Rotario - December 8,2016

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's Speakers - Christie Gillison and Caitlin Jones from Partners in English Language Learning (PiELL).

Partners in English Language Learning is a local nonprofit organization that tutors adults who are learning English as a second language.Tutors and students our match together for at least a year to focus on student goals such as getting a drivers license improving communications with their children's school and preparing for job interviews. Christie is the current Board President and has over 30 years of management experience in the corporate world. She and her husband have moved to Nevada city from the East Bay.                            
Caitlin, originally from Dallas, studied criminal justice at the University of Texas at Dallas and decided to work with groups disproportionately impacted by the justice system. She spent three years teaching ESL in the classroom setting before moving to Penn Valley in joining the PiELL Board. While her specialty is social media outreach, Caitlin is also an aspiring comedian.

Last Week's Mixer Speaker - Pat Dyer, owner of Utopian Stone

Pat provided us with a biographical sketch of his life story starting with his youthful days in Grass Valley, the years in College at Cal Poly where he met his future wife and business partner, Diane, and the start of his professional life at Grass Valley Group.  Pat went on to outline his many jobs, especially his one year stint at the Paiute Indian Reservation at Pyuramid Lake, NV.  Pat then descrivbed his silversmithing career in Nevada City where he also took time to serve in Public office, including becoming the Mayor of Nevada City.. Pat really garnered our attention passing out samples of  his jewelery anf gemstones. One of the most notable items was his 4 oz. gold nugget, valued over several thousand dollars.  Of course Pat kept a close watch to ensure that all of his samples were returned.

Holiday Party slated for December 15 at The Bridge House

Hopefully you will be able to attend our annual event at theis new location ! Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be the order of the day, along with soft drinks and some wine. Feel free to bring your own beverage of choice as well..  The party starts at 5:30pm and the cost is $20 per person. If you haven't signed up already, please RSVP to Judi Soldavini ( or 265-8524) by Dec.10, so we may advise the caterer.

We will not be Bellringing this year. In lieu of bellringing, we will be donating gifts for children and adults to the Salvation Army and Hospitality House.  Please bring your gifts to our Holiday Party.  New toys and clothing as well as gently used clothing and household items are welcome!  Contact Robin if you have questions. 

Volunteers have started  "winterizing"  the Fair Booth

This past Saturday a small group of us dedicated workers started winterizing the Booth cooking area. We were able to purchase the plywood paneling, applied primer to the panels, and cut the panels to the sizes fitting the screened areas. The team was also able to cut and apply moldings that will hold the panels in place. Many thanks to Dave Bunje and his trusty pickup truck, Tom Milam, with his skill saw expertise, Ken Ching, for his patience with the paint roller, and the general "go-fer" support provided by myself and Paul Boch. We will need another small work party to put the final coat of paint on the panels, mount the locking mechanisms, and install the door.

Registrar Needed for the Girls Who Code Club                                                        

The Girls Who Code club has been going very well, and we are now preparing for a Spring 2017 session. Dave Bunje could use assistance receiving and listing responses from girls who want to join. This is a brief at-home on-the-computer task, using Goggle Docs or similar so others can have access. Dave is learning this part of the process, too, so we can learn together! Occasional work with the club could be a pleasant side benefit. Contact Dave at or 530-409-2925. Thanks!


Baja - Los Barriles Update

The dates for our work project in Los Barriles - Baja, Mexico have been firmed up.  They are March 23 - 28. More details will be forthcoming at our Mixer meeting January 5.

Nevada City Rotary Board Actions

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 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 :

Dec. 8. Lunch Meeting Caitlin Jones & Christie Gillison – Partners in English Language Learning (PiELL)

Dec. 15: Holiday Party at the Bridge House - Bring gifts for Salvation Army and Hospitality House!

Dec. 22: Lunch Meeting  Holly Hermansen - Superintendent of Schools – Nevada County

Dec. 29: DARK for Holidays

Jan. 5 : First Thursday Social 5:30pm- Baja Update from Carolyn Feuille & John Hensley

Jan. 12 : Lunch Meeting Lynn Skrudrud - NEO (New Events & Opportunities)

Jan. 19: Third Thursday Social 5:30pm

Jan. 26: Lunch Meeting Jesse Locks - NCFF

Feb. 2: First Thursday Social

Feb. 9: Lunch Meeting Elisa Parker - See Jane Doe

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

WORDS OF WISDOM: " Anything worth doing is worth overdoing" - Mick Jagger

-- President Walt

Special Dates


John Hazelwood    12/25

Bob Buhlis            12/30


Dave & Janet Bunje           12/12

Paul & Sonja Boch             12/29

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

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: Joe Bundy
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.