Welcome to the Rotary Club of Palo Alto!

"Rotary: Making A Difference" is the motto we are excited to share with Rotary International and District 5170, during our 2017-2018 year. 


Fellowship, service and fun are hallmarks of our Club.  Every Monday, from 12:15-1:30 p.m., our meetings are highlighted by thoughtful speakers on a variety of topics, who cap off the opportunity to interact with your professional, business and community peers in a warm and friendly environment.


Greetings from 2017/18 President Betsy Bechtel


Upcoming Meetings and Events


Weekly Meeting Location: Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. 

Between Charleston Road and San Antonio Road, opposite side of street from Crowne Plaza Cabana.


Oct 23 - Monday

12:15 - 1:30pm

New Member Talks 

Oct 27 - Friday

5:30 - 7:00 pm

TGIF Home of Brian Steen 

Oct 30 - Monday

12:15 - 1:30pm

Okke Schrijvers, Recent Graduate Student, Stanford University: "Artificial Intelligence"

Nov 6 - Monday

12:15 - 1:30pm

Kim Steinhardt, Writer and Marine Wildlife Photographer: "California Sea Otters"

Nov 13 - Monday

12:15 - 1:30pm

Pamela Ronald, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and the Genome Center at the University of California, Davis: "Tomorrow's Table: Ecologically-based Farming, Plant Genetics and the Future of Food" 

Nov 19 - Sunday

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Shopping at Chico's

Nov 20 - Monday

12:15 - 1:30pm

Phillip Dean, Rotary Club of Livermore, District Paul Harris Society Coordinator: "The Rotary Foundation and Polio Plus" 

Nov 27 - Monday

12:15 - 1:30pm

Georgie Gleim: "Diamonds" 


Palo Alto Rotary Club Weekly News 



Palo Alto Rotary Club

Rotary District 5170









2017 Annual Fundraiser


Holiday Party 

at the house of Dick Bush



Palo Alto Rotary Trip to Cameroon

November 2013



Palo Alto Rotary Club Dedicates Our Gift to Palo Alto:

A Directional Pole Honoring Its Sister Cities

Palo Alto City Hall



Sister Cities


Palo Alto Rotarians Receive High Honors


Bill Busse

On May 15, 2016, our Rotarian and friend, Bill Busse, was honored by Avenidas senior services agency with their "Lifetime of Achievement" award.  Bill was recognized for his hard work and optimism in both his architect professional and community service.  Bill has served on the Palo Alto Housing Commission, as vice president of environmental affairs for the Chamber of Commerce, as president of the Palo Alto YMCA Board of Directors and as president of our Rotary Club. Four years ago, Busse put his architectural talents to work when Rotary built sun shades for a new picnic area in Greer Park, as well as the Sister Cities directional pole at City Hall. Congratulations, Bill!


Annette Glanckopf

Community service has a champion. In January 2014, State Senator Jerry Hill honored Annette for her efforts in organizing the Palo Alto Neighborhoods (PAN) association, and for her commitment to disaster preparedness. The 13th Senate District Community Champion award is given to residents who have "gone the extra mile" to serve their communities and bring people together, Hill's office said.

  Walt Hays
At the 2014 Rotary District Conference in April, District Governor Angie Hassler presented Walt Hays with the Rotary Foundation Award named for Past District Governor Karl Stucki who served in 2000-2001. Walt was honored for being the driving force for our club's matching grants, and for being our "go to guy" for World Community Service and Global Grants.  He was recognized for traveling to see our projects in action around the world.  Congratulations to Walt!


Palo Alto Players


Palo Alto Players