DIGITAL EDITION No. 20 March 13, 2013 EDITORS: Jim Johnson PHOTOGRAPHER: Nicole Le
Our Program For March 20th:
SANTA ROSA’S GANG PREVENTION TASK FORCE
Latest gang crime statistics and official panel report on prevention & intervention
This meeting will be back at the usual location:
Flamingo Hotel Ballroom
This week’s Rotary presentation features Sergeant Eric Goldschlag from the Santa Rosa Police Department, City Councilman Ernesto Olivares, and Serena Lienau from the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force. The panel spotlights Santa Rosa’s latest gang crime statistics, along with an update on the city’s gang prevention and intervention efforts from using the millions of dollars in funds from the successful Measure O vote and other government grants.
March 27, 2013: Tourism Growth in Sonoma County
April 3, 2013: The Business of Dying
April 10, 2013: The Future—Printed in 3D
WHO HAVE YOU TOLD ABOUT THE GIRO BELLO TODAY?
This week’s meeting of the Rotary Club of Santa Rotary was rather unique, crafted on short notice out of necessity by Past President (2000-01) David Brown after we learned that the St. Rose venue was unequipped for playback of video presentation by Canadian physician Bruce Aylward, who heads the Global Polio Eradication Initiative for the World Health Organization. No problem for our 90-year-old club, which maintains a cadre of members always prepared to fill extemporaneously whatever needs to be filled. Exhibit A was Robby Fouts who apparently has been prepared for his moment of fame since he became a Rotarian more than a decade ago. Exhibit B was recent immigrant Doug Johnson, who quoted the scriptures in a foreign tongue, both to explain the origins of the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and Rotary’s 4-Way Test.
With no guests or visiting Rotarians in attendance and in the absence of President William, the entire membership exercised their First Amendment Rights and our club’s 4,320th meeting captured their exceptional attention and achieved remarkable results, as will be noted in the historical records.
Acting President David Brown, backed by the credibility of Webmaster Wayne Rowlands—with Program Chair Matt Everson nodding in agreement—announced that the video scheduled for today’s meeting was D.O.A. and would not be shown due to technical difficulties beyond their control. Dave then called for the introduction of Visiting Rotarians. When no alien Rotarians stepped forward he called for Guests of Rotarians be introduced, however not a single Rotarian introduced a guest.
- Reminding us how much we have missed Dick Jenkins during his long recovery, Eileen Carlisle reports that Dick has been making good progress lately, with repair of his fractured vertebrae and hopes to be back at Rotary, possibly within the next few weeks After 43 years of loyal dedication to Rotary, we’ve all missed his cheerful presence the past six months. Dick joined this Rotary Club after he retired in 1970 from Fluor Engineering. Eileen suggests that we all contact Dick and give him additional encouragement. Tell him how much we have really missed him.
- Eileen welcomed back Penny Tibbetts from caring for her mother, Lorna Newton Adams, who passed away on March 1. Services will be at 11 am April 6, 11 am, at Daniels Chapel of the Roses, 1225 Sonoma Avenue.
- Services were held Saturday for Joe McClelland, a dedicated Rotarian for 20 years, long-time Santa Rosa community leader and businessman who passed away on March 8th.
THE KALLHOFF CRAFT TALK
David Brown calmly fell back to the End Zone and punted to Mike Kallhoff. Kalhoff, who has been rehearsing for his Craft Talk since spring 2011 when he jumped off the 5 am Vegas Express and landed in Santa Rosa. Mike took the ball and ran with it. Several hours later, we not only knew his life history, but his most insulting job interviews, his love affair with the AFLAC “Spokesduck”, wife Tamara’s love of Nebraska winters, and his two athletic girls—13 year old Mariah (Empire Volleyball) and 10 year old Kaitlyn (S.R. Girls’ Softball League). Mike’s unquenchable enthusiasm and optimism in the face of adversity came through when he talked about their young daughter Kaitlyn’s recovery from cancer when she was three. “During the whole six months of chemotherapy, this bald, skeleton/child cheerfully walked around the house with an angelic smile on her little face.” Most us who were paying attention teared up, but every Rotarian at Wednesday’s meeting benefitted from Mike Kallhoff’s remarkable craft talk.
With this week’s Rotary Raffle Jackpot up to a new record of $563, the St. Rose Hall was very quiet. Paul Hamilton carefully drew future president designate Jose Guillen’s almost-winning-ticket, but once again Lady Luck turned her head, Jose did not find the Lucky Joker, and received the slightly-consoling $10 booby prize.
FREE RAFFLE TICKETS!
This is a great Giro Bello incentive for next week’s raffle. Everyone is bound by Rotary’s 4-Way Test:
Three requirements to win FREE Tickets for the March 20th Rotary Raffle:
☻Everyone who accomplishes one of the following things wins ONE FREE RAFFLE TICKET
☻If you accomplish two of these requirements, you get TWO FREE RAFFLE TICKETS
1. Follow Giro Bello on Facebook, like it, and share a post
2. Email out to your address book an email about Giro Bello
3. Get one new participant to commit, enter & ride in this year’s Giro Bello on July 6th
☻There is “No Three Ticket Deal”
☻ Remember the 4-Way test!
☻ Doug Johnson will be at the Raffle Table on Wednesday, handing out the tickets for which you qualify
GIRO BELLO UPDATE
Registration: Rotary’s Third Annual Giro Bello is up and running strong with three months to go before our club’s gigantic fund-raising event on Saturday, July 6th in West Sonoma County. But we need everyone’s help now. Here is a quick update from Giro Bello headquarters’ Matt Fannin: The big push is on to sign up riders for the three Beautiful Rides as soon as possible. That’s why—and how— you can win free raffle tickets for next Wednesday’s $600-Plus Jackpot. As of this week, we are two riders shy of one hundred registered. We have a long way to go!
Sponsors: Last year at this time, we had two sponsors supporting Giro Bello. This year we ALREADY have four sponsors…an initial commitment of $5,500!
Spread the word: You need to tell everyone you contact…by email, social media, through your church and all religious affiliations, schools, health clubs, youth groups, friends & neighbors at work. Every time you get just one person to ride, that adds another $55 to $95 that our club can use to fund Rotary’s local community service, world-wide projects, and more. And usually that one person brings one friend or more!
Giro Bello posters & flyers: While you are in line Wednesday, pick up enough flyers and posters for everyone you know that owes you a favor. Do not forget to post or distribute the Giro Bello info.
Cathy Vicini announced that she received a call this week from Gordon Shurtleff’s Rotary Club in La Jolla. They want to purchase three cases of Tricini Vineyard’s “Pinot for Polio” wine and she needed to discuss “a little problem”: She has remaining a few cases of the legendary Pinot Noir produced in 2010 for the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa’s drive to eliminate polio everywhere forever. She received our club’s approval to sell the three to Gordon’s club for the La Jolla fundraiser this summer.
Rumor is that the “River Theme Song” has been selected by popular ballot as District 5130’s “Green Projects” next year. Incoming President Peggy Soberanis said to “hold the presses” and she would call us with the winning song. (We’re still on hold.)
- Acting President Dave voluntarily ‘fessed up that he and Y Executive Gerald Villarreal raised $2800 this week with an Inside Marathon on the agony machines in the lobby of their YMCA. Unfortunately the 11 miles they traveled (in circles) were off-set by the pizza & beer recovery diet. Mr. Brown enriched his Paul Harris Fellowship to the tune of $25.
- Larry Miyano confirmed that he and Mary were leaving on a jet plane for an extended vacation in Japan soon. He made an advance deposit to the club on their Asian holiday!
- Past President Fred Levin simply had to tell us about his trip to West Palm Beach, Florida, to celebrate his sister’s 85th birthday. What tickled his sense of humor (and it doesn’t take much) was the night Big Sister Jeannette drove him to dinner at The Breakers Hotel in her elderly 1997 Oldsmobile, which was belching smoke like a chimney! Just imagine this swanky & legendary hotel in the heart of kosher Palm Beach. Parking is $50 an hour among the sparking Maserati convertibles and highly buffed Rolls town cars. Just in time, Eileen Carlisle interrupted Fred to announce that his sister had given an honorarium to our local foundation in the names of Fred & Jeanne Levin.
- Paul Hamilton hasn’t made the Petaluma Cheer Leader Squad yet, but he and the whole family tagged along anyway to spend two days at the Disneyland competition. That, plus the Facebook photo and profile, added up to Paul’s $100 contribution to the club.
- On the spot and confessing for bargains were the McMillians, Jackie & Don, with a busy summer planned for Palm Springs and Jackie’s birthday celebration with her son flying to California for the celebration. It is unconfirmed but Jackie swears that her birthday spectacular will include parachute jumping from planes. “Way up in the sky, Oh My!”
- Thanks to an eagle-eyed editor, we learned that Chip Rawson was famous for a minute for being quoted in this week’s Press Democrat about consumers being charged for recycling old paint. Chip said, “It won’t matter much to local painters who will simply pass it on to the consumers. It will be the customers that are paying.” Those words cost him a $25 donation to our Rotary Club.
- In a very profitable (for Rotary) game of True Confessions, Darrell Horn revealed that he and Nancy had returned from an extensive tour of Asia to Seoul, Korea, India, and visits to Cambodia, the Mekong Delta, and to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Darrell contributed $50 each to the Horns’ Paul Harris Fellowships.
- Past President Rich de Lambert confessed that he was now a volunteer member of the Santa Rosa firefighters. $25, Rich!
- Maybe there was scant recognition for Keven Brown’s three days on a bus to Disneyland and back with a 20 person’s children’s chorus. After all, he was lucky to make it back, sane and alive.
- It must be tough for the Porembas after their third trip to South America. According to John they celebrated in the huge Street Carnival from 9 pm to 7am—10 hours dancing in the streets with 80,000 Samba dancers! Then, on to the overwhelmingly spectacular Iguaçu Falls on the border between Argentina and Brazil, and back to civilization for a final stop for an evening of dancing the Argentinian Samba. According to John, they came down with colds and the flu their first week home. By Wednesday he recovered enough to contribute $100 to the club’s local foundation.
THE FINAL WORD
Since we all had a great meeting this week at the St. Rose Center, please remember that next Wednesday’s Rotary meeting we return to our home in the Grand Ballroom of the Flamingo Hotel. The program features Sergeant Eric Goldschlag from the Santa Rosa Police, Ernesto Olivares from the Santa Rosa City Council, and Serena Lienau from the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force. The program spotlights Santa Rosa’s latest gang crime statistics, along with an update on the city’s gang prevention and intervention efforts using the millions of dollars in funds from the successful Measure O vote and other government grants.
Rotary Club of Santa Rosa
President: Bill Rousseau, President Elect: Peggy Soberanis, Secretary: Jack Abercrombie, Treasurer: Cecil G. Humes, Sergeant at Arms: Jack Geary
President Rotary International
Sakuji Tanaka – Rotary Club of Yasjio, Japan
Governor, District 5130
Michael Juric – Rotary Club of Windsor
Jack Abercrombie P.O. Box 505 Santa Rosa, CA 95402 707-538-4770
Board of Directors
Matt Fannin, Jose Guillen, Paul Hamilton, Nicole Le, Diane Moresi, Vinay Patel, Robert Pierce, Carmen Sinigiani, Creed Wood, Marnie Goldschlag, Past President