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The Speaker for May 19th: President Elect Steve Borkenhagen

Steve Borkenhagen was born and raised in Santa Clara. He has been an entrepreneur and business owner in Silicon Valley since 1975.  He opened Camera One Theater, the first repertory cinema in San Jose, along with partners in 1975.  During the years since, Steve has founded and operated multiple bars and restaurants in the South Bay Area including Eulipia Restaurant from 1977 to 2012.

Steve worked for fellow Rotarian Carl Salas in the energy management field for two years as an energy auditor and is a certified LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional).  He was also the project manager and part of the founding team of the San Pedro Square Market, a public market built in the tradition of Pike Place Market and other public markets. He worked with his family to found and operate Cafe Stritch, the Bay Area’s pre-eminent jazz club, from 2013 until 2018.  In 2017 Jon Ball, Thomas Wohlmut, and Steve founded the San Jose Light Tower Corporation, a non-profit organization working to build an iconic world-class landmark in downtown San Jose.

Steve studied the classics at San Jose State University after attending Santa Clara University and New College of California in San Francisco. He has been on numerous non-profit boards over the past 30 years including Notre Dame High School, the San Jose Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Santa Clara University Department of Pastoral Ministries, the San Jose Downtown Association, Loaves and Fishes Family Kitchen, JW House, and Music for Minors.

He has been an active member of the Rotary Club of San Jose since 1992 and participating in numerous philanthropic domestic and international programs.  Steve’s adult children are Michael, Matthew, Melissa and Maxwell.  His passions in life are family, friends, golf, literature, jazz, …and building a landmark for our city.

 

The Meeting Summary for May 12, 2021

Rotarians and guests were welcomed to the meeting with the sounds of merengue, and President Fernando Zazueta supplied the history of musical style, which developed in the Dominican Republic in the 1800s and was long considered immoral, before opening the 5,298th meeting. While there were no May 12 birthdays to celebrate, President Fernando noted that last week -- Cinco de Mayo -- was the 60th anniversary of Alan Shepard’s space flight, making him the first American in space.

David Ginsborg -- an Eagle Scout -- supplied the inspirational thought for the day, a “knotty” prayer which he said was inspired by next week’s Friends of Scouting breakfast. While too long to fully publish, here are the opening lines: “Dear God, Please untie the knots that are in my mind, my heart and my life. Remove the have nots, the can nots and the do nots that I have in my mind.”

Next up, Sal Pizarro provided his monthly update on “What’s Going On,” highlighting the downtown San Jose farmers’ market move to South First Street (Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Dec. 17); the grand opening of Good Spot, a new restaurant at 386 South First St.; the city council’s unanimous approval of the “Breeze of Innovation” design for a new San Jose landmark; Opera San Jose’s May 22  virtual fundraiser, “Sing for your Supper”; the Tech Interactive’s planned reopening on May 29; new lemur pups born at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo; and National Fruit Cocktail Day, which was May 13.

San Jose City Councilman David J. Cohen -- not to be confused with the other, “older” David Cohen, President Fernando pointed out -- gave an update on his district, which includes the areas of Berryessa, Alviso and North San Jose. Elected in 2020, Cohen said he has spent his first few months in office listening to constituents and putting together value statements. A major upcoming project in his district is the Berryessa Urban Village, and he noted his office’s intention to help secure a future for as many Berryessa Flea Market vendors as possible at the new development.

Sarah Janigian and Nanci Williams were up next with a recap of the Fiesta de Rotaria Gala and the auction. More than 250 people participated, and many stayed to enjoy their meals and the festivities at History Park. Sarah thanked the many volunteers and sponsors that made the event possible and showed a video of highlights, including the many performers that were on site to provide live entertainment. Nanci reminded auction winners that they need to process their payments before the auction can officially close. If you bought something or won a raffle prize, expect to get an email soon.



Sarah Janigian took back the spotlight to introduce our speaker, author Anne Lamott, whose newest book is called “Dusk, Night, Dawn: On Revival and Courage.” She read to us the first page of her new book’s prologue and spoke to us for a few minutes before answering questions fielded by Suzanne St. John-Crane. Here are a few highlights from her talk:
-- While she is from San Francisco and now lives in Marin County, Lamott has fond memories of San Jose from playing in junior tennis tournaments back in the 1960s. “It was kind of a podunky city then, and now it’s just become the center of the universe,” she said.
-- Her father was a writer, and she remembers always writing. She wrote for her college newspaper on the East Coast and upon returning to the Bay Area, got a job writing for Billie Jean King’s magazine, “womenSports.”  She wrote her first novel, “Hard Laughter” at age 23 following her father’s cancer diagnosis.
-- Her writing process involves her writing for a couple of hours and allowing herself to write “badly,” claiming she purposely writes terrible first drafts and slightly better second drafts.
-- She talked about her struggles with alcohol addiction, saying that chugging a beer would give her more self-esteem but she finally stopped drinking when her attempts to curb her alcohol use failed.
-- Right now, she’s reading a thriller, “The Last Thing He Told Me,” by Laura Dave, and recommends Barbara Kingsolver’s “The Poisonwood Bible.”

To view photographs from the gala, click here.

To view this week's broadcast, click here.

Submitted by Sal Pizarro, Meeting Summary Committee.

May Birthdays


Calendar

Club Board Meeting
May 18th 2021 at 7:30 am
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Climate Action Committee Meeting
May 19th 2021 at 11:15 am
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President Elect Steve Borkenhagen
Speaker: President Elect Steve Borkenhagen
Topic: A local kid who grew up in Santa Clara during the 50s and 60s when Santa Clara was California’s version of Mayberry. He is also our next Club President who will talk about his theme for the year.
May 19th 2021 at 12:15 pm
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Foundation Board Meeting
May 20th 2021 at 7:30 am
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Dean Erwin Chemerinsky
Speaker: Dean Erwin Chemerinsky
Topic: The New Supreme Court and What It Will Mean
May 26th 2021 at 12:15 pm
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SJSU Committee Meeting
May 26th 2021 at 1:30 pm
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Downtown Development Committee
May 27th 2021 at 8:00 am
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Rick Banks
Speaker: Rick Banks
Topic: The Miseducation of America: Elite Universities and the Crisis of Democracy
June 2nd 2021 at 12:15 pm
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Climate Action Committee Meeting
June 9th 2021 at 11:15 am
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No Meeting
June 9th 2021 at 12:15 pm
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Spring BBQ
June 9th 2021 at 5:00 pm
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New Member Orientation
June 10th 2021 at 12:00 pm
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Book Club
June 14th 2021 at 11:00 am
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Club Board Meeting
June 15th 2021 at 7:30 am
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Jay Alexander
Speaker: Jay Alexander
June 16th 2021 at 12:15 pm
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DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS

President Elect Steve Borkenhagen
A local kid who grew up in Santa Clara during the 50s and 60s when Santa Clara was California’s version of Mayberry. He is also our next Club President who will talk about his theme for the year.
May 19th 2021 12:15 pm
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Dean Erwin Chemerinsky
The New Supreme Court and What It Will Mean
May 26th 2021 12:15 pm
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Rick Banks
The Miseducation of America: Elite Universities and the Crisis of Democracy
Jun 2nd 2021 12:15 pm
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Jay Alexander

Jun 16th 2021 12:15 pm
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