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February 18, 2017 

Heidrick Ag Museum





Looking to raise $20,000

for the Yolo Food Bank


See flyer on this page.

Click here for who to contact for donating auction items.


Questions? Contact Peter Holmes.






March 24-26, 2017

Hotel Shattuck



$125 registration


program information


See 1/8/17 email

from DG to register



Rotary and Ribs

May 20, 2017







June 10-14, 2017

Atlanta, Georgia





      Click here for ordering info.

Help us make this the 'go to place' for all your Rotary info.  Email comments or suggestions to Gary Wegener, or call 530 666 4098

Rotary Club of Woodland


Making a difference in the lives of people in our community and around the world.



 Founded in 1926, our club continues a Rotary tradition of service above self as we endeavor to contribute to the betterment of the world around us, near and far, having fun in the process.  This year’s Rotary theme is “Rotary Serving Humanity”, a theme that binds our 1.2 million members, in clubs in essentially every country in the world. 


Our projects run the gambit, from a 9 club effort to construct extra benches for the fairgrounds, new instruments for the music programs in local schools, to new equipment to allow the local hospital to screen for hearing problems in newborn babies.   Each year we sponsor youth programs and scholarships, and a Senior BBQ. 

On the international side, we have participated in projects ranging from water wells, to dental clinics, to tsunami relief.  Recently, a club member and a doctor at the local hospital initiated a cervical cancer screening and treatment project in Nicaragua, screening over 900 women, and training/certifying a cadre of Nicaraguan medical professionals to be able to further expand the program in future years. This model has been briefed to the UN and World Health Organization for expanded application, and another local club is now initiating a similar project in Kenya.  Think how amazing that is.


If you have a project you would like us to consider, click on the Project Proposal link to the left, and send it in for our consideration.


We meet weekly for lunch, a brief business meeting, and a short program, typically a subject matter expert on local governmental affairs, new business concepts, community issues, etc.  We have various social events throughout the year. We strive for a diverse membership that includes leaders in all facets of the community, a great group to know and learn from.  If you are interested in finding out more, contact us


 Gary Wegener

      President  2016-2017




January 17th Meeting


Don McNary was presented with a cake while celebrating his 94th birthday with us. Happy Birthday Don!!



January 10th Meeting


Julie Kirby, Executive Director of Summer House, Inc., was our guest speaker today giving us a review of what Summer House does. Thank you Lori Ross for arranging and introducing this interesting program!


President Gary and Foundation Chair Tom Schwarzgruber present Paul Harris Fellowship pins to Scott Johnston (+7), George Berretoni (+7), and Roy Holmes (+5) in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the Rotary Foundation. Tom pointed out that our Club has donated over $350,000 to the Rotary Foundation since it was founded, and the current Club membership has donated $149,000 to RI.


 Marc Faye, on a mission to improve the Club's rendition of Rotary Grace, today enlisted Roger Dorris, Steve Venables & Clancy Duppong to set the right tone.



Also seen & heard today.



Dinner Auction

February 18th


Time to focus on our Dinner Auction, Saturday, February 18th at the Heidrick Ag Museum. Get your dinner tickets from Alan Flory. Get your Raffle (Trip to Italy) tickets from Les Engelmann. Get Oral Auction items to Scott Johnston. Get Silent Auction items to Nick Roncoroni. Talk with Mark Ullrich about sponsorships.



Happy New Year!!

January 3rd Meeting


Woodland City Councilmember & former Mayor Tom Stallard was our guest speaker today, sharing thoughts on various community issues including the impact of driverless vehicles as they come on the market in the near future.


Past President Chuck Maltese took the helm on Recognition today, finding many-a-pigeon in raising funds for the Club.




Sunrise Rotary President Keith Rhode was visiting with us today, lending his voice to an improved version of Rotary Grace.




Holiday Meeting - December 20th


Sunrise Rotarian Dennis Miller, accompanied by his wife Ruth on the keyboard, presented a holiday music program of songs and sing-along carols for us today.



Several guests today.



Foundation Chair Tom Schwarzgruber, PDG Karl Diekman and President Gary presented Past President Mark Werum with his Paul Harris Fellowship +3 pin, and Christian Sherrill with his first Paul Harris pin today. Paul Harris Fellowships are recognition for contributions made to the Rotary Foundation.


Our photographer Laurie Ruiz got the camera turned on her today (thanks Bob Nakken!). Thank you for all your efforts Laurie!




Kenya Trip Planned 

In the past year PDG Karl Diekman and Luna Vista Rotarian Raylene Ewing have been engaged in a conversation with members of the Rotary Club of Kisumu, Kenya and have come to believe that there is a nearby village of Rakwaro Kalem that could benefit greatly from a long-term relationship with Rotarians here in Woodland. They are now attempting to assemble a team of up to 10 Woodland area Rotarians/spouses/friends who would travel to western Kenya in early May 2017 for a related fact finding trip. Details of the trip will be provided in an email being sent to members later this week. Please respond to Karl or Raylene by January 30, 2017 if you are interested in going along.






In December, the Club unanimously elected a slate of new Club officers for 2017-18 year. Beginning July 1, 2017 the new officers will be:


President  -  Peter Holmes

President-elect - Mike Chandler

Immediate Past President - Gary Wegener

Secretary  -  Alan Flory

Treasurer  - Mark Ullrich


Director (term ending 6/30/18)  -  Lori Ross

Director (term ending 6/30/18)  -  Laurie Ruiz

Director (term ending 6/30/18)  -  Todd Tommeraason

Director (term ending 6/30/19)  - Aniek Ramsay

Director (term ending 6/30/19)  -  Barbara Sonin

Director (term ending 6/30/19)  -  Nick Roncoroni




Holiday Party


About 90 Rotarians & guests from Woodland's three clubs enjoyed the December 2nd Holiday Party at the Yolo Fliers Club. Many thanks to Mark & Audre Ullrich and Gail Engelmann for organizing and decorating a beautiful evening.




 Nicaragua Cervical Cancer Project

Final Report


The final report on the Nicaragua Cervical Cancer Project, a Rotary Foundation Global Grant Vocational Training Team effort sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Woodland and Leon, Nicaragua, has just been released and can be viewed here.

Many thanks for the success of this effort go to several Woodland area medical professionals and Club members who volunteered their time & talents. These include:




Dr. Albors Alali

Dr. Edward Zapata

Dr. Carol Kimball

Gay Patterson-Duncan, RN

Rachel Gallegos, LVN

Mary Naranjo, LVN

Maria Pilar Alonso Nuney

Nuria Alonso (Pilar's daughter)




Tom Schwarzgruber, Lead

Dr. James McGibbon

Clyde Brooker

Kris Kristensen

David Contto

Karl Diekman




Raylene Ewing (Luna Vista)

Karl Diekman


Thanks also to our own PDG Karl Diekman for his leadership and coordination.




Greengate School Dedicates

Ruby Falls Play Structure












Last May Woodland Rotary Endowment presented a $25,000 check (funds raised at the Club's 2016 Dinner Auction) to Greengate School (part of the Yolo County Office of Education) for the acquisition & development of a Ruby Falls play structure at the campus. That play structure, part of a larger Playground Project, was opened and dedicated on October 5th. Students, teachers and parents got their first chance to see and touch the water features of Ruby Falls. Greengate School Principal Debra Johnsen and Yolo County Schools Superintendent Jesse Ortiz, Ed.D. thanked Woodland Rotary for their support .




Cache Creek High School

Improvements Dedicated









  On October 5th Will Jarrell, Principal of Cache Creek High School, along with WJUSD Superintendent Maria Armstrong and others, dedicated improvements made to the school's CommuniCare facilities where student health services are provided. The improvements were made possible by a $5,000 contribution from Woodland Rotary Endowment (part of the proceeds from the Club's 2016 Dinner Auction).




Rotary Scholarships Presented


Our Club presented its 2016 Scholarship to Pioneer High School's Valedictorian Erick Palomares on May 26. Erick earned a 4.32 grade point average in high school and has been accepted to UCLA next year where he plans to major in Chemistry or Biochemistry.


The Club's 2016 Scholarship to Woodland High School went to Valedictorian Bridget Linney who visited the Club on June 7. She is pictured above with her father Ken Linney and Club Scholarship Chair Becky Martin. Bridget plans to attend UCLA and study Biophysics in the Fall.









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