Club News

Inspiration/serving the homeless

Mark Twain wrote in the Prince and the Pauper that Hunger is Pride’s Master...  Most of us don’t miss a lot of meals, but we were able to help folks who do when we served at The St. Luke pantry program this morning.  Tina asked for those who volunteered to stand. It was Dave D. first time. Thank you for all of you who helped.



Save the date - community service: 

Rebuilding Together Project day is Oct 27th 8 am to 5 pm
Last day to sign up is Oct. 6th
Suzanne will email the sign-up info. We are looking for volunteers to do electrical, wiring, and tiling work 
The scope of the project is to clean the yard, paint the house and install a new stove. The home is located in east San Jose. The owner lost her husband last year. This year’s project is smaller compared to the previous year

First Thursday:

October 4, 2018 will be Number One Broadway (102 S Santa Cruz Ave # B, Los Gatos, CA 95030) starting at 5pm.  Drinks $5 to 9:00.  Music and dancing at 9:00.  Please bring an appetizers to share.
* Also is anyone willing to host first Thursday at their home in November? Please contact Gae L. 

Red Badge Bio: 

Lisa N. joined our Rotary club July 3rd. She is the daughter of Dom and Lydia and sister of Mike. Lisa retired in 2017 after 35 years of career in the medical device industry.
Other volunteer works- Child advocates of Silicon Valley Lucile Packard Foundation- received $8,000 in grants from LG rotary
She is an active participant of The Great Race, CrabFeast and past Bocce ball Tournaments.

Guest Speaker: Teresa Johnson, Director of HomeTrust - Meals on Wheels

Michele Lew-CEO and Teresa Johnson-Director, Meals on Wheels from Health Trust
Michele- Covered the corporate view
In 1996, The health Trust was formed from the sale of three local nonprofit hospitals.  Their mission is to build health equity in Silicon Valley, over $100 million in assets. 
They provide:
Meals on Wheels
HIV/AIDS Services
Housing Services
Health Education Workshops
Family Jerry Larson FOODBasket

Meals on Wheels provide warm food for elderly and disabled who are homebound and can’t prepare their meal or go food shopping for themselves. 85% of the clients over the age of 60. They Provide hot meals five days per week. They also provide Meal planning assistant to come up with a better menu for their clients.
The program was established in 1974 by visiting nurses’ associations. Later Health trust took over most of the program. County still runs the program, and they deliver frozen food once a week. They are more than a meal, they provide friendly visits and wellness checks, which is very important to their clients. Most of them don’t see anyone else.
Seven years ago, they also started providing food to the clients’ pets such as dogs, cats, and birds.

District Avenues of Service: (Free for all Red Badge members)
"Leaders keep on Learning" Project fair/Training/Networking/Fun
Featured speaker is past RI Director John Blount
WHAT: Connect with Rotary Leaders and leard about the power of service
WHERE: Santa Clara Biltmore Hotel, 2151 Laurelwood Road, Santa Clara
WHEN: Thursday, October 4th from 4:00 – 9:00 pm 

Other News:

Rotaractor Vincent Kloes, Interact 5170, Area 11 Director Adrian Wilcox  co-President (669) 888 6884  They are doing a project to help support Foster youth and provide resources so that the Foster youth can thrive.

Avis L. recognized Tom O., Gary A., Art R., and Colin D. for their contributions to Rotary Foundation 
Bell Ringers:
John C., John P, and Ed B. 
The LGHS Robotics Team 972 is heading to the World Championships in April!  Championships is not only a place to demonstrate their robot’s abilities, but also an opportunity to elevate the LGHS Robotics program to new heights for years to come. They are grateful for our help and encourage anyone who is willing to provide additional funds for this competition.  Visit: LGSH Robotics Page
Upon the suggestion of Mike F., the meeting opened with a moment of silence for those who perished on September 11th, 2001.

Three visiting Rotarians attended the meeting - Kuman S. from India, Kohinoor C. from the Los Gatos Morning Rotary (and West Valley Community Services), and Josh S. from the Cupertino Rotary Club (and West Valley Community Services). There were also three other non-rotary guests - David H. (a Netflix employee and neighbor of Andrew Howard's), David H. (teacher at Los Gatos High School), and Radhika B. (who has submitted her application to become a Los Gatos Rotarian).

The club will be promoted at an upcoming Spring event entitled, "Spring on the Green". See Dick for more details.

There is a club golf outing planned in October. Details to follow.

We would like to introduce you to a new member of our club, Lisa Norcia Cheskin! We asked Lisa a couple of questions that we could share to help you get to know her better:
Where I work:
I have been retired since summer 2017 after a 35-year career in the medical device industry.
Why I joined Rotary:
It is an opportunity to service along side my family - my brother and father; It is an engine for varied and diverse volunteer opportunities.
Number of generations in Rotary:
Two generations (including mine) with all of my immediate family as current or past members - brother and father are current members and past presidents of Los Gatos Rotary and my mother is a former member of Los Gatos Morning Rotary.
Interested in Rotary and want to learn more about how you can become a Rotarian? Check out our club calendar and join us for a meeting! We welcome guests and look forward to meeting you!
Club Information


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
September 2018
Upcoming Events
Guest Speakers
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.


2018/19 Theme

The theme for the 2018-2019 Rotary year, Be the Inspiration, was recently announced by RI President Barry Rassin. Rassin is a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas.  Read more (click here)