Speaker Date Topic
Alex Rowland Apr 21, 2021 12:15 PM
“420”, A day celebrating cannabis businesses and culture
“420”, A day celebrating cannabis businesses and culture

The American marijuana businesses could pump up to $130 billion annually into the U.S. economy by 2024, a staggering figure that highlights the true reach of the nation’s cannabis industry. Estimates published in the newly released Marijuana Business Factbook show the total economic impact of legal cannabis sales increasing from $38 billion to $46 billion in 2019 and $106 billion to $130 billion by 2024—a 181% increase. By comparison, the $130 billion figure is similar to the 2019 gross domestic product of Nebraska, which stands at $129 billion, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Join us on “four-twenty” or National Weed Day and to get a peek behind the scenes of the highly-sophisticated cannabis businesses with Alex Rowland, a successful cannabis entrepreneur. Alex is co-founder and CEO of NewTropic, a leading cannabis manufacturer that provides professional-grade supply chain solutions to California brands. He also serves as the co-founder of Ensemble Brands, an accelerator for cannabinoid-infused product companies, and as co-founder of ANP Holdings, a financial services company focused on the cannabis and hemp markets. 

Sara Zeff Geber Apr 28, 2021
Solo Aging
Solo Aging

Dr. Sara Zeff Geber, PhD has developed a niche specialty as an expert in “Solo Aging.” She is an author, certified retirement coach, and professional speaker on retirement and aging.

Through her books, public speaking and coaching, she guides people who have no children or who are aging alone to have a safe, fulfilling life in their retirement years.

Dr. Geber is a recipient of the “2018 Influencers in Aging” designation by PBS’ Next Avenue. She believes Solo Agers have unique needs in later life that warrant greater foresight and a more robust approach to planning.

Malka Kopell and Palma Strand May 12, 2021 12:15 PM
Civity - Bridging Divides to Strengthen Communities
Civity - Bridging Divides to Strengthen Communities

We’ll have a chance to talk virtually with Malka Kopell and Palma Strand of Civity, a national nonprofit organization working to build and strengthen relationships of respect, empathy, and trust across social, political, and cultural divides. They will introduce Civity and describe how it works with community leaders to build relational infrastructure – especially relationships with people who are different from them. This lunch session will preview a May 18th workshop available to Rotary members.

Civity is a national nonprofit organization working to transform communities so that everyone can belong. Learn more about Civity: http://www.civity.org.     

Malka and Palma will also be hosting a workshop for us on May 18. Check your email for more info about that.    

Theo Ellington May 19, 2021 12:15 PM
Homelessness in San Francisco (Update)
Homelessness in San Francisco (Update)

The Salvation Army's Homelessness Initiative in SF.  Update from the initial presentation given in December of 2019.

Janet Martin May 26, 2021 12:15 PM
Art in general and the pandemic's impact on the art world
Art in general and the pandemic's impact on the art world