Next meeting
Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Rotary Youth Exchange Students

Will & Chiara

Rotary Youth Exchange students Will and Chiara will present their youth exchange experiences highlighting their school year in Santa Rosa, and the families who hosted them.

To be held at Bennett Valley Golf – in-person only.

Wednesday May 31: Friendship With a Nuclear Aircraft Captain
Wednesday June 7: Compassion Without Borders
Wednesday June 14: Library System
Wednesday June 21: Greenacre Homes & School
Wednesday June 28: Celebrations of Kris Andersons Year As President

Click here for the current calendar (Subject to updates).


Redwood Empire Food Bank – 2nd Wednesday of the month.  The next one is June 14th – 5 PM – 7 PM

May 30th – Slater Junior High School is looking for volunteers to help serve breakfast to the graduating 8th graders.

Giro Bello – June 24, 2023 – Register @  Check out the new jersey’s.

August 13-16 – ShelterBox is launching ShelterBox Adventure Trek.  The first outing will be August 13-16 in Yosemite National Park.

New socials, projects, & events coming soon!

Rotary Announcements

May 27 – 31, 2023: The Rotary International Convention will be in Melbourne, Australia. You can sign up now and book you room(s). This will be RI President Jennifer Jones’ convention so it should be epic as the first woman RI president.

“Welcome to the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa where we imagine a world that deserves our best, where we get up each day knowing that we can make a difference.”


Former President Ray Giampaoli led us in the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance and the Four-Way Test. He forgot he was doing the Reflection, so he donated $50.00 to the Club.

Visiting Rotarians:

It was so nice to see Dora Zuniga from the Rotary Club of Tampa. She is traveling to say, “Thank you!” to the Rotary Clubs that are supporting Project Amigo. We also had Brendan Noriega from the SRJC Rotaract Club. He is their new liaison person for our club.


Heather Thurber for the last time! Natasha Perez has turned in her application! Ann Gospe is already working on a coffee date with her.

Pending New Members:

Rich Rossi is looking forward to becoming a member. He has been traveling and called President Kris the other day saying he would not be at this week’s meeting because he got a cold while traveling.

Sunshine Report:

DeWayne White, Kim Murphy’s husband, has been hospitalized with blood clots. Tim Fawcett is looking for a walking partner. Bev Owen has taken another fall and is in rehab. Norm is staying with Ted and Deanie Wilmsen. Craig Meltzner says that Elaine has finished her third chemotherapy treatment and is doing OK. She will have a pet scan and MRI to see how she is progressing. We are praying for good health for all!


Club Business:

Ann Gospe has been busy getting ready for her year as president. She had three items that the club needed to vote on today. 1. She needed an OK for Matthew Henry to stay on the board one more year. Otherwise, we would have one seasoned board member and 4 new members. Plus, we had to vote for Kim Murphy to serve on the board. 2. We are changing the dues to be paid quarterly. 3. Dues are going up $100.00 a year ($25.00 a quarter) however if you sign up in advance for the lunch, your cost will be $30.00. If you do not sign up in advance, you will pay $33.00. All three were unanimously approved by the members present.

Giro Bello:

We are just a little over a month away from the ride. It is time to nail down your assignments in advance of the ride, the day of the ride, and clean up the following day. We are slightly ahead of riders from last year. If you know any breweries that would like to participate, contact Casey D’Angelo. If you do not have an assignment, see Karen Ball.

New Member, Heather Thurber:

Today we inducted Heather into our club. Heather is a Realtor-Broker Associate with Better Homes and Gardens Wine Country Group. She was born and raised in Sonoma County. Her family owns the Paperbacks Unlimited Bookstore on the Sonoma Highway (in front of Joy Parker’s home). She has been nominated in the Press Democrat Reader’s Pole as Realtor of the year (she has won before). Heather is ready to work with us on our many projects. I would not be surprised if she were to find more hands-on projects for us! Welcome Heather!

Sam McMillan and the History of the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa

Sam has taken over as the Historian of our club from Mark Burchill. Rotary was started in 1905 in Chicago by Paul P Harris when he invited his friends, Gustavus Loehr (mining engineer), Hiram E Shorey (merchant taylor) and Silvester Schiele (coal dealer) to meet weekly to refer business to each other. Because they rotated where they met, they called their club Rotary. It turned out to be a great idea and Rotary Clubs sprang up all over. The Rotary Club of Napa started in 1920 and they helped our club get started in 1921. It was said that “Rotary is among the best organizations which any community can possess and when organized will be officered and handled by competent men, who will devote time and attention to the same, and make it one of the most successful organizations which has ever come to our fair city.”  The founders of our club met in September of 1921 with a list of prominent professionals. By October they had the required 24 members. The organizing committee consisted of W. Finlaw Geary, Ralph A Beldon, James M Whittingham, Larry Leppo, and Jerome O. Cross. On October 26, 1921, they had their first official meeting and Dr. Joseph Shaw was elected as the first president (he was Luther Burbank’s personal doctor as well as Sam’s grandmother). We were club #1031. Our Rotary District included New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, and California. Rotary was already international with clubs in Australia, Denmark, France, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, and South Africa. Our club’s budget was $1500. Money for charity was used for those who needed hospital care. In February 1926 they had a dinner dance. Music was part of every meeting.

The first new members after we received our charter were Rollo Dibble, Obert Pedersen, Reverend E.E. ingram (who transferred to our club from Waco, Tx). Frank Doyle’s classification was dairyman because someone else had the banking classification. Who, Sam was not sure. Joseph Grace was manager of the Bank of Italy, but he also had a brewery. Ralph Beldon was in banking, but he owned the Rio Nido Hotel. It might have been Ralph Beldon

That is all the room we have for this bulletin! Sam gave President Kris his transcript, so if you want to know the rest (up through 1941) just ask Kris and she will email it to you,

Program Slides

No program slides this week

Club Job Openings:

Still need a few bulletin writers. Need a person on the board for Vocational Service Recognition

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Governor, District 5130

Jennifer Strong


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

Board of Directors

Kris Anderson – President
Ann Gospe – President Elect
Casey D’Angelo – President Elect Nominee
Ray Giampaoli – Past President
Debi Zaft – Secretary
Karen Ball – Treasurer
Robert Pierce – Sergeant At Arms
Julia Parranto – Club Service- Membership
Andrea Geary – Club Service – Club Meetings
Matthew Henry – Club Service – Fund Raising
Charlie Howard-Gibbon – Club Services – Member Activities
Pete Lescure – Club Service – Records and Outreach
Casey Carter – Member Involvement
Mary Graves Community – Service – Youth
Tim Fawcett – Vocational Service
Scott Bartley – International Service
Paul Hamilton – Foundation Representative

DIGITAL EDITION No. 501 May 17, 2023  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Jeff Gospe PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick