Rotario - March 9, 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 :  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. 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. 

As result of this change in scheduling, there will NOT be a Lunch Meeting on Thursday March 9.


Last week :  Mixer with LeeAnn Brook - local artist and author

Contemporary landscape painter LeeAnn Brook entertained our club members with a review of her history in the art business, both on the creative aspects and the marketing side. She told us much about the history of her studio, where she not only works creating her pieces of art but marketing them as well. Of course, she invited our club members to stop by whenever possible, since her office/studio is very close by the National Hotel.  LeeAnn's Studio is at the corner of Pine St. and Spring St. in Nevada City.                       

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. Once we have dry weather we should be ready for another workday to complete the winterization efforts.

In Other News

Pres. Walt was pleased to present a cash donation to an enthusiastic Melissa Seibold of KVMR Radio in support of their April 18 community forum/townhall meeting entitled "Our Children and Screen Dependency – Impacts of Use and Abuse".  This town hall forum will be held in the Nevada City Theatre  at 6pm and all club members are invited.
Additionally, Pres. Walt enjoyed presenting a cash donation to Stephanie Lewis, who not only coordinates the weekly "Girls Who Code" classes, but also represents  the local ACME Robotics team of mostly Nevada Union High School students and members from our Girls Who Code program who will  soon be participating in a major regional competition. 
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 9 :  Noon :   DARK - 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: ""I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind. I should not be ungrateful to these teachers." - Kahlil Gibran

-- 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

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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.