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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 May 25th: Milan Balinton

Juneteenth: The Freedom Day Everyone Should be Talking About! 

Milan R. Balinton, one of Ebony’s 2016 Power 100 People’s Choice Award Awardee, is the Executive Director of the African American Community Service Agency (AACSA), an organization dedicated to providing quality educational, cultural, social and recreational programs, services and activities in order to perpetuate and strengthen African American identity, culture, values, traditions, knowledge, and family life. When Milan became the Executive Director of AACSA in 2011, the agency had two employees and barely a budget. Since then, the agency has grown to a 17-employee operation with a projected budget of $2.1 million — adding seven new staff members during the pandemic when other agencies were shutting down.

Milan is a Bay Area native, born in Oakland, raised in San Francisco, and has been nurtured in San Jose for the last 20 years. He earned a Master of Public Administration from Golden Gate University and a Bachelor of Arts from San Jose State University.

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Lunch Order for May 25th Meeting

The Party Helpers will provide lunch at Wednesday's meeting. The gourmet lunch choices are chili-limed grilled chicken sandwich with broccoli cheddar soup, beef stew or chana masala.

Plan ahead and order early!  Please order your lunch no later than Monday at noon.

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May Lunch Menu

Meals are provided by Party Helpers
Lunch for May 25
All meals include red leaf lettuce salad.

Chili-Lime Grilled Chicken Sandwich with broccoli cheddar soup

Sirloin of Beef Stew with mashed potatoes

Chana Masala with Vegetables and Couscous served with naan

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Rotary Buddy Program

The Rotary Buddy Committee is excited to announce the launch of our Rotary Buddy Program!!  We are seeking Rotarians to join us for this very special opportunity to “buddy up”, connect with other members, and support fellow Rotarians through inspiration, shared knowledge, and building friendships.

Those interested in learning more about the program or becoming a Rotary Buddy should contact Rotary Buddy Committee Chair Kelly Estes at (408) 396-5167 or any time before June 30
th.  You don’t need to be on the committee to be a Rotary Buddy, but if you’d like to help design and implement the program, we welcome additional committee members.

The Rotary Buddy Program will officially launch in July, so please sign up now and join the fun!!


The Meeting Summary for May 18, 2022

President Steve called the #5345 meeting of the Rotary Club of San Jose to order. He welcomed fellow Rotarians and guests.  He gave thanks to the Executive Chef’s Committee for hosting the greeting line.  Rotarians introduced their guests.
After giving us the rich background of Norm Mineta, Rod Diridon mentioned that the former Mayor, Congressman and US Cabinet member’s local public memorial service will be on June 16th in downtown San Jose.
Steve Prouty described his “Rotary Moment.” First, Steve heard a Rotary speaker, Bill Griffeth, author of “Stranger in my Genes”.  Then, Steve and his wife ordered “23 & Me” as well as Ancestry DNA tests. He discovered that the man who raised him was not his biological father. Upon, further investigation he was able to find a half-brother. Steve has developed a meaningful relationship with that brother. This was his amazing Rotary moment.
Andrew Bales, upon his retirement, is leaving the stewardship of San Jose Symphony and moving to Portugal. Andrew gave us a short retrospective. He started by mentioning that his own his Rotary moment was when Carl Salas’ urged him to accept a Rotary exchange student; a woman he now considers a granddaughter. Andrew came here in 1985 with Cleveland Ballet and then met the love of his life. He has always worked within the Arts Community. He gave a heart-felt farewell to Rotary and the community.
Matt Bell gave us a club membership update. We have 426 members today and hope to have 431 by the end of June. We are rebuilding our large club after Covid.  Matt gave a spotlight to Red Badger Mark McKenna who has been totally involved in committees and club activities. Mark then took the podium and thanked Mike Conniff for encouraging his membership. He said “do what works for you” in the club and it never hurts to say “yes.”
Bert George reminded us that the fabulous Spring BBQ is set for June 8th at 5 p.m. at History San Jose. There will be great wine and fun. He promised a dunk-tank with only President Steve in the seat.
Mini Masters is this Saturday at 10 a.m at Emerald Hills Golfland.

Sal Pizarro, our incoming Club President gave a personal talk. Sal’s son counseled him to tell us that Sal loves Mardi Gras, loves James Bond and is 50. He has lived in various locations around San Jose, so he centered his talk around those locations.
  • East Hills Drive. He came home from the hospital here but has little memory of it. He had relatives nearby. His parents divorced while at this house; but have remained on very good terms.
  • Leigh Ave. His mother remarried. (His mother and step-father were in attendance today.)
  • Ellerbrook Way. His parents still live there today. Sal saw the Dodgers beat the A’s at this house and also lived here during the Loma Prieta earthquake. Sal admitted his father raised him to be a Dodgers fan.
  • Blossom Oaks apartment. Sal’s first apartment where he lived while going to SJ State.  His roommate helped him get his first job at the Mercury News.
  • Francisco Torres Residence Hall and then Del Playa Drive, Isla Vista. Sal transferred to UC Santa Barbara for his last two years of college. This is where he honed his writing skills.
  • Mansion Grove Apartment and Skyway Terrace Apartments, San Jose. He was a copy editor and then working high school sports stories for the Mercury News. This is where he developed his addiction to buying comic books. His garage is now filled with 5,000 comics.
  • North Third Street apartment. He was there during the .com boom and described the vibrancy of downtown. He also developed his love of Mardi Gras and a road trip to New Orleans. He always celebrates Fat Tuesday at home.
  • The Plaza. He bought his first condo which was 700 sq. feet. This was his grown-up place and this is where he was living when he met his wife Amy and realized he could follow in the footstep of Leigh Weimer.
  • North 14th Street. He and Amy bought a craftsman home which only had one closet. They brought their daughter Mia and son Alex home to this house.
  • Arroyo Way. By coincidence, Rotarian Sarah Clish grew up in this house. This is where he and Amy enjoyed a James Bond marathon during the pandemic. He is an admitted fan of good cocktails, stylish clothes and Austin Martins.
He closed by explaining why he is Rotarian - to work together to make positive and lasting change in our community and in ourselves.

President Steve described “Urban Vibrancy.” Every Thursday evening, Urban Vibrancy has a lineup of local artists performing at participating downtown locations.

Our club made a contribution to San Jose Jazz and History San Jose on Sal’s behalf. President announced that next week Milan Balinton will speak on “Juneteenth.”

The hybrid Zoom-Live meeting was adjourned at 1:15 p.m.

To view this week's broadcast, click here.

Respectfully submitted by Karyn Sinunu-Towery, Meeting Summaries Committee
Photos taken by Carl Cilker, Photography Committee
To see the full set, click here.


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Book Club
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