Next Meeting is via Zoom – September 2, 2020

Sonoma County Board of Supervisors

Susan Gorin

Supervisor Gorin will review the most current and pressing issues facing the County at this time. Top of the list is COVID19 followed by the 2020-2021 budget which will be adopted in September. COVID19 has impacted County finances significantly, and there will be difficult decisions to be made during budget hearings.

–>  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 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 9/6/20.

Opening Ceremonies:

Pledge:  Nour Maxwell
Reflection:  Kathleen Archer read a speech from the president of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
“In a war situation, nobody asks anyone to stay indoors; you stay indoors by choice. In fact, if you have a basement, you hide there for as long as the hostilities persist. During a war you don’t insist on your freedom; you willingly give it up in exchange for survival. During a war, you don’t complain of hunger; you bear hunger and pray that you live to eat again.
During a war, you don’t argue about opening your business. You close your shop and run for your life. You pray to outlive the war so that you can return to your business. During a war, you are thankful to God for seeing another day in the land of the living. During a war, you don’t worry about your children not going to school; you pray that the government does not forcefully enlist them as soldiers to be trained in the school premises now turned military depots.
The world is currently in a state of war; a war without guns and bullets. A war without human soldiers; a war without borders. A war without cease-fire agreements; a war without a war room. A war without sacred zones.
The army in this war is without mercy; it is without any milk of human kindness. It is indiscriminate – it has no respect for children, women or places of worship. This army is not interested in spoils of war; it has no intention of regime change. It is not concerned about the rich mineral resources underneath the earth; it is not even interested in religious, ethnic or ideological hegemony. Its ambition has nothing to do with racial superiority. It is an invisible, fleet-footed and ruthlessly effective army.
Its only agenda is a harvest of death. It is only satiated after turning the world into one big death field. Its capacity to achieve its aim is not in doubt. Without ground, amphibious and aerial machines, it has bases in almost every country of the world. Its movement is not governed by any war convention or protocol. In short, it is law unto itself. It is coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.
Thankfully, this army has a weakness and it can be defeated. It only requires our collective action, discipline and forbearance. COVID-19 cannot survive social and physical distancing. It only thrives when you confront it. It loves to be confronted. It capitulates in the face of collective social and physical distancing. It bows before good personal hygiene.
It is helpless when you take your destiny in your own hands by keeping them sanitized as often as possible.
This is not a time to cry about bread and butter like spoilt children. After all, the Holy book tells us that man shall not live by bread alone. Let’s obey and follow the instructions of the authorities. Let’s flatten the COVID-19 curve; let’s exercise patience. Let’s be our brothers’ keeper and, in no time, we shall regain our freedom, enterprise and socializing. In the midst of an emergency, we practice urgency of service and the urgency of love for others. God bless us all.”

Visiting Rotarians:

Jackie McMillan and Susan Nowacki


Rich de Lambert, Will Haymaker, Sally Baker

Sunshine Report:

As was previously reported, Larry Miyano passed away last week while out on a walk.  President Jeff allowed us to say a few words about Larry and what he meant to our club, his family, his friendships and what he did for the community.  He has left a tremendous hole in our hearts.

The Miyano family suggests a memorial donation to the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Foundation, where an ongoing scholarship fund has been established in Larry’s honor (PO Box 1513, Santa Rosa 95402 or online via


— The Food Bank Hands-On project is tomorrow, Thursday August 27th from 2:00 to 4:00.  See you there.

— SCARC is also on Thursday at 5:30. It is being hosted by the Healdsburg Clubs and James Gore is the guest speaker.  Use the following Zoom link to join:  Meeting ID 796 180 6996 Passcode:  963531

— President Jeff has moved back to 3904 Sage Hill Place, Santa Rosa CA 95403. Looks like a great house for a Rotary Social when we can have one again.  He gave us a quick tour on from his iPad

Guest Speaker: Sally Baker, artist

Sally Baker has been a popular artist in Sonoma County for a very long time.  She specializes in watercolor still lifes, often with Asian motifs that she credits to a neighbor who was an Asian importer when she was growing up. She is active in the local arts community:  The Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Art at the source, Art Trails, The Graton Art Center, and working with Keven Brown on shows at Corrick’s. Artist are struggling right now.  Purchasing art is a very personal purchase and most need to see the art they are buying.  Not too easy to do these days!

“In light of the unprecedented coronavirus situation, both open studios programs of the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, (Art at the Source in June and Sonoma County Art Trails in October), will not take place as usual in 2020. We will resume our usual program schedules in 2021.  To see Sally’s work go to:

Instead, we are producing SebArts Virtual Open Studios, a separate, one-time event offering artists the opportunity to get exposure, connect with the community, learn valuable skills for leveraging your online presence, and make art sales even during this time of social distancing! The virtual, interactive portion of this event will take place the first two weekends of September. More details and an application for SAVOS to follow”.

Message from DG Doug Johnson:

DG Doug said it appears that no Rotarians have lost their homes in the current fires.  However, the District anticipates that there may be a need.  Here is the address to send donations.

Rotary District 5130 Disaster Relief Fund. Mail to: Ashliegh Diehl, District 5130 Treasurer, 1315 Fourth Street, Eureka, Ca 95501

Rotary Club Foundation:

The new website for the Rotary Club foundation
Check it out!

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. 372 August 26 2020  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Kris Anderson  PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick