DIGITAL EDITION No. 304 February 13, 2019  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Nicole Le PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick

Our Program For Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Exchange Students

Larry Miyano & Craig Meltzner

Meet Tommy Abel & Ardie Martono
Santa Rosa Rotary’s Outbound & Inbound Exchange Students to Finland and from Indonesia

Every year Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries sponsor more than 8,000 high school students worldwide who leave their home country as student ambassadors for a life-changing year in another country.  Exposure to different cultures ranks as one of the most powerful ways to promote international understanding and peace, and these intrepid students have left their homes and families for a year to learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens.  

Tommy Abel, age 19 and a graduate of Maria Carrillo High School, recently returned from a year as our club’s outbound student to a rural town of 12,000 in southwestern Finland.  

Ardie Martono, age 17, arrived in August and is a senior at Santa Rosa High School.  Ardie hails from Surabaya, a port city of 3.5 million people on the island of Java, Indonesia, located below the equator in Southeast Asia and in the largest Muslim country in the world. 

Please join us to hear these Rotary exchange students share about their lives in Finland and Indonesia, as well as their unique perspectives about Santa Rosa, the United States and how they’ve grown and changed as a result of Rotary youth exchange.


Aug. 19-26, 2019 – Rotary Rhine River Cruise
The cruise is sold out. Those still interested may place their names on a waiting list.
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                 For more information contact Eva Atkin.


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Opening Ceremonies:

Pledge of Allegiance: Rich de Lambert

Reflection:  Robert Pierce reflected on his 50+ years as a photographer and his membership in Rotary.  The common denominator is love.  Rotary is his valentine. “Roses are Red. Violets are blue. Rotary is cool and so are you!”

Visiting Rotarians:

No one this week


Jeff Smoot from Keller Williams, Mariano Perez form Roseland University Prep, Alan and Mandy McCormick, Jeanette Grace, Chad Maxwell, Etelvina Esquivel, Josh and Stacy McGarva, Ralph Leaf, Nelson McKaryan, Cathy Grace, Tim and Lori Lewallen, Donna Woodle, and Mariano Perez.

Sunshine Report:

Former member Bob Matteri has passed away.  His services will be at St Rose on Sunday, February 19th at 1:00 PM


Layne Bowen won last week so the pot was small.  Rich de Lambert had the winning number but did not draw the correct marble.


Mark Burchill is looking for homes to house some visitors from France in April.

Ray Giampaoli has sponsor packets for the Giro Bello.  He would like the membership to strive to get one $500 sponsorship each.

Student Awards:

Once again, a remarkable group of kids that amaze us with their accomplishments.  Our future is bright from what we saw and heard today!

School                                               Student                                             Administrator

Rincon Valley Christian                 Liam Wickenberg                           Thor Benestad

Elsie Allen High School                 Rebeca Franco                              Gabriel Albavera

Maria Carillo High School             Owen McGarva                              Katie Barr

Montgomery High School             Rima Makaryan                              Randy Burbank      

Santa Rosa High School               Caitlin Grace                                  Ally Green

Roseland Collegiate Prep             Allison Lewallen                              Danielle Yount

Cardinal Newman                         Mikayla McCormick                        Graham Rutherford

Roseland University Prep             Leslie Perez                                    Luis Escobar

Ridgway High School                   Nikita Tamayo                                 Valerie Jordan

Piner High School                         Rodrigo Perez Carcamo                Tim Zalunardo        

Lastly, Laura Held announced the Community Youth Leadership Award.  This year it went to Leslie Perez of Roseland University Prep.  With this award she gets a $500.00 scholarship!



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