Rotario - January 26,2017

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: Jesse Locks -  Director of Nevada City Film Festival

Born and raised in Nevada City, Jesse graduated from Nevada Union High School and then went to UC Santa Cruz, where she earned a degree in literature and journalism. She worked in publishing, writing for action sports and music magazines, before returning to her native Nevada City in 2007.   While away, Jesse formed the Locks Media Group, a boutique marketing & PR firm. “I was gone for 10 years,” she said. “I missed my family and the natural setting of our city. There’s something special about the Sierra.”

Upon her return, Locks began working with several local nonprofit organizations, helping them with marketing and public relations and introducing many to the effective use of social media. She teamed up with two high school friends who had started the Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF), and has served as Director of the growing festival for the past six years.

The NCFF still retains the charm of it’s freewheeling, small-town roots but it has since blown up into a major attraction in the Sierra foothills. Highlights of recent years such as filmmaker spotlights on Mike Mills (Thumbsucker, The Beginners, etc), multimedia performance artist Miwa Matreyek, Jonathan Krisel (Director of Portlandia) and Don Hertzfeld (Everything Will be OK, Rejected). These creative film makers have landed NCFF on the map in the indie fest world as one of of the most innovative, fun and artist-friendly events in the country.

Last Week: Steve Hillis, Owner of Mountain Pastimes Toy Store

Steve Hillis and his wife, Tammy came to our mixer not realizing that Steve was expected to give us a 20-30 minute oral presentation about his personal history as well as his long affiliation with Mountain Pastimes Toy Store.And Steve rose to the occasion! He provided us an account of meeting his future wife at Chico State, as well as his experiences teaching middle school in Honduras. Steve also talked about his days as a teenager in Nevada City and working for his dad at Mountain Pastimes. You could almost feel his energy as Steve spoke about the toy store and some of its most popular products, including the necklace made of Christmas lights, and his most popular item this Christmas, which was a miniature indoor drone. There is no doubt that Steve is passionate about his business.

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

As part of the results from this week's Rotary Board meeting, Pres. Walt  was pleased to report that the Financial condition of our club is excellent for the present and we are looking for opportunities to suppport some small projects in ther mmediate future.
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.
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.

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 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 :

Jan. 26: Lunch Meeting Jesse Locks - NCFF

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: " 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

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.