Rotario May 4, 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 - Stacy Drake & Karen Young, Editors of the Advocate Newspaper

Karen Newell Young began her journalism career at the Providence Journal in Rhode Island, where she and her husband worked for eight years before moving to Southern California in 1987. Prior to retiring in 2006, she served as media relations director at UC Irvine and director of communications at USC. In Nevada County, Karen has volunteered for and served on three boards in Nevada County: Hospitality House, the Nevada City Rotary Club and The Center for Nonprofit Leadership.  For the last four years, she has worked as a writer and copy editor for the Nevada City Advocate.

Stacy Drake has been in newspaper ad sales,  marketing and promotion since 2000.  In 2009 she and then-husband, Pat Butler started the Nevada City Advocate as a way to promote Nevada County's businesses, people and events. In the time between 2009 and now, Stacy has lived part time in Nevada City but moved back permanently one year ago and is managing and publishing the Nevada City Advocate it's sole owner.  Stacy also holds a job as Program Manager for the SMUD Home Performance program as her job at Efficieny First California in Berkeley, CA. 

Rock Creek moves to Lion's Lake at Nevada County Fair
Tuesday May 16 9:30am - 1:00pm

We all have fond memories of our Rock Creek and Empire Mines outing.  Seven Hills Leadership class members are paired with Adaptive Education students for whatever the event entails.  This year our very special day serving lunch to Seven Hills Leadership and Adaptive Education Students is moving to the lake to the west of the RV Park at Nevada County Fairgrounds.  The teachers are planning field day events including fishing for the students and Nevada City Rotary will serve sandwiches.  Last year's event was at Empire Mine, this year we are moving to Lion's Lake. 

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We need folding tables and COOKIES!  Please let Robin know if you have a table you can bring and/or cookies.  BBQs are not needed!!!!!

This event is sure to touch your heart and remind you of why you are a Rotarian!!!

Last Week - Aimee Retzler, co-director of Sierra Harvest

Aimee, always energetic and passionate about her work, gave a wonderful presentation about her ongoing work with the Sierra Harvest Farm Institute. Amy first explained her history in creating this enterprise, and then described several of the initiatives that the Institute promotes. The initiative called Farm Biz is a business planning course for farmers on how to be more prosperous and grow organic foods. Another class is called Farm Crew, where students will work alongside a mentor on established farms, ranches, or orchards to learn growing and production skills for organic foods. Often the target audience for these classes are low income families where Amy's impact on their lifestyle and introduction to healthy eating has had dramatic results. Amy's tutorial was supplemented with a professional three minute video of Sierra Harvest and a slideshow displaying some of the efforts of her organization. Watching young students discover the joy of eating fresh garden grown vegetables was especially inspiring.  Pictured are (L to R) Chris Newsom, Allan Rogers, and Aimee at our meeting.

District Conference – May 18 through May 21: 

It is not too late to register for this main event that is being held at the Atlantis Hotel in Reno. You can find the details at

Booth Winterization and Water Damage - update

We have some good news to report regarding the fair booth. Last Sunday a work party consisting of Tom Ryan, Ken Ching, Pres. Walt, and the Milam's,( Robin and Tom) took on the winterization project. The team had great success in mounting the door in the cooking area, mounting the panels around the entire screened in the area of the cooking room, AND Tom Milam installed professional grade cabinetry around the compressor. It was a good effort by the whole team.
Additionally, now that we have good weather we are hoping to have the swamp cooler removed in the near future, so our roofer can fix the leak. Stay tuned…

In Other News

Hot off the newswire !  - Carolyn Inglis is returning to "active dutry" in our club

Club Retreat - June 5 ;  Press.-elect Cathy 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.

Other Key Dates :   June 28 - Demotion Party, Details TBD

The Rotary Foundation (TRF):  Some good news here, due to a late surge in donations to the Rotary International Foundation, our club exceeded our target goal of $3000 before the April 30 cutoff. Our club also exceeded our target goal for donations to Polio Plus !

Fundraising efforts

Club Yard Sale/ Flea Market: 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 4th : Mixer: Stacy Drake & Karen Young , editors of the Advocate newspaper

May 11: Lunch -  John Woodford , reports on the status of our Club Foundation

May 16 Our Annual Seven Hills and Adaptive Education Field Day Outing - Tuesday 9:30am - 1pm at Lion's Park - Gate 4-5 at Nevada County Fair (Past years was at Rock Creek)

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

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

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

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

June 27 : Concessionaires Mtg. - 6pm At Fairgrounds

June 28 : Demotion Party  - Details TBD

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

WORDS OF WISDOM: "It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We're all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." - Martin Luther King Jr.

-- 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
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. 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.