Rotary Club of Fisherman's Wharf

San Francisco

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The Club Where the Bay Greets the Day!

Fisherman's Wharf

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Weekly on Thursday morning at 7:30 am, except the 3rd Thursday, which is an evening social, 5:30-7:30 pm, at rotating venues on Fisherman's Wharf.
The Franciscan Crab Restaurant
Pier 43 1/2 Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA  94133
United States
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Our terrific speaker on June 14 was Dave Blum, aka “Dr. Clue” who engaged our members in a lively two team “Treasure Hunt” exercise designed to “get everyone on the same page” and build trust. Key ingredients to achieving those goalsJu: partnership, benevolence, reliability, transparency and integrity. 
 
Special guests were, on the left, Djaffar Ould-Abdeslam from Mulhouse, France, and center, Pat Messinger from the Bloomington, Illinois Sunrise Rotary Club.  At right is our June President Aline Estournes. 

 
 
Partners in the recent Fisherman's Wharf Merchants Association golf tourney were, l-r: club member Dan Morse, Christopher H. Christensen, President, Bay Area Longshoremen’s Memorial Association, and club member Herman Jones. Dan and Chris were big winners in the raffle. Herman reports: It was Dan's first golf exposure and he represented our club  well."
Representatives from the SF Giants organization made their third annual visit to our club on May 31st.  Shana Daum, VP Community Relations, and Amanda Nichols, Mgr of Premium Seating and Retention Services, updated us and provided insights on all things Giants.
 
Another highlight of the meeting was when Erik Scheller received his newest Paul Harris pin in recognition of his support of Rotary International. Pictured here with Suzanne Varacalli, president of the week, and Riki Intner, Foundation chair.

 
The May 24th speaker was Giuseppe "Joe" Pennisi, founder of Pioneer Seafoods and a local leader in the sustainable fishing industry. He was accompanied by Jolene Lambrecht-Skinner, fishing vessel deck boss, and they displayed an example of the special nets used to collect a wide variety of fish in a sustainable way, allowing limited contact with ocean floor and avoiding fish damage. They're pictured with President of the Month Aline Estournes.
 
We also welcomed and heard from the 2018 scholarship winner from Galileo High School.
Members present and past enjoyed an informal potluck dinner and Rotary camaraderie on Friday evening, May 18, to mark the club's anniversary. The gathering was held in the east lounge of Riki and Bob Intner's condominium complex. 
 
Everyone enjoyed meeting visiting Rotarian Juliet Wong of Toronto, and welcoming former members Rick Zimmerman and his wife, Stacy Tiffin and her husband, and Jeff Varacalli.
Our May 10th speaker was Professor Ken Kobré, a professional photojournalist, educator and author for more than 35 years. His former students, who include winners of the Pulitzer Prize, World Press Awards, and many other prestigious honors, work on staff and as freelancers for publications and media outlets around the world.  He's pictured with President of the Month Aline Estournes.
 
Ken's book, Photojournalism: The Professionals’ Approach, has been the widest-selling text on photojournalism in the world since 1980. His new book, Videojournalism: Multimedia Storytelling, was published in early 2012.
 
Festa Italiana, our club's 24th annual International Dinner, was a success in all measures: Fun, Friendship and Fundraising. All the credit goes to the event organizer, President Elect Kay Auciello, and her merry band of club volunteers. Kudos to all!

Past District 5180 Governor Bob Deering of Sacramento (right) was our March 29 speaker on the topic, “District 5180’s Global Grant to Combat Human Trafficking, a Grant That Can Be Duplicated Anywhere in the the World.” Lots of questions and discussion followed his talk.

President of the Month Tony Bothwell welcomed visiting Rotarians from Arizona and southern California as well as Richard Swart from the Rotary Club SF Chinatown.

Jim Schmitz, the dean of United States Olympic weightlifting coaches, gave an inspiring talk at our club's March 22 meeting over breakfast at the Franciscan Crab Restaurant. Jim coached Team USA weightlifters at the 1980, 1988 and 1992 Olympics. He noted that women have been participants in USA weightlifting since 1988. Jim has authored books on weightlifting. He trains people of all ages at the Sports Palace in South San Francisco, and conducts training for coaches as well.

Former Peace Corpsman Steve Carlson of the San Carlos Rotary Club spoke to us March 8 concerning the Moroccan water project that Fisherman's Wharf and other Rotary clubs are cosponsoring. The Global Grant project in Morocco's High Atlas Mountains is building an aqueduct to improve irrigation and conserve water for Berber villages. Steve put pictures up on the screen and even made some remarks for us in Arabic. The Fisherman's Wharf Rotary Club also currently supports an agrarian enterprise and nutrition Global Grant project in Puno, in the Peruvian Andes -- and an anti-gang Global Grant project led by the Rotary Club of Bogota Centenario in Colombia. Carlson, left, is pictured with March President of the Month Tony Bothwell.

Tami Beneau, left, the Principal of Galileo High School, was inducted and welcomed as a new member of our club during the Feb. 28 meeting. She was introduced by Sue Rokaw, center, and sponsored by Past President Suzanne Varacalli, right.

Four students who were among the 38 from Galileo’s Interact Club who attended the Interact Fall Leadership Conference spoke briefly about their experiences there.

Member Wendy Vived, left, was presented her first Paul Harris Society pin by Foundation Chair Riki Intner, right,  in recognition and thanks for her financial support of the Rotary Foundation.

Riki and husband Bob, who are midway in a 4 1/2-month, worldwide Viking Ships ocean cruise, described some of their stops since they departed in early January. Bob said that visiting Cuba was a highlight to date, and Riki most enjoyed snorkeling over the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Bettie, Roger,  Dan and Andrew distributed personalized Macmillan Children’s dictionaries to 3rd graders at Garfield elementary school on Feb. 8. We have three more distribution dates, Feb. 15, 20 and 27, so it is not to late to join the fun.

Rotarians from Hamburg, Germany, were our special guests at the Feb. 8 meeting.

During this week’s Club Assembly, Herman Jones reported on another successful Operation Dream toy drive and read a letter thanking the club from Sgt/Insp Glenn Sylvester (retired) of the San Francisco Police Department. “The donated toys were distributed to children in low income neighborhoods. Your contribution brought joy to numerous children.”

Dictionaries for 3rd graders were labeled and boxed in record time Thursday evening. After the work session we walked to the nearby Mars Restaurant and Bar. Fun was had by all.

Special thanks to Larry for hosting us at Hoogasian Flowers and providing the gardenia corsages worn here by Bettie, Kay, Kira and Suzanne. Not pictured: Charles and his two young children, who delighted and charmed us.

Anna Lippert, a third year law student at Golden Gate University, gave a thought-provoking talk about the effects of bio-research on the oceans of Micronesia. She was recommended and introduced by International Chair Tony Bothwell, left, and welcomed by Secretary Suzanne Varacalli.

On Thursday, Jan. 11, Ed Niu (right), past president of the Rotary Club of San Leandro, and Wayne Gregori gave a spirited presentation on the history of Bitcoin and its current opportunities and challenges.  The program sparked a lively discussion among members. Pictured with the speakers is Past President Suzanne Varacalli.

We also welcomed these visiting Rotarians from Austria and Switzerland.

The Rotary Club of Fisherman’s Wharf is proud to support the good works of the Service Interact Club at Galileo Academy of Science and Technology High School. Pictured are members who assembled recently for the club’s official yearbook photo.

Our Dec. 13 holiday party at The Franciscan was a great success with 22 members and guests alike in joyful attendance. Good company and good food, not to mention the wine. Toys were collected for Operation Dream, and a good time was had by all. 

We bid a fond farewell to Riki and Bob by wishing them safe and happy travels. Bob gave us a heartfelt adieu, with a tear in his eye, telling us how important our small club had become in his and Riki's lives. We will miss them, but know they will be back, with lots of tales to tell of their grand four-month adventure. 

 

For the club’s 4th annual First Responder event, Captain Paul Yep (Star #95) and five other police officers from San Francisco Central Station attended our Dec. 7 breakfast meeting.  President of the Month Marcella Ramos presented a certificate of appreciation to Captain Yep and thanked the officers for their dedication and service.

Thank you, Aline for organizing the event and also Marcella and Suzanne for preparing additional food.  

December birthdays for Aline, Bob and Bettie were celebrated.

This week’s speaker and fellow Rotarian, Mark Schiavenza, educated club members about the Museo Italo Americano, a wonderful museum in our neighborhood. He provided pamphlets from past exhibits about Italians immigrating to San Francisco, Italians in cinema and Italian artists that were informative and confirmed the quality of the Museo’s events.

Past District Governor Jeri Fujimoto presented the club with a banner celebrating our achievement as District 5150’s 2016-2017 No. 1 Club in per capita Annual Find giving to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

Herman Jones was presented with his second Paul Harris pin.

Club members joined a host of other volunteers welcoming neighborhood guests, serving meals and bussing tables for the Tel Hi Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday evening, Nov. 16. Pictured l-r: Bob and Riki Intner, Kay Auciello, Marcella Ramos, David Chan, Herman Jones and friend, Maria.

Development Associate Candace Elumba said that our club "once again managed to make this year’s Thanksgiving Dinner very special for over 650 who attended the community event. For many of our guests, this may be the only hot meal they receive during the holiday season.  We are honored that you made it a priority to help us out this year and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for allowing us to continue this time honored North Beach tradition.”

At this week’s meeting, John Martini, historical consultant, presented Alcatraz Island: 200 Years on the Rock, a history of Alcatraz from its Spanish discovery through today's status as a National Park site. The talk focused on the 1934-1963 era when The Rock was a federal penitentiary, including stories of the island's infamous residents, escape attempts, and the Hollywood mythology of Alcatraz. 

John is pictured with November President of the Month Suzanne Varacalli.

 

For our first-quarter community service project, this “Magnificent Seven” crew of volunteers showed up Saturday morning, Nov. 4, and worked hard, adding dozens of native plants to the East Beach berm on behalf of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. 

Pictured l-r: Riki and Bob Intner, Park Service Volunteer Coordinator Laura Elze, Herman Jones, Erik Scheller, Andrew Wong, Kira Hahn and Kay Auciello.

“Living through cancer with exercise” was the topic for our Oct. 26 speaker, Regan Fedric, Program Director of Sunflower Wellness, which offers exercise programs and classes throughout the Bay Area. She's pictured with Riki Intner, our October President of the Mont

Sunflower Wellness was established in October 2004 in direct response to the need for promoting and providing exercise among people living with cancer. Regan said that research shows a 40% reduction in risk of recurrence and death from breast cancer in patients who perform 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity per week. 

“We bridge the gap between medical treatment and physical activity by working with oncologists to bring exercise directly to patients,” she said. For more information, visit sunflowerwellness.org.

Member David Chan was presented his Paul Harris +2 pin in recognition and thanks for his continued support of the Rotary Foundation.

We also welcomed and exchanged club banners with two Rotarians visiting from France, Jen Luc and his wife, Geraldine.

 

Development Director Yvonne Curley (right) and co-worker Candace Elumba updated us on the broad reach of Tel Hi Neighborhood Center, which the club has long supported with funds and volunteers. They were invited to speak by member Herman Jones (center).

The Preschool, Infant and Toddler program runs year-round, with a current enrollment of 93 children, more than half from low income families. Average daily attendance in this year’s Summer Learning Program, June-August, was 66, and there currently are 153 enrolled in Tel Hi’s Futurama After-School Program at Galileo High School.

The Senior Program serves lunch in partnership with Project Open Hand. About 80 seniors attend daily for various activities, including Tai Chi, bingo, line dancing, yoga, computer lab, cooking and gardening.

Tel Hi  also operates an after-school program at North Beach Chinatown Beacon Center and North Beach Place. 

Yvonne invited members to again join the crew of volunteers who serve more than 500 free meals during Tel Hi’s community Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, Nov. 16.

Sue Rokaw, Past President and District Public Image Chair, was recognized for her continuing generous support of the Rotary Foundation when October President of the Month Riki Intner presented her with a Paul Harris Fellow sapphire pin.

 
 
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