Farmers and Merchants Night 2018

Our annual Famers & Merchants Night dinner carried on a tradition that dates back to the 1940's. Despite pouring rain, everyone was greeted by warm smiles.


Our bartenders handled the open bar with humor and grace. There was plenty of great conversations during the social hour.

Past District Governor Ed Fullerton led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.
This year's dinner was dedicated to the memory of our beloved past president Don Ramatici.  Here's a photo of Don with a few of his USF football team mates.

Dan Libarle shared some stories about Don and managed the good-natured hecklers in the crowd with skill.  Don was a civic minded business man with very creative ways to support and serve his clients.






Mike Baddeley recalled Don's year as president of the club.  During that year, Don exhibited great leadership, commitment to improving Petaluma High School's Sports Complex, a sense of humor,  and a remarkable ability to recover after a night of merriment at Rotary conferences.
President Chris thanked Jay Palm and Bill Groverman (guy with the black cowboy hat and the tall guy on the left) and his team of cooks for the outstanding polenta and stew.
Thanks to our bar supervisors, Tony Western and Charlie Stuart.  Tony is pictured here on break.  It must have been Charlie's turn hanging out at the bar.


The hardest working server that evening was this Liberty 4H member.  He quietly cleared the tables all evening.

Special thanks to all the Liberty 4 H members for serving and clearing during the dinner.

The evening closed with a raffle of 18 outstanding prizes gathered by Kip Herzog.  Christina Groverman drew ticktets while Megan Groverman announced the winners.