Next Meeting is via Zoom – April 15, 2020
Philanthropy – Bill and Melinda Gates

A big thank you to all who logged in to the meeting last Wednesday. We will be using the Zoom format until we are able to meet again in person. That will most likely be the first week in June. Meanwhile, every week a video program will be presented after the general meeting format. It will be from various areas of interest that may interest some of you and others maybe not. But they will be chosen with all of us in mind. The weekly bulletin will highlight the upcoming program.

This week will be about Philanthropy. In 1993, Bill and Melinda Gates took a walk on the beach and made a big decision: to give their Microsoft wealth back to society. In a conversation with Chris Anderson, the couple talks about their work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as their marriage, their children, their failures and the satisfaction of giving most of their money away.

–>  Debi will send you the Zoom log in link for the 12:00 meeting on Wednesday April 15. 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.

Keep checking back.  New Programs coming soon!


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Opening Ceremonies:

President Elect Jeff Kolin presided over the meeting today

Pledge: Chip Rawson
Reflection:  A video from RI President Mark Malone on the impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic was shared with the Club.

Sunshine Report:

Ginny Cannon reported that everything is sunny!


Club member Will Haymaker may have moved to the Southbay, but he was here today on video!  We hope to see him often!


Guest Speaker was Erik Brown, E sport Fitness: “How to stay healthy and fit at home “

Tips on fitness at home, recommended 60 minutes a day of combined cardio and weight or band work.   You can break it up with a walk in the morning, stretching session mid-day and weights or bands in the afternoon.   Whatever works with your schedule! Eat healthy and avoid high fat and sugar snacks, keep hydrated and get your regular amount of sleep.  No late-night Netflix binges!


— Chip Rawson has agreed to be chair of the Hands-On project committee!  Here is the first project:

— 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.


This is a great way to do some hands-on good for folks who need it NOW.

Here’s me: OR text 707-838-8471.


— The Rotary Club of Santa Rosa began suspending its in person weekly club meetings as of March 18, 2020 in conformance with County shelter in place orders.   The shelter in place order has been extended through May 3 and may face future extensions based on the extent of the epidemic in Sonoma County.

— The Flamingo has notified us that they are going to accelerate the construction of the remodeling in the ballrooms at the hotel and hope to be completed by the end of May.  Current restrictions on construction as part of the shelter in place may impact the completion date.

— On-line video club meetings with Zoom look like they will continue for a minimum of 10 weeks and may extend to 15 weeks or more.

— All of our members are experiencing different levels of hardship from the epidemic as are the members of our community including those in the very hard-hit segments of:
–> Service Workers
–> Tourism
–> Food and Beverage/restaurants

Can we do something to help?

— The Board of Directors authorized the establishment of a “Go Fund Me” site for COVID-19 assistance donations.  The Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Foundation will also accept donations for the COVID-19 assistance fund and provide documentation for taxes.  Specifics on how to donate will be published in the next club newsletter and sent to all club members via email.

— Since we are no longer paying for our lunches at the Flamingo as part of our weekly club meetings, we are saving $22 a week.   If we have no in person meetings for 10 weeks this could mean a donation for the COVID Assistance fund of $200 or if the club does not meet in person for 15 weeks this could mean a donation of $300.

We would like every Rotarian to contribute to the fund based on their own financial capacity during these extraordinary times.

The Club has designated $500 in recently made available District funds to go to the “Lunch is on Us” Program for Feeding those who Fed Us.  The program was initiated by the Santa Rosa West and East Clubs and is now supported by all the Santa Rosa Rotary Clubs!

President Elect Jeff has added his donation of $200 to the “Lunch is on Us” program and is also contributing an additional $200 to the club COVID-19 Assistance fund.

A committee will be formed to select the beneficiaries of the funds raised. Recommendations will be brought back to the club for approval.   Beneficiaries may be limited to 501c3 organizations.

Any Rotarian needing assistance during these challenging times should reach out to President Cathy Vicini or President Elect Jeff Kolin or Sunshine Committee Chair Ginny Cannon and we will do our best to respond.

— Kathleen Archer also announced that a mask making project for nurses was ongoing and interested persons can contact the Village Sewing Center 506 Lewis St.   707-544-7529 for more information and free materials for making the masks.  Mary Graves added that the Village Sewing Center is giving away fabric and patterns to make masks

New Members!

Tasia Henderson and Wes Daniels have officially applied for membership in our club.

Tasia is a former Rotaract Club member at Sonoma State.  She works for Catholic Charities in program support.  Wes Daniels is a former member. He is the owner/manager for Daniels Chapel of the Roses.


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. 352 April 8, 2020  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Richard Lazovick PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick