DIGITAL EDITION   No. 100   October 29, 2014     EDITOR: Layne Bowen  PHOTOGRAPHER: 

Club is dark Wednesday, November 5th


11:30am to 1:30pm
Veteran’s Memorial Building
Santa Rosa, CA


Wednesday, November 12th: Rotary Foundation
Wednesday, November 19th: Club Assembly
Wednesday, November 26th: Club is dark


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President Mark opened the meeting (after dragging a few of us out of the bar where the Giants were playing the Royals). He was only able to do this by streaming the game onto the big screen in the ballroom where our club meets. Mark noted that in scheduling the evening meeting, he could not have anticipated that our San Francisco Giants would be playing game 7 this very night. As a result, knowing the turnout would be low, he postponed the Murder Mystery that had been scheduled for another time. Since the game was what everyone was thinking about, the “official” portion of the meeting was likely the shortest on record, coming in at 6 minutes and 42 seconds!

The Pledge was led by, well pretty much everyone (all 30 of us!)


Eunice Valentine, aware of the theme for the evening (baseball), shared a few famous and very humorous Yogi Berra quotes.


There were a few guests present including first Rotary lady Mel Konrad, Rick Allen’s wife Patricia. In addition, Julia Parranto’s wife Rose and daughters were also in attendance.

There were no visiting Rotarians at today’s meeting


Knick Knickerbocker noted that our club was still lagging in ticket sales for next Thursday’s Veterans Program at the Vet’s Building. Julia Parranto  stepped up and purchased 20 tickets. A number of others also purchased 1 to 10 tickets, some to donate to veterans who might not otherwise be able to afford to attend. Thanks Rotarians!!


As mentioned before, President Mark streamed the game through his computer onto the big screen. At one point, Mark’s computer had a meltdown and Pete Lescure saved the day by replacing it with his computer, which he quickly fetched from his car.

Those in attendance enjoyed a fine prime rib dinner and conversation while at the same time cheering on YOUR SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS!


When the inter-club Bocce Tournament was canceled due to rain, eight stalwart Santa Rosa Rotarians decided to carry on with our own intra-club challenge. There were two teams: The Bocce Buccaneers (Karen Ball, Bart Eddy, MeL Konrad and “Capo” President Mark) stood against the Red Express (Troy Aldrich [1st game] Dennis Ball [2nd game], Bob Sorensen, John Poremda, and “Capo” Rich deLambert.) They all met on a sunny Sunday, on the Bocce Courts at DeMeo Park in the quiet West End Neighborhood, near Railroad Square.

Pallinos and Bocce balls were rolled, wine was poured, snacks were consumed, and more Bocce balls were rolled. Did I mention that wine was poured? Perhaps that had something to do with the scoring, as the wine did not last for both games. While the Bocce Buccaneers held on right to the end of the first game with a narrow 11-10 loss, the Red Express charged ahead in the second game, blowing out the Bocce Buccaneers 11-4.

Nevertheless, a good time was had by all, and the Bocce Buccaneers will be making a contribution to the local Foundation’s John Brown fund to honor their side bet.

There was talk of trying to schedule a regular Bocce game for Santa Rosa Rotary Club members and friends. If you are interested, contact Rich deLambert or President Mark.

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President Mark, Mel Konrad, Karen Bell, Bart Eddy

President Mark, MeL Konrad, Karen Bell, Bart Eddy

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Dennis Ball, Bob Sorensen, Rich deLambert, John Poremba

Dennis Ball, Bob Sorensen, Rich deLambert, John Poremba


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Bart Eddy shows fine form.  Never spilled a drop!

Bart Eddy shows fine form. Never spilled a drop!

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Using a rake as a sophisticated measuring tool!

Using a rake as a sophisticated measuring tool!


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MeL tries for a key point

MeL tries for a key point

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Mark takes aim on the pallino

Mark takes aim on the pallino



Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Officers

President: Mark Burchill, President Elect: Jose Guillen, President Elect Nominee: Doug Johnson, Past President: Peggy Soberanis, Secretary: Jack Abercrombie, Treasurer: Cecil G. Humes, Sergeant at Arms: Jack Geary

President Rotary International

Gary C.K. Huang, member of the Rotary Club of Taipei, Taiwan

Governor, District 5130

Kevin Eisenberg, member of the Rotary Club of Calistoga

Attendance Secretary

Jack Abercrombie P.O. Box 505 Santa Rosa, CA 95402 707-538-4770

Board of Directors

Karen Ball, Tim Delaney, Debra Dorfman, Tim Fawcett, Bill Hatcher, John McHugh, Jack Tolin, Cathy Vicini