No. 145       Septrember 30, 2015        EDITOR: Layne Bowen       PHOTOGRAPHER: Diane Moresi

Our Program for October 7th:



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Wednesday, October 14th: Windows 10
Wednesday, October 21st: TEDx Sonoma County 2015
Wednesady, October 28th: New Gen Peacebuilders


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Presiding: President Doug asked Blaine Goodwin to step forward and lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Kathy Schwartz then gave the invocation, quoting verses credited to Mother Teresa frequently called, “Do it Anyway”. The verses are printed on a wall in Mother Teresa’s home for Children in Calcutta. The verses seem to be based, according to The Prayer Foundation, on an original work by Dr. Kent M. Keith called The Paradoxical Commandments.


Kim Graves announced the visiting Rotarians today

Kim Graves announced the visiting Rotarians today


We were honored today to have as a visiting Rotarian Razia Jan, our guest speaker and founder of Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation from Duxbury, Mass.


Guests today included former club member Argo Thompson, Kathleen Morgan, Annie McNeany, Roni Brown, Chris Ochoa and Loretta Emmons. Also in attendance was guest documentary filmmaker Beth Murphy.


It appears to be a sunny day in Rotary Club of Santa Rosa.


Late one night a burglar broke into a house and while he was sneaking around he heard a voice say, “Jesus is watching you.” He looked around and saw nothing. He kept on creeping and again heard, “Jesus is watching you.” In a dark corner, he saw a cage with a parrot inside. The burglar asked the parrot, “Was it you who said Jesus is watching me” The parrot replied, “Yes.” Relieved, the burglar asked, “What is your name?” The parrot said, “Clarence.” The burglar said, “That’s a stupid name for a parrot. What idiot named you Clarence?” The parrot answered, “The same idiot that named the Rottweiler Jesus.”

Karen Ball held the raffle number. Craig Meltzner gives the lengthy directions of what occurs next

Karen Ball held the raffle number. Craig Meltzner gives the lengthy directions of what occurs next


Karen Ball tried unsuccessfully to win over $300 in today’s raffle, but she did walk away with an extra $10, so she’s only down $14 for the day after buying lunch and her raffle tix!


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  • President Doug – Reminded everyone that this evening, September 30th is the Razia program at 5:30 – 7:30. A couple more volunteers for bar tending duty were needed. Layne Bowen and Robert Pierce, recognizing the opportunity to pour themselves free beer and wine jumped up to volunteer (not realizing that all drinks were free at the event anyway…..)
  • The Gran Fondo is this Saturday! In a reciprocal agreement with the SR Cycling Club, our club sends volunteers to man the rest stop at the Monte Rio Bridge on Saturday AM starting at 7:15. They allow us, in turn to use their equipment for our Giro Bello event. This is a really busy but fun volunteer opportunity and is a great way to get to know some of your fellow club members. Wear your green Giro Bello shirts for this event. There might be a little beer drinking somewhere immediately after we finish (usually between 11:30 and noon).
  • Our club will be hosting the SCARC meeting on Thursday, October 29th at Gesine Franchetti’s Rosso Rosticceria & Eventi located at 1229 N. Dutton Avenue. As the host club, we need a great turnout of our members! Call/Email your reservation to our Club Secretary.
  • Thanks to our membership who donated over $3,500 to fund the John Brown scholarship fund!
  • Vickie Hardcastle announce that the Foundation dinner will be held on October 24th.
  • Keven Brown announced that Corrick’s will be hosting a preview of Art Trails on Friday, Oct 2nd.
  • Cathy Vicini representing the Foundation noted that grant money is still available for anyone who knows a charitable organization worthy of consideration.
  • She also announced that matching funds will be made between $100 and $300 from the Foundation.
  • Doug reminded us that the Rotary barbecue and meat auction to be held at Wayne Rowland’s house on Friday, the 2nd is an opportunity to help fund education. The meat is raised by students and sold at the fair. Our club buys the meat and sells it within the club to help support these industrious students.
  • Yale Abrams shared two tickets to the symphony valued at $150 each with the proceeds to be given to Lake County Fire victims. The tickets sold way below value for $125 to Kathleen Archer.


Steve Reuter shares the good news on the birth of his second granddaughter

Steve Reuter shares the good news on the birth of his second granddaughter


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  • President Doug finally caught up with a few Rotarians who’ve been seen doing great and/or questionable things lately……
  • “Just” Joel DeSilva was recognized for celebrating an anniversary and some grandkids and maybe some other stuff. . The math got really complicated, but they finally settled somewhere around $100.
  • Steve Reuter finally decided to come to Rotary instead of playing golf and was greeted with a $50 fine donated to the John Brown Fund for the birth of a 2nd grandchild, Lillian Jean. Congratulations, Steve!
  • Cookie monster, Wally Lowery celebrated his 60th anniversary somewhere nice, rather than his first choice (IHOP). He also started adding up grandkids and cookies and loose change and came up with a donation of $60 to the club.
  • Jack Atkin can run, but he cannot hide from the fact that he was appointed to a Citizens Advisory Committee on pension matters. That can only end well….. Jack donated $50 to the local foundation and $50 to Eva’s Paul Harris.
  • Emily Harrington was recognized and paid $50 for a handsome photo of her and her husband that appeared somewhere (sorry, I missed it – I was distracted by Wally’s pile of cookies!)


Speaker with President Doug

Speaker with President Doug


Our club was so fortunate to have two incredible guest speakers today. Razia Jan, Rotarian and founder of Razia’s Ray of Hope and documentary filmmaker Beth Murphy came all the way from Duxbury, Massachusetts to share the story of Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation and more specifically the girls school and college that Razia has created in Afghanistan.

As a Muslim woman from Afghanistan who had immigrated to the US many years ago, Razia said she was inspired to do more by watching the firefighters who risked their own lives to save others on 9/11. She started by creating a commemorative quilt that hung in Madison Square Garden during a gathering of over 60,000 firefighters from around the world. She felt the draw to do work that might put her personal safety at risk in order to help save others in her own way. Razia also began sending clothing and other items to Afghanistan to help those who had little.

Working from her home in Duxbury, Massachusetts, Razia began a foundation in order to build a girls school in a small, conservative Afghan village an hour from Kabul. She created a K-12 school by enlisting the skeptical help of men from the village and in spite of many who told her it was wrong to educate girls. That was 8 years ago and now Razia is building a girls college that will provide teaching of midwifery, ESL and computer science.

Chronicling Razia’s story is documentary filmmaker Beth Murphy, who President Doug met in Brazil during the Rotary International convention. Beth showed excerpts from the film and shared her perspective on Razia’s education projects. The film is entitled, “What Tomorrow Will Bring”.

The basic thing that is evident is that there are many, especially in the Taliban, who would go to any lengths including murder to stop girls from being educated. Razia shared a couple of stories of resistance to the school. One sobering story was that at another school in Kabul, men threw grenades into a girls school killing about a hundred students. When she started her school, a man sent her a message saying he would lay down in front of the bulldozer if they broke ground on the school. Razia responded by saying that if he did, she would have the dozer run him into the ground and she would plant a flag celebrating that this is the place he was buried. (He never showed up).

This was an inspiring program and one that really raises the bar on what our club is capable of. Thanks to President Doug for making the connection with Beth at the RI convention and bringing her and Razia to our club!



Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Officers

President:Doug Johnson, President Elect: Jose Guillen, President Elect Nominee: Julia Parranto, Past President: Mark Burchill, Secretary: Jack Abercrombie, Treasurer: Cecil G. Humes, Sergeant at Arms: Jack Geary

President Rotary International

K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran, member of the Rotary Club of Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka

Governor, District 5130

Erin Dunn, member of the Rotary Club of Fortuna Sunrise

Attendance Secretary

Jack Abercrombie P.O. Box 505 Santa Rosa, CA 95402 707-538-4770

Board of Directors

Jack Atkin, Karen Ball, Tim Delaney, Tim Fawcett, Gesine Franchetti, Bill Hatcher, Will Haymaker, Elizabeth Karbousky, Steve Olson