DIGITAL EDITION No. 188  August 31, 2016  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Kris Anderson

Our Program for September 21st:


district-governor-cowboy-wulffHowdy Partners!
I am honored to serve as your District Governor for the 2016-2017 Rotary year!  Paula and I truly look forward to meeting you all during my club visit on September 21st and hearing of all the great things you do to make your communities and this world a better place.

I will also be sharing with you how Rotary’s leaders have adjusted traditional guidelines to allow clubs and their members more flexibility and more opportunity, as we continue to follow our Rotary International President John Germ’s theme this year, Rotary Serving Humanity.

See y’all on the trail!
Warmest regards,
Wulff A. Reinhold


** The Sgt at Arms committee needs help with set up and take down while Jack Geary recovers.  Secretary Zaft will distribute a sign-up sheet on Wednesday.  Please consider volunteering for either one of these duties. **

* Many thanks to 

Steve Marburger, Shari  Shamsavari and Andrea Geary for room set-up and Steve Marburger, Rich DeLambert and Dan Schell for room take down.


Wednesday, September 21st: District Governor Wulff A. Reinhold
Wednesday, September 28th: The International Man of Memory
Wednesday, October 5th: Efren Carillo
Wednesday, October 12: Sports Program


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Pledge:  Steve Olson
Invocation:  Cathy Vicini


Guests:  Patricia Schaefer, Holly Urquhart, Luz Hernandez


Dan Erickson (Healdsburg), Henry Alker, Peg Rogers, Bob Rogers (Sebastopol), and Merle Hayes (Santa Rosa Sunrise)


Sam McMillan just has outpatient surgery for an ulcer


$141.00 in the pot.  Ray Giampaoli had the right ticket, but did not pull the right robby-fouts-and-ray-giampaoli-2marble.  Only 3 marbles left?


09/15/2016:  Rotary Means Business at Franchetti’s Kitchen 5:30 – 7:30
09/21/2016:  District Governor Wulff Reinhold will be our guest speaker.  Please come and stay for the whole meeting!
09/24/2016:Chip Rawson still needs volunteers to paint at the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation. If you can help, please let him know. Work starts at 9:00 and will end sooner if you are there to help.
09/30/2016:  Inter-Rotary social at the Living Room.  The cost is $10.00 plus a side dish to attend.  See Andrea Geary to sign up, IN ADVANCE, and pay her. Checks made out to Santa Rosa East Club.  It is going to be a BBQ!
10/01/2016:  Need volunteers for the Monte Rio rest stop for the Grand Fondo.  See Doug Johnson to sign up.  They start at 6:45 am and are done by 11:30 at the latest.
chip-rawson-painting-demo10/07/2016:  Club social at Diane Moresi’s house.  We’ll be auctioning the lamb and pork from the animals we purchased at the County Fair.
10/14/2016:  It is the YMCA Golf Tournament.  Doug Johnson says he needs help with the beer station. 6 people are needed for two three hour shifts.  Nothing was said about free beer…..
10/15/2106:  The Rotary Foundation Dinner south at the Flamingo.  You should have received an email to sign up.  $70.00 per person.  Reception at 5:30, Dinner at 6:30. Vickie Hardcastle for details.
10/19/2016:  12th annual Best Practices Awards Breakfast at the Flamingo 7:30 to 9:30 am

11/09/2016:Paul Hamilton and Fred Levin are selling tickets for the Veteran’s Day luncheon.  $15.00 and we suggest that you buy 2, one for you and one for a veteran.  11:30 to 1:30 (but I suggest you be there 11:00 – 11:15 to get a seat). Sponsorships are available.


The Cardinal Newman Roteract Club needs at least one more volunteer to be a guide for their meetings.  You will only need to attend once a month at Wednesday lunch.  See Ray Giampaoli for details.


Otherwise known as 12th Annual Employers Best Practices Awards Breakfast, presented by the Sonoma County Mayors’ Committee on the Employment of People with DisabilitiesSanta Rosa Rotary provides the award trophies; DSLC provides administrative support; and the Department of Rehabilitation provides organization support; The Breakfast is Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 7:30 am to 9:30 am, at the Flamingo Hotel, Santa Rosa, CA.  

Rotarians can pay $40.00 registration for the breakfast at


matthew-henry-1Now this was a craft talk!  He definitely raised the bar on how to do it.  I can truly say that I feel like Matthew is an old friend, not a new friend J  Matthew (don’t call me Matt) was born in 1981 into a biracial family.  He has one brother, Ben.  His dad was a firefighter who sadly died when Matthew was 6 years old in a car accident.  Mom moved the family to Santa Cruz two years later so that she could attend UC Santa Cruz.  This was Matthew’s first experience, at age 8, of college life.  He was treated as the dorm mascot!   Matthew was a track start and graduated high school in 1989.  He went to Columbia University on a track scholarship.  He went on the get an advance degree at John F Kennedy University in sport psychology.  His first job was at MACSA Youth Center in San Jose as the sports matthew-henry-2coordinator.  This is where he learned about gang issues.  Matthew met his wife online in 1997.  She was in Colorado and a track star herself! They married and moved to San Diego where Matthew started his career with the YMCA.  Somewhere in all this they had a set of twins and then another boy.  The kids are now 11,11,and 5.  At his position at the Pomona YMCA he became a Rotarian.  He was their youth chair.  He now lives in Windsor (ask him about the squatter that came with the purchase of his house!).  He coaches baseball and loves being a dad, especially since he lost his dad so young.


Patricia Shafer:  a look back at New Gen 2016 and what is ahead for 2017

img_0546We started the day with 20 -25 people (our club, other clubs and educators from Montgomery High School) discussing about last year and the issues around Human Rights.  What is your favorite song about peace?

There are about 400 certified university level peace programs in the world.  Our NewGen program is the only one of its kind in that we combined several schools on the high school level.   Next year there will be NewGen programs in Bolivia, Washington DC, Bangkok, North Carolina, Columbia and Argentina.  We will be sending Doug Johnson to Argentina with the help of a global grant to help them get started.

Holly Urquhart and Luz Hernandez spoke of their experiences in the 2016 program where they started Foster the Future.  The program was to befriend foster kids in the 8-12 year old range and do some activities with them.  Last spring they took the kids out to Armstrong Woods for the day.  They went hiking, played games and had a BBQ.

casey-dangelo-and-patricia-shaferCasey D’Angelo will be the NewGen Coordinator for this next year.  He is looking for volunteers to be mentors.  There will be 5 days of workshops, January 27 &28, March 3 &4, and April 22.  As a mentor you will guide the students, not teach.  Other volunteers will be needed to coordinate food and beverages for the days.



“When words are both true and kind they can change the world.”  Buddha.









Thank you to Carolyn Fassi for the overview of the story in the September Rotarian magazine on Minda Dentler. Very interesting read beginning on page 48.  To be eligible for the magazine drawing, answer the following question:  After Rotary eradicates polio, where should it put its attention next according to Minda?


Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Officers

President: Jose Guillen, President Elect: Julia Parranto, President Elect Nominee: Tony Roehrick, Past President: Doug Johnson, Secretary: Debi Zaft, Treasurer: Cecil G. Humes, Sergeant at Arms: Jack Geary

President Rotary International

John F. Germ, member of the Rotary Club Of Chattanooga, Tennessee

Governor, District 5130

Wulff A. Reinhold, Sr. member of the Rotary Club of Rohnert Park – Cotati

Attendance Secretary

Debi Zaft P.O. Box 505 Santa Rosa, CA 95402 707-538-4770

Board of Directors

Kathleen Archer, Jack Atkin, Gesine Franchetti, Ray Giampaoli, Will Haymaker, Elizabeth Karbousky, Steve Marburger, Jackie McMillan, Diane Moresi