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Human Papilloma Virus

Meeting for the week of March 18 – March 24, 2019

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: Human Papilloma Virus

Speaker: Ferheen Abbasi

Is this your first time to visit us? If so, welcome to our weekly online meeting! To complete our meeting, please continue reading from here to the bottom of this page.

Each Monday our week’s meeting is posted early in the morning, U.S. Pacific Time. These meetings are designed so that you can read and watch what we post anytime during the week. The entire meeting takes about 60 minutes to complete, with the video conference recording of the program being the bulk of the time.

Note that you can easily read this meeting with your favorite device, so feel free to take our meeting on the go with you; read it while on public transit, waiting in line for coffee, or even at the park! Please also make sure to complete the attendance form at the bottom and leave a comment. Enjoy!

Welcome to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley!

Here’s a message from President Andrew:

Greetings Rotarians and Guests,

This week, our very own Ferheen Abbasi will talk to us about a widespread health issue. This is something that doesn’t get much widespread media attention so this is an exciting time to learn something new that we might not otherwise have been able to come across!


Andrew Taw
President, Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley

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!”

Spring has sprung! (Or will spring if you are reading this before March 20.) Here are some jokes to put a spring in your step this week!

What do you call a grizzly bear caught in the rain?
A drizzly bear!

What do you call a flower dressed in fancy clothing?
A dandy-lion!

Why couldn’t the flower ride his bike?
He lost his petals!

Weekly Inspiration

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

Kashmiri saffron is the most expensive spice in the world, and for good reason. Found only in a certain region of Kashmir in northern India, farmers have been harvesting the red gold for hundreds of years. For farmer Ali Mohammad Dar, saffron holds a special place in his heart. Passed down for generations, it is at the heart of Ali’s family, helping them thrive, all while adding to India’s culinary legacy.

Harvesting the World’s Most Expensive Spice

World of

Blueprint for welcoming Rotaractors into the family

Learn more at https://blog.rotary.org/2019/03/01/blueprint-for-welcoming-rotaractors-into-the-family/

Through a Rotarian’s Lens

Sometimes a photo can capture an amazing moment. Back by popular demand, Keith Marsh’s photography will feature in this new section, curated by member Keith Marsh himself!
If you’d like to submit a photo for this section please contact Keith.

Imagination and creativity are important elements in the photographic process. This image is from my trip to the Saharan Erg Chebbi Desert in Morocco in 2017. For technical reasons, I was not able to capture the image I was planning for. So, I used two separate captures to create this photo.

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 Vandana from New Delhi, India reporting on a chat with Nate from Nagoya, Japan.

Nate is easy to talk to. He mentioned that he was from Canada and was living and working in Tokyo because of his wife Yuka who was pursuing a nursing course in Japan and had recently graduated. He also mentioned about his friend Abha Kalra from Delhi who was pursuing a teachers training course in Japan.
Nate mentioned about having visited Bangkok and Bangalore the two cities in which I have lived and worked in. He has also visited Kerela in South India. Nate mentioned about his interest in visiting India again on work / holiday.
He mentioned about joining Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley about two years ago and that his dad was a Rotarian.
I have requested Naye to discuss with Manuj Mittal our club member from Delhi about a pilot Rotary project for improving quality of education at local municipal corporation of Delhi run schools. Rotaractors of local clubs in districts 3011 and 3012 may be involved in this pilot project. Manuj and the local rotaractors may be requested by him to share there ideas on this project. I am sure Nate would not mind visiting Delhi a couple of times to kick start this project.
Nate and I had brief discussion on a few topics- politics, education, economics , immigration, ageing population in Japan etc. We were discussing what is Indian culture. Culture is a set of values , beliefs and practices reflected in the behaviour of a group of people . Having said this my understanding is that there is no one set of values ,beliefs and practices that reflect behaviour of Indians / people of Indian origin living in Canada, America, US etc.

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

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!


For Members Only

February 2019 Club Announcements

  • “Hi! Do you have any questions about the club?” – The New Facebook Chatbot on Main Pages. If you have visited any of our non-meeting pages in the past few days, you’ll notice that we now have a Facebook Chatbot active on our site. This is one of our new initiatives to try to convert more prospective leads into members, as well as to increase interaction between guests and our club. Messages will be responded to by our social media team. Please note this messenger chat isn’t designed for club members. Members, if you still want to contact someone, please direct your notices to the email of the member or the officer you want to reach.
  • 2019 Homepage Refresh! After hearing feedback from members, the webmasters can now say that we have finally gotten around to updating the main hero image on the homepage into something that we believe better represents the global and the digital nature of our club. We’ll be periodically changing the graphic throughout the year, as we continue to refresh different parts of our site.
  • Join page updated! The webmaster team has done a much-needed facelift for the Join page. The start of a new year is the perfect time to share with friends and colleagues our Join page!
  • Weekly Meeting Disqus Reactions Updated. Did you know you can leave a reaction for each of our weekly meetings now? Right above the comments for a weekly meeting, you’ll now find four different reactions you can vote for. We’ve also added some comment policy, and are working on fine-tuning a few other pieces to the comments and the meetings.
  • New year, new posts! eClub Rotarians – haven’t joined the conversation on Facebook yet? Consider joining the conversation by signing into our club members-only Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/rotarysiliconvalley/

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.

Also be sure to join our Meetup Group for automatic calendar updates and to RSVP for our events! These are open to all guests as well!

Upcoming 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 [email protected]

What would you like to do?

Hey Members! Let us know what you want to do by posting in our members-only Facebook Group (if you don’t have access, please request it with Webmaster Mitty). Remember, you’re only taking advantage of the full impact of Rotary when you’re stepping up to get involved.

eClub vs. Cancer!

Our club annually gets together to support the fight against cancer, and our 2019 effort starts this week – we would like every member of this club to get involved! You can walk as part of our group at the Santa Clara Relay for Life on April 27th, donate to help fund medical research, or honor a friend or family member battling cancer.

As you know from last week, we’re in motion to get the entire club involved with our service project helping raise funds for the American Cancer Society to support research to fight cancer. Two weeks ago, members Ferheen and Rushton walked with other volunteers to ask local businesses in Santa Clara to put up a poster to help others learn about the Relay for Life event.

What can you do now? Well, one especially fun way to get involved is to join the group attending the San Jose Earthquakes match on April 6th! Contact Rushton ([email protected]) if you (and friends!) are up for a great outing, soccer style!

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.

Nate Gildart made a $15 donation.
Yuka just finished nursing school and I’m so proud of her challenging herself to three successful years of school. She’ll be an outstanding nurse and, being a former care worker, she is built for taking care of others!

Rory Olsen made a $20 donation.
Weather is back in the seventies. All is well.

Brian Liddicoat made a $15 donation.
Super-excited to have presented a program to our club online last week.

Monique Ziesenhenne made a $20 donation.
Looking forward to a Spring Training trip to Arizona, even though the A’s have already left for Japan!

Share your happy dollars thoughts with us and help with doing good around the world.

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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.

Keith Marsh  said:
Florian and Philipe, Thanks for your presentation. Hamburg looks like a great place for the RI convention.

Charlie Tuttle  said:
Having gone to Hamburg for the first time recently, I think it’s a lovely city. Anyone who can make it will definitely enjoy it!

ShagsCA said:
Great program! So wonderful to see “yung-uns” involved in the hosting of Rotary’s best and biggest annual party. I’ve been to several, and they’ve all been an amazing experience. Can’t get to Hamburg for this year’s, but I will attempt to eat a hamburger each day that the Convention is on — a different place each day, too!! (Mmmmm…I do love a good burger!)

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: Human Papilloma Virus

Speaker: Ferheen Abbasi

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.

Ferheen will be presenting an overview of the Human Papilloma Virus. HPV is an extremely common STI – so common that there are 3 million cases of it per year in the US. Mainly asymptomatic, the virus usually leaves the system with no issues. However, there are two HPVs 16 and 18 that are the leading cause of cervical and anal cancers (70% and 95% respectively). Ferheen will be presenting the pathogenesis of HPV, how it is transmitted, diagnosed and treated.

Ferheen Abbasi – HPV and Cervical Cancer

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[email protected]

You’re Almost Done! Please complete The Attendance Survey…

Thanks for reading and watching this week’s meeting. You have two last things to do before you’re done.

We have a very short attendance survey below for you to fill out to record your attendance.

Visiting Rotarians, this is how you can get an email receipt to pass along to your club’s secretary as proof that you’ve attended our meeting if you need it for makeups.

Non-Rotarian Guests, we would love to see who is dropping by our meetings! This part is optional for you. If you think you may want to join our eClub at some point in the future, we would strongly recommend you fill out the attendance form as it will improve your chances of success for your membership application.

For all members and guests — we strongly recommend and ask that you leave a comment in our comments area below. Tell us how you enjoyed the program. Ask this week’s speaker any questions you might have. Or just stop by and say hello and tell us where you’re from!

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