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Gordon McInally, 2022-23 Rotary International President
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Rotary District 5160
February 27th Meeting
President Karl Diekman presided over a well attended meeting today.
Yvette Roy introduced her guest, husband Craig. Later on in the meeting, with the pot at $285 and 24 cards left, Craig found out how to get a free lunch. Seth Wurzel had several guests today including Drew Stresser, General Manager, Sutter County Levee District 1. Steve Venables and Dan Stroski teamed up again to lead today's Rotary Grace.
Dan Stroski is looking for names of potentially interested volunteers to provide lodging for one or more incoming Youth Exchange Students for about a three month period during either the 2024-25 or 2025-26 school years. Steve Venables said he and his wife Lydia have hosted 9 Youth Exchange students over the years, finding the experience rewarding. Steve encouraged members to consider volunteering for this opportunity. Chuck Maltese says the 2024 Rotary Mystery Golf Trip is set for Wednesday, May 1. Jim Nolan reported plans for hosting the Rotary Open World delegation from Ukraine in Woodland during April 5-13 are developing well. They still need drivers to help transport delegates mostly within Woodland. If you can help please contact Jim.
An especially feisty Gary Bunch (don't call him Gary Wirth!) took charge of today's Recognition, starting with fines for several members (maybe its the pressure of tax season???) , including Tim Pettit for wearing a Yolo County hat to the meeting. Following a long absence, Tabb Randolph paid up for this 37th wedding anniversary (Mt Vernon WA) with wife Nancy on Feb 14. Tabb is also ready to head to Arizona for some spring training action. Rob Beggs was happy to report he joined a group of our Woodland High School Interact Club helping out at the Almond Festival this past weekend. Shawn Seyk 'rang the bell' for his Feb 25th birthday and his annual family gathering in Fort Bragg CA this past weekend. Jeff Burger is looking forward to a great real estate year in 2024 and very much enjoys working with his son in the business.
Ken Hiatt, City Manager, City of Woodland, Ric Reinhardt, PE, consulting engineer, Kim Floyd, public relations consultant, and Tim Busch, Principal Utilities Engineer, City of Woodland, were our guest speakers today, providing a review of their work on the Lower Cache Creek Flood Risk Reduction Project which is the basis for Measure M on the March 5th election ballot. Thanks to our own Seth Wurzel for arranging and introducing this important program! A complete set of the visual display slides shown in this presentation can be viewed here. A Measure M FAQ provided by the City is available at https://cityofwoodland.org/DocumentCenter/View/10796/Measure-M-FAQs-Document-Feb-22-2024
February 20th Meeting
The Sergeant-at-Arms team missed a few things during set up today, so Peter Holmes assisted song leader Steve Venables, by displaying the Rotary Grace lyrics. Brian Dwyer filled out his State Primary/March 5th ballot by writing in Kevin Haarberg's name for a Congressional seat where someone was running unopposed. Kevin promised to do his best if elected!
A 'pissed off' Chuck Maltese took the Recognition helm today, putting a few people on the spot. Eric Zane was fined for allowing his wife to have too much influence over his decision to have a mustache. Clyde Brooker got fined for his new shoes. Eric Sharp was fined for losing his Rotary badge. David Pinto, who recently guessed the author of an inspirational quote (first time this year!), was fined for being a know-it-all. Chuck allowed others to say which Super Bowl ad they like the most, what they did for Lent, or a favorite local restaurant. Nick Roncoroni liked the Dunkin Donuts Super Bowl commercial with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Tom Brady, Jennifer Lopez and others. Gena Bravo liked the State Farm Super Bowl commercial with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Devito. Les Engelmann likes the Great Gold restaurant in Truckee.
With the pot at $264 and 25 cards to choose from, Kevin Haarberg found a free lunch. Visiting Rotarian Tracy Vicario (Portland OR Pearl Club) joined us again today.
President Karl provided this week's program, talking about 'Rotary: What is It?' This included a variety of topics such as a look at our Club and some of our projects, some of the International projects Rotary and Karl have been involved with, and the upcoming 2024 Rotary International Convention in Singapore (https://convention.rotary.org/en-us/).
MOSAIC Children's Museum Opens
The MOSAIC Children's Museum in Woodland opened its doors officially on February 15, 2024 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Located at 120 Main Street, Suite D, our Club contributed $10,000 in June 2023 toward development of the Museum's Toddler Exhibit using proceeds from our 2023 Dinner Auction. More about the Museum's opening can be read in the Daily Democrat's Feb 17th article. More about the MOSAIC Children's Museum can be found at their website.
Rotary Open World Program -
Jim Nolan is heading up our Club's hosting of a Rotary Open World Program delegation who will be in Woodland April 5-13, 2024. The Program involves the Club hosting six participants (5 delegates and 1 facilitator), all from Ukraine, for the visit. The Theme is, Rule of Law, Processing War Crimes.
Jim needs volunteers to provide lodging to 1-2 participants for the eight nights of their stay. This includes bedroom, shower/bath facilities, and maybe continental breakfast items. Participants will be provided meals away from their lodging. Other volunteers are needed to help transport participants to various activities during their stay - visiting with various local and State governmental officials, Congressional representatives, court officials, educators, Rotarians, etc. as well as some recreational excursions and meals. Most destinations will be local or in Sacramento. Transport volunteers may be asked to use their own vehicle or a large van may be rented. Finally, Jim is looking for committee members to help organize the hosting effort.
Some volunteers have already stepped forward. More are needed. Please complete the sign up sheet attached below and email/deliver to Jim Nolan. Questions? Contact Jim at email@example.com or 530 219-6475.
Volunteer Signup Sheet
More about Rotary Open World Program
WHS Interact Works on Blankets for Children
Displaced by War
Jayne Williams reports 20 members of the Woodland High School Interact Club (which our Club sponsors) recently gathered to work on blankets to be donated to children displaced by war.
Support our Partners!
Visit the websites of our Club's Partner organizations (addresses below) to learn about the amazing work they do for our community:
WOODLAND LITTLE LEAGUE - https://www.woodlandlittleleague.com/
ALL LEADERS MUST SERVE - https://www.allleadersmustserve.org/
THE BIKE CAMPAIGN - https://www.thebikecampaign.org/
MOSAIC - WOODLAND CHILDREN'S MUSEUM - https://www.mosaicchildrensmuseum.org/
FRIENDS OF ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE - https://www.friendsofadhc.org/
YOLO CRISIS NURSERY - https://yolocrisisnursery.org/
From Club Polio Warrior Mark Ullrich:
Want to know more about polio? See the attached Polio Facts
More information about Rotary's End Polio Now can be found at its website: https://www.endpolio.org/
Here you can sign up to receive the End Polio Now newsletter.
Rotary Releases Funds to
During July 2023 the Rotary Club of Woodland and the Woodland Rotary Endowment have donated more than $62,700 to local community organizations. Annually the Club sponsors a charitable banquet/auction to raise funds for specific local charities or public institutions. Examples of recent projects funded by the Club include a new scoreboard for the Woodland High School stadium; the children’s playground at the Yolo County Bauer Building; a new flagpole in front of Woodland City Hall, and new fields for the Woodland Girl’s Fastpitch League.
This year the Club decided to fund several smaller projects and sought applications for funding from the community. We are happy to announce the following local organizations have received donations:
Woodland Little League - $9,260. These funds will be used to replace the aging back stop at Camarena Field, located at Christiansen Park in Woodland, CA
All Leaders Must Serve - $5,000. This money will help provide mentoring aid for young adult leaving high school and needing help to determine their life’s path.
The Bike Campaign - $3,000. These funds will be used for several projects. New, secure bicycle racks at the local schools; the purchase of thirty new bicycles for 2nd through 6th Grade “bike skills training” at various Woodland Elementary Schools.
Mosaic- Woodland Children’s Museum - $10,000. This money will be used to build out their Toddler Exhibit. Designed especially for toddlers, the Toddler Exhibit puts our youngest children in charge and lets them learn through role playing and decision making in a safe environment.
Friends of Adult Day Health - $5,500. This money will help to provide services to frail or dependent adults that require an array of long-term care and services to promote health and wellbeing.
Yolo Crisis Nursery - $10,000. This money will go to help build a new nursery in South Davis, and will expand services provided to families in need.
An additional $20,000 was donated to the Yolo County Fair Heritage Foundation. This money came from proceeds of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Live Auction which takes place annually during the Yolo County Fair. The money will be used to construct a new Auction/Show Ring where youth can display the animals they raised and cared for.
2023 WOODLAND ROTARY DINNER AUCTION
Woodland Rotary's 2023 Dinner Auction on Saturday, April 22 was a BIG SUCCESS! A sold out crowd of over 220 people attended at the California Agriculture Museum to raise funds for seven local charities.
THANK YOU SPONSORS!!
Silver - $1000
SB Voelz Farming - Blair & Jan Voelz
Van Beurden Insurance Services - Aniek Pflager
Huff Family Farming LP - Don Huff II and Don Huff III
Roger Kohlmeier & Ernie Hodges
Wraith Scarlett and Randolph Insurance Services - Tabb Randolph
Edward Jones - Jen Ward, Craig Miyamoto, Mike Russell, Brian Dwyer and Kevin Haarberg
Yolo Federal Credit Bureau - Jenee Rawlings
Bronze - $500
Gardner, Janes, Nakken, Hugo & Nolan
Dignity Health - Gena Bravo
Ullrich Delevati CPAs - Mark Ullrich & Tony Delevati
Business Card - $250
Farm Credit West - Chuck Moore
Karl & Hiromi Diekman
Kathy & Kris Kristensen
Valley Ag Loans - Peter Holmes
Hosted Bar - Tom Schwarzgruber, Bob Nakken and Roger Kohlmeier
Wine for the Evening - Matchbook Winery (John & Lane Giguiere)
California Agriculture Museum
Andersen Family Catering - Vacaville
Dream Decor and Party Rentals - Woodland
Woodland Sunrise Rotary
Woodland Worldwide Travel - Carol Jack
Frenchy's Liquors - Amrik Sahota
Tabb Randolph - Chair
Aniek Pflager - Welcome Table/Registration/Winners Choice Raffle Tickets
and all the little details!
Blair Voelz, Brian Dwyer, Mike Russell - Live & Silent Auctions
Mark Ullrich & Roger Kohlmeier - Sponsorships
Yvette Roy & Jayne Williams - Decorations
Tom Schwarzgruber - Cashier
Jeff Burger - Wheelbarrow of Wine/Bartender Coordinator
Don Huff III - Bar Operations
Dena Lawrence - Graphic Design
Chuck Maltese & Rosemary O'Brien - Program
David Pinto - Event Ticketing
Marie Galbo - 50/50 Lucky Draw
Kevin Haarberg - Auctioneer
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