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Shawn Seyk reports the Woodland Rotary Endowment Scholarships for 2021 have been awarded to Cassandra Tamayo (top picture), valedictorian of Woodland High School, who earned a 4.3GPA and plans to attend UC San Diego in the Fall; and to Fernanda Tovar, valedictorian of Pioneer High School who earned a 4.44GPA and plans to attend Princeton University in the Fall. The Endowment's scholarship is $6,000 to each student, payable over four years.
June 15th Meeting
Gleefully feeling the end of his reign approaching, President Tabb Randolph reminded us that we will be DARK next Tuesday, June 22, and the Demotion will take place Friday, June 25. Don Huff Jr celebrated 95 years young on June 9th.
Yvette Roy got an early warning on her June 28th anniversary with husband Craig. Nick Roncoroni got an early warning about his 13th wedding anniversary with wife Ellen Martin on June 21. Nick also thanked Brian Dwyer and the rest of the Woodland Little League Board for putting on a great season. Nick's son Adam's AA team, the Riverdogs, took home the City Tournament championship last Saturday. Bob and Gaye Nakken enjoyed a trip to Washington DC over the weekend to take in the SF Giants' games with the Nationals and spend time with their daughter, Assistant Coach Alyssa. Just as Ken Nordgren got his home up for sale, a 30' branch fell in the back yard damaging the fence. Ken & wife Diana Harvey are planning a move to Hawaii.
With Chuck Maltese at the Recognition helm today, Jayne Williams got an early warning for her anniversary on June 28. Lori Ross ('Franky' to Chuck for her extended happy time), was elated about the family celebration last Saturday for her son's graduation from Pioneer High School. Jim McGibbon celebrated his 53rd wedding anniversary with wife Susie on June 1.
Tico Zendejas, Ed.D., Executive Director of R.I.S.E, Inc. was our guest speaker today, giving us a program on the various social services provided by RISEInc.(Rural Innovations in Social Economics), a 501.c.3 public non-profit, to the communities of western rural Yolo County. For more information about R.I.S.E. Incorporated visit www.riseinc.org
Meet our New Member -
Jeff Burger was inducted as a new member of Club member on June 8, 2021. He is an agent with RE/MAX Gold Real Estate in Woodland and was sponsored by his father George Burger. Jeff provided us with the following bio at our request. Take a moment to introduce yourself to Jeff when you meet and welcome him to the Club.
Jeff was born in San Diego California where his father was a Dentist in the U.S. Navy. Shortly thereafter, his family moved to Paradise California where Jeff attended school until his Freshman year of High School before moving to Woodland and graduating from Woodland High School.
Jeff fell in love with the game of golf at an early age and turned professional at the age of 19. He became a member of the Professional Golfers Association of America in 1998. Jeff served as the Assistant Professional at Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento, as well as Assistant Professional, Head Professional and General Manager at Yolo Fliers Club over the past twenty five years.
Jeff has embraced a new career, working alongside fellow Rotarians Don Sharp and Byron MacConnell at RE/MAX Gold in Woodland where he specializes in Residential, Land, Commercial and Business Opportunities in Real Estate.
Jeff’s hobbies include golf, but other passions are hunting and fishing alongside his Dad George, “Rotarian”, and most recently Pickleball which he teaches at Beamer Park in Woodland and Walnut Park in Davis for newcomers while also still giving a few golf lessons a week.
Jeff has two sons Ryan, who recently graduated from the UC Merced, and Matt who attends Sacramento State University.
June 8th Meeting
Today President Tabb Randolph welcomed Jeff Burger as the Club's 7th new member of the year. George Burger proudly introduced his son to the Club. Jeff is an agent with Re/Max Gold Real Estate.Tabb also announced the Club will be dark on Tuesday, June 22 in anticipation of the Demotion scheduled Friday, June 25.
Brian Dwyer celebrated his 'forever 29' birthday on June 6. Brian was born in La Mirada CA and grew up in Nevada City. Clyde Brooker, who will celebrate a birthday himself on June 12, was our Recognition Chief today, asking questions where & when we graduated from high school as well as popular music of those times. Dena Lawrence was finally presented with her new Club badge. Lisa Martinez got some more practice drawing a free lunch.
Rotary District 5160 Assistant District Govenor Woody Fridae and his wife Rebecca were our guest program speakers today, providing us with a personal look at Romania and its 1989 'Painful Birth of Freedom'. More of his pictures can be found at Woody's blog:
Officials from the Woodland Joint Unified School District, the City of Woodland and our own President Tabb Randolph, and President-elect Dan Stroski were on hand May 25 at the Woodland High School Community Stadium to dedicate the new scoreboard funded by Woodland Rotary Clubs.
With over 50 Woodland Noon and Sunrise Rotarians and guests attending, the May 19th Mystery Golf Trip went to Morgan Creek Golf Club outside of Roseville for a round of golf and lunch.Many thanks to co-organizers Chuck Santoni (Woodland Sunrise) and Chuck Maltese (Woodland Noon) for all the great arrangements. See more pictures in the Photo Gallery.
Rotary Calgary Nicaragua Project
This project, begun in March 2020, involves establishing a UNICAM or “University in the Country” in four regions in and around the Nicaraguan municipality of Tuma-La Dalia (located approximately 100 miles northeast of Nicaragua’s capital of Managua), including the Jinotega region, by training local high school graduates to become dentists, optometrists, or family doctors. This area has 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. Training is being conducted in buildings built or remodeled by those living in the Tuma-La Dalia region. The University of Managua will pay all future costs of staff salaries, student tuition and housing, as well as equipment and building maintenance. This project’s model is considered so successful and its sustainability so likely that 2 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 during this second academic year. No further Rotary fundraising is planned for this project. The total funding for this global grant project is $212,399.
Woodland Rotary Club Board member Dr. Jim McGibbon has been working on this effort. He reports recent problems involving banking and distribution of these funds have delayed the project, but are being addressed. When the Nicaraguan government effectively prevented the Jinotega local host club from opening an account in a local bank to house these funds, the Calgary international host club was able to open one in Calgary. Since the banking delays resulted in the expiration of time-sensitive bids for equipment, the bidding process is now being repeated.
We have requested that on-site photos be sent to our club later this year showing the new equipment, as well as some visual confirmation of Rotary's contribution to this program.
Club Dinner & Auction -
A Big Success!!
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS, DONORS, PRESIDENT-ELECT DAN STROSKI AND HIS COMMITTEE!!
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
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 1300 students, 50 teachers (established in 1958) and an adjacent girls high school with enrollment of 600 students (established in 2011) 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, President-elect Dan Stroski, Karl Diekman, Tom Schwarzgruber, Gary Wirth and Jayne Williams will oversee the Club’s involvement in this project.
Update: Blair Voelz reports ground breaking on Phase 1 of the Kenya WASH project will begin the week of May 9th. Trenches for water piping are being dug and footings for the water tanks will be the next phase of the project. When the concrete is cured the steel water tanks will be installed. Two tanks are planned, one 500 gallon tank will be elevated and one 10,000 gallon tank mounted at ground level. The project is estimated to take 8 weeks with mid-July being the estimated completion.
Local school and Rotary officials meet at the Karen C School as Phase 1 of the project begins.
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:firstname.lastname@example.org
Listed below are recent members of the Society:
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.