Posted by Jeff Lerner on Oct 20, 2022
President Christopher Wiseman (Nonprofit Management | Glaucoma Research Foundation) welcomed over 90 members, Visiting Rotarians, and guests to our Club's first ever Rotary Fashion Show and Friend Raiser inside the Monterey Room at the Hotel Nikko. 
October 2022 Birthdays
Today's special event opened with everyone singing "Happy Birthday" to members celebrating a birthday in October. See the birthday list here
Our Club's History
President Christopher shared with the audience our Club's history from its beginnings in 1908 to the present. He explained that our Club is a community to make the world a better place and that our members joined for fellowship and service to others.
President Christopher Wiseman and Maureen O'SheaA Big Thank You
President Christopher thanked Maureen O'Shea (Governmental Relations | Retired) for chairing this Fashion Show and Friend Raiser, Robert Hunter from Hunter Events for making this event run so smoothly, President Marilyn DeCastro-Becklehimer and the Rotary Club of San Francisco Sunset for their support, and today's event volunteers (listed at the end of this story).
$20 for Twenty Seconds
  • Dan Joraanstad (Financial Services: Advising | Retired) donated to announce his "Creating Your Legacy" virtual workshop for all Rotarians in Rotary District 5150 on October 26, 2022.
  • Ann Daugherty (Financial Services: Private Trading| IBN Financial Services) donated to celebrate her guests at today's event.
  • Mary Liu (Real Estate: Sales | JM Real Estate Group) donated to recognize the Rotary Club of San Francisco Sunset, to thank Maureen O'Shea, and to celebrate her bucket-list vacation in Bora Bora.
  • Anita Stangl (Medical Services | Alliance for Smiles) donated to celebrate the current medical mission of Alliance for Smiles.
  • Angelina Preza (Sales: Travel | Aquarium of the Bay) donated to invite everyone to the Blue Marble Benefit for the BayEcotarium on October 24, 2022 which is also United Nations Day. 
  • President-Elect Sunny Singh (Financial Services: Advising | PK Wealth Management) donated to honor Maureen O'Shea for her leadership in today's program.
  • John Mathers (Management Consulting | eVo Associates) donated to share upcoming activities in RCAT, and Lisa Stark (Communications and Media | Self-Employed) donated to thank John Mathers for his efforts in climate action.
Club Calendar and Events for Rotarians
Check the Club's calendar for upcoming meetings and events for the balance of October 2022.
Door Prizes
Today's theme was "Puttin' on the Glitz." In addition to the glitz, fine food, and fellowship, there were door prizes: tickets to Smuin Contemporary Ballet and to the San Francisco Playhouse, wine from Espina Vineyards and Rusty Gate Winery, and tickets to our Club's Annual Meeting and Holiday Party. The lucky winners in the drawing were Lisa Sieber, Robert Beadle, Jim Patrick (Retail: Office Supplies | Patrick & Co.), Eric Sleigh, Wynn Aldona, Wendy Shew (Nonprofit Administration | Building Education), Catherine Liang (Miss California), Anita Stangl, Angelina Preza, and Carrie Schucker.
Bob HermannFashion Show
Next was the moment that we had all been waiting for - the Fashion Show. Models and Rotarians paraded down the runway dressed in fashions from Simi's Bazaar, Button Down, and Andrea Custom Tailoring. Robert Hunter coordinated the Show along with the help of Debra Leylegian and Andi Valo-Espina (Haberdashery | Andrea Custom Tailoring).
This was a great event with lots of energy, music, and fellowship. It truly was a Friend Raiser!
This special event was adjourned at 1:30 p.m.
Rotarians and guests puttin' on the glitz.
Editor's Note: Thank you to Jeff Lerner (Retail: Home Improvement | Floorcraft) for serving as scribe; to Jim Patrick for serving as photographer; to Mary Liu for managing the microphone; to Jesse Austin and Kurt Burdick of the Academy of Art University for managing the audio-visual equipment during our in-person event; to Nancy Graydon (Development | Glaucoma Research Foundation), Ann Daugherty, Anita Stangl, John Mathers, Mary Fermi (Education | San Francisco Unified School District), and Jeff Yih (Retired | Self-Employed) for serving as greeters; and to Gary Dales (Accounting | Fly Leasing) and CJ Albano (Insurance: Life | New York Life) for doing check-in at the Hotel Nikko.