Next meeting
Wednesday October 19, 2022

Medtronic Products Overview

Justin Peterson and Bijan Nafea

Justin Peterson and Bijan Nafea will be providing an overview of the products in the Medtronic Operating units in Santa Rosa and where the business is headed.


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 October 26: Goals For Sherrif’s Office
Wednesday November 2:
Family court Awareness

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


This was a very busy week for projects and socials.  New ones are in the works for November and December.

Keep checking back.  New socials coming soon!

Rotary Announcements

October 27 , 2022:  The next Sonoma County Area Rotary Club (SCARC) meeting is at Charlie’s Grill at the Windsor Golf Club, 1320 19th Hole, Windsor. This month’s host is the Rotary club of Healdsburg. The topic is “Ideas and Projects of Promise” (sounds intriguing!). The cost is $50.00 per person and includes salad, entrée choice and wine. RSVP by October 20 at Any questions? Contact Doug Garrett at

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.


Visit our district at:
Check out Rotary International at:
Come see us at: http://rotarymeansbusiness

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: 10/23/22

Opening Ceremonies:

After President Kris greeted us Susan Nowacki led us in the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance and the Four-Way Test. Her reflection was quotes from Nelson Mandela, “The greatest glory in living lies not in ever falling but rising every time we fall.” and from Mother Theresa, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a Stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

Guests of Rotarians:

William Folkesson, Emily Stockard, Steve Graves, Jeane Sloan.

Installation of a New Rotarian Next Week:

Laura Stephens was a guest for the last time today. She has been  approved by the Board of Directors for membership. Next week she will be installed as a new member of our club. Please be at the meeting to welcome her into our club.

Sunshine Report:

All is good per Ginny Cannon, though Bill Hatcher, on Zoom, admitted to having a cold.


Seven marbles in the bag this week. President Kris had the lucky number but did not pull the blue marble. She donated her $10.00 to Polio Plus. No second chance drawing this week.


  1. 15 squares left on the Paul Harris board. Only $10.00 each gives you a 1 in 10 chance of getting a Paul Harris Award worth $1000.
  2. The next Sonoma County Area Rotary Club (SCARC) meeting is on October 27 at Charlie’s Grill at the Windsor Golf Club, 1320 19th Hole, Windsor. This month’s host is the Rotary club of Healdsburg. The topic is “Ideas and Projects of Promise” (sounds intriguing!). The cost is $50.00 per person and includes salad, entrée choice and wine. RSVP by October 20 at Any questions? Contact Doug Garrett at
  3. Matthew Henry announced the YWCA has their second annual “Y I run” for raising awareness about domestic violence on Saturday, October 22. It is an easy walk/run around Spring Lake. Go to register for the event.
  4. We need a host family for William Folkesson for December to March. You can do this, let Mary Graves, Craig Meltzner, or the Gospes
  5. Peace Pole Dedication at Helen Lehman Elementary School on Wednesday, November 9th 12:45 to 1:15PM

Vacation Presents:

Scott Bartley brought back a glass dish from Murano Italy and Karen Ball brought back cherries, truffle oils and truffle salt to be auctioned off. Jeff Gospe bought the glass dish for $30.00, and Bill Hatcher bought the cherries, truffle oils and salt for $80. Ray had some freshly caught mahi mahi to auction from a recent fishing trip. Steve Graves bought it for $100. Thanks for supporting our club! The bears, Obi 1, and Obi 2 are looking to go on new travel adventures. If you would like to take on vacation with you, let President Kris know.

Youth Exchange Student, William Folkesson, talked about his background and school

William (or Will) is from Helsingborg, Sweden which is in the southern part of Sweden, just a 45-minute ferry (2 miles) ride from Denmark. He was born in Halmstad, Sweden. Helsingborg is the seventh largest city in Sweden with 150,109 people. His high school is a private school, but like all schools in Sweden it is free. There are about 400 students in grades 10 – 12. The school specializes in youth entrepreneurship in the areas of social, science and economic studies. He goes to school from 8:30 to 4:00 Monday to Friday. During the lunch hour students often associate with other schools in the area as all the schools are very close to each other. He does participate in sports, but they are not part of the schools. All sports are played in private clubs. He is attending Maria Carillo High School and has already made a name for himself. He makes friends easy, tried out for the football team (he made it and is a kicker). He spends time together with either the jocks or the multicultural students like himself. His parents are divorced, and both are remarried. He has two older

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brothers and four step siblings. His mother is currently hosting a Rotary student from Canada and his dad will be the second host family. Will Folkesson Rotary Presentation12Oct2022.pptxHis dad, Niklas Folkeeson, is a leadership coach and an investor in 11 companies. His mom is a human resources manager. Brother Alex is traveling in Iceland and brother Hugo is at a university in Stockholm studying real estate and finance. His interests include fashion, golf, soccer, ice hockey, spending time with friends, spending money and taking photos. What has he done in Sonoma County since arriving in August? Gine for a ride on the Redwood Highway, seen the Golden Gate Bridge, experienced an earthquake, is learning about the 1906 earthquake, experienced 115-degree day, eating at In-n-Out and Chik-Fil-A, camping, attended the Stanford USC football game, and much more. He is doing well in school and really enjoys being on the football team. His bucket list of things he wants to do while here: go to Magic Mountain, attend a professional football game, play more golf and be a better student.

Author Jean Slone about her most current book about women photographers during World War II

127 women were war correspondents during WWII and in Europe before the United States entered WWII after Pearl Harbor. Margaret Bourke-White one of the most well-known photographers of that time was with Patton and the Third Army when they liberated Buchenwald concentration camp. Dorothea Lange is well known for her Depression era photographs. Helen Kirkpatrick, Viginia Cowels and Tania Long were other photographers active during WWII. Martha Gellhorn is more famous for being the third wife of Ernest Hemenway, but she snuck across the English Channel in a Red Cross ship to photograph the D-day invasion. She was the first photographer to go behind enemy line and got herself arrest. Georgette Dickey Chapelle was at Iwo Jima and thought she was hearing the buzz of insects when it was sniper fire from the Japanese. Joe Rosenthal scooped her on the famous flag raising at Iwo Jima. She died in service in 1965 when another soldier stepped on a land mine.

Meat Auction

Well, the results are not in, but an enjoyable time was had by all who attended the annual meat auction at the Gospe’s. It was not the warmest of days, but all were appropriately dressed for the cooler weather. Your bulletin editor only was there until 5:30pm when Former President Ray Giampaoli was running the auction. At the same time those who purchase a playing card got to see what they were getting. The Paul Harris Squares were full, but at this point, no results as yet. Lots of deserts and wine for those who do not get the grand prize. As for the food, “YUMMY” was the word. Debi Zaft’s pulled pork sandwiches and Casey D’Angelo’s bean dish might have been the highlights. The pork and lamb sausages were so good. If you were smart, you placed yourself next to Sam McMillan to get them hot off the grill. I cannot wait to hear about what I missed!

For more about the auction and more fun pictures, Click Here.

Program Slides

No program slides this week.

Obie’s Adventures

The bears, Obi 1, and Obi 2 are looking to go on new travel adventures. If you would like to take on vacation with you, let President Kris know.

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
Position open – Vocational Service
Scott Bartley – International Service
Paul Hamilton – Foundation Representative

DIGITAL EDITION No. 475 October 12, 2022  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Jeff Gospe PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick