January 19, 2020
From the Club Blog
SERVICE OPPORTUNITY: Emergency Services Day Planning Committee
The Emergency Services Day Planning Committee is calling for volunteers to plan this special day scheduled for October 6, 2020. Emergency Services Day is one of our Club's special events in which we honor outstanding representatives of the public safety departments we depend on every day: Police, Fire, Sheriff, and Coast Guard.
For more information and to sign up, please go here.
LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS January 7, 2020:  Paul Saffo
It was the first meeting of the calendar year, and as President Casey Blair (Financial Services: Private Trading | KCB Trading LLC) brightly reminded us, we still have six months of his regime.  

As a trader, President Casey was mystified when his wife said there were 36 cards in a deck at the 2019 Holiday Party. However, a holiday trip to Hamburg humbled him, and he learned that in his wife’s culture, there is a game where there are only 36 cards in the deck. He brought a set home to be a raffle prize for the day, which was won by Dr. Carla Walter (Arts Therapy | Dance in the Spirit) at the end of the meeting.
President Casey also pointed out that Scott Plakun (Management Consulting | The Plakun Group) and the Speakers Committee have a theme for the luncheon speakers from January to March 2020. The theme is “San Francisco STILL Knows How”.
Membership News: January 2020
In accordance with our Club Bylaws, I am pleased to announce that these individuals are scheduled to be inducted into our Club as our newest members on February 11, 2020:
Tim Allen (Social Services Consulting | Allen/Loeb Associates)
Dan Hollerbach (Retail: Paint Supplies and Services | Behr Pro)
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about these proposed new members.
November 2019 Board Highlights
It is customary for the sitting District Governor to visit each Club within the District during the Rotary year. On November 19, 2019, District Governor Sue Rokaw and Assistant Governor Patrice Perillo met with the Board of our Club. After the Board members introduced themselves to DG Sue and AG Patrice, DG Sue identified some key people in the District and talked about the uses of the community service grant currently offered by the District. A lively discussion ensued on our Rotaract Clubs; our Club’s Committees such as Climate Change, Youth Services, and Nominating; and on membership and retention.
Upcoming Events
2020 Super Bowl Pool Now Open
The Super Bowl Pool is our Club’s annual drive to raise funds for The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International (TRF), whose mission is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. Every Rotarian around the world is asked to donate to TRF every year. Super Bowl Pool winners receive a Paul Harris Fellowship.
ROTARY LUNCHEON January 21, 2020: Ted Drake and Accessibility-First Innovation
Much of the technology we depend on today began as assistive solutions for people with disabilities. Ted Drake, Global Accessibility Leader at Intuit, explores what is being developed as assistive technology today. This will include personal sonar, remote sighted agents, dynamic indoor mapping, and personalization.
Welcome to the Club: January 23, 2020
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. The address is made available to everyone who RSVPs.
ROTARY LUNCHEON January 28, 2020: Rodney Fong, San Francisco is the Best City in the World, and It's Time We Remember That 
Rodney Fong, fourth-generation San Franciscan, small business owner, and CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, will discuss how he is organizing the business community to tackle the City's deepest problems and restore civic pride in our City by the Bay. This speaker is part of our series of speakers on San Francisco Still Knows How.
Club Social/Service Project with Catholic Charities: January 30, 2020
Please join us in preparing survival kits for those families who have lost their home in San Francisco. This project is sponsored by a grant from the Foundation of the Rotary Club of San Francisco. While assembling the kits, volunteers will have an opportunity to share food, drink, and fellowship.
Super Bowl Potluck Party: February 2, 2020
Enjoy watching the Super Bowl while sharing a potluck dinner at the home of Lilian Tsi-Stielstra and her husband Scott Stielstra. Winners of the Club Super Bowl Pool will be celebrated at the end of each quarter.
ROTARY LUNCHEON February 4, 2020: Randall Scott, What is a Community Benefit District and Why Are They Growing in Number?
Randall Scott, Executive Director of the Fisherman's Wharf Community Benefit District, will cover why community benefit districts are formed, how they are formed, and what they do. This speaker is part of our series of speakers on San Francisco Still Knows How.
ROTARY LUNCHEON February 11, 2020: Deputy Chief David Lazar, SFPD Investigations Bureau
Deputy Chief Lazar will be providing an overview of the San Francisco Police Department’s Investigations Bureau including the newly formed centralized structure and how cases are assigned and investigated. Deputy Chief Lazar will also speak to the crime picture in 2019 and what the plans are in 2020 to prevent and address crime. This speaker is part of our series of speakers on San Francisco Still Knows How.