Los Altos Rotary Club presentation highlights power of forgiveness

Jerry Tomanek/ Special to the Town Crier
Rotary Club President Jack Kelly greets speaker Carl Ray.

Judge Socrates “Pete” Manoukian had good reason to hate the rogue Afghan policeman who shot and killed his son, Capt. Matthew Manoukian, in Afghanistan in 2012. Addressing the Rotary Club of Los Altos Feb. 6, he recounted vivid details of the horrific day he opened his front door in Los Altos Hills to a group of U.S. Marines ready to deliver the news of his son’s death.

These days, however, Manoukian said he feels no hatred toward his son’s killer. If he were to meet that man now, he said, he would instead ask, “What was going through your mind when you shot a man who was helping you and your people?”


Morning Forum speaker: Public health investments paying off globally

Public health expert Christy Hanson shared her passion for global health – and why everyone should care about it – in a Feb. 4 Morning Forum of Los Altos presentation, “The Greatest Story Never Told: Global Public Health Investments Are Paying Off.”

Hanson is dean of the Institute for Global Citizenship and teaches at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. She earned her master’s in public health from the University of Minnesota and a doctorate from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has served as chief of the Infectious Disease Division of the U. S. Agency for International Development.


Cycling fundraiser reaches end of road: Ben Ride surpasses $1 million mark

Courtesy of Bonnie Burdett
The late Ben Eckenhoff inspired a 19-year cycling event that netted $1 million for cancer research at Stanford University.

Bonnie Burdett was a young mother of two when she lost her husband to myeloid leukemia in 1994 after a 10-year struggle.

Turning tragedy into opportunity, Burdett and her late husband’s colleagues remembered him by doing something that engineer, inventor and active dad Ben Eckenhoff did every day – cycle through the hills of Palo Alto, Woodside and Portola Valley.


Rotarians hear tales of America's Cup drama

Oracle Corp. co-founder and CEO Larry Ellison spent more than $100 million in his quest to win the 34th America’s Cup sailing yacht competition. Was it worth it?

Julian Guthrie, San Francisco Chronicle reporter and author of “The Billionaire and the Mechanic: How Larry Ellison and a Car Mechanic Teamed Up to Win Sailing’s Greatest Race, The America’s Cup” (Grove Press, 2013), described the behind-the-scenes drama that led to Oracle Team USA’s comeback victory for a Rotary Club of Los Altos audience Jan. 30.


Residents train to marshal neighbors in wake of emergencies

Dozens of local residents attended the first Block Action Team (BAT) training Jan. 29, an effort designed to organize neighborhoods to respond to emergencies and natural disasters.

Each BAT comprises neighbors who join forces to prepare for disasters, prevent crime, look out for seniors, involve youth and socialize.


Measuring success: decades of change at a Los Altos nonprofit

NEWS LAOTY PackardBoar fmtIn the Town Crier's latest video, local philanthropist Bill Somerville sits down with Carol Larson and Cole Wilbur, current and past presidents of Los Altos' Packard Foundation.

Recognized this year as the Town Crier's Los Altan of the Year, the Packard Foundation has funded projects in Silicon Valley and across the globe.


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