Next Meeting is via Zoom – August 26, 2020

Art Trails

Sally Baker –
President, Sebastopol Center for the Arts Board of Directors

Sally is a watercolor artist living in Sebastopol. She earned her BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara and her secondary teaching credential from the University of Southern California. Sally participates in Art at the Source and Art Trails, the open studio events in Sonoma County. She is a partner at the Graton Gallery and owner of My Daughter the Framer in Santa Rosa. She is also a Board member of Main Stage West.

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


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 Jeff or Debi.

Wednesday September 2, 2020: Susan Gorin, Chair of Sonoma County Board of Supervisors
Wednesday September 9, 2020: Mike Martini, Taft Street Winery
Wednesday September 16, 2020: Daria Timonina, Buck Institute Aging and Covid-19
Wednesday September 23, 2020: Len Gerald & Bob Rogers, RI Annual Fund & Polio Plus

Keep checking back.  New Programs coming soon!


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:
Please note it is only available to view until 8/22/20.

Opening Ceremonies

Pledge: Paul Hamilton
Reflection: Dave Berman with a quote from Queen Elizabeth’s most recent speech, “I’m speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time, a time of disruption in the life of our country, a disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all. I want to thank everyone on the NHS frontline, as well as care workers and those carrying out essential roles who selflessly continue their day-to-day duties outside the home in support of us all. I’m sure the nation will join me in assuring you that what you do is appreciated, and every hour of your hard work brings us closer to a return to more normal times….” April 5, 2020.
Guests:  Peter Rumble.


Peter Rumble, current CEO of the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber of Commerce and our speaker for today.  The chamber of commerce was founded in 1906 after the earthquake and fire to help rebuild San Rosa.   Currently the chamber has about 800 members and has eight areas of service to the community.  1.  Advocacy Council and 2. Political Action, which is very busy right now.  They interview candidates review ballot initiatives and makes recommendations.  3.  The Wheel Program – family friendly policies for employers and well as English as a second language. 4. Young Professionals Network which seeks out and trains youth leadership. 5. Leadership Santa Rosa, one of the first programs of its kind.  Steve Olson was a founder.  Having just completed their 36th year!  Many of our members are graduates of the program, among them Kris Anderson, Mark Burchill, Ryan Thomas…6.  Employer Supported Childcare which partners with First Five California to develop more childcare in the community. 7. Mike Hauser Academy that mentors and trains middle school kids in STEM subjects. 8. Visit Santa Rosa is the tourism program and Welcome Center that is run out of the railroad station in Old Town.

Just last year alone the chamber passed out 2.456,793 referrals to people looking for products and services, had 601 meetings with electee officials, 170 young professionals attended Professional Development Day and the Welcome Center greeted %0,630 visitors.  They are very busy!  Critical areas they are focusing on now are housing, childcare,  COVID  and helping the downtown Santa Rosa area.   See website

President Jeff ended the program with a great pitch to have Peter Rumble (and others?) join our Rotary Club!



Sunshine Report:

Larry Miyano passed away from a heart attack while out for a morning walk on Wednesday, August 19th.  Mary became concerned when he did not come back and went looking for him.  He was already found, and an ambulance called, but he had already passed.   Our hearts go out to Mary, their sons and their families.  Steve Olson has suggested that donations be made to the Rotary Legends Fund in Larry’s name and sent to Vickie Hardcastle.

As mentioned last week, Jose Guillen’s mother passed away from Covid complications.  His father is stable, and his sisters are recovered.  Dan Balfe is recovering at home from his knee replacement surgery.


Rio Ray is on duty with the Salvation Army now that people are being displaced by the numerous fires in the north bay.  Julia Parranto said it is extremely stressful.  Kris Anderson said her husband was already home and packing a go bag.  Carolyn Fassi says she keeps a go bag in her car.  Cathy Vicini always keeps go bags in her storage.  Pete Lesure offered his office if anyone needed a temporary place to work.  Matthew Henry said that the west side of Windsor might need to be evacuated.  Someone said we need to check on Kim Murphy to make sure she is OK (I called her but have not heard back).

Remember that Thursday August 27th we need volunteers for the Food Bank form 2:00 to 4:00


Ray Giampaoli was recognized for forgetting the strategic planning session on Tuesday

Upcoming programs:

Sally Baker to talk about the virtual Art Trails coming up in October.  Susan Gorin on the economy of the county, Mike Martini from Taft Street Winery and a scientist from the Buck Institute.

President Jeff showed how to sign up for the Rotary Direct Giving Plan in My Rotary.  You can sign up for monthly giving…. set it and forget it!  This is one of the District Goals.  Other goals include membership, community engagement, public image and leadership growth opportunities.  There will be monetary prizes for the clubs!

Report from The Foundation’s Scholarship Committees and Steve Olson:

I’m pleased to report the Club Foundation has just completed paying out $29,000 to fourteen recipients of this year’s scholarships. The students are attending the following colleges and universities:

UC Berkeley – 3
UC San Diego -3
UC Los Angeles -1
Cal State San Francisco – 2
Cal State Sacramento – 1
Cal State Sonoma – 1
Cal State San Luis Obispo – 1
Santa Rosa Junior College –2

Approximately 20 Rotarians participated in the selection process which included the review of nearly 200 applications. All but two of the scholarship were established by Rotarians or members of their families. Anyone interested in establishing a scholarship should contact Steve Olson for details. The foundation has a flexible contribution plan for those wishing to spread payments out over a five-year timeframe.

Additional Pictures:


Governor, District 5130

Doug Johnson


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. 371 August 19, 2020  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Kris Anderson  PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick