Posted by Brian Lan on Mar 13, 2019
President Rhonda Poppen (Grant Writing: GRANTdog) welcomed all members and visitors, including visiting Rotarians from Austria and from Toronto, Canada.
She shared several photos and updates from the last few weeks including:
  • Rotary Meadow Restoration at Mt. Sutro: February 16.
  • St Ignatius New Interact Club Charter at the Academy of Art University Automobile Museum: February 22.
  • RotaCare Health Fair: March 2.
  • SF Rotary Board Retreat: March 2. The incoming Board will announce goals and outcomes at the April 2 luncheon meeting.
Past President John Mathers (Management Consulting; eVo Associates) announced a silent auction in support of Youth Leadership. The auctioned item is a 7 nights stay at Angels Camp in Murphys, CA with wine tasting and Mercer Caverns pass. Bidding starts at $500 with a goal for $5,000. 
President-Elect Casey Blair (Foreign Equity Trading; Feis Options) shared several upcoming events:
  • Youth Leadership Info Session and Rotary 101 meeting led by Past President Stephanie Schmautz (Retirement Living; The Carlisle) after today's luncheon.
  • World Wide Rotary Day with Dr. Daniel Ellsberg as a special event speaker: March 19.
  • Diaper Bag Assembly and Tour at Homeless Prenatal Program: March 12.
  • New & Prospective Member Gathering at the home of Dan Joraanstad (Financial Management; Retired) and Bob Hermann (Project Management; Retired): March 13.
  • Baby Showers for Homeless Prenatal Program: March 14.
  • Rotary District Learning & Leadership Development Assembly at Redwood High School in Marin: March 16 7:30AM - 1:30PM at Redwood High School.
  • The Arc SF Friends Like Me Dinner: March 18.
  • Haas–Lilienthal House Private Tour: March 26, 6PM.
You'll find more information and registration for these events at
Casey also made a special recognition to Susan Dean for knitting 19 blankets for the Homeless Prenatal Program.
President Rhonda invited John Mount (Statistical Consulting; Win-Vector) to give us an overview of the Sustainable Horticulture and Agriculture Development Project that the Club is sponsoring along with Roots of Peace. Grants from our Club, combined with Global Grant support from Rotary International, supports farming and the on-site training being done for local farmers. Rhonda and Club members applauded John for his hard work getting this project funded.
President Rhonda announced Joseph Fang (Transamerica) as March's Rotarian of the Month and thanked him for his hard work, notably for serving as the George Washington High School Interact Club Adviser.
Those contributing $20 or more included:
  • Rick Harrell (Veterans Services; Heroes' Voices), who announced the Third Annual Heroes' Voices National Veterans Poetry Contest. He thanked the Club for its support and asked members to get the word out about the contest. 
  • Past President John Hoch (Financial Management; Retired), who announced the upcoming LPGA tournament at Lake Merced Golf Club from 5/1 - 5/5. Rotarians can volunteer at the concession stands and help the Club with a portion of the proceeds made.
Today's speakers are Rebecca Haskell and Barry Posner, both of whom have been working with Lynn Luckow (Development; and Youth Service on the new Youth Leadership Development Initiative.
Rebecca Haskell is Founder and Principal Consultant at Just Design Consulting. As the curriculum specialist, Rebecca shared the work she has done in interviewing local students across the district and assessing existing youth leadership programs to build the proper framework for the program.
Barry Posner is the Accolti Professor of Leadership at the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University. Barry shared the leadership framework from his book "The Student Leadership Challenge: Five Practices For Becoming An Exemplary Leader". He then covered some of the interviews and research done on each of the five practices:
  1. Model The Way
  2. Inspire A Shared Vision
  3. Challenge The Process
  4. Enable Others To Act
  5. Encourage The Heart
Barry noted that from his findings the effectiveness of student leaders is best explained not by demographics, but by behavior. He also stressed the importance of good mentors and role models in developing student leaders.
President Rhonda thanked the speakers and announced that 100 children were being inoculated against Polio in recognition of their presentations.
Today's door prize winner is Robin Azevedo (Mattress Manufacturing ; McRoskey Mattress Company)! She received Chinese tea and a steeper.
Photos by Susan Dean
Edited by Scott Plakun (Management Consulting; The Plakun Group)