Meetings are now at the Bennett Valley Golf Course

Next meeting
Wednesday, March 1, 2023

High School Recognition Awards

Ryan Thomas

Each year, the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa dedicates an entire program to honoring an Outstanding Student from each high school in Santa Rosa.  The students are nominated and selected by the administrator at each school based on their academic, athletic, and philanthropic accomplishments, which are impressive.  It is an incredible honor for each of these young people, please attend and show your support!

PLEASE NOTE: Meeting In-Person only!  Please register: Contact Casey D’Angelo

Note: We moved – Meetings of the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa will move to the Bennett Valley Golf Club on Wednesday, starting February 22, 2023, at noon. We must place our reservations eight (8) days before the meetings. Attendance will be in-person only, no zoom option or recording.

To be held at Bennett Valley Golf – in-person only.
Wednesday March 8: Girls & Boys Club of Sonoma & Marin
Wednesday March 15: County Supervisor Dist 1
Wednesday March 22: tbd
Wednesday March 29: Paradise Ridge Sculpture Garden

Click here for the current calendar (Subject to updates).


Redwood Empire Food Bank – The club’s Rotary Work evening is Wednesday, March 8, 2023, at 5 PM. Please mark your calendar and join your fellow Rotarians for this important hands-on community project!

New socials, projects, & events coming soon!

Rotary Announcements

May 27 – 31, 2023: The Rotary International Convention will be in Melbourne, Australia. You can sign up now and book you room(s). This will be RI President Jennifer Jones’ convention so it should be epic as the first woman RI president.


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“Welcome to the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa where we imagine a world that deserves our best, where we get up each day knowing that we can make a difference.”

Opening Ceremonies:

Bill Hatcher led us in the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance and the Four-Way Test. In honor of his one-year wedding anniversary to Angie he had these fun quotes:

“Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.” Benjamin Franklin

“My husband and I have never considered divorce…murder sometimes, but never divorce.”

Dr. Joyce Brothers

“Women marry men hoping they will change. Men marry women hoping they will not. So each is inevitably disappointed.” Albert Einstein

“Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who wants to live in an institution?” Groucho Marx

“Some people ask the secret to our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music, and dancing. she goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays.”

Henny Youngman.


Maille McCallister, Lisa Piehl, Cindy Duncan, Maria Santos. Nelli Ramon, Johnny Kuok, Doug Landin, Richard Rossi, Steve Marburger, Fred Levin, and Ilse Lazovick.

Pending Applications for Membership:

Doug Landin and Richard Rossi have turned in their applications for membership. Steve Marburger took an application home to complete. Yay team! Keep them coming!

Sunshine Report:

President Kris’s husband, Jim Manos, has Covid. Most of the people in Macy’s furniture department have Covid! Pete Lescure’s face is a bit banged up. he says, “I had a meeting with the sidewalk.”


Today we had 6 marbles and a pot for $91.00. Matthew Henry had the correct ticket, but alas he pulled a yellow marble. Steve Reuter had the correct ticket for the second chance drawing. Of course he chose a scratcher, but it was not a winning ticket.

National FFA Week:

Steve Olson introduced his guest from the FFA clubs of Elsie Allen and Santa Rosa High Schools as it is National FFA Week. The FFA was established in 1928 as Future Farmers of America, but the name was changed to National FFA Organization in 1988 to reflect the broader scope of disciplines. It is not an organization of just agriculture anymore! National enrollment is 850,000 students in 9000 chapters in all 50 states. 100,000 of those members are in California. Locally we have chapters at Elsie Allen High School and Santa Rosa High School. Cardinal Newman will be chartered this spring! Our club has had a strong affiliation with FFA since 1930 when Rotarian Wes Jamison was hired to teach Ag at Santa rosa High School. Mr. Jameson fostered a strong connection between his students and the business leaders of Santa Rosa and used Rotary as his primary vehicle to promote this connection. The Rotary Youth Ag Committee carries on the tradition established over 90 years ago by hosting FFA members to lunch during National FFA Week, purchasing livestock projects at the sonoma County Fair and sponsoring the Jamison Merit Award Program which will provide funds to help 30 members purchase projects to raise, exhibit and sell at the Fair.


Sadly, we will not be having Hop To It For Hunger this year. The breweries are not able to participate this year.

Former President Ray Giampaoli announced that tickets are available for this year’s wild game dinner. Only eight people can attend. It is a multi-course meal of meat, fowl, and fish that Ray catches himself. It will be hosted at Jeff and Patty Kolin’s house at at date to be determined. The cost is $200 per person.

Robert Pierce is finishing the Giro Bello website so that we can start taking reservations for the ride.

The next workday at the Redwood Empire Food Bank will be Wednesday, March 8 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Today’s Program:  Dennis Agnos the director of Social Advocates for Youth

SAY was started in 1971 and they serve over 3000 kids a year, over 60,000 in the last 52 years. They have an annual budget of about 8.2 million. 78% of that budget is earned through contracted services. 22% is from donations. 100 kids are living at either the Dream Center, Tamayo Village, Coffee Teen House Shelter and the SAY Family near the SRJC. About 521 kids are homeless on any given night. 37% report abuse (physical, emotional and/or sexual). 33% report trading drugs or sex to have a place to stay. 31% report that their safety has been threatened in the last 30 days. 33$ identify as LGBTQ. Most are aged 12-24.

They provide youth crisis services, housing, school support, career counseling, and mental health services for youth 0-25 and their families. Their vision is to plant the seed of change in every child, young adult, and family member that they serve, to transform the course of their lives and the lives of future generations.

Program Slides

Program slides; this week is one slide and Dennis’s contact info.

Club Job Openings:

Still need a few bulletin writers. Need a person on the board for Vocational Service Recognition

Additional Pictures:

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Governor, District 5130

Jennifer Strong


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

Board of Directors

Kris Anderson – President
Ann Gospe – President Elect
Casey D’Angelo – President Elect Nominee
Ray Giampaoli – Past President
Debi Zaft – Secretary
Karen Ball – Treasurer
Robert Pierce – Sergeant At Arms
Julia Parranto – Club Service- Membership
Andrea Geary – Club Service – Club Meetings
Matthew Henry – Club Service – Fund Raising
Charlie Howard-Gibbon – Club Services – Member Activities
Pete Lescure – Club Service – Records and Outreach
Casey Carter – Member Involvement
Mary Graves Community – Service – Youth
Tim Fawcett – Vocational Service
Scott Bartley – International Service
Paul Hamilton – Foundation Representative

DIGITAL EDITION No. 491 February 22, 2023  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Jeff Gospe PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick