DIGITAL EDITION No. 188  August 31, 2016  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Diane Moresi

Our Program for September 7th:


Gil Sanborn, a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (“CASA”) in California and direct witness to the attacks on the World Trade Center in downtown New York on 9/11, will be speaking on the state of the nation 15 years after the attacks, addressing the scope of current national security threats, the challenges of our Army today and the effects of 15 years of war on our Soldiers and Families. He has given talks at West Point, the Army War College, the Marine War College and the National Defense University. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a BA in Economics and Chinese Studies and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.


** The Sgt at Arms committee needs help with set up and take down while Jack Geary recovers.  Secretary Zaft will distribute a sign-up sheet on Wednesday.  Please consider volunteering for either one of these duties. **

* Many thanks to Jack Atkin and Andrea Geary who set up and took down for the last week’s meeting.


Wednesday, September 14th: New Gen Peacebuilders Program
Wednesday, September 21st: District Governor Wulff A. Reinhold
Wednesday, September 28th: The International Man of Memory


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Will Haymaker & Wife JoAnnPledge : Andrea Geary        Invocation: Kim Graves
Andrea Geary led us in The Pledge and Kim Graves read us Olympic quotes for the invocation.


Someone must have let the world know that our guest speaker was unable to make it so our only visitors were Will Haymaker’s wife JoAnn and Bob Hirsch from the Sebastopol Club.

SUNSHINE REPORTGinny - Sunshine report

Sunshine report:  Oh my goodness!  What a week!  Rick Allen made the front page of The Press Democrat with his heart attack.  He was playing tennis when it happened.  The tennis club director grabbed the portable defibrillator and jumps him back to life!  How cool is that!  As for our other members and their families:  Jack Geary has spinal stenosis.  He will be out for a while and
Debi Zaft
is looking for people to fill in temporarily as sergeant of arms.  Vickie Hardcastle’s husband, Allan, had his knee replacement surgery and is just starting rehab.  Norm Owen’s wife, Beverly is doing her cancer treatment and is hanging in there.  Kris Anderson’s dad is back at the Mayo Clinic for heart issues.


Larry & Steve - RaffleRaffle!  There were 7 marbles in the bag and the pot was up to $134 per Larry Miyano (filling in for Robby Fouts who is at Burning Man this week).  Steve Olson had the number, but he did not pull the correct marble.  6 marbles for next week!


Joke of the week from Cathy Vicini:  School is back in session and a young man went up to a girl and gave her a big hug without asking.  “That is direct marketing” he said.  The girl turned and slugged him, “and that is customer feedback.”


Calendar of Events:  Get out your datebook and get these events on your calendar:

9/11/2016:  Pool party at Julia Parranto’s house!  This is a family event so bring the kids and grandkids.  1:00 – 4:00 bring an appetizer to share, your bathing suit and the beverage of your choice.

9/14/16:  Patrica Shaefer will be back in town for a NewGen training and speak at our meeting.

9/15/16:  Rotary Means Business will be meeting at Franchetti’s.  If you want to promote your business to fellow Rotarians please come!  The cost is $10.00 plus whatever you want to spend on your beverage of choice.

Chip & Yale - Workday9/24/16:  another hands on project at Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation.  See Yale Abrams for signing up.  Chip Rawson has a fun painting project and wants volunteers to paint.  He even gave us a demonstration on how to use a Johnny roller!

9/30/15:  We are going to have an inter-Rotary social at the Living Room.  5:00 – 7:30 bring a side dish to share and the beverage of your choice.  The cost is $10.00 to cover the cost of the BBQ. See Andrea Geary to RSVP for this event.

10/6/16:  It is the meat auction!  All that yummy lamb and pork we have from the Sonoma county Fair is now ready to be purchased.  The party will be at Diane Moresi’s house.  Again, please bring a side dish and your choice of beverage.

Have I forgotten anything?  Man, we Rotarians are such social butterflies!


Cathy & Craig - FundraisingMeanwhile, back at the meeting…..Cathy Vicini donated a case of Trecini pinot noir for auction.  Craig Meltzner purchases it for $325.00.  What a deal!


Since we had no speaker today, El Presidente Jose was resourceful and played a video from the RI Convention in Korea that really had an impact on him.  The speaker was Gary Haugen, CEO of International Justice Mission.  The topic was “Until all are Free, How to end slavery in our lifetime.”



Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Officers

President: Jose Guillen, President Elect: Julia Parranto, President Elect Nominee: Tony Roehrick, Past President: Doug Johnson, Secretary: Debi Zaft, Treasurer: Cecil G. Humes, Sergeant at Arms: Jack Geary

President Rotary International

John F. Germ, member of the Rotary Club Of Chattanooga, Tennessee

Governor, District 5130

Wulff A. Reinhold, Sr. member of the Rotary Club of Rohnert Park – Cotati

Attendance Secretary

Debi Zaft P.O. Box 505 Santa Rosa, CA 95402 707-538-4770

Board of Directors

Kathleen Archer, Jack Atkin, Gesine Franchetti, Ray Giampaoli, Will Haymaker, Elizabeth Karbousky, Steve Marburger, Jackie McMillan, Diane Moresi