Event Types

DEBUNKING - Venue is Sally Tomatoes

Celebrating Heather-Ann's year as president and welcoming Pat as next year's president.

Jun 29, 2018 5:00 PM

Join us to celebrate the start of Pat's term as club president

What an honor to serve as President in a year when the motto is “Be the Inspiration”.  I look forward to becoming the Inspiration for our membership, our community and the world.

I fell in love with Rotary while attending Festival of Brotherhood with Rotary District 4150 in Guadalajara, Mexico. The opportunity to visit projects with such need truly inspired me to help. From the Children’s Cancer Ward at the University Hospital to a shelter for abused girls, we are the Inspiration and the hope for so many people.

The Rotary Club of Rohnert Park/Cotati has always been the Inspiration for our Community. In April of 2018, we were honored by the Rohnert Park City Council for our volunteer work cleaning out the creeks in town and removing over two and a half tons of debris! Two of our members travelled to Mexico during “Rivers of the World Clean-up” to clean the Rio Ameca near Guadalajara, Mexico

Our club members represent the Inspiration of Rohnert Park and Cotati. We are all involved either locally or globally.  From schooling in Africa, medical aid in Guatemala and with projects in Ethiopia and Uganda. Ask me about Bees!

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention what it was like to serve on the Fire Relief Committee as an interviewer. To be able to give assistance checks to survivors after the devastating October wildfire season was one of the most humbling and inspiring things I have been privileged to complete as a Rotarian.

As sponsors of several local Interact Clubs at Technology High School and Rancho Cotati High School, we are the Inspiration for a multitude of young people to remember Service above Self, the Rotary Motto. These students in the past years have sponsored students at schools in Africa, built bridges near Mt Kilimanjaro and provided clean water for countless through the Clean Water Projects throughout the World. These students understand the meaning of “Be the Inspiration”.

Beginning our 42nd year of existence in this Community, we will continue to “Be the Inspiration” by continuing our projects with Project Helping Hands which assists Senior Citizens with minor household jobs. We support literacy, providing all third graders within our district their own colorful dictionary; We provide scholarship to high school seniors and to Sonoma State University and so much more!

Within my Presidential year, I hope to have fun and celebrate “Being the Inspiration”.

Please join us on Tuesday mornings at 7:00am at the DoubleTree Hotel in Rohnert Park or follow us on Facebook. You are always welcome to “Be the Inspiration”!

Yours in Rotary Service,

Pat Miller

Jul 10, 2018

Club Membership and Rotary's Priority #1 Plus Initiatives

Club leaders and the club membership committee are familiar with recruitment and retention issues, as well as the tools available to help.  The big challenge however is to ensure that all club members are on the same page; that we convey the same message to prospective Rotarians.  This mini-workshop will endeavor to do just that.

Jul 17, 2018

Community Matters

Our Mission

"To wake up the courage of students and adults to create schools and communities that are welcoming, safe and inclusive."


Community Matters is recognized as an innovative and thought-leading organization committed to improving the social-emotional climate of our nation's schools and communities. Founded in 1996, Community Matters (CM) has evolved from its earliest focus on youth development and bullying prevention to become a widely respected consulting, training and presenting organization. CM provides programs and services for educational, youth-serving and governmental entities.

Community Matters has worked with more than 1,700 schools, agencies and organizations across 38 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and Canada. Our work has been featured in numerous media outlets, and we have presented to audiences at the local, state, regional, and national levels.

Jul 24, 2018

Regional State of the Nation Discussion

Mike Thompson represents California's 5th Congressional District. The district includes all of Napa and parts of Contra Costa, Lake, Solano and Sonoma Counties. He was first elected in 1998. Prior to serving in Congress, Rep. Thompson represented California's 2nd District in the California State Senate where he chaired the powerful Budget Committee.

He is a member of the powerful House Committee on Ways and Means.

Thompson is the co-founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Wine Caucus, which consists of over 215 U.S. Senators and House members. He is also a member and former co-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus. He is also a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, which is composed of moderate Democrats committed to bipartisan problem solving.

Thompson was the first Vietnam veteran elected to the California State Senate. He served in combat with the U.S. Army as a staff sergeant/platoon leader with the 173rd Airborne Brigade where he was wounded and received a Purple Heart. He was also an instructor at the Army's Airborne School.

Thompson is recognized in Congress and throughout his district as a moderate Democrat who has built a solid reputation for bipartisan problem solving. While serving in the State Senate he authored California's landmark Welfare Reform Act with Republican Senator Ken Maddy.

Thompson is a small vineyard owner and was the maintenance supervisor for the Beringer Winery. He has taught Public Administration and State Government at San Francisco State University and California State University, Chico.

He is married to Janet Thompson, a family nurse practitioner. They have two sons, a firefighter and a deputy sheriff, and three wonderful grandchildren.

Aug 02, 2018 12:00 PM

Sonoma County Regional Parks

Whitaker has more than 20 years of experience in public administration and parks and recreation management. He has led Regional Parks' operations and maintenance division for the past decade. In that role, he has been responsible for public access and safety at 56 parks, beaches, campgrounds, and trails encompassing 12,000 acres.

Whitaker, 43, joined Regional Parks as a lifeguard in 1995 and ran the department’s aquatics program from 1999 to 2007. His experience also includes administering a large outdoor education program in Washington and operating an industrial waste consulting business in the Pacific Northwest.

A native of Texas, Whitaker has a degree in environmental science from Northern Arizona University. He is president of the U.S. Lifesaving Association’s northwest region and serves on local public safety and natural resource committees. He lives in Santa Rosa with his wife and two daughters.

Whitaker’s achievements include the opening of Taylor MountainNorth Sonoma Mountain, the Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail, and other new parkland, the modernization of park entries with automated pay stations, and the addition of new attractions at Spring Lake Regional Park. Whitaker also expanded public safety outreach along the Russian River and has advocated for natural resource protections in the watershed. In addition, Whitaker coordinated the county’s interim management of Annadel State Park when it was slated for closure in 2012.

Aug 28, 2018

Alliance for Smiles - Providing cleft lip and palate repair in under-served areas of the world

In October of 2004 six members of the Rotary Club of San Francisco founded Alliance for Smiles (AfS). Each of them had been involved with other cleft lip and palate organizations and collectively they wanted to create two types of programs: to send medical teams to sites to perform corrective surgery, and to create treatment centers where the protocol of cleft treatment in the United States could be replicated.

With these two dreams as the goal, Alliance for Smiles recruited Dr. Karin Vargervik, Director of the Cleft Lip and Palate Treatment Center at the UCSF Medical Center, to head the Treatment Center Program.

Why China was chosen as the first country to be approached with this concept

• There was a tremendous need for treatment as one in 350 children were born annually with the cleft anomaly

• AfS members had pre-existing relationships with the China Population Welfare Foundation and the State Family Planning Commission to facilitate the logistics. Additionally, there was an infra-structure that could be used to set up treatment centers.

• There was also an intense interest by the Chinese to learn about treatment centers and establish them at sites.

From just two missions to China in 2005, Alliance for Smiles has grown quickly. As of August 2017, we have completed missions all over the world.

Sep 11, 2018