August 6, 2023

From the Club Blog
Opportunities to Become Involved with Youth Services
Our Club's Youth Services Committee is seeking advisers for Interact and Rotaract. Advisers can work in pairs or small teams to support each Interact and Rotaract Club.
Interact logoInteract: Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self. Our Club currently oversees two Interact Clubs in collaboration with the Rotary Club of San Francisco Chinatown: one at Lowell High School and the other at George Washington High School. The adviser for each Interact Club must be available to meet in person either midday or after school once a month.
Rotaract logoRotaract: Rotaract clubs were created to bring together young people ages 19-30 to take action in their communities and develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self. Our Club currently oversees two Rotaract Clubs: one at the University of San Francisco in collaboration with the Rotary Club of San Francisco Chinatown and the other at San Francisco State University in collaboration with the Rotary Club of San Francisco West. While Rotaract clubs can now operate independently, a Rotarian adviser is still recommended for guidance. The adviser must be available to meet once every 1-2 months either in person or online.
LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS August 1, 2023: State Senator Scott Wiener
President Sunny Singh (Financial Services: Advising | PK Wealth Management) called today's meeting to order at 12:16 PM and welcomed those online and those attending in person at the Anzu Restaurant in the Hotel Nikko.
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
We welcomed Avis La Grone and Patti van der Burg, both visiting from the Rotary Club of Los Gatos, and Dr. Angelo Capozzi, former member of our Club and now a member of the Rotary Club of Tiburon Belvedere. Maureen O’Shea (Governmental Relations | Retired) introduced her guests - Michelle Andrews and Omar Rincon from Senator Scott Wiener's office. Angelina Preza (Sales: Travel | Aquarium of the Bay) introduced her guest - Ronald Bolden Jr. Emily Borland (Engineering, Architecture, and Construction | Emily Borland Specifications) introduced Sue Robbins from Catholic Charities SF. Scott Plakun (Management Consulting | The Plakun Group) introduced his guest - Murrey Nelson. Gary Dales (Accounting | Fly Leasing) introduced Jewel Harris from the National Park Service. Larry Booth (Engineering: Mechanical | Frank M. Booth, Inc.) introduced his guests - Michael Moss, Lisa Moss, Sam Moss, and Laura Foote and his son - Andrew Booth. Anita Stangl (Medical Services | Alliance for Smiles) introduced Margarita Baxter-Lazaro. Our guest attending online was Phil Ye.
A Big Thank You to Those Who Made the 2023 RYLA a Success
130 new campers, 20 student alumni, and 30 adult volunteer staff took part in this year’s Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) Camp, held from July 31 to August 4. It was a transformative and joyful week. A story about the RYLA experience will be published in the near future. For now, we’d like to recognize and express our gratitude to the following members of our Club who led and served the 2023 RYLA Camp: 
  • Lynn Luckow, RYLA Camp Director, for his vision and countless hours over the past year. 
  • David Dye, RYLA Planning Committee Member, for serving as treasurer and RYLA Camp session speaker. David and his wife, Dora Dye, shopped for camp snacks and assembled the RYLA bead necklace for all campers, facilitators, alumni, and administrative staff.
  • Todd St Vrain, RYLA Recruitment Chair, for serving as facilitator and RYLA Camp session speaker.
  • Steve Lindstrom, RYLA Planning Committee Member, for maintaining the RYLA website and serving as an administrator.
  • Mary Liu, Bob Hermann, Lisa Christian, and Margaret Miley for serving as RYLA Camp facilitators.
  • Jim Patrick, Dan Joraanstad, Bridget Mahoney, Angelina Preza, and Frank Yoke for helping with RYLA bus drop-off or pick-up duties in San Francisco.
Upcoming Events
ROTARY LUNCHEON August 8, 2023: JoEllen Arntz and SMUIN Contemporary Ballet
JoEllen Arntz, Company Manager and Wardrobe Supervisor of the SMUIN Contemporary Ballet, will present a very unique view of the Ballet World that is sure to please both adults and children. She will bring authentic SMUIN ballet costumes for the audience to view. Members and guests are encouraged to bring their children and grandchildren to this luncheon who will be allowed to come to the front of the room to view the costumes closely and see how they are made.
No Meeting on August 15, 2023
There is no Rotary Luncheon on August 15, 2023. Please join us on August 17, 2023 for a reception and a night at the theater to watch A Chorus Line. Attendance is capped at 25 people, so buy your ticket early!
Our next Rotary Luncheon will be on August 22, 2023 when our speakers will be three winners of the Miss Indian New Mexico Pageant who will speak on their organization and its mission.
CLUB SOCIAL August 17, 2023: A Chorus Line and Welcome Reception
Enjoy a night at the theater and watch the Broadway classic - A Chorus Line - at the San Francisco Playhouse with the Rotary Club of San Francisco. Before the show, there will be a welcome reception in the Kensington Park Hotel that offers heavy appetizers and drinks. This event is open to all Rotarians, their families, and guests (including prospective members). Attendance is capped at 25 people, so buy your ticket early!
ROTARY LUNCHEON August 22, 2023: Miss Indian New Mexico, Inc
Miss Indian New Mexico, Inc. is a Tribal group that seeks to to protect, revitalize, and educate communities of the diverse cultures of all Tribal Nations in the State of New Mexico. Joining us today to speak on the Mission and Goals of Miss Indian New Mexico, Inc. are three winners of the Miss Indian New Mexico Pageant who are also leaders in their chosen profession.
Welcome to the Club: August 24, 2023

This meet-and-greet is an opportunity for new and prospective members to get better acquainted with each other as well as with a few Club leaders and longer-term members. Hear of service opportunities in our community. Network with leaders in the business community. Learn about Rotary. Light food and refreshments will be provided. Everyone including guests must register.

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SERVICE PROJECT August 26, 2023:  Volunteering at the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank
Join us to assemble and package food for distribution at the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank. The Food Bank continues to need your helping hands. Register early as the number of volunteers is limited to 10 for safety reasons. 
SERVICE PROJECT August 30, 2023: Diaper Bag Assembly and Tour at Homeless Prenatal Program
Join us at this service opportunity to stuff diaper bags and organize diapers and wipes for giveaway to clients of the Homeless Prenatal Program. Afterwards, we will enjoy a brief tour of the facility to better understand HPP and what it does for our community. Event is limited to 12 people.
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.