 2 March Madness brackets

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.

Manouchehr Shamsrizi said:

Dear Lori, this was – to be honest – unexpectedly emotional … I was shocked about the gap in that age, and I too got goose bumps watching that NASA-video … SheHeroes is doing amazing work, thank you for this! In “my field”, we discuss a lot about the potential impact of gaming, and there might be some interesting approaches to find indeed: https://interestingengineer… … keeping this in mind, a leading and inspiring female game-developer might be an interesting role model as well 🙂 if so, let me know, I am happy enough to know a few!

Sarah Tuberty  said:

THANK YOU!!! For this meeting Lori!! This lead to a really wonderful conversation with my best friend (who I am living with as I build my life in Philadelphia). She has two young daughters, one is 3 and one is 7- this was really important to discuss what influences we share with her daughters, especially for youtube and movie type content. As she moves into shows targeted for upper elementary and middle school I notice a shift in the female characters. They become less adventurous, more apathetic and honestly more mean to each other. I have talked with her a lot about what messages she is receiving in efforts for her to develop her own filter. I have shared both She Heroes and Girls on The Run with my best friend and hope to support her daughters in believing that they are as smart regardless of their gender after they are 6!!!

I love the content, thank you again and again for being such a great club!!

Catherine A  said:

Lori, your comments and program goals so important. I can’t tell you how often I was told as a young girl interested in biology, “That’s no career for a woman.” It still irks me that the character of Amy on The Big Bang Theory (TV show) is stereotyped as unattractive, rigid and socially awkward. That inaccurate generalization of women in science careers, needs to change.

I have a general question for you and others on this thread:

I have worked for nonprofits throughout my past career as a professional (public broadcasting and county government), as well as in my capacity as a volunteer now. Recently I have observed some unrelated nonprofit officers who expect extremely hardworking volunteers to accept some very caustic ongoing treatment and interactions, because “that is how we handled people on my job” and “we are the officers.” This organization has had a number of key volunteers and officers quit, so it no longer has a newsletter, a Web site, a secretary, an events person, etc.

Do you or anyone on this thread know of any standard guidelines I can share with local nonprofit leaders to educate them on how to treat volunteers?

The group I mentioned above was started years ago by a highly-respected community leader, yet seems to have been poorly managed in recent years. It has been counseled by a member of local government on how to improve it’s operations and interactions, yet it still seems to be guided by personalities, rather than by nonprofit principles or ethics. (For example, the group has resisted holding elections for two or three years now, to keep the same people in power. We are torn since we are friends with some in the group, yet can’t seem to get them to understand that volunteers are not employees, so they need to be handled as those providing a gift to the organization each month. It has been very stressful.)

In my past nonprofit career, we always handled volunteers with the utmost of gratitude and courtesy, since they were not being paid for their time, so I find this situation really baffling. I am seeking “officer code of conduct” examples and “guidelines for handling volunteers” docs, from organizations with successful volunteer programs.

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: When Clubs Can’t Meet: Where to Find Your Rotary Inspiration

Speaker: Rushton Hurley

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!

Around the world, people are being warned against gathering in large groups where COVID-19, a highly transmissible virus, might be a danger. In addition to conferences, sports events, and concerts, even service clubs must think twice before gathering their members.

We belong to Rotary, though, to be inspired by each other. The stories of our service allow us to get in touch with the best of ourselves, and connect with people globally who care about making a difference.

How can each member of our club help to keep that going for others? This week, we’ll look at ways to help Rotarians connect digitally during this difficult time. You’ll come away with suggestions for ways you can help your club colleagues immediately.

The speaker is Rushton Hurley, the charter president of the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley. Rushton has been a Rotarian since April of 2004, is an educator who trains school and organizational leaders and teams in dozens of countries, and is the happy husband of the most wonderful person on Earth.

Members and guests, please welcome our own Rushton Hurley!


Rotary in the Time of COVID-19

Additional Resources

To see the winners over the years of the Service via Video student video contest, follow this link: https://www.nextvista.org/tag/serviceviavideo+projectwinner/

To get involved with judging the Service via Video contest, fill out the form at this page and please mention your Rotary connection: https://www.nextvista.org/contact-us/

Past programs I mentioned:
Greening Saudi Arabia: https://www.siliconvalleyrotary.com/meeting-01-25-16/
Community Fire Resilience: https://www.siliconvalleyrotary.com/meeting-08-31-15/
The Beautiful and Accessible Rotary PlayGarden: https://www.siliconvalleyrotary.com/meeting-05-25-15/
The Memory Project – Portraits of Kindness: https://www.siliconvalleyrotary.com/meeting-05-16-16/

Tools I mentioned:
Adobe Spark: https://spark.adobe.com/sp/
Screencastify: https://www.screencastify.com/
Zoom: https://zoom.us/

Tutorials for these tools:
Adobe Spark (from Richard Byrne): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6gWqMaHYwY
Screencastify (from Jonathan Fortney): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Vga7mfIK6Y
Zoom (from Richard Byrne): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WBpYCLLny4

All of the following point to our home page:

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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