The Voice of the Vineyards

The Voice of the Vineyards
The Weekly Electronic Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Healdsburg
“The mission of a bulletin is inform the membership,
comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable”
Date: November 17, 2014
Author: Kate Buchanan
Photographer: George Heath
Publisher: George Heath
President John Avakian called the meeting to order and asked Rob Rinne to lead us in the Pledge of
Irene Young’s Quote of the Day: Ashley Brilhaut:
“The funniest thing about some people is that they have
no sense of humor!”
 None
Don Mitchell, guest of Doug Ruthnick
Jeff Cox, guest of Bob Mosby
~~~Vintage Valley Caterers served luncheon of tossed
green salad, roast turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, bread
and butter, delicious mixed winter vegetables, and
homemade cranberry relish~~~ 5 Yums (Yum scale is from
0 to 5, with 5 being excellent.)
Max Dunn reminded us again that he needs every Rotarian to bring in 2 bottles of good wine for
our Fundraiser.
 Kent Mitchell reminded us of this year’s
Thanksgiving Luncheon for the Senior Center, Monday,
November 24. To help serve, be there at 11:30. Don’t
forget to bring at least 2 raffle prizes, as the seniors really
enjoy those! Also, bring pies!!
Grady Wann announced that Wilson Winery is
donating all the table wine for our December 13 th Crab
Feast! The next Crab Feast Committee meeting will be
this Wednesday, 8:15, Center Street Café.
 Gloria Egger announced this year’s Christmas Party
to be held Wednesday, December 17. Bring a white elephant
gift ($20 or less) to exchange.
Gary Anderson announced that his wife, Cynthia, has
opened a personal training studio in Healdsburg that
offers a complimentary initial visit. He made a $25
contribution to the general fund.
 Jan Grimes celebrated her 42nd Anniversary and
donated $50 to the International Fund. She also visited
Project Amigo and Ireland, from which she brought a Rotary
Wonderful Wally Schultz scored a new Rotary Storage
Unit on the ground floor (!!!) AND was recognized by
Prez John, who awarded him Rotarian Who Lights up
Rotary! No one deserves it more!!!
Bob Mosby introduced our speaker today, the
infamous Jeff Cox, best known in these parts
as the Restaurant Reviewer for the Santa Rosa
Press Democrat. He’s also written 20 books
on a variety of food and gardening related
topics. Cox grew up on Long Island, where
he was – believe it or not – a picky eater! He
came from a family of artists, and studied
journalism in college. He worked for
National Lampoon for a while! Cox moved to
Sonoma County in 1985, where he owned a
farm. He became friends with John Ash, who
referred him to the Press Democrat as a
candidate for the restaurant reviewer position. He’s been in the position for 11 years now. (Some of us
read his weekly reviews religiously…) A few of his favorite restaurants in Sonoma County are: Scopa,
Madrona Manor, Luma, Harvest Moon Café, and the new Marigold Indian Bistro. His favorites in Napa
are too numerous to mention. It was fascinating to see and hear this local celebrity.
As usual, we are donating a book to the Healdsburg Elementary School Library each week, in the name of
our weekly speaker.
RAFFLE: Eric Drew had the winning ticket, but not the winning marble...He did receive a nice bottle of
CLOSING: Prez John thanked and visitors and guests for coming.