Rotario - June 8, 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 - Club Retreat, Hosted By President-Elect Cathy Wilcox-Barnes

This informative and fun-filled gathering at the History Museum highlighted Pres. elect Cathy's plans for the coming year. There were many suggestions made from the group for new and ongoing projects, many of which included donating our efforts to various initiatives, rather than raising money. The fun part of the evening included a skit where Cathy interviewed several key club members to find out why they enjoyed being Rotarians. The skit culminated in the appearance of raven-haired Pebbles (a.k.a. Pres. Walt) and the emergence of the long-lost Bell. Cathy also provided a unique do-it-yourself baked potato bar dinner with all the great fixins. There was also plenty of soft drinks, wine, and icewater for the attendees. Pictured below is Cathy with her entire incoming board and committee chairs for the coming year.






Lunch Meeting also this Week - Debbie McDonald from Hospitality House

Debbie McDonald, the Development Director, Hospitality House (January 2016-present) joined Hospitality House with 25 years of sales and marketing experience both with high-tech and non-profit organizations. Living in Nevada County for 12 years, Debbie has volunteered with Hospitality House over the last ten years. She lives with her husband and three sons in Grass Valley.

Note: Hospitality House is the overarching organization and Utah's Place is the name given to the specific physical location on Sutton Ave.

Utah’s Place serves homeless individuals and families in our community by providing a place to shower, do laundry, have meals and receive case housing management. Guests are invited to check in each day after completing the registration process (which includes showing proof of a negative TB test or signing up for testing at the center). Each day guests must check in between 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. for admittance . Upon sign-in, guests sign up for daily chores and adults must consent to an alcohol  or drug test as a condition of admittance. We are a zero- tolerance shelter. Guests can leave their belongings for the night in a bin underneath their assigned bed. Guests must agree to the Hospitality House Mutual Respect Agreement while at the Shelter and can utilize services for up to 180 cumulative days.

Services provided include:

Emergency Overnight Shelter
Hot Meals, showers, and laundry facilities
Weekly Medical, Dental, and Vision exams and Referral Services
On site TB Testing and Flu Shots
Onsite Mental Health and Substance Abuse Screenings
 Advice and counseling are available for Housing Case Management, Public assistance, Life skills,  Job applications, and crisis support
Free Clothing, Bedding, Coats, Hygiene Products
Recreation and Community-Building such as Daily House Meetings, Movies, Games, and Cards

Last Week - Stephanie Lewis with the "ACME" Robotics Team

Members of the ACME Robotics team, along with mentors Stephanie and husband Michael Lewis led the presentation. The Team  shared their creation (aka "Roadrunner") and experiences competing in the Western Super Regionals this spring. Stephanie and Michael appear at the right of this team photo.

"Roadrunner" was demonstrated as a mobile 18 cubic inch robot specifically designed for the FIRST  (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Tech) Super Challenge. The robot was designed to scoop up and eject different size plastic balls. The team communicates instructions to Roadrunner via a pair of Android phones.

Also the team is made up of five high school and 1 eighth grade students. The ACME team name comes from Roadrunner cartoons using the Greek word meaning peak or zenith. Needless to say the students were very enthusiastic, articulate and passionate. Also, as part of the robotics competition, the team developed business and marketing plans for the roadrunner. Our club audience also marveled at the abilities of the Roadrunner.

Booth Water Damage - update

Great News here!  Both the interior and exterior roof repairs are complete! We will have a "drywall painting party" on Wed. June 21 at the booth and will be followed-up with General Booth Cleanup on the weekend of July 29-30.  Stay tuned for more details.

In Other News

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 continue to circulate the sign-up sheet for staffing all of the 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. We now have 74 of the 100 slots filled, AND still need evening shift captains for each day.. You may access, but not update the shift schedule at the Club web site. Please Email updates to Pres. Walt or Sect. Robin.

Save the Date:  June 28 for Walt's Demotion Party  Judy Soldavini and hubby George Roberts are once again hosting this year's Demotion Party at their beautiful Bridge House on Wednesday June 28.  Celebration begins at 5:30pm with dinner and program at 6:30pm. The cost will be $35/person. Please note, we will also need a setup crew for tables and chairs late morning. Please sign up with Dave Bunje if you have not already done so! It will be another fun event celebrating our year and President Walt.

Fundraising Effort- Yard Sale Market  Saturday, June 17

Club Yard Sale: PE 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.We will also need a team assisting with sorting and pricing items Wednesday, Thursday and/or Friday June14-16.  Please contact Cathy or Pres. Walt if you wish to sign up for either shift.  There will also be a yard sale planning session on Thursday June 15 at 4:30pm  in the National, preceding our Mixer.  

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:

June 8 :  Debbie McDonald - Hospitality House

June 15 : Mixer - Sonja Conklin - AirMedCare  (tentative)

June 16 :  Yard Sale Prep Meeting

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

June 19 : Rotary Board Meeting = Monday 5:30pm

June 21 :  9 AM - Fair Booth Painting "party"

June 22 :  Erin Noel - Community Legal

June 27 : Concessionaires Mtg. - 6pm at Fairgrounds

June 28 : Demotion Party  - At Judy Soldavini's "The Bridge House"; Celebration begins at 5:30pm with dinner et al at 6:30pm.

June 29 :  DARK  due to 5th Thursday of the month

July 6 :  Mixer

July 21: Children's Festival - 9:00am  in Pioneer Park

July 29-30 : Fair Booth Cleanup - may only need one session

August 3 : Pre Fair Picnic - at the Fairgrounds

August 9-13 : Nevada County Fair

August 31: Fifth Thursday - Dark, No Meeting

November 23: Thanksgiving - Enjoy with your Family! (Meeting moved to 5th Thursday)

November 31: Club Holiday Traditions Luncheon - share your favorite Holiday traditions

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

WORDS OF WISDOM: " We become not a melting pot, but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, and different dreams" - Jimmy Carter

-- from President Walt

Special Dates

               Birthdays                                                     Anniversaries
Ken Ching 6/3    Dave & Gayle Denny 6/12
Ron Knaus 6/9    Ron & Nancy Knaus 6/20
Nicole Dillard 6/13    Michael & Karen Young 6/21
Michael Young 6/17    Judi Soldavini & George Roberts 6/24
Robin Milam 6/29  

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.

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 June 19.  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.