(The following narrative is a continuation of a series of how a member was introduced to Rotary and subsequent memories. If you would like Rotary to be part of your life's story, please contact Alison Proctor at alisonproctor@gmail.com.) 


Stephanie Matsen

Joined F.C. Rotary October 5, 2005

October, 2022


Back in 2005, I was looking for a financial advisor. Sue Dickey, wife of Bill Dickey, referred me to Larry Shaw who asked an important and timely question: “Why don't you join Rotary?”. The first meeting was very impressive with the friendliness of the group and I felt right at home.


One of my first involvements with the club was a trip to Mexico delivering wheelchairs. I became very emotional as we walked into a few homes and personally gave a wheelchair and witnessed people become mobile when they previously were home bound.


An early memory occurred during the presidency of Noemi Avrum. Pam Frisella, Cyndy Simms and I worked the Art and Wine Festival pushing beer. It was there I learned the proper method of poring beer without creating a lot of foam in the cups. A valuable skill I carry to this day when I volunteer for Concerts in the Park. I always enjoy volunteering such events because they allow me to get to know my fellow Rotarians better.


Another strong memory is my leadership in planning one of the final programs of Beach Blanket Babylon in 2019, the last year of its productions. One year, a graduate of San Mateo HS, was the Snow White main character and spoke at our meeting. This final production was held for our club and we filled the hall with levity and joy.


I have been a member of the High Rollers, our Rotary bocce ball team, for the last 11 years. A highlight was beating Jon Grant's team Summabocce's.


The aspect of fellowship is a primary focus for me especially when attending meetings. I get into a strong connection when we have speakers with subjects of substance. These meetings allow me to talk to the speaker and have social interaction with our members. I am happy we have added the element of having fun as an added fifth feature to the 4 Way Test.


A change I would like to see in the future is allowing Rotarians who give their craft talk to give more of their personal background rather than limiting them to just their business aspects. The dimensions of “Service above Self” should include their whole involvement not just their career emphasis.