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Club of Silicon Valley Passport
 
 
SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER
 
 
IN THIS ISSUE
 
Rotarian of the Month
East Palo Alto Senior Center Project
Helping out the Farmworkers by Meena Kandukuri
International Projects: SUN Project
Boost Your Immunity Naturally by Rini Johar, BHMS, PhD
Avenues of Service Virtual Conference
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ROTARIAN OF THE MONTH
 
 
 
 
Krishna has been in the real estate industry for 15 years. She loves helping people find a place that fits their needs. She enjoys the outdoors and said that the California weather and beautiful topography has given her many opportunities to explore.
 
Krishna is our Training Chair and Community Services Co-Chair. She was involved in two Community Service projects: Shoe donations for Silicon Andhra Rotary and Disha Darshan nonprofit organization; and PPE supplies for East Palo Alto Senior Center.
 
Krishna joined Rotary in 2017. She said, "Rotary has given me the connection with like minded people and place to get involved in community services."
 
 
 
INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS
 
Ravi Menon
International Services Chair
 
At our club meeting on September 12th, we had Nathan Thomas Past President of Rotary Club of Raleigh Midtown as guest speaker. Nathan is designated to be District Governor 2022 - 2023, RI District 7710, North Carolina. He shared information about his project:
 
Solarize Uganda Now (SUN) – Uganda, Africa
 
Rotary Club of Raleigh Midtown and All We Are (an NGO founded by Nathan) seeks $7,500 from Rotary Club of Silicon Valley Passport, to bring solar power to St. Posiano Lwere Primary School in Butumbala district of Uganda in 2020-2021
  • Butumbala District of Central Uganda is almost off-grid and does not have access to electricity
  • 60% of the population is under the age of 17
  • Community needs assessment conducted by host Rotary Club of Neteete-Kampala
  • The project will include solar-powered classrooms, dormitories and security lights at six schools of which St Posiano Lwere Primary School is one site.
  • All We Are volunteer engineers designed the solar lighting systems, and their Ugandan team sourced and installed high quality components locally in over 30 projects to date.
Click here to read an article about Nathan Thomas from Rotary International.
 
 
COMMUNITY SERVICES
 
Krishnakumari Reddy
Community Services Co-Chair
 
Rini Johar
Board Member at Large
 
Project: East Palo Alto Senior Center
 
On August 16th, our Club President Jeetu Lakhotia announced in a Slack post that there was an opportunity to help our community. This time it was East Palo Alto Senior Center. They were looking for daily health and safety supplies for the seniors who could not afford to purchase or visit the Senior Center due to COVID-19. Krishnakumari Reddy and Rini Johar stepped up to coordinate. It was agreed that the masks should be purchased through a nonprofit organization in India called Udan Foundation NGO, whose mission was to assist the visually impaired. So our club ended up helping two organizations at the same time!
 
By September 2nd, we have achieved our goal; we raised $510.  A huge Thank You to our generous donors!
 
The following items were ordered with delivery date on September 24th:
  • 300 Nitrile gloves
  • 100 cloth masks - from Udan Foundation NGO in India
  • 96 dental kits (toothbrush, toothpaste, floss)
  • 96 soap packs (3 soaps in one pack)
There is another opportunity to help "pack and deliver" the packages to East Palo Alto Senior Center. Stay tuned!
Read the story:
East Palo Alto Rotarians Fighting Hunger
 
 
HELPING OUT THE FARMWORKERS
 
by Meenakshi Kandukuri
 
 
 
 
I want to thank our Passport Club member Charu Hirve for sharing this meaningful opportunity to contribute to the Farmworkers Caravan. She posted the information in our Rotary Club's SLACK group. I felt drawn to support this project because of how, as Bay Area residents, we are the recipients of the hard work of farmworkers who live near us.
 
The Farmworkers Caravan is sponsored by an organization called CasaQ and occurs on a regular basis to support families in Hollister, Salinas, and Watsonville. Through their clear instructions and multiple donation drop off locations, they made it easy to contribute. We enjoyed shopping for the requested supplies at Costco, thinking of the families that would be using these everyday necessities. We then dropped off the supplies at one of the three locations in San Jose, where there were smiling volunteers to help us load the supplies into large trucks. It would be wonderful to make this a regular project for our Rotary Club, and perhaps create an additional drop off site so that community members in Cupertino and other neighborhoods can also donate supplies.
 
 
Meena Kandukuri joined Rotary in 2017. She is our Treasurer. She donated her supplies on Saturday September 19, 2020. We love her Rotary mask! Thank you Meena!
 
 
 
Do you have a Rotary story to share?
Please submit to Amy Menon by October 18 for the October Newsletter.
 

 

 

We are continually exposed to organisms that are inhaled, swallowed, or inhabit our skin and mucous membranes. Whether or not these organisms lead to disease is decided by the integrity of our body’s defense mechanisms, or immune system.

Immune System Boosters: When searching for how to boost your immune system, look to these herbs, foods, supplements, essential oils, and lifestyle factors.

Herbs, such as, Echinacea is a powerful immune system stimulant and helps in recurring infections. Elderberry: the berries and flowers of the elder plant have been used as medicine for thousands of years. Even Hippocrates, the “father of medicine,” understood that this plant was key for how to boost your immune system. Astragalus Root is used as an immune system booster and disease fighter. Ginseng can help you to boost your immune system and fight infections.

Foods like bone broth supports immune function by promoting the health of your gut and reducing inflammation caused by leaky gut syndrome. Ginger to boost your immune system and helps to break down the accumulation of toxins in our organs. Green Tea contains antioxidant and immunomodulatory properties. It works as an antifungal and antivirus agent and may be helpful for immunocompromised patients. Vitamin C foods, like citrus fruits and red bell peppers, improve the health of your immune system by providing anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Beta-Carotene foods to help reduce inflammation and fight oxidative stress by eating foods rich in the carotenoid like carrot juice, pumpkin, sweet potato, red bell peppers, apricot, kale, spinach, collard greens.

Supplements like Probiotics, Vitamin D, or Zinc are very useful to improve the immune system.

 

If you have questions about this article, please contact Rini Johar, Board Member at Large. She has been a member of our club since 2018.

 

 
 
 
Rotary District 5170
 
Avenues of Service is a Rotary Club organized project fair that brings together business leaders and community members to learn about
local and international service projects.
 
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Upcoming Events
Board Meeting
Oct 03, 2020
9:30 AM – 10:15 AM
 
Club Meeting
Oct 03, 2020
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
 
Cancelled Club Meeting
Oct 17, 2020
 
Board Meeting
Nov 07, 2020
9:30 AM – 10:15 AM
 
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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
 
Community Services Co-Chair
 
New Channels Chair
 
Board Member, Strategy
 
International Services Chair
 
Sergeant-at-Arms
 
Russell Hampton
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