Meeting was held online via Zoom and called to order at 12:30pm by Marty Fishman
We had 62 Zoom participants
Pledge of Allegiance by Marty Fishman
Visiting Rotarians - None
Other Visitors 
  • Heather Edwards from Eugene, Oregon on behalf of Project Amigo.
  • Mike Norcia introduced his mother Lydia Norcia who is a new member. Welcome Lydia!
  • Tina introduced Rachel Ong and Pankaj Dixit who are charter members of Global Foundries, Rotary at Work Club.
Inspiration – None
Marty Fishman announced:
We will be offering Zoom breakout sessions starting at noon next week so small groups can meet online, separately. Doug Brent will help set them up if you are interested.
Marty shared a video about the End Polio Now campaign and reminded us that the Board of Directors has passed the following Motion for membership contributions for this year only for the Rotary Foundation and for the current Polio Plus Campaign: 
1. The Rotary Foundation contributions for 2019-2020:  all members who have not contributed will be billed $25 through their credit card accounts.  Those who have contributed at least that much for this period will not be billed.
2. The 2020 Polio Plus campaign: all members who contributed last year will be asked to give the same amount this year as they contributed last year.  All members who did not give last year, or who do not donate voluntarily above $25 this year, will be billed $25 through their credit card accounts.  If they voluntarily donate beyond that amount, they will not be billed the additional $25.
 3. All members are given the option to “opt out” of either or both of these billings by contacting the Treasurer (Ed Bowen-408 3547475; click here to send email).
 4. New members during this fiscal year who have been charged an initiation fee of $200 ($100 to the Club funds and $100 to the Rotary Foundation) will not be charged either of these $25 fees.  They are, however, encouraged to contribute additional amounts."
COVID-19 Shelter in Place continues. Marty shared a Pluto the Dog video with reminders about social distancing and other preventative measures.
A slide detailing the Santa Clara County COVID-19 Dashboard was presented. Cases are leveling off and deaths are decreasing.
An additional slide was presented detailing the COVID-19 Path to Lockdown Relaxation and the three paths to control: 1) Isolation of patients via increased testing, 2) Border restrictions and 3) Social distancing & hygiene.
Mike Norcia gave an update on the Great Social Distancing Race. Races need to be completed by May 15. 277 runners have completed the race or plant to do so. Amy Potts’ dog is in first place in the Dog category.
Carol Abela is continuing to Chair the Buddies program.
Contact Dick Conrad, Service Project Chair if you are interested community volunteering.
Book Group starts Thursday night via Zoom. They will be talking about books they enjoy.
The World Service Committee will hold a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, April 28 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. A Zoom invitation will be sent out to all Club members.
Guided Mindfulness Meditation with Cupertino Rotary had their first session on Friday, April 17 and will hold 4 more sessions. Gae participated last week and enjoyed it. You can register at by emailing

Mina Ryu, a 7
th grader from Union Middle School performed Motzart’s Concerto in D Major beautifully on her flute for us.
Next week, Heather Edwards will talk with us about  Project Amigo in Colima, Mexico that supports primary and secondary school children.
Jim Williams was introduced by Randy Cobb. Jim has guided groups to all seven summits and Antarctica. He grew up in Saratoga and credits our local Youth Science Institute (YSI) for sparking his love of exploration and nature as a child.  He is now based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He founded Exploradus, an exploration and travel company in 1985. He shared with us stories of his worldwide explorations and his thoughts on how adventure travel has changed over the years. More information about his adventures and his films can be found on his website,
Marty thanked Jim by donating 50 polio inoculations in his name.
Marty offered to open up Zoom breakout sessions for those that still wanted to talk after the meeting.
Marty closed the meeting at 1:33pm.
Click here to view the slides from today's Zoom meeting.