DIGITAL EDITION   No. 59     January 15, 2014     EDITOR:  David Brown     PHOTOGRAPHER: Nicole Le

Our Program For January 22nd



The Southeast Greenway Campaign is a community-based effort to develop a vital urban greenway on the stretch of open space that links Spring Lake to Highway 12 at Farmer’s Lane, creating a valuable community asset for the citizens of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County. Our campaign is committed to shaping the Southeast Greenway based on principles of sustainability – respect for the environment, economic vitality, and social equity – and on community input, needs and desires.

We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to link Spring Lake, Howarth and Annadel Parks with downtown Santa Rosa, creating a much-needed east-west connection for alternative transportation, restored creeks, open space, community gardens and recreation. This piece of land is the best and last chance to connect park trails on the eastern side of Santa Rosa with trails that pass through the center of the city and continue on to the Russian River at Forestville, a distance of more than 26 miles.

Thea Hensel & Linda Proulx have been Co Chairs of the Campaign since inception and will be presenting updates on this exciting amenity for Santa Rosa.


January 29: Public Safety Awards
February 5: Miss Sonoma County 2013 – Ashley Kimbal
February 12: Tara Smith of Tara Firma Farmsl


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Casey D'Angelo

Casey D’Angelo


President Peggy called on Jose Guillen to lead us in the pledge of allegiance. The invocation was given by Casey D’Angelo who continued the series on the 4 way test.  He shared various definitions of “what is fair”.


Red badger Elizabeth Karbousky introduced Doug Roberts, College Administrator, Santa Rosa Sunrise and Dr. Shari Shamsavari, Ambassador for Children, Guadalajara.


Steve Olson introduced Anne DeGloutte from SRJC. Mark Burchill introduced his wife Mel. Wayne Rowlands introduced our speaker of the day, Jon Stout.

Eunice Valentine doesn't win the pot

Eunice Valentine doesn’t win the pot


With over $1400 in the pot, Eunice Valentine had the lucky ticket (for the 2nd week in a row) but did not pull a joker. Next week the pot grows bigger!


Who is Sir Emeka Offor? Answer on page 11.


Bill Hatcher presented Elsie Allen principal Mary Gail Stablein who introduced student body president Matthew McCarty.  Matt shared with us his high school journey and his leadership role at the school.  He plans on attending Cal State Long Beach with an ultimate goal of becoming a Crime Scene Investigator upon graduation.

Dan Walker

Dan Walker


Dan Walker was honored as the Rotarian of the Month for his work in organizing the Poinsettia Plant Sale and the Poinsettia Party at the Vigil Lights Senior home. Dan had the added work of accepting the delivery of nearly 200 plants at his home and then getting them all to the Flamingo for distribution to our club members. Dan was acknowledged as a quiet Rotarian who does great “Rotary” work.


Ted Wilmsen reminded those who are delivering dictionaries to pick them up after the meeting.

Doug Johnson announced the increased goal for this year’s Giro Bello event.  Last year we raised $47,000 and this year “our” hope is to raise $70,000.  Doug explained that we can accomplish this by increasing our riders from 700 to 1000 and increasing our sponsorship income by $5,000.

Doug Chase asked if anyone had a used or broken down bicycle that he could mount on his RV to promote the Giro Bello.  The plan is for this vehicle to have posters and bike on it and brought to various venues to promote our major event.

Mark Burchill was fined

Mark Burchill was fined


Mark Burchill donated $25 to the club and $50 to the local foundation for driving his Miata really fast around a race track and not getting a ticket!

Casey D’Angelo gave the club $50 honoring the birth of his grandson Hugo.

Tim Delaney asked if anyone wanted to make a bet on the big 49’er game on Sunday because he was off to Vegas for the weekend.  He donated $100 to the club in anticipation of his big win.

Cathy Vicini announced that the Pinot that she donated to the club has just won a gold medal from the San Francisco Chronicle. Cathy donated $50 to the John Brown Fund.

Jeanne Levin thought her husband Fred should be fined for leaving for Florida to spend six weeks with his sister.  She said if the sister lived in Omaha he wouldn’t have gone. What! No Fine!

Jackie McMillan shared that their condo in West Palm Beach which was going to be donated for a week’s stay to the club’s Casino Royal event is available in April for a $1000 donation to the club.

Jose Guillen was in the news concerning the new court house that will be built in the near future.  Jose donated $50 to club.


Speaker Jon Stout


Introduced by Wayne Rowlands, Jon Stout, Airport manager at Sonoma County Airport whose presentation covered the current operation of the Sonoma County Airport and a report on the expansion of the Airport that is underway.  At this time the airport has 2 runways. The FFA is requiring longer runways as part of the project that is under way with hopes of being completed by the fall of 2014. At this time Alaska and Horizon airlines fly out of the airport to 4 destinations (Seattle, San Diego, Los Angeles and Portland).  In 2013 227,998 passengers flew out of the Sonoma County.  Other destinations that are being considered are Denver, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City.  In addition, there have been talks to add Reno, Palm Springs, Orange county, Long Beach, Hawaii and Guadalajara. With the expanded runways this would be possible.

The economic impact of the airport is impressive. Revenues for operations are at $134 million and the airport accounts for 496 local jobs.  With expanded services these numbers would significantly increase. Concerns about noise to the town of Windsor have been tempered by new flight landed routes and new technology. The airport will also be restricted to a maximum of 21 flights daily.

In addition to the expanded runways the project overview includes service roads, taxiways, install box covert and relocate navigation aids. Jon’s presentation concluded with a question and answer session. For more information go to


President Peggy thanked the following for their assistance today:
Raffle: Eric Goldschlag
Visiting Rotarians: Elizabeth Karbousky
Ticket Collector: Lance Badger
Ticket Sales: Dan Walker/Joy Parker
Greeters: Jason Black/ Mike Kallhoff
Pledge: Jose Guillen
Invocation: Casey D’Angelo


Brought to you from Al Gore:
“Airplane travel is nature’s way of making you look like your passport photo.”



Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Officers

President: Peggy Soberanis, President Elect: Mark Burchill, President Elect Nominee: Jose Guillen, Past President: Bill Rousseau, Secretary: Jack Abercrombie, Treasurer: Cecil G. Humes, Sergeant at Arms: Jack Geary

President Rotary International

Ron D. Burton, member of the Rotary Club of Norman, Oklahoma, USA

Governor, District 5130

Helaine Campbell, Rotary Club of Sebastopol Sunrise

Attendance Secretary

Jack Abercrombie P.O. Box 505 Santa Rosa, CA 95402 707-538-4770

Board of Directors

Debra Dorfman, Matt Fannin, Jose Guillen, Doug Johnson, Nicole Le, Robert Pierce, Jack Tolin, Creed Wood, Cathy Vicini