Next meeting
Wednesday, August 9, 2023

District Governor’s Visit

Tom Boylan

Tom Boylan DG - 2023-2024

Tom Boylan
DG – 2023-2024

DG Tom Boylan has been in leadership roles with District 3150 since 2009, and in 2013 he went to work at the Zone level to promote Rotary’s brand throughout the Western US.

He’ll bring that perspective to the conversation. Tom’s topics will cover the continuity of leadership to promote the environmental efforts being done throughout the District. In addition, he will bring up the challenge Rotary International President Gordon McInally posed to tackle the problems associated with the stigma associated with mental health.

His third topic relates to the growth of Rotary and our efforts to grow in the communities where we meet. Tom will meet with the board prior to the meeting to learn more about the Club’s work and needs and to see how he might be able to share resources with the club leaders and members.

To be held at Bennett Valley Golf – in-person only.

Wednesday August 16: Pacific Coast Air Museum
Wednesday August 23: RYE – Marcus Stephens
Wednesday August 30: Club Dark

Click here for the current calendar (Subject to updates).


Redwood Empire Food Bank – 2nd Wednesday of the month.  The next one is August 9th – 5 PM – 7 PM
DG Tom boylan will be join us.  Please help show how active a club we are.

SRJC Rotaract FundraiserAugust 5th. Help fund them by having dinner, dine-in, or take-out at Chipotle between 4-8 PM that evening. Take the flyer with you when you check out. (Click on the image to the right)

August 13-16 – ShelterBox is launching ShelterBox Adventure Trek.  The first outing will be August 13-16 in Yosemite National Park.

Club Dark & Social – On the 5th Wednesday of a month, the Club is dark. There will be a social on the following Saturday each month, there is a 5th Wednesday. In August, the social will be held Saturday, August 26…more details to follow.

More socials, projects, & events coming soon!

Rotary Announcements

(Check back soon)

Opening the Meeting

Past President Ray Giampoli began the meeting and introduced Craig Meltzner to give the Pledge of Allegiance, 4-Way Test, and a reflection. The reflection was a handful of quotes from musician Pete Seeger where he reminded us that the world can be saved by “millions of small things.”

Visiting Rotarians

Jim Greene, a transplant from Medford, Oregon, has been attending club meetings as he transfers his Rotary membership to our club.


Today’s Speaker, Dr. Joshua Weil, from the Department of Emergency Medicine at Kaiser, joined us.

Brennan, our SRJC Rotoract Liaison introduced himself.

Blue Badge Ceremony

Club members Laura Stephens and Curt Groninga were bestowed their blue badges after completing the requirements of new members. They officially handed in their red badges!


Past President Ray read aloud a thank you note from Leticia Henke, Executive Director of the LIME foundation, for the $10,000 gift Rotary presented for their Next Gen Trades Academy.  He also read a thank you card from past visiting Rotarian Evelyn who thanked us for our hospitality.


Keven Brown brought goodies from Corrick’s for the three Rotarians at the meeting who have August birthdays. Happy birthday to Sam McMillan, Bill Hatcher, and Heather Thurber!


COVID has reared its ugly head again and hit President Anne Gospe and Past President Kris Anderson along with member Jeff Gospe. Fortunately all have manageable symptoms and are recovering at home.

Craig Meltzner shared that our prayers and positive thoughts have helped as his wife was receiving her last round of chemotherapy today and the prognosis looks good for a recovery.


Keven Brown went straight from giving out goodies to trying to give away cash. Susan Nowaki won the drawing but, alas, she chose a yellow marble and graciously donated her $10 winnings to Polio.


Charlie Howard Gibbon announced that our monthly Food Drive night at the Redwood Empire Food Bank takes place next Wednesday, August 9th from 5:00 to 6:45pm. District Governor Tom Boylan will be joining us that night so please consider helping that night.

Brennan from the SRJC Rotoract Club informed the club of a Dine & Donate fundraiser at Chipotle at Coddingtown Mall on Saturday, August 5th from 4-8pm. One-third of all proceeds will go to support homeless children at Catholic Charities and the rest will go to support Rotaract club operations.

Sam McMillan announced that the livestock show and auction will be this weekend at the Sonoma County Fair. If anyone is interested in buying an animal you can reach out to Sam and Steve Olsen.

There is also a fundraiser benefiting the Elsie Allen Agriculture program at the Kunde Winery on August 18th. Tickets are $75.

Keven Brown mentioned there is a Wild Things Art Show at Corricks on Friday, August 4th from 5-7pm to benefit the Safari West Foundation.

Past President Ray promoted the Opportunity Drawing for a Bennett Valley Golf Foursome and lunch that will benefit Giro Bello. Tickets are on sale through the August 9th meeting. 1 ticket for $20, 3 tickets for $50, 7 tickets for $100.


Craig Meltzner generously donated $180 on behalf of his wife’s recovery. Half will go to the local foundation and half to the International Foundation.

Debi Zaft is a proud grandmother whose granddaughter won Grand Champion among other accolades for her goats raised through 4H. Debi donated $100 to the West Jameson fund.


Dr. Joshua Weil, Head of the Department of Emergency Medicine for Kaiser Hospital gave a presentation titled: Gun Violence in America – Politics & Public Health. He offered that we need to think about gun violence in America in a different way – from a public health model and treat gun violence as an epidemic.

Dr. Weil went over the history of Public Health that focused on an evolution of recognizing what causes disease and how over history we have developed processes to avoid disease and improve public health.

Some of the numbers he shared were sobering. Between 1967 and 2017, 1.5 million Americans died from gun-related deaths, more than all wars combined. These numbers also disproportionately affect people of color and young people.

Other numbers included 60% of all suicides are by guns and that accidental gun deaths is one of the highest causes of death of children in the U.S.

Dr. Weil also compared government oversight of the automobile industry with the gun industry in regards to safety. Many laws, such as seatbelts, airbags and backup cameras, have been implemented to increase the safety of automobiles but very few laws have been enacted to improve safety of guns. In fact, the Dickey Bill cut virtually all government funding of studying gun violence in the U.S.

Dr. Weil concluded that treating gun violence as an epidemic has been a proven effective approach where public health officials can isolate those directly impacted by gun violence and offer treatment and interventions. This has been successfully replicated 20 times and when implemented, communities see a 30-70% reduction in gun violence.

Program Slides

(Slides coming soon. Please check back)

Club Job Openings:

Still need a few bulletin writers. Need a person on the board for Vocational Service Recognition

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Governor, District 5130

Jennifer Strong


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

Board of Directors

Ann Gospe – President
Casey D’Angelo – President Elect
(awaiting confirmation) – President Elect Nominee
Kris Anderson – Past President
Debi Zaft – Secretary
Karen Ball – Treasurer
Robert Pierce – Sergeant At Arms
Julia Parranto – Club Service- Membership
Andrea Geary – Club Service – Club Meetings
Matthew Henry – Club Service – Fund Raising
Charlie Howard-Gibbon – Club Services – Local Service
Pete Lescure – Club Service – Records and Outreach
Casey Carter – Member Involvement
Mary Graves Community – Service – Youth
Tim Fawcett – Vocational Service
Scott Bartley – International Service
Paul Hamilton – Foundation Representative

DIGITAL EDITION No. 511, 2023  EDITOR: Matthew Henry PHOTOGRAPHER: Richard Rossi PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick