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HOLIDAY BRUNCH AT CINNABAR HILLS GOLF CLUB 
- 10am on Sunday Dec. 5th - 
We can't wait to kick off the Holiday with your and your guests
 
Save the date!
5pm Saturday January 29, 2022
Club News
 
Meeting called to order by President Nicholas Welzenbach at 12:30
 
Pledge led by District Governor Richard Flanders.
 
Inspiration was given by Judy Rodriguez. She told the story of the two patients at the hospital. One shared what he saw out of the window to the other. Later, the first patient found out the storyteller was blind.  The storyteller just wanted to share what he knew the other man would want to hear; it was a gift from the heart. Judy urged us to think about meaningful gifts. She wishes for us peace and joy.
 
Guests: 
  • Dina Duckworth- this is her second visit, she is looking forward to joining the club.
Guest Rotarians:
  • Bob Carlson- Campbell Rotary
  • Stella Ralph- West Valley Community Corps
  • Maggie Padovani- District Public Image Chair, San Jose Rotary
  • Sesh Ramaswami- Asst. District Governor, Saratoga Rotary
  • Richard Flanders- District Governor, Pleasanton North Rotary
 
Nicholas asked for a moment of silence for the three students lost this morning to gun violence at school in Michigan. 
 
The song today was Harvest Moon by Neil Young, suggested by Hal Rosen. Great choice Hal.
 
Nicholas thanked Randy Cobb and Kathie Benko for their beautiful Hannukah themed eggs. We love seeing what the two of you come up with each week.
 
 
New member introductions:
  • Mike Norcia introduced Tom Rossmeissl
  • Suzanne Boxer-Gassman introduced Sue Heller
  • Lisa Cheskin introduced Karen Anderson
 
Welcome everyone! We look forward to working with you serving the community.
 
 
Services for Len Smith will be held December 27 from 2-4 at the Rinconada Hills Club House off Pollard Road. 
 
Anniversaries:
  • Linda Lester- 1 year
  • Russell Couch- 2 years
  • David Hubbard- 3 years
  • Hal Rosen- 5 years
  • Margaret Smith- 6 years
  • Neal Mudget- 6 years
  • Janice Gali- 7 years
  • Amy Potts- 7 years
  • Gordon Levin- 7 years
  • Greg Smith- 8 years
  • Tina Orsi-Hartigan- 20 years
  • Ed Stahl- 55 years
  • John Colwell- 56 years
 

Nicholas Welzenbach welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order. Our sound continues to get better. Stay tuned for even more improvements.

Judy Rodriguez led the flag salute and then gave our inspiration: Hope in a time of division. Christopher Reeves: said “Once you choose hope, anything is possible.” Nelson Mandela said “May your choices reflect your hopes and not your fears.”  We, as Rotarians, generate hope for humanity. Thank you.

Our song of the week is Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John, chosen by Henry Viktovich. Let Nicholas know if you want to have your favorite song play as we come in.

Guests

  • Dick Konrad introduced his daughter Julie. 
  • Lydia introduced 3 friends, Dina, Suzie, and Russell.
  • Marty introduced his friend, Jean Marc, who is filling out his application to join us.

Andrea Lee is our member spotlight this week. We are glad to have you among us, Andrea!

Barbara Fishman earned her blue badge. Congratulations Barbara!


Thanks for the fall festive eggs Cathie and Randy.

Patti van der Burg talked about United Against Hate, which took place this past Saturday. A good number of LG Rotarians were there and we were one of the sponsors of the event. 3,000 people gathered for a peaceful march as a counterpoint to some of the racist and homophobic graffiti and other recent issues in Los Gatos. We are proud to have been a part.

Happy birthday to all our November birthdays. Henry, Sue, Ensy, Suzanne, Rusell, Janice, Bava Avis, Anjana, Greg, Tonya, Greg, Leroy, & Terri. 

Henry Viktovich reminded us this is the very last week to get your tickets for the Presidents Brunch, our fabulous annual holiday party. We have 100 people signed up so far. Thanks Suzanne for the great video shown last week. It will be a great event and he has some surprises up his sleeve. Don’t miss it. Email him to get your tickets.

 
The meeting was called to order by President Nicholas Welzenbach at 12:30
 
The pledge was led by Mike Frangadakis.
 
Inspiration was from Judy Rodriguez who spoke about Veteran’s Day. She started with the history of Veteran’s Day beginning in 1918. She concluded with thoughts about how we can honor our veterans from Tom Clancy, Barak Obama, and Maya Angelou. She then asked the veterans to stand. Our members who are veterans are:
  • Gary Allison
  • Clayton Bruntz- Navy
  • Rob Chaykin- Naval Reserves
  • Dan Doore- Army
  • Mike Frangadakis- Army
  • Grady Jeter- Army
  • Dick Konrad
  • Art Rabitz-Air Force
  • Myron Smith- Air Force
  • Ed Stahl- Army
  • Gordon Levin- Navy/Marines
  • Ramon Ware- Air Force
  • Thank you all for your service.

 

Guests:

Gae La Torre introduced her guest, Ileana Aguilar.

Announcements:

We had a moment of silence for Tom O’Donnell who passed away November 2. Services for Tom will be held at St. Mary’s Church this Saturday November 13 at 11:00. Tom was remembered as a wonderful person and a great Rotarian. Nicholas showed a picture of everyone at the First Tuesday event at Randy and Kathie’s home toasting Tom. He will be missed.
 
Thank you to Randy Cobb and Kathie Benko for hosting our First Thursday event last week. There was a great turnout and everyone enjoyed themselves.
 
The veterans were called to the front of the room. Nicholas presented them with American Flag/Rotary flag pins. Mike F. presented Nicholas and Ed Stahl with bottles of sand from Omaha Beach. Mike thanked Nicholas for the work he does with vets. 
 
 
The meeting was brought to order by Club President, Nicholas Welzenbach at 12:30pm.
 
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Rachelle Lopp.
 
Our Inspiration was provided by Erika Buck. Erika read an excerpt from her book, “100 ways to Calm” about walking mindfully.
 
There were no visiting Rotarians.
 
We had many guests including, Jean-Marc Blanchard, guest of Mike Norcia and the following guests from the Los Gatos Union School District:
 
Jenna Mittleman - Principal, Daves Avenue Elementary
Rick Rauscher - Principal, Louise Van Meter Elementary
Jason Deppong - Principal, Lexington Elementary 
Lisa Reynolds - Principal, Blossom Hill Elementary
Mary Lonhart - Principal, Fisher Middle School
Clare Vickers - Assistant Principal, Fisher Middle School
Karen Briones - Communications Coordinator, District Office
Sarah Tellez - Administrator, District Office
Michelle Strachan - Executive Assistant, District Office
 

Announcements

Many thanks to Lisa Norcia-Cheskin for switching up the lunch food at the last minute. Panera could not provide our usual lunch due to consequences resulting from the recent rainstorm-induced power outage so she ordered cheese pizza from Round Table Pizza for everyone. 
 
Our song of the week, “I Can See Clearly Now” by Johnny Nash, was suggested by Paul Johnson. 
 
Paul Yeadon received his Red Badge and was welcomed by Mike Norcia.
 
The October Rotarian Anniversaries were announced by Nicholas Welzenbach.
 
Henry Vitkovich reminded everyone to sign up for the Presidents Brunch which will be held at the Cinnabar Hills Golf Club on Sunday, December 5. If you would like to purchase tickets, please contact Henry.
 
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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. 
Rotary International 2021/22 Theme