Posted by Daniel Joraanstad on Jan 30, 2019
Membership Contest:  On January 22, the winner of Membership’s “Big Island Is Calling” contest was revealed. The award went to the person who introduced the most new members to the Rotary Club of San Francisco between July 1 and December 31, 2018. The winner by a landslide was Marti Sullivan, who introduced five new people into the Club. She invited Catholic Charities to become a Corporate Member with five designees.  Marti receives the week-long stay in Kona Hawaii, courtesy of Harold Hoogasian. Congratulations, Marti, on your fine efforts in receiving this prize.
Harold has been very generous with the Club in supplying his Hawaiian home as a prize….and again in the period from January to June 2019, he is providing a week’s stay in his condo as the prize for Membership. Rules are the same:  whoever introduces the most new members into our Club will win the week’s stay. Good luck to all of you who are looking to win a week in a tropical paradise. 
Induction of new members:  The January 2019 class of new members was inducted on January 22, 2019.
Our first new member to be recognized was Jennifer Lee. She is sponsored by Emily Borland, her cousin-in-law.  Jennifer has a glamorous work life as a fashion columnist for She travels the world and manages wardrobe fashion projects as well. Jennifer mentions in her application that she is especially interested in helping with event management and publicity as well as participating in international projects.
Next to be acknowledged was Sofia Valverde, the head of the Consulate of Honduras in San Francisco. Sofia is sponsored and mentored by Anita Stangl. Sofia is especially interested in projects to benefit women and children. Growing up and throughout her life, Sofia has been inspired by her father’s long involvement with a Rotary Club in Honduras.
We were also pleased to introduce our new Corporate Member and three of their designees from the University of California, San Francisco. Pam Hudson was the driving force in bringing UCSF into the family of Rotary. She recognizes the important role of leadership Rotary carries in building community and clearly perceives how future healthcare leaders may help engage in community service along with Rotary as this new generation of hospital administrators moves into leadership positions. All of the designees are Administrative Fellows. Pam is their mentor within UCSF on an informal basis.
Pam is currently the Chief Integration officer for Benioff Children’s Hospital and has too many accomplishments and credits to name here. But to quote some of Pam’s compelling remarks from her application, she “cherishes the multiculturalism of San Francisco and seeks to give back to a community she loves”. Her mentor is Anita Stangl.
Jermaine Blakeley is an Administrative Fellow from UCSF. His mentor is Bob Hermann. Jermaine obtained his Masters in Health Management from NYU. He would like to be involved with RYLA as well as helping disadvantaged youth and hopes to volunteer for multiple projects and experience multiple levels of service.
Avi Tutman is a graduate of the Yale School of Management as well as their School of Public Health. He is an Administrative Fellow at UCSF. His mentor is Lynn Luckow. Avi wants to engage in dialogue about how to improve healthcare, the environment and education. And he is especially interested in community service to the elderly.
Good luck to our new members!