Next Meeting is via Zoom – October 21, 2020

The Most Unusual Sonoma County Harvest

Karissa Kruse, President of the Sonoma County Winegrowers

Join Karissa Kruse, President of Sonoma County Winegrowers, for a 2020 Sonoma County wine grape harvest update, lessons learned from marketing Sonoma County during a global pandemic and what’s ahead for Sonoma County grape growers and the wine region.

–>  Debi will send you the Zoom login link for the 12:00 meeting. Feel free to put your feet up, grab a sandwich, and join the meeting. <–


All in-person meetings are currently on hold.  Instead, we will be holding online meetings using Zoom.  Please be on the look out for an email with the link from either Jeff or Debi.

Wednesday October 28, 2020: Building & Rebuilding Housing in the North Bay- What’s in our future ?
Wednesday November 4, 2020: Deputy Fire Chief on fire prevention and power outages

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Opening Ceremonies:

Pledge:  Ann Gospe
Reflection:  Kris Anderson with some bits of wisdom and nonsense titled. “All I Ever I Learned Comes from Facebook”
Visiting Rotarians:  Will Haymaker, Casey Williams, and Susan Nowacki

New Member:

President Jeff inducted Susan Nowacki into our club today. Susan is a longtime Rotarian and was previously a member of the West club. She is a past president. She grew up on a dairy farm in Point Arena. She went to college at the University of Puget Sound. She worked in advertising and somewhere in all that she met Dean, got married and raised a family. Your bulletin editor worked with her in the mortgage industry in the early 2000s. Like many in our club, she lost her home in the Tubbs Fire and has rebuilt. Her mentor is Julia Parranto. Welcome Susan! We are so glad to have you!


Vickie Hardcastle is reminding us once again that it is Foundation Month. For every dollar that you donate, up to $500, you will have matching points toward your Paul Harris award. You also get one raffle ticket for every $20.00 or 6 tickets for every $100.00. This ends on October 23. World Polio Day is October 24th. Vickie also mentioned that the Larry Miyano fund is now up to $18,800.

Dan Balfe says the October 15th is World Handwashing Day, if you care to know!

Ted Wilmsen says that Norm and Bev Owen will have their rented furniture moved into their Oakmont rental on October 15th and expect to move in on October 16th. Once they get settled, we will have a better handle on how we can assist them.

The District Conference will be virtual this year on October 24th. Please check out the District website if you would like to join. Also, the 2627 Zone Conference is coming up on November 12-14, also virtual. There is a cost to attend and that is $49.00. You can sign up at the Zone 2627 website.

Today’s Guest Speaker:  Casey Williams from Recology,  “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot”

Casey is a member of the Rotary West club and was one of those people behind the “People who Feed Us” fundraiser to help the restaurant industry. They raised $85,000 and gave away lunch every weekend until they ran out of money.

Casey’s talk centered in on composting and recycling. Recology came out of what was previously The Ratto Group. It started in 2017, with 460 employees. The all are members of Teamsters 665. They now have 3700 employees serving 155,000 customers in Sonoma and Marin. Their mission is to reduce the amount of stuff sent to the county landfill. Compost bins are where you put your yard waste, food scraps, greasy pizza boxes, napkin’s, paper toweles tea bags and coffee grounds. From arriving at the landfill to final compost is only 90 days (about 3 months). The recycle bin is for the clean and dry stuff like jars (with their lids) newspapers, magazines, unbroken glass, aluminum foil, cans, etc. No plastic bags, hoses, power cords, clothes, coffee cups broken glass, light bulbs, propane tanks, computer parts and plastic utensils. They have line sorters and every piece that comes in is handled and determined where it is supposed to go. They work 10-hour shifts. Hazardous waste can be dropped off at Meacham on Saturdays. Interesting fact: there is more plastic in the oceans that plankton! Recycling 1 ton of paper will save 17 trees, 2 barrels of oil, 7000 gallons of water, enough electricity to power a home for 5 months and save 3 cubic yards of landscape.


President Jeff ended the program by announcing that environment and ecology is now a new focus in Rotary. He asked that anyone that might be interested in that new committee please let him know. The program ended with a viewing of a trailer for a new Netflix film called “Kiss the Ground.’

Additional Pictures:

Governor, District 5130

Doug Johnson


Debi Zaft P.O. Box 505 Santa Rosa, CA 95402

Board of Directors

Club Service I, Membership, Julia Parranto
Club Service II, Club Meetings, Casey D’Angelo
Club Service III, Fundraising, Diane Moresi
Club Service IV, Member Activities, Anne Gospe
Club Service V, Information Technology and Records, Pete Lescure
Community Service I, Member Involvement, Rio Ray
Community Service II, Youth, Andrea Geary
Vocational Service, Carolyn Fassi
International Service, Dan Balfe

DIGITAL EDITION No. 379 October 14, 2020  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Kris Anderson  PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick