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“Service Above Self”

Rotary is a service organization of business and community leaders united worldwide.  Rotarians are making a positive impact in our local and global communities.

The Rotary Club of San Jose

Benefiting the community and our world through action, integrity, service, and fellowship.

The Rotary Club of San Jose is the largest, most active and well-known service organization in the community. We are a leadership organization working together to make a difference. Our members include local business, nonprofit, professional and civic leaders. We form lasting friendships through our shared Rotary experiences including weekly meetings with interesting speakers, committee meetings and projects, social events and group service projects within our community and internationally.

The Speaker for October 23rd: Craig Needham

Craig Needham is a founding partner with the firm Needham Kepner & Fish LLP. Born in Palo Alto, Craig graduated from Bellarmine College Prep, Santa Clara University, and Hastings College of the Law. After serving in the military, he worked for a plaintiff’s trial law firm in San Francisco for three years, before starting his own firm there, eventually moving his practice to San Jose.

Along the way, he has gathered numerous honors including induction into the American Board of Trial Advocates and being named Lawyer of the Year by an impressive number of organizations. He has been active in, and has often led, trial lawyers associations. He also has an active mediation practice.

Craig has shared his knowledge of the law in the classrooms at Hastings, Stanford, Golden Gate, USF, Santa Clara, and Lincoln Law Schools; and in lecture halls for continuing education programs all around the state.

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Rotary History Book

“Inspired by Service – Fulfilled by Friendship” is a 9”x12” History Book with 160 color pages, 600+ photos and 30+ lists that tells the story of San Jose Rotary 1914-2014.

Every Member of the Rotary Club of San Jose will receive a copy of this book at no cost. Additional copies of this book can be pre-ordered for $40.00 each (includes tax and shipping). The deadline to order is Monday October 28.

Display this book in your home or office. Makes a terrific present for your family and friends who ask “What is San Jose Rotary?” Give a copy to community organizations or that special friend you hope will become a Rotarian in the future.

Order your extra books at the October 16 and October 23 Rotary meetings. Or call the Rotary Office at 1-408-297-6100 with your order and Credit Card Information.

Service to Seniors

The Service to Seniors Committee is seeking volunteers for our Fall event. 

When: Friday, October 25th from 1pm-2:30pm

Where: Lincoln Glen Manor for Senior Citizens 2671 Plummer Ave., San Jose, CA 95125 - Check in for assignments at the Activity Office in the Senior Nursing Facility

What: Asking for minimum of 15 volunteers to help with the haunted house and games - please invite another Rotary Member to join you and possibly join our committee

Main Contact: Chelsea Chanduloy, Activities Director at LGM and Judy Deaton will be at the event as your Rotary contact

Hope you can join us - please RSVP to Judy Deaton by 10/18.

Rotary Club of San Jose Down Under Project

Please consider participating in the Down Under Project, a drive undertaken in partnership with HomeFirst.  HomeFirst™ is a leading provider of services, shelter, and housing opportunities to the homeless and those at risk of homelessness in Santa Clara County.

Santa Clara County has a homeless population of over 9,700 people with over 82% being unsheltered; 36% are homeless women sleeping on our streets. It difficult for these women to get undergarments and incontinence products.

Here are two ways we can help:

  1. Either shop for these products and bring them to a Rotary luncheon on October 23 or October 30. Jim Towery will deliver them to HomeFirst for you;
  2. Or go select an item from the Down Under Project list at  For your convenience, please remember at Amazon checkout to select the delivery address: HomeFirst, 507 Valley Way, Milpitas, CA 95035.

Thank you all for your consideration of the women in need in our community.

Karyn Sinunu-Towery, President

Click here to watch the video of the project.

Advertise in the 2020 Rotary Directory

As a member of our Club, your company has the opportunity to place an advertisement in the 2020 Membership Directory! This directory gets into the homes and businesses of our 450+ members every year. Purchasing an advert allows us to provide the directories to our members free of charge.

You have a choice of placing a full page or a business card size advertisement at the reasonable rates below. The cut off for advertising is October 28. 

Full Page $400 4.5 x 7.50 inches
Business Card $200 4.5 x 2.25 inches

Please click here for more details or contact Teresa McCarthy.

Military Care Committee: Prescreening Documentary of Surviving Home

When a soldier makes it home, there are unique challenges and solutions. This documentary follows the paths of these Veterans as they come home after war.

Join us for a special screening with the producer and director Matthew Moul, and one of the featured veterans in the film, Bobby Henline. Our Rotary club is being given priority seating.

Register: Eventbrite Surviving Home or RSVP to Pat Fox or Dave Sylva.

Veteran's Day Parade

Please click here to sign up with Dave Sylva.

The Meeting Summary for October 16, 2019

President Karyn Sinunu-Towery welcomed Rotarians and guests to our 5,224th meeting at a special venue, the Hammer Theatre.

President Karyn reported that she, Fernando Zazueta, and Sandra Jewett returned last night from Mexico City where they formed an alliance with a local Rotary Club. More information about the trip will be shared at a future meeting.

She then introduced - via a must-see video - a new initiative in partnership with HomeFirst, the Down Under Project. Jon Ball, Sean O’Kane, and Jim Towery were tapped to provide leadership for a campaign to collect underwear and incontinence products for homeless women. Please bring these items to the October 23rd or 30th meeting. You can also order online at and have items delivered directly to HomeFirst, 507 Valley Way, Milpitas, CA 95035.

President Karyn encouraged people to attend the International Feast at the Gordon House on October 18. She asked everyone who ordered a box lunch to email Cindy Faulkner with “your kind and complimentary comments” about the lunches; writer of the kindest comment gets a bottle of wine. She added that San Jose Jazz is still accepting instrument donations, and next week’s speaker will be talking about polio.

Sal Pizarro served as emcee for the Leigh Weimers Emerging Artists Awards. He thanked Cyd & Matt Braker for sponsoring use of the theater and explained that the awards are  named in memory of his colleague and friend Leigh Weimers, who worked for the Mercury News for 47 years and was a champion of the arts. Rotary partners with the Knight Foundation and private donors to raise funds for the $5,000 cash awards, and over $100,000 has been distributed since 2013. There were 63 applications for the four awards, and the winners are:

  • Isabel Bowen is a talented visual artist who started working at hardware stores on moving to San Jose a few years ago. She shared her illustrations, which rely on her workplace among other settings for inspiration. Her work can be seen at

  • Tasi Alabastro is a charismatic actor and digital artist. After showing a delightful video on his life, he performed a monologue from The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence. To learn more about his art, visit

  • Harumo Sato is a muralist whose vibrant work can be seen on a Vietnamese restaurant on Santa Clara St. She was living near Fukushima, Japan when the earthquake and tsunami devastated the area. Through her art, Harumo seeks to focus on happiness.


  • Victor Ruiz is studying music at SJSU, one of two classical bassists in the program. He added a piano to Bottesini’s Grand Duo for Clarinet and Bass, and the trio performed sublimely (per Sal), with charming interaction between Mr. Ruiz and the clarinet player. 

All four award winners were delightful and well deserving of the recognition. For more information, visit

Sal Invited Steve Borkenhagen and Geri Weimers to the stage to present the cash awards. President Karyn thanked the Leigh Weimers Awards Committee and singled out Steve and Sal for bringing to fruition her vision of presenting the Leigh Weimers Emerging Artists Awards in a more suitable venue than the Rotary Summit Center. They each earned a challenge coin for their efforts. She gave another coin to Leigh’s wife Geri, designating her Rotarian of the Month.

President Karyn performed a “ding” to adjourn the meeting.

Respectfully submitted by Leslee Hamilton, Meeting Summaries Committee.
Photos taken by Carl Cilker, Photography Committee. 
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Interact Committee
October 23rd 2019 at 11:15 am
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Fun and Friendship Committee
October 23rd 2019 at 11:15 am
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Military Care Committee
October 23rd 2019 at 11:15 am
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Leigh Weimers Awards Committee
October 23rd 2019 at 11:15 am
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Craig Needham
Speaker: Craig Needham
Topic: In Gratitude for Rotary’s Mission to Eradicate Polio Worldwide: A Personal Story
October 23rd 2019 at 12:00 pm
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International House Committee
October 25th 2019 at 8:00 am
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Service to Seniors Fall Event Volunteer Opportunity
October 25th 2019 at 1:00 pm
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October 26th 2019 at 7:00 am
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Rotary Climate Action Commitee
October 28th 2019 at 5:30 pm
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DATE CHANGE: Red Badge Committee
October 29th 2019 at 7:45 am
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Quentin Kopp
Speaker: Quentin Kopp
Topic: Life of the Independent
October 30th 2019 at 12:00 pm
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Program Committee
November 5th 2019 at 11:45 am
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Rotaplast Committee
November 5th 2019 at 5:30 pm
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Paws to Consider Committee
November 6th 2019 at 11:15 am
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Senator Scott Wiener
Speaker: Senator Scott Wiener
Topic: Statewide Housing
November 6th 2019 at 12:00 pm
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Culinary & Hospitality Committee
November 6th 2019 at 5:30 pm
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Los Amigos
November 7th 2019 at 7:30 am
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ELC Committee
November 7th 2019 at 7:30 am
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Rotary Book Club
November 11th 2019 at 12:00 pm
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Membership Committee
November 12th 2019 at 7:30 am
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Gala Committee
November 12th 2019 at 4:00 pm
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Career Development Committee
November 13th 2019 at 11:00 am
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Doug Wilson
Speaker: Doug Wilson
November 13th 2019 at 12:00 pm
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Contributions Committee
November 14th 2019 at 7:30 am
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Downtown Impact Committee
November 14th 2019 at 8:00 am
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Orientation Committee
November 14th 2019 at 12:00 pm
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Red Badge Reception
November 14th 2019 at 5:30 pm
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Club Board of Directors
November 19th 2019 at 7:30 am
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Play Garden Committee
November 20th 2019 at 11:00 am
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Fun & Friendship Committee
November 20th 2019 at 11:15 am
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Thanksgiving Program
November 20th 2019 at 12:00 pm
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