Event Types
Nov 02, 2017
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

California Earthquake Authority "Brace and Bolt" Program

Chris Nance has been the chief communications officer for the not-for-profit
California Earthquake Authority (CEA)—the largest earthquake
insurance provider in the United States, and one of the largest in the
world—since 2008. Chris is responsible for CEA’s consumer advertising,
media relations, public affairs, and community partnerships.
Since joining CEA, Chris has created the Marketing Value Program
(MVP) that offers CEA policy training and sales support for more than
20,000 home insurance agents, and the annual Get Prepared, California!
Auction that has raised more than $1 million to benefit American Red
Cross. Chris also created the California Residential Mitigation Program
(CRMP) that offers $3,000 financial incentives to retrofit foundations of
older houses, and led statewide adoption of the first California Building
Code for the seismic retrofitting of existing residential structures.
Prior to joining CEA, Chris was a consultant for Ogilvy Public Relations
Worldwide, FleishmanHillard, and Hill+Knowlton Strategies; a deputy
secretary for the California Business, Transportation and Housing
Agency; a senior consultant for the California Legislature; and a press advance
representative for The White House.
Chris’s presentation encompasses CEA’s strategic plan to Educate,
Mitigate and Insure. Attendees will learn their region’s risk for
earthquake damage, ways to prepare themselves and their families for an
earthquake, and about the expanded coverage choices and deductible
options CEA offers.
Nov 07, 2017

Ronald McDonald House at Stanford

Jay is chief development officer at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford and is primarily responsible for planning and leading fundraising efforts in support of the vision, mission and goals of the organization, including a capital campaign to support a multi-year expansion project. Jay brings extensive and successful background in professional development and organizational leadership and before joining the House served as the chief income development officer at the American Cancer Society, California Division, Inc. There he managed the division's $65 million income portfolio and strategically increased both corporate relations and major gift income. Before that he was executive director for TRUST for a Smoke Free Texas and chief of staff for a Texas state representative. Jay attended the University of North Texas at Denton.

Nov 14, 2017

Santa Clara County Assessor's Update

Larry Stone

San Jose Magazine named him one of Silicon Valley’s 100 most powerful leaders.  Pulitzer Prize winning author and Washington Post reporter, Haynes Johnson, described him in his bestselling book, Sleepwalking Through History, as “bright, articulate; an American rarity, a proven political success in a time of political failure.”

He’s been a financial manager on Wall Street, served two terms as Mayor of Sunnyvale, co-founded a successful real estate investment and development firm and the Arts Council of Silicon Valley. 

He and his wife, Carmen, spent a night in the White House with the Clintons, President Bill, Hillary and Chelsea, got to know Fidel Castro on a U.S. Conference of Mayor’s trip to Cuba in 1977, and chatted up Muhammad Ali after a chance encounter in an elevator.

He was elected Santa Clara County Assessor in 1994, and has been re-elected by large majorities five times.  He has also been an active and effective civic leader in many fields ranging from the arts, to education, to the environment.

We know him as Larry Stone:  Silicon Valley’s Renaissance man with an impressive personal art collection.  Please welcome the man whose constituency is larger than the governors of 13 states, Santa Clara County Assessor, Larry Stone.

Addendum:  A native of Seattle, he has an MBA from the University of Washington and has studied at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.  He and his wife, Carmen, have lived in Sunnyvale since 1970, where they raised three sons.




Nov 21, 2017

Mount Umunhum Update

Basim Jaber is a lifelong South Bay native and freelance photographer
who has researched the history and geography of Mt. Umunhum and the
Almaden Air Force Station since 2006.  He continues to archive historic
images and artifacts from Almaden Air Force Station and gives many slide
show presentations to interpret the history and memories of this Bay Area
Cold War relic.  His relationship with the veterans and dependents who
lived and served on the site has earned him their respect, trust, and
status as their official historian and archivist.  Basim also serves as a
board director on the Umunhum Conservancy, a non-profit organization with
a mission to save and preserve the historic radar tower atop Mt. Umunhum
Nov 28, 2017
Nov 28, 2017
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Dec 03, 2017
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Presentation by Fisher Middle School Music Program

The image is of member Dan Snyder with one of the acoustic shells the club donated to the Fisher Middle School using 2016-2017 District grant funds.

Dec 12, 2017

Alesi: The Life, Death, and Discovery of an Ancester

The recent discovery of a 13 million-year-old fossil infant ape skull has offered a rare glimpse of what the common ancestor of all living apes and humans may have looked like. The fossil, nick- named “Alesi,” belongs to a newly named species called Nyanzapithecus alesi. Alesi was discovered in a place called Napudet in Turkana, Kenya, by John Ekusi, a member of Dr. Isaiah Nengo’s research team. Alesi was scanned with high powered x-rays at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, France, revealing the skull’s internal structures in stunning detail. In this talk, Dr. Nengo will share the story of finding this rare fossil and discuss the secrets that cutting-edge technology has uncovered about the life of this ancient infant.

Dr. Isaiah Nengo was born in Nairobi, Kenya. He is an associate director and research professor at the Turkana Basin Institute, Stony Brook University. He holds a BS in zoology and botany from the University of Nairobi and a PhD in biological anthropology from Harvard University. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the National Museums of Kenya and the University of Nairobi in 2012/13. Dr. Nengo’s research focuses on the search for the ancestors of apes and humans in Africa. He is the recipient of five Leakey Foundation Research Grants.


Dec 19, 2017

Club Financial Update

Happy new year to all members at the start of 2018.


This meeting will be a club assembly with no guest speaker. President Suzanne will update the membership on recent changes in the club's handling of philanthropic issues. Member Marty Fishman will be presenting an update on his Seeing Again Guatemala project.

Jan 02, 2018

Overcome the Wealth Gap

Overcome the Wealth Gap: Best Kept Secrets to Financial Freedom.
Why is it that some people achieve massive wealth while others do not? And why is it for many that once they have money, it doesn’t always make them happy? Some people spend their lives nose to the grindstone, working, saving, and hoping they’re doing everything right. But the truth is that the secret to unlocking the wealth and fulfillment you truly desire is hidden in your own wealth psychology.

In this groundbreaking presentation Hilary shares with us

  • The findings of her extensive research first presented in her TEDx talk, The Surprising Power of Language to Make You Rich, which explores the impact of beliefs on a person’s ability to acquire wealth and happiness.
  • How they can identify their own self-imposed money limitations and bring awareness to the unconscious systems of behavior that are keeping them stuck.
  • The steps they should take to cultivate a wealth mindset, so they can achieve their wealth goals.
  • Time tested secrets to financial freedom that, if you internalize and adopt, your financial success is nearly a foregone conclusion.

Hilary Hendershott ( is the founder of Hilary Hendershott Wealth Management, a leading financial advisory firm, where her mission is to motivate people and their loved ones to be financially empowered.


Hilary hosts Profit Boss Radio, a weekly podcast where Hilary and her guests offer inspiration and actionable advice to support individuals in their financial journey.  She’s also a TEDx speaker, and has been featured in Wall Street Journal, NBC, ABC, FOX, DailyWorth, Forbes and Investopedia.

In 2014, Hilary was recognized as a Top 40 Under 40 Entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. With more than 30 television appearances, she’s considered the go-to personal finance expert in Silicon Valley for NBC, where they have nicknamed her "The Investor's Voice of Reason."

Hilary has an MBA from Santa Clara University, and is a Certified Financial Planner.

Jan 09, 2018

Memory Fun 101 - Memory Training for Everyone

  • Memory is absolutely fundamental to learning, so improving one’s memory has a profound positive impact on one’s career and personal life. In this fun and entertaining presentation, U.S. Memory Champion, Chester Santos, will teach attendees the basics of memory improvement. Attendees will learn a number of memory boosting methods that will exercise their imagination and awaken their creativity. Participants will be shown how to utilize both sides of their brain in order to make information stick and become unforgettable. Attendees will participate in enjoyable exercises and will actually be able to feel their memory ability improving throughout the presentation. Everyone will leave this interactive session with sharper minds and a solid foundation in exercises and techniques that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.


Jan 16, 2018

Opera San Jose

Aaron Nicholson is Director of Marketing & Development, Opera San Jose. Aaron's presentation to us will include some history of the Opera San Jose Company and it's impact on the community. Also, the economic impact of the Arts on San Jose and the South Bay Area will be discussed. Aaron has addressed numerous Rotary clubs on this and similar opera-related topics. The session may include a demonstration of opera singing.

Information will be provided on the current and upcoming Opera seasons.


Jan 23, 2018
Jan 27, 2018
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Monterey Bay National Maritime Sanctuary

Amity Wood is the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary


In this role, Amity guides the sanctuary’s education team in the implementation of strategic and annual planning for education programs, including overseeing the development, dissemination and evaluation of education and outreach activities, products, signage, and exhibits for visitor centers that promote stewardship and protection of sanctuary resources.

Amity holds over 20 years’ experience in the development and delivery of science education and teacher training programs across a wide spectrum of organizations. Prior to working with MBNMS, Amity served for ten years as the Director of Camp SEA Lab, a youth marine science program at Cal State University Monterey Bay. In addition, Amity worked to implement education programs at USC Wrigley Marine Science Center, Catalina Island Marine Institute, and Farallones Marine Sanctuary, building ocean knowledge and stewardship for future generations.

Amity graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology, and earned a Master of Arts in Education from University of San Francisco. When not educating the public about ocean conservation, Amity enjoys spending time kayaking, surfing, and SCUBA diving in sanctuary waters.


Jan 30, 2018

Annual Speech Contest

Rotary District 7610
2017-2018 Youth Speech Contest Overview

Speech Theme:
Rotary Making a Difference


Contestants, who must be in grades 9 - 12, will speak on the Rotary theme: Rotary Making a Difference. Each Club should hold a contest and select their winners. Club first place winners advance to the area contest held by Assistant Governors. Each first place winner in the Area contests will advance to compete in the District Final Contest. First, second and third place winners of the District Finals will receive cash awards: $1000 for first place, $500 for second and $250 for third. The District Speech Contest winner must be available to deliver their winning speech at the District Conference on Saturday, April 28, 2018.

Assistant Governors should hold area contests with the winners from clubs in their area, and report to the District Youth Contest Chair the winner for their area no later than March 30, 2018. Finals for the District 7610 Speech Contest will be Saturday, April 7, 2018. Location to be announced, but it will be in Fredericksburg area.


Feb 06, 2018

The Newspaper Business


Barbara Marshman has been editor of The Mercury News Editorial Pages since 2008, having joined the paper 20 years earlier. She grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania, graduated from West Chester State University and worked for small daily papers in the Philadelphia area until 1987, when she won a John S. Knight Fellowship to Stanford University. She never went back.

Feb 13, 2018

The Health Trust: Destination Homes

Chad Bojorquez is Director of Employment Strategies for The Health Trust's Destination Homes program. He is a mission-driven change agent dedicated to ending homelessness. As a volunteer he was awarded the Silver Bowl Award from the Junior League of San Jose, the Community Quarterback Award from the San Francisco 49ers, and Bank of America’s Local Hero Award in 2011. As a case manager at InnVision he crafted his approach while helping women and families toward self-sufficiency through Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing. In his next role, Chad played a critical role in the growth at Downtown Streets Team in terms of size, scope, impact, and geography. Over 5 years, he helped craft a whatever-it-takes approach to case management and employment services, co-founded a social enterprise business as a living-wage job creation platform, and launched an East Bay branch of the organization. The Golden State Warriors and the San Jose Mayor’s Office named Chad as their 2015 Champion in the Community.

Chad is a Senior Fellow of American Leadership Forum, a graduate of Leadership San Jose, a two-time Most Valuable Player in the international sport power soccer, and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Psychology at Palo Alto University.


Feb 20, 2018

Self Help Center/Family Law Facilitator's Office SCC Superior Court


Fariba R, Soroosh

Fariba is the Supervising Attorney at Santa Clara County Superior Court's Self Help Center and Family Law Facilitator's Office, where she has worked for almost 20 years. Prior to that, she was in private practice litigating and mediating family law and probate guardianship matters. She is a graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law and was admitted to California Bar in 1993. Fariba has dedicated her career to access to justice, conflict resolution and violence prevention. She has been a Commissioner on Santa Clara County's Domestic Violence Council since 2004 advising the Board of Supervisors on domestic violence prevention and education issues. She has also either written or contributed to drafting 9 family law and violence prevention bills that have been signed into law. She has volunteered as a community issues mediator at Santa Clara County Office of Human Relations since 1995. She has also volunteers for Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department as a victim services advocate since 2011. Fariba has loved living in Los Gatos since 1998 and is the proud parent of three successful adult children who went through the Los Gatos school system. 


Feb 27, 2018

Blood Sugar Balance Strategies

Do you have brain fog, mood swings, weight issues, fatigue, constipation, sugar/food cravings, insomnia, diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol? Your symptoms are real and there are natural strategies for you!

 Dr. Sharon Dubner, D.C. & Dr. Allen Dubner, D.C. have helped many people normalize their blood sugar levels naturally so that their MD has taken them off medications. Learn how sugar balance is affecting your health problems, how to eat sweet and still be healthy, breaking the sugar-stress connection, key sugar strategies to lose weight and have abundant energy and prevent disease, and breakthrough easy natural self-help techniques.

In addition to practicing at their Health and Wellness Center in San Jose CA, for over 30 years, Dr. Allen Dubner, D.C. and Dr. Sharon Dubner, D.C. have been providing natural health strategies lectures throughout Santa Clara County at corporations such as Sony Corporation and Lockheed Martin Corporation, Universities and colleges, school districts and community centers and groups. They have given over 900 of these public self-help wellness/lifestyle strategies talks.

Dr. Allen Dubner, D.C. and Dr. Sharon Dubner, D.C. received doctorates in Chiropractic in 1984 and 1986 respectfully from Palmer College of Chiropractic-West. They have a passion for helping community members achieve greater health and wellness through increasing their awareness of lifestyle choices and believe that when people are educated they will make more responsible, positive choices in regards to their overall wellbeing.


Mar 06, 2018
Mar 06, 2018
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Newspaper Columns

Scott Herhold retired from the Mercury News last November after 40 years with the newspaper. He  covered a parade of beats -- the Peninsula, county government, general assignment, redevelopment and venture capital. He did stints as an assistant city editor, a magazine writer, a political gossip columnist and a tech stocks writer.  For his last 14 years, he served as the paper's metro columnist, covering politics, crime, history and figures in the news.
Scott is a graduate of Yale, where he found his calling by covering cross-country for the Yale Daily News.  He has four grown children and three grandchildren. He and his wife, Sarah Janigian, live in San Jose's Hanchett Park neighborhood.  In retirement, he hopes to be tour guide and freelance writer.
Mar 13, 2018
Mar 14, 2018 – Mar 16, 2018

The Team's Business Plan

Member Andrew Stearns will be the emcee for this program.

Mar 20, 2018

Interact Club Auction

Our club sponsors an Interact club at the Los Gatos High School. The club organization is very similar to a Rotary club and Interact activities are similar to what we do - participate in community service projects, complete projects of their own, schedule social events, and conduct fund raising events.

A very important fund raiser for the Interact club is the annual auction they conduct at one of our Tuesday lunches. A team of 5/6 Interactors bring multiple items to the lunch and auction them off to our members. All of the items on offer have been made by the students and include baked goods, art work, ceramics, gift baskets and more. The students are the auctioneers. Our members typically make very generous bids and the proceeds of the event make a significant contribution to the Interact club's budget.

Member Tina Orsi-Hartigan is our club's liaison with the Interactors and will be the emcee for this event. Tina will be assisted by LGHS teacher Tonya McQuade.

Mar 27, 2018

Santa Clara County-Supervisor's Update


Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman


Described as having “a head for numbers and a heart for people,” Supervisor Mike Wasserman was elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors in November 2010 – and re-elected in 2014 -- after serving eight years on the Los Gatos Town Council as Mayor and Councilmember. A businessman for more than 35 years, Mike has proven that balancing budgets and maintaining high-quality public services can be done when the focus is on the people you represent.

Mike currently sits on 28 committees, including chairing or co-chairing the Public Safety and Justice Committee, the Habitat Conservation Authority, and a youth task force. He coined the phrase “Real. Life. Help.” to describe the services Santa Clara County provides and he reaches 40,000 residents with this information in his monthly electronic newsletter.

Mike has a degree in Psychology from the University of Southern California and was a Certified Financial Planner for more than 30 years. He has been married to his college sweetheart, Kim, for more than 37 years and they have two adult children.


Apr 10, 2018

Review of Los Gatos Issues

A resident of Los Gatos since 1997, Rob Rennie was elected to the Los Gatos Town Council in November, 2014. A Bay Area native, Rob spent his formative years in Washington, DC where his stepfather served as a General Counsel of the President's Council on Environmental Quality. Rob’s mother worked in the Energy Department, as an environmental mediator and also dedicated her professional career to advocating environmental causes.


Rob holds the following degrees and credentials:  Masters of Engineering, Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 1991  Bachelor of Engineering, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 1989  Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Physics (double major), Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., 1987; College and Department honors in both majors  Certificate in Engineering Management, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA., 1998


Rob returned to the Bay Area in 1992 and spent the next 20 plus years working in the semiconductor industry. He now works to develop products that improve solar energy technology,


At the meeting, Rob will introduce the new Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Chief, Pete Decena. The following is a brief bio of Pete.

After spending much of his childhood as an Army brat, Pete has lived in the Bay Area since the late 60’s. He attended San Jose State University where he graduated with a Masters in Art in 1980. Shortly thereafter, Pete began his law enforcement career at San Jose State University Police Department. In 1982, he was hired by the San Jose Police Department and spent 28 years in a variety of assignments until retiring as a Police Captain. In 2010, Pete returned to SJSU as the Chief of Police of the University Police Department. During the last eight years he has overseen a department of 35 sworn officers and 50 civilian staff, providing public safety services to a community of approximately 36,000 students, faculty and staff. He is thrilled to join the men and women of the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department to provide the professional policing and high degree of customer service the communities have come to expect and deserve.

Pete currently lives in San Jose with his wife, Connie and their two children, Nathan and Natalie.

Apr 17, 2018

Sunday April 29 Race Preparation

This will be a coordination meeting for the Sunday, April 29, 2018, Los Gatos Rotary Great Race. Mike Norcia and Todd Taylor will give an overview of this year's race and then the various teams (course monitors, registration team, etc) will get together and make sure all team members understand what has to be done to make this annual event the great success it has always been.

This event requires an all-hands-on-deck turn-out with all club members expected to pitch in. If you cannot be there on race day, let Mike Norcia know. There are a lot of activities in the days leading up to the race and Mike will be happy to have you cover some of these.

Apr 24, 2018

Los Gatos High School Choir Recital

The award-winning Los Gatos High School choir will sing for us. The program will involve a selection of favorite choral pieces. The choir has visited with us several times in the past and their performances have always been very well received.

The choir leader, Ms. Maricel Riley, provided the following information about the choir.


The Los Gatos High School Choral Program has grown 300% over the last 6 years.  We currently have 3 choir class: A Concert Choir and 2 classes of Chamber Singers.  All groups perform 3 concerts, participate in 2 to 3 festivals/competitions and performs in several community events in the area every year.  In 2016, the choir got First Place and a Gold Award at the World Heritage Festival in Anaheim which qualified the choir to perform at the Carnegie Hall in New York for the Festival of Golds.  The choirs have also performed with the popular band “The Foreigners” at the Mountain Winery for 3 consecutive years beginning in 2012.  In 2014, the Los Gatos High School Choir went to England for their international performance tour and performed at the Southwark Cathedral and Westminster Concert Hall in London, Yorkminster Cathedral in York and the Royal Hall in Harrogate as part of the Harrogate International Music Festival.  The choir just recently came back from their international performance tour in Spain.  The choir performed at the beautiful Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Conservatorio de Jose Iturbi in Valencia and Iglesia de San Jose in Madrid. 

May 01, 2018