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Meeting called to order by President Mike Norcia at 12:30
The pledge was led by Grant H. and Jack H.
Inspiration by Jean-Marc Blanchard who started with his appreciation for the town of LG who complimented his parking with a note on his car, Parking Fine. He shared the story of Steve Samples who, in 1968, was attacked by 6-8 sharks off the coast of Florida. He survived but required over 2,000 stiches. His friends gave him the name “Shark Bait”. One thing that got him through his painful recovery was an autographed baseball that was his prized possession. Later he heard the story of Elyjah Blankenberg, who collected autographed baseball cards. Elyjah was very shy and asking for the autographs was the one time he could come out of his shell. He lost his collection and was devastated. Steve heard about this and sent him his treasured baseball. Would you, could you give up your prized possession to a stranger?


  • Erin Hartnett introduced Shannon Markle
  • Tonya McQuade introduced her husband Mike and her parents Dotty and Doug Graham
  • Paul Johnson introduced Terese McNamee, Paul Brennan, and Misty Hartung
  • Andrew H. sons Grant 4th grade and Jack 2nd grade introduced themselves
  • John Walker returning guest
  • Lydia Rosen wife of Hal
  • Jean-Marc Blanchard introduced his wife Monique, visiting us for the second time
  • Tina Orsi-Hartigan introduced Marie Rector visiting us again. Marie said she will join by the end of the year.


  • Barbara Fishman told us Santa Maria is resuming their clothes closet and they are looking for donations. Clothing can be dropped off at Marty’s office 431 Monterey Av. Ste 3 in LG. Thank you for your support.

  • Jean-Marc thanked everyone for their support of the Fall Fundraiser. We raised $3,487 for Lighting for Literacy. He also thanked Tina for being on the front line helping him.

  • Mike thanked John-Marc for taking on the FF as a red badge. He had asked how he could help and Mike asked if he could chair it, the rest is history.
Meeting was called to order by President Mike Norcia at 12:30. Mike mentioned it is election day and he appreciates how we come together as a club with different beliefs but all work together for the good of the community. 
Pledge led by Randy Cobb and Kathie Benko (thank you for the clever election themed eggs for St. Luke’s)
Inspiration from Jean-Marc Blanchard. Jean-Marc will be providing the inspiration in November, the month of Thanksgiving, with an emphasis on giving.  He started the month by sharing a story of Mrs. Tilan RAN in China who jumped into the road when she saw a 2-year-old boy was about to be hit by a truck. They were both hit, but survived. Even though she lost her arm as a result of the accident she said she was lucky to have been there to save his life. She believed that it was worth exchanging her arm for a life.
on Saturday, Nov. 12. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever at the Cineluxe in Campbell. 2 shows at 4:45 and 7:15. The early bird pricing will continue which is $40 for the matinee and $45 for the evening show. There is a link on the website. If you are unable to attend but still want to support it you can purchase tickets that will be donated. The fundraiser benefits Lighting for Literacy. 

Visitors and Guests:

  • Mike introduced his neighbor Beth Albers. 
  • Marlon Smith introduced John Walker who is visiting us again.
  • Paul Johnson introduced the following guests from the school district
    • Clare Vicker
    • Thomas Lettier
    •  Rhonda Beasley
    • Matt Mullikin
    • Amy Liang
  • Jean-Marc introduced his wife Tong “Monique” Guo who has just arrived from China. They haven’t seen each other in 2 years and 4 months.
  • Randy introduced his brother Brad. Brad has had a very interesting life including being a state champion cyclist when he was at UCSB and living in England after completing his post doc. Randy spoke about coming to the meetings when their dad was president and how he was so proud to introduce his sons. Just as his father did, Randy donated $50 in honor of Brad’s visit. Rotary has been a big part of the Cobb family. Randy and Brad’s mom, who was a member of the Inner Wheel and very involved in the early Great Race, is in hospice now. Our thoughts are with the Cobb family.
Have a fun night out and raise money for Lighting for Literacy! Join us Saturday, November 12 to see Wakanda Forever, the much anticipated sequel to The Black Panther on its opening weekend. Los Gatos Rotary bought out two shows at Cinelux Plaza in Campbell - one at 4:45 and one at 7:15. You can choose matinee or evening. Tickets are $40 before Nov 8 and $45 after. Buy them here. See you there.
Meeting called to order by President Mike Norcia at 12:30
Pledge led by Kirsten Bridges
Inspiration by Erika Buck from The Extraordinary Book of Useless Information. In honor of Halloween, from the chapter Mummy Dearest, she shared the story of Japanese monks who practiced Sokunshinbutsu, this involved starving themselves until they died and their bodies were naturally preserved. Happy Halloween! 


  • Paul Johnson introduced Mary Lonhart, Principal R.J. Fisher MS
  • Ron Cassel introduced Rob Stump, EVP Corporate Learning
  • Marlon Smith introduced John Walker, retired, here for his second visit
  • Theresa Bricker, Ros Edmonds and Avi Luthra from Art Docents
  • Avis La Grone introduced Kate Cowan GS of Northern CA and
  • Joan Bertolotti from St. Luke’s 
Barbara Fishman presented Bobbi Bornstein with her Blue Badge.
Tina Orsi-Hartigan presented Skip and Donna Brewster with their Red Badges.

Rotarians celebrating birthdays:

  • Steve Rice Oct.3
  • Mike Norcia Oct. 4
  • Ed Stahl Oct. 6
  • Skip Brewster Oct. 11
  • Barbara Fishman Oct. 13
  • Paul Yeadon Oct. 18
  • Doug Brent Oct. 21
  • Dick Konrad Oct. 24
  • Myron Smith Oct. 24
  • Gregg Butterfield Oct. 25
  • Tina Orsi-Hartigan Oct. 27
  • Jack Chevlen Oct. 29
  • Julian Rodriguez Oct. 29
  • Charles Goss Oct. 31

Rotarian Club Anniversaries:

  • Chris Trapani 22 years
  • Mike Norcia 20 years
  • Andrea Lee 11 years
  • Wes Sadumiano 10 years
  • Patti van der Burg 8 years
  • Marty Fishman 6 years
  • Dick Konrad 6 years
  • Doug Brent 4 years
Congratulations everyone, thank you for all you do for our club and community.
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We meet every Tuesday and welcome visitors.
See our "Weekly Meeting Schedule" to the right for details.
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Mailing Address:
PO Box 1018
Los Gatos, CA  95031
November 2022
Upcoming Events
  • 2022 Holiday Brunch
    Cinnabar Golf Club
    Dec 04, 2022 10:00 AM
  • First Tuesday
    The home of Devonne and John Pencer
    Dec 06, 2022
    5:30 PM - 7:30 PM UTC-08:00
  • Crabfest!
    St Andrews Episcopal Church Hall
    Feb 04, 2023 5:00 PM
As our 21-22 Rotary Year comes to a close, we are reminded of how
it started back in July 2021
Our Weekly Meeting Schedule
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