Rotario - January 12, 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 :  Lynn Skrudrud & Halli Ellis-Edwards, from NEO

About NEO (New Events and Opportunities):

NEO was founded in 2008 to create New Events and Opportunities for youth in Nevada County.  NEO strives to empower youth to make positive lifestyle choices by creating positive change within the community.   In March 2015, NEO opened doors to a Youth Center in Grass Valley, where they host after school drop-in hours and events for youth and young adults.  NEO also continues to host outreach on numerous school campuses though lunch time events and host offsite events.

Lynn Skrukrud – Co-Founder & Director of Operations

 Lynn grew up in Nevada County. While in high school she coordinated drug prevention efforts for Nevada Union and was appointed to the statewide youth board for tobacco prevention. When she was 19, Lynn realized that young people in Nevada County needed more than just education to help them make healthy lifestyle choices, so she teamed up with Halli Ellis to create NEO.  In 2012, she graduated from Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nevada with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Studies and Entrepreneurship.

Halli Ellis-Edwards – Co-Founder & Director of Programming                                     

Halli has a passion for youth and has worked in various youth programs for the last 10 years, receiving   extensive training in positive youth development. Her experience ranges from Site Supervisor of the Lyman Gilmore After School Program, GREAT Summer Youth Academy Counselor, teen center facilitator and basketball coach for the Santa Cruz Boys and Girls Club. In 2013, Halli received her Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Santa Cruz with a major in Sociology.


Last Week :  Los Barriles Update From John Hensley & Dave Bunje

Since Carolyn Feuille was unable to attend this meeting, John Hensley was assisted by Dave Bunje in presenting a very informative slideshow regarding the historic efforts at the school in Los Barillas. Slides included pictures of before and after the cleaning and painting of classrooms, as well as training sessions given to the locals on how to use water filtering kits.

Additionally we obtained  this hotel information from Chris Geyer, who lives in the area; The Hotel Buena Vista is the just south of Los Barriles and is on the ocean. It is an older hotel and the special Rotary price is $50 per night (includes breakfast).  Send reservation requests directly to Felipe Valdez (Rotarian) at   Members from Fair Oaks Rotary are staying there.  Also, the Los Barriles Hotel is $80 USD for 2 and $60 USD for 1 person.  You can email them at .  For further information, you may contact Chris Geyer at .

John also mentioned that there are airfares available for between 350 $450, if you know how to hunt for them. He recommended a website called


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 on hold. Walt, Dave Bunje, Paul Boch, Ken Ching, and Tom Milam mounted protective patio panels on our last work day.  Now Tom has built and primed the door.  As soon as weather, resources, and fairground access permits, we will reschedule another work day. 

In Other News -

Dave Bunje passed around a sign up sheet for volunteers to provide snacks once a week for the upcoming Girls Who Code class.
Pres. Walt reminded the group that the February 2 meeting will not be a mixer, but will be a lunchtime meeting when we will hold our Annual Club Music Contest.
Pres. Walt also presented the club with an opportunity to join in the Mardi Gras Parade that will be held in Nevada City on Sunday, February 19. We're looking for volunteers who wish to participate.
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.
Fundraising efforts –
Cathy Wilcox Barnes reminded the group that we will be looking for donations for community wide flea Market sale that will be held on Memorial Day weekend.
Pres. Walt and Christine Newsom have started 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 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 :

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

Jan. 17: Board meeting -John Hensley's office

Jan. 19: Third Thursday Social 5:30pm

Jan. 26: Lunch Meeting Jesse Locks - NCFF

Feb. 2: Moved to Lunch meeting for Music Contest

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

Feb. 16: Mixer Meeting -

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

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: " Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down" - Oprah Winfrey

-- President Walt

Special Dates




John & Janna Woodford             1/1

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
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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.