Next meeting
Wednesday September 21, 2022

Farm to Pantry

Duskie Estes

Farm to Pantry is committed to rescuing food that would otherwise go wasted and getting it to people in need. The food is out there; all we have to do is go get it. No one should be left behind.

Celebrity chef Duskie Estes has come full circle as a food access advocate in her new role at Farm to Pantry, gleaning food and feeding the hungry in her community.


PLEASE NOTE: In-Person & Zoom meetings returned!  Please register.

–> Debi Zaft will email you the link for online, once you have paid.  Use this link to payCLICK HERE!

Wednesday September 28: Our Inbound Rotary Exchange Students
Wednesday October 5: Sonoma County Fairgrounds and Event Center
Wednesday October 12: Author Jeane Sloan – Her WWII Historical Novel

Click here for the current calendar (Subject to updates).


Redwood Empire Food Bank – The next workday at the Redwood Empire Food Bank will be – Wednesday September 14, 5:00 to 7:00pm
Youth AG & Leadership – 18th Annual BBQ Fundraiser – Saturday September 24th, 3:30 – 7:30 pm (Click here for flyer)
Celebrating the life of Larry MiyanoSunday October 9, 2022, 2pm (Click here for more flyer with more details)
Save The Date – Annual Meat Auction – October 15, 2022 (Click here for flyer with details)
Foundation Oktoberfest Celebration – Saturday October 8, 2022  (Click here for flyer with details)
Free Dental Care – Wednesday October 12th (Click here for flyer with details)
It’s All About Grants, Foundation Raffle – Drawing October 15, 2022 (Click here for flyer with details)

Youth AG & Leadership   Celebrating the life of Larry Miyano

Keep checking back.  New socials coming soon!

Rotary Announcements

1. 9/29/2022: Sonoma County Association of Rotary Clubs (SCARC) is at The Union Hotel Restaurant, 280 Mission Blvd, Santa Rosa at 6:00PM. This month’s topic is “In Search of the Perfect Hybrid Meeting.” The cost is $50.00. email to make a reservation. Please note that these meetings are monthly and the location rotates throughout the county. Usually on the last Thursday of the month and are open to all Rotarians. It is a good way to meet members from other clubs.

2. 10/01/2022: There is a Rotary work party in the area of the ancient redwoods at Jack London State Park. They will be clearing pear and apple orchards. The meeting place is at the Eldridge Fire Station. They will leave the parking lot promptly at 8:30 and caravanning to the work site. They expect to be done by noon. Wear long pants, boots and wear protective eyewear; ear plugs if you have them. Garden gloves and hats too. If you have a string type weed wacker, please bring. Go to Signup Genius to sign up.

3. 10/2/2022: Larry Miyano’s celebration of life at Sally Tomatoes at 2:00. See the flyer at the meeting for details 4. 10/4/2022: The monthly board meeting is at 4:00 on Zoom. Members may attend the first part of the meeting for public comment.

5. 10/8/2022: Foundation BBQ south at Wulff and Paula Reinhold’s home. It is an OKtoberfest theme and they are encouraging costumes. The cost is $50.00. You should have received an email on 12:35pm Sunday, September 11th with the registration information. The Reinhold’s address is 1200 Oak Springs Ln, Santa Rosa (it is way out in the boonies).

6. 10/15/2022: The meat auction will be on this date at the Gospe’s home. This is a good event to invite your friends to participate. Details are to follow;

7. 10/16/2022: Former DG Bruce Campbell’s Celebration of Life will be at Sally Tomato’s at 1:00pm

8. 10/12/2022: Free Dental Care for active military, veterans and/or their families at the Petaluma Dental Group, 1301 Southpoint Blvd., Petaluma. Email to set up an appointment.

9. 10/12/2022: The next work day at the Redwood Empire Food Bank is from 5:00 – 7:00pm. Please note that all the bagging is now done inside the warehouse. It is always the second Wednesday of the month. 10. April 4 – 6, 2023: District Conference will be at the renovated Konocti Harbor Resort

11. May 27 – 31, 2023: The Rotary International Convention will be in Melbourne, Australia. You can sign up now and book you room(s). This will be RI President Jennifer Jones’ convention so it should be epic as the first woman RI president.


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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 for recording
Please note it is only available to view until: 9/25/22

Opening Ceremonies

Charles Howard-Gibbon led the Opening Ceremonies.  The reflection was the following quote:

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” (Albert Einstein)

Visiting Rotarians

District 5130 Lieutenant Governor Marilyn Liar from the Santa Rosa East/West Club

District Governor Jennifer Strong, today’s guest speaker.


Marcel EuTu, a former Rotarian from Firebaugh, is considering membership in our club.

Robin Yonash has applied for membership in our club.


Robert Pierce and Craig Meltzner are feeling much better and said hello from Zoom today.

Secret Greeter

Today’s secret greeter Rotarian Ann Goespe identified Timothy Faucet as the first Rotarian to say “hello” to her before the meeting.


Saying hello from Zoom today was Jeff Kolin, Karen Ball, Rick Allen, Robert Pierce, and Diane Moresi


Julia Parranto asked District 5130, Governor Jennifer Strong, to pull the ticket for today’s raffle. Susan Nowak won the opportunity to draw. Unfortunately, she did not select the winning marble but was awarded $10 consolation prize as a token of appreciation for participating.


DG Jennifer Strong  – “Not Your Usual District Governor Visit”

Today’s program was given by District 5130 Governor Jennifer Strong, with an introduction by District 5130 Lieutenant Governor, Marilyn Liar, District Governor Jennifer began her Rotary career in 1987 as the Lakeport High School Student Rotarian and first female. She joined the Lakeport Rotary Club in 1998 as a new financial planner starting her own business.

Highlights from the program included the following points:

  • Time is something that once you spend it you are never going to get it back.
  • Ask yourself why you spend your time in Rotary.
  • DG Jennifer believes that the Rotary International motto “Service Above Self” should be “Service Feeds Self”.
  • The magic in being a Rotarian is fellowship, service, and individual stories that create a connection.
  • DG Jennifer invited Rotarian Julia Parranto to share her reasons for joining Rotary and when it was in her career that she understood the “why”. Julia commented that it was committee work and a service project with fellow Rotarians she didn’t know well, but most importantly it was her experience with the high school students in NewGen Peacebuilders.
  • Jennifer then shared her own story which she considers the moment she truly understood the “why”. Following the Valley Fire in Lake County as the then club president, she thought maybe the club could raise $50,000 for fire victims which they did in just three days. At the same time, just two weeks after the fire, as the ride director for their annual charity cycling event, she decided to move forward and hold the ride. As a result, not only was the club able to raise funds but also get 250 bikes and helmets donated for the children in the community. In addition, the cyclists helped put names on all the bikes and helmets, and personally presented them to the children at the culminating BBQ following the ride. Following the event, a quiet thank you to Jennifer from a very young recipient became DG Jennifer’s “magic” moment when she understood “why” she was a Rotarian.
  • DG Jennifer then asked those present at our meeting and on Zoom, to share their magic moment.
  • She reminded everyone to share their stories in the community and to remember the power of Rotary. The connections we make with one another and with the community are the “magic” of Rotary.
  • “Rotary takes ordinary men and women and presents us with extraordinary opportunities to do more with our lives than we would ever do by ourselves.” (Rotary International Past President Sir Clem Renouf)

Rotarian of the Month – August

District Governor Jennifer Jones presented Past President Julia Parranto with this well-deserved honor.

District 5130 Traveling Basket

Following tradition, District Governor Jennifer Jones presented a Traveling Basket to be auctioned. It arrived this year from the Healdsburg Sunrise Rotary Club and was auctioned by Rotary Club of Santa Rosa’s auctioneer-of-the-day, Ray Giampoli.

The very generous winning bid went to Rotarian Pete Lescure for $1,200. Thank you, Pete!

Program Slides

No Program Slides This week

NEW – Obie’s Adventures

Obie was resting this past week.

Club Job Openings:

Still need a few bulletin writers. Need a person on the board for Vocational Service Recognition

Additional Pictures:

(Click on image to view additional meeting pictures)

Governor, District 5130

Jennifer Strong


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

Board of Directors

Kris Anderson – President
Ann Gospe – President Elect
Casey D’Angelo – President Elect Nominee
Ray Giampaoli – Past President
Debi Zaft – Secretary
Karen Ball – Treasurer
Julia Parranto – Club Service- Membership
Andrea Geary – Club Service – Club Meetings
Matthew Henry – Club Service – Fund Raising
Charlie Howard-Gibbons – Club Services – Member Activities
Pete Lescure – Club Service – Records and Outreach
Casey Carter – Member Involvement
Mary Graves Community – Service – Youth
Position open – Vocational Service
Scott Bartley – International Service
Paul Hamilton – Foundation Representative

DIGITAL EDITION No. 472 September 14, 2022  EDITOR: Diane Moresi PHOTOGRAPHER: Jeff Gospe PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick