Rotario --March 30, 2016

Dear Rotarians and Friends,    

THIS THURSDAY, MARCH 31: "MAKING PEACE WITH YOUR WEEDS" presented by Susan Gouveia, a Personal Chef and founder of Society of Garden Goddesses. Susan's goal is to share organic and sustainable methods for gardening and for cooking and in the process take the seriousness and chore out of gardeing and cooking. People in her work laugh a lot. Susan has learned from chefs in Brazil, Spain, Italy, Peru, and France, and has been creating her own recipes and teaching adults and children for 40 years.

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. At right, Bill and Chris recieve the "Leadership in Health Care" award from the Western Sierra Medical Clinic on Jan. 29 of this year. 

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.

APRIL 21: THE NEWEST OUTREACH WITH THE PYGMIES OF BATWA, UGANDA, presented by Dr. Scott Kellerman. Dr. Kellerman is working with Rotarians in all five area clubs to to supply the new hospital there with specialized equipment. He will have just returned from Uganda, and we are one of his first stops.


MARK PRESTWICH, CITY MANAGER OF NEVADA CITY reviewed the challenges and opportunties of running a 160 year old city. Among the challenges he's facing are a fragile budget and providing equitable salaries (some fire and safety officers have left for higher pay), funding Fire Station 54 (on Providence Mine Rd.) and repairing/replacing the water and wastewater pipes, some of which are 100 years old. The opportunites Mark is embracing include advances in technology and the prospects for the Sierra Digital Media campus, moving the city toward zero net energy consumption, maintaining and expanding the fabulous network of trails in and around town. 

TUESDAY WAS THE IMPRESSIVE AREA SPEECH CONTEST. Contestants are pictured to the right. The editor did not have their names at press time but can say that the young woman in the middle won the contest and will be representing Area 4 at the District Speech Contest on May 14 during the District Conference in Reno. The character and skill of these contestants is very encouraging for the future of our country. 

THE PRESIDENT'S BELL HAS BEEN FOUND  Dr. George Rebane offered the President two hints, and sure enough, if you stick with George long enough, his wisdom pays out. Tom Coleman was clearly complicit, although he claims innocence. The motion alarm has been reset, and tuned to greater sensitivity.  

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. See Dave or Robin to volunteer.

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 TODAY! 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. An installation work party is happening THIS AFTERNOON, 3:30 to 6:30 pm. Come for 30 minutes or more and help this project reach it's new high speed conclusion. 

Provide snacks for the Girls Who Code club. This is a real feel-good service opportuntiy, but only four dates are still available: May 3, 11, 31, and June 1. Set-up, serving, and clean-up take less than an hour, the girls LOVE you, and you leave with a warm appreciation for the good nature of youth in our community. Sign up with Dave Bunje. 

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. 


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 computers have been purchased and have arrived, and will be unwrapped and installed Thursday afternoon, March 31. 

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: "The garden is a gives health, vitality, nurturing, peace, and a very deep connection to what is essential...Helping each other bloom transforms families and communities all over the world."  --Susan Gouveia

-- President Dave




Dan Becker                             3/25

Walt Stickel                             4/1

Hilary Hodge                          4/1

John Hensley  (the big 70!)  4/11



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 31 "Making Peace With Your Weeds"  with Susan Gouveia
March 31 Service Project moving computers at Bitney Prep High
April 7 First Thursday Merchant Mixer, featuring Dr. Bill Newsom founder of SNMH Cancer Center
April 9 Club Leadership Assembly in Reno for all incoming officers
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
April 28 "Insights Out" of Veterinary Medicine, with Dr. Michelle Capon
May 5 First Thursday Merchant Mixer
May 13-15 District Conference, Atlantis Hotel, Reno, Nevada 

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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.