DIGITAL EDITION No. 226  May 24, 2017  EDITOR: Layne Bowen PHOTOGRAPHER: Kris Anderson PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick

Our Program For June 7, 2017


Michael, Teresa, Layne

Teresa and Michael are back by popular demand. Our own Rotarian musician extraordinaire Layne Bowen has once again arranged this exceptional program for June 7th and will emcee the day.  What a great way to close out our program year.

Teresa TuduryTERESA TUDURY started writing songs at age 12 and was performing in San Francisco nightclubs by the time she was 15. With a deep, sultry voice that magnetizes audiences, and a scathing comedic wit to match, Teresa is a consummate performer who pours out her original songs with power, verve, passion, and disarming humor. Throughout her career, Teresa has recorded or performed with such greats as Leonard Cohen, Rickie Lee Jones, Lyle Lovett, Taj Mahal, Leo Kottke, Charlie Musselwhite and Bonnie Bramlett.

Michael Capella picMICHAEL CAPELLA began his music career as a child singing in the car and around the campfire.  After twenty years of performing other people’s songs as a solo artist and in bands, he started writing and performing his own songs about in his 40’s.  He most recent projects are co-writing and performing with Jaclyn Steele, a talented Atlanta based artist, and performing with MCB (Michael Capella Band), which features Layne Bowen on lead guitar.  MCB will be releasing a CD of all original material in June 2017.

Wednesday June 7th: Encore Songwriters Performance
Wednesday June 14th: Cannabis: A Conversation with Jack Tibbitts
Wednesday June 21st: President Jose Guillen Year in Review
Wednesday June 28th: Debunking of El Presidente’ Jose


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Visiting Rotarians

Yale Abrams introduced our visiting Rotarians today. They were: former SR Rotary member and current Rohnert Park/Cotati member Alice Kibwaa and speaker Matthew J. Witteman.


Guests included: David Frank, Matt W. Herman, Robert Bratburg, Patti McQuerry, Tom Fetter, Angela Alvarez, Varnika Kairash, Kyle Hirth, Kyra Fetter and Hana The.

Sunshine by Ginny

Ginny announced that all is sunny in Santa Rosa!

Kim Graves tries for the marbleThe Raffle

Thanks Matthew Henry for doing double duty today. He ran the raffle and led the pledge.

With only $55 in the pot and 9 marbles in the bag Kim Graves took a shot at it, but she only walked away with the $10 consolation prize.

More Scholarship Awards

Doug Garrison was honored to introduce two more Rotary scholarship awards. Today’s honorees were: Angela Alvarez and Vanessa Nava received the Trustee’s Award. Both students were awarded $1,750.00 scholarships.

Angela  Vanessa  don McMillan, angela, Vaness and doug Garrison


  • Debi Zaft announced that the squares are nearly filled for the next Instant Paul Harris drawing.
  • Rich de Lambert announced that he is still in need for sign-ups to volunteer at Giro Bello. Critical needs are for clean-up duty and volunteers to man the Robert Young Winery rest stop.
  • Doug Johnson appealed for people to sign the sheets going around to attend the Debunking Dinner Party that will be held in El Presidente Jose’s honor on June 28th at 5:30PM. Dinner is $35.00 a sitting and includes a sit down dinner, horderves and wine. Anyone wanting to participate in the debunking committee is urged to tell Doug.
  • Judi Glenn gave us an update on the Chase Sorenson scholarship matching grants.
  • Jeff Kolin again reminded us of career opportunities (well, that might be an exaggeration) in service above self by volunteering for Giro Bello. Don’t make him come to your house!
  • Kerrie Chambers promised to dance with any Rotarian who visits her wine booth at Montgomery Village where Pride and Joy will be playing tomorrow night (June 1st). She encouraged everyone to come and have a great time and share Rotary with total strangers who will have had as much to drink as our members. Pretty sure we can do that, Kerrie!
  • Julia Parranto announced that Dave Berman was volunteered (didn’t say that he volunteered – there IS a difference!) to head up the Polio Event, but he needs help. He can’t do it alone, folks, so be a hero and help him out!


Odessey of the Mind winnersRecently our club Foundation donated $100 to help with a fundraising effort to send  a group of Rincon Valley Middle School students to the World Odyssey of the Mind competition in Michigan. The students first had to win the state competition. At Worlds, our team from Rincon Valley placed 11th in total team score out of 55 teams from around the world! The 4 kids representing RVMS each told us about some element of the competition and were very impressive in both their knowledge and confidence in speaking to our club. Great job, kids!


Matthew Witteman discussed a new state program for creating sustainable ground water in California and its impact on our region. Matt described the  groundwater basins in Sonoma County: Santa Rosa, Petaluma and Sonoma Basins are 3 currently recognized basins, with a separate basin west near Sebastopol being considered for inclusion.  In talking about groundwater in California, Matt noted that Sonoma is actually in fairly good shape. Compare that with the southern San Joaquin Valley which has subsidence (lowering of land surface due to excessive pumping of groundwater) of up to 50 feet!

Matthew Witteman SGMA (The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act) was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in 2014.  SGMA will establish a set definition for “sustainable groundwater management”, and will require a plan be put in place in the most important groundwater basins in the state. It empowers local agencies to implement the plan and establishes a time table for that implementation.  In general, the plan has the potential to negatively affect the amount of water people can take from wells and meters could be placed on wells to measure how much water is being taken. There are many potential complications and disputes, so it will be very interesting to see what happens as the program takes effect. Water rights issues have always been a complicated subject in the semi- arid west and this program is sure to spur more disputes and litigation.


Formal El Presidente Don Juan McMillan wishes to thank the following Rotarians for making today’s meeting a success:

Greeters:  Tim Delaney & Dave Berman
Lunch Ticket Taker:  Charlie Howard-Gibbon
Lunch Ticket Sellers:   Ray Giampaoli

Invocation: Vickie Hardcastle
Raffle Seller:   Matthew Henry
Visiting Rotarians: Yale Abrams

Sgt. At Arms: Debi Zaft, Rich de Lambert, & Dan Shell

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. Robert Bratberg, retired attorney

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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

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