Next meeting
Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Lee Abramson Public Safety Awards Program

Craig Meltzner

Join us for our annual Club program honoring the outstanding 2022 public safety officers from the Santa Rosa Police and Fire Departments and the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. Santa Rosa Fire Chief Scott Westrope, Police Chief John Cregan, and Sheriff Eddie Engram will highlight the achievements of our honorees. Families and friends are encouraged to join us for this special program..

PLEASE NOTE: Meeting In-Person & via Zoom!  Please register.

–> Debi Zaft will email you the link for online, once you have paid.  Use this link to payCLICK HERE!

Wednesday January 25: Equi-Ed – Therapeutic Power of Horses

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


Peace Pole Ceremony – A Peace Pole Ceremony will be held on January 23, 2023, at 10:30 AM at Luther Burbank Elementary School. You are invitedProject Amigo – Last call for those who wish to attend. Currently, it is President Kris, Julia Parranto, and Rose Frances.Keep checking back.

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.


Visit our district at:
Check out Rotary International at:
Come see us at: http://rotarymeansbusiness

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: 1/22/23


Past President and Santa Rosa City Manager Jeff Kolin led today’s opening ceremonies. His thoughts were taken from an Eastern University Public Administration Faculty document titled “Why Would Anyone Want This Job?: Reflections on the Local Government Manager’s Job.” It seemed appropriate, considering today’s speaker has a local government manager’s job, and there are several Rotarians in the room who have held similar positions.

Visiting Rotarians

Brian Bolstad, Madera Rotary Club


Dayna Ghiradelli, Sonoma County Farm Bureau

Maraskeshia Smith, Santa Rosa City Manager

Doug Landin, a past Rotarian looking for a new club


Ginny Cannon reported that Past President Ray stepped in today to conduct the meeting because President Kris’s mother was in the hospital. She is doing fine, however.

Ray announced that he has an eight-week-old puppy at home with Parvo.


Odalis Medianero led the raffle today. The Santa Rosa City Manager and guest speaker drew Ann Goespe’s number. She dutifully put her $10 consolation prize in the Polio Pail after a convincing chitting from President Ray, who didn’t stop there and reminded all those present to follow her lead.

Karen Ball, who selected a Scratcher, won the Second Chance drawing.


Dictionaries – Ted Wilmsen reported the dictionaries would be arriving in Santa Rosa shortly. However, the time frame for distribution is still a question.

Public Safety Awards – Craig Meltzner reminded members next week is the annual Public Safety Awards. The meeting will be held in the Victory Room to accommodate the recipients and their guests. Please RSVP by Monday, January 16th.

Outbound Exchange Student – Susan Nowacki directed everyone to the letter on each table from Marcos Stevens. He dyed his hair and celebrated his birthday on Christmas in Germany, followed by a ski trip to Austria. He closed by wishing everyone a Happy New Year.

Rotarians at Work – Charlie Howard-Gibbons announced that tonight is the designated RCSR shift at the Redwood Empire Food Bank from 5 PM-6:45 PM. Past President Ray offered to pick up anyone who would like a ride.

Peace Poles – The club has funded ten Peace Poles to be placed at schools. On January 23, 2023, at 10:30 AM, a Peace Pole will be placed at Luther Burbank School. Please join the ceremony if you are available.

Ukraine Update – Jeff Gospe and Kurt Groninga gave updates on Rotary’s efforts to support the Ukrainian people. Jeff shared the annual children’s calendar, which is available for donation. In addition, Kurt reported that there is now an international four-club agreement to fundraise and purchase generators for Ukraine.

Catholic Charities – We received a thank you for participating in the first children’s holiday program at Caritas Village.

Santa Rosa Cycling Club – Our club received a thank you letter from Steve Saxe, president of SRCC, and a check for $10,000 thanking us for supporting their club in the aftermath of the 2017 fire. We granted $20,000 to SRCC at the time to support their effort to get back up and running. They annually provide invaluable support for the Giro Bello.

SCARC – The Sonoma County Area Rotary Clubs will meet on Thursday, January 26, 2023, at the 6th Street Playhouse for a Social and Theatrical Production. Advance registration and tickets are required. The deadline is Friday, January 20, 2023. The website is

Giro Bello – Robert Pierce, Giro Bello Director for 2023, informed the club that there would be upcoming Zoom meetings for all who have expressed an interest in coordinating aspects of the ride in June. He stated that the club has a legacy of great ride leaders who know the importance of having all hands on deck. The sponsorship form will be online shortly.

Lunch Survey – A survey will go out tomorrow regarding the location of our lunch meetings. Please respond immediately.


Scott Bartley introduced the current Santa Rosa City Manager, Maraskeshia Smith. She came to Santa Rosa from Stockton. Prior to her time in Stockton,  Ms. Smith was the city manager in Oakland. A previous city manager told Scott she was a ”rock star.”

By way of introduction, Ms. Smith said she would like her legacy to be that she cared about and made a difference in the city. She stated that she wants people to fall in love with where they live. Ms. Smith is a native Kentuckian and has always worked in government. Initially, she worked for the City of Lexington in the division of engineering, city of Cincinnati as deputy director of public works, and then became the director of public works. Ms. Smith moved to Oakland as city manager for a short time and then to Stockton. She said that she now feels like she is home. Now on to bigger and better things.

Ms. Smith sees her role as city manager as operationalizing policy set by the city council, which becomes the city’s day-to-day operations. She hires and fires city administration and staff and is charged with the fiduciary responsibility of the city budget.

The slides from Ms. Smith’s presentation are available below.

Program Slides

(Here are this week’s program’s slides)


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. 486 January 11, 2023  EDITOR: Diane Moresi PHOTOGRAPHER: Jeff Gospe & Nicole Le PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick