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May 7, 2019






March 12th Meeting

Cass Sylvia and Craig Reynolds, married & members of the Luna Vista Rotary Club, were our guest speakers today giving us a presentation on Project Amigo, as well as a little lesson on how tequilla is made! In existence since 1984, and a 501 (c) 3 non-profit since 1996, Project Amigo provides scholarships, material support, activities, and health services to disadvantaged youth in the State of Colima, Mexico. For more information visit their website at https://www.projectamigo.org/ Thank you to Barbara Sonin for introducing our speakers.




While still waiting for some figures, President-elect Tony Delevati announced he expects net proceeds from the 2019 Dinner Auction to total more than $34,000.




We were joined today by visiting Rotarians Babs Sandeen (West Sacramento AM) and Nick Ponticello (Sunrise). Peter Holmes introduced his guest and prospective new member, John Carminati.


President Mike Chandler gave us an extended report about Club budget issues which the Board of Directors are discussing. Then he did something about it. He won the raffle prize by drawing the joker and donated his winnings to the Club! Service Above Self!




Roger & Judy Kohlmeier

Honored by Woodland Healthcare Foundation

The Woodland Healthcare Foundation recently recognized Roger and Judy Kohlmeier with the Philanthropy Award for their leadership and generosity.




March 5th Meeting

Gary Strong, President & CEO, American Red Cross Gold Country Region, was our guest speaker today giving us an overview of the organization and its services. Red Cross provides disaster relief, blood donation, preparedness, international, and assistance to the military services across the nation. The Gold Country Region covers 22 California counties with 35 employees and over 2,000 volunteers. Thank you Jim Nolan for introducing our speaker.



 President Mike Chandler reported the Rotary Club of Woodland was recently named as a member of the Fairchild Society of the Woodland Healthcare Foundation in recognition of our Club's financial contributions to the Foundation.




President Mike says the California Honey Festival has asked if any of our members would volunteer to help at their event Saturday, May 4, in downtown Woodland. If you have any interest contact Mike to volunteer.




Dan Stroski took the Recognition helm today, reporting that he recently went to Disneyland with a bad case of planter fasciitis. So he decided to take it out on a few members with questions about Disneyland. Seth Wurzel, Mahlon Whittle, Mark Ullrich, Peter Holmes, Bob Nakken and Alan Flory were among his victims. Don Huff III just wants to go back to Tahoe to do more snow blowing.



Laura and John Carminati of All Season Paint Co. were Mahlon Whittle's guests today. John Ketelsen was fined for not wearing his badge. Jim Taylor is still thinking about the Disneyland question he was asked!



Gary Wegener celebrated his birthday on March 4 (1948; Detroit). With 23 cards in the deck and $406 in the pot, Don Huff Jr drew a free lunch.



February 26th Meeting


Kara Hunter, Executive Director of the Yolo Conflict Resolution Center, was our guest speaker today giving us a presentation on mediation services provided by the Center through trained volunteers for individuals in dispute situations such as marital & neighbor conflicts, landlord tenant disputes, etc. Thank you Lori Ross for arranging and introducing this program.




Bob Nakken was in the 'This is Your Life' spotlight today. Bob shared a fact about himself we may not have known: he worked as a maintenance person for the Woodland School District for two summers during his college years. He was the first person to rototil the athletic fields, other than the then new football field at Woodland High. His biggest challenge was staying awake on the tractor going row after row. He was also co-valedictorian of the Woodland High Class of 1970. He also gets annoyed when his dog smells gopher holes while on walks with Bob in the parks. Don't you just hate that when that happens!!!



Foundation Chair Tom Schwarzgruber announced President Mike Chandler has donated $500 to the Rotary Foundation and another $500 to our Woodland Rotary Foundation, all from his January 29th raffle jackpot winnings.




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



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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/


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.




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.




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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