The Oktoberfest attendance this year of between 220 and 240 was greater than in past years and included a healthy number of Palo Alto University Rotary members who not only attended but also had a very active role in the event. This involvement included organizing and coordinating all aspects of the Oktoberfest including purchasing, cooking, barbecuing, serving, cleaning up after and socializing with residents and guests. A large number of our residents also attended the event together with relatives and friends. Several SH staff and Board members attended as guests.
The future Oktoberfest prospects are very positive. This year, members of the Palo Alto University Rotary took the initiative in not only offering to assist with the Oktoberfest, but to put it on themselves not simply as an event for Stevenson House, but also as an important University Rotary event involving Stevenson House as the venue. It is likely that this University Rotary/Stevenson House Oktoberfest celebration will become an annual event. A large number of University Rotary members visited Stevenson House for the first time and were very impressed. Several of these Rotarians have offered to stay involved with us during the year.
Thomas M. Pamilla