Posted by Larry Booth on May 10, 2023
President Christopher Wiseman (Nonprofit Management | Glaucoma Research Foundation) called the meeting to order on time and acknowledged the upbeat attitude of the second oldest Rotary Club in the world.
Stephanie Schmautz (Elder Care and Senior Services | The Carlisle) introduced her mother - Jackie Herrin. Lynn Luckow (Development | introduced his guest - TJ Chartrand. Margaret Miley (Hospitality: Hotels | Retired) introduced her guest - Margarita Baxter-Rosarios, formerly with the Consulate of Spain in San Francisco.
Our Club Last Week
President Christopher thanked Bill Poppen (Banking: Management | MUFG Union Bank) for a successful Bike Build on May 6, 2023 and the biggest one yet. See full story here.
Rotarians filled three dinner tables at the Alliance for Smiles Gala on May 6, 2023, the same day as the Kentucky Derby and the Coronation of King Charles III, causing many ladies at the Gala to wear a fascinator. Alliance for Smiles honored Anita Stangl (Medical Services | Alliance for Smiles) for being a founder and her many years of service to the organization.
There was an announcement that Bob Hermann (Information Technology: Administration | Retired UCSF) was resting comfortably and recovering nicely from surgery.
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Larry Booth (Engineering: Mechanical | Frank M. Booth, Inc.) donated to honor Anita Stangl for being the member in our Club who has attended the most Rotary International conventions.
RYLA Update
Lynn Luckow introduced TJ Chartrand. TJ gave a report on the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA). In 1985 then Rotary Club of San Francisco President Jim Patrick (Retail: Office Supplies | Patrick & Co.) started the youth leadership camp known as Camp Enterprise. In 2012 Camp Enterprise became the districtwide youth camp known today as RYLA. TJ explained how RYLA had changed him from a shy kid to a youth leader and now a mentor to high school students on their journey to leadership.
RYLA is now a five-day camp (formerly three days) with alumni returning annually to help Mary Liu (Real Estate: Sales | JM Real Estate Group) will be a facilitator this year and recounted the positive effect that RYLA had on her niece. Allan Herzog (Financial Services: Advising | Wells Fargo Advisors) was so impressed that he donated $1,000 to RYLA and challenged the audience to donate an amount that when combined would equal his donation.
Jim Patrick, Lynn Luckow, TJ Chartrand, and President Christopher Wiseman
Club and District Events for Rotarians
Club Events: Check the Club's calendar for upcoming Committee meetings and service projects. President Christopher gave a preview of the luncheon meetings to be held in June 2023. On June 13, 2023. the meeting will feature our Club's accomplishments in the 2022-2023 Rotary year. On June 20, 2023, President Christopher will transition to Past President Christopher.
District Events:
Stephanie Schmautz issued a final call for volunteers to participate in Rotary District 5150's Day of Service on May 13, 2023 at the Bison Paddock in Golden Gate Park.
Early registration is underway for the 2024 District Conference to be held in Reno, Nevada along with two other Rotary districts. See here for registration and more information.
Eric SchmautzGuest Speaker
Stephanie Schmautz introduced today’s speaker who is also her husband - PDG Eric Schmautz (Banking: Management | Retired). Stephanie and Eric met each other in our Club. Eric has attended 20 Rotary International Conventions, while Stephanie has attended 10. 
PDG Eric discussed the Rotary International Convention in Melbourne, Australia later this month. An RI Convention goes non-stop for five full days and is the largest event for Rotary International with a $70 million impact on the host city. With the plenary sessions, the House of Friendship activities, and the speeches by Nobel Laureates and Heads of State, every day is completely consumed. After Melbourne, the next Conventions will be held in Singapore in 2024, Calgary in 2025, Taipei in 2026, Honolulu in 2027, Manila in 2028, and San Francisco in 2029 (hopefully!)
Then, PDG Eric described the work involved to host a Rotary International Convention in San Francisco, California. Our Host Organizing Committee consists of 8 Rotary Districts and 18,000 Rotarians. Currently, 2,700 volunteers are already at work. Why San Francisco? San Francisco boasts the LEED Platinum Moscone Convention Center to be offered to Rotary International for free, 7,000 hotel rooms already committed, and San Francisco's global access and appeal. Later this year, there will be a team from RI visiting San Francisco for assessment, and the decision will be made in early 2024. PDG Eric is clearly excited about our chance of hosting the Convention, and so are we!
President Christopher thanked PDG Eric Schmautz and announced that 100 children would be inoculated against polio in his name.
The meeting was adjourned at 1:30 PM
Meeting Volunteers
President Christopher thanked today's meeting volunteers: Larry Booth for serving as scribe; Jim Patrick for serving as photographer; Bill Poppen for managing the microphone; Kurt Burdick of the Academy of Art University for managing the audio-visual equipment during our in-person meeting; Maureen O’Shea (Governmental Relations | Retired) for serving as greeter; and Mary Liu for doing check-in at the Hotel Nikko.