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Freely in Hope – Ending the Cycle of Sexual Violence

Meeting for the week of July 01 – July 07, 2019

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: Freely in Hope – Ending the Cycle of Sexual Violence

Speaker: Nikole Lim

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 Tzviatko:

Greetings Rotarians and Guests,

Happy New Rotary Year to you all!

As we start on this journey together I wanted to once again summarize my goals for our club for this year:

1. Grow our club’s impact in our global community
2. Improve member happiness and engagement
3. Make club operations more efficient

I look forward to our collective efforts to make this happen, as we are already starting to make progress!
– We just approved a contribution to a telemedicine project in India through Global Offsite Care.
– You will all be getting a membership survey in your emails in the coming days to help us learn where we stand as a club and what we’ll need to do to get better.
– This week we are launching some automation of backend processes to better keep track of meeting attendance!

This week’s speaker, Nikole Lim from Freely in Hope, is a real inspiration. She will tell us about how we can better support survivors of abuse, trauma or violence. Her team at Freely in Hope is doing amazing stuff in Kenya.

Please don’t forget to mark your attendance below and leave a comment to tell us what you thought of this week’s program (or share anything else that’s on your mind).


President, 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!”

Happy 4th of July week! Here are some jokes to celebrate!

What kind of tea did the American colonists want?

Why are there no knock knock jokes about America?
Because freedom rings.

Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?
At the bottom!

Weekly Inspiration

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

This video tells the story of a school in India started by two dedicated people interested in helping children who were dropping out of school and also doing something about plastic in the environment. Their innovative solution is one that should inspire all of us who feel strongly about our focuses in this eclub!

No money to pay school fees? Pay with plastic waste.

World of

I feel like I’m taking people on a journey we all belong to

Learn more at https://blog.rotary.org/2019/06/21/rotary-and-heavy-metal/

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.

A few years ago, I went to photograph the Milky Way over Caples Lake south of Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada. I knew this would be a good location because there is not much light polution to the south of this small fishing lake. The owners of a resort on the lake gave me a free night in exchange for a copy of the photo. The foreground part of the photo was taken just after sunset so that the sail boat and rocks would be exposed. To make it look like the stars are being reflected in the lake, I inverted the night sky and added a slight blur in Photoshop.

Tech Tidbit

Hi, everyone! If you’re looking for a fun tech tidbit, we’re hoping you’ve come to the right place. Rushton and a team of super-secret, hush-hush, James Bond-ish Rotary types will create one or two of these a month, if (a) they feel like it, and (b) y’all seem to like them.

This one is on keyboard shortcuts for browser tabs, and includes Rushton revealing the most useless site on the internet. There is also a screenshot cameo by Weird Al Yankovic, which is the first time that sentence has been used in one of our club meetings. Learn and enjoy.
Feel free to critique the video mercilessly in the comments at the end of the meeting, as well. It was made in one try, and I’m sure it shows.

'19-'20 Tech Tidbit #1: Keyboard Shortcuts for Browser Tabs

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 Carlos from Monterrey, México.

Coffee with a Rotarian | Carlos & Ise Shrine in Japan


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!

  • Gildart, Nate: Spent time with kids at a diversity day camp doing games and activities, as well as create a video expressing their hopes, dreams and wishes.
  • Chiderov, Tzviatko: Helped strategize on data collection tools for an organization working on mental health in Zimbabwe.
  • Chiderov, Tzviatko: Worked on flyers for a non-profit community event in Zimbabwe
  • A., Catherine: Historian and archival work for Swanton Pacific Railroad/Cal Poly, in Davenport, CA
  • Abbasi, Ferheen: Volunteering at Stanford Hospital

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!

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 inquiries@siliconvalleyrotary.com

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.
The weather has alternated between rain and sun. Interesting situation.

Catherine A. made a $25 donation.
Gratitude for my family, my significant other, Jeff, and all the gifts and joy they bring to my life. Also for our vegetable garden and some Early Girl tomatoes almost ready for that first BLT!

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.

Angela Hoang said:

Thank you so much for your presentation Tzviatko and I look forward to working closely with you to make our International Service Projects a reality this year – I’m very excited for what’s ahead for our club in 2019-2020!

Also just reminding our members that we encourage everyone to continue to reach out to their local clubs through the Terra-Connect program launched towards the end of last year (there’s a presentation online if anyone needs to refresh their memories!)

Please feel free to shoot me an email at ange.hoang@gmail.com if you’ve had any awesome experiences with your locals clubs through joining their projects or if you’ve heard any amazing speakers while reaching out to your local clubs, I’m hoping to collate these experiences & learn from them for our next Rotary year!

Helena Pleinert said:

It was very interesting to hear about what your plans for the coming Rotarian yea are! 
Also the weekly inspiration resonated particularly with me this week

Mitty Chang said:

President Andrew, thank you for your service this year.

President-elect Tzviatko, looking forward to seeing the amazing work you and your board will do!


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: Freely in Hope – Ending the Cycle of Sexual Violence

Speaker: Nikole Lim

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.

Freely in Hope journeys alongside of people who have experienced abuse, trauma, or violence. In the journey from victim to survivor, we will discuss how we can be better listeners and advocates by allowing survivors to reclaim their story with dignity, power, and healing. This workshop will also share the methods of healing that have been integral for Freely in Hope—including the power of storytelling and meditation as a practice of healing.

Nikole Lim – Freely in Hope: Ending the Cycle of Sexual Violence

Share your thoughts or ask our speaker a question in the comments at the bottom of this meeting page!

Additional Resource

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 programs@siliconvalleyrotary.com.

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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