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Club News


Sandy Bocks led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.


John Pencer provided us with some inspirational quotes:

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” 
–Winston Churchill 

“Only a life lived in the service of others is a life worth living” 
–Albert Einstein

“Do something for somebody everyday for which you don’t get paid”
– Albert Schweitzer

“If you want happiness for an hour take a nap.  If you want happiness for a day go fishing. If you want happiness for a year inherit a fortune.  If you want happiness for a lifetime help someone else.”
–Chinese Proverb

Visitors and Guests:

John Mathers visited us from the Rotary club of San Francisco.  
Jack Higgins visited us from the Rotary club of Los Altos.  
Mike Norcia welcomed Tom R. who was visiting us as well.

Mike Norcia welcomed Tom Anthony as a new member.  Tom is a long time Los Gatos resident with 3 daughters, and 3 step sons.  He is a general contractor and considers service to others to be a major part  of his life. 

The meeting was called to order by President Andrew Stearns. 
We were led in the pledge by Kent Cooper. Good to see you Kent.
Guests: Mike Norcia introduced his two guests. This is Tom Anthony’s third visit, his application is in progress. His other guest is Tom Rossmeissl. Welcome!
John Pencer started his inspiration by reflecting on his friendships in Rotary. He read a lovely poem by one of his favorite poets, Edgar Guest, called To A Friend. 


The club BBQ scheduled for August 25 has been cancelled. According to Tina Orsi Hartigan we are unable to prep food or use any of the facilities so it just can’t happen right now.
We will be having the August first Thursday at Oak Meadow so please join us August 6 for some in person, social distancing fun.
Public Service Announcements: John Caldwell reminded us to wear our masks. Wear them to protect others. Thanks John, hope you’re feeling better.
Uplift Family Services backpack assembly is August 4 at 2:00. Gae La Torre has 14 people signed up to volunteer so far. Uplift has told us we will be working in a social distance environment, but if you don’t feel comfortable after you’ve signed up just let Gae know.  Andrew mentioned he was at a meeting with the Sunnyvale club and someone involved in education mentioned programs, such as this one, are more important than ever when the students aren’t going back to school. The backpacks give them a place to put their things and gives them a feeling of being connected to school. Gae also mentioned many of the students from Uplift will still be attending small programs and the backpacks give them a good way to keep their belongings together. 
Virtual Firecracker event ends tonight at 11:59. We have 18 members signed up, we usually just have a couple. Mike will let us know if we took the cup back. Thanks to everyone who signed up.
Tina had lots of people help with St. Luke’s this morning. They are missing part of their core team at St. Luke’s right now so they really need and appreciate our help. We will be helping every Tuesday for the foreseeable future.
A couple people shared an update on the protest. Highway 17 was closed for three hours. 
Dick Konrad looked in on our planter box on N. Santa Cruz and Bachman. He said it looks beautiful, lots of flowers are blooming.
Meeting was called to order by President Andrew Stearns. Everyone was glad to see Julian Rodriguez. Andrew asked Julian to lead us in the pledge. Great to see you Julian. 
John Pencer entertained and inspired us with several quotes from Abraham Lincoln.
There were no visiting Rotarians. 
  • Patti van der Burg introduced former LG Rotarian Kathy Murtfeldt. Kathy gave us an update on what she has been doing since she moved to the San Diego area. Recently she has extended her SIP bubble to include family who she hadn’t seen in 3 months. She said she is happy and glad to have family nearby.
  • Mike Norcia introduced Tom Anthony. Tom has submitted an application for membership so we’ll all get to know him soon. Welcome Tom!
  • Hal introduced his wife Lydia. Hal mentioned she is a regular guest and maybe he can convince her to join. We would love to have you as an official member Lydia, but in the meantime, we enjoy having you as a guest.
  • Thomas Upton was introduced as a guest, while Irene was on a call. Thanks for joining us Thomas.
  • Tina Orsi-Hartigan introduced her foster kitties who are ready for adoption. Please let Tina know if you know of anyone who might be interested. 
  • Patti introduced her pup Maggie.


  • Club BBQ scheduled for August 25. 
  • Gae La Torre apologized to those who attended second Thursday to find #1 Broadway gone. She had no idea they were closed. People ended up going to various venues in town. Next month will be a picnic at Oak Meadow.

Congratulations! Our club was recognized by Rotary International with the Platinum Presidential Distinction Award.  To receive this citation we had to meet at least 3 of these 4 categories: 

1. Connect leaders. Achieve a net gain of five or more members (We topped 122 members; 10 new members by adding a family & corporate membership)

2. Connect families. Organize a family-oriented service project that connects families of your members, youth program participants, and others. (We hosted many projects including families and youth Interact clubs as well as added a new family membership) 

3. Connect professionally. Initiate or continue a leadership, personal, or professional development program to enhance members’ skills (Our members attended and completed the District Leadership Academy - Jeffery Barnet as well as District and International forums)

4. Connect community. Show how your club’s members are People of Action by promoting your club and its service activities on social media at least four times per month (We have 900+ followers and share the good in our community and world)

Club Information


Due to COVID-19
We zoom every Tuesday 12pm - 1:30pm
Visitors are welcome to attend our meetings.
Contact: secretary@losgatosrotary.org
for zoom login
When we can meet in person
it will be every 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
July 2020
Community Events
Guest Speakers
Paul Johnson and Mike Grove
Aug 04, 2020
LGUSD and LGSUHSD plans for the restart of the school year
LGUSD and LGSUHSD plans for the restart of the school year
Aug 11, 2020
Lamling Vista School in India and the Malawi Water Project
Juan Romero
Aug 18, 2020
Bay Area Air Quality Management
Community service
We provide food and volunteer in many food pantries including St. Lukes and House of Hope in Los Gatos.  Fighting hunger and providing for low income households is just one way are helping during these difficult times.  
“For Los Gatos Rotarians, Service and Fellowship are two intertwining themes that drive much of what our club does. Our members give what they can even blood. 
 We partner with other Rotary clubs. We collected hundreds of shoes that will be delivered to Africa, South America and the Caribbean. 

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.


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