Meet some of the members of Rotary Club of Mission San Jose, and learn what they enjoy most about being a part of the club.

Linda Anderson, President

Linda Anderson, President

Number of years you’ve been in Rotary:
I have been in Rotary for 8 years

What is/was your profession
Former profession was anesthetist

What do you like best about Rotary
What I like about Rotary is that we do things that help humankind

What do you like best about our club
What I like best about our club is the warmth and camaraderie

Loretta Schwalbe, Secretary

Loretta Schwalbe, Secretary

Number of years you’ve been in Rotary:

What is/was your profession

What do you like best about Rotary

What do you like best about our club

Larry Anderson, Club Treasurer

Larry Anderson, Treasurer

Number of years you’ve been in Rotary:
Nine years

What is/was your profession
In charge of operations for semiconductor company

What do you like best about Rotary
It is an amazing organization that serves humanity locally and internationally.

What do you like best about our club
Warm and friendly individuals who just get it done.

Mike Wirjadisastra

Number of years you’ve been in Rotary:
I joined Rotary in 1993.

What is/was your profession
Financial and Insurance services

What do you like best about Rotary
Rotary helps me to network in business, engage in local community, mentoring for young adults, do community projects locally and around the world.

What do you like best about our club
Mission San Jose Rotary is a smaller club where we know each members intimately.

Tom Handley

Tom Handley

Number of years you’ve been in Rotary:
19-years in Rotary

What is/was your profession
Director (Elected) Union Sanitary District, Realtor at Intero Real Estate

What do you like best about Rotary
Making friends and doing service projects

What do you like best about our club
We are closed in fellowship and will help each other

Bob Tavares

Bob Tavares

Number of years you’ve been in Rotary:
A member approximately 25 years.

What is/was your profession
Profession R.E. Broker and Appraiser

What do you like best about Rotary
The good it does locally, regionally and globally to better the basic need of everyday peoples.

What do you like best about our club
Our club’s friendliness, perseverance and the amount of community service projects we have taken on over the years and completed. Quite amazing if you look back over our years in existence. And that’s the rest of the story.

Hilda Norwalk

Number of years you’ve been in Rotary:
Six years. I have been connected to rotary through my husband, Bill, for over 20 years.

What is/was your profession
I’m a retired City of Fremont Fire Department 911 Dispatcher. Currently, I’m an Independent Mary Kay Beauty Consultant & Independent PartyLite Consultant (Home Decor & Candles)

What do you like best about Rotary
Connection to be aware of the needs & concerns around us locally & internationally. Having the opportunity to be a part of making a difference.

What do you like best about our club
Projects, fundraiser & friendships. I look forward to our annual Youth Speech Contest. The speakers are students from the local high schools. They give me hope & faith in how they think about their futures and their ideas on how to make our world a better place to live.

Ruth Wenzel

Ruth Wenzel

Number of years you’ve been in Rotary:
I’ve been in Rotary since 2011, about six years in all.

What is/was your profession
I’m a retired Registered Nurse. In all, I’ve spent over 30 years in hospital and office nursing, from Allergy to Cardiology to Oncology to Out-Patient Surgery. I’m glad to be “retired!”

What do you like best about Rotary
The friendships and doing helpful things with those friends is the best part of Rotary. “Many hands make light work” is the way to get many things done.

What do you like best about our club
Our club is small, but we do a LOT of good things, locally and globally.

Rosemary Petersen

Number of years you’ve been in Rotary:
5 Years

What is/was your profession
Education

What do you like best about Rotary
My ability to help many by joining in on a work project with a few, much bigger reach than I have on my own

What do you like best about our club
The intimacy, willingness to help at the drop of a hat.

Brian Moos

Number of years you’ve been in Rotary:
I joined the Rotary Club of Mission San Jose in the Fall of 2003.

What is/was your profession
My Rotary classification is “Insurance” because I’m a State Farm agent in Fremont.

What do you like best about Rotary
I enjoy working with our Interact high school youth, watching them develop their leadership and interpersonal skills, and I also enjoy our service projects such as the Rancho Higuera Adobe projects and our Corazon home building project in Mexico that we last did in 2008 when I was our club president.

What do you like best about our club
I enjoy the happy, supportive and close family feeling we have whenever and wherever we gather as MSJ Rotary Club members!

Harald Westendorf

Harald Westendorf

Number of years you’ve been in Rotary:
I have been a member of our club for 33 and 1/2 years.

What is/was your profession
I am still working as a Fremont attorney. I have been in practice since 1979. I take cases primarily in the area of estate planning, probate and helping with family law issues including guardianship, conservatorship, adoption and divorce.

What do you like best about Rotary
I like being part of an international organization that is well respected and does much good in the world as well as locally and nationally.

What do you like best about our club
Our club has a wonderful family style dynamic that can’t exist in a larger group. We all have different backgrounds, skills and personalities that make our projects and interactions interesting and fun as well as productive. I love that we are hands on with local projects as well as financially supporting other worthy causes.

Ron Pucci

Ron Pucci

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What do you like best about Rotary

What do you like best about our club