Rotario --Feb. 24, 2016

Dear Rotarians and Friends,    

NEW ROTARIAN TALKS, CLUB FOUNDATION, SERVICE PLANS are the focus of the meeting on Feb. 25. Karrie Barrett and Joe Bundy will be presenting their "Craft Talks," telling about their vocation, work history, and background.  We will also get an update on the Club Foundation from chairman John Woodford, 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.

MARCH 10: NEVADA CITY BEFORE AND AFTER THE FREEWAY, will be described, with maps and pictures, by Ken Holbrook, a fellow Rotarian in Grass Valley, and Cheryl Rellstab's husband. The freeway took out a number of homes and businesses, shortened streets, and changed the character of downtown. In addition to learning the history, we'll be able to reconsider "was it worth it?"


THE REAL STORY BEHIND "THE REVENANT" MOVIE was told by Bruce Bradley, author of the book Hugh Glass, who was the subject of the film. Bruce shared many delightful details about the times and trappers, and about doing the research for the book. In addition to being an author and a vintner, Bruce is the bartender at the National Hotel, so we have the priviledge of gaining further wisdom from him each week.

THE BOOKS HAVE BEEEN MOVED! A dedicated work party, pictured at right, showed up at City Hall last Sunday morning to move some historic Nevada City ledgers to the Searls Historical Libraray. Many thanks to Robin and Tom Milam, Cathy Wilcox-Barnes, Carolyn and Mike Inglis, Walt Stickel, and John Burke for carrying the load and safekeeping the treasure that is contained in those ledgers.

ROTARY TURNED 111 !! THE PARTY WAS TERRIFIC! Cathy Wilcox-Barnes made a giant cookie and a giant brownie and used exactly 111 M&M's on each one to celebrate the unique occasion. We raised a toast and joined hundreds of clubs around the world honoring the work and web that is Rotary. It was a "feel good" historic moment.

ROTARY'S "BUSINESS PEOPLE OF THE YEAR" RECOGNIZED IN THE UNION. This article appeared in Tuedsay's paper (Rotary's 111th birthday) describing the excellence of Rotary's choice for this year's award. Many thanks to Nicole Dillard for coordinating this outreach, and for making such an effective selection. 

THE AUCTION KEEPS GIVING: ANNETTE GEARE SERVES GOURMET DINNER. One of the items that raised a good deal of money at the Adventures and Wine Auction was Annette Geare preparing and serving a gourment jambalaya dinner, right, with Dennis co-hosting and entertaining the guests. The report from the bid winners was very positive and Annette's reputation keeps growing!

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE through the Rotary Club of Nevada City

The Garden Planter Box construction project has been postponed while plans and procedures are more carefully prepared. Joe Bundy and Carolyn Inglis will keep us up to date.

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 $340 or more for club projects by working at an upcomning election, if selected. Applications are due March 21. Cathy Wilcox-Barnes has taken names of those interested and will keep us informed.

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. The photo, left, is from the bathroom that the girls use at the school, in need of sealing and painting.


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: "Believe those who seek the truth. Doubt those who find it."  --Andre Gide

-- 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)

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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.