Next meeting
Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Story Of Survival And Resilience
Hiding From The Nazi’s

Ellen van den Berg

Ellen Van Den Berg tells her parents’ story of survival and resilience hiding for 3 long years in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II. She speaks about the tremendous courage of the members of the Dutch resistance who over and over found hiding places for her parents with ordinary citizens willing to risk their lives to help save lives.

Ellen also talks about growing up in the Netherlands in an environment where feelings of loss and grief were suppressed. It was not until she came to the United States that she began to understand how her parents’ unprocessed trauma had impacted her life.

To be held at Bennett Valley Golf – in-person only.

Wednesday May 17: Sonoma County Farm Bureau
Wednesday May 24: Rotary Youth Exchange Students
Wednesday May 31: Friendship With a Nuclear Aircraft Captain

Click here for the current calendar (Subject to updates).


Redwood Empire Food Bank – 2nd Wednesday of the month.  The next one is May 10th – 5 PM – 7 PM

May 30th – Slater Junior High School is looking for volunteers to help serve breakfast to the graduating 8th graders.

Giro Bello – June 24, 2023 – Register @  Check out the new jersey’s.

August 13-16 – ShelterBox is launching ShelterBox Adventure Trek.  The first outing will be August 13-16 in Yosemite National Park.

New socials, projects, & events coming soon!

Rotary Announcements

May 27 – 31, 2023: The Rotary International Convention will be in Melbourne, Australia. You can sign up now and book you room(s). This will be RI President Jennifer Jones’ convention so it should be epic as the first woman RI president.

“Welcome to the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa where we imagine a world that deserves our best, where we get up each day knowing that we can make a difference.”


Ginny Cannon led us in the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance and the Four-Way Test.  Her Reflection was four quotes on the wisdom of words:

“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you often get it.” W. Somerset Maugham

“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” BB King

“All dreams are within reach. All you have to do is keep moving towards them.” Viola Davis

Visiting Guests:

Lots of students, their families, and friends.

Sunshine Report:

President Kris’s mom died on Sunday, April 30.  She was 92 years and and had a good life.


We had 5 marbles in the bag today with $109.00 in the pot.  No winner this week.  As for the second chance drawing, Ann Gospe chose a Scratcher.

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Ukraine Video

Jeff Gospe showed us the five-minute video that will be shown at the District Conference this weekend.  Well Done, Jeff! (Click here to view the video)


Karen Ball passed a sign-up list for Giro Bello jobs. Former President Ray made a pitch for sponsorships. Next Wednesday is our Redwood Empire Food Bank workday from 5:00 to 7:00pm (come one, come all). Next week we will have a vote on a few changes to the by-laws, so please come and vote.


Today we celebrated our May birthdays. Karen Ball and Curt Groninga were here, and they got gift cards for Corrick’s! May birthday people who were not here:  Wes Daniels, Tasia Henderson, and Steve Marburger.

Today’s Program:  Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Foundation Scholarship Recipients

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As usual, a stellar bunch of young people that are amazing!

  1. Fernanda Amezcua-Espinoza received the Rotary Health and Medical Award established by Ted and Deanie Wilmsen. She has a 3.97 GPA and will be transferring to San Francisco State University to become a registered dietician. (Click here for photos of Fernanda)
  2. Katerina Lim received the Rotary Foundation Directors Award. She has a 3.97 GPA and will be transferring to Cal Poly Humboldt to study restorative ecology. (Click here for photos of Katerina)
  3. Kamryn Conway received the Sorensen-Chase Memorial Award established by Doug Chase and the Sorensen family. She has a 4.00 GPA and will be transferring to either UC San Diego or UC Santa Barbara to study biology and become a doctor. (Click here for photos of Kamryn)
  4. Brooke Thompson received the Spence and Shirley Flournoy Engineering Award established by Spence and Shirley Flournoy for an engineering student. Brooke has a 3.89 GPA and plans to transfer to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to be a mechanical engineer. (Click here for photos of Brooke)
  5. Kanto Raveloson received the Rotary Foundation President’s award. She has a 4.00 GPA and will be studying global issues at either UC Berkeley or Stanford University with the plan to become a diplomat.  (Click here for photos of Kanto)
  6. Hailey Butcher received the Vicini Family Nursing Award established by John and Cathy Vicini. She has a GPA of 3.61 and is transferring to Dominican University to study nursing. (Click here for photos of Hailey)
  7. Vivian Fuller received the Larry Bello Occupational Award established by the Bello family. She has a 4.00 GPA and will be continuing her studies at Santa Rosa Junior College in environmental science. (Click here for photos of Vivian)
  8. Robel Negash received the Christopher Wood Memorial Scholarship established by Creed Wood in the memory of his son. He has a 3.91 GPA and is still waiting to hear from more schools before deciding on which one he will attend. He will be studying business administration with the plan to own his own business someday. He is also a member of the SRJC Rotaract Club.  (Click here for photos of Robel)
  9. Ryan Penry received the Thylin Family Honorary Award established by Bruni Thylin. He has a 3.80 GPA and will be studying business administration at Sonoma State with the plan to become an accountant.  (Click here for photos of Ryan)
  10. Delany Rubert received the Jack Lavar Memorial Business Award. She has a 3.62 GPA and will be attending UC Berkeley to study communication. She wants to go into the field of sales and marketing.  (Click here for photos of Delany)
  11. Gabriella Gathman received the Hardester Family Disability Award. She plans to transfer to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to study nutrition. She would like to be a microbiologist.  (Click here for photos of Gabriella)
  12. Daniella Ingargiola received the Olson Family Memorial Award established by Steve and Elaine Olson and Steve’s sister, Linda Olson Cornell. She has a 3.91 GPA and will be transferring to UC Davis to study pre-veterinary medicine to become a veterinarian. (Click here for photos of Daniella)

Program Slides

No program slides this week

Club Job Openings:

Still need a few bulletin writers. Need a person on the board for Vocational Service Recognition

Additional Pictures:

Click on above picture to see all the hi resolution pictures from the meeting.
(For great pictures of the individual students, click on the link next to their names above.)

Click on above picture to see all the hi resolution pictures from the meeting. (For great pictures of the individual students, click on the link next to their names above.)


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Governor, District 5130

Jennifer Strong


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

Board of Directors

Kris Anderson – President
Ann Gospe – President Elect
Casey D’Angelo – President Elect Nominee
Ray Giampaoli – Past President
Debi Zaft – Secretary
Karen Ball – Treasurer
Robert Pierce – Sergeant At Arms
Julia Parranto – Club Service- Membership
Andrea Geary – Club Service – Club Meetings
Matthew Henry – Club Service – Fund Raising
Charlie Howard-Gibbon – Club Services – Member Activities
Pete Lescure – Club Service – Records and Outreach
Casey Carter – Member Involvement
Mary Graves Community – Service – Youth
Tim Fawcett – Vocational Service
Scott Bartley – International Service
Paul Hamilton – Foundation Representative

DIGITAL EDITION No. 499 May 3, 2023  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Jeff Gospe PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick