DIGITAL EDITION No. 251 January 3, 2018  EDITOR: Layne Bowen PHOTOGRAPHER:  Nicole Le    PUBLISHER: Jack Atkin

Our Program For January 10, 2018

Get Known Everywhere

Jill Lubin

If you want to be the #1 influencer in your industry, you’ve got to get bigger media visibility. Our speaker on January 10th will be public relations expert Jill Lubin. She is the author of four books, among them the international bestseller, Guerrilla Publicity, and has more than 20 years’ experience in her field.
Jill will share simple strategies and short-term, doable tactics that boost visibility for your business and for our Rotary brand.  Highly recommended by other Rotary clubs in the area, this is one program you will not want to miss.
Wednesday January 10, 2018: Get Known Everywhere – Jill Lubin
Wednesday January 17, 2018:
180 Studios: New Maker Program – Pat Harper
Wednesday January 24, 2018: Dr. Judy Sasaki, Sonoma State University President


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Opening Ceremonies

President Julia called the meeting to order.

Pledge: Ray Giampaoli
Reflection: Casey Carter

Visiting Rotarians

Dan Balfe is visiting our club. He lives in Oakmont, but hails from Cambria, CA. Barry Cogbill was visiting today from the East Club. From Rohnert Park/Cotati, we welcomed Dale Knight.


Ginny Canon announced that Jack Abercrombie is back in the hospital with pneumonia. He also has been diagnosed with COPD.  Pris Abercrombie would appreciate any volunteers who can drive her to and from the hospital, and she has asked that volunteers call her to arrange driving times.

LATE BREAKING NEWS: As of 4 pm Friday afternoon, Richard Lazovick is out of surgery. The doctor said everything went well, and the new kidney is producing urine…a good sign. Our thoughts and prayers are with for a speedy recovery.

Tim Fawcett is in the hospital after a friend found him on the ground in a pool of blood. He had fallen off a ladder and hit his head. He has no recollection of what happened.


$93 Yankee Dollars were in the pot. Pete Lescure walked confidently up and drew the wrong colored marble. He then walked away in slump shouldered shame. How’s that for painting a word picture? 😉


Our guests today included: Phyllis Anderson (Kris’ mother), Natlia Aguilar, Katelyn Johnson and Jacob Gospe.

Cathy’s a Clown

Three old ladies were sitting on a park bench talking amongst themselves when a flasher came by. The flasher stood right in front of them and opened his trench coat.

The first old lady had a stroke. Then the second old lady had a stroke. But the third old lady… she couldn’t reach that far.


RCSR Annual Election approved several new board members.

Steve Baime thanked all those who participated in the Nutcracker ballet event for over 100 students at Spreckels Community Center.

Ray Giompaoli pleaded with the club to step up in raising money for fire relief. We all need to commit to selling at least 100 tickets

Ted Wilmsen announced that dictionaries will be here before and after next week’s meeting.

Jackie McMillan updated us on the planned European Rotary River Cruise.

Andrea Geary announced the planned game night social in January. She is looking for a volunteer with space to set up gaming tables.

Jeff Gospe who is turning 50 and will donate $50 to the club. Ann Gospe also chipped in $50 for the club. Craig Meltzner announced a new grandchild and donated $100 to the club foundation. Sam is selling the mobile home park. He is donating $100 to the Wes Jameson Fund. Kathleen Archer donated $100 to the Rotary International Foundation.

You Say It’s Your Birthday!

Kim Murphy announced January birthdays. A few birthday celebrants were actually in attendance to receive their accolades for living another year. As we have learned in recent years, this is nothing to be taken for granted!


Doug Johnson introduced Lakeport two-time President Jennifer Strong, our speaker today. Jennifer shared her Rotary story and told us when she realized exactly “why” she is a Rotarian. This happened as a result of the September 12th, 2015 Valley Fire. Jennifer noted that 1/3 of the 60,000 population of Lake County was evacuated during the fire.

Jennifer had an idea to try to raise $50,000 to help Lake County fire victims. She created a flyer on her phone that included the Rotary logo. The power of the Rotary logo showed when donations flooded in from 80 Rotary Clubs from around the world. $786,000 was raised because of the power of the Rotary logo. $270,000 business grants were spent to help get people back to work. Other funds went to reforestation, grief counseling, after school programs and animal care. A new OES Notification system.

The program was needed again in the 2016 Clayton fire that wiped out 200 houses in Lower Lake. Again, the funds started rolling in. Another $150,000 came in. A total of $950,000 now had been raised. In March, 3,000 trees were planted in Middletown when 400 showed up to help.

October 8th 14 fires broke out, burning 8,000 homes and businesses and killing 40. So far $1,500.000 has been raised so far that will be distributed with zero overhead expense. More can and will be raised and distributed.

Two weeks after the fire, the scheduled ride fundraiser went on as planned. 200 bikes were donated to children who lost everything, each with their name on it. It was while getting a hug from a child who had received a new bike that Jennifer knew why she is a Rotarian.

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