Rotario - November 10, 2016

Dear Rotarians and Friends,   

Welcome to our latest Rotario newsletter. Once again it is a pleasure keeping you informed of our club activities in the coming weeks.

This Week's Meeting - John Griffin, President Nevada City Astronomers

John grew up in Nevada City, went to college in Oregon, returned to the area a few years later and stayed. He worked his whole career in manufacturing. His most recent job, from which he recently retired, was with a company that builds aerospace parts. He initially became interested in astronomy during the “space race” in the late 1950s. Then girls, cars, work, and school took him away from it until the 1990s when he re-caught the bug. He is  one of the original members of Nevada County Astronomers and has been involved with the club since 2008. This year, he is the  president which he attributes to ‘mostly slow reflexes.’

Last Week's Evening "Mixer" Meeting - Gage McKinney , author of  "McBoyle's Gold"                         

Gage Gage captured our close attention with this 30 minute summary of his biography of Errol MacBoyle. This biography is titled "MacBoyle's Gold" and what sets it apart from other stories of gold in the Sierra foothills is the setting, which is all around Nevada city and Grass Valley. Gage was able to tell us some of the details of mining in the area while naming some of the familiar locations, including the Champion Mine, the Idaho-Maryland Mine, and the Empire Mine. It was surprising to some of us in the audience to find out that there was no Depression in Nevada County during the 1930s, as gold-mining flourished in the area and was only interrupted by World War II. Those of us who are new to the area were fascinated during Gage's entire presentation.


Our Club Inducts Trisha Dellis!

Welcome Trisha Dellis! We inducted Trisha into our club at last week's Social Mixer and once again enjoyed her enthusiastic presence. We are thrilled to have Trisha's enthusiasm and shared commitment to youth of our community as demonstrated in her leadership as Superintendent of the Nevada City schools. 

Here Trisha is flanked by her sponsor, Robin Milam and President Walt.


Important News !  Club Assembly will Occur on Saturday November 19

This very important meeting will take place at the Superintendent of Schools office at 112 Nevada City Highway ( the southwest corner of Nevada City Highway and Ridge Road.)   Light lunch will be available at noon and the meeting will commence at 12:30pm.  The main objective of the meeting is to define the Club's leadership team for the coming year (2017-2018).  We hope everyone is able to attend.  RSVP to  to this email either way.

Baja - Los Barriles Update

The dates for our work project in Los Barriles - Baja, Mexico have been firmed up.  They are March 23 - 28. More details will be forthcoming.

Area Foundation Dinner - Foothill Event Center, Grass Valley Wed., November 16

The big event will start at 6pm and the guest speaker will be Past Rotary Director John Blount.  Try not to miss this fun & informative dinner celebrating Rotary with our Area.  Dinner is $50/person spouses, partners or other guests are welcome.  Sign up at a meeting or contact Nicole Dillard to register. Our weekly meeting will move to the Foundation Dinner.   We will not host a Social Mixer that week.

NU High School seeks short-term housing for Visiting High School Basketball Players

Nevada Union High School will be hosting ita Annual Invitational Basketball Tournament from Thursday evening Dec. 8 through Saturday morning Dec. 10. The team is looking for adults to house 2-4 players each for two overnights, including two dinners and two breakfasts. Issues wth volunteers who work or have transportation conflicts can be worked out with other volunteers or parents. If you are interested, please contact Jo Mernary via

Nevada City Rotary Board Actions (next Board meeting is Nov. 15)

Stay informed about actions your Nevada City Rotary Board of Directors is taking.  Minutes of Board Meetings and Club Leadership Retreats for the past year along with survey results, Club Bylaws, Nevada City Rotary Foundation 501 (c) 3 status and other documents are available in our "Members Only" section of our website at  If you need assistance remembering your user ID and password, contact Robin or reply to this newsletter.

Area 4 Doing Business with Rotarians Directory

Interested in doing business with fellow Rotarians?  Check out our Area 4  Rotarians Doing Business with Rotarians Directory. Is your business missing from the directory?  Click to Submit your business or professional service.  You may also use this link to remove your entry if appropriate.

Upcoming Events :

Nov 10: Lunch Meeting  John Griffin – NC Astronomers

Nov. 15 : Club Board meeting  - Recreation Realty

Nov 16: Area 4 Foundation Dinner- Foothills Event Center

Nov 17: Third Thursday Social  Moved to Foundation Dinner Nov. 16

Nov. 19: Youth Service Seminar - Incline Village, NV   (free)

Nov 24: DARK for Thanksgiving

Dec. 1: First Thursday Social 5:30pm

Dec. 8. Lunch Meeting Cailtin Jones – Partners in English Language Learning

Dec. 15: Holiday Party at the Bridge House

Dec. 22: Lunch Meeting  Holly Hermansen - Superintendent of Schools – Nevada County

Dec. 29: DARK for Holidays

Thank you Nancy Kemp and Christine Newsom for coordinating our programs!

WORDS OF WISDOM: " Start where you are, use what you have, and do what you can." - Arthur Ashe

-- President Walt

Special Dates


David Fluke          11/04

Jack Dinwiddie     11/25



Ken & Lynn Ching            11/05

Ken & Akiko Myers           11/10

Dennis & Annette Geare    11/13

Larry & Linda Undercoffer 11/24

Rotary Leadership

RI President: John Germ
RI Director: Brad Howard
District 5190 Governor: John Sullivan
Asst. Governor, Area 4: Dennis Geare

Club Leadership

President: Walt Stickel

Secretary: Robin Milam
Treasurer: Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
Public Image: Michael Young/Robin Milam
Youth & Community Service: Dave Bunje

International Service: Carolyn Feuille
Vocational Service: Nicole Dillard
Foundation: Nicole Dillard
Membership: Joe Bundy
ADG: Dennis Geare

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 Walt Stickel or Nancy Kemp.

The Fine Print

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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 second and fourth Thursdays at Noon at the National Hotel
AND first and third Thursdays 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.