DIGITAL EDITION No. 236 August 23, 2017  EDITOR: Layne Bowen PHOTOGRAPHER: Kris Anderson PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick

Our Program For August 30, 2017


Linda Shively

After the diagnosis and death of her almost 4-year old daughter, Linda Shively has shared her journey back to joy with others, inspiring them to move through difficult challenges and recover their joy and purpose.  While navigating her own grief journey, Linda focused on studying brain and mind function and sharing how laughter has the power to promote physical and emotional health and well-being.  A powerful speaker, she has reached thousands of individuals, families, and organizations with her message:  no matter the level of grief, frustration, or difficulty, the challenges you face do not have to limit your ability to create a life filled with joy and meaning.

A Certified Life and Executive Coach, Laughter Yoga Leader, and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner, Linda also holds a B.S. in psychobiology from UCLA.

We all have worries and stress whether in our personal, professional, or community life. Come learn the pitfalls of staying stuck in worry and how to lighten your load, reduce your stress, and have fun.

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
Wednesday September 27th: Update from the Sheriffs Office


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Come see us at: http://rotarymeansbusiness

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Opening Ceremonies

Pledge:  Dan Schell

Invocation/Refection: Yale Abrams quoted fellow Philadelphian Ben Franklin with some wine and beer commentary.


Argo Thompson of Left Edge Theater.

Visiting Rotarians

Mikel Cook from Sebastopol Sunrise and Marnie Goldschlag, Rotary Club of Santa Rosa. 😉

Ginny Sunshine

Past President Ray Dorfman is suffering from pneumonia in Palm Springs.


Karen Ball presided over the raffle today. Only $22 in the pot today. Blaine Goodwin had his ticket drawn, but was unable to pick the right marble.

Cathy’s a Clown

A man entered the bus with both of his front pockets full of golf balls and sat down next to a beautiful blonde. The puzzled blonde kept looking at him and his bulging pockets. Finally, after many such glances from her, he said: “it’s golf balls.” Nevertheless, the blonde continued to look at him for a very long time, deeply thinking about what he had said. After several minutes, not being able to contain her curiosity any longer, she asked; ‘Does it hurt as much as tennis elbow?


   Mikel Cook shared some information about the matching global grant for Rawanda.

   Andrea Geary announced the Bocce Tournament was a success, in spite of the fact that we did not bring back a trophy. Thanks to Matthew Henry, Don McMillan, Charles Gibson and Dave Berman for refereeing the tourney.

   Argo Thompson is doing a production of Sideways Sept 21st at Left Edge Theater at LBC and is offering a Rotary Night. Kris is putting together a group to attend, so see her for tickets for Thursday, September 21st.  The tickets cost $40 each and proceeds will go to our club!

   Yale Abrams announced the next hands on project.

Club Assembly I

President Julia presented the “Rotary Code of Conduct”, which she hadn’t known existed until it was sent to her by the DG (insert snarky comment here).  He did so after Prez Julia had reported a complaint was filed by a guest regarding what the guest perceived to be sexual harassment. The person who complained was a guest and prospective member, so this is a very serious situation on a number of fronts. Apparently a male club member (we assume) made a comment to the woman about her being attractive. In our rapidly changing world, this is considered an affront to women. She will likely never come back to our club again. President Julia and then Assistant District Governor Marnie (Hey, it was great to see you again, Marnie!) did their best to explain to the members of our club that this is not alright. The incident was reported to District and the club member has been counseled. Members are expected to be friendly, courteous and respectful of guests as well as each other at all times. This is NOT the 1970’s anymore, guys!

President Julia shared a number of ways in which members can be of service and value to the club. In addition, she filled a couple of vacant positions. Avenues of service in our club include Club service.

Judy Glenn offered to take over as Christmas Chair.  Doug Johnson already has his bets down in Vegas, so it was natural for him to run the Super Bowl Squares.

*To see what is required for a Presidential Citation, go to: to search for “presidential citation dashboard”, click on the first item, “Learn about how your Club, etc.”, Under “Citation for Rotary Clubs” there are two blue highlighted items.  Click on the one that is “Rotary Citation Dashboard”.  Choose 2017-18, and you can see what is needed, and where we are as a club in our quest for recognition. 

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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