September 3, 2023

From the Club Blog
July 2023 Board Highlights
Rotary Club of San Francisco
The Rotary Club of San Francisco Board of Directors met on July 25, 2023 via Zoom. President Sunny Singh called the meeting to order at 4:02 p.m. Nancy Graydon, Secretary, recorded the minutes.
In attendance were President Sunny Singh, President-Elect Bob Hermann, Emily Borland, Nancy Graydon, Margaret Miley, Alex Omoko, Maureen O’Shea, Scott Plakun, Bill Poppen, Todd St Vrain, Ozan Yasavur, and Frank Yoke, constituting a quorum. Dan Davies was absent. Also in attendance were Immediate Past President Christopher Wiseman, Executive Secretary Dora Dye, and Past President Mary Liu.
The Board reviewed and approved the June 27, 2023 minutes.
Membership News: September 2023
The following are scheduled to be inducted into our Club on September 19, 2023 as individual members:
Ronald Bolden Jr. (Medical and Life Insurance | Freeman Insurance Services)
Paul Yep (University Administration | Academy of Art University).
In addition, the following is scheduled to be inducted into our Club on September 19, 2023 as a member of our corporate member - Alliance for Smiles:
Paul Vazquez (Nonprofit Administration | Alliance for Smiles).
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about these proposed additions to our membership.
Welcome-to-the-Club Parties Return
Charlies Miles, Stephen Geisheker, Donna Duensing, and Lynn LuckowWith camaraderie and community, the Rotary Club of San Francisco resumed its beloved tradition of hosting Welcome-to-the-Club parties. These gatherings, which had been a cherished fixture on a quarterly basis before the challenges brought about by COVID-19, have made a triumphant return to the Club’s calendar. The first of these parties was recently held on the evening of August 24, 2023.
Margaret Miley, with her signature warmth and hospitality, graciously hosted the event while the dedicated efforts of Dan Joraanstad and Margaret herself were instrumental in organizing an evening that proved to be nothing short of a smashing success. The atmosphere buzzed with excitement as Club leadership, both established and emerging, gathered to celebrate this auspicious occasion. The event was graced by a crowd of 35 new and prospective members as well as Club leaders, each contributing to the vibrant tapestry of our ever-growing Rotary family.
Upcoming Events
No Meeting on September 5, 2023
In honor of the Labor Day holiday weekend, there is no Rotary Luncheon on September 5, 2023. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 12, 2023.
Baby Showers for Homeless Prenatal Program: September 6, 2023
Join us at one or both of the Baby Showers at the Homeless Prenatal Program where we will give expectant mothers diaper bags filled with supplies. The party for Spanish speakers starts at 10 AM; the party for English speakers starts at 1 PM. Registration is limited to two Rotarians at each shower. 
ROTARY LUNCHEON September 12, 2023: The Hong Kong Advantage: Understanding Hong Kong's Competitive Edge and Latest Strategic Initiatives
The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office's mission is to broaden Hong Kong's economic relations with the 19 western states, by enhancing free trade policy and its two-way platform for overseas companies to access the China market and for Chinese companies to go global. Director Jacko Tsang will join us to present an overview of Hong Kong's advantages and latest initiatives in selected areas.
CLUB SOCIAL September 14, 2023: Rooftop Happy Hour in Downtown San Francisco
Celebrate the end of summer at an outdoor rooftop party! This event is open to all Club Rotarians, their families, and guests (including prospective members). Attendance is capped at 35 people, so buy your ticket early! Free tickets to two volunteers.
DEI EVENT September 17, 2023: Rotary DEI Film Festival Presents Loving
Our Club’s DEI Committee is pleased to present the screening of Loving. This film is rated PG and based on the true story of a couple whose arrest in Virginia began a legal battle that led to the U.S. Supreme Court's historic 1967 decision legalizing interracial marriage. This event is open to members, prospective members, their friends, and family. 
ROTARY LUNCHEON September 19, 2023: Rodney Fong and a San Francisco Business Update
Rodney A. Fong, President and CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, will provide a San Francisco Business Update and discuss downtown revitalization.
Service for Past President John Mathers: September 23, 2023

Come and join a Thanksgiving for the life of 2017-2018 Past President John Mathers. Flowers are welcome as well as a donation to the Rotary Club of San Francisco's Rotary Climate Action Team (RCAT) program. John had dedicated the last few years of his life to spearhead RCAT to raise awareness of the dangerous effects of climate change. 

See details here on the time, location, parking, and how to donate.