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Club News
 
The 2022 Roast and Toast was called to order by Past President Andrew Stearns. 
 
Pledge led by President Elect Mike Norcia. 
 
We held a moment of silence for Rotarians we lost this year: Richard (Dick) Irion, Leonard
(Len) Smith, Tom O’Donnell, and Lloyd Grant.
 
Inspiration by John Pencer who shared a story from Earl Nightingale called Acres of Diamonds. The moral of the story was sometimes we go looking for treasures in our life, and they are right in front of us all the time. In his life, Rotary is a treasure and he is so glad to be a part of our club. I think we all agree with you John, thank you for the story.
 
The program started with a look back on the year in a video by Suzanne Boxer-Gassman. We always enjoy the videos Suzanne puts together reminding us of all we accomplished and how much fun we had during the past year. It seems we especially enjoyed meeting in person again as well as our new meeting location. 
 
Ron Cassel and Gae La Torre presented member awards.  We had several members who were not able to attend, their awards will be presented at future lunch meetings. 
 
Certificate of Appreciation:
Kirsten Bridges, Rachelle Lopp
Plaque of Appreciation:
Grady Jeter
Michelle Myers Nelson
Elite (Special Award) Plaque:
John Pencer
 
Rotarian of the Year:
Suzanne Boxer Gassman
 
 
Meeting called to order at 12:30 by President Nicholas Welzenbach.
 
Flag salute led by Boy Scout Troop 2.
 
Inspiration by Doug Brent. Doug talked about how we often don’t know the impact we have on our community. He shared a story about having dinner at the Palms when his server said hello Doug, I was a Rotary scholarship recipient. He was so impressed she remembered him, by name, after just meeting with him for few minutes and seeing him at the awards ceremony. She told him how much the award meant to her. He also read a letter of thanks he received from a parent who had two children who had been touched by our Rotary club. One, an exchange student, had been selected for ELC. The other, had received a scholarship. Thank you, Doug, for sharing these stories with us.  

Guests:

Rotarians
Kathleen Grom from Pleasantville, NY (past president) Kathleen is out here visiting her two sons.
Jan Nordmo, introduced by Dick Konrad, Santa Clara Rotary and Troop 2
 
Non-Rotarians
Ann Marie Kirkham, also introduced by Dick, Troop 2
Kevin Haas Troop 2
Andrew Haas Troop 2
Nick Huang Troop 2
Ileana Aguilar, introduced by Gae La Torre. Ileena is in the process of applying for membership.
Eric Drew, introduced by Gae
 
Song of the day Thank You by Sly and the Family Stone. The playlist of suggested songs will remain on Spotify if you want to go back and relive the year. 
 
Thank you to Kathie Benko and Randy Cobb for the Warrior NBA championship themed eggs. We look forward to seeing what you come up with every week. 
 
We celebrated June birthdays. Don McCleve wasn’t at the meeting, but he was there by video. Thank you Don. We sang Happy Birthday to:
  • Eric Eberle June 2
  • Don Kuehn June 2
  • Ed Bowen June 10
  • Jane Marashian June 24
  • Haryl Pascal June 24
  • David Wells June 24
  • Lisa Cheskin June 29
  • Sidd Madiwale June 30
 

Announcements:

  • President-elect Mike Norcia will hold our first Tuesday of the new year on Monday July 4 from 12:30-2:30 at Oak Meadow Park, meet at the wine and beer garden. We will be participating in the Town of LG Fourth of July celebration by staffing the wine and beer garden from 10-4. This will be a fundraiser for us. Money will be split between us, Morning Rotary, Kiwanis, and Lions. Janice Gali donated two cases of wine. Thank you, Gali Winery. Please let Mike know if you can work an hour or two.
 
The meeting was brought to order at 12:30pm by President Nicholas Welzenbach.
 
The Pledge of allegiance was led by Randy Cobb.
 
Our Inspiration was presented by Jean-Marc Blanchard. He spoke about a young man named Austin Hatch who survived not one, but two plane crashes! He persevered through a very long emotional and physical recovery and went on to become a college graduate, father, husband and successful motivational speaker. Message: Go big or go home!
 
 
There were neither guests nor visiting Rotarians at the meeting. 
 
The Song of the Week was “Humble” by Kendrick Lamar, suggested by Patti van der Burg.
 

Announcements:

Thank you, Kathie Benko and Randy Cobb for the beautifully decorated hard-boiled eggs for St. Luke’s.
 
There was yet another Welzenbach family trip to the emergency room after Nicholas’ daughter was hit in the head by thrown water bottle. Stitches and staples were the order of the day.
 
Nicholas presented some self-indulgent random facts about Kansas and Kansas University.
 
We all cheered the recent win by the Golden State Warriors. They lead the Boston Celtics three games to two in the NBA Finals. 
 
Rotarian Anniversaries for the month of June:
  • Dan Doore, 28 years
  • George Hall, 23 years
  • Tony James, 13 years
  • Edward Graziani, 21 years
  • Don Kuehn, 32 years
  • Avis LaGrone, 21 years
  • Carol Abela, 8 years
  • Andrew Howard, 16 years
  • David Karwowski, 6 years
  • Norman Snyder, 8 years
  • Judy Rodriguez, 11 years
  • AnnMarie Valle, 7 years
Taking meeting notes for the “Cat Tale” is a great way to get to know the Club. See Kirsten Bridges if you are interested in being part of this team. 
 
 
Meeting called to order by President Nicholas Welzenbach. 
 
Pledge led by Kirsten Bridges
 
Inspiration by Gary Allison who spoke about looking for the beauty around us. Remember beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. 

Guests:

Peter Naymer guest of Dan Snyder and Trustee of LGUSD board
Pat Chappell guest of Lydia Norcia
Allison Snyder guest and daughter of Dan Snyder. Congratulations on your graduation, enjoy your time at Mount Holyoke. 
Matthew Hudes guest of Dick Konrad and member of LG Town Council
Ellie Gilbert guest and mom of Cindy Gentile
Lydia Rosen guest of Hal Rosen
Holly Smith
 
Song of the week was My Way by Frank Sinatra, suggested by Nancy Consentino. Thanks for the suggestion Nancy. 
 
Thank you, Randy Cobb and Kathie Benko for the Memorial Day themed eggs.
 
We celebrated the May birthdays. Thank you, Don McCleve for accompanying us on the piano. 
Hal Rosen May 1
Riley Barr May 2
Susie Mize May 5
Gordon Levin May 6
Craig Roberts May 9
Randy Cobb May 10
Andrew Stearns May 12
Jean-Marc Blanchard May 13
Robert Chaykin May 23
Grady Jeter May 25
John Pencer May 25
Carol Abela May 26
Tom Anthony May 26
Kamyar Negari May 26
Michael Grove May 29
Rami Wazni May 29
Kent Cooper May 30
 
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Upcoming Events
As our 21-22 Rotary Year comes to a close, we are reminded of how
it started back in July 2021
 
 
 
 
 
Community service
Donating and serving 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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