Rotary believes that it is important to play a leadership role in the community and in the world.  In Sebastopol, we see ourselves as committed to the continued growth and health of West Sonoma County, as well as supporters of Rotary International’s commitment to peace and development both at home and overseas.
 
We use our weekly meetings not only as an opportunity to get together with old friends, but also to learn more about issues that are of interest to us.  A few examples:
                - Sebastopol Mayor Una Glass spoke to us about current issues facing our city.

                - Sherriff Rob Giordano talked about law enforcement, crime, and the challenges facing his office.

                 - Sebastopol City Manager Larry McLaughlin described the challenges facing the city after the horrendous Tubbs Fire.

                  - San Francisco Giants announcer Amy Gutierrez recounted how she became a beloved part of the team's family and fan favorite.

                   - Larry Florin, CEO of Burbank Housing, explained the challenges of providing affordable housing in the county.

                     - Sonoma State President, Judy Sakaki, discussed building ties between the University and the county's residents.

                  - Ameena Jandali, Content Director for the Islamic Networks Group, addressed misperceptions Americans have about Islamic peoples and their values.

                   - Troy Niday, COO of Sonoma Media Investments, reminded us of the importance of local news, especially in light of the fires, and helped us think through the problem of "fake" news.
 

                And then there are times when we use our program time to showcase the good work that the club does itself.  There are the annual Teacher of the Year Award presentations, and the recognition of those students who have won the Overcoming Obstacles Award.  Similarly, there is time for the Student Speech Contest or a slide show describing the work we support building a school for girls in rural Uganda.
 
What the club aims to do with its programs is simple: Give every member the opportunity to walk out of one of our Friday lunches knowing more than he or she did going in, or demonstrating that what we do is truly fulfilling, not just to us but to those we serve.