August 7, 2022

From the Club Blog
Membership News: July 2022
In accordance with our Club Bylaws, I am pleased to announce that the following is scheduled to be inducted into our Club on August 9, 2022 as our newest member:
Cherry Albano (Insurance: Life | New York Life).
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about this proposed new member.
June 2022 Board Highlights
Rotary Club of San Francisco
The Rotary Club of San Francisco Board of Directors met on June 28, 2022 via Zoom. President Mary Liu called the meeting to order at 12:02 PM. Stacey Poole, Secretary, recorded the minutes.
In attendance were President Mary, President-Elect Christopher Wiseman, Gary Dales, Sunny Singh, Lisa Christian, Ed Shenkan, Brian Lan, Nancy Graydon, Jeff Lerner, Miranti Ojong, JT Forbus, and Stacey Poole, constituting a quorum. Absent was Bob Hermann. Also in attendance were incoming Board members Margaret Miley, Wendy Shew, and Frank Yoke.
November 2022 Assisi Global Climate Action Forum
Climate Crisis and the Assisi Lifestyle: At the end of 2021, an in-depth study was done by the Kantar Group on concern and responses to the climate crisis. In the United States, 74% of respondents said they were concerned or very concerned about climate change. However, only 49% said they were willing to change their lifestyle to address the crisis. And when it comes down to specifics of what was “very important”: 32% said reducing energy consumption; 25% supported public transportation; 23% noted reducing travel by plane; and 18% identified reducing meat consumption.  
Clearly, there is the desire to address the issue but we (the developed economies) do not want to give up our lifestyle. Part of this is a function of education (what can we do and why), and part is simply inertia (we all have full agendas).  
LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS August 2, 2022:  Dmytro Kushneruk and an Update on Ukraine
President Christopher Wiseman (Nonprofit Management | Glaucoma Research Foundation) called the meeting to order at 12:17 PM and welcomed everyone attending either online or in person inside the Anzu Restaurant. Due to the large number of Visiting Rotarians and Special Guests today, President Christopher had all visitors in person and online stand for a big round of applause.
INatalie Ter-Agopovan Solidarity with Ukraine
What a moving meeting! The room and the agenda were packed full! Club members and guests stood in solidarity as the National Anthem of Ukraine was powerfully sung by Natalie Ter-Agopova, a soprano soloist, who is a choir mate of Ann Daugherty (Financial Services: Private Trading | IBN Financial Services). Brightening the room were two very large baskets of sunflowers (the Ukrainian national flower), thoughtfully donated by Harold Hoogasian (Retail: Florist | Hoogasian Flowers).
Committee Meetings in the week ahead
Our Club's calendar lists all events and meetings including Committee Meetings. During the week of August 7, 2022 to August 13, 2022, the Membership Committee will meet on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at 12 noon. Register here. The Speakers Comittee will also meet on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at 2 PM. Register here. 
Upcoming Events
ROTARY LUNCHEON August 9, 2022: Kevin McCormack and how California is turning the promise of stem cell and gene therapies into reality
Kevin McCormack, director of patient advocacy at the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, talks about the progress made by California’s State Stem Cell Agency and the challenges still ahead.
ROTARY 101 August 9, 2022:  Nuts and Bolts to Connect with Our Club and Activities
Dan Joraanstad will offer a brief training to new and prospective members immediately following the regular luncheon meeting. This training is available only in person. Come and learn all the ways that we connect with our members: social media, Club calendar, Grindings, District and International programs, and more. Whether you are new or returning, everyone is welcome!
CLUB SOCIAL August 12, 2022: Bocce Ball and Vino Happy Hour
Dust off those bocce ball skills, and join us for happy hour at the San Francisco Wine Society! We will have the outdoor court reserved from 4 PM to 5 PM for those who would like to play and will then move the party inside at 5 PM to focus on fellowship. There is no cost to attend, but all attendees must be 21 years of age or older. This event is limited to 20 people. Register early!
SERVICE PROJECT August 15, 2022: Delivering Meals for The Arc San Francisco
Drivers needed to pick up pre-packaged meals at The Arc San Francisco and deliver to individual residences of Arc participants who are experiencing food insecurity. Exact directions will be provided when you pick up the meals. Hand delivery of meals must occur between 4 PM and 5:30 PM in advance of the Monday Night Dinner Club with Friends Like Me via Zoom to be held on the first and third Monday of each month.
E-MEETING August 16, 2022:  Dan Walters and California's State of the State
Dan Walters, political commentator, editor, and author, shares how the state of California is doing and where it is going. Please note that this meeting will be via Zoom only and is free of charge. Advanced registration required. Connection instructions will be provided to all who register.
Master PRLS 3 Training: August 20, 2022
Rotary District 5150 presents Master Potential Rotary Leaders Seminars (PRLS), a leadership development program. Master PRLS 3 focuses on effective facilitation for leaders. Club members who have completed Basic PRLS are encouraged to attend this Master PRLS 3 training. This seminar is virtual. Our Club will reimburse a member for the cost to attend after that member has completed the seminar.
No Meeting on August 23, 2022
There is no Rotary Luncheon on August 23, 2022. Please take this opportunity to explore other Rotary clubs, either by attending a meeting or working on a service project. Join us at our next meeting on August 30, 2022 when we meet and hear from District Governor Gary Chow.
SERVICE PROJECT August 27, 2022: City Clean-up with San Francisco Rotary Clubs
Our Club will be participating in the monthly clean-ups in San Francisco with the other Rotary clubs in the City. This month's clean-up is hosted by the Rotary Club of San Francisco Chinatown along with numerous other community organizations. Meet at the yard of Rosa Parks Elementary School. 
DISTRICT SOCIAL August 27, 2022: Mahjong, Texas Hold'em, and Potluck
Join District 5150's First Social (aka Non-Rotary District Rotary Event). Bring your card tables, Mahjong tiles, poker chips, and let's shuffle! Also, BYOB (bring your own favorite beverage) and a potluck dish to share. This Social is open to all Rotarians and potential Rotarians. Mask is required unless you are eating or making a bet!
ROTARY LUNCHEON August 30, 2022: District Governor Gary Chow
District Governor Gary Chow, Past President of the Rotary Club of South San Francisco, will talk about how this year's Rotary International theme, Imagine Rotary, impacts our District and our Club. DG Gary's presentation is sure to be informative, inspiring, and fun.
SERVICE PROJECT August 30, 2022: 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 to allow social distancing while stuffing the bags and organizing the goods. Participation is limited to 10 people, so sign up early. Facial mask is required. 
No Meeting on September 6, 2022
In honor of the Labor Day holiday weekend, there is no Rotary Luncheon on September 6, 2022. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 13, 2022.
Baby Showers for Homeless Prenatal Program: September 7, 2022
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 1:00 PM. Registration is limited to two Rotarians at each shower. Mask and on-site COVID test required.