Speaker Date Topic
Bernadette Sproul Jul 24, 2018
Community Matters
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.

Bernadette Sproul is the Development & Marketing Manager for Community Matters. She has 33 years of management experience, of which 23 are specific to finance. She has a mixed background in non-profit and for-profit organizations. Bernadette’s for-profit background was primarily in Los Angeles, working in entertainment related businesses, such as Creation Entertainment (think all things Star Trek!). After 15 year in Los Angeles, she and her husband moved to Northern California to be closer to their daughter. After many years of volunteer work, it was her daughter Brook who suggested she join a non-profit. “I basically am in love with Community Matters’ programs and services, and the positive school climate changes we see every day. I am so honored to work with such an amazing team!”

DARK - NO MEETING due Joint Mtg this Thur., Aug 2 Jul 31, 2018
Refer to Aug 2nd Meeting
Refer to Aug 2nd Meeting
Senator Mike Thompson - NOTE TIME & DATE CHANGE Aug 02, 2018 12:00 PM
Regional State of the Nation Discussion
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.

Len Geraldi, Assistant Governor Aug 07, 2018
So what's new? Rollout of Rotary International President Barry Rassin and District 5130 initiatives
So what's new? Rollout of Rotary International President Barry Rassin and District 5130 initiatives
Mike Kelly Aug 14, 2018
Talking Bees
Talking Bees

Honey Bees are vanishing at an alarming rate. Honey Bee colonies, at one time over 5,000,000 hives in the late 1940’s are now only 2.5 Million. Why is this and WHY do we need “pollinators”? This is because Honey Bees are an essential crop pollinator and part of our food chain. Imagine your grocery store produce section with 80% of the fruits and veggies gone. Without bees and other endangered “pollinators” this will happen. The Alarms Bells must be struck or face the reality of an oncoming “Silent Spring”. Mike Kelly, past president of the Sonoma County Beekeeping Association, will share his expertise and how he got into bees by accident.

Mike began his real estate career in 1978 and has worked exclusively in Sonoma County. He has held numerous leadership positions and was chosen Realtor of the Year in 2005 and 2008. Mike, a Rotarian since 1997, is a member of Santa Rosa Sunrise, a Multi-Paul Harris Fellow, past Secretary, and 2013/14 President of his club.

SPECIAL CLUB ASSEMBLY - PDG Wulff Reinhold Aug 21, 2018
Club Membership and Rotary's Priority #1 Plus Initiatives
Club Membership and Rotary's Priority #1 Plus Initiatives

Club leaders and the club membership committee members tend to be 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 on Rotary's Priority #1 Plus Membership Program will endeavor to do just that.

Wulff has been a Rotarian since 2005. He is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Benefactor, Paul Harris Society member and Major Donor. Wulff was recognized as the Rotary Club of Rohnert Park-Cotati's Rotarian of the Year in 2008-2009, served as club president in 2010-2011 and received his clubs Service Above Self award in 2012 and again in 2013. He has served District 5130 as an Assistant Governor, as Abuse Prevention Coordinator, as District Conference Chair and continues to serve as a faculty member of the district’s Institute for Leadership. In 2016-2017, he served as District Governor, the first time a member from the Rohnert Park-Cotati club has held that role.

Wulff is no stranger to community service, having served in leadership capacities for the Education Foundation of Cotati & Rohnert Park, the United States Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol, the Native Sons of the Golden West, and in public office on the Board of Directors for the Rancho Adobe Fire Protection District.

Professionally, Wulff is retired, having served over 35 years as a public safety professional, on the line in direct police, fire & emergency medical services, as well as a public safety technology administrator.

Together with his wife Paula, also a Rotarian, past club Rotarian of the Year, past president, past assistant governor, and who served as his lieutenant governor during his governor year, they have been the recipients of the Sonoma County Spirit Award from the Sonoma County Board of Economic Development for their personal contributions and leadership qualities that inspire others throughout Sonoma County.

They sponsor two students in Uganda, Africa at the Lords Meade Vocational College in Jinja, at the Source of the Nile.

Wulff holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Sonoma State University.

He and Paula have two adult sons; Wulff Jr., a Sociologist now studying nursing, and Alexander, a computer programmer and Archeologist now studying for his PhD.

Wulff’s 92 year old mother, Gisela, who passed in 2015, was also a Rotarian and multiple Paul Harris Fellow in the Rohnert Park-Cotati club. His son Wulff Jr. is a Rotoractor with the South Sonoma County Rotaract, having just completed serving a second term as president as well as serving District 5130 as District Rotaract Representative. Wulff Jr. and Alexander are both Paul Harris Fellows.

During their very limited free time, Wulff & Paula enjoy their home and property on the west slopes of Sonoma Mountain. They are a Rotary Family – Doing Good In The World…

Bert Whitaker Aug 28, 2018
Sonoma County Regional Parks
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.

Argo Thompson, Artistic Director Sep 04, 2018
Left Edge Theatre
Left Edge Theatre

In 1984, a group of local actors joined together to take a risk: produce a contemporary play never seen in the county before. Presented in an empty storefront in downtown Santa Rosa, the play was an astonishing critical and popular success. It became obvious there was an audience in Sonoma County that desired a contemporary point of view, an audience hungry for new work, the kind of cutting-edge, smart audience you wanted to have over for dinner.

For 20 years, Actors’ Theatre of Sonoma County delivered bold plays for contemporary audiences. Winning countless awards and accolades (including Best Theatre Company by the NB Bohemian readers poll 1998-2004), its audiences grew until merging with the Santa Rosa Players to form the 6th Street Playhouse.

Continuing the tradition of Actors’ Theatre, Left Edge Theatre endeavors to produce daring plays imaginatively staged for adventurous audiences.

Argo joined Actors’ Theatre of Sonoma County in 1997 and helped grow the company from 60 subscribers to over 600 in just 6 years. He has produced, directed and acted in over 60 plays, his favorites include Fully Committed, Santaland Diaries and Angels in America. As Executive Director of 6th Street Playhouse he helped raise $1.3 million and led the renovation project of an historic warehouse into a state-of-the-art theatre. He attracted over a million people to events in Marin by creating an online social arts network while Executive Director of the Marin Arts Council. He was awarded Top Five Arts Makers by the Press Democrat (2004) and Arts Maker of the Year by the Northern California Bohemian (2003). He earned a BFA from North Carolina School of the Arts.



Janae Lloyd, Organizational Development Manager Sep 18, 2018
World Centric
World Centric

World Centric, a national provider of plant-based, compostable products for the foodservice industry.  In her role she is responsible for employee engagement and manages World Centric's philanthropy program. Janae also serves as Chair of Bay Area B Local, representing B Corps using business as a force for good. 


CLUB ASSEMBLY Sep 25, 2018
Past President Recognition
Past President Recognition
Jerry Meshulam Oct 02, 2018
CLUB ASSEMBLY Oct 30, 2018
Halloween Dress-Up Day!
Halloween Dress-Up Day!
Barb Spangler, District Governor Nov 06, 2018
Official District Governor Visit
Official District Governor Visit

Two and a half years ago, when Barb Spangler learned that she would be District Governor in 2018-2019, she took a deep breath and made Rotary District 5130 a top priority in her life.

After many informal club visits and participating in a number of great club projects, Barb has come to love our District and describes the DG experience as the best job ever.

According to Barb, “It’s a brilliant opportunity to be with and work with Rotarians: Good people at their very best.”

The Rotary International 2018-2019 theme ‘Be the Inspiration’ gives all of us the opportunity to reflect on the people who have given us our core strengths and values, and those who continue to contribute to us by sharing their wisdom and by their actions.

Barb is firmly committed to District 5130 and and is convinced that this year’s District theme: ‘Do What Matters’ resonates with all of us as we face the challenges and opportunities in our communities and in our world.  We only need to reflect about the many ways we came together in our District over the past 12 months to know that Rotarians Do What Matters when it matters most.  We have much to be proud of!

In 2018-2019 the District 5130 goals and focus areas are:

Support and strengthen clubs
Focus and increase humanitarian service
Enhance public image and awareness

“When we do these things, we all become better Rotarians and we make our world a better place,” says the incoming District Governor.

Barb was born and raised in Boston and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in the sciences and business from schools in the Boston area.  Her career in Healthcare Technology Research and Development gave her many opportunities to travel, live abroad, and experience the world’s economic and cultural diversity.

She has been to all seven continents and recommends Boston for education, New York for fun, Paris for food, Africa and the Galapagos for nature and wildlife, Antarctica for beauty, and District 5130 for Rotary service and friendships.

In 2010, she retired from GE Healthcare as a Clinical Research Manager in International Cardiology and promptly joined the Valley of the Moon Rotary Club in Santa Rosa.  She has been a club president, Assistant Governor, District Training Assembly Chair, and a Zone Institute Emerging Rotary Leader Program participant.

When not at Rotary, Barb lives in Santa Rosa with her husband, Jim, also a Rotarian and their dog, Buddy – affectionately known as Puppyzilla.