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Club News
Meeting was called to order by President Andrew Stearn.
Pledge was led by Greg Butterfield.
Doug Brent inspired us with Six Word Stories. It is amazing how so few words can have such an impact.
Some examples he shared with us:
From a travel lover 
Nothing to declare. Much to remember.
Or the Zoom fatigued:
Logged out. Pulled plug. Found life. 
He’s waiting on:
Grandchildren are the proof of immortality.
Here are two Doug wrote for us:
A transforming vision: service above self.
And lastly:
2021, it can’t be worse, right?
Ed Stahl introduced his guest, George Andary. George is a student at Bellarmine. He shared with us how much he has enjoyed doing service work during the pandemic. In addition to working at Second Harvest he set up a space at Ed’s office to help seniors go online to make appointments for vaccinations.

Happy Birthday to the March Rotarians:

  • Linda Lester, March 1
  • John Colwell, March 2
  • Tony James, March 2
  • Don McCleve, March 4
  • Tom Boyce, March 5
  • Erik Beeson, March 9
  • Dan Doore, March 17
  • Paul Mudgett, March 17
  • Patti van der Burg, March 17
  • Ed Graziani, March 20
  • Lisa Mize, March 22
  • Jamie Hekkelman, March 25
  • Clayton Bruntz, March 30
  • Norm Snyder, March 31
Thank you to Andrew Howard and Avis La Grone for being our Rotarians in the spotlight.
Member minute: Lisa Cheskin announced the next New Member Schmooze will be March 18 at 5:00.

Doug and Andrew attended the Rotary Club of Westbourne Charter Anniversary meeting. Doug said although they do somethings that are different, honoring the Queen, we are more alike than different. Doug suggested that we do something similar when we celebrate our 100th year.
Terri Trotter led the group for the Pledge of Allegiance.

Suzanne Boxer-Gassman delivered an inspiration by Pope Francis. “Rivers do not drink their own water; trees do not eat their own fruit; sun does not shine in itself and flowers do not spread their flowers for themselves. Living for others is a rule of nature. We are all born to help each other. No matter how difficult it is....life is good when you are happy; but much better when others are happy because of of you.”

There were no visiting rotarians and guests.
Two new prospective members were officially introduced as new members (red badgers). First was Karen Anderson sponsored by Lisa Cheskin and the second was Terri Trotter sponsored by her own sister, Tina Orsi-Hartigan.

Chris Potter presented a proposal for an environmental service project. A poll was conducted among the club members present at the meeting and based on the responses, the club has agreed to take on this service project.

Some membership minute, Tina Orsi-Hartigan encouraged everyone to “bring a friend to rotary” for next week. This is to introduce your friends to what rotary is all about and hopefully recruit new members.
VP Gae La Torre ran the meeting as President Andrew was unavailable due to “work” (something about appearing before a judge?). Patti led the pledge. Suzanne’s inspiration had to do with love, and how to appreciate it in whatever form you have it.
Guests were Josh Selo from Cupertino Rotary and West Valley Community Services, and Marian, Gae’s sister whom Gae will visit next week in Florida. She was by the pool and declined to turn her camera on ha!
This week’s social media member spotlight is on Meghan Burton.
Let Lydia know if you know of a member needing some “We Care” support.
Josh Selo announced the upcoming West valley Community Services fundraiser “Chefs of Compassion”, a virtual gala on March 5 at 6:00pm, where for a ticket you will get a gourmet meal and wine delivered to your door. Tickets at chefsofcompassion.org
Lisa talked about the membership committee’s new effort for members less than 2 yrs in the club, the “New Member Schmooze” Feb 18 5:00-5:30 via Zoom with special speakers and fun to be had. Feel free to join.
Saratoga Rotary is having a fundraiser, where if you order food on DoorDash through March 15, use code SRC21 to give their club 20% towards their charities.
Tina announced March 2 is bring a friend to Rotary meeting day, and she has fun ideas planned. Let her know if you have any ideas for fun additions as well.
Philanthropy forms are due 2/28.
The meeting was called to order by President Andrew Stearns.


Suzanne provided our inspiration with the adage, “when life gives you lemons make lemonade.”  She reflected on our time in lockdown, and espoused the benefits of the technology we have adapted to, and the inspiration it has provided us to change.

Visitors and Guests:

  • Sesh visited from the Saratoga club.
  • Tina’s sister Terri Trotter, and her son Colin were here.
  • Karen Anderson who is applying to be a member was also a guest.
  • Don McCleve’s daughter-in-law Jennifer was a guest as well.
We celebrated Rotarian birthdays today with Sandeep G., Judith P., Ericka B., Marlon S., Richard B., David H., Canan S., Michelle B., Marshall S., and Lydia N.  Don McCleve played a wonderful Happy Birthday to them on the piano.


Call the older adults in your life to make sure they have an appointment for a vaccine.


Doug Brent put a polling question up to test our capabilities with polling.  A screen with a polling question popped up and we were able to then respond to a survey during the zoom meeting.  55 of 59 people were able to see that question.

Wine Fest

Suzanne gave us a run down of the wine fest.  We had a really fun night with lots of positive responses.  There was a big team, and Tina and Patti really did a lot of work here and we certainly appreciate all their hard work.  David Wells set up the online auction which worked really well.  Amy and Rochelle did a great job on the PR and marketing too, and that really made a big difference.  The San Jose youth orchestra really did a great job with the online performance as well.  Terri and Tina packed up the food boxes, and the team found ways for us to safely pick up our boxes.  Patti also came up with a way to display the auction items at pickup which helped with the marketing.   We also gave Colin a special thank you for all his help with the technology.  On the financials we raised nearly as much as we did in 2019 which is a huge accomplishment.
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
Mailing Address:
PO Box 1018
Los Gatos, CA  95031
March 2021
Guest Speakers
Peter Tanner
Mar 09, 2021
RACHEL WiFi Libraries from Barillas to Petén Guatemala
RACHEL WiFi Libraries from Barillas to Petén Guatemala
Jeffrey Blum, Attorney
Mar 16, 2021
Los Gatos Community Health and Senior Services Commission: Who We Are and What We Do
Tom Geballe, Astronomer, Mona Loa Observatory
Apr 13, 2021
Why is the sky dark? What’s happening between the stars?
Community service
We provide food and volunteer in many food pantries including St. Lukes, House of Hope in Los Gatos, Second Harvest in San Jose, and Rise Against Hunger.  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.


Rotary International 2020/21 Theme