DIGITAL EDITION   No. 69    March 26, 2014     EDITOR: Kris Anderson     PHOTOGRAPHER: Nicole Le

Our Program For April 2nd


rotary-santa-rosa-logo-blackOur club will focus on our strategic plan at this meeting.


April 9: REACH Air Medical Services


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Ann Gospe led us in the Pledge and President Peggy gave the invocation


Dave Delmonte, former member, visited us from New York.


Mary Duggan

Mary Duggan, Shannon McConnell and Mike Duggan

Our student of the month from Rincon Valley Christian School, Alex Nhan, brought along his mother, Kate Nhan and counselor Marci Guevara.  Shannon McConnell brought her dad, Mike Duggan.  Yale Abrams introduced Chrit Longmaid, Jeff Gospe brought Joan Kazmar, and Tim Delaney introduced Mitch Hickey.


Wally Lowry is in the hospital for a kidney stone.  Former member, Teri Shaughnessy, passed away on March 19th from breast cancer.  Memorial services will be at Santa Rosa Center for Spiritual Living on April 8th at 10:00 AM.

Tim Delaney

Tim Delaney and Ryan Thomas


Ryan Thomas said that the pot was up to $190 and only 13 cards left.  Tim Delaney had the number, but did not draw the queen of diamonds.  He got $10.


President Peggy had 2 tickets for the 4H pancake breakfast in Rohnert Park this Saturday.  Penny Tibbetts bid $30 and got them.  She also announced that Dr. Weston Fields would be speaking at Sally Tomatoes on April 25th, 5:30 – 8:30 PM.  He will be talking about the Dead Sea Scrolls.  The dinner and talk is $40. Follow this link for more information: Dead Sea Scrolls Event.


Yale Abrams recommends the Giro Bello

Yale Abrams

Yale Abrams is looking for volunteers for two hands on projects; April 12th at the Laguna de Santa Rosa and April 26th for our Rebuilding Together project.

Doug Johnson has more signs available for the Giro Bello.  He let us know that by sharing the word about the Giro Bello we have gotten about $1,500 in riders and sponsors.  Keep it up!  Ray Giampaoli is looking for more sponsors for the Giro Bello.  We need as many as possible before May 1st so that we can include the sponsors in the maximum amount of advertising.


2 Umbrellas, See Club Secretary Jack Abercrombie.


Scholarship season is underway and the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Foundation Scholarship Committee is busy screening paper applications and preparing for final interviews. Ninety applications were received this year for the nine scholarships available. The total value of this year’s scholarships is $22,750. The Scholarship Committee will interview the final candidates on Friday, April 11th and the recipients will be introduced to the club starting at the April 30th meeting. Rotarians participating in this year’s selection process include the following:
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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″]Ray Dorfman[/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″]Wally Lowry[/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″]Sam McMillan[/vc_column][/vc_row]
[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″]Craig Meltzner[/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″]Steve Olson[/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″]Norm Owen[/vc_column][/vc_row]
[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″]Julia Parranto[/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″]Sam Saunders[/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″]Bob Sorenson[/vc_column][/vc_row]

The Rotary Scholarships are listed on the Foundation page of the club website. Rotarians are encouraged to contribute to the growth of the funds thereby helping local students accomplish their goal of earning a college degree. Anyone interested in establishing a new scholarship fund is encouraged to contact Steve Olson, Foundation Scholarship Chair.



Alex Nhan from Rincon Valley Christian School

Bill Hatcher introduced us to Alex Nhan from Rincon Valley Christian School.  Another high achiever that has won numerous awards and is heading to the University of Central Florida on a full ride scholarship.  He plays basketball, the piano, is on the student council, a National Merit Scholar, has traveled to Peru with his church, has attended engineering camp and tutors other students. Alex is a National Merit Finalist  who has been involved in Odyssey of the Mind since 8th grad. In the years since, he has placed top in California in both 10th and 11th grades.  He has been to 3 world’s finals, placing 5th his junior year while serving as the teams captain and 1st in the ACSI Science Fair. Alex was also accepted for Operation Catapult, a three week engineering program in Indiana’s Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.


Jeff and Ann Gospe went to Key West on vacation.

Email Correction: Bob Higgscorrect email address is


President Peggy asked the club to vote on our various projects to have that one project we promote at District. The Giro Bello won by a landslide!



Captain Fosse of the US Coast Guard

This week we were honored to have Captain Fosse who is the commanding officer for the US Coast Guard’s Training Center at Two Rock.  Captain Fosse who has been in the USCG for 22 years, mainly on the east coast, but 10 years at sea with four of those years in command at sea. He has spent time at sea and in Washington DC.  He asked our student of the month if he would like to join the Coast Guard!

The beginnings of the Coast Guard was founded in 1790.  In 1915 it became the organization that it is now.  Its purpose is to protect those on the sea, the safety and security of US waters and protects the sea itself.  Two Rock was started as an army base back in 1942.  The 858 acres was bought from a local rancher for $94,000.  In 1971 the Coast Guard took over.  At any time there are 3500 – 4000 students at the training center.  Even though they are quite away from the Pacific Ocean, they do train for duty at sea.  With simulators and other education they can be ready to serve at sea.  The Coast Guard does search and rescue, keeps an eye out to stop drug smugglers, undocumented persons, vehicle buoyancy and pollution at sea.  They are on navy ships deployed around the world to fight piracy.  They help other countries build their own Coast Guard units.

The personnel at Two Rock volunteer over 5400 hours to the local community every year.  They have installed solar panels that cover 60% of the peak load.


President Peggy thanked the follow Rotarians for their help with today’s meeting:

Pledge Ann Gospe
Greeters: Will Haymaker & Matt Everson
Yale Abrams
Visiting Rotarinas: David Brown
Ticket Sales: Larry Miyano
Ticket Taker: Casey D’Angelo


“She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails.”  Elizabeth Edwards



Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Officers

President: Peggy Soberanis, President Elect: Mark Burchill, President Elect Nominee: Jose Guillen, Past President: Bill Rousseau, Secretary: Jack Abercrombie, Treasurer: Cecil G. Humes, Sergeant at Arms: Jack Geary

President Rotary International

Ron D. Burton, member of the Rotary Club of Norman, Oklahoma, USA

Governor, District 5130

Helaine Campbell, Rotary Club of Sebastopol Sunrise

Attendance Secretary

Jack Abercrombie P.O. Box 505 Santa Rosa, CA 95402 707-538-4770

Board of Directors

Tim Delaney, Debra Dorfman, Matt Fannin, Jose Guillen, Doug Johnson, Nicole Le, Robert Pierce, Jack Tolin, Cathy Vicini