Next Meeting is via Zoom
Wednesday March 10, 2021

Boys and Girls Clubs of Sonoma-Marin

Hayley Bly, Special Events Manager

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma-Marin serves 10,000 youth annually at 42 locations in Sonoma and Marin Counties Pre-COVID, for an after school and summer program. Since the pandemic we have pivoted and remain open with a new Distance Learning Program so youth have a safe place to learn and grow. Our Clubs are open now from 8am-5:30pm and our staff is providing support to kids as they log onto their Zoom school classes and provide homework support. We are working diligently with school districts, teachers and principals to ensure all kids are logging onto their school classes each day and being successful. This new program is 2.5 times more costly but we continue to do Whatever it Takes to Build Great Futures. We look forward to the opportunity to discuss with you how this new program works and what we are doing for the communities we serve in.

–>  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 March 17: Mental Health and Services Available in Sonoma County
Wednesday March 24: (tba)
Wednesday March 31: Ceres Project

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Watch The Meeting:  Did you miss the meeting?  Here is a link to the recording of last week’s meeting:
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Please note it is only available to view until  3/14/21

Opening Ceremonies:

Former President Julia Parranto filled in today for President Jeff Kolin.

Pledge and Reflection: 

Doug Chase led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  His reflection was a fable about four frogs traveling through the woods.  Two of the frogs fell into a deep pond.  They tried to jump out, but the sides were too steep.  The other two frogs said it was hopeless and they should just surrender to their fate and die.  One frog did that the other frog kept trying and did get out. The other two frogs were amazed and asked how he did it.  The frog told him he was deaf and could not hear them.  He just kept trying until he was successful.  The moral is people’s words have big effects on people’s lives.  Choose your words wisely.

Visiting Rotarians:

Will Haymaker


Jodi Giampaoli and Oscar Chavez

Sunshine Report:

All is good!


Matthew Henry recognized Casey D’Angelo for his work at the Covid vaccination site at Rancho Cotati High School.  Casey is the onsite facilitator.  Thanks, Casey, for being a Rotarian in action for his community!

Susan Nowacki was on a recent walk with Mary Miyano and donated $100 to the Larry Miyano scholarship fund.

Ted Wilmsen reminisced that it is 67 years since the polio vaccination came to market.  In honor of his getting his second covid shot he donated $100 to Polio Plus by buying 10 squares on our current Polio Plus pool.  Debi Zaft then announced that only 13 squares remained, and Doug Chase quickly snapped them up. Thanks Doug and thank you Dan Balfe who is donating $1000 to our club’s goal for Polio Plus effort this year.  Rumor has it that we need less than $1000 more to achieve our goal.  If you haven’t made your $100 contribution for this year, please do so.

Ex-President Julia wanted to show off Rose Francis’ new website.  We got to see a piece or two, but more to show next week.  Also, there is a Garrison Keillor video on Polio she wanted to share with us, but Zoom was not cooperating.  You might want to Google for it.

Polio Plus Fellow:

Speaking of Polio Plus, Ray Giampaoli just completed a Polio Plus Fellowship for his wife Jodi.  Thanks Ray!

Hands-On Projects:

March 11, 1:00 –4:00 we have an opportunity to work at the Redwood Empire Food Bank

March 13, 10:00 – 1:00 we can help pass out the bags of beer for the Hop-To-It-For-Hunger fund raiser at the Food Bank.  SignUp Genius will be available in a day or two.

March 24, 1:00 to 3:00 The Salvation Army needs volunteers to hand out Easter baskets and hams.

April 1, 1:00 – 4:00 is a Park clean up.

Hop-To-It-For-Hunger Update

31 bags have been sold so far.  We are asked to send out the flyer to our social media and email it to friends and family who live in the area.  Diane Moresi says our license for this event is for only 15 days, so we must have all the beer sold by March 11th.

The Seventh Area of Service:

Steve Baime  introduce this addition to Rotary’s current Six Areas of Service.  There is going to be a Global Grant contest which means putting together a 70 second commercial.  He is looking for ideas.

World Community Service Update:

Our club is helping with water, sanitation and hygiene in two villages in Zimbabwe thanks to a Global Grant with our St Helena Rotary Club as International Partner. Also, we will have the opportunity to help three schools in the highlands of Nepal, just west of Katmandu, bring clean water, sanitation and hygiene to their students and community.  Dan Balfe plans to donate to our Santa Rosa Rotary Club for this Global Grant where the Sonoma Valley Rotary Club is the International Partner if our World Community Service votes to support it at an upcoming WCS meeting.  He invites others to do the same.  Funding will be needed by the end of month of March.

This week’s guest Speaker was Oscar Chavez

On using Data and Metrics to support the Hispanic/Latinx and other minority groups in Sonoma County.

The white population of Sonoma County is declining, and the Hispanic population is growing.  Asian, Black, and others are neither growing nor declining.  Poverty is declining for most races from 2015 to 2019.  Those that are uninsured have also declined due to the Affordable Care Act.  High school graduation rates are better, but the Hispanic rates for graduation from college are still lagging.  A family of 4 needs to have an income of $84,000 a year to stay out of poverty in Sonoma County.  There is a plan to improve Hispanic life in the areas of political participation and representation, education, financial stability, neighborhood engagement, health and environment.  We tend to isolate ourselves, linguistic isolation. Not all amenities are available in all communities.  We need more access to transportation so people can get to jobs and kids to schools.  The poorest among us have the worst diets and therefore more obesity.  So, what is not working?  Why is it not working? Who can be community partners to help? More resources for prevention……………..

Program Slides:

Additional Pictures:

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. 397 March 3, 2021  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Kris Anderson PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick