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Club News

Andrew Stearns got the party started at 12:33. 

Erika Buck gave the inspiration from ‘The Daily Stoic’. The meditation for 10/13 is “revenge is a dish best not served.” Don’t meet rudeness with rudeness or dishonesty with dishonesty.  Be the example others can follow. Living morally and well is quite nice.

Next week’s meeting challenge: Wear your favorite team colors or have a zoom background of your favorite sports team!

Rotary Anniversaries: Lloyd Grant, Chris Trapani, Mike Norcia, Andrea Lee, Wes Sadumiano, Geraldine Arce, Marty Fishman, Dick Konrad, Doug Brent, and Erik Beeson.


Ron Cassel presented special club recognition to Ed Stahl

Ed was president of our club 1981 and 82, served on many committees such as the Great Race, BBQ, and President’s Brunch, and he traveled to the Philippines twice to work on a children’s hospital and a computer lab. 

Ed’s daughter, Susan, was present to see him get the award.

Congratulations Ed!

Rotarian of the Year Award for 2019-2020 -  we have 2 of them!!!

Amy Potts - Amy has been a member with Los Gatos since 2014. She is the mother of three wonderful children, a successful fundraiser and marketer, has been club VP, is involved with youth programs, and is a volunteer extraordinaire!

Her parents, husband, and three kids were present to see her get her award.

Her father shared her ongoing and lasting impact on young people in Pacific Northwest because of her role leading youth volunteer projects to Ecuador. Her mother said she is so proud of her.

Patti van der Burg - Patti has been a member since 2014. She is the head of our world service committee, leads the crabfest auction, is liaison for the Langling school, and works extensively to feed those in need through Peninsula Foodrunners. 

Patti thanked her parents for their example of service. Her husband, brothers, sister, son, and friend were there to see her receive the award and her husband and sister expressed how proud they are of her.


Thank you to both of these extraordinary women who make a difference every day. We are honored to serve with you in Rotary.

Andrew Stearns welcomed us all to the meeting. It was “Bring your pet to Rotary” day, so many of the 47 zoomers had a past or current pet as a backdrop, and some were live in the zoom shot. It was fun to see the variety, including Avis’ pet turtle! Amy snapped some photos:

Riley Barr led the pledge of allegiance.
Erika Buck gave inspiration with a wise quote: Although no one can go back and change the beginning of their story, anyone can start now and make a new ending. So true.
Guests: none
October birthdays were celebrated by Marlon. Don McCleve played a rousing Happy Birthday live on his piano.
Grady Jeter is our member of the week on social media. He was inspired by his experience in Butan 20 years ago, where they measure the country’s success in “Gross National Happiness”. See all profiles at https://www.losgatosrotary.org/PhotoAlbums/our-members-their-rotary-story and email Amy Potts if you would like to submit a photo and quote to be featured.
Randy Cobb transitioned from Red Badge to Blue Badge. He is already active on several committees. He showed us his 2 live kitties Olive and Waverly, plus volunteer side kick Kathie made an appearance. Dan Snyder gave $40 in honor of his St Luke’s colored eggs and House of Hope work. Welcome aboard!


Andrew Stearns welcomed us all to the meeting

Ed Graziani said the pledge of allegiance

Judy Rodriguez gave inspiration aligned with the new season of autumn. Letting go of something is a sign of gratitude. As much as we enjoy summer, we can release it just as trees let go of their leaves. When we move forward we allow something new to come in.


  • Chris Trapani
  • Ed Graziani
  • And many family members - children and grandchildren - of Lloyd Grant

Club updates:

Michael Frangadakis ‘Mike the Greek’ has shipped out to work with 800 firefighters near Porterville

Patti is our member of the week on social media. See all profiles here and email Amy Potts if you would like to submit a photo and quote to be featured.

Rotary Club of Los Gatos received the Rotary International Presidential Citation with Platinum Distinction under Marty’s leadership

Lisa Cheskin, membership committee chair, announced a new recruitment award. Most of us have brought in 1 or 2 new members. Please think about potential new members and invite them so you can make this list next year.

Top 5 recruitment awards: 

5th place - Andrew Howard, John Pencer, Steve Rice (tied)

4th - Mike The Greek, Marlon Smith (tied)

3rd - Mike Norcia

2nd - Tina Orsini-Hartigan

1st - John Colwell

The meeting was led by VP Gae La Torre, since President Andrew had a work engagement. The Pledge was led by Tom Dodge. Inspiration led by Judy Rodriguez reflected on the words of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who passed this week. One quote sited was “Fight for the things you care about, but do it in a way so that others join you”. She served with humility and genius, and our country was lucky to have her. RIP RBG    Well done, Judy.
There were no guests. Lydia Norcia asked if there are any We Care outreach needs to let her know. Gae thanked the We Care Committee for the porch surprises last week. There were also chat room thanks from Liz Smith (it encouraged her to attend today), Mike Norcia, Suzanne, and many email thanks throughout the week.
Tom Boyce and Andrew Howard spoke about our club’s commitment to Shelter Box. For the past 13 years Lloyd Grant has been the champion, and we have given a total of roughly $35,000. They Rotary charity supplies kits that include a durable tent and food prep tools and sleeping needs to disaster zones globally, and each kit is about $1000.
The Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce is forming an event called “Around the Town Happenings” involving service clubs. See Andrew Stearns if interested.
Contribute time to the newest area of focus for Rotary International: Supporting the Environment. Our club’s Volunteer Committee is seeking volunteers for “Rotarians on the Roof” where we will be trained to install solar panels on non-profits in the San Jose area. Note it is not a requirement to be on the roof. Training is Oct 24. See Chris Potter 
Tina thanked her trusty crew again this week for feeding the homeless at the St Luke’s Tuesday brunch.
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
October 2020
Community Events
Guest Speakers
Mike Wasserman, SC County Supervisor
Oct 27, 2020
Fall Update: re Covid, Census, budget deficit, jails, homelessness, animal shelter, and more
Fall Update: re Covid, Census, budget deficit, jails, homelessness, animal shelter, and more
Carl Guardino, Boom Energy Exec. VP
Nov 03, 2020
Building our Future in Broken Times. Transportation, Housing, Energy and the Economy.
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.


Rotary International 2020/21 Theme