DIGITAL EDITION No. 264 April 18, 2018  EDITOR: Layne Bowen PHOTOGRAPHER: Diane Moresi PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick

Our Program For Wednesday, April 25, 2018


Peg Rogers

The Power of Rotary to eliminate Domestic Violence and promote family safety in our communities

Peg is in the yellow shirt with a group of Rotarians from Santa Rosa Clubs and Sebastopol Clubs helping with clean up after the fires at the YWCA therapeutic preschool for at risk kids, near Coffey Park.

Peg Rogers, wife of District Governor Bob Rogers, will join us on April 25th to speak about a topic very dear to her heart. With a Masters Degrees in Education and in Psychology, Peg’s professional career includes working with distressed youth, promoting educational programs that empower youth and giving them the tools for success, starting with peaceful relationship skills and positive self-awareness.

Her Rotary career started less than 2 years ago after hearing a woman’s Domestic Violence survival story at the Rotary International Convention in Seoul, Korea. She returned home to Sebastopol, joined Rotary and immediately formed a two club Domestic Violence/Family Safety committee to begin making a difference in our community.  

Rotary clubs can do much to further two of Rotary International’s six areas of focus:  

First, Maternal and Child Health, (Surgeon general and CDC have said that Domestic Violence is the number 1 health issue in the U.S.)

Second: Peace and Conflict resolution, developing positive relationship skills and peaceful methods for problem solving, alternatives to violence in the home and at school.  

Like and follow our District DV Facebook page for more information and education

Wednesday May 2, 2018: City Manager – Sean P. McGlynn
Wednesday May 9, 2018Leticia Hanke – President of Black Chamber of Commerce.
Wednesday May 16, 2018: World Community Service Report – WCS Committee 
Wednesday May 23, 2018: The Mystery of Chaco Canyon – Narrated by Steve Marburger


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Opening Ceremonies

Pledge:  Yale Abrams
Reflection: Chip Rawson reflected about being wrong and asking for forgiveness.
Which is more divine, to ask for forgiveness or to forgive?

Visiting Rotarians

Bob Hirsch from Sebastopol was in attendance at our little gathering today. Welcome, Bob!


Dave Berman introduced Celine, his better half for the last 40 years. Sharon Dougherty was also a guest.


Debi Zaft was back today, for which we are all grateful. Welcome back, Debi! Former SR Rotarian and past president, Ray Dorfman is suffering poor health down in the Palm Springs area. Please keep him in your thoughts. If you’d like to send a card or a note of encouragement, his address is:

            Ray Dorfman
            61205 Cactus Spring
            La Quinta, CA  92253


John Poremba won today’s raffle. Congrats, Fred. Can I barrow a buck?

Steve Reuter draws the lucky number. Fred Levin announces the number.  John Poremba pulls the winning number  John making sure everyone “sees” that he has won!

Craft Talk

Dave Berman gave his craft talk free of visuals and other bells and whistles. Dave explained that he joined Rotary to better connect with people in his local community. After leaving his banking job working with agricultural clients which required lots of travel, Dave is enjoying getting to work with, and getting to know his fellow Rotarians. He has already volunteered to work events and introduced us today to his lovely wife Celine.  We’re glad to have you in the club, Dave!

Ray receiving the Rotarian of the Month.Rotarian of the Month

Julia had this idea after the fire to hold a raffle to raise money to help our community members who lost everything in the firestorm. The raffle was held on April 9th, the 6 month anniversary of the fire. When she asked for a volunteer to run the raffle, Ray Giampaoli raised his hand. The raffle was a success largely due to Ray’s efforts. For his work taking on the Fire Relief raffle fundraising, Ray Giampaoli was awarded Rotarian of the Month. Congratulations, Ray!


  • President Julia shared a slide of all the upcoming Rotary related events.
  • Yale shared a Meals on Wheels fundraiser at Chateau St. Jean.
  • Andrea reminded those interested in the Cruise to sign up. She also told interested members that the bocce tournament will be held August 4th. $25 this year, but no barbecue.
  • Paul Hamilton passed out plus pins. Carolyn Fassi, Jeff Gospe, and Tony Roehrick received their pins.
  • Rich de Lambert went to the Warriors playoff game and brought back a Strength in Numbers tee shirt for President Julia.
  • President Julia cited her partner Rose on some technological indiscretion regarding her cell phone. For this, Rose donated $200 to the Jamison Fund.

  Tony Roerick receives his Paul Harris Plus pin  Rich DeLambert returns from the Warriors game with a present for President Julia!

Rotarian Confessions and Donations

  • Paul Hamilton proudly shared an email that was sent by his grandson’s teacher that demonstrated how “well raised” he has been. Paul donated $100.00 to Cade’s Paul Harris.

I hope the basketball off season is treating you and your family well. I just wanted to reach out and tell you something amazing that Cade did today. I shared with my 3rd period class today (out of exhaustion and warning not to push their luck on this particular day) that I was having a miserable day. Between personal and professional things, it was just one of those dreaded days. After class, Cade comes up and asks me to “settle a dispute” for him. He asked me which French fries in town were the best. … I told Cade that In’N’Out had the superior fries in town by a country mile. He kind of mumbled a thank you and went about his way out of class when the bell rang. About 30 minutes later, I got a call from Cade and he asked where I was because he had something for me. Never once did I expect what the “something was” but I told him I was headed back towards our classroom and I’d be there in about 2 minutes. When I turned the corner towards our room, I see Cade standing there with a bag of In’N’Out fries and a Guyaki energy drink. I am rarely speechless but this sincerely caught me off guard. Cade gave me the bag, gave me the drink and said he hoped my day got better. I got legitimately choked up. I thanked him profusely and then another teacher interrupted us and Cade walked away. …After Cade and I parted ways and I finished talking with my colleague, I went in my room and broke down for a minute. A mix of gratitude, exhaustion from the day and just amazement. You two have sincerely raised an amazing young man. This is the type of thing that you can’t teach as a coach or as a teacher…in my opinion it’s ingrained in the example set by and expectations from their parents.  ….

  • Doug Johnson gave an update on Razia Jan’s school in Afghanistan. 
    Life is good, so Doug donated $300 split between his PH, the club and the foundation.
  • Kim Murphy bought a ranch and donated an extra $500 to Giro Bello.
  • Steve Reuter got his rebuilding permit and he donated $100.

Guest Speaker Angel Pilato reading a congressional recognition to Will Haymaker and Yale Abrams, both who served in the Vietnam war.  Guest Speaker Angel Pilato reading a congressional recognition to Will Haymaker and Yale Abrams, both who served in the Vietnam war.

Guest Speaker Angelica PilatoProgram

Jackie McMillan introduced today’s Speaker Angel Pilato, Lt. Col USAF (Ret.).  Angel shared major events including the election of an Irish Catholic president, Peace Corps, Kennedy’s assassination, the women’s movement, and the Civil Rights Act. She also covered everything up to and including sex, drugs and rock n roll.

In 1964, the US began its involvement in Viet Nam in earnest. In 1967, with a degree in Food Service Management and seeking a warm weather winter home, Angel enlisted in the Air Force when a cute recruiter said he’d send her to Texas. After time in San Antonio, Angel was then sent to Omaha, not exactly a warm weather place in winter. Later she was sent to Seville, Spain to work in an officer’s club. Next stop was Bitburg, Germany where she spent two years. After Guest Speaker Angel Pilatohearing stories from pilots about Viet Nam, Angel volunteered to go there. She was assigned to a base in Thailand. Upon arrival, she discovered the officers club was basically a strip joint. She chose to support morale rather than morals and left it as it was rather than try to change the culture. Angel shared a photo of the last flying aces in history, who flew out of the base to which she was assigned. The officer’s club, in her honor was renamed “Angel’s Truck Stop”.

Upon returning from SE Asia in 1972, there was little interest in her experiences. It wasn’t until the 80’s that people started asking about her experiences. Angel shared the trials and tribulation of writing a book. Angel donates 10% of the book profits to land mine removal.

Angel then presented our Rotarian Viet Nam Vets, Yale Abrams and Will Haymaker with an official welcome home letter from former President Barack Obama.

Guest Speaker, Angelica Pilato, display and copies of her book.

Don’t forget to sign up for the river cruise if you are going!Rotary Rhine River Cruise August 19-26, 2019

So far 18 Rotarians from our club have signed up for the Rotary cruise on AMA Kristina. There are only 31 cabins remaining. If you are interested in joining us, please book as soon as possible to get the best cabin category.

Click here to get more information on pricing, itinerary, etc. Printed fliers are also available at our meetings. The early booking discount still applies but will expire at the end of April.

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Governor, District 5130

Bob Rogers, Rotary Club of Sebastopol

Attendance Secretary

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

Board of Directors

Kathleen Archer, Ray Giampaoli, Steve Marburger, Jackie McMillan, Diane Moresi, Laura Held, Peter Holewinski, Steve Baime and Jeff Kolin