DIGITAL EDITION No. 168   March 23, 2016  EDITOR: Layne Bowen   PHOTOGRAPHER: Kris Anderson

Our Program for March 30th:


Cathy Vicini will be our emcee for this program. She has invited representatives from each of the recipient organizations to speak. Please invite a friend to attend!

2015 Local Causes Supported by Rotary Club of Santa Rosa

  • $20,000 NewGen PeaceBuilders
  • $15,000 Dictionaries for 3rd Graders
  • $10,000 YWCA Pre-School Sensory Garden
  • $10,000 The Living Room’s new park
  • $ 3,000  Women’s Recovery Services
  • $ 1,000  F. I.S.H. food pantry



Wednesday, April 6th: You Say Tomato…
Wednesday, April 13th: Meet the District Attorney
Wednesday, April 20th: Child Parenting Institute: Child Abuse


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Pledge: Layne Bowen

Invocation: Brandon Ulrich. Quoted past presidents on subjects such as immigration.


Several visiting Rotarians and guests were in attendance today. Visiting Rotarians were David Beach (VOM) Marilyn Lira (President Santa Rosa East), Andrea Geary (Evening) Mireille Broussard (Evening); Guests Edelweiss Geary (guest of Andrea & Jack Geary), and Ruth Hoyt (guest of Mikki Cardoza.)

Mikki Cardoza and Andrea Geary

Mikki Cardoza and Andrea Geary


Rich de Lambert and Jack Geary sponsored our new members Andrea Geary and MiKkie Cardoza.


Ginny Cannon had nothing to report, but Rich de Lambert noted that Jim Johnson is in declining health not able to attend meetings anymore.

Diane Moresi and Norm Owen

Diane Moresi and Norm Owen


With $48 in the pot, PP Norm Owen was unable to draw the winning marble.


Robert Pierce will be taking new (not nude) photos for Rotarians wanting to update their picture in the members guide. A photo is also available for purchase from Robert who has also generously offered to donate half the $50 price to polio.

Jack Tolin and Layne Bowen

Jack Tolin and Layne Bowen

The cigar & whiskey tasting event last Friday (hosted by Layne Bowen) raised $210 for Polio Plus. Thanks to all who participated. A fun time was had by all and another one is being planned in the not-too-distant future. The drawing for a bottle of 12 year old Bowmore scotch was won by Jack Tolin.

April 9th is the District Assembly.

Vera Harvey and Jodi Shubin presented an invitation to “Dancing with the Stars” to raise money for the Veterans Resource Centers of America.

PP Don McMillan thanked those who distributed flyers last Saturday in Marin.

PROGRAM: Senator Mike McGuire

Mike McGuire

Mike McGuire

Mike’s District includes the richest county (Marin) and poorest (Lake) in California. In the past year, the district has faced several hardships: Lake County had a major fire disaster to go with their other economic, high unemployment and suicide rate and other problems. The Dungeness Crab season has been a disaster for coastal commercial fishing constituents. Other major issues are being faced in the rural counties include marijuana growers polluting rivers and streams and clearcutting forest land to grow pot. Cartels have increased their presence and violence has followed.

On a positive note, Lots of tax money is being collected by the state. Corporate taxes up 6.3% more this year. Property and individual tax collections are up. 10.2 billion dollars have been saved in the state’s rainy day fund. Recession era bonds are being paid off. In 2014, our schools slipped to 50th in $ per student. Now funding is available to get us up to 35th in per student spending – better, but still below what is needed. The Senator is for increasing career training at the high school level.

The Senator also discussed high speed rail, highway funding shortfalls and the need to get people out of their cars.  A spirited question and answer session followed.


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