DIGITAL EDITION No. 179  June 8, 2016  EDITOR: Layne Bowen  PHOTOGRAPHER: Elizabeth Karbousky

Our Program for June 15th:


Aiding China’s Senior Housing Crisis

Tony Fisher picA delegation of Chinese business people touring 50 U.S. senior-living facilities early last fall saw some things at Healdsburg Senior Living that they had not seen before.  Just a few months later Tony Fisher and Rob Matthews found themselves in Chongqing, China as hired advisors for the creation of a massive development for 22,000 senior citizens involving 13 34-story residential towers, a lake  and a 400 bed hospital.

Tony Fisher will share with us this “surreal” experience, why serving our senior citizens is his passion and what makes Healdsburg Senior Living a model for not only China to replicate, but all involved in the care of seniors everywhere.


Wednesday, June 22nd: President Doug’s Year in Review
Wednesday, June 29th: Debunking of President Doug (EVENING MEETING AT WIKIUP TENNIS CLUB)
Wednesday, July 6th:


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*Be prepared to name the artists who sang the songs (in italics). Answers at the bottom of the page!

 Paperback Writer:  Layne Bowen                                   Photograph er:  Elizabeth Karbousky

President Doug is nearing the end of his term and is looking pretty happy these days! Sweet Caroline, Doug’s almost outta here!


Guests today included: Mathew Henry, guest of Yale Abrams.


Past President Barbara Beedon was in attendance today – Always great to see her! Also in attendance was Tina Chiotti Stewart, Past President of the Middletown Club who has just relocated to Santa Rosa.


Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone…….

Ginny Cannon announced that it was a Good Day Sunshine kind of day. Nothing to report!

Karen Ball Raffle Consolation

Karen Ball Raffle Consolation


Born to Be Wild Robby Fouts tried to give away some cash, but was only able to give away 10 Yankee dollars to Karen Ball. Doug was upset that they weren’t Red Sox dollars……


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Mark Burchill announced that the Debunking (of President Doug) meeting will be held on from 5-7pm on Wednesday, June 29th at Wikiup.  The debunking skit will be at 6pm. Download the flier here for details and to R.S.V.P.: Debunking 2016

Elizabeth Karbousky reminded the club that a social is to be held at Franchetti’s on Thursday, the 9th at 5pm. If we don’t have a good turnout, she’ll Cry Like A Baby. That’s ok, though because she says, ” It’s My Party and I’ll Cry if I Want To”.

Don McMillan made another plea for help at Giro Bello, our Bicycle event which will be held on June 25th. This is our big fundraiser and everybody needs to pitch in! Pop up tents are needed for the lawn at the expo.

Jackie McMillan thanked members who brought programs to the club on a wide variety of subjects.

Carolyn's Rotary Craft Talk

Carolyn’s Rotary Craft Talk


Red Badger, Carolyn Fassi gave her Craft Talk today.  She had a varied 35 year career including working in DC during the Aids Crisis in the 1980’s. She has lived and worked in a variety of setting s including South Dakota, of all places. In each location, she made her mark and left it better than when she arrived.


June Birthdays

June Birthdays: Steve Reuter, Jack Atkin, Jack Abercrombie and Jeff Kolin


The program today was a songwriter workshop with two very talented and funny singer songwriters, introduced by Layne Bowen. Michael Capella and Teresa Tudury shared stories and songs that each has written and performed over the years. Coincidentally, each has been touched by Rotary in the past. Teresa’s father was a Rotarian in South San Francisco where she grew up. She said that she could feel the warmth in the room and that it gave her a good feeling about her father to know that he was involved in such a great organization. Michael, it turns out was a Rotary scholarship recipient out of high school in Sacramento.

Both singers sang songs and answered questions from the audience about the music business and songwriting. The highlight of the program had to be when Teresa had the audience singing along to her hilarious song Chinese Underwear. Both artists brought copies of their recordings and each sold a number of copies after the meeting to Rotarians. Thanks for supporting local music, folks!

All Three Musicians

All three musicians: Layne Bowen. Michael Capella and Teresa Tudury


How well do you know your music?  Answers to song titles below……..

  1. Paperback Writer – Beatles
  1. Photograph – Ringo Starr
  1. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
  1. Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone – Bill Withers
  1. Good Day Sunshine – Beatles
  1. Born to be Wild – Steppenwolf
  1. Cry Like a Baby – Box Tops
  1. It’s My Party and I’ll Cry if I Want To – Leslie Gore
  1. Bicycle – Queen
  1. Chinese Underwear – C’mon, I just told you!



Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Officers

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

President Rotary International

K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran, member of the Rotary Club of Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka

Governor, District 5130

Erin Dunn, member of the Rotary Club of Fortuna Sunrise

Attendance Secretary

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

Board of Directors

Jack Atkin, Karen Ball, Tim Delaney, Tim Fawcett, Gesine Franchetti, Bill Hatcher, Will Haymaker, Elizabeth Karbousky, Steve Olson