//Meeting for the Week of May 11th, 2015

Meeting for the Week of May 11th, 2015

This Meeting’s Highlights
Speaker: Ron Starker and Doug Tindall
Program: The Future of Libraries
Meeting for the week of May 11th to 17th, 2015


Welcome to this week’s meeting of the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley!

Happy Mothers Day, 51 weeks early! Members and guests, if you didn’t call up your mother last Sunday, sooner is better than later in rectifying this error.

I’d guess that all moms want to see their children grow up to make a positive difference in their community, and this week, you’ll get some great examples of children making a difference. You’ll also learn about some wonderful things happening in the world of libraries, and much more. Fasten your seatbelt, and let’s get this going!

Guests, we welcome your comments, as well, and ask that you consider contributing the cost of a meal to the service projects our club is putting in motion. Feel free to use our donation system for Happy Dollars, or you can mail a check made out to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley to our treasurer: ℅ Allen Thompson, 13500 Cascade Ct., Bakersfield CA 93314.


The Power of Images

We love to celebrate the beauty of California, and perhaps you’ve been looking for a place to take your mom for a picnic sometime soon (particularly if you forgot to do something last Sunday). This shot of Old Saint Hilary’s Church in Tiburon comes from Camera Czar Keith, and may give you an idea or two.

“Here is a photo I am presenting because it illustrates three important elements of landscape or travel photography: foreground, middle ground and background. When traveling, many people take photos that only include a back ground (landmark building, mts, etc). By including all three elements, a photographer can increase the interest of the viewer and put the setting into perspective. Including native people in the foreground is always good idea.”

Old Saint Hilary's Church by KMarsh


Serious Sharing Time

As you will recall from last week’s meeting, we’ve launched a tech-infused fundraiser via the efforts of PR Chair Chris Cochrane and his team.

Below are two very short videos (23 seconds, total) designed to spread the word about our club. With every view for each video, as measured by YouTube’s views counter, we earn half a penny, up to $5000 for a million views.

That means we want you to share these links via Facebook, Twitter, email, and anything else for which you have an audience. Got students? Have them watch the videos and talk about what it means to be part of a group trying to make the world a better place.

SiliconValleyRotary Hangout (https://youtu.be/Ua4po716cjs)

SiliconValleyRotary (https://youtu.be/IAqHQgCByqc)


What We Do

Helping Nepal
Rotary International President Gary C.K. Huang sent a note out last week noting that one way Rotarians can support the relief efforts following the terrible disaster in Nepal is to donate to Rotary’s partner, ShelterBox, which “provides emergency shelter and vital supplies to support communities around the world overwhelmed by disaster and humanitarian crisis.” Find them at this link.

Play ball!
The Rotary Club of Oakland was established in 1909, and is older than all other Rotary clubs except The Rotary Club of Chicago (the first club, 1905) and The Rotary Club of San Francisco (the second, 1908). They’re a fun and active crowd, and are gathering a group to go to an A’s game the evening of Monday, May 11th. If you read this in time and would like to join in, send a note to Tom Limon ([email protected]) to see if there are still slots left. You can get more info at this page. They will also be doing a Mount Whitney hike in late July, and for that gig, see this page on their site.

Art in the Park
The Los Altos Rotary Club invites all fellow Rotarians and their families and friends to attend our 40th Annual Fine Art in the Park Show on May 16th and 17th at Lincoln Park in Los Altos. The Fine Art in the Park event supports a wide range of local Bay Area community projects and college scholarships for local students and several global charitable projects in places like Nepal, Mexico, Liberia, and Afghanistan. All show proceeds (more than $100,000 annually) are dedicated to these worthy projects. For more info, go to the Fine Art in the Park site.

Top Chef of Dublin
The Rotary Club of Dublin (California, not Ireland), has its annual fundraiser the evening of May 17th. Taste delicious food, sample fine wines, and enjoy craft beers at this gig supporting the club’s effort to help Eric’s Corner, a resource for education regarding epilepsy. Learn more at the Top Chef of Dublin website.

Stephen Zhou and Mitty Chang put together a great gig last Saturday at Drake’s in San Leandro (picture below).

Drake's gig (2015-05-09) (from Mitty) (1200)
(front row: member Mitty, member John, guest Nathan (Catherine’s son), member Shags with Truffle, guest Linda; back row: guest Louis, member Yvonne, member Andrew, member Stephen, guest Hardeep, member Catherine, guest Karen (Shags’ wife), member Rushton, and guest Patrick)

The next shindig is a gathering for the San Jose Earthquakes soccer match on Sunday the 24th. If that’s of interest to you, send an email to Stephen Zhou ([email protected]). We hope to have enough of us involved to score some kind of discount. Stay tuned for more details!

Service Time

Last Saturday morning I spent time with a local Kiwanis group preparing and distributing bags of produce to people in our community in need. It is time well spent; getting the chance to greet and talk with the people who come to the effort always helps me get my priorities back in proper alignment.

Have you had a moment like that recently? If so, let us know!


Time to Judge

Members, as you’ll have read in a recent email from me, and guests, you’re welcome to join in – our club is picking the winners of a contest for kids. What contest, you ask? This contest asked young people to get to know a charity in their community and tell its story in a short video.

What you’ll see is the result of the students researching a nonprofit, visiting the site, interviewing volunteers, and carefully crafting a message to help the nonprofit by attracting attention to and support for its efforts. Each finalist has already earned for the highlighted charity a donation of US $200, and the winning group or groups, as chosen by our members and guests, will get gift cards and special certificates.

To help judge the contest, set aside about a half hour. Following the link below, you’ll get a list of the finalist videos and a link to where they are posted, as well as instructions on how to choose from among them. Enjoy watching what young people can do!

2015 Service via Video Contest

We’ll announce the winners for this year in an upcoming meeting.


The World of Rotary

We have had a number of discussions through programs and video in recent weeks about our ability to create new paths for those with special challenges. Rotary is not new to this, and this video about a music school speaks to our and their potential poignantly.



Two members had birthdays in recent weeks, and humble bowing for not getting word of them in the weeks when they happened! Belated happy birthdays to Gene Tognetti (April 26th) and John Lozano (May 6th). Hope those days were excellent ones for you both!

The Tidbit

This week’s tidbit is from one of our members, Mitty. In this week’s tech tidbit, we take a look at LastPass.com. Last Pass offers a password management system that manages all of your passwords across multiple devices. It even generates secure passwords for you. It’s super easy to use, and plugs in automatically to all of your browsers. You now only need One Password to Rule Them All!

Tech Tidbit: One Password to Rule Them All

A Little Humor

from Treasurer Allen Thompson:

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson went on a camping trip. After a good meal and a bottle of wine, they laid down for the night, and went to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful friend. “Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see.”

Watson replied, “I see millions and millions of stars.”

“What does that tell you?”

Watson pondered for a minute. “Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies, and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful and that we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What does it tell you?”

Holmes was silent for a minute, then spoke. “It tells me that someone has stolen our tent.”

Happy Dollars

Each week several members (and even some guests) check in with messages about good things happening in their lives. Why don’t you toss something in, too?

from member Kevin Brookhouser ($20):
For all the awesomeness going on here.

from member Linda Tangren ($15):
For all the wonderful programs that the e club presents. Also, Kudos to the Camera Czar Keith for the wonderful pictures.

from member Rushton Hurley ($5):
A shout-out to Stephen and Mitty for the great gig at Drake’s last Saturday!

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Selected Comments from Last Week

After each meeting, we ask all who attend to share their thoughts in the Disqus section at the bottom of this page. It’s our chance to share impressions and even engage in discussion. Please join in after the program!

member Mark Dohn (Michigan, USA):
What an incredible meeting! I think this really show the power of eclubs and how we can fuse service and modern technology.

guest Cindy Miller (California, USA):
Loved this as an option [to make up a Rotary meeting]! Thank you!

member John Lozano (California, USA):
Another great meeting this week. I enjoy spending my time seeing all the great things happening each week with this Rotary Club. Peggy and Godfrey, thank you for the great presentation. I admire your work and commitment to help others. I have been involved with Sister Cities (San Jose) in the past, so it is great to see the collaborative efforts of several organizations.

Chris, thanks for the videos and I’ll be sure to share them soon. Keith, your pictures always inspire and allow me to reflect on the beautiful places in this world.

Rushton, what can I say? The support Tabitha and you have demonstrated with your Relay for Life efforts over the years should be celebrated! Great work!

member Kevin Brookhouser (California, USA):
Totally inspired by Godfrey and Peggy. From Monterey, it’s so great to see my neighbors up in Santa Cruz do so much to create just a large impact with the help of Godfrey’s work in Africa. Great, great work.

member Gene Tognetti (California, USA):
What an excellent program this week! Too many things to list them all. Keith’s images reminded me why I can’t get to Yosemite enough (was there about 3 months ago and now want to go again!). Certainly a highlight was Godfrey and Peggy’s discussion of the fabulous work being done to help so many people (I believe Godfrey said 65000 and growing rapidly!) who need others’ kindness and support to be able to live a life many in the US take for granted. I also enjoyed reading about the microfinancing efforts underway in Detroit – that was awesome. Would love to see us do something similar somehow…. and speaking of money, I tweeted out the PR team’s videos – cool idea for an easy fundraiser! Calendared it to continue tweeting, too. Finally, I am most appreciative of Rushton and Tabitha’s involvement in the Relay for Life. Thanks to all for the contributions to a great program!

guest François Tessier (Quebec, Canada):
What an inspiring program. Congratulations to Peggy and Godfrey. I would love to visit the Center on my next trip to Africa.

member Martin Fox (Utah, USA):
Love the affirmation video. Positive psychology and belief systems are a powerful thing. Keith, your images take my breath away – as always. Thanks to Peggy and Godfrey for the amazing work you do. I look forward to future conversations to see if our club can help you in your amazing work.

member Mitty Chang (California, USA):
Great work on the videos, Chris! Thank you Peggy and Godfrey for sharing with us such an amazing collaborative project! It’s amazing to see the global collaboration Rotary can bring. 🙂

guest Charlie Wasser (California, USA):
Great talk. Always good to see a holistic look at an entity whatever it is. In this case, Peggy and Godfrey look at the “ecosystem” that is created by the intertwining lives. Teaching the residents how to look at sustainability is marvelous. As you define problems and such that need to be corrected or things that need to be improved upon, the door to writing Rotary global grants springs open. The grants can be along the line of most of life’s necessities. I have a literacy project underway in Burkina Faso as an example….

member Manju Ramachandran (California, USA):
Awesome work and amazing impact! Thanks for sharing.

member Yvonne Kwan (California, USA):
Peggy and Godfrey, that was a wonderful presentation! Thank you for sharing the amazing work that the both of you are doing. Sustainability is such a key part in service projects. Hopefully we can spearhead our own sister city or twin club project some time in the future.

Chris, those are some super cool videos! I can’t wait to share them on my social media outlets.

And oh my gosh, Jessica’s affirmation video. I have no words for how adorably awesome that is. If we all started our days like that, I think the world would be an even better place 🙂


This Week’s Program

In an ever-changing digital age, how do libraries adapt to be part of what inspires each of us to learn and see new possibilities for ourselves and our communities?

Our speakers today are both on staff at the Singapore American School, one of the most innovative schools on Earth. You’ll enjoy their thoughts on and pictures of the library at this amazing school as they speak to The Future of Libraries.

Ron Starker wields a school psychologist certificate and is the Middle School Librarian at SAS. He has worked in schools in Oregon, Belgium, and Austria before moving to Singapore.

Doug Tindall was general manager of a Home Depot before serving as part of the US Army in Afghanistan as a technology specialist. He has also worked as a professional photographer, and is now part of the tech team at SAS.

Get ready for some amazing ideas and images that will challenge your thinking about what learning can be!

Ron Starker and Doug Tindall – The Future of Libraries

If you have a Google account, you can review the slides with their notes at this link, and if you don’t have a Google account, you can see the slides at this one. There are also plenty of links to other resources (database of general information and research) available here.

At the end of the program, Ron and Doug recommended some reads for the summer. Feel free to follow up at Amazon with Ron’s pick, Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party by Ying Chang Compestine, and with Doug’s pick, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.


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