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PETS in Zimbabwe

Meeting for the week of April 29 – May 05, 2019

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: PETS in Zimbabwe

Speaker: Tzviatko Chiderov

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. 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-Elect Tzviatko:

Greetings Rotarians and Guests,

It’s going to be May this week. Our members in the northern hemisphere are likely excited for the warmer days to come. This is also the time of spring and new beginnings, as we see our environment change, flowers bloom, and trees regain their color.

For me, this time is extra special as it means we are just two short months away from the new Rotary year. As you watch this week’s program about my experience at the Presidents Elect Training Seminar (PETS) in Zimbabwe please think about how you’d like to see our club evolve and post your thoughts in the comments section below!


President-Elect, 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!

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!”

My mind is still in Hawaii and on spring break, so here are some jokes that are shore to give you a chuckle!

How can you tell the ocean is friendly?
It waves!

How do you cut a wave in half?
With a sea saw!

Why did the crab cross the beach?
To get to the other tide!

Weekly Inspiration

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

Here’s an update from a previous speaker – Brett Morey of Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship (March 2018 https://www.siliconvalleyrotary.com/meeting-3-12-2018/). If you’ll be in the San Diego area on June 29th, you might check out the Switchfoot Bro*Am, billed as “15,000 people on the beach, surf contests, surf jousting & live music.”

Not a bad way to spend a day!

Here’s some more info:


World of

Innovation through Rotary

Learn more at https://blog.rotary.org/2019/03/28/innovation-through-rotary/

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.

This photo was not planned. While photographing the Milky Way at Crater Lake in Oregon, a young man from another group decided to climb this dead tree with his flash light. He held this position for nearly 30 sections while I and other took the photo in near darkness.

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 Ferheen from Santa Clara, CA, USA.

Ferheen is INCREDIBLE as we all know. I forgot to tell her, but I may just have to appoint myself as her second mom, or maybe partner in all-things-international-to-save-the-world.
Well, first we talked about the supreme fabulousness of cats. And, she met my new kittens, Cosmo and Felix, and she met my son, Sam, with whom she has in common passions of cats and Japan.
The we talked about our life stories, and our common passion for the world of medicine, since I am a physician and Ferheen is applying to med school next year ….. and we know she’s going to wow everyone she meets! We talked about the incredible field of reproductive medicine, psychiatry in Japan, the interface of mindfulness, neuroscience and medicine, and the inextricability of mind and body. She is going to connect me with her telemedicine buddies, and she and I are looking into ways our Rotary chapter can expand and do more international medical and mental health service trips.
I am SO excited about my new fabulous find and look forward to networking together in the many years ahead!

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.

Last Saturday was our big service shindig with Santa Clara’s Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. What we raised will help with medical research, programs for survivors and caregivers, and prevention info and efforts.

Did we step up? Absolutely! Twenty-two members of our club contributed in some fashion, from helping organize to sharing messages with those battling the disease to donations. And as far as money was concerned, we and those we connected with contributed over $3100 as part of the Wild Walkers team, which was the second highest-raising team with almost $17,000 raised!

A special shout-out goes to Ferheen, who tapped a mountain of family and friends and single-handedly raised over $2600! Her Mom is a cancer survivor who helped carry the banner for the first lap on the track.

The three-fold focus of Relay is to celebrate those who have survived a battle with cancer, remember those we’ve lost, and to fight back by working toward a cure. We can take pride in our club’s efforts, and thanks go to Ferheen, Heather, Maxi, Yvonne, Brian, Celine, Tzviatko, Andrew, Monique, Rory, Rushton, Shags, Brett, Ange, Suzanne, Nate, Keith, Sandy, Linda, Vandana, Catherine, and Nan.

You all rock!


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.

Rory Olsen made a $20 donation.
Great Spring Day! All is well.

Brian Liddicoat made a $15 donation.
Terrific weekend skiing and golfing in Bend Oregon with my son Richard. Some great father-son bonding time.

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

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.

TLaGarde said:
Very informative and inspiring talk, Brian. I didn’t know very much about these historic railway lines before your presentation and I’ll look at them with a new eye and appreciation for their history. Thanks so much for sharing your passion for the subject!

Yvonne Kwan said:
Brian, what an awesome presentation about pursuing passions! I think it’s time for us to get down there and do some exploring — I had no idea about these tunnels!

Sandy Stabile  said:
Brian, great talk. I love learning about things that are in my own area (I live in Fremont). And I love the message about following your passion.


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: PETS in Zimbabwe

Speaker: Tzviatko Chiderov

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.

Tzviatko Chiderov is our club’s President Elect (PE). He recently attended Presidents Elect Training Seminar (PETS) in Harare, Zimbabwe as part of his preparation for the 2019-2020 Rotary year. He will tell us about it in this program.

PETS in Zimbabwe with Tzviatko Chiderov

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 [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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