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Tuesday, October 3, 2023

International Service


Good Day fellow Rotarians, friends and family who are reading our weekly bulletin.  Today’s minutes are from TUESDAY October 3, 2023


Pledge of Allegiance:  Boyd Morrison 

INSPIRATION: Renee Hyde:  “The World is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”   St. Augustine  

“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life”   Michael Palin,    So perfect for Renee, she could have written herself.  

 SONG: Heather Cullen filled in as song master and lead us in You’re a Grand Ole Flag.  


 President Doug thanked Joan Mora, Maureen Merrill and all Rotarians that assisted in organizing a great SCARC meeting that was hosted by the Rotary Club of Windsor last Thursday.  

Monica McCabe thanked Leah Hansen and Art Diaz for all their efforts in coordinating Windsor Rotary’s participation in the Windsor parade.  Monica said it was a great event, felt like downtown Mayberry, and thanked all the Rotarians that helped clean the Rotary Balloon and walked the parade keeping the cold air Balloon afloat and in place.  

Last week was the last night of our Rotary Bar, our main source of funding for our International Projects.  It has been a great season; Renee Hyde will have an income report in the near future.  A Big Thank You to everyone that participated throughout the summer.


John Hackenburg announced we will be hosting a BBQ Lunch at the Veterans Village in honor of our Veterans November 11, 2023.  A head count is needed to provide lunch please sign up at a meeting or contact John Hackenburg: .                                                     This lunch will be our 5th Tuesday event.  



Kurt Mitchler announced a project with Russian RiverKeepers:  October 28, 2023   9am – 12 noon. Volunteers are needed to work with Russian RiverKeepers to remove Arundo Donax along the River.  It is not only a water hog, it kills the native plants and it turns our river from a natural fire break to a bridge for fires to intensify and spread.  It is incredibly flammable.   Sign up for this great project:   or contact Kurt; 

Windsor Community Circle is kicking off the season of giving by giving you a “Screaming Good Time”     Halloween Dance & Costume Party October 21, 2023, 7pm – 10pm.  Proceeds will support the Windsor Holiday Christmas Food & Toy Drive, and it is going to be a blast!   More information and purchase tickets:    or Contact Larry McCabe;  

Bill Bolster announced tonight will be a Short Term Youth Exchange informational meeting at the Windsor High School Library, 6pm.  This program allows a student from WHS to travel to another country and stay with a family that has a student of the same gender and close to the same age for three weeks, in exchange the student of that family will come to Windsor Ca. for a three week exchange with that student’s family.  We have had a couple of our long term Youth Exchange students and others, that could not commit to the long term program, participate in this program.  It is a wonderful opportunity for students to explore and immerse themselves in another country and language.  

Program: International Service

Susan Cole shared she joined Rotary when she learned of Rotary’s Polio project.  She was impressed with an organization that could dream big enough to eradicate polio worldwide, that was in 2011, today there are only two countries left to complete our mission; Afghanistan, & Pakistan.   We Are This Close!

Susan handed out a flyer; International Influence Rotary Club of Windsor in the World, pretty impressive list of projects the club has accomplished.  

Pam Moulton (presented beautifully dressed in her Indian dress) said she was drawn to Rotary’s International projects, to be involved with kids, moms, generally the people.  

Pam had the opportunity to be involved with many international projects even before she became a Rotarian; she was married to Rotarian Ken Moulton, as our District Governor they traveled to several countries 

Pam was leader of Group Study Exchange in France, Friendship Exchange in India, a Rotaplast (cleft lip) project in India, and Polio eradication in Nigeria; Pam was involved with Festival of Brotherhood in Mexico for several years and she has hosted youth exchange students and attended several Rotary International Conventions.  

Pam shared with us a charming story of her shopping adventures while in India.    

Steve Klick was drawn to international travel as a young man, while attending college he and a group of friends went backpacking in Budapest, from there they decided to go to Egypt, in Cairo they joined a guided horseback riding tour around the pyramids.   After their ride their tour guide, Mohammad invited them to his village, where they were welcomed into his home.  Steve realized his attraction to international travels is the people and the relationships created.

Steve has been involved with several Engineers without Borders projects, primarily in Peru; Rotary Club of Windsor has supported three of these projects bringing clean drinking water to villages.  Steve stated he is very pleased they are able to provide clean drinking water to the villages, but loves meeting and being with the people.

Kurt Mitchler DDS, was first introduced to Rotary when Bill Conklin DDS and Windsor Rotarian, ask Kurt to join him in a Dental & Eye care project in Nicaragua in 2012.  There was no dental care available, when the team set up their portable clinic  people walked for hours to receive treatment.

The dental and eye program is a project headed by the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Sunrise, Sunrise Dental Project coordinator professor Ezbon Jens of  SRJC was able to secure the portable dental equipment necessary from the Santa Rosa Jr. College for the trip to Nicaragua.  

Kurt returned on a private trip to Nicaragua in 2014, he was able to see the progress in the building of a medical clinic in Sabalos Nicaragua,   While in Nicaragua Kurt was able to visit a Girls Orphanage our club has had connections with through Rotarian Leslie Lewis and former Rotarian Frank Rogers. Before Kurt’s trip the club communicated with the Sisters that run the orphanage and gathered items on their “wish list”, including shoes, clothes, pencils, paper and backpacks.  Kurt was loaded up with all the goodies to take with him on his flight, when he arrived in Nicaragua he was greeted by Frank’s wife Cecilia who crammed them into her car and delivered the goods to the orphanage.   A project that will long be remembered by members of our club, Thank you Kurt.

Maureen Merrill with husband Mike visited Vietnam in 2002; thru East meets West, an International program in Vietnam providing clean water.  Due to the communist rule in Vietnam there are no Rotary Clubs.  Through a matching grant Rotary was able to provide a $30,000.00 for a water project to bring clean water to a village that did not have access to clean water.  On that same trip Rotarian Don Johnson and his wife donated $1,000.00 and were able to provide a concrete house to a woman that became a widow due to landmines left in the fields after the war.  In recognition of the gift the house displays the Rotary Logo. 

Maureen has visited India where she was stunned to discover they have no stop signs or signals, she stated the kids laughed and thought they talked funny.  Maureen has visited Mexico and viewed many projects with Festival of Brotherhood.  A sister club was adopted in Tepic Mexico whose name translates to Birds of Paradise.

Maureen took her first trip in 1989 with Windsor Rotary Club founding father John Lewis and then Club President Phil Trowbridge to Seoul Korea.  Maureen and Mike have attended 15 International Conventions and participated in numerous international projects.

Maureen shared that the clubs first international project was in 1990 when Earleen Rash was our club President.  Earleen discovered a need for bathrooms in the Dominican Republic and wanted the club to sponsor one for a village, hence our first international project, “Earleen’s Latrines”.

Maureen shared that sometimes people will question our international projects when there are needs here in our community, she clarified that approximately 10-20% of our giving is international and balance stays in our community.  

All the presenters shared stories that were exciting and motivating,  I also appreciated Maureen’s last comment,

“Even if you cannot travel, as a Rotarian you are still a part of all the changes made and the lives changed”  

President Doug thanked all the presenters, sharing his appreciation for all the projects Rotary has been involved with.  He thanked those that help set up the meeting. Wished all a good week, 


President Doug closed the meeting 8:30am

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

SRJC Public Safety Training Center

Rotary Club of Windsor – Meeting notes                                                        September 26, 2023
  1. Good Morning! - Rotary Club of Windsor!
  2. Pledge of Allegiance – Dianne Brabetz
  3. Inspiration – John Hakenberg presented historical quotes from John Adams
  4. Song – Susan Cole, Rotary Rock
  5. Visiting Rotarians – Welcome our own RCW member District Governor Tom Boylan
  6. Guests – Cherise Arnold, SRJC Public Safety Training Center
  7. Windsor Historical Moment - NW Pacific Railroad completed through the town in 1872.
  8. Windsor HS – Windsor High Scholl is looking for volunteers for the Senior Mentoring program.  Chief Raasch discussed his great experience last year mentoring a Senior student through his senior project.  (Who wouldn’t want to shadow the Chief of Police!)
  9. Halloween Party – Carol Martin.  October 21 Funding Food & Toy Drive at Odd Fellows Hall. Dancing and fun with the other service clubs.  This event will sell out.
  10. November 4 – Monica McCabe is leading our club in Daffodil Planting 4500 bulbs! 2.5 hours planting followed by quick lunch at the Senior Center.  Great opportunity for hands-on community service and we’ll see our bright results next spring.
  11. Website Barbara thanked Tom Boyland for developing the “Giving Time” District website for members to find opportunities to participate in hands-on Community/Environmental projects throughout our Rotary District.
  12. Fundraiser – Michael Juric is hosting planning meeting for our next “Fun”raiser efforts, small, medium, and large. 
  13. SCARC – RCW hosting this month’s SCARC on Thursday, here at Charlie’s.  International theme “we are the world”.  Any costumes or photos for slideshow decorations, etc. would be welcome.  See Pam if you have something to loan to the club for the meeting on Thursday.
  14. Tee Shirts coming for RCW members to wear during service projects.
  15. Membership – Maureen leading membership meeting if you have membership questions, here is a great opportunity to learn more about sponsoring and being a Rotarian.
  16. Windsor Parade is on Saturday – Saturday Rotary float, plus Wonderbread 5 Concert on the Green and the RCW Margarita Bar.
  17. Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellows – Brian Ling described the donation process on the RI website and the Donation Report that is available to each Rotarian.  DG Tom Boylan encouraged participation and the pride he has seen throughout the District and Internationally by being a Paul Harris Fellow.  Brian presented recognitions to our members:
    • Kurt Mitchler – Paul Harris + 1
    • Barbara McChesney – Paul Harris + 1 and +2
    • Pegi Ball – Paul Harris +5
    • Bill Bolster – Paul Harris +7
  1. Program – Cherise Arnold, SRJC Public Safety Training Center
    • Received Rotary Scholarship from Sebastopol Club, happy to go “full circle” and be presenting to Rotary Clubs today
    • Established in 1960, Two Rock area
    • Moved to Windsor in 2002
    • 6000 Annual Enrollments
    • Programs: Fire Technology, Law Enforcement, In-Service Corrections and Dispatch, Emergency Medical Care, Administration of Justice
    • Classes, degrees, training, certificates, +++
    • Strong Workforce Program
    • Proud to be part of the Windsor Community
  1. Thank you to our guests and volunteers.
    • Setup/Domingo Calleja
    • Greeter/John Hackenburg
    • Song/Susan Cole
    • Scribe/Brian Ling
    • Inspiration/John Hackenburg
    • Photography/Barbara McChesney
  1. Closing comments and Adjourn – President Doug talked about his career in Fire Service and maintaining active certifications.  He has watched the success of the Training Center from Two Rock to Windsor and it has produced thousands of terrific servants to our community.
Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Michele Chaboudy Entrepreneurship & Innovation: Making it happen!

The meeting of September 12th opened with Carol Martin leading us in the Pledge, followed by Heather Cullen leading us in a new song called "Under the Lollipop Tree" - She was channeling CAMPFIRE times, bu her own admission!  President Doug share some Windsor History stating that Windsor had originally been called "TSOLOLKAWCI"  (try to pronounce that one five times!) which means BLACKBIRD FIELD.

Introductions of visiting Rotarians was made including Walter Little from Rancho Cordova, Alison Huber (a former Rotarian) who recently moved back from Las Vegas, Jose Diego, also a former Rotarian who owns PIZZA GUYS in Windsor and his partner, Jori Sheppard, and Tammy (whoops , did not get her last name!), from Lux Places and Baldassori Wine.

The announcements included:  WE ARE GETTING BUSY!!

  • Russian River Clean-up on September 16 from 9-11am
  • SCARC (Sonoma County Association of Rotary Clubs)meeting at Charlie's on       September 28th (Windsor Club is Hosting!!)
  • Windsor Parade on September 30
  • The Halloween Community Party on October 21st
  • District Wide River Clean up on October 28
  • WE ARE DARK on October 31st
  • The Daffodil Project on November 4
  • Honoring the VETS on November 11 at the Town Green
  • The Nations Finest Bagpipe and BBQ on November 11
  • WRC Board meeting at JB and Carols on November 18

It was noted that Tom Boyland has developed a GIVING TIME website where he is listing the areas on which ALL Rotarian can give time back to the communities!

Maureen M gave a little history of what SCARC is and asked the members to attend (particularly since we are hosting it!!).  A flyer will be coming out this week!!

Susan Cole has been put in charge of LOOKING FOR DISASTERS! While she did not think that she was going to be particularly busy, she has successfully found THREE in a short period of time. Maui Fire, Moroccan Earthquake and Libyian Flood!  It was noted that the Club contributed to Maui Fire Victims, and we are looking for ways in which to support both Morocco and Libya.  At present, Rotary International has not designated any particular funding methods.

Diane B, our COVID /CDC update nurse, announced that there is a new approved vaccine for youngsters over 65, or those with compromised health conditions.

Robin R. announced the upcoming WINDSOR DAY PARADE, on September 30th and asked for a few more volunteers to hold the balloon as it is meandering the streets of Windsor, and for assistance at the bar.  At present, only Domingo L. and Renee H. are serving drinks!!!

We finally moved into a new storage unit thanks to many volunteers, but focus was given to Wally K. and Geoff who showed up with a large flatbed truck to move our stuff!  Jesus, a colleague of Geoff saved the day according to those who were working that day!!  thank you all!!

JB Leep did a wonderful introduction of our speaker,  MICHELLE CHABOUDY, who is on the faculty at SRJC, is President of the World Affairs Council of Sonoma County, is Vice Chair of the North Bay Angels and President of MacAbbey and Associates.


She started by giving wonderful compliments and acknowledgements to the Rotarians for all the work that is done both locally and internationally!

She mentioned that an entrepreneur is a person who has an idea and works to create a product or service that people will want to buy or use!  She made note that entrepreneurship is a process moving from where you are to where you want to go and then reflecting on how you got there! She gave the history of Entrepreneurship as starting at Babson College ins 1996 where students were asked to create a business!  She noted that the explosion of entrepreneurs is likely due to the availability and accessibility of social media options (website, shopify, 3-D printers, etc)  Further she noted that being an entrepreneur doesn't require "personality, a detailed business plan, a university degree or venture capital ."  Basically, it require a CURIOUS MIND!

She reminded us that the process is that of an irregular patterns of "ups and downs towards success!"  It is a search process and requires DISCOVERY SKILLS, creative thinking, communication and teamwork, being adaptable, determination and focus!  The bonus is that one who attempts to become an entrepreneur feels empowered! The core belief is to have a mindset that allows you to be curious and aware!

She mentioned that the habits of Successful Entrepreneurs include (but are not limited to):

  • Be good at Networking
  • Be a good interviewers
  • Be observant and scrutinize products and technology
  • Ask WHY or WHY NOT
  • Make unusual associations and connections

She reminded us that Legacy BIG Businesses did not take quantum leaps in the area of innovation, such that the Taxi business did not CREATE Uber or Lyft; nor id Wells Fargo create PayPal and Hilton did not create AirBnB!  Being innovative is "squiggly" but will create significant positive change!  She talked about the Expert Dilemma which is responsible for inhibiting innovations!

Michelle emphasized that Innovation is a VITAL ingredient of Entrepreneurship and that CREATIVITY is part of the Innovation process!

She closed with sharing some of the successful innovations that have been supported by the North Bay Angels and alerted us that there are 995 small business in our little Windsor community of 26,000 people!! She recommended a couple of books (which she shared on screen!) and suggested that we keep a journal to jot down our great ideas! She made note that losing money is ok, but to be aware that some of the barriers to success are:  Competition, Intellectual Property and funding!

A couple of the books were:

  • The Dance of the Possible by SCOTT BERKUN
  • The Innovation Engine by TINA SEELIG
  • Unreasonable Hospitality by Will Guidara

The meeting ended around 8:30am and President Doug gave thanks to all who contributed to the meeting and wished us a great week.

I am doing the same!  Sorry this is a little bit late, but see you next week,

Your scribe

Pam Moulton

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