August 22, 2021
From the Club Blog
MEET A BOARD MEMBER: Christopher Wiseman, President-Elect
Christopher Wiseman is the Associate Director of Events and Engagement for the Glaucoma Research Foundation. He produces in-person and virtual meetings and events, which included 13 programs during the last fiscal year. Christopher oversees the national Ambassador Outreach Program that includes ophthalmologists from around the United States, and manages strategic partners and vendor relationships. He earned the Certified Meeting Professional designation in 2019 and the Digital Event Strategist certification in 2020. Recently, Christopher has taken the exciting step to enroll in the Harvard Extension School and is working towards a graduate certificate in Marketing Management and Digital Strategy. 
INTERNATIONAL NEWS: The Root Cause of Migration from Guatemala
Rotary Club of San Francisco Members Heidi Kuhn and Tucker Kuhn, mother and son, embarked upon a Roots of Peace mission from July 24 to August 4, 2021 in the Western Highlands of Guatemala to determine the "root" cause of migration to the U.S. Border. They traveled to the remote regions of San Marcos, Huehuetenango, and Quiché — the regions with the highest concentration of "out migration" among youth under the age of 30 years old. 
Heidi Kuhn, CEO, Roots of Peace, partnered with ABC 7 News to provide exclusive news footage featuring the plight of families who live on less than an average of $5 per day. The ABC 7 News segment will air in early September 2021.  
Alex Omoko joined our Club on April 14, 2020. He works for a non-profit that focuses on the undermined communities as well as the homeless population. Alex has been married for eight years to his wife Ajiri. Together, they have four children ranging in age from eight to three: an 8-year-old, a 5-year-old, and a pair of 3-year-old twins. Some of his hobbies include reading, traveling, and spending quality time with his family. Alex had visited different Rotary clubs in the Bay Area, but he joined our Club because of the way he was welcomed and received by every member of our Club, especially then president Casey Blair.

Editor's Note: In this column, we invite a new member in our Club to share with us. Please join me in welcoming this new member the next time you see him in person at any of our events.
A Mission To Build a Hunger-Free Future
Food insecurity affects children, seniors, and their families, and the pandemic has exacerbated the problem 1. This year, over 42 million people may experience food insecurity, possibly including 13 million children 2.

The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank has a mission to build a hunger-free future and distributes food at over 307 pantries in the San Francisco and Marin areas. They provide access to nutritious foods including over 50 types of fruits and vegetables, education on how to prepare healthy meals on a budget, and they also advocate for policy reform on local, state, and national levels to assist people at risk of hunger. Last year, the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank provided 80.2 million pounds of food to people in need.
LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS August 17, 2021: District Governor Danielle Lallement
President Mary Liu (Real Estate: Sales | JM Real Estate Group) called the meeting to order at 12:15 PM.
Visiting Rotarians and Special Guests
In today's audience were the following visiting Rotarians: District Governor Danielle Lallement from the Rotary Club of San Francisco Evening who is also today's speaker, Assistant Governor Liz Mark from the Rotary Club of San Francisco Chinatown, and Karen Schmautz from the Rotary Club of Indian Rocks Beach in Florida. Additional guests attending in person included: Greg Grundstrom, Molly Schmautz, and Jackie Herrin. 
Upcoming Events
E-MEETING August 24, 2021:  Doug Lloyd, Mobility Trends and the Future of Transportation

Doug Lloyd will present an overview of the state of electric vehicles, the state of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), autonomous vehicles (AVs), and the technologies behind them. Advanced registration required. Connection instructions will be provided to all who register.

SERVICE PROJECT August 30, 2021: Distributing Personal Safety Alarms to Asian Seniors
Volunteers (limited to six) needed to distribute personal safety alarms to 150 Asian Seniors. If you speak or know of someone who speaks Cantonese, Toisan, or Mandarin, that would be helpful but not required to volunteer. All volunteers are required to wear a facial mask covering both nose and mouth at all times.
CLUB SOCIAL September 1, 2021: SF Giants vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Bring your family and friends as well as fellow Rotarians to a night out at the ballpark! Root for the San Francisco Giants as they take on the Milwaukee Brewers! The first pitch is at 6:45 PM. Tickets are limited; so purchase tickets soon.
ROTARY LUNCHEON September 7, 2021: Jaxon Van Derbeken and How Investigative Reporters Do Their Research
A gas explosion in a residential neighborhood. A tilting highrise. Broken bolts on a new bridge. When man-made "stuff" goes wrong, Jaxon Van Derbeken is there to investigate. He will explain the common thread that runs through seemingly unrelated man-made disasters, and how he unravels it to tell stories that are informative, compelling. and possibly groundbreaking journalism. 
VOCATIONAL MEETING September 9, 2021: Fellowship and Business Networking
Join members of the Rotary Club of San Francisco and friends for vocational fellowship and business networking. This is an opportunity to share your occupation with your fellow Rotarians and how we can possibly support you. The evening includes a cash bar offering beverages and appetizers. Advanced registration required.
ROTARY LUNCHEON September 14, 2021: Laurie Thomas and 2020 in the Rearview Mirror and the Road Ahead for the SF Restaurant Industry
Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic, the San Francisco restaurant industry endured endless policy changes including closures, capacity limits, and mask enforcement, all while trying to keep their employees safe and trying to survive. Laurie Thomas will discuss the lessons and opportunities of the past 18 months and the path and challenges moving forward.
SERVICE PROJECT September 17, 2021: Distributing Personal Safety Alarms to Asian Seniors
Volunteers (limited to six) needed to distribute personal safety alarms to 150 Asian Seniors. If you speak or know of someone who speaks Cantonese, Toisan, or Mandarin, that would be helpful but not required to volunteer. All volunteers are required to wear a facial mask covering both nose and mouth at all times.
SERVICE PROJECT September 20, 2021: Delivering Meals for The Arc San Francisco
Drivers needed to pick up pre-packaged meals at The Arc San Francisco and deliver to individual residences of Arc participants who are experiencing food insecurity. Exact directions will be provided when you pick up the meals. Hand delivery of meals must occur between 4 PM and 5:30 PM in advance of the Monday Night Dinner Club with Friends Like Me via Zoom to be held on the first and third Monday of each month.
ROTARY LUNCHEON September 21, 2021: John Mathers and Building RCAT to Tackle Climate Change
John Mathers will tell us what he did to help create the RCAT Network and give us an overview of the climate crisis along with the issues and actions that will make a difference. 
SERVICE PROJECT September 25, 2021: Rotary Meadow Restoration
Come and enjoy nature, fresh air, and fellowship while helping Sutro Stewards weed and restore Rotary Meadow - a garden of native plants our Club planted at the summit of Mount Sutro in 2004. Participation is limited to a maximum of 20 members of our Club. Advanced registration is required.