Rotario April 27, 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 - Aimee Retzler, co-director of Sierra Harvest

After spending sixteen years with GAP Inc. in San Francisco, Aimee’s family moved to the Sierra Foothills in 2007.  She has immersed herself in the community through volunteering for schools, nonprofits, and teaching Nia. Her passion for making sure kids get the best food they possibly can is what fueled her to begin the farm-to-school program in Nevada County.  She has been involved in guiding the activities of Sierra Harvest since October 2008, building the organization from a grassroots community coalition to a respected nonprofit.  Her husband and three young children love all things outdoors and enjoy being part of the local food movement.

Sierra Harvest was formed in 2013 as the merger of Live Healthy Nevada County and Living Lands Agrarian Network, two dynamic young organizations with similar missions.
In 2013, Live Healthy partnered with the Director of Child Nutrition Services, to add quinoa and couscous to the school food menu and remove Gatorade from school vending machines. Local produce was added to school meals in conjunction with Harvest of the Month tastings. In the Fall 2014, Sierra Harvest worked with the high school food services director to research a new food procurement model that would support local and regional fresh food purchases for school meals. Two salad bars were installed in schools improving fresh food access for many low income students participating in the national school lunch program. In 2015, Sierra Harvest expanded the Farm To School Program to serve 6,400 students and their families in Nevada County and bring together the local food and farming community. They have trained 30 young farmers, many of whom are farming and providing food for our community.

Last Week - Sandra Rockman, Theatrical Producer & Acting Coach

Sandra turned out to be the most entertaining speaker we've had in the past year. After doing a brief recap of her biography and career in the bar area of the National, Sandra started to lead us on some improvisational exercises in communication. We moved into the restaurant area since it was a bit quieter, where Sandra had all of us, in groups of two at a time, exchange superficial conversations. Some hilarious results evolved as Sandra evaluated our conversations. There were many good laughs as well as some useful tools that Sandra provided for our use in future conversations. We also learned what a wonderful comedy team Dave and Gayle Denny are. It seemed to be a very enjoyable evening for all concerned..

District conference – May 17 through May 21:  It is not too late to register for this main event that is being held at the Atlantis Hotel in Reno. You can find the details at  Note that Hotel prices increase after 4/29 !

Booth Winterization and Water Damage - update

Barring more rain, we are soliciting volunteers for small work party from 11 AM until 2 PM this Sunday, April 30. We will be working on the winterization of the cooking area, and some general cleanup. Fixing the leak in the roof will be a separate effort, since this will require the expertise of some professional contractors. If you are interested in joining this group on Sunday, please contact Pres. Walt in advance.

In Other News

Area Music Contest - Our Contestant finished 2nd !!

This past Saturday the Area Music Contest was held at Lymon Gilmore School. It was a fun-filled and diverse experience, since the contestants included a guitar player, a drummer, a saxophone player, and four pianists. The voting was very close and our own Nevada City Club entrant, Ryan B. finished second! His parents were very pleased as they knew his competition was extremely experienced. We hope to see Ryan back again at next year's competition. Also, many thanks go out to Gayle Denny, who volunteered as one of the judges. President-elect Cathy Wilcox-Barnes was also spotted in the audience.

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.So far, we've had 6 club members and their partners sign up for 28 of the 100 scheduled shifts.

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

Rotarians at Work Day is rapidly approaching and we are looking to create another special outing with the Seven Hills Leadership and Adaptive Education students.  Tentatively we are holding Tuesday May 16 as our event date but plans are still in the making.  We all hold fond memories of years past at Rock Creek and then last year's Empire Mine tour and picnic.  This year school leaders are looking at a couple new ideas - we may return to Empire Mine or a new venture.  Details will be forthcoming in the next week. Dave Bunje (and Robin while he is signing through Cornwall) are in communication with the school teachers.
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 for the yard sale.Also, Cathy is looking for volunteers to help set-up, staff the event, and perform tear down duties. We are anticipating needing an early in the morning shift, ending around midday, and an afternoon shift that will help clean up. Please contact Kathy or Pres. Walt if you wish to sign up for either shift.

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 27 :  Noon - Aimee Retzler, Sierra Harvest

April 30 :  Fair Booth Work Party - Sunday 11am -2pm

May 4th : Mixer: Stacy Drake & Karen Young , editors of the Advocate newspaper

May 11: Lunch -  John Woodford , reports on the status of our Club Foundation

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

May 24 : Rotary Board Meeting:  Note moved to Wednesday

June 5 : Club Assembly - Monday Evening mtg  (5:00- 8:30,includes dinner)

June 17 :  Club Yard Sale - Fund Raiser @ Dave Robinson'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: " Happiness is not a matter of intensity, but of balance, order, rythm, and harmony" - Thomas Merton

-- 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 Wednesday May 24.  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.