February 26, 2023

From the Club Blog
LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS February 21, 2023: Semi-Annual Club Assembly
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. Ozan Yasavur (Engineering: Mechanical | Bioforcetech Corporation) introduced his wife, Merve, to the audience.
Weekly attendance at our luncheon meetings suggests that our Club has only a few members, but we have over 125 members in our Club. If there is a member whom you have not seen in a while, please reach out and invite them to a meeting.
Upcoming Events
SPECIAL EVENT February 27, 2023: Emergency Services Day
On Emergency Services Day, the Rotary Club of San Francisco annually honors outstanding representatives of the departments that we depend on for our public safety: the Fire Department, the Department of Emergency Management, the Police Department, the Sheriff’s Office, the Coast Guard, and the Recreation and Park Rangers. This year, ESD will be held at the Academy of Art Automobile Museum. Join us for this very special in-person event. SOLD OUT
Individual registration and sponsorship are now closed. | More info 
SERVICE PROJECT February 28, 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 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. 
VOCATIONAL MEETING March 2, 2023: Professional Portrait and Business Networking
Join us on Thursday, March 2, 2023 from 6 PM to 8:30 PM to learn how to support your business and mingle with other professionals in the community. The evening includes networking, a photo opportunity, light bites, and beverages. Advanced registration required.
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. 
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.
Congratulations!  March 2023 Birthdays and Rotary Anniversaries
March 6
   Karl Wustrack
March  8
   Jessica Hansen
March 11
   Frank Yoke
March 12
   JT Forbus, Darlene Wilson
March 15
   Dan Joraanstad
March 16
   Kelly Minchen
March 28
   Andi Valo-Espina
March 29
   Michael Petricca, Jeff Yih
March 31
   Clifford Phillips
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: David Shen
2004: Tom Brunner, Greg Gutting
2010: Laine Hendricks
2015: Jianying Chen, JT Forbus, Melissa Galliani, Dagmar Schaefer-Gehrau
2016: Lisa Stark
2018: Christian Kuhn
2019: Christopher Wiseman
2020: Joseph Cresalia, Steven Lindstrom
2021: Moustafa Harfoush 
2022: Wendy Shew, Ozan Yasavur
Note:  The year listed above is when these members joined the Rotary Club of San Francisco. Happy anniversary to all!