Worth a look: 2 minute video showing where we've come from
and what we do.
January 24th Meeting
President Shawn Seyk welcomed Robert 'Rob' Beggs as the Club's newest member today.
Tom LaBrie, who claims he never wins anything, found the joker and won $302 today. Rotarians Larry and Bev Moore from Greenberg, Indiana joined us today. Frits van der Hoek introduced his guest Preston Schaub.
Dan Stroski was today's leader Recognition, asking about the our best Christmas gift. Marie Galbo's best gift was bringing her baby daughter Christine home three days before Christmas after being born 8 weeks premature and at only 3.5lbs. Christine is 51 years old now. Bob Nakken was both happy and a little sad after making his last court appearance this morning after a 45 year career. Gary Wegener 'rang the bell' for the recent marriage of his oldest daughter.
Dena Lawrence reported her baby, Micah, is now eating solid food. Dena was also happy to learn recently Gina Bravo is a member of her church. Gina was happy too! Mark Ullrich wore his SF 49ers sweatshirt in honor of the team playing in next weekend's NFC Championship game. Les Engelmann happily drove 2,000 miles back home from Austin TX after flying Southwest there for Christmas. Southwest was unable to fly Les back, so they paid for his transportation, food and lodging and gave him a full refund!
Juliana Garcia, Loan Officer with Empire Home Loans, was our guest speaker today, giving us a look at her mortage loan business which she joined at age 19. A native of Woodland, Juliana attended Zamora Elementary School with Wendy Casas-Raviotta who introduced Juliana today. Juliana and her husband Selymon also own and operate the House of Shah Afgan Urban Eats at 538 Main Street in downtown Woodland.
The trio of Jim McGibbon, Dan Stroski and Steve Venables got Rotary Grace going at a spirited pace today. We had a good crowd thanks to a program that attracted several guests.
Dan Stroski introduced his guest, prospective new Club member Rob Beggs. Tony Delevati introduced his guest & wife, Margie.Steve Venables introduced his guests, wife Lydia and their neighbor Bonita Agnew.
Kevin Haarberg led Recognition today. Following thankful time, Kevin asked, with the weather drying out, what plans people had for their upcoming travel. Les Engelmann will travel to Bellingham WA in May. Tabb Randolph says he’ll be in New York's Yankee Stadium for Opening Day against the SF Giants, and also plans to be in Scottsdale AZ for Spring training next month. Clyde Brooker has no immediate plans to travel, and wants the current uncertainty in the travel business to settle down before he goes someplace.
Marie Galbo and Nikki Hamilton are heading to Maui on February 1st, because Marie won the Grand Raffle Prize at the Club’s 2022 Dinner Auction.Jeff Burger says he is looking forward to going fishing in Alaska in July with his girlfriend Melissa. Mark Ullrich was happy about the SF 49ers victory in the wildcard playoff game.
Our guest speaker today was Craig McNamara, owner of Sierra Orchards, an organic walnut producer outside of Winters in Solano County. Craig is also the youngest child and only son of Robert McNamara who served as Defense Secretary for Presidents John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, and was generally considered the architect of the Vietnam War. Craig wrote a book ‘Because Our Fathers Lied’ published last May on Craig coming to grips with his father's legacy. He gave us a presentation on that subject. Thanks to Jim Nolan for arranging and introducing this excellent program.
WHS Interact Club Spreads Cheer!
The Woodland High School's Interact Club, sponsored by our Club, have been active making Halloween treats for WHS teachers, muffins for local homeless folks at Thanksgiving, making cards and wrapping baked goods to hand out, wishing Woodland businesses Happy Holidays, and serving as Santa's Ninja Elves at the Woodland Christmas Tree Lighting. Thanks to Jayne Williams for her work with these young people!
Rest In Peace - Gary Wirth
Long time Club member Gary Wirth passed away at his home November 23, 2022 with family by his side. Gary, a Paul Harris Fellow, served as the Club's President in 1987-88 and was the current Club Polio Plus 'Warrior'. Nicknamed 'the Kahuna', Gary was a good friend to many of us. Our thoughts are with his daughter Carrie, his son Court, and their family.
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 foward. Phase 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.