The meeting was called to order and the pledge was let by President Marty. There were no visitors, and had roughly 60 zoomin’ attendees
President Marty announced the very sad news of the passing of Don McCleve’s wife Beverly. Service info to be announced when available. Beverly often attended meetings and club events with Don, especially the music programs and many meetings in the past couple years. She will be missed dearly by our club, and our hearts go out to Don. As one Rotarian said “They were the cutest couple. Anyone could see their love for each other.”
Inspiration was led by Doug Brent, and involved a few stories from these Covid Days: a Cleveland Clinic Covid survivor that thanked his health care team with window messages of appreciation for their selflessness, A Cleveland Cavaliers player who donated $100,000 to arena workers, a woman who responded to a parking lot shopping request from a scared senior, and a child who used his birthday and Christmas savings to buy 65 care packages and meals for those in need.
Marty reminded all that Doug is available for Zoom help, including guidance in getting new hardware. Smaller chat room called “Breakouts” were run 12:00-12:30 for setup and socializing prior to meetings.
As we are in the middle of the End Polio campaign, Marty showed a short video, reminding us that Polio eradication is possible and Rotarians must keep their promise to eradicate it globally. The club’s Opt-out policy of a minimum $25 charge for the campaign is detailed in attached slides, and will be discussed at 1:30 after Tuesday’s meeting.
Red Badgers are encouraged to finish Blue Badge requirements. Bios can be given in a Zoom meeting and other club meetings were listed. See David and Henry for help to wrap up your final requirements.
Shelter in place was extended to April 30 for the Bay Area, and reminders were outlined, and county metrics shown.
Rotary International will be having a live Covid-19 telethon Saturday May 2, 8am PST. See details on RI Facebook page. Goal is to raise $1 million.
West valley Community Services had a live conversation 4/29 at 10am with Executive Director Josh Selo. See Dick Konrad if you are able to help in West Valley’s food pantry or in other ways. Our club is partnering with West Valley as they serve those in need in our area. Also see today’s slides for details of other ways to help our community. Many Avenues of Service to pick from. See Dick for details.
Next week’s speaker is Mark Adams, CMO of the El Camino Hospital System.
Mike Norcia encouraged us to continue to enter our Great Social Distance Race times online thru May 1. The mid-meeting Zoom chat line had Andrew Stearns questioning if everyone can indeed run 4 miles, and various offers were made to push those that opt-in with strollers. Haha
Carol continues to coordinate help for those that request it with any shut-down needs.
Rotary Zones 26 and 27 (Big West Coast) is holding a Vibrant Club Workshop Series, open to any interested Rotarian May 4- June 29. See slides for details on how to register in advance.
The Club’s Book Group will meet to discuss its first pick “A Thread of Grace” on May 7, 1:30. 10 members have already joined. See Marty to join.
The World Service Committee met 4/28 to finalize philanthropic spending for International projects. Once Board has approved spending, results will be announced club-wide.
The Community Service Committee led by Sandy Bocks will meet 4/30 at 6:30pm. All are invited and Marty will be sending a Zoom invite.
Marty summarized activities of some other clubs, including Bio-Isolation Bingo, and a Facebook Live Fundraiser that netted $120,000! Also, Cupertino Rotary offers meditation. Register at
Judy Rodriguez introduced today’s speaker Heather Edwards of Project Amigo. Heather is Director of Development, lives in Eugene Oregon and is a Rotarian. She thanked our club for donating $25,000 over the last 10 years to support their comprehensive scholarship program in Colima Mexico. Judy and Julian visited there 12 years ago. Project Amigo’s major support comes from US and Canadian Rotary clubs. Their scholarships help kids stay in school and thrive, and have resulted in over 1000 graduating high school, as compared to most students without assistance dropping out by seventh grade to work. Heather encouraged those interested to attend life-changing work weeks, or sponsoring a student. Also we can help by buying “Grow” Brand bananas whose proceeds help the region. Past graduate Nathaly spoke of the importance of the program, and how she was able to get her law degree and now works for the Mexican government.
The meeting was adjourned.
Click here to view slides from today meeting.