Next Meeting is via Zoom
Wednesday June 2, 2021

Eating Well to Build Resilience

Dr. Ed Bauman

The pandemic has been a huge stressor for us all, physically, emotionally, mentally and socially.  To recover from post pandemic weight gain, and energy loss, we can build resilience and cool inflammation by improving our dietary habits and choices.  Learn key foods, beverages, herbs and nutrients to enhance vitality, immunity and  the gut-brain connection.

–>  Debi will send you the Zoom login link for the 12:00 meeting. Feel free to put your feet up, grab a sandwich, and join the meeting. <–


All in-person meetings are currently on hold.  Instead, we will be holding online meetings using Zoom.  Please be on the look out for an email with the link from either Jeff or Debi.

Wednesday June 9: Club Foundation Report and Scholarships
Wednesday June 16: RYE Keynote Speaker
Wednesday June 23: President’s Year in Review
Wednesday June 30: Debunking

Keep checking back.  New Programs coming soon!


Keep checking back.  New socials coming soon!


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Watch The Meeting:  Did you miss the meeting?  Here is a link to the recording of last week’s meeting:
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Please note it is only available to view until 6/6/21

Opening Ceremonies:

President Jeff welcomed Rotarians and our guests. He played a video on Rotary’s efforts to help the world’s population get the Covid vaccination.

Visiting Rotarians:

Will Haymaker and Lilia Gonzales

Guests of Rotarians:

Bart Eddy, Summer Jeffus, Jon Moore, Steve Taddei, Rachel Ray, Will Tesconi, and Mel Conrad

Pledge and Reflection:

This week Craig Meltzner led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. His reflection was the reading of two prayers from his Jewish faith for the high holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Sunshine Report:

Pris Abercrombie let us know that Jack is in ICU at a rehabilitation center. He has not been drinking enough water. The Levin’s are both ailing! Fred fell and Jeanne is in a wheelchair because of her bad knee. Kris Anderson’s mom is out of the hospital after being at Sutter for 4 days last week.

Richard Lazovick shared that Maria Carillo High School’s senior class could use our financial help to make their senior grad night a success. Since we cannot pass the hat, President Jeff asked us to contact Richard and get any contributions to him.


Something must have been in the Trecini Wine the other night for the big game dinner at Ray and Jodi Giampaoli’s house because it sounds like all the Rotary participants were in a giving mood for the club’s technology fund. Pete Lescure, Ray Giampaoli, Craig Meltzner and Dan Balfe each donated $100. Ray gave an extra $100 because Dan got some buckshot in a piece of his food. Ray says he is willing to do this dinner again next year!

Giro d’ Wine Country:

They now have 792 reservations for the ride! Sponsorship packages will be available on June 15th. The goal is $21,000 in sponsorships this year with a push goal of $40,000. At this point we have pledges for $11,000. Way to go Rotarians!

Say Goodbye to Rio Ray:

Gosh darn it! The Salvation Army is moving Rio and Rachel to Sacramento. This might have been his last meeting with us. However, Karen Ball reminded him he still can come to our meetings via Zoom. We will miss him! We will have to invite his replacement to the club.

Today’s Program – Toastmaster

Today’s guest speaker was Steve Taddei who came to speak about Rotary’s alliance with Toastmasters.

Toastmasters core values are:  Integrity, Respect Service and Excellence. Sounds a lot like Rotary’s Four-Way Test. They are Intenational and have a diverse membership. Mark Burchill joined before he became president in 2014. His wife, Mel Conrad, was already a member. Our guest speaker said that he started going to Toastmasters because he wanted to improve his communication with his clients. As previously stated, people join for a variety of reasons. Introverts want to be more extrovert; immigrants want to practice their English. Retired people and stay at home parents join to get out of the house and have a conversation. in Toastmasters you are trained to do prepared speeches, and table talk. the membership is supportive and gives positive criticism and feedback. The speeches are to be 5-7 minutes in length, and they are timed. There are several Toastmaster groups in the area. Newbies are open to all meetings except one that is for advanced speakers. Members are encouraged to not stay behind the podium but work the stage. Members are encouraged to practice repeatedly so that do not need to use notes and bullet points. They have a special program at San Quentin for the inmates. With sheltering in place this last year, toastmasters had to get a bit inventive in front of the camera.

Questions and Answers:

Are there any subjects not to be discussed? No there is not. However, they have ways to cope and help the members to handle those touchy issues. Groups meet weekly, biweekly, or monthly.

Anxiety is normal and it might always be with you, but with practice it is manageable. The culture of the clubs is to be supportive. Everyone has butterflies, but Toastmasters helps you to get those butterflies to fly in formation. Yes, there are various levels of speaking experience, but most groups have a balance of all levels. Only the Next Level group in Sonoma County is an advanced level group. Toastmasters works with kids as young as 12 years old. You must practice, write out your speech several times, rehearse and you will find that you will not need your notes. Ministers and Rabbis are so good because they practice.

Please note that in My Rotary there are several Toastmaster courses that you can take for free!

Program Slides:

(none this week)

Additional Pictures:


Governor, District 5130

Doug Johnson


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

Board of Directors

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
Community Service I, Member Involvement, Rio Ray
Community Service II, Youth, Andrea Geary
Vocational Service, Carolyn Fassi
International Service, Dan Balfe

DIGITAL EDITION No. 409 May 26, 2021  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Kris Anderson PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick