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Rotary Theme 2019-20
Rotary Foundation Month
President Tony Delevati reminds us that
donations to the Foundation this month:
Help our Club remain a
100% Paul Harris Sustaining Club,
if every member donates
at least $100 during the year.
A $100 Rotary Foundation donation
makes you and your guests eligible
to enter the Davis Noon Rotary's
Bocce Tournament on
November 16 (see flyer below).
All donations to the Foundation
this month count receive
double points toward
your Paul Harris Fellowship.
Contact Foundation Chairman Tom Schwarzgruber
to make a donation.
International Service Project
PDG Karl Diekman is looking for a Rotarian interested in working on an International Service project with Rotarians in Calgary, Canada and Nicaragua. The project is establishing a medical training facility in northern Nicaragua in cooperation with the University of Managua and the Ministry of Health. The primary role is to raise about $15,000 which involves contacting Rotary clubs in our area and applying for District funds. Depending on the interest of our volunteer(s) there is a possibility of further collaboration on this project and others with the Rotary Club of Calgary. Please contact Karl Diekman by November 20 if you are interested.
November 5th Meeting
John Waterman (left), member, Rotary Club of Paradise, and Dr. Keith Rode, Veterinarian & Sunrise Rotarian, were our guest speakers today. Each shared their experiences relating to the November 8, 2018 wildfire that destroyed the Town of Paradise, CA. Keith spoke about his efforts in animal care & treatment in Chico and Paradise shortly after the disaster as part of the California Veterinarian Medical Reserve Corp. John talked about his personal experience escaping the fire, eventually relocating from the area, and about Paradise's recovery today as well as its prospects for the future. Thank you to Lori Ross who arranged and introduced this sobering program for us today.
Don Huff III was 'happy' PG&E finally came out to trim some trees from power lines on his Lake Tahoe property. Scott Johnston had his 66th birthday on Oct 30, and happily anticipates receiving his first Social Security check in a few weeks. Gary Bunch took the Recognition lead today and started fining members with badges that had stickers on them...pretty bold considering Gary wasn't even wearing his badge!
Roger Kohlmeier and Mark Ullrich were gushing of the SF 49ers winning record again today, and made optimistic predictions on the upcoming big game with the Seattle Seahawks.
Dan Stroski is happy he will be getting new exchange students from China. Steve Venables and Frank Gardner were helping each other with the stickers on their badges. Kevin Haarberg gave an assessment on Seahawk fans following his recent trip to the Seattle area.
With the pot at $469 and just 12 cards remaining,
Carl Rodegerdts could only manage a free lunch.
Lori Ross introduced her guest, Genesis Romero, United Way's new Vista employee in the Woodland office. Sunrise Rotarians Wayne Ginsburg (Club President) and John Martin also joined us today.
October 29th Meeting
City of Woodland Mayor Xochitl Rodriguez was our guest speaker today, providing us with an update of City issues as well as a summary of her military service. Thanks to Gary Wegener for introducing this program.
Dan Stroski, Marc Faye, Steve Venables and Mark Werum cleared their thoats today...or were they leading the Rotary Grace???
Dick Hoppin was the subject of today's Why Rotary. Dick said he first joined the Club in 1970 when Les Means was his sponsor. His inability to attend meetings regularly eventually caused him to leave the Club. However, he missed the camaraderie and following his retirement he was convinced by Gary Wirth to rejoin the Club in 2012. Dick feels his membership keeps him in better touch with what's happening in the community, and he finds it easy to do community service in Rotary.
Shawn Seyk, a long time coach of local youth soccer, was really excited that the two teams he took this past weekend to the BAY AREA FALL CUP, a big youth tournament held in Los Altos, each won their respective divisions! Pictured above, the Alliance U13 Girls won scoring a tournament record total of 26 goals while giving up only 2 goals. The Alliance U19 Boys won the Gold Division with a dramatic 1-0 finals victory in two overtimes. Shawn was really proud of his players' hard work.
Don Huff III celebrated his birthday October 23 (1952, Woodland, 'To be close to his mother' - thanks George!; 'Caught by Dr. Pye'). Tom LaBrie 'rang the bell' as he was happy to have recently attended the wedding of his grandson in Texas.
This past weekend Bob Nakken enjoyed a family gathering in Half Moon Bay, but had to endure a 4.5 hour return trip around and through wildfires to get back home Sunday. Clancy Duppong took some pride in North Dakota States' football victory over South Dakota State this past Saturday. Kevin Haarberg was less than thrilled at Clancy's announcement. Mark Ullrich was happy the SF 49ers continued their winning ways, and enjoyed watching his granddaughter playing volleyball.
With the pot at $609 and 13 cards remaining, prospective new member Wendy Casas-Raviotta, guest of Mark Ullrich today, learned to draw a free lunch.
Rotarians Michael Robinson and Jonathan Bayless of the Davis Noon Club, and Kevin Young of the Davis Sunrise Club visited today. Jonathan Bayless described his Club's Bocce Tournament on November 16 in Davis (see flyer above) supporting the Rotary Foundation and encourage us to join them. Rotarians and guests donating $100 are eligible to play.
Meet our Newest Member -
Ernie Hodges was inducted as a new Club member of the Club on October 8, 2019. Ernie, who was sponsored by Roger Kohlmeier, provided us with the following bio at our request. Please take a moment soon to welcome Ernie to the Club.
Ernest Hodges was born in same hospital as Dolly Parton in Sevierville, Tennessee. He grew up in East Tennessee and rural Western North Carolina until going to University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He subsequently obtained a BS degree in Accounting from George Washington University. He passed the CPA exam on his first try. Ernie joined the National Farm Credit System at the regulatory agency in 1973 and with the exception of a 2 year tour on a USAID funded project in Tanzania, East Africa worked for Farm Credit in various executive positions until he retired on June 1, 2015. During his Farm Credit career Ernie traveled to all 50 states and had several exotic trips to destinations such as Delano and Dinuba, California.
Ernie married Kay on June 27,1981 in Washington D.C. and they moved to Sacramento in June 1982. Kay and Ernie moved to Woodland in 1983 when he was named as CEO of Sacramento Valley Farm Credit.
Ernie joined West Sacramento Rotary Club in early 1992 until extremely heavy travel schedule led him to resign from Rotary in 2009. The Hodges hosted 5 Rotary Youth Exchange students Eddy from Brazil, Emilie France, Aurelie Belgium, Charlotte Sweden and Jenny Germany. They are blessed to have 10 Rotary Grandchildren (ages 2 months to 11 years) and are very excited they will be able to visit with all of them during 2020. Kay and Ernie have visited each of the students homes several times and attended each of their weddings.
Both Ernie and Kay hold multiple Paul Harris Fellow certificates and they are RI benefactors.
Ernie and Kay enjoy at least 2 and sometimes 4 international trips annually. Their next international adventure will be Antarctica in January. He also can occasionally be found working on his woeful golf game at Yolo Fliers Club. Once while playing with Gary Wirth, Gary advised Ernie there are at least 15 critical things that need to be done to have a successful golf swing and I was doing every one of them wrong! Regrettably, he was correct in his brutal assessment. His current broken left shoulder has at least kept him off the folly of attempting to hit a golf ball since early June and probably at least 6 more months.
Meet our New Member -
Daniel Jones of Tri Counties Bank was inducted as a new Club member of the Club on October 1, 2019. Daniel, who was sponsored by Mark Ullrich, provided us with the following bio at our request. Please take a moment soon to welcome Daniel to the Club.
Daniel grew up in Orland, CA. He graduated from Hamilton Union High School in 2010 and went on to Oregon State University. There he studied Agricultural Business Management and played on the OSU Basketball Team.
Upon graduating in 2014, Daniel returned home and began working for his parents on their diversified family farms and ranches. He also worked as an Agronomist for Syngenta in the Sunflower Production areas of the Sutter Basin and Yolo County.
Currently, Daniel resides in Dixon at one of the family ranches and started working for Tri Counties Bank just over a year ago, training in the Loan Officer/Relationship Manager role. He continues to manage the farms and ranches outside of banking.
His father also works for Tri Counties Bank in the Willows branch as a loan officer. His mother works in Chico at Enloe Medical Center as the Director of Rehabilitation Services and Home Medical Physical Rehabilitation Services. He has two Sisters; Andrea works in Orland at the Orland-Artois Water District, and Audra- she is a second-year Veterinary Student at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.
Since Tri Counties Bank here in Woodland is the first “Corporate Member”, other team members from the bank that may attend meetings and events from time to time are: Cyndi Blickle, Connie Holland, Baron Chen, and Dean Baldwin.
Rotary & 2019 FFA Auction
The 2019 FFA Livestock Auction at the Yolo County Fair was another success with 180 animals being sold raising $305,000! Rotary plans, promotes and conducts the Auction. Under the leadership of Don Huff III and Chuck Moore our club is in charge of managing all financial obligations in connection with the Auction. This includes oversight of the collection and disbursement of auction proceeds with the assistance of Farm Credit West throughout the process.
Meet our New Member -
Lisa Martinez was inducted as a new member of the Club on August 6, 2019. Lisa, who was sponsored by President Tony Delevati & Mark Ullrich, provided us with the following bio at our request. Please take a moment soon to welcome Lisa to the Club.
Lisa was born and raised in Woodland, CA. She graduated from Woodland High School in 1999 and went on to Long Beach State University and graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Accountancy. That same year, Lisa married her high school sweetheart, Larry Dunham. After graduating from college and getting married, Lisa began her career at a CPA firm in Los Angeles, CA and made the grueling commute from Long Beach to Los Angeles for 10 years. Lisa became a Certified Public Accountant in 2010. Lisa and Larry have had 3 children together. Cora was born and also sadly passed away in 2012, Sadie, 5 was born in 2013 and Wyatt, 3 was born in 2015. Lisa and Larry moved back to Woodland in 2014 after having their first two children to be closer to family. Lisa began working at Ullrich Delevati CPAs that same year. Lisa serves on the board for Children’s Therapy Center and enjoys spending time with her family in her free time.
Meet our New Member
- David Pinto
David Pinto was inducted as a new member of the Club on August 6, 2019. David, who was sponsored by Aniek Ramsay, provided us with the following bio at our request. Please take a moment soon to welcome David to the Club.
I grew up in Delhi, India and came to the United States in 1990 as a software programmer. I completed a Bachelors degree from St. Stephen’s College in Delhi University and an MBA from Bombay University in India. In the US I lived and worked in 4 different states before I came to California in 1996 and made it my home.
I have lived in Davis for the past 20 years and work in Woodland as a Financial Planner with Main Street Wealth Group. My wife Rebecca is a teacher in Vacaville and I have 3 daughters, Rachel (26) is a Political Campaigner in Las Vegas, NV, Sara (23) is a Sales Rep for a Technology firm in Seattle, Washington and Leah 19 is in second year college and lives with us in Davis. Apart from work, I love listening to music (classic rock), biking and hiking. Rebecca and I recently set a goal to hike at all the 60 National parks in the US and currently we are at Park number 19.
Rotary Beer Booth
at the Fair
Scenes from the 2019 Rotary Beer Booth at the Yolo County Fair.
Signup for the Imagination Library
Woodland United Way's Imagination Library is one of the projects
our Club funded with proceeds from the 2019 Dinner Auction.
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