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Landscape Photography

Meeting for the week of November 04 – November 10, 2019

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: Landscape Photography

Speaker: Keith Marsh

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Table of Contents

Welcome to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley!

Here’s a message from President Tzviatko:

Greetings Rotarians and Guests,

After a few fun weeks with family in the US, Massie and I are finally back in Zimbabwe. It was a great trip!
This week’s program is a treat!

The man (the legend) behind the “Through a Rotarian’s Lens” section on each week’s program page – our charter member Keith Marsh – will talk to us about the magic of photography.
Also it’s Keith’s birthday this week! Happy birthday Keith.


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!


🎂 🎈 🎉 🎁 🍾
Happy Birthday!!

Keith Marsh (Nov 5)

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!”

Is anyone still on a Halloween candy crash? The good news is that the abundance of Laffy Taffys in my class have generated some great laffs for this week!

How do you communicate with a fish?
Drop it a line!

What three letters hold a lot of data?

What room can no one enter?
A mushroom!

Weekly Inspiration

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

Shelia Hill grew up in San Francisco’s Sunnydale Projects. It was a rough neighborhood. She got into trouble when she was young and dropped out of school. She thought it wasn’t for her. Hill’s attitude changed after she had her own children.

One day, her son asked why he should bother going to school since she didn’t. It was a lightbulb moment. Hill realized that she had to do better for herself and her family. She learned how to read and got her high school diploma through Five Keys, an organization that gives members of underserved communities a chance to restart their education. Today, Hill works for Five Keys as community ambassador.

She goes out into neighborhoods considered education deserts on the Five Keys bus and encourages residents to board the mobile classroom where they can study with a teacher and earn their GEDs. Hill doesn’t want anyone to feel ashamed for not finishing school. So she always makes sure to share her own story, letting people know there was a time when she couldn’t read. And she’s big on follow-up with potential students. “I’ll call them. I’ll bug them. I’ll text them. I’ll email ’em. Whatever it takes,” she says. “I just want you to get your education. That’s it.”

This School on a Bus Is Bringing Education to Everyone

Member  Spotlight

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

This week, I took my class on a field trip to the Tech Museum, a science and technology museum located in San Jose. These kiddos got the chance to explore science in the real world and get hands-on in a lab dealing with different types of electricity.

I love seeing my students become so engaged in what they’re doing/learning that they forget I’m there; this photo captures that essence perfectly (and bonus: #womeninscience!) For any educators in the Bay Area, I’m always looking for new field trips for my class. Holler if you have some recommendations!

World of

Vocational training team helps with autism

Learn more at https://blog.rotary.org/2019/09/26/vocational-training-team-helps-with-autism/

Movember fundraising

Are you interested in growing a mustache for the month of November? The  fundraising committee is looking to host a Movember fundraising effort where we find volunteers from our club willing to grow a mustache for the month and then create a financial pledge to the Rotary Foundation for their efforts. If you’d like to donate to the effort to do so via the Happy Dollars spot.   

Hello members!

Are you interested in growing a mustache for the month of November?

The fundraising committee is looking to host a Movember fundraising effort where we find volunteers from our club willing to grow a mustache for the month and then create a financial pledge to the Rotary Foundation for their efforts.

Movember is starting in a few days.  You may be asking, what’s Movember?  Movember is a month long mustache growing effort in support of men’s health that takes place in the month of November.

Any mustache style is welcome and fake mustache cutouts are totally permitted!   Send us pictures of your progress each week so that we can ooh and ahh over the amazing mustaches our club can create!   And for those who wish to support the mustache growers, consider a donation to TRF.    Many thanks, the Fundraising Committee.

Ps: please send your pictures to the club’s Slack or Facebook pages and we’ll collect them each week and post a collage of our works-in-progress!

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.

I took this portrait of a rural Cuban farmer on my first trip in 2014. He was very proud of his prize rooster.

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.

Jefferson Rice with Pine Nuts and Pistachios

For the upcoming US Thanksgiving holiday, I will be making a family favorite, Jefferson Rice. I don’t recall where I found this, so apologies if I violate a copyright!

Pilau, which originated in the Far East, was introduced to the United States by early traders. Variations of this rice dish are especially popular in the Carolinas. The following version was a favorite of Thomas Jefferson.

To serve 4 to 6

1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice, not the converted variety
2 cups chicken stock, fresh or packaged, or two cups water, or a combination of the two
4 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup unsalted shelled pistachios
1/4 teaspoon ground mace (outer husk of nutmeg – quite interesting scent & taste)

Place the rice in a sieve or colander and wash it under cold running water until the draining water runs clear.

In a heavy 1- to 2-quart saucepan, bring the chicken stock or water, 1 tablespoon of the butter, and ½ teaspoon of the salt to a boil over high heat. Pour in the rice, stir well, and reduce the heat to low. Cover the pan tightly and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the rice is tender and the grains have absorbed all the liquid.

Meanwhile, in a heave 8- to 10-inch skillet, melt the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter over moderate heat. When the foam begins to subside, add the nuts and, stirring frequently, fry until they are a delicate golden color. Remove the skillet from the heat.

Transfer the rice to a heated serving bowl and fluff it with a table fork. Then, with a rubber spatula, scrape the contents of the skillet over the rice and toss the rice and nuts gently together. Sprinkle the pilau with the mace and remaining ½ teaspoon of salt and serve at once.

Shags’ notes: To add some additional crunchy grain to the pilau, I will often separately cook 1/4 to 1/2 cup of farro or whole wheat berries, then add them to the rice before fluffing with the table fork. And I have used brown rice as well as white for a different dish, and it came out just as delightful.

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 Tatiana from Vancouver, BC, Canada

Tatiana and I visited today. We had a great time discussing various matters with her including the necessity of drawing the proper estate planning documents to take care of one’s minor children; international estate planning; planning for passwords in estate planning; and the joys and vicissitudes of having cryptocurrency in one’s estate.
Tatiana was great company and a welcome addition to our club.


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!

  • Stabile, Sandy: District 5170 Business Expo. Worked as Sgt. of Arms and Membership
  • Hurley, Rushton: Help with opening of new entry to Castle Rock State Park. Help Candle Lighters group in Fremont with their booth builds of haunted house (project raises money for local charities). Mentored an educator
  • leConge Ziesenhenne, Monique: El Cerrito Rotary Sip & Savor – fundraising event
  • A., Catherine: Finished a new Web site and became the new newsletter for The Argonauts Historical Society of Santa Clara Valley: https://www.santaclaravalleyargonauts.org
  • Sham, Brett: Graffiti removal day – painting fences to remove graffiti

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:



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 inquiries@siliconvalleyrotary.com

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.
Raining here now. Other than that, all is well. Please apply my gift to Polio Plus.

Kelly Ku made a $20 donation.
Always happy to support Movember! Looking forward to seeing the photos of the participants!

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.

Tzviatko Chiderov said:

Alexandra congratulations to you and your husband! Little Mark is adorable.
Sandy, such wonderful stories from your trip. Thank you for sharing this with us and thank you for your service. I particularly liked your final message – no matter where you go in the world people want the same basic things for their children.

Mark, your set-up is impressive. Congrats on being able to live off grid and thanks for sharing the pictures!

Kelly said:

I really enjoyed the travel tips, especially the part about reflecting during your trip and how it turns experience into meaning. It’s so true.

Mark, your new home looks great! It’s clear that you’ve put in considerable effort into designing and building your home to make it as sustainable as possible. Kudos! Bluey is so cute.

I did not know about the shortcut for reopening a tab – thanks for sharing!

Sandy, thank you for sharing your experience with Rotaplast and Operation Smiles. I’m sure the children and their families are grateful for your service and generosity.

Raquel D. Juncal said:

Tatiana, thank you for hosting another great meeting!

Sandy, like you, I love medical mission trips. You never know what to expect and yet, beyond the poverty and desperate need, you always encounter a life-changing love and joy. Going to this trips are an eye-opening and gratifying experience!

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: Landscape Photography

Speaker: Keith Marsh

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!

Keith Marsh has been a Rotarian for over 33 years and is currently a charter member of the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley. Prior to that, he was a member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Mission San Rafael, CA.

Keith has been interested in photography since he was a young boy growing up in Northern Idaho. He has been active in local and regional photography organizations for the past 20 years. Several of his photos have been published in the Rotarian Magazine and he won the Rotarian Photo Contest in 2016. He has also been published by National Geographic and was the featured artist in the Bartolini Gallery at the Marin Civic Center in 2017 where he exhibited his Astrophotography. His weekly photography section in his Rotary Club on-line program is titled “Through a Rotarians Lens”.

He has been a resident of Marin County since 1976. He is the owner of Marsh & Associates, a 30+-year-old real estate appraisal firm located in San Anselmo where he resides with his wife Helena

Landscape Photography with Keith Marsh

Additional Resources

  • www.kmarsh.com

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 programs@siliconvalleyrotary.com.

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