Rotary Club of the Valley of the Moon
Number one Mid size Club in District 5130
6572 Oakmont Drive, Suite A, Santa Rosa, CA 95409
Volume IX Issue No. 13 Gordon Freedman, President October 16, 2009
Try not to become a man of success but a
man of value. [Albert Einstein]
He who has never learned to obey cannot
be a good commander. [Aristotle]
Do not forget small kindnesses and do
not remember small faults. [Chinese
Never tell people how to do things. Tell
them what to do and they will surprise
you with their ingenuity. [George Patton]
Some people have 20 years of experience
and some people have one year of
experience twenty times. [JERRY
The Four-Way Test of things we think, say or
VISITING ROTARIANS AND GUESTS
Is it the Truth?
FRED ADAIR introduced his son, Chris,
Is it Fair to all concerned?
visiting from San Luis Obispo.
Will it build Goodwill and better Friendships?
Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?
OPENING President Gordon started club announcements
by sharing the 1966-1967 Rotary motto: “A
PHIL WIGEN led us in the Better World Through Rotary” by President
Pledge and JERRY DION Richard L. Evans.
gave the Thought For The
Day based on various great Thank you to MIKE ISOLA AND GARY
quotes from a wide variety MCCLERNAN for their strenuous work at the
of people. The following Sierra Youth Center using a trenching machine
are just a few of them: to dig 100’ of trench for the electrical service for
the out-building that this Rotary Club built in
If at first you Please remember that the Valley of the Moon
don’t succeed, vision session will be this Monday 10/19 at 5:00
try, try again. in the new central addition. Dinner will be
Then quit. served and no alcohol please.
There’s no use
being a damn The SCARC Dinner will be Thursday, October
fool about it. 29 in Rohnert Park. The cost is $40. The topic
[W.C. Fields] is “Social Media to Enhance Your Club”. Please
let PRESIDENT GORDON know if you want RICH IRWIN
to attend. The presidential limo has room for followed up on last
one more person. week’s presentation
raffle tickets. Rich will
PRESIDENT prepare and pass out
GORDON reminded statements regarding
everyone to see DAN amounts of
GROW for tickets for contributions for tax
the Veteran's Day deduction purposes and
Luncheon on November status of each member
5. Tickets are $15 each. with the Paul Harris
Award. He also reminded the membership about
the Rotary Foundation Dinner scheduled for
November 14. The speaker will be Cliff
Our club is responsible Dochterman. Rich also asked that members
for giving 4 bottles of specify the purpose of each check submitted so
champagne to the that the dollars will go to the correct fund.
Foundation Dinner. CAROLINE
Please look around your KELLER gave a
wine bars and if you “bird’s eye view” of
have any champagne Vocational Services.
that you don’t ever plan She thanked the
on using, please give me a call or bring to our members for their
next meeting. incredible
There is a Board meeting at 9:15 at Sonoma community service
Bank following our regular meeting today. activities. Caroline
presented a summary
REPORTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS of the Vocational
Services Budget. She pointed out that
JOHN DERBY gave a report on the progress on fundraising and activities are co-dependent.
the club’s Raffle.
John elaborated on LOIS KELLY
W.C. Fields about announced for PAT
giving up after you GOOLER that the
try. John reminded next Bunco session is
everybody to try, try scheduled for
before giving up. Wednesday, October
John issued the 28 at 6:00 at the East
Rotarian Raffle Rec. Center. Seats are
Grandparents available. There will
Challenge – “What if be a Halloween theme.
each VOM This will be the last
grandparent bought a ticked for each grandchild? Bunco for the year.
A sign-up sheet was circulated. John also
suggested that we adopt a new message to reflect
on what Rotary is doing for the community.
BIRTHDAYS, ANNIVERSARIES probably will not be rescheduled. Ken asked,
& HAPPY DOLLARS “Perhaps a holiday party?”
LOIS KELLY is still celebrating her birthday, RICH IRWIN saw an eye doctor on Tuesday,
October 13th. She was taken to a surprise one year after his cornea operation. “Everything
birthday dinner at the Osake restaurant. Today is is very successful. “
her granddaughter’s 29th birthday. BILL SHAVER announced that today’s raffle
pot is $29.50. BILL SWASEY was the holder
DAN GROW celebrated his birthday by having of today’s lucky ticket. Bill announced that this
dinner at the Quail Inn with seven of his friends. was the first time in ten years that he held the
lucky ticket. He drew the Ace of Hearts and won
FRANCINE a free breakfast.
Dorshkind birthday is
next week, but she is GUEST SPEAKERS / CRAFT TALKS
beginning to celebrate
today. She and her In place of having a guest speaker this week,
granddaughter are going Craft Talks were given by two new members and
to Disneyland. Francine two founding members. FRANK SITES
has pictures from the introduced the first speaker.
School reading program JERRY DION opened his talk with two quotes,
that will be presented in “I am the luckiest guy
the future. that I know” and “I’d
rather be lucky than
TODD VanDenburg’s good.” Jerry was born
twin daughters are and raised in San
celebrating their 13th Francisco. He attended
birthday. The girls were the University Of San
given the Cooter Francisco (USF) and
Aptitude Test and scored majored in accounting.
97 in the area of One day he was in
Finance. downtown San
Francisco and “saw the suits in downtown San
MAC MCHENRY Francisco with keys in their backs” and decided
donated Happy Dollars for Debbie opening up that a career in Accounting was not for him.
Sonoma Bank for flu shots and snacks.
He joined Navy flight school with John McCain.
RON NICHOLSON That is a story to be told later. He flew carrier
won the $178.50 aircraft. His career in the Navy was limited
raffle last week. Ron because he was in the Navy Reserve. He left the
returned the check to Navy in 1963 and attended the University of
the club as a California at Berkeley. These were tumultuous
donation. Thank you, times at Cal. Jerry’s wife was also in the Navy.
Ron. Jerry left Cal and joined Pan Am as a
commercial pilot on 8/14/64. This was also the
KEN YOUNG first day of the Viet Nam War. He rose to
thanked those that become one of the youngest 747 captains.
signed up for the
Sierra Youth Center Jerry started winemaking as a hobby and won
picnic. The picnic was cancelled due to rain and awards. He built a house on acreage in
Kenwood. Pan Am’s future became bleak and California and moved to Kenwood almost ten
Jerry flew for Delta Airlines for six years. The years ago. Gary met his wife, Steph, at a party in
Delta culture was much different than the Pan Hermosa Beach, CA. They have been married
Am culture. Jerry flew out of Portland and lived 28 years and have two children, aged 25 and 24.
in Vancouver. He sold his home and moved to His son, Devin, was injured in a Little League
Oakmont nine years ago. baseball accident about 12 years ago. This
accident made him not able to speak clearly and
RON MOTTA semi-quoted Abraham Lincoln, to be in constant pain. Devin had a brain
“Three score and 15 surgery operation known as Deep Brain
years ago….” Ron Stimulation last year. Devin’s speech improves
was born in New slowly and he is able to communicate much
York. He attended more clearly now. Gary’s daughter, Kelly is a
college in recent graduate of UCSF with a major in
Worcester, MA. industrial design.
Ron attended Law
School and worked Gary spoke about his 30 year career in corporate
in the D.A.’s office accounting. He made the distinction between
in Oakland, CA. He corporate accounting and public accounting. He
hung his own clarified to the club what it means to be a
shingle and opened Certified Management Accountant.
an office in
Fremont, CA. He served three terms on the Gary then elaborated to the club how his
Board of Education. Ron has practiced in many profession could help the recipients of our
areas, including of in front of the Supreme Court, service activities at the individual and the
Workers’ Comp courts, city councils and organizational level and how his profession
planning commissions. could help our club and upstream Rotary
Ron met his wife, who worked in a probation
office. In the 1990’s, Ron retired to Arnold, CA KEN YOUNG was born in Oakland, CA. He
where he ran a ski school for the blind at Bear has an older sister who lives in Pismo Beach,
Valley. He joined the Domestic Violence CA. He lived in San
Council. He retired to Oakmont two to three Jose, CA where he
months ago. He is in Oakmont to be nearer to knew ARNIE
his grandchildren. Ron has four children. His LAMB as a
oldest son is a trial lawyer in Alamo, CA. His youngster. Ken went
oldest daughter is a marriage and family to Cal. His dad
counselor in Sonoma, CA. His youngest owned 17 acres in
daughter words in a recreation program in Santa what is now the
Cruz, CA and his youngest son is training to Stevens Creek auto
work in alcohol and row in San Jose.
programs. Ron’s Ken attended one
father and father-in- year of dentistry
law are Rotarians. school. He learned that he was cut out for a
different vocation and he got a job with General
GARY Electric in a transformer production lab. Ken
MCCLERNAN is met his wife while on a picnic to Tillman Park in
an almost-native Alameda, CA. He learned that he took piano
Californian. He lessons with her as a child. They have been
grew up in Southern married 49 years and have 2 children. His
daughter is a teacher at a Christian school and by
her he has three grandchildren. His son is a Cut and put in your wallet
police officer in the San Jose Police Department.
His son writes programs used by police You are invited as a guest
departments. of_____________________________to attend
CLOSING a breakfast meeting of Valley of the Moon
Rotary. The Club meets Friday mornings at
President Gordon thanked RON MOTTA for 7:15 a.m. at the Quail Restaurant 7035
being the Greeter, KEN YOUNG for leading the Oakmont Drive in Oakmont.
pledge, JERRY DION for the Thought of the
Day, DENNIS DESOUSA, JOHN FUTURE CALENDAR EVENTS
HEILBRONNER, and FRANK SITES for
setting up the room and BILL SHAVER for
managing the weekly raffle.
10/19/09 Vision Planning Session – Room B Central
Remember to bring a potential Rotarian as a
Facility 5:00-9:00 (For Board and invitees)
guest to breakfast. Please tell or email Fred or
Gordon if you are bringing a guest.
10/23/09 Rotary International Foundation – David
PRESIDENT'S THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
10/28/09 Bunco – East Rec Center 6:00 PM
“If you throw thorns, don’t go barefoot. [Italian
10/29/09 SCARC Windsor
“Rotary is in your hands!” 10/30/09 WWII film: North Sea convoys by Walter
The meeting was closed with the ringing of the
bell 11/5/09 Veterans Day Luncheon at Veterans Hall
11/6/09 DARK (because of previous day luncheon)
No new member postings this week. 11/13/09 Alzheimer’s Association – Noelle Anna
Share Rotary with your friends. We should
invite business friends and neighbors to a 11/14/09 RI Foundation Dinner – Double Tree Inn
meeting. Who do we do business with, what Petaluma
neighbors do we know, what former Rotarians
could be asked to join us? Clip and save the 11/19/09 SCARC Rohnert Park/Cotati
invitation below to give to a friend, neighbor,
or business associate. Please tell or email 11/20/09 The Veggie Queen’s Health Care Solution
Gordon or Fred Polkinghorn if you are Jill Nussinow
bringing a guest.
11/27/09 DARK due to Thanksgiving
Guests and potential Rotarians are invited
twice at the Club’s expense. (Holding) Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Project
– Fred Polkinghorn
MANY PEOPLE SAID THEY WOULD
HAVE JOINED ROTARY HAD SOMEONE
ERRORS AND OMISSIONS
Please submit any corrections or omissions to
Barb Spangler for insertion in the next bulletin.
Guest Editor: Gary McClernan
Publisher: Jack Monahan
Photographer Jack Monahan
President: Gordon Freedman; President Elect: Valerie
Hulsey; Secretary: Pat Randall; Treasurer: Arnie
Lamb; Jerry Dion; Sgt-At-Arms