Past Speakers - 2017

December 2017 Programs

December 4   Jeff Rosen, District Attorney, Santa Clara County: "The DA’s Crime Strategies Unit - Fighting Crime in the 21st Century"
December 11   Jim Morgan: "Applied Wisdom: An interview with former CEO of Applied Materials"
December 18   Palo Alto Players: Musical theater singing
December 25   DARK - No meeting

November 2017 Programs

November 6   Kim Steinhardt, Writer and Marine Wildlife Photographer: "California Sea Otters"
November 13   Pamela Ronald, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and the Genome Center at the University of California, Davis: "Tomorrow's Table: Ecologically-based Farming, Plant Genetics and the Future of Food"
November 20   Phillip Dean, Rotary Club of Livermore, District Paul Harris Society Coordinator: "The Rotary Foundation and Polio Plus"
November 27   Georgie Gleim, President and Owner, Gleim Jewelers: "Diamonds: What You Should Know About Origin, Mining, Grading, and Beauty"

October 2017 Programs

October 2   Dr. James R. Doty, Stanford neurosurgeon and Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE): "Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart "
October 9   Linda Bidrossian, Senior Vice President of Policy, Bay Area Council: "Workforce of the Future"
October 16   Jean McCown, Associate Vice President, Government and Community Relations: "Stanford's Updated General Plan"
October 23   New Member Talks - Sarah Tierna, Matt Dolan, Karishma Jumani
October 30   Okke Schrijvers, Recent Graduate Student, Stanford University: "Artificial Intelligence"

September 2017 Programs

September 4   DARK - No Meeting
September 11   Jim Sheehan, Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute
September 18   Orrin Mahoney, Rotary District Governor: "Rotary"
September 25   Tim Watson: "Our Club's World Community Service Projects"

August 2017 Programs

August 7   Andrew Fraknoi, Chair, Department of Astronomy, Foothill College: "The Sky Event of the Decade: August's "All-American" Eclipse of the Sun"
August 14   Barbara Babcock, Professor Emerita, Stanford Law School: "Fish Raincoats: A Woman Lawyer’s Life"
August 21   Dan Gordon, Gordon Biersch and Dan Gordon's Restaurant: "Beer: Oktoberfest to Gordon Biersch"
August 28   All Hands on Deck In-house Service Project

July 2017 Programs

July 3   DARK - No Meeting
July 10   Betsy Bechtel and Board: "Plans for New Rotary Year"
July 17   Heidi Feldman, Professor of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital: "Redesigning Health Care for Children with Disabilities"
July 24   Michael Kirst, President, CA Board of Education: "What's Working Well -- and Not so Well -- in California's Schools"
July 31   Amy Hutzel, Deputy Executive Officer, California Coastal Conservancy: "Restoring San Francisco Bay in an Era of Sea Level Rise"

June 2017 Programs

June 5   Tom Fingar, Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute, Stanford: "North Korea"
June 12   Thuy Nguyen, Foothill College President: "Foothill College: Academic Excellence &ServiceLeadership"
June 19   "Vocational" Talks: Le Levy, Gloria Hom, Lee Lippert: "Our Fathers and their Influence on Us"
June 26   President Brian's Dinner and Debunking, Michael's Restaurant, Shoreline in Mountain View

May 2017 Programs

May 1   Axel Merk, Investment Manager, Merk Investments: "Global Threats and Opportunities in the Financial Markets: #Trump #China #Brexit #Bitcoin"
May 8   Meghan Sumner, Associate Professor of Linguistics, Stanford University: "The Social Weight of Spoken Words: What you Hear Depends on Who is Talking"
May 15   Philippa Kelly, Resident Dramaturg, Cal Shakes: "Dramaturgy: Shaping the Theatrical Experience"
May 22   Donn Posner, Adjunct Clinical Professor, Stanford Medical School: "Sleep Like a Baby: The Latest Research on Sleep and Aging"
May 29   DARK - No Meeting

April 2017 Programs

April 3   Don Weden, Retired Principal Planner, Santa Clara County Planning: "Change, Growth, and Planning: Envisioning Santa Clara County 3.0"
April 10   Mark Jacobson, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford: "Roadmaps for Transitioning States and Countries to Wind, Water, and Solar Power for All Purposes"
April 17   Yukio Shimomura: "My Two and Half Years Behind Barbed Wire in the US During WWII"
April 24   John Koza, Chair, National Popular Vote: "The National Popular Vote Initiative"

March 2017 Programs

Mar 6   Mary Ellen Hannibal, Writer and Environmentalist: "Grassroots Meets Big Data as Citizen Scientists Help Tackle Environmental Problems"
Mar 13   New Member Talks
Mar 20   Bill Liberatore and the Gunn Choir: Musical Program
Mar 27   Scotty McLennan, Stanford GSB Lecturer in Political Economy: "Finding the Meaning of Life in Novels"

February 2017 Programs

Feb 6   Fred Luskin, Director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Projects: "The Science of Happiness"
Feb 13   Jane Shaw, Dean of Religious Studies, Stanford University: "Jane Stanford’s Vision of Religious Life at Stanford"
Feb 20   DARK - No Meeting
Feb 27   Palo Alto Mayor Greg Scharf

January 2017 Programs

Jan 2   DARK - No Meeting
Jan 9   Martin and Dorothie Hellman, Professor Emeritus, Elec. Engr., Stanford: "Creating True Love at Home & Peace on the Planet"
Jan 16   All Hands On Deck Service Project
Jan 23   Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies: "Foreign Policy Challenges for the New Presidential Administration"
Jan 30   Larry Gerston, Political Analyst: "The Trump Victory: How it Happened and Where We Go From Here"