Working in the Malaria Sphere in Southern Africa

 This is the meeting for the week of January 22, 2018 through January 28, 2018

This Meeting at a Glance:
Program: Working in the Malaria Sphere in Southern Africa
Program Description: This week our guest speaker shares with us about her work on malaria elimination in Southern Africa through Elimination 8, an alliance of 8 countries in Southern Africa with one goal: a malaria-free Southern Africa by 2030.
Speaker: Kelly Sibisibi with Elimination 8

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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.

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Welcome to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley!

Here’s a message from President-elect Andrew:

Greetings Rotarians and Guests,

It has been another six months of this Rotary year’s hard work to putting together quality programming and interesting ways to serve our communities. Many kudos to our amazing board members and committees! With the Rotary year half way through, I am thinking about what the next year might bring and the wonderful good work ahead. That said, we will be holding elections soon and I will be thinking about our committee appointments so I welcome any of our club members who want to fill one of our board or committee positions! Please e-mail [email protected] and let me know if you’re interested in getting more involved! If you’re worried about the time commitment, I welcome you to reach out as we will likely pair up many of the positions to cut the time commitment in half.

Many hands make light work. And I know how dependable Rotarian hands can be.

Talk soon!

Yours in service,


Andrew Taw, President-elect
Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley


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!”

From Yvonne: “For anyone having a ruff week:”

What do you get when you cross a sheepdog with a rose?
A collie-flower!

Why is a tree like a big dog?
They both have a lot of bark!

Why aren’t dogs good dancers?
Because they have two left feet!


Weekly Inspiration: Laundroid, a Laundry Folding Smart Robot

Every week we start our meetings with a short video highlighting innovation, inspiration, entrepreneurship, or social change. This week we are featuring a video about innovation: a laundry folding robot called Laundroid.

This week we feature a video from The Verge about Laundroid, a laundry folding robot recently showcased at this year’s Consumer Electronics Showcase in Las Vegas. Laundroid lets users drop in a load of laundry, and uses cameras, artificial intelligence, and multiple robot arms to determine the best way to fold clothes. It takes about 5-10 minutes to fold one t-shirt and it costs $16,000, so you’d better have a lot of both time and money.

Innovation is amazing, inspiring, and sometimes baffling to see. It’s wonderful to see technology progress, but do you think this is a product you would ever use? (Assuming one day it becomes reasonably priced, of course.)


For Members Only: Updates

This segment of the meeting is dedicated to our club members. This section includes announcements and new initiatives. Guests, you are welcome to read this section or just skip it.

Club officer elections for the 2018-2019 Rotary year coming soon!

Past Member Announcements:

  • Member namebadge orders delayed; more info coming soon!
  • Active members now have [email protected] email forwarders! Your forwarder should be your full first name plus the first initial of your last name. Emails going to your @siliconvalleyrotary.com email will be forwarded automatically to the email you have on file with our club. If you want your email forwarder changed to a different variation of your name, please email Webmaster Mitty at [email protected]
  • Members Only Facebook Group: If you haven’t joined our members-only Facebook Group, consider joining! Request an invitation from [email protected]
  • Service Blotter Submissions: Click here to fill out The Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley Service Survey

Our Events & Projects

We hold our meetings online, but we hold regular service projects and social events in the Silicon Valley every month! This section is updated every week with our upcoming events. We welcome guests to all of our 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!

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Upcoming Events:

All times are Pacific Time! (San Francisco time)

THIS WEEK: Thursday, January 25, 2018 starting at 5:30 PM – Leaders in Motion Speaker Series at Oakland

Get inspired and recharged! Join leaders and community members from throughout the San Francisco bay area on Thursday, January 25th in Oakland for a TEDx style speaker series called Leaders in Motion, hosted by local Rotary clubs and co-sponsored by ours. Listen to executives from Google, Back to the Roots, and Copia.

Register and receive more information at leadersinmotionoak.org

Members remember that you can get reimbursed for this event via your Leadership Development Grant! President Stephen will be there at the event, so be sure to check in with him!

Here is the flyer with the info:

Other Upcoming Club Events:

  • Saturday, February 28, 2018 – Save the date for a club skydiving event (Details TBD)

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! What would you like to do? We’re working on putting together some exciting socials and impactful service projects for our upcoming quarter’s event calendar. 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!)

Last week’s happy dollar contributions went towards our club projects. Here are some of the happy dollar messages from last week:

 Thank you to member Monique Ziesenhenne for her generous $20 donation. Monique had this to say:
“Towards club fund, please!”

Thank you to member Brian Liddicoat for his generous donation! Brian had this to say:
“Pushing through a week of stomach flu shows me, once again, that I really married way over my station in life. Wouldn’t have made it without my selfless wife taking on 300% of her normal workload without a single complaint.

Thank you to member Rory Olsen for his generous $15 donation. Rory had this to say:
“Lived through the hard freeze. Please apply my gift to Polio Plus.”

Thank you all for your donations last week!

Happy dollars is also a great opportunity to share with the group about something good that has happened to you, while giving back to a great cause. Next week’s happy dollars will go back to powering our club’s projects locally and globally.

So what are you happy about? Share with us below to help with doing good around the world.

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Selected Six

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 six comments every week from last week’s meeting to be featured during this week’s meeting.

Here are six comments selected from last week’s meeting featuring the program on “My Rotary Education”:

Member Yvonne Kwan (California, USA) had this to say:
“David, it’s always a pleasure to hear you speak! I think you’ve brought to light some sobering facts — the fact that Rotary membership is in decline in North America, the fact that an extremely small percentage of Rotaractors actually go on to become Rotarians, and the fact that Rotary clubs may not be fully engaging their youth programs in effective ways. Your idea of “influence sharing” is something that we can all take from; finding a way to cross these program barriers and make Rotary as a whole — Rotary, Rotaract, Interact, RYLA, Youth Exchange — more inclusive to everyone is absolutely crucial. Thanks again for your presentation! I’m proud to be able to call you a friend in Rotary. Hope to see you in Toronto!

Member Shags Shagrin (California, USA) had this to say:
“Good meeting, and I loved the presentation. As a child and grand-nephew of Rotarians (see more in a program I did for the Club about 3 years ago at https://www.siliconvalleyro…, I share your love and passion for Rotary and service. Your story about being the president of a two member group — just too funny, and I honor and champion your commitment to making it work. I was around the age of the younger members of our Club who came from Rotaract when I joined Rotary (26), and most were older men, such as I am now (61). However, I did start in Rotaract at The University of Miami (FL) in the late 70’s because of my family’s legacy in Rotary going back to Club #137 in Youngstown, Ohio, in 1915. This August 3rd I will be celebrating 35 years as a Rotarian, with perfect attendance. It’s great to know that the future of Rotary is in the hands of some fantastically enthusiastic, committed, and blessed individuals. Those in Rotary not knowing of Interact or Rotaract clearly don’t read the Rotarian Magazine, nor — in the case of DGs — do they read information given to them on youth services. For crying out loud — it’s in all the materials distributed at PETS and scheduled at the Division Meetings and District Conferences. There’s really no excuse for that, especially in this day and age of multiple forms of communication. I agree with “Don’t be quiet about what you do”. I read the following rhyme on a sugar packet in Valdosta, GA, while driving to school one winter and stopped for coffee.

One who has a thing to sell
and goes and whispers in a well
is not so apt to make the dollars
as one who climbs a tree and hollers.

That was a great idea about the Rotaract/Rotary speed networking night. That should be written up and submitted to RI for publication. Hoping you come out to visit our eClub sometime and we can meet!”

Guest Celine Neal had this to say:
“Hi David, I enjoyed your video and I share the same sentiment. I am currently a Rotaractor and I believe Rotarians should work more with Rotaractors when it comes to idea sharing, advice and decision making. We are the clubs who are pushing for Rotary International to be known. In my country we don’t seek Rotary for any financial assistance or ask for any training. I am glad little by little Rotary is partnering with Rotaract. And I hope this will allow more Rotaractors like myself to move on to Rotary. I love being a part of Rotary International :)”

Member Chris Cochrane (Toronto, Canada) had this to say:
“David, thank for sharing. Especially enjoyed the video about Stephon Ferguson, the man who pays tribute through imitation of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I had the honour and pleasure of attending a live speech by Dr. King ( and meeting him after ) in October 1967, a mere 6 months before he was assassinated. It was in Grinnell College, Iowa. When I listen & watch Stephon, it’s uncanny. He nails Dr. King’s cadence, sound & mannerisms perfectly. Makes one wonder if there are other tribute artists doing JFK, Churchill and other leaders to the level Stephon does King. 
Would be great to have a perfect JFK, Churchill, Dr. King ( and possibly others) tribute by bringing all of the best together for a live lecture.“

Member Brett Sham (Sydney, Australia) had this to say:
“David, thanks again for speaking. I saw this quote on social media over the weekend – it’s from RI President Elect Rassin and it’s quite timely – “Today we have a quarter million Rotoractors in about 10,000 clubs. But only 27% of Rotary clubs sponsor a Rotaract club. I am asking Rotarians to double this number to 20,000 Rotaract clubs”. Imagine if we could firstly grow the number of Rotaract clubs and then improve the rate that they join Rotary – would really help combat some of the membership challenges our organisation is having. David, hopefully your message inspires Rotaractors that get to hear it of the opportunities available to them and they follow in your footsteps.“

Member Rushton Hurley (California, USA) had this to say:
“David’s point that Rotary attracts people when they hear what Rotary does is an important one. It’s both what our club does (which we can always improve upon), and what we do as part of Rotary International, and in particular, the Rotary Foundation. Brett, nice work hosting the program!”

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: Working in the Malaria Sphere in Southern Africa

Every week we bring to you a new program on innovation, education, technology, and humanitarian service. This week our guest speaker is Kelly Sibisibi.

8 countries, 1 goal. Our guest this week, Kelly Sibisibi, works with Malaria Elimination 8, an alliance of 8 different African countries working towards a malaria-free Southern Africa. These eight countries – Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe have come together to form Elimination 8, with a goal of a malaria-free Southern Africa by 2030.

In this week’s program, Kelly will be sharing with us about her work with Elimination 8.

Members and guests, please welcome Kelly to our meeting!

Related Links:

Share with us your thoughts in the comments at the bottom of this meeting page! If you have questions for Kelly, feel free to ask in the comments!


Upcoming Program 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.

Upcoming Recordings:


If you would like to join us for any of the live recordings, you are welcome to join us. Our online video conference room link for these recordings is always https://zoom.us/j/5104080000. Please note the timezone for all recordings are listed for San Francisco, California, USA time (Pacific Time).


You’re Almost Done! One last thing: The Attendance Survey…

Thanks for reading and watching this week’s meeting. You have two last things to do before you’re done. First, 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.

More importantly, for all members and guests — we strongly recommend and ask that you leave a comment below 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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  • Tzviatko Chiderov

    Kelly, thanks again for speaking to us and thank you for your important work.

  • Keith Marsh

    A $16,000 laundroid to fold a tee shirt? You must be kidding. Kelly, thanks for the program on the elimination of malaria in southern Africa.

  • Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne

    Fascinating presentation – I’ve learned a lot. Thank you both for such an interesting discussion. Malaria treatment has been in the news this week, so good timing. I’m glad that the recent discoveries to help with drug-resistant malaria were aided by a robot (https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180118083407.htm). One robot folds laundry, one assists in the science of malaria!

  • Catherine A

    Very informative program on Malaria eradication in Southern Africa. Kudos for your important work through Elimination 8, Kelly. The CDC has some excellent information about Malaria online, for those who are curious to learn more about this mosquito-borne, parasitic disease: https://www.cdc.gov/malaria/

  • Fascinating program. Thank you.

  • Rory Olsen

    Thank you for a fascinating program. A good friend of mine contracted malaria while he was in country. Years later he would be hit occasionally with fever and chills. Your talk brought back memories of my late friend.

  • When a robot learns to wash, dry, fold or hang my clothes while cleaning my nest, ordering food and cooking it for dinner then doing the dishes and placing them in cupboards, then you’ll have an item I might buy. But a $16,000 robot to fold only bright coloured T-shirts ? Good demo of future possibilities but still a long way from marketable.

  • BDL

    Husbands are cheaper than a $16,000 robot. If you choose carefully, they are usually easier to train. Constant encouragement may be necessary and results will vary.
    Very interesting presentation about malaria. Conquering/Managing this awful disease is critical to helping equatorial nations lift themselves out of poverty. My younger sister worked on malaria control as a doctor in Congo DRC.

  • Yvonne Kwan

    $16,000 for a robot to fold a T-shirt in 5-10 minutes?! That’s a steep price to pay, but I suppose that innovation has to start somewhere.

    Kelly, thank you for an informative presentation! I definitely learned a lot about malaria. You and Elimination 8 are doing such important work in the region. Thank you for sharing!

  • Nathan Gildart

    Kelly, thank you for teaching us more about malaria and the work you are doing. I think your point on using language and offering information that reduces assumptions is important. You and your organization are doing wonderful work.

    Laundriod. It’s amazing how laziness leads to innovation. I’m in! 😉

  • Steven Shags Shagrin

    Great program, Kelly! And the humor this week was a little ruff…(wink wink). Hey, Yvonne — where do noisy dogs get sent? To the barking lot!!! What do you do with a dog that has no tail? Take it to a retail store!!! Sniff sniff sniff…

  • john lozano

    Kelly, thank you for your presentation. I didn’t know much about malaria until I traveled to Central America and needed to learn about prevention and symptoms (I wish I had heard your presentation before I traveled 5 years ago). Keep up the great work!

  • Brett Sham

    Kelly, thanks for sharing your knowledge about Malaria. In Australia there is a big push for Rotary to take on malaria and have formed Rotarians Against Malaria, which works to combat the spread of malaria in Australia, PNG, Timor Leste and the Solomon Islands. During my time on the board of Rotaract Australia, we partnered with them and launched Rotaractors Against Malaria as the national Rotaract project and raised over $20,000 to provide bed nets.

  • Nicole Pham

    Thank you for presenting, Kelly!

  • Ferheen Abbasi

    Kelly, thank you so much for your presentation. Interestingly, a lab in my institute found a new mechanism on how a malaria causing bacteria infects the host (http://www.biken.osaka-u.ac.jp/en/achievement/research/2017/112)! It was a super amazing discovery and hopefully it will be applied to further combat the disease!!

    • Raquel D. Juncal

      The article is super interesting! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Raquel D. Juncal

    Kelly, thank you for taking the time to speak to our club! I would love to connect with you sometime about collaboration opportunities. I have a project about malaria, and perhaps we can chat more about it! Keep up the good work!

  • Thank you for all the wonderful work you’re doing, Kelly.

  • Maxi Bustos

    Kelly, thanks for presenting at our club, the work you do is really important!

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