Rotario --Feb. 3, 2016

Dear Rotarians and Friends,   

THIS WEEK: SOLAR IN WINTER? @ FIRST THURSDAY MERCHANT MIXER in the National Hotel bar. Having been sensitized to the value of solar energy by club member Dan Becker, we will hear this week from Brandon Davis, a member of Grass Valley Rotary and manager of California Solar, about the hot and cold sides of his business. The First Thursday Mixer is also a great time to bring freinds to a Rotary social, and to mix and mingle in an informal setting. 

FEB. 11: CLUB MUSIC CONTEST  It's always an inspriation to witness the quality of talent that high schoolers display as they compete for the privelege of ascending to Rotary competitions at the Area level (April 10) and District Confernce (May 14). As the only area club with a piano in their dining room, we usually receive top-notch performers. Hilary Hodge is coordinating.

"THINK OF ONE SMALL WAY YOU COULD HELP ANOTHER, AND THAT COULD MAKE A CAREER," was the message of the guest speaker, left, at Tuesday's Girls Who Code Club, co-sponsored by this club. Jaime Miller is a 1999 graduate of Bitney Prep High School here, now lives in England, but while working in Turkey developed the online English Success Academy. It started because someone needed her help, and is now a very successful enterprise. Her message to our students couldn't have been more Rotary-inspired: first think service, then things fall into place. This is a key motivation for our involvement in this outreach to youth.

ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE 2, FEB. 13, 8:30-3:30, 433 Broad St. This is a wonderful overview of how Rotary works and why it is such an inspiring and effective movement in the community and the world. Each Rotarian is encouraged to partake in the Institute, which are only offerd a couple of times each year. This one is in OUR TOWN! Register on the District website

THE AUTHOR BEHIND "THE REVENANT" MOVIE INTERVIEWED IN PEOPLE, TO SPEAK TO CLUB FEB 18. Bruce Bradley is a talented writer, vintner, and artist, whose book, Hugh Glass, 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. 

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. 

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 Michelle Thomas and Joe Bundy 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. 


MICHAEL YOUNG AND HILARY HODGE shared about their vocation and the road they took to arrive in Nevada City in their current occupations. One of Michael's career highlights was being assigned as a newpaper reprote to "The 9/11 Desk," especially since it took some digging to gain the full picture of how the terror attack was planned and executed. One of Hilary's highlights was getting married in Disneyland, in stages (read in "lands"), and celebrating wiht a rather large crowd on hand. Thank you Michael and Hilary for your talks!

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 President is 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 last week. All members are encouraged to contribute to these lists as we embrace the doable-and-exciting course for the next year.


GRASS VALLEY ROTARY'S CASINO NIGHT IS THIS SATRUDAY, FEB. 6, 6:30 to 10 pm at the Foothill Event Center. This is a key fundraising event for them, and fellow Rotarians are most welcome.

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.

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

WORDS OF WISDOM: "I think that only daring specualtion can lead us further, and not the accumulation of facts." —Albert Einstein

-- President Dave


Celebrating You!


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. 4 First Thursday Merchant Mixer, with Brandon Davis of California Solar
Feb. 11 Club Music Contest
Feb. 13 Rotary Leadership Institute 2, at NC United Methodist Chruch, 8:30-3:30
Feb. 18 The Author Behind "The Revenant" Movie, Bruce Bradley
Feb. 21 Service Project moving books to the History Library
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

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.