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President Marty called the meeting to order. The pledge and introductions were done by Riley Barr.
                -Tom Boyce introduced is daughter and 2 granddaughters.
                -John Colwell introduced his friend and broker Mike Craig.
                -Kirsten introduced her husband Ivor Barber
 
Marty brought back the old tradition of a walk about, where we greeted fellow Rotarians. He also showed a comedic take on a Friends Thanksgiving episode, involving a turkey on a guy’s head.
 
The club’s Rotary Foundation goals are getting closer. We have met the financial goal and are close to getting 100% of Rotarians to give something. An inspiring video highlighting The Foundation’s humanitarian aid globally was shown.
 
Meghan Burton, who is helping Lisa Norcia-Cheskin with the giving tree project, announced we have roughly 50 gifts given and 50 to go. The remaining tags were handed and many were taken by our generous members, which will make the season bright for those in need locally. You can also support the holiday drive by using our online Giving Tree page. Click here to help us spread kindness and send the message “I care” to a child, senior or homeless adult who may otherwise go without this holiday season.
 

 

We all know how important family is. Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) and Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health (LPFCH) provide families an affordable place to stay, meals, schooling and camps for siblings, counseling, and much more - allowing them to stay together at a difficult time.

This holiday season let us help these families with critically ill children by purchasing tickets to the Rotary Club of Los Gatos opening night fundraiser of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. All proceeds go to Ronald McDonald House Charities Bay Area and Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health. Bring your whole family!

$100 prize for the best Star Wars themed costume!


 
You may have met these families at previous years' fundraisers. Curious how they are doing?
 

At our 2017 Movie Night Fundraiser we met the family of Jacquelyn. She was in the NICU for 3 months at Lucile Packard Childrens Hospital, but we are pleased to report she is now thriving.

At the Rotary Club of Los Gatos 2018 Movie Night Fundraiser we met the family of Aria. Aria made it! A true miracle. She still has a long road ahead of her, but she is home after spending a year at the hospital.

Meeting was called to order at 12:30pm by Marty Fishman
 
Pledge of Allegiance
Clayton Bruntz
 
Visiting Rotarians
None
 
Other Visitors
Norm Snyder introduced his wife Laurel.  Hal Rosen introduced his wife Lydia and Jeffery Barnett introduced a visiting friend.
 
Inspiration
Henry Vitkovich shared some thoughts regarding the value of new Rotarians.
 
Announcements
Marty Fishman shared the sad news of the passing of Don d’Arms. Don was an active and valued member of Los Gatos Rotary for many years, had kept in touch with the club after recently moving away, and will be missed. He was also the skilled editor of the club’s Cat Tale (this publication) for many years.
 
A Celebration of the Life of Don d'Arms will be as follows:
 
Friday, November  22nd, 2019
6430 Bose Lane
San Jose CA
 
Saturday, November 23rd, 2019
6439 Bose Lane
San Jose CA
 
Saturday, November 23rd, 2019
11:00AM - 12:30PM
 
Saturday, November 23rd, 2019
1:00PM Burial 

Marty Fishman also announced that The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund Drive continues.  We would like to reach $35,000 and 100% Club Member participation.
 

Tina Orsi-Hartigan announced that the Blankets for Kittens project with Los Gatos High School Interact Club went well. The blankets will be donated to the Nike Animal Rescue Foundation.

Lisa Norcia-Cheskin announced that the Christmas Giving Tree project is continuing and our goal is to donate 100 gifts, so far we have 18. You can shop yourself and bring the gifts to meetings or the Presidents’ Brunch or you can shop online using the link on our Club website.
 
President Marty Fishman is in Guatemala so today’s meeting was led by Amy Potts. 
 
We had two visiting Rotarians: Greg from Saratoga and Brenda Davis from San Jose Downtown.
Visitors:  Dan Snyder’s guest, Heidi Owens, of Los Gatos Town Council, was introduced by Carol Abela. John Cowell introduced his guest, friend and former doctor, Richard Bulvis. 
 
Inspiration: Henry Vitkovich asked everyone who had served in a branch of the military to stand so we could recognize and thank them. He reminded us to thank all vets and read a poem about veterans. 
 
Announcements:
Amy gave us an update on the Rotary Foundation Annual Drive. We are at 80% participation and $31,000 total donations. We’re on our way to making our goal of 100% participation and $35,000. Remember any donation, no matter the amount is appreciated. Amy showed us a short video about the clean water projects. This is one of the six areas of the foundation’s focus. 
 
Club Runner - Amy gave us a brief overview of Club Runner. The app can be downloaded from the Apple App store or Google play. Your login is firstname.lastname  password is lgrotary it is not case sensitive. We are no longer printing a paper directory so be sure to download the app. If you need help ask a Rotary IT expert such as Amy, Andrew or anyone under 50, they’ll set you up.
 
Nominating Committee ballots were handed out. Results were announced at the end of the meeting. Andrew Howard, Tina Orsi-Hartigan, Amy Potts, Art Rabitz, and Patti van der Burg will be serving on the committee. Amy and Patti will be co-chairs.
 
Thanks to everyone who helped out at St. Luke’s this morning. Tina Orsi-Hartigan said the quality of food is so appreciated by everyone. There was so much food today they are freezing it for next week. Sarita Johnson added that this is a special event and you should come by if you haven’t been there. 
 
 
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We meet 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
Dr. Martin Fishman
Dec 10, 2019
Seeing again Guatemala
Seeing again Guatemala
Fisher Middle School Choir
Dec 17, 2019
Sing - A capella choir
 
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.

 

 
Rotary International 2019/20 Theme
 
Rotary Connects the World: RI President-elect Mark Daniel Maloney’s theme for 2019-20, Rotary Connects the World, asks Rotarians to strengthen the many ways that Rotary Connects the World, building the connections that allow talented, thoughtful, and generous people to unite and take meaningful action through Rotary service. Download 2019-20 theme logo and materials

2019-20 Theme logo - Rotary Connects the WorldMark Daniel Maloney, of the Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama, USA