Palo Alto Rotary Committees - 2023-2024
 
MEMBERSHIP - Board Member, Linnet Kwok
Membership - Linnet Kwok, Chair; Steve Player, Karen Rohde, Dana Tom, Ben Threlkeld, Charlie Weidanz.   
Responsible for building a solid base of new members each year and integrating them into the club.
 
We Care - Julie Jerome 
Coordinates the Club’s response in the event of a member’s/spouse’s serious illness, difficult circumstances, or death.
 
CLUB OPERATIONS – Board Member: Len Ely
Audio Visual Setup - Ben Threlkeld, Dana Tom 
Handles the audio visuals for our club and speakers
 
Microphones: Ben Threlkeld, Matt Dolan 
Handles microphones during meetings
 
Welcome Desk:  Katie Seedman, Rebecca Geraldi
Schedules members to record lunch sales & attendance at club meetings

Club Website - Bruce Gee, Manager: Ginny Lear, Ben Threlkeld, Dana Tom
Maintain and improve our club's web site.
 
Pinion: Editor Ginny Lear: Schedules writers; ensures Pinion is written and composed after each meeting. Writers: Betsy Bechtel, Trish Bubenik, Matt Dolan, Steve Emslie, Eric Jensen, Duane Kalar, Hal Mickelson, Karen Rohde, Sally Tomlinson, Geoff Ziman. Associate editor: Bruce Gee
Distribution: Bruce Gee  -  Ensure Pinion is distributed after each meeting.
 
CLUB SERVICE - Board Member,  Steve Emslie
Greeters - Karen Rohde - Organizes greeters to welcome members and visitors before meetings.
 
New Member Talks - Steve Emslie
Arranges the Program for Red Badge members 
 
Opening Remarks - Trish Bubenik
Coordinates the 2-minute member remarks at each meeting’s opening

Program - Sally Tomlinson, Chair: Betsy Bechtel, Diana Diamond, Tom DuBois, Stans Kleijnen, Pam Krudop, Hal Mickelson, Daryl Savage, Jim Sutherland, Ben Threlkeld, Dana Tom, Carole Whitehill
Ensures that each meeting has outstanding speakers who are introduced at the meeting and sent post-meeting thanks.
 
Social Events - Matt Dolan, Chair: Working with various members to plan and manage club social events throughout the year in a member's home, such as the holiday party, in a restaurant or at a theatre.
 
Vocational/Long Time Member Talks - Jim Sutherland 
Arranges the Program on these topics
 
COMMUNITY SERVICE - Board Member, Charlie Weidanz
Annual Fund Raiser, March 23, 2024, Mitchell Park - Betsy Bechtel, Chair: Sally Tomlinson, Chair, Online Silent Auction; Matt Dolan, Charlie Weidanz, Co-Chairs, All Beverages;  Bruce Gee, Ginny Lear, assistants
Produce a community based fundraising event.  Proceeds to support the Palo Alto Rotary Club Annual Charities Fund.

Charitable Grants - Bruce Gee, Chair; Betsy Bechtel, Rick Block, Mike Couch, Hersh Davis, Len Ely, Leannah Hunt, Duane Kalar, Iris Korol, Ed Lauing, Ginny Lear, Le Levy, Andrew Pierce, Peter Shambora, Art Stauffer, Charlie Weidanz, Jackie Wheeler
Solicits, evaluates and makes recommendations to the Board for our charitable community grants.
 
Climate Action Committee - Geoff Ball, Chair
 
Hands On/Sleeves Up - Charlie Weidanz, Chair; 

Social Media/PR-   
Obtain media coverage for events that are of interest to the wider community.
 
VOCATIONAL SERVICE - Board Member: Henrietta Burroughs
Vocational Scholarships - Pamela Krudop, Chair; Julie Jerome, Ed Lauing, Peter Shambora, Dana Tom, Sally Tomlinson: Publicizes opportunities, evaluates candidates and awards scholarships to those seeking a vocational education at our local community colleges. These Palo Alto Rotary Vocational Scholarships are officially named the Dr. Robert Smithwick Vocational Scholarships. In 1959, Dr. Smithwick was the founding President of the Board of Trustees of Foothill College, now Foothill-DeAnza Community Colleges, and a long time Rotarian in Palo Alto and Sunnyvale.
 
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE -  Board Member: Stans Kleijnen
Climate Action Committee: Geoff Ball, Larry Klein, Co-Chairs

The Rotary Foundation - Karen Rohde, Chair;  Mike McMahon, Club Record Keeper
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.  
The Rotary Foundation helps fund our Club's humanitarian activities, from local service projects to global initiatives.  Our Club or District can apply for grants from The Rotary Foundation to invest in projects and provide scholarships.  The Rotary Foundation also leads the charge on worldwide Rotary campaigns such as the eradication of polio and the promotion of peace.

 
World Community Service - Mike Reynolds, Stans Kleijnen, Co-Chairs; Khashayar "Cash" Alaee, Betsy Bechtel, Rob Lancefield, Le Levy, Mike McMahon, Dan Quinn, Art Stauffer, Tim Watson, Geoff Ziman
Selects and monitors our participation in international community service projects.  Applies for District matching grants and coordinates projects with other Clubs.
 
International Hands On/Sleeves Up - Mike Reynolds, Stans Kleijnen, Co-Chairs;
Plans and directs annual international community activity.
 
YOUTH SERVICE - Board Member:  Judy Kleinberg
Youth Protection Officer - Ben Threlkeld
Ensure that Rotary Youth Protection Certification is completed by the Youth Service Chair, the President, and is offered to all members.  
 
Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts -  Ed Shikada, Geoff Ziman
Provide liaison to the Boy Scout Troop 50 & the Cub Scout Pack 6 that are sponsored by the Club.  Each are given $1,000/year in support of their activities as needed.
 
Girl Scouts - Annette Glanckopf
Provide liaison to the Palo Alto Girl Scouts, to whom we give $2,000/year in support of their activities.
 
Interact/YCS at Gunn HS -  Pam Krudop
PA Rotary contributes funds in support of their activities. The Interact Chair gets to know the leaders and supports their activites with time and keeping Rotarians aware of them.
 
Camp RYLA - Pam Krudop
Selects campers for the Rotary Youth Leadership Training Camp held each summer.
 
Youth Speech Contest - Jenn Torai, Chair;   
Organizes an annual speech contest for local high school students. The winner progresses to participate in competitions in up to three more levels.
 
Rotary Youth Exchange - Pam Krudop
Occasionally, a Gunn High student attends school for a year in a foreign country and lives with a host family. At the same time a foreign student lives with a Palo Alto family and attends Gunn HS. 
 
A reminder that Palo Alto Rotarians support four interrelated, yet separate organizations.
1.  Palo Alto Rotary Club (501(c)(4)) - club operations
2.  Palo Alto Rotary Club Annual Charities (PARCAC) (501(c)(3)) - local charitable disbursement  
3.  Palo Alto Rotary Endowment (501(c)(3)) - 5% of principal annually goes to PARCAC
4.  The Rotary Foundation  (501(c)(3))  of Rotary International - annually gives grants to Clubs and Districts; funds ongoing projects such as End Polio Now.
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