Next Meeting is via Zoom
Wednesday April 7, 2021

Past President’s Day
Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum

Cathy Vicini & Elissa Lines

Rotary Club of Santa Rosa will be honoring Past Presidents for their service and leadership. Our guest speaker is Elissa Lines, the executive director of the Pacific Aviation Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii, which is made up of historic sites and memorials about the Japanese attack on December 7, 1941 that propelled the country into World War II.

–>  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 April 14: Provident St. Joseph Community Health Investments
Wednesday April 21: Rotary’s Environmental Protection Focus
Wednesday April 28: COVID in Sonoma County

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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  3/28/21

Opening Ceremonies:

President Jeff welcomed us on this fine Spring day.

Pledge and Reflection:

Carolyn Fassi had this duty today.  In honor of March being Women’s History Month, she read an excerpt from the Rotarian Magazine about a nurse who had a patient that could not speak, but he recognized her Rotary bracelet and smiled.  It made her happy to have this connection with her patient.

Visting Rotarians:

Will Haymaker and District Governor Doug Johnson.  President Jeff asked how Doug’s year was going. “It’s not we planned, but we have to make the best of it.  We have learned some things and will be better for it.”


Deborah Ramelli

Sunshine Report:

President Jeff said that he and Patty made a quick trip back to Los Angeles to have her doctor check out her ankle. Everything is going well.  She can put some weight on it and will start physical Therapy next week.   Carolyn Fassi was not well after her second Covid vaccination!  She lost consciousness and felt bad for two weeks.  However, she is fine now and would do it all over again just to be vaccinated.

April Fools Jokes:

What did the two walls say?  I will meet you in the corner.

What did the baby corn ask of the mother corn?  Where’s Pop corn?

Where do you learn to make a banana split?  In Sundae school.

What rock group has four men that do not sing?  Mt Rushmore.

Then President Jeff played a video with Will Farrel and Mark Wallberg telling jokes:

What do mermaids do to wash their fins?  Tide

Did you know there was a knight of the Round Table that collected taxes?  They called him Sir Charge.

What did the fried rice say to the shrimp?  Don’t wok on me.

Did you hear that Steve Harvey and his wife had a fight?  It was a Family Feud.

Did you hear about the superhero with a lisp that always worked out?  He’s Thor.

What kind of car does an egg drive?  A Yolkswagen.

What was the foot’s favorite chips?  Dorti-toes.

If spaghetti made an action move, what would it be called?  Mission In-Pastable

What do you call a lay doctor?  Dr. Do-Little

Where would you grow a chef?  Bakersfield

What do you call a person that does not believe in Santa Claus?  Egg-nostic.

What is Starbuck’s favorite City?  Fort Latte-Dale.

OK, that is enough for the jokes.  Tell them to your kids and grandkids.


Ann Gospe wanted the recognize Rio Ray for always being available, always willing to help, and fulfilling a Boy Scout need at the last minute. She donated $50 to the club administrative budget in his honor.

Jeff wanted to recognize the Rotarians that helped with the Easter baskets last week and the food bank volunteers.

Kris Anderson recognized herself for being the Best Mortgage Broker in Sonoma County by the North Bay Bohemian magazine.  She is not sure how this happened but was thrilled and donated $100 to the club administration budget.

Craig Meltzner announced that Arnold Sternberg of Burbank Hosing has passed away, and in his honor, we will give $50.00 to the Larry Miyano Scholarship.

Pete Lescure donated $50 to the administrative budget in honor of Mark Burchill for all the work he has done for Rotary Means Business and to help afford the camera(s) that we will need for our meetings in the future.


Steve Baime is our representative for the Rotary Environmental Group.  This group has many meetings a month via Zoom and he attends some of them.  He has a video to show us and will have Debi Zaft forward it to us.

Craig Meltzner announced that Youth Exchange is canceled for the 2021-2022 school year.

District Assembly is coming up on April 16 and 17.  There was a specific email link for you to sign up a few weeks back.  If you did not keep it, please go to the District 5130 website and sign up there.  This is a great way to learn all things Rotary.

President Jeff would like to see more club members sign up for Rotary Direct so that we can get out of the doghouse for being the largest club with the least number of members participating.

Dave Berman introduces today’s speaker, Deborah Ramelli for the Ceres Project:

Deborah says the Mission Statement for Ceres Project is “We create health for people, communities and the planet through love, healing food and empowering the next generation.”  They were founded in 2007 in Sebastopol.  They now have locations in Santa Rosa and San Rafael.  Teens work along adults to grow nourishing food and prepare densely nutritious meals for those with health issues.  The program teaches empathy., cooking and meal preparation, how to handle food and how to grow the food. The meals are designed by a nutritionist and organic whenever possible.  They have helped other communities through the United States and Denmark to replicate the program.  75% of the meals are free. For others there is a sliding scale.  They get the meals for up to 24 weeks, one delivery per week.  They send cards and flowers to cheer them up.  the teens alternate between the kitchen and the garden.  After 6 months they get their own apron with their name on it.  There are 120 – 150 youth in the program at any one time.

Questions:  Was there a drop off volunteers this last year?  Yes, and they brought in unemployed restaurant staff to help March – August.  After that it started to get back to normal.

How do they interact with local farmers? They receive $20,000 – $40,000 from the farming community per year. They work with farmers and an organization called Veritable Vegetables out of San Francisco.

How do ill people get in contact with Ceres?  Health care providers, clinics and friends refer the patient to Ceres.   What is the Kale Club?  That is their monthly donation program (much like our Rotary Direct).

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. 401 March 31, 2021  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Kris Anderson PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick