This is the meeting for the week of April 2, 2018 through April 8, 2018
This Meeting at a Glance:
Program: The Purpose and Value of Community Restore
Program Description: How Community Restore works to restore value in students, families, and community.
Speaker: Ramon Hernandez, Natasha Babani-Punjabi, Elmer Huitz, Ron Zurlinden, and Shelley Falk
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-Nominee Tzviatko:
Happy April everyone!
It’s April 2nd today, so I think I’m off the hook for April Fools jokes (I’m terrible at those), but I hope you had some good ones yesterday. Feel free to share in the DISQUS comments below. Also happy belated Easter to all those who celebrated. If you did, please tell us about a fun story or a family tradition you try to follow for Easter every year. Being from Bulgaria, I am an Eastern Orthodox Christian, so our Easter is actually this coming Sunday! Traditionally we color eggs starting from Thursday and we engage in friendly “egg fights” on Easter Sunday. Not what you might think, so read more about it here.
I am beyond excited that I will be our club’s President in the 2019-2020 Rotary year and I look forward to continuing to learn from the club’s current and past leaders so I can be of best service to all of you in taking Rotary’s mission further.
This week, we have a special program. Several dedicated Rotarians from Belize will be telling us about the projects they are involved in to make a difference in their community. These might give you some good ideas about projects we should support or initiate in our club. If so, please share your thoughts in the DISQUS comments section below.
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!”
Why shouldn’t you tell an Easter egg a joke?
It might crack up!
How many Easter eggs can you put in an empty basket?
Only one – after that it’s not empty any more!
How does the Easter Bunny stay fit?
Every week we start our meetings with a short video highlighting innovation, inspiration, entrepreneurship, or social change.
A visualization of how much time we have in life in the form of Jelly Beans!
For Members Only: Updates
Past Member Announcements:
- Member name badges delayed but will be shipped out soon
- 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!
All times are Pacific Time! (San Francisco time)
Justin’s House Chili Cook-off
Join us as we enter into the annual chili cook-off in support for Justin’s House. We will be serving guests, tasting the competition, and maybe winning a prize or two! The mission of Justin’s House is to provide a variety of services that inspire youth to live beyond abuse and addiction.
- Date: April 22, 2018
- Time: 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
- Location: Elk’s Lodge, 1680 Martin Ave, Santa Clara, CA 95050
April Online Social
Join us for our monthly online social with our members all over the world for laughter and stories! The link to the Zoom space will be e-mailed to members by President-Elect Andrew a week before the event.
- Date: April 28, 2018
- Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm
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 we had a couple of happy dollars contributions. Here they are!
Member Monique Ziesenhenne made a $20 donation to Happy Dollars and said:
Happy it’s Spring! Loving the later light in the evenings. Please donate to club general fund!
Member Rory Olsen made a $15 donation to Happy Dollars and said:
Construction continues! Please apply my gift to Polio Plus.
Member Brian Liddicoat made a $15 donation to Happy Dollars and said:
Working hard to find the right new school for my son: prayers appreciated!
Guest Paul Andrus made a $10 donation to Happy Dollars and said:
Seeing ice blown from One World Tower after a big storm from the day before fall perfectly into the reflection appointment from 1776 feet high. At first I couldn’t tell what was hitting the water..maybe flowers from visitors. But it dissolved when it hit the water. It took me a minute to figure it out. Then I looked up to understand. I was amazed no one was hit with the falling ice. It gave me the chills thinking about those people who jumped from the twin towers as I watched the ice fall and land perfectly in the middle of their memorial of cascading falls. It was a sobering and spiritual experience all at once. God Bless their families.
So what are you happy about? Share with us below to help with doing good around the world.
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 featuring the program on Toronto.
Chris Cochrane (Club Member in Canada) said,
“Well done, Andrea. As a Toronto native and my hometown too, I’ll see everyone at the Convention. Be sure to join us on June 22 at 5:30 pm for drinks and fellowship. Location is The Loose Moose, a great bar restaurant a few minutes walk from the Convention Centre. The address is 146 Front Street West.
Should anyone need info on Toronto, help, or simply suggestions, I’ll assist as possible.”
Steven Shags Shagrin (Club Member in USA) said,
I will also be missing the convention, and Toronto is one of my favorite cities. I used to live 284 miles away and visited there many, many times, and it is truly a fantastic and fun part of the world. This is the fifth time Toronto has hosted the RI Convention, the last time being in 1983 for the 74th year, which I visited as a less-than-1-year-Rotarian. Also has been held there in 1924 (#15), 1942 (#33), and 1964 (55th).
Keith Marsh (Club Member in USA) said,
BTW, Le Palais Ideal is in France (not mentioned in video). Andrea, thanks for the program. Toronto is a great city and will be a fantastic host for the convention. I will not be able to attend as I will be leaving for a Rotary international service project in Kenya with H2OpenDoors.
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: The Purpose and Value of Community Restore
The Community Restore works to restore value in students, families, and community, including reading intervention, and family and individual counseling. The program provides opportunities for local high school and college students to serve, along with an adult literacy program we will hear about.
Our speakers are several member of the team that makes Community Restore happen.
Ramon Hernandez served in the US Navy for five years, traveling around the world as part of his service. After leaving the military, he partnered to start a successful construction company focused on energy conservation. Two years ago he decided to take a two-and-a-half year sabbatical to move his family of 6 (2 girls and 2 boys) to Belize to learn about other cultures and teach them the value in service.
Natasha Babani-Punjabi is a general practitioner who has recently opened a private practice in Corozal. She has been with the Rotary Club of Corozal since December 2016.
Elmer Huitz is a university student majoring in Information Technology. He also holds the position of Club Service Director in the Rotaract Club of Corozal, and is active in the Maya Association of Corozal and the Corozal Animal Program.
Ron Zurlinden is a semi-retired civil and environmental engineer who lives in Belize for most of the year. Ron comes from Colorado and California where he still has a small consulting practice. In his volunteer time, Ron serves the Rotary Club of Corozal in the position of secretary and provides technical support for the recently-completed toilet and hand washing project.
Shelley Falk spent 34 years in the airline industry and has had a legal defense business since 2001. She has lived in Belize for six years and been part of Rotary for four years, including serving as club president for two years.
Members and guests, please welcome Ramon, Natasha, Elmer, Ron, and Shelley!
Share with us your thoughts in the comments at the bottom of this meeting page!
If you have questions for our speakers, 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.
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).
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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.
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