April 6th Meeting
President Tabb Randolph opened today's meeting discussing the news the Club is looking to resume in-person lunch meetings at the Hotel Woodland dining room starting Tuesday, May 4th. In addition, a social hour with light hor d'oeuvres and wine is being planned for Club members on Friday, April 16th in the courtyard of the Hotel Woodland. More information will be provided later.
Bob Nakken was happy he and wife Gaye 'got of Dodge' last weekend with a trip to Monterey. Blair Voelz was happy he broke ground on his rice fields yesterday to start this year's cycle of growing. Visiting Rotarian Dena Lawrence (Woodland Sunrise) joined us to day, and may have an interest in moving to our Club. Jayne Williams enjoyed a visit to Santa Cruz last week with her grandson. Aniek Ramsay was happy her daughter Elyse Gutierrez got engaged this past weekend.
Author and retired Yolo County Housing Authority CEO Lisa Baker was our guest speaker today giving us a presentation/training on Implicit Bias and why it matters.
March 30th Meeting
Chuck Maltese announced only two spots remain open for the May 19th Rotary Mystery Golf Trip. Gary Wegener explained how to make recurring donations directly to the Rotary Foundation through My Rotary.
Jayne Williams was happy she recently got her first COVID vaccine shot. Tony Delevati was happy to visit his daughter & granddaughter in Hollister recently. Tim Pettit 'rang the bell' for USC's recent basketball victory over Oregon. President-elect Dan Stroski presided as the Fine Master over today's Recognition. Jim Nolan gave us the sad news that Shirley Gardner passed away on March 28 at the age of 94, eight days after her husband Frank had passed away.
Kari Stout-Smith, General Manager of Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, was our guest speaker today. The Resort is owned by the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation which has been a major contributor to the Woodland Rotary Club's Annual Dinner Auctions in recent years. Kari reviewed how she and the Tribal Council navigated through the difficult year of 2020 which included two shut downs due to the COVID pandemic and a cyber attack, a wildfire in Capay Valley, and changing contractors to complete a major facility expansion. Thanks to Lori Ross for arranging and introducing this interesting program.
Franklin Gardner - Rest in Peace
Frank and Shirley Gardner at the Club's Holiday meeting December 17, 2019. Frank receiving a certificate of appreciation and medal in November '20 recognizing his participation in the military during WW2 from American Legion Commander and Woodland Rotarian Steve Venables.
The black and white photos are from 1968-69, during Frank's year as Club President. Those pictured with Frank include Jack Weaver, Bob Griffith, Gary Wirth and Dick Hoppin.
(Thanks to Steve Venables for providing these pictures!)
Jim Nolan reports Franklin Gardner passed away peacefully on March 20, 2021 at the age of 96. He was an enthusiastic Rotarian and a member of this Club for 67 years, serving as the Club President in 1968-69.
Sadly, his wife Shirley, passed away on March 28 at age 94.
Frank and Shirley were married 72 years.
Our thoughts go out to the family.
March 23rd Meeting
President Tabb Randolph opened today's meeting with a moment of silence in honor of long time Club member Franklin Gardner who passed away last Saturday at the age of 96. Marc Faye, who has been a Rotarian for 62 years and maintains a 100% attendance record (with this Club and Kauai- West), rang the bell for his 89th birthday on Mar 12.
Angelina Crans Yoon, MD, Alergy/Immunology, Woodland Clinic Medical Group, was our guest speaker today, providing us with an extensive presentation on vaccines, which included how the human body's cells work, the role vaccines play, safety, and the success of the polio vaccine.
March 16th Meeting
After recovering from a rough start to the meeting (incorrect meeting link) President Tabb Randolph got the meeting going and offered this inspiration for the day, authored by Steve Young, former SF 49ers quarterback. Aniek Ramsay said after last week's committee meeting, the traditional 2021 Senior BBQ is being shelved again due to COVID safety concerns. Aniek says the Club will be reaching out to our senior audience who normally attends to let them know 'we will be back' when its safe.
"Irish" Jim Nolan led Recognition today with some questions about St. Patrick's Day. President-elect Dan Stroski 'rang the bell' for the success of the 2021 Dinner & Auction. Tony Delevati learned St. Patrick is considered responsible for ridding Ireland of snakes. Gary Wegener discovered the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York City is the oldest in the United States (from 1762). Les Engelmann found out the traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner first started in the United States.
Stephanie Bray, President and CEO of United Way California Capital Region (UWCCR) was our guest speaker today, presenting an update on the merger of the former Woodland United Way with UWCCR; highlighting the recent $10 million gift given to UWCCR by billionaire MacKensie Scott; and describing UWCCR's work to develop a five year Strategic Plan.
March 9th Meeting
Rotary Polio Plus Warrior Gary Wirth gave us an update today: Only two cases of polio have been reported in the world this year; and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match all donations to Rotary's Polio Plus 2-to-1. Visiting Sunrise Rotarian Wayne Ginsburg gave us an update on United Way's Imagination Library Project which the three Woodland Rotary Clubs have already supported with combined contributions totaling more than $13,000. A $135 contribution can provide a child a book a month for the first five years of their life.
For more information visit https://www.yourlocalunitedway.org/dolly-parton-imagination-library
Gary Wegener 'rang the bell' for his 73rd birthday
on March 4 (Detroit MI).
Woodland Joint Unified School District Superintendent Tom Pritchard was our guest speaker today providing us with a review of plans to reopen local schools to a hybrid model of both in-person and remote learning for K-12 students beginning April 12, 2021. He also discussed efforts to create a local Youth Master Plan.
March 2nd Meeting
President Tabb Randolph got our meeting started virtually today from Arizona where he is taking in some spring baseball training. He also shared on this date in 1917 Puerto Rico was officially established as a territory of the United States. After contacting Yolo County officials, Immediate Past President Tony Delevati reports the Club will not be able to return to in-person meetings until COVID related restrictions improve.
In her first 'Happy Time', Jayne Williams was happy about her 18 year old grandson becoming the top speaker at Kennedy High School in Sacramento following some coaching from her. During today's Recognition Kris Kristensen asked if members were ready to get on a commercial airplane and go someplace? Chuck Moore is ready to go; has plans to go to Alaska in June. Lisa Martinez has flights booked to visit family in San Diego in June. Eric Sharp has no problem with travel personally; hoping to go to Mexico and Alaska in next few months. Seth Wurzel says he is more risk adverse in concern for his kids; doesn't any have plans to travel currently. He will wait until health conditions improve.
Dr. Bruce McGibbon, Medical Director/Radiation Oncology at Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center in Greenwich, CT, was our guest speaker today giving us an encouraging program on 'Advances in Radiation Therapy for Cancer'. His father, Jim McGibbon, proudly introduced our speaker today.
February 23rd Meeting
A very pleased President Tabb Randolph opened today's meeting with congratulations to the Club for the success of last Saturday's 2021 Dinner & Auction. Assistant Club Treasurer Tom Schwarzgruber reported the event took in nearly $48,000 in revenue and we had approximately $12,000 in expenses, meaning the event raised at least $35,000! Jim Nolan reminded us if you purchased an item at the Auction you can pay for and pick up your item at his office, 429 First Street. Unfortunately, President-elect Dan Stroski did not attend today to receive the congratulations he richly deserves for leading such a successful event. Apparently he is riding the road in his new motorhome. President Tabb also pointed out that on this day back in 1954 the first mass polio vaccinations began; a cause for which Rotary later became a worldwide standard bearer.
We welcomed visiting Rotarians Julia Larson (Woodland Sunrise) and Mahlon Whittle (Kona HI) today. Blair and Jan Voelz celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary on Feb 5 (1972, Sacramento). President-nominee Shawn Seyk 'rang the bell' for his 50th birthday coming up this Friday Feb 26 (Baltimore MD).
With Spring training opening up soon, David Janes led Recognition with a variety of questions about baseball and specifically the SF Giants. Dick Hoppin learned that Giants pitcher Juan Marachal once attacked and an opposing catcher (Dodger Johnny Roseboro) with a bat. Lisa Martinez knew Alyssa Nakken was the first female coach in MLB history. Roy Holmes discovered the name of the Giants' ballpark is 'Oracle Park'.
Dr. Keith Rode, DVM, Co-owner, Woodland Veterinary Hospital and Woodland Sunrise Rotarian, was our guest speaker today, giving us a look at what is fact and what is fiction around many Pet Care Myths. Speaking on National Dog Biscuit Day, Keith was introduced by his veterinary and Woodland Sunrise colleague Julia Larson.
Woodland Rotary Supports
United Way's Imagination Library
Lori Ross, Rotarian and Yolo County Director for United Way California Capital Region reports Woodland's three Rotary clubs have pledged $10,000 to support Dolly Parton's Imagination Library program, a nationwide effort, here in Woodland. Several Noon Club Rotarians have already donated over $1,800 personally which has been matched with an additional $1,700 by the Woodland Rotary Endowment.
Every Woodland family can enroll their baby in this program. They will receive a brand new book delivered right to their home every month free of charge until the child is 5 years old.
To register a child for the Imagination Library program go to:
To make a donation to the Imagination Library in Yolo County go to
Select 'I would like to make a donation to a specific Imagination Library affiliate'; then' under 'Affiliate Codes' select 'CA - YOLOCA - Yolo County'. Then fill in your information and select 'Proceed to Payment'.
Or you can mail a check, payable to 'United Way California Capital Region', to 716 Main Street, Suite B, Woodland CA 95695. Please note 'Imagination Library" in the memo.
For more information contact Lori Ross
Club Dinner & Auction -
A Big Success!!
Preliminary results indicate we took in total revenue of almost $48,000 and we have approximately $12,000 in expenses for the event. It is estimated the event has generated at least $35,000 in net proceeds, more than enough to complete the new scoreboard at the
Woodland High School Stadium.
February 16th Meeting
President Tabb Randolph and President-elect Dan Stroski are excited about Saturday's 2021 Dinner & Auction benefitting the new scoreboard for the Woodland High School Stadium Project. Preparations are in place for our first ever virtual fundraiser! We have 220 dinners from Kitchen 428 and Cracchiolos on order. The Wagon of Wine (shown above) contains 75 bottles with an estimated total value of nearly $2,000 (about an average of $30 per bottle). This is just one of 20 items up for auction that evening. View a listing of all auction items offered. View the event program.
Les Engelmann celebrated his 75th birthday on Feb 8 (1946; Joliet IL). Clyde Brooker took charge of today's Recognition with questions about Mardi Gras which began today, Fat Tuesday.
John Hodgson, Founder and President of The Hodgson Company in Sacramento was our guest speaker today providing us with an introduction to the proposed Woodland Research and Technology Park currently under review by the City of Woodland. Covering 350 acres located east of SR 113 and north of CR 25A, the proposed Specific Plan anticipates a mixed use of 2.2 million square feet of office/research space; 1600 new residential units (mostly single family homes); and an 11 acre linear park.
THANK YOU TO OUR 2021
DINNER & AUCTION SPONSORS!!!
Silver Sponsors ($1,000)
Ernie Hodges & Roger Kohlmeier
Edward Jones - Kevin Haarberg, Craig Miyamoto, Jen Ward,
and Brian Dwyer
Gardner, Janes, Nakken, Hugo & Nolan - David Janes, Robert Nakken
and Jim Nolan
Matchbook Wine Co. - John & Lane Giguiere
Wilkinson International - Terry Wilkinson
Van Beurden Insurance Services - Aniek Ramsay
Bronze Sponsors ($500)
Akin Ranch - Dick Akin
Ullrich Delevati CPAs - Mark Ullrich & Tony Delevati
Wraith, Scarlett & Randolph Insurance Services, Inc. - Tabb Randolph
Yolo Federal Credit Union - Janee Rawlings
Business Card Sponsors ($250)
Scott & Sheila Johnston
Valley Ag Loans - Peter Holmes
February 9th Meeting
President-elect Dan Stroski gave us an update on the many things being prepared for the 2021 Dinner & Auction coming up on Saturday, February 20 as we raise funds for the new scoreboard at Woodland High School. David Pinto reports so far 132 meals have been ordered and 55 Winner's Choice Raffle tickets have been purchased. If you haven't done so already please go on the Eventbrite page to do so.
Lori Ross was happy to announce the three Rotary Clubs in Woodland have raised a combined total of $10,000 in donations and Club contributions toward United Way's Imagination Library Project which benefits the Woodland community.
Local residents Suzi Ishikawa and Oliver Sequeira, along with Oliver's mom, Karrie Sequeira, were our guest speakers today talking about personal experiences in "Living with Rare Genetic Disorders - Stories from the Heart". Thanks to Lori Ross for arranging and introducing this great program.
Club Officers Elected
Immediate Past President Tony Delevati conducted a voice vote election of Club members at the Feb 2nd meeting for 2021-22 Club Officers and Board of Directors positions effective July 1, 2021. Elected unanimously were:
President-elect - Shawn Seyk
(will serve as President 2022-23)
Treasurer - Marcus Ullrich
Assistant Treasurer - Tom Schwarzgruber
Secretary - Alan Flory
Board of Directors (July 2020-June 2022) -
Gary Bunch, Carl Rodegerdts and Blair Voelz
Board of Directors (July 2021-June 2023)
David Pinto, Jayne Williams and Eric Sharp
Based on the election last year, Dan Stroski will serve as
Club President for 2021-22.
February 2nd Meeting
President Tabb Randolph led our meeting today from his home in Truckee, and reminded us about Ground Hog Day. The Club held an election of Club officers today for positions effective July 1, 2021. Shawn Seyk was unanimously elected President-elect. He will serve as Club President during the 2022-23 year.
With our scheduled speaker unable to attend, Kris Kristensen provided us with a look at the Club's website at www.woodlandrotary.org
Club Dinner & Auction
Saturday, February 20, 2021
VIEW THE EVENT PROGRAM
This year's pandemic has brought us all many new challenges. As we strive for normalcy, your Woodland Rotary Club continues to operate as best it can given the social limitations imposed by law, our government, and healthcare providers.
In that light, this year's charity event has been set for:
Saturday, February 20, 2021
4:00pm-6:00pm Dinner Pick up at First and Bush Streets in downtown Woodland
7:00pm Start time (Greetings, annoucements, acknowledgments, etc.)
8:15pm Winner's Choice Raffle Prize Drawing
I will be your host for the evening with our own Kevin Haarberg as auctioneer. This year's theme will be " Be true to your School" in keeping with our mission to provide funding for the new scoreboard for the Woodland High School Stadium. The meeting will be held via ZOOM, with meals provided by Kitchen 428 and Cracchiolo's.
Attendees are encouraged to dress in their best high school era attire. Prizes for best attire are likely. So, dust off your old letterman jacket, pom poms, and athletic supporters to show your high school spirit! (I am joking about the Athletic Supporters!)
Training for attendance will be provided to members beginning 1/26/21 and through the 2/16/21. So if you feel a technical challenge, don't worry we have you covered!! Above you will find a link to our event on Eventbrite. There you will be able to:
Sign up to attend this event.
Purchase new dinner tickets if not already paid for.
Make your meal selections.
Identify the time you wish to pick up your meals.
Purchase Winner's Choice Raffle Tickets. (Only 150 tickets are available)
There will be no silent auction this year, since we cannot gather. There will, however, be an oral auction with items to bid on via ZOOM and the chat feature in ZOOM. (Will explain later during the 1/26/21 meeting)
Please sign up early. Please sign up for you and your guests. If extra meals are desired, please order them here. There are four options to choose from, in terms of meal selection. There is a vegetarian option for those that need it.
I will see you then!!
Master of Ceremony
P.S. There will be prizes awarded for the male and female who, during the Auction, dress most like how they dressed during their senior year in high school. So show your pride and show some style folks!! Be True to your school!!!
Winner's Choice Raffle
VIEW ITEMS TO BE AUCTIONED THIS YEAR
Woodland Rotary is seeking sponsors for this fundraising event
at the following levels:
GOLD EVENT SPONSOR, $2,500 - Includes a framed Thank You Certificate and prominent mention during the evening’s activities and on the Woodland Rotary website for one full year and e-mail blasts promoting the event.
SILVER SPONSOR, $1,000 - Includes a framed Thank You Certificate and mention during the evening’s activities and e-mail blasts promoting the event.
BRONZE SPONSOR, $500 - Includes a framed Thank You Certificate and mention during the evening’s auction.
BUSINESS CARD SPONSOR - $250, Includes being mentioned prior to the evening’s auction.
Please indicate how you would like your name to appear and
provide your camera-ready artwork.
To place an order or for more information contact Mark Ullrich
at 530 666-6671 or by email.
We are raising funds for...
President-elect Dan Stroski reminds us we are raising money with the 2021 Dinner & Auction and the Winner's Choice Raffle to complete the new Scoreboard in the Woodland High School Stadium project. The 2020 Dinner Auction generated $35,000 toward the $71,180 total cost of the Scoreboard. The Club has since been awarded $9,300 in Rotary District 5160 Designation Funds, and a $500 contribution from the Woodland Sunrise Rotary Club for the project.
Our goal is to raise the remaining $26,380
Thank you for your support!
January 26th Meeting
Immediate Past President Tony Delevati placed in nomination the names of several members to serve in Club leadership capacities beginning July 1, 2021 (see full list below). These nominations were recommended by past Club presidents (aka 'The Curmudgeons') at a recent meeting. Club members will be asked to vote on the nominations at the Club's next meeting, February 2nd. Shawn Seyk, who was nominated as President-elect, expressed thanks for the Club's support. President Tabb Randolph led today's meeting from his Lahontan perch in Truckee as he contemplates a winter storm approaching.
Nominations of Club Officers
(Effective July 1, 2021)
Treasurer ......Mark Ullrich
Assistant Treasurer......Tom Schwarzgruber
Board of Directors (2020-22)
Gary Bunch, Carl Rodegerdts, and Blair Voelz
Board of Directors (2021-23)
David Pinto, Jayne Williams and Eric Sharp
President-elect Dan Stroski provided an update on how the Club's virtual Dinner & Auction will work on February 20, 2021. This included a review of how oral auction bids will be made over the 'Chat' button during our Zoom broadcast. Jim Nolan is gratefully accepting donations of two bottles of wine from each member for the Wagon of Wine auction item at his law offices at 429 First Street. (Wagon of Wine donations can also be dropped off at Ullrich Delevati CPAs at 433 Second Street, Suite 106; and at Wraith, Scarlett & Randolph at 509 Bush Street.) Kevin Haarberg will once again serve as Auctioneer.
Chuck Maltese took today's Recognition lead. Blair Voelz was happy about the rain his farm has received recently. Mark Ullrich and wife Audrey were happy to receive their first COVID vaccine shots recently (Chuck & Joyce Maltese and Roy Holmes also received the shots recently). Chuck Moore 'rang the bell' for his recovery from a stroke suffered Jan 19. He was thankful for being able to get to the emergency room quickly and being back to work now.
John Purcell, Founder and CEO of Unfold, was our guest speaker today giving us a look at trends in growing fruits and vegetables, and the 'factory' or 'verticle' farming being done by Unfold. Thanks to Mark Ullrich, fellow United Way Capitol Region Board membr with John, for introducing this interesting program. For more information about Unfold visit: https://unfold.ag/about
January 19th Meeting
President Tabb Randolph offered up today's Inspiration of the Day...
'It always seems impossible, until it is done.'
- Nelson Mandela
President-elect Dan Stroski gave us an update on what his Auction Committee is working up for our Dinner Auction on Saturday, February 20, 2021. Peter Holmes celebrated his birthday on January 6 (Fresno, 1961). Karl Diekman led Recognition today with questions about what we missed during the recent holidays. Immediate Past President Tony Delevati will (finally!) be leading a meeting of past Club Presidents on Thursday, January 21 to prepare nominations of Club officers effective July 1, 2021 for presentation to the Club.
Carol Duty, Executive Director, Pregnancy Support Group, located in Woodland, was our guest program speaker today giving us a presentation on the Group's mission, services and funding. Thanks to Lori Ross for arranging and introducing this interesting program.
Woodland Rotary Supports
Tom Schwarzgruber reports Woodland Rotarians have already donated $1,835 since the Woodland Rotary Endowment announced last month that it has set aside $1,700 to match member donations to United Way's Imagination Library Project. Contributing members include Clyde Brooker, Tony Delevati, Karl Diekman, Marc Faye, Alan Flory, Marie Galbo, Ernie Hodges, Roy Holmes, Kris Kristensen, Chuck Maltese, Tabb Randolph, Tom Schwarzgruber, Blair Voelz and Gary Wegener, as well as Modesto Rotarian Amy Wolfe.
January 12th Meeting
After a bumpy start to the new year, President Tabb Randolph got our meeting going from his home in Truckee.
Eric Sharp was happy November & December were over! President-elect Dan Stroski updated us on plans for the Club's Virtual Dinner/Auction on February 20, 2021. David Pinto celebrated his wedding anniversary with Rebecca on January 4 (1992) and his birthday on January 5 (Delhi). Jim McGibbon gave an update on the COVID-19 vaccine for Yolo County. People ages 65+ are now eligible to receive the vaccine. You can request to be notified of your place in line at the Yolo County COVID-19 Vaccine Availability page: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdaQDQNTMocyPmS8sM_HK7Ne03pAcre
Gary Wirth, who celebrated his 82nd birthday on Jan 6, stepped in on short notice to be our program speaker today. He finished his August '20 presentation on 'The Genius of Antoni Gaudi - The Final Years' highlighting the development of Gaudi's unique architectural style which can be seen most vividly in the La Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona, Spain.