Rotario May 18, 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 - Bubbles, Fishes and Wonder at Lions Lake

What a delight to experience the Seven Hills and Union Hill Leadership and Adaptive Education students buddying together around Lions Lake to fish, play field games and make HUGE bubbles.  John Hensley reported that our Tuesday, May 16 event was our 19th year to partner with Seven Hills and Union Hills education staff for which we organize the picnic lunch for students, staff and chaperones.  It was a bit nippy but fun.  Adaptive Physical Ed specialist John Bryan (and event coordinator) custom made fishing poles and special tools for making BIG beautiful bubbles in the wind. The wonder and delight of seeing fish on a line after a nibble drew a lot of the students back to the lake.  Grass Valley Fire Department came for a demostration but got called away as soon as they were parked.    

Thank you Nevada City Rotary for a full team effort and a fabulous day!

Note: Because of this Club event, our Thursday meeting has MOVED to Tuesday..

Last Week - John Woodford Presented Status of the Club Foundation

As our resident CPA, John came to our lunch meeting to provide annual details of the status of our club foundation. He started by reviewing how our club foundation came into existence as an alternative for some of our key donors to have a tax exempt method of applying their donations to local initiatives and scholarships. Unfortunately, as John reported, some of these large dollar contributors are no longer with the club. The good news is that a one time donation of $10,000 has allowed the foundation funds to stand and a value of about $25,000. In the coming years, John anticipates planned expenditures for various scholarships to be in the $12-$15,000 range. With this in mind John reminded the club this foundation is entirely dependent on voluntary donations by club members. And he reiterated that this Foundation is not in competition with donations requested by Rotary International for the Rotary International Foundation.

District Conference – May 18 through May 21 in Reno

Our attendees will include, Pres. Walt, PE Cathy Wilcox-Barnes, ADG Dennis Geare, PP/Youth Chair Dave Bunje and Club Sect. Robin Milam.

Booth Water Damage - update

We have more good news to report here! First, the installation of the plywood panels in the cooking area and the installation of the door to the cooking area are both complete  The external roof repair has also been completed ! The last two steps are to reinstall the swamp cooler, and complete the drywall repairs inside the booth. AND we've identified a contractor who complete the interior drywall repairs in the next few days.  The final interior painting will be another opportunity for our ambitious club members.

In Other News

Dave Bunje's Trip Report from the GV Men's Choir

Former Pres. Dave gave the club a detailed trip report of the men's choir expedition across England and especially the Cornwall region. They stopped in over 30 venues over a period of five days and were welcomed by local Rotary clubs as well. Dave specifically noted some of the differences in club protocols in that they do not do flag salutes, sing the national anthem, nor recite the four-way test at the meetings he attended. Dave had nothing but positive reports on the warm greetings he and the rest of the choir received from the locals.

Miners Trail Task Force - Meeting at City Hall May 10

A second meeting was held at Nevada City hall to discuss what can be done to keep the Rotary Miners Trail and its newly placed sign clear of vandalism and transients sleeping and partying under the highway 20/49 overpass. The task force was organized by local advocate Jim Morris, and participation included a member of the Nevada City Police Department, City Manager Mark Prestwich, several residents adjacent to the trail, as well as Pres. Walt and President-elect Cathy Wilcox Barnes. Several alternatives were proposed, including reinforced fencing, adding lights under the overpass, and organizing more groups of people to frequent the trail, hopefully discouraging transients from parking there. The next meeting is planned to occur at City Hall on May 31 at 11 AM.

Club Retreat - June 5  – PE Cathy  has passed out flyers inviting all of us AND our significant others to this week-night event.  Gather for socializing at 5pm; meeting starts at 5:30pm and includes dinner.   Look for an Email with this invitation in the near future. 

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're starting to circulate the sign-up sheet for staffing all of the 100 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.

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 et al at 6:30pm.  Please note, we will also need a setup crew for tables and chairs late morning. More details to follow.


Fundraising efforts

Club Yard Sale/ Flea Market: 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. Please contact Cathy or Pres. Walt if you wish to sign up for either shift.

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:

May 18 : DARK - Moved to Tuesday May 16 Student Field Day and District Conference

May 18-21: District Conference - Atlantis Resort, Reno

May 24 : Rotary Board Meeting:  Note, moved to Wednesday

May 25 : Don Pierce - Backyard Beekeeping

June 1 : Mixer - Stephanie Lewis, Robotics Team Report

June 5 : Club Retreat - Monday Evening mtg  (5:00- 8:30,includes dinner)

June 8 :  Debbie McDonald - Hospitality House

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

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

June 22 :  Erin Noel - Community Legal

June 27 : Concessionaires Mtg. - 6pm At Fairgrounds

June 28 : Demotion Party  - Details TBD

June 29 :  DARK

July 6 :  Mixer

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

WORDS OF WISDOM: " Our Responsibility is much greater than we might have supposed, because it involves all mankind." - Jean-Paul Sarte

-- from President Walt

Special Dates

               Birthdays                                                     Anniversaries
John Burke 5/15    Robin & Tom Milam 5/1
Trish Dellis 5/22    Wally & Mary Krill 5/2
Stacy Drake 5/23    John Hensley & Sandra Brown 5/5
Gil Gray 5/31  

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

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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 Wednesday May 24.  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.