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Effective communication

Meeting for the week of May 13 – May 19, 2019

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: Effective communication

Speaker: Charmaine Hammond

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,

Effective communication is such an important part of everyday life. Nearly all conflict could be prevented (and resolved) by communicating better. I think you will enjoy this week’s speaker – Charmaine Hammond – who will talk to us about exactly this critical part of human interaction.

Have a great week everyone, and don’t forget to fill out the attendance survey and leave a comment at the bottom of this page.


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!”

Are you bready for some doughy jokes?! Time to rise to the occasion!

What did one slice of bread say to the other slice of bread when he saw some butter and jam on the table?
We’re toast!

Why is dough another word for money?
Because everyone kneads it!

What did the butter say to the bread?
I’m on a roll!

Weekly Inspiration

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

Timoteo Minas grows coffee in the shadow of an active volcano in Guatemala. Volcán de Agua has been erupting more frequently in recent years, but Timoteo is not stressed at all. In fact, there’s no place he’d rather be. Both the high altitude—his farm sits 6,300 feet above sea level—and the nutrient-rich volcanic soil are good for his plants and give his coffee a special taste.

Harvesting Volcanic Coffee

World of

Rotaractors raise awareness of thalassemia

Learn more at https://blog.rotary.org/2019/04/05/rotaractors-raise-awareness-of-thalassemia/

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.

Tueeulala Falls (880 ft) is the smaller of two water falls that flow into Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite. The largest waterfall in Yosemite is Wapama located about a quarter mile from Tueeulala Falls. This photo was taken a few years ago at night during the summer after a heavy winter snow fall. There was so much water coming over the falls that the trail was impassable and the wind power created by Wapama Falls was blowing the water falling from Tueeulala off vertical. The next day, a hiker was killed at Wapama Falls while trying to cross the bridge at its base. This year could experience similar water levels.

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 Nate from Nagoya, Japan reporting on a chat with Alexandra from Switzerland.

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

Club Announcements

Come Aboard the USS Hornet for the Rotary 5170 District Conference!

Saturday Night Keynote Speaker: Former Astronaut Captain Scott Kelly

DAY 1: Friday, May 17 – 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Premiere of 2019 Sundance Film Festival Award Winning Documentary “Apollo 11”, Reception, Dinner Dancing, Honoring Those Who Serve

DAY 2: Saturday, May 18 – 8:00 am – 10:00 pm – Parade of Club Flags, Forums/Breakout Sessions, Richard D. King Speech Contest Winner, Dinner with former Astronaut Scott Kelly and Big Band Dancing

DAY 3: Sunday, May 19 – 8:00 am – 1:00 pm – Rotarians Day of Service

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.

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.
Spring has sprung. All is well.

Brian Liddicoat made a $15 donation.
Celebrating a great time had by all at our Boy Scout Troop’s annual pancake breakfast.

Sandy Stabile made a $20 donation.
Proud to celebrate my 7th year as a Rotarian.

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.

Cecelia said:
Natalie, thank you for all you do to help empower women through your connection to the ocean. I wish you continued success!
Loved the Delhi street food video and went on to watch the video on street food in Mexico City. One could make a career of this!
Yvonne, thank you for always coming up with good humor for all of us.

Mark Dohn said:

Thank you Nathalie for a wonderful and inspiring presentation! I am able to connect on multiple levels with what you are doing. What I appreciate the most is how well thought-out your vision is. I would certainly appreciate knowing more about the process from having a vision to executing it. So many people have moments of inspiration that combine their personal and professional passions, but are not sure how to begin the process. Maybe this could be another presentation for us sharing your experiences.

TLaGarde said:
Nathalie, what a moving and powerful presentation. Thank you so much for sharing the work that you do and how that work has evolved in the last 5 years. It’s amazing to hear about and I wish you tons of success in the future. Like Mark and Tzviatko, I’m interested in hearing more about the places you have expanded to for this summer like South Carolina and Scotland. You mentioned in your talk having in place a tandem team of surfing instructor and professional therapist. Have these therapists doing their training with your programs in California, Peru, Cuba or the Philippines? This seems like a wonderful program to expand throughout the world. Perhaps Rotary clubs in future expansion countries can play a role in securing boards, suits and other materials your teams will need? I have family in Brazil and am sure this concept would be so useful and well received there. Again, thanks for the wonderful talk!


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: Effective communication

Speaker: Charmaine Hammond

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.

Charmaine Hammond, CSP is a highly sought-after business keynote and workshop speaker, entrepreneur, author and educator who teaches and advocates the importance of developing trust, healthy relationships and collaboration in the workplace. She has helped clients in many industries build resilient and engaged workplaces, develop high trust/high accountability relationships, and solve workplace issues that get in the way of success and profitability. She is respected as a “no fluff” and “rich content” speaker who delivers tangible tools to step into action immediately. Over the past 8 years, she has presented to more than 30 Rotary Clubs across North America.

She has a Master’s Degree in Conflict Management & Analysis is a bestselling author (of 5 books & featured in 6 others), and CSP™ Certified Speaking Professional. Charmaine has been featured in renowned publications such as Inc., Occupational Health & Safety Magazine, and many others, as well as having appeared as a guest on numerous TV and Radio Programs.

Effective Communication Charmaine Hammond

Additional Resources

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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