Event Types

End of Life Considerations

Dr.Timothy Lockyer
Medical Director
Hospice of the Valley
End of Life Considerations
Apr 11, 2017

Rewiring your brain for success

Steven Campbell
"Rewiring Your Brain for Success"
Apr 18, 2017

Great Race Assembly

Apr 25, 2017

Fast Focus

Laura Gisbourne
"Fast Focus"
How to do things that move the needle

Laura Gisborne is a highly successful business expert with over 20 years experience.  From structuring and selling small boutique businesses to owning a multi-million dollar wine and real estate empire, Laura has owned nine businesses, her first when she was only 23 years old.

Laura is an Internationally recognized speaker and serves as a business consultant for business leaders and entrepreneurs in a wide range of industries.  The innovative business model of her company, Legacy Leaders Global, exemplifies that companies can be both profitable and purposeful.  Through her initiatives, thousands of women and children are receiving regular contributions in multiple countries across 5 continents.

She has served as a Guardian Ad Litem for foster children through CASA, Parent Education Coordinator for Family Outreach, Board Member for Habitat for Humanity, The New Peaks Foundation, and is on the Business Engagement Team of the Pachamama Alliance.

She is the author of the books, “Stop the Spinning – Move from Surviving to Thriving” and “Limitless Women” and has been featured as a guest expert on both CBS and ABC, as well as on the national hit show, “The List.”

Learn more about her work at

May 02, 2017
May 06, 2017 12:00 PM –
May 07, 2017

Music Presentation

Fisher Middle School
Music Presentation
May 09, 2017

The future of Silicon Valley

How we live, work, shop, and play.  Ken, a licensed architect has designed many notable projects and is currently master planning the $500 Million Bay 101 Casino/Hotel a new mixed use entertainment project in downtown San Jose, CA. 

May 16, 2017
May 16, 2017
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
May 19, 2017
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Union Middle School talent show and a
Red badge biographical presentation by Geraldine Arce.
May 23, 2017

Rotary club of Los Gatos provides on average 16 high school senior scholarships a year.  Giving away approximately $40,000/year.  
 This fund was established in 1947.  33% of the money made from the Rotary Club of LG Great Race goes directly into this fund.  Our club provides scholarships to select students from Los Gatos and Leigh High school.  
Criteria for recipients include:
- Recommendation from school counselor
- screening from interview process
- School participation - especially if they are a member of the Interact club 
- Financial need
May 30, 2017

Mountain Parks Foundation


Brenda Holmes 

Brenda Holmes has been the Executive Director of Mountain Parks Foundation, CA State Parks’ nonprofit partner at Big Basin Redwoods and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Parks, for the past 6 years.. Her prior career includes a long list of leadership positions in both corporate and nonprofit arenas and ranging from  Adult Education Advisor in the Peace Corps to President of Calco  Medical Management Corporation, a workers’ compensation claims administrator. Brenda, who is a certified Integral Life Coach, grew up in Boulder Creek before moving away for college and work responsibilities. She returned to the Santa Cruz mountains with her family in 2003 and has dedicated herself to stewarding our local redwood forests ever since

Jun 06, 2017

"Eastern vs. Western Medicine"


Doc Mitchell

"Eastern vs. Western Medicine"

Following his graduation from High School, Doc moved to the Pacific Northwest for his undergraduate study where he began his interest and study of native plants. A lengthy sojourn in Latin America introduced him to indigenous herbal medicine and upon returning to the Bay area, he began studying ethobotany and pharmacognosy with renowned 4th generational botanist and herbalist Christopher Hobbs PhD. This study led to being introduced to the herbal medicine tradition of China and the practice of Traditional Chinese medicine in the West. At that time, Chinese doctors who were refugees from Mao’s cultural revolution were just recently organizing medical schools of Traditional Chinese in the United States. Doc enrolled and was one of the earliest Americans to study this ancient medicine in the west.

When his college was formed as a not for profit institution, Doc was asked by his teachers to serve as a member of the board of directors and soon rose to Chairman of the board. It was during this time as board chair that the college received Federal accreditation that included substantial academic and student population growth.

Doc’s passion for both medicine and study led to his being asked to join the faculty at Five Branches University ( in 1995 where he continues to serve as professor and associate faculty chair teaching both History and Philosophy and medical case studies, the integration of Traditional Chinese medicine and modern medicine.

After 17 years of busy clinical practice Doc, returned to academia for further education, receiving one of the first accredited professional Doctorate degrees in Traditional Chinese Medicine offered in the west. During this return to the classroom as a student, he had the opportunity and honor to studying under the tutelage of well-seasoned and famous“old doctors” from Mainland China and professors from Stanford’s medical school.

Doc has practiced traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in Los Gatos, California since 1989. While many of his patients come for orthopedic issues, many more have sought him out for the treatment of both difficult “knotted” diseases and fertility issues. His long-standing clinical practice and academic experience have given him unique insights in the treatment of many diseases and conditions. These activities, combined with his rigorous pursuit of academic excellence in teaching, have informed his skills both as a clinician and educator. As a seasoned educator, his knowledge of the medical classics and modern research inform his clinical practice and as a seasoned clinician, his experience informs his teaching of both patients and graduate students. Doc brings this integration of both the best of this ancient medicine and modern medicine to his serene clinic nestled in the woods by the creek in Los Gatos.

Jun 13, 2017
Jun 22, 2017
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

No meeting attend Debunking

Jun 27, 2017
Jul 06, 2017
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Annual Boy Scout fundraising lunch at their facility near the Los Gatos High School tennis courts. 

Boy Scouts “Never Never Land” Building is right behind Los Gatos School. There is a driveway that takes you to a lot in the back.  It is in one of the brown buildings across from the tennis courts.
Cost is $15.00 and net proceeds help support the troop.
Please note: There will be no regular Tuesday lunch this day. the Lodge will be dark.
Jul 11, 2017

Club Assembly

Suzanne, our club President for 2017/18 club assembly.  She will share club goals, activities for the year as well as touch on recent club survey that was sent out.  All members are encouraged to attend this meeting.

Jul 18, 2017

Author of A cross of Thorns

 Elias Castillo who is the author of "A cross of Thorns" .  A three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee and the winner of thirteen journalism awards. Born in Mexicali, Baja California, Castillo holds two degrees from San Jose State University and is a former reporter for the San Jose Mercury News and the Associated Press.His book addresses the impact of the missionaries on the American Indians.  This book now is used widely in university courses and will be an informative presentation.

Link to Elias Castillo website 

Jul 25, 2017

Everyone's health matters

Everyone's health matters;  the mission at Health Trust is to build health equality in the Silicon Valley.  Since its inception in 1996, the organization has been a catalyst in Silicon Valley for community partnerships that identify health issues and work together to find innovative solutions.
Aug 01, 2017
Aug 03, 2017
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Aug 05, 2017
6:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Peace Corp in Botswana

Peggy Flynn 3 years in the Peace Corps at Botswana

There are more than 185 Volunteers in Botswana working with their communities on projects in youth development and health. During their service in Botswana, Volunteers learn to speak local languages, including Setswana, Ikalanga, and Kgalagadi. More than 2,610 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Botswana since the program was established in 1966. 

Aug 08, 2017

King of McCovey Cove

Dave Edlund: King of McCovey Cove

Dave Edlund is a San Francisco Giants fan.

Since becoming an AT&T Park regular in 2005, Edlund has attended more than 300 Giants games, all of which he has spent outside the actual confines of the park. While tens-of-thousands of fans sit in the bleachers, Edlund sits beyond the right field wall in his kayak, blubbing atop the waters of McCovey Cove, waiting for the sounds of an approaching Splash Hit.

He is known as “McCovey Cove Dave,” a name that can be found proudly printed on his gameday uniform, an orange hooded sweatshirt that has been dunked in the water of the Bay more times than a plunging San Francisco seagull.

After grabbing his first Splash Hit home run in August of 2005, McCovey Cove Dave has scooped-up a total of 24 Cove home runs. More impressively, since the start of the 2010 season, of the 25 Splash Hit home runs hit while he was in the Cove, he has grabbed 21 of them, a mind-boggling .840 batting average.

Newspaper article for more information

Aug 15, 2017
Aug 21, 2017 5:45 PM

Club BBQ - Tuesday August 22 starting at 5pm

Members bring your spouse and guests to attend club BBQ (for adults only) at Oak Meadow Park and enjoy a ride on the train or carousel, good friends and good food cooked on a great outdoor grill we take pride in donating to Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad.  Buy your tickets at the next club meeting or let Tina or Andrew know how many tickets you want.

Tickets are $45.00/per person.  

Aug 22, 2017
Aug 22, 2017 9:45 AM

The History & technology of the Enigma Cipher Machine

Ralph Simpson retired veteran of the technology industry who has developed a keen interest and expertise in the history of cryptography and code-breaking. He is the owner of many examples of the devices used for creating and reading codes throughout history, including an extremely rare original Nazi Enigma machine. The full spectrum of his work is demonstrated at
Ralph Simpson of presents a fascinating overview of the German “Enigma” cipher machine and its historical significance and role in the outcome in WW2, especially the Allied efforts in breaking the code. He demonstrates use of the machine on one of the very few surviving Enigma units in the world, including changing of the daily keys and the operational procedures used by the Nazis.  The breaking of the Enigma code played an enormous role in the successful D-Day invasion of Europe, as described in the incredible book, “Bodyguard of Lies” (
Aug 29, 2017

Understanding American Muslims

Maha ElGenaidi, President and CEO, Islamic Network Group:"Understanding Islam in America 

Perhaps no community has been more misunderstood and even demonized in recent years in the United States than Muslims. At a time when this community is developing a stronger political voice, prejudice and fear work together to keep it at the margins of acceptance in the broader American social landscape. Why is this happening? And how much have fundamentalists compromised the image of Islam around the world? Maha ElGenaidi will address these and other pressing questions on the Middle East. 
Maha is the founder of ING and author of training handbooks on outreach for American Muslims as well as training seminars for public institutions on developing cultural competency with the American Muslim community. She received an M.A. in religious studies from Stanford University and B.A in political science and economics from the American University in Cairo. She has taught classes on Islam in the modern world at Santa Clara University, Stanford University, and the University of California at Santa Cruz, and has been recognized with numerous awards, including the “Civil Rights Leadership Award” from the California Association of Human Relations Organizations and “Citizen of the Year Award” from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.
Sep 05, 2017
Sep 05, 2017
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Sep 07, 2017
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Sep 07, 2017
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Autism-past, present, future

Brad Boardman’s career path was re-routed in 1995 when a friend asked him to be a substitute teacher at Morgan Autism Center. Once he discovered the close community at MAC, the wonderful personalities of the students and clients, and the friendly staff, it became clear that he needed to go back to school (again) for a special education credential.

Brad has a degree in English from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo and holds both a single subject credential and a moderate-severe education specialist credential. Brad has conducted numerous trainings for educators, parents, and law enforcement. He has also been active in facilitating our Reverse Mainstreaming Program, working with the local schools to bring their students onto our campus.

Specific interests and trainings related to autism include curriculum development, reading skills, social stories, encouraging participation through student interests, strategies for behavior management, the autism learning style and implementation of the Morgan Autism Center model across diverse settings.

Sep 12, 2017
Sep 18, 2017 5:45 PM

Club Business

The program this week will be biographical presentations by red badgers Michelle Nelson and Victoria Dupuy

Sep 19, 2017

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC delivers lifesaving care to people fleeing conflict and natural disaster. Year after year, the IRC is one of the highest-ranking nonprofits for accountability, transparency, and efficient use of contributions.

The International Rescue Committee provides opportunities for refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, survivors of torture, and other immigrants to thrive in America. Each year, thousands of people, forced to flee violence and persecution, are welcomed by the people of the United States into the safety and freedom of America. These individuals have survived against incredible odds. The IRC works with government bodies, civil society actors, and local volunteers to help them translate their past experiences into assets that are valuable to their new communities. In Oakland and other offices across the country, the IRC helps them to rebuild their lives.



Sep 26, 2017

Decades of Sunny Mornings

Lissa Kreisler's talk is called Decades of Sunny Mornings,as that is what she and her listeners had for nearly forty years. Its her story of landing a radio job in her home town, the laughs, the tears and the tale of starting over!

Lissa is a well known former KBAY Morning Show Host and member of the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame. She has come out  from behind the microphone to talk about "Decades of Sunny Mornings" and, after 39 years of Bay Area radio, the tears and tales of starting over.

Oct 03, 2017
Oct 03, 2017
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Oct 05, 2017
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Oct 05, 2017 5:00 PM
Oct 08, 2017
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

District 5170 Issues of Interesr

Every Rotary year, July 1 through June 30, District Governors visit all the clubs in their District. Our club is in District 5170 and our Governor this year is Orrin Mahoney; he will be our guest at the October 10, 2017, meeting. Orrin will be handing out some awards and he will give us his perspective on the state of the District.

District 5170 has 50+ clubs so Orrin will be a busy District Governor

Orrin is a long time resident of Cupertno, California. After graduating from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1967, he came to California to work  at Hewlett-Packard and received a Master's degree from Stanford while working there. After a 35 year management career at HP, he retired and devoted his time to community activities. He is a former member of the Cupertino City Council and has served twice as mayor.

In addition to many other community groups,he is an active member and past president of the Rotary Club of Cupertino. As part of the Club's International Service activities, he has participated in eleven project trips to Mexico, China, India, and Central and South America. He was the Area 8 Assistant Governor in 2014-2015 and the District Membership Committee Chair in 2015-2016

Oct 10, 2017