High School Varsity Football Day at Petaluma Rotary

Thr three local arsity football coaches and team captains visited the Rotary Club of Petaluma on September 8.  This annual tradition brings together our local student athletes and coaches providing a preview of the season.  The club heard from Casa Grande Varsity Football Coach John Antonio, St. Vincent de Paul High School Varsity Coach Trent Herzog and Petaluma High School Varsity Coach Ricky Krist.
High School Varsity Football Day at Petaluma Rotary Joanne Ferris 2022-09-20 07:00:00Z 0

Petaluma Rotary Golf Tournament September 12, 2022

Registration and Sponsorship Opportunities now open! 
Please join us for the Annual Rotary Club of Petaluma Scramble Golf Tournament on Monday, September 12, 2022.    
This event will support the many community projects that the club has dedicated their time and efforts to this year.

We will have a great day of golf at the beautiful Petaluma Golf & Country Club in Petaluma, CA (www.petalumagolfcc.com).
The event will include a 4-person scramble with an all inclusive lunch, after party and awards reception following the golf tournament.
Checkin begins at 11:30 am
Lunch will be from 12-1:00  
Tee off will start at 1:30

Reception begins at 5:30

Special Offer: Included with your online registration is a 1-year subscription to Golf Digest (a $10 value). Click here for offer and refund details.

Register now and remember to invite your friends to play. Just click on "Tell a Friend" and you can send them a link to this site automatically.

Thank you for your support of the Rotary Club of Petaluma.

Petaluma Rotary Golf Tournament September 12, 2022 Joanne M Ferris 2022-09-12 07:00:00Z 0
99th Debunking & Installation of 100th Club President Joanne Ferris 2022-06-23 07:00:00Z 0


A huge thank you to the Petaluma Community for supportin this event.  We raised over $20,000 for the Humanitarian Relief Project of the Rotary CLub of Lviv Leopolis!
Here are some photos from the event.

Petaluma Rotary Hosts SCARC May 26, 2022

Sonoma County Association of Rotary Clubs Event
Join us at the Moracle League Northbay Field and Playground.  Hear the story of how this field went from a dream to a place for all to play!   Baseball Attire Encouraged!

Thursday, May 26, 2022
5 PM - 7 PM


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Celebrating our 99th Year!




Join us on Friday, June 17
at 5pm at Seared Petaluma
for our 99th President debunking!

This historic night celebrates the 2021-2022 Rotary Year. 
Following our club's long tradition,
there will be debunking of President Rick Gorman

the installation of incoming President Royce van Bebber
Royce will lead us into our 100 year!


Celebrating our 99th Year! Joanne Ferris 2022-04-12 07:00:00Z 0
Spring Fling Member Social at Brooks Note Tasting Room Joanne Ferris 2022-03-28 07:00:00Z 0

Dictionaries for Local Students 

Students at Cinnabar School after they received their dictionaries.  The Rotary Club of Petaluma, Rotary Club of Petaluma Valley and Rotary Club of Petaluma Sunrise clubs partner annually to fund dictionaries to be given to every 3rd grade student in the area.  These books belong to the kids and many report they use them throughout their school years.
This program was launched by our own Harvey Freetly and has become a national project championed by Rotary Clubs all over the country.
Dictionaries for Local Students Joanne Ferris 2021-10-21 07:00:00Z 0

Do You Believe in Miracle League?  We Do!

Miracle League Northbay's Fall Season is here.  Members of our club have volunteered at the Rotary Barbecue Pavillion grilling hot dogs and delivering smiles to all.  To learn more about Miracle League Northbay programs, CLICK HERE
Do You Believe in Miracle League? We Do! 2021-09-21 07:00:00Z 0

Honoring Anne Gealta 

President Anne Gealta led with grace and dignity at the helm of the Rotary Club of Petaluma in 2020-2021.  She was celebrated in "royal" fashion in June for her dedication and great humor during a pandemic.
Members of the club gathered at the home of Elias and Gina Husary for a wonderful evening of Rotary fellowship and fun.  As usual, the club "debunks" the outgoing president in some form of comedic fashion.  Since Anne preferred the title of  "Queen Anne" over "President Anne" all year, a court of ladies in waiting, a few baudy wenches, a town cryer and a loyal knight provided the entertainment.
Honoring Anne Gealta Joanne Ferris 2021-06-29 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Crab Feed Drive Thru - Friday, Feb. 26. 2021

The biggest and longest running crab feed in Petaluma!
Order NOW!

Love fresh, cracked crab?  So do we! 

Our annual crab feed is going drive thru for 2021.  
Order your dinner in advance and drive thru our pick up location at AMF Bowling Center on Petaluma Boulevard South on Friday, February 26 between 4 pm and 7 pm.  

Dinner includes fresh cracked crab, pasta, salad, rolls & butter, and dessert.

All proceeds from this event will fund our local and international projects!
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Petaluma Rotary Club Project Supports Area Restaurants…One Meal At A Time

When the pandemic forced the Rotary Club of Petaluma to virtual meetings each week, members immediately rallied and set up a program to buy their weekly lunches from local restaurants.   Since April, Petaluma Rotary Club lunches have generated over $12,000 to local restaurants and caterers. 
Club President Elias Husary got the project started late in April working with Gerard Guidici of Sally Tomatoes Catering.  Each week, members sent the number of meals they wanted for Thursday’s weekly club meeting.  Every Thursday morning, Husary set up a folding table at his property in downtown Petaluma and members drove thru to pick up their order.
“I love how you start project not knowing where it might go, but this project evolved, picking up momentum every week. Rotarians meal orders go to support local restaurants, with some members donating meals to someone less fortunate downtown. “  Elias Husary, club president 2019-2020
Newly installed club president Anne Gealta and Petaluma Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Onita Pellegrini have kept the project going.  The list of local restaurants and caterers to the weekly rotation continues to expand an. Local businesses supported by the Rotary Club of Petaluma Lunch Project include
Sally Tomatoes, Riverfront Café, Sugo, Dempsey’s, Wild Goat Bistro, April’s Pantry, Rosen’s 256 North, Lombardi’s, Cucina Paradiso and Flamez
Petaluma Rotary Club Project Supports Area Restaurants…One Meal At A Time  Joanne Ferris 2020-11-06 08:00:00Z 0

Petaluma Rotary Zooming On!

Working together is one of the greatest benefits for members of the Rotary Club of Petaluma.  Due to the Shelter in Place order during the Covid 19 Pandemic, President Elias Husary has led the club on 12+ weekly Zoom meetings.  It's been a highlight of our weeks to log in and see our fellow Rotarians safely at home.   It's a behind the scenes look at our homes too.  One of the best parts of meeting via Zoom has been our guests, former members and family members joining in the fun.
Petaluma Rotary Zooming On! Joanne Ferris 2020-06-22 07:00:00Z 0
2020 Crab Feed Maggie Radany 2020-02-28 08:00:00Z 0

2019-2020 Petaluma Rotary Club President

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Starting his year as President on July 7, 2019, Elias Husary will be shaking things up a bit.  Focusing on membership, community and building a stronger foundation of service to others!!!
2019-2020 Petaluma Rotary Club President Anne Gealta 2019-12-12 08:00:00Z 0


For  the past twenty years the Rotary Club of Petaluma has been supporting needy families in the area through our Children’s Holiday Gift Program. Judi Allewelt has spearheaded this heart warming drive for the past fifteen years, and this past year was even more rewarding by the numbers! One hundred and forty six children from sixty two families received Christmas gifts! Children from needy families were identified by local schools in our area. Forms listing the clothing needs of each child, their ages, sizes and sex were compileted by the parents. 
Fortified with the information twenty eight shoppers assembled at Target in early December to make the purchases, led by President Elias Husary and Judi. Special toys are added for each child, and all gifts are delivered before Christmas to every family by twenty one Rotarian Elves! In addition to the $6,000 donated from our Rotary Club fund, the Petaluma Chapter of Realtors add $2,000 to support this worthy cause...making it a real very Merry Christmas for many youngsters!
HELPING SANTA Mike Ambrosio 2019-12-07 08:00:00Z 0


For several years now a group of Petaluma Rotarians and their friends join forces to display their golfing skills. This past September was no different when the golfing stalwarts congregated at the Petaluma Country Club, dressed in their finest for eighteen holes of match play. 
Close to fifty golfers engaged in the fun filled day and it wasn’t long before the “duffers” and the “hackers” we’re separated from the diehards! ..........JUST CHECK THOSE SCORES!
The day culminated with an entertaining dinner at the Club, where the day’s exploits on the green were recognized. After all was said and done, nearly $6,600 was added to the treasury of the Rotary Club of Petaluma.
ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT   2019-09-23 07:00:00Z 0


One of the more memorable field trips the Rotary Club of Petaluma had last summer was our visit to REARED IN STEEL on Washington St., in Petaluma. As you drive by the most fascinating creatures in ‘Reared In Steel’ rise above the fenced in area... a true wonderment! 
Once inside a tour of the facility by local artist Kevin Clark was all the more stimulating. Beside the unusual structures pictured below, our tour treated us to “things” that were being finalized for showing at Burning Man. 
Burning Man is an annual event in Black Rock City, Nev. (100 miles from Reno). Thousands of people attend dedicated to the community, art self expression and self reliance. 
And we got a peek in advance, right here in Petaluma!
FIELD TRIP...REARED IN STEEL  2019-08-08 07:00:00Z 0
ROTARY CLUB OF PETALUMA FOUNDATION Rick Mossi 2019-04-23 07:00:00Z 0
Annual Farmer's & Merchants Night 2019-03-20 07:00:00Z 0

2019 Annual Crab Feed

This years Crab feed was held on Friday, February 22nd at the Veteran's Memorial Hall.   It was a record breaking turnout of of over 550 people!  Some of the many great things this annual event  supports are:
Parks tree planting and restoration projects (austere City Parks budget)
 Dictionaries for 3rd Graders, especially those w/o Internet access
 Holiday clothing and other gifts to brighten up spirits of youth in need
 Supporting our schools with grants, mentorships, scholarships and more
Eliminate/prevent/control spread of diseases & treatment, clean water
 Projects abroad: build peace, reduce suffering, create sustainable jobs
 Salvation Army kitchen and facilities refurbishment for homeless youth
 PPSC Serenity Garden supporting CPS kids and Seniors in need
 Miracle League, Petaluma field for Bay Area kids with special needs
 Fire relief $5,000 grants, residents & small Biz w/o adequate insurance
We appreciate your continued support and look forward to seeing you again in 2020
2019 Annual Crab Feed Grace Nistler 2019-03-09 08:00:00Z 0
Annual Crab Feed and Pasta Dinner 2019-01-03 08:00:00Z 0

Children's Holiday Gifts

Preparing for the Children's Holiday Gifts starts in February every year with events like the crab feed, golf tournament and raffle tickets to help fund the program.  Along with support from the North Bay Association of Realtors, our Petaluma Rotary Club begins ramping up our holiday gift giving between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  
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2018 Business Expo

Our Petaluma Rotary Club is proud to be a member of the Petaluma Chamber of Commerce, headed up by our own Onita Pellegrini.  At the Chamber's recent 2018 Business Expo, our Rotarians Anne Gealta, Mike Ambrosio and Elias Husary (not pictured) enjoyed hosting our booth at the Lucchesi Community Center.   As business, professional and community leaders we always look forward to mingling with our local businesses.  We are always on the lookout to discover the needs and opportunities to help others, and we are passionate to share our Rotary stories about our contributions to support our community, reduce suffering around the world and build fellowship while having fun with our colleagues. 
And how about you?  Are you ready to join our 70 Club members and 1.2 million leaders around the world who work together to make the world a better place while building friendships, networks and receiving training?  Great - contact us by clicking on the "Get Involved/Contact Us" link above on the Menu Bar.   And believe it or not, there really are  free lunches (up to 3) on Thursday's for qualified guests who are interested to learn more about joining our Club!  But wait there's more - if you like to learn about what's going on in the community from local community leaders, you'll love our Rotary meetings where our guest speakers share their knowledge and wisdom!
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No such worry....’Tee It High. Let It Fly’ was the slogan adopted by the nattily attired Golfers who assembled at the Petaluma Country Club for the annual Petaluma Rotary Golf Tournament, Monday, Sept. 10 accompanied by bright sunshine and cool breezes..ideal weather conditions.  The check-in table was a buzz with warm greetings, hugs and laughter among the Rotarians, friends and associates who were treated to a savory, sportsmen like luncheon prior to Tee-Off. Hats off to fellow Rotarians Bill Groverman, Jay Palm and Ralph Sartori for tending to the tasty food.
Shortly thereafter the 15 teams of players took off in their golf carts to the Shotgun Start at the 9 hole course. In addition to playing the course, most of the golfers tried their putting skills on the practice green. Several did manage to nail the hole in one and had a playoff which was eventually won by Bill Johns. (additional list of winners below)
The old adage, “my golf game is improving. I miss the hole nearer now!” was attributed to most of the players. 
FORE! FORE! HACKERS BEWARE! 2018-09-13 07:00:00Z 0


Our Fellow Rotarian's need our support. 

Middletown Rotary is holding a Fire Relief Benifit on October 14th, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm at the Middletown Mansion Event Center in Middletown. Event is  Wine-Beer-Eat-Shop and Music. See attached flyer for more info.

Middletown 2018-09-10 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Days Gala Sunday Pot Luck Picnic Grace Nistler 2018-09-07 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Days Gala Sunday Potluck Picnic Grace Nistler 2018-09-07 07:00:00Z 0


Posted by Mike Ambrosio


When you can combine Fun at a Fund raiser it is a WIN! WIN! And when the three Rotary Clubs of Petaluma combine their resources and talent it is a triple WIN! That ‘s exactly what happened, Monday’s “For The Children’s” pasta dinner at Brewster’s Beer Garden.


FUN, FUN, FUN AT FUND RAISER FOR THE CHILDREN! Mike Ambrosio 2018-08-09 07:00:00Z 0

FIRE UPDATE, July 31st

Sadly, once again Northern California fires are devastating homes and businesses.   On July 30, Dirk Slooten LARCA Co-Chair notified partner Chris Ranney and other LARCA team leaders:
Hi All
As we all know by now this is a new norm , fire relief , please contact your club and ask for donations 
we will update the LARCA website to include the recent fire survivors and displaced 
Dirk Slooten
Chair of the Rotary District 5130 Fire Relief Committee
FIRE UPDATE, July 31st Michael Nistler 2018-07-31 07:00:00Z 0
For the Children - Pasta Dinner 2018-07-11 07:00:00Z 0



When the sun broke through the shadows of the recently built Playground, a group of Petaluma Rotarians gathered in support of the  ground breaking ceremony for THE MIRACLE LEAGUE on Monday, June 18. The day finally arrived as Jennifer Richardson and her Board Members warmly greeted a large group of “partners” for the long awaited event. Joining in the festivities along with Petaluma Rotary Club members were community leaders, board members, friends and families. The workers were standing by to begin the chore of developing the area into a specialized baseball field.
It won’t  be long before Liam Richardson and the thousands of special needs youngsters throughout the Greater Northern California area will answer the call of...PLAY. BALL in their very own ballpark.
MIRACLE LEAGUE 2018-06-19 07:00:00Z 0
Broadway Under The Stars Grace Nistler 2018-06-15 07:00:00Z 0


Posted by Mike Ambrosio
When Jennifer Strong walked onto the stage at the McClellan Conference Center to open the Annual District 5130 Conference held this past weekend, we knew we were about to feel…. “Where Dreams Take Flight’…. And true to form the dynamic Jennifer never wavered!  Under District Governor, Bob Roger's guidance, she kept the conference “flying” at a pace we all appreciated.
While focusing on the theme that… One person’s idea can make a HUGE difference… we proved that over 300 Rotarians and friends can make a successful conference.  That we did!
DISTRICT 5130 ANNUAL CONFERENCE  Mike Ambrosio 2018-05-22 07:00:00Z 0

2018 Grant Foundation

The Rotary Club of Petaluma Foundation 2018 Grant Cycle Opens
The Rotary Club of Petaluma Foundation is pleased to again be able to accept applications for grants from academic and non-academic, non-profit organizations providing service to our community. To access the application link here:  2018 currently closed
Application Guidelines can be downloaded from here:  2018 Grant Information Guidelines
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Saturday, April 14.....A group of Rotarians assembled at Lucchesi Park, with shovels, rakes and their brauns, to help kick off the tree planting project with a big assist from Mother Nature under sunny skies and a beautiful Spring Day. The project, funded through a District Matching Grant, will add to the beauty of our city parks. 
TREE PLANTING PROJECT KICKS OFF IN FINE STYLE Mike Ambrosio 2018-04-16 07:00:00Z 1 Lucchesi,Miracle League,Petaluma Rotary,Tree Planting,rotarians

Farmers and Merchants Night

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.
Farmers and Merchants Night Grace Nistler 2018-04-06 07:00:00Z 0

Citizen of the Year

Last Night at the
2018 Community Awards of Excellence,
Our very own club president Chris Ranney was crowned, "Citizen of the Year".   Chris was presented by Joanne Ferris and the following was her introduction.


We come together this evening to recognize some individuals and businesses for making a difference in our lives.   We have stepped out of our individual silos and arenas to gather as a community.  
What a great way to spend our time!  And let’s take a moment to acknowledge
  • our Petaluma Chamber of Commerce and
  • the  Argus Courier News organization for making this possible……
Citizen of the Year 2018-04-06 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Crab Feed 2018

rotary crab feed 2018 

Get the right people in the room all focused on doing good in the world and amazing things can happen.  That just about sums up our annual Crab Feed on February 23, 2018 at the Petaluma Veterans Building.  Months of planning resulted in a sold out event of 525+ people feasting and funding local and international projects of the Rotary Club of Petaluma.
Rotary Crab Feed 2018 2018-03-06 08:00:00Z 0


12:00 p.m., October 16, 2017

Sonoma County Sheriff's Office

 Welcome Home! The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office is lifting all evacuation orders in the following areas.  If you live in these areas, you can return home now.  Please read the instructions for your neighborhood below.  There will be more law enforcement personnel in your neighborhood to keep you safe. 
Bennett Valley Road and the area east of Petaluma Hill Road.  This area is open except for the road closures listed below.  You do not need to check in with anyone or have a law enforcement escort.
  • Bennett Valley Road at Holly Oak Way.  No access allowed east of that point. 
  • Bennett Valley Road at Keiser Ranch Road.  No access allowed west of that intersection. 
  • Warms Springs Road at Sonoma Mountain Road.  No access allowed east of that that intersection.
Note that Bennett Valley Road between Holly Oak Way and Keiser Ranch Road is still closed. This includes Enterprise, Old Bennett Ridge, Bardy and Rollo Rd. These area are closed.
The following road closures have been removed and roads are now open:
  • Bennett Valley at Yulupa Road
  • Petaluma Hill at Crane Canyon
  • Roberts Road at Lichau Road
 Kenwood:  Residents located outside the burn area will be allowed to return home. Areas outside of the burn area are defined by the road closures listed below. 
  • Highway 12 is only open between Greene St and Dunbar Rd. . 
 There are two ways to access Kenwood.  From Bennett Valley Road, take Sonoma Mountain Road to Warm Springs Road into Kenwood.  From Petaluma Hill Road, take Warm Springs Road into Kenwood.  All residents must check in at the checkpoint at Warm Springs Road at Mound Avenue.  Bring your ID or paperwork that shows you live in Kenwood.  
Boyes Hot Springs: Advisory evacuations lifted, including area east of Hwy 12 to the fire perimeter and south from Madrone Rd to Verano Ave.
Glen Ellen: East of Arnold Dr to fire perimeter and south from Martin St.
City of Sonoma: East of Hwy 12 to 4th St East and south of E. Verano to East and West Spain St.
City of Sonoma: 7th St East from E. Napa St south to Denmark St.
The County is attempting to resume regular garbage service in this area a

For full details, view this message on the web.


Informational note

For those of us housing evacuees curious of the daily status report when their community is no longer restricted due to mandatory evacuation orders,  refer to the following website:
Of course, we should all continue to the "PUSH Notifications" from official local government websites to view the most current conditions via emails and/or text notifications via the Nixle and SoCoAlerts systems:
Or if you prefer to look directly on the Nixle webite to "PULL Down" the information yourself, go to:
Michael Nistler


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12:26 PM

Petaluma Police Department

Advisory: Request for NO MORE donations at Evacuation Centers in Petaluma.                                                                                                                                                      ;      
For Immediate Release                                                                          Sunday October 15, 2017 
Issued By: Lieutenant Ron Klein, Petaluma PD, 707.778.4350, email: rklein@ci.petaluma.ca.us
Incident:  Request for NO MORE donations at Evacuation Centers in Petaluma.    

Location: Petaluma Evacuation Centers  
October 15, 2017 
The Emergency Operating Center in Petaluma wants to thank everyone who has made donations to the various evacuation centers in the city of Petaluma. The support not only this community has shown but also communities from all over Norther California has been amazing.
We now request no more donations of water, clothes, food or any other items to any of the evacuation centers in Petaluma. The centers are at capacity now as far as donated items and cannot take anymore.
Again thank you to everyone’s generosity and community spirit. Financial donations can be made through the Red Cross and various other relief funds created for victims of the Sonoma County Fires. 

For full details, view this message on the web.


12:57 PM

Petaluma Police Department

Advisory: Smoke being reported to Petaluma Police Department is from the fire near the east side of Santa Rosa and is not a danger to Petaluma.

For Immediate Release                                                                          Sunday October 15, 2017 
Issued By:  Lieutenant Ron Klein, Petaluma PD, 707.778.4350, email: rklein@ci.petaluma.ca.us
Incident:   Smoke being reported to Petaluma Police Department is from the fire near the east side of Santa Rosa and is not a danger to Petaluma.    

October 15, 2017 
The Petaluma Police Department has received numerous 911 calls into its dispatch center regarding the smoke north of Petaluma. This smoke is from the fire east of Santa Rosa and is not a danger to Petaluma. Please do not call the Petaluma Police Department or 911 regarding this smoke as it is overwhelming our dispatch staff.
Updates regarding this fire will be provided by CalFire. Thank you for your assistance in this matter. 

For full details, view this message on the web.


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D5130 Fire Relief Fund - Bob Rogers & Barb Spangler, Oct 14th letter

“Rotary takes ordinary men and women and gives them extraordinary opportunities to do more with their lives than they ever dreamed possible” 
Clem Renouf, Past Rotary International President

Good afternoon District 5130 Presidents, PE’s and AG’s. Isn’t that quote just the truth. Now is our opportunity to do extraordinary things that only Rotary gives us the power to do so. We wanted to reach out to you with a brief overview of where we are 5 days into this tragedy. Below and attached are items you can help disseminate to your club membership and local communities.

  1. Rotary District 5130 Fire Relief FundThe Rotary Fire Relief fund that was established in 2015 by the Rotary clubs in Lake County has been expanded to support the affected counties in D5130. The website for donations is www.larca5130.org.  The infrastructure is already in place and the successful deployment and use of this fund by Lake County Rotarians brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. Attached you will find 3 documents:

i. Fire Relief Fund Overview: This document is intended to give you an overview of how the Fire Relief Fund will be administered and examples of how it will work based on past experiences from Lake County fire relief.

HOW TO USE:  Disseminate internally to club members as well as potential donors looking for information on how the fund will work

ii. Fire Relief Fund Flier: This flier has basic information on how to donate to the fund. It is in a JPEG format so that it can be easily uploaded to social media.

HOW TO USE: Upload to personal, business and club social media pages and encourage sharing.  Forward to everyone in your address book via email.

iii. Press Release: The press release includes more detailed information on the fund.


a. Forward to all local media contacts for immediate release

b. Forward to contacts in other locations for immediate publication

c. Share on all social media

2. Rotarian Evacuees: Check in with your membership. Verify that all Rotarian evacuees are properly housed. Jennifer Strong has an extensive list of Rotarians throughout our District and neighboring districts ready to open their homes. Contact her at jenniferstrong@jestrong or call 707-349-0815 if you know of Rotarians needing a place to go.

3. Donation solicitations: Right now, our neighboring communities are asking how they can help. It is recommended that you discourage the solicitation of physical donations such as food, water, clothing, bedding, etc. As Lake County learned during the 2015 fires, we run the risk of receiving mountains of items that end up being a strain on volunteer manpower and also items that cannot be used as they don’t fit the need. It is recommended to do the following:
  1. Contact the local shelter director and establish trust relationship. Identify their needs and work off of that. Try to control the movement of physical goods into the communities tailored around the need. Experience is that funding to pay for the cost of evacuee meals as well as small denomination gift cards ($25-50) are the most useful for the evacuees and the shelter. Meal preparation and volunteers are also always needed.

ii. Encourage cash donations to the District 5130 Rotary Fire Relief Fund (www.larca5130.org) so that the funds can be deployed in a systematic manner and again, tailored to the need.  

PS – We are working on marketing the Rotary District 5130 Fire Relief and need photographs that you would be willing to share. If you can please email them to larca5130@gmail.com.

As always, thank you for all you do for Rotary!

Bob Rogers
DG District 5130 2017-2018

Barb Spangler
DGE District 5130

October 14, 2017

D5130 Fire Relief Fund - Bob Rogers & Barb Spangler, Oct 14th letter 2017-10-14 07:00:00Z 0


12:12 AM
PUBLIC ALERT - Combination of low humidity, warm temperatures, strong winds (Courtesy Google)
* HIGHEST THREAT...Strongest winds are expected along the eastern
portion of Napa Valley and from the City of Sonoma north along
the Highway 12 corridor from late Friday night into Saturday
Michael Nistler note:  See www.windy.com for current wind direction/speed forecast


.North to northeast winds are forecast to increase once again
late Friday evening and become locally strong and gusty late
Friday night and Saturday morning. Strongest winds are expected to
be at elevations above 1500 feet in the North Bay Mountains and
East Bay hills on Friday night and Saturday morning. Breezy
conditions are also expected at isolated lower elevation
locations, mainly along parts of Napa Valley and eastern Sonoma
County from the city of Sonoma northward along the Highway 12
corridor. Winds are forecast to gradually decrease Saturday
afternoon and evening. A wind advisory has been issued in
conjunction with the red flag warning for the gusty offshore
winds at the higher elevations.


* AFFECTED AREA...Fire weather zone 506. North Bay Valleys.

* WIND...North 10 to 20 mph with possible gusts to 30 mph and
isolated gusts to 35 mph.

* HUMIDITY...Minimum daytime values between 10-20 percent with
night time recovery values between 30-45 percent.
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12:27 AM
A number of Rotarians have been asking how they can contribute to the upcoming relief effort that is going to be required in the coming days, weeks, months, and yes, even years.  We have the answer...The Rotary District 5130 Fire Relief Fund.   


LARCA  (Lake Area Rotary Clubs Association) that so successfully collected and distributed almost a million dollars in response to the Lake County Fires that occurred the last two years, has now expanded their efforts to include the Lake, Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino County victims of the most recent fires still blazing in those four  counties.  

Please download and read the attached flyer and press release for full information on how and why to donate.

We encourage you to send the flyer and press release to everyone on your mailing list, and every media source you may have far and wide. 

Go to District 5130 facebook page, like it and then share the information on our personal page as well as every club page.

Let's make a difference.  

Yours in Service,

Bob Rogers
Rotary 5130 District Governor
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D5130 Donations for 10/17 Fire Relief

October 13, 12:27 AM

A number of Rotarians have been asking how they can contribute to the upcoming relief effort that is going to be required in the coming days, weeks, months, and yes, even years.  We have the answer...The Rotary District 5130 Fire Relief Fund.   


LARCA  (Lake Area Rotary Clubs Association) that so successfully collected and distributed almost a million dollars in response to the Lake County Fires that occurred the last two years, has now expanded their efforts to include the Lake, Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino County victims of the most recent fires still blazing in those four  counties.  

Please download and read the attached flyer and press release for full information on how and why to donate.

We encourage you to send the flyer and press release to everyone on your mailing list, and every media source you may have far and wide. 

Go to District 5130 facebook page, like it and then share the information on our personal page as well as every club page.

Let's make a difference.  

Yours in Service,

Bob Rogers
Rotary 5130 District Governor
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4:01 PM
Dear Rotarians,
In our efforts to keep everyone up-to-date on club matters related to the local fires, below are some important announcements:
I. First, from Mike Stauber: 
Due to the fires, the Youth Exchange BBQ scheduled for this Friday, October 13th has been cancelled. I want to thank you for volunteering for this wonderful yearly event.  I will be back in touch once I have a new date for the event and I hope you will still be able to volunteer. Sending thoughts of safety to you and your families and our community. 
Mike Stauber
II. I visited two of the largest evacuation centers today in Petaluma and asked them how and when do they need volunteers:
1. Lucchesi Center:
* 8 am to 11 am to help in the kitchen and set up for lunch. 
* 7 pm to 9 pm to help with dinner and getting the main auditorium ready for the night shift (setting up cots for people to sleep on)
2. Vets Hall:
* 4 pm to 6 pm to help prep and serve dinner
Both locations have a lot of food and supplies, so they are asking that you NOT bring anything to the centers at this time.
III. The first Friendship Feast that was set for Saturday, Oct 14 and hosted by Tawny and Onita has been cancelled, but will be re-scheduled soon. If you were invited to attend this FF, you may have already been contacted, but wanted to be sure you knew.
Thanks again for everything that you are doing during these difficult times including volunteering, hosting people at their homes and helping coordinate help and communications. I'm so proud to be a member of this club!
All the best, 
\11 AM
Jennifer Strong advises us that this afternoon our D5130 District Governor Bob Rogers will email us information regarding fire-relief donations, website access and coordinated Rotary efforts.   As you will recall, Jen has demonstrated incredible leadership with the Lake County Area fires.  We will update this post as we receive information in the coming hours.  In the interim, you, your family and your friends are welcome to view Jennifer's incredible presentation (video) and story she shared with our Petaluma Rotary Club this summer:
As you know, we are currently in a Red Flag Alert condition - a confluence of wind speed, high temperature and low humidity.
Here's a helpful website to evaluate the current wind speed, direction and forecast by day using an online animated map:


Current analysis - looking good with easterly winds until midday Saturday, then 9 Knots South/South-WEST winds gusting to 23 Knots.  On Sunday, the wind direction is currently forecast to be even "worse" - blowing straight WEST but fortunately only 3 to 5 Knots with gusts 12-15 Knots midday.  Stay tuned and keep your eyes on the www.windy.com  (or download the app on your smartphone).
Michael Nistler

In the upper-left corner (on the actual website page), enter "Petaluma" and select Petaluma Sonoma County, California to zoom in to view daily forecast at bottom of the page - the animation here is using the current time. 
You can also change the forecasted time using the "play" mode, either selecting a giving time on the horizontal timeline or even providing a daily moving animation.
To enter this mode, click the red X and then press the play icon (triangle pointing right in lower-left corner on the actual website using the above link).  You can toggle between the two modes by clicking at the top of the screen, "Forecast for this location"

Here is a static example taken at 9PM Wednesday:
And if you love to play with toys, in the lower-right corner of the collapsed view (on the actual website), you can click on the windsock to see actual data from National Weather Service collection stations (like our Petaluma airport), the forecasted weather (cloud icon with peeking sun) that shows aggregated highlight wind direction and speed in mph, etc.  Below illustrates the current forecast issue with reverse wind direction (blowing SOUTH-WEST) 5 mph at 9 AM on Sunday.
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Fellow Rotarians,
Due to the severe circumstances related to the current and future fire conditions surrounding us, THE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12TH ROTARY MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED. I have conferred with Board members and listened to the most up-to-date new conference on the Sonoma County conditions and we all agree that this is the most prudent course of action for the following reasons:

1. The weather conditions are expected to worsen overnight with high winds that will exacerbate the current fires and may start new ones.

2. First responders will continue to be on the roads responding to all situations, so any unnecessary travel is discouraged. Bottom line: Stay put for safety, your own health conditions and keeping the roads clear for fire, police and medical responders.

3.  A lot of us are still volunteering at evacuation centers, helping family, friends, and business clients with the current situation. These are priority ONE issues for many people right now.

Please share this information with any of your fellow club members who may not check emails on a regular basis. I’ll be up at the club tomorrow to let people know, should they not get the word.
Also, please be sure to follow the most current updates that we are posting on our web site under the URGENT-Sonoma County Fires link on the top of the Home Page.
With all that’s going on, I wanted to thank everyone for the amazing amount of help, support and challenging work you’re all doing on behalf of so many people in need. The area is still in an emergency situation, so our help will be needed for weeks and months to come. As Rotarians, we will always be there for people whenever and wherever they need us.
Stay safe,
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OCTOBER 10, 2017
6:56 PM (repeat from below, shown here based on important actionable item...)
Petaluma Police Department
Advisory: Petaluma PD Emergency Communications Reminder For Updates about Red Flag Fire Warning Tomorrow
For Immediate Release 
Date:  October 10, 2017
Issued By:     Deputy Chief Tara Salizzoni, tsalizzoni@ci.petaluma.ca.us,   

Petaluma Police Emergency Communications Reminder
For Updates about Red Flag Fire Warning Tomorrow

Petaluma, California – Due to the unpredictable nature of the fires and the red flag warning issued for tomorrow, the Petaluma Police Department wants to remind anyone who is not currently a Nixle subscriber to do so as soon as possible to receive emergency communications from public safety agencies in the region.  The service is free and residents can subscribe by texting their zip code to 888777.  We are also asking everyone to share this information with friends and family through their social media networks. 
Residents can also connect with PPD on Nextdoor, Twitter, or Facebook for current emergency information or instructions.  Current fire conditions can be referenced at the following link:
9:46 PM (repeat from below, shown here based on important actionable item...)

Petaluma Police Department

Advisory: *****Updated Shelter Information**** Petaluma Shelters Have 185 beds remaining. Evacuees may need to seek shelter in Marin County

Updated Shelter Information

Petaluma Area Emergency Shelters are almost at capacity and the Petaluma Fairground Shelter is at capacity and not able to accept any more community members at this time.

The following Petaluma Shelters still have spaces available;

Petaluma Vets  Building 1094 Petaluma Blvd S. (40 spaces)

Calvary Chapel 1955 South McDowell Blvd. (40 spaces)

New Life Christian Chuch 1315 Rand Ave. (75-100 spaces)

Shelters are open and available in Marin County.  

Evacuees in need of shelter may report to the Marin Center Exhibit Hall at 10 Avenue of the Flags in San Rafael. Small pets such as dogs and cats are welcome at the temporary shelter.

Marin Humane will provide emergency boarding options for all domestic animals (cats, dogs, etc.) at its main shelter located at 171 Bel Marin Keys Boulevard, Novato. Additional information can be found by calling 415-883-4621 

Since cell phone service is limited in many areas, the public is encouraged to text your text your zip code to 888777 to get information such as evacuation orders, emergency shelter locations, and road closures.

Additional information is available at sonomacounty.ca.gov/FES/Emergency-Management/Emergency-Shelters/   and   www.marincounty.org

For full details, view this message on the web.


10:12 PM

Petaluma Police Department

Advisory: Sonoma County Red Cross Seeking Volunteers.

Sonoma CountyRed Cross Volunteers Needed

Red Cross is in need of volunteers to assist fire evacuees.  Red Cross has exhausted their volunteer pool and many additional hands are now needed during this emergency. Anyone interested can call 707-573-3399 to volunteer or signup via their website at http://tinyurl.com/RedCrossVolOctober2017

For full details, view this message on the web.

10 AM
Petaluma community help/lodging center continue to receive homeless and provide services for those in need.
While we all are receiving news reports about the Napa fires, evacuation on All Road north of Trinity Rook in Santa Rosa, a "boil water" notice in the Santa Rosa Fountaingrove area and other reports, Petaluma continues to be safe and without Police/.Sheriff reports this morning.  
We are getting emails from our Petaluma Rotarians who are providing food, clothing, bedding, services to the shelters and offers to take-in homeless at our residences (thank you Jennifer Strong for your coordination).  MANY THANKS for living our motto, "Service above Self."
We will provide more details later today - meanwhile I am headed to the Petaluma Elks Lodge with Mike Caruana to prepare meals for those in need.
May God bless you, your family and loved ones.
Michael Nistler
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7:49 AM
Dear Fellow Rotarian,
I'm sure you're all aware of the devastating fires in Santa Rosa and other parts of Sonoma and Napa Counties. The personal stories of friends and loved ones who have been impacted are all coming in now. A friend and fellow Rotarian in Glen Ellen lost his home and his whole neighborhood burned down.
I'll keep this message brief: Please consider opening your homes to evacuees who may need temporary housing due to these fires. This would include fellow Rotarians and others who have been impacted by these fires. 
Stay safe, and we'll get more information to you on how we can all help as the day progresses.  (continue below for ongoing details...)
Start 10/9 3:52 PM - End 10/10 5 AM   (Hopeful signs for changing weather - Michael Nistler)
National Weather Service San Francisco CA
351 PM PDT Mon Oct 9 2017
...Red Flag Warning Until 5 am Tuesday morning...
.Red Flag Warning remains in effect overnight for ongoing
wildfires, shifting winds and low humidity that will be a direct
threat to life and property.
North Bay Interior Valleys-
351 PM PDT Mon Oct 9 2017
* WIND...Winds shifting to the south 10 to 15 mph with gusts 20
* HUMIDITY...10 to 20 percent through sunset. Recovering 25-40
  percent overnight.
* HIGHEST THREAT...Windy locations through the Napa Valley and
  northern Sonoma County valleys.
* IMPACTS...ongoing fires may shift in different directions as
  southerly winds develop.
A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions
are either occurring now...or will shortly. A combination of
strong winds...low relative humidity...and warm temperatures can
contribute to extreme fire behavior.
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New President Takes the Lead

Our new club president, Chris Ranney opened his first meeting of the year to a well attended meeting on July 13.  Over 75 members and guests enjoyed a buffet of barbecued steaks, Pedroni's potato salad, green salad, fruit and cheesecake. Everyone was in great spirits looking forward to our leader's inaugural effort.  Of course, the tradition of pranks played on the president during a first meeting continued in fine fashion.  
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Elias Husary Named Rotarian of the Year

At the June 25 debunking, outgoing president Lee Reposa awarded Elias Husary with "Rotarian of the Year" for 2016-2017.  Elias is co-chair of the club's Children's Holiday Project and took a leadership role supporting Miracle League North Bay.  President Lee noted Elias worked diligently to support the club and he did so with great character.  Elias led the outreach to restaurants for the Fork to Field raffle last fall as well.  Most recently, he spent the afternoon at Westminster Woods assisting with the RYLA barbecue dinner in June.  Congratulations Elias!
Elias Husary Named Rotarian of the Year Joanne Ferris 2017-07-05 07:00:00Z 0

3 Petaluma Clubs Provide BBQ Dinner for District Youth Leaders

Rotary Youth Leadership Award Camp honored 65 high school seniors at a week long live in camp at Westminster Woods June 18 - 13.  RYLA is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and District 5130 where students develop their skills as a leader while having fun and making connections.  Members of the Rotary Clubs of Petaluma, Petaluma Sunrise and Petaluma Valley volunteer to barbecue and serve a TriTip Dinner each Year.  


3 Petaluma Clubs Provide BBQ Dinner for District Youth Leaders Joanne Ferris 2017-06-23 07:00:00Z 0

District Grant Telemedicine Grant Complete

The Rotary Club of Petaluma's District Grant partnered with the Rotary Club of Shanghai and Quai Hua Foundation to facilitate a telemedicine project and a doctor's exchange between the US and Children's Hospital of Fudan University.  This spring, a visiting team from the US toured the hospital and saw the grant in action.    District grants are 1:1 matching grants from Rotary District 5130 to fund a short term project or activity that a club wants to do within the time frame of a single Rotary year. 
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Paul Harris Fellow Award Presented to Jay Palm

The presentation of Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundation’s way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. It is named for our founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905.  Jay's wife Carleen and his sons Jim and Jake joined him at the meeting for the award.  

A contribution to The Rotary Foundation is an investment in the ideal of goodwill, peace and understanding. That is an ideal held high by Rotarians the world over, and one that Jay clearly shares. Working with such individuals of goodwill, we believe the ideal will become a reality.
Paul Harris Fellow Award Presented to Jay Palm Joanne Ferris 2017-04-04 07:00:00Z 0

McKinley Aviation Club

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One of the activities our Club sponsors at McKinley Elementary School is the McKinley Aviation Club, founded and spearheaded by Past District Governor Ed Fullerton. Their club year ends with a field trip to the Pacific Coast Air Museum in Santa Rosa where the students get to actually experience flight. This year sixteen students, 2 parents and 3 club advisors went flying with 4 volunteer PCAM pilots in their private aircraft. Everyone was excited and brave and for the 3rd year in a row, there were no injuries and and no upset tummies! Yahoo! Special thanks to PCAM, the pilots and volunteers for a great day!-Ed
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Fork to Field Winners 

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Onita Pellegrini and Sally Brasseur won the Fork to Field raffle supporting the Miracle League North Bay! The winning ticket was drawn Thursday at the Petaluma Rotary club meeting. They won fourteen (14) $100 gift cards to local restaurants and 14 bottles of wine. All of the proceeds support the start-up costs for the Miracle League. Congratulations, Onita and Sally!

The Miracle League makes dreams come true for children and adults with special needs. The Rotary Club of Petaluma helped support a committed group of local parents to build a Miracle League Field and play structure at Lucchesi Park in Petaluma. This is a uniquely designed and multi-use field that is fully accessible for children and adults with intellecual and/or physical disabilities. 

Rotary helped jumpstart fundraising with a "Fork to Field" raffle where the lucky winner(s) will be dining out for a year!

Fork to Field Winners Hannah Barnett 2016-12-02 00:00:00Z 0

Helping people with disabilities make their own music

Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
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Finding Safe Haven

For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
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Saving lives in Ghana

What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
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India celebrates three years without polio

Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
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Dictionary project defines giving

Posted by Alexandra Stieber
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Dear Rotary Club, Thank you for the handsome dictionary. This is going to make me smarter. My favorite page is 842. It is a picture of presidents. When I looked up the word frog it was easy to find. Merry Christmas, Rodrigo."

Rodrigo, a third-grader at the Cinnabar School in Petaluma, Calif., recently received an English dictionary from the Rotary Club of Petaluma. He is one of thousands of students who have benefited from the club's dictionary project, which helps bring dictionaries to third-graders in public and private schools throughout the country, since it began in 1999.


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Security and Integrity of Your Data

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ClubRunner secures all your private information using the latest security technologies. Hosted in a world class data centre with redundant power, Internet backbones and 24/7 security and monitoring, you can rest assured that your club data is safe and protected. Your members' contact information is secured behind unique logins and passwords. Access to information is also restricted, for example, a member can only view the list of members, but can modify his or her own personal information.

Data on the server is protected by TCP/IP filtering, firewall and anti-virus software that protect against any unauthorized intrusion. Backups of data are made daily and stored off-site.

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