|01-21-09 Rotary Summary
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and guests were met in the lobby of the Rotary Summit Center with
several displays representing our international committees, as today
was International Day for our Club.
approximately 12:20 p.m., President BERT GEORGE rang the bell, calling
to order meeting #4,730 of the Rotary Club of San Jose. This was to be
a meeting that ran the gamut from zero to ten on the intelligence
scale; more on this later.
PHIL STRONG, accompanied by PAUL TUMASON, led the singing of God Bless America, which was immediately followed by the Reflection delivered by DAVID LaVELLE.
McLEOD provided news and pithy wit, followed by President Bert who
dispensed with the usual introductions of visiting Rotarians and guests
due to an over-ambitious agenda, although he did recognize a visiting
Rotarian from Italy and noted that a pre-meeting flag exchange had
Bert called attention to the lobby displays and acknowledged CYRIL
ISNARD and The Fairmont for the international flair to today's lunch,
which ranged from a meat carving station and chili, to mashed potatoes
and pasta. (There was more starch on my plate than on my shirt
Bert then teed-up the international committees, so that we could learn
more about their activities. Leading off was CINDA HOYT speaking on
behalf of the Adult Gift of Life Committee. Cinda noted that 40
patients have been helped through this unique program since its
establishment in 1985. She also let us know that the next patient will
be in town next month from Ecuador.
WILEY spoke on behalf of Rotaplast, noting an upcoming (April?) trip to
Guatemala City. President Bert later praised Kathy for her work with
the Rotaplast Committee, and pledged that he would, someday, proudly
participate on one of their trips.
CONNIFF spoke on behalf of International House and that our Club,
through this committee, has provided much to the San Jose State
University International House, from connecting to the Internet to
providing international flags outside the facility.
president JERRY SILVA spoke on behalf of the Rotary Foundation, and
thanked everyone who has given back through the Foundation. Jerry
noted that to date this year more than $38 thousand has been
contributed to the Foundation, and in excess of $11 thousand for Polio
returned to the podium to speak about Youth Exchange, as CARL SALAS was
in Washington, D.C. Kathy told us that this year our two Youth
Exchange students are from Brazil and France.
EVERETT spoke about International Service, with a wonderful slide show
courtesy of KRISHNA CHITTIBATHINI. Maureen told us that the Club has
been involved with projects throughout the world, and recently
completed a clean drinking water project for 21 schools helping some
30,000 villagers in eastern Thailand. She said there are 9 spaces
available for a trip to the "Niagra Falls" of eastern Thailand in
July. Funding for these projects comes from the annual gala as well as
members' Club donation of $175.
Bert encouraged all members to participate in an international program,
and then launched into the area of the meeting that was closer to the
zero on that aforementioned intelligence scale. This segment included
a Point-of-View video that took us through the Summit Center mensroom,
in which we heard the all too familiar sound of the spinning Wheel of
Fortune. Low and behold, our Club's fearless leader was strategically
placed behind a stall door smiling and spinning the wheel. In a sense,
this was a combination of two game shows: Wheel of Fortune and Let's Make A Deal
(careful of what's behind door number three). Cut to: live and on
stage, the wheel was spun once again and the number "randomly"
corresponded to our Club's videographer extraordinaire, past president,
CARL CILKER. President Bert thanked Carl for all his fun videos, and
then fined him. Carl graciously contributed an undisclosed amount to
the Rotary Foundation.
President Bert then mentioned that there were flyers on each table promoting the Sharks Foundation Sampling with the Sharks
event, taking place February 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Club Auto Sport of
Silicon Valley. Much of the proceeds will benefit Washington School
and our Club's efforts to enhance learning for its students. For more
information, visit www.SharksFoundation.org
yours truly made an appearance as Brianack the Magnificent, somewhat of
an homage to Johnny Carson's classic Carnac routine. This is where the
intelligence meter dipped into negative territory, but hopefully most
folks enjoyed the very bad puns (i.e. "Answer: Obama Nation.
Question: How does one describe Aretha Franklin's hat worn at
yesterday's inauguration?" Read: abomination).
in the nick of time, LARRY DONATONI came to the podium to kick our
intelligence scale into positive territory with the introduction of
today's speaker, Howard Charney, senior vice president of Cisco. Mr.
Charney is a member of Cisco's Office of the President and Executive
Staff, and reports directly to CEO John Chambers. He contributes to
Cisco's strategy and direction, advises customers on implementing
critical Internet technologies, and communicates Cisco's vision to key
audiences worldwide. Mr. Charney founded Grand Junction Networks,
which invented Fast Ethernet and low-cost switching. Cisco acquired
Grand Junction in 1995 and charged Mr. Charney with growing Cisco's
networking business, after which he led its Small/Medium Business
division to market leadership in two-tier distribution of network
systems. Prior to Grand Junction, Mr. Charney was one of the four
founders of 3Com Corporation. He holds mechanical engineering degrees
from MIT and an MBA and JD from Santa Clara University, is a licensed
patent attorney, and belongs to the State Bar of California and the
Charney opened his presentation (in which he used TelePrompTer and
PowerPoint visuals) by referencing the 1854 Altoona, Pennsylvania
railroad's Horseshoe Curve as an engineering feat, and then tied it in
to additional technologies that are transforming the world, such as I-T.
speaker noted a conversation he had with economist Carlota Perez who
told him some two years ago that the current economic crash would
occur. Perez said that there have been five distinct technology
revolutions and that such technologies transform everything.
was the Age of I-T and the Internet. Mr. Charney said that we have one
global electronic ecosystem, which for the most part is beneficial.
However, it is also why a mortgage crisis in Silicon Valley can affect
a banking institution in Germany.
point made and emphasized was that technology has greatly enhanced a
way of life throughout the world, even in isolated villages where
people can receive email, thus allowing them to "get the big picture"
Charney shared Cisco CEO John Chambers' quote that, "Education and the
Internet are two great equalizers." He also reported that every dollar
spent on education returns five-dollars to the economy, and that I-T
investment drives productivity, and that productivity drives the
economy. Smart Utilities, said Mr. Charney, increases productivity and
increased productivity can raise the standard of living for people
around the world.
Charney said that the evolution of the Internet goes from 1 to 1, to 1
to Many, to Many to Many, and noted that people want information, not
data. He then provided a glimpse into the future when stating that
"real holograms" may be 3 to 5 years out, and joking that
"teleportation could suck-up a lot of bandwidth," the physics concept
of Quantum Entanglement suggests that one could disassemble an object
here and reassemble it there, and that by the year 2020, computer
telepathy is likely - using thought to propel a robot, for instance.
is what this is all about," said Mr. Charney. He then quoted inventor
Charles Kettering, who brought us such things as the spark plug, Freon,
and safety glass. When asked why he was so driven to invent things,
Kettering replied, "My interest is in the future because I am going to
spend the rest of my life there."
a brief question and answer session, President Bert presented our
speaker with a certificate commemorating his visit and that a donation
will be made in his honor for our Club's Adaptive Swing project.
Meeting was adjourned at 1:30 p.m.
week's program will be Superior Court Judge Eugene Hayman speaking on
the topic, "Early Intervention Program for Domestic Violence."
Respectfully submitted and telepathically yours via the Internet (with plenty of information, not simply data),
Brian Adams, Rotary Summary Committee
Photos Provided By: Paul Tumason