Meeting brought to order at 12:30PM by President, Mike Norcia.
Pledge of Allegiance: Led by Ramon Ware.
Inspiration: Provided by Suzanne Boxer-Gassman and focused on how people deal with their little worries and problems. She gave the example of the CrabFest tickets selling out: Henry Vitkovich came up with the idea to start a waitlist. Thank you Henry!
Guests: Lisa Cheskin introduced Lauren Douglas.
Thank You: Mike Norcia thanked Josh from Shir Hadash for his help with our audio/visual needs at our weekly meetings.
Karen Rosenberg Cassel, wife of fellow Rotarian, Ron Cassel sadly passed away on January 19, 2023. Karen and Ron married in 1961. She was President of Inner Wheel for 2 years, Co-Chair of District Inner Wheel in 2005-2006 and was a trustee for USA Foundation that sponsored the Myoelectric Limb Foundation. Ron spoke to the group about their marriage and life together. A memorial service for Karen will be held Saturday February 11 at 11:00 a.m. at Saratoga Federated Church. The church is located near the corner of Highway 9 and Saratoga Ave. A lunch reception will follow the service.
Thank you to Randy Cobb and Kathie Benko again for the beautifully decorated eggs for St. Luke’s. The past two weeks were back-to-school and football themed.
Champion Forms submittal due date is February 28, 2023. The forms can be found electronically on ClubRunner and hard copies are available at our meetings.
We are still accepting donations for the Rotary Foundation. If you have any questions, please contact Marty Fishman.
Our Annual CrabFest is fast approaching. It is scheduled for Saturday, February 4, 2023. The tickets are sold out and a waitlist has been created. So far, we have brought in $62,000 of the expected $100,000. Members are encouraged to bid on the auction items and enjoy the wine and beer during the event to help us reach our goal. A big thank you to Jeff Blum for the promotional article he wrote for the Los Gatan newspaper!
Our February First Tuesday event will be held on Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at Travel Advisors (Ed Stahl’s business) 56 N. Santa Cruz Ave in downtown Los Gatos from 5:30PM – 7:30PM. Bring a beverage and favorite appetizer (not dessert) to share. And before you arrive, consider attending our fundraiser at J McLaughlin, 17 ½ N. Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos to support our Los Gatos Rotary Charities Foundation from 1:00PM – 5:30PM. 15% of sales will benefit the Foundation. 
The Annual Rotary International Convention will be held in Melbourne, Australia from May 27 – May 31, 2023. It is a wonderful opportunity to experience what Rotary does on a world-wide scale.
The Caldwell Cup and Mission 10K/5K race will take place this coming Saturday, January 28 in San Juan Bautista. There will be a challenge between the Rotary Clubs from Los Gatos, Hollister and Santa Cruz Sunrise. You can use the code: ROTARYLG23 for a $10 registration discount, Rotary Mission Ten - Half Marathon, 10 Mile and 5K ( 
Our Annual Great Race will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2023 at Vasona and Oak Meadows Parks. This is an all-hands-on-deck fundraiser and more details will be announced soon.
30 for 30:
Gordon Levin announced that some of his beautiful woodwork was recently auctioned off at benefit for Relay for Life and he donated the proceeds, $500 to the Club. Thank you Gordon!
John Pencer and his daughter attended the Forty Niner playoff football game last weekend and had a wonderful time. While there, they met a family visiting from out of town and learned that they had paid $250 just to park at the event. Moral of the story: when you travel, it’s a good idea to check with the locals regarding reasonably priced public transit.
Mike Frangadakis shared that it was his EMT son-in-law that recently saved the life of a baby in San Francisco that had ingested fentanyl.
Tom Boyce donated $61 in honor of the number of years that Ron and Karen Cassel had been married which is the same number of years as Tom and his wife.
Judy Rodriguez donated $39, to make an even $100 in tandem with Tom Boyce’s donation, to honor Karen Cassel.
Cindy Gentile donated in honor of her husband, Greg’s retirement and her daughter, Bronte’s college graduation.
Clayton Bruntz also donated $100 in honor of Karen Cassel.
Nicholas Welzenbach donated in honor of the joy it brings him to pull into the Shir Hadash parking lot every Tuesday to see it filled with the cars of his beloved Rotarian friends.


Julie ‘Brain Lady’ Anderson is considered to be one of the nation’s top experts on the Brain Personality Connection. She is a dynamic and engaging international public speaker; business, communication, and relationship consultant; as well as a published author. For more than 15 years she has been igniting her audiences to fire up their brains to inspire positive changes in the relationships of all in attendance. The information she shares will help those who hear to accelerate their success in life and business through discovery of their natural gifts. Julie’s educational background is vast. She studied Natural Health, Psychology, Human Resource Development and Psychoneuroimmunology at Clayton College. She is a 3 time attendee of Realizations Inc. / Success Resources International’s Brain and Innate Giftedness program. She has also received CEC’s in the field of Depression, Anxiety Disorders and Brain Function. She has done extensive research in the areas of Personality Types, Brain Function and Anatomy, Brain Health, and the Brain Personality Connection.
Julie’s presentation was entitled: “Use the Power of Neuroscience to Create Dynamic Relationships and Improve Communications”. She presented a very engaging discussion about the different types of personalities and ways of thinking that are part of every working group and how to recognize and use those brain personalities to work cohesively together.
Mike Norcia closed the meeting at 1:30pm.