Next Meeting is Hybrid
Wednesday October 13, 2021

Highlights Of  Sonoma County’s District Attorney

DA Jill Ravitch

D.A. Jill Ravitch will present a program highlighting her achievements during her tenure as Sonoma County’s District Attorney.   She will provide an update on the DA’s office and how they have been able to continue to operate in the face of natural disasters ranging from wildfires to covid.   Also, because it’s Domestic Violence awareness month the covid pandemic has caused numbers of violence to rise and how her office is addressing that.    And she may talk about the fact “the electorate sent a strong message to the bully”.

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


In-Person / Hybrid Meeting details:
All meetings are in-person and online meetings. In-person meetings will be located at the Epicenter Sports Center located at 3215 Coffey Lane, Santa Rosa, CA.  Use the first door, closest to Piner Road. There will be greeters at the door to guide you.

–> Please note that you NEED TO MAKE A RESERVATION IN ADVANCE so we have a proper count.  Payments received by Saturday will be considered for the upcoming meeting.  Payments after that will be for the following meeting.
–> Debi Zaft will email you the link for online, once you have paid.  Use this link for details and to pay.  CLICK HERE!

Wednesday October 13: (tba)
Wednesday October 20: (tba)
Wednesday October 27: (tba)

Keep checking back.  New Programs coming soon!


Ann would love more people on the social committee and someone to be in charge.
See Ann if you are willing to help.

Keep checking back.  New socials coming soon!


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Watch The Meeting:  Did you miss the meeting?  Here is a link to the recording of last week’s meeting:
(Click Here)
Please note it is only available to view until 10/17/21

Opening Ceremonies:

Former President Jose Guillen filled in for President Ray who is on vacation in Cabo San Lucas.

This month Dan Balfe is leading us in the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance, The Four-Way Test and doing the Reflection. Today’s Refection was on the life of Paul Harris and the beginnings of Rotary.

Visiting Rotarians:

Hap Culp from the Santa Rosa East-West Club


Jayne Burns, Barbara Idhe and Jeff Gillman

Sunshine Report:

No news is good news!


Started over today with 10 marbles and a pot of $14.00. Keven Brown’s ticket was pulled but he did not pull out the correct marble.



Nobody wanted to be recognized today. They must be waiting until President Ray gets back. However, we all cannot wait until Doug Johnson comes so that we can recognize him for his engagement to Rebecca Southwick!

October Birthdays:

Kris Anderson, Dan Bornstein, Tim Fawcett, Ann Gospe, Jose Guillen, Nicole Le, John Poremba, Rio Ray (technically he is still a member), and Shari Shamsavari. Not all of them were here, but we wish them the best anyway. Keven Brown brought them jigsaw puzzles from Corrick’s.


Jose Guillen gave us an update on Dalia Tiniguar, a student who is part of the Amigos de Guatemala program that our club supports through World Community Service. It costs $400 a year to support junior high kids and $800 for high school kids. Guatemala has a 72% dropout rate due to the poverty. Any child we can keep in school is a win.

Jose also gave a report on Shelter Box. World Community Service has donated $3000. Shelter Box people are now in Haiti since their major earthquake to provide shelter to the Haitians without a home.

Charlie Howard-Gibbon reminded us that our first of 3 workdays at the Redwood Empire Food Bank is tonight, 5:00 – 7:00. We will also be working the first Wednesday in November and December.

Henry “Hap” Culp was here to announce the tree replanting project for Sugarloaf Park. Two days are tentatively planned: October 16 and October 30, depending on rain. Volunteers will meet at the Sugarloaf parking lot at 9:00am and the work will last about 6 hours. They plan to plant 200 trees and 200 acorns each of those days. Bring your own water and lunch. All the tools will be provided but bring your own gloves. He needs about 20 volunteers both days.

Ann Gospe announced the club’s Octoberfest is on for October 30th (so you may want to do the Sugarloaf work on the 16th). It will be at her and Jeff’s home. Planning is in the works, but it is going to be fun! Volunteers are welcomed to help.

Today’s guest speaker is Jayne Burns from ArtStart

Jayne is the president of ArtStart and she brought with her Barbara Ihde who is the vice president and grant writer. They have a new warehouse on Standish Avenue were all the magic is done. They do public art:  murals, mosaics, painting etc. You have seen the benches they have painted and curb art; not to mention the fishes that are painted on manhole covers to remind us to protect our many creeks.

They have programs running every other month. Kids and adults who do not even have artistic talent can, and do, participate. They have professional artists leading the projects and teaching. Their landlord is Recology. They have allowed ArtStart to paint their buildings with wildflowers. ArtStart can be commissioned to do work. They just finished a mural for Elsie Allen High School last week. They do address posts. For a project at Rincon Valley Charter School, they have individual students paint feathers on poly-tab and then put them all together for wings. The teens do get paid for their work.

Art Start Slides (Click on the image):

(Click above image to view slides)


Jayne Burns was thanked for her passionate and engaging presentation.

Jose thanks all those in service who helped make this meeting possible and closed with Pablo Picasso’s quote, “Every child is an artist. the problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

Additional Pictures:

Governor, District 5130

Dustin Littlefield


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

Board of Directors

President Elect, Kris Anderson
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
Club Director, Casey Carter
Community Service I, Member Involvement, Rio Ray
Community Service II, Youth, Andrea Geary
Vocational Service, Carolyn Fassi
International Service, Dan Balfe

DIGITAL EDITION No. 428 October 6, 2021  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Jeff Gospe PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick