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June 6th Meeting


Entering the final month of his reign the smile on President Shawn Seyk is just getting broader. He smells the finish line! He reminded us the Demotion will be 5:30pm Wednesday, June 28 at the Blue Note Brewery.

There will be no club meeting on Tuesday, June 27 as a result. 



Don Huff III introduced former Club member Dave Molinaro as his guest today. Perhaps Dave is thinking about coming back to the Club??? Karl Diekman introduced Gary Wegener's guest, Phil Safran from Davis. Steve Venables was all alone in leading us in Rotary Grace today. 



Karl Diekman returned home this weekend after a trip first to Japan, and then on to Melbourne Australia where he attended the Rotary International Convention which was attended by approximately 15,000 Rotarians from all over the world. Clyde Brooker got an early warning on his 47th wedding anniversary June 12 with wife Krim (Carson City NV).




Jim Nolan saved Recognition Chair Gary Bunch's bacon by being ready to take the helm on Recognition today. Jim was asking questions about foods we like to eat and restaurants we enjoy. Marie Galbo said she enjoys Italian food because of her heritage. Christian Sherrill likes his own BBQ at home and told us about the equipment he uses and what he likes to cook. President Shawn was really happy about his youth soccer league which recently had over 900 local young people tryout for the new season!




Mr. Nan Su, Senior Investigative Reporter for the Epoch Times, was our guest speaker today, presenting a program on "China's Global Expansion - past and future".  Born and raised in China, Nan came to the United States in 1989 and has been a China expert and news commentator for over 20 years serving NTD TV Network and SOH radio network. Married for 34 years, Nan currently lives with his wife and two daughters in San Jose CA.  More about the Epoch Times can be found on its website at https://www.theepochtimes.com/



May 30th Meeting


 Excited to be near the end of his term, President Shawn Seyk reminded us the Club's Demotion will take place 5:30pm Wednesday, June 28, at the Blue Note Brewery. According to Dan Stroski cost is $10 per person. No host food (pizza or cajun food??) and beverages. There will be no Club meeting Tuesday, June 27.



 Jim McGibbon 'rang the bell' for his 55th wedding anniversary June 1 with wife Susie. With the pot at $360 and 12 cards left, Derrek Kaff found a free lunch. Gary Bunch and wife Kathy will celebrate 45 years of marriage also on June 1st. David Pinto 'rang the bell' for sad and happy time. He traveled to Toronto to see his mother before she passed away on May 10th, just shy of her 99th birthday. David spent 10 days with family and was grateful to see his mother. 


 Mark Ullrich had the reins on today's Recognition, asking questions about vacation plans. Preston Shaub and wife Leslie were happy about finally taking their dream,  3 week vacation to Italy recently in celebrating their 5th wedding anniversary. Wendy Casas-Raviotta doesn't know where she'll be going on vacation this year. Wendy has enrolled her two kids in water polo and will be following them to various tournaments. After four attempts, Jim Nolan finally got to go to Yosemite for four days this year. Jim goes to Yosemite nearly every year and says the waterfalls now are the most spectacular he has ever seen. Yosemite Falls is so loud you can't hear to talk. 




 Anahita Dalmia, a member of the Rotary Club of Menlo Park CA, was our guest speaker today appearing on Zoom. Anahita gave us a program on a project she is sponsoring called 'Agents of Influence', a spy themed video game designed for young people ages 12-14 to help teach the next generation how to critically evaluate information. More about the Agents of Influence video game can be viewed at https://www.altereainc.com/agents-of-influence 




WHS Interact Service


Members of the Woodland High School Interact Club, sponsored by our Rotary Club, helped brightened up the Alderson Convalescent Hospital on Walnut Street in Woodland with some flower planting on May 17 reports Jayne Williams




Senior BBQ 2023



The Club's first Senior BBQ since 2019 was held Tuesday, May 9, at the Rotary Park picnic area of the Yolo County Fairgrounds.  Aniek Pflager did another great job leading the effort. Club members were out in force, dipping, grilling, and serving. Although attendance was about 1/3 of what it had been before the pandemic, those who came out enjoyed a great meal, sunshine, and ice cream! Fortunately, not a single drumstick was wasted! Fourth & Hope gladly accepted all the leftovers.


Check out more Senior BBQ photos in the Photo Gallery!



Rotary Helps Shred-a-thon



 Club members President Shawn Seyk, Marie Galbo and Dan Stroski assisted  customers (an estimated 40 vehicles) at the Shred-a-thon, sponsored by the Yolo County District Attorney's Office at Umpqua Bank on May 5 in Woodland. 



Woodland Rotary Mystery Golf 

Visits Swenson Park GC in Stockton


The 2023 Woodland Rotary Mystery Golf Trip traveled to the Swenson Park Golf Course in Stockton. About 50 players from five different Rotary clubs enjoyed 18 holes plus lunch. Many thanks to Chuck Maltese (Woodland Rotary) and Chuck Santoni (Woodland Sunrise) for organizing this fun event!





From Club Polio Warrior Mark Ullrich: 


May 23 2023

  • WILD POLIO VIRUS, TYPE 1 (WPV1) – We’re sad to say that WPV1 has once again reared its ugly head with 2 new cases in the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan. 
    If there is any good news in this event, it is that they occurred in the single region that remains endemic for WPV1 circulation in the country, rather than elsewhere. 
    The latest of these 2 cases occurred on the 14th of April.  A detailed field investigation is ongoing to better identify population groups among whom the virus may be persisting. 
    to this, the previous last case in Afghanistan occurred on August 29th, 2022. 

Reported Wild poliovirus (WPV) cases

    1. global WPV1 cases in 2023: 3 (Compared to 4 for the same period in 2022)  This includes one case in Pakistan reported months ago.
    1. global WPV1 cases in 2022:     30


  • CIRCULATING VACCINE-DERIVED POLIO - On our other battlefront in the war on  polio, the circulating Vaccine-Derived Polio, there were 5 cases of cVDP reported this last week compared to 11 cases the week before.
    Two Type 2 cases occurred in both Nigeria and the Central African Republic, while 1 case of Type 1 occurred in DR Congo.  However, the DR Congo case actually occurred in 2022, but is only now being reported.  So this brings the 2023 year’s total to 77.  The 2022 case total increases to 858.

Reported Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV) cases

1.   Total global cVDPV cases in 2023:       77 (Compared to 77 for the same period in 2022)

Celebrate the generosity of our clubs!  Your club presidents approved the transfer of $50,000 DDF to contribute to the end of polio!  This will be doubled by the Gates Foundation with an net increase of $150,000 to support Rotary’s top humanitarian goal. 


Your District PolioPlus Team

 Mike Crosby  Carol Landry  Kay Ressler  Jim Vlantis  John Waterman



More information about 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.  








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







 Kenya WASH Phase Two


The Rotary Club of Woodland has been participating in the Kenya WASH project since October ’20 to improve water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) at two schools in Karen, Kenya (Africa). This is a Rotary Global Grant effort sponsored by the Rotary Club of Karen. The project is a coordinated effort to make needed improvements at the Karen C Primary School, serving 1300 students, 50 teachers (established in 1958), and the adjacent Karen C Girls Secondary (high school) school (established in 2011) with enrollment of 600 students. Phase One of the project, which installed two large capacity water tanks and hand washing stations for students, was completed in August ’21 at a cost of $40,000. Our Club contributed $5,000 toward Phase One.


Photos from Phase One of the project can be viewed in our Photo Gallery. 



Kenya is located on the east coast of Africa. Karen, Kenya is a suburb of Kenya’s capitol city Nairobi. Photos below show children from both Karen schools.


Sanitation conditions at the Karen C schools today are terrible, and would be considered unacceptable for any similar facilities in the United States. As photos below show, pit latrines are in use.



Our Club's Kenya WASH Chair Blair Voelz reports Phase Two of the project is moving fowardPhase Two seeks to build a new, modern 1700sf bathroom for faculty, boys and girls at the Karen C Elementary School. These improvements will be a major step forward in sanitation for the children and staff of both schools.

The Phase Two Rotary grant total budget is $76,190 which includes $27,835 raised from our Club, other local Rotary clubs, and the Karen Kenya Rotary Club; $27,600 in District 5160 matching grant funds; and $20,755 from the Rotary Foundation World Fund. These funds have been deposited in a Nairobi bank account specifically set up for this project. The project is currently out for bid. Construction is scheduled to begin in 4-6 weeks and will take 6-8 weeks to build.  Phase Two should be complete by Summer 2023. 


Our Club's contribution to Phase Two totals $12,685, which includes $10,850 in personal donations from Club members (Brooker, Chandler, Delevati, Diekman, Engelmann, Faye, Galbo, Haarberg, Hodges, Huff III, LaBrie, Lawrence, Maltese, Martinez, Moore, Nakken, Pettit, Pinto, Randolph, Roy, Schwarzgruber, Sonin, Stroski, Ullrich, Voelz, Wegener, Williams, and Wirth). We also have $500 each from Luna Vista Rotary,  Davis Sunrise Rotary and Winters Rotary. 




Photos shown below show facilities similar to the ones to be built in Phase Two. They were built for another WASH Project in Nairobi.


Learn more about Rotary Foundation projects that fund this and other international efforts to provide clean water.










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