DIGITAL EDITION No. 278 July 25, 2018  EDITOR: Layne PHOTOGRAPHER: Rotary archives PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick

Our Program For Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Erin Brockovich – 27 Years And Still Fighting

Erin Brockovich

We are beyond thrilled to welcome Erin Brockovich to our Rotary Club on Wednesday, August 1st. The 2000 movie of the same name, Erin Brockovich, tells the compelling story of Erin’s instrumental work in building a case against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company over the contamination of drinking water in Hinkley, California. Since that victory, Erin has continued to be one of the nation’s leading consumer and environmental advocates, giving a voice to communities across the country.

Erin will be accompanied by former State Senator Noreen Evans, who is working with Brockovich to represent thousands in our community against PG&E over the company’s role in the October 2017 Firestorm.

Due to the anticipated interest in this program, an RSVP is required to attend.


Wednesday August 8, 2018: Tony Roehrick – 1st Club Assembly
Wednesday August 15, 2018: Bill Rousseau – Property Tax Fire Reassessments 
Wednesday August 22, 2018: Keith Woods – Fire Recovery and the Building Industry
Wednesday August 29, 2018: Barbara Spangler – Welcome our District Governor


                  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!
                 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.
                 Click here  for pricing, itinerary, etc.
                 Click here for flyer.
                 Jackie McMillan and Eva Atkin


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The final bell at the conclusion of new President Tony’s first meeting.Opening Ceremonies

President Tony Roehrick called the meeting to order.

Pledge: Jackie McMillan

Reflection: Cathy Vicini

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.”    – Helen Keller


Tasha Lopez, Kaitlyn Gonzalez, Manuel Arechiga, Suzanne Amaral, Kathleen Balfe, Eugenio Perez, Michael Miyano, Edelweiss Geary.

Visiting Rotarians

No Rotarians visiting today


Ginny Canon reported that Carolyn Fassi is back with us. PP Ray Dorfman had shoulder surgery and that triggered lung issues. Jack Abercrombie is still very low energy but is hopefully on the road to recovery.


Peter H. announced there is $216 in the pot. PP Julia’s ticket was drawn, but she drew the wrong marble.

Cathy’s Joke

Stormy Daniels and Queen Elizabeth went to the Pearly Gates on the same day, and both met with an angel to find out if they would be admitted to Heaven. The Angel said: “Unfortunately, there’s only one space available in Heaven today so I must decide which one of you will be admitted.”  

The Angel asked Stormy if there was some particular reason why she should go to Heaven.  Stormy took off her top and said: “Look at these, they’re the most perfect breasts God ever created and I’m sure it will please God to be able to see them every day, for eternity.” 

The Angel thanked Stormy, and asked Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the same question. The Queen walked over to a toilet, pulled the lever and flushed it without saying a word. The Angel immediately stated: “Okay, your Majesty, you may go into Heaven.”  Stormy was outraged and asked, “What was that all about? I showed you two of God’s own perfect creations and you turned me down. She simply flushed a commode and got admitted to Heaven! Could you explain that to me?”  

“Sorry, Stormy,” said the Angel, “but even in Heaven, a royal flush beats a pair, no matter how big they are!”


Andrea Geary announced the bocce tournament has been cancelled due to lack of sign ups.

Jeff Kolin announced the sign- up sheet for club services is going around the room. We need a chair for that to take Bob Sorenson’s place.

Pete Lescure needs a date for Transcendence Theater on August 3rd. ( I may have misinterpreted what he said 😉).

Jackie McMillan really needs to know if you’re attending next week’s meeting with Erin Brockovich.  Jackie also announced that she and Don now have 4 grandchildren. In a surprise announcement, Jackie stated that she and Don are now planning to sell their home and will be moving to Virginia.

Kim Graves shared today’s Paul Harris awards. Tony Roehrick’s daughters, Tasha Lopez and Katelyn Gonzalez had PH awards in their names. Steve Baime received PH awards for his daughter Kathleen Balfe and her significant other, Eugenio Perez. Larry Miyano was given a PH award in the name of his son, Michael.

Rotarian of the Month

Jose Guillen was awarded the ROTM for June by PP Julia.


PP Doug Johnson was recognized for his new Red Sox garb wearing grandson, Camden.

Will Haymaker was recognized for his photo appearing in the Press Democrat. Will donated $50 to the club.

Ryan Thomas was recognized for his Mexican adventure fishing for tuna. In celebrating his daughter’s 14th birthday, Ryan offered $14 each for 14 tuna caught, rounded up to an even $200 to Ryan’s Paul Harris.


Sam McMillan introduced Annette O’Kelley who talked to us about the Sonoma County Fair, the theme of which is Salute to Heroes.

The fair began in 1936.  Now in its 82nd year, the fair has grown to be one of the most popular in the state. Annette shared the many venues and events the fair offers in entertainment and activities.

Annette also talked about agriculture in Sonoma County and agricultural opportunities for students, including the Junior Livestock Auction. She discussed ways in which fair and agriculture programs help young people create great memories and life skills including: responsibility, character development, goal setting, public speaking skills and much more.

How Can WE Help?

(A new Santa Rosarian feature……)

*If you have a more detailed announcement that you would like in the bulletin, please send it to me preferably in Microsoft Word format and I will cut and paste it into the bulletin that week. Deadline is Thursday, noon after each meeting.

From Rich de Lambert:

Tim Fawcett – 18 years of perfect attendance!

Monday this week Tim Fawcett lost his driver which he used for shopping, post office and special visits.  Things haven’t got much better for him, especially the car issue which he still can’t drive.  He is finally getting into a doctor next week to issue a letter to DMV!  I am in the process of getting his bike fixed (general repair and new tires). Please pass this along to someone you may know who might be interested in driving Tim when necessary (retired person/college student, etc).  Tim is able to pay this person. Tim’s situation is far from over.  He needs walkers, social events and some friends to keep his spirits up!  

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