Speaker Date Topic
Diwali Celebration- Special Evening Meeting Oct 23, 2019
Indian Cultural Night
Indian Cultural Night

Come join us for a sparkling and fun Diwali Celebration evening meeting from 6:30-8:00 at Quinlan Center

Dress up in Indian ethnic wear. Don't own any, but want to try it! We can help. A few of the rotarian are willing to loan their outfits, if you wish to try. Click this link bit.ly/Rotary-diwali-wear to let us know if you  would like to borrow Indian clothing.  

Please purchase your dinner tickets by Oct 16  (either online here: Pre-purchase online here or  at the Oct 9 and Oct 16 meetings.)

Limited number of meals will be available the night of the meeting

Enjoy Indian food and Indian desserts!
Entertainment and Diwali festival presentation by the Diwali Committee
Angela McConnell Oct 30, 2019
Montalvo Arts Center
Montalvo Arts Center

Angela A. McConnell

For the past 10 years, Angela has served as the Chief Executive of Montalvo Arts Center, a century old, international multidisciplinary arts center and artist residency located in Saratoga, California. In this role, she has forged mutually beneficial strategic collaborations in the visual and performing arts, increased the operating budget from $4.5 million to more than $7 million, significantly increased the audience, tripled earned income, expanded education and outreach programs, stabilized the institution’s budget, established a permanent endowment, and built one of the strongest nonprofit Boards in Silicon Valley.

Prior to arriving at Montalvo, McConnell served as Executive Director of the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) in Mountain View. In this role, McConnell spearheaded a $12.4 million capital campaign, which led to the construction of CSMA’s first permanent facility and established it as one of the 10 largest community schools of its kind in the nation. 

She was recognized as the 2005 Fundraiser of the Year for Silicon Valley by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the 2006 Athena Business Woman of the Year from the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, and as one of the Valley’s 100 Women of Influence for 2012 by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal.

McConnell grew up in Bedford, New York. She received a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Music and Art History from Manhattanville College in New York, and an M.A. in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco.

She is passionate about the importance that access to and engagement in the arts and creativity has on individual wellbeing and success, as well as its critical role in communities and in society.

Angela lives in Los Altos with her three children, including an incoming Saint Francis Freshman and an alum, who is a senior at Boston College.

Jane Grodem Nov 06, 2019
Sparking Joy - The Kon Mari method of tidying up
Sparking Joy - The Kon Mari method of tidying up

Jane Grodem is a the founder of Spark Joy Bay Area, committed to supporting and guiding people through their journey of tidying and organization. Being a mom and juggling kids, career and household, she understands the need for organization and peace at home.

Creating order was something that came naturally to Jane as a child. Being the middle child and only girl in her house- hold, she was the pleaser in the family with the gift of making things neat with little effort. To open a door and have things all showing in their very best light is something that has always brought her joy. Jane's appreciation for Japanese culture started in high school, where she had the honor of spending a year in Japan, and thus began her true appreciation of the Japanese culture. In the simplicity of the tea ceremony, the aroma of a tatami mat, the honoring of our ancestors and the beauty of a simple flower arrangement, the Japanese culture captured her heart.

Jane has always enjoyed the challenges of her career but when she found the “Japanese Art of Tidying”, she realized that creating space for joy in others lives is a true calling.  Jane is proud to be the 13th certified KonMari Consultant in history, spreading the mission “Organize the World”- a world where people have tidied their homes and lead lives that Spark Joy.

Lawson Sakai Nov 13, 2019
WWII Veteran from the 442nd RCT - the most decorated unit in U.S. military history
WWII Veteran from the 442nd RCT - the most decorated unit in U.S. military history

Lawson Sakai is a Japanese American, born in Los Angeles, California on October 27, 1923. When he tried to enlist in the military on December 8, 1941, he was denied because of Japanese-American’s newly classified status as 4-C, enemy alien. In 1943, when the government asked for volunteers to form the 442ndRegimental Combat Team (442ndRCT), he quickly joined.

Lawson participated in all major campaigns of the 442ndRCT, most notable being liberation of Bruyeres, France; rescue of the “Lost Battalion, France; and breaking of the Gothic Line (Italy). While recommended several times to be commissioned, including an appointment to the West Point, he elected to remain with the 442ndRCT. Sakai received four Purple Heart Medals and a Bronze Star Medal.

After returning from the war in late 1945, he attended Pepperdine College, Los Angeles. Sakai married Mineko Hirasaki, daughter of the most prominent garlic pioneer in Gilory, California, in 1946 and managed the Hirasaki family’s farming and packing business.  Later he owned a very successful travel agency in San Jose, California.

Lawson Sakai has organized and spearheaded several groups and projects that honor the 442ndRCT and Military Intelligence Service (MIS) veterans:

- Leader of the Northern California Chapter of E Company Association

- Spearheaded a project to honor the 442ndRCT by planting a redwood tree in memory of each 442ndRCT veteran in the Oakland Hills and erecting a monument that serves as the site of the annual memorial service (since 1992) for the veterans of all wars on the Armed Forces Day.

- Founded and serves as the president of the Friends and Family of Nisei Veterans (FFNV)

- Organized and led multi-Company annual reunions of the 442ndRCT (including the Military Intelligence Service – MIS- veterans) in Las Vegas. 

- Created a highly-publicized and acclaimed “Nisei Veterans’ Exhibit” aboard the USS HORNET aircraft carrier museum, Alameda, California.  It is the only exhibit in Northern California solely dedicated to the veterans of the 442ndRCT and the MIS.

Darryl Stow, Host Nov 20, 2019
Coming to America
Coming to America

Darryl Stow will lead another addition in the popular series of "Coming to America" programs the club has held over the past few years.  Three Cupertino Rotarians will tell their personal stories of how they came to America and some of the challenges and opportunities they found in their journey. Telling their stories will be Irmgard Lafrentz, Sophie Qian and Louisa Roberts.

DARK Nov 27, 2019
No meeting - Happy Thanksgiving!
Richard Lowenthal Dec 04, 2019
CREF campaign kick off
Maggie Padovani Dec 11, 2019
Senior Holiday Lunch
Nikki Wong Dec 18, 2019
How to handle holiday stress through Yoga
DARK Dec 25, 2019
No meeting - Happy Holidays !
DARK Jan 01, 2020
No meeting - Happy New Year!
Consul General Tomochika Uyama Jan 08, 2020
Consul General of Japan in San Francisco
Consul General of Japan in San Francisco

Consul General Tomochika Uyama began his career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in 1986 and has been involved in the diplomatic service for over 30 years. His assignments overseas have included postings in Egypt, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, and the Permanent Mission of Japan to the International Organizations in Geneva. His domestic assignments in Tokyo have included positions at the Economic Affairs Bureau, Latin American and Caribbean Affairs Bureau, and in the Ministry of International Trade and Industry. He has served as the Consul General of Japan in San Francisco since February 2018. In this role, he has enjoyed a diverse portfolio that has included efforts to strengthen Japan's ties with local communities such as Japanese- and Asian-Americans in Northern California.

Tim Wong Jan 15, 2020
Autonomous vehicles
Lunar New Year Jan 22, 2020
Lunar New Year - Happy year of the Rat
Judy Wilson Jan 29, 2020
State of the City
Speech Contest Feb 05, 2020
Heart Health Feb 12, 2020
Valentine's Day - Be good to YOUR heart!
Valentine's Day - Be good to YOUR heart!
Ray Rothrock, CEO of Redseal Feb 26, 2020
Cyber Security
Kavita Gupta Mar 04, 2020

National Geographic Society selected Kavita as the first-ever recipient of the National Geographic Gilbert M. Grosvenor Educator of the Year award.

Sylvia Whitlock Mar 11, 2020
Rotary's first woman president
St Patrick's Day, Pie Day, CREF Annual Meeting Mar 18, 2020
St Patrick's Day, Pie Day, CREF Annual Meeting
Chris Nutter Apr 15, 2020
Super star CA native plants for your garden