Next Meeting is via Zoom – April 29, 2020

Salvation Army Exhaustingly Serving Our Community

Member Rio Ray


Rotarian Rio Ray runs an entertaining raffleOur hard working member, Rio, will be our guest presenter. I asked Rio to share with us because he is in the trenches and can share with us what he is seeing and experiencing. The Salvation Army has exhaustingly been serving our community during this pandemic by packaging and delivering meals to the elderly, people who are house bound, or just in need., his wife and the many others who are with the Salvation Army are heroic first responders who you probably won’t reading in the paper or hear on TV.

–>  Debi will send you the Zoom log in link for the 12:00 meeting on Wednesday April 22. Feel free to put your feet up, grab a sandwich, and join the meeting. <–

Thank you all for your patience and always feel free to pass along any suggestions for programs to me, President Cathy.


All in-person meetings are currently on hold.  Instead, we will be holding online meetings using Zoom.  Please be on the look out for an email with the link from either Cathy, Debi, or Richard.

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Opening Ceremonies:

Pledge:  Chip Rawson
Reflection:  Cathy read this quote from the Buddha, “All that we are is a result of what we thought.”

Sunshine Report:  Ginny Cannon says all is good!


— Rio Ray (Salvation Army) needs help delivering meals to people. Every day between 10:45 AM and 1PM they send out volunteer drivers in teams of 2 people to deliver their meals to folks who are in need. They need more volunteers, and Rio has asked if our Rotary Club can put together a list of willing drivers/deliverers.  Please contact the Salvation Army if you can help.

— Jeff Kolin says that the new board retreat will be next Wednesday, April 29th at 4:00 via Zoom

— Casey D’Angelo gave a report on the NewGen Students.  Sheltering in Place has caused some difficulties in working with the students.  Ann Gospe gave a report on how her kids international program was hoping to raise money for their project, but that has fallen apart.  Several members pledged to help out and donated enough to get the kids to $1000.

— The YoUnited graduation will be May 16th at 1:00 via Zoom.

— Karen Ball is working on establishing a Go Fund Me account.  In order to get people to donate you have to have a specific cause.  She and Debi Zaft are meeting to figure this out.  If you need the tax donation, funds can be given to our local foundation.  Mail contributions to PO Box 505, Santa Rosa, CA 95402.

— Flamingo Update:  All the banquet staff has been laid off.  Construction is lagging in some areas.  Still hoping we can meet there in June.

— Larry Miyano reported that our Thai student is back in Thailand and in quarantine.  Mia, our student in France is having a tough time getting home.  Next year’s program is up in the air.  Rose suggested that with all our many programs geared toward teenagers that we should make that our focus going into next year.

— Steve Olson reported that the livestock program with the kids in FFA will not have a regular auction and will likely have an online auction.


Today’s program was a Ted Talk from Emily Eshanhani, “There is More to Life Than Being Happy.”   Having meaning in your life may be just the thing to give you happiness.  She gave us the following four points to find meaning and happiness

  1. Belonging: You value people and they value you for who you are
  2. Purpose: Using your strength to help others
  3. Transcendence Experiences: What is that experience that moves you?
  4. Story telling: We are the author of our own story.  We can edit it for our own benefit.

She ended her talk telling a story about her dad going into surgery.  It was a routine type of surgery, but there is always risk.  He told his children the when he went into surgery and the anesthesiologist would begin, he would not count back from 100.  Instead he would repeat their names.  They were his meaning in life.  That way if something went wrong, they would know that with his last breath he was saying their names and thinking of them.

He made it through the surgery just fine!

Additional Pictures

Governor, District 5130

Kathy Flamson

Attendance Secretary

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

Board of Directors

Club Service I, Membership, Michael Moore
Club Service II, Club Meetings, Casey D’Angelo
Club Service III, Fundraising, Ryan Thomas
Club Service IV, Member Activities, Anne Gospe
Club Service V, Information Technology and Records, Brandon Urich
Community Service I, Member Involvement, Rio Ray
Community Service II, Youth, Andrea Geary
Vocational Service, Carolyn Fassi
International Service, Dan Balfe

DIGITAL EDITION No. 354 April 22, 2020  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Richard Lazovick PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick