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  • First ever Member Survey - very successful and helped drive goals for the year
  • SLACK onboarding 66% joined - Highest ever member participation
  • Awesome newsletters, Website updates, Rotary theme templates and more
Amy Menon joined Rotary Club of East Palo Alto Bayshore in 2013. She transferred to our club in 2018. She maintains and manages our website (ClubRunner) and SLACK and publishes our club newsletters. She enjoys attending Rotary Conventions - Atlanta, Toronto, and Hamburg. Her favorite area is the House of Friendship for cultural performances, Rotary projects, and meeting Rotarians from around the world.
Join our Club Committees
Get involved in the Rotary Club of Silicon Valley Passport by joining a committee! This is a good opportunity to help develop a project (local or international), expand your professional network, and share your expertise with others. Or perhaps you're curious and want to learn something new.
If interested, please contact the respective Chairs:
Community Services: Jacqueline Monteon
International Services: Ravi Menon
Vocational Services: Krishna Chittabathini
Membership: Indra Desai
Communications: Amy Menon
Donating Shoes and Clothes to Disha Darshan
Disha Darshan is a one stop center to help women with resources, especially for south Asian and immigrant women of domestic violence and abuse. The organization has helped abandoned NRI (non-resident Indian) brides, and underprivileged women with free health services, food, support, legal representation, financial encouragement, and social assistance.
President of Disha Darshan, Rini Johar: Our motto is service with a smile with empathy, sympathy, and the belief that “one woman with courage is a majority”. Disha means the way and Darshan to show. DISHA DARSHAN meaning is to show the way. Our organization shows women the way to become self- reliant and to help them gain back their self- esteem. During this pandemic, the women needing assistance have quadrupled with some close to being homeless.
On August 13th, Rotary Club of Silicon Valley Passport took up the task of supporting these women by donating shoes. Club President Jeetu Lakhotia and board member Krishnakumari Reddy donated new clothes as well.
More Shoe Donations for Rotary Club of Silicon Andhra
August 13, 2020: Club President Jeetu Lakhotia, board member Krishnakumari Reddy, and Shreya Jani donated shoes to the Rotary Club of Silicon Andhra for their Shoe Drive Fundraiser. They donated 160 pairs of shoes!
Left photo: Thank you to Shreya's dad for joining us at the drop-off.
Since July 2020, more than half of our members have joined our community in Slack. It gave members an opportunity to engage online during this pandemic. This type of engagement would not be possible using email. Many of us never heard of Slack, but being Rotarians, we gave it a try. And you know what, we learned something new this year!
For those members who are not yet in Slack but would like to join, please send an email to Amy Menon to request an "Invitation to Join Slack". You can then set up your account and join in our conversations or simply to remain informed of club activities using your computer and smartphone (Android / iOS).
Jennifer E. Jones, Rotary president-nominee 2022 - 2023
Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International’s president for 2022-23, a groundbreaking selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history.
Inaugural Rotary Book Club
Wrestling the World: the life and times of rodeo champion Jack Roddy
September 30, 2020
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Lisa Akselrad, Co-Chair District Bookclub
Article from Aggie Freeman, Club Secretary
In our San Francisco Round Table, we first began discussing "Dealing with COVID-19 as a Healthcare Business," on March 11th and we've been discussing variations on the theme ever since. Fortunately, for yourself and your organizations, as sophisticated and knowledgeable healthcare leaders, you've relied on the latest science available, and been able to provide leadership to your team, regardless of where they were working. Others haven't been as fortunate.
Luisa Buada, has been CEO of Ravenswood Family Health Network since 2003, after having already founded two other clinics in the Salinas Valley and Berkeley, and becoming a co-founder of a roll-up of over 60 health centers that became LifeLong Medical Care (where Mike Stacey is now Chief Medical Officer). Since engineering the acquisition of MayView’s Centers on April 1 (making them also qualify as FQHCs), she and Ken have been on the front lines, with their doctors, clinicians, and staff serving the scared, the uninsured, underinsured, and undocumented.
Aggie Freeman has spent most of her distinguished career working with the State's largest employer, the University of California, resolving complex Worker's Comp cases. She, along with Ken, are also very active in Rotary International, where she serves as a medical professional on the District's "Coronavirus Task Force 2020," and with Ken, on the RotaCare Free Clinic Board of Directors.
Ken Graham, spent his career in hospital administration - including as CEO of El Camino, before becoming CEO of the three MayView ("free") Clinics, which had served the poor of Silicon Valley for 48 years. Under his leadership, in order for MayView to survive, Ken allowed the clinics to be acquired by Ravenswood, an FQHC, in East Palo Alto. (Ken is also the Founding Member of ABL-Health Silicon Valley.
by Amy Menon
This is our emergency kit that we have in our home. It is an easy "grab and go" backpack filled with supplies. With wildfires more common where I live in Solano County, and now all over the Bay Area, it is a good reminder to have one ready. If you do not have one, you can create your own emergency kit personalized to your needs. (In addition, I have one luggage filled with clothes, etc. - ready to grab and go as well.)
What's in my backpack?
1. Combo: flashlight, AM/FM radio, and universal charging adaptor
2. Emergency sleeping bag (84"x36"), water
3. Pocket Tool (multi-functional tool with 14 functions - bottle opener, screwdriver, knife, etc.)
4. Poncho, mask, gloves, matches, whistle, safety lightstick, duct tape, Ziplock bags, towel
5. Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, towel, razor, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, soap, etc.
6. First Aid kit (81 pieces)
You can check out the American Red Cross for a list of supplies.
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