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MAY 1, 2024


  The 2023 Mystery Golf

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Rotary Theme 2023-24



Gordon McInally, 2022-23 Rotary International President 



Claire Sammon Roberts, 2023-24 Governor, 

Rotary District 5160




NorCal Rotary




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 - 

Volunteers Needed


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 jvnolan@yololaw.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 LEAGUEhttps://www.woodlandlittleleague.com/


ALL LEADERS MUST SERVEhttps://www.allleadersmustserve.org/


THE BIKE CAMPAIGNhttps://www.thebikecampaign.org/


MOSAIC - WOODLAND CHILDREN'S MUSEUMhttps://www.mosaicchildrensmuseum.org/


FRIENDS OF ADULT DAY HEALTH CAREhttps://www.friendsofadhc.org/


YOLO CRISIS NURSERYhttps://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

Community Organizations


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. 









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.  








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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