Rotario ~ June 19, 2014

RI President: Ron Burton
RI Director: Steve Snyder
District 5190 Governor: Vicki Puliz
Asst. Governor, Area 4: Doug McDonald

Club Leadership

President: Dennis Geare
President-Elect: Robin Milam
President-Elect-Nominee: David Bunje
Secretary: Bob Buhlis
Treasurer: Ellen Davis
Director at Large: David Denney, Past DG


Club Service: Robin Milam.
Community Service: Gary Gustafson
International Service: Nancy Kemp
Vocational Service: Jim Phillips
Foundation: David Bunje
Programs: Jeff Wenzel
Fundraising: Carolyn Inglis, Walt Stickel

This Week’s Meeting June 19
Save the Bridgeport Covered Bridge
Presented by David Anderson- President - South Yuba River Park Association

Quote of the Week
My father used to say that it's never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said, 'You never know what you can accomplish until you try.'
--Michael Jordan

This Week
The Bridgeport Covered Bridge. The bridge was built in 1862 by David Isaac John Wood as part of the Virginia Turnpike Company toll road which served the northern mines and the busy Nevada Comstock Lode. The bridge was closed to traffic in 2010 and pedestrians in 2011 due to deferred maintenance and "structural problems". The Bridgeport Covered Bridge has clear spans of 210 feet on one side and 208 feet on the other, while Old Blenheim Bridge in Pennsylvania had a documented clear span of 210 feet (64 m) in the middle (1936 HABS drawings).  However, the Old Blenheim Bridge was destroyed in 2011.  With the 2011 destruction of the Old Blenheim Bridge, the Bridgeport Covered Bridge is the undisputed longest-span wooden covered bridge still surviving.  Saving it is important for the cultural legacy of our community and the United States.

The “Save Our Bridge” Campaign Committee has been working diligently to restore and reopen the historic wood covered bridge spanning the South Yuba River at Bridgeport. The Good News is that there has been a breakthrough: Governor Brown has in his proposed budget funds needed to complete the restoration and reopen the Bridge. Also, both the Senate and Assembly Budget Sub-committee have done the same. David Anderson will share with us more of the historical legacy of the beautiful Bridgeport Covered Bridge and the coalition of local governments, not-for-profits and private citizens who have come together with an aggressive campaign to save our beloved bridge! 

Last Week
Local author and historian, Jan Westmore shared fascinating stories and photos of our rich history.  Jan will speak about the building of the transcontinental and the narrow gage railroad between Colfax and Nevada City.  With mining and fruit orchards, Colfax developed a symbiotic relationship with Nevada City and Grass Valley, especially during the 19th century.  Ken Holbrooke and others added interesting tidbits from their own family history.
June 26Congratulations and a big THANK YOU to President Dennis as he hosted his last Board meeting last week. Dennis’s Demotion Party is 6pm at the Bridge House. As a Club member you should have received an invite in the mail. If you have not done so, please RSVP with your dinner payment to Jeff.  Dress will be nice casual suitable for a warm summer night!

July 4 – Nevada City Rotary will celebrate July 4th in the Parade in Nevada City.  Parade starts at 11am so we will need to be in place by 10:30am. Walt is driving his convertible – most of us will walk and greet the crowds.  
Remember that we are moving our "First Thursday Mixer" on July 3rd to the July 4th Parade.

Children's Festival  Friday, July 18, 2014  - 09:00 to 20:00
The Children's Festival will return to Pioneer Park  in Nevada City. The park will be transformed into a lively Renaissance Faire  for children. This year's festival will include over twenty arts and crafts  tables, strolling minstrels, a magician, face-painters, a bridge-guarding  troll, medieval fencing, and Claude, the life-sized mechanical dragon.  This year's Children's Festival will once again have two sessions, from 9am  - 12 pm and from 5pm - 8pm. Admission to each session is $3. Food and  beverages will be available for purchase. 

The festival is sponsored by the Nevada City Rotary Club and many local  businesses - and is made possible by the more than 200 local volunteers who  work tirelessly to bring this unique event to the children of Nevada County. Volunteers are needed!

For Thought
Do you remember when Apple and Blackberry were just fruits?

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Birthdays Anniversaries

Ron Knaus 6/9
Bob Aydelott 6/10
Nicole Dillard 6/13
Robin Milam 6/29

Gayle and Dave Denney 6/12
Ron Knaus and Nancy 6/20
Karen Young and Michael 6/21
Judy Soldavini and George 6/24
Jeff Wenzel and Lynn 6/28

June 26 Demotion Party - 6pm @ Bridge House
July 1 First day of President's term for Robin Milam
July 3 Regular meeting is moved to July 4th
July 4 Parade, downtown NC
10:30am Lineup; 11:00am Parade
July 10
Drought Impact on Nevada County
Presented by Rem Scherzinger- N.I.D General Manager
July 17
The Union 2014 Goals and Direction
Presented by Jim Hemig- Publisher
July 18 Children's Festival - Pioneer Park
2 sessions: 9am-12pm and 5pm-8pm
July 24 Everything You DON'T Know About Weight Loss
Presented by Mike Carville- Co-owner south Yuba Club
July 31 Annual Picnic - County Fairgrounds, an evening event
Aug 6-10 County Fair - Rotary Booth on Treat Street
please refer to the sign up sheet
August 21 Rotary District Governor, Joe Zarachoff

For additional calendar events please visit the caledar at
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*Board Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 5:30pm.
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.