The Weekly Meeting Summary of the Rotary Club of Livermore Valley
January 9, 2024      
Opening the Meeting
  • President Sherri Simoni called the meeting to order at 8:15 

  • Today Wolfgang Stoeffl led us in the Pledge of Allegiance

  • We abbreviated the opening routine so that we would have more time for our speaker

Visiting Rotarian
  • Marty Roberts introduced Bob Tucknottour Electrical Contractor from the Dublin Club
  • Beth McCormick introduced Mony Nop, realtor and active community member

  • Beth also introduced our speaker, Laura Cornett

We all enjoyed the meeting space in the Horticulture Building, so will begin meeting in the classroom of Building 3300 regularly starting next week, January 16
Turn right at the top of Campus Hill Drive, then right after the track and field. The parking lot is at the end of the road, just outside Bldg 3300.
Click on any of the Events below for complete details, location map, etc:
Upcoming Events
Sleep in Heavenly Peace Bed Build
SHP Barn
Jan. 13, 2024
District 5170 Mid-Year Mtg & Charter Celebration
Cupertino Community Hall
Jan. 13, 2024
8:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Club Social: January Wine Wednesday at Garre
Garre Winery
Jan. 24, 2024
4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Annual Crab Grab Fundraiser
Feb. 17, 2024
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  • Football Follies - Lori reported that Ed Schumann was the big winner! She thanked everyone who participated in this fun fundraiser that supports our annual turkey giveaway. 
  • Playoff Follies -  Lori invited us to participate in additional follies, as the playoffs begin this coming weekend. Please email Lori Souza if you would like to participate in this version of folly. Buy-in is $10.

  • Livermore Craft Beer Association's Livermoron Brew Crawl - February 15, 5:00 - 10:00 pm - Dave Goulart announced the upcoming brew crawl fundraiser that benefits the Alameda County Community Food Bank. It's free to participate. Donations are welcome. Check the website for complete information: Livermoron Brew Crawl & Food Drive.

  • Granada High School's Annual Career Fair - February 28 - Please reach out to Rich Goldstein if you are interested in volunteering at the annual GHS Career Fair. Sharing your experiences in your vocation can really help a student plan their future.

  • Noon Club Crab Feed - March 9, 2024 - Roy is organizing our club's attendance at the Noon Club's annual crab feed. Tickets are $80. Roy has tentatively reserved 4 tables of 8. Please email Roy Porfido if you would like to join in the fun with our fellow Rotarians.

Sherri shared the sad news that Sesh Ramaswami, our District 5170 Lieutenant Governor and a member of the Saratoga Club, passed away this past Sunday. Sherri will be sending a sympathy card on behalf of our club, and will let us know about a memorial service.
Today's Program: Hydroponics in the Home Garden, presented by Laura Cornett
We were very interested in learning from Laura Cornett about the Horticulture Program at Las Positas College and, specifically, about hydroponics in the home garden. We met in the new Horticulture Building, which has been open for just over a year. (We loved the space, and Laura has offered to let us use the room each Tuesday for our meetings!) Pictured below: Laura, holding her bottle of Olivina Olive Oil.
The Horticulture Program offers hands-on applicable learning in the Career Technical Education (CTE) field. There is still time to register for winter courses, most of which are held in the evenings. We are encouraged to sign up. Check out the LPC website for information about the course offerings: Horticulture Courses at Las Positas College.
We learned that hydroponics is a form of gardening that eliminates the need for soil: all of the plants nutrients, water, and oxygen are provided through one of several hydroponic methods directly to the plant's roots. Today's hydroponics techniques were developed in the early 19th century, but hydroponics may have been utilized thousands of years ago by the ancient Egyptians!
Some highlights of Laura's presentation:
Next Tuesday, we welcome Scott McMillin, Board President of Ballistic United Soccer League, who will provide us with an overview of this local youth soccer program. 

For a preview of the program, visit the Ballistic United Soccer website,

Beth McCormick is proposing Mony Nop as a new member of our club, in the Classification of Business Owner/Realtor.
All paperwork has been submitted, and at today's board meeting, our board voted unanimously to approve the proposal. Per our Bylaws, this information is being published today and will be published one week from today in The Grapevine. If any club member has a question about the proposal, please contact Membership Chair Jeannette Albiez. If no objections are received by January 23, we will move forward with installing Mony as our newest member.
Meeting Adjourned at 9:12

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