Speaker Date Topic
Nick Kuwada, County of Santa Clara Census Aug 20, 2019
Inform us on the 2020 Census
Inform us on the 2020 Census

Nick Kuwada will inform us about the upcoming 2020 Census.  Mr. Kuwada is the Manager of the US Census for Santa Clara County for 2020.  We’ll hear about the preparations for the census, issues arising, and the importance of an accurate census for proper and fair representation.

About the 2020 Census
Quick Facts
​A nationwide Census is taken every ten years
Census data is used:
To determine the number of Congressional members each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, also known as apportionment
For $675 billion in federal program funding allocations
Of that, California has received over $75 billion annually
​By State and local governments to redraw their districts

No Meeting - attend adult Club BBQ Aug 27, 2019
Enjoy drinks & dinner in beautiful Oak Meadow Park
Enjoy drinks & dinner in beautiful Oak Meadow Park

Rotarians and potential members will enjoy a beautiful night talking, eating, drinking, riding the train & carousel at Oak Meadow Park in Los Gatos.

For years Rotary has invested in this very park from installing cement tables, to helping laying foundation of railroad, to designing and building the outdoor BBQ, revitalizing the carousel, to even buying a laptop for a homeless person that called this park home. Rotarians take pride investing in their local community so events like this have even more meaning.

Tickets are $45 per person and include a fabulous BBQ feast from Andrew Stearns and his crew, and drinks from the Colwell Brewery and Still. 
* Tickets must be purchased in advance and will be sold at club meeting or you can contact Tina.  This is an opportunity to invite neighbors and friends to hear about Los Gatos Rotary.  


Caroline Cocciardi Sep 03, 2019
Author, Leonardo's knots
Author, Leonardo's knots

Caroline Cocciardi  writer and filmmaker began an independent study on Leonardo da Vinci, while living in Rome. Her 20 year research lead to a da Vinci discovery. 


Overlooked for centuries yet visible to the naked eye Cocciardi detected that the minute interlocking embroidered knot pattern on Mona Lisa’s dress deviated from the decorative embroidery of the day.  The Mona Lisa Knot was a mathematical pattern based on its angular crossing patterns.


In the process of looking in Leonardo’s codices for his preliminary sketches of The Mona Lisa Knot, she discovered he had dedicated a lifetime to his knot art works. Her newly released art book, “Leonardo’s Knots” will introduce you to a facet of the Renaissance painter that was overlooked for centuries yet was present in his artworks: his passion for intertwining knots. She has lectured for many institutions and museums about Leonardo da Vinci’s knot art.


In 2009, Cocciardi’s documentary, “Mona Lisa Revealed” was featured at the Carmel Film Festival documenting engineer Pascal Cotte, inventor of the multi-spectral camera that uncovered five centuries of secrets within Leonardo’s iconic Mona Lisa. Cocciardi represented Cotte’s Mona Lisa photographs in a worldwide Leonardo exhibition. 

Taryn C. Rosenthal, LCGC Sep 10, 2019
Modern use of Genetics
Modern use of Genetics

Although the field of genetic counseling has been around for over 30 years, many people are unfamiliar with the role of genetic counselors in medicine. Genetic counselors are health professionals with specialized graduate degrees and experience in the areas of medical genetics and counseling. We work as members of a health care team, providing support and information about genetic conditions. 

Genetic counselors identify families at risk for birth defects or genetic disease, investigate the problem present in the family, interpret information about the disorder, analyze inheritance patterns and risks of recurrence, and review available options with the family. Genetic counselors also provide supportive counseling to families, serve as patient advocates and refer individuals and families to community or state support services.

Prior to coming to Kaiser Permanente, I completed my Bachelor of Science in Biology at Mesa State College of Colorado and my Master of Science in Genetic Counseling at the University of Wisconsin,  Madison.  In both Colorado and Wisconsin, I volunteered for various organizations including a local domestic violence shelter and a rape crisis line.

Within the Kaiser Permanente Genetics Department, I see patients for a variety of adult and pediatric genetic concerns; however, my primary specialties include prenatal genetics, cardiovascular genetics, and Huntington's disease predictive testing.  As a genetic counselor, my goal is to help my patients understand complex genetic information and provide support in decision-making. 

Paul Johnson, LGUSD superintendent Sep 17, 2019
Elementary school plans
Elementary school plans

Paul Johnson, was named superintendent of Los Gatos Union School District in May 2018.  He was previously superintendent of the Mill Valley School District in Marin County for seven years. He was also superintendent of the Loomis School District near Sacramento.  He started his education career in 1987 as a teacher in Riverside and also worked as an assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent.   He and his wife Debbie made the move to the Bay area.  

Barbara Spector Sep 24, 2019
Los Gatos City Council
Los Gatos City Council

In 1973, I settled in Los Gatos with my husband, Ira, and quickly became involved in community issues. I was a member of the Los Gatos Planning Commission between 1980 and 1988, often serving as either Chair or Vice-Chair. During my tenure, the Commission developed new zoning ordinances, the Hillside Plan, the Downtown Specific Plan, and a revised General Plan to protect our hillsides, historic homes, neighborhoods and local businesses.

I am a native of Northern California and grew up on a farm in Stockton where I went to the same one-room school house that my father had attended. I moved to the Bay Area and obtained the following degrees and credentials:
 B.A., English, University of California at Berkeley 1966
 Secondary and Community College Teaching Credentials, San Jose State University 1968 &
 M.A., Political Science, San Jose State University 1974
 J.D., magna cum laude, University of Santa Clara School of Law 1978
 Harvard Law School, Mediator Certification 1994
 Harvard Law School, Negotiation Certification 1995

Formerly a high school English teacher, I have been an attorney since 1978. I serve as Special Counsel to the law firm of Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel where, in addition to my civil litigation and mediation practice, I am regularly appointed by state and federal courts to resolve disputes without trial as a judge pro tem, a special master, a judicial arbitrator and a mediator. For three years, I have been selected by my Northern California colleagues as a "Super Lawyer," and, in 2003, my volunteer services to the legal profession and the community earned me the Bar Association's highest honor, the Bryl Salsman Award.

In 2007/08 and in 2012/13, I served as Mayor of Los Gatos and during my tenure on our town council, I have represented Los Gatos on regional bodies including the Association of Bay Area Government (ABAG) General Assembly, the Guadalupe West Valley Water Shed Advisory Committee, the Santa Clara Valley Water District Commission, the Housing and Community Development Advisory Committee, and the Santa Clara County Cities Association City Selection Committee.

Additionally, I have served on the Town Council’s Policy, General Plan, Finance, Conceptual Development and North 40 Advisory committees, and Highway 9 projects.
All that I do for our Town is a product of the passion I have always had for our community as reflected in the following Sunset magazine passage written in 1915:

"To see Los Gatos is to love the town. To enjoy the privilege of a few days' or weeks' stay within the gates of that beautiful city of 3,500 souls is to wish to come again. And to become a permanent resident there is to lie in paradise, if such there be on this earth.”

Rayme Water, author Oct 01, 2019
Writing and publishing a novel
Writing and publishing a novel

Born in San Francisco, Rayme Waters grew up in Northern California and the city of Linköping, Sweden. Her short stories, from the collection The Island of Misfit Girls, have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Dzanc Award and awarded a story South Notable Story distinction. Rayme’s debut novel, The Angels’ Share, is the story of a young woman rebuilding her life while working at a small Sonoma County winery. She lives with her family in Palo Alto, California where she is working on her next novel, Quicksilver.

John Markoff, author & journalist Oct 08, 2019
Machines of loving grace: the quest for common ground between humans and robots
Machines of loving grace: the quest for common ground between humans and robots

John Markoff   
“Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots”


John Markoff, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, wrote for The New York Times’ science and technology beat for 28 years, where he was widely regarded as the paper’s star technology reporter. He is currently a Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He has been a lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley School of Journalism, and an adjunct faculty member at the Stanford Graduate Program on Journalism. In 2013, Markoff was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team for Explanatory Reporting “for its penetrating look into business practices by Apple and other technology companies that illustrates the darker side of a changing global economy for workers and consumers.”

His books include: The High Cost of High Tech (with Lennie Siegel); Cyberpunk: Outlaws and Hackers on the Computer Frontier (with Katie Hafner); Takedown: The Pursuit and Capture of America’s Most Wanted Computer Outlaw (with Tsutomu Shimomura); What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry; andMachines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots. Markoff is currently working on a biography of Stewart Brand.

Markoff continues to work as a freelance journalist for The Times and other organizations and volunteers at the Computer History Museum.