Speaker Date Topic
Meeting at City Hall Apr 27, 2017
Buffet lunch followed by meeting in Council Chambers
Sylvia Whitlock May 04, 2017
First Rotary Female President

Sylvia Whitlock was born in New York City but was educated, through high school, in Kingston, Jamaica. After returning to New York City she earned a B.A. in Psychology from Hunter College. Sylvia worked for the United Nations, as a Statistical Clerk, at the Secretariat Building in New York, before moving to California to start a career in Education. In California she went on to earn a Masters Degree, cum laude, in Education from Cal Poly, Pomona, and a Ph.D., cum laude, in Education, from Claremont Graduate School. Subsequently, she earned another Masters Degree, in Marriage and Family Therapy, from Azusa Pacific University, and began a second career as a therapist. She is licensed by the Board of Behavioral Sciences in California. 

In 1982, while an Elementary School Principal in Duarte, CA., she was invited to join the history-making Ex-Rotary Club of Duarte. Sylvia became President of that club in 1987, the year the United States Supreme Court ruled that the club be reinstated, thus making her the first woman in the Rotary World to head a club as President. She has served as President twice, Secretary, Treasurer, and Foundation Representative. At district level, she chaired the Four Way Test Speech committee for six years, the Ambassadorial Scholarship Committee for six years, receiving a Service Award from DG Don Aikin, and Simplified Grants for two years. She has been an assistant governor, presenter in Governors Institutes, and speaker in Rotary Clubs conventions and meetings, here and overseas, including South Africa, Jamaica, Washington and Texas.

Dr. KJ Page May 11, 2017
End of Life Wishes: How Best to Prepare
Brian McKeown May 18, 2017
KIVA - connecting online lenders to entrepreneurs

Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. We celebrate and support people looking to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.

Valerie Coleman May 25, 2017
Nipam Patel Jun 01, 2017
James Reinhart CEO -Thread UP Jun 08, 2017
Inspiring a New Generation of Consumers to Think Secondhand First

James Reinhart is the co-founder and CEO of thredUP.com the nation's leading marketplace to buy and sell high quality used apparel. 

James graduated from the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School in 2009. He was a Goldsmith Fellow in Social Enterprise at HBS and a Bill George Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School.

Prior to Harvard, while working in the Bay Area, he helped develop one of the nation’s premier public schools, Pacific Collegiate School – recently named the #3 school in America by US News & World Report. After Pacific Collegiate, he co-founded Beacon Education Network, a charter management organization serving low-income students on California's Central Coast. 

James has a BA in History from Boston College.

He is an avid golfer, cyclist and wine drinker. Just not all at the same time. 

James lives with his wife Michele and three children in Oakland, California.