Next Meeting is via Zoom – October 14, 2020


Casey Williams

(Details to follow) 

–>  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 21, 2020: Sonoma County Winegrowers
Wednesday October 28, 2020: North Coast Builders

Keep checking back.  New Programs coming soon!


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:
(no recording this week)

Please note it is only available to view until n/a.

Opening Ceremonies:

Pledge:  Nona Lucas
Reflection:  Jeff Kolin read Robert Frost’s Poem “The Road Not Taken”
Visiting Rotarians:  Will Haymaker
Guests: Kirstyne Lange

Sunshine Report:

Doug Chase’s home escaped the Glass Fire.  As previously stated, Norm and Bev Owen’s home did not.  Hands-On committee checking to see if Norm and Bev would like assistance going through the debris to see if anything is salvageable.  They are staying at the Extended Stay of America while they sort out their options.  Ted and Deanie Wilmsen are assisting them.  Bill Pedersen broke his hip and is home recuperating.  Kris Anderson’s EEG revealed some damage to her left temporal lobe (God only knows where that came from!).  She must take some medicine to prevent future brain farts.

Paul Harris Presentations:

Dan Balfe recognized Jeff Gospe for plus 3 (and one for Kristien Gospe), Diane Moresi for plus 1 (and one for Emerson Jean), Jeff Kolin for Plus 3 and one for Wesley Farrell. Craig Meltzner for plus 4, Kris Anderson for plus 2.  Vickie Hardcastle reminded us all to get our checks in the annual fund/Paul Harris by October 23rd because you will get 1 raffle ticket for every $20.00 you donate.  Send your checks to her at 4727 Hillsboro Circle, Santa Rosa, CA 95405.  She also announced that the Larry Miyano Fund is now up to $17,400.

Hands-On Project: 

Thursday, October 29th we will be out at the Redwood Empire Food Bank working from 2:00 to 4:00.  Put it on your calendar to be there.  A sign-up link will be available soon form the Food Bank.


Jeff Kolin announced that the District Disaster Fund is up and running again.  You can mail your check(s) to Rotary District 5130, Attention: Asleigh Diehl, District Treasurer, 1315 fourth Street, Eureka, CA 95501

Casey Carter says that the Yeti Restaurant will give Rotarians a 5% discount on take out or dine in if you mention her name.  Two locations:  Santa Rosa and Glen Ellen

Wild Game Auction:

The bidding was robust, and we had lots of bidding.  Ultimately Craig Meltzner, Dan Balfe paid $250 for 2 seats, Jeff Kolin paid and Pete Lescure $500 for 4 seats.  Pete later agreed to reduce his seats to two in order accommodate Ann and Jeff Gospe.  President Jeff will host the dinner with food prepared by President Elect Ray Giampaoli.

Today’s Speaker is Kirstyne Lange from NAACP

Rubin Scott was unable to attend so Kirstyne filled in for him.  In a nutshell Kirstyne said we must talk to each other, “have a conversation” she frequently said.  The NAACP is stressing Conversation, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.  She wants to be able to go to the grocery store without fear.  Talk to a black person, talk to your family about race.  How diverse is your playlist? Does your group have a welcoming culture?  Diversity cannot be forced.  It must be natural.  Maybe Rotary can partner with the NAACP on a hands-on project?  It is not easy, but it must start somewhere.

President Jeff shared some books he has read in his book club: “The New Jim Crow,” “Caste.” “Conversation in Black.” “White Privilege” and “How to be an Anti-Racist.”   He also recommends Trever Noah’s podcast.

Tim Delaney said he sat down and asked two of his black friends to tell him about their upbringing.  He said it was very informative.  Ann Gospe spoke of a friend who was followed around a store and searched.  It was humiliating.  Robert Pierce has two grandkids of mixed race and spoke of the issues they deal within their schools.  Many times, the teachers don’t know what to say, or do, when a child says or does something that is racist.  If you see something, say something, but in a productive way.  Always remind kids that they are smart and special.


— Virtual District Conference – October 24 – Register Now – Look for an email to you from Valarie Hulsey

— District 5130 Virtual Leadership Academy is also accepting applications for this year’s class.  Visit the District 5130 Website or contact District Governor Doug Johnson.  Deadline to apply is October 15 and it is free!

— Zone 2627 Institute November 12-14 will also be free this year and is open to any Rotarian to attend.   Go to the Zone 2627 website to register.

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. 378 October 7, 2020  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Kris Anderson  PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick