May 7, 2023

From the Club Blog
A Message from Your Editor
Dear Readers,
I am writing to invite you to submit stories for publication in Grindings. I am especially interested in stories on recent Rotary events that you have attended. The deadline is every Thursday at 5 PM, and this will be a hard deadline so that I can get the issue of Grindings done in time for release on Sunday. If you miss the Thursday deadline, your story will appear in the following Sunday's issue or a future issue.
Photos are welcome too, but photos alone without a story will not be published. I need a written explanation as well as identification of those in the photos. I am also following our Club's policy on photos: "By attending events of the Rotary Club of San Francisco, you are giving to our Club your permission to publish photos of you as an attendee at our events. If you have questions about this policy, please contact our Club."
All stories and photos must be sent to me via email only. If you have any questions, please contact me. I continue to enjoy serving as your Editor.
March 2023 Board Highlights
Rotary Club of San Francisco
President Christopher Wiseman called the March 28, 2023 Board meeting to order at 4:02 PM. Stacey Poole, Secretary, recorded the minutes.
In attendance were President Christopher, Gary Dales, Frank Yoke, Maureen O’Shea, Emily Borland, Lisa Christian, Scott Plakun, Mary Liu, Sunny Singh, Margaret Miley, Brian Lan, and Stacey Poole, constituting a quorum. Absent were Wendy Shew and Jeff Lerner. The invited guests were Ozan Yasavur and Charlie Miles.
Anita Stangl Receives Rotary International's Service Above Self Award
Congratulations to Anita Stangl (Medical Services | Alliance for Smiles) for winning Rotary International's Service Above Self award. This prestigious award is for Rotarians and Rotaractors who demonstrate their commitment to helping others by volunteering their time and talents and is the highest RI award for a volunteer.
RI Director 2021-2023 Vicki Puliz, RI President Representative John Smarge, and District 5150 Governor Gary Chow presented the RI Service Above Self Award to Anita Stangl on April 29, 2023.

Only a District Governor can nominate a candidate for this award. Our current District 5150 Governor Gary Chow nominated Anita to recognize her dedication to Rotary and her work to save children and communities impacted by "cleft lip and palate by providing free comprehensive treatment, while training and equipping local teams to sustainably provide quality, long-term care."
Upcoming Events
ROTARY LUNCHEON May 9, 2023: Eric Schmautz and Rotary International Conventions
Past District Governor and Past Club President Eric Schmautz joins us to talk about the upcoming Rotary International Convention in Melbourne, Australia, and San Francisco's bid to host a Rotary International Convention.
SERVICE PROJECT May 13, 2023: Rotary Day of Service
Join us for this year's Rotary Day of Service at Bison Paddock in Golden Gate Park. The day includes clean-up projects, lithium battery recycling, eyeglass recycling, an Environmental Exhibitor Fair, and an Electric Vehicles and eBike show. This is a family-friendly and dog-friendly event. Advanced registration is required.
Supper Club at The Arc: May 15, 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 May 16, 2023: Lauren Kivowitz and Inclusive Arts
Lauren Kivowitz will share about the background that led to founding Inclusive Arts and discuss some of the exciting projects that she has participated in, including working with the American Conservatory Theater to develop the first ever sensory-friendly performance in San Francisco. Lauren will also share some background context about language, neurodiversity, and where ableism exists in the arts, and offer practical tips for how we can actively reflect on building more inclusive practices into our work and lives.
SERVICE PROJECT June 1, 2023: Diaper Bag Assembly for 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. We will meet at an open-air warehouse while stuffing the bags and organizing the goods.
SERVICE PROJECT June 3, 2023: Rotary Meadow Restoration
Come and enjoy nature, fresh air, and fellowship while helping Sutro Stewards seed and restore Rotary Meadow - a garden of native plants our Club planted at the summit of Mount Sutro in 2004. Participation is limited to a maximum of 20 members of our Club. Advanced registration is required. 
Baby Showers for Homeless Prenatal Program: June 7, 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. 
Partea for President Christopher: June 10, 2023
Join us for a special “partea” to celebrate the accomplishments and tenure of President Christopher who led us through the 2022–2023 Rotary year. Tea, sandwiches, sweets, and champagne will be served. All members and their guests are welcome. There is no charge for this event. Space is limited, and advanced registration before 5 PM on June 2, 2023 is required.