March 12, 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.
Membership News: March 2023
I am pleased to announce that the following is scheduled to be inducted into our Club on April 4, 2023 as our newest member:
Charlie Miles (Software Engineering | Charlie Miles Inc.).
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about this proposed new member.
LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS March 7, 2023: Mark Flegel and the Young Paul Harris
President Christopher Wiseman (Nonprofit Management | Glaucoma Research Foundation) called the meeting to order and welcomed those online and those attending in person inside the Anzu Restaurant at the Hotel Nikko. 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Today's visiting Rotarians were our speaker PDG Mark Flegel from the Rotary Club of Menlo Park and his wife Shirley, Mary Kay Kennedy also from the Rotary Club of Menlo Park, and Joel Valdez from the Rotary Club of Manila. Mary Kay is the wife of Jim Kennedy (Interior Design | James Kennedy Design). Joel and President Christopher exchanged Rotary flags. Our guests were Diane Stark from the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, Caylee Burditt, Charlie Miles, and Nikki Moore.
January 2023 Board Highlights
Rotary Club of San Francisco
President Christopher Wiseman called the January 17, 2023 Board meeting to order at 4:02 PM. Stacey Poole, Secretary, recorded the minutes.
In attendance were President Christopher, Gary Dales, Sunny Singh, Wendy Shew, Frank Yoke, Margaret Miley, Jeff Lerner, Maureen O’Shea, Emily Borland, Lisa Christian, Scott Plakun, Brian Lan, Mary Liu, and Stacey Poole, constituting the entire Board. The invited guests were JT Forbus, Robin Azevedo and Grace Reed.
Upcoming Events
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.
ROTARY LUNCHEON April 4, 2023: Supervisor Aaron Peskin and San Francisco at the Crossroads: Opportunity, Challenge, and Resiliency
Aaron Peskin, President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors representing District 3, joins us to speak on the concerns in the City of San Francisco. Supervisor Peskin has been a leader to preserve and expand affordable housing in District 3 and citywide.