Next meeting
Wednesday November 9, 2022

Earthquake Preparedness

Larry Guillot

Larry Guillot will present a program on earthquake preparedness. This should be a very timely presentation since we recently had a relatively strong quake in September.

Estimates are that up to 80 percent of retrofits are either incomplete or just done wrong. Larry will provide vital steps to being prepared to make sure our homes are secure and tips to keep our families safe.

PLEASE NOTE: In-Person & Zoom meetings returned!  Please register.

–> Debi Zaft will email you the link for online, once you have paid.  Use this link to payCLICK HERE!

Wednesday November 16: (tbd)
Wednesday November 23: Dark for Thanksgiving
Wednesday November 30: 2nd District County

Click here for the current calendar (Subject to updates).


New projects and socials are in the works for November and December.

Keep checking back.  New socials coming soon!

Rotary Announcements

Volunteer Opportunities at The Salvation Army for the Holiday Season: Please see the list of volunteer opportunities near the end of this bulletin.

Veterans Day Reminder – John Brown Memorial Veterans Scholarship (Click here)

May 27 – 31, 2023: The Rotary International Convention will be in Melbourne, Australia. You can sign up now and book you room(s). This will be RI President Jennifer Jones’ convention so it should be epic as the first woman RI president.


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Watch The Meeting:  Did you miss the meeting?  Here is a link to the recording of last week’s meeting:
(Click here for recording
Please note it is only available to view until: 11/13/22

Opening Ceremonies

Odalis Medianero led the opening today with the Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-Way Test.

For today’s reflection Odalis quoted from Omar Khayyam. “Doing good to others is not a duty. It is a joy, for it increases your own health and happiness.”

“War and courage have done more great things than charity. Not your sympathy, but your bravery has saved the unfortunate.”

Visiting Rotarians

There were no visitors today.


Robin Yonash was once again visiting today.

Guest Speaker Sarah Kerlow was welcomed by President Kris.


Ginny Cannon was pleased to report that everyone was doing well.


Past President Julia Parranto orchestrated the raffle today. There were ten marbles following last week’s win. Julia’s number was picked by Captain Randy Hardtt, AND she pulled the winning blue marble! The Second Chance drawing was won by Past President Jeff Kolin, who selected a Scratcher for his “prize.”

Rotarian of the Month

The August Rotarian of the Month was not present.

The September Rotarian of the Month is Odalis Medianero, a very active red badger. In addition to other notable contributions already, she started the first Rotaract at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The October Rotarian of the Month is Keven Brown. Keven is a long-standing member who is a low key yet is a very effective Rotarian. He has hosted socials at Corrick’s for the club and leads the monthly birthday celebration for Rotarians by donating birthday gifts from Corrick’s and much more.


Birthdays in the Month of November

Happy Birthday to Dan Balfe, Charlie Howard-Gibbons, Diane Moresi, Julia Parranto, Craig Meltzner, Cathay Vicini, Dan Wright, Scott Bartley, and Susan Nowacki.


Dr. Casey Carter announced that after all was said and done, Captain Randy Hartt was able to secure the first two Saturdays in December at the 4th Street Safeway for our club for the Salvation Army holiday bell ringing. Sign-ups will be sent out in an email, or email Casey directly.

Mary Graves reported on the state of youth in our Rotary club. Due to COVID, there have been some bumps in the road getting our youth programs up and running again. However, she enthusiastically announced that we have funding for RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awakening) Camp, and they are running it this year.  It will be held June 11 – 16, 2023. Camp RYLA is a 5-day summer camp experience in the redwoods of Sonoma County and is a place where students refine their leadership skills. They accept high school sophomores and juniors. If you know of someone who might be interested, please reach out to them. We have money in our budget to pay for at least one student. See the flyer for more information.

President Kris announced that there were five squares left on the Paul Harris Squares Board. Robert Pierce was offering a raffle ticket to the first person who signed in today. Diane Moresi, all the way from Zoom,0 purchased the remaining five squares so that we could have a drawing next week.

Project Amigo needs a decision from us as to who is going to Guadaljero this year. Project Amigo was started by Rotarians and is now run by Marin County Rotarians. It is the week of February 5-12, 2022. The cost is $1200 plus transportation. This year Project Amigo’s theme is “Cultural and Literature Week and Educational Trip to the Ocean.” Those who are going thus far are Dr. Casey Carter, Past Prsident Julia Parranto, Rose Wognum Frances, President Elect Elect Dr. Casey D’Angelo, and President Kris. Contact Kris if you are interested or need further information.

The John Brown Veterans’ Memorial Scholarship information is available. It is being promoted in November as we honor veterans on Veterans Day.

Rotary Youth Exchange student Marcos Stevens sent his monthly check-in letter from Germany. Contact President Kris if you didn’t get a chance to read it at the meeting. All is well with Marcos.

There will not be a Nutcracker Project this year. If you have ideas involving our young people, please contact President Kris.

The Jack London clean-up project being held by the Rotary Club of Sonoma is on Saturday, November 12th from 8:30 AM-12:00 PM. Contact President Kris or the Rotary Club of Sonoma directly if you are interested.

The glitch in AmazonSmile has been fixed. Go to AmazonSmile ( and log-in and select the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Foundation, and 0.5% of your purchase made on goes to the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Foundation.

We are dark on Wednesday, November 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Jeff Gospe announced the passing of Bea Moulton. Bea served on the District 5130 Rotary International Grants Board for many years. She was instrumental in creating LARCA, a fundraising effort to serve the Rotary Clubs in Lake County. LARCA expanded to become the District 5130 Fire Relief Fund 501(c), serving the four counties in the district affected by the wildfires. Her service will be held in a few months.

Jeff Gospe donated $100 to the John Brown Fund in honor of him. Jeff proudly announced that President-Elect Ann Gospe, a Marine veteran, will be speaking to the Rotary Sunrise Club.


IntroductionOdalis Medianero introduced Sarah Kerlow, speaking today to raise awareness of “National Family Court Awareness Month.” Ms. Kerlow holds an M.A. in Human Rights and is currently completing her doctorate in education. She is an advocate, educator, and survivor of domestic violence. She is the mother of five children.

Presentation – “November is Family Court Awareness Month”

The mission of Family Court Awareness Month is to raise awareness and shine a spotlight on one of the most important branches of our judicial system, the family court system. According to Ms. Kerlow, there are currently shortcomings in the system when it comes to dealing with children of domestic violence. Family Court is a part of the civil court system, and often cases of domestic violence that do not fit into the civil court system. Rather, they should be reviewed in the criminal court system. She stated that the Family Court system needs serious reform using empirical data and research in its decisions and rulings. The US Divorce Child Murder Data (2008 to present) as reported by the Center for Judicial Excellence, shows that 118 children were killed in preventable deaths in the United States due to domestic violence. Twenty-six were killed in California alone. This national issue was addressed in part by President Biden when he reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act of 2022, which was bipartisan legislation passed by Congress. Further efforts at the federal, state, and local levels are needed to find solutions so that children, often the most vulnerable citizens, are protected from further violence following domestic abuse. See slides for further information and clarification.

Program Slides

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Club Job Openings:

Still need a few bulletin writers. Need a person on the board for Vocational Service Recognition

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Governor, District 5130

Jennifer Strong


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

Board of Directors

Kris Anderson – President
Ann Gospe – President Elect
Casey D’Angelo – President Elect Nominee
Ray Giampaoli – Past President
Debi Zaft – Secretary
Karen Ball – Treasurer
Julia Parranto – Club Service- Membership
Andrea Geary – Club Service – Club Meetings
Matthew Henry – Club Service – Fund Raising
Charlie Howard-Gibbon – Club Services – Member Activities
Pete Lescure – Club Service – Records and Outreach
Casey Carter – Member Involvement
Mary Graves Community – Service – Youth
Position open – Vocational Service
Scott Bartley – International Service
Paul Hamilton – Foundation Representative

DIGITAL EDITION No. 478 November 2, 2022  EDITOR: Diane Moresi PHOTOGRAPHER: Jeff Gospe & Nicole Le PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick