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Rotary Theme 2020-21
Woodland Rotary Supports
Tom Schwarzgruber reports Woodland Rotarians have already donated $1,835 since the Woodland Rotary Endowment announced last month that it has set aside $1,700 to match member donations to United Way's Imagination Library Project. Contributing members include Clyde Brooker, Tony Delevati, Karl Diekman, Marc Faye, Alan Flory, Marie Galbo, Ernie Hodges, Roy Holmes, Kris Kristensen, Chuck Maltese, Tabb Randolph, Tom Schwarzgruber, Blair Voelz and Gary Wegener, as well as Modesto Rotarian Amy Wolfe.
January 12th Meeting
After a bumpy start to the new year, President Tabb Randolph got our meeting going from his home in Truckee.
Eric Sharp was happy November & December were over! President-elect Dan Stroski updated us on plans for the Club's Virtual Dinner/Auction on February 20, 2021. David Pinto celebrated his wedding anniversary with Rebecca on January 4 (1992) and his birthday on January 5 (Delhi). Jim McGibbon gave an update on the COVID-19 vaccine for Yolo County. People ages 65+ are now eligible to receive the vaccine. You can request to be notified of your place in line at the Yolo County COVID-19 Vaccine Availability page: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdaQDQNTMocyPmS8sM_HK7Ne03pAcre
Gary Wirth, who celebrated his 82nd birthday on Jan 6, stepped in on short notice to be our program speaker today. He finished his August '20 presentation on 'The Genius of Antoni Gaudi - The Final Years' highlighting the development of Gaudi's unique architectural style which can be seen most vividly in the La Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona, Spain.
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
Rotarians on a 'Hunt'
Blair Voelz reports he and Seth Wurzel met Pete Martin on November 22 at the UCD Student Farm and enjoyed a 'hunt' with Pete's trained Harris Hawk 'Zeva'. This was an auction item donated by Pete and Don Hildebrant at our Club's 2020 Dinner Auction and purchased by Blair & Seth. Blair says Zeva and another trained bird, working as a team under Pete's instructions, were able to flush out and kill three jackrabbits in the effort. Meat from the hunt is saved and will be used as feed for the birds later.
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.
Welcome Our New Member -
Yvette Roy was inducted as a new Club member on November 3, 2020. She works as a Project Manager with Siemens Healthineers. Yvette provided us with the following bio at our request. Take a moment to introduce yourself to Yvette when you meet and welcome her to the Club.
Yvette was born and raised in Woodland, CA and attended her local Parish School, Holy Rosary. After graduating from Bishop Manogue High School, now known as Christian Brothers she went on to earn her BA from University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA.
After high school, Yvette lived in the Sacramento area for many years but returned to Woodland in 2001 with her husband Craig to raise their two daughters, Claudia (25) and Jacie (18). At that time in 2001, it was always planned they’d return to Sacramento when their youngest daughter entered high school so as not to have to endure the traffic nightmare in commuting to Christian Brothers. When that time finally came, her family was deeply rooted in Woodland and chose not to leave. Woodland is Home!
A little about Yvette’s family; her husband Craig is employed at Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Claudia is pursuing a career in law enforcement and Jacie is a Freshman at the University of Portland, School of Nursing. They have two dogs, Cody (Chocolate Lab) and their rescue dog Bentley (Terrier Mix); Bentley not only rules Cody but he rules their home too! Their family enjoys traveling and often made at least two trips a year back to New Hampshire where her husband Craig’s family resides.
Yvette has spent the past 28 years in Healthcare Administration and is a Credentialed Project Manager with Siemens Healthineers USA; she manages project teams to install IT Information Systems in Radiology, Cardiology, and Hemodynamics Labs. Prior to working at Siemens, Yvette began her healthcare career at Radiological Associates of Sacramento, fulfilling various roles as a Radiology Information Systems Trainer, IT Systems Administrator and Radiology Business Manager.
Yvette is an active member of Holy Rosary Parish. Enjoys her many volunteer projects, most recently as a Pink Lady for the Albie Aware Breast Cancer Organization. She likes to spend her personal time reading, crafting, gardening, golfing, and splitting time between her home in Woodland and Lake Tahoe.
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 or deliver it to Tom Schwarzgruber at 938 Jordan Circle, Woodland CA 95695; 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.
Woodland High School
Scoreboard Project Update
President-elect Dan Stroski reports our Club has been awarded $9,300 in 2020-21 District 5160 Designation Funds toward our effort to fund the $71,180 needed for the new scoreboard in the Woodland High School Stadium project. The 2020 Dinner Auction generated $35,000 for the Scoreboard. We also have a $500 commitment from the Sunrise Club. Our Club Board has agreed to upfront the remaining $26,380 for the Scoreboard, with the amount to be replenished from the 2021 Dinner Auction proceeds.