Next Meeting is via Zoom
Wednesday March 17, 2021

Mental Health and Services Available in Sonoma County

Mary-Frances Walsh,
Executive Director of NAMI Sonoma County

Mary-Frances will introduce us to NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and its local affiliate, NAMI Sonoma County. She will talk about the services they provide in our community, how to access their services – and why their services matter: what mental health conditions are, the signs and symptoms; how common these illnesses are and the impact of mental illness on our community, especially during the past year of the pandemic.

–>  Debi will send you the Zoom login link for the 12:00 meeting. Feel free to put your feet up, grab a sandwich, and join the meeting. <–


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 March 24: Our Local PBS and NPR Stations
Wednesday March 31: Ceres Project
Wednesday April 7: Past President’s Day – Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum
Wednesday April 14: Provident St. Joseph Community Health Investments
Wednesday April 21: Rotary’s Environmental Protection Focus
Wednesday April 28: COVID in Sonoma County

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  3/21/21

Opening Ceremonies

Pledge and Reflection from Susan Nowacki:

“The world is a dangerous place to live.  Not because of dangerous people, but because those who are unwilling to do anything about it.”

Visiting Rotarians:

Will Haymaker


Miriam Landau –Camarillo, Alex Del Rosario and Hayley Bly

Rotarian of the Month:

Tony Roehrick is our Rotarian of the Month!  Besides being a past president, he has been involved with the beginnings of our strategic plan, he has been instrumental on the Giro Bello, and he is our “guy” for the recent football pool and the Polio Plus pool.

Strategic Plan Update:

President Jeff shared the updated plan that was put together with the assistance of Andrea Geary, Kris Anderson, Ray Giampaoli, Julia Parranto and Rio Ray.  We have 3 primary goals:

  1. Promote, attract and retain a highly diversified club membership with a strong commitment to service above self and high ethical standards.
  2. Through the five areas of service and service above self, promote and advance the well-being of youth, elderly, and people in need, as well as invest in the leadership of our community’s youth.
  3. Achieve and sustain financial stability through sound club management, innovative and effective fund-raising programs and long-term prudent investment.

Sunflower Community Garden:

Alex Del Rosario and Miriam Landau-Camarillo, graduates of NewGen, stopped by to tell us about the garden they want to do on some land owned by Catholic Charities.  It previously was a garden, but has been neglected in the last few years.  Toni Abraham from Catholic Charites is all for it.  They still have tools and seeds.  There are two small greenhouses that are in good shape.  Miriam and Alex need our help as adult supervision on Wednesdays and Saturdays (though you can pitch in and work).


Hop-To-It-For-Hunger still needs to sell more bags.  Keep pushing for more sales to your beer loving friends and family.

More hands-on projects.  This Thursday, Friday and Saturday with the Food Bank/Hop-To-It-For-Hunger and the Salvation Army on March 24th

Larry Miyano Fund:

Wednesday would have been Larry’s 70th birthday.  We have crossed over $40,000 in contributions per Steve Olson.  The goal is $50,000 to be able to offer a scholarship to an engineering student.  If you would like to contribute, send your checks to Vickie Hardcastle and put “Larry Miyano” in the memo/.

Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army:

President Jeff and Kris Anderson went to the Salvation Army office to pick up our certificate for being the top bell ringing organization for this past holiday season.

Need a Covid vaccination?

Ray Giampaoli said the Sonoma County Medical Association had room for people 70 and older for vaccinations on Thursday and Friday at the fairgrounds.  They got some Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

The Polio Plus pool is sold out!

The drawing for the Paul Harris Fellow award of $1000 will be at next week’s meeting.


Ray Giampaoli donated $50 to the club administration budget in honor of completing PETS online this past weekend…9 hours on Zoom.

Cathy Vicini said Trecini won double gold for their Pinot and Sweepstakes for their Rose at the San Francisco Wine Competition.  She donated $50 for Jose and $50 for Julia for filling in for President Jeff when he was out of town.

Rotarians in Action:

Thursday, at the Redwood Empire Food Bank Susan Nowacki, Charlie Howard-Gibbon, Ray Giampaoli, Gary Vice and his friend Nancy, Rick Allen, Ted Wilmsen, Nona Lucas Robert Pierce and Karen Ball bagged carrots, oranges and apples.

More Rotarians in Action:

Thursday, again at the Redwood Empire Food Bank, Jeff Kolin, Robert Pierce, Suzanne Nowacki, Kris Anderson, Ann Gospe, and Dan Berman were our bagging the beer for Saturday’s Hop-to-it-for-Hunger fund raiser.

This week’s guest speaker was Hayley Bly from the Boys and Girls Club of Sonoma and Marin

Things are a little different with Covid.  Usually, they are just an afternoon program, but now they have some clubs open as early as 8:30 in the morning.  The kids that do come are divided into no more than 12 in a pod.  they stay with on teacher all day and they only are in contact with that group.

Program Slides:

Additional Pictures:

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. 398 March 10, 2021  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Kris Anderson PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick