March 8, 2020
From the Club Blog
A Message from the President
Dear Members and Friends of the Rotary Club of San Francisco:

In response to the San Francisco Department of Public Health's announcement to limit outings and avoid large gatherings to disrupt the spread of the coronavirus and protect community health, we have had to cancel luncheons and other events in March 2020. I am quite sad to not be able to see all of my Rotary friends and share in the wonderful community service, youth leadership, and international projects for which our Club is known. In addition, we all are missing the social aspect and camaraderie that Rotary builds and fosters among its members! I’m especially sad to not enjoy everyone’s company on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 when we would have held a Town Hall, presented some very special awards with the help of our District, enjoyed a special meal for St. Patrick’s Day, and celebrated my daughter Emmy’s birthday!
LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS March 3, 2020:  Sunny Schwartz
President Casey Blair (Financial Services: Private Trading | KCB Trading LLC) introduced several visiting Rotarians, including Jeanne Gnuse from New Canaan, CT, who is in San Francisco visiting for another month; and Donna Collins from Anesbury, MA, who has been a Rotarian for 32 years.
Diaper Bag Assembly:  Small Group Makes a Big Difference
In a time when we must avoid large gatherings, one small group bravely came out to make a big difference. On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, John Dean and friend Quincy Yu, Kevin Leong, Tricia Tran and her friend Rachael Rhree, along with coordinator Emily Borland stuffed diaper bags for the Homeless Prenatal Program (HPP) in San Francisco. HPP is a non-profit providing prenatal care, newborn care, and parenting classes to expectant and new parents, most of whom are “housing challenged” or dealing with housing insecurity (“couch-surfing,” single-room occupancy hotel rooms, homeless shelters, transitional housing, etc.).
Upcoming Events
Dinner Club at The Arc: March 16, 2020
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. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. PLEASE CHECK BACK IN APRIL 2020.
ROTARY LUNCHEON March 17, 2020:  A Town Hall to Connect the World, Our Club, and You and Awards Ceremony
Learn about the great work being done in your name by our Club in this update on how our many service projects are making a difference in San Francisco and around the world. Get the info you want during the Q&A session. And be there to appreciate members who will be given special awards by leaders of Rotary District 5150. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED.
ROTARY 101 March 17, 2020
Dan Joraanstad, Vice President of Membership, 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! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED.
Baby Showers for Homeless Prenatal Program: March 19, 2020
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. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED.
Rotary District Learning & Leadership Development Assembly: March 21, 2020
Everyone involved in Rotary leadership should attend this annual assembly to learn how to work effectively under the leadership of District Governor-Elect Mary Bates. Come also to cheer on our President-Elect JT Forbus as he embarks on his year as our President. This event is a must for all committee chairs and incoming leaders. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED.
ROTARY LUNCHEON March 24, 2020: World Wide Rotary Day
World Wide Rotary Day honors the San Francisco Consular Corps as the special guests of the Rotary Club of San Francisco. One of the most popular programs on our Club's annual calendar, WWRD was founded in 1997 to recognize our Club's international service activities and the support of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. This year, we will feature a distinguished panel of leaders connecting the world to discuss three of Rotary International’s pillars that benefit the climate: fighting disease; providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene; and growing local economies. As always, many members of the Consular Corps of San Francisco will attend as our guests.
Please RSVP well in advance so we can be sure to have enough seats for all who want to attend. NO WALK-INS WILL BE ALLOWED AT THIS EVENT.
SERVICE PROJECT April 1, 2020:  SFPD Sock Delivery
Join us to deliver socks to San Francisco Police Department’s homeless outreach team. We will meet with the SFPD at 850 Bryant at 5:30 PM. After our brief conversation, we will walk over to the Mars Bar for a bite to eat and more conversation. 
ROTARY LUNCHEON April 7, 2020:  Patricia Frost, Children and Disaster:  Being Aware and Prepared
The needs of children are often not part of routine disaster planning and preparedness. Patricia Frost, Vice Chair of the National Pediatric Disaster Coalition, will highlight what has been learned during 9-11, H1N1, Katrina, Sandy Hook, wildfires, and earthquake events and how efforts to create emergency medical systems of care for children may be able to make the critical difference.
ROTARY LUNCHEON April 14, 2020:  Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Bias on the Web
The Web is the most powerful communication medium and the largest public data repository that humankind has created. Ricardo Baeza-Yates will discuss the different biases that affect all of us on the Web. Awareness is the first step to be able to fight and reduce the vicious cycle of web bias.