Event Types

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
May 03, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Some Golden Oldies


The Old Songs you remember from your youth, or your dad and mom... or your grandparents. And the "New" old songs of the '50's and '60's. Boomerang brings you beautiful, melodic and exciting songs in the acapella tradition of Barbershop Harmony.

May 08, 2018

Innovations Occurring at LGHS

Ms. Kristina Grasty is the Principal at Los Gatos High School. The focus of her presentation to us will be to describe innovations that have been happening at the school. This will include a summary of curricula innovations that they are proud of. Ms. Grasty's presentation will also include slides of the new buildings on the campus.

May 15, 2018
May 18, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Fisher Middle School Music Recital

Fisher Middle School Principal Lisa Fraser will introduce the school's  band together with their teachers. This band has played for us several times over the past few years and their performances have always been very well received by the membership. 

May 22, 2018

Clean Energy From Ethanol

Tom Quinn has had a long career as an entrepreneur. He recently launched an alternative energy company E-Fuel Corporation.The company makes generators powered by different types of ethanol. This is a bio-fuel that the company says burns cleaner than diesel and allows users to make their own fuel.

E-Fuel has established a foothold in the agricultural sector, selling to farmers and growers wanting an alternative generator that can use ethanol fuel cheaply manufactured using farm waste.

In January 2018, the company introduced a new generator aimed at home use. Tom says this product allows homeowners to go completely off-grid.

Tom's presentation will describe the E-Fuel story and cover the benefits of using ethanol for power generation.

May 29, 2018
Jun 03, 2018
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Awarding of the 2018 Scholarships

The meeting will involve awarding scholarships to 20 high school seniors. Each recipient will tell us a little about themselves and their hopes for the future.
The Rotary Club of Los Gatos has a Scholarship Fund which currently has a corpus in excess of $1 million. Fund income is used to provide typically 20 scholarships a year to high school seniors from the Los Gatos and Leigh schools.  Each year the Club awards scholarships totaling approximately $34,000.   The Fund was established in 1947 and every year one third of the net proceeds from the Great Race goes directly into this fund.
Scholarship recipients are selected by the club's Scholarship Committee. The applicants are evaluated using the following factors:
          - Recommendations from school counselors
          - All applicants are interviewed
          - GPA
          - Participation in school activities - especially if they are a member of the Interact club 
          - Financial need
Jun 05, 2018

A Human Trafficking Survivor Finds Life

Jabali Smith is the Executive Director of The Well Child Foundation. Jabali says the vision of this organization is to heal and empower the lives of children and to inspire a new generation of young people to discover  their inner strength and to create the ability and desire to live healthy, happy and successful lives.

I believe it is my duty, and our duty as a society and for humanity as a whole, to break the chain of suffering, silence and shame. And not just child abuse, molestation and human trafficking specifically but all forms of abuse. I hope that by sharing my story I will be able to help other people who have suffered in silence, and give him and her a voice. A voice of confidence, a voice of joy, a voice of self-expression. 



Jun 12, 2018

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


The purpose of Sundace's presention is to educate and raise awareness on the trauma and critical stress our first responders endure on a daily basis

Sundance's Biography

Sundance Scardino was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Raised in Northern California. Joined the United States Air Force after high school. Served during Desert Storm. Deployed to Saudi Arabia for Operation Southern Watch. Worked with NASA on multiple launches as part of the Space Shuttle recovery team. Completed his first active duty enlistment and became a traditional guardsman in the California Air National Guard 129th Rescue Wing out of Moffett Federal Airfield. He successfully navigated the year long hiring process for Los Angeles County Firefighter Department and served the citizens of Los Angeles for 8 years. Eventually returning to the Silicon Valley Sundance and became a firefighter/paramedic for The City of San Jose. After his family situation changed he came back to the California Air Guard after a 13 year break. Taking a military leave of absence from the fire department Sundance attended the Pararescue apprenticeship course. 3 months after graduation Sundance deployed to Afghanistan conducting combat rescue and recovery missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Sundance sustained a career ending back injury while parachuting into the Pacific Ocean over 950 miles off shore during a civilian rescue mission. Now Sundance is medically retired from the military after serving for over 14 years. Sundance returned to the fire department and is on modified duty in a special assignment with the fire department serving as the Behavioral Health Program’s Coordinator.


Jun 19, 2018

Annual Presidential Debunking Dinner

The Rotary year is from July 1 through June 30. This means that on June 30, the club's presidency will transition from Suzanne to next year's President, Andrew Howard. There is a Rotary tradition that there be a dinner at which we celebrate the outgoing President's sucessful year and welcome the incoming president. It is also time to have some fun and typically members put on a skit that features some lighthearted fun at the expense of the outgoing President. This year the skit will review some of the formative experiences that have made Suzanne the person we know today.

This event is for members and their guests only. Members are encouraged to have family and friends join them for what is always a happy event.


          Tuesday, June 26, 2018

          Villa Ragusa, 35 South Second Street. 

              Campbell. CA. 95008. 408 364-1900

          6:00 pm Social Hour, 7:00 pm Dinner, 9:00 pm Event Ends


          Hors D'oeuvres

          Salad and choice of Stuffed Chicken, Tournadoes of Beef Ragusa, Penne Fresco.

          Dessert and Coffee


          $75.00 per person

          On sale at Rotary Tuesday lunches June 5, 12, & 19

          Or contact Tony James,, C: 408 677-1724

Note: There will be no lunchtime meeting June 26. The Lodge will be dark.






Jun 26, 2018
Jun 26, 2018
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Jun 26, 2018
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Carrying on a Legacy of Success

Andrew Howard is to be our club President for the 2018-2019 Rotary year starting July1, 2018. This will be President Andrew's kick off meeting and the theme he has chosen is "Carrying on a Legacy of Success". This will involve Andrew telling the membership what his plans and goals are for his Presidential year.

Jul 03, 2018
Jul 05, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

An Update on Scouting Issues

The meeting this week will be the annual lunch at the boy scout facility next to the Los Gatos High School. There will be no meeting this week at the Los Gatos Lodge. Details later.

Jul 10, 2018

Author: politics and government

Dr. Larry Gerston specializes on the U.S. public policy process at the national and state levels.  He has written twelve books, focusing on a “hands on,” user-friendly approach to politics and government.

Gerston’s most recent book, Reviving Citizen Engagement: Policies to Renew National Community (Taylor & Francis, publisher) examines the loss of political attachment in the United States, explains the costs to society, and offers solutions for making America whole again.

Among his other books at the national level, Gerston has penned Confronting Reality: Ten Issues Threatening American Society and How We Can Fix It (2009) and American Federalism: A Concise Introduction (2007).  His Public Policymaking in a Democratic Society: A Guide to Civic Engagement (second edition, 2008) has been heralded as a breakthrough in hands on/service learning partnerships and referenced in several developing democracies.

With respect to California, Gerston has written Not So Golden After All: The Rise and Fall of California (2012), which explores California politics in the context of a complicated, contentious socio-economic environment.  His California Politics and Government: A Practical Approach (with Terry Christensen), is now in its thirteenth edition (2015) and the best-selling text in its category.  Previously, Gerston and Christensen teamed up to write other books, including Recall! California’s Political Earthquake, winner of the prestigious CHOICE award.

Along with his academic responsibilities, Gerston appears each week as the political analyst at NBC Bay Area (the NBC television station in northern California).  He has also appeared on NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, CNN, PBS, and BBC.  More than 125 of his op-ed columns have been published in leading newspapers, including the San Jose Mercury NewsSan Francisco Chronicle, and Los Angeles Times.    

A sought-after motivational speaker, Larry Gerston speaks on empowerment, citizen engagement, American elections, contemporary policy issues, and related topics.  He has the unique ability to passionately put complex issues into an understandable perspective.

When not teaching or writing, Professor Gerston consults in media training, crisis management, and strategic thinking.  His Twitter handle is @lgerston.

Jul 17, 2018
Jul 19, 2018 4:30 PM
Jul 23, 2018 10:00 AM –
Jul 24, 2018 3:00 PM