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.
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