Posted by Alysa Sakkas on Sep 06, 2021
Starting with a dinner dubbed “Country Elegance” in 1997, Cupertino Rotary has had an annual fundraiser to support its international projects.  Last year, the pandemic forced the club to hold “Global Elegance” via Zoom.  The silver lining of Zoom was the ability to be joined by many far-away and International Rotary partners, prompting this year’s event to be constructed as a hybrid. Tickets for the 120 limited-attendance in-person event enthusiastically SOLD OUT and another 50+ signed up to join virtually, including partner Rotary clubs from around the U.S., Cambodia, India, Guatemala, Philippines, Nigeria, Australia, and Chile!  The Covid-cautious outdoor event was held at the home of one of the club’s members.  Many came dressed in the suggested ethnic attire and enhanced the global ambiance.
 
Despite Covid, RC Cupertino’s international activities are as strong as ever. A few of the newer projects were featured along with continuing projects with RC Cupertino’s major partners: the Pratham and Shin Shin Educational Foundations, the Sankara Eye Foundation, plus many partner Rotary clubs.  
 
Dr. Nischal Pandey of RC E-club of Connect was named the 2021 Global Humanitarian. This pediatric cardiac surgeon was honored for his huge heart for the many personal and Rotary-sponsored humanitarian efforts he’s initiated. Dr. Pandey joined from India to thank D5170 for supporting three Rotary projects he has led, including the most recent $98K Global Grant to build an oxygen generation plant in New Delhi.
 
Cupertino Rotary is currently leading nine Global Grants and providing financial support to a dozen-plus others. RC Cupertino’s World Community Service AOS invites other clubs to partner with them in International service, to make individual donations (https://bit.ly/GE21Rotary), and/or travel with them to visit international partners and projects (See “Travel with Rotary” link on their home page: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/3794).
 
See link to a video of the RC Cupertino 2021 Global Elegance event - https://vimeo.com/598543151