Posted by Kelly Stieglitz on Oct 17, 2019
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President Casey Blair (Financial Services: Private Trading | Feis Options) welcomed 43 members and 7 guests to today’s Club luncheon. The guests included a visiting Rotarian from Germany; a visiting Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Palo Alto University; Past District Governor Mark Flegel from the Rotary Club of Menlo Park and his wife, Shirley, founder of the Rotary Club of Taipei Precious Love; Valentina Sacchi, a law student at the University of San Francisco and this year’s recipient of a Global Grant; and Chris Eggers and Tricia Tran who are both prospective members.
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES October 8, 2019: Lewis Loeven Kelly Stieglitz 2019-10-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dora Dye on Oct 13, 2019
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On Saturday, October 12, 2019, District 5150 offered course No. 4 of the series of Master Potential Rotary Leaders Seminars (PRLS) designed by Rotarians to teach Rotarians skills and techniques as they prepare to assume leadership roles in their Clubs. Michael Ford and Richard Swart facilitated the class.
 
The course covered leadership development. Participants were given an opportunity to learn about and identify their own leadership style. They also learned how to communicate, how to lead and motivate volunteers, how to manage time, how to set goals, and how to establish a strategic plan in a Rotary club.
Club Members Complete Master PRLS 4 Dora Dye 2019-10-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dora Dye on Oct 06, 2019
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District 5150 held a Bike & Hike to End Polio on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the Point Reyes National Seashore. Rotarians from all over the District and even non-Rotarians met at the Bear Valley Picnic Area to check in and then either choose a trail to hike or participate in the 33-mile supported bike ride on public roads through the rolling hills of West Marin. No matter what you chose, you got a great workout.
Bike & Hike to End Polio Now Dora Dye 2019-10-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dora Dye on Oct 06, 2019
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Scott Plakun has been the editor of Grindings and our webmaster for over four years. Having held the ultimate job in the Club – that of president in 2009-2010, Scott did not have to do any more, but he saw the need and stepped up to serve in Club communications and on the Board again. By the time you read this, Scott will have stepped down to pursue other Rotary projects. We would like to take this moment to thank Scott wholeheartedly for his dedication and non-stop work during his tenure. Every week no matter where he was, he would have to carve out some time to work on our communication tools. Says president Casey Blair, "It's impossible to tally the numerous ways Scott has touched so many aspects of the Club in a positive way."
Change in Communications Personnel Dora Dye 2019-10-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Gallagher on Oct 04, 2019
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President Casey Blair (Financial Services: Private Trading | Feis Options) began the meeting by welcoming a visiting Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Palo Alto University, who is checking which Rotary Clubs in San Francisco are potential fits for his son.
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES October 1, 2019: Fire Chief Nicholson Pat Gallagher 2019-10-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janine Padilla on Sep 29, 2019
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On September 12, 2019, Rotarians gathered together in North Beach for a cocktail launch party for an upcoming fundraising event, “Fund the Future”, a benefit for Rotary’s new Youth Action Leadership Program for Students (ALPS). Co-chairs John Mathers and Janine Padilla as well as Lynn Luckow, Vice President of Youth Leadership, hosted this cocktail event.
Fund the Future Kick-off Cocktail Party Recap Janine Padilla 2019-09-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dora Dye on Sep 25, 2019
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ROTARY CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO
 
The Board of the Rotary Club of San Francisco met on August 27, 2019; a quorum was present. In addition to the Board, Club member Susan Dean was present.
 
President Casey announced that Rotary International President Mark Maloney will be in San Francisco to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter in June 2020 and plans to visit our Club then.
 
The Board reviewed and approved the minutes for July 30, 2019 prepared by Secretary Dora Dye.
August 2019 Board Highlights Dora Dye 2019-09-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Dean on Sep 22, 2019
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On the evening of Tuesday, September 10, 2019, eight members of our Club met at Hoogasian Flowers to stuff diaper bags for expectant, homeless mothers. The diaper bags containing hygiene kits, clothing, towels, and blankets crocheted by Susan Dean were then distributed two days later at two baby showers organized by the San Francisco Homeless Prenatal Program (HPP).
Diaper Bag Assembly and Baby Showers for Homeless Prenatal Program John Dean 2019-09-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Brunner on Sep 20, 2019
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President Casey Blair (Financial Services: Private Trading | Feis Options) called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone at 12:15PM. Visiting Rotarians from as far away as Mongolia and Kentucky were introduced as well as guests of members.
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES September 17, 2019: Asylum Tom Brunner 2019-09-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Logan on Sep 18, 2019
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We welcomed a visiting Rotarian from Calcutta, India and another visiting Rotarian from Scottsdale who was making his second visit and is interested in joining our Club as he and his wife have recently moved here.
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES September 10, 2019: Wikimedia Peter Logan 2019-09-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Connor Krone on Sep 12, 2019
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The Rotary Club of San Francisco energizes and inspires young leaders ages 12-18 by supporting Interact Clubs. Interact Clubs teach leadership skills and the value of service, while offering opportunities for social engagement.
 
Here is a fun fact about Interact: There are 12,300 Interact Clubs in the world, including the three our Club supports at Lowell High School, George Washington High School, and St. Ignatius College Preparatory.
Interact Update Connor Krone 2019-09-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann Daugherty on Sep 10, 2019
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On Saturday, September 7, 2019, Club members Christopher Wiseman, Ann Daugherty, president Casey Blair and his daughter, Bill Poppen, Dan Joraanstad, Bob Hermann, and Harold Hoogasian met at Mt. Sutro to be instructed and guided by the Sutro Stewards on how to clear and weed around our historic Rotary marker while protecting the native flora. What started off as a cool and foggy day (perfect weather for gardening) turned into a warm and welcoming afternoon. 
Saturday at Rotary Meadow Ann Daugherty 2019-09-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Frank Yoke on Sep 02, 2019
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Don’t miss your chance to win a gift card by making a pledge or a donation to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International (TRF) during the District 5150 Every Rotarian Every Year campaign.
 
Whether or not you win, you’re donating to a great cause! The Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of Rotary International, supports humanitarian projects to promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water and sanitation, save mothers and children, support basic education, and grow local economies across the globe. 
District Raffle for The Rotary Foundation Frank Yoke 2019-09-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Daniel Joraanstad on Sep 01, 2019
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About 25 enthusiastic members of our Club met up at the Oakland Coliseum on Sunday, August 26, 2019 along with six other Rotary Clubs from two Rotary Districts for a tailgate and the Bay Bridge Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A's. The bet was on as to which one of the Rotary Clubs would go home with a check for its Foundation.
 
Bay Bridge Series Daniel Joraanstad 2019-09-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by JT Forbus on Aug 31, 2019
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The Rotary Club of San Francisco is seeking candidates for the following positions in 2020-2021:
 
  • President-Elect Nominee to serve as Club President in 2021-2022.
  • Vice President of International Service.
  • Vice President of Membership.
  • Vice President of Development.
  • Vice President of Community Service.
  • Vice President of Youth Service.
 
In addition, our Club has an immediate need for a Vice President of Vocational Service. Once confirmed, the VP of Vocational Service will begin to serve right away.
 
All candidates must be active members of the Club in good standing. Please submit your nominations and questions to President-Elect JT Forbus.
Call for Candidates to Serve on the Board JT Forbus 2019-08-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dora Dye on Aug 28, 2019
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ROTARY CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO
 
The Board of the Rotary Club of San Francisco met on July 30, 2019; a quorum was present. In addition to the Board, Club members Terry Pickering and Stephanie Schmautz were present.
 
The Board reviewed upcoming events for August 2019. Rhonda Poppen announced that the community-based Rotaract Club is looking for speakers, and she had agreed to be a speaker. Dan Joraanstad said that he would invite San Francisco State University, one of our Club's corporate members, to participate in the Rotary Meadow clean-up on September 7.
 
July 2019 Board Highlights Dora Dye 2019-08-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Daniel Joraanstad on Aug 28, 2019
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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 September 10, 2019:
 
Evan Fu (Event Planning | Socialhaus)
Carlos Infante (Banking: Management | Chase Bank)
 
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about these proposed new members.
Membership News: September 2019 Daniel Joraanstad 2019-08-28 07:00:00Z 0
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES August 13, 2019: Zak Franet John Dean 2019-08-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dora Dye on Aug 17, 2019
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Potential Rotary Leaders Seminars (PRLS) are a series of courses designed by Rotarians to teach Rotarians skills and techniques as they prepare to assume leadership roles in their Clubs. The program was developed by Betsy Koefoed, Bill Koefoed, and Michael Ford, all former members of our Club. Those who complete Basic PRLS can go on to complete the Master PRLS series of five courses.
 
Club Members Complete PRLS 3 Dora Dye 2019-08-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Timothy Hornbecker on Aug 16, 2019
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Rotary Twilight Golf has been a favorite pastime of our Club for several years. On the second and fourth Thursday of each month in the summer and fall, Club members gather to play nine holes at Harding Park's Fleming Executive Course. Harding Park is part of the PGA Tour's Tournament Players Club network of courses.
 
This year's players are Tim Hornbecker, Leah Masuda, Michael Petricca, Tyler Sterk (before he moved to San Diego), Clif Thomas, and Frank Yoke. The players compete for the coveted Golf Trophy. The leader as of August 8, 2019 is Leah.
Rotarians at Golf Timothy Hornbecker 2019-08-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Dean on Aug 14, 2019
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President Casey Blair (Financial Services: Private Trading | Feis Options) welcomed Karen Schmautz, mother of Eric Schmautz (Banking: Management | Wells Fargo). Karen is a member of the Rotary Club of Indian Rocks in Florida.
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES August 6, 2019: SF Rec and Park John Dean 2019-08-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hermann on Aug 11, 2019
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On August 10, 2019, Bob Hermann, Dan Joraanstad, Sunny Singh, Phyllis Nusz, and Frank Yoke from our Club attended the District Learning and Leadership Development Seminar about The Rotary Foundation held at the Bay Model in Sausalito. The enthusiasm in the room was clearly evidenced by a full room of attendees from District 5150.
 
Seminar on The Rotary Foundation Bob Hermann 2019-08-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carrie Condran LaBriola on Aug 06, 2019
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After a career in finance and accounting, Gary “Buck” Dales says he’s now “dedicating myself to Rotary.” On July 1, he began a two-year term as Treasurer on the Board of the Rotary Club of San Francisco.
BOARD MEMBER PROFILE: Gary "Buck" Dales Carrie Condran LaBriola 2019-08-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Dean on Aug 05, 2019
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President Casey Blair (Financial Services: Private Trading | Feis Options) opened the meeting by welcoming Jagpal Sran, President-elect of the Rotary Club of San Rafael Evening. She is visiting Rotary Clubs in the area in preparation for her upcoming term as president of her Club.
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES July 23, 2019: Buck Institute John Dean 2019-08-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Dean on Jul 30, 2019
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President Casey Blair (Financial Services: Private Trading | Feis Options) opened the meeting and welcomed several visiting Rotarians. Brent Cunningham, a member of our Club from 2012 to 2016, was visiting from Reno, NV where he is a member of the Reno Central Club.
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES July 16, 2019: Merola Opera John Dean 2019-07-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dora Dye on Jul 30, 2019
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President Rhonda Poppen called the final Board meeting of Rotary Year 2018-2019 to order at 12:01 PM on June 25, 2019 at The Carlisle in San Francisco. Present were Jim Bradley, David Dye, Dan Joraanstad, Lynn Luckow, John Mathers, Kathryn McCall, Luis Moran, Scott Plakun, Sacha Shashi, Frank Yoke, Gary Dales, John Dean, Dora Dye, and Michael Petricca. Club Secretary Luis Moran recorded the minutes.
 
June 2019 Board Report Dora Dye 2019-07-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dora Dye on Jul 30, 2019
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Over 30 Rotarians and guests gathered around the fire pit swing at the SPARK Social in San Francisco for an evening of fellowship, gourmet food and beverage from the trucks on site, and a chance to roast s'mores.
 
Fun at SPARK Social SF Dora Dye 2019-07-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Daniel Joraanstad on Jul 23, 2019
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Announcing the Membership Contest Winner!
On July 23, the winner of Membership’s “Big Island Is Calling” contest was revealed. The award went to the person who introduced the most new members to the Rotary Club of San Francisco between January 1 and June 30, 2019. The winner by a landslide was Pam Hudson, who introduced four new people into the Club. Pam receives the week-long stay in Kona, Hawaii, courtesy of Harold Hoogasian. Congratulations, Pam, and thank you for moving our Club forward with vigor. A special thanks to Harold who has been very generous with the Club in supplying his Hawaiian home as a prize.
Membership Corner: July 2019 Daniel Joraanstad 2019-07-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dora Dye on Jul 21, 2019
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Potential Rotary Leaders Seminars (PRLS) are a series of courses designed by Rotarians to teach Rotarians skills and techniques as they prepare to assume leadership roles in their Clubs. The program was developed by Betsy Koefoed, Bill Koefoed, and Michael Ford, all former members of our Club.

Club Members Complete Basic PRLS Dora Dye 2019-07-21 07:00:00Z 0
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES July 9, 2019: Welcome President Casey! John Dean 2019-07-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dora Dye on Jun 30, 2019
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Since 2015, our Club has sponsored the Heroes’ Voices poetry and music program annually. For those of you unfamiliar with Heroes’ Voices, it is a program that connects Veterans to each other and offers workshops to engage them in music and poetry as a means of relief from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries. Heroes’ Voices also offers a program that provides Veterans with free guitars and free guitar lessons.
 
Heroes' Voices Presents The Soldier's Journey Dora Dye 2019-06-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dora Dye on Jun 29, 2019
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The May Board meeting was held on the evening of May 28, 2019 at the home of President Rhonda Poppen and Bill Poppen. Present were Rhonda Poppen, David Dye, Jim Bradley, Sacha Shashi, Scott Plakun, Lynn Luckow, JT Forbus, Casey Blair, Frank Yoke, Kathryn McCall (via phone conference), Gary Dales, and Dora Dye. Bill Poppen participated during the membership portion of the meeting. Secretary-elect Dora Dye recorded the minutes as Club Secretary Luis Moran was absent.
May 2019 Board Report Dora Dye 2019-06-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dora Dye on Jun 29, 2019
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Over 30 Rotarians and guests, half a dozen children, and two dogs joined President Rhonda Poppen at her celebration picnic on Saturday, June 22, 2019 in Sunnyside Playground and Park.
 
Celebration Picnic for President Rhonda Dora Dye 2019-06-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Daniel Joraanstad on Jun 25, 2019
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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 July 16, 2019:
 
Terry Pickering (Financial Services | Retired)
Paul Robertson (Real Estate: Sales | Keller Williams)
Warren Sheets (Interior Design | Warren Sheets Design)
 
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about these proposed new members.
Membership News: June 2019 Daniel Joraanstad 2019-06-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Dean on Jun 21, 2019
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President Rhonda Poppen (Grant Writing | GRANTdog) welcomed members and a number of guests and visiting Rotarians to the final meeting of the 2018-19 Rotary year (and the last meeting of her term of office). Rhonda gave a special “welcome back” to members Eric Walter (Information Technology: Software | Apple) and Carla Walter (Arts Therapy | Dance in the Spirit), who are back in the Bay Area after Carla’s out-of-town work assignment.
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES June 18, 2019: Debunking Rhonda John Dean 2019-06-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Daniel Joraanstad on Jun 17, 2019
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New Members: In June 2019, we inducted four new members. Please reach out, say hello, and get to know our newest members.
 
Membership Corner: June 2019 Daniel Joraanstad 2019-06-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carrie Condran LaBriola on Jun 16, 2019
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Dr. Lily Muldoon says “it’s never too late to sign up” for the Rotary service trip she’s leading to Kenya in November. So far, she’s recruited four members of the Rotary Club of San Francisco and four more from Rotary Clubs in Colorado. The group will be in Kenya on Worldwide AIDS Day, doing health screenings and HIV awareness training.
MEMBER PROFILE: Lily Muldoon Carrie Condran LaBriola 2019-06-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Dean on Jun 15, 2019
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On June 13, approximately 20 mothers-to-be attended the morning shower (for Spanish-speaking moms) and 11 attended the afternoon (English-speaking) shower. Two moms delivered last week and two more went into labor on the morning of the showers... so attendance was impacted!
Report from HPP: June 11 & 13, 2019 John Dean 2019-06-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Dean on Jun 15, 2019
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President Rhonda Poppen (Grant Writing | GRANTdog) welcomed members and a number of guests and visiting Rotarians to the meeting. She presented a series of photographs submitted by Club members who attended the recent Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, Germany. Stephanie Schmautz (Elder Care and Senior Services | The Carlisle) reported that the convention was a wonderful experience, and noted that many Club members are still in Europe, having added post-convention trips. Rhonda urged members to begin thinking about next year’s convention, slated for June 6-10, 2020 in Honolulu. Earlybird registration, with substantial discounts, closes soon. Check the Rotary International website for registration details, and hotel deals.
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES June 11, 2019: Astronomy John Dean 2019-06-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Dean on Jun 10, 2019
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President-Elect Casey Blair (Financial Services: Private Trading|Feis Options) led this week’s meeting in the beautiful Starlight Room atop the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. Casey welcomed several visiting Rotarians, including our guest speaker, Dr. Jack Higgins, a long-time Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Los Altos. He also welcomed several visitors, including Tim Joehuk, from the Northern Germany Information Office in San Francisco; Lindsay Ward from the Arthritis Foundation; and Vonn Buckley and Mark Smolincki from Ending Pandemics.
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES June 4, 2019: HIV John Dean 2019-06-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Plakun on Jun 05, 2019
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After Jack Higgins spoke to our Club about the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project, many Club members expressed interest in seeing the Los Altos Story video that was produced by the Los Altos Club in 1989. You can find it here.
The Los Altos Story Video Scott Plakun 2019-06-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stacey Poole on Jun 03, 2019
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On May 30th, about 30 Rotarians and their guests were treated to a night under the stars at the San Francisco State University Planetarium. Our lecturer was Adrienne Cool, a member of our Club, professor in the Astronomy Department, and director of the Charles F. Hagar Planetarium. 
Our Visit to Outer Space: May 30, 2019 Stacey Poole 2019-06-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carrie Condran LaBriola on May 27, 2019
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John Dean, who will join the Rotary Club of San Francisco Board on July 1 as Vice President of Public Relations, calls himself “a Bay Area lifer.” Born in Oakland, he grew up in the East Bay and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, where he met his wife, Susan, who is also a member of the Club. While Susan finished her nursing degree, John earned a law degree at UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, then opened a law office in Oakland where he lived out his dream as a criminal defense attorney. Under the mentorship of several experienced trial attorneys, he was able to get “a lot of very practical experience in state and federal courts in Northern California.”
BOARD MEMBER PROFILE: John Dean Carrie Condran LaBriola 2019-05-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dora Dye on May 27, 2019
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This year’s annual District 5150 Conference was held in Reno, Nevada on May 17-19, 2019 along with three other Rotary districts; hence, it was called the Rotary 4-Way Fest and brought in over 800 attendees. Our Club was well represented at the Conference by Cecile Chiquette, Jeanne-Marie Cresalia, David and Dora Dye, Laine Hendricks, Heidi Kuhn, Mary Liu, Lynn Luckow, Donna-Lee Rubin, Eric and Stephanie Schmautz and their daughters, Molly and Katie, and Anita Stangl.
Our Club Shines at the Rotary 4-Way Fest Dora Dye 2019-05-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lily Muldoon on May 23, 2019
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Several Club members have signed up for our service trip to Mfganano Island in Kenya, and some important details have been finalized:
 
  • The trip will take place November 27-December 2, 2019.
  • On World AIDS Day, December 1, we will be working in partnership with the Rotary Club of Mfangano Island to host a youth soccer tournament, health screenings and HIV/AIDS awareness activities.
It's not too late to join us!
Update on Kenya Service Opportunity: November 27-December 2, 2019 Lily Muldoon 2019-05-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Daniel Joraanstad on May 23, 2019
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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 June 4, 2019:
 
Neeraj Miglani (Restaurant: Management | Zingari Ristorante)
Kelly Stieglitz (Nonprofit Management | Clinton Health Access Initiative)
Uli Suedbeck (Governmental Relations | German Consulate General)
Frank Vollbehr (Engineering, Architecture, and Construction)
 
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about these proposed new members.
Membership News: May, 2019 Daniel Joraanstad 2019-05-23 07:00:00Z 0
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES May 14, 2019 - StrEat Food John Dean 2019-05-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Daniel Joraanstad on May 14, 2019
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New Members: Our Club is growing once again. In April 2019, we inducted two new members; in May, we inducted four. Please reach out, say hello, and get to know our newest members.
 
Membership Corner: April-May 2019 Daniel Joraanstad 2019-05-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Lan on May 08, 2019
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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.
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES April 23, 2019: Place Lab Brian Lan 2019-05-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Emily Borland on May 06, 2019
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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.
A Look at our Partnership with Homeless Prenatal Program Emily Borland 2019-05-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Dye on May 02, 2019
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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.
Report from RYLA 2019 David Dye 2019-05-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Lan on May 02, 2019
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President Rhonda Poppen opened the meeting by welcoming visiting Rotarians from Finland and Honduras. The visitor from Honduras is the father of Sophia Valverde (Consulate Management; Consulate of Honduras). We also had several visitors from Support for Families of Children with Disabilities (“SFCD”) in San Francisco.
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES April 16, 2019: Melissa Galliani Brian Lan 2019-05-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Daniel Joraanstad on Apr 30, 2019
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In accordance with our Club Bylaws, I am pleased to announce that the Board has accepted the nomination of these new members:
 
Janet Krahling (Real Estate – Sales; Compass)
Mary Liu (Real Estate – Sales; Vanguard Properties / JM Real Estate Group)
Maureen O’Shea (Governmental Relations; Retired)
Migena Schroeder (Law – International; Albanian Eagle Security System (AESS))
 
We plan to induct these members at our May 14, 2019 luncheon meeting. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about these proposed new members.
Membership News: April 2019 Daniel Joraanstad 2019-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Lan on Apr 24, 2019
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President Rhonda Poppen opened the meeting by welcoming visiting Rotarians from Miami Springs, San Leandro, and China. A number of prospective new members were also in attendance.
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES April 9, 2019: ACT Brian Lan 2019-04-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Lan on Apr 24, 2019
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President Rhonda Poppen opened the meeting by reviewing the Rotary “Four-Way Test”. 
 
President Rhonda then provided updates on several events held last month, including:
  • The Homeless Prenatal Program (“HPP”) Diaper Bag Assembly on March 12, and the HPP Baby Showers on March 14. Rhonda thanked Susan Dean (Health Care Management; Retired) for crocheting over thirty baby blankets which were distributed by HPP to expectant mothers.
  • The “Welcome to the Club” Party on March 13, hosted by Dan Joraanstad (Financial Management; Retired).
  • The District Assembly on March 16, where President-Elect Casey Blair (Foreign Equity Trading; Feis Options) was introduced as San Francisco Rotary Club’s incoming president.
  • The tour of the Haas-Lilienthal House on March 26.
  • The Needle Walk Service Project on March 30.
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES April 2, 2019: Club Assembly Brian Lan 2019-04-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dora Dye on Apr 21, 2019
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For the past 10 years, our Club has assembled new bikes and donated them to elementary school students in San Francisco. This year’s Annual Bike Build was held on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Bryant Elementary School in the Mission District. Sunny Singh was our leader in the Build. Long before Saturday, he had set up this event, obtained the necessary permit, ordered the bikes, and visited San Francisco schools to work with the administration and find the kids who would like to have a bike. Three cheers for Sunny!
Bike Build 2019 Dora Dye 2019-04-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jennifer Lee on Apr 17, 2019
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Managed by Lance Scott, Director of Arts, Recreation and Socialization at The Arc, the Monday Night Dinner Group is part of the “Friends Like Me” socialization program, where peers gather for group board games, movie nights, drama workshops, and a weekly dining club get together. The “Friends Like Me” program was established to help alleviate social isolation among people with autism and developmental disabilities.
 
 
Report from Dinner Club at The Arc: April 15, 2019 Jennifer Lee 2019-04-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carrie Condran LaBriola on Apr 13, 2019
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As he prepares to join the Board of the Rotary Club of San Francisco as Vice President for Club Service, Michael Petricca sees a natural partnership between his job as director of security for Academy of Art University and Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self.
 
“Both want to help kids and make the community better,” he says.
BOARD MEMBER PROFILE: Michael Petricca Carrie Condran LaBriola 2019-04-13 07:00:00Z 0
Dictionaries for Daniel Webster Elementary: April 5, 2019 Scott Plakun 2019-04-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dora Dye on Apr 09, 2019
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On Saturday, March 30, 2019, the Rotary clubs in San Francisco gathered at the Westfield Mall to do a needle and garbage clean-up. Representing the Rotary Club of San Francisco were President Rhonda Poppen, Bill Poppen, Anita Stangl, and Deborah Wakefield.
 
Here is a video clip of the group and their efforts to clean up our streets.
SERVICE PROJECT: Rotary Needle Walk, March 30, 2019 Dora Dye 2019-04-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Mathers on Apr 08, 2019
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On Thursday evening April 4, a number of Rotary Clubs from San Francisco and Oakland put on an event focused on entrepreneurs called the People of Action - Impact Series. Held at a wonderful Market Street venue provided by Wells Fargo, the evening was a great success, not only for the networking amongst attendees, both Rotarian and non-Rotarian, but for the experience of listening to entrepreneurs dedicated to supporting communities and our environment.
People of Action - Impact Series: April 4, 2019 John Mathers 2019-04-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dora Dye on Apr 02, 2019
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One of our ongoing service projects is support of the Homeless Prenatal Program. HPP offers services focused on housing, prenatal and parenting support, child development, family finances and stability, access to technology, domestic violence and substance abuse, family unification, and emergency support of basic needs.
Baby Showers at Homeless Prenatal Program Dora Dye 2019-04-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stacey Poole on Apr 01, 2019
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On March 26, 2019, 20 Rotarians and guests got a tour of the historic Haas-Lilienthal House by our very own member Christopher Wiseman.
 
 
Tour of Haas-Lilienthal House Stacey Poole 2019-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
Club Member Heidi Kuhn Featured in The Rotarian Magazine Scott Plakun 2019-03-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Plakun on Mar 26, 2019
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About 120 Rotarians, Consular Corps members, and friends brought great energy into the room for Worldwide Rotary Day. Special guests included District Governor Jayne Hulbert, District Governor-Elect Sue Rokaw, DGE, District Governor-Elect Nominee Mary Bates, and Mary's Chief of Staff Gary Chow, as well as Pablo Castro and Mary Steiner from the UN Association, and visiting Rotarians from other nearby Rotary Clubs and from Switzerland.
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES March 19, 2019: Worldwide Rotary Day Scott Plakun 2019-03-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dora Dye on Mar 25, 2019
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On Saturday, March 16, 2019, Rotarians in District 5150 gathered for the annual District Learning & Leadership Development Assembly. This was my first time as I had always had a work conflict in the past.
 
District Governor-Elect Sue Rokaw had chosen a nautical theme for the year 2019-20. Upon arrival, we were greeted by Rotarians in sailor outfits and hats. After checking in, we were handed the District pin in the shape of a sailboat for the incoming year, a program, and a list of breakout sessions.
 
DISTRICT ASSEMBLY: First Impressions Dora Dye 2019-03-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lily Muldoon on Mar 21, 2019
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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.
 
 
 
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE OPPORTUNITY in Kenya: November, 2019 Lily Muldoon 2019-03-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Daniel Joraanstad on Mar 14, 2019
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New Members: The March 2019 class of new members has been inducted. This is an impressive set of individuals. Some of the details about their background are highlighted below. Please reach out, say hello, and get to know our newest members.
 
March 2019 Membership Corner Daniel Joraanstad 2019-03-14 07:00:00Z 0
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES March 5, 2019: Youth Leadership Brian Lan 2019-03-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Plakun on Mar 13, 2019
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The Boards of the Rotary Club of San Francisco and Rotary Service met for a day-long retreat on Saturday, March 2. Those who are going off the board, those who are coming on to the board, and those who are staying on the board after June 30 all participated.
Report from March 2, 2019 Board Retreat Scott Plakun 2019-03-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Casey Blair on Mar 11, 2019
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If you have an idea for a great service project for our Club, and are looking for funds to help make it happen, now is the time to act!
 
Start by reading our Grant Overview and the Grant Request Form. Then reach out to the relevant service chair (Local Community, International, or Youth Leadership) with your ideas and questions. You'll find contact information for the service chairs here. All grant applications for the 2019-2020 Rotary Year need to be in the hands of the relevant service chairs by April 15, 2019.
It's Time for New Club Project Ideas Casey Blair 2019-03-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Plakun on Mar 07, 2019
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President Rhonda Poppen (Grant Writing; GRANTdog) welcomed about 70 Rotarians and friends. Many of today’s visitors said they had come specifically to hear the speaker, including a Rotarian from Germany who asked her to sign two copies of her recent book, one published in German and the other in English.
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES February 19, 2019: Arlie Hochschild Scott Plakun 2019-03-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hermann on Mar 03, 2019
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It was a rainy, foggy, and blustery day, but this didn’t stop volunteers from the Rotary Club of San Francisco in staffing the RotaCare booth this past Saturday at the Serramonte Mall. Present were Club members: Bob Hermann, Susan Dean, and guest Karen Tomczak. Also present were the Club’s Corporate members: Catholic Charities represented by Patty Clement Clark, Mike Clark, Jane Ferguson Flout, and Ross Lyon; and San Francisco State University represented by Destinee Lanns. From RotaCare was Regina Cruz.
Volunteering for RotaCare Bob Hermann 2019-03-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stacey Poole on Mar 03, 2019
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Eleven Rotarians and guests enjoyed an evening of bowling, food, and fellowship at Yerba Buena Bowl. President-elect Casey Blair had the highest score for two of the three games, while John Mathers tried to bet members that they couldn’t knock down an individual colored pin. It was a great opportunity for newer members and guests to mix and mingle with a few seasoned members and lots of fun was had by all. We hope to see you at a future social event!
Bowling for fun: February 26, 2019 Stacey Poole 2019-03-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Lan on Feb 28, 2019
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President Rhonda Poppen led today’s meeting, beginning with the introduction of a large number of distinguished Rotarians and visitors including District 5150 District Governor Jayne Hulbert, and Past District Governors Ron Gin, Chris Gallagher and Donna-Lee Young Rubin (Non-Profit Medical Services; Rotaplast), and District Governor-Elect Sue Rokaw. In addition, there were a number of Rotarians in attendance from the Greater Mission and Chinatown Clubs.
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES February 12, 2019: Emergency Services Day Brian Lan 2019-02-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Daniel Joraanstad on Feb 27, 2019
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In accordance with our Club Bylaws, I am pleased to announce that the Board has accepted the nomination of these new members:
 
Sonya Brunswick (Pastor; Greater Life Church)
Rachel Kantosky (Healthcare; UCSF Health)
Leah Masuda (Real Estate Sales; McGuire Real Estate)
Irena Matijas (Real Estate Sales; Alain Pinel Realtors)
Maurice Rivers (Non-profit Management; OMI Cultural Participation Project)
Christopher Wiseman (Non-Profit Management; Glaucoma Research Foundation)
 
We plan to induct these members at our March 12, 2019 luncheon meeting. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about these proposed new members.
Membership News: February 2019 Daniel Joraanstad 2019-02-27 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laura Burrus on Feb 25, 2019
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34 volunteers including Club members – Laura Burrus, Harold Hoogasian, Kathryn McCall, Lilian Tsi-Stielstra, and Scott Stielstra – braved an unpredictable, stormy Saturday to work at Rotary Meadow. Unfortunately, the weather did not permit any work at Rotary Meadow, but the volunteers were divided into three groups and tasked with clearing an area into which a kiosk will be built, planting, removing weeds, or clearing trails.
 
 
Service Project at Rotary Meadow Laura Burrus 2019-02-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Lan on Feb 20, 2019
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President-elect Casey Blair led today’s meeting. He welcomed visiting Rotarians from Turkey (Istanbul) and Rwanda. We were joined by several prospective new members. A number of guests were also in attendance from the Glaucoma Research Foundation and The Arc San Francisco.
 
President-elect Casey recapped several events from the past week. The “Mix and Mingle” social at the Academy of Art Automobile Museum on January 31 was very successful, with over 30 members and guests enjoying an opportunity to socialize amidst classic cars. The Super Bowl Party at the home of Lilian Tsi-Stielstra (Insurance Services; Wells Fargo Advisors) was a wonderful event (even though the game was a defensive struggle).
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES February 5, 2019 - Barbara Engdahl Brian Lan 2019-02-20 08:00:00Z 0
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES January 29, 2019 - Katelyn Cano Brian Lan 2019-02-15 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dora Dye on Feb 05, 2019
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Super Bowl LIII is now history, and so is our Super Bowl Pool. This year we raised $26,700 for The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. If you made a pledge but have not yet paid, please send a check to Fred Marschner payable to The Rotary Foundation – or click below to pay by credit card.
Super Bowl Pledges and Winners Dora Dye 2019-02-05 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dora Dye on Feb 05, 2019
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Many of you have asked how you can help the schools up here. We really appreciate everyone's support, kindness and generosity. I want you to know trucks of food, clothing and items are arriving to help us. For schools we need donations that our Foundation will give directly to teachers, administrators and staff so they don't have to worry about waiting for purchases. Please share this and thanks for everything--we feel your love!
 
An open letter from Tim Taylor, Superintendent, Butte County Office of Education Dora Dye 2019-02-05 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Lan on Jan 30, 2019
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More than 70 Rotarians and guests attended today's luncheon, including visiting Rotarians from Illinois and East Bay clubs, and guests from Alliance For Smiles, Catholic Charities, and The Salvation Army. President Rhonda introduced a friend of hers who was visiting today, Julia Pferdehirt from Because Justice Matters. After welcoming everyone, Rhonda went over several upcoming events including:
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES January 22, 2019: Jeff Kositsky, Homelessness in SF Brian Lan 2019-01-30 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Daniel Joraanstad on Jan 30, 2019
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Membership Contest:  On January 22, the winner of Membership’s “Big Island Is Calling” contest was revealed. The award went to the person who introduced the most new members to the Rotary Club of San Francisco between July 1 and December 31, 2018. The winner by a landslide was Marti Sullivan, who introduced five new people into the Club. She invited Catholic Charities to become a Corporate Member with five designees.  Marti receives the week-long stay in Kona Hawaii, courtesy of Harold Hoogasian. Congratulations, Marti, on your fine efforts in receiving this prize.
 
January 2019 Membership Corner Daniel Joraanstad 2019-01-30 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Daniel Joraanstad on Jan 28, 2019
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On the evening of January 8, 2019, Deborah Wakefield hosted a “Welcome to the Club” party at her spacious, early 20th century-styled apartment in Pacific Heights. Her lovely home put everyone in good spirits. Conversation among the 35+ new and prospective members was lively and grew more animated as the first hour of the cocktail party progressed. We enjoyed excellent wine and lots of good appetizers. 
 
Welcome to the Club Gathering Daniel Joraanstad 2019-01-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Lan on Jan 24, 2019
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More than 70 members and guests attended today's meeting, including visiting Rotarians from Tokyo and several local clubs.

President Rhonda welcomed everyone back for the new year. She shared photos from last week's New Member Event on January 8 and thanked Deborah Wakefield (Concierge Senior Care and Family Support) for hosting, and Anita Stangl (Non-profit Medical Services; Alliance for Smiles) and Daniel Joraanstad (Financial Management; Retired) for coordinating.
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES January 15, 2019: State of the Club Brian Lan 2019-01-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Plakun on Jan 18, 2019
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The Super Bowl Pool is our Club’s biggest 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.
 
2019 Super Bowl Pool: The Rotary Foundation Scott Plakun 2019-01-18 08:00:00Z 0
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The Club Board has determined that we must change the member prices for our luncheon meetings to better cover our costs. Beginning with the first meeting of the new year on January 15, 2019, prices will be:
 
  • $35 for members who register online in advance. Online registration closes at 5PM the day before each luncheon meeting.
  • $40 for members who do not register in advance.
Tickets already purchased at the 2018 prices will be accepted. The price for visitors remains $40.
 
Please contact JT Forbus (VP of Club Service) if you have any questions or concerns about this change.
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Posted by Brian Lan on Jan 07, 2019
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President Rhonda Poppen welcomed our guests and visitors, including Rotarians from France and Italy. She reviewed some recent events, including Thanksgiving at The Arc on 11/20/18 and the Ugly Sweater Holiday Party on 11/28/18.
 
She also let members know that member luncheon meeting prices would be changing in order to better help cover costs:
  • $35 for members who register online in advance.
  • $40 for members who do not register in advance.
These prices go into effect at the first meeting of the new year on January 15, 2019. Tickets already purchased at the 2018 prices will be accepted. The price for visitors remains $40.
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES December 4, 2018: Hong Kong Brian Lan 2019-01-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Lan on Jan 07, 2019
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President Rhonda Poppen (Grant Writing; GRANTdog) welcomed visiting Rotarians from France, Germany, the Rotary Club of San Francisco Evening, and Los Gatos as well as guests from Roots of Peace, Vietnam, the Consulate General of Honduras, the San Francisco Police Department and the San Francisco Police Activities League.
 
She shared with us events from last week including the Salvation Army Bell Ringing on 12/7/18 and noted that again the 110th anniversary t-shirt would be on sale through 12/21/18 and could be purchased via the Club website.
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES December 11, 2018: Brain Plasticity Brian Lan 2019-01-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dora Dye on Dec 23, 2018
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From check-in to check-out, the 2018 Holiday Party was a delight.
 
The sound of The Salvation Army Band, led by our own Major Raymond Erickson-King (Human Services; The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Center), greeted guests as they stepped off the elevator, leading the way to the meeting room. Upon arrival, everyone was treated to a glass of champagne or other beverage to celebrate an outstanding year for our Club.
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES December 18, 2018: Holiday Party and Annual Meeting Dora Dye 2018-12-23 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Erickson-King on Dec 12, 2018
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'Tis the season! December 7, 2018 was Celebrity Bell Ringing Day at Union Square for The Salvation Army. Rotarians volunteered to help raise funds for programs and services at The Army’s Kroc Center in the Tenderloin. In four hours, we raised over $250.
 
Thank you for supporting The Salvation Army during the holiday season.
 
Salvation Army Bell Ringing Raymond Erickson-King 2018-12-12 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lilian Tsi-Stielstra on Nov 30, 2018
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Stacey Poole had a great idea for a Rotary Social event, and Lilian Tsi-Stielstra agreed to host the event. Even the weather gods agreed it was a good idea. There was a break in the rain right about the time the party started.
 
Ugly Sweater Holiday Get-Together Lilian Tsi-Stielstra 2018-11-30 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Plakun on Nov 23, 2018
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Thanksgiving week is the time for one of our Club’s favorite traditions, one that dates back more than ten years: Serving lunch to clients of The Arc of San Francisco and others.

The day got off to an early start: Past Club President and Past District Governor Eric Schmautz met Jonathan Scopazzi at The Salvation Army’s South of Market commercial kitchen at 4:40 AM. They worked through the morning to roast 200 pounds of pork shoulder, cook 100 pounds of carrots, make a mountain of stuffing, prepare 5 gallons of gravy and decant 8.5 gallons of cranberry sauce.
Report from Thanksgiving at The Arc: November 20, 2018 Scott Plakun 2018-11-23 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Lan on Nov 19, 2018
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More than 70 Rotarians and guests filled the room for today's spirited luncheon meeting. President Rhonda Poppen (Grant Writing; GRANTdog) welcomed guests from Catholic Charities and San Francisco State University, our Club's first two Corporate Members.
 
Rhonda noted that several members had asked about how to help victims of the wildfires that are raging nearby. She directed us to the Club website for information on how we can donate.
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES November 13, 2018: Heroes' Voices Brian Lan 2018-11-19 08:00:00Z 0
Historic Membership Induction in November 2018 Daniel Joraanstad 2018-11-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Enis on Nov 18, 2018
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Our Club has had a significant increase in young professional members recently. President Rhonda and her husband, Bill Poppen, decided it would be fun to see how many could fit into their small kitchen. In attendance were Casey Blair, Bill Poppen, Rhonda Poppen, Madison Pauly, Sunny Singh, Tyler Sterk, Carolyn Kooi, and Mark Enis.
Welcome to Young Professional Members Mark Enis 2018-11-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Lan on Nov 13, 2018
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About 70 Rotarians and friends attended today's meeting for an update on the effort to eradicate Polio and on other important work of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International (TRF).

President Rhonda Poppen welcomed visiting Rotarians from Italy, Tanzania, and Ghana, and from South San Francisco, Central Marin, and Daly City. She also welcomed special guests from the Consulates of Vietnam and Germany.
 
 
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES: November 6, 2018 - PDG Russ Ketron Brian Lan 2018-11-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carla Walter on Nov 11, 2018
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Here is a report we just received from Jon Dwyer, 2018-19 Governor of District 5160, which includes the Rotary Club of Paradise, California:
 
The first thing of course everyone has asked is “what can I do to help?”. While there will no doubt be a lot more information about many ways to help, to start with The Paradise Rotary Club has indicated that people can make contributions via their Club’s Foundation. 
 
PDG Pam Grey and Brian live in Paradise, Brian is the current President of the Paradise Rotary Club. They will be accepting donations to be used to assist folks in the short and long term via the “The Paradise Rotary Foundation”. Since they are pretty sure that the Paradise Post Office is gone, they have asked that they be mailed c/o Scheer Memorial Chapel, 2410 Foothill Blvd, Oroville, Ca 95966. 
 
Camp Fire Update Carla Walter 2018-11-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Lan on Nov 08, 2018
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President Rhonda Poppen welcomed visiting Rotarians from Germany, Guatemala, India and Japan. We also had several family members in attendance, including the parents of Bill Poppen (Banking Management; MUFG Union Bank) as well as guests from the Salvation Army.
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES October 23, 2018: John Rothmann Brian Lan 2018-11-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Casey Blair on Nov 07, 2018
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In accordance with our Club's Bylaws, the Nominating Committee has selected these candidates for open positions on the 2019-20 Board of Directors:
 
President: Casey Blair
President-Elect: JT Forbus
Treasurer: Gary Dales
Secretary: Dora Dye
Vice President of PR and Communication: John Dean
Vice President of Club Service: Michael Petricca
Vice President of Youth Leadership: Lynn Luckow
 
All members are encouraged to attend the annual meeting, to be held at the Holiday Luncheon on December 18, to vote on these nominations.
Report from the Nominating Committee Casey Blair 2018-11-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stacey Poole on Nov 04, 2018
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On October 30, about 20 Rotarians and guests mingled at the Golden Gate Tap Room for drinks, food and fellowship. Several members got into the Halloween spirit by attending in costume, including the Schmautz family of bees and beekeeper, Groovy Rhonda Poppen, Equally Groovy Casey Blair, Superman Bill Poppen and Sheriff Dan Joraanstad.
 
Getting into the Halloween Spirit Stacey Poole 2018-11-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Daniel Joraanstad on Nov 01, 2018
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I’m excited to announce that our Rotary Club of San Francisco is launching a new Corporate Membership program. Both for-profit companies and non-profit organizations that become sponsors of our Club can designate up to five individuals as individual Active Members. Our first two Corporate Members are both non-profits: Catholic Charities of San Francisco and San Francisco State University
 
In accordance with our Club Bylaws, I am pleased to announce that the Board has accepted the nomination of eleven new individual members, nine of whom are designees of our new Corporate Members.
Membership News: November 2018 Daniel Joraanstad 2018-11-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hermann on Oct 27, 2018
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On October 24, 2018, Rotarians Ryan Overton (who chaired this event), Rhonda Poppen, Dan Joraanstad, Bob Hermann, and Tyler Sterk joined Project Homeless Connect to provide comprehensive services to more than 1,000 homeless people at their 72nd Community Day of Service. Project Homeless Connect is an organization that partners with the community at large, various San Francisco City and County agencies, and several businesses to provide an array of support services for homeless people in San Francisco.
Volunteering at Project Homeless Connect Bob Hermann 2018-10-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Lan on Oct 25, 2018
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President Rhonda opened the meeting by reviewing Rotary Four-Way Test and asking that we live by these principles:
 
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned? 
Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES October 16, 2018: Dan Devone Brian Lan 2018-10-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Plakun on Oct 24, 2018
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Today is the sixth annual World Polio Day, celebrating the progress we've made towards Polio eradication - and acknowledging the need to continue the effort until the job is done.
 
When Rotary International committed to Polio eradication over 30 years ago, the world saw 1,000 new cases of Polio every day. There have only been 20 cases so far this calendar year. We are "this close" but we need to get to "zero".
 
Today is World Polio Day Scott Plakun 2018-10-24 07:00:00Z 0
October 2018 Membership Column Daniel Joraanstad 2018-10-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Logan on Oct 16, 2018
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Monday, October 15th was yet another fine "Monday Dinner Club" evening at The Arc, as Club members Gary Keener, Tim Hornbecker, and Peter Logan joined other volunteers, staff, and – most enjoyably – the clients.
Report from Dinner Club at The Arc: October 15, 2018 Peter Logan 2018-10-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Lan on Oct 15, 2018
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President Rhonda Poppen welcomed us all to a special luncheon with State Senator Scott Wiener as our guest speaker. Rhonda began the meeting by introducing visiting Rotarians from Concord, California; Reno, Nevada; and China. Other visitors included Mary Qian from Shen Zhou Event, Jeff Lee and pianist Ryan Ahern from Productions 17, and Yulla Nicolas and Yasmin Khalili from Alliance For Smiles.
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES October 9, 2018: Scott Wiener Brian Lan 2018-10-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dora Dye on Oct 10, 2018
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Each year, The Rotary Club of San Francisco celebrates Italian Heritage by carrying 150 flags in the annual parade, representing some of the countries where Rotary serves in the world. Blue Angels fly overhead, and this year as in years past, the sky was a perfect blue.
 
 
Rotary in the Italian Heritage Parade Dora Dye 2018-10-10 07:00:00Z 0
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES October 2, 2018: Leah Garchik Brian Lan 2018-10-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hermann on Oct 03, 2018
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A video is now available on sfrotary.com that shows you exactly how to register for Club events, including our weekly Rotary Luncheon meetings. You can view the video here. Or go to sfrotary.com, where you'll find the link on the left side of the home page, just below the image that celebrates our 110th anniversary.
New Video: How to Register for Club Events Bob Hermann 2018-10-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carrie Condran LaBriola on Sep 30, 2018
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Don Parachini grew up duck hunting in the Sacramento Delta, near his native Antioch, and continued the sport throughout his adulthood until two years ago, when he was backed over by an off-road vehicle near Colusa, breaking his pelvis, scapula and 10 ribs. He was transported by helicopter to a hospital in Chico, where his pelvis was repaired with titanium screws. His wife, Mary Ann, moved into a Residence Inn nearby while Don spent four months on his back in the hospital and rehab before he could walk again. Now, after what he wryly calls “a novel experience,” Don describes himself as “recovered.”
 
MEMBER PROFILE: Don Parachini Carrie Condran LaBriola 2018-09-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Daniel Joraanstad on Sep 26, 2018
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In accordance with our Club Bylaws, I am pleased to announce that the Board has accepted the nomination of Mark Enis (Asset Management; The Key Group) to be our newest member.
 
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about this proposed new member.
Membership News Daniel Joraanstad 2018-09-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Lan on Sep 24, 2018
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President Rhonda welcomed our prospective members, visiting Rotarians (including one from Germany), and guests.
 
Rhonda announced that two valued members of the Club had recently passed away: Past President Jim Emerson (Clergy – Presbyterian; Retired) and Past President Grant Hundley (Hardware – Retail; EM Hundley Hardware). She held a moment of silence in their memory.
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES September 18, 2018: Randy Arnold, Barefoot Wines Brian Lan 2018-09-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Lan on Sep 20, 2018
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President Rhonda opened the meeting with a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in honor of Patriot’s Day. Richard Harrell (Veterans Outreach; Heroes’ Voices) then led the Club in singing America the Beautiful. Rhonda welcomed prospective members, a visiting Rotarian from Germany, and other guests, including her parents, Ron and Ann Harvey, who are here from Virginia seeking shelter from Hurricane Florence.
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES September 11, 2018: John O'Connor Brian Lan 2018-09-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Stovall on Sep 18, 2018
The forces of nature, namely, Hurricane Florence, is causing, and has caused massive loss in the Southeastern States of the US. In the next few days, we will be assessing and responding to the IMMEDIATE needs for the bare survival of nearly 2 million people. As of this writing, roughly 1 million people are without power, and it’s unknown just how long it will be before power is restored, before people will be able to leave shelters to return to their homes, and months before life will take on any form of normalcy again.
Hurricane Florence: How We Can Help David Stovall 2018-09-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Emily Borland on Sep 18, 2018
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In August 2018, we had Martha Ryan, Executive Director of Homeless Prenatal Program (HPP) and Megan Lucas, Board Member and former client of HPP, give an inspirational presentation to our Club about the work that HPP is doing in our community.
Report from Homeless Prenatal Program: September 11 & 13, 2018 Emily Borland 2018-09-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Daniel Joraanstad on Sep 15, 2018
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New Member Induction 
We are enriched once again by the arrival of a new member in the Club. Janine Padilla was inducted into membership under the category of Real Estate, working for Coldwell Banker. She was born and raised in San Francisco, and is now working in the City. Janine is also a member of the Junior League of San Francisco as well as the Urban Land Institute. She is interested in contributing her talents in the area of fundraising, event planning and marketing. And she wants to learn from others in the Club and connect in the common cause of serving others. Welcome Janine! Her sponsor and mentor is Gary Keener.
September 2018 Membership Column Daniel Joraanstad 2018-09-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rhonda Poppen on Sep 14, 2018
It is with great sadness that I announce the loss of two valued members of our Club, both of them Past Presidents.
 
Jim Emerson (Clergy - Presbyterian; Retired) passed away on Wednesday, September 12. Jim joined the Rotary Club of Denver in 1950 and transferred into the Rotary Club of San Francisco in 1979. He served as our Club President in 1990-1991. Jim was 92 years old.
 
A Thanksgiving for Jim's life of faithful ministry and Christian love is planned for Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 1 PM at the sanctuary of the Calvary Presbyterian Church located at 2515 Fillmore Street, San Francisco.
 
You can learn more about Jim in this profile, which was published in the May 2018 issue of Grindings.
 
 
Grant Hundley (Hardware - Retail; EM Hundley Hardware) passed away on Thursday, September 13. Grant joined the Rotary Club of San Francisco in 1984 and served as our Club President in 2004-2005. Grant was 67 years old.
A Sad Week for Our Club Rhonda Poppen 2018-09-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Lan on Sep 13, 2018
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President Rhonda opened our meeting by welcoming our visiting Rotarians from Houston and Minneapolis as well as our many guests and prospective members, and then highlighted several upcoming events: the Diaper Bag Assembly on 9/11 and Baby Showers on 9/13 for the Homeless Prenatal Program. Next month, the Club will have a Halloween social on 10/30 at the Golden Gate Tap Room. Rhonda also recapped several successful events from last month, including the Rotary 5150 Summer Picnic on 8/26 and the private guided tour of SFMOMA on 8/30.
LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES September 4, 2018: Len Kuhi Brian Lan 2018-09-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Frank Yoke on Sep 12, 2018
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Don’t miss your chance to win a gift card by making a pledge or a donation to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International (TRF) during the District 5150 Every Rotarian Every Year campaign.
 
Whether or not you win, you’re donating to a great cause! The Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of Rotary International, supports humanitarian projects to promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water and sanitation, save mothers and children, support basic education, and grow local economies across the globe. 
District Raffle for The Rotary Foundation Frank Yoke 2018-09-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Dye on Sep 05, 2018
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Our Club has been blessed to have Eugene (Gene) Lee (Consulting-Technical Management, Retired) as a member for the past 42 years. He loved life and loved being a Rotarian. When he was no longer able to attend Rotary luncheons and events, members of our Club would visit him. During these visits, Gene would sometimes write a donation check or give bottles of wine to be used as a raffle or auction item. This way he was always part of us at our gatherings.
Eugene (Gene) Lee David Dye 2018-09-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stacey Poole on Aug 30, 2018
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Rotarians and guests enjoyed a private tour of highlights of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) on Thursday, August 30. We learned the difference between modern and contemporary art, with a focus on the contemporary artwork in the museum.
 
Report from the Tour at SFMOMA Stacey Poole 2018-08-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Lan on Aug 25, 2018
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We welcomed visiting Rotarians and guests from around the world (China, Italy, Switzerland, and Germany) as well as the Bay Area, Nevada, and North Dakota.
 
President Rhonda recapped several events from the previous week, including the very successful New Members Gathering on August 15 and the Rotaplast Bocce Ball Tournament on August 19. Around 150 Rotarians attended the tournament, which raised $4,000.
Luncheon Meeting Minutes August 21, 2018: Manuel Mollinedo Brian Lan 2018-08-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Lan on Aug 22, 2018
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In today’s luncheon, we welcomed visiting Rotarians from across the country and from India and Germany. Also in attendance were several staff members and clients from The Arc San Francisco as our featured guests, including new CEO Matthew Tarver-Wahlquist, COO Connie Tabas, CFO Marti Sullivan (Nonprofit Management; The Arc San Francisco), and guest speaker Kristen Pedersen, Chief of Employment and Education Services.
Luncheon Meeting Minutes August 14, 2018: The Arc San Francisco Brian Lan 2018-08-22 07:00:00Z 0
August 2018 Membership Corner Daniel Joraanstad 2018-08-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Mathers on Aug 17, 2018
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We welcomed the following guests: Brenda Kahler and Tom Bondi from the local accounting firm of Armanino; Larry Meek from the 49er Rotary Club of Nevada City, CA; Angelita Cabrera; Jean Rosenblum who was past president of her Colorado Rotary Club; Sarah Cummings from Robert Half; as well as Denise Evans and Lily Nhep from the local Capital One Café.
 
President Rhonda told us that today's program would focus on the impact our work with the Homeless Prenatal Project has on its clients.
Luncheon Meeting Minutes August 7, 2018: Homeless Prenatal Program John Mathers 2018-08-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Plakun on Aug 15, 2018
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On Saturday, August 11, Phyllis Nusz, Frank Yoke, and I joined about 50 other Rotarians at a District 5150 Learning and Development Opportunity about The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International (TRF). The presentation focused on the wonderful work our foundation does around the world, including tools to educate and inspire us all.
Report from TRF Seminar Scott Plakun 2018-08-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dora Dye on Aug 15, 2018
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About 25 members, prospective members, and Club Leaders packed the office of Lynn Luckow for the Quarterly meet-and-greet on August 15, 2018. There was an abundance of food and drink, and most important, goodwill and camaraderie to start the evening.
Report from Member Meet-and-Greet Dora Dye 2018-08-15 07:00:00Z 0
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The five Redding Rotary Clubs have joined together to promote the Shasta Regional Community Foundation’s (SRCF) Community Disaster Relief Fund. Rotary District 5160 has a long partnership with SRCF and is confident in its ability to steward donations and assist with Carr Fire recovery over the long term.

Please consider a donation today. Donations should be marked #NorCalRotary and can be made by credit card online at http://www.shastarcf.org/funds/cdrf. Checks may also be sent directly to the SRCF at 1335 Arboretum Drive, Redding, CA 96003 or call 530-244-1219.
 
Reposted from rotary5150.org
How We Can Help Carr Fire Survivors Scott Plakun 2018-08-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dora Dye on Aug 02, 2018
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On August 2, 2018, members and their family along with prospective members gathered at the Patriot House gastropub for happy hour. A great time was had by all sharing pitchers of beer and tasty appetizers.
 
Many thanks to Stacey Poole and Dan Joraanstad for putting together this social.
 
Report from Patriot House Happy Hour Dora Dye 2018-08-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Plakun on Aug 02, 2018
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We've made it easier to access the Club Directory and to update your profile information on our Club website.
 
Click on the Club Business entry in the main menu, and then on Club Directory or Edit My Profile. If you're not already logged in, the system will prompt you to enter your username and password before taking you to your selection.
 
If you haven't checked it recently, this is a great time to take a look at your Club member profile to make sure it's accurate and complete, and that your photo is up to date.
 
New Website Features Scott Plakun 2018-08-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carrie LaBriola on Jul 31, 2018
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Dr. Carla Walter joined the Rotary Club of San Francisco in January 2017 and immediately got involved, ”because that’s how you get to know people.” She really enjoys the social events and has helped with scholarship evaluations for RYLA, as well as raising money for the Club. She’s just started a two-year term on the board of the Rotary Club of San Francisco as Vice President for Development.
 
“Rotary is an organization that you don’t feel embarrassed to ask for money, that you can really get behind,” she says. “It’s a good cause, important. And I like making friends, hearing success stories.”
BOARD MEMBER PROFILE: Carla Walter Carrie LaBriola 2018-07-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rhonda Poppen on Jul 29, 2018
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Happy New Year and Happy 110th Anniversary Year!!
 
It is an honor to serve as your president for the 2018-2019 Rotary year. Your welcoming enthusiasm, from last week's energetic meeting to the many emails and texts you have sent my way, is a sign of the great team we are! I am thankful.
 
The Rotary International theme for 2018-2019 is Be The Inspiration. I relayed in our first meeting and wish to reiterate that our Club's plan to inspire boils down to several components. One is our formal plan on paper evidenced by our goals and our common desire to see our Club and surrounding communities thrive.
President's Column July 29, 2018 Rhonda Poppen 2018-07-29 07:00:00Z 0
ROTARY LUNCHEON July 24, 2018: District Governor Jayne Hulbert 2018-07-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Plakun
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About 50 club members and guests attended today's lively luncheon meeting. We were joined by visiting Rotarians from several Clubs across California, and by an unusually large number of guests.
 
After the basic preliminaries, President Rhonda announced that a get-well card was circulating so that everyone could offer personal wishes to Immediate Past President John Mathers (Management Consulting; eVo Associates), who is having knee replacement surgery today.
Luncheon Meeting Minutes July 17, 2018: Bebo White, Cryptocurrency Scott Plakun 2018-07-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Timothy Hornbecker on Jul 12, 2018
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Frank Yoke and Tim Hornbecker are tied for first so far, with John Hoch second, but if Tyler Sterk, our guest and potential new Rotary member actually joins the Club, he could take over the lead in no time. Our tourney with trophies is open to all Rotarians in the Bay Area. All level of golfers invited. Special rules this year include no more than double par. So for a par 3 hole and you’re stuck in the bunker, you can’t get more than a 6! That speeds up the round and adds to the fun! We’re looking for more golfers to join us for 9 holes and libations every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month through September 13! Fun fellowship! 
Report from Rotary Twilight Golf Timothy Hornbecker 2018-07-12 07:00:00Z 0
Service Project Report July 11, 2018: Project Homeless Connect Daniel Joraanstad 2018-07-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Plakun
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About 70 people attended President Rhonda's inaugural meeting today. After preliminaries that included a champagne toast to the 110th anniversary of the Rotary Club of San Francisco (thank you to the Sir Francis Drake for the bubbly!), President Rhonda gave an inspiring talk about her vision for the Rotary year ahead.
Luncheon Meeting Minutes July 10, 2018: President Rhonda Scott Plakun 2018-07-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rhonda Poppen on Jul 01, 2018
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A group of roughly 20 members of the Rotary Club of San Francisco attended the Rotary International Convention in Toronto, Ontario from June 23-27, 2018.
 
The Convention allowed 24,000 Rotarians worldwide to come together in celebration of the past year’s successes and to look forward to the next year’s theme, Be the Inspiration
Report from the 2017-18 RI Convention Rhonda Poppen 2018-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 01, 2018
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The Rotary Club of San Francisco, the second oldest Rotary Club in the world, was founded on November 12, 1908. Theodore Roosevelt was President, Ford Motor Company was manufacturing the Model T, and San Francisco was in the final stages of recovery from the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906.
 
Since then, our Club has played a key role in the growth of San Francisco into a major city, and expansion of Rotary to 1.2 million members in more than 35,000 Clubs throughout the world.
 
We are celebrating the 110th anniversary of our founding at our Holiday Luncheon and Annual Meeting on December 18, and with "time capsule" moments at our luncheon meetings throughout the 2018-2019 Rotary year.
Celebrating our 110th Anniversary 2018-07-01 07:00:00Z 0