New members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos meet with club leaders. Pictured, from left, are club president Harry Price, Roger Medsker, Barb Mackraz, Pete Dailey, Elsbeth TeBrake, Susie Mielke, Kuljeet Kalkat, Roxanne Salazar, Nicholas Wemyss, club membership director Duanni Hurd and Grant Anderson. Not pictured: Bethany Murray, Annika Mickos, Doug Tanner, Michael Tow and Kartik Trivedi.


New members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos gathered at an outdoor event at the Courtyard Marriott recently, their first opportunity to meet in person after joining and being inducted to the service organization via Zoom.

According to new members, they joined the Rotary Club “because of its commitment to making a difference in people’s lives,” “it looked like fun” and to build “new connections locally and globally to learn and serve.”

New members include:

• Grant Anderson, editor/publishing, retired

• Pete Dailey, chairman of the board, Lassen Park Foundation

• Kuljeet Kalkat, startup consultant

• Barb Mackraz, nonprofit founder/executive director

• Roger Medsker, premier support engineer, ICE Mortgage Technology

• Annika Mickos, speech pathologist

• Susie Mielke, marketing research, retired

• Bethany Murray, nursing home administrator

• Roxanne Salazar, sales director, BridgePoint at Los Altos

• Doug Tanner, lawyer, retired

• Elsbeth TeBrake, director of global Innovation programs, retired

• Michael Tow, sales director, BridgePoint at Los Altos

• Kartik Trivedi, managing engineer, Symosis Security

• Nicholas Wemyss, residential real estate

The club is laying plans to resume meeting in person but will continue its Zoom format for the near future. Based on the club’s positive experience with virtual meetings during the pandemic, the club will continue offering a remote attendance option. One new member recently attended several meetings from Finland.

The theme of this year’s Rotary Club is “Serve to Change Lives.” The Los Altos club supports the local community through scholarships, youth leadership training and nonprofit organizations that serve those in need. The club is involved in health, education and economic projects in Africa, Asia and South America. In addition to financial support, club members lend both their time and a broad range of expertise in their efforts to make positive change.

The Rotary Club held its primary fundraiser, Fine Art in the Park, last month, and its Los Altos Bears project continues throughout the downtown area. All proceeds from the fundraisers support local and international charitable endeavors.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos meets noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Garden House in Shoup Park, 400 University Ave.

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David Smith is a member of the Rotary Club of Los Altos.