Posted on Aug 24, 2023
We continue to pay tribute to 2017-2018 Past President John Mathers who passed away on August 6, 2023. At the August 22, 2023 Rotary luncheon, a letter written by John was read to the audience in accordance with his wishes. Present at this meeting were John's widow - Peggy Mathers and John's brother - Bill Mathers.
Below is the letter:
July 13, 2023

Fellow RCSF Rotarians:

My life has been filled with new adventures, mostly surrounded by thoughtful and active colleagues and friends. This month I start a new adventure based on the detailed study of my gut and lungs. While I am actively pursuing alternatives, according to the scans and blood tests, the oncologist guesses that I may have 6+ months to live.

My loving spouse – Peggy, my children, and my grandchildren have all been informed of my situation and are adjusting at their own pace. If there is no change, Peggy will move into the City and would appreciate support and thoughts as the transition takes place.

I wanted to let you know of my situation because I am so proud to be a member of the Rotary Club of San Francisco. As most people choose Rotary, it was to give back to the community. And likewise, like most Rotarians, I stayed because of the friendships and support I have experienced. I cannot name all the members who brought this joy and partnership since it would extend to most current members. As a past president and active participant with the District, there have been innumerable opportunities to work together for our city, District, and Rotary International.

In the coming months I will make every effort to join President Sunny’s meetings and support (from afar) the key programs I have been privileged to be part of: the Rotary Climate Action Team Network, Youth Services and RYLA, and partnerships with The Climate Initiative, a country-wide program for youth that intends to take action and advocate for our environment. In this complex world of issues – climate, war, deprivation of every sort, and political turmoil – Rotary, our Club, and our members are a perfect touchstone to support one another and our world.

Thank you for being in my life and for providing me with the opportunity to partner with you on projects.

Yours in Rotary,

John G. Mathers
Editor's Addenda: Sadly, we lost John too soon. Please read here for information on John's memorial service and for our Club's tribute to John.