Speaker Date Topic
Simon and Cassie Ho Aug 04, 2021 12:00 PM
My New Liver
My New Liver

Simon and Cassie have lived in Cupertino for over 24 years, the year Cassie was born. Simon is an entrepreneur currently running a cloud-based software company for the childcare industry. Cassie attended Collins, Lawson and Cupertino High and recently graduated from University of Washington with a degree in Psychology and Early Childhood Education. Simon's wife, Winnie, works at Apple. They have another daughter, Connie, currently attending Cal Poly Pomona.


Cassie was born with a congenital liver disorder called Biliary Atresia. Simon was able to donate a part of his liver to Cassie in 2010.   Based on their personal experience and desire to give back, Simon and Cassie recently started My New Liver Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, to promote awareness of the awesome fact that the human liver is the only human organ that regenerates which allows any healthy person the potential to save others who are in need of a new liver to survive.  My New Liver also offers a number of services to help the adult living donors and child recipients.


Panama Bartholomy Aug 11, 2021 12:00 PM
California’s move away from natural gas to clean electricity
California’s move away from natural gas to clean electricity

The Golden State is beginning to shift its buildings and power sector away from natural gas. Why are state and local governments doing this? What will it mean for homes and the state’s economy? Is electricity actually better than natural gas for heating and cooking? Can the grid handle it? All these question and more will be answered by Mr. Bartholomy.

Panama Bartholomy is the Executive Director of the Building Decarbonization Coalition. Forging partnerships among varying disciplines and stakeholders, he has managed and facilitated the creation and implementation of some of the largest climate and energy programs in the United States. Panama’s work focuses on finding policy and program solutions for communities facing energy efficiency, renewable energy, land use and climate change challenges. Panama combines frontline experience with state and local government policy and has dealt extensively in the regulatory and utility arenas.  

Previously, Panama was the Advisor on Energy and Natural Resources to California Assembly Speaker John A. Perez where he oversaw the State of California’s energy and environmental legislation and budget. He earlier served as Deputy Director of the California Energy Commission’s Efficiency and Renewables Division and advisor for Chairmen Douglas and Pfannenstiel, worked for the California Conservation Corps on vocational environmental education, and ran the Sustainable Schools program for the Division of the State Architect. Panama served on the City of Sacramento Planning Commission and the County of Sacramento Environmental Commission, and is a former board member on the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and past president of the Northern California Chapter of the USGBC.

Dave Cortese Aug 18, 2021 12:00 PM

Dave Cortese was elected to represent Senate District 15 in the California State Senate in November of 2020. Before this, he served on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors since 2008, with four years as Board president. Prior to joining the Board of Supervisors, he served for eight years on the San Jose City Council, including two years as vice mayor and as a trustee for the East Side Union High School District for eight years.

He grew up in East San Jose as part of a family that has been active in civic, cultural, business and charitable activities for generations. Dave is married to Pattie, an East Side Union High School District Board Trustee, and is the father of four children. His strong local roots and love for Santa Clara County fuel his passion for public service.

FUN Committee Aug 25, 2021 12:00 PM
Affinity and Beyond !
Affinity and Beyond !

The program this week will allow members to learn about all our varied Affinity groups. A good time to sign up for some wonderful fellowship time and maybe learn a new skill. Watch for more upadtes. 

Dr. T.V. Nagendra Prasad Sep 01, 2021 12:00 PM
Rotary in India
Rotary in India

Before taking over as the Consul General of India at San Francisco, Ambassador Dr. Nagendra Prasad served at the Ministry of External Affairs as Joint Secretary heading the Gulf Division. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in the year 1993 and served in various positions at Indian Missions including Tehran, London, Thimphu, Berne and Ashgabat. He was India's Ambassador to Turkmenistan from July 2014 to January 2018.

Back home in India, he served as Regional Passport Officer, Bengaluru(1999-2001) and as Project Director of the Passport Seva Project, one of the Mission Mode Projects under e-Governance(2008-2011).

Dr. Prasad was born in the district of Warangal, Telangana. He graduated from the Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University and received his Doctorate from the prestigious Indian Agricultural and Research Institute in New Delhi. He is married to Padmavathi and has one son.

Ro Khanna Sep 08, 2021 12:00 PM
The State of Congress
The State of Congress

Congressman Ro Khanna represents California’s 17th Congressional District, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, and is serving in his third term.

Rep. Khanna sits on the House Agriculture, Armed Services, and Oversight and Reform committees, where he chairs the Environmental Subcommittee. Additionally, Rep. Khanna is the Deputy Whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus; serves as an Assistant Whip for the Democratic Caucus and is the Democratic Vice Chair of the House Caucus on India and Indian Americans. Rep. Khanna is committed to representing the people and ideas rooted in Silicon Valley to the nation and throughout the world.

Carla Marrinucci Sep 15, 2021 12:00 PM

Carla Marinucci, senior writer for POLITICO’s California Playbook, has consistently been named one of California’s leading political writers — and for the last two years has also been honored as the state’s top digital influencer in political reporting. Prior to launching the POLITICO California Playbook in 2015, Marinucci was senior political writer for the Hearst flagship San Francisco Chronicle, and before that political editor for the Hearst-owned San Francisco Examiner. She has covered six presidential elections and seven California gubernatorial elections since 1996, including the historic recall with Arnold Schwarzenegger. In 2013, she was honored by the Society of Professional Journalists with a lifetime achievement award for her coverage of California politics.

FUN Committee Sep 22, 2021 5:00 PM
Brewery visit

We will celebrate Oktoberfest with an off site evening meeting at a local brewery. 

Joe Ribera Sep 29, 2021 12:00 PM
The Rotary Fund Campaign Kick Off
RI President Shehkar Metha Oct 13, 2021 12:00 PM

Mehta, an accountant, is chair of the Skyline Group, a real estate development company he founded. He is also a director of Operation Eyesight Universal (India), a Canada-based organization. Mehta has been actively involved in disaster response and is a trustee of ShelterBox, UK. After the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, he helped build nearly 500 homes for families affected by the disaster. Mehta pioneered a program that has performed more than 1,500 life-changing heart surgeries in South Asia. He is also the architect of the TEACH Program, which promotes literacy throughout India and has reached thousands of schools.

A Rotary member since 1984, Mehta has served Rotary as director, member or chair of several committees, zone coordinator, training leader, member of The Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisers, and district governor. He is also the chair of Rotary Foundation (India). Mehta has received Rotary’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Awards.

He and his wife, Rashi, are Major Donors and members of the Bequest Society.

FUN Committee Oct 27, 2021 12:00 PM
Halloween Fun

Celebrate the Halloween holiday with your Rotary friends. 

FUN Committee Nov 17, 2021 5:00 PM
Night of Magic

Our evening meeting will take place at the Quinlan Center. Tonight we will be entertained with a night of magic tricks, stories and surprises. 

FUN Committee Dec 15, 2021 12:25 PM
Holiday Celebrations

We will enjoy the holidays with food, fun, music, activities and a few surprises thrown in. 

FUN Committee Jan 19, 2022 5:28 PM
Movie Night

We will have fun celebrating National Popcorn day with a night meeting at Quinlan center.