Next meeting
Wednesday November 16, 2022

Rotary Youth Leadership Camp & Club Assembly

Cassie Pitkin & President Kris Anderson

We will have a dual meeting.

Cassie Pitkin explaining the Rotary Youth Leadership camp. RYLA stands for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.  It is  a program for incoming high school sophomores and juniors to go to a leadership camp next summer at Westminster Woods.  At the camp they will learn some leadership skills to take back to their schools and aid them to be better leaders.

The second topic will be a club assembly.

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 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 December and the new year.

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)

Salvation Army Bell Ringing @ Safeway – This year we will be serving at both doors of the Safeway on 4th St.  This means that over the course of two weekends we will be filling 16 2-hour shifts. If we all do a little bit, we can make a huge impact. Sign up to ring with family members and friends. Ring for a shift with a new Rotaractor.  Invite one of our Youth Exchange students to ring with you and get to know them better.  Ask a new club member to ring with you.  Invite a young professional that could be a good prospective Rotarian to join you in this act of service.

Creativity is encouraged – dress up, play an instrument, sing carols, bring your kids/grandkids (they bring in the best donations!), and have fun!

–> Follow the link to sign up –

Questions?  Contact our Bell Ringing coordinator Casey (Kara) Carter.

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: 11/19/22


Barry Silberg led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Rotary 4-Way Test. His reflection was on the history of Armistice Day.


Odalis Madenario introduced Jaime Rojos of Rojos Winery and Filipe Moreno from Powur.

Robin Yonash was once again introduced by Dr. Casey Carter. Robin had her Rotary informational meeting and should be voted on soon by the Board.

Past President Ray Giampaoli introduced our speaker, Ray Guillot, who spoke on earthquake preparedness and retrofitting.

Visiting Rotarians

Mary Graves introduced Monica Morales, formally from Rotaract at Sonoma State and currently a member of the Rotary Club of Cotati. Also introduced was one of our club members who has not been with us recently, Tasia Henderson. Her current employment allows her time to attend meetings again.

New in the Bulletin! Read the Bulletin and find your birthdate! Let President Kris know it is yours and you will receive a surprise!


Ginny Cannon reported that Dan Balfe fell and is at home recovering.

Long-time Rotarian, Bill Fisher from the Glen Ellen/Kenwood Rotary Club, passed away.


Debi Zaft conducted the raffle. Matthew Henry had the winning ticket but did not pull the winning marble. For his participation, he received a $10 consolation prize. The Second Chance drawing had an interesting twist. Pete Lescure was asked to pull the ticket, which turned out to be his own number! He selected a scratcher for his prize.


Dr. Casey Carter announced that there had been some sign-ups for the Salvation Army holiday bell ringing. Please continue to sign up. We need late afternoon volunteers. Casey will be at the end of the last shift with a surprise for the bell ringers following in the footsteps of former Rotarian Rich DeLambert.

Steve Olsen reminded the club of the opportunity to contribute to the John Brown Veterans Memorial Scholarship Fund. There have been scholarships given to ten deserving individuals, a number of whom we have met at Rotary meetings. You may donate electronically on the Rotary Foundation website or send a check to the Foundation.

In honor of John Brown, President Kris asked that those present contribute to the Polio Pails on their tables. There were two more cases of polio reported in Mozambique this past week.

The Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Board of Directors discussed making club members more aware of the path to becoming a club president. 11/28 In order to become president, one must serve on the Board and as a chair of a committee. There are numerous committee chair positions available each year. Anyone interested in serving on committees will have an opportunity to learn more in the coming weeks.

John Brown’s photo included in the recent Press Democrat online salute to our local veterans

President-elect Ann Gospe added that she is currently in the process of formulating her Board for next year. If you are interested in serving, please contact Ann.

Tonight, Wednesday, November 9 is our regularly scheduled monthly service project at the Redwood Empire Food Bank.

A reminder that if you are buying something on Amazon, you can sign up through the AmazonSmile link ( to donate to the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Foundation.

Diane Moresi asked that we pass along information for “Operation End Hunger.” Local veterans have partnered with the Redwood Empire Food Bank to host “Operation End Hunger” – a food drive for our neighbors facing food insecurity. Veterans are asking fellow comrades and civilians to collect food donations and bring them to The Bridge Church (301 Fulton Rd., Santa Rosa) on November 12, 2022, from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.

New Member

Robin Yonash has been approved by the board of directors for membership into the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa. Please introduce yourself and make her feel welcome.


Craig Meltzner’s daughter and her husband had a baby boy in September. He is Craig’s first grandson. He contributed $100 to the John Brown Memorial Scholarship.

President-elect Ann Gospe acknowledged Jeff Gospe who was re-elected to the Rincon Valley Union School District Board of Trustees for another four year term. Ann passed the microphone to Jeff who donated $100 –  $10 for at least ten people in the club who posted signs for him prior to the election.

Ted Wilmsen reported that he served three years in the Army and would like to contribute $100 to the John Brown fund.

Julia Parranto reminded everyone that the first time she stood up for recognition in the club it was for her then very young daughter Emily. Today, she proudly announced that their daughter has been accepted to two colleges, University of the Pacific and the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Julia contributed $100 to the club in recognition for Emily’s accomplishments.

Sam Mcmillan stated he was stationed in Kansas as an assistant chaplain from 1967-69. Sam donated $100 to the John Brown Fund.

Dr. Casey Carter shared that her grandfather was a well-decorated Navy bomber pilot in WWII   who later served in the FBI. She donated $25 to the John Brown Fund.

Debi Zaft shared that her granddaughter will begin taking engineering courses at the University of New Mexico in January 2023 while still attending high school. As a proud grandmother, Debi contributed $100 to the Spencer Flournoy Rotary Scholarship fund.


President Kris standing in for Susan Nowacki, who is cruising, introduced today’s speaker, Larry Guillot, the owner of Quake Prepare a consulting firm serving the Bay Area. Larry is a former Rotarian from Austin, Texas. He spent 25+ years as a general contractor building homes. In 2004, he and his wife moved from Austin to Berkeley. Larry became interested in earthquake preparedness at that time. The more he learned the more he wanted to learn about earthquake retrofits. As a licensed contractor in CA he could have continued in the construction trade, but determined that he would rather become a consultant in an already crowded field of general contractors doing retrofitting. He started Quake Prepare in 2005.

Larry gave those present a true and false quiz on earthquake preparedness.

See how you do!

#1 Most earthquake damage is caused by the resulting displacement of soil. False –  most damage from earthquakes is caused by shaking.

#2 Most injuries in earthquakes are from the resulting fires. False – most injuries are caused by things falling on you.

#3. If your home was retrofitted in the past 10 years, you are likely to be in pretty good shape. False – after crawling under 600+ houses over many years he can state with confidence that there are unfortunately lots of retrofits that have been done in California by licensed general contractors who don’t know what they are doing. Retrofit contractors in CA do not have to have any special certifications or licenses.

#4. Your water heater is the only appliance that needs to be secured. False – Refrigerators, washers, dryers, furnaces, etc. all need to be secured.

#5. At home in an earthquake go quickly to the safest room in the house. False – The best thing you can do if you are in a safe room is to stay in that room. You should get on the floor and cover your head. In a big quake you can’t stand up, and might fall if you try to go to another location.

#6. A doorway is the safest place to be in an earthquake. False – You do not want to be in a doorway unless there is not a door on the opening. If there is a door it could swing shut and cause injury. Drop, Hold, and Cover still is the best and safest procedure in an earthquake.

Larry then went into detail on retrofitting your home. Please see the slides for more information.

Tips for being prepared: 1) Make sure you have an automatic gas shut off valve.

2) You need to have two weeks of food and water. 3) You should have an emergency backpack, rather than having everything stored in your home. 4) There should be enough water for 1-2 gallons per person per day. A 55-gallon drum designed for that purpose will work well. Food should be non-perishable such as canned food or dehydrated foods. 5) A camp stove with propane is important. Please review the slides for further details.

Thank you to Larry for his informative presentation.

If you would like to contact Larry —
QuakePrepare; phone 510-292-6571; email; website
He is available to install automatic gas shutoff valves for $355. His retrofit inspections are $295, and his full consultation (which includes the retrofit inspection + a lot more) is $345.

Program Slides

No program slides this week

Club Job Openings:

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

Additional Pictures:

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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
Tim Fawcett – Vocational Service
Scott Bartley – International Service
Paul Hamilton – Foundation Representative

DIGITAL EDITION No. 479 November 9, 2022  EDITOR: Diane Moresi PHOTOGRAPHER: Jeff Gospe PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick