Rotary Club of the Valley of the Moon
6572 Oakmont Drive, Suite A, Santa Rosa, CA 95409
Volume VIII Issue No. 34 John Heilbronner, President May 1, 2009
treasure you can give with your heart and it
doesn't cost a cent. Remember,
to say, "I love you" to your partner and your
loved ones, but most of all
mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt
when it comes from deep
inside of you. Remember to hold hands and
cherish the moment for someday
that person will not be there again. Give time to
love, give time to speak
The Four-Way Test of things we think, say or and give time to share the precious thoughts in
do: your mind.
Is it the Truth?
Is it Fair to all concerned? Our Sgt of Arms Jerry Dion said we had a
Will it build Goodwill and better Friendships? dearth of visitors and guests. He explained
Will it be Beneficial to all concerned? dearth is the opposite of plethora.
When I showed President John my watch President John
(which incidentally showed it was 7:33) he said announced that Past
my watch was wrong but that's when he rang the District Governor John
bell. Strong passed away and a
Bill Swasey led us in the Memorial is planned for
pledge to the flag. Sunday afternoon, May
Debby Roumbanis 31, at the Luchessi Center.
gave the thought for the More information will
day which was titled follow and you can check
“The Paradox of Our the District Web Site for
Time” and has been details.
credited to the late
George Carlin. Flowery School invites everyone who has
volunteered there this year to a Thank You
The last two paragraphs follow: Program on June 2 at 9:00 AM. Everyone is
Remember; spend some time with your loved encouraged to attend. Last years show was
ones, because they are not going terrific.
to be around forever. Remember, say a kind
word to someone who looks up to President John now has the District Conference
you in awe, because that little person soon will schedule available so check with him for details.
grow up and leave your
side. The only thing our treasurer, Arnie Lamb, had
to report is that we are in good shape.
Remember to give a warm hug to the one next to
you because that is the only
Dr. Holve (Les) gave New Comers Reception at Berger Center on May
everyone some good 7. We often get a few new members from this
advice regarding the event.
1. Use good common President John reminded everyone about the
sense Piano & Operatic Recital by Alexey Artemyev,
2. Don't listen to Piano and Evegenia Chaverdova, Mezzo-
those who don't Soprano being presented by VOM Rotary Club
know much in association with Irene Lucia and Gordon
Freedman. Mark your calendars for Sunday,
Our current vaccines do provide a measure of May 31, 2:30 PM at Berger Center. Admission
protection against this strain of flu but if you do is free but donations are welcomed. All
feel ill see a Doctor. donations will benefit Rotary's World Wide
Polio Eradication Program.
He reiterated GOOD SENSE is the key – do
what you usually do during flu season. Wash Checks can be made payable to VOM Rotary
your hands often and don't bother with a mask. Foundation which is Non Profit so checks are tax
Masks are only good for 15 minutes and then deductible.
they become carriers unto themselves.
Ron and Ro Nicholson
Les also reaffirmed that the Appelate Court in just returned from
Washington DC has decreed that all scientific Guatemala and he
studies show that there is no relationship reported thanks to the
between vaccines and Autism. work of Keri Anderson
grants have increased the
COMMITTEE $600 we contributed to
REPORTS the Literacy Program to
$1800. A big THANK YOU to Keri.
Keri Anderson asked for
volunteers for the Green BUNCO
Thumb project. She said
it's fun working with the Barb Lowell reported Bunco will be on
Children on Mondays from Wednesday, May 27 at 6:00 PM at the East Rec.
8:30 – 10:30.
President John is taking a trip down Memory
Caroline Keller is taking Lane next week. He is going to show his Son
some of the R House kids and Grandson the town where he was born
to the Career Center at (Nuremburg, Germany) so Gordon will step up
SRJC today and if you are to the podium on May 8 and this will give us a
interested in going next sneak preview of what next year's meetings will
week it will be on Friday, Ron Nicholson gave Happy Dollars for his
May 8, 9:30 – 11:30. Birthday which he celebrated on the green near
the 5th hole at the Master's Tournament. He and
Gordon Freedman Ro then flew to Amsterdam and cruised to
announced he had 3 Antwerp. They went through 12 locks and
volunteers to work at the actually saw 100s of acres of Tulips. They were
then forced to spend 3 days in Paris.... too bad RAFFLE
Since Judie Coleman
John Derby is determined and he jumped up and always complains the
led us in a little better (than last week) rendition Raffle tickets are not
of Happy Birthday. mixed up Bill Shaver had
her draw the winning
Bill Swasey didn't get ticket. Pat Campbell was
enough time last week the lucky winner but the
but he would rather whopping $29 will
“pay” next week when continue to grow.
John is away. While
visiting Washington DC
at the start of his trip last Our guest speaker
month he walked by the today was Stan
famous Willard Hotel Gold from the
(which is under league of Women
renovation) but he did get to see the Paul Harris Voters and he spoke
extra mile plaque. on Universal Single
Payer Health Care.
Bill Shaver celebrated his He presented some
Birthday at a family interesting points of
dinner with both his sons view on this type of
and their wives. We Health Care.
quickly added “and Bill”
to the tune of Happy A few highlights
Birthday!! from his presentation are:
Caroline Keller gave 48M Americans have no health insurance
Happy $$$ because she 45M Americans are “under insured”
attended the County Volunteer Thank You
luncheon and one of our scholarship recipients 7M in California have no health insurance
was recognized. Caroline said it was announced 5M in California are “under insured”
that over 5000 people in Sonoma County
volunteer in some way. A Single Payer Health Plan means that all
medical provider bills are sent to a single payer
Phil Wigen reported that thus eliminating the “middleman” which is the
his Son-in-Law is insurance company.
featured in the current
issue of Time Magazine 30% of every dollar spent today goes to the
in an article on the Role insurance company and never reaches the
Web Lectures plays in medical provider. In contrast Medicare only uses
Education. 3% of every dollar for expenses.
(Later in the meeting we Insurance companies spend millions on
also found out that Phil employee compensation and advertising. One
is the guest speaker at the Sunday Symposium. example was the 13M in compensation paid to
The title of his presentation is “The Elegant the CEO of United HealthCare in 2007.
Unfortunately we did not have time to view the Suitcases are always needed for the Children's
video Stan brought but we did have a few Home.
minutes for interesting Q & A.
FUTURE CALENDAR EVENTS
If you would like more information on Health
Care for All – California their web site is: 5/08/09 -Wheel Chair Foundation – Jeff Behring
(Ron Nicholson presiding)
5/15/09- Memorial Day program (a military
CLOSING remembrance theme) (Admiral “Mac” McHenry
President John rang the bell to close the
meeting. 5/22/09 - DARK (due to Memorial Day holiday
5/29/09- “Face to Face” - Cleft Palate Care –
Les Holve M.D. (Frank Sites presiding)
“49ER GOLD RUSH
CONTINUES” 5/31/09 Piano & Operatic Recital – Alexey
Artemyev, Piano & Evegenia Chaverdova,
Share Rotary with your friends. We should Mezzo-Soprano. Berger Center, Sunday, May
invite business friends and neighbors to a 31, 2:30PM
meeting. Who do we do business with, what
neighbors do we know, what former Rotarians 6/05/09 - VOM-Rotary Scholarship Awards –
could be asked to join us? Clip and save the with recipients (Fred Polkinghorn presiding)
invitation below to give to a friend, neighbor,
or business associate. 6/12/09 - Sonoma Country Grand Jury – Rich
Kleincurrent foreperson serving Sonoma County
Guests and potential Rotarians are invited on its Grand Jury for the year '08-'09 which ends
twice at the Club’s expense. July 8, 2009 (Jim Carty presiding)
MANY PEOPLE SAID THEY WOULD 6/19/09 - The BEST of Rotary International –
HAVE JOINED ROTARY HAD SOMEONE multiple themes (John Heilbronner presiding)
6/26/09 - Heilbronner Debunking Dinner at
Cut and put in your wallet Quail Inn – removal of “old shoe” President
(PE Freedman presiding)
You are invited as a guest
a breakfast meeting of Valley of the Moon
Rotary. The Club meets Friday mornings at
7:15 a.m. at the Quail Restaurant 7035 ERRORS AND OMISSIONS
Oakmont Drive in Oakmont.
Please submit any corrections or omissions to
REMINDERS Valerie Hulsey for insertion in the next
We are still collecting non-perishable food items
for the food bank at each meeting. Editor: Valerie Hulsey
Publisher: Jack Monahan
Photographer Jack Monahan
President: John Heilbronner; President Elect:
Gordon Freedman; Secretary: Pat Randall;
Treasurer: Arnie Lamb; Jerry Dion; Sgt-At-