Palo Alto Rotary Committees - 2019-2020
 
MEMBERSHIP - Board Member, Karen Rohde
Committee Co-Chairs: Blue Badge Group Coordinator Karen Rohde; Red Badge Group Coordinator Tony Adessa,
Ralph Adams, Lee Lippert, Steve Player, Dana Tom.   
Responsible for building a solid base of new members each year and integrating them into the club.
 
We Care -   Julie Jerome, Todd Lewis, Steve Player
Coordinates the Club’s response in the event of a member’s/spouse’s serious illness, difficult circumstances, or death.
 
CLUB OPERATIONS – Board Member: Elizabeth Santana
Audio Visual Setup - Richard Keller 
Handles the audio visuals for our club and speakers
 
Microphones: Tom Gracon, Laurie Liston and substitutes as needed
 
Welcome Desk: Jane Khalaf;  Katie Seedman, Rebecca Geraldi
Schedules members to record lunch sales & attendance at club meetings
 
Club Website - Bruce Gee, Ginny Lear, Oana Marcu, Joe Sinnott, Dana Tom: Maintain and improve our club's web site.
 
Pinion: Editor Lyle Connell: Schedules writers; ensures Pinion is written and composed after each meeting. Writers: Trish Bubenik, Bill Busse, Matt Dolan, Rob Lancefield, Oana Marcu, Hal Mickelson, Sally Tomlinson, Geoff Ziman. Alternate writers: Mike McMahon and Walt Hays; Alternate editor:  Bruce Gee, Ginny Lear
Distribution: Bruce Gee  -  Ensure Pinion is distributed after each meeting.
 
Sergeant-at-Arms -  Dick Mansfield, Hersh Davis, Jim Sheridan, Matt Dolan
Rotate setting up the meeting room on Mondays and secures the room after the meeting
 
CLUB SERVICE - Board Member, Rob Lyman
Greeters - Ginny Lear Organizes greeters to welcome members and visitors before meetings.
 
Opening Remarks - Judith Steiner Coordinates the 2 minute member remarks at each meeting’s opening.
 
New Member Talks - Rob Lyman Arranges the Program for Red Badge members 
 
Program - Sally Tomlinson & Pam Krudop: Co-chairs:  Betsy Bechtel, Jon Cowan, Diana Diamond, Oana Marcu, Hal Mickelson, Daryl Savage, Jim Sutherland, Ben Threlkeld, Dana Tom.
Ensures that each meeting has outstanding speakers who are introduced at the meeting and sent post-meeting thanks.
 
Social Events - Gloria Hom, Katie Seedman, Co-Chairs: Working with various members to plan and manage club social events throughout the year in a member's home, such as the holiday party, in a restaurant or at a theatre.
 
Vocational/Long Time Member Talks - Jim Sutherland Arranges the Program on these topics
 
COMMUNITY SERVICE - Board Member, Hal Mickelson
Annual Fund Raiser: Co-Chairs: Bruce Gee, Ginny Lear, Peter Shambora, Rebecca Geraldi, Katie Seedman, Charlie Weidanz; and more...
Produce a community based fundraising event.  Proceeds to support the Palo Alto Rotary Club Annual Charities Fund.
 
Club 2022 Centennial Committee: Ginny Lear, Bruce Gee, Betsy Bechtel, Dana Tom, Ben Threlkeld
Focus and plan activities and events to highlight the 100th anniversary of the 1922 Palo Alto Rotary Club Charter. Our club charter sponsor was the Rotary Club of San Jose.
 
Charitable Grants - Bill Johnson; Mike Couch, Marcie Cox, Leonard Ely, Leannah Hunt, Liz Kniss, Iris Korol, Le Levy, Peter Shambora, Art Stauffer, Judith Steiner, Michael Wick
Solicits, evaluates and makes recommendations to the Board for our charitable community grants.
Obtains media coverage for events that are of interest to the wider community.

 
PublicityObtain media coverage for events that are of interest to the wider community.
 
VOCATIONAL SERVICE - Board Members: Steve Emslie
Vocational Scholarships - Pamela Krudop & Rebecca Geraldi, Co-Chairs; Julie Jerome, Jocelyn Lee, Dana Tom, Sally Tomlinson, Joyce Cusick: Publicizes opportunities, evaluates candidates and awards scholarships to those seeking a vocational education at our local community colleges. These Palo Alto Rotary Vocational Scholarships are officially named the Dr. Robert Smithwick Vocational Scholarships. In 1959, Dr. Smithwick was the founding President of the Board of Trustees of Foothill College, now Foothill-DeAnza Community Colleges, and a long time Rotarian in Palo Alto and Sunnyvale.
 
Hands on/Sleeves Up -  Rebecca Geraldi, Chair: Matt Dolan, Julio Nino, Jessica Sun, Dana Tom
Plans and executes various hands-on club or community work days each year.
 
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE -  Board Member: Tim Watson
The Rotary Foundation - Ginny Lear, Chair;  Mike McMahon, Club Record Keeper
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.  
The Rotary Foundation helps fund our Club's humanitarian activities, from local service projects to global initiatives.  Our Club or District can apply for grants from The Rotary Foundation to invest in projects and provide scholarships.  The Rotary Foundation also leads the charge on worldwide Rotary campaigns such as the eradication of polio and the promotion of peace.

 
World Community Service - Tim Watson, Cash Alaee, Betsy Bechtel, Jayne Booker, Derrick Britt, Mike Couch, Marcie Cox, Kevin Curry, Hersh Davis, Tom Gracon, Walt Hays, Karishma Jumani, Jane Khalaf, Iris Korol, Rob Lancefield, Le Levy, Susan Lutter, Mike McMahon, Hal Mickelson, Nina Moore, Akram Piracha, Andrew Pierce, Dan Quinn, Brian Steen, George Wheaton, Geoff Ziman
Selects and monitors our participation in international community service projects.  Applies for District matching grants and coordinates projects with other Clubs.
 
International Hands On/Sleeves Up -   George Wheaton, Annette Glanckopf, Walt Hays:  Plans and directs annual international community activity.
 
YOUTH SERVICE - Board Member:  Rebecca Geraldi
Youth Protection Officer - Ginny Lear, Ensure that Rotary Youth Protection Certification is completed by the Youth Service Chair, the President, and is offered to all members.  
 
Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts -  
Provide liaison to the Palo Verde based Boy Scout Troop 5 & the Cub Scout Pack 6 that are sponsored by the Club.  Each are given $1,000/year in support of their activities as needed.
 
Girl Scouts - Karen Rohde
Provide liaison to the Palo Alto Girl Scouts, to whom we give $2,000/year in support of their activities.
 
Interact/YCS at Gunn HS -  Pamela Krudop
PA Rotary contributes funds in support of their activities. The Interact Chair gets to know the leaders and supports their activites with time and keeping Rotarians aware of them.
 
Camp RYLA - Rebecca Geraldi
Selects campers for the Rotary Youth Leadership Training Camp held each summer.
 
Rotary Youth Exchange - Rebecca Geraldi
Occasionally, a Gunn High student attends school for a year in a foreign country and lives with a host family. At the same time a foreign student lives with a Palo Alto family and attends Gunn HS. 
 

A reminder that Palo Alto Rotarians support four interrelated, yet separate organizations.
1.  Palo Alto Rotary Club (501(c)(4)) - club operations
2.  Palo Alto Rotary Club Annual Charities (PARCAC) (501(c)(3)) - local charitable disbursement  
3.  Palo Alto Rotary Endowment (501(c)(3)) - 5% of principal annually goes to PARCAC
4.  The Rotary Foundation  (501(c)(3))  of RI International - annually gives grants to Clubs and Districts; ?funds ongoing projects such as End Polio Now.