Rotario - January 19, 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: Steve Hillis, Owner of Mountain Pastimes Toy Store

Steve Hillis and his wife, Tammy met at school in Chico.  He became a teacher and taught English and History in Honduras for a time and most recently completed a 10 year stint as a middle school teacher in Portland, Oregon.  Tammy was a nanny for Steve’s teacher friends.  Steve is the son of the owners of the Mountain Pastimes magic, toys and games store in Nevada City.  When his parents talked of retiring from their work at Mountain Pastimes, he jumped at the chance to run it. His daughter had just graduated high school in Oregon and they moved to Nevada City.  He and his wife Tammy became owners of Mountain Pastimes at the first of this year and are currently working as interns as they learn the ropes of running a business and living in a small town. Steve's son, Mark 19, and their daughter, Samii, 18,  will also be working part-time at the store.  Pictured (L. to R.) are Samii, Steve, Tammy, and Steve's Mom, Kathy.

Last Week :  Lynn Skrudrud & Halli Ellis-Edwards, from NEO

Lynn and Halli, the enthusiastic directors of NEO provided our club with an energetic slideshow presentation of the activities that they have been coordinating at the NEO meeting place since 2008. When the club house is open from 3:30 to 6:30 weekdays, they estimate that an average of 30 kids a day drop in to spend time playing pool or music, socializing, or even studying after school before their parents get home. Some of the additional programs that they provide for the kids include Summer Nights activities  at Pioneer Park, a fashion show that will be held on March 5, and providing tutors for junior high kids. Naturally they are always looking for adults to be volunteer tutors. Pictured is President Walt ( with his NEO Trail Run Shirt) flanked by Lynn on the left on Halli on the right.

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.   As soon as weather, resources, and fairground access permits, we will reschedule another work day.

In Other News

Dave Bunje  once again 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.  We are also loking for additional participants in the music contest.
Also announced was the annual Grass Valley Rotary Casino Night, which will be held on Sat. Feb. 2.
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 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 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. 19: Third Thursday Social 5:30pm - Steve Hillis, Owner of Mountain Pastimes

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 - 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: " Accept that some days you are the pigeon, and some days you are the statue" - Scott Adams

-- 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

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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.