Rotario - February 23,2017

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 :  Lunch Meeting  with Holly Hermansen - Superintendent of Schools

Holly Hermansen has been the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools since 2007. She started her career as a substitute teacher at Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall after completing her BS in Criminal Justice Administration. She spent the next several years completing a special ed teaching credential and master’s while teaching students with severe disabilities for Contra Costa County Office of Education and the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.

Holly moved to Nevada County in 1994 and worked as a program specialist with the Placer County SELPA for the next 6 years. She then became a principal and district director of special ed and in 2004 she came to Nevada County Superintendent of Schools as an assistant superintendent and director of the newly formed Nevada County SELPA.  Holly’s collaborative skills as well as instructional knowledge and long-standing relationships with the school districts, agencies and business community in Nevada County have helped her to be successful.

Holly and her husband Jon are both very proud to be Rotarians.

Last Week : A SURPRISE Birthday Party for Tom Coleman !      

On this past, very wet Thursday evening we sprung a bit of a surprise on our host, Tom Coleman, the owner of the National Hotel. Since Tom's birthday is actually on Saturday, February 18, we decided to use this mixer meeting as a celebration for his 79th birthday a few days early. Pesident Walt presented Tom with a birthday card that contained a gift certificate of dinner for two at the Willo restaurant, which is a favorite of Tom's partner, Ernie. Tom was also able to report that Ernie's recent surgery went very well and she is currently recovering as a local facility. Additionally, Cathy Wilcox-Barnes provided some humorous original poetry poking fun at Tom and the aging process. Lastly, the club provided a rather nice birthday cake which included carrot cake and buttercream icing. Needless to say, all the attendees joined in singing "Happy Birthday" to Tom.                                   

Booth Winterization - update

Due to activities in the Fairgrounds and continuing poor weather conditions, our team's second winterizing  visit to the fair booth continues to be delayed.  Tom Milam has installed the hardware on the primed door and the protective paneling for the compressor.  Once we have dry weather we should be ready for another workday.


March 6 Lunch with Steve Soloman - will you be attending ?

Steve Solomon, a spokesperson for the Rotary Foundation will be making a presentation at the Grass Valley Rotary lunch on Monday, March 6. Since all clubs are invited to attend, we are planning to move our March 9 lunch meeting to March 6 so our club members may attend.  Details are as follows:
  • Where - Foothills Event Center, 400 Idaho Maryland Road
  • Time - Arrive at 11:00 AM, Program Starts 11:30 AM - Ends 1:00 PM
  • Catered Lunch - $15.00

AND we need to have an estimate as to how many of our club members plan to attend.  So please RSVP to President Walt by Friday Feb 24, via Email to


In Other News

February Board Meeting is Rescheduled :   Due to the rainstorm and illness, the Board meeting slated for Monday Feb. 6 did not have quorum. Since only 4 board members were able to attend, this meeting is rescheduled to Tuesday February 28.
Member Update: Stacy Drake had an emergency appendectomy at 6am on this past Thursday, Stacy returned home on Saturday and is resting with minimal discomfort.  We wish her a speedy recovery !
District 5190 Club Leadership Assembly ~ Plan to join us April 1 for our annual Club Leadership Assembly at the Atlantis Casino, Resort and Spa in Reno.  And it is President Walt's Birthday too!  No Fooling!  Click to learn more!

Fundraising efforts

Cathy Wilcox-Barnes  sadly reported that the community Flea Market has been cancelled.  We are asking club members to continue accumulating saleable items, while we seek another option for them.
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 Actions

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:

Feb. 23: Lunch Meeting - Holly Hermansen, Superintendent of Schools

Feb. 28. Board Meeting 5:30pm - Recreation Realty, 432 Broad St. Nevada City

March 2 : Mixer Meeting - LeeAnn Brooke - local artist & author

March 3-5 : PETS - San Jose, CA for President-Elect Cathy!!

March 6 : Area Wide 11:30am Lunch Meeting - Steve Solomon, RI Foundation Presentation
Foothills Event Center, 400 Idaho Maryland Road, hosted by Grass Valley Rotary

March 16 :  Mixer :  Novak's Clothing Store

March 23 :  Noon ; Club Speech Contest

March 23 - 28 :  Baja Trip for Los Barriles Project

March 30:  DARK (5th Thursday of the month)

Apr. 1: Club Leadership Assembly - Atlantis Casino & Spa, Reno 8:00am-4:45pm

April 6 :  Mixer

April 13 :  Noon - Gavin Healy from Balance Point

April 20 : Mixer

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: " Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy " - Ben Franklin

-- President Walt

Special Dates


Tom Coleman                         2/18                               Carolyn Inglis                 2/28

Judi Soldavini                          2/28


Carolyn & Mike Inglis              2/12                                Alan & Betty Rogers      2/18

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.

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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. 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.