Dr. Alexander Forrest, Assistant Professor, UC Davis Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering was our guest speaker today, presenting a program on UC Davis' Tahoe Environmental Research Center at Lake Tahoe, and its 2019 State of the Lake Report.
A copy of the 2019 State of the Lake Report can be seen here.
Visiting Rotarians Don Sharp (Woodland Sunrise) and Marie Galbo (San Ramon) joined us today. George Burger introduced his son Jeff Burger as a prospective new member.
Proud poppa Bob Nakken 'rang the bell' acknowledging the exciting news of his daughter Alyssa Nakken's hiring as a coach by the SF Giants - the first female coach in Major League Baseball history. Barbara Sonin was today's subject of Why Rotary.
Seen & heard from today.
Happy Rotarian Mark Ullrich 'rang the bell' and donned the cap of the SF 49ers in recognition of their big win over the weekend.
Hired as SF Giants
Coach - First Female Coach in MLB History
Alyssa Nakken, daughter of Bob & Gaye Nakken, has been named a coach for the San Francisco Giants by new manager Gabe Kapler. Alyssa is the first female coach in Major League Baseball history!
Our own Barbara Sonin was today's program speaker, giving us a presentation on 'Special Needs Trusts'. More about Barbara's work can be seen at https://www.bsoninlaw.com/
Shawn Seyk was the subject of Why Rotary today. Shawn's uncles, Bob and Roger Dorris, both Rotarians, got him started, and he really identifies with the Rotary moto, 'Service Above Self'.
Aniek Ramsay was congratulated on recently being named President of the Woodland Chamber of Commerce.
Paul Bridge was Lori Ross' guest today. Mark Werum and wife Sherry celebrated their 47th wedding anniversery on Dec 23. Peter Holmes 'rang the bell' for a skiing trip to Austria with Chris to help celebrate his 60th birthday on Jan 6.
Clancy Duppong was happy about North Dakota State's recent football championship. Mark Ullrich was basking in the glow of the SF 49ers' first playoff victory. Chuck Moore's young grandson broke some news to him recently by wearing a shirt that had 'brother' written on it in five languages. Congratulations Grandpa!
President-elect Tabb Randolph gave us an update on Dinner Auction plans. Tabb was also happy the Seahawks lost last weekend (no word on how wife Nancy is doing.)
Dan Stroski is gathering oral auction items for the auction. Just say 'yes' when Dan contacts you. Dan was also happy that he will be seeing his grandkids in Chicago on March 1.
Chuck Maltese took the lead on Recognition today. With Chuck's question, Daniel Jones learned that if you are running in a race and overtake the person in 2nd place, you are now in 2nd place - not first!.
Woodland High Interact -
First Service Project
Woodland High School Interactors - Lenny Zamora, Rauhiya, Kia Owens, and Erick Ramirez - teamed up with three WHS LEO club members to support the United Way's holiday gift program for needy families identified by the Woodland schools. It was their first service project; a nice way to kick off the holiday season.
Rotary Holiday Party
About 60 Rotarians from Woodland's Sunrise, Luna Vista and Noon clubs, and their guests,enjoyed the Rotary Holiday Party at the Fairgrounds on December 6. Donations of teddy bears were made to BACA (Bikers Against Child Abuse) which will be distributed to local children who have suffered from abuse. The Delta Rhythm Quartet entertained with a medly of holiday tunes.
On December 3, 2019 Club members elected the following Club Officers and Board of Directors for 2020-21, effective July 1, 2020:
President-elect - Dan Stroski
(will serve as President 2021-22)
Secretary - Alan Flory
Treasurer - Marcus Ullrich
Assistant Treasurer - Tom Schwarzgruber
Club Board of Directors (July 2020-June 2022) -
Gary Bunch, Carl Rodegerdts, Blair Voelz
(Based on the election last year, Tabb Randolph will serve as Club President for 2020-21, and Jason Smith, Jim McGibbon and Jim Nolan will also serve on the Board of Directors.)
Meet our Newest Member -
Wendy Casas-Raviotta was inducted as a new Club member on November 12, 2019. Wendy, who was sponsored by Mark Ullrich, provided us with the following bio at our request. Please take a moment soon to welcome Wendy to the Club.
Wendy is a native Woodland resident. She graduated from Woodland High School in 1996. After graduating high school, she followed in her older sister’s footsteps by attending UC Davis where she majored in History and Spanish. During her third year of college, Wendy studied abroad in Mexico City. She also interned in Washington DC her last year of college. She graduated UC Davis in 2000 and enrolled at UC Davis School of Law King Hall the following year. While in law school, she interned at the Yolo County Public Defender’s Office where she developed an interest in criminal defense work. Wendy graduated law school in 2004 and passed the bar that same year. She began her legal career as a deputy public defender in Kern County. After a couple of years, she moved back to Northern California where she accepted a position with the Solano County Public Defender’s Office and worked as a defense attorney for over ten years. In May 2018, Wendy opened her solo practice in Woodland where she continues to focus on criminal defense and family law matters. Wendy is married to Joseph Raviotta, who is a tower crane operator in San Francisco. They’ve been married for ten years and have two children, Max who is in fourth grade and Maya who is in second grade.
Wendy is fluent in Spanish. She is an active board member on the La Raza Lawyers Association of Solano County.
Rotary & 2019 FFA Auction
The 2019 FFA Livestock Auction at the Yolo County Fair was another success with 180 animals being sold raising $305,000! Rotary plans, promotes and conducts the Auction. Under the leadership of Don Huff III and Chuck Moore our club is in charge of managing all financial obligations in connection with the Auction. This includes oversight of the collection and disbursement of auction proceeds with the assistance of Farm Credit West throughout the process.