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June 11th Meeting
Sunrise Rotarians Jim Hilliard (State Farm Insurance) and Brad Miller (AAA Insurance) were our guest speakers today, giving us a presentation on Adequate Insurance Coverage in the New Age of Wilfires. They offered the following 2.5 minute video from the Insurance Information Institute on home insurance basics: https://youtu.be/PUZSIahxq-g
As well as the following article:
Making sure your home is properly covered for a disaster.
How to Avoid Being Underinsured.
Gary Walgenbach from the Davis Noon Club visited us today. President Mike is looking pretty relaxed as he begins his last month in office. He even managed to win another free lunch!
President-elect Tony Delevati presented a check for $4,440 to Woodland United Way from the Woodland Rotary Endowment to support the 'Woodland Imagination Library' childrens book program. These funds were a portion of the proceeds raised in our 2019 Dinner Auction. Woodland United Way Executive Director, and fellow Rotarian, Lori Ross gratefully accepted the contribution with her thanks to the Club.
Ken Nordgren took the lead on Recognition today. Shawn Seyk was happy he is finished paying Montessori fees! Don Huff Jr. celebrated his 93rd birthday last Sunday. Bob Nakken was happy John Ketelsen has become a Splinter writer.
Our Newest Member -
On May 28 President Mike Chandler inducted Blair Voelz as the newest member of our club. He was jointly sponsored by Dick Hoppin and Tom LaBrie. Below is a brief biography he has provided for us.
I grew up in a small agricultural community in the central valley town of Exeter, California. I went through grammar and high school there, graduating in 1968 and attending college at Sacramento State. I met my wife, Jan, that first year in Sacramento and we married in 1972.
My farming adventures began soon after college, when I started working for my Father-in-law, John Grimm, operating in Colusa and Yolo counties. In 1983 I began farming rice on my own, and subsidized my business with a second job working for Cargill, Inc. as a grain buyer. Ten years later I started farming full time after declining an offer from Cargill to manage a grain elevator in Pascoe, WA. In the beginning of my farming business, I was very diversified growing a wide variety of row crops, wheat and rice. Over the last few years, I have reduced my farming acreage and today grow only rice, olives and wine grapes.
Jan and I have a son, Eli, who works with me on the farm and lives on ten acres in Colusa County on which he has recently planted olives. Our daughter, Kina, lives in Portland, Oregon and is an architect, as well as a restaurant owner with her husband, Gabe. We enjoy visiting them and both of our extended families when time allows. My farming takes less time these days, so I have been searching for new endeavors to keep me busy – Rotary being one of these. I also look forward to spending more time at my family’s cabin in Mineral King, which is part of Sequoia National Park, as well as doing more travelling.
My hobbies include backpacking, photography, mountain biking, hiking, walking, fishing, reading and gardening. I am always up for an adventure.
Valedictorian Anh Vo of Woodland High School (top) and Co-valedictorians Lillianne Hammons and Thai Hoa Nguyen of Pioneer High School were featured in Daily Democrat articles this week. Anh Vo and Thai Nguyen (by virtue of a slightly higher GPA) were awarded college scholarships by the Woodland Rotary Endowment. The scholarships provide each student with $1500 per year, for a four year total of $6,000. According to the Democrat Vo plans to attend UC Berkeley in the Fall as an undeclared major in the College of Natural Resources while Nguyen will be studying materials engineering at UCLA.
Tacos at Tom's
On a warm June 4, we enjoyed a special dinner meeting
in the beautiful backyard of Tom & Gail Schwarzgruber.
Our guest speaker was Wendi Locatelli who gave us an update on her difficult recovery from her 2016 bout with sepsis which resulted in her losing three limbs and the fingers of one hand. President Mike Chandler presented this courageous and inspirational mother with a Paul Harris Fellowship pin.
President Mike introduced Christen Karstensen, a Rotarian from Esbjerg, Denmark, along with his wife Ellen. They are touring California and seeing friends.
Christian presented Mike with a banner from his club in Esbjerg.
May 7, 2019
This year's Senior BBQ at Rotary Park was another success under the leadership of Aniek Ramsay. We served 350-375 people in ideal weather conditions. Leftovers were taken to Fourth & Hope who were delighted to receive them.
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.
Honor Flight for
Dan Stroski reports our Roy Holmes, accompanied by his son Jim, is back in Washington DC on an Honor Flight (#20) for three days Apr 28-30. Roy along with other veterans of WWII, and the wars in Korea & Vietnam are being honored for their service with a trip to the nation's capital at no expense to the veteran. In the group picture above taken at the WWII memorial, Roy can be seen in sunglasses, standing under the flag. They will visit Arlington National Cemetery as well as other memorials to our armed forces. On the lower picture Roy is resting on a bike of the National Park's Police who escort the honorees everywhere.
Don McNary - Rest in Peace
The Rotary Club of Woodland lost a long time member Monday, April 15, 2019. Don McNary, shown above at his 96th birthday celebration on January 17, 2019, served as Club President in 1975-76. He will be missed. Our thoughts go out to his daughter Jane O'Meara and the family.
View obituary in Daily Democrat.
Our New Member -
Sponsored by Mahlon Whittle, John Carminati, shown here with his wife Laura, was inducted as the Club's newest member on March 26. John and Laura own and operate All Seasons Paint in Woodland and Davis. The company was founded by John's father, Glenn Carminati, in 1984. Glenn honed his skills as a chemist and a Master Paint Tinter, while working for Desoto Chemical Coatings in Emerville CA. His ultimate ambition was to open his own paint store, and chose Woodland because he loved the area. Glenn had a vision for the growth of Woodland and the surrounding cities - he loved the warmth and openness of the community.
John was born in Oakland and raised in San Lorenzo in the Bay Area. He & Laura arrived in Woodland in 1990 and became owners of All Season's Paint in 1999. They added the Davis store in 2017. All Season's Pain is a Signature Distributor of Benjamin Moore Paint, a Hunter Douglas Gallery, and carries painting accessory products to meet all painting needs. Both store locations sell and service all brands of airless paint sprayers, carrying a vast inventory to meet all service and repair needs in a timely manner. Their staff is pleased to provide color consultations and have the technology to match any colors. They take pride in providing quality, personal service and their commitment to excellence is second to none.
As they celebrate their 35th year of business, John & Laura carry on the legacy of John's father which is to provide quality service and superior products with a hometown feel. John and Laura have two adult sons, one of whom works in their stores. John's personal interests include golf, bike riding and the family enjoys camping. Take a moment to introduce yourself to John sometime soon.
2019 Dinner Auction
President-elect Tony Delevati reports that final tabulations from the Dinner Auction are still being made, but he believes the Endowment will have net proceeds in excess of $34,000 from the event.
The first couple, President-elect Tony Delevati and his wife Margie.
The Rotary Club of Woodland extends its thanks to the following sponsors who helped make this event successful:
Event Sponsor ($2500)
Table Wine & Wine Tasting - Matchbook Wine Co.
John & Lane Giguiere
Dignity Health - Kevin Vaziri
Brian Lin, DDS
Roger Kohlmeier, Mahlon Whittle & Steve Venables
River City Bank - Patrick Imbach
Wraith, Scarlett & Randolph Insurance Services Inc.
First Northern Bank - Vicki Faye
Yolo Federal Credit Union - Janee Rawlings
Tri Counties Bank
Edward Jones - Craig Miyamoto & Kevin Haarberg
Ullrich Delevati CPAs - Mark Ullrich & Tony Delevati
Valley Ag Loans - Peter Holmes
Gardner, Janes, Nakken & Jim Nolan
Scott & Sheila Johnston
Sonin Law Firm - Barbara Sonin
Tom & Kay LaBrie
Teichert Materials - Jason Smith
The Club also extends its thanks to the following donors to our Oral & Silent Auctions and Lucky Draw:
Anthony Roberts,Yocha Dehe Winton Nation
Meg & Gary Wirth
Blue Note Brewery
El Macero Country Club & David Janes
Dan Holmes Photography
Don Huff III & Dave Molinaro
Family Vineyard & Shawn Seyk
Bogle Vineyards &
Gardner, Janes, Nakken, Hugo & Nolan
First Northern Bank
Ken Nordgren & Diana Harvey
Joyce & Chuck Maltese
Jim & Barbara Nolan
Nugget Market & Laurie Ruiz
Nancy & Tabb Randolph
Perry Bunch and Johnston
Art & Lori Ross
True Value Distribution
Mark & Audre Ullrich
John & Lane Giguiere, Matchbook Wines
Ullrich Delevati CPAs
Yolo Ice & Creamery
Wild Wings Golf Course
Woodland Opera House
Yolo Fliers Club
Winner's Choice Raffle Winner:
View Auction Program
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.
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.
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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