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Join us on a Wednesday convenient to you and experience the fun and friendship of the Rotary Club of San Jose!

Contact our Executive Director, Leslee Hamilton for more details and to RSVP at (408) 297-6101.

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“Service Above Self”

Rotary is a service organization of business and community leaders united worldwide.  Rotarians are making a positive impact in our local and global communities.

The Rotary Club of San Jose

Benefiting the community and our world through action, integrity, service, and fellowship.

The Rotary Club of San Jose is the largest, most active and well-known service organization in the community. We are a leadership organization working together to make a difference. Our members include local business, nonprofit, professional and civic leaders. We form lasting friendships through our shared Rotary experiences including weekly meetings with interesting speakers, committee meetings and projects, social events and group service projects within our community and internationally.

Diversity & Inclusion

Having a diverse and inclusive Rotary Club means we value and welcome individuals of all ages, cultures, ethnicities, and races to our Club. We invite younger people, women, and minorities who support Rotary’s values, ideals, and mission to join our members in service to our community, and we strive to give all members equal opportunities to serve as leaders within our Club.

The Speaker for July 24, 2024: Leah Toeniskoetter

Leah Toeniskoetter is the President & CEO of the San Jose Chamber of Commerce.

Her twenty-year career has spanned multiple industries – corporate, small business and nonprofit – and her community leadership roles have delved into differing sectors that impact our daily lives including public health care, open space preservation, urbanism and civic engagement.

Previously, Leah lead Deloitte’s Corporate Citizenship for the Western Region, and she also served as SPUR’s founding San Jose Director. She is an ALF Senior Fellow, International Women’s Forum member, SPUR board member and avid cyclist.


Lunch Order for July 24th Meeting

Scott's Seafood will provide lunch ($30*) at Wednesday's meeting. The buffet lunch menu includes: 
Starters: Cream of Mushroom Soup (VGT, GF), Butter Lettuce Salad (VGT, GF)
Entrees: Salmon A La Bella, Herbed Chicken Breast, Mediterranean Pasta (VGT)
Sides: Sauteed Seasonal Vegetables (VGT, GF), Garlic Mashed Potatoes (VGT, GF)

GF - Gluten Free, VGT - Vegetarian, VGN - Vegan

Please order by Monday, July 22th at 12 noon.  Plan ahead and order early!

Important note: If you have a 10-pack, you still need to register, so we have enough food. Please look at payment options as they have changed.


Click here to place your lunch order. 

*Rotary is underwriting the Service Charge and Sales Tax.

Rotary Membership Survey

Last week we soft launched the Membership Engagement Survey and we are pleased with the responses to date.  But we haven’t heard from everyone!   
By taking the survey, you’ll be able to provide valuable feedback to ensure a great club experience.   And thanks to Rotarian Dan Pulcrano, you may win two VIP tickets to the Beach Boys coming to San Jose on July 28th
Click this link to take the survey.
All who respond by Sunday, July 21st will be entered to win! 
Thank you for your time, your dedication and your Rotary Heart that makes everything from a vibrant downtown to eradication of Polio possible.

County Fair Tickets

Thanks to President Heather, we have 18 free tickets for the Santa Clara County Fair, which runs July 25-28 and August 1-4.

You can join her on the 25th for opening day or choose another date - tickets (2 per member) available first come, first served. Call the office to claim yours - 408-297-6100 - and pick them up at Wednesday's meeting. 

Fun & Friendship Hike: Almaden Quicksilver Park

Date: Saturday, Aug 10, 2024
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Almaden Quicksilver Park McAbee Entrance
6607 McAbee Road, San Jose CA

Dress for hiking. Bring picnic lunch or snack.

RSVP to Ashley Hopkins Pass at


District 5170 Summer Fellowship at Santa Cruz Shakespeare


Sign up for the show here.

Who Does What at the Rotary Office - 408-297-6100

Lisa Reigel: Bookkeeper (20 hours/week) -  
-Anything to do with money: invoices, statements, bills, payments, checks, committee balances, tax receipts and thank you letters

Tori Berninger filling in for Marie Barlahan: Membership & Events Manager (30 hours/week) -
-All database questions and updates: emails, address, business positions or photos
-All event questions and registrations, including the BBQ, holiday lunch and gala
-Weekly lunch coordination
-Website, bulletin and calendar additions
-Committee support: rosters and group emails
-Scheduling new member orientations and introductions
-Scheduling time on meeting agendas and
tables in the lobby
-Marketing and website development

Leslee Hamilton: Executive Director (full time) -  408-297-6101
Everything else, including:
-Club and Foundation Board meetings, agendas, minutes, policies, budgets and finance
-Membership: applications, resignations, retention
-Committee Grants and Community Grants
-Foundation and Endowment giving, recognition and legacy gifts
-Requests to use the Gordon House (Rotary only)

The Meeting Summary for July 17, 2024

President Heather Lerner called the 5,444th meeting of the Rotary Club of San Jose to order at 12:15 after a greeting line featuring the Program Committee. Jeff Pohle played the piano as members were seated.

Red Badgers Ardi Arian and Rukhsana Khan handled the traveling mics as guests were introduced.

Blue Badges were presented to five members:
Kelly Dippel, Emily Ruvalcaba, Cynthia Teniente-Matson, Megan Toeniskoetter and Kirk Walukiewicz.

Sarju Naran, membership chair, outlined ways to reach President Heather’s goal of 500 new members. There are currently 399 members, and he asked us to identify who’s missing from the room. He also had members take out their cellphones and text non-members to set up meetings to ask them to join.

Next up was the Cheery Farmer the longtime mascot of the Santa Clara County Fair, who performed a magic trick straight out of Jay Alexander’s playbook. All to encourage us to attend this year’s fair, set for late July and early August.

Dan Pulcrano provided a roundup on Downtown events, including the return of the Beach Boys on July 28. The last time they were here, 59 years ago, the mayor of San Jose gave them a bag of prunes. Mayor Matt Mahan was discouraged from giving a similar gift when they appear at Plaza de Cesar Chavez.
Sal Pizarro survived Scouting Camp, an hour outside Sonora, and told us about it, and the special connection that the scouts he chaperoned have with our club.

David Cowan introduced today’s speaker, Bob Ray, former KLIV DJ who spoke on folk music during the late 1960s and early 70s. There was a special surprise guest on the phone with him during his presentation: singer Judy Collins, who told stories about the time Joni Mitchell was on the phone with her at 3 a.m. to sing a new song.  Collins also told how former boyfriend Stephen Stills wrote a hit song about her, “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.” She told him “it’s beautiful, but it’s not going to get us back together.” Bob met Judy Collins after she played a concert in Campbell.  Bob also talked about other influential folk singers including Bob Dylan, and Peter, Paul and Mary. He also thanked the late Bob Kieve for being important to his career. The presentation ended with a clip of Liberace singing “Feeling Groovy.”

The meeting was adjourned at 1:15 p.m. Next week’s speaker will be Leah Toeniskoetter, President and CEO of the San Jose Chamber of Commerce.
Respectfully submitted by Larry Sokoloff, Meeting Summaries Committee
Photos taken by Kathleen Thomas.
To view a video for the full meeting, click here.
To view all photos taken, click here.

New Member Carlos Singh

Carlos Singh is a returning Rotarian to our club.  He is a Lecturer at the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business and Justice Studies Department at San Jose State University.  He teaches graduate and undergraduate business law and ethics courses, as well as a variety criminal justice courses.  He serves as a media expert on legal matters for the University.  Carlos is also the Executive Director at the East Side Education Foundation, which partners with the University in the Eastside Spartan Program.  Through this Partnership, over 4700 students have been admitted to San Jose State. 

Carlos is also a law professor at Lincoln Law School of San Jose and is a guest instructor at Stanford Law School’s trial advocacy program, both for over 20 years.

Carlos was educated at UCLA (BA), Georgetown University (JD) and the Harvard Business School (Corporate Executive Program on Board Leadership and Corporate Governance).  He is a former white-collar federal prosecutor, as well as a constitutional, appellate and civil trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, serving for 20 years.  He prevailed in all felony criminal trials as a federal prosecutor.  

After the Department of Justice, Carlos moved into the business world, advising global high-tech, financial and pharmaceutical companies on developing/enhancing their corporate governance compliance and ethics programs.  He served as Director of Compliance for a Silicon Valley financial services company, and later, as a senior global counsel for a technology firm. 

Carlos has spoken at conferences and published articles on white-collar, compliance and ethics, and bribery/corruption matters.  Over the years, he has served on many national and Silicon Valley non-profit boards, and mentoring and professional organizations. 

Carlos is the oldest son of immigrant farm working parents and is the first in his family to graduate from high school and college.  He enjoys being with family, wood-working and watching his son play collegiate baseball.  He, and his wife, Beverly, and family live in Campbell.


New Member Ireneo Mendoza

Ireneo Mendoza is the Regional Director for Robert Half in the Bay Area. His 20+ years of experience helping companies and candidates find the right talent and roles have helped him develop business relationships in Silicon Valley. Ireneo sits on the board for Mission College in Santa Clara, APEX (Asian Professionals for Excellence) and SMYSA (San Mateo Youth Softball Association). During his free time, Ireneo coaches softball and basketball and recently won the California State games in San Diego while coaching one of his three daughters.


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