Rotario --May 18, 2016

Dear Rotarians and Friends,    

MAY 19: SHELLY COVERT, NISENAN TRIBAL LEADER. Shelly, right, serves as Tribal Council Secretary and Cultural Outreach Liaison for the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe. She will tell stories of Nisenan survival and pinpoint the adaptability and tenacious spirit of our forbears. She will also talk about the history and meaning of the new tribute bridge across Deer Creek. 

MAY 26: DIGITAL SKILLS CHALLENGE AND OPPORTUNITY. Local entrepreneur John Lorance, left, shares research that reveals rapid growth in the need for employees with skill in programming and data management. There are currently not enough workers with these skills, especially in a rural county like Nevada. But The Cloud offers hope, and John will describe possiblities and opportunities for the future of innovation and employment in the county. 


JUNE 9: AUGMENTED REALITY & VIRTUAL REALITY EXPLAINED, by Shavati Karki-Pearl, right, Director of Stretegic Alliances and Community Partnerships for the Nevada County Economic Resource Council.

JUNE 11: ALL-MEMBER PLANNING RETREAT REGARDING FUTURE OF THE CLUB, 10am to 4pm at the Superintendent of Schools Office, at the corner of Ridge and NC Highway. 



DR. SCOTT KELLERMAN REPORTED ON THE BODACIOUS BATWA and the progress that is being made through the medical clinic, hospital, and nursing school that serves the Batwa Pygmies of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The hospital now has 120 beds, and is building a surgical ward. The number of childhood diarrhea cases has dropped from 1450 in 2012 to 610 in 2014. In 2002 the Batwa School had 40 students. Last year, it had 140 being educated in buildings with walls, ceiling, and tables. Dr. Kellerman's report was quite heartening and informative. Grass Valley Rotary is coordinating the assembly of a shipping continer with medical supplies to be sent over in the next year; more details will be sent to us. 



Presidential Silver Citation

Public Image, First Place for medium-size clubs (Facebook, website, newsletter, articles)

Vocational Service, First Place for medium-size clubs (Girls Who Code clubs)

International Service, Second Place, medium-size clubs (hosting Kazakhstanis, work in Mexico)

Community Service, Second Place, medium-size clubs (Empire Mine trip for special needs kids, History Center painting)

Club Adminstration, Second Place, medium-size clubs (July Socials)

Area-wide Collaboraton, Governor's Citation (Destruction Derby, Rivercats outing, Dental Van & Clinic, Social for Kazakhstanis)

House of Friendship Display, Third Place (photo above; Ron Knaus' robe and hat was a big hit)

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE through the Rotary Club of Nevada City

Provide pizza or cake for the Girls Who Code end-of-year party May 24. The last session for both clubs will be next Tuesday, May 24. The girls especially enjoy pizza, and we'd like to treat them to a cake. If you can provide either, for 30, please contact Dave Bunje.

Sign up to work at the Fair Booth this summer! Current slots available can be seen on the scheudle on the club's website, go to >Our Club >Fund Raisers >Event Schedule. Sign up with Walt Stickel. 

Senior Project Judges for Nevada Union are being sought for May 25 & 26. Write to Steve Hansen at, 530-615-8277 for more information or to sign up.

Summer Engineering Interns Need Short Term Housing. Several engineering college students have been given summer internships with two local companies (AJA & GV Belden) and are seeking housing for 11 weeks. Contact Janet Augestein at the NC Economic Resource Council,

Assist/feed the summer Kids Who Code intensive July 18-22. One of the students in this year's Girls Who Code club wants to offer introductory coding to other students, including boys, for one week this summer. They will get hungry, and snacks. See Dave Bunje to connect.


A WEBINAR CALLED "A CONVERSATION ABOUT ROTARY" ON MAY 19 & 20 is being offered by our RI Director Brad Howard at 4 pm May 19 and 9 am May 20. Advanced registration is required. Go to

MAY 24: NEVADA COUNTY AND CITIES REVEAL RENEWABLE ENERGY PLANS. Spurred by Rotary's VERDANT Nevada County connections, teh Nevada County Climate Change Coalition will host a presentation by leaders of Nevada County, Grass Valley, Nevada City on their plans to subsist on renewable energy. May 24, 7pm, Empire Room, in the Rood Center. 

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

WORDS OF WISDOM:  "As Nevada County's historic Tribe, the Nisenan witnessed the onset of the Gold Rush, the statehood of Californai and the creation of Nevada County. The Tribe is proud to share its pre and post contact history with its community located in teh Sierra foothills of Northern California."     --from

-- President Dave




John Burke                             5/15

Jim Phillips                            5/19

Gil Gray                                  5/31

Robin & Tom Milam                                   5/1

Wally & Mary Krill                                     5/2

John Hensley & Sandra Brown               5/5


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



May 19 Nisenan Tribal Leader Shelly Covert
May 24 Renewable Energy Plans, Nevada County, GV & NC
May 26 The Fourth Industrial Revolution: The Cloud, John Laurence
June 2 First Thursday Social
June 9 Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality in Nevada County, Shavati Karki-Perl
June 11 All-member Planning meeting, 10-4, Supt. of Schools Office
June 16 Judge Tom Anderson, 'The State of the Nevada County Court System"
June 29 "DeBunjing" Party at Judy & George's Bridge House

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.

The Fine Print

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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.