Author Describes Two Local Legends

Dale Fehringer, author and resident of the Noe Valley neighborhood in San Francisco, was our speaker for the May 28 meeting held via Zoom. He entertained us with the life stories of two of the local characters featured in his book, San Francisco Legends, Heroes and Heartthrobs.

"Sunny Jim" Ralph, a natty dresser and womanizer, was a popular mayor of San Francisco but not-so-popular governor of California. Alice Marble, tennis star who won 18 Grand Slam championships, later became a spy for U.S. Intelligence.  

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Club Board Directs DDF to Victims of Wharf Fire

On Saturday morning, May 23rd, a fire erupted at Pier 45, destroying an estimated 7,000 crab traps, 2,000 shrimp traps and 500 black cod traps, seriously impacting local fishermen and the industry overall. It is estimated that the monetary loss to replace the needed gear could exceed $5 million.

 In the past this club has directed our District Designated Funds (DDF) worldwide to support other club projects to assist those in need. Now, we have an opportunity to use the club’s DDF to support our immediate community by providing local fishermen with the help they desperately need.

The Rotary Club of Fisherman’s Wharf Board of Directors voted unanimously to designate $28,000 of its $30,000 of the 2020-2021 DDF allotment to fund a District Grant toward replacement of some of the fishing gear destroyed in the fire.

Club Board Directs DDF to Victims of Wharf Fire 2020-05-28 07:00:00Z 0
Club meets by Zoom on Thursday afternoons 2020-05-13 07:00:00Z 0

Club Supports Mission Science Project

Rotary Club of Fisherman's Wharf supported the "Mission Science Project" with a joint District 5150 Community Service Project Grant. The Mission Science Project participants constructed the depicted Solar Vehicle, and developed a program that is to be shared with youth in the Unified School District and area community centers on how to construct their very own.
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Past President Tresa is an active volunteer

Sheltering -in-place club members met via ZOOM at 4:00 pm Thursday, April 16. Following regular business and reports of district activities related to the Covid-19 pandemic, we welcomed our speaker, Tresa Eyres, a Past President of our club. Rotary Club of Fisherman’s Wharf. Her topic, ”Volunteering 2020: What’s trending now.” Tresa took us on a journey into her lifelong tireless passion of volunteerism, identifying the many efforts she has helped to facilitate the needs of others worldwide and across the generational spectrum. 

Some of the nonprofit programs she is working with currently are Reimagining End of Life, Generation Citizen, a volunteer program which provides civics education to middle school students, The Grand, and Upwardly Global, which serves to assist professionals new to this country find employment. Tresa’s volunteer activities are truly inspirational and reaffirming of the idea of service above self.

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Meetings Cancelled by Coronavirus Threat

In response to the current spread of Coronavirus, Club President Herman Jones cancelled our weekly meetings for the remainder of March, as well as the annual fundraiser, Fiesta Italiana, planned for April 16. 
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'Caregiving from the Heart' by Riki Intner

Rebeca Kaplan, Director Institutional Advancement Aquarium of the Bay, and Neha Prakash, Manager Tourism Services and Hazim Elbgal, Citi Bank, attended the meeting as guests at our last meeting. During Happy Dollars, Neha shared that her parents are lifelong Rotarians and she was happy to be attending her very first Rotary meeting at our club. 

Our very own Riki Intner was our speaker this week. Riki spoke of her lifelong friendship with co-author Roberta Cole and their respective journeys in providing care for their mothers, Sara and Ruth, and the lessons learned. Riki read excerpts from their book,  Caregiving from the Heart, tales of inspiration. Riki captured the essence in her quote of Rosalyn Carter, who said:

There are only four kinds of people in this world:

Those who have been care givers

Those who are currently care givers 

Those who will be care givers, and    

 Those who will need care giver.

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Erik's Career Path in Peace Corps & Engineering

The speaker this week was our very own the illustrious Erik Scheller, Civil Engineer, who shared his meticulous decision-making process that he employed in selecting engineering as his occupational interest early in his life. His pursuits have guided him to make a difference in  world through the Peace Corps. While in Africa, Eric designed and tested sewage systems in Africa which ultimately led him to become a trainer. Upon his return to San Francisco in 1994, At a time when jobs weren't plentiful, Erik found his experience with the Peace Corps aided his job search.
Erik plied his trade with KCA Engineers, Inc. addressing civil engineering design and survey needs within the San Francisco and San Jose Bay Area.  He is currently employed with AGS, Inc. Engineering Consultants, San Francisco. 
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Investigative Reporter: Stuff Happens

Speaking at our Jan. 9th meeting on the topic, “Stuff Happens” was NBC Bay Area investigative reporter, Jaxon Van Derbeken. His talk addressed several recent and significant events ranging from the construction of the Millennium Tower, the Transbay Terminal, and the Bay Bridge. He shared insights gained from his intensive investigations which spoke to decisions made for the various projects and unintended effects of those decisions. Jaxon’s talk was well received and enjoyed.

We welcomed visiting Rotarian Silvina Munilla, Rotary Club of Catedral al Sur in Buenos Aires. Silivna is an attorney and a driving force behind a project that brought 34 clubs across six countries together to help children with cancer. 

Rotary District 5150 Foundation Chair, Gary Chou attended our meeting and recognize Kay Aucielo, Past President 2018-2019, and current Program Chair, for her charitable donations to Rotary.  Kay received her 7th Paul Harris pin.

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At our last meeting, we were treated to a tasty program by Christine Keating from the San Francisco chocolate factory, “Dandelion Chocolate.”  They brought samples of the actual fruit, beans, and their final product while educating us about the overall chocolate making process, from the bean to bar. Dandelion Chocolate factories are located at 16th and Alabama and on 18th Street; tours are offered. The company participates in a variety of community projects in San Francisco. It was truly an informative and tasty presentation. 

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Our Club is 100% EREY!

Posted on Dec 11, 2019

Jayne Hulbert, Past District Governor, and Current Foundation Chair attended our last meeting. She acknowledged our club’s 2018-2019 “Every Rotarian Every Year” (EREY) participation, and presented both Kay Auciello, 2018-2019 Past President, and Riki Intner, Past and Current Foundation Chair with three banners along with a certificated of recognition for our clubs 100% participation during the 2018-2019 year.

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We Again Help Serve Thanksgiving Dinner

The Rotary Club of Fisherman’s Wharf partnered with the Tel Hi Neighborhood Center on November 21st to support its Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner, serving meals to hundreds of residents of the North Beach/Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood. Our club was joined by other community partners, Captain Yip, SFPD, Sandra Fletcher, Wipeout Bar and Grill, Jana Kaufman, Ben and Jerry’s in this worthwhile effort.

We Again Help Serve Thanksgiving Dinner 2019-12-04 08:00:00Z 0

Getting Ready for 2020

Posted on Nov 17, 2019
Members learned about the importance of obtaining an accurate count in the upcoming U.S. Census from Katerina Hardegen of Project 2020, our guest speaker on Nov. 14.  She's pictured with President Herman Jones and, at right, Program Chair Kay Auciello.
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Update on Bangladesh Water Project

Posted on Nov 07, 2019
Bill Gilmore and Patrice Perillo (Rotary Club SF West) were our Nov. 7th guest speakers, updating us on the Bangladesh Water Project which our club supports with DDF Funds. Pictured from left: visiting Rotarian from Georgia Southern University, Patrice Perillo, Bill Gilmore and club secretary, Suzanne Varacalli.
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Congratulations Roger!

At last week's meeting, Louis Cuneo (right) of the Police and Fire: Fallen Heroes Program honored Rotary Club of Fisherman’s Wharf President Elect Roger Kaufman by presenting him with a plaque acknowledging his support for their recent golf tournament fundraiser. Roger attended the Potential Rotary Leadership Seminar (PRLS) all day Saturday, and the next day led the Rotary contingent in the Italian Heritage Parade. Is he committed? Yes he is!

Alison Healy, Executive Director, Alliance for Smiles was our guest speaker and presented an excellent overview of the very vital and life altering work being done by the organization in Guatemala. She's pictured at left with program chair Kay Auciello and secretary Suzanne Varacalli.

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Galileo Students Describe RYLA Experiences

Posted on Oct 09, 2019
At last week's meeting we had the pleasure of hearing from High School students from Galileo Academy of Science and Technology, who our club sponsored for (RYLA) Rotary Youth Leadership Academy. Each shared some of their individual experiences and impressions gained through attending RYLA. Among the experiences one student shared how they became a part of a family comprised of other students they had not known previously and the family bonding exercises they participated in. The students shared they created new lasting friendships though their participation. One student spoke about the new personal insights they gained about themselves and others. One student stated "Life is more that going through the system its about interacting with others". Another student shared their RYLA experience allowed them to realize they can have a good relationship with their parents and not shut them out. Overall they enjoyed the experience (and the food) a want to apply to return next year.  Special note. Bettie many thanks for all the work you put into coordinating this program, it and the students were excellent!  
Aline Estournes, Past President and our current Community Service Chair, was awarded a Paul Harris Certificate and Pin. Aline has been a constant leader in our club and in the overall Fisherman's Wharf relative to community and community action in the Fisherman's Wharf area.  Aline has and does serve on a variety of boards and committee in this community and is always at the forefront its betterment. . Aline, Congratulations on the Paul Harris and thanks so much for your dedication and tireless work for Rotary and our club.
Galileo Students Describe RYLA Experiences 2019-10-09 07:00:00Z 0

We welcome new member and SFJAZZ

Posted on Sep 27, 2019
Program Chair Kay Auciello introduced this week's speaker, Marshall Lamm, publicist at SFJAZZ Center, who talked about SFJAZZ's history, mission, education outreach and upcoming events.   SFJAZZ has supported our club's annual fundraiser for the last few years. 

(From left) District Governor Sue Rokaw and Club President Herman Jones congratulate our new member, Steve Ike.  Welcome, Steve!
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Big Crowd Honors Our First Responders

Posted on Sep 17, 2019
At the Sept. 12 meeting, we hosted Captain Robert Yick, and several patrol officers from Central Police Station for our 8th Annual First Responders Appreciation Breakfast. Members from Rotary Clubs representing Chinatown, San Francisco #2, Greater Mission and San Rafael were in attendance as well as representatives from local businesses, community services and area residents.

Captain Yick and his officers each spoke of how they value and enjoy their assignment in the area and their gratitude for the community’s for support.

Special guest was San Francisco Mayor London Breed, center, pictured here with President Herman Jones and Bettie Grinnell of Galileo High School. Mayor Breed recalled her experiences as a student at Galileo High School. A scholarship from our Rotary Club launched her to do work in the community, and being inspired by Rotary's theme of Service above Self ultimately paved the path for her to become mayor of San Francisco. 

Club member and District Governor Sue Rokaw presented the Mayor Breed with an Honorary Paul Harris Certificate along with a pin on behalf of our club.

We thank Community Chair Aline Estournes, and those who assisted her for the tremendous amount of work toward making this a very special event, which promotes Rotary in its best light.
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Siloe Wellness Program in Baja, Mexico

Greg Tull, and John Marshall, Rotary Club of Ignacio, attended the Sept. 5th meeting, and presented the "Siloé Wellness Program", which is supported by our clubs mutually. The Siloé Wellness Center, is located in the rural community of La Mission in Northern Baja Mexico and is an exercise and recreation program which serves as part of a strategy to improve health and wellbeing. 
Greg spoke about the very good work being accomplished there and his club's three-year commitment to support the program. Suzanne Varacalli, International Chair, will be providing us additional information about the program as a follow-up.
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New Banner: Home Club of District Governor

Posted on Sep 05, 2019

Rich Swart, Rotary Club of Chinatown, presented the "Home Club of the District Governor Banner" to our club during the Aug. 29 meeting.

Rotary is a leadership organization, and it is notable that we now have three District Governors who are members of our club: Bob and Riki Intner and current DG Sue Rokaw, pictured here with President Herman Jones.

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Club Supports Programs in Peru

Posted on Sep 05, 2019

At our Aug. 29 meeting, Program Chair Kay Auciello introduced Rotarian Bob Roberts of the Mill Valley Rotary Club and Joaquin de la Piedra, President of Kusimayo NGO Peru. Our club supports this project with our DDF Funds (Agrarian Enterprise and Nutrition in Peru)  

Kusimayo addresses a variety of needs specifically through its "Thousands of Dreams" program, which provides daily breakfasts, school, and hygiene supplies to combat anemia and malnutrition. "Warmth for Puno" provides warm clean houses to tackle low temperatures, thereby reducing respiratory illness caused by the inhalation of fumes. "Productive Puno" provides innovative agricultural techniques to transform subsistence economies into ones of entrepreneurship. ”Happy Grandpas" addresses basic necessities (food, hygiene,cleaning materials) of the elderly living at Virgen del Rosario of Chucuito hospice. 

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Thursday Guest: Rotoplast Co-Founder 

Posted on Aug 12, 2019
Club members learned all about Rotoplast International from Dr. Anthony Capozzi, co-founder and medical director, our guest speaker Thursday morning, Aug. 22. Dr. Capozzi is pictured at center, between Program Chair Kay Auciello and Vice President Roger Kaufman.
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Club helps with National Night Out

The Rotary Clubs of Fisherman's Wharf and Chinatown participated jointly this Tuesday, at the 2019 "National Night Out" Community Event.  Our club was well represented by Cindy, Tony, Roger, and Erik. All were active introducing Rotary by engaging community and business persons present there,  I want to single out Cindy in particular who's energy networking, speaking with many potential members and speakers for our club was truly remarkable.  Extending special thanks to Roger and daughter Jana for their tireless work in the community. Roger is the champion ice cream scooper!!


Mayor London Breed attended the event also and met briefly with members of both Rotary clubs. As many of you may know, the Mayor has consented to attend our First Responder's event scheduled this September 12, 2019, Sooo, it was great she saw our club's activity in the community. 

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We welcome visiting Rotarian from Canada

Posted on Aug 09, 2019

Amy Songcuan-Collado was visiting family  in San Francisco and elected to attended our meeting this week. She is an educator and has extensive background in Rotary, serving in Japan as President of the Rotoract there and in her club in Saskatchewan, Canada which currently has 16 active members

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Past President Earns Foundation Honors

Posted on Aug 02, 2019
Club Past President Kay Auciello, pictured here with President Herman Jones, was received her Paul Harris+4 pin for her continued, generous support of our Rotary Foundation. District and Club Foundation Chair Riki Intner made the presentation during the Aug. 1 Club Assembly at the club's new meeting place, Wipeout Bar and Grill on Fisherman's Wharf.
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Morocco Water Project Update

Posted on Jun 23, 2019
The June 13 meeting was well-attended and busy.  The speaker, Steve Carlson, President of the San Carlos Rotary Club, updated us on the Morocco Water Project, which our club supports using our DDF funds.
Pictured from left:  Bob and Riki Intner, Steve Carlson's son, who was part of the team on the last Morocco site visit, Steve Carlson, and Suzanne Varacalli.

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Club Banner for International President

Posted on Jun 19, 2019

President Elect Herman Jones presents out club banner to Mark Maloney, incoming 2019-2920 President for Rotary International, and his wife, Gay. The couple is featured in this month’s Rotarian magazine. 

The photo was taken when Herman and Maria, at right, attended the International Rotary Conference held June 1-4 in Hamburg, Germany.

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Fun and Success at Festa Italiana

Posted on Apr 03, 2019
Our annual Festa Italiana dinner on March 28 at the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club attracted a fun, friendly crowd who enjoyed Rotary hospitality, a delicious meal and an appealing array of silent auction items. Kudos to President Elect Herman Jones and his cadre of helpers who created and accomplished another first rate fundraiser. Pictured is auction guru Aline Estournes, left, and friend, Gerry Crowley.
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Bravo for Roger and Company!

Posted on Feb 13, 2019
During our Club Assembly on Feb. 7, member Roger Kaufman shared his recent experiences in the aftermath of the Paradise Fire, bringing smiles and cheer to first responders, fire victims and neighbors, along with his family, employees and, of course, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Roger is an example of what Rotary “service above self” really means.  


Suzanne Varacalli, our club’s International Chair,  reviewed the amazing efforts our club supports locally and across the globe for 2018/2019, using our District Designated Funds (DDF) and Global Grant funds.  Annual Fund projects:  Global Scholar, Dictionaries, RYLA.  Global Grant projects in Morocco, Guatemala, Peru, Bangladesh and India.  Thank you Suzanne, for leading this very important effort for our club.

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Date Changed to March 10

Posted on Feb 06, 2019
Due to a forecast for rain this weekend, the date for the Galileo Interactors' car wash has been changed to Sunday, March 10. The event will  raise funds for emergency kit backpacks for the seniors of Next Village.
Interact Club members will scrub cars fro 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 10 at Galileo High School, 1150 Francisco St. Suggested donation is $10.
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Gaining Understanding of Chinese Culture

Posted on Feb 03, 2019
Nan Su, news commentator and activist for China’s human rights, was our guest speaker on Jan. 31, with the topic,  "Wisdom and Humanity from Ancient Chinese Culture."  Mr. Su has spoken to hundreds of Rotary Clubs across the world.  He was also one of the coordinators of the Human Rights Torch Relay in 2008 prior to the Beijing Olympics Game
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Members Learn about Alliance for Smiles

Our Jan. 17 speaker, Alison Healy, Executive Director of Alliance for Smiles, described how the organization helps integrate the "Forgotten Children of the World" into society. Club President Kay Auciello, left, presented Alison with a book to autograph for donation to a San Francisco school library.
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Reserve Now for Italian Dinner & Fundraiser 2019-01-16 08:00:00Z 0

Visiting District Governor-Elect

Posted on Jan 11, 2019
District 9910Governor-Elect Jan Kiernan of the Rotary Club of Norfolk Island and his wife, Jasmine, were special guests at the Club Assembly meeting on Jan. 10. They were enroute to San Diego for the International Assembly. Our own Sue Rokaw, DGE for District 5150, will also attend the Assembly. President Kay Auciello, center, exchanged club banners with the Kiernans.
February birthday pins were presented to members Tami Benau, left, and Riki Intner.
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Holiday Dinner Party at the Franciscan

Posted on Dec 21, 2018
Club members and guests enjoyed a festive evening and fabulous holiday dinner on Dec. 20 at the historic Franciscan Crab Restaurant on Fisherman's Wharf. Suzanne Varacalli, club secretary and party-planner extraordinaire, orchestrated the annual event. The Franciscan, with its stunning view of San Francisco Bay, is our regular Thursday morning meeting place. Not pictured in the above photos are President Kay Auciello and Sue Rokaw.
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Understanding Cognitive Health

Posted on Dec 17, 2018

The program for the Dec. 13 meeting was presented by Nima Jafarian, with ACI Research Labs, who explained the cognitive health assessment process, the shortcomings of our current cognitive health paradigm, and some possible solutions to problems we rarely think about until we experience them. ACI Research Labs writes algorithms, builds tools, and creates apps that help people understand and monitor their cognitive health.

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December Birthdays, Member Survey

Posted on Dec 12, 2018
Bettie Grinnell and Aline Estournes, the birthday girls at our Dec. 6 meeting, each received a special pin from President Kay Auciello. Not present was Bob Intner, who shares the same December birthday with Aline.
Members present discussed some of the responses to the informal Club Morale Survey distributed after Ron Gin’s presentation a few months ago.  There were strong opinions about remaining a morning club, staying at the Franciscan with its incredible bay view, and doing more to promote the club to potential early morning members.
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Service with Rotary Smiles

Posted on Nov 16, 2018
Aline Estournes, President Kay Auciello, David Chan and President Elect Herman Jones joined dozens of other volunteers on Thursday, Nov. 15, to help serve turkey and all the trimmings to hundreds of guests, old and young, at Tel-Hi Neighborhood Center's annual Community Holiday Dinner.
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Three Honored by Paul Harris Society

Posted on Nov 08, 2018
The NEW Paul Harris Society presentations to Rotary FW members Sue Rokaw and Roger Kaufman (also to Kay Auciello, not pictured).  Presented by District 5150 Foundation Chair, Gary Chow.
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All About San Francisco Achievers

Posted on Oct 27, 2018

Our inspiring speaker on Oct. 25 was Duane Wilson, Executive Director,  San Francisco Achievers. The mission of this 0- year-old organization is reducing the achievement gap of African American young men in San Francisco high schools through support, mentoring and scholarships.

We are the second Rotary Club Duane has spoken to - one in Chicago and now our club in SF.  Pictured below from left:  Herman Jones, Pres-Elect; Alan Test, Program Chair; Duane Wilson, speaker. 

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Networking at SF Brewing Company

Posted on Oct 22, 2018
For our October social, members gathered Thursday evening, Oct. 18, at the San Francisco Brewing Company, located in Ghirardelli Square, 3150 Polk Street. Chaired by member Herman Jones, the happy hour gathering provided our club an opportunity to network and welcome owner/brewmaster Justin Boehle and his business to the community.
Pictured l-r: Erik Scheller, Cindy Tam-Bothwell, Justin Boehle, Tony Bothwell and Herman Jones.
Justin said he’s familiar with Rotary through his family, who are members in Washington State.
Networking at SF Brewing Company 2018-10-22 07:00:00Z 0 - Loans that change lives

Posted on Oct 15, 2018

Since, a San Francisco non-profit, was founded in 2004, the micro-finance organization has made loans as low as $25 to more than three million borrowers worldwide. “Loans that change lives” is its motto.

Our Oct. 11 speaker, Tess Murphy, accounts manager, explained how anyone can go to the site, view dozens of profiles of individuals and organizations who have qualified as borrowers, create an account, choose a borrower, and make an interest-free loan of $25 or more. When the loan is repaid, you have the option of reloaning, or increasing, that amount to another borrower, or cashing in your account to receive full repayment. Tess said that of more than $1.2 billion loaned to date, 97% of borrowers make good on their loans, and Kiva guarantees lenders full repayment.

Tess, at right, is pictured with President Kay Auciello and Alan Test, program chair. - Loans that change lives 2018-10-15 07:00:00Z 0

Symbiotic Relationship Reaches New Heights

Posted on Oct 10, 2018

Members of the Rotary Club of Fisherman's Wharf (RCFW) and the San Francisco Chapter of Sons of the American Revolution (SFSAR) for years have attended each other's meetings, referred speakers back and forth, shared audio-visual equipment, and cosponsored a Galileo High School teacher's Valley Forge summer training. 

On Oct. 7, 2018, ten Rotarians and Compatriots drove steep, winding roads to a peak above 3,000 ft. to attend an oenology seminar at Los Gatos Byington Winery. From left: Tom Riley (former U.S. ambassador to Morocco) of SFSAR and Nancy; Maria and Herman Jones of RCFW; David Chan of RCFW and Cecelia; Cindy and Tony Bothwell of RCFW and SFSAR. 

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Program on Water Project in Bangladesh

Posted on Oct 07, 2018

Our Oct. 4 program was presented by Patrice Perillo, Past President of the San Francisco West Rotary Club, who spoke and showed a video on a Rotary International project addressing the arsenic-contaminated water in rural Bangladesh. The World Health Organization has called this the "largest mass poisoning of a population in history.” She will discussed the problem and achievable solutions to bring clean, safe water to the affected areas.

Celebrating her October birthday was Sue Rokaw with a special pin President Kay gives all members during their birthday month

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We Welcome District Governor Hulbert

Posted on Oct 04, 2018

District Governor Jayne Hulbert gave an inspirational talk to our club on Sept. 27.  She met with the club board and chairs the evening before as we shared ideas, challenges and opportunities to help move our club forward.  We were happy that Assistant DG Bruce Lyons was able to attend both meetings.

Member Larry Hoogasian surprised Jayne with a huge, gorgeous bouquet of fresh flowers from Hoogasian Flowers.  Suzanne Varacalli receivd her “official” certificate as Rotarian of the Month for July 2018 from DG Hnulbert.  

To benefit The Rotary Foundation, a gift basket from the Redwood City Rotary Club was auctioned off and the “winners” were Bob Intner and Suzanne Varacalli.  Both will donate their generous bids to the Rotary Foundation.  Our club’s auction gift basket was taken by Jayne to be auctioned off at the Tiburon Rotary Club later that day. 


President Kay Auciello, right, was presented her Paul Harris +2 pin by Foundation Chair Riki Intner, who thanked Kay for her continued support of the Rotary Foundation.

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We Appreciate Our First Responders!

Posted on Sep 15, 2018

We welcomed  Central Station Captain Paul Yep and three police officers on Sept. 13 for our 4th annual First Responder Appreciation Breakfast to show our appreciation for what our first responders do for this community and honor all first responders. Club member Aline Estournes planned the program.

Capt. Yep spoke regarding the challenges and the pleasures of commanding at Central.  Each of the beat officers described their police work in general and more specifically their experiences walking patrol areas.

From left: President Kay Auciello, Kevin Worrell (Beat Officer for North Beach), Brian Kelly (Fisherman’s Wharf Beat Officer), President-Elect Herman Jones and Aline Estournes, Capt Paul Yep, and Christopher Galligan (Fisherman’s Wharf Beat Officer).

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Ben & Jerry's Corporate Activism + Ice Cream!

Posted on Aug 31, 2018

Amy Perkins, Ben and Jerry’s corporate representative, gave an inspiring and fascinating talk about Ben & Jerry’s history, corporate activism and social responsibility initiatives and ... ice cream. From left: Alan Test, Kay Auciello, Jana (Roger’s daughter and Ben & Jerry’s exec), Roger Kaufman, and speaker Amy Perkins. 


Ben and Jerry in 1978.

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Fun Evening Social at Po-Boy Cafe

Posted on Aug 24, 2018

The Rotary Club of Fisherman’s Wharf Evening Social on Aug. 23  at Queen’s Louisiana Po-boy Cafe on the Embarcadero. Fun time!

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Tips on Building Membership

Posted on Aug 17, 2018

Ron Gin, Membership Chair for District 5150 and Immediate Past District Governor, gave an engaging presentation to our Club about building membership.  Pictured are Herman Jones, left, Membership Chair and President-Elect, and Ron Gin.

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We Learn About Human Thread Foundation

Brian Rusch, Executive Director of the Human Thread Foundation, (center, with Alan Test, Program Chair and Kay Auciello, President) gave a moving and powerful presentation at our Aug. 9 meeting.  His work focuses on developing educational youth programs that help reshape conversations about peace, equality, and forgiveness.  For more information go to

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Congrats to New Member of White Hat Society

Roger Kaufman was inducted into the White Hat Society by Foundation Chair Riki Intner. The Society was formed to promote regular, significant, annual giving to The Rotary Foundation.  Congratulations and thank you, Roger!

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Suzanne is District Rotarian of Month

Posted on Jul 27, 2018

Suzanne Varacalli was chosen as District 5150’s Rotarian of the Month for July 2018 by the San Francisco Club Presidents.  CONGRATULATIONS SUZANNE! Assistant District Governor Bruce Lyons made the presentation, and Suzanne received flowers from Hoogasian Flowers.  From left:  Bruce Lyons, Suzanne Varacalli, President Kay Auciello

Riki Intner, Club Foundation Chair, formally inducted Suzanne Varacalli, International Chair and Club Secretary, into the White Hat Society.  The Society was formed to promote regular, significant, annual giving to The Rotary Foundation.  Congratulations and thank you, Suzanne! 










Our speaker from the Academy of Art University, Patty Bishop, (center) with President Kay Auciello and Program Chair Alan Test.

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Author Describes Famous Trials

Posted on Jul 16, 2018

On July 12th, club members welcomed Lise Pearlman, an author, former trial lawyer and judge who is the country’s leading expert on the 1968 Huey Newton death penalty trial. She discussed her most recent books, With Justice for Some: Politically Charged Criminal Trials in the Early 20th Century That Helped Shape Today’s America and Call Me Phaedra, the Life and Times of Movement Lawyer Fay Stender.

Pearlman, at left, is pictured with President Kay Auciello and Program Chair Alan Test.

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'Pop-Up' Meeting at Boudin Bakery

Posted on Jul 08, 2018
The first meeting of the club's new year was moved across the street to Boudin Bakery after last-minute notice that the Franciscan was closed due to a plumbing problem. President Kay Auciello said 12 members attended, and business was conducted despite the bakery's busy lobby and loud background music.
Alan Test was inducted as a new member, and he and wife, Sue Rokaw, were welcomed into the White Hat Society by Foundation Chair Riki Intner. The Society was formed to promote regular, significant, annual giving to The Rotary Foundation. A donation of $5,000 or more in one Rotary year and the willingness to recruit one other Rotarian to do the same qualifies one for membership. 
Prior to the meeting's start, Rotakyrie sisters Aline Estournes, Suzanne Varacalli and Riki Intner gave notice of their retirement after three years of entertainment for club debunking dinners.
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June 14 Speaker and Guests

Posted on Jun 18, 2018
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. 

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Club Well Represented in Golf Tourney

Posted on Jun 18, 2018
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."
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The Giants are Back!

Posted on Jun 06, 2018
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.

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We Learn About Sustainable Fishing

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.
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Potluck Party Marks Club Anniversary

Posted on May 22, 2018
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.
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Photojournalism in Today's Media

Posted on May 15, 2018
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.
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Success! Festa Italiana 2018

Posted on Apr 14, 2018
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!
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District Grant Combats Human Trafficking

Posted on Mar 31, 2018

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.

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We Hear from Olympic Weightlifting Coach

Posted on Mar 27, 2018

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.

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Water Project Update

Posted on Mar 13, 2018

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.

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Club Welcomes Newest Member

Posted on Mar 03, 2018

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.

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Garfield 3rd Graders First to Receive Dictionaries

Posted on Feb 13, 2018

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.

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Club Supports Successful Operation Dream

Posted on Feb 06, 2018

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.”

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Hoogasian Flowers Hosts Dictionary Labelers

Posted on Jan 26, 2018

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.

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Law Student Presents Research Paper

Posted on Jan 23, 2018

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.

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Bitcoins Then and Now

Posted on Jan 16, 2018

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.

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