DIGITAL EDITION No. 243 October 18, 2017  EDITOR: Layne Bowen PHOTOGRAPHER: Kris Anderson PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick

Our Program For October 25, 2017


Mayor Chris Coursey & Council Member Tom Schwedhelm

The Rotary Club of Santa Rosa is fortunate to have the Mayor of Santa Rosa and Council Member Tom Schwedhelm as our

Mayor Chris Coursey & Council Member Tom Schwedhelm

guests on Wednesday, October 25th.  They will guide us through what we know now and what is being planned to rebuild our city.

Mayor Coursey took office on December 6, 2016. He had served on the Santa Rosa city council prior to his position as mayor. His professional life was spent in journalism, most recently at The Press Democrat. He left that position in 2007 to work on the Sonoma–Marin Area Rail Transit, or SMART train project, and was elected to the city council in 2014.

Council Member Schwedhelm served with the Santa Rosa Police Department from 1983 until his retirement in 2013 as its Chief.  He was then elected to the city council and has been appointed by the mayor to spearhead the massive recovery ahead.

Our president Julia Parranto will then unveil the plan our club will undertake to help raise funds for the recovery.  Rotarians worldwide follow the motto of Service Above Self and now it will be applied as never before in our own backyard.

Wednesday November 1st: Veterans Village – Paula Cook
Wednesday November 8th: Club Is Dark – Veteran’s Program Tomorrow 
Wednesday November 9th: Veteran’s Program 
Wednesday November 15th: Sonoma Chocolatiers – David Gambill


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Rotary 10/18/17

Opening ceremonies

Pledge – Doug Johnson

Reflections – Dave Berman — No worries, Mate!


Giordan Vilamiski, exchange student from Brazil, Nick Gurney, and Casey Carter


Visiting Rotarians

District Governor Elect, Barb Spangler,


Ginny shared that though members lost homes, we suffered no loss of life. For that we are grateful.

Robby’s Raffle

Giordan’s ticket was drawn, but he only got the $10 consolation.

Instant Paul Harris Awards

Kim Murphy won fudge,  Doug Roberts, M&M’s, Sam McM., chocolate chip cookies, Pete Lescure brownies and a bottle, Don McMillan won wine, President Julia won brownies, Dan Shell won cookies, Matt Fannin, wine. Finally, the $1,000 Instant Paul Harris went to Judy Glenn!

Cathy’s A Clown

Cathy, in spite of losing her home still found a way to share with us her usual good humor.

Rotary Means Business Moment

Brandon Urich did a brief Rotary Means Business profile of his insurance business. Casey Carter, who applied for membership announced her services.

 Rotarian of the Month

President Julia acknowledged all the work Matthew Henry has done to earn him the distinction of Rotarian of the Month.


Julia opened the floor to Rotarians to talk about how their feelings and share their experiences of the ongoing fire disaster. Julia then shared her own experience and a conversation and email from a Sacramento Rotary Club who promised a $10,000 donation, but actually raised $22,000! Several Rotarians shared their stories and feelings about the horrific firestorm that struck our community as well as our neighbors in Kenwood, Glenn Ellen, and others.

Thank You First Responders!

Marnie played her role as Francis Ford Coppola and filmed our club members offering a hearty  “thank you!” for our first responders. As we all know, first responders came from all over the country (and Australia, I understand) to help fight the firestorm.  For that, we are all eternally grateful!

Other Business – New Member!

Rotary first lady and studio artist Rose Frances has applied and has been approved for membership in our club. Welcome, Rose!

A Special Message From The Rotary Club of Mwika, Tanzania

At our last meeting we had a minute of silence for those in Santa Rosa and elsewhere in California who tragically lost their lives. We hope and pray that the threat is over.  Our hearts go out to you Jack, your fellow Rotarians and all who have been affected.  May you find hidden inner strength and resilience to pull through and rise like phoenix from the ashes.  Sending you heaps of positive energy from Mount Kilimanjaro, Young

A moment of silence for Santa Rosa

Photo Gallery – Misc Photos



Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Officers

President: Julia Parranto, President Elect: Tony Roehrick, President Elect Nominee: Cathy Vicini, Past President: Jose Guillen, Secretary: Debi Zaft, Treasurer: Cecil G. Humes

President Rotary International

Ian Riseley of the RC of Sandringham, Australia

Governor, District 5130

Bob Rogers, Rotary Club of Sebastopol

Attendance Secretary

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

Board of Directors

Kathleen Archer, Ray Giampaoli, Steve Marburger, Jackie McMillan, Diane Moresi, Laura Held, Peter Holewinski, Steve Baime and Jeff Kolin