DIGITAL EDITION No. 193  September 21, 2016  EDITOR: Layne Bowen PHOTOGRAPHER: Diane Moresi

Our Program for September 28th:

Chester Santos

How many of us feel our memory is not as sharp as it used to be?  Our speaker on September 28th will amaze us with his abilities and teach us some techniques to improve our own memories.

Known simply as “The International Man of Memory”, Chester Santos has left an impression on all corners of the earth. Through his ability to demonstrate extraordinary feats of the mind, as well as educate others to do the same, this U.S. Memory Champion is widely regarded to be one of the greatest memory experts in the world. His memory talents have been featured in numerous media outlets including the New York TimesWall Street JournalWashington Post,CNNNBCABC and PBS. From recalling a random 100-plus digit sequence in five minutes to naming every U.S. congress person’s state and district number, there’s no memory challenge Chester hasn’t taken on.


** 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 Kathy Swartz – Sgt at Arms, and Rich deLambert and Dan Schell for room set-up and take down.


Wednesday, September 28th: The International Man of Memory

Wednesday, October 5th: Efren Carillo

Wednesday, October 12: Sports Program


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Rotary 9/21/16
Pledge:  Molly and Diane
Mathew Henry. Mathew gave us some things to think about starting with the “Yes -ies” and the No-ies”.


dscn2110French exchange student, LA Bodin and former Belgian exchange student Leo Maistriaux and his brother Arthur attended today’s meeting.

Visiting Rotarians: Tom ??,  Wulff Reinhold, District Governor from the RP/Cotati Club and his wife Paula, also from RP/Cotati.


dscn2102District Governor Wulff Reinhold’s idea of a gift basket to raise money has really taken off. Wulff was presented with a gift basket when visiting a club in the district and came up with the idea of asking each club to give him a basket to auction off at the next club he visited. He thought he might be able to monetize this idea, not for his own gain, but for the Rotary Foundation. He thought he might be able to raise 2 or 3 Thousand (Yankee) dollars, but, so far a whopping $36,000 has been raised. Today, our club was presented a basket from the North Napa Club for auction.  The gift basket containing Napa wine, savory treats, and two tickets to the wine train was raffled.   $2,000 was raised from the sale of raffle tickets. Julia Parranto was the winner and, ironically, the gift basket that will be presented from our club includes a paella dinner for 8 paired with Trecini wine to be held at – Julia’s home!


Ginny Cannon reported that Julia’s nephew in France is getting a heart transplant today.


Cathy told a joke. It went like this…….

Two small county judges both got arrested for speeding on the same day. Rather than call the state Supreme Court for a visiting judge, each agreed to hear the other’s case.

The first judge took the bench while the second stood at the defendant’s table, and admitted his guilt. The sentencing judge immediately suspended both the fine and costs.

They switched places. The second judge admitted that he was speeding, too. Thereupon the first judge immediately fined him $250 and ordered him to pay court costs.

The second judge was furious. “I suspended your fine and costs, but you threw the book at me!” he fumed. The first judge looked at him and replied, “This is the second such case we’ve had in here today. Someone has to get tough about all this speeding!”


NO raffle as we raffled the Napa Valley Gift Basket.


Jeff Gospe introduced LA from Brittany who traded Rotary flags with El Presidente.  Leo was an exchange student from Belgium and was accompanied by his brother Arthur who also was an exchange student in Arkansas.(who got the better end of that deal? 😉 Leo shared that being an exchange student was the single most impactful experience in his life. He also believed that exchange programs help the world to resolve global problems.

Fred Levin shared that the Veterans program will be held November 9th from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Tickets are on sale for $15.00. We have the largest club in the district, so we should have the most people at the 16th Annual Tribute to Our Veterans. Buy a ticket for you, buy a ticket for a veteran! If you’ve never attended this event, you owe it to yourself to go – it’s a very moving tribute to our veterans and fallen heroes. The guest speaker will be Superior Court Judge Gary A. Medvigy and music will be provided by the Elsie Allen Marching Band.

Yale Abrams announced we need more people for the Saturday work day at the Laguna. Tim reminded us to come to the Airshow on Sunday.

Andrea Geary reminded us about the interclub barbecue social at the Living Room on September 30th, starting at 5:30 p.m.  Cost is $10 per person plus a side dish or dessert. Checks should be made payable to the Santa Rosa East Club.

dscn2120Mathew Henry announced the YMCA golf tournament will be on for Friday, October 14th at Windsor Golf Club.


Kim Murphy led in recognizing those Rotarians with September birthdays with gift bags and birthday song.


dscn2128El Presidente and DG Wulff congratulated and presented Paul Harris awards to Diane Moresi, her granddaughter Molly McNeill, and Jackie McMillan’s daughter-in-law Kaitlin McMillan.


Kris Anderson went to Oklahoma to attend her nephew’s wedding.  She forgot the gift for El Presidente in her car.  She gladly paid $25 for Polio Plus.


Marnie introduced District Governor Wulff Reinhold.  He shared his vision to educate, motivate and inspire his fellow dscn2139Rotarians in District 5130. He described the various Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact clubs that are active in our district. As we’ve been reminded in recent years, a big goal for Rotary, like other service clubs is to grow membership. We have been stuck at 1.2 million worldwide for 20 years. He noted that Millennials are not joiners, but they DO like service. He encouraged us to offer new and potential members engagement on the service experience side first, rather than simply having them attend a Rotary meeting.  This approach also increases relevance and value for the millennial generation. DG Wulff also promoted and shared several ideas to promote peace as a virtue. Rotary is uniquely qualified to promote peace locally and throughout the world.  He closed his presentation by encouraging us to attend the District Conference in May 2017 to be held in Lake Tahoe and the RI Convention in Atlanta, June 2017.


dscn2136El Presidente thanked everyone for attending and members for helping out with the various tasks.  He even thanked hotel staff for their help with the lights and projection screen.  He closed with a quote from Pablo Neruda (Argentinian Poet) “If you don’t climb the mountain, you can never enjoy the mountain view”



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