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.
District Assembly
President JT gave a shout-out to the following members for their role in the March 20, 2021 District 5150 Virtual Assembly. Mary Liu (Real Estate: Sales | JM Real Estate Group | Vanguard Properties) was celebrated along with all of the District's incoming club presidents. Thank you, Mary, for your service! John Mathers (Management Consulting | eVo Associates) and Christopher Wiseman (Event Planning | Glaucoma Research Foundation) were both speakers at the Assembly. Dora Dye (Education: Community College | City College of San Francisco) was online to make sure everyone was connected to the Assembly.
A Message from our President
President JT delivered a very personal and emotional message recalling the past year of enforced shelter-in-place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Your Rotary Moment
President JT showed an excerpt of a video where Rotary International President Holger Knaack talked about how Rotary International and Rotarians have responded to the needs and impacts brought about by the current pandemic.
Breakout Time
The audience was sent to Breakout Rooms to discuss one of the following topics:
  • What topics would you like to us support that we aren't? OR
  • What topics would you like us to support better than we are?
Diane BirnbaumerToday's Speaker
Dr. Lily Muldoon (Healthcare: Physician) joined us from Saipan and introduced today's speaker, Dr. Diane Birnbaumer. Dr. Birnbaumer discussed all available vaccines, COVID vaccines, the vaccine hesitancy and answered questions related to these vaccines. President JT thanked Dr. Birnbaumer and announced that 100 children would be inoculated against polio in her name.