Posted on Feb 18, 2018
Curious about what kind of work you might expect to find as a Rotary Peace Fellowship graduate?

Our over 1100 #RotaryPeace Fellow alumni are working in over 100 countries in a variety of capacities from leaders of grass-roots organizations to high-level positions with national governments.
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Theme logo 2018-19 EN

RI President-elect Barry Rassin’s theme for 2018-19, Be the Inspiration, asks Rotarians to inspire change in the world and in each other. “I ask all of you to Be the Inspiration to help Rotary move from reaction to action — to take a hard look at the environmental issues that affect health and welfare around the world and do what we can to help.”

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Posted by Suguna Alluri on Feb 04, 2018
Our very own Rotarians Keith and Laura, both from the field of education, enlightened us with the workings of Evergreen Valley College and the K-12 Public Education Finance. 
The Rotary Foundation has various focus areas like promoting peace, fighting disease, education etc. all of which are possible with the support of dedicated Rotarians! Rotarian Nick is one such, and is being recognized for his generous contribution to the Foundation over the years!
CLub Meet Last Two Weeks Suguna Alluri 2018-02-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Feb 04, 2018
We have cast our votes and have decided to make beautiful San Jose Country Club our new home. Please join us at our next meet and check it out.
If you have not yet bought your crab feed tickets, please do so at:
REMEMBER Unlimited crab......... Please let your friends know. This is a major fund raiser to raise money for East San Jose residents that may need assistance now.
Our New Home and Crab Feed Suguna Alluri 2018-02-04 08:00:00Z 0
Focus for February Sara Calkins 2018-01-30 08:00:00Z 0
To Consider 2018-01-24 08:00:00Z 0
From Our Very Fond President Suguna Alluri 2018-01-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Jan 23, 2018
February Speakers Suguna Alluri 2018-01-23 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Jan 23, 2018
Our Speakers for the Past two weeks!
Our Past District Governor Jeff Orth gave us pointers on Finance and Estate Planning, and our speakers from the City of San Jose gave us a very informative session about Vision San Jose that has been working successfully to bring down road accidents and deaths by improving road and traffic conditions through technology and innovation.
Club Meetings - Last Two Weeks Suguna Alluri 2018-01-23 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 09, 2018
Our next big club wide project is the crab feed fund raiser. President Elect John as Club Service Chair and I are putting it together for now. (HINT HINT!!!). Things will be a bit different this year. Most obvious change is that it is being held at the Mayfair Community Center. Since we serve the East Side of San Jose it seemed more appropriate to hold it on the East Side not to mention the capacity is for 225 people.

The food will of course be unlimited crab, salad, bread/rolls, either a pasta or potato salad and dessert. We would need to pay the Mayfair to cook for us – we are not allowed to cook there. There will be a no host bar.

In addition to the funds raised by the event tickets, we will have a live auction, a silent auction, and pastry sales. To have the live auction, we need to have at least 4 items worth at least $1000. The silent auction will use the bidding on the item technique. There will be a sheet for each item where participants will be able to write a bid beating the previous bid. Silent auction items will be any item less than $1000 in value. The pastry sales will be individual slices of whatever type of pie, cake, and baked goods that gets donated.  The goal for the crab feed is to net $13,000. The ticket sales should net $8,000. We will need to net $5000 from the auctions and pastry sales to hit the goal.
Right now we have 33 members in the club. If this were San Jose Silicon Valley Rotary we would be asking that each of you bring in $1000 worth of auction items, pastry and ticket sales. They net over $20,000 last year and they bemoan the fact that the net is much lower than it has been. SJEE net $6000 last year. No, we are not setting a $1000 of combined value brought in by San Jose East/Evergreen Rotarians. However, think about what would be accomplished in the communities we serve if we each committed to bring in at a minimum $1000 of value from auction donations, ticket sales, and pastry.
Seriously, local business people are willing to participate when you ask them to donate auction items and/or buy tickets. We will be considering sponsorship opportunities for businesses and community leaders. As I mentioned, we are getting known and people will be willing to assist if asked. At some of the Facebook pages (at least 5 pages) on which I posted for the crab feed, people shared the post on their timeline. 
If you sell tickets, you can offer to hand deliver them to your buyers to save the online ticket service charge. Otherwise direct them to EVENTBRITE at the following URL:  
Please get in touch with PE John or myself and tell us what part you want to take the lead or participate to GET IT DONE!!!!!
The attached flyer is done using WORD. You can easily use WORD to customize the contact information which is listed as me and should be changed to you. Those of you that use Facebook should post an event about the crab feed. That will give us a much wider distribution than just the pages I posted.
From the President's Desk 2018-01-09 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 09, 2018
The Ranch Golf Club has informed us that they would be charging us an additional $500 a week for the use of the location starting January. Quite the raise from $175 a week. We opted to find another location. Evergreen Valley College (EVC) President Keith Aytch, and member of the San Jose East/Evergreen Rotary (SJEE) has been kind enough to find us a location on the EVC campus for the month of January. 
The attached is a map of the campus. We will be meeting in the Gullo Student Center in the conference room next to the cafeteria. The cafeteria is indicated by "4" on the map. Once on campus, follow the signs to Parking Lot 7, park there, and follow signs to Gullo not Gullo II. The campus is located at:
Meetings will start at 12:15 pm as always. The cost of lunch is $20.00.
New Location for SJEE Meetings 2018-01-09 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 09, 2018
" I had a great evening at the club’s Christmas Party.  We had 65 attendees including a San Jose City Council Member and her Chief of Staff, which obviously shows the reach into the East Side and Evergreen communities the club is starting to have. At the party, there were 5 people that mentioned they would like to visit the club and perhaps join. They liked the camaraderie in the room, the active outreach into the community and the current and potential community projects." - President Charlie
" I want to thank everyone who helped with Friday night’s Christmas Party.  We ended up with about 95 present including the guest musicians and their parents.  We had 73 reservations with 65 showing up and three sick and unable to make it.  Not a bad attendance record!

It was wonderful to see such a mix of the Evergreen East San Jose community. Several persons expressed interest in joining the Club and I know all were impressed with the reach of the Club into all echelons of the community.  Yes. Our program showed that we take the meaning of community seriously as we brought together a cross section of all ages and drew musical richness from the Diwali, Chanukah and Christmas traditions:  All forms of festivals of light.

It was also a pleasure to have our International Exchange student speak about Christmas traditions in her home town in Italy.  An impeccable English presentation given with such confidence and clarity.  You wouldn’t know that she is still learning English!

Thanks to all who helped make the event such a success.  Thank you to Rajjot Indian Restaurant for the sumptuous food, Exclusive Events Decor for the stage backdrop,  Lynn Kim and other Musicians from Grace Church,  the Joyful Musicians, Santa Claus whose memorable line was “Ho! Ho! Ho!” He seemed to be able to answer every question with that refrain!. And thank you to all the Rotary Club members who chipped in to help from the planning, setup, breakdown, music, drinks, gifts, decorations and most of all the good cheer.. .The night was a sign of a bright and happy future.

Happy New Year to all." - President Elect John


Christmas Party 2017 2018-01-09 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 09, 2018
Major Gifts and Estate Planning, From a Rotary Perspective
Jan 11, 2018
Jeff Orth
Major Gifts and Estate Planning, From a Rotary Perspective

Jeff Orth speaking on Major Gifts and Estate Planning, From a Rotary Perspective

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Posted by Richard Dorsay on Jan 05, 2018
This is the installed water filter in India funded by donations to fund "Random Act of Kindness".
It is for the school and the community and will help many many families that have no clean water.
Random Act of Kindness Richard Dorsay 2018-01-05 08:00:00Z 0

Too bad Scrooge and Marley didn't have the Rotary 4-Way Test!

"Business!" cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again. "Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!"

-Charles Dickens, novelist (1812-1870) [in A Christmas Carol, published on this date in 1843]

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Posted on Dec 02, 2017

#December - Disease Prevention and Treatment

What a theme for a month we associate with Christmas, Hanukah and many other religious and cultural celebrations. This is a time when we usually look at sharing our good fortune with others, not to mention sharing all that good cheer.

But Disease? We do not have to look far beyond our celebrations to see the need in our own communities and beyond. Often we are bombarded with television commercials showing the need for help during the festive season. For those of us in Rotary it is a time to reflect on our good fortune and as clubs, look to how we can gift the world with better health.

So many of our projects relate directly or indirectly to health: water and sanitation, providing proper cooking facilities, funding equipment for clinics, providing educational materials on nutrition, reducing poverty, and the list goes on. There are many projects looking to improve health and prevent disease on the Rotary Showcase. You may wish to consider one of these projects when your club looks for its next project.

Area of Focus : Disease Prevention and Treatment Month.

This month includes :
  • World AIDS Day on the 1st and International Day of Disabled Persons on the 3rd of December.
  • Organise Medical Camp - Health Awareness for Eye Care / Dental Care Providing equipment such as Artificial Limbs, Wheel Chairs and Calipers to the Physically Challenged Peoples i.e. Polio Sufferers
  • Provide low-Income, uninsured or under-insured persons with the knowledge , skills, an opportunities to improve their diet, physical activity and other life habits to prevent, delay, or control, chronic diseases
  • Initiate Actions to Prevent and control Diabetes, Heart Diseases, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors.
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Posted on Nov 29, 2017
Speaking about the holidays, the Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen will be holding our Christmas party in a larger venue this year at the Grace Church. We are doing this to make it more of a community event to share with our neighbors. If you have not yet been to a Rotary club meeting or assisted us on a community project, please plan on coming to the party. You will have the chance to meet and mingle with the members of the Rotary club and your neighbors from around the Bay Area. This will give you a marvelous overview of why so many of us have a real deep seated passion for Rotary. You will enjoy yourself.

The meal will be buffet style including 3 appetizers, entree, and a dessert. It is catered by Rajjot Indian Cuisine of Evergreen. Rajjot is in the holiday spirit and has been kind enough in their pricing so that we only have to charge $15.00 per person. Pastor John Goldstein of Grace Church has worked with us to keep costs down to use the church’s banquet hall. Pastor John is also the President Elect of the Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen and is the idea man that developed this event. We look forward to working with him when he takes over as President July 1, 2018 – especially since he will continue to use his passion for Rotary to develop innovative programs like this party and effective community projects.

The URL will take you to EVENTBRITE to purchase your tickets. If you are not comfortable purchasing tickets online, get in touch and club members will assist you.

The event is definitely family friendly…….feel free to bring the kids.
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Posted by Suguna Alluri on Nov 29, 2017
Having a lot of  fun shopping for Christmas gifts for the children of Sunday Friends; and packing Turkey bags for Thanksgiving for single moms completing school at East Side Union School District..... 
The Gift of Giving Suguna Alluri 2017-11-29 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nick Leon on Nov 14, 2017
I just love this. Both of these qualities in life are sometimes hard to learn. I'm still learning.
                                           PATIENCE  AND WISDOM
Thought for the week Nick Leon 2017-11-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Serene Hope-DeCorra on Nov 14, 2017
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.
Holiday Giving - Celebrate with Community Serene Hope-DeCorra 2017-11-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 14, 2017
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.
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Posted by Ruth Ashford on Nov 14, 2017
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. 
Where in the World is Antonio Verges? Ruth Ashford 2017-11-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 14, 2017
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.
Random Rotary Acts of Kindness 2017-11-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Nov 07, 2017
DG Orin Mahoney's Club Visit - He enlightened us with the scope and the scale of the 54 clubs in the district and its work; and........get ready for our district conference just where it ought to be - right in the heart of San Jose Downtown - San Jose State University! 
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!
November Club Meets Suguna Alluri 2017-11-07 08:00:00Z 0
Thought for the week 2017-11-07 08:00:00Z 0
November 2017 Sara Calkins 2017-11-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 30, 2017
Kelsey Frey
 Nov 02, 2017
Presentation from the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society
Presentation from the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society

Bio: Kelsey is the Education Programs Coordinator for the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society and teaches elementary school students about birds and the importance of conservation. She graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in psychology and a minor in wildlife, fish, and conservation biology. Before joining SCVAS, Kelsey taught 4th graders about watersheds and native plants followed by a stint in the conservation corps.

Description of Talk: Kelsey will go over the different birds we have in the area, along with details about their habitats and adaptations. She will discuss how to attract birds into your yard, and general information about nest boxes and feeders!


Camille Llanes-Fontanilla, MPA Nov 09, 2017
Somos Mayfair
Somos Mayfair

Camille Llanes-Fontanilla is the Executive Director of Somos Mayfair. She joined the organization in 2010, advancing its nationally recognized leadership development and organizing model. Camille is a skillful bridge-builder, maintaining and expanding relationships with key stakeholders, and securing millions of dollars for the Mayfair community in east San Jose. She has 12 years of experience in nonprofit management, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications and Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from San Jose State University. 

Rotary Presentation on SOMOS Mayfair
SOMOS Mayfair is a grassroots organization with 20 years of experience in authentically engaging community residents in the Mayfair neighborhood of east San Jose to be the drivers of change. In a half hour lunchtime presentation, come and learn more about the work of SOMOS Mayfair; its benefit to the community and how to get involved. For more information visit 

Yearly Club Visit
 Nov 16, 2017
Have a Great Thanksgiving
 Nov 23, 2017
Council Member Sylvia Arenas  Nov 30, 2017
State of Evergreen and Interface with Rotary
State of Evergreen and Interface with Rotary
November Speakers 2017-10-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 25, 2017
I have only just found this video and have to say that it is such an important documentation of the founding of Rotary. It was clearly pulled together by the Rotary members sometime in the late 1960's or 70's. Well done to those Rotarians who saved this, and well done to those who decided to upload it here. I learned so much about those early days with Paul Harris than anywhere else.
The Boys of 1905 - a history of Rotary International 2017-10-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Oct 25, 2017
Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand.
Emily Kimbrough, author and broadcaster (23 Oct 1899-1989)
Thought of the week! Sara Calkins 2017-10-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 18, 2017
Our Newest Member Carlos being inducted into the club by our President Charlie and President Elect John. Welcome Aboard Carlos!
Michelle Bernal, President & Founder of Hope for Hans. Her humanitarian work includes working with the homeless in San Jose and travelling the world to leper colonies especially in India, helping them with medical treatments and gain a foothold back into society.
October Club Meetings 2017-10-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 18, 2017
True patriotism springs from a belief in the dignity of the individual, freedom and equality not only for Americans but for all people on earth, universal brotherhood and good will, and a constant and earnest striving toward the principles and ideals on which this country was founded. 
Eleanor Roosevelt, diplomat, author, and lecturer (11 Oct 1884-1962) 
Quote for the Week Sara Calkins 2017-10-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 18, 2017
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Just Amazing - Our Club's Philippines Medical Mission October 2017, Headed by Marissa Otto - The number of people she could reach out to!
2 Day Mission Total 3005 Patients treated in the Philippine Medical, Dental, Optical Mission. Couldn’t have done it without partner organizations: MARCH for Christ, Rotary Club of Puerto Princesa, And City of Puerto Princesa. People traveled up to 20 hours to come to the Mission, from other islands.
Very Proud of you Marissa - Hats Off
In Another part of the World - Rotarians Harbinder and Arpita Sikka visit our School in Zimbabwe - The Chamobando School for which Rotarian Richard has been working on diligently, raising funds and supporting the school for the past many years.
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Chamabondo Primary School. RotaryProject  Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe


Closer to home, our Rotarians Cooking Dinner for the Residents of Family Supportive Housing in East San Jose!

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What a Wonderful Group!Cheers!


A Very Active Club 2017-10-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Oct 10, 2017


Join your fellow District 5170 Rotarians for the
2018 RI Convention in beautiful Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The District is managing a fixed number of rooms at the

Fairmont Royal York via the RI Convention Housing block. Room rate is at $276 USD per night (inclusive of tax) for Single or Double

Hurry! Reservation deadline is on October 1, 2017, Sunday.

For more information and reservations, visit non-event-registrations/2018-ri-convention-toronto-hotel-reservationpage6image6448 page6image6608

RI CONVENTION 2018 Suguna Alluri 2017-10-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 10, 2017
Cyclists crisscross India to support polio eradication 2017-10-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 10, 2017
October 12, 2017
This week's speaker is Michelle Bernal, President & Founder of Hope for Hans. Her humanitarian work includes woirking with the homeless in San Jose and travelling the world to leper colonies. She works with the residents of the colonies assisting them in building microfinance systems.
October 19, 2017
Camille Llanes-Fontanilla, the Executive Director of Somos Mayfair, will give us an overview of Somos Mayfair. Somos Mayfair is a grassroots organization with 20 years of experience in authentically engaging community residents in the Mayfair neighborhood of east San Jose to be the drivers of change. 
October 26, 2017
Susan Sayre Batton, Oshman Executive Director at the San Jose Museum of Art will present. Susan will discuss who they are and what they do.
October 2017 Speakers 2017-10-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 10, 2017
A Saint was asked -
"What is Anger...?"
His Answer - 
"A punishment we give to ourself, for somebody else's mistake!"
Thought for the Week 2017-10-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Sep 20, 2017
There is a fountain of youth:
It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will have truly defeated age.
-Sophia Loren, actor and singer (b. 20 Sep 1934)
Thought for the week Sara Calkins 2017-09-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 20, 2017
This last weekend showed me that the Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen is becoming established as an integral part of the East Side of San Jose and Evergreen communities.
On Friday, I attended the Mexican flag raising at the San Jose City Hall. I had received an invitation to attend from Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco. She is also the Council Member for District 5 made up of a large portion of the East Side.

Sunday, 5 Rotarians from the Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen assisted at the Viva Calle SJ. That of course was the closure of 7.3 miles in San Jose. This allowed for a very long pedestrian and bicycle mall. Some of the San Jose East/Evergreen Rotarians were involved with traffic flow of the bicycles. One was involved with assisting the Pokemon activities related to Viva Calle SJ. 

We all had our yellow club shirts on and were easily spotted. Several people came up to me knowing who I was. Passed the ego part of being known, they knew I was involved with San Jose East/Evergreen Rotary and wanted to discuss the club. Some will come to club meetings to check out the Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen. I am setting up meetings with a couple of people I met to chat about our club’s activities.
Our robotics competitin idea being developed for use at high schools in the East Side Union High School District, is underway. Want to get involved in a stateof the art techie project that will assist underserved young people? Stop by.

Bottom line, come visit us on Thursdays at the Ranch Golf Club, 4601 Hill Top View Ln, San Jose, CA. We start to gather at noon. The meetings start at 12:15. At 1:00 pm our program speaker begins and ends by 1:30 pm. There is a $20 cost for lunch. If you do not want lunch, there is still a charge of $10.
Please plan on attending and get to know us……
President Charlie Says 2017-09-20 07:00:00Z 0
Welcome Aboard Eddie! Our Rotary Evergreen family grows again with Richard inducting Eddie Oberoi into the club. Congratulations! Eddie lives in the Silver Creek area and is in the Real Estate Business!
India Currents Publisher Vandana Rajvaidya held us captive with her impromptu talk about the magazine and it's impact on the community here in the bay area!
Keith Aytch, Interim President for Evergreen Valley College being inducted as the newest member of our club by our President Elect John Goldstein. Welcome Aboard Keith.
Rotary recognizes Rotarian Ruth Ashford for her contribution to the Rotary Foundation.
September Club Meetings 2017-09-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Serene Hope-DeCorra on Sep 13, 2017



  2. Sunday Friends October 8th Santee Elementary School

  3. Family Supportive Housing Cook dinner - October 17th (We are confirmed!) Club.  We cook dinner for the community (5-10 members needed)

  4. Family Supportive Housing- Deadline October 25th- Halloween Costumes Needed-New or Gentle used costumes (We are confirmed!)

  5. Sunday Friends- November 10th or 17th. SJEE club need to confirm date    One time shopping at Target -$ 10- $20 for shopping

  6. Sunday Friends- November 19th Meadows Elementary School

  7. City of San Jose Seven Tree’s Community Center Breakfast with Santa- Saturday December 9th 2017

  8. Family Supportive Housing December 11, 2017 Christmas Shop- parents and children go shopping (We are confirmed!)


Community Relations Projects Summary Serene Hope-DeCorra 2017-09-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 13, 2017
 "Lexophile" is a term used to describe those who are clever with words, such as "you can tune a piano but you can't tuna fish".

Some winning Lexphillies:

... A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.

... The batteries were given out free of charge.

... A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail.

... A will is a dead giveaway.

... With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.

... A boiled egg is hard to beat.

... Police were called to the daycare centre, where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.

... Did you hear about the fellow whose whole left side was cut off? He's all right now.

... A bicycle can't stand alone; it is two tired.

... The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine is now fully recovered.

... He had a photographic memory which was never developed.

... When she saw her first strands of grey hair thought she'd dye.

... Acupuncture is a job well done. That's the point of it.

To Write with a Broken Pencil is Pointless Suguna Alluri 2017-09-13 07:00:00Z 0

Vandana Rajvaidya Sep 07, 2017


India Currents

An overview of India Currents, the magazine.

India Currents

Vandana Kumar is a publishing executive with a 30-year track record in the industry and is a founder of India Currents magazine. India Currents is largest Indian American magazine in the United States reaching over 200,000 readers every month through its print and online editions.

Vandana also serves on the Friends of PACT Advisory Board and the Advisory Board of Narika. 

Topic for the day: The Role of Ethnic Media


Chris Allen September 21, 2017.

Chris is the Deputy Center Director of the San Jose Job Corps Center. Chris will explain the programs at the Job Corps. I was there once for a lunch. It is an incredible and large facility. The young people that greet you, who are clients of the Job Corps training programs, are wonderfully polite and professional.

Assembly Member Ash Kalra Sep 28, 2017


State of the State of California
State of the State of California

Ash Kalra was elected to represent the 27th Assembly District in November 2016 and is the first Indian American elected to the State Legislature.  The district encompasses eastern portions of the city of San Jose. A resident of that city for most of his life, Ash previously represented the 2nd District on the San Jose City Council.

During his time serving as a councilmember, he provided a voice on a number of issue areas, including improved schools and transportation options, and a cleaner environment as well as providing the tools for effective public safety.

Notably, he has fought to maintain funding in the face of cuts to public safety, specifically to restore the San Jose Police Department’s burglary unit and the Violent Crimes Enforcement Team.

He has also worked to bring economic incentives to the area and given a strong voice to extend BART into Silicon Valley.

Before serving on the city council, Ash spent 11 years as an attorney in the Santa Clara Public Defender’s Office. 

Previously, he taught at San Jose State University and at high schools in Washington DC. During his tenure on the city council, he was a law professor at Lincoln Law School of San Jose.

Among the many non-profit boards that he has served include the Santa Clara County Bar Association, the Asian Law Alliance, Somos Mayfair, and the South Asian Bar Association.

Ash lives in Hayes, the same San Jose neighborhood where he grew up. He is one of the founders of the Hayes Neighborhood Association.

He is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he has a degree in communications and has a law degree from Georgetown University.


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Posted on Sep 06, 2017

“The power of Rotary is in the foundation's ability to pull help from around the world while local clubs provide immediate relief in their own communities,” says Don Mebus of the Rotary Club of Arlington, Texas.

Rotary districts located along the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana are collecting emergency relief funds and providing immediate aid to flood victims.

How to contribute to the Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Donor Advised Fund

By check

Payable to: The Rotary Foundation DAF
Memo line: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund #608
Mail to: Rotary DAF, c/o NRS, 12 Gill Street, Suite 2600, Woburn, MA, 01801

By credit card

Online at:

Account name: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund
Account number: 608


Rotary helps Hurricane Harvey victims 2017-09-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 31, 2017
We have several upcoming District
activities for your calendars.

District Avenues of Service Event -
Thursday, October 5th from 5:00 pm-9:00
pm, Santa Clara Biltmore Hotel & Suites.

Interact Fall Leadership Conference -
Saturday, October 8th from 9:00 am-3:00
pm, Independence High School, San Jose.

Toronto Convention Hotel room
reservations - Due by September 29.
Call the District Office - 408-273-4577.
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Thought for the Week 2017-08-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 29, 2017
One of the most satisfying parts of being President of the Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen is watching the growing acceptance of the club in the East Side and Evergreen as well as the growth of membership in the club.

Our yearly key community project is working with San Jose Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco and her staff on their National Night Out event. Most events on the first Tuesday of August nationwide are get-togethers within neighborhoods. In the case of the Vice Mayor’s event on August 1, it is held at Emma Prusch Farm in San Jose. We celebrated with 4000 attendees this year. 10 San Jose East/Evergreen Rotarians, 4 Silicon Valley Rotaractors (Rotary’s 18-30 year old group), and 14 Interactors (Rotary’s high school group; in this case from Evergreen Valley High School) cooked hamburgers and hotdogs for over 2000 people. As the event was shutting down, we still had over 30 people on line for the food.

We are in the process of writing a grant through Rotary International to fund and run a robotics competition for the students of East Side Union High School District. Evergreen Valley College has agreed to host the competition on their campus. The grant will allow us to run the competition for 5 years. This will bring technology and the beginnings of technology training to students that might not otherwise get sufficient exposure in high school. It will be an adjunct to programs that already exist at ESUHSD.
We gave out 7 scholarships in the amount of $4000 each to students graduating from ESUHSD. They will be attending two year colleges and the $4000 will cover most of their expenses for the 2 years.

This week, I met with the Executive Director of the East Valley Family YMCA, Lupe Ruvalcaba. We started to discuss possible synergies between our two organizations. We will be looking at how both organizations can work together for the benefit of residents in the area. Lupe will also be our guest speaker on August 31 at our regular club meeting.

The following week, Vandana Kumar, publisher of India Currents will be the speaker. She will discuss the magazine and its reach into the Indian community.

Please plan on joining us for these two meetings or any future meetings. We meet at the Ranch Golf Club at 4601 Hill Top View Ln, San Jose, CA. We all start to arrive at 12:00 noon and the meeting starts at 12:15 pm. The meeting ends promptly at 1:30 pm. There is a $20.00 fee for lunch; $10.00 fee if you do not eat lunch. 

Who knows, you may want to consider looking into the club’s activities and great social environment and then join after a couple of club visits.
Message from President Charlie 2017-08-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Aug 29, 2017
Lupe Ruvalcaba Aug 31, 2017
East Valley Family YMCA

Lupe Ruvalcaba, Executive Director of the East Valley Family YMCA, will give an overview of what goes on at the Y.


Vandana Rajvaidya Sep 07, 2017


India Currents

An overview of India Currents, the magazine.


Assembly Member Ash Kalra Sep 28, 2017


State of the State of California
State of the State of California

Ash Kalra was elected to represent the 27th Assembly District in November 2016 and is the first Indian American elected to the State Legislature.  The district encompasses eastern portions of the city of San Jose. A resident of that city for most of his life, Ash previously represented the 2nd District on the San Jose City Council.

During his time serving as a councilmember, he provided a voice on a number of issue areas, including improved schools and transportation options, and a cleaner environment as well as providing the tools for effective public safety.

Notably, he has fought to maintain funding in the face of cuts to public safety, specifically to restore the San Jose Police Department’s burglary unit and the Violent Crimes Enforcement Team.

He has also worked to bring economic incentives to the area and given a strong voice to extend BART into Silicon Valley.

Before serving on the city council, Ash spent 11 years as an attorney in the Santa Clara Public Defender’s Office. 

Previously, he taught at San Jose State University and at high schools in Washington DC. During his tenure on the city council, he was a law professor at Lincoln Law School of San Jose.

Among the many non-profit boards that he has served include the Santa Clara County Bar Association, the Asian Law Alliance, Somos Mayfair, and the South Asian Bar Association.

Ash lives in Hayes, the same San Jose neighborhood where he grew up. He is one of the founders of the Hayes Neighborhood Association.

He is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he has a degree in communications and has a law degree from Georgetown University.


District Governor Orrin Mahoney Nov 16, 2017


Yearly Club Visit



Upcoming Speakers Suguna Alluri 2017-08-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Aug 22, 2017
A very cool perspective about the YMCA and it's various activities from Lupe Ruvalcaba, Executive Director of the East Valley Family YMCA.
Our guest speaker talks about Travel Insurance and gave us some very interesting pointers that we were not aware of!
August 10 the speaker was Dave Cortese, President of the Board of Supervisors of Santa Clara County. He discussed the state of the county and related major issues involving homelessness and immigration.
Seven Rotarians from Okayama-East Rotary Club in Japan visited our club. It is part of their celebrating 60 years of Sister City with San Jose. 

This young man (soon to be high school senior) just returned from a 10 month stay in Japan to address our visiting Rotarians. He was sent as a Rotary Youth Exchange student by our own Rotary District 5170. 
Club Meetings August Suguna Alluri 2017-08-22 07:00:00Z 0
My Journey into Rotary Suguna Alluri 2017-08-22 07:00:00Z 0
August is Membership Month Sara Calkins 2017-08-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 09, 2017

Rotary remembers Sam Owori for his ‘quiet confidence,’ integrity, and friendship


Sam F. Owori, Rotary's president-elect, was always optimistic and brought an unyielding sense of right and wrong to his work. Owori died 13 July.

Monika Lozinska/Rotary International

“I call it the ‘Sam Smile,’” says Tadria. “It made him very approachable and easy to talk to. I think his smile is one of the things Rotary and his friends will miss most.”

Sam, who had been elected to serve as president of Rotary International in 2018-19, would have been the second African Rotary member, and the first Ugandan, to hold that office. He joined Rotary in 1978 and was a member of the Rotary Club of Kampala, Uganda.

“No matter the situation, Sam was always upbeat, always joking around and putting everyone else in a good mood,” says Tadria.

One of the admirable things about Sam, Tadria says, was his love and devotion to his wife. They met in primary school in Tororo, Uganda. Sam described Norah Owori as beautiful, well-educated, and full of character. 

“He adored Norah and always put her first.” Tadria says. “They were best friends and partners for life. It was very sweet to see them together. They never left each other’s side.”

Sam was highly respected in Uganda, Tadria says, for his high integrity and consistent ethical standards. Those qualities, she says, are important in a Rotary president. “He was a man everyone could trust.” 

She adds, “He preferred listening to speaking. It’s one reason he was so well-liked.” 

Remembering Sam 2017-08-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 09, 2017
Our Guest Speaker being Recognized!
Rotarian Serene Hope gets her Blue Badge! Congratulations!
Club Meetings 2017-08-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 09, 2017
This coming Thursday, the meeting at the Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen will be one you do not want to miss. There will be an interesting variety of topics that make Rotary meetings the place to be for lunch. It is packed with a greater variety than most Rotary meetings have.

August 10 the speaker is Dave Cortese, President of the Board of Supervisors of Santa Clara County. He will be discussing the state of the county and related major issues involving homelessness and immigration.

We will have 7 Rotarians from Okayama-East Rotary Club in Japan visiting. It is part of their celebrating 60 years of Sister City with San Jose. They invited me to attend a concert today which included members of the Okayama Junior Orchestra and San Jose Youth Orchestra. Okayama-East Rotarians were one of the sponsors to bring the orchestra from Japan. That is incredible Rotarian spirit.

In addition there will be a young man (soon to be high school senior) who just returned from a 10 month stay in Japan to address our visiting Rotarians. He was sent as a Rotary Youth Exchange student by our own Rotary District 5170. 

We will also have an overview of a Rotary grant we are writing to fund a robotics competition in East Side Union High School District schools. The grant will end up between $30,000 and $50,000. The competition will be held on the Evergreen Valley College campus. The competition and the college setting will raise the self-confidence of the students. This will help give students from an economically challenged area of Silicon Valley a chance at leveling the playing field.

From my perspective as a dyed in the wool Rotarian, I am very much looking forward to this meeting.

Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen meets at the Ranch Golf Club, 4601 Hill Top View Ln, San Jose, CA 95138. People start to arrive at 12:00 noon. I will be starting the meeting by 12:15 pm. The speaker begins 1:00 pm.  There will be a $20.00 cost for lunch. If you do not wish lunch, the cost is $10.00.

Hope to see you there………
President Charlie Says 2017-08-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 09, 2017

Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2018-19. He will be declared the president-elect on 1 September if no challenging candidates have been suggested.

As president, Rassin aims to strengthen our public image and our use of digital tools to maximize Rotary’s reach.

“Those who know what good Rotary clubs do will want to be a part of it, and we must find new models for membership that allow all interested in our mission to participate,” he says. “With Rotary more in the public eye, we will attract more individuals who want to be part of and support a membership organization that accomplishes so much good around the world.”

Rassin earned an MBA in health and hospital administration from the University of Florida and is the first fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives in the Bahamas. He recently retired after 37 years as president of Doctors Hospital Health System, where he continues to serve as an adviser. He is a lifetime member of the American Hospital Association and has served on several boards, including the Quality Council of the Bahamas, Health Education Council, and Employer’s Confederation.

A Rotarian since 1980, Rassin has served Rotary as director and is vice chair of The Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees. He was an RI training leader and the aide to 2015-16 RI President K.R. Ravindran.

Rassin received Rotary's highest honor, the Service Above Self Award, as well as other humanitarian awards for his work leading Rotary’s relief efforts in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake there. He and his wife, Esther, are Major Donors and Benefactors of The Rotary Foundation.

Rassin’s nomination follows Sam F. Owori’s death in July, just two weeks into his term as Rotary International president-elect.


Barry Rassin selected to be 2018-19 Rotary president 2017-08-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Jul 29, 2017

National Night Out

Emma Prusch Farm Park is all spruced and waiting for you on Tuesday for national night out. They'll be a ZIP LINE on Tuesday. And there are popsicles, chickens, goats, horses and peacocks throughout the summer..
We'll be grilling and serving the hamburgers!
RC SJE/E Serves at National Night Out Sara Calkins 2017-07-29 07:00:00Z 0
We must dissent from the fear, the hatred, and the mistrust.
We must dissent from a nation that buried its head in the sand waiting in vain for the needs of its poor, its elderly, and its sick to disappear and just blow away.
We must dissent from a government that has left its young without jobs, education, or hope.
We must dissent from the poverty of vision and timeless absence of moral leadership.
We must dissent, because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do better.
-Thurgood Marshall, US Supreme Court Justice (1908-1993)
Consider -- 2017-07-29 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Calendar 2017-07-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 11, 2017
Photos from our last meeting of the year.
Our Guest Speaker Tara Martin-Miliusreceives a ‘thank you’ from the Club for the message and work with clean energy in the Bay area.  The District Governor chose to be with us and to commend Charlie for his leadership in the District recruiting new members and to commend the Club for giving 10% of the $110,000 given by the District to the Rotary Foundation this year.  He also had the privilege of welcoming our newest member, Vijay. Also our last member for the Rotary year.  What a way to end the year.
Last Meeting of the Rotary Year 2017-07-11 07:00:00Z 0
President's Message, July 2017
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
There are as many reasons to come to Rotary as there are Rotarians – maybe even a few more. But each of us has stayed in Rotary because it adds something to our own lives. Through Rotary, we are Making a Difference in the world; and the more involved we become, the more of a difference Rotary makes to each of us. Rotary challenges us to become better people: to become ambitious in the ways that matter, to strive for higher goals, and to incorporate Service Above Self into our daily lives.
What kind of difference Rotary clubs and individual Rotarians make through their service will always be their own decision. As an organization, we are guided by the three strategic priorities our Board has set in our strategic plan: to support and strengthen our clubs, to focus and increase our humanitarian service, and to enhance Rotary’s public image and awareness.
In the year ahead, our clubs will have the support of a greatly augmented array of online tools, including a refreshed, a simplified Rotary Foundation grant application process, an improved My Rotary experience, and a rebuilt Rotary Club Central. As we look to strengthen our clubs, two specific challenges stand out in our membership: our gender balance and our average age. To keep our clubs strong, we need to build a membership that reflects the communities we serve and that will continue to develop knowledgeable leaders for generations to come.
For many years, one idea has stood at the heart of all our service: sustainability. Sustainable service means our work continues to have a positive impact long after Rotary’s direct involvement has ended. We don’t dig wells and walk away; we make sure communities can maintain and repair those wells. If we build a clinic, we make sure that clinic has a way to keep running without ongoing support from us. And when it comes to polio, we aren’t working to contain it; we’re working to end it.
Eradicating polio is the ultimate in sustainable service. It is an investment that will yield not just a long-lasting but a permanent benefit, on a global scale. It is and must remain our No. 1 priority until the job is done.
For 112 years, Rotary has made a difference to more lives, in more ways, than we can ever count or will ever know. Today, each of us bears a torch, its flame lit by Paul Harris, that has been passed forward from generation to generation, in Rotary: Making a Difference.
President Rotary International
IAN H.S. RISELEY - RI President's Message 2017-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Jun 28, 2017
4th of July Week - Celebrate with your Familes
Club Board of Directors Jul 13, 2017
What's Happening during 2017-2018

The new club Board of Directors will give an overview of what is being planned for the year in their areas. Rotarians and guests will be able to decide in which areas and on what committees they will participate.

Spencer Kilgore Jul 20, 2017
Teen Challenge Residential Substance Abuse Rehab Centers
Spencer grew up surrounded by family members that were substance abusers. He was a full-blown addict by age 15. He entered Long Island Teen Challenge in 2010. His parents died from the substance abuse.
He is on the “Tech Team” for the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force. He has been the Director of South Bay Teen Challenge in San Jose since April of 2014. He manages two residential centers, the Alum Rock Women & Children Center & the Asbury Family Center.  He plans to get his ministerial credentials and to open more Teen Challenge discipleship programs and re-entry houses in the Bay Area.
Darlene de la Cerna and Miko Jul 28, 2017
District 5170 Long Term Youth Exchange

Darlene and the exchange student SJEE is sponsoring will be discussing the Youth Exchange program.



July 2017 Speakers Suguna Alluri 2017-06-28 07:00:00Z 0
$1.2 Billion Pledge to End Polio 2017-06-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Jun 28, 2017
When you Develop the Ability to Listen to Negative Comments without losing Temper or Confidence,
It means  you've become Matured and Truly Educated!
Talking about our Problems is our greatest addiction.....
Break the Habit!
Talk about your Joys.......
Thought for the Week Suguna Alluri 2017-06-28 07:00:00Z 0
Let's show up! RYLA! 2017-06-28 07:00:00Z 0
Sunday Friends - Community & Youth Service! Sara Calkins 2017-06-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Jun 14, 2017
Jun 29, 2017 - Jun 29, 2017
All invited!
Mission Springs Camp and Conference Center
1050 Lockhart Gulch Rd
Scotts Valley, CA United States
Interact prom,  Enchanted Forest
Friday June 23
Napredak Hall,  770 Montague Expwy, 
San Jose,    CA 95131
Interact Area 8  (we sponsor YB,  Evergreen Valley, and Silver Creek....Area 8 also includes Oak Grove,  Andrew Hill,  Santa Teresa,  and Overfelt) are hosting a prom in an Interact style. The purpose of an interact prom is to give those who could not attend their own prom a chance to go at a reduced price. The prom is a fundraiser for the Interactors and it includes dancing, performances, and food.  
They need 3 chaperones from SJEE to volunteer.  The event will be on Friday June 23, at Napredak Hall at 770 Montague Expwy,  San Jose,  CA 95131. Chaperones need to arrive at 6:00 and the event will end at 10:00pm. Chaperones will stay until 10:30pm.  
Roast and Toast for Jeff Orth
Don't miss out on the fun! Join us as we celebrate soon-to-be PDG Jeff Orth and welcome soon-to-be DG Orrin Mahoney at the Roast and Toast on June 22, Thursday, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm at Guglielmo Winery - 1480 E. Main Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA 95037.
Ticket Price: $40.00 


June 2017 Events Suguna Alluri 2017-06-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 14, 2017


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Making Dinner for the Homeless Shelter @ the Family Supportive Housing
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Posted on Jun 14, 2017
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Rotary Convention - Rajashree Birla just contributed $1 million dollars to end polio and change lives through Rotary.


Proud Moment Indeed 2017-06-14 07:00:00Z 0
This morning I attended a plenary session which was mainly about the status of polio eradication. There have only been 5 cases worldwide since January 1, 2017. The last case of polio was February 20, 2017. With the need for no cases for 3 years to declare the world polio free, the date we need to hope for is February 20, 2020.
Rotary International President John Germ siad that we still need $1.5 billion to finish the eradication of polio worldwide. Within 10 minutes he rattled off donations from world countries that are working as hard as Rotary to eradicate the crippling disease. Then he gave us the grand total of donations (aka at this point pledges). The total RIP Germ gave us brought tears. The donors pledged another $1.2 billion. The Gates Foundation extended their  2 for 1 challenege (for every dollar Rotarians bring in, the Gates Foundation will match with anoither $2.) Where it has been a match upo to $35 million a year until 2018, the match was increased to $50 million and until 2020. View the video to hear from world and business leaders.....
For those of you receiving this email and are not Rotarians, we have been requesting people to donate to the polio eradication effort a minimum of $26.50. The $26.50 represents the first deposit made into what has become The Rotary Foundarion in 1917.
Please think about the incredible thing we are all witnessing......we are on the verge of eradicating the second disease that has effected humans in a horrible way.
I ask as a favor for future generations....your children......your grandchildren....and....please considering donating at $26.50 to eradicate polio before June 30, 2017. That is when the current Rotary year ends and it would be great to end the year with high amount of donations considering how much was pledged today. Get in touch with me if you are not a Rotarian and I will handle the process for you. Rotarians please go online at to donate.  Satellite club members you can go online also or contact me about your donation.
A message from President Charlie 2017-06-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Jun 14, 2017
Club DarkJun 15, 2017
Rotaryt International Convention 
Club DarkJun 22, 2017
Attend Roast and Toast

Come say Thank You for his year of service to soon to be Past District Governor Jeff Orth.

The annual Roast and Toast will be at Guglielmo Winery, 1480 E. Main Avenue, Morgan Hill.

Go to the following link to sign up and purchase your tickets.

The events are great fun and networking with other District 5170 Rotarians.


Tara Martin-MiliusJun 29, 2017
Silicon Valley Clean Energy

Tara Martin-Milius, former Vice Mayor of Sunnyvale, will discuss Silicon Valley Clean Energy.

June 2017 Speakers Suguna Alluri 2017-06-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on May 24, 2017
San Jose East/Evergreen is continuing to become an integral part of the community. We recently took part in the San Jose citywide Great American Litter Pick Up helping to clean the local communities. Our scholarship program brought in over 20 applications from San Jose Eastside Union High School District students. 

Our list of upcoming club programs is as impressive as always. We are able to attract top notch speakers and elected officials with interesting topics. While Rotary clubs do not take political stands, we do get officials requesting to speak to Rotarians. Rotarians are looked at as community leaders and get involved in community initiatives.

The upcoming speakers starting May 25, this Thursday, include Lissa Kreisler, who is known as The Voice Of Silicon Valley, will discuss her life in Silicon Valley focusing on her 40 years in radio. She worked at KLOK 1170 for ten years, doing mornings and then spent the following 29 years at 94.5 KBAY, also spending mornings with listeners.

On June 1, John L Varela, Board Chair of the Santa Clara Valley Water District will give an update on the water situation. Since it is felt we have come out of the drought, his talk about current status and futures will be most timely.

On June 8, Steve Eckert, Executive Director of the Alum Rock Counseling Center, will discuss the center's programs. The center deals with individuals that are working through trauma experiences in the Alum Rock area.

On June 22, tentatively we will have our exchange student discuss his thoughts on the exchange program. He will be leaving soon for the country in which he will live for 10 months. Rotary has a key program called Peace and Conflict Resolution. The worldwide Youth Exchange program is what I consider to be a key part of that peace effort. The Youth Exchange program sends teenagers to countries all over the world. The students meet other students from other countries. After 10 months of getting to know each other through Rotary and the families with whom they live, the students develop what will be lifelong friendships. The caliber of these youth is such, they will more than likely end up in key roles in government and business. When an issue arises between countries, they each will have good friends in similar positions around the globe to make for an easier negotiating situation. Come hear our student’s story and also hear from the Rotary District’s Chair of the Youth Exchange.

As always, visit with us at one of our meetings. We meet on Thursdays at the Ranch Golf Club, 4601 Hill Top View Ln, San Jose, CA 95138.  People start to arrive at 12 noon and I start the meeting by 12:15 pm.  It would be helpful if you could RSVP but if you do not get a chance to do so, come visit us just the same.

Hope to see you soon…….
President Charlie Says.... Suguna Alluri 2017-05-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on May 24, 2017

2017 r and t tnCelebrate soon-to-be PDG Jeff Orth and welcome soon-to-be DG Orrin Mahoney.

Enjoy a Rotary tradition in the heart of Silicon Valley's wine country with a delicious buffet catered by Mama Mia's Mediterranean Italian Cuisine, and fine wines created by the oldest, continuously operating, family owned winery in Santa Clara Valley - Guglielmo Winery!

Where: Guglielmo Winery | 1480 E. Main Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA 95037

When: Thursday, June 22, 2017

5:00 pm - Registration/Check-in

5:30 pm - Beverages and hors d'oeuvres

6:00 pm - Buffet dinner

6:30 pm - Roast and Toast Ceremony

Dress: Casual - be prepared for late afternoon/evening cool weather

One complimentary drink (wine or beer) included. Additional purchase of wine or beer - $5.00* (CASH BAR ONLY). (*Net proceeds to Interact.)

Event Details

Event Date06-22-2017 5:30 pm
Event End Date06-22-2017 8:00 pm
Registration Start Date05-09-2017
Register By Date06-14-2017 11:45 pm
Individual Price$40.00
Roast ‘n’ Toast Suguna Alluri 2017-05-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robbie Izat, John Goldstein on May 24, 2017
Dictionary distribution to 3rd graders at Russo McEntee Academy Alum Rock with Nick Leon and Robbie Izat from San Jose East Evergreen Rotary. What a great job it was!!!


Harbinder receives his Paul Harris Fellow pin!!  Yay.


May 2017 Events Robbie Izat, John Goldstein 2017-05-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on May 09, 2017

Lissa Kreisler May 25, 2017

The Voice Of Silicon Valley

The Voice Of Silicon Valley

Raised in the Silicon Valley, I went to San Jose State University and majored in
Radio-TV Journalism. Upon graduation, I worked at KLOK 1170 for ten years, doing mornings
and then spent the following 29 years at 94.5 KBAY, also spending mornings with listeners.

Raised two daughters, spending countless hours as School PTA President.
Have also spent countless hours in the community, serving on Boards, Committees and
Emceeing many non profit events and galas.

My talk is called “Decades of Sunny Mornings” as that is what I and my listeners had for nearly
40 years. It’s my story of landing a radio job in my hometown, the laughs, the tears and the tale
of starting over!

I have watched this Valley go from prune orchards to high tech and love the place I call home!



May 2017 Speakers Suguna Alluri 2017-05-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on May 09, 2017
Never Think Hard About the Past, It may bring "Tears"
Don't think too much into the "Future" It brings "Fear"
Live This Moment with a "Smile" - It brings "Cheer"
Every Test in Our "Life" makes us "Bitter" or "Better"
Every Problem comes to "Make Us" or "Break Us"
The "Choice" is Ours
Whether we become "Victims" or "Victorious"
Thought for the Week Suguna Alluri 2017-05-09 07:00:00Z 0
Bill Gates - A Must Watch Video Suguna Alluri 2017-05-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Goldstein, Suguna Alluri on May 09, 2017

Our Presenter Valerie Merklin and crew from the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds

Independence High School  Rotaract and our Speaker for the Day, Captain Michael Kihmm fro SJPD. Great gathering!!

April 2017 Speakers John Goldstein, Suguna Alluri 2017-05-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by From Rotary International on Apr 19, 2017
Australia Rotary clubs raise awareness and funds to prevent domestic violence and support its victims.

The statistics are sobering: Intimate partner violence is the most common type of violence against women, affecting 30 percent of women worldwide, according to a 2013 World Health Organization report. As many as 38 percent of murders of women are committed by an intimate partner.

In New Zealand, a dozen women are killed by their partners or ex-partners each year. And in Australia, a woman is killed, on average, about every week.

Recognizing the desperate need for domestic-violence services in their communities, Rotary clubs throughout Australia and New Zealand are fundraising and partnering with charities to raise awareness and work on prevention and victim support.

As one club president said: When ending polio seemed insurmountable, Rotary stepped in. Why can’t Rotary help end domestic violence?

Putting an end to domestic violence From Rotary International 2017-04-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 19, 2017

Providing Dictionaries to 3rd grade students at Cesar Chavez Elementary - another Rotary SJE/E Community & Youth Service Project

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The Gift of Giving 2017-04-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Apr 12, 2017
Due to a great 35% turnout of club members for the District 5170 Assembly the afternoon/evening of April 13, there will not be a lunch meeting at The Ranch.
See you on the 20th!
Club "Dark" on April 13, 2017 Sara Calkins 2017-04-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Apr 03, 2017

In “The Health of Nations: The Campaign to End Polio and Eradicate Epidemic Diseases” (Oneworld Publications), British journalist and Sunday Times best-selling author Karen Bartlett surveys the global landscape of epidemics past, present, and future. Beginning with the 1980 eradication of smallpox, she guides us through more timely threats such as the Ebola and Zika viruses, and looks ahead to a future without malaria, measles, or polio.

“Who decided to rid the world of polio? Not politicians or global health organizations, as you might expect,” she writes, in one of several chapters devoted to polio. “The starting gun was fired by Rotary International, a network of businessmen more used to enjoying convivial dinners, raising money for local good causes, and organizing floats to carry Santa Claus around suburban neighborhoods at Christmas.”

Click Below for Full Story.

New book praises Rotary's role in fight to end polio Suguna Alluri 2017-04-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 03, 2017
Several possible community service projects are in the works.
  1.  As I mentioned above, Rotarians with a deep passion can accomplish things she/he set out to do. As you know, Denise Henkes join SJEE because of her passion for Sunday Friends. I feel the same way about Sunday Friends and always urge Rotarians and others to volunteer or donate to them. To emphasize Denise’s passion, read the following which is an email she wrote for all of us (HINT:  this includes all the non-Rotarians that keep thinking about joining Rotary or assisting us helping our neighbors:
I have signed up for a volunteer shift at the upcoming Sunday Friends program at Lowell School (March 26).  Please consider joining me, and wearing your yellow Rotary T-shirts. To register, go to the “returning volunteers” tab on the website ( and select the shift that suits your schedule.  My shift is at 12:30. If you are unable to volunteer that day, please consider donating everyday household items, like toilet paper, paper towels, detergent, soap, etc., or baby items, like diapers, baby shampoo, things like that.  I will collect them when we meet on the 23rd for our luncheon, and bring them with me to the site.   You can print out a donation receipt for tax purposes, and that is also to be found on their website. 
I hope you will come volunteer with me on that day!
Please call me with any questions.
  1.  Next one is from Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco. On April 22, she is holding the “Great America Litter Pick Up.” The attached flyer gives the details to what amounts to assisting the residents of East San Jose clean their neighboirhoods. Clean neighborhoods are the first steps to beautifying streets but more importantly the people’s lives.
  1. Here is another one I received from a friend related to tutoring high school students. His name is Dave Noel and here is his contact info – mention my name so he knows you are from SJEE or found out about it from SJEE:
I wonder if your Rotarians might be interested in doing some volunteer teaching for Citizen Schools ( at middle schools in East San Jose?  My company's new corporate owner, Thermo Fisher Scientific, has been a big supporter. 
If anyone is interested in a low-commitment trial run, I can set them up co-teaching opportunities of 1 to 3 classes at their convenience held on Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00pm at Renaissance Academy at Fischer or Thursdays from 3:00-4:30pm at Joseph George Middle School.  No prep work is needed. The curriculum and supplies are already taken care of, and you can see in advance what topics are being taught on which dates. The curriculum is called Science Explorers. It's tilted towards basic Chemistry, but it's super basic so there is no need to have subject matter expertise.
  1. Another possible service project is serving as a judge at a high school level debate competition. There will be 200 “home schooled” students competing. Here is the request I received:
Our homeschool debate club is going to host our Spring Debate tournament at West Valley College, Saratoga, CA on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 23, 24 and 25, 2017. We expect to see more than 200 homeschool students, aged between 12-18, to come to debate in Team Policy, Lincoln Douglas, Parliamentary and Individual Policy debate. I would like to invite you to come to help to serve as a judge to educate these fine young men and ladies.  If you are able to help us out, please click on the link below and sign up for the rounds of your choice. Please keep the following in mind as you consider this opportunity: 1. No experience necessary! We are training our students to learn to communicate with all kinds of people! We provide a short orientation before the round. 2. This is a national qualifying tournament. 3. Only a two & half hours commitment (or more if you have time).  Thank you in advance for volunteering and we would be delighted if you would join us! See the schedule page at: When the registration software ask about where you learn about this event, please put "Frank Tang".
President Charlie Says..... 2017-04-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Apr 03, 2017
Council Member Raul Peralez Apr 06, 2017
San Jose
San Jose

Council Member Raul Peralez will discuss San Jose today and where Rotary can assist.

Raul serves as the elected City Council representative for the district 3 area of San José, California. Prior to taking office he served for 8 years as a San José police officer, and ten years a substitute high school and alternative education teacher, involving work with students in the juvenile justice system. He was recognized by YMCA Project Cornerstone as the 2013 Adult Role Model of the Year and as an Emerging Leader by the Silicon Valley Latino magazine. As a city councilmember, his focus is on economic vitality, public transportation, addressing issues of housing, homelessness, and public safety. He obtained a degree in Mathematics from San José State University and as a lifelong resident of San José, Councilmember Peralez continues to give back to his community through his work and volunteering in his free time.

Captain Michael Kihmm Apr 13, 2017
San Jose Police Department
San Jose Police Department

Captain Kihmm oversees the Foothill Division located in the eastern foothills of San Jose which covers an area of approximately 42 square miles and has population close to 295,000 residents. 

Captain Kihmm is in his 26th year as a police officer and has promoted through the ranks to a Police Captain. He has been in several different assignments including being the Adjutant to the Chief of Police and commanding the Homicide Unit. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration from San Diego State University in 1990.

Captain Kihmm has attended numerous professional training courses, but two of his highlights were graduating from the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Point Leadership Program and the FBI’s National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.


San Jose Police Department’s “21st Century Policing”-Strengthening community policing and trust among law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.


April 2017 Speakers Suguna Alluri 2017-04-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Mar 15, 2017
Our Inspiring speakers over the past two weeks. 
Supervisor Mike Wasserman from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and motivational speaker Chris Hennessey.
Upcoming - 
All the speech contest winners go on to 
Area 5 contest! Be there to encourage and applaud them to the District Level!
Location - History Park, San Jose.
Mar 28, 2017 
6:00 PM – 9:00 
Philippines Medical Mission - Lunch with the Local Phil. Organizer On March 30, Thursday
The Medical Mission that Marisa has been working on for funding is in it's final stages of completion.This means that we have the necessary minimum amount of money for the Mission. 
All Rotary Club members, and their friends and family are welcome to join as volunteers and to give additional donations.
What made this first mission possible is through an old friend of Marisa, Luis Cusi,  a successful real estate developer who several years ago dedicated his life to Medical Missions in disaster areas all over Southeast Asia.
Our Speakers and Upcoming Events Suguna Alluri 2017-03-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by From 5170 Newsletter on Mar 15, 2017

The Rotary Foundation's assets have grown to approximately $1 billion, and more than $3 billion have been spent on various social and community welfare projects across the world

The Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of Rotary – a global network of volunteers committed to improving lives and communities around the world – has been named the 2016 Outstanding Foundation by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

From its first contribution of $26.50 almost a century ago, The Rotary Foundation’s assets have grown to approximately $1 billion, and more than $3 billion have been spent on projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, support education, save mothers and children, and grow local economies.


Rotary named world’s outstanding foundation in 2016 From 5170 Newsletter 2017-03-15 07:00:00Z 0
Thought for the Week 2017-03-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Feb 22, 2017
Supervisor Mike Wasserman Mar 09, 2017
Teaching Coding 
Teaching Coding
Supervisor Wasserman will provide update on County accomplishments, initiative, services and what to expect for 2017. - See more at:
Supervisor Wasserman will provide update on County accomplishments, initiative, services and what to expect for 2017.

Described as having “a head for numbers and a heart for people,” Supervisor Mike Wasserman was elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors in November 2010 – and re-elected in 2014 -- after serving eight years on the Los Gatos Town Council as Mayor and Councilmember. A businessman for more than 30 years, Mike has proven that balancing budgets and maintaining high-quality public services can be done when the focus is on the people you represent.

Mike currently sits on 29 committees, including chairing or co-chairing the Public Safety and Justice Committee, the Habitat Conservation Authority, and a youth task force. He coined the phrase “Real. Life. Help.” to describe the services Santa Clara County provides and he reaches 25,000 residents with this information in his monthly electronic newsletter. 

Mike has a degree in Psychology from the University of Southern California and was a Certified Financial Planner for more than 30 years. He has been married to his college sweetheart, Kim, for more than 36 years and they have two adult children, Nicole and Sean.


Elizabeth Karr Mar 16, 2017
San Jose Public Library
San Jose Public Library

Elizabeth Karr is the branch manager for the Hillview and Dr. Roberto Cruz-Alum Rock Branches with San José Public Library; she is also the Committee Chair for the Summer Reading program, which works closely with the Summer Meal program committee. She was formerly the Peace Corps Librarian at Peace Corps Headquarters in Washington, DC and a past Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Philippines, 2007-2009). She has also worked as an academic librarian in Montana and is a proud graduate of San José State University Library and Information Science School. She is also a San José native.

The Summer Reading program is San José Public Library’s largest program and is one of the most interactive and rewarding: during our summer 2016 program, 17,732 youth registered and our readers went on to clock a total of 4,191,898,169 minutes read! Over the past couple of years, the Summer Reading program has aligned with our summer meal program, which fed over 16,000 people last summer, mainly youth under 18 years of age. Elizabeth will discuss how both of these programs are essential to combating childhood hunger and illiteracy in San José and what the plan for this summer program is. SJPL has also launched several new services over the past year to meet our various communities’ needs that Elizabeth will highlight, some of which include: the MakerSpaceShip (a mobile “maker” laboratory); SJ Works initiative which offers career and job resources; TeenHQ, a new teen space and series of programs at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library; Citizenship Corners in ten of our branches; and a new bridge library at Cesar Chavez Elementary School, amongst other cool things. 

Club Members Mar 23, 2017
Club Fund Raising Review

We will look at fund raisers this year and see what works and plan for the future.


Speakers March 2017 Suguna Alluri 2017-02-22 08:00:00Z 0
Rotarian builds his own iron lung replica Rotarian Magazine 2017-02-22 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Feb 22, 2017
The Richard King Speech Contest to be held on Feb. 23rd is a very defining part of our club. Talented High School students from all over the district participate and make it difficult for the club members to decide on the winners. All of them are winners! 
Hope to see you all at the club meet to encourage and cheer them on!
Richard King Speech Contest Suguna Alluri 2017-02-22 08:00:00Z 0
Feb 4 Crab Feed a Success! 2017-02-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Jan 25, 2017
The rain didn’t keep Eastside families away from the Sunday Friends program at Lowell school!  In Denise's words "It was a fun day for me, and several people recognized me from our Rotarian group who help out at Sunday Friends.   Here I am with an enthusiastic young lady, making Valentines for one of Sunday Friends’ outreach programs.  I helped out at many tables, all arts and crafts related. Tired, but so worth it!!"
Count on Denise to be there! Suguna Alluri 2017-01-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Jan 25, 2017
Our Speaker on Jan 19th Alyssa Lynch - Superintendent of Metropolitan Education School District (MetroED) in San Jose. - MetroED is focused on preparing students to thrive in college and careers. Our programs include Silicon Valley Career Technical Education (SVCTE) and Silicon Valley Adult Education (SVAE).  
Speaker Jan 19th - 2017 Suguna Alluri 2017-01-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Jan 25, 2017
Congratulations to all! We have sold all the tickets for our Annual Crab Feed. Hopefully, those of you that had wanted tickets, were able to purchase them. Since it is a fund raiser, we will be having a silent and live auction. We are still collecting donations for the auctions. Any donations would be greatly appreciated. Remember the funds we generate will be used for the club’s humanitarian projects on the East Side of San Jose. 
We are really proud of the hard work of our Rotarians, going above and beyond to retailers and restaurants in and around evergreen and east San Jose collecting donations - $100 worth of tools from a Home Depot, $50 worth tools from OSH Southside, $50 gift certificates from Mexican Lindo, a dinner from Caspian Village restaurant, some coffee and gift certificate from Starbucks, plenty of tools from OSH Alum Rock, $100 worth from SOH Silver Creek, a big beautiful "car wash" gift basket from Payless Rockery and Hardware, a $50 gift card (actually, 5-$10 cards) from Red Lobster, a fitness evaluation gift card from Sozo fitness, a $75 gift card from Target Silver Creek, 2 gift cards for 2 cakes from Nothing Bundt Cakes on Aborn, Working on getting more from New Seasons, Office Depot, and Sizzler and making plenty more gift baskets with support from all the club members. Some of us are bringing in wine bottles, kitchen ware, cutlery, spa - bath and body, accessories, sports memerobilia etc....please bring in anything that we can put together in baskets and auction off, and of course if any of you have the time visit your neighborhood retail and restaurants to request gift certificates. Most of them are willing and happy to do so.
Now we need to get together and Wrap Gift Baskets.  
The date is Jan. 29, Sunday 10:00 -12 noon.
Location:  1712 Cherry Ave. corner Pine Ave. San Jose, CA 95125 cell phone (408) 489-0169.
We request Nick's help to transport the items on Feb 4th, Joy Engstrom's help and everybody else for baskets, Sara's help for any wrapping paper, string, hay, or any kind of packing material in the shed, or as a matter of fact if any of you have some at home that you would like to donate.
Please let us know if you can come, and if you can't come and have gift items, pls bring them to the meeting on Thursday Jan 26th, we can wrap them for you.
A reminder to all members to bring dessert to Auction off at the Crab Feed. Dessert Auction is a great way for the Club to generate income from the Crab Feed.  Members are encouraged to bring a dessert to the auction, home made or from your favorite bakery! 
See you all at Marisa's place for gift wrapping on Sunday Jan 29th. To all our new members, please do come - we have so much fun every year gift wrapping! You will have a great time!

See you all at the Club meet tomorrow, and on Sunday at Marisa's place, next Thursday we are dark. See you again at the Crab Feed on Sat Feb 4th!
Crab Feed - Feb 4, 2017 Suguna Alluri 2017-01-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Jan 24, 2017
Feb 09, 2017 Karen Scherrer
Veterinary Services for Pets of the Homeless - Vet clinic for the homeless, will introduce her program to us. Karen travels around the Bay Area going to areas where homeless people are. Some of them, like us, have pets they adore. The difference is, most of us reading this have or can find the resources needed to help our pets. Karen will explain the dilemma faced by homeless people.  The people live on the street because they do not have sufficient resources to find permanent shelter. What choice can they make when their beloved pet needs medical attention? Karen’s organization offers a possible solution.
Feb 16, 2017 Jim Zito, president EESD Board of Trustees

Jim Zito is the President of the Evergreen Elementary School District board of Trustees. Jim will give an overview of EESD.


Feb 23, 2017 Richard King Speech Contest
We will be hosting the club level competition of the Richard B. King Speech Contest. The competition, named after one of Rotary International’s worldwide presidents, brings together 6 high school students from the local high school districts. The oratory of these remarkable students will keep you involved in the competition. One of the fun parts, at least for the meeting attendees, is to see how close you come to choosing the winner among the 6 students that our judges choose. The winner will go on to an area contest, a regional contest, and then the Rotary District 5170 finals winning cash prizes along the way.
February 2017 Speakers Suguna Alluri 2017-01-24 08:00:00Z 0
An interesting Article from Rotarain Magazine 2017-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 11, 2017

ROTARY International Convention - June 10-14, 2017

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

Looking ahead, the Rotary convention will be extra special as we celebrate the centennial of The Rotary Foundation in the city where it was born. I hope you’ll join me in Atlanta, 10-14 June 2017, to look back proudly at a century of being people of action and serving humanity - and look ahead to the challenges Rotary will tackle in the century to come.

Yours in service,
Jeffery M. Orth,


A Message from our District Governor - Jeff Orth 2017-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Serene Hope Jan 12, 2017
What It Is Like to be Involved in the Fairgrounds as an Anchor Tenant
What It Is Like to be Involved in the Fairgrounds as an Anchor Tenant

Serene Hope, a recent member of the Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen, will give a bio and will also describe her recreation business at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. She will describe the concepts her company has developed and would like to implement at the Fairgrounds as the planning process at the Fairgrounds continues. 

Attendees that heard the County's overview of the planning process will get a unique insight into what means to run a business and implement changes at the same time. The Fairgrounds are destined to become a landmark in San Jose. Serene's talk will give a look at the process that is being followed.


Description of Vocational Education 
Description of Vocational Education

Alyssa Lynch is the Superintendent of Metropolitan Education School District (MetroED) in San Jose. MetroED is focused on preparing students to thrive in college and careers. Our programs include Silicon Valley Career Technical Education (SVCTE) and Silicon Valley Adult Education (SVAE).  During the past year, Alyssa has brought a STEAM focus to MetroED by teaming with Xilinx and other business partners to offer STEAM camps throughout the school year to 6th to 10th grade students.  Prior to joining MetroED, Ms. Lynch served as the Career Technical Education Director at the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE). Ms. Lynch is well known throughout the CTE community for her leadership role in spearheading the CTE initiative in Santa Clara County in 2009. 

Ms. Lynch has a quarter century of experience in education. She began her career as a counselor at St. Mary’s College. She then combined her passion for marketing and education and became a marketing instructor at American High School in Fremont.  In 2004, she served as the Director of North County Regional Occupational Program in Sunnyvale. In 2008, Ms. Lynch was named the ACSA Career Technical Education Administrator of the Year for California.  She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Home Economics & Fashion from California State University Fresno and San Francisco State University, a teaching credential, Administrative Services Credential and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from San Jose State University. In addition, she’s a frequent contributor to the San Jose Mercury News and Silicon Valley Business Journal on the topic of the importance of CTE in Silicon Valley.  Ms. Lynch has been a member of the San Francisco Run 365 Running Team since 2009 and has ran in over 25 half marathons. In 2016, she was named one of Silicon Valley Business Journals Women of Influence.


Rudy Flores Jan 26, 2017
Parks and Recreation Commission in San Jose

Rudy Flores is the Chair of the San Jose Parks ad Recreation Commission. The commission oversees the large number of parks in San Jose. Rudy will discuss the way the commission works and how residents can volunteer at the parks.


Upcoming Speakers Jan 2017 2017-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
RI President Dinner Reception 2017-01-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Denise Hankes on Jan 01, 2017
We have two opportunities this month to volunteer with Sunday Friends—Sunday January 8th and Sunday January 22nd. 
This is a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon and help Sunday Friends in their continuing efforts to bring life skills to participating families.
Once you’ve seen it, I'm sure you’ll agree it’s an awesome program, and since they operate on two Eastside school campuses, they are definitely taking place in the community we aim to serve. 
Please contact Denise Hankes to let her know of your interest. She needs to turn in a list by this Thursday, January 5 before 5:00pm.
Thanks in advance for your support!”
Sunday Friends - Rotary SJE/E in Action in Our Community Denise Hankes 2017-01-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Dec 22, 2016
Best Wishes to all from our Rotary Family at RC San Jose East/Evergreen
Happy Holidays and a Healthy, Peaceful New Year!
Holiday Greetings Sara Calkins 2016-12-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 29, 2016

Rotary named world’s outstanding foundation in 2016

The Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of Rotary – a global network of volunteers committed to improving lives and communities around the world – has been named the 2016 Outstanding Foundation by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

From its first contribution of $26.50 almost a century ago, The Rotary Foundation’s assets have grown to approximately $1 billion, and more than $3 billion have been spent on projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, support education, save mothers and children, and grow local economies.

The Rotary Foundation - Named Tops 2016-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Interact Buzz Suguna Alluri 2016-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Ebay logo

Rotary members, their families and friends can support Rotary’s work by bidding on antiques, artwork, jewelry, and collectibles through eBay Live Auctions events.

Each month, Rotary will promote on its social media outlets a set of upcoming s events, and eBay, the world’s largest auction website, will donate a portion of all sale proceeds from those events to Rotary.

Live Auctions events enable buyers to participate in auctions across the United States — held at such auction houses as Sotheby’s, Swann, and Freeman’s — without leaving home. Under this proceeds-sharing agreement, only U.S. auction sales are eligible.

Upcoming eBay Live Auctions that will partially benefit Rotary

14 November 2016:

18 November 2016:

18 November 2016:

19 November 2016:

ebay Live Auctions in November - Benefit Rotary! 2016-11-15 00:00:00Z 0

From the of The Rotarian

A couple of years ago, researchers at Princeton and Stanford released a study of American political attitudes that was, in a word, terrifying.

The most shocking finding was that political prejudice is now more acute than racial bigotry. What’s more, it is voters who are driving the cycle of contempt and confrontation in Washington. Those intractable politicians we love to rant about are, in fact, acting on our orders.

Another study, by political scientists Alan Abramowitz and Steven Webster at Emory University, offers more grim news. Americans are increasingly engaging in a practice they call “negative partisanship,” which means we vote based more on fear and loathing for the other party than on a positive identification with our own.

These negative views, by the way, are not grounded in a sophisticated objection to the policies advocated by the opposing party. They are tribal in nature.

Abramowitz and Webster do note that an increasing number of voters identify themselves as independents – Gallup put the number at 43 percent last year – which would suggest a decline in partisanship. Unfortunately, actual voting data reveal that these folks are choosing to label themselves as “independent” to avoid the perception of mindless loyalty to a particular party. In fact, they almost never cross party lines. The “swing voter” is a dying species in American politics.

Bill Bishop’s 2008 book, The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America Is Tearing Us Apart, chronicles the larger cultural shifts that have stoked this polarization. His basic point is that Americans increasingly self-segregate. We surround ourselves with people of the same class, level of education, and ideology. Forget red and blue states, we’re talking about red and blue neighborhoods.

At the same time, our very definition of “politics” has changed over the past half-century. We used to consider politics a collective civic endeavor, the means by which our society sought to solve common crises. These days, politics functions as a form of identity. We regard those in the other tribe not as neighbors who share many of our basic goals and values but as an abstract set of strangers who seek to desecrate all we hold dear.

I still remember watching the 1980 presidential election returns with my parents and a group of their friends. Ronald Reagan defeated Jimmy Carter that year. Our living room was filled with jubilant Reagan fans and downcast Carter supporters, but the general air was one of amicability. Try to imagine the same scene today.

Which brings us, alas, to the brutal presidential race playing out in front of us right now. Regardless of how you feel about the outcome, we can all agree that Election 2016 has represented a new low when it comes to political acrimony.

So the big question is this: How do we begin to depersonalize politics? How do we cure ourselves of political prejudice?


Culture: Elect to be civil 2016-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
Think About It Suguna Alluri 2016-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Nov 01, 2016
Members of the Rotary Club of Little Rock, Ark. and Heifer International staff work together to build a hoop house to seal in heat and extend the growing season for farmer Joe Carr. 
Photo Credit: Miriam Doan/Rotary International

“Agriculture is the lifeblood of Arkansas; it’s the state’s original business,” says Sharon Tallach Vogelpohl, an Arkansas Rotarian for nearly 20 years. But that business has become more challenging in recent years as row-crop farming has become more commoditized, making it difficult for families who have been farming for generations to make an adequate living.

Vogelpohl, who was club president during the Rotary Club of Little Rock’s centennial year in 2014, says club members wanted to mark the milestone with a project that would have a lasting, local impact. “With all the good that Rotary has done internationally, we wondered what we could do to bring that good home here in Arkansas, which is a very impoverished state,” she says. “What could we do to help our friends and neighbors in our own backyard?” The conversation quickly turned to a farming project.

The Little Rock club (nicknamed “Club 99” because it was the 99th Rotary club chartered) meets weekly at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library, which is a tomato’s throw from the headquarters of Heifer International. Heifer is a nonprofit, founded in 1944, that seeks to end hunger and poverty through sustainable agriculture. Given the proximity – and that several Heifer employees are members of the Rotary Club of Little Rock, including Ardyth Neill, president of the Heifer Foundation, and Ben Wihebrink, operations director for Heifer USA – the two organizations teamed up to help Arkansas farmers.

Around the world, Heifer teaches farmers how to increase production sustainably and access new markets. It also helps small-scale farmers form cooperatives, where locals can buy produce directly. The goal is to increase a farmer’s profits by about 30 percent while providing the community with more locally grown produce. A key component of Heifer’s method, and the Arkansas project, is the formation of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) network – a food subscription service in which consumers buy produce in advance at a fixed price, guaranteeing farmers a market for their crops, regardless of how weather or other factors may affect their output.

In Arkansas, Rotarians fund Heifer’s training efforts, including an informational video, and members offer advice in their areas of expertise, like marketing, finance, and business planning. “Heifer helps the farmers with technical expertise,” Neill says. “Rotary gives them access to individual club members who want to help them directly. That means local folks helping local folks to make a difference.”


Posted by Suguna Alluri on Nov 01, 2016
Halloween Party was indeed fun watching everyone walk in with a variety of costumes, playing fun games, lot of desserts.....No speakers, just us - mingling, chatting, catching up and fooling around.... 
Halloween Fun Suguna Alluri 2016-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Oct 25, 2016
Oct 27, 2016 Club Halloween Party
Lunch at the Ranch will never be the same. Wear your costume and have some fun getting to know each other.
Nov 03, 2016 Joy Engstrom Elefante Blanco

Joy is the founder of Elefante Blanco a "boutique" high end thrift shop. Wow......high end thrift!!!!!

It used to be located on the Alameda in San Jose but closed because of a massive rent increase. Joy will discuss her plans in regards to re-opening Elefante Blanco in the East Side of San Jose. The presentation will discuss the potential fund raising for San Jose East/Evergreen Rotary and other nonprofits that may want to participate.

This will be a most informative meeting discussing a potential avenue of bringing in significant money for any organization involved.

Nov 10, 2016 Pilar Furlong Bill Wilson Center Overview
Bill Wilson Center Overview
With over 20 years of experience fundraising for non-profit agencies both large and small, Pilar’s knowledge of the sector is both extensive and diverse.  Currently serving as the Chief Community Resources Officer for Bill Wilson Center in Santa Clara County, Pilar oversees the fundraising, communications and marketing, and volunteer recruitment teams – ensuring that resources are in place to support and strengthen the community by serving youth and families through counseling, housing, education, and advocacy.
Prior to her appointment at the Bill Wilson Center, Pilar was Chief Operating Officer for the American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter.  In that role she oversaw the fundraising, volunteer management and disaster response teams, working with a corps of  staff and volunteers to implement preparedness and relief services throughout Santa Clara County.
Prior to her work for the Red Cross, Pilar raised money for several arts organizations and two health care systems – all in the San Francisco Bay Area.  
Pilar is an alumnae of Mills College and the University of San Francisco.  She resides in Santa Clara volunteers for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Silicon Valley Chapter and for the Triton Museum of Art.
Nov 17, 2016 Denise Hankes Identity Theft 
Identity Theft
Our very own Rotarian Denise will talk about Identify Theft that is so rampant today and how we can safeguard ourselves from being a victim.
Nov 24, 2016 Club Dark for Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
November 2016 Club Meet Speakers Suguna Alluri 2016-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Oct 25, 2016

Celebrating 50 Years of Doing Good in the World

A beautiful collage of our club members at our 50th anniversary celebrations. 
Our Golden Anniversary Gala was held on Friday, October 21st, 2016 at the Villages Golf and Country Club. Celebrating 50 Years of Rotary in the San Jose East/Evergreen community, the anniversary gala had live entertainment and began with a 6:00pm cocktail reception followed by a delectable and sumptuous three-course gourmet dinner. The highlights include a foreword by San Jose City Mayor Sam Liccardo and a keynote address by District 5 council member, Magdalena Carrasco. The event was open to all, especially Rotarians and their families both locally and from around the Bay Area.

At the Avenues of Service Booth - Nick says
Proud to be with the Vietnam Soccer Ball Project leadership committed to ending human trafficking in Vietnam and distributing the virtually indestructible no pump required, Rotary branded soccer ball to the world. Damn right I'm proud. Be the change.
These Interactors mentor me. "I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy." -- Rabindranath Tagore.
Showing our support at the Human Trafficking Awareness Seminar hosted by Charlie at City Council Chambers, San Jose.
Club's Presence at Events Around Town Suguna Alluri 2016-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins

Trick or Treat!

We've planned a Halloween social for our lunch meeting this Thursday.
Join in the fun; wear a [optional] costume (just not the Wicked Witch of the West - you might melt if it rains)!
This will be a relaxing meeting with plenty of time to play a game (prizes!) and get better acquainted with our newer members.
See you Thursday!

Sara Calkins, Club Secretary 2015/17

Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen
President 2007/08 "Rotary Shares" 

Club Meeting Halloween Social- Oct 27, 2016 Sara Calkins 2016-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
50th Anniversary Photo Album Sara Calkins 2016-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
As volunteers and advocates, Rotary members play a crucial role in the fight to end polio. Our partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative will come together in Atlanta for World Polio Day.

On 24 October, World Polio Day, Rotary will bring together partners from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative for an update on our fight to end polio. As host and moderator of the event, our organization plays a key role in amplifying one of the most important public health concerns in modern history.

When we first took it up as an organizational cause over three decades ago, polio affected 350,000 children every year, mostly in lower-income countries where poor sanitation and limited access to clean water facilitate the spread of the virus.

Our collaboration with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, local health workers, and national governments has helped reduce the number of cases to just 74 last year. When the final case is behind us, polio will be only the second disease, after smallpox, ever to have been completely wiped out.

This year's event, the fourth to be live-streamed and the first to be held at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, is our opportunity to put the fight to end polio in the public eye.

Henry Yong, President of Evergreen Valley College, is the newest Member of our Club. He was inducted last week and we look forward to working with him. Welcome to the Club Henry!
Lisa J. Blanchard of The Grateful Garment Project was our featured speaker last week. 

She spoke about her vision to make sure that no victim of sexual assault ever experience further suffering due to lack of resources.

On October 20, the club will not be meeting which is known as dark in Rotary parlance. Since we have the Human Trafficking Seminar on Monday, October 17 and the 50th Anniversary Gala on Friday, October 21, we will take a break from the routine of having a club meeting. Want to visit us during this week, come to the Gala. Contact the club for tickets.
On October 27, we will have our annual Halloween costume meeting with all attendees in costume. We will also have the yearly visit by the District 5170 District Governor Jeff Orth. Yes, both he and Barb Orth will be in costume.
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Posted by Suguna Alluri on Oct 02, 2016

The Grateful Garment Project

The Grateful Garment Project
Oct 06, 2016
Lisa J. Blanchard
The Grateful Garment Project

Lisa J. Blanchard – Executive Director and Founder: As founder, Lisa has been the guiding force and visionary of The Grateful Garment Project. Lisa’s unique combination of experience in nonprofit, customer service, law, and management produces the creative and conceptual leadership required to bring The Grateful Garment Project to the State of California and beyond. She has dedicated significant amounts of time to working with people not only professionally, but also in a volunteer capacity. Lisa holds an AS in Business, a BS in Human Services and a Masters in Nonprofit Administration. It is her vision that no victim of sexual assault ever experience further suffering due to lack of resources.

Self Esteem and Communication

Self Esteem and Communication
Oct 13, 2016
Linda Banner, Phd
Self Esteem and Communication


How are these two topic related OR are they?
What does “trust” have to do with it?
Can TRUST be re-built once broken?

These, and more questions will be answered by Dr Banner in her talk on October 13, 2016! Please come and bring your own questions for this “enlightening” talk! 

Dr. Linda Banner is a Health, Clinical, and Forensic Psychologist in private practice in San Jose for more than 25 years. She is an international expert in the field of sexual medicine and has been quoted, published, and regarded as an expert in this area of specialty for many years, especially after completing her doctoral research at Stanford Medical Center. 


District 5170 and Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen

District 5170 and Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen
Oct 27, 2016
DG Jeff Orth
District 5170 and Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen

Yearly DG visit.


Speakers October 2016 Suguna Alluri 2016-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Oct 02, 2016
The story continues.... Inducted three new promising members into our club last week.
Following is a bio of Serene:
Serene Hope is the CEO for Extreme Sports Productions and Recreation Entertainment Global LLC.  These companies have built and operate multiple family recreation center and software marketing companies focused on outdoor family adventure activities. She is from Silicon Valley, specifically Sunnyvale and Cupertino where even as a child she was involved in innovation and technology, starting her first company at the age of 9 called "Siliconcepts" a jewelry company made with computer chips. She has an extensive background in facility operations, marketing and sales as well as working many years in film and television casting and production here in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has been involved with building and managing all aspects of operations and development for multiple recreation centers including Santa Clara Paintball and Nor Cal Laser Tag, Paintball Sports Park, Midway Facility, Paintball Tickets Marketing and Ventav Marketing Solutions.  
For the past thirteen years she has been dedicated to providing the highest level of service and safety for her family recreation in California and in Washington State. Through her nationwide events and marketing company she bring a unique perspective working with fairgrounds all over the west coast such as Solano County, Contra Costa County, Alameda County, LA Pomona, San Diego Del Mar, Cal Expo and of course the beautiful Santa Clara County just to name a few. Engaging these local communities for decades has given her a understanding of fairgrounds big and small, the communities that surround them, and a heart to serve them in a multitude of ways. Her experience with family recreation centers and marketing lead her to develop a software that quickly helped hundreds of recreational facilities build their customer base and bring in new customers year after year.  With an emphasis on youth and recreation she has been successful in creating fundraising opportunities for hundreds of local schools, and non profit youth and family focused organization in Santa Clara County and throughout California. 
Serene is married to Michael DeCorra her husband of 12 years, and business partner for 20 years.  They have one college age child attending Cal Poly Pomona looking to graduate in December and ultimately earn his doctorate in neurology and one child attending Valley Christian Elementary who loves playing ice hockey and paintball. Serene has traveled to both India and Haiti with mission teams to provide food, prayer, and love to children and families in great need and has always had a heart  to give back. Through the use of her nationwide marketing company she continues to help raise money for children in India who suffer from Leprosy also know as the Hansen disease.  By raising funds to provide food, shelter, water wells, education, medicines and vocational training she hopes to continue to make an impact on those innocent lives who are often time shamed and unable to work or even come into contact with regular society. She has been a faithful member of Jubilee Christian Center for 14 years and greatly values her faith, family and friendships. She has always believed in "service before self" and is excited to have found this high quality, valuable, local organization that impacts the community the youth and those around our county in such a meaningful and positive way. 
This is what our young doctor Shail would like us to know about him:

"Excellence is not a skill, it's an attitude." – Ralph Marston

I am a board-certified physician in Internal Medicine and Hospice & Palliative Medicine. I have being on this medical journey for more than 2 decades, which started with Med school in India and continued as I migrated to US in 2002. I completed my residency in Internal Medicine from Kaiser Permanente at Santa Clara and worked there as an inpatient Hospitalist for 7 years. Working in the heart of Silicon Valley in one of the leading community hospitals, I have treated significant cardiovascular and medical problems, which I firmly believes are mostly triggered by lifestyle choices and can be treated / prevented with aggressive lifestyle modifications.

I founded Excel Medicine in 2016 as I am a firm believer of "Prevention as Treatment" and lifestyle modifications as treatment option instead of conventional reactive medical approach. Em is a practice in which I can provide quality personalized care with aggressive lifestyle changes to help reduce and prevent diseases and achieve a better quality of life. One of my personal goals is to increase awareness and fight the epidemic of cardiovascular diseases in South Asians. Beside work I enjoy strength-training, listening music, biking, photography and spending time with my family.

I am excited to be a part of Evergreen Rotary and it will definitely take me to paths of charity, humility, tolerance, service, honesty and fulfillment.

“Rotary summons men to respond to their best impulses...their best selves...[to] lift up their heads in every land. The best things in us are not confined by national boundaries.” 


We all know Steve Samuel of USTEC:
He was our featured speaker at the club a few weeks ago, and has been attending our club meets for a while now.
His organization, A Non-Profit Computer Aided Design Instruction has been doing wonderful work in the valley working and training veterans and other groups with CAD. As a high tech person working in Silicon Valley, he correlates that for a person - the Brain is the Hardware, Education and Experience is the Software and his/her Culture is the Operation System. Very Interesting.
We welcome you to the club and hope to do great work with you!



Welcome to our New Rotarians Suguna Alluri 2016-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Oct 02, 2016
The tradition continues .... Was it fun once again getting together and cooking dinner to about hundred residents at Family Supportive Housing? Of Course, and very satisfying to watch the adults and children alike enjoy the variety of healthy portions served on their plates: Yummy Chicken cooked by John; Maryanna, Nick and Shail had a good workout stirring the mashed potatoes and gravy; Ruth, Marisa and Suguna taking care of getting the Salad, Bread, Veggies and Desert ready. Great work, and an awesome job even cleaning up and leaving the kitchen spick and span - great job with the dishes Nick!
I overheard the Manager Judy telling the residents that a Doctor, a Pastor, a Teacher, etc. were cooking them dinner! Thank You All!
Cooking Dinner at Family Supportive Housing Suguna Alluri 2016-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Join us for our 50th Anniversary Celebration! 2016-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Inspiring Video 2016-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
In preparation of the 2017 Rotary International Convention, Rotary received a record number of paid pre-registrations during the 2016 convention. With nearly a year before the convention begins, more than 21,000 attendees have already registered, far exceeding previous convention totals for the initial May-June registration period. The 2017 Rotary International Convention will be held in Atlanta, coinciding with the centennial of the Rotary Foundation, which was established during the 1917 convention in Atlanta.

The convention pre-registration announcement comes on the heels of significant strides made against the eradication of polio, Rotary's flagship cause. With just two polio-endemic countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan, there is an opportunity this year to see the last case of polio, giving convention attendees an additional reason to celebrate.

"Rotary's International Convention is a time for Rotary members of all backgrounds and walks of life to come together in celebration of their friendship and mutual dedication to service," said Rotary International President John Germ. "I'm so pleased that once again the great city of Atlanta will be our 2017 host city. With more than 21,000 registrants so far, and thousands more expected attendees, I'm certain the 2017 convention will be one of the largest in Rotary history. I look forward to working with the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau and Rotary's Host Organizing Committee over the coming months to create an unforgettable experience for all those involved."

Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) and Georgia Department of Economic Development representatives attended the 2016 Rotary International Convention in Korea to pre-promote Atlanta. Both organizations provided pre-and post-trip planning for attendees who registered while on site in Korea. Attendees were further incentivized by a discounted pre-registration rate offered in recognition of the 100th Anniversary of the Rotary Foundation.

"We are excited to welcome Rotary International back to Atlanta for the Foundation's centennial celebration," said William Pate, president and CEO, ACVB. "Atlanta has a long history with Rotary International and it is a special opportunity to welcome Rotary members from around the world to our city."

The 2017 Rotary International Convention will be held June 10-14 at the Georgia World Congress Center. The last time Rotary held its international convention in Atlanta was in 1970.

About ACVB
Established in 1913, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for the city and serves to favorably impact Atlanta's economy through conventions and tourism. A private, not-for-profit organization, ACVB bolsters Atlanta's $15 billion hospitality industry, which generated nearly 51 million visitors in 2015. Visit for more information.

CONTACT: Audrey Carl, 217-840-0443 or

Posted by Suguna Alluri on Sep 14, 2016


Minda Dentler becomes the first woman hand cyclist to complete the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile cycle, and 26.2-mile marathon of the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, USA.

I was born in 1978 in Mumbai to a domestic worker and single mother. At six months old, I was paralyzed from the hips down by polio. The chances of surviving in India until your 18th birthday with a disability are very slim. My mother was unable to care for me and left me at an orphanage. I don't remember much about my time there because I was so young, but I know the conditions were primitive. I had no real hope that my life would become anything of note or that I would have the opportunity to be independent and overcome the burden of a very preventable disease.

Posted by Suguna Alluri on Sep 14, 2016
Our District Governor Elect Orrin Mahoney from Cupertino Club talks about diversity at our Rotary Clubs. He spoke about the current models of reaching out to various communities that are a big part of the valley, partnering with them through their local associations and festivals, through international projects and partnerships etc.
Rotarian Catherine delivers a bio of herself at the club meet last week. It was very interesting listening to the stories of her family, and her memories of growing up in a fruit orchard in Cupertino.
It was a pleasure visiting the Rotary Club of Silicon Valley to listen to a young immigrant from India Manasi Ganpule talk about the tradition, culture, and evolution behind the luscious Indian Dress - The Saree, and how she has been active on social media trying to reach out to the next generations of Indians to preserve this beautiful weave. 
Ruth was present, and she talked to the club about our 50th Anniversary Dinner, and invited them to attend. Let's make it a point to attend the meets of some of our local clubs in the valley in the next few weeks, and invite them to the occasion.
The Week in Pictures - Sept 15, 2016 Suguna Alluri 2016-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Sep 14, 2016
Our Speaker of the week Karl Danz of Citizens Climate Lobby, talks about Global Warming and how we can help reduce the negative effects....and look what they have been using as an analogy!
Rotarian Harbinder delivers a bio about his incredible work as a chip designer at his company Nvidia!
What an incredible group of youngsters! Rotarian Suguna visiting the Interact meet at Piedmont Hills High School. Just watching their enthusiasm talking about their projects and fund raising ideas makes it all so worthwhile being a Rotarian.
The Week in Pictures - Sept. 8, 2016 Suguna Alluri 2016-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Sep 06, 2016
Catherine's Croatian family owned two orchards and a small vineyard in Cupertino, where her grandfather made wine, and she is the last family member still living on one of their original Cupertino ranch properties.
As 4th and 5th generation Croatian wine makers, her family members currently have two wineries in Sonoma and Napa counties. Both wineries participate in charitable projects. One recently released a wine benefiting the Vernon Davis Foundation and the second winery donated wine to a charity event sponsored by William Shatner. A third family winery was purchased by Robert Mondavi in the late 1980's. Some family members also work as winemakers, managers and proprietors for other wineries in Sonoma and Napa counties. 
Catherine attended Cupertino schools then graduated from Holy Names University in Oakland with a BA in English Literature and Journalism. During her degree program she worked at KQED-TV and KQED-FM in San Francisco, for over 14 years. She earned her MLIS at San Jose State University, while working in city, county and college libraries. 
A few years ago she retired from a county library system, and has since then been developing and writing which covers local history, trends and area wine history. She has also created a few Web sites for area nonprofit groups. 
She is currently working on her next Web site which will be dedicated to local and international wine and vineyard history. She has been advocating for a Santa Clara Valley/ Santa Cruz Mountains Wine History Museum here in Santa Clara County, for years, to honor the contributions of early vineyard growers and winemakers to our valley's economic development. She is also hoping to interest Rotary groups in organizing Bocce (or Pétanque) charitable, wine tasting tournaments, to financially assist community groups and organizations engaged in serving area children.
Catherine has joined the Rotary because it does such fabulous work, locally and globally, and has been continually inspired by the luncheon speakers and members. "Rotary folks are amazingly kind and generous people" she says.
A Little About Our Newest Member Catherine Suguna Alluri 2016-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
View from Park EntryRotary PlayGarden

Open Tuesday – Sunday 10 am to 6:30 pm

Follow us on Facebook for updates on park hours and programs.

The Rotary PlayGarden, the Rotary Club of San Jose’s centennial gift to our community, opened in May 2015. The $6 million PlayGarden enables children with special needs to play alongside their siblings and friends and is maintained by Guadalupe River Park Conservancy staff and volunteers, in-kind donations, and fee-for-service contracts.

The PlayGarden is closed Mondays for maintenance.

Quick Links:
Adopt a Bench
Adventure Packs
Picnic Reservations


Do You Know? 2016-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Sep 06, 2016
Sep 01, 2016 Steve Samuel of USTEC - A Computer Aided Design Instruction by a Non-profit, talked to us about his work and organization. As a high tech person working in Silicon Valley, he correlates that for a person - the Brain is the Hardware, Education and Experience is the Software and his/her Culture is the Operation System. Very Interesting.
Our Weekly Speakers September 2016 Suguna Alluri 2016-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Aug 30, 2016
We are out there and will continue to be so....President Charlie will be posting an article about the club in the future editions of the Evergreen Times.
Harbinder and John make a case for hosting the Clubs's 50th Anniversary on the 21st of October, to make it a gala event with lots of fun and a lot more fundraising. Everyone is requested to be at the club meet this week before 11:30 for a discussion about the event.
Our newest member Catherine being inducted into the club by Sara....Welcome aboard Catherine.
Glen Williams and Bruce Knopf of the Santa Clara County Asset Management gave us a very interesting and enlightening overview about the future of the Santa Clara Fairgrounds. A meeting was held yesterday with about eleven proposers detailing their ideas on development plans for the nearly 165 acres of prime land. Ideas thrown around were a stadium, fleas market, winery etc.etc. For more info please visit fairgrounds
Charlie, Harbinder, Robbie and Arpita attended the district membership training seminar. Seen here with DG Jeff Orth. Our DG's message has been Attract the Young, Have Lots of Fun, Get More Done ....
The Week In Pictures - Sept 1, 2016 Suguna Alluri 2016-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Aug 29, 2016

Computer Aided Design Instruction by a Non-profit

Computer Aided Design Instruction by a Non-profit
Sep 01, 2016
Steve Samuel
Computer Aided Design Instruction by a Non-profit

Climate Change - Ideas for Solutions

Climate Change - Ideas for Solutions
Sep 08, 2016
Karl Danz
Climate Change - Ideas for Solutions

A Climate Solution We Can All Live With”  A speaker from the Citizens Climate Lobby will cut through the divisiveness of climate change by describing a bi-partisan effort underway to pass national legislation.  This common sense proposal won’t wreck the economy, is fair and equitable, and is aligned with most people’s core values.

Karl Danz has been a volunteer with Citizens' Climate Lobby since August 2013, and is a co-leader of the local chapter which meets monthly in Mountain View.  He learned about the threats associated with greenhouse gas emissions in college many years ago and has been involved with various efforts and organizations addressing this issue.  Nothing seemed to offer a solution at sufficient scale until he encountered CCL.  Karl joined 1000 other volunteer lobbyists who went to Washington, DC last June to meet with members of Congress and push for national legislation to put a price on carbon--he has made five such lobbying trip to the nation's capital.

Diversity in Rotary Club Members

Diversity in Rotary Club Members
Sep 15, 2016
Orrin Mahoney, DGE District 5170
Diversity in Rotary Club Members

Orrin, who is the District Governor Elect will speak about building a Rotary club that reflects the diverse nature of the community in which the club exists and serves.

Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center

Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center
Sep 22, 2016
Carrolee Barlow, MD, PhD
Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center

Carrolee Barlow, MD, PhD—renowned expert in neuroscience and neurodegeneration—joined the Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in February 2014. Dr. Barlow is the second CEO in the Institute’s 25 year history. She takes the reins from Dr. J. William Langston, who founded the organization in 1988.

Dr. Barlow would like to speak to us about: •Who are some of the famous people who have Parkinson’s disease? •What is Parkinson’s disease? •How do you tell you may have Parkinson’s disease? •What are the latest treatments for those afflicted with Parkinson’s disease? •Discoveries of the Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center •What is the Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center currently working on?

San Jose Police Department PAL and San Jose East/Evergreen Rotary

Sep 29, 2016
Sergeant Jim Ureta and PAL Officer Ismael Lemus

Presentation will cover possible ways for SJ PAL and Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen can work together.


Scheduled Speakers September 2016 Suguna Alluri 2016-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Aug 23, 2016
Rotarian Ruth gave as an interesting insight into her life professionally and with Rotary. Thank you Ruth for your many years of service with our club.
Our speaker for the week, San Jose Public Library Lucia Maria Calve talked about all the wonderful programs that our Public Library offers us, the new Village Square Library, and about their Partners in Reading Program.
Rotarian Suguna Alluri talked about an avenue of Community Outreach.
Our Interactors and the The Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen, especially Nick Leon were recognized by the San Jose Unified School District Board.
Speakers and Events August 2016 Suguna Alluri 2016-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Aug 23, 2016


The Rotarian September 2016 Cover





From the sprawling green of Centennial Olympic Park to the fabled tree-lined stretch of Peachtree Street, Atlanta is as grand as Gone with the Wind.

Atlanta Beckons Suguna Alluri 2016-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Aug 17, 2016
We have been working on Community Outreach and the following article was published in the Silver Creek and Evergreen Spotlight Magazines that serve our area. We are working on publishing the article in other local and regional publications. Please let us know if you could be of help.
We are out there! Suguna Alluri 2016-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Aug 16, 2016
Three Cheers!
It has been an exciting club meet last Thursday with the induction of three new and very enthusiastic members into our club.
We are extremely happy to Welcome aboard our Husband and Wife Team Harbinder Sikka and Arpita Sikka who promise to be very strong and active members of the club.
Harbinder Sikka is a computer engineer working as the Director of Software Development at Nvidia. Born and raised in Delhi, India, he is a US Citizen, having lived in the Bay Area for the last 25 years. Outside of work, Harbinder runs a group "Fiscally Responsible Democrats” and is also the Neighborhood Commissioner for District 8 (Evergreen and Meadow Fair), elected for a term from July 2016 to June 2020. He is passionate about making San Jose a great place for everyone, and is always looking for ways to help those in need. Recently, he has raised $4500 for the Nepal Earthquake victims. For fun, he enjoys watching sports, is a season ticket holder for the 49ers and the Earthquakes and a fan of the Warriors. He is excited about joining Rotary because he believes the group will help take his passion for service to the next level while introducing him to like-minded individuals
Always Cheerful Arpita, is consumed by wanderlust, and is often traveling or planning their next adventure. She  enjoys exploring and observing the world and is truly inspired by Rotary's efforts to make a difference. She was born in India but has lived here in the Bay Area for several decades as a US citizen. She is a retired teacher and feels strongly about working with children and in education. She enjoys giving back to the community and learning about current events. She is excited to work with Rotary and meet others who share her passions!


Lupe Chavez has been a promising and regular visitor and we are thrilled to have him inducted into our club.
Lupe was born in Mexico, immigrated to the US when he was 4 years old, and grew up in Greenfield, CA (Monterey County). He attended Notre Dame University for Architecture during the summer as part of his high school education. It was a life changing experience as the first and oldest child of a farm working family and after graduating from Greenfield High School continued on to college at California Polytechnic State University, (Cal Poly) San Luis Obispo, graduating with a degree in Business Administration, Management and Human Resources. He met his wife there, and they have a daughter Marilu Citlali Chavez, born in 2009. They lived in San Luis Obispo for 13+ years because of their love for for the city. Additionally, he met his future business partner, and eventually founded MGY; an international medical nonprofit whose goal was to increase health capacity around the world by using education and technology. After moving around a bit they eventually settled down in South San Jose in 2015. 
After a stint with different companies, he now works as the Business Development Manager for Areias Systems, Inc.; an engineering and contract manufacturer out of Scotts Valley. He has recently returned from a trip to Uganda, Africa with his non profit.
Lupe joined Rotary for the same reason he has started a nonprofit; to volunteer his time and efforts for a community aware organization - to help others in need. 
Wishing you all a very warm welcome to your Club...
Welcome To Our Newest Members! Suguna Alluri 2016-08-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Aug 16, 2016
Three Cheers!
It has been an exciting club meet last Thursday with the induction of three new and very enthusiastic members into our club.
Harbinder is excited about joining Rotary because he believes the group will help take his passion for service to the next level while introducing him to like-minded individuals
Cheerful Arpita, enjoys giving back to the community and learning about current events. She is excited to work with Rotary and meet others who share her passions!

Lupe Chavez has been a promising and regular visitor, and we are thrilled to have him inducted into our club. He has joined Rotary for the same reason he has started a nonprofit; to volunteer his time and efforts for a community aware organization - to help others in need. 

Wishing you all a very warm welcome to your Club...
Welcome Aboard - Lupe, Harbinder and Arpita Suguna Alluri 2016-08-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Aug 16, 2016
It's always a pleasure to listen to our Nick speak about the club's youth activities that he is very deeply involved with. Nick gave us an insight into all the wonderful work we do with our interactors - RYLA, Scholarships, Speech Contests, Vietnam Soccer Ball Project, Fishing at Lake Cunningham and distributing Dictionaries at some of our elementary schools. We admire his passion and integrity working with our local school children to bring out the best in them. Hopefully this year we will all work with Nick to attend, mentor and be more involved with all the interact clubs that we sponsor.
Nick Updates us about our Youth Activities Suguna Alluri 2016-08-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Aug 10, 2016


John F. Germ




Forty years ago, a man named George Campbell, the owner of the company I worked for, invited me to join Rotary. Back then, that was a common practice in the United States. Your boss invited you to join Rotary because he thought it would be good for business and good for the community, and you said yes. It’s not surprising that our membership surged during that period.

George warned me not to use Rotary as an excuse to slack off at work. Even so, I always had time to attend lunch meetings and serve on committees. I never had to worry that taking a long lunch once a week would hurt my advancement, or what my boss would think about the occasional Rotary phone call at work.

Today, things are different. Companies are less generous about time, and not every manager looks favorably on community service. It’s hard to enjoy a Rotary meeting when you’ve got emails piling up on your phone. It’s harder than ever to balance work with Rotary – and the model that gave us so much growth a few decades ago is part of what’s holding back our growth now.

That’s why the recent Council on Legislation adopted some innovative measures that allow clubs to vary their meeting times and expand their pool of prospective members. Clubs have more flexibility now to respond to the needs of their members and to clear away as many barriers to membership as they can. But there’s one barrier to membership that only you can remove, one thing that every prospective member needs to become a Rotarian: an invitation to join a Rotary club.

Whenever I tell a group of Rotarians that we need more willing hands, more caring hearts, and more bright minds to move our work forward, everyone applauds. But those hands, hearts, and minds won’t magically appear in our clubs. We have to ask them to join. And an invitation to Rotary is something that only you can give. An invitation is a gift. It’s saying to someone, “I think you have the skills, the talent, and the character to make our community better, and I want you to join me in doing that.”

I’m the president of Rotary International, but the only club I can invite someone to join is the Rotary Club of Chattanooga, Tenn. I can’t make your club or your community stronger. Only you can do that – by inviting the qualified people you know to join you in Rotary Serving Humanity.


PRESIDENTIAL MESSAGE Suguna Alluri 2016-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 07, 2016

Why should you join a Rotary club?

With clubs in almost every country, our more than 1.2 million members embrace their diverse background and unite to exchange new ideas, apply expertise, and implement improvements that transform communities.
Our members work locally and partner on international projects that address today’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.
The impact our members make takes shape at Rotary club meetings and activities. These gatherings give you the chance to:
  • Change lives. You’ll have the opportunity to discuss and act upon your community’s greatest needs.
  • Connect with other passionate people. Rotary club meetings are a place to strengthen connections to friends and neighbors and form meaningful relationships that last a lifetime.
  • Invest in yourself. Many clubs offer workshops, conferences, guest speakers, and more – all aimed at helping you grow personally and professionally.
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Posted by suguna alluri on Aug 01, 2016
Aug 04, 2016 Michael Kevane Economics


Michael Kevane is Associate Professor of the Economics Department at Santa Clara University.  He is past President of the Sudan Studies Association, and co-director of Friends of African Village Libraries.  Recent research focuses on how libraries promote reading, with articles published in LibriWorld Libraries and Bulletin des Bibliothèques de France.  He is co-editor of Kordofan Invaded: Peripheral Incorporation and Social Transformation in Islamic Africa (Brill, 1998) and author of Women and Development in Africa: How Gender Works (Lynne Rienner, 2014, 2nd edition).


Aug 11, 2016 Nick Leon
Rotary and San Jose East/Evergreen Rotary Youth Services
Our club has been very active working with the interactors of the East Side Union Schools. Nick will enlighten us about his extensive work with the Youth, and how as club members we can be more involved with the activities and projects of these youngsters and to be mentors.
Aug 18, 2016 Lucia Maria Calve - San Jose Public Library Foundation
It’s Not your Grandmother’s Library.

Lucia will give a brief history of how our  library has changed, She will describe surprising new programs at the library which help our community members, and the exciting differences the Library Foundation has made historically, most recently and will be making in the future.


Aug 25, 2016 Glen Williams and Bruce Knopf
Santa Clara County Asset Management


Bruce J. M. Knopf

Director, Santa Clara County Office of Asset and Economic Development

Mr. Knopf has over thirty years of economic development and business transaction experience in the
public and private sector. He is responsible for land transactions and development as well as
implementing with its partners the County’s program for economic development in the region.

Glen A Williams
Asset Development Manager, Santa Clara County Office of Asset and Economic Development
Mr. Williams has over forty years of experience in real estate, as a developer, investment banker, broker and consultant. He currently has responsibility for helping the County of Santa Clara decide how to best utilize its real estate assets to maximize their value to the County’s residents. One of his assignments is to serve as Project Manager for the master-planning effort for the County Fairgrounds.

More than two years ago, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors initiated an effort to reach out to both the local community and the private sector to help plan the future of the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds.  On August 23, 2016, responses are due from a Request for Qualifications issued June 21, directed to Investors and Operators of Commercial Recreation and Event Center Uses for the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds.  At the Rotary Club lunch, members will get to be the first group to hear about the results of the submittals received the day before and the process going forward.






August 2016 Speakers suguna alluri 2016-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Wasser

Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen is always looking for new members that want to give back especially to the East Side communities. We recently worked with Council Member Magdalena Carrasco and her District 5 staff at their National Night Out event August 2 at Emma Prusch Farm Park. We cooked over 1200 hamburgers and hot dogs for the attendees.

Does getting into the neighborhoods to assist our neighbors that might need a little help, interest you? Get in touch and we will discuss having you come to one of our Rotary Club meetings.

Rotarians At Work - Nat'l Night Out Charlie Wasser 2016-08-02 00:00:00Z 0


Photo Credit: Jacob Slaton

From the August 2016 issue of The Rotarian



We are 99.9 percent of the way toward ending polio. As of early June, there were only 16 cases of wild poliovirus in the world, and many think this could be the year we see the last naturally occurring case of polio.

As Rotary and our partners work to eradicate the poliovirus in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the remaining endemic countries, we also continue immunization campaigns in other high-risk countries to ensure that the disease remains gone for good. You can participate on the ground. Email to connect with Rotarians leading upcoming trips. 

Also consider using your network to spread the word and make sure polio stays on the global agenda. Provide a link to in your email signature. Follow End Polio Now on Facebook and Twitter and share the story of polio eradication with your social networks. When your legislators speak at club meetings, make sure you bring up polio funding. “The fact we are grassroots enables us to have a tremendous amount of influence,” says International PolioPlus Chair Michael McGovern. Host a community event to celebrate World Polio Day on 24 October; register your event and download resources at

Donate now and your contribution will be matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Go to


Olympia LePoint 

Rotary Club of Los Angeles

is a rocket scientist who helps others overcome their fears.

Kenton Lee 

Rotary Club of Nampa, Idaho

invented a shoe that can be adjusted to five foot sizes so that children always have a pair that fits.

Lisa McCoy 

Rotary Club of Gravenhurst, Ont.

provides bicycles to Cambodian children so they can get to school.

Ron Bowden 

Rotary Club of Toowoomba East, Australia

helped found a “men’s shed,” a communal building stocked with tools for light carpentry, where people gather to tinker and socialize.

Carole Kimutai 

Rotary Club of Nairobi-East, Kenya 

climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money to end polio.

Neli Vazquez-Rowland

Rotary Club of Chicago

tackles homelessness, unemployment, and addiction in Chicago. 

Cathy Groenendijk  

Rotary Club of Juba, South Sudan

risks her life to help girls who have been orphaned by the war in South Sudan. 

Todd Bol 

Rotary Club of Hudson, Wis.

founded the Little Free Library movement, with more than 36,000 book exchanges in all 50 states and 70 countries.

Filipe Senna Fernandes 

Rotary Club of Macau

is a business consultant and marketing professional by day and a disc jockey by night. 

Planning a project and need help? 

Rotarian experts offer advice to other members through Rotary’s action group network and the Foundation’s cadre system.

To learn more about action groups, visit

To get in touch with a cadre adviser who can help you plan and execute a grant project anywhere in the world, visit


Founded in the midst of a world war, our Foundation grew up during a global depression and a second world war to become one of the world’s leading foundations. Its story is one of vision, compassion, and generosity. What began as modest projects that helped relatively small groups of people gradually expanded, and today more than $3 billion has been spent on programs and projects transforming millions of lives around the globe. Together, Rotarians are attacking poverty, disease, and lack of education, and bringing peace through grant-funded projects in our areas of focus.

Celebrate the Foundation centennial by bringing your community together. 

Find ideas for events, fundraisers, and projects at

No matter how large or small, your gift makes a difference. 

Already supporting The Rotary Foundation? Make it automatic via Rotary Direct, which allows you to choose the amount and frequency that are right for you. Get started at

Considering a large gift? Endowed gifts are invested in perpetuity, with a portion of their earnings spent on a designated program. Special naming opportunities are available for endowed gifts to recognize the donor or a loved one. Learn more at


In 1905, a lonely Paul Harris was looking for camaraderie and a way to build a professional network. Today, that network is 1.2 million members strong who are connected to other leaders in their own communities and around the world. Keep up with those connections in the My Rotary online community, where you can join a discussion group or start a new one. Share your interests and activities at Expand your Rotary network by attending a Rotary International Convention (the next one is in Atlanta in June; visit for details) and keep up with your connections near and far on social media: Check out Rotary’s pages on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.


Through the Global Rewards program, Rotary and Rotaract members can take advantage of discounts on car rentals, hotels, dining, entertainment, and a wide variety of other products. (Marriott,, Costco, and Ikea are just a few of the businesses that participate.) Many members also offer discounts from their own businesses. Use it as a way to save money on a club project or to support a member-owned business. Products and services are added every week; find out what’s new at


Did you move, or have your schedule and obligations changed? Rejoin or find a new club at

Met someone you think would be great for Rotary? Use the same membership referral tool to connect them with the right club.


Rotary clubs now have more options for attracting members and keeping them involved. In April, representatives from Rotary districts around the world met to revise Rotary’s policies, approving changes that give clubs greater flexibility in when, where, and how they meet and the types of membership they offer. For example, clubs may now:

  • Structure their meetings however they like, as long as they meet at least twice a month. Want your service events and monthly socials to count as meetings? No problem. Prefer to offer both online and in-person meeting options? Go for it.
  • Amend their bylaws to reflect their attendance requirements. Reporting attendance to the district is still expected, but clubs are free to relax or tighten their policies.
  • Change bylaws to offer additional membership types such as associate, corporate, or family. Want to invite colleagues of the same company to join as corporate members who alternate attendance at meetings? Do it.
  • Invite a Rotaract member or younger professional to join at a lower financial and time commitment. Rotaractors who meet the qualifications of membership can now join a Rotary club without giving up their Rotaract status. Relatively few Rotaract members make the jump to Rotary when they turn 30. This change may facilitate Rotaractors’ transition to Rotary clubs.

These changes were made after Rotary carried out several years of pilot programs to explore innovations in membership, classification, and the club experience. Consistently, the research found that when clubs have more freedom to determine how they meet, whom they invite to join, and what defines engagement, the club is more vibrant and able to grow.


Where Rotary Peace Center alumni work

  • Nongovernmental organizations 36%
  • Government agencies 15%
  • Research/academics 8%
  • Pursuing advanced degree 8%
  • Teaching 8%
  • United Nations agencies 6%
  • Police/law enforcement 3%
  • Law 3%
  • Journalism 2%
  • World Bank 1%
  • Other 10%

Support the Rotary Peace Centers at


Clubs and districts can support scholarships with either a district grant (for any level of study) or a global grant for graduate study in one of Rotary’s areas of focus. A student could study anywhere in the world and for any length of time on a district grant-funded scholarship. The district provides all administrative and logistical support for this type of scholar. Rotary clubs that use global grants to support their scholarships may do so only for graduate students studying abroad in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus. Scholarships range from one to four years and can include an entire degree program. Prospective scholars have to show proof of admission to the chosen university and participate in club or district activities before, during, and after the scholarship.

Did you know? The Rotary Foundation also offers a limited number of scholarships for water and sanitation professionals to study at UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in the Netherlands. Rotarians interview applicants who have been admitted to the institute and recommend scholarship candidates. Learn more at

Rotary’s Areas of Focus

  • Providing clean water
  • Supporting education
  • Fighting disease
  • Saving mothers and children
  • Growing local economies
  • Promoting peace


Rotary club meetings offer the type of genuine social connection that triggers our bodies to release oxytocin, the so-called happiness hormone, and reduce levels of cytokines, pro-inflammatory proteins that signal the immune system to work harder and are often associated with poor health and depression. In fact, data from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index show that adults who volunteer and receive recognition for community involvement have higher overall well-being scores and experience less stress than their peers. Psychologists from the University of Queensland, Australia, found that membership in multiple social groups can boost self-esteem, and not just because of the relationships contained within them. The more subjects identified with given groups, the more psychological benefits – purpose, meaning, and a sense of belonging – they gained from their memberships.


If you’ve ever been to a Rotaract meeting or volunteered at RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards), you’ve already glimpsed one of the most vibrant parts of Rotary. Our programs for the 20-something and younger set are designed to mentor young leaders and bring generations together. Rotary recently relaxed its membership requirements, allowing Rotaract members to join a Rotary club without giving up their Rotaract membership. The change helps Rotaract members find the Rotary club that fits them best. Get involved with Rotary’s programs for young leaders in your area. Learn more at

Interact is a club for people ages 12 to 18 who want to connect with others in their community or school. Clubs organize at least two service projects a year: one that benefits their community and one that encourages international understanding.

RYLA is a leadership development program. While participants can be any age, most events focus on secondary school students, university students, or young professionals. RYLA events are typically three to 10 days long and include presentations, activities, and workshops.

Rotaract brings together people ages 18 to 30 in universities and communities worldwide to organize service activities, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun.

The Rotarian staff 

The Rotarian

Posted by suguna alluri on Jul 19, 2016
Paul Harris


—PAUL P. HARRIS (Rotary Founder)

Rotarians are your neighbors, your community leaders and some of the world’s greatest history-makers: 

  • Warren G. Harding, U.S. president
  • Jean Sibelius, Finnish composer
  • Dr. Charles H. Mayo, co-founder of Mayo Clinic
  • Guglielmo Marconi, Italian inventor of the wireless radio and Nobel laureate
  • Thomas Mann, German novelist and Nobel laureate
  • Friedrich Bergius, German chemist and Nobel laureate
  • Admiral Richard E. Byrd, American explorer
  • Jan Masaryk, foreign minister of Czechoslovakia
  • H.E. Soleiman Frangieh, president of Lebanon
  • Dianne Feinstein, U.S. senator
  • Manny Pacquaio, Filipino world-champion boxer and congressman
  • Richard Lugar, U.S. senator
  • Frank Borman, American astronaut
  • Edgar A. Guest, American poet and journalist
  • Sir Harry Lauder, Scottish entertainer
  • Franz Lehar, Austrian composer
  • Lennart Nilsson, Swedish photographer
  • James Cash Penney, founder of JC Penney Co.
  • Carlos Romulo, UN General Assembly president
  • Sigmund Sternberg, English businessman and philanthropist

Ready to make history with us? Get involved. 


NOTABLE ROTARIANS suguna alluri 2016-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Jul 19, 2016
We were impressed with the goals and dedication of our speakers at today's meeting. Darrell and Alicia Cortez lead a team of volunteers for Shop With a Cop Silicon Valley. They work with kids at Santee Elementary School; improving reading skills and community/police relationships. They have a fundraiser coming up Aug 20- Tacos and Margaritas anyone? Check it out, and do plan on attending. Also let your friends and family know.
July 2016 Speakers Sara Calkins 2016-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Jul 11, 2016

RI President K.R. Ravindran shares a personal story of triumph over polio at the closing session of the 107th Rotary convention.
Photo Credit: SJ Cho

RI President K.R. Ravindran closed the convention in Korea on Wednesday, 1 June, with a poignant story about his mother's fight to survive polio at age 30.

When Ravindran was 11 years old in his native Sri Lanka, his mother awoke one day feeling weak and short of breath. Sitting down to rest, she found herself unable to move. The polio virus had quickly invaded her nervous system, resulting in paralysis.

She was placed in an iron lung at the hospital to enable her to breathe, and was told that her chances of walking, or even surviving without a ventilator, were slim. But most Sri Lankan hospitals were not equipped with ventilators in 1963.

Ravindran's grandfather, a Rotary member, hosted a club committee meeting in his living room the evening after his daughter was rushed to the hospital. Rather than simply offer consolation, his fellow members went to work, using their business acumen and professional connections to find a ventilator.

One of the members was a bank manager who called a government minister to facilitate a quick international transfer of funds. Another member, a manager at SwissAir, arranged to have a ventilator flown in. The next day, it arrived at the hospital.

"There was so much red tape at the time in Sri Lanka, but somehow, those Rotarians made it all fall away," Ravindran told the packed audience at the KINTEX Convention Center in Goyang city.

Ravindran's mother spent a year-and-a-half in a hospital bed, but her condition gradually improved. She eventually left the hospital walking -- with a walker, but upright, on her own two feet.

"Fifty-three years ago, my mother's life was perhaps one of the very first to be saved from polio by Rotarians," Ravindran said. "We have saved millions of lives since then.

"Tonight, I stand before you as her son, and your president, to say that soon -- perhaps not in years but in months -- Rotary will give a gift that will endure forever: a world without polio."

At the convention's general session the day before, Rebecca Martin, director of the Center for Global Health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, had described how close we are to polio eradication. Earlier that day, Rotary released an additional $35 million in grants to support global efforts to end the crippling disease.

This year's convention, one of the largest in Rotary history, attracted more than 43,000 attendees from over 150 countries. Ravindran, in his final speech to members as their president, emphasized what it really means to be a Rotarian.

"There are people on this planet whose lives are better now because you traversed this earth," he said. "And it doesn't matter if they know that or not. It doesn't matter if they even know your name or not. What really matters is that your work touched lives; that it left people healthier, happier, better than they were before."


Following Ravindran's remarks, members of Ravindran's Rotary Club of Colombo, Sri Lanka, and RI President-elect John Germ's Rotary Club of Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, took the stage to exchange club banners, a tradition that unofficially marks the changing of the guard.

Germ told the audience that Rotary is about to begin the most progressive year in its history.

"You told us that we need to change and become more flexible so that Rotary service will be attractive to younger members, recent retirees, and working people," Germ said. "You spoke with clarity, and groundbreaking legislation was passed this year at the Council on Legislation.

"Clubs now have the opportunity to be who they want to be, but at the same time remain true to our core. I'm pleased to share with you that Rotarians all over the world are responding with great excitement."

Posted by Suguna Alluri on Jul 11, 2016
At the onset, we would all like extend a heart felt Thank You to our Outgoing President Robbie. What a wonderful and Outstanding two years we have had with him. We will miss him standing up at the dais every Thursday welcoming us with his warm, friendly and approachable demeanor. But glad to be now able to sit and chat with him at lunch and continue to work with him on various projects together.
We all Welcome Charlie aboard as our new President. He is all enthused to make it a great Rotary year, with special emphasis on increasing club membership to help work with our neighbors in the upliftment of the most economically challenged areas in Silicon Valley. We whole heartedly support Charlie in all his endeavors, and to work with him to make it an awesome year for our club.
Following are a few dates Charlie would like us to mark in our calendars:
Third Monday of the Month 5:00 p.m. - SJEE Board Meeting at Grace Church
Third Thursday of the Month - Pin Day (Decorate yourself with all the Rotary Pins you have)
Fourth Sunday of the Month - Sunday Friends Volunteer Opportunity
July 30 - Robbie's Debunking Barbecue
Aug 2 - National Night Out 
Aug 26 - SJEE Presentation to Faculty Staff of Evergreen College
Aur 27 - Membership Seminar
Sep 12 - SJEE 50th Anniversary Celebrations
Oct 17 - Human Trafficking Seminar S.J. City Council Chambers
Feb 17 - Crab Feed
Charlie Wasser takes over from Robbie Izat. Suguna Alluri 2016-07-12 00:00:00Z 0


July 30, Saturday 6pm 1712 Cherry Ave. corner Pine Ave. San Jose 95125 phone (408) 269 7845

Summer Fun! Once Again Marissa will be hosting the barbecue at her place. Let's all think of our culinary speciality and sign in to bring it to the event. 

Come join your fellow San Jose East/Evergreen Rotarians as we have our Toast and Toast to thank Robbie for serving as club President for 2015-2016. Marisa and Rich Otto have invited us into their home to celebrate.

Please RSVP through Club Runner. Under UPCOMING EVENTS, click on TOAST AND TOAST. You will be taken to page describing this event. Top left corner of that page click on "Members". You will be taken to the registration page. On the registration page, you will be able to describe what you will be bringing.

We need:  Entrees e.g.  BBQ meats (cooked or to be cooked), appetizers, salad, and desserts, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks 3 to 4 or each.  Rich will BBQ Beer Can Chicken.


Robbie's Debunking and BBQ Potluck 2016-07-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 03, 2016
Hi Everyone,
This Thursday, July 7, will be the first club meeting of the new Rotary year. The committee chairs of the 5 Avenues of Service will be presenting the current idea of what projects will be done this year. I believe this is different than what has been done before.
The idea is for all of us to see what is going on and either buy into it or make suggestions. Another hoped for outcome is that SJEE club members will step up and volunteer to help the committees and even come up with a new idea he/she will implement.
From what I have been told, there will be more non-Rotarians in attendance than normal. If everyone with whom I chatted about membership shows up, there will be 5 potential members.
Please plan on attending the meeting. I will be starting it at 12:15 so arriving at 12 noon to socialize and get food would be helpful.
Let's start the year off with a big bang and grow the club's presence in the communities both local and internationally.
Yours In Rotary,
Welcome Aboard Charlie - A Message from our New President 2016-07-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Jun 15, 2016
June 9, 2016 - Craig Needham talks about Polio and Its Effect on Families 
Craig’s mom had polio and was confined to an iron lung for 13 years from 1949 to 1962.  He shared his recollections and insights about his mother’s struggles and acceptance of her condition.
And Now This after having had a Polio free India for many years. Hoping it turns out to be a false alarm.
Polio virus resurfaces in Hyderabad after 5 years

HYDERABAD: The Telangana government on Tuesday sounded a "global emergency" after an active strain of wild polio virus (P2 strain) was detected in a water sample collected from a drain, prompting it to airlift two lakh vaccines from Geneva to inoculate more than three lakh children in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy district as a "preventive measure" from Wednesday.

Vaccine Derived Polio Virus (VDPV) strain has not been seen in the country for more than five years. While no case of polio has been reported so far, the strain, doctors said, must be contained as it continues to be reported in neighbouring countries and West Asia that are well connected with Hyderabad. The government said it's launching a massive vaccination programme as a preventive measure.

"The government has decided to conduct a special campaign against polio in Hyderabad and parts of Ranga Reddy from June 20 to June 26," said Rajeshwar Tiwari, principal secretary, health. He added that this wasn't the first time that the strain was traced. The wild polio strain was previously detected in Bihar, Gujarat, UP and even Delhi.

The strain was found in a sewerage sample taken from the Amberpet sewerage treatment plant on May 17, during routine surveillance after 30 samples were taken from various parts of the city. The earlier administered oral polio vaccine contained P1, P2 and P3 strains, but with the P2 strain of the virus not surfacing in a long time, the vaccines too did not contain the P2 strain.

"In this case, the P2 strain is vaccine derived. Someone vaccinated 10 months to a year back released the strain through stool. Such rare cases happen when a child's immunity is very low. To avoid such stray cases, that happens one in a million, the P2 strain is no longer given even in vaccines," said Dr G Srinivasa Rao, chief programme officer, National Health Mission, Telangana.

"We'll be following WHO-set standards during our programmes," he added. As part of the special campaign, children aged between six weeks to three years will be given additional doses of the injectable polio vaccine (IPV). Booths will be set up in areas being covered in these campaigns.

Officials said they would deploy monitoring teams to all these places, but there won't be any door-to-door vaccination campaign. Parents of children living in these areas will be encouraged to ensure their children get the IPV dose from the vaccine booth, which will provide additional protection against all types of polio.

The strain was found in a sewage sample taken from the Amberpet sewerage treatment plant on May 17, during a routine check after 30 samples were taken from various parts of Hyderabad

Polio Back Again in India? Suguna Alluri 2016-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Denise Hankes on Jun 15, 2016
I'd like to begin preparing a list of volunteers for the Sunday Friends program at Lowell Elementary School on Sunday June 26th.  Charlie Wasser has invited County Supervisor Cindy Chavez to join him at the school that day, and it would look VERY good if our Rotary club showed up in a big way!  Help us make an impact on Ms. Chavez and the Sunday Friends community by volunteering to help out.  We'll start at 11:00 am, and plan on being there until 4:00 pm.  If you can only donate a few hours, that's okay.  Bring your friends and family, they will surely enjoy the experience. 
Please speak to me on Thursday, or respond via email and let me know if you'd be able to come out and help us that day.  We want to be a strong ally for Sunday Friends in their wonderful efforts.   Wear your "Rotarian At Work" T-shirts!
Sunday Friends Volunteer Opportunity Denise Hankes 2016-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Wasser on Jun 15, 2016

Tick tock tick tock........getting sooooooo close to Whiskey Tasting time......June 17 at 7:00 your tickets now..... 



What a great way to socialize and help raise money for the community projects done by the Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen. We are holding a whiskey tasting. There will be 5 whiskeys from different areas and food. I bet most of you have not been to a whiskey tasting. What a wonderful way to find out what this event type is like and enjoy learning about whiskey.

The event will be held at the Turf Club on the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. The facility is as upscale as it sounds and is part of the Fairgrounds' Off-Track betting complex. If you have not been to the Fairgrounds for a while. this event is reason enough to go and meet friends and make new friends while helping raise money for projects to assist our neighbors in San Jose East, some of the poorer areas of Silicon Valley.

Buy tickets online with an added $3.74 service charge to the $50.00 price or get in touch with Charlie. Tickets are expected to sell quickly.

Whiskies to taste as selected by Douglas Smith of Whiskies of the World

Cardu 12
Rusell's Reserve 10 year old
Bruichladdich Port Charlotte
James Oliver Rye Whiskey
Arran 10 year old

Food for pairing created by Chef Ron Levi

Assorted Fruit
Cheeses. Roquefort
Seared Steak
Smoked Salmon Crostini
Dark Chocolate Brownies
Whisky Tasting Time Charlie Wasser 2016-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Jun 06, 2016
Jun 9, 2016 Craig Needham will talk about Polio and Its Effect on Families
Craig’s mom had polio and was confined to an iron lung for 13 years from 1949 to 1962.  He is going to share his recollections and insights about his mother’s struggles and acceptance of her condition.  Craig is a graduate of Bellarmine, Santa Clara and Hastings Law School.  He is a trial lawyer, mediator, and law professor in San Jose and has an active law practice in San Jose.
Jun 16, 2016 Darlene Sanchez Tenes of CasQ - A Hispanic Lifestyle Company will be our guest.

Ms. Tenes founded Marketing Maniacs, Inc., in 1998, an award winning Silicon Valley public relations and marketing firm and in 2005 CasaQ, a Hispanic Lifestyle Company. Since 2003 Ms. Tenes has been a regular contributor on television as a Latino Lifestyle expert discussing history, foods, and traditions of Mexico, Spain and other Latin-American countries. Known for her micro-history lessons and quick wit she became a favorite guest sharing recipes, entertaining tips and more with the television audience.


Jun 23, 2016 Club Dark - Off to Gilroy Gardens for "Toast and Toast" for our incoming and outgoing District Governers.
June 30, 2016 Club Dark - Off to the Hills for RYLA Barbecue.
June Club Meet Update Suguna Alluri 2016-06-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Jun 06, 2016

In line with what our speaker Angelera Siveira of  "Step Up Silicon Valley" talked about last week about poverty in Silicon Valley, Sara forwarded this article that followed in the Mercury News.....

The median price for a one-bedroom apartment is $3,590 in San Francisco, $2,290 in San Jose and $2,270 in Oakland, according to the report.


San Jose is now the nation's third costliest city for renters, according to a new report from Zumper. Oakland is the fifth most costly, tied with Washington, D.C.
Angelera talked about how her organization uses Community Action Poverty Simulation to educate everyone, about the day to day realities of living in poverty in the Valley. Participants role play the lives of low income families to maintain self sufficiency on Social Security and other government offered incentives to provide themselves with food, shelter and other basic necessities. This model sponsored by groups of volunteers helps come up with creative ways to measure poverty and ways to cut poverty. Silicon Valley has 18% of its population living below the level of self sufficiency compared to the country average of 10%, because of high costs of living here.
Last Week's Speaker (June 2,2016) Suguna Alluri 2016-06-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Wasser on Jun 06, 2016
Getting down to the wire for the Whiskey Tasting.  June 17.
We really need to get a count on the number of tickets sold. The idea of this event was to be unique from the perspective of what it is and where it will be held. This should make it not so difficult to sell tickets.
Because of the crab situation, the crab feed dinner morphed into lasagna and did not really bring in sufficient funds for the year. As we all know there are many projects with which Rotarians can become involved. But like everything else in the world, these usually take money. We are in a deficit for the year so far.
To break even on this event, we need 38 tickets sold. Incredibly we are not there yet. I will suggest to the board on Friday of this week to consider cancelling the event if ticket sales do not vastly improve. Selling below minimum numbers will have the opposite effect of raising funds.
As an aside, Silicon Valley Rotaract has volunteered to collect tickets and the Fairgrounds are handling all the arrangements. Everything is in place for a wonderful fun evening and a chance to raise money for the club's projects.
This is the link to Eventbrite to buy tickets online. Get in touch with Sara if you would rather have tickets handed to you or to those who buy them through you.
Whisky Tasting Event Charlie Wasser 2016-06-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Wasser on Jun 06, 2016
Charlie has just started a Twitter account for San Jose East/Evergreen Rotary.
If you use Twitter, please start to follow the San Jose Est/Evergreen Rotary tweets : 
Here is the address:  @east_sj
The more followers it has, the faster the network will grow. This networking will start to build the club's
reputation which could make it easier to do joint larger projects.
Twitter Account Charlie Wasser 2016-06-07 00:00:00Z 0


More than 42,000 Rotary members from over 100 countries will come together in Korea to celebrate Rotary.
Photo Credit: Photo by Rotary International/Alyce Henson

Korea is playing host to Rotary's largest event of the year, its annual convention. More than 42,000 Rotary members from over 100 countries will come together this month to celebrate service, exchange ideas, and relax among friends at unforgettable concerts and social events. The convention runs from 28 May to 1 June.

Attendees will hear from renowned experts in areas of peace, global health, and human rights.

Our full coverage will include photos, videos, a live blog, and social media pages


Immediately before the convention, the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group will host its annual World Water Summit on 27 May, focusing on sustainable strategies for bringing water, sanitation, and hygiene to all communities around the world. The event will feature speeches from experts in the field, including Gary White of and Sanjay Wijesekera, Chief of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene for UNICEF.


Attendees, wearing the traditional garb of their home countries, will walk in solidarity for a more peaceful world in the 3K Walk for Peace on 28 May. The event will be complemented by the Rotary Way exhibit, featuring photographs of 111 years of Rotary service.


Speakers from 29 May to 1 June include:

  • Rosie Batty, family violence activist and 2015 Australian of the Year
  • Gary Haugen, CEO of International Justice Mission
  • Gary Knell, president and CEO of National Geographic Society
  • Willie John McBride, former rugby star
  • Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe

Follow our full coverage

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WE'RE ROTARY 2016-05-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by suguna alluri on May 17, 2016

Reading Partners - By The Numbers

 90%of Reading Partners students in Silicon Valley increased their rates of literacy learning.

Despite Silicon Valley’s booming job market and influx of international talent, disparities in literacy achievement are growing. Only 59 percent of third graders in Santa Clara County and 55 percent of third graders in neighboring San Mateo County read at a proficient or advanced level, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In Silicon Valley, where those without a high school degree will earn a median income below the federal poverty line, the stakes for learning to read are high.

Reading Partners was founded in the Silicon Valley in 1999. Since then, Reading Partners has been successfully providing volunteer-led, one-on-one literacy tutoring to K-5 students in three counties across Silicon Valley. We currently operate reading centers in twenty schools in Sunnyvale, San Jose, Redwood City, Hayward, San Mateo, Mountain View, and Atherton.

Our Club hopes to partner with Taryn Kearns and Reading Partners to continue to improve Reading and Literacy in our Neighborhood.


Let’s let everyone know how much fun it was!

Charlie, Robbie and Denise reading with the young’uns at Sunday Friends.

It was a fun day! Lots of activity.    

We also were tasked with preparing the lunch break food—we had potatoes, bell peppers, and onions to cut and cook into a hash, and about 12 kids to help us.  They earned points for their help.
We don’t seem to have any pictures of that activity, which is too bad, because it was a lot of fun, and the kids are so earnest.  Also, we had to arm them with knives, which was very exciting, at times.

Raul Lozano from Valley Verde

Raul enlightened all of us with his sustainable and self sufficient Organic Gardening Program for many under privileged families, done in their own backyards - Working with the families and training them to not only fend for themselves, but to be mentors for new families - Planning  a micro business model to help them execute a very successful green house business selling saplings at various nurseries was indeed inspirational to listen to.

Club Activities and Speakers suguna alluri 2016-05-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by suguna alluri on May 11, 2016
Topics discussed
  • Club 50th Anniversary Celebrations - Discussed various ideas and possibilities to make it a memorable event. It could be a single big event or a series of events over the month of September. Some of the ideas discussed were - Formal Dinner and Dance with MC and various little events during the course of the evening with recognition of invited notable guests, History of the Club, Special Tributes, A View of 50 years of our Rotary, Displays, Decorations, Nostalgia etc. or/and separate events like Concerts, Cruise, Barbecue, A Diverse Cultural Program, Fund Raising Event etc. etc. All ideas are welcome. Please contact any of the Committee Members - Charlie, Marissa, Ruth or Suguna.
  • Sunday Friends - Sign up for Sunday Friends Volunteering Opportunity on May 15th. Anyone still interested please contact Denise Hankes.
  • It's important that we begin getting ready the auction items for the June 18th Charity Auction we're participating in with the RC of Silicon Valley. It was requested that each of us try to bring in a Wine Bottle this week. Joy will make a wine basket for the auction. Please contact Sara for information about the auction, and submitting the appropriate forms along with the auction items you may be contributing.
  • Whiskey Tasting FundraiserJune 17, 7:00 pm in the Turf Club at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds - a great way to socialize and help raise money for the community projects done by the Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen. Those interested please contact Charlie or Robbie.
Club Assembly Update suguna alluri 2016-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Wasser
One of the things that is hard to grasp is that there are people that go hungry in Silicon Valley - hard to believe I bet but unfortunately true!!! The following video describes one of the programs on the East Side of San Jose that is addressing this problem to help families grow their own food.
Raul Lozano from Valley Verde will be speaking about the program at the meeting of San Jose East/Evergreen Rotary tomorrow, May 12, 2016. We meet at 12 noon at the Ranch Golf Club in San Jose.

Hope to see you there.
Valley Verde - May 12 Charlie Wasser 2016-05-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 03, 2016


Pope Francis greets Rotary International President K.R. Ravindran at a Jubilee audience at the Vatican on 30 April, where 9,000 Rotary members were special guests of the pontiff.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Vatican

Thousands of Rotary members, motivated by a special invitation from Pope Francis, gathered at the Vatican in Rome on Saturday to celebrate a message of compassion, inclusiveness, and service to humanity.

At midmorning, the group -- numbering some 9,000 members from 80 countries -- made its way through the congested streets of Rome, past the tight security surrounding St. Peter's Square, and settled into the area reserved for Rotary in front of St. Peter's Basilica for the Jubilee audience.

Francis, a 79-year-old Argentine, urged the crowd of more than 100,000, which included members of the police and armed forces from around the world, "to build a culture of peace, security, and solidarity around the world."

His message of peace resonated with Rotary members, including R. Asokan from Tamil Nadu, India. "His message about peace is about accepting. Rotary, which accepts all walks of life, can carry his message to all our clubs, therefore carrying his message to all our communities," says Asokan.

Though Francis is the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, his words often reach a wider audience. A poll published earlier this year found him to be one of the most liked and trusted world leaders.

That's what made this event at the Vatican so appealing, says Adriana Lanting, who traveled from California, USA, to attend. "To have such a transcending figure together with a transcending organization like Rotary in the same place is something I just couldn't miss," says Lanting, a member of the Rotary Club of Long Beach.

Madrid Zimmerman, another Long Beach member, isn't Catholic but says Francis has a knack for touching people's hearts regardless of where they're from. "Rotary has the same effect," she adds. "We may have different ways of expressing it, but our [Rotary] action in helping others comes from the same place.

"This event is a reminder that we only have one goal and that's to give service to those who need it. I think that's the message I want to bring back to my club," Zimmerman says.

After the Jubilee audience, Francis met with a small delegation of Rotary members led by RI President K.R. Ravindran. The pope spoke to Ravindran about the importance of vaccinating children against polio and encouraged Rotary to continue its efforts against this disease.

"I have been honored and deeply touched to have had the opportunity to meet Pope Francis earlier today, and to have heard him tell us to continue our fight toward polio eradication," says Ravindran, who is Hindu. "It has given me even more pride in Rotary's past, even more faith in its present, and even more optimism about its future, than ever before."

By Ryan Hyland 

Rotary News

Posted by Suguna Alluri on May 02, 2016
Hope to see you all this week! It's just us....We need you to plan our 50th anniversary bash...Let's make it a memorable occasion with all our ideas and suggestions!
Upcoming May 05, 2016 Suguna Alluri 2016-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
In preparation for July 1, the new Rotary year, I believe it would be a good idea to have a club visioning session. The visioning exercise would be facilitated for us by district personnel such as Arlene Goldberg and Ron Sekkel that are chartered to do that. It would be held on a Saturday morning from approximately 8:00 am to 12:00 noon. The district facilitators ask that we have at least 10 SJEE Rotarians attend.
They will guide us in expressing ideas and passions of the members of SJEE in a way that the ideas can become viable projects and club activities. With the frame work we develop during that morning, we would then hold a Club Assembly. The Club Assembly will allow us to flesh out the ideas. I have started to ask members to fill positions on the board which will also make some of them committee chairs for the Avenues of Service positions the club by-laws and club constitution mandate. These members will present tentative ideas based on results of the visioning and some more ideas to discuss with the club members.
Charlie's Visioning Planning Meet 2016-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
 I looked into booking a tour for our group to visit Sunday Friends.  

They only conduct tours at Lowell Elementary on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month.  

I have taken the liberty of scheduling a tour on this coming Sunday, April 24th from 1:00-2:00 pm at 

Lowell Elementary
625 S.7th Street
San Jose, CA  95112

With your permission, I will announce it at our next Rotary lunch meeting, and
take down names of those who would like to come. I will also have a flyer with a map.
Next month’s dates fall on Mother’s Day (May 8th), and the next tour after that is on May 15th.  I have a piano
recital that day.  So those dates won’t work for me.

I know it’s short notice, but the May dates won’t work, and June is too far out, I think.
Sunday Friends Tour Organized by Denise 2016-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
On April 21, Stephanie Shaterian will speak about video production. Her description of the talk is as follows.
Visions of a killer marketing video dancing in your head but not sure how to execute one within your time and budget constraints? The key components to making irresistible marketing videos remain the same whether you plan to DIY, outsource certain services or hire a production company for the whole shebang (hint: it’s in the storytelling).

There’s no reason to hold yourself back from turning your marketing video vision into reality. After attending this talk, you’ll have the necessary knowledge to develop a compelling marketing video and a basis for comparing your execution options.
Join us for lunch if you are not yet a Rotarian and want to hear the talks and check us out. We meet on Thursdays at the Ranch Golf Club, 4601 Hill Top View Ln, San Jose, CA 95138. People start to gather around 12:00 noon and the meeting starts at 12:15 pm.
There is a $20.00 cost for lunch.
Hope to see you at a SJEE Rotary Club meeting soon.......
Upcoming 2016-03-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 15, 2016

Regional leaders from around the globe gathered at Rotary World Headquarters in Evanston in early March for training they will use to inspire members in their respective areas.

Several participants - most of whom will begin their term on 1 July - noted that the true measure of the institute's success will be how well the information they learned is transmitted to Rotary members.

"We have to realize that training doesn't stop at the district level," said Michael Boyer, a Rotary public image coordinator from Pismo Beach, California, USA. "We train people really well to be governors and club presidents but we have to realize that we also have to train our members in how to talk about Rotary."

Boyer said his goal is to ensure that members can discuss Rotary's brand in a clear and compelling way. "We have to make our club presidents understand they can't just stand in front of their club and say, 'Go invite members.' They actually have to train members in how to ask and what to say," he said.

Institute equips regional leaders to advance Rotary’s story 2016-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Mar 14, 2016

March 17th marks the day of St Patrick, celebrated by millions of people around the world. In Ireland, St Patrick’s Day was always held as an important religious day but today its celebrated as Ireland’s national holiday.

As St Patrick is the Patron Saint of Ireland it became a major day in Ireland’s religious calendar and has always been mainly associated with Christianity.

Typical Traditions & Customs of St Patrick’s Day

There are a number of things that are associated with St Patrick’s Day and the whole celebration that surrounds it. Some are old Irish traditions and are directly related to celebrating the Patron Saint of Ireland and others are more recent such as being Irish for a day.

The wearing of the green on St Patrick’s Day

Many people wear something green on St Patrick ’s Day which is known in the U.S. and other countries as wearing of the green. Usually people would wear green to show their Irish heritage & culture on the day that everyone’s Irish but in Ireland the wearing of the green doesn’t really exist, well in terms of celebrating our culture. However, we do wear Shamrocks to symbolize the teaching of the holy trinity by St Patrick – although we’ve no real evidence this was actually trued. A small bunch of Shamrocks would be pinned to the breast of our outer coats and should be away worn when attending Church.

Holy day of obligation

Most, if not all, practising Christians in Ireland will attend Church as St Patrick’s Day is a Holy Day of Obligation. Family members would attend Church wearing their shamrocks and afterwards head home for a large roast, similar to a typical Sunday roast. Some families would sit around and watch the St Patrick’s day parades take place in Dublin, New York, Chicago and other major cities.

The drinking of green beer

In Ireland you would be hard pushed to find a pub that served green beer and actual fact this is not a typical tradition of Ireland but is that of the U.S. & Canada. Some places in Ireland, such as Dublin, may have a few pubs that will serve green beer but for the most part it’s not something we generally do.

Did you know that pubs in Ireland had to remain shut for St Patrick’s Day? It wasn’t until the late 1970’s the Irish law permitted pubs to open their doors on March 17th.

A day of parades & festivals

Another American tradition for celebrating St Patrick’s day is the parades. First started in New York City in 1766 the parades have become a major attraction for millions around the world. Today hundreds of parades take places in many different countries with thousands in attendance.

Did you know that it wasn’t until 1995 when the Irish government decided to start holding a parade in Dublin, to help boost tourism?

It’s now known in Ireland as St Patrick’s festival which takes place over 5 days with events including art shows, plays, concerts, fun fairs and the main parade.



March 17 - Better wear green! Sara Calkins 2016-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Mar 14, 2016
This month I enjoyed hearing from Rich Thomas and Frances Negranza --both representing the Santa Clara County Fair and Fairgrounds.
It was great to hear from Rich that the County Fair is still a vital part of our culture; that 4-H members still show the animals they've raised; that creative people enter all manner of goods and art to be judged; that entertainment is top-notch; that corn dogs are still sold, and that the Fair grows with the culture -- there will be a robotics demonstration!
Rich also described that the Fairgrounds are rented by promoters for special shows and races and that several cultural festivals are booked yearly...truly a multi-use facility.
Frances' area of concentration is education - there's a great area in the fairground that teaches kids the cycle of growing food and she recently got the "go ahead" to present information in classrooms.
We had another kind of meeting as well. Eleanor Vogelsang, Community Relations Manager of CLOSE UP Washington DC came to introduce herself and, of course, we pressed her to stay for lunch. We learned that "Close Up Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan civic education organization driven by a mission to inform, inspire, and empower youth to be actively engaged citizens in our democracy." Certainly we can all agree this is a greatly needed service.
Eleanor will be our speaker this week on the topic, Close Up Teaching Students about Life and Responsibilities of Individuals in a Democracy. In the current national political climate I'm looking forward to being inspired too!
March MEETINGS Sara Calkins 2016-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Wasser on Mar 12, 2016
More than 660 million people worldwide do not have access to clean drinking water and 2.4 billion lack adequate sanitation facilities.[i] Although comparatively few people die from thirst, waterborne diseases claim the lives of nearly 1,000 children each day.
Accessibility to clean water and sanitation prevents waterborne diseases and reduces the time spent securing water from distant sources, enabling mothers to devote more time to helping their families earn a living and children to receive an education. As a result, our work in providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene is catalytic to efforts in Rotary’s other areas of focus: fighting disease, saving mothers and children, supporting education, growing local economies, and promoting peace.
Rotary carries out sustainable projects – a goal of our strategic plan – to bring positive, lasting change to communities locally and globally. One of our areas of focus is working with communities to develop and maintain sustainable access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene.
Rotarians support communities’ efforts to improve access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) through creation of infrastructure, such as boreholes, rainwater harvesting systems, ventilated pit latrines, and hand-washing stations. Rotarians also invest in training and educational opportunities for  community members to operate and maintain these systems for the long-term.
·        RI-USAID International H20 Collaboration – The collaboration is a strategic partnership that brings together USAID’s technical expertise and Rotary’s network of grassroots volunteers to boost access to WASH infrastructure, strengthen delivery of WASH services, promote hygiene education, and mobilize communities and resources in developing countries. Rotary and USAID have committed $4 million to Ghana and $4 million to Uganda.
·        Kenya – Rotary clubs in Kenya and Maryland and Idaho, USA, partnered with Genesis World Mission to create a rainwater catchment system to provide clean drinking water, irrigate crops, and establish fish farms in Burangi, Kenya. The global grant-funded project is multiplying crop yields and improving health for community residents.
·        Tanzania -    The Rotary clubs of Same, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, and Ames, Iowa, USA,  are working with the village of Kigogo to provide access to safe water through a well and gravity-pressurized system. They are also building the capacity of the local governing committee to manage, maintain, and operate these systems long-term, and providing hygiene education and training to villagers.    
·        WASH in Schools –The Rotary WASH in Schools Target Challenge is launching in 2016 in two areas of focus: water and sanitation, and basic education and literacy. Rotarians in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, and India are aiming to provide comprehensive water, sanitation and hygiene services, and improve educational performance. To do this, Rotarians will be guided by WASH, behavior change, and educational benchmarks that build on each other and on the work Rotarians are already doing in the field.
·        UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education – Rotary sponsors 10 students annually in master of science programs at the institute in Delft, the Netherlands, as part of a strategic partnership. The institute is the only graduate school in the world dedicated to international water management.
Check out ways to take action and tips for success in the Areas of Focus guide.
Apply for a Rotary grant to support a project.
Browse Rotary Showcase for projects providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene.
Water and Sanitation Charlie Wasser 2016-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Mar 08, 2016
Join your fellow San Jose East/Evergreen Rotarians and District 5170 Rotarians for a night of training and fun. The District 5170 District Training Assembly will be held on March 24. It is designed for all Rotarians especially those that have leadership roles in the 2016-2017 Rotary year. It is also good training for Red Badgers and Blue Badgers that need some Rotary information refresh - as in, everyone should attend. There are usually 2 tracks of seminars. This is followed by a dinner and a speaker talking about relevant Rotary topics. More information as it becomes available.
Mar 24, 2016 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM 
India Community Center
525 Los Coches St.
Milpitas, CA     95035    
Please go to the following link to register on the club's site. Charlie will handle the registration
with the district for everyone that signs up on the club site:
Charlie will be presenting a program on The Rotary Foundation this Thursday at the club meeting.
The program will cover the basics of TRF. It will help you undertand the structure and of TRF and the impotance of giving to TRF.
See you Thursday.......
Charlie's Message To All Suguna Alluri 2016-03-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Mar 08, 2016

Q&A: Champion speaker answers some rhetorical questions

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Dananjaya Hettiarachchi

From the of The Rotarian

One of the keynote speakers at this year’s Rotary International Convention in Korea will be Dananjaya Hettiarachchi, the founder and CEO of a human resources development and communications firm in Sri Lanka. In addition to being a much-sought-after motivational speaker, trainer, and executive coach, Hettiarachchi holds claim to a title that many seek but few attain: world champion of public speaking.

In 2014, Hettiarachchi bested some 33,000 competitors from around the world to become the first Asian-born winner of the Toastmasters International World Championship of Public Speaking, which began in 1938. In his championship speech, “I See Something,” Hettiarachchi recounted how he reversed the course of a troubled youth and got on a path to success after being introduced to a mentor who told him, “I see something in you, but I don’t know what it is.”

THE ROTARIAN: Will it be a special challenge to speak at the Rotary Convention? Have you decided on a topic?

HETTIARACHCHI: More than a challenge, it will be a privilege. Since speaking is what I do day in and day out, it is an opportunity that I look forward to. I have focused on a broader theme of bringing out the leader in you first and how, during that process, you could contribute more toward the people around you and society at large.

TR: What are the essential elements of a good speech?

HETTIARACHCHI: One of the most important elements is to be authentic. Your voice is as unique as your fingerprint. Your voice, tone, rate, pitch, and volume tell who you are. People need to buy in to you before they buy in to what you’re saying or selling.

TR: You have said the most important part of a speech is the pause. Could you explain that?

HETTIARACHCHI: Silence speaks volumes, and a well-placed pause can speak volumes. It is that few seconds of silence that allows the audience to contemplate what you have said and allows the weight of your content to sink in.

TR: Your winning speech, “I See Something,” seems almost as much a stand-up comedy routine as a speech. How important is humor in a speech?

HETTIARACHCHI: Humor is an essential part of communication and public speaking. I wouldn’t classify it as a stand-up routine because stand-up comedy has no message; it has only an entertainment aspect. Humor allows a speaker to connect because it is universal. A speaker uses humor to create a connection that will allow him or her to position a more meaningful message with an audience. In an era when attention spans have diminished, keeping an audience entertained is vital to delivering your message.

TR: What is the more important element of a speech – style or content?

HETTIARACHCHI: I think they are equally important. Content helps you change the mindset of the audience; style helps you to be remembered and keeps people coming back for more.

TR: What is the worst mistake a speaker can make?

HETTIARACHCHI: Making the speech presentation about himself or herself instead of focusing on the message and the audience.

TR: You are the first Asian to win the Toastmasters International World Championship. Contestants are required to speak in English, and your native language is Sinhalese. What challenge does it present to learn to speak in a second language?

HETTIARACHCHI: Learning the language is not that difficult. Using it with confidence in front of native speakers is the challenge. This requires many cycles of learning through failure.

TR: What brings you the most satisfaction in the work you do?

HETTIARACHCHI: It’s when people tell me that I have changed them in some way through the workshops and keynotes that I do. I speak in many countries on peak performance and self-leadership. I live for those moments where the stories, lessons, and insights that I share help people find their purpose and allow them to perform at their peak.

TR: Any insights you would like to share about self-improvement and achieving success?

HETTIARACHCHI: The importance of mentors and teachers in creating a better society and world. The importance of helping yourself first before you help others, to make things more sustainable. The importance of environment in success – how engineering the right environment for people is sometimes better than charity in allowing them to become successful. The power of changing one person at a time has a compound effect.

Hear Dananjaya Hettiarachchi speak at the 2016 Rotary Convention, 28 May-1 June in Korea. Register at .

The Rotarian

Speaking Tips from a Professional Suguna Alluri 2016-03-09 00:00:00Z 0

Goodwill games

From the of The Rotarian

The fierce July sun beat down on us as we approached the field where the match was to take place. It wasn’t much of a soccer pitch, with its uneven terrain and rusty poles for goalposts, but the local teens we had met came ready to play. They guided us over the piles of bricks and broken tiles that separate their neighborhood community center from the field behind it and took their positions.
Much like any schoolyard competitors, incursions from grazing cows notwithstanding, players stretched and warmed up, took turns retrieving out-of-bounds balls, and, after the final goal, lined up to exchange high-fives. The Vietnamese contingent handily outscored our group of American Rotary volunteers, but the defeat was far from bitter. The five Rotarians, four Interactors, and two 20-something alumni of Rotary Youth Leadership Awards had already achieved what they had come to Vietnam to do: distribute durable soccer balls to promote play and to spread Rotary’s message of service and goodwill.
The community center sits on the outskirts of Hoi An, a resort town on the South China Sea. Orange and fuchsia bougainvillea blossoms spill over stalls selling scarves and spices at one of Vietnam’s oldest marketplaces, and along the banks of the Thu Bon River, food vendors serve aromatic pho (noodle soup) and banh mi (sandwiches). By night, tourists dine under glowing silk lanterns at the seaside restaurants and hotels.
The kids we met in Hoi An have a few soccer balls on hand, but are just as likely to kick around rocks or bundles of banana leaves. Tim Jahnigen first observed this phenomenon in 2006 as he watched news footage of a refugee camp in Darfur, Sudan. The children on the screen were playing soccer using a bundle of trash tied with twine. Struck by the evidently universal tendency of children to play no matter how difficult the circumstances, Jahnigen set out to develop a soccer ball tough enough to endure the harshest conditions.
Almost 10 years later, One World Play Project – the company Jahnigen founded with his wife, Lisa Tarver – has provided more than 1.5 million durable soccer balls in over 175 countries. The ball itself is made of a proprietary foamlike blend that bounces like a soccer ball but won’t puncture, deflate, or otherwise fall apart.
“Play is vital for humans to thrive,” Tarver says, echoing recent research. “Play is one of the most effective therapies for any kind of trauma or hardship, whether in refugee camps or inner cities afflicted with gang violence – anywhere kids have suffered human rights abuses or the effects of poverty or natural disasters. Play is what allows them to recover and connect with their community.”


From Rotarian Magazine March 2016 2016-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Feb 29, 2016

Congratulations to members with special days

to commemorate in March!

Greg Calkins (honorary)   March 2
Toby Adelman   March 5
Suguna Alluri   March 5
Denise & Steven Hankes 36 years March 15
Rotary anniversary    
Debbie Gentry-Rao 2 years March 20
Celebrations! Sara Calkins 2016-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 23, 2016
Our club meeting on February 18 can be described in a word: Inspirational.
Ten Independence High School Interactors came to visit on their spring break to share progress toward their goals. They are well on their way to another banner year!
Club members Richard Dorsay and Nick Leon presented information on our club’s International Projects.
Richard told of the on-going improvements made at Chamabondo School in Zimbabwe; students aren’t learning while seated on the bare ground anymore—classrooms, desks, chairs, curriculum materials and even a computer lab have been added over the years. Now funds are being raised to provide scholarships to assist Aids orphans and children living in poverty to continue their schooling.
Richard also told us about a new project in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Jerusalem. 60 students, 30 Jewish and 30 Muslim, will be hosted for a 6-week course in peacemaking.
Nick presented a narrated slide show documenting the many improvements at Hanspakara Tribal School where our club has been involved along with the Rotary Club of Calcutta Uptown for several years. Among the accomplishments there, students & their families have a big change in how they get drinking water. Instead of a multi-use pond of contaminated water, they now have access to well water, pumped through a pipeline to faucets at the school.
To quote club president, Robbie, “that’s what Rotary is all about!”
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Posted by Suguna Alluri on Feb 15, 2016
Rotary's first fiscal year began the day after the first convention ended. The convention of the Rotary Clubs of America was held in Rotary’s birthplace, Chicago, in 1910.

Ever wonder why the Rotary year begins 1 July? The international convention initially played a key role in determining the start date of our fiscal and administrative year.

Rotary's first fiscal year began the day after the first convention ended, on 18 August 1910. The 1911-12 fiscal year also related to the convention, beginning with the first day of the 1911 convention on 21 August.

At its August 1912 meeting, the Board of Directors ordered an audit of the International Association of Rotary Clubs' finances. The auditors recommended that the organization end its fiscal year on 30 June to give the secretary and treasurer time to prepare a financial statement for the convention and board, and determine the proper number of club delegates to the convention.

The executive committee concurred, and at its April 1913 meeting, designated 30 June as the end of the fiscal year. This also allowed for changes to the schedule for reporting club membership and payments. Even The Rotarian changed its volume numbering system to correspond to the fiscal year (beginning with vol. 5, July 1914).

Rotary continued to hold its annual conventions in July or August until 1917. Delegates to the 1916 event in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, approved a resolution to hold future conventions in June, mainly because of the heat in cities where most of them occurred. The next one was held 17-21 June in Atlanta, Georgia.

The term "Rotary year" has been used to signify Rotary's annual administrative period since at least 1913. An article in The Rotarian that July noted, "The Rotary year that is rapidly drawing to a close has been signalized by several highly successful joint meetings of Clubs that are so situated as to assemble together easily and conveniently."
Since the executive committee's decision in 1913, the end of the Rotary year has remained 30 June.

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Talking Rotary Suguna Alluri 2016-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Feb 09, 2016
Charlie Wasser will lead off the program with remarks about The Rotary Foundation.
Nick Leon will describe the accomplishments reached at the rural school our club is helping to support in India.
Richard Dorsay will inspire us with information about an International Peace Project he's championing in Jerusalem.
Gentlemen: we are looking forward to your presentations!
Three Rotarians Team Up for Our February 18, 2016 Program Sara Calkins 2016-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 09, 2016

Featured Speaker

On February 11, Hilbert Morales, Publisher Emeritus of El Observador, the Spanish language newspaper in San Jose and a regular visitor to the club, will speak on the role of local community news in its development socially, economically, and influence on public policy. He will look at how the city of San Jose changed from a citywide election to election by district.
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Posted on Jan 27, 2016
Dear Rotarians,
On Thursday, January 28, our Rotary Club will host its annual Richard D. King Speech Contest.  I invite you to be a part of the audience to hear contestants from local high schools deliver inspiring speeches based on the 2015-16 Rotary International Theme:  Be a Gift to the World.
Please arrive between 11:30 AM and 11:45 AM to check in, go through the banquet line, and be seated so we can start the contest at 12 noon. 
Ruth Ashford
Club Co-Speech Chair 2015-16
Club Vice President and Foundation Chair 2015/16
Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen
President 2006-7   "Lead the Way"
Speech Contest Jan 28! Ruth Ashford 2016-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Wasser on Jan 27, 2016
When I was an undergraduate, one of my professors expressed the interesting idea that scholars should stop studying the causes of war. He suggested that conflicts occur all the time and that the natural state is war. He proposed that we should be studying the causes of peace, as that is the less common situation. Paul Harris expressed a similar view in 1945: "The way to war is a well-paved highway and the way to peace is still a wilderness," he said in a recorded interview in Tuskegee, Alabama.
Rotary International says our Peace Fellows “study the root causes of conflict,” but if you look at the curricula from the universities offering this unique degree, you will see emphasis on “peace studies.” Many of the courses feature work in conflict resolution; that is, nonviolent means of resolving differences. The descriptions of their programs include terms such as “peacekeeping,” “peace building,” “strategies for promoting peace and stability.”
While Rotary’s emphasis rightly continues to be on polio eradication, the inception of the Rotary Peace Centers and Peace Fellows program may be the initiative that secures Rotary’s role in the world. Rotary has a long history of promoting peace, and the Rotary Peace Centers are the embodiment of this long-term Rotary interest. In 1923, Paul Harris offered an opinion as to the real mission of Rotary.
“Is there anything more potent than man's impulse to hate? I think that there surely is and that it is man's impulse to love. What have we been advertising throughout the centuries? We have been advertising war. The pages of history reek with it. In the days of my childhood, no education was considered well begun until hatred of alien races had been burned into one's mind. It was surely wonderful advertising and done just in the nick of time. The child mind is a delicate film, wonderfully impressionable. Love is mightier than hate. Give it one half the advertising that hate has had, and there will be no more war.”
He goes on to comment:
“Rotary is now international in its scope. The most acute problems of one country at a particular time are not necessarily the most critical of another at that same time. The most acute problems of a country at one time are not necessarily the most acute problems of that same country at another time. Great Britain was in the maelstrom of the war from the beginning to the end. Would it not be natural and proper that to British Rotarians the most valued service which Rotary can possibly render the world at this time is in giving of itself to the preservation of world peace?”
The Rotary interest in achieving peace has continued throughout its 110-year history. As PRIP Frank Devlyn said in 2006, “In Rotary we have always practiced and have an ongoing policy of promoting better understanding and peace.” Rotary was instrumental in the formation of the United Nations and has continued that collaboration for 70 years. Rotary holds regular peace symposiums and forms throughout the world, and in fact had a Presidential Peace Conference in Ontario, California earlier this month.
The Rotary Peace Centers that Rotary created in 2002 offers great promise for the future, and it is a program worthy of our support. These Peace Fellows are the best and the brightest, and they choose to put their talents to work in the study of peace. Your financial gifts to the Rotary Peace Centers make you a part of this great effort to promote nonviolent solutions to problems that would otherwise be decided by conflict.
Rotary Peace Fellows Poised to Change the World Charlie Wasser 2016-01-28 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary International President-elect John F. Germ announces his presidential theme 'Rotary Serving Humanity.'

Rotary’s founder, Paul Harris, believed that serving humanity is “the most worthwhile thing a person can do,” RI President-elect John F. Germ said, and that being a part of Rotary is a “great opportunity” to make that happen.

Germ unveiled the 2016-17 presidential theme, Rotary Serving Humanity, to incoming district governors on 18 January at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.

“I believe everyone recognizes the opportunity to serve Rotary for what it truly is: not a small opportunity, but a great one; an opportunity of a lifetime to change the world for the better, forever through Rotary’s service to humanity,” said Germ.

Rotary members around the globe are serving humanity by providing clean water to underdeveloped communities, promoting peace in conflict areas, and strengthening communities through basic education and literacy. But none more important than our work to eradicate polio worldwide, he said.

After a historic year in which transmission of the wild poliovirus was stopped in Nigeria and all of Africa, Germ said we are closer than ever to ending polio.

“We are at a crossroads in Rotary,” he added. “We are looking ahead at a year that may one day be known as the greatest year in Rotary’s history: the year that sees the world’s last case of polio.”

Last year’s milestones leave just two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan, where the virus still circulates. Polio would be only the second human disease ever to be eradicated.

When that moment arrives, it’s “tremendously important” that Rotary is ready for it, said Germ. “We need to be sure that we are recognized for that success, and leverage that success into more partnerships, greater growth, and even more ambitious service in the decades to come.”

Germ, a member of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, encouraged attendees to return to their clubs and communities and spread the word about Rotary’s role in the fight for a polio-free world.

“People who want to do good will see that Rotary is a place where they can change the world. Every Rotary club needs to be ready to give them that opportunity,” Germ said.

Enhancing Rotary’s image isn’t the only way to boost membership. “We need clubs that are flexible, so our service will be more attractive to younger members, recent retirees, and working people.”

He added: “We need more willing hands, more caring hearts, and more bright minds to move our work forward.”

Rotary News

RI President-elect Announces Theme for 2016-17 2016-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 06, 2016
If you grew up with our Neighborhood, you may remember how we sometimes talked about difficult things. There were days ... even beautiful days ... that weren't happy. In fact, there were some that were really sad.
    Well, we've had a lot of days like that in our whole world. We've seen what some people do when they don't know anything else to do with their anger.
    I'm convinced that when we help our children find healthy ways of dealing with their feelings--ways that don't hurt them or anyone else--we're helping to make our world a safer, better place.
    I would like to tell you what I often told you when you were much younger: I like you just the way you are.
    And what's more, I'm so grateful to you for helping the children in your life to know that you'll do everything you can to keep them safe and to help them express their feelings in ways that will bring healing in many different neighborhoods.
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Posted by Charlie Wasser on Dec 31, 2015

January continues to be a strong month for the meeting programs at the Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen.

January 21, John Hogan, CEO of Teen Force, will discuss the job training program his organization does. The main thrust is help high school students get their first job. Teen Force is having a new initiative where they are looking to work with Eastside Union High School students to get into the job market. This program is within the mission of the Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen to assist community members so it is a must see event. AND we induct John Goldstein during this meeting!

January 28, is the club level annual Richard D. King Speech Contest. Students from local Eastside Union High Schools will write and present their own speeches. The winner of the club contest goes on to compete in the area level and then regional level contests in Rotary District 5170. In addition to the students getting a venue to practice their speaking skills, there are cash prices for winners at the various levels of the contest.

Hope to see you at the club meetings. If you are not yet a member, these four meetings will give you a great feel for what the Rotary Club meetings are like. You will also get an overview of the types of areas and projects with which the club is becoming involved.

Charlie Wasser
Membership and Outreach Chair
Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen
January Programs Charlie Wasser 2016-01-01 00:00:00Z 0
Best wishes for a healthy, happy,
peaceful 2016!
Happy New Year! 2016-01-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Dec 18, 2015
The speaker at Rotary San Jose East/Evergreen's meeting on December 19 was Dr. Hilaria Bauer. Dr. Bauer is the newly appointed superintendent of the Alum Rock Elementary School District. She spoke about the current state and future plans for the school district.
A dynamic speaker, Dr. Bauer gave us a little background about her youth in Mexico; about her work in the district; about Alum Rock ESD not benefiting from the federal "No Child Left Behind" program; about short and long term goals for raising expectations of success for students, families and teachers. She presented a well-organized structure for reaching goals and emphasized the need for universal early childhood education and English proficiency by the 3rd grade as markers for future success.
December 17 Program Sara Calkins 2015-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Dec 13, 2015
"When I was very young, most of my childhood heroes wore capes, flew through the air, or picked up buildings with one arm. They were spectacular and got a lot of attention. But as I grew, my heroes changed, so that now I can honestly say that anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me."
From The World According to Mister Rogers
Quote From Mister Rogers Sara Calkins 2015-12-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Dec 13, 2015
Disease Prevention and Treatment Month
Rotary's top priority is the eradication of polio, but our members take on far greater responsibilities to fight disease. They set up health camps and training facilities in undeveloped countries and in communities struggling with HIV/AIDS and malaria. They also design and build the infrastructure for doctors, nurses, governments, and partners to reach the one in six people in the world who can't afford to pay for health care.
Disease prevention and treatment takes on many forms, from supporting studies to helping immunize people to improving drinking water and the sanitation infrastructure. The world relies on Rotary to tackle these global challenges, and to set an example for others to follow.
December from Rotary International Sara Calkins 2015-12-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Dec 01, 2015

25 Student Families Received Turkeys and All the Sides

[from left] Sara Calkins, Ruth Ashford, Robbie Izat, Debbie Gentry-Rao, Foothill Principal George Sanchez and Yollett Merritt spent a happy morning on November 23, 2015 preparing for our Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen's annual Thanksgiving Food Sharing Project.
We donate the supplies for their Thanksgiving meals to cheer on teen parents who are raising children while completing their high school education. We're proud of their determination to succeed!
Foothill Thanksgiving at Great Success Sara Calkins 2015-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 01, 2015

A Sight to Behold!

Past Presidents Ruth Ashford and Sara Calkins, and President-Elect Debbie Gentry-Rao
met at President Robbie Izat's home on Sunday, November 28
and spent 3 1/2 hours packaging auction items. Well done, team!
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Dec 5 Fundraiser - Grand Prize Live Auction Items Sara Calkins 2015-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins

Dec 5 2015 Fundraiser

Turn in all ticket monies and unsold tickets (that you're not going to sell before Saturday) to Sara during the meeting this Thursday.
Remember that we're meeting at the restaurant that will be catering our dinner at the event: Caspian Village. Address is on the speaker tab.
Dec 5 Fundraiser - This SATURDAY! Sara Calkins 2015-12-02 00:00:00Z 0

Plastic Pollution in the Ocean

Patrizia Materassi, Land Use Consultant/Sustainability Specialist,
will present information about plastic polluting the world's oceans.
She will also be giving a local school an educational kit to teach
students about the problem and how to help prevent it from spreading.
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Water District Update and Alviso: The History, The Change, and Future Vision

Nov 12, 2015
Richard P. Santos
Water District Update and Alviso: The History, The Change, and Future Vision
Richard P. Santos, long time resident of Alviso and Director of District 3, Santa Clara County Water Board, will give a brief update about the current status of water in the country, and speak in greater detail about the history, present, and projected future of this very unique community nestled at the northern tip of San Jose and historic entrance to the south Bay.
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Posted by Sara Calkins on Nov 02, 2015

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into , such as and . Foundation empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.

Strong , a stellar , and a unique mean that we make the very most of your contribution. and become a part of Rotary’s life-changing work!


November is Rotary Foundation Month Sara Calkins 2015-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
“He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.” –Winston Churchill

“I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.”–Clarence Darrow

“He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.” –William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)

"Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?" —Ernest Hemingway (about William Faulkner)

“I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn’t it.” –Groucho Marx

“I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.” –Mark Twain

“He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.” –Oscar Wilde

“I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend... if you have one.” –George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill 

“Cannot possibly attend first night; will attend second, if there is one.” –Winston Churchill’s response to George Bernard Shaw

“I feel so miserable without you; it’s almost like having you here.” –Stephen Bishop

“He is a self-made man and worships his creator.” –John Bright

“I’ve just learned about his illness. Let’s hope it’s nothing trivial.” –Irvin S. Cobb

“He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others.” –Samuel Johnson

“Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?” –Mark Twain

“His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.” –Mae West

“Winston, if you were my husband, I would poison your coffee!” –Lady Astor to Winston Churchill at a dinner party

“Madam, if I were your husband, I would drink it!” –Winston Churchill’s response to Lady Astor

"Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it." —Moses Hadas

"He loves nature in spite of what it did to him." —Forrest Tucker

"He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any one I know." —Abraham Lincoln

"He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts — for support rather than illumination." —Andrew Lang (1844-1912)

"He has Van Gogh's ear for music." —Billy Wilder

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.” –Oscar Wilde

"A modest little person, with much to be modest about." —Winston Churchill


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Halloween Party Suguna Alluri 2015-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Oct 25, 2015

Welcome Brian!
New Member Induction - Welcome to our newest member Brian Wheatley who was inducted into the club by President Robbie and sponsored by Charlie. We wish Brian well, and hope he will make many wonderful memories working with us in serving the community. Brian is a Political Science major from UCLA, has been a teacher is San Jose for many years and is currently serving as President of Evergreen Elementary Teachers Association. Brian will introduce himself formally in one of the future club meets. 
Dear Sara was recognized and commended for sponsoring Charlie Wasser, and for her work with our Rotary for the past many years. 
Speaker Cindy Chavez - Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez held us spell bound as she talked about Human Trafficking happening rampantly in our very own backyard - in the High Tech Corridor from Oakland to San Francisco to San Jose. Apart from working with various other county departments like VTA, Bay Area Air Quality, Children and Family Services, Cindy has dedicated her time and resources in working with Human Traffickers and has been instrumental in bringing several of them to Justice. Wage theft, Sex Trafficking, Prostitution and Child abuse leave victims traumatized, disoriented and unable to reach out for help because they are terrified of losing food, housing, visas etc. and also the inability to speak English puts them at a disadvantage. A Trained Task Force comprised of Several Service groups such as Police, Bus Drivers, Fire Fighters, Teachers, Health Care Workers and Watch Dog Communities help the victims by being aware, identifying, and reporting such crimes to law enforcement and government officials. Setting up Zoning Laws, Health Checks, Certification for Design and Permits of various hot spots like Massage Parlors, Bikini Bars and even Shopping Malls are some of the other measures taken up to control the problem. Cindy recommends that we as Rotarians can best help by attending a training session. President Robbie has promised to bring together a few local Rotary Clubs for one big Training Session. 
Guests - A local Author Ann Bridges was present at our meet this week. Her new book "Private Offerings" gives us an insider view to Silicon Valley. She has been working with Evergreen College to help students fund projects to help them be more involved with writing and publishing locally to give back to their own neighborhoods. For those of us who are interested, she is having a session with the college on November 4, 2015. 
We also had Sergio Jimerez who is running for Council Member for District 2. He is currently the President of Oak Grove Neighborhood Association and is very involved with organizing neighborhood cleanups, and has one every Saturday in different communities. Please visit his Facebook page for more information.
Sunday Friends - President Robbie, Charlie, Ruth, Debbie, Marissa, Suguna, and our newest Rotary member Brian and his lovely spouse Danielle, along with our District 2 Council Member Ash Kiara had the chance to participate in the scheduled tour of Sunday Friends. It is indeed the "The Best Kept Secret in San Jose" and we definitely came back with something to think about. We interacted with the founder, the executive director and some of the volunteers and were amazed with the precision work of the organization. Apart from taking care of education of entire families, every detail of putting together an emotionally, mentally and financially sound family is taken care of. It would be a great place for our Rotarians and especially our interactors to volunteer their time or resources at. They have an event - the Holiday Shopping Spree coming up on November 13 and 20, 2015 for which we have been requested to volunteer. If interested, please contact one of us who have attended the tour or visit their website. 
Upcoming Speaker - One of the biggest mysteries ever - Social Security...Our guest speaker Gus Liu will unravel the puzzle for us. Be sure to be there and get an insight into our lives ahead.
Also this week Crab Feed and Christmas Party Planning...That should be a lot of fun! So once again we expect a full house!
Club Meeting Suguna Alluri 2015-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Oct 19, 2015
Sunday Friends - Our club has been scheduled to attend a tour of "Sunday Freinds" on Oct 25th around Noon. We do remember one of the executive directors Ali Berakat talk to our club about the wonderful organization that works with underprivileged families to try and put them on the right path to a fulfilling life. We do hope that most of us can attend and come back with something to think about.
FLC - As we know, our Club has always been at the forefront working with and sponsoring the maximum no. of interactors from District 5170. So, it has indeed been a pleasure to listen to Nick talk about the Interactor Fall Leadership Conference that Ruth, Van, MaryAnn, Sara and Charlie participated in. They attended the workshop for advisors and came back with a plenty of information that will help us council and advise Interactors, actively work and participate in their projects, and attend some of their weekly meetings. For those of us who have signed up as advisors but were not able to attend the workshop, please talk to Nick for advice. 
The International Project for the Interactors this year is Human Trafficking.
Day on the BaySome of our members including Charlie and Ruth had the chance to attend Day on the Bay at Alviso County Park. It was a big multicultural event with a lot of fun and camaraderie. A good occasion to make our presence felt in the neighborhood. Charlie came back with the info. that the Alviso Rotary Club which is currently running as a Saturday club, may become a chartered club again, once they have enough members.
Events Suguna Alluri 2015-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Oct 19, 2015
"None of us are getting out of here alive, so please stop treating yourself like an after thought. Eat the delicious food. Walk in the sunshine. Jump in the ocean. Say the truth that you're carrying in your heart like a hidden treasure. Be silly. Be kind. Be weird. There's no time for anything else." -  Sweatpants & Coffee
Thought for the week Oct 22, 2015 Suguna Alluri 2015-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Oct 14, 2015
When two opposite points of view are expressed with equal intensity, the truth does not necessarily lie exactly halfway between them. It is possible for one side to be simply wrong.
-Richard Dawkins, biologist and author (b. 26 Mar 1941)
Thought for the Week - Oct 15 Sara Calkins 2015-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Oct 13, 2015
Oct 29, 2015 Gus Liu
News You Can Use: Unraveling the Social Security Puzzle
(plus our club's annual Halloween costume celebration)
October Meetings Sara Calkins 2015-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Oct 02, 2015

Are we having fun? You bet we are!

Remember to wear your
Halloween costume to
the Oct 29 meeting.
You might win a treat!
October 29 Meeting in Costume! Sara Calkins 2015-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Oct 02, 2015
Here's our next opportunity to spread the word about our club to tens of thousands of people as they attend Supervisor (and fellow SJE/E member) Dave Cortese's DAY ON THE BAY: A Multicultural Health Festival.
Be sure to wear your brand new bright gold Rotary SJE/E t-shirt for instant recognition. Details of our involvement will be discussed at the Oct 8 club meeting.
10am - 3pm
Alviso Marina County Park
Just down the street from the South Bay Yacht Club where our Annual Crab Feed is scheduled on Dec 12.
Day on the Bay - Oct 11 Sara Calkins 2015-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Nearly 1.4 billion employed people live on less than $1.25 a day. Our members promote economic and community development and reduce poverty in underserved communities through training, well-paying jobs, and access to financial management institutions. Projects range from providing people with equipment to vocational training. Our members work to strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.
Rotary members help Indian weavers achieve better wages and working conditions.
October is Economic and Community Development Month 2015-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 21, 2015
Charlie, Sara and Suguna from our Club had the chance to attend the PR Seminar on September 22, conducted by District PR Chair Deborah Rice. She stressed the fact that every single one of us in Rotary is a part of the PR committee.
Ideas: Cross Club Promotion, Short  Promotional and Project Video Clips in Newsletters and Web Sites - College And High School Kids do an Excellent Job, Keeping Web Site  Current, Honorary Rotarianship to Local Newspaper Editors and TV or Radio Personnel, Story of Ethnic Interest to local Ethnic Newspapers, Newspaper inserts, Car Plaques, Dress up Rotary, Banners, and of course Interesting Crowd Pulling events were some of the concepts discussed to help promote Rotary in our neighborhood. We can discuss more at our next meeting.
Public Relations Seminar Suguna Alluri 2015-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 21, 2015
​The concept that Sunday Friends follows to work with low income families to break the cycle of poverty is refreshing. Speaking at our club meet on September 17, one of the board members Ali Berakat explained how the entire family is involved in the learning and giving process, by engaging them in various classes and interesting activities. The children and their families earn money in the form of tickets for various activities and achievements, which they use to buy supplies from the Sunday Friends store - be it clothing, school supplies, books etc. Through this concept the children and their families learn, on hand, financial concepts like math, banking, savings, loans and interest, computer skills - basically all the STEM concepts (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). For more information and volunteering opportunities please visit Our Rotary Club can plan a visit to their center for a 45 minute tour, offered on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month.
Sunday Friends Suguna Alluri 2015-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Sep 20, 2015
"How to love people who irritate you? Why are they irritating you? Simply because, they are not the way you expect them to be. They are not the way you want them to be. If you believe in God, then the person who irritates you also happens to be a creation of God, and he seems to be such a masterpiece that he can just irritate the hell out of you, isn’t it? So, don’t deceive yourself. Just see irritation is happening because you have already decided what is right and what is wrong. You have decided, “This is the right way to be.” If they’re some other way, they will irritate you first, then you will get angry, then you will hate them, then you will want to kill them. This is a natural progression simply because you are expecting everybody in the world to be like you. If everybody in the world were like you, could you be here? In your own home, if there was one more person like you, could you live in that house? It’s very good that everybody in the world is the way they are. The person who is sitting next to you right now, if you look at them, you will see there is no other human being like this person anywhere in this planet. There never was one, there never will be one. There isn’t another one like that, and it is such a miracle for you that today you are sitting next to this human being who is absolutely unique. Where is the question of irritation? You’re blind, that is why you are irritated " - "From a Blog"
Thought for the week Oct 1, 2015 Suguna Alluri 2015-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Sep 20, 2015
"Happy is the person who is able to distinguish the real from the unreal, the eternal from the transient and the good from the bad  by his/her discrimination and wisdom. Twice blessed is the person who knows true love and can love all God's creatures. The one who combines within his/her mortal frame knowledge, love, and selfless service for the welfare of others is thrice blessed."
Thought for the week Sept 24, 2015 Suguna Alluri 2015-09-21 00:00:00Z 0


Recognition and thanks from fellow Rotarians were expressed to Marcela Dustrud [seen here with Joy Engstrom on Sep 20, 2015] who resigned her position as Treasurer after more than five years of service.
Marcela served as Treasurer for the Club as well as for the Dorothy & Gerald Erich Endowment Fund. She also prepared tax returns for the club and its two endowed funds. Her successor will be grateful for Marcela's meticulous record-keeping.
Joy also stressed Marcela's tireless accounting support for Elefante Blanco Thrift Boutique.
Well done, Marcela.
Heartfelt Thanks 2015-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Sep 06, 2015
"As one family united under service we will embrace our differences, foster compassion and acceptance, seek unity through collaboration and celebrate diversity. As individuals who stand alone, there is only so much we can do for others. As individuals who stand together however, we are able to create greater ripples of change that can only further our impact. We have an abundance of tools that help us do this, ranging from social media to our interpersonal abilities. The most important tool however is yourself. You have assets unlike anyone else, and it's up to you to use them in collaboration wih others to paint a bigger picture" - What an interesting theme for Interactors 2015-2016.
Thought for the week Sept 10, 2015 Suguna Alluri 2015-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Aug 29, 2015
"No intelligent human being is ever 100% clear about how to act, he/she always weighs it. Whatever we do, out very existence, our eating, living, and breathing is an injustice to some other life form, if you look at it from their point of view. If you eat, you kill, if you breathe, you kill, if you walk, you kill. So if you don't want to do all that and kill yourself, still you kill. No action in the world is 100% right or 100% wrong. You just have to consider the larger good that you create with your actions and perform them accordingly." -  "From an ancient Scripture"
Thought for the week Sept 3, 2015 Suguna Alluri 2015-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary SJE/E Volunteers Rock Sara Calkins 2015-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Aug 23, 2015
Full House - A reminder to all that we have some very interesting speakers lined up for the next few weeks including Magdalena Carrasco - City of San Jose Council Member, Kansen Chu - California State Assemblyman, and our very own Rtn. Dave Cortese - President, SCC Board of Supervisors. It is very important that we receive them well with good attendance, and make them feel welcomed. Many of our interactors and members from other local clubs will be visiting, so look forward to some very interesting club meets ahead. We also expect a full house for the Club Evening Meet on September 10, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. For those of us who have not been able to attend the regular afternoon sessions, this is a wonderful opportunity to catch up and make your presence felt. Please bring friends and potential Rotary members.
Upcoming Speakers Suguna Alluri 2015-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Aug 23, 2015
SJEE Membership Chair Charlie Wasser gave a wonderful PowerPoint presentation at the club meet on Thursday August 20. The talk was on how we can work together on making our club more Attractive and Engaging to draw in and retain members. Charlie's talk was further reinforced at the District Membership Seminar held at the Embassy Suites on Saturday August 22. The Seminar was attended by President Robbie, Membership Chair Charlie, and Rtn. Suguna. The very lively and informative presentation by two PDG's from Southern California, Wade Nomura and Larry Sundaram, emphasized on "The New Focus".  They introduced some very basic and simple tools that Rotary leaders can adopt to attract and retain members at their respective clubs. 
President Robbie would like to set up a Membership Committee that would help evaluate our club policies, and initiate some action items to grow and sustain Membership. To learn more and actively participate, please review Charlie's slide show that was mailed to all members, and also visit > "Strengthen Clubs" > "Membership" > "Membership Resources".
Loved this from Rtn. Wade Nomura
"Does your club have the "Cheers" culture -
"Sometimes you want to go Where everybody knows you name,
And they're always glad you came;
You want to be where you can see,
Our troubles are all the same,
People are all the same...."
Membership Drive Suguna Alluri 2015-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Yollette Merritt, Suguna Alluri on Aug 18, 2015
Kudos to Club Youth Service Director, Nick Leon, for last week’s program about the successful trip to Vietnam to deliver the Interact funded  2,400 “indestructable” soccer balls to orphans in various parts of the country.  The presentation was well received,  and the chocolate treat from Vietnam was delicious!
Bill  Bellou, CEO of The Evergreen Times,  was present to cover the story.
Kudos to President Robbie and Membership Chair Charlie Wasser for Volunteering to represent our club at the East San Jose Dumpster Day held by CouncilMember, Carrasco. Robbie and Charlie spent quite a few hours on a 100 degree Saturday to help clean up our Neighborhood. Thank You for your efforts and inspiring our Club Members to participate in events as such that our held plenty in our city.
Kudos Yollette Merritt, Suguna Alluri 2015-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Aug 01, 2015
Silence will save me from being wrong (and foolish), but it will also deprive me of the possibility of being right.
-Igor Stravinsky, composer (17 Jun 1882-1971)
Quote for August Sara Calkins 2015-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
Camp RYLA this week! Aug 2-7, 2014 2015-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ruth Ashford
We're off to a fantastic start of our EVERY ROTARIAN, EVERY YEAR (EREY) giving campaign! So far, members have contributed $1200.00 to the Rotary Foundation. 
Remember, when your EREY is designated  as contributions to the Annual Programs Fund, these monies are invested by RI for approximately 3 years.  The interest helps to pay RI overhead.  At the end of this time period, approximately 1/2 of the contributions are returned pro rata to districts (DDF) and the other 1/2 goes to the World Fund to be used for matching grants.
You can find more than you want to know about the Rotary Foundation at and in our District 5170 Foundation newsletters (
Ruth Ashford
Club Vice President and Foundation Chair 2014/15
The Rotary Foundation (aka TRF) Ruth Ashford 2015-07-22 00:00:00Z 0

Welcome DG Susan Valenta

We are pleased that we'll be meeting with DG Valenta early in the Rotary year.
She will meet with the members of the board before our lunch meeting and will serve as our featured speaker for the general membership.
District Governor Visit July 23, 2015 2015-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Wasser on Jul 21, 2015
Why Join Your Local Rotary Club?
The Opportunity to Serve
Rotarians provide service at the local and international levels that addresses health-care needs, hunger and poverty, illiteracy, disaster relief, and environmental issues, to name just a few areas of Rotarian activity. Through participation in these projects, members experience the fulfillment that comes from giving back to the community.
Professional Networking
A founding principle of Rotary was to provide a forum for professional and business leaders. Today’s membership includes leaders in business, industry, the professions, the arts, government, sports, the military, and religion who make critical decisions and influence policy. Rotary offers the opportunity to meet people of this high caliber and work with them in serving others.
Personal Growth and Development
Membership in Rotary ensures continuing personal and professional development. Rotarians have countless opportunities to further enhance their leadership skills, as well as gain experience in public speaking and communication, organization and planning, team building, fundraising, and teaching.
Fellowship was a primary reason Rotary was started in 1905, and it remains a major attraction. Today, with more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in some 165 countries, Rotarians have friends wherever they go. Rotary helps to build a sense of community as well as enduring individual friendships.
Cultural Diversity
Rotary International is an association of local clubs in many countries. Membership is open to business and professional leaders from every ethnic group, political persuasion, cultural background, and religion. Rotarians value this cultural diversity and practice and promote tolerance.
Good Citizenship
Membership in Rotary makes one a better citizen. Weekly Rotary club programs keep members informed about what is taking place in the community, nation, and world. Rotary’s expansive network of clubs and programs provides extensive opportunities for service and cross-cultural interchange.
World Understanding
Rotary members gain an understanding of humanitarian issues and have a significant impact on them through international service projects and exchange programs of RI and its Foundation. Promoting peace is one of Rotary’s foremost objectives.
Every Rotary club and district hosts parties and activities that offer diversion from life’s demands. Conferences, conventions, assemblies, and social events provide entertainment as well as Rotary information, education, and service.
Future Generations
Rotary sponsors some of the world’s largest cultural and educational exchange and scholarship programs. Rotary clubs provide innovative training opportunities and mentoring for future leaders.
Ethical Environment
Rotarians practice The Four-Way Test, which measures words and actions by their truthfulness, fairness, goodwill, and benefit to all. Encouraging high ethical standards in one’s profession and respect for all worthy vocations has been a hallmark of Rotary from its earliest days.
Membership--Why Join? Charlie Wasser 2015-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Wasser on Jul 03, 2015
The importance to a Rotary club to continue to grow its membership cannot be stated strongly enough. A club will develop a culture over time. With growth, there probably will be some change in the culture. However, as the new members join, any changes that might happen will be a slow evolutionary movement. Then again, since most social groups grow by attracting like minded new members, there may not be any discernible change. The point is that all members of a Rotary club should embrace growth and participate in recruiting.
With new members, current projects can be expanded and new ideas from the cross fertilization of ideas from newer members may bring about new ways to serve the community. In the case of San Jose East/Evergreen Rotary, there are several community projects underway. The current goal is to find more members to keep the projects growing and continue to implement them.
There are two areas of focus for a recruiting effort in a Rotary club. The first is to continue to attract members of all demographic considerations. The other is to hone in on what attracts younger members. The underlying technique is best to showcase the value of membership and let the values attract new members.
Membership Recruiting Charlie Wasser 2015-07-04 00:00:00Z 0
DG Roast & Toast 2015-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Yollette Merritt
Guatemala Youth Empowerment: Voces y Manos
Guatemala Youth Empowerment:   Voces y Manos
Jun 18, 2015
Jordan Nevo
Jordan Nevo, Executive Committee member, will share information about the Voces y Manos project in Guatemala which has a team of local staff and international volunteers who work with youth to help them identify and take action to overcome the most important issues faced by their communities. The students have launched highly effective campaigns to fight malnutrition, deforestation, and re-invigorate pride in the Mayan culture. An overall goal is empower each youth with a view of graduation from high school and college.
Jordan has worked as a volunteer for organizations promoting education and mentorship for disadvantaged communities for the past 6 years. He has been a Big Brother and an active member of the Silicon Valley Junior Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area for the past year. From 2010-2011, he has volunteered as an academic mentor for youth who aspire to be the first in their families to attend college. Beginning in 2014, he has joined the Executive Committee of Voces y Manos to raise awareness for educational empowerment programs that are helping marginalized youth in Guatemala.
June 18, 2015 Program Yollette Merritt 2015-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
A couple of quotes from students who have completed their first year in our two-year scholarship program:
"The scholarship has made a huge impact on my life. I thank you greatly for making college possible for me, and I will do all I can to make sure I do not waste this amazing opportunity. If it wasn’t for the scholarship I know I would not be attending college. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I hope my first year of college at San Jose City, has made you proud, and I will make sure I continue to do so."
"[The scholarship] has helped me out in a way that I don’t have to worry about my tuition, books or supplies…I can focus on school more. I’m studying what I like and I’m going great in school."
Hearing from our Erich Endowment Fund Scholarship Students 2015-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
It is almost impossible to carry the torch of truth through a crowd without singeing somebody's beard.
-Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, scientist and philosopher (1 Jul 1742-1799)
Quote for July 2015-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Smiles 2015-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
  • We'll get reports from our participation in the May 21st Rotary U.
  • We'll recap our May 27th Community Service Project at Family Supportive Housing--what worked well; what can be improved for next time.
  • President Robbie will share words of interest prior to his departure to Brazil to participate in the Rotary International Conference in Sao Paulo. Safe travel to Robbie, Nick and our Interactors!
  • Vice President Ruth will give us an update on this Saturday's Charity Auction.
  • Visiting Rotarian Brian O'Neil will share news of the  41st annual Charlie Wedemeyer All Star Game that will be played at the brand new Levi's Stadium on Saturday August 1st at 6 pm.
Club Program for May 28, 2015 2015-05-27 00:00:00Z 0
District 5170 Rotary U 2015-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time
we have rushed through life trying to save.
– Will Rogers
Quote for May 2015-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nick Leon
enlightenedOur dictionary distribution to Cesar Chavez Elementary School is set for 1:00 PM on Friday, May 1, 2015. Plan on arriving at the school at 12:30 PM. The school address is 2000 Kammerer Avenue, San Jose, CA  95116. We will have fifteen (15) minutes per classroom to distribute the dictionaries. There are approximately eighty-nine (89) third graders.

NOTE: There or two schools in close proximity so go to Cesar Chavez School which is further East on Kammerer Avenue.
Dictionary Project - Phase Two Nick Leon 2015-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins
I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the rights of the people by the gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.
-James Madison, fourth US president (16 Mar 1751-1836)
Quote for April Sara Calkins 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
February is Rotary Awareness Month
Proclaims Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, FEBRUARY 16, 2015… The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors encouraged all citizens to join them in recognizing Rotary International for its 110 years of service to improving the human condition in local communities around the world, announced Dave Cortese, President.

“It is a great honor to be acknowledged by the SCC Board,” said Ed Jellen. “Every year the collaborative effort of 4,000 Bay Area Rotarians donate on average $1.5 million dollars and thousands of volunteer hours and expertise to help sustain vital community programs.” Jellen is Rotary District 5170 Governor.

The source of project funding begins with the club fundraisers. The events are designed to captivate the interest that best serves the cultural tapestry of our Bay Area neighborhoods.

Funds are allocated to strengthen the capacity of communities by providing scholarships, youth leadership training, art and STEM education in the classroom, computers, books, school supplies, hot breakfasts and luncheons, warm clothing, medical supplies, free health clinics for the uninsured and the global eradication of Polio to mention just a few. At the core of the projects is Rotary’s motto: ‘Service Above Self’
Receiving the SCC Proclamation from left to right are Stew Park, President of the Rotary Club of San Jose; Robbie Izat, President of the Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen; Yolette Merritt; Ed Jellen, District Governor; and Dave Cortese, President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
February - Rotary Awareness Month 2015-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins
Here is a quick overview of what you will see at the District Conference:
Friday dinner event – Civil rights pioneer Ruby Bridges (preceded by Gilroy H.S. Chamber Singers).
Saturday breakfast event – Humorist and television host Michael Pritchard.
Saturday lunch event – Rotary President’s Rep Al Frumkin.
Saturday dinner event – PRIP Rick King, followed by “Cirque Encounters of the Rotary Kind,” a performance of acrobatic alien and cosmos dancers.
Sunday brunch event – Finals of the Richard D. King speech contest (also featuring the Suzuki Strings).
Forums will be held Saturday April 18, 2015  ( preregistration is not required).
Hospitality Suites will open following the Friday and Saturday dinner events.
House of Friendship will be available Saturday during the conference.
District 5170 Conference Sara Calkins 2015-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Feb 11, 2015
Our club's winner, Ashna, completed in the finals
at the District Conference on Sunday, April 19!
and was awarded second place with a cash prize of $500.
All those who witnessed the speeches proclaimed them as all winners!
This is by far one of my favorite events sponsored by the Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen: our annual Speech Contest!
Our contestants always amaze and inspire me and remind me how, as Rotarians, we are able to support the youth of our community.
2015 SPEECH CONTEST Sara Calkins 2015-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Club Assembly - Thursday, February 5, 2015 2015-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Feb 01, 2015





Denise Hankes February 21
Ruth Ashford -- 14 years February 1
Richard Dorsay -- 11 years February 1
Yollette Merritt -- 12 years February 24











We Care Page Sara Calkins 2015-02-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Nov 30, 2014
The only gift is a portion of thyself.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and
philosopher (1803-1882)
Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen
December 2014 quote
Quote of the Month - December Sara Calkins 2014-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Yollette Merritt
Nov 13, 2014
Senator Jim Beall
California: The State of The State and The Impact on San Jose & Silicon Valley

Jim Beall Jr. has served in public office in Santa Clara County for several decades, including the Board of Supervisors from 1994 to 2006, and the San Jose City Council for 14 years. Elected to the newly formed District 15 seat of the California State Senate in 2012, Senator Beall has taken the lead in several initiatives with direct impact on the quality of life of our local communities.

California: The State of The State and The Impact on San Jose & Silicon Valley Yollette Merritt 2014-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Yollette Merritt

The Death of The Newspaper: Any Hope of Survival?

Nov 06, 2014
Panel: Richard Craig, Kim Komenich, Janice Rombeck
The Death of The Newspaper: Any Hope of Survival?

The history of newspapers has spanned hundreds of years and over various continents, but its role in American society and the body politic has had an unique and powerful impact.

A free and accessible library system has been called by some "the first defense of democracy", and there are many who place the role of newspapers in the same category.  Recent years have seen the decline in the United States newspaper market, with closures and restructuring taking place in all parts of the country.

Newspapers... is there any hope of survival?

A three-member panel of professional journalists with a wide range of experience will share thoughts and facts about the future of the newspaper on the local, national, and international markets.

Richard Craig is an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at San Jose State University. He is the author of three journalism-related books and has been an adviser to the Spartan Daily student news outlet since 2002.  

Craig has spoken at numerous conferences in the U.S. and abroad. His journalistic work has appeared in The New York Times, the San Jose Mercury News, the Miami Herald, and many other outlets. He earned a Ph.D. in Communications at the University of Illinois in 1995, and was a reporter and editor for six years at newspapers in California and Illinois.    For more information, consult his Web site at
Kim Komenich,  Photographer, Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at San Jose State University, and advisor for the Spartan Daily students,  is an expert in new media and photojournalism, (including staff photographer and editor for the S,F, Chronicle and Examiner)  and winner of a 1987 Pulitzer Prize for photojournalism for coverage of the Philippine Revolution.
Janice Rombeck is a professional journalist with a wide range of experience including reporter and editorial positions at the San Jose Mercury Newspaper.
Panel on Newspapers Yollette Merritt 2014-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Sep 02, 2014

Bullets cannot be recalled.
They cannot be uninvented.
But they can be taken out of the gun.

-Martin Amis, novelist (b. 1949)

Quote for September Sara Calkins 2014-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Yollette Merritt on Aug 19, 2014

The following Vocational Profile was submitted by Yollette Merritt, Director of Vocational Service:

Interview with Dave Cortese, Rotary Club of San Jose East Evergreen Club Member & Santa Clara County Board of Supervisor:
Question 1:  What was your inspiration in choosing public service as a vocation and when did you begin your work in this field?
I learned a lot from my father, Dom Cortese, when he was on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and State Assembly. When I was 10 years old, I worked in my family’s orchards alongside migrant farmworkers. As the Vietnam War escalated, two of them were drafted to serve in the U.S. Army and were sent to fight abroad.  One of them was killed. I didn’t think this was right and wanted to tell someone who could do something. My parents advised me to write to my congressman, who then was Don Edwards. I did, and he wrote me back a real letter, not just a form letter.  I was so impressed that an elected official would take the time to reach out to a young boy that I started to think that public service might be a future path for me. I began to think about public service as a way to help people through difficulties. My first elected office was as a Trustee of the East Side Union High School District.
 Questions 2:  What was your motivation in becoming a Rotarian in 1986 and later Club President in 1989?
I was a San Jose businessman at the time and was searching for a community service group that did more than talk about good deeds.  I found that the San Jose/Evergreen Rotary was an organization that listened to the needs of the community and got things done.  I remember one event we organized at Agnews Development Center called Fun Day.  We filled the children’s day with art activities, games and entertainment that not only brought them joy but added to the skills they were learning at the center.
Question 3:  How has Rotary, its overall philosophy of Service Above Self and the Four Way Test Code of Conduct impacted your professional work and vocation?
I grew up with the Service Above Self philosophy. My family was active in civic, cultural and business activities for generations going back to my grandfather, Vince Cortese, Sr., an immigrant who came to the U.S. penniless and worked to become a successful businessman and job creator. My wife, Pattie, and I have tried to lead by example in order to pass that philosophy on to our children.
As an elected official, I take an oath to conduct my work in a way that reflects honesty and integrity, to ma nage the public’s money wisely and embrace the diversity of our community. I’ve devoted much of my time in office toward creating public policy that brings justice to those who don’t have a strong voice in government. I have organized many events to bring people of all faiths and beliefs together for the common good.  In many ways, the Rotary’s Four Way Test embodies the values that I have always lived by, professionally and personally.
Cortese Interview Yollette Merritt 2014-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Yollette Merritt on Aug 18, 2014

Aug 21, 2014

Dave Cortese

"Santa Clara County 2020: Vision for the Future, Lighting Up The Bay"

           The 2014-2015 theme of Rotary International is Light Up Rotary. The next few years require vision, wisdom, and a knowledge of the multi-faceted issues confronting our communities in the context of Rotary
           Santa Clara County, known in the early 20th Century as the Valley of Heart's Delight, boasts 15 cities that includes San Jose, the 10th most populous city in the country. The citizenry is culturally rich and diverse. The assets and opportunities, as well as the challenges, are also diverse and span a wide range of issues including transportation, agriculture, high tech, public health and public safety, natural resources, housing, economic development and employment opportunities, financial sustainability, and a changing infrastructure.
           In the context of governance, what are the options for Santa Clara as a county, working with local municipalities to continue and enhance its vision and leadership role in the region to Light Up The Bay.
           Santa Clara County Supervisor and former Vice Mayor of the City of San Jose will share his thoughts and reflection on the immediate road ahead to 2020. Supervisor Dave Cortese was elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors in 2008. Before joining the Board, Cortese served eight years on the San Jose City Council, including two years as Vice Mayor. From 1992 through 2000, he served on the East Side Union High School District Board of Education.

          He grew up in San Jose as part of a family that has been active in civic, cultural and business activities for generations. He is married to Pattie, also a community leader, and has four children. His strong local roots and love for Santa Clara County fuel his passion for public service.

        On the Board of Supervisors, Dave is currently Chair of the Housing, Land Use, Environment and Transportation Committee and Vice Chair of the Children, Seniors and Families Committee. He is also Vice Chair of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and a past member of Valley Transportation Authority.

        Dave has been a member of the Rotary Club of San Jose/East Evergreen since 1986 and lives in Evergreen.

This week's program Yollette Merritt 2014-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 12, 2014

Dr. Ruth  P. Wilson is the Chair of the African American Studies Department and Full Professor at San Jose State University.

Dr. Wilson received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz in Biology and Community Studies. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Stanford University. Prior to her arrival at SJSU, Dr. Wilson’s academic career included a six-year appointment as a medical anthropologist in International Health Division (now Global Health) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and teaching positions at Rutgers University in New Jersey, CUNY Sophie Davis Medical School in New York, and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. Her research focuses on the social and cultural dimensions of health and illness among peoples of African descent in the United States and worldwide. Most recently, her research in Silicon Valley focuses on the social and cultural dimensions of immigrant African populations in the Silicon Valley and the Bay Area.  In 2007 she was awarded a prestigious Fulbright-Hays Award and traveled throughout South Africa with a group of teachers and scholars.

Dr. Wilson will share a slide presentation based on a personal study tour of South Africa, a land (for some) of surprising diversity of people and culture.

AUG 14 2014 PROGRAM: "South Africa: 21st Century Land of Diversity & Contrast" 2014-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nicholas Leon on Aug 03, 2014


This picture is of our RYLA campers getting ready to board the bus to begin their camp RYLA experience. Look for an email from Joy all SJE/E Rotarians to attend the RYLA Bar-B-Que on Thursday evening August 8, 2014. We'll coordinate details about car pools at our meeting this week.

The Campers you see in the photo are all outstanding officers from one of the following Interact Clubs that we sponsor: Piedmont Hills, Independence, Evergreen Valley, Mount Pleasant, Silver Creek, or Yerba Buena. Foothill High School did not have any campers this year. 

Our Interactors were so excited and thankful of the opportunity you have provided them. They promised to "learn it all" at RYLA so they can make their Interact Club the best ever.

Ready for RYLA Nicholas Leon 2014-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Aug 01, 2014

Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.

-Herman Melville, novelist and poet (1819-1891)

Thought of the Month - AUGUST Sara Calkins 2014-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Jul 22, 2014


Ed Jellen's Message for July, 2014

Dear District 5170 Rotarians,

Our theme this year is “Light Up Rotary!”  So as we begin the 2014-2015 Rotary year, I want to express my appreciation to all of you who have worked, and plan to continue working, so hard to “light up” our new Rotary year by making it one that will be vibrant, fun, and successful for our members, our clubs, and our district.

As to our clubs, I have met many times with the club Presidents as a group, and enjoyed listening to them express their ideas, goals, and enthusiasm. Based on these meetings and other visits I have had with them, I can assure you that our 2014-2015 club Presidents make a terrific team – spirited, motivated, and dynamic.  I know they will do an outstanding job to enhance Rotary over the coming year.  This they will do by expanding membership so that many additional members of our local communities can enjoy the Rotary experience.  They also hope to improve retention by conducting club meetings that are exciting and engaging, and by expanding Rotary service opportunities for club members. Additionally, our Presidents are committed to promoting and supporting The Rotary Foundation, as am I. And, they have voted to help our teachers and schools across the district by collecting and distributing school supplies for the “2014-2015 Presidents’ Project.”

For all of this, they will of course need your help, which I know will be forthcoming.

At the district level, a quick glance at our District Directory for 2014-2015 will show that a good many Rotarians have stepped forward to help our clubs and our district by accepting positions of responsibility in the District. This dedicated and hard-working group includes our Assistant Governors, committee chairs, committee members, and all of those who have volunteered to help with past and upcoming District events. To all of them, I say “thank you.”

Speaking of events, we have a very exciting event-calendar planned for this year. A membership seminar is planned for July 19th for all club Presidents, Presidents-elect, and membership chairs. We are planning a special “Rotary Day at the A’s” for September 20th. Our Avenues of Service event will take place on October 15th. We are already hard at work preparing for our District Conference at the Doubletree from April 17th – April 19th in 2015. Also, all Rotarians are welcome and encouraged to attend our District Cabinet meetings, where we will share camaraderie and learn more about what is happening in Rotary.

I’m excited!  Together, let’s “Light Up Rotary”!

Visit with District Governor Ed Jellen - Thursday, July 24, 2014 Sara Calkins 2014-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Jul 04, 2014

Since when do we have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?

-Lillian Hellman, playwright (1905-1984)

Quote of the Month Sara Calkins 2014-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 01, 2014

By Jill Baldwin Walker, 2014-15 governor of District 6060 (Missouri, USA)

At the age of 13, I attended my first Rotary International Convention, in Dallas, Texas. I remember walking through the halls of the event fascinated by the clothing worn by some of the women — women of Africa in their head wraps and ornate dresses and women from India in beautiful wraps of silk.

Although I don’t remember all of the Rotary occasions I have attended as a child, I am blessed that my grandfather joined Rotary, which led to my father becoming a Rotarian. I grew up in the halls of Rotary meetings, district conferences, and fundraisers. I joined Rotary at the age of 29.

When I’m asked when I became a Rotarian, my answer is, “I don’t really know.” Rotary has always been a way of life for me, it’s part of what defines me. Rotary has offered me opportunities that I would not have had in a single career path in a typical workplace. It has given me connections and friendships that I never could have dreamed up.

And just this week I was reviewing my grandmother’s scrapbooks of my grandfather’s Rotary career (she compiled wonderful scrapbooks before we knew to call it “scrapbooking”). In the pages, I found something else that I never could’ve dreamed up. Thirty-five years ago, my grandfather was starting his year as a district governor with the RI theme “Let Service Light the Way.” Now I start the year as district governor to “Light Up Rotary.”

Lighting up Rotary, now and then 2014-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2014

Together, Let’s Light Up Rotary

Gary and Corinna Huang at Rotary's annual training event, the International Assembly, in January.

RI President Gary C.K. Huang and his wife, Corinna, at the International Assembly, Rotary’s annual training event, in January.

By RI President Gary C.K. Huang

As we begin a new Rotary year, I would like to tell you that I’m honored to be your Rotary International president and to stand with you as Rotary members.

Being a Rotarian is about a way of approaching the world and its challenges. There are many people in this world who need help and many changes that need to be made. It can be overwhelming.

Confucius and Rotary share similar ideas, and one idea from Confucius is that “It is better to light one single candle than to sit and curse the dark.” To me, this means that we shouldn’t lose hope and do nothing.

Instead, do something positive in your community, and let people know that Rotarians enjoy being together and working together. Involve your spouse and family in Rotary. Sharing your love for Rotary will recruit new members and keep current ones, and be the action that lights a candle.

Tell your community about Rotary 

Holding a Rotary Day is a great way to share your love for Rotary with your community, friends, family, Foundation alumni, and Rotaract and Interact clubs. You can make your Rotary Day simple, you can make it fancy, you can make it a whole day or just a few hours. But do something for your community to show people what you do locally and internationally. Make sure your community knows that Rotary is there, Rotary is active, Rotary is fun, and Rotary is doing good work!

Meet Rotary's new president -- Gary C.K. Huang 2014-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Jun 12, 2014


RI President-elect Gary C.K. Huang chose Light Up Rotary as his theme for 2014-15. Huang is urging club members to Light Up Rotary by hosting a Rotary Day in their community, continuing our fight against polio, and increasing club membership. "Light Up Rotary is more than our theme. It is how we make a difference -- every day, in every club, and every country we serve."

2014-2015 Rotary Theme Sara Calkins 2014-06-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Jun 10, 2014

Life cannot be classified in terms of a simple neurological ladder, with human beings at the top; it is more accurate to talk of different forms of intelligence, each with its strengths and weaknesses. This point was well demonstrated in the minutes before last December's tsunami, when tourists grabbed their digital cameras and ran after the ebbing surf, and all the 'dumb' animals made for the hills.

 -B.R. Myers, author (b. 1963)

Quote of the Month - June 2014 Sara Calkins 2014-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Jun 10, 2014

Exciting news! On behalf of the 2015 Rotary Rose Parade Float committee, we are proud to share this year's Float rendering and name. Rotary International President Elect Gary CK Huang’s theme is “Light Up Rotary.” The Tournament of Roses Parade’s theme is “Inspiring Stories.”

One of Rotary’s most inspiring stories, and one of Rotary’s areas of focus, is the work we do around the world to bring clean water and sanitation to millions of those who lack these vital resources. M...ore than 2.5 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation facilities. It is reported that at least 3,000 children die each day from diarrheal diseases caused by unsafe water.

With this in mind, the name of the committee’s 2015 float entry is “Changing Lives Through Clean Water.” Many Rotary clubs participate in water projects around the world and we want to help you share that message. Together we can spread this Rotary message further to inspire the world to assist those who need clean water and sanitation.


Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee Sara Calkins 2014-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 10, 2014
During Friday's world record-breaking Sydney Harbour bridge climb, Rotary members raised enough money to protect 240,000 kids from polio.
Photo Credit: Rotary International/Alyce Henson

Polio took a hit at this year's Rotary convention in Sydney, Australia.

First there was the record-breaking climb across the Sydney Harbour Bridge that raised enough money to protect 240,000 kids from polio. On 30 May, two days before the official opening of the convention, 340 participants ascended the bridge, eclipsing the record previously held by Oprah Winfrey for most climbers on the bridge. Waving 278 flags, they also broke the Guinness World Record for most flags flown on a bridge.

Then it was announced that the World's Biggest Commercial, Rotary's public awareness campaign for polio eradication, set a Guinness World Record for largest photo awareness campaign. More than 100,000 people from 170 countries have uploaded their photos, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Bill Gates, Archie Panjabi, Jackie Chan, and many more.

But the biggest news was the $101 million pledged to polio eradication. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott opened the convention on 1 June with a commitment from his government of $100 million to the PolioPlus campaign. Two days later, Sir Emeka Offor, executive vice chair of Chrome Group, announced a $1 million gift to The Rotary Foundation to help end polio.

"Scores of my friends and classmates fell victim to this dreaded disease," said Sir Emeka, who serves as Rotary's PolioPlus ambassador in Nigeria. "As a young man I vowed that I would someday do something significant to end polio in Nigeria."

While Rotary's work to end polio took center stage at the convention, it wasn't the only Rotary initiative getting attention down under. Here are some highlights from the Sydney convention, which ran 1-4 June:

  • Providing clean water. Collaboration and partnerships were emphasized at this year's World Water Summit, held 30 May. Global experts in clean water and sanitation urged attendees to join with the private sector, nongovernmental organizations, and governments to work more efficiently and effectively.
  • Empowering youth. Australian cricket star Brett Lee, founder of Mewsic, and Maya Ajmera, founder of the Global Fund for Children and former Rotary Scholar, inspired attendees with their dedication to providing a better life for the world's poorest children.
  • Promoting peace. Mwila Chigaga, former Rotary Peace Fellow and gender specialist for African Regions at the International Labour Organization, spoke to convention goers about ensuring decent work and equal opportunities for men and women.
  • Fighting disease. Renee Saunders, senior public health adviser for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stressed the importance of public-private partnerships in helping to achieve an AIDS-free generation. Professor Martin Silink spoke of the challenges he overcame — with Rotary's help — to make diabetes a United Nations resolution.
Rotary breaks records, puts polio on notice at Sydney convention 2014-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Jun 10, 2014

We have the stuff

We have the shed (only took Greg and me 1 1/2 hours to move it from the hot asphalt driveway to the cabana---one piece at a time---did I mention 93 degrees?

I replacement for one broken window is on its way. We now need a consultation about preparing our deck for the shed.



Storage ANYone? Sara Calkins 2014-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on May 20, 2014

Our current Rotary Year, July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014 is swiftly drawing to a close and since posting this article in March, our club is no closer to it's "Every Rotarian, Every Year" goal. A sustaining member donates $100 yearly to The Rotary Foundation, but if giving at that level is difficult, give $5, 10, $20. Every donation COUNTS!

Contact Sara Calkins or Ruth Ashford


Your gift to the Annual Fund helps Rotary clubs take action today to create positive change in communities at home and around the world. Your contributions help us strengthen peace efforts, provide clean water and sanitation, support education, grow local economies, save mothers and children, and fight disease.

The initiative asks every Rotarian to support The Rotary Foundation every year. In addition to contributing to the Annual Fund on a regular basis, members are encouraged to get involved in a Foundation project or program.

SHARE and District Designated Fund

Through the SHARE system, contributions to The Rotary Foundation are transformed into grants that fund local and international humanitarian projects, scholarships, and activities, such as vocational training teams. At the end of every Rotary year, contributions directed to the Annual Fund-SHARE from all Rotary clubs in the district are divided between the World Fund and the District Designated Fund, or DDF.

At the end of three years, your district can use the DDF to pay for Foundation, club, and district projects that your club and others in the district choose. Districts may use up to half of their DDF to fund . The remaining DDF may be used for or donated to PolioPlus, the Rotary Peace Centers, or another district.

Rotary SJE/E 2013/14 donors to The Rotary Foundation to date:

 Ruth Ashford  John Berger  Sara Calkins
 Audrey Clark  Richard Dorsay  Marcela Dustrud
 Joy Engstrom  Robbie Izat  Nick Leon
   Marisa Otto  


Every Rotarian Every Year Sara Calkins 2014-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on May 05, 2014




John Osterlund (far left) and Ron Burton watch as Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko sign a letter of collaboration on a one-year pilot program in the Philippines, Thailand, and Togo.
Photo Credit: Rotary International/Alyce Henson

In an effort to promote global development and volunteer service, Rotary and Peace Corps have agreed to participate in a one-year pilot program in the Philippines, Thailand, and Togo.

Under the agreement, Rotary clubs and Peace Corps volunteers are encouraged to share their resources and knowledge to boost the impact of development projects in these three countries.

Opportunities for collaboration include supporting community projects, training, networking, and community education. Through the , Rotary clubs can continue to provide small grants to support volunteers and their communities.

Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko signed the on Monday, 5 May, at Rotary's headquarters during a ceremony that was attended by RI President Ron Burton and RPCV Rotary staff. In his remarks to the audience, Burton applauded the collaboration and both organizations' commitments to service.

"Today's announcement is particularly meaningful for me because I come from a family of Rotarians," said Hessler-Radelet, referring to her father, grandfather, and aunt. "We are eager to join together in common efforts to inspire volunteerism across the country and around the world."

Hewko noted how both organizations are committed to improving lives and building stronger communities by addressing the root causes of violence and conflict, such as poverty, illiteracy, disease, and lack of access to clean water and sanitation.

The two organizations also agreed to explore expanding the collaboration to more countries based on the results of the pilot. Rotary will enlist the support of its members in recruiting Peace Corps volunteers and involving returned Peace Corps volunteers in service projects at home.


Peace Corps and Rotary kickoff historic collaboration Sara Calkins 2014-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Apr 30, 2014

The best portion of a good [person's] life is his/her little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.

-William Wordsworth, poet (1770-1850)

Quote of the Month - May 2014 Sara Calkins 2014-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 22, 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A team of dedicated Rotarians and spouses moved club supplies to the Calkins' Cabana for temporary housing (as in 2 weeks). Many thanks go to Marcela and Jerry Dustrud, Robbie Izat, Sara and Greg Calkins and Nick Leon (taking the photo) for their hard work and good humor.

The next step will be to go though the boxes and determine what to keep and what to recycle.

The step after that will be to find a more permanent solution to storage.


Teamwork Triumphs! 2014-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Sabercats Fundraiser for RYLA May 3, 2014 Robert Izat 2014-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Apr 01, 2014

Life cannot be classified in terms of a simple neurological ladder, with human beings at the top; it is more accurate to talk of different forms of intelligence, each with its strengths and weaknesses. This point was well demonstrated in the minutes before last December's tsunami, when tourists grabbed their digital cameras and ran after the ebbing surf, and all the 'dumb' animals made for the hills.

-B.R. Myers, author (b. 1963)

Quote of the Month - April Sara Calkins 2014-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Mar 18, 2014

by Rotary Staff

Leonor Fraser and other members of her Rotary club arrived in Masaya, Nicaragua, ready to deliver shoes to the elementary schoolchildren and play with them.

It immediately became apparent that the school, located near a diesel plant, had bigger problems. The plant emitted pollutants into the air, which made the children and teachers lethargic, and the cracked building had no sanitation facilities. Fraser had difficulty breathing during her visit.

Through a Rotary Foundation grant, Fraser, her club, and Rotary members in Masaya were able to relocate the school, install plumbing, and even start a small chicken and goat enterprise so families could earn money to give the students a nutritious breakfast.

The children in Masaya were just some of the many beneficiaries of Rotary grants in 2013. Your generous giving to The Rotary Foundation makes projects like these possible.


Construction on a new school in Masaya, Nicaragua.

Photo courtesy Leonor Fraser

How your gift to The Rotary Foundation changes lives Sara Calkins 2014-03-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Mar 11, 2014


Been requested to lead the pledge?

Here's the phrase to use:

Fellow Rotarians and Guests, please join me as I say:
I pledge allegiance ...

If we don't have any guests (that would include the guest speaker) omit the "and Guests" part.


The Pledge of Allegiance was written in August 1892 by the socialist minister Francis Bellamy (1855-1931). It was originally published in The Youth's Companion on September 8, 1892. Bellamy had hoped that the pledge would be used by citizens in any country.

In its original form it read:

"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

In 1923, the words, "the Flag of the United States of America" were added. At this time it read:

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

In 1954, in response to the Communist threat of the times, President Eisenhower encouraged Congress to add the words "under God," creating the 31-word pledge we say today. Bellamy's daughter objected to this alteration. Today it reads:

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."