Rotario --April 6, 2016

Dear Rotarians and Friends,    

APRIL 7: FIRST THURSDAY MIXER, 5:30 pm at the National Hotel bar. We will induct Dr. Christine Newsom as a member. Her husband, Dr. Bill Newsom, will be the featured speaker. Chris is a doctor of internal medicine and has also donated her services to clients of Hospitality House. Chris has a passion for care of the environment, and takes great pride in the musical talent of her three children. Bill Newsom led the creation of the cancer center at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in 1995, saving many residents the long journey down the hill for treatment. An important feature of the cancer center in Grass Valley is that it focuses on treatment of the whole patient, not just the disease. At right, Bill and Chris recieve the "Leadership in Health Care" award from the Western Sierra Medical Clinic on Jan. 29 of this year. 

APRIL 14: THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF BEING A FRANCHISE OWNER, with Keith Miller. Pick up a sandwich at a local Subway and you just might meet the guy who coordinates legistaltion and policies not only for all Subway franchise owners across the country, but also for nationwide franchise owners in 17 businesses, including 7-11, SuperCuts, Burger King, Asian-American Hotels, Dominoes, Meineke, Dunkin' Donuts, and more. Keith is chair of the Coalition of Franchisee Associations AND our very own local sandwich maker. He will share his remarkable adventures.

APRIL 21: THE NEWEST OUTREACH WITH THE PYGMIES OF BATWA, UGANDA, presented by Dr. Scott Kellerman. Dr. Kellerman is working with Rotarians in all five area clubs to to supply the new hospital there with specialized equipment. He will have just returned from Uganda, and we are one of his first stops. Having served as Chief of Staff at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Dr. Kellerman experienced a call to serve the displaced pygmies of the Bwindi Impenatrable Forest in Uganda, who had basicaclly no medical resources. The difference a few Rotarians can make is very moving. 


"ROCK CREEK" SERVICE PROJECT: WATCH FOR DETAILS IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS! Robin is in the process of confirmning plans with Seven Hills Leadership Class and TKM Family Resource Center (Special Ed) Staff to move our Rock Creek Hike to Empire Mine, probably during the week of April 18-22. It is a special day when Seven Hills Leadership students buddy up with special needs students, all fed by the Rotary Club of Nevada City. 


SUSAN GOVEIA ILLUMINATED THE HELPFUL SIDE OF WEEDS. With an inclination for tastiness and a heart for beauty, Susan walked us through the surprises and delights of an average yard/garden, explaining especially how to work with weeds so that they are contributors rather than nuisances. Knocking them over and planting through them (permaculture) is one way, enriching the soil and subsequent crops. Cooking with them is another. As pictured here, Susan shared some garden cookies that were easy to make and very tasty. I took four. 

NEW COMPUTERS HAVE BEEN INSTALLED AT BITNEY PREP HIGH Inspired by the two Girls Who Code clubs we sponsor, the Rotary Clubs of Grass Valley and 49er Breakfast joined us in utilizing District matching grants to supply the host school, Bitney College Prep High School, with new computers. Other funds came from the Grass Valley Computer Learning Guild, Telestream, and Bitney parents. In this photo, Robin, Dave and Pearce are atttaching keyboard and mouse to teh new iMacs. 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE through the Rotary Club of Nevada City

The Rock Creek/Empire Mine Outing for students with disabilities will be scheduled soon, probably during the week of April 18-22. See the article above, and stay tuned!

Help prepare the club's display for the District Confernce May 13-15. We have many notable and colorful items to share from our exciting year: costumes from Kazakhstan (such as Ron Knaus is modeling, right), video and demonstrations from the Girls Who Code clubs, water filters and bright paint from Mexico ...we just need a couple of people to arrange them in an attractive and winsome way. See Dave or Robin to volunteer.

Transport students to the District Conference on May 14. We have been asked to have at least two Rotarians and two students from our Girls Who Code clubs at an information session on "Effective Youth Programs" Satruday moring of the Conference. This would involve driving them up and back, and probably enjoying elements of the conference for lunch and early afternoon. See Dave or Robin to volunteer.

Provide snacks for the Girls Who Code club. This is a real feel-good service opportuntiy, but only four dates are still available: May 3, 11, 31, and June 1. Set-up, serving, and clean-up take less than an hour, the girls LOVE you, and you leave with a warm appreciation for the good nature of youth in our community. Sign up with Dave Bunje. 

The Garden Planter Box construction project has been rescheduled. Joe Bundy and Carolyn Inglis will keep us up to date.


THE CLUB LEADERSHIP ASSEMBLY IS APRIL 9 and is an excellent way to learn details about the various avenues in Rotary, and to get training in specific areas. Register online (there is no fee for registration) at 

THE DISTRICT CONFERENCE, MAY 13-15 IS A CELEBRATION of the experiences and accomplishments of the Rotary year, enhanced by good fellowship and valuable networking with Rotarians from other clubs. Register online at; there is no abiltiy to register on site. 

SPONSORSHIPS ARE SOUGHT FOR THE DISTRICT CONFERENCE. With support between $1,000 and $10,000 to help make the conference happen, businesses and individuals are provided meal invitatons, banner listing and special notation in the program. Walt and Dave have details.

ROTARY PEACE FELLOWSHIP APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN. Recommend your neighbor or relative today!

WORDS OF WISDOM: "I think we learn from medicine everywhere that it is, at its heart, a human endeavor, requiring good science but also a limitless curiosity and interest in your fellow human being, and that the physician-patient relationship is key; all else follows from it."  --Abraham Verghese

-- President Dave




Walt Stickel                             4/1

Hilary Hodge                          4/1

hari Barley                              4/4

John Hensley  (the big 70!)  4/11

Really, no anniversaries in April?


Rotary Leadership

RI President: Ravi Ravindran
RI Director: Brad Howard
District 5190 Governor: Gail Ellingwood
Asst. Governor, Area 4: Dennis Geare

Club Leadership

President: Dave Bunje
President-Elect: Walt Stickel

Secretary: Walt Stickel
Treasurer: Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
Public Relations: Robin Milam
Community Service: Robin Milam

Club Service: Pearce Boyer III
International Service: Carolyn Feuille
Vocational Service: Nicole Dillard
Foundation: Nicole Dillard
Youth Services: Carolyn Inglis

Programs: Hilary Hodge


April 7 First Thursday Merchant Mixer, featuring Dr. Bill Newsom founder of SNMH Cancer Center
April 9 Club Leadership Assembly in Reno for all incoming officers
April 9 STEAM Expo, science and technology for students, Nevada City Fairgrounds
April 14 "Highs and Lows of a Franchise Owner," with Keith Miller
April 18-22 Probable "Rock Creek Hike" or similar
April 21 Update on Uganda with Dr. Scott Kellerman
April 28 "Insights Out" of Veterinary Medicine, with Dr. Michelle Capon
May 5 First Thursday Merchant Mixer
May 13-15 District Conference, Atlantis Hotel, Reno, Nevada 
May 19 Nisenan Tribal Leader Shelly Covert

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 Hilary Hodge.

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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 every Thursday at Noon at the National Hotel
except First Thursday's 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.