DIGITAL EDITION No. 267 May 9, 2018  EDITOR: Layne Bowen PHOTOGRAPHER: Nicole Le PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick

Our Program For Wednesday, May 16, 2018

World Community Service Committee
Peter Holewinski

On May 16th our club will call attention to one of the reasons we are called Rotary International.  WCS members will highlight the projects our committee has chosen to support in this Fiscal Year.  We have sponsored our own Global Grant and helped support other club’s grants as well.  Our allocations are both large and small. Some are complete and some still in process. All make a very big difference in the lives of individuals around the world. 

WCS Committee chair Peter Holewinski will facilitate the program.

Completed projects include:

  1. Project Amigo – 25% of our budget each year to Colima, Mexico
  2. Tanzania bridge construction
  3. Water filters to Puerto Vallarta Area remote villages
  4. Project Peanut Butter in various African villages
  5. Guatemalan student scholarship – 7th year commitment

Wednesday May 23, 2018: The Mystery of Chaco Canyon – Narrated by Steve Marburger
Wednesday May 30, 2018: Welcome to the Exponential Age – Colton Briner – Emerging technologies that will disrupt industries
Wednesday June 6, 2018: 4 Way Test Contest – Matthew Henry
Wednesday June 13, 2018: Executive Director Ben Stone – Economic Development Board 


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Opening Ceremonies

Pledge: Robby Fouts
Reflection: Ann Gospe

Visiting Rotarians

Mike Cook from Sebastopol Sunrise


Sharon Von Haeslee, Galfe Balfe, Michael Brouse, Holly Garretson, Brooke Terhune.


Karen Ball reported that her husband’s sister passed away. Jack Abercrombie had a fall and he is in the hospital with a cough. He is being held an extra day to prevent against pneumonia.


Steve Marburger presided over today’s $40 pot. President Julia’s ticket was drawn, but she did not draw the winning marble.

Cathy’s Foole Moment

Cathy told a joke. It wasn’t funny, so no need to publish 😉

Don McMillan’s Rotarian Birthday Celebration.

Don led us in singing Happy Birthday to the Rotarians celebrating birthdays this month. He then auctioned off two Sonoma Strong hats signed by 3 fire chiefs for $40 each. Jack Tolin bought one and the other was bought by Robert Pierce.

Paul Harris Awards

Tony Roehrick was presented his second Paul Harris pin in recognition of his oldest daughter, Kaity Gonzalez. Kaity lives in Encino with her husband and four children. She is an interior designer specializing in fine art acquisition, working for Michael Smith out of Santa Monica. Kaity has worked on projects for the Obama White House, Harrison Ford and Matt Damon.

Jeff and Ann Gospe were presented with their 3rd Paul Harris pin. The Gospe’s most recent PH is in recognition of  their oldest daughter Natalie.  Natalie recently turned 18 and graduated a year early from Santa Rosa High. She now attends SRJC and will be pursuing advanced degrees in both immunology and bioinformatics.

Dr. Carolyn Fassi was presented with her second Paul Harris in recognition of her late husband, Dr. Robert Wharton.

Other Foundation News

The Trustee election was recently held. The results are as follows:

Re-elected offices: Norm Owen, President; Sam McMillan, Vice President; Judy Glenn, Recording Secretary; Bill Hatcher, Corresponding Secretary; Vicki Hardcastle, Treasurer.

Re-elected Trustees:  Kris Anderson, Doug Chase and Steve Olson.

Newly elected Trustees: Kim Graves, Mark Burchill and Cecil Humes.

Blue Badge

Congratulations to Dave Berman for receiving his blue badge!



Ray Giampaoli announced that the Landpaths work day has been cancelled. Also, if you have pledged to sponsor Giro Bello, please get your money to Ray asap.

Andrea Geary shared information on the upcoming Bocce Tourney on August 4th.

Ann Gospe announced that a number of Giro Bello jobs need to be filled. Striping, swag bag stuffing and other jobs are open.

Jackie McMillan encouraged us to attend the Iron Man Triathalon this Saturday at Courthouse Square to pass out GB flyers.

Kim Graves donated $100 to her husband’s PH for babysitting duties.

Vicki Hardcastle went to DC and got a midnight tour of the capitol building. She donated to her daughter in law’s PH.

Don McMillan shared something about…

Tim Delaney announced a new grandchild and that his company was honored as the best Sonoma County wealth management firm.


Letitia Hanke thought she’d grow up to be a professional musician, but instead ended up working at and later owning her own roofing company.

Letitia shared her childhood experience of being bullied and called names. A music teacher found her hiding from bullies and took her under her wing to teach her trumpet. As she progressed, Letitia joined the high school band and became the “cool kid”. Her high school friends stuck up for her against the bullies and she became a happy child.

As she learned the roofing business, she was encouraged to get a contractor’s license and start her own business. As she grew her business, she started a foundation to help kids get into the trades. She started the Lime Foundation which runs a number of programs. One, called Nextgen Trades Academy at Rancho Cotati HS, is a vocational training program that shows kids how a career in the trades can earn them good money. Turner Arts Initiative is another project that awards scholarships for kids in the performing arts. Senior Activity Program is another program that encourages seniors to eat well and exercise.

Letitia was an inspirational speaker and has a spirit that would make her a wonderful Rotarian.


Want to order a cheesecake or purchase a SoCo Strong hat to aid our scholarship recipient, Anamaria Morales with her college funding efforts? Call her at (707) 495-5324 to place an order!

Want to order a Giro Bello jersey, but are not riding this year?  Email Jackie at with your size. Both Race and Club fits are available this year.

Don’t forget to sign up for the river cruise if you are going!Rotary Rhine River Cruise August 19-26, 2019

So far 22 Rotarians from our club and friends have signed up for the Rotary cruise on AMA Kristina. There are cabins remaining. If you are interested in joining us, please book as soon as possible to get the best cabin category.

Click here to get more information on pricing, itinerary, etc. Printed fliers are also available at our meetings. The early booking discount deadline has been extended to May 31, 2018.

 Click here for flyer.

Governor, District 5130

Bob Rogers, Rotary Club of Sebastopol

Attendance Secretary

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

Board of Directors

Kathleen Archer, Ray Giampaoli, Steve Marburger, Jackie McMillan, Diane Moresi, Laura Held, Peter Holewinski, Steve Baime and Jeff Kolin