Speaker Date Topic
Ray Cosyn Aug 22, 2018
History of Santa Clara County's Interurban Railway
History of Santa Clara County's Interurban Railway


Ray Coysn is a resident of Saratoga and a native Chicagoan. He holds an Industrial Engineering Degree from the University of Illinois and spent his business career in a variety of high tech positions from sales to marketing and product management. He currently sits on the board of the Saratoga Historical Foundation, Traffic Safety Commission and the Public Safety Committee for Saratoga. After retiring from tech he went back to school and obtained a Masters Degree from San Jose State in American History. He has developed a series of talks on various aspects of the American experience and has given these talks to a wide variety of various civic organizations throughout the south bay.

His real passion however has always been railroad history. As a youngster growing up on the South Side of Chicago he experienced firsthand the dynamic of the time which were railroads, steam, diesel and electric. When he moved to Saratoga he met up with Willys Peck, the town historian who told him of the wonders of the Peninsular Interurban. We will hear about this electric interurban which knit together the major towns of the South Bay. Ray will take you back to a time when the car was in its infancy. A better way other than horseback, was needed in order to get from town to town. San Jose and Los Gatos had a steam railway but most towns of the south bay had only dirt streets. Something had to be done to bring the little villages into the 20th century and as you will find that something was The Big Red , the Peninsular Interurban fast , clean and never on time.   

Frank Wu Aug 29, 2018
China, America, and Chinese Americans: From the Trancontinental Railroad to Self-Driving Cars
China, America, and Chinese Americans: From the Trancontinental Railroad to Self-Driving Cars

Frank H. Wu is currently a Distinguished Professor at University of California Hastings College of Law. He previously served as Chancellor & Dean at the school.


Before joining UC Hastings, he was a member of the faculty at Howard University, the nation’s leading historically black college/university, for a decade. He served as Dean of Wayne State University Law School in his hometown of Detroit, and he has been a visiting professor at University of Michigan; an adjunct professor at Columbia University; and a Thomas C. Grey Teaching Fellow at Stanford University. He taught at the Peking University School of Transnational Law in its inaugural year.

He is dedicated to civic engagement and volunteer service. In April 2016, he was elected by the members of Committee of 100 as their Chair. The Committee of 100 is a non-profit membership organization, inviting Chinese Americans who have achieved the highest levels of success to join, working on twin missions of promoting good relations between the US and China and the civic engagement of Chinese Americans.

He was appointed by the federal Department of Education to its National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), which advises the administration on higher education accreditation, and by the Defense Department to the Military Leadership Diversity Commission, which submitted to Congress the report From Representation to Inclusion. He currently is a Trustee of Deep Springs College, a highly-selective full-scholarship all-male school enrolling twenty-six on a student-run cattle ranch near Death Valley, where he previously taught for several short periods. (The Trustees voted in 2011 in favor of transitioning to co-ed.) He was a Trustee of Gallaudet University, the only university in the world dedicated to deaf and hard of hearing persons from 2000 to 2010, and Vice-Chair of the Board for the final four years of his tenure; he participated in the presidential selection process.

He is the author of Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White, which was immediately reprinted in its hardcover edition, and co-author of Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment, which received the single greatest grant from the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund.

Prior to his academic career, he held a clerkship with the late U.S. District Judge Frank J. Battisti in Cleveland and practiced law with the firm of Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco – while there, he devoted a quarter of his time to pro bono work on behalf of indigent clients. He received a B.A. from the Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan.

Rotary District Governor Tim Lundell Sep 05, 2018
Rotary District 5170
Rotary District 5170
Abishek Agarwal Sep 12, 2018
Bitcoin and Crypto Currency
Bitcoin and Crypto Currency

Abhishek Agarwal is the founder and CEO of Credit Hydra. Credit Hydra is a new kind of Information bureau built on blockchain & uses a mobile first approach. It helps individuals take back control of their data on the network.  


Prior to Credit Hydra Abhishek was the founder of Croudify & Prediken. Abhishek has nearly 15 years of product and finance experience building his career at Montgomery Securities, Bank of America and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.


Abhishek holds an MBA from The Wharton School and is a CFA charterholder. He is also a certified Financial Risk Manager and has an engineering degree from IIT, Kharagpur.

Patrick Robinson Sep 19, 2018
Ano Nuevo: The Secret Life of Elephant Seals
Ano Nuevo: The Secret Life of Elephant Seals

Año Nuevo Reserve Director and UC Santa Cruz Lecturer Patrick Robinson earned his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Santa Cruz, in 2009 and B.S. in Marine Biology, UC Santa Cruz, in 2003. His primary interest is in understanding how marine predators make a living in the open ocean. To do this, he works with a variety of researchers to attach biologging instruments (e.g. time-depth recorders and satellite tracking tags) to free-ranging seals and sea lions. Using these data, he works to answer these types of questions:

-How do these animals navigate accurately across thousands of kilometers of feature-less ocean?

-Where do these animals find the best prey resources?

-Can oceanographic features be used to predict where animals will find prey?

Answering these questions will lead to understanding the Secret Life of Elephant Seals.

TBD Sep 26, 2018
Peninsula Open Space Trust
School Board Candidates Oct 03, 2018
School Board Candidate Forum
TBD Oct 10, 2018
Italian Heritage/Columbus Day Celebration
City Council Candidates Oct 17, 2018
Cupertino City Council Candidate Forum
Eric Thomas Wakin Oct 24, 2018
The Hoover Institution
TBD Nov 07, 2018
Diwali Celebration
Mitone Griffiths Nov 28, 2018
David Rader Dec 19, 2018
President Theodore Roosevelt


Theodore Roosevelt, the twenty-sixth President of the United States, is often considered the first “modern president”.  More than any other national leader or individual American, he is responsible for America’s rise to world leadership status. Conservationist, soldier, statesman, scholar, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and Medal of Honor recipient, he remains one of America’s best models of presidential, global, and executive leadership. Visionary, crisis manager, charismatic communicator, strategic thinker, negotiator and decision maker, he was the most distinguished and accomplished transformational leader of his age. As we examine and evaluate our presidents and other national and global leaders, it will be helpful to see how they compare with TR. He is the model of presidential and global leadership for modern times. 


Instructor: David S. Rader, (daverader@me.com,) teaches for academia, business, government, and the military. He served in the United States Air Force from 1967-1971. He has taught as an adjunct instructor at numerous colleges and universities (forty years) in several disciplines (History, Political Science, International Studies, International Business). He has taught in the United States and abroad and has worked in the securities, real estate, high tech, and defense industries.