Next meeting
Wednesday January 19, 2021

Annual Public Safety Awards

Host: Carolyn Fassi

A revered tradition of our club is our annual Lee Abramson Public Safety Awards program in which we honor the outstanding Firefighter, Police Ocer, and, Sheri Deputy of the Year from the Santa Rosa Fire Department, the Santa Rosa Police Department, and, the Sonoma County Sheri’s Department for their outstanding public service to our community.

Join us along with Fire Chief Scott Westrope, Police Chief Ray Navarro, and, Sheri Mark Essick who will highlight the 2021 achievements of our awardees. We welcome the families, colleagues, and, friends of those being honored as well as community leaders to share in one of our most well-attended programs.

Tim Aboudara — Andy Cash — Officer Jucutan

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


In-Person / Hybrid Meeting details:
All meetings are in-person and online meetings. In-person meetings will be located at the Epicenter Sports Center located at 3215 Coffey Lane, Santa Rosa, CA.  Use the first door, closest to Piner Road. There will be greeters at the door to guide you.

–> Please note: You NEED TO MAKE A RESERVATION IN ADVANCE so we have a proper count.  Payments received by Saturday will be considered for the upcoming meeting.  Payments after that will be for the following meeting.
Debi Zaft will email you the link for online, once you have paid.  Use this link for details and to payCLICK HERE!

Wednesday January 26: Mary Carouba – “Women at Ground Zero: Stories of Courage and Compassion”
Wednesday February 2: Matt Everson – Illuminate – Stopping Elder Financial Abuse
Wednesday February 9: tbd
Wednesday February 16: Ryan Thomas – High School Recognitions
Wednesday February 23: International Projects

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: 1/23/21

Opening Ceremonies:

There were 33 of us today as President Ray greeted us. We will have Zoom only meetings until February 16, 2022 – unless the County of Sonoma says otherwise. Vickie Hardcastle led us in the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance and the Four-Way Test. Her reflection of the day was a quote from John Madden, “Self-praise is for losers. Be a winner. Stand for something. Always have class and be humble.”

Sunshine Report:

Barb Spangler’s husband just passed away and……

Bill Pedersen just passed away on January 3.  He has been a member of our club since 1954.  An obituary is in the Friday, January 14 edition of the Press Democrat.  He is what Steve Olson had to say:

“I’m sure I wasn’t the only member of our Rotary Club who was shocked to learn about the passing of our beloved member, Bill Pedersen. Bill wore lots of hats and wore them all very well. Consummate Rotarian, Business Leader, Accomplished Musician, World Traveler, Santa Rosa Booster, Car Buff, Philanthropist, Family Man – are but a few of the many “hats” he wore. Bill joined the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa in 1954 and served as Club President in 1965-66. His father Obert Pederson was also a member of our club and served as Club President in 1937-38. Together, Bill and his father served as active members of our club for nearly it’s entire history. I had the honor and pleasure to sit with Bill at many Rotary lunch meetings and enjoyed hearing about the old days. But Bill did not dwell in the past; he kept current in Rotary and in community affairs. He and his wife Pat were generous supporters of the SRJC Foundation’s scholarship program and our club’s Jamison Fund. Pat loved volunteering for FFA events and encouraged Bill to support agricultural education. Bill’s legacy as a Rotarian and leader in our community will not soon be forgotten. I hope you will join me in contributing to the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Foundation’s memorial “Legends Fund” and we remember Bill and all he contributed to our Rotary Club and community.”


  1. Steve Baime is working on a day for us to do some work at Pepperwood Preserve. Please send him an email if you would like to participate.
  2. Carolyn Fassi regrets to say that the Public Service Awards will be on Zoom next week due to the County of Sonoma limiting the size of indoor meetings. Please log on early!
  3. Jeff Kolin announced that Hop to it for Hunger is back! A flyer to share with friends and family will be available soon.
  4. Ted Wilmsen says the dictionaries have arrived and you can help distribute them. Please pickup between 10:00 and 3:00 this Saturday, January 15, at 5021 Rincon Avenue in Santa Rosa. It will be at the large building in the back. Put the labels and letters into the books, call the schools and make arrangements for delivery.
  5. Charlie Howard-Gibbon said that tonight’s Redwood Empire Food Bank task is canceled.
  6. President Ray says that there are 11 people going to Puerto Vallarta in March. 3 are “potential” Rotarians. Also, the Rotary Club of Eureka is donating funds for an additional 40 water filters for the people of Puerto Vallarta.
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Dave and Celine Berman went to Spain to visit their daughter. He donated $100.00.

Carolyn Fassi went to So. California for a few days. Her favorite nephew’s wife is pregnant. She is donating $58.00 for a water filter.

Julia Parranto really wanted to go on the Puerto Vallarta trip, but it interferes with spring break when she has family plans for Hawaii. She is donating $116.00 for two water filters.

Steve Olson is turning 79 on January 21. He will donate $116 for two water filters.

Jeff Gospe is donating $100.00 in honor of the one-year anniversary since his dad died.

This week’s program is Eric Stanley on the new exhibit for the Sonoma County Museum

The museum which opened January 12, 1985, is in the old Santa Rosa Post Office building and the Conklin Brothers store. The mission of the museum is to collect and preserve our history. The new exhibit is about collecting and preserving our stories.  The basis of this project is from the master tapes that Gaye LeBaron made from her conversations with Sonoma County people.  Some of the recordings are Babe Wood (a Rotarian from our club), Song Wong Bourdeau, George Ortiz, Rafael Morales, and Dolores Sloan, just to name a few of the 70+ tapes that Gaye has recorded over the years.  The exhibit will be on the mezzanine level at the museum.  It will be part of the permanent exhibits but will change from time to time.  They will have a place for people to leave their own stories.  You can visit to see the plans.  The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday.  Upcoming special exhibits are a feminist art exhibit and wartime photos of Ansel Adams.  Of course, several members brought up that our club is 100 years old and may fit in as part out the museum exhibit!


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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. 439 January 12, 2022  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Kris Anderson PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick