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The Entrepreneurial Impact On Teaching Practice

Meeting for the week of September 17-23, 2018

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: The Entrepreneurial Impact On Teaching Practice

Speaker: Rabbi Michael Cohen

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 Andrew:

Greetings Members and Guests,

One thing I really like about the evolution of the philanthropic and humanitarian culture is now a greater drive to empowering people. Rotary has also evolved with a focus on sustainability of projects. To use a cliché, teaching a man how to fish doesn’t just feed him for a lifetime, it spreads the knowledge of fishing to future generations. This week’s speaker, Rabbi Michael Cohen, is one such teacher. He emphasizes what is important about all three foci of our recorded programs: education, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

As we observe this week’s program, let’s think about how we can do more good work and spread the word about it to inspire even more good work. If you have any suggestions, throw them into the Disqus or send me an e-mail at [email protected]


Andrew Taw, 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!”

If you’re reading this on September 20th, then Happy National Pepperoni Pizza Day! (And if you’re not reading this on the 20th, that’s okay; you still got a pizza my heart.)

How do you fix a broken pizza?
With tomato paste!

Why did the man get into the pizza business?
He wanted to make some dough!

“Waiter, will my pizza be long?”
“No, it will be round!”

Weekly Inspiration

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

For 150 years, scientists believed lichen were defined by a symbiotic relationship between a fungus and algae.

What's in a Lichen? How Scientists Got It Wrong for 150 Years | Short Film Showcase

World of

Tyrone ‘Doc’ Bledsoe has a prescription to ensure that young black men attend and finish college: the Student African American Brotherhood

Learn more at https://www.rotary.org/en/rotarian-helps-young-black-men-finish-college.

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 Ferheen from Santa Clara, CA, USA reporting on a chat with Mahmood from San Jose, CA, USA.

I had the pleasure of meeting Mahmood during this round of CWR! He grew up in London but has made the Bay Area home for quite a while now! As a Charter member, Mahmood helped support the creation of our eClub! Because I’m new to Rotary, I asked him about his involvement with the organization. He attended San Jose and Sunnyvale Rotary meetings in the past but he really likes our eClub because it’s flexible and we can network with so many different people across the world. Also, Mahmood told me some great advice – I need to continue networking!! It’s especially important as I begin to explore my career path. He also suggested that I begin a “Science Corner” for our Rotary meetings where I could introduce some new science to the group. I like that idea 🙂 It was super fun talking to Mahmood and I’m looking forward to meeting him in person in August at our fundraiser!!

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!

For Members Only

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!

Past Events:

Here is a screenshot from our last online member social!

Upcoming Events:

All times are Pacific Time! (San Francisco time)

Our friends at PROJECT HIRED have an event coming up that they’ve invited our members in the Bay area to attend:

Ability @ Work
September 20, 2018 @ 8:30AM — 10:00AM
Celebrating 40-years of assisting job seekers with disabilities to gain and to sustain employment!

More info and tickets at https://projecthired.networkforgood.com/events/7120-ability-work/

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!
This section is usually updated on the early hours of Saturday, so contributions made over the weekend may not be listed here.

Member Rory Olsen made a $20 donation.
All is well. Please apply my gift to Polio Plus!

Member Brian Liddicoat made a $15 donation.
Looking forward to speaking to Rushton’s class next week on the history of the South Pacific Coast railroad and its long-lost tunnels hiding in the Santa Cruz Mountains….

Share your happy dollars thoughts with us and help with doing good around the world.

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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.

Ferheen Abbasi said:
Chris! Thank you very much for your presentation. For the past 4 years, I had the Galaxy S5 and after maybe 2 years the quality of pictures/videos declined rapidly such that (it was a real pity) I couldn’t take beautiful videos of my experience in Japan. After coming home, I upgraded to an S9 and wow, the video quality is just stunning! So your presentation gave me hope that I could potentially make awesome videos just with my little smartphone camera 🙂

Also, the video on the Buddhist statues made me sad – I miss Japan! 🙁

BDL said:
Man, how much I would pay for a Chris Cochrane video series on “How to make great video using your iPhone”. Answer: a lot. Lucky for me my 9yr old daughter is becoming very proficient with iMovie….

Suzanne Van Stralen said:
This was a terrific presentation by Chris Cochrane! He has inspired me to explore making videos using his “Basics” list. Chris demonstrate high proficiency and is very engaging with his passion and amazing smile. Thank you so much!

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 Entrepreneurial Impact On Teaching Practice

Every week we bring to you a new program on innovation, entrepreneurship, and education, and how those contribute to service to others.

Our speaker this week is internationally recognized and sought-after speaker, trainer, and author Michael Cohen, The Tech Rabbi. He is a designer, educator and creativity instigator. His mission is to help educators around the world reveal their own creative abilities so they can empower students to solve interesting problems and become positive contributors to our global society. When he isn’t traveling the world sharing his message, he serves as the director of innovation for Yeshiva University of Los Angeles Boys School (YULA).

How do we teach students entrepreneurship? This topic is receiving plenty of attention in the educational community, but to cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset among students, do teachers have to become entrepreneurs? How can teachers harness entrepreneurship inside and outside the classroom? The presentation will look at strategies, resources, and practices that can bring stakeholders together to enable entrepreneurship among those who might not have know they had it in them.

Members and guests, please welcome The Tech Rabbi, Michael Cohen!

Michael Cohen: The Tech Rabbi

Additional Resources:

Learn more about Michael’s work at his website and his vlog.

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 [email protected]

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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