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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.

Magician Jay AlexanderStep into a world of wonder and enchantment! Join us for an unforgettable program as the sensational magician Jay Alexander takes the stage. Prepare to be dazzled by mind-bending illusions, mesmerizing sleight of hand, and jaw-dropping feats of magic that will leave you spellbound. Whether you're a longtime magic enthusiast or simply looking for an extraordinary afternoon, this is a show you won't want to miss. Mark your calendars and get ready to be amazed by Jay Alexander, the magician who turns the impossible into reality! See you there!

The Party Helpers will provide lunch ($25) at Wednesday's meeting. The buffet lunch menu includes: Spring Green Salad, Meatballs with Marinara, Penne with Pesto and Sun-dried tomatoes, Quinoa Stuffed Peppers, and Grilled Vegetables. 

Please order by Monday, June 17th 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.

Click here to place your lunch order. 

New date/time for June and July! New Course for June!

June 26th at 10:15am
: Coyote Creek Golf Club, 1 Coyote Creek Golf Dr, Morgan Hill

July 18th at 11:40am: Cinnabar Golf Club, 23600 McKean Rd, San Jose

: Carmel Valley Ranch Club, One Old Ranch Road, Carmel
September: Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club, 33 Country Club Rd, Santa Rosa
October: San Jose Country Club, 15571 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose

Interested in joining one of these outings? Contact Nicholas Adams to RSVP!

When: Wednesday, July 3, 2024
Gates open at 5:00pm
First pitch is at 6:30pm
WhereExcite Ballpark, 588 E Alma Ave, San Jose, CA

Tickets must be purchased in advance - no same-day sales!

Click to Sign Up Today!!

Sign Up at the June 19th and June 26th Lunch Meeting or email Helen Lambert!

Rotarians and guests were greeted in the Joe Levitt Lobby of the Rotary Summit Center by members of the Facilities Committee chaired by MATT ROBEN. 

At 12:15 p.m., President KAREN PHILBRICK rang the bell, launching meeting 5,440 of the Rotary Club of San Jose.  SARAH CLISH led the singing of America the Beautiful, and those celebrating a birthday this week were acknowledged, including PAMELA ANDERSON-BRULE whose birthday falls on this meeting day.

Red Badgers TERI TRAN and CHELSEY SOUZA handled the traveling microphones during guest introductions.  Then it was time for members who had good news to share to ring the bell and contribute to the Foundation Endowment for the privilege of doing so.  This was the final Ring the Bell segment of President Karen’s year, and many bell rings were made in honor of her presidency.  President Karen rang the bell four times in honor of the 40th anniversary of past president CARL SALAS and his wife, Marianne.  Stay tuned for that Foundation invoice, Carl. 

JEFF HARE was then up to bat to provide an update about the Rotary-sponsored fireworks extravaganza taking place at Excite Ballpark, including the special VIP party on July 3 and the need for volunteers the morning of July 4 for the Rotary float in the Rose, White, and Blue Parade.

KAREN FOX then introduced new member TERI TRAN, and ROD DIRIDON, SR. introduced new member SHILOH BALLARD. You can see their bios below.

SANDRA JEWETT presented an update on the End Polio Now initiative, followed by San Jose City Council members and fellow Rotarians, PAM FOLEY and DAVID COHEN, presenting President Karen with a commendation recognizing our Club’s 110th year and Karen’s year as president.  President Karen then recapped some recent events, including the 5th grade promotion celebration with Los Amigos Washington School, and thanked the Red Badgers and all involved in last week’s George Family Rotary Barbeque.  She also mentioned a recent news piece by DAN PULCRANO that included quotations from past president JULIE MATSUSHIMA about the Rotary PlayGarden.  Also, a Club membership survey will be sent on June 19.  During the meeting we also learned of the health struggles of Rotary District 5170 District Governor Hung Wei, and we were encouraged to sign cards for her in the lobby. 

President Karen then introduced today’s speaker, President-elect HEATHER LERNER, whose enthusiastic presentation was a bit of a personal and a bit of her vision for the upcoming Rotary year. 

Among many interesting and engaging information, President-elect Heather shared that she is a princess of the country of Dalziel, loves cats, was raised by hippies, has two sons, and lives in San Jose and on a floating boat in Sausalito.  Her vision for her upcoming presidential year, with the theme of Kaleidoscope: Your Rotary Adventure, includes each meeting beginning and ending with piano accompaniment; an initiative to help raise funds to replace the koi ponds at the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Jose; honor our senior population and continue our Service to Seniors; a goal of 500 members in our Club by the end of her term; and to be environmentally sensitive.  To that last point, President-elect Heather shared a compelling video about climate concern titled Three Seconds featuring Prince EA that she had seen during her recent Rotary International Conference in Singapore.  She also mentioned that among the beneficiaries of her presidential year will be The Trash Punx and that catering for our meeting lunches, which will cost $30.00, will be through Scott’s Seafood.  Also mentioned was a new Pickle Ball Committee, that Youth Exchange is back, the Next Big Project of the Mobile Healthcare Clinic will roll out soon, we will have a monthly wine reception at our meetings courtesy of BERT GEORGE, and our speakers next year will each be given an agricultural product, including walnuts courtesy of Cilker Orchards. 

Following the address by President-elect Heather, President Karen thanked her and said that a contribution had been made on Heather’s behalf to Loaves and Fishes. 

Immediately following President Karen’s final thoughts, the meeting was adjourned at 1:15 p.m.

Next week’s guest presenter will be magician and mentalist extraordinaire, Jay Alexander.  Really.  He’ll be there.  It’s not an illusion. 

Respectfully submitted,
Brian Adams, Past President (2015/16), Rotary Summaries Committee

Photos taken by Jason Kazarian.
To view a video for the full meeting, click here.
To view all photos taken, click here.

Shiloh Ballard is a 49 year resident of San Jose. After earning a degree in environmental studies at UC Santa Cruz (Go Slugs!), she worked for 15 years at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group overseeing their transportation, land use and housing policy work. She then moved on to her dream job of running the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition where she grew the organization to 15 full time employees all dedicated to improving the economy and community through the everyday use of the bicycle. If you see green paint and bollards, this is the work of the bike coalition to make the roads safe for bicyclists, and all roadway users.  Shiloh is a co-founder of SV@Home, chairs the Santa Clara County League of Conservation Voters, and is a part of the American Leadership Forum’s Insights, a forum for bringing people together for greater impact. She likes to garden, cook, read, and mountain bike. Mostly though, she loves being a part of groups of people who work together to accomplish good work.  Shiloh left the Bike Coalition in August of 2023, dabbled in retirement for five months, and now supports organizations around climate and environmental issues.

Teri is an accomplished Chiropractic doctor. She began her journey immigrating to the United States as a refugee from Vietnam. Consequently, Teri has family all over the world including Switzerland, France, Germany, Canada and Vietnam; which comes as a huge advantage for her love of travel.  She has explored 10 different countries and hopes to explore more with her partner and two cats.  With a strong determination to succeed, she has embarked on a path that would lead her to make a significant impact in the field of healthcare.

Starting her educational journey at the University of Southern California, Teri pursued a major in architecture. However, her passion for math and physics soon revealed a new calling. She realized that these skills could be instrumental in providing the best possible care for others. This realization led her to Palmer College of Chiropractic West Campus in San Jose, California, where she earned her Doctor of Chiropractic Degree.

With over 20 years of experience in practice, Teri has become a respected and accomplished chiropractor, having her work featured in the Top Doctor magazine. Her expertise has not only benefited her patients but also extended to various local companies. She has served as an on-site chiropractor for organizations such as eBay, conducted safety classes for Wal-Mart, and participated in health fairs for the IRS, Goodwill, and many others. 

Beyond her professional achievements, Teri is a dedicated philanthropist. In 2008, she joined forces with the Red Cross and the Rotary Club to provide free chiropractic care to 1,500 Mexican residents during a mission trip to Piedras Negras, Mexico. In subsequent years, she actively advocated for causes such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association and cancer research and treatment through partnerships with organizations like the American Cancer Society and the Aloha Charity Festival.

Teri's philanthropic work has not only touched human lives but also extended to animal charities with the Dancing Cat as a foster mom. You can also find her playing the ukulele in her spare time. Throughout her journey, she has found a deep connection with the Rotary Club and eagerly looks forward to rejoining the mission.


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