Speaker Date Topic
Alan Feinberg, Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce Nov 12, 2019
Los Gatos Historical Walking Tours
Los Gatos Historical Walking Tours

Alan Feinberg and his wife Joan have lived in Los Gatos for the past 30 years and they love their adopted home town. Alan is a former software executive and entrepreneur and is currently a Partner at the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2). As a member of the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce, Alan is on a mission to raise awareness of the need to preserve our town’s rich history and unique heritage.

Alan will present highlights from the Discover LOST Gatos series of self-guided historical walking tours of our downtown business district. The multi-media tours, which are available in a free smartphone app, include an interactive map to guide you between locations, entertaining narration about the mostly forgotten people who have shaped our town, and over 100 restored vintage photos of historic sites.

Shawn Noren, Ph.D Nov 19, 2019
Arctic Marine Mammal Vulnerability to Climate Change
Arctic Marine Mammal Vulnerability to Climate Change

Dr. Shawn Noren has been investigating the physiology ecology of marine mammals for over 2 decades. She has worked at the Smithsonian Institute, NOAA, and is currently affiliated with University of California Santa Cruz. She has lived on an uninhabited island in Nova Scotia and in Antarctica to study seals. She explores connections between physiology and the larger-scale functions of marine mammals within their environment to understand how global climate change and other human perturbations may impact marine mammals. Dr. Noren has published nearly 40 scientific papers in prestigious scientific journals such as Nature, her research has drawn a lot of media attention including being highlighted in The New York Times, The Economist, and Science Magazine. She has even been on The Discovery Channel and was recently filmed in Vancouver for a Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) show titled The Nature of Things.

Data from Dr. Noren’s research was used in the 2013 legislative decision to strengthen the dolphin-safe label and in the 2017 Pacific Walrus Report used to determine if walruses should be listed under the Endangered Species Act. Currently she is doing research to develop a validated metric to remotely monitor the body condition of free-ranging cetacean. This will help managers determine if environmental change or anthropogenic disturbances are preventing animals from meeting their daily caloric requirements, which can impact vital rates.

Dr. Noren’s talk is titled “Arctic Marine Mammal Vulnerability to Climate Change”. During her presentation, she will talk briefly about the numerous ways that global climate change is impacting marine ecosystems worldwide, and then she will focus in on how Arctic marine mammals are being affected. She will share information about her recent research projects working with beluga whales and Pacific walruses, and conclude with encouraging the group to take proactive steps to do their part in curbing carbon emissions and supporting research and management efforts geared towards conservation.

Larry Stone, SCC Tax Assessor Nov 26, 2019
Boom, Bubble or Bust? - The Silicon Valley Real Estate Cycle
Boom, Bubble or Bust? - The Silicon Valley Real Estate Cycle

Has the Silicon Valley “boom” peaked?  What’s ahead?  More smooth sailing or choppy waters

Assessor Larry Stone will discuss the current status and trends of Silicon Valley’s real estate markets from office, industrial and retail, to single-family and apartment homes.  He will also comment on key economic indicators and the most fascinating generation to date, the Millennials.

A real estate investor and developer by profession, Stone has served as the elected Assessor for 24 years and has been re-elected by large majorities seven times.  His constituency is larger than the governors of 13 states.  Previously, Stone served 16 years as a city councilmember, including two terms as the Mayor of Sunnyvale.  Delivering over 60 speeches a year on subjects ranging from the economy and public pension reform to performance management in the public sector,  Stone continues to be a highly sought-after speaker entertaining and educating audiences from 50 to 5,000.  Additionally, he has also been an active and effective civic leader in many fields from education, to the environment and to the arts, including an impressive personal art collection.

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.

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

Club Dark - Everyone please attend Dec 03, 2019
Holiday Brunch - honoraring past Presidents
Holiday Brunch - honoraring past Presidents

Launch the holiday season with Los Gatos Rotarians and their significant others for this festive event at beautiful LaRinconada Country Club.  

Not just for past presidents - all rotarians are encouraged to attend.

Past years 17 past presidents attended so it was a nice time to honor their service & leadership. 

Sandeep Gopiestty, Director of Al systems at IBM Dec 10, 2019
The future of Computing
The future of Computing
Abstract: 
Advancements in technology are accelerating, creating new opportunities for companies towards transformation of industries and growth in businesses. Artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged as a key disruptor. The future of computing is anchored in three core principles 
 and I will explore the future of bits, neurons and qubits.

Bio: 
Sandeep Gopisetty is an IBM Distinguished Engineer, Director of AI, Systems &  Solutions Research, and is responsible for advancing cognitive enterprises. With over 25 years of IBM Research experience, he has a passion for nurturing high performance, global and multi disciplinary teams to bring innovation from Research to the market in collaboration with product groups, services, customers, and universities. Sandeep joined Los Gatos Rotary in May of this year.
 
Ann Northrup, Plant Pathologist Jan 21, 2020
Changing Botany of Santa Cruz Mountains
Changing Botany of Santa Cruz Mountains

Ann spent her undergraduate years at the University of Michigan where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology.  Her interest in plant pathology started there but she took a five year diversion working in the field of medical diagnostics and molecular biology research.  After that long wait, she returned to plant pathology to earn a master’s degree at UC Berkeley. 

Her work has been primarily in disease diagnostics of ornamental plants, first with Soil and Plant Lab in Orange CA, and then with Nurserymen’s Exchange in Half Moon Bay.  She currently works 3/4 time at Montalvo Art Center in Saratoga as the Landscape Curator, consults privately in plant pathology and arboriculture and teaches horticultural classes at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills and Merritt College in Oakland.  One of her long time and current enjoyments is volunteering at the "Sick Plant Clinic" at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden.  She is also an active volunteer in the UCCE Master Gardener program of Santa Clara County.