Rotario - March 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 :  Speech Contest at our Lunch Meeting

This week our club is proud to host our Annual Club Speech Contest. Michael Young has done a great job in organizing this event in recruiting volunteers from our club for tellers, timekeepers, and judges. Since we have four contestants in this year's competition, our club meeting may run a little longer than normal. Also, the theme for this year's contest is "What Rotary Serving Humanity means personally and in my own words". I'm sure you will enjoy this event, and don't forget that the area speech contest which our winners will enter will be held on April 4 at the Grass Valley Methodist Church. In the photo you will see our contest organizer, Michael Young, along with last year's winners; Brenna MacDonell, Oceana Doan, and Sam Hales.

Last Week : Mixer - Craft Talk , featuring new member Tom Ryan

Tom came into our meeting as if he had been waiting there for days. His relaxed delivery and somewhat subtle sense of humor provided an enjoyable listening opportunity as Tom told of his childhood upbringing, his teenage years playing with several rock 'n roll bands, and his transition from architecture school to running his own construction business. Tom also told some humorous anecdotes about, not only the birth of his children, but also the birth of his grandchildren. Tom has turned out to be a low-key and valuable addition to our club. We really enjoy his pleasant demeanor and his dedicated efforts.



Booth Winterization and Water Damage - update

Pres. Walt rounded up a small group of volunteers who went to the fair booth last Wed. to do some preliminary cleanup work as a precursor to having contractors fix our roof leaks. Joining Walt and his wife Sandy, was Cathy Wilcox Barnes and Tom Ryan. Initially the team swept the pine straw off the roof of the booth and cleaned up the straw and many pine cones that had collected in the alley alongside the booth. Then the team went inside and pulled down all of the water-soaked drywall from the ceiling and the wall by the sink. All of the debris was swept up and placed in bags, which we later delivered to dumpsters on the fairgrounds. The next steps will be coordinating a visit from an air-conditioning service along with the roofer to temporarily relocate the swamp cooler and evaluate what repairs need to be accomplished on the exterior portion of the roof. More rain is forecast, so these efforts could be delayed even longer. In the meantime, a temporary barrier was put on the roof above the swamp cooler to divert rainwater around its base..

In Other News

 STEAM Expo at the County Fairgrounds on Saturday March 25

One of the Girls Who Code club's community supporters, Nita Mizushima, is organizing and staffing a table at the County School's STEAM Expo on March 25. Explanations are below. If you'd like to feel encouraged about the youth of today, do stop by the STEAM Expo. And to promote Rotary's investment in youth, stop by the Girls Who Code table and give Nita a high-five and big Thank You ! Stay a bit if you can.

STEAM Exhibit Details :

  • What:  STEAM Expo is an event held by the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools.  Find out more      from
  • When & Where:  Saturday, March 25, 9am-3pm at Nevada County Fairgrounds
  • Who:  Any and all groups and individuals that are interested and involved with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math!
  • How:  Please help out on the day of the event by showing up at our GWC table or help us get ready for the event – Nita Mizushima may be reached at 368-2147

Work Party Team headed to Baja Mexico
Once again, this Thursday we're sending a team to Baja Mexico for 6 days and join a group from the Fair Oaks Club to work with the local Rotary club at Los Barriles to clean and paint dormitories (albergues) at a local school. Our team is led by John Hensley, along with Cathy Wilcox Barnes, Carolyn Feuille, Paul Boch, and our newcomers, Christine and Bill Newsom. We also look forward to hearing all about the trip at our April 6 mixer meeting.

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!
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:

March 23 :  Noon ; Club Speech Contest

March 23 - 28 :  Baja Trip for Los Barriles Project

March 25 : STEAM Expo At Nevada County Fairgrounds (9am - 3pm)

March 27 :  RYLA Interviews at NUHS - 8:30 :12:30

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

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

April 4 : Area Speech Contest at Methodist Church in  Grass Valley

April 6 :  Mixer - Baja Trip Report from our team

April 13 :  Noon - TBD

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: " If we are creating ourselves all the time, then it is never too late to begin creating the bodies we want, instead of the ones we mistakenly assume we are stuck with." - Deepak Chopra

-- from President Walt

Special Dates

                              Birthdays                             Anniversaries
Dennis Geare    3/4     David & Carol Fluke 3/18
Carolyn Feuille 3/6    
Alan Rogers 3/7    
John Woodford 3/7    
Dan Becker 3/25    

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. 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.