Rotario --Feb. 17, 2016

Dear Rotarians and Friends,    

THIS WEEK: THE AUTHOR BEHIND "THE REVENANT" MOVIE, INTERVIEWED IN PEOPLE, WILL SPEAK Bruce Bradley is a talented writer, vintner, and artist, whose book, Hugh Glass, right, was used as background for the new movie, The Revenant. Bruce was interviewed recently by People magazine for its article on the movie. We have been able to arrange for Bruce to speak to the club on Feb. 18 about Hugh Glass, writing history, and informing a movie. You will be impressed wiht Bruce's talent, and amazed at how close he has been to Rotary activities all these years. 

NEXT TUESDAY 6 PM @ THE NATIONAL BAR: RAISE A TOAST TO ROTARY TURNING 111! How grateful we are for the birth and flourishing of Rotary International. So we will gather at the bar of the National Hotel to raise a toast in thanksgiving and celebration. Rotary has asked each club to send in photos of how they celebrate: We will have a surprise centerpiece, but also look for the 111 items that illustrate Rotary's colorful history!

NEW ROTARIAN TALKS, CLUB FOUNDATION, SERVICE PLANS are the focus of the meeting on Feb. 25. We'll get to know Karrie Barrett and Joe Bundy, be updated about the Club Foundation, and affirm the "Service Above Self" projects club members are undertaking.

WHAT PROGRAMS WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE AT ROTARY? As we transition to a new Program Chair, President Dave is hosting a Listening Session after the meeting on Feb. 25 to learn your suggestions for 1) Subject matter that Rotarians should know, 2) businesses and agencies we'd like to know more about, and 3) persons from whom we'd like to hear. The Listening Session will be in the bar after the meeting ends; you may also offer sugestions in writing that day.

SPECIAL LUNCH MEETING ON MARCH 3 FOR THE SPEECH CONTEST Because of student schedules, we needed to schedule the Speech Contest for lunchtime on March 3. Therefore THERE WILL BE NO MERCHANT MIXER IN MARCH. But you won't regret it: these students are excelent, and the topic inspiring. Mark your calendar: it's a lunch meeting on March 3.


"MUSIC TO OUR EARS" AT THE CLUB MUSIC CONTEST  We were delighted and impressed with with the quality of music presented last week, and with the graciousness of the students. It was a wonderful event. Pictured, from left to right, are President Dave, Sydney Burdett-Corsi (First Place, playing the harp), Melanie Cummins (Second Place, piano), Anya Blount (Honorable Mention, piano), and Ryan Brott (Honorable Mention, piano). From here, Sydney adn Melanie compete in the Area competition (April 10), and the winner there competes in the District Confernce (May 14). 

VISIONING RETREAT HELPS CHART THE COURSE Being realistic about our size of club and our ability to staff service projects and fundraisers, Visioning Retreat helped articulate the focus of the club, and also how to take it a step at a time. The brainstorming results are in the member section of the website; the Startegic Planning committee (Carolyn Feuille and Walt Stickel) are coordinating the filling in of the lists of projects that are being undertaken and those that are desired but as yet unstaffed. The lists were emailed to members in late January. All members are encouraged to contribute to these lists as we embrace the doable-and-exciting course for the next year.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE through the Rotary Club of Nevada City

Move books to the new Hisotry Center from Nevada City City Hall, Sunday. Feb. 21, starting at 11 am at the City Hall. This will only take an hour or two, but include an inside look at City Hall and some great reccorded history. Confirm your particpation with Robin Milam.

Build Garden Planter Boxes for children at the Child Development Center at Sierra College on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 9-noon. The wood and nails will be there; bring your shovel. The childcare center wants to teach children about gardening and nature; we are partnering as both a service to young families, and as a way of, well, nurturing future Rotarians. See Joe Bundy or Carolyn Inglis for more details. 

Be available for the Nevada City Cold Winter Shelter, should one be necessary (below 28* or 32* and raining or snowing and no other shelter is available). Contact Sierra Roots at 530-265-5403 to sign on.

Organize a Poll Worker fundraiser. Gather 3-6 fellow members and raise $400 or more for club projects by working at an upcomning election, if selected. Applications are due March 21. President Dave has the forms.

Painting a school dormitory near Los Barriles, Baja, Mexico, March 10-15, 2016. Continuing the work started last year, a team of NC Rotarians will go to southern Baja next March for an intense weekend of painting and sprucing-up, and a couple of days of warm fellowship with members of our sister club in Los Barriles. Great hotel rates have been arranged with the Rotarian owner of Spa Buena Vista, on the ocean, for $50/night. Hotel Los Barriles will be about $75/night. See Dave Bunje for more info. In the photo below, a local Rotary work team got started on the first wall. 


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

THE DISTRICT CONFERENCE, MAY 13-15 IS A CELEBRATION of the experiences and accomplishments of teh 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. 

RI PRESIDENT RAVINDRAN AND POPE FRANCIS INVITE YOU TO MASS IN ROME ON APRIL 30. 8,000 seats are reserved for Rotarians, friends and family; first come, first served. In addition, local Rotarians will host special celebratory dinners and a service project. For more inforamtion vist the Jubilee of Rotarians website

EXCHANGE STUDENTS AND INTERACT STUDENTS TO DISTRICT CONFERENCE. Our district leadership is inviting financial contirubuitons to help make it possible for these students to attend the District Conference on May 13-15. See DAve or Dennis for details.

THE GOLD COUNTRY CYCLING CHALLENGE, sponsored by Grass Valley Rotary Club, is on May 14, 2016. If you don't go to teh District Confernce, this would be a great event to support. More at 

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

WORDS OF WISDOM: "Bruce Bradley's Hugh Glass just came out on Kindle and the story will blow your socks off. Think of 'Dancing With Wolves' on steroids."  --Jay Douglass

-- President Dave




George Rebane                 2/10

Nan Drummer                 2/14

Tom Coleman                   2/18

Judy Soldavini                2/28

Carolyn Inglis                 2/28

Carolyn and Mike Inglis                   2/12

Alan and Betty Rogers                      2/18

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


Feb. 18 The Author Behind "The Revenant" Movie, Bruce Bradley
Feb. 20 Prospective Member Orientation, 3 pm, Recreation Realty 
Feb. 21 Service Project moving books to the History Library
Feb. 23 Rotary's 111th birthday party, 6 pm, Nationla Hotel bar
Feb. 25 Club Foundation, New Members, Vision Plan
Feb. 27 Service Project building garden boxes at Preschool at Sierra College
March 3 Speech Contest Special lunch meeting
March 22 March Board meeting (moved ahead one week this month)

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.