Rotario --June 22, 2016

Dear Rotarians and Friends,    

JUNE 23: SUPERVISOR NATE BEESON, who is completing his service on the Nevada County Board of Supervisors, will reflect on the Ins and Outs, Highs and Lows, Ups and Downs of serving as a county supervisor. During 30 years as a naval officer, Beeson captained three ships, and led Operation Restore Hope in Somalia in 1993. Captain Beeson has serrved as a Nevada County supervisor for 12 years, collecting many perspectives on the Ins and Outs, as well as the Lows and Highs of county government. 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 6 PM: PRESIDENT DAVE'S DEMOTION at Judy Soldavini's Bridge House on North Bloomfield Rd. From 6-7 will be No-Host cocktails and fellowship. The dinner and program start at 7 pm. The newsletter editor is under the impression that this will be a highly complimentary evening, where "never is heard a discouraging word..." Cost is $35 per person for delightful entertainment, the momentous bell-passing (said bell is pictured in a colorful floral setting at left, typical of President Dave's care) and a meal catered by Christopher's Catering. RSVP by June 22 to Cathy Wilcox-Barnes, 265-2155. More information is in last week's special edition of the Rotario, which can be found on the Nevada City Rotary website. It will be a happy time for all, and there will be a special remembrance of the year offered as a gift for you!


NEVADA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE TOM ANDERSON AND PRESIDING JUDGE SCOTT THOMSEN discussed the state of the Nevada County court system. There are difficulties for the courts, but we were impressed with the care and professionalism that these two brought to this critical component of county life. Judge Anderson has been instrumental in developing the community court system, which is related to Laura's Law, named for Laura Wilcox of Nevada County. Community court is able to encourage and monitor more rehabilitaiton and "fresh starts" than the regular court, diminishing crime. The judges also pointed out an irony of doing a good job and living in a rural county: When an additional $20 million state funding for county courts was passed, it was directed to higher crime areas... which resulted in Nevada County having to pay $87,000 toward the effort. But at least we benefit from lower crime. 

ROTARY FOUNDATION ACHIEVEMENTS WERE CELEBRATED Through your generosity, these milestones have been reached this year:

+ Every member has contributed this year! (100% EREY)

+ Polio giving is 435% of our goal ($2,176 donated). Foundation giving is 104% of our goal.

+ Total giving (Foundation plus Polio) is the highest in five years: $7,359

Way to go, club!

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE through the Rotary Club of Nevada City

Sign up to work at the Fair Booth this summer! Current slots available can be seen on the schedule on the club's website, go to >Our Club >Fund Raisers >Event Schedule. Sign up with Walt Stickel. 

Staff a booth at the Children's Festival, July 15 in Pioneer Park. Contact Sandy Stickel or Nancy Kemp to inquire where help is needed. Sandy operates a "solar art" booth wherein children place leaves or other objects on special photo paper. When exposed to the sun, then rinsed and dried, the children get an impressive piece of art created by nature. There are many clever crafts of this sort, including even an opportuntiy to paint a castle!


EMIN FROM KAZAKHSTAN BUILDS ON HIS U.S. EXPERIENCE. Emin Askerov has a workshop in which he employs people with disabilities in the making of wicker furniture and bowls. In Asia this is called Social Entrepreneurship. He has become an effective communicator for this outreach so teh United Nations organized three trainings in three differnet cities so he could pass on his knowledge to other prospective entrepreneurs. That's him teaching at left. Emin writes, "In my presentation I tell them about my experince in the US through the Rotary Club of Nevada City." Yeah team!

LETTER FROM BITNEY COLLEGE PREP HIGH SCHOOL, May 23, 2016: "Thank you for your incredibly generous donation to support the upgrades to our computer lab at Bitney. We have been able to purchase 24 iMac computers, and will also be able to upgrade the lab space itself with new carpet, ergonomic chairs, and desperatley needed air conditioning. Our students and Girls Who Code Club have already been enjoying the new computers. When the new school year starts agian in the fall, we'd like to invite you to cnoe and see the new and improved computer lab, and to thank you in person. We'll let you know the date and time in August. Contributions like yours truly make a differnce as we strive to imbue our students with a love of learning, a profound curiosity, an uninhibited sense of questioning and examination, and a powerful sense of direction! Thank you!"

WORDS OF WISDOM: "In the time of your life, live --so that in that good time there shall be no ugliness or death for yourself or for any person your life touches. Seek goodness everywhere, and when it is found, bring it out of its hiding place and let it be free and unashamed."     --William Saroyan

-- President Dave



Ken Ching                             6/3

Ron Knaus                            6/9

Nicole Dillard                      6/13

Michael Young                    6/17

Robin Milam                       6/29

Gayle & Dave Denney                                 6/12

Nancy & Ron Knaus                                    6/20

Michael & Karen Young                             6/21

Judy Soldavini & George Roberts           6/24


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



June 23 Supervisor Nate Beeson, "Ins and Outs, Highs and Lows of being a County Supervisor"
June 29 Demotion Party at Judy & George's Bridge House
July 7 First Thursday Mixer, 5:30 pm
July 9 Work Party at the Fair Booth, 9-noon
July 9 "Engaging Emerging Leaders" District workshop in Reno
July 15 Children's Festival
Aug 4 Pre-Fair Picnic, 5:30 pm
Aug 10-14 County Fair, Pulled Pork & Chicken sandwich booth

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.

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*Board Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month (in May its on May 24th) 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.