Burlingame Rotary Club
Founded in 1925

Lunch Meetings are held every Wednesday for the Rotary year 2019 - 2020. 

Burlingame Rotary High Gear
December 4, 2019
President Cheri Carr 2019-2020
President Cheri Carr was away on business so Past-President Dennis Zell was our President-of-the-Day.  Before he took the helm, Fritz Brauner gathered a group of us at the podium and asked: “How many past-presidents does it take to run a meeting?”  Of the five or six of us, all abandoned him with the exception of Dennis.
Pledge of Allegiance:
Dennis asked Joe Galligan to lead us in the pledge
He then called on Rabbi Jay Miller to deliver an invocation.  He did so with aplomb, as usual.  It is always nice to have Jay in attendance.
Doug Person introduced some of his colleagues from the Salvation Army.  Joining him were Ernst Bauer, Evelyn Sanders-Haye and our speaker Theo Ellington.
Emily Matthews did double duty with a number of announcements and reminders.  She reminded those newer members that the Fireside Chat will take place December 5th at the home of Rotarian Joe LaMariana.  Our Holiday Luncheon will take place at Sapore Restaurant on Wednesday, December 18th. More to follow. 
And don’t forget next week’s program.  Our speaker will be Dr. Joey English, medical director for Mills-Peninsula Medical Center Mobile Stroke Unit.  Come see how this fabulous technology works.
Fritz Brauner again took the mic for a warm and fuzzy story.  The speaker for our Halloween Luncheon, Steve Diddams, had told us that he took old cars from folks and gave them to his employees, many of whom were recovering from substance abuse.  Our very own Duffy Offield had a Nissan Pathfinder that he no longer drove.  Steve brought the employee, who was 6 years sober, to pick up the vehicle.  He was so overcome with joy at this generosity he actually broke into tears.  Or as Dennis commented, “Duffy made someone cry…and enjoyed it.”
Doug Person introduced our speaker.  Theo Ellington is the new Director of the Homeless Initiative for the Salvation Army.  He joined the organization just four months ago to spearhead their efforts at tackling the chronic homeless problem in San Francisco.  Theo gave us an overview of their program The Way Out. They will be implementing new and expanded programs that specifically target homeless individuals suffering from addiction which account for 40% of those living on the street.  As one of the larger nonprofit landowners in San Francisco, the Salvation Army is uniquely positioned to develop and repurpose these underutilized properties to add 1500 beds to their current inventory.
In addition to shelter, the program will be offering soft-skills and job training utilizing employer partnerships who will conduct the training and hire the successful graduates.
This is a long term initiative that hopes to provide 1 to 3 years of “next-step” housing with sober living expectations, job training, and placement and wraparound social support for living a renewed life. Theo indicated four properties (2 in SOMA, 1 in the Mission and 1 in So SF) that have been targeted to be transformed.  The goal is to have impacted 1500 lives and reduce addiction related homelessness by 20 % and a total reduction in the street homeless population by 33% by 2025.  This is an ambitious project but they are on their way having lined up partnerships and begun outreach with communities and the City.  And of course, they have their new Initiative Director, Theo Ellington.
Theo then took questions.  Emily Matthews asked about properties beyond San Francisco and he said there is one in Redwood City.  They hope to scale this program so it can be replicated in other Bay Area communities.  Julius Aires asked about funding and Theo noted that the Salvation Army needs to reinvent itself so it is viewed differently than those of the post-WWII generation.  They must look at the right mix of private and government sources.  It is a huge challenge but it is attempting to address a monumental problem so Rotary applauds and supports this initiative.
Dennis thanked the speaker and ended the meeting.
Dec 11, 2019
Mills-Peninsula Medical Center - Mobile Stroke Unit
Dec 18, 2019 12:15 PM
Lunch at Sapore
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Member Birthdays
Phil Siegle
December 6
Mary Murphy
December 8
Cary Koh
December 16
Ricardo Ortiz
December 24
Maki Kobayashi
Yumie Kobayashi
December 2
Russell Hampton
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