DIGITAL EDITION No. 295 December 5, 2018  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Nicole Le PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick

Our Program For Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Current State of County Governmental Affairs

Sheryl Bratton

Sheryl Bratton
Sonoma County Administrator

Sheryl Bratton has been the Sonoma County Administrator since October 2016. Since then, she has been responsible for managing, directing, and coordinating the operations of the County’s 27 departments, over 4,000 employees, and a $1.63 billion budget.

Ms. Bratton is pleased to address the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa. During her presentation on December 12, Ms. Bratton will be talking about the current state of County governmental affairs. She plans to answer questions from the public after her presentation.


Wednesday December 19, 2018: Bill Rosseau – “Property Tax Assessments After the Fire”
Wednesday December 26, 2018: Club is Dark – Happy Holidays
Wednesday January 2, 2019: “Climbers for Peace in Iran” – Fred Ptucha

UPCOMING SOCIALS                 

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


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

Opening Ceremonies:

Pledge of Allegiance: Casey Carter
Invocation: Richard Lazovick – He read the story of “The Dash”

Visiting Rotarians: 

Alice Kibwaa


Mary Graves….but only for today! Also, Robert Moresi, Nour Maxwell, Chad Maxwell

Sunshine Report:

Good this week!


Kris Anderson says the pot was approximately $93.00 and there are 6 marbles left.  Jose Guillen had the right number, but he did not pull the right marble. Only 5 for next week!

Cathy Vicini’s Joke of the Week:

Ed and Linda met on a singles cruise and Ed fell head over heels for her. When they discovered they lived in the same city, only a few miles apart, Ed was ecstatic. He immediately started asking her out when they got home.

Within a couple of weeks, Ed had taken Linda to dance clubs, restaurants, concerts, movies, and museums. Ed became convinced that Linda was indeed his soul mate and true love.

Every date seemed better than the last. On the one-month anniversary of their first dinner on the cruise ship, Ed took Linda to a fine restaurant.

While having cocktails and waiting for their salad, Ed said, “I guess you can tell I’m very much in love with you. I’d like a little serious talk before our relationship continues. So, before I get a box out of my jacket and ask you a life changing question, it’s only fair to warn you, I’m a total golf nut. I play golf, I read about golf, I watch golf on TV. In short, I eat, sleep, and breathe golf. If that’s going to be a problem for us, you’d better say so now!”

Linda paused, then responded, “Ed, that certainly won’t be a problem. I love you as you are, and I love golf too; but, since we’re being totally honest with each other, you need to know that for the last five years I’ve been a hooker.”

Ed said, “It’s probably because you’re not keeping your wrists straight when you hit the ball.”


President Tony regrets to inform us that the lunch price is going up January 1st to $29.00.  Also, there will no longer be a dessert option.

Pete Lescure is looking for fellowship signups. 

Steve Olson showed us the new flyer for the Wes Jameson Fund and announced the new program whereby the fund provides scholarships for the kids in FFA to buy a lamb/goat/pig to raise for the animal auction at the Sonoma County Fair.

Rio Ray let us know that for the previous weekend Rotary bell ringers raised $2405!  More bell ringers needed for this weekend.

Ann and Jeff Gospe will be hosting a Rotary Christmas social at their home on Friday, December 21st.  Please bring your beverage of choice and hors d’oeuve, dessert or other side dish to share.  More details to follow.

Judy Glenn still needs cookies for the Nutcracker on December 15th

Ted Wilmsen is now taking signups for the dictionaries in January.

Kim Graves says, “Thank you!” for the many poinsettia purchases.

President Tony says, “Don’t forget the Polio Plus buckets on the tables and we will have another free Paul Harris drawing once all the squares are sold.

Welcome Back Mary Graves!

Mary was a member of our club from 1993 to 2007.  She left for help start the Rancho-Cotati Club.  Her work is now done and she has come home! Debi Zaft is her sponsor.

Rotarian of the Month:

For her dogged determination to help Tim Fawcett (among other things) Casey Carter was named Rotarian of the Month.  She has been invaluable in her organizing people to assist Tim.  Good job Casey!


Debi Zaft had a great time in Germany with her daughter.  They hoped to go to the town where her dad was from, but the town closes on weekends!

Debi brought back a beer stein and a bottle of German beer.  President Tony auctioned them off for $30.00

Jeanne Levin was sad to lose all her music with the fire last year but was please to know that all the albums/CDs that she bought on Amazon were still there, but she had nothing to play them on.  But now she has about 463 songs on a thumb drive that she can play in her car.

November and December Birthdays:

Some how we never celebrated the November birthdays:  Yale Abrams, Kathleen Archer, Steve Baime, Laura Held, Charles Howard-Gibbon, Fred Levin, Craig Meltzner, Diane Moresi, Julia Parranto, Bob Sorenson, Brandon Uhrich, Cathy Vicini, and Dan Wright.  For December:  Dan Banfe, Layne Bowen, Holly Garretson, Judy Glenn, Mary Graves, Will Haymaker, Nona Lucas, Norm Owen, Robert Pierce, Bill Rousseau, Dan Schell, Chuck Wear, Ted Wilmsen.

Guest Musicians:  3 Acre Holler

Today we had our own Layne Bowen on guitar with his friend, vocalist, Cori Woods.  They brought along with them Paul Shelasky, a noted fiddler in California and other parts of the United States.  They played several blue grass songs.  Paul told some jokes in between numbers. 


Vigil Lights 2018:

Kim Graves, Rich de Lambert, Sam McMillan, Ann Gospe, Peggy Soberanis, Chip Rawson, Ginny Cannon and Kris Anderson went to Vigil Lights after this week’s meeting to sing Christmas songs, share cookies and bring poinsettias to the residents of Vigil Light. 


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