Rotario --March 2, 2016

Dear Rotarians and Friends,    

MEETING IS AT NOON THIS WEEK: SPEECH CONTEST There will be no First Thursday Social in March.

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 excellent, and the topic inspiring. Every year we are so impressed with thier insight, their skill and their freshness. At right are Meghan Sutherland and Joe Fenner at the 2015 Area 4 speech contest.

DR. CHRIS NEWSOM IS PROPOSED AS A NEW MEMBER: OKAY? Chris has been attending regularly over the past seven weeks, enjoys the fellowship and desires to be part of our service in the community and the world. If anyone knows of any reason to not receive Dr. Newsom as a member, please let President Dave know by March 12. 

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?"

MARCH 17: ST. PATRICK'S DAY SPECIAL: EMBRACING CLUB OUTREACH for the coming year. Highlights of the Visioning Reterat in January will be reviewed and discussion led for the club selecting it's priority service projects for the coming year. How shall we leverage the impact of the Rotary Club of Nevada City in our community?

MARCH 24: CITY MANAGER MARK PRESTWICH ON "A Tale of a 160 Year Old City: Challenges and Opportunities"


NEW MEMBERS KARRIE BARRETT AND JOE BUNDY GAVE "CRAFT TALKS" which were just delightful and very informative. We're so glad they are now members of the club and contributing thier talents and spirit to club outreach.

JOHN WOODFORD BROUGHT US UP TO DATE ON THE LOCAL CLUB FOUNDATION. The local foundation has been a vehicle for outreach after Hurricane Katrina, building a trail in memory of Noel Carter, and for special scholarships, such as the Drew Reynolds Scholarship. These days it mostly supports scholarships that the club awards, funding second, third, and fourth year renewals if the students continue full time with good grades. 

ROTARY'S "BUSINESS PEOPLE OF THE YEAR" RECOGNIZED IN THE UNION. This article appeared in the Feb 23 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. 

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. A planning meeting is being held this week. Joe Bundy and Carolyn Inglis will keep us up to date.

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 Rock Creek Nature Hike for students with disabilities, which our club coordinates and for which we purchase and prepare lunch, will be happening in late April or early May. Schedules are being coordinated. Stay tuned: Robin Milam will provide the details as soon as they're available. 


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: "It's in our biology to trust what we see with our eyes. This makes living in a carefully edited, overproduced, and photoshopped world very dangerous."  --Brene Brown

-- President Dave




Dennis Geare                    3/4

Carolyn Feuille                 3/6

Alan Rogers                      3/7

John Woodford                3/7

Dan Becker                      3/25

Dave and Carol Fluke                        3/18

Michael and Karen Young                3/26

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

Programs: Hilary Hodge


March 3 Speech Contest Special lunch meeting
March 10 Nevada City roads before, during, and after the freeway, with Ken Holbrook
March 10-15 Service Project in Mexico, hosted by sister club in Los Barriles, Baja Sur
March 17 Visioning Implementation, Walt Stickel and Carolyn Feuille coordinate
March 22 March Board meeting (moved ahead one week this month)
March 24 Mark Prestwich, Nevada City City Manager
March 31 "Insights Out" of Veterinary Medicine, with Dr. Michelle Capon
April 7 First Thursday Merchant Mixer
April 9 Leadership Assembly in Reno
April 14 Update on Uganda with Dr. Scott Kellerman

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.