DIGITAL EDITION   No. 130   June 17, 2015 EDITOR: David Brown PHOTOGRAPHER: Nicole Le

Our Program for June 24th:


Mark Burchill, President 2014 - 2015

Mark Burchill, President 2014 – 2015

The 93rd year of The Rotary Club of Santa Rosa is coming to a close, a year marked with highs & lows of completing several surveys asking us what was good (or bad) about (almost) everything about our club. Come and celebrate the end of another year having to withstand the characteristics and foibles of our esteemed leader. Don’t be Square but Be There – to share in this fine Rotary tradition! It is usually the best meeting of the year.


Wednesday, July 8th: Sonoma State University President Dr. Ruben Arminana
Wednesday, July 15th: Rotaplast
Wednesday, July 22nd:  Ebola


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Mike Kallhoff with  the invocation

Mike Kallhoff with the invocation


Presiding: President Mark Burchill

Pledge: Fred Levin

Thought for the Day: Mike Kallhoff offered a “seat of his pants” 4 way test message that was highlighted by his admission that he was unprepared today. That honesty fit well with the topic. Bravo Mike!


Dominic Walker from the West Santa Rosa Club.


Will Haymaker welcomed Kathy Schwartz, who has just relocated from San Diego, Joy Parker introduced her hubby Bob, David Brown introduced son Jake Brown, Incoming President Doug Johnson welcomed Dentist Andy McCormick and Nicole Griffith, from Proteus Marketing.

Ted Wilmsen-Raffle loser but, clearly, a good sport!

Ted Wilmsen-Raffle loser but, clearly, a good sport!


Doug Roberts led today’s raffle and Ted Wilmsen had the lucky ticket but failed to pick the lucky marble. More in the pot for next week!


Prez Mark presented Doug Roberts his blue badge for completing the requirements and paid a $10 spot for the honor.


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  • Karen Ball reminded all about the social today at De Meo Park beginning at 5:30
  • Doug Johnson made a shout out for volunteers to help stuff the swag bags and day goods this Saturday from 9am to 1pm at Discovery Office Systems for next week’s Giro Bello.
  • Past President Peggy Soberanis reminded those involved that the last rehearsal for next week’s debunking will be immediately after the today’s meeting (anybody thinking “surveys”?).
  • Lena Humber asked for Red Badgers and others to step up and volunteer for the variety of meeting duties, i.e.; greeters, ticket takers etc. for the upcoming July meetings.



We will be preparing the 2015 – 2016 Roster book very soon. Please send any changes (tel, email, spouse, etc.) to Jack Abercrombie at as soon as you can. If you want a new photo, please see our club photographer for an update. New Members: Be sure that you have your photo taken. We will go to press, in early July.


Debi Zaft reported that everything was Sunny in Rotary land!


A group of ten volunteers met on Saturday morning to assemble SWAG bags for the Giro Bello event. They were Don & Jackie McMillan, Doug Johnson, Jack Abercrombie, Karen Ball, Laura Held, Lena Humber, Peter Lescure, Peggy Soberanis & Dan Wright.


Paul Hamilton shared the success of his grandson on the basketball court this past season and donated $100 to his Paul Harris.

Cathy Vicini shared the story of her grandson losing is first tooth as well as her wines receiving gold medals. Congrats Cathy! She in turn donated $100 to the John Brown fund.

Nicole Le prepaid $50 to the club for her upcoming family trip to Maui.

Emily Harrington purchased a camper and will be heading out with her boys this weekend for a camping trip. She donated $50 to the Giro Bello (Blaine Goodwin shared that his grandsons will also be going on that camping trip and made a $50 donation as well).

Tim Delaney will miss next week’s Giro Bello. Instead, he’ll be attending his son’s wedding. He in turn donated $50 to the event.


Rotary’s form of “Speed Dating” took place for 10 minutes prior to the program to get to know each other just a little bit better. Today’s speed dating session looked more like Prez Mark trying to herd cats! Speaking of cats and other furry critters…….

Speaker Marla

Speaker Marla Steele


The program today was about communicating with our pets. Pet Psychic Marla Steele shared her experiences and stories about working with pet owners and how we communicate with our pets. She offered that all of us are “psychic” to the degree that you let yourself be. She has been a regular on our local radio station KZST for the last 12 years and has been on TV and radio shows throughout the country. She ended her talk with a reading of pets from 3 of our own Rotarians.


President Mark closed the meeting thanking those who helped put on today’s meeting and reminded all of us that he has one week left….debunking next week!

Those helping were Greeters: Marnie Goldschlag & Bill Rousseau; Ticket Seller: Ray Giampaoli; Raffle: Doug Roberts.; Ticket Taker: Bill Hatcher; Scribe: David Brown; Mic Jockey: Cathy Vicini


Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Officers

President: Mark Burchill, President Elect: Doug Johnson, President Elect Nominee: Jose Guillen, Past President: Peggy Soberanis, Secretary: Jack Abercrombie, Treasurer: Cecil G. Humes, Sergeant at Arms: Jack Geary

President Rotary International

Gary C.K. Huang, member of the Rotary Club of Taipei, Taiwan

Governor, District 5130

Kevin Eisenberg, member of the Rotary Club of Calistoga

Attendance Secretary

Jack Abercrombie P.O. Box 505 Santa Rosa, CA 95402 707-538-4770

Board of Directors

Karen Ball, Tim Delaney, Tim Fawcett, Gesine Franchetti, Bill Hatcher, Elizabeth Karbousky, Steve Olson, Jack Tolin, Cathy Vicini