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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)

 
Andrew Stearns kicked off the meeting with a slap of the gavel, and asked if “everybody is happy”, and said that “the one acceptable response is 'absolutely'”.
 
Paul Christiansan led us in the pledge of allegiance wearing a US flag shirt.
 
John Pencer gave us inspiration with many great patriotic quotes:
 
"It does not take a majority to prevail ... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."
    --Samuel Adams
 
"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
    --Thomas Pain
 
"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"
    --Voltair
 
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."
    --Ronald Reagan
 
"In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline."
    --Martin Luther King
 
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others”
    --Nelson Mandela
 

Guests:

Mike Norcia introduced Tom Anthony a LGHS graduate who is a commercial/residential contractor
 
We also celebrated the July birthdays of Todd Taylor, Art Rabitz, Rene Friderich, Sarita Johnson, Ron Cassel, Tom O'Donnel, Bill Pope.  Much to their chagrin we sang a zoom happy birthday to all of these members.
 

Announcements:

Currently we have the Club BBQ set for August 25, 2020 at 5:30
Celebrating local heroes, good deeds in pandemic
 
Los Gatos Rotarian Tina Orsi-Hartigan, right, delivers $2,000 in grocery gift cards to Dan Green, interim coordinator for the House of Hope, for local families in need.
Rotary also teamed up with Campo di Bocce and Peninsula Foodrunners to deliver meals to the Casa de Novo homeless facility and San Thomas Housing for Seniors. (Photo courtesy of Debby Rice)
By DEBBY RICE | Saratoga News and Los Gatos Weekly Times
PUBLISHED: July 6, 2020 at 6:58 a.m. | UPDATED: July 6, 2020 at 7:04 a.m.

Thanks to those whose actions are solving problems and serving our community.
It’s a festive summer atmosphere in downtown Los Gatos with new outdoor dining options. Up and down North Santa Cruz Avenue, people are enjoying California summer weather and being able to socialize, even from a distance. Loma Brewery has a large outdoor space on a portion of Gray’s Lane where people are gathering. I saw a young girl practicing cheerleading. Temporary or not, it’s nice.
 
Peninsula Foodrunners was in a tough situation when their usual donations of leftover lunches from corporate offices dried up due to COVID-19 office closures. They teamed up with the Los Gatos Rotary Club, which made a generous donation that has kept the program running and, in the process, brought business to Campo di Bocce. Residents at the Casa de Novo homeless facility and at San Thomas Housing for Seniors received fully prepared Italian meals from Campo di Bocce, delivered by Los Gatos Rotarians. The club also delivered $2,000 in grocery gift cards to Los Gatos-based House of Hope for local families in need.

June 30 - President Marty’s last meeting of Rotary year

The club assembly Zoom meeting was called to order at 12:30, after several breakout groups met 12:00-12:30. There were roughly 47 attendees.
 
Marty led the pledge and announced the lone guest, his wife Barbara Fishman.
 
Doug Brent led the inspiration with a pencil parable, retold here:
The Pencil Maker took the pencil aside, just before putting him into the box.
“There are 5 things you need to know,” he told the pencil, “Before I send you out into the world. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best pencil you can be.”
One:  “You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in Someone’s hand.”
Two: “You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you’ll need it to become a better pencil.”
Three: “You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.”
Four: “The most important part of you will always be what’s inside.”
And Five: “On every surface, you are used on, you must leave your mark. No matter what the condition, you must continue to write.”
The pencil understood and promised to remember, and went into the box with purpose in its heart.
 
Marty gave a Covid news update, and shared some funny mask design options. He stressed the importance to take precautions as the infection rates rise in our area.
 
Marty shared photos from the recent Flights happy hour. Patti announced she still needs a few slots filled on the bulletin team. Click here to email her if interested in helping out by occasionally taking meeting notes.
 
Club Information

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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
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Upcoming Events
Guest Speakers
Marty Fishman, M.D.
Jul 14, 2020
Preserving our Vision
Preserving our Vision
Keller Rinaudo, CEO
Jul 21, 2020
Using drones to deliver blood and save lives
Nathan Thomas
Jul 28, 2020
Solarize Uganda Now Project
Paul Johnson and Mike Grove
Aug 04, 2020
LGUSD and LGSUHSD plans for the restart of the school year
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.

 

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