DIGITAL EDITION No. 171   April 13, 2016  EDITOR: Layne Bowen   PHOTOGRAPHER: Diane Moresi

Our Program for April 20th:



Bob Padecky picPD columnist Bob Padecky will speak to us on behalf of the Child Abuse Prevention program of the Child Parent Institute, formerly known as the California Parenting Institute.

Bob Padecky was a national award-winning sports columnist for 26 years with the Press Democrat, covering 22 Super Bowls, 19 World Series and four Olympic Games along with every sport including, gasp, curling. His writing was an outlet and a healing mechanism for him to cope, understand and emerge from an abused childhood, one that he can recall with anguished clarity even to this day. And that he will share with you now, in the hope it will give a moment of pause to someone somewhere who is about the strike a child.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month
Wear blue to this meeting to show your support!


Wednesday, April 20th: Child Parenting Institute: Child Abuse
Wednesday, April 27th: World Community Service
Wednesday, May 4th: Cannabis Initiative


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Kathleen Archer – Pledge
Matt Fannin – Invocation. Matt recited some clever quips by Ralph Waldo Emerson. He them followed up with this quip from one of his clients, “If you stand with one foot in the past and one foot in the future, you pissed all over the present”.


Jill Ravitch, D.A.

Debi Zaft showing the cover of this month's Rotarian magazine

Debi Zaft showing the cover of this month’s Rotarian magazine


Debi Zaft reminded us that we need 100% readership.  Also, Robert Pierce is taking photos with $25 going to Polio.


Cathy Vicini – told another groaner. Cathy, you need to get clients like Matt’s!


Jack Abercrombie is resting at home. If you wish to visit, please call Pris first.

Rich de Lambert with Yale Abrams. Rich did not select the winning marble

Rich de Lambert with Yale Abrams. Rich did not select the winning marble


Yale Abrams announced $143 is in the pot. Rich de Lambert had the right ticket and the wrong marble.


10 of our members attended the District Assembly, a record for our club!


New member Andrea Geary gives her Craft Talk

New member Andrea Geary gives her Craft Talk

Andrea Geary grew up in a Rotarian house, with father Jack. Born in Arizona, Andrea went to college at Sacramento State and is currently the senior accountant at Core Brands. Having been in the evening club, Andrea brought along sponsorship of the Bocce tournament.


President Doug announced that Saturday, from 2-4 pm, the New Gen presentation at Village School.

Reminder that we will have a booth and a float at the Amgen Tour/Rose Parade extravaganza.  Volunteers are needed on May 21st.

Kathleen Archer shared a progress report for the World Community Service project.

Don McMillan has posters, banners, and other Giro Bello promotional material.


Doug Chase, back from Asia, donated $100 to the club.

Carmen Sinigiani was recognized for horse riding in Costa Rica to the tune of $50 for her Paul Harris.

Mark Burchill has been spending enough time pontificating on the Press Democrat letters to the editor to draw notice. He donated $50 to the club and $50 to his PH.

Laura Held donated $100 to her PH for her championship Cardinal Newman basketball team. Matt Fannin paid $100 to pay for a Hawaii trio and a new car.

Guest Speaker Jill Ravitch

Guest Speaker Jill Ravitch


Jose Guillen introduced District Attorney Jill Ravitch. Jill spoke to us about her work to prevent elder abuse. Elder protection is her passion and recognizes that our population is graying, making this a notable issue. She recited the frightening statistics of elder abuse in our county and the agencies involved in its prevention. She also described the services provided by the Elder Protection Unit.




A few of the Debunking Committee members. From left to right- Yale Abrams, Andrea Geary, Layne Bowen, Mark Burchill -Past President and Chair

A few of the Debunking Committee members. From left to right- Yale Abrams, Andrea Geary, Layne Bowen, Mark Burchill -Past President and Chair

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Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Officers

President:Doug Johnson, President Elect: Jose Guillen, President Elect Nominee: Julia Parranto, Past President: Mark Burchill, Secretary: Jack Abercrombie, Treasurer: Cecil G. Humes, Sergeant at Arms: Jack Geary

President Rotary International

K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran, member of the Rotary Club of Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka

Governor, District 5130

Erin Dunn, member of the Rotary Club of Fortuna Sunrise

Attendance Secretary

Jack Abercrombie P.O. Box 505 Santa Rosa, CA 95402 707-538-4770

Board of Directors

Jack Atkin, Karen Ball, Tim Delaney, Tim Fawcett, Gesine Franchetti, Bill Hatcher, Will Haymaker, Elizabeth Karbousky, Steve Olson