Rotario - May 25, 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 - Don Pierce and his "Backyard Beekeeping"

Don grew up in Ft. Wayne Indiana and earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering in nearby Terre Haute.  He spent  five years in the Air Force and earned his MBA  at Arizona State.His career involved working in high tech for international and start-up companies in the Bay Area. Some of these included Intel, Ford Aerospace, and Sun Microsystems.  He retired to Nevada City in 2002.  Don's Interests include reading, kayaking, hiking, fishing, bridge, and beekeeping. He started  beekeeping in 2009, and has been buzzing about it ever since.  Don is married and has two grown stepsons who reside in the Bay Area.





Last Week - Bubbles, Fishes and Wonder at Lions Lake

Thank you Nevada City Rotary for a full team effort and a fabulous day!  If you missed last week's Rotario, check it out for photos of a fun day!

District Conference – A very rewarding weekend in Reno

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

Our club collected numerous awards, including 6 First Place Plaques for;

- Club Administration

- Vocational Service

- Youth Service

- International Service                                                                                       

- Youth Project of the Year

- Multi-club Administrative Project of the Year

Additionally, our club was awarded 7 Governor's Citations for;

- Community Service

- RAW Project of the Year

- Literacy Project Of the Year

- Administration Project of the Year

- International Service

- Youth Service

- Attendance

AND Pres. Walt had a wonderful 1x1 conversation with Rotary International President John Germ.



Booth Water Damage - update

We're making serious progress with the fair booth repairs. Now that the roof repairs are complete, we've had the HVAC people reinstall the swamp cooler. Simultaneously, our drywall contractor, Jim Broduer is ready to put the final touches on the drywall repairs. This is being delayed one week due to lack of access because of the upcoming Strawberry Festival at the fairgrounds.  The final interior painting will be another opportunity for our ambitious club members.We will probably need two separate work parties to prepare the booth for the fair; one for the interior painting and general cleanup.  and one work party to do the final sprucing up of the sandwich prep area. Work party dates are TBD.


In Other News

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.  And you should have received an Emailed invitation.

Girls Who Code Successfully Completed Another Session
Under the continued guidance of Past President Dave Bunje, the Girls Who Code classes have continued their successful offering of technical training in web design at the Bitney Springs Prep School. There was a party this past Tuesday to celebrate the completion of another semester of this training for a dozen young girls. Past Pres. Nancy Kemp, another major supporter of CWC, was also on hand to provide refreshments at the party. Also, the Girls Who Code intiative was resposible for our club being awarded both a Plaque and a Governor's Citation at the District Conference.
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 Effort- Yard Sale/Flea Market  Saturday, June 17

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

June 29 :  Moved to June 28 Demotion

July 6 :  Mixer

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

WORDS OF WISDOM: " Beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The leasty we can try to do is be there. " - Annie Dillard

-- 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

For additional calendar events please visit the calendar at
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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.