August 27, 2023

From the Club Blog
John Mathers' New Adventure
We continue to pay tribute to 2017-2018 Past President John Mathers who passed away on August 6, 2023. At the August 22, 2023 Rotary luncheon, a letter written by John was read to the audience in accordance with his wishes. Present at this meeting were John's widow - Peggy Mathers and John's brother - Bill Mathers.
Below is the letter:
LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS August 22, 2023: Miss Indian New Mexico, Inc
President Sunny Singh (Financial Services: Advising | PK Wealth Management) called today's meeting to order at 12:15 PM and welcomed those online and those attending in person at the Anzu Restaurant in the Hotel Nikko. Everyone observed a moment of silence in memory of 2017-2018 Past President John Mathers (Management Consulting | eVo Associates).
Visiting Rotarian and Guests
PDG Eric Schmautz (Banking: Management | Retired) introduced his mother - Karen Schmautz from the Rotary Club of Indian Rocks Beach in Florida - and his daughters - Molly Schmautz and Katie Schmautz. Todd St Vrain (Education: Administration | University of Melbourne) introduced his guest, Tamicia Wakefield. Dan Joraanstad (Financial Services: Advising | Retired) introduced Bill Mathers and Peggy Mathers. Attending online were Brooke Nuwati and today's speakers - Nicole Johnny and Kari Vallo.
Upcoming Events
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. 
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.

Congratulations!  September 2023 Birthdays and Rotary Anniversaries
 September  4
   Greg Gutting
September 10
   Michael Strohl
September 11
   David Dye
September 12
   Bob Hermann and Stacey Poole
September 15
   Bal Raj Capur and Margaret Miley
September 19
   Dagmar Schaefer-Gehrau
September 20
   Matthew Madsen 
September 23
   Kevin Simonin
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.
1989: James Bradley
1992: Scott Plakun
2016: Lynn Luckow
2019: John Goings (Honorary Member) and Carlos Infante
2021: Larry Booth and Darlene Wilson
Note:  The year listed above is when these members joined the Rotary Club of San Francisco. Happy anniversary to all!