DIGITAL EDITION   No. 31     May 29, 2013     EDITORS:  Kris Anderson & Jim Johnson     PHOTOGRAPHER: Nicole Le

Our Program For June 5th:


Astronomers share their love of the distant universe

Microsoft Word - Following the stars.docxYou probably know all about Space. It’s been on television and in every other movie. But at next Wednesday’s Rotary meeting, you will meet two people have actual photographs of Space—in color and digitally autographed. Astronomer Linda Sinkay embraced her passion for the night sky as a young girl camping with her family, charmed by the mythology of the constellations and fascinated by stories of Perseus & Andromeda. Jim Goodenough is also an astronomer and both Linda & Jim are Docents at the Robert Ferguson Observatory – not to mention Past Presidents of the Rotary Club of Sebastopol Sunrise. Fasten your seat belts next week…you’re in for a ride among the stars!


June 12, 2013: President Bill’s Year in Review
June 19, 2013: Past Presidents’ Day
June 26, 2013: Debunking of President William


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Mike Truesdell led us in The Pledge to our Flag, en Français, followed by the Group Study Exchange Team singing the French National Anthem, La Marseillaise. Chip Rawson concluded the ceremonies with the reading of a favorite quotation by author C .S. Lewis as the invocation.


A former member of this Rotary Club and resident of Santa Rosa, David Del Monte, Past President of the Rotary Club of New York and District Governor Elect for greater New York’s District 7230. Also visiting, Julie Nation from Santa Rosa West, Sue Bisbee from Santa Rosa East, and Past Governor of District 5130 Maureen Merrill, from the Rotary Club of Windsor.


Rotary Foundation Scholarship recipient Therese Brown and her mother Rebecca Brown; Rob Kirby and our own Jerry Marquis plus second guest of Dave Del Monte. (I heard a few people asking when Jerry was going to come back home and rejoin).


Posted on Facebook by Genie Delles: I have some personal news to share in this public place, but you are my friends and I want you to hear this from me. I have been diagnosed with Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma. It is treatable and even curable. This is what I really know for sure: Cancer is indiscriminate and random. Cancer does not care how healthy you think you are or how much future you think you have. It just wants to beat you. It is designed to win the battle. So I am going into warrior mode and I could use your help. If you think of me, do it with positive energy and strength. Put that out to the universe and I will grab it and use it. So will all the other people you know fighting cancer. No worrying, no sadness, just an army of strong, positive energy and love. I am going to beat this and I am going to be fine.”

                         My love to you all…


As The Santa Rosarian goes to distribution, we are informed of the passing of Evelyn Farrell, the wife of long-time Rotarian Tom Farrell, who joined this Rotary Club in 1969 and remains a member of Sebastopol Rotary after 44 years as a Rotarian. Evelyn celebrated her 85th birthday earlier this month. She and Tom were married in 1950. Services are pending.

Yale Abrams pulls a card from Jose Guillen

Yale Abrams pulls a card from Jose Guillen


Jose Guillen, who continues to monitor Raffle conditions, immediately informed us that there were only 51 playing cards remaining in the velvet bag, and the Raffle Jackpot had grown to $125. Past President Yale Abrams’ number was drawn and revealed to us by one of our French guests, but alas, he drew that 51st card—the Deuce of Spades—and seemed to be content with his $10 consolation prize.



Theresa Brown

Scholarship Chair Steve Olson explained three weeks ago that awarding the Rotary Foundation Academic Scholarship during final exams is always a logistical challenge. Which explains why our scholarship awards started on May 15th and concludes with one final recipient on May 29. Past president Steve introduced us to Therese Brown, a graduate of Pathways Charter School in Rohnert Park, with a 4.0 Grade Point Average at Santa Rosa Junior College. A talented violinist, she will be attending UC Santa Barbara in the fall, majoring in music, plus she plans to continue her education in graduate school. Therese received the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Trustee Scholarship in the amount of $1500, concluding the year’s presentations of the ten annual scholarships for 2013.

Steve Olson pictured with his wife, Eileen

Steve Olson pictured with his wife, Eileen


Past President Steve Olson received the annual Presidential Medal of Honor from SRJC President Frank Chong for his long service as dean and faculty member of the school’s agriculture program. Steve attended SRJC as a student and returned in 1970 as one of the earliest faculty members. He helped establish Shone Farm, the college’s working farm near Forestville. After retiring in 2007, Steve still remains active at the college and in the community as a member of this Rotary Club.


President William reminded us again that Rotary’s Annual District Conference is this weekend at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel & Spa in Santa Rosa. If you can make it for any of the events, please come. You can find the conference schedule in last week’s Santa Rosarian or on the District website.

On Monday afternoon, District Governor Michael Juric will meet with the Rotary Club’s board of Directors. Anyone who wants to attend and be part of the discussion about upcoming increase in club dues are welcome to attend the special meeting, starting at 5 pm in the Salvation Army Conference Room, 93 Stoney Circle.

Jackie & Don McMillan announced that Giro Bello needs some pop-up canopies to join our new blue and gold Rotary Club tent, helping promote the Third Annual Giro Bello between now and July 7th. If you have one to lend, please let them know immediately. Also, if you have not signed up to help on the Giro Bello, the committee really needs your help on both Friday & Saturday, July 5th and 6th. As we mentioned last week, the Giro Bello is the largest and most productive “hands on” project of Rotary’s last three years. Volunteer now to help where you are needed most, contact Matt Fannin, Don McMillan, Layne Bowen, Carmen Sinigiani, Diane Moresi, or any member of the board. They are all listed in the club roster and online at


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  • President Bill tried to fine Matt Everson for skipping last week’s meeting and going to the Giant’s game instead. Matt let President Bill know in no uncertain terms that he had already paid for skipping the Rotary meeting to see the game. Then admitted that he planned to miss next week’s meeting to go to a Giant’s game. This set off a chain reaction. It turns out that Gary Vice and Jack Tolin went to that 49er game with Matt! All three truants donated $5.00 each to the club.
  • But Steve Reuter coughed up $15 after being inspired to admit that he was at the game too, but not with Matt, Gary, and Jack.
  • Past President Wally Lowry confessed that he had driven to his grandson’s graduation from Chico State, all the way to Chico and back, without his wallet or his driver license. Even with no cash, Wally made it back safely. I guess you could say he “made it under the radar”? Except for his $15 confession charge.
  • Mark Burchill, Karen Ball, and Penny Tibbetts took advantage of the $15 tabs: Mark for attending his niece’s graduation from San Francisco State and sneaked in that he traded his Bodega home for a lovely apartment on Russian Hill over the weekend (he’s really good at this house trading!)
  • Karen Ball for making to a Calamari Festival in Monterrey.
  • Proud mother Penny Tibbets

    Proud mother Penny Tibbetts

    And Penny Tibbetts  contributed $50 to the Club Foundation and $50 to the Club for her second-hand recognition generated by her son, Harrison “Jack” Tibbetts, being featured in a big Page One story written by reporter Derek Moore and featured in last Sunday’s Empire section of the Press Democrat. Jack was featured for waging a state-wide political battle against a formidable foe: Big Oil, working to get 500,000 signatures to qualify the California Modernization & Economic Development Act for the November 2014 ballot. Penny ‘fessed up and paid for the honor, just like a proud mama!

  • President Bill wrapped up his personal fund-raiser, revealing that Jock McNeill, Rick Allen, and Ann Gospe were really close to receiving their Paul Harris Fellowships and told them it would be really nice if they would wrap up their $1,000 contributions to their individual fellowships while he was still Rotary President. Jock donated his final $100, Rick his last $200, and Ann, $125 to complete her relatively new fellowship.



Can you answer this question from the June issue of “The Rotarian”?  Tony Clark, an IT entrepreneur and 1992 Rotary Youth Exchange student funded an organization that changes people’s lives.  What is the name of this non-profit organization?

GSE flag exchange with President Bill

GSE team leader Lionel Lainard exchanges flags with President Bill


Jeff Gospe Introduced the Rotary Group Study Exchange Team that has been visiting District 5130 from France’s Rotary District 1700 for the past month, wrapping up their visit here in Sonoma County this weekend. Jeff reminded us that this Rotary program began more than 60 years ago, in 1949. This year’s GSE team is from the Toulouse and Montpellier areas of Southern France and Andorra. Team leader Lionel Lainard gave us a video tour of their area of France known for aeronautics, space, and its universities. It is the home of a major cancer research center and common causes that receive support, including research into brain disease, blood drives, and the local food banks. This region of France is known for the Canal Midi, a well-known major waterway across the country, the spectacular Pyrenees Mountains, the ancient city of Lourdes, and rugby. The district contains 89 Rotary Clubs and 11 Rotoract Clubs.

The GSE team receive their Rotary Club of Santa Rosa flags

The GSE team receive their Rotary Club of Santa Rosa flags

The French GSE team is made up of six young men and women educated & trained in six highly-diverse professions: Each of visitors spoke to us about their professions and their avocations to give us fascinating insights into their individual lives as young French business professionals involved in service to their communities through Rotary:
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  • Emmanuelle Delon works as an information technology manager. She is 38 years old and has two children—Thomas & Mathilde.
  • Jesus Diaz is a 32 year old physician who specializes in anesthesiology and intensive care. He has developed a medical encyclopedia for the iPhone. His favorite hobby is improvisational theatre.
  • Celine Mazieres works for a chain of supermarkets as a commercial winery assistant specializing in wines from the southwest region of France. She is 27 years old and loves to travel and focused her comments on her involvement in the Vinovalle Jazz Festival
  • Jerome Marty is a security engineer for information technology systems. 32 years of age, he enjoys his free time dancing and working on classic automobiles. He belongs to a Porsche Club and drives an old Citroen that he (and his mom) built.
  • Sophie Guerandel belongs to the local Rotoract Club and will be their president next year. She is a 25 year old litigate attorney employed by the Federal Union of Consumers representing consumers in their claims against business corporations. Sophie loves travel, diving, and hiking.
  • Lionel Lainard has his own business as a business consultant, coach, and talent development. He mentioned that his dad owns a pet pig. He likes to tango and play music and he also does improvisational theatre.

Our young French .visitors concluded their presentation with a series of trivia questions about La Belle France. We eagerly participated through a show of hands that revealed anonymously our international awareness of their mother country. Or not. I think we all did pretty well!


Rotary Club of Santa Rosa

President: Bill Rousseau, President Elect: Peggy Soberanis, Secretary: Jack Abercrombie, Treasurer: Cecil G. Humes, Sergeant at Arms: Jack Geary

President Rotary International

Sakuji Tanaka – Rotary Club of Yasjio, Japan

Governor, District 5130

Michael Juric – Rotary Club of Windsor

Attendance Secretary

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

Board of Directors

Matt Fannin, Jose Guillen, Paul Hamilton, Nicole Le, Diane Moresi, Vinay Patel, Robert Pierce, Carmen Sinigiani, Creed Wood, Marnie Goldschlag, Past President