DIGITAL EDITION No. 235 August 16, 2017  EDITOR: Layne Bowen PHOTOGRAPHER: Nicole Le PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick

Our Program For August 23, 2017


Julia Parranto

Julia ParrantoTown hall meeting lead by our president Julia Parranto.  Promises to full of information and fun!

Wednesday August 30th: Linda Shivley – Laugh Your Worries Away
Wednesday September 6th: Pivot for Success – A J MacQuarrie
Wednesday September 13th: Bob Rogers, District Governor 2017-2018
Wednesday September 20th: Gail Ervin – Building “Positive” Peace in the world


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Opening Ceremonies

Pledge:  Was led by ????? (If you know who it was, please let Richard Lazovick know, so he can fill this in.)
Invocation: Doug Johnson


Rotary Club of Santa Rosa First lady, Rose Frances.

Visiting Rotarians

From SR East – Marilyn Lira
Sunrise – Dale Raby
RP Cotati Dale Knight

Livestock Auction Action

President Julia shared her participation for the first time in the livestock auction at the fair. She shared a photo of the livestock auction which and noted that the budget was $8,000. Two lambs and two hogs are purchased from FFA and 4H participants by Sam McMillan and Steve Olson for the club.

Ginny Sunshine

Our heartfelt condolences to President Julia who lost her father yesterday after 10 years of suffering from Alzheimers. Julia related that upon bringing Julia home from the hospital when she was born, he named her Butch.


Tim Delaney tried and succeeded in raffling off $76 to Kim Graves.

Cathy’s a Clown

Cathy told about:

A Psychiatrist versus a Bartender…

Ever since I was a child, I’ve always had a fear of someone hiding under my bed at night. So I went to a shrink and told him, “I’ve got problems. Every time I go to bed I think there’s

somebody under it. I’m scared. I think I’m going crazy.” “Just put yourself in my hands for one year,” said the shrink. “Come talk to me three times a week and we should be able to get rid of those fears.” “How much do you charge?” “One hundred fifty dollars per visit,” replied the doctor. “I’ll sleep on it,” I said. Six months later the doctor met me on the street. “Why didn’t you come to see me about those fears you were having?” he asked.  “Well, $150 a visit, three times a week for a year, is $23,400.00. A bartender cured me for $10.00. I was so happy to have saved all that money that I went and bought a new pickup truck.” “Is that so?” With a bit of an attitude he said, “And how, may I ask, did a bartender cure you?”

“He told me to cut the legs off the bed. Ain’t nobody under there now.”

It’s always better to get a second opinion.

World Community Service

Julia showed a slide showing how our WCS committee funds are budgeted.

  • Announcements
    Doug Johnson announced there will be a need for rest stop volunteers on Saturday for Ride for Polio this Saturday.
  • Kris Anderson announced upcoming socials at Transcendence Theater December 2nd.
  • Argo Thompson is doing a production of Sideways Sept 21st at Left Edge Theater at LBC. Kris is putting together a group.
  • A river cruise is in early planning stages. Which cruise has not yet been determined. In fact, the’ river hasn’t been determined. Rhine? Danube? Snake? Neosho?

Other Stuff……

Kathleen Archer noticed that here in his 1st week of retirement, Jose was still wearing a tie. Kathleen presided over his official tie cutting ceremony to make his retirement official.  Jose has agreed to take over as Sgt. At Arms! Yay, Jose! No tie needed for that job, my friend!

  • Sharing
    Jeff and Ann Gospe returned from a trip to Pennsylvania, DC with a Donald Trump bottle opener and other goodies for President Butch. They then generously donated a few hundred bucks to several Rotary funds.
  • Paul Hamilton honored his grand daughter’s decision to attend his alma mater Petaluma High.
  • Tim (Fly Boy) Delaney is flying to Idaho and is going to try to fly under the eclipse and will donate $100 per month to his Paul Harris.
  • Rich de Lambert did a 9 state trip to the northeast. He announced that Wally is back home, but very weak.
  • Kathleen Archer felt bad about cutting Jose’s tie and offered to reimburse him or the club?
  • Jeff Kolin returned from a two week cruise to the Baltic countries and donated $200 to his PH.
  • Will Haymaker shared his wife’s book the Light of the Heart.


Past Presidente Jose introduced today’s speaker, Eric Mindling, who leads cultural tours in Southern Mexico. Eric shared a fascinating look at Oaxaca, Mexico, relating how as a 21 year old he visited for the first time as a total green horn. Sharing lots of beautiful photos of the people of the area, Eric share the harrowing story of meeting a group of sullen looking men at a ranch that he was sure were banditos. Sitting uncomfortably, the quiet was broken by a group of women coming out and serving steaming food from the kitchen. As the food came out, one of the men helped Eric to correctly use his tortilla to scoop up the food. As the mood lightened and they began to talk, Eric learned the men were not banditos and murderous thugs, but instead, they were corn farmers!  Eric has returned to Mexico many times leading groups to share the cultural wonders of Qaxaca. These include the incredible pottery made by women in the villages and language spoken (not Spanish).

This was one of the best programs we have had in this calendar year. Great work by the Program Committee!

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Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Officers

President: Julia Parranto, President Elect: Tony Roehrick, President Elect Nominee: Cathy Vicini, Past President: Jose Guillen, Secretary: Debi Zaft, Treasurer: Cecil G. Humes

President Rotary International

Ian Riseley of the RC of Sandringham, Australia

Governor, District 5130

Bob Rogers, Rotary Club of Sebastopol

Attendance Secretary

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

Board of Directors

Kathleen Archer, Ray Giampaoli, Steve Marburger, Jackie McMillan, Diane Moresi, Laura Held, Peter Holewinski, Steve Baime and Jeff Kolin