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Club News

Dr. Joel's presentation on video here if you missed the meeting or want to share it with family or friends. 

Click on this link: https://youtu.be/GklSnHuc7H8

Welcome our new Member, Anjana Bose below:

Dan Snyder provided our inspiration to get us started.

Tina introduced 3 guests today:

  • Terri Trotter
  • Jeffrey Blum
  • Ken Toren
Karen Anderson and Jay Quinby were also guests.
We celebrated January birthdays today, and Don Mcleve played happy birthday for us on the piano.
Anjana Bose was welcomed as a new member by Jamie.

Winefest & Auction - Almost sold out!

We are up to 91 out of 125 tickets sold.  Sign up while they are still available!

Virtual Student Speech Contest

Tina announced that there will be a speech contest on February 9th, and we need judges and timers for this virtual event.  Please keep an eye out for an email from Tina about this in case you are interested in volunteering.

Los Gatos Lodge

Los Gatos Lodge will not open for meals, so we are looking for alternatives so if you have one to offer please let us know.

Micro Loans Project

Tom Boyce gave an update on the micro loans project.  These loans are a few hundred dollars, and are designed to help lift people out of poverty.  They are partnering with Kiva on this, and we specifically have a focus on Kenya where we have loaned $81,080 over the last 9 years.     
On the first virtual rotary meeting for the year, Dan Snyder delivered a history lesson that is associated with one of The Rotary’s global program. Featured in that history lesson was the amazing work of Basil O’Connor, a New York  lawyer who transformed the campaign against polio into a global campaign. In 1928, he took over the campaign from his law partner, then elected governor Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) who was struck with the disease in 1921. The foundation focused on small amount from the public. The foundation became the Foundation for Infantile Paralysis and asked people foe their small pocket change. Later on, the foundation became to known as the March of Dimes, becoming a foundation that led global initiatives, research and clinical trials in fighting other infantile diseases and the global fight against polio. FDR’s portrait was put on the dime.

Featured member for the week was Riley Barr who has been a member of the club since 2018
On club announcements, Tina and Suzanne provided updates on the upcoming Virtual Wine Fest and Auction on January 30, 2021. Ticket sale ends on January 19, 2021. President Andrew and the crab (wine) fest committee reminded everyone “Do Not Procrabstinate”…pun…ticket sales end Jan 19.

Next Tuesday’s (1/12) avatar background challenge is baby pictures. 

The pledge was led by Ed Stahl. John Pencer inspired with a  quote by Saint Theresa about accepting yourself and practicing joy.

Visitors were

  • Jeffrey Blum, and attorney invited by Tina, checking out the club
  • Rebecca Alvarez from West Valley College (assistant to the WV President) hoping to connect students with us and experienced in large events
  • Esme Hekkelman, Jamie’s daughter
Members shared backgrounds of winter wonderland scenes from around the world, and President Andrew wore a virtual reindeer outfit that moved along with his head…wow
Don McCleve played a Christmas concert of jingle bells on his piano, with special assistant Greg Butterfield.
This week’s social media spotlight was on dedicated member and everyone’s favorite chef Michelle Myers-Nelson.
Wine Fest is coming Jan 30!! Click here for video that explains the event. David Wells and David Hubbard demonstrated live how to buy tickets. Go to our club website and click on the event to buy tickets, or click here.  Note 1 ticket for $150 is for 1 wine kit, which serves 2 people. You will need to register for an account to get setup. See David Wells if you have a question. Thanks David!
Note there is no first Thursday in January.
Champion forms are due 2/28. To find a blank champion form, go to losgatosrotary.org, sign into the member area and then click on the member link, then click on green book on right Club documents and search on “Philanthropy”. Once you complete the form please email it to Andrew Stearns.
Meeting was held online via Zoom and called to order at 12:30pm by Andrew Stearns.
We had 60 Zoom participants.
Pledge of Allegiance was led by Sandy Bocks.  
Visiting Rotarians – Rachelle Lopp introduced her friend Jennifer Karno from Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary
Other Visitors Linda Lester 
Inspiration John Pencer provided our inspiration for today, focusing on the distribution of the COVID19 vaccine as the light at the end of the tunnel. He reminded us to celebrate while continuing to be vigilant and stay the course.

Announcements –

Blue Badge Presentation: Art Rabitz announced that Linda Lester has received her Blue Badge as an Honorary Member. Linda thanked the Club and is pleased to be involved.
Nominating Committee: Doug Brent, representing the Nominating Committee announced the slate of candidates for the 2021 – 2022 Board of Directors. Under President Nicholas Welzenbach, the slate is as follows:
President Elect - Mike Norcia
Vice President - Lisa Cheskin
Secretary - Doug Brent
Treasurer - Ed Bowen
Asst. Secretary - David Hubbard
Asst. Treasurer - Dan Snyder

Director - Jeff Barnett
Director - Meghan Burton
Director - David Wells
Sergeant at Arms - Gregg Butterfield

Scholarship Committee member - Tony James
Investments Committee member - Henry Vitkovich
Andrew asked if there were any nominations from the floor, and there were none. He then asked for a ‘yes’ vote by hand-raising then a ‘no’ vote by hand-raising. The slate was approved by the vote.
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
Mailing Address:
PO Box 1018
Los Gatos, CA  95031
January 2021
Guest Speakers
Club Assembly
Jan 19, 2021
WineFest Event
WineFest Event
Land Trust Representative
Jan 26, 2021
HWY 17 Wild life crossing
Barrie Mullens
Feb 02, 2021
Adult Ed Programs
Student's giving their speeches - virtually
Feb 09, 2021
Richard D. King Speech Contest
Community service
We provide food and volunteer in many food pantries including St. Lukes, House of Hope in Los Gatos, Second Harvest in San Jose, and Rise Against Hunger.  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.


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