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JUNE 25,






 Help us make this the 'go to place' for all your Rotary information.  Text, email or call Kris Kristensen at 530 304-5641 with comments and suggestions.



Rotary Theme 2023-24



Gordon McInally, 2022-23 Rotary International President 



Claire Sammon Roberts, 2023-24 Governor, 

Rotary District 5160




NorCal Rotary




Meet Our New Member - Angela Lynn


Angela Lynn, sponsored by Brian Dwyer, was installed as a new member of the Club on May 14, 2024 by President Karl Diekman. At our request, Angela provided us with the following bio. If you haven't already done so, please take a moment to introduce yourself to Angela when you meet and welcome her to the Club.


 Born and raised in Woodland, CA (a fourth generation “Vannucci”), I graduated Woodland High School in 1997, played volleyball at Yuba Community College for 2-years, then transferred to Colorado School of Mines in 2000 to finish my volleyball career and my bachelor’s degree in economics.


In 2003, I moved back to California and started my career in private-money lending, where I then obtained my master’s in accountancy, and my California Real Estate Broker license. Earlier this year, my husband (Michael Lynn) and I launched Lynn Capital Partners right here in my hometown and began exploring opportunities to plug-in into the community.


Lynn Capital Partners (“LCP”) is a nationwide, private-money mortgage brokerage, with the goal to meet an immediate financing need for our clients. However, the heart of LCP is to be a place of partnership, where new and seasoned professionals work together on building strong foundations in business and in their communities, through the channel of private-money lending.   After attending a few Rotary meetings after being invited by long-time friend Brian Dwyer, it became apparent Rotary would be a perfect fit!


With all that being said, I am truly honored and excited to be a formal Rotarian, and looking forward to getting plugged in!





Meet Our New Member - Chris Stamm



 Chris Stamm, sponsored by Steve Venables, was installed as a new member of the Club on May 14, 2024 by President Karl Diekman. At our request, Chris provided us with the following bio. If you haven't already done so, please take a moment to introduce yourself to Chris when you meet and welcome him to the Club.


I was born in Chicago and moved to Conroe, Texas with my family when I was six. Later, I graduated from the University of Texas (Hook 'em Horns!) and began a career in sales. In 2017 after 23 years, I decided to retire early so I could embark on some new adventures. Shortly after retiring my wife Janis, a California girl, appeared in life.  We have been together for six wonderful years.


Coming from a family of servant leaders, Janis encouraged me to get more involved with the community and soon found myself joining the Rotary Club as well being a Salvation Army volunteer and later a board member. This is where I discovered a real sense of purpose that had been lacking in my life.


In December 2023, after calling the Lone Star state home for 46 years, we decided to load up the wagon and head west to California so she could be closer to her parents.  We are both active members of the Davis Odd Fellows lodge. We also love wine tastings, hiking, and supporting the nonprofit Janis founded - Unleashing the Possibilities - which is working on building a new animal shelter for YOLO county. 


We love it here in Woodland and I am excited about our future!




WHS Interact Thanks Healthcare

Service Providers



 Jayne Williams reports the Woodland High School Interact Club, which our Woodland Rotary Club supports, recently recognized service providers at Woodland Memorial Hospital/Dignity Health by making handmade 'thank you' cards and attaching them to carnations. The Club then visited the hospital's three floors and personally distributed 30 carnations and 40 thank you cards to staff members. 




May 14th Meeting


President Karl Diekman welcomed us back to the Hotel Woodland for our meeting today. He reported the Club's Board of Directors has approved a $10 per year increase in Club dues to a new total of $210 for the 2024-25 year starting this July. This is in response to a $5 per year increase in per member dues charged the Club by both Rotary International and District 5160. Similarly, the Club Board has approved increasing the price of the dinner ticket to $70 per person for the 2025 Dinner Auction (it was $60 this year) to offset the increasing cost of putting on this event. Club members are required to purchase four Dinner Auction dinner tickets for this annual event. To 'incentivize early commitment' the Board has priced those tickets at $60 each ($240 total) for those purchased by August 1, 2024. These increased costs will appear in the dues invoices to be delivered to members next month. 


President Karl also announced the Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary Club will lead a team for the 6th time to Guatemala from October 6-17, 2024. The team will include up to 15 members made up of Rotarians, family members and friends and clubs from throughout District 5160. If you want to join the team contact Jack 'Skip' McGowan at 925-989-7677 or at jackbmccowan@gmail.com 



 Chris Stamm, sponsored by Steve Venables, and Angela Lynn, sponsored by Brian Dwyer, were installed as new members of the Club today by President Karl and Membership Committee Chair Yvette Roy



Visiting Rotarians Raylene Ewing and Denny Patrick from the Luna Vista Club joined us today. With the pot at $534 and 14 cards left, Brian Dwyer found a free lunch. Thanks to Program Chair Wendy Casas for arranging for and introducing today's program speaker. 



Blair Voelz celebrated his 74th birthday on May 7th (Lansing MI). Ernie Hodges celebrated his 77th birthday on May 9th (Sevierville TN).  Gary Bunch, who is set to become Club Secretary on July 1st, announced that Kevin Haarberg has enthusiastically accepted taking over as Club Recognition Chair for the coming year; and Dan Stroski volunteered to take over running the weekly raffle. Dick Hoppin celebrated his 84th birthday on May 6th (Oakland) and so did his sister!



Dan Stroski was in charge of Recognition today, asking questions about Mother's Day. Preston Schaub and his wife Leslie enjoyed a recent vacation trip to Scotland.  President-elect Bob Nakken has a busy month trying to fill committee assignments for next year, and getting ready to travel to Singapore for the Rotary International Convention. He and his family enjoyed a nice Mother's Day at the SF Giants game. 



David Greenwald, Founder, Editor and Executive Director of Davis Vanguard, was our guest speaker today, providing us with a look at 'Everyday Injustice in Local Courts'. More information about the Davis Vanguard and their work on Everyday Injustice can be found on their website: https://www.davisvanguard.org/




May 7th Meeting - Visit to 

Velocity Island Park



 President Karl Diekman convened our May 7th meeting at Woodland's Velocity Island Park off East Street. 




Meet Our New Member - Reggie Powell



 Reginald 'Reggie' Powell, sponsored by Shawn Seyk, was installed as a new member of the Club on April 16, 2024 by President-elect Bob Nakken. At our request, Reggie provided us with the following bio. If you haven't already done so, please take a moment to introduce yourself to Reggie when you meet and welcome him to the Club.


Ever since I can remember, I’ve always wanted to serve my community. It started with the Cub Scouts and then I continued on to the Boy Scouts of America where I earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Since then, I have become a passionate servant of the community with a diverse background in the service industry. From my early days as a chef in prestigious resorts, to answering the call as a firefighter, I’ve dedicated my life to serving others. However, my journey didn’t stop there. Driven by a desire to make a
lasting impact, I ventured into real estate and found my true calling – helping families find their perfect homes while contributing to the betterment of our community.

Woodland holds a special place in my heart. My wife, Blythe, and I chose this vibrant community to start our family years ago, and we’ve never looked back. With three wonderful kids – Finn, Ellie, and our newest addition, Baby Grace – we cherish every moment spent exploring the parks, museums, and endless treasures that this region has to offer. We feel incredibly blessed to raise our children in such a warm and welcoming environment, and we’re excited to watch them grow up in this community.

Community service is a core part of my life. I am a member of our local Rotary club and I also volunteer in town with several organizations. I put my all into everything I do in life. I look forward to contributing as much as possible to this great community.




Woodland Rotary Mystery Golf

Travels to Teal Bend GC


The 18th edition of the Woodland Rotary Mystery Golf Trip took 47 golfers a short distance to play the familiar confines of Teal Bend Golf Course just west of the Sacramento International Airport on May 1st. The windy round of golf was followed by a nice lunch at the nearby Alamar Marina. Thanks to our two Chucks (Chuck Maltese of the Noon Club, and Chuck Santoni of Woodland Sunrise Rotary) for organizing a great outing!






















The Woodland Rotary Club/Woodland Rotary Endowment are looking to raise funds this year to: SUPPORT OUR YOLO COUNTY YOUTH.


We are benefiting three local non-profit organizations:  


Yolo County Fair Heritage Foundation (https://www.yolocountyfair.net/p/about/yolo-county-fair-heritage-foundation

to assist in completing the FFA/4-H livestock auction arena with funds for the bleachers and other infrastructure. This is our main recipient.


WCC Foster & Kinship Education Foundation (https://www.yolofostercare.com/79-foster-care-and-adoption/24-fkce-stands-for-care.html) The Yolo Foster Care education program, operating through Woodland Community College, helps families and children manage the challenges faced by foster, kinship and adoptive families.  Funds we contribute will be used for care packages for up to 115 Foster Youth throughout the year, including gift cards and essential items. 


Make It Happen (https://www.mihyolo.org/

This small organization helps Yolo County youth ages 18-24 as they transition from foster care into independent living with furniture, household goods and related resources. Funds we contribute will be used to assist up to 25 young people.


Amounts awarded will be dependent on proceeds from this Dinner Auction. 










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.   








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