Next Meeting is via Zoom – September 23, 2020

RI Annual Fund & Polio Plus

Len Gerald & Bob Rogers

Rotary International Annual Fund

Len Gerald is a member of the Rotary Club of Rancho Cotati. He is the district annual fund chair for 2019 and 2020. His presentation will include a short video about Rotary doing good in the world  and a PowerPoint presentation explaining how and where the donations are used.

District 5130 Polio Plus Society

Bob Rogers is a member of the Rotary Club of Sebastopol. He was District Governor from 2017-2018. He is currently serving as Chair of District 5130’s PolioPlus Committee and as the End Polio Now Zone Coordinator for Zone 27. He will talk about the recent declaration of Africa being declared free of the wild poliovirus, and about the exciting new District 5130 PolioPlus Society, what it is and how to become a member..

–>  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 September 30, 2020: Deputy Fire Chief on fire prevention and power outages

Keep checking back.  New Programs coming soon!


Keep checking back.  New socials coming soon!


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Come see us at: http://rotarymeansbusiness

Watch The Meeting:  Did you miss the meeting?  Here is a link to the recording of last week’s meeting:

Please note it is only available to view until 9/27/20.

Opening Ceremonies

Pledge:  Carolyn Fassi
Reflection:  Ted Wilmsen – “Inner Peace” ……Basically to have inner peace you must be a dog.

Visiting Rotarians:

None!  Susan Nowacki is now a member!  Yeah!

Guests of Rotarians:

Daria Timonina  and Chloe Caviness from the Buck Institute

Sunshine Report:

Steve Olson announced that former member Tim Duncan (1995 – 2005) passed away.  He oversaw the local Red Cross when he was in our club.  Sam McMillan announced that Kris Anderson had a visit to the emergency room last Sunday.  It appears to be Transit Global Amnesia.  Second time this has happened.  (I was told it came on as a major major migraine, but don’t remember much of the day.  MRI and EEG to follow in the next two weeks.  Felt fine on Monday).


Diane Moresi donated because we were having a day with sunshine and clean air. Karen Ball’s daughter got married on the hottest day of the year in Sacramento.  All went well, but the groom did get heat stoke!


The annual district foundation event will not happen this year.  However, if you donate to the foundation or Polio Plus, between July 1st and October 23rd you will get raffle tickets, one for every $20.00 and 6 for $100.00.  Plus, you get foundation points towards your Paul Harris.  Please send your checks to Vickie Hardcastle.  Vickie also announced that the Larry Miyano fund has now exceeded $13,000.  President Jeff, Ted Wilmsen and Cathy Vicini all made pledges on the spot.

Raffle Next Week:

Robert Pierce is donating a Ring Light and a session on how to use it so come ready to bid!

Hands-On Project for September (and quasi social): This Thursday, September 24th from 2:00 to 4:00 at the Redwood Empire Food Bank.


This week’s speaker Daria Timonina from the Buck Institute on Aging

Daria works for the Buck Institute on Aging.  She said that we know with aging our metabolism slows down, we have more inflammation in our bodies and increased molecular damage.  Proteins in our body due all the work which is why animal protein helps us maintain our protein levels as we age.

Covid is less deadly than the Spanish Flu, Ebola, SARS and Smallpox, but is much easier to transmit.  15% of 80+ year olds who get Covid will die.  If they have hypertension, obesity, and/or diabetes they ar 88% more likely to die.

She spoke of cytokine storms in our bodies when inflammation in our bodies.  Our bodies fight the bad germs, but also destroys the good cells.  so, they are doing research to find drugs that will stop the killing of good cells.

They are also looking at repurposing older drugs for new purposes.  She used the example of Rapamycin which is used for kidney disease.  they have found in their trials that it can extend like in some organisms.  You don’t want to take Rapamycin, but they want to be able to take the components that work and make new drugs.

At that point Daria answered club members questions


Of Interest:

PS – Happy birthday to John Brown.  We hope he is having a lovely day in Heaven.

The Rotary Clubs of Santa Rosa are considering a proposal that we chip in to help put the Ruth Asawa Fountain back together in Courthouse Square.  Go to  to read about the history of this fountain.

Additional Pictures:

Governor, District 5130

Doug Johnson


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

Board of Directors

Club Service I, Membership, Michael Moore
Club Service II, Club Meetings, Casey D’Angelo
Club Service III, Fundraising, Ryan Thomas
Club Service IV, Member Activities, Anne Gospe
Club Service V, Information Technology and Records, Brandon Urich
Community Service I, Member Involvement, Rio Ray
Community Service II, Youth, Andrea Geary
Vocational Service, Carolyn Fassi
International Service, Dan Balfe

DIGITAL EDITION No. 375 September 16 2020  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Kris Anderson  PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick