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Club News
Meeting called to order by Vice-President Rachelle Lopp at 12:30pm.
 
Sergio Michel led the pledge of allegiance.
 
Suzanne Boxer-Grassman presented a fun-filled video of the CrabFest 2024 celebration, followed by lists and lists of all the Rotarians that made this CrabFest possible and the most profitable auction ever! 
$100,000 was raised for 100 years of service; $123,626 gross, $102,042 net; and a $14,640 check was presented to the Bill Wilson Center. Kudos to all 70 plus people, including: Rachelle (social media), John Pencer (the face of CrabFest), Lissa (brought in more dollars than ever before); kitchen team, shopping crew, soup makers, bartenders, set-up crew, boy scouts, décor and so many more.  And thanks to CrabTech for online bidding, which was a huge success: bidders, buyers, winners and donors!

Visitors:

Richard Bobis sponsored and presented a red badge to Michael Butcher, a retired physician.
Dick Konrad brought in Kevin Haas and Lloyd Thyen from the Boy Scouts of America to give us an update.
 
Our Rotarians in the Wild this week are Gae La Torre and Diane Eriksson in Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia.
 
Decorated eggs St. Lukes Pantry: A salute to President’s Day.

Announcements:

March 5: First Tuesday Happy Hour.  Ed Stahl has graciously opened up his home, 5:30pm to 7:30pm, 110 Twins Oaks Dr., Los Gatos 95032.
 
The meeting was brought to order by President Meghan Burton at 12:30.
 
The pledge of allegiance was led by Ron Cassel
 

Inspiration

The inspiration today was Doug Brent, pinch hitting for Suzanne Boxer-Gassman. Doug reflected on the club’s legacy in our 100th year. While there are many - including creating of the charities and scholarship foundation, the resiliency our club has shown to change - Doug suggested the greatest legacy for the club is our service. The things we do and charities we fund which have ripple effects that can last generations, and create new capabilities for service. Doug ended with a challenge that all consider how they can add to the legacy of Rotary service through acts great and small.
 

Guests

  • Richard Bobis introduced his guest. A long time Rotarian, in San Jose and now in his current home of North Carolina
  • Dan Snyder introduced Ryan R. a community leader and veteran of parcel tax campaigns. He has been president of LGEF, and taken on many other community service roles.
  • Karen Briones introduced her husband, Dr. Rich Briones, who came today to hear her red badge bio.

Club Business

The Rotarians in the wild this week are Donna and Skip Brewster. Their picture showed them on horseback in the beautiful Italian countryside.
 
 
There was a long list of February birthdays and Rotary anniversaries. A big congratulations to all!
 
Megan mentioned the upcoming Warrior Rotary night, and details will be in her weekly email for those interested in attending.
 
Ramon Ware thanked the many Rotarians who he interviewed for his new book, Soar to Leadership Success: Lead Your Team Like An Aviator. Among those whom Ramon thanked were Jeff Blum, Lissa Kreisler, Haryl Pascal, Marty Fishman and Eric van der Burg. Ramon told us that leadership success requires: 1) Thrust/energy 2) Lift/motivation 3) A supportive Environment.
 
Jeff Blum noted that we are supporting a Red Cross Blood Drive with morning Rotary on March 16, at St. Lukes from 8AM-3PM. Jeff is looking for blood donors or help in staffing the event.
 
Meghan Burton began the meeting at 12:30

Pledge: Mike Frangadakis

Inspiration: Ramon Ware: Three things a plane needs for successful take off:
1. Energy
2. Lift (motivation)
3. Supportive Environment
Rotary inspires these same three principles. We get energy from one another to make a difference in the world. We are motivated to do well in the world and we support each other in our common goals.
 
Guests: Sarah Janigian from San Jose Rotary and the wife of our guest speaker. Lloyd Russell, a guest of Tina Orsi-Hartigan and cousin to Lissa Kreisler. Joe Albers from the El Salvador school and a guest of Mike Norcia
 
Rotarian in the Wild: Lydia Norcia and her family enjoying dinner with a wood fire
pizza in her backyard.

First Tuesday Happy Hour: February 6 from 5:30-7:30pm at Milan Italian Restaurant, 1712 Meridian Ave, San Jose. Waiters will come to us for food and drink orders, there will be separate checks and a 20% tip will be added to each bill.
 
Annual Rotary Foundation Drive: Thanks to Marty Fishman and his team, we reached our highest donation amount of $44, 898 with 122 donors.
 
CrabFest: Suzanne and Lisa gave us an update. There are still tickets available for purchase and we still need volunteers to help out, especially in the kitchen for clean-up. The Fund the Need will go to the Bill Wilson Center this year to help with their Safety Net program for runaway and homeless teens. Safety Net provides housing and counseling with the goal to reunite them with their families. Promotion until Friday at midnight: anybody who bids $100 on any auction item will get their first drink for free at the event.
 
Meghan Burton opened the meeting at 12:30
 
Ramon Ware shared some jokes for our inspiration moment and had us all laughing.
 
 

Visitors

  • John Walker introduced Irina Shteinbok, who is checking out ways to serve in the community.
 
Greg Smith is our Rotarian in the Wild this week. Meghan shared a photo of him at the Matterhorn.
 
 
 
This week’s eggs for St Lukes celebrated the 49ers going to the Super Bowl!
 
Mark your calendars: First Tuesday happy hour is next week at Milan Italian Restaurant. There’s easy parking and it’s always a lot of fun.
 
 
 
 
Jean Marc Blanchard updated us on our project in Cambodia. He was able to tack on a visit last fall while he was on a business trip to Thailand.
 
We gave a $750 grant to Food For the Hungry, Cambodia. It’s all about enhancing food security, expanding education, and empowering the farmers in a community in the very north of Cambodia. They face serious challenges there because low economic opportunities with no  higher value activities available other than subsistence farming. 
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Our Weekly Meeting Schedule
Enterprise Leadership Conference (ELC) Team
Mar 12, 2024
Conference Update
Angie Warren, Jewish Family Services SV
Mar 19, 2024
Senior Homecare and Aging Services
Jan Merryweather, from Sustainable Conservation
Apr 09, 2024
California Water, Weather Whiplash, Climate Resilience and the wisdom of Mark Twain
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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