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Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Past President’s Day

Jeff Kolin

President Jeff KolinIt is time once again for the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa to honor our Past Presidents.  Come join your fellow Rotarians for conversations and words of wisdom from those who have helped guide our club, and other clubs, over the past years.  This is a special day, honoring some very special people.  We hope you’ll join us.      Our Past President Jeff Kolin will be the Master of Ceremonies.



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Wednesday April 13: Valley of the Moon Children’s Foundation
Wednesday April 20: Competitive Ice Dancer
Wednesday April 27: Puerto Vallarta Water Project

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Opening Ceremonies:

President Ray forgot where he was and greeted us in Spanish. He did have a fine time in Puerto Vallarta this past week. The April 27 meeting will be on the project. Jeff Kolin led us in the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance and the Four-Way Test. His reflection was “What is in your Cup?” by Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist priest….  You are holding a cup of coffee when someone comes along and accidentally bumps you and shakes your arm, making you spill coffee everywhere. Why did you spill the coffee? Because someone bumped into you, right? Wrong answer. You spilled the coffee because coffee was in the cup. If tea had been in it, you would have spilled tea. Whatever is inside the cup is what will spill out. Therefore, when life comes along and shakes you, whatever is inside of you will come out. So, each of us has to ask ourselves….. what’s in my cup? When life gets bumpy, what spills over? Joy, gratefulness, peace, and humility? Or anger, bitterness, harsh words, and reactions? We choose what’s in our cup! Today, let’s work towards filling our cups with gratitude, forgiveness, joy, words of affirmation to ourselves and others, kindness, gentleness, and love!


Steve Marburger, Eric Stanley, and Sabra Locke

Sunshine Report:

Ginny Cannon announced that Kris Anderson’s brother-in-law died March 20.  Autopsy pending for cause of death.


Everyone was buying tickets today as we were down to 2 marbles and a pot of $145.00!  Sabra Locke was our lucky winner! She pulled out the blue marble. Next week we start all over again.

Hop To It For Hunger

Jeff Kolin said he sold 10 cases of beer last week for $100.00 each. There is one last case!  Which beer he could not say as the first 10 people get to choose. Call him if you want the last case.  Our proceeds to the Redwood Empire Food Bank will be at least $5000.

Giro Bello Volunteers:

Karen Ball oversees volunteers. The Sign-Up Genius has gone out once and she will be sending it out again. Please review and sign up in one or more spots where we need assistance. If you have trouble with the website, she will be bringing her computer to a meeting to help you sign up for one or more jobs. We currently have 149 riders.

Giro Bello Sponsors:

Ann Gospe has sponsor packages. She requests that we all try to find at least on sponsor for our goal.

Hands on Projects:

Charlie Howard-Gibbon has a few projects lined up for us. April 8th is at Art Start. The Food Bank is April 13th and there is a Pepperwood Preserve project on April 2nd.


Bowling is this Thursday, March 31st at the Epicenter. Bowling is from 6:00 – 7:00 and the social will continue until 8:00.

Past President’s Meeting:

Next week’s meeting is our past president’s luncheon. Come see what Past President Jeff has lined up for this year.

Auctions, Auctions and More Auctions:

Don McMillan sent is 3 Rotary Club of Santa Rosa shirts to be auctioned off at $25.00 each.  Robert Pierce took one. They are all men’s large. The long sleeve black and long sleeve maroon are still available. Nex up was tequila that President Ray and Kris brought back from Mexico.  This tequila comes from one of the Rotarian’s family. The anjeo sold for $125 to Matthew Henry and the silver went to Ryan Thomas for $130.

Thank you, Jose Guillen:

President Ray thanked Jose for filling in while he was in Mexico. Therefore, he is donating $50.00 to the World Community Service in his name. President Ray showed us the banner he brought back from the Puerto Vallarta Sur Club as well as a copy of their 30th anniversary book.

Today’s program is on the history of Bodega Head or rather “The Hole in the Head.”

Eric Stanley was back to visit us from the Sonoma County Museum on what is one of his favorite subjects, the nuclear power plant that was almost built in the 1960’s. The plan for a nuclear power plant started in 1958. At that time there was not a divide between preservationists and conservationists. Nuclear power was seen as a good thing and this is before Rachel Carson’s book “Silent Spring” (1962), a damaging oil spill in Santa Barbara (1969), the first Earth Day (1970) and our own nuclear plant fall out (1978). In 1953 President Eisenhower gave a speech, “Atoms for Peace,” about the good that would come from nuclear energy. The first nuclear power plant was built in 1954. Bodega Bay was of little interest to anyone back then. In 1958, The National Park Service was interested in preserving Bodega Head as a park, the University of California wanted to build a marine laboratory and PG&E was interested in a power plant. Rose Gafney owned land that they all wanted. She was interested in selling to the National Park System or the University, but not PG&E. However, PG&E somehow got “control” of the process and had Rose’s land and she was forced to sell it to PG&E. Scientists were leery of PG&E’s plans. Small protests started to happen. in 1961 PG&E admitted it was to be a nuclear power plant. The project would be “artistic” and there would be a park. Now it was 1962. The Cuban Missile Crisis happened. Still the sierra Club was non-confrontational. PUC meetings started. A new organization, Northern California Association to Protect Bodega Head got involved. PG&E could not start construction, but they could do site work. They dug the hole that is still there today. Suddenly, the project was stalled by the acknowledgment that the San Andreas Fault went right through where PG&E was going to build. That was the final straw and in 1964 PG&E abandoned the project.

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Governor, District 5130

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Board of Directors

President Elect, Kris Anderson
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
Club Director, Casey Carter
Community Service I, Member Involvement, Rio Ray
Community Service II, Youth, Andrea Geary
Vocational Service, Carolyn Fassi
International Service, Dan Balfe

DIGITAL EDITION No. 450 March 30, 2022  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Jeff Gospe PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick