Rotario - March 2, 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 with LeeAnn Brook - local artist and author

Contemporary landscape painter LeeAnn Brook grew up in the countryside of Glastonbury, Connecticut. She graduated from Paier College of Art near New Haven, Connecticut in 1973 with a double major in fine art and graphic design. Studying under the influences of trompe l’oeil painting master Ken Davies, her curriculum in art school was traditionally based. Concurrently, her personal work developed into large format contemporary paintings that she exhibited in shows and galleries throughout New York and New England, winning over 20 awards in juried shows in 3 years. At age 23, she was accepted into the prestigious Connecticut Society of Women Painters. She is a four-time award winner in the California State Fair and a four-time winner in the nationally recognized Wild & Scenic Film Festival’s juried art competition.

She published her first book “Points of Inspiration: An Artist’s Journey with Painting and Photography” in 2014, receiving over four national book awards.  LeeAnn's Studio is at the corner of Pine St. and Spring St. in Nevada City.

Last week :  Lunch Meeting  with Holly Hermansen - Superintendent of Schools

Holly arrived at our meeting Thursday with spring in her step. She provided us with an enthusiastic presentation full of detail on the Junior Achievement process and how it has been integrated into the local public school system. It is a very well-defined process with lots of lesson plans and prearranged topics to engage young people in understanding processes in the outside world such as managing money, working as a team, and understanding very common everyday business situations. Junior Achievement is in its early stages here locally in the Nevada County schools, but has been utilized around the country in various forms for over 45 years. At the end of her presentation, Holly answered questions from the floor about the local schools and their current objectives. Holly also reminded us that she will be retiring next year after over 40 years of working in various educational capacities. And we did not need to be reminded that Holly is also an active member of the Nevada City Rotary 49er Breakfast Club. Holly is pictured with President Walt.                          

Booth Winterization and Water Damage - update

This past Sunday Pres. Walt visited the fair booth only to discover significant water damage to the ceiling and walls of the area over the sink. It appears that storm damage in recent weeks has caused a significant amount of water to leak into the booth from the area of the roof under the swamp cooler. We are pursuing potential remedies with both the fairgrounds management and roofing contractors. Additionally, our team's second winterizing  visit to the fair booth continues to be delayed.  Tom Milam has installed the hardware on the primed door and the protective paneling for the compressor.  Once we have dry weather we should be ready for another workday to complete these efforts.

March 6 Lunch with Steve Soloman - Nine of us to attend !

Steve Solomon, The Rotary FoundationIt turns out that our entire Board will attend Steve Solomon"s presentation at the Grass Valley Rotary lunch on Monday, March 6 !  Since all clubs are invited to attend, we are moving our March 9 lunch meeting to March 6 so our club members may attend.  Details are as follows:
  • Where - Foothills Event Center, 400 Idaho Maryland Road
  • Time - Arrive at 11:00 AM, Program Starts 11:30 AM - Ends 1:00 PM
  • Catered Lunch - $15.00

In Other News

At our Board meeting on Tuesday, February 28, we were given a presentation by Melissa Seibold of KVMR Radio regarding their April 18 community forum/townhall meeting entitled "Our Children and Screen Dependency – Impacts of Use and Abuse". Subsequently the board voted to fund this initiative and participate in that Townhall broadcast.
The board also elected to fund the local ACME Robotics team of mostly Nevada Union High School students - including members from our Girls Who Code program in a major regional competition. Click to read more about the robotics team in the Union. Other news from the board meeting will be forthcoming.
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  sadly reported that the community Flea Market has been cancelled.  We are asking club members to continue accumulating saleable items, while we seek another option for them.
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 2 : Mixer Meeting - LeeAnn Brook - local artist & author

March 3-5 : PETS - San Jose, CA for President-Elect Cathy!!

March 6 : Area Wide 11:30am Lunch Meeting - Steve Solomon, RI Foundation Presentation
Foothills Event Center, 400 Idaho Maryland Road, hosted by Grass Valley Rotary

March 9 :  Noon : Moved to Monday March 6 Area Wide Meeting

March 16 :  Mixer :   Kim & Laura Coughlin, owners of Novak's Clothing Store

March 23 :  Noon ; Club Speech Contest

March 23 - 28 :  Baja Trip for Los Barriles Project

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: " Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family living in another city." - George Burns

-- 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.

The Fine Print

Did we forget your birthday or anniversary? Have you recently moved or changed email addresses? Please update your profile on our club website. If you have forgotten your password, you can click on the Lost Password feature and it will be sent to your email address. 

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

*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.