DIGITAL EDITION No. 277 July 18, 2018  EDITOR: Layne PHOTOGRAPHER: Nicole Le PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick

Our Program For Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Agriculture/ Career Technical Education and the County Fair

Annette O’Kelley

Agriculture/ Career Technical Education and the County Fair:
Community Awareness and Student Benefits

Annette O’Kelley has dedicated her life to agricultural education as a teacher, mentor and community leader.  In 2015, O’Kelley retired from her 34-year career in the classroom, holding teaching positions at both Santa Rosa & Elsie Allen high schools.  The classroom provided her the opportunity to teach the basics of agriculture while encouraging them to engage in community service, public speaking and leadership.

O’Kelley was raised on a ranch in Santa Rosa near her family’s Lawson’s Corner at Hwy 12 and Melita Road.  She was a member of Rincon Valley and later Kenwood 4-H clubs.  In high school, she joined the FFA at Santa Rosa High School.

Annette is very involved in the local community/ ag industry.  She has served as a Director for the Sonoma County Fair for the past 18 years.  And served as their President in 2006.  In addition, Annette has been honored with numerous awards, such as:

FFA – Honorary American Farmer,

California Agricultural Teachers’ Association – Teacher of Excellence

Sonoma County 4-H Foundation – 4-H Alumni Recognition

A strong voice for agriculture, farm youth, and our community – Annette O’Kelley


Wednesday July 25, 2018: Agriculture/ Career Technical Education and the County Fair – Annette O’Kelley
Wednesday August 1, 2018: Erin Brockovich – Still Fighting 22 Years Later  (RSVP Only)
Wednesday August 8, 2018: Tony Roehrick – 1st Club Assembly


                  5:30 pm – Community First Credit Union
                  Kerrie Chambers 
                  5:30 pm Jack London State Park
                  Transcendence Theater – So far, 13 club members have signed up.
                  Two picnic tables have been reserved. Tickets are still available at the $63 & $44 levels.
                  Contact Jackie if you are interested in joining the fun!
                 9 am Julliard Park
                 Andrea Geary
                 12:30 pm  YMCA
                 Matthew Henry
Aug. 19-26, 2019 – Rotary Rhine River Cruise
                 Jackie says only 3 cabins are left for the 2019 Rhine River Cruise.
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                 Jackie McMillan and Eva Atkin


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Opening Ceremonies

Pledge: Chip Rawson
Reflection: Kathy Schwartz. Kathy shared some thoughts on compassion.


Patti Kolin, Hannah and Ted Appel, Deborah Katt were our guests today.

Visiting Rotarians

Marck Z., Rebecca Southwick were visiting. Sorry, Mark – but we couldn’t make out your last name on the sign-in sheet!

Rotarian of the Year Presentation

PP Julia Parranto presented Jeff Kolin as Rotarian of the Year. After losing his home, Jeff took on the leadership role for Giro Bello, and also agreed to become club president in two years. Jeff was also a large fundraiser for fire relief.


Ginny Canon reported that there was nothing to report.


Michael Moore announced that the pot is $186.00. Yale was in the right place, but it must have been the wrong time.


34 Club members still need to RSVP to Jackie for the August 1st program featuring Erin Brockovich.

In the transition between presidential terms, we didn’t fill the position of meeting volunteer assignments.  Someone please step up.

Presents for the President – Auction for Fire Relief

Sam McMillan brought some auction items back from Canada featuring Moose Droppings. Sold to Jose Guillen for $30!

Steve Olsen brought back some Belgian Ale and a stein from Lake Louise. Layne Bowen outbid Diane Moresi in heated bidding at$50!

All auction sales go toward fire relief.

  • Announcements
    Kerrie Chambers asked how many will be attending tomorrow night’s corn hole tournament. Only nine people raised their hands, prompting Kerrie to exclaim, “I have too much food!”
  • Debi Zaft announced that the roster is being updated and to let her know of any changes.

Scholarship Presentation

Hannah Appel was presented with our final scholarship of Julia’s year.
She is the recipient of the $2,500.00 Stanley L. Lance Memorial Leadership award as the outstanding student in Santa Rosa high schools. Hannah will be attending UCSB in the fall. She was editor of her award-winning school newspaper and was undefeated in debate team competition, all while maintaining above a 4.0 GPA. Congratulations to Hannah!


Elena Traboulsi, who is in the process of joining our Club, and Michael Carter accompanied Homebound CEO Tom O’Brien for today’s presentation. Tom, who is a 1998 graduate of Cardinal Newman, began by explaining the premise of Homebound, which pulls together experts to more quickly and efficiently rebuild homes after the fires. He explained the process flow, which starts with helping clients get maximum insurance benefits, all the way to a ten-year warranty at the end of the project.

Homebound is able to bring in architects, vetted general contractors and other professionals from out of area using economy of scale to speed up the process. These include top line builders. Homebound is coordinating with the county to facilitate housing for the contracting teams, while many are willing to commute long distances for the work.

Additional Photos



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