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July 16th Meeting


 A good crowd was on hand today to hear guest speakers Peter Martin and Don Hildebrandt talk about the sport of Falconry and show off their Harris hawks. Thank you Dan Stroski for arranging and introducing this interesting program! For more information about Falconry visit: https://www.calhawkingclub.org/



Gary Wegener was the subject of today's Why Rotary. Gary had been asked to consider joining the Club by Gary Wirth, and became curious about the Club's efforts on the gazebo project at Freeman Park. Later he attended & really enjoyed the conversation at the Rotary International Convention in Rio de Janeiro.



As a member of the Steering Committee for a World Congress on Cervical Cancer Prevention to be held in 2021, Karl Diekman announced that he has learned that the University of Calgary (Canada) plans to use the Nicaragua Cervical Cancer Prevention Project our Club sponsored a few years ago as a pilot project in developing a plan, with that nation's Ministry of Health, for a Cervical Cancer Prevention program across Nicaragua. Karl says this is a very good measure of the sustainability of our Club's project.




Kevin Haarberg was today's Fine Master and raised some good revenue. John Ketelsen, Les Engelmann, Roy Holmes, George Burger and Clyder Brooker were fairly stumped with Kevin's questions on the economy and business. Peter Holmes along with Dan Stroski had anniversaries coming July 17. Marc Faye fielded one of Kevin's questions, but was also happy that some of his cousins from Norway had come to visit him. Gary Wirth enjoyed about 2 months of travel around the United States. Jim McGibbon again asked for input on our lunches, and was also happy about his son Mike's business venture into helping kids with preparing for college entrance exams (www.mathchops.com). Shawn Seyk was a happy boys soccer coach, with three players going to Boys State this year and success at a recent international tournament in Washington State. Chuck Moore was happy about a trip his son and he recently took to Milwaukee to attend a SF Giants game there.



With the pot at $455, Gary Wegener managed to draw the joker!!! Aniek Ramsay introduced her guest, prospective new Club member David Pinto, Certified Financial Planner with Ameriprise Financial Services in Woodland.



In a raffle extra, Peter Holmes and Don Huff Jr received framed prints of birds of prey

offered by our speakers today.





Rotary Beer Booth

at the Fair


 Dick Hoppin reports all of the Club's slots for the Rotary Beer Booth staffing have been filled. See the schedule below:





July 9th Meeting

Our guest speaker today was Donna Hernandez with Youthful Courage Stables in Yuba City, who gave us a program on their horseback riding services provided to children and adults with developmental disabilities. Thank you Blair Voelz for introducing our speaker.



Club Foundation Chair Tom Schwarzgruber presented Roy Holmes with a pin signifying achievement of his sixth Paul Harris Fellowship.



Don Huff Jr. was the subject of President Tony's question of Why Rotary? Don has been a member for 59 years, and his father, Don Sr., was also a member. Don did not join the Club until he stopped working as farmer and went into real estate. He served as Club President in 1980-81.



President Tony Delevati presented the proposal below to the Club today for member information and input. It has been reviewed by the Club Board of Directors and President Tony would like the Club to take a vote on the dues question sometime before the end of July 2019. A vote could affect dues for the current 2019-20 year.

Contact President Tony with your questions and thoughts.




Don Huff III took the Recognition lead today asking questions about how we spent our July 4th and our most memorable July 4th memory. His most memorable was going to the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. Jim McGibbon, who turned 79 on June 24, gave us an update on lunch menu alternatives from Cracchiolos and is looking for input on the items members like and don't like. Seth Wurzel had a birthday on June 25, and he and wife Katie celebrated a wedding anniversary on July 7. David Janes and his family spent July 4th at Lake Tahoe.



 Gary Wegener and Joanie Tauzer will celebrate their wedding anniversary on July 10. Nick Roncoroni enjoyed a two week trip to Maine recently, and spent July 4th at Mt. Lassen. Scott Johnston had a little trouble controlling his phone today.



 Mark Ullrich had two guests today. One was prospective new member Lisa Martinez, Accountant with Ullrich Delevati CPAs. The other was Justin Lindsay with Culinary Farms.



Bob Moeller - Rest in Peace




President Mike Chandler reports that Past Club President Bob Moeller passed away June 24, 2019 at age 93, succumbing to injuries sustained in a serious vehicle accident on June 19th which took the life of his wife

Ruth Moeller


A Celebration of Life for

Ruth & Bob has been set for

11:00am Saturday, July 27 at

St. John's Church

432 Cleveland Street



Our thoughts and prayers are with the Moeller family.



For news on the vehicle accident:

View the Daily Democrat news article.

View the Davis Enterprise news article.



2019-20 Club Leadership


2018-19 President Mike Chandler with 2019-20 President Tony Delevati. Tabb Randolph will be the 2019-20 President-elect. The 2019-20 Club Board of Directors will include: Club Secretary Alan Flory, Club Treasurer Mark Ullrich, and Directors

(2019-20) Lacey Hilliard, Barbara Sonin, Don Huff III,

(2019-21) Jason Smith, Jim McGibbon, Jim Nolan.  




Our Newest Member -

Blair Voelz



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.




Senior BBQ

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.




 Imagination Library


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.




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 -

John Carminati


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


Gold ($1000)

Dignity Health - Kevin Vaziri

Brian Lin, DDS

Roger Kohlmeier, Mahlon Whittle & Steve Venables

Wilkinson International


Silver ($500)

River City Bank - Patrick Imbach

Wraith, Scarlett & Randolph Insurance Services Inc.

-Tabb Randolph

First Northern Bank - Vicki Faye

Yolo Federal Credit Union - Janee Rawlings

Tri Counties Bank

Edward Jones - Craig Miyamoto & Kevin Haarberg


Bronze ($250)

Ullrich Delevati CPAs - Mark Ullrich & Tony Delevati

Valley Ag Loans - Peter Holmes

Gardner, Janes, Nakken & Jim Nolan

Nugget Market

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

Dick Akin

Meg & Gary Wirth

Amana Essentials

Blue Note Brewery


El Macero Country Club & David Janes

Dan Holmes Photography

Roy Holmes

Don Huff III & Dave Molinaro

Don McNary

Family Vineyard & Shawn Seyk

Bogle Vineyards &

Gardner, Janes, Nakken, Hugo & Nolan

Gifted Penguin

First Northern Bank

Ken Nordgren & Diana Harvey

Joyce & Chuck Maltese

Jim & Barbara Nolan

Craig Miyamoto

Nugget Market & Laurie Ruiz

Nancy & Tabb Randolph

Park Winters

Perry Bunch and Johnston

Purpose Nutrition

Premier Chiropractic

Roncoroni Family

Art & Lori Ross

Sord Board

True Value Distribution

Mark & Audre Ullrich

Tony Delevati

John & Lane Giguiere, Matchbook Wines

Ullrich Delevati CPAs

Yolo Ice & Creamery

Mark Werum

Mahlon Whittle

Wild Wings Golf Course

Woodland Opera House

Yolo Fliers Club






Winner's Choice Raffle Winner:


Gail Engelmann



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 -

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.




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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