DIGITAL EDITION No. 314 April 24, 2019  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Kris Anderson PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick

Our Program For Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The Wonder Seekers Of Fountaingrove

Gaye LeBaron


Gaye LeBaron is a native Californian and a 68-year resident of Sonoma County. She wrote her first column for The Press Democrat, after several years as a reporter, in 1959 and was the daily columnist until her retirement in 2001. She continues to contribute a “historical perspective” column twice monthly.

 She is the author, with three other researchers, of a two-volume local history — “Santa Rosa, a 19th Century Town,” and “Santa Rosa a 20th Century Town,” and, with Vermont author Bart Casey, “The Wonder Seekers of Fountaingrove,” a history of Santa Rosa’s 19th century Utopia.

She lectured for 35 years on Sonoma County history in SRJC’s Community Education program and has taught several courses for Sonoma State University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Her husband of 56 years, photographer and SRJC art faculty member John LeBaron, died in 2014.

 Born in Humboldt County, she moved with her family to the Sonoma Valley in 1950 and graduated from Sonoma Valley High School in 1953. She received an AA degree from SRJC in 1955 and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1957.


Wednesday May 8, 2019: (Details to follow)


Aug. 19-26, 2019 – Rotary Rhine River Cruise
The cruise is sold out. Those still interested may place their names on a waiting list.
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Opening Ceremonies:

Pledge of Allegiance: Kathy Schwartz
Reflection:  Ray Giampaoli “The world can use a lot more love.”

Visiting Rotarians:

No one today


Noor and Chad Maxwell, District Attorney Jill Ravitch, Jon Polkinghorn (friend of Holly Garrettson

Sunshine Report:

Casey D’Angelo is under the weather. 


Pete Lescure said the pot was up to $191.00!  Ann Gospe had the ticket, but she pulled a yellow marble and settled for $10.00

World Immunization Week for Polio:

Dan Balfe talked about his trip to India in 2009 to immunize children and showed us some slides.  He says that there have been 15 cases of documented polio this year.  Nine cases are from the wild polio virus and six from the circulating vaccine-derived polio virus.


  1. Ray Giampaoli reminded us to look for non-Rotarian sponsors for the Giro Bello. 
  2. Mark Burchill says the people from France for the Friendship Exchange have arrived and are in Sonoma today. He is having a social Sunday at his home from 4:30 to 7:00 PM, April 28th.  Call him and let him know if you can come.
  3. Ann Gospe is reminding us to go to Sign Up Genius to volunteer for Giro Bello jobs and other pre-event jobs. If you have any trouble with the website, call her and she will help.

New Rotarians At Last!

Today we inducted Noor and Chad Maxwell.  They have been visiting us for so long you might have thought they were already members!  Such a great couple! Make and effort to get to know them We are blessed to have them in our club.


Program:  The Family Justice Center by District Attorney Jill Ravitch

The Family Justice Center opened in 2011. This allowed 23 different services to be located under one roof.  There are only 140 family justice centers like this in the United States and internationally.  Since opening in 2011 they have helped over 9000 people!  On site you can find:  the YWCA, Verity, Council on Aging, counseling services, Legal Aid of Sonoma county, Catholic Charities, Victim Services, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, Department of Health Services, Human Services Department, District Attorney’s Office, Law Enforcement, and Camp Hope.  The Family Justice Center is located at 2755 Mendocino Avenue, Ste 100, Santa Rosa, CA 95403.  (707) 565-8255.  Hours are Monday – Friday 8:30- 4:30.  (Click here for the Family Justice Center Brochure)


Governor, District 5130

Barb Spangler, Valley of the Moon Rotary Club





Attendance Secretary

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

Board of Directors

Club Service I, Membership, Ryan Thomas
Club Service II, Club Meetings, Jeff Kolin
Club Service III, Fundraising, Steve Baime
Club Service IV, Member Activities, Anne Gospe
Club Service V, Information Technology and Records, Brandon Urich
Community Service I, Member Involvement, Andrea Geary
Community Service II, Youth, Laura Held
Vocational Service, Carolyn Fassi
International Service, Peter Holewinski