Rotario - April 6, 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 :  Trip Report from Baja Work Project Team

Our stalwart team returned on last Tuesday after six busy days at Los Barillas working on the cleaning and painting of school dormitories. Many thanks go out to our team led by John Hensley, along with Cathy Wilcox Barnes, Carolyn Feuille, Paul Boch, and the happy couple of Christine and Bill Newsom. Of course, this never would have been such a productive project without the expert local leadership provided by our southern Rotary partner, Chris Geyer. We look forward to their slideshow and full report at our meeting this Thursday, April 6.

Earlier This Week  Area Speech Contest

This year's Area Speech Contest was held at the first Methodist Church in Grass Valley. And we had five of our club members also in attendance including Pres. Walt, Robin, Dennis Geare, Tom Ryan, and Dave Bunje, who also acted as one of the judges. Each contestant gave a heartfelt speech about what Rotary means to them in the own personal experiences. After the scores were tallied, our own entry, Aubrianna, was declared the winner and will move on to the District Speech Contest which will be held during the District Conference in May, at the Atlantis Hotel. .Aubrianna is the person at the far right in this group picture.

Last Week - District Leadership Assembly in Reno

Club Leadership Assembly was held at the Atlantis Casino Hotel in Reno on Saturday, April 1. The entire event was orchestrated by our own Club Secretary, Robin Milam. There were some very humorous and informative role-playing skits in the morning session which demonstrated both the wrong way AND the right way to greet visitors as well as possibly recruit them as future Rotarians. Once again, the afternoon sessions provided individual tutorials on many Rotary-related topics including sessions for new presidents, secretaries and treasurers, new types of fundraising techniques, youth programs including a presentation by Dave Bunje on Girls Who Code, a Technology Made Simple session led by assistant governor Dennis Geare, and many other relevant topics. Our club was represented by Pres. Walt, Robin as Club Leadership Assembly Chair, Dennis Geare, Dave Bunje, President-elect Cathy Wilcox Barnes, Carolyn Feuille, and future Membership Chair Stacy Drake.  I'm sure you can find all of us in the attached photo of the Area 4 attendees.

Booth Winterization and Water Damage - update

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

In Other News

RYLA Interviews were held at NU High School on Monday March 27,  Our team of Pres. Walt, Tom Ryan and Dave Bunje interviewed 20 applicants and selected two candidates and two alternates. Their names are Ryan Brott (also a musical contestant), and Sophia Pardini.  Our alternates are Michael Trujillo, and Montana Rose Wilkoff.
KVMR Town Hall Forum April 18 - Screen Dependency and Our Children 
This is a public event Sponsored by our Club and will be held at the Nevada Theatre. The guest speaker will be George Lynn, author of the book, "Breaking the Trance", which explores the use, abuse, and dependency on media and screens in our culture. This is especially relevant for parents of teens who are constantly fixated on their phones and notebook pc's.. See attachment for more details.
Rotarians at Work Day - is rapidly approaching and we want to repeat the Lunch for handicapped 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
Cathy Wilcox-Barnes  has identified a location for a possible yard sale this spring.  We are asking club members to continue accumulating saleable items, while we seek a compatible date for the yard sale..
Pres. Walt and Christine Newsom have continued the dialogue to solicit gift certificate donations from local restaurants as prizes for a planned fundraising raffle this Spring.

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 6 :  Mixer - Baja Trip Report from our team  (in the restaurant area)

April 13 :  Noon - Nevada City Police Chief Foley

April 18 6PM : KVMR Town Hall Forum- "Our Children & Screen Dependency"

April 20 : Mixer

April 22 : 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 - Club Assembly (tentative)

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

WORDS OF WISDOM: " What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal."  -  Albert Pike

-- 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
If you have a whine, write it on the back of a 20 dollar bill and give it to your president.
If you have an idea for a club program please contact Walt Stickel or Nancy Kemp.

The Fine Print

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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.