Event Types
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

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

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

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 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

The 1040 Initiative

The speakers will give us an  overview of The 1040 Initiative (1040i) The mission of 1040i is to change the lives of 1 million children and adults each year through water, health and education in Morocco and Ivory Coast.

104 creates opportunities for volunteer teams of medical professionals to provide surgeries (e.g. cataorthopedic, d adults in areas where medical care is basically non-et or the specialties we can provide do not exist.

Bruce and Mae have been going to Africa with medical teams from The 1040 Initiative for over 10 years. Mae is a Pharmacy Technician and runs the pharmacy that is set up each February in the hospital at Doropo in the country of Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) Bruce is a retired police officer and is currently Funeral Director at Darling Fischer.  When in Africa, he does a little of whatever needs to be done. This includes sterilization,  circulating for surgeons and cooking breakfast for the team. 


Oct 17, 2017

GI Josie

Laurabeth Messimer is CEO of GI Josie Heal Center. This is an organization which helps female veterans deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Military Sexual Trauma (MST). 

The presentation will describe how the organization came to be and the programs it provides. Laurabeth will also describe their plans for the future.

Oct 24, 2017
Oct 26, 2017
3:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Love the Skin You're In

In our connected age, adolescent girls are confronted daily with media idealizations about what it is to be a woman that are limiting and frequently hazardous to their health. Studies show that many  young women would rather be called "sexy" than “smart."  This leaves them at a disadvantage in the journey to becoming leaders of a better world, a loss that affects all of us. Love the Skin You’re In is a transformative presentation that invites young women to question the socioeconomic underpinnings of how they are falsely represented, inspiring them to reinvent inclusive beauty notions and remember the value of self worth, empathy, and community.

Since graduating from McGill University in Women’s Studies and Humanistic Studies with Distinction, Brie has spoken to 100,000 teen girls worldwide with her multi-media event Love the Skin You’re In. Inspiring young women to find compassion within themselves and for one another, and to lead a new conversation about their bodies and beings, she conducts connective school-wide body image events about media literacy, mindfulness, and partnership.
Brie speaks regularly at the Franchise for Humanity Conference at Stanford University’s Global Innovation Summit and has collaborated with National Youth Week New Zealand, Bay Area TEDx, University of Rochester Medical Center, YWCA, and Center for Partnership Studies. Her work has been featured in The Toronto Star, The San Jose Mercury News, and Coastal Living Magazine. Author of Freedom to Blossom, Brie wakes up in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada inspired by the teen social media activists that form her core team.
For more information, visit Brie's website


Oct 31, 2017
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