Posted by David Dye on Apr 22, 2021
President JT Forbus (Accounting | Bogdan & Frasco) celebrated the completion of taxes and led us virtually to a city tour bus. 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
In today's audience were Josh Traeger and Katja Matthews of the Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary who talked about how their entire club is virtually traveling the world to visit other Rotary clubs as part of their Chasing Sunrise initiative. See here for more information. Other guests included Randy Adams, Jamie Miller, Andrés Vera, Matthew Madsen, Anne Bello, Josh Goldberg, and Karina Alvarado Mendoza. Also present was today's speaker, Casey Fritz.
Karina Alvarado MendozaMeet Karina Alvarado Mendoza
Karina talked about her personal journey in finding meaning for her life. She sought out opportunities for community service beginning in her high school. She wanted to start a leadership and service club and was told that her high school already had one in the form of Interact. She joined the club, ultimately became club president, and got the club involved in a variety of projects relating to the environment. She helped initiate water projects in Africa and South America as well as participated in local community service. She attended a weeklong RYLA camp experience. After graduating high school, Karina began attending San Francisco State University (SFSU) in the fall of 2020. There, she immediately began looking for a Rotaract club to join. Last year, David Dye (Management Consulting | Retired) began working with her to start a new club. She has recruited over 20 individuals interested in being part of this new club and is in the final steps of getting the documents together to get the Rotaract club of SFSU certified by Rotary International.
New Members Inducted 
Matthew MadsenAndres VeraPresident JT and our Vice President of Membership Terry Pickering (Financial Services | Retired) inducted Matthew Madsen (Nonprofit Management | The Salvation Army) and Andrés Vera (Entertainment | Self-Employed). Both have already been actively engaged in our Club's activities. Welcome to both Matthew and Andrés!
Today's Speaker
Casey FritzBill Poppen (Banking: Management | MUFG Union Bank) introduced today's speaker, Casey Fritz. Casey is a Recycling Programs Specialist with Recology in San Francisco. She took us through what being “better at the bin” means, how our recycling and composting programs work in the City with specific do’s and don’ts, and why reducing our waste is so important.. President JT thanked Casey and announced that 100 children would be inoculated against polio in her name.
John Mathers (Management Consulting | eVo Associates) encouraged members to join the Rotary Club of San Francisco group on
Lynn LuckowSuccessful Virtual RYLA
Lynn Luckow (Development | reported on the success of the virtual RYLA experience held on April 16 and 17. He noted that over 140 students participated representing over 40 schools and a support staff of about 40. Lynn acknowledged the contributions of several members of our Club. These include:

Mary Liu (Real Estate: Sales | JM Real Estate Group | Vanguard Properties) and Steven Lindstrom (Software Engineering | who provided tech support; Susan Dean (Healthcare: Nursing Services | Retired) as facilitator trainer; John Dean (Education: Law | Dean Dispute Resolution}; and Frank Yoke (Development | Golden Gate Area Council, Boy Scouts of America) as facilitators. Harmony Ma, ALPS manager, and Karina Alvarado Mendoza, the new president for the SFSU Rotaract club, volunteered as facilitators.