Next meeting
Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Sonoma County Library

Erika Thibault

Sonoma County Library Director Erika Thibault,will discuss the status of the current library system. The new proposed library in Roseland, and The library system’s foundation.  She will talk about the value of libraries and their economic impact on communities!

To be held at Bennett Valley Golf – in-person only.

Wednesday June 21: Greenacre Homes & School
Wednesday June 28: Celebrations of Kris Andersons Year As President

Click here for the current calendar (Subject to updates).


Redwood Empire Food Bank – 2nd Wednesday of the month.  The next one is June 14th – 5 PM – 7 PM

Giro Bello – June 24, 2023 – Register @  Check out the new jersey’s.
We need more riders and especially more volunteers (Click here for the Signup Genius). Please ask family and friends to join us. Robert invited Past President Ray to report on sponsorships. They have exceeded our goal of $32,000. Currently, there are 495 riders registered. Last year at this time, there were 529. Ray asks that we contact friends, family members, and others who enjoy riding and promote our ride.  

August 13-16 – ShelterBox is launching ShelterBox Adventure Trek.  The first outing will be August 13-16 in Yosemite National Park.

More socials, projects, & events coming soon!

Rotary Announcements

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“Welcome to the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa where we imagine a world that deserves our best, where we get up each day knowing that we can make a difference.”


Past president Mark Burchill conducted the meeting today in President Kris Anderson’s absence. President Elect-elect Casey D’Angelo led the opening ceremonies. His reflection today was a poem by Robert Francis called “Summons,” which he recalled from high school.


Past president Mark Burchill introduced his wife Mel.

Barry Silberg introduced his son Michael.

Craig Meltzner re-introduced our inbound exchange student, Chiara, who just graduated from Santa Rosa High School.

Past president Julia Parranto introduced Rich Rossi, who will soon join the club.


Ginny Cannon reported that a new member, Natasha Perez, is absent today because of having Covid.


Pete Lescure conducted the raffle. Diane Moresi drew the lucky ticket. Heather Thurber  held the winning ticket and drew the lucky marble. Her winnings today were approximately $25.00. The Second Chance drawing bag is depleted of prizes. More to come.

Giro Bello Update

Robert Pierce reported that ridership is close to last year’s at this time.

We need more riders and especially more volunteers. Please ask family and friends to join us. Robert invited Past President Ray to report on sponsorships. They have exceeded our goal of $32,000. Currently, there are 495 riders registered. Last year at this time, there were 529. Ray asks that we contact friends, family members, and others who enjoy riding and promote our ride. If you need flyers to post for the ride or share with prospective riders, please see Robert.

Ray proceeded to auction off a 2002 Balletto Pinot for Polio. It is the last remaining bottle in circulation. Julia Parranto and Kim Murphy were actively engaged in the bidding, but this extraordinary wine goes to Kim Murphy for her generous donation of $200.


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Steve Olsen, Chair of the Santa Rosa Foundation Rotary Club, reviewed the Spence and Shirley Flournoy Engineering Scholarship. It is a renewable scholarship established through the generosity of Spence and Shirley Flournoy’s family. Please see the attached.#4 Flournoy doc

Ted Wilmsen shared the story of his father and other family members who immigrated from Hamburg, Germany, on June 23, 1923. Ted is the first generation of children. His family members came to California in 1929, where they became chicken farmers. In honor of this 100th anniversary, Ted donated to Wes Jamison Agriculture Scholarship, Rotary Club for Giro Bello, and the International Foundation for Polio Plus.

Outbound Student Letter

Susan Nowacki called everyone’s attention to the letter from our outbound student Marcos Stevens.


Bearing gifts of lavender products from Corrick’s, Keven Brown called up the members with June birthdays.


Diane Moresi announced they had taken a cruise around Spain and Portugal, ending in Rome. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with Covid, and her granddaughter Molly McNeill’s graduated from 8th grade. She donated to the Club, Giro Bello, and the Chase-Sorensen Educational Scholarship Fund for those important events.

Jeff Gospe shared that his son Jacob and Molly were born days apart, and he, too, had graduated from 8th grade. Jeff donated to the Club.

Matthew acknowledged his youngest daughter graduated from 6th grade, and his twins graduated from high school. They celebrated with a weekend of graduation activities. He donated to the Club.

Julia Parranto announced that her daughter Emily graduated from Santa Rosa High School. She donated to the Chase Sorensen Scholarship Fund.

Karen Ball announced they had an enjoyable vacation, beginning with attempting to go down the coast of California and ending in Las Vegas after traveling in and around the central coast. Karen donated to the Spence Flournoy Engineering Scholarship Fund.

Paul Hamilton shared that his grandson was accepted into the Fire Academy at Miramar in San Diego, and his granddaughter will finish college at UCSB. In recognition of their accomplishments, he donated to the club.

Rick Allen announced that his grandson graduated from TK and is prepared for kindergarten in the fall. He donated to the Club.


Susan Nowacki introduced today’s speaker Past President Mark Burchill, who presented his travels and time at the 2023 Rotary Convention in Australia. Nine years ago, the Rotary International Convention was held in Australia. Last month, it was again held in Australia. On Wednesday, nine years ago, a club member at the last minute could not do the program. Another member stepped up to give the presentation. Yesterday, our scheduled presenter dropped out at the last minute, and the same club member once again stepped up to do the RI Convention program and much more. Deja vu!

Program Slides

Click image for full presentation:  Mark Burchill – RCSR Presentation slidewhow
Click here for accompanying text: Mark Burchill – RCSR Presentation text

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Club Job Openings:

Still need a few bulletin writers. Need a person on the board for Vocational Service Recognition

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Governor, District 5130

Jennifer Strong


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

Board of Directors

Kris Anderson – President
Ann Gospe – President Elect
Casey D’Angelo – President Elect Nominee
Ray Giampaoli – Past President
Debi Zaft – Secretary
Karen Ball – Treasurer
Robert Pierce – Sergeant At Arms
Julia Parranto – Club Service- Membership
Andrea Geary – Club Service – Club Meetings
Matthew Henry – Club Service – Fund Raising
Charlie Howard-Gibbon – Club Services – Member Activities
Pete Lescure – Club Service – Records and Outreach
Casey Carter – Member Involvement
Mary Graves Community – Service – Youth
Tim Fawcett – Vocational Service
Scott Bartley – International Service
Paul Hamilton – Foundation Representative

DIGITAL EDITION No. 504 June 7, 2023  EDITOR: Diane Moresi PHOTOGRAPHER: Jeff Gospe PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick