Posted by Dora Dye on Jul 20, 2022
President Christopher Wiseman (Event Planning | Glaucoma Research Foundation) called the meeting to order at 12:16 PM and welcomed everyone attending either online or in person inside the Anzu Restaurant.
Visiting Rotarians and Special Guests
Today's Visiting Rotarians included immediate past president Richard Swart from the Rotary Club of San Francisco Chinatown attending in person. On Zoom were president Steve Pomeroy from the Rotary Club of Los Altos, Stan Scardino from the Rotary Club of Los Altos, and president Taye Doherty from the Rotary Club of San Francisco Bayview. Also on Zoom were Interactors Nancy Deng, Jenny Lew, Nathan Tjong, and Erika Wu as well as today's speaker - Dianne Easton.
Meeting Volunteers
President Christopher thanked today's meeting volunteers (listed at the end of this story).
Interact Scholarship Presentation
John Dean (Education: Law | Dean Dispute Resolution) introduced the Interact Scholarship winners:
  • Nancy Deng who graduated from George Washington High School and will enter Vanderbilt University in the fall.
  • Jenny Lew who graduated from George Washington High School and will enter UCLA in the fall.
  • Nathan Tjong who graduated from Lowell High School and will enter UCLA in the fall.
  • Erika Wu who graduated from George Washington High School and will enter UC Santa Cruz in the fall.
  • Gui Dong Yang who graduated from Lowell High School and will enter UC San Diego in the fall.
Congratulations to all!
July 2022 District Rotarian of the Month
Congratulations to Michael Petricca (Education Management | Academy of Art)! He is Rotary District 5150's Rotarian of the Month for July 2022. Read the full story here
Red Badge Completed
Congratulations to Jessica Hansen (Nonprofit Management | Alliance for Smiles) who completed her Red Badge requirements and was relieved of the red ribbon on her name badge!
July Birthdays
The audience sang "Happy Birthday" to members celebrating a birthday in July. 
Upcoming Social Events
Social Chair Alisha Marfatia (Information Technology: E-Commerce | EvolveWare) invited everyone to the Club's first social in the new Rotary year on July 20, 2022. She also invited us to join the the social of the Rotary Club of Fisherman's Wharf the following day.
Club Calendar and Events for Rotarians
Check the Club's calendar for upcoming meetings and events. The Board meeting on July 26, 2022 begins at 4 PM, and you are invited to attend. 
Rotary 101
Margaret Miley (Hospitality: Hotels | Retired) presented the upcoming Rotary 101 sessions. Registration is available for all of these sessions on the Club's calendar.
People of Action Summits
The People of Action Summits are powered by Rotary Zones 26 and 27. This region is made up of 30 Districts and thousands of Rotary members across the Western US as well as part of British Columbia, Canada. The People of Action Summits will provide an in-person and virtual opportunity for Rotary members to join forces with communities and industry experts to tackle some of the biggest challenges that we face. These five different summits are all about individuals identifying issues, solving problems, and making a difference on:
  • Food Security - July 30
  • Green Transportation and Clean Energy - September 10
  • Water: From Source to Sea - September 10
  • Healthy Soils - September 10
  • Stop Human Trafficking - October 1
To learn more about these summits, all of which can be attended virtually, go to
Assisi Opportunity
Yes, an opportunity to either go to Assisi, Italy or to work with Rotarians from our sister club, the Rotary Club of Assisi! John Mathers (Management Consulting | eVo Associates) leads this event on November 26 and 27, 2022 with Rotary District 2090 and is looking for volunteers to help in a number of ways. The event is a global effort to gain participants’ commitment to actions in 2023 to address the climate crisis. As pointed out by the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Gutierrez on July 18, 2022: "We have a choice. Collective action or collective suicide. It is in our hands.” This special global event will have attendees in person as well as on Zoom and will reach North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and parts of the Middle East and Asia. The most important work beforehand is the promotion of the event across Rotary and to other groups. If interested, please contact John.
New Members Inducted
President Christopher and our Vice President of Membership Margaret Miley inducted Dalila Dynes (Nonprofit Administration | Catholic Charities SF) and Victoria Lozano (Catering Services | Andina) as the newest members of our Club.
Dalila is now a member of our corporate member - Catholic Charities San Francisco. She visited our Club about 10 years ago, and we are pleased that she joined. Her mentor is Andrés Vera (Entertainment | Self-Employed). 
Dalila Dynes
Victoria's mentor is Nancy Graydon (Development | Glaucoma Research Foundation). Victoria is from Venezuela and owns and operates a pop-up serving Venezuelan cuisine.
President Christopher and Vice President of Membership Margaret Miley induct Victoria Lozano. On Zoom was Dalila Dynes.
Basic Potential Rotary Leaders Seminars (PRLS)
Richard Swart invited the audience to register for Basic PRLS on July 23, 2022. More information on this series is found here.
Social Time
The audience broke into small groups to share vacation plans.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Why language matters
Scott Plakun (Management Consulting | The Plakun Group), who leads our DEI Committee, delivered an engaging presentation on how language evolves. What was once acceptable may now be offensive or exclusionary. He gave examples of labels and comparisons that are not appropriate. Scott also offered solutions to make all feel welcome and included.
Guest Speaker
President-Elect Sunny Singh (Financial Services: Advising | PK Wealth Management) introduced today's guest speaker who joined via Zoom - Dianne Easton. Dianne drew from both her professional experience as well as her community service contributions to share her observations and insight defining and evaluating leadership and the qualities of effective leadership. President Christopher thanked Dianne and announced that 200 children would be inoculated against polio in her name.
Dianne Easton
The meeting was adjourned at 1:30 p.m.
Editor's Note: Thank you to Dora Dye (Education: Elementary and Community College) for serving as scribe at this meeting; to Jim Patrick (Retail: Office Supplies | Patrick & Co.) for serving as photographer; to Jeff Lerner (Retail: Home Improvement | Floorcraft) for managing the microphone; to Kurt Burdick of the Academy of Art University for managing the audio-visual equipment during our in-person meeting; to Robin Azevedo (Retail: Mattresses | McRoskey Mattress) for serving as greeter; to Scott Plakun and immediate past president Mary Liu (Real Estate: Sales | JM Real Estate Group) for managing those who were attending via Zoom; and to Gary Dales (Accounting | Fly Leasing) and JT Forbus (Accounting | Bogdan & Frasco) for doing check-in at the Hotel Nikko.