March 5, 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.
A DEI Moment
Since its first meeting more than one hundred years ago, Rotary has grown into an international organization with clubs in nearly every country and our membership sharing a singular passion for making the world a better place for everyone. We all come from Somewhere. We all have a Story.

Understanding our identities better helps us see how our biases were formed. I recall our Family Values being expressed through stories told with inherited gifts and visits to places of historic significance. While I like to think of myself as “Quintessentially American”, my ancestors were mostly Western European: English, Welsh, Scottish, and Scotch-Irish. My family's story is about immigrants coming to a New World in search of a better life, freedom, civil rights, and the opportunity to survive and later thrive.
2023 Emergency Services Day: Honoring Bravery and Service
Emergency Services Day (ESD) honors the workers who protect and support our City and Bay including the Police and Fire Departments, the Sheriff's Office, the Coast Guard, and new this year, the Department of Emergency Management/911 and the Park Rangers. The Honorees for the 2023 Emergency Services Day held on February 27, 2023 were:  Sergeant Joshua Arnold of the San Francisco Sheriff's Office; Park Ranger Amanda Barrows of San Francisco Recreation and Parks; Battalion Chief Matthew Cannon and Paramedic Anthony Chiacco of the San Francisco Fire Department; Officer Raylene Larot of the San Francisco Police Department; Intelligence Specialist 3 Mason Kuri of the United States Coast Guard; and 9-1-1 Dispatcher Marissa Manalo of the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management.

There were members from nine different Rotary clubs, the honorees and their loved ones, and special guests in the audience. The audience was the largest ever for this special event. The sold-out crowd was in a jubilant mood as they entered the Academy of Arts sunlit Automobile Museum at Van Ness and Washington in San Francisco. The dazzling collection of antique cars framed 24 rows of dining tables running the length of the hall where the crowd enjoyed lunch. Special thanks to Club Member Michael Petricca and Honorary Member Dr. Elisa Stephens for the gift of this marvelous venue.  
Upcoming Events
ROTARY LUNCHEON March 7, 2023: Mark Flegel and the Young Paul Harris
Past District 5150 Governor Mark Flegel is a businessman, a philanthropist, and an active Rotarian. He joins our luncheon to speak on the life of young Paul Harris, the Founder of Rotary.
Baby Showers for Homeless Prenatal Program: March 8, 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 1:00 PM. Registration is limited to two Rotarians at each shower. Mask and on-site COVID test required.
SERVICE PROJECT March 11, 2023: Cameron House Comfort Bag Assembly and Dim Sum Lunch
Join us at Cameron House in San Francisco’s Chinatown to assemble comfort bags full of toiletries and basic needs for Cameron House’s Domestic Violence Survivors. After the assembly, we will walk over to a nearby Dim Sum restaurant for lunch. Register early as the number of volunteers is limited to 10 people. All participants must wear a mask covering the nose and the mouth.
ROTARY LUNCHEON March 14, 2023: Jessica Hansen and Burning Man
Burning Man is difficult to explain and best understood through experience, but since not everyone has the chance (or inclination) to join the event in person, Club Member Jessica Hansen - long time “Burner” and board member of Mystopia - will provide a glimpse into the annual gathering and temporary city in the desert of Black Rock City, Nevada.
Supper Club at The Arc: March 20, 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 March 21, 2023: Ann Killion and Bay Area Sports 
Ann Killion, Sports Columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, speaks about sports in the Bay Area and why sports matter. Ann is a native Californian and was named California Sportswriter of the Year in 2014, 2017, and 2018. 
LEARNING and LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT March 25, 2023: 2023 Rotary District 5150 Assembly
This annual assembly provides a great deal of training and planning for the Rotary Year that begins on July 1, 2023. All Club members are invited, and all Club leaders are strongly encouraged to attend. Come and cheer for Sunny Singh as he begins his year as our Club's President.
Singing for Heroes - A Musical Journey: Celebrating the Tenth Anniversary of Heroes’ Voices: March 26, 2023
Rick Harrell, creator of Heroes’ Voices, will perform a cabaret-style concert featuring important musical moments in his career. The performance will feature veteran musicians and poets whose lives had been touched by Heroes’ Voices, as well as Heroes’ Voices guitar teachers Larry Chung and Paul Young, and pianist Jefferson Packer. Special offers are available to Rotarians, and free tickets will be given to four Volunteers. 
Please take time to read all of the options carefully before you register.
CLUB SOCIAL March 31, 2023: Art Exhibit Tour and Happy Hour in the Mission
Join us for a guided tour of the Generation: The Roots of Making in the Asawa-Lanier Family exhibit. The tour lasts one hour. Immediately after, we will grab a beverage and/or happy hour bites. There is no cost to attend, but donations are accepted. This event is limited to 15 people.