Speaker Date Topic
Ali Abu Awwad Nov 30, 2022
Openings for Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Openings for Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict


Ali Abu Awwad, Palestinian peace and resistance activist, founded Palestine's Taghyeer (Change) National Nonviolence Movement to foster Palestinian nonviolent identity. In 2016, 3000 Palestinians from all over the West Bank came together in Jericho to launch Taghyeer's on the ground activities. Taghyeer addresses social change and community development needs—and builds a national nonviolent resistance to occupation movement.   Ali is the author of A Palestinian Manifesto: The Nonviolent Path to Freedom. From 2002-2009 Awwad (imprisoned in the first intifada and having lost a brother to IDF violence in 2000) toured the world on behalf of Bereaved Families Forum with Israeli Robi Damelin (who lost her son to the conflict) -- speaking together about the path to reconciliation. Ali's life and work has been featured in two award-winning films, Encounter Point and Forbidden Childhood. Awwad initiated the Karama (Dignity) Nonviolence Center on family-owned land in Gush Etzion/Area C in 2013.

Savita Vaidhyanathan Dec 07, 2022
District Governor Visit
District Governor Visit

Our own Savita Vaidhyanathan served as president of our club in 2013-14, and we are proud that she stepped to up to serve all the clubs in District 5170 this year.

As our president, her theme was, “Local heartbeat, Global Outreach!” She also held roles as Chair of World Services Committee, member of Club’s Board and Endowment Foundation Board. She organized and chaired several fundraisers for the club. She is a Major Donor to The Rotary Foundation.

Savita served as advisor for projects in India, Kenya, and Mexico, and led a team for global grants. She is a graduate of the District Leadership Academy. She also served as District Community Service Chair and was the chair of the banquet in honor of Rotary International President, Jennifer Jones.

Savita is an active member of the local community. She served on the Cupertino City Council and as Mayor of Cupertino in 2017. She serves on a number of community boards and is currently Co-Chair of the De Anza Community College Commission. Savita and her husband, Doc Vaidhyanathan live in Cupertino. Their daughter works and lives with her husband and baby in San Francisco. Savita is a doting grandmother to her grandson and plans to get rejuvenated by him to keep her energetic through her year as District Governor!

Holiday Luncheon Dec 14, 2022
Holiday Luncheon