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San Francisco
Hotel Nikko
Carmel Meeting Room (3rd Floor)
222 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States of America

Laine HendricksIn the age of social media and a 24-hour news cycle, government and public health entities found themselves batting both a virus and an “infodemic” – an overabundance of information (including misinformation and disinformation), causing distress, and making it difficult for people to find trustworthy and reliable guidance to make informed decisions. It suddenly became Laine’s job to be Marin’s public-facing expert on COVID-19 – the person who would explain the sustainable behavior changes required to mitigate the impact of the virus. She had to learn a great deal about public health and epidemiology so she could credibly alleviate panic and encourage appropriate action – including adapting to new concepts like “social distancing” and adhering to novel “shelter in place” orders - when swift, clear and accurate communication was critical.

Laine Hendricks has 15+ years’ experience in public relations, supporting public, nonprofit and not-for-profit organizations focused on social service, health care, and environmental causes.  She has been with Marin County government since 2016. Laine served as our 2014-2015 Club President, and will serve as our District Governor in the 2023-2024 Rotary year.

This is a regular membership meeting of the Rotary Club of San Francisco, open to all Rotarians, visiting Rotarians, prospective members, and guests.

Meeting Schedule:

12:00 Noon  Registration & Networking
12:15 PM (sharp!)  Meeting begins (club business followed by keynote speaker)
1:30 PM  Meeting adjourns


A three-course lunch will be served. The price is $45, with old tickets for lunch from the Sir Francis Drake accepted as a partial payment of $35. If you require a vegetarian, gluten free, or vegan lunch, please email President Mary.

Remote attendance via Zoom is available at no charge. Register here for Zoom attendance only

For in-person attendees: Please note that once President Mary provides the headcount to the Hotel Nikko on the Friday before our Tuesday meeting, we will be billed for that count regardless of whether you show or not. Therefore, it is important to let her know if you are unable to attend after registering, but no later than Sunday night. If you are a no-show without notifying her ahead of time, the Club will be billed the cost of the meal and will have to pass the cost down to you. We hope to not have to do this.

Proof of Vaccination and Masks Required

To maximize the health and safety of Rotarians, guests, speakers, staff at the Hotel Nikko (where we meet), and those who may potentially be in a high-risk category for complications due to COVID-19, the Rotary Club of San Francisco REQUIRES all members and guests, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a face covering mask during the meeting except while eating.

On August 12, 2021, the City and County of San Francisco placed proof of COVID-19 vaccination on patrons entering establishments where food/beverages are served. Acceptable proofs of vaccination include the CDC vaccination card, a physical or digital copy of that card, documentation from a healthcare provider, or a personal digital COVID-19 vaccination record issued by the State of California. Businesses subject to this new requirement must cross check proof of full vaccination against each patron’s photo identification. 

The Club believes that these policies are consistent with Rotary's Four-Way Test as well as with the current guidelines of the CDC and the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.