DIGITAL EDITION No. 269 May 23, 2018  EDITOR: Layne Bowen PHOTOGRAPHER: Diane Moresi PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick

Our Program For Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Welcome to the Exponential Age
Emerging technologies that will disrupt industries

Coltin Briner

Would you like to learn about four emerging technologies that will disrupt industries, grant us super powers and fundamentally change our reality? Then join us on March 21st when Colton Briner will cover what they are, what changes they will likely bring, and who is likely to be impacted.  You will not want to miss the closing discussion!

Colton has been developing transformational technologies since 2002. Working with Santa Rosa based tech firm Democrasoft, he led the team that created Collaborize Classroom, an online learning platform that brought blended instruction and the “flipped classroom” model to thousands of classrooms. In 2013 he joined VisiQuate, a Santa Rosa-based big data solutions provider dedicated to eliminating the inefficiencies in American healthcare.

Colton especially enjoys helping educate audiences on how to position themselves for fulfilling lives in the exponential age.       

Wednesday June 6, 2018: Legal Aid of Sonoma County – Ronit Rubinoff
Wednesday June 13, 2018: Executive Director Ben Stone – Economic Development Board 
Wednesday June 20, 2018: Julia Parranto – President’s Year in Review
Wednesday June 27, 2018: Debunking of President Julia – Jose Guillen


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Opening Ceremonies

Pledge: Ginny Cannon
Reflection: Jose Guillen


We had one guest today, Lynette McGee was hosted by Kris Anderson.

Karen Ball held the raffleVisiting Rotarians

Two visiting Rotarians were present. George Batchelder from Santa Rosa East and JR Boisclair all the way from Wayzata, MN.


All is sunny. Rich de Lambert has a body part in a sling. His arm, not the other thing.


Karen Ball ran today’s raffle, but Blaine Goodwin could not draw the right marble.

Blaine Goodwin drew the marble and did not win the big pot of $40Jokes by Cathy

A couple was having some trouble, so they did the right thing and went to a counselor. After a few visits, and a lot of questioning and listening, the counselor said he had discovered the main problem. He stood , went over to the woman, asked her to stand, and gave her a hug. He looked at the man and said, “This is what your wife needs, at least once a day!” The man frowned, thought for a moment, then said, “OK, what time do you want me to bring her back tomorrow?


Yale Abrams announced a hands-on project assembling sheds for people who have lost homes in the fire on June 9th.

Jeff Kolin pointed out that Giro Bello is one month from today. A drawing for those who have pulled in sponsors will be held.

Ann Gospe needs people for Tim Fawcett’s picnic. It’s a cheer up party for Tim and also a fundraiser to help Tim with expenses while he recovers.

President Julia announced that raffles are a very effective way to get other people’s money, and gave a shout-out to Past Prez Mark Burchill for raising over $12,000 for the Fire Relief Raffle.

District Conference Report

Several Rotarians from our club attended the district conference this past weekend. President Julia shared some of the hands-on projects the attendees participated in.  Rotarians built mechanical hands for people in the 3rd world who’ve lost their hands due to land mines, machete wars, etc. 10,000 meals were created for those in need around the world. DG Elect Barb Spangler proposed a multi-district conference next year, which has grown from a 3 District affair at the Peppertree in Reno, to a “4 Way Fest”, with the Reno Club joining in. Julia noted that we got 7 separate district conference awards – something our club should be proud of! Some clubs in the district received no awards at all.


Steve Marbuger - SpeakerJackie McMillan introduced club member Steve Marburger who gave an interesting program on the rise and fall of the Chaco Empire.

1n 1969, Steve had his first archeological experience at Chaco Canyon as a scout. Steve noted that the Chaco Anastazi used slave labor to build their impressive structures. They occupied their pueblos for over 300 years between 800 to 1200 AD. Some of the buildings had over 500 rooms. This civilization had a true understanding of astro physics. Steve described the Sun Dagger, which measured summer and winter solstice. They used astrophysics to tell time. Steve shared a short film narrated by Robert Redford detailing the civilization built. Pueblo Bonito was the size of the Roman Coliseum. All construction was performed with no written language. Timbers had to be brought from over 60 miles away. The Chaco were the first culture to use astronomy to observe and record the lunar cycle over 9 1/4 years.

The collapse of the civilization retreated to Mesa Verde farther north. The collapse came during a 75 year drought. During that time they switched from hunter gatherers to farmers and later turned to cannibalism and human sacrifice. The Mesa Verde civilization lasted only about 100 years.


Rio Ray of the Salvation Army has been approved for membership to our club by our Board of Directors. Welcome, Rio!

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

So far 22 Rotarians from our club and friends have signed up for the Rotary cruise on AMA Kristina. There are 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 deadline has been extended to May 31, 2018.

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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