Posted by Sara Y. Calkins

Interested in getting more involved this year? Come to one or more of our club meetings:

Thursday, Nov 7 - no club meeting
Saturday, Nov 9 - Service Saturday
Shopping for items on LifeMove client's wish list. Contact: Dir. of Community Services, Francesca Medina
.ifeMoves provides interim housing and supportive services for homeless families and individuals to rapidly return to stable housing and achieve long-term self-sufficiency. On any given night, they feed, clothe and house over 850 Peninsula and Silicon Valley residents experiencing homelessness.
Thursday, Nov 14 - Annual visit from District Governor, Ramesh Hariharan. 
The Ranch Restaurant, Private Dining room, $25.00 buffet lunch
12:00 -12:30 meeting with board members
12:30-1:30 general meeting
Thursday, Nov 21 - Thirsty Thursday social, 6:00PM
location TBA
Monday, Nov 25 - Community/Youth Service at Foothill High School, 12:15PM
Contact: Dir of Youth Service, Ruth Ashford to participate in pre-lunch meeting grocery shopping
Thursday, Nov 28 -  no club meeting - HAPPY THANKSGIVING
November Meetings Sara Y. Calkins 2019-11-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nick Leon on Oct 24, 2019

Enjoy a gourmet dinner to support a life-changing project

We sponsor, with Milpitas, Oakland Uptown, and  Los Gatos Rotary Clubs,  a RYLA leadership camp in Vietnam to keep students in school to receive education and training in life skills so they are not trafficked.
Are you aware that human traffickers promise jobs in China to entice the students? 
Actually the girls are kidnapped and sold to a Chinese family to have a baby. The baby is kept by the family and the girl is sold to another family to have another baby, and sold to yet another family. After three babies, the girls are sold into prostitution.
All funds raised from the Gala go to the Rotary Vietnam Project (RVP) which will then be matched by a foundation, AND those funds will be matched through a Rotary Global Grant Project.
Rotary Vietnam Project Gala! Nick Leon 2019-10-24 07:00:00Z 0
Lunch and Learn - Thursday, October 17th, 2019 Arpita Sikka 2019-10-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Francesca Medina on Oct 07, 2019


Our club is registered to have a resource booth at Councilmember Sylvia Arenas’ Fall Family Festival on October 12th, 2019 at Lake Cunningham Regional Park.

They are looking forward to having us join the event.

Saturday Service Oct 12, 2019 Francesca Medina 2019-10-07 07:00:00Z 0
Thirsty Thursday - Mountain Mike's Pizza Arpita Sikka 2019-09-26 07:00:00Z 0
Lunch and Learn Thursday. Arpita Sikka 2019-09-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 18, 2019

Dave Cortese addresses UN Forum

Yesterday, I spoke at the United Nations in New York City at the inaugural Global Climate Restoration Forum because climate change is an issue that affects us all. Without immediate action, it will continue to affect every generation that inhabits our Earth. It’s time to demand action on global climate change.
Sea levels are rising. Ice caps are melting. Global temperatures are increasing. Forest fires blaze in our state and across the globe. Humanity itself is threatened.
These are all effects of global climate change. 

Last month, I introduced a resolution to declare a Climate Restoration Emergency in Santa Clara County that passed through the Board of Supervisors unanimously. Yesterday, I spoke at the United Nations in New York City, delivering a call to action to local governments around the world: we must band together and do all we can to address the climate crisis immediately. 
Cortese Addresses Global Climate Restoration Forum 2019-09-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Arpita Sikka on Sep 14, 2019

Today (Sat 14th) we did the shopping for Family Supportive Housing. They provide temporary housing and targeted support to single- and two-parent families who are experiencing homelessness. They provide shelter, food and safety-net services to homeless families. They have asked for twin sheets and clean towels.

Towels - 3 6Pieces Towels Set, 3 4Pieces Towels Set, 3 2B2H2W towels Set - Total Cost $213.94

Bed Sheets - 24 3PC Twin/Full Sheet Set - Total Cost $271.15

Total Cost of the Project - $485.09


Service Saturday. (Shopping For Family Supportive Housing). Arpita Sikka 2019-09-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 15, 2019
We had a great lively 'Lunch and Learn' meeting today as we inducted four new members and recognized two PHF+4 members.
Thanks to all the members who came out to support our new members!
From left: Membership Chair, Robbie Izat, New Members Martin Mandelberg, Issac Christopher & Francesca Medina (not pictured, Vikas Agrawal), President Harbinder Sikka
Paul Harris Fellow awardees Harbinder Sikka and Audrey Clark with The Rotary Foundation (TRF) Chair, Nick Leon.
New Member Induction & PHF recognition Arpita Sikka 2019-08-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Arpita Sikka on Jul 13, 2019
Kudos to community service chair Arpita Sikka for a very successful 'Back to School Backpack' drive for kindergarten and 1st-grade students. Our club members came together on Saturday, July 13th, 2019 to pack the contents into the 48 animal printed backpacks. Each backpack was stuffed with pencil box containing 12 pencils, eraser, and sharpener. It also contains a glue stick, a box of 10 crayons, and 10 washable markers. Also packed was a folder a set of 50 construction papers.
Our club logo was placed on the backpack to make sure the club name is recognized as the source of the backpacks.
The backpacks were donated to 'Family Giving Tree' for distribution to schools in San Jose.
Back to School Backpack Drive - 48 backpacks for Kindergarten and 1st grade Arpita Sikka 2019-07-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 04, 2019
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 the Parade website. 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 with District 5170 Area 5 interactors while distributing 'Rotary SJE/E' 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 rode cars in the VIP section on their own as a community leader.

Here are some of the photographs:

Rose, White, and Blue Parade in San Jose Harbinder Sikka 2019-07-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 01, 2019

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.

Rotary Connects the World. 2019-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Y. Calkins on Jun 29, 2019

In this ever-more digital age, its important to remember the humanity among our fellow Rotarians as we strive to improve conditions for all of human kind.

Rotary Founder on Friendship Sara Y. Calkins 2019-06-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Jun 12, 2019

We have two special visitors attending our June 13th meeting at The Ranch:

  1. Min, our Youth Exchange Student from South Korea, who will share experiences from his time with local families and schools.
  2. Mr. Edward Alvarez, our program speaker who will address the topic of Education in the News 
Edward Alvarez has extensive background and experience in the education sector. His education experience includes services on various advisory committees, including the East Side Union High School District and the California Community Colleges Advisory Committee on Minority Affairs. He was elected to the East Side Union High School District Board of Trustees and served a seven-year term during which the District constructed 8 high schools. He served a 7-year term on the Board of trustees of Santa Clara University as well as the Board Real Estate and Finance Committee.
Join us tomorrow for fellowship and learning and to give our visitors a warm San Jose East/Evergreen welcome!
June 13, 2019 Meeting Sara Calkins 2019-06-12 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Focus in June Sara Calkins 2019-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 08, 2019

We are excited to have co-founders of San José Spotlight, Ramona Giwargis and Josh Barousse as our guest speakers this week!

We'll meet in the private dining room at The Ranch Restaurant for this special program. Buffet lunch cost - $25, cash or check.

About San José Spotlight

San José residents deserve a trusted source for unbiased, independent political news. And we’re here to provide it.
San José Spotlight is the city’s first nonprofit, community-supported digital news organization. We’re changing the face of journalism by providing an innovative model for delivering reliable, truthful news to the nation’s 10th largest city.
We’re partnering with you – the readers – to make it happen.
This is your newsroom.
San Jose Spotlight - May 9, 2019 2019-05-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on May 07, 2019

Video celebrating Chaplain John Berger's 90th Birthday aboard the USS Hornet

You inspired us, Chaplain John. I know we'll feel your spirit in the chapel aboard the USS Hornet during our District 5170 Conference May 17-19, 2019.

Remembering Rotarian Chaplain John Sara Calkins 2019-05-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on May 01, 2019

Rotary believes in developing the next generation of leaders. Our programs help younger leaders build leadership skills, expand education and learn the value of service.

May - Rotary's Focus is on YOUTH! Sara Calkins 2019-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
What DO we stand for? Sara Calkins 2019-04-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Apr 17, 2019

Reports of candies for SJE/E Rotarians and guests on April 18 may be true...

The legend of the Easter bunny bringing eggs appears to have been brought to the United States by settlers from Germany. The German tradition of the Easter bunny (or Oschter Haws) migrated to America in the 1700s, accompanying German immigrants, many of whom settled in Pennsylvania. Over the past 200 years, the Easter bunny has become the most commercially recognized symbol of Easter in the United States. Other countries use other animals as the symbol of Easter, such as the cuckoo (in Switzerland).

In legend, the Easter bunny, also called the Easter hare and the spring bunny, brings baskets filled with colored eggs, candy, and sometimes toys to the homes of children on the night before Easter, in much the same way as Santa Claus is said to deliver presents on Christmas Eve. The Easter Bunny will either put the baskets in a designated place or hide them somewhere in the house or garden for the children to find when they wake up in the morning, giving rise to the tradition of the Easter egg hunt.The legend of the Easter bunny bringing eggs appears to have been brought to the United States by settlers from Germany. The German tradition of the Easter bunny (or Oschter Haws) migrated to America in the 1700s, accompanying German immigrants, many of whom settled in Pennsylvania. Over the past 200 years, the Easter bunny has become the most commercially recognized symbol of Easter in the United States. Other countries use other animals as the symbol of Easter, such as the cuckoo (in Switzerland).

In legend, the Easter bunny, also called the Easter hare and the spring bunny, brings baskets filled with colored eggs, candy, and sometimes toys to the homes of children on the night before Easter, in much the same way as Santa Claus is said to deliver presents on Christmas Eve. The Easter Bunny will either put the baskets in a designated place or hide them somewhere in the house or garden for the children to find when they wake up in the morning, giving rise to the tradition of the Easter egg hunt.
Rabbit Rumors Sara Calkins 2019-04-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 03, 2019

April 2019

Maternal and Child Health Month

Rotary makes high-quality health care available to vulnerable mothers and children so they can live longer and grow stronger.

We expand access to quality care, so mothers and children everywhere can have the same opportunities for a healthy future. An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation — all of which can be prevented.
Rotary provides education, immunizations, birth kits, and mobile health clinics. Women are taught how to prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission, how to breast-feed, and how to protect themselves and their children from disease.
RI Focus in April Sara Calkins 2019-04-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Apr 03, 2019

$5 for 2 tickets!

For the remainder of my term, we'll have a drawing for a bottle of wine on the first Thursday of the month.
The same $5 will also buy you "the floor" for your brief Happy Five - longer expositions will cost another $5 laugh
1st Thursday Wine Drawing Sara Calkins 2019-04-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harbinder Sikka

Ms. Susan Mineta
Update on a proposed 13 acre Evergreen neighborhood commercial development

Ms. Susan Mineta, Sr. Vice- President, Forward Planning for Republic Urban will be presenting an update on a proposed 13 acre neighborhood commercial development along San Felipe near Yerba Buena in partnership with San Jose Evergreen Community College District. She will be discussing the current zoning change request and the proposed commercial uses including Senior Assisted Living and Medical offices. The college hopes to use the ongoing revenue generated from this project to fund student Programs like San Jose Promise that helps make college more accessible and affordable for deserving students by paying tuition, books and other expenses during their first two years of college. The presentation will be followed by audience Q&A.

PROGRAM: Apr 04, 2019 Harbinder Sikka 2019-04-03 07:00:00Z 0
March Crab Feed a Cracking Success Sara Calkins 2019-03-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Mar 06, 2019

Clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education are basic necessities for a healthy environment and a productive life.

When people have access to clean water and sanitation, waterborne diseases decrease, children stay healthier and attend school more regularly, and mothers can spend less time carrying water and more time helping their families.



Through water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs, Rotary’s people of action mobilize resources, form partnerships, and invest in infrastructure and training that yield long-term change.
Rotary International - March Focus Sara Calkins 2019-03-06 08:00:00Z 0
Crab Feed Countdown Sara Calkins 2019-03-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Feb 04, 2019

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.

Of Note in February Sara Calkins 2019-02-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Feb 04, 2019

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
Join up - Join in the fun!!!
Jan 31 MeetUp Sara Calkins 2019-02-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Jan 23, 2019

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
Our first MeetUp will be at Round Table Pizza, Thursday, January 31, between 6 and 8PM.
3212 South White Road (near Aborn) San Jose, CA-95148

MeetUp Events are available at
Join up - Join in the fun!!!
MeetUps - Rotary Flexibility! Sara Calkins 2019-01-23 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 19, 2019

2019-20 Rotary International President Mark Daniel Maloney is urging leaders to grow Rotary by creating new Rotary and Rotaract clubs that take advantage of innovative membership models.

In his speech to incoming leaders at the annual training event in San Diego, California, USA, Monday, Maloney said “The first emphasis is to grow Rotary — to grow our service, to grow the impact of our projects, but most importantly, to grow our membership so that we can achieve more."

During the 2016 Council on Legislation, delegates voted to give Rotary clubs more freedom to decide when, where, and how they meet and the types of membership they offer. Clubs that have taken advantage of the new club flexibility options have reported increased membership; greater diversity in age, professions, and experience; and more engaged members. 

Clubs reap benefits from flexibility options 2019-01-19 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Jan 16, 2019
At its January 14, 2019 meeting, the club board voted to move our Thursday lunch meeting back to the restaurant at The Ranch Golf Club, 4601 Hill Top View Ln, San Jose, CA 95138. We started on Thursday, January 17, 2019 and ordered from the menu rather than pay for a more expensive buffet. Staff were welcoming and the view remains terrific!
Now that the golf course has closed, we hope that the restaurant won't be as noisy as it had been on the occasions when we were moved out of the private room due to a conflict.
We're not going back to the private room because there's a hefty surcharge which, in 2018, cost us $4000+ more than the funds we collected for lunches. An exception will be the Speech Contest on February 7.
Meeting Venue Change Sara Calkins 2019-01-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Jan 16, 2019

Eastside neighborhood crosswalk

On January 11, a new safety crosswalk was dedicated on Marten Avenue near Mt. Pleasant High School in East San Jose. 
Representing the Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen, Ravi Pathak, had photo ops with San Jose Council Member Magdalena Carrasco and Erika Salazar from Assembly member Ash Kalra's office -- being a Rotary presence and reinforcing the continuing support of our club in the community.

From the Mt. Pleasant High School staff in attendance, Ravi heard many positive comments about our Robotic Car project spearheaded by club member Harbinder Sikka.
The team there is working enthusiastically on the project.
The Face of Rotary in the Community Sara Calkins 2019-01-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 13, 2019
Join in this free, informational event co-hosted by Rotary District 5170 and Red Cross!
To sign up for the training session, please go to this web page: 
Red Cross, 2731 N. First Street, San Jose, CA
To sign up for the training session, please go to this web page:
Boot Camp schedule
• Rotary Overview
• Red Cross Overview
o Sound the Alarm – free smoke alarm installation and fire safety education and preparedness
o Missing Maps–a collaborative project to map areas using satellite imagery to help humanitarian organizations meet the needs of vulnerable people around the world
o Blood Drives
o Hands-only CPR
• Tour a new Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV)
• Volunteering during a disaster (shelters, response, etc)
Want to learn how to help in an emergency? 2019-01-13 08:00:00Z 0
January is Vocational Service Month 2019-01-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Dec 31, 2018
Cheers! Sara Calkins 2018-12-31 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Dec 18, 2018

Rotary Foundation receives highest rating from Charity Navigator for 11th year

For the 11th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.
The Foundation earned the recognition for demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.
“We are extremely honored to be recognized,” says Foundation Trustee Chair Ron Burton. “It represents the hard work and dedication of countless Rotarians throughout the world.  They know their gifts will be used for the purpose for which they were given and that they will, indeed, make a real difference.”
The rating reflects Charity Navigator's assessment of how the Foundation uses donations, sustains its programs and services, and practices good governance and openness.
Rotary Foundation - Highest Rated Sara Calkins 2018-12-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins
Instead of a lunch meeting at The Drying Shed on Nov 29, we're gathering at the Otto home to prepare all auction items for the Dec 8 Crab Feed. Bring a bag lunch or a dish to share - whatever works for you.

BUT bring auction items!!! If you are not able to come that day, please contact Marisa to arrange a drop-off day/time before the 29th.
We also need you to bring ticket money and any unsold tickets that day as well. If you haven't bought your ticket(s) yet please contact me ASAP.

The success of the Crab Feed Fundraiser in the hands of all of us!
Meeting on Nov 29 Sara Calkins 2018-11-20 08:00:00Z 0
Happy Thanksgiving Sara Calkins 2018-11-20 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Nov 01, 2018

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.

During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.

With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.

Our mission

The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

Why should I donate to The Rotary Foundation?

Your donation makes a difference to those who need our help most. More than 90 percent of donations go directly to supporting our service projects around the world.

How does The Rotary Foundation use donations?

Our 35,000 clubs carry out sustainable service projects that support our six causes. With donations like yours, we’ve wiped out 99.9 percent of all polio cases. Your donation also trains future peacemakers, supports clean water, and strengthens local economies.

What impact can one donation have?

It can save a life. A child can be protected from polio with as little as 60 cents. Our partners make your donation go even further. For every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $2.

November is The Rotary Foundation Month Sara Calkins 2018-11-01 07:00:00Z 0
October 27, 2018 Sara Calkins 2018-10-26 07:00:00Z 0
Nima Jafarian, Co-Founder of ACI Research Labs
Assessing Cognitive Health in Aging Adults


The talk will cover the current state of assessing cognitive health in aging patients, including the assessment (and re-assessment) cycle, diagnoses, and planning for long-term care.

The shortcomings of the current process for patients, their families, and the healthcare system will be discussed along with a commentary on some barriers to slowing/curing/reversing Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia.

Digital cognitive monitoring will then be discussed along with its benefits to aging adults as individuals and as a population.

Oct 25, 2018 Program 2018-10-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Oct 03, 2018
At an emergency meeting of the board of directors on September 27, 2018, it was agreed to leave The Ranch Golf Club, which was charging $502.50/week and causing the club's finances to go "in the red" about $1200/month. The decision was difficult for many as the site had great views and a pleasant private room. Several attempts at renegotiating for a lower cost met with inflexibility.
After researching several alternatives, it was decided to relocate to The Drying Shed Restaurant where Director of Catering, Edward Ramsey welcomed us "back." Our club had met there years ago.
We will order off the lunch menu and the total bill will be paid by our Treasurer. We will keep the cost of lunches at $20 for the time being until we see if that amount covers lunches as well as tax and tip.
For our Oct. 11 meeting we will not engage a guest speaker. This meeting will be to acquaint ourselves with the location and get used to ordering from the menu. Mr. Ramsey has requested that I give him an estimate of how many of us to expect the day before, so I'll be asking for an email response from all those planning to attend.
New Lunch Venue Oct 11, 2018 Sara Calkins 2018-10-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Sep 26, 2018

At this week's meeting, September 27, the Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen welcomes District Governor Tim Lundell. We're looking forward to a great year with his leadership to inspire all of us to reach our fullest potential as Rotarians.

From DG Tim's welcome letter

Our Rotary International President Barry Rassin commands all District Governors to “Be the Inspiration”, to inspire their Club Presidents to want to grow, to want to do more, to want to reach the potential in each of us. I have, in turn, asked all of your Club Presidents to do the same thing, to inspire that same desire in each Rotarian. President Barry quoted from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, who said “If you want to build a boat, don’t begin by collecting wood, cutting boards, or assigning tasks. Begin by awakening in the souls of your workers a longing for the vast and boundless sea.” I dearly hope that each of you will join me in satisfying our longing that the world is better next June 30th than it was today.
Our year ahead will have new opportunities for learning, leadership training, fellowship and celebration, including our Zone Membership Seminar (August 25th), the Avenues of Service Event (October 4th), the Celebration dinner for our own Richard D. King’s 50th Anniversary in Rotary (November 2nd), the Rotary International President’s Dinner (January 3rd), the District Training Assembly (April 6th), our 2019 District Conference at the USS Hornet Museum (May 17-19th), and the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, Germany (June 1-5 th). Details on all of these will follow, and, of course, many other events and opportunities will occur throughout the year. I am tremendously excited about the opportunity to visit each of our 54 outstanding Rotary Clubs, and meeting each of you personally. Let’s all do our best to “Be the Inspiration” for each other, and to spread that enthusiasm throughout our communities.
Very best wishes, Tim Lundell, District Governor
DG Tim Lundell - Annual Club Visit Sara Calkins 2018-09-26 07:00:00Z 0
52 YEARS! Sara Calkins 2018-09-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Sep 19, 2018

First Fundraiser of 2018-19

Kudos to Ruth Ashford for spearheading our club's participation in the RC of San Jose Silicon Valley's Charity Auction and to the Rotarians who pitched in enthusiastically with auction items donated and tickets purchased/sold.
The "Can Do" energy in the club is exciting!
Greg and I are looking forward to seeing you at the event on Sep 29!
And we're looking forward to our second fundraiser already planned for a Dec 8, 2018 Crab Feed - San Jose East/Evergreen style!
Charity Auction Sep 29, 2018 Sara Calkins 2018-09-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Sep 19, 2018
Keith Aytch Sep 06
Wedding Anniversary  
Eric and Susan Peterson Sep 16
Rotary Anniversary  
Van Le Sep 03, 2015
Eddie Oberoi Sep 07, 2017
Keith Aytch Sep 14, 1017
September Celebrations Sara Calkins 2018-09-19 07:00:00Z 0

Jennifer Cullenbine - CEO and Founder of Family Giving Tree

As her response to an MBA program to create a program that adds value to another person's life, Jennifer started Family Giving Tree in 1990. We learned that the program celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015 and in 2017 the gifts given had grown from 2000 in 1990 to 80,000 gifts, 40,000+ backpacks. A record 682 agencies were served. Amazing statistics but more touching was the story of boy in that first year who asked for two pillows only. No toy?, he was asked. No. No toy. When asked why not, it was learned that two family members were sleeping on the floor.
Jennifer, a Rotarian and a Past President also shared a tip that President Sara picked up on immediately: "Minute to Win It" --- a great way to add fun to our meetings.
Family Giving Tree 2018-09-19 07:00:00Z 0
September Focus 2018-08-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Aug 17, 2018
Our August 16 program featured Tuyen Fiack, Executive Director of Silicon Valley FACES.
SV FACES is dedicated to creating and promoting an empathetic and inclusive community free of bias, bigotry and violence through our programs and advocacy.
She showed this inspiring video of just one of the programs they provide:
Wonderful Presentation Sara Calkins 2018-08-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Aug 08, 2018

Our program speaker--August 9, 2018
See you at The Ranch Golf Club 12:15pm

Maniphone Souphanya-Dickerson, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Interim Division Dean of Business and Workforce Development Division
Interim Associate Dean of Non-Credit

Mani will provide a brief overview of EVC and then discuss the trends affecting the landscape of career and workforce education/training.
Aug 9, 2018 Sara Calkins 2018-08-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Goldstein
We will be back at the Ranch on Hilltop View Ln  for this particular Thursday for ‘another trial’.
Meeting Location - July 26 John Goldstein 2018-08-08 07:00:00Z 0


Charlie Wasser was honored by President John Goldstein for his service as Club President 2016-17,  2017-18 with a few barbs about Charlie's hair style and kind remarks about his leadership in increasing club membership during his tenure as President.
Now serving as Immediate Past President, Charlie has also expanded his Rotary service as District Club Extension and Development Chair, Rotary District 5170.
Congratulations and thank you, Charlie.
Club Roast & Toast 2018-08-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 01, 2018
August 2018-08-01 07:00:00Z 0

Enjoy this humorous Rotary Video - from the Fargo-Moorhead Rotary Clubs

Then visit the Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen!

What is Rotary? 2018-07-25 07:00:00Z 0

EVC Names New President-SJE/E Rotarian!

Ever​green Valley College
April 25, 2018
Ryan Brown
(San Jose, Calif.) — Following a months-long, nation-wide search, Keith Aytch has been named president of Evergreen Valley College (EVC). Aytch, who has served as interim president at EVC since July 2017 and vice president of academic affairs at the College since 2011, was approved by a unanimous vote of the San José – Evergreen Community College District (SJECCD) board of trustees during its April 24 meeting.
Bragging Rights! 2018-07-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 18, 2018
At the July 12, 2018 club meeting, President John presented the Rotarian of the Year to a member who has served and continues to serve the club in numerous ways including: Past President, Secretary for several years, assistant to the Treasurer, website and newsletter management, and Interact adviser.
Rotarian of the Year 2018-07-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Goldstein
Fellow San Jose East Evergreen Rotarian!
July 1 begins a new Rotary Year with the theme:  “Be The Inspiration”.  
Lets be the Inspiration to each other and the East San Jose / Evergreen community this coming year! 
Our Leadership Team is energized to guide in this direction. We are a growing Club so we shall see lots of efforts to be Rotarian in new and varying ways.  Can we grow to 40 members and beyond?  Shall we all find ways to support East San Jose and build a better community?  Shall we join together to support the Rotary Foundation?

John Goldstein

Club President Message John Goldstein 2018-07-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Jul 11, 2018

SJE/E Rotarians close 2017-18 with a cheer

As you can see from the happy smiles, we had a marvelous visit with campers attending the 2018 RYLA BBQ

RYLA BBQ Sara Calkins 2018-07-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Jul 01, 2018
Directors/Chair Persons
Immediate Past President
Director-International Service
Director-Club Service
Director-Community Service
Director-Youth Service
Director-Vocational Service
The Rotary Foundation
Club Comunications
A Message from President John
July 1 begins a new Rotary Year with the theme:  “Be The Inspiration”.  
Lets be the Inspiration to each other and the East San Jose / Evergreen community this coming year! 
Our Leadership Team is energized to guide in this direction. We are a growing Club so we shall see lots of efforts to be Rotarian in new and varying ways.  Can we grow to 40 members and beyond?  Shall we all find ways to support East San Jose and build a better community?  Shall we join together to support the Rotary Foundation?
Carlos Cruz has volunteered to  head the ROTARY FOUNDATION Support efforts and to lead us in activities so we get to know each other better, build constructive business behaviors and enjoy more of what we do best!  He will be resourcing “The Energy Bus” book for ideas and perspectives.  These activities will form part of our Assembly gatherings.
Sara Calkins is heading up the Communications and Website projects.  We owe her tons of thanks for all her contributions and activities that have supported and continue to support the wellbeing of the Club and our community outreach.  Suguna is on a long term stay in India and could not continue her activities with the Club.  However, she will remain as a member. 
Ravi Pathak volunteered to be the Youth Protection Officer.  His task is to encourage and ensure that everyone completes their Youth Protection Training and gets the ‘Live Scan’ too!
I look forward to seeing you all in our next meeting on Thursday July 12, 2018 at 12.15pm.  We shall be back at the San Jose Country Club on Alum Rock Road at least for this week.
Happy New Year! Sara Calkins 2018-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
District 5170 Roast & Toast Sara Calkins 2018-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Jun 26, 2018
Instead of our regular meeting on June 28 - we're going to the RYLA BBQ at 4:30pm.
Please RSVP to your invitation (with all the details) if you haven't already done so.
RYLA BBQ Sara Calkins 2018-06-26 07:00:00Z 0
RI Convention 2018! Sara Calkins 2018-06-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Jun 07, 2018
Rotary Fellowships are international groups that share a common passion. Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession, and enhance your Rotary experience.

How do I join a fellowship?

Fellowships are open to Rotarians, family members, and program participants and alumni. You can contact a fellowship directly by using the links below.

How do I form a fellowship?

Start by finding others who share you interest.

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Interested in a particular subject? Visit the group's website or email it to learn more.

More on Rotary Fellowships Sara Calkins 2018-06-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Jun 01, 2018
Historical Background
Rotary Fellowships began informally in 1928 when Rotarians with a shared interest in the language Esperanto joined together. In 1947, a group of Rotarian boating enthusiasts began flying the Rotary flag from their crafts, calling themselves the International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians; this fellowship now boasts the longest continuous existence. The scope of Rotary Fellowships has changed much over the years, but today their purpose is still to unite Rotarians in friendship and provide venues for enjoying their favorite recreational or professional activities.
JUNE! Sara Calkins 2018-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 02, 2018
*"If you don't read the newspaper you are  uninformed, if you do read the newspaper, you are  misinformed."*-Mark Twain

*"I  contend that for  a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying  to lift himself up by the  handle."*~Winston Churchill

*"A government which  robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of  Paul."*~George Bernard Shaw

*"Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries."*~ Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University

*"Giving  money and  power to  government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys."*~P.J. O'Rourke,  Civil Libertarian 

*"Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you!"* ~Pericles (430  B.C.)

*"No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session."*~Mark Twain  (1866)

*"The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other."*~ Ronald  Reagan

*"The  only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin."*~Mark Twain
Humorous comments on govt, politics, bureaucracy. 2018-05-02 07:00:00Z 0
At the May 10 meeting of the Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen, we will have a special program speaker, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. He will discuss issues facing San Jose. While this will be a regular club meeting, San Jose East/Evergreen likes to open meetings to the public that have a wide public interest as a public service. Please plan on attending. Since we will have a larger audience than normal, please let me know if you wish to attend so we can have enough lunches available. The cost for lunch is $20.
We meet at:
San Jose Country Club
We normally have our speaker start at 1:00 pm, but the Mayor will have a tight schedule that day and has asked to speak at 12:30 pm. The meeting will start at 12:15 pm so we will be ready for Mayor Liccardo.
Hope to see you there......
Meet our Mayor 2018-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 01, 2018
The induction of new members is a special opportunity to welcome people into your club. This is a memorable experience and in this ceremony the president lets the new membesr know that they are valued and appreciated.
Welcome Aboard 2018-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
Our Guest Speakers 2018-05-01 07:00:00Z 0


Posted by Sara Calkins on May 01, 2018
MAY Sara Calkins 2018-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on May 01, 2018

District Conference 5170

June 1, 2, 3, 2018
San Jose State University


The Mayor of San Jose, the President of San Jose State University, a serial entrepreneur and inventor of LeapFrog, an internationally recognized Peace Scholar, a Past Rotary International President, our Rotary District Governor, and you.
Seize this once-in-a-year opportunity to share in the inspiration alongside local movers and shakers of the Silicon Valley by registering for this year’s Rotary District 5170 Conference happening on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at the state-of-the-art Student Union Building of San Jose State University. Our Rotary District Governor Orrin Mahoney has a personal invitation waiting for you to be part of the celebration. Are you ready to accept?
For more information and to register click on:
District 5170 Conference June 2018 Sara Calkins 2018-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
Happy Birthday Paul Harris! sara 2018-04-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 11, 2018

As #India remains #poliofree for seven years, a tribute to a surgeon who has for 28 years fought the good fight for his patients, including some of the poorest in the country.

As India remains polio-free for seven years, a tribute to a surgeon who has for 28 years fought the good fight for his patients, including some of the poorest in the country.
Hats Off - Dr. Mathew Varghese 2018-04-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 10, 2018
April Speakers 2018-04-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 10, 2018
Many thanks to the 7 of our 32 club members who have contributed - where are the rest? Bring your check payable to TRF (memo Polio Plus) to the next meeting or mail it to TRF Chair Sara Calkins now and have your donation doubled by the Gates Foundation. Why? - read the message below. Deadline is 4/23 so I have time to process your donation.
This message is being sent on behalf of PDG Dwight Perry, PolioPlus Chair
Week 6
April 10, 2018
We're this close - 99.9%!
What is Polio...?
Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease especially of young children. It is caused by the poliovirus. Poliovirus is usually spread from person to person through infected fecal matter entering the mouth. It may also spread by food or water containing human feces and less commonly from infected saliva.
The disease is preventable with the polio vaccine.
● Through Rotary International and the PolioPlus program (along with their partner's) polio will be eradicated worldwide soon.
●  As of April 1, 2018 there have been only seven known cases of polio in the world.
●  Let's hit a homerun in District 5170 with every Rotarian contributing at least $50 towards the "Flash Campaign" so that all the children in the world can stand tall and walk with their heads held high.
Dwight W. Perry
PolioPlus Chair

Sara Calkins, TRF Chair 2017/18

From our Secretary Sara's Desk 2018-04-10 07:00:00Z 0
April 2018 Maternal and Child Health Month  2018-04-07 07:00:00Z 0
World Bank and Rotary International celebrate International Women’s Day 2018-03-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suguna Alluri on Mar 26, 2018
On March 1, Commodore Russ Robinson of the South Bay Yacht Club, will talk to us about the history of the South Bay Yacht Club in Alviso..

On March 8, San Jose City Council Member Johnny Khamis will give his take on the state of San Jose and what his ideas are for San Jose going forward. 
On March 15, Past District Governor Dwight Perry will update us on the Polio Eradication Efforts that Rotary has been working on since the 80's.
On March 29, Rotary San Jose East President Charlie Wasser will talk to us on New Member Recruitment and ways to accomplish it
March Speakers Suguna Alluri 2018-03-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 26, 2018

• WHEN - March 1st to April 30th 

• WHY - Because "We Are This Close" to ending the dreaded disease of polio. With your support children around the world will be able to walk and play as healthy individuals.
• WHERE - Rotary District 5170
• WHAT - Each Rotarian in our district is being asked to donate $50.00. All funds will be matched 2 to 1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Deliver checks (payable to The Rotary Foundation, Memo Polio Plus) to your Club TRF Chair, Sara Calkins no later than at the April 26 meeting or mail to Sara today at the address below or to the District Office.
SOMETHING EXTRA - For those who have not yet contributed a total of $1,000 to become a Paul Harris Fellow, our district will match any contribution you make with recognition points to help you achieve that recognition level.
Your $50 turns into a $150 donation to PolioPlus! Join the team and let's get it done!
The Magic is Happening Sara Calkins 2018-03-26 07:00:00Z 0
March - WATER! 2018-03-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 25, 2018
Rotarian Richard Dorsay and his wife Dorothy received a heart-felt letter from the District 9210 Asst. Governor, Hudson Mtomba. In it he thanks them and the members of the Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen for "all your efforts over the years...without your assistance, many of these students would be unable to continue with their education."
Chamabondo, Zimbabwe Acknowledgment Letter 2018-03-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins on Mar 22, 2018

This is a great opportunity all around - your gift to The Rotary Foundation - Polio Plus campaign:

  • adds to your annual giving toward a Paul Harris Fellowship
  • gets matched in dollars from the Gates Foundation 2 for 1
  • receives matching points from District 5170 towards your first Paul Harris Fellowship
Mail your check payable to The Rotary Foundation - (memo Polio Plus) mail/deliver to your TRF chair, Sara Calkins today or bring it to a meeting before the April 30 deadline.
Polio Plus Flash Campaign Sara Calkins 2018-03-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Goldstein on Mar 14, 2018
San Jose City Council Member Johnny Khamis gives his take on the state of San Jose!
General Manager of the San Jose Country Club where we meet was with us today!
Our Speaker talks about ending Polio!
Two more new members inducted into the club! Welcome Aboard!
Club Meet March John Goldstein 2018-03-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 14, 2018
In spite of being diagnosed with ALS at the young age of 21, he took life as a challenge and soared to great heights, and lived on to be 76 years! How incredible is that? Makes us wonder why we crib and quarrel at silly things!
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How Blessed are we?   2018-03-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Goldstein on Mar 14, 2018

What do you want to receive from your Club membership this coming year?

What do you want to achieve through your Club membership this coming year?

What can we contribute to our Eastside communities through our Club membership this coming year?

Lets start answering these questions together by participating in the



West Valley Community College

Lets all meet each other there and build our friendships, knowledge and purpose!


and see you Thursday at our regular Club meeting.

District Training Assembly John Goldstein 2018-03-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harbinder Sikka on Mar 14, 2018


I would like to give an update from the Vocational Services desk of the Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen. We had a successful crab feed and the club has allocated $4040 to the Vocational Service towards our AI/Robotics project. With that our present total for this AI/Robotics project has now increased to $6000.


Our club endowment president Mr. Robbie Izat has also announced the availability of $38000 for the year 2018 from the club endowment funds towards club projects. The deadline for the application from the club members has been extended to April 30th, 2018. There is a limit of $11,000 per project. We hope that our Vocational Service project will be able to get the funding from the club endowment board making the total amount raised to be $17,000.


Since there is a delay in obtaining these funds so I would like to request high school AI/Robotics clubs to recruit more Juniors so that we can hold the competition in the fall. Since now all the funds are coming from our own club so there are some changes to the rules regarding the equipment. 

1. The equipment now will remain the property of the Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen.

2. Rotary SJE/E will monitor the progress of the clubs to ensure that the provided equipment is used properly otherwise we have the right to reclaim the equipment.

3. Rotary SJE/E may use the equipment for different summer clubs at the same high school or different high schools in ESUHSD.

4. Club advisors will be required to provide a monthly update on the progress to the Rotary SJE/E vocational chair.



Robotics Project Update Harbinder Sikka 2018-03-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sara Calkins
Treasurer Marianne has posted a file detailing income/expenditures of our recent Crab Feed. To access it, log on to our website - in the My Clubrunner section, click on View Club Documents. The file is in the Club Finance - Budgets and Reports section.
This coming Thursday, we will hold a drawing at the end of the meeting for one of the remaining bottles of wine from the Crab Feed.
Drawing tickets are $1 each. Those members paying $20 for lunch will get one free ticket -- buy more tickets to increase your chances of winning. Those paying $10 and non-paying guests are encouraged to participate too @ $1 per ticket.
Bring your dollar bills or rob your piggy banks!
Cheers! Sara Calkins 2018-03-14 07:00:00Z 0
Focus for February Sara Calkins 2018-02-23 08:00:00Z 0
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.
Rotary Peace Fellows at Work 2018-02-18 08:00:00Z 0


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.”

2018-19: Be the Inspiration 2018-02-07 08:00:00Z 0
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
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

Our Speaker This Week 2018-01-09 08:00:00Z 0
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]

Mankind 2017-12-19 08:00:00Z 0
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.
HO HO HO......PARTY TIME 2017-11-29 08:00:00Z 0
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.
Our Funds at Work - Phillippines Mission 2017-11-14 08:00:00Z 0
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.


September Speakers 2017-09-06 07:00:00Z 0
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)
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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
Rotarians at Work 2017-06-14 07:00:00Z 0
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.
Events and Activities October 2016 2016-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Rotary Wants You! 2016-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
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


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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%

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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