DIGITAL EDITION   No. 85   July 16, 2014     EDITOR: David Brown     PHOTOGRAPHERS: Kris Anderson

Our Program For July 23rd


pillow-fights-1Come to the meeting today and find out what has gone on with the Giro Bello and how you can help with The Pillow Fights!



July 30: Special Evening Talent Show!
August 6: Richard Gulson – Polio Survivor and The Voice of the World Pillow Fighting Championships
August 13: District Governor Kevin Eisenberg Visits



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President Mark opened the meeting. The Pledge was led by Past District Governor Norm Owen.

The thought for the day was shared by Mike Kalhoff who shared a quote from hall of fame baseball player Joe DiMaggio “I always remembered that a kid may be seeing me play for the first time therefore he deserves my best”

Prior to introductions of guests, Past President Rich de Lambert asked for the Sergeant at Arms to fine Prez Mark for going over his allotted time last week which shortened the program, a $10 fine was levied.


There were no visiting Rotarians at today’s meeting


There were 3 other guests. Ganeran Simiaim from SRJC was introduced by Steve Olson. Mychael Wilson joined us and was introduced by Debi Zaft. Also introduced was Jeannie Alderson who was our speaker for today’s program.

Steve Olson wins the jackpot!

Steve Olson wins the jackpot!


The Raffle was $41 today and the “winner, winner chicken dinner” was Steve Olson!


Robbie Fouts shared some of the history of his company, Hitmen Termite and Pest Control, Inc. It was founded in 1979 by him and three others in Calistoga and now serves the greater North Bay area. Robbie has more miles of crawling under houses than he can add up.


President Mark thanked all who filled out the surveys last week concerning the food service at the Flamingo. Cathy Vicini met with management and shared some of the suggestions and felt that we were heard and that an extra effort to provide us with good meals and service would happen. Cathy noted that they had already made some changes that were evident at today’s meeting, such as labeling the salad dressings.

Bart Eddy

Bart Eddy


New member Bart Eddy presented his craft talk. A native of Kansas City, Bart moved to Novato in 1969 after graduating from High School and then attended Sonoma State where he earned his BA and started a career in retail management with the Ross Stores. He married his wife of 36 years shortly thereafter and then moved on the work as a store manager for the Gap from 1978-1982. He went into outside sales in 1982 and after stints with a couple of companies he founded North Bay Publishing Solutions in 2004. He and his wife are proud parents of 3 grown sons and their dog Lily. Welcome aboard Bart!


Mykha’el (Michael) Wilson, Wine Sales, sponsored by Mark Burchill  

Laura Held,President Cardinal Newman High School, sponsored by Rich de Lambert
Laura is a former Rotarian in Oakland & Burlingame.


The Rotary Magazine question was answered correctly by Don McMillan. He will have his name in the end of year raffle and received a Rotary Dollar from the prez. Also winning Rotary dollars was Blaine Goodwin for having a silver dollar and Don McMillan for having a 2 dollar bill.

Sam McMillan and Steve Olson discuss flags

Sam McMillan and Steve Olson discuss flags


Steve Olson and Sam McMillan shared some of their adventures from their recent trip to the Rotary International Convention in Sydney as well as their side trip to New Zealand. They returned with a number of Rotary flags from other clubs as well a gift of two bottles of wine for a the President who will be auctioning all the gifts he receives during his year at the end of his term.


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  • Next week is club assembly
  • Get in touch with Mark if you are planning on participating in the July 30th talent show
  • There are Giro Bello t-shirts for $5 and Giro Bello jerseys for $55. They will be on sale in the back of the room for the next few weeks. All proceeds go directly to the Giro Bello bottom line.
  • Kris Anderson announced the need for more meeting photographers and to see her if you are interested.
  • Jack Abercrombie reminded us to get any changes for the roster to him ASAP.


President Mark and speaker Jeannie Alderson

President Mark and speaker Jeannie Alderson


Today’s program was presented by Jeannie Alderson. Jeannie works for a local solar company and shared what advantages there are in installing solar for your home, business or a non-profit today. Currently there is a 30% federal tax incentive to purchase a solar system and that will be reduced to 10% at the end of 2016. A popular program for non-profit organizations is a power purchase agreement that involves a 3rd party investing in the system so there are no out of pocket costs to the non-profit (schools, churches etc). Since the non-profit does not benefit from tax credit this makes it a potential profitable investment for the investor and a win for the non-profit reducing cost of the utility. A Q &A session followed.

The meeting was adjourned by President Mark at 1:30pm.


Greeters:  Tim Delaney and Debi Zaft
Raffle:  Peter Holewinski
Visiting Rotarians:  Nona Lucas
Lunch Ticket Collector:  Jose Guillen
Ticket Sales Assistant:   Ann Gospe



Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Officers

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

President Rotary International

Gary C.K. Huang, member of the Rotary Club of Taipei, Taiwan

Governor, District 5130

Kevin Eisenberg, member of the Rotary Club of Calistoga

Attendance Secretary

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

Board of Directors

Karen Ball, Tim Delaney, Debra Dorfman, Tim Fawcett, Bill Hatcher, John McHugh, Jack Tolin, Cathy Vicini