DIGITAL EDITION No. 199  November 2, 2016  EDITOR: Layne Bowen PHOTOGRAPHER: Diane Moresi PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick


Veteran’s Program at the Santa Rosa Veterans Building

Our Program for November 16th:

International Students

srjc-studentsA special group of international students has arrived at Santa Rosa Junior College, one of 14 campuses across 11 states, to begin the 2016-2017 Community College Initiative (CCI) Program. CCI is a program of the U.S. State Department that provides participants with quality educational study at U.S. community colleges and is designed to build technical skills, enhance leadership capabilities, and strengthen English language proficiency.

Audrey Le Baudour, Program Coordinator for the CCI program also recognizes the impact that CCI students have on Sonoma County during their 11-month stay. “In addition to obtaining a certificate in their individual disciplines, each student volunteers a minimum of 125 hours within our community and participates in an unpaid internship of at least 75 hours.

We are fortunate to have 3 of these students presenting to our Rotary Club on November 16th. They are Angelica Hinestroza and Samuel M. Perilla Ch. from Columbia and Hermes ADJE  from the Ivory Coast. They will be telling our members about themselves, their country, their experience and what they hope to do when they return to their countries.


Wednesday November 9: Veterans Program (CLUB IS DARK)
Wednesday November 16: SRJC International Students – CCI Program
Wednesday November 23: CLUB is DARK for Thanksgiving !
Wednesday November 30: 2016 Election Results – Now What !?


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President Elect Julia Parranto led today’s proceedings in the absence of El Presidente.


The pledge was led today by Bart Eddy.



A Craft Talk by Red Badger Brandon Uhrich.

Brandon Ulrich delivered a thoughtful invocation.


Physician Roger Nacqouzi was a guest of Wally Lowry. Judy Glenn introduced her grand- daughter, Maya Glenn.


Kris Anderson’s father Gus has passed away. Our condolences, Kris.  Also, just a reminder that the service for our friend Dick Jenkins is 1 pm Saturday, not 11 am, at First Presbyterian Church.
Update: 18 Rotarians were present.


Blaine Goodwin stares in disbelief at the winning marble!

Blaine Goodwin stares in disbelief at the winning marble!

Don McMillan has picked up the raffle torch and offered today’s prize to Blaine Goodwin who drew the good marble. Congratulations, Blaine!


  1. Buy 4 pigs
  2. Paint the numbers 1,2, 3 and 5 on their backs.
  3. Release them in Walmart (Note: the bulletin editor believes that Macy’s might be more fun as

the pigs might not be noticed for a while at Walmart as being anything out of the ordinary).

  1. Sit back and watch security search for #4……… HA HA HA HA HA !!!!!!!!!!!!!


Past Sargent of Arms Jack Geary passing the key to Los____Secretary Debbi Zaft witness to the transfer. Thank you Jack for your many years of service to the Club.

Past Sargent of Arms Jack Geary passing the key to Los Barron Secretary Debi Zaft witness to the transfer. Thank you Jack for your many
years of service to the Club.

Just a reminder that our club will be dark next week because of the Veterans Program.  The Veteran’s program runs from 11AM to 1:30pm next Wednesday, November 9th at Santa Rosa Veteran’s Memorial Hall.

Paul Hamilton said all tickets have been sold for the vets program, but he has a few if you want to go. Volunteers are needed to help clean-up after. Contact Paul if you’d like to volunteer

Kris Anderson announced the Rotary Means Business meeting Thursday night.

Kerrie Chambers announced there will be a membership meeting on Friday the 11th at 7:15 AM. Contact her if you’d like to attend.


Will Haymaker announced that Project Amigo, our World Community Service legacy project in Colima, MX supplies money to get kids through middle school and high school. In addition, some 60 plus students have gone on to complete college as well. Those students have gone on to become community leaders. This project truly is making a difference in Colima and surrounding areas.


A Craft Talk by Red Badger Bill Crowley.Bill Crowley was born in Iowa and moved back and forth between there and southern CA growing up.  Bill, a geographer, is fluent in Spanish and has taught in Latin America. He is also fluent in wine and has spent time in France learning about changes in the wine industry there. A self – confessed gym rat, Bill loves a number of sports including basketball, softball and volleyball.

Brandon Uhrich was born in Columbus, IN to a middle class family and played all the sports in high school. He went to military academy for a summer. His parents divorced while Brandon was in high school. Sadly, Brandon’s father committed suicide when Brandon was 18. Brandon moved to CA with his mother, Kitty a former member of our Rotary Club. Brandon helped his mother with the family insurance business. Brandon still plays basketball.


Paul Harris recipients - Diane Moresi for her granddaughter. Tony Roerick for his wife. Judy Glenn for her granddaughter

Paul Harris recipients – Diane Moresi for her granddaughter. Tony Roerick for his wife. Judy Glenn for her granddaughter

Judy Glenn’s granddaughter receiving her Paul Harris certificate from Kim Graves.

Judy Glenn’s granddaughter receiving her Paul Harris certificate from Kim Graves.

Kim Graves presented Judi Glenn’s granddaughter Maya her Paul Harris award. Tony Roehrick recognized his wife Laura with a PH fellow. Finally, Diane Moresi’s granddaughter Elliana received a PH fellow.


Retired Sebastopol educator John Namkung shared his experience volunteering to help refugees fleeing the war armed conflict in Syria. After following the ongoing flight of refugees from the Middle East, John felt that he needed to do something to help, not just be a bystander to the misery of others. He shared his experience, flying to Greece to assist at a refugee camp. He arrived and was immediately put to work helping serve food to refugees.  John noted that many of the refugees were professional people who were traveling with their families to escape the horrors of the war.  He befriended some of these people and shared how he helped to get a particular family by making trips into town to get a wheel repaired on a carriage, a small thing seemingly, but extremely important to the family he was helping.  John shared many images of the squalid conditions

Guest Speaker John Namkung.

Guest Speaker John Namkung.

of the refugee camp and the hardships faced by those fleeing the conflict area. Finally, John related that a particular person had he befriended during his time in Greece he had contacted him from the Netherlands, which he somehow reached.

John currently volunteers with the International Rescue Committee, an agency funded by the U.S. government to assist with the resettlement of refugees in the United States. He serves as a Family Mentor to newly-arrived refugees to the Bay Area.

The meeting was adjourned with a moment of silence for Kris Anderson’s father, Gus.

Thanks to those who helped make today’s meeting possible:

Lunch Ticket Sellers: Chip Rawson and Andrea Geary
Lunch Ticket Taker: Paul Hamilton
Greeters: Fred Levin
Sergeant at Arms: Los Barron (intern)
Raffle: Don McMillan


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, Sergeant at Arms: Jack Geary

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 707-538-4770

Board of Directors

Kathleen Archer, Jack Atkin, Gesine Franchetti, Ray Giampaoli, Will Haymaker, Elizabeth Karbousky, Steve Marburger, Jackie McMillan, Diane Moresi