Next Meeting is via Zoom – September 9, 2020

Agriculture In The Face Of Pandemic

Mike Martini
General Manager of Taft Street Winery

Agriculture in the face of Pandemic, Social Unrest and Wildfires, Cue the Locusts!! Mike is also donating several bottles of wine that will be given out to those who participate and answer questions. 

–>  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 16, 2020: Daria Timonina, Buck Institute Aging and Covid-19
Wednesday September 23, 2020: Len Gerald & Bob Rogers, RI Annual Fund & Polio Plus

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:

Please note it is only available to view until 9/12/20.

Opening Ceremonies:


Charles Howard-Gibbon


Ann Gospe read a few words of encouragement that she starts Jacob’s school day. “Your brain is a supercomputer, and your self-talk is the program will run it.”

“Words matter and the words that mater most are the ones you say to yourself.” and “Do the one thing you think you cannot do.  Fail at it and try again.  Do better the second time.” “The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire.  This is your moment.  Own it.”


Patricia Allen, Linda Balfe, Susan Gorin

Visiting Rotarians:

Jackie McMillan, Will Haymaker

Sunshine Report: 

Ginny was happy to report all is well with the club members this week.


— Ann Gospe is looking for a new chairperson for the Social Committee.

— Robert Pierce announced that when you sign into our Zoom meetings from now on, we will have a greeter.  No hugs like the good old days, but a friendly face to make sure you know we are glad to have you at the meeting.

— Dan Balfe is looking for a person to take over Youth Exchange since the passing of Larry Miyano.

— President Jeff said that 20 members and guests showed up last Thursday to work bagging carrots and onions at the Redwood Empire Food Bank.  Maybe our Hands-On Committee is also the social committee?  Anyway, DG Doug Johnson wants us to send our Hands-On project phots to him.

— Charlie Howard-Gibbon says the next Hands-On project will be announced soon.

Guest Speaker, Susan Gorin from the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors

The board is looking to reauthorize Measure M that is to expire in 2024.  We have too many transportation issues in the county to risk losing this funding source.

She is chairing Zero Waste Sonoma County which is looking for easier ways for households to get rid of their hazardous waste without having it end up in the landfill.  Also looking for a new place for composting.

The budget was starting to look OK until the Kincaid Fire in October 2019 and now we have Covid-19 and more fires. They have received 150 million from PG&E from the 2017 fires and are researching where it will be spent.  Funny, but FEMA likes working with Sonoma County because we know how to get things done!

She spoke briefly about homelessness; the pending purchases of the Azur Hotel and Sebastopol Inn as well as the controversial Los Guillicos site near Oakmont.

She spoke of what more can be done to alert the population besides Nixle, SoCo Alert and weather radios.  They are working on evacuation plans for all areas of the county.

Covid is another budget buster.  Briefings are held at 9:00 am weekdays.  Transmission is not happening in the workplace.  It is happening at social situations.

The budget hearings start next week.  They are asking all departments to come up with a 10% cut.  Revenue is down in all areas. Plus, they really want to pass a new .25% tax for mental health services in the county.

President Jeff asked about the 18-19 ballot measures and how the county is going to communicate their importance to the voters.  Carolyn Fassi wanted to hear more about evacuation routes for Oakmont.  Bill Rousseau wanted to know more about property taxes.  will they be up or down in the next year?  Susan wanted to talk about split roll for residential vs, commercial.

Larry Miyano Memorial Fund

Mary Myano and her two sons, Michael and Daniel working closely with Rotarians Jeff Kolin, Jeff Gospe and Craig Meltzner have established the Larry Miyano Memorial Scholarship to honor Larry for his many contributions to Rotary, his profession and the community at large. Larry will long be remembered for infectious smile, sense of humor, love of sports, the outdoors as well as his volunteer sprit. Donations to Larry’s scholarship fund can be made by logging on to the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa website (Foundation link) or by sending a check to The Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Foundation, PO Box 1513, Santa Rosa, CA. 95402. Nearly $9,000 has been raised so far toward an endowment goal of $50,000.

Additional Pictures:

(No additional pictures this week)

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. 373 September 2 2020  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Kris Anderson  PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick