Zoom Meeting Notes from October 20, 2020

Andrew called the meeting to order and we pledged allegiance to the flag of the USA. Many members had their favorite sports team as their background, and appropriate trash talking ensued, highlighted by President Andrew’s beloved UCLA Bruins, or was it Cal Bears?

Erika gave the inspiration from the Daily Stoic. If a dog is barking at the door, the worst thing to do is yell- it’s like you’re barking along with them. Instead you distract or break the pattern. It’s the same with people. Break the pattern of negativity or anger with something different. Good habits drive out bad habits.

Do you have anything that the We Care committee can help with? Let Lydia Norcia know.

Wes updated us on the Suyo Elementary Water Project in the Philippines, where we  partnered with the Laoag Sunshine Rotary Club local to that area to bring clean water to a school. The project was completed this past September with a ribbon cutting ceremony. When the kids come back to school they will have access to clean water. Thanks Wes!

Doug gave instructions on how to nominate/vote for our club board nominating committee. We will pick the top 10 people. Look for the email!

Fall Fundraiser! THIS FRIDAY!  The Calgary Church parking lot opens at 6:15. The movie Mama Mia starts at 7pm. $50 per person. $15 for a snack bag for popcorn, drink, and cookies. Bring your own chairs and blankets. Giant screen! Fun snacks! A REAL social event! You can access sound either through car radio and speakers in the safety and warmth of your car, or from big speakers on site if you’re in lawn chairs. Super fun night out! Email Tina Orsi-Hartigan for tickets.

Proceeds go toward a Fire Relief Fund run by Calvary Church. Great cause! Can’t go? Please donate! (contact Tina with amount)
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Zoom Meeting Notes from October 13, 2020

Andrew Stearns got the party started at 12:33. 

Erika Buck gave the inspiration from ‘The Daily Stoic’. The meditation for 10/13 is “revenge is a dish best not served.” Don’t meet rudeness with rudeness or dishonesty with dishonesty.  Be the example others can follow. Living morally and well is quite nice.

Next week’s meeting challenge: Wear your favorite team colors or have a zoom background of your favorite sports team!

Rotary Anniversaries: Lloyd Grant, Chris Trapani, Mike Norcia, Andrea Lee, Wes Sadumiano, Geraldine Arce, Marty Fishman, Dick Konrad, Doug Brent, and Erik Beeson.


Ron Cassel presented special club recognition to Ed Stahl

Ed was president of our club 1981 and 82, served on many committees such as the Great Race, BBQ, and President’s Brunch, and he traveled to the Philippines twice to work on a children’s hospital and a computer lab. 

Ed’s daughter, Susan, was present to see him get the award.

Congratulations Ed!

Rotarian of the Year Award for 2019-2020 -  we have 2 of them!!!

Amy Potts - Amy has been a member with Los Gatos since 2014. She is the mother of three wonderful children, a successful fundraiser and marketer, has been club VP, is involved with youth programs, and is a volunteer extraordinaire!

Her parents, husband, and three kids were present to see her get her award.

Her father shared her ongoing and lasting impact on young people in Pacific Northwest because of her role leading youth volunteer projects to Ecuador. Her mother said she is so proud of her.

Patti van der Burg - Patti has been a member since 2014. She is the head of our world service committee, leads the crabfest auction, is liaison for the Langling school, and works extensively to feed those in need through Peninsula Foodrunners. 

Patti thanked her parents for their example of service. Her husband, brothers, sister, son, and friend were there to see her receive the award and her husband and sister expressed how proud they are of her.


Thank you to both of these extraordinary women who make a difference every day. We are honored to serve with you in Rotary.

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Vote for us GREAT Nonprofits

If you love our club will you take 3 minutes and submit a review on both our foundations (Charity & Scholarship) for Great Nonprofits:

We need a total of 10 (4+ ratings) before October 31 to be listed as a 2020 Top-Rated GREAT nonprofit.  GreatNonprofits – the #1 source of nonprofit stories and feedback – is honoring highly regarded nonprofits with their 2020 Top-Rated List. Won’t you help us raise visibility for our work by posting a brief story of your experience with us? All content will be visible to potential donors and volunteers. It’s easy and only takes 3 minutes!

Our Charities Foundation:  
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Zoom Meeting Notes from October 6, 2020

Andrew Stearns welcomed us all to the meeting. It was “Bring your pet to Rotary” day, so many of the 47 zoomers had a past or current pet as a backdrop, and some were live in the zoom shot. It was fun to see the variety, including Avis’ pet turtle! Amy snapped some photos:

Riley Barr led the pledge of allegiance.
Erika Buck gave inspiration with a wise quote: Although no one can go back and change the beginning of their story, anyone can start now and make a new ending. So true.
Guests: none
October birthdays were celebrated by Marlon. Don McCleve played a rousing Happy Birthday live on his piano.
Grady Jeter is our member of the week on social media. He was inspired by his experience in Butan 20 years ago, where they measure the country’s success in “Gross National Happiness”. See all profiles at https://www.losgatosrotary.org/PhotoAlbums/our-members-their-rotary-story and email Amy Potts if you would like to submit a photo and quote to be featured.
Randy Cobb transitioned from Red Badge to Blue Badge. He is already active on several committees. He showed us his 2 live kitties Olive and Waverly, plus volunteer side kick Kathie made an appearance. Dan Snyder gave $40 in honor of his St Luke’s colored eggs and House of Hope work. Welcome aboard!
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Zoom Meeting Notes from September 29, 2020


Andrew Stearns welcomed us all to the meeting

Ed Graziani said the pledge of allegiance

Judy Rodriguez gave inspiration aligned with the new season of autumn. Letting go of something is a sign of gratitude. As much as we enjoy summer, we can release it just as trees let go of their leaves. When we move forward we allow something new to come in.


  • Chris Trapani
  • Ed Graziani
  • And many family members - children and grandchildren - of Lloyd Grant

Club updates:

Michael Frangadakis ‘Mike the Greek’ has shipped out to work with 800 firefighters near Porterville

Patti is our member of the week on social media. See all profiles here and email Amy Potts if you would like to submit a photo and quote to be featured.

Rotary Club of Los Gatos received the Rotary International Presidential Citation with Platinum Distinction under Marty’s leadership

Lisa Cheskin, membership committee chair, announced a new recruitment award. Most of us have brought in 1 or 2 new members. Please think about potential new members and invite them so you can make this list next year.

Top 5 recruitment awards: 

5th place - Andrew Howard, John Pencer, Steve Rice (tied)

4th - Mike The Greek, Marlon Smith (tied)

3rd - Mike Norcia

2nd - Tina Orsini-Hartigan

1st - John Colwell

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Zoom Meeting Notes from September 22, 2020

The meeting was led by VP Gae La Torre, since President Andrew had a work engagement. The Pledge was led by Tom Dodge. Inspiration led by Judy Rodriguez reflected on the words of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who passed this week. One quote sited was “Fight for the things you care about, but do it in a way so that others join you”. She served with humility and genius, and our country was lucky to have her. RIP RBG    Well done, Judy.
There were no guests. Lydia Norcia asked if there are any We Care outreach needs to let her know. Gae thanked the We Care Committee for the porch surprises last week. There were also chat room thanks from Liz Smith (it encouraged her to attend today), Mike Norcia, Suzanne, and many email thanks throughout the week.
Tom Boyce and Andrew Howard spoke about our club’s commitment to Shelter Box. For the past 13 years Lloyd Grant has been the champion, and we have given a total of roughly $35,000. They Rotary charity supplies kits that include a durable tent and food prep tools and sleeping needs to disaster zones globally, and each kit is about $1000.
The Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce is forming an event called “Around the Town Happenings” involving service clubs. See Andrew Stearns if interested.
Contribute time to the newest area of focus for Rotary International: Supporting the Environment. Our club’s Volunteer Committee is seeking volunteers for “Rotarians on the Roof” where we will be trained to install solar panels on non-profits in the San Jose area. Note it is not a requirement to be on the roof. Training is Oct 24. See Chris Potter 
Tina thanked her trusty crew again this week for feeding the homeless at the St Luke’s Tuesday brunch.
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Zoom Meeting Notes from September 15, 2020

Meeting was held online via Zoom and called to order at 12:30pm by Andrew Stearns.
We had 55 Zoom participants.
Pledge of Allegiance was led by Gregg Butterfield.  
Visiting Rotarians Liz & Bill Cilker Jr from Milpitas Rotary, Carey Lai from Sunrise Rotary, Carl Cilker from Rotary of San Jose, Elizabeth Smith from Rotary Club of Los Gatos
Other VisitorsNoelle Henderson
InspirationJudy Rodriguez provided our inspiration. As a continuation of our commemoration of 9/11, Judy shared caring thoughts and honored those who passed in the events of 9/11.

Announcements – 

Club Recognition from 2019-2020.
Ron Cassel presented 50 year pins to the following Rotarians and spoke of their accomplishments and contributions to the Club. We are the only club in the world with a 50 year pin.
  • Bill Cilker 57 years
  • Rene Friedrich 52 years
  • Ed Bowen 52 years
Ed Bowen shared some thoughts on how Rotary has changed over the years and thanked the Club.
Bill Cilker’s children; Bill Jr., Carl, Elizabeth Smith and Noelle Henderson spoke fondly of their dad’s time in Rotary and thanked the Club. 
Certificates of Appreciation were presented to the following members for their contributions to the Club.
  • Tom Dodge
  • Dick Konrad
  • Hal Rosen
  • Rami Wazni
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Zoom Meeting Notes from September 8, 2020

The Pledge was led by Sandy Bocks. Inspiration led by Dan Snyder reflected on the words of Chadwick Boseman who passed recently. He was the Black Panther actor, and had many other big roles. In his Howard University commencement speech he urged students to find purpose, not a career. “Purpose crosses disciplines. Purpose is an essential element of you. It is the reason you are on the planet at this particular time in history.”
There were no guests. Lydia Norcia helped us celebrate the Rotary anniversaries for this month. (see slides)
President Andrew announced the sad passing of long time member Rene Friedrich. He joined the club in 1967, and was remembered by many for his love of craps and adherence to the rules, for his love of skiing, for his generosity at donating his Davos home for the annual club auction. Fond memories were retold by Grady, Tina, Paul Christensen, Sarita, and Andrew Howard. Ron Cassel noted that Rene had earned the 50 year pin, which will now be presented to his wife Trudy.
Our club continues to help fire evacuees by donating goods and gift cards. 1490 structures were destroyed, which is more damage than the Loma Prieta Earthquake. See Patti to be added to the Gift Card donation program and your card on file with the club will be charged. Patti reported $1800 has been pledged so far. Thanks to Tina for helping procure the cards. Donated items were initially taken to Prince of Peace in Saratoga, but since they are now full, items can be taken to St. Luke’s in Sunnyvale (hours are S-S: 1-4, M-F: 10-1). Our club sent 5 members to help sort donated items at Prince of Peace Monday 8/31.
Many members have agreed to give a donation weekly to the Charities Foundation, in lieu of no lunch fee being charged, in order to make up some of the fund raising losses due to Covid. Thanks for those contributing to the great response so far (roughly $400/week), and it’s not too late for others to join in. Increments suggested are $5, $10, or $20/week/person. See Dan Snyder.
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Zoom Meeting Notes from September 1, 2020

President Andrew called out all the baby picture Avatars on the Zoom screens. Amy Potts attempted to capture a pic of this, and most were adorable. See larger versions of these photos at the end of this post.
The Pledge was led by Jack Chevlen. Inspiration led by Judy Rodriguez.
Guests were introduced, including District Governor and speaker Gregg Guisaian, Art Testani, and Helene Davis.
Marlon helped us celebrate the September birthdays and Don McCleve accompanied on piano.
Judy Rodriguez showed the photo of the fire on Mt. Hamilton that came close to her and Julian’s house, but thankfully didn’t require evacuation.
Our club continues to help fire evacuees by donating goods and gift cards. See Patti to be added to the Gift Card donation program and your card on file with the club will be charged. Patti reported $1425 has been pledged so far. Thanks to Tina for helping procure the cards. Donated items were initially taken to Prince of Peace in Saratoga, but since they are now full, items can be taken to St. Luke’s in Sunnyvale (hours are S-S: 1-4, M-F: 10-1). Our club sent 5 members to help sort donated items at Prince of Peace Monday 8/31.
Mike Frangadakis’s National Guard Unit has been called up to help with the fires for the next 2 weeks. Good Luck and hearty thanks to the Greek!
President Andrew shared some humorous photos of how we dealt with the last pandemic in 1918…not too different this time around haha.
Many members have agreed to give a donation weekly to the Charities Foundation, in lieu of no lunch fee being charged, in order to make up some of the fund raising losses due to Covid. Thanks for those contributing to the great response so far, and it’s not too late for others to join in.
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Zoom Meeting Notes from August 25, 2020

Meeting was held online via Zoom and called to order at 12:30pm by Andrew Stearns. Russ Klein led the pledge of allegiance.



Russ Klein and Mike’s friend, Tom 



Suzanne inspired us all to stop and smell the flowers. 



Fire news:

Marty Fishman is still evacuated. His house is safe. Dave Hubbard talked about the headway the firefighters have made. He is under an evacuation warning. Judy is also in an evacuation warning. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is accepting donations and volunteers. More info to come.



Thanks to this week’s St Lukes volunteers: Grady, Carol, Meghan, & Dan.

Interact Club at Leigh High School is doing a fundraiser tonight 8/25 at Camden/Union Chipotle for Determined 2 Develop to build water projects for Malawi schools. See the flier on our website, facebook, or instagram.

Mark your calendars - First Thursday is 9/3 at 5:30 at Campo di Bocce!

Inaugural Rotary Book Club on 9/30. First book is by Rotarian Katie Rooney. Info on website.

Next week’s fun challenge: Set your Zoom avatar as your baby/childhood picture for our club meeting on 9/1! (Barry Cheskin got us started today with a picture of his adorable toddler self as his background). 

Daniel Snyder said 33 people pledged their weekly rotary lunch money to RotaryClub giving us a total $390/week so far. He invites more of us to do so. You can still sign up for $5 or $20 per week, the amount you would have spent coming to Rotary in person.

Amy announced that Africa was just declared polio free! Woot woot!


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Zoom Meeting Notes from August 18, 2020

Images from the ‘Who Has the Best Virtual Background Contest’. Congratulations to our winner, Tina! Lisa's background was also great!
Meeting was held online via Zoom and called to order at 12:30pm by Andrew Stearns.
We had 60 Zoom participants.
Pledge of Allegiance was led by Andrew Stearns and presented along with a patriotic video.  
Visiting Rotarians - None
Other Visitors – Juan Romero from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and David Karwowski introduced Jay Quibley.
Inspiration - Suzanne Boxer-Gassman provided a great inspiration that focused on humor.


Andrew Stearns hosted the ‘Who Has the Best Virtual Background Contest’. Many members participated and in the end, the contest was won by Tina Orsi-Hartigan. Congratulations Tina!

Lydia Norcia representing the We Care Committee reminded us to let her know if anyone from the Club is in need.
Andrew Howard and David Hubbard gave updates on the local fires in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Lisa Norcia-Cheskin talked about the recent District 5170 Virtual Membership Seminar which was attended by a few of our members. The online seminar focused on ways clubs can increase their membership numbers.
Tina Orsi-Hartigan spoke about our donations of food to St. Luke’s. They did not need us this week because our donations have been so plentiful. She also updated us on the Shoe Drive. We collected and donated 446 pairs of shoes which helped surpass the goal.
Dick Konrad shared that the Volunteer Opportunity Committee will hold a Zoom meeting tomorrow (8/19/20) at 4:00pm. Everyone is welcome and you can contact Patti Van der Burg to get the link to the Zoom meeting.
Avis La Grone shared that the Seascape community has some gently used furniture to donate. It is free and anyone interested can contact Avis if you are interested. 
Our First Thursday Happy Hour will be held on September 3rd from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at Campo de Bocce.
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Zoom Meeting Notes from August 11, 2020

Venyei Angh who gave an update from the Lamling Elementary School in NE India on how the school is dealing with COVID-19
  • The school is being supported by the club for a few years now
  • Serves about 150 students from K-6 and run by 8 teachers
  • They offer Hindi, common English and Science subjects

Abbie Morneault, Current Development Director for Determined to Develop and Wasambo Schools in Malawi. She gave a presentation on the water project at Wasambo High School for Boys. She highlighted  the impact of the school and the water project to the community and its plan to to add girls school in the next few years 
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Zoom Meeting Notes from August 4, 2020

Los Gatos Schools Superintendents Michael Grove and Paul Johnson discuss school reopening plans and respond to questions from Rotarians and the community.

Recorded session of this meetings presentation
This Rotary meeting highlighted a presentation from the superintendents from Los Gatos Unified School District and Los Gatos Saratoga Unified High School District. It was an informative community event that was recorded, part of The Rotary Club’s community service. It was decided that it will be open to the public and interested parties especially for the parents with potentially broad interest in what our school districts are thinking and planning for in reopening schools.

Pledge of allegiance led by President Andrew Stearns

Inspiration by Suzanne Boxer-Gassman. A reflection from the pandemic that thought us how to:
  • Time to learning new skills and connect like Zoom
  • For schools, how to live and how to thrive
  • For our club, how to do rotary and conduct business under the current circumstances
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Zoom Meeting Notes from July 28, 2020


Sandy Bocks led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.


John Pencer provided us with some inspirational quotes:

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” 
–Winston Churchill 

“Only a life lived in the service of others is a life worth living” 
–Albert Einstein

“Do something for somebody everyday for which you don’t get paid”
– Albert Schweitzer

“If you want happiness for an hour take a nap.  If you want happiness for a day go fishing. If you want happiness for a year inherit a fortune.  If you want happiness for a lifetime help someone else.”
–Chinese Proverb

Visitors and Guests:

John Mathers visited us from the Rotary club of San Francisco.  
Jack Higgins visited us from the Rotary club of Los Altos.  
Mike Norcia welcomed Tom R. who was visiting us as well.

Mike Norcia welcomed Tom Anthony as a new member.  Tom is a long time Los Gatos resident with 3 daughters, and 3 step sons.  He is a general contractor and considers service to others to be a major part  of his life. 

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Zoom Meeting Notes from July 21, 2020

The meeting was called to order by President Andrew Stearns. 
We were led in the pledge by Kent Cooper. Good to see you Kent.
Guests: Mike Norcia introduced his two guests. This is Tom Anthony’s third visit, his application is in progress. His other guest is Tom Rossmeissl. Welcome!
John Pencer started his inspiration by reflecting on his friendships in Rotary. He read a lovely poem by one of his favorite poets, Edgar Guest, called To A Friend. 


The club BBQ scheduled for August 25 has been cancelled. According to Tina Orsi Hartigan we are unable to prep food or use any of the facilities so it just can’t happen right now.
We will be having the August first Thursday at Oak Meadow so please join us August 6 for some in person, social distancing fun.
Public Service Announcements: John Caldwell reminded us to wear our masks. Wear them to protect others. Thanks John, hope you’re feeling better.
Uplift Family Services backpack assembly is August 4 at 2:00. Gae La Torre has 14 people signed up to volunteer so far. Uplift has told us we will be working in a social distance environment, but if you don’t feel comfortable after you’ve signed up just let Gae know.  Andrew mentioned he was at a meeting with the Sunnyvale club and someone involved in education mentioned programs, such as this one, are more important than ever when the students aren’t going back to school. The backpacks give them a place to put their things and gives them a feeling of being connected to school. Gae also mentioned many of the students from Uplift will still be attending small programs and the backpacks give them a good way to keep their belongings together. 
Virtual Firecracker event ends tonight at 11:59. We have 18 members signed up, we usually just have a couple. Mike will let us know if we took the cup back. Thanks to everyone who signed up.
Tina had lots of people help with St. Luke’s this morning. They are missing part of their core team at St. Luke’s right now so they really need and appreciate our help. We will be helping every Tuesday for the foreseeable future.
A couple people shared an update on the protest. Highway 17 was closed for three hours. 
Dick Konrad looked in on our planter box on N. Santa Cruz and Bachman. He said it looks beautiful, lots of flowers are blooming.
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Zoom Meeting Notes from July 14, 2020

Meeting was called to order by President Andrew Stearns. Everyone was glad to see Julian Rodriguez. Andrew asked Julian to lead us in the pledge. Great to see you Julian. 
John Pencer entertained and inspired us with several quotes from Abraham Lincoln.
There were no visiting Rotarians. 
  • Patti van der Burg introduced former LG Rotarian Kathy Murtfeldt. Kathy gave us an update on what she has been doing since she moved to the San Diego area. Recently she has extended her SIP bubble to include family who she hadn’t seen in 3 months. She said she is happy and glad to have family nearby.
  • Mike Norcia introduced Tom Anthony. Tom has submitted an application for membership so we’ll all get to know him soon. Welcome Tom!
  • Hal introduced his wife Lydia. Hal mentioned she is a regular guest and maybe he can convince her to join. We would love to have you as an official member Lydia, but in the meantime, we enjoy having you as a guest.
  • Thomas Upton was introduced as a guest, while Irene was on a call. Thanks for joining us Thomas.
  • Tina Orsi-Hartigan introduced her foster kitties who are ready for adoption. Please let Tina know if you know of anyone who might be interested. 
  • Patti introduced her pup Maggie.


  • Club BBQ scheduled for August 25. 
  • Gae La Torre apologized to those who attended second Thursday to find #1 Broadway gone. She had no idea they were closed. People ended up going to various venues in town. Next month will be a picnic at Oak Meadow.
Zoom Meeting Notes from July 14, 2020 2020-07-16 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes,The Cat Tale

We received a Rotary International Award! 

Congratulations! Our club was recognized by Rotary International with the Platinum Presidential Distinction Award.  To receive this citation we had to meet at least 3 of these 4 categories: 

1. Connect leaders. Achieve a net gain of five or more members (We topped 122 members; 10 new members by adding a family & corporate membership)

2. Connect families. Organize a family-oriented service project that connects families of your members, youth program participants, and others. (We hosted many projects including families and youth Interact clubs as well as added a new family membership) 

3. Connect professionally. Initiate or continue a leadership, personal, or professional development program to enhance members’ skills (Our members attended and completed the District Leadership Academy - Jeffery Barnet as well as District and International forums)

4. Connect community. Show how your club’s members are People of Action by promoting your club and its service activities on social media at least four times per month (We have 900+ followers and share the good in our community and world)

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Zoom Meeting Notes from July 7, 2020

Andrew Stearns kicked off the meeting with a slap of the gavel, and asked if “everybody is happy”, and said that “the one acceptable response is 'absolutely'”.
Paul Christiansan led us in the pledge of allegiance wearing a US flag shirt.
John Pencer gave us inspiration with many great patriotic quotes:
"It does not take a majority to prevail ... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."
    --Samuel Adams
"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
    --Thomas Pain
"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."
    --Ronald Reagan
"In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline."
    --Martin Luther King
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others”
    --Nelson Mandela


Mike Norcia introduced Tom Anthony a LGHS graduate who is a commercial/residential contractor
We also celebrated the July birthdays of Todd Taylor, Art Rabitz, Rene Friderich, Sarita Johnson, Ron Cassel, Tom O'Donnel, Bill Pope.  Much to their chagrin we sang a zoom happy birthday to all of these members.


Currently we have the Club BBQ set for August 25, 2020 at 5:30
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In the News! Doing Good Feels Good

Celebrating local heroes, good deeds in pandemic
Los Gatos Rotarian Tina Orsi-Hartigan, right, delivers $2,000 in grocery gift cards to Dan Green, interim coordinator for the House of Hope, for local families in need.
Rotary also teamed up with Campo di Bocce and Peninsula Foodrunners to deliver meals to the Casa de Novo homeless facility and San Thomas Housing for Seniors. (Photo courtesy of Debby Rice)
By DEBBY RICE | Saratoga News and Los Gatos Weekly Times
PUBLISHED: July 6, 2020 at 6:58 a.m. | UPDATED: July 6, 2020 at 7:04 a.m.

Thanks to those whose actions are solving problems and serving our community.
It’s a festive summer atmosphere in downtown Los Gatos with new outdoor dining options. Up and down North Santa Cruz Avenue, people are enjoying California summer weather and being able to socialize, even from a distance. Loma Brewery has a large outdoor space on a portion of Gray’s Lane where people are gathering. I saw a young girl practicing cheerleading. Temporary or not, it’s nice.
Peninsula Foodrunners was in a tough situation when their usual donations of leftover lunches from corporate offices dried up due to COVID-19 office closures. They teamed up with the Los Gatos Rotary Club, which made a generous donation that has kept the program running and, in the process, brought business to Campo di Bocce. Residents at the Casa de Novo homeless facility and at San Thomas Housing for Seniors received fully prepared Italian meals from Campo di Bocce, delivered by Los Gatos Rotarians. The club also delivered $2,000 in grocery gift cards to Los Gatos-based House of Hope for local families in need.
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Zoom Meeting Notes and Roast and Toast - June 30, 2020

June 30 - President Marty’s last meeting of Rotary year

The club assembly Zoom meeting was called to order at 12:30, after several breakout groups met 12:00-12:30. There were roughly 47 attendees.
Marty led the pledge and announced the lone guest, his wife Barbara Fishman.
Doug Brent led the inspiration with a pencil parable, retold here:
The Pencil Maker took the pencil aside, just before putting him into the box.
“There are 5 things you need to know,” he told the pencil, “Before I send you out into the world. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best pencil you can be.”
One:  “You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in Someone’s hand.”
Two: “You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you’ll need it to become a better pencil.”
Three: “You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.”
Four: “The most important part of you will always be what’s inside.”
And Five: “On every surface, you are used on, you must leave your mark. No matter what the condition, you must continue to write.”
The pencil understood and promised to remember, and went into the box with purpose in its heart.
Marty gave a Covid news update, and shared some funny mask design options. He stressed the importance to take precautions as the infection rates rise in our area.
Marty shared photos from the recent Flights happy hour. Patti announced she still needs a few slots filled on the bulletin team. Click here to email her if interested in helping out by occasionally taking meeting notes.
Zoom Meeting Notes and Roast and Toast - June 30, 2020 2020-07-06 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes,Roast & Toast,The Cat Tale

Meet our new club President Andrew Stearns

I am fifth generation from San Jose. My family moved to California from New York in 1874 for health reasons. In 1903 the family started F.G. Wool Packing Company which was in business until 1989 canning apricots, peaches, fruit cocktail and fruit mix. Most of the cousins worked there during the summers.

I graduated from St. Andrew's Episcopal School, Saratoga, Bellarmine College Preparatory, UCLA and Santa Clara University School of Law. I was on the rugby teams at Bellarmine and UCLA.

My family has always been involved in giving back to the community. Shortly after graduating from law school, a family friend told me about Rotaract and I became involved. After 3 years, I was president of the club. At that time, there was an exception to being number 1 or 2 in your company to become a Rotarian if you had been president of a Rotaract Club. Therefore, I was asked to join the San Jose Rotary Club in 1996. While there, I had my first experiences with Enterprise Leadership Conference (it was Camp back then) and have stayed involved with that off and on since.

Meet our new club President Andrew Stearns 2020-07-02 07:00:00Z 0

Roast N' Toast Marty Fishman Slides

Of all of the photos of Marty this one beats them all, check out Marty's hair! No, in all seriousness.  Thank you to Marty Fishman for being our fearless leader during a year none of us could have ever imagined.  We are so grateful you kept our members safe and even grew in membership, financial giving as well as contribution to the foundation, ending Polio, and world and local charities.  We humbly thank you! See the full slideset above.  

Roast N' Toast Marty Fishman Slides 2020-07-01 07:00:00Z 0

Zoom Meeting Notes from June 23, 2020

Meeting was held online via Zoom and called to order at 12:30pm by Marty Fishman
We had 50 Zoom participants
Marty started with, ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ by Charles Dickens
Pledge of Allegiance was led by Marty Fishman.  
Visiting Rotarians - None
Other Visitors – Andrew Howard introduced two of his friends; Mark Vantress and Martha Dollin
Inspiration – Susanne Boxer-Gassman provided our inspiration, focusing on the Rotarians that do so much for others. She shared a poem with that theme that was written by Pope Francis. Marty also shared a video showing acts of kindness and inspirational quotes.


COVID19 Updates:
  • Reminder about the new mask requirements as mandated by Governor Gavin Newsom on June 17, 2020.
  • Santa Clara County Public Health Officer “The Path Back” plan that was effective as of June 5, 2020. This detailed what has currently opened back up.
  • Santa Clara County guidelines on who should be tested and where to go to have it done.
  • Reminders to continue to wear masks, social distance and wash your hands.
Rotary Happy Hour will take place this Wednesday, June 24,2020 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm at Flights restaurant in Los Gatos.
Zoom Meeting Notes from June 23, 2020 2020-06-24 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes,The Cat Tale

Zoom Meeting Notes from June 16, 2020 

The meeting started early at 11:30 due to speaker’s schedule. President Marty led the pledge, and there were no guests.
For inspiration Marty shared a PBS StoryCorps video, which was  a 10 year old interviewing his father, whose greatest hope is his son lives with his hands unfolded, not clenched. Sweet and moving for Father’s Day. Click here to view
ATTENTION: Patti van der Burg announced the Bulletin team needs people for the Rotary year starting 7/1. A BIG thank you to last year’s team: Editor AnnMarie, Photographer Ron Cassel, and note takers Kirsten, Lisa, David H, Meghan, and Doug. Notetakers will agree to roughly once every 8 weeks, take meeting notes at a meeting of their choice. We need the bulletin for those that miss the meeting, to make links and info easy for reference, to help recruit new members online, and for our archives.
Note the Los Gatos Lodge will not open until Jan 1, if then, meaning Zoom meetings will likely be with us a long while! Reach out to Rotarians that have not joined via Zoom yet. Marty encouraged us to attend other club meetings via Zoom, including siliconvalleyrotary.com, where Marty gave a Seeing Again Guatemala presentation.
Zoom Meeting Notes from June 16, 2020 2020-06-18 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes
2020 Rotary Scholarship Recipients 2020-06-16 07:00:00Z 0

Zoom Meeting Notes from June 9, 2020

The meeting started early at 11:30 due to speaker’s schedule. President Marty shared pics of the recent Los Gatos protests for George Floyd and Black Lives Matter. He then led the pledge, and there were no guests.
Henry gave an inspiration based on slowing down amidst all the current chaos and enjoying the simple pleasure of a slice of pie, whether store bought or home-made.
Marty gave a Covid update for our county where new cases are currently down, noting a top epidemiologist points out that Covid can be dealt with by 80% of us wearing masks in public 80% of the time. (and wash your hands and keep 6ft apart). Check the county website for testing locations. He then shared another funny Holderness family SIP video, which can be viewed on YouTube.
Note the Los Gatos Lodge will not be open until Jan 1, 2021 if then, meaning Zoom meetings will likely be with us a long while! Reach out to Rotarians that have not joined via Zoom yet. Marty encouraged us to attend other club meetings via Zoom, including siliconvalleyrotary.com, where Marty gave a Seeing Again Guatemala presentation.
Dick Konrad gave an Avenues of Service update, noting Tina’s weekly homeless brunches and Amy’s House of Hope. Patti mentioned another option where they really need people weekly is Second Harvest Food Bank sorting and distribution. See slides for contacts.
Zoom Meeting Notes from June 9, 2020  2020-06-11 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes,The Cat Tale

Zoom Meeting Notes from June 2, 2020

We had one guest - Charlie Erickson from Oregon.
Henry Vitkovich gave the inspiration today. Sometimes life deals you blows that can knock you to your knees, but no matter what happens you have to get back up. He also contrasted some of the hard realities of our time with the positive of our space launch, and asked us as Rotarians to remain positive and to move forward.
Marty updated us on our county’s Covid-19 status. At the high-level we are doing great, and have small number of cases.  Testing is available if you feel the need to get tested, and our counties health officer has lifted many of the shelter in place restrictions however he stresses to still wash your hands, wear masks, maintain social distance, and to not cut your hair. ;-)  
We then had a bevy of 20 for 20s.  Too many to fully record, but it was certainly inspiring to see so much generosity.
Zoom Meeting Notes from June 2, 2020 2020-06-04 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

Zoom Meeting Notes from May 26, 2020

Meeting was held online via Zoom and called to order at 12:30pm by Marty Fishman
We had 60 Zoom participants
Pledge of Allegiance was led by Marty Fishman.  Marty also made note of yesterday being Memorial Day.
Visiting Rotarians - None
Other Visitors – Katie Westin and Sol Otero from Leigh High School Interact Club.
Inspiration – Gary Allison provided a light-hearted and humorous inspiration.



Marty Fishman announced that we will be offering Zoom breakout sessions starting at noon before each weekly meeting so that small groups can meet online. Doug Brent will help set them up if you are interested.
Marty reminded the Club to make their donations to the Polio Plus Campaign.
Leigh High School Interact Club: Doug Brent introduced Katie Westin and Sol Otero, co-Presidents of the Club. The ladies discussed that their Club is rebounding this year from a tough year last year. They are increasing service activities and membership. Projects have included Rise Against Hunger and Rebuilding Together. They have also made individual Holiday cards for patients of a local Alzheimer facility. They thanked Rotary for their scholarships and the opportunities that our Club has provided them through Interact. Interact gave them something to look forward to and the chance to do something bigger than themselves. They appreciated the opportunity to attend RYLA and ELC.
Jamie Hekkelman presented her Red Badge Bio.
Zoom Meeting Notes from May 26, 2020 2020-05-28 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

2020 Great Social Distancing Race results!

Medals will be mailed out to the top 3 finishers in each age group and division.
Congratulations to all the finishers of the first ever Great Social Distancing Race! You can check the results page linked below and see how you did overall and in your age group, as well as download your finisher's certificate. Surprising how many people actually did the Great Race course down Highway 9. It was enjoyable to see that and all the other routes people took for their 4 miles, some navigating some serious trail climbs.
Thank you all for participating in this very unique event. We would prefer to gather in person as we have done for 42 years, but it was fun to participate in a safe environment and contribute to the amazing local and global causes supported by Los Gatos Rotary. Thank you and we will see you in Saratoga in April 2021!

Click on this image to go to results website 
2020 Great Social Distancing Race results! 2020-05-26 07:00:00Z 0

Zoom Meeting Notes from May 19, 2020

Gary Allison led our inspiration with a focus on compassion, and what we can do to improve our compassion.
We then had 2 Red badge bios:
Kirsten Bridges
Lived in the bay area her entire life save for 4 years in Chico State.  She and her husband Ivor have been married for 31 years.  She has a daughter who attended Texas A&M and who is an electrical applications engineer.  Kirsten was an insurance underwriter at Allstate.  She is interested in reading, Mah Jongg, bird watching, and is learning Ukulele.  Kirsten’s father was involved in Rotary, and she really appreciated the camaraderie that the showed her father especially in his later years when he had Alzheimer’s.  
Lydia Norcia
Lydia was originally from New England but didn’t like the weather out there and moved to Saratoga in the ‘70s.  Her parents were originally from Italy.  She grew up in a big Italian family with a rich tradition of wonderful Italian cooking.  Her passions are gardening, cooking, baking, bird watching, Mah Jongg, and community service. 
Zoom Meeting Notes from May 19, 2020 2020-05-21 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

Zoom Meeting Notes from May12, 2020

The meeting was called to order by President Marty Fishman at 12:32.
We had two guests from the LGHS Interact Club. Sophie Sullivan, a sophomore, who spoke a bit about how life during COVID-19 has been for her. She said it was an adjustment but now she finds it a little less stressful. She seems as busy as ever, she had to leave our meeting for an EL Gato meeting. Our other guest was senior Eddy Byun. Eddy will be attending Berkeley in the fall studying Mechanical Engineering. Eddy was involved in Interact all four years of high school. He wanted to thank our club for all the opportunities he had through Rotary. He said many of them, such as RYLA were life changing. He told us the club is still busy, even during quarantine. Right now they are writing letters to residents at the Terraces. 
Marty gave a short tribute to Beverly McCleve. New members learned a little more about Beverly. He included two pictures one as a beautiful young nursing graduate and one with Don taken at a Rotary picnic. We are sorry for your loss Don. 
Dave Downing has moved to Capitola. We’ll miss you Don and hope you can stay involved with us from time to time. 
The polio campaign is underway. According to Dan Snyder we have collected about $8,000 so far. Marty would like to see 100% participation, so please donate, no amount is too small.
Reminder for Red Badges who still need to attend another club’s meeting. Contact Henry Vitkovich or David Karwowski if you need help.
Zoom Meeting Notes from May12, 2020 2020-05-13 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

Zoom Meeting Notes from May 5, 2020

Doug Brent hosted break out groups at noon. Everyone had a nice time chatting and catching up, almost like sharing a table at an in person meeting. Please join us next week. Let  Doug know if you need any help with  technical issues. 
Marty Fishman called the meeting to order at 12:35. After the Pledge Russ Klein was introduced as a visiting Rotarian. 
Birthdays and anniversaries were celebrated by a video of birthday celebrations rather than us singing. 
Condolences on the death of Beverly McCleve, no word yet on services.

Dave Downing is moving to Capitola this month. We’ll miss you Dave.

End Polio Now campaign started today. The BOD has decided to rescind the opt out. We will need to let Dan Snyder or Avis La Grone know how much you would like to donate. If they don’t hear from you someone will call to remind you. Money is due at the end of June. 

We are so close to wiping out polio worldwide. Marty shared a very touching video with a polio survivor saying how much he would like to see it wiped out in his lifetime. There were about 37 cases last year, when Rotary took this on as a cause in 1985 there were 350,000 deaths! Avis urged us to get this done so we can take on other causes. Don’t forget to donate, any amount is welcome.
Zoom Meeting Notes from May 5, 2020 2020-05-06 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

Rotary Great Race extended to May 17!

Virtual Race Extension!

The Great Social Distancing Race has been extended through May 17. This will give all current registrants another 17 days to run and post their 4 mile times- or improve on times already posted. Remember you can run or walk your 4 miles anywhere and at any time- and with your dog or with your kiddos in their strollers. 
And tell your friends that they can still register for the race up until that date at www.lggreatrace.com. 
We encourage everyone to stay active but to also obey all social distancing parameters. Running early in the morning is less crowded on the roads and trails and it is now light at 6am so this is a great time to be safe and hit your best time, or just enjoy being outside. 
Once you are done, it is very easy to enter your 4 mile time at the link below. You can upload a screen shot from Strava, Garmin or RunKeeper but it is not required. It only takes a few seconds to post your time.
Please upload photos of yourself to social media with #rotarygreatracefinisher. We look forward to another few weeks of times being entered and photos being posted. Be safe and stay healthy!
Rotary Great Race extended to May 17! 2020-04-30 07:00:00Z 0

Zoom Meeting Notes from April 28, 2020

The meeting was called to order and the pledge was let by President Marty. There were no visitors, and had roughly 60 zoomin’ attendees
President Marty announced the very sad news of the passing of Don McCleve’s wife Beverly. Service info to be announced when available. Beverly often attended meetings and club events with Don, especially the music programs and many meetings in the past couple years. She will be missed dearly by our club, and our hearts go out to Don. As one Rotarian said “They were the cutest couple. Anyone could see their love for each other.”
Inspiration was led by Doug Brent, and involved a few stories from these Covid Days: a Cleveland Clinic Covid survivor that thanked his health care team with window messages of appreciation for their selflessness, A Cleveland Cavaliers player who donated $100,000 to arena workers, a woman who responded to a parking lot shopping request from a scared senior, and a child who used his birthday and Christmas savings to buy 65 care packages and meals for those in need.
Marty reminded all that Doug is available for Zoom help, including guidance in getting new hardware. Smaller chat room called “Breakouts” were run 12:00-12:30 for setup and socializing prior to meetings.
As we are in the middle of the End Polio campaign, Marty showed a short video, reminding us that Polio eradication is possible and Rotarians must keep their promise to eradicate it globally. The club’s Opt-out policy of a minimum $25 charge for the campaign is detailed in attached slides, and will be discussed at 1:30 after Tuesday’s meeting.
Red Badgers are encouraged to finish Blue Badge requirements. Bios can be given in a Zoom meeting and other club meetings were listed. See David and Henry for help to wrap up your final requirements.
Zoom Meeting Notes from April 28, 2020 2020-04-30 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

Being a Rotarian becomes a way of Life

Posted by Michelle Myers Nelson

By: Michelle Nelson Myers - Los Gatos Rotarian
Drive by Michelle's house anytime and take a bunch or two to cheer you up.  She picks up new flowers every Monday and Wednesday.
Michelle lives at 1138 Valley Quail Circle, San Jose CA 95120

Being a Rotarian becomes a way of life for many members. However it does beg the chicken and the egg question. Does Rotary inspire one to do good deeds or does Rotary attract those who are predisposed to such behavior? It matters not, as either has the same bottom line.

The Los Gatos Rotary Club is no exception. Many of its members are involved with philanthropic activities outside the club. One such member, Michelle Myers Nelson has a rich history of giving back to the community. 

Soon after retiring as a Chef Instructor, Michelle sot after a way to contribute her culinary skills and help those less fortunate. She found the perfect match when she started cooking dinners for the homeless at First Christian Church in downtown San Jose. Wanting to give the attendees dignity  and pleasure of a first class meal, she began resourcing fresh produce donations from local merchants, including Whole Foods. That continues until the program morphed into the Recovery Café, two years later, which is now run by its participants.

Michelle knew that other stores made daily donations of cycled out inventory to charities and realized that no one at her local Trader Joe’s was picking up the fresh flowers on certain days. Seeing an opportunity, she filled in the gap and began collecting them 2 days each week. She then delivers them to the seniors at the Willow Glen Community Center. “Flowers lift the spirit” she says, “and the seniors are over joyed for the opportunity to receive the flowers that they otherwise may not afford themselves. Once a month these flowers are put in an arrangement and delivered to hospice centers by kind hearted women who put them in coffee mugs. 

Because we all are now required to “Shelter in Place”, the senior centers are temporarily closed. This presented a challenge of what to do with all the flowers she collected. The solution became apparent when she began sharing the bounty with her neighbors. People out walking the neighborhood created an opportunity to help lift the spirits of many needing respite from being cooped at home. She put up a sign that said to help themselves to the flowers to brighten up their, or someone else’s day during this difficult time.” The response has been amazing. One woman told her that a gentleman said he needed the flowers because “it was so very sad at his house right now”.  A Kaiser nurse left a thank you note and others constructed a “thank you” on the brick from the bark in the yard. It only shows that small acts of kindness can be what gets us all through these difficult times. For Michelle, she feels she this gesture of “service before self” is as important to her as it is to the community. It’s time for us all to stop and smell the flowers. It does a soul good.  

Being a Rotarian becomes a way of Life Michelle Myers Nelson 2020-04-28 07:00:00Z 0

Zoom Meeting Notes from April 21, 2020

Meeting was held online via Zoom and called to order at 12:30pm by Marty Fishman
We had 62 Zoom participants
Pledge of Allegiance by Marty Fishman
Visiting Rotarians - None
Other Visitors 
  • Heather Edwards from Eugene, Oregon on behalf of Project Amigo.
  • Mike Norcia introduced his mother Lydia Norcia who is a new member. Welcome Lydia!
  • Tina introduced Rachel Ong and Pankaj Dixit who are charter members of Global Foundries, Rotary at Work Club.
Inspiration – None
Marty Fishman announced:
We will be offering Zoom breakout sessions starting at noon next week so small groups can meet online, separately. Doug Brent will help set them up if you are interested.
Marty shared a video about the End Polio Now campaign and reminded us that the Board of Directors has passed the following Motion for membership contributions for this year only for the Rotary Foundation and for the current Polio Plus Campaign: 
1. The Rotary Foundation contributions for 2019-2020:  all members who have not contributed will be billed $25 through their credit card accounts.  Those who have contributed at least that much for this period will not be billed.
2. The 2020 Polio Plus campaign: all members who contributed last year will be asked to give the same amount this year as they contributed last year.  All members who did not give last year, or who do not donate voluntarily above $25 this year, will be billed $25 through their credit card accounts.  If they voluntarily donate beyond that amount, they will not be billed the additional $25.
Zoom Meeting Notes from April 21, 2020 2020-04-22 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes
Andrew Howard & his family finished the RACE 2020-04-20 07:00:00Z 0
Share your photo with us as you run or walk the Rotary Great Race while 'social distancing' 2020-04-16 07:00:00Z 0

Zoom Meeting Notes from April 14, 2020

President Marty called the Zoom format meeting to order at 12:30. There were 63 participants. Guests were Hal’s wife Lydia Rosen, and famed former member Russ Klein (pants were neither confirmed nor denied).
Inspiration was led by Doug Brent, and was dedicated to all those trying Zoom for the first time. The point was frogs sometimes can’t hear well, and one should encourage others, and you may be surprised at the results 😊 For those considering Zoom, it’s a great way to participate in meetings and social events. But be aware the camera sees all and watch out what’s in the background of your shot! See Doug Brent for help getting the right equipment and setting it up. Thanks for providing this valuable club service Doug! Note that Club Meetings will continue on Zoom through April, and probably at least through May as well. They are always 12:30-1:30 Tuesdays.
We heard a brief profile of Rotarian Manizheh Zand. She has been an Engineering professor at San Jose State and many other local colleges. She was inspired by our club to start a non-profit called MyMentorTree, which offers curriculum and mentorship in engineering to students aged 12-18.
John Pencer gave an informative talk of the past 48 year history of Los Gatos Rotary. Well done, John!
Darren Evora DeMonsi of Uplift Family Services thanked us for past support and gave an update on current services offered. They are providing essentials services in Santa Clara County for those with high need and mental health issues. The Campbell Campus provides crisis services and autism support services. You can go to their website www.upliftfs.org for donations or buy items on their wish list. He suggested if you are interested in supporting a local restaurant during this time, you can purchase a gift card from the restaurant and mail to UpLift, he will see that a needy family gets it.
Zoom Meeting Notes from April 14, 2020  2020-04-16 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

Happy Easter

Rotary’s long-time motto “Service Above Self” has been proven over and over during national emergencies. Our Rotary club is no different.
See how we are helping: VIEW PHOTOS
Happy Easter 2020-04-12 07:00:00Z 0

Zoom Meeting Notes from April 6, 2020

President Marty Fishman led us in the pledge.
Lydia Norcia was a guest again at today's meeting. She is currently in the process of applying for a club family membership.
Various members showed us their pets through the Zoom system. Very cute, everyone!
Doug Brent shared inspiration - a story about Genie Chance's coverage of the 1964 Alaska earthquake. Genie was a radio broadcaster, journalist, and congressperson. 
April birthdays and anniversaries were announced.
Barry Cheskin virtually received his blue badge today. Congratulations, Barry!
A Covid-19 update for Santa Clara County was given. We were also reminded that Verily is doing Covid-19 testing. Contact Greg Gomon for details.
Zoom Meeting Notes from April 6, 2020 2020-04-08 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes
April 2020 Los Gatos & Saratoga Living Magazine 2020-04-07 07:00:00Z 0
register for NEW "social distancing' Rotary Great Race - see video 2020-04-07 07:00:00Z 0

Zoom Meeting Notes from March 31 2020

After a virtual “walk about” with lots of smiles and waving, and a brief Zoom technical issue, the meeting was called to order. Approximately 54 Rotarians attended. Guests included Lydia Norcia, and Katie Anderson visiting from Napa Sunshine Rotary.
President Marty gave a big thanks to Doug Brent for helping members navigate the new format Zoom meetings. He continues to help those that have questions and want to get setup to join. We were also asked to mute ourselves within the Zoom screen, unless we are trying to contribute something verbally, because otherwise random background noises make it hard to hear the presenter.
The pledge of allegiance was led by President Marty. Suzanne read an inspiration that thanked healthcare workers, journalists, grocery store workers, and all those staying at home so we can all do our part. She also showed a humorous video of how to entertain yourself with a  golf ball obstacle course in the house. Marty shared some online funnies regarding the shelter in place and toilet paper hoarding, and even suggested a club quarantine beard contest. He also shared a slide for suggested activities…great ideas!
Zoom Meeting Notes from March 31 2020 2020-04-02 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

Zoom Meeting Notes from March 24, 2020 

Pledge: Marty Fishman
Marty led the pledge.
Inspiration: Suzanne Boxer-Gassman
Suzanne read an inspirational poem related to the coronavirus.
Great Social Distancing Race: Mike Norcia
Mike announced that given that the Great Race is cancelled, it will now be virtual. Just do a 4 mile run/walk before May 1st and register it on the Great Race website! There is even a dog division and stroller division. Also, Suzanne pointed out that we can even invite friends and family who don't live locally to join in this year's virtual race.

Zoom Meeting Notes from March 24, 2020 2020-03-25 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes
12:30pm Zoom Club wide meeting today (Tue. March 24) 2020-03-24 07:00:00Z 0
zoom call tonight 3/17 @7pm 2020-03-17 07:00:00Z 0

NEW social distancing race 

Out of concern for public safety and the recommendations of health officials, we have cancelled the 2020 Rotary Club of Los Gatos Great Race on April 19.

However, we are excited to offer an alternative safe event during the absence of any group activities in the next 3-4 weeks:
The Great Social Distancing Race. Details can be found at www.lggreatrace.com.

NEW social distancing race 2020-03-17 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting cancelled today! 

NO Rotary club meeting March 10th. In light of significantly increasing rates of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County, the County’s Public Health Department is requesting we take further steps to protect the health of our community.
Meeting cancelled today! 2020-03-10 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes from March 3, 2020

Meeting was called to order at 12:30pm by Marty Fishman
Pledge of Allegiance
Suzanne Boxer-Gassman
Visiting Rotarians
Other Visitors
- Matt Baldwin, Principal of Fisher Middle School plus 2 other school officials
- Don McCleve introduced his daughter Caroline and his wife Beverly
- Hal Rosen introduced his wife Lydia
Inspiration was provided by Suzanne Boxer-Gassman
March birthdays were celebrated and Don McCleve played the piano for us.
Nancy Jane Roberts Bowen, wife of Ed Bowen, sadly passed away on 2/26/20. Nancy and Ed were married for 54 years. A Celebration will be held at the San Jose Country Club Thursday, March 19, 11:00 AM. Donations in her honor may be made to Lucille Packard Childrens’ Hospital.
Marty updated the Club regarding the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak including reminders for preventative measures.
The Area 8 Rise Against Hunger service project was held last Saturday.  David Karwowski shared that it was a great experience and a huge success. There were over 100 volunteers and they packaged 10,000 meals in 45 minutes. Our Club’s Rise Against Hunger service project will take place on June 20, 2020 at the Methodist Church in Los Gatos.
Meeting Notes from March 3, 2020 2020-03-04 08:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

Meeting Notes from February 25, 2020

David Wells led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance and called for the introduction of guests, who included:
  • Brenda Davis a San Jose Rotarian
  • Helene Davis, a Cupertino Rotarian and the leader of Rise Against Hunger for District 5170
  • Greg Smith introduced Neil Kirkland from Saratoga
  • Hal Rosen introduced his wife Lydia
Remembering Dom Norcia
In lieu of a standard inspiration, John Pencer took a few moments to recognize the passing of Dom Norcia. Dom joined Rotary in 2001, and was president of our club from 2007-2008. In Dom’s own life, he heavily emphasized family, faith and friendships, and he loved Rotary. John encouraged us to, of course, remember the loss of Dom, but also reflect on the opportunity Rotary gives us to meet and become close friends with people we wouldn’t have otherwise known. 
Gae also noted that part of Dom’s legacy has been strengthening our club through the family tradition of Rotary, with Lisa and Mike being leading members of our club.
There will be a Mass on February 27 at 10AM at Immaculate Conception Church. Additionally, there will be a celebration of Dom’s life from 5-8PM at La Rinconada Country Club. Check Marty’s weekly letter for additional details.
Meeting Notes from February 25, 2020 2020-02-27 08:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

Our own Dom Norcia

It is with great sadness that the Norcia Family has announced the passing of Dominic Norcia, after a prolonged illness.
There will be a Funeral Mass this coming Thursday, February 27, at 10:00 AM at Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church  at 219 Bean Avenue, Los Gatos, followed by Burial at Madrone Cemetery, 14755 Oak Street, Saratoga.
A Celebration of Life will be held the same day at La Rinconada Country Club in Los Gatos from 5-8 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations in Domenic’s memory to The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health or The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Silicon Valley & Monterey Bay Area Chapter.
We will be cancelling the Los Gatos Rotary Board of Directors Meeting previously rescheduled for this coming Thursday.  Our thoughts are with Lydia, Mike, Lisa, and the entire family.
Our own Dom Norcia 2020-02-23 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes from February 18, 2020

The meeting was called to order by President Marty Fishman.
Mike Frangadakis led us in the flag salute and introduction of guests.
Rob Rennie was visiting from the LG Morning Rotary. Art Rabitz introduced Ray Azzi.
Gae La Torre introduced her friend Paula. Hal Rosen introduced his wife Lydia and Shanti Gopisetty.
  • Mike Frangadakis is being honored as Veteran of the Year for Santa Clara County by the Veteran’s Commission of Santa Clara County. Presentation of the award is Wednesday, February 19 at 3:00 70 W. Hedding St.
  • Dave Karwowski said the tour of Carbon, Inc was a success. Marty suggested we may want to do more things like this in the future. Let him know if you think you’d be interested.
  • We saw an inspiring video about Great Race 2020. Link here if you missed it. Thank you Michelle Nelson (and Steve) for your work on this.
  • Rotary speech contest continues February 26 at the Morning Rotary meeting 7:15. One of these four students will be representing Area 8, come show your support.
  • LG Rotary Charities Foundation applications are due February 28. Forms are available on the website.
Meeting Notes from February 18, 2020 2020-02-22 08:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

Meeting Notes from February 11, 2020

President Marty Fishman called the meeting to order. Tom Dodge led us in the pledge. Visitors included Brenda Davis from Downtown San Jose Rotary, Avis’s granddaughter Jamie (new member candidate) and daughter, Ron Cassel’s wife Karen, and Hal Rosen’s wife Lydia.
Mike Norcia shared a slide of his big check presentation to Lucille Packard from the move night fundraiser.
3 handsome skiers on an Aspen slope last week were pictured: John Colwell, Gary Allison, and Greg Butterfield, who mentioned it was hard to keep up with the other two.
Suzanne Boxer-Gassman aired a CrabFest thank you video tribute she created, including captions explaining the efforts to pull it all together, all the fun that was had, and finally the cleanup. A real group effort and a fun club tradition.
There is a Live Oak senior day care open house coming up in LG 2/13 4:30-6:30.
There is a  Community Service Project Fair for Saturday Morning, March 14 for clubs that want to display or view projects.
There is a Cupertino Rise Against Hunger Food Packaging event for our Area 8 clubs on 2/29, 10-noon. See Dick Konrad to join in. No fee. Bring friends and family.
Sylvia Whitlock is the upcoming speaker at Cupertino Rotary 3/11. She is an inspirational woman who was Rotary International’s first woman club president.
The Santa Cruz Homeless Garden project has  a volunteer date March 21. Chris Potter and Heidi Owens are participating and looking for others to join.
Nicholas Welzenbach described the rewarding Night to Shine event in Campbell last weekend: a prom night for special needs people. It is held in many cities annually. A tear-inducing video was shown.
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Meeting Notes from February 4, 2020

The meeting was called to order by President Marty Fishman.
Wes Sadumiano led us in the flag salute and introduction of guests.
Larry Reynolds visited us from the Vancouver, BC Rotary Club.
Hal Rosen introduced his wife Lydia. Avis La Grone introduced her daughter Jamie.
February birthdays were celebrated with Dave Downing playing When Irish Eyes are Smiling as well as the traditional Happy Birthday.
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Meeting Notes from January 28, 2020

Jane Marashian led the pledge and announced visitors and guests
Guests included:
  • Audrey Fox from San Jose Rotary 
  • “Charles” from an Oregon Rotary Club
  • “Patty” - a red badger from Los Gatos Morning Rotary
  • Gordon Levin’s wife, Judy
  • Avis La Grone’s granddaughter, Jamie, who will be joining our club as a family member and who is also a Paul Harris Fellow.
Suzanne Boxer-Gassman inspired us by showing the Crab Fest Raise the Paddle video on Youth Services.
If you were not present for the “Raise your Paddle for Local Youth” at the CrabFest, but would like to donate $100 to our Local Youth Charities, contact Patti van der Burg
  • Suzanne Boxer-Gassman also recognized and thanked the Crabfest steering committee.
  • John Pencer sold steaks (donated by the event’s crab vendor) / crab cakes (made by Eric Eberle). Proceeds from these sales are being donated to the LG Rotary Foundation.
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Meeting Notes from January 21, 2020

Greg Butterfield led us in the flag salute and introduced guests.
Brenda Davis visited us from San Jose Rotary.
Sarita Johnson introduced her guest Dr. Matthew Spangler and his son Elliot.
Heidi Owens introduced Kristine.
Hal Rosen introduced his wife Lydia and gave a shout out to the 49ers.
Marty Fishman introduced his wife Barbara.
It was announced that John Foley had passed away. Marlon Smith and Don McCleve spoke about John. Services will not be held. Andrea Lee passed a card for us to sign.
Chris Potter and Heidi Owen spoke about the Homeless Garden Project in Santa Cruz. Both volunteered on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. They both enjoyed the experience. Heidi brought her children who also enjoyed the day. The Homeless Garden Project hires homeless residents to train as farmers. The produce is sold in Santa Cruz to fund the project. Volunteers are needed year round, we could consider as a volunteer project.
Suzanne Boxer-Gassman shared a Shel Silverstein the poem Somebody Has To. She also quoted Oliver Wendell Holmes to remind us we grow old because we stop playing.
Eric Eberle announced the Rotary Ski Challenge. So far only two people have responded. He needs more people if we are going to have a team to compete. Contact Eric if you’re interested. The event is held February 28.
Meeting Notes from January 21, 2020 2020-01-24 08:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

NEW electronic pre-bidding CrabFest Auction


Exciting New Feature: Electronic Pre-bidding. You can enter bids on silent auction items! Whatever the bid is at noon on event day will became the opening bid on the paper silent auction sheet. Here is how you can pre-bid:

Open an internet browser and go to the Auction WebSite

If you have already set up an account when you bought tickets, SIGN IN (at

top left of page … see below) using your login id (often your email) and

your password. If you haven’t yet set up an account, you can use the

same link to set up an account. Use the same email you used to buy

tickets (if you did so) to set up your account. YOU NEED TO HAVE A


PRE-BID . You can preview the catalog without an account but not make a


Only Silent Auction Items are available for pre-bidding prior to the event

auction. These items will not close out but the current high bid will be the

starting bid for the silent auction. Happy Bidding.

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Raise the paddle at our Jan 25 CrabFest

At the Jan 25th Rotary CrabFest & Auction we will be raising the paddle for local youth: ONLY 100 seats left. Get your tickets now & save. 

At Rotary we invest in the future leaders of America. By developing leadership, fostering compassion and service to others, we open doors for this next generation. Your donation will help sponsor a child at one of our Rotary leadership conferences, and help fund other youth-centered and local community service projects. We do a lot, we could do more - help us reach more students.
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Meeting Notes from January 14, 2020

Meeting was called to order at 12:30pm by Marty Fishman
Pledge of Allegiance
Richard Bobis
Visiting Rotarians
- Les and Jo Toy from Saratoga Rotary
- Brenda Davis from San Jose Downtown Rotary
- Allen from San Jose Rotary
Other Visitors
- John Colwell introduced his friend Ron Gruman
- Doug Brent introduced his friend Mohamed
- Hal Rosen introduced his wife Lydia
Inspiration was provided by Suzanne Boxer-Gassman
Bert Millen: Mark Millen, youngest son of Bert Millen spoke about Bert upon his passing. Mark shared with the group about his Dad’s life and his love of Rotary. Leroy Neider shared his thoughts of Bert and a story about him. John Pencer shared his thoughts on how Bert mentored him on auctioneering and donated $100 to the Club in Bert’s name. Sarita Johnson shared her thoughts on Bert too.
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Meeting Notes from January 7, 2020

Regular Business
The meeting was called to order by president Marty Fishman, and Riley Barr led the pledge of allegiance and called for Rotarian and visitor introductions.
  • Don McCleve introduced his wife as a guest, noting that they had been married now for 62 years!!
  • Mike, a colleague of Riley’s from Santa Cruz, joined us as a visiting Rotarian.
Suzanne Boxer-Gassman provided the inspiration with a great theme to start off this new year: Why Rotary? Why do I stay? Suzanne noted the pride in the things we do as a team. Also, that we give and raise money, and that we use that money to improve the world. A unique aspect of Rotary is the simultaneous focus on hands-on work on local issues, while still giving towards global needs. And, she expressed pride in our various missions to support youth, including things like ELC, RILA, school clothes programs and Rotary scholarships. And, our Los Gatos club is a good, generous crew to work with!
Dave Downing was at the piano as we celebrated Rotary Birthdays, including that of just-past president, Andrew Howard, whose actual birthday was on the meeting day! Other January birthday celebrants were Dan Snyder, Jeff Barnett, Andrea Lee, Neal Mudgett, Rodg Griffin, Larry Jinks and Paul Johnson.
Ron Cassel informed the club that Rosemary Philips Pierce passed on December 29th. She was the first woman president of Los Gatos Rotary from 2000-2001 - and a great one. For many years, she was city manager of Monte Sereno. Ron noted that Rosemary had a great deal of pride in Rotary, and that a Rotary emblem was displayed at her service.
Red->Blue Badge
Paul Johnson. Has enjoyed going through the steps towards Blue Badge, and Marty noted how well Paul has done connecting the community with Rotary. Paul noted that Rotary’s “Service above Self” philosophy and language made it directly into the district’s strategic plan.
Meeting Notes from January 7, 2020 2020-01-09 08:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes
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Happy New Year! 

What are your goals this year? As we say good-bye to 2019 and hello to 2020 we want to wish everyone good heath and happiness.  I often think about what Brooker T. Washington said "If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else." That is so true and no one knows it better than each of you Rotarians.  We have lifted up the spirts of many in 2019 including our own by serving others.  Here are some additional goals and resolutions each of you can adopt:
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Meeting Notes from December 17, 2019

Visiting Rotarians:
Chris Miller from Los Gatos Morning Rotary
Guests of Rotarians:
  • Hal Rosen was here with his wife Lydia Rosen.
  • Paul Johnson – Superintendent of lgusd introduced Matt Baldwin principal of Fisher Middle and Arcia Dorosti curriculum director for  LGUSD .
  • Henry Vitkovich was here with his wife Mary Jane.
Inspiration from Doug Brent:
Last week Doug talked about gratitude from an emotional perspective, and this week he inspired us about gratitude from the scientific perspective with an article by Dr. David Sack.  The full article talks about the different ways in which gratitude can positively effect your life, and adds scientific studies to back that up. 
Nominating committee vote was held by  Patti Vandenberg. Motion was made and approved to close nominations, and the motion to approve the selections was made and approved.  
  • Investments Committee (3 year term)  Riley Barr
  • Scholarship Committee (3 year term)  Amy Potts
  • Board of Directors (2 year term)  Rachelle Lopp, Chris Potter
  • Sergeant at Arms  Greg Butterfield
  • Assistant Secretary  Rami Wazni
  • Secretary  Doug Brent
  • Assistant Treasurer  Dan Snyder
  • Treasurer  Ed Bowen
  • Vice President  Gae la Torre
  • President Elect  Nicholas Welzenbach
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Crabfest and Auction

All-You-Can-Eat CrabFest Fundraiser
Click Here to Buy Tickets
Date:            Saturday, January 25th, 2020
Time:           5:00pm (Dinner served at 5:45pm)
Location:   13601 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070
Price:           $70 before Jan 10
                              $80 after Jan 10
                        $30 Children 6-12
                        FREE Children 5 and under
* Seats can be reserved if you have a group of 8 or more. Email Suzanne and let her know the name to put it under. 
* Plan your bidding! To view our Auction catalog for live & silent auctions items here: (click here)
  • Rotary charities & scholarship foundation 
  • Provides grants for local and international world service non-profits
  • Raise the Paddle for our next generation (youth programs)
Food Served:
  • Crab, Crab, Crab, Crab
  • Soup, Salad, Bread
  • Pasta (vegetarian)
  • Dessert
Live and silent auctions are a big hit with prizes ranging from winter vacations in Tahoe to sunny Mexican cruises,  and many other vacation homes in SF, Hawaii, and Switzerland, custom art, fine dinning in local restaurants, and private hosted dinners. 

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Meeting Notes from December 10, 2019

Guests of Rotarians:
  • Suzanne Boxer-Gassman introduced Elena Purcell with Rebuilding Together
  • Dan Snyder introduced Heidi Owens who is becoming a member of our club.
  • Hal Rosen also brought his wife Lydia Rosen today.
Doug Brent provided our inspiration with a  short story from Amanda Yancey about cultivating gratitude between your friends.  The story was about a woman who had hand written a letter of thanks to an old friend who had inspired her to be a better person, but she hesitated to send it because it felt too personal in our electronic world.  But she decided to send it anyway and in so doing increased the happiness for both her friend, and herself. The story concluded with, “Cultivating gratitude is a great skill to practice, and life is too short not to do it.”
Tickets to the Crabfest (Jan 25th) were being sold prior to the meeting, and if you buy your tickets early then you get a discount, and a shorter check in time at the actual event since your CC will be in the system.  Rotarians will be available at the next meeting December 17th to assist you with buying tickets so please take advantage of this!
Our Christmas tree giving program was quite successful!  We had a goal of 100 gifts and we are at 120!
The Presidents brunch went very well, and great thanks to Tom Boyce who organized, and all the committee members who helped out.
Amy Potts announced she is organizing a holiday party for disadvantaged seniors next week and a sign-up sheet was passed to bring food. More details to come
Congratulations to the new Leadership group selected by the Nominating Committee (Amy Potts and Patti van der Burg Co-Chairs; Andrew Howard, Tina Orsi-Hartigan, Art Rabitz) and presented at our meeting today. They will be voted upon next week.
  • Investments Committee (3 year term)  Riley Barr
  • Scholarship Committee (3 year term)  Amy Potts
  • Board of Directors (2 year term)  Rachelle Lopp, Chris Potter
  • Sergeant at Arms  Greg Butterfield
  • Assistant Secretary  Rami Wazni
  • Secretary  Doug Brent
  • Assistant Treasurer  Dan Snyder
  • Treasurer  Ed Bowen
  • Vice President  Gae la Torre
  • President Elect  Nicholas Welzenbach
Meeting Notes from December 10, 2019 2019-12-12 08:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

Meeting Notes from November 26, 2019

President Marty called the meeting to order. The pledge and introductions were done by Riley Barr.
                -Tom Boyce introduced is daughter and 2 granddaughters.
                -John Colwell introduced his friend and broker Mike Craig.
                -Kirsten introduced her husband Ivor Barber
Marty brought back the old tradition of a walk about, where we greeted fellow Rotarians. He also showed a comedic take on a Friends Thanksgiving episode, involving a turkey on a guy’s head.
The club’s Rotary Foundation goals are getting closer. We have met the financial goal and are close to getting 100% of Rotarians to give something. An inspiring video highlighting The Foundation’s humanitarian aid globally was shown.
Meghan Burton, who is helping Lisa Norcia-Cheskin with the giving tree project, announced we have roughly 50 gifts given and 50 to go. The remaining tags were handed and many were taken by our generous members, which will make the season bright for those in need locally. You can also support the holiday drive by using our online Giving Tree page. Click here to help us spread kindness and send the message “I care” to a child, senior or homeless adult who may otherwise go without this holiday season.
Meeting Notes from November 26, 2019 2019-12-02 08:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

Star Wars Movie Night - Fundraiser


We all know how important family is. Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) and Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health (LPFCH) provide families an affordable place to stay, meals, schooling and camps for siblings, counseling, and much more - allowing them to stay together at a difficult time.

This holiday season let us help these families with critically ill children by purchasing tickets to the Rotary Club of Los Gatos opening night fundraiser of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. All proceeds go to Ronald McDonald House Charities Bay Area and Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health. Bring your whole family!

$100 prize for the best Star Wars themed costume!

You may have met these families at previous years' fundraisers. Curious how they are doing?

At our 2017 Movie Night Fundraiser we met the family of Jacquelyn. She was in the NICU for 3 months at Lucile Packard Childrens Hospital, but we are pleased to report she is now thriving.

At the Rotary Club of Los Gatos 2018 Movie Night Fundraiser we met the family of Aria. Aria made it! A true miracle. She still has a long road ahead of her, but she is home after spending a year at the hospital.

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Meeting Notes from November 19, 2019

Meeting was called to order at 12:30pm by Marty Fishman
Pledge of Allegiance
Clayton Bruntz
Visiting Rotarians
Other Visitors
Norm Snyder introduced his wife Laurel.  Hal Rosen introduced his wife Lydia and Jeffery Barnett introduced a visiting friend.
Henry Vitkovich shared some thoughts regarding the value of new Rotarians.
Marty Fishman shared the sad news of the passing of Don d’Arms. Don was an active and valued member of Los Gatos Rotary for many years, had kept in touch with the club after recently moving away, and will be missed. He was also the skilled editor of the club’s Cat Tale (this publication) for many years.
A Celebration of the Life of Don d'Arms will be as follows:
Friday, November  22nd, 2019
6430 Bose Lane
San Jose CA
Saturday, November 23rd, 2019
6439 Bose Lane
San Jose CA
Saturday, November 23rd, 2019
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Saturday, November 23rd, 2019
1:00PM Burial 

Marty Fishman also announced that The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund Drive continues.  We would like to reach $35,000 and 100% Club Member participation.

Tina Orsi-Hartigan announced that the Blankets for Kittens project with Los Gatos High School Interact Club went well. The blankets will be donated to the Nike Animal Rescue Foundation.

Lisa Norcia-Cheskin announced that the Christmas Giving Tree project is continuing and our goal is to donate 100 gifts, so far we have 18. You can shop yourself and bring the gifts to meetings or the Presidents’ Brunch or you can shop online using the link on our Club website.
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Meeting Notes from November 12, 2019

President Marty Fishman is in Guatemala so today’s meeting was led by Amy Potts. 
We had two visiting Rotarians: Greg from Saratoga and Brenda Davis from San Jose Downtown.
Visitors:  Dan Snyder’s guest, Heidi Owens, of Los Gatos Town Council, was introduced by Carol Abela. John Cowell introduced his guest, friend and former doctor, Richard Bulvis. 
Inspiration: Henry Vitkovich asked everyone who had served in a branch of the military to stand so we could recognize and thank them. He reminded us to thank all vets and read a poem about veterans. 
Amy gave us an update on the Rotary Foundation Annual Drive. We are at 80% participation and $31,000 total donations. We’re on our way to making our goal of 100% participation and $35,000. Remember any donation, no matter the amount is appreciated. Amy showed us a short video about the clean water projects. This is one of the six areas of the foundation’s focus. 
Club Runner - Amy gave us a brief overview of Club Runner. The app can be downloaded from the Apple App store or Google play. Your login is firstname.lastname  password is lgrotary it is not case sensitive. We are no longer printing a paper directory so be sure to download the app. If you need help ask a Rotary IT expert such as Amy, Andrew or anyone under 50, they’ll set you up.
Nominating Committee ballots were handed out. Results were announced at the end of the meeting. Andrew Howard, Tina Orsi-Hartigan, Amy Potts, Art Rabitz, and Patti van der Burg will be serving on the committee. Amy and Patti will be co-chairs.
Thanks to everyone who helped out at St. Luke’s this morning. Tina Orsi-Hartigan said the quality of food is so appreciated by everyone. There was so much food today they are freezing it for next week. Sarita Johnson added that this is a special event and you should come by if you haven’t been there. 
Meeting Notes from November 12, 2019 2019-11-13 08:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

Meeting Notes from November 5, 2019

The pledge and guest introductions was led by Kirsten Bridges. Guests included:
  • Marc Allard, Santa Cruz Rotary and Riley Barr’s guest
  • Helene Davis, Cupertino Rotary and Tina Orsi-Hartigan’s guest
  • Gladdy Rabitz, Art’s wife
  • Gary Collins and Frank Lawarence, Jeff Barnett’s neighbor
  • Jay Quincy, David Karwowski’s friend
  • Richard Bobus, John Colwell’s friend and ex-doctor
  • Joe, Maddie Smith’s friend and potential new member
  • Lydia Rosen, Hal’s wife
  • Colin Hartigan, Tina Orsi-Hartigan’s son
Inspiration was led by Henry Vitkovich. He encouraged all to be a kid again and have some fun.
There was  a large birthday group celebrating November birthdays.
Andrew Stearns led the nominating committee selection process. After votes were tallied, 10 Rotarians were chosen, which will be whittled down to the final committee of 5 during next week’s voting.
  • Tina Orsi-Hartigan
  • Haryl PAscal
  • Marlon Smith
  • John Colwell
  • Doug Brent
  • Andrew Howard
  • Nicholas Welzenbach
  • Patti van der Burg
  • Art Rabitz
  • Amy Potts
President Marty Fishman updated all on the Rotary Foundation giving goals, and showed an inspiring video on how funds are used on global projects.
CrabFest is looking for sponsors and donations. See Patti van der Burg if you can help.
Suzanne Boxer-Gassman showed a video of the club’s Rebuild Together Day, highlighting the hard work, fun and camaraderie that was had in fixing up a home for a senior last  month.
Tina Orsi-Hartigan announced the blanket making event coming up next week Nov 14 2:00 with the Interactors.
Meeting Notes from November 5, 2019 2019-11-08 08:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

Get Club Runner on your cell phone! 

Stay connected with your club and district on the go! Search and view your member and executive directory, access contact information, call or text members, and add them to you contact list with one click. View the latest home page stories from both your club and district websites, read about upcoming events and speakers and even keep track of your attendance. 
-If on an iPhone - Download the APP via Apple APP 
-If on any other phone - Download the APP via Google Play 
Not sure of your Login? Reach out to Andrew, Amy, Rami and they can help you. 
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Meeting Notes from October 22, 2019

Tom O’Donnell received a warm welcome back to the club, and led the pledge as well as introducing guests. No visiting Rotarians, but we welcomed:
  • Scotty Civy, guest of Andrew Howard
  • Joe Bodecker guest of Maddie Smith
  • Bob Zine and Julie Bradford, guests of Gae La Torre, 
Ericka Buck provided the inspiration, and the poem she picked might well be in the next president’s letter. It asked us to consider the power of performing a single act, and the impact that can make.
Our club has made the decision not to have printed directories, so it is imperative that everyone get their data up to date on ClubRunner, and encouraged that everyone have the ClubRunner app on their smartphone. Need help? See Amy, Andrew Stearns, or Marty.
We’re making good progress towards The Rotary Foundation donations, but still have a way to go. We are now at 75% of club members contributing, but are aiming at 100%. And, while we are ahead of our donations last year, we are still $5K+ short of our $35K goal.
Andrew Howard went to a district event in Santa Cruz that considered how best to donate to Rotary. He suggested that people who are in the required minimum distribution phase of IRA distributions consider making a direct IRA distribution to a Donor Advised Fund or direct to Rotary. Clearly, this will depend on your financial and tax situation, but may make sense given the higher tax deduction threshold for ordinary charitable contributions. Andrew also encouraged all to consider making Rotary a beneficiary of your will, and if $10,000 or more you will be specially recognized for that as a Bequest Society member.
October 24 is World Polio Day. This has been a feature of Los Gatos Rotary social media presence for many days. Stay tuned for a possible live stream event on the 24th.
Upcoming Events:
  • Ongoing: Please bring in your donations for Uplift Family Services. Bring gently used clothes, household items, etc. 
  • On November 2nd, there will be a benefit dinner for the Rotary Vietnam Project. Contact Avis LaGrone for tickets for this important cause.
  • On 12 November there will be the quarterly breakfast at St. Lukes. Tina will send out an email with more info.
  • Next week our speaker will be Ann Northrop, plant pathologist.
Meeting Notes from October 22, 2019 2019-10-24 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes
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Thank you to everyone who helped organize and work at Rebuilding Together site 

For the 3rd year in a row we sponsored a Rebuilding Together project this fall. We had over 27 volunteers including our own Rotarians, their friends and 4 student from Leigh high school Interact Club. We were assigned 2 volunteers from rebuilding together to tackle the screened in porch. We sanded, primed, painted, rebuilt, replanted, and cleared out clutter. The homeowner Julia was so grateful. She received a new American flag, rug runner, welcome mat, house number, and lots of sustainable new plants in addition to her freshly painted house, stairs, and replaced screened in porch which her kitty loves. View all the photos HERE 
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Meeting Notes from October 15, 2019

Meeting was called to order at 12:30pm by Marty Fishman
Pledge of Allegiance
Rachelle Lopp
Visiting Rotarians
Stuart Rosenberg, President-Elect from the Cupertino club
Other Visitors
Maddie Smith introduced her friend Joe. Tom Boyce introduced his wife Carol, Hal Rosen introduced his wife Lydia and Rachelle Lopp introduced her husband Michael.
Erika Buck shared a lighthearted poem about aging called “I am not Old.”
Marty Fishman announced:
  • First Thursday hours will be changed to 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Children will not be included due to the presence of alcohol.
  • The next Board Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at the Los Gatos Lodge.
  • The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund Drive has reached $30,000 from 67% of Club Membership.  We would like to reach $35,000 and 100% Club Member participation.
  • The Great Race is scheduled for April 19, 2020.
  • World Polio Day is October 24, 2019.  Marty shared a “Brief but Spectacular” video about a woman sharing her experience with contracting Polio in India, being raised by an adoptive family in the US and excelling both academically and as a challenged athlete.
  • “Rotarian at Work” t-shirts are for sale at $15 each.
Meeting Notes from October 15, 2019 2019-10-16 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

Meeting Notes from October 8, 2019

Marty brought the meeting to order
Visiting Rotarians:
  • Paul Yeadon - Silicon Valley Passport Club
Guests of Rotarians:
  • Lydia Rosen
  • Cristall Hernandez 
  • Russel Couch - future member
Erika Buck provided a poem for inspiration:
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow-
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out-
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit-
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit
Meeting Notes from October 8, 2019 2019-10-10 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

Meeting Notes from October 1, 2019

Amy Potts, pinch-hitting for Marty Fishman today, called the meeting to order.
Introductions and inspiration
Hal Rosen, back from the mountains, led the pledge and welcomed guests:
  • Brian Allen - retired from the Rotary Club of San Jose.
  • Russell Couch - guest of Jack Chevlen; but while still a guest, already donated to The Rotary Foundation!
Erika Buck provided the inspiration. A sweet poem/prayer for a fulfilling October for all.
Lots of club business and announcements:
Andrea Lee announced the Rotarians with October Birthdays: Steve Rice, Mike Norcia, Doug Brent, Dick Konrad, Myron Smith, Gregg Butterfield, Tina Orsi-Hartigan, Jack Chevlen, Julian Rodriguez and Charles Goss.  Happy Birthday Rotarians! And happy wedding anniversaries to Edward and Margaret Graziani (25), Tom and Shelly Dodge (43), Art and Gladie Rabitz (53) and Suzanne Boxer-Gassman and Gerry Gassman (17).
The nominating committee formally brought the candidacy of Andrew Stearns as president for the July 2020/June 2021 Rotary year forward to the club. After motions and seconds, there was unanimous approval and approbation of Andrew as the new president elect. (There was one voice in the back of the room that sounded like Andrew who may have expressed some doubt ;-)
We still have two weeks to donate towels or cash to Uplift Family Services. Please contact Patti van der Burg for a cash donation, or bring your new or very lightly used towels to the meeting next week.
Put Crabfest 2020 on your calendar for January 25! The current focus is to meet and beat our sponsorship donation from last year. The entire event brought in $63,000 for out philanthropic grants. This might be appropriate for some of our Rotarian’s businesses to jump on. The deadline for sponsorship is December 15. Also, collection of auction items will begin soon.
The District is sponsoring the Rotary Business Expo this Saturday at the Ohlone College of Newark, from noon to 5. In addition to the networking opportunities, there are two interesting sessions: at 1PM, Social Media 101. And, at 3PM William Santana Li will talk about how he started his company, Knightscope, and how robotics are securing America. Tina would love to see some turnout from our club, and it looks like an interesting day.
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Meeting Notes from September 24, 2019

Meeting was called to order at 12:30pm by Marty Fishman
Visiting Rotarians
Pledge of Allegiance
Riley Barr
Other Visitors
Jack introduced his friend, Russel
Dan Snyder shared some humorous jokes
Marty Fishman announced:
The Club has raised $25,000 so far for our Rotary Foundation Annual Fund Drive. The donation sign-up sheet was passed around during the meeting for one final time.
Two new polio cases have just been diagnosed in Manila.
Rotary t-shirts are still on sale in the lobby before and after the meetings.
We are still accepting sign-ups for our Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley project scheduled for Saturday, October 19, 2019. It was emphasized that the owner we will be helping this time, is very interested in keeping up the work after the project is complete.
Patti van der Burg announced that we will be supporting Uplift Family Services with a towel drive. All new and gently used towels for the home will be accepted in addition to cash and checks.
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Meeting Notes from September 17, 2019

Flag salute and introduction of guests was led by David Wells.
Guests: Russell was introduced by Jack Chevlen. Russell is interested in joining our club.
Tom Boyce introduced his wife Carol. As a former teacher Carol is very interested in today’s program.
Our speaker, Superintendent of the LGUSD Paul Johnson introduced the people he brought with him:
  • Michelle Strachan (Administrative Assistant)
  • Marla Rodriguez (Assistant Superintendent)
  • Ryan Rosenberg (2018 District Volunteer of the Year)
  • Debbie Johnson (wife)
  • Karen Briones (Communication Specialist)
Dan Snyder inspired us by asking why are these three numbers make for a great Saturday. The numbers are: 80, 90, and 10,000. The answer, last Saturday we had 80 volunteers who took 90 minutes to pack 10,000 meals for Rise Against Hunger. Dan said it was so inspiring to see everyone working together to make the world a better place. He especially enjoyed seeing all the students, high school and younger. He thanked Tina Orsi-Hartigan for organizing the event. 
Dan also reminded us about the annual Rotary Foundation campaign. Marty said we are at about $21,000 in pledges for the year. Our goal is every Rotarian donate, total contributions $25,000. Do you think we could reach $35,000?
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10,000 meals were packaged to help end world hunger!

Rotarians, their children, partners, and friends joined us. Along with students from Los Gatos High and Leigh school Interact Clubs to package 10,000 meals that will be shipped to Asia and help feed people with compromised immune systems.  Over 80 of us made quick work of this fun morning.  Thank you to Rise Against Hunger for your effort in ending world hunger by 2030! 
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Volunteering tomorrow

We have Rotarians volunteering Tomorrow at TWO different locations - WOW, what good hearted people you are.  
Starting at 9:30am if your volunteering to package food with Rise Against Hunger - meet at United Methodist church:111 Church Street, LG. (next to Los Gatos High) 

Car show -  Peninsula Covenant Church sponsors a car show in the Palo Alto VA Hospital parking lot for hospitalized veterans
WHERE: Palo Alto VA, 3801 Miranda Avenue, Palo Alto CA
TIME: 10am to 2pm

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Meeting Notes from September 10, 2019

New member Rachelle Lopp led the pledge and introduced guests. Gordon Levin introduced Teresa and Victor, potential new members that attended 1st Thursday at his house. Nicholas Welzenbach introduced Dell Gilliam, who is checking out our club.
Dan Snyder led inspiration by noting the timing is good to help our Rise Against Hunger project this Saturday, given all the need in the world this week caused by Hurricane Dorian. He read some funny and thoughtful quotes by Presidents, including from Regan as he was wheeled into surgery “I hope you’re all Republicans”.
President Marty had several announcements:
  • A big thanks to Gordon and Judy Levin for hosting 1st Thursday at their hillside home. A good time was had by all.
  • Uplift Family Services is in need of furniture for a foster home. See Gae La Torre if you can donate any.
  • Palo Alto Vets car show is this Saturday. See Mike Frangadakis if you can help this worthy cause.
  • Rise Against Hunger food-packing project is this Saturday. See Tina Orsi-Hartigan if you can help.
  • Rotary Working Together T shirts are available for $15. Please buy one at the next meeting and wear to events where our club is volunteering.
  • Rebuild Together signup is done online at this link on our club website. Info flyer for the event is attached. Doug Brent and Suzanne Boxer-Grassman have net the recipient in her Los Gatos mobile home, and she is very excited to receive some help. Click here to see flyer.
  • Castle Rock State Park could use volunteers for their grand re-opening 9/27 and 9/28. See their website for info.
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CrabFest & Auction 2019-09-11 07:00:00Z 0

Happy Hour at Gordon and Judy's

The first Thursday of every month is Los Gatos Rotary Happy Hour.  This month Gordon and Judy Levin hosted us at their beautiful home in Los Gatos.
Art was there---no clown nose, though.  Don't miss the full album, click here 
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Meeting Notes from September 3, 2019

President, Marty Fishman, called the meeting to order at 12:30pm.
Kirsten Bridges led us in the pledge and announced guests.

Guests included:
  • Katherine Greene - a guest of Haryl Pascal's from his real estate office. 
  • Sanjay Khandelwal - a guest of Marlon Smith's who works for Spring Education Group and who is interested in learning more about our club. 
  • "Cathy" - a guest of Randy Cobb's.
Andrea Lee announced September birthdays and anniversaries. Rotarians celebrating September birthdays include Meghan Burton, Gae La Torre, Len Smith, Gary Allison, Paul Christensen, Nicholas Welzenbach, and Dave Karwowski. On the September anniversary list were Gary and Mary Jeter, Rene and Trudy Friedrich, Dan Snyder and Ann Rich, and Preston and Anne Hill.
Announcements were as follows:
  • Uplift Family Services needs furniture and linens for a foster home. Contact Gae La Torre.
  • The Greek still needs volunteers for the VA Car Show at the Palo Alto VA on September 14. Thank you Mike for taking over this activity for Lisa Cheskin.
  • Tina Orsi-Hartigan still needs volunteers for the Rise Against Hunger food packing event also on September 14 at the Los Gatos Methodist Church.
  • Suzanne Boxer-Gassman and Doug Brent are organizing this year's Rebuilding Together event taking place on October 19 in Los Gatos. Sign up on the Rebuilding Together website or follow the link on our club's website.
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Meeting Notes from August 20, 2019

Meeting called to order by President Marty F.
Flag salute and introduction of guests by Randy C.
Visiting Rotarian Dennis from San Jose Rotary
Guests: Vince guest of Mike F., Russel guest of Jack C. and Laura guest of Doug B. 
  • Tina O.H. Thanked everyone for their help at the St. Luke’s brunch. We had a great turnout and the guests really enjoyed the food.
  • Suzanne B.G. mentioned she had attended the membership conference where they discussed the 20 reasons people join Rotary. She inspired us with several quotes about volunteering, including a quote from Dr. Seuss.
  • Michelle has cards for Dom who is in frail health right now. There was also a card for Maddie who just lost her significant other of seven years. 
  • Marty had several announcements
  • Campbell Creek clean up this Saturday. This sponsored by Sen. Jim Beall. Meet at Campbell Park E. Campbell Ave and Gilman Ave. Time is 8:45-11. Equipment provided.
  • Mike F. is taking over finding volunteers to take veterans to the car show on September 14. The time is 10-2, but please come by and help if you can, even if you can only be there an hour. The car show takes places at the VA hospital. Ten volunteers needed.
  • Also, on September 14 is Rise Against Hunger we will be packing meal packages at Los Gatos Methodist Church. We are joining with another Rotary Club, we will need 10 volunteers to set up at 8:30. An additional 30 volunteers will be needed when packing begins at 9:30. Invite your family, friends and colleagues.
  • Rebuilding Together is October 19. Signups to follow.
  • Updated requirements for moving from red badge to blue were posted. See Marty if you have any questions.
  • Don’t forget about the new membership categories. Ask Marty if you have questions. 
  • BBQ next week at Oak Meadow Park 5-8. We saw a video from last year’s event. We could also use help with set up. If you’re available please meet at 4:00.
  • Marty shared Haryl’s letter to regarding his trick for keeping rats out of the garden. Haryl gave $20 for the recognition. 
  • RotaCare is holding a fundraiser at Filoli on September 19. See Marty for tickets.
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Meeting Notes from August 13, 2019

Marty brought the meeting to order
Visiting Rotarians:  none

Guests of Rotarians:
  • Eric introduced his daughter Collette who is visiting from USC.
  • Dan introduced his daughter Allison who is a sophomore at LGHS and Elizabeth who will be at Fisher.
Grady inspired us with a bevy of quotes from Mark Twain.  Here are some of them:
“The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco” (actually unverified but often attributed to Mark Twain)
“If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything”
“Actions speak louder than words, but not nearly as often”
“Always do right.  This will gratify many and astound the rest”
“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see”
Los Gatos Creek cleanup at Campbell Park, August 24, 8:45-11AM. 
Our club is supporting two events on 14 September. There will be a car show at the Palo Alto VA, and we are looking for volunteers to chaperon vets to the event. Contact Lisa if interested, and we do still need volunteers there. The car show will take place from 10AM-2PM. The other event on that day is Rise Against Hunger at the church at 111 Church Street in Los Gatos. This is a great event for almost any age volunteer.
This year, our Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley service event will be on 19 October. Sign-ups will start soon. Contact Suzanne or Doug for information or questions.
It is not too early to start planning for the 2020 Crab Fest event, and our event Chair, Suzanne, is holding a planning meeting at her home on 14 August. Please contact Suzanne if you are interested.
On Tuesday 27 August, we are having the Los Gatos Rotary BBQ, with Andrew S. taking the lead on the cooking team yet again. Tickets are $45. Tickets are available through our club site online (click the event link) and Tony is selling tickets at upcoming meetings.
We have a student from Taiwan coming through Rotary youth exchange, and we have an outgoing student from LGHS going to Taiwan.  We will be asking for donations to sponsor our exchange students.
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Meeting Notes from August 6, 2019

President Marty Fishman brought the club to order, and Doug Brent led the pledge and introductions of visiting Rotarians and guests.
We had a rare appearance by club member Charlie Goss – seen setting between LeRoy Neider and Ed Stahl.
Grady Jeeter, noting the dramatic and horrific attacks over the last days inspired us with a reading of the thoughtful Desiderata by Max Ehrmann.
Happy August Birthday to Rotarians! Six birthdays and many anniversaries were recognized on Tuesday. And, the entire club enjoyed Marty’s reflections on what a birthday means via a Seinfeld video and a YouTube video. Key advice: keep your teeth in your mouth when you’re blowing out the candles!
Service Activities and Events
Marty then reviewed a full slate of recent and upcoming service activities and club events. Note more details are available on our club home page, and President Marty will send out his usual email update with reminders and pointers as well.
Lisa Cheskin organized the quarterly Fisher House Palo Alto dinner last week. Volunteers participating in the event included Doug and Marjorie Brent, Kristen Bridges, Erika Buck and with Michelle Myers Nelson leading the charge.
Rotarians are invited to an event to clean up the creek at Campbell Park, August 24, 8:45-11AM. 
Our club is supporting two events on 14 September. There will be a car show at the Palo Alto VA, and we are looking for volunteers to chaperon vets to the event. Contact Lisa Cheskin if interested, and we do still need volunteers there. The car show will take place from 10AM-2PM. The other event on that day is Rise Against Hunger at the church at 111 Church Street in Los Gatos. This is a great event for almost any age volunteer.
This year, our Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley service event will be on 19 October. Sign-ups will start soon. Contact Suzanne Boxer-Gassman or Doug Brent for information or questions.
It is not too early to start planning for the 2020 Crab Fest event, and our event Chair, Suzanne Boxer-Gassman, is holding a planning meeting at her home on 14 August, Her address is 137 E Porton Los Gatos, and we do still need additional leaders on this committee. Please contact Suzanne if you are interested.
On Tuesday 27 August, we are having the Los Gatos Rotary BBQ, with Andrew Stearns taking the lead on the cooking team yet again. Tickets are $45. Tickets are available through our club site online (click the event link) and Tony is selling tickets at upcoming meetings.
0n 17 August, there is a District conference on Membership. This will be held at the Hyatt House San Jose, and advance sign-up is required. Please visit the district web site to sign up
There will be a new Rotary club chartered with an event planned for this Friday. See district web site for more details.
The speaker at our club meeting next week is Nick Kuwada from the Santa Clara County office of the census. He will discuss the importance of the census, and how his team is working towards an accurate count.
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Meeting Notes from July 30, 2019

Chris Potter introduced guests:
  • Dave Downing’s daughter Terry Downing, newly VP of Business Development at PRxDigital
  • Henry Vitkovich’s wife, MaryJane Vitkovich
  • Ron Cassel welcomed a rare sighting of member Nava Fathi
President Marty Fishman brought back the walk-about and greeting portion of the meeting.
John Pencer inspired by relating the importance of old friendships at meetings, and encouraged all to create new friendships with members that have been in the club a year or less. This way all will feel welcome and help our club thrive.
MaryJane Vitkovich formally thanked the club for granting money last year to the AAUW Scholarship Project that helps women in need complete college.
Gae La Torre announced first Thursday is this week at her house, 5-7:00. Bring a beverage to share and if you are so inclined an appetizer as well. Her address is on ClubRunner. President Marty showed some Seinfeld video clips involving elaborate greeting rituals and odd dancing that may occur Thursday, so don’t miss the fun!
Gae also announced there is an upcoming Cancer Care Point garden party fundraiser coming up in Monte Sereno. See her for details if interested.
Marty announced several upcoming events. See calendar or Marty for more details.
  • Fisher house dinner our club is putting on July 30
  • West Valley Community Services shopping event Aug 3
  • Uplift Backpack stuffing project Aug 8,9
  • St. Luke’s brunch Aug 20…bring extra paper shopping bags for the pantry
  • VA Car Show needs 10 volunteers to escort vets thru the show Sept 14. See Lisa Norcia-Cheskin.
  • Rise Against Hunger meal packing event is Sept 14 8:30-1:00. Save the date. Tina Orsi-Hartigan is coordinating.
  • Rebuild Together Silicon Valley day is Saturday Oct 19. Save the date.
  • Rotoplast Missions are happening around the world this Fall. See Rotoplast website if interested in helping.
  • RotoCare is a Rotarian sponsored healthcare event that happens every Wednesday evening in San Jose for those that aren’t insured, and is accepting volunteers.
  • Red Badge members are encouraged to convert to Blue Badge, and simpler requirements have been adopted.
  • Our club BBQ (adults only) is Aug 27, 5-8:00pm at Oak Meadow Park. There will be no pig this year, But Andrew Stearns assures the menu will be delicious!
  • District news: The District Membership seminar is Aug 17. The Leadership Academy is taking applicants. There are 2 new clubs in our district and they are holding grand chartering events we are invited to. For all these, see district website.
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Meeting Notes from July 23, 2019

We had a special guest - 3 week old Casey Morgan, daughter of Angelique
Meeting was called to order at 12:30pm by Marty F.
Meet 3 week old Casey Morgan, daughter of Angelique - Future Rotarian!
Visiting Rotarians
Joe Sweeney Area 5 Assistant Governor and member of San Jose Rotary Club
Other Visitors
Heidi Owens - Running for Los Gatos Town Council in 2020
Ron C. introduced Clayton B. who is transitioning to our club from the San Jose club
Judy R. introduced her friend Sharon
Dick K. introduced his granddaughter who is visiting from St George Utah
Greg G. introduced his friend Nick who is visiting from Florida
Angelica introduced her 3 week old baby Casie
Marty F. introduced his wife Barbara
Mr. Sweeney from Area 5 spoke about the upcoming: 
  • District Leadership Academy Program on August 10, 2019.  Applications are available online.
  • District Membership Seminar scheduled for August 17, 2019 in Cupertino.
  • Rotary Business Expo on October 5, 2019 in Newark, CA where members can display their business information.
Marty F. announced:
West Valley Community Services Back-To-School Shopping:  This event by our partners in WVCS will take place Saturday, August 3, 2019 from 6:00am-10:00am at the Old Navy Store in Westgate Shopping Center.
Uplift Family Services “Backpacks for Kids”:  Uplift is also now fully staffed by our volunteers who will  assemble back-to-school backpacks August 8, 2019 morning and afternoon, and then will deliver these on August 9, 2019.
Saint Luke’s Brunch on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 9:45am. We will need food donations and helpers. Contact Tina if you can help out. They will also be accepting donations of personal items like disposable razors, personal hygiene items and jeans.
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Meeting Notes from July 16, 2019

President Marty F. brought the meeting to order
Erika B. led us in the pledge
Visiting Rotarians:  none
Guests of Rotarians:
  • Tina introduced Hadeel A. who is a prospective member.
  • Don M. brought his wife Beverly and his granddaughter who is visiting from University of Utah.
  • Dan S. brought his daughter Elizabeth who is home from school.
John P. inspired us with a poem entitled 'It couldn't be done' from his favorite poet, Edgar Guest.
Upcoming and Past Events:
  • Marty gave us a recap of the event at Zanotto's "Wine Down".  The wine went down well, and the buffet and tastings did too.
  • West Valley Community Services August 3rd.  Please volunteer to help chaperone a young shopper in finding back to school items. Please contact Suzanne B.-G. for more info
  • Help wheelchair bound veterans to a car show in the VA - looking for volunteers on September 14th. See Lisa N.-C.
  • Backpacks for kids - could use more volunteers August 8 & 9 to pack and distribute backpacks.  Please contact Gae L.
  • St. Luke's coming up on August 20th.  Tina O.-H. will give more information as the event approaches.
Meeting Notes from July 16, 2019 2019-07-18 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

Meeting Notes from July 9, 2019

The meeting was held at the Los Gatos Youth Park, near the Los Gatos High tennis courts. A BBQ Luncheon was served by the Scouts group. The BBQ and Wine Raffle benefitted the Los Gatos Youth Park Inc.  This is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that administers and maintains this nature park, along the old Los Gatos Creek behind Los Gatos High School adjacent to the tennis courts, on land donated by San Jose Water Co.  The Youth Park houses a lodge (NeverNeverLand)  and the buildings for Scout Troops 501 and 539, and the Girl Scouts.  Los Gatos Rotary sponsors Scout Troop 501.
The meeting was kicked off by Phil Knopf, Los Gatos Youth Park’s President of the BOD. The presentation of Colors and pledge were carried out by the Boy Scout Troop. Thanks were given to Los Gatos Meats, Testarossa and Loma Prieta wineries for the tastings, and the Youth Park Board members.
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Meeting Notes from July 2, 2019

President Marty F. called the meeting to order.
Doug B. lead the Pledge and announced club visitors and guests.
  • Handeel, a prospective new member.
  • Barbara, Marty’s wife.
John P. did the inspiration message based on some writings by Helen Keller.
The July birthday celebration included:  Tom O., Ron C., René F., Sarita J., Dom N., Art R. and Todd T. and Bill.  
President Marty asked for people to sign up for committees if they haven’t already done so.
First Thursday has been moved because of the holiday.  It will now be a wine/beer tasting on Wednesday, July 10th at Zanotto’s Family Market on Naglee Avenue, San Jose.  Cost is $25 and the start time is 6pm. Let Michelle N. know if you’re planning to attend so she can reserve a table for the club.
Meeting Notes from July 2, 2019 2019-07-03 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes
Video Highlights from Rotary fiscal year 2018/19 - Thank you Club President Andrew Howard and welcome incoming President Martin Fishman! 2019-06-28 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarians celebrated & awards were given: Villa Ragusa on June 25, 2019

Our club’s 2019 version of debunking - Roast and Toast - was held at Villa Ragusa on June 25th, 2019. The evening of fun, food and conversation provided the background for recognizing the accomplishments of many Rotarians in the club, with a special focus on President Andrew’s accomplishments and contributions, and then handing the gavel forward to Marty F.
President Andrew noted the Board’s hard work during his tenure, and specifically pointed out two accomplishments this year: 1) shifting finances such that philanthropy budgets can be fixed and known each year, and 2) an evolution of the Rotary membership model for families and businesses to further expand the appeal of membership.
To recognize Andrew’s contribution, the club gave him a Bay Area sightseeing trip for four in a private plane - piloted by our own Gordon L., and Gordon handcrafted a beautiful wooden trail mix jar for Andrew as well.
A big portion of the evening was recognizing various Rotarians for their accomplishments. Ron C. was the master of ceremonies, but he got many presenters involved. Presenters included President Andrew, Marty F., and others.
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Andrew Howard Roast & Toast- June 25, 2019 

It does not take a super hero to be a Rotary club President, but it does that a club full of "super" members along with support from their families. Our club held the end of fiscal year 'Roast & Toast' of Andrew Howard and welcomed incoming president Martin Fishman.  Thanks to the committee who put in countless hours preparing for this fun night. Thanks to Andrew Howard, his wife & children for making this an outstanding year for Los Gatos Rotary.  We look forward to another great year.  
Enjoy club photos of the event. (click here) 
Andrew Howard Roast & Toast- June 25, 2019 2019-06-26 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes from June 18, 2019

Dave D. led us in the pledge.
Greg G. announced visiting rotarians and guests.
There was one visiting rotarian - Carol W. from Los Gatos Morning Rotary.
Other guests included Jeffery B. (guest of Marty F.), Rochelle (guest of Amy P.), and Barbara F. (Marty F.s’ wife)
  • The club will be dark next Tuesday due to the Roast and Toast on the same day.
  • There is a board meeting this Thursday evening.
  • The Seniors of Distinction ceremony is this Thursday at The Terraces at 3:45pm where Suzanne B-G will be honored.
  • Andrew H. thanked Tina O-H for Dinner honoring presidents are her house last night.
  • Carol W. from Los Gatos Morning Rotary announced their 10th annual LG Plein Air event this weekend, Jun 22-23. See her if you would like to volunteer at the event.
  • 20 for 20 included $50 from Patti v.d.B. thanking Andrew for a great year; Julian R. for Leroy, Gae L.T. for Maddie back walking and healthy, and $100 from Greg G. for not being as active with the club as he would like this year due to family commitments.
Meeting Notes from June 18, 2019 2019-06-20 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

Welcome 2019/20 incoming Club President

Martin L. Fishman, MD, MPA

Rotary new fiscal year starts July 1 and ends June 30th.  Members & spouses will celebrate out-going President Andrew Howard on Tuesday night June 25th at Villa Ragusa. In the meantime please welcome our next incoming club President...

Dr. Martin Fishman is a Californian, born in San Francisco and raised in Southern California.  He attended UC Berkeley for his Pre-Medical studies where he was Phi Beta Kappa and graduated from UC San Francisco Medical School.  He then finished a residency in Ophthalmology at Washington University and a Fellowship at the National Eye Institute of NIH.

He has served as Chief of Staff of Los Gatos Community Hospital, President of the California Association of Ophthalmology, and President of the Santa Clara County Medical Association.  Dr. Fishman served on the Board of Trustees of the CMA and on the Board of Trustees of The Health Trust of San Jose, each for nine years.  He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Stanford Medical Center, where he has taught Ophthalmic Pathology for over 40 years, and been Chief of the Pathology Section of the Basic Science Course for much of that time.  He also went back to school in 1995 to earn a Masters Degree in Public Administration in Health Care through St. Mary’s College.

Dr. Fishman continues his medical practice as a founding partner in Spectrum Eye Physicians.  He also continues to lead annual volunteer medical surgical groups to Guatemala, as part of an ongoing program, “Seeing Again Guatemala”, that has provided over 15,000 patients with medical eye care and has performed over 1,500 cataract operations, restoring sight to the totally blind.  

Marty is currently President Elect of the Los Gatos Rotary Club, which is now a sponsor of “Seeing Again Guatemala”.  He has been married to Barbara Fishman for 50 years, and they have two children and two grandchildren.

His goals in Rotary as President Elect of the Rotary Club of Los Gatos are to improve Club function and activities, to involve new members in a more positive manner to enhance retention, and to expand projects both locally and internationally.

Welcome 2019/20 incoming Club President 2019-06-18 07:00:00Z 0
Photos from last Rotary family BBQ 2019-06-15 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes from June 11, 2019

The pledge was led by Marty F., who begins his year as President next week.
Guests were introduced by Nicholas W.
  • Dan S.’s daughter Elizabeth
  • President Andrew H. introduced children Olive, Grant, Evelyn, and Jack. Once he was tactfully reminded, he introduced wife Georgia as someone who needs no introduction.
  • Visitor and potential new member Jeff B.
  • Doug B.’s wife Marjory
  • Potential new member Frank B.
  • Anna Maria R. from Saratoga Rotary
Leroy N. led inspiration by relating his recent trip celebrating the D-Day anniversary in Normandy. He expressed his appreciation for all branches of the military.
David K. presented a club flag he exchanged while visiting a Rotary Club in Granada.
We Care announcements
  • Rodg G. is in outpatient rehab and would appreciate a visit or call
  • Irene U. was in the hospital for over a month, after a complication from an appendix procedure
John P. announced he just returned from 2 weeks in Germany on business and pleasure. At a Rotary meeting there, an all-male club had an annual job fair for 90 teens. He donated $50 to The Rotary Charities Foundation. He also wants John C. to pay a fine for butt dialing him at 1:30am.
Meeting Notes from June 11, 2019 2019-06-12 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

Meeting Notes from June 4, 2019

The major program for today was recognition of Los Gatos Rotary Club scholarship award winners.
Introductions and inspiration
Hal R. welcomed club guests:
  • Henry V. introduced his wife Mary Jane
  • Mike N. introduced his guest: grandmother of Rotary Scholarship recipient Nick N….not to mention Mike’s mom
  • Don M. introduced his wife Beverly
  • Dan S. introduced his guests Jenny and Kent L.
By way of impromptu inspiration, president Andrew H. invited Channy to speak. She is a former scholarship recipient, and currently an engineer and business owner. Since English is not her native language, a member of the community helped her apply for a scholarship when she thought a scholarship was not really possible. She received two: One from the Elks club and another from a local church. While these scholarships weren’t financially huge, they really changed her self-perception, and made an impact on her that both changed her life, and will impact future generations in her family.
Dan S. provided the formal inspiration. A student from Williams reached out to Dan, and Dan met with him during this past week. The student initially wanted to find out how Dan got into finance, but instead they had a wide-ranging conversation about the world and current issues. Dan encouraged all of the accomplished students present to excel in their upcoming schoolwork, but also to connect to the world around them.
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Meeting Notes from May 28, 2019

The meeting was called to order by President Andrew H.
Gary A. led us in the flag salute.
Michelle asked for visiting Rotarians and guests. Larry R. from the Campbell B.C. was our visiting Rotarian. Additional guests were Jeff B. and Heidi O.
Dan S. provided inspiration by a touching reflection on the meaning of Memorial Day and the sacrifices that others have made. Remember those who have missed life’s events big and small.
Twenty for Twenty:
  • Andrew talked about the great Memorial Day event at Memorial Park yesterday. It is important to remember the cost of freedom.
  • Mike F. said he was on the front page of the SJ Mercury for the first time. He was part of the Memorial Day remembrance ceremony at Oak Hill Park. He also reminded us that the dedication of the Veteran’s Memorial in Los Gatos will be June 15. HR McMaster will be the keynote speaker. It is going to be a great event and he hopes everyone from the club can make it. Mike really appreciates the support the club has given to the memorial.
  • Leroy N. gave 20 for 20 in honor of Mike F. and all he has done for veterans in our community.
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Meeting Notes from May 21, 2019

The pledge was led by Don K.

Gae L. introduced visitors:
  • Clayton B. from San Jose Rotary
  • Radha’s friend Mrs. Kahn, an IT specialist
  • The Norcia family table included Dom’s wife Lydia
  • David W.’s wife Sonja
  • Michelle R., a  prospective member

Inspiration was by Dan S., and included some wise quotes by Trailblazer Damien Lillard regarding perspective. He said his stress level due to of competitive sports and being a  public figure is nothing compared to the stress of those who are hungry or without shelter.
Meeting Notes from May 21, 2019 2019-05-23 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

Meeting Notes from May 14, 2019

The meeting was brought to order by Andrew H. and Lloyd G. led the pledge of allegiance.

Hal R. called for visitors and guests, but the only “guests” today were two Red Badge members to be announced later.

Henry V. provided a reflection on what we love about California; it is important to remember why we’re here even with high cost, traffic congestion, long service queues, etc. Henry reminded us of some of the unique California experiences: driving pacific coast highway, visiting Yosemite, benefiting from the diversity in culture and cuisine and the regions’ productivity that provides half of the fruits and nuts to the U.S. and powers the technology industry around the world. President Andrew H. requested a repeat of this reflection on each quarterly estimated tax payment due date.

Andrew H. gave some quick kudos to Andrew S. and Rami W. for all of the behind the scenes work they do on behalf of the club.

Tina O.H. reported out on this morning’s breakfast at St. Lukes. Lots of help from club members was provided, and the food was all appreciatively received.
Meeting Notes from May 14, 2019 2019-05-15 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

5170 Rotarian of the Year - Tina!

Rotarian of the Year!

Tina Orsi-Hartigan, from the Los Gatos Rotary, has been announced as “Rotarian of the Year.” Tina was chosen from over 3,600 area Rotarians for her outstanding contributions to the Rotary organization.

Tina has a long history of volunteerism having been president of an education foundation and on the Board of Trustees of the Los Gatos Union School District for over 15 years. Tina joined the Los Gatos Rotary in 2001, serving on a variety committees.  She became its President for 2014-15.  She is currently not only the Assistant Governor of Area 8, but also the Chief of Staff for the Governor Elect of District 5170.

“I’m stunned, humbled” said Tina when receiving the news, “particularly when I think of all the other people in the Rotary doing good work.”  “She certainly deserves it, she is the spark plug of our club” said Greg Smith, a Board Director of the Los Gatos Rotary.

Tina will receive this prestigious award at the District Conference, May 18, aboard the USS Hornet in Alameda.

5170 Rotarian of the Year - Tina! 2019-05-14 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes from May 7, 2019

President Andrew called the meeting to order. In this photo we have guests from Milpitas & cupertino district 5170.  Rotary Club of Silicon Andhra will be chartered in August 2019 so these guests were seeing how a club meeting is held and enjoying hearing how our club supports a private school in a remote Villiage of India.  

Rodg lead the pledge

Michelle called for the introduction of visitors and guests.  There were 5 district members attending and 12 other visitors and guests

May is a popular month for club member birthdays.  A total of 12 members were acknowledged

Member Harvey’s Alzheimer’s disease has progressed to the point that he has now been relocated to a special care facility.  Visitors are welcome although he no longer recognizes most people.
Meeting Notes from May 7, 2019 2019-05-08 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

Our club is proud to help pay for teacher salaries & provide supplies to children in rural India

Lamling Vista Elementary School (K-6) - Nagaland, India

Our club has been providing financial support for the last 5 years which has helped construct a school kitchen, pay for teacher housing & salaries, as well as provide school supplies.  In this video the students are receiving new backpacks & supplies.  Approximately 150 indigenous children, home to the Phom Tribe, are now able to live at home instead of being sent off to boarding school to receive an education which provides for a future.  
Our club is proud to help pay for teacher salaries & provide supplies to children in rural India 2019-05-04 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes from Apr 30, 2019

Don M. led us in the pledge.

John Pencer announced visitors and guests which included: Larry, a visiting Rotarian from Campbell River, British Columbia; today's speaker and her husband and friend introduced by Suzanne B-G; Heidi of the Firefighters Family Foundation introduced by Dan S.; Don M.'s wife, Beverly; and Hal's wife Lydia.
Meeting Notes from Apr 30, 2019 2019-05-01 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

Rotary club of Los Gatos Great Race was a success!
Thank you to all 1,200 runners, walkers, volunteers & sponsors! 

It was a beautiful day for a GREAT race.  Today April 28, 2019 at 8:30am was the 42nd annual Great Race that took runners from Saratoga to Los Gatos, CA.  We are proud to announce this race is now on the PA USA Track & field circuit. So we had a lot of running groups attend for the first time.  This photo includes the top 4 finishers.  
We had a professional photographer take photos so as soon as they are available we will provide the link and you can download for FREE a photo of yourself or club.  This race raises money for Rotary Scholarship and charities recipients. 
Rotary club of Los Gatos Great Race was a success!Thank you to all 1,200 runners, walkers, volunteers & sponsors!  2019-04-28 07:00:00Z 0
Thanks to Great Race Sponsors 2019-04-25 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes from Apr 23, 2019

The pledge was led by Greg G. Guests were introduced by Dick K. Brenda D. was visiting from SJ Downtown Club, as was Gary G. John H. was visiting and had a guest Robert G. Suzanne BG inspired us on the health benefits of hugging, then President Andrew joked Joe Biden would agree!

Note there is a board meeting this Thursday April 25 at 4:30 at the LG Lodge.

Henry V. announced he has Rotary hats for sale for $15 that can be charged to member’s cards. They will be handy for the race this Saturday.

Mike and Jen Norcia are hosting first Thursday next week, May 2 at their home. See roster for address. Bring a beverage and, if you like, an appetizer to share.

The District Conference is coming up May 17-19. Details and tickets at www.rotarydistrict5170.org
Come attend the Saturday dinner and presentation where our own Tina “The Hammer” O-H will receive Rotarian of the Year for our whole District!
Meeting Notes from Apr 23, 2019 2019-04-24 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

Meeting Notes from Apr 16, 2019


The meeting was called to order by Andrew H.

Kamyar N. led all participants in the pledge of allegiance.

Patti V. asked for visiting rotarians and guests to be introduced.

  • Lisa C., introduced visiting San Jose Rotarian Audrey F.
  • Avis L. introduced her guest Heidi O.
  • Mike N. introduced Megan B., a prospective member of the club
  • Randy C.  - A pending new member whose father was a past president of our club many years ago.

Inspiration - Dan Snyder

Dan focused his comments on the importance and meaning of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, given the recent tragic news of a fire there, and that he had just returned from a vacation in France. Notre Dame has been and will continue to be both an architectural and artistic landmark. Consider the perspective of a 13th century Parisian for whom this marvel represented a common place for community, learning and inspiration. These cultural icons matter, and Dan suggested we consider the full impact of these kinds of places.

Meeting Notes from Apr 16, 2019 2019-04-17 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

Meeting Notes from Apr 9, 2019

Colin D. led us in the pledge.
Greg G. announced visitors.
Visiting Rotarians included Stephen G., Los Gatos Living Magazine editor and new member of the club; and a visiting Rotarian from Turkey.
Guests of Rotarians included Mike N.'s wife, Jennifer and mother, Lydia; Dan S.'s. daughters Allison and Elizabeth; and Randy, Ray C.'s son, who has submitted his application to become a member of our club.
Dan S. told a story about the author, Stephen King.
Meeting Notes from Apr 9, 2019 2019-04-10 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

Meeting Notes from Apr 2, 2019

Meeting was called to order by President Andrew

Todd T. lead the Pledge

Diane B. introduced guests:  Ramesh H., Tonia M., Georgia H., David W., Brenda and Randy

Suzanne BG did Inspiration – an April Fool’s poem

  Todd T. gave an update on the Great Race sponsors.  The race is Sunday, April 28th

Amy P. asked members to link to the Great Race on Facebook and Instagram to help create visibility for the event

There will be a World Service team meeting on Wednesday, 5pm, at Fischer-Darling in Campbell

Los Gatos HS thanked the club for our donation to support the “Reality Check” publication

Andrea L. announced birthdays for April – Michelle N. was the only one

Tom B. updated everyone that memorial services for Don A are still TBD.  Andrea circulated cards for members to sign
Meeting Notes from Apr 2, 2019 2019-04-03 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

Meeting Notes from Mar 26 2019

ELC (Enterprise Leadership Conference) first place winners shared their business plan with us today. (See Program notes)
Mike F. led us in the pledge.
Erica B. announced visiting Rotarians and guests. These included four Rotarians from the San Jose Club; Meghan B., a visitor of Mike N.'s, who has submitted her application to become a member; Lydia, Hal R.'s wife; Sandeep G., a friend of Hal's and was one of our speakers last month and who is planning to become a member of the club; Randy C. and Komiko I. - both guests of John C.; John P., a guest of Neal M., who will hopefully be joining the club soon; and three guests of Andrew H. - the president of the Lexington School Home and School club who thanked our club for our grants to their organization, and Michael R. and Jim B. - both residents of Andrew's neighborhood.
John P. shared words of inspiration on the subject of understanding.

Suzanne B. showed a video of her trip to Australia and New Zealand and rang the bell for $150 in support of the Polio Plus Campaign.

Patti V. announced that First Thursday next Thursday, April 4th, will take place at The Cats at 5pm.
Dan S. indicated that he is working to reconcile unauthorized credit cards and asks members to provide updated card information, as needed.

Andrew H. showed a Rotary Polio video. Then, Dan S. passed around the donation sign-up sheet for the Polio Plus Campaign. A minimum of  $100 per member is requested. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is matching our donations.

Mike N. reminded the club that The Great Race is on Sunday, April 28. See Mike for volunteer opportunities for this event. Full participation is requested. A video was shown promoting this year's race narrated by Michelle M.
Meeting Notes from Mar 26 2019 2019-03-29 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

ELC 2019 - 96 HS students attended enterprise leadership conference

What is ELC?

The Enterprise Leadership Conference (ELC) is designed to help develop leadership and presentation skills of 96 industrious high school juniors from throughout Silicon Valley. It is an innovative, informative and interactive experience that provides a strong foundation for college business courses. In this comprehensive introduction to developing a business plan, students are challenged to be visionary, creative, analytical, and competitive as they devise viable business opportunities in a team environment.

What is it
  • 96 students (48 young men and 48 young women) segmented into 12, 8-person business leadership teams
  • Representing 30+ high schools in San Jose and Los Gatos
  • 3 days of team building and skill development activities
What do they learn
  • Principles of a competitive business enterprise
  • Essentials of a business plan
  • Requisites of a marketing strategy
  • Elements of business finance
  • Components of Human Resources
What they obtain
  • Self confidence
  • Leadership skills
  • Team building skills
  • Oral presentation skills
  • New friendships
ELC 2019 - 96 HS students attended enterprise leadership conference 2019-03-25 07:00:00Z 0

Register for 42nd annual Rotary Great Race 

Posted on Mar 21, 2019
Register now and save for Rotary Club of Los Gatos Great Race - 4mile footrace Sunday April 28, 2019 starting in Saratoga at 8:30am and ending in Los Gatos.  

//Proceeds benefit local seniors with college scholarship as well as a number of local charities Rotary support.  
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Meeting Notes from Mar 19 2019

Andrew H. Called the meeting to order

Henry V. Led the pledge of allegiance

Wes S. called for Visiting Rotarians and guests.
Visiting Rotarians:
  • Emil A. - President Sunnyvale Sunrise
  • Gary G. - San Jose
  • Trevor S. - President Elect, Los Gatos Morning Club
Guests of Rotarians
  • Mat B.  - President of Fisher Middle School
  • Karen B - Communication Specialist for the Los Gatos school district
  • Chris T.
  • Mike B. - guest of Doug B.
  • Lydia R. - guest of Hal R.

John P. provided a reading for inspiration. Good intentions to make something easier for ourselves or others don’t always lead to good outcomes; struggles in life develop our strengths. 

Amy P. - talked about progress in the great race. It is now sanctioned. Please share the event on Facebook.

Lisa C. – Reminded all that about a veterans support committee today, held immediately after the Rotary meeting. Lots happening here, so stay tuned.
Meeting Notes from Mar 19 2019 2019-03-19 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

Meeting Notes from Mar 12 2019

Andrew called the meeting to order.

Judy R. led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Erika called for introduction of guests. Visiting Rotarians were Jim H. from the LG Mornin Rotary and Nick L. from the Eastside/Evergreen Rotary Club.

Member visitors:
  • Jack C. introduced Andy
  • Hal R., Art R., and Doug B. each introduced their wives.
  • John P. inspired us with the story of Dr. Pemberton who was the inventor of Coca-Cola.

  • We Care, Andrea L. has two cards for us to sign. One was a get-well card for Leroy who hasn’t been feeling well. The other was a condolence card for the wife of Dave M. who passed away earlier this week.
  • Andrew commented on how inspirational Dave was, as a Rotarian, a world traveler or just his personal energy. Andrew made a $100 donation to the Rotary Foundation in his memory.
Meeting Notes from Mar 12 2019 2019-03-13 07:00:00Z 0

Women in Rotary

March is Women's history month and March 8th is International women's day. In 1989, Rotary International council approved women membership in what started as a men's only networking and service club.  Women were embraced and continue to join Rotary and hold leadership positions.  To learn more about the timeline of women in Rotary visit: https://www.rotary.org/en/history-women-rotary
Rotary Vision:
“Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”
Women continue to join Rotary; making a difference and changing lives for the better along with all Rotarians around the world.  
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Meeting Notes from Mar 5, 2019

Greg S. led the Pledge of Allegiance.


Gae L. introduced visitors. Visiting Rotarians included Brenda D. from San Jose Rotary and Darryl M. Visitors of Rotarians included Hal R's wife and son (who just received an Academy Award for animation!); Don M.'s wife of 60 yrs, Beverly; and two visitors of Andrew H's. - Greg F. and Josh R.

For inspiration, John P. read his favorite poem.
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Meeting Notes from Feb 26, 2019

The pledge was led by Michelle M-N. Guests were announced by Hal R. Phil Young, Saratoga Rotary President-elect, visited because he heard our club was great. Brenda D. visited form San Jose downtown club. Doug B. introduced his wife Marjorie. Tom B. announced his college roommate Jeff Evans and donated $62 for their friendship of 62 years. John C. introduced for his second visit Randy Cobb, Ray Cobb’s son, a past member of high esteem. Inspiration was led by Ron S. Andrea L. announced past member Rosemary Pierce lost her son recently and passed around a sympathy card to sign. Also Jack C. told Gae he hopes to be back at meetings soon despite his recent loss.

Gae announced 1st Thursday is next week 5-7 at Travel Advisors. As usual, bring a beverage and if you’d like, an appetizer as well. Morning Rotary will join us. Mike F. announced another Fisher house dinner hosted by our club is this Thursday. Meet him at the lodge at 4:00 sharp if you’d like a ride. Andrew H. announced the annual grant request process deadline is this Thursday 2/28.

New member Paul Johnson was given his new member packet. Present for the occasion were his wife and granddaughter. He has 3 grown children and is Superintendent of LGU School District. He has been in 2 other Rotary clubs and is apparently a puppeteer. More at the Red Badge bio?

Art B. has resigned from the club. He says that though he loves us, he has a new love, rekindled from decades ago in Germany, so spends much time there.
Meeting Notes from Feb 26, 2019 2019-02-27 08:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

Meeting Notes from Feb 19, 2019


The meeting was called to order by Judy Rodriquez

Steve Rice led the Pledge

Doug Brent introduced the guests and visitors.

Inspiration was given by Ron Smith

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine- and shadow will fall behind you.” Walt Whitman

“Life is hard. After all, it kills you.” Kathrine Hepburn

Andrea Lee announced the sad news. Jack’s wife, Fran passed away a few days ago.

Wesly gave an update on Don Allari’s health. He is over at the Forum in Cupertino and accepting visitors.

Meeting Notes from Feb 19, 2019 2019-02-21 08:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes
Volunteering on Valentines Day for Rescue Dogs 2019-02-15 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes from Feb 12, 2019

The meeting was called to order by President Andrew

Diane introduced guests:
  • Tank S. from Rochester, Minn. and his daughter Jane K.
  • Other guest were Randy C., Meaghan B., Mike G., Paul J., and Jane M.

Tina announced two service opportunities:
  • This Thursday at 2pm at Los Gatos HS to make blankets for rescue dogs
  • Helping at a St. Luke’s brunch on 2/19

Andrea and the “We Care” team presented Neal M. with a baby gift

Mike N. announced the Great Race will be on Sunday, April 28 th . All hands needed to help.

Patti V. announced volunteers are needed to take notes at the weekly lunches...
LG Rotarians needed!
  • Every meeting a member takes meeting notes, types them up and emails them the next day, to AnnMarie, our newsletter editor. She adds pictures and links, and publishes it on our website.
  • The team of note takers has been shrinking and this is where we need your help. You would only be asked to take notes once every 6 weeks or so, at a meeting you were already planning to attend. The notes do not need to be very detailed.
  • They are very helpful for those that can’t attend, plus we maintain an archive, and it helps our social media presence and recruiting. It’s important to the club and will only take 30 minutes or so roughly every 6 weeks. LGRotary needs you!
Email Patti if you are able to help us with our meeting notes and thank you for considering!
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Save the DATE! District Conference will be out of this world! 2019-02-08 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes from Feb 5, 2019

Judy R. ran the meeting as President Andrew H. was out.

The pledge was led by Tony J. There were no guests, as was efficiently reported by Greg B.

Andrea L. announced the birthday table for the month, which included Marshall S, Michelle B, Dave D, Marlon S, Canan S, and Judith P (Andrea announced Judith is living mainly in San Luis Obispo these days, but still values her membership).

First Thursday was announced by Maddie S as being an the Toll House’s Verge Restaurant this week, Thursday 5-7, with Happy Hour pricing and free parking.

Tina announced there is a service project with the LG High Interactors on 2/14 2:05-3:25. Meet at the school main office to gather for making blankets for a dog rescue group. See her to sign up.
The next St Luke’s brunch will be 2/19. Tina will be taking food signups next week, or you can contact her anytime with your preference.

Champion forms are due at the end of the month. Click here to download/print

Henry V. had the new LG Rotary hats available for purchase for $15. All those that bought gathered for a photo op. Club Pride!
Meeting Notes from Feb 5, 2019 2019-02-06 08:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes
In the News: Red Cross trains Rotarians for emergency 2019-02-02 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes from Jan 29, 2019

President Andrew called the meeting to order.

Past Member Charles led us in the Flag Salute

Rotarian visitors:

  • Charles E. now a member of the Lake Oswego OR. Club. Charles brought us a club flag.
  • Gary from the San Jose Club

Member’s visitors:

  • Marty F. brought Amy who thanked us for our support of the Guatemala Project
  • Amy P. introduced her husband Brent
  • Art R. introduced David W.
  • Canan introduced herself since she hasn’t been at a meeting in a while.
  • Marion L. was also introduced.


Thank you’s for the crab feed.


Event Chair Suzanne thanked her steering committee:

  • Patti
  • John
  • Tina
  • Andrew S.
  • Lisa M.
  • Lisa C.
  • Michelle
  • Art
  • Amy
  • AnnMarie
  • Gary F.

- Dave was not here, but was thanked for hours of set up and break down.

- Patti thanked the check in crew. Art was thanked and given the new name Solicitor General, he brought in $11,000 in sponsors! Patti also thanked the sponsors, including 7 members who were sponsors.

- Tina thanked the chefs and food serve people. She also thanked Boy Scouts, Eric B and Interact.

- Greg thanked the bartenders.

- John thanked the everyone who helped with the AV system.

- Amy thanked the social media/PR group.

- Lisa C. thanked Patti, wine donors, donors of gift baskets and Art.

- Art shared a story about tracking down sponsors.

- Suzanne told us the Paddle Lift for Eyes raised $11,000!

- Suzanne thanked Neil and Paul who weren’t there but did a great job.

Meeting Notes from Jan 29, 2019 2019-02-01 08:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

Meeting Notes from Jan 22, 2019

The meeting was called to order by President Andrew.

Larry J. let the Pledge of Allegiance.

Don Darms (former LG Rotarian) returned for a visit. He currently resides near Mt. Shasta.

Ron Smith read the inspiration for the day – “In 3 words I can sum up everything about life…… It Goes On!” ~Robert Frost

Announcements -
  • Susan & Patti gave some CrabFest announcements. We have 58 tickets left for sale & the Auction Catalog is now online. Click here to view the catalog
  • The mercury news article featuring Marty Fishman was a great article! Click here to see the article online!
  • Gayle announced our next 1st Thursday will be Feb. 7th, at the Toll House in Los Gatos from 5pm – 7pm.
  • Tina gave a Thank you shout out to all those who came to help wrap utensils for the Crabfest!
  • Mike the Greek announced the Grand opening of the 2nd Fisher House will be on Saturday Feb. 16th at 11am. Contact “The Greek” for more details.
  • Lisa Norcia announced Fisher House #1 will be hosting a dinner for the Fisher House Families on Feb. 28th @ 4:30pm. Contact Lisa N. for more details.
Meeting Notes from Jan 22, 2019 2019-01-23 08:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes
Sat. Jan. 26, 2019 Auction Catalog 2019-01-22 08:00:00Z 0

In the Mercury Newspaper - Los Gatos Weekly

Los Gatos Weekly Community News
January 19, 2018
Fundraiser helps Rotary see clear to helping Guatemalans
Kelli and Dan O’Gorman chow down at the Los Gatos Rotary Club’s annual Crabfest and Auction. This year’s event is set for Jan. 26 at St. Andrew’s Church in Saratoga. (Photo courtesy of Amy Potts)

January 19, 2019 at 6:52 am

Among those cracking crustaceans at the Los Gatos Rotary Club’s 18th annual Crabfest and Auction Jan. 26 will be the club’s president-elect, Martin Fishman. A practicing ophthalmologist at Spectrum Eye Physicians and professor of clinical ophthalmology at Stanford, Fishman’s history as a leader in the local medical community is extensive: He’s served as the president of a statewide ophthalmology organization and has chaired the medical staff at Los Gatos Community Hospital, among other roles.
And for nearly 15 years, Fishman, with the Rotary Club’s help, has led annual expeditions to restore eyesight to a remote village in Guatemala.
Every fall, Fishman takes a group of about a dozen people to Santo Tomas La Union, a small town about four hours from Guatemala City. Fishman and other practicing ophthalmologists, medical technicians, nurses and volunteers set up shop in the local Clinica Maxena for a week. There, they work 12- to 14-hour days, performing eye exams, surgeries, medical treatments and laser operations on the indigenous population, free of charge for those who cannot pay.
“We can’t change the world,” Fishman said. “We can’t restore vision to hundreds of thousands of people, but in this town we can provide very good care to a population in need.”
The group brings its own medical supplies, including lasers and sutures, donated by companies or paid for by donations through the Rotary Club. They also bring enough medications to last patients for six months until the next batch of volunteers, a group sponsored by the diocese in Montana, arrives in the spring.
Some of the volunteers staff the clinic, which serves about 300 people over the week, treating everything from minor irritations to infections and glaucoma. Others perform surgery for cataracts, a common ailment that drastically affects the quality of life for the town’s residents. Workers in the coffee-producing areas, merchants and craftspeople often lose their eyesight altogether by the time they reach Fishman and his team.
After treatment, Fishman says, they can usually see again by the next day.
The team gives the post-op patients eyedrops and instructions, and an ophthalmologist in a town about an hour away follows up. Fishman says they perform approximately 50 cataract surgeries on each trip. By the time they arrive six months later, dozens more require treatment.
The patients Fishman sees often have no choice but to wait until their condition becomes acute. Their other option is to go to Guatemala City, but as most of the town’s residents speak a dialect of Mayan rather than Spanish and many can’t afford transportation, most wait until the biannual arrival of the teams to the clinic.

The equipment they bring, Fishman says, is just as good as the equipment used by most practices in the U.S. But the advanced state of the patients’ cataracts and a common coexisting eye condition make the surgery more difficult.
Despite the difficulties, the group works with the staff of the local clinic and a Guatemalan eye doctor from a public residency program to provide treatment and training. The trips, he says, run smoothly.
Fishman has been at the helm of the annual trip since 2005. The program itself has been running since 1996, when it was founded by a Rotarian from Santa Cruz. The South Bay residents’ trips continue to receive support and funding from the Rotary Clubs of Los Gatos and Santa Cruz.
“Our lives in this country are pretty easy,” Fishman said. “We have nice homes and cars, and we fret a little bit about political issues or the weather, but down there we can make a huge difference with our knowledge and equipment, and we can do it easily.”
During the CrabFest fundraiser, the Rotary Club will ask attendees to pledge $100 to sponsor one cataract operation for one patient. The money will go directly to the clinic to offset the cost of performing so many surgeries free or low cost.
“The people in the town know and welcome us,” Fishman said. “And the team loves seeing the results of someone who was led in by their family totally blind, and the next day, they can see.”
Los Gatos Rotary Club’s 18th annual Crabfest and Auction is set for 5 p.m. Jan. 26 at St Andrew’s Church Hall, 13601 Saratoga Ave., Saratoga. Tickets are $30-$70 at www.losgatosrotary.org
In the Mercury Newspaper - Los Gatos Weekly 2019-01-19 08:00:00Z 0

CrabFest - the name is misleading we have so much more than just crab at this event.

Delicious vegetarian pasta, soup, salad, and bread. Enjoy local wines from Testarossa and Gali Vineyards, beer & soda. We have one of a kind live and silent auction items you can bid on. Only 75 tickets left - you won't want to miss this 'fun' fundraiser. Proceeds benefit St. Lukes Pantry who helps feed our local homeless and so many more charities as well as many youth leadership and service programs. 
CrabFest - the name is misleading we have so much more than just crab at this event. 2019-01-18 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes from Jan 15, 2019

Meeting Notes from Jan 15, 2019

The meeting was called to order by President Andrew.

Kent C. led the pledge.

David H. announced visiting Rotarians and guests of Rotarians:
  • Rotarians:  Penny B., Jeff P., Patti D., Judy W., April M., and Kate C.
  • Guests:  Don M. and Adriana D.

Ron S. was back after recent hip surgery and read the inspiration.

Patti V. announced CrabFest tickets have sold quickly and only 81 tickets remain available. If you haven't purchased your tickets yes, click here!

Amy P. indicated that Marty F. will be interviewed by the newspaper about his “Seeing Again Guatemala” volunteer project which provides surgery to restore sight for many people.
Meeting Notes from Jan 15, 2019 2019-01-17 08:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

Get your tickets NOW & save

Join us Saturday Jan. 26 at St. Andrews Hall in Saratoga for the 18th Annual Rotary CrabFest & Auction. Tickets are $65/pp NOW but prices will increase to $70.  This event sells out each year.  Children 6-12 are $30 and under 5 are free.  Doors open 5pm and dinner service starts at 6pm.  All Proceeds benefit Rotary Charities and Scholarship recipients. 
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Meeting Notes from Jan 8, 2019

Meeting Notes from Jan 8, 2019

We had several guests at our meeting:
  • Jack C.’s wife Fran
  • Norm S.’s friend Russ F.
  • potential new member Erika from YSI
  • Florence Bell and husband, former LGHS teacher (Tina O.’s teacher!)
  • Noel H., Bill Cilker’s daughter

Inspiration was by John P. and involved newspaper humor.

Andrea L. introduced the monthly birthday table where she stated the January birth day of the month for each Rotarian. She got a big laugh when she noted that President Andrew H. was born yesterday.

President Andrew H. announced it’s the beginning of philanthropic grant season, that applications are on the club website, and to submit to himself or committee chairs.

Henry V. announced he is looking into ordering Rotary gear for the club. He took a vote and discovered most preferred hats with LG Rotary logo, as opposed to Rotary logo only, though will cost a bit more ($15). We will need a minimum 20-40 takers to place an order, so he will be taking names of those interested soon. More gear to come too.

Suzanne B. made some CrabFest announcements: Ticket price goes up this Thursday, so buy tickets ASAP. Those wishing to help setup/tear down see Dave K. Get last auction items and your bottles of wine in to Patti v. by this Friday. Still need help for parking lot coordinator, check in help, hanging flyers around town.
Meeting Notes from Jan 8, 2019 2019-01-09 08:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes
Happy 2019! 2019-01-01 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes from Dec 18, 2018

Meeting Notes from Dec 18, 2018

Dick K. led the Pledge

Doug B. introduced the guests and visitors.

Andrew H. shared his experience at the leadership seminar, a day long seminar, for the district, 5170, on Saturday, December 15th at Los Gatos Lodge. One of the interesting topics that Andrew shared was the study of “The Mother Theresa Effect”. Based on the study, levels of immunoglobulin of the participants were elevated after watching a video of mother Theresa carrying out act of kindness.
“People are intrinsically altruistic and volunteering is a helplessness antidote." Andrew H.

  • Rotary Gear for Sale
  • Thank you Gregg B. for walking in the Parade with Eli.
  • Rod H. announced a new unique fellowship Opportunity, “Silicon Valley Rotary Means Business.” The first meeting will be held on January 24th, 2019 at 6:00 pm. They will be meting monthly on the 4th Thursday at 6:00 pm. The signup sheet was passed out.
  • Judy R. gave an update on the Family Giving Tree. It was the best year ever for generosity and diligence for getting the gifts back on time. The less fortunate children of Santa Clara County are going to have a very special season. We fulfilled 100 gift cards; 46 toys, 21 sports items, 9 items clothing, and 24 others — the club celebrated by delicious homemade cookies.
  • Patti gave updates on CrabFest. The event is on Jan 26th and the reduced fee is $65. Jan 8th, next rotary meeting, is the last day for donating gifts/sponsorships. She requested the club members to donate a bottle of wine. Click here to purchase your tickets!
Meeting Notes from Dec 18, 2018 2018-12-19 08:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

Meeting Notes from Dec 11, 2018

Meeting Notes from Dec 11, 2018

Mike Norcia led the pledge.

Ron Smith shared some inspiration – “Only I can change my life, no one can do it for me.”
~ Carol Burnett

We had a wonderful Christmas performance by the RJ Fisher Middle School choir. The “Sing” acapella choir brought lots of holiday cheer to the club meeting this week as they sang several Christmas carols and left our club feeling festive & full of joy.

Announcements –
  • Patti V. announced that tickets are now on sale for the CrabFest for $65 each. After January 10 th the price increases to $70 each. Tickets may be purchased online through our club website. Click here for more details! CrabFest will take place on Saturday January 26 th , 2019 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Saratoga.
Meeting Notes from Dec 11, 2018 2018-12-14 08:00:00Z 0
In the paper! Dec. 7, 2018 #movienight2018 2018-12-07 08:00:00Z 0

Rain couldn't dampen our spirits - LG Parade

Los Gatos Rotary clubs (includes Tim Lundell and LG Morning Rotary) did not let a little rain stop us today.  This is one of the best ways for our town to come together and kick off the season of family, friends and giving.  Dec. 1, 2018
Rain couldn't dampen our spirits - LG Parade 2018-12-01 08:00:00Z 0

upcoming weekend events! 

Los Gatos Childrens Parade: Sat. Dec. 1 (11am - 1pm)
Annual President's Brunch at La Rinconada: Sunday Dec. 2 (10am - noon) 
upcoming weekend events! 2018-11-30 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes from Nov 27, 2018

Meeting Notes from Nov 27, 2018

Don M. led the pledge

Gae introduced visiting Rotarian Brenda D. from the San Jose Downtown club

Al R. introduced his wife, Lydia

John P. introduced his son Matt, who was celebrating his birthday.

Ron S. shared some inspiration

We watched a video honoring Ed Bowen for receiving the 2018 John D Crummey Red Triangle Award from the YMCA Silicon Valley. Ed was recognized for 49 years of service and remarkable generosity. The video highlighted the work Ed has done with the Y, particularly his work on improvements to Camp Campbell. Congratulations Ed!

  • Tina O.H. reminded us this is the last chance to sign up for the President’s Brunch which is being held on December 2nd. Over 100 people have signed up, we’re all looking forward to a good time.
  • Judy R. announced this is our last chance to get a tag from the Family Giving Tree. She thanked us for the great response she has had so far. Gifts can be returned on Sunday, at the President’s Brunch, at the first Thursday event being held at John P.’s house or Monday-Friday at Julian R.’s office 985 University Avenue, #37, Los Gatos. If you are unable to shop, Judy will do it for you. She has completed shopping for everyone who has donated up to this point. December 11 is the last day to turn in gifts.
  • Nominating committee ballots were passed out.
  • Bill P. got his blue badge
  • Patti V. told us the club donated 1,800 diapers, 1,800 wipes and $280 to Sunday Friends. They were very thankful.
  • The Los Gatos Christmas Parade is this Saturday December 1. Let Amy know if you would like to walk with us.
Meeting Notes from Nov 27, 2018 2018-11-28 08:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

Meeting Notes from Nov 20, 2018

Meeting Notes from Nov 20, 2018

The Pledge was led by Leroy N.

Guests were introduced by new Rotarian Brent. Kam N. had a friend Harry S. visiting.

Marty and Wes recently triumphantly returned from their Seeing Again Guatemala trip, where their team of 11 treated 275 patients and performed 75 procedures. Cinematographer Wes is making a presentation to share with us soon.

Carol A. returned from a trip to Malta and brought a flag from their Rotary club.

Tom B. announced the highly anticipated President’s Brunch attendance is up to a record 98 people, and if you haven’t decided yet, to get off the fence!

Judy R. announce details of our annual Family Giving Tree. Pick up a gift tag or 2 at the next meeting, or donate cash or check and she will do the shopping.

Maddie S. announced details of First Thursday Dec 6 at the Pencer’s festively decorated home. Don’t miss it. Click on flyer below for more details.
Meeting Notes from Nov 20, 2018 2018-11-21 08:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

Let's go shopping!

Dear Rotarians,
This Tuesday, November 20th, you will have your first opportunity to select gift cards for The Family Giving Tree.  The cards will be on Boards according to age groups.  Take as many cards as you want to purchase gifts for!  Return the unwrapped gifts on Tuesday, Nov. 27th, at the President's Brunch on December 2nd, and the last day is Tuesday, December 11th.  That afternoon we will deliver all the gifts to the big warehouse.  Make sure to tape the wish card securely to the gift.  Thank you for participating in this worthwhile gift giving event!
The Family Giving Tree Committee
Let's go shopping! 2018-11-19 08:00:00Z 0

Fantastic Fundraiser!

Rotary had a “fantastic" night on November 16, 2018 hosting two families who are staying at the Ronald McDonald House for the opening night of Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald.  This is the second movie night Fundraiser Los Gatos has hosted. Last year the club purchased every seat available for opening night of Star Wars the Last Jedi.  The club raised over $6,000 last year by reselling the tickets for up to $40/pp to Rotarians, friends, and community members.  All proceeds benefit The Ronald McDonald House.  Each year Rotary extends tickets to families for a night out.
This year two families join us; The Barrett family, Leisel brought her mother. Leisl’s unborn daughter will have open heart surgery at the end of this month to repair a critical heart defect called Tetrology Of Fallot With Absent Pulmonary Valve.  There are only two doctors in the world who specialize in this life saving technique.  The second family has a premature baby being treated in neonatal care.  Pimental family, who are brought three of their children. Mom and dad are Graciela and Rigoberto. They have been staying at the Ronald McDonald House for 4 1/2 months now.  Rotary hopes to raise another $4,000 from this movie night. 
Many thanks all the Rotarians who generously donated tickets and brought family and friends.  Mike and Tina will share more at our next meeting including a few photos.  If you took any photos - please email them to Amy.potts@me.com 
Fantastic Fundraiser! 2018-11-17 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes from Nov 13, 2018

Meeting Notes from Nov 13, 2018

In the absence of our President Andrew, the meeting was called to order by vice-president Judy R.

Art R. led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. A moment of inspiration led by Ron S.

We had one visitor -- Dave H., a guest of President Andrew and a prospective new member.

Past-President Suzanne B. showed us a video from our Rebuild Together Day last month. It was inspiring and light hearted and showed what volunteer service can do.

Guest Sara provided an overview Bay Area Ronald McDonald House Charities. Sara emphasized how helpful our contribution last year was.
Fantastic Fundraiser! Rotary is hosting opening of Fantastic Beasts 2 premier at the #Losgatostheatre this Friday 6pm.  Sara from Ronald McDonald House at Stanford joined Mike Norcia who is organizer of this fundraiser. To get your tickets, click here!
Meeting Notes from Nov 13, 2018 2018-11-14 08:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

Make it a Fantastic Night!

Rotary Club of Los Gatos is proud to present Opening Night at The Los Gatos Theatre showing Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald on Friday Nov. 16th. Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House at Stanford.
Make it a Fantastic Night! 2018-11-08 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes from Nov 6, 2018

Meeting Notes from Nov 6, 2018

President Andrew called the meeting to order and after the pledge, Maddie S. introduced visitors:  Michael G., Los Gatos/Saratoga HS Superintendent; David H., a prospective new member; and Lydia, member Hal R.’s wife.

An inspirational video was shown about how Rotarians make a difference every day by putting their skills to good use and the heartwarming rewards of a simple “Thank you!” for their contributions.

Tina O-H. reminded everyone that the St. Luke’s brunch service will be next Tuesday at 9:45am.  All are welcome to help with this regular activity and volunteers wishing to bring food should contact Tina.

Mike N. announced the Fall Fundraiser at the Los Gatos Theater on Friday, November 16th featuring the movie “Fantastic Beasts” (a prequel to the Harry Potter series).  The entire theater is reserved for Rotarians, their families and guests. As before, several families staying at the Ronald McDonald house will be invited as guests of the club.  Tickets are available online or you can contact Dan S. to reserve tickets.
Meeting Notes from Nov 6, 2018 2018-11-07 08:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

In The Mercury News: November 3, 2018

Posted on Nov 03, 2018
Luisa Caballero, second from left, poses with volunteers from Los Gatos Rotary and the Los Gatos High School Interact Club who made repairs to her San Jose home Oct. 27 as part of the fall rebuilding day sponsored by Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley. Los Gatos was one of five local Rotary clubs whose members participated in the work day. (Photo courtesy of Los Gatos Rotary)
By  | Bay Area News Group

Until his death last year, Luisa Caballero relied on her husband of 58 years to make repairs to their San Jose home. This year Caballero, 85, got help from the Los Gatos Rotary Club on Oct. 27 during the fall rebuilding day sponsored by Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley.

Along with members of the Los Gatos High School Interact Club and other volunteers, Los Gatos Rotarians painted the house on Galewood Court, trimmed the trees, removed debris and installed a new kitchen hood and bedroom light fixture. The Los Gatos group, one of five local Rotary Clubs participating, was among nearly 700 volunteers, and sponsors who banded together to create safer and healthier homes and communities for 24 low-income homeowners and nonprofits in the South Bay.

Caballero’s activities are limited by her arthritis, but she still helps out at the Milpitas senior center. She told rebuilding day organizers that having the home repairs done would help her tremendously in her day-to-day life.

Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley also sponsors a spring rebuilding day, set for the last Saturday in April. Those looking to volunteer or apply for assistance can visit.

In The Mercury News: November 3, 2018 2018-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
November means... 2018-11-03 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes from Oct 30, 2018

Meeting Notes from Oct 30, 2018

Ed S. led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Dick C. introduced guests. There were no visiting Rotarians. Other guests included Lloyd R. (guest of Tina O.), Don M. (guest of Gae L.), Cerina S. (guest of AnnMarie V.), Diane B. (guest of Wes S.), and  Mindy M. (guest of Nicholas W.).

Andrew H. showed an inspirational video from the Rotary Foundation.

Amy P. shared that the Interact Club had an ad in the Los Gatos High School football magazine.

Suzanne B. gave a brief recap of Rebuilding Together which took place on October 27th. To view the photo album for this event, click here.

Andrew H. announced that a free viewing of the movie, End Game, will take place tonight (October 30th) at 6:30 at Hospice of the Valley in San Jose.

Erik B. was presented with his Red Badge.
Meeting Notes from Oct 30, 2018 2018-10-31 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

New Red Badge! Erik Beeson

Our newest member of Rotary Club of Los Gatos. Be sure to congratulate Erik Beeson; father of 4 and Web programmer. Neighbor and friend to President Andrew Howard.  We looking forwarding to getting to know you and your family Erik. 
New Red Badge! Erik Beeson 2018-10-30 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarians helping Military Families

Thank you to everyone who prepared and served dinner for military families at the Palo Alto VA Fisher House on Friday Oct. 26th.  Stay tuned for a recap and slideshow. 
Rotarians helping Military Families 2018-10-28 07:00:00Z 0
Thank you to everyone who worked hard for these before & after photos!  2018-10-28 07:00:00Z 0

We are on the Radio! 

District Rotary are promoting the 6 Rotary Clubs working with Rebuilding Together. Give a listen the 30 second radio broadcast. We added some images for social media. We look forward to transforming lives across Silicon Valley with you and other rotarians.
We are on the Radio! 2018-10-22 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes from Oct 16, 2018

Meeting Notes from Oct 16, 2018


Meeting was called to order by President Andrew. Mike F. led us in the Pledge. John P. introduced two guests: Marjorie B. and Diane P. There were no visiting Rotarians and no guests of members. Ron S. inspired us with a quote by Winston Churchill “Attitude is a little thing that can make a big difference.” He also amused us with a story about decisions and experience. Andrew reminded the Inspiration Committee to let Ron know when they want to take a month to inspire us.

We were reminded about Rebuilding Together which is Oct. 27.


Reminder about getting diapers to Patti for Sunday Friends. 
  • Diapers in every size – especially sizes 3 & 4
  • Wipes are also greatly appreciated!

There is a board meeting this Thursday, 10/18 at 4:30. Reminder to Red Badges; they are invited to attend.

Lisa told us there is a pilot project at the Fisher House. We will be serving dinner 10/26 at 4:30. She has people to help her with the meal, but she would like volunteers to serve and share a meal with the families. For more information, click here

Meeting Notes from Oct 16, 2018 2018-10-17 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

Meeting Notes from Oct 9, 2018

Meeting Notes from Oct 9, 2018

Myron S. led the pledge of allegiance.



First Thursday last week at Number One Broadway was a success! 24 people showed up to this event.

The LGHS Robotics team, 972 Iron Claw, came & gave an overview of the Robotics program. They earned a Regional Championship in SF during the 2018 season & attended the World Championships in Houston. They also participated in their first Robotics Competition. It took them 6 weeks to build a 120lb robot, learn & apply stem skills as well as develop real world skills, such as teamwork. Click here to check out their website!



Don Mcleave & his guest Beverly (his wife) celebrated 60 years of marriage and gave a $100 gift towards the scholarship fund.

Meeting Notes from Oct 9, 2018 2018-10-11 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes,Project Peanut Butter

Diaper Drive for Sunday Friends

Bring Diapers or check payable to Sunday Friends for the next 3 club meetings. Can't make it to a meeting? Contact Patti and she will come to you to pick up diapers or a donation.  
  • Diapers in every size – especially sizes 3 & 4
  • Wipes are also greatly appreciated!
Diaper Drive for Sunday Friends 2018-10-08 07:00:00Z 0

Still need volunteers! 

Saturday Oct. 27th - Rotary Rebuilding Together Project

Sign-ups close on October 6th so make sure you sign up before it's too late. Working with Rebuilding Together is one way we create safe and healthy homes and communities for our neighbors in need. This Rebuilding Day we will be changing the lives of 25 homeowners and nonprofits in Santa Clara County. Come volunteer with us and be a part of this incredible experience! Most of our jobs that day require no skill or experience.  But, we could use volunteers with some light electrical and or light carpentry.  Invite family and Friends: All volunteers are welcome.  See our Events calendar for location and full details.  
Still need volunteers! 2018-10-03 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes from Oct 2, 2018

Meeting Notes from Oct 2, 2018

Judy led today's meeting. Andrew was not present. Tony led us in the pledge. 

Mandy introduced visitors and guests. There were no visiting Rotarians. There were two guests. Eric B. - a guest of Andrew but whom was introduced by Tony in Andrew’s absence. Eric has submitted his application for membership. In addition, Jack C. brought his wife Fran. 

Ron Smith gave inspiration quote. 

Avis gave Greg G. his award for being a donor to the rotary foundation. 

Meeting Notes from Oct 2, 2018 2018-10-03 07:00:00Z 0 James McCaskill,Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes,Rebuilding Together,Sunday Friends

Time to sign up! 

We have been assigned our Rebuilding Together Project.  We will paint the house, clean up debris, and make some interior home improvements.  Registration link below:

When: Saturday October 27, 2018 
Where: 1741 Galewood Court - San Jose, CA  95133

(Click here for a link to register)

Time to sign up! 2018-09-30 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes from Sept 25, 2018

Meeting Notes from Sept 25, 2018

Myron S. led us in the Pledge.  John P. introduced visiting Rotarians Robin R. seeing family from Seattle, and visitors/prospective new members Erika B., Erik B., and Diane. An inspirational video was shown illustrating the good works around the world of The Rotary Foundation. It encouraged members to be people of action, and change the world by picking a cause important to them. Marlon S. had a We Care announcement: Leo is at Good Sam Room 314 and could use a visitor or phone call.

Amy P. announced the Interact Club at Los Gatos High School needs a Rotarian to attend an Ice Cream Social for clubs this Thursday, and Suzanne B. stepped forward. Avis L. presented Amy P. with her Paul Harris award for giving. Her family supports 2 Interact Clubs in other towns and was able to get $20,000 in company matching funds.

Meeting Notes from Sept 25, 2018 2018-09-26 07:00:00Z 0 Jim Beal,Meeting notes,Senator

meeting notes from Sept. 18, 2018

Inspiration/serving the homeless

Mark Twain wrote in the Prince and the Pauper that Hunger is Pride’s Master...  Most of us don’t miss a lot of meals, but we were able to help folks who do when we served at The St. Luke pantry program this morning.  Tina asked for those who volunteered to stand. It was Dave D. first time. Thank you for all of you who helped.



Save the date - community service: 

Rebuilding Together Project day is Oct 27th 8 am to 5 pm
Last day to sign up is Oct. 6th
Suzanne will email the sign-up info. We are looking for volunteers to do electrical, wiring, and tiling work 
The scope of the project is to clean the yard, paint the house and install a new stove. The home is located in east San Jose. The owner lost her husband last year. This year’s project is smaller compared to the previous year

First Thursday:

October 4, 2018 will be Number One Broadway (102 S Santa Cruz Ave # B, Los Gatos, CA 95030) starting at 5pm.  Drinks $5 to 9:00.  Music and dancing at 9:00.  Please bring an appetizers to share.
* Also is anyone willing to host first Thursday at their home in November? Please contact Gae L. 

Red Badge Bio: 

Lisa N. joined our Rotary club July 3rd. She is the daughter of Dom and Lydia and sister of Mike. Lisa retired in 2017 after 35 years of career in the medical device industry.
Other volunteer works- Child advocates of Silicon Valley Lucile Packard Foundation- received $8,000 in grants from LG rotary
She is an active participant of The Great Race, CrabFeast and past Bocce ball Tournaments.

Guest Speaker: Teresa Johnson, Director of HomeTrust - Meals on Wheels

Michele Lew-CEO and Teresa Johnson-Director, Meals on Wheels from Health Trust
Michele- Covered the corporate view
In 1996, The health Trust was formed from the sale of three local nonprofit hospitals.  Their mission is to build health equity in Silicon Valley, over $100 million in assets. 
They provide:
Meals on Wheels
HIV/AIDS Services
Housing Services
Health Education Workshops
Family Jerry Larson FOODBasket

Meals on Wheels provide warm food for elderly and disabled who are homebound and can’t prepare their meal or go food shopping for themselves. 85% of the clients over the age of 60. They Provide hot meals five days per week. They also provide Meal planning assistant to come up with a better menu for their clients.
The program was established in 1974 by visiting nurses’ associations. Later Health trust took over most of the program. County still runs the program, and they deliver frozen food once a week. They are more than a meal, they provide friendly visits and wellness checks, which is very important to their clients. Most of them don’t see anyone else.
Seven years ago, they also started providing food to the clients’ pets such as dogs, cats, and birds.

District Avenues of Service: (Free for all Red Badge members)
"Leaders keep on Learning" Project fair/Training/Networking/Fun
Featured speaker is past RI Director John Blount
WHAT: Connect with Rotary Leaders and leard about the power of service
WHERE: Santa Clara Biltmore Hotel, 2151 Laurelwood Road, Santa Clara
WHEN: Thursday, October 4th from 4:00 – 9:00 pm 

Other News:

Rotaractor Vincent Kloes, Interact 5170, Area 11 Director Adrian Wilcox  co-President (669) 888 6884  They are doing a project to help support Foster youth and provide resources so that the Foster youth can thrive.

Avis L. recognized Tom O., Gary A., Art R., and Colin D. for their contributions to Rotary Foundation 
Bell Ringers:
John C., John P, and Ed B. 
meeting notes from Sept. 18, 2018 2018-09-18 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

We invest in youth!

The LGHS Robotics Team 972 is heading to the World Championships in April!  Championships is not only a place to demonstrate their robot’s abilities, but also an opportunity to elevate the LGHS Robotics program to new heights for years to come. They are grateful for our help and encourage anyone who is willing to provide additional funds for this competition.  Visit: LGSH Robotics Page
We invest in youth! 2018-09-14 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes from Sept 11, 2018

Upon the suggestion of Mike F., the meeting opened with a moment of silence for those who perished on September 11th, 2001.

Three visiting Rotarians attended the meeting - Kuman S. from India, Kohinoor C. from the Los Gatos Morning Rotary (and West Valley Community Services), and Josh S. from the Cupertino Rotary Club (and West Valley Community Services). There were also three other non-rotary guests - David H. (a Netflix employee and neighbor of Andrew Howard's), David H. (teacher at Los Gatos High School), and Radhika B. (who has submitted her application to become a Los Gatos Rotarian).

The club will be promoted at an upcoming Spring event entitled, "Spring on the Green". See Dick for more details.

There is a club golf outing planned in October. Details to follow.

Meeting Notes from Sept 11, 2018 2018-09-12 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes

A warm welcome to our new member, Lisa!

We would like to introduce you to a new member of our club, Lisa Norcia Cheskin! We asked Lisa a couple of questions that we could share to help you get to know her better:
Where I work:
I have been retired since summer 2017 after a 35-year career in the medical device industry.
Why I joined Rotary:
It is an opportunity to service along side my family - my brother and father; It is an engine for varied and diverse volunteer opportunities.
Number of generations in Rotary:
Two generations (including mine) with all of my immediate family as current or past members - brother and father are current members and past presidents of Los Gatos Rotary and my mother is a former member of Los Gatos Morning Rotary.
Interested in Rotary and want to learn more about how you can become a Rotarian? Check out our club calendar and join us for a meeting! We welcome guests and look forward to meeting you!
A warm welcome to our new member, Lisa! 2018-09-10 07:00:00Z 0 new member,welcome

LG Rotary Clubs unite!

Los Gatos Morning and Los Gatos Afternoon Rotary enjoyed 'First Thursday' together Sept. 6th at Flight (formerly Hult's) Restaurants. 
LG Rotary Clubs unite! 2018-09-08 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes from Sept 4, 2018

Meeting Notes from Sept 4, 2018

Dick K. led us in the Pledge.  Greg G. introduced visiting Rotarian Debbie Rice (Saratoga Rotary, Tim Lundell’s Chief of Staff) and visitor Doug Brent. Ron S. delivered inspiration, and will auction off  “opportunities” to give future inspiration.
Maddie S. announced an opening preview event at NUMU (on the history of Los Gatos in the old library on 9/4 from 2-4 pm and First Thursday at Flights (formerly Hult’s) at 5 pm on 9/6. Los Gatos Morning rotary has been asked to join us for this event.
Henry V. announced the first Golf Group outing was a success. It was at Cinnabar last week and the group of 8 enjoyed golf and refreshments. Next golf event will be at Deep Cliff on Sunday 10/21 at 9:30. There are 10 slots, and friend and family are welcome. See Henry to sign up.
Andrea L. announced the monthly birthday table, and all were pleased to know Dave K. was correct in remembering his birthdate. The traditional song was sung, led by Tina O. (as Tony J. had just taken a bite of lunch!)
Tina O. presented slides of the Community Service Committee project of stuffing backpacks for Uplift Family Services. Many happy Rotarians took part in this June event. All were reminded of one of the many reasons we love LG Rotary.
President Andrew H. announced the Town of Los Gatos is erecting a bench in the memory of recently passed member Don Callahan at Oak Meadow Park.
Meeting Notes from Sept 4, 2018 2018-09-05 07:00:00Z 0 Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes,Paul Harris Fellows,Tim Lundell

Why should I join Rotary?

The top two reasons people join Rotary are to connect with and give back to their communities:

These are the same reasons members stay in Rotary year after year. But simply joining isn’t going to change lives or make those connections. That happens when you get involved. You’ll shape your own experience and decide how to get the most out of your membership.

Why should I join Rotary? 2018-09-02 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes from August 28, 2018

Meeting Notes from August 28, 2018

John Colwell led us in the Pledge.  Rodg Griffin introduced visiting Rotarian Wendell Stephens (past president Cupertino Rotary) and visitors Radha, Doug Brent, Scott Stauffer and Angela Hedges.
Mike Frangadakis graced the front page of the Los Gatos Weekly representing the LG Veteran’s Memorial, and it was worth $50 to him.
Marlon Smith gave us a tutorial on the Rotary club of Taft and how they were chartered the same year as our club (’24) and their mascot is the Wildcat as well.  He contributed $100 to the scholarship fund and passed along some puns from former member Ron Letterman.
We watched a video of how a Rotary club in Durango is helping provide sustainable solar lighting to Navajo people that don’t have electricity.
Thank you Gae LaTorre and the hospitality committee for arranging and promoting upcoming club events that include a private reception for our club (we’ve invited the LG morning club) at NUMU in the old library on 9/4 from 2-4 pm and First Thursday at Flights (formerly Hult’s) at 5 pm on 9/6.
Meeting Notes from August 28, 2018 2018-08-29 07:00:00Z 0 Jewish Family Services,Los Gatos Rotary,Meeting notes,Mindy Berkowitz
Club BBQ a success! 2018-08-22 07:00:00Z 0

See you 5pm tonight!

We always have a great time at our annual club BBQ: view a few photos from a previous year.
See you 5pm tonight! 2018-08-21 07:00:00Z 0
See you at the BBQ! Club dark Tuesday 21st Aug. 2018-08-15 07:00:00Z 0
Aug. 14th Guest speaker: Barry Minkin 2018-08-09 07:00:00Z 0

RYLA June 2018 Recap

RYLA aims to:

  • Demonstrate Rotary’s respect and concern for youth;
  • Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders;
  • Encourage leadership of youth by youth; and
  • Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities.
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Our latest flier for LGHS football program 2018-08-01 07:00:00Z 0
Soccer balls help fight Human Trafficking 2018-07-25 07:00:00Z 0
President Suzanne thanks all of YOU for making it a terrific year 2018-06-27 07:00:00Z 0

Good-bye President Suzanne - Hello President Andrew! 

Tonight we celebrate our out-going club President Suzanne Boxer-Gassman and welcome our incoming President Andrew Howard.  Suzanne has done a fantastic job as our club President! We will share photos of the night soon! 
Good-bye President Suzanne - Hello President Andrew! 2018-06-26 07:00:00Z 0

Now accepting new members

Los Gatos Rotary Club would love to meet you and tell you more about Rotary and how you can make a difference in our community and world by joining Rotary.  

Our club meets every Tuesday at the Los Gatos Lodge from 12:15pm - 1:30pm.   We have over 100 active members and we pride ourselves on serving the needs of our community and world.  Our club gave away $160,000 to local and world organization this year alone.  We host two major fundraiser: 
1. The Rotary club of Los Gatos Great Race in April
2. Rotary CrabFest & Auction in January 
As well as organize a community service activity almost every month.  Our club partners with non-profits such as St. Luke's pantry, Rebuilding Together, Rise Against Hunger, Uplift family services, Family giving Tree, and many more organizations that allows our members to get involved in community service work.  

Each week at our club meetings Rotary invites a keynote speaker. This is an enlightening time for Rotarians to be informed on a wide range of topics. To view our upcoming speakers please visit our guest speaker tab on our website. If you would like to be a guest speaker, please contact us at secretary@losgatosrotary.org 
To learn more about becoming a member please view the material available here on becoming a member or contact us for more information. 
The world can alway use more Rotarians! 
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Congratulation 2018 Rotary Scholarship recipients

Top left row: Zachary Bretzke, Thomas John Gray,  Michael Montreeza, Jamie Leckrone, Victoria Luu

Middle row: Adam Graubart, Ethan Troung, Zian Chen, Binat Gousinov, Anna Isabel Christjansen, Abbigale Berry

Bottom row: Ritaank Tiwari, Kian Shamskhou, Sydney Deng, Lily Toda, Iris Jimenez, Kaelyn Mikami, Sydney Nishikawa, Kyleigh Fertitta

Not pictured: Nancy Tran

Rotary Club of Los Gatos awarded these 20 Los Gatos and Leigh High school seniors with a combined scholarship amount of $36,000! The Club started giving scholarships in the late 1940’s. In 1973, it became a formal endowment and has grown significantly since then. Our scholarship fund is made possible by community fundraisers like the Rotary Club of Los Gatos Great Race and CrabFest and Auction, that enables us to award approximately $40,000 in scholarships annually.

Our Club’s Scholarship Committee makes the awards based on criteria such as recommendations from school counselor, applicant interview, GPA, participation in school activities, especially Interact Club, and financial need.
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2018 Best Nonprofit Act from Peace Jam Foundation 2018-05-26 07:00:00Z 0

New Club President Andrew Howard

2018/19 Club President 
A member of the Rotary Club of Los Gatos for 12 years.  Andrew has served on the board of directors, chaired the World Service Committee and was Vice President of the club until now.  He secured a Global Grant from Rotary International in 2011 and traveled to the Phillipines along with members Ron Cassel and Ed Stahl to help install a Neonatal ICU and CCU in Tuguegarao City.  Andrew serves as Chair of the Financial Advisory Committee for the LGUSD and as a classroom reader with Project Cornerstone.  As a father to four children, Andrew enjoys helping coach their baseball and soccer teams.   He is married to an amazing woman, Georgia, who exemplifies the Rotary motto of "Service above Self" both at home and in her volunteer efforts at Lexington elementary.  Andrew is a Principal at Betterwealth LLC, a Registered Investment Advisory firm located in Silicon Valley. He has seen firsthand the positive change that can be affected through an organization with Rotary’s international scale.  
Andrew enjoys meeting new people and encourages guests to give Rotary a try by attending a club meeting which are held every Tuesday at 12:30pm at the Los Gatos Lodge: 50 Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95032.   Your first lunch meeting is on us! Contact Andrew at president@losgatosrotary.org

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Rotary is a family affair. 

Rotarians love any opportunity to include spouses, children, and friends in Rotary events.  Friday May 18, 2018 offered just that opportunity when rotarians came together to enjoy a BBQ in beautiful Oak Meadow Park in Los Gatos.  
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See you Friday

Family BBQ on Friday, May 18 at Oak Meadow Park from 5pm to 8pm.

The tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and under.
The Club will provide hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, sodas and water.
When you buy your tickets you will be asked to sign up for your potluck preference: appetizer, side/salad or dessert. 
You will need to bring your own wine and beer.

Bring your spouses, significant others, children and grandchildren.  We will once again be able to ride the train and merry-go-round.

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FREE professional photos NOW available for Great Race 2018-05-02 07:00:00Z 0

Road Closures for Rotary Great Race on April 29

Posted on Apr 28, 2018
Road Closures for Rotary Great Race on April 29
The 41st Annual “Rotary Club of Los Gatos Great Race” is on April 29th and the Rotary Club of Los Gatos invites you put on your running or walking shoes to avoid traffic delays - or to come and participate in our event! If you are traveling with wheels that morning, We want you to be aware of the road closures to avoid as much inconvenience as possible. We greatly appreciate your patience on race day. Here are the details:
Road Closures for Rotary Great Race on April 29 2018-04-28 07:00:00Z 0
Support Rotary - Register, donate, and cheer for Great Race Participants Sunday! 2018-04-27 07:00:00Z 0
Join in a 41 year tradition - Great Race 2018-04-11 07:00:00Z 0
Young or young at heart - register now 2018-04-03 07:00:00Z 0

Bidding was high - over $2,000 were raised!

Rotary Club of Los Gatos bids on Los Gatos High Interact Club treats and services in an effort to help them raise funds to give back to the community. Rotary believe in investing in our next generation. Interact Clubs are community and international service clubs. Interact clubs empower young people in their community by taking action through service and district level initiatives, become leaders, and gaining a global perspective through the international network of Rotary.
Bidding was high - over $2,000 were raised! 2018-03-27 07:00:00Z 0

On KCAT-TV Sunday March 18th @ 7pm 

Watch Rotary Club President Suzanne Boxer-Gassman being interviewed by KCAT-TV 15 Lissa Kreisler on community story telling.  Rotary doing good in our community. Will air on KCAT Sunday March 18th 7pm with rebroadcast Monday - Saturday at Noon and 6:30pm. 


  • New episodes every Sunday @ 7:00PM on KCAT TV Comcast Channel 15, Los Gatos and Monte Sereno
  • Rebroadcasts Monday through Saturday @ Noon & 6:30PM on KCAT TV15
On KCAT-TV Sunday March 18th @ 7pm  2018-03-12 07:00:00Z 0
Now offering 4 or 8 mile race course 2018-03-10 08:00:00Z 0
41 year old Rotary Great race is Gr8er! 2018-02-28 08:00:00Z 0
Photos: CrabFest held Jan 27, 2018 2018-02-04 08:00:00Z 0
Sorry Crab Lovers - ticket sales are NOW closed. 2018-01-26 08:00:00Z 0
Let's go shopping! Plan your bids. 2018-01-22 08:00:00Z 0
Veterans Memorial Support Foundation 2018-01-14 08:00:00Z 0
Philanthropy in Action 2018-01-06 08:00:00Z 0
Movie Night Video 2017-12-19 08:00:00Z 0

The Force was with us!

Movie Night Fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Stanford was a BIG success.  Thank you to Mike & Tina for organizing the event. We raised over $6,000! Also thank you to Mike Frangadakis for organizing happy hour at Gardino's and everyone who purchased tickets and attended.  Two families staying at Ronald McDonald House attended the event and were so grateful to our club. We will share more photos once we know which ones will be used for a newspaper article we hope will be published Dec. 22nd. 
Mike with Kerstiens family with baby Jackie recovering from heart surgery (not present)
Suzanne & Mike with Sara from Ronald McDonald House and the Cox family to baby Wyatt (not present in the NICU)
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Proud to support RMH Stanford 2017-12-15 08:00:00Z 0
Happy Holidays! Enjoy this slideshow. 2017-12-13 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary at LG Holiday Parade 

Did you see our club members in the parade? Next year join us and walk. We live in an amazing community and what an honor it is to serve others in it.  click on link below to view ALL photos. Thanks to Rotarian Wes (our photographer):

View 2107 Parade Photos

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President's Christmas Brunch Photos

The event also honored 17 past presidents that were present, with the exception of Bill Cilker who was not able to attend. John Pencer (1979-80) to Tony James (2017-18). Tom Boyce, chairman of this event organized an elegant affair with a live performance from Abraham Lincoln High School. Tom is an alumni of this high school. Abraham Lincoln High School Choir in their Renaissance outfit sang traditional holiday songs in German, Spanish and English. Members are from freshman to senior high school students. Thank you to all the past, current, and future Presidents of Rotary Club of Los Gatos and a very Merry Christmas to all.
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Join us downtown Sat. Dec. 2 at 10am 2017-11-28 08:00:00Z 0

Tickets NOW on sale - buy early & save

Tickets for our CrabFest & Auction are now on sale.  Be sure to share the flier and invite your friends. It is our most delicious Fundraiser!  Please let the auction committee know what your donating.  Reserve your seats with Suzanne. Must have 8 in your party to reserve.  
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75 Wish cards to pick from 2017-11-18 08:00:00Z 0
Save the Date! 2017-11-11 08:00:00Z 0

Movie Night Fundraiser

Rotary Club of Los Gatos raised $6,000 by purchasing every seat available in the Los Gatos Theatre Dec. 15, 2017 at 6pm for opening weekend showing of the movie Star Wars the Last Jedi.  The club resold (214 seats) in approximately 2.5 weeks.  All proceeds for this event benefit the Ronald McDonald House Stanford.  Six movie seats were given away to two family staying at the Ronald McDonald House.  All the participants were invited to join us for happy hour at Gardino’s Restaurant for some fellowship before the movie started.  

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Meeting notes; Nov. 7, 2017

Preparing for the next BIG earthquake was the topic of our guest speaker today.  Chris Nance has been the chief communications officer for the not-for-profit California Earthquake Authority (CEA)—the largest earthquake insurance provider in the United States, and one of the largest in the world—since 2008. The 30 minutes he spoke went by much too fast.  There is a 99% chance of a M6.7 or larger earthquake to hit us in the next 30 years and you should get insured.  Insurance of earthquake has dropped by 55%.   

Missed the meeting: View his slides here
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Top down view! 

Many thanks to all the volunteer who spent their Saturday Oct. 28th improving the life of others.  Rotarian are people of ACTION and service.  John Paul a professional photographer and aerial videographer from Remote Fliers brought his drone out to capture this view of amazing TEAMWORK. 
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What are you donating? 

Planning is under way for our most DELICIOUS  fundraiser.  It will be held on Sat. January 27 at St. Andrews Church in Saratoga. 

Donations needed: 

- Tickets for sporting events; warriors, sharks, football, baseball, and basketball
- Tickets for concerts and live entertainment
- Access to private room at Mt. Winery or live entertainment
- Travel; timeshare, cruises, hotel stays, airline ticket or mileage
- Vacation condos or homes for week or weekend
- Admission to private clubs
- Dining experiences including catered, restaurant, and private chef
- Themed in-home party
- Cooking lessons and food delivery services
- Special experiences; such as zip-lining, sky diving, flight experience
- Spa & ski packages
- Ocean experiences such as whale watching, fishing, kayaking
- Luxury items such as designer bags, jewelry, electronics
- Fine or aged wines and champagne
- Sports memorabilia or autographs
Please email, text, or contact Patti van der Burg: cell: 408-348-1497 Email: pvanderburg@siestamedical.com
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Rotary Partners with Rebuilding Together 2017-11-06 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes for Oct 31, 2017

Speaker highlights

Brie Mathers shared with us her organization "Love the Skin You're in", a group established to help educate young girls about rejecting media standards of beauty and to feel power in sisterhood. She was a national-level runner in Canada, then sadly suffered from anorexia. She has a passion for girls struggling with gender stereotypes, body image issues, bullying, etc. She speaks to large groups of girls, but admits it is hard to find organizations able to afford her speaking fees. She promotes more women in government and wants to light the world with girl power. She has early Rotary ties as she was a Rotary exchange student to France. 
John Pencer gave a blue badge bio, a feature where newer Rotarians can learn a bit from "vintage" Rotarians. John was born in New Jersey and moved to California at 15. He worked in his family business of repairing surgical instruments, before heading off to Cal Poly for a mechanical engineering degree. He has been running Pencer Instrument Care from 1982-current. His wife Devonne is a frequent attendee of club social events. His 3 adult children live in the area. He enjoys skiing, antique cars and boats (is in a 12 step program for that), plus golf, fly fishing and travel. He joined Rotary in 1972, and served as President in 1979. He listed many mentors in the club, as well as new members he enjoys working with. Editor's note: John is responsible for many hearty laughs at our meetings, and his warmth and smile are ever-present, a key part to the personality of our club.
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Hurry - Only a few seats left!

We are almost SOLD OUT 6pm Friday Dec. 15th for Star Wars the Last Jedi  at  Los Gatos Theatre. Our club bought every seat available in the main theatre room.  Bring your family, co-workers, and friends!  Join us from 4-6pm for a pre-dinner drink or appetizer at Gardinos Fresco, 51 N. Main Santa Cruz in Los Gatos.   

Proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. They keep families with sick children together and near the care and resources they need. 
Tickets are $40/each.  
On-line Tickets: WWW.tinyurl.com/LGRotary

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Meeting Notes for October 24, 2017

speaker highlights

Laurabeth Messimer spoke of her organization GI Josie, which provides support and non-traditional therapy for female vets suffering from PTSD and sexual assault. She told of her personal motivation to start the organization. One in five victims file abuse reports and less than 10% receive justice. Types of therapy include canine, equine, art, music, and surfing. Her goal is to raise enough funds to have a residential ranch in the  Monterey area. For now, roughly 12 clients meet for therapies, but there is no residential center. She gave an impassioned description of the suffering these vets endure, and the need for such a service was clearly outlined, as there is no other such service offered in the country. For more info go to 
We also had a red badge bio from Nicholas Welzenbach. He spoke of fun family trips with his 4 siblings growing up in Kansas, his closeness and appreciation for his parents, wife Kendall and 2 kids. He was previously an Antioch Rotarian and was sponsored by Andrew Howard. He currently works at Darling-Fischer Funeral Home in Los Gatos. Welcome Nicholas!
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Movie Night Fundraiser- Showing Star Wars the Last Jedi

Los Gatos Theatre is SOLD OUT 6pm Friday Dec. 15th for Star Wars the Last Jedi in the main theatre because our club bought every seat available in the house!  

Let's fill all the seats with your co-workers, family, and friends.  Proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. They keep families with sick children together and near the care and resources they need. 

If you buy your tickets before Oct. 31st they are $35/each.  After Halloween they are $40/each.  Ordering tickets before or after club our club meeting will save you on-line processing fee. 
On-line Tickets: WWW.tinyurl.com/LGRotary


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Meeting Notes for October 17, 2017


Our speakers today were Bruce and Mae Wood from the NGO 1040i, which provides healthcare, education, and clean water to the Doporo region of the Ivory Coast in West Africa. Last year our club gave a World Service grant to this worthy group, and there was much interest from club members for future support. Each February they travel to this remote region, requiring security escorts. They perform surgeries, run a pharmacy, and dispense much needed mild pain relievers. They demonstrated mobility carts, and shared how moving it was to see how they help those who need them. They also bring low cost water filter systems, which they demonstrated. Many Rotarians saw the muddy before water, and took a sip from the post-filter water. They also solicit Tylenol, sunglasses, hats, used jewelry, and many other items. Our Community Service committee may be having a drive prior to their next trip, so stay tuned.
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Rotary Grants in Action

Our Rotarians love seeing how the money we give to local charities help the community.  Grail Family Services were able to offer FREE books to parents taking English as a Second Language class.
Learn more about GFS: http://www.gfsfamilyservices.org 
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Meeting notes Oct. 10, 2017

Speaker Highlights

District 5170 Governor Orrin Mahoney was our feature speaker.  If you missed his fantastic presentation please click on this link to view it. (DG Visit Slides)

Mahoney shared 6 magic words... "Have you ever thought about Rotary?"  It was the question someone asked him and he encourages all members to ask them when we talk to members in our community.  He has sponsored about 1 new member every year he has been in Rotary, which is a good goal for all Rotarians.  Our District is the FASTEST growing district in the country and has the largest INTERACT membership.  

Mahoney shared his priority as this year as District Governor: The mission of Rotary District 5170 is to both INSPIRE and SUPPORT the clubs of the District through the use of multiple communication tools, training programs, motivating events, and supporting infrastructure.   The top secret questions is where will the District conference be held June 2, 2018? Wait and see... it will be very exciting. 

*45 members were recognized for their donation to the Rotary Foundation, including Avis who received a beautiful engraved crystal award for being a Level 2 Bequest Society Member. When a Rotarian gives more than $25,000 to the foundation.  Rotary International thanks all of the generous donations from our club as they are essential to securing and growing Rotary's programs throughout the world. 

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Meeting Notes for Oct 3, 2017

speaker highlights

Our speaker was Lissa Kreisler, long time DJ with KLOK and KBAY, now retired. She was inducted in the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame, and was known to share her life with her loyal audience daily. Her talk was titled "Decades of Sunny Mornings" and included many witty anecdotes as well as how she covered serious news such as the 9-11 tragedy. She currently conducts interviews of people doing good deeds in our community at KCAT. For more info go to www.kcat.org
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Philanthropy: LGHS Robotics Team

Two Rons Make a Right - Present Philanthropy Funds

Written by Ron Cassel: Presentation of Financial Support to FRC Robotics Team #972 Ironclaw at Los Gatos High School

Left to right:  Ron Cassel, Justin Quan, Ron Smith, and Rodrigo Coppelli 

Rotarians Ron Smith and Ron Cassel presented a $1,000 check to the First Robotics team, represented by Justin Quan, Co-Team Captain, and LGHS instructor Rodrigo Coppelli. Justin is a junior this year at Los Gatos High and will be one of the leaders of the robotics team as it enters competition. Rodrigo Coppelli is a mathematics and engineering instructor on campus. Aaron Payne, not pictured, is the Manufacturing and Wood Technology instruc- tor in the Industrial Technology department at LGHS.

Los Gatos Rotary’s philanthropic grant will be used by the First Robotics team in upcoming competitions. Any interested party may go to a computer browser and type in “First Robotics – Steamworks” and view a video regarding last year’s competition.

A note of interest: Very few Industrial Technology programs remain in our state and nation, but Los Gatos is blessed with a continuing program. Aaron Payne, Los Gatos High School graduate of 1995, is now the instructor that oversees Manufacturing, Wood Technology and the First Robotics program. He is doing an outstanding job in his teaching position. Considerable new equipment is coming to the Manufacturing lab courtesy of federal funds, and this is a real praise to Mr. Payne and the program. He is well liked and sincerely appreciated for his service by all who know him. From his program will come skilled craftsmen and engineers for the future.



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Donate to Las Vegas victims families

Las Vegas Rotary Club are running a fundraiser to help cover the cost of funerals/medical expenses of the victims of the terrible Las Vegas shooting.
Please consider supporting them. 
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Sun. Oct 8: Interact - Fall Leadership Conference - Need volunteers

Over 4,000 students will be coming together to hear what the International project will be.  

Volunteers are essential to the success of the Fall Leadership Conference (FLC) - whether aiding District Council members in facilitating workshops, leading attendees around the Independence High Campus, passing out lunch, ensuring we go green and recycle, etc.

The more volunteers, the more smoothly the day will run. For those of you who have always wanted to learn more about Interact, see what makes Interact 5170 the most celebrated youth District in the world.

Please register to volunteer through the following:

Click here

There is an event fee of $13 for all attendees, which includes
lunch. Payment and registration is through interact Clubs. Please contact an Interact Club in which your Rotary Club sponsors to sign up. 

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Meeting Notes for Sept  26, 2017

speaker highlights

Our speakers were Sead Eminovic and Kayla Ladd from the International Rescue Committee's (IRC) San Jose office. The IRC was founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein. Its Emergency response team can be sent to a crisis site within 72 hours, and stay until there is stability. The IRC resettles displaced people in the U.S. with the goals of integration and self-sufficiency. They help over 50 families a year that are fleeing persecution. A main goal is career development so that they can be self sufficient. 
Here is a link to the slides presented.
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New Member Bio. - Michelle Myers-Nelson 2017-09-27 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes for Sept 19, 2017


We had 2 new-member bio presentations, one of the club's most liked programs. First up was Victoria DuPuy. Her mother came from Sacramento via Amtrak for the presentation. She described her life journey, including a background in marketing, advertising and 
psychology. Her current passion is in her non-profit No More Broken Hearts, which promotes heart screening in order to prevent heart failure. She has 2 children and a new blended family. Glad to have Victoria aboard!
Next up was Michelle Meyers-Nelson. She had an unusual and well-received video of her life story, with technical assistance from husband Steve. It showed pictures of her youth in the South Bay, a stint on Wheel of Fortune, many appearances on TV cooking segments, and a catering career. Now that she is retired she enjoys her 2 golden retrievers and looks forward to Rotary activities. She finished with fresh hand made chocolate truffles for all. Welcome Michelle!
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Vote for us! 

(click here)
Non-Profit of the year Contest 
-hosted by the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce

hurry...Voting ends September 27th

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Shop Rotary Clothing & Gifts

Represent Rotary in style

To see a complete list of supplies visit Russell Hampton website:  www.ruh.com

Rotarian at Work:

Perfect for community or international service. Comes in Blue, Gold, Bright yellow long & short sleeve, mens or women's. 


Rotary Polo Shirts:

Women's Shirts
Men's Shirts

Perfect for meetings, fundraiser, or everyday wear. Cotton or performance, many different colors & styles. 


Twill Shirts perfect for work, meetings, or events.

Many colors to choose from; long or short sleeve, mens & women cuts. 


Wide Range of Jackets
Mens Jackets
Women's Jackets

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Meeting Notes for Sept 12, 2017 2017-09-16 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes for Sept 5, 2017

Speaker Highlights

Our speaker was Maha Elgenaidi, Director of Islamic Networks Group. There were many questions from members. She acknowledged it was difficult to summarize the religion of 1.8 billion people in 30 minutes, but that it is a peaceful religion that is not defined by extremists.

To see her slides go to

To view her website go to


  • President Suzanne announced there is an effort to have a coordinated Rotary response to Hurricane Harvey relief. Details should be announced next week.
  • Amy Potts quickly showed the club's website and Facebook page, and noted that one does not need a password to view upcoming events and speakers.
  • President Suzanne announced our total philanthropy for last year was $128, 000. Well done Los Gatos Rotary!
  • Save the date for our Rebuild Together project: Saturday Oct 28. It promises to be rewarding and fun.
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Have been to a Rotary Convention? 2017-08-31 07:00:00Z 0

Club BBQ 8.22.17

Members brought a guest to attend our club "Hawaiian" BBQ at Oak Meadow Park. They enjoyed rides on the train & carousel. Our club takes great pride in using the outdoor grill at Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad that our club funded, built, and installed. As well the amphitheater, bricks, flag pole, train tracks and so much more to enhance this beautiful park. Thank you for putting on such a great event BBQ committee. The roasted pig, food, and open bar was FANTASTIC! Not to mention the great company. 
View photo album here... (submit any additional photos to Amy Potts) 
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Serving the homeless 2017-08-22 07:00:00Z 0

Always looking....

for new members... 

Greg Gomon & Tina attended District New Member Seminar
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Summer is over... RYLA students thank our club 2017-08-14 07:00:00Z 0

Making a difference...

Have you ever wondered what rotary members do?

Well, here is a perfect example of what they do... they make a difference in this world.  Avis La Grone a member of Los Gatos Rotary club since 2001 makes a difference not only in our community by working with high school Interact club members but also helping to end Polio once and for all for by giving vaccinations.  Here is just a glimpse of her 12 day trip to India. If you want to make a difference, join us for lunch or contact us for more information: contactus@losgatosrotary.org.  
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July begins Rotary's new fiscal year; new theme and new presidents

Presidential theme

2017-18: Rotary: Making a Difference

Rotary International President Ian H.S. Riseley’s theme, Rotary: Making a Difference. “Whether we’re building a new playground or a new school, improving medical care or sanitation, training conflict mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change people’s lives — in ways large and small — for the better.”

District 5170 District Governor: 

Orrin Mahoney is a long time resident of Cupertino, California. visit www.rotarydistrict5170.org for more information.

Our very own - Rotary Club of Los Gatos:

Suzanne Boxer Gassman, Ed. D spent 4 decades in the areas of eduction, leadership, and training. She received her BA from UC Berkeley, Masters from University of Northern Colorado, and doctorate from UCLA. 

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RYLA - 5170 youth leading, serving, belonging, changing 2017-07-07 07:00:00Z 0

RYLA - 2107 Investing in our Youth

Mission Springs camp in the breathtaking Santa Cruz mountains was full of energy as Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) wrapped yet another successful camp June 25-30th, 2017.

Each year, thousands of young people take part in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program worldwide. Young people, ages 14-17, are chosen for their leadership potential. Rotary clubs and districts select participants and facilitate the event’s curriculum. This Camp RYLA is sponsored by Rotary District 5170.

High school students from around the Bay Area are selected to attend RYLA for leadership demonstrated at school or in the community. Many, but not all, of our students are a part of their school Interact Clubs. These students receive scholarships to a week long leadership camp where they learn skills about how to become better leaders, build better friendships, and how to actively apply what they have learned at camp to their lives, schools, and communities.

RYLA aims to:

  • Demonstrate Rotary’s respect and concern for youth;
  • Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders;
  • Encourage leadership of youth by youth; and
  • Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities.

RYLA was officially adopted by Rotary International in 1971, and is one of the most significant and fastest-growing programs of Rotary service. RYLA programs often lead to the formation or strengthening of Rotaract and Interact clubs. RYLA participants often go on to become Youth Exchange students or Ambassadorial Scholars.

Rotary Club of Los Gatos were able to pay for 5 students; 4 from Los Gatos and 1 from Leigh High School.  Photo includes Los Gatos Morning Club Rotarians and students selected from Leigh & Westmont High. 

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Great night celebrating our 94th President Tony James

Villa Ragusa was full of good friends, laughter, and much appreciation as the members of the Rotary Club of Los Gatos celebrated the annual debunking of our president Anthony "Tony" James.  Jeopardy, Americans popular game show kept the audience puzzled yet amused featuring "President Tony as the Nerd, Bishop, and Ms. Big Bottom."   Organizers of this fun event pulled it off with good taste and sincere appreciation for a job well done.  
Many rotarians were recognized for their service and time given to help our club operate and pull off the many events held through out the Rotary year.  A special recognition is always given to the Rotarian of the year; congratulation to Tina Orsi-Hartigan.  Your commitment to community service and our youth through Interact is invaluable. 
We welcomed our incoming President Suzanne Boxer- Gassman and look forward to the unique skills and passion she will bring to our club.  Rotary could not impact the community and world without you - our members, so pat yourself on the back and continue to help make the world a better place.  Through the financial gifts, service project, networking, and actions of each member we are able to help solve real problems in our community and world.  

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LGYT- Rotary gives to Los Gatos Youth Theatre

It is such a privilege to be able to give to the Los Gatos Youth Theatre and other non-profit Charities in our community to help them meet their financial needs.  At our last club meeting on June 20, members of the Rotary Club of Los Gatos were able to watch a few student perform a scene from each of the performances that will take place this summer.  Be sure to mark your calendar and buy tickets as these shows are not to be missed.

Visit their website to see performance times and buy ticket:       www.lgyt.net

Aristocats Kids on June 22 & 23 at 2pm & 6pm

High School Musical, Jr. on June 29 & 30 at 2pm & 6pm

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Seniors of Distinction Award

Charles Erekson

Every year, The Terraces of Los Gatos honors local residents for their volunteer service and outstanding contributions to our community. These individuals receive The Terraces' annual Seniors of Distinction Award. This year there are five awardees and one of them is our Charles Erekson. Kathy Cusick, Joe's widow is also being honored.
All club members are invited to attend the award ceremony, which includes a champagne reception. Details:
          Thursday, June 22, 2017 3:00 pm
          The Terraces of Los Gatos
          800 Blossom Hill Road. Los Gatos

Rotarian Charles Erekson was honored as a Senior of Distinction in the Town of Los Gatos on Thursday at ceremonies held at The Terraces of Los Gatos.  Each year seniors in Los Gatos and Monte Sereno are honored for their volunteer service and contributions to their community.

Originally from Texas, Charles and his wife Susie have lived in Los Gatos for more than 30 years where he is a highly respected and well liked member of the Rotary Club of Los Gatos and in the community.  He has held several leadership positions in the Rotary Club and has been recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow for his generous support of the Rotary International Foundation.

For a number of years Charles has served on various commissions, boards, and committees for the Town of Los Gatos including the Planning Commission, General Plan Committee, Historic Preservation Committee, Conceptual Design Advisory Committee, Housing Element Advisory Board, and North 40 Specific Plan Advisory Committee.  He has also been an active volunteer in a variety of youth programs in the community.  He was a founding Board member of the Los Gatos Saratoga Girls Softball Association, has served on the Board of Directors of Los Gatos Little League and Campfire Girls and Boys, has volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Positive Coaching Alliance, and has coached in a variety of youth sports programs.

Dr. Erekson has an undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University (TCU) and graduate degrees from Texas A&M University and Oregon State University.  He retired from Santa Clara University three years ago after having spent 45 years as a university administrator at several colleges and universities.  He has used his background in education in the local community volunteering for the Los Gatos Education Foundation, serving on several committees in Los Gatos Union School District, and being an executive coach for the LGUSD Superintendent.  Charles has also been an active member of the TCU Alumni Association and served on the TCU Chancellor’s Advisory Council.

Charles has recently been volunteering with St. Luke’s Pantry, Sacred Heart Community Services, Stop Hunger Now, and as a senior executive coaching and mentoring volunteer.  The Rotary Club of Los Gatos was very proud to support the nomination of our fellow Rotarian for this well-deserved award.

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This is a celebration of President Tony’s work for the Membership this past year. Come honor your President and all those who helped make Los Gatos Rotary the best Club in Rotary.  Don’t miss the “Not For Prime Time Players” poking fun at President Tony.

    Date: June 27, 2017
    Time: Fun begins at 6PM
    Cost: $75 per person
    Includes: Hors D’Oeuvres & Wine with Dinner, both red & white
    Food selections:     
•Chicken Breast Stuffed with Herbed Goat Cheese & Red Wine Demi glace
•Tournedos of Beef Ragusa - Sliced Tri-Tip with Wild Mushroom Forestier
•Chicken Marsala in a Marsala Wine Sauce & Sautéed Mushrooms
•Vegetarian or Gluten Free Meal Available on request
    Tickets available at Tuesday meetings beginning June 6th    
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Scholarship recipients for Leigh and Los Gatos High School Seniors

Leigh High School recipiants
Los Gatos High recipients: First Row:  Sophia Maxfield, Asiyah Rasheed,  Anna Gustafson
Second Row:  Brandon Roul,  Danika Lyle, Caroline Bond,  Lark Breen, Michael Shusterman
Not pictured:  Annie Hall,  Sophie Mortaz  Quin Plischte, Rachel Kulakofsky ,Elina Yon

Rotary invests in our future leaders many ways; today we recognized 16 high school seniors at Leigh and Los Gatos high; providing them with $34,000 collectively to help with college expenses.   

Rotary club of Los Gatos takes great pride in giving, especially to causes that will result in a better future.   The Los Gatos Rotary Scholarship fund was established in 1947.  33% of the money made from the Great Race goes directly into this fund.  Our club provides scholarships to select students from Los Gatos and Leigh High school.  
Criteria for recipients include:
- Recommendation from school counselor
- screening from interview process
- School participation - especially if they are a member of the Interact club 
- Financial need
Applications are collected in the middle of March each school year.  Be sure to stay in touch with your college school counselor. 
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No plans for the 4th? Like friendly Rotary club competition? read this...

Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary club has invited our club members to join in the fun - July 4th Challenging 10K- Fast and Flat 5K Firework fun run. This is a super fun event on July 4 over in Santa Cruz. Come and run or walk and represent our Los Gatos Rotary club in the competition against Santa Cruz and Hollister. Remember all Rotarians get points just for showing up.
Promo code is below.
** THE 32d ANNUAL FIRECRACKER 10K/5K/KIDS’ 1K. On Tuesday, July 4th, 2017. The 10K and 5K courses are both certified. The 5K is flat and fast and the 10K is the classic and challenging “Thrill of the Hill” city and country course through the Pogonip! Register at www.santacruzfirecracker10k.org/register.  
Race information is on www.santacruzfirecracker10k.org or call Race Director Jeff Kirk at (831) 359-9635. Enter discount code GR5 to receive $5 discount at registration!
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Rotary Club Family BBQ

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Los Gatos rotarians their children, grandchildren, parents, and even our very own District Gov. Jeff Orth and his wife Barbara enjoyed a beautiful evening of eating delicious BBQ in the outdoor kitchen that our club enjoyed building for The Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad which operates in Oak Meadow Park.  

Although our club loves to serve others, fundraise, and participate in projects; its nice to get together to socialize with no other goal than to celebrate life together.  What better way to do that than to be outside, riding a train, reliving childhood going around the carousel, and enjoying a good old American BBQ.  

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Professional photos NOW available for Rotary Club of LG Great Race

(Click here) to search by name or bid number. Photos of the 40th annual Rotary Club of Los Gatos Great Race were captured by Facchino Photography.  Over 5,000 photos can be found on this link. It was truly a great race with over 1,400 people running and walking the scenic 4 mile route from Saratoga to Los Gatos.  Proceeds from this race benefit the Rotary Club charities including awarding high school seniors with college scholarship funds. 
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Ronald McDonald House Thanks our Club

Our heartfelt thanks go out to Los Gatos Rotary for the incredible support its members continue to show our House. For the past three years, proceeds from the club’s Bocce Blast tournament have benefitted Ronald McDonald House at Stanford and the families who call our House home. Today, we received a $6,000 donation from their latest tournament along with 97 toiletry bags for our families. Gifts like these offer needed comfort when far from home and after long days spent at the hospital. Thank you, Rotarians!

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Bring a Guest

Fall in Love with Rotary

Bring a guest to our Valentines Day Rotary Meeting - Feb. 14th
Los Gatos Lodge
All guests will receive a small gift and hopefully fall in love with Rotary. 
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CrabFest 2017 a success

The Annual Rotary Club of Los Gatos CrabFest & Auction was a monumental success made possible by the people in our community with their charitable contributions for the auction and to the people who came openhearted and made generous bids for auction items.

Thanks to the members of the Rotary Club of Los Gatos for their tireless effort for this and other events to raise money for causes that promote the welfare of others.  From the Rotary Club of Los Gatos and all those that benefit.

Thank You!

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Mercy News article by Judy Peterson - CrabFest

Los Gatos Rotary is crackin’ crab for a cause

The Los Gatos Rotary Club’s 16th annual all-you-can-eat Crabfest & Auction is just around the corner, only this year the “corner” is in Saratoga.
The crabfest takes place at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 13601 Saratoga Ave. The change from St. Mary’s in Los Gatos was due to a scheduling conflict. The crabfest is the club’s biggest fundraising event of the year and is expected to raise as much as $50,000.
Tickets are on sale now at losgatosrotary.org and are $60 for adults, $20 for children 12 and younger. 
The club’s goal is to sell 500 tickets.
“It has grown in recent years, and we had to have an overflow room last year,” co-chairman Neal Mudgett said. “This year, we’ll be able to fit everybody into the gymnasium at St. Andrew’s. That’s important because we don’t want people missing out on our live auction.”
The live and silent auctions are chock-full of bidding opportunities, including weeklong and weekend getaways. “The live auction features a seven-day cruise to Mexico and one week’s lodging in Davos, Switzerland. We also have a week in Kona and a week in San Francisco,” Mudgett said.
Skiers and snowboarders will be particularly interested in a week’s lodging for 10 at a lakefront home in Tahoe.
“We’re also doing an in-home gourmet dinner for 10, and we have pairs of ‘Hamilton’ tickets,” Mudgett said.
The acclaimed Broadway show opens March 10 at San Francisco’s Orpheum Theatre.
Proceeds from the crabfest primarily benefit St. Luke’s Food Pantry in Los Gatos. “They provide food and services to the homeless and our low-income residents,” Mudgett said. “We’ve been helping St. Luke’s for a long time and we have a really good relationship with them.”
Los Gatos Boy Scouts will receive a donation, too, because they’ll be on hand to assist with setup, serving and tear-down.
“It’s a lot of work, but it’s also fun and for a good cause,” Mudgett said.
The Rotary Club also sponsors Los Gatos High School’s Interact Club, a service club that reflects Rotary’s mission to provide community leadership and support. Interact Club members recently made fleece blankets for the Silicon Valley Pet Project that rescues shelter cats and dogs at risk of being euthanized.
“Several members of the Pet Project attended a Rotary meeting recently, and as we were leaving the meeting, we heard a kitten crying in the ditch between the Los Gatos Lodge and Los Gatos-Saratoga Road,” Rotarian Tina-Orsi-Hartigan said. “It took five of us but we rescued a darling kitten, now named Scout, who was the first recipient of one of the Interact club’s fleece blankets.”
Orsi-Hartigan is helping to organize a Jan. 23 fundraiser at Aldo’s restaurants on behalf of the Pet Project. If you order lunch, dinner or takeout at Aldo’s that day, 20 percent of your bill will be donated to the pet project.
Aldo’s Cafe is in the Los Gatos Shopping Center at 440 N. Santa Cruz Ave. Aldo’s Ristorante & Bar is in Vasona Station at 14109 S. Winchester Blvd.
Aldo’s owner, Aldo Marescca, has also just opened Shiroi Sushi at the Vasona Station, so the Pet Project fundraiser is good there, too.
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Christmas Families 

Thank you Rotarian for giving to 6 families; which included 25 children, 6 Mothers, and 2 Dads.  What a blessing it was to see the joy on their faces receiving these gifts. Photo: a few of Santa's helpers. 
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Girl Scouts of Northern California thank our Club

Tucked away among the giant California Redwood trees are some very happy girls who appreciate the opportunity to connect with nature, seek out challenges, engage in learning, and build friendships when they can attend girl scouts camp.  With the grant money given by our club they can put it toward making improvement and offering a better experience to each camper.

They have set a goal to raise $500,000 by August 2017 and are only about 1/5 the way there. They are hopeful because of generous club like ours.  
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A Bocce Blast  Winners

Bocce Blast Winning Team:
Raising money for Ronald McDonald house could not be more enjoyable. Over 100 people showed up to eat, drink, and compete in the friendly Bocce Ball tournament.  Placing first in the tournament added to the nights excitement for Lydia, Dom Norcia and Lisa, Barry Cheskin.  Thank you to all those that donated, participated, and organized the third annual Bocce Blast  October 24, 2016 at Campo Di Bocce in Los Gatos.   
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Stop Hunger Now - Meal Packaging

Los Gatos High Interact students joined forces with our Rotarians at Hillbrook Elementary school to support Stop Hunger Now. The day at Hillbrook School was a huge success with over 15,000 meals packaged!  Stop Hunger Now meal packaging events are a volunteer-based program that coordinates the streamlined packaging of highly nutritious, dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables and 23 essential vitamins and minerals. Meals are distributed to children in developing countries.  

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Serving the homeless

Serving the homeless at Saint Luke's Pantry which is an outreach program to serve those in need of food, clothing, and fellowship. To volunteer your time, money, or items in need please contact our club or contact Saint Luke's Episcopal Church; 20 University Ave. Los Gatos, CA

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In the News - 8/24/2016

Los Gatos: Rotarians leave their mark on the Billy Jones 'Wildcat' Railroad

By Judy Peterson


POSTED:   08/24/2016 06:01:34 PM PDT

Photograph by George Sakkestad Los Gatos Rotary Club member Paul Christensen put his grilling...

Los Gatos Rotarians enjoyed the fruits of their labors at the club's annual barbecue at Oak Meadow Park, where pit masters piled chicken breasts, steaks and sausages onto new, professional-size grills that were purchased by the club. The Aug. 23 barbecue celebrated Rotary's commitment to the Los Gatos community, which has been ongoing since the club's founding in 1924.

"What we do in the community is critical to our mission," past president Tina Orsi-Hartigan said. "Our mission is to make a positive impact in the community, both locally and globally. So, we ask our members to donate to Rotary International every year--the amount doesn't matter--to support global initiatives such as eradicating polio."

A portion of that money is returned to the club for local use, and after seeing Oak Meadow's old barbecue set-up, members decided a new barbecue area was in order.

The barbecues are used by the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad to grill hot dogs and hamburgers that are sold to park visitors.

"We bought expensive professional barbecue equipment, saving the Billy Jones Railroad a lot of money because their barbecues had to be replaced every year," Orsi-Hartigan said.

Now, there are two Saber grills built into a barbecue island that's adjacent to the railroad tracks. Before, railroad workers used little portable grills.

The project cost approximately $15,000.


Since the project wasn't finished when Orsi-Hartigan's term was up, it continued into the next club president's term.

"I ordered all the accessories, such as shelving, doors and cabinets," past president Rodger Griffin said.

There's also a brand-new, shiny stainless steel countertop that was set up as a buffet during the party, allowing guests to help themselves.

Griffin said much of the project was completed by club members, although a concrete company installed the slab that the counter sits on.

He gave a shout out to several members who volunteered for the project, including Colin Deursor, Tom Dodge and Ron Cassel. "Ron used to be a shop teacher at Los Gatos High School, and he did the stainless steel top," Griffin said.

Billy Jones Railroad CEO Francesca Alexander said the new grills are great. "They're a lot hotter than we're used to; they get fired up quickly," she said. "But they're very convenient. The old barbecues had to be moved inside at night."

Because the park and railroad are open daily, the barbecue project had to be built between 7 and 10:15 a.m. so it wouldn't interfere with operations.

Still to come: The Rotary club plans to install a permanent natural gas line to service the barbecues and also provide heat in the winter to the W.E. "Bill" Mason Carousel.

Plans are also being made to build a new room where carousel horses can be refurbished.

And Billy Jones board member George Shannon took guests into the railroad's roundhouse, where a new passenger car is under construction. The car will allow more people to ride the train at the same time, which Shannon said is important since most riders are young children.

"We've discovered kids are like time bombs," he said. "They wait in line for 10 minutes to get on the train and then they take an 11-minute ride. So this is a new car to add more bodies."

Incidentally, the car's wheels are from a train that ran during the 1915 Pan Pacific Expo in San Francisco.

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BBQ make-over

Our club saw a need for a BBQ make-over at the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad and carousel area in beautiful Oak Meadow park.  This project will save BJWRR the cost of replacing their portable BBQs each year.  It also improves the functionality and flow of serving food to paying customers. This photo include BJWRR using it to serve customers.  

We even made the News: Mercury News by Judy Peterson. 

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Our Rotary club held our annual BBQ here on August 23 hosting members and guests. view photos

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Message from our new President- Tony James:

I was honored to be elected President of the Rotary Club of Los Gatos for the 2016-2017 Rotary year. My goal is to ensure that the club continues to flourish. To do this, we will actively recruit new members, schedule multiple community service projects, and conduct fundraising events so that we can give grants to philanthropic organizations. There will also be several social events at which club members and their families & friends can have fun together.

When asked by non-Rotarians “What is a Rotary club”? I reply that each club is a leadership organization involving local business, professional, and civic leaders. We meet regularly, get to know each other, form friendships, and through that, the club is able to get things done in the community.

Rotary is an international community service organization with clubs in over 200 countries. Clubs from different countries frequently cooperate to help with events like disaster relief. Any Rotarian is free to visit any other club anywhere in the world – and will always be made very welcome.

I joined Rotary in 2009 and my membership is now an important factor in my quality of life. My only regret about joining Rotary is that I did not do it sooner.

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Tony James – BRIEF BIO

Tony James was born in the UK in 1939. He received an academic scholarship and studied mechanical engineering at Nottingham University; he received a degree in 1961. He married his college sweetheart, Susan, in 1962. In 1963 they emigrated to Canada and lived in Toronto for four years. In 1967 they moved to San Jose where Tony worked for GE until he retired in 1994. Throughout his professional career, Tony was always either an engineer or a manager of engineers.

Tony and Susan have no children. They enjoy an active life together with emphasis on camping, hiking, and photography.

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