DIGITAL EDITION No. 169   March 30, 2016  EDITOR: Kris Anderson   PHOTOGRAPHER: Nicole Le

Our Program for April 6th:


Kelley Parsons - picThe Parsons family grows grapes and tomatoes in Fulton, Calif., a farm they established in 1994. Today, Kelley and Tom Parsons at Parsons Homegrown grow some of the finest tomatoes in California, by using a greenhouse the couple purchased from Agra Tech, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of greenhouses designed for vegetable growing and all other types of greenhouse farming. The switch to an Agra Tech greenhouse has helped Parsons to produce amazing tomatoes time after time.

Currently Parsons Homegrown grows three varieties of tomatoes–Favorita, a cherry tomato; Geronimo, a red beefsteak, and Yellow Boy, a yellow beefsteak. They can be found at Shelton’s Market and Big John’s Market in Healdsburg, Molsberry’s Market in Santa Rosa, Speers Market in Forestville and all three Oliver’s Markets. John Ash & Co. and Rosso Pizzeria and the Duck Club in Bodega Bay also buy Parsons tomatoes. You can always find Kelley Parsons at her stall at the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market.

Kelley will tell us about the genesis of this thriving farm which started randomly and unexpectedly in the early 1990s. Her passion and knowledge of all things tomatoes will be evident to all of us!


Wednesday, April 13th: Meet the District Attorney
Wednesday, April 20th: Child Parenting Institute: Child Abuse
Wednesday, April 27th: World Community Service


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Chip Rawson does the invocation

Chip Rawson does the invocation


Pledge: Tony Roehrick

InvocationChip Rawson


Cheryl Parkinson, Cheryl Stanley, Dennis Hanson, Ben Goldberg, and Brian Kraut


Scott Holden from Santa Rosa Sunrise, Gordon Freeman from Glen Ellen/Kenwood, Greg Freitas form Petaluma Sunrise


Not so sunny per Ginny CannonJack Abercrombie is having surgery to remove fluid from his lungs as a result of the pneumonia he had at the end of last year.  He is at Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa.  Bob Sorenson just had back surgery and is just getting home today.  Kim Murphy’s mother-in-law has died so she is off to Indiana.  Will Haymaker just had shoulder replacement surgery.

Jose Guillen has the ticket

Jose Guillen has the ticket


Jose Guillen had the right number, but he did not have the right marble.  $10 is all he gets.


Cathy Vicini entertained us with a joke about a barking dog that was in someone else’s yard.  The husband complained so the wife went out to see what she could do about it.  She comes back and it was still barking.  “What did you do?” asked the husband. “Well,” she said. “I moved it into our back yard.  Let’s see what they think when a neighbor’s dog is barking.”  It was funnier when Cathy told it.


Debi Zaft and the question

Debi Zaft and the question

Well we had a poor showing of people for the question of the month.  Just goes to show how few of us are reading the magazine!  New month is the month we are to have 100% readership so start reading now!  The question was about a picture…who is the person in the picture?  It is the president elect for Rotary International.


Greg Freitas from Petaluma sunrise announced the Rotary Friendship Exchange.  Please see the Rotary Friendship Exchange flier for the details.

Simone Leibowitz and Catherine Liang were there from Interact to promote their Night of 1000 dinners on April 16th.  See the Interact Night of 1000 Dinners flier for details.

Gordon Freeman from Glen Ellen-Kenwood was here to announce their crab feed on April 16th.  The first crab feed with local crab of the season!  Please see the Rotary Glen Ellen-Kenwood Crab Feed flier.

Emily Harrington announced that the Giro Bello has over $28,000 in pledges!  That means we are a little over the halfway point on the goal of $50,000.  Each Rotarian who donates $500 or gets a donation of $500 goes into a raffle for some pretty special prizes!

Don McMillan has more fliers, business cards and streets signs available to promote the Giro Bello

 Larry Miyano announced that anyone who knows a student that would like to apply to our Rotary Youth Exchange program that there will be an informational program on April 20th for those who may be interested.

Jose Guillen announced District Assembly is on April 9th in Ukiah.  Please sign up and you will be reimbursed after your attendance.  We are carpooling.

President Doug announced District Conference May 6, 7, and 8 in Napa.  Here is a link to a great informational video: 2016 Rotary District 5130 DisCon.

DON’T FORGET THAT NEXT WEEK ROBERT PIERCE WILL BE TAKING EVERYONE’S PHOTO SO THAT WE HAVE THE BEST LOOKING ROSTER IN THE WORLD and for $50 you can purchase the photo for your own personal use.  Half of that money will go to the club.


Bill Rousseau went to Hawaii for 17 days!  I am so jealous!

Tim Delaney was off to Joshua Tree, the Living Desert and San Luis Obispo.  I think he promised money to every one of our charities and foundation!


Today was the day we got to meet some of our “Charitable Grant Recipients.”  The attached list is the four organizations, what they do and home much they received from us.

Blue couch logo_small (1)Representing The Living Room was Cheryl Parkinson.  Our own Nick Knickerbocker and his wife Camille were founders of The Living Room.  April 28th is the move in day for their new location.  We have contributed money for their new playground.
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Cheryl Stanley was here from the Women’s Recovery Services. Our club did a hands-on project for them a few years back.  I believe we have regularly helped them as they help women with addictions and their children.
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PrintDennis Hanson was here from F.I.S.H. to thank us for our contribution.  It is the oldest and largest all volunteer free food pantry in Sonoma County.  In their 40+ years they have served over 1.4 million people!  3/4s of their food is donated.  The rest is purchased.  Our contribution will purchase up to 840 lbs. of chicken, 150 cases of beans and 150 dozen eggs. Please see the F.I.S.H. flier here.
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YWCA_logoThe YWCA’s sensory garden was our last recipient and their representative could not be here today as her husband surprised her with a vacation.  This sensory garden may be one of our future hands on projects.


Dennis Hanson

Dennis Hanson


Cheryl Parkinson

Cheryl Parkinson


Cheryl Stanley

Cheryl Stanley


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