DIGITAL EDITION   No. 89   August 13, 2014     EDITOR: Peggy Soberanis     PHOTOGRAPHER: Shannon McConnell

Our Program For August 20th


Marrianne-McBride-2012Marrianne McBride, CEO Council on Aging, is a 2012 recipient of Northbay Business Journal’s Nonprofit Leadership Award and Council on Aging was chosen by North Bay Biz magazine as the “Best Nonprofit” for 2013. In addition to running Council on Aging, with a budget of $4.8 million and 75 employees, Marrianne is a seated member of Sonoma County Health Action and has been chosen as one of a five member team from Sonoma County to the 2014 National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health to create a “Healthy Aging” plan for Sonoma County.



August 27: Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
September 3: Energy Choices in Sonoma County
September 10: Club Fellowship


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President Mark opened the meeting at 12:30 with the clang of the bell and the lively chatter among Rotarians halted.

Chip Rawson led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Casey DAngelo then gave us the thought for the day which was to give practical examples of carrying out the third part of the 4 Way Test: Will it build Goodwill and better friendships?

Mother Teresa’s Anyway Poem

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered; Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God; It was never between you and the anyway.


Don McMillan introduced the Visiting Rotarians Past District Governor Mike Merrill from the West Santa Rosa Club and Asst. District Governor, Ann McGinley from Santa Rosa East Club. He then introduced our special guest and today’s speaker, District Governor Kevin Eisenberg and his wife, Mary.


Our guests for today were: Courtney McGee, Laura Held, and Michael Wilson.


Eileen Carlisle gave our sunshine report stating that our former club member, Judith Hall, died recently. Judith was a member of our Club from 1996-2010. There is no information at this point about a memorial or services.


Debi Zaft scared all the Past Presidents by asking them to stand and be ready to answer the Rotary Magazine question.  Then she had a brilliant idea and let them off the hook and called on our District Governor to stand and answer the question: What country has now been declared polio free?  DG Kevin not only got it right, India, but he went on to give a very impressive paragraph or two about the achievement.


Karen Ball gave a very interesting one-minute briefing about her Pronoeo Insurance Agency.  It is a full service company in which Karen shops the market for the most suitable insurance for her clients.  She handles home, auto, health, life or whatever kind of insurance the client needs.


Prez Mark once again entertained the room with the raffle questions.  Steve Marburger had DG Kevin pull the first winning ticket and Jeanne Levins was pulled for the ladies’side and John Porembas ticket was pulled to represent the males.  Prez Mark then asked the question to Jeanne. It was something like “What is the name of a hammer that has a hammer head at one end and a device for pulling up nails at the other end?”Jeanne (and probably most other women in the room) had no idea that it is called a “Claw Hammer”.  John’s question was when does a woman put on mascara, before or after using an eyelash curler?  John had a 50-50 chance of getting it right. He guessed BEFORE and was right.  He won the raffle money for the week. (We’ll have to speak to the Prez and get the odds a little more even for the women.)


Ray Giampoli


Our Rotarian of the Month is a relatively new Rotarian, having joined our club only last year.  Yet he has jumped in with both feet, and was a major contributor to the success of our Giro Bello. When Doug Johnson set a sponsorship goal of a 20% increase over last year, that was quite a challenge.  Yet our Rotarian of the Month stepped forward and lead the Sponsorship subcommittee of the Giro Bello to achieve a total of $25,500 in sponsorships.

This was no easy task.  It took vision, dedication, and a lot of hard work.  I am happy to name our July Rotarian of the Month:  Ray Giampaoli!

Prez Mark is doing something a little different this year.  The Rotarian of the month receives a not only a restaurant certificate but also a “Rotarian of the Month”pin. So, after awarding Ray his certificate and pin, Mark also gave Peggy Soberanis a pin for receiving the honor last month.

District Govenor Kevin

District Governor Kevin Eisenberg with new members Mykha’el Wilson and Laura Held


DG Kevin had the privilege of inducting two new members in our Club: Laura Held and Mykha’el Wilson.  He praised the sponsors for choosing people who would fit in with the Club’s goals and ideals; and he praised the inductees for joining such an active service club. He handed Laura and Mykha’el a packet and explained its contents.  The Red Badge is to be worn until the obligations of the Red Badge are fulfilled. Then it can be traded in for a Blue Badge. The Rotary pin is a symbol of your dedication to service.  Wear it always and be ready to tell others why you are a Rotarian.  In the packet there is also a guide to service and the 4 Way Test. The Club members gave a standing ovation to welcome Laura and Mykha’el into the Club.

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Tim Fawcett - 18 years of perfect attendance!

Tim Fawcett – 18 years of perfect attendance!

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Debi Zaft - 18 years - and Jack Abercrombie - 13 years!

Debi Zaft – 18 years – and Jack Abercrombie – 13 years!



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  • President Mark gratefully thanked the 25 Club members that attended the DG social at St. Rose’s Tuesday evening.  Out of 58 attendees, our club provided 25!  We looked good!
  • The next SCARC (Sonoma County Area Rotary Clubs) meeting is August 28th at Sally Tomatoes. The theme for the evening is Fundraising.  All are welcome. Cost is $45. Reservations are required.
  • There were colorful page announcements of all upcoming Rotary events and activities on each table. You can view/download a copy here: Color Block Schedule.
  • Don McMillan announced that the SignUpGenius is now in place so Rotarians can go online and see what volunteer deeds need to be done and hopefully, sign up for some tasks for the Pillow Fights.
  • Sam McMillan informed the club that he bought two lambs and two hogs at the State Fair.  The meat is being processed and will be auctioned off to Rotarians at a future social.  (Note: From experience I now know to get there early and bid. It’s the best meat you’ll find. And we help 4-H’ers and FFA’ers.)
  • Cathy Vicini encouraged members to donate their Rotarian Magazines to their doctor’s office, dentists, hair salons, etc.  It’s a way to market what Rotary does.



Kathleen Archer returned from a trip to Maryland where her daughter, Erin, was taking her state bar exams. Kathleen brought back some gifts for Prez Mark to be raffled or auctioned off at the end of the year.


Asst. DG, Ann McGinley introduced our guest speaker, DG Kevin Eisenberg. He is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz. He met his wife, Mary, there.  They both became teachers and taught in the LA schools. Later they moved to Calistoga where Kevin was principal for 13 years in an elementary school and then 5 years in a middle school.  At some point he was awarded the Teacher of the Year.

Kevin presented Rotary International’s theme for the year, “Light Up Rotary”.  RI President, Gary Wong, quotes Confucius “It is better to light one single candle than to curse the darkness.”  If we put 36,000 candles representing the Rotary Clubs around the world, think of the LIGHT that would give.  Kevin encouraged us to make Rotary known in the community and therefore help change the world.  The more people who know about what Rotary is and does, the better.  Rotary’s strengths will increase since there is a humanitarian incentive.  Rotarians help people around the globe

Kevin’s theme for the year is “the Pride and Joy of Rotary”.  He is extremely proud to be a Rotarian.  He is proud of our 4-Way Test as our ethical standard.  And the joy comes from the service we do for others.  Before our luncheon meeting, Kevin met with the Club’s Board of Directors and asked each one what gives them pride and joy in Rotary.  He was so touched and inspired with their enthusiastic and heart-felt responses.  Because of that Kevin asked all members to be able to articulate what gives each of us pride and joy in Rotary. Share our pride and joy.

He challenged all of us to wear our Rotary pin at work, when we’re out and about.  The pin often starts conversations about Rotary.  When we wear our pin we are representing the Rotary Club and its 4-Way Test.

The Rotary Foundation has six goals that it supports with grants:

1. Disease Prevention

2. Water and Sanitation

3. Maternal and Child Health

4. Basic Education and Literacy

5. Economic and Community Development

6. Peace and Conflict Resolution

Polio eradication is one of the most successful projects that Rotary International has addressed. We are truly so very close to eradicating polio forever.  Since we are the beacons of life and light, let us participate in the club’s projects, in the international projects and help Light Up Rotary!

President Mark thanked Kevin, gave him a Rotary clock, thanked the meeting helpers  and adjourned the meeting at 1:30 p.m.


Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Officers

President: Mark Burchill, President Elect: Jose Guillen, President Elect Nominee: Doug Johnson, Past President: Peggy Soberanis, Secretary: Jack Abercrombie, Treasurer: Cecil G. Humes, Sergeant at Arms: Jack Geary

President Rotary International

Gary C.K. Huang, member of the Rotary Club of Taipei, Taiwan

Governor, District 5130

Kevin Eisenberg, member of the Rotary Club of Calistoga

Attendance Secretary

Jack Abercrombie P.O. Box 505 Santa Rosa, CA 95402 707-538-4770

Board of Directors

Karen Ball, Tim Delaney, Debra Dorfman, Tim Fawcett, Bill Hatcher, John McHugh, Jack Tolin, Cathy Vicini