22 August 2016 — Emily Lakdawalla, Speaker (video), A Tour of the Solar System


Effective July 1, 2016, by new Rotary International rule, Clubs must meet a minimum of twice each month, regardless of format (in person or online) or date/time. Accordingly, our Club has adopted a policy of two meetings per month, on a mid-month Monday at noon and the usual Fourth Sunday in person meeting. If time and topic call for additional online Programs, we will be pleased to provide them.


SUNDAY, AUGUST 28 — 12:30pm to 2:00 pmOur FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for August! Speaker: Rotary District 5280 Governor Greg O’Brien, making his “Official Visit” to our Club, as each annual District Governor does once.  We gather in The Fireplace Room at Denny’s, 5525 Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks. (Meeting reminders: Inspiration, Roy; Pledge, Daniele; Four-Way Test, Yoko; Rotary Minute, TBA.)  BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING that morning at 11:15 is instead the annual “business meeting” where the District Governor meets with the Club’s Board of Directors; the Board Meeting itself will be scheduled on a different date/time TBA and likely by conference call.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 — 7:00pm to 10:00 pmOur Seventh Annual DANCE FOR THE CHILDREN in support of the international efforts of Rotary Clubs and Rotarians to eradicate polio forever. The event is held at Arthur Murray Sherman Oaks on Van Nuys Boulevard. More details coming soon!

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 — 12:30pm to 2:00 pmOur FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for September! Details soon; The Fireplace Room at Denny’s will be undergoing renovations and a one-month temporary location is in the works.













Emily Lakdawalla is one of the better-known scientists and science bloggers in the universe–not much pun intended–of planetary exploration.  In her role as Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist for The Planetary Society, she plays a major part in the advocacy of space exploration, not only for what we learn about other worlds, but for what that learning teaches us about our own planet.

The Planetary Society, a non-profit based in Pasadena, California, was founded in 1980 by Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and Louis Friedman. Sagan was an astronomer and, of course, more widely known as one of the first great science communicators.  Murray was a planetary geologist and, at the time of the creation of The Planetary Society, the Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).  Friedman, a mathematician and physicist with a long and wide-ranging career, remains Director Emeritus of the Society.  The mission of The Planetary Society, now led by CEO Bill Nye (the Science Guy), is to empower the world’s citizens to advance space science and exploration, as a grass-roots organization.

In this week’s Program, we were fortunate to have Emily guide us on a tour of our Solar System, where there is a lot going on all the time–on each planet and moon, but also in terms of Humanity’s exploration of our neighborhood, always leading us back to a better understanding of our own pale blue dot, Earth.

Click here for a gallery of images of the interesting places you’ll hear about in the conversation. This will open them in a new window and you can switch back and forth as you like.


If the embedded video does not work, please click here to view it on YouTube.


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5 responses to 22 August 2016 — Emily Lakdawalla, Speaker (video), A Tour of the Solar System

  1. There was so much information crammed into this program! Thanks to Emily for sharing her vast knowledge. I’m glad it’s on video so I have an opportunity to review it again.

  2. From visiting Rotarian Dr. Robert Steinberg (who posted this comment on our Makeups page): “I just finished watching your interview of planetary scientist Emily Lakdawalla. Great program. I’m going to watch it again!”

  3. Great program!!! thanks to Emily. Yes so much to understand. For those that don’t believe CO2 is a greenhouse gas Venus proves otherwise. Fascinating that at some point in the past Mars has flowing water. yes the big question. What happened. Thanks Mel.

  4. Incredible presentation! Visiting the Planetary Society was like going to a space camp. Thank you, Emily and everyone at the office, for the warm welcome and fun tour!

  5. WOW!! So much wonderful information!! Thank you, Emily, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to provide us with this fabulous program!!

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