Palo Alto University Rotary Club
P. O. Box 760
Palo Alto, CA 94302
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In high-poverty communities, external factors and obstacles that students are faced with every day can interfere with their chance at education and ability to get ready for school; over 2,600 students in San José drop out of high school every year. City Year believes that education has the power to help every child reach his or her potential, so they use peer-mentors to help out San José’s most under-served schools and to address specific areas that lead to students dropping out. It was wonderful hearing about the positive impact this organization has on our future leaders.
One afternoon of the trip would be spent working in groups to assist the entrepreneurs in developing their business plans for sustainability. At least one bilingual person from ESNA would be on each team to assist with translational needs. This is a hugely exciting opportunity to bring the magic and ingenuity from the Silicon Valley mindset into entrepreneurial mentoring in a worthy area. This is a great hands-on opportunity to leave your mark on a developing area.
The trip will likely be a Friday through Sunday in late January/ early February of 2015. It will be in the all-inclusive beachside resort, Royal Decameron, and is not only a great time to bond with your fellow Rotarians in a relaxing beachside environment, but also an opportunity to see PAUR’s impact in the rural community of Caluco. Thank you Richard Schoelerman for hosting such an informative event, and we hope to see a lot of PAUR members embark on this exciting journey!
This Friday's Vocational Service Panel featured Fred Hornbruch, Bob Barrett, Leif Erikson and Elaine White and was MCed by Walter Moore. Enjoy some photos taken by our own Ted Mock!
Thanks to Stephanie Martinson of Racing Hearts for sharing her personal experience with cardiac arrest and the importance of easily accessible AEDs to help save lives. Racing Hearts' mission is to place as many AEDs, which help stimulate and restart one's heart, in high risk locations including schools, community center, and more. Thanks for teaching us about the importance of AEDs!
Thanks to Karen Kienzle, the Director of the Palo Alto Arts Center for talking with us about the newly renovated center and new plans to reach the community. Highlights of the renovated building include a new Children’s Wing with double the number of classrooms, transformed exhibition galleries, new lobby spaces and public areas and beautifully landscaped outdoor spaces for all to enjoy!
We are excited to learn more about one of our newest members, Steve Paterson, who is the publisher of several local dailies through the Bay Area News Group. Steve is a strong believer in the connection between local journalism and the community it represents. We look forward to learning more from him as he brings his papers further into the digital space, which he says he will be aggressive about.
Our speaker on Friday was Zachary Brown, 5th year PhD candidate in the Department of Environmental Earth System Science (EESS) at Stanford University. We learned about phytoplankton and its role in high-latitude marine ecosystems, as well as how it, along with the broader environment, might adapt and evolve to global climate change.
How much do you really get done while multitasking? Our speaker today, Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, has spent the past twenty years studying people, technology, and the worlds they make. A professional futurist with a PhD in the history of science, Pang is a former Microsoft Research fellow, a visiting scholar at Stanford and Oxford universities, and a senior consultant at Strategic Business Insights, a Silicon Valley-based think tank. Pang's writings have appeared in Scientific American, American Scientist, and the Los Angeles Times Book Review, as well as in many academic publications. We appreciate the reminder that it is more efficient to compartmentalize tasks, instead of attempting everything at once!
Margot Knight, the Executive Director of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program spoke to our group. The Djerassi Resident Artists Program is an incredible artists’ retreat set in the hills above Woodside. The mission of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program is to support and enhance the creativity of artists by providing uninterrupted time for work, reflection, and collegial interaction in a setting of great natural beauty, and to preserve the land on which the Program is situated. We enjoyed viewing images of the lands, the artwork, as well as hearing about the vision to promote artist from all over the world.
This Friday, we were honored by a visit from Angie Hassler, our Rotary District Governor. Interestingly, PAUR welcomed Angie as the spouse of District Governor Roger Hassler and this week the roles are reversed! Ms. Hassler's objective was “to encourage and inspire us to continue the great work our club is doing in our community and world.” Cheers to that!
Started in 1991 for students at risk of not graduating from one of the 11 regular comprehensive high schools in the East Side Union High School District, Pegasus accepts students who may have dropped out or who have significantly fallen behind in credits necessary for graduation. In the school year 2010-2011, 73% of the students at Pegasus were of Hispanic ethnicity, although only 13% were English learners. The supportive environment that Pegasus provides encourages all students to accept personal responsibility and, once successful, to move productively forward to the next stage of their lives. We loved hearing about the creative approach to teaching used at Pegasus!
Our speaker this Friday was Vincent Michael, the new Executive Director of Global Heritage Fund (GHF). GHF’s mission is to provide historic preservation projects, primarily in the third world, with financial and technical resources. Preservation by Design® is GHF’s integrated conservation and development methodology - a living framework that combines long-range planning, conservation science, community engagement and monitoring and evaluation. The group really seems to empower members of the local community to respect and maintain their heritage.
Our speaker this week was Rosanna Palomo, the principal of Belle Haven School, our club’s adopted school. Ms. Palomo is beginning her second year as principal of this K-8 school and will also be in charge as the new Community School Director, who has been chosen by the Ravenswood District School Board. We are delighted for the positive changes that will surely come to Belle Haven now that Ms. Palomo is at the helm.
This Friday we tried something different but juxtaposing two talks, one from one of our more 'seasoned' members, Judy Johnson, and one from one of our lovely new members, Brian Orth. Judy delighted us by explaining her new business, Unexpected Treasures, which sorts through items left after a move. Remember, one person's junk is another's treasure! Brian impressed us by talking about his business, MindMeetsMachine, which is a tech consulting firm. Brian is the club's go-to for all things technology! Thank goodness!
SilverTree Media is a game studio located in Palo Alto, California run by the Smith brothers. By teaming up with multimedia powerhouses such as Disney, EA, Microsoft and Google, SilverTree Media built the reputation for creating a variety of entertainment products reaching audiences of all ages. The studio also develops original in-house titles for iOS and Android devices, including the highly acclaimed Cordy, Cordy Sky, Cordy 2, and Sleepy Jack. We loved hearing about their start-up adventure and applaud their efforts to bring quality content to entertain us all!
This week we were privileged to hear from our own Walter Moore who has been president of Peninsula Open Space Trust for two years. He showed us some of the most glorious hiking spots on the peninsula and also share some of the challenges in running POST, especially as it pertains to building the coalitions required when attempting to acquire target parcels of land. Thanks for helping preserve our home's natural beauty, Walter and POST!
Cheers to the new leadership team and thanks for discussing your goals for the year! Below are the new team members and an image of our new president, his lovely wife and pup! Welcome!
SANDRA FLORSTEDT, President-Elect
ELIOT TERBORGH, Immediate Past-President
SALLY MAHONEY and WALTER MOORE, Secretaries
MIKE TEUTSCHEL, Treasurer
PAT DEVANEY, Director
PETER SUHR and MEGAN HEINEN, Club Service Co-chairs
BOB BARRETT and FRED HORNBRUCH, Vocational Service Co-chair
KATHLEEN WEISENBERG and KUMIKO YOSHINARI, International Service Co-chairs
PATRICK O’REGAN, SARAH LEWIS and LINDA LENOIR, Youth Service Co-chairs
RICHARD SCHOELERMAN, Community Service Chair, in search of a co-chair!!
Our speaker this Friday was Leah Katz, Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in 2010-2011, here to tell us of her experience as both a student and teacher in Uganda. Leah worked with developmentally disabled children and told touching stories that helped her learn that one individual can so easily touch someone else's life. Leah is now teaching back in the US in Half Moon Bay.