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Club News
 
Meeting was held online via Zoom and called to order at 12:30pm by Marty Fishman
 
We had 60 Zoom participants
 
Pledge of Allegiance was led by Marty Fishman.  Marty also made note of yesterday being Memorial Day.
 
Visiting Rotarians - None
 
Other Visitors – Katie Westin and Sol Otero from Leigh High School Interact Club.
 
Inspiration – Gary Allison provided a light-hearted and humorous inspiration.

 

Announcements

Marty Fishman announced that we will be offering Zoom breakout sessions starting at noon before each weekly meeting so that small groups can meet online. Doug Brent will help set them up if you are interested.
 
Marty reminded the Club to make their donations to the Polio Plus Campaign.
 
Leigh High School Interact Club: Doug Brent introduced Katie Westin and Sol Otero, co-Presidents of the Club. The ladies discussed that their Club is rebounding this year from a tough year last year. They are increasing service activities and membership. Projects have included Rise Against Hunger and Rebuilding Together. They have also made individual Holiday cards for patients of a local Alzheimer facility. They thanked Rotary for their scholarships and the opportunities that our Club has provided them through Interact. Interact gave them something to look forward to and the chance to do something bigger than themselves. They appreciated the opportunity to attend RYLA and ELC.
 
Jamie Hekkelman presented her Red Badge Bio.
 
Medals will be mailed out to the top 3 finishers in each age group and division.
Congratulations to all the finishers of the first ever Great Social Distancing Race! You can check the results page linked below and see how you did overall and in your age group, as well as download your finisher's certificate. Surprising how many people actually did the Great Race course down Highway 9. It was enjoyable to see that and all the other routes people took for their 4 miles, some navigating some serious trail climbs.
 
Thank you all for participating in this very unique event. We would prefer to gather in person as we have done for 42 years, but it was fun to participate in a safe environment and contribute to the amazing local and global causes supported by Los Gatos Rotary. Thank you and we will see you in Saratoga in April 2021!

Click on this image to go to results website 
 
Gary Allison led our inspiration with a focus on compassion, and what we can do to improve our compassion.
 
We then had 2 Red badge bios:
Kirsten Bridges
Lived in the bay area her entire life save for 4 years in Chico State.  She and her husband Ivor have been married for 31 years.  She has a daughter who attended Texas A&M and who is an electrical applications engineer.  Kirsten was an insurance underwriter at Allstate.  She is interested in reading, Mah Jongg, bird watching, and is learning Ukulele.  Kirsten’s father was involved in Rotary, and she really appreciated the camaraderie that the showed her father especially in his later years when he had Alzheimer’s.  
 
Lydia Norcia
Lydia was originally from New England but didn’t like the weather out there and moved to Saratoga in the ‘70s.  Her parents were originally from Italy.  She grew up in a big Italian family with a rich tradition of wonderful Italian cooking.  Her passions are gardening, cooking, baking, bird watching, Mah Jongg, and community service. 
 
 
Doug Brent hosted break out groups at noon. Everyone had a nice time chatting and catching up, almost like sharing a table at an in person meeting. Please join us next week. Let  Doug know if you need any help with  technical issues. 
 
Marty Fishman called the meeting to order at 12:35. After the Pledge Russ Klein was introduced as a visiting Rotarian. 
 
Birthdays and anniversaries were celebrated by a video of birthday celebrations rather than us singing. 
 
Announcements:
Condolences on the death of Beverly McCleve, no word yet on services.

Dave Downing is moving to Capitola this month. We’ll miss you Dave.

End Polio Now campaign started today. The BOD has decided to rescind the opt out. We will need to let Dan Snyder or Avis La Grone know how much you would like to donate. If they don’t hear from you someone will call to remind you. Money is due at the end of June. 

We are so close to wiping out polio worldwide. Marty shared a very touching video with a polio survivor saying how much he would like to see it wiped out in his lifetime. There were about 37 cases last year, when Rotary took this on as a cause in 1985 there were 350,000 deaths! Avis urged us to get this done so we can take on other causes. Don’t forget to donate, any amount is welcome.
 
Club Information

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We meet Tuesdays
from 12:15 to 1:30 PM 
Los Gatos Lodge
50 Los Gatos - Saratoga Road
Los Gatos, CA  95032-5460
United States
 
Mailing Address:
PO Box 1018
Los Gatos, CA  95031
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Upcoming Events
Community service
Serving at St. Luke's pantry Tuesday
“For Los Gatos Rotarians, Service and Fellowship are two intertwining themes that drive much of what our club does. Rotary was honored to partner with Rebuilding Together SV to revitalize the home of a local Los Gatos resident."
Seventy 72 gifts purchase to give to Family Giving Tree who are helping families bring joy to Children on Christmas morning.  What a joy it is to give. 
 
 
 
Silicon Valley Pet Project
- Our rotarians helped make blankets with LGHS Interact Club

Join us - we are people of Action

We meet every Tuesday 12:15-1:30pm at the Los Gatos Lodge.  Every month we complete a community service project, host social events, offer networking opportunities that build personal and professional connections.  Our two largest fund raiser are held in January CrabFest and Auction and April The Great Race of Los Gatos.  From the proceeds of our fundraisers, we have created charities and scholarship foundations, allowing us to give approximately $125,000 annually to local and international organizations and award high school seniors college scholarships. 

Rotary's 1.2 million members believe it starts with a commitment to Service Above Self. In more than 34,000 clubs worldwide, you'll find members volunteering in communities at home and abroad to support education and job training, provide clean water, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, and eradicate polio.

 

Rotary International 2019/20 Theme
 
Rotary Connects the World: RI President-elect Mark Daniel Maloney’s theme for 2019-20, Rotary Connects the World, asks Rotarians to strengthen the many ways that Rotary Connects the World, building the connections that allow talented, thoughtful, and generous people to unite and take meaningful action through Rotary service. Download 2019-20 theme logo and materials

2019-20 Theme logo - Rotary Connects the WorldMark Daniel Maloney, of the Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama, USA