Rotario - December 22, 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 Lunch Meeting - Memories of Our Favorite Christmas Holidays

Due to a last minute cancellation by our scheduled speaker, Holly Hermansen, we will have a less structured meeting this week.  We hope you are able to attend, as there will be some fun surprises.  

Nevada City Rotary Santa visits Salvation Army and Hospitality House

At last week's Holiday Party, Tom and Robin's car ended up being piled high with donated gifts and gently used clothing that our members brought to donate to Hospitality House and Salvation Army. On Saturday Robin delivered 10 overflowing bags of warm sweaters, fleece pullovers, shirts, pants, shoes, a thick poncho and more to Hospitality House.  Two dozen plus wrapped packages of toys, multiple really warm parka jackets, goose down vest, a beautiful woman's winter coat, clothing and art supplies went to Salvation Army.  A young boy is going to be handsomely warm in a brand new 3 piece slacks and thick vest.

Fellow Rotarian Lt Sid and staff greeted Robin at the Salvation Army office were delighted with all the wrapped gifts. The Salvation Army Santa distributed gifts on Saturday and will be distributing more next Saturday - Christmas Eve. 

I expect one of our members would be willing to make another delivery of additional gifts that show up at Thursday's lunch meeting.  Otherwise, if you would like to donate additional presents, you can deliver them directly to the Salvation Army office behind the Church at 10725 Alta St, Grass Valley.  Please include a note taped to the outside of the package stating what it is, size, age range, and gender, if appropriate.

Additional warm gently used clothing and personal effects can be delivered to Hospitality House.  Both organizations are grateful for generous in-kind gifts as well as financial donations especially as cold winter weather moves in. 

Rotary shares a special relationship with the Salvation Army across the US and our Club has served meals at Hospitality House.  Thank you for helping expand our relationship with these organizations who serve our community so generously.

Last week - A fun Holiday Party at the Bridge House

Judy and George played host to our club on a very rainy Thursday evening last week. But our spirits were not dampened as 37 folks attended this holiday party, including members and their significant others. We were also entertained by Dan Becker who dusted off his guitar, and with Gail Denny's leadership, the two of them had us singing several traditional holiday songs. The appetizer-style food was plentiful and tasty! We also received feedback from several members saying that they enjoyed this style of party more because the setting was conducive to much more mingling than if we were limited to four or six people sitting at tables.




A Special Holiday Message from President Walt:

In these days of wildly diverse opinions about the future of our country, I take heart in the fact that our club members who share these diverse opinions, so often come together to participate in common charitable activities such as fundraising, providing community support for trail maintenance, support for other local nonprofits, and donations not just of money, or our spare time, but also donations of gifts and clothing for the less fortunate. And just the other day, I saw a recent interview with Craig Sager, a well-known sportscaster who lost his two-year battle with cancer this past week, and left these words,  " Every day is a canvas, just waiting to be painted". With that in mind for this Holiday Season, do not postpone that extra hug for your partner, that extra phone call to your parent or sibling, or that extra treat for your pet.

Cheers, and Happy Holidays,

- Walt Stickel

Booth winterization - update

Due to activities in the Fairgrounds and poor weather conditions, our team's second visit to the fair booth was postponed. We will reschedule the activities as soon as possible, as resources and fairground access permit.

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 at our Mixer meeting January 5.

Nevada City Rotary Board Actions

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 :

Dec. 22: Lunch Meeting  Holly Hermansen  had to postponem her appearance

Dec. 29: DARK for Holidays

Jan. 5 : First Thursday Social 5:30pm- Baja Update from Carolyn Feuille & John Hensley

Jan. 12 : Lunch Meeting Lynn Skrudrud - NEO (New Events & Opportunities)

Jan. 19: Third Thursday Social 5:30pm

Jan. 26: Lunch Meeting Jesse Locks - NCFF

Feb. 2: First Thursday Social

Feb. 9: Lunch Meeting Elisa Parker - See Jane Doe

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

WORDS OF WISDOM: " A smile is the shortest distance between two people" - Victor Borge

-- President Walt

Special Dates


Bob Buhlis            12/30


Dave & Janet Bunje           12/12

Paul & Sonja Boch             12/29

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
President-Elect: Cathy Wilcox-Barnes

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: Stacy Drake
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.