Posted by Nancy Graydon on Jan 18, 2022
President Mary Liu (Real Estate: Sales | JM Real Estate Group) called today's meeting via Zoom to order. Close to 80 members and guests attended. Among the visiting Rotarians were Ron Sekkel (Past District 5170 Governor), Brian McLeran (Past District 5150 Governor), Ginny Lear (from the Rotary Club of Palo Alto), Frank Yih (from the Rotary Club of Shanghai), Steve Pomeroy (from the Rotary Club of Los Altos) and Steve Wright (District 5150 Governor Nominee for 2024-2025). 
NEW: Fee for Zoom Meetings
Since March 2020, our Club has offered Zoom meetings and events for free. However, we cannot continue to do so due to costs associated with offering meetings in this manner. Beginning February 1, 2022, we will charge each attendee $10 per Tuesday luncheon meeting. When you register for a Tuesday luncheon meeting, you will be asked to make this payment. Please note that all Committee meetings such as Membership Committee or Community Service Committee meetings via Zoom remain free of charge, and we appreciate your service.
January 2022 Rotarian of the Month
President Mary recognized Dora Dye (Education: Elementary and Community College) as the Rotarian of the Month for January 2022. Said President Mary, "Despite her full-time job, Dora always makes time for Rotary - both for our Club and at the District level. Dora serves as our Executive Secretary and editor of Grindings and is involved in each event we hold. We are so grateful for her hard work and dedication." Past President David Dye (Management Consulting | Retired) added that he had the unique perspective of watching Dora dedicate her time and energy to Rotary on evenings and weekends. Others expressed their appreciation for Dora's help and expertise. Congratulations and thank you to Dora!
Grant Presentation
Dan Joraanstad (Financial Services: Advising | Retired), President of the San Francisco Rotary Foundation, and Bob Hermann (Information Technology: Administration | Retired UCSF), Vice President of Community Service, awarded a grant in the amount of $7,500 to RotaCare to continue their work in our community. Accepting the grant were Patrick Hall and Regina Cruz from RotaCare. Patrick shared with the audience a presentation on RotaCare's mission that has provided care to more than 12,500 patients since 1993 through 10 Bay Area clinics and thanked Rotary for financial support as well as volunteer participation. 
$20 for Twenty Seconds
  • Dan Joraanstad donated to thank TRF Chair Jim Patrick for leading the Super Bowl fundraiser to support the 50/50 Campaign.
  • Bob Hermann donated to celebrate and honor Heidi Kuhn, Dora Dye, Lisa Stark and RotaCare and all the work that they do.
  • Lisa Stark (Communications and Media) donated to thank Bob Hermann for his work on the Emergency Services Day Committee.
  • John Mathers (Management Consulting | eVo Associates) donated to honor Heidi Kuhn and her work with Roots of Peace.
  • Casey Blair (Financial Services: Private Trading | KCB Trading, LLC) as past president donated to celebrate Dora Dye as Rotarian of the Month and all the times that she saved the past presidents.
  • Immediate Past President JT Forbus (Accounting | Bogdan & Frasco) donated to honor Dora Dye.
  • Alex Omoko (Human Services | Bay Area Community Service) donated to honor Heidi Kuhn and her work in our community and around the world.
  • Anita Stangl (Medical Services | Alliance for Smiles) donated to join the other past presidents in honoring Dora Dye.
  • PDG Ronald Sekkel donated to thank Bob Hermann and Dan Joraanstad for all their support of RotaCare
  • Stephanie Schmautz (Elder Care and Senior Services | The Carlisle) as past president donated to honor Dora Dye as the Rotarian of the Month and called her “a life saver”.
  • President Mary donated to honor Heidi and Gary Kuhn and their work with Roots of Peace and to honor Dora Dye as Rotarian of the Month.
Heidi and Gary KuhnGuest Speakers
Jim Patrick (Retail: Office Supplies | Patrick & Co.) introduced today's guest speakers - Heidi Kuhn (Peace Building | Roots of Peace) and Gary Kuhn. Heidi (who serves as CEO) and Gary (President) founded Roots of Peace in 1997, shortly after the tragic death of Princess Diana, who raised global awareness on landmines. Heidi has been a member of our Club since 2006. Both Heidi and Gary gave us a firsthand view of what has been happening in Afghanistan. President Mary thanked both Heidi and Gary and announced that 100 children would be inoculated against polio in their name.
The meeting was adjourned at 1:30 p.m.
Editor's Note: Thank you to Nancy Graydon (Development | Glaucoma Research Foundation) for serving as scribe and JT Forbus for managing those who were attending via Zoom. The Editor also thanks the Rotary Club of San Francisco and its dedicated members for the honor of being selected Rotarian of the Month in January 2022; it is an honor to serve you.