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I just love this. Both of these qualities in life are sometimes hard to learn. I'm still learning.
                                           PATIENCE  AND WISDOM
In 2006, San Jose resident (BS in Aviation San Jose State) Antonio Verges was first  identified and recommended by the Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen, and subsequently selected as one of four non-Rotarian young professionals to represent Rotary District 5170 in a month-long cultural and vocational program of The Rotary Foundation called Group Study Exchange.  As a senior assistant aviation analyst at NASA AMES and a  multi-engine rated pilot and certified flight instructor, the then 26-year old Antonio already possessed some of the training and skills required to catapult him into his dream profession of a commercial airline pilot.  GSE was that transformative experience that led Antonio to reach for the stars.
As you can see, today Antonio is a pilot with American Airlines. The first photo shows Antonio and his son Maximillan in the cockpit of one of the planes Antonio flies. The second photo shows Antonio, Max, Antonio's parents, and several crew members.
GSE instilled within Antonio Rotary's motto of "Service Above Self" which he practices by giving vocational talks to students in schools on Chicago's Southside. 
Our Dear Rotarian Richard and Spouse Dorothy - Service above Self!

Provided the top of the line water filter for one school that will provide clean water for the school and a part of the village.
In another government school which was even more poor we bought and distributed new sweaters, paper note books, pens and some pants to all 20 students present today.
We bought some soap and colored pencils for the school. There were two women who cooked the food for the children’s lunch. We provided them with sweaters  for the winter and a ceiling fan for the times that they got too hot when preparing the food.
The water filter and it’s installation has been paid for. The filter is in the school and it will be installed in the next few days. The president of the Pragpur Rotary Club helped us and will ensure the installation.

All of these gifts were needed and the recipients were unable to afford them.
Dorothy and I are privileged to carry out the work of Rotary.
The Philippine Medical, Dental and Optical Mission - Way to Go! Our Rotarian and International Service Chair Marisa on a Mission!
3005 Indigent Patients Treated
over 500 Teeth Extractions
over 800 Reading Glasses Distributed
Countless Medications Distributed (I worked in the Pharmancy 10 hours a day on my feet plus set up and breakdown for 2 days)
45 Boxes of medical supplies shipped to the Island of Palawan
10 Dentists, 5 Pharmacists, 11 Doctors , 2 Opthalmologists, 1 Nurse Flew into the Island to Volunteer
52 City Workers helped control the crowds
30 more local Rotarian
Local Rotary Assistant District Governor was at our  Volunteers Appreciation Dinner
Local TV station covered the Medical Mission
Thanks to Rotary DDF Grant and SJE/E Rotary Endowment Fund Grant plus personal funding by our international service chair.
In addition, Local Cooperating Organization MARCH for Christ spent another $6000, and Local Rotary another $3000. Total Funding of $20,000.
Counting on all our Club Rotarians to participate in one or more of the following events:
1. Sunday Friends- November 17th.  One time shopping at Target -$10- $20 for shopping at Hillsdale Target Store in San Jose.
The following people have signed up for this event:
7-8:30pm- Suguna, Lupe, Charlie
7:30-9pm- Pastor John, Arpita
  1. Sunday Friends- November 19th Meadows Elementary School
    • *Shift 1: 11am-2pm and/or Shift 2 12:30pm-4pm
    • We still need signups for this
    • If you want to participate in this event please reply with your interest.
  1. Foothill High School Thanksgiving Event.  Tuesday, November 21, 2017 meet at the Safeway Store at 9:30 AM located at 1530 Hamilton Ave, San Jose, CA 95125 to purchase / load basket items and then take them to Foothill High School to be sorted and given out to the families. In the past usually three (3) or (4) Rotarians meet at Safeway.
  • Participants for Safeway store shopping: Robbie, Ruth, Arpita
Other Rotarians meet at Foothill High School [230 Pala Avenue, San Jose, CA  95127] at 10:30 AM to make the individual baskets. The moms get out of school at 12:15 PM and come to the Family Learning Center with their child and get their "basket." We meet the families and usually say something about the need to stay in school and get an education.
  • Participants to meet at Foothill High 10:30am: Joy, Sara, Lupe, and Suguna
  1. Christmas Tree Give away Dec 8th– Vice Mayor Carrasco’s Event- details to come
  1. City of San Jose Seven Tree’s Community Center- Breakfast with Santa Sat. December 9th 2017 9am-12pm
We need about 6-10 volunteers overall to help with a number of tasks:
-cooking breakfast, serving, then clean-up (8am-12pm)
-general set-up of room/decor
-set-up, assisting with beverage area
-Santa photo line management
-help with craft
-general clean-up during and after event 
  1. Family Supportive Housing December 11,2017
Christmas Shop- parents and children go shopping.
Our Visiting Rotarian from Scotland exchanging Rotary flags with President Charlie!
Like to attract birds into your yard? Thanks to an interesting and very informative discussion by Kelsey from the Santa Clara Audubon Society & Camille, Executive Director of Somos Mayfair; talks about how they have been engaging local residents in the Mayfair neighborhood and how we can get involved.
Our regular  club meet turns  into  a halloween bash! Thanks Arpita for capturing all the fine moments!
Club Project in India
November 2017
Council Member Sylvia Arenas
Nov 30, 2017
State of Evergreen and Interface with Rotary
Jake Blas
Dec 07, 2017
Kiva in San Jose South BAy Area
Dark for Christmas Party
Dec 14, 2017
Club Party at Grace Church December 15
Dark for the Holidays
Dec 21, 2017
Relax with Famiky and Friends See You Next Year
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