DIGITAL EDITION   No. 125   May 13, 2015 EDITOR: Jack Abercrombie PHOTOGRAPHER: Elizabeth Karbousky

Our Program for May 20th:




Project Amigo is an outstanding program that the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa has been supporting for many years.

Education and literacy are powerful keys to enabling a brighter future for the world’s children, who in turn benefit the nations they live in. For nearly three decades, Project Amigo has helped rural children in Mexico continue their formal schooling up to and including college level.

In existence since 1984, and formally as a U.S. 501-2-3 non-profit charity since 1996, Project Amigo provides educational scholarships, material support, enrichment activities and preventive and remedial health care to disadvantaged children and youth in Colima state.

Volunteer Work Weeks based at our head-quarters in the beautiful hillside village of Cofradía de Suchitlán allow volunteers from developed countries to engage in humanitarian service and become both friends and sponsors of Mexican children and youth seeking the many advantages of education.

Presenting will be the Chairman of Project Amigo’s Board of Directors, Sarah Ferris. Coke and Cindy Newell. Directors of Project Amigo are helping with staffing changes in Cofradia and will remain in Mexico this spring.

President Sarah Ferris retired from Chevron Oil after a 30-year career. She started as a chemist in the Perth Amboy, New Jersey refinery and held jobs of increasing responsibility, traveling extensively and living abroad. She retired as Vice President of Marketing for Fuel and Marine Marketing, a division of Chevron. While with Chevron, she participated in Junior Achievement and in local school activities. She joined the Project Amigo Board in 2006 and became President in 2010. She sees education as a priority for overcoming poverty, and serving on Project Amigo’s Board gives her the opportunity to be part of an organization dedicated to making a difference through education.


Wednesday, May 27th: Thea Daniels
Wednesday, June 3rd: Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Foundation
Wednesday, June 10th: What is the Electric Car?


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President Mark opened the meeting with a loud “CLANG” of the Rotary bell.

Pledge of Allegiance: Delivered By- Ryan Thomas

Thought for the Day: Various quotes by Stephan Passalacqua


Past President Barbara Beedon


Troy Aldrich & others

Raffle Winner Rick Allen

Raffle Winner Rick Allen


Rick Allen was a winner today!


Eileen Carlisle reported that all was sunny plus Shannon McConnell had her baby on May 8th, a boy – named Grayson.


Prospective New Member:
Troy Aldrich, Auto Body Repair
Sponsored by: Rich de Lambert

New Member Induction:
Richard Lazovick, iTechTutor
Sponsored by: Steve Marburger
New Members

PROGRAM – Polio Plus

Speaker Bob Rogers

Speaker Bob Rogers

Bob Rogers, a Rotarian from the Sebastopol Club, gave a history of Rotary’s involvement with the campaign to eradicate Polio from the world. Polio, as you know, is a devastating virus that most often attacks the young and dramatically changes lives. When Rotary started its fight against polio, there were 350,000 children per year contracting the virus. Today, year to date, there are only 33 new cases reported worldwide.

After this presentation, Bob asked the audience who would like to step up and further help this effort to completely eradicate polio in the world. A rough count showed 27 club members raising their hands & volunteering from $25 to $100 toward this worthy project, with over $2,000 donated.


Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Officers

President: Mark Burchill, President Elect: Doug Johnson, President Elect Nominee: Jose Guillen, Past President: Peggy Soberanis, Secretary: Jack Abercrombie, Treasurer: Cecil G. Humes, Sergeant at Arms: Jack Geary

President Rotary International

Gary C.K. Huang, member of the Rotary Club of Taipei, Taiwan

Governor, District 5130

Kevin Eisenberg, member of the Rotary Club of Calistoga

Attendance Secretary

Jack Abercrombie P.O. Box 505 Santa Rosa, CA 95402 707-538-4770

Board of Directors

Karen Ball, Tim Delaney, Tim Fawcett, Gesine Franchetti, Bill Hatcher, Elizabeth Karbousky, Steve Olson, Jack Tolin, Cathy Vicini