Next Meeting is via Zoom
Wednesday February 3, 2021

Sonoma County Transportation Authority
Update on Key projects

Suzanne Smith

The Sonoma County Transportation Authority and Regional Climate Protection Authority works with all of the local governments in Sonoma County to plan and deliver key projects and programs. This presentation will highlight some of their on-going work such as Highway 101 and State Route 37 corridor improvements, managing local tax measures that support transportation, and addressing the climate emergency through local government policies and actions.

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All in-person meetings are currently on hold.  Instead, we will be holding online meetings using Zoom.  Please be on the look out for an email with the link from either Jeff or Debi.

Wednesday February 10:  Santa Rosa Symphony
Wednesday February 17:  Rotary Student Exchange to France
Wednesday February 24:  10,000 Degrees

Keep checking back.  New Programs coming soon!


Keep checking back.  New socials coming soon!


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Opening Ceremonies:

Pledge and Reflection:  Carolyn Fassi, regarding an article in The Press Democrat this morning, on the chemicals in fire fighter’s equipment that may be more hazardous than the smoke from a fire.

Guests:  Steve Marburger, Sean McGlynn, Eddie Alvarez

 Visiting Rotarians:  Will Haymaker

Sunshine Report:  Dan Schell in not well


Robert Pierce won the “Mentor of the Year” from the Pro Photographers of CA

Rotarian of the Month:

Ginny Cannon for service for her sunshine duties and always there for the Vigil Lights Poinsettias


William Rousseau announced the “North Coast Ethics in Business” award that will be given out at a luncheon on October 8, 2021 during our District Conference.  They are accepting nominations from the public and looking for sponsors.

Santa Rosa Rotary Foundation:

Paul Hamilton says that there are at least two open positions on the foundation board. Those who are interested in serving on the board should contact him.

Annual Club Meeting:

Ann Gospe has accepted the position of President – Elect, Elect!  She will be president 2023 – 2024.  The following persons have accepted board positions for 2021- 2022:  Julia Parranto, Mary Graves, Casey Carter and Dave Berman.  William Rousseau made the motion to accept the nominations and Robert Pierce second the motion.  Passed!

President Jeff Kolin Mid-Year Report to the Club:

“The first half of my year as President of the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa has been full of surprises, accomplishments and service.

Who knew we would be meeting remotely by Zoom?  And, looking back fondly to the days when we could enjoy those buffet lunches at the Flamingo?  And yet we have accomplished a lot so far this year.

Completed a Club Bylaw Review and Update

Held a Club Board of Directors Retreat

Completed a revision of the Club Strategic Plan which will be presented to the Club Board of Directors next Tuesday and then to the Club at a future meeting.

Participated in 3 multi-club projects – Feed those Who Fed Us, Asawa Fountain Restoration and the St. Helena Club African Water/Sanitation Project

Completed 9 Hands on Projects – Salvation Army, Vigil Light, Redwood Empire Food Bank

Surveyed Membership to develop priorities for the annual budget.

Met with Steve Faulk, Publisher of the Press Democrat, to develop plans for a 100th Anniversary of Rotary in Santa Rosa insert.

Commissioned two articles on the history of Rotary in Santa Rosa

World Community Service – Zimbabwe Water Project, Amigos de Guatemala,

COVID 19 Relief Fund Created and funded through Member Contributions.

Adopted a 100% Paul Harris Club Goal

Public Service Awards Program

 Mid-Year Budget Update

 Club Administrative Budget

Although Club membership is down this year expenses are also down and year end projections indicate that we should end the year in the black and be able to put money back into the administrative reserves.

 Club Youth and Charitable Budget

The Youth and Charitable Budget although reduced from previous years levels continues to have resources for hands on projects and joint charitable projects with approximately $5,000 available to fund hands on projects and joint charitable projects in the second half of the year.

Your generous contributions to our COVID 19 relief fund and our monthly club fundraisers along with the support of the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Foundation for our Annual Dictionary Project, the Salvation Army Bell Ringing project and grants to combat domestic violence have allowed us to continue many of the programs that benefit the community.

Thank you for your generosity and willingness to serve.”

Today’s Program:  Dennis Johnston and Glenn Reese from Engineers Without Borders.

Clean water is the number one health issue throughout the world.  Engineers Without Borders (EWB) started in 2002 with a clean water project in Belize.  There are now EWB chapters in most states.  Rainwater is the solution to clean drinking water, so they developed simple systems to capture rainwater and have been focusing on several small towns in Peru on the Amazon River.  Each community’s system is a little different depending on the size of the town and the topography.  They build the systems with the community and teach them how to maintain the system and the importance of clean drinking water.  Thus far they and the Houston chapter of EWB have completed 10 villages serving 300,000 people cleaning 103,000 liters of rainwater.  It costs about $25,000 to build for one community.  When they go to Peru, they usually visit 3 sites that are in different phases of development.  The systems cannot go on private land.  It must be on public land.  Once built they are easy to run and maintain.

Some Of The Presented Slides

Additional Pictures:

Governor, District 5130

Doug Johnson


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

Board of Directors

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
Community Service I, Member Involvement, Rio Ray
Community Service II, Youth, Andrea Geary
Vocational Service, Carolyn Fassi
International Service, Dan Balfe

DIGITAL EDITION No. 392 January 27, 2021  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Kris Anderson PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick