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
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.
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: http://vimeo.com/112530611
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!