LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS September 21, 2021:  John Mathers and Building RCAT to Tackle Climate Change

Posted by Larry Booth on Sep 23, 2021
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President Mary Liu (Real Estate: Sales | JM Real Estate Group) called the meeting to order promptly at 12:15 PM and welcomed those on Zoom and those in person who were enjoying a respite from the heat.
 
Visiting Rotarians and Special Guests
Joining our members attending in person and online were Idiko Polony who is the Executive Director of Sutro Stewards and today's speaker — our own Past President John Mathers.
 
LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS September 21, 2021: John Mathers and Building RCAT to Tackle Climate Change Larry Booth 2021-09-23 07:00:00Z 0

Service Above Self at the Fifth Annual Autumn Moon Festival

Posted by Mary Liu on Sep 23, 2021
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The Rotary Club of San Francisco had a display booth at the fifth Annual Autumn Moon Festival in the Richmond District of San Francisco on Saturday, September 18, 2021. Thank you to our members President-Elect Christopher Wiseman, Ann Daugherty, and Jenny Campbell and our guests James Wong (my husband), Jason Campbell (Jenny’s son), and Shirley Tan, who all joined me to represent our Club. Additionally, Vanita Louie, Cathy Cheng, and President Richard Swart (members from the Rotary Club of San Francisco Chinatown) were present to lend support.
 
Service Above Self at the Fifth Annual Autumn Moon Festival Mary Liu 2021-09-23 07:00:00Z 0

LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS September 14, 2021:  Laurie Thomas and 2020 in the Rearview Mirror and the Road Ahead for the SF Restaurant Industry

Posted by Robin Azevedo on Sep 16, 2021
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President Mary Liu (Real Estate: Sales | JM Real Estate Group) called the meeting to order promptly at 12:15 PM.
 
Visiting Rotarians and Special Guests
Attending in person today were two guests of Heidi Kuhn (Peace Building | Roots of Peace) - Rachel Donovan and Jeff Yih; a guest of Dan Joraanstad (Financial Services: Advising | Retired) - Steve Redlin; and a guest of Jane Flout (Nonprofit Management | Catholic Charities) - Armando Zamaya. Attending online were Salvador Farfan from the Rotary Club of Long Beach, ALPS Program Manager Harmony Ma, Anna Klink, and today's speaker — Laurie Thomas
 
LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS September 14, 2021: Laurie Thomas and 2020 in the Rearview Mirror and the Road Ahead for the SF Restaurant Industry Robin Azevedo 2021-09-16 07:00:00Z 0

MEET A NEW MEMBER: Esther Landau

Posted by Dora Dye on Sep 15, 2021
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Esther Landau joined our Club on August 17, 2021. She is the Senior Director of Advancement for The Arc San Francisco and is responsible for all the fundraising and communications at the organization. She started at The Arc San Francisco in June of this year and prior to that, was in the same role at the Pomeroy Recreation & Rehabilitation Center, a similar organization on the west side of the City. 
 
Esther is a serious knitter and crossword enthusiast. In her past life, she was a professional flutist, but these days she just occasionally grabs the pennywhistle and plays a few tunes. She is married to Caroline Pincus, and their daughter, Ruby, is a senior at Columbia in New York, where she is majoring in Yiddish.
 
MEET A NEW MEMBER: Esther Landau Dora Dye 2021-09-15 07:00:00Z 0

MEET A NEW MEMBER: Nat Crawford

Posted by Dora Dye on Sep 11, 2021
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Nat Crawford joined our Club on August 17, 2021. He owns a tutoring company in Sunnyvale that helps kids to achieve their dreams for education and for college admission. He co-parents an 8-year-old son who loves to read, play soccer, and negotiate for chocolate. Nat joined the Rotary Club of San Francisco because he has lived in San Francisco for over 20 years and would like to spend more time building up the local community.
 

Editor's Note: In this column, we invite a new member in our Club to share with us. Please join me in welcoming this new member the next time you see him in person at any of our events.
MEET A NEW MEMBER: Nat Crawford Dora Dye 2021-09-11 07:00:00Z 0

LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS September 7, 2021:  Jaxon Van Derbeken and How Investigative Reporters Do Their Research

Posted by Alisha Marfatia on Sep 08, 2021
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President Mary Liu (Real Estate: Sales | JM Real Estate Group) called the first meeting of September 2021 to order at 12:15 PM.
 
Visiting Rotarians and Special Guests
In today's audience were the following guests: Edita Cruz from SCORE, Anthony DiGiorgio, Greg Grundstrom, Dr. Elisa Stephens of the Academy of Art, and today's speaker — Jaxon Van Derbeken. 
 
Membership News
Margaret Miley (Hospitality: Hotels | Retired) and Matthew Madsen (Nonprofit Management | The Salvation Army) completed their red badge requirements and are now full members of our Club. Congratulations, Margaret and Matthew!
 
LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS September 7, 2021: Jaxon Van Derbeken and How Investigative Reporters Do Their Research Alisha Marfatia 2021-09-08 07:00:00Z 0

MEET A NEW MEMBER: Bill Gregory

Posted by Dora Dye on Sep 05, 2021
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Bill Gregory joined our Club on July 13, 2021. He is a first generation college graduate, and his college education at Northern Iowa University (formerly Iowa State Teachers College) is what made his life so meaningful. His general education courses exposed him to the world, and he discovered music, arts, and humanities.

Bill majored in speech therapy. He was a speech therapist in public schools for two years in Iowa. Then, he moved to California in 1963 and worked 32 years in the public schools under the Santa Clara County Office of Education. 
 
MEET A NEW MEMBER: Bill Gregory Dora Dye 2021-09-05 07:00:00Z 0

Membership News:  August 2021

Posted by Nancy Graydon on Aug 31, 2021
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In accordance with our Club Bylaws, I am pleased to announce that the following are scheduled to be inducted into our Club as our newest members on September 14, 2021:
 
Larry Booth (Mechanical Engineering and Design | Frank M. Booth, Inc.)
Marc Johnson (Financial Services: Advising | Northwestern Mutual)
Clifford Phillips (Program Management | The Arc San Francisco) as a member of our newest corporate member - The Arc San Francisco
Lance Scott (Program Management | The Arc San Francisco) as a member of our newest corporate member - The Arc San Francisco
Darlene Wilson (Program Management | Catholic Charities of San Francisco) as a member of our corporate member - Catholic Charities.
 
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about these proposed new members.
Membership News: August 2021 Nancy Graydon 2021-08-31 07:00:00Z 0

Meet a Distinguished Rotarian:  Phyllis J. Nusz

Posted by Dora Dye on Aug 28, 2021
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Meet Past District Governor Phyllis J. Nusz, a Rotarian for 30 years. She served as the first woman elected officer and Club President of the North Stockton Rotary Club in 1997-1998 and as one of the first 50 women District Governors in Rotary International when she served as District Governor for Rotary International District 5220 in 2001-2002. Phyllis joined our Club on May 28, 2007 and served as The Rotary Foundation Chair.
 
A native Californian, Phyllis received both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Speech Communication with a minor in Choral Music from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. She also earned an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL with a specialty in the field of Leadership Management Training and is known as a Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Scholar.
 
Meet a Distinguished Rotarian: Phyllis J. Nusz Dora Dye 2021-08-28 07:00:00Z 0

LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS August 24, 2021: Doug Lloyd, Mobility Trends and the Future of Transportation

Posted by David Dye on Aug 26, 2021
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President Mary Liu (Real Estate: Sales | JM Real Estate Group) called the meeting to order at 12:15 PM. This was our first Zoom-only meeting in the current Rotary year.
 
Visiting Rotarians and Special Guests
In today's audience were the following guests: Keith Axtell of the Rotary Club of Marin Evening, Salvador Farfan from the Rotary Club of Long Beach, Alain Charlois, Marc Johnson, and today's speaker — Doug Lloyd. 
 
 
LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS August 24, 2021: Doug Lloyd, Mobility Trends and the Future of Transportation David Dye 2021-08-26 07:00:00Z 0

MEET A BOARD MEMBER: Nancy Graydon, Vice President of Membership

Posted by Dora Dye on Aug 21, 2021
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Nancy Graydon's entire career has been dedicated to fundraising for wonderful organizations including the University of Toronto, UCLA, and now, the Glaucoma Research Foundation (GRF). She feels fortunate to work with an amazing team in her current role at GRF as Executive Director of Development and Chief Operating Officer. In January 2022, she will celebrate her 10th year working at GRF. 
 
Nancy is a very proud Canadian and has family from Vancouver to Halifax. During the pandemic, she bought her first house in Pinole, CA and lives there with Brian, her husband of 16 years, and a rescue dog named Scully. She loves doing crafts and giving old furniture new life with a coat of paint.
 
MEET A BOARD MEMBER: Nancy Graydon, Vice President of Membership Dora Dye 2021-08-21 07:00:00Z 0

MEET A NEW MEMBER: Caryn Crump

Posted by Dora Dye on Aug 20, 2021
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Caryn Crump joined our Club on August 17, 2021. She is a retired corporate executive and former adjunct Rice University professor who currently owns CPI, a small international instructional and consulting company. Caryn is also an adjunct professor at Norwich University in its MBA program. She loves to travel and work internationally and is the mother of two adult children. She currently has a home in Puerto Vallarta and has extended an invitation to our Club to stay at her home. Prior to joining our Club, Caryn had been a member of two other Rotary clubs and believes that "community service is one of the most rewarding things that someone can do".
 

Editor's Note: In this column, we invite a new member in our Club to share with us. Please join me in welcoming this new member the next time you see her in person at any of our events.
MEET A NEW MEMBER: Caryn Crump Dora Dye 2021-08-20 07:00:00Z 0

LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS August 17, 2021: District Governor Danielle Lallement

Posted by Nancy Graydon on Aug 18, 2021
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President Mary Liu (Real Estate: Sales | JM Real Estate Group) called the meeting to order at 12:15 PM.
 
Visiting Rotarians and Special Guests
In today's audience were the following visiting Rotarians: District Governor Danielle Lallement from the Rotary Club of San Francisco Evening who is also today's speaker, Assistant Governor Liz Mark from the Rotary Club of San Francisco Chinatown, and Karen Schmautz from the Rotary Club of Indian Rocks Beach in Florida. Additional guests attending in person included: Greg Grundstrom, Molly Schmautz, and Jackie Herrin. 
 
LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS August 17, 2021: District Governor Danielle Lallement Nancy Graydon 2021-08-18 07:00:00Z 0

MEET A BOARD MEMBER: Stacey Poole, Club Secretary

Posted by Dora Dye on Aug 17, 2021
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Stacey Poole is a family law attorney representing individuals in the divorce process. She has been in practice since 1999 and has been a Certified Family Law Specialist since 2008. She also drafts and reviews prenuptial agreements. Stacey has been married for over 20 years to Bobby. When not working, she enjoys watching TV, reading, sports, and traveling to Hawaii.
 
Stacey joined our Club on August 28, 2007. She had already served twice on our Board as Vice President of Club Service and Vice President of Membership. In July 2021, she began her term as Club Secretary.
 
MEET A BOARD MEMBER: Stacey Poole, Club Secretary Dora Dye 2021-08-17 07:00:00Z 0

MEET A BOARD MEMBER: Bob Hermann, Vice President of Community Service

Posted by Dora Dye on Aug 16, 2021
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Bob Hermann retired in 2018. He had worked as an Information Technology Program/Project Manager for over 26 years in health care projects including electronic medical systems. His family’s motto is to continually do good in the world to help others as we would want someone to help us if ever needed. The joys of giving back to others, be it through our time, our treasures, or our avocational experience, is something his family cherishes. Bob's continued hopes are to be transparent with work, engage and include others, and have fun while serving.
 
Bob’s passion to help others extended to the far reaches of Egypt to provide non-clinical support in helping pediatric patients with cleft lip and palate surgeries and recoveries to the domestic leadership of RotaCare and its Electronic Medical Record implementations.
MEET A BOARD MEMBER: Bob Hermann, Vice President of Community Service Dora Dye 2021-08-16 07:00:00Z 0

MEET A BOARD MEMBER: Miranti Ojong, Vice President of Development

Posted by Dora Dye on Aug 16, 2021
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Miranti Ojong is a financial services agency builder currently spanning across 15 states and continuing to expand across the US where she financially educates clients and business owners in various demographics and communities. Her services include retirement planning, investments, life, health and disability insurance, estate planning, college planning, and business financial planning. She is a mentor and trainer to agents and independent business owners in her profession to help guide their success and reach their career goals. Her mission is to empower every individual with the right knowledge and tools to achieve financial independence. 
 
 
 
MEET A BOARD MEMBER: Miranti Ojong, Vice President of Development Dora Dye 2021-08-16 07:00:00Z 0

A Mission To Build a Hunger-Free Future

Posted by Dan Davies on Aug 15, 2021
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Food insecurity affects children, seniors, and their families, and the pandemic has exacerbated the problem 1. This year, over 42 million people may experience food insecurity, possibly including 13 million children 2.

The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank has a mission to build a hunger-free future and distributes food at over 307 pantries in the San Francisco and Marin areas. They provide access to nutritious foods including over 50 types of fruits and vegetables, education on how to prepare healthy meals on a budget, and they also advocate for policy reform on local, state, and national levels to assist people at risk of hunger. Last year, the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank provided 80.2 million pounds of food to people in need.
 
A Mission To Build a Hunger-Free Future Dan Davies 2021-08-15 07:00:00Z 0

MEET A NEW MEMBER: Alex Omoko

Posted by Dora Dye on Aug 15, 2021
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Alex Omoko joined our Club on April 14, 2020. He works for a non-profit that focuses on the undermined communities as well as the homeless population. Alex has been married for eight years to his wife Ajiri. Together, they have four children ranging in age from eight to three: an 8-year-old, a 5-year-old, and a pair of 3-year-old twins. Some of his hobbies include reading, traveling, and spending quality time with his family. Alex had visited different Rotary clubs in the Bay Area, but he joined our Club because of the way he was welcomed and received by every member of our Club, especially then president Casey Blair.
 

Editor's Note: In this column, we invite a new member in our Club to share with us. Please join me in welcoming this new member the next time you see him in person at any of our events.
MEET A NEW MEMBER: Alex Omoko Dora Dye 2021-08-15 07:00:00Z 0

INTERNATIONAL NEWS: The Root Cause of Migration from Guatemala

Posted by Heidi Kuhn on Aug 14, 2021
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Rotary Club of San Francisco Members Heidi Kuhn and Tucker Kuhn, mother and son, embarked upon a Roots of Peace mission from July 24 to August 4, 2021 in the Western Highlands of Guatemala to determine the "root" cause of migration to the U.S. Border. They traveled to the remote regions of San Marcos, Huehuetenango, and Quiché — the regions with the highest concentration of "out migration" among youth under the age of 30 years old. 
 
Heidi Kuhn, CEO, Roots of Peace, partnered with ABC 7 News to provide exclusive news footage featuring the plight of families who live on less than an average of $5 per day. The ABC 7 News segment will air in early September 2021.  
 
INTERNATIONAL NEWS: The Root Cause of Migration from Guatemala Heidi Kuhn 2021-08-14 07:00:00Z 0

MEET A BOARD MEMBER: Christopher Wiseman, President-Elect

Posted by Dora Dye on Aug 13, 2021
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Christopher Wiseman is the Associate Director of Events and Engagement for the Glaucoma Research Foundation. He produces in-person and virtual meetings and events, which included 13 programs during the last fiscal year. Christopher oversees the national Ambassador Outreach Program that includes ophthalmologists from around the United States, and manages strategic partners and vendor relationships. He earned the Certified Meeting Professional designation in 2019 and the Digital Event Strategist certification in 2020. Recently, Christopher has taken the exciting step to enroll in the Harvard Extension School and is working towards a graduate certificate in Marketing Management and Digital Strategy. 
 
MEET A BOARD MEMBER: Christopher Wiseman, President-Elect Dora Dye 2021-08-13 07:00:00Z 0

Helping Asian Seniors in Our Community

Posted by Mary Liu on Aug 12, 2021
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Hate against Asian American Pacific Islander communities has risen during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the 2020-2021 National Report of the Stop AAPI Hate organization, 11.1% of Asian Americans who reported an incident were physically attacked. This is heartbreaking and personal, because the victims could be our grandparents, parents, siblings, children, other relatives, or friends. What can we do to help our most vulnerable Asian seniors? 
 
  • President Mary Liu submitted a grant proposal to our San Francisco Rotary Foundation to purchase $5,000 worth of personal safety alarms to distribute to Asian seniors in the various districts of San Francisco. The grant was approved by the Club's Community Service Committee, the Grant Review Committee, the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of San Francisco, and the San Francisco Rotary Foundation.
Helping Asian Seniors in Our Community Mary Liu 2021-08-12 07:00:00Z 0

LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS August 10, 2021: Joe D’Alessandro; San Francisco’s Resilient Tourism Industry: When Is It Coming Back?

Posted by Emily Borland on Aug 11, 2021
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President Mary Liu (Real Estate: Sales | JM Real Estate Group) called the meeting to order at 12:15 PM.
 
Visiting Rotarians and Special Guests
In today's audience were the following visiting Rotarians: Sandhya Jaiprakash from the Rotary Club of Bangalore attending in person; Salvador Farfan from the Rotary Club of Long Beach and Randall Scott from the Rotary Club of San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf, both attending online. Additional guests attending in person included: Caryn Crump, Greg Grundstrom, Robert Hunter, Marc Johnson, Dianne Madsen, Molly Schmautz, Diane Stark, and today's speaker — Joe D'Alessandro. Additional guests attending online were Steve Collins and Eoin Garcia.
 
LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS August 10, 2021: Joe D’Alessandro; San Francisco’s Resilient Tourism Industry: When Is It Coming Back? Emily Borland 2021-08-11 07:00:00Z 0

MEET A BOARD MEMBER: Sunny Singh, Vice President of Vocational Service

Posted by Dora Dye on Aug 05, 2021
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Sunny Singh is an independent financial advisor with 12 years of experience. He manages assets for individuals, families, trusts, businesses, retirement plans, and charitable organizations. Through long-term investment and a planning-based approach, Sunny helps clients to develop and implement strategies for building wealth and meeting their goals. His mission is to provide objective and timely financial advice and guidance — with the highest level of professional service — in building and preserving wealth for his clients.
 
Born in India and living in the Bay Area since he was 9 years old, Sunny enjoys watching and going to sporting events. His teams are the San Francisco 49ers, Warriors and the SF Giants. He is also a big fan of grilling and barbecuing. 
 
MEET A BOARD MEMBER: Sunny Singh, Vice President of Vocational Service Dora Dye 2021-08-05 07:00:00Z 0

MEET A BOARD MEMBER: Brian Lan, Vice President of Public Relations and Communications

Posted by Dora Dye on Aug 04, 2021
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Brian Lan is the Senior Manager of Investor Relations at DocuSign where the IR team highlights industry trends and crafts key messages for its shareholders and analysts. He helps to develop the company's investor communication strategy.
 
Brian currently resides in South San Francisco with his wife, Rose Hoang, who works for a startup in San Francisco. They enjoy traveling and trying new places to eat. His hobbies include singing, writing, watching movies, and learning new things.
 
MEET A BOARD MEMBER: Brian Lan, Vice President of Public Relations and Communications Dora Dye 2021-08-04 07:00:00Z 0

MEET A NEW MEMBER: Dan Davies

Posted by Dora Dye on Aug 04, 2021
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Dan Davies joined our Club on December 8, 2020. He is an Innovation Manager for North American Lighting, a manufacturer of automotive headlamps. His role is to find and evaluate potential technology partners for the company. Dan likes to learn about San Francisco's history and enjoys visiting the City's historical sites and museums. Dan joined Rotary to meet and share ideas with people who want to help the community, and he wanted to serve on a great team!
 

Editor's Note: In this column, we invite a new member in our Club to share with us. Please join me in welcoming this new member the next time you see him in person at any of our events.
MEET A NEW MEMBER: Dan Davies Dora Dye 2021-08-04 07:00:00Z 0

LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS August 3, 2021: Lucy Meyer, Acceptance Plus Inclusion Equals Progress

Posted by Robin Azevedo on Aug 03, 2021
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President Mary Liu (Real Estate: Sales | JM Real Estate Group) called the meeting to order at 12:15 PM.
 
Visiting Rotarians and Special Guests
In today's audience were the following special guests in person: San Francisco Supervisor for District 2, Catherine Stefani, and her legislative aide, Dominica Donovan. Additional guests attending in person included:  Larry Booth, Caryn Crump, Greg Grundstrom, and James Wong. Online were these guests: Esther Landau, Bridget Maxim, Charles Meyer, Elizabeth Owens, Cyril Unukevwere who joined us from Nigeria, and today's speaker — Lucy Meyer.
 
LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS August 3, 2021: Lucy Meyer, Acceptance Plus Inclusion Equals Progress Robin Azevedo 2021-08-03 07:00:00Z 0

MEET A NEW MEMBER: Moustafa Harfoush

Posted by Dora Dye on Aug 03, 2021
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Moustafa Harfoush joined our Club on March 9, 2021. He is a real estate and estate-planning attorney. Moustafa loves traveling. He has a long list of domestic and international places to visit and can't wait for the pandemic to be behind us so that he can continue traveling and see more of the world. Moustafa joined our Club to meet like-minded people and to serve the community.
 

Editor's Note: In this column, we invite a new member in our Club to share with us. Please join me in welcoming this new member the next time you see him in person at any of our events.
MEET A NEW MEMBER: Moustafa Harfoush Dora Dye 2021-08-03 07:00:00Z 0

June 2021 Board Highlights

Posted by Dora Dye on Jul 27, 2021
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ROTARY CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO
President JT Forbus called his final Board meeting via Zoom to order at 4:02 p.m. A quorum was present. Also in attendance were members of the incoming Board: Lisa Christian, Miranti Ojong, Nancy Graydon, and Stacey Poole as well as Dan Joraanstad representing the San Francisco Rotary Foundation, and Past President Rhonda Poppen.
 
Dora, 2019-2021 Secretary, recorded the minutes.
 
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Membership News:  July 2021

Posted by Nancy Graydon on Jul 27, 2021
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In accordance with our Club Bylaws, I am pleased to announce that the following are scheduled to be inducted into our Club as our newest members on August 10, 2021:
 
Nat Crawford (Education: Primary and Secondary | Improve Your English Tutoring).
Caryn Crump (Education: University | CPI (Consulting and Professional Instruction) & Norwich University).
Esther Landau (Nonprofit Management | The Arc San Francisco) as a member of our newest corporate member - The Arc San Francisco.
 
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about these proposed new members.
Membership News: July 2021 Nancy Graydon 2021-07-27 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting in Person: What You Need to Know

Posted by Dora Dye on Jul 26, 2021
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After 15 months of meeting via Zoom, our Club finally returned to in-person meetings with an option to join via Zoom. The first three in-person meetings were well attended with excellent programs, food, and fellowship. Here are some tips so that our meetings continue to run smoothly, and you continue to have a good experience.
 
MEETING DETAILS
Before you register for our meetings, click on the "More Info" tab that accompanies each meeting listed on our website at www.sfrotary.com. Here you will find out when the meeting starts and ends, information about the speaker and the topic, how to register, and other important information such as whom to contact with questions.
 
Meeting in Person: What You Need to Know Dora Dye 2021-07-26 07:00:00Z 0

LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS July 20, 2021: Dr. Todd "Bowtie" Jenkins; Moving from Diversity to Inclusion

Posted by Margaret Miley on Jul 21, 2021
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President Mary Liu (Real Estate: Sales | JM Real Estate Group) began today's meeting with a reading of Rotary International's Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She then talked about our Club's history and these milestones:
 
  • In 1909, the Rotary Club of San Francisco sponsored the next four Rotary Clubs to form: Oakland #3, Seattle #4, Los Angeles #5, and New York #6.
  • In 1911, the Rotary Club of San Francisco sponsored the first club outside of the United States in Dublin, Ireland.
  • Many of the 35,000 Rotary clubs in the world today can trace their roots back to Club #2.
  • The Rotary Club of San Francisco was one of the leaders in the movement to open Rotary membership to women.  
  • In 1987, women were admitted to the Rotary Club of San Francisco.
  • After 113 years of our Club’s founding, Mary Liu became the 7th Female Club President and the 1st Asian American President of the Rotary Club of San Francisco.
LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS July 20, 2021: Dr. Todd "Bowtie" Jenkins; Moving from Diversity to Inclusion Margaret Miley 2021-07-21 07:00:00Z 0

RotaCare:  Its Mission and How You Can Volunteer

Posted by Bob Hermann on Jul 19, 2021
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Our Club's Foundation, the San Francisco Rotary Foundation, recently presented financial support to RotaCare Bay Area. This year, $7,500 was awarded to the Northern Peninsula Clinic. Started by Rotarians over 32 years ago, RotaCare has helped to fill the gap of healthcare services in over 10 medical ambulatory clinics. In the Bay Area, RotaCare continues to provide support to patients providing free healthcare to those who are underserved and uninsured. 
 
RotaCare: Its Mission and How You Can Volunteer Bob Hermann 2021-07-19 07:00:00Z 0

LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS July 13, 2021: President Mary Liu

Posted by Ann Daugherty on Jul 15, 2021
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Seventy-five members and guests in person and online combined attended President Mary Liu’s (Real Estate: Sales | JM Real Estate Group) first meeting in the new Rotary year at the Hotel Nikko. Those attending in person were treated to red sparkling wine, courtesy of guest Shirley Tan.
 
Visiting Rotarians and Special Guests
In today's audience were the following special guests in person: District Governor Danielle Lallement and Past District Governor Mary Bates and the following special guest online:  Assistant Governor Liz Mark. Additional guests attending in person included:  Anita Baker, Chris Bell, Larry Booth, Chato Calderon, Edna Casteel, Caryn Crump, Edita Cruz, Roselyn de Jesus, Bud Dillon, Tom Fox, Elaine Hom, Rosie Liu, Stanley Liu, Robert Melhorn, Shirley Tan, and James Wong. Online were these guests: David Alfon, Heather Atkinson, Jeff Pickett, and Aline Tong.
 
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ALPS Canned Food Drive - A Success

Posted by Harmony Ma on Jul 14, 2021
ALPS Canned Food Drive on July 10, 2021Last weekend, hope4humankind, an Action Leadership Program with Students (ALPS) youth project that helps in easing and ending homelessness, held its first food drive! Eight students from Summit Shasta and Westmoor High School in Daly City came together, spending their summer organizing and coordinating a food drive to serve their local food pantries and community.
 
ALPS Canned Food Drive - A Success Harmony Ma 2021-07-14 07:00:00Z 0

What's New in Rotary District 5150 and the Rotary Club of San Francisco

Posted by Dora Dye on Jul 07, 2021
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Coming up are the following District events:
 
July 15, 2021: Blood Drive or July 23, 2021: Blood Drive.
July 24, 2021: the Basic Potential Rotary Leaders Seminars (PRLS), teaching leadership skills and techniques. Note: If any Rotarian has already completed this seminar and wishes a review or to take this seminar again as a refresher course, there is NO charge. 
 
Our Club invites you to participate in the following:
 
What's New in Rotary District 5150 and the Rotary Club of San Francisco Dora Dye 2021-07-07 07:00:00Z 0

2021 Club Picnic:  A Celebration to Remember

Posted by Christopher Wiseman on Jul 04, 2021
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The 2021 Rotary Club of San Francisco’s annual picnic was a wonderful day to celebrate, socialize, and come together. The picnic was chaired by Christopher Wiseman (the 2021-2022 President-Elect) and a dynamic committee that included: Dan Joraanstad, Bob Hermann, Robin Azevedo, Stephanie Schmautz, Eric Schmautz, Mary Liu, Cecile Chiquette, David Dye, Dora Dye, JT Forbus, Kevin Leong, Sue Rokaw, and Jeff Lerner.
 
70 members attended and honored two Past Presidents - Casey Blair and JT Forbus - at the home of Robert Thomas, the father of Club member, Heidi Kuhn. The beautiful home in San Rafael was the perfect venue to celebrate the occasion.  
 
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 May 2021 Board Highlights

Posted by Dora Dye on Jun 30, 2021
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President JT Forbus called the Board meeting via Zoom to order at 4:02 p.m. The entire Board was present. Also in attendance were Lisa Christian, Christopher Eggers, Miranti Ojong, Nancy Graydon, Dan Joraanstad representing the San Francisco Rotary Foundation, and Past President Rhonda Poppen.
 
Dora, Secretary, recorded the minutes.
 
CLUB ADMINISTRATION
Treasurer’s Report: Gary discussed the highlights of the balance sheet and the statement of operations as of April 30, 2021 and for the ten months then ended. The Board approved the Treasurer's Report.

Minutes: The Board reviewed and approved the minutes for April 27, 2021 prepared by Dora. 
 
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Membership News:  June 2021

Posted by Nancy Graydon on Jun 29, 2021
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In accordance with our Club Bylaws, I am pleased to announce that the following are scheduled to be inducted into our Club as our newest members on July 13, 2021:
 
Jenny Campbell (Sales: Education | JennyKCampbell.com)
William Gregory (Educational Services | Retired)
 
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about these proposed new members.
Membership News: June 2021 Nancy Graydon 2021-06-29 07:00:00Z 0

From your editor

Posted by Dora Dye, Editor on Jun 28, 2021
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This issue of Grindings is the first one for the new Rotary year of 2021-2022. This year's Rotary International theme is "Serve to Change Lives". A new year brings a new start, hope, and opportunity. Please meet your new president - Mary Liu and the Club's new Board here. Join a committee, read Grindings, and check www.sfrotary.com often to find events and future meetings and register.
 
In the meantime, happy 4th of July! We have lots to celebrate, and it is wonderful to be able to celebrate in person again.
 
From your editor Dora Dye, Editor 2021-06-28 07:00:00Z 0

Club Service Team Rocks!

Posted by Dora Dye on Jun 25, 2021
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Our first in-person with a Zoom option meeting on June 22, 2021 at the Hotel Nikko was a huge success and will be long remembered. However, it could not have happened without the hard work of Club volunteers. Thank you to the following:
  • Lisa Stark, Maureen O'Shea, Nancy Graydon, Ann Daugherty and Jane Mermelstein for serving as a Greeter.
  • Nancy Graydon and Bill Poppen for sorting the Club name tags.
  • Ann Daugherty for collecting the lunch tickets.
  • Dan Davies for helping with the microphone.
  • Bob Hermann, Gary Dales, and Casey Blair for handling check-in.
  • Stacey Poole for serving as the scribe. Her notes were used to create the written highlights of this meeting. READ HERE.
  • Lesya Pishchevskaya for taking these photos:  CLICK HERE 
  • Ed Shenkan for helping to take down the equipment at the conclusion of the meeting.
Club Service Team Rocks! Dora Dye 2021-06-25 07:00:00Z 0

LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS June 22, 2021: Debunking President JT Forbus

Posted by Stacey Poole on Jun 23, 2021
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Seventy members and guests in person and online combined attended President JT’s first and last in-person meeting and our first meeting at our new location — the Hotel Nikko. Those attending in person especially enjoyed fellowship, hugs, and seeing people “in real life” after 15 months of Zoom meetings. The meeting was kicked off by President JT Forbus (Accounting | Bogdan & Frasco) who asked for a round of applause for the fact that we were meeting in person. 
 
Visiting Rotarians and Special Guests
In today's audience were the following guests in person: Bud Dillon, William Gregory, Bob Hunter, Esther Landau, Forrest Liu, and Eric Sleigh. Online were these guests: Salvador Farfan, Anne Marie Forbus (President JT's wife), Gabriel Kupeli, Rotary District 5150 Assistant Governor Liz Mark, and Malinda Monterrosa of the Rotary Club of Los Angeles.
 
LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS June 22, 2021: Debunking President JT Forbus Stacey Poole 2021-06-23 07:00:00Z 0

Final Presidential Message

Posted by JT Forbus on Jun 22, 2021
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Well, today is the day! It has been about a year since I took office, and almost a year and a half before seeing each of you in the same room together. Today, we are celebrating so many things! Sure, we’re celebrating the obvious coup of my Presidency, but we are celebrating so much more.
  • We are celebrating seeing friends in 3-D, shaking hands, hugging, elbowing, meeting the new members, and finding out who ate too many sweets during the pandemic! 
  • We are celebrating being together, feeling normal, enjoying a new venue, and moving on from what hopefully is a once in a lifetime event. 
But while we transform into Phoenixes rising from ashes, let’s talk for a moment about where we’ve been:
 
Final Presidential Message JT Forbus 2021-06-22 07:00:00Z 0

ALPS Project July 10, 2021:  Canned Food Drive

Posted by Harmony Ma on Jun 22, 2021
The Rotary Club of San Francisco and the San Francisco Rotary Foundation launched the Action Leadership Program with Students (ALPS) in 2019. Below is an ALPS project where we can help by donating canned food. Any questions, please contact Harmony Ma, ALPS Program Manager.
ALPS Project July 10, 2021: Canned Food Drive Harmony Ma 2021-06-22 07:00:00Z 0

Recordings from LinkedIn for Rotarians Workshop

Posted by Brian Lan on Jun 20, 2021
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The Public Relations and Vocational Service Committees of our Club presented a session on June 9, 2021 on why Rotarians should use LinkedIn and how it can benefit Rotary. If you missed any part of this session or just want to see the program again, below are the recordings:
 
Main Session & the Job Search breakout session - Why Rotarians should use LinkedIn and how it can benefit the Rotary Club. This video also includes a breakout session for Rotarians who want to learn how to use LinkedIn to search for a job.
 
Just The Basics breakout session - For Rotarians who are new to LinkedIn.
 
Exploring Further breakout session - For Rotarians who are interested in learning about some of LinkedIn's advanced features.
Recordings from LinkedIn for Rotarians Workshop Brian Lan 2021-06-20 07:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING Highlights for June 15, 2021: How Our Club Changes the World

Posted by Dora Dye on Jun 17, 2021
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President JT Forbus (Accounting | Bogdan & Frasco) opened the final meeting of his term as our Club's president and welcomed everyone. He shared the following Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement from Rotary:
 
"As a global network that strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
 
Rotary will cultivate a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in which people from underrepresented groups have greater opportunities to participate as members and leaders."
 
Then, President JT led the audience virtually to the Empire Room at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel for one final visit. The Hotel remains closed from the pandemic and has also been sold. Our Club closes a chapter in its history of meeting at the Sir Francis Drake and begins a new chapter on June 22, 2021 when we will start meeting at the Hotel Nikko.
 
E-MEETING Highlights for June 15, 2021: How Our Club Changes the World Dora Dye 2021-06-17 07:00:00Z 0

Report on the Sock Project

Posted by Jane Mermelstein on Jun 15, 2021
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Last week, members of our Club sorted almost 1,500 socks and distributed them to the Homeless Prenatal Program, SF Police Department, SF Fire Department, and LavaMaeˣ.  

Our Club has been sharing socks with our partners who support the homeless since Emergency Services Day in 2018 when we supplemented flower arrangements with socks and then shared them with our first responders after the event. The San Francisco Rotary Foundation has provided grants for this program. We have also solicited corporate donations and received many socks from Bombas -- some as part of their 1:1 match (for every pair of socks they sell, they give one pair to share with the homeless). Last summer, Bombas gifted an extra 3,750 pairs of socks to our Club to distribute in San Francisco. 
 
Report on the Sock Project Jane Mermelstein 2021-06-15 07:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING Highlights for June 8, 2021: Mary Liu and Serve to Change Lives

Posted by David Dye on Jun 08, 2021
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At this meeting, we celebrated the success of the 12th Annual Bike Build and thanked Bill Poppen (Banking: Management | MUFG Union Bank) for leading this event.
 
President-Elect Mary Liu (Real Estate: Sales | JM Real Estate Group | Vanguard Properties) and the incoming Board of Directors presented the annual Club Assembly. They shared their plans and goals for the upcoming year. This meeting via Zoom was recorded. The recording will be shared with you when it becomes available.
 
E-MEETING Highlights for June 8, 2021: Mary Liu and Serve to Change Lives David Dye 2021-06-08 07:00:00Z 0

2020-2021 Interact Scholarship Winners

Posted by Sue Rokaw on Jun 05, 2021
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Our Club honored five graduating seniors with a Rotary Club of San Francisco 2021 Interact Scholarship Award at our June 1, 2021 Club meeting. Scholarship selection focuses on extracurricular interests, community service, and leadership experience plus their articulated personal goals and dreams. It was great to hear from the students during the meeting as to how their Interact Club participation has positively impacted their lives. Each expressed appreciation for our Club’s $2,500 financial support! Congratulations to them all! Now a little bit about each. 
2020-2021 Interact Scholarship Winners Sue Rokaw 2021-06-05 07:00:00Z 0

Save the Date - June 22, 2021 for President JT's Debunking

Posted by Dora Dye on Jun 04, 2021
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SAVE THE DATE. Our first in-person meeting since March 2020 will be held on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. At this meeting President-Elect Nominee Christopher Wiseman will lead the debunking of President JT Forbus. Registration will open soon. Lunch will be served, and how to make payment will be forthcoming. Don't miss this opportunity to thank our outgoing president for all he has done to make this a great Rotary year despite all the challenges presented by the pandemic.
 
 
Save the Date - June 22, 2021 for President JT's Debunking Dora Dye 2021-06-04 07:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING Highlights for June 1, 2021: Sister ZsaZsa Glamour, SF 101: Getting to Know The Sisters of the Perpetual Indulgences

Posted by David Dye on Jun 01, 2021
President JT Forbus (Accounting | Bogdan & Frasco) welcomed the month of June when he will "graduate" from his presidency of this Club. He led us to a past Pride Parade.
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
In today's audience were Robert Hunter, Erma Kurtovic, and the following Interactors: Owen Park, Justin Kwong, Victoria Aye, and Lana Nguyen. Also present was today's speaker, Sister ZsaZsa Glamour.
 
E-MEETING Highlights for June 1, 2021: Sister ZsaZsa Glamour, SF 101: Getting to Know The Sisters of the Perpetual Indulgences David Dye 2021-06-01 07:00:00Z 0

Academy of Art University Spring Show

Posted by Michael Petricca on May 29, 2021
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Everyone is invited to the Spring Show, the annual art and design exhibition showcasing the achievements of graduating students across 22 different schools at Academy of Art University. The Spring Show is happening now through June 14, 2021. Go here to explore the Spring Show. Any questions, please ask me.
Academy of Art University Spring Show Michael Petricca 2021-05-29 07:00:00Z 0

April 2021 Board Highlights

Posted by Dora Dye on May 27, 2021
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ROTARY CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO
President JT Forbus called the Board meeting via Zoom to order at 4:02 p.m. on April 27, 2021. A quorum was present. Also in attendance were Lisa Christian, Ed Shenkan, Nancy Graydon, Miranti Ojong, District 5150 Past District Governor Sue Rokaw, Dan Joraanstad representing the San Francisco Rotary Foundation, and Past President Rhonda Poppen.
 
Dora, Secretary, recorded the minutes.
 
CLUB ADMINISTRATION
Treasurer’s Report: Gary discussed the highlights of the balance sheet and the statement of operations as of March 31, 2021 and for the nine months then ended. He also explained how to read the report to those in the audience today. The Board approved the Treasurer's Report.

Minutes: The Board reviewed and approved the minutes for March 30, 2021 prepared by Dora. 
 
April 2021 Board Highlights Dora Dye 2021-05-27 07:00:00Z 0

Membership News: May 2021

Posted by Terry Pickering on May 25, 2021
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In accordance with our Club Bylaws, I am pleased to announce that the following is scheduled to be inducted into our Club as our newest member on June 8, 2021:
 
Carmel Finnerty (Ros Hills Property Management | Self-employed)
 
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about this proposed new member.
Membership News: May 2021 Terry Pickering 2021-05-25 07:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING Highlights for May 18, 2021: Frank Schulenburg, How to improve the quality of knowledge on Wikipedia

Posted by David Dye on May 20, 2021
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Past President Casey Blair (Financial Services: Private Trading | KCB Trading, LLC) welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order. 
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
In today's audience were Emily DiLaura, Jamie Miller, Erma Kurtovic, Lance Scott, and Arturo Guillen. Lance and Arturo are from The Arc San Francisco. Also present was today's speaker, Frank Schulenburg.
 
New Meeting Place
Progress is being made on locating a new meeting place for our Club. Stay tuned!
 
E-MEETING Highlights for May 18, 2021: Frank Schulenburg, How to improve the quality of knowledge on Wikipedia David Dye 2021-05-20 07:00:00Z 0

News and Views from the San Francisco Rotary Foundation

Posted by Daniel Joraanstad on May 14, 2021
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The San Francisco Rotary Foundation has been looking at a number of issues over the last several months. Here is a quick update.  
 
BOARD MEMBERSHIP
We have three long-term members of the Foundation who come off the Board at the end of June including Cecile Chiquette, Tim Hornbecker, and Eric Schmautz. These three have served the Foundation for nine years. Bravo! All three have served as Presidents of our Club, and Tim has been President of the Foundation. In addition, Tom Briody is concluding his second year of service and will not be able to return. To all of these stalwart members of the Board, we extend a thank you for service and dedication to our Foundation. We have a great slate of new candidates to serve on the Board, and those who have been elected will be announced at the June meeting which will be on June 24, 2021.
 
News and Views from the San Francisco Rotary Foundation Daniel Joraanstad 2021-05-14 07:00:00Z 0
E-MEETING Highlights for May 11, 2021: Christopher Pollock, Golden Gate Park and its 150 Years of History David Dye 2021-05-12 07:00:00Z 0

Members in the News: May 2021

Posted by Dora Dye on May 06, 2021
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Congratulations to Club member Jianying (James) Chen and his wife, Estela, on the birth of their son, Abraham! Abraham was born on April 14, 2021, weighing 3.35 KG and measuring 20 inches in length. The whole family is doing well.
 
Note:  This column is where we invite members to share their professional, personal, or Rotary milestones. All entries are to be submitted to the Grindings Editor who reserves the rights to edit and approve the submissions before publication. Please note that once published, the information is available online to anyone.
Members in the News: May 2021 Dora Dye 2021-05-06 07:00:00Z 0

Lights...Camera...Action!

Posted by Terry Pickering on Apr 30, 2021
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Twelve Rotary Club of San Francisco members participated in our April 29 social event - Family Feud! We had two teams, women vs. men, competing for a cash prize of $1,000 to support a charity of their choice. The house was packed with friends and family cheering for their favorite team!

Laine Hendricks' composure and touch of humor made for an awesome emcee! Mary Liu was the perfect game show host personality! Quick wit and a perpetual smile served her well!
 
Lights...Camera...Action! Terry Pickering 2021-04-30 07:00:00Z 0

Rotaract Club at USF is back!

Posted by David Dye on Apr 30, 2021
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Our Club co-sponsors the Rotaract Club at the University of San Francisco with the Rotary Club of San Francisco Chinatown. Once vibrant, this Rotaract Club went dormant for a while due to the graduation of members and COVID-19. 

Earlier this year, this Rotaract Club became active again. See the story here in this video clip. Dora and I were pleased to join these Rotaractors at the recent Earth Day clean-up with the Rotary Club of San Francisco Chinatown, the Rotary Club for Global Action, and the Rotary Club of Peninsula Starlight.
Rotaract Club at USF is back! David Dye 2021-04-30 07:00:00Z 0

March 2021 Board Highlights

Posted by Dora Dye on Apr 29, 2021
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ROTARY CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO
President JT Forbus called the Board meeting via Zoom to order at 4:04 p.m. The entire Board was present. Also in attendance were Lisa Christian, Dan Joraanstad representing the San Francisco Rotary Foundation, and Past President Rhonda Poppen. Dora, Secretary, recorded the minutes.
 
CLUB ADMINISTRATION
Minutes: The Board reviewed and approved the minutes for February 23, 2021 prepared by Dora. 
 
District 5150 Awards for Club Excellence 2020-2021 Rotary Year: Dora reviewed the results of these Awards for our Club in 2020-2021 and announced that she would be submitting these results to Rotary District 5150.
 
March 2021 Board Highlights Dora Dye 2021-04-29 07:00:00Z 0

Membership News: April 2021

Posted by Terry Pickering on Apr 27, 2021
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In accordance with our Club Bylaws, I am pleased to announce that the following is scheduled to be inducted into our Club as our newest member on May 11, 2021:
 
Kevin Davidson (Social Justice | CANI-PAC)
 
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about this proposed new member.
Membership News: April 2021 Terry Pickering 2021-04-27 07:00:00Z 0
COVID Vaccine Now Available 2021-04-23 07:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING Highlights for April 20, 2021:  Casey Fritz, Better at the Bin with Recology

Posted by David Dye on Apr 22, 2021
President JT Forbus (Accounting | Bogdan & Frasco) celebrated the completion of taxes and led us virtually to a city tour bus. 
 
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
In today's audience were Josh Traeger and Katja Matthews of the Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary who talked about how their entire club is virtually traveling the world to visit other Rotary clubs as part of their Chasing Sunrise initiative. See here for more information. Other guests included Randy Adams, Jamie Miller, Andrés Vera, Matthew Madsen, Anne Bello, Josh Goldberg, and Karina Alvarado Mendoza. Also present was today's speaker, Casey Fritz.
 
E-MEETING Highlights for April 20, 2021: Casey Fritz, Better at the Bin with Recology David Dye 2021-04-22 07:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING Highlights for April 13, 2021: Dr. Oral Moses, An Overview of African American Music

Posted by Bob Hermann and David Dye on Apr 15, 2021
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Past Presidents Eric Schmautz (2008-2009) (Banking: Management | Wells Fargo) and Stephanie Schmautz (2015-2016) (Elder Care and Senior Services | The Carlisle) led today's meeting and welcomed everyone.
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
In today's audience were Ashok Gupta, August Reader, Jamie Miller, Jean Schore, Harmony Ma and her guests (Cecilia Bentley and Yajaira Carter), Karen Sommerich, Jeff Lerner, Salvador Farfan, Carrie Condran LaBriola, and today's speaker, Dr. Oral Moses.
 
E-MEETING Highlights for April 13, 2021: Dr. Oral Moses, An Overview of African American Music Bob Hermann and David Dye 2021-04-15 07:00:00Z 0

50/50 Campaign: Managing Your TRF Donations

Posted by Christopher Wiseman on Apr 13, 2021
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The 50-50 campaign is diligently tracking our generous donors. Because individual gifts to The Rotary Foundation (TFF) are not available for public view, we plan to include only the aggregate total in our gift giving for 20-21. If you wish to omit your donations to TRF from the total of the 50-50 campaign, please contact Christopher Wiseman as to what amount of cash to exclude, and we can subtract it from the aggregate of the total TRF funds raised from our Club. Thanks for keeping us informed. 
 
50/50 Campaign: Managing Your TRF Donations Christopher Wiseman 2021-04-13 07:00:00Z 0

Assembling Backpacks for the Homeless with Catholic Charities

Posted by Rhonda Poppen on Apr 11, 2021
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A group of volunteers from the Rotary Club of San Francisco partnered with Catholic Charities on Saturday, April 10. Working steadily from 9 to 11:30 AM, we formed three assembly stations to do the following: (1) organize non-perishable food supplies into kits, (2) organize hygiene items and socks into kits, and (3) combine the two kits into yellow backpacks and add to large boxes for distribution. Event organizer and Rotarian Carol Laughlin of Catholic Charities indicated that the items are in direct response to needs expressed by those who will receive the kits.
 
Assembling Backpacks for the Homeless with Catholic Charities Rhonda Poppen 2021-04-11 07:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING Highlights for April 6, 2021: Gary Kamiya, A Jaunt Through San Francisco

Posted by Dora Dye on Apr 08, 2021
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President-Elect Mary Liu (Real Estate: Sales | JM Real Estate Group | Vanguard Properties) led today's meeting and welcomed everyone.
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
In today's audience were Kevin Davidson, Eoin Garcia, Abdul Hadi (Rotarian), Joe Lamberson, Jeff Lerner, Patrick Marks, Jean Petro, Karen Sommerich, Andres Vera, and today's speaker, Gary Kamiya.
 
E-MEETING Highlights for April 6, 2021: Gary Kamiya, A Jaunt Through San Francisco Dora Dye 2021-04-08 07:00:00Z 0

Correction on February 2021 Board Highlights

Posted by Dora Dye on Apr 05, 2021
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After the publication of these Board highlights in the April 4, 2021 issue of Grindings, we discovered an error and provide the correct language here:
 
ROTARY SERVICE, INC.
Adding Foundation member to our Board. The Board approved the addition of the president of the San Francisco Rotary Foundation to the Board of Rotary Service, Inc. The SFRF president would be a non-voting member on our Board. 
Correction on February 2021 Board Highlights Dora Dye 2021-04-05 07:00:00Z 0

February 2021 Board Highlights

Posted by Dora Dye on Apr 01, 2021
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ROTARY CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO
President JT Forbus called the Board meeting via Zoom to order at 4:02 p.m. A quorum was present. Also in attendance were Lisa Christian and Past President Rhonda Poppen. Dora, Secretary, recorded the minutes.
 
CLUB ADMINISTRATION
Minutes:  The Board reviewed and approved the minutes for January 26, 2021 prepared by Dora. 
 
District 5150 Awards for Club Excellence 2020-2021 Rotary Year:  Dora reminded the Board of the deadline to submit scores to her.
 
February 2021 Board Highlights Dora Dye 2021-04-01 07:00:00Z 0

San Francisco Rotary Foundation Funds Gowns and PPE

Posted by Lily Muldoon on Mar 31, 2021
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Volunteering with Rotary can take you to unique places! For example, a small street tucked in the Mission has many small "maker" businesses - like the shop which did all the cutting and assembling of the gowns that Rotarians delivered to protect health workers. Covering the Bay Area from Pleasanton to San Mateo, and cities in between, the Rotary Club of San Francisco met the challenge of loading cars with over 2,250 gowns and distributing to welcoming hands across the Bay Area.
 
San Francisco Rotary Foundation Funds Gowns and PPE Lily Muldoon 2021-03-31 07:00:00Z 0

Membership News: March 2021

Posted by Terry Pickering on Mar 30, 2021
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In accordance with our Club Bylaws, I am pleased to announce that the following are scheduled to be inducted into our Club as our newest members on April 13, 2021:
 
Jeff Lerner (Interior Design: Flooring | Floorcraft/Flowercraft San Francisco)
Matthew Madsen (Nonprofit Management | The Salvation Army)
Karen Sommerich (Brand Strategy | Salesforce)
Andrés Vera (Performing Arts | Self-employed)
 
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about these proposed new members.
Membership News: March 2021 Terry Pickering 2021-03-30 07:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING Highlights for March 23, 2021:  Dr. Diane Birnbaumer, The Latest on COVID Vaccines

Posted by David Dye on Mar 25, 2021
AlcatrazPresident JT Forbus (Accounting | Bogdan & Frasco) celebrated Jonas Salk's polio vaccine in 1953 and led us virtually to Alcatraz. 
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
In today's audience were Olgha Kniezeva, Murrey Nelson, Mugdha Varpe, Zeenah Haddad, Allison Ettenger, Toni Heineman, Kate Hecht, David Stein, Adi Kulkarni, Andres Vera, Brian Muldoon, Shashank Bharill, Jean Petro, Salvador Farfan, Jeff Lerner and Rotarians Audrey Kearns and Richard Kalungi. Audrey is President-Elect of the Niles Rotary Club of Fremont, and Richard hails from the Rotary Club of Kampala South, District 9211 soon to become Districts 9213/9214. Also present was today's speaker, Dr. Diane Birnbaumer.
 
E-MEETING Highlights for March 23, 2021: Dr. Diane Birnbaumer, The Latest on COVID Vaccines David Dye 2021-03-25 07:00:00Z 0

DJ Peter Logan and The Golden Age of Rock 'n Roll

Posted by Terry Pickering on Mar 24, 2021
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On March 18, 2021, Rotarians from the Rotary Club of San Francisco tuned in, listening to the sounds of “The Golden Age of Rock n’ Roll”. Celebrity DJ Peter “Drumhead” Logan spun disks and shared film clips from his broadcast studio, showcasing an all-star cast of artists. The playlist included Chuck Berry, The Beach Boys, The Supremes, Elvis Presley, The Ronettes, The Doors, The Eagles, The Beatles, Steve Miller Band and on to Huey Lewis & the News.
 
DJ Peter Logan and The Golden Age of Rock 'n Roll Terry Pickering 2021-03-24 07:00:00Z 0

New Homer Wood Fellows

Posted by Daniel Joraanstad on Mar 19, 2021
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At the March 16, 2021 Club Meeting, we announced and honored the following new Homer Wood Fellows:
 
Robin Azevedo, Casey Blair, Tom Brunner, Cecile Chiquette, Gary Dales, Bob Hermann, Tim Hornbecker, Dan Joraanstad, Peter Lagarias, Kevin Leong, John Mathers, Don Morrison, Luis Moran, Bill Poppen, Wendy Ross, and Bob Schmitz. 
 
The above join those previously honored and listed here.
 
New Homer Wood Fellows Daniel Joraanstad 2021-03-19 07:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING Highlights for March 16, 2021:  Valerie McGrew, Snapshots of the Story of the Irish in San Francisco

Posted by Bob Hermann on Mar 18, 2021
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2021-2022 President-Elect Christopher Wiseman (Event Planning | Glaucoma Research Foundation) welcomed everyone to today's meeting and early celebration of St. Patrick's Day. He provided some fun facts about St. Patrick’s Day including that the original color was BLUE, not GREEN.
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
In today's audience were Jeff Lerner, Rich Moran, Maria Pohlman, Eric Sleigh, Karen Sommerich, Andres Vera, Andy Wang, Charley Vogt of the Rotary Club of Ignacio, and today's speaker, Valerie McGrew. 
 
E-MEETING Highlights for March 16, 2021: Valerie McGrew, Snapshots of the Story of the Irish in San Francisco Bob Hermann 2021-03-18 07:00:00Z 0

Follow ALPS on Instagram

Posted by Harmony Ma on Mar 16, 2021
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Check out the latest happenings in Rotary's innovative youth program, "ALPS", on Instagram! Follow us today to see what our students are up to! 
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E-MEETING Highlights for March 9, 2021:  Cinthia Carvajal and Ammarah Maqsood, Global Fund for Women: How Philanthropy & Politics Impact Gender Justice

Posted by David Dye on Mar 09, 2021
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2018-2019 Past President Rhonda Poppen (Grant Writing | GRANTdog) welcomed everyone to today's meeting and celebration of International Women's Day.
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
In today's audience were Salvador Farfan, Jeff Lerner, Salma Nakhuda, Andres Vera, Moustafa Harfoush, and today's speakers - Cinthia Carvajal and Ammarah Maqsood. Also present from Roots of Peace were Carol Lustenader, Patricia Sheikh, and Linda Sussman. 
 
Chatterbox!
Here is today's question: The focus of our March 23 meeting surrounds COVID-19 vaccinations. In order to tune the talk to our interests, the speaker is asking for our more pressing questions and concerns about the vaccines. Everyone was asked to post responses on the Chat.
 
E-MEETING Highlights for March 9, 2021: Cinthia Carvajal and Ammarah Maqsood, Global Fund for Women: How Philanthropy & Politics Impact Gender Justice David Dye 2021-03-09 08:00:00Z 0

The Pandemic: One Year Later

Posted by Dora Dye on Mar 08, 2021
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One year ago, our world completely changed when the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic.
 
The Sir Francis Drake Hotel where our Club meets was boarded up and remains closed to this day.
 
We learned to Zoom and taught our members how to Zoom. Sheltered at home, Zoom became the only way to connect with our members, our job (if we still had one), some entertainment and activity, and our school.
 
We knew people who got infected. Sadly, some of us knew people who succumbed to this horrible virus.
 
After several surges and a year later, we are starting to see some light at the end of a long tunnel.
 
The Pandemic: One Year Later Dora Dye 2021-03-08 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Meadow Work Project at Mount Sutro Forest with the Sutro Stewards 

Posted by Harold Hoogasian on Mar 08, 2021
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After an evening of light rain, the glorious sun shone on Rotary Meadow where we worked. Under the direction of Kelly Dodge (Sutro Stewards Volunteer Coordinator and Educator), we removed non-native plants and bramble and planted species of native plants. The new plants included: soap plant, pipevine, pokeweed, sticky monkey flowers, and purple melic grass.
 
The experience was exciting because we all knew that we would get to see these plants grow over time with each work project visit.  

In addition to Kelly, Gary Keener, Andres Vera, Dan Joraanstad, and Bob Hermann participated in today's work day. Thank you and thank you to the Rotary Club of San Francisco for its support of Rotary Meadow all these years.
 
Rotary Meadow Work Project at Mount Sutro Forest with the Sutro Stewards Harold Hoogasian 2021-03-08 08:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING Highlights for March 2, 2021:  Alan Deardorff, International Trade and Trade Policy during the Pandemic

Posted by David Dye on Mar 04, 2021
President JT Forbus (Accounting | Bogdan & Frasco) celebrated the first compact disc released on March 2, 1983 and led us virtually to Lombard Street in San Francisco. He also shared a video clip of the recent move in San Francisco of an entire Victorian house six blocks from its original location.
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
In today's audience were Moustafa Harfoush, Jamie Miller, Devin Lewis, Jeff Lerner, and today's speaker Alan Deardorff. Member Rachel Kantosky zoomed all the way from Trondheim.
 
Chatterbox!
President JT posed this question:  What was the first music album you purchased? He invited responses on the Chat.
 
E-MEETING Highlights for March 2, 2021: Alan Deardorff, International Trade and Trade Policy during the Pandemic David Dye 2021-03-04 08:00:00Z 0

Volunteers Make a Difference in RotaCare Bay Area

Posted by Bob Hermann on Mar 04, 2021
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It’s been a difficult and challenging year for many programs and businesses; healthcare services in our country were no exception. Services at RotaCare Bay Area, like many others, had to pivot and realign to continue clinical care services to those in need. Rethinking and planning outside the box led to innovations used by the big healthcare providers in our smaller clinics. 
 
Volunteers Make a Difference in RotaCare Bay Area Bob Hermann 2021-03-04 08:00:00Z 0

January 2021 Board Highlights

Posted by Dora Dye on Feb 24, 2021
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ROTARY CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO
President JT Forbus called the Board meeting via Zoom to order at 4 p.m. The entire Board was present. Also in attendance were Jessica Hansen and Past President Rhonda Poppen. Dora, Secretary, recorded the minutes.
 
APPOINTMENT OF VICE PRESIDENT OF INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
Susan Dean had submitted her resignation as Vice President of International Service. Mary introduced Jessica Hansen to the Board for consideration to finish out Susan’s term. Jessica expressed her interest in the position and her vision. The Board discussed the procedure to fill a Board vacancy and referred to the Bylaws. A motion was made and seconded to approve Jessica Hansen to serve as Vice President of International Service until June 30, 2022. The motion was unanimously approved.
 
January 2021 Board Highlights Dora Dye 2021-02-24 08:00:00Z 0

Membership News: February 2021

Posted by Terry Pickering on Feb 23, 2021
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In accordance with our Club Bylaws, I am pleased to announce that the following is scheduled to be inducted into our Club as our newest member on March 9, 2021:
 
Moustafa Harfoush (Law: Estate Planning and Real Estate | Law Office of Moustafa Harfoush)
 
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about this proposed new member.
Membership News: February 2021 Terry Pickering 2021-02-23 08:00:00Z 0

Volunteering with TogetherSF

Posted by Bob Hermann on Feb 22, 2021
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Our Club recently distributed over 300+ dictionaries with TogetherSF to low-income, poverty-stricken neighborhoods, such as the Tenderloin in San Francisco. Today (Saturday, February 20, 2021), however, our project, led once again by project leader Maureen O’Shea, addressed food insecurity by providing boxes of nutritious food to ten churches to feed over 800 families in need. 
 
It was a cool and damp beginning but at the end of the morning, over 14 pallets of food were loaded onto five U-Haul trucks and three cars to provide nourishing meals to ten churches located in the Bayview Hunter’s Point area of the City. The boxes of food contained pre-packaged meats, dairy, vegetables and other nourishing grocery items to help sustain a family for a week. Each box weighed about 15 pounds to 25 pounds and through an assembly line was packed into these U-Haul vehicles for distribution. We were pumped, tired, but energized knowing the difference we were making in the lives of others.
 
Volunteering with TogetherSF Bob Hermann 2021-02-22 08:00:00Z 0

What's New in Rotary District 5150

Posted by Dora Dye on Feb 18, 2021
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Coming up soon are two District events:
 
  • February 25, 2021: a Rotary Means Business Morning Event featuring interesting speakers talking about the business climate and other issues on the San Francisco Peninsula.
  • March 20, 2021: the First Virtual District Assembly, to celebrate our incoming club presidents, learn more about the different programs of Rotary, explore ways to become more involved at club and/or district level, and meet members from other Rotary clubs. Please attend especially to cheer for Mary Liu as she begins her year as our Club's President.
What's New in Rotary District 5150 Dora Dye 2021-02-18 08:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING Highlights for February 16, 2021: Richard Harrell, Music, the Universal Language: Why Do We Love Music?

Posted by David and Dora Dye on Feb 18, 2021
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President JT Forbus (Accounting | Bogdan & Frasco) celebrated Mardi Gras 2021. Due to the pandemic, there was no parade, but we did get to meet virtually at San Francisco's Painted Ladies.
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
In today's audience were Jeff Lerner, Dan Evenhouse, Carmel Finnerty, Moustafa Harfoush, and Blake Poppen.
 
Chatterbox!
President JT posed these two questions:  What is your favorite song? and What is your favorite music video? He invited responses on the Chat.
 
E-MEETING Highlights for February 16, 2021: Richard Harrell, Music, the Universal Language: Why Do We Love Music? David and Dora Dye 2021-02-18 08:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING Highlights for February 9, 2021: Frederick Jordan, Little Known Facts About Black History

Posted by Bob Hermann (and edited by Dora Dye) on Feb 10, 2021
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As today was February 9, President JT Forbus (Accounting | Bogdan & Frasco) celebrated the February 9 National Days: National Cut the Cord Day, National Bagel and Lox Day, National Pizza Day. and National Toothache Day. He then escorted everyone virtually to Pier 39. 
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
In today's audience were Csongor Czezar (prospective member), Daniel Green (guest of PDG Sue Rokaw (Law: Insurance | Deans & Homer)); Jeff Lerner, Jessie Chin (representing Scott Lai of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office), and today's speaker, Frederick Jordan.
 
E-MEETING Highlights for February 9, 2021: Frederick Jordan, Little Known Facts About Black History Bob Hermann (and edited by Dora Dye) 2021-02-10 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Global Grant Scholarship

Posted by Mary Liu on Feb 05, 2021
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The Rotary Global Grant Scholarship supports academic study in Rotary’s Areas of Focus. The scholarship is in the amount of $36,000.00 for graduate level academic study in a foreign country for the academic year starting Fall 2021. Scholarship funds may be used for travel, housing, tuition, books, supplies, and/or living expenses.
 
Rotary District 5150 seeks candidates with:
  • Excellent leadership skills and potential.
  • A proven record of success in their academic field or vocation.
  • A commitment to community service.
  • Well-defined and realistic goals.
  • Concrete ideas for advancing within their chosen field.
  • A serious interest in keeping a lifelong relationship with Rotary after the scholarship period.
Rotary Global Grant Scholarship Mary Liu 2021-02-05 08:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING Highlights for February 2, 2021: Sharon Sayles Belton, Dare to Dream: A Vision for Community Engagement

Posted by David and Dora Dye on Feb 03, 2021
President JT Forbus (Accounting | Bogdan & Frasco) celebrated Rue Paul's Drag Race that was launched on this date (February 2) in 2009. He then ushered everyone virtually to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL where Super Bowl LV between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be played on February 7, 2021. David Dye (Management Consulting  | Retired) was singled out as the lone fan of the Kansas City Chiefs, and he expects the Chiefs to win another Super Bowl.
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
In today's audience were Csongor Czezar (prospective member), Harmony Ma of the Action Leadership Program with Students (ALPS), Erica Hewitt from the Rotary Club of San Francisco Evening, Lisa Schwie, Kelly Barna, Moustafa Harfoush, and today's speaker, Sharon Sayles Belton.
 
E-MEETING Highlights for February 2, 2021: Sharon Sayles Belton, Dare to Dream: A Vision for Community Engagement David and Dora Dye 2021-02-03 08:00:00Z 0

November 2020 Board Highlights

Posted by Dora Dye on Jan 27, 2021
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ROTARY CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO
President JT Forbus called the Board meeting via Zoom to order at 4 p.m. on November 24, 2020. A quorum was present. Also attending were Lisa Christian and Past President Scott Plakun.
 
CLUB ADMINISTRATION
Minutes:  The Board reviewed and approved the minutes for October 27, 2020 prepared by Dora Dye. 
 
Treasurer’s Report:  Gary Dales discussed the highlights of the balance sheet and the statement of operations. The Board reviewed and approved the Treasurer’s Report.
 
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Membership News: January 2021

Posted by Terry Pickering on Jan 26, 2021
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In accordance with our Club Bylaws, I am pleased to announce that the following are scheduled to be inducted into our Club as our newest members on February 9, 2021:
 
Csongor Czezar (Software Engineering)
Scott Lai (Governmental Relations | Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco)
 
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about these proposed new members.
Membership News: January 2021 Terry Pickering 2021-01-26 08:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING Highlights for January 19, 2021: Leslie Frates, Backstage Secrets of Jeopardy! 

Posted by Dora Dye on Jan 20, 2021
To celebrate the inauguration of a new U.S. President and to welcome a new chapter in our country's history, President JT Forbus (Accounting | Bogdan & Frasco) played Bruce Springsteen's song, Born in the USA. He then ushered everyone virtually to Crissy Field for a picnic lunch.
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
In today's audience were Csongor Czezar, Salvador Farfan (a former Rotarian from Long Beach, CA), Sangita Seshadri from the Rotary Club of Saratoga, Harmony Ma of the Action Leadership Program with Students (ALPS), and today's speaker, Leslie Frates.
 
E-MEETING Highlights for January 19, 2021: Leslie Frates, Backstage Secrets of Jeopardy! Dora Dye 2021-01-20 08:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING Highlights for January 12, 2021: Geoff Cochran, An Overview of The Rotary Foundation and Annual Fund

Posted by David A. Dye on Jan 13, 2021
President JT Forbus (Accounting | Bogdan & Frasco) welcomed everyone to the January 12, 2021 meeting held virtually at the Tadich Grill. He began the meeting with an inspirational poem, In Spite of War, by Angela Morgan. The message was that life continues even when terrible things happen and we are encouraged to look at the best surrounding us and not focus on the negative things in our world. President JT also announced that Disneyland would be transformed into a COVID-19 vaccination super site.
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
In today's audience were Past District Governor Chris Gallagher, Csongor Czezar from Hungary, and Geoff Cochran, an Annual Giving Officer with The Rotary Foundation.
 
E-MEETING Highlights for January 12, 2021: Geoff Cochran, An Overview of The Rotary Foundation and Annual Fund David A. Dye 2021-01-13 08:00:00Z 0
What's New in Rotary District 5150 and the Rotary Club of San Francisco Dora Dye 2021-01-08 08:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING Highlights for January 5, 2021: Rob Valletta, The U.S. Economy: On the Mend in 2021? 

Posted by Dora Dye on Jan 07, 2021
Over 65 Rotarians and guests attended our first meeting in 2021. President JT Forbus (Accounting | Bogdan & Frasco) invited everyone to enter the Chase Center virtually. 
 
This Day in History
88 years ago on January 5, 1933, construction began on the Golden Gate Bridge, ushering in the "hard hat area" in San Francisco. 
 
Agenda
President JT shared today's agenda and invited everyone to post their New Year's Resolution(s) on the chat.
 
E-MEETING Highlights for January 5, 2021: Rob Valletta, The U.S. Economy: On the Mend in 2021? Dora Dye 2021-01-07 08:00:00Z 0

Laine Hendricks Selected to be District Governor in 2023-24

Posted by Dora Dye on Jan 06, 2021
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Laine Hendricks
On Tuesday, January 5, 2021, Mary Bates (2020-21 District 5150 Governor), along with Past District Governor Chris Gallagher (Chair of the Nominating Committee for the next District 5150 Governor Nominee Designate), announced to our Club that our own Laine Hendricks had been unanimously selected to serve as District 5150 Governor in 2023-2024. Laine served as our Club's President in 2014-15 while Chris Gallagher served as District 5150 Governor in the same Rotary year. Said PDG Chris, "I know what she can do. Laine will make an excellent District Governor."
 
Laine Hendricks Selected to be District Governor in 2023-24 Dora Dye 2021-01-06 08:00:00Z 0

Revised Grant Template and Final Form Now Available

Posted by Daniel Joraanstad on Jan 06, 2021
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The San Francisco Rotary Foundation (SFRF) and the Grant Review Committee of the Rotary Club of San Francisco have updated and released the Grant Application Template and the Final Report Form along with the instructional guides. Many hands have helped to shape these documents on behalf of the SFRF. Thanks to all who have participated. But one person in particular has to be recognized for improving these crucial documents: Tim Allen. Tim’s career has been spent in grant making and his perseverance, expertise, and background were of great help. Thanks, Tim!  
 
Revised Grant Template and Final Form Now Available Daniel Joraanstad 2021-01-06 08:00:00Z 0

A Look Back at 2020

Posted by Dora Dye on Dec 31, 2020
BEFORE THE PANDEMIC
2020 for the Rotary Club of San Francisco began with new activities: Fund the Future Benefit to raise money for the Action Leadership Program with Students (ALPS) and assembling survival kits with Catholic Charities for distribution to homeless families.
 
Scott Plakun (Management Consulting | The Plakun Group) and the Speakers' Committee introduced us to a new speaker series.  
 
The San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs played in the Super Bowl. At the Club's Super Bowl Party, David Dye (Management Consulting | Retired) was the lone fan of the Kansas City Chiefs.
 
A Look Back at 2020 Dora Dye 2020-12-31 08:00:00Z 0

Recap of the 2020 Holiday Party and Annual Meeting

Posted by Dora Dye on Dec 24, 2020
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Over 90 members, guests, and visiting Rotarians logged into the first virtual Holiday Party and Annual Meeting of the Rotary Club of San Francisco in its 112 years of history held at Nakatomi Plaza on December 15, 2020. We were at this Plaza virtually, because it is the site of a favorite movie of President JT Forbus (Accounting | Bogdan & Frasco), who welcomed everyone and then introduced Stephanie Schmautz (Elder Care and Senior Services | The Carlisle), Chair of the Holiday Party Committee. Stephanie went over the program for the day and was joined by Rhonda Poppen (Grant Writing | GRANTdog) who managed the raffle and Mary Liu (Real Estate: Sales | JM Real Estate Group | Vanguard Properties) who managed the technology for today's party.
 
Recap of the 2020 Holiday Party and Annual Meeting Dora Dye 2020-12-24 08:00:00Z 0

A Message from the Editor

Posted by Dora Dye on Dec 24, 2020
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The last time we met was at the Annual Holiday Party on December 15, 2020 where I was on a computer screen dressed in a Santa suit. The party was virtual, but it drew the largest attendance our Club ever had since we began meeting virtually in March 2020. Many thanks to Stephanie Schmautz, Chair of the Holiday Party Committee. See the next story for the highlights from the party.

In this final issue of Grindings for 2020, you will find a list of those members celebrating their birthday in January 2021 as well as a list of members celebrating their anniversary in our Club in January. Help us keep these lists accurate by updating your information on ClubRunner.
 
A Message from the Editor Dora Dye 2020-12-24 08:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING Highlights for December 8, 2020: Katherine Weinstein Miller and The Future of Juvenile Justice, San Francisco and Beyond

Posted by David A. Dye on Dec 10, 2020
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President JT Forbus (Accounting | Bogdan & Frasco) called the meeting to order at 12 noon. December 8, 2020 was National Brownie Day, and President JT baked some virtual brownies for us.
 
Today we met virtually at Lowell High School. Joining us were Daniel Gao and Issy Southern, both Interactors from the Interact Club at St. Ignatius College Preparatory that the Rotary Club of San Francisco co-sponsors with the Rotary Club of San Francisco West. Daniel and Issy shared the background of their Interact Club, who their leaders are, what this Interact Club does in a typical year, and how they plan to proceed during the pandemic. J Padilla from our Club and Ken Lai from San Francisco West serve as the Rotary advisors to this Interact Club. Following the departure of Daniel and Issy, President JT asked the audience members to share on the Chat the name of their high school and the year when they graduated.
 
E-MEETING Highlights for December 8, 2020: Katherine Weinstein Miller and The Future of Juvenile Justice, San Francisco and Beyond David A. Dye 2020-12-10 08:00:00Z 0

Rotarians in Action at the SF Marin Food Bank

Posted by Bob Hermann on Dec 08, 2020
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Wow! What a day of service or shall we say a few hours of service that provided the foundation for additional aid to those in need of nutritional food. Under project leader Maureen O’Shea, with support from the Community Service Committee of the Rotary Club of San Francisco and Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Peninsula Starlight, the Rotary Club of San Francisco Castro, and the Rotary Club of San Francisco Chinatown, a total of 22 individuals tackled over a dozen pallets and packaged over 20K pounds of fruit. 
 
Rotarians in Action at the SF Marin Food Bank Bob Hermann 2020-12-08 08:00:00Z 0

Volunteer Opportunities at Catholic Charities

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Calling all Rotarians to help one of our corporate members, Catholic Charities and its clients, in the following opportunities:
 
Pantry Helpers at the OMI Senior Center, 65 Beverly Street, San Francisco, CA. You will work outside, following all COVID-19 protocols, to serve people at this Center. We meet every Thursday from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM and would like volunteers to commit to at least three weeks each month. 

Sort Donations at Treasure Island. Regular volunteers to sort donations in a well-ventilated environment at our Treasure Island office, and do other small tasks with just one or two other people. Weekdays between 9 AM and 5 PM; days and times flexible. 

Enjoy the feeling of community and camaraderie of volunteering while still being safe. To volunteer, please contact Carol Laughlin.
 
Volunteer Opportunities at Catholic Charities Carol Laughlin 2020-12-07 08:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING Highlights for December 1, 2020: Dr. Jennifer Scarlett and the Union Square Holiday Windows 

Posted by Dora Dye on Dec 03, 2020
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President JT Forbus (Accounting | Bogdan & Frasco) welcomed everyone to today's meeting held virtually at The Overlook Hotel. (Do you remember which movie is connected with this hotel?) He shared how he had spent the Thanksgiving holiday.
 
Guests and Visiting Rotarians
Among today's guests were Csongor Czezar from Hungary, Margaret Miley (prospective member), Stan Pond who was visiting from the Rotary Club of Foster City as a guest of Peter Logan (Law: Insurance| Peter Logan Law Offices), Sara Willett, a guest of Miranti Ojong (Financial Services: Advising | Team Armada), Krista Maloney and Dr. Jennifer Scarlett of the San Francisco SPCA, and Dr. Kiran Dabholkar of the Rotary Club of Deonar, Mumbai, India.
 
E-MEETING Highlights for December 1, 2020: Dr. Jennifer Scarlett and the Union Square Holiday Windows Dora Dye 2020-12-03 08:00:00Z 0

November 2020 Highlights from the San Francisco Rotary Foundation

Posted by Daniel Joraanstad on Dec 01, 2020
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The Board of the San Francisco Rotary Foundation (SFRF) met on November 19, 2020. President Dan Joraanstad presided and welcomed everyone. Below are some highlights from that meeting: 
 
Update on the 50/50 Campaign: Dan reported that the 50/50 Campaign has achieved over 76% of its $100,000 goal. Even better, total pledges paid are at 72%. Our members are not only generous but good for their word. Dan added that combining the fundraising for both Foundation and Club has sparked interest among several other Rotary Clubs.
 
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Rotarian of the Month: Harold Hoogasian

Posted by Dora Dye on Dec 01, 2020
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At the Tuesday, December 1, 2020 Club E-Meeting, President JT Forbus bestowed upon Past President Harold Hoogasian the honor of Rotarian of the Month. Harold has been a member of our Club and a Rotarian for over 30 years. He served as our Club's President in 2001-2002.
 
Harold is also the owner of Hoogasian Flowers, a family business started by his father. For years, he has contributed flowers to Club events and donated his warehouse space for Rotary and Rotary projects such as housing our Club's records; storing dictionaries and allowing our members to plate and prepare the dictionaries for distribution to third graders in the San Francisco Unified School District; and allowing our members to assemble diaper bags for donation to expectant mothers at the Homeless Prenatal Program (HPP). Harold has even stepped up and volunteered to deliver the stuffed diaper bags and extra diapers to the HPP. 
 
Rotarian of the Month: Harold Hoogasian Dora Dye 2020-12-01 08:00:00Z 0

Thanksgiving with The Arc Highlights: November 23 and 24, 2020

Posted by Dora Dye on Nov 29, 2020
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Celebrating Thanksgiving with the clients of The Arc San Francisco has been one of our Club’s favorite traditions for the past 13 years. The pandemic caused the cancellation of many events throughout the world in 2020, but it did not cancel our Thanksgiving with The Arc San Francisco.
 
Past Club President and Past District Governor Eric Schmautz along with Jonathan Scopazzi from the Rotary Club of San Rafael and some behind the scene work by Greg Gutting came up with a way to deliver not one, but two Thanksgiving meals to Arc clients for a total of 360 meals. The menu included: roasted chicken, vegetables, gravy, yams, rolls with butter, pumpkin pie, and cranberry sauce.
 
Thanksgiving with The Arc Highlights: November 23 and 24, 2020 Dora Dye 2020-11-29 08:00:00Z 0

October 2020 Board Highlights

Posted by Dora Dye on Nov 25, 2020
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ROTARY CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO
President JT Forbus called the Board meeting via Zoom to order at 4:04 p.m. on October 27, 2020. The entire Board was present. Also in attendance was past president Rhonda Poppen.
 
President JT announced that the signed Sister Agreement with the Rotary Club of Shanghai had been placed in today’s Board materials. The Board briefly discussed the history between our Club and the Rotary Club of Shanghai and the significance of this Agreement.
 
October 2020 Board Highlights Dora Dye 2020-11-25 08:00:00Z 0

Members in the News: November 2020

Posted on Nov 24, 2020
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The journey in Potential Rotary Leaders Seminars (PRLS) for Dora Dye and Susan Dean began in July 2019 when both took Basic PRLS. Next, they completed Master PRLS Courses 3, 4, 1, and 2. On Saturday, November 21, 2020, both Dora and Susan completed Master PRLS 5 and graduated from the series. Both received an impressive Master PRLS pin and a book by Dale Carnegie. Congratulations to both! For those of you who are not familiar with PRLS, it is a series of courses designed by Rotarians Betsy Koefoed, Bill Koefoed, and Michael Ford to teach Rotarians skills and techniques as they prepare to assume leadership roles in their Clubs. 
 
Kudos to Eric Schmautz for bringing Thanksgiving to The Arc San Francisco despite the challenges caused by COVID-19. A full story about this year's meal and celebration along with mention of those involved to make this event happen will be published in the December 6, 2020 issue of Grindings.
 
We have another author in our Club. Carla Walter has written and just released SACRED DANCE MEDITATIONS, 365 Globally Inspired Movement Practices Enhancing Awakening, Clarity, and Connection. For more information and to get a copy, visit here. Congratulations, Carla!
 
Members in the News: November 2020 Dora Dye 2020-11-24 08:00:00Z 0

Tribute Mural to Emergency Medicine Doctors

Posted by Lily Muldoon on Nov 24, 2020
This past summer Emergency Medicine doctors from San Francisco hospitals came together to paint a mural recognizing our patients and community during the challenging times caused by the global pandemic. On the outside wall of Zuni's Cafe on Market and Gough Streets, you will see a mural painted by ER doctors. I, too, was lucky to participate in this event.

"Over the past months, many caregivers and providers of health care witnessed the hardships that COVID-19 had on the health and well-being of our most underserved patients and families. Despite these hardships, we as emergency physicians experienced the incredible strength and resilience of our community in banding together - to shelter in place when possible, to make meals and provide groceries and food for our families, to provide public transportation to our essential workers, and so much more. 
 
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Membership News: November 2020

Posted by Terry Pickering on Nov 24, 2020
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In accordance with our Club Bylaws, I am pleased to announce that the following are scheduled to be inducted into our Club as our newest members on December 8, 2020:
 
Dan Davies (Management | North American Lighting)
Margaret Miley (Interior Design | Handlery Hotels, Inc.)
 
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about these proposed new members.
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Complete the Rotary Talent Survey

Posted by Sunny Singh on Nov 20, 2020
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A Rotary Talent Survey was sent out last week, and we encourage all members to take a few minutes to complete the survey. An average response has taken 3 minutes.

The objective of the Rotary Talent Survey is to help gather relevant information to connect you with committee and project leaders so that you can be involved in projects that align with your interests. The survey asks questions to identify your interests and to determine how your skill set can be used to support the Club.

We highly recommend that EVERY member complete this survey. Please reach out to Sunny Singh if you have any questions about the survey.
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E-MEETING Highlights for November 17, 2020: A Day of Thanks

Posted by Dora Dye on Nov 18, 2020
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Both President JT Forbus (Accounting | Bogdan & Frasco) and Past President Casey Blair (Financial Services: Private Trading | KCB Trading, LLC) welcomed everyone to today's meeting held virtually at San Francisco's Dolores Park. Everyone attending quickly selected a social distancing circle to join. The theme was "A Day of Thanks" with President JT dressed as a pilgrim (pictured) while Past President Casey was dressed as a roasted turkey (not pictured). On the Zoom Chat, folks posted what they liked to do for Thanksgiving.
 
 
E-MEETING Highlights for November 17, 2020: A Day of Thanks Dora Dye 2020-11-18 08:00:00Z 0

Donations to the City's Homeless

Posted by Jane Mermelstein on Nov 17, 2020
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During the last few months, our Club received donations of 3,750 pairs of socks, 2,000 hygiene kits and 2,000 face masks to distribute to the homeless in San Francisco through our partners in the community. This distribution was part of the 4,500 hygiene kits distributed citywide and described more fully here.
 
We cataloged, sorted and assembled them to give to the City’s Healthy Streets Operation Center, Homeless Prenatal Program, Lava Maex, San Francisco Police Department and Community Housing Partnership. Thanks to Susan and John Dean for offering the storage space in their garage as they received boxes and boxes and more boxes of supplies! Rotarians involved with soliciting donations, organizing, sorting and distributing included Lisa Christian, Ann Daugherty, John Dean, Susan Dean and Jane Mermelstein.
 
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Walk To End Alzheimer's A Success

Posted by Liam Sheridan on Nov 16, 2020
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The San Francisco Walk to End Alzheimer's kicked off. Although the Walk this year was everywhere, it was a successful event and a heartwarming day for all walkers! Altogether, the Rotary Club of San Francisco raised $590 for Alzheimer's research and awareness. 
 
Over the last few months, members of Rotary worked with the SF Walk Committee to raise awareness through social media, to raise funding for Alzheimer's research, and to distribute event posters to local businesses. The Walk day itself on Saturday, November 7, 2020 saw the Committee Volunteers setting up flower gardens and Walk to End Alzheimer's signage in three locations across San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley. 
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Celebrating 112 Years of Service Above Self

Posted by Stephanie Schmautz on Nov 16, 2020
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Happy Thanksgiving, Fellow Rotarians! The Holiday Season is coming fast and furious, and the Holiday Party Committee has been busy planning a GREAT Party for all of you. This year’s party to be held on December 15, 2020 starting at 12 noon promises a lot of surprises that can only be possible in a virtual party atmosphere so we are taking full advantage of our situation. 

One tradition worth keeping is our Annual Holiday Toy Drive, and we found a way to continue the Drive this holiday season in a virtual manner. Read here for instructions. You must complete your donation by December 23, 2020.
 
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Holiday Toy Drive: Please Donate

Posted by Dora Dye on Nov 16, 2020
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At the Annual Holiday Party in years past, members of our Club and guests donated unwrapped, new toys to the San Francisco Firefighters Toy Drive. This year we cannot bring our toys to the party, but the need is even more dire. Due to the pandemic and its effect on jobs and incomes, some children may not get a toy this holiday season. Here is how we can help by going online and following these steps:
 
Holiday Toy Drive: Please Donate Dora Dye 2020-11-16 08:00:00Z 0

URGENT CALL for Volunteers to Pack and Deliver Thanksgiving Meals

Posted by Dora Dye on Nov 15, 2020
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For years the Rotary Club of San Francisco has prepared and served a Thanksgiving meal to the clients of The Arc San Francisco. This year, it will be different. This year our Club will deliver a meal to those most in need and food insecure this Thanksgiving.

We need volunteers to pack meals on Monday, November 23, 2020; or serve as organizers and runners on the morning of Tuesday, November 24, 2020; or deliver the meals in the late morning of Tuesday, November 24, 2020. 

Please go here for details and sign up. We thank you!
URGENT CALL for Volunteers to Pack and Deliver Thanksgiving Meals Dora Dye 2020-11-15 08:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING Highlights for November 10, 2020: Jessica Hansen and Ethical, Sustainable Travel during COVID-19 and Beyond

Posted by Dora Dye on Nov 11, 2020
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In today's meeting, President JT Forbus (Accounting | Bogdan & Frasco) was dressed as Neo of the Matrix movie series, choosing between the red pill and the blue pill. He welcomed members, visiting Rotarians, and guests and led us virtually to the Four Seasons Total Landscaping. (Note: One of the advantages of virtual meetings is that we can meet in any location.)
 
E-MEETING Highlights for November 10, 2020: Jessica Hansen and Ethical, Sustainable Travel during COVID-19 and Beyond Dora Dye 2020-11-11 08:00:00Z 0

Become an ALPS Leadership Coach

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Posted by Harmony Ma on Nov. 11, 2020
 
The Action Leadership Program with Students (ALPS) is our Club’s newest, innovative youth leadership program created to serve the young people of our community and encourage opportunities for multigenerational leadership. We need Rotarians to join us as leadership coaches and content experts to:
  • build their own leadership and project facilitation skills.
  • guide high schoolers in cultivating their own leadership potential.
  • create impacts or give back to their local communities through service.
  • learn more about the different communities that exist within the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • get out of their comfort zone and expand their world view.
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Save the Date - February 4, 2021: Action Leadership Program with Students: Fund the Future Gala

Posted by Brian Lan on Nov 11, 2020
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At Rotary, we’ve strived to serve the youth in our community for many years, and we feel now is the time more than ever to invest in our youth to become leaders in our community and world. As we reflect on our world today, we can understand how imperative it is for the younger generation to have the leadership skills to become the best version of themselves. 

To achieve this end, the Rotary Club of San Francisco and the San Francisco Rotary Foundation provided $50,000 in seed funding to launch a year-round leadership program for high school youth in San Francisco, Marin, and San Mateo counties. The Action Leadership Program with Students (ALPS) was successfully launched in 2019 and has since developed a framework that adapts to the needs and resources of students all over the Bay Area.
 
Save the Date - February 4, 2021: Action Leadership Program with Students: Fund the Future Gala Brian Lan 2020-11-11 08:00:00Z 0

Report from the Nominating Committee

Posted by Mary Liu on Nov 11, 2020
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In accordance with our Club's Bylaws, the Nominating Committee has selected these candidates for open positions on the Board of Directors:
 
2021-22 President: Mary Liu
2021-22 President-Elect: Christopher Wiseman
2021-23 Secretary: Stacey Poole
2021-23 Treasurer: Gary Dales
2021-23 Vice President of Club Service: Christopher Eggers
2021-23 Vice President of Public Relations: Brian Lan
2021-23 Vice President of Vocational Service: Sunny Singh
2021-23 Vice President of Youth Services: Lisa Christian
 
Report from the Nominating Committee Mary Liu 2020-11-11 08:00:00Z 0

An Update on the Roots of Peace/Vietnam Global Grant

Posted by JT Forbus on Nov 11, 2020
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On September 15, 2020, the Club thanked Past Club President and Past District Governor Eric Schmautz for securing the required signatures for a past global grant. On October 20, 2020, Past Club President John Mathers called for Rotarians to give generously to help the village in Vietnam that was part of our recent global grant. In both cases, the Grant referenced was the one authorized during Rotary year 2017-18 to support Roots of Peace in its efforts to replace minefields with peppercorn vines to spur the economy in Vietnam.
 
An Update on the Roots of Peace/Vietnam Global Grant JT Forbus 2020-11-11 08:00:00Z 0

A Call To Serve With Our Partners

Posted by Dora Dye on Nov 10, 2020
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“Service Above Self” is not just a motto; it’s a day-to-day practice for Rotarians. When each of us joined Rotary, we joined to contribute to the lives of others and enrich our relationships with others. Below is a list of leadership and service opportunities for Rotarians to work with our partners and serve the community.
 
A Call To Serve With Our Partners Dora Dye 2020-11-10 08:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING Highlights for November 3, 2020: Prof. James Taylor; 2020 Elections Aftermath:  Where Do We Go From Here?

Posted by Dora Dye on Nov 04, 2020
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As this was the first meeting post Halloween, President JT Forbus (Accounting | Bogdan & Frasco) shared photos of his and his daughters' costumes. For Halloween, he was dressed as Elvis Presley, the King of Rock 'n Roll, and mentioned that he had run in several Bay to Breakers races as part of a team of Elvis impersonators. President JT showed a video clip of the real Elvis performing.
 
Next, President JT led us virtually to the lobby bar at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel and showed where we would all be seated. He welcomed guests and visiting Rotarians. Among the visitors today were Past District Governor Chris Gallagher and Jagpal Sran, president of the Rotary Club of San Rafael Evening.
 
 
E-MEETING Highlights for November 3, 2020: Prof. James Taylor; 2020 Elections Aftermath: Where Do We Go From Here? Dora Dye 2020-11-04 08:00:00Z 0

September 2020 Board Highlights

Posted by Dora Dye on Oct 29, 2020
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ROTARY CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO
President JT Forbus called the Board meeting via Zoom to order at 4:02 p.m. on September 29, 2020. A quorum was present. Also in attendance were past president Rhonda Poppen and Brian Lan.
 
CLUB ADMINISTRATION
Minutes:  The Board reviewed and approved the Minutes for August 31, 2020 prepared by Dora. 

Treasurer's Report:  Gary presented the highlights of his written Treasurer’s Report as of September 29, 2020. Next, he gave an update on the audit called for by the Bylaws and discussed the options for a financial review that he had found within Rotary District 5150. It was decided to establish a Finance Subcommittee. The Board approved the Treasurer's Report.
 
September 2020 Board Highlights Dora Dye 2020-10-29 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of San Francisco Participates in the Road Rally to END POLIO NOW!

Posted by Bob Hermann on Oct 29, 2020
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On Saturday, October 24, 2020, three counties participated in the first Rotary Road Rally to END POLIO NOW! Rotary District 5150 clubs from San Francisco, Marin, and San Mateo counties supported Rotary International’s World Polio Day and in doing so, had a morning of fun and treasure hunting all while in their own vehicles.

In raising money and awareness for ending polio, participants followed fun, educational, and problem solving clues throughout their counties. For many of us, we learned more about the wonderful county in which we live. With geography and landscapes ever changing due to business operations and demands, courses had to adapt and pivot to get around obstacles.  
 
Rotary Club of San Francisco Participates in the Road Rally to END POLIO NOW! Bob Hermann 2020-10-29 07:00:00Z 0

Members in the News

Posted by Dora Dye on Oct 29, 2020
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Heidi Kuhn was the Keynote Speaker at the Avenues of Service event for Rotary District 5170 on October 17, 2020. Here is a video of that session.
 
Mike Davies, a former member of our Club, passed away on October 18, 2020. For more information about Mike and his life, go here.
 
Note:  This is a new monthly column where we invite members to share their professional, personal, or Rotary milestones. All entries are to be submitted to the Grindings Editor who reserves the rights to edit and approve the submissions before publication. Please note that once published, the information is available online to anyone.
Members in the News Dora Dye 2020-10-29 07:00:00Z 0

BOARD MEMBER PROFILE: Brian Lan

Posted by Carrie Condran LaBriola on Oct 28, 2020
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Brian Lan says what he loves about Rotary “is the mission of doing service beyond just going through the motions, the ability to serve in a structured and meaningful way. I like the networking, but the real drive is service.” He had done what he calls “one-off” service projects like stints at the food bank, “but I hadn’t had the opportunity to be part of the community, to serve, to give back.” 

He says Rotary “is a good fit for what I believe in. I have a day job, but I want to be part of the community, service above self. . .Everyone wants to give back to the community they’re a part of, but Rotarians are dedicated, inspired, trying to make the world a better place. It feels great to be part of people trying to do good.”
 
BOARD MEMBER PROFILE: Brian Lan Carrie Condran LaBriola 2020-10-28 07:00:00Z 0

Answers to Your Questions on the 50/50 Campaign

Posted by Christopher Wiseman on Oct 28, 2020
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The 50/50 Campaign: Helping Neighbors Near and Far is an innovative campaign that showcases both the Rotary Foundation and the San Francisco Rotary Foundation. Every gift made to this annual giving campaign will be equally split between the two entities, allowing for a wider reach of support. 

Our Club, the second oldest in the world, is collaborative in this approach, as it allows one gift to be split between local projects and global initiatives. 
 
Answers to Your Questions on the 50/50 Campaign Christopher Wiseman 2020-10-28 07:00:00Z 0

Membership News: October 2020

Posted by Terry Pickering on Oct 28, 2020
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In accordance with our Club Bylaws, I am pleased to announce that the following are scheduled to be inducted into our Club as our newest members on November 10, 2020:
 
Katie Cooney (Hospital Administration | UCSF)
Lesya Pishchevskaya (Real Estate Market Intelligence | IdealTarget)
 
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about these proposed new members.
Membership News: October 2020 Terry Pickering 2020-10-28 07:00:00Z 0

What's New in the Rotary Club of San Francisco!

Posted by Dora Dye on Oct 27, 2020
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Daylight savings ended today at 2 AM. We gained an extra hour, and today's issue of Grindings has extra stories and news for you to read and enjoy.

We began a new column entitled "Members in the News" and invite you to share your professional, personal, or Rotary milestones with our members. 

In this issue, you will find a list of those members celebrating their birthday in November 2020 as well as a list of members celebrating their anniversary in our Club in November. Help us keep these lists accurate by updating your information on ClubRunner.
 
What's New in the Rotary Club of San Francisco! Dora Dye 2020-10-27 07:00:00Z 0
E-MEETING Highlights for October 20, 2020: Rob Byrne and Reanimating the Silent Era Dora Dye 2020-10-22 07:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING Highlights for October 13, 2020: Glenn Pomeroy and Protecting Against Earthquake Damage

Posted by Dora Dye on Oct 14, 2020
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President-elect Mary Liu (Real Estate: Sales | JM Real Estate Group | Vanguard Properties) led this meeting and welcomed everyone. She shared photos from the recent Rotary District 5150 Beach Clean-up where 30 pounds of trash were collected in the two miles along Ocean Beach and Sloat Boulevard.

Mary issued a call to members to serve on either the Nominating Committee or the 2021-2022 Board of our Club. She posted on the screen the Board positions that were now open.
 
E-MEETING Highlights for October 13, 2020: Glenn Pomeroy and Protecting Against Earthquake Damage Dora Dye 2020-10-14 07:00:00Z 0

DISTRICT 5150:  Polio Summit

Posted by Bob Hermann on Oct 12, 2020
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Rotary District 5150 sponsored a Polio Summit on October 3, 2020. Our Club's past president Laine Hendricks served as emcee to this Summit. The Summit was a wonderful event with world class Polio experts who provided us with important updates about our fight against Polio.
 
Because of the efforts of Rotary and its partners, nearly 19 million people who would otherwise have been paralyzed are walking, and more than 1.5 million people are alive who would otherwise have died. The infrastructure we helped build to end polio is also being used to treat and prevent other diseases (including COVID-19) and create lasting impact in other areas of public health. 
 
DISTRICT 5150: Polio Summit Bob Hermann 2020-10-12 07:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING Highlights for October 6, 2020: Dr. Tatjana Kobb, Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations

Posted by David A. Dye on Oct 08, 2020
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President JT Harold Forbus (Accounting | Bogdan & Frasco) welcomed everyone and thanked our Club's International Committee for organizing today's celebration of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. He expressed how proud he is to be a Rotarian and praised our Club for its strong leadership support. He listed Rotary's seven areas of focus and referred to Rotary's motto of Service Above Self. Next, he introduced and thanked Mary Bates, the District Governor of Rotary District 5150; Danielle Lallement, the District Governor Elect of Rotary District 5150; Gary Chow, the District Governor Elect Nominee of Rotary District 5150; and Liz Mark, an Assistant Governor of Rotary District 5150.
 
E-MEETING Highlights for October 6, 2020: Dr. Tatjana Kobb, Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations David A. Dye 2020-10-08 07:00:00Z 0

August 2020 Board Highlights

Posted by Dora Dye on Oct 01, 2020
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ROTARY CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO
President JT Forbus called the Board meeting via Zoom to order at 4:01 p.m. on August 31, 2020. A quorum was present. Also in attendance was past president Rhonda Poppen.
 
CLUB ADMINISTRATION
Minutes:  The Board reviewed and approved the Minutes for July 28, 2020 prepared by Dora. 

Treasurer's Report:  Gary confirmed which members of the current Board were authorized to sign for the bank accounts that belong to our Club and would be named on the resolution to be submitted to the Bank. The Board approved the bank signers as amended. Gary discussed the state of the budget. President JT mentioned the costs to return to meeting at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. Susan asked about membership and dues owed. The Board approved the Treasurer's Report as well as the 2020-2021 budget.
 
August 2020 Board Highlights Dora Dye 2020-10-01 07:00:00Z 0

September 2020 Highlights from the San Francisco Rotary Foundation

Posted by Daniel Joraanstad on Sep 30, 2020
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The Board of the San Francisco Rotary Foundation (SFRF) met on September 16, 2020. President Dan Joraanstad welcomed everyone. Below are some highlights from that meeting: 
 
Update on the 50/50 Campaign: Excitement and opportunity circulated around the fact that an announcement letter and pledge form were about to go to members via mail. This “snail mail” would be followed by an email blast to be sent the week after the letters were mailed. As of October 1, 2020, $57,000 in pledges toward the $100,000 goal had been received.
 
September 2020 Highlights from the San Francisco Rotary Foundation Daniel Joraanstad 2020-09-30 07:00:00Z 0

RotaCare:  Its Mission and How You Can Volunteer

Posted by Bob Hermann on Sep 30, 2020
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Our Club's Foundation, the San Francisco Rotary Foundation, recently presented financial support to RotaCare Bay Area. This year, $11,000 was awarded to not only the Northern Peninsula but also to the Coastside Clinic.
 
RotaCare: Its Mission and How You Can Volunteer Bob Hermann 2020-09-30 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Citation

Posted by Dora Dye on Sep 29, 2020
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Congratulations to immediate past president Casey Blair and his Board for achieving the 2019-2020 Rotary Citation. The award arrived this week and is awarded only to clubs that have achieved their goals last Rotary year. 
 
Rotary Citation Dora Dye 2020-09-29 07:00:00Z 0

Membership News: Fun Activities Planned for October 2020 and Beyond

Posted by Terry Pickering on Sep 24, 2020
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So many of us have enjoyed gathering for our Club's Sunday Socials; as we may all agree, one of the core essentials for Rotarians is fellowship. True to our nature, during COVID-19 protocols, we found and continued to create innovative ways to remain connected. And so, it is with great pleasure that I share with you a brand new monthly program series that the Membership Committee's Event Planning Team has created for us! Beginning October 28, we invite you to join fellow Rotarians and their children, guests, and of course, beloved pets, for a good old-fashioned Halloween costume party. This promises to be a "don't miss" event. There will be a prize for the best costume; our judges will be taking notes!  
 
Membership News: Fun Activities Planned for October 2020 and Beyond Terry Pickering 2020-09-24 07:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING Highlights for September 22, 2020: Nancy Cushen White and English Spelling

Posted by Dora Dye on Sep 24, 2020
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Before this meeting began, President-elect Mary Liu (Real Estate: Sales | JM Real Estate Group | Vanguard Properties) moved each person who logged in early to a breakout room to mix and mingle with fellow Rotarians and guests. This was a great idea from past president John Mathers (Management Consulting | eVo Associates) and reminded us of how we used to socialize before the Tuesday meetings actually began.
 
E-MEETING Highlights for September 22, 2020: Nancy Cushen White and English Spelling Dora Dye 2020-09-24 07:00:00Z 0

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:  Catholic Charities

Posted by Carol Laughlin on Sep 21, 2020
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Calling all Rotarians to help one of our corporate members, Catholic Charities and its clients, in any one or more of the following opportunities:

In-person help for outdoor pantry. Rotarians will pack bags of food. The need is for every Thursday, starting September 24, 2020 until March 2021, from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM in the Ingleside neighborhood of San Francisco. The position is strenuous:  volunteers must be able to lift 30 pounds, bend, stoop, and stand for three hours. Regular volunteers preferred. All COVID-19 protocols followed. For more information and to sign up, please contact Carol Laughlin. Catholic Charities will contact you before you serve.
 
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Catholic Charities Carol Laughlin 2020-09-21 07:00:00Z 0

Volunteering at Rotary Meadow

Posted by Bob Hermann on Sep 21, 2020
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Saturday, September 19, 2020 was a day filled with sunshine and pleasant weather; it was perfect for working outdoors. Led by Harold Hoogasian, the group of Rotarians and a newly relocated Rotaractor, Ambra Jacobson, made some significant headway in helping to garden a section of Rotary Meadow. Folks, although socially distanced, were able to talk and work together as they tackled brambles, English Ivy, and non-native grasses. Working to support the environment was this team's goal in helping to pave the way for native plants in the area that our group was assigned. We made a significant dent in the landscape as is evidenced by the photos.
Volunteering at Rotary Meadow Bob Hermann 2020-09-21 07:00:00Z 0

What's New in the Rotary Club of San Francisco!

Posted by Dora Dye on Sep 20, 2020
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The month of October 2020 is filled with events and new opportunities for members and guests.
 
75th Anniversary of the United Nations
On pages 20 and 21 of the October 2020 issue of the Rotary magazine is an article entitled "A partnership with a long history" about the partnership between the United Nations and Rotary. Our Club is celebrating this partnership on October 6, 2020 when our guest speaker will be Dr. Tatjana Kobb, who was appointed by Rotary International President Holger Knaack as a 2020-2021 Rotary International Representative at the United Nations headquarters.

If you have specific questions about the role of the UN in these challenging times or have questions about the role of Rotary in the founding of the UN, please submit them to Susan Dean and we will pass them on to Dr. Kobb.
 
What's New in the Rotary Club of San Francisco! Dora Dye 2020-09-20 07:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING Highlights for September 15, 2020: John King, Architecture and the City in Uncertain Times

Posted by Dora Dye on Sep 17, 2020
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President JT Harold Forbus (Accounting | Bogdan & Frasco) celebrated the return of college football and his favorite team, the Auburn Tigers, from his alma mater of Auburn University in Alabama. He led us virtually to Jordan-Hare Stadium for today's luncheon. Today's guests included Salvador Farfan (a former Rotarian from Long Beach, CA) and John King (today's speaker).
 
E-MEETING Highlights for September 15, 2020: John King, Architecture and the City in Uncertain Times Dora Dye 2020-09-17 07:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING Highlights for September 8, 2020: Gwyneth Borden, What Will the Restaurant Industry Look Like After the Coronavirus Pandemic?

Posted by Dora Dye on Sep 10, 2020
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President JT Harold Forbus (Accounting | Bogdan & Frasco) celebrated International Literacy Day today. This day was founded by proclamation of The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and is in line with one of the areas of focus of Rotary International - supporting education and literacy. International Literacy Day has been celebrated on September 8 every year since 1967.
 
E-MEETING Highlights for September 8, 2020: Gwyneth Borden, What Will the Restaurant Industry Look Like After the Coronavirus Pandemic? Dora Dye 2020-09-10 07:00:00Z 0

Pandemics and How Rotary Adapts

Posted by Dora Dye on Sep 07, 2020
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Living during a pandemic for the past six months has been challenging and at times uncertain. However, this moment has also propelled us to adopt methods that had existed but were not as widely used until now to stay engaged, complete work, and move forward such as working remotely, taking online classes, dining outdoors, and meeting online.
 
Pandemics and How Rotary Adapts Dora Dye 2020-09-07 07:00:00Z 0

BOARD MEMBER PROFILE: Sunny Singh

Posted by Carrie Condran LaBriola on Sep 06, 2020
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Sunny Singh joined the Rotary Club of San Francisco in 2017 on the recommendation of an older work colleague who advised him “to surround myself with successful and well-rounded people.”
 
“I enjoy the aspect that we have so many members involved in long-lasting nonprofit projects,” he says. “That makes it easier to get involved in projects that the Club is already doing. There are so many projects in different categories, so it’s easy to find something you’re passionate about.” And he jumped right in, volunteering for such Club projects as the Bike Build, Alzheimer’s Walk, stuffing diaper bags for the Homeless Prenatal Program, and attending several Club social events. On July 1, he joined the Club Board as Vice President of Vocational Service, replacing Mary Liu, who became President-Elect.
BOARD MEMBER PROFILE: Sunny Singh Carrie Condran LaBriola 2020-09-06 07:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING HIGHLIGHTS September 1, 2020: Kerri Murray, Global Displacement and the Importance of Shelter in Mitigating the Spread of COVID-19

Posted by Dora Dye on Sep 03, 2020
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President JT Harold Forbus (Accounting | Bogdan & Frasco) celebrated the 35th anniversary today of the finding of the wreck of the Titanic on September 1, 1985. He led us virtually to the dining room in the Titanic and showed us the menus. President JT welcomed Rotarian Kerri Murray (also today's guest speaker), Rotarian Bill Tobin, prospective members Liam Sheridan and Sharonda Grant, and all members of our Club in attendance.
 
E-MEETING HIGHLIGHTS September 1, 2020: Kerri Murray, Global Displacement and the Importance of Shelter in Mitigating the Spread of COVID-19 Dora Dye 2020-09-03 07:00:00Z 0

July 2020 Board Highlights

Posted by Dora Dye on Sep 02, 2020
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ROTARY CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO
President JT Forbus called his first Board meeting via Zoom to order at 4 p.m. on July 28, 2020. The entire Board was present. Also in attendance was past president Rhonda Poppen. President JT welcomed everyone to a new Rotary year with the Four-Way Test and emphasized the high level of communication at these meetings.

The Board reviewed the upcoming events in the Club as listed on today’s Board agenda.
 
July 2020 Board Highlights Dora Dye 2020-09-02 07:00:00Z 0

Membership News: September 2020

Posted by Terry Pickering on Sep 01, 2020
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In accordance with our Club Bylaws, I am pleased to announce that this individual is scheduled to be inducted into our Club as our newest member on September 15, 2020:
 
Liam Sheridan (Management: Customer Relationship | Salesforce)
 
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about this proposed new member.
Membership News: September 2020 Terry Pickering 2020-09-01 07:00:00Z 0

What's New in the Rotary Club of San Francisco!

Posted by Dora Dye on Aug 28, 2020
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The month of September 2020 offers several opportunities to serve our community:
 
September 15: Stuff diaper bags and organize diapers and wipes for giveaway to clients of the Homeless Prenatal Program.
September 19: Volunteer to do some gardening and weeding to improve and enhance Rotary Meadow.
September 21: Deliver pre-packaged dinners to The Arc San Francisco clients who are experiencing food insecurity.
 
Much care and planning have been taken to make all of the above in-person activities safe for everyone participating.
 
What's New in the Rotary Club of San Francisco! Dora Dye 2020-08-28 07:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING HIGHLIGHTS August 25, 2020: District Governor Mary Bates

Posted by Dora Dye on Aug 27, 2020
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President JT Harold Forbus (Accounting | Bogdan & Frasco) welcomed District Governor Mary Bates, Assistant Governor Liz Mark, Martha Ryan of the Homeless Prenatal Program, prospective members Liam Sheridan and Katie Cooney, and Club Members and led us virtually to the Empire Room at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. 
 
E-MEETING HIGHLIGHTS August 25, 2020: District Governor Mary Bates Dora Dye 2020-08-27 07:00:00Z 0

In Memory of Dr. Howard Denbo

Posted by Carrie Condran LaBriola on Aug 24, 2020
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Past President and Past District Governor Peter Lagarias describes Dr. Howard Denbo as “a Rotarian’s Rotarian.”

Dr. Denbo was a vascular surgeon at St. Francis Memorial Hospital, where he served as chief of surgery from 1982-85. He died May 24 at the age of 90 and was interred at the US Military Cemetery in Dixon, CA. He served with the US Army in Korea, was recalled briefly to active duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis and retired from the US Army Reserves in 1968. He was also a sailor and pilot. For more information, see his obituary.
 
In Memory of Dr. Howard Denbo Carrie Condran LaBriola 2020-08-24 07:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING HIGHLIGHTS August 18, 2020: Brian Herbert and the Chase Center

Posted by Dora Dye on Aug 20, 2020
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President JT Harold Forbus (Accounting | Bogdan & Frasco) called the meeting to order at 12:15 PM and led us virtually to the Empire Room at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. Today marked the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote. Today was also Bad Poetry Day. President JT commented on the heat wave in the Bay Area and then shared today's agenda.
 
E-MEETING HIGHLIGHTS August 18, 2020: Brian Herbert and the Chase Center Dora Dye 2020-08-20 07:00:00Z 0
E-MEETING HIGHLIGHTS August 11, 2020: Jon Kaufman and Self-Reliant Villages Dora Dye 2020-08-13 07:00:00Z 0
E-MEETING HIGHLIGHTS August 4, 2020: Maria Goodavage, Doctor Dogs: How Our Best Friends Are Becoming Our Best Medicine Dora Dye 2020-08-05 07:00:00Z 0

June 2020 Board Highlights

Posted by Dora Dye on Jul 29, 2020
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ROTARY CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO
The Board of the Rotary Club of San Francisco met on June 30, 2020; a quorum was present. Also in attendance were past president John Mathers; the following incoming Board members:  Susan Dean, Bob Hermann, Terry Pickering, and Christopher Wiseman; and the following members:  David Dye and Sunny Singh.

The Board reviewed the upcoming events in the Club as listed on today’s Board agenda.
 
June 2020 Board Highlights Dora Dye 2020-07-29 07:00:00Z 0

What's New in the Rotary Club of San Francisco!

Posted by Dora Dye on Jul 28, 2020
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Starting in August, The Arc San Francisco needs drivers on the first and third Monday of each month to deliver pre-packaged dinners to Arc clients who are experiencing food insecurity. To participate and for more information, please go here.

The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank needs our help to assemble and package food for distribution. To participate and for more information, please go here.

In August, there will be an e-meeting every Tuesday at noon. Our District Governor Mary Bates will be the speaker on August 25; you won't want to miss this important meeting.
 
What's New in the Rotary Club of San Francisco! Dora Dye 2020-07-28 07:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING HIGHLIGHTS July 21, 2020: Patricia Frost, Children and Disaster: Being Aware and Prepared During COVID

Posted by John Dean on Jul 21, 2020
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President JT Harold Forbus (Accounting | Bogdan & Frasco) called the meeting to order at 12:15 PM. 50 participants joined this meeting via Zoom. There were no visiting Rotarians. Among the guests was Patricia Frost, today's guest speaker.

President JT commented on the return (i.e., "almost" return) of baseball. Last evening the San Francisco Giants defeated the Oakland A's, 6-2, in a pre-season game before ZERO fans at the Oakland Coliseum. This was not exactly a classic version of the national pastime, but it was a good start.
 
E-MEETING HIGHLIGHTS July 21, 2020: Patricia Frost, Children and Disaster: Being Aware and Prepared During COVID John Dean 2020-07-21 07:00:00Z 0
E-MEETING HIGHLIGHTS July 14, 2020: Hans-Ulrich Südbeck, Europe Reopens John Dean 2020-07-15 07:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING HIGHLIGHTS July 7, 2020: President JT Forbus

Posted by John Dean on Jul 09, 2020
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Over 63 members and guests welcomed President JT Harold Forbus (Accounting | Bogdan & Frasco) whose term of office commenced on July 1, 2020. President JT opened the meeting by making a public service announcement to remind everyone that the IRS tax filing and payment deadline is July 15. He also thanked his wife Anne Marie and two daughters for their patience and support of his work with Rotary.
 
 
E-MEETING HIGHLIGHTS July 7, 2020: President JT Forbus John Dean 2020-07-09 07:00:00Z 0

What's New in Rotary District 5150

Posted by Dora Dye on Jul 08, 2020
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To learn about and register for upcoming committee meetings, our regular meetings on Tuesdays, special events hosted by our District 5150, and socials, please look at our Club calendar. Coming up soon are two District events:
 
What's New in Rotary District 5150 Dora Dye 2020-07-08 07:00:00Z 0

Blankets for Homeless Prenatal Needed

Posted by Emily Borland on Jul 08, 2020
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Are you sheltering-in-place and have extra time on your hands? Do you crochet, knit, or sew? If so, we have a great opportunity for you! Homeless Prenatal Program (HPP) is always in need of homemade baby blankets. The moms-to-be are very grateful to receive handmade items to welcome their new babies.
 
Blankets for Homeless Prenatal Needed Emily Borland 2020-07-08 07:00:00Z 0

May 26, 2020 Board Highlights

Posted by Dora Dye on Jul 02, 2020
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ROTARY CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO
 
The Board of the Rotary Club of San Francisco met on May 26, 2020; a quorum was present. In addition to the Board, past president John Mathers was in attendance.

The Board reviewed the upcoming events in the Club as listed on today’s Board agenda. JT announced his plan to call a Zoom meeting for Club members over the age of 60 and hear their concerns and thoughts about reopening in-person meetings.
 
May 26, 2020 Board Highlights Dora Dye 2020-07-02 07:00:00Z 0

News from the San Francisco Rotary Foundation

Posted by Jyoti Chokshi on Jul 02, 2020
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On June 24, 2020, the Board of the San Francisco Rotary Foundation (SFRF) held their final meeting of the Rotary year 2019-20. This was Tim Hornbecker’s last meeting as SFRF Board President, completing an outstanding tenure through challenging times. Tim navigated the Foundation meetings through COVID-19 with the use of technology and led the Board in approving funding for personal protective equipment (PPE) in lightning speed.
 
News from the San Francisco Rotary Foundation Jyoti Chokshi 2020-07-02 07:00:00Z 0

BOARD MEMBER PROFILE: Christopher Wiseman

Posted by Carrie Condran LaBriola on Jul 01, 2020
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Christopher Wiseman has built a career around event management and fundraising. On July 1, he joined the Board of the Rotary Club of San Francisco and became Vice President of Development.
 
BOARD MEMBER PROFILE: Christopher Wiseman Carrie Condran LaBriola 2020-07-01 07:00:00Z 0

What's New in the Rotary Club of San Francisco!

Posted by Dora Dye on Jul 01, 2020
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Happy New Rotary Year! Our new Board spent a long Friday (June 26, 2020) afternoon via Zoom getting to know one another and setting some goals for the coming year. The 2020-2021 theme for Rotary International is "Rotary Opens Opportunities". The 2020-2021 theme for Rotary District 5150 is "Rotary Chosen Family".
 
What's New in the Rotary Club of San Francisco! Dora Dye 2020-07-01 07:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING HIGHLIGHTS June 23, 2020: Debunking President Casey Blair

Posted by John Dean on Jun 24, 2020
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Over 60 participants joined the June 23, 2020 meeting of the Rotary Club of San Francisco via Zoom – the final meeting under the leadership of 2019-2020 President Casey Blair (Financial Services: Private Trading | KCB Trading, LLC). Among the guests were Assistant Governor Patrice Perillo as well as Casey’s parents, his wife Nicola, and their two daughters.
 
E-MEETING HIGHLIGHTS June 23, 2020: Debunking President Casey Blair John Dean 2020-06-24 07:00:00Z 0

2019-2020 District Awards

Posted by Dora Dye on Jun 22, 2020
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Rotarians in District 5150 gathered for the Awards Regatta that took place on June 13, 2020. Together we celebrated the winners of the District Awards and the accomplishments of the 2019-2020 Rotary year. Our Club earned the following awards:  Club Administration, Community Service, International Service, Public Image, Vocational Service, and Youth Service.
 
2019-2020 District Awards Dora Dye 2020-06-22 07:00:00Z 0

Membership News: June 2020

Posted by Terry Pickering on Jun 22, 2020
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In accordance with our Club Bylaws, I am pleased to announce that this individual is scheduled to be inducted into our Club as our newest member on July 14, 2020:
 
Sue Rokaw (Law: Insurance | Deans & Homer)
 
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about this proposed new member.
Membership News: June 2020 Terry Pickering 2020-06-22 07:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING HIGHLIGHTS June 16, 2020: Emperor Norton and Special Awards

Posted by John Dean on Jun 18, 2020
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The June 16, 2020 virtual meeting of the Rotary Club of San Francisco was called to order at 12:15 PM by President Casey Blair (Financial Services: Private Trading | KCB Trading, LLC). Over 62 members and guests participated on the Zoom meeting, including a visiting Rotarian from Scotland.
 
President Casey began the meeting by mentioning the United States Supreme Court decision announced on Monday, June 15, 2020, extending Title VII of the US Civil Rights Act of 1964 to LGBTQ citizens. This momentous decision by the Court impacts millions of Americans, including many members of our own Club.
 
E-MEETING HIGHLIGHTS June 16, 2020: Emperor Norton and Special Awards John Dean 2020-06-18 07:00:00Z 0

George Washington High School Interact Club Contributes to Alliance for Smiles

Posted by Lilian Tsi-Stielstra on Jun 16, 2020
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Despite the shortened school year, the Interact Club at George Washington High School completed over 48 hours of volunteer service at a local food pantry, did a beach clean-up, provided support at marathons, and conducted bake sales to raise funds for a District International Service project. Together, they raised $850 and will be sending those funds to benefit Alliance for Smiles.

Jessica Hansen, Executive Director at Alliance for Smiles, expressed her gratitude.
 
George Washington High School Interact Club Contributes to Alliance for Smiles Lilian Tsi-Stielstra 2020-06-16 07:00:00Z 0

2020 Interact Scholarship Winners

Posted by Brian Lan on Jun 15, 2020
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The Rotary Club of San Francisco is proud to announce its 2020 Interact Leadership Award Recipients. For the past several years, our Club has awarded $2,000 scholarships to exemplary students from the Interact Clubs of George Washington High School (GWHS) and Lowell High School (LHS). The purpose of the award program is to encourage leadership development and participation in Interact as well as recognize outstanding Interact club members by supporting their higher education goals. Students were selected by the Scholarship Committee based on several criteria pertaining to academic, extracurricular, volunteer, and leadership excellence. This year's recipients are:
 
2020 Interact Scholarship Winners Brian Lan 2020-06-15 07:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING HIGHLIGHTS June 9, 2020: RI President-elect Holger Knaack

Posted by John Dean on Jun 10, 2020
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President Casey Blair (Financial Services: Private trading | KCB Trading, LLC) called the meeting to order at 11 AM and welcomed Rotary International President-elect Holger Knaack who was joining us as today's guest speaker all the way from Germany. Over 60 people–including a number of District 5150 leaders and members of other local clubs–attended today’s virtual meeting. President Casey began the meeting with a quote from the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "In the end, we will remember not the word of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." Then, he presented and read a Statement signed by the presidents of all ten San Francisco Rotary clubs. The Statement expresses Rotary’s support for racial equality and social justice. Read the Statement here.
 
E-MEETING HIGHLIGHTS June 9, 2020: RI President-elect Holger Knaack John Dean 2020-06-10 07:00:00Z 0

A Statement from the Rotary Clubs of San Francisco

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“Many doubt the justice of our country, and with good reason. Black people see the repeated violation of their rights without an urgent and adequate response from American institutions.”
George W. Bush, June 2, 2020
 
The systemic racism in our country is on view today, in the midst of health and economic crises. Violence is not the answer, but all Americans must listen to the voices raised in protest and take action. Rotary has served the needs
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Albert Tolf and a Magical Journey through San Frantasia

Posted by Dora Dye on Jun 08, 2020
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Norm Lynde, a retired certified public accountant turned blogger, contacted our Club recently in search of a painting by one of our former members. That member was Albert Tolf (1911-1996) pictured here. Albert in his lifetime was well known for his paintings and cartoons about the city of San Francisco and its history. As I learned through three of our Club's past presidents: Jim Patrick, Scott Plakun, and Eric Schmautz, Albert Tolf is also the artist of the masthead that you see weekly at the top of each issue of our Grindings newsletter. Norm was kind to share his blog about his journey and experiences as he "traveled through San Frantasia"—the San Francisco that Albert depicted for us in great detail, building stories within stories. Norm also shared how he found hope in Albert's artwork for our City during this difficult period in all of our lives. Please go here and don't miss a single link.
 
Blog reprinted with permission from Norm Lynde
Albert Tolf and a Magical Journey through San Frantasia Dora Dye 2020-06-08 07:00:00Z 0

BOARD MEMBER PROFILE:  Bob Hermann

Posted by Carrie Condran LaBriola on Jun 08, 2020
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After a lifetime of community service in various venues, including volunteering on many projects with the Rotary Club of San Francisco with his husband, Membership Vice President Dan Joraanstad, Bob Hermann decided to join the Club in December 2017 in anticipation of his retirement in January 2018. Now he’s set to join the Board as Vice President of Community Service on July 1.
BOARD MEMBER PROFILE: Bob Hermann Carrie Condran LaBriola 2020-06-08 07:00:00Z 0

2020-2021 Becoming People of Action:  Learning and Growth

Posted by Terry Pickering on Jun 07, 2020
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The Membership Committee continues its educational series in 2020-2021 entitled Becoming People of Action: Learning and Growth that will be delivered online to you. The objective is to provide insight and understanding of what it means to be a Rotarian.

Below are the upcoming programs scheduled every other Thursday starting in July 2020 from 12 noon and lasting approximately 45 minutes:
 
2020-2021 Becoming People of Action: Learning and Growth Terry Pickering 2020-06-07 07:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING HIGHLIGHTS June 2, 2020: Bouquets to Art

Posted by John Dean on Jun 04, 2020
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President Casey Blair (Financial Services: Private Trading | KCB Trading, LLC) convened the Club’s “virtual meeting” at 12:15 PM. Sixty-one participants joined the meeting via Zoom, including eight guests. In light of the current protests focused on racial equality, President Casey cited Rotary’s longtime commitment to peace and conflict resolution and presented a quote from the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” 
 
E-MEETING HIGHLIGHTS June 2, 2020: Bouquets to Art John Dean 2020-06-04 07:00:00Z 0

Check us out on Social Media!

Posted by John Dean on Jun 04, 2020
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The Rotary Club of San Francisco continues to expand our presence on all major social media platforms. Follow our Club on Facebook, Instagram, Twittter, or LinkedIn. Learn about upcoming Club events, community service opportunities, fun facts about our Club and fellow members, highlights of Club meetings, and more. This is a quick and easy way to stay informed about the Club.
 
Check us out on Social Media! John Dean 2020-06-04 07:00:00Z 0

Meet our Incoming District Governor and District Governor-elect

Posted by Dora Dye on Jun 02, 2020
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Over 45 Rotarians and guests from throughout District 5150 joined our Club's May 28, 2020 Educational Series to hear from incoming District Governor Mary Bates and incoming District Governor-elect Danielle Lallement. Also in the audience was District Governor-elect Nominee Gary Chow. Our President-elect JT Forbus introduced both speakers and welcomed everyone.
 
Meet our Incoming District Governor and District Governor-elect Dora Dye 2020-06-02 07:00:00Z 0

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:  Call for Translators

Posted by Carol Laughlin on Jun 01, 2020
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Calling all Rotarians to help nearly 8,000 immigrants in San Mateo, San Francisco, and Marin counties apply for emergency funds during the month of June. Catholic Charities, one of our Club's corporate members, is seeking translators. The biggest need is for translators who are fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, Thai, Tongan, Tagalog, Spanish, or Vietnamese to assist immigrants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Call for Translators Carol Laughlin 2020-06-01 07:00:00Z 0

Donating See's Chocolates to our Charitable Partners

Posted by Bob Hermann on Jun 01, 2020
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In partnership with Jean Caramatti and the Rotary Club of San Francisco International Airport, our Club received over 500 pounds of assorted chocolates and pops from See's Candies to donate to the charitable organizations that we support. 
 
Donating See's Chocolates to our Charitable Partners Bob Hermann 2020-06-01 07:00:00Z 0

April 2020 Board Highlights

Posted by Dora Dye on May 28, 2020
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ROTARY CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO
 
The Board of the Rotary Club of San Francisco met on April 28, 2020; a quorum was present. In addition to the Board, past president John Mathers was in attendance.

The Board reviewed the upcoming events in the Club as listed on today’s Board agenda. John Mathers would lead the May 5, 2020 e-meeting, because President Casey would be away. President Casey encouraged everyone to attend the First Five Rotary Clubs of the World e-meeting on May 7, 2020. The Club Assembly was scheduled for May 19, 2020.
 
April 2020 Board Highlights Dora Dye 2020-05-28 07:00:00Z 0

BOARD MEMBER PROFILE:  Terry Pickering

Posted by Carrie Condran LaBriola on May 27, 2020
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After serving as President of his Rotary Club and District Governor of his District, both in the Seattle area, Terry Pickering could have rested on his laurels. Instead, when he joined the Rotary Club of San Francisco in July 2019, he immediately got involved and will serve on the Board as Membership Vice President in 2020-2022. 

“I was a terribly shy person,” he says, “and Rotary has given me the ability, both personally and professionally, in large and small groups, to help others.”
 
BOARD MEMBER PROFILE: Terry Pickering Carrie Condran LaBriola 2020-05-27 07:00:00Z 0

What's New in the Rotary Club of San Francisco!

Posted by Dora Dye on May 26, 2020
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Despite the uncertainties brought on by the current pandemic, our Club has shown that it can pivot to the changes. Now we are almost at the end of the 2019-2020 Rotary year. Please mark your calendar for June 23 as we say THANK YOU to president Casey for leading us through this difficult year.

The month of June also brings an exciting line-up of speakers including Rotary International President-elect Holger Knaack. Note the start time for this e-meeting only.
 
What's New in the Rotary Club of San Francisco! Dora Dye 2020-05-26 07:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING HIGHLIGHTS May 19, 2020:  Club Assembly

Posted by John Dean on May 22, 2020
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President Casey Blair (Financial Services: Private Trading | KCB Trading, LLC) called the meeting to order at 12:15 PM. 49 members participated on this Zoom meeting.

John Mathers (Management Consulting | eVo Associates) made a brief presentation on behalf of the Rotary Climate Action Team (“RCAT”). He noted that the media has been full of photographs and commentary recently showing the very positive environmental impacts of the COVID-19 shutdown. He presented several photographs showing wildlife roaming our cities, clean(er) air in major metropolitan areas from Los Angeles to Beijing, and fish returning to the waters of Venice. Hopefully, we have learned how much we impact our environment, and how altering our behavior can positively impact our environment. RCAT will be sponsoring a number of educational programs in the coming months. Stay tuned and get involved.
 
E-MEETING HIGHLIGHTS May 19, 2020: Club Assembly John Dean 2020-05-22 07:00:00Z 0

Join the Club’s Weekly “Virtual Meetings” on Zoom

Posted by John Dean on May 21, 2020
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With the continued shelter-in-place orders and restrictions on large social gatherings, the Club has shifted in recent weeks to an online, virtual meeting format using the popular “Zoom” platform. Logging onto the meetings is simple and can be done from any mobile device (smartphone, tablet, or laptop) or a desktop computer. Zoom allows you to utilize your device’s camera (if equipped), or you can simply use “AUDIO ONLY”. In addition, toll-free numbers are available which allow you to simply call in to the meeting using your phone and essentially be in “conference call” mode. 
 
Join the Club’s Weekly “Virtual Meetings” on Zoom John Dean 2020-05-21 07:00:00Z 0

Report on a People of Action Educational Session

Posted by Daniel Joraanstad on May 21, 2020
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The People of Action Educational Series held its third offering on May 14, 2020 in this new, Zoom-based opportunity for learning. Anita Stangl was the speaker of the day on the topic of Local Clubs and Rotary International.  
 
Report on a People of Action Educational Session Daniel Joraanstad 2020-05-21 07:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING HIGHLIGHTS May 12, 2020:  Dr. Andi Tenner

Posted by John Dean on May 14, 2020
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The Rotary Club of San Francisco convened for another “virtual meeting” on May 12, 2020. President Casey Blair (Financial Services: Private Trading | KCB Trading, LLC) called the meeting to order at 12:15 PM with over 55 participants joining via Zoom.  
 
E-MEETING HIGHLIGHTS May 12, 2020: Dr. Andi Tenner John Dean 2020-05-14 07:00:00Z 0

ZOOM! ZOOM!

Posted by Mary Liu on May 13, 2020
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Rotary Connects the World and in today’s new normal due to the COVID-19 pandemic and shelter-in-place order, luckily, we have many online choices to stay connected with our members. One of the more popular choices is Zoom. Zoom provides video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars. Zoom isn’t new. It’s been around since 2011, and I’ve been using it since 2013. It wasn’t until the COVID-19 pandemic that Zoom propelled to become one of the most popular platforms for virtual meetings mainly due to its free option to get started and ease of use. 
ZOOM! ZOOM! Mary Liu 2020-05-13 07:00:00Z 0

BOARD MEMBER PROFILE:  Mary Liu

Posted by Carrie Condran LaBriola on May 11, 2020
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Mary Liu had a difficult start in life, but it seems to have just made her stronger. She was born in Hong Kong, moved to the United States at two-and-a-half, and grew up in San Francisco. Her cleft lip and palate led to bullying and low self-esteem.

“I had a lot of shame about my cleft. I had a hard time dealing with it,” she recalls. “I went through a lot of personal development work as an adult to get to where I am today.”
 
BOARD MEMBER PROFILE: Mary Liu Carrie Condran LaBriola 2020-05-11 07:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING HIGHLIGHTS May 5, 2020:  Sheriff Paul Miyamoto

Posted by Dora Dye on May 07, 2020
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Past President John Mathers (Management Consulting | eVo Associates) led and welcomed 52 members and guests to the e-meeting on May 5, 2020. Rick Harrell (Arts Therapy | Heroes' Voices) pleased the audience with his singing of With a Little Help from my Friends.
 
E-MEETING HIGHLIGHTS May 5, 2020: Sheriff Paul Miyamoto Dora Dye 2020-05-07 07:00:00Z 0

Innovation in Rotary

Posted by Dora Dye on May 06, 2020
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In response to the pandemic, Rotary International held a telethon on Saturday, May 2, 2020 to raise over $1 million dollars in the fight against COVID-19. The telethon was on Facebook Live and simulcast in eight languages. We heard stories from Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, and Rotary Youth Exchange students from all over the world about what they are doing to help in their communities. We also enjoyed some wonderful music. If you missed the telethon, watch it here.
 
Innovation in Rotary Dora Dye 2020-05-06 07:00:00Z 0

Creativity in Challenging Times

Posted by Dora Dye on May 06, 2020
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We are all living in a very challenging time. It is good to see that the human spirit grows stronger in such times. A good example is our own Rick Harrell. Anyone who knows Rick knows of his musical talent. So what could be better than a song from Rick? How about Rick in a self-made quartet? Watch here, and enjoy!
Creativity in Challenging Times Dora Dye 2020-05-06 07:00:00Z 0

COVID-19 #RotaryResponds Livestream Telethon

Posted on May 02, 2020
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Rotary’s 1.2 million members across the globe have taken swift action to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. More than $3.4 million in Rotary Disaster Response Grants have already been put into action on the front lines to battle COVID-19. Additionally, millions more have been raised by our #PeopleofAction - they have responded quickly and are truly saving lives. Now, we need to do more and the need for additional funding is a priority.
 
 
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March 2020 Board Highlights

Posted by Dora Dye on Apr 30, 2020
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ROTARY CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO
 
The Board of the Rotary Club of San Francisco met on March 31, 2020; a quorum was present. In addition to the Board, Club members Susan Dean, Bob Hermann, and Connor Krone were in attendance. 
 
The Board reviewed the upcoming events in the Club as listed on today’s Board agenda. The April 7, 2020 e-meeting with Rotary International President Mark Maloney as the speaker was open to everyone. President Casey mentioned the RCAT meeting on April 6 and the Vocational meeting on April 10 and announced that the District Cruise Con had been cancelled.
 
President Casey asked for ideas to engage members during e-meetings. 
 
March 2020 Board Highlights Dora Dye 2020-04-30 07:00:00Z 0

Club Members Practice Service Above Self

Posted by Dora Dye on Apr 29, 2020
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“Service Above Self” is a day-to-day practice for Rotarians. When each of us joined Rotary, we joined to contribute to the lives of others. This week we salute those members of our Club who gave of themselves to help others in these challenging times.
Club Members Practice Service Above Self Dora Dye 2020-04-29 07:00:00Z 0

Membership News: April 2020

Posted by Daniel Joraanstad on Apr 29, 2020
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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 May 12, 2020:
 
William Funkhouser (Financial Services: Advising | Wells Fargo Advisors)
Nancy Graydon (Development | Glaucoma Research Foundation)
 
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about these proposed new members.
 
HELP TO OUR MEMBERS
Many challenges arise when things take a different direction than planned as in this period of the pandemic. The Membership Committee would like to offer help in two ways: First, if you or anyone you know is experiencing food insecurity, please let us know. We will offer a variety of ways to help supplement a household's food supply. Second, if you are experiencing difficulty with dues payments, we would like to hear from you. We advise not quitting the Club because of dues. Please be in touch with Dan Joraanstad or Terry Pickering if you have any concerns around either food insecurity or dues payment.  

We are stronger together. 
Membership News: April 2020 Daniel Joraanstad 2020-04-29 07:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING HIGHLIGHTS April 21, 2020:  Topher White, Rainforest Connection

Posted by Dora Dye on Apr 23, 2020
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At the e-meeting held on April 21, 2020, we had an audience of 56 members and guests including a few who were outside the United States. President Casey Blair (Financial Services: Private Trading | KCB Trading, LLC) welcomed everyone.

Service Project
Major Raymond Erickson-King (Nonprofit Management | The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Center) logged in live from the streets of San Francisco as he began another day of delivering meals to the homeless. Major Raymond issued a call for volunteers to help. Dora Dye (Education: Community College | City College of San Francisco) emailed all members that afternoon with information on how to sign up.
 
E-MEETING HIGHLIGHTS April 21, 2020: Topher White, Rainforest Connection Dora Dye 2020-04-23 07:00:00Z 0

Remembering Marie Brooks

Posted by Carrie Condran LaBriola on Apr 23, 2020
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The Rotary Club of San Francisco lost one of its oldest members when Marie K. Brooks died April 4 at her home in San Francisco at the age of 94. She was one of the second group of four women to join the Club after membership was opened to women in 1987.

“She was an extraordinarily gracious and elegant person,” says Past President and Past District Governor Peter Lagarias, “just somebody who garnered complete respect.”
Remembering Marie Brooks Carrie Condran LaBriola 2020-04-23 07:00:00Z 0

SERVICE PROJECT:  Feeding the Homeless

Posted by Raymond Erickson-King on Apr 22, 2020
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During the COVID-19 crisis, The Salvation Army is distributing approximately 650 fresh meals Mondays to Saturdays to over 40 homeless encampments across San Francisco as part of MealsInPlaceSF. We urgently need volunteers to accompany Officers and Staff as we distribute meals.
 
 
SERVICE PROJECT: Feeding the Homeless Raymond Erickson-King 2020-04-22 07:00:00Z 0

SERVICE PROJECT:  Assemble Face Shields

Posted by Dora Dye on Apr 19, 2020
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A few weeks ago, Dr. Lily Muldoon, Club Member and Emergency Department Physician, applied for funding from The Rotary Club of San Francisco Foundation to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) for front-line healthcare workers. The equipment was fully funded and has arrived. 

Now, Lily is looking for dedicated Rotarians to volunteer to further support the cause, by assembling face shields at home. Rotarians would pick up a package of pre-cleaned supplies from her porch, learn how to assemble using an online video, and drop the assembled shields back off in 48 hours. For more information and to register, please go here.
SERVICE PROJECT: Assemble Face Shields Dora Dye 2020-04-19 07:00:00Z 0

Resources for you

Posted by Dora Dye on Apr 17, 2020
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In these times of shelter-in-place and social distancing, here are some resources offered by our members and friends to help you stay connected and informed. 

ROTARY AND THE PANDEMIC:  Learn about what other Rotary clubs in the world are doing to fight COVID-19, and participate in the dialogue here. Last week, we shared with you our Club's contribution to those serving on the front line; here is the story again.
 
E-MEETINGS:  Our Club will have to meet online until businesses can slowly reopen. If you need help with registration or logging into the meetings, please feel free to contact our Connect and Support Team.
 
SOCIAL HOUR: The Membership Committee is hosting a virtual social hour on Sundays at 5PM each week through the end of May 2020. For information on how to participate, please contact Terry.
 
If you have resources to share with us, please send them to me for future posting. Laughter and friendship can and do strengthen immunity.
Resources for you Dora Dye 2020-04-17 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Protection Certification

Posted by David A. Dye on Apr 16, 2020
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Rotarians must be youth protection certified before working with youth involved in Rotary-sponsored youth programs or events. This includes working with youth remotely via conferences calls, video conferencing, or other means of electronic communication as well as working with youth in person.
 
Rotary Youth Protection Certification David A. Dye 2020-04-16 07:00:00Z 0

New Educational Series Begins

Posted by Daniel Joraanstad on Apr 16, 2020
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Never waste a good crisis. The COVID-19 crisis has thrust Zoom into everyone's reach. What a great platform for learning! Our Membership Committee has long talked of a series of educational sessions, and the technology of crisis handed us a great way to reach people.
 
New Educational Series Begins Daniel Joraanstad 2020-04-16 07:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING HIGHLIGHTS April 14, 2020:  Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Bias on the Web

Posted by Dora Dye on Apr 15, 2020
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President Casey Blair (Financial Services: Private Trading | KCB Trading, LLC) called the meeting to order at 12:15 PM. 61 members and guests were in attendance. 
 
YOUTH
President Casey discussed the executive session of the Board of Rotary Service, Inc. held on Friday, April 10, 2020 to look at youth programs and how to communicate within our Club.
 
David Dye (Management Consulting | Retired) shared a couple of slides on the Youth Protection Certification program, required of Rotarians working in Rotary youth programs. See here to complete the certification process.
E-MEETING HIGHLIGHTS April 14, 2020: Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Bias on the Web Dora Dye 2020-04-15 07:00:00Z 0

Becoming People of Action:  Learning and Growth

Posted by Daniel Joraanstad on Apr 10, 2020
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The Membership Committee announces a new educational series entitled Becoming People of Action: Learning and Growth that will be delivered online to you. The objective is to provide insight and understanding of what it means to be a Rotarian.

Below are the upcoming programs scheduled every other Thursday through the end of May 2020 starting at 12 noon and lasting approximately 45 minutes:
 
Becoming People of Action: Learning and Growth Daniel Joraanstad 2020-04-10 07:00:00Z 0

Resources for you

Posted by Dora Dye on Apr 10, 2020
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In these times of shelter-in-place and social distancing, here are some resources offered by our members and friends to help you stay connected and informed. 

SOCIAL HOUR: Leave it to our Club to find a way to hold a social hour. The Membership Committee is hosting a virtual social hour on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 6PM each week until further notice. For information on how to participate, please contact Dan.

COUNSELING: Kevin Ringstaff is a grief recovery specialist. He has generously offered a virtual counseling session every Wednesday starting at 12 noon for anyone who would like to share what is on their mind or any loss they are experiencing. Please contact Kevin if interested.
 
If you have resources to share with us, please send them to me for future posting. Laughter and friendship can and do strengthen immunity.
Resources for you Dora Dye 2020-04-10 07:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING HIGHLIGHTS April 7, 2020:  Rotary International President Mark Maloney

Posted by Dora Dye on Apr 09, 2020
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Our Club held its second e-meeting on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. President Casey Blair (Financial Services: Private Trading | KCB Trading, LLC) called the meeting to order at 12:15 p.m. and welcomed an audience of 120 people. In addition to our own members, there were many Rotarians from District 5150; several past District Governors including our current District Governor Sue Rokaw and incoming District Governor Mary Bates; president Phil Trompetter and members of the Modesto Rotary Club; president Jan Brown and members of the Richmond Rotary; and members of the Rotary Club of Indian Rocks Beach in Florida.
 
E-MEETING HIGHLIGHTS April 7, 2020: Rotary International President Mark Maloney Dora Dye 2020-04-09 07:00:00Z 0

Heroes and Protecting Those on the Front Line

Posted by Dora Dye on Apr 09, 2020
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In times of crisis, heroes emerge. Dr. Lily Muldoon, a member of our Club and an emergency room physician, is that hero. She saw the short supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and the urgent need to protect the front-line healthcare workers. Dr. Muldoon quickly put together a proposal for the following:
 
Heroes and Protecting Those on the Front Line Dora Dye 2020-04-09 07:00:00Z 0

SERVICE PROJECT April 1, 2020:  Report on SFPD Sock Delivery

Posted by Jane Mermelstein on Apr 02, 2020
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The Rotary Club of San Francisco has been purchasing socks for the last few years and distributing them through organizations that our Club partners with who work with the homeless including: Homeless Prenatal Program, San Francisco Fire Department's Paramedics, Catholic Charities, and San Francisco Police Department. Why? Socks are one of the most requested items by homeless people. Our partner organizations have been enthusiastic about the donations, including the San Francisco Police Department who have noted that having socks can help build rapport with homeless people.
SERVICE PROJECT April 1, 2020: Report on SFPD Sock Delivery Jane Mermelstein 2020-04-02 07:00:00Z 0

February 2020 Board Highlights

Posted by Dora Dye on Mar 31, 2020
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ROTARY CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO
 
The Board of the Rotary Club of San Francisco met on February 25, 2020; a quorum was present. In addition to the Board, Club member John Mathers was in attendance. 
 
The Board reviewed the upcoming events in the Club and in the District and discussed the two events planned for March 6, 2020: (1) dinner and an evening at the San Francisco Ballet, and (2) the Gala for The Arc San Francisco.

President Casey presented what he had in mind for the Town Hall on March 17, 2020. He wanted to be able to call on several vice presidents to talk about the accomplishments of their service committee so far this Rotary year. President Casey added that lunch on March 17 would be an Irish meal and authorized Dora to purchase some table decorations.
 
February 2020 Board Highlights Dora Dye 2020-03-31 07:00:00Z 0

Membership News: March 2020

Posted by Daniel Joraanstad on Mar 31, 2020
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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 April 14, 2020:
 
Kaushal Chokshi (Management Consulting | Scaale Inc.)
Hayden Gubernick (Medical Services | Alliance for Smiles)
Jessica Hansen (Medical Services | Alliance for Smiles)
Alex Omoko (Human Services | Geo Re-Entry Services)
 
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about these proposed new members.
Membership News: March 2020 Daniel Joraanstad 2020-03-31 07:00:00Z 0

E-MEETING HIGHLIGHTS March 24, 2020:  Town Hall

Posted by John Dean on Mar 26, 2020
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The first-ever “e-meeting” of the Rotary Club of San Francisco was called to order by President Casey Blair (Financial Services: Private Trading | KCB Trading LLC). The meeting was conducted via Zoom, with over 65 members participating. President Casey noted that the Club leadership was striving to be “nimble” as we adapt and respond to the evolving reality of the coronavirus crisis. He indicated that Club meetings would be online through at least May 1, 2020; he added that the Sir Francis Drake Hotel had been completely closed and boarded up, and the entire staff had been laid off through the end of April. President Casey thanked the Presidents' Council, Dora Dye (Education: Community College | City College of San Francisco), and Eric Schmautz (Banking: Management | Wells Fargo) for their support and assistance in putting this e-meeting together.
 
E-MEETING HIGHLIGHTS March 24, 2020: Town Hall John Dean 2020-03-26 07:00:00Z 0
Resources To Help You Stay Connected and Informed Dora Dye 2020-03-25 07:00:00Z 0

What's New in the Rotary Club of San Francisco!

Posted by Dora Dye on Mar 18, 2020
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Humankind has always been resilient, and we do not give up. So, when meeting in person becomes impossible, we use technology created by humankind to meet virtually and carry on the Rotary spirit. The Club will hold its first e-Meeting on March 24, 2020, and you are all invited. Many of you have already accepted the invitation. If you have not already done so, please register here so that you can get the details on how to log in or call in. Advanced registration is required.
 
During this time when we are to shelter in place, we have also set up a support group to help you stay connected with Rotary friends and enjoy some fellowship by phone or email. Please check your email for this message.
 
Last Minute Announcement: Be sure to check out this Vocational Service opportunity on March 26, 2020 starting at 4PM.
What's New in the Rotary Club of San Francisco! Dora Dye 2020-03-18 07:00:00Z 0

Diaper Bag Assembly:  Small Group Makes a Big Difference

Posted by Emily Borland on Mar 12, 2020
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In a time when we must avoid large gatherings, one small group bravely came out to make a big difference. On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, John Dean and friend Quincy Yu, Kevin Leong, Tricia Tran and her friend Rachael Rhree, along with coordinator Emily Borland stuffed diaper bags for the Homeless Prenatal Program (HPP) in San Francisco. HPP is a non-profit providing prenatal care, newborn care, and parenting classes to expectant and new parents, most of whom are “housing challenged” or dealing with housing insecurity (“couch-surfing,” single-room occupancy hotel rooms, homeless shelters, transitional housing, etc.).
Diaper Bag Assembly: Small Group Makes a Big Difference Emily Borland 2020-03-12 07:00:00Z 0

LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS March 3, 2020:  Sunny Schwartz

Posted by John Dean on Mar 10, 2020
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President Casey Blair (Financial Services: Private Trading | KCB Trading LLC) introduced several visiting Rotarians, including Jeanne Gnuse from New Canaan, CT, who is in San Francisco visiting for another month; and Donna Collins from Anesbury, MA, who has been a Rotarian for 32 years.
 
LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS March 3, 2020: Sunny Schwartz John Dean 2020-03-10 07:00:00Z 0

A Message from the President

Posted by Casey Blair on Mar 09, 2020
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Dear Members and Friends of the Rotary Club of San Francisco:

In response to the San Francisco Department of Public Health's announcement to limit outings and avoid large gatherings to disrupt the spread of the coronavirus and protect community health, we have had to cancel luncheons and other events in March 2020. I am quite sad to not be able to see all of my Rotary friends and share in the wonderful community service, youth leadership, and international projects for which our Club is known. In addition, we all are missing the social aspect and camaraderie that Rotary builds and fosters among its members! I’m especially sad to not enjoy everyone’s company on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 when we would have held a Town Hall, presented some very special awards with the help of our District, enjoyed a special meal for St. Patrick’s Day, and celebrated my daughter Emmy’s birthday!
 
A Message from the President Casey Blair 2020-03-09 07:00:00Z 0
LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS February 18, 2020: Marc Johnson Connor Krone 2020-03-04 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary in Pictures March 8, 2020

Posted by Dora Dye on Mar 03, 2020
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In this story are photos from the February 26 Happy Hour and Social at Zingari Ristorante for Club members, guests, and friends. 
 
Also, Valentina Sacchi Beccarini shares the story about her that was recently featured in Rotary Italia, Italy's Rotarian magazine.
 
Many thanks to Rhonda Poppen, David Dye, and Valentina for sharing these photos. See photos here. Click on each photo to read the story.
 
Rotary in Pictures March 8, 2020 Dora Dye 2020-03-03 08:00:00Z 0

Call for Grant Submissions

Posted by JT Forbus on Mar 02, 2020
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Grant season has begun for the Rotary Club of San Francisco! This is an opportunity for Rotary members to request funds for projects (or events) that are centered around Rotary’s six areas of focus: peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, and economic and community development. We are excited to see the new and innovative projects Rotarians will bring us this grant season! Be sure your grants provide plenty of Rotarian involvement because what better way to serve than to serve together?
 
 
Call for Grant Submissions JT Forbus 2020-03-02 08:00:00Z 0

Time To Talk To Paul

Posted by Paul Robertson on Mar 02, 2020
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Please see this warm invitation from Christopher Wiseman, your 2020 World Wide Rotary Day Event Chair! World Wide Rotary Day is a day to celebrate Rotary's strong international bonds with the international consuls general of San Francisco, enjoy an amazing lunch, and listen to a panel of experts discuss three of Rotary International’s pillars that benefit the climate.
 
Seating is limited. Please be sure to RSVP so we can be sure there are enough seats for everyone who wants to attend. NO WALK-INS WILL BE ALLOWED AT THIS EVENT.
 
 
Time To Talk To Paul Paul Robertson 2020-03-02 08:00:00Z 0

Membership News: February 2020

Posted by Daniel Joraanstad on Feb 26, 2020
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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 March 10, 2020:
 
Joseph Cresalia (Peace Building | Roots of Peace)
Steven Lindstrom (Software Engineering | Chairish.com)
 
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about these proposed new members.
Membership News: February 2020 Daniel Joraanstad 2020-02-26 08:00:00Z 0

January 2020 Board Highlights

Posted by Dora Dye on Feb 25, 2020
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ROTARY CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO
 
The Board of the Rotary Club of San Francisco met on January 14, 2020; a quorum was present. In addition to the Board, Club members John Mathers, Susan Dean, and Connor Krone were in attendance. 
 
The Board reviewed the upcoming events in January and February 2020 in both the Club and the District; the Board also reviewed and approved the minutes for November 19, 2019 prepared by Dora.

Gary presented the Treasurer’s report. He went over the balance sheet highlights, the statement of operations highlights, and the attendance at Club luncheons. The Board approved the Treasurer's report. Gary also mentioned that he would be discussing outstanding membership dues with the Membership Committee.
 
January 2020 Board Highlights Dora Dye 2020-02-25 08:00:00Z 0

Perception Connects Grant Consulting and Rotary Leadership

Posted by Rhonda Poppen on Feb 24, 2020
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“To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions.” — Stephen R. Covey, Leadership Author
 
Rotary is a place to belong, to serve, and to grow professionally. I’ve belonged to the Rotary Club of Cabarrus County NC and the Rotary Club of San Francisco CA. Professional men and women, of all ages, work as part of these clubs. They intensely give back to local and international communities.
 
Perception Connects Grant Consulting and Rotary Leadership Rhonda Poppen 2020-02-24 08:00:00Z 0

Club Members Complete Master PRLS 1

Posted by Dora Dye on Feb 24, 2020
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From the Rotary Club of San Francisco with a classification of . . . Susan Dean and Dora Dye completed Master Potential Rotary Leaders Seminars (PRLS) 1 on Saturday, February 22, 2020 along with other Rotarians from Rotary District 5150. Betsy Koefoed with the help of Bill Koefoed, Michael Ford, Richard Swart, and Ivana Hubertova facilitated the class.
 
Participants were assigned four oral presentations. Each presentation was more challenging than the previous presentation. The challenge was the "extemporaneous" aspect of the presentations. 
 
Club Members Complete Master PRLS 1 Dora Dye 2020-02-24 08:00:00Z 0

Time To Register for World Wide Rotary Day

Posted by Christopher Wiseman on Feb 23, 2020
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What: World Wide Rotary Day, launched by our Club in 1997, honors the San Francisco Consular Corps as the special guests of the Rotary Club of San Francisco. Typically, representatives from about 35 countries attend. The event also recognizes the many international service activities of the Rotary Club of San Francisco and the broad global impact of Rotary International.
 
This year, we will feature a distinguished panel of leaders connecting the world to discuss three of Rotary International’s pillars that benefit the climate: fighting disease; providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene; and growing local economies.
 
Who: Rhonda Poppen, 2018-2019 Club President and Not-for-Profit Consultant, will serve as moderator. The panelists will be Dr. Michael Reyes, Professor, Family Community Medicine and Global Health Sciences Faculty Affiliate, UCSF; Dr. Martha Rutherford, Not-for-Profit Leader and Water Solutions Educator; and Bart Skorupa, Social Entrepreneur and Author. 
Time To Register for World Wide Rotary Day Christopher Wiseman 2020-02-23 08:00:00Z 0

What's New in the Rotary Club of San Francisco!

Posted by Dora Dye on Feb 20, 2020
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The Rotary Club of San Francisco has planned some exciting events and service projects for you in the month of March:
 
Back after two months of holidays on the third Monday is the popular Dinner Club at The Arc, an opportunity to plan and prepare a meal with the clients of The Arc.
 
This year's first Diaper Bag Assembly and Baby Showers will include a tour of the Homeless Prenatal Program's facility.
 
On March 17, President Casey Blair and the Board will update us on the Club's many service opportunities and give you an opportunity to learn more about how to get involved. Also, members of Rotary District 5150 will be presenting special awards. Don't miss this chance to honor our winning members!
 
On March 24 is World Wide Rotary Day, one of our Club's signature events. Please RSVP well in advance so we can be sure to have enough seats for all who want to attend. NO WALK-INS WILL BE ALLOWED AT THIS EVENT. We also need Club members to volunteer to serve as hosts for visiting consuls.
 
What's New in the Rotary Club of San Francisco! Dora Dye 2020-02-20 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary in Pictures February 23, 2020

Posted by Dora Dye on Feb 19, 2020
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Tim Hornbecker shared these photos of "the last hurrah" of Clif Thomas. Both Clif and Sue Farlow have decided to make their home full-time in Beaufort, South Carolina and are leaving our Club.
 
Anita Stangl, Tim Hornbecker, Migena Schroeder, Clif Thomas, and Cecile ChiquetteAt the February 18, 2020 Club Luncheon, Tim presented to Clif the Golfer Extraordinaire Award for Clif's participation in the Rotary Club of San Francisco’s Twilight Golf in 2019. After the luncheon, the celebration of Clif continued with Tim, Anita Stangl, Cecile Chiquette, and Migena Schroeder. We will miss you, Clif and Sue, and wish you the very best.
 
By the way, if you are interested, Twilight Golf starts again on June 24, 2020. Contact Tim Hornbecker for information.
 
 
Rotary in Pictures February 23, 2020 Dora Dye 2020-02-19 08:00:00Z 0
LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS February 11, 2020: Deputy Chief David Lazar John Dean 2020-02-16 08:00:00Z 0

LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS February 4, 2020:  Randall Scott

Posted by Kevin Leong on Feb 12, 2020
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President Casey Blair (Financial Services: Private Trading | KCB Trading LLC) welcomed the following Visiting Rotarians:  Lorelei and Ron VerLee from Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Anita Stangl (Medical Services | Alliance for Smiles) introduced her guest, Maredeth Griffin. Mary Liu (Real Estate: Sales | Vanguard Properties/JM Real Estate Group) introduced her guest and sister, Jenny Campbell; Jenny will also serve as a RYLA counselor this spring. Next, President Casey thanked the volunteers for today's meeting.
 
 
LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS February 4, 2020: Randall Scott Kevin Leong 2020-02-12 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary in Pictures February 9, 2020

Posted by Dora Dye on Feb 09, 2020
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In this story are photos from the Glaucoma 360 Annual Gala on February 6. Many thanks to Club Members Tom Brunner and Christopher Wiseman for welcoming our Club to this event.

The remaining photos are from the pre-PETS (Rotary Club presidents‑elect training seminar) on February 8.
 
See photos here. Click on each photo to read the story.
 
Rotary in Pictures February 9, 2020 Dora Dye 2020-02-09 08:00:00Z 0

Report on Fund the Future

Posted on Feb 07, 2020
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On January 15, 2020, the Foundation of the Rotary Club of San Francisco hosted its first-ever “Fund the Future” benefit for the Action Leadership Program for Students (ALPS). High above San Francisco hills in the Salesforce Tower Ohana Room, more than 130 guests enjoyed breath-taking views from the City’s tallest building, nibbled on delicious appetizers, and participated in a fabulous live and silent auction.
 
 
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LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS January 28, 2020:  Rodney Fong

Posted by Ann Daugherty on Feb 05, 2020
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This was the third meeting of the calendar year with approximately 54 Rotarians and guests in attendance. Harold Hoogasian (Retail: Florist | Hoogasian Flowers) introduced one of our Club’s past presidents, Kline Wilson, Jr. Michael Petricca (Education Management | Academy of Art) introduced Sean Buford, president of the San Francisco Firefighter’s Union along with Dr. Ranatta Kiefer (who happened to email Michael and ended up attending as his guest). Carlos Infante (Banking: Management | Chase Bank) introduced Steve Katzin from Chase Commercial Real Estate; Dan Joraanstad (Financial Services: Advising | Retired) introduced second-time attendee Steve Lindstrom, who has now applied for membership; and Jyoti Chokshi (Management Services | Talent Anywhere) introduced her husband, who is also interested in joining our Club.
LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS January 28, 2020: Rodney Fong Ann Daugherty 2020-02-05 08:00:00Z 0

Super Bowl Party and Winners

Posted by Peter Logan on Feb 03, 2020
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What a Super game and potluck this past Sunday! Past President David Dye enjoyed the fourth quarter VERY MUCH while the rest of us liked the first half better. But everyone had a great, congenial time with the warm hosting by Lilian and Scott Stielstra, and food from them and many others.
 
Super Bowl Party and Winners Peter Logan 2020-02-03 08:00:00Z 0

Giving the Gift of Dignity with Survival Kits for Our Unhoused Neighbors

Posted by Jane Ferguson Flout on Feb 01, 2020
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Catholic Charities is the Rotary Club of San Francisco’s first corporate member and one of the largest human services agencies in Northern California for more than a century now, serving 32,000 children, homeless families, immigrants, aging adults, and adults with disabilities, in San Francisco, Marin, and San Mateo counties through more than 30 different programs. 
 
Giving the Gift of Dignity with Survival Kits for Our Unhoused Neighbors Jane Ferguson Flout 2020-02-01 08:00:00Z 0

What's New in the Rotary Club of San Francisco!

Posted by Dora Dye on Jan 29, 2020
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The Rotary Club of San Francisco has been busy planning new activities for you.
 
In the month of February 2020, we are offering three social events:  Rotary Night at the Warriors Game on February 10; Happy Hour at Zingari Ristorante on February 26; and the Cal vs. Utah basketball game on February 29.
 
Save the date for World Wide Rotary Day on March 24, 2020. Registration is now open. Please RSVP well in advance so we can be sure to have enough seats for all who want to attend. We also need Club members to volunteer to serve as hosts for visiting consuls.
What's New in the Rotary Club of San Francisco! Dora Dye 2020-01-29 08:00:00Z 0

LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS January 21, 2020:  Ted Drake

Posted by Jane Mermelstein on Jan 27, 2020
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President Casey Blair (Financial Services:  Private Trading | KCB Trading, LLC) welcomed Visiting Rotarians and guests, and thanked the Volunteers of the Day.

John Mathers (Management Consulting | eVo Associates) reported on the success of the Fund the Future benefit. 130 people attended, and $53,200 net was raised. Both John and Janine Padilla (Real Estate:  Sales | Astral Management) praised the student participation and talked about the great silent auction. In recognition of her work to put together Fund the Future and her contributions to the Club, Janine Padilla was named Rotarian of the Month.
 
LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS January 21, 2020: Ted Drake Jane Mermelstein 2020-01-27 08:00:00Z 0

Welcome to the Club Gathering

Posted by JT Forbus on Jan 27, 2020
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Club Rotarian Lynn Luckow graciously extended his place of business for the Welcome to the Club gathering on January 23, 2020. There were snacks and wine which helped proliferate meaningful conversations about Rotary and our Club. 
 
Welcome to the Club Gathering JT Forbus 2020-01-27 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of San Francisco Kenya Trip

Posted by Carrie Condran LaBriola on Jan 20, 2020
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Rotary Club of San Francisco members Dr. Lily Muldoon, Skip Brewster and Ryan Wilson celebrated World AIDS Day 2019 in Kenya with fellow Rotarians from Africa and the Rotary Club of Boulder Valley, CO. During the week-long trip (Nov. 26-Dec.2), the team recorded radio segments promoting health, development and Rotary that were broadcast on EK-FM, the only wind/solar-power radio station in East Africa, a project supported by a $5,000 grant from the Club in 2018. They also toured several Rotary agriculture, sanitation and water projects; met with local leaders and activists to exchange ideas; and helped with matching grant reporting.
 
 
Rotary Club of San Francisco Kenya Trip Carrie Condran LaBriola 2020-01-20 08:00:00Z 0

Dictionary Plating

Posted by Dora Dye on Jan 19, 2020
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On a stormy night, eight Rotarians gathered to plate dictionaries to be distributed in the San Francisco Unified School District. Present were Harold Hoogasian, Mark Calender, David Dye, Dora Dye, Bob Hermann, Dan Joraanstad, Kevin Leong, and Kathryn McCall. Steve Lindstrom, a guest, joined us as well.
 
 
Dictionary Plating Dora Dye 2020-01-19 08:00:00Z 0

Open Positions in Our Club

Posted by Dora Dye on Jan 17, 2020
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“Service Above Self” is not just a motto; it’s a day-to-day practice for Rotarians. When each of us joined Rotary, we joined to contribute to the lives of others and enrich our relationships with others. Below is a list of current positions open in the Rotary Club of San Francisco that call for leadership and service:
 
Open Positions in Our Club Dora Dye 2020-01-17 08:00:00Z 0

November 2019 Board Highlights

Posted by Dora Dye on Jan 15, 2020
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DISTRICT LEADERS VISIT OUR CLUB
 
It is customary for the sitting District Governor to visit each Club within the District during the Rotary year. On November 19, 2019, District Governor Sue Rokaw and Assistant Governor Patrice Perillo met with the Board of our Club. After the Board members introduced themselves to DG Sue and AG Patrice, DG Sue identified some key people in the District and talked about the uses of the community service grant currently offered by the District. A lively discussion ensued on our Rotaract Clubs; our Club’s Committees such as Climate Change, Youth Services, and Nominating; and on membership and retention.
 
November 2019 Board Highlights Dora Dye 2020-01-15 08:00:00Z 0

Membership News: January 2020

Posted by Daniel Joraanstad on Jan 14, 2020
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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 February 11, 2020:
 
Tim Allen (Social Services Consulting | Allen/Loeb Associates)
Dan Hollerbach (Retail: Paint Supplies and Services | Behr Pro)
 
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about these proposed new members.
Membership News: January 2020 Daniel Joraanstad 2020-01-14 08:00:00Z 0

LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS January 7, 2020:  Paul Saffo

Posted by Lilian Tsi-Stielstra on Jan 13, 2020
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It was the first meeting of the calendar year, and as President Casey Blair (Financial Services: Private Trading | KCB Trading LLC) brightly reminded us, we still have six months of his regime.  

As a trader, President Casey was mystified when his wife said there were 36 cards in a deck at the 2019 Holiday Party. However, a holiday trip to Hamburg humbled him, and he learned that in his wife’s culture, there is a game where there are only 36 cards in the deck. He brought a set home to be a raffle prize for the day, which was won by Dr. Carla Walter (Arts Therapy | Dance in the Spirit) at the end of the meeting.
 
President Casey also pointed out that Scott Plakun (Management Consulting | The Plakun Group) and the Speakers Committee have a theme for the luncheon speakers from January to March 2020. The theme is “San Francisco STILL Knows How”.
 
LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS January 7, 2020: Paul Saffo Lilian Tsi-Stielstra 2020-01-13 08:00:00Z 0

Speaker Series: San Francisco Still Knows How

Posted by Scott Plakun on Jan 09, 2020
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What's happening to our beloved San Francisco? The news focuses on issues like homelessness, trash on the streets, endless construction on Van Ness, and the high cost of living. It's enough to make you think that San Francisco has lost its way. We'll explore another side to the story in San Francisco Still Knows How, a special series of luncheon speakers.
Speaker Series: San Francisco Still Knows How Scott Plakun 2020-01-09 08:00:00Z 0

SERVICE OPPORTUNITY: Emergency Services Day Planning Committee

Posted by Emily Borland on Jan 08, 2020
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The Emergency Services Day Planning Committee is calling for volunteers to plan this special day scheduled for October 6, 2020. Emergency Services Day is one of our Club's special events in which we honor outstanding representatives of the public safety departments we depend on every day: Police, Fire, Sheriff, and Coast Guard.
 
For more information and to sign up, please go here.
SERVICE OPPORTUNITY: Emergency Services Day Planning Committee Emily Borland 2020-01-08 08:00:00Z 0

2020 Super Bowl Pool: The Rotary Foundation

Posted by Scott Plakun on Jan 07, 2020
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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.
 
2020 Super Bowl Pool: The Rotary Foundation Scott Plakun 2020-01-07 08:00:00Z 0
What's New in the Rotary Club of San Francisco! Dora Dye 2020-01-01 08:00:00Z 0

Recap of the 2019 Holiday Party

Posted by Dora Dye on Dec 24, 2019
Over 140 members, guests, and visiting Rotarians checked into the 2019 Holiday Party and Annual Meeting of the Rotary Club of San Francisco at the Westin St. Francis Hotel on December 17, 2019. They were all greeted by our check-in team consisting of Dora Dye, Club Secretary; Michael Petricca, Vice President Club Service; Tim Hornbecker, Past President; Gary Dales, Club Treasurer; and Stephanie Schmautz, Past President and Chair of the 2019 Holiday Party Committee. Michael greeted and directed members and guests to pick up their badge. Dora checked in who attended and handed out meal tickets and table assignments. Tim and Gary passed out programs and a ticket for a free toss at the Wine Toss.
 
Recap of the 2019 Holiday Party Dora Dye 2019-12-24 08:00:00Z 0

Diaper Bag Assembly and Baby Showers for Homeless Prenatal Program

Posted by John Dean on Dec 13, 2019
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On Tuesday, December 3, 2019, sixteen enthusiastic Rotarians and friends gathered at the Hoogasian Flowers warehouse on Seventh Street to pack diaper bags with baby clothes, towels, and toiletries for expectant mothers. This service project, coordinated by Emily Borland, provides new clothing and supplies to clients of the Homeless Prenatal Program (HPP) in San Francisco. HPP is a non-profit providing prenatal care, newborn care, and parenting classes to expectant and new parents, most of whom are “housing challenged” or dealing with housing insecurity (“couch-surfing,” single-room occupancy hotel rooms, homeless shelters, transitional housing, etc.).
   
Diaper Bag Assembly and Baby Showers for Homeless Prenatal Program John Dean 2019-12-13 08:00:00Z 0

LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS December 10, 2019: Jeffrey Weisman

Posted by John Dean on Dec 12, 2019
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President Casey Blair (Financial Services: Private Trading | Feis Options) opened the last meeting of 2019 at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. Our annual Holiday Party will be held at the Westin St. Francis Hotel on December 17. No luncheon meetings will be held on December 24 and December 31 due to the holidays.

Visiting Rotarians included: Rudolph Gesteiner, a 16-year member of the Rotary Club of Berne, Switzerland, who is in San Francisco for a convention of geophysicists; and Steve Ike from the Rotary Club of Fisherman’s Wharf.
 
LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS December 10, 2019: Jeffrey Weisman John Dean 2019-12-12 08:00:00Z 0

Membership Corner: December 2019

Posted by Daniel Joraanstad on Dec 11, 2019
Induction of New Members
Four new members were inducted on December 10, 2019. Please reach out, say hello, and get to know our newest members.
 
 
 
 
 
Membership Corner: December 2019 Daniel Joraanstad 2019-12-11 08:00:00Z 0

Register Now for the Fund The Future Benefit

Posted by John Mathers on Dec 11, 2019
With Christmas approaching and the spirit of giving upon us, the Rotary Foundation is proud to hold the Fund the Future Benefit in January 2020.
 
Your ticket purchase benefits the Action Leadership Program for Students (ALPS) in high schools. Not only will this Program prepare students to become leaders within our community, but it will also provide an opportunity for students to learn how to cultivate their own voice.
 
There is no other joy in the spirit of Christmas than to assist our youth in becoming leaders of our future. We kindly suggest purchasing your ticket here before January 1 as 70% of the ticket price is tax deductible.
 
See you at the Benefit on January 15!
 
Register Now for the Fund The Future Benefit John Mathers 2019-12-11 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary in Pictures December 9, 2019

Posted by Dora Dye on Dec 09, 2019
Past presidents Tim Hornbecker (on the harmonica) and David Dye at the bell ringing on Union Square on December 6, 2019This week's festive photos are from December 4-6, 2019 and were submitted by David Dye and Anita Stangl.
 
The first photo is of a tradition over 20 years old where the members who celebrate a birthday in the month of February come together to celebrate the holidays.
 
The rest of the photos are from our Club's annual participation in the bell ringing on Union Square. 
 
See photos here. Click on each photo to read the story.
 
Rotary in Pictures December 9, 2019 Dora Dye 2019-12-09 08:00:00Z 0

LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS December 3, 2019: Laurel Botsford

Posted by John Dean on Dec 04, 2019
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President Casey Blair (Financial Services: Private Trading | Feis Options) opened the meeting at 12:15 PM, noting that this was our first regular luncheon meeting in three weeks due to the Thanksgiving holiday and end-of-month Board meeting.  

A number of visiting Rotarians were in attendance, including: Josie McHale, District 5150 Public Relations/Public Image Chair; Joe Santos from the Rotary Club of Daly City/Colma Evening (and a former member of our Club); Rich Swart from the Rotary Club of San Francisco Chinatown; and John Goings, a Rotarian and former long-time member of our Club who now lives in Pacific Grove where he is an active member of the Rotary Club of Pacific Grove.  
 
LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS December 3, 2019: Laurel Botsford John Dean 2019-12-04 08:00:00Z 0

Thanksgiving at The Arc Highlights: November 26, 2019

Posted by Scott Plakun on Nov 27, 2019
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 Lilian Tsi-Stielstra of our Club, her husband Scott Stielstra, and Jonathan Scopazzi from the Rotary Club of San Rafael at The Salvation Army’s South of Market commercial kitchen at 4:00 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.
Thanksgiving at The Arc Highlights: November 26, 2019 Scott Plakun 2019-11-27 08:00:00Z 0

Gifts for the 2019 Holiday Party

Posted by Stephanie Schmautz on Nov 27, 2019
The Holiday Party Committee is hard at work planning a fantastic party with a million dollar view. We can keep the costs down for this event with the help of generous Rotarians who donate wine and/or gift cards or who sponsor tables and/or ads for the printed program.  
Gifts for the 2019 Holiday Party Stephanie Schmautz 2019-11-27 08:00:00Z 0

Report from the Nominating Committee

Posted by JT Forbus on Nov 22, 2019
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In accordance with our Club's Bylaws, the Nominating Committee has selected these candidates for open positions on the Board of Directors:
 
2020-21 President: JT Forbus
2020-21 President-Elect: Mary Liu
2020-22 Vice President of Community Service: Bob Hermann
2020-22 Vice President of Development: Christopher Wiseman
2020-22 Vice President of International Service: Susan Dean
2020-22 Vice President of Membership: Terry Pickering
 
Appointment of Connor Krone to complete the term for 2020-21 Vice President of Youth Services.
 
All members are encouraged to attend the annual meeting, to be held at the Holiday Luncheon on December 17, to vote on these nominations.
Report from the Nominating Committee JT Forbus 2019-11-22 08:00:00Z 0

LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS November 12, 2019: Dan Evenhouse

Posted by John Dean on Nov 21, 2019
President Casey Blair (Financial Services: Private Trading | Feis Options) called the meeting to order. Approximately 55 members were in attendance.
 
President Casey highlighted several major, upcoming events:  
 
  • November 26:  Annual “Thanksgiving at The ARC” lunch event. Please sign up to help prepare and serve a holiday lunch to clients of The ARC and their guests.
  • December 17:  The Rotary Holiday Party at the Westin St. Francis. Don’t forget to register and check out the many sponsorship opportunities!
  • January 15, 2020, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM: The San Francisco Rotary Foundation “Fund the Future” fundraising event will be held in the spectacular Ohana Room atop the new Salesforce Tower. Help raise funding for the Action Leadership Program for Students (“ALPS”). ALPS was created by members of our Club and aims to provide leadership training and development opportunities to high school students across the Bay Area. Tickets are available now. 
LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS November 12, 2019: Dan Evenhouse John Dean 2019-11-21 08:00:00Z 0

2019 Holiday Party

Posted by Stephanie Schmautz on Nov 21, 2019
Do not miss the 111th birthday celebration of the Rotary Club of San Francisco happening on December 17, 2019 starting at 11 AM on the 32nd Floor of the Westin Saint Francis hotel.  

What’s not to love? How about the Jayden Clark Quartet? Jayden Clark has been praised by San Francisco’s “Classical Voice” for his well-crafted soloing and for possessing a thick, burnished tone on the tenor saxophone.
2019 Holiday Party Stephanie Schmautz 2019-11-21 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary in Pictures November 24, 2019 Dora Dye 2019-11-21 08:00:00Z 0

October 2019 Board Highlights

Posted by Dora Dye on Nov 20, 2019
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ROTARY CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO
 
The Board of the Rotary Club of San Francisco met on October 29, 2019; a quorum was present. In addition to the Board, Club members Bob Hermann and Stephanie Schmautz were in attendance.
 
President Casey requested that any auction items or sponsorships for the Action Leadership Program for Students (ALPS) be sent to Maureen O’Shea.

The date to assemble the survival kits with Catholic Charities will be January 30, 2020.
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    Membership News: November 2019

    Posted by Daniel Joraanstad on Nov 19, 2019
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    In accordance with our Club Bylaws, I am pleased to announce that the following individual is scheduled to be inducted into our Club as our newest member on December 10, 2019:
     
    Steven Diller (Business Consulting | Scansion, Inc.).
     
    Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about this proposed new member.
    Membership News: November 2019 Daniel Joraanstad 2019-11-19 08:00:00Z 0

    Membership Corner: November 2019

    Posted by Terry Pickering on Nov 14, 2019
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    Induction of New Members
     
    My name is Terry Pickering. It is a pleasure to fill in for Dan Joraanstad and to welcome our newest members to the Club!
     
    Two new members were inducted on September 10, 2019. 
    Membership Corner: November 2019 Terry Pickering 2019-11-14 08:00:00Z 0

    Action Leadership Program for Students (ALPS)

    Posted by John Mathers on Nov 11, 2019
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    Lately, you have been receiving reminders to Save the Date and attend this event. What does it mean to Fund the Future? What is ALPS?

    Members of the Rotary Club of San Francisco created Action Leadership Program for Students (ALPS) to provide training for today’s high school students and tomorrow’s leaders and the opportunity for Rotary to become a premier catalyst and provider of youth leadership development at the high school level for sophomores, juniors, and seniors in San Francisco and throughout Rotary District 5150.
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    LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS November 5, 2019: Barry Deach

    Posted by David Dye on Nov 10, 2019
    President Casey Blair (Financial Services: Private Trading | Feis Options), wearing a golfing outfit in honor of today's guest speaker Barry Deach, Championship Director of the 2020 PGA Championship, called the meeting to order. As the theme of the day was golf, president Casey presented an award to Clif Thomas (Accounting | Clifton S. Thomas CPA) for being the winner of the 2019 Rotary Twilight Golf Tournament. Twilight Golf has concluded for the season.
     
    Casey welcomed past president Jimmy Jeffery; he also welcomed Count Hans Schimmelmann, a visiting Rotarian and a real count from Spain, and exchanged club flags with him.
     
    LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS November 5, 2019: Barry Deach David Dye 2019-11-10 08:00:00Z 0

    Walk To End Alzheimer's

    Posted by Terry Pickering on Nov 10, 2019
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    On Saturday, November 9, 2019, members of the Rotary Club of San Francisco, family, friends, and Interactors from Lowell High School participated in a walk at Pier 27 on The Embarcadero to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support, and research. Our group joined thousands of other walkers, and together we raised over $1,014,000 to fight this disease; our Club alone contributed $1,215 to the $1,014,000. The weather was also in our favor, and we all supported a good cause on a wonderful day.
     
    Walk To End Alzheimer's Terry Pickering 2019-11-10 08:00:00Z 0
    Rotary in Pictures November 10, 2019 Dora Dye 2019-11-06 08:00:00Z 0
    What's New in the Rotary Club of San Francisco! Dora Dye 2019-11-06 08:00:00Z 0

    September 2019 Board Highlights

    Posted by Dora Dye on Oct 31, 2019
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    ROTARY CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO
     
    The Board of the Rotary Club of San Francisco met on September 24, 2019; a quorum was present.
     
    The Board reviewed, amended, and approved the minutes dated August 27, 2019 prepared by Dora Dye.

    Gary Dales delivered a positive Treasurer’s report, mentioning that the Club is in a strong financial position and in the black in luncheons. We discussed unpaid Club dues and the payment of the District dues. Gary also requested resolutions to change the signers on our Club’s Wells Fargo accounts. The Board approved the treasurer's report and the signers on our Club's Wells Fargo accounts as proposed by Gary.
      September 2019 Board Highlights Dora Dye 2019-10-31 07:00:00Z 0

      Time To Talk To Paul

      Posted by Paul Robertson on Oct 31, 2019
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      Hi, Friends! We all know that throwing a house party is a lot of work! Well, how about throwing a PGA Championship? Watch this invitation video of our November 5, 2019 Rotary Luncheon speaker, Barry Deach, and see you at Rotary on Tuesday, November 5.
      Time To Talk To Paul Paul Robertson 2019-10-31 07:00:00Z 0

      Rotary in Pictures

      Posted by Dora Dye on Oct 30, 2019
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      We now begin a new story in our weekly Grindings newsletter. The story entitled "Rotary in Pictures" will feature photos of recent events where Rotarians have gathered. We hope that you will help this story continue by contributing your photos along with a brief caption. Please send photos and captions to Dora Dye. Photos can be about Rotarians at Club events or at Rotary-related or Rotary-affiliated, social events. Please note that once the photos are published online, others may choose to repost a photo in social media.

      This week's photos are from the week of October 21-25, 2019 and were submitted by Bill Poppen and Janine Padilla. See photos here. Click on each photo to read the story.
      Rotary in Pictures Dora Dye 2019-10-30 07:00:00Z 0

      Membership News: October 2019

      Posted by Daniel Joraanstad on Oct 29, 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 either November 12, 2019 or December 10, 2019:
       
      Valentina Sacchi Beccarini (Student)
      Christopher Eggers (Building Security | Clavus Group)
      Miranti Ojong (Financial Services:  Advising | Armada)
      Ravinder Sehgal (Education:  University | San Francisco State University)
      Edward Shenkan (Healthcare Consulting | Shenkan Advisors)
      Tricia Tran (Medical Services | Alliance for Smiles)
       
      Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about these proposed new members.
      Membership News: October 2019 Daniel Joraanstad 2019-10-29 07:00:00Z 0

      LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES October 15, 2019: Jennie Scholick

      Posted by Susan Dean on Oct 24, 2019
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      President Casey Blair (Financial Service: Private Trading | Feis Options) called the meeting to order. We had 39 Rotarians in attendance, including a visiting Rotarian from Virginia in San Francisco on a business trip. We also had five guests (some for the second or third time).
       
      PRLS
      Last week, another module of the Rotary Potential Rotary Leaders Seminars (“PRLS”) was offered. Three members of our Club attended: Dora Dye (Education: Community College | City College of San Francisco), Susan Dean (Health Care: Nursing Services | Retired), and John Dean (Education: Law | Dean Dispute Resolution).
      LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES October 15, 2019: Jennie Scholick Susan Dean 2019-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

      SAVE THE DATE:  Fund the Future

      Posted by Janine Padilla on Oct 24, 2019
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      SAVE THE DATE! Come join us as the San Francisco Rotary Foundation hosts a benefit for the Action Leadership Program for Students (ALPS) on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at the Salesforce Tower–Ohana Floor. Tickets on sale in early November. Stay tuned..!
      SAVE THE DATE: Fund the Future Janine Padilla 2019-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

      Aquatic Park Beach Clean-up

      Posted by Jane Mermelstein on Oct 21, 2019
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      653 cigarette butts, 57 plastic wrappers, 4 spoons and a plastic dinosaur toy were among the approximately 800 items that members from the Rotary Club of San Francisco, family, and friends picked up on the morning of Saturday, October 19, 2019, during our beach clean-up at San Francisco’s Aquatic Park. David McGuire, Executive Director of Shark Stewards, hosted our group. 
      Aquatic Park Beach Clean-up Jane Mermelstein 2019-10-21 07:00:00Z 0

      District's Learning & Leadership Development 3-in-1 Workshop

      Posted by Dora Dye on Oct 20, 2019
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      On Saturday, October 19, 2019, Rotarians in District 5150 gathered in South San Francisco for a workshop on Membership, the Rotary Foundation, and Public Image. Yes, 3 sessions in one day! The presenters were PDG Ron Gin, the District's Membership Chair; PDG Jayne Hulbert, The Rotary Foundation Chair; and Josie McHale, the District's Public Image Chair.
      District's Learning & Leadership Development 3-in-1 Workshop Dora Dye 2019-10-20 07:00:00Z 0

      LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES October 8, 2019: Lewis Loeven

      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

      Club Members Complete Master PRLS 4

      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

      Bike & Hike to End Polio Now

      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

      Change in Communications Personnel

      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

      LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES October 1, 2019: Fire Chief Nicholson

      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

      Fund the Future Kick-off Cocktail Party Recap

      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

      August 2019 Board Highlights

      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

      Diaper Bag Assembly and Baby Showers for Homeless Prenatal Program

      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

      LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES September 17, 2019: Asylum

      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
      LUNCHEON MEETING MINUTES September 10, 2019: Wikimedia Peter Logan 2019-09-18 07:00:00Z 0

      Interact Update

      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.
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