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September 10th Meeting
Our own traveling Rotarian Gary Wirth was our speaker today, giving us a pictorial display of Petra in Jordan. Established by the Nabataeans as long ago as 9000BC, Petra was a successful desert community along the trade routes of the ancient world and today is a popular tourist destination.
Lots of visitors today. Dick Hoppin introduced his wife Muffy. Tim Pettit introduced his wife Nadine. Sunrise Rotarian Charles Mack joined us. Lori Ross introduced guest Mark Creighton, Pastor of Woodland Bible Church. Gary Wirth introduced his wife Margaret (aka 'Meg') along with former Rotarian Ernie Hodges and his wife Kay.
Gary Bunch was the subject of Why Rotary today. Gary has been a Club member since 1982.
President Tony Delevati 'rang the bell' in announcing the birth of his grand daughter.
Kevin Vaziri (Aug 25) and Chuck Moore (Sep 6) paid for their recent birthdays. Jim McGibbon introduced our program speaker today. Chuck Maltese did his usual pointed Recognition today and ended by reaching new depths in spousal humor.
With the pot at $385 Meg Wirth drew a free lunch.
Rotary & 2019 FFA Auction
The 2019 FFA Livestock Auction at the Yolo County Fair was another success! 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.
September 3rd Meeting
Nicole Herrera and our own Lacey Hilliard were our program speakers today. They are working on the Woodland Chamber of Commerce's 2019 Holiday Parade Task Force and gave us a look at the 55th edition planned for Saturday, December 14, 2019. They are looking for sponsors and volunteer marshalls to participate. Immediate Past President Mike Chandler was in charge of today's meeting. Thanks to Gary Wegener for introducing the program.
David Janes led Recognition with questions about Rotary, and celebrated his birthday September 5th (San Francisco). Aniek Ramsay learned that the fourth Rotary club formed was in Seattle. Dick Hoppin rang the bell for the 55th wedding anniversary he and wife Muffy celebrated September th (Menlo Park). Among the happy Rotarians today were Kevin Haarberg, Chuck Maltese, Mark Ullrich and Kris Kristensen who just returned from a group golfing tour of England. Chuck also spoke about the Paradise Oaks Youth Services Golf Tournament September 20th at Emerald Lakes GC in Elk Grove. Kevin particularly enjoyed a new drink - Vodka Pimms. Alan Flory learned Silvester Scheile was Rotary's first International President. Jane O'Meara learned the second Rotary club formed was in San Francisco.
Scott Johnston was astounded there was a drink Kevin Haarberg didn't know. Jim McGibbon was on tap for Why Rotary today. Jim said that Dick Armstrong got him into Rotary in 1988, but work didn't allow him to participate in the Club as much until he retired. Jim really likes the Club's projects.
Meet our Newest Member -
Lisa Martinez was inducted as a new member of the Club on August 6, 2019. Lisa, who was sponsored by President Tony Delevati & Mark Ullrich, provided us with the following bio at our request. Please take a moment soon to welcome Lisa to the Club.
Lisa was born and raised in Woodland, CA. She graduated from Woodland High School in 1999 and went on to Long Beach State University and graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Accountancy. That same year, Lisa married her high school sweetheart, Larry Dunham. After graduating from college and getting married, Lisa began her career at a CPA firm in Los Angeles, CA and made the grueling commute from Long Beach to Los Angeles for 10 years. Lisa became a Certified Public Accountant in 2010. Lisa and Larry have had 3 children together. Cora was born and also sadly passed away in 2012, Sadie, 5 was born in 2013 and Wyatt, 3 was born in 2015. Lisa and Larry moved back to Woodland in 2014 after having their first two children to be closer to family. Lisa began working at Ullrich Delevati CPAs that same year. Lisa serves on the board for Children’s Therapy Center and enjoys spending time with her family in her free time.
Meet our Newest Member
- David Pinto
David Pinto was inducted as a new member of the Club on August 6, 2019. David, who was sponsored by Aniek Ramsay, provided us with the following bio at our request. Please take a moment soon to welcome David to the Club.
I grew up in Delhi, India and came to the United States in 1990 as a software programmer. I completed a Bachelors degree from St. Stephen’s College in Delhi University and an MBA from Bombay University in India. In the US I lived and worked in 4 different states before I came to California in 1996 and made it my home.
I have lived in Davis for the past 20 years and work in Woodland as a Financial Planner with Main Street Wealth Group. My wife Rebecca is a teacher in Vacaville and I have 3 daughters, Rachel (26) is a Political Campaigner in Las Vegas, NV, Sara (23) is a Sales Rep for a Technology firm in Seattle, Washington and Leah 19 is in second year college and lives with us in Davis. Apart from work, I love listening to music (classic rock), biking and hiking. Rebecca and I recently set a goal to hike at all the 60 National parks in the US and currently we are at Park number 19.
Rotary Beer Booth
at the Fair
Scenes from the 2019 Rotary Beer Booth at the Yolo County Fair.
Our New Member -
On May 28 President Mike Chandler inducted Blair Voelz as the newest member of our club. He was jointly sponsored by Dick Hoppin and Tom LaBrie. Below is a brief biography he has provided for us.
I grew up in a small agricultural community in the central valley town of Exeter, California. I went through grammar and high school there, graduating in 1968 and attending college at Sacramento State. I met my wife, Jan, that first year in Sacramento and we married in 1972.
My farming adventures began soon after college, when I started working for my Father-in-law, John Grimm, operating in Colusa and Yolo counties. In 1983 I began farming rice on my own, and subsidized my business with a second job working for Cargill, Inc. as a grain buyer. Ten years later I started farming full time after declining an offer from Cargill to manage a grain elevator in Pascoe, WA. In the beginning of my farming business, I was very diversified growing a wide variety of row crops, wheat and rice. Over the last few years, I have reduced my farming acreage and today grow only rice, olives and wine grapes.
Jan and I have a son, Eli, who works with me on the farm and lives on ten acres in Colusa County on which he has recently planted olives. Our daughter, Kina, lives in Portland, Oregon and is an architect, as well as a restaurant owner with her husband, Gabe. We enjoy visiting them and both of our extended families when time allows. My farming takes less time these days, so I have been searching for new endeavors to keep me busy – Rotary being one of these. I also look forward to spending more time at my family’s cabin in Mineral King, which is part of Sequoia National Park, as well as doing more travelling.
My hobbies include backpacking, photography, mountain biking, hiking, walking, fishing, reading and gardening. I am always up for an adventure.
Signup for the Imagination Library
Woodland United Way's Imagination Library is one of the projects
our Club funded with proceeds from the 2019 Dinner Auction.
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