DIGITAL EDITION No. 246 November 15, 2017  EDITOR: Layne Bowen PHOTOGRAPHER: Kris Andersen PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick


Our Program For November 29, 2017


Matt Stevens

Matt Stevens works in community outreach for the Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) District. Matt has been facilitating SMART community outreach programs since 2001, first as an outreach consultant, then as staff when he was hired full time in 2012 by SMART. In his spare time, Matt plays bass in two rock bands, backpacks in remote backcountry mountains, and is a partner in a relic fishing resort in Northern Idaho. Matt is a father of two grown children and has lived in the North Bay for 34 years.


Wednesday November 22ndClub is Dark  
Wednesday November 29th: Smart Train Update – Matt Stevens 
Wednesday December 6thMusical Program – host Keven Brown 
Wednesday December 13thSonoma Chocolatiers – David Gambill 


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President Julia called the meeting to order.

Pledge: Michael Moore

Thanksgiving Reflection: Chip Rawson discussed the importance of speaking verbally to give thanks.

At this point, the proceedings were interrupted by the blowing of Don McMillan’s horn. Robby then did his best carnival barker impersonation to exhort us to bring in new members.


Joanne Haymaker, Casey Carter who has been accepted for membership. Gary Zimmerman was a guest of Jeff Gospe.  Jerry Marquis.


Past President Nielesh Bomb, a Rotarian from India presented a flag exchange from his home club.


Priscilla Abercrombie had shoulder replacement surgery. Jack will be staying home to take care of her for a while. Our best to the two of you and wishes for a speedy recovery. Pris, we’re sure that you won’t lose an inch off your fastball!


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Bill Hatcher ran the raffle and, as usual Ted Wilmsen’s ticket was drawn. He was not successful in drawing the money marble.


  • Vickie Hardcastle announced that there is a flyer on each table reminding members who are 70.5 years young and are subject to IRA minimum distributions, that you can elect to have a donation sent directly to the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Foundation.
  • Debi Zaft announced “The Night of a Thousand Coats” event to be held at Sally Tomatoes in Rohnert Park on December 11th from 5-9pm. This event is meant to be a fun event to help those who have lost their homes and possessions to get a new coat and just have an evening of fun and games. Bring new or gently used coats (any size) to donate.
  • Judi Glenn and Steve Baime asked for volunteers to bake and donate cookies for the kids who attend the annual Nutcracker December 16th at Spreckles Performing Arts Center where Tim Fawcett will again reprise his role as the best Santa in District 5130. Volunteers are also needed to help at the event and to write cards to children attending. Ask Judi or Steve for more information.
  • Ginny Cannon announced the poinettia party at Vigil Light senior apartments will be December 6th. 150 poinsettias will be delivered that day. Come to the party and sing carols.
  • Karen and Dennis Ball are opening their home to anyone needing a place to go on Thanksgiving. Dennis has brewed some fresh beer.


Kim Murphy led off the November birthday celebration by announcing the great news that her cat was finally found a month after the fire. She reminded those who may have lost pets in the fire not to give up hope. She then brought up those celebrating November birthdays for recognition and gifts.



Tony Roehrick gave us a Craft Talk for Will Haymaker. Here it is in its entirety:

“It is my pleasure to reintroduce Will Haymaker to the members of the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa.  I got to know will through our service on the International Committee some ten years ago when I first joined this club.  Early on, I considered Will to a role model for his dedication to the international community, especially Project Amigo.  He certainly embodies our motto of Service Above Self.

Will was born in his family home in Winona Lake, Indiana on December 12, 1929.  He recalls it as a cold and stormy day.  In 1931, Will’s family moved to Lenoir, North Carolina where his father worked at a local bank.  He attended high school in that community.  Will received a full scholarship through the Navy at Purdue University.  He graduated in June 1952 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Will then began immediate active duty aboard the USS Estes, a flagship and was sent to the Marshall Islands Bikini Lagoon.  It was here that Will was part of a team that exploded the very first hydrogen bomb.  He came back a year later and was a part of four additional H-bomb tests.  During one test, his ship inadvertently came sideways to the blast which resulted in their heeling over 38 degrees.  On another test, they were peppered with radioactive material when the wind suddenly shifted.  This resulted in readings in the millions below decks.  They were able to rid the ship of the material.  The remaining officers continue to refer to themselves as the Glow in the Dark Society.  Fortunately, no one suffered any long-term issues.  During his time in the Navy, Will earned the nickname Buddha. Will’s military career also included stops in Korea in 1954 and Vietnam in 1955, both before the fighting had broken out. 

After his service, Will joined Lockheed Aircraft in 1955 as a Sales Engineer.  He sold Constellation propellers and Electra turboprops to Pacific Southwest Airlines.  Several years later, he joined Motorola as Western Regional Sales Manager.  Will’s territory covered 13 states and 3 sales offices for their Control Systems Division.  Clients included big utility and oil companies.  It was during this period that Will won the job of supplying the electronic instrumentation for the first computer controlled oil refinery for Mobil Oil in Torrance, CA.  He considers this the highlight of his professional career.  He also supplied Motorola instrumentation for Chevron Oil’s unattended Fleet Fueling Stations. Some years later, Will started his own company, Dataguard Systems, Inc. that served as a manufacturing rep and consultant.  He received his real estate license in 1978.

Will is married to JoAnne who he met in 1970.  Both were going through a divorce and met at a class called Marriage on the Rocks.  Will’s two children were in Joanne’s Sunday School class at the Unitarian Church in Terra Linda.  They were married on October 29 1972 at their home in Lucas Valley with their 4 children and many friends in attendance.

Will joined the Terra Linda Rotary Club in 1976, just as they had voted to integrate women into Rotary.  He recalls that a few men dropped out.  He was asked to that club’s President in 1992, but declined since he was moving to Oakmont.  This is was when he joined the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa.  Will recalls that he became a real Rotarian upon his travel to Mexico at the onset of Project Amigo.  Will has taken his kids and grandchildren to serve at Project Amigo in the intervening years so they could gain new perspectives on culture and service.  Will served as this Club’s president during the 2002-2003 year. Editor’s note: Will was famous for his “ALOHA!”greeting at the start of every meeting.

Will considers Rotary the ideal place for him to fulfill his lifelong goal of Service to Others.  His future goals are to remain active in Rotary causes such as world peace.  He is also interested in working towards delivering affordable housing in Sonoma County.

Fellow Rotarians, please join me in recognizing Will Haymaker for his tremendous service, both as a veteran and as a Rotarian.”


President Julia was prepared for the last minute cancellation of our speaker. She had a video from a recent Pets Conference featuring Canadian keynote speaker RI VP Jennifer Jones from Canada.


Prospective new members Casey Carter (chiropractor/acupuncture) has been interviewed and is in line to become a new Rotarian. Eileen Carlisle (retired) is a returning member after several years absence.


Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Officers

President: Julia Parranto, President Elect: Tony Roehrick, President Elect Nominee: Cathy Vicini, Past President: Jose Guillen, Secretary: Debi Zaft, Treasurer: Cecil G. Humes

President Rotary International

Ian Riseley of the RC of Sandringham, Australia

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