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New Renaissance: Building a Learning Society for the Digital Age

Meeting for the week of May 11 – May 17, 2020

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: New Renaissance: Building a Learning Society for the Digital Age

Speaker: Lord Jim Knight

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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 May 11, 2020

President  Tzviatko

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

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Happy Birthday!!

Nate Gildart (May 13)

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!”

Has anyone else found themselves trying new recipes during these past few weeks? This week’s jokes are a little cheesy, but still grate for anyone who is feeling hungry!

What do you call a potato’s kids?
Tater tots!

What do you call strawberries playing the guitar? 
A jam session!

Which dessert is perfect for eating in bed? 
A sheet cake!

Weekly Inspiration

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

Some residents of Hemu Village practically live on skis. Winter lasts seven months in this remote part of China, and it’s really the best way to travel up and down the mountains and through the forest. Ma Liqin, a herder, zips around on a pair made out of wood and horsehair—a design that dates back more than 10,000 years.

The Chinese Village Where Everyone Skis

Member  Spotlight

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

In March, I was invited by the immediate President of Rotaract Club of Igando to engage some of their club member that will be going to the University by fall this year. I taught them computer appreciation course (with focus on internet, a quick hack to create a website using google site), each of the sessions took about four(4) hours for two days.

We started with an introduction to HTML5 and then dived into how to create a website with Google site using drag and drop. The team appreciated the work google has done to put google sites together. At the end of the course, each other them built websites for themselves and they started a website for their club too.

These young people are very energetic; doing fantastic things in my community especially for the mother baby homes.



World of

Please welcome Rotarian Colin Kuhuni from the Rotary Club of Highlands who stopped by during a previous meeting!

Colin joined Rotary in Harare in 1997. He was born in the eastern and very scenic part of Zimbabwe where he did his high school education. From 1982 he attended Law School in Harare at the University of Zimbabwe which was the only university in the country at the time. He graduated at the end of 1986 and has been practicing law in Harare since then. He took a five year break from law practice to become an in-house counsel and company secretary for two Zimbabwe stock exchange listed companies. He returned to law practice in 2011 when he started his own law firm which he heads as Managing Partner. His major practice areas are Corporate and Labour law and represents a number of corporates in Zimbabwe. His firm is also delving into cyber security law as a new practice area.

Colin was club president for the Rotary Club of Highlands in the 2008 to 2009 Rotary year and was an Assistant Governor for his club’s district for 2 years. He has served as the clubs chair for a USD 300 000 global grant project for community empowerment of underprivileged women and youth in communities in Harare where the club partnered Rotary Club of Denver Mile High Colorado USA in training the women and youth business skills and helped them start their own small businesses. Colin is currently chairing another USD 100 000 global grant for construction of classrooms, provision of water and sanitation for a poor rural community three hours out of Harare.

He has attended Rotary International Conventions in Bangkok Thailand, Sao Paulo Brazil, Seoul in South Korea, Atlanta Georgia in USA, and Toronto in Canada.
Colin is married to Nyasha and they have a son, daughter and a granddaughter. His son introduced him to the current President of Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley. Tzviatko has made a couple of visits to the Rotary Club of Highlands and spoken about your eClub. Colin has attended several Silicon Valley eClub meetings. His club has resorted to online meetings during the current COVID-19 lockdown.

Colin enjoys running and cycling. He has not touched his golf clubs since 2011.


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.

With sheltering in place, I decided to challenge my photographic creativity by being limited to the confines of my property. This is a photo of a single miniature rose blossom using a multiple exposure. I first took a double exposure to place the blossom on either side of the frame. Then, I took a single exposure of the rose in the middle that has a superior exposure to the other two. I combined them in Photoshop to complete the triple exposure.

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.

Amazing Bread Art!

If you’ve taken to home baking some bread during the Shelter-in-Place, here’s a video of a baker in Slovenian baker making artwork on bread. Fascinating to watch, and some beautiful results! (Thanks to Rushton for finding it! -Shags)

Slovenian baker makes artwork on bread

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 Tatiana from Vancouver, BC, Canada reporting on a chat with Rushton from San Jose, CA, USA

CWR (April 2020) for Tatiana and Rushton

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

Relay for Life

Hello, eclub!

This is the month when we try to reach 100% of our members to participate in our effort to fight cancer by raising funds for research, education, and programs for patients and caregivers. We are also honoring those who are battling cancer now, as well as remembering those we’ve lost.

Below you’ll see more messages from our members, along with all who have joined in so far. If your name isn’t on the list but should be, just reach out to Rushton and we’ll get that corrected.

If you haven’t participated yet, please do so by sending a message in honor or memory of someone you love, and/or donating to the effort at this link: http://main.acsevents.org/goto/rushton

Our member in Monterrey, wrote this stirring tribute to his mother, as well, and has shared it with the club: https://tinyurl.com/CG-MothersDay2020

Carlos, thank you for sharing that story; your mother was clearly someone very special.

And thanks to all our members who have stepped up so far. We’re over 60% of the way there, and hope to get everyone else in this week or next.

Next week, watch for a video message from our VR guru, May Yam.

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!

Help the vulnerable in your community during COVID-19

Helping Hands Community | Grassroots COVID-19 Response

Helping Hands is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the most at-risk people in our community stay safe at home, while getting the supplies they need. It works by connecting local volunteers who can run critical errands, such as grocery shopping, with the most vulnerable members of our community.  If you or someone you know needs help, fill out a request. If you are healthy and able to volunteer, please sign up to help. Together, we can help flatten the curve of COVID-19 by protecting our community’s most vulnerable.

Additional resources:

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:

All times are Pacific Time! (San Francisco time)

District 5170 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 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.

Tzviatko Chiderov made a $10 donation.
For the Seacacar fundraiser!

Rory Olsen made a $Other Amount donation.
The weather is gorgeous. My Vitamin D level is up. Jazzy has been fun. Twenty dollars for Polio Plus and ten for the village in Guatemala.

Sandy Stabile made a $25 donation.
To help feed the people of Seacacar, Guatemala

Mark Busani made a $10 donation.
Happy to be healthy and safe.

Rushton Hurley made a $25 donation.
Happy to support the villagers of Seacacar!

Ferheen Abbasi made a $25 donation.
To feed the villagers of Seacacar.

Nick LaGarde made a $20 donation.
Looking forward to the online social with a Llama!

Martha Twiggs made a $Other Amount donation.

Heather Shaw made a $Other Amount donation.
Guatemala , Thankful for family and friends during difficult times

Paul Andrus made a $10 donation.
Great meeting with the “Llama” meeting. It was fun. Enjoyed that there were two presenters as well. Good job getting good speakers and content.

Jens Wiechers made a $Other Amount donation.

Anonymous? made a $10 donation.
my very first online-social was jointly with goats, horses, pigs, and more! love it! (to the Guatemala-project, please)

Anonymous? made a $25 donation.

Carol Anderson made a $25 donation.
Happy to be a part of this fund raiser to help the village in Guatemala.

Kim Covill made a $Other Amount donation.
You are extraordinary people. Feeding the Q’eqchi Maya with your Happy Dollars brings immediate relief in this time of quarantine, which we all hope ends soon. The people of Seacacar would much rather be working. They have come so far with help from many organizations and individuals like Paul Heesaker, but it is their effort that keeps things moving forward. Our thanks are not enough. You will receive photos soon of the combination lunch for kids and story-reading time. Best to you all, fellow Rotarians and friends.

Kelly Ku made a $Other Amount donation.
For the Rios Fund. Thank you for speaking to us, Paul!

Shags Shagrin made a $25 donation.
To help save a truly magnificent village from going hungry.

Anonymous? made a $Other Amount donation.
For Seacacar, Guatemala.

Carlos Gabuardi made a $10 donation.
Seacacar Project

Carlos Gabuardi made a $10 donation.
Seacacar Project

Steve Canter made a $10 donation.
I’m happy to have visited your club and know in a small way I can help the Seacacar villagers through these difficult times. As well I’ll look forward to new ways both our eClubs can lead and advance the work of Rotary in the future. Stay safe and healthy!

Nan Herron made a $25 donation.
I would like to donate to the villagers of Seacacar.

Steve Canter made a $10 donation.
I’m glad I had a chance to visit with your club and support the Seacacar villagers through these difficult times. I look forward to building strong ties between our eClubs and using digital connections to lead the Rotary world forward.

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.

Cecelia Babkirk said:

Vince, thank you for your presentation. I have never been a fan of gaming (probably a demographic thing), but you’ve piqued my curiousity, so I’ll explore some more. Not sure how I could have been in Turkey more than a dozen times and have never had the ice cream! Next time, for sure! I hope everyone will rally around provide food to Seacacar! Looks like a trip there (once the virus has faded) could be in order.

Mark Dohn  said:

Vince, what a great introduction about gamification, especially for sharing some of the theory and philosophy behind it. You’ve answered some questions that I have long had. Wonderfull to see and Kim Covill from the Rotary Club of the Southwest US and to hear more about her nonprofit and the needs in Guatemala right now. The fun tips for the freezer were great, and Keith’s image of the Tori Gates was great! I find that with a little background, I tend to study the image a little bit more, so thank you for that. I truly love how Helping Hands is leveraging the power of technology to connect volunteers and seniors who are at-risk and in-need.

Kelly said:

Turkish ice cream looks so cool! I saw it for the first time at a night market in Taiwan. A Turkish man opened his own stand and people were so entertained by the way he served ice cream.

I liked the 5-minute craft video. I’m going to freeze some herbs.

Woohoo! I only got two wrong from he 2 Truths and a Lie. I wish I could have made this social.

Thank you for your presentation, Vince. There are so many possibilities with games.

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: New Renaissance: Building a Learning Society for the Digital Age

Speaker: Lord Jim Knight

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!

Inspired by Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott, former UK education minister Lord Jim Knight will talk about the positive future for his 8-year-old stepdaughter Coco. She is likely to live to 100, work until she is 80 and enjoy multiple careers. To do so, she will need to love learning her whole life and be great with both humans and technology. There are ten years left of her schooling – is it preparing her for that future?

Lord Knight works in education, medtech, and as a legislator. He is the Chief Education and External Officer at TES Global Ltd, a news, training, jobs, and resource sharing service for teachers. His responsibilities include Tes Resources and Communications and Public Affairs. He previously founded Tes Institute in 2014, and it is now the fifth largest qualifier of teachers in England. Jim is a founder of XRapid, an innovative business using artificial intelligence to power the diagnosis of malaria and asbestos fibres using iPhones.

As a UK government minister his portfolios included rural affairs, schools, digital, and employment. He was a member of Gordon Brown’s Cabinet in 2009-2010 before joining the Lords after the 2010 General Election. He is also a visiting professor at the Knowledge Lab of the UCL Institute of Education and Chair of Whole Education.

Members and guests, please welcome Lord Jim Knight!

Lord Jim Knight presents to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley

To learn more:

http://www.100yearlife.com/ – the ideas inspiring much of the thinking
https://youtu.be/F5YiCZ0wdVk – recent talk by Jim Knight
@lordjimknight – Twitter; https://www.linkedin.com/in/jimpknight/ – LinkedIn

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 http://zoom.siliconvalleyrotary.com/. 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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