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The Speaker for December 2: Ann Killion

Born in San Francisco and raised in Marin County, Ann Killion has covered Bay Area sports for more than a quarter of a century. An award-winning columnist and a veteran of 11 Olympics, several World Cups and the Tour de France, Ann joined The Chronicle in 2012. Ann has worked for the San Jose Mercury News, the Los Angeles Times and Sports Illustrated. She is a New York Times best-selling author, having co-written "Solo: A Memoir of Hope" with soccer star Hope Solo,"Throw Like A Girl" with softball player Jennie Finch and two middle-grade books on soccer, “Champions of Women’s Soccer” and “Champions of Men’s Soccer.” A graduate of UCLA and Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Ann was named California Sportswriter of the Year in 2014, 2017 and 2018. She has two children and lives in Mill Valley.

The Meeting Summary for November 18, 2020

President Fernando Zazueta welcomed us to the November 18, 2020, meeting of the Rotary Club of San Jose, the 5,27th meeting. Matt Mahan was recognized on his birthday.

Past President Gary Shara provided a eulogy for Rick Romney. Rick loved Rotary, and he worked with clubs in the district to help get interesting speakers, known as “Rick’s Picks.”  His obituary can be found here.

Steve Ellenberg gave out the Ellenberg Award, which was established in 2015 to honor his father, the late Dr. Sandy Ellenberg.  Steve’s mother, Maureen, funded the award, and each winner can direct $5,000 to the Rotary Committee of their choosing. This year’s award was given to past president Karyn Sinunu-Towery. She kept the club engaged during the initial Covid-19 shutdown, and has been a champion of justice. Following a successful career at the District Attorney’s Office, she has volunteered for six years at the Northern California Innocence Project, culminating in the exoneration of Jerome Puckett in March.
Due to technical difficulties, new member Valerie Burniece will be introduced at a later meeting.

Blue Badges were announced for Rosemary Van Lare, Brian Burke and Pat Reilly.
Sarah Clish gave a Community Grant Update, and discussed a slide showing that about 25 percent of members have made a donation to the Rotary Foundation. She can work with members who want to direct money from their retirement accounts to the foundation.

Lenoir Kieve, was introduced as one of the organizers of this year’s Bob Kieve Thanksgiving Program, which is one of the favorite programs of the year. It was the first one without Bob. The following members addressed the question of what they were thankful for, and here are brief excerpts:

Rod Diridon Sr.

"Bob Kieve was a true giant, all five foot four inches of him."  He told the story of Bob dancing on the table during a meeting. 

Gregory Yoder
He took us through a night time ritual of gratitude and prayer.
“I sigh with complete satisfaction. I realize that I have all that I need."

Christine Burroughs:

"I so appreciate dear friends who help me to grow and help me to see life from different perspectives. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving from the Burroughs family to all your families.” 

Linda Gold:
“Sixteen years ago, Bob Kieve asked me to be part of this program. It was a few days after I sent my 17-year-old son to a wilderness camp in Idaho in hopes he would get sober. Fast forward, my son has walked a long and rocky road. He is sober, started his own business, married, and has two beautiful children..." 

Randy Zechman

“I was a rural Ohio was hicksville. Somehow I found my way to San Jose, and I am grateful for a place that I can call my home.”

Lisa Mallette:

“I realize that every day counts. I am eternally thankful for gratitude.”

Pam Foley:

“I am thankful for my knee surgeon.” After surgery this summer, "today I am walking without pain."

Karen Philbrick:

“My dad has been a Rotarian for many decades. My parents have inspired me in separate and unique ways. The important lesson I learned from my parents is resilience.”

Heather Lerner

Described her summertime activity of “forest bathing,” spending time in nature.
Muir Woods often displays a sign that it’s full. “It brings me both pleasure and annoyance to see the sign. Annoyance there's a waiting list for nature's bliss.” 

Carmen Roman

Grateful for her privileges, and the help she received. “I was born in Guadalajara in a very humble area. I'm inspired to keep helping my Latino community.” 

Brian Adams
"I’m thankful for the gift of friendship which includes so many Rotarians, all too many whom we have lost in recent months and years—among them Phil Sims, Bill Del Baggio, Jorgie Tilson and Bob Kieve to name just a few. Although physically gone, their goodness, great conversations, and the modeling of decency and humanity remain with us…”

There will be no meeting next week because of Thanksgiving. Our speaker on Dec. 2 will be sports columnist Ann Killion, discussing the future of sports.

Meeting adjourned at 1:10 p.m.

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Respectfully submitted by Larry Sokoloff, Meeting Summaries Committee.

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December 18th 2020 at 12:00 pm
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Future of Sports
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How to Raise Successful People Even in the Pandemic
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