DIGITAL EDITION No. 218  March 29, 2017  EDITOR: Layne Bowen PHOTOGRAPHER: Diane Moresi PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick

Our Program For April 5, 2017


Abigail Bridgman

Abigail BridgmanRotary Peace Fellow Nominee Abigail Bridgman was born and raised in Uganda where she earned a law degree at Makerere University before moving to the United States in December 2009. Ms Bridgman went to Empire College for a year to acquire the necessary credit units to enable her to take the California Bar. She also earned her LL.M in International Crime and Justice from The University of Turin, Italy.

Ms. Bridgman worked at the Sonoma County District Attorney’s office before moving on to work at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Ms. Bridgman is currently working for the Defense Team of Dominic Ongwen, a Ugandan former child soldier accused of war crimes at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. She also worked part time for the Oxford University Press and has taught a pre-college summer international law class at UC Berkeley for high school students.

Ms. Bridgman’s passion is the intersection of human rights and the criminal justice system and international law. She will be discussing the protection of children in armed conflict, drawing heavily on her current assignment.

Wednesday April 12: Club Assembly #2
Wednesday April 19th: Swimming with Sea Monsters


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Jeff Kolin led the pledge.

Judy Glenn gave today’s invocation.

Genie Delles - Past Rotarian who we were all happy to see again!VISITING ROTARIANS

Paul Hamilton – Charles Howard-Gibson of Boy Scouts of America visited our club today. He is moving to Santa Rosa and may be joining our club.


Kera Smith of PG&E was our guest today along with Susan McKee, speaker David Gouin and our beloved former member Genie Delles.


Keven Brown reading the raffle numberKaren Ball drawing the “wrong” marble.Keven Brown ran today’s raffle and had $154.00 to give away. Karen Ball, however failed to reach Raffle Nirvana and only walked away with $10.00.


Ginny Cannon reported that all is sunny in Santa Rosa! This writer noted, however that Casey D’Angelo was walking a little sideways after falling off his bike on Saturday in a freak accident. Poor guy was in obvious pain. Any chiropractors in the house?


  • Dan Schell and Rich DeLambert basking in the success of Dan’s recitation of “Casey at the Bat”!!Welcome back Bob Sorenson who lost his daughter and Doug Chase’s wife, Robbie. Welcome to Genie Delles, who has been missed the last few years. Bob thanked his Rotary family for the support he has received during this difficult time.
  • Dan Shell presented his rousing rendition of “Casey At the Bat” with the help of Rich de Lambert in honor of the opening of baseball season.
  • PP  Doug Johnson and his esteemed staff shared the progress of Giro Bello. Jeff Kathleen Archer showing off our 2017 Giro Bello jersey! Get yours now!!Kolin is handling volunteer opportunities and shared those opportunities. Tim Delaney and Vanna McMillan shared some numbers related to Giro Bello. Kathleen Archer showed off the lovely blue Giro Bello 2017 rider jersey.
  • Pete Lescure again asked for volunteers to help with club fellowship duties. For red badgers, being a greeter is one of the best ways to get to meet each of our club members!

Tim DeLaney listening intently to President Jose  Tim Delany and Jackie McMillian engaging the group in a Giro Bello numbers game!   Tim Delany and Jackie McMillian engaging the group in a Giro Bello numbers game!   Tim Delany and Jackie McMillian engaging the group in a Giro Bello numbers game!   Tim Delany and Jackie McMillian engaging the group in a Giro Bello numbers game! 


Jeff Kolin introduced today’s speaker, Santa Rosa’s Director of Housing and Community Services, David Gouin. Mr. Gouin Guest Speaker City’s Director of Housing and Community Development, David Gouindescribed his departmental responsibilities at Housing and Community Services. He shared the accepted formula for what is considered affordable housing, which in Santa Rosa requires subsidies to make up the gap. In an expensive area such as Santa Rosa, that formula is skewed for low income households and requires a voucher system, tax credits and other tools to make housing more affordable. David talked about Santa Rosa’s Housing Action Plan that is intended to expedite the development of more housing including more “affordable” housing units in each development.

David also discussed the challenge of homelessness in Santa Rosa. The City of SR has invested $1.7 million in homeless services,  He described the new Housing first approach which is intended to get people off the street and into housing BEFORE treating their various health or issues with drugs, alcohol, etc…..

El Presidente Jose would like to express his appreciation for the Rotarians who helped make today’s meeting a success:

Greeters:                      Kerrie Chambers and Laura Held
Lunch Ticket Taker:    Steve Olson
Lunch Ticket sellers:  Ann Gospe & Bob Higgs
Raffle seller:                Keven Brown
Pledge:                        Jeff Kolin
Invocation:                  Judy Glenn
Visiting Rotarians:      Paul Hamilton
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