District Governor Stacy Graham Visit Frederick Claessens 2023-11-02 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary at Work - Jul 23, 2023

The Crew kept their Cool working in Air Conditions rooms. They spent their morning painting rooms at the new Bright Futures for Youth facility.
Rotary at Work - Jul 23, 2023 Frederick Claessens 2023-07-25 07:00:00Z 0

President Sean Jackson - 2023-2024

Sandra Barrington has passed the Gavel and Bell on to our new President Sean Jackson.
Sean Jackson will serve as President of Rotary Club of Grass Valley for the term 2023-2-24
President Sean Jackson - 2023-2024 2023-06-28 07:00:00Z 0

Sandra Barrington Demotion Event

June 26th 2023 The Rotary Club of Grass Valley celebrated the year of President Sandra Barrington and her Demotion Party. Sandra's achievements include
welcoming and inducting new members, planting trees and daffodil bulbs at Memorial Garden, obtaining donations and grants ($40.000) for Bright Futures for Youth, Casino Night fund raiser, Halloween Drive thru BBQ, Battery recycling and many others.  At the Demotion Party we celebrated her 2022-2023 year and demotion.  She has passed the gavel and bell on to Sean Jackson, who will serve as President for the term 2023-2024.
Sandra Barrington Demotion Event Frederick Claessens 2023-06-28 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Dinner - Wild Eye Pub

The Rotary Foundation Dinner was held at the Wild Eye Pub on June 12th, 2023.  The Five area Rotary Clubs participated in the event.  Awards were enthusiastically presented to various Rotarians.  Our Global Scholar, Wrenn Clearly was the featured speaker.
Enjoy the photo album of the event
Rotary Foundation Dinner - Wild Eye Pub Frederick Claessens 2023-06-12 07:00:00Z 0
Gold Country Senior Services-Rotary Work Day Frederick Claessens 2023-04-01 07:00:00Z 0

Casino Night-Viva Las Vegas

On February 4th 2023 held the first Casino Night event since 2020.  We were grounded for two years due to COVID.
The Rotary Club of Grass Valley has been presenting their Casino Night fundraiser for the last 30 years.  They have consistently been able to provide funding support for community and senior programs in the Grass Valley community and have made a difference in many people’s lives.  In recovery from the COVID pandemic, renewal of their club fundraiser this year has exceeded their expectations and although final numbers are still being compiled, the club expects they will be able to continue and enhance their support of youth and senior programs this year.
Casino Night-Viva Las Vegas Frederick Claessens 2023-02-04 08:00:00Z 0

Bright Futures for Youth Grant

We are excited to announce this wonderful collaboration grant effort to support the new NEO Youth Center at Bright Futures for Youth. Four Rotary Clubs came together to provide $40,000 total for the project. The Rotary Club of Grass Valley included a special donation in memory of club member Mike Johnson who was an integral part of developing youth services locally.
Bright Futures for Youth Grant Frederick Claessens 2023-01-23 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Work Day - Memory Garden

On Dec 12th Rotary Club of Grass Valley volunteers arrived at the Memory Garden on Litton Trail.  They planted three red maples, at least 250 daffodil bulbs and cleared a thousand acres of black berry vines, weeds and pruned bushes.  OK, it only seemed like a thousand acres.
Rotary Work Day - Memory Garden Frederick Claessens 2022-11-13 08:00:00Z 0
2022 Rotary Halloween BBQ Drive Thru Frederick Claessens 2022-11-04 07:00:00Z 0

Polly Conley - New Rotary Member

Jennifer,  Polly Conley,  Pat
Polly Conley was inducted into the Rotary Club of Grass Valley as our newest Member.
She is the daughter of former retired Rotarian and club president, Tom Conley.
Polly is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at WSMC.
Polly enjoys hiking in the great outdoors and spending time with her two sons.
For more information regarding Rotary Membership contact us at gvrotary@gmail.com.
Polly Conley - New Rotary Member Frederick Claessens 2022-10-03 07:00:00Z 0

Bright Futures for Youth

President Sandra Barrington presents a check for a $500 donation to Bright Futures for Youth.
Bright Futures for Youth 2022-09-12 07:00:00Z 0

District Governor Visit

The new District Governor Jeff Gabriel visited the Rotary Club of Grass Valley on July 25th.
District Governor Visit Frederick Claessens 2022-07-25 07:00:00Z 0

Care Force Health Clinic

The Rotary Club of Grass Valley volunteers provided lunch for the Care Force Health Clinic Volunteers.
The day went well.  We were short one volunteer (we had three) but were able to keep the line moving.  Lisa (Tom’s assistant) was awesome and got us organized and properly trained in food handling and serving.  The Care Force volunteers said attendance was down from last year in some clinics.
Care Force Health Clinic CLA 2022-07-18 07:00:00Z 0

Sandra's 1st Day and Becky Peter's Induction

Sandra Barrington began her term of President of the Rotary Club of Grass Valey and presided over the induction of Becky Peter as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Grass Valley.
Sandra's 1st Day and Becky Peter's Induction Frederick Claessens 2022-07-18 07:00:00Z 0

President Sandra Barrington - 2022-2023

On July 1st 2022 Sandra Barrington begins her year as President of the Rotary Club of Grass Valley.Over the last 2 1/2 years we were constrained by the covid pandemic. We are looking forward to a year of open in-person meetings and events.
President Sandra Barrington - 2022-2023 Frederick Claessens 2022-07-01 07:00:00Z 0

Kathleen Shaffer Demotion Party

Kathleen Shaffer Demotion Party -- On June 27th Kathleen Shaffer's demotion party was held. Her year as President was reviewed and Celebrated. Sandra Barrington's 2022-2023 year of President of Rotary Club of Grass Valley began.
Kathleen Shaffer Demotion Party Frederick Claessens 2022-06-27 07:00:00Z 0
Environmental Garden 2021-2022 cla 2022-06-17 07:00:00Z 0

RGCC  Support Group

On June 11th the Rotary Gold Country Challenge bicycle event occurred.  This event would not have been successful without the support of our Rotary community and our many volunteers.  Many volunteers
are not included in the photo album as they worked before or after the event or just happened to be out of range of the camera.  Thank you all!
RGCC Support Group Frederick Claessens 2022-06-17 07:00:00Z 0

Shelter Box Award and Thanks

Congratulations Rotary Club of Grass Valley.  Thanks for your support of ShelterBox's efforts to help the people of Ukraine.
Shelter Box Award and Thanks Frederick Claessens 2022-04-18 07:00:00Z 0

Recycling Lithium batteries and eWaste

The Five Rotary Clubs participated in the first Lithium Battery and Electronic Waste recycling program on April 2nd, 2022.  It was well organized.  Put out the word to everyone you know to come to the next event.
Recycling Lithium batteries and eWaste Frederick Claessens 2022-04-02 07:00:00Z 0

Bowling Social Event

The Rotary Club of Grass Valley had a social event on April 2nd at Prosperity Bowling.  The team bowled well ... Well there were a few gutter balls but Don did well.  Andrew and Monica brought their son to the event and he was a huge distraction for at least half of the team.  That certainly accounted for my gutter balls.
Bowling Social Event Frederick Claessens 2022-03-28 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Grass Valley - Social Event Frederick Claessens 2022-02-28 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary at Work - Fairgrounds

The Rotary Club of Grass Valley completed clean up service at the Nevada County Fairgrounds on February 19, 2022. The Rotary at Work Day included sawing up fallen trees, cleaning up fallen branches and pine needles.
Click on Rotary at Work to view photo album
Rotary at Work - Fairgrounds Frederick Claessens 2022-02-19 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club Grass Valley "Presidents Project"

This is the Grass Valley Rotary President's Project and the objective is to create an Environmental Garden at Lyman Gilmore Middle School. It will feature a butterfly garden and a bee pollinator, both of which are endangered species.  Rotary has added the Environment as an area of focus, and this project is in support of that endeavor.
The project is funded by a grant from the club which enabled us to add other enhancements to the garden which include planter boxes, a trellis, hanging fruits and handicap access.
Rotarians and Lyman Gilmore students kicked off the project by building planter boxes.
Rotary Club Grass Valley "Presidents Project" Frederick Claessens 2022-01-01 08:00:00Z 0
GV Rotary Salvation Army Bell Ringers Frederick Claessens 2021-12-19 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Grass Valley Christmas Party

The Rotary Club of Grass Valley celebrated the end of 2021 with a gala Christmas Party on December 17th at the Horsemens Lodge.  I for one am glad to see the end of 2021 and I heard a rumor there might be some in person meetings in 2022.
Click on Christmas Party to view the photo album of the event.
Rotary Club of Grass Valley Christmas Party Frederick Claessens 2021-12-17 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club Social Event at WEP

On the evening of September 27th, The Rotary Club of Grass Valley met at the Wild Eye Pub for a Rotary Social Event.  This was a great opportunity for members to get together in person and was enjoyed by all.
Rotary Club Social Event at WEP Frederick Claessens 2021-09-27 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary at Work - Food Bank

On September 27th, Jeanne Molineaux, Kathleen Shaffer, Kathy Egenes and Tim McCall volunteered to work at the Nevada County Food Bank sorting items and placing them in food boxes.
Rotary at Work - Food Bank Frederick Claessens 2021-09-27 07:00:00Z 0

Area 4 Rotary Social

On August 28, 2021 the five Rotary Clubs in Area 4 came together for an evening social.  They were entertained by the Auburn Winds Band Ensemble.
Click on the following to view the photo album.
Area 4 Rotary Social Frederick Claessens 2021-08-28 07:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Awards

On July 19th Kathleen presented at the meeting overdue (due to Covid) Paul Harris awards to Anita, Seth, Andrew, Scott, Diana, Tim and Bob
Paul Harris Awards Frederick Claessens 2021-07-23 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Grass Valley - In Person Frederick Claessens 2021-07-12 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Grass Valley rides in parade Frederick Claessens 2021-07-05 07:00:00Z 0

Kathleen Shaffer - New President for 2021/2022

Kathleen Shaffer begins her 2021/2022 presidential term with an IN PERSON meeting at the Wild Eye Pub on July 12th, 2021.  Her first official event will be the 4th of July parade where the Rotary Club of Grass Valley members will be riding in the back of Kathy's truck in the parade.
Kathleen Shaffer - New President for 2021/2022 Frederick Claessens 2021-07-01 07:00:00Z 0

Seth Leishman is Demoted

Seth Leishman FINALLY makes an in person appearance on the last day of his presidency.
Also he managed to find his bell....
Click on the photo album to view all of the photos from the event.
Seth Leishman is Demoted Frederick Claessens 2021-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
Chicago Park School Graduation Breakfast Frederick Claessens 2021-06-10 07:00:00Z 0

Butterfly Memorial Garden

Rotary Club members and Hospice of the Foothills - at the Butterfly Memorial Garden  Honoring those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice.
Butterfly Memorial Garden Frederick Claessens 2021-06-02 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary at Work - Painting Salvation Army Rooms

The Rotary Club of Grass Valley - Rotary at Work TEAM - showed up at the Salvation Army and painted.  
They moved cabinets, cleared the area, taped and spread floor coverings and painted rooms.
Rotary at Work - Painting Salvation Army Rooms Frederick Claessens 2021-03-18 07:00:00Z 0

Wreaths Across America

On December 19th 2020, Pat Ward, Dave Peeler and Jesse represented the Rotary Club of Grass Valley at the Wreaths Across America Ceremony.
The last picture is a wreath being placed by a Gold Star Mother who lost a son or daughter while on active duty in armed conflict. This wreath represents all members who were POWs or missing in action.  The other wreaths were placed by members of each of the services in memory of the veterans of that service.
(Photos provided by Pat Ward)
Wreaths Across America Frederick Claessens 2020-12-19 08:00:00Z 0

Bell Ringers

John Peplowski and Marcia Salter rang the bell for Salvation Army in front of SPD
Larry Faller organized and managed the Rotary Club of Grass Valley bell ringing service for Salvation Army on December 5th and December 12th.  The participating bell ringers were Larry Faller, Kim Zwick, Kathleen Shaffer and husband Bob, Judy Faller, Monty East, Sandra Barrington, Bob Long, Tim McCall and Pat Ward.
Bell Ringers Frederick Claessens 2020-12-12 08:00:00Z 0
Food Bank of Nevada County Frederick Claessens 2020-11-22 08:00:00Z 0

President Seth Leishman

Our new President Seth Leishman conducted his first 'ZOOM' meeting on July 6th for the Rotary Year 2020-2021.
Seth takes over from Past President Marcia Salter.  We are looking forward to another great Rotary Club of Grass Valley Year.
President Seth Leishman Frederick Claessens 2020-07-06 07:00:00Z 0

New Presidential Year

June 22nd -  Last meeting of outgoing President Marcia Salter.  Marcia started her year with a field trip to Curious Forge, with many events to follow including Speakeasy Casino Night, Speech Contest, Community Awards as well as many stimulating speakers.  The last three months she faced leading the Rotary Club of Grass Valley during a Corona Virus Pandemic and a Pandemic induced economic depression.  The Rotary Club began meeting using Zoom starting with an April 8th Zoom Social.  
Seth Leishman will begin his Presidential Year with another Zoom meeting in July.
New Presidential Year Frederick Claessens 2020-06-28 07:00:00Z 0

Food Bank of NC - Pallet Jack

Rotary Club of Grass Valley members shown in photo are Kathleen Shaffer, Diana Hendry, Marcia Sanders and Larry Faller.  Representing the Food Bank of Nevada County is Nicole McNeely-Director Food Bank of Nevada County.
Food Bank of NC - Pallet Jack Frederick Claessens 2020-05-27 07:00:00Z 0

Zoom Social in the time of Covid 19

On April 8, 2020 a group of Grass Valley Rotarians came together for a Social Event in the Time of Covid19.  There were 16 to 20 participants joining together mostly by Zoom Video and a few on audio only.  It was a great gathering from remote locations and was enjoyed by all.
Zoom Social in the time of Covid 19 Frederick Claessens 2020-04-08 07:00:00Z 0

History of "Service Above Self"

Thomas Ingram - State Senator was the first President of the Rotary Club of  Grass Valley and
his Great Granddaughter Patti Ingram was the 80th President of the Rotary Club of Grass Valley!
History of "Service Above Self" Frederick Claessens 2020-03-30 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Speech Contest

The Rotary Speech Contest was held on March 17, 2020.  There were five contestants in this event.  All of the contestants gave superb speeches.  I would have hated to be a judge in this contest.
Click on the following to view a photo album of this event.
Rotary Speech Contest Frederick Claessens 2020-03-17 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Grass Valley 95th Anniversary

The Rotary Club of Grass Valley was officially admitted to membership in Rotary International by the Board of Directors of R. I. on March 16, 1925. The club was granted Charter No. 1938 and became an official member club in Rotary International.  In 1925 the population of Grass Valley was +/- 4,000. 
The unemployment rate in 1925 was 3.2%.  Other notable events in 1925 were Benito Mussolini declaring dictatorship in Italy, Nellie Tayloe Ross becomes the first woman governor in the U.S. (Wyoming), tornado struck Missouri, Illinois and Indiana killing 689 people, John T. Scopes arrested for teaching evolution, Calvin Coolidge was inaugurated and was the first president to have his address broadcast on radio, 
Also Al Capone took over the Chicago bootlegging racket and the Pittsburgh Pirates won the World Series.
Click on the following links for detailed history of the Rotary Club of Grass Valley.
Club History 1954 - 1984                             Club History 1985 - 2015
Rotary Club of Grass Valley 95th Anniversary Frederick Claessens 2020-03-16 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Community Awards Dinner Frederick Claessens 2020-02-19 08:00:00Z 0

Students of the Month - February

On February 10th, 2020 The Rotary Club of Grass Valley honored Students of the Month from Lyman Gilmore Middle School.  The students from the left are Ruby Ehrlich 6th Grade, Taylor Browning 5th Grade, Raven Weikle 8th Grade, Sadie Anderson P.E. and Aiden Steinbach 7th Grade.  Standing back are Patrick Brose Principal of Lyman Gilmore and Marcia Salter President of Rotary Club of Grass Valley.
Students of the Month - February Frederick Claessens 2020-02-10 08:00:00Z 0

Speakeasy 2020 Casino Night

On February 1st the Rotary Club of Grass Valley held their annual Casino Night with 1920's theme "Speakeasy"
This event was a fabulous success and was enjoyed by all.  Congratulations are in order for all of the volunteers and Casino Night committee that made this happen.
Enjoy the following photo album..           
Speakeasy 2020 Casino Night Frederick Claessens 2020-02-01 08:00:00Z 0

Students of the Month - January

Lyman Gilmore Students of the Month of January were honored by the Rotary Club of Grass Valley.  The students pictured above (from the left) are Arianna Arnold - 7th Grade, Lillyanne Kennedy - 6th Grade, Jacobo Venegas - 5th Grade, Amarah Cox - 8th Grade and Bodey Eelkema - P.E.
Students of the Month - January Frederick Claessens 2020-01-06 08:00:00Z 0

Students of the Month - December

Lyman Gilmore School Students of the Month of December were honored by the Rotary Club of Grass Valley.  The students are (from the left) Piper Gammelgard - P.E., Gabriella Goodwin - 8th Grade, Shayla West - 6th Grade, Grahm Lawell - 5th Grade and Caliana Raiche Katt - 7th Grade.
Students of the Month - December Frederick Claessens 2019-12-16 08:00:00Z 0

Students of The Month - November

On December 2nd the Rotary Club of Grass Valley welcomes the Lyman Gilmore Students of the Month for November.  
The students were Carl DelEra 5th Grade, Oliver Petersen 8th Grade, Oscar Carillo 7th Grade, Hunter Nuttall P.E. and Abigail Berryesa 6th Grade.
Students of The Month - November Frederick Claessens 2019-12-09 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Grass Valley - Bell Ringers Frederick Claessens 2019-12-06 08:00:00Z 0

Christmas Party - 2019

The Rotary Club of Grass Valley Christmas Party was enjoyed by all participants.  The party was held on December 6th at the Horseman's Lodge.  Mark your calendars for next December to come to the Christmas Party in December 2020.
Christmas Party - 2019 Frederick Claessens 2019-12-06 08:00:00Z 0

Students of the Month -October

On November 18th the Rotary Club of Grass Valley welcomes the Lyman Gilmore Students of the Month for October.  
The students were Nathaniel Minkus 8th Grade, Logan Butler 6th grade, Lydia Franza P.E. and Julian Rex Wallace 5th grade.
Students of the Month -October Frederick Claessens 2019-11-18 08:00:00Z 0

Big Sink Hole Tree Planting - Revisited

On March 9th, 2018 The Rotary Club planted 100 Ponderosa and Douglas Fir Trees in what was know as the big Grass Valley sink hole.  As of November 13, 2019 at least 50 of those trees have survived and are thriving.  This is now part of the recently opened and paved Wolf Creek Trail. It is an easy and beautiful walking trail that connects to the North Star Power House.  Get out and enjoy the Rotary Trees.
Big Sink Hole Tree Planting - Revisited Frederick Claessens 2019-11-14 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Team WINS AAUW Trivia contest

The Grass Valley Rotary team (Rod Fivelstad, Judy Bagley, Scott Browne and Connie Stone) won the Tapas and Trivia
fundraising event on Saturday Nov 10. Brilliant Rotarians! !!  We won the AAUW Trivia contest on Saturday at their Tapas and Trivia fundraiser for scholarships for young women. Big Congrats!!
Rotary Team WINS AAUW Trivia contest Frederick Claessens 2019-11-10 08:00:00Z 0
GV Rotary Foundation Drive - Cabaret Frederick Claessens 2019-10-28 07:00:00Z 0

Brews for Polio

The Grass Valley Rotary Club teamed up with the 1849 Brewery to raise money for Polio Prevention on World Polio Day.
Manning the portals are Anita and Don Daniels, Kris Stepanian, Chis Parks and Kathleen Shaffer.
Brews for Polio Frederick Claessens 2019-10-24 07:00:00Z 0


On October 5th, Members, Family and Friends of the Rotary Club of Grass Valley and the 49er Breakfast Rotary Club participated in the Random Acts of Kindness Event at Condon Park. They painted, raked and provided maintenance of facilities at and about the BBQ area.
RAKE Frederick Claessens 2019-10-05 07:00:00Z 0

Students of the Month - September

On September 30th the Rotary Club of Grass Valley welcomes the Lyman Gilmore Students of the Month for September.
Hailey Metzgar - 8th Grade, Layla Carmichael - 5th Grade, Alexis Blakemore - 6th Grade and Jonah Beck - P.E.
Students of the Month - September Frederick Claessens 2019-09-30 07:00:00Z 0

Avenues of Service

Avenues of Service - On Saturday September 28, 2019 the District presented the Avenues of Service seminar.  This was a great opportunity to find out what the District can do to help our club achieve it's goals and help us to serve our community.  It was the opportunity to learn new skills, meet representatives from all of the clubs in our district and participate in an invigorating and fun group of Rotarians.  I urge all of you to participate in next years 2020 Avenue of Services.
Avenues of Service Frederick Claessens 2019-09-28 07:00:00Z 0

Salvation Army Camp del Oro Tour

Christian and Becky Sibaja were our hosts at the tour and luncheon at Salvation Army Camp del Oro on August 26, 2019.  The grounds and camp were impressive and the tour and luncheon was enjoyed by all
Salvation Army Camp del Oro Tour Frederick Claessens 2019-08-26 07:00:00Z 0

District 5190 Governor Visit

The Rotary Club of Grass Valley was honored on August 19th, 2019 with a visit by District 5190 Governor Randy Van Tassell.  At this meeting he introduced our newest member Cheryl Rellstab.  Also he presented the Quiet Rotarian Award to Fred Claessens and the Making a Difference Award to Diana Hendry.  Jon Peek and Judy Wirkner were presented with the Paul Harris Fellow awards.
District 5190 Governor Visit Frederick Claessens 2019-08-19 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary in the July 4th Parade

Rotary Club of Grass Valley marched in the 4th of July Parade through Grass Valley.  They were followed by the 49er Rotary Club.  Larry Faller and Don Daniels played trombones in the Nevada County Concert Band to entertain the marchers and the crowds.  Rotarians were spotted along the route.
Rotary in the July 4th Parade Frederick Claessens 2019-07-04 07:00:00Z 0

Kris Stepanian Demotion

June 1st, 2019 - The Rotary Club of Grass Valley and friends came together for the demotion of Kris Stepanian to Immediate Past President
The 2010-2020 Officers shown are Marcia Salter - President, Seth Leishman - President Elect and Eric Frederickson - Vice President
Photo Album of the festivities at Kris Stepanian Demotion
Kris Stepanian Demotion Frederick Claessens 2019-07-01 07:00:00Z 0

Lyman Gilmore Students of the Month - May

On June 3rd we celebrated the Lyman Gilmore Students of the Month of May.
The students were Tia Bradanini - 6th Grade, Carly Munn - 7th Grade, Carlos Allen - 5th Grade and Grace Gallup - 8th Grade
Lyman Gilmore Students of the Month - May Frederick Claessens 2019-06-03 07:00:00Z 0
2019 Rotary Gold Country Challenge Frederick Claessens 2019-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
Students of the Month - April 2019 Frederick Claessens 2019-05-06 07:00:00Z 0

Community Awards

Community Awards - Dental Wellness Center, Dr Sean Rockwell -Business of the Year; Bart Riebe - Citizen of the Year; Cathy Wilcox-Barnes - Volunteer of the Year
The Community Awards Dinner and Celebration was held on Wednesday March 20th at the Event Center.  The five Rotary Clubs came together and produced a great celebration of individuals providing exemplary service for our community.
Community Awards Frederick Claessens 2019-03-22 07:00:00Z 0

Woodstock Again - Casino Night

Woodstock Again - Casino Night was a fabulous event happening on a rainy and stormy night of February 2nd, 2019.  This event led by Seth Leishman turned out great performances, a kaleidoscope of colors, a fantastic auction and memorable characters.
Woodstock Again - Casino Night Frederick Claessens 2019-02-02 08:00:00Z 0

North Star House Garden

Kathleen Shaffer led a group of Rotary Members at the North Star House Garden.  They moved mountains of soil, raked, shoveled and built Magnificent walls and garden plots.  The North Star House Garden is ready for Spring Planting.  Great Job!! 
North Star House Garden Frederick Claessens 2019-01-14 08:00:00Z 0

Salvation Army Bell Ringers

Rotary Club of Grass Valley members rang the bell for the Salvation Army on Saturday December 15th.  Pictured above you will find the mighty duo team of Ron and Chris Parks, the Champion Bell Ringer Kim Zwick and the Great Leader Scott Browne.  Other Rotary Club members also rang the bell including Larry and Judy Faller.
Salvation Army Bell Ringers Frederick Claessens 2018-12-15 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary at Work - North Star House

Rotary Club of Grass Valley members worked at the North Star House on the weekend of December 8th and 9th. They toiled until they were soiled and dropping to the earth making the grounds at North Star House more beautiful.
Rotary at Work - North Star House Frederick J Claessens 2018-12-09 08:00:00Z 0

November - Students of the Month

The Rotary Club of Grass Valley honors the Lyman Gilmore Students of the month of November 2018.  Pictured from left are students Emilia Sturgill-Delao 8th Grade, Hannah De Vera P.E., Ava Kissell 6th Grade, Lillyanne Kennedy 5th Grade and Ellee Miller 7th Grade.
November - Students of the Month Frederick J Claessens 2018-12-09 08:00:00Z 0

Camp Fire Relief Fund

Rotarians in District 5190:
Our fellow Rotarians in District 5160, which include the towns of Paradise and Chico, California, are dealing with the devastation of California's largest, most destructive, and deadly wildfire known as the Camp Fire.
As your District Governor, I have been in contact with District Governor Jon Dwyer 5160. We have set a goal to raise $100,000.00 in emergency relief funds. We need your help!
Many of their club members are directly connected with the victims, and understand their immediate needs for prescriptions, food, clothing, housing, transportation, toiletries and pet food. District 5160 will distribute these funds through their clubs. 
 Rotarians of District 5190 here is what you can do to help.
 Make a tax-deductible donation using this link
Camp Fire Relief Fund Frederick J Claessens 2018-11-19 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Halloween - 2018

The Rotary Club of Grass Valley participated in the Grass Valley Safe Trick or Treat event on October 31, 2018.  Carol Lenhard led her team of spooks, witches, wizards, etc. in giving away books to little spooks, witches and goblins in our continuing program of advancing and advocating literacy.
Rotary Halloween - 2018 Frederick Claessens 2018-10-31 07:00:00Z 0

Andrea Eggleton - Biggest Fish

The fishing Group was Christian and Andrea Eggleton, Lee Osnas and Scott Browne.  Our Guide was Brett Brady who donated the trip to the Casino Night silent auction at the behest of John Peplowski. 
The youngsters caught all of the fish but a good time was had by all.  Andrea Eggleton (wife of member Christian) caught the biggest salmon (about 18 pounds).
Andrea Eggleton - Biggest Fish Frederick Claessens 2018-09-19 07:00:00Z 0

New Member - Kimala DeSena

Kimala DeSena was inducted into the Rotary Club of Grass Valley on September 17th.  Kimela works at the Nevada Union Joint High School as a Scholarship Coordinator.   A huge welcome to our newest member of the Rotary Club of Grass Valley.
New Member - Kimala DeSena Frederick J Claessens 2018-09-17 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary at Work - North Star Mine Power House Frederick Claessens 2018-09-16 07:00:00Z 0
New Members - Vivian Tipton, Heather Thorpe Frederick J Claessens 2018-07-09 07:00:00Z 0

WSMC - Corporate Membership Induction

Kris Stepanian -President, Scott Brown -Past President,Cheryl Rubin, Andrew Harris, Scott McFarland, Anita Daniels, Phil Nowak
Western Sierra Medical Clinic was inducted into the Rotary Club of Grass Valley as a corporate member on July 9, 2018.   The representatives of WSMC are Phil Nowak, CFO Chief Operating Officer; Andrew Harris, Chief Administrative Officer and Cheryl Rubin, Chief Communications Officer.
WSMC - Corporate Membership Induction Frederick J Claessens 2018-07-09 07:00:00Z 0

President Scott Browne Demotion

On June 18th, 2018 the Rotary Club of Grass Valley convened at Condon Park to celebrate the demotion of Scott Browne.  As Scott paddled off into the Sunset our New President Kris Stepanian took up the gavel and shall reign for the 2018-2019 Rotary Year.  Long live the Queen!
Click on the following link to access the photo album
President Scott Browne Demotion Frederick Claessens 2018-06-18 07:00:00Z 0
GV Rotary President Handing out Scholarships Frederick J Claessens 2018-06-01 07:00:00Z 0

Gold Country Challenge - Support Team

The Rotary Gold Country Challenge was held on Saturday May 19th, 2018.  This event was supported by a fabulous Support Team.  We had support from the Nevada Country Sheriffs, California Highway Patrol, Grass Valley Police and the Nevada City Police.  Our support team did an outstanding job making the event enjoyable for the riders.  The Support Team manned the Coffee Stop, San Juan Rest Stop, Lunch Stop, Water Wagon Stop and the BBQ after the ride.
Click on the following link to access the photo album:
Gold Country Challenge - Support Team Frederick Claessens 2018-05-19 07:00:00Z 0
Tree Planting in Grass Valley Frederick Claessens 2018-04-28 07:00:00Z 0
Lyman Gilmore Students of the Month - March Frederick Claessens 2018-04-09 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary buys and Delivers Trees to Nevada County Fair

The Bark Beetle infestation killed many trees at the N. C. Fairground. The Rotary Club of Grass Valley has purchased 10 Large Maple trees (30 gallon) as part of their restoration project. Fairground staff is in the process of planting our provided trees.

On Friday April 6th, The Rotary Club of Grass Valley delivered the remaining 5 Maple trees to the Nevada County Fair.  Rea Callender, Chief Executive Officer, Nevada County Fair, graciously accepted the trees in the pouring rain.


Rotary Trees Delivered to Fairgrounds photo album

Rotary buys and Delivers Trees to Nevada County Fair Frederick Claessens 2018-04-06 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Community Awards Ceremony

On March 28, 2018 the five Rotary clubs Grass Valley, 49er Breakfast, Penn Valley, Grass Valley South and Nevada City came together in the Rotary Community Awards Ceremony to honor individuals who exemplified "Service Above Self" in our community.
Click on the following to view the photo album -
Rotary Community Awards Ceremony Frederick Claessens 2018-03-28 07:00:00Z 0

Big Sink Hole - Tree Planting

On Friday March 9th, 2018 the Grass Valley Rotary Club planted 100 Ponderosa Pine and Douglas Fir trees at the site of the big sink hole in Grass Valley.  The planting of the trees will help to control erosion.  Eventually this site will be opened as public park area.
Click on Big Sink Hole Tree Planting to view the photo album.
Big Sink Hole - Tree Planting Frederick Claessens 2018-03-09 08:00:00Z 0

Christmas Party

Rotary Club of Grass Valley Christmas Party was held at Ken Holbrooke's home.  The party was a great success, with great food, hospitality and good cheer.
Click on the following link to view the Christmas Photo album.  Christmas Album
Christmas Party Frederick Claessens 2017-12-21 08:00:00Z 0

Wreaths Across America

Rotary Club of Grass Valley members participated in the Wreaths Across America where wreaths are laid on every military veterans grave.
Wreaths Across America Frederick Claessens 2017-12-16 08:00:00Z 0

Salvation Army Bell Ringers

Rotary Club of Grass Valley members - Ringing the Bell for Salvation Army Christmas Donations.  Many more Rotary members rang the bell for Salvation Army but are not pictured above.
Salvation Army Bell Ringers Frederick Claessens 2017-12-15 08:00:00Z 0

Students of the Month for November

Rotary Club of Grass Valley Students of the Month for November.  The Students displayed are from Lyman Gilmore. From them left they are Austin Metzger, 8th Grade; Carly Munn, 6th Grade; Theo Aronow, 5th grade and Hannah Montgomery, P.E. Student of the Month.  The back row is Chris Roberts, Principal and Scott Browne, President of the Rotary Club of Grass Valley.
Students of the Month for November Frederick Claessens 2017-12-04 08:00:00Z 0

Foundation Dinner

Rotary Foundation Dinner, Area 4 - District 5190, was held on November 30th at the Event Center.  The keynote speaker was Brenda Cressey.  Since serving as Governor in 2001-2002, most of Brenda's Rotary assignments have focused on successful Fund Development for The Rotary Foundation specifically in the area of Polio Eradication, EREY, PHS and Endowments and Major Gifts.  When asked what the highlights in her life might be she will not hesitate to say it all began when first invited to join Rotary in 1989.
Foundation Dinner Frederick Claessens 2017-12-03 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Grass Valley Donation for Fire Victims Frederick Claessens 2017-11-20 08:00:00Z 0

October Students of The Month

On November 6th the Rotary Club of Grass Valley honored Lyman Gilmore Students of the Month for the month of October.  These students represent the great potential of our younger generations.
October Students of The Month Frederick Claessens 2017-11-06 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Social and Kris & Dominic Stepanian Performance

On the night of November 3rd, 2017 the Rotary Club gathered for delicious appetizers  and an evening performance by Kris and Dominic Stepanian at the Off Broad Street theater.
The evening was enjoyed by all as Kris and Dominic enraptured us with their musical talents.
Click on the following link to view the photo album.   Christmas Party
Rotary Social and Kris & Dominic Stepanian Performance Frederick Claessens 2017-11-03 07:00:00Z 0

Helping People Who Suffered
in This Year's Fires

Rotary Club of Grass Valley
The five local Rotary Clubs (Penn Valley, Grass Valley, Nevada City, Grass Valley South, and Nevada City 49er Breakfast Rotary) have come together to help raise funds for those displaced by the recent devastating Lobo and McCourtney fires here in Western Nevada County.

Rotary’s focus is Making A Difference. 

You are invited to join us making a difference for friends and neighbors in our own community today.  100% of the funds collected will be distributed to local families by theCommunity Disaster Response Fund for Nevada County.

To learn more and/or make a donation of any amount, please visit Support Nevada County Residents rebuild.

Helping People Who Sufferedin This Year's Fires 2017-10-27 07:00:00Z 0

Donation for Texas Hurricane Relief

Club President Scott Browne and club member Bob Long present a check for $2,073 to Rotary District 5190 Governor Doug McDonald.
September 27, 2017 – The Rotary Club of Grass Valley announced that it raised $2,073 to help with hurricane relief in Texas. The Rotary Club of Grass Valley passed the hat at their last two meetings asking club members to help the McAllen North Rotary Club in Texas to support their efforts on the ground in Texas to help hurricane victims. “I’m so proud of our club members for stepping up to the plate to support fellow Rotarians in Texas and their efforts to help those that have suffered,” said club president Scott Browne.
Donation for Texas Hurricane Relief Frederick Claessens 2017-09-25 07:00:00Z 0
District 5190 Avenues of Service Seminar Pat Ward 2017-09-10 07:00:00Z 0
District 5190 Avenues of Service Seminar Pat Ward 2017-09-09 07:00:00Z 0

Food Love Project Farms - Social Event

On Monday, July 17 The Rotary Club of Grass Valley met at Food Love Project Farm for a social meeting and farm tour.  
Sierra Harvest’s Food Love Farm is an educational farm devoted to promoting nutrition education, food security, and community involvement in growing, harvesting, eating, and celebrating fresh food!
Founded in 2010 by Farmer Amanda Thibodeau and managed today by Farmer Maggie McProud, the farm hosts 2,000 visitors a year.
Food Love Project Farms - Social Event Frederick Claessens 2017-07-19 07:00:00Z 0

Scott Browne - New Management

Rotary Club of Grass Valley is Under New Management
Against better judgement club allows local lawyer to take the helm
The Rotary Club of Grass Valley announces that their club is now under new management by local lawyer Scott Browne. Scott takes over from last years President Eric Trygg. While Eric’s clever ruse of dis-interest allowed him to keep the Rotary Bell almost to the end of his tenure it appears Scott has already lost the Rotary Bell. 
Scott Browne has been a member of the Rotary Club of Grass Valley since May 20, 1996 and has held many positions in the club including Vice President, Board of Directors Chair, Past Presidents Advisory council.
President Browne is a graduate of Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He has been practicing law since 1976 (longer than some club members have been alive). President Browne served as Deputy County Counsel for the County of Nevada and then as a senior partner in a law firm. President Browne now runs a sole practice, and we thank his secretary in advance for running the club for the next year. President Browne is a present and past member of the board of directors of many non-profit organizations, including numerous community service organizations and liberal arts organizations.
Scott Browne - New Management Frederick Claessens 2017-07-13 07:00:00Z 0

Eric Trygg Demotion Party

On June 26th, 2017 we came together to bury (maybe not bury, ok-demote) King/President Eric Trygg.  He served us well for the presidential year 2016/2017.  His clever lackadaisical scheme for keeping the bell almost worked but he lost it at the end.  Our new President Scott Browne will lead us in the year 2017/2018.  
As Eric rode off into the sunset, he was serenaded by the club chorus with a clever rendition of the classic Leonard Cohen song, Hallelujah, that kind-of summed-up his year as club president.  The lyrics are here, but you will need to get the music on your own. 
Eric Trygg Demotion Party Frederick Claessens 2017-07-08 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Gold Country Challenge - 2017

The Fourth Annual Rotary Gold Country Challenge was held on May 29, 2017.  A hearty thanks to all of our volunteers with special thanks to the Nevada County Sheriffs Auxiliary, California Highway Patrol, Grass Valley Police Department and the Nevada City Police Department for helping to ensure a safe ride on our roads.
Go to the Rotary Gold Country Challenge website to view many more photos on the Galleries page.
Rotary Gold Country Challenge - 2017 Frederick Claessens 2017-05-20 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Grass Valley - Social Meeting Frederick Claessens 2017-05-08 07:00:00Z 0

April Students of The Month

The Rotary Club of Grass Valley presented the Lyman Gilmore Students of the Month for April 2017.
Left to Right -- Alyssa Watkins - 7th grade, Bipana Gharti - 8th grade, Casandra O'Dea - 5th grade, 
Daniel Anica Astudillo - 6th grade and Jordyn Perry - PE Student of the Month (top row)
April Students of The Month Frederick Claessens 2017-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Grass Valley Christmas Party Frederick Claessens 2016-12-10 08:00:00Z 0

Students of The Month

The Rotary Club of Grass Valley honored Lyman Gilmore November Students of the Month.  The Students are Yvette Hernandez-Rivera, 6th Grade; Daphne Poblete, 8th Grade; James Hostetler, 7th Grade; Valerie Lundberg, P.E. Student and Lorelei McMellan, 5th Grade.  In the back row is Eric Trygg, Rotary President and Chris Roberts, Principal.
Students of The Month Frederick Claessens 2016-12-05 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Salvation Army Bell Ringers

Rotary Club of Grass Valley rang the bell for Salvation Army on Saturday December third.  The participants on this day included Larry Faller, Rod and Susan Fivelstad, Don Daniels, Ray Enneking, John Voter and Fred Claessens.
Rotary Salvation Army Bell Ringers Frederick Claessens 2016-12-03 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Foundation Dinner Frederick Claessens 2016-11-14 08:00:00Z 0

Students of the Month

The Rotary Club of Grass Valley honors the October Students of the Month from Lyman Gilmore school.  The students are Caleb Mullen, 5th Grade; Sofia Goodwin, 7th Grade; McKinley Nguyen, 6th Grade; Ronald Shima, 8th Grade and Christopher McFall, 8th Grade.  In the back row is Eric Trygg, President and Chris Roberts, Lyman Gilmore Principal.
Students of the Month Frederick Claessens 2016-11-07 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Social Evening

To avoid the creatures, vampires, ghouls and other denizens of the night on Halloween the regular meeting of the Rotary Club of Grass Valley was postponed until the following evening.  The Rotary Social event on November 1st was enjoyed by all participants.
Rotary Social Evening Frederick Claessens 2016-11-01 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Halloween

It was a dark and rainy day when all the ghouls, vampires, wizards, renaissance lords and creatures of every stripe came out to play.  Rotary members Anita, Susan and Rod, Carol and Bob and Richard participated in the safe Halloween Trick or Treat and Book Give Away event in Grass Valley on October 31st.
Rotary Halloween Frederick Claessens 2016-10-31 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary at Work Union Hill School

Rotary Club of Grass Valley - Rotary at Work at Union Hill School
On Saturday, October 8th, 2016 Members of the Rotary Club of Grass Valley spent their morning at the Union Hill School painting a hallway and putting in a watering system in the garden.
Rotary at Work Union Hill School Frederick Claessens 2016-10-09 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Grass Valley Pizza Social Frederick Claessens 2016-10-07 07:00:00Z 0

Jon Byerrum's Century Ride

Jon Byerrum's Ride in the Sacramento Century Bike Event to raise money to fight against childhood cancer. 
I want to thank you all once again for supporting the fight against childhood cancer, our club's connection with an important cycling event, and me in this weekend's Sacramento Century bike event. I ended up with over $600.00 and I made it clear that my donations came from Grass Valley Rotarians. I feel I owe you proof that Holly and I completed the entire 100 mile ride. Please see attached. The first photo was taken at 7:00 AM at Mile 0. The second photo I offer as irrefutable proof that I completed the ride, was taken at mile 100 at 3:00 PM.
Jon Byerrum's Century Ride Frederick Claessens 2016-10-01 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Students of The Month - September

Rotary Club of Grass Valley - Lyman Gilmore Students of the Month for September 2016.
Students are Lily Martin, 5th grade; Lahela Horowitz, 7th grade; Alyssa Herbert, 6th grade and Jose Bermudez, 8th grade.  In the back row we have Eric Trygg, President of Rotary Club of Grass Valley and Chris Roberts, Principal of Lyman Gilmore.
Rotary Students of The Month - September Frederick Claessens 2016-09-26 07:00:00Z 0

River Cats Game

Rotary Club of Grass Valley enjoying a night at the River Cats stadium in Sacramento.
River Cats Game Frederick Claessens 2016-08-19 07:00:00Z 0

Bob Long Demotion June 2016

On June 27, 2016 President Bob Long was Demoted and Eric Trygg became the new president of the Rotary Club of Grass Valley.  The event was enjoyed by all participants.
Bob Long Demotion June 2016 Frederick Claessens 2016-06-27 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary at Work Day - April 2016

Grass Valley Rotary Club members working at the Habitat for Humanity on April 16th.  Their hard work was rewarded with BBQ hamburgers and hotdogs prepared by Chef Bob Long.
Rotary at Work Day - April 2016 Frederick Claessens 2016-04-16 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Students of the Month - February Frederick Claessens 2016-03-07 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Speech Contest Frederick Claessens 2016-03-07 08:00:00Z 0

Casino Night

A beautiful day was provided for the Rotary Club of Grass Valley Casino Night held on Saturday February 6th, 2016.  The Casino Night Team worked diligently from sun up until sun down to set up and present Casino Night.  Game tables included Black Jack, Texas Hold em and a Craps table.  Live Music was provided by Sols.  No host food & Bar, Door prizes, Raffle and Silent Auction was enjoyed enthusiastically.  Judging by all the smiling faces the eveneing was a great success.
Casino Night Frederick Claessens 2016-02-06 08:00:00Z 0

End Polio Now

Wyn and Steve Spiller journeyed to India in 2015 to participate and assist in inoculating 750 million children and babies against polio.   Last case of polio in India was in 2011.  India was certified polio free early 2014 (3 years later).  Click on the following link to access the photo album of their India trip.  
End Polio Now Frederick Claessens 2015-12-08 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Students of the Month - November 2015

Rotary Students of the Month for November 2015 from Lyman Gilmore.  Students left to right are Aaron Meyer, River Funk, Max Schug and Bonnie Heuser.
Also included are Grass Valley Rotary Club President Robert Long and Lyman Gilmore Principal Chris Roberts.
Rotary Students of the Month - November 2015 Frederick Claessens 2015-12-07 08:00:00Z 0

Ringing the Bell1

Grass Valley Rotary Club - Rotarians ringing the bell for Salvation Army December 2015.
Ringing the Bell1 Frederick Claessens 2015-12-06 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Students of the Month - October 2015 Frederick Claessens 2015-11-02 08:00:00Z 0

Halloween Book Give Away - 2015

Halloween Book Give Away - 2015
Carol Lenhard organized the Rotary participation in the Halloween Book Give Away at the Center for the Arts on Friday, October 30th.  It was a great success with lots of fun and a horde of scary little ones parading by.
Halloween Book Give Away - 2015 Frederick Claessens 2015-10-30 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Social with Kazakstan Delegation

The five Rotary Clubs held a social meeting at the National Hotel in Nevada City on Monday, September 28th.  A delegation from Kazakstan provided a presentation of life, business, social and economic environments in Kazakstan.  Kazakstan is now more than a place on the world map.  Kazakhstan, a Central Asian country and former Soviet republic, extends from the Caspian Sea in the west to the Altai Mountains at its eastern border with China and Russia. Its largest metropolis, Almaty, is a long-standing trading hub whose landmarks include Ascension Cathedral, a tsarist-era Russian Orthodox church, and the Central State Museum of Kazakhstan, displaying thousands of Kazak artifacts
Rotary Social with Kazakstan Delegation Frederick Claessens 2015-09-28 07:00:00Z 0

Critical Repair Project

Rotary Club of Grass Valley partnering with Habitat for Humanity Critical Repair Project
Our Club partnered with Habitat for Humanity for our first Critical Repair project.  Our team demo'd walls, framed a wall, and hung sheetrock in this project to convert a bedroom into a handicapped bathroom for a local needy resident.
Critical Repair Project Frederick Claessens 2015-09-13 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Destruction Derby

On the last day of the Nevada County Fair, August 16, 2015, the five area Rotary Clubs presented and managed the Rotary Destruction Derby.  This was a sold out event.  Congratulations to all of the area Rotarians working on this event and ensuring a professional and very popular event.
Rotary Destruction Derby Frederick Claessens 2015-08-16 07:00:00Z 0

Grass Valley Rotary - Western Sierra Medical Clinic Health Day

The Rotary Club of Grass Valley and Western Sierra Medical Clinic held a Healthy Community Day that focuses on immunizations and dental checkups at no charge for children.  This event occurred on Saturday August 8th, 2015 and was directed by President Bob Long.
Grass Valley Rotary - Western Sierra Medical Clinic Health Day Frederick Claessens 2015-08-08 07:00:00Z 0

Grass Valley Rotary Social Event

On July 30th the Rotary Club participated in a social event starting with wine and dinner at the Nevada City Winery and ending at the Off Broad Street production of Nunsense 'with Kris'.  This event was gratefully organized by Anita Daniels.
Grass Valley Rotary Social Event Frederick Claessens 2015-07-30 07:00:00Z 0

July 4th Parade with Grass Valley Rotary

On July 4th Grass Valley Rotary participated in the July 4th parade.  
They marched with our two entries in the Rotary Destruction Derby that will be held during the Nevada County fair on August 16th.
See the photo album 'July 4th Parade Highlights' for additional images.
July 4th Parade with Grass Valley Rotary cla 2015-07-05 07:00:00Z 0

Steve Spiller Demotion Party

On June 29th 2015 the Grass Valley Rotary Club celebrated the demotion of President Steve Spiller.
He was tried for a series of seriously serious transgressions.  It was close and he was almost found guilty.  However, the defense attorney and defense witness Bob Long helped swing the voting to innocent.  (Until proven guilty)
President Bob Long takes over as the new president starting in July 2015.  See photo album 'Steve Spiller Demotion' for more images.
Steve Spiller Demotion Party Frederick Claessens 2015-07-05 07:00:00Z 0

Lyman Gilmore Students of the Month for May

Posted on Jun 07, 2015
Grass Valley Rotary Club, Lyman Gilmore Students of the Month for May are Zackary Baldwin, Cayla Casco and Ruth Battenfeld.
​Back row is the Lyman Gilmore Representative and Eric Trygg, Grass Valley Rotary Vice President
Lyman Gilmore Students of the Month for May Frederick Claessens 2015-06-07 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Gold Country Challenge

Posted on May 10, 2015
On Saturday May 10TH, 2015 Grass Valley Rotary Club staged the second annual Rotary Gold Country Challenge.  Over 150 riders participated in this event cycling on 5 rides that were from 18 miles up to 100 miles in length.  Go to www.rotarygoldcountrychallenge.com gallery page for complete photos of the event.
Rotary Gold Country Challenge Frederick Claessens 2015-05-10 07:00:00Z 0

Lyman Gilmore Students of the Month for April

Posted on May 04, 2015
Grass Valley Rotary Club, Lyman Gilmore Students of the Month for April are Ty Sullivan, Faith Stubbs, Grace Ocker and Myles DeHart.
​Back row is Steve Spiller, Grass Valley Rotary President and Lyman Gilmore Principal Chris Roberts.
Lyman Gilmore Students of the Month for April Frederick Claessens 2015-05-04 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary at Work -

Posted on Apr 25, 2015
Grass Valley Rotary at Work - April 25th, 2015
Grass Valley Rotary Club joined with Habitat for Humanity for a day of working on the site.
Rotary at Work - Frederick Claessens 2015-04-25 07:00:00Z 0
Grass Valley Rotary Club 90th Anniversary Frederick Claessens 2015-03-16 07:00:00Z 0

Casino Night - February 7th

Posted on Feb 07, 2015
Grass Valley Rotary Club staged Casino Night on February 7th, one of the club's major fund raising events.
Funds raised support local community activities, Rotary International and the End Polio Now program.
Casino Night - February 7th Frederick Claessens 2015-02-07 08:00:00Z 0
Casino Night 2015 2015-01-30 08:00:00Z 0
GV Rotary Gold Country Cycling Challenge 2014-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
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District Newsletter July 2013 GV Rotary 2013-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
President Tim's Demotion June 17, 2013 GV Rotary 2013-06-17 00:00:00Z 0

June 3, 2013 Meeting Notes

Posted by Larry Faller on Jun 02, 2013

ImageMeeting called to order at 12:15. Pledge by Pat Ward and thought for the day by Rich Toothman.

Visiting Rotarians: Oz Butterfield – Tahoe City, Dave Walker – Penn Valley, Nate Beason – 49er BC.

Guests of Rotarians: Michael PecolarEric Trygg’s nephew


Anniverseries: Rod & Susan Fivelstad -23 years, Scott Browne & Rich Toothman – 5 years, Keith & Jeanette Royal – 30 years, Steve & Wyn Spiller – 41 years,

Jon & Holly Byerrum – 4 years, Ed & Bernadette Sylvester – 55 years, Ken & Jan Friend – 24 years

·    Don Sheppard is leaving for a new assignment in Tacoma, Washington

·    Kathy Egenes reminded us that RYLA starts next Monday. Driver needs were filled. Image

·    Lori Burkart-Frank thanked all for supporting “Save the Girls” Bra Project. 9,600 bra’s were collected District wide.

·    Scott Spencer received a thank you card and a Dinner gift certificate from the club for his work on the Fairgrounds Project.

·    Steve Sarantopoulos: Club Survey’s should be submitted this week. Make sure to update the Club Roster. Board retreat at 5pm Friday evening to plan his year.

·    Tim: Demotion June 17 at Condon Park. Joint Board meeting July 31, 5:30pm at Don & Anita’s Houseboat.

·    John Voter thanked Tim and Steve Sarantopoulos for their help with raking at the Fairgrounds. 40 dumpsters were filled.


Confessions: Pat Ward bought a new car. His VW is now a dead bug since it came loose from the motorhome while towing and was totaled. $50 fine made him a Bell Ringer. Bob Long bought a new car. His $50 fine was passed to Rich Toothman, making Rich a Bell Ringer. Kyle Daugherty bought as new bike for a $25 fine


Program: Cindy Grubs and Dee Hedenland of the GVPD Volunteer organization presented an overview of their role, duties and training. They currently have 13 volunteers, and would like to have more.  Some of their duties are crowd control, traffic control, CPR & First Aid, Court document runs, abandoned vehicles, vacation house checks, animal control, crime scene security, car patrol, etc. They contribute

3,500 man hours annually.  Their presence sometimes serves as a crime deterrent. Extensive background checks are done before acceptance as a volunteer.


Raffle: Tom Stanley drew a white marble.


Meeting was ended at 1:15pm with the Four Way Test.

June 3, 2013 Meeting Notes Larry Faller 2013-06-03 00:00:00Z 0

May 20, 2013 Meeting Notes

Posted by Judy Hess on May 19, 2013

President Tim called our meeting to order and thanked John Peplowski, Bill Schultz, Scott Browne, Team Captain Tom Stanley and Judy Hess for being the Greeter, leading the Pledge, giving the Thought for the Day, pulling double duty for Sergeant of Arms/Photographer and Spoke/Visiting Rotarians, respectably.  

Really cool life events of the day included Kris Stepanian’s Birthday, Bill Schultz’s 80th Birthday (love you, Bill) and the birth of Peter Lemon’s first grandson earlier that morning. We’ll be celebrating a new baby for Peter and his wife this July!

President Tim recapped the Rotary District Conference and our “Awards in a Box”. Don and Anita Daniels chaired the “House of Friendship” this year and knocked everyone’s socks off with a warm reception and awesome hospitality. For large clubs our Club was in the Top 3 and was recognized for our commitment to The Foundation/per capita, our Rotary @ Work Day (painting the GV Police Dept lobby) our Literary Service Project, and Speech Tournament. We were the #1 Club for Club Administration – Thank you Tom Lathrop!!! And got a Governor’s citation for membership. We were also #1 in Polio Plus per capita.

Scott Spencer gave a quick recap on the Rotary @ Work event at the Fairgrounds sharing that 37 of our Club members participated – all day- and played a big part in being able to accomplish almost $100,000 in projects!!!  

It was great to welcome Yvonne Bartlett back to our Club. A 49-er Rotary Club member, Yvonne introduced Coke and Cindy Newell and “Project Amigo”, an international service project determined to “end poverty through education”.  For almost 30 years, Project Amigo has enabled disadvantaged children and youth of Colima, Mexico, to achieve their highest potential by providing them educational opportunities, material support, enrichment activities and medical and dental services. Volunteer Work Weeks allow volunteers from developed countries to engage in humanitarian service and become both friends and sponsors of Mexican children and youth seeking the advantages of education. Work Weeks can also include electrical and plumbing repairs to homes, helping children with their English homework, reading to children, professional skills such as dentistry, computer technicians, electricians, etc. The list is endless. You can get more information on how you can help by going on line at www.projectamigo.com.

Larry Faller drew a white marble and Tim closed our meeting by reminding everyone about his demotion dinner - 5:30 p.m. on June 17 at Condon Park

May 20, 2013 Meeting Notes Judy Hess 2013-05-20 00:00:00Z 0

May 13, 2013 Meeting Notes

Posted by Scott Browne on May 12, 2013
  • Greeter: Tom Stanley
  • Jon Peek led the Pledge.
  • Dave Johnson jumped in and gave a prayer for the day.
  • Photographer: Steve Rosenthal, (substituting for team leader Tom Stanley, who forgot his camera)

Guests:  Oz Butterfield, Truckee-Tahoe Rotary,  introduced by Kyle Daugherty.


  • Tim McCall talked about GSE luncheon on Saturday for GSE Team  from India at 5 Mile House.  Today they are observing the reconstruction of the Foresthill Bridge and going on a catwalk under the bridge 700 feet above the river.
  • Tim then announced that the Club will be receiving 7 awards at the District Conference this weekend and urged everyone who can to attend.
  • Tim recognized Dave Peeler for his Rotary at Work efforts at the Police Station with 2 RI pins.
  • Tim also thanked Steve Sauer and Scott Spencer for their help with the Rotary at Work projects.
  • Tim talked about the Lyman Gilmore Flight event scheduled for Wednesday, May 15th.
  • Larry Faller announced  a quick meeting of the Little Library Committee after lunch
  • John Voter asked for clarification from certain contributors to his son’s weightlifting fundraiser and said the club contributed over $120.
  • Jon Byerrum talked about Rotary Foundation and doing a mini drive to complete the Club’s goal for the Foundation planned for a meeting in the near future.
  • Monty East wowed us all with stories about his trip to Africa.  He and his wife Judy saw great white sharks up close and then went on safari where they got to see lions devouring a buffalo and a cheetah sunning itself.  Unfortunately, he had a heart issue at Victoria Falls and was flown to the hospital in Johannesburg.  Fortunately the problem was quickly resolved without major surgery and they returned home by way of Dubai a few days later.   Tim made him a Bellringer for this .
  • Tom Lathrop advised the Club about his 2 week vacation visiting family  where he gained  5 pounds, so Tim levied a $10/pound fine, making it $50.
  • Chuck Elizondo is back after a fishing mishap and hospital stay – Marcia Salter picked up a $25 fine for Chuck.

Guest Speaker – Fred Bueller Friends of Nevada County Military

Eric Trygg introduced Fred Bueller to talk about Friends of Nevada County Military (FONCM).  Fred thanked the Club for its early support when the group was first formed in 2005.   Fred, a retired banker,  went to Baghdad as an economic advisor.  He came back inspired by the work of our military personnel there and formed the FONCM to support our troops.  They began with mailing  boxes of goodies to the troops with personal letters of support.  He then found out that families at home needed support too, and began a program to assist them.  The projects of FONCM include participation  in parades to give support to troops and welcomes troops home when invited.  The group also helps with families of soldiers killed overseas and helps out veterans as well.  FONCM is looking to new programs for the future as troop deployment reduces.  Fred was given a standing ovation for his outstanding work.

Jon Peek was unsuccessful at the raffle.

Tim reminded the Club to email in any pictures they took from the Rotary at Work day.

Meeting adjourned at 1:15 pm.

May 13, 2013 Meeting Notes Scott Browne 2013-05-13 00:00:00Z 0

May 6, 2013 Meeting Notes

Posted by Rod Fivelstad on May 05, 2013

An enormous clang of the old, heavy, Rotary Club of Grass Valley bell struck by President Tim McCall begins our meeting.  Hey President Tim where’s your presidential bell?   It has been missing for months.  Maybe it is time to invoke the 4 way test with your fellow Area 4 Presidents, before we lose what hearing we have left. 

Speaking of hearing loss, who was the greeter?   Scott Browne led the pledge followed by John Peplowski on Thought for the Day.  Tom Stanley, May team leader, doubled up as Assistant Sgt at Arms.  Yours truly on Spoke notes.   After a chance to eat, we were reconvened, a little less enthusiastically.  My ears were still ringing.  Scott Browne introduced visiting Rotarians.  Susie Geminiagni introduced Robert Crawford as her guest.  Robert works with Susie at AJA video.

May Birthdays and Anniversaries were announced by President Tim.  Our Birthday folk were granted a reprieve and did not get Happy Birthday sung to them.

On to Announcements:

  • Susan Fivelstad gave an update on the Little Libraries project.  Lyman Gilmore Interactors had decorated two newspaper boxes donated by the Union.  These boxes will house the first two little libraries to be placed in the community.
  • We got a report on the Rotary at Work Days.  This included the Fairgrounds Area Clubs project coordinated by our most able Scott Spencer.  Over 180 Rotarians raked, painted, tore down a dilapidated stage, or layed concrete.  It was awesome and we were treated to a delicious lunch prepared by Bill’s Chuckwagon, owned by Rotarian Tom Stanley.  The other RAW day had been done at the end of April.  Dave Peeler and team painted the reception area at the GV Police Department.
  • John Voter spoke about a Weight Lifting fundraiser for the Bear River High School Football team. 
  • President Tim solicited help for housing our incoming GSE team from India and
  • reminded us about the upcoming “Flight Day” at Lyman Gilmore on May 15th. 
  • Tim also plugged District Conference (May 16-19).  Beam me to Conference Scotty, there is no intelligent life around here.  
  • Demotion will be June 17.  Maybe the bell will find its way home.    Image

Fines were flying faster than I could write them down.  We got a bunch of bell ringers and that did not help my hearing.  Going full speed, President Tim needed a reminder that we had several students and their parents as guests and that we might want to do Student of the Month, before the Guest Speaker.  We met Lyman Gilmore’s May Students of the month.  Apologies now, for any misspelled names:  5th Grade Alyse Rodrigues and Jaden Thomas; 6th Garret Goff; 7th Jusina D’Oliva; 8th Ellie Ninnick.  Each student received a standing ovation and a nice bag of school supplies from Walker’s Stationery.

And now the program, Jessie Hudson, our County Librarian gave us a well-paced overview of the County Library System including a presentation on the library system and user stats.  Some of our members actually have Library Cards and are among the Patrons, although it wasn’t clear, if any had actually checked out a book , but those old, “Life of Riley” reruns were a hit. 

Yours truly had the lucky ticket for the marbles.  But having lost all his marbles managed only to select a white one. I am not sure if Tim rang the bell to end the meeting, my hearing was totally gone by then.

Yours truly, Rod

May 6, 2013 Meeting Notes Rod Fivelstad 2013-05-06 00:00:00Z 0

April 29, 2013 Meeting Notes

Posted by Susan Fivelstad on Apr 28, 2013
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Kelly Quinn greeted Rotarians upon entry. Kris Stepanian led the pledge while Steve Spiller gave us the Thought for the Day, reminding us all that our upcoming Rotary at Work Day annual event started here in Grass Valley in 2006 with projects instituted by Past District Governor Wyn Spiller: an impressive decade of service!

Bob and Kate Ziehlsdorf, Cindy's Tech Team, were introduced as Guests of Rotarians. Scott McFarland introduced Visiting Rotarians, Dave Walker and Mark Linsky. (I sure hope I got his name right!)

President Tim thanked Dave Peeler and his crew, which included Marcella Peeler, Steve Sauer, Don Shepard and Scott Spencer for a great job painting the lobby of the GV police station on Saturday April 27.

Cindy Ziehlsdorf presented a very interesting program about Ensemble Designs, a Grass Valley company designing and manufacturing equipment used worldwide in video production. The ideas used in Cafe Ensemble have been found useful and replicated in our area, as well. 

Lori Burkart-Frank was our Photographer. Peter Lemmon served as Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms...with Ken Holbrooke's appreciation.


April 29, 2013 Meeting Notes Susan Fivelstad 2013-04-29 00:00:00Z 0

April 22, 2013 Meeting Notes

Posted by Scott McFarland on Apr 21, 2013
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Steve Sarantopolous opened the meeting with a suggestion that our missing President was in a place deserving of a fine. The place and fine amount were not disclosed. Nate Beason was introduced as a visiting Rotarian. There were no guests. Anita Daniels was presented the attendance award for 11 years of perfect attendance. Scott Spencer expressed his satisfaction with club participation with the fairground project on May 4 and requested that we bring tools. Anita mentioned that 150 Bras were brought to district assembly. At least one high ranking official tested the bras on stage to ensure quality. Rod Fivelstad announced that cases of Polio have dropped from 350,000 cases per year in 1988 to 18 per year. Lee Osnas announced that he sold his dental practice last Friday and Lori Burkhardt-Frank suggested that we move our Rotary meetings to a cruise ship after attending another Rotary Meeting on her cruise ship. Kyle Daugherty bragged about his high score when competing with other Rotarians at a recent fundraiser. Kathy Egenes suggested members could hone their bowling skills for next year at home on her Wii console during bocce ball practice.

Eric Trygg introduced our fellow Rotarian Sandra Barrington. Sandra currently works as a fund raiser for the hospital foundation. SheImage and her husband own an 8 year old Chesapeake terrier. She graduated from Chico State and loves the outdoors. Sandra’s experience in fundraising goes wayback to her early days organizing parties with her sister at her parents’ house when they were away. 

Bob LoImageng  graduated from USF. Bob signed up from combat arms which as he described gave he and his men an opportunity to shoot at the enemy flag for practice. Bob met his wife six months after he returned from Vietnam. He has two sons and a daughter. Bob moved to Grass Valley to work with CHW’s outpatients practice. 

Bill Schultz gave Kathy Egenes a ticket for the raffle. Turns out it was Tom Stanley's ticket.  She drew the white marble and Tom got to keep the table winnings.


Grass Valley Rotarians painting the lobby of GV Police Department on April 27, 2013

April 22, 2013 Meeting Notes Scott McFarland 2013-04-22 00:00:00Z 0

April 15, 2013 Meeting Notes

Posted by Kris Stepanian on Apr 14, 2013

Scott McFarland - Greeter, Don Sheppard - Pledge, Peter Lemmon - Thought for the day, Kelly Quinn – Visiting Rotarians, Kenneth Holbrook – Photographer, Steve Spiller – Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Kris Stepanian – Spoke Notes

Visiting Rotarians:  Nate Beeson and Ginny  Trapani

Guests of Rotarians:  Mark Trujillo – Invited by Eric Trygg who knows Mark from The Camera Club

President Tim brought forward Peter Lemmon who sponsored and assisted in inducting new Grass Valley Rotary member Bill Standley, classification is in engineering.  Peter Lemmon also received a pin for recognition of sponsorship.


  • Lyman Gilmore Interact Club members introduced themselves and promoted the fundraiser for their 5th grade dance which will be on April 24th.  President Tim had Ken Holbrooke, sergeant at arms, pass around the pan to raise funds for their cause.  Amount raised to be announced at next meeting.
  • Visiting Rotarian Ginny Trapani announced “Flight Day” to take place at Lyman Gilmore on 5/15/13, and extended the invite to all. 
  • Anita Daniels announced that we have achieved and exceeded our goal of 100 bras for the “Free the Girls” campaign.  Donated items can be dropped off through Friday, 4/19 at Tri Counties Bank in downtown Grass Valley.
  • Kyle Daugherty passed around the sponsorship/donation sign up for our GV Rotary Bowling Team in the upcoming Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraiser.
  • Kyle Daugherty and Steve Spiller also announced the REAGL workshops coming up the last two weekends of September.  We will need volunteers to help out with this event, and should start thinking about it now.
  • President Tim preached about Rotary at Work Day on May 4th.  He urged us all to participate in the approximate $85,000 worth of improvements to be done that day.  He reminded us to rally our friends and family to join us in ”expanding our Rotary horizons beyond Monday lunch.”
  • Anita Daniels noted that the original Rotary at Work Day is on 4/27/13 – which is a smaller job, yet also needs more participation.
  • Bill Schultz was acknowledged and recognized for his decades of service to Nevada County and recent tribute dinner with a standing ovation by the club.
  • Eric Trygg is looking for recruits for craft talks.
  • District Assembly is 4/20 and it is not too late to sign up.  Registration is paid by the club.
  • District Conference is coming up 5/16-5/19 and the GV Rotary turn out is looking good, but there is still plenty of room for more to attend.  The more the merrier!


  • Jon Byerrum – purchased a new 5th wheel and sold his old trailer on Craigslist – fine of $50 was paid in part by him ($20- which made him a bell ringer) and $30- to Maryanne Cartan.
  • Dennis Burbridge bought a 2006 used IKIA and was fined $30
  • Steve Sauer vacationed in Honduras and was fined $50- for being out of the country.

Steve Sauer spoke to us again about the Affordable Health Care Act.  – Thank you Steve!!

The winning ticket for the weekly drawing went to Ken Holbrooke, he drew the last marble in the pot was declared the big winner.  –   A vote determined that from now on when there is only the winning black marble left, we will add a white marble to give a 50/50 chance of winning. 


Bill Schultz                                      Newest member Bill Standley          Lyman Gilmore Interact Club
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April 8, 2013 Meeting Notes

Posted by Steven Spiller on Apr 07, 2013

Our president Tim McCall called the meeting to order thanking Peter Lemmon (assisted by Monty East) for greeting members and guests at the door. Kelly Quinn led the club in the pledge. After a lot of thought, Ken Holbrook provided the thought for the day. Rich Peevers and Frank Magni from 49’er Breakfast paid us a visit.
Today we honored the Lyman Gilmore Middle School Students of the Month for March. Principal John Baggett and Vice Principal Chris Roberts played tag-team to introduce AJ Meyer as the 5th grade student of the month; Greyson Crosson as the 6th grade student of the month; Joey Cena as the 7th grade student of the month; and Faith Yorba as the 8th grade student of the month. Their parents and grandparents were also in attendance.

John and Chris also invited us to come to Lyman Gilmore on May 15th at 9:00 to celebrate Flight Day (where Lyman Gilmore claimed to have flown in 1902, prior to the Wright Brothers flight of 1903)

Monica DaughertImagey (Kyle’s far better half) presented fifth grader Jacob Trembly and eight grader Leo Zlimen. The two winners of the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Speech Contest jointly sponsored by the Rotary Club of Grass Valley and Tri Counties Bank. This year’s theme was “Courage”.  Jacob described the courage of at-risk kids at Old Skool Café located in Hunters Point, San Francisco where the kids run the kitchen, serve the meals, and even provide entertainment for the patrons. The kids at Old Skool Café have grabbed the opportunity to learn real life skills and turn their backs on the drugs, gangs and violence that has captured many young lives in the Hunters Point community. Leo used the theme of 9-11 Flight 93 as the center piece of his speech about courage. Remarkable performances by both.

Scott Robertson expressed his deep appreciation for the outpouring of support from the community and his Rotary family following his son Daniel’s accident and resulting paralysis.

Respectfully Submitted - Steve Spiller


April 8, 2013 Meeting Notes Steven Spiller 2013-04-08 00:00:00Z 0

April 1, 2013 Meeting Notes

Posted by Michelle Belmonte on Mar 31, 2013

Pledge of Allegiance was done by the Two Scott’s, President Tim contributed the thought for the day. Dave Walker was a visiting Rotarian from Penn Valley. No guests today. The President ordered a pin check. Proceeds will go to Polio Plus. Blake and Breanne Smith have been married 7 years, Fred and Ellie Claessens are celebrating their 11th year wedding anniversary, Ron & Kathy Egenes celebrate 35 years, and Tim and Chris McCall are celebrating their 42nd anniversary. Carol Lenard reminded President Tim that Bob Lenhard’s birthday is 4/19.


  • For Demi Seghezzi's fundraiser dinner, please buy tickets at Sasz Beauty Salon, $20, for the Greg Seghezzi Memorial Scholarship. It will be held Friday night, April 5, 6:00pm at the Calvary Bible Church on Hwy 174
  • Please sign up for the April Speech contest by 4/3
  • Music Contest is 4/7 at 2:00 at the 7th Day Adventist Church off of Hwy 174.
  • The benefit for Scott Robinson’s son Dan,  will be Sunday 4/7 at 4:00 at the Nevada City Elks Club.  Donation is $10.   Dan is doing well, though has resulting paralysis.
  • Corr Dinner is 4/13 to celebrate Bill Schultz
  • District Assembly is 4/20
  • District Conference is 5/16-5/19
  • Scott Spencer announced Rotary at Work Day  on May 4. There are 9 projects.  Please sign up.  5 clubs will be there.  A lot of camaraderie
  • Dealers are needed for a Casino Night sponsored by Care Crisis Nursery on 4/6
  • Please collect bras for the Free the Girls project.  This helps women freed from sex slavery to support themselves by selling the under garments to African women.  We have until 4/20 to collect them
  • Mckeena Wong, winner of our music competition, sent a beautifully written thank you card
  • Coin boxes were collected - please bring them in next week as well.

Anita Daniels volunteered her shameless self promotion, she wanted all to know about fabulous interest rates on car loans and equity lines.  Rates are as low as 1.99%.  Judy Hess was kind enough to accept the fine since Anita was already a bell ringer

Kyle Daugherty mentioned that April 20 is the Big Brother and Big Sister Bowling Event.  He attempted to solicit 4 volunteers for this event.   This was a bit challenging but I think he finally succeeded.

Maryann Cartan missed two meetings.  She made 1 up in Nevada City and the other in Arizona where the ex CEO of Intel talked about Arizona education.  She was fined $25 for the trip.

We sang Happy Birthday to Judy Hess’s mom who turned 85 that day.  She was not at the meeting but it was a fun time for all of us

Our speaker today was Sandy Jacobson.  (JAKE) is the Executive Director of Community Services.  She came to speak about her organization and all of their  programs which are made to fund the meal program which delivers meals to those $60 and older. 

April 1, 2013 Meeting Notes Michelle Belmonte 2013-04-01 00:00:00Z 0

March 25, 2013 Meeting Notes

Posted by Eric Fredrickson on Mar 24, 2013

Carol Lenhard welcomed fellow Rotarians as this afternoon’s Greeter. President Tim called the meeting to order and Morgan Stoltz led the club in the pledge of Allegiance.  Bill Schultz volunteered to lead the invocation. Thanks Bill. 

Visiting Rotarians: Dave Walker from Penn Valley Image

Chuck Elizondo had the honor of recognizing Al Alstrand. Al has been a member of the Grass Valley Rotary since November 1975 and just celebrated his 56th wedding anniversary. Al is a six time Paul Harris Fellow and served as the Club President in 1988 and 1989. He led the club during a very challenging time in our community, just following the 49er Fire. He led the “Green Again” campaign to reforest the area after the fire. Al was also the founder of the Early Risers Toastmasters. 


 Al Alstrand addresses the GV Rotary Club   

Sandra Berrington was inducted as a new member into the club. She is sponsored by Judy Bagley and represents a non-profit agency in our area 


 Sandra Berrington receives her Rotary pin from Judy Bagley








  • Demi Segezzi, the daughter of past Rotary member Greg Seghezzi, is sponsoring a fundraiser to raise funds for her father’s memorial scholarship. The dinner will be held on April 5th, at Calvary Bible Church. Tickets are $20. The money from this fundraiser will provide a scholarship for a senior at Nevada Union High School who recently lost a parent.
  • Scott Spencer spoke about the upcoming Rotary at Work Day. Last year our local Rotarians received the Merrill Award, which was a significant honor.  This year the Work Day is scheduled for May 4th. Nine projects have been identified so far. A big round of applause for Scott Spencer for all his efforts.
  • Jan Friend announced the area speech contest, which will be held on April 3rd at the Grass Valley Methodist Church. The winner will go on to the district competition in Sparks, Nevada. 
  • On April 7th, a fundraiser will be held for Scott Robertson's son, Daniel, who was inured in a motorcycle accident.
  • The Music Contest will be held on April 7th, at 2:00, at the 7th Day Adventist Church
  • CORE is honoring Bill Schultz on April 13th.
  • The fireside chat was moved from Thursday, March 28th to Wednesday March 27th, at 5:30, at the Nevada City Winery.
  • Eric Fredrickson, announced that he bought a new motorcycle, he was fined $25.00


Our presenters this afternoon were Michael Ertola, the Nevada County Chief Probation Officer and Pam LaFountain, the Supervising Probation Officer.  Pam presented information regarding AB 109 and what it means to Nevada County. This new policy, implemented in October 2011, released approximately 30,000 inmates in California to local county jails and probation departments.

Since this new program was implemented in Nevada County, only 1 out of 71 inmates have been sent back to state prison in Nevada County. Nevada County is "Special". We are very low in sending people to prison. The low level offenders have been successful.

Probation is required to use research-based practices. Supervision and Treatment is a two-pronged approach that is being utilized. Flash Incarcerations is used to provide immediate consequences up to 10 days in custody. Revocation is another consequence and this places probation violators into custody for 180 days for more severe violations. 

This is having a huge impact on our local jail. The jail has taken over parole violations. The maximum jail population is 250 inmates. The following modalities are used for treatment: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which uses Interactive Journaling.  Moral Recognition Therapy (MRT) is also used. This therapy focuses on the clients thought process. 

Where Probation needs support: Housing, Employment, and Pro Social Connections.

The goal is to slowly release the parolees back into society. Currently using CORE for transitional housing. There is no data that says that AB 109 has increased crime in Nevada County. Prop 30 has secured funding for this program. Looking at hiring staff the first time in six years. 

Thanks to Pam for providing such an informative presentation.

Following the presentation, President Tim conducted the Raffle. Rod Fivelstad's ticket was drawn, but unfortunately he drew the white marble.

President Tim closed the meeting.

March 25, 2013 Meeting Notes Eric Fredrickson 2013-03-25 00:00:00Z 0

March 18, 2013 Meeting Notes

Posted by Jon Byerrum on Mar 17, 2013
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President Tim called the meeting to order. Carol Lenhard led us in the pledge and Blake Smith introduced our visiting Rotarians. Jon Byerrum greeted us at the door, inspired us with Einstein quotes, and wrote these spoke notes (I must have missed a meeting).

Steve Spiller encouraged us to attend the District Conference (May 16-19). Bill Schultz frightened many of us by reciting a self-written Senility Prayer (way too close to home, Bill). Kimberly Parker, executive director of the Hospital Foundation, graciously accepted our club’s donation of $1,000, which will be matched by an anonymous donor. Anita Daniels invited all to attend the 4th-8th grade speech contest the night of the meeting. Jan Friend encouraged us to attend the area speech contest on April 3rd, 11:30 at the G.V. Methodist Church. Steve Sarantopoulos took up the P.E.T.S. challenge and donated an additional $100.00 to the Rotary Foundation. Ralph Anderson shared that he is mastering the art of preparing all of his meals on his BBQ during his kitchen remodel. Let us know how those pancakes turn out, Ralph (editor’s advice: use a pan). Marcia Salter shared her experiences on a recent three-week trip to Australia. Wyn Spiller shared that she too had just returned from Sydney where she served on the Rotary Promotion Committee (Hey, how come Wyn gets to attend Rotary meetings in Australia while the rest of us attend Rotary meetings in the back room of the Holbrooke?) and visited friends in the Blue Mountains. And lastly, Fred Claussen shared that he and Larry Faller just returned from Cancun. Apparently Fred was attacked by a vicious raccoon-like animal in the jungle. Sounds to me like Fred and Larry had a few too many margaritas.

For our program, Monica Haulman shared her experiences as a Rotary RYE student last year. Monica had an amazing year learning the customs of her host country, Belgium, making lots of new friends, and traveling extensively in Europe. Like all RYE students, Monica said that her year was truly a life changing experience. In fact, since her return Monica has used her Rotary experiences in her senior project at NUHS and has been educating other students on the extraordinary opportunities offered by our RYE program. She concluded with a very warm, heartfelt “thank you” to our club for supporting her and the RYE program.

Jan Friend’s number got the call, but alas, no black marble. Image

Bobbie Swanson introducing Monica Haulman

March 18, 2013 Meeting Notes Jon Byerrum 2013-03-18 00:00:00Z 0

Daylight Savings Time is Here!

Posted by GV Rotary on Mar 09, 2013



  1. We’ve all heard the term ‘vernal equinox’. Vernal means ‘spring’ and equinox means ‘equal night’. Both words are from Latin.
  2. Despite the term, the day when there are 12 equal hours of daylight and darkness usually happens before the first day of spring.
  3. The first day of spring in the southern hemisphere is the date of the autumnal equinox in the northern hemisphere, usually in September.
  4. Benjamin Franklin was the first American to propose Dalylight Saving Time in 1784. However, it wasn’t fully implemented in the US until after the Second World War.
  5. The practice of starting Daylight Saving Time on the second Sunday in March in the US started in 2005.
  6. Daylight Saving Time starts and ends at different times around the world.
  7. In Europe, Daylight Saving Time is known as Summer Time.
  8. The reason that there’s more daylight during spring is that the earth’s axis tilts towards the sun at this time of year.
  9. Some of the plants that have strong associations with spring include dandelions, daffodils, lilies, primroses, hyacinths, tulips, azaleas, iris and lilacs.
  10. Dandelions originated in Asia.
  11. Several singers have sung about spring including Van Morrison (Celtic Spring), Billie Holiday (Some Other Spring) and Frank Sinatra (Suddenly it’s Spring).
  12. Animals and insects associated with spring include the rabbit, frog, deer, fox, bear, bee, butterfly, ladybug and hummingbird.
  13. Spring fever is not just a myth – the body may experience physiological changes due to changes in diet, hormone production and temperature.
  14. Melting snow and additional rain may cause more flooding in spring.
  15. Children grow faster in spring.
  16. Spring is when birds return home after migrating in winter. About 1800 bird species migrate.
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March 4, 2013 Meeting Notes

Posted by Eric Fredrickson on Mar 03, 2013

The meeting was relocated to another room in the Holbrooke. President Tim insured that the show went on even though the accommodations were not ideal. As members and guests were rotating through the food line, President Tim started the meeting with announcements.

  • Kathy Egenes made an announcement about needing volunteers for RYLA interviews on March 20th both at Nevada Union and Bear River High Schools. Susan Fivelstad and Kelly Quinn stepped forward to cover NU and Bill Schultz and Bob Long will be covering the interviews at Bear River.
  • Steve Sarantopoulos made an announcement about the District Assembly Meeting scheduled for 20th April, at the Atlantis Hotel in Reno. Club members were encouraged to attend. President Tim encouraged the new members to attend this meeting.
  • Jan Friend announced that the Speech contest is scheduled for next Monday, March 11th.
  • Area Music Contest will be held at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, on April 7th.
  • There is a Casino Night debriefing combined with a fund raiser brainstorming meeting scheduled for Wednesday night March 5 at the Nevada City Winery.
  • Anita Daniels announced the annual Nevada County Schools 4th through 8th Grade Speech Finals on Monday March 18th.  This event is sponsored by Tri Counties Bank and the Rotary Club of Grass Valley.  Our own President Tim McCall will be the emcee.  It will be at the Nevada Theatre on Broad Street in Nevada City starting at 6:30PM.  Admission is free.

The three Visiting Rotarians were introduced.

Guests: Bobbie Swanson introduced the visiting RYE students who were visiting Belle. They will be traveling to Reno and will be going to the San Francisco Bay to sail. Belle is on her way to Hawaii with a group of RYE.

Eric Fredrickson announced the birth of his first grandson, Elijah James Mills, born on March 3rdKris Stepanian will be appearing at Off Broad Street in Forever Meadow Green starting March 8 and running until April 20. She and her mother were both fined for shameless self promotion.

Blake Smith led the club in the Flag Salute and Kathy Egenes provided the Thought of the Day

The Gilmore Students of the Month were introduced by Principal John Baggett, Assistant Principal Chris Roberts and teacher Laura Bigham.

Steve Sauer gave a presentation on the Affordable Care Act. He showed a seven minute video that was produced by Kaiser.  He talked about the exchanges that were being developed and four tiered plans: Platinum 90, gold 80, silver 70 bronze 60. He stated that employers will still be offering plans. There will be penalties for not having a healthcare plan. Those penalties will increase over 4 years. October 1-March 31 is the first Open Enrollment Period. There are a lot exemptions. There is a concern that there will be a shortage of health care providers, especially in the rural areas and that with supply and demand the prices could go up. If an employer has less than 50 full time employees they are not required to provide health care.

President Tim adjourned the meeting.

March 4, 2013 Meeting Notes Eric Fredrickson 2013-03-04 00:00:00Z 0

February 25, 2013 Meeting Notes

Posted by Suzie Gemignani on Feb 24, 2013
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Our meeting opened with President Tim presiding. Our greeter was Suzie Gemignani, the pledge was led by Ralph Andersson, John Voter gave the thought for the day, and Fred Claessens was our photographer. Jon Peek assisted the Sergeant-At-Arms.

Guests: Dennis Burbridge brought his brother Bob as his guest.


  • Anita Daniels announced that the speech contest is right around the corner and we still need people to volunteer to be judges.
  • Jan Friend announced that the date set for the speech contest in March 11th.
  • Lori Burkart-Frank is collecting bras and lingerie used to support a program that prevents sex slavery in Africa. The undergarments will be given to women in Africa who have been rescued from sex slavery so that they can sell them to make a living.
  • Susan Fivelstad announced that she had great success collecting undergarment donations from hair salons and wanted to pass that tip along to the rest of the club.
  • Ralph Andersson was recognized by President Tim for being in the paper and was fined $5 for being in the paper. The newspaper article highlighted Andersson's leadership in the quest for the best burger in Nevada County.
  • John Voter could use more brown paper bags for the food bank. John was also fined $5 for clapping between the music contestants in our meeting's music contest program.


  • Valerie Logsdon confessed to having a 24hr airplane ride. She was returning from a 23day trip to Thailand. She was fined $50 making her a bell ringer. Susan Fivelstad shared a portion of the fine with her.
  • Eric Trygg confessed to taking a 14day cruise in the Australia/New Zealand area and joked about leaving early in order to miss our Casino Night fund raiser. He was fined $50 but since he was already a bell ringer, John Peplowski took the fine.


Jon Byerrum led the program which was our annual music contest. We had two fine pianists. Taking first place was McKenna Wong, a Senior at Forest Lake Christian High. McKenna wishes to pursue a career in Political Science and was accompanied by her mother and brother who was also her page turner. Second place was won by Caroline Johnson, a Junior at Nevada Union High. Caroline wishes to pursue a career in Neurology and Music Therapy and was accompanied by her mother, father, and piano teacher. Both contestants will move forward to the area music contest on April 7th.

Our meeting concluded with the four way test and our white ball/black ball raffle. No winner today...


                                                         McKenna Wong                         Caroline Johnson                                                

February 25, 2013 Meeting Notes Suzie Gemignani 2013-02-25 00:00:00Z 0

No meeting on 2/18/13

Posted by GV Rotary on Feb 04, 2013

We are DARK on Monday 2/18/13 in Observance of Presidents' Day

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February 4, 2013 Meeting Notes

Posted by Anita Daniels on Feb 03, 2013
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The meeting was called to order at 12:15PM by President Tim.  Our team assignments were:

Greeter – Steve Sauer, Flag Salute – Susie Gemignani, Thought for the Day – John Voter, Assistant Sergeant at Arms – Ray Enneking, and Photographer – Bob Long.  There were no visiting Rotarians.

Wyn Spiller introduced guest Justin Sternberg from the Hospitality House, and Peter Lemmon introduced Bill Standley.  We enjoyed the monthly “Student of the Month” activities whereby we met five very fine Lyman Gilmore students who were Olivia Parman (5th), Griffin Ellis (6th), Daniela Terry (6th), Dakota Elmore (7th) and Adam Dennis (8th).  The students in turn introduced their parents in attendance.

There was a pin check and several dollars were donated to Polio Plus as a result.  Birthdays and Anniversaries were recognized. Several announcements were made including the Nevada City clubs request for donations of bras for the “Free the Girls” project in Africa.  There was an interesting discussion that followed…No room here to elaborate.  Bobbie Swanson shared the fun had by all at Bella’s 18th birthday party last weekend.  Steve Spiller shared his excitement on the success of our annual Casino Night held last Saturday and he recognized the work done by all his sub-chairs and the entire membership including spouses and friends .

Our program for today was provided by Sandra Barrington, Major Gift Director for Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation who was introduced by Team Captain, Susie Gemignani.  Sandra’s focus today was sharing the wonderful benefits of having a Cancer Center here at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.  Some less known facts about our hospital and the center are that the 104 bed acute hospital is a 501c3.  That the cancer center services a vast number of patients and that their philosophy includes treating the “whole” patient, not just focusing on the disease.  The cancer center was founded in 1995 by Dr Bill Newsom and is a nationally accredited center.  It also has a joint commissioned accreditation and it includes a living room (rather than a waiting room) and gardens furnished entirely by community donations.  The foundation is a separate 501c3 that raises over $1 million a year to support the hospital.  Sandra recognized Judy Bagley who is a part of the Finance Team at the Foundation.  She went on to tell us about the more advanced equipment at the cancer center and the need to stay on top of technology and the changes as it’s so important for our patients and avoiding their need to travel down to Sacramento for treatment.  Cancer treatment has changed dramatically with the newer technology and survival rates are increasing to new levels.

The winning ticket was drawn and Jan Friend had it.  Unfortunately she drew a white marble.  The club recited the “4-Way test” and the meeting ended promptly at 1:15PM.

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January 14, 2013 Meeting Notes

Posted by Jan Friend on Jan 13, 2013
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President Tim McCall was replaced by Steve Spiller for today’s meeting.  He started to thank today’s Greeter, Valerie Logsdon, but realized she was not there.  Pledge was led by Bobbie Swanson and Steve Sarantopoulos gave the Thought for (of) the Day from information that was found on the District website.  Photographer was Fred Claessens and there were no visiting Rotarians except for our program presenters, so Chuck Elizondo was off the hook.


  • Kathy Egenes confessed that she got rid of her 15 year old vehicle and bought a Toyota Highlander Hybrid.  Her youngest son got a job in North Carolina with Nascar in their IT department.  They also are a host family to a young Brazilian girl who will be with them until June.  Kathy’s $50 fine was passed on to Judy Hess and Suzie Gemignani.
  • Suzie Gemignani also got a new Toyota Prius.  Suzie was fined an additional $25 for a total of $50.
  • Scott Browne confessed that he and Rich Toothman spent 5 days in Seattle with Lee Osnas and his wife around New Years.  All were fined $25.
  • Kyle Daugherty confessed that his wife bought a new home at the end of the year and that he sometimes lives there.  A $25 fine was levied amid protests that his wife was the buyer.

Chuck Elizondo reminded Steve Spiller that he had not given the opportunity for introductions of guest, and Steve fined himself for the error!  With that, Carol Lenhard introduced Diane Lane, Kyle Daugherty introduced Masu the new Manager of Tri Counties Bank located inside Save Mart. Peter Lemmon introduced Bill Standley.

Steve Spiller introduced the membership duo, Barb and Andy from the Sparks and Carson City Noon Clubs who talked about the Ignite Program to reverse the 10 year downward membership growth.  Membership is the same number as 10 years ago even though Rotary has brought in over 1 million new members. 

The key to growth is commitment; everybody in the club is on the membership committee.  They went over the 15 tips for success of which the club needs to pick 4 to focus on.  A couple of new ideas are the Dead Beat Rotarian Club, which is a fun way to get Rotarians to bring guests that can be potential members, and the Buddy Club where everyone draws a Rotarians name out of the hat for a buddy.  Then each week they are responsible for calling their buddy to find out what’s new with them for a potential report during the weekly meeting. 

Lee Osnas’s ticket was drawn, but alas, he pulled the white marble. 


January 14, 2013 Meeting Notes Jan Friend 2013-01-14 00:00:00Z 0

January 7, 2013 Meeting Notes

Posted by Jan Friend on Jan 06, 2013

The first meeting of the year was opened by President, Tim McCall.  Bobbie Swanson was today’s Greeter, Chuck Elizondo led in the pledge and announced our visiting Rotarian, Dave Walker from the Penn Valley Club.  Thought for the Day was done by Jan Friend who quoted two former Presidents and their ideas of government.  Guests today were Maryanne Cartan, Superintendent of the Nevada Union Joint High School District, and Janet who is the host mother for our exchange student, Belle.

It was Student of the Month, and the club was joined by students from the 5th, 7th, and 8th grades.  The 6th grade representative was too intimidated to come (are we that mean?). 


  • Steve Rosenthal was fined $10 for a picture of him ice skating at the Holiday Inn.
  • Bob and Carol Lenhard were each fined $25 for their recent trip to Disney Land.
  • Mike Fronk announced that this week is the beginning of his radio show, America’s Wealth Management.  He was fined $25 for self – promotion which was passed on to Judy Bagley.  However, the fine may be waived if he announces he’s a Rotarian and does a promo for Casino Night.

Casino Night: 

  • Steve Spiller has small posters for the merchants, and should have the larger ones in a few days.  He also has tickets for the merchants who donate or sponsor.  Steve also has the master sheet to sign up teams to canvas each area (please sign up if you haven’t done so already).
  • Judy Bagley reminded everyone to get your Casino Night items into Anita at Tri Counties Bank; the sooner the better!
  • Dick Panzica will be the BBQ master at the event, serving Tri Tip and Caesar salad among other food items.

President Tim talked about Rotary spare change boxes that you can put on your dresser and add your change to.  When the proceeds are turned into the club, they will go to Polio Plus.  If you need a box, see Dick Panzica.  

Bobbie Swanson introduced Belle, our exchange student from Brazil.  She was one of 6 inbound students from Brazil this year.   Belle gave us a tour of her home state that is known for waterfalls and has a history of gold.  Her home city has a population of 400,000 where her father is an engineer for Fiat and her mother is a psychologist.  She misses playing hand ball which is a field sport that is part soccer, with the ability to use your hands.  She will be entering law school when she returns home to become an internal affairs cop.

George Grayeb’s ticket was drawn, but alas, he pulled a white marble.


Bobbie Swanson, President Tim & Belle

January 7, 2013 Meeting Notes Jan Friend 2013-01-07 00:00:00Z 0

Casino Night 2013

Posted by GV Rotary on Dec 31, 2012
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December 17, 2012 Meeting Notes

Posted by Robert Long on Dec 16, 2012

President Tim was conspicuously absent today.  However, Santa, arriving late, managed our meeting.  While Santa is a well known member of ImageRotary, a badge or pin was noticeably absent on his suit.  He was also absent the Rotary bell, but continuously jingled his belt of bells.  The pledge was let by Don Daniels and Rich Keene gave us the thought for the day.  Santa presented Rod Fivelstad with his 10 year pin and a HOHOHO.  Santa exchanged Michelle Belmonte’s red badge for a permanent blue badge and then volunteered Pres Tim to pay her fine … and a HOHOHO.  As he was full of the Christmas spirit (or something) he also thanked Kathy Egenes for her great work on the news bulletin and, yet again, a HOHOHO.

In other news … Don Daniels announced the Public Image committee of Division 5190 is considering a focus on the west slope.  Any idea for promoting Rotary is welcomed.  The better half of the Daniels Clan – Anita, publicized the sign-up for the Casino Night, silent auction donation teams.  Be proactive in this fund-raiser or risk a fine.  Don Sheppard heralded the success of Rotary in bell ringing - $456.96 and a collection for hurricane Sandy $2654.00.  Remember we are dark on Dec 24th and 31st.  And in sadder news Al Alstrand resigned after a successful 38 years as a Rotarian. Santa was only able to pull one fine from his sack.  Wyn Spiller (and later Steve) confessed to a trip to New York City, with all the family, to celebrate her Mom’s 90th birthday.  GO MOM!!!  She enjoyed a Christmas Carol serenade at the 5th Ave Presbyterian Church.

Finally SaImagenta introduced our program for the day, a Christmas Carol-fest by the Lyman Gilmore choir.  Their final piece – Let There Be Peace on Earth, was enhanced by several Rotarians.

 And really finally, Santa forgot to introduce guests – Justin Sternberg, Nevada City born, guest of Wyn.  He is joining Hospitality House.  Dan Horton was our greeter.  Our Hostess Diane was presented with her annual tip, which was greatly appreciated and immediately put to good use.  Lee Osnas drew the white marble.Image


From the Editor – God Bless everyone and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 

December 17, 2012 Meeting Notes Robert Long 2012-12-17 00:00:00Z 0

45th Annual Cornish Christmas in Downtown GV Friday nights thru 12/21/12

Posted by GV Rotary on Dec 09, 2012

Recapture the spirit of Christmas past with vendors dressed in Cornish attire all set in the charming surroundings of historic downtown Grass Valley. Shops, restaurants and tasting rooms are open late to help you find the perfect gift on your list, enjoy a variety of culinary delights or sip a glass of local wine at more than 5 downtown wine tasting rooms.

Mill and W. Main Streets are closed to  traffic and filled with the sights and sounds of an old fashioned Christmas; hand-crafted vendors, satisfy your sweet tooth with an old-fashioned treat from one of our food vendors, entertain your family by stopping at one of 4 stages filled with carolers, musicians, and of course the Grass Valley Cornish Carol Choir will be appearing nightly on the Union Steps at 6:30 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m.

Visit http://www.historicgrassvalley.com for more info

45th Annual Cornish Christmas in Downtown GV Friday nights thru 12/21/12 GV Rotary 2012-12-10 00:00:00Z 0

December 10, 2012 Meeting Notes

Posted by George Grayeb on Dec 09, 2012
"President Tim called the meeting to order at exactly 1215. Is this what engineers do...always prompt and never miss a beat? Wyn Spiller led us in the Pledge to our flag; Don Sheppard rendered a beautiful prayer; the Greeter was Dave Peeler; Don Daniels was the Assistant Sergeant of Arms; Fred Claessens was the photographer; and, yours truly the Scribe. There were no visiting Rotarians, and no guests period!

Steve Sarantopoulos presented an interesting Rotary Minute. He went longer than a minute in trying to explain the intricacies of the high tech Rotary world and Club Runner to our Club (some of we older members were a little dense). All you need to know is how to access our Club's web page by typing the URL which is www.gvrotary.org and a whole new Rotary world opens up. (If you are having difficulty getting the page to open in your browser - contact Steve, Pat or Kathy for assistance. Safari and Chrome are both reporting to be problematic.) Steve also provided the following election results for Rotary year 2014-15: Steve Spiller, President Elect; Bob Long, Vice President; Larry Faller, Secretary; Marcia Salter, Treasurer; and incoming Directors, Blake Smith, Peter Lemon, Lori Burkart Frank. Congratulations to all...John Voter expressed thanks from the Food Bank for our Club's generous donation which will feed 20 families this month! Salvation Army bell ringing went well last week except Don Daniels showed up late. He made up for it by working late. Thanks to Scott Browne and Rich Toothman for hosting the Club's Christmas party which was a great success.

There were a few confessions: According to President Tim, Don Daniels embarrassed him (somehow?) at an area President's meeting for which Don donated $15 to Polio Plus; Rod Fivelstad was fined because his picture was in the newspaper as the Director of the local Male Chorus; Carol Lenhard was lauded in a letter from Read to Your Child for her work on our Club's Literary Project. Under her direction our Club gave away over 900 books! Instead of a fine she was presented two Rotary pins and recognized for her 16 years of perfect attendance (is President Tim getting soft?); Valerie Logsdon confessed to a lengthy story of horses and cowboys for which she was fined $20; Blake Smith got hit for something and Jon Byerrum was fined $20 for the cardinal sin of losing his Rotary Pin. So much for the fines and confessions.

If you missed today's meeting you missed one of our better programs. Our Speaker was Tom Thompson of our local Red Cross Chapter (formerly 16 years with our local DMV office as its manager). He stated that the American Red Cross was en-chartered by Congress in 1905 and there are now 700 Chapters throughout the country with 1 million volunteers. Tom went on to describe what happens on a voluntary deployment such as his recent trip to the East Coast in support of the Hurricane Sandy effort. Usually in such massive natural emergencies local Red Cross volunteers assemble at a crisis site for a 14-21 day deployment. In the case of Sandy, Tom drove a truck for 12-14 hours a day carrying much needed supplies. There were around 70,000 homes affected by the storm and many people were, and some still are, in shelters. He described the extensive devastation, but also praised the good work of the many voluntary agencies such as the Red Cross and Salvation Army, as well as various participating State and Federal disaster oriented organizations.

Ken Holbrook's Club lottery number was drawn again (how many times? he should take his luck to Reno), but alas there's still a black marble somewhere in the pot...This week's Scribe, George Grayeb."
December 10, 2012 Meeting Notes George Grayeb 2012-12-10 00:00:00Z 0

Fun Facts About Thanksgiving

Posted by GV Rotary on Nov 11, 2012

Here are a few fun facts about "turkey day," in America (courtesy of the history channel):Image

  • Thanksgiving is the most travelled holiday of the year
  • Minnesota produces the most turkeys
  • Americans are estimated to eat "46 million turkeys" on Thanksgiving
  • Three towns are named after the Turkey (Turkey, North Carolina, Turkey, Texas, and Turkey Creek, Louisiana)
  • 1934 was the first Thanksgiving the Lions and Bears played
  • The turkey was the inspiration for a dance called, "the turkey trot"
  • Deep Fried Turkey originated in the Bayou in the 1800's
  • The first "championship football game" was on Thanksgiving Day, 1876
  • More than "5,000 football games" took place by the 1890's, on Thanksgiving Day
  • The Macy's Parade begin in 1924, and Snoopy has appeared more than any character

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Fun Facts About Thanksgiving GV Rotary 2012-11-12 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship Benefit Concert

Posted by GV Rotary on Oct 31, 2012

1st Annual D-5190 Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship Benefit Concert!

Friday, November 9th, 2012     7 P.M.

Nevada City Winery


Limited to the 1st 50 purchasers

Featuring Singer-Songwriter



Tickets sold on a will-call basis, cash or check only
For more information, contact any member of the D-5190 RYE Committee,
Or call Chris Cook @ 775-688-4727 or 775-843-7169
Email @ rye5190treasurer@gmail.com

Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship Benefit Concert GV Rotary 2012-11-01 00:00:00Z 0

October 29, 2012 Meeting Notes

Posted by Monty East on Oct 28, 2012
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President Tim McCall opened the meeting at 12:15 and acknowledged the fine work that Team Spiller did to assist. We had one visiting Rotarian, Rosanne Kilpatrick, from the 49er club and two guests of Rotarians. Carol Lenhard introduced Dean Pitts and Judy Hess introduced the winner of the ball drop, her granddaughter Presley Newsom.

President Tim also introduced our District Governor Sam (Woody) Woodbanks and District Governor-elect Vicki Pruitt. How nice it was to have our own Past District Governor Wyn Spiller present. David Peeler was presented with his pin for 3 years perfect attendance and Steve Sauer was recognized for his efforts heading up the ball drop and presented Presley with a check for $1000.
Bobbie Swanson thanked Larry Faller for his help in transporting RYE students and also pitched the need for raising funds for RYE. A fundraiser will be held t Nevada City Winery. President Tim also thanked Jon Byerrum for his efforts during the Foundation drive.

It was brought to light that Don Daniels is doing better after is hammock broke and he fell on his you know what. It is said he ascertained a wound. Chuck Elizondo is doing well after his recent surgery.


President Tim fined himself $25 for missing the Foundation dinner and fined Bob Long for not showing up at his shift to sell Ball Drop tickers. District Governor Woody recognized Paul Harris Elite members: Wyn and Steve Spiller; Anita and Don Daniels; Rod and Susan Fivelstad; Chuck Elizondo and Paul Rohrer for going above and beyond in their giving. He said the Foundation brings hope worldwide and makes the impossible possible. He then presented the Silent Rotarian award to Marcia Salter for her outstanding service above self and dedication to the club. Woody also recognized Rotarians who go beyond the club level and work at the District level: Wyn and Steve Spiller; Anita and Don Daniels; Bobbie Swanson, Blake Smith, Scott Spencer and Rod Fivelstad.

A little history of Rotary and particularly Grass Valley Rotary was given aloud with kudos for all the fine programs with which we have been involved. Mike Johnson played such a big role with RYLA and his efforts will not be forgotten.
The Foundations' foreign projects help build peace among nations and meet critical needs at the same time "when you change a life, that life changes others and good spreads". Peace is the theme for this year and Polio Plus helps bring peace and comfort around the world. India was declared polio free on Feb 28, which is Rotary's birthday.

Woody talked about his personal involvement with Rotary and how he became interested. He then told a story of how our Rotary International President, Mr. Tanaka, became involved. Stories such as these are prevalent throughout Rotary. Membership continues to be of importance and through the Ignite Program, it is hoped that North American will turn around and gain more members.

President Tim presented Woody with a gift and then we had a raffle drawing, which Lori Burkhart Frank won, but drew a white marble.
The meeting was adjourned at 1:25pm
October 29, 2012 Meeting Notes Monty East 2012-10-29 00:00:00Z 0

October 15, 2012 Meeting Notes

Posted by Peter Lemmon on Oct 14, 2012

In President Tim’s absence, Steve Spiller brought the meeting to order, and then kept the Club standing until the Hotel started serving dinner.  Scott McFarland led us in the flag salute and Kelly Quinn gave us an invocation.   There were no guests.  Steve Sauer gave a “Ball Drop tickets” sales report:  $2,500 has now been raised; one more weekend of sales; and, volunteers are needed!  Kathy Egenes was recognized for 12 years perfect attendance, and she shared a Rotary Moment with us—after hearing about the Botwa Pygmies on NPR with no mention of Rotary; she was happy she new the “inside story” and Rotary’s own Dr. Kellerman!   

Steve then turned over the meeting to Jon Byerrum, who was our day’s program, as he heads up the Rotary Foundation Committee for our Club.  He led us in a Foundation Drive, which resulted in pledges by all in attendance (and many who were not but were represented) toward the Foundation and members’ Paul Harris Fellows.  Jon invited all to attend the Rotary Foundation Dinner on Wednesday, October 24th with cocktails at 5:30 at Miners' Foundry, the sole reason we are dark on 10/22.  So sign up if you haven’t already!!  Jon inspired us with another story of the Botwa Pygmies (also heard on NPR) and one on Polio Eradication, which made him feel very proud to be a Rotarian—especially one in Dr. Kellerman’s own county.  Jon filled our minds with statistics on the history and progress of Rotary’s polio eradication efforts, and then he had us all take a pop quiz of only 3 minutes, after which Wyn Spiller’s table was declared the winner, with an almost perfect score for 19 questions.  “We can’t all travel to Uganda to help the Botwa Pygmies personally, but we can all give to the Foundation and help in that way,” Jon said.  He went on:  “We can’t stop the polio eradication efforts now, when we are almost “there” because 10 Million children will contract polio within just a few years if we do that.”  So everyone donated.  Great job Jon!

October 15, 2012 Meeting Notes Peter Lemmon 2012-10-15 00:00:00Z 0

October 1, 2012 Meeting Notes

Posted by Monty East on Sep 30, 2012

As usual, the meeting started with mass confusion.

President Tim finally got the meeting under way at 12:15 pm.
The Spiller team was in charge of assisting Tim as follows: Greeter was Kelly Quinn; the Pledge was led by Blake Smith; Ken Holbrooke gave a special Rotary moment that was nicely done. There were no visiting Rotarians, photos were handled by Steve Spiller and notes were taken by Monty East. With a full agenda today, President Tim introduced 2 members of the Lyman Gilmore Interact Club who were conducting a fundraiser called "Purple Pinky". This is designed to draw interest to and symbolize the efforts worldwide of eradicating polio.

Next up was our monthly "Adopt a School" program recognizing the students of the month. This year we have a 5th grader to add to the 6th, 7th and 8th graders we normally introduce. Parents and students always go away proud. This is a great program for the school and Rotary.

Birthdays and anniversaries were recognized for October. Birthdays included Michelle Belmonte, Judy Hess, Morgan Stoltz, Carol Lenhard (Carol let us know her granddaughter's birthday is on the same day as hers). Anniversaries were announced for Rich Keene and Eric Trygg.

Announcements included Anita's invitation/reminder of the Foundation Dinner on Wednesday, October 24th with cocktails at 5:30 at Miners' Foundry. This will act as our regular weekly meeting.

  • Jon Byerrum also spoke about the Foundation and announced the upcoming Club Assembly focused on member participation. Calls will be made to members letting them know their status and what they may do with matching funds toward their journey to become a Paul Harris Fellow. Last year, our club achieved 100% participation.
  • Steve Sauer let the club know that this past weekend we sold $645 worth of Ball drop tickets. We really need more volunteers!!!! Scott Browne was fined for not showing up and relieving President Tim. His fine was $50 worth of Ball drop tickets.
  • Steve Sarantopoulos was presented with his pin for having successfully completed 6 years of perfect attendance.
  • Kris Stepanian will be performing at the Center of the Arts (Disco & Boogey). For her announcement, she was fined $20.
  • Lee Osnas confessed to a recent Alaska trip and was fined $30. During hisconfession, it was made known that two other Rotarians also went but werebeing very silent about it. Of course, President Tim finding out that it was Scott Browne and Richard Toothman, fined both of them $25 each, as well.

Finally we got to the all important program, which was facilitated by Steve Spiller and Pete Lemon. The first to speak was Wyn Spiller (good move, Steve). Wyn gave us some very interesting data. It seems we are still at 1.2 million Rotarians despite bringing in 1.1 million between 2003 and 2010 worldwide. The biggest decline seems to be in North America and our zone. This is really why the new member focus "Ignite" is being implemented. It is designed to give structure and tools to the focus. A point system will be put in place to encourage building memberships on a wide scale. The new program will dwell on meeting these needs:

  1. A way to measure;
  2. Giving members meaningful jobs;
  3. Nurture.

Our club 10 years ago was at 82 members. We are now at 72. The visioning exercise we conducted at a club showed a goal of 100 members. We all broke out into working groups and brainstormed ideas to enhance membership. Many good ideas came out and will be carefully looked at by the committee. These ideas will then be provided to the membership. It was a very good session and enjoyed by all. One of the key points made was that "every" club member, in effect, is a member of the committee. We all need to be vigilant and active.

Drawing was conducted and Rich Toothman drew a white marble.

President Tim closed the meeting at 1:30pm.

October 1, 2012 Meeting Notes Monty East 2012-10-01 00:00:00Z 0

Happy Birthday!

Posted by GV Rotary on Sep 29, 2012

   Happy Birthday Tom!!!


Thanks for all you do for the Rotary Club of Grass Valley!

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September 17, 2012 Meeting Notes

Posted by Jon Byerrum on Sep 16, 2012
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President Tim called the meeting to order and thanked the September team for their help. He then welcomed the return of Paul Rohrer from his illness. Judy Bagley received her pin for ten years of perfect attendance! Steve Trotter received his permanent badge and paid $5.00 for the privilege.

 Bill Schultz stood and said that he had several announcements. The first announcement was, “I don’t want that damn thing,” when offered the microphone. I’m not sure that one counted as an announcement. He then announced the half pig in Marcia’s freezer needs to be purchased soon (especially before Marcia looses her electricity this winter….yuck). His final announcement, also dubious according to Webster’s, was a joke about a preacher, a cowboy and an attractive flight attendant. I didn’t hear the entire joke, but the punch line was, “Forget my drink. I didn’t know we had a choice.”

 President Tim then ordered a pin check. It was pointed out that Morgan Stoltz himself was “pin less” as he gleefully collected everyone’s money. Larry Faller gave a summary of actions taken at our last board meeting. The board minutes are available on Club Runner. Steve Sauer needs more sign-ups to man the Ball Drop tables on upcoming Saturdays. John Voter shared that the Bear River Boosters raised over $13,000 for their sports programs. Anita Daniels shared that we netted $5,360 profit from the recent Lacy Dalton concert, which leaves us with over $11,000 still outstanding in the Mike Johnson fund.

 Ralph Anderson expressed confusion as to how two hogs could yield five half-hogs. Turns out Ralph’s full hog was actually only a half hog. I’m guessing he got the back end of the big guy. Ralph then generously donated $500 to the Mike Johnson fund. Thank you Ralph! Blake Smith announced that 30 students are signed up for REGAL this year. Shirts and wristbands will be available next week for a modest fee. Morgan Stoltz paid $25 to brag about his grandson (starting right tackle for University of Mississippi) and talked about Southern hospitality.

 Eric Trygg then introduced our guest speaker, Rita Stevens from KNCO. Rita shared a few facts from her past (she worked in San Francisco TV and radio for 20 years). She then talked about the inner workings of KNCO.  Members expressed appreciation for the station’s commitment to a community focus and the resulting importance of KNCO for local news, weather conditions and emergency information (not to mention Swap Shop).

 Kelly Quinn took advantage of 50/50 odds and drew the black marble. He promptly donated the entire $257 to the Mike Johnson fund. Well-done Kelly!

 Dutifully submitted by Jon Byerrum

September 17, 2012 Meeting Notes Jon Byerrum 2012-09-17 00:00:00Z 0

September 10, 2012 Meeting Notes

Posted by Jon Byerrum on Sep 09, 2012
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After President Tim brought the meeting to something approaching order, Dave Johnson led us in the flag salute and in an invocation. Dave Walker was visiting from the Penn Valley club. Guests included Isabelle de Menezes - "Belle", our new exchange student from Brazil and Teresa Quinn. Steve Sauer received his permanent badge and promptly circulated the sign-up sheet for selling “Ball Drop tickets.”

 President Tim announced that the October 1st meeting will be a club assembly on membership. He also announced that the district is hosting September 15th seminars on New Generations and on Public Image. Brian Shannon sent a note thanking us for buying his pig at the fair. Meanwhile, Marcia Salter still has half a pig living in her freezer that needs a new home. Larry Faller was welcomed back from his recent surgery. Bill Schultz has requested a leave from the club and is living at Hill Top Manor. President Tim encouraged visitors. Bill Roach is also on leave.

 Jon Byerrum shared a School Readiness bag designed to help parents prepare their children for success in kindergarten. The project is co-sponsored by several Rotary clubs and the Superintendent of Schools office.

 Don & Anita Daniels and Kathy Egenes confessed to a three-week vacation in Great Britain. Don complained about having to drive the group over a thousand miles in three weeks only to discover that they could have covered the same distance in 2 ½ hours had Rocky Robinson been driving. Ken Holbrook bought a new truck and also went to Mexico with his wife who apparently feigned disorientation after a snorkeling adventure and boarded a different boat. She was overheard to say, “just how much Nevada County history do you think I can take?”

 Our guest speaker was Rocky Robinson, current holder of the world’s record for the fastest motorcycle at 376.363 MPH! If conditions permit, he will return to the Salt Flats next week to try for the magical 400 MPH mark. Rocky’s presentation was both excellent and nerve wracking. I noticed most Rotarians driving away from the meeting more slowly than normal. The club wishes you a fast, safe run next week, Rocky.

September 10, 2012 Meeting Notes Jon Byerrum 2012-09-10 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes - August 27th

Posted by Suzie Gemignani on Aug 26, 2012

Our meeting of August 27th was commenced with Tim McCall presiding as President, Monty East was our greeter, Steve Sarantopolous led the pledge, Steve Spiller gave the Thought of the Day and Bob Long served as Assistant Sergeant at Arms.

Rocky Robertson could not be our speaker of the day as his presence was needed at the salt flats due to heavy rain. Hopefully he will be able to speak to us at a later date.

Richard Toothman announced our visiting Rotarian, Dave Walker, of the Penn Valley Club.

Scott McFarland introduced his guest Dan and Kelly introduced his guest Teresa.


Susan Fivelstad announced that the little library group will meet immediately after today's meeting.

Jan Friend – She is our “official” lost and found person as she is the holder of two matching his and hers brown hoodies that were left at the Lacy J. Dalton concert.

Steve Spiller – Reported on the Membership Committee Seminar that was held in Incline Village. The next seminar will be held September 15th to talk about New Generations and Public Image.

John Peplowski is looking for a green oblong table and was wondering if Jan had it in her lost and found bag as a joke.

Rod Fivelstad reported that over 138 Rotarians attended the game in Reno to support Polio Plus.

Valerie Logsdon announced that our exchange student is here. Her name is Belle and she's from Brazil. She got here on Monday and went to Nevada Union High School the very next day. She even served at our benefit concert at the Kid's drink area. She will be at our next meeting. Yay Belle! We are so glad she's here.

Pat Ward gave the Rotary Minute featuring Lacy J. Dalton's song “Is it the Truth” honoring the four way test.

Eric Trygg got fined several times for being the lucky one that got to be Lacy J Dalton's companion/escort while she was here. He, and others, were very impressed and delighted with Lacy. She was kind, genuine, sweet, gracious, down-to-earth, and super sweet. In the end, Eric became a bell ringer at the demand of the entire club chanting “bell ringer!” as his punishment for getting the most enjoyable job of the concert. Also mentioned was Lacy's passion to help save the wild horses and it was suggested that we may want to individually donate to this worthy cause.

President Tim and others spent the rest of the meeting acknowledging certain individuals who went above and beyond to make the concert a success. He also acknowledged every single member of the club and other Rotary clubs in the area that put service above self to help support our beloved Mike Johnson and the benefit fund.

Marsha gave a run down of the financials of the concert to date.


Meeting Notes - August 27th Suzie Gemignani 2012-08-27 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes - August 20th/Lacy J Dalton - August 24th

Posted by Julia Jordan on Aug 25, 2012

 Additional editing by Fred Claessens


Membership Ignite in Incline Village on the 25th of August.
The district is holding an Aces Baseball event on August 26th and $7 per ticket will benefit Polio.
Jason Auld has resigned from the club due to personal obligations. He may return at a later date. Paul Rohr has had a relapse of intestinal issues and is out of the hospital recuperating. The Sunshine Club to follow up.

George is back! Welcome back George.

Meeting Notes - August 20th/Lacy J Dalton - August 24th Julia Jordan 2012-08-26 00:00:00Z 0

You can help support Camille's end of the year trip...

Posted by GV Rotary on Apr 21, 2012

Camille is going to have his French dinner on Saturday, 5/5/12. The dinner will be at Scott and Richard's house at 6:00 p.m. The cost is $25.00 per person. The revenue will go towards supplementing his trip to the East Coast in June, 2012.  If anyone wants to attend they can contact Chuck and Carol Elizondo where Camille is staying til the end of the year. He will plan to attend our club meeting on April 30 and a sign up sheet will be passed that day.
You can help support Camille's end of the year trip... GV Rotary 2012-04-22 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary at Work Day 2012

Posted by GV Rotary on Apr 13, 2012
President Anita Daniels and RAW co-ordinator Scott Spencer

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Nita's Notes

Posted by Anita Daniels on Apr 01, 2012

April 2, 2012



To:  All District 5190 Rotarians

From:  Rotary Club of Grass Valley

Subject:  Mike Johnson – request for financial help with transporting him home from Puerto Rico


Many of you know Mike Johnson.  He’s the guy that gives and gives of his time to help the youth in our district, be it RYLA, RYE, or his latest endeavor, REGLE.  As a District Leader in New Generations, Mike has played an integral part in the many projects of our youth in District 5190.

Mike and his wife Kath departed in mid-February on a cruise of the Caribbean Islands.  A couple days into the trip Mike became very ill, and had to be transported to a hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico with a kidney disorder.  This ailment has since healed, but now he’s facing the fight of his life as he’s developed a staph infection in his spine. 

He needs to come home right away to be treated by specialists in a California hospital.  It’s now a life and death situation.  Trouble is, even with insurance coverage, the medical transport must be paid in advance.    The Rotarians of the RC of Grass Valley have pledged $3000 towards that cost, but the whole cost could be as much as $45,000 to $70,000.

If any of his fellow Rotarians in District 5190 can pledge financial support, please send funds in any amount to Rotary Club of Grass Valley, P. O. Box 1213, Grass Valley, Ca 95945.   As time is of the essence, you can also contact me at work at 530-274-4940 for wiring instructions to the Rotary Club of Grass Valley’s checking account.

Anita Daniels


Rotary Club of Grass Valley


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Nita's Notes

Posted by Anita Daniels on Feb 04, 2012
Dear Rotary Members,

The 21st Annual Casino Night was a smashing success, all due to the incredible job each and every one of you did under the leadership of co-chairs John Peplowski and Jack Emery.  Although I won't see you at our meeting this week, I wanted everyone of you to know how honored I am to lead such a first rate Rotary club.  You truly exhibit "Service Above Self".

Yours In Rotary,

Anita Daniels, President
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Deepa Willingham to speak at Area 4 Foundation Dinner 11/15/11, 5:30 p.m. Miner's Foundry

Posted by GV Rotary on Oct 09, 2011
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Deepa Willingham

2010-2011 District Governor
Rotary District 5240


Past District Governor Deepa Willingham, residing in Solvang, CA, is a naturalized citizen of the United States. She was born and brought up in Calcutta, India where she obtained her primary, secondary and undergraduate education, followed by graduate degrees in the US. Prior to her entrepreneurial endeavors in the energy sector, Governor Deepa served as the Administrative Director of Ancillary Services in the hospital industry.


Deepa is the Immediate Past District Governor of Rotary District 5240 and the Past President of the Rotary Club of Santa Ynez Valley, being named Rotarian-of-the-Year during her year as President. She is a charter member of the District’s Paul Harris Society; a multiple Paul Harris Fellow; a Major Donor; a Master’s PRLS graduate; a Benefactor; a Bequest Society member; named as “Local Hero” by Santa Barbara Independent newspaper; a winner of Volvo for Life award; a recipient of 2006 “Making a Difference for Women” award from Soroptimist International – Camino Real Region, a winner of Special Congressional Recognition in 2006 and was just recently named a local “Angel” by Central Coast Magazine and a “Community Hero” by Superintendent Bill Cirone in 2009.

Deepa Willingham to speak at Area 4 Foundation Dinner 11/15/11, 5:30 p.m. Miner's Foundry GV Rotary 2011-10-10 00:00:00Z 0

Nita's Notes

Posted by Anita Daniels on Sep 29, 2011
Lots of exciting things happened this week in Rotary.  First of all Fred Claessens and I were guests at the Nevada County Fair Foundation meeting to get up to speed on what Rotary’s responsibilities will be at the Annual Halloween Fest on October 29th.  Fred will be looking for volunteers to come and help out with face painting, kids’ games, or selling ball drop tickets, and of course you’ll want to come in costume.  The Ball Drop Finale will take place at 5pm that day, so whether you plan to volunteer or just come out to see your ball come in the closest to the target, plan to enjoy yourself.

I had heard thru the grapevine that our local Rotaract Club was in need of some mentoring and support from our local Rotary Clubs.  So I visited with a Rotaracter this week and got a load of good information and ways we can help.  First of all, they need a new place to meet.  They only meet for business once a month, and their second meeting of the month is a social event.  So if any of you have any great ideas about a location for their business meeting, please let me know.  Secondly, they want to be more involved with the Rotary clubs in our area, so I’m sending them a copy of our calendar.  Fred may get some Rotaracters volunteering in costume at the Halloween Fest.  And lastly, they’re looking for young people between the ages of 18 and 30 to join Rotaract.  So if you know of anyone in that age group, suggest they get involved. 

Remember:  Rotaracters are future Rotarians.

Anita Daniels, President

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District Governor Alan Cain visits Rotary Club of Grass Valley GV Rotary 2011-08-12 00:00:00Z 0

GSE Applications due date

Posted by GV Rotary on Jul 24, 2011
 GSE applications  for Sao Paulo Brazil are due by Oct 1st, 2011 for team leaders and team members.  This is the last year that Group Study  Exchange will take place in its current format.  In 2012-2013 the program  will change to a Vocational Exchange of up to one month, with a Rotary Team  Leader and maybe another Rotarian and team members all in the same vocation, and with no age limit.
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District 5190 End Polio Now Fundraiser Anita Daniels 2011-06-14 00:00:00Z 0

Ambassadorial Scholarship

Posted by Kyle Daugherty on May 05, 2011

The Rotary Foundation has an exciting opportunity for someone to study abroad with assistance through the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship.

Please, follow the link below and learn more about Rotary’s Ambassadorial Scholars program. Applications are due by July 1st.  So, please let us know if you or someone you know might be interested and a member of our team will assist in the application process.


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RYE student from France coming to GV Rotary

Posted by Anita Daniels on Apr 15, 2011

President Elect Anita Daniels recently received word that our club will host an RYE student this year 2011-2012.  All GV Rotarians are invited to learn more about this very valuable and enriching program at an informational meeting to be hosted at the Nevada City Winery in the coming weeks.  Date to be announced soon.  If you have room in your home and in your hearts for a teenager from another country, please contact Anita or Bobbie Swanson for more details.  The RYE student will be a young man from France.  As soon as we have his bio we will let you know all the details.  Please ask your family if this is something you might consider.  It is a very rewarding experience for all involved.

For more information visit the District Website   www.rotarydistrict5190.org and click on Avenues of Service on the left side, then choose RYE.

RYE student from France coming to GV Rotary Anita Daniels 2011-04-16 00:00:00Z 0

Celebration of the Arts

Posted by Anita Daniels on Feb 23, 2011
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Don and I attended the Celebration of the Arts last night at the Veterans Building.  To our surprise, two of our grandchildren where performing in the Lyman Gilmore jazz band and concert band.  So we were doubly glad we attended.  Part of the program was recognition of the major benefactors to the Lyman Gilmore Arts/Music Department.  As you know, Rotary was acknowledged, and I was proud to also give Principal Brian Buckley a check from GV Rotary for $250 for the Arts/Music Department.  I also accepted a very nice appreciation certificate for Rotary and I’ll bring that (along with the program) to the meeting on Monday. 
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Security and Integrity of Your Data

Posted by Patrick Ward on Feb 09, 2011
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ClubRunner secures all your private information using the latest security technologies. Hosted in a world class data centre with redundant power, Internet backbones and 24/7 security and monitoring, you can rest assured that your club data is safe and protected. Your members' contact information is secured behind unique logins and passwords. Access to information is also restricted, for example, a member can only view the list of members, but can modify his or her own personal information.

Data on the server is protected by TCP/IP filtering, firewall and anti-virus software that protect against any unauthorized intrusion. Backups of data are made daily and stored off-site.

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Greg Seghezzi

Posted by GV Rotary on Jan 08, 2011
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In Memory of Greg Seghezzi   October 19, 1959 - December 31, 2010

On December 31, 2010 Grass Valley Rotarian, Greg Seghezzi, died from an apparent heart attack.  A Rotarian since November, 1992, Greg was a member of the 49er Breakfast club and the Nevada County South Rotary Club before joining Grass Valley Rotary in January of 2003.  Greg leaves behind his wife Angie, of 26 years,  and four children.  The entire community is saddened by Greg's passing and he will be missed by all who knew him. 

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New Rotary Song Steven Spiller 2010-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
More Christmas party entertainment Steven Spiller 2010-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
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Lyman Gilmore Interact Club

Posted by Kathleen Egenes on Dec 01, 2010
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The Rotary Club of Grass Valley recently sponsored a new Interact Club at our local Middle School. Check them out on Facebook!  Facebook 
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Rotarians at Work

Posted by Steven Spiller
Rotarians from the five Rotary Clubs in Western Nevada County and joined by many others at the Nevada County Fairgrounds on May 4, 2013.
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February 11, 2013 Meeting Notes

Posted by Robert Long

Engineer-President Tim began the meeting exactly as the clock struck 12:15.  John Voter led the pledge and Bill Schultz replaced Anita Daniels with a thought for the day, which included a prayer for moisture.

President Tim thanked Ray Enneking as the Greeter and Steve Sauer as the photographer.   Executive Sectretary Tom announced there were no visiting Rotarians.  Bobbie Swanson introduced Bella who is on crutches due to a soccer injury.  Bobbie also announced a student orientation for both incoming and outgoing students the last Saturday of this month.

George Grayeb was guilted into confessing he missed casino night due to the inconvenience of being forced onto a two week cruse to Hawaii.  Choppy seas did not diminish the $50 fine levied by Pres Tim.  George also made the club aware that Paul Rohrer is in the ICU and having a rough time of it.

Don Daniels announced that Jerry Trammel had a 5 way bypass and is doing well.  Ron Fivelstad’s mom has passed away.  He thanked the club for their support.  Our sympathies are with you Ron.

On  a happier note, President Tim inducted a new member – Mary Ann Cartan, a school administrator.  President Tim went on to dig the hole even deeper over “Free the Girls”.  Lori Burkart-Frank stepped in to save him and offered to coordinate donations for our club.  The editor will avoid all the obvious jokes and comments and just leave it to your imagination.  President Tim warned of a test in two weeks on the current Rotarian magazine.  And finally he called Steve Spiller to the front to formally thank him for a job well done on Casino Nite.

Let’s not forget confessions – Bob Long admitted to a ski trip that sported 50 inches of new snow.  At a dollar per inch he was forgiven the second confession of expected twins in July for his daughter.  Jan Friend picked up the rest of his fine.  Jon Peek spent a week in India studying the beef industry – “Beef - it’s not for dinner”.  The following description of the evident pollution was dicey at best after a wonderful lunch.  Scott Spencer  fessed up to 2 weeks in Phoenix and wonderful weather at the TCPC Golf Tourney for the price of $50.

Rod introduced our speaker Ken Hardin a professional musician, artistic director of “In Concert Sierra” and conductor of Sierra Master Chorale.  Ken told us the history of the group as it started out attracting young, growing talent and has expanded to attracting established classical talent to Grass Valley.  As the conductor of SMC he told us about the semiannual orchestra made up of 1/3 local talent and a choir of local vocalist.

Carol Lenhard won the raffle, but no black marble.  Remember the music contest is the last meeting this month.    AND MOST IMPORTANTLY – WE ARE DARK ON FEB 18.

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Join us on October 27, 2012 for family fun... and our famous GOLF BALL DROP

Posted by GV Rotary

http://www.nevadacountyfair.com/graphics/12_halloween2-L.jpgHalloween Fun
Fun for the Entire Family. Bring your family and friends!
  • $5 per person at the Fairgrounds [directions]
  • 1pm - 4pm, Saturday, October 27
  • Free Parking

Join us for Halloween fun at the Nevada County Fairgrounds!
Hot dogs and all the fixins’
Games & Entertainment
Costume Contest
Cupcake Walk
Treats for the Kids
Live Band

and the Grass Valley Rotary Club's famous GOLF BALL DROP

Join us on October 27, 2012 for family fun... and our famous GOLF BALL DROP GV Rotary 0

President Anita's Demotion Dinner at Condon Park

Posted by GV Rotary
Join us at Condon Park in Grass Valley to celebrate President Anita's very successful year as president of the Rotary Club of Grass Valley

Monday, June 25
5:30 p.m.
Barbecue dinner by Tom Stanley

See you all there!
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Public Health Request for Promotion with Rotary Club of Grass Valley

Posted by GV Rotary

Good afternoon. I am the Epidemiologist with the Nevada County Public Health Department, which is being tasked with promoting the California Disaster Healthcare Volunteer (DHV) registry  in our communities. I am approaching professional medical as well as local community organizations such as Rotary and Soroptomist that may have members who would be willing to register in the database to provide assistance in an emergency.    I am asking these organizations if possible to print the information below in their newsletters,  Facebook pages or other social media resources.

Disaster Healthcare Volunteers of California is a program designed to register both medical professionals who are actively licensed healthcare providers, public health professionals, and interested individuals to volunteer their services in the time of need (such as a declared emergency or other event).  Registrants may be called upon to respond in an emergency.  During a state or national disaster (e.g., an earthquake, severe weather event, or public health emergency), this system will be accessed to request the assistance of registrants. To register as a Disaster Healthcare Volunteer go to  https://www.healthcarevolunteers.ca.gov/.
Thank you so very much.


Holly Whittaker, MS

Nevada County Public Health Dept.
office: 530.470.2658

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$200 Million Polio Eradication Challenge

Posted by Anita Daniels





FROM:         John Germ, Chair, Rotary’s US$200 Million Challenge Committee

                      Bob Scott, Chair, International PolioPlus Committee

DATE:          17 January 2012 

SUBJECT:  Additional US$50 million grant for polio eradication

This afternoon at the International Assembly, we had the pleasure of announcing that the Challenge has surpassed the US$200 million mark and has raised US$202.6 million as of 17 January 2011.

In addition Jeff Raikes, Chief Executive Officer of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation was at the Assembly and announced that the Gates Foundation has awarded The Rotary Foundation an additional US$50 million grant for polio eradication.  The new $50 million grant from the Gates Foundation is not a challenge grant; it results from Rotary’s early achievement of the $200 million milestone and of the need for continued funding support for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.  We are aware that there may be many questions concerning the additional grant from the Gates Foundation so to help answer many of these questions a Fact Sheet has been prepared. Please feel free to share the Fact Sheet with your fellow Rotarians.

We know that many districts and clubs supported The Challenge through fundraisers in their community; we would encourage you to share this press release with your local media. You may want to personalize the press release to include information on fundraisers and other polio related activities in your area.

We must remember, however, that this achievement is just one more milestone in our journey to eradicate polio. Most importantly, our ultimate goal is the certification of the eradication of polio. Rotarians are continuing to raise funds for the challenge, which officially concludes on 30 June 2012, and as Rotary leaders, we should encourage their continued involvement. We are confident that we will far exceed our $200 million goal, just as Rotarians have done in all previous campaigns.

Thank you for all you have done and will continue to do to help us reach our ultimate goal, the certification of polio eradication. Together we will End Polio Now.

 Best Regards,

 John F. Germ, Chair                                     Robert S. Scott, Chair

Rotary’s Challenge Committee                   International PolioPlus Committee

The Rotary Foundation Contact Center:
Available for all general Foundation-related inquiries
866-9ROTARY (866-976-8279) | contact.center@rotary.org
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The 36th Annual Dick Linkey Rotary Ski Challenge Anita Daniels 0

Nita's Notes

Posted by Anita Daniels

Nevada County Speech Tournament

The Rotary Club of Grass Valley will again co-sponsor the Nevada County Speech Tournament for 4th thru 8th grades beginning with the preliminary competition on Thursday, March 8. 

This year for the first time, Rotarians will be judging along with Tri Counties Bank employees, and other judges from the community.  If you would like to judge the preliminaries, please contact Anita Daniels no later than Monday, January 25th.  The Finals competition, which will consist of three finalists from each grade level (15) will deliver their speeches on Monday, March 26th at a location to be determined.  This is an event not to miss.  Our young people are absolutely extraordinary and will inspire you.

More information to come.
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Distinguished Citizen Dinner Honoring Richard G. Landis

Posted by GV Rotary
Penn Valley Area Chamber of Commerce

Join the Rotary Club

Of Penn Valley

for a very special event!

Distinguished Citizen Dinner


Richard G. Landis

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Alta Sierra Country Club

11897 Tammy Way, Grass Valley

Please Join Us As We:
  • Honor Dick Landis for his service to the community through his humanitarian efforts and interest in young people.
  • Raise funds to endow the Rotary Club of Penn Valley - Music in the Mountains Scholarship through the newly-formed Penn Valley Rotary Foundation.
  • To raise awareness of Rotary's efforts to improve our community and to serve the nation and world through the projects of its members worldwide.
Featuring A Tribute to Dick Landis!
Black Tie Optional
Cocktails - 6 P.M.
Dinner - 7 P.M.
Fun, Fellowship & an Entertaining Program
till - 9-9:30 P.M.
You Are All Invited! 
Community Members, Members & Leaders of Community Organizations, Friends, Family, Colleagues, Business Associates, and all who have been touched by Dick Landis and the Penn Valley Rotary Club!  
$100 per person, $700 for a table of 8, Business and Organization Sponsorships Available
Plan now to attend and to support this event!
Call Doug McDonald, 432-2726, or email him at drmcdon@aol.com for tickets or more information or to have an invitation mailed to you.  

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Nita's Notes

Posted by Anita Daniels
 ‘Nita’s Notes

I’ve tried so hard to protect the BELL since my presidency began.  I thought I had the perfect solution - Wear it!  But in my attempt to be a good host to our DG Alan and his wife Jeanne, along with AG Gil, I took my eyes off the BELL for just 10 seconds, no more than that… and the BELL disappeared!  To make matters worse, my dear sweet husband was involved in the thievery!  Can you believe it!

I’ve tried and tried to get him to divulge the culprits, but he won’t say a word!!  He keeps reciting the “4 Way Test”!!

So I’m offering this reward to the culprits.  Bring the BELL back to me Monday, August 22nd , and I’ll pay a fine of $50.  If you keep it another week, the fine drops to $40, and each week thereafter the fine drops $10 per week.  Okay BELL SNATCHERS… the BELL is in your court!! 

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New Fundraiser for GV Rotary!

Posted by Mike Johnson

Our club has a new and unique fundraising opportunity!   No events to
hold, no tickets to sell, no auction items to round up - just enjoy a
"night on the town".  Every time a club member or a friend or
relative anywhere in the United States purchases a $25.00 "package"
through our club's fundraising web site, our club earns $8.75.  The
"package" contains a $25.00 certificate for any one of over 18,000
restaurants nationwide (several here in the Grass Valley area), a
movie theater ticket, and 30 minutes of personal assistant time
(could be the most valuable component).
There is a web site that has a "program overview" link (near the
bottom of the home page), and that site is at:
Our club's fundraiser web site is already set-up, and is currently active.  It's at:


You can actually test this out by visiting the site and purchasing a "package".

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