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App, Thriving: Igniting Passion for your Future

Meeting for the week of September 16 – September 22, 2019

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: App, Thriving: Igniting Passion for your Future

Speaker: Suzanne Van Stralen

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!

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Everyone is also encouraged to leave a comment in the Disqus section at the bottom of the page.

Special thanks to member Olukunle Abolade for putting together the information for each week’s meeting into this program page for all of us to enjoy. Thanks Olu!

Welcome to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley!

Here’s a message from President Tzviatko:

Greetings Rotarians and Guests,

This week we have our member Suzanne who will be telling us about her exciting new project – Compass Series – a mobile app for youth!

Since we’ll be hearing about an app 🙂 what is a favorite app of yours you’d like to share with others? One of mine is Hoopla. It’s an app for ebooks, audiobooks, and more (and if you’re in the US you can likely get it for free with your public library card).


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!

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Happy Birthday!!

Susan Howell (Sep 16)

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!”

It’s National Indoor Plant Week! Anyone up for a house plant party? Or maybe you’re a sap for some good jokes.

How do succulents confess their feelings?
Aloe you so much!

What do you call a cheerleading herb?
An encourage mint!

What makes some plants better at math than others?
Square roots!

Weekly Inspiration

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

Sandra Tovar trains six days a week, three times a day, and has her eye on winning an Olympic gold medal. At 17 years old, she’s the nation’s number one boxer in her weight class, and she’s training alongside other young women in Fresno, California, who are serious contenders in what was once considered solely a men’s sport. Since 2017, four women from California’s Central Valley have finished first or second at the junior Olympics.

The secret to their success in the ring? These young female athletes have strength, determination and the support of a community that raises funds so they can compete on a national level.

The Teenage Women Changing the Face of Boxing

Member  Spotlight

This week’s Member Spotlight is Celine Neal! Here is what she has been up to lately:

My name is Celine Neal and I am from Belize. For those of you that don’t know where I live, Belize is located in Central America and is the only English speaking country.
As a new entrepreneur I am learning to juggle my time between work and volunteering. I have recently engage in a fun projects and fundraiser to raise funds for the Belize Cancer Society San Ignacio Branch.
The idea came about when Matthew (a member of the BCS San Ignacio Branch) chose to grow his hair since November 2018 and on a whim considered going bald and donating his hair to the Belize Cancer Society. I told him it was a good idea and that I too would like to join in, but unfortunately I cannot donate my hair since it’s not unprocessed hair.
After receiving an email of our financial report from our Cancer Society Branch, we were discussing how we could possibly raise more funds.
We decided to create a GoFundMe account for our “guh bald fuh wa cause” (Go bald for a cause) campaign.
On October 26th 2019 at the end of our annual Cancer Awareness Walk we will be going live on Facebook so that you all can witness us “guh bald” at the event. We also hope it might inspire you and others to do the same to donate your hair or create other fundraisers to help organizations within your community.
Each year more people are affected by cancer and finance is one of the biggest challenge we face as we try our best to help everyone who seek assistance from the Branch.
So I am humbly asking you to help us meet our goal of $3,000USD.
Please donate any amount you can and share our campaign with others.
Every little bit counts, and in the words of Mother Teresa “it’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”

Please find the link below for our campaign and the facebook page of the Belize Cancer Society San Ignacio Branch to learn more about the nonprofit organization.




World of

Gosha-e-Ilm: A Ray of Hope

Learn more at https://blog.rotary.org/2019/08/20/gosha-e-ilm-a-ray-of-hope/


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.

Another event in September is the Camel Races in Virginia City. This photo required a fast shutter speed to stop the action. The woman rider was a first timer and she beat the other two men who were experienced. You go girl!

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.

5-Minute Crafts

3 clever DIY hacks to improve your phone


3 clever DIY hacks to improve your phone l 5-MINUTE CRAFTS

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 Brett from Sydney, Australia

Brett and I had a chance to speak tonight, Friday the 16th. It was lovely to talk with Brett and to hear how he came to join the e-club, as well as to hear about some of his Rotaract Rotary experiences, and also past convention experiences. Really informative and also a wonderful way to get to know another club member.

We also talked a bit about Sydney and Vancouver’s housing markets and their costs, as well as our respective government policies on family leaves, etc, which was very interesting.

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.

Past Events:

August 28 Club Online Social!

Thanks Shags for hosting this fun online social, and thank you Rushton for the screenshot!

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 [email protected]

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.

Brian Liddicoat made a $15 donation.
Too busy to think of a good reason right now! Take my money!

Rory Olsen made a $20 donation.
Nice week so far, except for the Texans losing their opener to the Saints. Please apply my gift to Polio Plus.

MONIQUE ZIESENHENNE made a $25 donation.
TRF Annual Fund please

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.

Andrew Taw said:

Thank you for sharing your story, Deanna! Looking forward to your TED talk in the future! Also, loved the Fresh Moves video.

Kelly said:

Thank you for the work that you do, DeAnna. I am inspired by your drive to create a program for members of the community with special needs. It’s clear to see your passion and desire to help these individuals lead the life they deserve by offering them meaningful learning opportunities.

Steve thanks for a great presentation. Such good timing just having Cecelia’s latest update.

Celine Neal said:

Thank you for your presentation DeAnna

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: App, Thriving: Igniting Passion for your Future

Speaker: Suzanne Van Stralen

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.

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!

Suzanne Van Stralen is a member of our club. She lives in Napa, California and works as an educator, consultant and coach in the fields of leadership development and transformative learning and change. She works with SVS Consulting Services and an emerging company called the Compass Series.

Today’s program offers a glimpse into the Compass Series by introducing us to a mobile app that is designed for youth ages 15 – 18. She and her partner Dr. Martin Hall will walk us through their new mobile app which is currently being evaluated by youth and adults prior to releasing the final app.

The App Thriving with Suzanne Van Stralen and Martin Hall

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]

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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.

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