Rotario - February 9, 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 : Lunch Meeting , Elisa Parker - See Jane Do

 Elisa Parker recognized the need to empower everyday women, like herself and in 2009 created See Jane Do.  See Jane Do is a media and events company that encourages women to be heroes of their own lives and captures the stories of everyday women doing extraordinary things.  Elisa is an award-winning producer, eporter, talk radio host and an activist. An acknowledged media maven, Elisa’s work takes her around the world to connect people through the power of stories and solutions that go beyond leaning in to broken systems.  For ten years she has hosted a weekly show featured on nationally-acclaimed radio station KVMR, where over 350 interviews have included such luminaries as Lily Tomlin, Gloria Steinem, Eve Ensler, Donna Karan, Geena Davis, Jennifer Newsom, Michael Franti, Krishna Das, Indigo Girls, Gloria Feldt, Terry Tempest Williams, Helen Reddy plus the untold stories of everyday women who are doing extraordinary things.  See Jane Do has also been featured on NPR in addition to other media outlets.

Elisa currently serves on the KVMR Board of Directors  and is a certified Higher Guidance Life Coach.  She holds a BA in Communications from San Francisco State University and a MA in Organization Development with a focus on Leadership at University of San Francisco.  Elisa lives in the Sierra Foothills with her husband, two daughters, two cats, one puppy and a Beta Fish that won’t give up

Last Week: Club Music Contest                                                                                                                                  

On a damp, dreary Thursday, our two music contestants, George Daly (on right), and Ryan Brot (on left), lit up the dining room at the National Hotel with their inspired piano performances. It was also great to see their parents in attendance supporting the boys' efforts Ryan won first prize and both boys will go forward to compete in our area contests in a few weeks.  Also, many thanks to our team of Gayle Denny, Dave Bunje, Nicole Dillard, Chris Newsom, Tom Ryan, and Nancy Kemp  for coordinating.this contest.


Booth Winterization - update

Due to activities in the Fairgrounds and continuing poor weather conditions, our team's second winterizing  visit to the fair booth continues to be delayed.

In Other News

As part of our club's joint commitment with the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce to select the Busines Person of the Year, Saturday evening, February 4, Pres. Walt attended the annual Nevada City Chamber of Commerce  Awards Banquet. Walt was pleased to present the plaque announcing this year's  Business Persons of the Year, They are Kim and Laura Coughlin, the owners of Novak's clothing store. (pictured to the left of our President)

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.
February Board Meeting to be Rescheduled :   Due to the rainstorm and illness, the Board meeting slated for Monday Feb. 6 did not have quorum. Since only 4 board members were able to attend, this meeting will be rescheduled for later this month.
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  sadly reported that the comminity Flea Market has been cancelled.  We are asking club members to continue accumulating saleable items, while we seek another option for them..
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. 6 : Rotary Board Meeting - to be rescheduled

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

Feb. 16: Mixer Meeting - Reserved for special Tribute

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

March 2 : Mixer Meeting -

March 3-5 : PETS - San Jose, CA

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

April 22 :  Rotartians at Work Day

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

WORDS OF WISDOM: " I'd rather regret the things I've done, than the things I haven't done" - Lucille Ball

-- 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.