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“WHATEVER ROTARY MAY MEAN TO US, TO THE WORLD IT WILL BE KNOWN BY THE RESULTS IT ACHIEVES.”

—PAUL P. HARRIS (Rotary Founder)

Rotarians are your neighbors, your community leaders and some of the world’s greatest history-makers: 

  • Warren G. Harding, U.S. president
  • Jean Sibelius, Finnish composer
  • Dr. Charles H. Mayo, co-founder of Mayo Clinic
  • Guglielmo Marconi, Italian inventor of the wireless radio and Nobel laureate
  • Thomas Mann, German novelist and Nobel laureate
  • Friedrich Bergius, German chemist and Nobel laureate
  • Admiral Richard E. Byrd, American explorer
  • Jan Masaryk, foreign minister of Czechoslovakia
  • H.E. Soleiman Frangieh, president of Lebanon
  • Dianne Feinstein, U.S. senator
  • Manny Pacquaio, Filipino world-champion boxer and congressman
  • Richard Lugar, U.S. senator
  • Frank Borman, American astronaut
  • Edgar A. Guest, American poet and journalist
  • Sir Harry Lauder, Scottish entertainer
  • Franz Lehar, Austrian composer
  • Lennart Nilsson, Swedish photographer
  • James Cash Penney, founder of JC Penney Co.
  • Carlos Romulo, UN General Assembly president
  • Sigmund Sternberg, English businessman and philanthropist

Ready to make history with us? Get involved. 

 

 

 
 
We were impressed with the goals and dedication of our speakers at today's meeting. Darrell and Alicia Cortez lead a team of volunteers for Shop With a Cop Silicon Valley. They work with kids at Santee Elementary School; improving reading skills and community/police relationships. They have a fundraiser coming up Aug 20- Tacos and Margaritas anyone? Check it out, and do plan on attending. Also let your friends and family know.
 

 
 
 
 
At the onset, we would all like extend a heart felt Thank You to our Outgoing President Robbie. What a wonderful and Outstanding two years we have had with him. We will miss him standing up at the dais every Thursday welcoming us with his warm, friendly and approachable demeanor. But glad to be now able to sit and chat with him at lunch and continue to work with him on various projects together.
 
We all Welcome Charlie aboard as our new President. He is all enthused to make it a great Rotary year, with special emphasis on increasing club membership to help work with our neighbors in the upliftment of the most economically challenged areas in Silicon Valley. We whole heartedly support Charlie in all his endeavors, and to work with him to make it an awesome year for our club.
 
Following are a few dates Charlie would like us to mark in our calendars:
 
Third Monday of the Month 5:00 p.m. - SJEE Board Meeting at Grace Church
Third Thursday of the Month - Pin Day (Decorate yourself with all the Rotary Pins you have)
Fourth Sunday of the Month - Sunday Friends Volunteer Opportunity
July 30 - Robbie's Debunking Barbecue
Aug 2 - National Night Out 
Aug 26 - SJEE Presentation to Faculty Staff of Evergreen College
Aur 27 - Membership Seminar
Sep 12 - SJEE 50th Anniversary Celebrations
Oct 17 - Human Trafficking Seminar S.J. City Council Chambers
Feb 17 - Crab Feed
 
 
 

 
 

RI President K.R. Ravindran shares a personal story of triumph over polio at the closing session of the 107th Rotary convention.
Photo Credit: SJ Cho

RI President K.R. Ravindran closed the convention in Korea on Wednesday, 1 June, with a poignant story about his mother's fight to survive polio at age 30.

When Ravindran was 11 years old in his native Sri Lanka, his mother awoke one day feeling weak and short of breath. Sitting down to rest, she found herself unable to move. The polio virus had quickly invaded her nervous system, resulting in paralysis.

She was placed in an iron lung at the hospital to enable her to breathe, and was told that her chances of walking, or even surviving without a ventilator, were slim. But most Sri Lankan hospitals were not equipped with ventilators in 1963.

Ravindran's grandfather, a Rotary member, hosted a club committee meeting in his living room the evening after his daughter was rushed to the hospital. Rather than simply offer consolation, his fellow members went to work, using their business acumen and professional connections to find a ventilator.

One of the members was a bank manager who called a government minister to facilitate a quick international transfer of funds. Another member, a manager at SwissAir, arranged to have a ventilator flown in. The next day, it arrived at the hospital.

"There was so much red tape at the time in Sri Lanka, but somehow, those Rotarians made it all fall away," Ravindran told the packed audience at the KINTEX Convention Center in Goyang city.

Ravindran's mother spent a year-and-a-half in a hospital bed, but her condition gradually improved. She eventually left the hospital walking -- with a walker, but upright, on her own two feet.

"Fifty-three years ago, my mother's life was perhaps one of the very first to be saved from polio by Rotarians," Ravindran said. "We have saved millions of lives since then.

"Tonight, I stand before you as her son, and your president, to say that soon -- perhaps not in years but in months -- Rotary will give a gift that will endure forever: a world without polio."

At the convention's general session the day before, Rebecca Martin, director of the Center for Global Health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, had described how close we are to polio eradication. Earlier that day, Rotary released an additional $35 million in grants to support global efforts to end the crippling disease.

This year's convention, one of the largest in Rotary history, attracted more than 43,000 attendees from over 150 countries. Ravindran, in his final speech to members as their president, emphasized what it really means to be a Rotarian.

"There are people on this planet whose lives are better now because you traversed this earth," he said. "And it doesn't matter if they know that or not. It doesn't matter if they even know your name or not. What really matters is that your work touched lives; that it left people healthier, happier, better than they were before."

LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT YEAR

Following Ravindran's remarks, members of Ravindran's Rotary Club of Colombo, Sri Lanka, and RI President-elect John Germ's Rotary Club of Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, took the stage to exchange club banners, a tradition that unofficially marks the changing of the guard.

Germ told the audience that Rotary is about to begin the most progressive year in its history.

"You told us that we need to change and become more flexible so that Rotary service will be attractive to younger members, recent retirees, and working people," Germ said. "You spoke with clarity, and groundbreaking legislation was passed this year at the Council on Legislation.

"Clubs now have the opportunity to be who they want to be, but at the same time remain true to our core. I'm pleased to share with you that Rotarians all over the world are responding with great excitement."

 
 

 
 
 
Charlie has just started a Twitter account for San Jose East/Evergreen Rotary.
 
If you use Twitter, please start to follow the San Jose Est/Evergreen Rotary tweets : 
 
Here is the address:  @east_sj
 
The more followers it has, the faster the network will grow. This networking will start to build the club's
reputation which could make it easier to do joint larger projects.
 
 

 
 
Club Project in India
 
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Speakers
Jul 28, 2016
Yukio Shimomura
“My Two and Half Years Behind Barbed Wire”
Aug 04, 2016
Michael Kevane
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