Our Program For Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Saving Venice

Bill Crowley Ph.D.

Will Venice survive? Bill Crowley, Ph.D., a fellow Rotarian, will do a fascinating presentation about when in November 11, 2019, Venice experienced its worst flooding in 55 years. This will be a very interesting presentation.


Wednesday February 19, 2020:  Trivia Contest

Keep checking back.  New Programs coming soon!


Keep checking back.  New socials coming soon!


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Pledge:  Vickie Hardcastle
Reflection:  Ray Giampaoli, “Do you have 2020 Vision?”
Visiting Rotarians:  Mike Cook from Sebastopol Sunrise
Visitors:  Mary Graves brought former Rotaract members from Sonoma State; Tasia Henderson and Amal Ahmed
Sunshine Report :  Nothing this week


Pete Lesure said there were 8 marbles and $40.00 in the pot.  Ted Wilmsen’s number was pulled (again) but he did not pull the blue marble.

Joke of the Week from President Cathy:

A man is driving down the highway when he sees a shipping truck wrecked on the side of the road, and 25 penguins waddling around outside it. He pulls over and the truck driver tells him, “Quick! You’ve gotta take these birds to the zoo while I wait for AAA!” The man agrees and drives off with the penguins.

After fixing his vehicle, the truck driver heads over to the zoo to make sure the penguins made it safely. There’s no sign of them. The truck driver panics and starts scouring the town for his missing penguins. An hour later he passes by the local cinema, when who does he see leaving the theater but the guy who said he’d help him, 25 penguins still in tow.

“What happened!” the truck driver screams. “I told you to take them to the zoo!”

“I did,” the man answers. “But I had a little money left over, so I thought I’d take them to a movie too


The Foundation is ready to distribute our checks for this year.  We surprised Matthew Henry with a $10,000 check for the YMCA swim program.  Matthew will tell us a little bit about the program next week.  Another $10,000 will go to the Lime Foundation.  Free Bookmobile gets $5,000, Santa Rosa Tool Library gets $4000 and the YWCA gets $3700……

The Giro Bello has a jersey sponsor!  It is Safeway!  There will also be a Giro Bello marketing meeting on Monday, February 3rd at 8:30 am at Ray Giampaoli’s office…..

Mike Cook from the Sebastopol Sunrise Club talked about the Global Offsite Project.  There is a meeting this Saturday at the Petaluma Yacht Club from 2:00-4:00…..

Ted Wilmsen wants all the extra dictionaries and envelopes back after delivery.  You can buy a dictionary for $10.00.  That money goes into Cathy’s Chicken Fund…..

Jeff Kolin was selling the last of the football pool squares…..Pete Lesure is getting signups for fellowship activities at the meetings.

President Cathy announcements:

The 2020 Convention in Honolulu is coming up June 6 – June 10th…..The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is committed to funding Rotary’s Polio Plus, 2 for 1, up to 50 million per year for three years…..Rotary and Toastmasters are teaming up for training…..Tom Chauncey from Santa Rosa East has passed away…..Birthdays for January and February will be celebrated next week…..

Mary Graves guests brought along a video to share with us on the Rotaract trip to Nigeria to do Polio immunization.

This week we had a Club Assembly led by Tony Roehrick.

We divided up into 5 teams to discuss and complete “Rotary Club Health Check” and each team had one of these topics to discuss:  Your Club Experience, Service and Socials, Members, Image and Business and Operations.  The team findings were turned into Tony and he will report back to us in the near future.


Governor, District 5130

Kathy Flamson

Attendance Secretary

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

Board of Directors

Club Service I, Membership, Michael Moore
Club Service II, Club Meetings, Holly Garretson
Club Service III, Fundraising, Ryan Thomas
Club Service IV, Member Activities, Anne Gospe
Club Service V, Information Technology and Records, Brandon Urich
Community Service I, Member Involvement, Rio Ray
Community Service II, Youth, Andrea Geary
Vocational Service, Carolyn Fassi
International Service, Dan Balfe

DIGITAL EDITION No. 345 January 29, 2020  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Nicole Le PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick