Welcome to 2023!!
Wednesday, January 11, 2023
The New SR City Manager
Santa Rosa City Council recently selected Maraskeshia Smith to take the reigns as Santa Rosa’s new city manager. Smith was previously serving as Stockton’s deputy city manager and made quite a name for herself with her previous employment being Oakland’s assistant city manager, ushering in many important programs to impact the city of Oakland. The programs included making housing more affordable, helping the homeless, and plans for economic development. .
PLEASE NOTE: Meeting In-Person & via Zoom! Please register.
–> Debi Zaft will email you the link for online, once you have paid. Use this link to pay. CLICK HERE!
Click here for the current calendar (Subject to updates).
UPCOMING SOCIALS & PROJECTS & EVENTS
Peace Pole Ceremony – A Peace Pole Ceremony will be held on January 23, 2023, at 10:30 AM at Luther Burbank Elementary School. You are invitedProject Amigo – Last call for those who wish to attend. Currently, it is President Kris, Julia Parranto, and Rose Frances.Keep checking back.
New socials, projects, & events coming soon!
May 27 – 31, 2023: The Rotary International Convention will be in Melbourne, Australia. You can sign up now and book you room(s). This will be RI President Jennifer Jones’ convention so it should be epic as the first woman RI president.
Watch The Meeting: Did you miss the meeting? Here is a link to the recording of last week’s meeting:
(Click here for recording)
Please note it is only available to view until: 1/15/23
President Kris asked Keven Brown to lead the club in the flag salute and Barry Silberg to lead us in the Four-Way Test, and she provided the reflection.
There were no visiting Rotarians today.
There were no guests today.
Ginny Cannon reported that everyone was doing well. However, President Kris accidentally dropped a large bottle on her toe and broke it. She explained and stated that she was doing fine.
Keven Brown conducted the raffle, providing some fun at his expense. Kurt Groniga first selected a marble and quickly corrected to drawing the ticket. Steve Olsen had the winning number and selected the marble for a $10 consolation prize. Mary Graves did the Second Chance drawing. Pete Lescure won a Scratcher.
Jeff Gospe, Steve Olsen, and Pete Lescure were present today for the birthday acknowledgment. Once again, a rousing round of “Happy Birthday To You” was sung. Keven Brown provided gifts from Corricks for the Rotarians.
Dictionaries – Please see the email that went out regarding the Dictionary Project. It includes the names of the teams for each school. There are still a few openings that need to be filled.
Peace Pole Ceremony – A Peace Pole Ceremony will be held on January 23, 2023, at 10:30 AM at Luther Burbank Elementary School. You are invited.
Rotarian of the Month
The Rotarian of the Month will be acknowledged next month.
04Jan2023ObieGospeHawaiianAdventuresAnn and Jeff Gospe presented the “Obie Show” with slides from their Thanksgiving trip to the Big Island. One highlight of the trip for Obie was the 2 ½ hour helicopter flight over the Mauna Loa volcano. Exchange student Will Fulkerson accompanied the Gospes and “Obie, the Bear.” What a lucky bear! (Click on image to view Obi’s Hawaiian adventure)
Ann and Jeff each donated $50 to the club. In addition, they returned with a bag of macadamia nut goodies to be auctioned off by President Kris. Mary Graves was the recipient with her $60 bid.
Julia Parranto and Rose Frances proudly announced that they had welcomed Emily’s biological sister, Hannah Florence, into their family. She is attending Santa Rosa High School. Rose joined the Paul Harris Society in her honor, and they donated $100 to start Hannah’s Paul Harris. Congratulations to you all!
Susan Nowacki introduced today’s program, “Getting To Know You”. The speakers were Dan Balfe, Sam McMillan, and Jeanne Levin. Highlights from their presentations.
Dan Balfe was born in Indiana and attended college at Purdue. He majored in electrical engineering. He was first introduced to Rotary in high school when a friend would invite him to Rotary Club meetings when professional athletes were speaking. He served on a number of the executive boards in the area and attended several Rotary clubs as a guest but was never invited to join. When he moved from San Carlos, CA, to Cambria, CA, he made the acquaintance of a Rotarian who did ask him to join. Dan became a Rotarian in 2004. He initially served as the Club Service Director and Club President from 2009-2010. Then, he was asked to be the assistant governor for 11 northern coastal California clubs. Dan stated that he had always felt blessed by Rotary and was again blessed when he was invited to join the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa. When the family moved to Santa Rosa in 2018, he was asked by then-President Julia Parranto. He has served as the co-chair of the Rotary Foundation and District Grant’s chair. Currently, he is a member of the World Community Service committee. He lives in Oakmont with his wife. They have five daughters and a son who passed away.
(No program slides this week)
Club Job Openings:
Still need a few bulletin writers. Need a person on the board for Vocational Service Recognition
Below are additional pictures from the meeting including three amazing members of our club: Dan Balfe, Jeanne Levin & Sam McMillan. Also included are many candids of club fellowship, as well as Keven Brown’s raffle malfunction and the endless expressions of President Kris: (Click on image below to view additional meeting pictures)
Governor, District 5130
Debi Zaft P.O. Box 505 Santa Rosa, CA 95402
Board of Directors
Kris Anderson – President
Ann Gospe – President Elect
Casey D’Angelo – President Elect Nominee
Ray Giampaoli – Past President
Debi Zaft – Secretary
Karen Ball – Treasurer
Robert Pierce – Sergeant At Arms
Julia Parranto – Club Service- Membership
Andrea Geary – Club Service – Club Meetings
Matthew Henry – Club Service – Fund Raising
Charlie Howard-Gibbon – Club Services – Member Activities
Pete Lescure – Club Service – Records and Outreach
Casey Carter – Member Involvement
Mary Graves Community – Service – Youth
Tim Fawcett – Vocational Service
Scott Bartley – International Service
Paul Hamilton – Foundation Representative
DIGITAL EDITION No. 485 January 4, 2023 EDITOR: Diane Moresi PHOTOGRAPHER: Jeff Gospe PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick