Next meeting
Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Public Health Awards

Host: Carolyn Fassi

Join us for our inaugural Public Health Awards program.

We will be honoring three Sonoma County Public Health leaders, Dr. Sundari Mase, Health Officer, Dr. Kismet Baldwin, Deputy Health Officer, and, Dr. Rachel Rees, Director of the Public Health Laboratory for their 2020-2021 leadership in protecting the public’s health along with their teams.


PLEASE NOTE: In-Person & Zoom meetings returned!  Please register.

–> Debi Zaft will email you the link for online, once you have paid.  Use this link to payCLICK HERE!

Wednesday March 23:  HICAP — the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program
Wednesday March 30:  Hole In The Head
Wednesday April 6: Past President’s Day

Keep checking back.  New Programs coming soon!  Click here for the current calendar, subject to updates.

UPCOMING SOCIALS & PROJECTS  (Currently 3 Events Listed)

–> 100th Birthday Celebration (3/15/22):The Rotary Club of Santa Rosa turned 100 in December of last year and now its time to celebrate!  We are finally able to gather together for an in person celebration.

–> International Service Project (3/23-28/22):

–> Bowling Social (3/31/22):

Please see the attached updated flyer for our upcoming club bowling social.  The RSVP phone number was incorrect.  If you already sent your RSVP to that number, please resend it to 707-495-3239.

We have a guarantee of 16 slots with the potential of adding lanes if we have a robust response.  The sooner we get responses, the better.

Bowling Social Flyer

Keep checking back.  New socials coming soon!


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Watch The Meeting:  Did you miss the meeting?  Here is a link to the recording of last week’s meeting:
(No recording this week)
Please note it is only available to view until: n/a

Opening Ceremonies:

President Ray greeted us, and Bill Hatcher led us in the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance and the Four-Way Test. His reflection was four quotes on fighting and not giving up:

“If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The true soldier fights no because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” G. C. Chesterton

“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” Winston Chruchill.

“What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in a fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”  President Dwight D. Eisenhower


Laura Stephens (she is interested in membership!), Marcus Stephens, Peri Zoe, Odalis Medianero, and Steve Taddei

Sunshine Report:

Matt Everson’s son, Patrick, is out of the hospital and home at his mother’s house.


Kris Anderson said there were five marbles and $95.00 in the pot. Our guest Laura Stephens had the ticket but did not pull the blue marble. She was please to get the $10.00 and the pot rolls over to next week.

World Community Service:

We have a Paul Harris Pool going. $10.00 a square and once all the squares are sold, someone is getting an instant Paul Harris award worth $1000.00. So, get to the meeting and buy your square(s) or have someone buy them for you. Half the money will go to World Community Service. The second raffle that World Community Service is doing is a wine basket. Tickets start at $20.00 for one and you can buy more for a discount!

Rotary’s Support for Ukraine:

Rotary is sending money to Ukraine for medical supplies. Our Rotary Club of Santa Rosa is collaborating with the Rotary Club of Cherkasy, You can give a check to Karen Ball for Ukraine or you can donate on our site by clicking the following link:

Hop To It For Hunger:

The beer has been bought, the bags have been packed and most of it was picked up on Saturday. For those who could not make it, we will have your beer at the March 16th meeting. We may even sell some more (hint, hint). We had people show up to buy on the spot!

Hands-On Projects:

Remember, we are working at the Redwood Empire Food Bank the second Wednesday of the month until further notice. Charlie Howard Gibbon is working on some more projects:  Art Start on April 8th and a garden project in Rohnert Park/Cotati.

Puerto Vallarta Sur:

An employee at Supreme Lending sent a check for two water filters. Those who are going just got the itinerary and it looks like they will be busy 5 of the six days there.

Public Health Awards:

This is next week’s meeting. Please sign up early for the meeting as we are expecting a lot of people.

Rotary Youth Exchange:

Today we met the two students that we will be sending to Europe for the next school year. Marcus is going to Germany and Peri Zoe is going to France. They could not be more excited.

100th Anniversary Party:

A little update. Casey Williams who is a Rotarian in Rohnert Park is going to do some comedy for us. John Blout from Sebastopol will be our main speaker. He a former director of Rotary International. Doug Johnson has agreed to be the ticket sponsor.

Today’s program:
Steve Taddei on some history on the Negro Baseball Leagues

To start off his talk on two influential people in from the Negro Leagues he played a video of Buck O’Neil who played 16 seasons in the Negro Leagues. He started in 1937 playing in for the Memphis Red Sox, later for the Kansas City Monarchs. He became the team manager when his playing days ended. Buck missed the Hall of Fame by one vote during his lifetime. He is finally going in as part of the class of 2022. When he played, they road in buses and often played 2 games a day. It was called “Barnstorming.” They never knew if they would have food, beverage, or lodging as they traveled. He became the first black person to coach in the major leagues.

Effa Manly, wife of Abe Manly who owned the Brooklyn Eagles 1936-1948.  Effa was a community volunteer. She was concerned that negros got better jobs. While working for a store she collaborated with a minister to collect all the sales checks from the negro clients when the store would not hirer negros. Effa and the minister collected over $7000.00 in receipts and told the store owner that the negroes would not shop there if they could not work there. The store owner changed his policy. Abe made his money from gambling and asked Effa if he could buy a baseball team, the Brooklyn Eagles. Effa agreed and they moved the team to Newark. Abe handled the public relations and Effa took care of the finances. Effa became well known in the negro leagues. She negotiated for her players once integration started. In 1952 the team was sold after Abe died. Effa moved to Los Angeles and would talk to anyone who would listen about the negro leagues. She died in 1981 and was the first woman inducted into the baseball hall of fame in 2006.

Program Slides

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Program Slides

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Additional Pictures

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Slideshow of additional pictures

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Governor, District 5130

Dustin Littlefield


Debi Zaft P.O. Box 505 Santa Rosa, CA 95402

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. 447 March 9, 2022  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Jeff Gospe PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick