DIGITAL EDITION     No. 3     November 8, 2012     EDITOR: Jim Johnson     PHOTOGRAPHERS: Kris Anderson & Carrie Ludke


 12th Annual Tribute by the Rotary & Kiwanis Clubs
Veterans Memorial Building: Santa Rosa, California

Thank you to all the men and women who have courageously served our country!

“A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces, but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.”

                                                                                                ~ President John F. Kennedy

Call to Order

Welcome Veterans

            Tom Croft, Veteran, USN, Fleet Marine Force, Vietnam

Presentation of Colors

            United States Marine Corps Color Guard

            USMC Reserve Training Center, Concord, California

Pledge of Allegiance

            Hattie May Stone, US Navy Reserves

National Anthem

            Jennifer Higgins


            Chaplain Lt. Scott Mason, US Navy Reserve

Mark Wardlaw conducts the Santa Rosa High School Symphonic Band


            Santa Rosa High School Symphonic Band

            Mark Wardlaw, Director

Luncheon/Recognitions/Table Talk


            Introduction – Ross Liscum, Veteran, USMC

            Speaker – Lt. General Jack Klimp
United States Marine Corps, Retired


            Jennifer Higgins, Todd Higgins, Nancy Robinson

Retiring of the Colors

Memoriam and Benediction

            Chaplin, Lt. Scott Mason, USN

Retiring of the Colors

            United States Marine Corps Color Guard

            Trumpeters Todd Higgins & Anna Bjorkquist



After reminiscing about his active duty time in service as a marine officer, General Klimp concluded his remarks by expressing his concern to the veterans and other attendees assembled this day. His remarks were regarding the “fiscal cliff” which will

Lt. General Jack Klimp

include disastrous budget cuts that are scheduled to go into effect on January 2, 2013. The White House has reported on the $1.2 trillion in automatic budget cuts that are part of last year’s debt ceiling deal passed by Congress. How the cuts will impact individual programs remains unclear but because these budget cuts would result in an 8.2 percent across-the-board spending cut to the nation’s discretionary non-defense programs means that many federal programs affecting veterans of military service, health and medical benefits affecting members of the armed forces no longer on active military duty could be subject to drastic cuts in promised benefits those who have served in the armed forces.



12th Annual Tribute to Veterans

Santa Rosa High School Symphonic Band
An award-winning ensemble with a state-wide reputation for superior performance, this year’s group has 35 talented musicians, most of whom have played for the Veterans Tribute in the past. Over the years the Symphonic Band, along with the SRHS Orchestra, has performed at prominent and exciting venues worldwide.

Anna Bjorkquist, the trumpeter for Taps, is a senior at Santa Rosa High School and a member of the SRHS Band.

Mark Wardlow, Director, as taught at Santa Rosa High School for 21 years.

Jennifer Higgins, Nancy Robinson and Todd Higgins perform

Performers from First United Methodist Church Music Program:

Jennifer Higgins – Soloist
Todd Higgins – Trumpeter
Nancy Robinson – Pianist



Wednesday, Nov. 14th ’S Rotary meeting moved to St. Rose Venue
Flamingo Ballroom Closed to Rotary on Nov. 14! Rotary Luncheon Scheduled 12 noon to 1:39 pm at 320 Tenth Street.

Our Program for November 14th:


Creator of the world famous Mercedes Pens Art Car covered in over 10,000 used pens he has collected locally & from around the world, and how the creative process has transformed his life.


Dear Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Members:

It has been brought to my attention that attendance at our weekly meetings has fallen off a little over the last few months. As you know, attendance at Rotary meetings is a requirement and an extremely important part of being a Rotarian. Whether you attend a meeting at another club, or attend our weekly meetings at the Flamingo Hotel, your attendance is extremely important. Besides the benefits of fellowship, community service and good communication, it’s important to our club that you attend our meetings to insure that our club meets its financial commitment to the hotel for lunches. If we fall below 70 lunches at a meeting our club must pay the Flamingo for the difference. (We lose money that could be put back into the community.)

Please make an effort to attend our club meetings every week. Our weekly programs have been fantastic and the fellowship is not complete without you!

Thanks for all you do for Rotary.

President William


Dear Rotarians,

There is an urgent need for support for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Many of us may have friends or relatives who have been uprooted by this devastating storm. I know as Rotarians that you would like to help those who are in need.

In order to find the most expeditious way for our club to respond, we have contacted our local Salvation Army organization to ascertain how we can be of assistance. Their recommendation is for those who wish to help to send a check payable to The Salvation Army with a notation in the memo area “Hurricane Sandy”. All monies received will go directly toward helping the individuals that are in the need of food, water, shelter and warm clothing. The needs are great and every donation will be put to good use.

This donation will be considered as a tax deductible contribution by the IRS.


Your response to this critical need will demonstrate Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self”.

Please send your donations to:

The Salvation Army
93 Stony Circle
Santa Rosa, 95401


Bill Rousseau
Club President
The Rotary Club of Santa Rosa

Last year R. I. Membership Development produced a live webinar featuring the new General Secretary of Rotary International, John Hewko, about his experience and background, as well as his goals as the chief executive officer responsible for the day-to-day management of R.I. and The Rotary Foundation.

John Hewko

One year later, join John Hewko via this link to a second webinar to hear updates on his top five priorities for Rotary,  End Polio Now, Future vision, Rotary Club Central, Membership, to learn about new Rotary initiatives, and more. During this webinar you will hear updates about  John will also respond to questions, so register early to submit your top question to the General Secretary!

There is one webinar session scheduled, please register by clicking the link:  Wednesday 14 November 10 AM (Central Standard Time, Evanston USA)

The webinar will be recorded and available on the RI website to view and share.


Michael Juric
District Governor
District 5130

William Rousseau
Rotary Club of Santa Rosa


Rotary Club of Santa Rosa

Bill Rousseau, President Peggy Soberanis, President Elect Jack Abercrombie, Secretary Cecil G. Humes, Treasurer Jack Geary, Sergeant at Arms

President Rotary International

Sakuji Tanaka – Rotary Club of Yasjio, Japan

Governor, District 5130

Michael Juric – Rotary Club of Windsor

Attendance Secretary

Jack Abercrombie P.O. Box 505 Santa Rosa, CA 707-538-4770

Board of Directors

Matt Fannin Jose Guillen Paul Hamilton Nicole Le Diane Moresi Vinay Patel Robert Pierce Carmen Sinigiani Creed Wood Marnie Goldschlag, Past President