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WSMC - Corporate Member
Welcome Corporate Member - Western Sierra Medical Clinic
New Rotary Membership Opportunities
There are now expanded opportunities for Rotary Membership in our club.
In addition to regular Rotary membership, qualified applicants can now be nominated for membership in the new  categories of:
  1. Corporate Membership
  2. Family Membership
  3. Young Professional Membership
For more information about the new Rotary membership opportunities contact us at: gvrotary@gmail.com
Additional information regarding Corporate Membership is also in the Corporate Membership Program Brochure
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2017-2018 Edition
January, 2018 
District 5190, Area 4

       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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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.
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!
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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.
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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

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.
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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.
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.
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
Rotary Club of Grass Valley members participated in the Wreaths Across America where wreaths are laid on every military veterans grave.
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.
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.
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.
Click on the following link to view the photo album.   Christmas Party
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. 
Rotary Club of Grass Valley

District 5190

Club of The Year



Wild Polio Virus
Pakistan - 24 million children were vaccinated in May sub-national immunization days.  In 2014 Pakistan saw a surge in polio cases to 304, 2015 - 54 cases, 2016 - 19 cases and in 2017 - 8 cases.  As of July 10 only 3 case have been reported in 2018.
Nigeria - Reported in 2016 -4 cases.  Zero in 2017 and 2018
Afghanistan - Reported in 2017 -14 cases, 2018 - 9 cases
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Robin Milam. Bear Yuba Land Trust
Aug 20, 2018 12:15 PM
Update on Bear Yuba Land Trust Plans and Activities
President Kris Stepanian
Aug 27, 2018 12:15 PM
Club Focus Meeting
Cheryl Wicks, Sammie's Friends
Sep 10, 2018 12:15 PM
Sammie's Friends Update
Trish Gill and David Garcia, Waste Management
Sep 17, 2018 12:15 PM
Waste Management Service in Nevada County
President Kris Stepanian
Sep 24, 2018
Club Focus Meeting
Linda Beatie, Big Brothers,Big Sisters
Oct 01, 2018 12:15 PM
Nevada County Big Brothers, Big Sisters - The Ambassador's Program
Rod Fivelstad, Foundation Chair
Oct 15, 2018 12:15 PM
Annual Foundation Drive
Oct 22, 2018 12:15 PM
President Kris Stepanian
Oct 29, 2018 12:15 PM
Club Focus Meeting
Sponsor of Rotary Gold Country Challenge
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Steve Spiller
    August 7
  • P. Scott Browne
    August 14
  • Sandra Barrington
    August 14
  • Susan Fivelstad
    August 16
  • George Grayeb
    August 18
  • Marcia Salter
    August 25
  • George Grayeb
    August 4
  • Marcia Salter
    Tim Salter
    August 5
  • Bob Long
    Sharyl Long
    August 14
  • Eric Fredrickson
    August 20
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