It may have been a virtual meeting, but Tabb Randolph really did take the reins as 2020-21 Club President today. Approximately 30 people 'zoomed' in to help Tabb get started. He started by offering an inspirational comment by Will Rogers. Tabb also layed out the 2020-21 version of the Club's organizational chart.
President Tabb introduced Rotary's theme for 2020-21 - Rotary Opens Opportunities as selected by 2020-21 Rotary International President Holger Knaack (left). We also heard about Mark Roberts, Governor 2020-21 of Rotary District 5160 who will be visiting us in October.
Words of wisdom from our own
7/7/20 - I overheard a comment today at our weekly ZOOM Rotary meeting that got me to thinking about why the young folks don’t seem to want to follow the Covid 19 guidelines even if it affects their grandparents. Other than they believe that they are “bullet proof” there seems to be other reasons.
* Today there is a lack of sense about the importance of being a family. Prior to the virus, families were too busy to even have dinner together. Everyone was off in their own direction.
* The importance of history is not taught in the schools anymore. The kids have minimal understanding about our history and its significance in how our society operates. Old people represent history. Some cultures revere old folks. Not found in the US. I wonder what percentage of grandchildren don’t know what their grandparents did for a living. I bet it is high.
Just some thoughts. Now for a couple of smiles:
+ I get most of my exercise these days by shaking my head in disbelief.
+ Played golf yesterday morning--when I left I had a smile on my face--looked back and so did my wife.
+ I never thought that the comment "I wouldn't touch him/here with a 6ft. pole" would become the national policy.
+ Doing Crunches twice a day now. Captain in the morning and Nestle in the afternoon.
+ During the lock down I started to think about Osama Bin Laden. He was stuck with 3 wives for five years. Maybe he called the Navy Seals.
+ I'm not sure if I washed the spider down the drain in my shower or if he took one look at me naked and leapt in willingly.
+ Returned home from grocery shopping--masks off--wrong wife.
+ SPAM was made in 1937. With the quarantine in effect, more meals prepared at home. SPAM has to make a second batch.
Rotary Farm Tour
Kris & Kathy Kristensen, along with Matthew & Heather Kristensen (both teachers) and their kids Lars & Elska, enjoyed a tour of SB Voelz Farms near Arbuckle earlier this month, courtesy of Blair Voelz, his wife Janet and their son Eli. They gave an up close education in growing olives, wine grapes and rice right in the fields. The farm has been in Jan's family for six generations and she shared its history with old photos and maps. The day was topped by a great BBQ lunch. This tour was offered by the Voelz family at our Club's 2020 Dinner Auction.
Message from Club President 2020-21
THANK YOU for the opportunity to lead our Club over the next 12 months. We live in unprecedented times, unlike any other in our 94-year history! Can you believe the Woodland Rotary Club has been in existence since 1926! Rotary is an amazing organization that reaches out to all corners of the world, with no limitations on race, color, ethnicity, gender – Rotary is inclusive, not exclusive!!
I have been a member of the Club for nearly 35 years. Yes, at one time I WAS the kids table, but those days are in the rearview mirror now!! I was brought into the Club by late Rotarian Bob Moeller, who passed away last year in a tragic auto accident. Bob was well known in the club for not being able to pronounce member names when he was the fine master – we had a lot of laughs at Bob’s expense! I am forever grateful to Bob who saw this young kid trying to get established in the business world, he took a chance inviting me to a Woodland Rotary meeting, at the Bowling Alley in those days, and has forever changed my life! I decided to join Rotary because of the opportunities it offered me personally, to meet like business owners in the community, get involved in community service projects, and finally, to have an impact globally with programs such as Polio Plus! Over the years I have been approached to consider taking on this task, and my typical response was always, “I’ll do it the year AFTER Tom Schwarzgruber”! Well, Tom has won, I have relented, and my time has come! I remember when Peter Holmes came to my door that one wintery evening and asked me to come with him – that was nearly 2 years ago, and I thought – 2 years is a long time into the future……Well, here we are today…..WE GOT THIS!
A little about myself, I have been married to my wife Nancy for 33 years. We have two grown children, son Ryan (27) works in sales for Cisco Air Systems, Inc out of Sacramento. Our daughter Paige (22) is in her final year at Penn State University majoring in Business and Marketing. Ironically, Paige has done her entire college education via ZOOM! I have spent my working career, 41 years, in the insurance industry with our company, Wraith, Scarlett & Randolph Insurance Services, Inc.
It appears we will be meeting via ZOOM for the foreseeable future. I would like to say that we will be back meeting in person at the Hotel Woodland in the coming weeks – but evidently, we are still a long way from this happening. Our current Club membership is around 63 members – we are only averaging 28-30 participants each week on our ZOOM calls. I would really like to see this number increase. We will be reaching out over the coming weeks to members who have not been participating in our ZOOM calls to see what we can do to get you engaged – we miss seeing you and would really love to have you join us once again.
If you have made it to the end of this message, I have one simple request, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, reach out to me with any questions, concerns, suggestions you might have. I will be reaching out to members myself seeking advice and help in making our ZOOM calls a little more interactive – I do not want to be the lone voice; I want to see the membership be engaged as well.
Yours in Rotary,
June 30th Meeting
With a good crowd witnessing, Club President Tony Delevati started his last meeting in office by offering a quotation by Winston Churchill. Looking at his list of Upcoming Dates we see Tony's priorities ahead as he notes July is National Ice Cream Month. Finally, President Tony gave an overview of the annual dues statement which recently was mailed to all Club members.
It was nice to see Lisa Martinez attend her first meeting in quite awhile. She paid for her birthday on May 7th (Woodland; 1981), and for her 15th wedding anniversary on June 4th to her high school sweetheart Larry Dunham.Marc Faye (not pictured) paid for his 60th wedding anniversary with wife Gerda coming up on July 3rd (Tahoe City).
Outgoing Immediate Past President Mike Chandler gave a review of Tony's year as President and presented him with a plaque from the Club and his new badge as Immediate Past President. He also reminded the Club that Tony will take on a new job as President of the Woodland Rotary Endowment for 2020-21.
IPP Mike Chandler also introduced incoming Club President Tabb Randolph and presented him with his badge. Tabb will be taking charge at his first meeting next Tuesday, July 7th.
President Tony then took some time to thank the many Club members who have made this difficult year successful. Among those he thanked were his fellow Club's Officers, Board of Directors, incoming President Tabb Randolph and several committee chairs who have kept important business of the Club going. His final offering was a personal statement to the Club. Thank you Tony!
Fire Engine Project
- update as of June 4
Gary Wegener reports the project to transfer a local fire engine to Mexico is nearing its last stages, as the rig, known as the 'Triple Whammy' left Woodland on March 13. Some years ago the Woodland Fire Support Branch acquired and restored a stand-alone tanker trailer which was designed and built in 1972 by our local Springlake Fire Protection District. Though usable, the unit’s configuration was no longer insurable for operation in the United States. When the Woodland Fire Support Branch decided to get the unit transferred to a department that could use it, Rotary stepped in. Orinda Rotary, identified El Grullo, Mexico as the intended recipient. Our Club agreed with Orinda Rotary to split the $2500 cost of shipping the unit by semi-truck trailer to the Mexican border. Work on the complex details of transport, export/import, and ownership transfer aspects related to getting the unit to its new home is nearing completion. The Guadalajara Rotary Club is coordinating the various organizations in Mexico, getting commitments to help ensure the unit will be safely and efficiently put to its intended use. Members from Rio Vista and Tahoe City Rotary, who recently delivered a fire engine to Mulege in Baja California, have been a great help in navigating the border crossing logistics and ensuring the engine is ‘road ready’. They took the rig to a Rotarian’s shop in Rio Vista for minor maintenance in preparation for shipping to San Diego.
On June 4, a member of Guadalajara Rotary emailed news that the Mexican government's equivalent to the IRS 'confirmed the truck is exempt from import taxes and is expected to clear customs next week'. The email goes on to indicate representatives of the El Grullo bomberos (fire department) will soon fly to Tijuana to take possession of the Triple Whammy and transport it to its new home in El Grullo.
How many Rotary Clubs can effectively partner on a project like this? Five so far.
Woodland Kids Read
Shawn Seyk, Blair Voelz and Kris Kristensen recently joined other Woodland Rotarians in helping United Way get childrens books ready for distribution to local kids in their Woodland Kids Read program.