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Club News
The meeting was called to order at 12:30. Due to power and wi-fi outages from high winds, attendance was lower than normal at 46.
Inspiration was given by Dan Snyder with thoughts on overcoming obstacles to reach your dreams, and how failure can move you in a new direction.
Guests were potential new members Jeff Blum (an attorney), Ken Toren (of Red Cross Silicon Valley and KCAT), Karen Anderson (fairly new to town and ready to dig in), Rebecca Alvarez of West Valley College and experienced at events!), and Terri Trotter (who “is ready to do whatever Tina says”).
Barbara Fishman (a court arbitrator and Marty’s wife) and Ryan Basham (Spectrum ophthalmologist and sponsored by Andrew Howard) have earned their red badges. Welcome Barbara and Ryan!
The member spotlight this week is on Dr. Marty Fishman, our past illustrious President. See Amy or Rachelle to be featured.
The We Care Committee wants to remind you to let Lydia Norcia know if a member is in need of special care due to illness or other challenge.
President Andrew noted January is Rotary Vocational Service month.
Our annual Philanthropy Champion Forms are due 2/28.
Our speech contest via Zoom is coming to our 2/9 meeting.
The Wine Fest is 1/30 and is sold out. You can take part in the online bidding, even if you aren’t attending the Zoom event.
Get warm coats to Tina by this Friday am, to take part in the Interact drive. Any size is ok.

Dr. Joel's presentation on video here if you missed the meeting or want to share it with family or friends. 

Click on this link: https://youtu.be/GklSnHuc7H8

Welcome our new Member, Anjana Bose below:

Dan Snyder provided our inspiration to get us started.

Tina introduced 3 guests today:

  • Terri Trotter
  • Jeffrey Blum
  • Ken Toren
Karen Anderson and Jay Quinby were also guests.
We celebrated January birthdays today, and Don Mcleve played happy birthday for us on the piano.
Anjana Bose was welcomed as a new member by Jamie.

Winefest & Auction - Almost sold out!

We are up to 91 out of 125 tickets sold.  Sign up while they are still available!

Virtual Student Speech Contest

Tina announced that there will be a speech contest on February 9th, and we need judges and timers for this virtual event.  Please keep an eye out for an email from Tina about this in case you are interested in volunteering.

Los Gatos Lodge

Los Gatos Lodge will not open for meals, so we are looking for alternatives so if you have one to offer please let us know.

Micro Loans Project

Tom Boyce gave an update on the micro loans project.  These loans are a few hundred dollars, and are designed to help lift people out of poverty.  They are partnering with Kiva on this, and we specifically have a focus on Kenya where we have loaned $81,080 over the last 9 years.     
On the first virtual rotary meeting for the year, Dan Snyder delivered a history lesson that is associated with one of The Rotary’s global program. Featured in that history lesson was the amazing work of Basil O’Connor, a New York  lawyer who transformed the campaign against polio into a global campaign. In 1928, he took over the campaign from his law partner, then elected governor Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) who was struck with the disease in 1921. The foundation focused on small amount from the public. The foundation became the Foundation for Infantile Paralysis and asked people foe their small pocket change. Later on, the foundation became to known as the March of Dimes, becoming a foundation that led global initiatives, research and clinical trials in fighting other infantile diseases and the global fight against polio. FDR’s portrait was put on the dime.

Featured member for the week was Riley Barr who has been a member of the club since 2018
On club announcements, Tina and Suzanne provided updates on the upcoming Virtual Wine Fest and Auction on January 30, 2021. Ticket sale ends on January 19, 2021. President Andrew and the crab (wine) fest committee reminded everyone “Do Not Procrabstinate”…pun…ticket sales end Jan 19.

Next Tuesday’s (1/12) avatar background challenge is baby pictures. 

Club Information


Due to COVID-19
We zoom every Tuesday 12pm - 1:30pm
Visitors are welcome to attend our meetings.
Contact: secretary@losgatosrotary.org
for zoom login
Mailing Address:
PO Box 1018
Los Gatos, CA  95031
January 2021
Guest Speakers
Laura Schickman and Carie Thompson, Land Trust
Jan 26, 2021
Wildlife Connections: Building tunnels to protect Santa Cruz County Wildlife
Wildlife Connections: Building tunnels to protect Santa Cruz County Wildlife
Barrie Mullens, Board member of MetroED
Feb 02, 2021
Silicon Valley Adult Ed Programs
Student's giving their speeches - virtually
Feb 09, 2021
Richard D. King Speech Contest
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.


Rotary International 2020/21 Theme