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Club News

Hospice patients benefit from houseplants in need of a home:

One of the cornerstone beliefs of all Rotarians is “Service Above Self.” Local projects such as feeding the needy or restoring a playground are some of the many kinds of opportunities Rotary Club offers to members. Another benefit of being a Rotarian is networking. Friendships quickly develop between members as they all join together for a good cause. The true magic happens when these two benefits are combined and a purpose evolves. That is just what recently happened in the Rotary Club of Los Gatos.

One of our members, Michelle Myers Nelson, regularly picks up flowers that are rotated out of the local Trader Joe’s store. Prior to the pandemic, she would bring the flowers to a community center where they would be passed out to the seniors attending lunch. Over this past year the centers ceased their in-house lunch program, so she began offering them to the nursing staff at Kaiser Permanente and other front line workers.

Recently, however, she had another bounty from Trader Joe’s to share: plants. Lots and lots of lovely little indoor plants in decorative pots needing good homes. She thought how nice it would be if she could bring them to a hospice center to provide some cheer to those who are not only struggling with medical challenges, but who have been particularly isolated during the pandemic. How to do this was more challenging than she thought, with all the new safety restrictions. Then she remembered one of her fellow Rotarians, Wes Sadumiano, works in Community Relations and Marketing for Hospice of the Valley. After one quick call, he was able to arrange for her to deliver the plants to their local office, where the attending nurses could distribute them to their patients. And that was the magical moment. One person, connecting with one other, bringing good into the world. She will never see the smiles on any of the faces when they receive their little gift of life, but just knowing it will happen provides all the satisfaction required. 

Rotary, people of action, making good things happen.

Benefits of Plants on Mental and Physical Health

There are many mental and physical health benefits provided by houseplants, which is why so many hospices have gardens for patients and visitors to look at or gather in. Plants can:

  • Clean and oxygenate the air, leading to less chance of respiratory discomfort from conditions such as asthma or COPD. 

  • Have a calming effect on patients, lowering stress and anxiety levels, along with heart rate and blood pressure.

  • Improve cognitive functioning, specifically in relation to the ability to remember and focus.

  • Lower pain levels for those who regularly interact with and care for plants.

  • Increase confidence and self-esteem.

  • Add beauty to a patient’s room.

We wonder what magic will happen next? Because we know it will.

 
Meeting was held online via Zoom and called to order at 12:30pm by Andrew Stearns.
 
Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jamie Hekkelman.
 
Inspiration Today’s inspiration was provided by Jamie Hekkelman.  In honor of National Librarian Day, Jamie shared a passage from her favorite book, “The Wizard of Oz.”
 
Greeter Our Greeter of the day is Terri Trotter. Terri introduced our visiting Rotarians.
 
Visiting Rotarians Ervie Smith from the Rotary Club of San Jose.
 

Announcements

Marty Fishman announced that Charlie Erekson is currently on hospice care and unfortunately, not expected to be with us much longer.
 
Marlon Smith announced the April birthdays. Happy Birthday was sung via a music video.
 
Member Spotlight of the Week – This week’s spotlight member is AnnMarie Valle. 
 
Membership Minute – Terri Trotter has moved from her Red Badge to her Blue Badge. Her sponsor (and sister) Tina Orsi-Hartigan welcomed her and gave her the nickname of “Speedy” for getting through the process so quickly.
 
Gae La Torre announced that last week’s First Thursday at Flights in Los Gatos went well.  36 people showed up and it was a beautiful evening. If anyone would like to host our May First Thursday from their home, please let Gae know.
 
Our Annual Roast and Toast will be held on June 29, 2021. Save the Date!
 
Barbara Fishman announced that if you would like to donate any items to the Santa Maria Urban Ministry, they can be dropped off at Marty’s office, located at 431 Monterey Ave., Suite 3 from 9:00am – 5:00pm.
 

Join Your Rotary Club of Los Gatos For A New Project
Santa Maria Urban Ministry Donation Drive

 
Greeter for the day was Karen Anderson

Chris Potter lead the group for the Pledge of Allegiance


Doug Bent gave an inspiration on a story about a professor who asked the students to write their thoughts on a black dot in the center of a paper. Everyone wrote their own interpretation of what the dot signifies but forgot to focus on the white paper itself.  The moral of the story is “Take your eyes away from the black dots in your lives and see the whole page of opportunity. Enjoy each one of your blessings, each moment that life gives you. Be happy and live a life filled with love!”
 
Doug Bent was also featured for the weekly member spotlight
 
Mike Norcia gave a heads up for the upcoming Great Race which is tentatively scheduled sometime in late May or early June as the county is moving into less restrictions.
 
Jamie Hekkelman gave an update on the bike drive that she and Patti Vanderburg were involved with. She reported that they received some interesting types of bikes including the oldest from the 1950’s which was from Jamie’s grandmother. John Pencer donated the most interesting bike while Andrew Howard gave the smallest bike. Donated bikes went to Good Karma Bikes, a nonprofit Bike Shop open to the public.
 
Maddie announced that the First Thursday would be at Flights Restaurant in Los Gatos from 5:30pm - 7:30pm
 
Andrew started the meeting by giving kudos to the pac 12 for their performance in march madness!
 
Doug Brent gave a great inspiration starting with a poll on poverty, literacy, mortality, and education.  He then showed in contrast to our views on these topics, there is data from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation that shows the population in poverty has been cut in half, child mortality was cut by a third, literacy has improved as well.  He explained that the media focus on negative events make us think we have not been making progress, where the data shows that we have.  
 
Lydia Norcia was our greeter, and she welcomed our visiting Rotarians and guests. After the meeting Lydia shared an inspirational video; a young lady having a full life because of Inner Wheel and Hanger Corporation. Check out “We are only limited by ourselves.” by Giovanna Dubuc. 
 

 

Announcements:

Speech Contest
Dessy Bonev won our local rotary speech contest, and will go on to the regional speech contest.  That contest will be Tuesday April 6th.
 
Patti will be coming to help collect bikes for the Good karma bike donation.
 
First Thursday will be April 1st 5:30-7:30 at Flights restaurant in Los Gatos.  They have created a nice new patio on the side of the building where we can have happy hour.
 
Leigh High Fund Raiser
If you have interest in having your e-waste picked up, they will do this for 15 dollars.  If you have interest please contact Doug Brent.
 
Club Information

JOIN US ON ZOOM

Due to COVID-19
We zoom every Tuesday 12pm - 1:30pm
Visitors are welcome to attend our meetings.
Contact: secretary@losgatosrotary.org
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PO Box 1018
Los Gatos, CA  95031
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Guest Speakers
Mike Moses, San Jose Fire Department
Apr 20, 2021
"It's NOT a broken bone"
"It's NOT a broken bone"
Steve Wymer, President & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs
Apr 27, 2021
“The Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley – Serving Kids Who Need Us Most”
Esther Sun, Los Gatos HS
May 04, 2021
Poetry
Paul Johnson, LGUSD Superintendent
May 18, 2021
State of the State in the Los Gatos Union School District
Community service
We provide food and volunteer in many food pantries including St. Lukes, House of Hope in Los Gatos, Second Harvest in San Jose, and Rise Against Hunger.  Fighting hunger and providing for low income households is just one way are helping during these difficult times.  
“For Los Gatos Rotarians, Service and Fellowship are two intertwining themes that drive much of what our club does. Our members give what they can even blood. 
 We partner with other Rotary clubs. We collected hundreds of shoes that will be delivered to Africa, South America and the Caribbean. 

Join us - we are people of Action

We meet every Tuesday 12:15-1:30pm at the Los Gatos Lodge.  Every month we complete a community service project, host social events, offer networking opportunities that build personal and professional connections.  Our two largest fund raiser are held in January CrabFest and Auction and April The Great Race of Los Gatos.  From the proceeds of our fundraisers, we have created charities and scholarship foundations, allowing us to give approximately $125,000 annually to local and international organizations and award high school seniors college scholarships. 

Rotary's 1.2 million members believe it starts with a commitment to Service Above Self. In more than 34,000 clubs worldwide, you'll find members volunteering in communities at home and abroad to support education and job training, provide clean water, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, and eradicate polio.

 

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