DIGITAL EDITION No. 311 April 3, 2019  EDITOR: Layne Bowen PHOTOGRAPHER: Diane Moresi PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick

Our Program For Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Past President’s Day

Master of Ceremonies – Past President Julia Parranto

It is time once again for the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa to honor our Past Presidents.  Come join your fellow Rotarians for conversations and words of wisdom from those who have helped guide our club, and other clubs, over the past years.  This is a special day, honoring some very special people.  We hope you’ll join us.

Our Past President Julia Parranto will be the Master of Ceremonies.


Aug. 19-26, 2019 – Rotary Rhine River Cruise
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Opening Ceremonies

Pledge: Will Haymaker

Reflection: Dan Schell in honor of the opening of baseball season by reciting Casey at the Bat.

Visiting Rotarians

Dave McClennan from Sebastopol


Robert Moresi, Speaker Ken White and exchange student Maya.


President Tony said Casey D’Angelo is out for a few weeks after minor surgery.Ginny Cannon informed us that Mary Grave’s son is recovering from surgery after a burst appendix.


$1.5 million in the pot. Comedian, Michael Moore presiding. Blaine Goodwin’s ticket was drawn, but he didn’t pull the right marble.

Cathy’s a Clown

“The car won’t start,” said a wife to her husband.
“I think there’s water in the carburetor.”
“How do you know?” said the husband scornfully. “You don’t even know what the carburetor is.”
“I’m telling you,” repeated the wife, “I ‘m sure there’s water in the carburetor.”
“We’ll see,” mocked the husband. “Let me check it out. Where’s the car?”
“In the swimming pool.”


  • President Tony announced the District Training will be held April 6 at the Finley Center in SR.
  • Pete Lescure is still looking for fellowship helpers.
  • Casey is taking signups for Transcendence Theater.
  • Ray G. and Steve Baime asked for everyone to get out there and find sponsors for Giro Bello.
  • Ann Gospe needs volunteers for Giro Bello. Click on the link and sign up!
  • Rich de Lambert needs help with hot dogs and beer at Tomales Bay on May 18th at the Petaluma Rotary Backroads Challenge. He can’t eat them all himself!
  • Debi Zaft needs a head count for Past Presidents’ Day.
  • Peter Holewinski is running the Felta rest stop at GB this year and is looking for volunteers. He’ll buy the refreshments. Get your tequila orders in early!

Club Recognition

Tony was presented with a plaque for our club from the Salvation Army in recognition of our raising the most money bell ringing at Christmas time among service clubs. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who participated!

Craft Talk

Holly Garretson shared that her father’s side of the family is 8 generation Californians. Her mother’s side is from Chicago. Holly grew up in Novato, has also lived in Seattle, then Arizona. She returned to CA and has lived in Sonoma County for 6 years. She has been married for 4 years.  Holly loves to travel and has been to a number of European countries. She is also a square dancer and has gone to competitions. Holly loves working with people at Edward Jones and as a community volunteer.


Diane Moresi introduced today’s speaker Ken White, a friend of hers since junior high in Modesto.  Baseball and books are today’s subject. Major League baseball is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year and all teams will be wearing a commemorative patch. Ken talked about the Modesto Red Caps, formed in1872 who once played an exhibition game with the visiting Chicago White Sox. Barnstorming teams would sometimes visit, including stars such as Babe Ruth. The Modesto team has been a minor league affiliate for a number of MLB teams. They currently are affiliated with the Seattle Mariners.

Ken then pivoted to talk about the ’62 World Series between the Giants and Yankees. During a rain delay, both teams came over to Modesto to work out between delayed WS games. The stadium in Modesto was the backdrop for Ken’s book “Getaway Day”. Ken showed photos from the Modesto workouts. Included were 8 future Hall of Famers, among them Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Juan Marichal and Yogi Berra. Ken then read an excerpt of his book describing opening day in Cincinnati, where the traditional opener was held until recent years.

Ken shared other books he has written and described a children’s book he is currently writing. Ken also described a stage play based on the iconic dust bowl photo of the migrant mother. Finally, Ken shared a sequel to Getaway Day called Beautiful Day that is set in 1969 and based on music of the era. Ken’s presentation was a fun and informative look at baseball and its impact on him and his hometown of Modesto.


Chad and Nour Maxwell have been approved for membership by the Board of Directors and have recently completed Rotary Information.

In addition, Ji Chao Sun (aka JC Sun) has also been approved for membership by the Board of Directors and has also recently completed Rotary Information.  JC is a Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Fremont.

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