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2017-2018 Edition
July, 2017 
District 5190, Area 4

The Rotary Club of Grass Valley

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 12:15 PM
Holbrooke Hotel
212 West Main St
Grass Valley, CA  95945-4788
United States
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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.
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.
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.

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.
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.
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.
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. 
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Rotary Club of Grass Valley enjoying a night at the River Cats stadium in Sacramento.
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.
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.
Rotary Club of Grass Valley

Karen Harris, NJUHS School Nurse
Nov 20, 2017
Concussions in Youth Sports
Scott Browne, President, Grass Valley Rotary
Nov 27, 2017
Club Focus Meeting
Ed Sylvester
Dec 04, 2017
Travels to Venice
Scott Browne, President, Grass Valley Rotary
Dec 11, 2017
Club Focus Meeting
Gage McKinney
Dec 18, 2017
History of the Grass Valley Cornish Choir
Club Meeting Dark
Dec 25, 2017
Steve Rosenthal
Jan 08, 2018
Tess' Kitchen Store Vocational Tour/Social
JoAnn Marie, Nevada County Grand Jury
Jan 15, 2018
Nevada County Grand Jury Operations
Lisa Davies , CEO
Feb 05, 2018
Chapa De Indian Health Program
Website Sponsors
Sponsor of Rotary Gold Country Challenge
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Kenneth Holbrook
    November 10
  • Overton Caperton
    November 25
  • Keith Royal
    November 27
  • Monty East
    November 30
  • Bob Lenhard
    November 28
  • Carol Lenhard
    Bob Lenhard
    November 28
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