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Club News
Marty brought the meeting to order
 
Visiting Rotarians:  none
 

Guests of Rotarians:
  • Eric introduced his daughter Collette who is visiting from USC.
  • Dan introduced his daughter Allison who is a sophomore at LGHS and Elizabeth who will be at Fisher.
 
Grady inspired us with a bevy of quotes from Mark Twain.  Here are some of them:
“The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco” (actually unverified but often attributed to Mark Twain)
“If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything”
“Actions speak louder than words, but not nearly as often”
“Always do right.  This will gratify many and astound the rest”
“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see”
 
Events:
Los Gatos Creek cleanup at Campbell Park, August 24, 8:45-11AM. 
 
Our club is supporting two events on 14 September. There will be a car show at the Palo Alto VA, and we are looking for volunteers to chaperon vets to the event. Contact Lisa if interested, and we do still need volunteers there. The car show will take place from 10AM-2PM. The other event on that day is Rise Against Hunger at the church at 111 Church Street in Los Gatos. This is a great event for almost any age volunteer.
 
This year, our Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley service event will be on 19 October. Sign-ups will start soon. Contact Suzanne or Doug for information or questions.
 
It is not too early to start planning for the 2020 Crab Fest event, and our event Chair, Suzanne, is holding a planning meeting at her home on 14 August. Please contact Suzanne if you are interested.
 
On Tuesday 27 August, we are having the Los Gatos Rotary BBQ, with Andrew S. taking the lead on the cooking team yet again. Tickets are $45. Tickets are available through our club site online (click the event link) and Tony is selling tickets at upcoming meetings.
 
We have a student from Taiwan coming through Rotary youth exchange, and we have an outgoing student from LGHS going to Taiwan.  We will be asking for donations to sponsor our exchange students.
 
President Marty Fishman brought the club to order, and Doug Brent led the pledge and introductions of visiting Rotarians and guests.
 
We had a rare appearance by club member Charlie Goss – seen setting between LeRoy Neider and Ed Stahl.
 
Grady Jeeter, noting the dramatic and horrific attacks over the last days inspired us with a reading of the thoughtful Desiderata by Max Ehrmann.
 
Happy August Birthday to Rotarians! Six birthdays and many anniversaries were recognized on Tuesday. And, the entire club enjoyed Marty’s reflections on what a birthday means via a Seinfeld video and a YouTube video. Key advice: keep your teeth in your mouth when you’re blowing out the candles!
 
Service Activities and Events
 
Marty then reviewed a full slate of recent and upcoming service activities and club events. Note more details are available on our club home page, and President Marty will send out his usual email update with reminders and pointers as well.
 
Lisa Cheskin organized the quarterly Fisher House Palo Alto dinner last week. Volunteers participating in the event included Doug and Marjorie Brent, Kristen Bridges, Erika Buck and with Michelle Myers Nelson leading the charge.
 
Rotarians are invited to an event to clean up the creek at Campbell Park, August 24, 8:45-11AM. 
 
Our club is supporting two events on 14 September. There will be a car show at the Palo Alto VA, and we are looking for volunteers to chaperon vets to the event. Contact Lisa Cheskin if interested, and we do still need volunteers there. The car show will take place from 10AM-2PM. The other event on that day is Rise Against Hunger at the church at 111 Church Street in Los Gatos. This is a great event for almost any age volunteer.
 
This year, our Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley service event will be on 19 October. Sign-ups will start soon. Contact Suzanne Boxer-Gassman or Doug Brent for information or questions.
 
It is not too early to start planning for the 2020 Crab Fest event, and our event Chair, Suzanne Boxer-Gassman, is holding a planning meeting at her home on 14 August, Her address is 137 E Porton Los Gatos, and we do still need additional leaders on this committee. Please contact Suzanne if you are interested.
 
On Tuesday 27 August, we are having the Los Gatos Rotary BBQ, with Andrew Stearns taking the lead on the cooking team yet again. Tickets are $45. Tickets are available through our club site online (click the event link) and Tony is selling tickets at upcoming meetings.
 
0n 17 August, there is a District conference on Membership. This will be held at the Hyatt House San Jose, and advance sign-up is required. Please visit the district web site to sign up
 
There will be a new Rotary club chartered with an event planned for this Friday. See district web site for more details.
 
The speaker at our club meeting next week is Nick Kuwada from the Santa Clara County office of the census. He will discuss the importance of the census, and how his team is working towards an accurate count.
 
 
Chris Potter introduced guests:
  • Dave Downing’s daughter Terry Downing, newly VP of Business Development at PRxDigital
  • Henry Vitkovich’s wife, MaryJane Vitkovich
  • Ron Cassel welcomed a rare sighting of member Nava Fathi
President Marty Fishman brought back the walk-about and greeting portion of the meeting.
 
John Pencer inspired by relating the importance of old friendships at meetings, and encouraged all to create new friendships with members that have been in the club a year or less. This way all will feel welcome and help our club thrive.
 
MaryJane Vitkovich formally thanked the club for granting money last year to the AAUW Scholarship Project that helps women in need complete college.
 
Gae La Torre announced first Thursday is this week at her house, 5-7:00. Bring a beverage to share and if you are so inclined an appetizer as well. Her address is on ClubRunner. President Marty showed some Seinfeld video clips involving elaborate greeting rituals and odd dancing that may occur Thursday, so don’t miss the fun!
 
Gae also announced there is an upcoming Cancer Care Point garden party fundraiser coming up in Monte Sereno. See her for details if interested.
 
Marty announced several upcoming events. See calendar or Marty for more details.
  • Fisher house dinner our club is putting on July 30
  • West Valley Community Services shopping event Aug 3
  • Uplift Backpack stuffing project Aug 8,9
  • St. Luke’s brunch Aug 20…bring extra paper shopping bags for the pantry
  • VA Car Show needs 10 volunteers to escort vets thru the show Sept 14. See Lisa Norcia-Cheskin.
  • Rise Against Hunger meal packing event is Sept 14 8:30-1:00. Save the date. Tina Orsi-Hartigan is coordinating.
  • Rebuild Together Silicon Valley day is Saturday Oct 19. Save the date.
  • Rotoplast Missions are happening around the world this Fall. See Rotoplast website if interested in helping.
  • RotoCare is a Rotarian sponsored healthcare event that happens every Wednesday evening in San Jose for those that aren’t insured, and is accepting volunteers.
  • Red Badge members are encouraged to convert to Blue Badge, and simpler requirements have been adopted.
  • Our club BBQ (adults only) is Aug 27, 5-8:00pm at Oak Meadow Park. There will be no pig this year, But Andrew Stearns assures the menu will be delicious!
  • District news: The District Membership seminar is Aug 17. The Leadership Academy is taking applicants. There are 2 new clubs in our district and they are holding grand chartering events we are invited to. For all these, see district website.
We had a special guest - 3 week old Casey Morgan, daughter of Angelique
 
Meeting was called to order at 12:30pm by Marty F.
Meet 3 week old Casey Morgan, daughter of Angelique - Future Rotarian!
Visiting Rotarians
Joe Sweeney Area 5 Assistant Governor and member of San Jose Rotary Club
 
Other Visitors
Heidi Owens - Running for Los Gatos Town Council in 2020
Ron C. introduced Clayton B. who is transitioning to our club from the San Jose club
Judy R. introduced her friend Sharon
Dick K. introduced his granddaughter who is visiting from St George Utah
Greg G. introduced his friend Nick who is visiting from Florida
Angelica introduced her 3 week old baby Casie
Marty F. introduced his wife Barbara
 
Announcements
Mr. Sweeney from Area 5 spoke about the upcoming: 
  • District Leadership Academy Program on August 10, 2019.  Applications are available online.
  • District Membership Seminar scheduled for August 17, 2019 in Cupertino.
  • Rotary Business Expo on October 5, 2019 in Newark, CA where members can display their business information.
 
Marty F. announced:
West Valley Community Services Back-To-School Shopping:  This event by our partners in WVCS will take place Saturday, August 3, 2019 from 6:00am-10:00am at the Old Navy Store in Westgate Shopping Center.
 
Uplift Family Services “Backpacks for Kids”:  Uplift is also now fully staffed by our volunteers who will  assemble back-to-school backpacks August 8, 2019 morning and afternoon, and then will deliver these on August 9, 2019.
 
Saint Luke’s Brunch on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 9:45am. We will need food donations and helpers. Contact Tina if you can help out. They will also be accepting donations of personal items like disposable razors, personal hygiene items and jeans.
 
 
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:
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Los Gatos, CA  95031
 
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Upcoming Events
 
 
 
 
Guest Speakers
Nick Kuwada, County of Santa Clara Census
Aug 20, 2019
Inform us on the 2020 Census
Inform us on the 2020 Census
No Meeting - attend adult Club BBQ
Aug 27, 2019
Enjoy drinks & dinner in beautiful Oak Meadow Park
Caroline Cocciardi
Sep 03, 2019
Author, Leonardo's knots
Taryn C. Rosenthal, LCGC
Sep 10, 2019
Modern use of Genetics
 
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