District Newsletter

September 2023 

District Governor Hung’s September Reflection
Dear fellow Rotarians and friends,
Our District has an amazing first quarter of creating hope in the world, in our communities and in our clubs – many service projects, locally and internationally, have been championed by our members!  I have visited 38 out of the 63 Clubs in our District.  Each Club is unique in its culture and style, however, Service-Above-Self is front and center in each Club!
 A heartfelt Thank-You from Maui was shared in this newsletter  - Rotary International Disaster Relief Grant, United Way, CVS/Long’s, and individual Rotary Clubs from near and far all work together to support Maui fire survivors in rebuilding their lives. A special shout out to the Rotary Club of Santa Cruz Sunrise that provided “Rotary at Work” vests and hats for Rotarians in Maui to wear when volunteering at Disaster Relief Centers!
During my District Governor Visit, I often start with a question: What does the District do for you (Club and its members)?  The well-attended Avenues of Service (AOS) event at West Valley Community College on Saturday 9/30/23 was an example of what the District does for Clubs and Rotarians – learning and collaborating opportunities and fun networking get-togethers! AOS offered eight informative Breakout Sessions ranging from Grant Training to Membership, a Project Fair showcasing a variety of service programs, and the Lunch Program was an introduction of two non-profit organizations (World Vision for International Service & Ambassadors of Compassion for Teen Mental Health).  Breakfast and Lunch were enjoyed with fellowship chat, cheerleading performance, raffle drawing and live auction!  Thanks to AOS Chair Geeta Kadambi and her team of dedicated, creative, and fun Rotarians! All presentations from the Breakout Sessions will be posted on the District Website soon – thanks, Web Master Arley!
Congratulations to Phil Dean, member of the Rotary E-Club of Silicon Valley, who received 2022-2023 Rotary International’s Distinguished Service Award!
Upcoming District events include the following:
Wednesday, November 1st, 2023@5:30pm-7:15pm – ZOOM-only District Fellowship-Leadership Meeting themed “Diwali Celebration” with fabulous performances and games to win prizes.  Calling all ZOOMers, don’t miss the Rotary fun! Zoom link and an Agenda will be emailed to all Rotarians soon.
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Monday, December 4, 2023 @4:30pm – All aboard the Train of Lights from Fremont.  The District has reserved the whole Train of Lights so bring your family and friends for a ride through the redwoods, parade, Santa’s visit, and much more holiday fun!
Saturday, January 13, 2024 @8:30am-12noon with Lunch Option – This is an all-hands on opportunity to reflect on achievements and challenges in the 1st half of Rotary Year 2023-2024, and to strategize Spring actions to sprint through the latter half of the Rotary year to the finishing line of June 30, 2024.  Plenty of reflections and exchanging of ideas accompanied by awesome performances and fun activities!
Please check out the club activities in this Newsletter – you may find interesting and fun activities to attend, some you will want to bring your family and friends, such as the Ghost Walk hosted by the Rotary Club of San Juan Bautista on October 27 and 28 from 6pm-8:30pm.  There will be ghost sightings and paranormal activities!
I look forward to visiting 25 Clubs before mid December!
Enjoy Halloween, Thanksgiving, Diwali, and the holiday season is coming up fast! 
Hung Wei, District Governor 2023-2024
Past President and Member of the Rotary Club of Cupertino
Rotary Visioning Day
On Saturday, Sept. 9th, six clubs came together to create a genesis for an updated or new club strategic plan that would assist in the development of goals, objectives and action plans for club growth. We call this “Club Visioning” as it projects clubs 3-5 years in the future. Each club worked independently over the five-hour period to define everything from “Club local community relevancy” to a review or update of fundraisers. Each Rotary “Avenue of Service” was reviewed including membership growth and TRF giving.

The results were collected and are to be presented back to each club for the club board and general membership to review. The accepting blueprint is a work-in-progress that should give each club direction for their future.
Holiday Train of Lights on December 4
A Special Thank You to Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary for Gear Donated to Maui Rotarians
From Joanne Laird
Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset
Maui Rotary Advisor 2019-Present
Past President/Past Asst. Governor
Thanks to our Rotary International Disaster Relief Grant we were able to distribute almost 200 $50 CVS/Long’s Gift cards to Maui Fire Relief Survivors.  Our giveaway was under the sponsorship of the Maui United Way who vetted the recipients.  On 9/29/23 our members and volunteers were at the Lahaina Disaster Relief Center.  On 9/30/23 we will be at the UH Maui Disaster Relief Center.  Special thanks to CVS/Long’s who provided a Swag Bag to give along with the gift cards.  And super special thanks to DG Mark Merriam and his “super fast” print team who printed the notes and envelopes for the gift cards! 
And notice the Rotarian at Work vests and hats — Rotary Club of Santa Cruz Sunrise - we thank you!! (The “Rotary Gear” safety vests, hats and reusable nametags were donated to the West Maui clubs by the Rotary Club of Santa Cruz Sunrise from Northern California. Many members lost their Rotary attire in the fires).
District Governor Club Visits (Sep)
Rotary Club of Newark
Club President Sucy Collazo
Rotary Club of Morgan Hill
Club President Mario Banuelos
Rotary Club of Dublin
Club President Namrata Berry
Rotary Club of Niles (Fremont)
Club President Jeff Schinkel
Rotary Club of Pleasanton North
Club President Tom Powers
Click on "Read more..." below for more club visit photos
Rotarian Mary Gaukel Forster Wins 2023 Santa Cruz County Heroes Series
Santa Cruz Sunrise Club President Penni Bengtson is proud to share the news that one of their members (and Interact Club leaders), Mary Gaukel Forster, won the Santa Cruz Sentinel's first Santa Cruz County Hero award.
For full article visit HERE
(Photo - Mary Gaukel Forster and husband Les Forster)
Fremont Rotary's Oktoberfest
Saturday, October 7, 2023
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Das Brew, 44356 S Grimmer Blvd, Fremont
Los Altos Rotary's Luau for the Kids of Lahaina
Saturday, October 14, 2023
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Los Altos History Museum
Battery Recycling Event
Saturday, October 21, 2023
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Participating Rotary Clubs include: - Los Altos Rotary Club - San Jose Rotary Club - Palo Alto Rotary Club - Palo Alto/University Rotary Club - Saratoga Rotary Club
Drop-off Locations:
1. Almond Elementary School - 550 Almond Ave., Los Altos
2. Westminster Presbyterian Church -1100 Shasta Ave., San Jose
3. Presentation High School - 2281 Plummer Ave., San Jose
4. Cubberley Community Center - 4120 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto
5. West Valley College (Center circle b Lot #5) - 14000 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga
San Juan Bautista Rotary's Ghost Walk
Friday-Saturday, October 27-28, 2023
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Meet at Corner of 3rd Street & Mariposa Street, San Juan Bautista
Sunnyvale Sunrise Rotary's Fall Charity Event
Saturday, October 28, 2023
Dinner and Wine starts at 5:30 PM 
Coterie Winery, 885 West Julian Street, San Jose
E-Club of Silicon Valley Health & Wellness Updates
District Wheelchair Distribution in Mexico in the Spring of 2024
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Upcoming Events
Interact Fall Leadership Conference
Independence High School
Oct 08, 2023 9:00 AM
District Fellowship-Leadership Meeting
ZOOM Meeting
Nov 01, 2023
5:30 PM – 7:15 PM
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