Palo Alto University Rotary Club

Club Information

Welcome to our Club!

Palo Alto University

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 7:30 AM
Sheraton Hotel
625 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA  94301-2301
United States
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Club Officers

President
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Treasurer
Secretary
Membership Co-Chair
Rotary Foundation Co-Chair
Community Service Co-Chair
Vocational Service Co-Chair
Social Committee Co-Chair
Membership Co-Chair
Development Chair
Club Trainer
Chief of Staff
Co-Secretary
We Care Co-Chair
Board Member at Large
Club Service Chair
Public Relations Chair
Vocational Service Co-Chair
Youth Service Chair
International Service Co-Chair
Community Service Co-Chair
International Service Co-Chair
Rotary Foundation Co-Chair
 
 

STORIES (BEFORE JULY 2013)

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!!

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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.

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We were lucky enough to hear from Dan and Eileen Richardson about their commitment to restoring confidence and dignity in nearby the homeless by offering them a path to employment and permanent housing through organized team projects. PAUR is proud to support the Downtown Streets Team and applauds their many success stories.  For anyone that is interested, there will be a benefit concert featuring Joan Baez, Jackson Browne and Emmylou Harris in support of Downtown Streets Team.

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As a part of PAUR's Silver Anniversary series, we heard from some of our beloved seasoned members about some of the club's history.  Thanks to Ken Kaufman, Sally Mahoney and Georgie Gleim for taking us on a walk down memory lane showing pictures and telling stories about our founding, our tradition, our services projects and all our fantastic members.

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Thanks to Dr. Armand Neukermans (husband of member Eliane Neukermans) for offering geoengineering as a possible intervention to counter global warmingand its effects.  We enjoyed going through the evidence and left pondering whether geoengineering would allow humans to control the world's climate, and at the very least, how we can affect change as soon as possible.

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Ana Angel and Tanuj Chopra of New Voices for Youth, Menlo-Atherton High School, visited our group and told us about their program whose mission is to provide students with media production training in order to create their own original documentaries on issues of importance to them. They believe that when young people understand the power of media outreach, they are more likely to get involved in various causes.  The program successfully builds the students' skills such as public speaking, grassroots activism, team building, research, writing and media production.  We applaud the efforts of New Voices for Youth!

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Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Assistant Professor, John Graves, discussed the formation of the Affordable Care Act and why parts of the law were designed they way they were. He talked about the long-term goals of ACA, and how it will affect patients and providers.  Incidentally, John is married to member Judy Johnson's niece!  Thanks!

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We heard from Allan Berkowitz, CEO of Environmental Volunteers, whose mission is to promote the understanding of and responsibility for the environment through hands-on science education.  The Palo Alto University Rotary Club learned that Environmental Volunteers arranges for 10,000 to 12,000 students to receive the benefit of the more than 500 classroom visits, so they learn about the Baylands.  Thanks to Allan Berkowitz and the EcoCenter for allowing us to visit!

 

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We at the Palo Alto University Rotary Club had so much from meeting and hearing from Sports Consultant, Andy Dolich this last Friday.  Mr. Dolich put tested our sports knowledge with an informal game of sports Jeopardy.  He then put our knowledge to shame by imparting his extensive wisdom about sports history to the group. What an entertaining and informative Friday!

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 The Palo Alto University Rotary Club heard from Katharina Zellweger, the 2011-2012 & 2012-2013 Pantech Fellow at The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford.  Ms. Zellweger also served as the North Korea country director for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and for the Caritas Internationalis office in Hong Kong on development projects related to North Korea.  Her talk couldn't be more timely and we appreciated the change to further our understanding about the turmoil in the region.

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Thanks so much to Vocational Service committee for organizing such a fun and informative service day "speed dating" session.  The session featured four important causes that some of our members are involved in outside of Rotary.  They are:

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Reading Partners. Learn more at www.readingpartners.org

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National Alliance on Mental Illness Walks. Learn more at www.namiwalksfbay.org

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Downtown Street Teams. Learn more at www.streetsteam.org

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Build in Business to Learn. Learn more at www.build.org/bayarea

 

Kerry Hargraves visited PAUR to talk about joyful talking: how play came improve one's engagement with life and therefore improve their health, career, relationships and more!  Ms. Hargraves is an expert on calming stress with the help of some good clean, playful fun!

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Palo Alto University Rotary was delighted to hear from nearby Stanford University's new AD, Bernard Muir.  Mr. Muir talks about the honor representing Stanford's premier athletic program and his goals for maintaining that top standard in the future.  Mr. Muir engaged the packed audience by weaving throughout the crowd and answering questions graciously.  Bernard Muir will make a great addition to the Stanford Athletics family and has PAUR's full support!

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 We enjoyed your new member talks this last Friday!

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Thanks to Katherina and Robert for organizing this eye-opening Palo Alto University salon, featuring film maker Jeffrey Brown.  Mr. Brown discussed human trafficking across the world, but particularly that of young girls in India and Nepal.  He did so in the context of directing the film, SOLD, which follows a young girl who is trafficked from her village in the Himalayas to a brothel in India.  SOLD is both a call to action and a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.  For more information and to support Jeffrey Brown's work to spread awareness about this urgent social issue, please like the Facebook page: facebook.com/SOLDmovie.

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Nothing less than a tornado of ill winds swept the Champagne region of France from its esteemed position in medieval Europe and plunged it into fate’s dark abyss where it remained for hundreds for years while misfortune reigned.  The rebound of the area has come from a most improbable place with an even less likely cast of characters. Jacqueline Widmar Stewart took PAUR into the cellars of Champagne to see where this renewal occurred in presenting her new book Champagne Regained. Such a treat!

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It was lovely to hear about the famous PAUR El Salvador trip!  Kate and other sojourners shared wonderful pictures and stories illustrating the progress that we have helped make in Caluco. Here are a couple images to enjoy:

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Thanks to Dr. Paul Kim, Assistant Dean and Chief Technical Officer at Stanford's Graduate School of Education, for describing the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) and it's effectiveness despite obvious challenges of varied locations, difference languages, large numbers, and more.  The changing face of education as it grows to inlcude more online learning opportunities has serious implications for future educational opportunities for all.  The potential to support education in developing countries is particularly interesting to members of Palo Alto University Rotary.  We applaud all efforts to bring education to those who can't get it, no matter the vehicle, and the MOOC just might be an efficient and cost effective option.

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Sarah Lewis and our Interact Club joined us this last Friday. They are currently working on a project to build libraries for children in Bangladesh, and are already halfway to meeting their fundraising goal.  They are also more than half way to their community service hours goal for the project.  Palo Alto University Rotary is passionate about engaging youth in local and international community service projects, and couldn't be more proud.

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Thanks to new members Jake Woo and Denice Rice for delighting us with stories about their backgrounds!  Jake is a dentist with his own practice in Palo Alto, while Denice is an event planner who has already used her skills to help plan PAUR's 25 Year Anniversary Gala, coming up in May!!

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It was lovely to hear about the experiences of Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars, Momoko Otouka and Holger Klinge, this last Friday.  We celebrate their work giving back to Rotary, as well as the community at large.

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We will never stop thanking Ewe Bergman for giving our group a tour of the Stanford Linear Acceleration (SLAC) lab!   Here he is explaining some of the machinery that supports their research, including the accelerator itself, which is two miles long!  Please check our our Facebook page to see more photos of our visit.

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We thank emeritus member John Perry for confirming that the common tendency to procrastinate could actually be a good thing!  His new book entitled The Art of Procrastination: A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging and Postponing embraces structured procrastination as a way to most effectively tackle one's entire to-do list.  As a high-achieving group, we appreciate the notion that focusing on lesser priorities as a way to put off "more important" priorities may actually increase our productivity and/or total contribution!  Bravo, procrastination!

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Thanks to Bill Liberatore and the award-winning Gunn High School Choir for warming our hearts this holiday season!

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Although many of us are reluctant to accept that social media is a permanent fixture, we thank Robin Stavisky for exposing us to the vast ways we can leverage Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and blogging for personal and professional reasons.  Ms. Stavisky not only explained the logistics behind various social media vehicles, but she provided examples of ways "social proof" online  promotes individuals and businesses.  Here's to the future of communication!

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 Thank you for sharing your personal stories with the group.  We feel lucky to have you as members!
 

Thanks to member, Uwe Bergmann, for introducing last week's speaker, theoretical physicist, Professor Michael Peskin. Professor Peskin explained the famous Higgs particle, which has long been theorized as essential to confirming the standard model of the governing forces of the universe.  He also explained how the CERN Large Hadron Collider helped find the Higgs boson this past July.  Thanks to Professor Peskin for bringing such clarity to such an arcane topic.

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Palo Alto University Rotary is lucky to have Abraham Sofaer, George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy and National Security Affairs at the Hoover Institute, as a member and guest speaker. Sofaer's work focuses on the US government's power over war and issues related to international law, terrorism, diplomacy, and national security. This last Friday, he focused primarily on his latest book, Taking on Iran, and the strategies the US government should employ to handle the impending threat of nuclear weapons in Iran. We appreciate Abe Sofaer's perspective on the issue and encourage members to support him and Stanford University by picking up a copy of Taking on Iran.

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Palo Alto University Rotary enjoyed a visit from Celia Fushille, who is the Artistic and Executive Director of Smuin Ballet, based in San Francisco.  Ms. Fushille is a founding member of Smuin Ballet and was the principal dancer for over 12 years.  By developing and managing the company's programs, she preserves their mission to introduce contemporary influences to the classic elegance of ballet.  We look forward to Smuin Ballet's holiday performances at the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts.

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Palo Alto University Rotary thanks Ryan Gawn, fomer Rotary Peace scholar, for delighting our chapter with images and stories from his experiences studying at the Peace Center in Argentina and then continuing his career working primarily with community development and conflict resolution all over the world. Thanks to Ryan Gawn for actively living out the mission of Rotary day to day.

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This week, we were fortunate to have Kathy Armstrong of the League of Women Voters return to summarize some of the recent California ballot measures.  She focused her discussion on the two ballot measures, Prop 30 and 38, that will raise funds to support our schools and provided an unbiased explanation of both initiatives' pros and cons. Palo Alto University Rotary applauds the League's efforts to inform the community in a nonpartisan fashion.

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Palo Alto University Rotary welcomed Dr. Laurie Marker, Founder and Executive Director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, which aims to preserve the Namibian Cheetah population, as well as their ecosystem by spreading awareness, raising funds, and educating the local community.  Dr. Marker spoke of the plight of this endangered cat and how a steady population actually improves the surrounding environment, which helps local livestock owners by balancing the ecosystem.  Dr. Marker also discussed the prevalence of the invasive Namibian thorn bush, and how the Cheetah Conservation Fund harvests the bush and sells pieces as firelogs.  What a clever way to improve the land and support this beautiful animal!

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Palo Alto University Rotary was pleased to welcome Rotary District Governor Joe Hamilton and his wife, Kathy, to our October 5th morning program.  During their visit, Joe and Kathy reinforced the core vision of Rotary, "peace through service", by introducing the greater Rotary network's latest initiatives.  First, Joe and Kathy promoted next year's District Conference, which will take place March 21-24 in Napa, which will give Rotarians a chance to convene, share ideas, and get inspired about future service projects.  Joe also shared his recent trip to Guatemala with Faces of Hope where a medical team performed corrective surgery on children born with cleft palates- like many Rotary service projects, this trip not only helped these children, but gave him a tremendous sense of fulfillment. Finally, Kathy introduced a new program to collect baby blankets to donate to new mothers, who may not be able to afford baby supplies, and our chapter generously donated to the cause.  Overall, Joe and Kathy Hamilton reminded us why we joined Rotary: for fellowship, but more importantly, to serve the less fortunate across the world.
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As usual, our club never ceases to amaze with the scintillating stories of our new members. We were entertained by two amazing new members, Megan Heinen who organized the recent Salon and Ted Marston, who most recently gave us a talk on energy.

 

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Hal Louchheim, Jim Van Horne, Eliot Terborgh, Jamie, Jeff, JT, and Claire Barnett, Paul and Imani Oseso, Oliver and Katharina Breme, Patrick O'Regan, and Steve and Karen Ross.

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Palo Alto University Rotary was recently honored by the presence by local icon, Stanford Women's Basketball Coach, Tara Vanderveer.  Tara delighted the club with a humorous and inspiring speech about how she came to be one of the most successful women's basketball coach of all time.  She also discussed the outlook for the upcoming season and praised the integrity of the team this year, as well as years past.  She stressed the important role competitive sports play in one's life- on and off the court- and expressed pride in the directions her past team members have taken post Stanford basketball.  We truly look forward to supporting Stanford Women's Basketball this year!

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At our most recent Friday morning meeting, we heard from Peter Young, a banking and financial services professional, who worked in a building adjacent to World Trade Center Tower 1.  He discussed his step-by-step reaction to the events surrounding him and how he reconciled the need to find safety with following civic rules, helping others, and most importantly, figuring out exactly what was going on.  Fortunately, Peter was able to find his way out of the chaos and back to his family, but his experience gave a glimpse of the intensity of that one day, which influenced the psyche of our nation long after.  Thanks to PAUR member Sandra Wang for introducing us to Peter so we could reflect on these events their anniversary week.

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Thanks to Adriano Farano for introducing StartX, the Stanford Student Startup Accelerator, and WatchUp, his own mobile startup which improves the user experience for watching videos on tablet devices.  Mr. Farano introduced the goals and success of StartX, which has helped Stanford affiliated innovators launch their startups by affording mentorship, community, education, and resources.  StartX has successfully incubated several ventures, including 6Dot, which we learned about two weeks ago, and WatchUp, Adriano's startup project.  We enjoyed Mr. Farano's energy, passion, and commitment to improving the video news space.

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Ray Purpur, Deputy Athletic Director at Stanford joined us this last Friday, August 17th to talk about athletics at Stanford, as well as to accept being recognized as an honorary member of Palo Alto University Rotary.  Mr. Purpur discussed his focus on Stanford athletics upcoming year as a part of the Pac 12, and expressed pride in Stanford athletes' impressive showing at the recent London Olympics.  Stanford sent 23 women and 22 men to London, and among them set multiple records, including 12 world records, 2 Olympic records, 1 American record, and 1 collegiate record.  Although Stanford boasts an impressive record of "wins", Mr. Purpur stressed the importance of sportsmanship and believes focusing on sportsmanship has guided Stanford to so many victories, including multiple Director’s Cups.  We applaud that philosophy.

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Friday morning, Palo Alto University Rotary heard from Karina Pikhart about her company 6dot and a device they engineered to help the blind access common objects.  6dot's original creation is a label maker that allows users to print labels in braille, using only six keys, associated with the six dots of the braille alphabet.  6dot has already manufactured and sold this label maker globally with a clear mission to touch more lives and create further innovations to support the vision impaired.  Ms. Pikhart and 6dot exemplify the importance of social entrepreneurship and the need for businesses to consider social needs in their approach.

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This morning at our weekly breakfast meeting, Palo Alto University Rotary had the pleasure of learning about the United States energy situation, namely the route of our energy usage, where our energy comes from, and the implications for the future, by seasoned energy expert Ted Marston, PHD, of Marston Consulting.  Dr. Marston clearly identified the gravity of United States energy consumption and how personal conservation and efficient energy innovations should be top of mind for policy makers and individuals in order to avoid a serious energy crisis for future generations.  We all know the significance of the personal decision to minimize one's carbon footprint, but what was compelling from Marston's talk was just how much energy is wasted through commerce across the country and globe, as well as through the processing and protection of energy sources.  Dr. Marston and his consulting firm fight to improve the carbon footprint of a range of companies by creating appropriate sustainable energy strategies for each.  Learn more at http://www.marstonconsulting.net.

 

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The 2012 Picnic was a tremendous success. Our group congregated at the beautiful Foothills Park in Los Altos Hills and enjoyed games, a potluck style food buffet, and great conversation.  Special thanks to Cassandra and Kate for organizing the event, as well as all the volunteers, who helped set up, prepare food, and clean.  Because of everyone's cooperation and delicious dish offerings, in addition to perfect weather, the event couldn't have gone better.  We look forward to next year!

 Look out for the pictures under Photo Albums.

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In a much awaited talk, Ken Graham gave a heart wrenching talk on Healthcare and the possible impacts the forthcoming Supreme Court ruling could have. Ken has kindly availed the power point presentation on popular demand from members. It is on this page under downloads.

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It's official! The debunking dinner took place at Chez George, Georgie and Stuff's house on 140 Island Drive as planned. What a successful evening it turned out to be. Let the pictures speak for themselves..
 

All those who ventured down the long, long driveway of WILLIAM and SUSAN GRINDLEY on Friday were rewarded with a great German band, miles of sausages, piles of pretzels, strudel and, of course, an endless supply of beer.  Click through for pictures of the event!

 
As Blair Stewart notified the club at our Oct. 21 meeting, El Salvador has really taken a blow from the recent storms and is seeking our help.
 

Come experience a taste of fine wines and cuisine from California and the Bay Area at a benefit for the RotaCare Clinic.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Wine Tasting -- Gourmet Cuisine -- Silent Auction -- Commemorative Wine Glass
Click through for more information.

 
Check out the link below to see PAUR's own Sandra Wang highlighted in an article about "Money Issues That Can Test Even a Rock-Solid Marriage."
 
Does the Internet and tech gadgetry only serve to isolate us from our peers and splinter society? Don't believe it! Read the latest results from the Pew report, then visit the Palo Alto University Rotary Club presence on Facebook!
 
This is a very informative article on the Polio Plus program that Tom Pamilla would like to share with our club.
 
Sandra and John Wang are happy to announce the birth of Alexander Jacob Wang on March 10, 2011. Congratulations to Sandra, John and "big brother" Anthony!
 
Glow Scholar Dinner: April 30th, 2011 at the Hilton San Francisco Airport from 6-10pm
 
The new ClubRunner mobile app for iPhones gives you quick access to PAUR news and club member contact details. Read More. Download the ClubRunner Mobile App for free on the Apple App Store, and pick up the Rotary International app while you're at it!  
 
 

Club Information

Welcome to our Club!

Palo Alto University

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 7:30 AM
Sheraton Hotel
625 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA  94301-2301
United States
DistrictSiteIcon
District Site
VenueMap
Venue Map
 

Club Information

Welcome to our Club!

Palo Alto University

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 7:30 AM
Sheraton Hotel
625 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA  94301-2301
United States
DistrictSiteIcon
District Site
VenueMap
Venue Map
 
 

President's Message

In progress.
 
 

Home Page Stories

 
Yesterday in our PAUR meeting, Sally Mahoney, Martha Meyer, Pat Devaney, Bob Barrett, and Leif Erickson presented about our commitment to Belle Haven School over the last 25 years. They discussed in detail the demographic and structural changes over time that we have helped the school achieve. On top of that, talk of how to further help the school strengthen and grow was facilitated, while new ideas and plans were brought to the table. 
 
 
 

 
 
Big news for PAUR! This past Friday we welcomed our new president, Sandra Florstedt, to her position! Sandra is a professional business facilitator and an expert in effectiveness. Get ready for high expectations of participation from each member at our gatherings! Although Sandra claims this position will be one of her most challenging assignments yet, we have confidence that she will lead PAUR to great places. 
 
 
 

 
 
On Friday we had the pleasure of hearing from the head of the Cool City Challenge, David Gershon. Cool City Challenge is an initiative of empowerment facility. David discussed the goals of Cool City ranging from reducing carbon emissions to bringing neighborhoods together. He explained how cities are the places that carbon emissions need to reduce most, but are also the places that can help snowball a change in the way people live their lives. 
 
 

 
 

 
 
At our meeting on the 20th, PAUR looked back on the work our members have done in El Salvador the last 10 years. The meeting allowed old members to take a trip down memory lane, while informing our newer ones about our work and commitment on past projects. We reviewed what PAUR's original vision was going into El Salvador and the kind of impact we have had on people's lives there. While focus was primarily on the changing environment in Caluco and what kind of opportunities the people there now have. we also discussed the future of our presence in El Salvador.
 
 
 
 

 
 
On the Friday of last week, we had the pleasure of hearing some of our PAUR veterans share their stories. We welcomed new members and celebrated long-term members. Here are some pictures from the event, thanks to Ted Mock!
 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
This past Friday PAUR visited the Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto to help fight the war on hunger. The Ecumenical Hunger Program is an organization that provides support and assistance for its community to both families and individuals. We had a great time on Friday and look forward to working with EHP in the future! Thank you to Ted Mock for the following images!
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
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Our Annual Gala "Lifting Up the Community" boasted tremendous participation from PAUR members and the community at large! This year was special because we launched our Fund for the Future, a donor designated fund that will allow us to invest into the club and make an even stronger impact in the future. Thanks to the gala committee, club members, corporate sponsors and volunteers. Our Fund for the Future has a healthy start thanks to you! And now, enjoy some images courtesy of Ted Mock!
 
 

 
 
Megan Mobley (yours truly) is back from maternity leave and so excited for her son Wyatt to become a part of the Palo Alto University Rotary family! Our club embraces members from all walks of life and the support first time mom Megan and Wyatt have received from fellow members demonstrates this point precisely. Here's to future generations of Rotarians! Remember Wyatt, service above self!
 
 

 
 
Friday we heard from Sam Wineburg, the Margaret Jacks Professor of Education and of History (by courtesy) at Stanford University. He directs the Stanford History Education Group, which seeks to improve history instruction around the world. Prof. Wineburg's work questions history's role in modern society and especially how young people use the past to define themselves. Fascinating!
  
 

 
 

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!

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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!

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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!


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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.

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Our club demonstrates just how close we are to eliminating Polio from this planet as a part of Rotary International's END POLIO NOW campaign. Thanks everyone for your participation!!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!Image

 

 
 
James L. Sweeney, needs no introduction for many of our members.  Jim was an original member of this club and served as “Mr. Program” for at least nine of its first 10 years in existence. We thank him for setting such a high standard for Fridayprograms that followed! It was so fun to catch up with Jim. He is welcomed back to visit our club any time! Image
 

 
 

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.

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We heard from some of our newest and youngest members this last Friday about why they joined Rotary, specifically PAUR and what the experience has been like thus far. The four panelist, whose average age was about 30, spoke of the strong community within PAUR, as well as the many opportunities to serve the greater community outside PAUR. All panelists spoke of how welcomed they felt when joining, especially considering their relatively young age. Since our club is celebrating its 25 year anniversary, it's appropriate to say "Here's to the next 25 years!"
 

 
 

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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!!

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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.

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Palo Alto University Rotary Club

District 5170

Club 25,471

P. O. Box 760

Palo Alto, CA 94302 

 
 
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