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2016-17 ROTARY





Tuesday, Jan 3, 2017


San Jose

Doubletree Hotel


$85 per person


more information





February 18, 2017 

Heidrick Ag Museum


Looking to raise $20,000

for the Yolo Food Bank


details to follow





March 24-26, 2017



Details to follow



Rotary and Ribs

May 20, 2017





June 10-14, 2017

Atlanta, Georgia





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Help us make this the 'go to place' for all your Rotary info.  Email comments or suggestions to Gary Wegener, or call 530 666 4098

Rotary Club of Woodland


Making a difference in the lives of people in our community and around the world.



 Founded in 1926, our club continues a Rotary tradition of service above self as we endeavor to contribute to the betterment of the world around us, near and far, having fun in the process.  This year’s Rotary theme is “Rotary Serving Humanity”, a theme that binds our 1.2 million members, in clubs in essentially every country in the world. 


Our projects run the gambit, from a 9 club effort to construct extra benches for the fairgrounds, new instruments for the music programs in local schools, to new equipment to allow the local hospital to screen for hearing problems in newborn babies.   Each year we sponsor youth programs and scholarships, and a Senior BBQ. 

On the international side, we have participated in projects ranging from water wells, to dental clinics, to tsunami relief.  Recently, a club member and a doctor at the local hospital initiated a cervical cancer screening and treatment project in Nicaragua, screening over 900 women, and training/certifying a cadre of Nicaraguan medical professionals to be able to further expand the program in future years. This model has been briefed to the UN and World Health Organization for expanded application, and another local club is now initiating a similar project in Kenya.  Think how amazing that is.


If you have a project you would like us to consider, click on the Project Proposal link to the left, and send it in for our consideration.


We meet weekly for lunch, a brief business meeting, and a short program, typically a subject matter expert on local governmental affairs, new business concepts, community issues, etc.  We have various social events throughout the year. We strive for a diverse membership that includes leaders in all facets of the community, a great group to know and learn from.  If you are interested in finding out more, contact us


 Gary Wegener

      President  2016-2017



Holiday Party


About 90 Rotarians & guests from Woodland's three clubs enjoyed the Dec 2

Holiday Party at the Yolo Fliers Club.


November 29th Meeting


Taru Echiburu, Yolo County Director of Community Services was our guest speaker today giving us a presentation on 'Community Choice Energy', an alternative electrical power purchasing  program currently being organnized in the City of Davis and the unincorporated portions of Yolo County, and under consideration in Woodland.



Kevin Haarberg introduced visiting Davis Rotarian and Woodland resident Cindy Spiros.



Unable to duplicate Christian's luck, Clyde Brooker settled for a free lunch today.



November 22nd Meeting


President Gary led the Club in an assembly discussion

of the various Club committees today.



Christian Sherrill drew the joker and won $447 in the raffle pot!

Who says being a Rotarian doesn't pay!?!



November 15th Meeting


Our own PDG Karl Diekman was the program speaker today, providing a history of international projects supported by the Rotary Foundation and our Club. These included a clean water effort inThailand; a polio vaccination effort in India; 'Dictionaries for Life' in Zambia; the Kenya Smiles effort; and, most recently, the Cervical Cancer Screening effort in Nicaragua.




Mike Chandler drew a 'free lunch'



Nicaragua Cervical Cancer Project

Final Report


The final report on the Nicaragua Cervical Cancer Project, a Rotary Foundation Global Grant Vocational Training Team effort sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Woodland and Leon, Nicaragua, has just been released and can be viewed here.

Many thanks for the success of this effort go to several Woodland area medical professionals and Club members who volunteered their time & talents. These include:




Dr. Albors Alali

Dr. Edward Zapata

Dr. Carol Kimball

Gay Patterson-Duncan, RN

Rachel Gallegos, LVN

Mary Naranjo, LVN

Maria Pilar Alonso Nuney

Nuria Alonso (Pilar's daughter)




Tom Schwarzgruber, Lead

Dr. James McGibbon

Clyde Brooker

Kris Kristensen

David Contto

Karl Diekman




Raylene Ewing (Luna Vista)

Karl Diekman


Thanks also to our own PDG Karl Diekman for his leadership and coordination.




November 8th Meeting



District 5160 Foundation Chair Jane Louie and former Chair Don Jenkins were our guest speakers today giving us a presentation on the Rotary Foundation. A copy of their PowerPoint presentation can be accessed on a Foundation link lower on this page.


Seth Wurzel received his Paul Harris Fellowship from PDG Karl Diekman

and Tom Schwarzgruber today.


Our visitors today included Sunrise Rotarian John Martin and

Linda Jenkins, wife of Don Jenkins.





Greengate School Dedicates

Ruby Falls Play Structure












Last May Woodland Rotary Endowment presented a $25,000 check (funds raised at the Club's 2016 Dinner Auction) to Greengate School (part of the Yolo County Office of Education) for the acquisition & development of a Ruby Falls play structure at the campus. That play structure, part of a larger Playground Project, was opened and dedicated on October 5th. Students, teachers and parents got their first chance to see and touch the water features of Ruby Falls. Greengate School Principal Debra Johnsen and Yolo County Schools Superintendent Jesse Ortiz, Ed.D. thanked Woodland Rotary for their support .




Cache Creek High School

Improvements Dedicated









  On October 5th Will Jarrell, Principal of Cache Creek High School, along with WJUSD Superintendent Maria Armstrong and others, dedicated improvements made to the school's CommuniCare facilities where student health services are provided. The improvements were made possible by a $5,000 contribution from Woodland Rotary Endowment (part of the proceeds from the Club's 2016 Dinner Auction).




Rotary Scholarships Presented


Our Club presented its 2016 Scholarship to Pioneer High School's Valedictorian Erick Palomares on May 26. Erick earned a 4.32 grade point average in high school and has been accepted to UCLA next year where he plans to major in Chemistry or Biochemistry.


The Club's 2016 Scholarship to Woodland High School went to Valedictorian Bridget Linney who visited the Club on June 7. She is pictured above with her father Ken Linney and Club Scholarship Chair Becky Martin. Bridget plans to attend UCLA and study Biophysics in the Fall.









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