DIGITAL EDITION No. 265 April 25, 2018  EDITOR: Layne Bowen PHOTOGRAPHER: Nicole Le PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick

Our Program For Wednesday, May 2, 2018


Sean P. McGlynn

Fresh from completing the budget prep cycle, Santa Rosa City Manager Sean McGlynn will be our speaker on May 2nd. During his tenure the city has focused on boosting economic development, realigning City services and responding to our housing crisis, all made much more difficult after the October fires. Mr. McGlynn will highlight some priorities for the future and speak with us about the Asawa Fountain. Prior to coming to Santa Rosa, McGlynn had served as Deputy City Manager in El Paso and in the Department of Cultural Affairs in New York City. Additionally, he has been active on many non-profit boards.

Members and guests will find this a very informative program. Anyone interested in the state of our city is welcome to join us at Noon, Flamingo Hotel, May 2nd. Club member and former City Manager Jeff Kolin will be his host.

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
Wednesday May 30, 2018: Welcome to the Exponential Age – Colton Briner – Emerging technologies that will disrupt industries


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Opening Ceremonies

Pledge: President Julia

Reflection: Tony Roerhick quoted Edward Murrow


Holly Garretson,

Visiting Rotarians

None present except for DG Bob Rodgers and PDG Helaine Campbell


Carolyn Fassi shared that Tim Fawcett is walking and gradually coming back. He would be happy to have some walking partners.

Robby’s Raffle

Steve Olson failed to draw the spinner but settled for 10 Yankee Dollars as a consulation prize.

Cathy’s Joke

A young man was wandering, lost, in a forest when he came upon a small house. Knocking on the door he was greeted by an ancient Chinese man with a long, gray beard. “I’m lost,” said the man. “Can you put me up for the night?” 

“Certainly,” the Chinese man said, “but on one condition. If you so much as lay a finger on my daughter I will inflict upon you the three worst Chinese tortures known to man.”

“OK,” said the man, thinking that the daughter must be pretty old as well, and entered the house.

Before dinner the daughter came down the stairs. She was young, beautiful and had a fantastic figure. She was obviously attracted to the young man as she couldn’t keep her eyes off him during the meal. Remembering the old man’s warning he ignored her and went up to bed alone. But during the night he could bear it no longer and snuck into her room for a night of passion. He was careful to keep everything quiet so the old man wouldn’t hear and, near dawn, he crept back to his room, exhausted but happy. He woke to feel a pressure on his chest. Opening his eyes he saw a large rock on his chest with a note on it that read, “Chinese Torture 1: Large rock on chest.”

“Well, that’s pretty crappy,” he thought. “If that’s the best the old man can do then I don’t have much to worry about.” He picked the boulder up, walked over to the window and threw the boulder out. As he did so he noticed another note on it that read “Chinese Torture 2: Rock tied to left testicle.” 

In a panic he glanced down and saw the line that was already getting close to taut. Figuring that a few broken bones was better than castration, he jumped out of the window after the boulder. 

As he plummeted downward he saw a large sign on the ground that read, “Chinese Torture 3: Right testicle tied to bedpost.”

Julia’s Musings

Julia asked for all club members to write a review on our Rotary Club Facebook page. Like and share, re- post announcements, or just take a photo and post it on your page. Tweet it. Instagram it. Share it on your company Facebook page.


Julia announced the Scottish Fiddlers upcoming concert at the Friedman Center which will be a fundraiser for fire relief.

Debi Zaft announced that you can get contact information for new members on the club database.

Jackie McMillan announced the the $250 discount for tge cruise has been extended to the end of April.

Jeff Kolin announced we’re running about 45 riders ahead of last year and within $7,700 of our goal of $35,000 in sponsorships.

Ray Giampaoli is looking for a liaison for the CN Interact Club.

Noontime Confessions

Jeff Kolin received news that he will have a new son in law and started a new PH.


Marnie Goldschlag introduced our speaker,  Peg Rogers, wife of DG Bob Rodgers shared her experience at Soul, S.Korea which introduced her to Rotary. She shared a story of an abused wife in Australia, whose son was killed by his father right in front of her. As a result, the woman started a foundation helping abused women and their children.

Peg noted that 3 women per day are murdered in this country every day by domestic partners. 1 in 4 women are abused at some time or another. 1 in 3 families that are victims are homeless. Peg also shared how victims of violence in the home are more likely to become abusers themselves.

How can Rotary help? By funding and supporting organizations like YWCA, The Family Justice Ctr., and the Living Room that expertly work with those who are abused, be good role models. At this point, Peg asked each table to discuss among themselves ideas for how Rotary can help solve domestic violence issues. 

Club mentioned in International News

Our club was mentioned in The Korea Times for our funding of a footbridge in Mwika, Tanzania. You can read the details by clicking  here. Look in the next to last paragraph for mention of the Santa Rosa Rotary Club. Mwika is located n the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro.  Wooden footbridges that connect villagers from markets, schools and health care rot fast in the wet conditions. When bridges are out villagers are cut off from services without a lengthy trip and greater expense to get to basic services. Out club’s World Community Service Committee funded the construction of a concrete bridge to replace a wooden bridge. One of the Mwika Rotary Club members posted the article linked above.

Rotarians Making a Difference

Have you ever thought about the local Rotary Scholarship Program and how you might get involved? Let me share the story of fellow Rotarian Carolyn Fassi. Like many members, she has an interest in education and wanted to get involved with the club foundation’s scholarship program. Her first step was to volunteer for the screening and interview committee where she had the opportunity to read student applications and help decide which applicants to interview. The next step was to sit on the interview panel which spent an entire afternoon interviewing each student. Like all Rotarians on the panel, she was very impressed with the qualifications of all the finalists and felt bad because so many outstanding applicants had to be denied a scholarship. After pondering this dilemma over the weekend Carolyn called the Committee Chair and said “I want to offer a scholarship” through the Foundation and fund it with a direct distribution from my IRA account. Thanks to Carolyn, a young man by the name of Christopher Collier will be awarded the “Fassi Wharton Scholarship” this year. Christopher has a 3.96 GPA at SRJC and will transfer to Humboldt State in the fall and major in Wildlife Biology.

Scholarships can be established and funded annually through the Foundation’s “pass through” procedure or by establishing a scholarship endowment which supports a scholarship in perpetuity. If you would like to learn more about the club’s scholarship program please contact Steve Olson, Chair of the Foundation Scholarship Committee. 


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.

 Click here for flyer.

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