DIGITAL EDITION No. 255 February 7, 2018  EDITOR: Layne Bowen PHOTOGRAPHER: Kris Anderson  PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick

Our Program For Wednesday, February 14, 2018

High School Recognition’s – Ryan Thomas

On February 14th, the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa will continue its long tradition of recognizing the achievements of an outstanding student from each of our local high schools. 

The entire meeting will be devoted to this program so that we can fully honor these students in the presence of their family members and peers from the other local high schools.  The achievements of these students is always impressive and worthy of recognition.  They bring us much needed optimism for the future of our world.

Ryan Thomas will be our Moderator. The principals of all the high schools will also be our guests. The schools represented are:

Roseland University Prep

Montgomery High School

Elsie Allen High School

Piner High School

Maria Carrillo High School

Cardinal Newman High School

Rincon Valley Christian School

Ridgway High School

Roseland Collegiate Prep 
Santa Rosa High Schoo

Wednesday February 21, 2018: Trauma Therapist: Resiliency – Lori Carter 
Wednesday February 28, 2018: Land Paths Restoration – Craig Anderson  
Wednesday March 7, 2018: Bijan Nafea – Medtronics Stents 
Wednesday March 14, 2018: Giordan Vilamoski; Chris Gullixson – RYE Inbound and Out Bound Students 


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Opening Ceremonies

Pledge: Don McMillan

Reflection:  Cathy Vicini shared the Wisdom of Age

Visiting Rotarians


Vikki Butano, Mark Burchill’s guest from Kosovo Fatos Axhemi and Kerrie Chamber’s son Alex Ward.

Rotary Fire Fund Presentations

Steve Olson presented two $5,000 checks to fire victims. The first was to Anca Lancu. Anca’s family lost their home and family farm including all the buildings and animals.  Efren and Cecilia Vasquez lost their home and all the equipment Efren uses in his vineyard management business. Hopefully, our grant of $5,000 to each of these deserving recipients will help them in their recovery from the devastating fire.


Our group observed a moment of silence for Diane Moresi who lost her mother this week.

Fred’s Raffle 

$195 Yankee Dollars are in the pot. Matthew Henry’s number was drawn – and he pulled the right marble! Congratulations Matthew!

Birthday Rotarians

Don McMillan presented February birthdays.

Craft Talk

Charlie Howard-Gibbons told us about his life as a Boy Scout professional. He told us how the Boy Scouts work with other organizations to perform service in the community. He has moved around the Bay Area for his profession, but less than most scouting professionals. Charlie oversees the work of 3 paid staff and over 900 volunteers helping community organizations, as well as camping and other activities. He considers it a privilege to be a scouting professional and a Rotarian.

Rotarian of the Month

Debi Zaft, on very short notice put together a SCARC meeting at Legends complete with program and donated wine. It was an excellent meeting and Debi was recognized as Rotarian of the Month.


  • Julia discussed our annual search for a new meeting site ended with our decision to stay at the Flamingo.


  • A thank you was sent from the SRCC for the outpouring of support starting with our Rotary Club’s $5,000 donation.
  • Julia had 2 tickets to the West Club crab feed which were bought by Charlie the Boy Scout guy.
  • Ryan Thomas announced our upcoming high school awards.
  • Keven Brown announced Santa Rosa High’s singing Valentine Day fundraiser. Have kids from Santa Rosa High come sing to your sweetie!
  • Matt Fannin announced there are 101 riders signed up and $8,500 in sponsorship pledges.
  • Alex Ward from the Active 20/30 Club announced the upcoming beer fundraising event.

Raffle for Fire Relief

Ray Giampaoli exhorted club members to promote and sell raffle tickets for fire relief. He gave some ideas to sell tickets.

Program – Our 2nd Club Assembly 

Julia reviewed our situation and the fact that the fire relief fund is out of Money. The Sonoma Club has already raised 1 million dollars! We should be able to raise half a million! People who lost their homes, cars, livelihoods due to the fire need our help as soon as possible. Some people are now on the street because of their inability to pay first and last month’s rents.

Giro Bello 

Ann Gospe described how to use Signup Genius to volunteer for duties at Giro Bello.

Foundation Presentation

Norm Owen is the president of our local foundation. Norm told us that the foundation board meets monthly and sends out an annual report. The foundation now has over 1.1 million dollars in funds. The foundation awards for a variety of education and non profit organizations. Board meetings are on Mondays at 3pm each month. Today, $13,000 of pass through funds were awarded for this year’s Giro Bello and our dictionary projects. 

Jeanne Levin Scholarship Fund

The Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Foundation is pleased to announce that Past President Jeanne Levin has establish a scholarship fund as part of her estate plan which will  benefit a student majoring in theater arts and transferring from SRJC to the university level. By designating the Foundation as the beneficiary of her SEP-IRA, Jeanne has established an endowed fund that will benefit students in perpetuity. Rotarians who are interested in establishing a scholarship fund within the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Foundation are welcome to contact Jeanne for complimentary advice and assistance.  Steve Olson – Scholarship Committee Chair art and other activities.    

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