Rotario - March 16, 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 : Mixer - Craft Talk , featuring new member Tom Ryan

Tom was born and raised in Los Angeles.  He has two daughters and two grandchildren. And all of his extended family live in Costa Rica. Growing up, Tom played in rock 'n roll bands continuously from age 14 to 24. From then on he played occasionally and just for fun. He put himself through college studying architecture and worked as a bookkeeper. After three years, he was tired of counting other people's money, and designing things for a class which he knew would never be built, so he took and passed the state contractors license exam. Tom then went on to work as a general contractor where he was able to design most of what he built. After 20 years, he opened a custom cabinet and furniture shop, and was also elected to the Board of Directors of a very small bank in Marina Del Ray.  It turned out that all of the bank's directors were members of the local Rotary club. So he joined Rotary and since has had a great time putting "Service above Self !  Tom's hobbies include sailing, woodworking, dogs, and tinkering .   Since joining our club, Tom has volunteered numerous times for various work assignments, as well as acting as our Sgt. of Arms during club meetings.


Last  Week :  Lunch with Steve Soloman - It was well-attended !

On Monday, Steven Solomon, Senior Annual Giving Officer - The Rotary Foundation, spoke from the heart about his extraordinary life and his gratitude for the many ways Rotary opened doors for him around the world working with Jane Goodall, Desmond Tutu, and so many others. Among numerous roles, Steven was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to South Africa. While the Grass Valley club hosted this lunch event, over 60 people from our 5 area clubs attended, including seven of our club members. Pictured are Steven and Wyn Spiller, Zone 25 Regional Foundation Coordinator  It was a great meeting!

And speaking of The Rotary Foundation (TRF), if you haven't already made a contribution this year, we encourage each of our members to make a donation to the Foundation. Please know that a donation of any size is welcome and there are multiple ways to give. The Foundation started 100 years ago with a $26.50 donation.  In celebration of The Rotary Foundation's Centennial year, we are encouraging every member to consider contributing at least $26.50.  Our overall goal is to average a $100 donation per member. Also, several of our members are Bequest Society members who have included Rotary in their will or estate planning.  Thank you for your consideration of this opportunity. 


Booth Winterization and Water Damage - update

Pres. Walt along with retired contractor Tom Ryan revisited the fair booth rain damage this past weekend. The good news is that the damage on the exterior roof appears to be less than originally estimated. The real culprit of the leakage seems to be overflow rainwater from the sump inside the swamp cooler. Additionally, we have scheduled a small work party for this week to go out and clear the countertops under the damaged ceiling in anticipation of drywall removal. We will have more updates as we proceed. The  photo on the left shows the damage to the ceiling above the sink in the sandwich prep room.

In Other News

 STEAM Expo at the County Fairgrounds on Saturday March 25

One of the Girls Who Code club's community supporters, Nita Mizushima, is organizing and staffing a table at the County School's STEAM Expo on March 25. Explanations are below. If you'd like to feel encouraged about the youth of today, do stop by the STEAM Expo. And to promote Rotary's investment in youth, stop by the Girls Who Code table and give Nita a high-five and big Thank You ! Stay a bit if you can.

STEAM Exhibit Details :

  • What:  STEAM Expo is an event held by the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools.  Find out more      from
  • When & Where:  Saturday, March 25, 9am-3pm at Nevada County Fairgrounds
  • Who:  Any and all groups and individuals that are interested and involved with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math!
  • How:  Please help out on the day of the event by showing up at our GWC table or help us get ready for the event – Nita Mizushima may be reached at 368-2147
District 5190 Club Leadership Assembly ~ Plan to join us April 1 for our annual Club Leadership Assembly at the Atlantis Casino, Resort and Spa in Reno.  And it is President Walt's Birthday too!  No Fooling!  Click to learn more!

Fundraising efforts

Cathy Wilcox-Barnes  has identified a location for a possible yard sale this spring.  We are asking club members to continue accumulating saleable items, while we seek a compatible date for the yard sale..
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 Activities

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:

March 16 :  Mixer :    Craft Talk with Tom Ryan

March 23 :  Noon ; Club Speech Contest

March 23 - 28 :  Baja Trip for Los Barriles Project

March 25 : STEAM Expo At Nevada County Fairgrounds (9am - 3pm)

March 30:  DARK (5th Thursday of the month)

Apr. 1: Club Leadership Assembly - Atlantis Casino & Spa, Reno 8:00am-4:45pm

April 6 :  Mixer

April 13 :  Noon - Gavin Healy from Balance Point

April 18 6PM : KVMR Town Hall Forum- "Our Children & Screen Dependency"

April 20 : Mixer

April 22 : Area Music contest (tentative)

April 27 :  Noon - Aimee Retzler, Sierra Harvest

April 29 :  Rotarians at Work Day

May 4th : Mixer:

May 11: Lunch - Club Assembly (tentative)

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

WORDS OF WISDOM: " The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, nor to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly" - Buddha

-- President Walt

Special Dates

                              Birthdays                             Anniversaries
Dennis Geare    3/4     David & Carol Fluke 3/18
Carolyn Feuille 3/6    
Alan Rogers 3/7    
John Woodford 3/7    
Dan Becker 3/25    

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.