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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).

 

 

November 15th Meeting

 

 President Shawn Seyk was sporting a little face fuzz today in honor of Men's Cancer Screening Awareness Month. Foundation Chair Tom Schwarzgruber presented Tim Pettit with his 7th Paul Harris pin today in recognition of Tim's significant financial support of the Rotary Foundation. With 20 cards remaining, Splinter writer Lisa Martinez Dunham drew the joker to win the raffle's $389 prize today!

 

 

 President Shawn's Inspirational Quote today was actually his own, something Shawn has shared with us in the past. Above, President Shawn is seen with his son Nick and daughter ClaireDon Sharp (pictured) was one of our visiting Rotarians today, along with Wayne Ginsburg, both from Woodland Sunrise. Yvette Roy also brought husband Craig along as her guest today. 

  

 

  Jim McGibbon attended Woodland's Veterans Day Ceremony, and 'rang the bell' as he remembered his father's service in the Royal Canadian Army. Kris Kristensen led today's Recognition by asking our own veterans to stand and be thanked for their service. Next Kris asked  questions from the 75th Anniversary of the Rotary Club of Woodland's history booklet, authored by Steve VenablesPresident Shawn Seyk 'rang the bell' in honor of the U16 girls soccer team he coaches which just completed its second consecutive undefeated season.

 

 

 

 

 

John Hodgson, Founder and President of The Hodgson Company in Sacramento was our guest speaker today providing us with an update to the proposed Woodland Research and Technology Park currently under review by the City of Woodland. John originally gave us a program on the Park on February 16, 2021 when we were meeting only on Zoom. Covering 350 acres located east of SR 113 and north of CR 25A, the proposed City's 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 a Veteran!

 

 

 

WHS Interact Pads Shipped

to Kenya

 Members of the Woodland High School Interact Club, under the guidance of Rotary advisors Jayne Williams and Marie Galbo donated their time after school, on weekends, and over the summer this year to create 150 reusable sanitary pads for female junior high school students in Karen, Kenya (Africa) who may lack the resources for the purchase of such items. With Dan Stroski's help, the pads were packed and shipped to Kenya this week where they will be distributed to students by local school officials. Club President Shawn Seyk says 'This is an example of how Rotary helps to create compassion for others and future leaders of our community.' View the press release.

 

 

November 8th Meeting

 

 There is a lot of travelin' going on these days! Tom Schwarzgruber was nudged into admitting he, Tabb Randolph, Kevin Haarberg and Craig Roy were on the Big Island of Hawaii last week enjoying some golf, etc. Bob Nakken was happy he and wife Gaye visited their son and his family in the Ozarks of Missouri last week. Ernie Hodges and wife Kay just returned from a wonderful cruise around Greece. Aniek Pflager and husband Curtis had a great time in 'Music City' Nashville TN last week. 

 

 There is a lot of travelin' going on these days! Tom Schwarzgruber was nudged into admitting he, Tabb Randolph, Kevin Haarberg and Craig Roy were on the Big Island of Hawaii last week enjoying some golf, etc. Bob Nakken was happy he and wife Gaye visited their son and his family in the Ozarks of Missouri last week. Ernie Hodges and wife Kay just returned from a wonderful cruise around Greece. Aniek Pflager and husband Curtis had a great time in 'Music City' Nashville TN last week. 

 

  Derrek Kaff was delighted his son Sean recently got a job, moved out of the house and is now 'off' the family payroll. Karl Diekman took charge of Recognition today, asking questions about things happening in November, like Veteran's Day and Rotary Foundation Month. Marie Galbo reported the three Woodland Rotary Clubs have scheduled a Rotary Holiday Social for Friday, December 10th at the California Agriculture Museum. Jayne Williams thanked those in the Club who helped support All Leaders Must Serve's successful Annual Dinner last Thursday; ALMS' first in three years. 

 

 Blair Voelz managed to find a free lunch today, but does he know how to use it???. Sunrise Rotarian Byron MacConnell was our only visitor today. Cracciolo's server Vero Thompson is happy her daughter is walking again after recent leg surgery, and, together with family, will be celebrating her 16th birthday by going to Cabo San Lucas Mexico. 

 

 

 

Celeste Santoni, Critical Care Nurse Manager - ED and ICU, Dignity Health Woodland Memorial

Hospital, was our guest speaker today, giving us a program on 'Human Trafficking' and how it is being addressed by Dignity Health. Celeste is the daughter of Woodland Sunrise Rotarian and Chuck Santoni and his wife Linda

 

All of Celeste Santoni's visual presentation

can be viewed here.

 

 

 

November 1st Meeting

 

 

 President Shawn Seyk kicked off today's meeting by sharing his experience in attending last weekend's District 5160 Annual Conference in Monterey. Shawn was impressed by the honors made to the five members of our Club (Alan Flory, Clancy Duppong, Marc Faye, Jim Taylor, and Roy Holmes) who we lost this past year. Ann Taylor told us St. Luke's Church is holding a Holiday Organ Concert on December 10th at 3pm. She has tickets to sell. 

 

 We had good Zoom presence at today's meeting as Yvette Roy joined us from Truckee and Tom Schwarzgruber and Tabb Randolph tuned in from Hawaii. Thanks to the efforts of David Pinto, Nick Roncoroni, and President Shawn for making the Zoom meetings a good alternative when you can't attend in person. Kris Kristensen introduced his guest today, his great nephew, Jens Houck, a pilot with SkyWest Airlines. 

 

 

 Derrek Kaff celebrated a birthday on Oct 15, and mentioned the Woodland PD's fundraiser for 'Making Blankets for Shriners Hospital on the PD's Facebook page. Lori Ross is looking for a new career opportunity and invites any inquiries about job possibilities. Mark Ullrich 'rang the bell' today his 16th wedding anniversary with wife Audre on Oct 21, having traveled to Italy recently, overcoming a bout of COVID on his return home, and his SF 49ers winning last Sunday. Don Huff III was happy about a week-long recent trip he, his dad, and sister & her family took to Oahu, Hawaii. 

 

 

 Jim Nolan was in charge of Recognition today, asking a series of 'What happened on this date in history' questions. Jim was also happy about a trip to Vietnam he will be taking soon. Eric Zane and Eric Sharp were just a few of Jim's victims. Gina Bravo was recognized for being interviewed on local television recently about her successful battle with cancer. 

 

 

 

 

 Cesar Torrez, owner of My Cali Designs, was our guest speaker today, giving us a look at his marketing work with local businesses as well as his co-ownership of the Main Street Lounge. Thank you to Wendy Casas-Raviotta for arranging and introducing this interesting program. 

 

 

 

October 25th Meeting

 

 

 President Shawn Seyk led off our meeting today nearly on time. We had several visitors. Rotarian Tracy Vicario (Portland OR Pearl Club) is a past President who has recently moved to Woodland. Rotarian Hank Lander (North Sacramento), another past President, also visited today. Marie Galbo won a free lunch. Gary Wegener introduced his guest, local Farmers Insurance Agency owner Steve Buchanan who asked to speak about the Woodland Tennis Club’s kickoff fundraiser on Sunday, October 30th at Woodland City Park to raise funds for the proposed Woodland Tennis and Pickleball Center to be located at the Woodland Community and Senior Center. See the flyer above for details.

 

 

 Tim Pettit was happy to be back from a trip with his brother Hugh and their wives after visiting London and the south of France. Gary Wegener is looking forward to a trip with wife Joanie Tauzer to Vietnam. Chuck Moore was thanked for doing Meals on Wheels service this week. Blair Voelz told us bids are currently being sought for the Phase Two contruction work on our Kenya WASH project. 

 

 

 Today's Recognition leader was Kevin Haarberg, asking questions about baseball's World Series. Yvette Roy knew this year's World Series will be the Houston Astros against the Philadelphia Phillies. Steve Venables learned the Series has only been canceled twice in its history; in 1903 and in 1994 (player's strike). Christian Sherrill told a story about his 12-year-old son who recently had an opportunity to pickup some great baseball memorabilia from a family member. Apparently, his son doesn’t have an appreciation for baseball history, so a baseball signed by members of the 1962 SF Giants ended up in Christian’s cabinet instead.


 This week’s guest program speaker called President Shawn earlier today to tell him he would be unable to attend. As a result, we had no program today. Bummer!

 

 

 

Meet our New Member -

Ann Taylor

 

  Ann Taylor, was installed as a new member of the Club on October 4, 2022 by President Shawn Seyk and sponsor Steve Venables. At our request, Ann has provided us the following bio. If you haven't already done so, take a moment to introduce yourself to Ann when you meet and welcome her to the Club.

 

Ann Potter Taylor was born in San Francisco in 1933; attended University of Arizona 1951-1953; met Jim Taylor in February 1954, and married him in August of the same year – a marriage of almost 69 years.  We were stationed at Carswell AFB, Fort Worth, Texas where Jim was assigned as a navigator-bombadier to Strategic Air Command.  We returned to Sacramento in 1958.

 

I became involved in the Sacramento community, serving on eleven boards and commissions.  I was asked by community leaders to run for the Sacramento Municipal Utility Board who owned Rancho Seco, an operating nuclear plant.  Nuclear power was very controversial.  After a very difficult campaign, I was elected by 2% of the vote, the first woman elected to the Board.  I served two four year terms, two as president of the Board.  I also was elected to the American Public Power Board a national organization.  I testified in front of Congress for the right to continuing to license eleven dams and power plants that provided the hydro power to SMUD.

 

In 1980 I started construction of Woodland Stallion Station, opened it in 1982 and operated the facility until sold in 2018.

 

 

 

October 18th Meeting

 

 

 With a good turnout on hand, Steve Venables and Dan Stroski got together to lead us in Rotary Grace today. 

 

 

 We had visitors today! Tabb Randolph introduced his daughter Paige as his guest. Ernie Hodges introduced his guest, his wife Kay. Sunrise Rotarian Don Sharp joined us today and 'rang the bell' with a donation to our Endowment in thanks for our Club's bartending assistance at Sunrise's Salmon BBQ last weekend. 

 

 

 Don Huff III was happy about his 68th birthday coming up Oct 23 ('Just in time for dove season!'). Lori Ross paid $19 for her 19th wedding anniversary (Lake Tahoe) with husband Art on Oct 11. Jim McGibbon was happy for his granddaughter's recent success at Notre Dame. Bob Nakken was looking forward to his 44th wedding anniversary (Carmel) with wife Gaye on Oct 21. 

 

 

 Roger Kohlmeier 'rang the bell' in announcing the birth of their (with wife Judy) first great grandchild, a girl. Dena Lawrence was excited for her son Noah's recent scoring of his first soccer goal. President Shawn Seyk was happy his girls soccer team remained undefeated even when he missed their latest game to attend the marriage of his niece. Chuck Maltese took the Recognition helm today. 

 

 

 Marc Hutt, President, Downtown Historic Woodland Group, was our guest speaker today, giving us a look at organizations such as Woodland's Dinner on Main and the Mosaic Children's Museum, as well as other activities supporting Downtown Woodland


 

 

Kevin Haarberg Honored by Forbes

 

Congratulations to our own Kevin Haarberg who was recently recognized by

Forbes as one of the Best-In-State Wealth Advisors

in Northern California for 2022.

 


 

October 11th Meeting

 

 President Shawn Seyk opened our meeting to another good turnout. Unfortunately, our Rotary Grace singers once again dwindled to just one leader today, Steve Venables. But we got over it!

 

 

 Mike Russell managed to find a free lunch. Tom Schwarzgruber celebrated his birthday today (Woodland;1950) and received the Happy Birthday song from everyone.

 

 

 Dick Hoppin took charge of today's Recognition and asked some pointed questions about members 'do you remember your' first kiss, first date, first car, and at what age they got their ears pierced. Dena Lawrence, Jayne Williams and George Burger were among his victims. Funny how few remembered their first kiss, but everybody remembered their first car!

 

 

 

Rod Malloy and Roula England, representing Yolo Farm to Fork, were our guest program speakers today, providing us with a look at their organization and "Planting the Seeds of Health Living". Thanks to Gary Wegener for introducing our speakers. More information about Yolo Farm to Fork can be found at https://www.yolofarmtofork.org 

 

 

 

Sunrise Salmon BBQ Oct 8

Woodland Sunrise Rotary held their annual Salmon BBQ at the Yolo Fairgrounds this past Saturday. Our Club assisted by tending bar for the event. Jeff Burger along with his friend MelissaMike RussellEric ZaneKevin Haarberg and David Pinto (not pictured) were our representatives. 

 

 

October 4th Meeting

 President Shawn Seyk inducted Ann Taylor as a new member of the Club today. Ann expressed her enthusiasm to join our Club. She remembered her late husband, General Jim Taylor, as a long term Club member. Gina Bravo, who has battled stage 3 cancer for a year and a half, 'rang the bell' for now being cancer free.

 

  Clyde Brooker celebrated his 75th birthday on Sep 29. Dan Stroski, who provided today's photos, was alone in leading us in today's Rotary Grace. Dena Lawrence contributed $20 for being happy to be back following the birth of her daughter in July. She is on maternity leave until January. Dena also found a free lunch today! Jim Nolan, along with Bob Nakken, were each fined for bringing over 100 boxes to last week's shredding event. 

 

 President Shawn was happy about the Woodland Soccer Club's 40th anniversary celebration which drew over 500 attendees. Eric Sharp 'rang the bell' for spending 10 days fishing off of Cape Cod and catching a 54lb bass after a 30 minute fight. Mark Pemberton was fined for walking a dog during work hours. Mark said it was an office dog, and both he and the dog needed to walk! Back from an extended road trip vacation visiting Oklahoma, Texas, Grand Canyon and Arches National Parks, Gary Bunch was in charge of Recognition today.

 

Unfortunately, our program speaker did not show up. So, the meeting was adjourned early. 

 

 

 

SF Giants Game Trip

 

 

 26 Rotarians and guests went on a bus trip sponsored by our Club on Sunday, October 2, to see the SF Giants play their last game of the season at Oracle Park in San Francisco. Dan Stroski led the group and provided these pictures from the event. 

 

 

 

Meet our new Member -

Frits van der Hoek

 

 Frits van der Hoek, Deputy District Attorney in the Yolo County DA's office, was installed as a new member of the Club on September 20, 2022 by President Shawn Seyk and sponsor Tom Schwarzgruber. At our request, Frits provided us the following bio. If you haven't already done so, take a moment to introduce yourself to Frits when you meet and welcome him to the Club.

 

Frits grew up in Kern County and attended SJSU after high school. Frits obtained his bachelor's degree in criminal justice and worked as a police officer at San Jose State University for ten years. While working as police officer Frits attended law school at Santa Clara University and after graduating was hired by the Yolo County District Attorney's Office.

 

Frits has worked at the Yolo County District Attorney's Office for over seven years and as a team lead he prosecutes all types of cases, from driving under the influence to murder. He is the current president of the Yolo County Deputy District Attorney's Association.

 

In 2019 Frits joined the US Army Reserves as a Judge Advocate and in 2020 he served at the Special Victims Trial Counsel at Fort Sill. Frits still serves as a reservist and is currently an embedded Judge Advocate with the 311th Sustainment Command. 

 

Frits and his wife have three children. The family spends most free time attending the children's sporting events and caring for their 17 chickens, 5 cats, 4 rats, and 1 dog.

 

 

 

Document Shredding Event

Our Rotary Club assisted in AARP California's Document Shredding event also sponsored by the Yolo County District Attorney's office and the City of Woodland  at the Woodland Senior Center on September 28. Brian Dwyer, Tom Schwarzgruber, Gary Wirth, Eric Zane, Frits van der Hoek, and Dan Stroski participated. 

 

 

 

September 27th Meeting

President Shawn Seyk was happy to have safely flown back yesterday from Tampa Bay FL before Hurricane Ian arrived there. President Shawn & Kris Kristensen reported the Club received some bad news last week as Woodland Community College has taken steps to replace the Community Marquee located in front of the college. Our Club had contributed $30,000 in proceeds from our 2015 Dinner Auction to the College's Foundation for the purchase and installation of the marquee. According to College President Art Pimentel, the College has had trouble keeping the marquee operational since its installation. The marquee's warranty expired two years ago and, now, needed replacement parts are no longer available. The College had no choice but to remove the old marquee last week and plans to install a new marquee in the near future. The original marquee as it was installed in 2015 is pictured above. 

 

  We had several visiting Rotarians and guests with us today. Yvette Roy introduced her guest, husband Craig Roy. Woodland Sunrise Rotarian Don Sharp joined us again today. Our old friend and former member Mahlon Whittle came over for a visit from Hawaii and joined us today. Wendy Casas introduced her guest, husband Joe Raviotta

 

 Christian Sherrill was happy about the success his children were having in local youth sports. Brian Dwyer received the $314 check for winning the raffle last week...and was promptly fined $5 by today's Recognition lead Don Huff IIIDan Stroski was sad at the passing of a cousin of his who had struggled with drug abuse. President Shawn was happy his father was doing better following emergency heart surgery. Jayne Williams was happy to invite members and guests to attend All Leaders Must Serve's Annual Dinner on November 3. More information about the ALMS Dinner and sponsorship opportunities are available in the Special Events Calendar of this website, as well as on the ALMS website: allleadersmustserve.org

 

 

 

 

  Our own Wendy Casas-Raviota, a local criminal defense attorney, was our program speaker today. Wendy gave us an indepth look at different kinds of Restraining Orders available. 

 

 

 

Seeking 2023 Dinner Auction

Beneficiary Ideas

 

The Rotary Club of Woodland and Woodland Rotary Endowment are accepting applications for Community Based Projects to be funded by proceeds from our 2023 Dinner Auction taking place Saturday, April 22, 2023 in Woodland CA. If you are involved with an organization or group that could benefit from this fundraiser, please fill out the Donation Request Form linked below and email the completed form to Yvette Roy at myroyalpics@gmail.com. Completed donation forms will be accepted through December 1, 2022. Selection of the 2023 Dinner Auction beneficiary/beneficiaries is anticipated in early January 2023. 

 

Donation Request Form

 

 

Woodland Rotary Clubs' Social

at Blue Note Brewery

 

The three Woodland Rotary Clubs held a social at Blue Note Brewery on Wednesday, September 21, 2023. A good turnout!

 

VIEW EVENT PICTURES IN PHOTO GALLERY

 

 

September 20th Meeting

 

 

Frits van der Hoek, Deputy District Attorney with the Yolo County District Attorney's office, was inducted as a new member of the Club this afternoon. Sponsor Tom Schwarzgruber introduced Frits to the Club. WELCOME FRITs!

 

 Woodland Sunrise Rotarians Don Sharp and Charles Mack visited us today. Jayne Williams introduced her guest and prospective new Club member, Robert Beggs, Chief Engineer of Brown & Caldwell, Davis. 

 

 

 Under the direction of Bob Nakken, the Club voted unanimously today to elect the following members to the Woodland Rotary Endowment Board of Directors

 

(Term ending 6/30/23) - Yvette Roy, Carl Rodegerdts, Tabb Randolph and Bob Nakken

(Term ending 6/30/24) - Clyde Brooker, Nick Roncoroni, Lisa Martinez Dunham,

and Dan Stroski

 

 

Yvette Roy admitted to wearing a Seattle Seahawks jersey recently. Mark Ullrich was happy about the SF 49ers victory over Seattle last Sunday despite the major injury suffered by starting quarterback Trey Lance. Derrek Kaff reported that his mother-in-law, who he and wife Patty have been caring for, recently passed away. Derrek enjoys his relationship with his father-in-law, who was also a Rotarian. Don Huff III was happy (we think!) to have returned from his summer residence at Lake Tahoe and away from the wildfire smoke there.

Brian Dwyer won the $314 raffle jackpot today!

 

 

 Kara Hunter, Executive Director, Yolo Conflict Resolution Center, was our guest speaker today, giving us a review of the Center's overall mission as well as its work in Restorative Justice. Thanks to Derrek Kaff for arranging for and introducing our speaker. 

 

 

 

September 13th Meeting

 

 

President Shawn Seyk welcomed a larger audience to today's meeting. With more moderate temperatures returning, it appears so did attendance. 

 

 With the pot at $290 and 22 cards left, Don Huff Jr. managed to find a free lunch. Sunrise Rotarians Don Sharp and Byron MacConnell joined us today. Steve Venables introduced his guest and prospective new member, Ann Taylor, widow of the late General Jim Taylor.  

 

 David Pinto thanked Blair Voelz for taking him along on a great backpacking trip with Blair and his son Eli in the Carson Pass area recently. Bob Nakken, Secretary of the Woodland Rotary Endowment placed in nominations the names of Yvette Roy, Carl Rodegerdts, Tabb Randolp and Bob Nakken (terms ending 6/30/23) and Clyde Brooker, Nick Roncoroni, Lisa Martinez Dunham and Dan Stroski (terms ending 6/30/24) for service as members of the Woodland Rotary Endowment Board of Directors. The Club will be asked to elect the nominees at next Tuesday's meeting. Mark Ullrich handled Recognition today with questions about college football, but was also happy at the opportunity to meet his 6 month old great grandson for the first time.

 

 Chuck Moore celebrated his 65th birthday on Sep 6 (Woodland). Marie Galbo celebrated her (43rd??) birthday on Sep 11(Trenton NJ). Jayne Williams was very thankful to those responsible for helping her receive her Paul Harris Fellowship recently. Les Engelmann and wife Gail celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary on Sep 7 (Joliet IL). 

 

 

  Tom Schwarzgruber and Tabb Randolph enjoyed lots of SF Giants/Cubs games and the SF 49ers/Bears game last weekend in Chicago. Nick Roncoroni thanked Brian Dwyer and the other leaders of the Woodland Little League for their work. Nick's son played well in his first LL Fall Ball game recently. President Shawn was happy how his 16 year olds girls soccer team played in winning their first game of the season recently.

 

 

 Stan Levers, former Board member of the St. John's Retirement Village Board of Directors, was our guest speaker today, giving us a program on the reasons behind the closure of St. John's Retirement Village earlier this year and efforts now underway to restore its operation and a related lawsuit attempting to deny the sale of the property to Yolo County. Thanks to Bob Nakken for arranging and introducing Mr. Levers.

 

 

SF Giants Game Trip -

Time to Sign-Up!

 

 

 

 

September 6th Meeting

 

 With Woodland broiling under record-breaking heat, President Shawn Seyk presided over a smaller than normal crowd today. Rotary Grace Singers Dan Stroski, Steve Venables and Jim McGibbon were able to get a good song sung. 

 

 

 Tabb Randolph introduced Tom Schwarzgruber's guest, Frits van der Hoek of the Yolo County District Attorney's Office, a propective new Club member. Visiting Rotarian Byron MacConnell (Woodland Sunrise) joined us today. Steve Venables introduced guest  Ann Taylor, widow of the late General Jim Taylor, who told us about the Western BBQ & Dance benefitting St. Luke's Episcopal Church coming up September 17th at the Woodland Stallion Station. 

 

 

  Eric Sharp was happy about a recent fishing trip in Alaska. Dan Stroski, speaking on behalf of Yvette Roy, is looking for more Woodland Rotary Club signups for the October 2nd bus trip to Oracle Park in San Francisco to see the Giants play the Arizona Diamondbacks in their final regular season game of the year. The trip will soon be offered to other Woodland Rotary Clubs. Please notify Yvette Roy if you would like to signup.  Dick Hoppin was in charge of Recognition today, asking a series of questions about the Rotary Beer Booth. Tabb Randolph was happy he and Tom Schwargruber are heading to Chicago this weekend for the SF Giants v Cubs, and SF 49ers v Bears.  

 

 

 

 Nolan Sullivan, Director of the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency was our guest speaker today, giving us a look at what plans Yolo County has in mind for the reuse of the former St. Johns Retirement Village. 

 

 

 

August 30th Meeting

President Shawn Seyk and Gary Wegener welcome Jim Smith, retired Daily Democrat Editor, as our guest program speaker today. Jim gave us a look at Challenges facing Journalism, especially in local communities. 

 

 

 Lots of guests and visitors today. Retired local CHP officer/legend Don Campbell was Steve Venables guest. Dan Stroski introduced his exchange student Shengie (Andy) Sun as his guest. Tom Schwargruber introduced his guest Frits van der Hoek. And visiting Woodland Sunrise Rotarian/Assistant District Governor Wayne Ginsburg joined us today. 

 

 

 Immediate Past President Dan Stroski had a great idea to honor the late Marc Faye, the long time Club member who passed away in June. After checking with Marc's family, Dan took Marc's Rotary name badge and affixed it to the Rotary Grace lyrics we routinely post at the front of room at every meeting. This will help members remember that Marc Faye wrote Rotary Grace for us many years ago. Thanks Dan!

 

 Rotary Foundation Chair Tom Schwarzgruber presented Jayne Williams with her first Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of her signficant contributions to the Foundation. Roger Kohlmeier 'rang the bell' upon returning to meetings after he and wife Judy had to endure two weeks of COVID. Dick Hoppin got an early warning on his 58th wedding anniversary with wife Muffy (Menlo Park) coming up on Sep 5.

 

Don Campbell spoke to us on behalf of the Woodland Community Care Car, the non-profit organization group operating since 1973 providing door-to-door shuttling services to Woodland seniors. Don says Care Car needs more volunteer drivers and helpers. If interested, call the Care Car at 530 662-7800 Mon-Fri 8am-3:30pm, or call Don Campbell directly at 530 908-1189.

 


 Gary Wirth is feeling well, but does not have any immediate travel plans. Yet, he is still working on it! Brian Dwyer got a not-so-early warning on his 14th wedding anniversary with Janell on Aug 31. Gary Bunch handled Recognition today. Tim Pettit also got a not-so-early warning of his 19th wedding anniversary with Nadine (Murphys CA) on Aug 31. 

 

 

 

August 23rd Meeting

Attendance improved today over last week. Jim McGibbon, Steve Venables and Dan Stroski got an improved version of Rotary Grace going today. 

 

 

 Gary Wegener, in his last year as coordinator of the Rotary Beer Booth at the Yolo County Fair recognized and thanked the members who had worked the Booth this year. We didn't serve as much beer this year as was served at the last Fair (2019), but Gary reported Sunday evening was the busiest he has ever seen. Mike Russell complimented Gary on keeping the Booth organized and members agreed with their applause. Gary expects to have a inancial report within the next week or two. 

 

 

 Woodland Sunrise President-elect Tom Wendt joined us today and urged support for Sunrise's Annual Salmon BBQ coming up October 8 in Waite Hall at the Yolo Fairgrounds. Tom Schwarzgruber introduced his guest today, Frits van der Hoek with the Yolo County District Attorney's office. Also joining us today (but not pictured) was visiting Rotarian Brandon Keith (Chico Noon). New member Mark Pemberton proved he could find a free lunch. 

 

 

 Gary Bunch handled Recognition today which included asking if anyone knew the Club member who brews beer in his spare time. After many wrong guesses, President Shawn Seyk was correctly identified. Shawn says his German-Czech background has led his interest in brewing many different kinds of beer. Borrowing on the same question, Chuck Maltese asked if anyone knew the Club member who builds small model ships in his spare time. Eventually, Dick Hoppin was correctly identified. Dick says he got started by building models for family members as gifts. Steve Venables brought copies of a new autobiography by retired local boxer Johnny Newsom who has visited our Club several times recently. Steve edited the book and has copies available for sale @ $25. 

 

 

  Joy Cohan, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels Yolo County, was our guest speaker today giving a presentation on the efforts, challenges and future goals for her organization as they prepare and deliver meals for local seniors. Thanks to Derrek Kaff for arranging and introducing this important program which our Club has supported for many years.  

 

 

 

Rotary Beer Booth

at the Fair

Seen at the Beer Booth!

 

 

 

August 16th Meeting

 On a hot day, President Shawn Seyk presided over a smaller than usual crowd at today's meeting. Apparently many folks are away on vacation, or trying to find cooler temperatures. President Shawn reminded us the Yolo County Fair is slated for this week, for the first time in three years. He also announced the three Woodland Rotary Clubs have agreed to hold a join social 'Oktoberfest' event at Blue Note Brewery in Woodland from 5pm-8pm on Wednesday, September 21

 

 

 Jim McGibbon 'rang the bell' for his 82nd birthday on June 24, for lots of family visits and wife Susie baking many goodies over the past several weeks, and for progressing well after successful surgery in late June to replace a heart valve. Nick Roncorini enjoyed family time on the Santa Cruz coast recently, but is enduring the heat of the Valley as he had to return home. Clyde Brooker was in charge of today's Recognition with questions about what you did on your 21st birthday, or after your high school graduation. 

 

 

 Mike Russell turned a ripe 38 years old on August 5th (Ellington MO). Mark Ullrich reported he and Tony Delevati and their wives enjoyed a nice stay and good golf at the vacation home of Tabb and Nancy Randolph in Truckee over the weekend, a package they purchased from our Dinner Auction. Eric Sharp just returned from a sucessful fishing trip in British Columbia. 

 

 

 

 Mary Kimble, Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Land-Based Learning, along with Sridharan 'Sri' Sethurathnam, Ph.D., Director of the California Farm Academy at the Center, were our guest speakers today giving us a look at the efforts by the Center for Land-Based Learning to support the local farming community and their Mobile Farmers Market program. 


 

 

Meet our New Member -

Eric Zane

 

Eric Zane, Fire Chief, City of Woodland, was installed as a new member of the Club on April 26, 2022 by President Dan Stroski and Membership Chair David Pinto. At our request, Eric provided us the following bio. If you haven't already done so, take a moment to introduce yourself to Eric when you meet and welcome him to the Club.

 

 Eric is the 5th generation Woodlander, graduating from Woodland High School in 1997. Soon after graduation, Eric attended the Butte College Fire Academy and began his fire service career with Cal-Fire in Butte County.  While working as a firefighter, Eric obtained his Associates Degree in Fire Science and transferred to CSU-Chico where he graduated with a Bachelors in Public Administration.  Upon graduation, Eric was hired by the City of Folsom Fire Department, as a firefighter. 

 

In 2005, Eric saw an opportunity to work for the Woodland Fire Department, was hired by, then Fire Chief Carl Diekman (Rotarian). Eric served in the rank of Firefighter, Engineer, Captain, and Battalion Chief before his appointment to Fire Chief in 2020. Eric is proud of that fact that he is the first home-grown fire chief the City has had in over 100 years.

 

Eric and his wife Jennifer have two boys, Carter, and Trevor.  When not working or attending the boys sporting events, Eric and his family enjoy fly fishing.

 

 

Camp Royal 2022

 Youth, or New Generations, is one of Rotary's areas of focus. Camp Royal is an annual leadership development program by District 5160 where individual clubs sponsor ($950 per camper) 130 high school juniors to attend a 6 day, 5 night summer camp just prior to starting their senior year. This year the District 5160 Camp Royal took place in late July at Grizzly Creek Ranch Camp outside of Portola CA. The camp program is run by Lain Hensley and Odyssey Teams. Unable to find a local student, our Club sponsored Andrew King, a student at  Durham High School in Durham CA to attend. Andrew attended a recent Club meeting to thank the Club and to give us a report on what he did and learned at camp. Our own Gary Wegener is a member of the District's Camp Royal Committee. 

 

 

 

August 9th Meeting

 

 

Gary Wegener introduced Andrew King, a senior at Durham High School in Durham CA who was sponsored by our Club to attend the 2022 Camp Royal near Portola last month. Andrew gave a brief presentation on what he did and learned at the Camp. 

 

 

 Visiting Rotarian Carol Furtado (Goleta CA) joined us today. Program Chair Lori Ross is looking for more club members to volunteer as speakers for future meetings. Please contact Lori if you can help. Dan Stroski is looking for 5 volunteers to help with the next Document Shredding event with the Yolo County DA's office from 9am-1pm on Wed, Sep 28 at the Woodland Senior Center on East Street. Contant Dan if you can help. Dick Hoppin was happy to announce the recent birth of his latest great granddaughter 'Navy', which brings the total number of members in his immediate family to 23. Congratulations Dick & Muffy!

 

 

 Clyde Brooker, originally from Southern California, was sad at the passing of long-time LA Dodgers announcer Vin ScullyJim Nolan was in charge of Recognition today, asking questions about the Yolo County Fair. Yvette Roy is looking for a couple of volunteers to join the Club's Membership Committee. Yvette is also interested in signing up Rotary members, families and friends to attend a Rotary Bus Trip on Sunday, Oct 2 to attend the SF Giants-Arizona Diamondbacks 1:05pm game at Oracle Park. Contact Yvette ASAP to reserve your spots. Details are still being determined, but we need a headcount quickly. Eric Sharp was happy his granddaughter was recently name the starting midfielder for the Multnomah University soccer team. 

 

 

 Woodland Police Officers Omar Flores and Stephanie Wilson were our guest speakers today, giving us a program on their roles as School Resource Officers in local schools, as well as about the Police Activities League (PAL). Thank you to Derrek Kaff for arranging for and introducing these fine officers to join us today. 

 

 

August 1st Meeting

 

President Shawn Seyk told us about the success of his Woodland Soccer Club's U16 Girls team who traveled to San Ramon this past weekend to compete in the FC Summer Classic. These are girls from throughout Yolo County and it was their first attempt at a Premier Level tournament, so they didn't think they would do very well. A very proud Shawn reported the team went 4-0, winning the tournament. They scored 14 goals while allowing only 2 goals. President Shawn also led Recognition today with questions about international soccer. 

 

 

 

 Tom Schwarzgruber, filling in for missing Gary Bunch, was busy selling a lot of raffle tickets today. Visiting Rotarians Cecil Padilla (Winters) and Byron MacConnell (Woodland Sunrise) joined us today. 

 

 

 Steve Venables was happy he's going to get a visit from a French gentleman named Victor who years ago was an exchange student who had stayed with Steve and wife LydiaMike Russell reported he now has a full schedule of volunteers for the Rotary Beer Booth at the Fair. 

 

 

 Gena Bravo was happy she got to attend the SF Giants game July 30 where Will Clark's number, 22, was retired.  Blair Voelz gave us an update on the Kenya WASH Phase Two project. Blair was also happy about seeing a 10lb Brush Rabbit during his recent hiking in the Sierras. Brian Dwyer was thankful for the community's support for the Woodlan National Intermediate All Star team that competed in the West Regional tournament in Nogales AZ last week, but did not advance. Lori Ross won the $930 raffle jackpot today!

 

 

 

Lt Rogelio Orozco, Chief of the Special Investigations Unit, Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency, and Michael Rossiter, Investigator, were our guest speakers today giving us a program on Welfare Fraud. Thanks to Dan Stroski for arranging and introducing this important program. 

 

 

 

July 26th Meeting

 

 

President Shawn Seyk led a well attended meeting today, the last of his first month in office.  

 

 

 

 When Gary Wegener noted that Dena Lawrence's giving birth to a child was a historic first for a member of this Club, Club members voted to make Dena's daughter, Micah Aisling Lawrence, an honorary member of the Club. Congratulations Micah! We hope to see a lot of you and your mom in the years ahead. 

 

 Lori Ross turns 50 years old this Thursday, July 28 and invited Club members to celebrate with her at the Blue Note Brewery (750 Dead Cat Alley) Friday evening, July 29, beginning at 5pm. Kevin Haarberg got an early warning on his 26th wedding anniversary with wife Lorie coming up July 27th (Woodland). Eric Zane warned members his 16 year old just got his drivers license, plus he will celebrate his 43rd birthday on Jul 28. Lisa Durham was happy about a week long family camping vacation she took recently near Vandenberg AFB in Southern California where they witnessed the launch of a Space X rocket carrying Starlink satelites into orbit. 

 

 Program Chair Lori Ross is looking for help to identify and arrange for upcoming program speakers for the Club. Please contact Lori or Derrek Kaff if you can help. With the pot near $880 and only two cards remaining, a very indecisive Mark Ullrich managed to draw a free lunch on behalf of George Burger. Immediate Past President Dan Stroski celebrated his 66th birthday (San Pablo) on July 23. When our scheduled program speaker had to back out due to being exposed to someone with COVID Kris Kristensen gave a brief overview of the Club's website. 

 

 

 

Congratulations Dena!

 

 We are delighted to announce Rotary Club of Woodland member Dena Lawrence gave birth to Micah Aisling Lawrence (8lbs, 3oz; 20") at 8:54am Tuesday, July 19, 2022. Mother & daughter are doing well. Dena says Aisling is pronounced 'Ashling' and is Irish meaning vision or dream. 

 

 

 

Senior BBQ Moved

to May 2023

 

 After considering other options, President Shawn Seyk and Secretary Aniek Pflager report the Club will hold its next Senior BBQ in May 2023 at Rotary Park. 

 

 

July 19th Meeting

 

 A good crowd was on hand for today's meeting. Steve Venables and Dan Stroski got us going on Rotary Grace. 

 

 

 Steve Venables introduced his guests, Johnny Newsom and Aldo Leonardi. Jayne Williams introduced her guest, LC Cunningham. Dick Hoppin introduced his guest, former Elm Ford owner Buzz Landis. And Chuck Moore introduced his guest, Andrew Arroyo, a Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student currently doing an internship at Farm Credit West.

 

 

 Don Huff III was happy his family's Kona HI property survived a big wave there recently. Ernie Hodges was happy he and wife Kay just returned from a nice visit to London and Liverpool in the UK without any airport problems. Mark Ullrich was in charge of Recognition today, asking a series of questions about The Open (Golf) Championship held this past week in St. Andrews, Scotland. With the raffle down to three cards and the pot at $846, Tony Delevati managed to draw a free lunch!

 

 

Jayne Williams was excited about her nephew starting on a biking trip from here to Alaska. Blair Voelz was happy about a high country backpacking and fishing trip he recently completed with his brother out of Bishop CA. Eric Sharp 'rang the bell' for an active summer even though he recently lost sight in his left eye. 

 

Brian Dwyer, who announced he has recently become President of the Woodland Little League, was happy about the Woodland National Intermediate All Star team who became NorCal State Champions last week (see photo above). The team will be playing in the West Regional tournament in Nogales, Arizona July 20-28 which leads to the Little League World Series. Brian says anyone interested in making a donation to help team families with related expenses can do so through the following Venmo account: 

 

https://account.venmo.com/u/Haime04

 

 Donations to this account will be spread out amongst all families on the team. Brian also has an envelope in his office (173 Court Street) for anyone wishing to donate. 

 

 

 Woodland Dignity Healthcare Internist Liana Turkot, MD, was our guest speaker today, providing us with a fascinating program on 'Medical Needs in Ukraine'Dr. Turkot is native of Ukraine and described a mission she and her son have been involved with since 2018 to bring medical equipment, supplies and support to that country, including making a trip there this past April as the country was at war with Russia.

Dr. Turkot explained those interested in making financial donations to this effort can do so via Kybele Inc at: 

 

https://kybeleworldwide.org 

 

 

 

July 12th Meeting

 

 President Shawn Seyk (aka 'Grand Poobah of the Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes') presided over a good sized crowd today. Lori Ross introduced her guest, Mari RomeroDan Stroski introduced his guest, his foreign exchange student from China, Shengie (Andy) Sun.

 

 

Immediate Past President Dan Stroski will celebrate his 43rd anniversary with wife Ginny on Jul 18. Tony Delevati and wife Margie will celebrate their 41st anniversary on Jul 18. Chuck Maltese and wife Joyce celebrated their 60th anniversary on Jul 7. 

 

 

Lori Ross was happy to announce she has accepted a new job as Branch Manager for the local Boys & Girls Club. Jayne Williams was in charge of Recognition today; asking questions about things our mothers would say during our childhood. Nick Roncoroni his mom repeatedly told him 'Eat your fruit, it helps you keep movin' (or something like that!!). David Pinto's mom didn't want her son to end up selling things on the street.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garth Lewis, Yolo County Superintendent of Schools was our guest speaker today, giving us a program on the Yolo County Office of Education and the issues facing local schools today. Thanks to President Shawn Seyk for arranging and introducing this program.?

 

 

 

 

July 5th Meeting -

President Shawn Takes the Helm!

 

 President Shawn Seyk took his place as Club President today. Steve Venables gave Shawn a proper installation in the 'Ceremony of the Corn', which included a standing ovation by members in support of their new President.  

 

 


 This was the last meeting for Scott Johnston after a 40 year membership in the Club. Scott and his wife Sheila are now making their home in Palm Desert. Immediate Past President Dan Stroski was just 'plain happy'. Kevin Haarberg noted this was the first meeting for the Club in the last 75 years without someone in the Faye family being a member. The Yolo County Fair is coming up next month (Aug 17-21), and Mike Russell will be handling signups for the Rotary Beer Booth. 

 

 

Gary Wegener and wife Joan will celebrate their 18th wedding anniversary on July 10th. Carl Rodegerdts and wife June were married 61 years ago on July 1st. Roger Kohlmeier and wife Judy will celebrate their 57th anniversary on July 10th. 

 

 

 

 President Shawn asked members to share why they joined Rotary and what the enjoy most or learned. Tim Pettit joined in 1978 and likes the Service above Self ideal. Wendy Casas joined at Mark Ullrich's suggestion to help her integrate into the community. Wendy likes the Club and what Rotary does. Lisa Durham (Martinez) went to Velocity Island Park on July 2nd and then enjoyed all the fireworks shows on the 4th; especially the illegal ones. Ernie Hodges wondered why there were so many illegal fireworks. Ernie first joined Rotary in West Sacramento, but switched to our Club after he retired from Farm Credit West. 

 

 

 

 

Rotary Theme 2022-23

 

 

Jennifer Jones, 2022-23 Rotary International President (left) and 

Suzanne Bragdon, 2022-23 Governor, Rotary District 5160

 

Learn more about President Jennifer Jones, 

Rotary International's first female President