our inaugural George Berrottoni scholarship winner, Ethan Horowitz. George would be proud to be assisting him
with college, where he will be majoring in
Marie gave an update on the planned outting to see the SF Giants, Saturday, Oct 2nd.
It is a full day event (9 to 7), but sure to be packed with fun. Price $75-$95 depending on the number going.
Blair gave a wrapup of the Kenya WASH project and it was noted there will likely be a follow-on project for restroom facilities.
This is what Rotarians do. Good Job!!
1 vs 8;
nice they were all
Recognition was provided by Jim Nolan, and was primarily happy time comments from happy Rotarians. Thank you Jim, you bring out the best in us.
Thanks Nick for improving our odds for next week draw.
And thanks to Chief Kaff for an excellent introduction on our two guest speakers, his executive assistant Trista Kennedy and her husband, Sam Kennedy from the Fire Department. The Chief also made a pitch for the Civilian Police Academy, starting in September. Contact PD if interested.
The City of Woodland Special Needs Alert Program (SNAP) was initiated and is maintained by Sam and Trista Kennedy of the Fire and Police departments respectively, patterned after a successfuly program on the east coast. SNAP assists First Responders (Police and Fire) to be more responsive during emergencies to residents of the City of Woodland with special needs.
Participation is free and easy; click the link above.
Woodland is fortunate to have such dedicated and high caliber employees. Thank you.
July 13th Meeting -
President Dan Stroski Debuts!
President Dan Stroski took the reins on his year in office today. Displaying the new Rotary theme logo for 2021-22 on the front of his podium, Dan then teamed with Marc Faye to get us going on Rotary Grace. Later, President-elect Shawn Seyk let us know the 2022 Club Dinner Auction is tentatively set for Saturday, February 19, 2022 at the California Ag History Museum and he is interested in ideas on where the proceeds from this event should be spent.
President Dan outlined his goals for the Club during the 2021-22 year:
1. Increase membership
2. Improve public relations
3. Explorewebsite enhancement
4. Seek & participate in projects that enhance safety &
quality of life of our citizens
5. More social engagements
6. Reintroduce formal orientation for new Club members
7. Youth programs
Leading Recognition today, Gary Bunch asked Dena Lawrence to explain the tattoes on her legs. She says it reminds her that 'no matter where I go, I will never be lost'. David Pinto and wife Rebecca enjoyed a recent trip to New York and West Virginia as they visited their daughter (near Central Park) and hiked in two National Parks. Tom LaBrie couldn't find the joker in today's raffle.
Tony Delevati rang the bell for his 40th wedding anniversary with wife Margie coming up on July 18. Social Chair Marie Galbo talked about the Club's plan a bus trip to the SF Giants game at Oracle Park on Saturday, October 2 (San Diego). Immediate Past President Tabb Randolph received praise for his work as President and a Florida tee shirt from President Dan Stroski. Ken Nordgren signaled he has only three Club meetings remaining before he and wife Diane Harvey move to Kauai.
Don Huff III rang the bell for a special gathering his family enjoyed in Lake Tahoe over July 4th. Jim Nolan rang the bell for the birth of his second grandchild. Jim McGibbon offered Roy Holmes a ride to today's meeting, but Roy was not feeling up to it. Jim says Roy would welcome calls from members who wish to talk with him (Roy's phone number is available in the directory on the members page of this site).
President Tabb Demoted!
President Tabb Randoph was officially demoted at the Hotel Woodland on June 25, 2021. Immediate Past President Tony Delevati organized the event.
Thank you for leading us through a challenging year Tabb!
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 Lara, valedictorian of Pioneer High School who earned a 4.44GPA and plans to attend Princeton University in the Fall.
View the Daily Democrat article about Cassandra Tamyo.
View the Daily Democrat article about Fernanda Tovar Lara.
The Endowment's scholarship is $6,000 to each student, payable over four years.
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.
WHS Scoreboard Dedicated
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.
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:email@example.com
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.