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Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Fences At The Top

Honor Jackson

Fence at the Top is a non profit, comprehensive mentoring program started by former NFL player Honor Jackson.   This organization helps underserved and underprivileged young people. The mission is to provide the youth we serve with vital life skills that will build the greatest success possible for each of them.  This proactive approach allows us to intercept youth before they fall into dropping out of school, drugs and alcohol etc.


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Wednesday March 9: Negro League Baseball
Wednesday March 16: Public Health Awards
Wednesday March 23:  HICAP — the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program
Wednesday March 30:  Hole In The Head

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: 3/6/22

Opening Ceremonies:

After President Ray greeted us (and it was another well attended meeting!) Karen Ball led us in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and the Four-Way Test. Here is her Reflection:

“If you ever question why you got involved in Rotary, or even why someone should join Rotary – here’s food for thought. When you join Rotary, you join a team that focuses on good works. A good example is our Club sending a team of people to Puerto Vallarta to give a village of 300 families a way to have sustainable clean water. According to Andrew Carnegie, “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision – the ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”  Vince Lombardi put it this way, “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”

So, if you know people who want to be part of this kind of team: Bring a Friend to Rotary.


Ruby Sanches, Javier Sanchez, Rossana Sanchez, Kimberly Johnson-Clissold, Mete Senocak, Eman Isadior and Odalis Medianero

New Members:

Odalis has submitted an application for membership. She works as a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch with Steve Reuter. She is a highly active volunteer in the community and sings like a bird! She has done bell ringing for the Salvation Army and found that singing encouraged a lot more contributions to the kettle! Please welcome her to our club! Sabra Locke has also put in an application and just needs to do Rotary Informational.

Update From The Board: The Rotary Club Board of Directors has approved Odalis Medianero for membership.  Odalis is a financial planner with Merrill Lynch.  Her interests include environmental protection, women & children’s rights, and legislation.   Her sponsor is Julia Parranto.  Please reach out to Odalis and welcome her to our meetings.

Sunshine Report:

Kathleen Archer’s husband had triple bypass surgery this week. He is doing well.


Per Peter Holewinski, the pot was now $48.00, and I think seven marbles. Odalis Medianero had the ticket but did not pull the blue marble. The pot rolls over and Odalis got $10.00.

World Polio Update:

Unfortunately, a new case of polio has been reported in Malawi. The onset of paralysis reportedly occurred on November 19, 2021 but is only now being reported. It afflicted a 3-year-old girl in the nation’s capital of Lilongwe. Lab tests have confirmed the virus is genetically linked to a strain that was first detected in Pakistan’s Sindh Province in October 2019, and brought by a traveler to Malawi. The last time the wild poliovirus had been detected on the African continent was over five years ago, and the last case in Malawi occurred in 1992.

Presentation to the Santa Rosa Symphony:

Eman Isadior came to our meeting to accept a check for $5000.00 for music education in the Roseland area schools. We should be proud of our symphony as it is one of the best in the country and is the third largest in the State of California.

Birthdays for February, March, or January:

January: Pete Lescure, Michael Moore, Steve Olson, Randy Hartt, Jeff Gospe

February: Charles Bartley, Marcia Konkel, Jeanne Levin, Tony Roehrick. JC Sun

March: Rick Allen, Mark Burchill, Robby Fouts, Doug Johnson, Jock McNeill

It is also Rotary’s 117 birthday

It should be noted that only those with Swedish ancestry were here. LOL!

Paul Harris Fellow Awards:

We had several Paul Harris awards to give out today. Steve Olson completed one for his grandson, Luke Conway. Those getting pins with additional stones were Karen Ball, Kim Murphy, Ray Giampaoli, Carolyn Fassi and Scott Bartley. It should be noted that former club member Peggy Soberanis also gets a new pin. She regrets that she could not come as she is her husband’s primary caregiver.

Santa Rosa High School’s Outstanding Student Award:

Ruby Sanchez could not be her last week Ryan Thomas arranged to it to be today.  Ruby was joined by her parents and the principal of the high school.  Ruby is the senior class president and has served in student government for the last three years.  The holiday light show at the school was her idea and it may become a tradition.  She is a stellar student.

Program:  World Community Service, partnering with others to make a difference in the World:

Jose Guillen gave us a progress report on what WCS has been doing in the last fiscal year.  He wanted to let us know that Dan Balfe and Carolyn Fassi have been so helpful for strategic planning and fundraising. Other members of the group are Rick Allen, Doug Johnson, Tony Roehrick, Jeff Gospe, Shari Shamsavari, and Peter Holewinski. Here are the projects that they funded in 2021-2022:

  1. Zimbabwe WASH (global grant) $5000
  2. Shelter Box USA for Haiti and Tonga $4000
  3. Water filters for Puerto Vallarta $2750
  4. Pathways Bank Home in Tanzania (global grant) $2500
  5. Project Amigo in Colima, Mexico $2000
  6. Nepal WASH (global grant) $1050
  7. Telemedicine, various global locations $1000
  8. Project Peanut Butter in Africa $1000
  9. ATLS Palestine and Israel (global grant) $1000
  10. The Shoe That Grows in Africa $1000
  11. Amigos de Guatemala in Quiche $800

They identify and evaluate projects, then allocate available funds to the selected projects or organization for the current budget year. They had a budget of $15,000 and with a carryover from the previous year and fundraising that were able to distribute $21,470.

How do they decide? They use the Four-Way Test, the operational plan, and criteria developed by the committee and guided by Rotary International’s vision: What is our role? What is the ongoing relationship? What are the significant needs? Can they leverage our money with grants, collaborations, and partnerships? What is the scope of the project? Does it fit in our Seven Areas of Focus? How do they measure the impact and outcomes?

Dan Balfe talked of the Zimbabwe and Nepal Wash global grant projects. The Rotary Clubs of St Helena and Harare, Zimbabwe were the partners in Zimbabwe. They chose two villages to start. they bore two wells already. Not everyone has a toilet, so they teach them about sanitation and hygiene.

The Katmandu Club of Nepal is the partner in the Nepal project with us and Sonoma Valley. They have water but need sanitation. This project is just starting.

Shelter Box USA supplies emergency sheltering equipment is disaster areas.  The box contains a tent, tools etc. needed for a family after a disaster each box costs about $1000.

Pathways Back Home helps children in Tanzania who have been separated from their families to help get them home and give them a diversified range of life skills, counseling, education, and medical care. 1800 children were impacted. They are partnering with the East/West Santa Rosa Club and Bukoba, Tanzania Club.

Project Amigo has been a project that we have supported since 2000. We pay for scholarships to children from Colima, Mexico to further their education all the way through college.

Telemedicine is partnered with Sebastopol Sunrise to get health care to remote areas in Bahamas, Hati, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, India, Nepal, and China.

Project Peanut Butter is a Ready-to-Use Therapeutic food, contained in a plastic baggie in a paste consistency similar to peanut butter.  This is a nutritious blend that is inexpensive to make and provides needed nutrition to starving children in Sub-Saharan Africa.  We have been supporting this project for about 10 years.

Advance Trauma Life Saving Training between Palestinian and Israeli medical professionals to work together as a peacebuilding project and save lives.  EClub 7610 from Northern Virginia is a partner in this program.

The Shoe That Grows is a shoe that can expand up to five sizes and lasts for years so that children in poverty have a shoe that fits and protects their feet from disease and injury.

Amigos de Guatemala is another scholarship program where we support two students per school year.  Jose says we are like godparents to these children.  Dalia Tiniguar and Kevin Gonzales are this year’s junior high school students.

Sawyer water filter project to be completed in Colonia Magisterio, Puerto Vallarta next month, March 23 – 28.  WCS has helped us purchase 300 water filters to give all 300 families in Colonia Magisterio a water filter to drink clean water. This community was built on a former dump.  So, while they have plenty of water, what they have is contaminated. Former members, Don and Jackie McMillan happened upon this project several years ago while on vacation. They stopped to help build the filters and came back and did a presentation for us. President Ray really wanted to do an international project this year and this is the chosen project.  11 people are going. Our partners in raising the money are Rotary club of Santa Rosa– 64, WCS- 50, Calgary Canada- 50, Sebastopol- 30, Lakeport- 15, Puerto Vallarta Sur- 10, Eureka- 5, Supreme Lending Team- 20, our club members- 48, others-8. All total they raised $13,200

World Community Service will continue to collaborate with other Rotary Clubs, Global Grants, and other international organization for new and ongoing projects.

Thank you, Rotary Club of Santa Rosa, for your support of their fundraising and securing a place for WCS in our budget. Doug Johnson will be the chair of the committee next year.

Additional Pictures

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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. 445 February 23, 2022  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Jeff Gospe PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick