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AUTUMN NEWSLETTER 2021
 
 
IN THIS ISSUE
 
President's Message
Community Service
Membership
District 5170
Rotary International
 
 
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
 
The year 2021 is coming to an end. Covid-19 is still in the news. We were fortunate enough to be able to celebrate our Thanksgiving in a better way compared to the 2020 celebration. We were blessed and fortunate to be able to continue with our Rotary service. Our club continued to take part in different activities and still planning to do many more services to the community at large. Your participation this year was highly appreciated. Thank you!
 
We join Rotary to serve and give back to our community and the world at large. Rotary community have adapted and innovated with the changes in society. Our Passport Club is an example of this.
 
Please continue to contribute to The Rotary Foundation, together we will not only serve to change the lives of others, but we will also change our own lives.
 
Krishna Reddy
President 2021 - 2022
 
 
 
COMMUNITY SERVICE
 
 
The Rotary Club of Silicon Valley Passport is a service club dedicated to improving the lives of others both in our community and around the world. As a Rotary Passport Club we encourage our members to engage in service in ways that fit within their work, family, and life commitments.
 
Heart of the Valley
"Reindeer" Project
 
One of the most vulnerable groups that is most impacted by this long running pandemic is seniors. Many of them have been deprived of human interactions during this pandemic. Our club members expressed interest in helping out the senior community during our annual community service survey earlier this year. This holiday season, our club has teamed up with Heart of the Valley, a South Bay based nonprofit organization providing services to seniors in our community. Many of our club members signed up to be Santa’s Reindeers to deliver gifts to seniors in their neighborhood. We are grateful for this opportunity for our club to bring some cheer to seniors in our community.
 
Madhu Krishnan
Community Services Chair
 
 
 
Krishna Reddy and Maya Rajaram delivered gifts to two seniors in Santa Clara.
 
 
 
 
Mahesh Nihalani made three gift deliveries in Sunnyvale.
 
 
Other Reindeer volunteers - Ramesh Hariharan, Meena Kandukuri, Lisa Akselrad and Madhu Krishnan.
 
 
Recycling and Donation Event in East Palo Alto
 
Our club participated in the Recycling and Donation event on November 13, 2021 organized by Rotary Club of East Palo Alto Bayshore. This Donation Drive generated funds for community projects in East Palo Alto. Our members donated recyclables, as well as volunteered to help load donated items into the Goodwill truck. Volunteers were: Amy and Ravi Menon, Krishna Reddy, Rachel Ong, and Maya Rajaram. 
 
 
 
 
We had a fun day! There was a constant stream of vehicles loaded with electronic and house hold recyclables, which kept us on our toes. In the end, we managed to fill the Goodwill truck which would mean more $$ for service projects in East Palo Alto. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Raised $500 for Bike Locks
by Krishna Reddy, President
 
 
Cupertino Rotary Club, championed by Shyamoli Banerjee, a Community Service project for Uplift Family Service in San Jose.
 
As per their request, 39 bikes were being donated to their families, with helmets and locks as Christmas presents.
 
Cupertino Rotary Club was running short on funds and approached our club to support and partner with them to complete the project. Our board member Mahesh Nihalani took the initiative and approached our members to come together to raise $500. As we do not have DDF funds, individuals came forward and pooled the funds in a true Rotarian spirit.
 
I am proud to be part of this wonderful group!
 
 
Thank You for Your Contributions!
 
Mahesh Nihalani
Krishna Reddy
Jeetu Lakhotia
Krishna Chittabathini
Meena Kandukuri
 
 
 
Care for Children
5K / 10K Walk / Run
 
On September 5th, Ramesh Hariharan participated in the Care for Children 5K / 10K Walk/Run organized by The Art of Living volunteers and the Rotary Club of Silicon Valley for Global Impact. Ramesh said, "We had a great turnout of about 20 people from Art of Living Center."
 
 
 
5K Walk: Ramesh with Meera Nagaraj, Director - Art of Living Center, Fremont
 
 
 
MEMBERSHIP
 

This was an opportunity to acknowledge our members in person and their Service Above Self since our club could only meet virtually the past year. The Rotary pins were handed out before the start of our service project (Recycling and Donation event) in East Palo Alto.

 

Rachel Ong received her Rotary pin from President Krishna Reddy and an "End Polio Now" pin from Ravi Menon, Foundation Chair. Thank you Rachel for supporting The Rotary Foundation!

 
 
 
 
Krishna Reddy handed out the "Women in Rotary" and "Ignite" pins.
Maya Rajaram received a "Rotary - Proud" pin from Amy Menon, Secretary.
 
 
And Just One More ...
 
Shreya Jani, Public Image Chair, shared a photo of herself from her
2010 Yearbook - Fremont Christian School. An Interact project for End Polio Now!
 
 
 
 
 
 
DISTRICT 5170
2021 Avenues of Service 
 
Thank you to Lisa Akselrad for the following photos from
District 5170 - Avenues of Service (October 2, 2021).
 
 
 
Left photo: Ron Sekkel and Ramesh Hariharan; Middle photo: Linda Coble and Lisa Akselrad;
Right photo: Herb Ritter, District Membership Chair
 
 
Linda Coble was Keynote Speaker at the event. Linda served as the first female president of the Rotary Club of Honolulu, and the first female District Governor in District 5000.
 
 
 
2022 Rose Parade
 
You can watch the Rotary float on TV or other online platforms on
January 1, 2022 at 8:00 AM (PST). It will be televised from Pasadena, CA.
 
For more information visit www.rotaryfloat.org
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ROTARY INTERNATIONAL
 
 
2022 Rotary International Convention
 
Click here for more information and registration
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Don't forget to GIVE to --
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events
Service Project: Reindeer or Joy Spreader
Dec 01, 2021 – Dec 15, 2021
 
Cancelled: Club Meeting
Dec 16, 2021
 
Cancelled: Club Meeting
Jan 01, 2022
 
Board Meeting
Jan 04, 2022
6:00 PM – 6:30 PM
 
Club Meeting
Jan 08, 2022
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
 
Club Meeting
Jan 20, 2022
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
 
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Rotary Club of Silicon Valley Passport
 
 
Executives & Directors
Club President
 
Immediate Past President
 
Club Treasurer
 
Club Secretary
 
Member at Large
 
Membership Chair
 
Foundation Chair
 
Vocational Services Chair
 
Environment & Health Chair
 
New Channel Chair
 
Community Services Chair
 
Youth Services Chair
 
International Services Chair
 
Public Image Chair
 
Board Member, Strategy
 
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