Next Meeting is via Zoom – September 16, 2020

How Understanding Aging could Prevent Disease Including Covid-19

Daria Timonina

We are pleased to be able to offer a virtual talk by a Buck scientist that offers information about COVID-19, including the Buck’s efforts against the virus, and resources for older adults to stay healthy and informed. The talk will also provide background information on the Buck and details about the speaker’s own research project as part of the overall mission to eliminate age-related disease. We hope that offering your community a science-based presentation can keep everyone stay engaged and healthy while we all do our part to end this pandemic.

–>  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 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 9/21/20.

Opening Ceremonies:


Blaine Goodwin


Peter Holewinski read the following:

A Prayer for Our Uncertain Times

May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake.

May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable.

May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health and making their rent.

May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close remember those who have no options.

May we who have to cancel our trips remember those who have no safe place to go.

May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market remember those who have no margin at all.

May we who settle in for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home.

As fear grips our country, let us choose love.

And during this time when we may not be able to physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.  Amen.

– Written by Rev. Dr. William J Barber II

Visiting Rotarians:

Jackie and Don McMillan


Mike Martini, Rich de Lambert and Will Haymaker

Getting Away with Jeff and Ann Gospe:

The Gospe family went on vacation to Idaho, Montana and Canada this summer.  President Jeff thought we might like to live vicariously through some of their vacation photos.

Rotarian of the Month:

That would be Mary Graves!  Mary has been very active with RYLA and the NAACP.  She brought in one of our newest members Tasia Henderson.


Diane Moresi is looking for people to work on our fund-raising committee this year plus she is looking for a person to chair the social committee.

Dan Balfe is looking for a new chair for the Youth Exchange

September Hands-On Project:

We will be going back to the Redwood Empire Food Bank on September 24th, 2:00 – 4:00 for our next hands-on project (and social, if I do say so myself!)  Here is the link to sign up:
Link to share:

Larry Miyano Memorial Scholarship Fund:

Vickie Hardcastle says that the fund is now up to $10,776 and climbing.  To donate mail a check to her address.  Make out the check to the Rotary club of Santa Rosa Foundation and put Larry Miyano in the memo area.  You can also go online the foundation website and donate there too.

New District Program for Polio Plus:

District 5130 is starting a Polio Plus Society (like the Paul Harris Society) where if you commit to donating $100.00 a year you will be a member of the Polio Plus Society.  Your commitment will be until polio is irradicated from the world.  Sign up at My Rotary by World Polio Day, October 24th, to get started. The Gates Foundation is still matching 2 to 1.

Ray Giampaoli Raffle – A Five Course Wild Game Dinner for 10:

On October 7th, Ray Giampaoli will be raffling off this dinner for 10.  So, get your friends together and plan to bid for this dinner that day.

Speaker for Today:  Mike Marini from Taft Street Winery

President Jeff and Mike go back to the days when President Jeff was the Santa Rosa City Manager and Mike was on the Santa Rosa City Council.  Mike did his civic duty and was glad to get back to his winery.   He thanked Rotary for all that we do in the community.

Our agricultural roots go way back to the 1840’s when gold miners came to California.  Not may did well looking for gold, but those that provided the supplies and food for the miners did well.

Sonoma County is one of only three California counties that have agriculture on the county seal.  Originally, the local farmers produced vegetables.  Then came the dairy, apples and prunes.  Grapes may still have been more plentiful before prohibition, but it is big business today.  Cannabis……?

Most vineyards are 28 acres or less. Most wineries produce 10,000 cases or less. There are about 550 wineries now, but only about 100 when Taft Street started.  Grapes have a value of 1.1 billion per year to the county!

Farmers are the most optimistic people.    Who else can say, “Oh God, you screwed me again!” and go right back to work year after year?   Fires, flood and drought are a constant threat.

President Jeff asked Mike to comment on cannabis in the county.  Will it be a new crop of any scale and will it compete with grapes?  Mike says it looks like it on the face that cannabis could be.  However, cannabis is very water intensive so maybe not so economical.  Mike thinks the growing of hemp is more likely than cannabis.  Besides, cannabis is too much trouble and too much government regulations.

Carolyn Fassi asked a question about the Los Amigos 2018 Chalkhill Merlot.  Mike said those grapes come from Cecil DeLoach.

Bill Crowley asked about the future of canned wine.  The future looks good for white wine in cans.   They are light, chills quickly and is easy to drink.

Steve Olson asked about Proposition 15, the split-roll tax.  Mike said that would be a disaster for the agricultural industry. This would allow the buildings, vines, and other business assets to be taxed.

Robert Pierce asked about cannabis infused wine.  So far only Coppolla Winery is dabbling in this.

Sam McMillan asked about tainted grapes.  Mike said some wineries and vineyards have crop insurance.  You cannot tell if there is smoke taint until the grapes are crushed and fermented.  Then you might have to sell it for a loss or just dump it.  A large company like a Gallo could mix it in with other grapes and have it go undetected.

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. 374 September 9 2020  EDITOR: Kris Anderson PHOTOGRAPHER: Kris Anderson  PUBLISHER: Richard Lazovick