DIGITAL EDITION No. 211  February 8, 2017  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Diane Moresi PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick

Our Program For February 15, 2017




image001On February 15th, the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa will continue its long tradition of recognizing the achievements of an outstanding student from each of our local high schools. Ryan Thomas will be our Moderator.  The achievements of these students is always impressive and worthy of recognition.  They bring us much needed optimism for the future of our world.

The principals of all the high schools will also be our guests.  The high schools represented are:

Elsie Allen High School
Maria Carrillo High School
Montgomery High School
Newman High School
Piner High School
Rincon Valley Christian School
Ridgway High School
Roseland University Prep

In addition, we will welcome our youth exchange students, hosted by Jeff Gospe.Rotary Youth Exchange inbound student Anne-Laure Bodin from Brittany, France who is currently a senior at Santa Rosa High and returning outbound Rotary Exchange student Jacqui Fallon, who spent last year in Belgium will be visiting with us on Wednesday. Their power point presentations and perspectives are always informative and impressive.

Please prepare to arrive early that day. The program will begin at 12:10 pm, so that we can fully honor these students in the presence of their family members and peers.

Wednesday February 22: SSU Basketball Program
Wednesday March 1: Santa Rosa History Filmmaker
Wednesday March 8: SE Greenway Project Blueprints
Wednesday March 15: Past Presidents Day


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Past President Fred Levin 2009-2010 presided over the meeting today as President Jose was dealing with labor issues at the courthouse

Jeanne Levin led us in the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance and Mikki Cardoza read us the story that I think was called “The Miracle of the Pure Heart.”


Tom Croft from Santa Rosa East and Rose Muya from Larington, Kenya


Esta Glen Hoffman was a guest of Mikki Cardoza (and Kris Anderson’s officemate), Mel Konrad came with Mark Burchill, John Adams was a guest of Bart Eddy (he also used to work with Kris Anderson), Rose Gallagher, Kimberley Claypool and Peter Marincovich


Steve Marburger is still home recuperating from his knee replacement surgery


Debi Zaft asked a question about the beer article in the January magazine. Doug Johnson had the answer:  Stella Artois at 1.2 million



President-elect Julia Parranto with Club Secretary Debi Zaft

Julia Parranto announced that District Assembly will be Saturday, April 1st in Ukiah.  This is a fabulous meeting to attend for a few of reasons:  1. you get to hang out with your Rotary friends for the day. 2.  You get to meet Rotarians from all over the district.  3.  They feed you pretty well! 4.  You get to choose what programs you want to hear covering a large variety of topics.  There are 2 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon.  5.  We carpool, so you don’t have to drive yourself.  6.  The cost to sign up is $50.00, but if you show up you will be reimbursed!

Elizabeth Karbousky says there will be a social at Franchetti’ s Kitchen, 1229 North Dutton Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 on Friday February 24th.  More news on this event to come.

Doug Johnson is ordering more Giro Bello signs.  He is also working on the next Past President’s Day Luncheon and needs input from all past presidents for this program.  If you are a past president and have not spoken to him, call him!

Ryan Thomas announced that next week’s program is the student recognition to all the outstanding students at the local Santa Rosa high schools.

Andrea Geary announced that this year’s bocce ball tournament is going to be on Saturday, August 19th at Julliard Park. 9:30 – 3:30.  Put it on your calendar now and get your team together.  The cost will be $30.00 for adults and $15.00 for children.  You can come and not play.

Tom Croft was here from the East club to thank us for all our work on the Vet’s program this last year.

Matt Fannin reminded us that Richard Lazovick is in need of a kidney and he has more flyers to pass out.

Vicki Hardcastle draws the lucky marble much to the surprise of Rotarian Robby Fouts.

Vicki Hardcastle draws the lucky marble much to the surprise of Rotarian Robby Fouts.


We were down to only 4 marbles and had $125 in the pot.  Vickie Hardcastle had the lucky number and the lucky marble!  Woohoo! She gave back $50.00 towards Polio Plus.


Doug Johnson had to brag about the Patriots winning the Super Bowl. Jack Abercrombie pitched in too since he is a Massachusetts native.

Karen Ball is celebrating 36 years of marriage to Dennis

Matthew Henry thought he had given up coaching baseball, but just when he thought he was out, those cute kids just sucked him back in!  He can’t wait for draft night!

Ted Wilmsen was happy to have all the dictionaries out of his garage so that he can park his car in it again!

Matt Fannin ran several races in one week, covering 75 miles and that was right after having surgery!  He’s a crazy man!

One happy Vicki after winning today’s pot

One happy Vicki after winning today’s pot

Rich de Lambert was up in Mendocino last weekend with no electronic media…who won the Super Bowl?

Bill Crowley is really proud of the new bleachers at Sonoma State University and the football team.  They just beat #1 Chico State and are now only a .5 game out of first place!

Pete Lescure piped in that his son just redid the fire alarm system at SSU.

Tim Delaney bought the raffle ticket for the ride in the Ford airplane at the Sonoma County Airport last weekend.  He saw cars on the ground traveling faster than the plane in the sky!

Mark Burchill now serves on the Rotary International Global Networking Groups Committee. He will represent 70+ Rotary Fellowships.  He was appointed by RI President John Germ!

Kathleen Archer says that our club will be part of a global grant to bring audiology equipment to Africa.


Peter Marincovich from Audiology Associates on Hearing and Hearing Loss

Guest Speaker Dr. Marincovich

Guest Speaker Dr. Marincovich

Appropriately there was an article in the Press Democrat today that says 25% of adults have some hearing loss.  Dr. Marincovich believes that restoring hearing restores lives.  Why, because people tend to isolate themselves when their hearing gets bad.  So he aims to diagnose the problem, rehabilitate the person and help prevent further loss.

He has trademarked a method of evaluation called Map5 Method.   There are different solutions depending on the problem.  Typically we lose the high pitches when we get older.  The little hairs in our ears get weak.  We hear the vowels, but not the consonants.  Hearing aids today can be fitted for just this problem. It’s like stereos we listened to as kids.  Cranking up the music did not make it better.  The music wasn’t distorted when it was loud.  So the frequency is fixed for clarity.  Sounds above 85dB’s are considered harmful.  That would be the equivalent of 8 hours on your cell phone.  Babies can be checked for hearing.  Balance and tinnitus can be caused by a lot of things.  Ringing is the brain’s way of telling you something is wrong in the ear.  Balance is important to prevent falls.  This can be an inner ear problem.  Not addressing hearing loss is associated with stress and memory issues.  Social isolation is often due to hearing loss and cognitive decline in older adults.  Dr. Marincovich teaches classes in communication.  Speak slower and maintain eye contact when having a conversation.  Ask questions to make sure your audience did hear you correctly.  Medicaid covers 80% of the testing for hears loss, but does not pay for the solutions.


Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Officers

President: Jose Guillen, President Elect: Julia Parranto, President Elect Nominee: Tony Roehrick, Past President: Doug Johnson, Secretary: Debi Zaft, Treasurer: Cecil G. Humes, Sergeant at Arms in Training: Los Barron

President Rotary International

John F. Germ, member of the Rotary Club Of Chattanooga, Tennessee

Governor, District 5130

Wulff A. Reinhold, Sr. member of the Rotary Club of Rohnert Park – Cotati

Attendance Secretary

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

Board of Directors

Kathleen Archer, Jack Atkin, Gesine Franchetti, Ray Giampaoli, Will Haymaker, Elizabeth Karbousky, Steve Marburger, Jackie McMillan, Diane Moresi