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10185 North Stelling Road
Cupertino, CA 95014
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Upcoming Activities
Rotary Book Club Northwest YMCA
Dec 02, 2014 07:00 PM
Kids Shopping Spree TBD
Dec 04, 2014 08:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Kids Snowflake Via West Campus
Dec 06, 2014 01:30 PM - 04:00 PM
Holiday Party Fontana's Restaurant
Dec 07, 2014 05:00 PM
Annual Senior Holiday Lunch - December 10, 2014 Dec 10, 2014 11:45 AM - 01:30 PM
Adults Snowflake Via West Campus
Dec 13, 2014 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Golf Tournament May 02, 2015
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President Hung Wei
President Elect Cecelia (Suzi) Blackman
Secretary Judy Wilson
Assistant Secretary Karen Morris
CFO Tom Hall
CREF President Kathy Nellis
Strategic Development Officer Richard Lowenthal
Director Marj Mancuso
Director John Bruzus
Director John Giovanola
Director Jerra Rowland
Director Wendell Stephens
Director Eva Martin-Long
Immediate Past President Savita Vaidhyanathan
Posted by Chris Zhang

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"Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving"

Jim Walker will moderate this annual tradition just prior to Thanksgiving where members have the opportunity to express their thanks and reflect on the blessings of life and family.

Posted by Leslie Davis on Nov 12, 2014

ImageOperation Snowflake is a joint venture between Cupertino Rotary and Via Services.  For over 7 years Rotarians have brought joy to kids and adults with developmental disabilities on Via’s Cupertino Campus – Via West.  Rotarians are asked to volunteer by placing snow – meadow or sled run, decorating trees, running crafts, etc., - it is holiday fun for all.  Sign up for either date (click on date to sign up online) – December 6th or  December 13th online or in person.  For more questions, contact Snowflake Chair, Leslie Davis through ClubRunner or (408) 483-0681 (cell).

Posted by Pat Dowd on Nov 12, 2014

ImageHope you can join us on the 11th. It is a festive way to bring in the holidays and everyone’s generosity helps make the holidays brighter for many clients of WVCS.
TIME:                          5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
PLACE:                      At the home of John Gatto and Pat Dowd 10641 Madera Drive, Cupertino
COST:                        $20 per person.
 Donations in the form of cash or gift cards will also be accepted for West Valley Community Services. A      representative  from WVCS will be at the event to accept the donations.
R.S.V.P:                     408-245-6455 or
Posted by Bob Adams on Nov 12, 2014

ImagePlease return the shopping bags handed out last Wednesday.  Bring with canned goods, noodles, tuna, shelf-stable milk, packaged nuts and more.  Your generous food contributions go directly to WVCS food pantry  to help feed WVCS's growing client base.  Thanks for your help.



Posted by Rod Sinks

Visiting Rotarians
Dr Bharat, Jamshedpur, India
'Doc' Vijaya Bharat, guest of Savita Vaidhyanathan
Arnan Guleria, guest of Gauri Guleria
Susan Black and Susan Latshaw, guests of Gary Latshaw
Nina Wong, guest of Steve Andrews
Jennifer Brown, guest of Imgard Lafrenz
Janelee Adams, guest of Leslie Davis
President's Club
Orrin Mahoney joined on the occasion of the Club being recognized as the volunteer organization of the year!

Larry Dean joined to share the news that his daughter Courtney was just married.

Henry Buffalow joined to induct Steve Andrews into the Loyal Order of Hammerheads

Thanksgiving Dinner Meal Delivery - 11/27 8:30AM New Safeway on Homestead - email Rod Sinks
Community Services Committee call for 2H project proposals at next meeting 12/17 10:30AM - Rod Sinks
Senior Holiday Luncheon - Dec 10 - Colleen Hudgen
CREF Holiday Gift Card $20 - April Bignel
Operation Snowflake - Dec 6 & 13 - Leslie Davis
Red Badge Talk by Rares Olariu
Rares grew up and went to medical school in western Romania. He was a Buzias Rotary Club founder in 2005. He recently moved to California with his spouse and young son, Alex. He is a public health microbiologist, now at Stanford, doing research focused on Congenital Toxoplasmosis in infants. He diagnoses and treats parasitic infections, and also has a passion to prevent domestic violence suicide, and alcohol abuse.

PP Steve Andrews and President Hung presented a check to Nina for $2350 to fund a new duck pond at Deer Hollow Farm, which was used as incentive to get matching funds from other donors, including Mountain View Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs. The total is enough to fund both duck pond and house.

Dominique Solomon, Interact President at Cupertino High, Irmgard LaFrenz and Lee McCrumb shared their experiences from the District 5170 Interact Fall Leadership Conference with 4000 Interactors.
Don Allen introduced another program in our continuing series, "Coming to America," and three Club members shared their stories.  A video of the program can be watched here:

Irmgard Lafrenz, a native of Luebeck, Germany, talked about the challenges she faced when she moved to California, including loneliness and language. There were humorous moments, too, and we learned the German word Brustwarze. She married, later divorced and raised her son Daniel.

She started her own business, Globalpress Connection, which has been in operation for 25 years through the many ups and downs of the economy, and built a family of local friends including many in the Rotary Club. 

Alex Verstak was born and grew up in Minsk, Belarus, a city of 2 million in a country of 10 million people, which always seems to come in 3rd to Ukraine and Russia, whether in Olympic glory or steel production. His father sought opportunity and found employment in the US with a small company and transplanted his family to Virginia. Alex graduated from Virginia Tech with support from the owner of his dad's company. He went to work for Google around 2001 and has been working on Google Scholar for 10 years.

Savita Vaidhyanathan was born in Kerala in southwestern India. Moved 10 times within India while growing up, and has a sister three years older. She got a degree in math and education and entered the field of banking.
She moved to the US with husband Doc and their young daughter in 1991 for husband's job. She had no work visa, and was a stay at home mom for years, volunteering in schools through daughter in middle school.  Later, she earned an MBA at SJSU, and found passion in community service through Rotary and WVCS.


"Giving Thanks" Our Annual Thanksgiving Program -- Jim Walker
Each year on the day before Thanksgiving, 20 Cupertino Rotarians speak from their hearts as they tell us why they are truly thankful.  Thanksgiving is day set aside for family and friends to get together for a special day to give thanks for what they have.  Thanksgiving always falls on the 4th Thursday of November which creates the opportunity to celebrate a four day weekend, a perfect time for trips....or to go shopping!
Thanksgiving was established as an annual holiday in the United States in 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln.  Many people trace the original Thanksgiving to the harvest celebration that the Pilgrims held in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621.  However, their first true Thanksgiving was in 1623, when they gave thanks for rain that ended a drought.  Maybe it's time once again to give thanks for our recent rains!  What are you truly thankful for this year?  See you Wednesday at Rotary!
Posted by Jerra Rowland on Jun 29, 2014

If you would like to be on Hung Wei's Weekly Agenda please contact  Jerra Rowland by the Sunday night before the meeting. Please email her at
If you would like to include slides as part of your announcement, please send them to Jerra Rowland well in advance of the meeting, at least 3 to 4 days, and she will be able to include your info in the flow of the meeting  when you are at the microphone for your one minute of fame. This is particularly important for club chairs who want to announce meetings, accomplishments, or details that are better covered with more than a one minute verbal overview. Send Jerra bullet points and she will do the rest.

Posted by Stuart Rosenberg on Jul 02, 2014

The following information is for club members with articles to submit to the Rotator.
Deadline for Article Submission: To help the editors in the work they do, please plan to make your submissions by the end-of-the-day Thursday. Please email them to Later submissions might be deferred to the next week's Rotator, depending on how far along the editor is in processing the meeting and program staff reporting for the current week.
Our outstanding editors are assigned as follows: First Wednesday - Gary Latshaw; Second Wednesday - Pallavi Shah; Third Wednesday - Chris Zhang Fourth Wednesday - Stuart Rosenberg; Fifth Wednesday - Peter Troop.
Our highly esteemed meeting reporters are assigned as follows: First Wednesday - Janice Chua; Second Wednesday -Calina Thompson; Third Wednesday - Rod Sinks; Fourth Wednesday - Open;; Fifth Wednesday - Laurie Campbell.

Weekly Program & Luncheon Speaker
Dec 03, 2014
Dec 10, 2014
Annual Senior's Holiday Program.
Jan 07, 2015
Google's Ocean Mapping Program
Jan 14, 2015
Get in the Game: Anti-Human Trafficking action and the Super Bowl
Jan 21, 2015
Annual Club Level High School Speech Contest
Jan 28, 2015
State of the City Address
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Full Yr 2013:     403
Full Yr 2012:     223
Full Yr 2011:     650
Full Yr 2010:  1,349


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