Health and Safety Supplies for East Palo Alto Senior Center

In August, Jeetu Lakhotia, Club President announced that there was an opportunity to help East Palo Alto Senior Center in East Palo Alto, CA. 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. Rotarians Krishnakumari Reddy and Rini Johar stepped up to coordinate. By September, our club raised funds to purchase gloves, cloth masks, dental kits (toothbrush, toothpaste, floss), and soap packs. We are coordinating with the Rotary Club of East Palo Alto Bayshore and will soon deliver the packages to East Palo Alto Senior Center.
Health and Safety Supplies for East Palo Alto Senior Center Amy Menon 2020-09-24 07:00:00Z 0

Helping Out the Farmworkers

Posted by Meenakshi Kandukuri on Sep 19, 2020
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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. 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.
Helping Out the Farmworkers Meenakshi Kandukuri 2020-09-19 07:00:00Z 0

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.
 
More Shoe Donations for Rotary Club of Silicon Andhra Amy Menon 2020-08-13 07:00:00Z 0

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.
 
Donating Shoes and Clothes to Disha Darshan Amy Menon 2020-08-13 07:00:00Z 0

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.
 
 
 
Shoe Drive Fundraiser Amy Menon 2020-07-25 07:00:00Z 0

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.
 
 
Past District Governor Ramesh Hariharan Honored with Proclamation of the City of East Palo Alto Amy Menon 2020-07-22 07:00:00Z 0

Thank You - Lisa Akselrad, Club President 2019 - 2020

June 6, 2020: Lisa conducted her last meeting as Club President with over 20 Rotarians and guests in attendance via Zoom. Aggie Freeman (Club Secretary) shared a nice photo of Lisa holding her Rotary gift, a silver and gold globe. The other photos show her at the American Red Cross Bootcamp and volunteering at the American Red Cross Blood Drive in Los Altos. Thank you Lisa for your leadership in 2019 - 2020 and Service Above Self.
 
 
 
Thank You - Lisa Akselrad, Club President 2019 - 2020 Amy Menon 2020-06-19 07:00:00Z 0

Lisa at American Red Cross Blood Drive

May 1, 2020 -- Lisa Akselrad volunteered at the American Red Cross blood drive in Los Altos. The shelter-in-place orders brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted a shortage in blood donations. The local blood drive would fill that critical need. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lisa at American Red Cross Blood Drive Amy Menon 2020-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

Making Masks for Healthcare Workers

May 1, 2020 -- Our Rotary member Glen W. sent in this wonderful story.  He included photos of his wife, Yen and fellow TheatreWorks costume staff members making masks for local healthcare workers. They were made at their costume shop located at Redwood Shores within the last several weeks. Although all performances have been cancelled for the rest of this season, they have volunteered their time to produce hundreds of masks for Valley Medical staff in San Jose. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TheatreWorks just celebrated their 50th season and won the prestige Tony Award last year as the best regional theater company in the country! Click here to learn more. 
Making Masks for Healthcare Workers Amy Menon 2020-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

Members at Rotary District 5170 International Expo

February 1, 2020 -- Several of our members attended the International Expo which was held at the University of Silicon Andhra in Milpitas, CA.  The event highlighted a variety of club projects to become involved in or support plus we were introduced to some wonderful cultural performances which we all enjoyed!  And of course, there were many opportunities to network, form new friendships, and renew old ones. 
 
Members at Rotary District 5170 International Expo Amy Menon 2020-02-01 08:00:00Z 0

Lisa at MobilePack

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The Silicon Valley MobilePack was a two-day event sponsored by Orchard Valley Christian Church and Bridges Community Church. Our Club President, Lisa Akselrad took part on Saturday November 16, 2019. She labeled and packed food for the organization Feed My Starving Children, a Christian non-profit that provides nutritionally complete meals specifically formulated for malnourished children.  Over 207,000 packages of food were packed and would be sent to the Philippines for those in need. The package contained rice, soy, vegetables, and vitamins.
Lisa at MobilePack Amy Menon 2019-11-24 08:00:00Z 0

Toast to Indra Desai and Lisa Akselrad

June 8, 2019 -- It was time to celebrate Indra's year as Club President and to welcome Lisa Akselrad as incoming Club President 2019 - 2020.  The event was held at Flavors of India restaurant in San Jose.  Below are photo highlights of the event:
 
 
Toast to Indra Desai and Lisa Akselrad Amy Menon 2019-06-08 07:00:00Z 0

Mike Kutsuris Award

The Mike Kutsuris Membership Development Award will be presented to our club at the District 5170 District Conference on Saturday May 18, 2019 (luncheon) at the USS Hornet Museum in Alameda, CA.  The award is given to an individual or club who has been most successful in membership development during the Rotary year.  From July 2018 to April 2019, our club gained 18 new members thanks to the efforts of Ramesh Hariharan and Manuel Naku.
 
Mike Kutsuris Award Amy Menon 2019-05-14 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarians at Red Cross Rotary Boot Camp

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January 20, 2019 -- Our club members participated in the very first Red Cross Rotary Boot Camp held at the American Red Cross - Silicon Valley Chapter in San Jose.  The “Ready When the Time Comes” program was free and open to Rotarians, their friends and families.  The program consisted of the following: hands only CPR, smoke alarm installation and fire safety education, blood drives, and more.  “Ready When the Time Comes” certificates were handed out to those who completed the training.
Rotarians at Red Cross Rotary Boot Camp Amy Menon 2019-01-20 08:00:00Z 0

Donations to Sunnyvale Community Services

Posted on Dec 11, 2018
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Lisa stopped by the Sunnyvale Community Services and dropped off the donations she collected during our Holiday Potluck Party on December 1st.  (Thank you Lisa!) 
 
 
 
Donations to Sunnyvale Community Services Amy Menon 2018-12-11 08:00:00Z 0

Festiv'All - Small Business Resource Fair

Posted on Oct 19, 2018
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Festiv’All is one of Silicon Valley’s most celebrated Small Business Resource Fairs and largest multi-cultural networking mixers. An excellent opportunity for members of participating organizations to meet, greet, network and recruit. There were complimentary food samples from various multicultural restaurants as well as ongoing entertainment. We had a great time!  Thank you to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley!
Festiv'All - Small Business Resource Fair Amy Menon 2018-10-19 07:00:00Z 0

More Medical Supply Donations

Posted on Sep 22, 2018
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Members of our club helped sort, categorize, and boxed surplus medical and surgical supplies donated by local hospitals.  It took a few hours, but in the end about 14 boxes were ready for Monty Shore (Logistics Coordinator for the Flying Doctors) who will deliver them to people in need around the world. 
More Medical Supply Donations Amy Menon 2018-09-22 07:00:00Z 0
Medical and Surgical Supply Donations Ramesh Hariharan 2018-07-20 07:00:00Z 0