The First Object of Rotary with District Governor Orrin

This is the meeting for the week of August 28, 2017 through September 3, 2017

This Meeting at a Glance:
Program: The First Object of Rotary
Program Description: In this week’s program, our guest speaker is our Rotary District Governor for District 5170, the greater Silicon Valley area! Our Governor shares with us his theme for the year: the First Object of Rotary.
Speaker: Orrin Mahoney, Our Rotary District Governor (District 5170)

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Welcome to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley!

Message from President Stephen

New to our meetings? Then I want to welcome you to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley’s online meeting! Every week we curate inspiring and educational content in an online format like the one you’re seeing here. As you continue reading, watching, and scrolling, our hope is that you’ll leave feeling a little bit more inspired. As an online Rotary club, we have these asynchronous meetings online, but we also meet in-person in the Silicon Valley / San Francisco bay area for service projects and for social events. Keep reading on, and feel free to also join us for one of our in-person events if you can make it!

Hello E-Club Rotarians!

This week’s president message, I have a special announcement. The District Membership chair has approaches us regarding a Rotary zone-wide pledge called “sustainable Rotary Club Project” who mission is for 100 to 120 clubs in Zones 25 and 26 (the west coast of the USA) to each pledge to have a net increase of members per year for the next three years (2017-2020). This means that if we start the year with 36 members, we pledge that by the end of the year we will have at least 37 members. (Net increase of +1.) As arguably one of the best eClubs in Rotary, I totally believe this is 100% doable in fact I believe we can blow past this goal! I challenge each and every one of you to tell someone you know whether it’s a coworker, friend, or even someone new that you meet to come check out our website this week! It will be perfect for them to experience Orrin Mahoney give a presentation in this week’s program on the topic of, “Does anyone know what is the First Object of Rotary?”

Let us all work together to continue serving and making this the best Rotary club out there!

Yours in service,


Stephen Zhou, President
Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley
[email protected]


Laughing Out Loud (L.O.L.) with our Lady of LOLs

We believe that laughing a little every day keeps you healthier. Every week we try to share with you something that will make you smile! This section is curated by Rotarian Yvonne Kwan, our club’s “Lady of LOLs.”

From Yvonne – Here are some critter jokes!

Where do animals go when their tails fall off?

The retail store.
What did the duck say when she bought lipstick?
“Put it on my bill.”
What happens to a frog’s car when it breaks down?
It gets toad away.

Weekly Inspiration: Hip-Hop Dancing at Age 60

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 hip-hop dancing at age 60!

You’re never too old to bust a move, and hip-hop dance duo “Bamboo Shoot” can prove it to you. At ages 57 and 60, respectively, Mash and Tachiflower have competed in more than 50 dance battles. They’re living proof that with practice, passion, and a little rhythm, any dream is achievable.

Age is just a number! Live life like you want to and thrive!


Coffee with a Rotarian

Every month our club members are paired with fellow members and special guests for an exclusive one-on-one coffee session called Coffee with a Rotarian. The idea is simple: spend 1 hour of your time during the month to get to better know a fellow Rotarian! Some of the greatest friendships were spawned that way. Members report on their coffee sessions here.

This week we feature a coffee session between two of our members, Andrew Taw of Silicon Valley and Nathan Gildart of Japan!

Here is what Andrew had to say about Nate:

“Hanging out with Nate was super fun. He’s a heck of a cool guy! We talked about how he moved to Japan in his twenties, his love of teaching social studies, and musical talents. Nate’s one of those guys who firmly believes in the pursuit of one’s passions and that there is no reason not to have fun in everything one does. His current project is combining his love for technology and social studies to produce virtual tours with 360 degree cameras. Our chat went on for an hour and a half without feeling like much time at all.”

Here is what Nate had to say about Andrew:

Thank you Nate and Andrew for sharing!

A big shout out  to Tzviatko Chiderov for continuing to chair and organize these Coffee with a Rotarian sessions! If you are not yet signed up for a Coffee Session, please email Tzviatko at [email protected] to sign up!


World of Rotary

The over 1.2 million members of Rotary Clubs around the world form the largest humanitarian service organization, Rotary International. We’re part of this global family. This segment is a tribute to stories and to good deeds Rotary clubs around the world are conducting.

This week we feature a story from the Rotary International team.

“8,000 Kilometers to Peace”

Civil war in Syria forced the Alchehade family from their home. With the help of Rotary members, they found a new home in Canada.

Read the full feature: http://on.rotary.org/2oyREml


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.

Member @siliconvalleyrotary.com Email Addresses Are Out!

Webmaster Mitty here. All active members now have a @siliconvalleyrotary.com email address forwarder that is active! It is your first name plus the first letter of your last name @siliconvalleyrotary.com. For example, mine is [email protected] and President Stephen’s is [email protected] These email forwarders will redirect emails that go to it to your personal email address on file with us. We recommend that you whitelist the email address to make sure the emails don’t end up in your spam box. The forwarder is valid for as long as you are a member of the club. It’s a great email address to share with Rotarians, especially when you want to represent the club or do business on behalf of the club. More member services coming soon!

Past Member Announcements:


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)

Friday, September 15 – Drinks, Food, and Art at the Palo Alto Arts Center

Come join fellow club members on Friday, September 15, 2017 starting at 7 PM for food and drinks at the Palo Alto Arts Center’s annual fundraiser! In addition to socializing with your fellow Rotarians and visiting the new Play art exhibit, you can support an amazing community effort to keep the arts alive! This event officially ends at 10 PM, but you can come and go as you please! The Palo Alto Arts Center is located at 1313 Newell Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303. Tickets are not required.

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 dollars went towards powering our club’s projects and service grants.

Thank you to member Rory Olsen for his donation to PolioPlus! Rory had this to say:
All is well! Please apply my gift to Polio Plus!

Thank you to member Monique Ziesenhenne for her generous $15 donation! Monique had this to say:
I’m happy that Nate donated last week in recognition of Mr. Ravindran’s presentation! I, too, have never paid close attention to the many ways I could benefit Rotary through the partnerships mentioned. I’m inspired to follow his lead and look into the ways that I can do that. Thanks, Nate! (please put donation towards Club General Fund!)

Thank you to guest Sean Straker for his generous $10 donation! Sean had this to say:
First meeting with Silicon Valley Rotary! Looking forward to many more.

Thank you to member Rushton Hurley for his generous $5 donation! Rushton had this to say:
“Sending good vibes Monique’s way for her doctoral defense on Friday!”

Thank you all for your donations last week!

This week’s happy dollars donations will be going to help fund our club projects and service grants!

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.

So what are you happy about? Share with us below, and help support one of our future leaders!

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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 Girls Who Code:

Member Mark Dohn (Michigan, USA) had this to say:
“Danielle, I have seen and worked with several schools who have a GWC program and absolutely love watching young women who thought they didn’t belong in the math/science world suddenly discover that they do. My favorite location though is GWC programs in public libraries. I think that a different venue that is to attached to school is very beneficial from a mindset point-of-view, and it is helping to define how public libraries are changing their role in the local communities including the services that they offer to the public. Lastly, a thought on our inspirational video about making Detroit graffiti into art. How cool is it to help homeless women to transition out of a shelter by teaching them skills that are based on creativity! Feed the creative genius in a person and watch them apply that to all aspects of their life.

Member Catherine A. (California, USA) had this to say:
Wow! Wonderful Girls who Code project and presentation. Had I had something like this as high school student, it would have changed the course of my career, since coding is one of the few careers which marries creative arts (Web Design) and qualitative logic skills (hard coding.) When I became a librarian I segued into coding and managing our branch Web site, which I expanded from 4 pages to 45 pages to include local services and agencies of interest to our patrons. I had finally found my calling! I continued to enjoy Web development and content after retirement, creating free sites for some local nonprofit groups, then teaching their members to manage the sites on their own. For that reason, I was happy to read that Girls Who Code has volunteer opportunities so women in coding professions (or those who wish to learn coding along with the girls) may support this wonderful effort: http://www.surveygizmo.com/… I know that once you get hooked on coding and Web/App development, it becomes a daily passion, with much time spent in expanding and perfecting projects. It occurred to me that girls really need personal laptops to practice coding, to develop ideas and to complete projects. I was wondering if there was any effort to award participating girls with laptops which they can keep, as soon as they become active at GWC clubs or were accepted at GWC summer sessions? The girls could then take these laptops to college with them. Great speech, Mitty! Good interview, Tzviatko and Jaiki! Loved the Jewelry from scraps program. Ann Ellis (in the UK) is one of my favorite jewelry artists. She uses 100% recycled materials. Her beautiful work can be viewed at: http://www.annellis.co.uk/

Member Monique Ziesenhenne (California, USA) had this to say:
“Great presentation about Girls Who Code and the need to raise more girls to be involved in the tech industry. Many public libraries make the clubs program available to their communities, and it’s a great partnership. Thanks, Danielle, for your presentation and for becoming a teacher. About Palo Alto Art Center event on 9/15: this is one of the regular quarterly events to introduce the upcoming exhibit. It is FREE to attend, though food is available for purchase and a specialty cocktails are available. See more here: http://www.cityofpaloalto.o…. And thanks for the coffee chat – nice to learn more about you both.

Member Nathan Gildart (Japan) had this to say:
Thank you for the presentation Danielle. I was disappointed to be unable to attend – I included Girls Who Code in a recent blog post after reading a book called Code in Every Class, which is where I learned about GWC and would have enjoyed speaking with you. Programs such as this are needed until the “gap” has been bridged. Research in North America shows that schools have been “pigeon-holing” males (and moreso Asian males) towards maths and science fields far more than girls, with less encouragement for girls to go into these post-secondary areas of study. It brings attention to the stark reality that girls are under-represented in maths-sciences based fields, such as engineering and computer programming. This exists across the world, including highly literate industrialized nations. You’ve also made an important point that the program’s is key goals are about resilience and persistence. Having taught for four years at a girls’ school I was able to arrange for students to spend time at the Google office in Tokyo, which had a workshop for girls called Mind The Gap, though I’m not certain how consistently it runs. Are there any plans to expand Girls Who Code into Canada / outside of the US? Keep up the good work! Jaiki, if you ever go Canada please let me know. If I’m back in Halifax I’d love to show you around the east coast! Yvonne, the School Spirit image cracked me up. I’ll be putting it up in my classroom around Halloween time. Mitty, you make some great points in your presentation. I’m surprised when younger students of people I meet don’t know Rotary or have only heard the name. In seeking to make up a meeting during the summer I was looking at some Rotary websites and several were woefully out of date and unattractive. Your personal anecdote was really powerful. Nice work, man! (I noticed it’s from Jan 2016 – any updates?)”

Member Rushton Hurley (California, USA) had this to say:
Steven, for all I know, the side of the freeway is the perfect spot for an eclipse. The video about jewelry made from graffiti is one of the coolest inspirational videos I’ve seen in a while. Great stuff. Tzviatko and Jaiki, thanks for the cool intros from the Coffee with a Rotarian program. In honor of Jaiki, I’ll add a picture below I took while in Rio earlier this year. I hope the beach scene isn’t an upsetting one. 8^) Monique, good luck with the upcoming doctoral defense! I’m tossing in $5 to the Happy Dollars Pot to send good vibes your way. Danielle, it was great to talk to you when we did the recording. Keep fighting the good fight to bring opportunities to those who may not know they have these paths open to them.

Member Keith Marsh (California, USA) had this to say:
“Danielle, thanks for the program. You go girl.
Here is my photo sequence of the partial to total solar eclipse as seen in northern Oregon.
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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 First Object of Rotary with Governor Orrin

Every week we bring to you a new program on innovation, education, technology, and humanitarian service. This week we have a program about The First Object of Rotary, with Governor Orrin!

Orrin Mahoney is a long time resident of Cupertino, California. After graduating from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1967, he came to California to work at Hewlett-Packard and received a Master’s degree from Stanford while working there. After a 35 year management career at HP, he retired and devoted his time to community activities. He is a former member of the Cupertino City Council, and has served twice as Mayor.

In addition to many other community groups, he is an active member and past president of the Rotary Club of Cupertino. As part of the Club’s International Service activities, he has participated in 11 project trips to Mexico, China, India, and Central and South America. He was the Area 8 Assistant Governor in 2014-2015, the District’s Membership Committee Chair in 2015-2016 and the District Conference Chair in 2016-2017.

Members and guests, please join me in welcoming our Rotary District Governor, Orrin Mahoney!

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Share with us your thoughts about The First Object of Rotary and what Orrin had to say If you have any questions for Orrin, ask him in the comments section.


Upcoming Program Schedule

All of our guest speakers and programs are recorded live online. We welcome members and guests to join us in one of these upcoming recordings. Recordings are approximately 45 minutes long and are subject to change without notice.

Upcoming Recordings:

  • September 3, 2017 at 7:30 PM PT – “Rumors and Reconciliation in Myanmar” with Zach Nelson

If you would like to join us for any of the live recordings, please email [email protected] with your request. Requests will be checked up until 5 minutes prior to the recording time. Please note the timezone is all California, USA time.


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  • Tzviatko Chiderov

    I loved the “8,000 Kilometers to Peace” video. So amazing to see good people open their homes, communities, wallets and hearts to welcome fellow humans who are going through a tough time.
    DG Mahoney, thanks for taking the time to speak to our club. It was really great to learn about your experience with Rotary and your many years of service to the Cupertino community and beyond.

  • Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne

    Really enjoyed the talk this week! I appreciate the discussion about service and how many opportunities Rotary can make possible.
    Thanks to Rushton for the donation and positive vibes for my doctoral defense this coming Friday! Woo Hoo! (& a big sigh of relief)

  • Andrew Taw

    Thanks for your presentation Orrin! The Cupertino RC is certainly doing inspriing work!

    Was also really touched by the “8000 Kilometers in Peace!” Thanks to whoever posted it!

  • Keith Marsh

    Orrin, thanks for the program.

  • ShagsCA

    Thanks for a great Governor’s Visit presentation, Orrin! I loved hearing the name of that project, Operation Snowflake! I was a coordinator of a project with the same name for over 25 years in Ohio (not through Rotary, but B’nai B’rith) where we placed Jewish volunteers at local hospital Info Desks and Gift Shops on Christmas Day so that Christian volunteers could be with family but the services were still available. It’s now been over 40 years and is still going on in Youngstown, Ohio. Your mention of “real money” brought to mind a quote attributed to Senator Everett Dirksen: “A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking real money.” And the bit about Youth Services, which is so vital to the future of Rotary. That’s how I started — as a legacy Rotarian, grand-nephew of the first person to be approaching 50 years of perfect attendance before passing at 49.5 years. His Club even met at the hospital for three weeks so they could bring him down from his room to the meeting, but then he passed I was a Summer Youth Exchange Program participant for Rotarian’s children at age 16, and had worked with the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards at the District Level for both 6650 and 5160 for over two decades. Rotary’s in my blood, and obviously in yours, too!

  • William

    Excellent meeting. Thank you.

  • ShagsCA

    Regarding the other aspects of the meeting (the first post was written after the recording with the Gov), great humor segment, Yvonne! Do you know what you get when you cross and elephant and a rhinoceros? Elephino…(‘ell if I know! — boo, hiss…)

    The 8,000 miles video touched my heart. I remember volunteering to take newly relocated Soviet Jews to the supermarket for the first time, and to see them stare in awe at the selection of food available was truly a blessing. Not only did you have an item to buy, there were choices of the producer of the item, and there was a lot on the shelves from which to select. It often brought them to tears of joy and gratitude.

    I loved the tour of the fort, Curtis! You create the most interesting video clips, for sure.

    And hip hop dancing?!? I’ve seen that video and love what the lovely young ladies are doing!!!

    • Nathan Gildart

      Ha! Pesky middle names. Thanks Shags, but I’m quite certain Chris C has that title!

  • Thank you Orrin for being brief & to the point. Refeshing to experience !

  • BDL

    Thank you Governor Orrin: excellent presentation!

  • Raquel D. Juncal

    DG Orrin, thanks for your presentation! Great to learn about your experience with Rotary!

    The “8000 Kilometers in Peace” video… amazing!!!

  • Loved the video, Nate – it’s great to see Fort Beausejour while hearing about the cool stuff Andrew is doing. And speaking of videos about Canada, the Rotary one about the family in Nova Scotia was amazing! It’s always powerful to see kindness overcome politics. Mitty, thanks for setting up the forwarding system – that’s very cool.

    Orrin, thanks for sharing your stories of your service experiences – getting to see the power of what a dedicated group can accomplish for others is pretty amazing.

  • Catherine A

    Thanks for including the Bamboo Shoot Hip Hop ladies video. They are my new role models. 😉

    The Coffee with a Rotarian segment with Nate and Andrew reminded me that we have a vibrant Acadian/Cajun/Zydeco community here in the SF Bay Area who hold dances and events locally (see the San Francisco Bay Area Cajun Zydeco Dance Calendars online) and travel to Louisiana each year for the annual music festivals. (Zydeco music originated among the French Creole peoples of Acadiana, in south-west Louisiana.) The syncopated Zydeco dance variations are endless, sometimes very intricate, and always fun to learn or watch.

    Thank you for sharing 8,000 Kilometers to Peace, the beautiful story about the Syrian family welcomed by Canadian Rotarians. I resonated with the Amherst, Nova Scotia resident who hoped his immigrant ancestors were as warmly welcomed and accepted in their new country.

    Many thanks to Orrin Mahoney for his superb presentation. For those of you who have not had the pleasure of meeting Orrin, he is not only a terrific Rotarian, but a wonderfully kind and witty person, with a great sense of humor and a keen knowledge of local history. If you ever have the opportunity to sit next to him during a Rotary event, grab that chair, don’t let go, and be prepared to enjoy some great conversation!

  • Governor Orrin, Thank you for taking the time to present to us! Very cool!

    I loved the hip hop ladies too!

  • Nathan Gildart

    Thank you Orrin. You’ve raised an important point in that many, many people don’t know what Rotary is all about. Many that know the name DO think it is networking organization for businesspeople. Your view of service as “opportunities” is inspiring. I wasn’t surprised to hear many groups in our society are underrepresented in Rotary, but encouraging to hear that efforts are being made to correct the trend.

    Love the Great Big Story vid – as usual! Street dancers are common here in Japan, but those two are tops!

    I was surprised that the Syrian family is in Amherst Nova Scotia – I drive through there a few times every summer visiting relatives. Looking at the children in the video reminds me how resilient kids are and that we as adults can learn a tremendous amount from them. (a part of me feels like checking in next time I’m home)

    Monique, thanks for the lovely comment. Hugs from Japan!

  • Nate thanks for bringing some of your adventures to the meeting. Loved hearing more about Andrew! Orin it was great to learn more about the Rotary from the local perspective and how we could donate to make a greater impact. Thanks for sharing!

  • Leanza Tupfer

    Amazing to see Mash and Tachiflower still dancing youthfully at age 60 🙂

  • Brett Sham

    Nate and Andrew, sounds like you guys had an awesome catch up!

    Governor Orrin, thanks for visiting our club. Great presentation – you picked up on points that I hear too often when I visit Rotary clubs – many people are all too familiar with Rotary, but how do we help them understand what Rotary is and experience it and also how do we make Rotary work for them in the time they have available to give. I also loved your focus on youth programs and how vital they are to our future and the need to better engage with them and harness the energy and enthusiasm of their participants – something I’ve been passionate about for years. I doubt I’d be a Rotarian today if it wasn’t for my experience in RYLA and Rotaract and all the opportunities those programs provided me.

  • Paul Mosso

    Governor Mahoney, thank you for the presentation. It was great to hear about your journey through Rotary and all the things that are going on in our district. I’m glad to hear Rotaractors can join a Rotary Club concurrently; while I was in Rotaract especially my last year or so I would’ve enjoyed being part of both.

  • john lozano

    Governor Mahoney, thank you for your presentation. The background and history for Rotary in this area is helpful as I plan out my Rotary year. Thanks

  • Ferheen Abbasi

    Thank you so much for your presentation, Governor Mahoney! Yay for fellow South Bay resident!! Your story was wonderful to listen to and I’m excited to see what you do in the future with Rotary!

  • Maxi Bustos

    Governor Mahoney, thanks for visiting our meeting. As a new member of this Club and District, it is great to get more insight on the District plans.

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