Rotario --June 28, 2016

Dear Rotarians and Friends,    

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!! It has been a wonderful year serving as your President, and I thank you for your hard work, caring outreach, hearty humor, and warm fellowship. Highlights that you helped to make happen incude:

July Socials where we relaxed together, learned background, and strengthened the fellowship.

Hosting young entrepreneurs from Kazakhstan. We learned about a nation we could hardly locate, celebrated delightful cultural uniqueness, and grew quite fond of our new Kazakh friends.

Two successful fundariasers: the Fair Booth, which raised ~$9,000 and the Adventures and Wine Auction, which raised ~$14,000. They took a lot of work but have enabled us to sponsor important outreach, especially for youth, for two years now.

Hosting General Secretary Ed Futa for the Foundation Dinner and Roundtable Seminar. His insight and encouragement were invaluable.

Celebrating 80 Years as a Rotary Club. What an memorable event! What an illustrious history! History books are still available. 

Reviewing club identity and purpose. This began with the long conversation about whether to change meeting places, continued with considering options at the Visioning workshop in January, and achieved greater clarity at the all-member retreat on June 11. There have been losses along the way, but our Simple and Focused character looks strong for the future.

Embracing ongoing projects including World Polio Day, Business Person of the Year, the Area Foundation Dinner, Bell Ringing for Salvation Army, Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA), Rotary Eighth Grade Leadership Experience (REGLE), Music Contest, Speech Contest, service project in Los Barriles, Mexico, painting and stocking the Nevada County History Center, Rotarians at Work, Leadership Assembly, District Conference, the Empire Mine outing for special needs youth, the awarding of vocational and academic scholarships, and a string of really impressive speakers, all year!

Initiating the Girls Who Code Clubs of Nevada County. This has enabled numerous girls to acquire desired skills and has inspired their vocational pursuit. It has also put the club in high esteem among tech comnpanies and local schools. 

Again, Thank You for helping to make these forms of service possible. You are awesome people. It is a joy to work with you!!    --President Dave


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 and a meal catered by Christopher's Catering. It will be a happy time for all, and there will be a special remembrance of the year offered as a gift for you!

JULY 7: FIRST THURSDAY SOCIAL, 5:30 pm at the National Hotel.

JULY 14: TRENT PRIDEMORE of the Bear Yuba Land Trust

JULY 21: THIRD THURSDAY SOCIAL, 5:30 pm at the National Hotel. Note the new pattern: Two socials each month. 


PAST DISTRICT GOVERNOR DAVE DENNEY gave a very heartwarming recap of his time as District Governor and the very impressive people he met on his journey, especially Vietnam and World War II veterans. Scheduled speaker Nate Beeson was unable to appear due to a family emergency. 

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!

Provide lunch for students in the one week Girls Who Code camp July 18-22. We anticpate a small group; they will be meeting from 10-2 at Bitney Prep High School. Contact Dave Bunje to volunteer. 

WORDS OF WISDOM: "Put Service Above Self."             --Rotary International

-- 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 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 14 Trent Pridemore of the Bear Yuba Land Trust
July 15 Children's Festival
July 21 Third Thursday Social
July 28 Club meeting
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.