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Providing Practical Support to Impoverished Cambodian Students with Disabilities

Meeting for the week of May 14-20, 2018

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: Providing Practical Support to Impoverished Cambodian Students with Disabilities

Speaker: Jan Horsley

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 our Charter President Rushton:

Welcome to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley, where we explore how our interests in innovation, entrepreneurship, and education align with our Rotarian focus on Service Above Self!

In this meeting we have another program for you on how to help people on their way to good jobs. Last week we were inspired by Sharon Winston of Project HIRED, based in San Jose, California. This week, we hear from an Australian Rotarian, Jan Horsely, who has worked to support Essential Personnel Cambodia, an effort to help young people with disabilities get an education and find work in a country where the opportunities for those with physical challenges are tragically few.

Why do we in Rotary value attending every week? Like many of us, Jan is one who listened to a speaker at her club a few years ago, and it inspired her to see where she could give her time and energy to make a major difference in the lives of others.

We thank you for being part of our club today, and hope that this or one of the many other programs we collect from fascinating people around the world will inspire you to see your own possibilities for meaningful service.


Rushton Hurley, Charter 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!”

Happy National Dance Like a Chicken Day! Here are some clucktastic jokes for your week.

What kind of chicken grows on a tree?

Why did the chicken join the band?
Because it already had drumsticks.

How did the chicken wake up?
It had an alarm cluck.

Weekly Inspiration

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

Consider the tamale—a humble, yet tasty Mexican dish of steamed corn husk filled with meat, veggies, cheese and other delectable ingredients. You might know tamales from your favorite lunch spot or go-to food truck. But little did you know that this Mesoamerican staple long ago made its way to the great state of Mississippi. Say what? This is a food story that begins (and ends) with family. Confused? Let us explain (and make you hungry).

How a Mexican Delicacy Became a Mississippi Staple

World of Rotary

For 95 years, the Rotary Club of Las Vegas has helped build a city that transcends showgirls, celebrities, and slot machines.

Learn more at https://www.rotary.org/en/rotary-club-las-vegas-has-helped-build-city.

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 Cecelia from San Jose, CA, USA reporting on her chat with Roger from Kamloops, BC, Canada.

Roger and I had a lovely visit late last week, where we talked extensively about retirement living arrangements and where to retire. I’m on that path, in about a year. He reminded me of a program in our club last year, about a young woman who bought a tiny house and is living off the grid, in northern Wyoming. Somehow, I had missed that meeting, so I went back to the archives (one of the blessings of an e-club) and watched the program. Pretty interesting! One of the reasons for becoming a member of the e-club is that I can remain a member, no matter where I live, once I do retire.

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


Service reports from club members for last month:

John Lozano coordinated and lead a training for CISV (Children’s International Summer Village), a non-profit for youth that educates and inspires action for a more just and peaceful world. Over 25 youth from the Bay Area will travel international to participate in several domestic and international programs including Washingtonm, DC; Athens, Greece; Genova, Italy, and Cario, Egypt.

Monique leConge Ziesenhenne volunteered cleaning Mt. Zion Lutheran Church/Crestmont school to prep for Easter celebration

Richard Knaggs donated 15 Robotics Sets to West Riding Preparatory.

Yvonne Kwan volunteered with Oakland’s Plant Exchange as a traffic controller, helping to direct participants to the plant pickup zone and ensuring that pedestrians are safe.
The San Diego Rotaract Club hosted a house build in Tijuana, Mexico with the nonprofit Casas de Luz. Over the course of one and a half days, we worked with master carpenters to build a house from the ground up as well as decorate and furnish the interior. The house was given to a family of 5 who also had the opportunity to work alongside us.

Nate Gildart: Edcamp Kansai. Planned and coordinated a free teacher’s event in Osaka.

Raquel D’Garay-Juncal helped with logistics, supply chain and leisure activities throughout the Holy Week missions.

Looking for a service project to be a part of?

Students Rising Above, an amazing organization we featured in our program several weeks ago, is hosting a fun event to help support their students!

Sunday, May 20th, 4:00pm
Revelry Fitness & Activewear
10 E. 3rd Avenue, San Mateo

Rise Above Ride is a 60-minute charity ride supporting 77 Bay Area high school seniors, who will be the first in their family to attend college this fall.
All proceeds from the ride benefit Students Rising Above, a Bay Area non-profit that invests in low-income, first-generation college students who have demonstrated a deep commitment to education and strength of character while overcoming tremendous odds.

Find out more and register here.

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Past 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.

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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Calling all service-minded entrepreneurs, foodies, and community leaders! This group is for anyone interested in innovation, community service, education, business networking,…

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Past Events:

Highlights from our club’s showing at the Justin’s House Annual Chili Cook Off a couple of weekends ago:


Upcoming Events:

All times are Pacific Time! (San Francisco time)

  • 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!)

Here are the happy dollars contributions from last week!

Member Rory Olsen made a $20 donation. Here is what he had to say:
Bit of a medical problem has me convalescing this week. Please apply my gift to Polio Plus.

Member Brian Liddicoat made a $15 donation. Here is what he had to say:
Looking forward to a great summer…

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

As you’ll see in this week’s program, Essential Personnel Cambodia is an organization dedicated to helping some of the most vulnerable members of that society become productive citizens. Happy Dollars this week will go toward supporting this effort, and we hope you’ll be motivated to pitch in now or after you’ve heard Jan Horsley, our speaker!

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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.

Nathan Gildart said,
Sharon, this is a great program. You’ve made a very important point – we don’t see a disability most of the time. I teach at an inclusive school and there is a lot more to an individual than meets the eye. Fabulous that you have a mentoring program as well. Hopefully programs such as this, as well as government and corporate programs can help shift minds to be more empathetic and open. I’ll agree with Catherine -you’re a great spokesperson.

Steven Shags Shagrin said,
Agreed — great program! Purr-fect humor (hiss), and interesting video about hair, of which I now have little!!

Nathan Dudden said,
Thank you for sharing Project Hired with us Sharon. Your passion is evident in the way you describe its mission and programs. Also I loved the video from Huangluo China. 中華文化真的很有意思!

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: Providing Practical Support to Impoverished Cambodian Students with Disabilities

Every week we bring to you a new program on innovation, education, technology, and humanitarian service.

Our speaker is Jan Horsley, a Perth Rotarian and grandmother who was moved to act when she learned about Essential Personnel Cambodia (EPC), a program that helps young people living in poverty in Cambodia get their university education and go on to find good jobs.

Jan learned about EPC when someone from a local Western Australia organization that helps those with challenges presented at her Rotary club. She learned that they support the Cambodia effort, and now spends some of her time trying to help get the story about EPC to others, with a particular interest in connecting with clubs interested in doing a Global grant (https://my.rotary.org/en/take-action/apply-grants/global-grants).

Members and guests, please welcome Jan Horsley!

Jan Horsley on Essential Personnel Cambodia

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 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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