Palo Alto Rotary Committees - 2020-2021
 
MEMBERSHIP - Board Member, Karen Rohde
Membership - Karen Rohde, Chair; Ralph Adams, Mary Ann Gee, Linnet Kwok, Lee Lippert, Diego Osorio, Steve Player, Jessica Sun, Dana Tom, Ben Threlkeld.   
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: Matt Dolan, Laurie Liston 
Handles microphones during meetings
 
Welcome Desk: Jane Khalaf;  Katie Seedman, Rebecca Geraldi
Schedules members to record lunch sales & attendance at club meetings
 
Historian - Ralph Adams
Maintain a record or history of club activities and achievements during each year. Work with the website manager to scan documents and reports for posting online in the website menu section About Our Club - Club History 

Club Website - Bruce Gee, Manager: Ginny Lear, Oana Marcu, Ben Threlkeld, 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, Matt Dolan, Rob Lancefield, Hal Mickelson, Don Morgan, Sally Tomlinson, Geoff Ziman. Alternate writer: Mike McMahon; Associate editor: Ginny Lear
Distribution: Bruce Gee  -  Ensure Pinion is distributed after each meeting.
 
Sergeant-at-Arms - 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 - Dana Tom Organizes greeters to welcome members and visitors before meetings.
 
New Member Talks - Rob Lyman 
Arranges the Program for Red Badge members 
 
Opening Remarks - Mike Reynolds 
Coordinates the 2-minute member remarks at each meeting’s opening

Program - Sally Tomlinson, Chair: Betsy Bechtel, Jon Cowan, Diana Diamond, Oana Marcu, Hal Mickelson, Daryl Savage, Jim Sutherland, Ben Threlkeld, Dana Tom, Christian Martine
Ensures that each meeting has outstanding speakers who are introduced at the meeting and sent post-meeting thanks.
 
Social Events - Patty McGuigan, Peter Shambora, 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, Linnet Kwok
Annual Fund Raiser - Bruce Gee, Peter Shambora, Rebecca Geraldi, Katie Seedman, Charlie Weidanz, Cash Alaee; and more...
Produce a community based fundraising event.  Proceeds to support the Palo Alto Rotary Club Annual Charities Fund.
 
Club 2022 Centennial Committee: Cash Alaee, Betsy Bechtel, Bruce Gee, Ginny Lear,  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, Chair; Betsy Bechtel, Mike Couch, Marcie Cox, Hersh Davis, Julian Demalleville, Ryan Elliott, Leonard Ely, Leannah Hunt, Liz Kniss, Iris Korol, Le Levy, Andrew Pierce, Peter Shambora, Art Stauffer
Solicits, evaluates and makes recommendations to the Board for our charitable community grants.

Social Media/PR- Linnet Kwok
Obtain media coverage for events that are of interest to the wider community.
 
VOCATIONAL SERVICE - Board Member: Steve Emslie
Vocational Scholarships - Pamela Krudop & Rebecca Geraldi, Joyce Cusick, Julie Jerome, Jocelyn Lee, Peter Shambora, Dana Tom, Sally Tomlinson: 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 - Dana Tom, 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, Chair; Cash Alaee, Betsy Bechtel, Jayne Booker, Klaus Heinemann, Rob Lancefield, Ginny Lear, Le Levy, Mike McMahon, Bill Oberman, Akram Piracha, Dan Quinn, Art Stauffer, 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 - Annette Glanckopf, Ben Threlkeld, George Wheaton:  
Plans and directs annual international community activity.
 
YOUTH SERVICE - Board Member:  Pam Krudop
Youth Protection Officer - Ben Threlkeld
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 -  Geoff Ziman
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 - Pam Krudop
Selects campers for the Rotary Youth Leadership Training Camp held each summer.
 
Youth Speech Contest - Cash Alaee, Chair; Annette Glanckopf, Amy Andonian
Organizes an annual speech contest for local high school students. The winner progresses to participate in competitions in up to three more levels.
 
Rotary Youth Exchange - Pam Krudop
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 Rotary International - annually gives grants to Clubs and Districts; funds ongoing projects such as End Polio Now.