DIGITAL EDITION No. 320 June 12, 2019  EDITOR: Layne Bowen PHOTOGRAPHER: Diane Moresi PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick

Our Program For Wednesday, June 19, 2019

An Overview Of President Tony’s Term

President Tony Roehrick


President Tony Roehrick, 2018 – 2019

President Tony is doing an overview of his term. The 2018-19 Rotary Club of Santa Rosa year held many highlights. Among those were a commitment to continue to be a leader in aiding our community fully recover from the October 2017 fires, a return to support deserving non-profit organizations through our Joint Charitable Projects, and our continuing commitment to youth in our community. This week’s program will focus on these, and other Club achievements, through an interactive game show format designed for fun and education. Come and join in to learn more about how our club supports our community.


Wednesday June 26, 2019: Debunking of President Roehrick


Aug. 19-26, 2019 – Rotary Rhine River Cruise
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Opening Ceremonies

Pledge: Nour Maxwell

Reflection: Blaine Goodwin

Visiting Rotarians 

None present


In bound student Artie Martano,  Captain Ray Navarro, Norm and Beverly Owen.


Fred Levin crushed a finger in the garage door. Alan Hardcastle finished chemo a couple of weeks ago and his latest tests show no sign of cancer.


$425.00 was there for the taking, but for the second time in the last month, Layne Bowen chose the right marble, but it must have been the wrong time. (According to Dr. John RIP).

Rotarian of the Month

Kim Graves was recognized as the Rotarian of the month for May.


Volunteers are still needed for Giro Bello tasks.

Sign up for this year’s Bocce Tournament.

May & June Rotarian Birthdays

Red to Blue

Holly Garretson received her blue badge. Holly will take over programs from Diane next Rotary year.

Craft Talk

Born in Indiana, Dan Balfe got his engineering degree, then did what most mid-westerners do, moved to the coast. He has worked in the South Bay in a variety of engineering related jobs. As a student athlete in Lafayette Indiana, Dan had attended a number of Rotary meetings. He joined Rotary in Cambria, CA in 2004. As a dedicated Rotarian, Dan purchased Paul Harris’ for himself and his wife. He signed up for Bequest Society level 1. Dan has attended several Rotary Conventions and has been a Rotary president (2009/10). He was ADG in his district in 2011. Dan also participated International Immunization Day in India. Since moving to Santa Rosa, Dan has become deeply involved in our club as well as joint charitable projects on the district level and we are so happy that he chose our club!


San McMillan was recognized for his 18 days trip to Europe, attending Rotary in Budapest.

Steve Olson presented a Meritorious Service Lifetime Achievement Award to Norm Owen who was our District Governor and served his district even while being treated for cancer. Steve described Norm as a quiet leader who effectively delegates and supports those who serve under him. Two scholarship endowments were started under Norm’s leadership of our Rotary local foundation. Under Norm’s leadership, the foundation has grown and formalized many policies and procedures.



PP Marnie Goldschlag introduced today’s guest speaker, Captain Ray Navarro of the SR Police Department. Capt. Navarro is a leading expert on gangs, having investigated gang activity for many years.  He volunteers and serves on several boards including Chops Teen Club as well as many others.

Captain Navarro spoke about various police related issues. Cannabis is something he’s often asked about. Since it is now legal, he said the police hardly deal with it anymore. With around 200 department members, the police department is broken up into teams that specialize in various issues. 254,000 calls are received by SRPD each year. The Police Department constantly reevaluates and adjusts emphasis to meet the needs of the community. The biggest public issues now are homelessness and traffic issues.

Interestingly, Capt. Navarro said that when dealing with gangs in the early 2,000’s, the department determined they couldn’t “arrest our way out of the problem”. It is also like that with homelessness. Emphasis has been on working with various organizations who can help deal with the homeless person’s underlying issues. The Captain touched on the recent gang shooting at a park in west Santa Rosa saying arrests have been made. Finally, 27,000 hours of training on hard and soft skills were spent last year for new and existing officers. He also talked about transparency and what the department is doing to make information available to the public.

Captain Navarro then opened the floor to questions.  *Thank you Captain Navarro for taking the time to speak to our club!

Additional Meeting Pictures


Membership Note

Jason Lea, Director of North Coast School of Education has applied for membership and has been approved by the Santa Rosa Board of Directors.

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