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The meeting was brought to order by President Meghan Burton at 12:30.
The pledge of allegiance was led by Ron Cassel


The inspiration today was Doug Brent, pinch hitting for Suzanne Boxer-Gassman. Doug reflected on the club’s legacy in our 100th year. While there are many - including creating of the charities and scholarship foundation, the resiliency our club has shown to change - Doug suggested the greatest legacy for the club is our service. The things we do and charities we fund which have ripple effects that can last generations, and create new capabilities for service. Doug ended with a challenge that all consider how they can add to the legacy of Rotary service through acts great and small.


  • Richard Bobis introduced his guest. A long time Rotarian, in San Jose and now in his current home of North Carolina
  • Dan Snyder introduced Ryan R. a community leader and veteran of parcel tax campaigns. He has been president of LGEF, and taken on many other community service roles.
  • Karen Briones introduced her husband, Dr. Rich Briones, who came today to hear her red badge bio.

Club Business

The Rotarians in the wild this week are Donna and Skip Brewster. Their picture showed them on horseback in the beautiful Italian countryside.
There was a long list of February birthdays and Rotary anniversaries. A big congratulations to all!
Megan mentioned the upcoming Warrior Rotary night, and details will be in her weekly email for those interested in attending.
Ramon Ware thanked the many Rotarians who he interviewed for his new book, Soar to Leadership Success: Lead Your Team Like An Aviator. Among those whom Ramon thanked were Jeff Blum, Lissa Kreisler, Haryl Pascal, Marty Fishman and Eric van der Burg. Ramon told us that leadership success requires: 1) Thrust/energy 2) Lift/motivation 3) A supportive Environment.
Jeff Blum noted that we are supporting a Red Cross Blood Drive with morning Rotary on March 16, at St. Lukes from 8AM-3PM. Jeff is looking for blood donors or help in staffing the event.
Meghan Burton began the meeting at 12:30

Pledge: Mike Frangadakis

Inspiration: Ramon Ware: Three things a plane needs for successful take off:
1. Energy
2. Lift (motivation)
3. Supportive Environment
Rotary inspires these same three principles. We get energy from one another to make a difference in the world. We are motivated to do well in the world and we support each other in our common goals.
Guests: Sarah Janigian from San Jose Rotary and the wife of our guest speaker. Lloyd Russell, a guest of Tina Orsi-Hartigan and cousin to Lissa Kreisler. Joe Albers from the El Salvador school and a guest of Mike Norcia
Rotarian in the Wild: Lydia Norcia and her family enjoying dinner with a wood fire
pizza in her backyard.

First Tuesday Happy Hour: February 6 from 5:30-7:30pm at Milan Italian Restaurant, 1712 Meridian Ave, San Jose. Waiters will come to us for food and drink orders, there will be separate checks and a 20% tip will be added to each bill.
Annual Rotary Foundation Drive: Thanks to Marty Fishman and his team, we reached our highest donation amount of $44, 898 with 122 donors.
CrabFest: Suzanne and Lisa gave us an update. There are still tickets available for purchase and we still need volunteers to help out, especially in the kitchen for clean-up. The Fund the Need will go to the Bill Wilson Center this year to help with their Safety Net program for runaway and homeless teens. Safety Net provides housing and counseling with the goal to reunite them with their families. Promotion until Friday at midnight: anybody who bids $100 on any auction item will get their first drink for free at the event.
Meghan Burton opened the meeting at 12:30
Ramon Ware shared some jokes for our inspiration moment and had us all laughing.


  • John Walker introduced Irina Shteinbok, who is checking out ways to serve in the community.
Greg Smith is our Rotarian in the Wild this week. Meghan shared a photo of him at the Matterhorn.
This week’s eggs for St Lukes celebrated the 49ers going to the Super Bowl!
Mark your calendars: First Tuesday happy hour is next week at Milan Italian Restaurant. There’s easy parking and it’s always a lot of fun.
Jean Marc Blanchard updated us on our project in Cambodia. He was able to tack on a visit last fall while he was on a business trip to Thailand.
We gave a $750 grant to Food For the Hungry, Cambodia. It’s all about enhancing food security, expanding education, and empowering the farmers in a community in the very north of Cambodia. They face serious challenges there because low economic opportunities with no  higher value activities available other than subsistence farming. 
Meghan Burton called the meeting to order at 12:30.
Ramon Ware reminded us that we are all amazing. We have power, potential, and courage. We are not perfect but that’s okay. And none of us are alone.


  • Lissa Kreisler introduced her friend Bonnie Broderick.
  • Dagmar Schildwach and Claire Day visited for the Alzheimers Association presentation.
This week's 'Rotarian in the Wild': Barry and Lisa Cheskin with the redwood giants in Big Sur
Congratulations to Doug Brent who is one of 2 worldwide to be selected as a member of the joint technology committee for Rotary International. Thank you Doug for stepping up!
Coming up: Our next First Tuesday Happy Hour is on Feb 6 at the Milan Italian Restaurant in San Jose.

Crabfest is coming!

Lisa Cheskin and Suzanne Boxer-Gassman thanked all those who have volunteered so far. There is still room for more. This is our major fundraiser and you can help! If you haven’t already committed to help, please do. If you haven’t yet bought tickets please buy them at https://events.readysetauction.com/rotaryclublosgatos/crabfest2024
The majority of the proceeds come from the auction so PLEASE look at the catalog and bid! https://events.readysetauction.com/rotaryclublosgatos/crabfest2024/catalog/items
Rachelle Lopp reminded us that our official centennial was yesterday. Our first meeting as a chartered club took place January 15, 1924 at the Lyndon Hotel, where Lyndon Plaza now stands. She honored those who have been a part of 100 years of service to our community.
Wes Sadumiano sent photos of the water system that we support in the Philippines through our international grants. This latest water project will serve 4400 students! These are the kinds of projects the CrabFest makes possible.

30 for 30

  • Patti van der Burg acknowledged and thanked our Rotarian town commissioners:  outgoing Jeff Barnett and incoming Adam Mayer.
  • Barry Cheskin gave in honor of Lisa and Suzanne wearing their crazy crab hats!
  • John Pencer’s wife left for her girls trip. He donated with heightened appreciation for all she does. 
  • Avis La Grone is happy to be back with us after not being around lately.
  • Hal Rosen had a disappointing trip cancellation because of Covid but he and his wife are healthy now and happy to be back at Rotary.
  • Canan Sonuk gave in honor of her son coming home after serving in the Marines for 5 years. We thank him for his service! She hasn’t attended rotary in a while and is happy to be back. 
February 2024
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Community service
We partnered with Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley to help fix up a home in our area in October
We assembled back packs full of essential back-to-school supplies for Uplift Family Services in August.
We helped assemble 24,000 meals with Rise Against Hunger at Saratoga High School in April. 
We assembled activity kits for isolation patients at El Camino Hospital for our February service project
We helped prep materials for solar kits for Lighting For Literacy at our December service project
We collected a record number of toys for Toys For Tots in 2022!
Above, volunteering at 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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