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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Rethinking logging in the
Mendocino Preservation Forest

Mary Callahan

Mary is a local news reporter covering all things west Sonoma County, including the Northern California Coast, Russian River, fisheries, rural communities and the city of Sebastopol, as well as water resources and the ongoing statewide drought. Her beat offers many interesting forays into ocean studies, wildlife issues, land use policy, quirky corners of the county and rural life reimagined in this beautiful region those of us who live here are grateful to call home. Our reputation as a relaxing Wine Country destination doesn’t mean there’s not plenty of controversy – from pot, to timber harvesting to vineyard and winery expansion.


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Wednesday May 25: An African Program
Wednesday June 1: RCSR and WCS Committee’s Ukraine Fundraising
Wednesday June 8: Shelter Box
Wednesday June 15: Elder Abuse & Fraud Scams
Wednesday June 22: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Zimbabwe
Wednesday June 29: Debunking!

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Opening Ceremonies:

Odalis Medianero led us in the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance and the Four-Way Test. Her Reflection was a quote from Rabindranth Tagore, “The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has started to understand the meaning of life.”


Bruni Thylin, Mary Miyano, Curt Groninga, Linda Olson Cornell, Cameron Norris, Dominique Garzoli, Harmony Simmons, Allan Mungai, La Reve Myles, Faith Harvey, Sara Bayersdorfer, Bella Boyer, William James, Jared Iversen, Bee Bee Yeap, Marilyn Wilms

Our 100 Birthday Party:

Finally, the celebration will be this weekend on Sunday, May 15 at the Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club. 74 members and quests will be in attendance along with quest speaker, John Blount, and comedian, Casey Williams. We expect to have a fun time and wish more were attending. You must be vaccinated to attend, so please email your vaccination card in advance to or bring it to the dinner. Mark Burchill is selling 100th anniversary pins; $18.00 each or two for $30.00. You can buy a logo shirt (see the flyers on the table).


$33.00 in the pot. Mary Miyano had the correct ticket, but she did not pull the blue marble. The pot rolls over.

Ukraine Update:

Jeff Gospe, who has been our point person with Ukraine, and the local clubs, said that another $34,000 was wired on Monday to purchase more first aid kits. A total of $65,000 has been sent so far. They are now working on grant for $50,000 more in aid to Ukraine.

Giro Bello Update:

We are up to 258 riders with 37 days to go before we must close the reservations. This does not include about 70 riders from Team Asha. Please get the word out to your friends and family. As for sponsorships, Ann Gospe says we are almost to $30,000. Please ask your friends, service providers, etc. for a sponsorship. Ann is going to ask her electrician sense she is giving him a ton of business! Lastly, we need volunteers! Ask your friends, family, and coworkers if they can help on Friday or Saturday.

Student Scholarship Awards:

What an outstanding group of young people! Thank you, Steve Olson, Tony Roehrick, Ann Gospe Steve Baime, Bill Rousseau, Sam McMillan, Ryan Thomas, Andrea Geary, Cathy Vicini and Chuck Wear for going through about 200 applications to determine the final 15. All were able to make it today except Joshua Crain and Barbara White.

Cameron Norris has received the Rotary Health and Medical Scholarship for $2500. Carmeron has been a volunteer firefighter and voluntary EMT. He will be attending the University of Southern Mississippi for a nursing degree and wants to be a nurse anesthesiologist.

Dominique Garzoli has received the Vicini Scholarship for $2500. Dominique will be attending the University of Texas at Austin as a nursing major. She is currently the captain of the SRJC women’s soccer team and couches soccer.

Harmony Simmons has received the Director’s Scholarship for $2000. She had a challenging time growing up, a foster child, experiencing homelessness, dropping out of school an unplanned pregnancy. She credits the junior college for changing her life. She is a poet and published author. She will be attending San Francisco State with the goal of becoming a professor and academic scholar.

Barbara White has received the Sorenson Chase Scholarship for $2500. She was unable to attended today but she plans to study to become a clinical psychologist.

Allan Mungai has received the Larry Miyano Scholarship for $2000. Allan is from Kenya and heard about our junior college in Kenya! His plans are to attend Sacramento State and study civil engineering to be a civil structural engineer.

Joshua Crain has received the Spense and Shirley Flourney Scholarship for $2000. This is a renewable scholarship. He was unable to attend today but he intends to study aerospace engineering.

La Reve Myles received the President’s Scholarship for $3000. She plans to attend the University of southern California to study in the Anneberg journalism program to get a master’s degree. She is loves country music and plans to produce a film on black country western singers. She sang Cole Porter’s “You’re the Top” as a thank you to us all.

Faith Harvey received the Jack Levar Communications Scholarship for $2000. This is a renewable scholarship. She will be attending UC Santa Barbara as a communications major. Her social media skills came in handy today when our Zoom Patrol had some issues! She worked her way through school as a barista. She is looking forward to a career public relations and journalism.

Sarah Bayersdorfer has received the Larry Bello Scholarship for $2500. She will be attending the firefighter academy and paramedic academy. She has worked as a volunteer firefighter and even worked the Dixie Fire. She also has played division one ice hockey at Boston University.

Bella Boyer has received the Thylin Family Scholarship for $2000. A native of Hawaii before coming to the mainland. She will be attending either Sonoma State or UC Santa Barbara to study accounting. She is a competitive ballroom dancer and a dance instructor.

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William James has received the John Brown Veteran’s Scholarship for $2500. He will be studying human services and addiction studies/advocacy. He would like to become a counselor. He is celebrating 3 years of sobriety. He served as a Marine in Iraq and worked in Iraq in security.

Jared Iversen has received the Hardister Disability Scholarship for $2000. This is a renewable scholarship. He had a rocky start at SRJC and flunked his first math class. He got it together in the second semester and started getting straight As. He even tutored students and was a teaching assistant in the math department. He will be attending Sonoma State to study biochemistry with the intent to go into research. He teaches ice skating.

Bee Bee Yeap has received the Christopher Wood Scholarship for $2000. She will be studying business administration and marketing at Sonoma State. She is interested in marketing and administration with the intention to run her own business. She is from Australia.

Marilyn Wilms has received the olson Family Scholarship for $2500. She will be attending Sonoma State to study business administration with the intent to own her own business.

After handing out the certificates, Steve Olson invited them to look out for Rotaract Clubs at the universities that they are attending and that we would love to see them as Rotarians when they are ready.

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. 456 May 11, 2022  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Jeff Gospe PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick