Rotario ~ March 19, 2015

RI President: Gary C.K. Huang
RI Director: Steve Snyder
District 5190 Governor: Joe Zarachoff
Asst. Governor, Area 4: Doug McDonald

Club Leadership

President: Robin Milam
President-Elect: David Bunje
Secretary: Walt Stickel
Treasurer: Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
Public Relations: Robin Milam
Membership: Dennis Geare
Club Service: Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
Community Service: Gary Gustafson/John Hensley
International Service: Nancy Kemp/Carolyn Feuille
Vocational Service: Nicole Dillard
Foundation: David Bunje
Youth Services: Gary Gustafson
Programs: Jeff Wenzel
Fundraising: Carolyn Inglis, Walt Stickel

This week - Child Advocates of Nevada County

Our Club is committed to the youth of Nevada County.  The focus of our Adventures & Wine Auction is to raise funds to support our youth programs.  Child Advocates of Nevada County provides a very important service advocating for the special needs of our youth, especially those at risk.  Join us on Thursday as by Linda Collins- Child Advocates of Nevada County speaks on Steps to Respect

Michael Young Proposed as New Member

On Thursday, after approval by our Board, Michael Young was proposed as a new member of our Club with the classification Newspaper Editor Retired.  His consideration period will end on Thursday.  If you have comments or questions, please contact either Membership Chair Dennis Geare or Robin. 

Vocational Service Award and 3rd Grade Dictionaries
Nicole Dillard is collecting nominations for our Vocational Service Award.  Please present your recommendation of a Club member who has contributed to Rotary and our Club using their vocational talents and expertise. 

Nicole and Pearce Boyer are leading our project to present third grade students at Yuba River Charter with personal dictionaries.  We will be delivering dictionaries at 11am Friday March 27, 2015.  If you want to join us, please contact Pearce.

Last Call for Baja International Service Project! 
We want YOU to JOIN US! 

Planning to join us?  Please let John Hensley know by Thursday's meeting! John is confirming hotel reservations with our Rotary host PE Chris Geyer in Los Barriles.  We will be repairing school dormitories, cafeterias and study halls that were damaged by hurricanes this last year.  The trip will be a wonderful service adventure to provide a much more inviting, safe and comfortable living environment for students who live too far from the school to commute home each day.  An added bonus will be time for play with fellow Club members. 

Materials and Supplies for Baja!

Our partners in Los Barriles have provided an extensive list of materials needed for repairs and improvements to the schools.  John Hensley and fellow members are going to contact local merchants for donations to support the project.  If you would like to personally contribute either funds or supplies, check the list for what is needed.  A printable copy is at  Baja Materials 2015 Wish List.

HIghlights on the list include paint, mirrors, curtains, personal computers, refrigerator, basketball backstops, electrical boxes, tables, wardrobes, tables, and more.  Read more at Baja International Service Project.

Last week Rotary Speech Contest

Meghan Sutherland, of Bear River High School competed for our Rotary Speech Contest.  She moves forward to our Area Speech Contest on Tuesday April 7.  From the Area, the winner will participate in the District contest in May at South Lake Tahoe.

PE Dave Bunje and ADGE Dennis Geare were at Rotary International Far West PETS with incoming leaders to plan and celebrate our next Rotary year July 2015-June 2016. Dave and Dennis gave an enthusiastic updates from presenters at PETS and on visions for the year to come.  Dave shared a very inspiring story about RI President Elect Ravi Ravindran and his stand to eradicate polio even in the face of threats and adversity in his own country of Sri Lanka and in Pakistan.

Mystery Rotarian ~ from Cathy Wilcox-Barnes, Club Services

Seems that Ben Barretta has a lot of hidden talents we didn’t know about. It took some time for the club to figure it out – maybe it was the 5-day fasting that threw us off. Are you starting to get to know your fellow Rotarians a little better? I know I am. I’m really enjoying our Mystery Rotarian series. Have you been one yet, or guessed one?? Remember the stakes are high for a cheap club like ours – a free raffle ticket and there aren’t many cards left so you have a good chance of winning. If you would like to be a Mystery Rotarian and I haven’t managed to ask you yet, see me after a meeting or email me with 4-5 facts/clues that people don’t know about you. I want all of our members to share their hidden side. The Mystery Rotarian will help you become better acquainted with your fellow Rotary Members.

The first person to reveal the Mystery Rotarian to President Robin, (before the answer appears) wins a free raffle ticket. Keep following the Mystery Rotarian and find out more about the people you with whom you spend your Thursdays. Ask questions as you converse each week. As we get to know hidden sides of our members we should get to know each other better.

This week's Mystery Rotarian:

  1. This Rotarian sold figs by the pound from the family fig tree at age 7 to pay for ½ of their first bike for Christmas.
  2. This Rotarian was fired from a Little League baseball team.
  3. This Rotarian flunked English SATs.
  4. This Rotarian was on the Dean’s Honor Role at UCB.
  5. This Rotarian’s once made Julia Child’s from “Mastering The Art of French Cooking” for Cassoulet that begins by making Duck Confit.
  6. This Rotarian didn’t say who their sponsor was – maybe no one would sponsor them!!!

NC Rotary Planning Adventures & Wine Planning
Next Meeting:  Monday March 30 2015

Plans are progressing for this year's Adventures & Wine Auction Celebration.  We intend to be ready with posters and tickets to take to District 5190 Assembly on April 11. The team leadership is working well and we are having lots of fun with the planning.  Join us for our next meeting on Monday March 30 at John Hensley's new Nevada City Properties/Recreation Realty office at 432 Broad St, Nevada City.  John's office is across the street from the Methodist Church at the top of Broad Street. 

Happy Birthday Grass Valley Rotary

Nevada City Rotary celebrated Grass Valley Rotary 's 90th Year on Monday.  Past RI President Rick King was guest speaker and told touching stories of Rotarians who have had a significant impact on his life. 

Rotary District 5190 Assembly and Conference

Mark your calendars for District Assembly April 11 and then District Conference May 14-17!  Both will be fabulous events with Rotarians from around our District.  This year's Conference will be in DG Joe's home town of South Lake Tahoe!  Registration for both events is now online on our Rotary District 5190 website.  

District Conference
May 14-17, 2015 ~ Harrahs Resort, South Lake Tahoe

Special Room Rates:

Rotary International
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Enrollment in online the Rotary Academy is now available.  Participate in a comprehensive study of the Rotary Club and Rotary International from your home.  This 10-lesson correspondence course covers the essentials of Rotary.  To see the flyer click HERE. For complete information click HERE. Great for new members and seasoned members too!

Rotary District 5190 Webinars
District 5190 has initiated an exciting new learning tool for our club members. - See more at: Past District 5190 Webinars The District will be posting On-demand videos of recent webinars which you can access HERE You can register at or by contacting Ginny Lewis at

Thought for the Week

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.”
― William Faulkner

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Birthdays Anniversaries
Dennis Geare        3/04
Carolyn Feuille      3/06
John Woodford      3/07
Allan Rogers          3/07
Dan Becker            3/25

         David Fluke and Carol  3/18

Mar 19 Steps to Respect Presented by Linda Collins- Child Advocates of Nevada County
Mar 19 Hospitality House dinner served by Nevada City Rotary.  Jeff Wenzel coordinator.
Mar 26 PIELL (Partners in English Language Learning)
Mar 31-
Apr 1
Spring Cleaning in Nevada City
Apr 2 Merchant Mixer Night - 5:30pm
Apr 7 Tues Area Speech Contest  - GV Methodist Church - 12 noon
Apr 11 District 5190 Assembly
Apr 12 Area 4 Music Contest - Hosted by Nevada City Rotary; Seventh Day Adventist Church
Apr 16 Status of Biomass Energy Proposal for Western Nevada County  - Presented by Steve Eubanks
Apr 24 Meeting moved to BAJA and RAW Day project
Apr 24-28 BAJA Project dates - contact John for more information
Apr 25 Rotary at Work Day - Baja plus local projects
May 7 Merchant Mixer Night - 5:30pm
May 14 CalStar "Flyin" to Pioneer Park
May 15-17 All Aboard for District Conference - South Lake Tahoe
May 28 Rock Creek
Jun 4 Merchant Mixer Night - 5:30pm
Jun 6-9 Rotary International Convention - Sao Paulo, Brazil
Jun 25 Robin's Demotion Party

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Rotary Club of Nevada City — Established October 3, 1935
Meets every Thursday at Noon at the National Hotel
except first Thursday's 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.