Rotario --May 4, 2016

Dear Rotarians and Friends,    

MAY 5: FIRST THURSDAY MIXER: CARISSA COOK, GENERAL MANAGER. Almost a year ago, Carissa Cook, the daughter of owners Rona and Greg Cook, became the General Manager of Friar Tuck's, overseeing every aspect of food and entertainment at the restarurant. Carissa will be our featured local merchant as we gather for warm fellowship and high spirits at 5:30pm at the Natiohnal Hotel bar. 

MAY 12: THE BODACIOUS BATWA; HEALTH IMPROVES. Dr. Scott Kellerman will give an update on the work of the Kellerman Foundation among Pygmies of the Batwa Impentrable Forest, and on the contents of the shipping container that area Rotary clubs are currently assembling to send to Uganda. Since Scott and his wife established medical service there, innumerable lives have been saved. The survival rate of newly born children is especially impressive. 

ALSO ON MAY 12, 4 PM: TOUR OF TELESTREAM. Organized on behalf of the students in our two Girls Who Code clubs, Telestream is hosting the girls, parents, and supporters for a short tour of their faciltiy and explanation of their work. Meet there, 848 Gold Flat Rd. at 4 pm to see inside one of the region's most successful enterprises. 

MAY 13-15: DISTRICT CONFERENCE IN RENO. Registration closes on May 9. The speakers are fabulous, displays are inspiring, the fellowship is encouraging, and Nevada City Rotary stands to be recognized for your good work. Register now at 

MAY 19: SHELLY COVERT, NISENAN TRIBAL LEADER. Have you seen the new bridge over Deer Creek in Nevada City? It is a visible Nisenan Tribute site, but there is so much more to the story. Shelly will describe the current work of the tribe and enthuse us about the rich heritage of our community.



THE SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS SERVICE PROJECT AT EMPIRE MINE  was quickly moved to last Friday, April 29, at the request of the Adaptive Edcuation staff. Just as quickly SEVEN ROTARIANS adjusted theri schedules to host and prepare and werve lunch to 85 students, 7-Hills Leadership Class students, teachers, staff, and helpers.  The students enjoyed teh beauty and ease-of-travel aroung the Empire Mine grounds, and really enjoyed lunch lovingly prepared by Rotarians. The morning was topped by a visit of a fully functioning CalFire fire truck and the kids enjoyed toots, flashes, sprays, stobes, climbs, and giggles to their hearts' content. Many thanks to Robin Milam for all her last minute organizing and food purchases.

WALT STICKEL UNVEILED THE INNER WORKINGS OF THE GRAND JURY in Nevada County, and we learned how the Grand Jury helps ensure that government entities operate ethically, frugally, and efficiently. The scheudled speaker, Dr. Michelle Capen, was unable to make it. President Dave gave an overview of the 100 year history of The Rotary Foundation, and showed a couple of funny videos. He seems to be enjoying himslef as the year goes on.

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. 

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, 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.

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,


THE ROTARY COUNCIL ON LEGISLATION RECENTLY APPROVED SEVERAL BIG CHANGES: 1) RI dues will increase $4 in 2017, 2018, and 2019. 2) Clubs will be permitted to decide to vary their meeting long as they meet twice a month. 3) Clubs will have more flexiblity in choosing their membership rules and requirements. 4) Membership critera is simplified to "good chracter, good reputaiton in their business or community, and willingness to serve the community." 5) Rotaractors can also become Rotary club members. 6) Starting in June, to qualify for Rule of 85 one must have been a Rotarian for 20+ years, which when combined with age add up to 85 or more.

THE GOLD COUNTRY CYCLING CHALLENGE, sponsored by the Grass Valley Rotary club is on May 14. For those unable to attend the District Confernce, this may be a fun exercise!

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.

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

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

WORDS OF WISDOM:  "Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity." --Voltaire. 

"After a good dinner, one can forgive anybody, even one's relatives." --Oscar Wilde

"Omm Nom Nom Nom"  --The Cookie Monster

-- 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 5 Carissa Cook of Friar Tuck's: First Thursday Social
May 12 The Bodacious Batwa; Health Improves, with Dr. Scott Kellerman
May 12, 4pm Tour of Telestream
May 13-15 District Conference, Atlantis Hotel, Reno, Nevada 
May 14 Gold Country Cycling Challenge by GV Rotary
May 19 Nisenan Tribal Leader Shelly Covert
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

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.