Cal Water chair named president of Rotary Club foundation


Peter Nelson, chairman of the board of the California Water Service Group and its six subsidiaries, has been named president of the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation for the 2015-16 year.

A member of the Rotary Club of Menlo Park since 2009, Mr. Nelson served as president and chief executive officer of Cal Water for 17 years, prior to becoming chairman in 2013. During that time, Cal Water grew from being solely a California company to a four-state operation.

Cal Water says it's now the largest water company operating in the western states, and the third largest in the United States.

As foundation president, Mr. Nelson oversees fundraising and distribution of funds to community service projects from its $2.5 million endowment.

"From the college scholarship program to providing dictionaries to third-graders, Rotarians continue to impress me with all they do," Mr. Nelson said.

The Rotary Club of Menlo Park, chartered in 1947, is expanding its list of community service projects and acquiring more members, said club president, Michelle Tsui. "This is a perfect time to have the leadership of Mr. Nelson at the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation," she said.

Among its community service projects, the Rotary Club of Menlo Park has a scholarship program for high school graduates going on to college, and recently started a community garden project in the Belle Haven community. The club holds two major fundraising events annually: the "Taste of Menlo & beyond" food, wine and music benefit in June and the "Tour de Menlo" bike ride in August.

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