Welcome to the Rotary Club of Palo Alto!  

"Rotary Serving Humanity" is the motto we are excited to share with Rotary International and District 5170, during our 2016-2017 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.


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.


June 26 - Monday

5:30 p.m.                                 NO LUNCH

President Brian's Dinner and Debunking, Michael's Restaurant, Shoreline in Mountain View.  Reserve Now: $65 per member, $125 with a guest.

email parotary@gmail.com with names and entree choices: prime rib, salmon, chicken, vegetarian brochette. Payment may be at club meeting or online

July 3 - Monday


July 10 - Monday

12:15 - 1:30pm

President Betsy Bechtel and Board: "Plans for New Rotary Year"

July 17 - Monday

12:15 - 1:30pm

Heidi Feldman, Professor of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital: "Redesigning Health Care for Children with Disabilities" 

July 24 - Monday

12:15 - 1:30pm

Michael Kirst, President, CA Board of Education 

July 31 - Monday

12:15 - 1:30pm

Amy Hutzel, Deputy Executive Officer, California Coastal Conservancy: "Restoring San Francisco Bay in an Era of Sea Level Rise" 


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!