DIGITAL EDITION No. 221  April 19, 2017  EDITOR: Layne Bowen PHOTOGRAPHER: Diane Moresi PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick

Our Program For April 26, 2017


Bob Stewart

Stewart_Robert pictureRobert Stewart is the current District Abuse Prevention Coordinator for Rotary District 5130.  He is retired Chief of Police for the community of Cotati.

Robert will be providing Youth Protection Awareness Course training to our club members on April 26th. This training is required by ALL Rotarians who may or will have one-on-one contact with youth in a Rotary context – in other words all of us.

Please make every effort to attend this meeting.  Rotarians from other clubs are welcome to attend.

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
Wednesday May 31th: The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act


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Pledge: Mark Burchill
Invocation: Shari Shamsavari


None present for this meeting.  This seems to be a trend.


On our special “bring a guest” day, the following guests attended:  DeWayne White, Troy Sours, Mike Runyan, Holly Gleason, Steve Knudson, Cate Steane and guest speaker, Tom Kendrick.


Nothing to report today. All is sunny in Santa Rosa.


Raffle photos Jack Abercrombie drawing and reading the lucky number for Ted Wilmsen who didn’t have his glassesSteve Olsen has the lucky number, but not the winning number!Hosted today by Ted Wilmsen. Steve Olson’s ticket was drawn for the $44.00 raffle but Steve picked an unlucky marble out of the bag and walked away with the $10.00 consolation prize.


El Presidente reminded everyone of the upcoming Rotary District Conference at Lake Tahoe on May 12th-14th.  He also reminded everyone of the upcoming social at Jack Atkin’s house in Kenwood on Thursday, April 20th from 5:30 -7:30. Carpooling is encouraged due to limited parking space.

Dan Schell helping with the Sergeant of Arms duties

Dan Schell helping with the Sergeant of Arms duties

August 13th through the 16th is Pedal for Polio, a fun ride from Crescent City to Petaluma to raise awareness to eradicate polio throughout the world.  This will be our incoming District Governor’s primary goal for his year.

The Rotary Friendship Exchange offers an opportunity to host a family from India on Memorial Day Weekend.   If you are interested, please contact Rick Allen or Tim Delaney.

El Presidente welcomed Cathy Vicini back from recent surgery and asked if she had a joke to share. Cathy deferred to Dan Schell who told not one, but two absolute groaners. Cathy did mention that at Trecini Wine Tasting Room, she is using National Bike Day for promoting Giro Bello.

Doug Johnson announced that the NewGen Peacebuilders-Argentina Global Grant being sought by the World

President Jose calling a quick Board meeting to get business done in an expedient manner!!

President Jose calling a quick Board meeting to get business done in an expedient manner!!

Community Service Committee has been approved. He also requested volunteers to help with El Presidente Jose’s debunking to be held at the Flamingo on June 28th at 5PM.  El Presidente tried to bribe Doug with a nice bottle of wine to keep the debunking nice.

Finally, El Presidente reminded those interested in attending the dinner following the life celebration for Robbie Chase on Saturday, April 29th  to let Doug Chase or Bob Sorensen know, so they can get a head count.

New Gen Peace Builders graduation will be held on Saturday afternoon, May 20th at Village Elementary School.  This will be a public event to unveil the NewGen students’ peace projects.

At this point the PowerPoint gremlins took over, so I’m not sure how to report what Jose was trying to share, but I’m sure it was important!


President Jose received a gift from Kim Murphy’s trip to Spain - two beautiful olive oil dishesRick de Lambert, Sergeant at Arms, started the fining with $25 imposed on El Presidente, just because!

Kim Murphy along with DeWayne reported back on their wonderful trip to Spain. They were very impressed by the historical sites and presented El Presidente with a couple of sweet ceramic bowls.

Roy Thylin explains his trip to England for which he is fined!Roy Thylin returned from a trip to England where he visited his son. He confirmed that England still “swings like a pendulum do” and donated $50 to the club and $100 to the Foundation.

Diane Moresi has a new granddaughter, Emmy who weighed in at 8lbs., 12oz. upon arrival. Diane started Emmy’s Paul Harris with $100.  


Guest Speaker Tom KendrickWill Haymaker introduced Tom Kendrick, an Oakmont resident with a story. Many stories, actually. Tom spent 22 years “swimming with the fishes” harvesting sea urchins and getting to know other much larger sea creatures on a rather personal basis. He shared photos of various types of urchins that he harvested from the reefs by hand. Tom described the process of harvesting and shipping urchins to the Japanese market. Tom was raised in Hawaii and then Santa Barbara and described his life growing up as a surfer. While looking for big waves near the islands off Santa Barbara, Tom was introduced to urchin harvesting.  He soon bought a boat and became a professional urchin diver. He then followed the blue water gold rush to the Mendocino coast, then the Farallon Islands where the water is clear, urchins are many and so are the great white sharks. Tom described his years hanging out with larger than life characters and later after writing his book, meeting many of his heroes in surfing as well as authors and movie stars.  

Speaker’s book  Guest speaker autographing books for the Rotarians  Guest speaker autographing books for the Rotarians


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

Members with guests

Greeters: Kris Anderson & ted Wilmsen
Lunch Ticket Taker: Dan Schell
Lunch Ticket Sellers: Karen Ball
Raffle Seller: Rich de Lambert
Sgt. At Arms:  Rich de Lambert, & Dan Schell

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