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Helen Baldivinos

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Friday, May 7, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Guest Speaker Helen Baldivinos



Let's Travel


Helen has been a travel agent for 34 years. She is passionate about travel and she feels both honor and excitement to be able to share her passion with others. Over the years, she as helped people travel through all of their milestones. While the pandemic has been a very trying time for all, it has hit the travel industry particularly hard. She has spent downtime educating herself on new destinations, clientele, processes and networking. She has been providing valuable information and giving presentations on the constantly changing policy of travel durinv Covid, providing tips on how to plan your travel, staying healthy while travelling and providing resources.

Mauri Okamoto-Kearney

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Friday, April 16, 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:00pm
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Guest Speaker Mauri Okamoto-Kearneyo


Mauri will share her Experiences with Santa Clara Search & Rescue


Who You Gonna Call? ...when a loved one doesn't return from hiking or biking...or from his daily round-the-neighborhood walk?

Mauri Okamoto-Kearney, a member of Cupertino Rotary, graduated from the training academy of the Santa Clara County Sheriff Search and Rescue team on November 7th, 2018. One week later, she responded to a mutual aid call to search for missing residents of Paradise after the Camp Fire, the deadliest fire in California history. She is a member of the general ground search team and a flanker for the canine search team, two of the 6 specialty teams of SCC Sheriff SAR. Mauri will give us a brief background on SAR, her experiences as a SAR team member, and manager of its nonprofit entity.

Mauri Okamoto-Kearney retired as Senior VP of Product Development in biopharma, having devoted 30 years at Genentech and several startups in the industry. She recently joined Cupertino Rotary and is an active member of Community and World Community Service Committees, championing homeless essentials kits, mental health kits for seniors, and a Global Grant for an elementary school in Cambodia cobbled by Covid. Mauri studied and received her EMT license in January 2020 and joined CalMAT, our state’s medical assistance team, providing healthcare service to Covid patients in Imperial Valley this past December and January.

Since retirement, Mauri keeps busy with leadership coaching, has worked in American Red Cross shelters, and is organizing the first free medical-dental-vision clinic with California Care Force in Santa Clara (planned for 2022, hopefully with free vaccinations for influenza AND Covid). She trains and deploys with the Santa Clara County Sheriff Search and Rescue team and is the President of its nonprofit fundraising entity.

Sal Pizarro

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Friday, March 19, 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:00pm
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Sal Pizarro



The State of the Mercury News and the Future of Print Newspapers.

Mercury News Columnist Sal Pizarro will talk about changes that have affected the newspaper media industry, how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the Mercury News, and what may be in store for the future of print newspapaers.

A native of San Jose, Sal Pizarro joined the Mercury News in 1993 after his graduation from UC-Santa Barbara. After spending more than a decade working primarily as an editor for the Local News and Sports sections, he became the Merc's Around Town columnist in 2005, taking over for the retiring Leigh Weimers.

Sal's column covers a variety of people, places and events in Silicon Valley. He is a past board member of the Rotary Club of San Jose, current chair of the Leigh Weimers Emerging Artists Awards and serves on the community advisory board of Silicon Valley Reads and the selection committee for the San Jose Sports Authority's REACH Youth Scholarship Program. He lives in San Jose with his wife, Amy, and their two children.

Alice Atemo

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Friday, February 19, 2021 - 12:30pm to 12:45pm
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Alice Atemo



Caring for our Orphaned Children in their Homes when Our Economy was Shut due to Covid-19 Epidemic

Pastor Alice Atemo was born in September of 1971 to Bishop Japheth and Agnes Omucheyi in Kakamega, Kenya. Alice is blessed with two sons, Freeman (16 years) and Jim (7 years). She is also guardian to her late sister's 2 daughters, Ode Hines (16 years) and Carol Louisa (13 years), and "Mum" to 12 orphans who also live with her. 

She earned her Bachelor degree in Business Administration and Community Development from Daystar University, Kenya in 1998. In 2012 she was awarded a Masters degree in Project Management and Finance from Maseno University, Kisumu, Kenya.

While working on her undergraduate program, her passion was ignited by four years of volunteer work at the street children’s home near Daystar. Driven by the desire to provide basic education to poor orphaned children cut off from school because they could not afford it, Alice founded the Overcoming Faith Schools for the Orphans in her hometown. She started the first school in early 2000 and enrolled 27 children on the first day. Since then, the school has expanded to establish three institutions in Kakamega, Nambale and Bunyore with a total enrollment of 998 children and 74 staff members.

Alice Atemo is a life member of Red Cross and sits on their regional board. She is past president and a current member of Soroptomist International, a service club that advocates for human rights and gender equality. She currently serves as the Programs Director for Soroptimst Clubs of Kenya and frequently leads Kenya Women in campaigns against gender based violence.

Alice is also an active member of the Rotary Club of Kakamega where she has served as a Club Secretary, Director of Membership, Director of Service Projects. She was club president in 2015-2016 and Assistant Governor District 9212 in 2017-2018. She is currently the District Grant expert/cadre.

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