Outgoing San Jose Rotary Club President Carl Salas nearly got his parade rained on -- inside the City Hall Rotunda.

The club, filled with San Jose's movers and shakers, held the last meeting of Salas' term there Wednesday afternoon, but it only happened after some lightning fast work on the part of city maintenance staff and the Fairmont Hotel's catering staff. Sometime around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, a2-inch water pipe burst in the rotunda, automatically setting off the building's fire alarms and setting off the sprinklers. Before anyone knew what had happened, the water flooded the rotunda and soaked the two dozen tables that already had been set up for Wednesday's lunch.

Crews got the water out and attempted to dry wet areas with fans, and the Fairmont rushed to replace chairs, tablecloths and napkins that had been drenched (For the record, I'm a member of the club but managed to avoid mop duty).

Salas' celebratory meeting went off without a hitch, though, and that was good news since it was also his birthday. He was presented with a bit of birthday dessert, and emcee Brian Adams quipped, "In light of the incident this morning, we decided to serve spongecake."

THAI ONE ON: Tee Nee Thai, the popular restaurant on The Alameda in San Jose, closed after being struck by a fire more than two years ago. But several neighborhood associations have gotten together for a "welcome back" event Friday night for the restaurant, which is expected to reopen next month.


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Because Tee Nee Thai's space isn't ready yet, the 6:30 p.m. celebration is being about a half-block away in the former home of Elefante Blanco at 1343 The Alameda. The event will include a procession led by classical Thai dancers and the relighting of Tee Nee Thai's neon sign for first time since the February 2012 fire.

San Jose fire Capt. Eric Hernandez and other firefighters from Station No. 7, which responded to the fire, will be there serving chile verde, one of their firehouse specialties. Great job by Terry Austen, Susan Davies and Helen Chapman for leading the charge on putting together the party.

The unfortunate cloud to this silver lining is that with the impending rebirth of an expanded Tee Nee Thai, owners Todd and Somsamai Perreia decided to close its sister restaurant, House of Siam, which had been one of downtown's culinary treasures for two decades until last Saturday.

THE NAME GAME: The Valley Medical Center Foundation's lined up some big donors already for VMC's new Women and Children's Center, including An-Jan Feed & Supply founders John and Ann Rademakers, First 5 Santa Clara County, SAP and the Sharks Foundation.

But it's still hoping to find a $15 million donor whose name could go on the new facility, and that made me wish big companies were as eager to put their names on medical facilities as much as they do on sports arenas.

We've got Levi's Stadium, SAP Center and AT&T Park, so why not something like the Google Women and Children's Center? Of course, then we'd have to call the physicians working there Google docs.

Contact Sal Pizarro at spizarro@mercurynews.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/spizarro.