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Rotary Theme 2020-21
March 2nd Meeting
President Tabb Randolph got our meeting started virtually today from Arizona where he is taking in some spring baseball training. He also shared on this date in 1917 Puerto Rico was officially established as a territory of the United States. After contacting Yolo County officials, Immediate Past President Tony Delevati reports the Club will not be able to return to in-person meetings until COVID related restrictions improve.
In her first 'Happy Time', Jayne Williams was happy about her 18 year old grandson becoming the top speaker at Kennedy High School in Sacramento following some coaching from her. During today's Recognition Kris Kristensen asked if members were ready to get on a commercial airplane and go someplace? Chuck Moore is ready to go; has plans to go to Alaska in June. Lisa Martinez has flights booked to visit family in San Diego in June. Eric Sharp has no problem with travel personally; hoping to go to Mexico and Alaska in next few months. Seth Wurzel says he is more risk adverse in concern for his kids; doesn't any have plans to travel currently. He will wait until health conditions improve.
Dr. Bruce McGibbon, Medical Director/Radiation Oncology at Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center in Greenwich, CT, was our guest speaker today giving us an encouraging program on 'Advances in Radiation Therapy for Cancer'. His father, Jim McGibbon, proudly introduced our speaker today.
February 23rd Meeting
A very pleased President Tabb Randolph opened today's meeting with congratulations to the Club for the success of last Saturday's 2021 Dinner & Auction. Assistant Club Treasurer Tom Schwarzgruber reported the event took in nearly $48,000 in revenue and we had approximately $12,000 in expenses, meaning the event raised at least $35,000! Jim Nolan reminded us if you purchased an item at the Auction you can pay for and pick up your item at his office, 429 First Street. Unfortunately, President-elect Dan Stroski did not attend today to receive the congratulations he richly deserves for leading such a successful event. Apparently he is riding the road in his new motorhome. President Tabb also pointed out that on this day back in 1954 the first mass polio vaccinations began; a cause for which Rotary later became a worldwide standard bearer.
We welcomed visiting Rotarians Julia Larson (Woodland Sunrise) and Mahlon Whittle (Kona HI) today. Blair and Jan Voelz celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary on Feb 5 (1972, Sacramento). President-nominee Shawn Seyk 'rang the bell' for his 50th birthday coming up this Friday Feb 26 (Baltimore MD).
With Spring training opening up soon, David Janes led Recognition with a variety of questions about baseball and specifically the SF Giants. Dick Hoppin learned that Giants pitcher Juan Marachal once attacked and an opposing catcher (Dodger Johnny Roseboro) with a bat. Lisa Martinez knew Alyssa Nakken was the first female coach in MLB history. Roy Holmes discovered the name of the Giants' ballpark is 'Oracle Park'.
Dr. Keith Rode, DVM, Co-owner, Woodland Veterinary Hospital and Woodland Sunrise Rotarian, was our guest speaker today, giving us a look at what is fact and what is fiction around many Pet Care Myths. Speaking on National Dog Biscuit Day, Keith was introduced by his veterinary and Woodland Sunrise colleague Julia Larson.
Club Dinner & Auction -
A Big Success!!
Preliminary results indicate we took in total revenue of almost $48,000 and we have approximately $12,000 in expenses for the event. It is estimated the event has generated at least $35,000 in net proceeds, more than enough to complete the new scoreboard at the
Woodland High School Stadium.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS, DONORS, PRESIDENT-ELECT DAN STROSKI AND HIS COMMITTEE!!
Above are a few pictures from this 'virtual' event. That afternoon things got started with over 230 dinners from Kitchen 428 and Cracchiolos being picked up by members and guests who took them home to consume before the Auction began on Zoom. Over 60 'participants' tuned in for the Auction. Auctioneer extraordinaire Kevin Haarberg did his usual great job.
We also sold 109 Winner's Choice Raffle tickets.
Eric Sharp won the 'best dressed' award!
Winner's Choice Raffle
Congratulations to our winner Jane Martin!
THANK YOU TO OUR 2021 SPONSORS!!!
Silver Sponsors ($1,000)
Ernie Hodges & Roger Kohlmeier
Edward Jones - Kevin Haarberg, Craig Miyamoto, Jen Ward,
and Brian Dwyer
Gardner, Janes, Nakken, Hugo & Nolan - David Janes, Robert Nakken
and Jim Nolan
Matchbook Wine Co. - John & Lane Giguiere
Wilkinson International - Terry Wilkinson
Van Beurden Insurance Services - Aniek Ramsay
Bronze Sponsors ($500)
Akin Ranch - Dick Akin
Ullrich Delevati CPAs - Mark Ullrich & Tony Delevati
Wraith, Scarlett & Randolph Insurance Services, Inc. - Tabb Randolph
Yolo Federal Credit Union - Janee Rawlings
Business Card Sponsors ($250)
Scott & Sheila Johnston
Valley Ag Loans - Peter Holmes
Woodland Rotary Supports
United Way's Imagination Library
Lori Ross, Rotarian and Yolo County Director for United Way California Capital Region reports Woodland's three Rotary clubs have pledged $10,000 to support Dolly Parton's Imagination Library program, a nationwide effort, here in Woodland. Several Noon Club Rotarians have already donated over $1,800 personally which has been matched with an additional $1,700 by the Woodland Rotary Endowment.
Every Woodland family can enroll their baby in this program. They will receive a brand new book delivered right to their home every monthfree of charge until the child is 5 years old.
To registera child for the Imagination Library program go to:
Select 'I would like to make a donation to a specific Imagination Library affiliate'; then' under 'Affiliate Codes' select 'CA - YOLOCA - Yolo County'. Then fill in your information and select 'Proceed to Payment'.
Or you can mail a check, payable to 'United Way California Capital Region', to 716 Main Street, Suite B, Woodland CA 95695. Please note 'Imagination Library" in the memo.
Immediate Past President Tony Delevati conducted a voice vote election of Club members at the Feb 2nd meeting for 2021-22 Club Officers and Board of Directors positions effective July 1, 2021. Elected unanimously were:
President-elect - Shawn Seyk
(will serve as President 2022-23)
Treasurer - Marcus Ullrich
Assistant Treasurer - Tom Schwarzgruber
Secretary - Alan Flory
Board of Directors (July 2020-June 2022) -
Gary Bunch, Carl Rodegerdts and Blair Voelz
Board of Directors (July 2021-June 2023)
David Pinto, Jayne Williams and Eric Sharp
Based on the election last year, Dan Stroski will serve as
Club President for 2021-22.
What Does Rotary Do?
We improve people's lives, locally and globally, through service.
Rotary District 5160 has decided more emphasis must be placed on our efforts to eliminate Polio right now. At this time the only two countries containing active Polio viruses are Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Polio virus has been mutating making it all the more difficult to keep ahead of the spread. We’re getting closer - just 3 weeks ago there had been no new cases for the previous 3 weeks. However, since that time a couple more cases have been reported in each country. To help stay on top of this outbreak a new modified vaccine has been developed to attack this “wild” form of the Polio Virus.
To focus member attention on the severity of the need, District 5160 has founded the PolioPlus Society and encourages all members who want to play a bigger part in the battle against this terrible disease, to join up. To join the Society you must simply pledge to donate $100 per year to the Rotary Foundation's Polio Plus program. These donations also count towards your Paul Harris status with Rotary. Those interested please contact Gary Wirth for the form and proper methodology to guide the donation to your target. Tel/text: 530 662-3429; email:email@example.com
Rotary Calgary Nicaragua Project
This project involves establishing a UNICAM or “University in the Country” in the Nicaraguan municipality of Tuma-La Dalia (located approximately 100 miles northeast of Nicaragua’s capital of Managua) to train local high school graduates to become qualified dentists, optometrists, and family doctors and provide care for a medically underserved population of approximately 300,000 people. The training duration will be 5 years for dentists and optometrists and 6 years for family doctors, and result in providing 30 physicians, 15 dentists, and 15 optometrists. University of Managua faculty members will provide training for these students, all of whom are from this region, and most of whom are likely to remain after graduation.
Due to problems associated with the COVID pandemic, the starting date was delayed from February 2020 until July 2020. This project’s model is considered so successful and its sustainability so likely that 3 more UNICAM training programs are already being planned for this region. Responding to a request for additional funding from the International Host Rotary Club of Calgary (Canada), the Rotary Club of Woodland made a contribution and solicited additional financial support from other Rotary clubs in our area, as well as several individual donors. We collected a total of $5000 USD which has been forwarded to the Rotary Club of Calgary. This sum will allow purchase of badly needed teaching equipment. The total funding for this global grant project is $212,399.
At a recent Club meeting, Board member Jim McGibbon
gave a verbal update on our Club’s efforts in this Rotary project.
This is a written version of that report.
Kenya WASH Project
At their October 2020 meeting, our Club’s Board of Directors approved Club participation in the Kenya WASH project to improve Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) at the Karen C Primary School in Karen, Kenya. This is a Rotary Global Grant proposal sponsored by the Rotary Club of Karen (Karen, Kenya; http://rotaryclubofkaren.org/ Rotary District 9212) to make improvements needed at the Karen C Primary School in Karen which serves 1200 students, 50 teachers and a community of 500 residents by installing water storage tanks, plumbing, wash stations, modern toilets, and training students and teachers and otherwise creating a communitywide awareness on hygiene, water usage and sanitation.
Karen is a suburb of Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city. Karen Blixen, the author of the colonial memoir ‘Out of Africa’ owned a farm where much of the suburb now stands. While we in this country take clean water for granted, in Karen water is a precious necessity and scarce. Facilities at this school are basic & aging, and include urinal and pit latrines.
The project consists of two phases: Phase One involves putting up large, steel water storage tanks, connecting plumbing to and from tanks, and portable washing facilities. Phase Two buys new toilets and sinks, the buildings to house them, as well as a large capacity septic tank. Phase One costs total approximately $40,000, while Phase Two costs are estimated at $75,000.
Our Club’s approval includes agreeing to serve as the international sponsor for Phase One of the project and to contribute a maximum of $5,000 in a Phase One local match once the District & Global Grants are approved. Remaining Phase One funding is expected from the Rotary Club of Karen - $5,000 in a local match; Rotary Foundation Global Grant funding (applied for by both clubs) - $20,000; and District 5160 Designated Funds - $10,000. In addition to funding, our Club will also provide oversight, monitoring and managing the Global Grant and reporting the project progress to all involved. A Committee including Blair Voelz (chair), President Tabb Randolph, Karl Diekman, Tom Schwarzgruber, Gary Wirth and Jayne Williams will oversee the Club’s involvement in this project.
Our Board is seeking member donations to make up most, if not all, of our Phase One local match. So far, donations from our Club members to the Kenya WASH Project have exceeded $4,000. Interested members can make donations by any of the following ways:
Make a check payable to the ‘Woodland Rotary Endowment’ (note the ‘Kenya WASH Project’), and mail to Tom Schwarzgruber at P.O. Box 31 Woodland CA 95776; or
Make a donation payment to the Club through Venmo (note the ‘Kenya WASH Project’); or
Make a donation by PayPal or a credit card on the Club’s website designating the Woodland Rotary Endowment (note the ‘Kenya WASH Project’). If using this method please consider adding $3 to the donation amount to cover PayPal fees.
Member contributions will be held in the Endowment’s account until the Global Grant and District 5160 Designated Funds for the project have been approved.