April 2, 2023

From the Club Blog
Grants and Grant Deadlines
It's Grant Season! The San Francisco Rotary Foundation is slated to grant at least $194,851 in the 2023-24 Rotary year. The deadline to submit a grant application is April 7, 2023—no exceptions! Application and additional information are found here.
The Committees in our Club have until April 19, 2023 to submit recommendations to me, President-Elect Sunny Singh, on how to allocate the funds. I will then present these recommendations to the Club's Board. The Board will review and forward the final recommendations to the San Francisco Rotary Foundation.

Note: Anyone who received a grant for the 2022-2023 Rotary year (current year) must submit a final report by or before April 30, 2023.
Membership News: April 2023
I am pleased to announce that the following are scheduled to be inducted into our Club on April 18, 2023 as our newest members:
Donna Duensing (Education: Seminary | Retired)
Andrea Gung (Non-profit Administration | Duo Duo Project)
Nikki Moore (Law | San Francisco District Attorney's Office)
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about these proposed new members.
LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS March 21, 2023: Ann Killion and Bay Area Sports
President-Elect Sunny Singh (Financial Services: Advising | PK Wealth Management) called the meeting to order and welcomed those online and those attending in person inside the Anzu Restaurant at the Hotel Nikko. President Christopher Wiseman (Nonprofit Management | Glaucoma Research Foundation) was on vacation. It was noted that both Sunny and Christopher shared a passion for the same drink in Mexico.
Happy Birthday
The audience wished Clifford Phillips (The Arc San Francisco) a happy 50th birthday.
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Mary Fermi (Education | San Francisco Unified School District) introduced Becky Rudd, today's Visiting Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Woodside/Portola Valley. Michael Petricca (Education Management | Academy of Art University) introduced his guest, Academy of Art University Athletics Director Brad Jones. Bill Gregory (Educational Services | Retired) introduced his guest, Donna Duensing who recently retired from the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. Also attending as our guest was today's speaker Ann Killion.
In the News: Rick Harrell
On Sunday, March 26, 2023, Rick Harrell delivered the performance more fully described here. ABC 7 News was there; see the news story here.
Upcoming Events
ROTARY LUNCHEON April 4, 2023: Supervisor Aaron Peskin and San Francisco at the Crossroads: Opportunity, Challenge, and Resiliency
Aaron Peskin, President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors representing District 3, joins us to speak on the concerns in the City of San Francisco. Supervisor Peskin has been a leader to preserve and expand affordable housing in District 3 and citywide. 
SPECIAL DINNER April 11, 2023: Celebrating Passover
Members of the Rotary Club of San Francisco are invited to celebrate Passover with a traditional evening Seder at a private Jewish home in San Francisco. The Seder is a retelling of the story of how the Jews were liberated from slavery in ancient Egypt and a reminder of our obligation to build a better world for everyone. In other words, Service above Self. The dinner features fish, beef, and chicken and costs $45 per Rotarian. Because space is limited, this event is open only to Club members. No guests. The deadline to register is April 4, 2023.
CLUB SOCIAL April 15, 2023: Arepas and more at the North Beach Farmers Market
Now that the weather is hopefully starting to clear, let's go and try some arepas and other local delicacies at the North Beach Farmers Market! Our very own member, Victoria Lozano, runs her own Venezuelan comfort food catering company, Andina, and has a stand at the Farmers Market every Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM.
Supper Club at The Arc: April 17, 2023
The Monday Night Supper Club at The Arc now meets in person. Enjoy the opportunity to help with meal set-up and then, sit, eat, and get to know The Arc's participants. This event is limited to 8 volunteers maximum.
ROTARY LUNCHEON April 18, 2023: Vern Glenn and Sports in the Bay Area
Vern Glenn, Sportscaster, CBS Bay Area KPIX 5, San Francisco, will speak on sports in the Bay Area. He has worked as a sports reporter and a multimedia journalist and is a two-time Emmy® Award winner for Best Sportscaster.
CLUB SOCIAL April 20, 2023: Law Rocks San Francisco Concert at the Chapel
Come and support Club member Peter Logan and his Band, the 12th Root of Two, in the 9th Annual Law Rocks Competition! They will be competing against seven other bands for the top spot. Peter and his Band will also be fundraising for St. Anthony's and the Blue Bear School of Music, so make sure to select these beneficiaries when purchasing your ticket. Tickets are $45 for General Admission and $120 for VIP Admission. All attendees must be age 21 or over.
SERVICE PROJECT May 6, 2023: Bike Build
Come and enjoy the fun at our 13th Annual Bike Build event! We'll be assembling 150 brand new bikes for distribution to kids in Kindergarten through 4th grade in the Bayview area of San Francisco. Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, partner organizations, friends, and family are all welcome.
Congratulations!  April 2023 Birthdays and Rotary Anniversaries
April 2
   Meagan Thibodeaux   
April 5
   Jim Bradley
April 8
   Scott Plakun
April 14
   Alex Omoko
April 20
   Kathryn McCall
April 21
   William Gregory
Note: This birthday list is based on membership information in ClubRunner. Please update your ClubRunner account to help us keep this information current. If you need help with ClubRunner, please contact our current newsletter editor.
1983: Peter Lagarias
1987: Anita Stangl
2007: John Mount
2011: Peter Logan
2012: Nga Gomez-Chan
2017: Sunny Singh
2019: Maurice Rivers
2020: Kaushal Chokshi, Jessica Hansen, and Alex Omoko
2021: Jeffrey Lerner, Matthew Madsen, and Andrés Vera
2022:  Aida Jones, Clifford Phillips, and Todd St Vrain
Note:  The year listed above is when these members joined the Rotary Club of San Francisco. Happy anniversary to all!