DIGITAL EDITION No. 280 August 8, 2018  EDITOR: Layne Bowen PHOTOGRAPHER: Diane Moresi PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick

Our Program For Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Giro Bello – A Rotary Club and Community Success!

Jeff Kolin

Jeff Kolin

Giro Bello Director, Jeff Kolin, will enlighten the Club on the success of Giro Bello 2018 and how the funds raised will benefit the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa and the community.

He will discuss the future of the Giro Bello and options to strengthen the sustainability of our key annual fundraiser.


Wednesday August 22, 2018: Keith Woods – Fire Recovery and the Building Industry
Wednesday August 29, 2018: Barbara Spangler – Welcome our District Governor
Wednesday September 12, 2018: Patricia Schaeffer – New Gen Update


Aug. 19-26, 2019 – Rotary Rhine River Cruise
Jackie says only 3 cabins are left for the 2019 Rhine River Cruise.
                 Click here  for pricing, itinerary, etc.
                 Click here for flyer.
                 Jackie McMillan and Eva Atkin

President Tony announces the purpose of the Club AssemblyUSEFUL LINKS

Visit our district at:
Check out Rotary International at:
Come see us at: http://rotarymeansbusiness

Opening Ceremonies:

President Tony Roehrick called the meeting to order.
Pledge: Robert Pierce
Reflection: Bill Crowley


No guests today!

Raffle Time - Dave Berman pulls the lucky number. Visiting Rotarians

None present today.


Ginny spoke with Jack Abercrombie this morning. He is doing better and gaining strength.

Wobby’s Waffle

Robby announced that $322 was in the pot. Dave Berman did not pick the spinner, so big bucks next week, folks! 

Cathy’s Joke

Crushed nuts! No, arthritis……

A little old man shuffled slowly into an ice cream parlor and pulled himself slowly, painfully, up onto a stool… 
After catching his breath, he ordered a banana split.
The waitress asked kindly, ‘Crushed nuts?’ 
‘No,’ he replied, ‘Arthritis.’

Robert Pierce is selected as Rotarian of the YearRotarian of the Month

For all you do, this is for you, Robert Pierce!

Robert Pierce is selected as Rotarian of the Year


  • Chip RawsonPresident Tony reminded us that we do need to pay an early leaver fine of $5.00 when we have to leave a meeting early.
  • Casey D’ Angelo announced we could still use another mentor as we have the largest number of high school signups.
  • Shari Shamsavari brought a Rotary banner from North Guadelajara to our club and presented it to President Tony.
  • Ann Gospe asked for those who have paid for lunches in advance to sign in each meeting then head straight to the chicken!
  • Chip Rawson needed someone to line up helpers each month to help at club meetings. Pete Lescure volunteered. Atta boy, Pete!
  • Craig Meltzner is looking for additional host families for our inbound exchange student this year.


President Tony with the World Cup souvenir on his head, and banner in hand brought back by the Gosepe’s on their recent trip to France!Craig Meltzner was recognized for his trip to the northeast. Craig’s daughter Rachel is expecting a child in a couple of weeks. Craig brought back a jar of maple sugar which was auctioned off to Judi Glenn for $40.00.

Sam McMillan donated fair tickets including parking for auction. Dan Balfe and Craig Meltzner won in semi-heated bidding for $20 each. Tickets for a barbecue dinner and auction for 4 was offered as well. They were purchased by Peter Lescure for $40.

Kris Anderson was recognized for $25.00 for attending some kind of pyro party? Grass is kinda dry out there, Kris – be careful!

President Tony auctions of the World Cup hat! Ann and Jeff Gospe were recognized for their European vacation. Jeff played the part of Chevy Chase and Ann the part of Beverly D’Angelo in this five week tale about an American family traveling through Europe. Jeff and Ann brought back a commemorative hat from a soccer match in France. Jeff also brought a Rotary banner from a French Rotary club. 

The Gospe’s generously donated $500 for fire relief in celebration of their vacation and 11th anniversary. Tony decided that rather than wear the hat, he’d auction it off. Pete Lescure bought it for $50.

Just a reminder that proceeds from recognitions go to fire relief efforts.

Club Assembly Program

Andrea Geary looking for members to participate in Community Service I - Club InvolvementRyan Thomas gave a presentation for Club Service 1. We are currently looking for a Marketing and PR director. We also need a membership chair to help us build membership.

Andrea Geary, representing Community Service 1 is looking for a Senior Services director. She is also looking for someone to help with the Disability award breakfast. 

Editor’s Note:

In the July 27th Bulletin , I misidentified Kathleen Balfe as Steve Baime’s daughter. I should have identified Dan Balfe as Kathleen’s father. Dan earned a PH Award in honor of his daughter Kathleen and her significant other Eugenio Perez. My apologies to all concerned.  LB

Additional photos:

President Tony Ryan Thomas discusses the need for a Membership Committee chair with the table group. Carolyn Fassi Peter Holewinski Ann Gospe

Governor, District 5130

Barb Spangler, Valley of the Moon Rotary Club





Attendance Secretary

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

Board of Directors

Club Service I, Membership, Ryan Thomas
Club Service II, Club Meetings, Jeff Kolin
Club Service III, Fundraising, Steve Baime
Club Service IV, Member Activities, Anne Gospe
Club Service V, Information Technology and Records, Brandon Urich
Community Service I, Member Involvement, Andrea Geary
Community Service II, Youth, Laura Held
Vocational Service, Carolyn Fassi
International Service, Peter Holewinski