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Wednesday February 9, 2022

Getting To Know You Better

Steve, John, Ted, & Cecil

“Getting to Know You Better” featuring our wonderful members Steve Olsen, John Poremba, Ted Wilmsen and Cecil Humes.  Time goes by and sometimes we forget, or weren’t there, when these members of our Rotary Club gave their original craft talks.  So now’s our opportunity to learn more about them as they each present their life stories in 6 minutes.


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Wednesday February 16: Ryan Thomas – High School Recognitions
Wednesday February 23: International Projects

Keep checking back.  New Programs coming soon!  Click here for the current calendar, subject to updates.


–> 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!


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Watch The Meeting:  Did you miss the meeting?  Here is a link to the recording of last week’s meeting:
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Please note it is only available to view until: 2/13/22

Opening Ceremonies:

Ray Giampaoli

President Ray warmly greeted us, and Kris Anderson led us in the reciting of The Pledge of Allegiance and The Four-Way Test. Her Reflection was three quotes on friendship

“Each friend represents a world to us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” – Anais Nin

“There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first…when you learn to live for others, they will live for you.” – Paramhansa Yogananda

“Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” – Muhammad Ali


Matt Everson, Adam Eberts, and Dennis McCarter

Sunshine Report:

Former member, Gordon Shurtleff had surgery on his carotid artery due to 90% blockage. He is home recuperating. Gordon is a longtime Rotarian from our club who sold his business, Liberty Temporary Services, several years ago and retired to La Jolla, CA. He and his wife, Penny, are active in a Rotary Club down there. He has the distinction of having done make up meetings at over 250 clubs worldwide.  Guest speaker, Matt Everson’s, son Patrick has been in the hospital for 6 months from an accident. He will finally be coming home this week, but he still has a long road ahead.


Steve Baime says we are on for a hands-on project at Pepperwood Preserve on Saturday February 12, 9:00am to 12:00pm. If participating, you will be planting native grasses. Where to meet will follow.

John Poremba

Mark Burchill says the 100 Birthday Party is on (with a few tweaks). We are moving it to Sunday, May 15, 2022. Time to be determined, but it will be earlier so people can drive home while there is still sunlight. We only need 120 – 130 people to breakeven so we still need about 30 people to sign up. There will be some outside seating and he expects the tables to have less people at each one.

Ted Wilmsen said that 17 people delivered 1600 dictionaries to 29 schools in the last 2 weeks. If you have leftover dictionaries, please bring them to our next in person meeting along with the envelopes. Once again, thank you to our local foundation for funding this program.

The Giro Bello is on for 2022! Matthew Henry is our ride director. the date is Saturday, June 25, 2022. We will be at O’Reilly Media as usual. We are setting       up the website and the BikeReg platform to start taking reservations on February 15, 2022. Sponsorship packets will be soon available. Everyone in the club is expected to help us put on the ride as this is our major fundraiser.

William Rousseau

The international project in Puerto Vallarta has 11 people going. They are committed to build 100 water filters. Rotary Club in Calgary Canada, Sebastopol and the East/West Clubs are helping. Our own World Community Service Committee will match club members donations for the filters. They cost $55.00 each.

Terry Abramson sent a thank you note for putting on the Lee Abramson Public Service Awards last week.

RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Academy) is back! It will take place the second week in June at Westminster Woods. We have a budget to sponsor 2 students. Do you know a high school sophomore or junior that would benefit from this training? Please contact Mary Graves or Andrea Geary.


Ann Gospe is looking to set us up for a bowling social at the Epicenter for March.

Hands-On Projects:

Charlie Howard-Gibbon says that the Redwood Empire Food Bank is not available for now, but he is working on a project for us to do at the Art Start facility.

Hop to it for Hunger:

Jeff Kolin says we are looking for local breweries to partner with us. We have plenty of bags from last year. Our goal is to sell 150 bags, 6 cans to a bag, and earn $5000.00 for the Food Bank. February 26 is the date we are looking to start selling.

The Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Foundation:

Our local Foundation has 4 openings on the board starting July 1, 2022. Please contact Paul Hamilton or any member to the Foundation if you are interested.

This week’s program is about elder financial abuse with Matt Everson and Adam Eberts.

Adam Eberts and Matt Everson

Matt Everson was a member of our club from 2002 to 2017.  He sold his business at the time he left the club to spend more time with his family.  In 2017 he formed a small company to help connect fire survivors and builders get together to rebuild homes. Now he has a company, Illuminote, that works with seniors to educate and stop elder abuse.

The greatest transfer of wealth in history will be happening over the next 20 years.  Over 70 trillion will be changing hands. But even more likely for there to be financial fraud.  Today’s computers have more technology than the Apollo Rocket program, thus easier for a thief to use it for financial fraud. Matt and Adam give seniors the tools to protect themselves. A home that has no susceptible for fraud. Lenders monitor homes with a loan, but a paid off home is not. Title theft happens, so what do you do to protect yourself? 1.  Lock your credit with the three credit agencies, but just know how to unlock if you choose to get a loan. 2.  Make sure you get your property tax bill. If you are not getting it, someone may have put a loan on your property. For more information contact Matt:


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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. 442 February 2, 2022  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Kris Anderson PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick