Posted by Robin Azevedo on May 16, 2023
Past President JT Forbus (Accounting | Bogdan & Frasco) called this meeting to order at 12:15 PM and welcomed those online and those attending in person at the Anzu Restaurant in the Hotel Nikko.
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Our Visiting Rotarians today were District Governor Nominee (DGN) Steve Wright from the Rotary Club of Pacifica and Joel Valdes from the Rotary Club of Manila. Robin Azevedo (Retail: Mattresses | Retired, McRoskey Mattress Company) introduced her daughter-in-law - Ahna Azevedo. Nancy Graydon (Development | Glaucoma Research Foundation) introduced her guests - Allen Habel and Catalina San Augustine. John Mathers (Management Consulting | eVo Associates) introduced his guest - Yuri Yasukawa whom John had met through Dan Davies (Information Technology: Consulting | North American Lighting). Other guests were Rose Chung, today's speaker - Lauren Kivowitz and her husband - Adam Weiner.
End Polio Now Campaign
DGN Steve Wright presented a Certificate of Recognition for our Club's donations in the 2021-2022 Rotary year to end polio. Accepting the Certificate was our 2021-2022 Past President Mary Liu (Real Estate: Sales | JM Real Estate Group).
Mary Liu and DGN Steve Wright
New Member Induction
Past President JT inducted Carlos Francisco Valdes (Real Estate: Sales | Aeternum Holdings, Inc.) while Carlos' father, Joel Valdes of the Rotary Club of Manila, proudly pinned our Club's pin on Carlos' lapel. Carlos' passion is in Service Above Self projects, and we look forward to seeing Carlos at our activities. Ozan Yasavur (Mechanical Engineering |Bioforcetech Corporation) will be Carlos' mentor.
Joel Valdes, Carlos Valdes, and Past President JT Forbus
Photo of the Day
Past President JT shared the Photo of the Day featuring Dan Joraanstad (Financial Services: Advising | Retired) in a spiffy new T-shirt at Rotary District 5150's Day of Service on Saturday, May 13, 2023 at the Bison Paddock in Golden Gate Park. See more photos here of this Rotary Day of Service.
Share Your Good News ($20 for Twenty Seconds)
  • Nancy Graydon donated to recognize Development Committee members Maureen O’Shea (Governmental Relations | Retired) and Robin Azevedo for their telephone campaign to thank our Club's members for their time, talent, and money to support the 17 programs funded by the San Francisco Rotary Foundation.
  • Lynn Luckow (Development | donated to celebrate that 200 students have already registered for the five-day RYLA camp in summer 2023. Lynn thanked our Club for its support.
  • Lisa Stark (Communications and Media | Self-Employed) donated to celebrate RYLA's registrations in 2023 so far.
  • Bob Hermann (Information Technology: Administration | Retired UCSF) donated to thank everyone for the attention and get-well wishes he has received for his hip replacement surgery. He also celebrated the RYLA registrations.
  • Joel Valdes donated to celebrate the induction of Carlos Valdes (his son) into our Club today.
  • John Mathers donated to recognize Stephanie Schmautz (Elder Care and Senior Services | The Carlisle) for organizing the San Francisco County Rotary District 5150's Day of Service on Saturday, May 13, 2023 at the Bison Paddock in Golden Gate Park. There were over 100 volunteers of which many were non-Rotarians.
  • Stacey Poole (Law: Family | Lerner Poole & Stewart, LLP) donated to celebrate her client's pre-nuptial agreement - a much preferred transaction than divorce negotiations.
  • Tim Hornbecker (Nonprofit Management | Retired, The Arc CA) donated to celebrate his 78th birthday, his wedding anniversary with his wife Pat, 45 years as a Rotarian, and the work of The Arc such as the coverage for the surgery that recently benefited his son.
David Dye (Management Consulting | Retired) reported on the recent Interact Spring Leadership Conference (SLC). The District 5150 Interact Program has struggled to rebuild after the effects of the pandemic and challenges with public schools. However, the Interact Clubs at Lowell and George Washington high schools are strong and comprised almost half of those attending SLC on May 13, 2023. David also noted that Edric Garcia, a member of the Lowell Interact Club, will be one of the two co-district governors for the District Interact Program in 2023-2024.
Club Events for Rotarians
Club Events: Check the Club's calendar for upcoming Committee meetings and service projects. 
Lauren KivowitzGuest Speaker
Past President JT introduced today's guest speaker - Lauren Kivowitz, founder of Inclusive Arts and advocate for people with disabilities. She shared ways to bring more inclusive practices into our work and daily lives by incorporating multisensory explorations and discussed her career in helping folks with disabilities enjoy and participate in creative and performing arts. The presentation concluded with a question-and-answer session. 
Past President JT thanked Lauren Kivowitz and announced that 100 children would be inoculated against polio in her name.
The meeting was adjourned at 1:30 PM
Meeting Volunteers
Past President JT thanked today's meeting volunteers: Robin Azevedo for serving as scribe; Jim Patrick (Retail: Office Supplies | Patrick & Co.) for serving as photographer; Dan Davies for handling social media; David Dye for managing the microphone; Kurt Burdick of the Academy of Art University for managing the audio-visual equipment during our in-person meeting; Nancy Graydon for serving as greeter; and Mary Liu for doing check-in at the Hotel Nikko.