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https://events.readysetauction.com/rotaryclublosgatos/crabfest2023
 
All-You-Can-Eat CrabFest Fundraiser
 
SOLD OUT!!
But you can still bid on over 120 auction items even if you are not attending. Will deliver items to any Los Gatos address.

 

 
 
Benefits:
  • LG Rotary Charities Foundation
  • Provides grants for local and international non-profits
  • Fund the Need: Project RACHEL - Literacy for Kids in Guatemala
Food Served:
  • Crab, Crab, Crab, Crab
  • Soup (vegetarian), Salad, Bread
  • Pasta (vegetarian)
  • Dessert
Auction items include an Omni La Costa Resort & Spa Getaway, Charley's LG Bottle Service & Concert for 6, coffees with the former CFO of Netflix and a Dreamworks animator, private hosted dinners, golf packages, wine experiences, boutique shopping sprees, and much more.  No need to attend to bid (winnings must be picked up in Los Gatos).
 
 
 
 

 
 
Mike Norcia brought the meeting to order at 12:30 and noted that we just celebrated our 99th birthday on Sunday. We were charted on January 15, 1924.
 
Suzanne gave the inspiration. She spoke about MLK who had a dream and took action to bring that dream to reality. Why do people join Rotary? Most join with the intention to make a difference in the world. And this is what she most appreciates about our club. We do want to make a difference. We are intentional about it.
 
Guests: Serenity Polizzi from the Los Gatan newspaper, and Beth Albers, incoming new member.
 
 
Red badge presentations:
Mary Lon Hart (principal at Fisher) and Clare Vickers (English teacher) - both sponsored by Paul Johnson, and presented by Dan Snyder.
Marie Rector (college counselor) - sponsored by John Colwell and Tina Orsi Hartigan
 
Tina Orsi Hartigan is asking for bags for St Lukes. If you have thick plastic grocery bags or paper bags with handles in good condition, bring them to a meeting. St Lukes uses them when handing out food to the homeless.
 

Rotary Foundation Drive - Marty Fishman says we raised $47,000 last year but we are only up to $35,500 so far this year. We can do more! If you haven’t yet participated, please do!
 
 
Centennial Committee. 2024 will be our 100th year!!!!!!! We want to do something amazing to commemorate. Would you like to join? Contact Mike, Nicholas, or Meghan.
 
Coming up: Our next First Tuesday is a mingle at Ed’s Travel Advisors of Los Gatos in conjunction with a fundraising sip and shop across the street at McLaughlin. Mark Feb 7 on your calendar for that.
 

Crabfest update! 

It’s coming 2/4/23 and it’s almost sold out! (Update, this event is SOLD OUT)
Only 8 tickets to go, as of this writing! If you haven’t acted yet, do so now. Click here to get your tickets!
Send Suzanne an email if you have a table of 8-10 and you want to sit together. 
 
You can bid on auction items now! Click here
We will do a sneak peak of items at the Jan 31 meeting and you will get a chance to bid then too.
President Mike Norcia called the meeting to order at 12:30 and welcomed us to the last meeting of 2022.
 
Greg Gentile led us in the pledge.
 
Judy Rodriguez’s inspiration continued her theme for the month of reflection. She told us how our club used to adopt a family and would bring them everything they would need for a happy holiday. She read the story of the Christmas Angel from Michigan. A man named Jack Rose had an extra Christmas tree from his business and he wanted to give it to a deserving family. The response to his ad was overwhelming so he went and bought 40 trees to give away. When other people heard the story they donated too, so the trees had ornaments and there would gifts too. This story made her reflect on what our club had done in the past.
 
Guests:
  • Doug Carlen introduced by Meghan Burton
  • Samm Gilbert introduced by Emi Eto
  • Brian Rhea introduced by Rachelle Lopp
  • Ivor Barber introduced by Kirsten Bridges
  • Michelle Strachan introduced by Paul Johnson
  • Lydia Rosen guest of Hal Rosen
  • Anna Maria Valenzuela introduced by Ramon Ware
  • Sergio Michel introduced by Ramon Ware
Mike thanked the staff from Shir Hadash that is such a help to us every week. A big thank you to Diego Mendoza, Javier Rodriguez, and Josh Bernstein.
 
First Tuesday for 2023 will be January 3 at the Galli Tasting room from 5:30-7:30.
 
Birthdays
  • Marty Fishman 16th
  • Greg Gentile 1 th
  • AnnMarie Valle 17th
  • Rachelle Lopp 18th
  • Adam Mayer 21st
  • Judy Rodriguez 21st
  • Wes Sadumiano 24th
  • Irene Carrion-Upson 25th
  • Colin Duerson 29th
 
Meeting began at 12:30 called to order by Mike Norcia
 
Pledge: Hal Rosen
 
Inspiration: Judy Rodriguez. It will be our rotary Club’s 100th anniversary. Judy paid tribute to Ray Cobb by reading his reflection about Rotary, This I Believe.
 
 
Visiting Guests: Jill Duerig, Judy Wilson, Lydia Rosen, Laura Douglas, District Governor, Savita Vaidhyanathan, and Dessy Bonev.
 
 
New Members: Patti introduced new member Nicolette Rodman Kelly, who received her red badge. Marlon presented a badge for new member John Walker, who was absent.
 
Christmas Parade was a success: Thank you to all who walked and especially to John Pencer for providing his car and Erin Hartnett who wore the crab costume. 
 
President’s Brunch Thank you to Henry Vitkovich for a wonderful event.
 
December Happy Hour: Thank you to John and Devonne Pencer for hosting at their beautiful home.

Service Projects: 

Spread the Warmth. District-wide effort. They received lots of donations and most have been given out. We are still able to donate next week, December 20, and they are collecting coats, towels and blankets.
House of Hope: Needs help on Friday, December 16 at 8am for a 60-90 minute shift setting up tables for the food giveaway to the underserved in our community. They will meet at the gym at Calvary Church. You can sign up to help at Setup Team Christmas: Set up for Christmas Event (signupgenius.com)
 
Club Rosters: If you have not picked up a club roster they are available at the check in table at the Tuesday meetings. 
 
Nominating Committee: Suzanne Boxer Gassman. 
Proposed Slate of Officers and Other elected Positions for the Rotary Board of Trustees, 2023-2024
President Elect: Doug Brent
Immediate Past President: Mike Norcia
Vice President: Rachelle Lopp
Secretary: David Hubbard
Assistant Secretary: Terri Trotter
Assistant Treasurer: Jeffrey Barnett
Director: Ramon Ware
Director: Jean-Marc Blanchard
Sergeant-at-Arms: Gregg Butterfield
Investment Committee: Rob Chaykin
Scholarship Committee: Karen Anderson
 
Club Information

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We meet every Tuesday at 12pm and welcome visitors.
See our "Weekly Meeting Schedule" to the right for details.
Meeting Location:
​Shir Hadash
20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos, CA, 95032
 
 
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Mailing Address:
PO Box 1018
Los Gatos, CA  95031
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Upcoming Events
 
See here how much fun we had at our last live CrabFest in 2020!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Community service
Volunteering with Silicon Valley Second Harvest Food Bank 
 
 
Filling backpacks for Back-to-School drives. The Rotary Club of Los Gatos participated in 3 back to school drives this year: Pacific Clinics, West Valley Community Services, and Jewish Family Services.
 
Cleaning the Los Gatos Creek
 
Collecting and sorting books for Stanford Children's Hospital
 
Donating food to the homeless at St. Luke's Church Los Gatos every Tuesday.
 
Our Fall 2022 service project with Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley.  
 
Packing PPE equipment for the elderly at one of our Summer 2022 meetings. 
 
Our Leigh High School Rotary Interact students volunteering at Second Harvest.
 
Donating bikes to Good Karma.
 
Sorting items donated for fire evacuees in Summer 2020.
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