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December 11th Meeting


Our guest speaker today was Amy Wolfe, President and CEO of AgSafe, a nationwide non-profit organization dedicated to 'help farmers keep farming'. Based in Modesto, AgSafe provides education and training services in areas of worker safety, pesticide safety, food safety and human relations/labor relations. Amy is also a Rotarian in the Modesto Club. Thank you Lori Ross for arranging this interesting program.



President Mike Chandler thanked Gary Wegener and Dan Stroski for their leadership on the Playground Project. Frank Gardner took the accolades a step higher by presenting Gary with a 'Project Manager of the Year' trophy. Later, Gary would 'ring the bell' as a thank you to the Club for its help on the Playground.



President-elect Tony Delevati says he is contacting members to discuss specific assignments for the Club's Dinner Auction on February 23, 2019. We got to know Lori Ross a little better today. Lori is the Executive Director of Woodland United Way, and recently enjoyed a trip to Hawaii.




Foundation Chair Tom Schwarzgruber presented Frank Gardner his Paul Harris +1 pin in recognition of his financial contributions to the Rotary Foundation.



In leading Recognition today, Jim McGibbon asked for stories about our most unusual Christmas experience. He volunteered a Christmas he spent ill with the mumps in Brittany, France, which led soon after to a surprise skiing trip. After being happy about a recent, successful hunting trip, Don Huff III told a story about when his son came home from Iraq. In 1945 Roy Holmes and his brother returned home from the war at Christmas. Steve Venables was home sick as a child one Christmas and got a visit from Santa Claus.


In 1972 while in Navy Boot Camp, Mark Werum got married on December 23rd, then returned to camp. Gary Wegener spent a Christmas Eve on Waikiki beach prior to being stationed by the Navy in Hawaii. Dan Stroski had a big family Christmas holiday in Cancun in 2007. Ken Nordgren was born on December 9, 1965 in Napa CA.



With the pot at $858 and only five cards remaining, Mahlon Whittle managed to draw a free lunch. Can't you just feel his joy! Rotarian Gary Walgenbach (Davis Noon) visited us today.





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.




 December 4th Meeting - 

Holiday Program


 We enjoyed a wonderful performance by the Douglass Middle School Jazz Band and Choir, under the direction of Luiz Coehlo, Director of Music, at our meeting today. Both the band and choir performed a wide range of selections including several holiday favorites.


Mr. Coehlo mentioned four groups of Douglass school students (Concert Band, Choir, String Orchestra and Jazz Band) have been invited to travel to Disneyland May 16-19, 2019 to perform, do a workshop with professional musicians, and record some music to some Disney movies. The cost per student is $750 and the school hopes to help 100 students make the trip. The Middle Schools of Woodland Music Boosters, a local non-profit 501(c)3 organization, is conducting a fundraising effort to support the venture. Contributions can be made to 'Middle Schools of Woodland Music Boosters' (notation 'Douglass Music Dept') by mail at P.O. Box 853, Woodland CA 95776. For more information contact Michele Mitchell at Middle School Boosters (chelmitchell@sbcglobal.net ), or Luiz Coehlo at 530 666-2191 ex.2169.


The Holiday program brought out several spouses today. Among them were Shirley Gardner (Frank), Gail Engelmann (Les), Kaye LaBrie (Tom), Mary Jo Holmes (Roy), Susie McGibbon (Jim), and Kathy Kristensen (Kris). Gerda Faye (Marc) was also with us.



New member John Ketelsen received his Club badge today, as soon as President Mike Chandler dug it out of his pocket! Immediate Past President Peter Holmes conducted the election of Club officers effective July 2019. By a unanimous vote,Tabb Randolph will be President-elect (serving as Club President 2020-21), and Jason Smith, Jim McGibbon and Jim Nolan will serve two years terms (2019-21) on the Board of Directors. Congratulations!!!



Coordinators Gary Wegener and Dan Stroski reported that the Club's work on the playground structure in front of the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency 'Herbert Bauer Building' has been completed. They thanked the many Club members who volunteered several hours of effort to the project completed. They urged members to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony at the site at Noon, Thursday, December 6th to see the results and enjoy a hot dog.





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, earlier this month. 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. Mike also announced he has extended the deadline for members to submit contributions. Contributions (check’s payable to ‘Woodland Rotary Endowment’) submitted by that date will be sent by our Endowment, along with a match, 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.




Dona Mast - Rest in Peace






We are saddened by the news that former Club President Dona Mast passed away, Saturday, November 10, 2018 after a long illness. Originally from Yukon Oklahoma, Dona had been a member since 2000 and served as Club President in 2011-12. She and husband Cowles, a Sunrise Rotarian, were farmers in the Esparto area.



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Daily Democrat




World War I

Commemoration Parade

Steve Venables coordinated our efforts at the Train Depot. Steve thanks Club volunteers President Mike Chandler, Frank Gardner, Gary Bunch, Barbara Sonin, Scott Johnston, Jim McGibbon, Bob Nakken, Aniek Ramsay, Clancy Duppong, and Kris Kristensen for their assistance.




George Berrettoni - Rest in Peace




The Rotary Club of Woodland lost a beloved member Friday, September 20, 2018. George Berrettoni joined the Club in 1976 and served as Club President in 1997-98.


View obituary in Daily Democrat




Redding Area Fire Victims Relief



In response to this summer's devasting wildfires in the Redding area members of our Club and the Woodland Rotary Endowment combined to make a donation of $5050 to the Shasta Regional Community Foundation with whom the local Redding Rotary clubs are working in support of fire victims.


Recently the Club received the attached letter of thanks for our donation. 





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