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As adviser, I was invited to attend "my" Interact Club at Piedmont Hills High School during their general meeting on February 12.
First they highlighted upcoming volunteer opportunities:
In February -
  • helping at the Bay Area Pet Con
  • participating at Dumpster Day in Alviso
  • lending a hand at Sunday Friends
And assisting at the MS Walk in May

Then there was an on-line really fun competition to win a special t-shirt playing Kahoot (I've got to look into that!)
 
Finally the incoming board members were announced.
This photo is just the current and incoming board members -- the club membership is "way" larger!
 
 
 
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We had fun, fellowship and stimulating conversations during our inaugural "Last Thursday" Evening MeetUp 

 

Club members were joined by visiting Rotarian PP Bijoya Mishra of the RC of Bhubaneswas, Orissa, India. She is in San Jose for about 6 months staying with her daughter who also joined our MeetUp. We learned that her club is for women only (men are allowed to visit); their current membership is about 45. Dr. Mishra, retired from a career as a professor of chemistry, has turned her energy to chairing her club's Literacy Committee. It was because we had an evening meeting that she was able to join us however she hopes to visit a lunch meeting in the near future.
 

Last Thursday Monthly Meetups - Informal, No Host Social

  1. evenings - bring in members who can't attend at lunch time
  2. support local businesses by meeting at a different restaurant each month
  3. be more visible in the community
  4. social time with fellow Rotarians
  5. chat about our club projects with newcomers/visitors at the Meetup
  6. potential for new members

MeetUp Events are available at https://www.meetup.com/Rotary-Club-of-San-Jose-East-Evergreen/
Join up - Join in the fun!!!

February 2019

Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month

Rotary's goal of worldwide peace and tolerance has been an unwavering pursuit: conducting global forums, hosting international peace symposiums, advancing peace through its 60-year collaboration with the UN, as well as grassroots initiatives such as the Rotarian Action Group for Peace.

But Rotary's most significant effort to wage peace is the Rotary Peace Centers program, established in 2002. Each year, the program trains some of the world's most dedicated and brightest professionals, preparing them to promote national and international cooperation and to resolve conflict. They include graduates of a two-year master's degree program and a three-month professional certificate program at Rotary's partner universities.

Today, more than 900 peace fellows are applying their expertise in various fields. They're settling border conflicts in West Africa, developing aid programs at the World Bank, drafting legislation to protect exploited children in Brazil, providing security for U.S. diplomats, and many other career paths devoted to peace.

23 February — Rotary's anniversary

Rotary's 108th anniversary on 23 February marks a year of both achievements in the fight to eradicate polio and a stepped-up commitment to finish the job.

Worldwide, 222 polio cases were reported in 2012, a little more than one-third of the 650 cases reported in 2011. India marked its second year without polio on 13 January. Overall, the annual incidence of polio has decreased more than 99 percent since the Global Polio Eradication Initiative was launched in 1988. Then polio infected about 350,000 children per year.

Although the wild poliovirus is now endemic only in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria, it could spread from there back to other countries.

Among Rotary's chief responsibilities in the eradication initiative is advocacy, an increasingly important element of this latter stage of the effort. In addition to contributing more than US$1 billion to the GPEI, Rotary has helped secure over $9 billion from donor governments since the initiative began in 1988. Rotary is boosting its advocacy work in the 200 countries and regions where Rotary clubs exist to encourage every national government to help meet a $700 million shortfall (as of 1 February) in funding the GPEI through 2013.

 

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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.”

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

“For the first time in its 52-year history the Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen is focused on creating an annual self-driving race car (SDRC) competition for high school students.

Championed by president-elect Harbinder Sikka, our club brought cutting-edge autonomous vehicle high technology to students in the East Side Union High School District (ESUHSD). The majority of ESUHSD students belong to an economically disadvantaged family and represent demographics under-represented in the technology workforce. This initiative will provide exposure to career options in high technology. Students will utilize this new technology in a fun and engaging manner through a self-driving race car competition.
 
Our club, with funding assistance from the San Jose East Endowment Fund, donated six SDRC kits to Silver Creek High School. Through the diligent efforts of Harbinder Sikka and our past president, Nick Leon and Silver Creek High School adviser Mr. Imani Butler, the Silver Creek SDRC club had 24 students sign-up within the first two weeks. The club meets every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. President-Elect Harbinder Sikka will be meeting with Mount Pleasant High School’s club advisers to set up a second club next week.”
 
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Speakers
Inteactors and Youth Exchange students
Feb 21, 2019
Interactors and youth Exchange Student visit to the Club
MeetUp!
Feb 28, 2019 6:00 PM
La Perla Taqueria
MeetUp!
Mar 28, 2019 6:00 PM
 
Upcoming Events
 
Directors/Chair Persons
President
President-elect
Treasurer
Secretary
Director-Club Service
Director-International Service
Director-Vocational Service
Director-Community Service
Director-Youth Service
The Rotary Foundation
Membership Chair
Club Comunications
We Care Chair