The Palo Alto University Rotary club will mark two major milestones at a gala on Saturday, May 4, at the University Club of Palo Alto, 3277 Miranda Ave.
Not only will the club celebrate 25 years since its establishment, but also the 25th anniversary of the landmark United States Supreme Court decision that mandated women be allowed to join service clubs.
Until 1987, service club membership was traditionally male. Motivated by Board of Directors, Rotary International v. Rotary Club of Duarte, the Supreme Court decision that allowed women to join service clubs, Palo Alto University Rotary formed its organization in 1988 with an emphasis on encouraging female membership and participation.
In 1989, Palo Alto University Rotary appointed its first female president, Sally Mahoney, who was also one of the first female rotary presidents in the country. Over the years, Palo Alto University Rotary has had 10 female presidents and today over 40 percent of the club's membership is female.
"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," former club president Mahoney said in a press release.
The gala, which is open to rotary members and their guests, will split all proceeds from the celebration between the Ravenswood Educational Foundation and the East Palo Alto Kids Foundation.
For more information about Palo Alto University Rotary, visit www.paloaltouniversityrotary.org or call 415-640-3889.