Our Program For Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Rotary’s Incredible Success
DG Kathy Flamson

Kathy Flamson, our District Governor, will share Rotary’s incredible successes, exciting changes and innovations happening in Rotary. This year is the year when we can see how Rotary Connects the World and how it continues to grow.


Wednesday November 27, 2019: Club Is Dark
Wednesday December 4, 2019:
State of the Court
Wednesday December 11, 2019: Sonoma County Economic Development board
Wednesday December 18, 2019: Karen Ball’s Choir


Keep checking back.  New socials coming soon!


Visit our district at: http://www.rotary5130.org
Check out Rotary International at: http://www.rotary.org
Come see us at: http://rotarymeansbusiness

Opening Ceremonies

Pledge: Blaine Goodwin
Reflection: Rick Allen
Rick read a wonderful quote about inclusion and tolerance.

Visiting Rotarians

Former Santa Rosa Rotarian and Past District Governor Dave Del Monte came backto visit his former club from New York.


Dylan Parranto


Ginny welcomed back Vicki Hardcastle. Lots of cold and flu around, so be careful out there!


Michael Moore ran today’s raffle. Mathew Henry had his ticket drawn, but he pulled the wrong marble. Michael gave away some old golf crap he had in his garage as consolation prizes.

Cathy’s therapy joke:

A cowboy lay sprawled across three entire seats in the posh Amarillo Theater.
When the usher came by and noticed this, he whispered to the cowboy,
“Sorry, sir, but you’re only allowed one seat.”
The cowboy groaned but didn’t budge. The usher became more impatient.
“Sir, if you don’t get up from there I’m going to have to call the manager.”
Once again, the cowboy just groaned.
The usher marched briskly back up the aisle, and in a moment he returned with the manager.  Together the two of them tried repeatedly to  move the cowboy, but with no success.
Finally, they summoned the police.
The Texas Ranger surveyed the situation briefly then asked,
“All right buddy, what’s your name?”   “Sam,” the cowboy moaned.
“Where y’all from, Sam?” asked the Ranger.
With terrible pain in his voice, and without moving a muscle, Sam  replied….
“The balcony.”

IMPORTANT Announcements

  • Our club Pre Holiday party will be held December 12th at Corrick’s.
  • Ginny announced the poinsettia program that will be held December 4th at Vigil Light. Please buy poinsettias or offer a donation of money or cookies for the event which will be from 1:45 to 3pm.
  • Steve Baine announced the Christmas Nutcracker program for the children will be held at 2pm, December 21st at Spreckles Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park. .
  • Paul Hamilton thanked those that helped and attended the Veteran’s Day event last week.
  • Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Foundation is celebrating it’s 30th year with a joint social on Friday, November 22, 2019 at Shone Farm. Come enjoy a sip of wine and tasty appetizers courtesy of the Foundation Trustees.
  • Richard Lazovick discussed upgrades to our club website. We need more content to keep the website current. Take pictures of Rotary events to contribute. President Cathy was so impressed with Richard that she surprised him as our new Rotarian of the Month!
  • Sam McMillan still has prime meat to sell! Call him if you are interested in purchasing any of the following: Leg of lamb, 2 lamb sirloin chops, 2 lamb loin chops, 5 lamb shoulder chops, pork rind. Sam will also have a sign up for each item at next week’s meeting.

Announcing New Foundation Scholarship

The Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment a new scholarship endowment fund. A major gift was recently received from Bruni Thylin to establish the “Thylin Family Scholarship”. Roy Thylin passed away in October 2018 and Bruni felt a perpetual scholarship awarded to a Business major transferring from SRJC to the university level would be a fitting way to honor Roy’s contributions to his profession, Rotary and the community. The Club Foundation welcomes additional contributions to the Thylin Scholarship Fund. Please make checks payable to the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Foundation (add Thylin Fund to the memo line) and mail to PO Box 1513, Santa Rosa, CA. 95402 or hand deliver to either Vickie Hardcastle or Judy Glenn. Questions about the new fund can be directed to Steve Olson, RCSRF Scholarship Committee Cha.

John Brown Memorial Veterans Scholarship

This is the time of year we honor our military veterans from all branches of the service. The joint Rotary – Kiwanis Veterans Luncheon is one way to pay tribute to our veterans for their service to our country. Another way is to contribute to our clubs military veteran’s scholarship established in 2012 in memory of John Brown. Since John’s passing in September 2011, his memorial fund has grown to over $60,000 and eight scholarship have been awarded to military veterans attending SRJC and planning to earn an Associate Degree or transfer to the university level. The 2019-20 scholarship recipient was Andrew Young, a Navy Veteran with 8 years of service including tours of duty in the Persian Gulf and South China Sea. Andrew graduated from SRJC last May with an Associate Degree in Business Administration and certification as a paramedic. He is currently attending Sonoma State and plans to become a Firefighter/Paramedic upon graduation in 2021.

The time between November 11th (Veterans Day) and December 7th (Pearl Harbor Day) is a special time to honor our military veterans. A contribution to the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Foundation’s “John Brown Memorial Veterans Scholarship” would help the Foundation reach its goal of offering more and larger scholarships to our veterans. Contributions can be given to Vickie Hardcastle or Judy Glenn or mailed to the Foundation at PO Box 1513, Santa Rosa, CA. 95402. Please note John Brown Fund in the memo line. Steve Olson, Scholarship Committee Chair


Debi Zaft led a discussion about our club’s location going forward. The Flamingo price next year will be $30 per person. Legends will be $27.50. Votes are being tallied right now. Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club is an option for the voting as well. Pricing has not been established yet there but will be forth coming. So put your first and second preference. PLEASE PUT YOUR VOTE IN IF YOU HAVEN’T YET


Thomas Painter of Griffo Distillery gave us a presentation about the distilling industry and market. Griffo is a small (4 person) six-year-old distillery. Thomas noted that pre- prohibition there were over 3,000 commercial distilleries. Now with 3 times as many there are only 526 commercial distilleries.

Until recently, tasting bars and clubs were prohibited. The small, scrappy company partners with wineries and brewers. They support the CA Artisanal Distillers Guild. Located in Petaluma near Lagunitas.

Sonoma County is now home to 13 distilleries. Some do not produce their own juice, but spend most of their time on graphics and marketing. Others like Griffo distill their own product in a pot still made in Kentucky. Mike Griffo is a doctor in physics, his wife is an advanced educator. They developed a passion for their craft after growing frustrated with their career tracks. Mike attended “Moonshine University” in Kentucky to learn the distilling craft before relocating to Sonoma County.The Griffos have a commitment to community and are committed to little or no environmental degradation.

Governor, District 5130

Kathy Flamson

Attendance Secretary

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

Board of Directors

Club Service I, Membership, Michael Moore
Club Service II, Club Meetings, Holly Garretson
Club Service III, Fundraising, Ryan Thomas
Club Service IV, Member Activities, Anne Gospe
Club Service V, Information Technology and Records, Brandon Urich
Community Service I, Member Involvement, Rio Ray
Community Service II, Youth, Andrea Geary
Vocational Service, Carolyn Fassi
International Service, Dan Balfe

DIGITAL EDITION No. 338 October 16, 2019  EDITOR: Layne Bowen PHOTOGRAPHER: Diane Moresi PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick