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Laurie Darling's Husband Steve Motorcycle Project - September 23, 2020

After many years of riding a two wheel motorcycle racing dirt track and then pleasure riding, Steve Darling became disabled and unable to ride any longer.  

Missing this hobby, he decided to make a three wheel trike that he could ride with his physical limitations. This first project the Yaba Daba Doo – it is a Fiero back and originally had a Harley front. 

Steve recently replaced the Harley front with a Suzuki front due to needing a braking mechanism for the front wheel (safer to have front and  back brakes).  The Yaba Daba Doo is headed for Hawaii for him to ride there.  No worries, he has a second similar trike he is keeping here in California to ride!  Riding is a peaceful way to forget your troubles.  I am super proud of his creative talent. 

Laurie Darling

District Conference Sat Oct 24 2020 - September 21, 2020

Come join District 5130 in celebrating a most unusual year of Close-Knit collaboration, creativity, accomplishment and do-goodery!  We will be celebrating the Rotary year 2019-2020 in virtual style.  We will honor our fine Rotary clubs and announce the winners of many awards. Our RI Vice President Johrita Solari will have a few words for us. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to celebrate with the District in the comfort of your own home.  It will be held on Saturday, October 24 (World Polio Day!!!). 

The District Conference celebration will be from 4-5 PM and the Foundation Celebration will be from 5-6 PM.

The Zoom Link will be sent to you a few days before the conference.   See you there!


Kathy Flamson
District Governor 2019 - 2020


Ms. G's Musiclandia - September 16, 2020

Bukoba, Tanzania Project - August 26, 2020

The Rotary Club of Sebastopol Sunrise, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Bukoba, Tanzania, successfully completed a water, sanitation and hygiene Rotary Global Grant project at Iluhya Secondary School in Bukoba.

The rural boarding school, 30 km outside of town, lacked sufficient water for the 600 students, faculty and staff.

Students had to rise at 5:00 am and hike 4 km to a spring and carry water back to school in five-gallon buckets each day before attending classes.

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Please note: To the far right, Rotarians Dale Knight and Rotary Club of Sebastopol Sunrise Past President, Jerry Meshulam.

Certificates for Food Pantry - August 6, 2020

Michael McGlothlin, Community Services Chair, and Barbara Barney, President, deliver local grocery store gift certificates to Jerry Slaby, President of the Sebastopol Inter-Church Food Pantry.  

The certificates will be distributed to pantry clients and can supplement other food assistance.  The clients can also purchase non-food items.  

Many households need items such as diapers, paper products, soap, and pet food.

Pinot and Pizza Fundraiser - July 22, 2020

Pinot and Pizza fundraiser  is presented in partnership with Paradise Ridge Winery and Global OffSite Care, benefitting Dr. Jim Gude's Global Telemedicine Projects worldwide.


Global Offsite Care is rolling with the times and hosting a virtual Pinot & Pizza fundraiser on July 25, 2020, 7pm.

Given COVID 19, we are unable to host a large gathering at Paradise Ridge Winery this year, and so we have decided to bring the winery and the event to you. Please join us this year for a fun night in our "Zoom Living Room" as we come together for a Live Auction and Fund A Need to raise much needed funds for global telemedicine. We will be bringing our Pinot & Pizza to your home with our "WOW Package."

When you purchase your ticket for $125, you will receive a "WOW Package" which includes (but is not limited to) the following items:

  •     One bottle of Paradise Ridge Winery 2016 Pinot Noir
  •     One wood oven pizza from Franchettis
  •     Free Door Prize Ticket
  •     Exclusive opportunity to bid on our Live Auction Items  on July 25, 7pm


Phyllis Meshulam - Sonoma County 2020 Poet Laureate Event - July 14, 2020

Phyllis Meshulam - Sonoma County 2020 Poet Laureate Event.

This is a video of the ceremony honoring Phyllis as the new Poet Laureate of Sonoma County.

You may have to advance it a minute to get to the musical introduction and then the rest of the program.

Transcendence Theater, July 12 2020 - July 3, 2020

Singing and dancing under the stars, under the sun, in a theater.  Not happening this month and perhaps not for a while but Northern California Rotary clubs will be doing their best to bring a piece of Broadway into living rooms to entertain audiences—and to support Rotary efforts to eliminate polio throughout the world. 

Rotary International District 5130–47 Rotary clubs located from the Wine Country to the Oregon border—is partnering with Transcendence Theatre Company as their Nonprofit Partner for their free online performance of Don’t Stop Believin’ on Sunday, July 12.  Featuring staged performances of theatrical musical numbers, Broadway hits, the classics and the contemporary, TranscendenceTheater has brought award-winning concerts to audiences from the majestic ruins of Jack London State Historic Park as well as from iconic locations throughout Wine Country’s Sonoma Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Press Release

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July 30 2020 SCARC Meeting - July 3, 2020

Barbara Barney Sebastopol Sunrise is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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The Debunking of President Laurie Darling - June 27, 2020

The debunking of President Laurie Darling held via Zoom.

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Rotarian of the Year - Judy Rice

District Governor Newsletter - June 2020 - June 24, 2020

Hi Rotary family and friends,

This will be my last message to you as District Governor.  It’s been a wild ride, hasn’t it?  Many people have said they were glad they didn’t have to serve in such trying times.  But those of us who had the privilege of serving this year understand that the obstacles, and there were a few, are far outweighed by the reward of having served at a time when we can see the best in people.  We can see our Rotary family step up to donate to those in need of food, shelter and clothing.  We were able to create shelter for animals – some we’ve never heard of – who were burned in wildfires in Australia.  We were able to accept the generosity of other Districts to help with our communities in times of disaster.  We were able to share food and comfort when the days went dark due to PSPS events.  We were able to make masks, give food, support our seniors – both school-aged and Social Security-aged.  Most of all, we were able to serve those we know and love and those we will never meet.  And THAT’s what Rotary is all about.  We were able to be agents of do-goodery and create a close-knit world. 

During those times when we are seeing the not so good side of people, I ask you to use our Rotary tools to help understand.  We have our areas of focus to help us with our commitment to service, fellowship, leadership, integrity and diversity.  When we listen, we are listening with the 4-way test in our minds and in our hearts, not to judge others, but to understand. 

This year we had milestones, as well.  The Rotary Club of Napa turned 100!  The Rotary Club of Santa Rosa East turned 50.  There were many milestones in between.  We are not forgetting them, but waiting until we can properly celebrate them.

I want to thank all of you for being so flexible.  I think our virtual meetings allowed us to have a sense of normalcy.  We were able to see each other’s faces and hear each other’s voices.  Although we were physically distanced we were all able to stay connected. And those who couldn’t join the virtual world were connected by caring club members who reached out by telephone or a drive-by visit. 

I want to quote a classmate of mine – “The privilege to serve others is a gift, the power to serve others is a blessing, the desire to serve others is success.”  Thank you for the privilege to serve you as District Governor.


Kathy Flamson
District Governor 2019-2020

Sebastopol Inter-Church Food Pantry - June 18, 2020

Rotary Club of Sebastopol Sunrise President Laurie Darling and President-Elect Barbara Barney presenting Mary McAulay, representing the Sebastopol Inter-Church Food Pantry, with local grocery store gift cards.

The cards will be distributed to families that receive food aid from the pantry.  The families can use the cards to supplement the food received or purchase essential non-food items such as soap, paper products, etc.

The Pantry, located at St. Stephen’s Church, served 76 families during the first half of June and distributed over 7,500 pounds of food during the last six weeks.  It is supported by local Sebastopol churches.

Find a Rotary Fellowship that’s right for you - June 18, 2020

Want to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession, and enhance your Rotary experience? Join a Rotary Fellowship! Rotary Fellowships are international groups of Rotary members, their family members, program participants, alumni, and even non-members who share a common passion.

From bowlers to jazz fans, scuba divers to history enthusiasts, photographers to lawyers, there’s a Rotary Fellowship for everyone. Currently, about 91fellowships unite members in fun and friendship.

This month, we’re celebrating Rotary Fellowships Month. If you’re not already part of a fellowship, it’s a great time to learn why you should join one. Look at a complete list of fellowships and watch a video highlighting just a few of them.

Polio Plus - June 17, 2020

Although Rotarians in our District have been very giving, Rotary is still about $10.5 million shy of the $50 million goal for PolioPlus, which the Gates Foundation has pledged to match, and we have less than 3 weeks to try and make it up..

Go to to donate $10 to help out.

President Laurie shows Barbara the Zoom ropes - June 10, 2020

President Laurie showed President-Elect Barbara the "ropes" while running our Zoom meeting this week.

Our speaker was Sheba Person-Whitley, Executive Director at the Sonoma County Economic Development Board.


Username / Nickname: Linda
Great program this morning. There is so much to consider as we re-open for business. Sheba and the Economic Development board are excellent resources for all things business, with insightful solutions for our success. Check out their website...lots of good information there too: .

Username / Nickname: Pjay
Rotary creates environments of peace

As a humanitarian organization, peace is a cornerstone of our mission. We believe when people work to create peace in their communities, that change can have a global effect.

By carrying out service projects and supporting peace fellowships and scholarships, our members take action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, discrimination, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.

Our commitment to peacebuilding today answers new challenges: how we can make the greatest possible impact and how we can achieve our vision of lasting change. We are approaching the concept of peace with greater cohesion and inclusivity, broadening the scope of what we mean by peacebuilding, and finding more ways for people to get involved.

Rotary creates environments where peace can happen.

Joyce Oneko: Who am I? - June 3, 2020

Joyce Oneko gave her "Who am I?" presentation.

Joyce showed this photo of herself with her gradchildren.  See our Youtube account for the Jun 3 2020 video of the full meeting.

News Article - Sonoma West News - May 26, 2020

On Saturday, May 23, members of Sebastopol’s two Rotary Clubs — the Rotary Club of Sebastopol and Rotary Club Sebastopol Sunrise — donned masks and brought their shovels to put the final touches on the new play structure in Libby Park, dispersing bark around the playground.

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I was part of the original construction of the Sebastopol Super Playground.Here's a great video about the amazing original project: Now we are in Phase three of its existence! Hooray for Rotary, making sure that our kids still have a place to play!

District 5130 Newsletter - May 20, 2020

District Governor Kathy Flamson reminds us that May is Rotary Youth Service Month.

Rotary International's Structured Programs for Youth Service are: Interact, Rotaract, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and Youth Exchange.

The month of May is designated as “Youth Service Month” to focus on all Rotary activities that support the development of young people up to the age of 30.

May 13 2020 Meeting - May 14, 2020

Our Zoom meetings are available in video form via the Club's Youtube channel. 

We will post them in the center column of the home page.

There is very little in the Youtube channel now, but going forward, you can use THIS LINK to access it.

Happy Trails!

Ana's Rotary Program - May 13, 2020

Ana was our program speaker this morning.  She gave a lovely presentation covering her year as an Exchange Student from Brazil.  Her slideshow included photos of her friends, family, and Brazil.

New Zoom Link - May 6, 2020

President Laurie emailed out a new link for our Zoom meetings. 
Click the zoom logo to join the meeting.

Rotary Club of Sebastopol Sunrise Zoom link

Happy 33rd Anniversary! - May 4, 2020

 Happy Anniversary to all Women in Rotary!

Women Rotary International Celebrate sisterhood
On May 4th in the year 1989 the Rotary Council on Legistlation approved female membership.  This decision to admit women into Rotary clubs worldwide remains  a watershed moment in the history of Rotary.  Read More

May is Youth Service Month - May 1, 2020

The Rotary Club of Sebastopol Sunrise supports youth in many ways. 

We recognize a "Student of the Month" during the school year and one of those well-deserving kids is recognized as the "Student of the Year".

We host an exchange student each year, and also sponsor an outgoing Exchange Student.  This year, we are hosting Ana, from Brazil, and our outbound student, Julian, is going to Brazil in the Fall.

We also sponsor a Rotary Interact club at El Molino High School in Forestville, CA and support RYLA, the Rotary Youth Leadership Award Camp at Wesminster Woods, in Occidental, CA, where our young men and women learn lifelong leadership skills. 

While it may sound cliché, the children of the world are our future, and we proudly nurture them, helping them become leaders, peace builders and world citizens.

The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention - April 30, 2020

Mark your calendars for 20-26 June for an exciting opportunity to gather online with the family of Rotary for our first online convention.

Now More Than Ever, Rotary Connects the World: The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention will join you with Rotary participants around the world during a time of unprecedented challenges.

Together, we’ll still experience the spirit of Rotary, be inspired by innovation, celebrate our resilience, and explore how clubs are addressing COVID-19. Experience Rotary in action during our Flag Ceremony, witness the power of connection during our general sessions, learn new ways to engage with Rotary during our breakout sessions, find inspiration from our global speakers, and much more.

We have never needed Rotary — and we have never needed each other — more than we do now. We hope to see you online, because Now More Than Ever, Rotary Connects the World.


Welcome - April 29, 2020

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