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).
Demotion - June 25
The Club's Demotion took place at the Hotel Woodland under the leadership of Immediate Past President Peter Holmes. The evening included a moment of silence for Bob & Ruth Moeller; a visual presentation of President Mike Chandler's year by Lacey Hilliard; Clyde Brooker doing his best Mike Chandler; Mike Chandler telling one last joke; flowers for Randi Chandler; and the installation of the Club's new leadership. Great food, great fellowship!
Bob Moeller - Rest in Peace
President Mike Chandler reports that Past Club President Bob Moeller passed away June 24, 2019 at age 93, succumbing to injuries sustained in a serious vehicle accident on June 19th which took the life of his wife
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Moeller family.
For news on the vehicle accident:
View the Daily Democrat news article.
View the Davis Enterprise news article.
2019-20 Club Leadership
2018-19 President Mike Chandler with 2019-20 President Tony Delevati. Tabb Randolph will be the 2019-20 President-elect. The 2019-20 Club Board of Directors will include: Club Secretary Alan Flory, Club Treasurer Mark Ullrich, and Directors
(2019-20) Lacey Hilliard, Barbara Sonin, Don Huff III,
(2019-21) Jason Smith, Jim McGibbon, Jim Nolan.
June 18th Meeting
President Mike Chandler welcomes Woodland Fire Department guests Chief Rebecca Rameriz (right) and Fire Marshall Emily Richter to today's meeting, who provided us with a program on what's happening in the Woodland Fire Department.
President Mike presided over his last meeting as 2018-19 Club President today.
Tim Pettit had his 'This is Your Life' moment today. Tim retired from pediatric dentistry in 2012. He enjoys crossword puzzles, reading and golf. His best vacation was a trip tto Japan and South Korea this past April. His pet peeve is people who turn right from the middle lane.
Once again Gary Bunch took the helm on Recognition. Don Huff III was happy to have participated in the Truckee fishing derby last week, and more importantly, rang the bell for becoming a grandpa for the first time with the birth of Duke Engstrom Huff. Great Grandpa Don Huff Jr. was also happy for Duke's arrival. For some obscure reason known only to Gary, Barbara Sonin was forced to pay for a picture taken of her at the 2018 Senior BBQ.
Mark Werum was happy about something??? Jim Taylor paid a fine for his cell phone ringing during several recent meetings. John Carminati was happy about having just gone camping at Bodega Bay, and excited to be going camping in Oregon. Dan Stroski was happy his foreign exchange student daughter from Germany had graduated from college and was coming to visit.
Bob Nakken managed to win a free lunch. Bob Moeller, who paid for the reminder of his 70th wedding anniversary with Ruth coming on June 20, was asked for advise on how to have such a successful relationship. His answer: 'Learn to say 'Yes'!'
June 11th Meeting
Sunrise Rotarians Jim Hilliard (State Farm Insurance) and Brad Miller (AAA Insurance) were our guest speakers today, giving us a presentation on Adequate Insurance Coverage in the New Age of Wilfires. They offered the following 2.5 minute video from the Insurance Information Institute on home insurance basics: https://youtu.be/PUZSIahxq-g
As well as the following article:
Making sure your home is properly covered for a disaster.
How to Avoid Being Underinsured.
Gary Walgenbach from the Davis Noon Club visited us today. President Mike is looking pretty relaxed as he begins his last month in office. He even managed to win another free lunch!
President-elect Tony Delevati presented a check for $4,440 to Woodland United Way from the Woodland Rotary Endowment to support the 'Woodland Imagination Library' childrens book program. These funds were a portion of the proceeds raised in our 2019 Dinner Auction. Woodland United Way Executive Director, and fellow Rotarian, Lori Ross gratefully accepted the contribution with her thanks to the Club.
Ken Nordgren took the lead on Recognition today. Shawn Seyk was happy he is finished paying Montessori fees! Don Huff Jr. celebrated his 93rd birthday last Sunday. Bob Nakken was happy John Ketelsen has become a Splinter writer.
Our Newest Member -
On May 28 President Mike Chandler inducted Blair Voelz as the newest member of our club. He was jointly sponsored by Dick Hoppin and Tom LaBrie. Below is a brief biography he has provided for us.
I grew up in a small agricultural community in the central valley town of Exeter, California. I went through grammar and high school there, graduating in 1968 and attending college at Sacramento State. I met my wife, Jan, that first year in Sacramento and we married in 1972.
My farming adventures began soon after college, when I started working for my Father-in-law, John Grimm, operating in Colusa and Yolo counties. In 1983 I began farming rice on my own, and subsidized my business with a second job working for Cargill, Inc. as a grain buyer. Ten years later I started farming full time after declining an offer from Cargill to manage a grain elevator in Pascoe, WA. In the beginning of my farming business, I was very diversified growing a wide variety of row crops, wheat and rice. Over the last few years, I have reduced my farming acreage and today grow only rice, olives and wine grapes.
Jan and I have a son, Eli, who works with me on the farm and lives on ten acres in Colusa County on which he has recently planted olives. Our daughter, Kina, lives in Portland, Oregon and is an architect, as well as a restaurant owner with her husband, Gabe. We enjoy visiting them and both of our extended families when time allows. My farming takes less time these days, so I have been searching for new endeavors to keep me busy – Rotary being one of these. I also look forward to spending more time at my family’s cabin in Mineral King, which is part of Sequoia National Park, as well as doing more travelling.
My hobbies include backpacking, photography, mountain biking, hiking, walking, fishing, reading and gardening. I am always up for an adventure.
Valedictorian Anh Vo of Woodland High School (top) and Co-valedictorians Lillianne Hammons and Thai Hoa Nguyen of Pioneer High School were featured in Daily Democrat articles this week. Anh Vo and Thai Nguyen (by virtue of a slightly higher GPA) were awarded college scholarships by the Woodland Rotary Endowment. The scholarships provide each student with $1500 per year, for a four year total of $6,000. According to the Democrat Vo plans to attend UC Berkeley in the Fall as an undeclared major in the College of Natural Resources while Nguyen will be studying materials engineering at UCLA.
Tacos at Tom's
On a warm June 4, we enjoyed a special dinner meeting
in the beautiful backyard of Tom & Gail Schwarzgruber.
Our guest speaker was Wendi Locatelli who gave us an update on her difficult recovery from her 2016 bout with sepsis which resulted in her losing three limbs and the fingers of one hand. President Mike Chandler presented this courageous and inspirational mother with a Paul Harris Fellowship pin.
President Mike introduced Christen Karstensen, a Rotarian from Esbjerg, Denmark, along with his wife Ellen. They are touring California and seeing friends.
Christian presented Mike with a banner from his club in Esbjerg.
May 28th Meeting
Woodland native David Tyson Perry was our guest speaker today, sharing with us his inspirational story of losing the ability to walk at age 19 following a fall from a roof which broke his back, and going on to become a Tough Mudder athlete. Thank you Christian Sherrill for introducing Tyson to us!
President Mike Chandler inducted Blair Voelz as our Club's newest member.
Fresh from their participation in yesterday's Memorial Day ceremonies, Master of Ceremonies Steve Venables presents Frank Gardner with a framed picture of his participation in the event; a picture which appeared on the front page of today's Daily Democrat.
Gary Bunch took the Recognition helm today and had a couple of pictures to hand out. First, he presented Jennifer Ward with a magazine cover photo that Gary thought looked like Jennifer (Gary wears glasses for a reason!!). Next, he passed along a picture to Mahlon Whittle of Mahlon wearing a Makers Mark apron. Mahlon wasn't sure, but thought the photo may have been taken in Tom Schwarzgruber's yard.
With the raffle pot at $315 and 19 cards remaining, Nick Roncoroni managed to draw a free lunch. Tom LaBrie introduced his wife Kay and rang the bell in honor of their 54th wedding anniversary coming up tomorrow. Visiting Sunrise Rotarian John Martin was on hand today. ?
May 21st Meeting
Kristi Abbott, Clinical Supervisor, Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency, and Jonathon Raven, Yolo County Chief Deputy District Attorney, were our guest speakers today, giving us a look at Yolo County's Mental Health Court. Thank you Dan Stroski for arranging and introducing this informative program!
Lacey and Josh Hilliard from F.I.R.E. (First in, Fire Relief for Evacuees) were presented a check for $7500 from the Woodland Rotary Endowment by President-Elect Tony Delevati. This amount will be used to acquire necessary equipment for F.I.R.E.'s mobile shower unit. These funds were a portion of the proceeds from the Club's 2019 Dinner Auction.
Dan Stroski, Steve Venables and Clancy Duppong did their Rotary Grace thing today. Peter Holmes reminded us the Demotion is coming up on Tuesday, June 25. After arriving late to the meeting, Jim Taylor managed to have the winning raffle ticket and drew a free lunch.
May 14th Meeting
Son Trinh, Postmaster of Woodland, was our guest speaker today, telling us the fascinating story of the escape from North Vietnam that he and his mother made in 1985 to come to the United States. Thank you Gary Wegener for arranging and introducing this great program!
President-Elect Tony Delevati presented NorCal Trykers with a check for $10,000 from the Woodland Rotary Endowment today. President Gill Williams and Vice President Cheri Herman of NorCal Trykers gratefully accepted the check. The amount, proceeds of the Club's 2019 Dinner Auction, will be used to acquire 10 special needs tricycles for local children.
Roy Holmes rang the bell in sharing the story of his recent Honor Flight to Washington DC with his son Jim. Roy recommends every eligible veteran to consider going on an Honor Flight.
Lori Ross introduced her guest today, Mariah Ernst-Collins, Homeless Education and Foster Your Services Program Specialist with the Yolo County Office of Education. With the pot at $261 John Ketelsen showed he could draw a free lunch like a veteran!
May 7, 2019
This year's Senior BBQ at Rotary Park was another success under the leadership of Aniek Ramsay. We served 350-375 people in ideal weather conditions. Leftovers were taken to Fourth & Hope who were delighted to receive them.
Senior BBQ job assignments are as follows:
Mystery Golf Trip - 2019
The 2019 Rotary Mystery Golf Trip was to Blue Rock Springs Golf Course (West) in Vallejo. Fifty two (52) players participated. Thanks go to Co-chairman Chuck Santoni (Sunrise) and Chuck Maltese (Noon) for selecting and making the arrangements, along with thanks also to Mahlon Whittle (Noon) and Jim Hilliard (Sunrise) who provided the early morning beverages (aka Aiming Fluid!) and other refreshments on the trip.
April 30th Meeting
Nancy Ullrey, Executive Director of the Cache Creek Conservancy joined us as our guest speaker today. Following her introduction by Jason Smith, a member of the Conservancy's Board of Directors, Nancy gave us a presentation on the Conservancy's organization and programs.
Fresh off the tax season, Gary Bunch had a big day: he celebrated his 66th birthday on April 21, was happy in expecting the arrival of his fifth grandchild sometime today, and he took the lead on today's Recognition. Clyde Brooker was happy about he & Krim's recent trip to Europe, which included visiting Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris just an hour before the major fire there broke out.Tom LaBrie and wife Kaye had a great time on their recent three week trip to Japan; 'cleanest country he's ever seen'. Steve Venables was about to get fined for his shirt looking like marijuana, when Mahlon Whittle bailed him out by assuring the shirt was just 'Hawaiian'.
Clancy Duppong was happy about the recent birth of his second great grandchild last Thursday. Jim McGibbon was happy his son Bruce and his family visited Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris a couple of days before the major fire there.
Prospective new member Blair Voelz was again introduced as our guest today. Kevin Haarberg's luck with the raffle continued with another free lunch from Cracchiolo's.
Honor Flight for
Dan Stroski reports our Roy Holmes, accompanied by his son Jim, is back in Washington DC on an Honor Flight (#20) for three days Apr 28-30. Roy along with other veterans of WWII, and the wars in Korea & Vietnam are being honored for their service with a trip to the nation's capital at no expense to the veteran. In the group picture above taken at the WWII memorial, Roy can be seen in sunglasses, standing under the flag. They will visit Arlington National Cemetery as well as other memorials to our armed forces. On the lower picture Roy is resting on a bike of the National Park's Police who escort the honorees everywhere.
Don McNary - Rest in Peace
The Rotary Club of Woodland lost a long time member Monday, April 15, 2019. Don McNary, shown above at his 96th birthday celebration on January 17, 2019, served as Club President in 1975-76. He will be missed. Our thoughts go out to his daughter Jane O'Meara and the family.
View obituary in Daily Democrat.
April 16th Meeting
President Mike Chandler greets today's guest speaker, Lisa Baker, CEO of the Yolo County Housing Authority who gave us an overview of the history of public housing assistance and the current programs the Authority provides within the County and in Woodland specifically.
Dick Hoppin introduced his guest, prospective new member, Blair Voelz. Sunrise Rotarian Kevin Sanchez joined us today.
Kevin Haarberg led Recognition today. He declared President-elect Tony Delevati fine free since he was the only CPA member to attend the day after tax season ended. Tony was happy on many levels. George Burger celebrated his 76th birthday on April 9th. Both George & Nick Roncoroni were stumped by Kevin's financial questions. Christian Sherrill was happy his son enjoyed a Boy Scout event recently at the old RH Phillips winery. Though poorer now, Immediate Past President Peter Holmes enjoyed his eldest daughter's recent wedding in San Diego.
With the pot at $208 and 23 cards in the deck, Bob Nakken drew a free lunch. The Club received an a Top Corporate Giver Award by the Woodland United Way for its support of the Imagination Library Project which will enable registered local children (Woodland, Knights Landing & the Capay Valley) born in 2018-19 to receive a quality children's book mailed to them every month, free of charge, until they reach school age.
Woodland Kids Read '19
Woodland United Way's Woodland Kids Read and Dream program is set for Tuesday morning, April 30, 2019 at Woodland Community College. Volunteer readers, particularly farmers, engineers or those in construction, are needed to read a book to first grade classes for about 40 minutes that morning. Also needed for the event are a large megaphone and 5 pop up tents for that day. Contact Gary Wegener or Lori Ross to help.
For more information about Woodland Kids Read view:
April 9th Meeting
We had a road trip today, holding our meeting at the Woodland Public Library, located at 250 First Street. President Mike Chandler kicked off the meeting in the Leake Room, created in an expansion of the Library in 1989 from a donation by the Leake Family, former publishers of the Woodland Daily Democrat.
Guests at today's meeting included Joyce Maltese, with husband Chuck, and our host, Woodland Library Services Director Greta Galindo. Roy Holmes introduced his daughter Marjorie Brown. Dick Hoppin introduced his guest, prospective new member, Blair Voelz.
Lori Ross made a presentation to Gary Wegener from the Woodland United Way in recognition of his leadership of Rotary efforts for the Woodland Kids Read program. Dan Stroski was the subject of 'This is Your Life' today. Dan has retired from a career in law enforcement, primarily with the the Yolo County District Attorney's office and the Woodland Police Department. His primary activities these days are as a foreign exchange dad and taking care of his new dog 'Sarge'. His favorite vacation was a week in Tahiti with wife Ginny to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. He doesn't like rude people. Most people don't know Dan is a frustrated rock n roller who likes to play the banjo.
We received a tour of the Library's Square One Maker Space, a nearly 2,000sf room of the Library dedicated to community learning for residents of all ages. The facility has a central design hub with tables and laptop computers, along with five equiped work areas - prototyping area; art & textiles area; wood shop; electronics bench; and digital arts station. Square One has received support from both the Sunrise and Luna Vista Rotary Clubs. The tour was led by Trina Camping, Library Literacy Coordinator and Square One Manager (shown with Marc Faye above). More information about Square One and its class offerings can be seen at:
April 2nd Meeting
Our own Gary Wirth was our program speaker today, giving us a presentation on the 2015 trip he and Meg Wirth took to Antartica. Gary and Meg were actually married on this trip by the captain of the ship.
Clyde Brooker was in the 'This is Your Life' barrel today. Past President Clyde retired as Chief Operating Officer from the Yolo Federal Credit Union not long ago. It is not well known that he led Camp Fire programs during his college days. Clyde enjoys fly fishing and backpacking, but he hasn't done much of that recently. He and wife Krim enjoy traveling. Among his favorite journeys is one where they visited Macchu Picchu in Peru, and sailed through the Amazon River basin, eating piranha along the way. Finally, politics makes him grumpy; 'They're Nuts!.
Guests today included Audre Ullrich with husband Mark, and Meg Wirth came along with husband Gary. Nice to see both of you!
Our Newest Member -
Sponsored by Mahlon Whittle, John Carminati, shown here with his wife Laura, was inducted as the Club's newest member on March 26. John and Laura own and operate All Seasons Paint in Woodland and Davis. The company was founded by John's father, Glenn Carminati, in 1984. Glenn honed his skills as a chemist and a Master Paint Tinter, while working for Desoto Chemical Coatings in Emerville CA. His ultimate ambition was to open his own paint store, and chose Woodland because he loved the area. Glenn had a vision for the growth of Woodland and the surrounding cities - he loved the warmth and openness of the community.
John was born in Oakland and raised in San Lorenzo in the Bay Area. He & Laura arrived in Woodland in 1990 and became owners of All Season's Paint in 1999. They added the Davis store in 2017. All Season's Pain is a Signature Distributor of Benjamin Moore Paint, a Hunter Douglas Gallery, and carries painting accessory products to meet all painting needs. Both store locations sell and service all brands of airless paint sprayers, carrying a vast inventory to meet all service and repair needs in a timely manner. Their staff is pleased to provide color consultations and have the technology to match any colors. They take pride in providing quality, personal service and their commitment to excellence is second to none.
As they celebrate their 35th year of business, John & Laura carry on the legacy of John's father which is to provide quality service and superior products with a hometown feel. John and Laura have two adult sons, one of whom works in their stores. John's personal interests include golf, bike riding and the family enjoys camping. Take a moment to introduce yourself to John sometime soon.
May 7, 2019
Aniek is currently taking signups for Senior BBQ job assignments:
Monday, May 6; 4:30pm - Kitchen Set up & Chicken dipping
Tuesday, May 7; 900am - Cooks
Tuesday, May 7; 11:15am - Servers
Tuesday, May 7; 12:15pm-1:30pm - Cleaners
March 26th Meeting
President Mike Chandler greets our guest speaker today, Mini Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist with the Woodland Police Department. Mini gave us a presentation on the Police Department's services in helping residents and business prevent crime.
One of the topics Mini Garcia discussed was the Woodland Police Department's work to protect against credit card skimming scams. Here is a flyer describing the problem and avoid being a victim.
President Mike Chandler and sponsor Mahlon Whittle welcome new member John Carminati, owner of All Season Paint Co. in Woodland, to the Club following his installation.
With the pot at $153 and 25 cards remaining, Tim Pettit managed to draw a free lunch.
March 19th Meeting
Yolo County County Administrative Officer Patrick Blacklock was our guest speaker today, giving us an update on various County issues and taking questions from the Club. Thank you John Ketelsen for introducing our speaker.
Gary Wegener has become the Yolo County Rotary Beer Booth chairman.
Tom LaBrie was in the 'This is Your Life' spotlight today. Tom was born & raised on a farm in Minnesota. After serving in the Army in Japan Tom & Kay married and raised two children. Tom was the manager of the former Longs Drugs store in Davis for many years. Now retired, Tom enjoys playing golf, reading and irritating Kay. He has enjoyed many tours around the world including ones to Africa and China. His pet peeves include politics and answering questions for This is Your Life. With a new raffle starting Nick Roncoroni managed to draw a free lunch.
Tabb Randolph just returned from a trip to Arizona for some Spring baseball. Marc Faye just returned from time in Kauai, Australia and New Zealand. On March 1st Marc celebrated his 60th anniversary of joining Rotary, within which he has a 'perfect' attendance record. On March 13, Tom Schwarzgruber celebrated the anniversary of his marriage to Gail back in 1993. Kris Kristensen encouraged members to play in Woodland United Way's Annual Golf Tournament at Yocha Dehe on Friday, June 21.
Ken Nordgren took the helm on Recognition today, asking the question what was your best Spring Break experience. All-work-and-no-play Tony Delevati could only remember working for his dad who was a contractor. Don Huff III drove a car to Mazatlan, Mexico and got sick while returning back to the United States on a train. Dan Stroski got an unexpected trip to the Phillipines for a week.
Lori Ross introduced her guest today, Gerad Borrego with the United Way California Capital Region. Visiting Rotarian Babs Sandeen (West Sacramento AM) also joined us today.
May 7, 2019
March 12th Meeting
Cass Sylvia and Craig Reynolds, married & members of the Luna Vista Rotary Club, were our guest speakers today giving us a presentation on Project Amigo, as well as a little lesson on how tequilla is made! In existence since 1984, and a 501 (c) 3 non-profit since 1996, Project Amigo provides scholarships, material support, activities, and health services to disadvantaged youth in the State of Colima, Mexico. For more information visit their website at https://www.projectamigo.org/ Thank you to Barbara Sonin for introducing our speakers.
While still waiting for some figures, President-elect Tony Delevati announced he expects net proceeds from the 2019 Dinner Auction to total more than $34,000.
We were joined today by visiting Rotarians Babs Sandeen (West Sacramento AM) and Nick Ponticello (Sunrise). Peter Holmes introduced his guest and prospective new member, John Carminati.
President Mike Chandler gave us an extended report about Club budget issues which the Board of Directors are discussing. Then he did something about it. He won the raffle prize by drawing the joker and donated his winnings to the Club! Service Above Self!
Roger & Judy Kohlmeier
Honored by Woodland Healthcare Foundation
The Woodland Healthcare Foundation recently recognized Roger and Judy Kohlmeier with the Philanthropy Award for their leadership and generosity.
March 5th Meeting
Gary Strong, President & CEO, American Red Cross Gold Country Region, was our guest speaker today giving us an overview of the organization and its services. Red Cross provides disaster relief, blood donation, preparedness, international, and assistance to the military services across the nation. The Gold Country Region covers 22 California counties with 35 employees and over 2,000 volunteers. Thank you Jim Nolan for introducing our speaker.
President Mike Chandler reported the Rotary Club of Woodland was recently named as a member of the Fairchild Society of the Woodland Healthcare Foundation in recognition of our Club's financial contributions to the Foundation.
President Mike says the California Honey Festival has asked if any of our members would volunteer to help at their event Saturday, May 4, in downtown Woodland. If you have any interest contact Mike to volunteer.
Dan Stroski took the Recognition helm today, reporting that he recently went to Disneyland with a bad case of planter fasciitis. So he decided to take it out on a few members with questions about Disneyland. Seth Wurzel, Mahlon Whittle, Mark Ullrich, Peter Holmes, Bob Nakken and Alan Flory were among his victims. Don Huff III just wants to go back to Tahoe to do more snow blowing.
Laura and John Carminati of All Season Paint Co. were Mahlon Whittle's guests today. John Ketelsen was fined for not wearing his badge. Jim Taylor is still thinking about the Disneyland question he was asked!
Gary Wegener celebrated his birthday on March 4 (1948; Detroit). With 23 cards in the deck and $406 in the pot, Don Huff Jr drew a free lunch.
February 26th Meeting
Kara Hunter, Executive Director of the Yolo Conflict Resolution Center, was our guest speaker today giving us a presentation on mediation services provided by the Center through trained volunteers for individuals in dispute situations such as marital & neighbor conflicts, landlord tenant disputes, etc. Thank you Lori Ross for arranging and introducing this program.
Bob Nakken was in the 'This is Your Life' spotlight today. Bob shared a fact about himself we may not have known: he worked as a maintenance person for the Woodland School District for two summers during his college years. He was the first person to rototil the athletic fields, other than the then new football field at Woodland High. His biggest challenge was staying awake on the tractor going row after row. He was also co-valedictorian of the Woodland High Class of 1970. He also gets annoyed when his dog smells gopher holes while on walks with Bob in the parks. Don't you just hate that when that happens!!!
Foundation Chair Tom Schwarzgruber announced that President Mike Chandler has donated $500 to the Rotary Foundation and another $500 to our Woodland Rotary Foundation, all from his raffle jackpot winnings on January 29th.
2019 Dinner Auction
President-elect Tony Delevati reports that final tabulations from the Dinner Auction are still being made, but he believes the Endowment will have net proceeds in excess of $34,000 from the event.
The first couple, President-elect Tony Delevati and his wife Margie.
The Rotary Club of Woodland extends its thanks to the following sponsors who helped make this event successful:
Event Sponsor ($2500)
Table Wine & Wine Tasting - Matchbook Wine Co.
John & Lane Giguiere
Dignity Health - Kevin Vaziri
Brian Lin, DDS
Roger Kohlmeier, Mahlon Whittle & Steve Venables
River City Bank - Patrick Imbach
Wraith, Scarlett & Randolph Insurance Services Inc.
First Northern Bank - Vicki Faye
Yolo Federal Credit Union - Janee Rawlings
Tri Counties Bank
Edward Jones - Craig Miyamoto & Kevin Haarberg
Ullrich Delevati CPAs - Mark Ullrich & Tony Delevati
Valley Ag Loans - Peter Holmes
Gardner, Janes, Nakken & Jim Nolan
Scott & Sheila Johnston
Sonin Law Firm - Barbara Sonin
Tom & Kay LaBrie
Teichert Materials - Jason Smith
The Club also extends its thanks to the following donors to our Oral & Silent Auctions and Lucky Draw:
Anthony Roberts,Yocha Dehe Winton Nation
Meg & Gary Wirth
Blue Note Brewery
El Macero Country Club & David Janes
Dan Holmes Photography
Don Huff III & Dave Molinaro
Family Vineyard & Shawn Seyk
Bogle Vineyards &
Gardner, Janes, Nakken, Hugo & Nolan
First Northern Bank
Ken Nordgren & Diana Harvey
Joyce & Chuck Maltese
Jim & Barbara Nolan
Nugget Market & Laurie Ruiz
Nancy & Tabb Randolph
Perry Bunch and Johnston
Art & Lori Ross
True Value Distribution
Mark & Audre Ullrich
John & Lane Giguiere, Matchbook Wines
Ullrich Delevati CPAs
Yolo Ice & Creamery
Wild Wings Golf Course
Woodland Opera House
Yolo Fliers Club
Winner's Choice Raffle Winner:
February 19th Meeting
One of our newest members, Lacey Hilliard, was our program speaker today. She told us about F.I.R.E. First In, Relief for Evacuees Foundation, a non-profit organization she formed in Woodland in 2015. Lacey is the founder and President. It is an inspiring story of service and adapting the mission to provide the best service possible to victims of disasters in our region. Most of Lacey's Board of Directors attended today's meeting. F.I.R.E. is one of the designated beneficiaries of the Club's 2019 Dinner Auction.
We got to know Roger Kohlmeier a little bit better...again...as President Mike called on him for This is Your Life. Roger's most recent occupation was as a banker. He doesn't much like the nickname 'Butch' which his family gave him. His favorite vacation was a 5 week journey to New Zealand. Don't ask Roger Kohlmeier to do This is Your Life again anytime soon!
During today's Recognition Laurie Ruiz paid for the recent news story that Nugget Markets was named by Fortune Magazine as one of the 100 Best Places to Work for the 14th year in a row! Tom LaBrie shared that he got engaged to Kay on Valentine's Day 55 years ago. Kevin & Lorie Haarberg enjoyed a quick trip to Palm Springs and witnessed ducks floating in sand bunkers there. Jim Nolan got wife Barbara a box of chocolates for Valentine's Day. Dan Stroski thinks the Woodland Clinic staff could use some ginko biloba since they ask for his date of birth so often.
More stories from Valentine's Day... David Janes said he and wife Judy rehearsed his oral arguments for the Oroville Dam trial on Valentine's Day evening. Nick Roncoroni stayed home on Valentine's Day evening so his wife Ellen could play Bunco. With the pot at $352 PDG Karl Diekman drew a free lunch.
2019 Dinner Auction Update
President-elect Tony Delevati outlined plans for the 2019 Dinner Auction coming up Saturday, February 23, at the Heidrick Ag Museum beginning at 5:30pm.
Dinner Auction Proceeds will benefit:
F.I.R.E. (First in, Fire Relief for Evacuees) to acquire necessary equipment for a mobile shower unit; http://www.firstinrelief.com/
NorCal Trykers to acquire 10 special needs tricycles for local children; https://norcaltrykers.com/, and
Woodland United Way to support the Woodland 'Imagination Library' book program; http://www.woodlandunitedway.org/
Donations are currently being solicited for the Silent Auction/Lucky Draw (Nick Roncoroni, Coordinator), Oral Auction (Scott Johnston, Coordinator) and Sponsorships (Mark Ullrich, Coordinator). All members are asked to make requests for these donations.
Barrel of Wine - Bring in a bottle of good quality wine (red or white) to a Club meeting. The Barrel of Wine will be an oral auction item.
Dinner tickets are being distributed to members at back table
during regular meetings.
Dan Stroski (Raffle Sales Coordinator) is distributing raffle tickets.
Each member is expected to sell at least two tickets.
Camp Fire - Paradise Relief Report
On February 15, 2019 members of the Rotary Club of Woodland and the Woodland Rotary Endowment completed the submittal of a combined contribution of $7,325 to the Paradise Rotary Foundation to aid victims of the Camp Fire which destroyed Paradise CA, a community of 27,000 people, early last November. This amount includes $4,825 in personal contributions from members. View cover letter.
This contribution is in addition to $5,050 contributed by Club members and the Endowment last Fall to the Shasta Regional Community Foundation to aid victims of the Carr Fire which devastated Redding last July.
February 12th Meeting
Our own Past President Kevin Haarberg was today's program speaker, giving us a look at his October 2018 trip with wife Lorie to Tanzania, Africa. It was Kevin's third visit and Lorie's first. They toured Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and Serengeti National Park.
President-elect Tony Delevati gave us an update on the Dinner Auction, now just 11 days away. He urged us to sell raffle tickets, get people to attend the event, and bring a bottle of wine to our next meeting as a donation for the Barrel of Wine auction item. Get your raffle tickets from Dan Stroski and return payments and completed ticket stubs to him.
Aniek Ramsay was the focus of This is Your Life today. We learned that Aniek is the Vice President and Branch Manager of the Van Beurden Insurance Services office in Woodland. Her mother was born in a Japanese concentration camp during WWII. Aaked about hobbies, Aniek has three grown children (they're hobbies right???), likes to hike and ride bicycles. Aniek's fiancee, Curtis, who gave her a recumbent bike for Christmas, likes to drink beer and they enjoy visiting a brewery now and then. Her pet peeve is 'people who see the glass as half empty'.
Les Engelmann had a birthday on February 8 (1946 in Joliet Ill). George and Janet Burger celebrate their wedding anniversary on Feb 14 'Valentines Day' (1986 in Woodland). Tabb and Nancy Randolph also celebrate a wedding anniversary on Feb 14 (1987 in Mt Vernon WA).
Gary Bunch, filling in once again, took the helm on Recognition. Don Huff III can't wait to get back to South Lake Tahoe to operate his snow blower some more. Kevin Vaziri is 'feeling great'. Chuck Maltese was a temporary Rams fan since he placed a $50 bet at 8-1 odds last June that the Rams would win the 2019 Super Bowl. Aw shucks!
With the pot at $325 and 26 cards in the deck, Clancy Duppong got himself a free lunch today.
February 5th Meeting
Ken Hiatt, City of Woodland Assistant City Manager/Community & Economic Development Director, was our guest speaker today, providing us with a review of various projects and programs happening in our community.
View Ken Hiatt's visual presentation.
Shawn Seyk was the subject of today's This is Your Life. Shawn is a business consultant helping with valuations & financing. His high school football team famously beat Bay Area powerhouse De La Salle HS. Shawn spent 13 years in the music industry. His hobbies include fishing and backpacking. He has backpacked the 42 mile trail between Mammoth & Yosemite. His favorite vacation was to the Czech Republic. His pet peeve is people leaving the cap off a tube of toothpaste.
Jason Smith didn't know the right stuff in Recognition. Brian Lin's eight year old son is a car enthusiast. President-elect Tony Delevati gave us an update on the Dinner Auction.
Chuck Maltese is looking for signups for the May 1st Mystery Golf Trip.
Peter & Chris Holmes will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary Feb 11.
Kevin Haarberg drew yet another free lunch.
January 29th Meeting
Our own President-elect Tony Delevati was today's program speaker, providing us with a review of the structure, purpose and finances of the Woodland Rotary Endowment. A past Club & Endowment Treasurer for 15 years and a current Endowment Board member Tony has a lot of understanding about the Endowment. Click here to view Tony's visual presentation.
Dr. Jim McGibbon was the subject of 'This is Your Life' today. An OBGYN by profession, Jim retired in 2002 after practicing many years at the Woodland Clinic (he's delivered many young people we know!!). Born in Canada, one thing most don't know about Jim is that he spent time in France in 1960-61 teaching english to French boys. Aside from golf, Jim enjoyes cooking, gardening, reading and traveling. He has had too many good trips to identify one favorite, but he and wife Susie particularly enjoy staying at B&Bs to meet local people. His pet peeve is that 'there are too many Democrats'.
Jim also shared that he recently volunteered at the overnight homeless shelter at St Lukes. Six women and 3 children were provided cots and snacks. Jim thought the experience was safe and without problems.
Mild-manned Chuck Maltese took the helm of Recognition today. Don Huff III was happy a less-than-productive duck season finally ended. Gary Wegener was fined for losing the raffle tickets he bought today, just seconds after buying them (like any past President would!!).
Dan Stroski has Dinner Auction raffle tickets for sale. He's asking each member to get at least two tickets sold. See Dan to get your tickets! Mark Ullrich says efforts to secure sponsorships for the Dinner Auction are going well.
Mark Ullrich introduced his guest today, Dean Baldwin of Tri Counties Bank. A week after the big raffle prize was won, Jennifer Ward could only draw a free lunch.
January 22nd Meeting
Yolo Superior Court Judge Steven Basha, retired, was our guest speaker today gave us a presentation on the local juvenile justice court system entitled 'Dependency, Delinquency and the Community'. Thank you Lori Ross for arranging and introducing this interesting program.
Barbara Sonin was the subject of 'This is Your Life' today. Barbara is an attorney working mostly in estate planning. She is originally from Texas and lived awhile in New York City in her early days. She has spent 30 years in Yolo County and has a passion for gardening. Her favorite vacation was an unstructured trip to Europe for a month; spending time in Greece, but also going to Istanbul, Turkey which she really enjoyed. Her pet peeve is with people who refuse to think even when they have the intellect to do so.
With the pot at $1047 and only the joker left, President Mike Chandler won the pot!
PDG Karl Diekman led Recognition today with questions about Rotary Foundation Day and various other matters. Ken Nordgren, Mark Werum and Bob Moeller were among Karl's victims.
Guests today including Bonnie Christen (President Mike Chandler's daughter), and Terry East, so-owner Davis East Consulting, a guest of Lori Ross. Visiting Rotarian Craig Stevenson (South Sacramento) joined us today.
Our Newest Member
- John Ketelsen
Sponsored by Jim Taylor, John Ketelsen was inducted as the Club's newest member on November 27, 2018. John was born and raised on a dairy in Santa Rosa CA. He was an FFA American Farmer and student body president at Santa Rosa HS. He received his Bachelors degree in economics from CSU Sacramento, and later a Juris Doctorate from UC Hastings College. John worked in both the public and private sectors during an extensive career. Initially he provided legal and/or managerial services in the public sector with Yolo County, City of Sacramento, and the Sacramento Regional Transit District. Later, he assisted Alameda, Lassen, and Colusa Counties. In private practice John did work in Lemon Law, Real Estate, Redevelopment, Land Use, Public Sector Labor and Municipal Law. He was also hired by Siemens, the German conglomerate, to function as the General Manager of a factory manufacturing Light Rail car shells. He retired in 2014.
John has a son and daughter, as well as three grandchildren. A former Rotarian in Susanville CA, John likes to backpack, ski, wind surf, sail, scuba dive and wood working. Please introduce yourself to John sometime soon.
Don McNary 96th -
Our most senior member, Don McNary, turned 96 years young January 17th and his fellow Woodland Rotarians Lori Ross, Peter Holmes, (daughter) Jane O'Meara and Gary Wegener helped him celebrate with a birthday cake from the Club.
January 15th Meeting
Our guest speakers today were Derek Macias and Kayla Kidwell, who shared with us their experiences as young adults with developmental difficulties who recently moved out of their family homes in order to live independently. Derek's mother, Lori Ross introduced him while Lily Tafoya Kidwell (left side in the lower picture) introduced her daughter Kayla. Diana Ross (right side in lower picture) is Lori Ross' mother in law.
A good crowd on hand today. The back table was in full operation. Gary Bunch, Carl Rodegerdts, Aniek Ramsay and Alan Flory quietly keep away from the limelight, but they get their jobs done!
We welcomed Kevin Vaziri back after a long absence. Kevin Haarberg took the Recognition helm today and asked questions from the book 'Factfullness' by Hans Rosling.
President Mike Chandler introduced his guest today, daughter, Bonnie Christen. Jennifer Ward was happy about the birth of her brother's daughter Lilly following a prolonged labor & C-section. Jennifer also announced that the Club will soon roll out a corporate membership option. She asked that members think of businesses that they believe might be a good addition to the Club. Karl Diekman was happy about taking a couple of trips to Europe recently, and on seeing Kevin Haarberg most mornings while Karl is out getting coffee.
Christian Sherrill was happy about the front row treatment he and his kids got at a recent Harlem Globetrotters game. Les Engelmann was thanked for doing Meals on Wheels today. Lacey Hilliard happily announced she was been medically cleared to walk unaided!
It is with great sadness we report on today’s raffle results. With the pot at $982 and only TWO cards remaining, Steve Venables managed to draw a free lunch! We are only happy that no photographic evidence of Steve’s agony exists.
Keep Steve in your prayers…and buy a lot of tickets next week!!!
January 8th Meeting
Bob Deering, PDG District 5180, was our guest speaker to kickoff the New Year. Bob gave us a presentation on District 5180's Global Grant Project to combat Human Trafficking in the greater Sacramento region.
It was 'This is Your Life' for Tabb Randolph today. Aside from being the Club's President-nominee (to serve as Club President in 2020-21), Tabb is in the commercial insurance business, as well as an instrument rated private pilot. He enjoys golf, skiing, hiking and flying. Next month he and his wife Nancy will celebrate 32 years of marriage. They have two children: Ryan (26) and Paige (21). He extended an apology to the Club in advance for his upcoming presidency.
With lots of money in the pot and only three cards remaining, Laurie Ruiz managed to draw a free lunch. Gary Bunch took the reins on Recognition today. Peter Holmes celebrated his birthday on Jan 6th. He was born in Fresno, 'home of high speed rail' in 1960. Kris Kristensen celebrated his birthday on Dec 21; born in Ross (Marin County) in 1950.
Visiting Rotarians today included John Martin (Sunrise) and Assistant DG, Duane Ewing (Luna Vista). Mark Ullrich brought along Dean Baldwin, Regional VP, Tri-Counties Bank, as his guest.
Happy New Rotary Year!
Rotary International's Float in the 2019 Rose Parade.
December 18th Meeting
Dennis Brown, Senior Chief of Aviation for CAL FIRE (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) was our guest speaker today, providing us with an overview of the equipment, personnel and strategy used by CAL FIRE to assist firefighters on the ground battle wildfires. Thank you David Janes for arranging and introducing this fascinating program.
Veronica Tejeda was presented with a tip totalling $635 from the members today by President Mike Chandler who thanked Vero for her dedicated service. She thanked the Club and said the money will come in handy for her wedding coming up in a couple of months.
Gary Wegener distributed this flyer which explains the recommendation Sunrise Rotarian Gary Holman has for men to get checked regularly for prostate cancer.
Several birthdays this time. Jim Taylor turned 87 on December 13 (1931) and 'rang the bell'; Clancy Duppong turned 82 on December 12 (1936); and Christian Sherrill turned 42 on December 13 (1976).
Frank Gardner paid $70 in $10 bills for the early warning on his 70th wedding anniversary coming up December 19th. Frank and Shirley were married in 1948 in Reno NV. Mark and Sherry Werum will celebrate their wedding anniversary on December 23 (1972).
Gary Wirth (or is it Worth???) was the subject of today's 'This is Your Life'. Gary is an accomplished architect, hiker, golfer, photographer and traveler. He also has some definate opinions on uses of the words 'rainbow' and 'progressive'. Go ahead, ask him! In his first official fine as a new member John Ketelsen told us his usual Christmas story. It was nice to see Roger Kohlmeier back after an absence, feeling 'fine' and 'on his feet'.
With the pot at $894 and only 4 cards left, Scott Johnston managed to draw a free lunch. Is a joker really in there??? Former Club member Scott Carson joined us today.
December 11th Meeting
Our guest speaker today was Amy Wolfe, President and CEO of AgSafe, a nationwide non-profit organization dedicated to 'help farmers keep farming'. Based in Modesto, AgSafe provides education and training services in areas of worker safety, pesticide safety, food safety and human relations/labor relations. Amy is also a Rotarian in the Modesto Club. Thank you Lori Ross for arranging this interesting program.
President Mike Chandler thanked Gary Wegener and Dan Stroski for their leadership on the Playground Project. Frank Gardner took the accolades a step higher by presenting Gary with a 'Project Manager of the Year' trophy. Later, Gary would 'ring the bell' as a thank you to the Club for its help on the Playground.
President-elect Tony Delevati says he is contacting members to discuss specific assignments for the Club's Dinner Auction on February 23, 2019. We got to know Lori Ross a little better today. Lori is the Executive Director of Woodland United Way, and recently enjoyed a trip to Hawaii.
Foundation Chair Tom Schwarzgruber presented Frank Gardner his Paul Harris +1 pin in recognition of his financial contributions to the Rotary Foundation.
In leading Recognition today, Jim McGibbon asked for stories about our most unusual Christmas experience. He volunteered a Christmas he spent ill with the mumps in Brittany, France, which led soon after to a surprise skiing trip. After being happy about a recent, successful hunting trip, Don Huff III told a story about when his son came home from Iraq. In 1945 Roy Holmes and his brother returned home from the war at Christmas. Steve Venables was home sick as a child one Christmas and got a visit from Santa Claus.
In 1972 while in Navy Boot Camp, Mark Werum got married on December 23rd, then returned to camp. Gary Wegener spent a Christmas Eve on Waikiki beach prior to being stationed by the Navy in Hawaii. Dan Stroski had a big family Christmas holiday in Cancun in 2007. Ken Nordgren was born on December 9, 1965 in Napa CA.
With the pot at $858 and only five cards remaining, Mahlon Whittle managed to draw a free lunch. Can't you just feel his joy! Rotarian Gary Walgenbach (Davis Noon) visited us today.
Camp Fire - Paradise Relief
Once again wildfire has ravaged the northern region of our own Rotary District 5160. The Camp Fire destroyed Paradise CA, a community of 27,000 people, in early November. The Woodland Rotary Endowment has pledged to match contributions made by our members to aid victims of the Camp Fire.
President Mike Chandler announced at the November 27th meeting that Club members have submitted contributions in excess of $4000. Contributions will be sent by our Endowment, along with a matching amount to be determined, to the Paradise Rotary Foundation as recommended by District 5160.
For more information contact Club President Mike Chandler.
Playground Project -
The Club's work to build a new playground in front of the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency 'Herbert Bauer Building' at 137 N. Cottonwood Street has been completed. The Club, with financial support from the other nine Yolo County Rotary clubs, Rotary District 5160, Matt & Jenn Rexroad, and county employee contributions through Woodland United Way, completed construction of the facility. It is designed to support families with children receiving services at the Bauer building, as well as the general public. By using a community build approach with Rotarians augmented after work hours by county employees and other volunteers, and donated services from Laugenour & Mickle Civil Engineers, Kimzey Welding, and Amos Metz, the Club was able to double the size of the play structure within the available $42k budget.
The project was led by coordinators Gary Wegener and Dan Stroski with several Club members participating. Their work is a credit to the entire Club.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held December 6th to open the facility for use. Gary Wegener is pictured in the ribbon cutting above with fellow Rotarian Lori Ross, representing Woodland United Way, and Karen Larsen, Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency Director.
December 4th Meeting -
We enjoyed a wonderful performance by the Douglass Middle School Jazz Band and Choir, under the direction of Luiz Coehlo, Director of Music, at our meeting today. Both the band and choir performed a wide range of selections including several holiday favorites.
Mr. Coehlo mentioned four groups of Douglass school students (Concert Band, Choir, String Orchestra and Jazz Band) have been invited to travel to Disneyland May 16-19, 2019 to perform, do a workshop with professional musicians, and record some music to some Disney movies. The cost per student is $750 and the school hopes to help 100 students make the trip. The Middle Schools of Woodland Music Boosters, a local non-profit 501(c)3 organization, is conducting a fundraising effort to support the venture. Contributions can be made to 'Middle Schools of Woodland Music Boosters' (notation 'Douglass Music Dept') by mail at P.O. Box 853, Woodland CA 95776. For more information contact Michele Mitchell at Middle School Boosters (firstname.lastname@example.org ), or Luiz Coehlo at 530 666-2191 ex.2169.
The Holiday program brought out several spouses today. Among them were Shirley Gardner (Frank), Gail Engelmann (Les), Kaye LaBrie (Tom), Mary Jo Holmes (Roy), Susie McGibbon (Jim), and Kathy Kristensen (Kris). Gerda Faye (Marc) was also with us.
New member John Ketelsen received his Club badge today, as soon as President Mike Chandler dug it out of his pocket! Immediate Past President Peter Holmes conducted the election of Club officers effective July 2019. By a unanimous vote,Tabb Randolph will be President-elect (serving as Club President 2020-21), and Jason Smith, Jim McGibbon and Jim Nolan will serve two years terms (2019-21) on the Board of Directors. Congratulations!!!
Coordinators Gary Wegener and Dan Stroski reported that the Club's work on the playground structure in front of the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency 'Herbert Bauer Building' has been completed. They thanked the many Club members who volunteered several hours of effort to the project completed. They urged members to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony at the site at Noon, Thursday, December 6th to see the results and enjoy a hot dog.
November 27th Meeting
Our PDG Karl Diekman, who also serves as District 5160 Foundation Chair, was our program speaker today. He gave us a presentation on the extensive international travel he does annually on behalf of Rotary. As he reminded us, Rotary does not reimburse his travel expenses on these journeys. The pictures above are from (top to bottom) Kenya (with the Kenya Smiles Project), Nicaragua (with the Cervical Cancer Screening Project), India (for National Immunization Day) and Livingston, Zambia (for the Dictionary Project our Club supported).
After a little problem with the introduction, President Mike Chandler inducted John Ketelsen as the Club's newest member today. John was sponsored by Jim Taylor. Welcome John!
Mahlon Whittle was the subject of 'This is Your Life' today. Roy Holmes 'rang the bell' in announcing he will be 93 years old November 28th; and on December 11th Roy and wife Mary will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary!
Immediate Past President Peter Holmes placed in nomination the names of Club officers proposed by the Nominating Committee (i.e. the Club's Past Presidents) for terms starting July 2019. They were developed by the Committee at a meeting held at Peter's house the night before. Tabb Randolph was nominated for President-elect (serving as President 2020-21). Above is a picture of Tabb with the assembled Curmugeons last night showing how excited he is about the idea! Jason Smith, Jim McGibbon and Jim Nolan were nominated for two year terms on the Club's Board of Directors. The election of Club officers will take place at next week's Club meeting.
Lacey Hilliard, joined guest/husband Josh, was happy to make two donations, one from the F.I.R.E Foundation and the other personal, toward the Endowment's efforts to aid victims of the Camp Fire.
Shawn Seyk was thanked for working Meals on Wheels today. David Janes led today's 'fine fest'. Jane O'Meara was happy the folks who had purchased a stay at her family's Lake Tahoe cabin at this year's Dinner Auction enjoyed using the place recently. With the pot at $818 and only six cards remaining, Carl Rodegerdts managed to draw a free lunch.
Jennifer Ward was grateful that, following a few scares/hospital visits, her husband Jed has received a clean bill of health. Dan Stroski enjoyed time with family in Chicago over Thanksgiving. Don Huff III was happy he's completed his Bobcat operator service on the Club's Playground Project, and recently found out he is going to be a grandfather. Chuck Maltese was amazed at the number of beverage containers he had to recycle when his family from the Mid West came to visit he & Joyce this Thanksgiving.
We enjoyed having visiting Rotarians Amy Busch (West Sacramento) and John Martin (Sunrise) with us today.
Camp Fire - Paradise Relief
Once again wildfire has ravaged the northern region of our own Rotary District 5160. The Camp Fire destroyed Paradise CA, a community of 27,000 people, earlier this month. The Woodland Rotary Endowment will match contributions made by our members to aid victims of the Camp Fire.
Get your contributions (check’s payable to ‘Woodland Rotary Endowment’) and our Endowment will send that amount along with a match to the Paradise Rotary Foundation as recommended by District 5160.
For more information contact Club President Mike Chandler.
At its November 20, 2018 meeting the Club decided it will use net proceeds from the Club's 2019 Dinner Auction to fund the following community projects:
This decision was made following a recommendation made by the Club Board and Endowment Board 2x2 Committee consisting of Laurie Ruiz & Nick Roncoroni (Club Board) and Ken Nordgren & Tom Schwarzgruber (Endowment Board) who reviewed eleven requests for funding received from various organizations.
November 20th Meeting -
District Governor's Visit
District 5160 Governor, 2018-19, Jon Dwyer, along with wife Bonnie, made his official visitation to the Club today. After meeting with the Club's Board of Directors prior the Club's regular meeting, DG Jon congratulated our Club on all of its various activities, shared the District's efforts in response to the recent Camp Fire in Paradise, discussed some of the other District grants underway, and outlined plans for the District's annual conference with three other neighboring Rotary districts coming up next May in Reno.
John Waterman, a member of the Rotary Club of Paradise, visited us today. Having lost both his home and business in the Camp Fire, he explained how the Paradise Club is still meeting and working to help their community respond to the tragedy. They are working with Rotary Clubs from Sonoma County to learn from the experiences those clubs had in responding to the devasting fires in Santa Rosa in 2017. Their primary focus is raising funds for the Paradise Rotary Foundation.
Scott Johnston took the Recognition helm today, initially fining all 'turkeys' in the room and then offering some Thanksgiving trivia. Bob Nakken enjoyed the Sac State/UC Davis football game despite the final score. Mark Ullrich fessed up to reaching age 69 earlier this month.
Lori Ross was particularly happy about the support she and United Way are receiving from Rotary. Dick Hoppin was happy the Big Game between Cal & Stanford was postponed. Les Engelmann was just a little off the date of the first Thanksgiving to be held.
The Club is building a new playground at the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency building at 137 N. Cottonwood Street. Concrete (2.5 yards) was poured November 17 to secure the playground structure's footings. Participating were Coordinators Gary Wegener and Dan Stroski along with President Mike Chandler, Tabb Randolph (Birthday Boy!), Don Huff III, Tom Schwarzgruber and Kris Kristensen.
November 13th Meeting
Tessa Smith, Family Partner and Outreach Specialist, and Anthony Taula-Lieras, Mental Health Services Act Project Coordinator, both with the Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency were our guest speakers today, giving us a report on how Yolo County uses the funds it receives under the Mental Health Services Act approved by voters in 2004.
Immediate Past President Peter Holmes explained the effort to create a George Berrettoni Scholarship and invited interested members to let him know and how to make a contribution. Peter also explained the Club's President and Board of Directors nomination process which is about to get underway.
We got to know George Burger a little better today.
Dona Mast - Rest in Peace
We are saddened by the news that former Club President Dona Mast passed away, Saturday, November 10, 2018 after a long illness. Originally from Yukon Oklahoma, Dona had been a member since 2000 and served as Club President in 2011-12. She and husband Cowles, a Sunrise Rotarian, were farmers in the Esparto area.
In lieu of flowers
donations in her memory
can be made to:
Woodland Healthcare Foundation
The Club is building a new playground at the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency building at 137 N. Cottonwood Street. On November 8, Don Huff III, Gary
Wegener (coordinator), Dan Stroski and Kris Kristensen augered and dug out fence post holes around the site.
November 6th Meeting
Retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Jeremiah Pauley was our guest speaker today, giving us an inspirational presentation on his experiences in the War in Iraq, overcoming life threatening injury and Post Traumatic Stress to become involved in the Wounded Warrior Project.
Mark Werum led Recognition today with a series of sports trivia questions in memory of George Berrettoni. Kevin Haarberg and wife Lorie just returned from an African safari in Tanzania. Tabb Randolp just returned from a great trip to Italy. Steve Venables got us ready to participate in this Saturday's WWI Commemoration Parade.
Scott Johnston celebrated his 65th birthday last month in Arizona. Jim McGibbon was please with the way wounded veteran and Congressional candidate Dan Crenshaw handled Saturday Night Live's ridicule by asking for donations to veteran's charities rather than an apology. Frank Gardner expressed gratitude for those that served in the military, acknowledging he and his family had not had to make such a sacrifice.
Don Huff III enjoyed a birthday and a successful hunting trip recently. Lori Ross had a great anniversary last month and is planning on a trip to Hawaii.
Prospective new member John Ketelsen, guest of Jim Taylor, joined us again today.
October 30th Meeting
We were privileged to have Karen Ross, Secretary of California’s Department of Food & Agriculture, as our guest speaker today. In what is likely the first time our Club has hosted a member of the Governor’s cabinet, Karen discussed a wide range of topics in her presentation on the current changes and challenges facing the nation’s largest agricultural producing state. Thanks to Peter Holmes for arranging this interesting and thought provoking program.
We were honored to have Richard Rominger of Winters join us today. Richard previously served as Secretary of California's Department of Food & Agriculture for Governor Jerry Brown (1977-82), and served as Deputy Secretary and chief operating officer of the U.S. Department of Agriculture for President Clinton (1993-01). Other guests included prospective new member John Ketelsen (guest of Jim Taylor), and Frank Muller (guest of Roy Holmes). Frank managed to draw a free lunch from the raffle.
President Mike presented our newest member Lacey Hilliard with her Club badge today.
Though their pipes may be rusty, Jim McGibbon, Marc Faye, Steve Venables, Mark Werum and Clancy Duppong managed to get us going on Rotary Grace today.
October 23rd Meeting
Diane Ortiz, Deputy District Attorney with the Yolo County DA's office, was our guest speaker today presenting an overview of recent high profile cases and related changes in the law which the DA's office has been dealing with.
President Mike urges Club members to make contributions to Rotary International's Polio Plus Program in recognition of Rotary's continuing efforts to eradicate the disease worldwide. Bring in checks made out to the 'Rotary Foundation' at next week's meeting.
Mike also reported that Yolo County is requesting assistance by all three Woodland Rotary Clubs to help staff temporary shelters for the homeless to be set up locally this winter. Up to 25 volunteers will be required. More details still to come.
Jim Nolan took the lead on Recognition today. Tom Schwarzgruber fessed to his October 11th birthday. Bob & Gaye Nakken enjoyed their 40th wedding anniversary. And Mark Ullrich said he and Audre recently celebrated their anniversary as well.
Mark Werum celebrated his birthday on October 12. Chuck Maltese, Tim Pettit, Tom LaBrie as well Dick Hoppin and Kris Kristensen (who also paid, but were not pictured) and their wives enjoyed a recent tour of Germany together.
Jim McGibbon presented President Mike with the banner of the Westmont Rotary Club, from Montreal, Canada. He and wife Susie traveled there recently to attend the 50th reunion of Jim's medical school class. During the trip they attended a meeting of that club and exchanged banners with them. Gary Wegener is looking for volunteers to help with the Playground Project. Laurie Ruiz drew a free lunch with just 11 cards left in the deck. Visiting Rotarian Craig Stevenson (South Sacramento) joined us again today.
October 16th Meeting
Our meeting today was well attended to hear a panel discussion about Homelessness in Wooodland. Lori Ross introduced the panel members: (from left) Sandra Sigrist, LCSW, Clinical Program Manager, Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency; Doug Zeck, Executive Director, Fourth and Hope; Kristen Cline, Social Services Manager, City of Woodland; Michelle Kellogg, Executive Director, Yolo Community Care Continuum; and Tony Linch, RN, Director of Care Coordination, Dignity Health.
For answers to frequently asked questions about the City of Woodland's response to homelessness, visit http://www.cityofwoodland.org/Search?searchPhrase=homeless%20faq
Today's visiting Rotarians included Sarah del Rosario (Sunrise), Vicki Faye (Sunrise), Larry Peterson (Sunrise), Christi Skibbins (Sunrise), Brad Miller (Sunrise), Cass Sylvia (Luna Vista), Duane Ewing (Luna Vista), Raylene Ewing (Luna Vista), and Tom Richardson (Luna Vista). Sarah del Rosario won a free lunch in the raffle. Also attending but not pictured was Gary Walgenbach (Davis Noon).
The Club is building a new playground at the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency building at 137 N. Cottonwood Street. Coordinators Gary Wegener and Dan Stroski along with volunteers Marc Faye, Don Huff III and others are making progress.
More volunteers are needed!
World War I
Steve Venables is looking for at least 15 volunteers from our Club to help with setup and other event coordination. Please contact Steve if you can help.
George Berrettoni - Rest in Peace
The Rotary Club of Woodland lost a beloved member Friday, September 20, 2018. George Berrettoni joined the Club in 1976 and served as Club President in 1997-98.
A Memorial Mass for George will take place at 10am, Friday, November 3, 2018 at Holy Rosary Church. A reception celebrating his life will follow from Noon-3pm at the Heidrick Ag Museum.
View obituary in Daily Democrat
October 9th Meeting
Sunrise Rotarian Tom Wendt, owner of Amana Essential of Woodland, was our guest speaker today and presented a program on 'Ancient to Modern Alternatives in Healing'.
We enjoyed having visiting Rotarian Ute Turner (Luna Vista) with us today. With Mike Chandler away, Immediate Past President Peter Holmes took the lead on today's meeting.
Kevin Haarberg took the lead on today's Recognition and promptly fined Marc Faye, Steve Venables, and Clancy Duppong for a below-standard leading of Rotary Grace. Mark Ullrich enjoyed a dinner at the home of Gary & Meg Wirth recently (acquired at the Rotary Auction).
It just wasn't Kevin Haarberg's day today. He earned yet another free lunch.
October 2nd Meeting
Today's guest speaker was Tom Pritchard, Woodland Joint Unified School District Superintendent who gave us an update on various District activities including Measure O on the November 6th ballot. Thanks to Barbara Sonin for introducing the program.
Lacey Hilliard, Manager of Lyon Real Estate in Woodland, was installed as the Club's newest member today. Congratulations Lacey!
Joining us today were visting Rotarian Nick Ponticello (Sunrise) and John Ketelsen (guest of Jim Taylor).
We got to know Kevin Haarberg a little bit more today. Tabb Randolph did his first ever stint as Recognition lead today. Marc Faye had Sunrise Rotary Salmon BBQ dinner tickets for sale. Steve Venables is looking for Club volunteers to help with the WWI Commemoration Parade on November 10th.
September 25th Meeting
Susan Strachan, Cannabis Director for the Yolo County Department of Community Services was our guest speaker today. She, along with colleague Stephanie Cormier, provided us with an overview of the County's work to license marijuana operations within the County. Thank you Christian Sherrill for introducing our speaker today.
Joining us today were guests Tom Hotowitz (guest of Shawn Seyk), John Ketelsen (guest of Jim Taylor), and propective member Lacey Hilliard (introduced by Jennifer Ward). Visiting Rotarian Wayne Ginsburg (Sunrise) also joined us today with an invitation to attend Sunrise Rotary's Salmon BBQ fundraiser on October 6th. See the Special Events Calendar for more information about this event.
We got to know Clancy Duppong a little more today. Originally from Grand Forks ND, Clancy is a retired educator and local business owner. His favorite vacation was a riverboat cruise from Amsterdam.
President-elect Tony Delevati received a new Paul Harris Fellowship pin (+3) from Foundation Chair Tom Schwarzgruber in recognition of his contributions to the Rotary Foundation.
Today's Splinter writer Bob Nakken also drew a free lunch. Recognition leader Jim McGibbon asked for memories of the late George Berrettoni.
Carl Rodegerdts celebrated his birthday on September 22 (1936; Woodland). David Janes celebrated his birthday on September 2 (1946; San Francisco). And Kris Kristensen enjoyed the third anniversary of his wedding to Kathy on September 19 (Live Oak).
George Berrettoni - Rest in Peace
The Rotary Club of Woodland lost a beloved member Friday, September 20, 2018. George Berrettoni joined the Club in 1976 and served as Club President in 1997-98. Our thoughts go out to his wife Kathy and their wonderful family.
Playground Project -
The Club is working to develop a new playground at the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency building at 137 N. Cottonwood Street. Coordinators Gary Wegener and Dan Stroski are looking for volunteers to help.
Key dates are:
Week of September 24 (specific date not yet known) - Offloading play equipment from delivery truck. Gary needs three volunteers for about 2 hours.
Saturday, Sep 29 and Sunday, Sep 30
Assembly of main structure.
Need four volunteers for 2-3 hour shifts; either 8:30am and 11:30am
If you can help or have questions contact either
Gary Wegener (530 666-4098) or Dan Stroski (530 723-2246)
Redding Area Fire Victims Relief
In response to this summer’s devastating wildfires in Redding CA, members of the Rotary Club of Woodland have made personal financial donations which have been matched by the Woodland Rotary Endowment, to generate a total contribution of $5050 to the Shasta Regional Community Foundation’s (SRCF) Community Disaster Relief Fund with whom local Redding Rotary clubs are working in support of fire victims.
September 11th Meeting
Sarah Smith, Executive Director and teacher with Ark Preschool was our guest speaker today. Thank you Lori Ross for arranging and introducing this interesting program.
Mahlon Whittle finally got the chance to introduce his guest, and prospective new member, Lacey Hilliard. We were also pleased visiting Rotarian Babs Sandeen (West Sacramento) could join us today.
Lynn Smith of Welcome Home Housing, a non-profit organization providing affordable housing and services to mentally ill individuals, asked for contributions to their Shoe Collection fundraiser. You can bring your donations of 'gently worn' or new shoes to the Club's next meeting. More information about Welcome Home Housing and this fundraiser can be viewed at www.welcomehomehousing.org
Tom Schwarzgruber was in today's spotlight (looks comfortable with that, doesn't he?). Tom is a native Woodlander, having graduated from Holy Rosary and Woodland High School before earning his college degree at USF. He recently retired from his family's local gravel mining business when it was sold to Teichert. Dick Hoppin reported the Club earned $4,000 from member efforts at this year's Rotary Beer Booth.
With the pot at $470 Kevin Haarberg managed to draw a free lunch. Chuck Moore (Sep 6), Kevin Vaziri (Aug 25) and (long time, no see) Jim Nolan (Aug 17) were recognized for recent birthdays.
Dan Stroski led Recognition today with questions about 9/11. David Janes, Barbara Sonin, Dillon Dougherty and Clancy Duppong were among those who participated.
September 4th Meeting
Woodland Community College President Michael White was our guest speaker today. A Woodland Sunrise Rotarian himself, Michael gave us an update on what is happening at the College. Michael was introduced by Karl Diekman.
We got to know Dick Hoppin a little bit better today. He was born in Oakland and raised in Woodland, graduating from Dingle Elementary & Woodland High School. Dick rang the bell for his 54th wedding anniversary to Muffy on September 5th
Les and Gail Engelmann celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on September 7, 2018 (Joliet IL) . Seth Wurzel drove down from Tahoe this morning to attend the meeting. He was giving away tickets for a golf tournament at Teal Bend benefitting his daughter's travel softball team. Ken Nordren took the Recognition lead with NFL trivia questions.
Visiting Sunrise Rotarian Wayne Ginsburg promoted the Sunrise 2018 Salmon BBQ on October 6th. President Mike won a free lunch which he'll have to wait to collect on.
August 28th Meeting
Yolo County Supervisor (District 4) Jim Provenza was our guest speaker today. He shared with us his thoughts on 'American Exceptionalism and Yolo County'.
The Rotary Gracers were at it again today.
It was quite a meeting for Jennifer Ward today. With questions from President Mike we learned more about this Woodland native. She then reminded us of the Club' drive, which she is leading, to bring prospective members to Club meetings as guests during August & September. Jennifer shared that she and her husband Jedd celebrate their 5th wedding anniversary on August 31. AND TODAY WAS HER BIRTHDAY, so we sang 'Happy Birthday' to her. Finally, she managed to draw a free lunch for herself in the raffle.
Lots of celebrating this week. Tim & Nadine Pettit have their 15th wedding anniversary (Murphy's CA) on August 31. Mahlon Whittle fessed up to inviting a guest to last week's meeting, but didn't show up himself! Perhaps his August 17th birthday got him confused. David and Judy Janes will have their 50th wedding anniversary (Lodi CA) on August 31. Shawn Seyk rang the bell for his August 21st wedding anniversary with Brenda. Shawn was also thanked for working Meals on Wheels today.
David Janes took the Recognition helm today. Tony Delevati rang the bell twice today. Once in memory of his father-in-law who passed away recently, and secondly, for the joy of seeing his daughter get married. Jim McGibbon shared memories of the late Herb Bauer who was the Yolo County's first full time Public Health Officer. Tabb Randolph had a successful fishing trip in Alaska last week.
August 21st Meeting
Davis Sunrise Rotarian Vanessa Errecarte of Erreco Strategies (https://errecostrategies.com/) was our guest speaker today giving us a presentation on Marketing Simplified in today's economy. Click here to view Vanessa's visual presentation. Thank you Lori Ross for arranging and introducing this program.
Duane Ewing (Luna Vista) was a visiting Rotarian today, along with our speaker Vanessa Errecarte. Lacey Hilliard (a prospective member!) was Mahlon Whittle's guest, even though Mahlon didn't show up! Carl Rodegerdts found a way to draw a free lunch.
Dan Stroski will be needing volunteers to lend a hand with the Club's playground project by the County buildings on Cottonwood Street next month. Mark Werum led Recognition today looking for funny stories from families. We got to know local boy Scott Johnston a little better today.
Don Huff III was happy to report another successful FFA Auction with 179 animals sold. Clancy & Brenda Duppong celebrate their 58th wedding anniversary (Grand Forks ND) on August 27. Kris Kristensen had a great time on a road trip to Grand Forks ND last week with his niece's son Jens Houck who is starting his second year at the University of North Dakota there.
Beer Booth '18
Scenes from the 2018 Rotary Beer Booth at the Yolo County Fair. Operated by the nine Rotary Clubs within Yolo County, President Mike Chandler said initial reports indicate 2018 event proceeds exceeded $97,000. Thanks go to our Club's coordinator Dick Hoppin for his efforts.
August 14th Meeting
Michelle Kellogg, Executive Director of Yolo Community Care Continuum (YCCC), along with colleague Rebecca Rogoway, were our guest speakers today. They gave us a presentation of YCCC's mission to help the mentally ill in our community.
Nick Ponticello (Sunrise) and Gary Walgenbach (Davis Noon) were visiting Rotarians today. Jim McGibbon's visiting son-in-saw John Fernandez was his guest today.
Gary Wegener presented Peter Holmes with a plaque honoring Peter for his year as
With the pot at $357 Mark Werum drew a free lunch. Chuck Maltese led Recognition today with thoughts that made him unhappy, or words to that effect (can you say 'pissed off' on the internet???). Chuck Moore was fined for 'fake news'.
Redding Area Fire Victims Relief
We have all seen the tragedies of the recent wildfires in Redding, the northern portion of our own Rotary District 5160. The Woodland Rotary Endowment will match contributions made by our members to aid victims of the Redding area fire. Get your contributions (check’s payable to ‘Woodland Rotary Endowment’) to the Club’s meeting next Tuesday (August 14) and our Endowment will send that amount along with a match to the Shasta Regional Community Foundation’s (SRCF) Community Disaster Relief Fund with whom local Redding Rotary clubs are working in this effort. For more information contact Club President Mike Chandler.
Membership Drive -
Invite a Guest to a Club lunch
Club President Mike Chandler and Membership Chair Jennifer Ward are launching a membership drive. Invite someone you feel could be a good new member to a Club meeting this August or September, and the Club will pay their lunch. As noted above subsequent guest free lunches happen as they show interest and submit a membership application. Contact Jennifer if you have questions.
August 7th Meeting
Monsanto Vice President John Purcell, PhD, was our guest speaker today, providing us with a look at what is shaping modern agriculture. Nick Roncoroni introduced our speaker.
Frank Gardner donated $100 today (all in $1 bills!) in sharing that he celebrated
his 94th birthday on August 6 with a trip to San Francisco.
Visiting Rotarians today included Sylvia Fitzgerald (Sacramento) and (lower right) Brad Miller (Sunrise). Tabb Randolph introduced guest Kevin Hoppin.
Membership Chair Jennifer Ward encouraged us to bring a guest to lunch at Club meetings in August & September (see story above). Dick Hoppin shared a little about his life with us today, and reminded us that the Rotary Beer Booth will be in full swing at next week's Yolo County Fair. Kevin Haarberg celebrated his July 27th wedding anniversary with Lorie in Amsterdam. Gary Bunch did double duty by helping Lori Ross draw a free lunch with $326 in the pot, and he led Recognition today with a request for more members to serve on the Recognition Committee.
July 31st Meeting
Sandra Sigrist, LCSW; Director, Adult and Aging Branch, Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency, was our guest speaker today giving us a overview of the Yolo County's Crisis Response System.
Rotarians Craig Stevenson from the South Sacramento Club and Vicki Faye from the Sunrise Club joined us today. Alan Flory's grandson, Liam Campbell, was his guest today.
Warned about his August 7th anniversary, General (retired) Jim Taylor shared an extensive Air Force story leading to his marriage to Ann. Gary Bunch got a phone call. Frank Gardner highlighted a Sacramento Bee article. Roger Kohlmeier was happy about his 53rd anniversary (July 10) with Judy and their recent trip down the Ohio River.
Chuck Maltese drew a free lunch!
July 24th Meeting
Gill Williams, President of NorCal Trykers, was our guest speaker today. Founded in January 2017 by Williams, the non-profit, all volunteer NorCal Trykers raises funds to provide adaptive tricycles to children with disabilities. Joining Gill was Lori Perez, Director of College & Career Readiness with the Yolo County Office of Education who collaborate with NorCal Trykers. View NorCal Trykers website https://norcaltrykers.com/ for more information. Kris Kristensen introduced the program.
Our Club photo was taken today.
Jim McGibbon, Craig Jones, Marc Faye, Mark Werum & Clancy Duppong got Rotary Grace started today. Don't we have any female members who can sing???
The Club received a thank you letter from Chris Holmes,
wife of Immediate Past President Peter Holmes.
President Mike shared a thank you letter which the Club received from the Woodland Healthcare Foundation in recognition for the Club's $19,700 contribution to the Foundation from the 2018 Dinner Auction. The contribution was used to purchase a Cheetah Monitor used in the diagnosis of sepsis.
Kevin Haarberg took the helm on Recognition today with questions testing our financial knowledge. It was nice to have Don McNary with us. Splinter writer Bob Nakken got a free lunch the old fashion way.
July 17th Meeting
Ray Johansen, DDS, of Citrus Heights and our own Dan Stroski gave us a program today about the Honor Flight they took together to Washington DC last month. Ray, pictured with his wife Mary Jane, was among a group of Sacramento area WWII & Korean War veterans honored for his service with an all expenses paid trip. More information about the Honor Flight Network can be seen at their website https://www.honorflight.org/.
The nearly smooth tones of Rotary Grace singers Dan Stroski, Marc Faye, Steve Venables, Mark Werum and Clancy Duppong got our vocal cords moving.
Despite a late start, President Mike Chandler led a good meeting today.
Maybe he should check his cell phone next time???
Immediate Past President Peter Holmes brought back a banner the Club received at the District's Installation & Awards night held in Woodland last weekend. The banner designates our new status at a 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club, one of only two in District 5160 this year. Peter thanked Club members for their work to achieve this goal.
Our own Past District Governor Karl Diekman was honored at the District Installation & Award night last Saturday for his work in supporting the Rotary Foundation.
Doyle Tuman was a guest of Roy Holmes today. Dick Hoppin is looking for volunteers to signup to work at the Rotary Beer Booth at next month's County Fair. Bob & Ruth Moeller recently celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary. Les Engelmann couldn't wait to draw a free lunch.
July 10th -
New Chief in Town!
Mike Chandler was installed with all due pagentry as the
Club's President for 2018-19 today. The Club logo design was done by Ryanne Green, Mike's granddaughter.
Steve Venables introduced former Club member David Wirth of Wirth Furniture who visited today. Jane O'Meara was happy her son go his paramedic's license, and she spent her birthday at the Boy Scout Camp at Wolfeborow where she was a teacher. Karl Diekman was our first fine master of the new year. Scott Johnston knew he was headed for a free lunch in today's raffle.