We are thrilled to honor the landmark decision to allow women to partake in Rotary International’s mission and our 25 year anniversary at this Saturday’s dinner.
Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB) October 08, 2013
Palo Alto University Rotary, which was established 25 years ago this summer, will hold a celebratory Silver Anniversary Reunion Dinner at the Garden Court Hotel on Saturday, October 12th. This dinner is special not only because it celebrates Palo Alto University Rotary’s quarter century anniversary, but because 25 years ago, the United States Supreme Court ruled that all service clubs must admit women. Palo Alto University Rotary takes particular pride in this decision because, shortly after the high court’s decision, the club appointed the first woman president in the district and one of the first in the country, Sally Mahoney, in 1989.
“Palo Alto University Rotary likes to remember its ‘maverick’ beginnings and takes pride in the fact that in the years 1989-1990 we had District 5170’s first woman president (yours truly),” said Sally Mahoney, former Stanford University Registrar. “We are thrilled to honor the landmark decision to allow women to partake in Rotary International’s mission and our 25 year anniversary at this Saturday’s dinner.”
On May 4th, 1987, the United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously that all service clubs, which were traditionally male only, must admit women; the ruling focused on the club’s inclusive nature and that inviting nonmembers to meetings was common practice. This landmark decision inspired the establishment of Palo Alto University Rotary, which proudly encouraged female membership, a movement considered to be highly liberal at the time. Since its birth in 1988, Palo Alto University Rotary Club has had 10 female presidents and women currently represent 42% of the club’s membership.
The Palo Alto University Rotary Silver Anniversary Reunion Dinner is being held to remember the club’s past, celebrate the present and prepare for the next 25 years. Palo Alto University Rotary is a progressive club and values the involvement of its younger members who represent the club’s future. This event will not only help long-term members reminisce, but teach new and younger members about the club’s impressive history and hopes for the next era of Rotary.
For more information about Palo Alto University Rotary, visit paloaltouniversityrotary.org or call 415-640-3889.
About Palo Alto University Rotary
Palo Alto University Rotary is a local club of Rotary International which is a global organization of business and professional leaders, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. The Rotary Foundation, which provides nearly $200 million each year for international scholarships, cultural exchanges, polio eradication and humanitarian projects that improve the quality of life for millions of people throughout the world. Palo Alto University Rotary features a diverse and stimulating membership, including many who are faculty, staff or alumni of nearby Stanford University. Palo Alto University Rotary members meet every Friday at the Sheraton in Palo Alto at 7:30am to enjoy business networking, community involvement, fellowship, personal growth, leadership development and fun. For more information about Palo Alto University Rotary, our members and volunteer opportunities, visit paloaltouniversityrotary.org.