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All-You-Can-Eat CrabFest Fundraiser
But you can still bid on over 120 auction items even if you are not attending. Will deliver items to any Los Gatos address.


  • LG Rotary Charities Foundation
  • Provides grants for local and international non-profits
  • Fund the Need: Project RACHEL - Literacy for Kids in Guatemala
Food Served:
  • Crab, Crab, Crab, Crab
  • Soup (vegetarian), Salad, Bread
  • Pasta (vegetarian)
  • Dessert
Auction items include an Omni La Costa Resort & Spa Getaway, Charley's LG Bottle Service & Concert for 6, coffees with the former CFO of Netflix and a Dreamworks animator, private hosted dinners, golf packages, wine experiences, boutique shopping sprees, and much more.  No need to attend to bid (winnings must be picked up in Los Gatos).

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 (runsignup.com) 
Mike Norcia brought the meeting to order at 12:30 and noted that we just celebrated our 99th birthday on Sunday. We were charted on January 15, 1924.
Suzanne gave the inspiration. She spoke about MLK who had a dream and took action to bring that dream to reality. Why do people join Rotary? Most join with the intention to make a difference in the world. And this is what she most appreciates about our club. We do want to make a difference. We are intentional about it.
Guests: Serenity Polizzi from the Los Gatan newspaper, and Beth Albers, incoming new member.
Red badge presentations:
Mary Lon Hart (principal at Fisher) and Clare Vickers (English teacher) - both sponsored by Paul Johnson, and presented by Dan Snyder.
Marie Rector (college counselor) - sponsored by John Colwell and Tina Orsi Hartigan
Tina Orsi Hartigan is asking for bags for St Lukes. If you have thick plastic grocery bags or paper bags with handles in good condition, bring them to a meeting. St Lukes uses them when handing out food to the homeless.

Rotary Foundation Drive - Marty Fishman says we raised $47,000 last year but we are only up to $35,500 so far this year. We can do more! If you haven’t yet participated, please do!
Centennial Committee. 2024 will be our 100th year!!!!!!! We want to do something amazing to commemorate. Would you like to join? Contact Mike, Nicholas, or Meghan.
Coming up: Our next First Tuesday is a mingle at Ed’s Travel Advisors of Los Gatos in conjunction with a fundraising sip and shop across the street at McLaughlin. Mark Feb 7 on your calendar for that.

Crabfest update! 

It’s coming 2/4/23 and it’s almost sold out! (Update, this event is SOLD OUT)
Only 8 tickets to go, as of this writing! If you haven’t acted yet, do so now. Click here to get your tickets!
Send Suzanne an email if you have a table of 8-10 and you want to sit together. 
You can bid on auction items now! Click here
We will do a sneak peak of items at the Jan 31 meeting and you will get a chance to bid then too.
President Mike Norcia called the meeting to order at 12:30 and welcomed us to the last meeting of 2022.
Greg Gentile led us in the pledge.
Judy Rodriguez’s inspiration continued her theme for the month of reflection. She told us how our club used to adopt a family and would bring them everything they would need for a happy holiday. She read the story of the Christmas Angel from Michigan. A man named Jack Rose had an extra Christmas tree from his business and he wanted to give it to a deserving family. The response to his ad was overwhelming so he went and bought 40 trees to give away. When other people heard the story they donated too, so the trees had ornaments and there would gifts too. This story made her reflect on what our club had done in the past.
  • Doug Carlen introduced by Meghan Burton
  • Samm Gilbert introduced by Emi Eto
  • Brian Rhea introduced by Rachelle Lopp
  • Ivor Barber introduced by Kirsten Bridges
  • Michelle Strachan introduced by Paul Johnson
  • Lydia Rosen guest of Hal Rosen
  • Anna Maria Valenzuela introduced by Ramon Ware
  • Sergio Michel introduced by Ramon Ware
Mike thanked the staff from Shir Hadash that is such a help to us every week. A big thank you to Diego Mendoza, Javier Rodriguez, and Josh Bernstein.
First Tuesday for 2023 will be January 3 at the Galli Tasting room from 5:30-7:30.
  • Marty Fishman 16th
  • Greg Gentile 1 th
  • AnnMarie Valle 17th
  • Rachelle Lopp 18th
  • Adam Mayer 21st
  • Judy Rodriguez 21st
  • Wes Sadumiano 24th
  • Irene Carrion-Upson 25th
  • Colin Duerson 29th
Club Information


We meet every Tuesday at 12pm and welcome visitors.
See our "Weekly Meeting Schedule" to the right for details.
Meeting Location:
​Shir Hadash
20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos, CA, 95032
Questions? Contact:
Mailing Address:
PO Box 1018
Los Gatos, CA  95031
February 2023
Upcoming Events
  • Crabfest!
    St Andrews Episcopal Church Hall
    Feb 04, 2023 5:00 PM
  • First Tuesday
    Travel Advisors
    Feb 07, 2023
    5:50 PM - 7:30 PM
See here how much fun we had at our last live CrabFest in 2020!
Community service
Volunteering with Silicon Valley Second Harvest Food Bank 
Filling backpacks for Back-to-School drives. The Rotary Club of Los Gatos participated in 3 back to school drives this year: Pacific Clinics, West Valley Community Services, and Jewish Family Services.
Cleaning the Los Gatos Creek
Collecting and sorting books for Stanford Children's Hospital
Donating food to the homeless at St. Luke's Church Los Gatos every Tuesday.
Our Fall 2022 service project with Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley.  
Packing PPE equipment for the elderly at one of our Summer 2022 meetings. 
Our Leigh High School Rotary Interact students volunteering at Second Harvest.
Donating bikes to Good Karma.
Sorting items donated for fire evacuees in Summer 2020.
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Rotary International 2022/23 Theme