Speaker Date Topic
Ben Threlkeld, Chair Jun 27, 2022
Debunking of President Cash Alaee

Cash’s Debunking Dinner on 6/27 

Join us for President Cash’s Debunking dinner, the last hoorah of the Rotary year! We’ll meet at Michael’s Shoreline Restaurant on 6/27, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM, to celebrate President Cash's once-in-a-century Rotary year, thank him for his hard work, and pass the gavel to our new President, Karen Rohde. You can purchase tickets at upcoming meetings, on the club website, or through the following link: Purchase Tickets.  Tickets must be purchased by 6/20, so don’t delay. 

Ticket Cost

  • $75 Per Person

Event Includes

  • Wine and Appetizers 
  • Dinner and Dessert
  • Debunking Progam, Skits, and Passing of the Gavel

Entree Options

  • New Your Steak, Peppercorn Sauce
  • Breast of Chicken, Herb Butter Sauce 
  • Broiled Salmon, Lemon Beurre Sauce
  • Vegetarian Spinach & Cheese Tortellini, Alfredo Sauce

Safety Protocols 

  • Proof of COVID vaccination required
  • Day of event COVID self-testing is highly encouraged
  • The outdoor patio will be open
No Club Meeting Jul 04, 2022
Celebrate July 4th!
Karen Rohde and Board of Directors 2022-23 Jul 11, 2022
Club Assembly
Coss Marte, Founder, Second Chance Studios Jul 18, 2022
From Overweight Inmate to Employer of formerly incarcerated

In 2009, Coss Marte was sent to jail as the ringleader of a multi-million dollar drug operation. He was also grossly overweight and warned by his physician that his current lifestyle, if left unchecked, would likely kill him.


Faced with this grim prognosis, Coss started to get in shape using the tools he had -- his prison cell and his own body weight. Within six months he lost 70 pounds and replicated his successful formula of body weight exercises with 20 other inmates. Then he launched CONBODY, a prison style bootcamp that has gained over 70,000+ clients and has hired 50+ formerly incarcerated individuals to teach fitness classes. Since the launch of his company he’s been featured in over 200 major media outlets such as NBC, CNN, The New York Times, Men's Health and has been a 3 time TED Talk Speaker. He’s also won major pitch competitions such as Pitch for Good by TOM’s shoes and the YPO shark tank competition, which combined raised $1,000,000.


Today Coss co-founded a non-profit organization called Second Chance Studios, which trains and helps employ formerly incarcerated individuals to become experts in audio engineering, video production, and podcasting.

Francis Fukuyama, Freeman Spogli Inst. Stanford U. Jul 25, 2022
Liberalism and Its Discontents

Francis Fukuyama is Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), and a faculty member of FSI's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL). He is also Director of Stanford's Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy, and a professor (by courtesy) of Political Science.

Dr. Fukuyama has written widely on issues in development and international politics. His 1992 book, The End of History and the Last Man, has appeared in over twenty foreign editions. In 2018 he published Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment, and most recently he has published Liberalism and Its Discontents in the spring of 2022.

Francis Fukuyama received his B.A. from Cornell University in classics, and his Ph.D. from Harvard in Political Science. He was a member of the Political Science Department of the RAND Corporation, and of the Policy Planning Staff of the US Department of State. From 1996-2000 he was Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Professor of Public Policy at the School of Public Policy at George Mason University, and from 2001-2010 he was Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. He served as a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics from 2001-2004.

Dr. Fukuyama holds honorary doctorates from Connecticut College, Doane College, Doshisha University (Japan), Kansai University (Japan), and Aarhus University (Denmark), and the Pardee Rand Graduate School. He is a non-resident fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and at the Center for Global Development. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Rand Corporation, the Board of Governors of the Pardee Rand Graduate School, the Board of Trustees of Freedom House, and the Volcker Alliance. He is a member of the American Political Science Association and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Dr. Fukuyama last spoke to the Rotary Club of Palo Alto in 2020 on “The Geopolitical Implications of the Covid Epidemic.” In July of 2022, he  will speak on the topic of his recent book, “Liberalism and its Discontents.”


Daniel Ho, Stanford Law and Political Science Aug 01, 2022
Unbreaking Bureaucracy

Daniel Ho, Stanford Professor of Law and Political Science, Director of the Regulation, Evaluation, and Governance Lab (RegLab)

John Leshy, Prof. Emeritus, UC Hastings College Aug 08, 2022
Our Common Ground, A History of America's Public Lands
Larry Diamond, Freeman Spogli Inst, Stanford U. Aug 15, 2022

Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and Professor by courtesy of Political Science and Sociology, Stanford University

Grateful Garment Aug 22, 2022
Hands on Seeves up project
New members Sep 12, 2022
New Member Talks