//Retirement: How you can serve humankind after your work years – One Rotarian’s Perspective

Retirement: How you can serve humankind after your work years – One Rotarian’s Perspective

Meeting for the week of May 27 – June 02, 2019

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: Retirement: How you can serve humankind after your work years – One Rotarian’s Perspective

Speaker: Cecelia Babkirk

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,

The RI Convention starts in just a few days. I look forward to meeting many of our club’s members in person for the very first time!

This week we have a special program – our member, Foundations Chair and Rotary veteran Cecelia Babkirk. I’m excited to hear her share her post retirement plans.

Enjoy the program! Don’t forget to fill out the attendance survey and leave a comment 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!”

In honor of National Hamburger Day on May 28th and our members who will be in Hamburg, Germany later this week for the Rotary International Convention, here are some meaty jokes!

What did the hamburgers name their daughter?

What do you get when you cross a computer with a hamburger?
A big Mac!

Where do burgers like to dance?
At a meat ball!

Weekly Inspiration

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

Every child deserves to celebrate their birthday. But for families living in the shelter system, having resources to throw a bash isn’t always attainable. That’s where Schinnell Leake comes in. With her non-profit Extra-Ordinary Birthdays, she partners with shelters to throw personalized birthday parties for kids, giving them a moment to celebrate themselves. The program aims to give families a little bit of hope, a chance at normalcy and a whole lot of cake.

Helping Homeless Kids Celebrate Their Birthdays

World of

Rotary Youth Exchange expanded my view of the world

Learn more at https://blog.rotary.org/2019/04/26/you-will-never-be-the-same-after-a-rotary-youth-exchange/

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.

Besides photography, one of my interests is gardening at my home in Marin County. This year has been spectacular for blooms because of the heavy winter rains. As my roses were starting to bloom, I wanted to capture the progression of two roses blooming at different times over a five day period. To make sure I was able to get the full blooms in focus with a small aperature setting, I used a technique called Focus Stacking. This involves taking several photos at very finely different focuses from closest to furthest from the lens. The multiple images are processed in Photograph with a stacking feature so that the most sharp part of each photo is included in the final image. I then took the before and after photos to create this montage.

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 Rory from Houston, TX, USA reporting on a chat with Rushton from San Jose, CA, USA.

Rushton and I met for about forty-five minutes very recently. We had a good time discussing Texas and small towns in general. One idea that Rushton mentioned was a foundation that provided incubators for business ideas spawned by students in rural high schools, with funding from the community for the most promising ones. Obviously the incubator would be involved in the process and would take a piece of the pie.
The other interesting thing about our get together was a visit by my cat, Jazzmine. If my recollection is correct, she has made a guest appearance in everyone of my CWRs.

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

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!

Our members Ferheen, Raquel, and Cecelia at a get-together during Raquel’s recent visit to the Silicon Valley!

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.
Nice day. All is well.

Kimberly MacFarlane made a $15 donation.
I am simply just happy 🙂

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.

Keith Marsh said:
Conrad, Great program. As a math major, this topic is something I have given some thought. I am also convinced that nearly everything in the Universe has a basis in mathematics or can be described by mathematics in some way. I often ask people if they can name anything that does not relate to mathematics and then wait to watch as their eyes glaze over. When I think about mathematics, I don’t think about numbers or equations, I think about how things relate to one another. The basis of all mathematics is logic. From logic, we can build all of the other disciplines from arithmetic, geometry, algebra, statistics, trigonometry, probability, calculus, and quantum mechanics. I challenge you to look around your room and try to name something that was not created by or has a basis in mathematics.

Mark B said:

Presentation from Conrad was quite thought provoking. Very progressive thinking and would be great to see this initiative taken on board by educational systems. It takes me back to my school days when I used to think quite a bit about if what I was learning in school would help in the real world. Keith – I am really enjoying your photos as well.

Mark Dohn said:
Thank you Conrad. As a student who always struggled with math, your concepts and ideas for math education are exciting. I hope that we have the opportunity to see some of them implemented in schools soon. Fantastic picture by Keith, and the video of creating small avalanches at Big Bear to keep skiers safe by using old technology was great.


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: Retirement: How you can serve humankind after your work years – One Rotarian’s Perspective

Speaker: Cecelia Babkirk

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.

People in the developed world are living so long now that they often live after their career as long as they lived during their career.  What to do with all that time?  Retirement is said with a sense of irony. Most people retire from life and the exceptional person learns in life that no matter what your birthdate is (your real age}, your actual age can be quite different. Some people learn how to stay young. It is with their attitudes and actions towards life and being involved in living their lives, including after their career has ended.

Such a person is our speaker today, Cecelia Babkirk who is proceeding to the next stage in her life. Cecelia is a member of our club and a long term Rotarian. She has worked with Rotary Foundation for years as her contribution to improving the world that we live in.

Open your eyes and ears to learn what Cecelia has learnt about life and about making the transition to the next phase.

Life after retirement with Cecilia Babkirk

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]

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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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