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Rotary Theme 2024-25




Stephanie Urchick, 2024-25 Rotary International President 




Daniel Geraldi, 2024-25 Governor, 

Rotary District 5160 

VIEW VIDEO HERE DG Welcome letter








July 9th Meeting - President Bob

Nakken Takes the Stage! 


President Bob Nakken presided over his first meeting of the 2024-25 Rotary year. This is Bob's second time in the Club's leadership role, having served as Club President in 2009-10. President Bob said he does not have significant changes in mind for Club activities this year, saying we will continue to avoid politics as we continue doing and supporting good works locally. The 2025 Dinner Auction will again be our major fundraiser. Efforts will soon be underway to find one or more worthy beneficiaries from that event. The Club also plans to hold our 2024 Senior BBQ at Rotary Park on Tuesday, September 24. Bob reported the new Club Board of Directors met for the first time last night (July 8). Bob said it appears possible Ludy's may take over the catering service lease at the Hotel Woodland when Cracciolos departs in August. This may allow us to continue meeting at the Hotel with minimal changes in service and cost. President Bob said the Board is also engaged in finding replacements for Directors Mike Russell who left the Club last month, and Derrek Kaff who plans to take a leave of absense after he retires from the City in October '24. Bob also encouraged members with ideas for the Club to talk with him. 


 Steve Venables and Dan Stroski led us in Rotary Grace today. Could this be a picture of their early days???



Woodland Sunrise Rotarians Don Sharp and Byron MacConnell joined us again today. Kris Kristensen introduced guest Lori McGrath, a Woodland resident and law enforcement retiree who recently approached the Club about possible membership. 



Lots of wedding anniversaries today! Yvette Roy and husband Craig celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary on June 28 (Woodland). Ernie and Kay Hodges celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary on June 27 (Springfield VA). Eric Sharp 'rang the bell' for his 47th wedding anniversary with wife Tia on May 28th (Woodland). Eric remembers it was 98 degrees on their wedding and most of the guys ended up in the swimming pool (Tabb Randolph said he was there!). This year Eric & Tia spent their anniversary in Mexico. Dan Stroski got an early warning on his 48th wedding anniversary with wife Ginny on July 18th (Fort Walton Beach FL); sentenced to 'Life without the possibility of parole' says Dan.  Roger Kohlmeier got the early warning on his  59th wedding anniversary on July 10 (Belmont CA) with wife JudyCarl and June Rodegerdts celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on July 1 (Woodland). Tony & Margie Delevati will celebrate their 43rd wedding anniversary on July 18 (Woodland).



Blair Voelz took charge of Recognition today, his first time. Blair asked for happy time comments followed by a variety of questions on the weather and agriculture. Immediate Past President Karl Diekman again thanked the Club for its support in the past year, but he was especially happy to be back sitting in the 'cheap seats' again. Asked by Blair about the meaning of the term 'virga', Jim Nolan knew it referred to rain that did not actually hit the ground. President Bob was happy about a trip he and wife Gaye took to Wyoming to visit family in June. Tabb Randolph was happy about traveling to Pinehurst NC last month to attend the US Open Golf Championships, followed by a trip to Portugal. 




 President Bob Nakken gave us a presentation on the 2024 Rotary International Convention which he and his wife Gaye attended in May on behalf of the Club. Karl Diekman also attended. Singapore is an island country and city-state in Southeast Asia at the southern end of the Malay Peninsula. President Bob spoke about some of the people he met there and some of the sights they saw. He also talked about new Rotary International President Stephanie Urchick (the second female in that role) and her theme for the year, 'The Magic of Rotary'.



President Karl Demoted!!


Forty (40) members and guests enjoyed a buffet luncheon at The Hive on June 25th as the Club Demoted, and thanked President Karl Diekman for his service this past year. Immediate Past President Shawn Seyk presented a commemorative plaque with the Club's recent group picture on it to Karl, as well as his Past President's badge. Karl thanked the Club for their support this past year and presented 'Quite Rotarian' pins to several members for their valuable work behind the scenes. Shawn presented a Club President's badge and pin the Bob Nakken, and presented Aniek Plager with her President-elect badge. The meeting concluded with a standing ovation for President Karl


We will be Dark on Tuesday, July 2, in honor of Independence Day. President Bob Nakken will preside over his first Club meeting on Tuesday, July 9th at the Hotel Woodland. 




June 18th Meeting





 President Karl Diekman presided over the last meeting of his term today. We started the session by posing for a new Club photo, our first since 2022. Tania Garcia-Cadena, the Mayor of the City of Woodland, was our guest speaker today. 




WHS Interact Selects 2024-25 Officers


Jayne Williams reports the Woodland High School Interact Club, which our Club helps sponsor, has selected their 2024-25 Officers, shown here. Jayne indicates the Club is planning an aggressive year of Service Before Self. 




Postcards from Singapore - 

2024 Rotary International Convention


President Karl Diekman, and President-elect Bob Nakken and his wife Gaye, are attending the 2024 Rotary International Convention in Singapore. Here are some of the things they are seeing.


 The Convention Center in Singapore.


The House of Friendship including a visit to Mobile Clinics in Ukraine. 


The Opening Session alongside two attendees from Metz, France. Calum Scott performed.



 President Karl attended a People of Action Award Dinner where Dr. Walley Temple (Rotary Club of Calgary, Canada) was recognized for his work on Cervical Cancer Prevention in Central America which our Club supported. 



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!





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.
























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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