DIGITAL EDITION No. 223  May 3, 2017  EDITOR: Layne Bowen PHOTOGRAPHER: Diane Moresi PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick

Our Program For May 10, 2017



El Presidenté – Jose Guillen

The pros and cons of the Measure C will be focus of our meeting on May 10th.  Few initiatives have generated so much press and strong opinion. As Press Democrat staff writer Kevin McCallum said in a March 20, 2017 article, “The June referendum vote on Santa Rosa’s rent control ordinance is shaping up to be an expensive – and likely lopsided-brawl”.

Two very special guests will present both sides of the issue, followed by a few pre-selected questions. President Jose Guillen will be our moderator.  Please send your questions in advance of the meeting to him.

This will be another great meeting to invite a friend.

Wednesday May 17th: Real Talk about Homelessness in our Community
Wednesday May 24th: Passions, Profession, Polio: A Balanced Life
Wednesday May 31th: The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act
Wednesday June 7th: Encore Songwriters Performance


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Pledge:  William “Aloha!” Haymaker
Invocation:   Matthew Henry


It was a crowded house today, but no visiting Rotarians were in attendance.


Today was Scholarship Award Day, so we had a lot of guests! Our guests today included: Nathalie Silva, Naomi Murakami, Jeff Glauthier, Yuri Glauthier, David Berman, Andree Langlois, Micaela Bush, Mark Bush, Paula Bush, Maddie Dougherty, Doris Kosik, Melody Kosik, and Alan Martinez,


Ginny announced that Joy Parker’s husband Bob continues his recovery from a stroke and will soon be able to have visitors.


Pete Lescure presided over the raffle and Matthew Henry was unable to select the winning marble but walked away with the $10 consolation prize.


Karen Ball came to the rescue and will lend her pop up tent for the New Gen Peacebuilders participating in the Human Race this weekend to promote their peace project “Plant Roots of Peace”

The Board met to discuss recommendations for eliminating fines for missed meetings, leaving early, and for simply having a birthday. The board discussed instead changing the dues structure to incorporate those occasional charges into the mix as well as meals similar to what other clubs do.  It was recommended that the board solicit Club members for feedback.


Carolyn Fassi was awarded Rotarian of The Month.  Congratulations Carolyn!


President Jose presents David Berman with his red badge!El Presidente Jose inducted a new member David Berman who was immediately appointed to Giro Bello Committee and Pedal 4 Polio’s August event sponsored by incoming District Governor Bob Rogers.


Steve Olson and El Presidente Jose awarded scholarships to 6 outstanding SRJC students who are transferring to four year schools to continue their education. These fine students are already leaders and we can feel secure that our society is in good hands looking forward.

The Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Foundation will award eleven scholarships this year for a total value of $19,750. Six of this year’s recipients were introduced and presented with scholarship certificates at this week’s luncheon. The names of our outstanding scholarship winners are listed below along with their major, 4 year school choice and the scholarship each was awarded:

Maddie Dougherty     International Communication   Business & Communication (Levar)          UCSB
Alan Martinez              Business/Marketing                  Business/Entrepreneurship (Wood)         SJSU
Cory Price                   Psychology                               Military Veterans (Brown)                         SRJC
Melody Kosik              Physiology/Neurology               Outstanding Transfer (Sorensen-Chase) UCD
Micaela Bush              Environmental Engineering       Engineering (Flournoy)                             UCD
Yuri Glauthier              Mechanical Engineering            Outstanding Transfer (Presidents)           UCB

Congratulations to all our scholarship winners!

Additional scholarships will be presented at the May 31, 2017 meeting.



Doug Chase gave the club an overview of the background of the Chase-Sorenson (Sorenson-Chase?) scholarship that honors both Doug’s parents and Bob Sorensen and his wife and Doug’s wife Robbie who passed away recently. These two families were friends and the fathers were colleagues at Cal Poly for decades. Their children Doug and Robbie later married and raised a family of their own.  The Foundation Board donated $2,000 toward the fund which offered a scholarship in its first year.                              


Ann Gospe introduced today’s guest speaker Malia Anderson. Malia was born and raised by her grandmother in the hood. No, she really means IN THE HOOD!” Bayview/Hunter’s Point to be exact. Both of Malia’s parents were drug addicts and her mother gave Malia to her grandmother to raise. Malia’s Malia Andersongrandmother raised her own children as well as 6 grandchildren. At an early age, 12, Malia started becoming an entrepreneur. Imagining herself in the fashion world in major cities such as San Francisco and New York, she later found herself married to a man and living in a rural outpost called Santa Rosa.  She has worked in the corporate world, but was always questioning everything and decided that she simply hated working for other people. Malia always loved fashion and after her first stroll down the runway was hooked. She found her niche in plus size fashion and has made a career of it. Malia has written for articles for national magazines such as Essence (they called her!), as well as many local and regional publications (Press Democrat, North Bay Bohemian, etc..) writes a blog and consults all over the place.  She has made a great living by doing what she loves.  Check out her website for more information at:


El Presidente Jose wishes to thank the following Rotarians for making today’s meeting a success:
Pledge:  William “Aloha!” Haymaker
Invocation:   Matthew Henry
Greeters:   John Poremba & Bill Crowley 
Lunch Ticket Taker:   Brandon Uhrich
Lunch Ticket Seller:   Peter Holewinski
Raffle Seller:    Pete Lescure
Sergeant at Arms:    Debi, Rich, Dan

The following membership application has been approved by our Board.  His name will be published as required by our bylaws.  Court Administration is happy to recommend him.

  1. Charles Howard-Gibbon, classification is Council Scout Executive

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Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Officers

President: Jose Guillen, President Elect: Julia Parranto, President Elect Nominee: Tony Roehrick, Past President: Doug Johnson, Secretary: Debi Zaft, Treasurer: Cecil G. Humes, Sergeant at Arms in Training: Los Barron

President Rotary International

John F. Germ, member of the Rotary Club Of Chattanooga, Tennessee

Governor, District 5130

Wulff A. Reinhold, Sr. member of the Rotary Club of Rohnert Park – Cotati

Attendance Secretary

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

Board of Directors

Kathleen Archer, Jack Atkin, Gesine Franchetti, Ray Giampaoli, Will Haymaker, Elizabeth Karbousky, Steve Marburger, Jackie McMillan, Diane Moresi