Presidential message

2019-20 RI President Mark Daniel Maloney

Mark Daniel Maloney

President 2019-20

July 2019

I love to travel! I even enjoy the mundane process of getting from here to there. But last year, my wife, Gay, and I had one of those experiences that would strain the optimism of even the most cheerful traveler. We found ourselves with six hours to wait, at an airport where we were not scheduled to be, on a day we had not planned still to be traveling, having woken up that morning at a hotel unknown to us the night before. It was one of those days.

As we waited at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, Gay and I took a walk to people watch. We went from one end of the terminal to the other and back, looking at every gate, every destination, every group of people waiting for their flights.

Each gate was its own island of humanity. When we walked down the center of the concourse, we were in New York, moving along with everyone in one river. But when you veered off into those seats, you left that current and landed on an island. You were already in Delhi or Paris or Tel Aviv.

As we started our walk, I thought: "All these different people, all these different countries, all in one place. This is like Rotary!" But as we walked past gate after gate, I realized something. It was not like Rotary at all. Because everyone in that river was heading for an island. And every island stayed an island. The people heading to Taipei might be talking to one another, but they were not talking to the people heading to Cairo or Lagos.

Contrast that with Rotary. Rotary allows us to connect with one another, in deep and meaningful ways, across our differences. It connects us with people we would never otherwise have met, who are more like us than we ever could have known. It connects us with our communities, to professional opportunities, and to the people who need our help.

Connection is what makes the experience of Rotary so very different from walking along that concourse at JFK Airport. In Rotary, none of us is an island. All of us are in Rotary together, whoever we are, wherever we are from, whatever language we speak or traditions we follow. We are all connected to one another — part of our communities and members not only of our clubs, but also of the global community to which we all belong.

This connection is what lies at the heart of the Rotary experience. It is what brings us to Rotary. It is why we stay. Please join your fellow Rotarians on this journey as Rotary Connects the World.

This year our Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen were the 'Freedom Sponsor' of the 'Rose, White, and Blue Parade' in San Jose, CA. As part of this sponsorship, our logo was displayed on their website as a Sponsor. We were given a car to ride in the VIP section of the parade. Past President Robbie, Secretary Manjeet, and Community Service Director Arpita rode the car in the VIP section waving and cheering the crowd. President Harbinder walked along District 5170 Area 5 interactors passing along the route 'Rotary SJEE' flyers to the San Jose residents who lined up on both sides of the road along the parade route. It was a great success in all measure and both Past President Robbie, as well as President Harbinder, got time on the live coverage to talk about the club for a minute. Also from the stage, the announcer talked about our Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen while we walked past the stage in the middle of the parade route. It gave us quite a bit of publicity and visibility in the community. Our members Dave Cortese, and Kensan Chu also ride cars in the VIP section on their own as a community leader.
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It’s exciting that our official Rotary year coincides with Independence Day celebrations, so let me begin by wishing you a Happy Fourth of July!

To honor this holiday, our club this year is sponsoring the ‘Rose, White, and Blue’ Parade and Celebration in San Jose on July 4th, 2019. As Rotarians, we still have a lot to do in our communities because not everyone has the same independence and opportunities that we celebrate this week, and we must bridge the gap.

Mark Maloney, our International President, has announced the 2019-2020 Rotary theme as ‘Connecting the World’. In our club, we expand on this goal through our service projects. Our club has been an active organization for the past 50 years in San Jose, and this year we want to focus on our home community in San Jose East Side and Evergreen.

We invite diverse members from all walks of life to connect through service and have an impact in communities both locally and internationally!

Harbinder Sikka

President - RY 2019 - 2020

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