May 12, 2019
From the Club Blog
Report from RYLA 2019
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive leadership experience for high school students. The 2019 RYLA camp was held April 26-28 at the Redwood Glen Camp and Conference Center in the Santa Cruz Mountains near Scotts Valley. Originally started in 1985 by the Rotary Club of San Francisco as “Camp Enterprise”, this leadership camp is now supported by Rotary Clubs throughout District 5150: 32 Rotary Clubs contributed over $80,000 this year, with our Club donating $20,000 as the lead sponsor.
A Look at our Partnership with Homeless Prenatal Program
In honor of Mother’s Day, we’d like to share some information with you about our Club’s work helping moms-to-be at the Homeless Prenatal Program (HPP). Our Club is wrapping up its third year of assisting HPP in providing diaper bags full of goodies to its pregnant clients or to new moms.
Typically, we meet on a Tuesday evening at Hoogasian Flowers on 7th Street, organizing and stuffing diaper bags. Each quarter, we’ve stuffed 50-65 bags. Our Club purchases the diaper bags, towels and health kits. Baby clothing, hats, wash clothes, and bibs are donated by a variety of other sources.
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES April 23, 2019: Place Lab
President Rhonda Poppen opened the meeting by welcoming visitors, guests and members. Rhonda then displayed a mysterious and interesting gift the Club had received some years ago. The item is a Thomas Kincaid painting of a Rotary meeting. Rhonda asked if anyone had any information as to the donor, or the history of the painting. She will continue to reach out to past Club leaders and long-time members to see if anyone recalls the origin of the painting.
Upcoming Events
ROTARY LUNCHEON May 14, 2019: Carlos Muela, StrEat Food Park
Carlos Muela, owner and founder of SoMa StrEat Food Park, will tell us how he started the first food truck park in San Francisco.
ROTARY 101 May 14, 2019
President-Elect Casey Blair will offer a brief training to new and prospective members immediately following the regular luncheon meeting. The training will last about 30 minutes. Whether you are new or returning, everyone is welcome!
Welcome to the Club: May 15, 2019
This meet-and-greet at the office of Lynn Luckow in Union Square is an opportunity for new and prospective members to get better acquainted with each other as well as with a few Club leaders and longer-term members. Light food and refreshments will be provided. Address provided to everyone who RSVPs.
The annual District Conference is where clubs in the District come together to celebrate the year's accomplishments under the leadership of District Governor Jayne Hulbert. This year's District Conference is a 4-way fest involving Districts 5130, 5150, 5160, and 5190; more districts, more opportunities, and more fun. All members are encouraged to attend, especially members who are moving into leadership positions.
Dinner Club at The Arc: May 20, 2019
Enjoy the opportunity to make dinner and share it with new friends at The Arc. Rotarians are invited to join the fun at one dinner a month: come once, or make it a regular commitment! Open to family and friends who are over 17.
ROTARY LUNCHEON May 21, 2019: Dr. Eric Plakun, 4 Freedoms of Mental Health
Dr. Eric Plakun, Medical Director/CEO of the Austen Riggs Center, will discuss four freedoms that are key to overcoming obstacles to mental health treatment.
CLUB SOCIAL May 30, 2019: Charles F. Hagar Planetarium at San Francisco State University
Enjoy a night under the stars at the Charles F. Hagar Planetarium at San Francisco State University. We will meet for bites and beverages and then be treated to a hosted talk and educational discussion from a professor of the physics and astronomy department. This event is limited to 45 people; so sign up early!
RI Convention June 1-5, 2019: Hamburg, Germany
Join the fun at the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg!
ROTARY LUNCHEON June 4, 2019: Dr. Jack Higgins, Preventing AIDS in Children
Dr. Jack Higgins, a Rotarian and a Family Physician who is also the Vice-President of the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project, will talk about preventing AIDS infections in children.
Diaper Bag Assembly for Homeless Prenatal Program: June 11, 2019
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: June 13, 2019
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.
Join Rotarian Lily Muldoon on a trip to Western Kenya for hands-on volunteering and Rotary fellowship!
The Rotary Club of San Francisco is sponsoring a radio project in Africa that is focused on health education. This is an opportunity to visit the site and contribute to the work.