Next meeting
Wednesday February 2, 2022

Elder Financial Abuse

Matt Everson

Matt is the Chief Strategy Officer of Illuminate.  His company helps protect estates from fraudulent or criminal property theftElder Financial Abuse is a growing problem.   His company has an innovative way to stop some of it before it starts.

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Wednesday February 9: Getting to Know You Better
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.


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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: 2/6/22

Opening Ceremonies:

President Ray greeted us followed by Ann Gospe leading us in the reciting of The Pledge of Allegiance and The Four-Way Test. Her reflection was a poem by Billy Collins the USA poet laurate in 2001 called “The Names.”  It is a very long poem so you might want to Google it.

Visiting Rotarians:

Willie Rodriquez from Burney Falls


Mary Carouba and Earl Dunivan

Sunshine Report:

Shari Shamsavari’s mother has just passed away. You can send her a card to her home, 4015 Sky Farm Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Craft Talks:

We got two of them today! First up was Scott Bartley. He is a native Santa Rosan. He went to Village Elementary School, Slater Junior High, Montgomery High School and Santa Rosa Junior College before transferring to Cal Poly. He graduated with a degree in architecture in 1981. First, he worked for Richard Keith. Former club member, Skylar Jefferies, wanted to retire and he offered his firm to Scott and his partner in 1983. The firm has specialized in residential and wineries. They probably have designed more wineries than any firm in the world. His dad was a charter member of the Rotary West Club. His uncle is Charles Bartley from our club. He joined his dad’s club. He was president 1994-1995. He has been involved with many charitable organizations over the years. He says Jeff Kolin “forced” him to run for city council and served 1 term. He and his partner Chris have been together for 16 years.

Next up is new member Cookie Garrett. She is from Atlanta Georgia.  Her dad only went to school through 8th grade and her mom made it through high school. They were very proud that their daughter was the first to go to college. She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Van Austin University, Master’s degree in Counseling and is working on her doctorate. She has attended Eastern Kentucy State and Florida A& M University on her way to her doctorate. She is working with students and equity issues on the college level. She recently left Sonoma State University (where she met Mary Graves). She works in student equity at Cal State East Bay now. As a counselor she hated making decisions to take children from their homes only to put them in foster care that quite often was worse for the children. She volunteers working with children whose parents are incarcerated.


Steve Baime has arranged for a workday at Pepperwood Preserve on February 12 from 9:00 to noon. We will be planting native grass seeds and sprouts. Please contact him for volunteering that day.

Paul Hamilton says our local Foundation is looking for members to serve on our board.  Please contact him or anyone else on the board for more information:  Sam McMillan, Steve Olson, Vickie Hardcastle, Kris Anderson, Doug Chase, Bill Hatcher, Nona Lucas, Cecil Humes, Bill Rousseau, Cathy Vicini, Pete Lescure, Ryan Thomas, or Chuck Wear.

Pete Lescure is looking for new bulletin writers (yes, plural). Kris Anderson will to be able to do write the bulletin any longer come July, so she has time now to train (it really is quite easy). The time to write up the bulletin is approximately one hour.  Once completed you email it to Richard Lazovick.

Today’s program, “Women at Ground Zero” with author Mary Carouba.

First, Mary wanted to thank the Rotary Club and all service clubs for having her visit to talk about her book, “Women at Ground Zero.”  Her coauthor is a firefighter. She was and investigative social worker. Sometime after 9/11 it occurred to her that everyone was congratulating the men firefighters, police officers and other EMS workers after 9/11. Were there no women at ground zero that day?  They decided to find out and flew to New York.  Turns out that the New York Fire Department did have women, but only 25 out of 12,500. However, the police department had thousands. They asked a cab driver to take them to a bar where women police officers would go to have a drink. They announced to the whole bar what they intended to interview women who were at ground zero and write a book. They made sure they knew that the proceeds from the book would be donated. Three women approached them and that was the beginning of the book. One woman, Brenda Berkman, wanted to be a firefighter.  Instead, she became an attorney, filed a class action suit against the NYFD. It took five years, but she won. At that point she quit her job as a lawyer and became a firefighter. One policewoman was off duty and only a few blocks away when the first airplane hit. She grabbed her gear from her car and went to help evacuate people from the buildings. As the first tower collapsed, she was hit by a brick so hard that it broke her helmet in two. She lost teeth and broke her ankle. Another police officer held a person’s had who was buried in the rubble, only to find she was just holding someone’s arm. When the second building collapsed, she was him with falling glass into her back and she still soldiered on. Once the book was published, they invited the women to Healdsburg, California for a spa retreat. Service club members helped pay for it. As the years have gone by the suicide and divorce rates have been much less in the women whose stories were told. Two women died from cancer from breathing the debris at ground zero. It was not until the 20th anniversary of 9/11 that women got recognition for their work at ground zero.


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Additional Pictures

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. 441 January 26, 2022  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Kris Anderson PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick