DIGITAL EDITION No. 200  November 9, 2016  EDITOR: Layne Bowen PHOTOGRAPHER: Diane Moresi, Nicole le, Krius Anderson and other contributors PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick


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 16: SRJC International Students – CCI Program
Wednesday November 23: CLUB is DARK for Thanksgiving !
Wednesday November 30: 2016 Election Results – Now What !?
Wednesday December 7: Musical Program


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This issue marks the 200th edition of our online Santa Rosarian. For those of you who have been in the club a long time, you’ll remember that we used to send out printed copies of the Santa Rosarian (printed by Craig Johnston’s AJ printing).  Since this week’s regular meeting is replaced by the Veteran’s program, we thought it might be a good time to catch up on what has been happening with the club “outside the lines”. In other words, Rotary Club of Santa Rosa activities that have been taking place outside our regular Wednesday luncheons.


NOTE:  All pictures in this bulletin are clickable.

NOVEMBER 9th, 2016

Editor: Layne Bowen
Photographer: Diane Moresi, Nicole le, Krius Anderson and other contributors.
Publisher: Richard Lazovick


Here’s some background information about our board retreat and our strategic plan.

Some improvements and achievements to note:

28-aDevelopment and implementation of the following policies and procedures:

  1. Joint Charitable Community Grants policy and procedures revamped and improved
  2. Developed improved procedures and policy to deal with budget management, reserves, audits, and fundraising oversight
  3. Ongoing development of job descriptions and procedural manuals
  4. Developing plans for improving communication, effectiveness, public relations, and transparency through better use of information technology.
  5. New Associate Membership.

Other accomplishments:

slide2Social Committee has been actively working on coordinating social events with diverse themes.  The goals this year are to have regular social events, mixing venues and affording greater opportunity for family socials.

The Program Committee, chaired by Jackie McMillan has been working hard in securing interesting and enjoyable programs.

Membership committee co-chaired by Matt Fannin (retention) and Karrie Chambers (recruitment) is busy working on the aspects of recruiting and retaining more members.  They are injecting new ideas and enthusiasm in this critical component for our club.

Giro Bello continues to be our prime fundraising event and this year will be chaired by past president Doug Johnson.  We had another successful event this last June and plans are under way for 2017.

img_2707Our Club was the first to fully qualify under the revised and rigorous global grant procedures.  Our Club was successful in securing a district grant of $2,500 for the NewGen Class #2, Global Grant for the micro-finance project in Colombia and currently working on two other global grants (NewGen in Argentina and Hearing Aids in Colombia). The club and foundation approved $24,000 for joint charitable grants.  We have received 24 grant applications and selection will take place before end of the year.

This year we allocated $14,000 for the World Community Service.  Some of the projects under funding consideration, include: NewGen Global Grant-Argentina, Audiology for Colombia, Telemedicine, Project Amigo, Sponsoring a Guatemalan Student, Uganda farming, Ukraine, and Afghanistan.

We are getting ready with our third grade dictionaries.  Our budget is $18,000 and we reach most Santa Rosa schools.  Steve Marburger will be leading the charge this year with our Children Christmas program.  Kim Graves will be leading our poinsettias sales and delivery to senior citizen facility. Marnie Goldschlag will be leading our Public Safety award luncheon in January 2017. Our club is sponsoring in-bound and out-bound exchange high school students.



slide01learning to be a peacebuilder a rite of passage (for everyone). We recognize that this is ambitious.  But it’s not naïve.  We truly believe that young people have unprecedented awareness of global issues, access to information and technology, and interest in new approaches to problem solving. With training in peacebuilding frameworks and best practices, today’s youth are in an incredible position to become positive agents of peace right now!

In Spring 2016, a pilot program in Santa Rosa, California engaged twenty-six students from five diverse high schools and was an enormous success. The NewGen Peacebuilders—Santa Rosa, Spring 2017 program will involve up to thirty-five participants from seven high schools.  Applications for the program are open until November 23, 2016.

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laguna-de-santa-rosa-1Our Club had a number of representatives at a joint Rotary hands-on project at the Laguna de Santa Rosa.  We had 13 helpers and Marnie brought four SRJC students from the International Exchange Studies to lend a hand.  The Sebastopol Club took the lead in organizing the event with four other clubs participating.  Collectively, we were able to paint railings on bridge and surrounding areas, spread gravel on paths, and mulch throughout site.  Despite the 95 degree weather, everyone was able to contribute and accomplish a lot.

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038Another Joint Rotary Hands on Program our Club participated in was the Living Room project.  We donated $10,000 for the playground in memory of Nick Knickerbocker.  This was also part of our hands-on project and the joint social with all the Rotary clubs that participated.

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Our Rotary Club also provided volunteers for the YMCA Golf Tournament in exchange for Y member participation in our Giro Bello fundraiser.

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gran-fondo-2016-1Our club annually man’s (and woman’s! 😉  the Monte Rio rest stop for Levi Leipheimer’s Gran Fondo in exchange for the use of the Santa Rosa Cycling Club’s bike racks and other equipment for our Giro Bello event in June.  The rest stop is always a fun way to get to know our fellow Rotarians better and have a great time working together. Thanks to Carmen Sinigiani and Doug Johnson for organizing our efforts this year!


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Our club has a social committee that puts together events throughout the year.

Sometimes, these events (such as the meat auction generate money for our club or programs we support. This program is led by two co-chairs Sam McMillan and Steve Olson.  Both have devoted their careers to promoting agriculture and youth leadership in our community.  This program invests in the future farmers and leaders in Sonoma County.  This year was a great success in buying two lambs and two pigs and selling all the meat at our combined Meat Auction and Social.  Everyone on the organizing committee is congratulated.  Thanks also to the Moresi family for their hospitality.

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We have encouraged unstructured social events, such as MCB backyard concert at Layne’s home, a swimming party at Julia Parranto’s, wine tasting Kunde’s Winery, Giro Bello kick-off meeting at Franchetti’s, Bocce, etc….

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The IT committee is composed of Steve Marburger, Richard Lazovick, Jack Atkins, Andrea Geary and Tim Delaney. We have been busy integrating all the clubs technology needs. We are looking forward to updating the website and restructuring IT for the club and Giro Bello.



elsie-allen-marching-bandA number of Rotary Club of Santa Rosa members joined military veterans, Kawanis and Rotarians from other clubs to honor our beloved and respected military veterans.  This is the 16th year our joint Rotary and Kiwanis have presented this event and as usual, there were many prideful and stirring moments: the Presentation of Colors by the US Coast Guard Honor Guard. The Elsie Allen Marching Band performed rousing renditions of the songs of each branch of the military (Who knew that the Coast Guard had a song?)  The Elsie Allen Marching Band drumline gave an incredible solo performance as well.


Mark Kratz from SRJC

The Pledge was led by Bob Reid, US Army. Mark Kratz of SRJC performed an operatic version of the National Anthem. The invocation was presented by Lt.Timothy M. Seo.


Captain Paul A Flynn US Coast guard

Vietnam veteran Tom Croft performed beautifully as the Master of Ceremonies. One stirring moment was when he recognized a 95 year old veteran of the D- Day invasion during World War II.  Impressively, that gentleman was still able to fit into his uniform!

Unfortunately, both guest speaker Major General Gary A. Medvigy and Senator Mike Thompson  had to cancel their appearances.  Fortunately, Captain Paul Flynn of the US Coast Guard spoke and gave us a particularly informative talk about the Coast Guard and it’s relationship to the other armed services.  Captain Flynn told us of the heroism of one Coast guard member who, along with his crew rescued 33 souls from a sinking ship in a horrific Nor’easter off Cape Cod in a small boat meant for no more than 12.  The same officer, also served later in Vietnam even though he’d already been released from his military duty.

Overall, the presentation was a stirring and proud recognition of the heroes from our nation’s military. Thanks to Fred Levin and Paul Hamilton for representing our club in organizing and promoting this program!

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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