Dark – 12/22/21
Happy Holidays

Next meeting
Wednesday December 29, 2021

Annual Jeopardy Trivia 

Ray Giampaoli

Put on your thinking caps and be prepared to answer trivia questions in the Annual Rotary Club of Santa Rosa trivia game.  This year we will be using a Jeopardy format and our host, President Ray Giampaoli, assures us that the questions will be fun and challenging.

This is always a fun meeting where teams of Rotarians and guests will compete to be the new trivia champs.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays
See you all on 12/29
You Trivia host – Ray Giampaoli


–>  Debi will send you the Zoom login link for the 12:00 meeting once you have paid. Feel free to put your feet up, grab a sandwich, and join the meeting. <–


In-Person / Hybrid Meeting details:
All meetings are in-person and online meetings. In-person meetings will be located at the Epicenter Sports Center located at 3215 Coffey Lane, Santa Rosa, CA.  Use the first door, closest to Piner Road. There will be greeters at the door to guide you.

–> Please note: You NEED TO MAKE A RESERVATION IN ADVANCE so we have a proper count.  Payments received by Saturday will be considered for the upcoming meeting.  Payments after that will be for the following meeting.
Debi Zaft will email you the link for online, once you have paid.  Use this link for details and to payCLICK HERE!

Wednesday December 22: CLUB DARK – For Holidays
Wednesday December 29: Trivia
Wednesday January 5: Pepperwood Preserve
Wednesday January 12: Scott Bartley – International Projects

Keep checking back.  New Programs coming soon!


–> International Service Project

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–> 100th Birthday Celebration:

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100th Flier 211107  Put this date on your calendar:  Friday, May 13, 2022. The party will be at the Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club. Tickets are $125.00 or pay $150.00 to be at a table of eight Rotarian friends. The club is so pleased that we came to an agreement with SRCC for the new date!

Keep checking back.  New socials coming soon!


Visit our district at: http://www.rotary5130.org
Check out Rotary International at: http://www.rotary.org
Come see us at: http://rotarymeansbusiness

Watch The Meeting:  Did you miss the meeting?  Here is a link to the recording of last week’s meeting:
(Click Here)
Please note it is only available to view until: 12/26/21

Opening Ceremonies:

President Ray greeted us and then Steve Olson led us in reciting The Pledge of Allegiance and The Four-Way Test. His Reflection was on some of the history of our Pledge. It was written in 1892 by Francis Belamy It was originally used as part of the program of the National Public Schools Celebration of Columbus Day and printed in The Youth’s Companion of September 8, 1892. Changes were made to it in 1923 and 1954. One of those changes had to do with the hand over the heart. Originally it was something that looked like a Nazi salute! It was not officially recognized June 22, 1942. He also read a quote from Jimmy Carter, “I have but one life and one chance to make it count for something…My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference.”


Liz Bortolotto, Patty Kolin, Sabra Locke, Gail Schwarz, and Odalis Medianero. Both Gail and Sabra have turned in an application for membership!

Sunshine Report:

Mark Burchill and Bob Stone

It is always sad to experience the loss of a fellow Rotarian, but the passing of Bob Stone is especially difficult in light of all he accomplished in Rotary and the greater Santa Rosa community. Bob joined Rotary in 1973 and served a Club President in 1983-84. He followed in the footsteps of his father J. Ralph Stone who served as President in 1955-56. Bob served on numerous Rotary committees but was best known for his tenure on the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Foundation Board of Trustees. Bob was jovial by nature and made many friends throughout his career in business and the many local organizations to which he belonged. He did not seek recognition for his many contributions but in his heart, he knew he made a difference in people’s lives and that was his reward. Please join me in remembering Bob by making a memorial gift to the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Foundation. May 30, 1936 – December 13, 2021.

We got a thank you card from Colleen Clark with a donation for Polio Plus

Rotarian of the Month:

This month it is Susan Nowacki! We really got a treasure when Susan transferred to our club. She is the chair of the committee that plans our weekly programs, and she is doing an excellent job!


There were 3 marbles remaining (Kris Anderson said there were supposed to be only two) and Bill Hatcher had the lucky ticket. He got it! The blue marble! He won $140 and I know part of it went into a Polio Plus bucket. Thanks Bill!


The nominating committee will be meeting soon to discuss leadership. If you would like to serve on the board, chair a committee, or be the president of our club in the future, please let President Ray know!

At this point, eight people are going to Puerto Vallarta in March. There is still room for more, but you may not get the same pricing. Kris Anderson would love to have a roommate. President Ray can get you connected with the travel agent.

One more bell ringer is needed for Saturday December 18th from 4-6pm in front of the Fourth Street Safeway.

Steve Olson put a flyer on every table about the Jamison Fund. We will support about 40 kids this next year by paying 50% of the cost to buy a steer, lamb, goat, or pig. This fund was started in 1990 by former students, family, and friends in honor of Wes Jamison and his commitment to the agricultural community. The kids raise the animals that will eventually be shown at the Sonoma County Fair. The kids’ application are judged based on management skills, leadership, honors/awards, future educational/career plans and standing in their FFA Chapter. The club will contribute about $10,000 this coming year.

Vickie Hardcastle voiced her sadness that there was no local Nutcracker children’s program this year, but she said there is still a cute Christmas program at Spreckels Theatre in Rohnert Park playing this week.

Karen Ball has announced a way to pay for your luncheons in advance so that you do not have to go to the website each week to pay. Please contact her for the details and sign up if you are interested.


President Ray was missing last week because he took Jody down south for a Christmas treat. They went to the Festival of Lights in Cambria and Christmas shopping in Solvang just to name a couple of things they did. President Ray donated $50.00 to the John Brown Veteran’s Fund in Doug Johnson’s name to thank him for covering for him last week. He also donated another $50.00 to the same fund for missing a meeting to go duck hunting.

This week’s program was Dr. Lance Morgan of the Marine Conservation Institute

Dr Morgan came to discuss what is happening to our oceans and how the plants, fish and animals keep the ocean in balance. He showed us the roadmap for ocean conservation actions that protect nature and people too. His father was a Naval officer, so he grew up on the water. In 1883 Thomas Huxley thought that there was nothing mankind could do that would harm the oceans; they could never be over fished. How wrong he was! Fishermen use drag nets that catch what they want and much more. Oil exploration and drilling. Now companies want to mine the oceans for their precious minerals. The oceans have become industrialized to the point of immense harm. Then we have climate change too.

Ocean acidification is key to mass extinctions. He explained the delicate balance of sea otters, kelp beds, sea grasses and sea urchins. The Institute is working with nations to protect areas they call “Blue Parks.”  To keep the planet flourishing we need to protect at least 30% of the oceans.

Program Slides

Additional Pictures:

Governor, District 5130

Dustin Littlefield


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

Board of Directors

President Elect, Kris Anderson
Club Service I, Membership, Julia Parranto
Club Service II, Club Meetings, Casey D’Angelo
Club Service III, Fundraising, Diane Moresi
Club Service IV, Member Activities, Anne Gospe
Club Service V, Information Technology and Records, Pete Lescure
Club Director, Casey Carter
Community Service I, Member Involvement, Rio Ray
Community Service II, Youth, Andrea Geary
Vocational Service, Carolyn Fassi
International Service, Dan Balfe

DIGITAL EDITION No. 437 December 15, 2021  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Jeff Gospe PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick