Rotario --March 23, 2016

Dear Rotarians and Friends,    

MARCH 24: CITY MANAGER MARK PRESTWICH, RIGHT, ON "A Tale of a 160 Year Old City: Challenges and Opportunities" Mr. Prestwich became Nevada City's City Manager in June of 2014, having most recently been the Special Projects Manager for the City of Sacramento. Before that he worked in management of the cities of Napa and Sunnyvale. He is Past President of the Municipal Management Association or Northern California and is a runner, a gym rat, and a healthy food nut. Mr. Prestwich has fallen in love with the people and resources of his new hometown, and has bold visions for its future.

MARCH 31: ON HOLD: ("INSIGHTS OUT" OF VETERINARY MEDICINE with Dr. Michelle Capen of the Brunswick Veterinary Clinic.) A health emergency has just come up in Dr. Capen's family and she will need to reshedule. Contact is being made with other speakers on the waiting list. 

APRIL 7: FIRST THURSDAY MIXER, 5:30 pm at the National Hotel bar. We will induct Dr. Christine Newsom as a member. Her husband, Dr. Bill Newsom, will be the featured speaker. Bill Newsom led the creation of the cancer center at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in 1995, saving many residents the long journey down the hill for treatment. An important feature of the cancer center in Grass Valley is that it focuses on treatment of the whole patient, not just the disease.

APRIL 14: THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF BEING A FRANCHISE OWNER, with Keith Miller. Pick up a sandwich at a local Subway and you just might meet the guy who coordinates legistaltion and policies not only for all Subway franchise owners across the country, but also for nationwide franchise owners in 17 businesses, including 7-11, SuperCuts, Burger King, Asian-American Hotels, Dominoes, Meineke, Dunkin' Donuts, and more. Keith is chair of the Coalition of Franchisee Associations AND our very own local sandwich maker. He will share his remarkable adventures.


SERVICE PROJECT PLANNING, LED BY WALT STICKEL AND CAROLYN FEUILLE. Walt and Carolyn led the club through the Visioning process that took place on January 23 and ultimatley produced a list of Projects Desired, but which need someone to take charge, and a list of Projects Undertaken, which are those that have leaders and/or committees. It was a frutful process for being honest about how much the club can undertake, and enthusiastic about those projects we do embrace. We thank Carolyn and Walt for the guidance.

THE PRESIDENT'S BELL REMAINS MISSING! Tom Coleman and George Rebane were seen to be having fun watching the President stew over his No Bell Prize, but no deal was offered for getting it back. Now a new worry: What is the symbolism of seeing the bell sitting on a trash can? And where is this happening?


ON MARCH 10-15 SEVEN CLUB MEMBERS TRAVELED TO LOS BARRILES, MEXICO ON A SERVICE PROJECT to paint one of the dormatories used by children in the rural area to be able to attend school during the week. The government erects the buildings and pays for house parents, but does not provide maintenance. The Rotary Club of Los Barriles has stepped in to coordinate maintenance of the dorm buildings.

We were also privileged to particpate in the delivery of 15 water filters to a cluster of homes up an arroyo from the little town of Santiago. As shown in these photos, local Rotarians instructed villagers on how to assemble their filters and how to clean them regualrly for long-life service. Then came the test: filthy water was run through the filter, and the water came out crystal clear. Rotarians drank the water to demonstate its healthfulness, and we continue to rave about this cost-effective way to provide clean water for remote villages.

This year the work party consisted of Rotarians from five clubs: Nevada City, Truckee, Fair Oaks, Point West (West Sacramento), and Los Barriles. 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE through the Rotary Club of Nevada City

Help prepare the club's display for the District Confernce May 13-15. We have many notable and colorful items to share from our exciting year: costumes from Kazakhstan (such as Ron Knaus is modeling, right), video and demonstrations from the Girls Who Code clubs, water filters and bright paint from Mexico ...we just need a couple of people to arrange them in an attractive and winsome way.

Transport students to the District Conference on May 14. We have been asked to have at least two Rotarians and two students from our Girls Who Code clubs at an information session on"Effective Youth Programs" Satruday moring of the Conference. This would involve driving them up and back, and probably enjoying elements of the conference for lunch and early afternoon. See Dave or Robin to volunteer.

Install new computers at Bitney Prep High. Bitney Prep is the host school for the Girls Who Code clubs which our club sponsors. The Grass Valley and Nevada City clubs have received matching District grants to purchase new computers for the school and clubs. Work parties will be shceduled soon, probably shortly after Easter Week/Spring Break, to take out the old computers, unbox and wire in the new computers. Dave Bunje will be letting us know of the exact dates. 

Staff the Girls Who Code booth at the STEAM Expo April 9. Sponsored by the Superintendent of Schools office, Rotary's Girls Who Code clubs are one of the featured avenues for encouraging students in fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM). We'll have looping video describing the projects and opportutiy to experiment with coding. See Dave Bunje to reserve a spot.

The Garden Planter Box construction project has been rescheduled. Joe Bundy and Carolyn Inglis will keep us up to date.

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. 


NEVADA CITY RECIEVES DISTRICT NOMINATION FOR RI'S "SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD" One nomination is made from each district, and Nevada City Rotary's initiation of the Girls Who Code clubs was selected to represent District 5190. Way to go team!

DISTRICT GRANT RECEIVED FOR LOCAL PROJECT: GWC COMPUTERS. Each year the District makes up to $2250 in matching grant money available to local clubs for local projects (as referenced above). This year our club teamed up with the Grass Valley club to help purchase new computers for Bitney College Prep High School, which will then be used by the Girls Who Code clubs, which Bitney hosts. In the photo at left, Presidents Dave Bunje of Nevada City and Bob Long of Grass Valley present their checks to Russ Jones, the Principal of Bitney College Prep High.

THE CLUB LEADERSHIP ASSEMBLY IS APRIL 9 and is an excellent way to learn details about the various avenues in Rotary, and to get training in specific areas. Register online (there is no fee for registration) at 

THE DISTRICT CONFERENCE, MAY 13-15 IS A CELEBRATION of the experiences and accomplishments of the 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. 

SPONSORSHIPS ARE SOUGHT FOR THE DISTRICT CONFERENCE. With support between $1,000 and $10,000 to help make the conference happen, businesses and individuals are provided meal invitatons, banner listing and special notation in the program. Walt and Dave have details.

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

WORDS OF WISDOM: "There is, as a Los Angeles Times reporter recently observed, “a Nevada City state of mind. It’s a real place where people of different lifestyles manage to coexist sucessfully. Refreshingly, there is a there there.”  --Nevada City Chamber of Commerce

-- 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 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 later 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 9 STEAM Expo, science and technology for students, Nevada City Fairgrounds
April 14 "Highs and Lows of a Franchise Owner," with Keith Miller
April 21 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.
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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.