Music Contest by Donna Wood

Greek mythology, Confucian philosophy and modern medicine all agree that music has the power to soothe our souls and heal our bodies. On March 25th Rotarians and their guests were treated to an amazing soul-soothing experience of beautiful music shared by six very talented musicians.  The occasion was the annual Music Contest sponsored by Rotary each year featuring young high school musicians.  The fare was varied, and while choices had to be made, the musicians were all wonderful. The awards in order from first to sixth went to Natalie Keppel on Cello, Wyatt Hollister on violin, Nathan Retallack on electric guitar, Che Rubalcava-Cunan playing classical guitar, Abra Bishop on cello and Elita Hutchins on flute.   We were honored to have as guests the very proud family members and friends of the young musicians there to support them in their endeavors.

We also had as an honored guest, Graeme Poulton, a member of Rotary Club South, in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, visiting with his wife Barbara, son Michael, daughter-in-law Sue and three grandchildren.  Mr. Poulton is the coordinator for the short-term youth exchange program between Quincy Rotary and the Ballarat Rotary Club.  Since the inception of the program in 1985, there have been fifty-six students from Quincy who have traveled to Ballarat and as many Australian students who have come to Quincy.  Michael Poulton was one of those students. 

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 Elita Hutchins

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Abra Bishop

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Che Rubalcava-Cunan

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Nathan Retallack

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 Wyatt Hollister

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Natalie Kepple

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Walt Steuben (and Susie) receiving his blue badge and plaque.

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Mike De Lasaux, the Natural Resources Advisor for Plumas & Sierra Counties from the University of California Cooperative Extension will be hosting an Ethiopian student from The Netherlands beginning April 15.  She is 28 years old and has just finished a master’s degree. She will be here until August 15. She will work on an economic analysis of the Plumas County Fire Safe Council projects that Mike Yost and Mike De Lasaux have been monitoring. Mike is trying to find short-term lodging for her.  His preference is someone in town so that she is close to the social opportunities.

Rotary Board Meeting Minutes 3-21-13

1.) Attendance:  Hochrein, Summerfield, Ryback, Gallagher, DeSelle, Edwards, R., Leonhardt, C., Boland, Steuben

2.) Membership:

  • A leave-of-absence was granted to Chris Anderson for April and May and to Gerry Hendrick for April, May and June.
  • Jim Boland announced that a Fireside meeting for Michael Henry will be held at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, March 27th at the Plumas Bank Admin building.

 

3.) Club Service:

  • Chuck Leonhardt reminded the board about our upcoming Rotary Golf Tournament fundraising event, and mentioned that we don’t have very many regular club meetings between now and then.  The club will need to direct their focus on selling tee sponsors right away.
  • The board had a discussion about the 50/50 Raffle.  The raffle raised $6,350 for the club, and it was a success.  However, ticket sales seemed more difficult and slower this year.  Next year we will need to start the coordination and planning process for this event earlier in the year, and we will need a small committee to brainstorm ideas for a smoother implementation of next years event. 
  • April 6th will be our “Rotary at Work” day (Fairgrounds clean-up).

 

4.) New Generations:

  • Andy and Chuck have conducted the interviews with two students for our exchange program to Australia. 
  • We have committed 3 students for RYLA Camp.
  • Mike Flanigan will head-up our scholarship program.

 

5.) Board approval on two donation requests:

  • The board approved a donation request from Bob Shipp for $150.00 for the “Every 15 minutes” program.
  • The board also approved a donation to the Quincy Community Hospital Auxiliary in the amount of $100.00.

 

6.) President Hochrein reminded the board that the District Assembly will be at the Atlantis in Reno on April 20th, and the District Conference will at the Nugett May 17-19.

 

7.) Adjourned: Next Board Meeting will be April 18th at 3:30 PM.