DIGITAL EDITION No. 290 October 17, 2018  EDITOR: Layne Bowen PHOTOGRAPHER: Kris Anderson PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick

Our Program For Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Buck Institute’s Director of Communications

Dr Kris Rebillot

Kris Rebillot, the Buck Institute’s Director of Communications

She came to the Buck in 2003 and developed its first media relations program.

She has witnessed the Institute’s growth and success, and the dramatic increase in the public’s interest in healthy aging. Her expertise is in translating the work of the scientists at the Buck for the general public!

Wednesday October 31, 2018: Rotary Friendship Exchange Chair – Greg Freitas
Wednesday November 7, 2018: No Meeting – See Veteran Program 
Wednesday November 8, 2018: Veteran’s Program – Veteran’s Hall


Aug. 19-26, 2019 – Rotary Rhine River Cruise
Jackie says only 3 cabins are left for the 2019 Rhine River Cruise.
                 Click here  for pricing, itinerary, etc.
                 Click here for flyer.
                 Jackie McMillan and Eva Atkin


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Come see us at: http://rotarymeansbusiness

Opening Ceremonies

Pledge: Casey Carter
Reflection: Doug Johnson on Peacebuilding.

President Tony commended those Rotarians working with high school in the Peacebuilders program.

Visiting Rotarians 

Brett Shinn


John’s “way better” half, Judy Poremba was in attendance today.


Ginny Canon announced that Jack Geary had a mini stroke yesterday. He is expected to be in the hospital another night. Roy Thylin has Parkinsons and is likely to go into hospice soon. Jack Abercrombie is back with us today after an extended absence


Pete Lescure insulted today’s speaker Don McMillan, then had him draw the ticket. Larry Miyano failed to draw the winning marble.


Past members Lena Humber and Mary Graves have reapplied for membership to our club.


  • Rich de Lambert announced that we need readers to help Tim Fawcett.
  • Casey Carter announced that Tim is exercising regularly and needs additional mental health exercise. Please sign the sheet going around to volunteer to spend an hour reading with Tim.
  • Debi Zaft announced our next meeting will be held at the Flamingo Bar, where many of us will feel more at home. The meeting for November 14th at the Odd Fellows Hall on Pacific Avenue, where others of us will feel right at home…
  • Fred Levin announced the Veterans Program 11:30 to 1:30, November 8th. Please buy a ticket for yourself and a vet!
  • Sam McMillan announced the Crane Melon Barn social Thursday, 10/18 at 5:30. There will be a tour and meat auction.


Casey Carter announced October birthdays.

Red Badge

Lena Humber was welcomed back to our club with a red badge.


  • Yale Abrams grandson, his first was recently born. $100 donation to RI for polio. Yale donated 4 tix to the SR Symphony. Craig Meltzner bid $80 for the win.
  • Steve Olson’s granddaughter helped out in a prosthetic hand project.  Steve donated $100 to the John Brown scholarship.
  • Bill Hatcher was recognized for his Best of Sonoma County, in the lawyer category, we assume. He donated $200 to the John Brown fund.


Rotarians Don McMillan, John Poremba and Kim Murphy shared the experience of participating in the Rotary International golf tournament held at Scottish golf mecca St. Andrews. More recently, Don spent the last 5 weeks hiking in France and Spain. Don donated $50 to the John Brown scholarship fund. Diane Moresi bid $30 for a chocolate bar Don claims to have carried all over Europe.

Don then shared his experience playing golf at a Rotary fundraiser that included a round at the Old Course at St. Andrews. Don told a humorous story of how he ended up at St. Andrews at 2:30 am by mistake.

After his round at St. Andrews, Don picked up John Poremba, Kim Murphy and her hubs Dewayne. They toured Loch Lomond and the world renowned McMillan family heritage site. They followed up with rounds of golf at other Loch Lomond area courses.

They happy group then descended upon St. Andrews, where they were greeted by a pipe band. John played to a net 71 at St. Andrews. He was one of 9 golfers in the world to qualify for something or other.

John and Kim reflected on their experience playing in the Rotary Golf Tournament. John stated that this was the best golfing experience of his life. John also shared Don’s mad Scottish driving skills, stories of Old Tom Morris and the experience of teeing off in front of dozens of tourists with cameras. Kim Murphy shared her experience of dragging off a red-eye plane flight and directly on to 36 holes of golf, walking every hole. Kim enjoyed playing golf with the men and made the 2nd cut. Kim won “quote of the day” when she described the trip as “National Lampoon’s Golf Vacation” and felt blessed to be a part of it. John credited Don with organizing everything from Tee times to housing accommodations and his wife, Judy for encouraging him to go.

Other Rotary News……..

Special Airfares Now Available for River Cruisers

AMA Waterways has posted air fares for those who have booked the Rotary Rhine River cruise next year. These fares are noticeably below regular airfares available directly with the airlines. You might want to consider booking one of these special fares while they are available.

To learn more about the special airfares, or to place a booking, please contact Eva Atkin at 707-529-1865, or

There are still three cabins left for anyone who has not yet booked, or if you have friends who might like to join us. Click here to get more information on pricing, itinerary, etc.

Message From Bob Rogers: As Promised, Ideation Results from May’s District Conference – 2nd Installment

Dear Rotary Club of Santa Rosa,

Education in Developing Countries

Last month I sent you the Ideation results on the first two of the 8 Ideation subjects…Educating Children to be Better Citizens and Attracting New Members for Clubs.

This month, as promised, I’m sending you the results of second set of two subjects…Rotary’s Relevance in the Future (click hereand Access to Education in the Developing World (click here) .

It it hoped that one of these ideas might spark enough interest in your club to end up becoming a new and exciting project for your members.  

Rotary’s Relevance

One thing…actually, two things, that caught my attention in the Access to Education in the Developing World document, were the ideas of a club, or a school (Think Interactors) sponsoring a school in a developing country with supplies, scholarships, etc., and the benefit of connecting our kids with kids in those schools via the “pen pal” route. This is something one of our clubs did a few years back with a school in Kenya they built a library for…that is…connecting our middle school Interactors with their counterparts in Kenya via the new internet connection that was provided as part of their new library.  From what I heard, the kids loved being able to converse back and forth with students half way around the world.  

Lots of other ideas in these two documents as well.  Please take the time to read them, and perhaps discuss with your community service folks, both local and international.   Who knows what doors may open up for your club.

Remember, these ideation sessions consisted of Rotarians, In-bound and Out-bound Youth Exchange Students, Rotaractors, and Rotex Members, all collaborating together in this process. Join in, take these ideas and make them fly!

Yours in Rotary Service,


Governor, District 5130

Barb Spangler, Valley of the Moon Rotary Club





Attendance Secretary

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

Board of Directors

Club Service I, Membership, Ryan Thomas
Club Service II, Club Meetings, Jeff Kolin
Club Service III, Fundraising, Steve Baime
Club Service IV, Member Activities, Anne Gospe
Club Service V, Information Technology and Records, Brandon Urich
Community Service I, Member Involvement, Andrea Geary
Community Service II, Youth, Laura Held
Vocational Service, Carolyn Fassi
International Service, Peter Holewinski