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.