Next Meeting is Hybrid
Wednesday August 18, 2021

NOTE: This is a Hybrid Meeting.
See details below.

Sonoma County Ecology Center

Tony Passantino

2021 is a year of not only Covid, but Climate Change, Drought and Fire.  Our speaker, Tony Passantino, will examine how this organization works to address issues relating to water supply, open space, rural character, biodiversity, energy and climate change.  The mission of the Sonoma County Ecology Center is to work with our community to identify and lead actions that achieve and sustain ecological health in Sonoma Valley

Register to attend at  In person attendance and virtual attendance require pre-registering.

–>  Debi will send you the Zoom login link for the 12:00 meeting once you have paid. Feel free to put your feet up, grab a sandwich, and join the meeting. <–


In-Person / Hybrid Meeting details:
All meetings are in-person and online meetings. In-person meetings will be located at the Epicenter Sports Center located at 3215 Coffey Lane, Santa Rosa, CA.  Use the first door, closest to Piner Road. There will be greeters at the door to guide you.

–> Please note that you NEED TO MAKE A RESERVATION IN ADVANCE so we have a proper count.  Payments received by Saturday will be considered for the upcoming meeting.  Payments after that will be for the following meeting.
–> Debi Zaft will email you the link for online, once you have paid.  Use this link for details and to pay.  CLICK HERE!

Wednesday August 25: “100 Black Men”
Wednesday September 1: Healthcare For All
Wednesday September 8: Proposition 19.  Approved by the voters but not understood
Wednesday September 15: “Getting To Know You Better”(Craft Talks  From Senior Members)
Wednesday September 22: Polio Update – Bob Rogers
Wednesday September 29: (tba)

Keep checking back.  New Programs coming soon!


Sept 18th:
The next social will be next month on Saturday, September 18th at the Gospe’s house. This time it will be a family pool party. Please bring the kids and grandkids. We will also be having our meat auction from the lambs and pigs that were bought at the Sonoma County Fair. More details to come.

Keep checking back.  New socials coming soon!


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Watch The Meeting:  Did you miss the meeting?  Here is a link to the recording of last week’s meeting:
(Click Here)
Please note it is only available to view until 8/21/21

Opening Ceremonies:

President Ray greeted the 40 members in attendance and 15 members on Zoom…our largest meeting in months! Pete Lescure led us in the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance and the Four Way Test. His reflection was a quote from Mother Teresa, “There should be less talk; take a broom and clean someone’s house. That says enough.”

Rotarian of the Month:

Steve Baime is our Rotarian of the Month! Steve has been actively involved in Rotary’s involvement with the environment for our club. He is a member of ESRAG, a Rotary Action Committee. It was he who brought the Pepperwood Preserve to the club as our choice for a District Grant this year.


President Ray’s ticket was pulled this time. There were only 5 marbles, and the pot was up to $102.00. However, the odds were not in President Ray’s favor and the blue marble was not pulled. The pot rolls over to next week.


Do not forget to purchase your tickets for our 100th birthday party in December. There is limited seating at the Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club.

Our next service project is cleaning up Doyle Park on Friday, August 27th from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. A clip board was passed around to sign up. Ann Gospe says that some Boy Scouts are going to come help (See the Mother Teresa quote from above). Bring gloves to wear. The Park will provide trash bags.

The next social will be next month on Saturday, September 18th at the Gospe’s house. This time it will be a family pool party. Please bring the kids and grandkids. We will also be having our meat auction from the lambs and pigs that were bought at the Sonoma County Fair. More details to come.


Ryan Thomas (good to see you Ryan) let us know that his law firm was picked as the number one law firm by the Press Democrat Readers (Chuck Wear was not here today, but his office was a winner too). Ryan is also going to be playing 100 holes of golf for charity in late September. Ryan donated $200 to the Larry Miyano scholarship fund. He also has been on a vacation to Mexico. Another reason to donate.

It was nice to see Robby Fouts back today! Ted Wilmsen made a $100.00 to Polio Plus because Robby came out to see if his rental had a mold problem and it did not. A huge relief to Ted!

Jeff and Ann Gospe are back from a 3-week vacation and saw a lot of national parks and other beautiful country. They gave $50 each to the club.  Then Jeff donated another $100 in honor of his and Ann’s anniversary.

Karen and Dennis Ball were planning on a staycation this year, but her mother-in-law came to visit. She donated $100 to the Larry Miyano fund.

President Ray is training for his assent of Mt Shasta at the end of the month. He is asking for donations to Polio Plus. Only two weeks to go and he is up to $230.00.

Michael Moore was president of his former club in 2002. He has been a Rotarian for 32 years and four of those years with our club, so he is donating $100 to the club.

Remembering Larry Miyano

Next week marks the first anniversary of Larry’s passing and I plan to make an announcement at the meeting about Larry’s Memorial Scholarship and our quest to reach the $50,000 fund raising goal. We are very close and one final push should put us over the top. I’m attaching an announcement that I would like to see in the bulletin either this week or next. We hope you can help make this happen. Thank you!

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Today’s guest speaker was Catherine Doyle of the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).

Paws was started in 1984 to rescue and provide sanctuary for neglected, abused, and retired captive wild animals. These animals come from zoos, circuses, the exotic pet trade, and private owners. They have three sanctuaries in California including a 2300-acre natural ARK sanctuary. They rehabilitate animals and give them a space to live in that is more natural than the environments they came from.

Asian and African Elephants are highly active in mind and body. they would normally have a range of 92 – 700 square miles. They would normally live-in matriarchal families. They communicate through sight, sound, smell and seismically. They use tools, morn their dead and have the capacity to be empathetic. Tigers are the largest cat in the world. they are found in Asia. They live in evergreen or tropical forests. Their range can be from 6 to 500 square miles (about half the area of Yosemite National Park). There are only about 3900 in the wild.

Black bears are intelligent, strong and omnivores. They use tools. There are about 600,000 in North America and they live in forested areas. They have a range of up to 50 miles. for more information you can contact Catherine Doyle at

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Click image for Catherine’s Presentation

New Member

The Rotary Club Board of Director’s has approved Randy Hartt’s application for membership. Randy is transferring from the Rotary Club of Fairfield/Suisun. He is the new Corps Commanding Officer with the Salvation Army. Please welcome Randy when you see him.

Additional Pictures:

Governor, District 5130

Dustin Littlefield


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

Board of Directors

Club Service I, Membership, Julia Parranto
Club Service II, Club Meetings, Casey D’Angelo
Club Service III, Fundraising, Diane Moresi
Club Service IV, Member Activities, Anne Gospe
Club Service V, Information Technology and Records, Pete Lescure
Community Service I, Member Involvement, Rio Ray
Community Service II, Youth, Andrea Geary
Vocational Service, Carolyn Fassi
International Service, Dan Balfe

DIGITAL EDITION No. 420 August 11, 2021  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Jeff Gospe PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick