It is now almost 26 years since I first joined Rotary back in 1989. I have taken a few years off when my kids needed 100% of my available time. I was wondering the other day as to why I joined Rotary and then I read the article in our Rotarian Magazine. Rotary to me is where we build leaders from all ages. My son is now a member of SF Evening Club and he would be the 3rd generation in my family to join Rotary. I have seen so many of my fellow Rotary members blossom into a fully confident and secured leaders in a magical metamorphosis from a shy and quiet person to an outgoing leader. We have programs staring in High School such as Interact, RYLA to young adults with RotarAct and finally our infamous Pearls series program that is almost like an MBA course for leaders.
Sometimes when we are lucky, there comes an individual that is truly a Leader before even joining a Rotary Club. Cap Alan Olson who is a Past President of our club is such a person. His resume reads like a dream for any adventurer. He embodies all traits that a leader should have. You get the warm and steely karma the minute you meet him. There is no false pretense nor any ego that comes in his way toward his passion and goals in life. He has done it all. He reminds me of an ad that runs about some liquors demonstrating a worldly person that has it all except in case of Cap Alan, it is not about him but his service to the community.
If you wish to hear him in person away from all the noise and commotion surrounding his presence in various medias and events, then you need to be at our Club this Wed to hear him speak of his amazing project in Sausalito. The building of a first Tall Ship schooner in Sausalito after decades of no such activity in Marin. He had every
possible barrier in his way but he plowed through each one with a calm and determined way that demonstrates a true leader among us all. We are so proud of Cap Alan.
Alan Olson---Project Director. As Project Director, Alan brings his vision to the organization and 60 years of maritime experience, in construction, engineering, restoration and sailing. At age 22 he built his first boat in Minneapolis, a 40 foot catamaran, sailing her down the Mississippi and to the Caribbean. He next constructed Stone Witch, a 70’ brigantine. From 1977 on, he sailed Stone Witch over 40,000 miles, operating educational sailing programs for youth and adults along with public charters on SF Bay and on Pacific Ocean expeditions. Stone Witch was the flag ship for Greenpeace and involved in environmental missions along the California Coast. In the 1990’s Alan restored a 1929, 54ft wooden staysail schooner to use in youth educational programs with Call of the Sea and on educational expeditions with adults. In 1992 they set sail on a one year 15,000 mile Pacific Rim Voyage through Hawaii and Pacific Islands entering Shanghai as the first American yacht to visit in fifty years. After three months cruising Japan they set out for Alaska returning along the coast to San Francisco. Alan also spent five years in a leadership and design position at a Buddhists monastery building elaborate temples and sculpting sacred art.