International Fellowship of Rotarian Educators, with Charles Grant, Ph.D, Founding Chair.

This is the meeting for the week of February 12, 2018 through February 18, 2018

This Meeting at a Glance:
Program: International Fellowship of Rotarian Educators, with Charles Grant, Ph.D, Founding Chair.
Program Description: The International Fellowship of Rotarian Educators is one of Rotary International’s newer fellowships. This program explores, why the fellowship was started; its mission and goals and its current plans; and how and why Rotarians, family members of Rotarians, Rotaractors, alumni, and program participants should become members of this fellowship.
Speaker: Charles Grant, Ph.D, Founding Chair of the International Fellowship of Rotarian Educators

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; read it while on public transit, waiting in line for coffee, or even at the park! 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 Stephen:

Hello E-Club Rotarians,
Last week every club member should have received an email from me regarding club position nominations! If you did not receive that email please contact me directly and I will see that you get it immediately. Now that we are in the process of nominating our club leaders for Andrew’s Presidency year, I would like to encourage everyone to take some time to look at the nomination list from the email I sent out and submit your nominations before the deadline on 11:59 PSTFriday, February 9th.

Yours in service,


Stephen Zhou, President
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: “In honor of the 2018 Winter Olympics taking place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, here’s a knock-knock joke that’ll win you over.”

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Woo.
Woo, who?
What are you cheering for? We didn’t win a medal.


Weekly Inspiration: The Michelangelo of Microsoft Excel

Every week we start our meetings with a short video highlighting innovation, inspiration, entrepreneurship, or social change. This week we are featuring a video from Great Big Story about artistic innovation in… a unique way!

When Tatsuo Horiuchi retired, he decided to try his hand at art. But instead of spending money on paints and brushes, Horiuchi used what he already had pre-installed on his computer—Microsoft Excel. Now, the 77-year-old artist is creating remarkably intricate digital masterpieces of the Japanese landscape, all on the free graphing software.

Wow! What do you think of those paintings made in Excel? If you’ve made some art in Excel, feel free to share that with us in the comments.


Coffee with a Rotarian

It’s back! Coffee with a Rotarian is one of our member initiatives where every month we pair Rotarians and ask them to take an hour out of their busy schedules to have a 1 on 1 chat with their fellow Rotarian. These coffee sessions happen in-person over coffee, online over coffee, and everywhere in-between. In this segment, we feature some of the stories we’ve heard from Rotarians and what they’ve learned about their fellow members.

In this week’s Coffee with a Rotarian featured story, we’re sharing a submission from member Chris Cochrane from Toronto, Canada. Chris was paired with member Shags Shagrin from California, USA.

Here’s what Chris learned about Shags:

Special thanks to member Tzviatko Chiderov for coordinating our Coffee with a Rotarian sessions! Are you a member and interested in joining in these coffee sessions? Reach out to Tzviatko at [email protected] or to President Stephen at [email protected]

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 are out! Please check your emails!

Dear members. Elections for the 2018-2019 Rotary Year (July 1 to June 30) has begun! We are currently in nominations for a President-nominee (to serve as President-elect starting July 1, 2018 and then as President on July 1, 2019), a Secretary, a Treasurer, and a Director (note: Directors serve 3-year terms). President Stephen and President-elect Andrew are coordinating the election. Members, if you did not receive an email from President Stephen, please reach out to him at [email protected]

Past Member Announcements:

  • Member namebadges delayed but will be shipped out in February
  • 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)

Other Upcoming Club Events:

  • June 1-3, 2018 – San Jose, CA – Rotary District Conference for our home district, District 5170 – conference activities begin Friday night at 6 PM, includes an all-day Saturday conference, and Sunday morning service projects in San Jose
  • June 22, 2018 – Toronto, Canada – Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley’s RI Convention Friday Happy Hour in Toronto from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
  • June 22-27, 2018 – Toronto, Canada – 2018 Rotary International Convention
  • August 2018 – Our eClub’s second annual charity fundraiser is coming up! More details coming soon!

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 Brian Liddicoat for his generous $15 donation! Brian had this to say:
“Just settled a big real estate case. Happy for the clients but I was really looking forward to trying the case to a jury. Oh, well… Getting psyched up for family trip to Disneyland next week: Haunted Mansion, here I come!

Thank you to member Rory Olsen for his generous $15 donation to ending polio through The Rotary Foundation’s Polio Plus fund. Rory had this to say:
“Reconstruction of my house is continuing slowly. My cats are unhappy about it. 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. This week’s donations will go to powering our club’s projects and helping with sending Interactors to PWR and RYLA!

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 Action for Change:

Guest Celine Neal (Belize) had this to say:
“Matt I love your drive and what you are doing for the deaf community. Kianna, you remind me of when I started Rotaract in 2013. I was so intimated being the youngest in the club. But the more meetings I attended the closer I became with my members. I can imagine how great you feel after completing a fundraiser or community service. Continue the great work you are doing and no matter how small you think your work is, always remember it’s the impact that counts. I have encouraged rotaractors and prospects to always focus on how you can impact a person. That is what really matters. When you see a smile and a thank you through there eyes is when you feel you really accomplish something. Trust me you will never forget that experience. If you ever want to help in another country to experience a project, you can join our project name Adopt a village whereby we have sponsored around 80 children to attend elementary school and alomg with school supplies. We don’t do high school as it is more costly for us. So we assist them with a start to an education.

Guest Rebecca had this to say:
“You are such an inspiring leader Kiana, with wisdom and insight beyond your years! It was such a pleasure to learn more about Action for Change and ICAN and the difference these initiatives are making in the world. Subtanstial synergies with Interact, Rotaract and Rotary and given you’re following a similar membership based model it may be worth checking out some of the resources available on the Rotary International website. All the best with your quest to make a positive impact in the world!

Member Andrew Taw (California, USA) had this to say:
“Kiana, this is amazing! I’m certain your club will grow as you continue to do the cool work you do!”

 

Member Catherine A. (California, USA) had this to say:
“Kiana I was inspired by your dedication and kindness in efforts to aid children in crisis. Your talk reminded me of my favorite charitable effort, Liter of Light, which Illac Diaz developed as a student in the Philippines. Liter of Light began as a solar means to light the homes of the poor after the last major hurricane, using recyled liter soda bottles. Now, Liter of Light and Liter of Light at Night have gone worldwide, with chapters in the USA: [Youtube link here] (More at: http://www.literoflightusa…. ) Kudos to Keith Marsh for his beautiful photography, to Rushton for the lively CWR segment and to our team for re-posting the Great Big Story Matt Maxey “DEAFinitely Dope” video.

Member Richard Knaggs (South Africa) had this to say:
“How incredibly innovative is Matt Maxey. We have five students in our school who have come up with an innovative design and process for water transport and storage for our rural communities and with the current drought in Cape Town this now applies to everyone. It is fantastic when entrepreneurship affects the entire community and has potential to affect the world. You are an inspiration Kiana, keep up the great work for as small as it may seem to you it is HUGE for those you are helping. As the very good man, Srini Swaminathan, I know says, “If you have nothing, then something is everything!”.

Member Nathan Gildart (Japan) had this to say:
“Kiana, you’re doing wonderful things and are an impressive individual! Thank you for sharing with our club. It is a privilege to see the great things you’re doing at Nagoya International School and outside of our community. You’re a star! I loved the Great Big Story video as well. My grandparents sign for the deaf at their church (my brother and I unfortunately forgot how to sign after moving away from them as children).”

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: International Fellowship of Rotarian Educators

Every week we bring to you a new program on innovation, education, technology, and humanitarian service. This week our guest speaker is Charles Grant, Ph.D., Founding Chair of the International Fellowship of Rotarian Educators.

Charles has thirty five years’ experience in education: ten years in a public school as a classroom teacher and an assistant principal and twenty five years in community college education.  He has served as an Instructor of Management Development, Director of Continuing Education, Dean of Continuing Education, Vice President of Instruction and President for ten years. He is also Past President of North Shore Rotary Club, Past Assistant Governor of Rotary District 5890, District 5890 Rotaract Chair for five years. He has served as a sponsor of the San Jacinto College North Rotaract Club for 25 years and is a Past Chair of the RI Worldwide Rotaract Committee.

Charles talks to us about one of Rotary International’s newer fellowships, and who and why Rotarians, family members of Rotarians, Rotaractors, alumni, and program participants should become members of this fellowship.

Members and guests, please welcome Charles to our meeting!

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Share with us your thoughts in the comments at the bottom of this meeting page!
If you have questions for Charles, 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

    Thanks Charles (and Bill) for what you do. I wasn’t aware of your fellowship. Great job for this initiative.

  • Rory Olsen

    Dr. Grant, I am a member of the Rotary e-club of Silicon Valley who resides in West Houston, Texas. I can say in complete candor that hearin’ your talk was a fun experience, ’cause you–unlike most of our speakers–know how to talk properly. Thank you for taking the time to speak to us and letting us know about your fellowship.

  • Great program. Thank you

  • Keith Marsh

    The Japanese man who paints with Excel is amazing. Charles, thanks for the program.

  • Ariana Fishkin

    Charles, awesome program!
    Loved the story about the excel painting, how creative for the man to use excel to create beautiful art!

  • Steven Shags Shagrin

    Yes, indeed! I love Polka music — but I don’t Polka dance. A radio station in Youngstown, Ohio, had the Polka Show every Sunday morning, and rumor has it that most parents would blast it throughout the house to get their kids to get up and leave the house for the relatively-quiet-sanctuary of Sunday School! Amazing art on Excel — don’t have that much patience…

  • Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne

    Thanks very much for making us aware of your program! Cool program this week.

  • Catherine A

    Thanks for your service and dedication to educators and education, Charles! What a super idea to create a Rotary International Fellowship for Educators. (Hmm….how about a RI Fellowship for Librarians—Monique, can we do this?)

    The Tatsuo Horiuchi Great Big Story on his Excel artwork was so wonderful! Thanks to the team for finding these excellent short stories.

    Can someone contact me about purchasing a Rotary name badge asap? (I need one this month.) Thanks!

  • Charles, thanks for sharing your enthusiasm for education and for Rotary. I think our club’s flexibility with timing of meetings (while still asking members to show regular dedication) is one that can work for lots of educators. We’re happy to be part of the effort to get more of those dedicated to young people in Rotary!

  • interesting program, looking forward to next week.

  • Celine Neal

    Thank you for the presentation Charles. I hope you and the members of the Rotary International Fellowship for Educators continue to grow and create great project and ideas.

  • Brett Sham

    Charles and Bill, thanks again for taking the time to join us.

    I wish I could be this creative in Excel, all I seem to do is calculate bunches of numbers…

  • BDL

    Thank you, Charles. Echoing Brett Sham’s praise re your Excel skills. Like most other professionals, I would reap huge benefits by devoting a week to mastering Excel.

  • Thanks for an informative program. Also enjoyed the art inspired by saving money. Pretty amazing!

  • Rebecca Fry

    Thoroughly enjoyed this meeting! Astounded to hear there was not a Fellowship for Education prior to last year! Incredible job in starting the fellowship! You also mentioned you’re involved in RYLA Charles? I am personally deeply passionate about RYLA and am heavily involved in Australia. Would be keen to learn more about RYLA in your district and the USA more broadly. It sounds like you have some very grounded strategies regarding the engagement of young leaders. Please let me know if you’d be interested in a Skype chat, or if you’re heading to Toronto, would love to meet you in person. Thanks so much for an inspiring presentation.

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