Rotario - February 2, 2017

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: Club Music Contest- MOVED TO LUNCH MEETING                                                                                                                                    

It's always an inspiration to witness the quality of talent that high schoolers display as they compete for the privelege of ascending to Rotary competitions at the Area level (April 2) and District Confernce (May 14). As the only area club with a piano in their dining room, we usually receive top-notch performers.  Our team of Gayle Denny, Dave Bunje,Nicole Dillard, Chris Newsom, Tom Ryan, and Nancy Kemp  is coordinating.this contest.



Last  Week: Jesse Locks -  Director of Nevada City Film Festival

Jesse was able to provide us with a brief video showing us a bit of the history of the Nevada City Film Festival and it's relationship with the Miners Foundry. Additionally, Jesse was able to tell us how this festival has grown and is receiving some national recognition not unlike some of the early press releases from the early years of the Sundance Film Festival, which is now world-famous. One example of the growth that the NCFF is experiencing is the fact that the Magic Theater which is one of the small venues used by the Festival will be expanding to have two screens. This film Festival looks for lots of volunteers and is scheduled for September of this year.  Jesse hopes that some of us Rotarians will participate.. Pictured is Pres. Walt with Jesse.


Booth Winterization - update

Due to activities in the Fairgrounds and continuing poor weather conditions, our team's second winterizing  of the fair booth has been delayed.   But that has not prevented Tom Milam, one of our stalwert and multi-talented voluinteers from woking on the door for the Booth's cooking area, as well as adding primer to some of the protective panels.that he has designed to protect the air conditioning compressor which cools our walk-in food locker ..


In Other News

Some of our Club-sponsored youth have additional accomplishments !

Youth Chairman Dave Bunje was pleased to report that the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools office recently held a Writing Tournament for 7th and 8th grade students, and three youths in our club-sponsored activities scored quite well. They are:

Gianna Rose (2016 REGLE participant, Forest Charter School): Creative  Writing, Letter Writing

Emma Sheffo (Girls Who Code club member, Twin Ridges Home Study): Expository  Writing, Creative Writing

Lucy Lee Jens (Girls Who Code club member, Seven Hills School): SWEEPSTAKES winner, Expository Writing, Letter Writing

Outreach with youth is a most enjoyable form of service in Rotary. Thank you team! These are talented and fun young women, illustrating the caliber of youth in our programs. Look for their names in the news again as the years go by!

Once again, Pres. Walt announced the annual Grass Valley Rotary Casino Night, will be held on Sat. Feburary 4 at the Gold Country Event Center in Grass Valley .
Steve Solomon, a spokesperson for the Rotary Foundation will be making a presentation at the Grass Valley Rotary lunch on Monday, March 6. Since all clubs are invited to attend, we are planning to move our March 9 lunch meeting to March 6 so our club members may attend. More details will be forthcoming.
We are adding a note announcing the 8th Annual Jim Rogers Memorial Bike ride which will occur on Sunday Feb. 12:30 pm and originating at the "Tour of Nevada City" Bike Shop, 457 Sacramaneto St.  Details may be obtained fromKaren Wallack-Eisen via  They are hoping for a $5/person donation to support local youth cycling .

Fundraising efforts

Cathy Wilcox Barnes reminded the group that we have started collecting donations for community-wide Flea Market sale that will be held on Memorial Day weekend.
Pres. Walt and Christine Newsom have continued the dialogue to solicit gift certificate donations from local restaurants as prizes for a planned fundraising raffle this Spring.

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 the newly updated 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 :

Feb. 2: Moved to Lunch meeting for Music Contest

Feb. 6 : Rotary Board Meeting - note it is a Monday night.

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

Feb. 16: Mixer Meeting - Reserved for special Tribute

Feb. 20: Board Meeting - Recreation Realty Office

Feb. 23: Lunch Meeting - Holly Hermansen, Superintendent of Schools

March 2 : Mixer Meeting -

March 6 : At Grass Valley Rotary Lunch Meeting - Steve Solomon, RI Foundation Presentation

March 23 - 28 :  Baja Trip for Los Barillas Project

March 30DARK (5th Thursday of the month)

Apr. 1: Club Leadership Assembly - Atlantis Casino & Spa, Reno 8:30am-4pm

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

WORDS OF WISDOM: " Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of being a second-rate version of someone else" -  Judy Garland

-- President Walt

Special Dates


Tom Coleman                         2/18                               Carolyn Inglis                 2/28

Judi Soldavini                          2/28


Carolyn & Mike Inglis              2/12                                Alan & Betty Rogers      2/18

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.

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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.