DIGITAL EDITION No. 196  October 12, 2016  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Nicole Le PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick

Our Program for October 19th:

Debra Del Fiorentino

debra-del-fiorentino_picWine, wonderful Wine!  Fresh from the Harvest Fair, come hear from an expert in all thing wine.

We are honored to have International Wine Judge, Sommelier, Certified Wine Professional and Certified Specialist of Wine, Debra Del Fiorentino as our speaker on October 19th. She is a consummate wine professional who brings a dynamic energy and expertise to every endeavor she undertakes. Debra, a prominent wine educator, has organized, reorganized, and directed prestigious wine competitions throughout the country for nearly 20 years and currently founded the


** The Sgt at Arms committee needs help with set up and take down while Jack Geary recovers.  Secretary Zaft will distribute a sign-up sheet on Wednesday.  Please consider volunteering for either one of these duties. **

We need your help and leadership as Sergeant at Arms

We are recruiting for the Sergeant at Arms position.  This is an important position as an officer of the Board and Sergeant at Arms at our meetings.  As an officer, lunch is provided at no cost.  As Sergeant at Arms, you will lead a team of volunteers to carry out the various weekly meeting tasks.  If you are interested, please let me know. For information regarding the various duties follow these links. rotary-meeting-facilities-may-2016 speaker-information-august-2016  &  speaker-information-august-2016


Wednesday, October 19: Sommelier
Wednesday October 26: City Council Candidates Forum
Wednesday November 2: Middle East Refugee Crisis
Wednesday November 9: Veterans Program (CLUB IS DARK)


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incoming-pres-julia-parrantoRotary 10/12/16

President Elect Julia Parranto got her first appearance at the podium today, pinch hitting for President Jose (he’s probably off celebrating his 61st birthday on October 15th).


Emily Harrington led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.


Bill Hatcher had some nice words from past District Governor 5040 Chris Offer for the invocation:

bill-hatcher-with-invocation“Let us recall that when we were invited to join Rotary we were not asked if we were a Protestant, a Hindu, a Muslim, a Jew, a Catholic, a Buddhist, or a Sikh.  We were not asked because all religions are welcome in the Rotary family.

With our friends beside us,
And no person beneath us,
With bonds of Rotary between us,
And our worries behind us,
And no task beyond us,
With a thirst for knowledge,
And a dream of a Polio Free World,
We are thankful for our Rotary friends and the meal we are about to share.


No visiting Rotarians today, but we did have a few visitors:  former member Mike Runyon (guest of Bart Eddy) , Tommy Abel (guest of Rich de Lambert and an out-going Rotary Exchange Student)  and Los Barron (guest of Dr. Shari).


chuck-bartley-sharing-the-sad-new-of-dick-jenkinsWith great sadness, Chuck Bartley announced that our dear friend Dick Jenkins has passed away.  Born in Iowa, Dick was a veteran of World War II.  He was injured at the Battle of the Bulge.  He and his wife made lifelong friends with George and Barbara Bush.  It was even rumored that former President Bush offered him the position on Secretary of State!

Jeanne Levin let us know that that Phil Telamantes from the West Club died last Friday.  He was friends with many in our club.

Sunshine Report:  Your reporter’s father, Gus Anderson, is in ICU at Queen of the Valley Hospital due to severe heart issues (I am writing this from his hospital room).  He is stable.


Raffle: Only $37.00 in the raffle this week, per Robby FoutsJeff Kolin had the ticket, but did not pull the correct marble.


Kim Murphy brought presents for our October birthday people:  Tim Fawcett, Kris Anderson, Nicole Le, Jose Guillen, Roy Thylin, John Poremba, Dan Bornstein, Greg Johnston, and Ann Gospe.




WE WILL BE MEETING AT ST. ROSE ON OCTOBER 26TH. Put it on your calendars now.

Jackie McMillan went to a meeting on the Santa Rosa Southeast  Greenway between Farmer’s Lane and Summerfield Road.  They have 3 proposals on their website.  You are encouraged to go on the website and make comments.

Layne Bowen says that the bulletin committee could use a few more bulletin writers.  Please see him if you can help out!

Layne also announced an informal Rotary social at his house on October 23rd.  There will be live music from his band, beverages and snacks.


Thank you to Diane Moresi for hosting the social on October 7th.  All the meat was auction off.  If you were not there, too bad.

Rich de Lambert was in Sacramento at Channel 3 regarding the Kings new stadium.  HE SAW PAUL MCCARTNEY!  (Julia’s first fine!)

Carolyn Fassi was in Colorado and Arizona recently, but she is very pleased that there is a spot on Mars named for her deceased husband.

Kris Anderson just can’t seem to stay home!  She and Jim were in Mazatlán last week with friends and family.

Kerrie Chambers was at a symposium in San Diego with her son.  Somehow they ran into a 70 year old man who gave them a tour of his 6 million dollar condo.  How could he afford such a lovely home?  He was a producer for the Rolling Stones.  Needless to say her son was willing to blow off his friends to hang out with the old guys!  Wouldn’t we all!


speakerPro baseball player, Alex Oglesby, was our guest speaker today.  Her dad played minor league baseball so I guess it is not surprise that she loves the sport.  Most girls might play softball, and she did start with softball, but she got to an age where there were no more girls’ softball teams locally and she wanted to play.  That is when she made the transition to baseball.

She had a story about one boy who challenged her to play.  She beat him. At first she played 2nd base but really wanted to be a catcher.  Her coach finally let her play the final inning of a game they were losing.  There was a play at home plate and she threw to get another out and end the inning. So the coach gave her more chances to catch.

After high school she started to play professionally and traveled all over the United States and the world.  She still plays, but also has 2 sons in baseball (her husband was a catcher for the Sonoma County Crushers).   She coaches young girls in the Bay Area and hopes to help grow girl’s baseball in the United States.



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