DIGITAL EDITION No. 224  May 10, 2017  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Diane Moresi PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick

Our Program For May 17, 2017


Angie Sparks


Angie Sparks from Community Support Network (CSN) will bring us local insight into a hot topic these days: homelessness. See how, for 45 years, a homegrown nonprofit has been housing and rehabilitating hundreds of homeless individuals with mental health challenges. Learn how CSN saves Sonoma County millions of dollars annually by providing supportive housing to youth (18-24) and adults, and how interventions for these populations address the cycle of homelessness in our community.

Angie is the Community Development Coordinator for CSN. Her for-profit and nonprofit marketing experience spans from Hawaii to both Southern and Northern California. She ran the state-wide Clear the Smoke anti-tobacco campaign for Hawaii, developed an award-winning PR campaign for one of the largest US malls, Ala Moana Center, and has brought her skills to bear locally in raising awareness about the concurrent issues of homeless and mental illness in Sonoma County.

She sits on the Wellness and Housing Subcommittee of the Sonoma County Homeless Youth Task Force, and volunteers her time mentoring transitional age youth. For 15 years, Sparks has mentored youth and teens, which has taken her throughout Northern California and on tours in the Pacific, including Pohnpei, Chuuk, Guam and Fiji, as well as to New Zealand and Mexico City.  A native of Northern California, Angie has made Sonoma County her home. She holds BAs in English and Religion from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Please invite your friends and join us as we address this crucial issue in our community –

Wednesday May 24th: Passions, Profession, Polio: A Balanced Life
Wednesday May 31th: The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act
Wednesday June 7th: Encore Songwriters Performance
Wednesday June 14th: Cannabis: A Conversation with Jack Tibbitts


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NEW:  Giro Bello Signup Genius:

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Shot of our colorful stage!! Buy your jersey now!

Paul Hamilton led us in the Pledge of Allegiance

Doug Garrison gave the innovation.  He recited Blanche DuBois’ comment from “A Street Car Named Desire,”  “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.”  We as Rotarians are always kind to strangers, aren’t we?


Fred Levin said there were none today. I guess those who don’t live in Santa Rosa did not want to hear our discussion of Measure C…..or they are all up in Incline Village getting ready for the District Conference!


On the other hand, we had a lot of guests!  Please excuse me if I missed someone or spelled their names incorrectly:  Mel Konrad, Judy Guyon, Bob Bratberg, Terry Pride, Annette Cooper, Maddy Hirshfield, Jane Costello, Gerry Humes, Mallory Spilker, Eric Goldschlag, Julie Combs and Daniel Sanchez.


Ginny Cannon had no report this week.  That is great news!  This reporter can also say that Bob Parker is at home after about 10 days in the hospital from his stroke.  He is doing very well.  He will continue physical therapy at home for his right side.


Robby Fouts said that the pot is up to $108 with 6 marbles remaining.  Diane Moresi’s number was pulled, but she did on get the right marble.

Robby Fouts asks Dan Schell to draw the raffle number  Diane Moresi has the winning number, but doesn’t draw the lucky marble!


President Jose announced that Santa Rosa Sunrise Rotary is looking for golfers for their fund raising Sign up to volunteer now for Giro Bello!! tournament on June 9th at Oakmont.  Tee time will be noon.

Doug Johnson gave an update on the Giro Bello:  Riders- signups are coming along.  Keep passing the word!  Sponsors:  We have cash and pledges of about $23,000.  Our goal is $35,000.  Keep asking anyone/business you know if they would like to be a sponsor. Volunteers:  Please see him or Signup Genius for volunteering.  Everyone needs to help.

Casey D’Angelo announced the New Gen graduation will be 1:00 on May 20th at Village Elementary School.

Jose recognizes Jeanne Levin with a new badge, since she put her “old” badge through the wash! Doug Garrison is getting his red badgeBLUE BADGES FOR DOUG GARRISON AND JEANNE LEVIN?:

Yah!  Doug Garrison has completed all requirements to receive his blue badge.  Jeanne Levin thought her badge was looking a little dirty so she took it home and ran in through the dishwasher. Oops!  That did not work, so she had to get a new badge!

New member (transfer), Charles Gibbon, Executive Director of Boy ScoutsINDUCTION OF NEW MEMBER CHARLIE HOWARD-GIBBON:

Today we welcome Charlie as a new member to our club. Charlie has been a Rotarian for many years in other clubs (almost 30!) and has multiple Paul Harris Awards.  It is an honor that he chose our club with his move to Santa Rosa!  Charlie is with the local Boy Scouts.


Bill Pedersen is recognized for being a business owner for 125 years!Marnie Goldschlag was in the house and she was recognized for all her work with the District and her new affiliation with Teri Villegiante and Jock McNeill: Next Home Wine Country Premier.  I guess that means we won’t be borrowing the C-21 truck for the Giro Bello this year!  LOL!  Good luck on the new venture!

Bill Pedersen was recognized for the longevity of Pedersen’s Furniture…125 years!

Doug Johnson and Carolyn Fassi were recognized and gave donations to the new Chase-Sorenson Fund


Daniel SanchezCity Council Member Julie Coombs - speakerThose who live in Santa Rosa will be voting on Measure C, the proposed rent control ordinance on the June Ballot.  Daniel Sanchez from the North Bay Association of Realtors spoke against Measure C.  Julie Combs from the Santa Rosa City Council spoke for Measure C.  Both spoke eloquently and knowledgeably about their subject with great passion.

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Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Officers

President: Jose Guillen, President Elect: Julia Parranto, President Elect Nominee: Tony Roehrick, Past President: Doug Johnson, Secretary: Debi Zaft, Treasurer: Cecil G. Humes

President Rotary International

John F. Germ, member of the Rotary Club Of Chattanooga, Tennessee

Governor, District 5130

Wulff A. Reinhold, Sr. member of the Rotary Club of Rohnert Park – Cotati

Attendance Secretary

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

Board of Directors

Kathleen Archer, Jack Atkin, Gesine Franchetti, Ray Giampaoli, Will Haymaker, Elizabeth Karbousky, Steve Marburger, Jackie McMillan, Diane Moresi