Menlo Park Rotary Club names new presidents


Maya Sewald, a real estate broker with Pacific Union, has been named the new president of the Rotary Club of Menlo Park.

Tom Gibboney, retired editor and publisher of the Almanac, is the new president of the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation.

Both longtime club members, they will serve until June 30, 2017.

Mr. Gibboney, an avid cyclist, has co-chaired the Tour de Menlo bicycle ride with longtime club member Dick Givens for more than 10 years. Last year, the ride raised nearly $40,000 for need-based scholarships and 10 nonprofit agencies supported by the Almanac Holiday Fund.

Recent community-service projects completed by the club include building a community garden for Belle Haven residents, supplying dictionaries to third-graders, and volunteering at Second Harvest Food Bank and the Ronald McDonald House.

The club has a scholarship program for college-bound high school graduates and puts on two major fundraising events each year. "Taste of Menlo & Beyond" is a food, wine and music benefit held in June and "Tour de Menlo" is a bike ride fundraiser held in August.

Rotary is an international humanitarian service organization with 34,000 clubs and 1.2 million members in more than 200 countries.

Go to for more information about the club or attend a club luncheon meeting held at noon Wednesdays at Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park.

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