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Club News
The meeting was brought to order by President Meghan at 12:30PM.
The pledge of allegiance was led by Lissa Kreisler


The inspiration was given by Jean Marc Blanchard, who titled his piece, “PolioPlus to the Max”
In December 1999, Ivory Coast Polio Plus leaders, including Marie-Irene Richmond Ahoua were preparing for a conference on Polio and a local immunization drive to take place in January 2000. But, the government changed and immunization day was canceled. Some Rotarians appealed this decision to the First Lady who caused the vaccination day to be reinstated. Many areas were under rebel control and it was difficult to access places where immunizations were really needed. Some Rotarians didn’t participate due to the danger, but some, including Marie-Irene, persisted in spite of the danger. On Nov 30, 2015, Ms. Ahoua became Rotary District Governor,  and, fittingly, that was when polio was declared eradicated in Ivory Coast. Jean Marc told us that we don’t need that level of courage or persistence…we can just give to the Polio Plus campaign!

Club Business

Visiting Rotarians
Michael Hyman from Morning Rotary, and associate of Ed Stahl’s.
Visiting Guests
Jenny Wong, an author who is interested in becoming a member and was visiting for the second time. Introduced by Michelle.
Katie’s St. Luke’s eggs this week had a “Welcome to the pool”  theme.
Michelle Strachan was featured as Rotarian in the wild, kayaking in a full, full, reservoir.
First Tuesday in June will be at Nicolette Rodman Kelly’s house. All details will be  in Meghan’s newsletter. Should be a fun one!
President Meghan noted that Rotary Champions working with their recipients really make an impact on our community. She showed a picture of Henry Vitkovich presenting a $750 check to Parents Helping Parents.

Jeff Blum and Skip Brewster spoke to us on behalf of the Los Gatos Foundation for Older Adults. They are asking everyone in the community, and particularly Rotarians to fill out a survey that will be used as input to the process of considering a new community center. On 20 June, from 5:00PM-8:00PM, they will also host a live meeting to get feedback at the Masonic Hall. They’d like people of all ages to participate, and the survey can be found here
President Meghan Burton welcomed us and began the meeting at 12:30.
Ron Cassel led the flag salute.
Dan Snyder shared a personal experience about a recent time he was asked to contribute to the community. It was inconvenient, but it ended up feeling very empowering. What we do matters. Hold back our doubt and criticism and let the good happen.


  • Joann Smith from the Los Gatos morning club welcomed us all to come to their meeting Wednesdays at 7:30 am at the Los Gatos Lodge.
  • Ramon Ware introduced his wife, Elaine, who just retired.
  • Paul Johnson introduced Sonja Tappan, the new president of the Los Gatos Education Foundation.
  • Suzanne Boxer Gassman introduced Jenny Athena Wong, author.
  • Terri Trotter introduced Galina Dodium, who is a prospective member visiting for the second time.
This week’s hard boiled eggs for the homeless were decorated for an April shower bring May flowers theme.
Rotarians in the Wild:  Meghan Burton was at the Madonna Inn in SLO and showed a photo of her by the Rotary sign.

Next Tuesday: There is NO meeting at Shir Hadash!

Instead, we meet at the New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU) on 106 E. Main Street, where the old Los Gatos library used to be. Meet at 12 noon for lunch and a tour. 

Meghan Burton began the meeting at 12:30
Pledge: Suzanne Boxer-Gassman
Inspiration: Suzanne Boxer-Gassman: From the book: A Whack on the Side of the Head, because sometimes that is what we need in life. To be creative in life we need metaphors:
  1. life is like eating a grapefruit, sometimes sweet and sometimes tart
  2. life is like a jigsaw puzzle, finding the right pieces
  3. life is like a maze, sometimes we get lost but find the right path
  4. life is like an elevator, sometimes up and sometimes down
  5. life is like a puppy dog
Guests: Elaine Ware and Jenny Athena Wong, both prospective members
Rotarian in the Wild: Tina Orsi-Hartigan hugging an elephant at a sanctuary in India.
Mission Trip to Punta Colonet. Mexico: Skip and Donna Brewster shared about their trip to Mexico to build a house in 5 days. This trip has been partially sponsored by Rotary for the past 25 years and they have built 34 houses. After 5 days of labor, giving over the keys to the family who now owns the house was emotional and magical. 
Red Badge Presentation: Jeff Blum presented Ryan Rosenberg with his Red Badge. Welcome to the club, Ryan! 
Centennial Celebration: Mike Norcia shared that there will be some surprise guests and lots of fun next Tuesday night, May 7, at the Mountain Winery at 6pm. There will be a shuttle to the venue from downtown Saratoga, please let Mike know if you will be using this service. There will also be golf carts from the parking lot into the venue. Arrival time is 6pm, 6:45-7pm dinner and 8pm is the program. The shuttle service starts at 5:45.
Polio Plus: We are almost at the end of our drive. It will go into the beginning of May. Marty Fishman spoke about Rotary creating the Polio Plus drive in 1985. Rotary and its partners have reduced polio cases by 99.9%. We continue to get close to the final push, with one area on the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan still active. We must continue to vaccinate, monitor outbreaks and improve health resources. Donate at rotary.org/donate, donate by check or credit card or join the Polio Plus Society.
May 2024
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In-Meeting Service Project
May 21, 2024
Bonny Llyn
May 28, 2024
Understanding Neurodivergence
Tom Fingar, Stanford University
Jun 18, 2024
International Studies
Evening Event - NO Lunch Meeting
Jun 25, 2024
Roast & Toast
Community service
We raised over $14,000 for the Bill Wilson Center Safety Net Shelter for at-risk youth in February 2024.
We partnered with Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley to help fix up a home in our area in October 2023.
We assembled back packs full of essential back-to-school supplies for Uplift Family Services in August 2023.
We helped assemble 24,000 meals with Rise Against Hunger at Saratoga High School in April 2023.
We assembled activity kits for isolation patients at El Camino Hospital for our February service project
We helped prep materials for solar kits for Lighting For Literacy at our December service project
We collected a record number of toys for Toys For Tots in 2022!
Above, volunteering at 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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