DIGITAL EDITION No. 324 July 17, 2019  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Kris Anderson PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick

Our Program For Wednesday, July 24, 2019

A Memorable Presentation
By 86 Years Old Polio Survivor 

Laura Vezzetti


A memorable presentation by 86 years old Laura Vezzetti, who is more than a Polio survivor.

She is a surviving fighter who will present a different perspective how fear ruined people, how she lived through pain, and the current information about post-polio syndrome.


Wednesday July 31, 2019: Healthcare Broker Specializing in the Senior Market
Wednesday August 7, 2019: The Incredible Advancements In Veterinary Medicine
Wednesday August 14, 2019: The Cannabis Industry
Wednesday August 21, 2019: Sonoma Clean Power


Aug. 19-26, 2019Rotary Rhine River Cruise
The cruise is sold out. Those still interested may place their names on a waiting list.
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                 Click here for flyer.
                 For more information contact Eva Atkin.


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Opening Ceremonies:

Pledge of Allegiance: Chip Rawson
Reflection:  Kathleen Archer

Visiting Rotarians:

Matt Fannin was in town and presented President Cathy with a flag from the Allan Texas Rotary


Angie Escudero, Debbi Yamagishi, Anamaria Morales, Foreh Murnane

Sunshine Report:

No one ailing today


Only 2 marbles left! A 50-50 chance of winning $607! Ginny Canon’s number was called…. but she pulled the wrong marble!  Agh!

Joke of the Week:

Dan Schell had a good one about Paul Revere recognizing a girl in a restaurant….


  1. Casey D’Angelo asked everyone to collect their Giro Bello signs and return to him. There is a 4:30 Giro Bello Committee meeting on July 23rd at Casey’s house.
  2. Bocce Tournament on September 7th. “Get your teams together,” says Andrea Geary.
  3. Doug Johnson announced a Rotary social on September 21st. It is a paella feed at the Youth Community Park (across from Piner High School on Fulton Road).  The festivities start at 10:30 and the paella will be served around noon.  There is a playground, swings and a large lawn area for games, so bring the kids and grandkids.  The gazebo has been reserved for us.  Cost to attend is $40.00 for adults, kids 10 -14 are $20.00 and under 10 are free.  Besides the paella there will be appetizers, salad and dessert.  Bring your own drinks (alcoholic beverages are OK) but NO GLASS CONTAINERS.  You make a reservation with Doug Johnson.  He is also collecting the money.  Call him or email to make that reservation: or (707)849-6429.
  4. Ryan Thomas is putting a foursome together for a golf tournament on September 26th
  5. President Cathy announced her “President’s Secret Chicken Fund.” The is a fund set up to help club members that may need a little help with their dues or the cost of the lunches, etc.  She also reminder us to put our spare change into the polio buckets on the table each week.

Christopher Wood Memorial Scholarship Award:

The award went to Anamaria Morales, the “College Confectionista.”  This award goes to a transfer student that shows an entrepreneurial spirit.  Anamaria shows that spirit.  She has taken on baking cheesecakes to help her get though college without going into debt.  She has saved about $40,000 to go toward her tuition, books and other expenses when she transfers to UC Berkeley in the fall.

You can call her to order at (707) 495-5324.  You can visit her on Facebook.

This week’s program – Canine Companions for Independence

The dogs are Labrador Retrievers or Golden Retrievers (or a mix of the two).  800+ puppies are born each year into the program.  There are about 1200 volunteers raising those puppies.  After the first 18 months they go to professionals for further training.  50%+ of the dogs make it through the program and get assigned to a disabled person.  Those that do not pass may go to other programs, the person who raised them or some other good family.  The training costs about $50,000 for the life of the dog.  Most will be in service 8-10 years.

Speaker Angie Escudero presented a very moving video Canine Companions – Sonic.

Governor, District 5130

Barb Spangler, Valley of the Moon Rotary Club





Attendance Secretary

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

Board of Directors

Club Service I, Membership, Ryan Thomas
Club Service II, Club Meetings, Jeff Kolin
Club Service III, Fundraising, Steve Baime
Club Service IV, Member Activities, Anne Gospe
Club Service V, Information Technology and Records, Brandon Urich
Community Service I, Member Involvement, Andrea Geary
Community Service II, Youth, Laura Held
Vocational Service, Carolyn Fassi
International Service, Peter Holewinski