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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:
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

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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The five Western Nevada County Rotary Clubs will be holding a Rotary Community Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, March 28th at 5:30pm at the Nevada County Fairgrounds to honor Businesses, Volunteers and Citizens of the Year.  The event will include a dinner and ceremony to honor the nominees and celebrate their selection.  Nominees were selected based on their philanthropy, community support and volunteerism in our community.  The Rotary’s 4-Way Test was also part of the criteria used to identify these nominees.
The public is invited to attend and help Rotarians celebrate these fine businesses and individuals!  A final winner in each category will be announced that evening.   Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased online at or by contacting a Rotarian in our community.
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.
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The five Rotary Clubs in District 5190, Area 4 will be holding a "Rotary Community Awards Ceremony" on Wednesday, March 28th from 5:30 pm -8:00 pm at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in the Main Street Center (also known as the Amaral Center). 
This venue is being provided by the Fairgrounds at a very reduced price, because of all that Rotary has done for the fairgrounds in the past.  The event will include a dinner and an awards ceremony and give Rotary the opportunity to invite the community to celebrate those awardees, and showcase Rotary.
Anita Daniels, the event chair and the ceremony committee (which includes a representative from each of the five clubs) are working on finalizing the details.  That information will be distributed to everyone very soon.    Ticketing will be done via online through an e-ticket company.
Casino Carnivale was held on February 3rd, 2018 and was a great success.  EVERYONE had a fabulous time.  The Nevada Union Jazz Band provided music and had most of our feet tapping to the music.  The event was put together by the Casino Night committee led by Marcia Salter.  There are 25 members of this committee.  Too many to list here but they all came together to pull off a fabulous event.
Ring the bell for this committee.
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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. 
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.
Rotary Club of Grass Valley

Sponsor of Rotary Gold Country Challenge
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Chris Parks
    March 8
  • John Peplowski
    March 14
  • Monty East
    March 9
  • Scott Spencer
    March 21
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