Posted by Susan Dean on Oct 24, 2019
President Casey Blair (Financial Service: Private Trading | Feis Options) called the meeting to order. We had 39 Rotarians in attendance, including a visiting Rotarian from Virginia in San Francisco on a business trip. We also had five guests (some for the second or third time).
Last week, another module of the Rotary Potential Rotary Leaders Seminars (“PRLS”) was offered. Three members of our Club attended: Dora Dye (Education: Community College | City College of San Francisco), Susan Dean (Health Care: Nursing Services | Retired), and John Dean (Education: Law | Dean Dispute Resolution).
Flying with the Foundation
On Sunday, October 13, over 100 Rotarians and their guests attended “Flying with The Foundation”, a fundraiser for the San Francisco Rotary Foundation. Those attending raised nearly $10,000 for the Foundation, which awards thousands of dollars annually to improve the daily lives of our neighbors. Projects funded by the Foundation include free health care to the uninsured and under-insured; leadership training for youth; and assistance to the homeless. The event was held in the private residence of the Consul General of Germany. Consul General Uli Sudbeck (Government Relations |  Federal Foreign Office, Berlin, Germany) and his husband Frank Vollbehr (Engineering, Architecture and Construction)–both Club members–opened their home adjacent to the German Consulate, and guests enjoyed an array of delicious foods, assorted beverages and a spectacular view of the amazing Blue Angels Fleet Week airshow. Thanks to Uli and Frank, to those Club members who served as event sponsors, and to those who volunteered to help at the event, including Dan Joraanstad (Financial Services: Advising | Retired), who led the committee; Irena Matijas (Real Estate: Sales | Compass);  Flora Burke (Financial Services: Advising | Merrill Lynch) and Flora’s daughter; John Mathers (Management Consulting | eVo Associates);  Bob Hermann (Information Technology: Administration | Retired); and Terry Pickering (Banking: Management | Retired). President Casey presented Uli and Frank with a gift certificate from Neeraj Miglani (Hospitality: Restaurants | Zingari Ristorante) to his Zingari Ristorante and a certificate for ice cream (which their two children will certainly enjoy).

Upcoming Events

President Casey noted that we have a very busy Fall ahead. Among the upcoming events:

• October 19:  Beach Clean-up at Aquatic Park
• October 19:  District 5150 Learning & Leadership Training—Membership, Foundation and Branding, South San Francisco
• October 21:  Dinner at the ARC
• October 21:  Dinner and Movie
• October 23:  Welcome to the Club Social Event at the home of Dan Joranstaad and Bob Hermann
• November 9:  Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Full details on these events are found at


SF Rotary Foundation Board President Tim Hornbecker (Non-Profit Management | Retired) presented two grant checks. The first for $5,000 was to Socks and More Socks for their mission of providing clean, new socks to homeless persons. Another check for $5,000 was presented to Shark Stewards which will use the money in connection with the Bay clean-up on October 19.

Rotarian of the Month: Irena Matijas was presented as “Rotarian of the Month”. Thank you, Irena, for always being so engaging and for participating in so many Club events.

Rotary 101:  An introduction to Rotary for new members will take place immediately after the lunch meeting today.

EREY Raffle: The “Every Rotarian, Every Year” campaign is underway. Please purchase your raffle tickets asap. 

Rotarian Scholar: Lynn Luckow (Development | announced that we have a Rotarian Scholar studying at USF. She needs a safe place to stay for the next six weeks. Please let him know if you can assist.

$20 for 20 SECONDS
Those pledging included:

• Stephanie Schmautz (Elder Care and Senior Services | The Carlisle) is looking for volunteers to work on the holiday party. She would like new ideas! Contact her if you are interested.

• Christopher Wiseman (Event Planning | Glaucoma Research Foundation) completed the Chicago Marathon!

• Harold Hoogasian (Retail: Florist | Hoogasian Flowers): 1) As a Past President, Casey will always be part of the Development Committee; 2) Give NOW to the Foundation…not just in your will; and 3) Carlos Infante (Banking: Retail | Chase Bank), the Manager of the Chase Bank branch at the new Chase Arena, has been hosting the Merchant’s Association meetings and volunteering at the ARC. Thanks for being an active member!

• Jane Mermelstein (Real Estate: Sales | Zephyr Real Estate) loves swimming in the San Francisco Bay…so please come help with the beach clean-up at Aquatic Park this weekend!

• Hana Xu Wang (Financial Services: Advising | Wang Wealth Management) introduced her guest with her proper title and welcomed her to our meeting.
Guest Speaker
The guest speaker was Jennie Scholick from the San Francisco Ballet. She spoke about the upcoming ballet season and noted that there will be 3.5 new ballet works presented this season. San Francisco Ballet is the oldest ballet company and ballet school in the country!  
Tim Hornbecker won the door prize—a bottle of wine donated by Anita Stangl (Medical Services | Alliance for Smiles).
Photos by Neeraj Miglani and Paul Robertson (Real Estate: Sales | Keller Williams)
Edited by John Dean and Dora Dye