Speaker Date Topic
P.A. City Council Candidates Forum Oct 03, 2022
Moderator, Bonnie Packer
Savita Vaidhyanathan, District 5170 Governor Oct 10, 2022
Imagine Rotary!

Annual visit of District Governor Savita Vaidhyanathan. DG Savita served as President of the Rotary Club of Cupertino in 2013-14. Her theme was, “Local heartbeat, Global Outreach!” She also held roles as Chair of World Services Committee, member of Club’s Board and Endowment Foundation Board. She organized and chaired several fundraisers for the club. She is a Major Donor to The Rotary Foundation.

Savita served as advisor for projects in India, Kenya, and Mexico, and led a team for global grants. She is a graduate of the District Leadership Academy. She also served as District Community Service Chair and was the chair of the banquet in honor of Rotary International President, Jennifer Jones.

Savita is an active member of the local community. She served on the Cupertino City Council and as Mayor of Cupertino in 2017. She serves on a number of community boards and is currently Co-Chair of the De Anza Community College Commission.

Savita and her husband, Doc Vaidhyanathan live in Cupertino. Their daughter works and lives with her husband and baby in San Francisco. Savita is a doting grandmother to her grandson and plans to get rejuvenated by him to keep her energetic through her year as District Governor!



Overview of key Ballot Propositions Oct 17, 2022
William Gould IV Oct 24, 2022
Diary of a Contraband-The Civil war Passage of a Black Man
Jennifer Mercies, Professor at Texas A&M U. Oct 31, 2022
Demagogue for President: The Rhetorical Genius of Donald Trump

Jennifer Mercies, Professor of Communication and Journalism at Texas A&M University



3 members Nov 07, 2022
3 Long time member talks

Become acquainted or reacquainted with three of our longer term members. Always a great program!

Cornelia Weill former USAF Colonel, Judge Advocate Nov 14, 2022
Gender Strategies in War

Cornelia Weiss is a 2015 Rotary Peace Fellow (Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand). A former USAF military colonel, awards received include the U.S. Air Force Keenan Award for making the most notable contribution to the development of international law. She holds a GED, an AA (Colorado Mountain College), a BA in Women’s Studies (University of Utah), an MA in Defense and Security Studies (ANEPE), and a JD (Vanderbilt).  She has published in journals ranging from the European Journal of International Law to The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs. A graduate of the Inter-American Defense College (where she was the sole female military student in her class), she most recently provided recommendations to the Inter-American Defense Board to end practices of excluding military women from military education.​ 



Heidi Kühn, Founder & CEO, Roots of Peace Nov 21, 2022
Roots of Peace: Turning Mines into Vines

Roots of Peace, Turning Mines into Vines - Replacing Minefields with Vineyards and Orchards. Roots of Peace is a humanitarian - nonprofit organization founded in September 1997. From a family of Rotarians, Heidi has received the Rotary International "Service Above Self" Award. In December 2021, she was among those honored in Forbes "50 Over 50", and many other recognitions for their work over the past 25 years.

Mike Reynolds, Chair, WCS Committee Nov 28, 2022
Rotary World Community Service

Report on WCS Programs being supported by Palo Alto Rotary 2022-23

Christian Martine, Senior Product Mgr, Glassdoor Dec 05, 2022
Steps to Improve Your Digital Security, from Novice to Savvy

Christian Martine was born in Beckley, West Virginia. He earned dual bachelor's degrees cum laude from Washington and Lee University in 2014. His career experience includes working as a senior product manager of employer growth for Glassdoor, Inc, and in other information technology companies focused on trust and safety. His past employers include Facebook and Amazon.

 Christian is the 2022 Democratic candidate for West Virginia House of Delegates, 45th Delegate District.

 Martine has been affiliated with the Rotary Club of Beckley, the Mount Hope Lions Club, Working America (AFL-CIO Affiliate), and the Association of Information Technology Professionals. He is a former member of the Rotary Club of Palo Alto.

Via Zoom from West Virginia

West Bay Opera Singers Dec 12, 2022
Musical Selections

In person, bring guests, to enjoy our final program of 2022 with beautiful musical selections from Palo Alto's own West Bay Opera. 

No meeting: Holiday break Dec 19, 2022
Happy Holidays!
No Meeting: Holiday Break Dec 26, 2022
Happy Holidays!
No Meeting: Happy New Year! Jan 02, 2023
Happy 2023! Imagine Rotary!
Lee Pfab, Yassine Laghzziou, Carole Hall Whitehill Jan 09, 2023
New Member Talks

Learn more about these three new active club members

Life Moves Jan 16, 2023
Hands on Sleeves UP service project

Instead of a speaker, we will do a service project in the room for Life Moves, one of our past Grant recipient organizations

Larry Gerston, Professor Emeritus, SJ State U. Jan 23, 2023
Current Political Perspectives

Larry N. Gerston is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at San Jose State University. He is the author or co-author of 12 academic books, including three on public policymaking. Professor Gerston has written more than 150 op-ed pieces for major newspapers that focus on public policy issues, and since 1980, he has been the on-air political analyst at NBC Bay Area television, where he appears weekly to explain complex political themes to the viewing audience in understandable terms. He also serves as the political analyst for KCBS radio, an all-news radio station in San Francisco.