Wulff is a native Californian, who was born in San Jose and grew up in Sunnyvale. He holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco and is now retired from over 35 years as a public safety professional and administrator (police, fire & EMS). In 1989, Wulff moved his family to Sonoma County, where both he and his wife, Paula, immediately became involved in the community.  He volunteered as a coach for the Rohnert Park Soccer League and later joined the Education Foundation of Cotati & Rohnert Park.  There he served the board as secretary, vice president and president. Wulff was also a member of the United States Air Force Auxillary Civil Air Patrol where he attained the rank of 1st lieutenant. He served the local Redwood Empire Composite Squadron as Cadet Programs Officer, Personnel Officer, and as Project Officer for the 2004 Wings Over Wine Country Air Show. 
 
In 2005, both he and Paula were invited, separately, to join the Rotary Club of Rohnert Park-Cotati.  Paula joined first, but about 6 months later, Wulff followed.  Paula served the club as president in 2008-09, but not to be outdone, Wulff soon followed as president in 2010-11.  He went on to serve as Assistant Governor for DG Maureen Merrill, responsible for the 5 clubs in Cotati, Petaluma and Rohnert Park.  Maureen also asked Wulff to take on the role as District Abuse Prevention Coordinator, ensuring that all clubs are compliant with their youth service volunteer vetting and training.  He served in that role from 2011 to 2014, when he was selected to serve as District Governor for 2016-17.  In 2014, he also served as District Conference Chair for DG Helaine Campbell.  Paula served as Wulff’s official Lieutenant Governor. Wulff was also incredibly proud that during this term, their eldest son, Wulff Jr., served as president of the Rotaract Club of Southern Sonoma County.
 
 
“Rotary Serving Humanity”
What a great theme to work under for this term!  Wulff took this to heart, combined it with his passion for public service and promoting peace, and set off to share the power of poignant, impactful, motivational and inspirational stories with the members of our district.
 
This Rotary year being the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation, Wulff urged clubs and members to be generous with their contibutions and strive to reach Rotary International President John Germ’s challenge of raising $300 million in honor of the Foundation’s celebration.  During a meeting with his presidents-elect at FarWest PETS in San Jose, one of the presidents suggested that instead of clubs giving the governor a gift during the official governor visit, that they give a gift basket which would then be taken to the next club visit and raffled or auctioned off, with proceeds going to the Rotary Foundation.  That club would then give a basket for the subsequent visit, and so on.  All presidents agreed this was a great idea and agreed to participate.  Estimating a revenue of approximately $100 per basket, that meant a projected addition of about $4,600 for the Foundation.  Well, Wulff was pleasantly surprised that at the end of his club visits, the perpetual gift basket project had taken in well over $45,000 in funds and it was only October!
 
Finishing his club visits by mid-October, and with the support and encouragement of Rotary International Director Brad Howard, Wulff was able to take advantage of a unique opportunity to participate in a Zone-wide “Connecting for Good” Rotary goodwill and promotional tour.  Joining two millennial “young professional” Rotarians from Canada and San Francisco and two Rotaractors from Canada and Arizona, he embarked on a 6-State, 14-city, 12-day tour, stopping in major cities along the way to participate in large humanitarian service projects, organized and led by local area Rotary clubs, Rotaractors, Interactors, and community partners.  After a kick-off event in Honolulu, Hawaii, the roadtrip in a Rotary-emblazoned RV started in Seattle, Washington, traveled through Oregon, California, and Nevada before ending back in California at the Zone 25/26 Institute at the Fess Parker Hotel in Santa Barbara.  In an unprecedented move, on the Friday opening of the Institute, the Connecting for Good team enlisted all 500+ participants, loading them on buses and taking them to 3 different locations in the city to do major community service projects.  The largest of the three projects was a complete renovation and refresh of the Santa Barbara Boys & Girls Club.  Even Rotary International President-elect Ian Risely and past RI president Bill Boyd rolled up their sleeves and helped out.  The tour used all manner of social media to capture its activities and its good works ended up as a feature article in the Rotarian magazine.
 
For activities of the district as a corporation, aside from the bylaw-specified former and future governors on the district’s board of directors, the members-at-large appointed by Wulff were assistant governor Lori Breyer from the Rotary Club of Arcata Sunrise to represent the clubs in Del Norte and Humboldt counties and assistant governor Dana Moore, from the Rotary Club of Clearlake to represent the clubs in Lake, Mendocino, and Napa counties.  Rounding out the board positions were secretary Kim McDonald from the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa East and treasurer Barbara Barney from the Rotary Club of Sebastopol Sunrise.
 
The District Training Assembly for this term was held at Mendocino College in Ukiah on April 9, 2016.  Local female entrepreneur, chair of the United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council and former peace corps volunteer Elizabeth Gore was the keynote speaker.  Rather than presenting in a speech format, at her recommendation, Wulff conducted an interview of Liz on stage.  Together, they presented an inspirational and motivational message of peace building.  For additional training, in September of 2016, we presented our 10th iteration of the district’s Institute for Leadership, now with over 200 graduates.
 
In January 2017, Wulff and his wife Paula promoted Rotary Friendship Exchange by personally participating in an exchange to D3060 in Gujarat, India, along with 6 other district Rotarians.  Indians treat their guest extremely well as a matter of course, but traveling as a sitting governor in India certainly made for extraordinary special treatment.  The team had a coincidental experience of being the first non-natives to visit a newly dedicated temple in the outskirts of Rajkot, where media was still covering the event.  A resulting interview of the team’s goodwill tour and the humanitarian work of Rotarty wound up featured on national broadcast and print news.
 
Foundation Dinners were held north and south again at the Eureka Elks Lodge and the Flamingo Resort in Santa Rosa, respectively, honoring all of the generous donors of PDG Erin Dunn’s 2015-16 term.  The north event was chaired by Mark McGowan of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka.  Due to venue availability challenges, he suggested a Sunday afternoon “Cook Your Own Steak” BBQ.  It was a huge success!  The south event was chaired by Dale Ann Knight of the governor’s home club, the Rotary Club of Rohnert Park-Cotati.  The semi-formal event was also a great success!  Foundation Chair PDG Jim Flamson recognized Wulff and Paula as Major Donors to the Foundation, along with PDG Bruce Campbell & PDG Helaine Campbell. 
 
Foundation contributions during Wulff’s term were celebrated during the 2017-18 foundation dinners and included the following acheivements:
  • Combined goals submitted by the clubs of $345,999 for the Annual Fund were achieved at 122%, for an actual total of $424,747 and a per capita amount of $175.23, up significantly from the three prior years. 
  • PolioPlus goals of $120,832 were also exceeded for an actual total of $196,855, a 163% achievement. 
  • With a $2,857 contribution to the Endowment fund, total Foundation giving for the year was $652,559. 
     
    This generosity from District 5130 Rotarians helped to surpass the $300 million challenge issued by RI president John Germ at the beginning of the term and capped off a sensational 100-year anniversary of the Rotary Foundation.
 
Wulff held his “Rotary Club Roundup” District Conference at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort in Incline Village, Nevada.  PDG Richard Bollinger from D6880, Alabama, represented RI president John Germ.  Rotarians were entertained and inspired by a number of celebrities throughout the weekend.  For the Friday evening lakeside BBQ dinner, “The Ghost of Mark Twain” (actually Twain look-alike McAvoy Layne), connected his historic Tahoe reminiscent stories with many of our Rotarian principles.  Saturday evening, newly inducted North American Country Music Hall of Fame singer Lacy J. Dalton performed many of her hits, including “We are Rotary.”  Lacy, whose sister is a polio survivor, strongly supports Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign, with proceeds from the sales of her CDs after the concert being donated to the End Polio Now fund.  Being the personable and down-to-earth person she is, Lacy surprised and thrilled Rotarians by joining them in the governor’s hospitality suite after the concert.  Millennial Rotarian Mitty Chang and Peace Fellow Nerve Macaspac rounded out the conference speakers. The Rotary Club of Petaluma Valley and the Rotary Club of Sebastopol earned awards as Distinguished Club of the Year, for outstanding engagement in Rotary 6 Areas of Focus, 5 Avenues of Service, Membership Growth, Foundation Giving and Overall District Participation. Lori Breyer from the Rotary Club of Arcata Sunrise was named Rotarian of the Year.
 
The Rotary International Convention was held in Atlanta, Georgia, in great part because that is where the idea of a Rotary Foundation was first proposed by then RI president Arch Klumpf.  Wulff joined over 150 Rotarians from D5130 in attending the convention.
 
All in all, it was an unforgettable, incredibly rewarding term that saw the very best in each of our 46 Rotary Clubs and each of our 2,424 Rotarians.