Rotario - March 30, 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 : No Meeting, we are DARK,

since this is the 5th Thursday of the month.

Also this week, on Monday, March 27, President Walt and  Tom Ryan participated in the process of interviewing RYLA candidates at NU High School.

Last  Week :  Speech Contest at our Lunch Meeting

The four contestants at our speech contest on Thursday each provided personal insights as part of their speeches which included the theme of "What Rotary Serving Humanity" means personally to each of them.  All the speakers demonstrated confidence and an excellent understanding of what they intended to say. Our judges had a very difficult time choosing a winner, as it took several ballots. Pictured from the left is our winner, Aubrianna, Shelby, who finished second, and our runners-up, Brenna, and Sarah. In the back of the photo is our host Michael Young..    

Booth Winterization and Water Damage - update

Pres. Walt  had set up a potential work session with an HVAC contractor and a roofing contractor to start dissecting the exterior portion of the leaks on the roof of the fair booth. Unfortunately since several dry days in a row or needed to complete the work, they decided to postpone the work until the weather forecast is more favorable..

In Other News

 STEAM Expo at the County Fairgrounds

Pres. Walt stopped in at the STEAM Expo and visited the exhibit assembled by the sponsors of the "Girls Who Code" organization. And he also discovered that the overall Expo was a huge success, attracting many hundreds of visitors and their families.


Work Party Team Activity at Baja Mexico

Last Thursday we sent our 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. Early reports indicate that the team got a lot accomplished, in spite of dealing with some persistent paint fumes in one of the buildings. They also seem to have a lot of fun! Pictured on the left is President-elect Cathy rolling some paint onto one of the walls. Pictured on the right is the entire team from our club. 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 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 - 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: " I ask you one thing;do not tire of giving,but do not give your leftovers. Give until it hurts, until you feel the pain." - Mother Teresa

-- 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
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. 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.