DIGITAL EDITION No. 252 January 10, 2018  EDITOR: Layne Bowen PHOTOGRAPHER:  Diane Moresi   PUBLISHER: Jack Atkin

Our Program For Wednesday, January 10, 2018

180 Studios Maker Space – Pat Harper



Patrick Harper has developed an expertise in manufacturing and R & D thru his years with Hewlett-Packard and its spin offs Agilent and Keysight Technologies. He is currently Vice President and General Manager of Technology Order Fulfillment at Keysight- a 1000 member strong worldwide team. In preparation for today’s presentation, Pat wrote:

“There is a renewed understanding of the need for Manufacturing Jobs in the US but there is a shortage of programs to train the needed skilled labor force. The Bureau Of Labor Statistics estimates that the need for Manufacturing jobs in the US will essentially remain flat over the next 7 years. However of the estimated 12 Million Skilled Labor employees in the US it is estimated that > 60% of these employees will retire in this same time frame (7 years). That leaves a gap of 7.2 Million skilled workers needed. Today there are not enough training programs to fill these Jobs and 180 Studios Maker Space is designed to be part of the solution to this job gap. In my talk I will show the need for these jobs in Sonoma County and some of the challenges for obtaining  skilled labor for Sonoma County companies and will talk about how 180 Studios Maker Space is partnering with the school system and Industry to help fill this need.”

Pat will also share the story of Keysight’s recovery since the fire’s destruction.

January 17th will be a great time to bring a visitor!

Wednesday January 17, 2018:
180 Studios: New Maker Program – Pat Harper
Wednesday January 24, 2018: Dr. Judy Sasaki, Sonoma State University President

Wednesday January 31, 2018: Public Safety Awards – Marnie Goldschlag



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Opening Ceremonies

President Julia called the meeting to order.

Pledge: Will Haymaker

Reflection: Jose Guillen – Jose shared a touching letter from a New Gen participant showing that our club touches lives in a positive way and makes a difference.


We welcomed two guests today, Bill Bates and former, “when are you going to commit?” member Matt Everson.

Visiting Rotarians 

Ted Athens, Del Roby, Jim Flamson, Bruce & Helaine Campbell, Mike Merrill, Barb Spangler,  Kathy Flamson, Valerie Hulsey, Bob & Peggy Rogers, Kevin Everley.


Jack Abercrombie is recovering slowly. Richard Lazovick underwent his kidney transplant and he is doing well. Tim Fawcett is recovering from a pretty severe head injury from falling off his roof but is now receiving visitors.


Michael Moore was unable to draw the winning marble. It was the first time in his life he lost at anything…..

Cathy’s a Clown

President Trump invited the Pope for lunch on his mega yacht, the Pope accepted and during lunch, a puff of wind blew the Pontiff’s hat off, right into the water.

It floated off about 50 feet, then the wind died down and it floated in place. The crew and the secret service were scrambling to launch a boat to go get it, when Trump waved them off saying “Never mind boys, I’ll get it.”

The Donald climbed over the side of the yacht, walked on the water to the hat, picked it up, walked back on the water, climbed into the yacht, and handed the Pope his hat.

The crew was speechless. The security team and the Pope’s entourage were speechless. No one knew what to say, not even the Pope. But that afternoon, NBC, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, CNN all knew how to cover the story. Their banner headlines read, “TRUMP CAN’T SWIM!”

Bigly Announcement








District Governor Bob Rogers took over the meeting at this point to introduce the District Governor selection for 2020-21. After sharing his first meeting with Doug at the Munich airport, DG Rogers relieved the suspense (there was suspense?) and introduced Doug Johnson as the new nominee DG Designate for 2019-20. The last Rotarian from our club was district governor was Norm Owen. Congratulations, Doug!

Rotary Means Business Moment

Mark Burchill shared that he is back in the office furniture business. He described how he and wife Mel got back into the business after selling Advent Office Furniture.

Rotarian of the Month

Karen Ball was selected as this month’s Rotarian of the Month. Karen, for all you do, “This Bud’s for you!”


  • Julia announced that the New Gen project was postponed due to the fire. She announced the need for a couple of volunteers to solicit high schools for applicants for essay contest scholarships.
  • Ted Wilmsen announced that he has 1,900 dictionaries that are ready to go.
  • Ryan Thomas announced that February 14th will be our high school recognition awards.
  • Jackie McMillan is spreading the word for the Rotary River Cruise for Rotarians in 2019. The cruise will be on either the Danube or Rhine River and the hope is that the boat will be filled with nothing but Rotarians.
  • Doug Chase gave a report on the Chase Fund.
  • Membership chair, Karen Ball asked members to give out Rotary cards inviting people to be a guest of our club.
  • Program

  • Our guest speaker called in sick at 10:30 this morning, so a video Ted Talk by motivational speaker Mel Robbins was shown. The subject: How to get what you want. It’s simple, but not easy. We can find everything we need online or in the library, so why don’t we do whatever it is we want to do?
  • I’m fine” is the word that stops people who settle for their life as it currently exists. It keeps you from pushing yourself. We all have the need for exploration and growth. What do we need to accomplish our goals? “Activation energy” is what scientists call it. We all need to get out of our own heads and force ourselves outside our comfort zone. An impulse is killed within 5 seconds if we don’t act. It was an interesting and entertaining program.

Additional Photos

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