Next meeting
Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Meet Your Latest Rotary Scholars

Steve Olson

May 3rd Rotary Program will feature this year’s outstanding students who are preparing to head off to college in the fall with the help of our clubs scholarship support. Three scholarship teams considered over 200 applications before arriving at this year’s fifteen recipients who have earned over $40,000 in Rotary scholarships. The teams were led by Tony Roehrick, Chuck Wear and Steve Olson through the rigorous selection process. All of the members of the scholarship teams and the scholarship donors deserve the clubs acknowledgement and appreciation for their dedicated support. The Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Foundation has awarded over $200,000 in scholarships over the past ten years.

To be held at Bennett Valley Golf – in-person only.

Wednesday May 10: Story Of Survival And Resilience Hiding From The Nazi’s
Wednesday May 17: Sonoma County Farm Bureau
Wednesday May 24: Rotary Youth Exchange Students
Wednesday May 31: Friendship With a Nuclear Aircraft Captain

Click here for the current calendar (Subject to updates).


Redwood Empire Food Bank – 2nd Wednesday of the month.  The next one is May 10th – 5 PM – 7 PM

May 6th – Rebuild Together will work in Sebastopol on May 6th. Volunteers meet at Ives Park, 7400 Willow St., Sebastopol. To volunteer, contact George Elliott at or call (707) 953-6200

May 30th – Slater Junior High School is looking for volunteers to help serve breakfast to the graduating 8th graders.

Giro Bello – June 24, 2023 – Register @  Check out the new jersey’s.

August 13-16 – ShelterBox is launching ShelterBox Adventure Trek.  The first outing will be August 13-16 in Yosemite National Park.

New socials, projects, & events coming soon!

Rotary Announcements

The District Conference is May 4-7 at the newly renovated Konocti Harbor Resort

May 27 – 31, 2023: The Rotary International Convention will be in Melbourne, Australia. You can sign up now and book you room(s). This will be RI President Jennifer Jones’ convention so it should be epic as the first woman RI president.

“Welcome to the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa where we imagine a world that deserves our best, where we get up each day knowing that we can make a difference.”


Former President Jeff Kolin had five thoughts for the day:

  1. Be thankful for what you have: you will end up having more. If you concentrate on what you do not have, you will never have enough. Oprah Winfrey
  2. I never lose. Either I win or I learn. Nelson Mandela
  3. Success is stumbling from one failure to another failure with no loss of enthusiasm. Winston Churchill
  4. The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you figure out why. Mark Twain
  5. Let us all live so that when we die even the undertaker will be sorry. Mark Twain

Visiting Rotarians:

Our guest speaker, Michelle McKay McCoy


Heather Thurber who has completed Rotary Informational and will now be voted on by the board next week.

Sunshine Report:

Sam McMillan’s bronchitis is much better. He needs to build up his strength for his Sargent at Arms duties for District Conference May 4-7. Kris Anderson’s mom is now in hospice care


Today we had 6 marbles in the bag and $92.00 in the pot. Debi Zaft got her ticket pulled, but she did not pull out the blue marble. As for the second chance drawing Dan Balfe had the winning ticket and he took a Scratcher. No prize.


Last call for signing up for the District Conference at Konocti Harbor Resort May 4-7.

Slater Junior High School needs volunteers to serve breakfast to the graduating eighth graders on May 30.

Shelter Box Adventure Trk at Yosemite National Park August 13-16.

Ann Gospe sent out an email asking for all members preferences for committees for next year.

Rotary International has had several lawsuits on copyright infringement due to copyright memes and other photos, etc on club websites. Be careful what you post on our Rotary social media!

Susan had a copy of Marcus Stephens most recent message from Germany (Click here for his letter)

Rebuild Together has a workday in Sebastopol on May 6. See President Kris for details on how to sign up.

Rosland Collegiate Prep needs panelists for the student’s Portfolio Day. The purpose of Portfolio Day is to give the students the opportunity to present themselves in a professional manner to a panel of people from the community. In this interview-like atmosphere, students connect with members of the community who they may not have the opportunity to meet otherwise.

Auction Day:

President Kris had several items to auction off that came from various club members when they were on vacation. Former President Ray was put into action as our auctioneer because he is so good at it! First there was a kiwi bird pendant that Former President Jeff Kolin brought back from New Zealand. Ann Gospe was the winning bid at $100. Debi Zaft brought some Mexican coffee and a vase back from her vacation. Former President Jeff Kolin won the bidding at $75.00. Next up were two prints that Former President Jeff brought back from Australia. Kim Murphy was the winning bidder at $75.00. Diane Moresi donated two Santa Rosa Symphony tickets to be raffles. They went to Kim Murphy for $200.00! Thank you all!

Guest Speaker:

Michelle McCoy McKay was here to talk about the United States Constitution. We had our option on which topic and we chose Amendment 25, “What happens when the President is removed from office?”  It is not as straight forward as you would think. Section 1 says that if the President is removed from office, the Vice President becomes president. Section 2 says that whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, The President shall nominate a Vice President, but this person must be approved by both Houses of Congress. This is where it starts to get awkward. Section 4 of this Amendment has never been implemented.

The other part of Michelle’s talk was on the mess we know as the Electoral College. She suggests reading Federalist’s Papers 64-72. Alexander Hamilton wanted our country to have a king and he wanted it to be George Washington. However, President Washington was not interested in being a king forever. Each state has a certain number of electors, but nobody knows who decides who should be the electors. Each state does their own thing. Everyone knows how the electors will vote. Michelle admits that only President Rutherford B Hayes…how did he get elected?

Program Slides

No program slides this week

Club Job Openings:

Still need a few bulletin writers. Need a person on the board for Vocational Service Recognition

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Governor, District 5130

Jennifer Strong


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

Board of Directors

Kris Anderson – President
Ann Gospe – President Elect
Casey D’Angelo – President Elect Nominee
Ray Giampaoli – Past President
Debi Zaft – Secretary
Karen Ball – Treasurer
Robert Pierce – Sergeant At Arms
Julia Parranto – Club Service- Membership
Andrea Geary – Club Service – Club Meetings
Matthew Henry – Club Service – Fund Raising
Charlie Howard-Gibbon – Club Services – Member Activities
Pete Lescure – Club Service – Records and Outreach
Casey Carter – Member Involvement
Mary Graves Community – Service – Youth
Tim Fawcett – Vocational Service
Scott Bartley – International Service
Paul Hamilton – Foundation Representative

DIGITAL EDITION No. 498 April 26, 2023  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Richard Lazovick PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick