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, said Sally Mahoney.
Palo Alto, California (PRWEB) April 23, 2013
Palo Alto University Rotary, which was established 25 years ago this summer, will hold its Annual Gala at the University Club in Palo Alto on Saturday, May 4th. This year’s gala is special not only because it celebrates Palo Alto University Rotary’s quarter century anniversary, but because May 4th, 1987 marked the date that 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 are proud that this year’s gala will raise funds for youth in East Palo Alto, which we hope will help encourage leadership and philanthropy in younger generations.”
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.
Palo Alto University Rotary holds its Annual Gala in the spring at Palo Alto’s University Club. In years past, the gala has raised significant funds for nearby youth programs, most notably Belle Haven Community School in Menlo Park. Funds are raised by corporate sponsorships, member donations, ticket sales, and a live and silent auction. The gala itself is open to all 90+ members and their guests and Palo Alto University Rotary has boasted tremendous participation within the club itself and the local community. This year, PAUR supports youth education programs in East Palo Alto and will split all Fund-A-Need proceeds from the event between the Ravenswood Educational Foundation and the East Palo Alto Kids Foundation.
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.