Meeting was called to order at 12:30pm by Marty Fishman
Pledge of Allegiance
Rachelle Lopp
Visiting Rotarians
Stuart Rosenberg, President-Elect from the Cupertino club
Other Visitors
Maddie Smith introduced her friend Joe. Tom Boyce introduced his wife Carol, Hal Rosen introduced his wife Lydia and Rachelle Lopp introduced her husband Michael.
Erika Buck shared a lighthearted poem about aging called “I am not Old.”
Marty Fishman announced:
  • First Thursday hours will be changed to 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Children will not be included due to the presence of alcohol.
  • The next Board Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at the Los Gatos Lodge.
  • The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund Drive has reached $30,000 from 67% of Club Membership.  We would like to reach $35,000 and 100% Club Member participation.
  • The Great Race is scheduled for April 19, 2020.
  • World Polio Day is October 24, 2019.  Marty shared a “Brief but Spectacular” video about a woman sharing her experience with contracting Polio in India, being raised by an adoptive family in the US and excelling both academically and as a challenged athlete.
  • “Rotarian at Work” t-shirts are for sale at $15 each.
  • Our Club support of Uplift Family Services has increased from a 3 week drive to a year-round service project. Please contact Gae La Torre regarding donations of new and gently used clothing and items for the home.
  • Our Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley project will take place this Saturday, October 19, 2019.
  • The Youth Science Institute (YSI) Sip & Support wine tasting fundraiser and silent auction will be held this coming Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 3:00pm – 6:00pm at Testarossa’s Wine Bar 107.
  • We will be supporting the St. Luke’s Pantry Morning Brunch on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. Please coordinate your food donations with Tina Orsi-Hartigan.
  • Avis La Grone is selling tickets for the November 2, 2019 Rotary Vietnam Project fundraising dinner at $100 each, $60 of which is tax deductible. This Project aims to eliminate human trafficking of Vietnamese children.
  • Patti van der Burg announced a save-the-date for our Annual Crabfest, scheduled for January 25, 2020.
  • Amy Potts asked members to “Like” our Facebook posts to spread the word about our efforts to highlight Polio.
  • Next week’s Speaker will be Dag Spicer, Senior Curator of The Computer History Museum.
Biography: Rachelle Lopp shared her biography with the group.
Michael Lella – Michael shared a synopsis of “Beneath a Scarlet Sky’: A book written by Mark Sullivan that details Mike’s father’s teenage years spent leading dozens of Italian Jews to safety across the Alps then as a driver and spy for one of Hitler’s Generals during World War 2.  It is an amazing story that has sold over 3 million copies and is currently being made into a movie.
Marty thanked Michael by donating 50 inoculations in his name.
Marty closed the meeting at 1:37pm.