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Priya Jhingan, This Week's Greeter

Hello! First of all, I'd like to say that I'm deeply honored to be invited to apply to San Ramon
Rotary. Everyone I've had a chance to meet thus far has been so kind, and I can tell that this is
a really special group of people.
I'm very much looking forward to getting back in touch with service. It's something I've been
wanting to do for quite some time. I've always purposefully molded my life so that I can be the
best version of myself and positively contribute to society. Having gone to a very strong
service-oriented high school (Saint Francis in Mountain View), I enjoyed the couple hundred
hours of community service I did back then, and resonated with the idea of making positive
contributions to society.
I went on to study at Stanford, but experienced some health difficulties while a student there.
Fortunately, I benefited from innovations in the medical field. Really wanting to give back to
the world and do something impactful, I went to work in the medical device field after
graduating, successfully applying my product design and engineering skillset to design
devices and run operations for a couple startups (Rubicor Medical and ApniCure). Our devices
included a breast cancer biopsy device, a breast cancer treatment device, and a sleep apnea
treatment device - all drastically improving the treatment and experience of the end user, and
saving lives. Aligning my life, particularly my career, in a way that serves and benefits others
has been extremely important to me, and something I never compromise on. (See the Winx
sleep apnea treatment device here:
I've since then honed my executive leadership skills in product management, working across
disciplines to design and launch some really cool and beneficial projects, including an internal
project-sharing and collaboration platform to power innovation at Intel
( Currently, a fellow Stanford Product Design grad and I run a
private product consulting firm, and I also serve as Chief Product Officer for TeleFix
Communications, a women-led high growth company that's greatly improving the safety and
efficiency of field work in the telecom industry (
I'm very, very excited to be at this stage of my career and life, where I can really take what I've
learned and maximize my contribution to others. I've seen that the members of Rotary do
exactly this - they use their skills and talents to drive service and innovate solutions that help
solve world problems. This couldn't be more aligned with what I want to do in this phase of
my life, and I can't wait to join forces with a strong group of like-minded individuals to help
make the world a better place.
Schedule of Greeters
September 7
Jhingan, Priya
September 14
Michaels, Harry
September 21
Milich, John
September 28
Nevarez, Fred
October 5
Paterson, Pat
October 12
Port, Tom
October 19
Remmich, Marvin
October 26
Riopelle, Garth
Greeter Protocol
When you are assigned the duty of being our greeter, you should remember the following:

1. You should be at the meeting by 11:45 AM in order to greet everyone as they come to the meeting.

2. You should bring a "Greeter's Gift" for the raffle. The gift should be approximately $20.00 in value.

3. You will be leading the giving the inspiration of the day, leading the salute to the flag, and introducing the visiting Rotarians. It is a good idea to watch the visiting Rotarians sign in, so that you can ask them about any complicated names or classifications.

4. If you cannot attend, it is your responsibility to find a replacement.
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
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Service Above Self
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Meeting Notes for August 31, 2017
By: Priya Jhingan
Mr. Can-Do Sandhu kicked off today’s meeting by asking everyone to rise. Luckily, nobody rose until Lucky said so, thereby legitimizing the fact that this year’s President might actually have some power after all. He introduced our greeter of the day, Mike Gunning, who maintains his good spirits and helpful nature through 20 years of Rotary, 50 years of marriage, 3 sons, 7 grandchildren, and 36 years as a business owner. In his thought of the day, Mike introduced 7 tips for a healthy life: (1) eat only the good stuff, (2) there is value in active rest, (3) play time is more productive than you think, (4) socialization is good for the brain, (5) consistent sleep is crucial, (6) integrate physical movement into your brain-training activities, and, most importantly, (7) try to learn something new, every single day. Then, given the hundred-plus degree weather outside, he left us with an additional tip (8) stay cool and drink plenty of fluids. After the pledge, Don and Herm led us into “God Bless America”.
As a first-time scribe, I was lucky enough to sit with our guest, Interim San Ramon Chief of Police Dan Pratt, as well as a support group of fellow scribes Dr. Bill, Mr. Gary Sloan, and Scotsman Pat Paterson, who all threatened to kick me out of the club if I missed a single fact in my notes. During our short break, Dan Pratt engaged us in a conversation about grenades and military weapons, while Gary made sure the Chief understood that I was a troublemaker as another ploy to have me kicked out.
Marie and Lucky provided an update on the auction, and it looks like items have started to roll in. We still need more, however, and have about 2-3 weeks to get them in. Marie and Glen educated us on how the auction items make it into the system, via a form and Herman’s seal of approval. We also need to continue raising awareness for the auction, particularly at the Danville and Sycamore Valley clubs. Lucky is personally paying $1,000 to anyone who volunteers to attend those meetings.
The above may or may not be true, but someone at our club did, in fact, receive $1,000 today. Dennis Harvey presented Hollywood A-lister Gary Sloan with the huge sum of money as appreciation for his annual dedication to our auction and his hospital’s donation of $10k. It turns out that Gary has been featured in a promotional video on our Facebook page, which Lucky played for us on mute since no one wanted to actually hear Gary speak. Celebrity Sloan may not be at our next meeting since he plans to escape to Vegas to gamble away the money.
Good News
It was Collete Lay’s birthday, but she was not around to collect her $40 (perhaps she was also in Vegas celebrating?). Also, Garth is back in town, and his wife, Michele, had a birthday on August 13. Garth had made it out to the Boulder Rotary in Colorado, which he stated was very technologically advanced. Now empty nesters, Garth and Michele have decided to combat their loneliness by adopting Lucky Sandhu.
On other news, Dr. Bill has been invited by the San Ramon Library to be a speaker for the “Celebrate San Ramon” lecture on Wednesday, September 6 at 6pm. He would like us all to come. Also, it was reported that Geoff Johnson is doing very well and is being pursued by a cougar 25-30 years his senior. Our club hikes are starting again, with the first one taking place in Alamo. It’ll be a 4-mile moderate hike meandering around 5 creeks, and everyone is invited, except dogs and people with bad attitudes.
Before handing the mic to our guest, Chief of Police Dan Pratt, Lucky tried to ask if he can get out of legal trouble by mentioning he’s friends with the Chief. The Chief politely declined to answer, and instead began the program by delving into a holistic and informative crime, security, and operational update on our city of San Ramon.
San Ramon PD update: San Ramon has the second lowest crime rate per capita in California, largely due to our great police officers and residents. In 2007, the City Council started its own police department, which had previously been contracted out by Contra Costa County. Over the last 10 years, the SRPD has worked hard to improve a little each day, and now it has an entirely new fleet of cars and motorcycles (to help chase down criminals like Lucky faster than ever).
In particular, Chief Pratt pointed out that the SRPD has formed 4 kinds of partnerships since 2007, which are:
  1. Partnership with the school district - Officers, called “School Research Officers” or SROs, are assigned to every school to assist with traffic problems and any other issues that come up.
  2. Partnership with the fire district - In the past, 911 calls would be routed to Contra Costa County, and then transferred to the SRPD. However, SRPD has partnered with the fire district to piggyback off their existing dispatch center to more efficiently handle police-related activities and emergency calls. In fact, the SRPD saved 2 lives by getting the individuals to medical treatment quickly.
  3. Partnership with neighboring cities - San Ramon used to have its own SWAT team, but has now partnered resources with Walnut Creek, Martinez, and Pleasant Hill to make sure that our SWAT members, who are not needed that often, can continue to maintain a high level of training and activity by offering support to neighboring cities.
  4. Partnership with various aspects of the community - Crime prevention is based mostly on what the community reports, and neighbors need to speak up and contact the police if something doesn’t look or seem right. As such, the SRPD has integrated with social media (Facebook, Twitter, instagram) and NextDoor to send alerts, respond to concerns, and be an active and helpful member of the community in general.
Chief Pratt also included some crime prevention tips, specifically for San Ramon residents. Since crimes in this city are mostly property-related, it’s a good idea to not leave valuables in your vehicle in plain view. Also, someone visiting from out of town may be watching, so try to put your valuables in the trunk before you get to your final destination. If you’re interested in learning more about crime prevention and the police, SRPD offers a Citizen’s Police Academy that happens twice a year, 4 nights a week. More information can be obtained at On a final note, Chief Pratt mentioned that the City Center will be completed around this time next year, and 3 more officers have been hired by the department in anticipation of increased traffic and resource requirements.
Rotary Moment
Lucky hailed the Chief by presenting the SRPD’s core values, which are very much shared with our own values at Rotary. These values are professionalism, responsiveness, integrity, safety, and service.
Today, both the greeter’s gift and the marble pick went to Mr. Jay Tontz, who was heard shouting to the world, “I’ve never had my hand in one of these before.” He was clearly excited. He received a bottle of wine, and then pulled out a shiny blue marble, which he proceeded to put in his mouth, eat, and digest. At this point, Lucky adjourned the meeting.
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