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Rotary 2018-19





Camp Fire - Paradise Relief Report


On February 15, 2019 members of the Rotary Club of Woodland and the Woodland Rotary Endowment completed the submittal of a combined contribution of $7,325 to the Paradise Rotary Foundation to aid victims of the Camp Fire which destroyed Paradise CA, a community of 27,000 people, early last November. This amount includes $4,825 in personal contributions from members. View cover letter.


This contribution is in addition to $5,050 contributed by Club members and the Endowment last Fall to the Shasta Regional Community Foundation to aid victims of the Carr Fire which devastated Redding last July.




2019 Dinner Auction Update


President-elect Tony Delevati outlined plans for the 2019 Dinner Auction coming up Saturday, February 23, at the Heidrick Ag Museum beginning at 5:30pm.


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.


Barrel of Wine - Bring in a bottle of good quality wine (red or white) to a Club meeting. The Barrel of Wine will be an oral auction item.


Dinner tickets are being distributed to members at back table

during regular meetings.



 Dan Stroski (Raffle Sales Coordinator) is distributing raffle tickets. 

Each member is expected to sell at least two tickets.



February 12th Meeting


Our own Past President Kevin Haarberg was today's program speaker, giving us a look at his October 2018 trip with wife Lorie to Tanzania, Africa. It was Kevin's third visit and Lorie's first. They toured Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and Serengeti National Park.



President-elect Tony Delevati gave us an update on the Dinner Auction, now just 11 days away. He urged us to sell raffle tickets, get people to attend the event, and bring a bottle of wine to our next meeting as a donation for the Barrel of Wine auction item. Get your raffle tickets from Dan Stroski and return payments and completed ticket stubs to him.



Aniek Ramsay was the focus of This is Your Life today. We learned that Aniek is the Vice President and Branch Manager of the Van Beurden Insurance Services office in Woodland. Her mother was born in a Japanese concentration camp during WWII. Aaked about hobbies, Aniek has three grown children (they're hobbies right???), likes to hike and ride bicycles. Aniek's fiancee, Curtis, who gave her a recumbent bike for Christmas, likes to drink beer and they enjoy visiting a brewery now and then. Her pet peeve is 'people who see the glass as half empty'.  



Les Engelmann had a birthday on February 8 (1946 in Joliet Ill). George and Janet Burger celebrate their wedding anniversary on Feb 14 'Valentines Day' (1986 in Woodland). Tabb and Nancy Randolph also celebrate a wedding anniversary on Feb 14 (1987 in Mt Vernon WA).



Gary Bunch, filling in once again, took the helm on Recognition. Don Huff III can't wait to get back to South Lake Tahoe to operate his snow blower some more. Kevin Vaziri is 'feeling great'. Chuck Maltese was a temporary Rams fan since he placed a $50 bet at 8-1 odds last June that the Rams would win the 2019 Super Bowl. Aw shucks!



With the pot at $325 and 26 cards in the deck, Clancy Duppong got himself a free lunch today.




February 5th Meeting


Ken Hiatt, City of Woodland Assistant City Manager/Community & Economic Development Director, was our guest speaker today, providing us with a review of various projects and programs happening in our community.


View Ken Hiatt's visual presentation.



Shawn Seyk was the subject of today's This is Your Life. Shawn is a business consultant helping with valuations & financing. His high school football team famously beat Bay Area powerhouse De La Salle HS. Shawn spent 13 years in the music industry. His hobbies include fishing and backpacking. He has backpacked the 42 mile trail between Mammoth & Yosemite. His favorite vacation was to the Czech Republic. His pet peeve is people leaving the cap off a tube of toothpaste.



Jason Smith didn't know the right stuff in Recognition. Brian Lin's eight year old son is a car enthusiast. President-elect Tony Delevati gave us an update on the Dinner Auction.

Chuck Maltese is looking for signups for the May 1st Mystery Golf Trip.  




Peter & Chris Holmes will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary Feb 11.

Kevin Haarberg drew yet another free lunch.





Our Newest Member

- John Ketelsen



Sponsored by Jim Taylor, John Ketelsen was inducted as the Club's newest member on November 27, 2018. John was born and raised on a dairy in Santa Rosa CA. He was an FFA American Farmer and student body president at Santa Rosa HS. He received his Bachelors degree in economics from CSU Sacramento, and later a Juris Doctorate from UC Hastings College. John worked in both the public and private sectors during an extensive career. Initially he provided legal and/or managerial services in the public sector with Yolo County, City of Sacramento, and the Sacramento Regional Transit District. Later, he assisted Alameda, Lassen, and Colusa Counties. In private practice John did work in Lemon Law, Real Estate, Redevelopment, Land Use, Public Sector Labor and Municipal Law. He was also hired by Siemens, the German conglomerate, to function as the General Manager of a factory manufacturing Light Rail car shells. He retired in 2014.


John has a son and daughter, as well as three grandchildren. A former Rotarian in Susanville CA, John likes to backpack, ski, wind surf, sail, scuba dive and wood working. Please introduce yourself to John sometime soon.  




Don McNary 96th -

Happy Birthday!


Our most senior member, Don McNary, turned 96 years young January 17th and his fellow Woodland Rotarians Lori Ross, Peter Holmes, (daughter) Jane O'Meara and Gary Wegener helped him celebrate with a birthday cake from the Club.




 Playground Project -

Ribbon Cutting


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, in early November. 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. Contributions will be sent by our Endowment, along with a matching amount to be determined, to the Paradise Rotary Foundation as recommended by District 5160. 


For more information contact Club President Mike Chandler.




Dinner Auction

Beneficiaries Selected


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:


  • $7500 to F.I.R.E. (First in, Fire Relief for Evacuees) to acquire necessary equipment for a mobile shower unit; http://www.firstinrelief.com/


 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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