Next Meeting is Hybrid
Wednesday September 1, 2021

NOTE: This is a Hybrid Meeting.
See details below.

Healthcare For All

Terry Winter

Terry asks the question:  By paying twice as much as the residents of other countries, do Americans get better health outcomes? According to reliable measures of quality from the Healthcare Access and Quality Index, The Commonwealth Fund, and the Kaiser Family Foundation, the answer is a resounding “no.” Despite paying less, 33 countries have higher quality of care while being more efficient, less error-prone, and removing cost as a barrier to care.

Register to attend at  In person attendance and virtual attendance require pre-registering.

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


In-Person / Hybrid Meeting details:
All meetings are in-person and online meetings. In-person meetings will be located at the Epicenter Sports Center located at 3215 Coffey Lane, Santa Rosa, CA.  Use the first door, closest to Piner Road. There will be greeters at the door to guide you.

–> Please note that you NEED TO MAKE A RESERVATION IN ADVANCE so we have a proper count.  Payments received by Saturday will be considered for the upcoming meeting.  Payments after that will be for the following meeting.
–> Debi Zaft will email you the link for online, once you have paid.  Use this link for details and to pay.  CLICK HERE!

Wednesday September 8: Proposition 19.  Approved by the voters but not understood
Wednesday September 15: “Getting To Know You Better”(Craft Talks  From Senior Members)
Wednesday September 22: Polio Update – Bob Rogers
Wednesday September 29: Afghan Peace Fellow
Wednesday October 6: Art Start

Keep checking back.  New Programs coming soon!


Sept 18th:
The next social will be next month on Saturday, September 18th at the Gospe’s house. This time it will be a family pool party. Please bring the kids and grandkids. We will also be having our meat auction from the lambs and pigs that were bought at the Sonoma County Fair. More details to come.

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:
(Click Here)
Please note it is only available to view until 9/5/21

Opening Ceremonies:

Pete Lescure led us in the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and the Four Way Test. His reflection for today was on Nationalism. Jean-Jacques Rousseau said, “Man is born free but everywhere is in chains.”  He also said, “Nations, like men, are teachable only in their youth; with age they become incorrigible.”  Albert Einstein said, “Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.”

Visiting Rotarians:

Arthur Chaney


Pam D’Angelo, Chavette Chaney, Jeff Gilman, Lee Pierce, Jerry Moret, Steve Graves, and Tom Wanielista


With only 3 marbles left and $140 in the pot, surely someone would win today. Yes, Sam McMillan conjured up his inner Ted Wilmsen and won! He promptly gave it back to the Giro d’Wine County.

Sunshine Report:

Patrick Everson is improving after his skateboarding accident. He is having some mobility issues and is starting physical therapy. Condolences to Vicki Hardcastle on the passing of her 97-year-old dad. Jeff Gospe gave us an update on Abel and his family. His mother was able to get papers to leave Afghanistan but has been unsuccessful in getting to the airport. By-the-way, Abel will be our guest speaker on September 29th. Richard de Lambert’s son is doing better. Debi Zaft says she has Pris Abercrombie’s address if you would like to write to her. District Governor, Dustin Littlefield, is still recuperating from Covid. Fortunately, not a bad case.

Paul Harris Fellows:

We had five awards today. Pam D’Angelo (sponsored by Casey D’Angelo, Dennis Ball (sponsored by Karen Ball), and Tom Wanielista (sponsored by Jeff Kolin) got their certificate and pin. Craig Meltzner and Jeff Kolin got new pins with 5 sapphires. Both Craig and Jeff said that they signed up for Rotary Direct a few years ago and they contribute enough monthly where they earn a Paul Harris every year. Please note you can do Rotary Direct with as little as $10.00 a month.


At District Conference there will be an “Ask the District Governor” panel where there will be the current District Governor and past District Governors of whom you can ask questions.

On Friday August 27th we are cleaning Doyle Park from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Charlie Howard-Gibbon says there are so many people volunteering that we should be done before 6:00 (15 Rotarians and 6 Boy Scouts). There will also be a tour of the building.

President Ray said that his climb of Mt. Shasta this weekend has been moved to White Mountain Peak in Bishop. The climb is like Mt Shasta. He will climb as high as 14,000 feet (about half the height of Mount Everest) and it is 15 miles round trip. It should take him 8 hours to complete. Mt Shasta has been closed due to the fires.

President Ray read a letter from the Rotary Club of Annapolis, MD congratulating us on our 100th Anniversary this year. They are also 100 years old too. They will be celebrating their anniversary on September 25th.

Ann Gospe has e-mailed the Sign-up Genius to everyone. Find a job (or 2) and sign up to help. If you need assistance, call Ann.

Karen Ball says that too many people are still registering late for the meeting. this week only 15 signed up in advance and lots more showed up at the door. She does not mind collecting $3.00 more, but then we run out of food. Please sign up by Saturday before the meeting. But she has good news too. Jeff Kolin was doggedly working last year to improve our budget. Now when she was closing out the 2019-2020 year $17,000 was available to replenish our reserves.

Ryan Thomas has 4 tickets for BottleRock on Saturday, October 3rd. Who wants them?

Dan Balfe says that the inaugural Public Health Service meeting will be November 3rd. Carolyn Fassi is heading this event. Dr Sundari Massi and another physician will be honored. She will need a head count for who will be attending. If the crowd is large enough, we will use the Victory House Restaurant area.

Robert Pierce needs volunteers to be greeters and do the raffle.

Hands-on Cleanup Project at Doyle Park:

Hands-on cleanup project at Doyle Park on Fri., Aug. 27th with a bunch of local boy scouts from Troop 32, including Ann Gospe and her son, Jacob.

District Grant Approval:

Our grant to plant native grasses at Pepperwood Preserve has been approved! Stay tune for further information on this project. President Ray thanked Steve Baime, Kris Anderson, and Dan Balfe for their support to get this done.


Casey Carter provided a gift certificate for $100.00 to her favorite Mexican restaurant. The proceeds of the auction are to go to the Larry Miyano Engineering Scholarship. Craig Meltzner immediately offered $500.00! Craig said that Larry was a close friend and mentor. He is please to support this scholarship. Jeff Gospe reminded us that if anyone wanted to support the local foundation you can set up automatic withdrawals (see Bill Hatcher or Doug Chase).

Today’s guest speakers are Jerry Moret and Arthur Chaney of 100 Black Men

Jerry is a CPA and has been the treasurer for 100 Black Men for many years. Today he spoke to us about his dad who was one of the Tuskegee Airmen. Calvin Moret was keen to learn how to fly since he was a child. In 1941 he signed up to be a Tuskegee Airman but almost did not make it. He was too tall! But he applied again and learned to squat just enough to make it below the height. He trained to be a P-40 pilot. A special moment for him was when Eleanor Roosevelt came to the base for a visit, and he helped her into the plane. He was off to fight in Italy, but the fighting in Europe ended just before he was deployed. His class was retrained for the battle in the Pacific against Japan. He was a Second Lieutenant when the war ended.

Arthur Chaney (a proud Rotarian of Santa Rosa Sunrise and his wife is a Rotarian in Novato) is the current president of the 100 Black Men. His core belief is “What good is knowledge if you do not use it?”  100 Black Men was started in 1963. The local group started in 1990. There are seven chapters in California. their mission statement, “Is to improve the quality of life within our communities and enhance the educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans.”  He tells young black children, “If you want something, got for it. We will help you.”  Locally, their main fund raiser is a golf tournament every July. They mentor African American children. They teach and support education. They encourage physical and healthy eating to youth. They seek to empower and provide leadership training for African American youth. Locally they teach a Money Matters course with Redwood Credit Union. they take kids on college tours and mentor them. their outreach is through Santa Rosa Junior College, Sonoma State University and Petaluma High School. It is very grass roots. Carol Ellis, when she was principal at Piner High School, was very active in getting students connected with 100 Black Men.

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Governor, District 5130

Dustin Littlefield


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

Board of Directors

Club Service I, Membership, Julia Parranto
Club Service II, Club Meetings, Casey D’Angelo
Club Service III, Fundraising, Diane Moresi
Club Service IV, Member Activities, Anne Gospe
Club Service V, Information Technology and Records, Pete Lescure
Community Service I, Member Involvement, Rio Ray
Community Service II, Youth, Andrea Geary
Vocational Service, Carolyn Fassi
International Service, Dan Balfe

DIGITAL EDITION No. 422 August 25, 2021  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Jeff Gospe PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick