Posted by Dora Dye on Apr 09, 2020
Our Club held its second e-meeting on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. President Casey Blair (Financial Services: Private Trading | KCB Trading, LLC) called the meeting to order at 12:15 p.m. and welcomed an audience of 120 people. In addition to our own members, there were many Rotarians from District 5150; several past District Governors including our current District Governor Sue Rokaw and incoming District Governor Mary Bates; president Phil Trompetter and members of the Modesto Rotary Club; president Jan Brown and members of the Richmond Rotary; and members of the Rotary Club of Indian Rocks Beach in Florida.
President Casey shared a photo of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel closed and boarded up and thanked everyone who had donated a total of $2,000 at our first e-meeting to be used to purchase grocery store gift cards to be given to the servers and support staff at The Drake who had worked with us weekly. 

Mary Liu (Real Estate: Sales | Vanguard Properties/JM Real Estate Group) spoke about engaging Interactors during this period of school closures. She explained how she had taught the Lowell Interact Club to use Zoom to meet and discussed the many activities that Interactors had completed.

Tim Hornbecker (Nonprofit Management | Retired), president of The Rotary Club of San Francisco Foundation, and Marti Sullivan (Development | The Arc San Francisco) talked about the challenges that people with developmental disabilities face when dealing with the coronavirus and the support from our Foundation. Many of these people require caregivers, and if the developmentally challenged become ill with the virus, their caregivers will not be able to accompany them to a hospital. Similarly, if their caregivers becomes ill, they will be unable to care for their client.

Lily Muldoon (Healthcare: Physician | University of California, San Francisco) shared a slideshow of her proposal to The Rotary Club of San Francisco Foundation for funding for personal protective equipment and some food for healthcare workers. She expressed her appreciation for The Foundation's support on such short notice. 

Eric Schmautz (Banking: Management | Wells Fargo), past District Governor, introduced our special guest speaker, Rotary International President Mark Maloney. RI President Mark Maloney spoke of this challenging time for all and the difficulty but the necessity of cancelling the 2020 Rotary International Convention. We were all inspired when he urged Rotarians to not give up but to find new ways to continue the work of Rotary. 

Following RI President Maloney's talk, the forum was opened to questions and answers. President Jan Brown of the Richmond Rotary thanked RI President Maloney and announced that her club was celebrating its centennial anniversary this year; she hoped that we can all come together soon to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and Rotary's role in the establishment of the United Nations.

The meeting ended with members of our Club doing a round of $20 for 20 seconds.