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Club News

Special Note:

Roast and Toast: The Roast and Toast celebrating outgoing President Meghan Burton was held June 25 at Darling and Fisher Campbell. Thanks to Nicholas Welzenbach for hosting and Mike Norcia for chairing the event. Food was a full bar and delicious taco dinner, offered as a cost savings due to recent Centennial Event. Mike and Committee offered some comic relief involving Meghan’s beloved SF Giants. Meghan thanked her outgoing board, and presented  a Paul Harris Award to the club’s financial advisor Karra Canum with Wells Fargo Advisors for her outstanding stewardship of the club’s 2 endowments. Hearty appreciation was expressed by all to Meghan for a great year of leadership. Thank you Meghan!
Ron Cassel’s Awards Committee presented the following awards:
Rotarian of the Year:  Gregg Butterfield
Elite Awards: Paul Christensen & Andrew Stearns
Plaque of Appreciation:  Rachelle Lopp & Art Rabitz - two more to be presented at a future club meeting
Framed Certificates:  Erica Buck - three more to be presented at a future club meeting


Meeting July 16, 2024

Meeting called to order by President Doug Brent at 12:30pm.
Barry Cheskin led the pledge of allegiance.
John Pencer gave our inspirational message on one of the five core values of the Rotary: Leadership.  Our values as an organization represent our beliefs and determine our behavior; they are also the basis for the guiding principles that define Rotary. Rotary is a global fellowship of individuals who are leaders in their fields of endeavor and who believe in the importance of leadership development and in leadership as a quality of our members. We are also leaders in implementing our core values. There are two traits that define a leader: (1) Attitude and (2) Stick to it ness.
John read the poem “It Couldn’t be Done” by Edgar Guest that ties in to attitude and “stick to it ness”. The end of the poem reads: “There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done. There are thousands to prophesy failure”. Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing that “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.


  • Jenny Wong was inducted into the Saratoga Rotary; she was hoping to join the Los Gatos Rotary too, but she can only belong to one.
  • Sonja Tappan, director of Los Gatos Education Foundation, guest of Paul Johnson
  • Ali Kagawa, director of Pets in Need, guest of Barry Cheskin
  • Harry Franze, consultant, guest of Dick Konrad
  • Dan Snyder introduced his daughter, who will be attending college in the Midwest this fall.
  • Michelle Mattson, event coordinator West Valley Community Services, guest of Bobbi Bornstein
Decorated eggs St. Lukes Pantry-- “Eat, Drink, Watch Football Soccer”
Copa America (Argentina vs Columbia)


--Thank you to Rotary for $1000 Shelter Box contribution.      
Ali Kagawa, director of Development at Pets in Need told us about the Pets in Need program. There are two locations; Redwood City and Palo Alto; and, it is the first no kill shelter, saving lives since 1965.
  • Rescued and found homes for 1,382 animals last year.
  • Provided 5,315 animals in the community with medical care like vaccines and spay/neuters.
  • All with the help of 7,667 volunteer hours
  • Our club’s generous grant funded the most recent Pet Food Pantry at Ecumenical Hunger Program helping 61 families, 154 pets (cats and dogs), with 454 cans of wet food, 617 lbs. of dry kibble. Approximately 2,922 meals were distributed during the event. Thank you Rotary.
Pets in Need Contact Information:
This was the first meeting of president Doug Brent’s year. Doug wore a snazzy magician outfit to celebrate the Rotary International theme of “The Magic of Rotary”. He had several magic examples of how through the connections of those we inspire, and causes we start that grow, that we are able to serve many. Pledge was led by Meghan Burton. Doug had the club recite the 4 way test. Meeting hygiene goals were announced: cell phones off, minimize side conversations, Rotary acronyms to be avoided with a $20/infraction charge. Doug will repeat these throughout the year, because just like teeth brushing, you need to do it more than once to be effective.
John Pencer led Inspiration by discussing the core rotary value of Service, which we do by providing greater understanding and peace through our local and international service projects.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”
- Mahatma Gandhi


  • Helmut Clemm from Munich, a Rotarian in town visiting his son to celebrate his 60th wedding Anniversary. He is proud of the good job the LG club is doing and will report this back to his club
  • Alex Bonev, president of the Interact Club, past winner of our speech contest, son of Rotarian Stefka, here to honor  the start of Doug’s year
  • Khalil Tahaei- guest of Marty Fishman, from Iran, a PHD biologist retired, living in LG, volunteers to help low income PG and E customers figure out how to afford energy bills
  • Marjorie Brent- wife of Doug, supporting the start of his year, she’s a baker
Doug will periodically share videos from interviews of club members from the Centennial video cutting room floor. Today was Tom Boyce’s inspirational story from his 1997 trip to Zambia, and how a local immunization effort there grew to 2 million immunizations and  was a part of a major giving effort where every LG Rotarian that year gave $1000 each to end Polio.
Doug thanked Lisa and Barry for hosting first Tuesday and shared some photos of the  60+ attendees. Gordon won the photo caption contest, attached. Birthdays and Anniversaries (attached) were announced and the 4th of July St Luke’s eggs were shown. Thanks to Randy and Kathy.
Upcoming events include
7/13 District Roast and Toast
7/17 Board meeting, all welcome
7/23 In-Meeting service project
8/27 Club BBQ, adults only this time
Meghan Burton began the meeting at 12:30
Pledge: Mike Frangadakis
Inspiration: Suzanne Boxer-Gassman: She has been looking through pictures of our rotary year and was amazed and inspired by all of the good work our club has done through service, scholarships, grants and more. Congratulations to Meghan for a fabulous job!
Guests: Shawna Rogers, daughter of Teri Rodgers, Alex Parks, guest of Dick Konrad, Barbara Rogan, guest of Dan Snyder, Jenny Athena Wong, prospective member, Claire Lopp, daughter of Rachelle Lopp, Sangita Seshadri, from Saratoga Rotary and Cary Wilson, guest of Nicholas Welzenbach.
Rotarian in the Wild: Meghan Burton at Sequoia National Park.
First Tuesday: will be held on July 2 from 5:30-7:30pm at Lisa and Barry Cheskin’s home. 65 Ellenwood Ave, LG. This is in honor of our 2024-2025 President, Doug Brent. Since they keep kosher, NO FOOD AT ALL PLEASE-they will be providing the food. Please bring a bottle of wine or beverage of your choice. All are welcome!
Roast and Toast: Come and celebrate President Meghan Burton. Tuesday, June 25 from 5:30-8:30pm at Darling & Fischer. 231 Campbell Ave. The charge is $10 per person, which includes all food and drink. Casual attire and wear your best SF Giants gear! Let Mike Norcia know if you will be attending. They need 5 people for set up and 5 people for clean up afterwards. 
Club Business: The Cat Tale Committee needs 2 more volunteers. The job is to take minutes at our weekly meetings. If you are interested, please contact Diane Eriksson.
Patti van der Burg is closing out the budget for this fiscal year, so please get her any invoices that are outstanding and give her any new budget numbers for next year. 

Shawna Rodgers: from California Certified Organic farmers thanked us for the gift her organization received through Rotary. CCOF is a non-profit organization that advances organic agriculture through certification, education, advocacy, and promotion. Their mission is to advance organic agriculture for a healthy world.
July 2024
Upcoming Events
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Centennial Video
Our club is celebrating 100 years of service in our community. Check this out to see what we've been up to!
Weekly Meeting/Speaker Schedule
Guisselle Nunez
Jul 30, 2024
How to Survive and Thrive in Elected Office
Evening Event - NO Lunch Meeting
Aug 06, 2024
First Tuesday (See "Upcoming Events")
Seth Shostak, Astronomer at The SETI Institute
Aug 13, 2024
Science Searches for E.T.
Dan Rusanowsky, San Jose Sharks Announcer
Aug 20, 2024
Chronicling the Future of Sharks Hockey
Evening Event - NO Lunch Meeting
Aug 27, 2024
Annual Club BBQ (See "Upcoming Events")
Evening Event - NO Lunch Meeting
Sep 03, 2024
First Tuesday (See "Upcoming Events")
Sonya Moore-Wells, Business Leader/Coach/Educator
Sep 10, 2024
The Power of Positive Intelligence
Robert Handa, NBC Bay Area News Reporter
Sep 17, 2024
Highs & Lows of a 50-Year Career in TV
Community service
We assembled hygiene kits in May 2024 for the Catholic Charities Shower of Hope Mobile Shower Van bringing hot showers to the unhoused population in East San Jose.
We raised over $14,000 at our February 2024 CrabFest for the Bill Wilson Center Safety Net Shelter for at-risk youth.
Every year, we partner with Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley to help fix up a home in our area.
Each Fall, we stuff back packs full of essential back-to-school supplies for underprivileged kids.
Each year, we help prepare 30,000 meal packs for Rise Against Hunger.
We assembled activity kits for isolation patients at El Camino Hospital in February 2023.
We helped prepare materials for solar kits for Lighting For Literacy in December 2022.
Each holiday season, we donate hundreds of toys for Toys For Tots.
We volunteer every year at Second Harvest Food Bank.
We volunteer to clean up the Los Gatos Creek.
We donated then sorted hundreds of books for children being treated at Stanford Children's Hospital.
Every week, we donate food to the homeless at St. Luke's Church Los Gatos.
Here we are packing PPE equipment for the elderly at one of our Summer 2022 meetings. 
Our Leigh High School Rotary Interact students volunteering at Second Harvest.
We donated bikes to Good Karma.
We sorting items donated for fire evacuees in Summer 2020.
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