Posted by Brian Lan on Feb 15, 2019
Nearly 70 Rotarians and guests attended today’s luncheon. Guests included a visiting Rotarian from Charlotte, NC and representatives from State Senator Scott Wiener’s office.
President Rhonda, after welcoming members and guests, presented today’s “time capsule”: a photograph from History of the Rotary Club of San Francisco, a book published in 1940. The photograph features Jim Patrick’s grandfather, who served as President of San Francisco Rotary Club from 1933-1934. Click on the photo for a larger view.
Rhonda thanked all of the Members who helped with the Dictionary Plating last Wednesday, January 23, at Hoogasian Flowers. She extended a particular “thank you” to Harold Hoogasian (President; Hoogasian Flowers) for allowing the Club to use his facilities for these and other projects. These dictionaries will be distributed in the coming weeks to third graders at schools throughout the area.
Rhonda then highlighted several upcoming Club events:
  • 1/31: “Mix and Mingle” at the Automobile Museum 6 – 8 pm
  • 2/3: Super Bowl Party at Lilian Tsi-Stielstra’s home
  • 2/6: Rotary Night at the Warriors Game (sold out)
  • 2/12: Emergency Services Day celebration luncheon
  • 2/16: Rotary Meadows Workday (9 am)
  • 2/22: Charter Party for St. Ignatius Interact Club (Automobile Museum, 6:30 pm)
Mark Enis (Asset Management; Open Key Group) announced that the Potential Rotary Leaders Seminar (PRLS) will be held by District 5150 on July 20, 2019. It is a six-hour workshop focused on practical leadership training.
Representatives from State Senator Scott Wiener’s Office then presented the Club with a “110th Anniversary Proclamation” from the State Senate. The proclamation cited the Club’s dedication to Service Above Self. Rhonda accepted on behalf of the Club.
Allan Herzog (Financial Management; Wells Fargo Financial Advisors) gave his annual financial markets prognostication. He noted that after a very volatile fourth quarter 2018, the markets appear to have recovered in January. He sees slower growth in the future, but still has faith in the US economy and predicted a resolution to the US-China trade dispute.
John Mathers (Management Consulting; eVo Associates) and Fred Marschner (Financial Planning, Northwestern Mutual) announced the annual Super Bowl Pool solicitation benefitting The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International (TRF). In the final week before the game, several members contributed to the pool to help the Club reach (and surpass) its $20,000 goal. John and Fred thanked all who are participating in the pool.
Those donating $20 or more included:
  • David Dye (Management Consulting; Retired) announced that the Club is planning to form a new San Francisco community-based Rotaract Club.
  • Bob Hermann (Project Management; Retired) shared that his sister living in Atlanta was recently discharged from the hospital after a serious health scare.
  • Jim Kennedy (Interior Design; James Kennedy Design) commented upon the recent passing of Peter Magowan, former President and part-owner of the San Francisco Giants. Mr. Magowan was always a friend of Rotary, and supported our club.
  • Tim Hornbecker (Human Services; The ARC of Alameda County) added that Mr. Magowan was a longtime supporter of The ARC and ensured the hiring of employees with disabilities when he served as President of Safeway.
  • Lynn Luckow (Development; shared how Mr. Magowan worked with Project Open Hand during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake by providing food for first responders and firefighters.
  • Donna-Lee Young Rubin (Non-Profit Medical Services; Rotaplast International) will be visiting her mother in Florida, and asked that Club members keep her in their prayers.
  • President Rhonda gave an update on Molly Schmautz, daughter of members Eric Schmautz (Banking Management; Wells Fargo) and Stephanie Schmautz (Retirement Living; The Carlisle). Molly was recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, but now has a monitor and is doing well. The Club will be looking at ways to assist Molly.
Today’s speaker, Katelyn Cano, is a first-generation college student, currently working at Twitter. Coming from a single-parent, low-income home, Katelyn shared her personal experiences of how she was able to successfully complete both undergraduate and graduate schools. These experiences led her to write her first book, More than Before: A First-Generation College Student Guide. Her goal in writing the book was to provide other first-generation college students with the practical information they need when applying to college, during their studies and after graduation. Katelyn also discussed how the book is being utilized by students at various non-profits and schools. Finally, she shared some advice found within the book, including the importance of having a strong support system. Katelyn has partnered with several organizations in hopes that the book will reach even more aspiring students.
President Rhonda thanked Katelyn, and presented her with a gift from the Club recognizing that 100 children were inoculated against Polio in her name.
Rhonda concluded by expressing her gratitude to the Speakers Committee for their hard work in continuing to bring a diverse and interesting cast of speakers.
Today’s Door Prize winners were Jim Patrick (Office Supplies; Patrick & Co.), Dan Joraanstad (Financial Management; Retired), and Carrie Condran LaBriola (Non-Profit Management; Retired). Jim and Dan received a copy of Katelyn’s book, and Carrie received special olive oil body wash and soap.
Photos by Jyoti Chokshi (Project Management; Talent Anywhere)
Edited by John Dean (Dean Dispute Resolution)