Bulletin 3/29/16

Posted By Jake Fowler

Scribe: Ken Moulton

Flag Salute – Ed Turner

Inspirational – Diane Brabetz

Rotary Club of Windsor March 29, 2016 Minutes

Diane was acknowledged for the series of donations and baskets that she has provided for the Silent Auction for the coming Lobster Feed.

Inspirational Thought: “Age is simple mind over matter; if you don’t mind it doesn’t matter.” Mark Twain

Song: Jim Scally


Jim led the Club in a rendition of Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline”. Jim provided guidance in “humming the tune” and then graciously ending the singing with the first four verses only.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests

George Lawson from the Rotary Club of Healdsburg Sunrise in the classification of “management consultant” was introduced by Susan Cole. George presented a collaborative plan for several Rotary Clubs to help special needs students in the North County. He asked for volunteers for a committee. Wally Krutz, Tom Hassur and President Marc Elin volunteered to serve from Windsor.

Pam Davis from Sebastopol Sunrise in the classification of environmental consultant was introduced by George Johnson.

Guests included Joey Weems from England, Chris Spallino, Chief of Police in Windsor and Donna Newman-Fields, from the Department of Health Services of Sonoma County.


Interact Superheroes: Leigh Mateas and Maureen Merrill

President Marc acknowledged Leigh Mateas for his work as the Rotary sponsor for the Windsor High School Interact Club. Maureen Merrill recently worked with Club members in a Visioning exercise that set goals, priorities and identified projects for the

Club members for the current year. Congratulations to both for their commitment to youth.

District Assembly – April 9, 2016

President Elect John LeCave announced the annual District Assembly to be held Saturday, April 9th at Mendocino College in Ukiah. All Board members and new Rotarians are encourage to attend this training meeting. Windsor Rotary Club will pay the registration for all in attendance. A great chance to gather new ideas on Membership, Communication, Leadership and Youth activities. Many of our own club members will be presenting at the Assembly. John also announced his “3 to 5” plan intended to get more members involved in Rotary next year. More to come….

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Lobster Feed Fundraiser – May 14, 2016

Fundraiser chair Tom Hassur updated the Club on the Lobster Feed Fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, May 14, 2016. Keep the silent auction items coming in and hurry to sign up for a dinner tickets as the event will be sold out. Your “Party Table Under construction” forms are available to reserve a ticket. Fundraiser meeting will be held at Tom Hassur’s office at 5:30 pm on Wednesday evening.

Lobster – Claw Challenge

Steve Jorgenson and his fellow Rotarian Karen Ricketts failed miserably to build the pyramid to win the $26 jackpot. It will grow for next weeks participants.

Speaker Donna Newman Fields – Department of Health Services of Sonoma County

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“Framing the Issues Around Marijuana”

Donna Newman Fields led a presentation on recent developments regarding marijuana and pending legislation that will further liberalize the sale of medical marijuana in California.

Donna is part of a committee, Sonoma County Prevention Partnership/Marijuana Subcommittee that includes Chief of Police Chris Spallino and President Marc Elin. All three updated the audience on some of the efforts to develop consistent and comprehensive regulations for the sale and use of marijuana in Sonoma County

Some of the issues include underage use, impaired driving, second hand smoke and maternal and adolescent health. The goal of the committee is to provide accurate and science based information to the community. Educational efforts include the distribution of a “Myths and Facts” sheet about Marijuana use, sponsoring educational events and forums for speakers and training for health care professionals and educators.

Marc Elin discussed a Partners Project with the Project Success Collaborative.

This Collaborative focuses on “How do we get the message out to teens?” It is a school wide activity at the high school that involves classroom preventive education, Club activities and information made available on the web-school bulletin.

Finally, Chief of Police Chris Spalline discussed current medical marijuana laws and challenges that proposed legislation will create if passed.

Thought of the Day

Dave Koch closed the meeting with the following quote that has meaning for responsible use of Marijuana.

“This is going to take more than one night!” Charles Schultz

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