Next Meeting is via Zoom
Wednesday March 31, 2021

Ceres Community Project
Providing Healthy Meals for Those in Need

Deborah Ramelli

Deborah Ramelli, the Communications Director of the Ceres Community Project, will share how this organization positively impacts our community. The Ceres Community Project provides organic, whole food meals for individuals and families struggling with the challenges of critical illness such as cancer, heart disease or diabetes. With youth at the heart of our program as the primary chefs and gardeners, Ceres will deliver more than 130,000 medically tailored meals to our community this year.

–>  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 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

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Please note it is only available to view until  3/28/21

Opening Ceremonies

Pledge and Reflection: 

Rick Allen read this quote from Abdul Baha, “Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity. Be worthy of the trust of thy neighbor and look upon him with a bright and friendly face. Be a treasure to the poor, an admonisher to the rich, an answerer of the cry of the needy, a preserver of the sanctity of thy pledge. Be fair in thy judgment and guarded in thy speech. Be unjust to no man and show all meekness to all men. Be as a lamp unto them that walk-in darkness, a joy to the sorrowful, a sea for the thirsty, a haven for the distressed, an upholder and defender of the victim of oppression. Let integrity and uprightness distinguish all thine acts. Be a home for the stranger, a balm to the suffering, a tower of strength for the fugitive. Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring. Be an ornament to the countenance of truth, a crown to the brow of fidelity, a pillar of the temple of righteousness, a breath of life to the body of mankind, an ensign of the hosts of justice, a luminary above the horizon of virtue, a dew to the soil of the human heart, an ark on the ocean of knowledge, a sun in the heaven of bounty, a gem on the diadem of wisdom, a shining light in the firmament of thy generation, a fruit upon the tree of humility.

Visiting Rotarians: 

Will Haymaker who announced that he has just published his memoirs in a book called “From Buddy to Buddha.”  You can purchase it on for $6.00 with tax and Prime shipping.  Go order your copy now…. or after the meeting.


Terry Abrams, Kristen and Larry Bubb, Darren La Shelle, Megan and Ezra

Sunshine Report:

Patty Kolin’s surgery on her ankle went well.  She is home with a boot to wear for a while. Julia Parranto announced that Rose’s sister just passed away.  She has lost two of her three siblings in the last year.  Our heartfelt condolences go out to her.

Joke of the Week:

President Jeff and Casey Carter told us this little groaner, “How do you make a Kleenex dance?  You put a little bogie in it!”  I know, but little kids will love it.

Paul Harris Fellows:

Dan Balfe is plus 8 and maybe more.  This week he is honoring his Larry Bubb, his son-in-law for all he does for his community in the San Diego area.

Julia Parranto who is at plus 7 honored her nephew, Benjamin.  She told us about Benjamin when she was president.  He had a heart transplant and has become all about love and she wanted to honor him for the young man he has become.

Doug Johnson who is plus 4, has given a Paul Harris to his granddaughter Camile.

Ray Giampaoli pointed out that Dan, Julia and Doug are all members of the Paul Harris Society

(which means they donate $1000 a year to Rotary International).

Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Foundation Update:

Paul Hamilton announced that at last Monday’s meeting the Foundation had its annual election of trustees. Ann Gospe and Cathy Vicini will be joining the board as new trustees.  Sam McMillan, Doug Chase, Steve Olson and Chuck Wear will continue as trustees.  The executive committee will comprise of Sam McMillan as president, Vickie Hardcastle as treasurer, Bill Hatcher as recording secretary and Nona Lucas as secretary and still vetting candidates to serve as vice president.


Ted Wilmsen’s email was hacked so be careful of any email that “may” be coming from him.  Because of his faux pas he is donating $50.00 to the club.

President Jeff announced that our club has the dubious distinction of being last in our district for large clubs with members signed up for My Rotary Direct.  Rotary is asking members to go to My Rotary and sign up for their annual giving.  You can give as little as $10.00 a month and it can be charged to a credit card or debited from your bank account.  Go to to sign up.

District Assembly is April 16 and 17.  You all got an email last week, but it you cannot find it go to to sign up

On April 1st, we will be at the Redwood Empire Food Bank for 1:00 to 4:00.  You should have gotten an email to sign up.

Ray Giampaoli reminded us that our club has a goal to be a 100% Paul Harris club.  If you have not completed you first Paul Harris ($1000 to Rotary for your Paul Harris) please talk to Jeff, Ray, Vicki or Dan about the ways our club can help you complete that first Paul Harris. It is easier than you may think.

Auction Time:

Diane Moresi has found another item to raffle off.  This time it is a lovely bowl and $50.00 gift certificate from Corrick’s. After some vigorous bidding Cathy Vicini beat out all the other bidders at $225.00.

This week’s guest speaker is President and CEO of NorCal Public Media
Darren La Shelle

NorCal Public media operates KRCB radio and television in the North Bay. Darren told us at age 17 one of his first speaking engagements was to the Waynesville Rotary Club in Ohio.  KRCB sign on in 1984 as a nonprofit radio station with KRCB television.  They have grown a lot and their signal now covers most of the Bay Area.  They also bought station KBJK, the former channel 60.  The radio station, 91.1 has a limited range and can only be heard in Santa Rosa and up to Windsor.  They have purchased 104.9 and in April and so their signal will be able to be heard throughout Sonoma County.  They are moving into digital video on pod casting.  “Living Down Stream” won as best pod cast in its first year.  They are ramping up their programing on television. They launched the Center for Environmental Reporting to have one cental location for all the programing on the environment from tv, radio, podcasts etc. “Bay Area Bountiful” is their pregaming about Bay Area companies and what they are doing for the environment.  Just hired three new reporters to serve Sonoma County.  KQED is the main PBS station in the Bay Area, but they are San Francisco centric.  KRCB’s mission is to serve the rest of the Bay Area along with KBJK.  They are not in competition with each other.  For example, KQED can broadcast shows as they air on their station.  KRCB and KBJK must air at a different time and day.

President Jeff asked where their funding comes from.  Membership and pledge drives along with their endowment provide the lion’s share of their funding.  They also find sponsors and get a little bit from the United States government.  Terry Abrams asked about reporting during the fires and Covid.  Dan said they cannot compete with local KSRO but they do their fair share of reporting and interviews.  President Jeff asked about Spanish programing.  Dan says the average remote has a button that will allow for subtitles in Spanish.  Mark Burchill, who has had a jazz program on radio, is happy about the new signal strength with the purchase of 104.9.  Paul Hamilton ended with mentioning to Dan that Rotary has named the environment as the newest avenue of service in Rotary.  Maybe Dan can keep us aware of any projects we might be able to assist.

Program Slides:

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Additional Pictures:

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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. 400 March 24, 2021  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: n/a PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick