DIGITAL EDITION No. 220  April 12, 2017  EDITOR: Layne Bowen PHOTOGRAPHER: Diane Moresi PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick

Our Program For April 19, 2017



Tom Kendrick

Tom Kendrick_pictureTom Kendrick was a California sea urchin diver for 22 years. His diving career originated from his search for secret surf spots at the Channel Islands, and took him from Santa Barbara to Mexico, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, northern California, and the shark-infested Farallon Islands.

His book, Bluewater Gold Rush, has been featured in California Diving News, The Surfer’s Journal, National Fisherman, Historical Diving Magazine, and the PBS television show, Huell Howser’s California’s Gold. Story rights were optioned for a motion picture in 2014.

Copies of his book will be available for Rotary price of $15.00.
An unforgettable window into a life filled with huge rewards and crippling loss.”
— Christina Slager, Monterey Bay Aquarium

Sure to enthrall, we have designated this Bring a Guest Day.

Wednesday April 26th: Youth Protection Awareness Training
Wednesday May 10th: Artist in Residence
Wednesday May 17th: Real Talk about Homelessness in our Community
Wednesday May 24th: Passions, Profession, Polio: A Balanced Life


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Pledge: Yale Abrams
Invocation: Yale pulled double duty and did the invocation, sharing a joke that warned us not to put all our Easter Eggs in one basket.

Rich DeLambert the very lucky winner of the $1000 Paul Harris AwardVISITING ROTARIANS

None present for this meeting. Is it something we said?  Is it the food? Is it the program? Is it Jose? It’s Jose, isn’t it???????


Charlie Howard-Gibson likes us, though, he returned to our little meeting representing the Boys Scouts of America. Welcome back, Charlie! El Presidente welcomed and reminded him “mi casa, es su casa”


El Presidente reminded everyone that today is our club assembly. Also upcoming is the Rotary District conference at Lake Tahoe on May Ginny Cannon12th.  Elizabeth Karbousky and The Social Committee announced that the next social will be held at Jack Atkin’s house in Kenwood on Thursday, April 20th from 5:30 -7:30. Carpooling is encouraged due to limited parking space.


We were saddened to hear that Peter Holewinski lost his mother. He was back in Wisconsin and presumably with her when she passed. Our sympathy to you and your family, Peter.

Tim Delany and Karen BallNOT ROBBY’S RAFFLE

Hosted by Tim Delaney. Tim must have pocketed some of the funds because he was only offering $28.00 to the person who draws the winning marble. Karen Ball won the honor of drawing a marble, but it was the wrong color and walked away with a mere $10 consolation prize.


DSCN2452Kim recognized those Rotarians who were born in the month of April with the help of El Presidente who serenaded the birthday señores and señoritas and/or señoras with a passionately sung Spanish birthday song.


El Presidente took a couple of polls (until he got the answer he wanted) regarding whether or not person’s whose numbers were drawn needed to be present to win. Using a jury selection box he stole from the tax payers, he drew numbers as Debi (Vanna) Zaft helped at the board to award a variety of prizes, starting with moose poop won by Don McMillan and culminating with the $1,000 Instant Paul Harris winner: Rich de Lambert!

President Jose conducting the Paul Harris prizes  President Jose conducting the Paul Harris prizes


Ann Goespe, presents the "ins and outs" of the Sign-up Genius application used this year to sign up for Giro Bello volunteeringEl Presidente acknowledged the great work of all committees and while the presentations were not inclusive of all committees or projects carried out by our club, the presentations reflect projects that are in need of additional participation.  The chairpersons for our various committees each presented an outline of their areas of responsibility and described opportunities for those interested in joining.

First up was Ann Gospe who with the technical help of El Presidente showed us a tutorial on SignUpGenius. Use this to sign up for duties at our club’s biggest (and only) fundraiser for the year. We need 100% participation to make this year’s event a success!

Steve Olsen, Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Foundation representative, discussing the function of the FoundationSteve Olson then shared a presentation on the Foundation and Board of Trustees. The Foundation provides scholarships, grant money and manages “pass through” funds for our club. The corpus has grown over 28 years to nearly 1.5 million today!

Will Haymaker and Kerrie Chambers gave a presentation on Membership. They shared ideas and recruitment and maintaining membership to our club. Ideas include: eliminating fines, regular social events, interesting programs and staying close to our members through regular contact. Human connection appears to be the key in attracting and keeping quality members.

DSCN2464Casey D’Angelo shared the NewGen Peace Building Program which is in its 2nd year. This year 21 students from 7 area high schools are participating. Projects they are interested in pursuing are homelessness (locally) and they also want to do an international program of some type. One idea being discussed is something to do with removing landmines that are still scattered around many countries after years of war.

The Christmas program committees help both the young and old enjoy a happier holiday season. Steve Marburger described the 20 year old program providing an opportunity for under-privileged kids to experience The Nutcracker, preceded by a meal and a gift.  For that entire time,  Tim Fawcett has appeared as Santa Claus!  Committee Chair, Kim Graves, informs the Club of the annual Senior Christmas Poinsettia eventThere must be some kind of Rotary pin or something for that!  Kim Graves then presented the Poinsettia Program that serves seniors at Vigil Light with a party with Christmas carols, cookies and of course, poinsettias! This brightens their holiday spirits and offers us another opportunity to make someone happy.

Jackie McMillan heads the Program Committee which in reality is everyone in the club. Do you know a captivating speaker or have an idea for a great program? Let Jackie know and get involved!  Jackie tries to balance a variety of programs, some informative some entertaining but always interesting.

Finally, World Community Service, headed this year by Peter Holewinski has a budget of 16K which has been leveraged by partnering with other clubs for global grants for a variety of programs on several continents.


El Presidente Jose wishes to thank the following Rotarians for making today’s meeting a success:

Greeters: Will haymaker & Sam McMillan
Lunch Ticket Taker: Casey D’Angelo
Lunch Ticket Sellers: Peggy Soberanis and Shari Shamsavari
Raffle Seller: Tim Delaney
Sgt. At Arms: Debi Zaft, Rich de Lambert, & Dan Shell

David Berman’s membership application has been approved by our Board.  David does Agribusiness Consulting.  His name will be published as required by our bylaws.  Court Administration is happy to recommend him.

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Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Officers

President: Jose Guillen, President Elect: Julia Parranto, President Elect Nominee: Tony Roehrick, Past President: Doug Johnson, Secretary: Debi Zaft, Treasurer: Cecil G. Humes, Sergeant at Arms in Training: Los Barron

President Rotary International

John F. Germ, member of the Rotary Club Of Chattanooga, Tennessee

Governor, District 5130

Wulff A. Reinhold, Sr. member of the Rotary Club of Rohnert Park – Cotati

Attendance Secretary

Debi Zaft P.O. Box 505 Santa Rosa, CA 95402

Board of Directors

Kathleen Archer, Jack Atkin, Gesine Franchetti, Ray Giampaoli, Will Haymaker, Elizabeth Karbousky, Steve Marburger, Jackie McMillan, Diane Moresi