Rotario --March 9, 2016

Dear Rotarians and Friends,    

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?"

ALSO MARCH 10: SIX CLUB MEMBERS TRAVEL TO LOS BARILLES, 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 governemnt erects the buildings and pays for house parents, but does not provide maintenance. The Rotary Club of Los Barilles has stepped in to coordinate maintenance of the dorm buildings. We thank you John Hensley, Joe Bundy. Paul and Sonja Boch, Dave and Janet Bunje for representing the club well!

MARCH 17: ST. PATRICK'S DAY SPECIAL: EMBRACING CLUB OUTREACH for the coming year. Highlights of the Visioning Retreat in January will be reviewed and discussion led for the club selecting it's priority service projects for the coming year. What projects would you like to help make happen? What projects shall we lay to rest? How shall we leverage the impact of the Rotary Club of Nevada City in our community? Led by Carolyn Feuille and Walt Stickel.

MARCH 24: CITY MANAGER MARK PRESTWICH, LEFT, 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. Mr. Prestwich has fallen in love with the people and resources of his new hometown, and has bold visions for its future.

MARCH 31: "INSIGHTS OUT" OF VETERINARY MEDICINE with Dr. Michelle Capen of the Brunswick Veterinary Clinic. 

APRIL 7: FIRST THURSDAY MIXER, 5:30 pm at the National Hotel bar.


THE CLUB SPEECH CONTEST ROCKED! Three contestants from Ghidotti Early College High School spoke eloquently on the theme "Be a Gift to the World," and made it very difficult on the judges to select a winner. The variety of dimensions in a single theme were impressive, as was energy and optimism of the students we supported. Pictured above are coordinator Michael Young and contestants Brenna MacDonell, Oceana Doan, and Sam Hales. Sam was the winner for the day, and will compete in the Area Speech Contest at noon on March 29 at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church. All Area Rotarians are enouraged to be present that day.

THE PRESIDENT'S BELL HAS BEEN STOLEN! After eight months of successfully discouraging thievery, Presidnet Dave was given the No-Bell Prize. Dr. George Rebane arrived early and performed a scientific experiment, discovering a way the bell could be moved, at least momentarily, without setting off the motion alarm. He replaced the bell, but when the President was graciously welcoming visiting families, he turned around and... ma bell was gone! Any clues?

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 rescheduled. Joe Bundy and Carolyn Inglis will keep us up to date.

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, possibly during 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 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: "You're changing lives with this Girls Who Code club. My daughter is inspired to the point of jumping over to Scratch (a programming language) to do a few code blocks during the commercials of the show we're all watching. For the first time she's talking about what she'd like to do for work as an adult. It's so great to see her excitement."  --Naomi McCann, Nevada City

-- 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 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 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.
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.