Brian Dwyer was inducted as a new Club member on October 20, 2020 and works at Edward Jones as a Financial Advisor in Woodland. Brian provided us with the following bio at our request. Take a moment to introduce yourself to Brian when you meet and welcome him to the Club.
Brian and his wife, Janelle, have been married since 2008 and are the lucky parents of two young boys Cohen (11) and Rylen (1). They are active in the community where Brian is a current member of the Woodland Little League Board, Yolo County Farm Bureau and Yolo County YPN. He coaches Cohen's Little League and AAU basketball teams in his downtime. Janelle, who grew up in Woodland, owned and operated a small business in downtown Woodland called Sweet Potato Pie until 2018 and now stays home with the kids and volunteers for various organizations in Woodland.
Brian grew up in Nevada City, CA where he attended Nevada Union High School. He was recently inducted into the Nevada Union Sports Hall of Fame. He went on to receive a BSBA from Michigan Technological University (magna cum laude) where he earned a scholarship as a running back on the football team. After graduating, Brian was quick to retreat from the cold weather of the upper peninsula of Michigan, returning to California to start his career.
Prior to Edward Jones, Brian spent nearly two decades in the corporate sector in various roles. Most recently, Brian was a Regional Vice President for Superior Vision, a subsidiary of Versant Health, which is a leading eyecare provider in the vision insurance industry. He also worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 12 years with Merck & Co where he was an award-winning sales manager.
As a Financial Advisor at Edward Jones, Brian has partnered with Kevin Haarberg who has been a long-time member of Woodland Rotary. Brian is working with both families and business owners locally to navigate the increasingly complex and volatile investment environment. Some of his services include retirement planning, life insurance, college savings plans and business solutions such as employer retirement accounts, buy-sell agreements and key person insurance.
In his spare time, Brian enjoys coaching, golfing and spending time with his family and friends. Based on some personal experiences as a teenager, Brian also makes himself available to help kids who have been impacted by tragedy.
October 20th Meeting
President Tabb Randolph had the pleasure of installing two new members to the Club today. Eric Sharp (sponsored by Mark Ullrich) is reinstating his prior membership in the Club which ended in 1998. Eric is a Pension Consultant with Future Plan in Sacramento. Brian Dwyer (sponsored by Jim Nolan) is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones in Kevin Haarberg's Woodland office.
Clyde Brooker took today's helm on Recognition. Gaye Nakken, was introduced as a guest today by husband Bob. Bob & Gaye are the parents of today's guest speaker Alyssa Nakken, and are celebrating their 42nd wedding anniversary (Carmel) tomorrow. Bob also introduced colleague Dave Hugo as another guest. Audre Ullrich was introduced as a guest of her husband Mark Ullrich. Audre & Mark are celebrating their 14th anniversary (Yolo Fliers Club) tomorrow as well. Nick Roncoroni 'rang the bell' for his birthday coming up on Oct 26 (1979; Sacramento). We were also happy to see Roger Kohlmeier and Gary Bunch attend today after long absenses (Good programs will bring them out!!). Not pictured, we also welcomed prospective new member Yvette Roy, introduced by Tom Schwarzgruber, and visiting Rotarian Thom Lewis (President, West Sacramento morning). Visiting Rotarian Mahlon Whittle & wife Jan were with us too.
We were delighted to have Alyssa Nakken with us as our program speaker today. Alyssa provided us with a wonderful look at her first season as an Assistant Coach for the San Francisco Giants. A very proud papa Bob Nakken did the honors of introducing his impressive daughter. Great program!
October 13th Meeting
President Tabb Randolph led our meeting today. Today's guests included prospective new member Yvette Roy and visiting Rotarian & Assistant District Governor Woody Fridae (Winters).President-elect Dan Stroski is looking to form a 2021 Dinner Auction Committee. Blair Voelz and the Club Board of Directors are moving forward with the Kenya Water/Sanitation Project.
PDG Karl Diekman led Recognition today, asking questions about Rotary. Nick Roncoroni learned that 20 people from around the world make up Rotary International's general officers. Tim Pettit found out that Rotarians are NOT members of Rotary International. Mark Ullrich was sad the SF 49ers didn't play well this week.
2020-21 District 5160 Governor Mark Roberts paid us his official visit today, providing a presentation on what the District is doing during this unusual year.
Luna Vista Rotary -
Brewfest at Home Series
Since the pandemic has caused the cancellation of Luna Vista Rotary's Brewfest, they have announced a new Yolo Brewfest at Home Series this year. See details above or visit their website at www.yolobrewfest.com
Thanks from El Grullo, Mexico
President Tabb Randolph shared a letter he recently received from the Rotary Club of Guadalajara Mexico thanking our Club for its 'unwavering commitment and patience' in the three year effort to get the donated fire truck (the Triple Whammy) to the El Grullo, Mexico Fire Department.
Woodland High School
Scoreboard Project Update
President-elect Dan Stroski reports our Club has been awarded $9,300 in 2020-21 District 5160 Designation Funds toward our effort to fund the $71,180 needed for the new scoreboard in the Woodland High School Stadium project. The 2020 Dinner Auction generated $35,000 for the Scoreboard. We also have a $500 commitment from the Sunrise Club. Our Club Board has agreed to upfront the remaining $26,380 for the Scoreboard, with the amount to be replenished from the 2021 Dinner Auction proceeds.
Club Assists in Gift of Masks
Kendra Martin of Dignity Health in Woodland accepts the gift from Shengie (Andy) Sun.
President-elect Dan Stroski reports the Rotary Club of Woodland has assisted in the donation of 1,000 brand new face masks to Dignity Health of Woodland to help protect first responders from the Covid 19 virus.
While Rotary International's philanthropy is well known, the circumstances of this gift were unusual. The masks were purchased and donated by a Chinese couple from Beijing whose son, Shengie (Andy) Sun, is currently attending Woodland Christian High School. When Mr. & Mrs. Sun became aware Covid 19 had reached Woodland, they offered to purchase and ship 1,000 masks as a donation. This act of kindness and generosity was not only to help protect their son, but the community in which he lives as well.
When Dan, who is Andy’s host father, received word of the generous offer he consulted the family and everyone decided an international gift from folks in China to folks here in Woodland was a good idea. With this gift, it was hoped to show that, despite the vast distance between our two communities and their differing governing styles, we all are in this together. A simple act of kindness goes a long way.
It is hoped the masks will be distributed throughout Yolo County and given to those agencies most in need.