Enriching Lives As We Age


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Upcoming Events


 March for Meals

Save the date for this very rewarding way to help!



Dine-Out for Meals on Wheels!

Save the date for this easy-to-do, and very rewarding way to help!

Watch for more details about participating restaurants!




Past Events


Rosener Open House

Come experience our adult activity program in action!

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 9 500 Arbor Road, Menlo Park  650-322-0126 www.peninsulavolunteers.org

Rosener Open House 2015 

Join us for classes led by professional staff, informational sessions with our social work staff, Registered Nurse and therapists.

Rosener House is celebrating 37 years of care for adults with challenges, including Alzheimer's, mild cognitive impairment, dementia, Parkinson's or post-stroke.

Activities at Rosener House: Music. Exercise Classes. Physical Therapy. Occupational Therapy. Speech Therapy. Drum Circle. Creative Arts. Brain games. Pet Partner. Gardening. Current Events. Dance. Parties. Cooking. Inter-generational activities and more!


24th Annual Authors Salon

Mark your calendars for the 24th annual Authors Salon! Tickets are available for one of our largest fundraisers of the year.  Keeping in tradition, we are bringing bestselling authors to the Peninsula. This year’s stellar lineup is no exception. Please join us at the Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club for the 24th annual Authors Salon Luncheon on Sunday, March 22, 2015.


This year’s prodigious authors include:

  • Benjamin Griffin, editor/writer of the second Autobiography of Mark Twain

Ben Griffin is one of a team of editors working on the three-volume edition of the Autobiography of Mark Twain. Volume I was described as “immense, comprehensive, endlessly fascinating and entertaining”.  It captured the authentic and unsuppressed voice of America’s first great political wit, complete and unexpurgated.  Volume II, eagerly awaited and just-released, delves deeper into Twain’s life. 

  • Bruce Henderson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of And the Sea Will Tell

Bruce Henderson’s non-fiction works are accounts of compelling and dramatic events.  A lifelong journalist, writer and New York Times bestselling author, he has written (or co-authored) more than twenty books, many of which deal with war.  His oeuvre includes Down to the Sea, Fatal North, Trace Evidence, True North, and Spy Dust. Henderson’s writing has also appeared in Playboy, Esquire, Reader’s Digest and dozens of periodicals.

Through a special arrangement with his publisher, Authors Salon attendees will be able to purchase Henderson’s soon-to-be-released Rescue at Los Baños:  The Most Daring Prison Camp Raid of World War II.

  • C.W. Gortner, International bestselling historical fiction author of The Queen’s Vow

C.W. Gortner’s forte is historical fiction, often involving mystery and suspense.  He conducts extensive research – visiting locales and engaging in historically authentic activities – for his books, which include:  The Queen’s Vow (Isabella of Castile), The Last Queen (Juana of Castile), The Confessions of Catherine de Medici, The Tudor Secret and The Tudor Conspiracy

Authors Salon attendees will enjoy Mr. Gortner’s latest work, Mademoiselle Chanel: A Novel (the story traces the tumultuous rise to fame of iconic fashion designer, Coco Chanel). 

  • Meg Waite Clayton, NY Times bestselling author of the Wednesday Sisters

Meg Waite Clayton, in her bestselling novels, examines the complexities of friendship and women’s interrelationships.  Her first book, The Language of Light, was a finalist for the PEN/Bellweather Prize.  It was followed by The Wednesday Sisters, The Four Ms. Bradwells, and The Wednesday Daughters.  Her upcoming novel, The Race for Paris, was inspired by the role of women journalists in WWII. Wanting to inspire the writer in all of us, Clayton urges readers to open a journal or computer and just “start writing.”

We’re fortunate to have Ron Hansen joining us again – this year as our event moderator. Themes of love and redemption recur throughout the novels of Ron Hansen; these include Desperadoes, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, which was adapted for the screen starring Brad Pitt as Jesse James, Mariette in Ecstasy, and Atticus, a finalist for the National Book Award. 

The 24th annual Authors Salon Luncheon is brought to you by Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. and Books Inc. Palo Alto. Tickets for the luncheon and program are $125 each. Free parking is available.  

To purchase tickets, or for additional information, please contact Cathy Duhring at (650) 326-0665, ext. 238. You can learn more about the authors by following us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/PeninsulaVolunteersAuthorsSalon.

Thank you to our corporate sponsors and donors, including Barcelon Associates Management Corp., E & J Gallo, and Union Bank, Menlo Park branch.



There's Black Friday. There's Cyber Monday. Now there's


Giving Tuesday

One Click Will Deliver

Hot Meals / Warm Smiles / Friendly Visits

Meals on Wheels


6th Annual Baubles, Bangles and Bags Luncheon


The Walk to End Alzheimer's

The Rosener House Walkers set out to raise $10,000 but went over the $30,000 mark! Thanks to all our supporters.  

Join the Rosener House Walkers and the Alzheimer’s Association at the "Walk to End Alzheimer's"  in 2015!

The 2014 Rosener House Walker

Corporate Volunteers in Action

Peninsula Volunteers, Inc., gives a big Thank You to the Allstate Insurance volunteers who spruced up the Rosener House Patio Garden on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Just in time for the semi-annual Open House, the eight volunteers from Allstate came armed with gloves, trowels and shovels.

They pulled weeds in the Fountain planter then replanted with fresh flowers. They also decided to clean the Fountain. For all their hard work, PVI happily provided lunch from our Little House Café.  

Community Volunteer Director Mary Rached and Rosener House Director Barbara Kalt shared with the Allstate group the important programs that PVI provides to the community and the significance of the Patio Garden landscaping to those services. Peninsula Volunteers, Inc., and Allstate Insurance Volunteers: What a community team!


23rd Annual Authors Salon


Mayors for Meals


Holiday Book & Gift Sale


Baubles, Bangles and Bags!!!


Dine Out for Meals on Wheels 2013

Dine Out at these participating restaurants ALL DAY on October 15, 2013 

and they donate 10% of their proceeds to Peninsula Volunteers Meals on Wheels


2013 Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. Decorator Show House


For the first time in a decade, the Peninsula will have its own designer show house again, as Peninsula Volunteers ramps up to this fabulous event.

Visit one of the last great estates on the Peninsula: an 11,000 square foot house with 20 beautifully decorated designer rooms, situated on a 21-acre estate with breathtaking vistas in Woodside, CA. Styled and decorated by premier Bay Area designers.

Take a video tour of the house and grounds here.


 We thank our sponsors:



Roz and Merv Morris and Ann Griffiths
Martha and Howard Girdlestone
Audrey and Roland Lampert
Betty Jean and Hiro Ogawa
Huguette Bartels Connie and Bob Lurie
Frances Bohannon Nelson
Mansion Carolyn and Preston Butcher
Capital Group Private Client Services
Linda and Stan Dickinson
Sandy Ferrando
J Manus Foundation
Jeanne and Frank Fischer
Nancy and Joseph Greenbach
Joanne Harrington
Barbara Hiller
Jill and John Jerrehian
Gloria Kennett
Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Pearl Anne Seipp
Clover Worland
Gentry Magazine, Media Sponsor
Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher LLP
NBC Bay Area
Neiman Marcus Stanford Center
Leonard and Margaret De Somma
JoAnn Connor
Anne Nunan
Linda and Chuck Drew
Alfreda and Bob Andrews
Pat Grillos
Anne and Richard Melbye
Amalia Popell
Adolf Rosekrans
Jackie and John Scandalios
Twila and Clay Woods
Past Presidents of Peninsula Volunteers, Inc.
American Trust & Savings Bank - Robert Hopper 
Sally Broberg
Marilee Gardener
First National Bank of Northern California
Betsy and Allan Harris
ACT, San Francisco
Huguette Bartels
Bev Mo! - Menlo Park
Mary Alice Bowie
Terri Carville
Helen Chew
Kathy Downey
Maria Erdi
Fox Theatre, Redwood City - Eric Lochtefeld, Owner
Marilee Gardner
Nancy Greenbach
Edwin Gotay
Pat Grillos
Chief Joanne Hayes-White, San Francisco Fire Dept. 
One Hope Wine - Julie Bell Hope
Jill Jerrehian
Gloria Kennett
Mohr-Fry Ranches
Bev & Jim Nelson and Kathy & Jim Downey
Ava Norman
Anne Nunan
Remede Spa - St. Regis Hotel
Barbi Sheldon
Camilla Shroff
Christine Baur - Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry
Kimber Sturm
Tom's Outdoor Furniture
Michele Westmorland
Patricia Wilkinson
 Darlene Woodson
Clover Worland
             Outdoor Designers
Emily Joubert Home and Garden - Judy Sieber
Flegel's Fine Furniture and Interior Design
Betsy Kehoe - Every Bloomin' Thing
Master Gardeners of San Mateo and San Francisco 
Plein Air Outdoor Painters
Tom's Outdoor Furniture
Boomerang Quartet
The Shasta Brass Quintet
Elizabeth Erickson
            Artists on Display 
Dominique Caron
Inga Dorosz
Kalani Engles
Ewa Gavrielov
Sam Gilliam
Bonnie Hagstrom
Archie Held, Sculptor
Martine Jardel
Kathryn Kain
Frank Lobdell
Daniel Phill
Leslie Safarik Studios - Sculpture
Michele Westmorland
          Additional thanks to:
Kristen Benson, Paula Kirkeby, Michael Liener,
Janet and Carl Martin
Thank you so much to our incredible PVI Staff:
Bart Charlow, Executive Director, Joe Christian,
Cathy Duhring and Debi Bingham

Mayor for Meals

Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. Meals on Wheels Hosts “Mayors For Meals Day” 

Celebrating 35 Years of Meals on Wheels Service to South San Mateo County

For one day this year you can be sure that your local mayors will deliver the goods to their constituents! Eleven mayors and officials will go door to door across mid-Peninsula cities bringing life-giving hot meals to homebound and frail seniors,  who cannot cook for themselves.

Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. (PVI) Meals on Wheels program, celebrating 35 years of home delivered meals to South San Mateo County, announced today that it will be holding “Mayors For Meals Day” as their part in the nation-wide “March For Meals” campaign. Mayors Elizabeth Lewis of Atherton, John Richards of Portola Valley, Alicia Aguirre of Redwood City, Anne Kasten of Woodside will be joined by Council Members Bob Grassilli and Karen Clapper of San Carlos, Larry Moody and Laura Martinez of East Palo Alto, San Mateo County Supervisor Warren Slocum, Sequoia Healthcare District Board President Kim Griffin and Director Jerry Shefren to show their support for our community’s seniors. 

PVI’s Mayors For Meals Day event will include some vivid and compelling picture opportunities, including home deliveries, a demonstration of how Meals On Wheels are packaged for delivery, as well as a brief press conference.

“We are excited to have the mayors whose cities we serve get hands-on experience with this most vital human service.  There’s no need more basic than food, and about 12,000 seniors in San MateoCounty alone – our most vulnerable population - face the threat of hunger. PVI delivers 130,000 meals to seniors every year, half of them through Meals on Wheels directly to their homes. Without these hot meals and daily safety checks they are truly alone and at great risk,” said Bart Charlow, Peninsula Volunteers Executive Director.

March For Meals is a national campaign to raise awareness of senior hunger and encourage local community action.  Senior nutrition programs across the U.S. promote March For Meals in their communities through public events, partnerships with local businesses, volunteer recruitment and fundraising initiatives.  In 2012, over 1,500 mayors across the United States participated in delivering meals to seniors in their communities. 


22nd Annual Authors Salon

Read Janet Duca Norton's article in the San Jose Mercury News

"Sold-out crowd for Peninsula Authors Salon"

22nd Annual Authors Salon Committee 

 Chair, Diane Rosland


Carolyn Bergamo

Mary Alice Bowie

Carol Clarke

Ramona Cole

Francesca Eastman

Maria Erdi

Anne Flegel

Ana Hays

Anna Marie Janky

Beverly Nelson

Shirley Simmons

Mary Lou Taylor

Patricia Wilkinson

About our authors:

Richard Rhodes 

Richard Rhodes will speak on his book Hedy’s Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, The Most Beautiful Woman in the World. Mr. Rhodes is the author or editor of twenty-four books including The Making of the Atomic Bomb, which won a Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction, a National Book Award and a National Book Critics Circle Award; Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb, which was shortlisted for a Pulitzer Prize in History; an investigation of the roots of private violence, Why They Kill; a memoir, A Hole in the World; a biography,John James Audubon; and four novels. Rhodes lives with his wife, who is a clinical psychologist, near Half Moon Bay, California.


Lalita Tademy

Lalita Tademy is a California native and will discuss her novel Cane River. Before beginning to write full-time, Lalita received an MBA from UCLA, and was a vice president and general manager with several high technology companies in Silicon Valley. Her professional writing career officially began when her first novel was published in 2001. Cane River, a historical novel, was aNew York Times Bestseller and Oprah Book Club Selection. Her second novel, Red River, was also a New York Times Bestseller in 2007 and One City One Book Selection for San Francisco. She is currently at work on her third novel, the story of Black Indians in Oklahoma.


Susan Wels

Susan Wels will speak on her soon-to-be-published book San Francisco: Arts for the City—Civic Art and Urban Change, 1932-2012. She is also the author of the 2009 biography AmeliaEarhart: The Thrill of It; Titanic: Legacy of the World’s Greatest Ocean Liner, a New York TimesWall Street Journal, Washington Post, and USA Today bestseller; Pearl Harbor: America’s Darkest DayThe Olympic Spirit: 100 Years of the Games; and Stanford: Portrait of a University. An award-winning editor and freelance writer, she has worked on assignment around the world. A graduate of Stanford University, she and her husband have two daughters and live in San Francisco.

Paul Goldstein

Paul Goldstein is a writer, lawyer and teacher and will present his book Havana Requiem. Additionally, he is the author of the novels Errors and Omissions and A Patent Lie, also on intellectual property themes. Mr. Goldstein has authored two general interest non-fiction books, Copyright’s Highway: From Gutenberg to the Celestial Jukebox, and the recently published Intellectual Property: The Tough New Realities That Could Make or Break Your Business. Since 1985, Mr. Goldstein has been the Lillick Professor of Law at Stanford Law School where he has twice received the John Bingham Hurlbut Award for Excellence in Teaching. In April 1997 Newsweek magazine named Mr. Goldstein to its “list of 100 people for the new century,” as one “whose creativity or talent or brains or leadership will make a difference in the years ahead.”


Marilyn Yalom

Marilyn Yalom will discuss How the French Invented Love: 900 Years of Passion and Romance. Her other books include: Blood Sisters: The French Revolution in Women’s Memory; A History of the Breast; A History of the Wife; Birth of the Chess Queen and; The American Resting Place. Ms. Yalom’s books have been translated into 20 languages and in 1991 she was decorated as an Officier des Palmes Académiques by the French Government. Marilyn Yalom grew up in Washington, D.C. and was educated at Wellesley College, the Sorbonne, Harvard and Johns Hopkins. She has been a professor of French and comparative literature, director of an institute for research on women and is married to psychiatrist and author Irvin Yalom.

Moderator Ellen Sussman

Ellen Sussman is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel, French Lessons, published in 2011. Her first novel, On a Night Like This, was a San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller. It has been translated into six languages. Her newest novel, The Paradise Guest House, will be published in March 2013. She is also the editor of two anthologies, Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex and Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave, which was a New York Times Editors Choice and a San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller. Ellen was born in Trenton, NJ and has lived in Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Los Angeles, and Paris. She has taught at Pepperdine University, UCLA and Rutgers University. She now teaches through Stanford Continuing Studies and in private classes out of her home. She has two daughters and lives with her husband in the San Francisco Bay Area.

We wish to thank all our sponsors, underwriters and donors:


                                    Union Bank: Menlo Park & Palo Alto Private Bank

Donors & Underwriters:

Major Underwriter

Ann Griffiths and Roz Morris


Nobel Laureate

Betty Jean and Hiro Ogawa


Pulitzer Prize

Francesca Eastman and Edward Goodstein

National Book Award
Eva & Steve Aber
Fritzie Andrews, Nancy Carter, & Kimber Sturm
Pat & Philip DeBrincat, & Maria & George Erdi
Linda & Stan Dickinson, & Marge & Jim DuBois
Mark & Anne Flegel
Cynthia Floyd & Shirley Simmons
Zeni & Ben Mallari
Camilla & Gidu Shroff
Tricia Tanoury
Susan Sweeney & Ana Hays
Mary & Don Young






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