Peninsula Presidents Council Meeting
February 1, 2010
Present: Presiding President Don Whittaker (San Francisco International Airport); Recording Secretary
Jonathan Nicolas (San Carlos); Dave Bauer (Belmont); Dave Bertini (Pacifica); Rick Chinn (Millbrae); Bill
Chow (Foster City, Assistant Governor); Deirdri Gladwin (Millbrae, Assistant Governor); Linda Grant
(Foster City); Bob Kelly (Menlo Park); Pete Liebengood (Redwood City Noon); Norm Martin (President-
Elect South San Francisco); Becky Nazareno (San Mateo Sunrise); Tom O’Brien (Mid-Peninsula
Rotoract); Susan Shapira (San Francisco International Airport, Assistant Governor); Stacy Trevenon (Half
Moon Bay); and Peter Webb (San Mateo)
Meeting called to order at 5:31 p.m. by Don Whittaker.
Minutes of the Last Meeting:
Whittaker asked if there were any questions or changes to be made to the minutes of the previous
meeting. Dave Bertini made a motion that the Minutes be approved as written. Dave Bauer seconded the
motion, and the minutes were approved unanimously.
Rick Chinn announced that the Rotary Club of Millbrae would be hosting the 3rd Annual Lunar New
Year banquet on Thursday, February 18, at the Flower Lounge Restaurant in Millbrae. Cost would be $49
per person, or $475 for a table of 10.
Bertini reported that the Rotary Club of Pacifica conducted a joint meeting with the Rotary Club of
Half Moon Bay on Wednesday, January 20, at Nick’s Restaurant in Pacifica. He proudly noted that the
Rotarians from the two clubs raised over $1,000 in just five minutes to fund a Shelter Box for Haiti.
Besides the GSE team, District Governor Riki Intner was in attendance. Bertini also said that the next
Rotary Means Business event would take place on Thursday, February 18, also at Nick’s Restaurant.
Furthermore, his Club is sponsoring the Arts & Wine Fundraiser at the Pacifica Center for the Performing
Arts on Saturday, April 24. The program includes a Buy-A-Brick Fundraiser in the Plaza of the Center.
The goal is to raise $50,000 by 2012. The Club has yet to determine the times of the fundraiser or the
ticket prices. Dierdri Gladwin suggested tying the event to the Rotary at Work Day.
Linda Grant stated that the Rotary Club of Foster City in conjunction with the Lions Club of Foster
City met on Friday, January 29, raised $3,000 each for the Police and Fire Departments of Foster City. On
Wednesday, February 17, in lieu of their regular meeting, the Club met at ABC Seafood Restaurant in
Foster City to celebrate the Chinese New Year and to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Angel Island.
Pete Liebengood said that the Rotary Club of Redwood City recently raised $10,000 for a Malawi
Health Center that focuses on the treatment of AIDS. The Club is also sponsoring its annual automobile
raffle. Last year’s drawing, which took place on July 4, raised $85,000; the lucky winner took home a
Dave Bauer of the Rotary Club of Belmont declared his Club’s 13th Annual crab feed held on
Saturday, January 23, at the Twin Pines Community Center in Belmont to be a huge success, raising over
$20,000. More than 250 people attended the event. Bauer was especially proud of the delicious
Raymond’s French bread that they were able to purchase for less than the wholesale price of $4.99 per
Bob Kelly heralded the Tour de Menlo fundraiser sponsored each year by the Rotary Club of Menlo
Park. The event will take place on Saturday, August 21, and the bicycle ride begins at Menlo-Atherton
High School in Atherton. Of the $50 registration fee—which covers each rider’s T-shirt and catered
lunch—the event nets $25. All the net proceeds go the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation.
Tom O’Brien announced that the Mid-Peninsula Rotaract Club is helping the Lakeshore School in San
Mateo build a garden and improve the overall outdoor atmosphere. Back in January, the Club toured the
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Pixar complex in Emeryville. O’Brien expressed his support for professional development programs such
as the Pixar event in order for young people to experience different companies and obtain mentors.
Becky Nazareno told the Council that effective Friday, February 5, the Rotary Club of San Mateo
Sunrise would move its breakfast meeting venue from Dominic’s at the Poplar Creek Golf Course in San
Mateo to the Crystal Spring Golf Course in Burlingame. The move was necessitated by Dominic’s raising
its fee from $11 to $17 per person. Nazareno noted that the Club had been meeting at Poplar Creek since
2001. After researching other possible meetings sites, the Club chose Crystal Springs. In addition, the
Club is sponsoring a Breakfast at the Park at 9am on Saturday, April 3. The event includes an egg hunt and
breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausages, and juice. The fee is $7 per adult and $4 per child. Finally,
Nazareno provided an update on her Club’s World Community Service project. The $12,000 program
brought 12 computers, 2 laptops, an LCD monitor, a table, and chairs to an elementary school in Mindanao,
one of the largest islands in the Philippines. Before the Club’s involvement, the school’s 1,000 students
had no access to such technology. The equipment delivery was a whole-day event, involving the city
mayor, a school superintendant and 8 local Rotarians who made the 4-hour drive from the city of Davao.
Jonathan Nicolas stated that the Rotary Club of San Carlos is holding its annual fundraising event on
Saturday, April 10, at Sparky’s Hot Rod Garage in San Carlos. The site features entertaining collectibles,
planes and custom hot rods. Event tickets are $50 per person, and raffle tickets are $75 each.
Whitaker said that the Rotary Club of the San Francisco International Airport is sponsoring a golf
tournament on Monday, June 7, at the Crystal Spring Golf Course. Last year, the event, which also
includes a dinner and an auction, drew 126 golfers. The Club used some of last year’s proceeds to donate
$6,000 to PALCARE, a non-profit organization in Burlingame dedicated to providing high quality, flexible,
affordable childcare and education. Whitaker indicated that PALCARE provides 24-hour childcare to the
airport community. In the past, single parents working the night shift would have to bring their children to
work and leave them sleeping in their cars in the airport parking lots.
Peter Webb announced that the Rotary of Club of San Mateo holds its annual fundraiser in the fall.
They sponsor a raffle that includes two major trips as prizes. They also put on a foot race in San Mateo
charging runners $30 to participate. Historically, the Club raises $65,000 from both programs. On a
different note, Webb shared with the council that his Club next meeting would feature Berkeley Law
Professor John Yoo as its guest speaker. While serving in the Department of Justice, Professor Yoo wrote
memoranda that officials used as the legal basis for policies concerning detention and interrogation
techniques in the U.S. efforts to combat terrorism. Webb added the Yoo recently spoke at the San
Francisco Commonwealth Club. The Club invited Yoo to discuss his upcoming book on the limits of
presidential power. Webb was concerned about security for the speaker, his membership and any guests to
the event. When Susan Shapira asked about the size of their meeting venue at Poplar Creek, Webb
explained that they charge $20 and have a 100-person capacity. Shapira commented that the Club has the
right to restrict the meeting to members and to adjourn the meeting if too many people are present.
However, she added that the club would have to weigh these risks against the potential income and
publicity. Webb was also told to inquire as to the Commonwealth Club’s experience with Yoo as their
speaker. Bertini said that San Mateo can also send more police to the meeting.
Stacy Trevenon announced that the Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay will be holding its major annual
fundraising event on Saturday, February 6. The Rotary at the Ritz soiree is held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel
in Half Moon Bay. The program includes a silent auction, sit-down dinner, dancing, and a tour of the
tunnel. Prizes include jewelry, dinners, sports packages, and a 5-night trip to Rome, Italy, including airfare.
The proceeds go to the local community, as well as Rotary International’s RotaCare Clinic project.
Norm Martin said that the Rotary Club of South San Francisco recently sponsored a basketball
tournament called Guns & Hoses, featuring the South San Francisco Police Department against the Fire
Department. The event included showing the skills of a police search dog that was able to climb a ladder
and locate people hiding under tarps.
Gladwin extended the invitation from District Governor Intner that everyone attends the District
Conference on April 16 and 17 in San Francisco. The $325 fee covers all the meals, meeting sessions and
evening excursions. Gladwin added that the district and club leaders should celebrate their year. When
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Whitaker asked about ala carte pricing for the conference, Gladwin said that those options would be
forthcoming. She further commented that all the sessions were taking place at the Four Seas Restaurant.
On Thursday, activities included a golf tournament at the Presidio Golf Course, tennis at the San Francisco
Tennis Club, and a walking tour of San Francisco Chinatown. Dinner Thursday evening would be held at
the restaurant. The conference will be all day Friday and Saturday with a hospitality suite available and
dinner Saturday night on the Hornblower Yacht. Attendees are encouraged to bring 100 business cards for
networking purposes. District awards will be presented. Grant asked about the cost of the hospitality suite
to each club. Gladwin replied that each club president will be e-mailed an invoice.
Gladwin referred the council to the District’s monthly newsletter, The Pacific Current, which has
many stories on Haiti. At the same time, she noted that the District has yet to fulfill its commitment to the
Annual Fund. Donations to the District-Directed Funds will help the District and Haiti. Gladwin suggested
that Club Presidents bring a printed copy of the newsletter to their weekly meetings.
Gladwin announced that the District is sponsoring a ski weekend at Kirkwood February 26-28.
Gladwin also asked that all Club Presidents provide two of their banners for use during the upcoming
Bill Chow talked about the District Fireside events, which are county-wide. The next Fireside is
tentatively set for Wednesday, March 10. The program is a gathering of all new members. Clubs are asked
to donate $30 to $35 for the food and wine at the event, which is self-sustaining. The Marin County Clubs
have already had a Fireside gathering. Once Governor Intner sets the final date, an e-mail blast will be sent
to all Club Presidents, who should then pass the information to their new members. Whitaker noted that
members are considered “new” if they joined after July 1, 2009. If the Fireside is held at the Redwood City
Hillbarn Theater, Chow will be able to get the venue for free.
Gladwin said that all District Governor Designee Nominations are due by February 10, 2010.
With regard to the upcoming District Assembly on Saturday, March 27, at Redwood High School in
Larkspur, Gladwin said that online registration is available. The $35 fee includes the Foundation and
Membership sessions taking place immediately after the Assembly from 1:30pm until 3:30pm. She asked
that each club president and president-elect personally invite all their new members and leadership teams.
Bertini remarked that the Group Study Exchange team will attend the Assembly.
Nicolas recommended that clubs invite Tyler MacNiven and Bobak Bakhtiari (son of San Carlos
Rotarian Sia Bakhtiari) as guest speakers. MacNiven and Bakhtiari are producing a documentary on their
mission to run the length of the country of Iran. Filming of I Ran Iran, was temporarily suspended at the
80-mile mark of their 1,100-mile journey because of visa complications. For more information or to
contact the film makers, visit iraniranthemovie.com.
Bauer recommends Fred Lacoste as a speaker. Lacoste spoke to the Rotary Club of Belmont
regarding U.S. presidents and U.S. history. Gladwin added that Lacoste would speak at schools, too.
Shapira agreed with Bauer, saying that her Club has also had Lacoste as a guest speaker.
Bertini endorsed Andrea Masters of the World Health Organization as a meeting speaker. Masters
gave a presentation to the Rotary Club of Pacifica on her participation in a National Immunization Day in
Liebengood said that he recently completed a documentary on AIDS education for the youth of
Malawi. The project was conducted in conjunction with the Peninsula Covenant Church in Redwood City.
For more information, you may contact Liebengood at 650 207-2623.
Chow stated that District Governor-Elect Bill Koefoed provided copies of the Oscar-nominated
documentary “The Final Inch” to all his Assistant Governors-Elect. Liebengood said that he would be
interested in viewing the documentary.
The next meeting of the Peninsula Presidents Council will be Monday, March 1, 2010.
There being no other business, the Whitaker adjourned the meeting at 6:28pm.
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