District Newsletter

August 2022 

Savvy Says...
Dear Rotarians of District 5170,
The month of August, our Membership designated month, was a very august month for D5170. We started with a wonderful Membership Seminar planned and executed by our Membership Chairs Camilla Boolootian and Geeta Kadambi. Click HERE for the video of our phenomenal speaker, Tom Gump and the informative slideshows from the presenters.
Many clubs added several new members with East Palo Alto Bayshore Rotary Club adding eight new Rotarians. I had the honor of inducting eleven new members, including three members who joined last year, during my visit to this very vibrant club. The big clubs of Oakland #3 and San Jose are also growing steadily. I also visited Mission San Jose and Mountain View clubs. I am driving the length and width of our District. This has been a very enlightening experience visiting the various clubs with very talented and generous Rotarians. 
East Palo Alto Bayshore, new members, photo by JT Chang
Oakland #3, Paul Harris awardees
San Jose, 18 Paul Harris awardees 
Mission San Jose, Double Sustainer pin for Club President John Schinkel
Mountain View, Club President Sanjay Dave
All club projects are drawing attention to the good work done by Rotary in the local and global communities. This is a good reminder to all our clubs to plan for project booths at the Avenues of Service to be held on October 15 at Mission College in Santa Clara. Co-Chairs Herb Ritter and DGN Jill Duerig are putting together a great event with the help of a wonderful committee of our District AOS Chairs. Save the date 10/15/2022 and be on the lookout for the AOS registration flyer.
I also attended two very energetic Interact meetings. It reinforced my belief that our future is in safe hands with this wonderful young generation of future Rotarians. They have compassion, consideration, and care for others. Now add flawless execution of events with high enthusiasm, you get the perfect recipe for good projects in the community. Please support these wonderful ambassadors for Rotary when they visit your clubs to promote their projects. Please see their update below.
With Interact Governor Mehreen Rosmon & Lt Governor Wyatt Pedersen
New Presidents Meeting (NPM), August 28
Update from Interact District Council:
After a strong 2021-2022 year, Interact District 5170 is continuing to transition back from Covid-19 with the new Daybreak District Council! To start the year off right, Daybreak DC hosted the New Presidents Meeting on Sunday, August 28th and will hold the Fall Leadership Conference (FLC) on Sunday, October 9th. Our passionate Interactors may need some assistance covering the costs of the FLC. In the 2022-2023 year, Daybreak DC hopes to use the funds from these events to combat food insecurity in our local communities and provide easier access to clean water internationally.
I hope to see many of you on Zoom at the next Leadership Meeting on September 7th and in person at the Environmental Seminar on September 10th. Please click on the links below to register. 
Thank you all for what you do to make our world better!
Salud, Shubkamnayen, Slainte!
Savita Vaidhyanathan
District Governor 5170
District Leadership Meeting on September 7
Environmental Summit on September 10
Remembering Karen Koshy
Karen Koshy joined Rotary about 15 years back. Her husband Jeboy Koshy invited her to become a Rotarian in then Fremont Sunrise Rotary and the now Fremont Morning Rotary. Her very successful professional career in Systems Engineering and Project Management developed her keen skills in leadership, communication, and administration. When she retired as Senior Project Manager from Kaiser Permanente, Karen brought all those skills into the Rotary world. Karen and her husband travelled to all corners of the world, acquiring respect for other cultures, religions and ways of life. This helped her understand the less fortunate, both locally and globally. That awareness also played a major role when she joined Rotary.
District Community Service Corner
Welcome to stories of how we work with and impact the community we live in! We, Rotarians, imagine a better world for others and get it done!  Schools are in session and several clubs have completed “Back to School” projects. Congratulations!  About 2 weeks ago, I had the opportunity to volunteer alongside with few Rotarians and several non-Rotarians on a school shopping event organized by West Valley Community Services. We shopped at Old Navy, bright and early at 7am dressed up in fancy Rotary garb (aka polo shirts).  While fortifying ourselves with coffee and donuts (my favorite, maple glazed), we had the chance to speak about Rotary with the community and the students and some of their parents. An adult matched with a student bought clothing, and 218 students and families were helped that day. Another event brought 48 stuffed backpacks to the Boys and Girls Club. It is very likely that at events across D5170, we would have touched the lives of over a 1000 students and families.
For one of your club members, the opportunity is here to take a bold, exciting step in Rotary Leadership. The District Nominating Committee is now seeking nominations for the office of District Governor Nominee Designate. The individual selected will serve as District Governor in the 2025-2026 Rotary year.
The role of a District Governor is to lead, encourage, and equip other Rotarians in their leadership roles, and to provide inspiration and motivation to the clubs in the district.  The District Governor Nominee Designate will train with Rotary International leaders, travel to Rotary International conventions, and as District Governor, visit with each one of the clubs in the District. This is an excellent opportunity for a member of your club to enrich his or her leadership skills; to encourage and be encouraged; to develop relationships with individuals throughout the District and throughout the world, and to exemplify the Rotary spirit of Service above Self.
Resilience, Creativity & Service - Share your Club's Stories
In the summer of 2020, daily life as we knew it changed completely. In the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic, we were sheltering-in-place and—not yet understanding how the virus spread—washing hands while counting to 20, creating home-made masks from old cloth napkins and t-shirts, wiping down groceries with Clorox spray, wearing surgical gloves to the grocery store, buying out hand sanitizer and toilet paper. 

Wheelchair Distribution Project - Monterrey, Mexico

San Jose East/Evergreen Rotary Roaring Train Ride & BBQ
October 2, 2022
2:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton
Santa Cruz Rotary Centennial Celebration
October 22, 2022
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Cocoanut Grove, Santa Cruz
Upcoming Events
District Leadership Meeting
ZOOM Meeting
Sep 07, 2022
Environmental Summit
Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Chambers
Sep 10, 2022
District Leadership Meeting
ZOOM Meeting
Oct 05, 2022
Avenues of Service
Mission College, Santa Clara
Oct 15, 2022
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District 5170 Interact
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