Rotario --May 25, 2016

Dear Rotarians and Friends,    

MAY 26: DIGITAL SKILLS CHALLENGE AND OPPORTUNITY. Local entrepreneur John Lorance, right, 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. At the same time, there is a decrease in retail and mid-skill jobs that historically have filled the economy. But The Cloud offers hope, and John will describe possiblities and opportunities for the future of innovation and employment in the county. John currently runs his globally sourced team from his residences in Nevada City and Oakland, and is coordinator of the monthly business and technology mixer called TechTonic Tuesday.

JUNE 2: FIRST THURSDAY MIXER WILL BE A REAL TREAT! In fact, several Treats! Our guest local merchants will be Bob and Peggy Wright, left, owners of Treats ice cream shop in Nevada City. Yes, they will bring samples.

JUNE 9: AUGMENTED REALITY & VIRTUAL REALITY EXPLAINED, by Shavati Karki-Pearl, below, Director of Stretegic Alliances and Community Partnerships for the Nevada County Economic Resource Council. AR and VR are seen as the fastest growing opportunity in technology with applications in fields such as medicine and real estate, gaming and outdoor adventure. The Economic Resource Council's new Green Screen Institute, starting this summer, will again put Nevada City in the forefront of digital media innovation. 

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. 



SHELLY COVERT SHARED NISENAN TRIBE HISTORY AND CULTURE. Shelly, left, began by beautifuly singing a classic song of her people giving tribute to their forbears. (She's a real talent!) Against the history of having lost their Rancheria and efforts to once again be recognized as a tribe, Shelly shared stories from her grandfather and connections to the land from before there ever was a gold rush. In fact, finding gold too soft to use as a metal, they utilized its weight as good ammunition in slingshots. (I wonder if that was David's secret against Goliath?) Shelly emphasized her desire to work with all residents of the area and honor each one's history and contribution to community. 

THE FOLLOWING OFFICERS WERE ELECTED TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR 2016-2017: Walt Stickel, President; Robin Milam, Secretary; Cathy Wilcox-Barnes, Treasurer; Dave Bunje, Past-President; Nicole Dillard Vocational Service & Foundation; Joe Bundy, Membership; Dave Bunje, Community Service; Carolyn Feuille, International Service; Pearce Boyer, Club Service; Michael Young, Public Image.


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

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. 

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.


LETTER FROM MUSIC CONTESTANT MELANIE CUMMINS, April 7, 2016: "Thank you so much for providing that wonderful lunch at the National hotel. Thank you also for allowing me to represent you and your club. It was an honor to play and is an honor to play for you at the upcoming competition. Thank you again. Sincerely, Melanie Cummins"

MEMORIAL DAY DOCENTS ARE SOUGHT FOR LOCAL BRIDGES. Friends of Nevada County Military will be honoring local veterans on memorial Day with walking and bicycle tours. Volunteers are needed to staff one of the several memorial bridges in Nevada City. See Dennis Geare or call Pat Nelson at 477-8480. 

WORDS OF WISDOM:  "Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful."     --Mark Victor Hansen

-- 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 26 The Fourth Industrial Revolution: The Cloud, John Lorance
June 2 First Thursday Social: Bob & Peggy Wright with Treats ice cream
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
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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 (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.