//Update on TRF

Update on TRF

Meeting for the week of July 15 – July 21, 2019

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: Update on TRF

Speaker: Brenda Cressey

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,

Thank you to all our members who took the time to complete our membership survey. We’ll share a summary of the results by email very soon. If you have additional suggestions in the coming weeks please always feel free to shoot me an email. All of this will drive our decisions on how to best improve our club. We’ll do another survey later in the year to measure our progress.

This week we’ll learn about The Rotary Foundation (fondly known as TRF in Rotary’s acronym-loving family). As we learn more about the incredible work being done through TRF, I’d like to encourage everyone to consider making a contribution, however small, in the Happy Dollars section below, and indicate you’d like it to go to TRF if that’s your wish.

Have a great week everyone!


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 World Emoji Day! (July 17) Feel free to post a comment below with your favorite emoji!

What do cows use when they text?

Why did the smartphone need glasses?
It lost all its contacts!

We’ll, we’ll, we’ll…
if it isn’t autocorrect.

Weekly Inspiration

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

At age 65, Chandro Tomar, who lives in a small village in the Uttar Pradesh state of northern India, stumbled upon a shooting range and picked up a gun for the first time. When she aimed the gun at a target and pulled the trigger, she realized she was a natural. Just like that, Tomar became a sharpshooter. Now 84 years old, Tomar has won countless shooting competitions, but she’s most proud of the impact she’s had training other young women in her community.

At 84, the World's Oldest Female Sharpshooter Doesn't Miss

World of

Rotary and heavy metal

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.

On July 20, 1969 Apollo 11 landed on the moon with Neil Armstrong making “one giant leap for mankind”. This week celebrates the 50th anniversary of that event.

This weeks photo is a series of a Super Moon emerging from a lunar eclipse that I took in 2015. The two most difficult exposures are the second and third from the left where the moon is partially lit by the sun and the rest is in dark shadow.

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 Alexandra from Zurich, Switzerland.

Alexandra and I just finished our CWR today. She is a bright, witty lady, so we had an enjoyable time.
Two things of note happened today.

The first was that despite being invited, my cat, Jazzmine, opted to not join us today. This is noteworthy because she has never opted to eschew one of my CWR in the past.

The other thing of note was that I caught Alexandra right before she was going to be appearing on camera as the featured speaker for one of our programs. Despite having to put up with me, I am sure that she will do a fine job.

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!

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 [email protected]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.
We just welcomed a new cat to our home. Fun times.

Monique Ziesenhenne made a $20 donation.
TRF-Annual Fund, please. Just happy that I had a great birthday!

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.

Ferheen Abbasi said:

Alexandra, so excited to have you a part of our team!!! Thank you for helping me understand more about the world of Rotary. Keith, incredible picture as always!!!.

Vandana Agrawal said:

Alexandra’s presentation was informative. Got to learn that Rotary membership is decreasing in the developed countries including US where it started. 
“Magic of making sound” video clip was inspirational . It is a good example of human ingenuity and creativity.

Flor Maurin said:

Hi everyone! I’m new ’round here and hopefully a regular from now on! (Thanks Raquel 😉 )

I think the meeting was great! The video about sound effects was really interesting and I think it will make me appreciate what I see and feel everytime I watch a film from now on.

Regarding Alexandra’s video, I love everytime I hear Rotary explained, because there’s always something new to learn, even if it’s only about the speakers’ point of view. I do have a question, about membership, and I’m very interested if Alexandra or anyone else would like to answer and join the conversation. Which do you think is the first difficulty (or the ones you think are top priority) when it comes to losing members in Rotary? Generally the answers are pretty much similar, but different countries/cultures/idiosyncracies maybe turn out to show different difficulties as well.

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: Update on TRF

Speaker: Brenda Cressey

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.

Brenda was invited to join Rotary in 1989 and is a proud member of the Rotary Club of Paso Robles, CA. USA in District 5240. She is recently retired as the CEO of Office Support Systems, a telecommunications business.

She has served in a number of key roles for Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation, in the areas of membership, foundation, leadership training. These opportunities have allowed her to meet, mentor and serve alongside many fellow Rotarians around the globe. Brenda currently serves as Chair of The Rotary Foundation and is serving a four-year term on The Rotary Foundation from 2017-2021.

Since serving as Governor in 2001-02, most of her Rotary assignments have focused on successful Fund Development for The Rotary Foundation, specifically in the areas of Polio Eradication, Annual Fund, Paul Harris Society, Endowments, Major and Legacy Gifts. She has enjoyed witnessing several successful outcomes with several Districts she has assisted and advised in these efforts.

Update on TRF with Brenda Cressey

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 [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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