Next Meeting is via Zoom
Wednesday June 9, 2021

Ten Life-Changing Lessons
From Rotary Youth Exchange

Sarah Harper-Johnston

Ten years ago Sarah had a map on her bedroom wall covered with cutouts from National Geographic of all the places she was going to visit in her life.  She was an insecure sixteen-year-old from a small ski town in Colorado, clinging to aspirations of traveling abroad when she was accepted as a Rotary Youth Exchange student to Denmark.  Ten years ago her life completely changed.  In her talk, Sarah will share how the decision to go abroad with RYE influenced her life and opened up amazing opportunities – university in Paris, Peace Corps in Myanmar, Rotary Global Grant Scholar (District 5470) in Ireland – and more.  This amazing talk was presented at the 2021 NAYEN Conference and we are very fortunate to have her share her life-changing insights with our club. 

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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 June 23: President’s Year in Review
Wednesday June 30: Debunking

Keep checking back.  New Programs coming soon!


Keep checking back.  New socials coming soon!


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Watch The Meeting:  Did you miss the meeting?  Here is a link to the recording of last week’s meeting:
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Please note it is only available to view until 6/20/21

Opening Ceremonies:

President Jeff, from his office in beautiful downtown Santa Rosa, greeted us all and our guests. Carolyn Fassi led the Pledge of Allegiance and had Rotarians join her in the Reflection, which was reciting the “Four Way Test.”.


Alice Donovan, Bridget Hiatt, Felix Mutisya, Chris Kong, Darby Hawkins, Ivonne Moreno, Nicole Johnson, Musaiel Gebremarian, Mily Lorenzo, Nicholas Johnson, Paul Hollingsworth, Jennifer McCullough, and Mia Revelle.

Visiting Rotarians:

Jackie McMillan

Sunshine Report:

Jeanne Levin has broken her femur!

Rotarian of the Month:

Ryan Thomas for his shepherding the high school student awards, year after year.

Membership Drive Results:

Matthew Henry says that Ray Giampaoli’s team was the winner.  Ray said he was grateful that Steve Olson was on his team.  Therefore, he donated $100 to the nondirected funds of our local foundation in Steve’s name.  The team awards are a bottle of wine and a $25 gift certificate for Montgomery Village.

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The 100th Birthday Bash:

Mark Burchill says the event will take place on Friday, December 3rd at the Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club.  Ticket prices will be $125 per person.  Tables, which get a better location in the room, will be $1200.  We already know that Susan ZW, Gordon, and Penny Shurtleff are coming.  More details to follow.  Just put it on your calendar.


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Yes, the only official social of this year will be Monday, June 14th at Jeff and Kolin’s house., 3904 Sage Hill Place, Santa Rosa.  The party starts at 5:30pm. Beer and wine will be provided.  Bocce ball to play. Patty asks us to bring something to share based on your last name:  A-F= appetizers, G-L = vegetables or fruit, M-Z = dessert.  Please RSVP via email to by June 11th.

Sergeant of Arms Duties:

Robert Pierce is looking for members to join his team.  Once we start meeting in person there are more duties to be accomplished during the meetings.

Today’s Program:  Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Steve Olson, who chairs the scholarship committee, introduced our scholarship students.

Paul Hollingsworth is the recipient of the John Brown Veteran’s award 0f $2000.  He will be continuing his education at Santa Rosa Junio College next year.  He served in the Navy and is interested in food science.

Jennifer McCullough is the recipient of the Larry Bello award for $2000.  She is pursuing a career in fire science.

Darby Hawkins is the recipient of the Foundation Directors scholarship of $2000.  Darby will be attending UC Santa Cruz in the fall to study computer science with a career goal of being a software engineer.

Musaiel Gebremariam is the recipient of the Spenser Flournoy engineering scholarship.  This is a $2000 award that is renewable. He will be attending UC Berkeley in the fall to study mechanical engineering.  He is interested in working in the automotive industry.

Alice Donovan is the recipient of the Hardester award for a disabled student.  This $2000 award is renewable.  She will be attending San Diego State University in the fall to study child development.  She wants to be a pediatric social worker.

Nicholas Johnson is the recipient of the Jack Lavar $2000 renewable scholarship for a communications major.  He will be attending Sonoma State University in the fall.  He would like to become a public information officer for a police or fire department.

Felix Mutisya is the recipient of the Larry Miyano $2000 engineering scholarship.  He will be attending UC Davis in the fall as a chemical engineering major.  He is interested in improving health.

Mia Revelle is the recipient of the President’s Outstanding Transfer scholarship.  This is a $3000 scholarship. She will be attending UC Berkeley in the fall to study society and the environment with the plan to go to law school to specialize in environmental law or research.

Mily Leon is the recipient of the Chase Sorenson scholarship for $2000.  She will be attending Sonoma State in the fall to study psychology.  She would like to become a bilingual high school counselor.

Ivonne Moreno is the recipient of the Thylin $2000 scholarship.  She is a re-entry student who will be majoring in business at Sonoma State University in the fall.  She would like to become an accountant.

Bridgett Hiatt is the recipient of the Vicini health science scholarship for $2000.  She will be attending Sonoma State in the fall to study Nursing.

Christopher Kong is the recipient of the $2000 Christopher Wood award for a business major.  Chris will be attending Cal State Fullerton in the fall to study business administration.  He would like to become a marketing consultant.

Part Two of today’s Foundation Presentation:  Doug Chase with a behind the scenes look at the Foundation.

The foundation was started in 1989 with the idea to have a way to give back to our local community. In the last 30+ years the corpus has grown to over $2,000,000.  Today’s scholarships are just one are of the foundation’s area of philanthropy. Doug has quietly been the person behind the improvements to the foundation’s website and building marketing materials to be used to solicit donations from targeted corporations.  In today’s meeting he gave us a quick tour of the foundation’s website,  He played a promotional video on the foundation.  Craig Meltzner was impressed and wanted to know if he could set up for monthly donations to the club foundation just as you can to Rotary International.  Yes, you can do that on the website.

Program Slides:

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Governor, District 5130

Doug Johnson


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

Board of Directors

Club Service I, Membership, Julia Parranto
Club Service II, Club Meetings, Casey D’Angelo
Club Service III, Fundraising, Diane Moresi
Club Service IV, Member Activities, Anne Gospe
Club Service V, Information Technology and Records, Pete Lescure
Community Service I, Member Involvement, Rio Ray
Community Service II, Youth, Andrea Geary
Vocational Service, Carolyn Fassi
International Service, Dan Balfe

DIGITAL EDITION No. 411 June 9, 2021  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Kris Anderson PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick