The Weekly Meeting Summary of the Rotary Club of Livermore Valley
July 25, 2023       
Opening the Meeting
  • President Sherri Simoni called the meeting to order at 8:24 am. We are now meeting in the Faculty Dining Room at LPC and needed to understand the new Zoom setup requirements. Thanks to Trey Micheletti for his help!
  • Mark Hudson led us in The Pledge of Allegiance 
  • Pete Patterson's song was "I'm So Excited." He sang it to us (for a measure or two). Pete's excited that the temperature is dropping this week! 
  • Dave Goulart shared two Thoughts of the Day: "When things go wrong, don't go with them." And, "Without ice cream, there would be chaos and darkness."
  • ​​​​​​Mark Hudson shared the Joke of the Day: "Have you heard about the new restaurant called Karma? No menus. You get what you deserve."
Visiting Rotarians & Guests
  • Visiting Rotarian: Heather introduced Bob Tucknott (Hello Fellow Rotarian!)
  • Guests: Beth introduced Lili Sinclair and Andrew Elliott, our speakers for today. Sherri introduced Phil Didlake. 
Welcome to our visitors!
 Birthdays & Anniversaries
Deb Tacker led us in the "Happy Birthday" song to celebrate the July birthdays of Anne and Sarah.
This Month's Celebrations
Member Birthdays
Anne Wilburn
July 25
Sarah Palmer
July 26
Bill Stevens
July 26
Suzanne Richerson
July 31
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  • Club Activities Survey - Your Input Requested
    • Mark Hudson has been seeking input on potential club activities for this coming year. He shared the top-rated activities that resulted from the recent survey he sent out. After today's meeting, Mark is sending another email with the same survey link - but with additional possibilities listed. Please take a moment this week to respond to the survey so that your input can be part of our decision-making.
    • If you are taking the survey for the first time, please review each proposed activity. If you are returning to the survey to evaluate the additional activities, you can start after "Movie Night" and express your level of interest in additional ideas.
    • To complete the survey, click here: Club Activities Survey
    • Mark shared the top possibilities, so far:
  • Public Image Team Forming - You're Invited!
    • Philomena provided a brief overview of our club's Public Image Plan, approved by our Board in June. We are committing to promoting our club's public image through our own community presence and service, through publicity of our events, and through a variety of forms of communication. Underlying all of our work is our commitment to promote our club, District 5170, and Rotary International, so we make use of the tools provided to us through the Rotary Brand Center.
    • Please contact Philomena Rambo if you would like to help with or take the lead on any of the following communication tools:
  • District Governor's Visit - August 15 
    • District Governor Hung Wei will visit our club during our meeting on August 15. Please plan to attend.
    • Board members are asked to stay after for a special meeting with our DG.
  • Youth Climate Summit - September 9
    • ​​​​​​​Event will be held at Robert Livermore Community Center, 10 am - 3 pm.
    • Please let Sherri Simoni know if you would like to attend to share information about our upcoming Lithium-Ion Recycling Event.
  • Lithium-Ion Recycling Event  - September 24
  • 3rd Annual Chili Cook Off - October 7 
  • Halloween Party - October 28
    • Dave Bedford is hosting our club for a Halloween party on the Saturday before Halloween! The event will be from 5 pm - 10 pm. We will have a costume contest, food, drinks, games, and lots of fun. More details to come!
The 10-Spot
We have completed 61 boards! That's $61,000 we have raised through celebrating, commemorating, and sharing our life's moments and our gratitude for one another. After spinning the wheel, the person who had purchased Square E4 was the winner - Heather Hartman! Heather had the honor of directing this board's $1,000 to either the Rotary Foundation, the Rotarian Foundation of Livermore, or our club. Heather chose the Rotary Foundation to receive our combined donation!
For today's 10-Spot, we joined together to honor the life and memory of Charles Crohare, Sr, who passed away recently, and shared our condolences for the Crohare Family.
Today's Program: TalentDreams
President-Elect Beth McCormick introduced the mother-son team of Lili Sinclair and Andrew Elliott, pictured below. With his mother's help and encouragement, Andrew founded and is leading TalentDreams, an online mentoring program that supports youth, ages 15-22.
Andrew was on the Cal Poly campus when he saw this sign, posted multiple times throughout the campus:
The sign was a sobering indicator that over 70% of youth and young adults are "miserable or unhappy" (source: American Psychological Association). According to the CDC, as reported by the Washington Post, "44% of high school students admitted persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessness, and 20% reported considering suicide."
Andrew founded TalentDreams to help today's youth. TalentDreams pairs a young person - a Dreamer - with an adult volunteer - a Champion - and facilitates opportunities for conversations that help the Dreamers realize they have a network available to them, they have a purpose, and they have ownership of their own lives.
Because the program is online, it's easily accessible by youth (who live online), it's secure, and it's inexpensive.
A Dreamer and a Champion may meet once, or many times, depending on what they need. Dreamers can learn about potential careers, colleges, cities, or whatever else they have questions about. These conversations make a difference.
TalentDreams supports and supplements the work of parents and educators, and provides an often missing adult voice to the many young people who don't have strong support elsewhere.
Andrew invites us to become a Champion! Visit or email for more information.
Next Week's Meeting Program
Next week, we will welcome Monya Lane, who will provide us with an update of the Quest Science Center in Downtown Livermore.
50/50 Raffle
Watching from the Zoom Room, Ed was excited to have the spinner land on his name!
Last Weekend for Footloose at Las Positas College
We are all invited to enjoy the upcoming performance of Footloose: The Stage Musical, playing Friday and Saturday nights July 21 - 29 at 8 PM. The show will be outdoors under the stars. Food trucks, picnics, wine are all part of the fun.
Meeting Adjourned at 9:23
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