Next meeting
Wednesday January 12, 2021

Sonoma County Museum

Eric Stanley

Eric Stanley, Associate Director and History Curator with the Sonoma County Museum, will present a program on the soon to be installed permanent exhibit titled “Sonoma County Stories”.  This exhibit will be based upon Gaye LeBaron’s extensive catalog of oral history interviews she has done over the past 30+ years. 

–>  Debi will send you the Zoom login link for the 12:00 meeting once you have paid. Feel free to put your feet up, grab a sandwich, and join the meeting. <–


In-Person / Hybrid Meeting details:
All meetings are in-person and online meetings. In-person meetings will be located at the Epicenter Sports Center located at 3215 Coffey Lane, Santa Rosa, CA.  Use the first door, closest to Piner Road. There will be greeters at the door to guide you.

–> Please note: You NEED TO MAKE A RESERVATION IN ADVANCE so we have a proper count.  Payments received by Saturday will be considered for the upcoming meeting.  Payments after that will be for the following meeting.
Debi Zaft will email you the link for online, once you have paid.  Use this link for details and to payCLICK HERE!

Wednesday January 19: Annual Lee Abramson Public Safety Awards
Wednesday January 26: Mary Carouba – “Women at Ground Zero: Stories of Courage and Compassion”
Wednesday February 2: Matt Everson – Illuminate – Stopping Elder Financial Abuse

Keep checking back.  New Programs coming soon!


–> International Service Project

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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: 1/16/21

Opening Ceremonies:

President Ray Greeted us and Andrea Geary led us in the reciting of The Pledge of Allegiance and The Four-Way Test. Her reflection: “Take care of your thoughts when you are alone. Take care of your words when you are with people.”


Devlyn Friedfel, Gail Schwarz, Pilar Gutierrez, and Odalis Medianero

Sunshine Report:

We got a card from Marcy Stone Galvin, Bob Stone’s daughter, with a note of thanks and a donation of $50.00.


Kris Anderson said there were 9 marbles and $27.00 in the pot. Pete Lescure had the right number but pulled a yellow marble. The pot rolls over to next week.


Pete Lescure, Michael Moore, Steve Olson, and Randy Hartt. It turns out our server, Taylor, also has a January birthday so we sang to her too. Keven Brown brought picture frames from Corrick’s as presents for those who were here.

Red Badge/Blue Badge:

Susan Nowacki graduated to a blue badge today! It is so nice that she transferred to our club!


  1. We have exceeded our Polio Plus and Foundation goals for the year!
  2. Our next Hands-On day at the Redwood Empire Food Bank is next week, Wednesday, January 12th from 5:00 – 7:00pm. President Ray is suggesting going out for a beverage afterwards.

Rotarian of the Month:

Casey Carter! She has regularly brought a guest to Rotary. Two of her guests have completed applications to join and will be attending the Rotary Informational next week – Gail Schwarz and Sabre Locke.

It is Dictionary Time!

Ted Wilmsen will be getting the dictionaries on Saturday and would like to schedule a date and time next week for volunteers to help put the sticker and letter into each dictionary. Delivery will be made to the offices of the elementary schools, like last year. President Ray let us know that this year our own Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Foundation footed the bill for all the dictionaries! Thank you, Foundation!

Message From Ted Wilmsen:

Need Help With Dictionaries
Dictionaries arrived on Saturday Jan 9th and help will be needed starting Monday Jan 11. The first project is to take the 4 books out of the box, place a sticker on the inside cover, put our Rotary letter inside, and then refill the box. This will be done inside a large shop in the rear of 5021 Rincon Ave in upper Rincon Valley. It’s my daughter, Alisha’s place. The street is one block above (north of) Badger, between Baird and Calistoga Road. We have a system, and tables to work on, but 396 boxes is a bunch. Its cool inside but no rain or wind. There’s an automatic gate out front but a dog needs to be put inside the house first. Please call Alisha in advance at 707-486-0352 if it’s not part of an organized group work time.

My cell is 799-9950 but my hearings bad and I don’t text, so email is best, or text my wife Deanie at 592-1637. Dictionary delivery to schools will be organized a little later.

Thanks all, Ted Wilmsen

Giro Bello 2022:

Matthew Henry has accepted the job of Ride Chairperson. He will be contacting all of us to get on board as the ride is less than 6 months away. Please note that the Giro de Wine Country ride in September 2021 earned us a net profit of $55,960!


Two of Sam McMillan’s grand kids were on Channel 5 news on Sunday with the Independence 4H group. The proud grandfather donated $100.00 to our local foundation.

Today’s Guest Speaker is Devlyn Friedfel from Pepperwood Preserve

Devlyn grew up in the Russian River area and is pleased to be able to work in his home area.  Pepperwood is a 3200-acre area right off Mark West Springs Road. They are doing, land, water, and wildlife management of the area. They seek community engagement with their many weekend projects. Pepperwood was burned in both the Tubbs and Kincaid Fires. Our District Grant for this year is to help replant natural grasses in the grassland areas of Pepperwood. The natural grasses for this area have roots that can go 22 feet deep and live for 200 years. They provide stabilization for the soil and hold carbon and water in the soil. When burnt by wildfires, they grow back. Our donation will allow at least another 5000 plugs of these natural grasses to be planted this year. In the oak woodland areas, they are cutting down the Douglas Firs that have encroach over the decades. They burn some of the wood and chop and scatter it in other areas to see what works best. The fires caused a lot of damage to the preserve. There is a lot of bulldozer damage from the attempt to halt the wildfires, but it is still amazing that after one years it almost looks normal. They have experimental areas in ring formation to try different things. Fire in not necessarily a bad thing. Under natural conditions fire might happen every 8 – 15 years. A Flux tower has been built to monitor water evaporation in the watershed.


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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. 438 January 5, 2022  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Jeff Gospe PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick