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Rotary Theme 2020-21
In-Person Rotary Meetings???
Coming May 4th
President Tabb Randolph has tentatively set Tuesday, May 4, 2021 as the Club's first in-person meeting at the Hotel Woodland dining room in over a year. The plan is to hold the session both in-person, but on Zoom as well for anyone with that preference. In addition, the Club is looking to have a social hour for members on Friday, April 16th in the courtyard of the Hotel Woodland from 4:30pm-6pm.
President Tabb Randolph opened today's meeting discussing the news the Club is looking to resume in-person lunch meetings at the Hotel Woodland dining room starting Tuesday, May 4th. In addition, a social hour with light hor d'oeuvres and wine is being planned for Club members on Friday, April 16th in the courtyard of the Hotel Woodland. More information will be provided later.
Bob Nakken was happy he and wife Gaye 'got of Dodge' last weekend with a trip to Monterey. Blair Voelz was happy he broke ground on his rice fields yesterday to start this year's cycle of growing. Visiting Rotarian Dena Lawrence (Woodland Sunrise) joined us to day, and may have an interest in moving to our Club. Jayne Williams enjoyed a visit to Santa Cruz last week with her grandson. Aniek Ramsay was happy her daughter Elyse Gutierrez got engaged this past weekend.
Author and retired Yolo County Housing Authority CEO Lisa Baker was our guest speaker today giving us a presentation/training on Implicit Bias and why it matters.
March 30th Meeting
Chuck Maltese announced only two spots remain open for the May 19th Rotary Mystery Golf Trip. Gary Wegener explained how to make recurring donations directly to the Rotary Foundation through My Rotary.
Jayne Williams was happy she recently got her first COVID vaccine shot. Tony Delevati was happy to visit his daughter & granddaughter in Hollister recently. Tim Pettit 'rang the bell' for USC's recent basketball victory over Oregon. President-elect Dan Stroski presided as the Fine Master over today's Recognition. Jim Nolan gave us the sad news that Shirley Gardner passed away on March 28 at the age of 94, eight days after her husband Frank had passed away.
Kari Stout-Smith, General Manager of Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, was our guest speaker today. The Resort is owned by the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation which has been a major contributor to the Woodland Rotary Club's Annual Dinner Auctions in recent years. Kari reviewed how she and the Tribal Council navigated through the difficult year of 2020 which included two shut downs due to the COVID pandemic and a cyber attack, a wildfire in Capay Valley, and changing contractors to complete a major facility expansion. Thanks to Lori Ross for arranging and introducing this interesting program.
Franklin Gardner - Rest in Peace
Frank and Shirley Gardner at the Club's Holiday meeting December 17, 2019. Frank receiving a certificate of appreciation and medal in November '20 recognizing his participation in the military during WW2 from American Legion Commander and Woodland Rotarian Steve Venables.
The black and white photos are from 1968-69, during Frank's year as Club President. Those pictured with Frank include Jack Weaver, Bob Griffith, Gary Wirth and Dick Hoppin.
(Thanks to Steve Venables for providing these pictures!)
Jim Nolan reports Franklin Gardner passed away peacefully on March 20, 2021 at the age of 96. He was an enthusiastic Rotarian and a member of this Club for 67 years, serving as the Club President in 1968-69.
Sadly, his wife Shirley, passed away on March 28 at age 94.
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.
The event was very successful. We took in total revenue of $50,450.00 and had $12,009.20 in expenses. View the Financial Summary for details. The net proceeds, $38,440, are more than enough to complete the new scoreboard at the
Woodland High School Stadium. The scoreboard is expected to be installed by late April 2021.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS, DONORS, PRESIDENT-ELECT DAN STROSKI AND HIS COMMITTEE!!
Pictures from this 'virtual' event can be viewed in the Photo Gallery. Over 230 dinners from Kitchen 428 and Cracchiolos were picked up by members and guests who took them home to consume before the Auction began on Zoom. Over 60 'participants' tuned in for the Auction. Auctioneer extraordinaire Kevin Haarberg did his usual great job.
We also sold 109 Winner's Choice Raffle tickets -
Congratulations to our winner Jane Martin.
Eric Sharp won the 'best dressed' award!
THANK YOU TO OUR 2021 SPONSORS!!!
Silver Sponsors ($1,000)
Ernie Hodges & Roger Kohlmeier
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
Club Officers Elected
Immediate Past President Tony Delevati conducted a voice vote election of Club members at the Feb 2nd meeting for 2021-22 Club Officers and Board of Directors positions effective July 1, 2021. Elected unanimously were:
President-elect - Shawn Seyk
(will serve as President 2022-23)
Treasurer - Marcus Ullrich
Assistant Treasurer - Tom Schwarzgruber
Secretary - Alan Flory
Board of Directors (July 2020-June 2022) -
Gary Bunch, Carl Rodegerdts and Blair Voelz
Board of Directors (July 2021-June 2023)
David Pinto, Jayne Williams and Eric Sharp
Based on the election last year, Dan Stroski will serve as
Club President for 2021-22.
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
Rotary Calgary Nicaragua Project
This project involves establishing a UNICAM or “University in the Country” in the Nicaraguan municipality of Tuma-La Dalia (located approximately 100 miles northeast of Nicaragua’s capital of Managua) to train local high school graduates to become qualified dentists, optometrists, and family doctors and provide care for 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.
Due to problems associated with the COVID pandemic, the starting date was delayed from February 2020 until July 2020. This project’s model is considered so successful and its sustainability so likely that 3 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. The total funding for this global grant project is $212,399.
At a recent Club meeting, Board member Jim McGibbon
gave a verbal update on our Club’s efforts in this Rotary project.
This is a written version of that report.
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 1200 students, 50 teachers and a community of 500 residents 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, Karl Diekman, Tom Schwarzgruber, Gary Wirth and Jayne Williams will oversee the Club’s involvement in this project.
Our Board is seeking member donations to make up most, if not all, of our Phase One local match. So far, donations from our Club members to the Kenya WASH Project have exceeded $4,000. Interested members can make donations by any of the following ways:
Make a check payable to the ‘Woodland Rotary Endowment’ (note the ‘Kenya WASH Project’), and mail to Tom Schwarzgruber at P.O. Box 31 Woodland CA 95776; or
Make a donation payment to the Club through Venmo (note the ‘Kenya WASH Project’); or
Make a donation by PayPal or a credit card on the Club’s website designating the Woodland Rotary Endowment (note the ‘Kenya WASH Project’). If using this method please consider adding $3 to the donation amount to cover PayPal fees.
Update: Blair Voelz reported March 23rd the Kenya WASH Global Grant has been approved. The next steps involve the grant donations and funding called for in the grant will start so that Phase One equipment purchasing and construction can begin.