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Please Join Us At The Rotary Summit Center In Downtown San Jose

"100 Years of Leadership, Fellowship and Humanitarian Service"

We meet on Wednesdays at Noon at

The Rotary Summit Center

88 South 4th Street
7th Floor
San Jose, CA 95112
United States

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Cultivating a Highly Ethical Workplace Based on the Rotary 4-Way Test

Lori Raineri, President of Government Financial Strategies and Certified Fraud Examiner, will present a review of what the most up to date neuroscience tells us about workplace culture and how to motivate ethical behavior, and specifically how the Rotary Four-Way Test, created in 1932 is relevant today as an important tool in this effort.  As a well known public finance advisor, Lori will share insights gained from working with hundreds of government agencies for more than 25 years, financing more than $7 billion of public works projects, and serving as an expert witness in litigation related to securities and government contracting.

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It's not often you hear cheers for the development of a grassy spot in a park, but that's what happened on Wednesday at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Rotary PlayGarden at the Guadalupe River Park.

The $6 million project will transform about 4 acres of the park across the street from the Coleman Market Center into a colorful playground that's designed to be accessible for children in wheelchairs or with other special needs. But while it's being built with that in mind, speaker after speaker on Wednesday made the point that it's really intended for all kids, whether they have disabilities or not.

Julie and Mel Matsushima, both past presidents of the Rotary Club of San Jose, were inspired to pitch the park as the club's 100th anniversary project and gift to the community because of their desire to have a place where their twin granddaughters Aimee and Chloe could play side by side. Aimee, 16, was born with brain damage and cerebral palsy and has spent the majority of her life in a wheelchair.

"Having a park that all children could enjoy, that was the dream," Julie Matsushima said.

About 150 people gathered on a hot, sunny day to watch Jon Ball, vice president of contractor Hensel Phelps, and several elected officials and sponsors put the first shovels to the ground on the project, which has been several years in the making and is expected to be completed in October or November. "Some people say this is like a marathon," said former San Jose vice Mayor Shirley Lewis, a past Rotary Club president who was a major supporter of the effort, "but it's been more like a relay race with a number of people carrying the baton."

Several foundations, plus the city of San Jose, Santa Clara County and the Santa Clara County Office of Education contributed to the effort. Many Bay Area construction and trades companies are providing in-kind services to help keep costs down, and the club -- I'm one of its 400-plus members, by the way -- raised $1 million from its membership.

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Posted by Sal Pizzaro on 04/18/2014 in the San Jose Mercury News. 

 SpringFiresides BGB

Tuesday May 13 through Sunday May 18, 2014

The Fun & Fellowship Committee invites you to participate in the upcoming Spring Firesides. If you've attended a Fireside before, you know how much fun they are; if you have never been, you can expect to have a wonderful time. Firesides are social events—open to all members, which are hosted at a Rotarian’s home or business. The goal of the Fireside program is to meet new people and promote Rotary fellowship. Red Badgers are encouraged to take part, and this is a great opportunity to introduce potential new members to Rotary. Party themes are as varied as the hosts. It’s first come, first serve—so look for a sign up sheet in the lobby, or contact Alida Bray directly (click here) if you would like to host or attend a Fireside. 

Golf BGB 

Thursday, May 15 at 1 pm

San Jose Country Club


There will be a shotgun start and shamble format. Each team uses the best drive and the players play their own ball. The top two scorers are entered for the competition. 

Prizes, appetizers, fellowship

The great outdoors! 

To sign up please contact Lynn Devou by clicking here

For more information, download the Golf Event Flier by clicking here.


Major David Yardley was commissioned as a Salvation Army Officer in 1992 and served for 10 years as Commanding Officer in Auburn, Stockton and Eureka.

A career change followed, which utilized David’s abilities to serve as an administrator in the Salvation Substance Recovery Program, known as the Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC). He spent time in Canoga Park and Pasadena as an ARC Administrator. 

In 2008, David was appointed as the Salvation Army Monterey County Coordinator and for the past 9 months, he has been assigned as Santa Clara County Coordinator. 

David is a hard worker and enjoys being of service. He is a family man, who has recently celebrated his 30
th anniversary to his lovely wife Gaylene. Together they have been blessed with 2 children and 3 granddaughters. In his spare time, David loves to fish and enjoy sports. 

David is looking forward to being a part of the Rotary Club of San Jose. 



Prior to this meeting, volunteers and staff had assembled everything needed to conduct today’s agenda.

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And, beginning at 11:30 AM, some 35+ members emeritus had been invited to the Reunion Wine Reception. No reception line happened today…in its place emeritus members of long standing assembled and enjoyed more than one glass of wine.

Richard Whitney checked-in members as they arrived. Phil Simms, Jim Hummel, and others staffed the ‘Guest Registration table’. CEO John Kennett was available and ensuring that things happened as planned. The atmosphere was relaxed, jovial and positive.

At 12:25 PM President Carl Salas rang the bell to call Meeting 4973 to order; began his welcoming message to all members and their guests.

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Phil Strong led us all in singing ‘God Bless America’ which was followed by

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the ‘Thought for the Day’ presented by Todd Trekell which dealt ‘Being Sorry’. Being sorry is not about you, but begs forgiveness and ‘pushes onward’.

President Carl Salas asked the Red Badgers to introduce themselves. Karla Lomax, PG&E and Michael Fulton, Comerica Bank (who is retiring in a few days) conveyed the mobile microphones to members who introduced their guests. 13 guests were introduced.

12:37 PM John McLeod presented several news items: The Board of Supervisors asked the Sheriff to look into having a collaborative agreement to assist the SJPD in community safety and security services. The SJPD is down to about 900 Officers today when a short time ago some 1400 police provided community safety and security services. And SJSU just appointed Andrew Feinstein as its provost.

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Former President David Downs introduced David Yardley, Salvation Army as the newest member who had been a member of the Monterey Rotary Club for 8 years.

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12:46PM….Vic LoBue and President Carl presented graphs which showed that this club has two members who joined back in 1952. Others had been members since 1954; etc. etc. until 1986 when the first woman was provided membership privileges. All in all some 56 Rotarians had been members for more than 30 years. All ‘members emeritus’ were asked to stand up to conclude this segment of this meeting.

To watch the Club's 100 year video click on the picture. 


View the SV Business Journal's Magazine of our 100 Year Celebration by CLICKING HERE. It may take a few moments depending on your download speed. 

Click Here For The Details Of Membership And Our Application! 

Our meeting speakers are on KLIV Wednesday evening at 7 PM the week after the meeting.  Tune in to 1590 AM on your radio dial and enjoy the program speaker once again or for the first time if you missed the meeting. No, it does not count as a meeting make up.  Nice try!

Mike Danberger records the meeting and clips the speaker's talk and our questions for everyone in the valley to enjoy every Wednesday evening.  Tune in! 

CreaTV San Jose's SJSU interns will be recording some of the lunch speakers for playback on Comcast Channel 15 and 30.  "Rotary Presents" will air every Monday night at 7pm on the Silicon Valley Channel 30.
If you are not a Comcast customer but have broadband internet access, you maybe able to view the video on demand here at CreaTV San Jose's website. Put in "Rotary" in the TITLE window, click on SUBMIT and all our programs will appear. Choose the speaker you want to see/hear. This is thanks to member Suzanne St. John-Crane, Executive Director, CreaTV San Jose. 


Rotarians all over the world have been working in unison to ensure that no child will ever again know the crippling effects of Polio. It has been twenty years since the last case was reported in the Americas. India continues to achieve zero polio cases while frantic efforts are underway in polio-endemic countries. Let us all rededicate ourselves to the cause and keep fighting to eradicate Polio from the face of the earth. 

You can download Rotary International's "End Polio Now" bimonthly newsletter by Clicking On This Link. It was updated March 2014.

The bottom line is this: As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, all children – wherever they live – remain at  risk. You can track the progress on the internet of Polio eradication at this link. There is a Rotary International Link here

If you need information included in the web pages, want to comment or need something done on the web page, please contact the webmaster by clicking on this link: Email SJ Rotary Webmaster  Please do not contact the Rotary Office about the web pages. 

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View the SJ Rotary Web Stats Since April 12, 2009 by clicking here.  

There are 1,218,200+ Rotarians in 34,196 clubs in 196 Countries around the world.  The Rotary Club of San Jose, CA is in the Top Dozen of the Rotary Clubs in the World. We have entered our 100th year of service. Contact us for membership information. 

"Rotary is a worldwide network of inspired individuals who translate their passions into relevant social causes to change lives in communities."

Club Events
8:00AM--International House Mtg. International House - SJSU
Apr 25, 2014 08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
11:00AM--Photography Mtg. Summit Center
Apr 30, 2014 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
11:30AM--Philanthropic Action Meeting Summit Center
Apr 30, 2014 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
5:30PM--Rotaplast Meeting Joseph George
May 06, 2014 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM
5:30PM--Membership Development Summit Center
May 07, 2014 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM
12:00Noon--Book Club Il Fornaio
May 12, 2014 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
7:30AM--Membership Meeting Gordon House
May 13, 2014 07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
8:00AM--Downtown Development Mtg. Hopkins & Carley
May 13, 2014 08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
11:45AM--Program Mtg. Gordon House
May 13, 2014 11:45 AM - 01:00 PM
11:00AM--Leigh Weimer's Emerging Artists Summit Center
May 14, 2014 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
11:00AM--Career Development Mtg. Orloff/Williams office
May 14, 2014 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
7:30AM--Foundation Board Mtg. Gordon House
May 15, 2014 07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
7:30AM--Los Amigos de Washington School Mtg. Washington Elementary School
May 15, 2014 07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
12:00PM Int'l Service Mtg. Gordon House
May 15, 2014 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
11:30AM--Philosophy Mtg. Washington Elementary School
May 16, 2014 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
7:30AM--Board of Directors Mtg. Gordon House
May 20, 2014 07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
7:30AM--Adult Gift of Life Meeting O'Connor Hospital
May 21, 2014 07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
11:00AM--Youth Protection Mtg. Summit Center
May 21, 2014 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
11:15AM--Fun & Fellowship Meeting Summit Center
May 21, 2014 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
11:30AM--RotaCare Meeting Summit Center
May 21, 2014 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM
7:30AM--Red Badge Mtg. Gordon House
May 27, 2014 07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
11:15AM--Public Relations Meeting Summit Center
May 28, 2014 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
11:30AM--Military Care Pkgs Meeting Summit Center
May 28, 2014 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
11:30AM--Philanthropic Action Meeting Summit Center
May 28, 2014 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30PM--Youth Exchange Mtg. Summit Center
May 28, 2014 01:30 PM - 02:00 PM
4:00PM--Gordon House Mtg. Gordon House
May 29, 2014 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
8:00AM--International House Mtg. International House - SJSU
May 30, 2014 08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Rotary Spring BBQ Gordon House
Jun 11, 2014 05:00 PM - 09:00 PM
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