DIGITAL EDITION No. 301 January 23, 2019  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Diane Moresi PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick

Our Program For Wednesday, January 30, 2019

NOTE: This meeting will be in the lounge, not the main ballroom

Annual trivia Contest

Cathy vicini – Moderator

A revered tradition of our Club is the annual the ever popular annual trivia contest. Trivia Pursuit will return on January 30th with a new Master of Ceremonies, Cathy Vicini.  We have two speakers this year teaching us how to use our brains more effectively.  So begin forming your teams and come prepared for a rousingly fun meeting.


Wednesday February 27, 2019: How A Mountain Was Made – Dr. Greg Sarris


Aug. 19-26, 2019 – Rotary Rhine River Cruise
The cruise is sold out. Those still interested may place their names on a waiting list.
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Opening Ceremonies:

Pledge of Allegiance: Tim Fawcett
Invocation:  Casey Carter
Visiting Rotarians:  Chris Parr-Feldman from SR West club


Chad Maxwell. JC Sun, Terry and Diane Abramson, Teri Villegiante, Tiffani Villegiante (law enforcement families), Mayor Tom Schwedhelm…..

From the Santa Rosa Fire Department: Honoree Captain Don Ricci and his wife Stephanie Ricci, Chief Tony Gossner, Deputy Fire Chief Scott Westrope, Battalion Chief Mark Basque

Battalion Chief Ken Sebastiani, Battalion Chief Travers Collins, Division Chief Fire Marshal Scott Moon, Engineer Jonny Miu, Firefighter Matthew Cox, Captain David Kim, Captain Steve Suter, Captain Mike McCallum, Engineer Travis Berg, Paramedic Chris Gossner (Chief Gossner’s wife).

From the Sonoma County Sheriff Office: LT. Dave House Honoree, Claudia House (spouse), David House (son), Sheriff Mark Essick, Assistant Sheriff Clint Shubel, Assistant Sheriff Al Vernon, Captain Mazen Awad.

From the Santa Rosa Police Department: Honoree Captain Andrew Castro,

Wife Nicole Castro, his sister Melissa Castro, his mother Arlynda Miller, in-laws Ben Harlin &Tanya Harlin

Captain Ray Navarro, Administrative Secretary, Carrie Behler, Lt. Ryan Corcoran

Lt. John Cregan, Lt. John Snetsinger, Sgt. Dave Linscomb, Sgt. Jeneane Kucker

Officer Stephen Bussell, Officer Ryan Hughes Officer Ryan Franceschi

Officer Jeff Woods

Sunshine Report:

All sunny today! 


Steve Marburger asked visiting Rotarian Chris Parr to pull the lucky number.  Today’s pot was $23.00 plus half of today’s sales.  Cecil Humes had the winning number, but alas he did not pull the blue marble and had to settle for $10.00.


Pete Lescure was passing a clipboard around, looking for volunteers to help with fellowship assignments in February.

Chris Parr-Feldman announced the up coming Rotary Club of Santa Rosa West’s crab feed on February 16th.  She is selling tickets!

Casey D’Angelo announced that the website for Giro Bello opens on TuesdayJanuary 29th to take signups for the June 22nd Giro Bello.  Spread the word!

Ted Wilmsen reminded everyone to get the dictionaries delivered and return the envelopes, extra stickers, letters and dictionaries to him

Cathy Vicini (what! No public safety jokes?) says that next week’s meeting in the trivia contest.  Bring your money.  Bring your brainy friends.  Bring Gay Lebaron.

The meeting will be held in the bar/lounge.  See you there!

Fireman of the Year – Don Ricci

Chief Gossner first made a point that Marnie is turning 50 on January 27th.  Then he told us about Captain Don Ricci.  It should be noted that Captain Don Ricci won this award in 2002.  Don has been with the fire department for 20 years.  He became a captain in 2004.  He was out in the area of Finlaw and Geary Streets when he was aware of a haze that did not seem right.  He drove around using a thermal imaging camera and found the source of the haze.  A home was on fire and a woman was trapped in the house.  It appeared that the only way to get her out of the house was through a very small window.  Captain Ricci took off most of his protective gear and climbed through the window to get her and her dog out safely.  Captain Ricci is a very positive person and will do anything make things better.  He is a flight medic and an artist on the side.

Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department Person of the Year:

Sheriff Mark Essick introduced Lt. Dave House.  He received this honor for many small and large acts of courage in his 28 years with the department.  He has worked hard to reduce the stigma of mental illness both publicly and privately.  Autism; understanding it and working with the public has been of major importance to him 49% of the people in jail have a mental illness.  He developed the “Be Safe” program.


Santa Rosa Police Department Police Person of the Year:

Captain Ray Navarro was filling in for Hank Schreeder who was happily off to see his son who was coming back from Jalalabad.  This year’s honoree is Officer Andrew Castro. Officer Castro has been on the force for 4 years. The incident that earned him this award happened last July 2018.  He was called to the Vineyard Garden Apartments for an intoxicated person.  It just so happened that his brother was on a ride-along that day.  He found a large woman in the pool flailing and yelling.  She was in the middle of the pool and clearly drowning.  He called in a code 20, stripped off his duty belt and jumped in the pool.  She was not breathing.  His brother helped him get her out of the pool and Officer Castro began chest compressions.  For two minutes he did chest compressions before she started breathing again.  She was visited the next day at the hospital where she was recovering nicely due to his quick thinking, calmness and management of the scene.

The Awards

Bonus Pictures


Governor, District 5130

Barb Spangler, Valley of the Moon Rotary Club





Attendance Secretary

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

Board of Directors

Club Service I, Membership, Ryan Thomas
Club Service II, Club Meetings, Jeff Kolin
Club Service III, Fundraising, Steve Baime
Club Service IV, Member Activities, Anne Gospe
Club Service V, Information Technology and Records, Brandon Urich
Community Service I, Member Involvement, Andrea Geary
Community Service II, Youth, Laura Held
Vocational Service, Carolyn Fassi
International Service, Peter Holewinski