DIGITAL EDITION No. 157    January 6, 2016        EDITOR: Layne Bowen   PHOTOGRAPHER: Elizabeth Karbousky

Our Program for January 13th:


BrianSobel2013Brian Sobel is the principal consultant for Sobel Communications, located in Petaluma, California. Sobel has many years of experience in the corporate and public sectors.

He spent several years working for a major corporation as a writer, training consultant and video producer. He has been the principal consultant for Sobel Communications for over twenty-five years.

In the public sector Sobel has served as a planning commissioner and vice mayor of Petaluma, California and was a candidate for the California State Assembly.


Wednesday, January 20th: PublIc Safety Awards
Wednesday, January 27th: Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame
Wednesday, February 3rd: Creatice Sonoma EDB


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*Due to some scheduling confusion, no one took notes at the meeting today, so don’t believe everything you read here – sometimes, we just make stuff up! J )

Invocation by Cathy Vicini

Invocation by Cathy Vicini


President Doug kicked off the meeting by asking Sam McMillan to lead us in the pledge. Cathy Vicini gave today’s invocation.

BTW, did you know the answer to the Trivia Question from last week’s bulletin?   The answer was: Samuel Clemens.


No visiting Rotarians today. There was one guest today, astronaut Neil Armstrong. 😉


Let’s all keep Dan Schell in our thoughts and prayers for a return to good health. We miss your singing and your keen wit, Dan!

Jeff Kolin

Jeff Kolin and Vickie Hardcastle


Vickie Hardcastle ran the raffle but Jeff Kolin didn’t pick the winning number.


This is a thank you to all my Rotarian friends while I was hospitalized with pneumonia.

Pris & I were overwhelmed by your response to her needs for transportation and food shopping. I have often commented to others that my club members are the finest group of friends that one could have.

Thank you again for your prayers & good thoughts and I am so happy to be able to rejoin you each week.


Jack Abercrombie

Happy New Year!

Rotarian of the Month - Kerrie Chambers

Rotarian of the Month – Kerrie Chambers


President Doug recognized this Rotarian for all she did in organizing the bell ringing before Christmas for the Salvation Army. Kerrie Chambers, in her second stint as a Santa Rosa Rotarian did a great job organizing and documenting the Rotarians who rang bells and filled the kettles with money.

Some Rotarians performed Christmas music while collecting cash: (Don McMillan with his horn, Karen Ball with her guitar and voice) to help lend a festive atmosphere. Other sang Christmas carols acapella. Layne Bowen and Jack Atkin talked politics while bell ringing and solved most of the word’s problems…….people put extra cash in the kettle to try to get them to shut up.  Anyway, great job, Kerrie!


What country was declared polio free on September 25, 2015?

Speaker Dr. Steven Cuellar

Speaker Dr. Steven Cuellar


With the minimum wage being raised to $10 in California, it seemed like a good time to have an expert come in to explain the impact on California business.  That expert was Sonoma State economics professor, Steven Cuellar, PhD who described the various studies that have been performed to show impacts of past minimum wage increases around the country.

Dr. Cuellar showed us slides of many past studies on the impacts of raising minimum wage. Some studies showed the impact to be minimal, but others support the widely held theory that raising the minimum wage causes some job loss. Dr. Cuellar stated that in spite of some studies showing otherwise, he still supports the theory that job loss happens when minimum wage is raised.


Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Officers

President:Doug Johnson, President Elect: Jose Guillen, President Elect Nominee: Julia Parranto, Past President: Mark Burchill, Secretary: Jack Abercrombie, Treasurer: Cecil G. Humes, Sergeant at Arms: Jack Geary

President Rotary International

K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran, member of the Rotary Club of Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka

Governor, District 5130

Erin Dunn, member of the Rotary Club of Fortuna Sunrise

Attendance Secretary

Jack Abercrombie P.O. Box 505 Santa Rosa, CA 95402 707-538-4770

Board of Directors

Jack Atkin, Karen Ball, Tim Delaney, Tim Fawcett, Gesine Franchetti, Bill Hatcher, Will Haymaker, Elizabeth Karbousky, Steve Olson