Event Types

Kevin McCormack, Sr. Director Public Communications & Patient Advocate Outreach of CIRM

CIRM, California's stem cell institute, was created by the voters of California in 2004 when they overwhelmingly passed Proposition 71, which authorized $3 billion in funding for stem cell research in California. The institute funds stem cell research at institutions and companies throughout California (as well as institutions and companies outside of the state that conduct a portion of their research in California) with the goal of accelerating treatments to patients with unmet medical needs.

About Kevin:

Kevin McCormack
Oct 05, 2017
Gil Sanborn
Oct 19, 2017

Steven's presentation consists of a 25 minute slide presentation with many of the best photos from my collection of more than 4,000, along with a running commentary followed by a short Q&A session. For more information about Steven:

Steven Burchik: Veteran, Author, Photographer
Oct 25, 2017 12:15 PM

Leni Felton is a Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist, specializing in nutrition and natural therapies and healthy living practices for those who seek to optimize their health, and those with chronic health issues. She has been in practice since 1995, consulting with individuals at her office in San Ramon and making house calls where she resides in Marin and throughout the Bay Area.

Although working with people of all ages and conditions, Leni takes delight seeing those suffering from significantly debilitating chronic issues reclaim their energy, hope and vitality, and seeing health issues of young children yield to gentle nutritional therapies.

More about Leni here:

Leni Felton, Certified Clinical Nutritionist
Nov 02, 2017 12:15 PM

Dr. Andrew Gunther will review the basic physical principles and observations that have led every scientific academy in the world to conclude that human emissions of greenhouse gasses are altering the climate. He will discuss what the expected significant climatic changes mean for the country in general and the Bay Area in particular. More information about Dr. Gunther is available

Andrew Gunther
Nov 09, 2017
Senior's Thanksgiving Party
Nov 16, 2017
Nov 23, 2017

Anna serves on the Board of the Marin County Bar Association.  She is a member of Marin County Women Lawyers, Association of Latino Marin Attorneys (ALMA), American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, and the American Constitution Society.  She also serves on the steering committee of the Marin Coalition to End Human Trafficking.

Anna has represented District 3 (Southern Marin) on the Marin Women’s Commission for five years.  She served two years as Chair and one year as Vice-Chair.  Under her leadership, MWC engaged in a year-long effort to combat human trafficking.  MWC’s work resulted in the creation of the Marin Coalition to End Human Trafficking.  In addition, MWC organizes the successful Marin Teen Girl Conference, an annual event of empowering workshops for teen girls.

Anna also serves as a volunteer judge on Youth Court.  Youth Court is a restorative justice program.  It aims to end the school-to-prison pipeline by keeping kids in school and out of the traditional criminal justice system.


More about Anna Pletcher:

Anna Pletcher, Candidate for District Attorney
Nov 29, 2017 5:30 PM

Our speaker Rob Devincenzi, President and Publisher, Marin Independent Journal will speak to us about the latest issues facing the publishing industry and Marin specifically. Rob was named Publisher of the Marin IJ in September 2015.


An article about Rob:

Rob Devincenzi
Dec 07, 2017 12:15 PM


$75 per person, rsvp to Ricky Adams

Holiday Dinner Party
Dec 12, 2017 6:00 PM

John's presentation is entitled "WEST COAST SUB ATTACKS DURING WWII."  The California coast was SWARMING with Japanese submarines in the weeks immediately following the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Between December 10, 1941 and October 1942, nine Japanese submarines sunk a dozen merchant ships between Vancouver and San Diego as well as shelling the California coast on more than one occasion--episodes little remembered today. His talk is based on interviews he conducted with the Japanese naval officers who participated in the attacks. These interviews form the backbone of his non-fiction book, OPERATION STORM, which "The Wall Street Journal" called, "a fascinating, meticulously researched, and deft account."

John J Geoghegan
Dec 14, 2017 12:15 PM

Come for fellowship and a "get to know you better" with new member Barbara Rycerski!

Barbara Rycerski
Jan 04, 2018 12:15 PM

January 11th will be a Club Assembly to discuss the future of Art Festival parking. All members are strongly encouraged to attend and have their voices heard.

Club Assembly
Jan 11, 2018 12:15 PM

Kers Clausen has worked as a Structural Engineer at Clausen Engineers for over 25 years. Kers designed the fishing pier plans will be available to talk about the details related to the the approved plans.

Kers has worked for Clausen Engineers for over 40 years as a designer and construction manager. Kers holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley. His experience includes structural engineering for thousands of buildings throughout the United States. Kers is licensed in State of California and ten other western states as a Structural Engineer.


Kers is a member of the Rotary in Oakland.

Kers Clausen
Jan 18, 2018 12:15 PM

Karen will talk to the club about her experience on the Marin County Civil Grand Jury and why you should get involved. She will talk about the time commitment, the process, substance of reports and the overall experience. Karen is married to new member Jim Simkalo.

Karen Betzner
Jan 25, 2018 12:15 PM

Moe Roddy is a retired RN and transplant to the bay area from St. John USVI and Newport RI. She has sailed and raced extensively in the Caribbean and North East both ocean racing and deliveries. In 2005, at the age of 51, she became the second woman to finish the single handed leg of the Bermuda 1,2 ( the first having finished hours before her) and on the return leg to Newport her crew member was another woman, together they became the first women’s team to compete and finish both legs of the Bermuda 1,2. A record they still hold. She has spoken around the country about heart disease, the number killer of women, and uses her experience of both being a nurse assisting in open heart surgery and single handing to Bermuda to educate women about heart disease and empowering them to take control of their health. As she likes to say, “Sailing empowers women to do the things they thought impossible”. Moe recently retired after 34 years of nursing. She is now actively involved as a volunteer at the Guide Dogs for the Blind, is on the Advisory Board at the St. Francis Sailing Foundation and is active racing on Lulu with her partner and race management at both StFYC and SFYC.

Maureen Roddy
Jan 31, 2018 5:30 PM

The presentation will center around our clubs first International project, the building and equipping a woodworking shop for an orphanage in Huejotitan, a town near Jocotopec, Jalisco, Mexico.  There will be a slideshow and recollections from participants Steve Bogel, Bill Rich, Brian McLaren and myself. 

There will also be a handout of Tory Ceschi's diary, a chronical of the trip and the project.

Leonel Figueredo
Feb 08, 2018 12:15 PM

Jaimal Yogis and is a San Francisco based author and journalist. He will speak about his new Harper Collins memoir, All Our Waves Are Water ( which was recently named a “Best Beach Read of the Year” by the BBC, a "Best Book of the Year" by Spirituality and Health Magazine, and praised by the SF Chronicle, Publisher’s Weekly, the SJ Mercury News, and many others.

Jaimal Yogis
Feb 15, 2018 12:25 PM

Brian Sobel will talk to us about False News. Political Analyst from Sobel Communications, Brian Sobel, joins us to talk about the latest in political news.

Principal consultant, Brian Sobel, has served the public as an elected and appointed official in city, county and state governments. He has also taken an active role in community organizations. In the private sector he has served on boards of non-profit agencies and currently is Chairman of the Board of Bank of Marin, headquartered in Novato, California.
Sobel is a published author with a focus on military history and leaders. He also appears on radio and television as a military and political analyst.

Meeting the needs of each client company with an individual program tailored to its specific goals, Sobel Communications is a multi-faceted consulting firm, engaging the services of outside experts in specialized areas when necessary. Brian Sobel brings years of experience and unique knowledge to every situation.

Brian Sobel
Feb 22, 2018

License Plate Explained

After years of relentless pressure from fellow Rotarians and others, Peter Van Meter will finally reveal an explanation behind his BG DEEL license plate.  Interesting?  Probably not.  Funny? Definitely a no.  A surprise?  Perhaps for some.  Something significant behind it?  A pretty good chance.  You must come and find out!

Peter Van Meter
Feb 28, 2018
Marsha Roberts
Mar 08, 2018

Kenji and Nancy are the producers and directors of a documentary on how and why we have the parks around us.  You will probably know a few of the people who are featured in this presentation. 

Beginning in the 1950s, a ragtag group of disparate citizens banded together to protect and preserve open spaces near urban areas from rampant development and, in so doing, brought about America's system of national seashores and recreation areas.  How they pulled off this incredible feat is the heart of REBELS WITH A CAUSE, the stunningly beautiful new documentary narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Frances McDormand.

Their hard fought campaign crosses party lines, overcomes seemingly insurmountable obstacles, and illustrates that passionate individuals have the power to influence the entire nation.  In the end, the efforts of these rebels set new precedents for protecting open space and shaped the environmental movement as we know it today. 

Feel free to invite a friend.  This will be a wonderful meeting!

Kenji Yamamoto
Mar 15, 2018
District Learning and Leadership Development Assembly


Saturday March 17, 2018
8 am - 2 pm

Redwood High School

395 Doherty Drive, Larkspur, CA 94939
Registration required before March 9, 2018. No walk-ins!

CELEBRATE your incoming Club Presidents
NEW educational topics requested by local Rotarians!
MOTIVATE new AND experienced Rotarians!
BUILD a plan for a dynamic 2018-2019 Rotary year!
Breakfast snacks and lunch included and prepared by
RC of Foster City— “The Club That Cooks!
Keep on the lookout for more updates coming soon!

Keynote speakers, breakout sessions and bonus sessions including MOU Training

(no RI or District grants approved without this!!) and Youth Protection Training.

Keep on the lookout for more updates coming soon!

District 5150 Event
Mar 17, 2018 8:00 AM

To be announced

Barbara Wanvig
Mar 28, 2018