Rotario -July 1, 2015

Club News

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Welcome to the new Rotary year! I'm excited to serve with you as President, and look forward to opportunities for putting Service Above Self, and having fun in the process. I had this newsletter all prepared a moment ago, and then it disappeared. I don't know what key I mistakenly stroked, but I'm going to try the "Save" button often. Meantime, here's a redacted overview of key upcoming events:

Thursday, July 2, 5:30 pm Mixer, featuring Cathy Whittlesey, Executive Director of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. Cathy will review the history of July 4 celebrations in Nevada City, including highlights, lowlights, and competition with Grass Valley. We'll also raise a toast to event in history that has made such a difference for us all.

Saturday, July 4, Rotarians promote the Destructon Derby during the GV Fourth of July Parade. Line up at 10 am, enjoy the commaraderie, and help raise funds!

Thursday, July 9, 12:15 pm: Better Than Getting $100! With other club Presidents visiting and me wanting to make a positive start, we will preview events of the coming year, and then recount just how valuable Rotary is, even better than getting $100 for the hour. Leadership training, an ethics boost, professional networking, edifying programs, and the model we provide for our children and grandchildren make Rotary one of the best ways we can make a difference with our lives.

July Rotary Socials. One of the greatest benefits, and joys, of Rotary is the fellowship we share and the friendships we gain. Often, an hour at lunch does not provide enough time. So I'm going to organize a handful of social events simply to get to know one another better, and build esprit d'corps. Look for the invitation coming soon.

Additional Rotary News

SAVE THE DATESaturday, August 1 Work Day at the Fair.  Come prepared to scrub our booth on Treat Street.

John Taylor Memorial Plans for a special memorial for John Taylor are being made for Saturday July 11 from 4p-7pm at the North Star House.  Marty Coleman-Hunt is collecting stories about John.  If you have a story you would like to share for his memorial please send it to Robin or directly to Marty at Bear Year Land Trust. For his memorium, visit John Taylor.

Rotary Dinner and Theater Night - Thursday July 30 Area 4 has secured Off Broad Street Theatre for a Rotary Only performance of "Nunsense" starring Rotarian Kris Stepanian.  Bill's Chuckwagon is cooking up BBQ chicken and tri tip at Nevada City Winery for a special dinner from 5-6:30pm. Off Broad Street pre-show starts at 6:30pm and "Nunsense" at 7:15pm. Cost for dinner is $15 and theater is $25.  Please make checks payable to Rotary Club of Grass Valley and mail or deliver to Anita Daniels, Tri Counties Bank, 305 Neal St, GV 95945. For more information call 530 274-4940 or email

Rotary International President's Visit Friday August 14 District 5190 is hosting Rotary International President Ravi Ravindran at a special District  event in Reno on Friday evening August 14.

Rotary Night with the River Cats at Raley Field - Friday, August 21 Hop on the Rotary Bus to Raley Field for a great night of fun and Rotary comradery.  Area 4 is once again organizing a bus to Sacramento for a great outing with fellow Rotarians from our 4 sister Clubs. Meet at 5pm at the KMart parking lot. Cost will be $35-40/person. See Dennis Geare to sign up and reserve your seat before the bus is full!  Friends and family are welcome.

Celebrating You!


Ken Myers            7/05
Gayle Denney       7/07
Kim Stewart          7/21
Ben Barretta         7/26
Pearce Boyer        7/28

John & Carla Burke                7/28


Rotary Leadership

RI President: Ravi Ravindran
RI Director: Brad Howard
District 5190 Governor: Gail Ellingwood
Asst. Governor, Area 4: Dennis Geare

Club Leadership

President: Dave Bunje
President-Elect: Walt Stickel

Secretary: Walt Stickel
Treasurer: Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
Public Relations: Robin Milam
Membership: Dennis Geare

Club Service: Robin Milam
Community Service: Pearce Boyer III
International Service: Carolyn Feuille
Vocational Service: Nicole Dillard
Foundation: Nicole Dillard
Youth Services: Carolyn Inglis
Programs: Jeff Wenzel


July 2 Merchant Mixer - History of Nevada City 4th of July Celebrations with Cathy Whittlesey
July 4 4th of July Parade - Join local Rotarians in the Rotary Destruction Derby entry
July 9 Better Than Getting $100!
Rotary Year Preview and Celebration. President Dave Bunje presiding; Visiting Club Presidents
July 16 KVMR Tour
July 17 The Children's Festival - Pioneer Park
See Nancy Kemp, Gayle Denney or Sandy Stickel for volunteer opportunities
July 24 American Cancer Society and Relay for Life
July 30 NEO: Creating New Events & Opportunities for Youth Lynn Skrukrud & Halli Ellis, Co-Founders and Co-Directors
Aug 1 Fair Work Day at our Booth on Treat Street -- bring cleaning supplies and dress to scrub the booth.
Aug 6 Annual Fair Picnic - 5:30pm in front of our booth on Treat Street
Aug 12-16 Rotary does Treat Street - Nevada County Fair ~ Catch the Fair Bug!
Aug 14 RI President Ravi Ravindran speaking in Reno at District 5190 Event
Aug 20 Developing K-9 Unit for Nevada City Police Department Canine Program
Aug 21 Rotary Night at the River Cats at Raley Field - See Dave Bunje and Mark Fleming (PV)
Sept 10 Nevada City Rotary Special:  Connecting with Kazakstan
Sept 25 - Oct 3 Open World Project - Kazakstan Entreprenuer Team visit hosted by Nevada City Rotary
Nov 12 District Governor Gail "Virus" Ellingwood visit
Nov 19 Foundation Dinner

For additional calendar events please visit the caledar at
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If you have an idea for a club program please contact Jeff Wenzel.

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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 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.