DIGITAL EDITION No. 194  September 28, 2016  EDITOR: Layne Bowen PHOTOGRAPHER: Nicole Le PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick

Our Program for October 5th:

Efrén Carrillo

picture1Nearing the completion of his second term serving the geographically large and economically diverse Fifth District, Supervisor Efren Carrillo will join us on Oct. 5th. Raised in the Roseland area of Santa Rosa and our County’s first Habitat for Humanity home, Efren dedicated his life to public service from a very young age. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 2003 (with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Economics and Policy), interned with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and held key positions with the Sonoma County Economic Development Board, Sonoma County Business Environmental Alliance, Office of Assemblyman Joe Nation, and Redwood Credit Union.

As Supervisor, Efren continued his involvement in water and climate protection issues, helping to bring forward the Sonoma Clean Power Authority, worked on immigration reform, and, always a top priority, spearheaded programs related to making a difference for Sonoma County youth. Among them is the groundbreaking partnership with Sonoma County Office of Education and private donors to launch the Career Technical Educational (CTE) training effort with a CTE fund established at Community Foundation Sonoma County, which builds on the County’s Cradle to Career and Upstream Investment programs.

Supervisor Carrillo will also bring us up to date on the current state of the 5th District and share with us his plans for the future. .


** 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 Doug Johnson, Debi Zaft, Rich deLambert and Dan Schell for room set-up and take down.


Wednesday, October 5th: Efren Carillo
Wednesday, October 12: Sports Program
Wednesday October 20: Sommelier


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Rotary 9/28/16


Richard Lazovick led the Pledge of Allegiance today, but it was recited with full voice by the club members!  No one “took a knee” today.


doug-roberts-invocationDoug Roberts offered a few quotes approved by Colin Kaepernick J.


Richard Lazovick introduced 2 visiting Rotarians from Maine today. They were: retired social worker Sully Sweezey and retired postage stamp dealer Dick Warren. From the Petaluma Valley club came Ciera Pratt, a staffing agency marketing manager.

El Presidente Tavo Guillén offered a Santa Rosa Rotary Club banner to our visiting Rotarians from Maine, but reminded them to mail us back their club’s banner.


Guests today included Mel Konrad, wife of Past President Mark Burchill and Ethan de Seite, a guest of Past President Fred Levin.  El Presidente invited Ethan to be part of our Rotary family.


John Poremba is having surgery for an infected gall bladder and Vickie’s husband, Allan, is nicely recuperating from his knee replacement surgery.


Cathy shared a “stripped down” joke of the day.


tim-delaney-raffle-winnerTim Delaney was the happy winner of $159 Yankee dollars. El Presidente recognized Tim for his hard work at the air show, then relieved him of $100.

El Presidente then recognized those Rotarians who worked on Saturday at the Laguna in the 97 degree heat.


Shari Shamsavari offered an autographed banner from the kids from Guadalajara taking part of the Mariachi Student program that will be visiting Sonoma County in July 2017.  She also fined herself for the club’s gift of Giro Bello tee-shirts for the Mariachi students.  She gave a generous $500 contribution to our Giro Bello program.

Debi Zaft asked for those who purchased raffle tickets for the DG’s gift basket last week with cash to please let her know.  We need to know the member’s name so that we can provide them with a $100 dollar Foundation match.  Debi reminded them that this will be a 4-Way test and to let her know ASAP to finalize our accounting.  The total contribution made was $2,050.

Yale Abrams recognized Marnie for recruiting four young ladies, SRJC International Exchange Students, to help with the Laguna de Santa Rosa hands-on project Saturday.  These young ladies are from Colombia, India, and Pakistan.  He also asked for volunteers to help with another hands-on project this coming Saturday, October 1st from 8:30-Noon at YWCA’s facility, located at 1128 Edwards Ave.  This will be part of the club’s community grant helping them build a sensory and peace garden at their domestic violence shelter center.

Vicky Hardcastle announced the upcoming Foundation Dinner South, celebrating 100 years.  It will be held on Saturday, October 15th from 6-11, here at the Flamingo Hotel.

Andrea Geary made a final announcement for the Sept. 30th Inter Club barbecue/pot luck social at The Living Room sponsored by the East Club.  RSVP to Andrea and $10 + a side dish in advance please.

Doug Johnson reminded us to be at the Gran Fondo Monte Rio rest stop this Saturday. Be there at 6:45AM ready to work and have some fun!

Mathew Henry again announced that spaces are still available for golfers in the “Heroes For Y Kids Charity Golf Tournament” to be held at Windsor Gold Club on Friday, October 14th.

Matt Fannin followed by asking for at least four more volunteers to help serve Lagunitas beer at this YMCA golf tournament event.  A total of 6 volunteers are needed.  Two volunteers will be needed per shift, 11:45-1:45; 1:45-3:45; and 3:45-5:45.  Volunteers will be compensated with free beer, but don’t consume too much while serving.

Bill Rousseau announced Oct. 26th will be at St. Rose.  It will be a council candidate’s forum with Bill moderating. Bill promised to be at least as good as Lester Holt!

Elizabeth Karbousky reminded everyone of the upcoming meat auction to be held October 6th at Diane Moresi’s house.


pres-jose-with-trumpLayne Bowen was recognized for a vacation in the southeast US. He bribed El Presidente with pralines and coffee from Savannah and a fresh, hand rolled cigar from Charleston.

Steve Marburger shared his trip to Mexico and a piñata in the likeness of Donald Trump that he brought for El Presidente.

Matt Fannin was recognized for his new adopted daughter. Congratulations, Matt and Michelle!

Vicky Hardcastle told us about her special vacation to Kona with girlfriends.

Jack Atkin was recognized for his 3 week vacation in Switzerland.


After the usual Rotary technical difficulties, El Presidente shared a video about how to attract millennials. The video contained a very humorous song about Millennials sung to the tune of the Lennon/McCartney song Obla Di, Obla da.


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?


speaker-chester-santosChester Santos, U.S. Memory champion and international speaker joined us today. Chester demonstrated his memory right from the jump by reciting back the names of at least a couple dozen Rotarians he only met today. Amazing! Chester shared some memory training techniques with our club and noted that we all have the ability to greatly improve our memory. Turning each name into a memorable image and using more senses makes it easier to remember names. These techniques recruit extra areas of the brain to help improve memory and memory retention.

The highlight of the presentation was when he got the whole club to remember 15 random unrelated words in about 3 minutes. Those words were:

Monkey, iron, rope, kite, house, paper, shoe, worm, envelope, pencil, river, rock, tree, cheese, dollar.

We had 10 members sign up for his memory workshop. With 20, including the other local Rotary clubs, he will come to the North Bay.  

This was a very entertaining, informative, and memorable program.


El Presidente Tavo Guillén presented the customary 4-way test mouse pad to Chester Santos, but had a hard time reciting them from memory.  He thanked every helper for making this another successful and fun meeting.

He closed the meeting with a quote from Rita Mae Brown, “One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.”



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