Speaker Date Topic
All Club Luncheon - Craig Needham Speaker Mar 04, 2021 12:00 PM
Looking Up- Being raised by a Mom in an iron lung
Looking Up- Being raised by a Mom in an iron lung
Craig Needham is a founding partner with the firm Needham Kepner & Fish LLP.  Born in Palo Alto, Craig graduated from Bellarmine College Prep, Santa Clara University, and Hastings College of the Law.  After serving in the military, he worked for a plaintiff’s trial law firm in San Francisco for three years, before starting his own firm there, eventually moving his practice to San Jose.
Along the way, he has gathered numerous honors including induction into the American Board of Trial Advocates and being named Lawyer of the Year by an impressive number of organizations.  He has been active in, and has often led, trial lawyers associations. He also has an active mediation practice.

Craig has shared his knowledge of the law in the classrooms at Hastings, Stanford, Golden Gate, USF, Santa Clara, and Lincoln Law Schools; and in lecture halls for continuing education programs all around the state.

A cycling enthusiast, Craig’s biking adventures have included a 4,200-mile ride across North America, a trek through the French and Italian Alps, and a 2,500-mile ride from El Paso, Texas to Jasper, Alberta, Canada; raising money in each for the Children’s Skin Disease Foundation.  He also has completed 12 marathons and over 40 triathlons, five of which have been “iron-man,” and has participated in 50 consecutive Bay to Breakers in San Francisco.

Craig and his wife, Stephanie, have been married for more than 52 years; they have three children and six grandchildren. 

Craig has spoken to numerous Rotary Clubs to thank the organization for its tremendous efforts to rid the world of polio.  The mission is personal for Craig, as he shares the amazing and inspirational story of his mother, Jane Boyle Needham, who was diagnosed with polio at the age of 29 and who lived in an iron lung for 13 years. 

Brittney Beck Mar 10, 2021 6:45 AM
Citizen Science Project
Citizen Science Project

The Speaker


Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me, my work, and potential opportunities for collaboration. Currently, my research and practice in education focus on building the capacity of K-12 teachers and students to weave STEAM, computer science, and civics to address issues of community concern and contribute to science policy discourse at all levels of governance. I use Citizen Science as a way to capture these intersections and many partnerships contour this ever-evolving, interdisciplinary work. After you explore the site, please use the "Let's Collaborate" tab to reach out to me with questions or ideas for partnership.

The Topic


The Citizen Scientist Project builds the capacity of K-12 teachers and students to apply their budding competencies in computer science, science, technology, engineering, art, and math (C-STEAM) to identify and address issues of community concern in collaboration with scientists and community agencies. Through this work, we seek to democratize science by including more diverse voices in question posing, data collection, data analysis, and data-informed advocacy. Our ultimate goal is to prepare environmental and climate change literate citizens, who know how to care for each other and our home planet. We use Citizen Science as a way to capture these intersections and many partnerships contour this ever-evolving, interdisciplinary work.

Jeff Haynes Mar 17, 2021 6:45 AM
Bagpipe Show
Dustin Contreras Mar 24, 2021 6:45 AM
Kern County Human Trafficking

Dustin Contreras, volunteer co-director of the Kern Coalition Against Human Trafficking and a subject matter expert in the field, is also a career law enforcement officer in Kern County

Dark Mar 31, 2021
Spring Break!
Michelle Avila Apr 07, 2021 6:45 AM
Kern County Cancer Foundation
Kern County Cancer Foundation
Christine Peterson Apr 14, 2021 6:45 AM
Bakersfield Californian
Bakersfield Californian
To be Announced Apr 21, 2021 6:45 AM
Henry Levin Apr 28, 2021 6:45 AM
World Wild Web: Keeping Your Family Safe Online
World Wild Web: Keeping Your Family Safe Online

The Internet has become our way of life. With all the conveniences and opportunities it offers, comes risk of becoming a victim of various cyber crimes. Keeping yourself and your family safe is not an easy task but there are a few things that you can do to lower your risk.

Over 20 years experience working for Bay Area's tech companies building marketing systems and online shopping platforms. Early DOTCOM casualty. Concerned Internet user. Guardian of the data. Cybersecurity professional, currently working at Instacart, trying to keep your groceries from getting hacked.

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Pete is working on another fantastic speaker May 05, 2021 6:45 AM
Shonna Shearson May 12, 2021 6:45 AM

Did you know Rotary has a partnership with Toastmasters?

To be Announced May 19, 2021 6:45 AM
Dark - Thank you for 1000 Flags May 26, 2021
To be Announced Jun 02, 2021
Jennifer Jensen, Founder and Exec Dir Jun 09, 2021 6:45 AM
Global Family Care Network
Global Family Care Network

Jennifer Jensen is the Founder and Executive Director of Global Family Care Network. She leads Global Family’s network in 9 countries with over 300 team members. Global Family’s Daughter Project is a comprehensive and evidence-based effort towards the prevention, intervention, and restoration of young victims of human trafficking and exploitation. She has lived and worked in 5 countries, spending time in many others, to develop and launch locally imagined, asset based and sustainable efforts to protect children and preserve families in at risk communities around the world. Through her efforts, almost 200,000 children have been protected through community-based clubs and over 1500 cared for in trauma shelters, restoring the vast majority with their families. She has led the development of an education for prevention platform in the USA, PreSEHT.com, the creation of a girls’ empowerment curriculum now translated into six languages, and oversees a model shelter for underage victims of commercial sexual exploitation in Kern County, California. Recently, she was appointed by the President of the United States to serve on the first ever Private Public Partnership Advisory Council to End Human Trafficking. She is married to her husband of almost 30 years, Clark, and mother to daughter, Charity, and son, Courtland. 

To be Announced Jun 16, 2021
To be Announced Jun 23, 2021
Dark -Demotion Time! Jun 30, 2021
Captain Brian Schiff Aug 11, 2021 6:45 AM
Flying on 9-11
Flying on 9-11

Capt. Brian Schiff is a captain for a major US airline and is type-rated on the Airbus A320, Boeing 727, 757, 767, DC-9 (MD-80), CL-65, LR-JET, and G-V. Schiff’s roots are deeply planted in general aviation where he has flown a wide variety of aircraft. 

     He holds several flight instructor ratings and is recognized for his enthusiasm and ability to teach in way that simplifies complex procedures and concepts. He has been actively instructing since earning his flight and ground instructor certificates in 1985. Schiff also has been an FAA-designated examiner. 

     He attended San Jose State University, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and his Masters of Science Degree in Aviation Safety from the University of Central Missouri. He regularly conducts seminars about aviation safety and techniques to student and professional pilots alike.