NOTE: TO SHOW THE MOST RECENT STORIES ON TOP OF THIS PAGE, STORIES ARE LISTED HERE IN REVERSE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER (MOST RECENT ON TOP, EARLIER DATES BELOW).
June 29th Meeting
Tabb's last opening... as 2020-2021 draws to a close.
Rotary grace, sans our usual "professional" choir.
Welcome visiting Woodland Sunrise Rotarian Byron MacConnell.
Blair Voelz gave an update on the Kenya project: construction in progress!!
Coach Shawn Seyk announced his girls soccer team took the league championships recently, despite not being able to practice since the start of the pandemic. This was a bell ringer.
Aniek pauses while relating the ordeal her daughter went through, losing sight in one eye. With quick medical attention much of her vision has been restored.
Tabb gave a heads up warning on upcoming anniversarys to Carl, Chuck, Marc Faye, Gary Wegener, Roger and Ken.
Lori gave a shoutout to the 'ole married Rotarians' in the club for their inspiration to weather the tough times.
And then, after a recap of a very successful year, the inevitable happened. Tabb rang the bell, closing his last meeting as President (and slapped on his Past President's name badge and started eyeing the tables, wondering where he would sit next meeting).
Thank you Tabb; it has been a great year despite the pandemic.
President Tabb Demoted!
President Tabb Randoph was officially demoted at the Hotel Woodland on June 25, 2021. Immediate Past President Tony Delevati organized the event.
Thank you for leading us through a challenging year Tabb!
Shawn Seyk reports the Woodland Rotary Endowment Scholarships for 2021 have been awarded to Cassandra Tamayo (top picture), valedictorian of Woodland High School, who earned a 4.3GPA and plans to attend UC San Diego in the Fall; and to Fernanda Tovar Lara, valedictorian of Pioneer High School who earned a 4.44GPA and plans to attend Princeton University in the Fall.
View the Daily Democrat article about Cassandra Tamyo.
View the Daily Democrat article about Fernanda Tovar Lara.
The Endowment's scholarship is $6,000 to each student, payable over four years.
June 15th Meeting
Gleefully feeling the end of his reign approaching, President Tabb Randolph reminded us that we will be DARK next Tuesday, June 22, and the Demotion will take place Friday, June 25. Don Huff Jr celebrated 95 years young on June 9th.
Yvette Roy got an early warning on her June 28th anniversary with husband Craig. Nick Roncoroni got an early warning about his 13th wedding anniversary with wife Ellen Martin on June 21. Nick also thanked Brian Dwyer and the rest of the Woodland Little League Board for putting on a great season. Nick's son Adam's AA team, the Riverdogs, took home the City Tournament championship last Saturday. Bob and Gaye Nakken enjoyed a trip to Washington DC over the weekend to take in the SF Giants' games with the Nationals and spend time with their daughter, Assistant Coach Alyssa. Just as Ken Nordgren got his home up for sale, a 30' branch fell in the back yard damaging the fence. Ken & wife Diana Harvey are planning a move to Hawaii.
With Chuck Maltese at the Recognition helm today, Jayne Williams got an early warning for her anniversary on June 28. Lori Ross ('Franky' to Chuck for her extended happy time), was elated about the family celebration last Saturday for her son's graduation from Pioneer High School. Jim McGibbon celebrated his 53rd wedding anniversary with wife Susie on June 1.
Tico Zendejas, Ed.D., Executive Director of R.I.S.E, Inc. was our guest speaker today, giving us a program on the various social services provided by RISE Inc.(Rural Innovations in Social Economics), a 501.c.3 public non-profit, to the communities of western rural Yolo County. For more information about R.I.S.E. Incorporated visit www.riseinc.org
Meet our New Member -
Jeff Burger was inducted as a new member of Club member on June 8, 2021. He is an agent with RE/MAX Gold Real Estate in Woodland and was sponsored by his father George Burger. Jeff provided us with the following bio at our request. Take a moment to introduce yourself to Jeff when you meet and welcome him to the Club.
Jeff was born in San Diego California where his father was a Dentist in the U.S. Navy. Shortly thereafter, his family moved to Paradise California where Jeff attended school until his Freshman year of High School before moving to Woodland and graduating from Woodland High School.
Jeff fell in love with the game of golf at an early age and turned professional at the age of 19. He became a member of the Professional Golfers Association of America in 1998. Jeff served as the Assistant Professional at Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento, as well as Assistant Professional, Head Professional and General Manager at Yolo Fliers Club over the past twenty five years.
Jeff has embraced a new career, working alongside fellow Rotarians Don Sharp and Byron MacConnell at RE/MAX Gold in Woodland where he specializes in Residential, Land, Commercial and Business Opportunities in Real Estate.
Jeff’s hobbies include golf, but other passions are hunting and fishing alongside his Dad George, “Rotarian”, and most recently Pickleball which he teaches at Beamer Park in Woodland and Walnut Park in Davis for newcomers while also still giving a few golf lessons a week.
Jeff has two sons Ryan, who recently graduated from the UC Merced, and Matt who attends Sacramento State University.
June 8th Meeting
Today President Tabb Randolph welcomed Jeff Burger as the Club's 7th new member of the year. George Burger proudly introduced his son to the Club. Jeff is an agent with Re/Max Gold Real Estate. Tabb also announced the Club will be dark on Tuesday, June 22 in anticipation of the Demotion scheduled Friday, June 25.
Brian Dwyer celebrated a birthday on June 6. Clyde Brooker, who will celebrate a birthday himself on June 12, was our Recognition Chief today, asking questions where & when we graduated from high school as well as popular music of those times. Dena Lawrence was finally presented with her new Club badge. Lisa Martinez got some more practice drawing a free lunch.
Rotary District 5160 Assistant District Govenor Woody Fridae and his wife Rebecca were our guest program speakers today, providing us with a personal look at Romania and its 1989 'Painful Birth of Freedom'. More of his pictures can be found at Woody's blog:
Fridaes' Adventures – People first
June 1st Meeting
President Tabb Randolph led another well attended meeting at the Hotel today. Rotary Gracers Dan Stroski, Steve Venables, and Marc Faye are getting the hang of this in-person singing thing again.
President-elect Dan Stroski took the Recognition helm today with a series of questions about Memorial Day. Dan also announced that Jayne Williams will be the Club's Rotary Youth Exchange coordinator next year, and she will also work with Gary Wegener on our Interact Club. Ernie Hodges introduced his guest today, wife Kay. George Burger introduced his guest today, son Jeff Burger, who will be installed as a new Club member soon. Gary Bunch got an early warning for his 43rd wedding anniversary on June 3 with wife Kathy (Gary termed her the 'Most Fortunate woman in the World!). Tony Delevati announced details for President Tabb's Demotion on Friday, June 25th at the Hotel Woodland. (view Demotion details). Lisa Martinez got an early warning for her 16th wedding anniversary with husband Larry Dunham on June 4.
Our own Derrek Kaff, Police Chief, City of Woodland, was our program speaker today, providing us with a presentation on 'Crime, Trends, and Policing in Woodland in 2021'. View Chief Kaff's entire Powerpoint presentation.
May 25th Meeting
Once again today, President Tabb Randolph welcomed members to another meeting of the 'best damn Rotary Club in the world!'
Barbara Sonin enjoyed a birthday on May 23 (Austin TX). Tom LaBrie 'rang the bell' for the early warning on his 58th wedding anniversary on May 29th with wife Kay.
Mark Ullrich led Recognition today. President-elect Dan Stroski, a self proclaimed non-golfer, was happy about his first 'birdie' at the Wild Wings Golf Club recently. New member Dena Lawrence learned how to earn a free lunch. Ernie Hodges paid for his 'butt call' that resulted in a unexpected emergency medical call at the May 19th shredding event.
City of Woodland Public Works Director Craig Locke, a guest of Derrek Kaff, was our program speaker today. Craig provided us an extensive presentation on the City's Water system and measures taken by the City to maintain adequate water during the drought.
WHS Scoreboard Dedicated
Officials from the Woodland Joint Unified School District, the City of Woodland and our own President Tabb Randolph, and President-elect Dan Stroski were on hand May 25 at the Woodland High School Community Stadium to dedicate the new scoreboard funded by Woodland Rotary Clubs.
View press release.
View Daily Democrat article.
Rotary Helps Shredding Event
President-elect Dan Stroski, Aniek Ramsay, Dena Lawrence, Marie Galbo and Ernie Hodges assisted the Yolo County District Attorney's office in their SHRED-A-THON event on May 19th at Umpqua Bank. View the Daily Democrat article describing this event.
Rotary Mystery Golf
Visits Morgan Creek GC
With over 50 Woodland Noon and Sunrise Rotarians and guests attending, the May 19th Mystery Golf Trip went to Morgan Creek Golf Club outside of Roseville for a round of golf and lunch. Many thanks to co-organizers Chuck Santoni (Woodland Sunrise) and Chuck Maltese (Woodland Noon) for all the great arrangements. See more pictures in the Photo Gallery.
May 18th Meeting
President Tabb Randolph opened another well attended in-person session today.
Jim McGibbon gave us an update on the Rotary Nicaragua Project; he also was happy about a recent trip back East to visit family. Ernie Hodges introduced his guest, wife Kay. Roger Kohlmeier, returning for the first meeting after a long absence, managed to draw a free lunch. Derrek Kaff introduced his guest, Craig Locke, City of Woodland Public Works Director, who will be our guest speaker next week.
Eric Sharp got an early warning on his May 28th (1977) wedding anniversary with wife Tia; he was also happy to play in the Sac State Alumni golf tournament where he got introduced to a new margarita. Nick Roncoroni was happy he got his second COVID vaccine shot recently and can now join Rotary in person. Lisa Martinez 'rang the bell' as the long 2020 tax season is over and she celebrated her 40th birthday on May 7. Don Huff III was happy to survive another Tahoe area earthquake over the weekend which didn't stop him from catching a 22" fish.
Our own Gary Wirth was today's program speaker, giving us an extensive presentation on the Bauhaus architectural school and movement created by Walter Gropius in Germany from 1919-1933.
May 11th Meeting
President-elect Dan Stroski and Steve Venables got a good version of Rotary Grace started today.
Ernie Hodges celebrated a birthday on May 9 by saying he was born the same year as Clyde Brooker (1947). Chuck Maltese was happy to lead Recognition today. When asked by Chuck 'How do you get a giraffe in a refrigerator?' Mike Chandler correctly answered 'Open the refrigerator door and tell the giraffe to get in!' Dick Hoppin rang the bell for his May 6th birthday (Oakland CA along with his twin sister).
With the pot at $393 and 19 cards left, Yvette Roy learned how to draw a free lunch.
Angel Barajas, Yolo County Supervisor, District 5, was our guest speaker today. Appearing via Zoom, Supervisor Barajas gave us an overview of some of the issues facing the County today. In addition, Supervisor Barajas indicated he is currently looking for volunteers to fill a number of County Advisory positions within his district. Call Supervisor Barajas' office at 530 666-8627, if interested in volunteering.
May 4th Meeting -
First In-person Session of 2021
President Tabb Randolph rang the bell to open the Club's first in-person meeting since March 10, 2020 just before restrictions on gatherings were imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Though some of the arrangements at the Hotel Woodland were a little different, over 50 people attended the session either in-person or over the Zoom feed provided. It was a great day!
Six new Club members who have joined during the pandemic were introduced and presented with their badges. (from the left, Brian Dwyer, Yvette Roy, Derrek Kaff, Dena Lawrence, Jayne Williams and Eric Sharp.)
President Tabb and Assistant District Governor Woody Fridae introduced the Club members who have joined Rotary's Polio Plus Society (pledging to donate at least $100 annually toward Polio Plus) and presented them with certificates of their membership. The group was led by our Club's Polio Plus Warrior Gary Wirth.
Club members who achieved milestones in their donations to the Rotary Foundation this past year were recognized with Paul Harris pins by ADG Woody Fridae. Among those present were
Blair Voelz, Don Huff Jr., Tabb Randolph and Tim Pettit.
Jim Nolan led a very productive Recognition session today. Christian Sherrill will celebrate 17 years of marriage with Holidae on May 9. Peter Holmes was so happy NOT to be on Zoom, he rang the bell three times! Karl Diekman enjoyed a weekend in Carmel so much he rang the bell five times! Yvette Roy was happy to be bringing her daughter home from college in Portland. Derrek Kaff was happy his daughter turned 21 and didn't get arrested!
Woodland High School
President-elect Dan Stroski reports the new scoreboard at Woodland High School's Stadium was installed on April 29th. This $71,181 investment in our community is the result of two years of fundraising efforts by our Club along with a $9300 District 5160 grant and financial support by the Woodland Sunrise and Luna Vista clubs.
View Dan's closing report to the District on this project.
April 27th Meeting
Presiding over maybe his last all-Zoom meeting, President Tabb Randolph repeated the Club plans to hold its first in-person meeting in more than a year at the Hotel Woodland next Tuesday, May 4th. Masks must be worn to enter the building and can be removed when seated to eat lunch. A buffet lunch by Cracchiolos will be served at $18/person. Smaller conference style tables will be used that seat no more than 3 people. Tabb says plans are the meeting will also be broadcast on Zoom for those who cannot attend in person. Lunch will be available near Noon; as usual, the meeting will begin at 12:15pm and concluded by 1:15pm.
Dick Hoppin was happy about the birth of his first GREAT granddaughter Riley. Bob Nakken celebrated his 69th birthday today! Derrek Kaff enjoyed a meeting of law enforcement leaders at the FBI Academy in Quantico VA recently. Now that tax season is over Lisa Martinez is looking forward to her birthday and a vacation in Hawaii.
Brad Miller of Woodland Sunrise Rotary (pictured above) introduced our guest speakers today, Lars Anderson (Board member, Tuleyome; pictured lower right) and Larry Greene (Davis Sunrise Rotary), who gave us a presentation on Woodland Regional Park and the involvement local Rotary Clubs anticipate on the project.
Meet our New Member - Derrek Kaff
Derrek Kaff was inducted as a new member of Club member on April 13, 2021. He is the Police Chief of the City of Woodland. Derrek provided us with the following bio at our request. Take a moment to introduce yourself to Derrek when you meet
and welcome him to the Club.
Derrek was born in Granada Hills, California and grew up around the greater Los Angeles area. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in Sociology and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and Quantico Law Enforcement Executive Development program. Derrek and his wife Patty have been married for 26 years and have two adult children in college. Personal hobbies include golf, fly fishing, surfing and hiking.
Derrek started his career in law enforcement over 25 years ago with the Los Angeles Police Department. After he and Patty started their family they decided to get out of Los Angeles. Derrek started with the Woodland Police Department in 2000 as a Patrol Officer. Over the next several years he rose through the ranks and was appointed as the Chief of Police in October of 2019. Outside of work Derrek has worked with United Way for many years and is passionate about improving literacy, reducing poverty and environmental issues.
April 20th Meeting
President-elect Dan Stroski reports the old scoreboard (pictured above) at the Woodland High School Stadium has been removed. The new scoreboard, which our Club has paid for, should be installed around April 27th. Dan says the new scoreboard will be dedicated at a ceremony soon thereafter.
Lori Ross introduced the Club's newest member: Dena Lawrence. Dena was raised in Woodland, graduating from Woodland High School in 2000. She returned to Woodland in 2018 after spending a decade living in Dublin, Ireland working in software consulting for Microsoft. She made a name for herself with extensive activism for LGBT+ inclusion and equality; being named Ireland's LGBT Role Model of the Year in 2015. Dena continues to work with Microsoft and in a proud single mother of a bubbly, rambunctious toddler. She joined Woodland Sunrise Rotary initially to meet other service-oriented folks and to find opportunities to give back to her community, but has come to our Club for our noon time meeting schedule. Welcome Dena!
Clyde Brooker took the helm on Recognition today. Tony Delevati, who was happy that April 15th has come & gone, is seeking volunteers to put a Demotion together for outgoing President Tabb Randolph in June. Contact Tony if interested. Lori Ross introduced her guest Jane Martin today. Blair Voelz reported all funding for the first phase of the Kenya WASH project is now in place and construction should begin soon.
Our own Jayne Williams, Executive Director and Founder of All Leaders Must Serve, was our program speaker today, providing us with a very personal account of her 'Journey to All Leaders Must Serve'. More about ALMS can be seen on its website at: Home | All Leaders must Serve | Get Involved | Woodland, Ca
April 16th Social
at the Hotel Woodland
A great mix of members and spouses enjoyed an afternoon social gathering in the Hotel Woodland courtyard to 'see and be seen' at the Club's first in-person event of the year.
(More photos from this event can be seen in Photo Gallery.)
April 13th Meeting
President Tabb Randolph and President-elect Dan Stroski (sponsor) welcomed Woodland Police Chief Derrek Kaff as the Club's newest member today.
Bob Nakken was happy he and wife Gaye were able to attend the SF Giants home season openning game as their daughter, Assistant Coach Alyssa Nakken caught the ceremonial first pitch from Giant's fan Brian Stow who was tragically attacked ten years ago in Los Angeles. David Pinto was happy that he and wife Rebecca enjoyed a visit and hike within three National Parks (Arches, Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef) in Utah last week. Also, President-elect Dan Stroski was happy he and wife Ginny enjoyed an RV trip to San Diego/Chula Vista last week. (Not pictured) Seth Wurzel was happy he was driving home after receiving his second COVID vaccine injection.
Patricia Cochran Bergman, Vice-chair of District 5160's Polio Plus Committee, was our guest speaker today giving an update on Rotary's Polio Plus program.
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.
View the obituary in the Daily Democrat.
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.