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).
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 Lydia. Mike 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.
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:
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:
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 Romero. Dan 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
Senior BBQ Moved