Next Meeting is via Zoom – August 5, 2020

Club Assembly

President Jeff Kolin

The program for our August 5 meeting will be our first Club Assembly of the year.  This will be a chance for all club members to meet the members of their board of directors and learn how they can be involved in one or more committees of the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa.   Each member of the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa is encouraged to find two committees to join.  Committees are where the action happens during the Rotary year.   

Focused on creating local impacts?   Looking for an opportunity for international service projects?   Want to recognize local high school students ?   Want to help plan club fundraisers and social activities?  These are just a few of the opportunities available for club members.

August 5 will also be a chance to catch up with your fellow club members and find out what they have been doing during the pandemic.  We are going to have some fun too!

The Club Assembly will be “Crazy Hat Day”   Join us on line with your wildest hat.   Prizes for the best Rotary themed hat,  best “vacation hat”, best “Floral Hat” and that is just a “Funky Hat”.   

–>  Debi will send you the Zoom login link for the 12:00 meeting. Feel free to put your feet up, grab a sandwich, and join the meeting. <–


All in-person meetings are currently on hold.  Instead, we will be holding online meetings using Zoom.  Please be on the look out for an email with the link from either Jeff or Debi.

Wednesday August 12. 2020: Transcendence Theater
Wednesday August 19, 2020: Assisting Local Business With The COVID Virus Shutdown

Keep checking back.  New Programs coming soon!


Keep checking back.  New socials coming soon!


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Opening Ceremonies

Pledge:  Sam McMillan
Reflection:  Julia Parranto – Julia noted that it was National Lipstick Day, Lasagna Day and Chicken Wing Day.  Charles and Diana married on that day. It is the birthday of Son of Sam, Snoop Dog, and Benito Mussolini.  Nothing very profound so she gave us this quote from Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky:

“Every hand that we don’t shake must become a phone call that we place. Every embrace that we avoid must become a verbal expression of warmth and concern.  Every inch and every foot that we physically place between ourselves and another, must become a thought as to how we might be of help to that other, should the need arise.”

Visiting Rotarians:

Jackie and Don McMillan


Today’s speaker, Adam Kaplan MD

Sunshine Report:

Dan Balfe is having knee replacement surgery.  Kris Anderson fell while walking and sprained he wrist (which is why the bulletin is a little slow getting out)


  • Ann Gospe says the next Hands-On project is scheduled for Thursday, August 27th at the Redwood Empire Food Bank from 2:00 to 4:00.
  • Mark Burchill announced that the 100th chapter of Rotary Means Business was chartered
  • President Jeff Kolin thanked the volunteers who met at the Salvation Army and put together 65 boxes for the Summer Kids Program at the Salvation Army
  • Bill Hatcher announced the Rotarians that had reached certain milestones for the Foundation

Today’s Guest Speaker Adam Kaplan MD on “Prostrate Cancer in the Age of Genomics and Robotics”

Dr Kaplan is a urologist at Sr Joseph Health and the director of robotic surgery at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.  He gave us a case study of a 63-year-old man with high blood pressure and had his gall bladder removed previously.  His father had prostate cancer.  His PSA measures 5.3ng/ml.  Prostate cancer is the most common cancer for men after skin cancer.  It is very slow growing.  Screening should start at age 40 for high risk patients.  All others 55-69 with a life expectancy greater than 10-15 years.  It should then be checked every 2 years.  Treatment varies after determining all the factors.  They can now look at your DNA to determine how to treat your cancer. If surgery is needed, that is Dr Kaplan’s job.  Surgery is done laparoscopically with minimal incisions to reduce trauma to the body.  Faster and easier healing.  The machine is called the Da Vinci Xi.  It was developed by the Department of Defense so that surgery could be done in the field with the surgeon miles away.  His assistant is Dr. Jim Tedeschi, a long-time surgeon in Santa Rosa. In conclusion prostate cancer is common.  The decision to screen is complex, treatment has become highly customized and surgical management of prostrate caner has been transformed by robotic surgery.

President’s Poem

President Jeff ended the meeting with the reading of this poem

It Couldn’t be Done

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
 But, he with a chuckle replied
 That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one
 Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
 So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
 On his face. If he worried he hid it.
 He started to sing as he tackled the thing
 That couldn’t be done, and he did it.
Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
 At least no one has done it”;
 But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
 And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
 With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
 Without any doubting or quiddit,
 He started to sing as he tackled the thing
 That couldn’t be done, and he did it.
There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
 There are thousands to prophesy failure;
 There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
 The dangers that wait to assail you.
 But just buckle it in with a bit of a grin,
 Just take off your coat and go to it;
 Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
 That “couldn’t be done,” and you’ll do it.
                  -Edgar Albert Guest

Additional Picture

(No Additional Pictures This Week)

Governor, District 5130

Doug Johnson


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

Board of Directors

Club Service I, Membership, Michael Moore
Club Service II, Club Meetings, Casey D’Angelo
Club Service III, Fundraising, Ryan Thomas
Club Service IV, Member Activities, Anne Gospe
Club Service V, Information Technology and Records, Brandon Urich
Community Service I, Member Involvement, Rio Ray
Community Service II, Youth, Andrea Geary
Vocational Service, Carolyn Fassi
International Service, Dan Balfe

DIGITAL EDITION No. 368 July 29, 2020  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Kris Anderson  PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick