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Club of Silicon Valley Passport
 
 
JULY NEWSLETTER
 
 
 
IN THIS ISSUE
 
President's Message
Meeting Highlights
International Projects
Club Stories
We're in SLACK
Member Survey Results
 
 
 
 
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
 
 
Jeetu Lakhotia
 
Dear Fellow Rotarians
 
In midst of this pandemic and time of unparalleled challenge, we find ourselves leaning to community for support and a feeling of normalcy. Especially in this time of crisis, as Rotarians, we have never been prouder to be a part of such an organization that ties, protects, and strengthens our communities both globally and locally.
 
As the 3rd passport club in the world, we strive to be “Flexible” in every aspect of our club. Rotary clubs around the world are striving to implement this flexibility as seamlessly as possible. With this new theme of flexibility, it’s time for us to take the next step in our journey, and make every aspect of our club easier.
 
In that spirit, I am proud to introduce the theme for this year: “Easy.”
 
By adopting this concept of flexibility, we strive for an easier access for members to engage, launch new projects, on-board new members, and connect with our eco-system of partner clubs and organizations.
 
Our Rotary International President Holger Knaack shared his vision with “Rotary Opens Opportunities,” summarizing these same views in an effort to make our club “Easy” for our members and communities to avail these opportunities.
 
Our four (4) key initiatives for the year 2020-2021 are:
• Increase Member Engagement
• Establish a Cornerstone Service Project
• Membership Growth
• Digital Transformation
 
I am truly humbled and honored to serve as your president for the year 2020-2021 and look forward to working with the board and each member.
 
Together, we will show our resilience and dedication to our Rotarian pledge of “service above self.”
 
Jeetu Lakhotia
President, Silicon Valley Passport Club
 
 
 
MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
 
 
 
 
JULY 11 -- It was the first meeting conducted by our new club President, Jeetu Lakhotia. He shared club and district news as well as giving everyone an opportunity to introduce themselves and engage. In addition, we had member Rav Barring share information on various fund raising platforms as well as presentations from Indra Desai (Membership Chair), Amy Menon (Communications Chair), Jacqueline Monteon (Community Services Chair), and Ravi Menon (International Chair). Overall, it was a lively meeting and quite informative.
 
 
JULY 25 -- The second meeting this month featured two of our own as speakers -- Krishnakumari Reddy (Training Chair) and Rini Johar (Board Member-at-Large). They both shared their personal and professional stories.
 
 
 
 
 
We hope you'll be able to join us at our next club meeting on Saturday August 1st.
 
The second meeting on August 15th has been cancelled so that we can be at the
District's Virtual Membership Seminar from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
 
 
 
INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS
 
Ravi Menon
International Services Chair
 
 
The following Rotary Foundation Global Grants were approved this month:
 
Mobile Health Screening Project
Rotary Club of Mangalore will provide a mobile screening facility which will screen non-communicable diseases (NCD), such as, diabetes and cervical cancer. They will partner with a local hospital for treatments. The project will take place in Mangalore, India.
Total funding: $165,110.00
 
The project is supported by Rotary Club of Mangalore, Rotary Club of Silicon Valley Passport (IPDG Ramesh Hariharan and Sobha Ramesh), DDF 3181, DDF 6540, and World Fund. Meenakshi Kandukuri (Treasurer) will provide project oversight from California.
 
 
Red Red Cross Blood Bank Components Gunter
The Global Grant will provide equipment for Breaking blood into components. Equipment such as “Blood bank refrigerated centrifuge”, “Apheresis Unit”, “Deep freezer with stabilizer” and more. The project will take place in Guntur, India. Total Funding: $115,516.00
 
The project is supported by Rotary Club of Guntur, Rotary Club of Silicon Valley Passport (IPDG Ramesh Hariharan and Sobha Ramesh), Rotary E-Club of Greater Sydney, Rotary Club of Gold Coast, Lake Success, DDF 7255, DDF 3150, DDF 9685, and World Fund.
 
 
e-Learning Pune Project 
To provide e-learning training, science and computer lab equipment along with WASH training, and pedagogical teacher training to two schools in Pune, India. Total Funding: $40,255.00
 
The project is supported by Rotary Club of Pune Sarasbaug and Rotary Club of Silicon Valley Passport.
 
 
CLUB STORIES
Past District Governor Ramesh Hariharan Honored with Proclamation of the City of East Palo Alto  
July 22, 2020: We are pleased to announce that our member, Ramesh Hariharan, Past District Governor 2019-20, has been honored and recognized by Proclamation of the City of East Palo Alto for his exemplary service and leadership to the East Palo Alto community. “East Palo Alto has a special place in my heart,” said PDG Ramesh Hariharan.  “In Rotary, together we see where people unite and most importantly, we strive to make communities better with volunteering and service.”
 
Ramesh Hariharan started as a Rotarian in year 2000 at the Rotary Club of San Jose. In 2013, he moved to the Rotary Club of East Palo Alto Bayshore and grew the club membership from 14 for 51 members as Club President. In 2016, Ramesh was instrumental in chartering the Rotary Club of Silicon Valley Passport, the third Passport Club formed in Rotary.
 
In 2019-20, Ramesh led Rotary District 5170 for the highest membership growth in the U.S., and the highest contribution for The Rotary Foundation in the world. Ramesh and his wife Sobha Ramesh are members of the Arch Klumph Society of Rotary International.
 
Click here to read more.
 
 
Shoe Drive Fundraiser
July 25, 2020: Lisa Akselrad, Immediate Past President, dropped off a bag of shoes to Rotary Club of Silicon Andhra in Milpitas for their Shoe Drive Fundraiser. They are raising funds for Silicon Andhra Sanjivani Hospital in India. Rotary Club of Silicon Andhra partnered with Funds2Orgs. The donated shoes will be sent to developing nations like Haiti, Colombia, India and Tanzania.
 
 
 
 
WE'RE IN
 
Slack was introduced to replace email communications and foster collaboration between members and speed up communication through in an organized manner. Ease of access on multiple devices has become a critical need in today's digital economy, driving faster results through team work. Over the past month, we have had a significant number of members sign up and join our group. If you haven't done so, this would be a good time to explore engaging with fellow members using this tool.
 
 
MEMBER SURVEY RESULTS
 
 
On June 7th, a survey was sent out to gather the voice of the members. The greater the participation the more accurate the results would be. For this survey the response rate was 25%. Although we would have loved to have received a higher response rate, the following results would guide our actions moving forward.
 
We used SurveyMonkey. It had 10 questions. It took 5 minutes to complete.
 
 
QUESTIONS
RESULTS
 
 
What is your preference for our club's second monthly meeting (virtual) per month?
 
 Third Saturday at 10 a.m. (30.77%)
 
 
 
Which Community Service project would you like our club to focus on this year?
 
1. Seniors (45.45%)
2. Education
3. Medical
 
 
 
Which International Service project would you like our club to focus on this year?
 
1. Water (36%)
2. Medical
3. Education
 
 
 
What is important to you as a Rotarian?
 
1. Community service projects (54%)
2. Networking
 
 
 
How would you like to become involved in our
club?
 
1. Community projects (46.16%)
2. Training opportunities
3. Club officer
 
 
 
Which area do you see the club needs to improve the most?
 
1. Member interaction (53.85%)
2. Need better communication
3. More community projects
 
 
 
How do you feel about our yearly membership dues?
 Just about right (92.31%)
 
 
What type of speakers should we solicit for our
club meetings?
 
1. Club members (92.31%)
2. Local business leaders
3. Talk about Rotary programs
 
 
 
How often do you visit our club’s website?
 
1. Monthly (38%)
2. Weekly (31%)
 
 
 
Which social channel would you like our club to participate?
 
1. LinkedIn (50%)
2. None (25%)
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events
Club Meeting
Aug 01, 2020
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
 
DARK: No Club Meeting
Aug 15, 2020
 
District: Membership Seminar
Aug 15, 2020
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
 
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Bulletin Editor
Amy Menon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Silicon Valley Passport
 
 
Club Leadership
Club President 2020-2021
 
Immediate Past President 2019-2020
 
Club Treasurer
 
Club Secretary
 
Board Member at Large
 
Board Member at Large
 
Membership Chair
 
Foundation Chair
 
Communications Chair
 
Vocational Services Chair
 
Training Chair
 
Community Services Chair
 
International Services Chair
 
New Channels Chair
 
Board Member, Strategy
 
Sergeant-at-Arms
 
Russell Hampton
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