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January 15th Meeting
Our guest speakers today were Derek Macias and Kayla Kidwell, who shared with us their experiences as young adults with developmental difficulties who recently moved out of their family homes in order to live independently. Derek's mother, Lori Ross introduced him while Lily Tafoya Kidwell (left side in the lower picture) introduced her daughter Kayla. Diana Ross (right side in lower picture) is Lori Ross' mother in law.
A good crowd on hand today. The back table was in full operation. Gary Bunch, Carl Rodegerdts, Aniek Ramsay and Alan Flory quietly keep away from the limelight, but they get their jobs done!
We welcomed Kevin Vaziri back after a long absence. Kevin Haarberg took the Recognition helm today and asked questions from the book 'Factfullness' by Hans Rosling.
President Mike Chandler introduced his guest today, daughter, Bonnie Christen. Jennifer Ward was happy about the birth of her brother's daughter Lilly following a prolonged labor & C-section. Jennifer also announced that the Club will soon roll out a corporate membership option. She asked that members think of businesses that they believe might be a good addition to the Club. Karl Diekman was happy about taking a couple of trips to Europe recently, and on seeing Kevin Haarberg most mornings while Karl is out getting coffee.
Christian Sherrill was happy about the front row treatment he and his kids got at a recent Harlem Globetrotters game. Les Engelmann was thanked for doing Meals on Wheels today. Lacey Hilliard happily announced she was been medically cleared to walk unaided!
It is with great sadness we report on today’s raffle results. With the pot at $982 and only TWO cards remaining, Steve Venables managed to draw a free lunch! We are only happy that no photographic evidence of Steve’s agony exists.
Keep Steve in your prayers…and buy a lot of tickets next week!!!
2019 Dinner Auction Update
President-elect Tony Delevati has given us an update on plans for the 2019 Dinner Auction coming up Saturday, February 23, at the Heidrick Ag Museum. The dinner will be catered by Anderson Catering.
This year's theme will be '50 Years to Woodstock'.
Dinner Auction Proceeds will benefit:
F.I.R.E. (First in, Fire Relief for Evacuees) to acquire necessary equipment for a mobile shower unit; http://www.firstinrelief.com/
NorCal Trykers to acquire 10 special needs tricycles for local children; https://norcaltrykers.com/, and
Woodland United Way to support the Woodland 'Imagination Library' book program; http://www.woodlandunitedway.org/
Donations are currently being solicited for the Silent Auction/Lucky Draw (Nick Roncoroni, Coordinator), Oral Auction (Scott Johnston, Coordinator) and Sponsorships (Mark Ullrich, Coordinator). All members are asked to make requests for these donations.
The Raffle will offer the winner four day trip options to either Hawaii, Nashville TN, or New York. Tickets will be sold at $100 each. We hope to sell 150 tickets. Each member is expected to sell at least two tickets. Raffle and dinner tickets should be available for distribution to members next week.
January 8th Meeting
Bob Deering, PDG District 5180, was our guest speaker to kickoff the New Year. Bob gave us a presentation on District 5180's Global Grant Project to combat Human Trafficking in the greater Sacramento region.
Happy New Rotary Year!
Rotary International's Float in the 2019 Rose Parade.
December 18th Meeting
Dennis Brown, Senior Chief of Aviation for CAL FIRE (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) was our guest speaker today, providing us with an overview of the equipment, personnel and strategy used by CAL FIRE to assist firefighters on the ground battle wildfires. Thank you David Janes for arranging and introducing this fascinating program.
Veronica Tejeda was presented with a tip totalling $635 from the members today by President Mike Chandler who thanked Vero for her dedicated service. She thanked the Club and said the money will come in handy for her wedding coming up in a couple of months.
Gary Wegener distributed this flyer which explains the recommendation Sunrise Rotarian Gary Holman has for men to get checked regularly for prostate cancer.
Several birthdays this time. Jim Taylor turned 87 on December 13 (1931) and 'rang the bell'; Clancy Duppong turned 82 on December 12 (1936); and Christian Sherrill turned 42 on December 13 (1976).
Frank Gardner paid $70 in $10 bills for the early warning on his 70th wedding anniversary coming up December 19th. Frank and Shirley were married in 1948 in Reno NV. Mark and Sherry Werum will celebrate their wedding anniversary on December 23 (1972).
Gary Wirth (or is it Worth???) was the subject of today's 'This is Your Life'. Gary is an accomplished architect, hiker, golfer, photographer and traveler. He also has some definate opinions on uses of the words 'rainbow' and 'progressive'. Go ahead, ask him! In his first official fine as a new member John Ketelsen told us his usual Christmas story. It was nice to see Roger Kohlmeier back after an absence, feeling 'fine' and 'on his feet'.
With the pot at $894 and only 4 cards left, Scott Johnston managed to draw a free lunch. Is a joker really in there??? Former Club member Scott Carson joined us today.
Playground Project -
The Club's work to build a new playground in front of the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency 'Herbert Bauer Building' at 137 N. Cottonwood Street has been completed. The Club, with financial support from the other nine Yolo County Rotary clubs, Rotary District 5160, Matt & Jenn Rexroad, and county employee contributions through Woodland United Way, completed construction of the facility. It is designed to support families with children receiving services at the Bauer building, as well as the general public. By using a community build approach with Rotarians augmented after work hours by county employees and other volunteers, and donated services from Laugenour & Mickle Civil Engineers, Kimzey Welding, and Amos Metz, the Club was able to double the size of the play structure within the available $42k budget.
The project was led by coordinators Gary Wegener and Dan Stroski with several Club members participating. Their work is a credit to the entire Club.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held December 6th to open the facility for use. Gary Wegener is pictured in the ribbon cutting above with fellow Rotarian Lori Ross, representing Woodland United Way, and Karen Larsen, Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency Director.
Camp Fire - Paradise Relief
Once again wildfire has ravaged the northern region of our own Rotary District 5160. The Camp Fire destroyed Paradise CA, a community of 27,000 people, earlier this month. The Woodland Rotary Endowment has pledged to match contributions made by our members to aid victims of the Camp Fire.
President Mike Chandler announced at the November 27th meeting that Club members have submitted contributions in excess of $4000. Mike also announced he has extended the deadline for members to submit contributions. Contributions (check’s payable to ‘Woodland Rotary Endowment’) submitted by that date will be sent by our Endowment, along with a match, to the Paradise Rotary Foundation as recommended by District 5160.
For more information contact Club President Mike Chandler.
At its November 20, 2018 meeting the Club decided it will use net proceeds from the Club's 2019 Dinner Auction to fund the following community projects:
This decision was made following a recommendation made by the Club Board and Endowment Board 2x2 Committee consisting of Laurie Ruiz & Nick Roncoroni (Club Board) and Ken Nordgren & Tom Schwarzgruber (Endowment Board) who reviewed eleven requests for funding received from various organizations.
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