Next Meeting is via Zoom
Wednesday March 3, 2021

The Wellbeing of Latinos and
Other Vulnerable Communities

Oscar Chavez

Using data and metrics to support the wellbeing of Latinos and other vulnerable communities.
As the largest Department in county government, the Human Services Department serves 1 in 5 Sonoma County residents across a myriad of programs and services designed to protect and ensure the safety and wellbeing of children, families, older adults, veterans and disabled members of our community.
The recent wildfires and the pandemic have added tremendous stress to an overburdened safety-net system and has created further hardship for members of our community who were struggling pre-fires and pre-pandemic.
With fewer resources to address the complexity of need, it has never been more important to prioritize strategies that will have the greatest impact on our community.  By focusing and tracking measures of wellbeing and by investing in programs that work, we can hold ourselves accountable for progress across a range of areas from homeownership to clean air and track them closely by race ethnicity and geography to ensure no community is left behind.

–>  Debi will send you the Zoom login link for the 12:00 meeting. Feel free to put your feet up, grab a sandwich, and join the meeting. <–


All in-person meetings are currently on hold.  Instead, we will be holding online meetings using Zoom.  Please be on the look out for an email with the link from either Jeff or Debi.

Wednesday March 10: Hayley Bly, Boys & Girls Club of Sonoma-Marin
Wednesday March 17: Mary-Frances Walsh, NAMI Mental Health
Wednesday March 24: (tba)
Wednesday March 31: Ceres Project

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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  3/7/21

Opening Ceremonies:

Ginny Cannon led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Reflection:

“Kind of cool to think someone is having the best day of their life today.
Someone’s hearing “I love you” for the first time today.
Someone’s going to get the job of their dreams today.
Someone received some kind news today.
Tomorrow could be your best day. So, keep going!”
“Life has it’s only hidden forces which you can only discover by living.”
— By Soren Kierkegaard

Visitors: Ana Diaz and Katrin Ciaffa

Visiting Rotarians:  Jackie McMillan (with a brief appearance by Don) and Will Haymaker

Sunshine Report:  All sunny!


— We are going to have another Paul Harris pool! Squares will be $10.00 each Once all the squares are bought, we will have a drawing and one person will get a fully funded Paul Harris Fellowship! Birthday boy, Tony Roehrick, is putting it together and it will be emailed shortly. President Jeff has already committed to 10 squares. Please mail the checks to:  Rotary Club of Santa Rosa, P.O. Box 505, Santa Rosa, CA 95402. The check is payable to Rotary and put “Paul Harris” on the check memo. To make it even better Dan Balfe is going to contribute $1000 to our Paul Harris goal for this year.

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— Hop to it for Hunger – the flyer should be available to us within the day. It will be emailed to everyone. We ask that you share it on all your social media accounts and email it as well. Sales are expected to open on Friday. $50.00 will get you 6 cans of beer. One each from Russian River Brewery, 3rd Street Aleworks, Iron Ox, Moonlight Brewing Company, Hen House, and Three Disciples. Pick up will be on Saturday, March 13 from 10:00 to 1:00 at the Redwood Empire Food Bank. REFB will also be having a food drive that day, so please bring canned goods, especially protein.

— SCARC is this Thursday, February 25th and it will be about a car that raced from Bejing to Paris many years ago. The meeting is on Zoom and you can find the link on our Rotary Facebook pages…. Debi Zaft sent it out too in an email. Charlie Howard-Gibbon has another Hands-On project for us at the Food Bank on March 11, from 1:00 to 4:00. The information was emailed to you on Wednesday, February 24th.

— If you have not paid your $5.00 fee for the Trivia contest that we had at the end of the year, please mail your check to Debi Zaft.


— Sam says that it is Rita’s birthday! He is donating $100.00 to the current Paul Harris that he is working on in her honor.

— Ray Giampaoli is donating $100.00 to the Club Budget because he and Jodi went to a shooting range in Pahrump, Nevada this past weekend. Jodi shot over 1000 rounds!

This week’s guest speakers are Katrin Ciaffa, program director, and Ana Diaz, Fellow Mentor, from 10,000 Degrees

10,000 degrees will be celebrating their 40th anniversary this spring.  Their mission is to guide students, starting in 11th grade, and mentoring them to finish high school, apply to college, and then get them through college and earn their degree. They only work in 7 Bay Area counties. Jose Guillen was a mentor in the program at one time. Ana’s position as a Fellow is one of the many people who work as mentors to high school kids. She is currently working with 47 students. They are recent college graduates who give back to the program. Having gone through the program they can relate well to the kids in the program. 80% of the kids in the program will graduate within 6 years, far better than the general population. Scholarships are opening March 2nd for the next school year. Their major fund raiser “One Amazing Night” will be virtual this year on April 24th. is the website.

President Jeff brought up our New Gen program. It may be of interest to the kids in high school. Steve Olson mentioned our 14 scholarships that are available through Santa Rosa Junior College for SRJC students and transferring students to four-year colleges; not to mention the outstanding high school student.

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Governor, District 5130

Doug Johnson


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

Board of Directors

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
Community Service I, Member Involvement, Rio Ray
Community Service II, Youth, Andrea Geary
Vocational Service, Carolyn Fassi
International Service, Dan Balfe

DIGITAL EDITION No. 396 February 24, 2021  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Kris Anderson PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick