DIGITAL EDITION No. 217  March 22, 2017  EDITOR: Layne Bowen PHOTOGRAPHER: Kris Anderson PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick

Our Program For March 29, 2017


David Gouin

David Gouin is the Director of Housing and Community Services for the City of Santa Rosa.  He has a total of 26 years’ experience in economic development, redevelopment, affordable housing, and neighborhood revitalization programs.

Dave Gouin picMr. Gouin received his Masters degree in Public Administration from Sonoma State University and his Bachelor’s from Central Michigan University. He has participated as a board member of non-profit affordable housing development corporations, and currently serves on the Supervisory Committee of the Redwood Credit Union.

He also serves as the Executive Director of Santa Rosa’s Housing Authority. Dave and his team are credited with forming the Santa Rosa Housing Trust, operating an award winning rental assistance program, expanding homeless services, ensuring compliance with adopted City codes, and addressing blighting influences with the popular Neighborhood Revitalization Program.

Mr. Gouin will focus his presentation on some specific ways his department fulfills its mission to create affordable housing opportunity and solutions based homeless services here in Santa Rosa.  He will also highlight all of their program areas to enlist questions of interest from our audience.

Wednesday March 29: The Protection of Children in Conflict Areas
Wednesday April 5: Club Assembly #2


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Roy Thylin led the pledge

Tim Delaney – read from Ecclesiastes.


Jon LemMonRichard Lazovick announced that today we had one visiting Rotarian John LemMon from Glen Ellen.


Our guest speaker was our only guest today.


Larry Miyano did not pull the correct marbleRich de Lambert ran today’s raffle for $109.00. Larry Miyano drew a disappointing marble and walked away with a mere $10.00.


Cathy had knee surgery but she is still funny.


President Jose Guillen reads some thank yous from the dictionary projectSaddest of news – El Presidente Jose announced that Doug Chases’ wife Robbie passed away unexpectedly while they were on a trip to Africa. Our hearts ache for Doug and his family. A celebration of her amazing life will be held on Saturday, April 29th from 2-5pm at the Berger Center located at 6633 Oakmont Dr., Santa Rosa.

  • The upcoming SCARC meeting will be held on march 30th at Fountaingrove inn, starting at 6:00 p.m.  Please let Debi know if you are planning to attend.
  • Richard Lazovick and Pete LescureThe District Assembly will be held at Ukiah on Saturday, April 1st. We are encouraging members to attend.
  • John LemMon, president of the Glen Ellen Club visited us today to promote his club’s upcoming Crab Feed fundraiser this coming Saturday, March 25th at the Deerfield Ranch Winery.
  • Pete Lescure is still trying to line up some people for Fellowship jobs in April including someone to run the raffle on the 26th and a lunch ticket sales assistant on the 19th and 26th.
  • Rich de Lambert announced that we need bodies on June 24th for our Giro Bello. We need every volunteer to help make this another successful event, so don’t plan any vacation, wedding, funeral, or just plain unavailability on this date.
  • Richard Lazovick Thanks the club for the Paul HarrisPete Lescure asked for volunteers to help with the logistics of our weekly meetings for the Month of April. El Presidente Jose encouraged everyone to help and thanked everyone for taking care of each of the important roles every week.
  • Richard Lazovick gave heartfelt thanks to the club for his Paul Harris recognition.
  • Kris Anderson announced the Rotary Means Business will meet on April 6th at World of Carpets.
  • El Presidente Jose read some touching thank you cards from grade school dictionary recipients.


  • Rick AllenWill HaymakerRick Allen was recognized for a photo that was taken of himself and Princess a doctor in Africa working on telemedicine.
  • Will Haymaker was recognized to talk about Project Amigo, our anchor project for World Community Service. Will noted that we are helping educate kids who are becoming leaders in their community of Colima, MX.
  • Doug JohnsonEl Presidente Jose described our joint World Community Service project that sponsors Maria Elena Tzoc Tiniguar, a student with Amigos de Guatemala.
  • Doug Johnson told us about a joint project in Nicaragua to build a surgery center in Sabalos.


Doug Garrison does his craft talkRed Badger and career educator Doug Garrison gave his craft talk to earn his blue badge.

Doug’s story started in horse stalls around Chula Vista. He learned to recognize crap when he

saw it and learned to sell it at JC Penny’s. 2 wives, 4 sons and 16 years later he was a dean at a

Community college in Chula Vista. He ended up in Sonoma County, helping develop the

Petaluma SRJC campus. He spent some time working in Monterrey and returned to Sonoma

County. He has served in Petaluma, Monterrey and now, Santa Rosa.


Thea and JackieJackie McMillan introduced Thea Hensel, who gave an interesting presentation on the long road taken to acquire and develop the Southeast Greenway. Originally scheduled to be an extension of Highway 12 that was originally scheduled to cross Spring Lake before crossing into Sonoma Valley, the plan has since been abandoned. In 2014, Caltrans was finally instructed to dispose of its interest in the property.

Jose Guillen and TheaIn 2009 the SEG campaign was launched.  A variety of agencies have joined together in partnership to try to purchase the land to develop a greenway. Those agencies include: City of Santa Rosa, Sonoma County Water Agency, Sonoma County Regional parks, Landpaths, Sonoma Land Trust and the SRSE Greenway Campaign.  The current vision includes bike lanes and community gardens. Creeks, restored native trees and grasses and abundant wildlife are currently present along the undeveloped greenway. SEG has reached out to schools for ideas of ways to incorporate the SEG into their curriculum.


Greeters:                      Casey D’Angelo & Kathy Schwartz
Lunch Ticket sellers:  Judy Glenn & Matt Fannin
Raffle seller:                Rich de Lambert
Sgt. At Arms:              Los Barron, Debi Zaft, Rich de Lambert & Dan Shell

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Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Officers

President: Jose Guillen, President Elect: Julia Parranto, President Elect Nominee: Tony Roehrick, Past President: Doug Johnson, Secretary: Debi Zaft, Treasurer: Cecil G. Humes, Sergeant at Arms in Training: Los Barron

President Rotary International

John F. Germ, member of the Rotary Club Of Chattanooga, Tennessee

Governor, District 5130

Wulff A. Reinhold, Sr. member of the Rotary Club of Rohnert Park – Cotati

Attendance Secretary

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

Board of Directors

Kathleen Archer, Jack Atkin, Gesine Franchetti, Ray Giampaoli, Will Haymaker, Elizabeth Karbousky, Steve Marburger, Jackie McMillan, Diane Moresi