November 11, 2018
From the Club Blog
Getting into the Halloween Spirit
On October 30, about 20 Rotarians and guests mingled at the Golden Gate Tap Room for drinks, food and fellowship. Several members got into the Halloween spirit by attending in costume, including the Schmautz family of bees and beekeeper, Groovy Rhonda Poppen, Equally Groovy Casey Blair, Superman Bill Poppen and Sheriff Dan Joraanstad.
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES October 23, 2018: John Rothmann
President Rhonda Poppen welcomed visiting Rotarians from Germany, Guatemala, India and Japan. We also had several family members in attendance, including the parents of Bill Poppen (Banking Management; MUFG Union Bank) as well as guests from the Salvation Army.
Upcoming Events
ROTARY LUNCHEON November 13, 2018: Veterans Day Tribute
Club member Rick Harrell will lead a group of performers, including Veterans, in a selection of songs and poetry that recognize the challenges and contributions made by our Veterans. This is sure to be an inspiring event.
Thanksgiving at The Arc: November 20, 2018
The annual Thanksgiving Luncheon at The Arc of San Francisco is one of our most popular service projects. Come early to help prepare and serve lunch to hundreds of clients of The Arc: all people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. And stay long enough to enjoy that same lunch with your fellow Rotarians. This is the only Thanksgiving celebration for many of the people we serve that day. And they are most appreciative.
CLUB SOCIAL November 28, 2018:  Ugly Sweater Potluck and Gift Exchange
Join your fellow Rotarians and friends for an ugly holiday sweater and white elephant gift exchange potluck. Prizes will be given for the ugliest holiday sweaters. This is a great opportunity to socialize with your fellow Rotarians and meet other members of our Club.
ROTARY LUNCHEON December 4, 2018: Ivanhoe Chang, Hong Kong Trade
Ivanhoe Chang, Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, San Francisco, will discuss the opportunities and challenges facing Hong Kong and its relevance to California and the United States.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing: December 7, 2018
Join your fellow Rotarians and some of San Francisco's finest celebrities -- media personalities, bell ringing champs, costumed characters, local bands and much more -- as you ring bells, spread holiday cheer, and raise awareness for The Salvation Army. The bell ringing is on December 7, but the deadline to register is November 30, 2018.
ROTARY LUNCHEON December 11, 2018: Dr. Michael Merzenich - Brain Plasticity
Dr. Michael Merzenich, UCSF Professor Emeritus of Neuroscience, will discuss how our new understanding of the "plasticity" of the brain changes our understanding of our elementary humanity, and challenges us to reconsider how we have organized modern societies. 
Diaper Assembly for Homeless Prenatal Program: December 11, 2018
Join us at this service opportunity where Club members and guests will stuff diaper bags with the supplies new moms need to help care for their babies. The bags will be distributed to pregnant women involved in Prenatal Classes at the Homeless Prenatal Project. Afterwards, we'll walk down the block to Mars Bar and Restaurant for food, fellowship, and fun.
Baby Showers for Homeless Prenatal Program: December 13, 2018
Join us at one or both of the Baby Showers at the Homeless Prenatal Program where we will give expectant mothers diaper bags filled with supplies. The party for Spanish speakers starts at 10:30 AM; the party for English speakers starts at 1:00 PM.