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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.

Diversity & Inclusion

Having a diverse and inclusive Rotary Club means we value and welcome individuals of all ages, cultures, ethnicities, and races to our Club. We invite younger people, women, and minorities who support Rotary’s values, ideals, and mission to join our members in service to our community, and we strive to give all members equal opportunities to serve as leaders within our Club.

The Speaker for February 26th: Dr. Ted Grantham

Cannabis

The transition of Cannabis from an illegal drug to agricultural crop is unprecedented. Does expanding cannabis production represent a new environmental threat or the future of sustainable agriculture?

Dr. Ted Grantham is a Cooperative Extension Specialist and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at UC Berkeley. He is an eco-hydrologist interested in the impacts of human activities on river ecosystem health. His extension activities are focused on the translation of research into sustainable, cost-effective solutions for managing water and the environment. Ted is the co-director of the Cannabis Research Center at UC Berkeley and the CalTrout Ecosystem Fellow with the Water Policy Center of the Public Policy Institute of California. He received a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management.


The Rotary Gala - Razzmatazz Jazz Club

On March 28, 2010, The Razzmatazz Jazz Club will open for one evening of fun and Rotary friendship, along with outstanding Jazz entertainment. Join fellow Rotarians and guests for a full evening including a gourmet meal, great wine, Silent and Live auction offerings too good to miss, and great Jazz music throughout the evening. Funds raised from the evening support the club’s philanthropic service projects within our community and humanitarian efforts around the world.

To reserve your table or ticket(s)you can click the Reserve Now! link or you can call the Rotary office, or you can sign up at an upcoming Wednesday meeting. A sell-out audience is expected, so purchase NOW.
The Rotary Gala - Razzmatazz Jazz Club
Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
$200 per ticket

*Cancellation received after noon on March 23, 2020 are non-refundable. Fair Market Value $150 per ticket.
 

Rotary Gala Sponsors

Marquee Sponsor

Spotlight Sponsor


Jazz Club Sponsor

                                                                                                   




 
                                                                                              

                                                                                  

 

Featured Auction Item: Tasting of 1994 Vintage Cabernet Sauvignon


Tasting of Historic 1994 Napa Valley Vintage

This once-in-a lifetime evening will feature a tasting of 8 cabernet sauvignons from the 1994 vintage, widely regarded as one of the best California vintages from the 20th Century. The selection will feature:

  • Caymus Special Selection
  • Leonetti
  • Merryvale Reserve
  • Ridge Monte Bello
  • Silver Oak Alexander Valley
  • Spring Mountain Vineyard
  • Staglin Family Estate
  • Whitehall Lane Reserve

The lucky group will toast in the classic Victorian dining room of the Fallon House, a beautiful, historical building in the heart of downtown San Jose. The tasting will be preceded by a Champagne reception in the house/gardens to compliment a hearty selection of hors d’oeuvres.

The wines will be tasted blind, and the tasting facilitated by a Sommelier.

We’re forecasting a “full attendance of 10 guests,” so get your party together!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS, the corks will be popping on May 8, 2020!


Rise Against Hunger

Help pack 15,000 meals in under 2 hours and join the fight to end hunger. Family and friends are welcome (including children 10 and older).

Sign up in the lobby at Wednesday's meeting or email Matt Braker.


Community Service Project Faire


Service to Seniors Volunteer Opportunity

St. Patrick’s Day – Tuesday, March 17th

Event Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Volunteer Time: 12:30pm – 4:30pm

Location: Lincoln Glen Senior Nursing Facility.

Need help with decorating, set up, passing out food, pushing residents or escorting them, taking pictures, and helping with clean up.

RSVP: Judy Dixon Deaton judy@tftsv.org or 408-823-7870


Rotary International Convention

 



REGISTER
 

* 31 March 2020: Last day for preregistration discount

To register, you have choices:

Online http://www.riconvention.org/en/honolulu/register

You must have a credit card and a Member Access account to register online for the convention.

• I have a Member Access account Log in, then click on “ Register for Meetings.”
• If you do not have a Member Access account Create an account. Please note: Creating a Member Access account may take one business day or longer. You will receive an e-mail telling you how to complete the process.

 

By E-mail, Fax or Mail:

• By e-mail Fill out the writable PDF online and e-mail to ri.registration@rotary.org
• By fax Download the registration form and fax to RI Registration Services at 1-847-556-2194
• By mail Send your completed registration form to:

Rotary International
14244 Collections Center Dr.
Chicago, IL 60693 USA


Silicon Valley Rotaract

The Interact Club of Silicon Valley is hoping to grow. Rotaract clubs bring together people ages 18 to 30 to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service. Rotaract works side by side with Rotary clubs.

Please contact Alex Rivera aa.gg.rivera@gmail.com if you know of young professionals interested in joining Silicon Valley Rotaract.


 


New Member Jessica Zenk

Jessica Zenk is Deputy Director for the City of San Jose Department of Transportation, where she leads an exceptional team of professionals planning, designing and building a more accessible and sustainable San Jose.

Jessica is an urban planner with expertise in economic development, transportation, infill and redevelopment, and the arts. Prior to joining the City of San Jose, Jessica directed transportation and land use policy initiatives and programs for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and worked with Seifel Consulting Inc., where she advised on a wide range of urban planning projects. She received a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from the University of California, Berkeley, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Brown University.

Jessica is an avid dancer, performer and advocate for the arts and urbanism, having served on the San Jose Arts Commission and the Advisory Board for SPUR San Jose. She lives with her husband and two children in Downtown San Jose, enabling fun but complex multi-modal, multi-generational commutes.


New Member Rowena Tomaneng


Rowena Magdalena Tomaneng, AKA “Ro” or “Wena” is currently the President of San Jose City College. Rowena was born in the Philippines and immigrated to the United States in the early 1970s. Her family lived in Los Angeles for a few years  and then moved to Cerritos, which she considers her home town. She started playing tennis in 2nd grade and she became the top player at Richard Gahr Highschool, playing varsity all four years. She attended Cypress College after high school and transferred to UC Irvine as an English major. With encouragement from her professors, she pursued graduate studies in English, Women’s Studies, and Ethnic American Literature at UC Santa Barbara, where she received her MA in English. Jane Austen, Henry James, Jessica Hagedorn and Toni Morrison are among her favorite writers of all time. After UC Santa Barbara, was a tenured faculty member and administrator at De Anza College for 20 years. She then pursued an EdD in Multicultural Education at USF with a Human Rights Concentration, completing her doctorate in the first year of her Presidency at Berkeley City College in 2016-2017. In her free time, enjoys hiking, having great meals from a variety of cuisines with her family (David, who is a professor of philosophy at USF and their 15 years old son Felix), and watching Felix play basketball for several teams (high school, AAU club, and Asian club ball).

The Meeting Summary For February 19, 2020

President Karyn rang the bell at 12:10 p.m. to open the 5239th meeting. She took care of some old business presenting Scott Paine and Mick Greco with their fine-immunity certificates for being the biggest losers in the recent Oscar competition. (Both scored zero.) She also thanked the Downtown Development and Impact Committees for their work on assembling kits for the new residents at San Jose Bridge Housing at Mabury.


President Karyn than thanked the ELC Committee for manning the welcoming line and asked for the introduction of guests and visiting Rotarians. Red Badgers Sayre Batton and Deima Elnatour handled the traveling mics.

Teresa McCarthy was then presented with the Rotarian of the Month Award for her work in the Rotary office and for putting up with President Karyn.

Gala Committee members Nanci Williams, Patrick Frawley and Terry Austen then updated the meeting on some of the unique auction items that will be available at the March 28 event including a trip to Pearl Harbor and a high-end wine tasting. Jim Eller of the Next Big Thing Committee then brought everyone up to date on the committee’s work. The number of proposals for our next big project have been trimmed from the initial 39 to six and the committee is now doing an intensive review of the remaining contenders. Michelle Acosta of the Climate Action Committee followed with a request for members to fill out a survey on how “green” we are in terms of the functioning of Rotary.

Joe Sweeney was scheduled to receive his Blue Badge at the meeting. However, Tom Coombs reported the badge had escaped from a locked desk drawer and was believed to be on the run along the Monterey coast. A video confirmed a sighting of the badge at Pebble Beach.

Fred Begun was called upon to recognize Mike Blach as one of our members who has reached the Gold Patron level of giving to our Foundation. He also reminded members of how the Foundation operates and the funding it provides.

Our guest speaker, introduced by Jane Light, was Julian Guthrie, the author of “Alpha Girls: The Women Upstarts Who Took On Silicon Valley's Male Culture and Made the Deals of a Lifetime.” It is one of the featured books of Silicon Valley Reads which in 2020 is focused on "Women Making It Happen."

Guthrie, an award-winning reporter with the San Francisco Chronicle for 20 years, talked about her work which profiles four women who broke through in the male-dominated world of venture capitalism. She focused on five stories drawn from the book that illustrated some of the lessons the women learned along the way including “success doesn’t come to you; you go to it” and “obstacles are my allies.”


Summary submitted by Charlie McCollum and photos taken by Bill Alston.  Click here to see the full set.


Calendar

Red Badge Committee
February 25th 2020 at 7:45 am
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Gala Committee
February 25th 2020 at 4:00 pm
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Leigh Weimers Awards Committee
February 26th 2020 at 11:15 am
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Military Care Committee
February 26th 2020 at 11:15 am
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Dr. Ted Grantham
Speaker: Dr. Ted Grantham
Topic: Cannabis
February 26th 2020 at 12:00 pm
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International Service Committee (MOVED FROM 02/20)
February 27th 2020 at 12:00 pm
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International House Committee
February 28th 2020 at 8:00 am
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PAWS TO CONSIDER
February 29th 2020 at 7:00 am
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Rise Against Hunger Event
February 29th 2020 at 8:00 am
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Program Committee
March 3rd 2020 at 11:45 am
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Gala Committee
March 3rd 2020 at 4:00 pm
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Rotaplast Committee
March 3rd 2020 at 5:30 pm
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Paws to Consider Committee
March 4th 2020 at 11:15 am
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Interact Committee
March 4th 2020 at 11:15 am
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Girish Balachandran
Speaker: Girish Balachandran
Topic: Clean Energy
March 4th 2020 at 12:00 pm
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ELC Committee
March 5th 2020 at 7:30 am
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Los Amigos
March 5th 2020 at 7:30 am
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Rotary Book Club
March 9th 2020 at 12:00 pm
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Membership Committee
March 10th 2020 at 7:30 am
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Career Development Committee
March 11th 2020 at 11:00 am
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ELC at Asilomar
March 11th - March 13th 2020 at 12:00 pm
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Ovi Vasquez
Speaker: Ovi Vasquez
Topic: Entrepreneur
March 11th 2020 at 12:00 pm
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Downtown Impact Committee
March 12th 2020 at 8:00 am
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Orientation Committee
March 12th 2020 at 12:00 pm
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Club Board of Directors
March 17th 2020 at 7:30 am
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Service to Seniors Volunteer Opportunity
March 17th 2020 at 12:30 pm
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Gala Committee
March 17th 2020 at 4:00 pm
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Fun & Friendship Committee
March 18th 2020 at 11:15 am
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Jim Bettinger
Speaker: Jim Bettinger
Topic: What Happened to My Daily Newspaper?
March 18th 2020 at 12:00 pm
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Foundation Board of Trustees
March 19th 2020 at 7:30 am
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International Service Committee
March 19th 2020 at 12:00 pm
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Red Badge Committee
March 24th 2020 at 7:45 am
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Ed Solis
Speaker: Ed Solis
Topic: Viva Calle
April 22nd 2020 at 12:00 pm
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DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS

Dr. Ted Grantham
Cannabis
Feb 26th 2020 12:00 pm
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Girish Balachandran
Clean Energy
Mar 4th 2020 12:00 pm
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Ovi Vasquez
Entrepreneur
Mar 11th 2020 12:00 pm
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Jim Bettinger
What Happened to My Daily Newspaper?
Mar 18th 2020 12:00 pm
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Ed Solis
Viva Calle
Apr 22nd 2020 12:00 pm
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