DIGITAL EDITION No. 266 May 2, 2018  EDITOR: Layne Bowen PHOTOGRAPHER: Richard Lazovick & Doug Chase PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick

Our Program For Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Award Winning Entrepreneur
Letitia Hanke

A small-town girl from Lake County, California, Letitia Hanke grew up dreaming of a music career. Recognized from childhood for her musical talents, she attended Sonoma State University envisioning a future in the performing and recording arts. When the opportunity arose, she took a position at a prominent roofing company and managed the business for 8 years. In 2004, she started her own roofing company Alternative Roofing Solutions and Sonoma/Napa/Marin Seamless Gutters now known as ARS Roofing, Gutters & Waterproofing. In June of 2018 she will celebrate 22 years in the industry, 14 as CEO. She currently employs 23 full-time, year-round employees servicing the North Bay. 

Some of her accomplishments include receiving the 2017 Entrepreneur of the year award by the National 100 Black Women Coalition,2016 North California Small Business Award by the California Black Chamber of Commerce, a 2015 Woman in Business award, the 2015 Entrepreneurial/Innovative Spirit Award winner by the North Bay Leadership Council, 2014 Small Business of the Year Award from Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsome, 2008 Spirit of Sonoma Honoree award winner and most recently the 2018 Walmart community playmaker award by the Golden State Warriors. 

Letitia’s vision to advocate for the disadvantaged inspired her to start the 501c3 nonprofit foundation called The LIME Foundation ( The Foundation helps create a better quality of life for the underserved community. Letitia hopes to continue to inspire young men and women that they are in charge of their own destiny.

Expect to be impressed and inspired by our guest speaker on May 9th!


Wednesday May 16, 2018: World Community Service Report – WCS Committee 
Wednesday May 23, 2018: The Mystery of Chaco Canyon – Narrated by Steve Marburger
Wednesday May 30, 2018: Welcome to the Exponential Age – Colton Briner – Emerging technologies that will disrupt industries
Wednesday June 6, 2018: 4 Way Test Contest – Matthew Henry


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Opening Ceremonies


Laura Held


Ginny Cannon gave today’s reflection.

Visiting Rotarians

Our own club’s past president Barbara Beedon was visiting us from Sebastopol.


We had a number of scholarship recipients which are listed in the award section. Also in attendance were guests Mary-Frances Walsh, Phillipe Barnabas, Juan Paredas and Robyn Mason.



Ginny had nothing new to report. Rich de Lambert visited Tim Fawcett. He is still not able to drive and has no tv and is in need of our help. A picnic is being planned to give him some fellowship. Tim is pretty isolated right now and anything you can do to help would be appreciated. He has major medical bills (over $1,000,000) and is recovering very slowly.


Pete Lescure tasked our city manager to draw the ticket. Kim Murphy’s ticket was drawn but she was only awarded the $10 consolation prize. She promptly handed it off to one of our scholarship winners.

Cathy’s Joke

Was turned over to Don McMillan who delivered it like a closing argument in a murder trial. It was like a joke, but without the humor.

Scholarship Awards

Steve Olson and Sam McMillan presented scholarships to nine SRJC students for a total of $21,000. The award winners were:

  • Andrew Young: John Brown Veteran’s Scholarship for $2,000
  • Megan Watt: Larry Bello Occupational Scholarship for $2,000
  • Anna Maria Morales: Christopher Wood Memorial $2,000
  • Tan-Thien Le: Jack Lavar Memorial 
    For $2,000 this year and $2,000 next year.
  • Shanti Mason: Sorenson-Chase Scholarship for $2,000.
  • Christopher Collier: Fassi-Wharton Scholarship $1,000, renewable next year.
  • Vanessa Williams: Spence & Shirley Flournoy Engineering Scholarship for $2,000
  • Hannah Cardigan-Carranza: Foundation Trustee Scholarship for $2,000
  • Sabrina Parades: Foundation President’s Scholarship for $3,000. Side note: Sabrina designed the So Co Strong hats that are signed by 1st responders and will be auctioned off to raise money for scholarships for Latino students at SRJC.

Congratulations to all these deserving students from the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa!

Rotarian of the Month

Dan Bornstein raised a lot of money for fire relief and was selected as this month’s Rotarian of the Month.


Jackie McMillan introduced our speaker, SR City Manager Sean McGlynn. Mr. McGlynn discussed the far-reaching effects of the October firestorm on the housing market. He shared that he was living in New York during 9/11 and shared his experiences and its influence on steering him into government service. Mr. McGlynn discussed the unique and incredible impact on our region. He described the fire as the first disaster and FEMA being the 2nd disaster. The loss to the general fund due to infrastructure loss is huge and cannot be replaced in the near future. Mr. McGlynn reminded us that the door knocking was a life saver and the sign of a healthy community. We cannot rely on cell phones in a disaster of this magnitude. 



Yale Abrams announced that the next Work Day will be in support of Landpaths at Bohemia Ecological Preserve. Stewardship Weekend is Saturday, May 12th from 9am to 2pm. There is an optional overnight stay.

Want to order a cheesecake or purchase a SoCo Strong hat to aid our scholarship recipient, Anamaria Morales with her college funding efforts? Call her at (707) 495-5324 to place an order!

Want to order a Giro Bello jersey, but are not riding this year?  Email Jackie at with your size. Both Race and Club fits are available this year. 

Don’t forget to sign up for the river cruise if you are going!Rotary Rhine River Cruise August 19-26, 2019

So far 18 Rotarians from our club have signed up for the Rotary cruise on AMA Kristina. There are only 31 cabins remaining. If you are interested in joining us, please book as soon as possible to get the best cabin category.

Click here to get more information on pricing, itinerary, etc. Printed fliers are also available at our meetings. The early booking discount still applies but will expire at the end of April.

 Click here for flyer.

Governor, District 5130

Bob Rogers, Rotary Club of Sebastopol

Attendance Secretary

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

Board of Directors

Kathleen Archer, Ray Giampaoli, Steve Marburger, Jackie McMillan, Diane Moresi, Laura Held, Peter Holewinski, Steve Baime and Jeff Kolin