Rotario April 20, 2017

Dear Rotarians and Friends,   

Welcome to our latest Rotario newsletter. Once again it is a pleasure keeping you informed of our club activities in the coming weeks.

This Week - Sandra Rockman, Theatrical Producer & Acting Coach

Sandra Rockman moved to Nevada County in 1978 and has been active in this vibrant theatre community since then. She is an actress, director, playwright. Her recent productions include “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”, “Falsettos” as well as several staged readings at the Miners Foundry and the Nevada Theatre. For the past 9 years, she has been teaching Acting, Playwriting and Improvisation in our community. Sandra Believes that Improvisation is as useful for business meetings and classrooms as it is for the stage. This will be the focus of Sandra’s presentation to Our Club.

Last Week : Tim Foley, Nevada City Police Chief

Chief Tim Foley really enlightened us not only about his background and his adult children, both have their PhD's, he also provided a detailed explanation about the current workings and challenges of the Nevada City Police Department. Tim spent quite a bit of time talking about the departments K-9 member, Rudiger. I don't think any of us realized the tremendous cost of not only training the dog and his handler, but the over $50,000 investment in the specialized vehicle used to transport Rutiger. He noted that Rutiger is loved by our community and is fully funded by the generosity of local contributions and special funding raising events. On another topic, the Chief talked about the staffing challenges of hiring and retaining officers in a small town. Additional staffing challenges arose last year when 4 of the 10 officers were unavailable due to medical leave. Everyone in the audience learn quite a bit today regarding the challenges of our Police Department. We did have an opportunity to tease Tim a bit, since he is a member of the Grass Valley South Rotary club, yet he lives in Nevada City. Needless to say, we're trying to entice him to change clubs. Pictured on the right is is Chief Foley describing the size of Rudiger, the K-9 officer. Pictured on the left, is the Chief congratulating our club president for paying off all his outstanding parking tickets.

Booth Winterization and Water Damage - update

The work is STILL postponed until the weather forecast is more favorable..

In Other News

KVMR Town Hall Meeting - On Tuesday night our Rotary club sponsored the KVMR Town Hall forum regarding the subject of "Our children and their Screen Dependency". The keynote speaker was George Lynn, psychotherapist and author of the book, "Breaking The Trance, a practical guide for parenting the screen dependent child". After an opening thank you from Pres. Walt and a terrific poem about screen dependence and life of teenagers presented by two local eighth-grade girls, the panel discussion proceeded. In addition to the author, the panel included representatives from local schools, family therapists, and the local media. Dr. Lynn spoke for about 20 minutes, the panel discussion lasted another 45 minutes, followed by questions and comments from the over 150 attendees. This was a very educational evening for all who attended.

Area Music Contest, Saturday April 22:  This event will be held Lyman Gilmore school and will start at exactly 1 PM. Please try to arrive no later than 12:30 PM. This is a fun filled the lunch event and we hope you can attend.

County Fair Update – Our planning has started for this year's Nevada County Fair which will be held August 9 through August 13. So naturally we're starting to circulate the sign-up sheet for staffing all of the 100 work shifts. We're hoping that each active member will help "Share the Load" and not only be able to staff at least two shifts per member, but also recruit friends and relatives for additional shifts.

Other Key Dates : June 5- Club Assembly,  June 28 - Demotion Party

Rotarians at Work Day - is rapidly approaching and we want to repeat the Lunch for challenged kids at Empire Mine. Details will be forthcoming.
The Rotary Foundation (TRF):  if you haven't already made a contribution this year, we encourage each of our members to make a donation to the Foundation. Please know that a donation of any size is welcome and there are multiple ways to give. The Foundation started 100 years ago with a $26.50 donation.  In celebration of The Rotary Foundation's Centennial year, we are encouraging every member to consider contributing at least $26.50.  Our overall goal is to average a $100 donation per member. Also, several of our members are Bequest Society members who have included Rotary in their will or estate planning.  Thank you for your consideration of this opportunity.

Fundraising efforts

Club Yard Sale/ Flea Market: Cathy Wilcox-Barnes  has established June 17 as the date for this event. The location for the event will be at Dave Robinson's garage, at the corner of Zion and Argall.  We are asking club members to continue accumulating saleable items, while we seek a compatible date for the yard sale..

Nevada City Rotary Board Activities

Stay informed about actions your Nevada City Rotary Board of Directors is taking.  Minutes of Board Meetings and Club Leadership Retreats for the past year along with survey results, Club Bylaws, Nevada City Rotary Foundation 501 (c) 3 status and other documents are available in our "Members Only" section of our website at  If you need assistance remembering your user ID and password, contact Robin or reply to this newsletter.

Area 4 Doing Business with Rotarians Directory

Interested in doing business with fellow Rotarians?  Check out the newly updated our Area 4  Rotarians Doing Business with Rotarians Directory. Is your business missing from the directory?  Click to Submit your business or professional service.  You may also use this link to remove your entry if appropriate.

Upcoming Events:

April 20 : Mixer - Sandra Rockman, Acting Coach

April 22 : 12:30pm - Area Music contest  at Lymon Gilmore School

April 27 :  Noon - Aimee Retzler, Sierra Harvest

April 29 :  Rotarians at Work Day

May 4th : Mixer:

May 11: Lunch -

May 18-21: District Conference - Atlantis Resort, Reno

June 5 : Club Assembly - Evening mtg. (includes dinner)

June 17 :  Club Yard Sale - Fund Raiser @ Dave's Garage (Zion and Argall)

June 27 : Concessionaires Mtg. - 6pm At Fairgrounds

June 28 : Demotion Party  - Details TBD

Thank you Nancy Kemp and Christine Newsom for coordinating our programs!

WORDS OF WISDOM: " You must not lose faith in humanity.  Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty "  - Mahatma Gandhi

-- from President Walt

Special Dates

                              Birthdays                             Anniversaries
Walt Stickel  4/1      
John Hensley 4/11    

Rotary Leadership

RI President: John Germ
RI Director: Brad Howard
District 5190 Governor: John Sullivan
Asst. Governor, Area 4: Dennis Geare

Club Leadership

President: Walt Stickel
President-Elect: Cathy Wilcox-Barnes

Secretary: Robin Milam
Treasurer: Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
Public Image: Michael Young/Robin Milam
Youth & Community Service: Dave Bunje

International Service: Carolyn Feuille
Vocational Service: Nicole Dillard
Foundation: Nicole Dillard
Membership: Stacy Drake
ADG: Dennis Geare

For additional calendar events please visit the calendar at
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If you have an idea for a club program please contact Walt Stickel or Nancy Kemp.

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*Board Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 5:30pm at John Hensley's Recreation Realty/Nevada County Properties office at 432 Broad St. Nevada City. This month's meeting is moved to Monday April 17.  All club members are encouraged to attend a meeting. Location subject to change, please ask.

Rotary Club of Nevada City — Established October 3, 1935
Meets second and fourth Thursdays at Noon at the National Hotel
AND first and third Thursdays which are at 5:30PM — PO Box 74 — Nevada City, California 95959

Mission Statement:
The Nevada City Rotary Club is a diverse and welcoming group of people who live Service Above Self by giving financial and hands-on support to local, national & international communities while exemplifying ethical leadership, cooperation and good, clean fun.