Archive of Judy Horst

Judy has written 16 article(s) for InMenlo.


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Imagine if you had no choice but to flee your country. Where would you go? How would you cope? What would you need to rebuild your life in exile? Would you help those left behind? These are the questions that South Sudanese have had to ask themselves in the face an unrelenting civil war, famine, violence and persecution. Up to 300,000 people are estimated to have been killed in the war and about three million displaced in a country of 12 million.

Gabriel Akim, a South Sudanese man, is one of those who survived. He immigrated to the Bay Area in 2006, after a long, terrifying, difficult journey, which he will relate in a talk, “Experiencing Genocide”, at Menlo Park’s Kiwanis Club, at a noontime luncheon on February 27th at the Allied Arts Guild.

Gabriel, while still a member of the larger group of “Lost Boys and Girls,” was also part of a sub-group that hid behind some hills, just north of Kenya, in a camp they called Natinga which means “no one can see us here.” He arrived in the U.S. several years after the first wave of Lost Boys and Girls who came to America at the turn of the century before 9/11.

Since being in the U. S., Gabriel has raised over $60,000 for South Sudanese children who attend school in Uganda. He also advises and partners with Rebuild South Sudan, a non-profit working to improve education in his home community of Kolnyang and the greater Jonglei area (on the Nile). Currently, Gabriel is a justice studies major and a human rights minor at San Jose State University. He plans to use his degree to continue to work for healing among South Sudanese populations— no matter where they are on the globe.

Other speakers during February include:

February 6: Bruce Wellings, How Do Recent Federal Tax Law Changes Affect You?

As people and businesses sort out the new tax law and how it will affect them, financial planners, CPAs and tax specialists try to make sense of the new law for their clients. Bruce Wellings, the head of Wellings Wealth Management and Wellings & Company, a CPA firm, will sort through the new tax code and review the most up to date interpretations of what lies ahead for individuals and businesses.

February 13: Louise DeDera, What You Really Need To Know About Valentine Secrets

There’s much more to Valentine’s Day than meets the eye. It’s more than valentine cards and candy, and Louise DeDera, local realtor and long-time Kiwanis member, will share those secrets in hopes that everyone derives even more enjoyment out of this special day.

February 20: Tim Wright, A Tourist’s View of Indonesia
The name Indonesia derives from the Greek name of the Indos (Ἰνδός) and the word nesos (νῆσος), meaning “Indian islands”. It is the world’s largest island country with more than 13,000 islands, and it is the world’s 4th most populous country. There’s much more to learn about Indonesia, and Tom Wright is the person to do just that.

Kiwanis Club Meetings are held every Tuesday at Allied Arts Center, from 12:00 – 1:15, and the club welcomes visitors. Contact the club to attend any of the programs or for more details.

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Menlo Park Kiwanis Club donates $5,000 to Menlo-Atherton High School Athletic Association

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In June of last year, M-A High School Football Coach Adhir Ravipati spoke to the Menlo Park Kiwanis Club at one of its regular Tuesday luncheons. He explained how he had established a program to create a culture of support in academics and life skills as well as athletics at the school. The program provides […]

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Kiwanis Club kicks off 2018 speaker luncheons with a wide variety of topics

The Menlo Park Kiwanis Club invites the public to their speaker luncheons every Tuesday at noon at the Allied Arts Guild. January 16: Lee Macklin — Helping You Understand DNA And Finding Your Ancestors So, you have taken a DNA test,  now what? Overwhelmed and confused about how to analyze your results? What are the key steps […]

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Spotted: Lauren Koo being honored by Menlo Oaks neighborhood group

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At Sunday’s Menlo Oaks District Association (MODA) Annual Meeting, 16-year-old Lauren Koo, a Junior at Menlo-Atherton High School, was honored for her quick thinking and heroic efforts to warn neighbors and authorities about a fire threatening nearby homes and property in the early morning of October 15, 2017. After calling 911, she knocked on neighbor’s […]

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Jerod Haase talks to Menlo Park Kiwanis about what’s ahead for Stanford men’s basketball

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Stanford men’s basketball coach Jerod Haase wanted to play for Stanford while growing up in South Lake Tahoe, but attended the University of California before transferring to the University of Kansas, playing for coach Roy Williams. Jerod highlighted Stanford’s upcoming men’s basketball season for the audience at the Menlo Park Kiwanis Club’s luncheon earlier this […]

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Jazzy tribute to Dr. Herb Wong at Kepler’s with launch of new book

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The launch of a new book, Jazz On My Mind, Sunday afternoon (8/7) at Kepler’s, celebrated Dr. Herb Wong’s life-long love of jazz. Friends and jazz fans from throughout the Bay Area were treated to readings from the book by co-author Paul Fingerote, former marketing director of the Monterey Jazz Festival, and to several jazz […]

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Menlo Oaks annual picnic 60-plus years and counting

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Menlo Oaks neighbors met at Peninsula School on Sunday, June 12, for the Menlo Oaks District Association (MODA) annual picnic. The picnic has been held at the school since 1958. Prior to that, it took place for many years on Madison Way.  However, no one remembers the year of the first picnic. Mary Lou Collyer […]

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Menlo Park Kiwanis Club awards $41,000 in scholarships to M-A graduating seniors

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Eight outstanding Menlo-Atherton High School seniors received scholarships at the Kiwanis Club’s annual scholarship luncheon, Tuesday, May 24th, at the Allied Arts Guild. This year’s scholarship awards totaled $41,000. More than $1 million has been awarded to local students during the lifetime of the Club’s scholarship program. “There are many deserving students at M-A,” said […]

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Community invited to Menlo Park Kiwanis Club May lunches featuring a variety of speakers

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Guest speakers at Menlo Park Kiwanis Club meetings in May will touch on a variety of subjects — police and the media, challenges facing the California legislature, how San Mateo County’s Harbor District benefits residents, and planting trees at local schools and in neighborhoods. The Kiwanis Club will also award its annual scholarships to graduating […]

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Speakers announced for Kiwanis Club of Menlo Park September meetings

The Kiwanis Club of Menlo Park meets on Tuesdays from noon to 1:15 pm at Allied Arts. The upcoming roster of speaker provides members and guests with a wide variety of topics. To attend, call 650-327-1313, or email through the Kiwanis Club website. August programs are: Sept 1: Yishan Lin, founder of Mise, will explain […]

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Local musicians More Joy! in concert at Ladera Community Church

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Combining Prairie Home Companion style, Silicon Valley story telling, and eclectic musical performances, More Joy! performs Saturday, August 22, 7:30-9:30 pm, at the Ladera Community Church in Portola Valley.  Suggested donation is $10, which benefits Ladera Community Church youth programs and Portola Valley Dining for Women, funding programs benefiting women and children. This is the second […]

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