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President's Message 
Renee Paquier
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As May unfolds its vibrant canvas before us, let's persist in tending to the seeds of hope we've sown. Within these moments of hope, we discover the resilience to endure, uplift, and treasure the connections that unite us as a community.

Our recent TGIF fellowship event, "Champagne and Charcuterie: A Toast To Roger Austin," was an evening filled with warmth, laughter, and cherished memories. Attendees came together to celebrate the life and legacy of Roger Austin, sharing stories that reminded us of the profound impact he had on our Rotary family. It was a beautiful testament to the enduring spirit of camaraderie that defines our club.

Last weekend, many of our esteemed club members had the privilege of attending the District 5170 conference, joining nearly 500 Rotarians from across the district. The conference started with a breakfast sponsored by our club in honor of our past president and district Lt. Governor Sesh Ramaswami. It was a gathering filled with inspiration, collaboration, and a reaffirmation of our shared commitment to service above self. Our presence at this event underscores our dedication to Rotary's ideals and our ongoing efforts to make a positive impact, both locally and globally

Lastly, please join us on May 4-5th, 2024, at West Valley College for our upcoming Rotary Art Show. The Art Show will be open from 10 am to 5 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. We invite you all to revel in the beauty and ingenuity showcased by our local artists. Visit [Saratoga Rotary Art Show]( for more information and to mark your calendars for this vibrant celebration of artistic expression.

I hope that you will all continue to nurture the spirit of hope that binds us together, finding strength in the unity and joy of our shared endeavors. Together, we can continue to sow seeds of compassion, kindness, and progress, making our community and the world a brighter, more hopeful place for all."

Yours in Rotary,

Renée Kazemipour Paquier, Ed.D

President, Saratoga Rotary Club



Tribute to Roger Austin
On April 19th, we gathered together at the beautiful home/art gallery belonging to Carol Woodard.  In this beautiful setting, we assembled to honor the memory of our dear friend and fellow Rotarian, Roger Austin.
 As we enjoyed delicious food and drinks, we remembered the profound impact Roger had on our lives and within our community. With champagne toasts (several!), we celebrated not only the incredibly adventurous life he lived but also the legacy he left behind—a legacy of service, compassion, and unwavering dedication to the principles of Rotary.
Twenty-six of us came together to mourn the loss of our dear friend, Roger, but also to acknowledge his impact on our lives. It was a time for reflection and remembrance—and more than a few shared stories provoking both laughter and tears as we revealed our favorite memories of Roger, some of which many of us had never heard previously.
As many of you know, Roger loved a good party and we did our best to give him exactly that – an evening of joy and fellowship. Together, we paid tribute to a life well-lived and take solace in the knowledge that our recollections of Roger will continue to inspire us for years to come.
Memorable trip to Spain
Jo and Wes attended the Valencia, Spain Rotary Club meeting. Here is their email from Spain: "They were planning a symphony outing for the club, a beach cleanup and a blood drive. We met Felix Aquino (an American anthropologist who retired here) who translated for us. We talked about our Fine Art Show. They said the price of attendance was a group photo. Here it is for the Bulletin. Also names of members attached. They have 30 members. There are 4 Rotary Clubs in Valencia."
Wes and Jo
Some memorable moments from our trip to Spain:
1) Entertained by the local musicians at dinner in Granada, Spain,
2) Tomb of Christopher Columbus in Cathedral in Seville
3) Paella for 2 at Peniscola Spain, and
4) Most western land in Portugal. Rotary monument for local Sintra Rotary Club.
MANCON, and  Racial Inequities Conference
Terrance was the  guest speaker at MANCON, Family Community Church's annual Men's Conference. 
A man  who is a Deacon/Elder at Green Valley Christian Center, in Watsonville, was at the conference. Yesterday morning, he spoke to his Pastor and deacons prior to Sunday morning's service, and they want me to give my testimony at their men's group.  Take care.
Please follow the link to view the MANCON photos.  
Terrance just came back from the Creative Conversation Conference, in Houston,Texas. The purpose of this Conference was to discuss matters concerning racial inequalities. Please see the link below to view photos of the event.
Ants  Facts
Guess what I just read about ants. 
What an amazing discovery! Scientists have discovered that ants, after collecting the grains and seeds that they need for winter break those seeds down into halves before storing in their nests because breaking them in half keeps them from germinating even through rain and the most perfect germinating conditions. But scientists were stunned when they discovered that coriander seeds stored in the ant nest were broken down into 4 pieces instead of 2 pieces. After lab research, scientists discovered that a coriander seed will still germinate after being divided into two, but it won’t germinate after it’s divided into four parts. So how do these tiny tiny creatures know all this? Humans know very little, there's a lot to learn from other creatures. 
Barry’s Interesting Fact for May

"Why newsprint tears better in one direction than the other"

The huge rolls of newsprint paper have their grains/strands along their length. This makes the paper stronger when being pulled through the huge, high speed printing presses.

So, when we tear ALONG the grain of our newspapers, we get a smoother tear than from ACROSS them. And by observing this, you can tell in which direction your paper was printed!

Bonus tip
If you want to get a clean cut ACROSS the grain, and are too lazy to get a pair of scissors, you can fold the paper where you want it to tear, run your wet tongue across the fold (or train your dog to do this), wait a few seconds, then tear at the fold. Not exactly sanitary, but I do this all the time (since I'm lazy and don't have a dog).
Grizzly Bears Near Us
Did you know that Grizzly Bears used to roam the Santa Cruz Mountains? As they were seen as a threat to livestock, they were hunted to extinction throughout California. What was believed to be the last Santa Cruz Mountain bear was killed in the 1880s.
May 03, 2024
May 10, 2024
CAA student speakers
May 17, 2024
Western Geology – What produced the major geological structures from the Pacific Ocean to the Rockie
May 24, 2024
May 31, 2024
Democracy and American Foreign Policy
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Upcoming Events
Saratoga Rotary Art Show
West Valley Community College
May 04, 2024 10:00 AM –
May 05, 2024 5:05 PM
Weekly Meeting
May 10, 2024
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
WVCS Mobile Pantry / Park-It Market
May 14, 2024
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Saratoga West Valley College Student Services Building Conference Room
May 14, 2024
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Community Service Committee Meeting
May 16, 2024
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Weekly Meeting
May 17, 2024
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
WVCS Mobile Pantry/ Park-it-Market
May 28, 2024
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
WVCS Mobile Pantry/ Park-it-Market
May 28, 2024
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Weekly Meeting - Imagine Hope Friday
Jun 07, 2024
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
WVCS Mobile Pantry / Park-It Market
Jun 11, 2024
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Photo Albums
“ Henry O. Miller - "Let's Aspire Together to Achieve"”
April 19 Roger Austin - TGIF
Inspiration Submissions
By Angel (DeAnna Pursai's sister)
I can choose to be kind
Each and Every day
I can choose to be kind
to everyone in every way
When I am kind to others
I make the world a little brighter
When I am kind to others
I make my heart a little lighter
So plant a seed o kindness
And watch the world bloom
So plant a seed of kindness
And we'll chase away the gloom
By Teri Kasik
Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Bulletin Editor
Club Services
Club Services
Fundraising: Art Show
Saratoga Rotary Charitable Foundation President
Youth Protection Officer
Community Services
Community Services
International Services
The Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Foundation
Youth Services
Public Image
Club Trainer/Advisors
Club Trainer/Advisors
Club Trainer/Advisors
We Care
Fundraising: Art Show
Saratoga Rotary Charitable Foundation Officers
CEO/President: Sandie Prevot
CFO/Treasurer: Terrie Creamer
Secretary: Marsi Nomura
Directors: Anne Cummins, Chuck Page, Sesh Ramaswami, Sangita Seshadri, Wes Toy, Phil Young

The non-BOD positions in the club are:

Club Trainers: Larry Grace, Jack Hickling, Jim LeBlanc
Information Management/Sergeant at Arms: Peter Marra
Facebook: Sheeba Garg
Website: Parul Samdarshi
Membership Support: Jamie Price
Audio/Video Team: Sheeba Garg, Keong Kam, Parul Samdarshi
Photographer: Nada Marriott, Maria Guldner*, Maureen Barton*
We Care: Sangita Seshadri
Parliamentarian: Marcia Hansen
Youth Protection Officer: Chuck Swan
Hardship Chair: Cathie Thurmond
Back-up support indicated with *
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