Christmas party Karen Pierson 2022-01-07 08:00:00Z 0
Christmas meals delivered Karen Pierson 2022-01-07 08:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris member

Andy Ryback became a member of the Paul Harris Society through his consistent and generous giving. Foundation Chairman David Windle bestowed this honor on him at our
December meeting. Congratulations Andy!!
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Rotarian Jim Boland distributed dictionaries to over seventy 3rd graders at Quincy Elementary -Alder campus with the help of Chris Parent, CHP Commander, and Sergeant Rich Morin. The students went right to work looking up words and were very appreciative.
Dictionaries Karen Pierson 2021-11-17 08:00:00Z 0

Community Supper

Twelve proud Rotarians joined in the fun of preparing and serving a delicious lasagna dinner to over 80 community members, including some last minute Feather River College students. Join us in the Spring when we go "round two"! 
Community Supper Karen Pierson 2021-11-01 07:00:00Z 0

 Heart of Service Award

President Dwight Pierson presented Lisa Kelly with the Heart of Rotary Award for the 20-21 year. Kelly was instrumental in keeping our club active while we relied on Zoom for our meetings, fund raisers. youth programs, and socialization. Congratulations Lisa for your perseverance and service!
Heart of Service Award Karen Pierson 2021-11-01 07:00:00Z 0

Social features Dr. April Leonardo 

Dr. April Leonardo kept the audience spellbound as she shared her harrowing experiences while preparing for and climbing Mt. Everest . She told stories that required the utmost in patience and a tolerance for suffering. There was even one time when she did not think she would live to tell her story. We are all grateful to April for her courage and willingness to share her story. 
Social features Dr. April Leonardo Karen Pierson 2021-11-01 07:00:00Z 0

Highway Clean up a success!

Rotarians Doug Prouty, Pete Hochrein, KarenPierson, Dwight Pierson, Beth Reid, and Fred Surber worked Saturday morning to clean up  Quincy Rotary's section of Highway 70 north of Feather River College. 
Highway Clean up a success! Karen 2021-10-02 07:00:00Z 0
Pierson cross examines witnesses Karen 2021-08-10 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary membership information Karen 2021-07-26 07:00:00Z 0

President Felker reunited with Rotary Bell 

After months of not being present at Quincy Rotary Club meetings, Mr. Felker proudly holds the Rotary Bell.  Shortly after becoming President, Mr. Felker found that the bell had disappeared during his first meeting. Mr. Felker made earnest efforts to locate the Bell throughout the year and recently made an emotional plea for the Bell to return.  The two were reunited though it took a significant donation to the Quincy Polio Fund for that to happen. Mr. Bell is excited to be back at our meetings. 
President Felker reunited with Rotary Bell Karen Pierson 2021-05-05 07:00:00Z 0

President-Elect Dwight Pierson announces member survey

All President-Elects must survey their members for input in setting goals for next year. Incoming Public Relations Chair Karen Pierson has volunteered to contact every Rotarian personally to hear members responses to the following questions:
What do you enjoy most about being a Rotarian?
What suggestions do you have to improve Quincy Rotary? (meetings, community service, programs, etc.)
What do you want our Rotary Club to do more of in the future?
Which form of communications do you prefer for club news?
     _____Quincy Rotary website
     _____Bulletin (printed or emailed)
     _____Plumas County News (online)
All  responses will remain anonymous. A summary of trends will be shared with the membership. Your input is most appreciated.   
President-Elect Dwight Pierson announces member survey Karen Pierson 2021-03-11 08:00:00Z 0

The bell reaches out!

Well here I sit and wait to attend a Rotary meeting n Portola.  Oh how I yearn to be part of the Rotary Club of Quincy, but it seems I have been forgotten!  For months I have sat in closets, trunks of cars, and even garage shelves with no interaction with Quincy Rotarians.  Lately I was lucky to be able to travel through the mercy of a good friend.  Though my travels have been memorable, I constantly think of the many times I was placed on the podium in the Mineral Building awaiting the gavel hitting my bronze body resulting in a glorious and welcoming sound to all of you.  My adventures will continue with the hope that someday Kory will find me.  I know he has tried but has received little help.  I will try to communicate with all of you whenever possible!
The bell reaches out! Karen Pierson 2021-03-03 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Closet Opens

The Rotary Closet is set to open March 1! Teachers will be able to utilize the Closet to assist students who are in need of school supplies and protective clothing. To date the following items may be found in the Closet: coats, hats, mittens, boots, socks, umbrellas, personal hygiene items, and assorted school supplies. Earlier in the school year, teachers were asked what items would be most needed, and additional items may be added at any time. Donations from Rotarians and community members are welcome. New items are preferred but good used items such as boots, snow pants, and rain gear will always be needed. Cash donations are also greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, contact Dwight Pierson at or 641 583 0744.  
Rotary Closet Opens Karen Pierson 2021-02-28 08:00:00Z 0

50/50 Raffle Winners Announced

Thank you to all who supported our fund raiser! Congratulations to the winners of the 50/50 Raffle listed below:
First Place        $2500 Plumas Bank Quincy Branch
Second Place   $1500 Plumas Bank Risk Management Team
Third Place      $1000 Seamas and Sierra Gallagher
Fourth Place    $  500 Mathew, Mitchell and Madilyn Leonhardt (Chuck Leonhardt)
Fifth Place       $  250 Nina Martynn
Sixth Place       $  250 Herschel & Kathy Beal
Seventh Place  $  250  Kelby Gardiner  
Winners can pick up their tickets at Plumas Physical Therapy om March 1. 
50/50 Raffle Winners Announced Karen Pierson 2021-02-28 08:00:00Z 0
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February 25th

Last regular meeting on February 11, we had James Shipp from the Recreation & Parks Department present on the new batting cages project. We hope to help with some of the labor on this project and will have more information when it becomes available.
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Jan 28th

This last meeting, we wished our two exchange students from Australia, Phoebe and Cate all the best as they head back to Australia. For our program, Phoebe and Cate shared about life and culture in Australia.
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December 10th

Highlights from yesterday’s meeting, as Carson Wingfield from the Plumas County Sheriff presented disaster preparedness. 

Although Jim “Power to the People” might get his pic on the wall for ringing the Salvation Army bell at the post office 😉 (although many thanks to those who have volunteered to ring).




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December 3rd

Quincy Rotary float during the Sparkle Parade. GREAT job everyone!!
Rotary Foundation Information
As Foundation Chair, I wanted to take this opportunity to perhaps clarify and educate our newest members about how our Club relates to The Rotary Foundation.  The Foundation encourages all Clubs to work towards having each member contribute at least $100 to the Foundation Annual Fund.  This fund is what does the bulk of the work for the Foundation, both locally and around the world.  Our Club has almost all members that contribute $100 annually. 
A second way that our Club relates to the Foundation is with regard to Rotary International's effort to eliminate polio throughout the world.  This has been a 30 year effort that is almost there.  This effort is not funded with the Annual Fund contributions mentioned above. Each Club is encouraged to contribute $2,000 annually toward this effort. Our annual contribution is funded from three sources: Donations received from the public at our annual solicitation at Plumas County's Drive-Thru Flu Clinic, our weekly 50/50 raffle and our monthly wine raffle. We need for each of those sources to do their share of the work in order for us to meet our $2,000 goal.  Please buy 50/50 and wine raffle tickets each week!
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November 26th

Highlights from last week’s meeting with keynote speaker Greg Williams from Sierra Buttes Trail Stewards, Rick Foster and John DeSelle’s Paul Harris Plus One Pins, and receiving funds. See you at Noon on Monday in the Mineral Building.
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October 29th

Highway Cleanup
The Rotary Club of Quincy was out this morning cleaning up our highways. One team took the Lee Summit section and another team took the Indian Hill section.
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October 1st

Mixer at Pioneer RV Park
Thanks to all who came and to Wes and Diane for the wonderful hospitality 
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September 17th

Plumas Bank President and CEO, Andy Ryback giving a presentation about community banks at last week’s lunch meeting.
Tim and Pete installing the new book box at the Quincy Natural Foods Co-Op.
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August 27th

Board Meeting Minutes

July 26, 2018
Rick Leonhardt, Richard Stockton, Brenda Roccucci, Mike Summerfield, John Breaux, Andrew Davis, Wes Sanders, Doug Ely, Bob Edwards
John DeSelle, Pete Hochrein, Karen Klevin
Next meeting:
1.    Secretary Report – Mike Summerfield
Mike Reported that the overall attendance for Richard’s year of presidency was at 79.61%. He also received billings from District Club invoice for membership in the amount of $2,177.67 which he gave to John Breaux for payment.  He also provided a list of fines Rick assessed at the last meeting totaling $400.00.
2.    Treasure Report – John Breaux
John provided a P & L showing all income and expenses for last year, he would like to get together with Rick and propose changes to the look and feel of the current P&L, Brenda and Richard both offered to be available and attend that meeting.  John mentioned that he is creating a new check request form to be used it will include an area to designate what budget line item to debit the funds from.  Brenda reported that all accounts at Plumas Bank have been updated with the correct signers.  Richard presented a receipt for the pizza lunch provided at the walk out meeting, the board decided to reimburse Richard and give a credit to all members for that meal. Brenda asked John if he had made out the check to the Quincy Little League for $250 as approved by the Board on 7-16-18, John said it may be in the stack of checks he signed today but would double check and deliver it to Plumas Bank for deposit into the account set up for Quincy Little League.  Rick updated us on the Captain Carl $5,000 donation that has been earmarked for the Fairgrounds project:  Orin and Rick performed a walkthrough of the pig barn, we will be replacing all outer pig panels, the interior pen panels have water and electrical which would be too costly to replace at this time.  Rick contacted a company his family has used for years out of Fallen, they gave an estimate between $4,000-$5,000 for the pens.  Keven Moore and Oran Morrison have offered to do the electrical work at no cost to the club.
3.    Membership Report – Doug Ely
Doug reported we held a fireside chat with Melodie Bennett today prior to the board meeting, she will be inducted into Rotary on August 5thand Brenda will be presented with a sponsor pen. New member search: Andy brought a potential new member to this week’s meeting Rick Whitsell; Johnny is looking someone at Waste Management, Brenda spoke with Carson Wingfield who said he would come to a meeting with her; there was mention of the new CHP Commander and Barbara Drake from the USFS.
4.    Community Service – Wes Sanders
Wes reported that we had 17 club members attending the community supper, although community attendance was down to 80 people, they were able to enjoy 2ndand 3rdhelpings dinner.  We received a thank you card from Larry Potter which Rick will pass around at the next meeting.  It was discussed that there is not enough time to put together a Rotary float for the parade, but we do want to have one in the sparkle parade the 1stFriday in December.  Rick mentioned that he already has a trailer and generator and Wes has lots of lights. We discussed possibly this spring looking at updating the bleachers, or lack thereof at Rotary Field for Little League. Rick commented that he would like to others have asked and he agrees that Rotary needs to do more projects that are visible to the community.
5.    Youth Services – Brenda Roccucci
Brenda reported that the RYLA camp went very well for the three students we sent; Aaron Crews, Lucas Ryan and Renee Harding all wrote very heartfelt thank you letters to Rotary thanking us for sending them to such a meaningful camp. Brenda will present these letters at the next meeting.  We will be asking these three participants to come to a Rotary meeting and share their experience with us.  It was asked what the procedures are for students to receive their scholarship monies, Rick will check into this and let Brenda know.
6.    Rotary Foundation – John DeSelle
John was absent, no report available.
7.     Public Relations – Andrew Davis
Andrew discussed the need for everyone to share Rotary posts and phots so that more and more people are aware of our club.
8.    Club Service – Karen Kleven
Karen was absent
Other Matters:
We received letters from the students attending RYLA, Brenda will pass around at the next meeting. Pete has ordered the outside Library/Book Exchange kit to build and will let us know once it has been installed.
Meeting adjourned 5:10 pm
Minutes submitted by:
Brenda Roccucci
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August 6th 

Quincy Rotarians and their guests assembled under the Rotary Pavillion at Pioneer Park to share a meal and learn about the new very popular sports court from Central Plumas Recreation and Park District General Manager, James "Tug" Shipp.
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July 23rd

Quincy Rotary finished Painting the Quincy Q Saturday morning.  We had our own paparazzi taking to the air to catch a picture of the President actually working.
This time it is the Rotary Bell that is working.... Unlike our esteemed President.
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July 16th 

Community Supper.
Quincy Rotary hosted the community supper last Wednesday.  Fun was had by All.
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June 4th

Tuesday Evening 5/15/18 Quincy Rotary held a Business/Social Mixer at the newly remodeled Edward Jones office at 230 Main St, Quincy. Congratulations to Financial Advisor Aaron Lohn and his office manager Cathy Newton. The remodel turned out great and is a great addition to Main St Quincy. They are now open for business. So stop in and say Hi.
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May 21st 

Board Meeting Minutes from

May 17, 2018



Richard Stockton, Johnny Mansell, Rick Leonhardt, Brenda Roccucci, Wes Sanders, Pete Hochrien, Mike Summerfield, Doug Ely, Bob Edwards, Ray Lewis


John Breaux, Kory Felker, John DeSelle, Sarah Richards, Karen Kleven



Next meeting:

June 28, 2018 @ 4pm at Plumas Bank-Lindan Avenue, upstairs board room

  1. Secretary Report – Mike Summerfield

Attendance Report, we are doing great averaging about 80% in attendance each week, fines are doing very well right where we should be.  Mike will not be at Monday’s meeting and asked Brenda if she would complete attendance and fine, she agreed.

  1. Treasure Report – John Breaux

No report, John was absent, we did however discuss updating the signers on the Checking account; Brenda said that she would review to see who is currently a signer and be sure to change it to President, President Elect and Secretary.

  1. Membership Report – Rick Leonhardt

President Elect Rick discussed his new board members and introduced Doug Ely as his replacement as the membership chair, Wes Sanders as Community Service and a discussion was held that the upcoming PE needs to be a part of the board, Rick will ask Karen Kleven if she will take on Club Service.  Secretary, Treasurer, Youth Services, Foundation, Public Relations remain the same for next year.  Discussed potential new members Daniel Lovato USFS, Carson Wingfield and Melodie Bennett whom Brenda is hoping will join her as a Co-Chair to Youth Services.

  1. Community Service – Kory Felker

No report, Kory was absent, Wes Sanders will be taking over for Kory in July, we did discuss the possibility of a work project at the Sierra House to assist in tearing down a room.

  1. Youth Services – Brenda Roccucci

QHS Sober Grad 2018 approached the club for a $500 donation, Brenda made mention of how important this program is to our youth and after putting on Sober Grad herself, how important these donations are.  Brenda made a motion to approve the $500 donation, Mike Summerfield seconded it and the board approved; Brenda and Mike Flanigan have been working on the scholarship applications and Brenda announced who the recipients will be at awards night on 6/7/18 – Mike Flanigan will be making these presentation at QHS, for the 3 $750 scholarships and 1 for FRC for $3,000, ($1,500 each year for two years).  Johnny is working on the District Scholarship that Miles Cunan has applied for.  RYLA and REGL sign ups have been going very slow and need to be completed prior to school being out.  Brenda is working with QHS to get the students registered for both camps.

  1. Rotary Foundation – John DeSelle

No report, John was absent, we did discuss that John is getting very close to finalizing the details for a new Kiosk at the summit of Bucks Lake for the Wilbur Vaughn donation.  In addition, we approved that the club will be donating $750 to the Kellerman Africa project.  We discussed the budgeted donation of $500 to Cathy Fitzgerald and her Africa project; Brenda made a motion to increase this donation to $750, this was seconded by Mike Summerfield and board approved, we will present this check to Cathy at the June 4th meeting when she gives us an updated on her work.

  1. Public Relations – Sarah Richards

No report, Sarah was absent

  1. Club Service – Doug Prouty

No report, Doug was absent, we did discuss the need to research and purchase a new projector, Richard asked Johnny to research the costs involved.  In addition, we discussed a social/business mixer at West End Theatre for Quintopia, Johnny was going to make contact for this.

Other Matters:

Discussed purchasing a plant from Gray’s prior to social events at new businesses, the board approved spending $35 for each plant and Brenda offered to take this on, but asked that enough notice of an event be given to ensure being able to order it.

The board discussed areas that we could use the $5,000 donation from Captain Carl, after discussing several options, Johnny made a motion to add this money to Rick Leonhardt’s Presidential project of updating the 4H Pig Barn and Beef Barns.  Brenda seconded this motion and the board approved.  Rick is in the process of obtaining a grant and monies from the other clubs in the Plumas Sierra communities to add to this very large and well needed project.  This is a great joint venture with the other clubs since all clubs have children that participate in 4H; we will be working with the fairgrounds, a local contractor and electrician to complete this project.  There will be some sort of plaque/bench etc. identifying all those who donated to complete this project.

Pete thanked Wes and Brenda for their donations to the Area 2 Raffle Basket for District on May 18th.

Richard reminded that he still needs information on what Rotary does for our trifold brochures, Brenda turned in hers for Youth, we still need the information for Membership, Community Service, Foundation and Club Service.

Lastly, we discussed the planting of 48 local trees, as requested by Rotary International, Richard has the cost from Gray’s Flower Garden and will be looking for ideas on where/when to plant trees.

Meeting adjourned 5:03pm

Minutes submitted by:

Brenda Roccucci

May 21st Johnny Mansell 2018-05-21 07:00:00Z 0

April 23rd

Quincy Star Follies

At yesterday’s lunch meeting, Quincy Rotary was treated to a preview of this year’s Quincy Star Follies. Many thanks to Lisa Kelly and her crew for all of their work in putting this show together each year as a fundraiser for the Feather River College Foundation!! 

Shows are at 6:00pm and 8:15pm in Serpilio Hall at the Fairgrounds and you can get your tickets at Quincy Provisions or Moon’s Restaurant. Several of our Rotarians will be in the show too!!

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April 16th 

Area Speech and Music Contests

Miles and Sylvia at the Area 2 Speech and Music Contest held at the Loyalton Museum on April 14, 2018. They both took 2nd last year at the District Conference. They will do great this year.


Daniel Lovato and Leanne Schramel give Quincy Rotary an update on the US Forest Service activities in our area.


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April 09 2018

We welcomed two new members, Ray Lewis, far left, and Todd Aylward, far right, pictured with current president Richard Stockton and president elect Rick Leonhardt. Welcome
It was an ENTHRALLING fireside for Ray and Todd, despite that they still joined.  Great attendance by Rotary members........ maybe because it counted as a make-up.
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March 26th

Speech and Music Contests
On Monday, March 19, Quincy Rotary hosted our annual music contest. Thanks to all our participants, Sylvia, Emily, Jacek, Kristina, and Tristan, as well as Johnene for accompying on piano and Suzan for her work in coordinating the contest. Congratulations Sylvia on winning and moving onto the area contest.
Today we hosted the local Rotary Speech Contest. The theme this year is How am I Making a Difference? First place went to Miles Rubalcava-Cunan winning $250(far right). He will move on to compete in the Area Level competition to be hosted by the Loyalton Club on April 14. Second place was won by Ben Hoffman who received $175 (second from left). Both young men are seniors at Quincy High School. Congratulations to both for a job well done!
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March 5th


Thank you all for supporting the Quincy Rotarian’s 7th Annual 50/50 raffle. Congratulations to our winners....

1st - Nancy Gambell (pictured with Richard Stockon), $2,500 - sold by her best friend at least now Pete Hochrien 
2nd - Austin Prouty, $1,500 - sold by proud Papa Doug Prouty
3rd - Mike & Kathy Beatty, $1,000 - sold by what a great son Darren Beatty
4th - David Adrian, $500 - sold by none other than himself David Adrian
5th - Sammy Ramires, $250 - sold by Mother in Law to be Karen Pierson
6th - Tina Mannies/Rylie Butts, $250 - donated to them by our generous Aly Kinne
7th - Walt & Susie Steuben, $250 - sold by their amazing Pastor/friend Andrew Davis

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January 8th 

Board Meeting Notes 12-21-17




  • Felker
  • Stockton
  • DeSelle
  • Mansell
  • Richards
  • Ryback
  • Summerfield
  • Leonhardt, R.

Public Relations:

  • Sarah Richards is requesting some help taking photos for Facebook posts, etc. – at meetings that she’s unable to attend.  


  • Richard Stock with follow up with Jimmy LaPlante.
  • Kory Felker agreed to follow up with Carson Wingfield
  • Other potential new members: the new high school Principal and David Arsenault
  • Rick Leonhardt is looking next year’s Membership Chair, and he intends to approach Doug Prouty as to his interest level.   


  • John DeSelle says we’re on pace to meet our $2,000 Polio Plus goal this year.  
  • John DeSelle is also working on a project involving the Kellerman Foundation and some medical supplies in Uganda.  

Club Service:

  • Richard Stockton wants approach the membership about our club’s “marble raffle drawing”, and the membership’s thoughts on if it’s an issue for guests to participate in that drawing or not.
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December 4th

Get in the holiday spirit with Rotary at the Holiday lunch Meeting December 18th.
Rotary Social Mixer.
Just a reminder don't miss the Social Mixer at 5:15 p.m. next Wednesday 12/6 for Feather River Outdoors and Barn Owl Books at 373 Main Street Quincy.
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November 27th

It’s time for our annual dictionary give away. Every year we gift the Quincy 3rd graders their own student dictionary, because knowledge truly is power! Big thanks to Rotarians Brenda Chance-Roccucci, Doug Ely, Darren Beatty, Rick Foster, and Sarah Richards for helping out this year!



Congratulations Quincy Rotary!! Quincy Rotary applied for $2000 matching District Rotary Foundation Grant for the support of the Quincy Jr/Sr High School Greenhouse Garden Project. The Grant application was approved. Quincy Rotary President Richard Stockton is accepting the $2000 check from Assistant District Governor Pete Hochrein. Quincy Rotary will be matching the $2000 Grant for a total contribution of $4000.

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November 20th

Rotary Board Meeting notes

11-16-17 meeting

Secretary Report:

  • Attendance at this Board Meeting
  • Mansell
  • Roccucci
  • DeSelle
  • Leonhardt, R.
  • Ely
  • Prouty
  • Edwards
  • Kinne
  • Stockton
  • Felker
  • Hochrein



  • Doug Ely agreed to be Rick Leonhard’s Co-chair for Membership.
  • Kory mentioned that Josh MacLean is not interested in joining at this time.  
  • Amy Carey has expressed interest in joining.


Youth Services: 

  • Aly is considering being Brenda’s Co-chair.
  • Johnny agreed to head up the 50/50 Raffle.
  • Proposed upcoming program dates – 2/12/18=Raffle Party (Evening Meeting), 3/5/18=Speech Contest (lunch meeting), 3/19/18=Music Contest (evening meeting).



  • The Board decided to bill the other Area 2 Rotary clubs $100 each for the cost of putting on the Foundation Dinner
  • Area 2 raised $347 to contribute to “TRF”.

Other Matters:

  • John DeSelle is working with PCTA to construct a kiosk at Bucks Lake Summit using Wilbur Vaughn’s money that he donated to our club thru his Trust.
November 20th 2017-11-20 08:00:00Z 0

Board Meeting Minutes





Attending Members:

  • Leonhardt, R
  • DeSelle
  • Stockton
  • Richards
  • Mansell
  • Roccucci
  • Hochrein
  • Ryback
  • Summerfield
  • Felker


Club Service:


Community Service:

  • Rick Leonhardt brought up the idea of possibly rebuilding the 4-H animal facilities at the fairgrounds – as possible club project or multi-club project, utilizing district grant funds.  He’ll do some more research, and check on what interest level is out there.
  • Kory Felker is still looking for a Co-chair.


Youth Services:

  • Brenda Roccucci offered to develop or modify our scholarship applications to specify that a minimum of 12-units is required.   
  • Sarah Richards offered to work on developing some color brochures for our various youth activities and contests (RYLA, music contest, speech contest, ect).


  • Andy Ryback invited the Safeway Manager to attend a meeting as a guest.  
  • Kory Felker agreed to talk to Ben Grant
Board Meeting Minutes 2017-11-17 08:00:00Z 0

August 28th




  • President Stockton asked Secretary Summerfield to order a past president badge for David Little.
  • The Board agreed to grant Lisa Kelly a 3-month leave of absence.
  • The idea of Club group photo was discussed at our upcoming Greenhorn Ranch dinner meeting.  



  • Richard Stockton agreed to talk to Leann Schramel, and invite her to a club meeting.
  • Kory Felker agreed to talk to Josh MacLean from US Bank.
  • The Board will ask Daren Beatty to look within PDH for other potential ideas of possible members.
  • Brenda Roccucci agreed to talk to the new QHS Principal.



  • Brenda Roccucci is still looking for a co-chair for her area of service.
  • Brenda discussed the idea of having a Rotary table at the Back-to-School night.  



  • The Board agreed to reimburse Dwight Pearson $311.00 for materials that he purchased for the Rotary parade float.
  • Kory is targeting 9-23-17 as a possible highway cleanup day.  


  • Terry Ostreich agreed to be John DeSelle’s co-chair in his area of service.
  • John DeSelle plans to implement a weekly “marble-draw” raffle and a monthly wine raffle at our club meetings this year to help achieve our $2,000 annual Foundation contribution goal.
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August 21st

Rotary Board Meeting notes 7-20-17 Board Meeting



  • The board agreed on member meal cost of $20/member for the 7/31/17 BBQ (dinner meeting)
  • The Board agreed to give a donation of $100 to A.C.T.
  • The Board agreed to contract with Tee’s to Go for a new Rotary banner/tablecloth with an approximate cost of $200. 


Membership (potential new members):

  • Rick Leonhardt to check with the hospital CEO
  • Sarah Richards to check with Carson Wingfield
  • Richard Stockton agreed to talk to Lisa Kelly to gather more information and more details about her leave of absence request.


Youth Services:

  • Jim Boland and Sarah Richards offered to assist with the Dictionary project.
  • The Board decided to continue the FRC scholarship program.



  • Terry Ostreich agreed to be John DeSelle’s “Co-chair”.
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August 7th

The Bell Saga Continues.
The Bell and this Chimney survived the fire.
A letter from the Bell.  It seems as if the President Richard will have to bid at least $100 a pound for the Bell.  We will have to see how much the bell weighs.
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July 10th

Changing of the guard
Newly Past President Johnny Mansell congratulates New President Richard Stockton and presents him the the shoes he has to fill for the upcoming year.  Editors note, they are infant size 3
Past president Mansell being taken away by the authorities to Past President's Jail, the best Jail there is!!
July 10th 2017-07-10 07:00:00Z 0

June 19th 

Pacific Crest Trail
Do you know how many miles the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is? Have you ever wondered how many people hike the PCT every year? Well if you were a member of Quincy Rotary all these questions and more would have been answered on Monday, June 12, 2017. Justin Kooyman is the Northern Sierra Regional Representative of the Pacific Crest Trail Association. Rotarians heard about volunteer opportunities and got some history on the PCT. Check out the Pacific Crest Trail Associationon Facebook or join Quincy Rotary and learn more about the awesome businesses in our community!
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June 5th

Highway Cleanup
Quincy Rotary did our part Saturday on the highway clean up crew! All of us volunteered to clean both sections of highway adopted by Quincy Rotary and our esteemed president Johnny Mansell completed his final community service hours!
District Music Contest

Congratulations to Quincy Rotary Club music contest winner, Sylvia Wood (center) who placed second in the Rotary District 13 music competition in Reno. She competing with 11 winners from the Reno area, northern Nevada and northeastern California. 

Sixteen year old Sylvia is a Sophomore at Quincy High School. She has been playing piano since she was four, and composing music since she was six. Sylvia played Chopin's Fantaisie Impromptu No. 2 in C# minor (Opus 66) on piano, and two pieces she wrote, Snowstorm, on flute, and Tempest, on piano, for the competition.

First place winner, Sarah MacHarg, in 11th grade at Davidson Academy in Reno, won $1,000 for her performance on piano. Sylvia won $750 for second place, and third place winner, Evan Rashby, a 12th grade student from Nevada City, CA, won $500 for his performance on Alto Sax. Contest funds were generously donated by Jim Annis and his company, The Applied Companies, in honor of his mother, Fannie Annis. Jim is a member of the Reno Centennial Sunset Rotary club and a 4th generation Rotarian.

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Golf Tournament

Golf Tournament
Rotarians check in the almost full field on Quincy Rotary's big golf tourney fundraiser.  Despite the wet and cold everyone had a great time.
Quincy CHP was out in full force fielding two teams this year.  Not pictured are the portable sirens they attached to the carts.
President Johnny came this close to winning the quad.
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May 1st 

Quincy Rotary Charter Night.
Rotary celebrated charter night with a great dinner meeting and entertainment by the upcoming FRC play Cabaret.  Esteemed President Johnny gave an oral history lesson of the first charter night May 23rd 1931.  
Notes from the Board meeting on April 20th.  
The board approved a funding request for $300 to go towards the flower pots downtown.  With the $300 donation Quincy Rotary will have a plaque on one of the flower pots.
The board also approved a donation of $250 to go towards the digging in program our speaker talked about at the April 17th meeting.
May 1st 2017-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

Quincy Pharmacy

Quincy Rotary invaded the newly opened Quincy Pharmacy to hold a mixer. Karen Schad, owner of Quincy Pharmacy, was an excellent host and gave us a great tour.
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February 6th

This past Wednesday Quincy Rotary hosted the community supper at the Methodist Church.  The menu included Lasagna, Caesar Salad, and French bread.  The attendance for the dinner was guestimated at 1 -1.5 million people.
Quincy Rotary cooks some good Chili
Quincy Rotary took home the judges choice at the Groundhog festival this past saturday.  Rotarian Brenda Roccucci took her husbands chili recipe added her own twist and brought home the prize.
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January 30th

Rotary Dictionary Project
Rotarians Sarah Richards, Fred Surber, and Jim Boland hand out Dictionarys to local Students.
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January 23rd

Welcome Back Rotary,
After a month hiatus due to holiday and weather we are back better than ever.
Couple of Key dates ahead.
February 1st we will host Community Supper.
February 4th is the Ground hog festival and Quincy Rotary will be entering the Chili Contest.  Rotarians looking to sell their raffle tickets should come on down and enjoy the festivities and sell some tickets!!
Rotarians come out on Christmas Eve to deliver holiday meals.
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November 21st

It is that time a year again.  With the holiday season upon us we will once again be delivering Holiday meals.  For Thanksgiving we will be delivering meals this Wednesday meeting at safeway at 3:00.
Business Mixer December 1st
Quincy Rotary will be holding a Business Mixer at Ropers on December 1st at 5:00.  We hope to see a bunch of Rotarians there supported the local business.
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October 3rd

Foundation Dinner on Thursday October 20th.
The Area foundation dinner is set for October 20th and Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch.  Come join in on fellowship, food, and libations.  We will have a dynamic speaker and some fun.
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sep 26th

Quincy Rotary Goes Country
Quincy Rotary visited Greenhorn Guest Ranch for Dinner and Dancing the Evening of September 19th.
Highway Cleanup
We had a full group of Rotarians for the last highway cleanup of the year.  We conquered two stretches of highway and left it so clean you could eat off of it.
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August 22nd

Fair Parade.
Rotarian Dwight Pierson represents Quincy Rotary in the Fair Parade.
Rotarian Dwight Pierson Cruising down Main Street during the fair parade.  (Not Pictured, the rest of the Rotarians in the parade that were pushing the old truck)
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August 1st

Highway Cleanup
Eight Rotarians showed up Saturday July 23rd to clean our newest section of Highway.  We spent two hours getting it clean enough to eat off of.  Only one rotarian had to be there due to mandatory community service.
Our highway clean up leader Fred Surber makes a couple new friends.
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July 25th 2016

Rotary Hosts Community Supper
Rotarians pose for a photo op at the Community Supper on July 13th.  Rotarians Dished up Chicken Caesar Salad with French Bread and Watermelon.
Rotarians Doug, Rick, and Kory showing off their fancy aprons.  Looks like the aprons shrunk in the wash.
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July 18th 2016

Rotary has been many things, to many people,
in the last 111 years. Through Rotary, our
members have found friends, community, and
a sense of purpose; we’ve forged connections,
advanced our careers, and had incredible
experiences we couldn’t have had anywhere else.
Every week, in more than 34,000 clubs around
the world, Rotarians come together to talk, laugh,
and share ideas. But above all, we come together
for one, overriding goal: service.
Service to humanity has been the cornerstone
of Rotary since its earliest days, and has been its
main purpose ever since. I believe that there is
no better path to meaningful service today than
Rotary membership; and no organization better
placed to make a real and positive difference in
our world. No other organization so effectively
brings together committed, capable professionals
in a wide variety of fields, and enables them to
achieve ambitious goals. Through Rotary, we have
the capacity, the network, and the knowledge to
change the world: the only limits are the ones
we place on ourselves.
Today, our organization is at a critical point:
a historic juncture that will determine, in so
many ways, what comes next. Together, we have
provided extraordinary service to our world;
tomorrow, our world will depend on us to do even
more. Now is the time to capitalize on our success:
as we complete the eradication of polio, and
catapult Rotary forward, with determination and
enthusiasm, to be an even greater force for good
in the world.
Of the many lessons polio eradication has taught
us, one of the most important is also one of the
simplest: that if we want to bring all of Rotary
forward, we’ve all got to be moving in the same
direction. Continuity of leadership, at the club,
district, and RI level, is the only way we will
flourish, and achieve our full potential. It is not
enough simply to bring in new members and
form new clubs: our goal is not more Rotarians,
but more Rotarians who can achieve more good
Rotary work, and will become the Rotary leaders
of tomorrow.
Near the end of his life, reflecting on the path
that brought him to Rotary, Paul Harris wrote:
“Individual effort may be turned to individual
needs, but combined effort should be dedicated
to the service of mankind. The power of combined
effort knows no limitation.” He could hardly have
imagined then that one day, more than 1.2 million
Rotarians would be combining their efforts,
and, through our Rotary Foundation, their
resources, to serve humanity together. And we
can only imagine what great deeds Paul Harris
would have expected of such a Rotary! It is our
responsibility to achieve those deeds; as it is
our privilege to carry forth the tradition of
Rotary Serving Humanity.
John Germ
President, Rotary International, 2016-17
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June 6th

Rotary Scholarships
"Rotarian of the year" Mike Flanigan presents the scholarships at Quincy High School.
This year Mike presented three $750 academic scholarships to Maya Belsher-Howe, Jennifer Mathis, and Rachel Hannah.
The big $3,000 FRC scholarship went to D.J. Davis.
D.J. Davis receives his scholarship to FRC
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May 9th

May 9th
Rotarian Fred presents President David, who works at Sierra Pacific, with the litter award for SPI trash picked up along our new section of highway.
Guest speaker Melinda Rother from the Plumas County Election Office spoke about the upcoming elections.  No matter how much alcohol we piled in front of her she would still only allow registered breathing Rotarians one vote each.
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April 18th

Plumas County's Office of Education
Our guest speakers for the meeting last monday were from Plumas County's Office of Education and Plumas Unified School District.  They briefed Rotarians on the challenges and opportunities.
Gearing up for the Golf Tournament on May 14th.  Rotarians Taborski and King look on as Rotarian Wood drains a long putt.
Rotarian Windle decides he should stick to his day job as he missed all three putts.
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April 4th

Music Contest
Music Contest Organizer Rotarian Suzan Leonhardt-Mah stands with the Music Contest Contestants. The contestants were Kryshina Oravetz, Emily Walmer, Miles Rubalcava-Cunan, Sylvia Wood, Benjamin Heaney, and Jacek Van Pelt.  The winner was Emily Walmer who played the Piano.  Emily will move on to the Area Competition.
The President Elects upcoming service project.
President Elect Johnny poses for a photo taken April 1st to highlight his Service project for his Presidency.
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March 14th

Speech Contest
Last Monday Quincy Rotary held the annual Speech Contest.  We had two contestants give thrilling speeches.  Pictured above with President David are Miles Rubalcava-Cunan, and Wyatt Hollister.  Miles took First place and Wyatt took Second.  Miles will continue on to the Area contest next.
Happy Pi Day
Get out there and do some Geometry or better yet eat an actual Pie
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March 7th

Our Guest speaker last week was Maurice Huyhn from the US Forest Service.  Maurice discussed the timber salvage of the Chips Fire.
Our Quincy High School Senior guests.
Lane LaMar, Madie McGlynn, and Riley DuPont
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February 29th

Incoming AG Pete Hochrein presents President Little with a check from the district for $2,250.  The money came from the district matching grant that was donated to the Quincy High School Wrestling team for the purchase of a new wrestling mat.  Complete with a Rotary Logo.
Our speaker last week was County Supervisor Lori Simpson.
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February 8th

This past week, President David annouced that our Club, District and Rotary International would be providing funds towards a new mat for the Quincy High School Wrestling Team. Also the Marines landed, fines were forwarded and Paul Hardy, Executive Director of Feather River Land Trust gave his quinquennial presentation.
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February 1st

Plumas Fire Safe Council
Mike Delasaux from the Plumas Fire Safe Council makes a presentation on the councils mission and local area projects the council has done.
Foundation committee members, Bob Edwards and Pete Hochrein, sell raffle tickets for the monthly wine raffle.  Proceeds from the raffle go towards Polio eradication.  Members Mike Summerfield and Kory Felker purchase losing tickets.
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January 25th

Quincy Rotary plays with toys.
Remember to join us this Thursday January 28th at 5:00 p.m. as we crash the Toy store.   Our business mixers are a lot of fun and a good way to reach out to business owners in the community.  Hope to see everyone there.
Sell, Sell, Sell.
Our 50/50 raffle is steadily approaching.  If you haven't sold your tickets yet it is time to get on it.  If you have sold your tickets and think you can sell more, let Brenda know.  We will have a booth at the Groundhog festival on February 6th.  It will be a good way to sell remaining tickets and reach out to the community. 
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January 4th

Reigning "Rotarian of the Year" Mike Flanigan receives A Paul Harris Fellow.  This no doubt will put him at the top of the list to win his 14th consecutive "Rotarian of the Year"
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December 28th

Christmas Meal Delivery.
On December 22nd Rotarians delivered 28 meals to members of the community.  They pushed the cart seen above all through town to deliver them, would've been easier to use cars but they got the job done.
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November 23rd

Rotarian Field Trip.
This past Monday Rotary went back to school and visited fellow Rotarian Darryl Swarm on the Feather River College Campus.
Our newest Rotarian, Sarah Richards, was inducted into our club and received her Red Badge.
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November 9th

Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship
Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship gave an update on the on going trail work they are doing around Quincy.
Student Guests.
Student guest pictured are Dylon Merrill, Senior. Michael Fowler, junior interested in exchange program. Apalonia Aquirre, Senior.
Dictionary Project
Siegfried and Brenda hand out dictionaries to Third Graders.
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October 26th

Second time is a charm.  Rotarians helped keep our highways clean by doing their part.
Last Monday evening we got together for a Rotary social meeting and some MNF. Our Eagles loving President David was rewarded with a victory over the New Jersey Giants but forget the game how about that Star Wars halftime trailer!
This coming Friday October 30th is the drive through flu shot clinic.  It has always been a great fundraiser for Polio Plus.  If you have some time to volunteer it is always a great event.  The flu clinic is held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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Greenhorn Dinner Meeting
Quincy Rotary put on the boots and hats and had a great night.
Enjoy some of the great pictures from the event.
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August 31st

Last week Representative Doug LaMalfa updated Quincy Rotary on the work of the 114th Congress. Rotarian Bob Edwards discussed the recent Loyalton Lamb Feed (spoiler alert - it ended Baaa-dly for the lambs). Rotarian David Windle explained why the Club is no longer allowed to use school property. Rotarian Gerry Hendrick was assessed a milage tax and President Little demands federal action to find his lost bell.
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August 24th

Rotary takes a field trip
Quincy Rotary had a brown bag lunch meeting at Feather River College this past Monday. Our newest Rotarian, Carolyn Shipp, downplayed the Oakland Raiders Quarterback. President Little discussed the direction of lunch meeting costs. Speaker Rick Stock, talked about the FRC Outdoor Ed program and proposed climbing wall. Finally Rotarian Richard Stockton, announced the upcoming Rotary Greenhorn Guest Ranch event and made the case for premium beer.
Rick Stock discussing all things outdoors.... and a new climbing wall!!!
Rotarians enjoy great sandwiches and cheetos.
Belldo makes his way into American Valley.
Seen here at the Prestigous new vineyard.  He is getting closer to home but not ready to come back yet.
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August 17th

Rotary was honored to host 4-H for a lunch this past week and was treated to rabbit, goats and steer, oh my! We sang the Marines' Hymn. Darren Beatty, our newest member and Marine pointed out that our songbook version was over 70 years outdated, as the current Hymn mentions "air" to reflect the addition of aviation to the Corp. We also sang a hopefully error-free version of "Happy Birthday" to our supreme (bell-less) commander, David Little!
Belldo Sighting.
Belldo was spotted being put out with the trash.  Does the address look familiar to anyone?
Luckily He was saved by Tim Gallagher.  Not sure if they planned the matching shirts though.
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August 10th

This past Monday Quincy Rotarians were treated to a sneak peek of the upcoming Westend Theater musical "The King and I". Ed Thompson shared the sad news that he had accepted a job on the coast and would therefore be leaving the Club. Tim Gallagher "wined" about how much he liked his visit to the Rotary Club of Ojai. Bell-less President Little played with horseshoes.
Belldo Sighting
Message from Belldo "Riding shotgun making my way back to Quincy.  Some of you might be seeing me very soon"
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July 27th

The Missing Bell.
Many of you, myself included, have been wondering where our historic bell might be.  A good President usually keeps close eye of the bell.  It is to nobody’s surprise that this year’s leader has lost it.  Being the great President elect that I am I decided to do some investigated.  We all know the history of the bell from what is written on it.  I had to dig deeper.  An anonymous letter pieced together out of magazine scraps showed up on my office front door.  It read “To find the bell you must look to genealogy.” I wasn’t quite sure how to take that.  It turns out after researching on that the bell didn’t originate with Quincy Rotary.  I looked through census after census.  I found the missing link.  It turns out that the bell came over to America in 1906.  His father and mother, Belldor and Bella, had three children.  The names of those children were Neldo, Belldo, and the man pictured below.
It turns out that Neldo tragically based from Polio.  After hearing of this Belldo decided to dedicate his life to a cure and to Rotary.  Belldo did that until just a few weeks back.  He received a ring from his older brother.  It was time to finish what they started, to wipe out Polio.  The rest of the magazine clippings said he would send pictures of his travels along the way.  I will share these pictures as I receive them from this anonymous source.
July 27th 2015-07-27 00:00:00Z 0

Demotion Dinner

Demotion Dinner
At the demotion dinner the fine-crazed reign of Andy Ryback was "fine"-ally brought to a close. The Club conducted a demotion ceremony to transition the Vladimir Putin like leader to the rank of Past President. The gavel was officially transitioned to the Club's new President, David Little, who immediately lost his bell.  Below are some of the evenings highlights.
Jim Boland gets the demotion started.
"Andy Ryback" shows us a normal day at the bank.
Prior to working at Plumas Bank "Dandy Andy" shot an infomercial for Quincy Savings and loan......... and pawn shop.
"The Andy's" dressed in costumes filled the room.
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June 8th

Water summit urges Rotary members to invest in youth

This year's World Water Summit focused on water, sanitation, and hygiene in schools.

Almost 200 million days of school attendance are lost every year because of the lack of proper sanitation. Many  diarrhea cases in children result from transmission of disease in schools rather than at home.

“A school is a place where children should feel safe, not a place where they are susceptible to infection,” says Lizette Burgers, senior adviser of UNICEF’s Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Schools program

But the message at the World Water Summit on 4 June in São Paulo was positive: Rotary members and their clubs can make schools healthier places through programs that provide clean water and better sanitation.

“WASH in Schools is about addressing the rights of the children. This forum can help us all learn how to provide a healthy, safe, and secure school environment,” said Burgers. “This will help ensure quality education, because healthy, well-nourished children can fully participate in schooling. It increases school attendance, because students have to spend less time traveling long distances to fetch water. And it encourages children to take pride in their school and community by providing them with a renewed sense of dignity.”

The water summit, the seventh convened by the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group, focused on water, sanitation, and hygiene in schools and provided Rotary members with resources and tips for starting their own projects.

Sushil Gupta, The Rotary Foundation’s WASH in Schools committee chair, explained that these projects aren’t just about investing in infrastructure and improving sanitation facilities. A successful WASH in Schools project is also about advocacy. Rotary members were encouraged, when considering a new project, to focus on hygiene education by finding ways to develop healthy behaviors in youths. Gupta said that children are generally more receptive to new ideas than adults are, and they can more easily change their habits and improve practices within families and their communities.

“WASH in Schools is about revitalizing and bringing revolution in societies,” Gupta said. “These young children can become our agents of change, and help us reach our goal of a cleaner, better, and more educated world.”

At a breakout session, Greg Allgood, vice president of World Vision, a leading nongovernmental provider of clean drinking water in rural areas of the developing world, discussed how Rotary members can develop more sustainable and effective WASH in Schools projects by partnering with NGOs and the private sector. With the support of Rotary-collaborated projects, World Vision helped more than 845,000 children gain access to clean water through $85 million in project funding in 2013 alone.

Other breakout sessions focused on the basics of conducting a WASH in Schools program, the importance of changing behavior through hygiene education, and how to address sanitation needs in schools. Carlos Rossin, director of sustainability solutions for PricewaterhouseCoopers, also provided an update on São Paulo’s current drought and water resources issues.

“Rotarians are dedicating their time and leadership to address the need for basic WASH in Schools programs, and the results are already inspiring,” said John Hewko, general secretary of Rotary International. “These programs create a cycle of opportunity. It reduces hygiene-related disease, it increases attendance in school, it enhances the learning environment, and it contributes to a student’s dignity. This is an opportunity for Rotary to showcase what we’re all about. And through your work, we will be impacting generations to come.”

Rotary News

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June 1st

Our Newest Paul Harris Fellow
Past President Jim Bequette presented a Paul Harris Fellow to Donna Wood.  This award is the result of substantial support of the Rotary Foundation and is a tribute to Donna and her life's work.
Congratulations Donna!!!
District Speech and Music Contests
Our very own Che Rubalcava-Cunan performs in the music contest.  Che performed extremely well and finished in Fourth place.  Great Job!!
Recognition Well Deserved.
Quincy Rotary was recognized at the district conference as an ignite club for its membership success.
June 1st 2015-06-01 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Golf Tournament

Quincy Rotary held our big fundraiser on May 2nd.  We had over 100 players come out.  Thank you to all the Rotarians that put teams together and played.  Thank you to all the volunteers that assisted.  Another great success!!
The calm before the storm
The Scramble format resulted in many birdie opportunities.  This team captured at least nine on this hole.
(no animals were harmed in the making of this tournament.)
The reason why our tourney is so successful.  Mike Taborski and Steve King emcee the event.
They have also agreed to plan the tourney for the next 20 years!!!  Thanks Guys.
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April 20th

Rotarians at Work.
It is a busy month for our club.  These dedicated Rotarians are hard at work.
Cleaning up the highway through the adopt a highway program.
Horseshoe Pits Are Complete!!!
Just a reminder that our Main fundraiser is right around the corner.  The Golf Tournament is on Saturday May 2nd.  If you are playing great.  If you aren't playing we need all the help we can get monitoring holes for the hole in one prizes and other support.  Please sign up and help make this the best tournament yet!!!  Fore!!!!!!
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April 6th

This past Monday Quincy Rotary hosted three Quincy High School students: Lucas Donald, Eric Schwartz and Angel Garrish.
Also a sort of bloodless coup occurred as President-Elect, David Little replaced the Club's MIA President, Andy Ryback (coincidentally, members expressed higher levels of satisfaction following this meeting) .
Our meeting speakers were Cathy Fitzgerald and Candice Nyando (former Portola Club Rotary Exchange Student to Sweden) who talked about University of Nevada, Reno's water well and school house project in the town of Gina, Kenya.
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March 16th

PDG Steve Lewis
~Rotary Bio~
Mentoring Rotary Clubs to help them become Bigger, Better and Bolder is one of Steve’s passions. 
Past District Governor Steve Lewis joined Rotary in 1995 and served as Club President of his then 115 member Carson City, Nevada club in 1999-2000.  His club was later recognized that year as the District’s Club of the Year in May 2000!
He began serving District 5190 in July of 2001 as an Assistant Governor through June 2004.  The following four years he served on the District’s Foundation Committee, Chairing the Permanent Fund/Major Donor sub-committee where he helped lead the way in raising more than $2.8M in new Bequest Society pledges!
Steve served District 5190 as Governor in 2010-2011 under then RI President Ray Klinginsmith and our International Theme of Building Communities ~ Bridging Continents.  Currently, he’s chairing District 5190’s Rotary Foundation Committee, a three year commitment that will expire on June 30th of this year.
Steve continues to remain active in various leadership roles on both the Rotary Zone Institute and Far West PETS committees.  He’s also a multi-year PETS instructor.  Additionally, he’s previously served as an RI President’s representative and was recently appointed to serve D-5190 as their 2016 ‘COL’ alternate representative.
Steve is a multi Paul Harris Fellow and a charter member of District 5190's Paul Harris Society.  He and his wife Ginny are both Major Donors and members of our Foundation’s Bequest Society.  In May 2014, Steve was truly humbled when he received The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service, in recognition of his ongoing commitment to encourage fellow Rotarians to Make Dreams Real through the various educational and humanitarian programs of our Foundation, which he fondly calls our legacy of hope!
Steve’s Rotary Classification is Aircraft Sales
March 16th 2015-03-16 00:00:00Z 0

Speech Contest

Posted by Johnny Mansell
Speech Contest Results.
Matt Beeson takes 1st place in the Quincy Rotary Speech Contest.
Wyatt Hollister took 2nd place.
Crosby France took 3rd place.
Our winners strike a pose with Dwight Pierson.
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Scott Lawson

February 9th Meeting.
Scott Lawson from the Plumas County Museum discusses the Gem that is our Museum.
For those that haven't visited our Museum I recommend going soon.  They are open Tuesday through Saturday 10 to 4.
Newly Installed Bulletin Board at Quincy High School
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Feb 2nd

This past Monday we welcomed three more High School Seniors to our Rotary meeting.  Tailor Walmer, Taylor Bruzza, and Saige Larsen.
El Presidente Andres Ryback celebrated Mexican Constitution Day with our Rotary District Speaker Senor Sam Wilbanks.  Senor Sam's presentation was on Rotary Membership and the importance of finding mucho nuevo Rotarians.
El Presidente Andres y Senor Sam
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January 12th

Below is an interesting feature I read on the website last week that is worth a read.
Rotary's Innovative Tribute to Polio Eradication in India Breaks Guinness World Record.
Participants organized by local Rotary members in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, gather to break the record for the world’s largest human national flag.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of I.S.A.K. Nazar, governor of District 3230 (India)

To eradicate polio in India, Rotary members displayed impressive coordination and commitment. So it should come as no surprise that Rotary members in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, were able to mobilize more than 40,000 people to create the world's . The tribute to the polio eradication effort qualified as a Guinness World Records-breaking achievement.

"What impressed me most was that all of Rotary was represented: Rotaractors, Interactors, and Rotarians," says RI President Gary C.K. Huang, who participated in the event along with his wife, Corinna, and other Rotary senior leaders. "They brought their classmates, friends, and co-workers. I think that says a lot about how important it is to the people that India is polio free."

Participants from all walks of life holding placards stood together on a local fairgrounds to form the Indian flag. Their display broke the record set last year by the Sports Club of Lahore, which organized nearly 30,000 people to form the Pakistani flag.

After breaking the record, local Rotary members, who'd formed the blue wheel in the center of the flag, flipped their placards over to create Rotary wheels, and other Rotary members unfurled a large banner reading "Keep India Polio Free." The organizers, led by District 3230, estimate that another 50,000 people showed up to watch on large TV screens set up outside the event.

Once the participants were organized, they had to hold up the placards for more than five minutes to enable the representative from Guinness to verify the new record. "The last 30 seconds, everyone started screaming [in encouragement]," says Huang. "I [felt] very patriotic, says Avanthika Iyer, a third-year student at Shasun Jain College in Chennai. "The five-minute period of holding the placard was difficult but made us happy."

Says Huang: "When I was told how many people had to participate -- 40,000 to 50,000 -- I didn't think it would happen. When I saw the thousands and thousands of people [gathered] for just the rehearsal the day before, I realized it was possible."

Rotary News



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Jan 5th

January is Rotary Awareness Month
Rotary Awareness month is to let everyone else know you are in Rotary and to let them know what Rotary does.  Learn more about Rotary this month.  Teach more people about Rotary this month.  Wear your logos proud and get the Rotary name out there this month........ and sell raffle tickets!!!!!!
Dwight and Karen Pierson represent Quincy Rotary as volunteers at the Rose Parade.
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December 1st

Amy Carey from Carey's Candy.
Don't worry about holiday baking just stop by Carey's Candy and get whatever you need.
Pulled from the Feather River bulletin.  Important stuff that all our members should contribute to.

Once again we are challenging our readers to make the conscious effort to spend at least $100 locally this holiday season.

We’ve issued the challenge for the past four years and, according to reports from many of our merchants, you’ve responded: several local merchants said they’ve heard shoppers mention this campaign as they were spending their way through town.


If each person who reads one of our Plumas County newspapers — yes, that’s you — spend at least $100 shopping at home this holiday season, that would pump more than $1.8 million into Plumas County’s economy, based on a conservative average of just two readers per newspaper.

Keep in mind that the $100 — or whatever extra comfortably fits the family budget — doesn’t necessarily need solely on gift items. Be creative! How about gift certificates from local restaurants, beauty salons, massage therapists, auto detailers, gyms, golf courses or other service providers in your community?

Beyond gifts, there are literally hundreds of other ways to spend an extra $100 in town. How about making a spur-of-the-moment decision to get your nails done for a special party or going out to a relaxing dinner or tanking up the car for an unplanned trip to visit family.

So again this year we challenge you to find the way(s) that best fit your needs and lifestyle to spend an extra C-note (or two or three) locally. We don’t have to tell you how this additional influx of cash benefits our community.

And be sure to let the establishments know you are doing your part to strengthen our community.
"The Pit Crew"
More rare than a bigfoot sighting.... Dwight caught on camera,  looking extremely happy to be there.
December 1st 2014-12-08 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Service

It has been a very busy month for Quincy Rotary. See below for all our club has accomplished this month.
We moved dirt we moved gravel and even tore down some stuff.  Many hands made light work on President Andy's barn project.
Quincy Rotary took to the streets.  Keeping our Highway clean.
Helping out Kory Felker with end of the year yard clean up.
Delivering Thanksgiving Meals.
Keep it up Quincy Rotary it has been a great month.
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Joe Zarachoff

Posted by Johnny Mansell
District Governor Visit
District Governor Joe Z visits and presents to Quincy Rotary.
Joe Z with President Andy
Joe Z, our newest member Lisa Kelly, and her sponser Jim Boland.
Below is an article submitted by our President for inclusion in the Community Connections Newsletter.
Rotary has been dedicated to the idea of “service above self” for more than 100 years.  Our mission is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our worldwide fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
The collective leadership and expertise of our 1.2 million members helps us tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges, locally and globally. We are united by common values and vision for the future as we sharpen our focus with targeted specific causes that will reach communities most in need.
Rotary members unite at home and across the globe in more than 34,000 clubs to put our experience and knowledge to work tackling our most pressing challenges. We focus our efforts in six areas: promoting peace, preventing diseases, providing access to clean water and sanitation, enhancing maternal and child health, improving basic education and literacy, and helping communities develop.
We are especially dedicated to ending polio in our lifetimes. Rotary members have persevered in this fight since 1979 and have now helped eradicate polio in all but three countries worldwide.
The Rotary Club of Quincy was established in 1931 and is a strong, growing and vibrant club.  We currently have a membership of more than 50 community leaders who share a passion for both community service and friendship.
Rotary unites people from all continents, cultures, and occupations—it's truly one of our greatest strengths. Our members are leaders in their fields and communities. Our diverse perspectives help us to see problems differently—and help us solve them in communities throughout the world.
We use our knowledge of local issues to identify areas of need, then apply our expertise and diverse perspectives to the problem. Rotary members are at work in your community right now feeding the hungry, tutoring children, maintaining parks, and more. You can help.  Join us and change lives.
Joe Zarachoff Johnny Mansell 2014-11-03 00:00:00Z 0

Erica Brenzovich

Erica Brenzovich from the Forest Service
Discussing the History and management of the Bucks Lake Wilderness.
Next years president David Little led us in President Andy's absence.  By far the best meeting of the year!!!  Great job David.
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Camp Ryla

Posted by Donna Wood

Rotary September 22, 2014

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Student Presentations
      The three students – Abby Edwards, Ava Hagwood and Dale Morgan – who attended Camp RYLA over the summer gave their individual impressions of RYLA and how they felt it helped them grow as leaders and as individuals. Abby Edwards began by telling the club she wasn’t sure she was going to Camp Ryla.  She found out that her dog had cancer.  She tore her ACL tendon and had to have surgery.  As a result of the ACL injury, she was going to miss her senior year of tennis. She did decide to go and while her participation was limited by her injury, she said “it was amazing!”
      One of the important parts of the camp is the Ropes Course.  Abby couldn’t manage the course, but felt she could at least do the ‘zip line.’  Unfortunately, to do that she would have to climb up to a platform, walk a tight rope to get to the line.  But teamwork is an important part of the experience and Abby’s team wanted her to go.   With help from those in charge, they were able to hoist her up to the tree and she was indeed able to zip down.      Another important project for Abby was a project to put together bicycles for children from the Auburn area.  It was fun putting them together, she told us, but even better was to meet the children and see their expressions when they gave them the bikes.
      She also spoke about the Emergenetics Profile that each of the students did.   The Emergenetics web site calls it a “merging of brain and behavior”, and describes it as a way of helping groups or teams work together.  Using situational questions the profiles developed at RYLA helped the students find out which of four quadrants they fell into – analytical, structural, conceptual and social.  Abby was not surprised to find out she fell almost equally into all four quadrants. 
      Ava Hagwood described the experience as “incredible” and said she felt she really grew as a person and found out how important it is to interact with and support one another.  One of the great experiences of the camp for her was relating to her counselor Regal.  She described him as caring and compassionate and even though he was ‘older’, he did everything the students did.  On the Ropes Course, she and a friend had a goal to climb at least 2/3 of the way to the platform.  She didn’t quite make it to the platform, but her team members who Ava described as “terrified” helped her make it.  She also highlighted the lasting relationships that were formed at RYLA.  The longest phone call she’s had with any of them is three hours.  Ava has been selected to be a counselor in next year’s Eight Grade Leadership Program.
      Dale Morgan was the only boy from Quincy.  He too described it as an “Incredible experience”.  Before going, Dale said that he knew it was a ‘leadership’ camp and that he had a very limited idea of what it would be like.  He soon discovered it was a self-driven experience – it was up to the individual to determine what kind of experience it would be.  He quickly decided, “I am going to have a terrific time.”  Out of 100 students attending, he knew 70% by name and had made many long-lasting relationships before it was over.  The ropes course he agreed was an excellent experience.  He learned how, as a leader, to facilitate different types of people.  He discovered that learning to lead is about discovering who you are and recognizing it is about continually refining the process.  The three values Dale came away with were
  • Love People – not being biased and not prejudging people. “I need to know who they are and how I can help them.”
  • Trust – “I want others to know they can trust me.”
  • Sacrifice – being willing to give what you need to give.
Dale expressed his gratitude to the Club for sending them to Camp RYLA but also said that because of how important this experience is to young people, the Club needs to work to raise funds to send more students, as many as you can.
Note:  Dwight Pierson announced that the Board has already decided to send four students next year. 
Camp Ryla Donna Wood 2014-09-29 00:00:00Z 0

The Return of the Bell

Howdy Partner.  President Andy went a fishin and caught a bell.  Unfortunately Andy's catch didn't feed the whole group.
Its good to see that our President has taken good care of the bell.  At least he got it out of the pond before it freezes over.
The Bell has been found. 
Pulling in the Catch.

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September 8th

Johanna Downey

Curt Beeson Receiving his new pin and red badge.
Don't forget are invited to the Quincy Rotary - Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch. Please click on the button below to attend or decline. You can also book family and friends.

In addition to serving us a tasty dinner, Ralph and Trish Wilburn will be our guest speakers that evening sharing the history of the Guest Ranch.

Other possible (but highly unlikely) guests include: Cowboy Poet, Baxter Black, Cowboy Owner, Jerry Jones and if you stay late Midnight Cowboy, Dustin Hoffman.

Other im...possible guests include: Elvis Presely, Lonely Cowboy and...

Event: Quincy Rotary - Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch
Date: Sep 15, 2014 at 05:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Fee: $25.00
Location: Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch
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2116 Greenhorn Ranch Road
Quincy, CA 95971
United States
A few Pictures from the Benefit for Kory Felker
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Rob Wade

The Missing Bell still at large.
August 18th
Rob Wade
Our speaker was Rob Wade, Learning Landscapes Coordinator for Feather River Land Trust and water shed consultant.  Quoting from the FRLT web site, “Learning Landscapes is FRLT’s conservation and education program designed … to enhance children’s contact with the natural world, place-based learning, and hands-on stewardship experiences. One of the places for this learning is the recently built barn located on Quincy Junction Road.  The purchase of the plot from Rick Leonhardt was made possible through grants.  While there is still work to do, the barn is ready for student programs.
The barn may not look exactly like barns of yore, but in days of yore they didn’t have building codes.  Still architect Brett Marty and other local professional builders and craftsmen and volunteers worked together to make it as aesthetically ‘correct’ as possible.  But it is built to be a working barn.  Rob hopes it may help spark the restoration of the Agricultural Education program at QHS.  He invited anyone who wants to tour the barn to give him a call. 
President Andy and Rob have been talking about having a Rotary work day at the barn to help with one or two of the projects left.  Look for that news in the future.
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Ed Thompson

Posted on Aug 03, 2014
July 28th 2014
Speaker Ed Thompson
Ed Thompson spoke with us last Monday about the state of Education in the county.  For a detailed Powerpoint of the presentation contact Ed to get the link.
Adult Mentors needed for Rotary Eight Grade Leadership Camp.
Hi Everyone - I am working on recruiting Adult Mentors for our two residential Rotary Eighth Grade Leadership Camps this year... yes two!  Dates for our camps are September 26-28, and October 3-5, 2014.  I will be responsible for coordinating the application process and sending communications to applicants and adult mentors, once they are selected.  
You are receiving this message because you have served as a REGL adult mentor in the past or have expressed interest in being an adult mentor or are one of our contacts for clubs who are sending 8th graders to the session.   Please feel free to forward this message to other potential REGL mentors.  We want to get the word spread as far as possible.
The Adult Mentor Application form is attached and everyone interested in volunteering as a mentor for REGL must complete the application. This process will help us make sure we have updated mentor information and improve communication with mentors.  Final mentor assignments will not be made until late August.  We must wait until we know the gender and number of campers registered. 
Please note on the form that there are two residential REGL camps at Grizzly Creek Ranch for 2014 - September 26-28 and October 3-5.  Each course begins on Friday at noon and ends at 4:00 on Sunday.  Be sure to indicate your preference of weekends on the application form.
Please complete the Adult Mentor Application Form as soon as possible, but no later than August 15.  Also, remember to complete the Background Check Permission Form and return it to me.  
I have also included a document on the roles and responsibilities of Adult Mentors.  Feel free to contact me I you have any questions.
In addition, I would appreciate a response to this email even if you are not interested or not available for REGL in 2014.  But please let us know if you are interested in remaining on the list of potential mentors for future years.  
Thank you!
Yours in Rotary,
Ann Taylor
Rotary District 5190 REGL Co-Coordinator 
If you are interested in helping out a great cause see Dwight Pierson for an application.
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July 14th 2014 2014-07-21 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary June 2nd, Jim Dahl

Rotary June 2, 2014
   Our speaker for June 2 was Jim Dahl, Liaison for Senator George Runner, member of the State Board of Equalization from District 2.  He presented an overview of the types of taxes, the history of the agency and talked about some of the things that effect business and tax assessor offices.
   Jim is based in Redding and serves five counties in the surrounding area including Plumas.  The Board oversees the collection of sales, use and 30 other tax types including the Cal Fire fee.  Interestingly, the California Board is the only one elected by the voters.  In all other states they are appointed.  There are only four districts, each one representing approximately nine million people.
            The district offices such as the one Jim manages are operated to provide support to tax assessors and collectors, small businesses and tax payers.  They offer personal support, provide seminars on new and changing tax regulations and provide online services as well.  For more detailed information, you can go to their web site at
Quincy Rotary Student Ambassadors to Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
   We had as our guests two sophomores from Quincy High School who are going to be short term exchange students to Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.  Ashlin Hamlin is looking forward to her experience in Ballarat.  When asked to share her likes, she mentioned reading and travel and thinks this will be a great travel experience.  She is anxious to meet her host family and begin school to meet and make new friends.  Riley DuPont has been playing sports for most of his life.  First it was baseball, then American football and soccer.  Perhaps he’ll get a chance to see some Australian Rules football while in Ballarat.  Riley said he was most looking forward to the experience of learning about the culture and the people and how they are the same and different.  Riley and Jim are just finishing their sophomore year and will be entering tenth year while in Ballarat.  Riley said that while it looks like they will be repeating, he’s sure it will be a totally new experience.
            These two young people are sure to be excellent representatives of Quincy and the Quincy Rotary Club.  We wish them well and look forward to a report of their experience when they return.
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RYLA – What is it and why do we support it?
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a program of Rotary International that is funded and supported by each Rotary District.  The program encourages servant leadership in youth by recognizing and rewarding deserving 11th grade students from each club area who are chosen to attend RYLA as an "award" for their past and present leadership and service activities. These select young people attend an all-expenses-paid camp where they are inspired by a diverse group of exceptional speakers, make life-long friends through fellowship activities, and discuss the ethical and social issues of today. These activities are conducted in an atmosphere of trust and respect. The result is that these students return to their schools and communities motivated to take on additional leadership roles and to find additional ways to serve.  Some of the topics that arise in the course of RYLA activities and discussions include the ethics of positive leadership, the importance of communication skills in effective leadership, conflict management and problem solving, and building self-esteem and self-confidence.  On April 21, Quincy Rotarians heard from some of last year’s attendees and met the three students who will be attending the 2014 Camp RYLA for high school juniors.
Two of last year’s attendees to the 8th Grade RYLA were unable to visit in the Club in the fall.  Bret Beeson and Kai Hall talked about what they’ve done with what they learned to build better relationships between all their class mates.  They hope to continue working with Dr. Segura to break down barriers and improve the high school experience for all students.
Last year’s students who attended Camp RYLA  for high school juniors spoke briefly about their respective experiences.   Kendall Hicks couldn’t “say enough good things about her experience and that it was surprising how much they learned in such a short time.   As an example, she said she’d wanted to be a part of the ‘S’ Club, but that she didn’t think she was ‘S’ Club worthy, but her RYLA experience inspired her to get involved.  Kendall hopes to attend U.C. Davis after high school.  Claire Hopson also had a great experience.  Her advice to those going this year?  “Go into it with an open mind.”  What did she learn?  “RYLA helped me learn how to stand strong as an individual.”  Claire plans to take a ‘gap’ year and travel to Peru, Honduras and Argentina for language immersion and to serve by doing volunteer work.
Quincy Rotary will be sponsoring three students for Camp RYLA this year – Abbey Edwards, Dale Morgan and Ava Hagwood.    Abbey is the president of this year’s Junior Class at QHS.  She is looking forward to the opportunity and hopes it will make her a better leader.  Dale is Junior Class Vice-President.  His brother is a former RYLA graduate.  Dale looks forward to growing as a person..  Ava is also excited.  She said there have been a lot of challenges to overcome as a junior class leader, and she hopes to gain skills to motivate her class as they move into their senior year.
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Plumas Fire Safe Council

Posted by Johnny Mansell
April 7th 2014
Plumas Fire Safe Council
Nils Lunder
The project manager for the Plumas fire safe council, Nils Lunder, joined us to discuss their activity.  Nils was raised in Westwood and is very self sufficient.  He raises his own livestock, grows his own vegetables, and works hard. 
The Plumas fire safe council provides assistance for homeowners and neighborhoods in the reduction of fire fuels.  They have had numerous projects throughout the county in which they have already completed.  They are funding through grants and donations.  They look for projects of at least 100 acres.  Neighborhoods that are interested can contact the fire safe council.  They subsidize the cost so the homeowners cost is $250/acre treated.  With Cal-fire inspections coming down the pipeline Nils recommends for everyone to check their homes for fire readiness.  If you or you neighborhood are interested in a project through the fire safe council you can contact Nils at 258-6936.
New Blue Badge.
Wes Sanders receives his blue badge.
Plumas Fire Safe Council Johnny Mansell 2014-04-14 00:00:00Z 0

Kay Lund

Posted by Johnny Mansell on Apr 06, 2014
March 31st 2014
Our featured speaker for the March 31 Rotary Meeting was Kay Lund, Registered Dietician at Plumas District Hospital and a Certified Diabetic Educator.  In other words, she is the go-to person for health related dietetic needs and your questions about how to manage diabetes.  Here is a recap of some of the things we learned from her highly informative program. 
The most serious form of diabetes is Type1, formally known as Juvenile Diabetes, is caused when the body cannot produce insulin, a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life.  Type 1 cannot be cured but it can be managed through blood glucose control, insulin management, exercise, and good nutrition.  If not managed properly it can lead to hospitalization and even death. 
Type 2 diabetes effects 25 million persons, a number directly related to both juvenile and adult obesity.  While the seriousness of the disease should not be underestimated, it can be managed with diet, exercise, stress control and a good support system.  If not controlled well by diet and exercise, medication may be required.  Common symptoms of diabetes include frequent urination, extreme thirst, extreme fatigue, cuts and bruises that are slow to heal and blurry visions.  Some symptoms of type 2 diabetes are so mild they go unnoticed.  Some of the risk factors for diabetes are being overweight, an inactive life style and being age 45 or over.  If you would like to know whether you have, or are at risk for, diabetes talk with your doctor.  You can also have attend one of the biannual PDH Health Fairs which will include and A1C assessment test.
Kathleen Morrison was our visiting High School Senior.
Bill Elliott and Bob Edwards presenting on behalf of the Rotary Foundation.
Kay Lund Johnny Mansell 2014-04-07 00:00:00Z 0

Music Contest

Posted by Johnny Mansell
Music Contest
The participants in the photo by Dwight showing the certificates left to write are Marty Walters, Wyatt Hollister, Elita Hutchins, Jennifer Hoffman, Che Rubaclava-Cunan and MC John Sheehan.
Rotary March 24, 2014 
Rotary hosted the annual Rotary Music contest organized by Rotary member Marty Walters on Monday, March 24 featuring four contestants vying for cash prizes and the opportunity to go on to a regional and district competition where the grand prize will be $1000.  The contest is part of our youth services program.  The contestants were Elita Hutchins on flute playing a Minuet for Flute from L’Arlesienne by Georges Bizet, Jennifer Hoffman playing Claire DeLune by Claude Debussy on piano; Che Rubaclava-Cunan playing Granada Serenata by Isaac Albeniz on classical guitar, and Wyatt Hollister playing a violin arrangement by Fritz Kreisler followed by a French folk piece.  Johnny MacDonald was the accompanist. 
Each contestant was required to play between 3 and 8 minutes of music and was judged on five criteria – musical ability, musical sound, musical selection, musical empathy and stage presence.  We were honored to have as judges Alice King, Angela Elliott and Dave Johns.  While waiting for the votes to be tallied, MC John Sheehan asked each student to comment on what they hoped to do following high school graduation.  Elita said laughingly, that she was going to sit on the side of the road and play flute.  In fact she hopes to attend Sonoma State University.  Jennifer plans to attend a private university and major in chemistry.  Che plans to attend University of California at Santa Barbara. Wyatt hopes to attend film school at University of Southern California, but if that doesn’t work out he says he will consider studying law. 
It was a delight to be entertained by such talented young musicians.  First place was awarded to Wyatt Hollister, second place to Che Rubaclava-Cunan, third place to Jennifer Hoffman and fourth place to Elita Hutchins.
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Fairgrounds Report

John Steffanic
Rotary Speaker March 17, 2014
After a great meal of corned beef and cabbage, John Steffanic our St. Patrick ’s Day speaker presented a program that began with as his ideas about the role the County fairgrounds might play in the economic development of Plumas County and ended with an update on the County Fair.
John began with his ideas of what he feels are viable options for infusing the economic development of our County, specifically Quincy.  “We have a beautiful fairground site that is already being used as an event center for the High Sierra Music Festival,” he said.  This is a business that draws 10,000 people who spend an average of $200 bringing in $2-3 million in four days.  Some of the money they spend benefits the community in taxes and local purchases, particularly gasoline.  John proposes we develop other special events, both large and small that would draw significant numbers of people to our town.  A side benefit of such events, especially now that fiber optics is being brought to us, would be to let people who come from the crowded Bay Area or other places see what a beautiful place this is to live and raise families while allowing them to commute on-line. 
John offered several suggestions for possible events – Americana Festival, Jazz Festival, Horse Shoe Tournaments, Film Festival.  “We just need to be creative.”  John remarked that just a few years ago in one day, three things captured media attention – President Obama, the death of Michael Jackson and the Ugly Dog Contest in Sonoma.  He suggested we need a signature event. 
As far as the County Fair, he stated firmly, “We are going to continue to have a fair.”  Though state funding to help county fairs has been cut, we will continue to have a fair.  The theme for this year’s fair will be “Fun and Games”.  The plan is to have beach volley ball, bingo, giant games and other fun events.  Mr. Steffanic asked the Rotary Club to consider putting on a one-day cribbage tournament during the fair.  They are also bringing back the Sweetheart of the Mountains, though it will be a scholarship competition that includes talent, poise, community service to help raising funds to be split half and half between the winner and the Fair Foundation.  They also hope to have a tie-in with the 150th Anniversary of State Parks in California.
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The ENACTUS Program.
Last Monday we were joined by the Team from ENACTUS of Feather River College.
 Enactus stand for,
Entrepreneurial—having the perspective to see an opportunity and the talent to create value from that opportunity;
Action—the willingness to do something and the commitment to see it through even when the outcome is not guaranteed;
Us—a group of people who see themselves connected in some important way; individuals that are part of a greater whole.
The Group was lead by Team President Brad Marquette and Advisor Amy Schulz.  Also joining them were Amy’s daughter Alicia Bagley, Timothy Kauffman, Lauren Cancilla, Naoki Matsumoto, and Manrupt Sandu.
The group discussed their trip to Uganda and their water project there.    They recently  visited the village of Mabare were they collaborated with local villagers on supplying water to the village.  The village already had a water well in place, but the well was two kilometers uphill from the village.  Being so far from the village it would require the women and children to make the daily trek to collect water for usage.  Their plan was to trench 2 km down to the village and run pipe so the villagers would have easier access to that water.  With a team of seven it was no easy task.   The people turned out from Mabare and the neighboring village.  With the 50 plus people they were able to accomplish installing the line to the village in three days.  They installed six taps down the line to provide water for the villagers.  This water project has provided clean water to 700 people.  It has also decreased the children sent to the health officer by 25%.  With the women and children not making the daily 2km hike the women have more time to farm in gardens and provide for their family.  70% of children attend more school than before the projects. 
The group has done wonderful things in Uganda.  They are not finished though.  They plan to return in early June.  They will lay an additional one kilometer pipeline to the neighboring village.  The cost of materials to undertake such a project is approximately $1,000.  We will look forward to the group returning to Rotary to tell us of the continued work to provide accessible water to people who need it so much.
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Speech Contest

Posted by Johnny Mansell on Mar 03, 2014

Rotary Meeting March 3, 2014

Speech Contest day at Rotary always promises to be a good day, except perhaps for the judges who have the difficult task of selecting only three students out of seven.  In fact, because of the number of students participating from the Christian School, those students had an elimination contest so that three of the students had to deliver their speech twice. The students come prepared but are perhaps a little anxious when the time comes to deliver.  However, any anxiety was well-hidden today as they made their presentations.
Cameron Rose spoke first.  Cameron was a summer exchange student to Australia last year.  He admitted that before he went he knew little about Rotary, but he did some research and was amazed by how immense the Rotary Club is and how much they do to serve others.  He spoke of the efficiency, the sustainability and reliability with which Rotary provides programming year after year.  While on exchange in Australia he asked to be involved in some program to help others, and ended up going with some students to Melbourne where they were housed and fed by a church, “and they asked for nothing in return.”  The students spent time feeding the homeless and talking with them.  Cameron remarked the best part of the experience was when those they were serving looked at you and smiled.  It encouraged him to come back to Quincy and look for more ways to serve.
The second speaker was Gracie Yates.  Gracie began with a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  “Everyone can be great because everyone can serve.”  She went on to say that we can change the world one act, one smile at a time and that no one is too young or too old to do an act of service.  And when we work together we can do even greater things.  Gracie left us with a challenge in the form of a question about whether we want our legacy to be memorable or not?
Brianne Turner suggested that some people are reluctant to consider “service above self” thinking they are too insignificant or can’t see what they might get out of it.  She countered that idea with reminding us that everyone has something to contribute to their community.  She also related the pleasure she gets from caring for her goats that she shows at the fair each year reminding us the pleasure comes from the endorphins released into her body.  The same is true for volunteering time to help others siting that every individual has a role in making the world better.  In the words of Theodore Roosevelt, she said, “The world would not be a good place to live unless it is a good place to live for everyone.”
Matt Beeson opened with the idea that living life provides many eye-opening experiences and opportunities to serve.  Most people, he suggested, say they don’t have many opportunities to serve in a town like Quincy.  Matt countered that with the idea there are many opportunities.  He has looked to the many opportunities he has had serving with groups in different parts of the country and the world. He was particularly excited about a mission trip to an orphanage in Mexico where people of different experiences and backgrounds have come together to do amazing things from digging ditches to playing soccer with the children.  They also teach the children how to sing and do crafts and art.  One of the things they have helped to complete is a large house to house babies who have been taken from bad situations and placed in the care of one couple may take care of them for years.  So many things can be accomplished by people who are willing to serve.
Josh Alread began by sharing what he had received thanks to people who believed in service above self.  He particularly remembers the volunteers in the little league program.  Not only did he make friends and memories, but he learned a lot such as teamwork and that everyone is essential for victory.  Everyone, he said, has something to contribute.  But sometimes giving of oneself can be uncomfortable.  He recalled working with the residents of Country Villa.  It made him uncomfortable at first, but as they expressed their gratitude in different ways, he became more and more comfortable.  There are many ways to serve, he said, and sometimes you need to get out of your comfort zone.  Josh left us with a quote from Mahatmas Ghandi, “The best way to find yourself is to involve yourself in service to others.”
In the end, the judges had to choose the winners.  First Place prize of $100 went to Gracie Yates.  Second Place prize of $75 went to Josh Alread.  Third Place prize of $50 went to Cameron Rose.  The other contestants – Brianne Turner, Matt Beeson, Kathleen McQuade-Sturley, Lindsey Jensen -  were each awarded $25.  Congratulations one and all!
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Brandon Bowling and James Shipp - Plumas Pines Golf Resort

Posted by Johnny Mansell on Mar 01, 2014
Our Speakers on February 24th were Head Professional from Plumas Pines Brandon Bowling and his assistant professional James “Tug” Shipp.  With the upcoming Golf tournament, held at Plumas Pines, it was a great kick off to push that event.  They discussed all the new and exicting things happening out at the golf course.  Many of you that have played in the Thursday night Scrambles at Mt. Huff will be pleased to know that this year Plumas Pines will be starting a Wednesday Scramble.  The scramble will be nine holes of golf starting at 4:00 all for $25.  Another exciting thing for Quincy Rotary members is the discount cards given to us.  For Rotary members you can obtain a membership at Plumas Pines for half the price.  This entitles you to pay member rates and to be able to establish a handicap.  Along with the membership there is plenty of vouchers for discounts in the pro shop and Longboards restaurant.
For those that play in a lot of tournaments big groups Plumas Pines is helping people with the new smart phone app, Wanamaker.  Wanamaker is a live scoring app for smartphones.  It allows players to log their score after each hole so everyone can see real time scoring, just like on the PGA tour.  For avid golfers this might be a good reason to trade in your flip phone.
Those that don’t play golf, or don’t play golf well, they are pleased to offer lessons.  They provide lessons for all ages and abilities.  They are available in individual lessons or in multiple lessons.  They also provide summer clinics for kids.  If you want a free lesson just enter our tournament and if you play bad enough you can win free lessons.  Just ask Mr. Gallagher….
Brandon and James also started Fit to Hit Golf.  Fit to Hit Golf is a fitness program specific for golfers.  It is designed to provide specific exercises designed to enhance your golfing ability.  They have a website, where you can create a profile, learn about corrective golf exercises and injury prevention, get local instruction and tips, and even a shot tracker.
Lastly they encouraged everyone to come out and support the Rotary golf tournament.  If every Rotarian puts a team together we would have a full field.  It is a fun event no matter what your score is.  Don’t forget you may just win some free lessons.
Brandon Bowling and James Shipp - Plumas Pines Golf Resort Johnny Mansell 2014-03-02 00:00:00Z 0

50/50 Raffle

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Feb 17, 2014
Pictures from our 50/50 Raffle, February 15, 2014. Ralph Taylor our assistant district governor from Portola ($2500), Ross Morgan ($1500) and Kyle Breaux ($1000) were the big winners!! Suzan explained how the proceeds fund all our youth services activities.
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Posted by Donna Wood on Feb 11, 2014

Christine (Chris) Crawford is probably best known as the owner of Epilog Books, but today she spoke in her newest role as Director of the CASA program.  CASA (Court Appointed Special Agents) is one of 43 CASA programs in California serving as court appointed officers of the court advocating for children in foster care while the court is seeking a permanent resolution for a child’s placement. The program started in Seattle where a judge conceived the idea of using trained community volunteers to speak for the best interest of abused and neglected children’s lives in court helping to ensure they will live in a safe and loving environment.  The program was so successful that judges across the country started using citizen advocates.  The U.S. congress encouraged the expansion of CASA in 1990 with the passage of the Victims Child Abuse Act.  There are over 900 national CASA programs with more than 70,000 volunteer advocates.  Currently in Plumas County, CASA serves 18 children in foster care or 40% of the foster care population.  The goal is to have enough trained, active volunteers to serve 100%.  This will require finding volunteers throughout the county. 

Volunteers talk with the child they serve as well as the people involved in the child’s life and provide a written report to the court with their observations, especially noting any unmet needs.  They also attend court hearings involving the child assigned to them.  Volunteers are not to have a ‘personal’ relationship with the children such as giving out their phone numbers or inviting children into their homes.  Volunteers are required complete 30 hours of training in a curriculum defined by state regulators with 12 hours of continuing education annually which they can obtain in several different ways.  CASA would particularly like to have more young people and more men to serve as role models for the youth involved in the program.  When asked how Rotary could help, Chris asked the members who have employees to promote and support participation from their employees by providing time off for them to serve, approximately 10-15 hours per month for meetings and court dates. 

Chris is the Program Manager and only paid staff person for CASA.  The Advisory Board members include Michael Bagley, Terry Clinch, Kathryn Fisher and Donna Wood.   Much of their effort involves helping to fund raise locally for CASA.  Other funding sources include the California Administrative Office of the Courts, Plumas Superior Court, National CASA grants and generous contributions of individual donors.  The grants from the California Administrative Office of the Courts are competitive and amounts awarded are based on the population, retention of volunteers, and the number of children in dependency.  Plumas CASA received one of the fifteen grants given this year which is not a guarantee we will receive the same amount in the next year.  There are 45 CASA programs in California competing for these funds.  Currently there are three fund raising projects in place which include the sale of Valentine candy, a chocolate heart on a stick made by Carey’s Candy, a valentine dinner at Bontaful Cafe in Blairsden and the Chairs for CASA, donated chairs painted by local artists including the students of Quincy High School art class.  You may find them at various spots around Quincy including Epilog Books.
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Martha (Marty) Walters - Japan Disaster Coordinator

Posted by Donna Wood on Feb 08, 2014
Martha (Marty) Walters - Japan Disaster Coordinator
Our speaker on February 3 was our newest member Martha (Marty) Walters, who though not the scheduled speaker gave an excellent presentation on her experiences as a General Electric employee working in Japan at the time of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami and subsequent nuclear accident, the level 7+ meltdowns at three reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power reactor explosion where G.E. had equipment and personnel.  Marty was living outside Tokyo with her teenaged children who were in school when the event happened.  Transportation was almost at a standstill.  Marty had worked out communication with her children in the event of an emergency so she knew they were safe.
Unexpectedly, Marty became the disaster coordinator for all the employees and facilities in Japan.  Many of the procedures she, in consultation with people from the U. S. and elsewhere, had to develop as circumstances arose during the aftermath, such as finding a way to transport employees and family members from the threatened areas.  The government was not forthcoming with much information, she said, so relying on social media became one of the important sources of information.  Many of the stateside employees were trying to get out of Japan as soon as possible but travel out of Tokyo was not available.  They had to go to southern Japan to get flights. 
There was also the fear of unsafe levels of radioactivity from the nuclear accident.  One of Marty’s efforts was to work with people stateside to figure out what was a safe level and relay the information to the employees.  She spoke of working 20 hour days with their offices in the States and a number of consultants just to manage of the many issues involved and answer the employee’s questions which were coming at an overwhelming rate.  They were able to set up a single site where information would be available. 
In a way, it was the earthquake and resulting eventsthat brought Marty to Quincy and our club.  Her current business as a consultant came via her work as disaster recovery coordinator when one of the firms consulting with GE offered her a new position.  It was an exciting and well-presented program. 
Our latest Blue Badge Member, Darryl Swarm
Martha (Marty) Walters - Japan Disaster Coordinator Donna Wood 2014-02-09 00:00:00Z 0

Quincy Rotary Member Insight

Posted by Donna Wood on Jan 02, 2014
The end of the year brought a different kind of program.  There was no speaker, no formal presentation.  Instead, the program committee designed a program that involved everyone and was designed to help the members know each other better.  It began with five questions, of which we were to choose two and share our answers with the group – What are your favorite things to do? How did you come to live in Quincy?  What are your goals for 2014?  What would you like to change in the world?  What is something about your life others may not know?  
The members really got into the spirit of the day and I for one learned a lot about other members.  For example, did you know Susan Leonhardt is a budding cell phone photographer?  She likes to take pictures of things at angles you don’t ordinarily see.  Who wouldn’t guess that one of Andy Ryback’s goals for 2014 would be to get through half of 2014 and half-way through 2015 as a successful Rotary Club president?  I was certainly surprised to learn Johnny Mansell’s goal for 2014 is to retire.  Mike Summerfield got off to a rough start in life in Ranglo Island, Alaska as a preemie and spent some time in the hospital.  We are happy you made it through Mike.  And then there was the story of Tim Gallagher whose picture was published in National Geographic as he was body surfing.  Dave Little has been holding back on his talents – he traveled with a choir in Europe, including the Ukraine as part of a mission trip.  And John Sturley played saxophone on Brazillian television while doing short-term mission work there.  Toni Thomas shared her favorites things to do are camping with family AND refinishing furniture.  Several folks said they had projects she could ‘enjoy’.  
Needless to say I could go on for a while.  So many stories.  So little space.  Thank you Karen and Siegfried for a good program.  
Quincy Rotary Member Insight Donna Wood 2014-01-03 00:00:00Z 0
Quincy CA Rotary Trends Pete Hochrein 2013-12-31 00:00:00Z 0

Ethan Skemp -Young Exchange Student to Brazil

Posted by Suzan Leonhardt-Mah on Dec 22, 2013
The December 16th program emphasized Rotary’s Long Term Youth Exchange Program and its goal of creating lasting friendships and aiding in international goodwill.  Suzan Leonhardt-Mah gave an overview on Rotary’s Long-term Youth Exchange program by highlighting the three-year process of recruiting, selecting, training and sending students on long-term youth exchange.  She pointed out the many people that are influenced by the Youth Exchange experience, including the exchange student, the host family, fellow students and people in the community the student interacts with.  Suzan discussed the challenges that a youth exchange students face on a daily basis, such as language & communication issues and cultural differences. 
Ethan Skemp, Quincy Rotary’s Rebound Exchange Student, who returned from a year-long exchange in Brazil in August, talked about some of the best moments of his exchange along with some of the challenges he faced.  Ethan, donned in his decorated Youth Exchange blazer, showed the group the many pins he collected from people he met throughout the year.  Ethan had two host families throughout his exchange, one of which he had a difficult time establishing a positive relationship with.  As points of suggestion to Rotary, Ethan said he recommends students have at least three host families throughout their exchange year, and encouraged Rotary to screen host families for their genuine interest in hosting students. 
Suzan continued the presentation by discussing the expectations and rules of the program, such as the four “D”s and the six “B”s.  Suzan also pointed out that hosting is completely voluntary, highlighted the training that volunteers and host families complete to participate in the program, and discussed the relationship between students and host families.   She also illustrated the support system available to exchange students:  host family, Rotary Counselor, Rotary Youth Exchange Officer, Rotary Director of Youth Services, and Club President/District. 
Amy Hendrickson then provided the group feedback on her experience as a parent of an outbound exchange student.  She said her biggest worry was for her son to have a fun time during his exchange.  Furthermore, as a host mom of one of Quincy Rotary’s former inbound exchange students, Amy said hosting Nico was “so much fun.”  She said three to four months was an appropriate amount of time to host a student.   In summary, the Long Term Youth Exchange program, while complicated to implement and manage, is valuable in broadening our perspective of the world we all live in.  Host families are essential to making the program successful.  All members of the Quincy Rotary Club are encouraged to promote the program to potential students and host families! 
Quincy/Pioneer Elementary School will be holding a Spelling Bee scheduled on January 24, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.   Three volunteers are need to judge, say the word, origin, and definations of the words to be given to Spelling Bee contestants.   Volunteers will need to familarize themselves with the rules and procedures for saying the words and judging the contest.  All materials will be provided for the Spelling Bee.  If one of our students does well, they could go as far as the national meet that will be covered by ESPN.    Those wanting to volunteer should call Dwight Pierson at 283-3429.   
Ethan Skemp -Young Exchange Student to Brazil Suzan Leonhardt-Mah 2013-12-23 00:00:00Z 0

The Uganda Nursing School - Bwindi

Posted by Lloyd CRAWFORD on Nov 16, 2013
This Uganda Nursing School - Bwindi progress report is being sent to you because you have donated funds, expressed interest, were part of the approval process or in other ways have expressed support for the project. If you are interested in supporting the school you can make a donation to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) and specify that you want the money to go to Global Grant 14-10616. Thanks for your support.   Jerry Hall, Rotary Club of Reno, Nevada, USA.
Uganda Nursing School - Bwindi
November 11, 2013


The global grant submitted by the Rotary Club of Reno to support the Uganda Nursing School-Bwindi has been approved by The Rotary Foundation! Foundation staff worked with the Reno club in reviewing the grant and used a special process to secure approval. Because the total foundation contribution was in excess of $100,000 a Rotary volunteer from Kenya visited Bwindi to assess and evaluate the project. The Rotary Foundation Trustees would normally be required to approve the project but with the approval of TRF Chairman D.K. Lee, after the onsite evaluation the grant was referred to TRF Programs Committee for review via email. The committee, chaired by Past RI President Kalyan Banerjee, approved the grant and notification of approval was received on September 24. Local match funds were submitted to TRF and the total project funding ($248,758) was received on October 18 and is now available for project commitment.



Nursing School Certification.

The Uganda Nursing Council inspection team visited the school on October 25 and after the on-site review, staff members from UNSB and the Bwindi Community Hospital met in Kampala with the Nursing Council Board. The Council approved certification for the school with conditions and recommendations and will review the school again in two years. Tentatively scheduled to open November 27, the school is the only nursing school in the country that is located and associated with a certified hospital.

The UNSB team is working with Dr. Henry Bukwirwa, Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Kihihi, the host club for the project. Dr. Bukwirwa, a semi-retired professor of anesthesiology, is responsible for overseeing the procurement process and along with his fellow Rotarians will serve as the on-the-ground observer to make Rotary's portion of the project is implemented appropriately.

What are we buying?
The global grant provides for acquisition of equipment and furnishings to support the nursing school. The small campus includes student dormitories and faculty housing (beds, wardrobes, tables and chairs), a great hall with five administrative offices (desks, chairs, computers, printers,  and file cabinets), classrooms (student desks, whiteboards, lab and medical equipment, and simulation models), kitchen and dining room (stoves, ovens, refrigerator/freezer and tables/chairs), and support equipment (telephone, internet, and emergency electrical generator). Because of the remote location time acquiring and transporting equipment and furnishings to the site has been a challenge.

 Vocational Training Team.

A Vocational Training Team, composed of professional nursing educators, will visit Uganda in April/May of 2014 to assist in upgrading the Ugandan tutors training skills. The VTT was originally planned for October but the delays in processing the grant precluded the earlier effort.

Technology and the nursing school.

One of our generous donors has purchased 30 iPads and each iPad will be loaded with the entire electronic version of the first year's required curriculum and will be furnished to the first year students free of charge. The iPads will be supplemented with hard cover textbooks in the library but the intent is to develop and sustain the high tech approach by introducing electronic white boards in the future. This will be a special feature of the development of the school and the technology element will play a key role in student and curriculum evolution.
Eighteen Rotary clubs and over 60 individuals contributed over $68,000 to serve as match for the global grant. Thanks for your support and commitment to Rotary service. Please forward this email to a friend or associate that shares your interest in service to others.

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Monday Night Football

Posted by Dwight PIERSON on Nov 08, 2013

Quincy Club Members had a great time at our annual Fall Social at Main Street Sports Bar.  Members had the opportunity to socialize while watching an exciting game between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears.  Special thanks to David Little for arranging our Monday Night Football party and to all the members who attended.

Rotary Launches New Website



Rotary International launched their new website on August 26, 2013 along with the new Rotary logo. With a fresh new look and a visual design based user experience, Rotary entered the new era of web design with this launch.


This launch comes in time to correspond with ClubRunner's launch of Version 3.0, where we have implemented new themes and are constantly adding even more themes, not to mention giving webmasters the ability to upload their own designs. When RI first announced the redesign initiative of their website, not only did they receive a lot of requests from Rotarians about the ability to mirror the new design for Rotary sites, we too received just as many from our customers.


One of the main priorities for RI was to reflect the Rotary brand using a new color palette, fonts and design elements. As a Rotary International Licensee and a vendor that shares a close relationship with Rotary International, it is our responsibility to promote this new branding and offer Rotary based themes to keep the branding consistent. Later this year and earlier next year, you will begin to see many Rotary inspired themes within the Website Designer 3.0 that will be approved by Rotary International, so your club too will be able to have a theme that is similar to RI's, without any work on your end. 


A lot of clubs have been asking how they would be able to share news from the Rotary site on their own website. As of now, we offer a Rotary RSS feed, which shows the latest Rotary news right on your homepage. We will be discussing other methods of being able to share and integrate ClubRunner sites with RI, and will share that information with you soon.


We have lots more work that co-incides with Rotary's plans in store. Stay tuned for details!


6 Things Really Persuasive People Do



Everyone likes to be heard, acknowledged and have their point made. Whether you are trying to persuade a member to remain part of the club or whether you are trying to convince a prospective member to join your club, persuasion is all about listening.


Most clubs have a goal that is to attract more members to their club, but that's much easier said than done. Effective persuasion is almost like a science that requires one to be patient yet persistent.


  • Be Purposeful


Persuasion is a skill that needs to be developed. Truly persuasive people recognize and understand their power and use it sparingly and knowingly, when they know they can accomplish what they are going for. Aggressive persuaders are like telemarketers that constantly try to convince you of something to the point where you lose all interest and are turned off by their approach. When you are trying to persuade a member to join your club, you have to be able to defend your arguments. Why should they join? How will they benefit?  What can your club offer them? Having a purpose behind your reasons for persuasion can instantly make you more credible.


  • Listen


Listening is the key to moving the conversation forward. As the person who will be doing the persuading, you already know what your arguments are, and you know why you are persuading the person in front of you. Effective persuasion comes from being able to capitalize on consensus. By listening and focusing on the person in front of you, you are able to gauge how receptive they are to your points and to the subject at hand. By listening for objections, persuasive people are able to make their points more effectively . Finally, by listening for moments of agreements, persuasive people are able to customize their arguments to the person they are convincing. 


  • Create Connections


When you are trying to persuade people to join your club who have no prior connections with your club or its members, it becomes very difficult to convince them. The reason is because it is easy for us to dismiss people when we have no relationship with them or any emotional stake in their argument. In order to be truly persuasive, you have to be listening for those shared objectives and common grounds so you can begin to build a connection and relationship. Connections don't have to be limited to relationships, you can also create connections based on emotions and interests. It isn't necessary for the person you are talking to, to know you or any member of your club - learn more about their interests and form a relationship based on similar interests.


  • Offer Satisfaction


Patience is a virtue. Persuasive people understand that their arguments might not lead to a decision today but they know that their goal is to find the easiest path to get that 'yes'. As such, you have to be able to persuade the person in front of you that they will be satisfied upon joining your club. When a person sees how satisfied other members in your club are, their interest level will rise as well.


  • Acknowledge Credibility


Present them with your club's achievements, past projects and success stories. Present them with how your club has benefited the lives of others. By being able to show your past accomplishments, you are increasing the credibility of your club in the prospects mind and are one step closer in encouraging them to join.


  • Know when to remain silent and back away


Successful persuasion is not about winning every time. It's one of the reasons why we get so turned off by people who try to convince us of something aggressively. If listening is important, knowing when to be quiet is just as important. Effective persuaders know when they have made their point and when it's time to end the conversation. Every one needs time to think and reflect on the points presented to them. Allow your prospective members some time to think about whether they want to join your club or not, and follow up with them in a few weeks. Urgency and immediacy don't result in the best decisions, so it's important to just make your points and back away. Given time to reflect on your arguments, if made effectively, you can achieve what you set to do.



Adapted from Article: 7 Things Really Persuasive People Do

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Vicki - District Governors Address

Posted by Dwight PIERSON on Nov 02, 2013


Vicki Puliz

District Governor

Vicki Puliz



Governor's Message


RI President Ron Burton selected the theme Engage Rotary Change Lives to inspire and unite Rotarians around the world in this coming year. What do these words say to you? Do they remind you that it is through our actions that we make real impact in serving our communities? Are you thinking of the members of your own club and engaging every Rotarian to give them the opportunity to learn what it means to be a Rotarian? Do the words speak to the significance and importance of our work as Rotarians? Are the words an invitation to support The Rotary Foundation to continue to "do good in the world"--in our own communities and around the globe? The work of Rotary happens in each and every club in our District by Rotarians. It is through Rotarians and Rotary clubs that we will Engage Rotary Change Lives. My challenge to you is to energize your club to be stronger in the coming year as you Engage Rotary Change Lives.

Stronger by...

  • engaging all your members in Rotary.
  • welcoming the family of Rotary--spouses, children, family members to your club events and activities.
  • supporting new generations programs, like interact, Rotaract, RYE, RYLA and Rotary Eight Grade Leadership.
  • sponsoring the rising stars in your club to Rotary Leadership Institute training to build their own skills and build the leadership bench in your club--making club membership a professional advantage worth the time.
  • building business networking and vocational service in your club--making club membership a professional advantage worth the time.
  • satisfying the needs of you club members for fun, fellowship, and personal growth opportunities.
  • recognizing the passions of your club members and connecting those passions to doing important work in the community and the world through service.
  • making your meetings inviting, informative, and inspiring.
  • attracting and engaging new members in your club--for fresh ideas, fresh enthusiasm, and to allow your club to deliver even more service.
  • making every member of your club even prouder to be a Rotarian.
What makes us unique as Rotarians is how we build lifelong relationships, in our clubs and around the world. We do what is right and connect diverse perspectives in reaching a solution. We use our business and professional leadership skills, connections and resources to solve problems. And we are persistent in achieving our goals.

The success of Rotary is in our hands and the greatest days for our organization are just ahead. The Rotary clubs of District 5190 are active in so many projects and efforts to empower youth, ensure health, advance literacy, assist those in need, and build peace--whether in a local middle school or across the globe.

We are "this Close" to ending polio as we will keep our promise to the children of the world. And we are launching into a whole new era with our Rotary Foundation which will give us the chance to make a more significant and sustainable impact on major problems in the world through our 6 areas of focus, while providing support and flexibility for the projects our clubs want to conduct in our local communities.

It is a great time to be a Rotarian! As we Engage Rotary Change Lives this year be prepared for your own life to be the one that is changed the most.



Vici Puliz
District Governor, 2013-2014
Rotary District 5190





Our newest members Wes Sanders (sponsor Doug Ely) and Siegfried Fiolka (sponsor Mike Summerfield).





Our student to Ballarat Australia - Christen Samuels thanked Quincy Rotary for a wonderful experience.


Michael, Kristian Samuels (Ballarat exchange student), Suzan, and Bethany Rouse (Senior Quincy High)


Herschel received the Quiet Rotary Citation and Dwight received the Energizer Citation.

Vicki - District Governors Address Dwight PIERSON 2013-11-03 00:00:00Z 0

Cody Reed - Digging In

Posted by Donna Wood on Oct 26, 2013

Digging In

Cody Reed, director of the Digging In, one of the programs sponsored by Women’s Mountain Passages, is a program that provides experiential education opportunities to the youth of Plumas County in the areas of agricultural sustainability, local food systems and healthy lifestyles.  They started with a garden at Pioneer Elementary School in Quincy in 2010.  They began the garden in Greenville in 2011.  The vision is to involve a garden in each of the elementary schools in Plumas County.  Fun garden lessons provide kids with an understanding of the interconnected nature of agriculture, ecology, and society through a summer day camp and classroom lessons.  And what child doesn’t love digging in the dirt?

These garden experiences nurture a child’s curiosity and provide contextual learning experiences in the areas of life sciences, mathematics and even social history.  The education part of the program supports state standards.  “Project based and place based learning improves critical thinking and gives the children a sense of place,” said Cody.

The program also encourages healthy eating.  Garden based nutrition education increases fruit and vegetable consumption and works far better than nutrition classes.  The children get excited about eating the fruits and vegetables they grow.  When possible, school cafeteria staff include the vegetables grown in the gardens into the school meal program.

The vision for the program is to have an educator and garden caretaker for each garden location which means recruiting persons to work with Digging in during the school year and as part of the summer program.  The program is coordinated through Women’s Mountain Passages with support from Plumas Rural Services and Sierra Farmstead in cooperation with Plumas County School District.  They depend a great deal on donations from individual supporters and community groups. 

If interested, you may also volunteer to serve on either of the Alder Street or Greenville Garden Committees.  For more information or to donate contact Cody Reed at



Cody Reed - Digging In Donna Wood 2013-10-27 00:00:00Z 0

Foundation Dinner - "Motorcycle Bob" Mutchler and the Ride to End Polio

Posted by Peter Hochrein on Oct 19, 2013


Bob Mutchler, or "Motorcycle Bob" as he is referred to by the media, is a successful, fourth generation Northern California piano technician who joined Rotary International in 1970.

At the club level, Bob has served in every Avenue of Service during his tenure as a member of the North Sacramento Rotary Club and has perfect attendance for his entire time in Rotary.  He has also served on numerous District 5180 committees since 1982, including such positions as: Area Representative, District Raffle Chair, Annual Giving Chair, PolioPlus Chair and Area Foundation  Chair and District   Foundation Chair for District 5180.

A multi Paul Harris Fellow and Major Donor, Bob is an avid supporter of the Rotary Foundation.  He was awarded the District 5180 Service Award in 1998 by District Governor Tom Campton, a special District Award for his PolioPlus Motorcycle Rides in 1999 by District Governor Bob Wassum, and the Rotary International Award for Meritorious Service by the Rotary Foundation Trustees in 1998-99, and the Rotary International Regional PolioPlus Service Award for 2002 - 03.

 Bob has been honored with dozens of legislative proclamations from states and cities all over North America, including being presented with keys to cities and days named in his honor across America as he spread the message of PolioPlus to Rotarians and non-Rotarians alike.  He has spoken to legislative bodies, immunization conferences, Rotary conferences and seminars across the continent over the past seven years on the subject of PolioPlus.

 One of the world's top marathon motorcycle riders, Bob has set many world records.  As a result, his story and the story of PolioPlus has received hundreds of publicity spots, including television, radio, newspaper and magazine stories.   Thanks to his efforts, the story of PolioPlus has been publicized in several full feature magazine stories, including Street Bike, MotorcyclistExceptional Parenting and the Rotarian, to name a few.

 His sponsors include BMW Motorcycles, Hannigan Sidecars, Jelly Belly Candies, Inland Business Systems of Sacramento, Alternative Health and Wellness Center of Sacramento, Dave Boles Marketing, Motorcyclists for Awareness of Children's Health, and many, many more.

Check the web site for on-going trips and projects.  The world still has polio.  There is a lot of work left to do.














Foundation Dinner - "Motorcycle Bob" Mutchler and the Ride to End Polio Peter Hochrein 2013-10-20 00:00:00Z 0

Take Flight - Enloe FlightCare Program

Posted by Donna Wood on Oct 12, 2013

 Foundation Dinner October 16 6 PM - No Meeting Monday October 14

Enloe FlightCare Flying at the Speed of Life 


Marty Marshal and Joleen Francis explain Take Fight program at Enloe Flightcare, Chico




Enloe FlightCare Flying at the Speed of Life

You probably don’t give much thought to Enloe FlghtCare unless you or a family member suddenly has a medical emergency and needs to be transported to Enloe or another regional hospital for specialized emergency treatment.  In those instances it is good to know the service is available and has been since 1985 and Rotary speaker Marty Marshall, Director of Emergency Services and Program Director of FlightCare has been part of the program from the beginning. 

Enloe FlightCare was the first air-ambulance service north of Sacramento.  It grew out of a need to rapidly transport patients from growing mountain communities to its base hospital, Enloe Hospital, a a Level II trauma center. The service responds to an average of three calls per day within a 75-mile radius of Enloe in counties that include Butte, Tehema, Glenn, Plumas, Colusa, Sierra, Yuba and parts of Lassen.  The program has transported more than 16,000 patients since its inauguration.

It received 3-year accreditation in 2008 and 2011 from the Commission on Accreditation of Air Medical Transport which recognized FlightCare for providing “highly skilled flight nurse/paramedic teams to care for adult and pediatric patients.”

FlightCare currently operates an AS-350 A-Star helicopter equipped with emergency equipment necessary to provide inflight care for critical patients.  There has been only one fatal accident in the history of the service in Butte Meadows as a result of weather conditions.  The pilot was killed and the crew seriously injured.  It was one of the first three air medical programs in the country to be fully certified with the FAA to use night-vision goggles.  Now almost every such program uses these goggles.

The current aircraft is approaching a milestone date in its operational life which would require a complete teardown, inspection and possible upgrades costing hundreds of thousands of dollars and taking the helicopter out of service for several months.  In the meantime another helicopter would have to be leased.  In May 2012, the Enloe Board of Trustees voted to upgrade to a newer EC 130 Ecostar which will position FlightCare for several decades.  The EcoStar features enhanced operational safety features and increased versatility.  It has a larger cabin allowing caregivers easier access to patients in-flight as well as more space for equipment and technology to provide even better treatment. For all you folks who live near PDH, the new aircraft will be significantly quieter.  The Board has also ordered a dedicated Neonatal Isolette for transporting babies.

The cost of the helicopter and isolette is $3,500,000.  But no operating funds will be used for the purchase.  The Enloe Foundation has pledged $1,000,000 while the sale of the current aircraft will net $1,500,000.  The rest will come from donations.   

Marty and Jolene Francis, Enloe Director  of Advancement also encouraged Rotarians to enroll in the FlightCare Services program which enables its members to take advantage of the service should they need it without incurring the full price of an air ambulance transport which can cost thousands of dollars.  The annual cost is $40 per individual or $50 per family.  Or you can become part of a group of eight or more and pay just $30 per year.  And the transportation service is not limited to Enloe, thanks to reciprocal agreements with other regional air-ambulance services.  You can find out more by calling .        





Take Flight - Enloe FlightCare Program Donna Wood 2013-10-13 00:00:00Z 0

Trail Work Day

Posted by Peter Hochrein on Oct 05, 2013

A note from Greg Williams and how the shutdown has effected our Cody Anderson, our speaker last week.

The recent shutdown of the Federal government hit home for the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship. Our Lakes Basin projects, which are funded via Federal money, were halted immediately. The Mount Hough OHV trail project was also compromised – we will be able to perform trail maintenance as this is a state funded project, but we will not be able to process payments. As a result, we have had to temporarily lay off 8 of our loyal and hardworking trail crew. To put it bluntly, that sucks.

However, thanks to grants from Patagonia and REI, we are able to continue working on the REI funded Pack Saddle trail project and the Patagonia funding will allow us to continue to make some magic happen in the Lakes Basin. At times like this, with no clear idea about when and how the Federal government may get back to work, the support of our partners and members becomes more crucial than ever, and we cannot thank you all enough for having our backs.

We can’t say it often enough: Thank You.

The Shutdown Blues is also an opportunity for us to start talking about how the future may shape up. We have been candid in the past about the long-range forecast not being too rosy in terms of Federal funding. Grant money is drying up, and new grants are fewer and further between. This is a cyclical occurrence, and it tends to follow phases of recession pretty closely. So, in the long run, that situation is likely to improve again, but as far as the next few years are concerned, source money for a non-profit like ours is going to get stretched thin.

To that end, we are going to start assertively growing our membership base. You, our members, are our backbone. The more of you there are, the more work we can get done. We are going to be asking you to stay involved, and to bring your friends. We are going to increase the number of our fundraising events, and we are going to incentive you to spread our gospel the old fashioned way – by showering you with swag, staging good parties, and pouring beer down your throat. Hell, we might even run some pledge drives – “As soon as we hit our funding goal today, we’ll start building the next ten feet of trail. Henry’s standing by the phone waiting for your call…”

Okay, maybe not the pledge drives, but we’re serious about the other stuff. We’ve got a lot of work to do, as always, and we are going to need your help. As always.

And really, we can’t say it often enough: Thank You.

Trail Work Day Peter Hochrein 2013-10-06 00:00:00Z 0

Affordable Care Act

Posted by Peter Hochrein on Sep 29, 2013

Mike introduces our speaker Mike Accetta




Calif. Becomes Laboratory for Affordable Care Act

A national health policy nonprofit on Thursday announced it is making California the focal point of a long-term research project to examine whether the Affordable Care Act lives up to expectations for the uninsured.

The Kaiser Family Foundation released the initial results of interviews with 2,000 randomly selected Californians who had lacked health insurance for at least two months.

The study will follow the respondents for two years, as they examine their options under the federal health care law. The act reaches its most notable public milestone Tuesday when the exchanges that act as marketplaces for insurance shopping open for business.

The initial study, conducted from mid-July to the end of August, found a relatively favorable response regarding expectations, with about 40 percent of those who are uninsured believing the Affordable Care Act will improve their ability to get affordable health insurance. Yet it also found a huge communication gap between the law's boosters and those who could benefit from it: About seven in 10 uninsured Californians told researchers they did not have enough information to understand how the law will affect their families.

California is home to roughly 15 percent of the nation's uninsured residents. About 7 million people in the state were without health insurance at some point in 2012, including about 6 million adults.

Of that number, 5.5 million are expected to be able to participate in the health insurance exchange in California based on their income and immigration status, according to data contained in the Kaiser report from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

High costs and loss of a job were the most frequented reasons cited for going without health insurance.

California represents a credible laboratory to study the effects of the federal law because of its sheer size and diversity, and because the state has embraced the Affordable Care Act, said Mollyann Brodie, director of survey research at Kaiser Family Foundation headquarters in Menlo Park. The state's health benefits exchange, called Covered California, is seen as a bellwether for the rollout of open enrollment nationwide.

While the uninsured and self-insured can begin enrolling Tuesday, actual coverage starts Jan. 1.

Brodie said the nonprofit developed the study as a way to create an independent and objective picture of the law's consequences, rather than having its effects seen through the lens of just a few individuals. The idea was to track "what's really happening" through a representative group of uninsured.

"We feel like it's the only way really to assess the impact of the law on real people's lives — to talk to them and let them have a voice in telling us how it's working for them or not working for them," she said.

Kaiser's initial survey found widespread confusion about the law. Nearly three-quarters of uninsured Californians who would be eligible for government subsidies to buy insurance did not know they were eligible or believed they would be ineligible. The subsidies, which can greatly lower the cost of insurance for lower-income people, will be available on a sliding scale to individuals making up to $45,960 a year or a family of four with an annual income $94,200.

Nearly half of those whose incomes were low enough to qualify for Medicaid coverage didn't know it or thought they were not eligible. Medicaid will cover individuals whose incomes top out at $15,400 a year, or a family of four with an annual income of about $31,000.

More than 40 percent of the uninsured were unaware that the law includes a penalty for those who do not obtain health insurance, starting out at a minimum of $95 a year but rising to at least $695 by 2016.

Even when informed of the penalty, four of every 10 uninsured Californians said they still would not get coverage or that their decision would depend on the cost.

Anthony Wright, director of the nonprofit Health Access California, said those initial results weren't surprising given the level of attacks by opponents of the Affordable Care Act. He expects that to change once people begin shopping for insurance on the exchanges and can see what the law means for them.

"The political question is, 'What side are you on?' It's a very different question to say, 'How do I benefit and what are my new health care options now?'" he said. "That can change the dynamics."

Affordable Care Act Peter Hochrein 2013-09-30 00:00:00Z 0

Feather River Fish Hachery Program

Posted by Donna Wood on Sep 21, 2013

Pictured Below is Zach Parks, FRC Wild Trout Fish Hatchery Director. Zach was our speaker at our September 16th meeting at the Lakeshore Resort at Bucks Lake


 Feather River College

Fish Hatchery Program by Pete Hochrein


Our program at Buck’s Lake was informative and entertaining.  Zach Parks, manager of the FRC Fish Hatchery talked about the partnership between Buck's Lake Marina owners Dewitt and Kim Henderson and Jay Wright who started the Feather River Fish Hatchery in the 1980’s to teach students fishery and hatchery techniques hands-on.  The partnership began in 2000 to bring the lake back up to 1940 standards when it was abundant with brown trout.  However, as mackinaw and kokanee were introduced into the man-made lake, the population of brown trout dropped drastically.


The project which continues under Zach Parks’ management has proved to be successful.  The partnership also includes the Chester High School program.  The high school students provide their fingerlings to the FRC hatchery where they remain until they are about twelve inches in length when they are released into Buck’s Lake. 


Of course it is much more complicated, especially in the beginning of the project coordinating the spawning of the kokanee so that the brown trout could actually feed on the young kokanee as they were released into the lake through a dammed Buck’s Creek. (Who knew fresh water fish like to eat other fish?)  Eventually the brown trout population multiplied and grew to a good fishing weight.  Recently a 14-pound brown trout was pulled from the lake.

Zach gave a great picture that I cannot begin to relate in its entirety.  But he gave an open invitation to come and tour the facility if you are ever in the area of Feather River College.  He also said that if you come in October and November you may even see a Bald Eagle or two.

Picture from program on the Ukraine by Gabe Sturley


Feather River Fish Hachery Program Donna Wood 2013-09-22 00:00:00Z 0

Gabe Sturley - Observations from Ukraine

Posted by Donna Wood on Sep 14, 2013


Observations from Ukraine - Gabe Sturley by Donna Wood

Logon to and you will see that Odessa in the former Soviet Socialist Republic of Ukraine is a thriving industrial and trading complex known as the Pearl of the Black Sea with access to trading routes from the Central and Northern Europe to the Near East and Asia crossing.  It would appear the Odessa government offers priority support to the needs of various industry branches located in their city. “Thanks to the beautiful sanatoriums, beaches and recreation complexes, Odessa attracts a lot of tourists, especially in summer. Tourist business is attractive and profitable.”  Because of its many educational establishments, theaters, museums, libraries and other cultural and educational profile establishments, the city is known all over the as the economical and the cultural center of Ukraine. According to the web site, the “city’s main treasure is its inhabitants. They have always been known for their business astuteness, initiative and tolerance. Odessa is the only city in Ukraine which has so many nationalities living in it and having really great relationships with each other. From their very childhood, the Odessites are being brought up in the atmosphere of hospitality, warm-heartiness and wicked humor, that’s why no feuds have ever happened and will never happen here.  Odessa’s doors are always open for cultural and business cooperation!”

This glowing description of Odessa and the Ukraine seems a far cry from what the ‘throw away’ children of whom Gabe Sturley, our Rotary speaker for our September 9 meeting, spoke as he described his experience of, and his work with, orphans in the Odessa area.

Gabe’s experience started with learning how to speak Russian.  “Russian is not Spanish,” he said.  It also presents several awkward challenges because of similar pronunciations of such words as ‘with’ and ‘urinate.’  But language is not the only challenge.  Roads are so full of pot holes that only the drunk drive straight.   And the economy, from Gabe’s perspective, “is a joke.”  People earn an average of $200-300 per month and corruption and bribery are a way of life.  Renewing their visas took twenty-one trips to government offices. 

But an even greater tragedy, from Gabe’s perspective, is the 250,000 orphans living within the Ukraine.  Most of the children are not orphans because of their parents’ deaths, but because they have been “discarded like trash.”  One person asked him why he was spending his time working with orphans told him “those type of children we have no use for.”  Perhaps this is the reason that 70% of orphan boys enter into organized crime and 60% of the girls become prostitutes.  These children live in “a dark culture within a hostile world.” 

Are there opportunities for education?  There are public schools.  Most attend school through 9th grade after which they have an opportunity to enter trade school.  Others attend through 11th grade and are ‘qualified’ to attend one of the many colleges and universities, though for orphans this is not their reality.

Gabe, his wife and the people with whom they work are working to change the bleakness and offer a different kind of future for the children they serve.  It is a challenge in an environment where more people have access to cell phones than to clean drinking water and where alcoholism is rampant.  They experience their successes not in terms of numbers, but in the individual lives changed such as the young man who, when asked to share his goals, said his goal was to “not beat my wife, be kind to my children and to get and keep a job to support them.”

Gabe Sturley - Observations from Ukraine Donna Wood 2013-09-15 00:00:00Z 0

Speaker Highlights from August 26, 2013 YOUTH REPORT ON EXPERIENCE OF RYLA CAMP

Posted by Donna Wood on Sep 07, 2013

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a training event for leaders and potential leaders between their junior and senior high school years. The week-long program challenges and inspires them through discussions, inspirational addresses, leadership training and social activities designed to enhance personal development, leadership skills and good citizenship.  This year the Quincy Rotary Club sent Claire Kepple and Kindal Hicks to RYLA.

Claire confessed that while she had heard others say it changed their lives, she (being a stubborn person) was not going to say that.  “But it did,” she said.   Claire was particularly impacted by one of the speakers, Tyler Darward, who started with the story of his life, the problems and difficulties he had.  He told them that “everybody has a story”, and we need to listen to those stories before making judgments.  Already it has made her look at people differently – on the street, in the grocery store.  She said she finds herself wondering what their story might be. 

Claire will be class president of her senior class this year and expects to use what she learned at, Camp RYLA to help her be successful, especially what she learned about leadership and model of Captain (leaders), Cargo (those who sit back and watch) and Crew (the ones willing to help out).  Her goal as president is to let all the people in her class come with their talents and gifts to provide input into the various senior class events and projects.

Kendal attended week three of Camp RYLA.  She made it her goal to meet everyone in camp and she managed to meet all but two.  “By the end of the week, every face “meant something to me,” she remarked.  The campers were divided into groups of 8-10 students.  She noted that within each group some immediately stepped up as group leaders without being asked and that the group members became really close. 

As the week went on, she said the challenges increased and noted the ‘ropes’ course was a huge part of her experience because one really had to learn to trust the other group members. She also appreciated speaker Phil Hoyt who had them speaking and pushed them to step out of their comfort zones.  This was important to Kendal who admitted to having trouble talking in front of others.  He also introduced them to the idea of a say-do ratio, reminding them to follow through on what you say you are going to do.  Kendal will be president of the ‘S’ Club this year and she feels what she learned at Camp Ryla will help her be successful.

Both girls look forward to putting their newly learned skills into action in their senior year and when they leave for college. 




Speaker Highlights from August 26, 2013 YOUTH REPORT ON EXPERIENCE OF RYLA CAMP Donna Wood 2013-09-08 00:00:00Z 0

Envrionmental Alternatives

Posted by Donna Wood on Aug 24, 2013

Office Coordinator Jane Strohmaier and Social Worker Kate Pomeroy presented a very informative program on Environmental Solutions (EA) a private non-profit corporation that provides a variety of residential programs to children unable to remain in their own homes.  Founded in 1981, EA is the third largest organization of its kind in California.  The biological family is, of course, the first choice to raise a child.  But when a parent is unable to take care of a child for any number of reasons – neglect, abuse, homelessness of parents.  Some parents may voluntarily place a child in foster care temporarily while they concentrate on putting their lives in order – find a job, permanent housing, addiction, etc.  Whatever the reason, EA is there to help.   Unfortunately, they do not have the most important resource for a child placement – foster families.  

What are the requirements?  Foster parents are people who, having come to understand all of these realities choose to become substitute families for these children in need. They are people who are genuinely concerned about the well-being of children and families and want to help them grow into healthy, happy, productive adults.   Parents who do choose to become foster parents are not alone in the adventure.  They are supported by EA with weekly home visits by social work staff, substantial financial reimbursement, training and continuing education, 24-hour support, counseling and crisis intervention support services.

The program for youth transitioning out of foster care provides training to make them ready to live on their own.  One of the goals is to help guide these young people in the direction of continued academics or vocational training.  EA is looking for businesses to mentor them especially in a vocational environment.

Yet another way to support the program is to take advantage of the Lake Francis Resort operated by EA in Dobbins, California.  The resort is designed for family camping experiences.  Earnings from this resort are used to provide foster children with summer camp experiences at Camp Rockin’ U, also operated by EA.  The camp is open to all children and is accredited by the American Camping Association.


Envrionmental Alternatives Donna Wood 2013-08-25 00:00:00Z 0

4-H Members and their Junior Livestock Entries – August 12, 2013

Posted by Donna Wood on Aug 17, 2013

Rotary members were entertained and impressed by four 4-H members, first timers and old (young) timers who are showing livestock at the Plumas-Sierra County Fair this year. 

First up was 12-year-old Parker Carey who is showing for the first time.  He has raised a market hog, a Yorkshire Hampshire cross named Spice from 50 pounds to 240 pounds.  “His hams are big and juicy, perfect for your sandwich," writes Parker in his letter to potential buyers at the auction on Sunday, August 18.  Cody Morrison was next up.  Last year he raised a Reserve Champion honor for his swine.  This year he’s going for Grand Champion.

Madison is showing Rabbits which she had with her.  They are 10-week-old Dutch Cross named Luna, Neville, Draco and another since forgotten. (Mea culpa)  You might recognize the names from the Harry Potter books.  While in the swine category, bigger is better, but rabbits must not be over 5 pounds or under 3.

Haley Kline also has a swine entry, a Yorkshire cross who likes to go for walks.  From runt of the litter, Haley hopes her swine will rise to Grand Champion.  But rather than talking about her entry, she turned the tables and asked questions of the Rotary members, who were mostly off the mark.    Do you know how Wall Street got its name?  Some say it was because of a wall built after DeWaal had purchased land that became New Amsterdam in order to defend the colony against both the British and the American Indians tribes that still dominated the area.  Haley assured us the wall was built to keep out wild hogs. Of Rick Foster, noted retired local pharmacist was asked where cortisone comes from.  He failed the test.  Says Haley, it is from the adrenal gland of a pig.  Where else? The third and final question was what are the two white breeds of swine?  Chuck Leonhardt didn’t know, nor did anyone else.  They are the Yorkshire and Chester White.  With that, Haley left us with this quote from Harry Truman, “No man should be allowed to be president who doesn’t understand hogs…” 



4-H Members and their Junior Livestock Entries – August 12, 2013 Donna Wood 2013-08-18 00:00:00Z 0

Wes Sanders, Owner of Pioneer RV Park Promoting Tourism in Plumas County

Posted by Donna Wood on Aug 08, 2013

Wes Sanders of Plumas County Tourism, Recreation and Hospitality Council was our speaker Monday, August 5.  Wes became the owner of Pioneer RV Park two and a half years ago, a business that depends largely on tourism for its business.  Budget cuts in 2012 included any monies dedicated for tourism.  It was then that concerned business owners and others who see tourism as a source of income for our communities formed the Tourism Council to try and fill the need.  They now have an extensive web site managed by Karen Moritz promoting local businesses in an inviting way.  In the past year, they have received 219,023 visits to the site of which 154,997 were unique new visitors.  You can visit the site at and see for yourself. 

The web site is viewed as a starting point with plans to go even further to bring the Plumas County story to the rest of the nation and beyond.  Sunset Magazine, a popular venue for vacation and other travelers is planning an article on the Cascades Trail and contacted the Council for input.  They are also planning to link other businesses to their websites.  As West said, “we are an undiscovered county” as far as recreation is concerned.  He cited his own experience of traveling to Lassen for years and never knew anything about Plumas County other than visiting Chester for supplies and the occasional dining out experience.  The Council wants to change that.

Wes and Karen invited Rotarians to participate through sponsorship of the Council or attending their monthly meetings held at Moon’s on the last Thursday of each month at 9:00 am.  They are also asking businesses who want to link to their web site to contact Karen Moritz at  Or you may call Valerie Nellor at 927-9246 with any questions.




Wes Sanders, Owner of Pioneer RV Park Promoting Tourism in Plumas County Donna Wood 2013-08-09 00:00:00Z 0

Annie at the West End Theatre!

Posted by Andrew Ryback on Jul 28, 2013


On July 29th Quincy Rotarians were treated to mimosas at the Alley Cat Cafe followed by a promotional performance of of the upcoming August production of Annie.  The show's tickets are expected to sell quickly, so buy early!  Ticket information can be found at the West End Theater web site



Mission accomplished.  The Quincy Rotary moved the play set for Plumas Rural Services on Thursday 8/1/13.  It took seven Rotarians and two hours.  It turned out great. Rotary members are:  Richard Stockton, John DeSelle, Rick Leonhardt, David Edwards, Toni Thomas, Johnny Mansell and Steven King.








Annie at the West End Theatre! Andrew Ryback 2013-07-29 00:00:00Z 0

Local CHP Officers to issue warnings for driving 85mph in a 55mph zone...Not!

Posted by Andrew Ryback on Jul 21, 2013


Local California Highway Patrol Commander Joe Edwards addressed the Rotary Club of Quincy on July 22nd and gave a very informative speech on historical events that have shaped the way our CHP Officers provide safety, service and security for California's citizens and everyone else who uses the thousands of miles of our state's roadways.

Behind the Scenes at the Quincy Community Supper sponsored by the Quincy Rotary Club.


 Ready to serve food to a very appreciative group.



Local CHP Officers to issue warnings for driving 85mph in a 55mph zone...Not! Andrew Ryback 2013-07-22 00:00:00Z 0

Community Connections - It's About Time by Leslie Wall

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Jul 13, 2013

President John taking care of business!!


Lunch at the Rotary Pavilion


Presentation by Leslie Wall about Plumas County's Community Connections.


As a member, all your Rotary Community service will give you time credit.




Community Connections - It's About Time by Leslie Wall Pete Hochrein 2013-07-14 00:00:00Z 0

President Breaux's First Day

Posted by John Breaux on Jul 05, 2013

President Breaux got a very chilly reception from the members on his first day in office. by Dwight Pearson

After a festive celebration of the demotion of Past President Pete Hochrein, Quincy Rotary Club Members met July 1st at the Rotary Pavilion to witness firsthand the new leadership to be provided by John Breaux.   After a great lunch, members became discontent and left before John could share his vision for his year as President of the Quincy Noon Rotary Club.   Attached is a picture of the program which gives reason why members left the premise.Inline image 1

The next meeting of our Rotary Club is July 8, 2013.   It will be interesting to see if John rises to the occasion and gains the admiration and respect of the membership.  Some say this is a very difficult task.   To insure that John is successful, we must all make a commitment to be present at as many meetings as possible to provide him the support and guidance so that John can reach his full potential.




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Club Assemble - Fund Raising, New Generations, Membership and Public Relations

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Jul 04, 2013

President John Breaux challenged members of the Quincy Rotary Club to remember why we are Rotarians and to think of ways in which we can challenge ourselves as well as our club.  

The remainder of the meeting was set aside for Quincy Rotary Club Committees to update their plans for the next few months.  Reports from the committees included:
Community Service
Most immediate project is the Community Super scheduled Wednesday, July 17th at the Quincy Community Methodist Church.   Members are encouraged to rsvp if they will be able to help with the preparation and serving of the meal.  Other goals include finishing the dugout at Rotary Field, looking at ways to be of service through Community Connections, and to review projects that might be eligible for funding from Rotary International.
Still in the organization stage.   Hope to obtain materials from Rotary International that provide more insight on how our local funds are used.  Also want to provide updates throughout the year on ways we can give and how the funds will be used.  The Uganda Nursing Project has not been officially approved but there remains interest among club members to fund that project.  If approved, contributions could be credited toward a Paul Harris Fellowship.
New Generations
Plans are to have a Rotary Information Booth at open houses at Quincy High School and Quincy Christian School.  The purpose is to have information available to parents to include info on RYLA, 8th Grade Leadership, and exchange programs sponsored by our Club.  
A new membership list is being developed.  Members are encouraged to invite possible new members to one of our club meetings.
Public Relations
Working on new update on Facebook.  Will highlight recent accomplishments including Natalie Kepple winning District 5190 Music Contest.  Question was asked if members would value training on how to log onto the club's website.   
Community Service
Group photo Quincy Rotary Club is scheduled July 28 at the  Plumas Courthouse.   The annual Buck's Lake event will be scheduled after Labor Day.  



Club Assemble - Fund Raising, New Generations, Membership and Public Relations Pete Hochrein 2013-07-05 00:00:00Z 0

President Pete's Demotion

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Jun 28, 2013






Andi Barnard receives her Paul Harris Fellowship from Ken Barnard.



Jim Boland describes the exploits of President Pete.


Dwight leading the troops.


President Pete with his retirement bike.


Past President Pete and his new gavel with New President John.


Pinning President John.


John introducing his Board.


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New Member Rick Leonhardt and Club Assemble

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Jun 12, 2013

 Our newest member - Rick Leonhardt


 Youth Services Committee


 Club Service Committee


 Community Service Committee


 Foundation Committee


Membership Committee


 Public Image Committee


New Member Rick Leonhardt and Club Assemble Pete Hochrein 2013-06-13 00:00:00Z 0

Trina Cunningham - Reviving the Mountain Maidu Culture

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Jun 07, 2013
Mountain Maidu by Trina Cunningham by Donna Wood 


Trina Cunningham, a member of the Mountain Maidu tribe, greeted us with the traditional tribal greeting which translated is “Hello my friends,” because in their tradition everyone is a friend. 

But not everyone has been a friend to the Maidu.  In 1851, for example, the Governor of California placed a bounty on each native person which resulted in genocide of native people.  Trina pointed out that in high school she learned about the Jewish holocaust but nothing was ever mentioned about the death of so many native persons. 


The Mountain Maidu Indians of Genesee Valley are a federally unrecognized tribe. During the Gold Rush, land reservation treaties were left unratified, leaving the Maidu landless and in danger of losing cultural knowledge and practices. Over the years the language, which is unwritten, has almost been lost.  Currently there are six people who speak the language fluently.  Of those six one is a trained teacher, Trina’s brother.  They are working to expand this language into schools as part of the language arts departments’ options.  But first they must train teachers. 


The Feather River Land Trust wanted to work with the Maidu people to help restore their culture.  They created cultural conservation easements to protect and promote Maidu engagement on the Heart K Ranch in perpetuity.  A partnership with the Feather River Land Trust, Plumas Audubon Society and the Mountain Maidu is enabling that to happen.  Ms. Cunningham periodically leads interpretive hikes through what is part of her family’s traditional home for several generations.


Ms. Cunningham also spoke about the Maidu Summit Consortium composed of representatives from nine Mountain Maidu groups, with a vision of site protection and stewardship throughout the Maidu homeland which is working to attain rights to “Tasman Koyom” or Humbug Valley as it is better known.  The consortium is negotiating with Pacific Gas & Electric to become the rightful stewards of the land.  The intent is to have a Maidu Cultural outdoor summer area with ongoing cultural and ecological programs throughout summer months, offering affordable seminars in traditional Maidu skills and knowledge as a way of preserving the rapidly dissolving knowledge of “the old ways” and culture of the Mountain Maidu people




Trina Cunningham - Reviving the Mountain Maidu Culture Pete Hochrein 2013-06-08 00:00:00Z 0

82nd Charter Night

Posted by Pete Hochrein on May 29, 2013

Charter Night Celebration by Dona Wood

Our May 20 meeting was an evening of fun, food and celebration as we marked the 82nd anniversary of the Rotary Club of Quincy with reminiscences from several past presidents.  The program began, however, with President Pete’s report from the District Conference.  Highlights included the announcement that Natalie Kepple, who was our Music Contest winner, took first place in the District competition.   President Pete reported that our past-president Claude McColm had been honored.   We won a number of awards, most notably the award for Club of Excellence – Medium Size Club.  We inducted Kevin Trutna, President of Feather River College, as our newest member.  With great fanfare, President Pete presented John DeSelle a Paul Harris Fellow highlighting John’s commitment to the Club as treasure for 29 years and his efforts in club service including the raising of $250,000 for the Skate Park, volunteering for many service projects; and his role in Polio Plus Fund raising. It was an evening of merriment and reflection as each one recalled the highlights of their terms representing 9 years of Service Above Self.  Well done, gentlemen.




District Conference Display and Awards


Our newest member, Kevin Trutna, President of FRC, with sponsor Bill Elliott.


A Paul Harris Fellow for a very deserving John DeSelle.


The past presidents sharing their thoughts included:

1973-74 – Jim Bequette, although unable to attend, sent a message about a stubborn Scott Tulsa and a $.50 fine.

1975-76 – Ches Pence - Taking over as president after that year's president resigned a month into his presidency (must have been a tough bunch).


1986-87 – Barry Bailey - Told of a shivery for the newly wed Ernie Leonhardt.


1988-89 – Tom Frady - First female member join Quincy Rotary during his year.


1991-92 – David Adrian - Tales of a Loyalton Lamb Feed.


1997-98 – Tom Garayoa - The boat ride from hell to dedicate the Ambulance.  Building the Rotary Pavilion.


1989-90 – David Windle - Father of the passing of the Fine.


2003-04 – Jim Boland - Skate park, music contest and dictionary project all part of Jim's year. Father of the statutory fine.


2005-06 – Mike Flanigan - Most astonishing year and a PowerPoint extraordinaire.


 Check out Photo Album on web site for more photos.

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Ignite - What is it? District Conference

Posted by Pete Hochrein on May 18, 2013

IGNITE – What is it? by Donna Wood

In the last ten years Rotary International has added 1.2 million members.  Unfortunately, we have also lost 1.2 million members with a net gain of zero.  A similar trend has occurred in District 5190.  That is not an encouraging picture.  The Ignite program was developed in response to this trend.  It is designed to encourage and help clubs grow.  Our speakers, Barbara D’Anneo and Andy McInnes have been tasked with carrying the word about Ignite to all the local clubs in the District.

The elements of growth are somewhat obvious - recruitment and retention.  While recognizing that the Quincy club has done a ‘great job’ this past year in growing our club, Barbara laid out some helpful ideas.  They include such things as inviting members of the business and professional community to participate in some of our activities - work activities, social activities, programs that might interest them – even before asking them about membership.  If they see what we are doing they are more likely to get excited about joining.  She also suggested focusing on young adults by offering them honorary memberships and involving them in a path toward membership for when they might be ready to become members. 

But getting new members is only part of the program.  Just as important is retention which was Andy McInnes’ focus.  He offered several strategies for consideration such as doing periodic surveys to identify what’s important to members.  He suggested an exit interview with members who resign to know what we could have done/might do better.  Make meetings enjoyable and interesting, something he says we are obviously doing well.  He said regular club assemblies are important to engage members in what’s going on in the club, in the district and at the international level. Several of Andy’s suggestions are things we are already doing, and it shows.  Quincy Rotary Club is one of twenty-seven clubs that reached Premier Club status by January 2012. 

The one thing both Barbara and Andy stressed is that it’s not just up to the membership committee to grow the club.  It requires the efforts of every member. 

Ignite - What is it? District Conference Pete Hochrein 2013-05-19 00:00:00Z 0

Uganda Nursing School, Bwindi - Scott Kellerman and Jerry Hall

Posted by Pete Hochrein on May 09, 2013

Uganda Nursing School - Dr. Scott Kellerman and former DG Jerry Hall by Donna Wood


Uganda was once called the ‘Pearl of Africa’ by Winston Churchill.  One reason for this description is the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park located along the volcanic Virunga mountains in the far southwestern corner of Uganda, home to the mountain gorillas.  Until 1991, when the area became a national park, the Bwindi’s mountain gorillas shared their forest with the Batwa pygmies, a tribe of hunter-gatherers who lived in its caves and trees for more than 4,000 years. Concerns about humans infecting the gorillas led the government to relocate the pygmies.  The Batwas became conservation refugees.  With no land rights or compensation, they were left to fend for themselves and are now living in poverty with an average annual income of $25 per year.  It was into that situation that Dr. Scott Kellerman, physician and Rotarian, and his wife Carol arrived in the Kanungu district to conduct a survey.  The survey revealed that life expectancy of the Batwa was 28 years and four in 10 would die before their fifth birthday, too often in childbirth.  The tribe was dying out. Moved by their experience, the Kellermans founded the Bwindi Community Hospital complete with neo-natal unit which today is a lively hub for Buhoma village.  The hospital has been ranked the top hospital in Uganda.  The hospital focuses on maternal and child health.  There is a 40-bed hostel for expectant mothers who have to travel great distances on foot to the hospital which can lead to complications resulting in the death of infants and their mothers.  There is a pediatric ward and a neo-natal unit as well.  There is a building for persons with HIV/AIDS for treatment and counseling, particularly in teaching mothers how to prevent transmission to their children, the rate of which has dropped from 30- 40% to less than 2%.  And the Kellermans didn’t stop with the hospital.  Their drive has led to the building of schools, improving water sources and now they are in the process of establishing the Uganda Nursing School, Bwindi.  In a land where there are 130 nurses per 100,000 population, this will be a major step in improving the lives of the Batwa pygmies of the Kanungu District where most villages have no medical care.  The nurses’ training will include health education and basic public health skills which they may then take to clinics where the people live.


The success of the hospital and the future success of the nursing school has been made possible in no small way by Rotary Clubs, who working with Rotary International’s matching grant program to provide equipment for the hospital and even a generator that powers the hospital.  Through your contributions to the Paul Harris Foundation, you have helped make a difference in the lives of the Batwa pygmies.  And now there is a need for more help.  The Reno Rotary Club has agreed to serve as an international grant sponsor and has submitted an application for a Foundation Global Grant to purchase furnishings, classroom and lab equipment.  To date six other Rotary clubs have signed on as co-sponsors.  Quincy Rotary President, Pete Hochrein, has invited our club to participate as well. You may make a personal pledge and donation through the club and each donation will earn you Paul Harris credit.  Any donation counts, regardless of amount. 


Jerry Hall and Scott Kellerman



Uganda Nursing School, Bwindi - Scott Kellerman and Jerry Hall Pete Hochrein 2013-05-10 00:00:00Z 0

District Conference and Terry Gallagher and "Noises Off"

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Apr 26, 2013


Great Job Quincy Rotary Club!! Congratulations! by Woody Wilbanks

Your Club will receive several Governor's Citations for outstanding performance in spreading Peace Through Service this year! I will present you with your Governor's Citation on the stage at District Conference. As a Governor's Citation winner, your Club is in the running for the grand prize (to be announced upon presentation at the conference). 

Use this pre-notification to boost your club's conference attendance! Bring as many members as possible to the sessions where you will be recognized. I want a huge cheering section for you and your members!

You are receiving a Governor's Citation for a "Service Project of the Year." You need to bring a display of your winning project to the House of Friendship to compete for the grand prize (a beautiful engraved plaque). 

Information:  See -

Award Name

Winning Club

Day awarded

Session Awarded


Club Serv. Project




8:05 PM

Club Service




8:05 PM

Comm. Serv. Project




12:47 PM

Community Service




12:47 PM

International Serv. Project




1:31 PM

Literacy Serv. Project




7:35 PM

New Gen. Serv. Project




8:07 PM

Public Relations




1:10 PM

Vocational Service




12:47 PM

Terry Gallagher and "Noises Off" by Donna Wood

Rotary was treated on April 22 to a preview of the comedy Noises Off, being staged by Terry Gallagher of Feather River College and her band of thespians May 8 to 11 at 7pm with Sunday Matinee at 2pm on Mother’s Day, May 12 at the Town Hall Theater. The play was written by the English playwright Michael Frayn. The idea for it came in 1970, when Frayn was watching another farce he had written called The Two of Us.  He said, “It was funnier from behind than in front…” and set about to write Noises Off

The play is about a play, Nothing On, within a play, a concept used by William Shakespeare with comedic results.  If the preview was any indication, you may experience some confusion as you follow the characters on and off stage as they move between characters.  But it promises to provide an evening/afternoon of delightful entertainment. And while you watch, appreciate the set for the play which presented its own challenges in putting on the production.      





District Conference and Terry Gallagher and "Noises Off" Pete Hochrein 2013-04-27 00:00:00Z 0

Patrick - Spain

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Apr 18, 2013
April 15 Meeting by John Sheehan 

Meeting presided over by Pete Hochrein. Susan sang, Edwards led the pledge and John Sturley offered the prayer. 

Guests included Brady Kaumans, FRC scholarship recipient; Ron Horton, who has been on sabbatical, and our Spanish exchange student, Patrick. 

Chuck Leonhardt led the discussion on Tee Sponsors for the upcoming golf tournament. Chuck deferred to a brilliant graphic presentation by former president Mike Flanigan, who encouraged the members to fulfill their responsibilities as humans and Rotarians by selling the many remaining tee sponsorships available and making sure that all proceeds are given to C. Leonhardt, Taborski, Barnard and Breaux by this coming Thursday, 4/18. Ron Horton will be in charge of the on-course prizes yet again. S. King encouraged the members to put together the needed foursomes and assiduously allotted such tasks to the members. 

Patrick gave us a presentation on his exchange year so far. He first conducted a quiz about Spain, embarrassing to some members and a source of pride to others as this quiz led to numerous (and some say overly punitive) fines. Patrick presented a fine powerpoint about where he grew up in southern Spain and the beauties and wonders of the country as well as his recent trips to Hawaii, Oregon and San Francisco. 

Terry Gallagher will present snippets from the upcoming play for the next program.

Area 2 Music and Speech Contest


Natalie Kepple (1st place music contest winner) and Kyle Morgan (2nd place speech contest winner)



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Measure A and Rotarians at Work

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Apr 12, 2013

Steve Tolan and Measure A  by Donna Wood

Sometimes it seems a message can be repeated too often, that we have heard enough already.  But some messages are worth repeating.  Such is the case with ‘Measure A’, the measure that calls for a special property tax of $98.50 per parcel per year for the purpose of supplementing the funding of services for the Quincy Fire Protection District, a quality agency that has been rated higher than many municipal fire departments in much larger areas by independent agencies.

      The Quincy Volunteer Firefighters and the argument for Measure “A” were well represented by Steve Tolan, long-time supporter and former emergency services volunteer.  Steve laid out the costs for the fire district which includes a nominal amount for salaries for Fire Chief Robbie Cassou, Secretary Yvonne Bush, and mechanic Charlie Read.  The bulk of the expenses are for equipment, including vehicles and personal fire fighter safety equipment, communications equipment, emergency services needs and for maintenance of the fire station buildings. The costs associated with these equipment needs are rising which makes it necessary to request this funding measure.  But it is crucial to keep equipment current to protect the safety of our volunteer fire fighters while they serve the community, perhaps even you, in the event of a fire or medical emergency.

      Perhaps $98.50 annually seems like a hardship to some.  However, the cost of not having an effective fire department when you need them could be much higher, perhaps even the life of someone you love.  Is 27 cents a day too much?  How much is a life or a home worth?  What may we do?  Talk to your neighbors, your customers, your friends and family and tell them to ‘Vote Yes on A’ when they receive their ballots and return them by 8:00 p.m. June 4.  Let’s keep the Quincy Volunteer Fire Department strong and our community safe.




Measure A and Rotarians at Work Pete Hochrein 2013-04-13 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Pete Hochrein on Apr 06, 2013

Rotary Speaker Write-up for April 1

by Donna Wood


      Bullying is one of the hottest topics in the news, on the internet, and certainly in our schools.  Bullying was the number one complaint of parents at QHS in 2012.  When we think of bullying, we commonly associate it with the public schools.  But bullying is not limited to schools or to children and youth.  Bullying happens in almost every walk of life, and we may all be guilty or victims of it without being aware.  So said Anne Gaudet, Program Manager of the Rape Crisis Center at Plumas Crisis Intervention Resource Center.

      Sharing from both professional and personal experience and extensive research in the arena, Ms. Gaudet linked bullying to a ‘culture of shame’ so prevalent in our society wherein from childhood we use personal and public ridicule/criticism as tools to shape personal behavior.  For example, criticizing an employee over whom you have power in the form of monetary or other rewards in front of others creates a sense of shame not unlike that caused when a parent scolds a child for not doing well in school.  The attempt to shame another can create a sense of unworthiness and fear in the recipient of the criticism/scolding that continues in other areas of their lives making them vulnerable to bullying from others.  It may also serve as a reinforcement of the idea that such behavior is acceptable in our treatment of others.  When applied to children, this can result in a culture of bullying, actively making others feel ‘less than’ others.

      A program called ‘Bystander Intervention’ monitored by Trina Ritter of the PCIRC has been established in the Quincy Schools which to date have had considerable successes.  There has been a request to extend the programs into the Greenville High School.  Ms. Gaudet told us that you and I can also make a difference by practicing critical awareness of ourselves, others, our families and our community and by encouraging family and business values that are supportive of others within our areas of influence giving those around us a sense of worth and well-being.  Change will not come easily, but working together as individuals and as a community, bullying may be ended.


At Note from Laurie Wann

What began almost 4 years ago with a simple road trip to Fresno spearheaded by Amy Schulz at FRC to observe entrepreneurship being taught in high school and college classrooms has grown to fruition on many levels.  A huge milestone was achieved last week with Plumas County's first ever business plan competition - Business Wars 2013!

The business ideas and presentations were fantastic!  At the district level, PHS took 1st, 2nd, and 6th; QHS took 4th, and CHS took home a 3rd and 5th place prize!  There were 10 high school presentations, and the judges REALLY had their work cut out for them.  The upper division featured four strong presentations, all based on new, local and regional businesses.

All of you, and many more, have helped make this vision a reality.  I am so impressed with the way teachers, presenters, sponsors, judges and the community at large have embraced the entrepreneurial spirit. Together we are working to develop a mind and skill set to grow our local and regional economies.

If you are interested in seeing some photos of the event, they can be seen on our facebook page:

While you are there - why not "like" us, and help us grow, too!  :)

Thank you for all you do! 

District Notes:

We would like to recognize Rotarians in the District with Perfect Attendance.  Would you please let me know number of years of you have with Perfect Attendance.  I’d say anything over 10 years is worthy of recognition. 

Are you interested in considering to volunteering as a Sergeant-at-Arms (SAA) for the upcoming District Training Assembly and/or the District Conference? Complimentary breakfast and lunch at the District Training Assembly on April 20. This is a critical function for our district events to function at a high level of professionalism and support to our attendees. Shifts as a SAA can be as short as 2 hours or can be much longer, depending on the willingness to volunteer. One 2 hour shift is a great way to get introduced to the program.  And we can usually pair up friends to work together.There will be quality introductory information so the volunteer fully understands the role.  The core team will be there to support the volunteers.


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Music Contest, District Conference and Board Minutes

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Mar 28, 2013

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. 


 Elita Hutchins


Abra Bishop


Che Rubalcava-Cunan


Nathan Retallack


 Wyatt Hollister


Natalie Kepple





Music Contest, District Conference and Board Minutes Pete Hochrein 2013-03-29 00:00:00Z 0

Speech Contest and 50/50 Raffle

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Mar 15, 2013

Rotary Speech Contest by Donna Wood

Each year high school students are invited to compete in the annual Rotary Speech Contest on the theme chosen by the International President to shape his or her year as president. The 2012-2013 International President Sakuji Tanaka’s theme is “Peace through Service.”  The Quincy Rotary Club was honored to have Dale Morgan, Che Rubalcava-Cunan, Isabella Brandes and Kyle Morgan, students from Quincy High School tackle this theme and present their speeches on Monday, March 11.  Their speeches were a reflection of what ‘peace through service’ might mean in their lives, their community and the world.  Each of the four students came with a unique perspective that impressed and challenged the hearers, but all agreed that each of us has a role in the job of peace-making and that when we seek to serve others for the sake of helping others and not for our own self-interest, we take a step toward building a peaceful world.   Each of these young people has taken that step, and we all would do well to follow.  

Please remember the Music Contest on March 25, 2013 at 6pm.  Please sign up on line with the link sent last week.  Please join us at our Board Meeting on March 21 3:30 pm at the Plumas Bank Admin Building.  


Kyle Morgan, Isabella Brandes, Dale Morgan and Che Rubalcava-Cunan

Speech Contest and 50/50 Raffle Pete Hochrein 2013-03-16 00:00:00Z 0

Blue Badges - Reading to Kindergarten - Donkey Basketball

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Mar 08, 2013




Blue Badges awarded to Doug Ely, Johnny Mansell, John Sturley and Donna Wood.



Rotary Club Members David Adrian and Toni Thomas were the March readers in the Kindergarten classrooms at Quincy/Pioneer Elementary School.   They were an extension of the Dr. Seuss Celebration Week.   April is the final month that Rotary Members will read to students.   At that time, the Quincy Rotary Club will give a book to every student in the Kindergarten program.   If you have interest in reading next month, please contact Dwight Pierson at 283-3429 or



Presentation by Donna McElroy


Rotary Board Meeting Minutes 2/21/13

1) Attendance: Leonhardt, S. Steuben, W. Hochrein, P. Ryback, A. Little, D. Boland, J. Summerfield, M. DeSelle, J.

2. Membership/Attendance:

  • Jim Boland agreed to send a letter to Doug Lafferty about his club attendance/membership, to encourage more club involvement from him.
  • Mike Summerfield was instructed to terminate the membership of Janet Hilde (based on her request), Bruce Carpenter (who transferred out of the area), and Carson Wingfield (who we will encourage to rejoin the club when his family commitments and time schedule allow).

3) New Generations:

  • We are still looking for a host family for Patrick for the April thru June time period.  Andy will continue to reach out.
  • Suzan Leonhardt updated the Board on her progress with the upcoming Speech (5 students) and Music (6 students) Contest programs

4) 50/50 Raffle:

  • David Little and Andy Ryback agreed to put together a PowerPoint presentation at the raffle night party, to show what our club has accomplished in the area of youth serviced and what their raffle donation money goes towards.

5) Other Club Service reminders:

  • April 20 is the District Assembly
  • April 6th Rotarians-at-work Day – Work at the Fairgrounds
  • May 20th is Charter Night (Walt Steuben agreed to check with A.C.T to see if they had any interest in giving us a program, possibly at Charter Night.)
  • David Little agreed to assign a member to coordinated a club photo and club merchandise.
  • John DeSelle agreed to order plaques for our new members.

6) Wilbur Vaughn’s donation monies:

  • Two projects were discussed: interpretive signs at Bucks Lake, and David Little brought up the idea of a mural on the Pizza Factory building.  Pete will discuss the signage with Jamie Aylward (Wild Hare Signs) and Sally Yost.

7) Donation approved:

  • The Board approved a $100 donation to CTE (entrepreneurial project at Feather River College)

8) Adjourned: Next Board Meeting – March 21st, 2013 at 3:30 (Plumas Bank, Admin.)


8th Grade Leadership Workshop




Blue Badges - Reading to Kindergarten - Donkey Basketball Pete Hochrein 2013-03-09 00:00:00Z 0

Club Assemble - Donkey Basketball

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Feb 28, 2013


Dear Quincy Rotary members,

On behalf of the Feather River College Digital Technology Program Advisory Committee, we are seeking your participation in the following survey:  It should take less than five minutes of your time. 

We are launching the first ever technology program at Feather River College.  Our goal is to help meet the long-term technology interests of local businesses and organizations by producing graduates with appropriate skills.  This survey will help us better understand your needs and desires. 

We hope that you will participate.  You input is very highly valued.

Feather River College

Digital Technology Advisory Committee

Our newest members: David Edwards and Richard Stockton


A message from our Area Assistant Governors Gail Ellingwood and Ralph Taylor (2013-2016).  Gail is our District Governor Designee (2015-2016)


Club Assemble - Donkey Basketball Pete Hochrein 2013-03-01 00:00:00Z 0

Club Assemble - Fund Raising, New Generations, Membership and Public Relations

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Feb 22, 2013

Paste this link for a video of "This Close"

Lisa Kelly, who is heading the Quincy Follies affair, suggested I ask Rotary, for volunteers to help bar-tend or staff the door at the Follies’ four productions on May 17 or May 18. At least four Rotarians are already performing in the event. It’s the FRC Foundation’s biggest fundraiser now. Those interested could call either Lisa Kelly (Moon’s - 283-9900) or Kris Miravalle (B of A - 283-0324). -John Sheehan


Our Valentine Dinner program was not your traditional Valentine’s Day fare, but it was definitely a program that tugged at the heart strings.  Our speaker was the Rev. Dr. Hamlet Mbabazi, Anglican minister, educator, business man and former member of the Ugandan parliament, Rotarian and multiple Paul Harris Fellow.  He came to share with us his passion for a new future for Ugandan university students and for the nation of Uganda which he describes as the Pearl of Africa, a perfect destination for those wishing to experience the beauty of Africa and the exuberant celebration of its people.   But Dr. Mbabazi was not here to talk about tourism.  Nor was he here to talk about how difficult life in Uganda can be.  He was here to talk about a dream and a vision of a new Uganda, one where the rising number of university graduates can offer new hope to themselves and to the economy as a whole through entrepreneurship.

Dr. Mbabazi had first-hand experience as a victim of a declining education system in a nation that prizes education for all its children and young adults. Having salvaged his own education with extraordinary opportunities not accessible to every child, he has committed himself to a life-long effort of providing effective education to Uganda and Africa’s children.  This has resulted in his commitment to the creation of the system of education operating  in Western Uganda. In partnership with a coalition of partners in the UK, USA, Germany and the Netherlands, Dr. Mbabazi has established Kirima, Nyamirama, Nyakabungo and Rutenga Parents Primary schools, Great Lakes High School and the Great Lakes Regional College as an accredited tertiary College that is offering vocational and Liberal Arts degrees for some 500 students in the critical fields of education, agribusiness, micro finance, carpentry and tourism. Graduates over the last ten years have gone out as change agents and started schools and modern farming systems that are bring significant social economic changes including the creation of brands like Gorilla Summit Coffee™.

With first-hand experience of the predicament of graduates in Uganda, AGE Institute is meant to answer the big question: “What next after a university degree in an economy where 96% of the 11 million strong workforce has its hope on entrepreneurship rather than salaried jobs?” This has led him to his current passion which is the African Graduate Entrepreneurship (AGE) Institute.  The Institute is dedicated to engaging and training disenfranchised Ugandan university graduates to empower themselves with technical and business ‘know-how’ to become competitive entrepreneurs, not by offering blueprints, but by encouraging them to create their own dreams.  In Dr. Mbabazi’s words, “We want to prepare our young people to be job creators, to be financially independent, to see opportunity where others see obstacles.”

All of this comes with a high price tag, and so Dr. Mbabazi is forever seeking ways to fund the Institute through global partnerships.  They seek to partner with global networks of universities, NGO’s and corporate groups.  He was in Quincy to meet with Amy Schultz who met Dr. Mbabazi while on a 2-week trip to Uganda for the purpose of running a water line in his district of Uganda.  Amy and FRC are hoping to set up an entrepreneurial business through her Career Tech Education and Work Force Development program to market Gorilla Summit Coffee.  Stay tuned for more details. 






Club Assemble - Fund Raising, New Generations, Membership and Public Relations Pete Hochrein 2013-02-23 00:00:00Z 0

Hamlet Mbazazzi, former member of the Uganda Parliament

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Feb 08, 2013

Amy Schulz returned from a service trip to Uganda where she had met and worked with a Rotarian by the name of Hamlet Mbazazzi who is a former member of the Uganda Parliament, and is now involved in teaching entrepreneurship and sustainability.   He will provide a very interesting and informative program.

Posted on September-05-06


By DG Tusu

It was one of the most touching moments during the visit of RI President Bill Boyd and Lorna to Uganda. They sat with a few of us in the Distinguished Visitors Gallery of the National Parliament facing the Speaker, with other Rotarians in the public gallery. The Speaker suspended the ongoing debate on the national budget (no less) to receive the motion. This in itself was heart warming. What really touched the emotions however was to listen for more than forty minutes as MP after MP, more than 12 of them ranging from cabinet to the back bench to the opposition, stood up and spoke emotionally in favour of the motion, not in general terms, but citing specific examples of service from their constituencies. Our hearts swelled with pride in the service of Rotary, pride in being Rotarians. We were humbled that we belonged to the group of people being so extolled, and, it must be admitted, it required conscious effort to restrain the tears of emotion.

The Prime Minister spoke in favor; the Attorney General and Minister of Justice gave vigorous voice in support; the opposition MPs admitted a rare moment of agreement with colleagues across the floor.

The Speaker, after putting the question that was supported unanimously, adjourned so that they could leave the chamber to formally receive Bill and Lorna followed by the recognition of both the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker as Paul Harris Fellows.

A moment forever captured in the memories of those who witnessed the occasion, the recognition that Rotary is Good, Rotary gives Service, and Rotarians are Exemplary. A challenge to all of us to be better people, better Rotarians so that we can then honestly deserve the accolade.



We will have a signup at the next 2 meetings for you to

have the chance of a life time - riding a donkey while

shooting hoops.


Hamlet Mbazazzi, former member of the Uganda Parliament Pete Hochrein 2013-02-09 00:00:00Z 0

Youth Exchange in Australia Isabella Brandes

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Jan 31, 2013

One more reader need at 8:25 a.m, Thursday, February 7th at Quincy/Pioneer Elementary School.

See Dwight


     Parents and non-parents alike worry about our children and youths’ futures, and so does Laurie Wann, our speaker on January 28.  Laurie is the Career Technical Education (CTE) coordinator for Feather River College where she administers a grant program designed to help prepare today’s students for future success.  The CTE Pathways to Possibilities program works to expand students’ visions and to help them choose a path that builds on their personal interests and passions.

    Laurie focused her presentation on the area of ‘Entrepreneurship’ which she sees as way to bring relevance to the student’s basic classes.  Students are encouraged to consider their personal interests and come up with an idea for turning that interest into a way to earn them money.   At the end of the class, they then present their ideas to a panel of business types who judge the validity and value of their ideas in much the same way a venture capitalist would evaluate them.  Along the way they learn something about the market economy and improve their financial literacy and develop qualities needed for success.  Laurie sees the program developing a litany of next generation qualities necessary for success – ambition, innovative, confident, tech-savvy, optimistic, driven, creative, networked, and global in their outlook and teamwork.

   How can you help?  Financial support is needed for such things as prizes for Boost, the first ever California Business Plan contest where students create a plan for a new or existing business and compete for cash prices.  You can also participate in the college and career fair for juniors and seniors held at FRC.  And they are always looking for internship opportunities for their students. 

Want to know more?  Contact Laurie Wann through Feather River College.


News from Ballarat Australia

Hello Mary and Bob Edwards

Happy New Year to you both –may the sun be only on your backs

Yes we are coming your way—earlier than we thought—a new baby for Michael and Sue in July has had us thinking

Will arrive in LA on March 18th ---have booked a hired car to leave from SF on Sunday March 24th ---Michael driving. Will arrive in Quincy that day

Hope you are having a Rotary meeting on the Monday ---Michael and I would both like to be there—missed the meeting last time.

The seven of us will be staying in Quincy Sunday Monday and Tuesday nights and then Reno on Wednesday night—the car is to be returned to depot in Reno by 4pm

We are all looking forward to great times in Quincy again and to having time with you.

Will let Jim and Chuck know when we are coming—am still in contact with them at Christmas—Michael will be in contact with Ginger

Take care and love to you both   Barb and Graeme xxoo


Ballarat Australia

Youth Exchange in Australia Isabella Brandes Pete Hochrein 2013-02-01 00:00:00Z 0

Laurie Wann "FRC Entrepreneurship Project"

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Jan 24, 2013
CTE at FRC offers Pathways to Possibilities!


What is CTE and why is it Important?

Career Technical Education at Feather River College 
is helping develop a skilled, sustainable workforce for American business and industry.

CTE programs at Feather River college are preparing a highly skilled, sustainable, world-class workforce with the technical expertise, work ethic and employability skills that American business and industry need to remain globally competitive. CTE is aligned with the interests of business and industry—and the interests of our nation.

Baby boomers will be retiring at the rate of thousands per day over the next two decades.

Experts predict 47 million job openings in the decade ending 2018. About one-third will require an associate's degree or certificate, and nearly all will require real-world skills that can be mastered through CTE.

CTE actively partners with employers to design and provide high-quality, dynamic programs.

CTE understands that business and industry is the ultimate "customer" for CTE graduates. A fundamental goal of CTE is developing partnerships with business and industry to design programs founded in the standards students must meet to compete in the job market. Through advisory committees, internships, teacher externships, workplace experiences and other interaction, employers have the opportunity to share information regarding expectations, technical requirements and workplace behavior—driving innovation and world-class performance.

CTE is providing the technical knowledge required for leadership and innovation. Technology is integral to the curriculum in CTE programs, just as it is integral to virtually every career, business and industry in the 21st Century. CTE programs are using technology to not only deliver effective education, but also to teach students how to use technology to solve problems, communicate and collaborate more effectively, and improve performance and productivity.

CTE is driving quality and consistency to meet employer expectations.  CTE leadership across the nation is collaborating to establish even more rigorous core technical standards and programs of study designed to improve the consistency and quality of CTE across America. The goal: To assure business and industry that CTE programs are developing people with the credentials, skill attainment, technical knowledge and clear understanding of the expectations of the workplace needed to keep employers productive and competitive.
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Joe Okoneski, Plumas Sierra Rural Electric Overview of Plumas Sierra Telecom Fiber Optics Backbone Cable

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Jan 10, 2013

Rotarians Doug Laferty and Walt Stubben were this month's volunteers to reading to Kindergarten students at Quincy/Pioneel Elementary School. This Community Service Profject of the Quincy Noon Rotary Club has members sharing and reading a new book the first Thursday of each month. Two volunteers are needed for the months of February, March, and May. Readers are not scheduled in the month of April because of breaks in the school calendar.  Reading to students is a wonderful activity and something every Rotary Member should experience.  In addition, young people are able to listen and see firsthand yet another adult sharing their joy in reading and enjoying books..   





Linda Cayot - Conservation challenges in the Galapagos



Lonesome George’s Genetic Legacy Survives


Scientists Uncover Pinta Tortoise Hybrids in the Galapagos Islands

November 15, 2012


One of the Pinta Hybrid Tortoises found on Wolf Volcano. Photo by Yale Univ.

Scientists have discovered several giant tortoises with partial Pinta Island ancestry on Isabela Island in the Galapagos Islands. The death of Lonesome George, the last known pure Pinta Island Giant Tortoise (Chelonoidis abingdoni), who passed away on June 24, 2012, may not have signaled the end of his species.

After years of cutting-edge genetic research on the giant tortoises of Galapagos, scientists from Yale University report finding 17 tortoises with some Pinta Island ancestry living in the wild on Wolf Volcano on Isabela Island. In an article published in the scientific journal Biological Conservation, lead author Dr. Danielle Edwards of Yale University recounts the discovery of multiple, unrelated individuals with partial Pinta ancestry, including five juveniles.


The view of Isabela Island from the top of Wolf Volcano. Photo by Mike Russello.

The tortoise genetics study, headed by Yale University’s Dr. Adalgisa (Gisella) Caccone, compared the DNA from museum specimens of Pinta tortoises and Lonesome George with more than 1,600 samples collected in 2008 on Wolf Volcano. The Yale group speculates that, given the ages of the 17 tortoises found and the huge number of unsampled tortoises on Wolf Volcano, there may still be additional hybrids and possibly even purebred Pinta tortoises. “This spectacular discovery is the first step toward the potential recovery of the Pinta Island Tortoise, a dream of mine since the early 1980s,” said Dr. Linda Cayot, Galapagos Conservancy’s Science Advisor.

Although separated by only 37 miles, it is unlikely that the ocean currents between Pinta and Isabela Islands could have carried tortoises from one to the other. However, Banks Bay on the northwestern coast of Isabela was used often by both naval and whaling vessels in the 1800s. The log of Captain Porter of the USS Essex records at least one instance of British whalers throwing giant tortoises, which were probably collected on several different islands, into the bay to escape pursuit. Given that the hybridization events on Wolf appear to have started approximately 200 years ago, the presence of the non-Wolf tortoises is most likely due to transfers by humans in the 1800s. 

Given the ecological importance of giant tortoises to their island ecosystems, the incorporation of tortoises with Pinta genes into a captive breeding program is the preferred path toward the reestablishment of a reproductive population on Pinta.  In addition to returning the island’s most important ecosystem engineer, this action will preserve the evolutionary legacy of Lonesome George’s species.  


Scientists take blood samples from tortoises on Wolf Volcano. Photo by Joe Flanagan.

In 2013 and beyond, the Galapagos National Park and its many collaborators will conduct a series of expeditions to Wolf Volcano to sample more tortoises and bring Pinta hybrids into captivity to initiate a breeding program.     

This extraordinary news would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of scientists, veterinarians, conservation managers, and Galapagos National Park rangers. The investments of Galapagos Conservancy and its donors provided funding at a critical time to move this project forward. GC donors also funded a Tortoise Workshop in Galapagos in July 2012, organized and facilitated by Dr. Cayot, to develop a multi-institutional 10-year research and management plan, including the work on Wolf Volcano. The Giant Tortoise Recovery Project aims to restore all extant tortoise populations and their islands, as well as reestablish reproductive populations of giant tortoises to Pinta, Floreana, and Santa Fe. Learn more about the Giant Tortoise Recovery Project and how you can support this important effort.



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Linda Cayot - Conservation Challenges in the Galapagos

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Jan 05, 2013




Science Advisor and Liaison: Linda Cayot

Dr. Linda Cayot has worked for Galapagos conservation for more than 30 years. She first went to Galapagos in 1981 to study giant tortoises for her PhD

from Syracuse University and has stayed involved with the Islands ever since. Linda served as herpetologist of the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS)

from 1988 to 1998, during which time she supervised both the giant tortoise and land iguana breeding and rearing programs, worked extensively with

Lonesome George, the only remaining member of the tortoise subspecies Chelonoidis abingdoni from Pinta Island, and supervised Ecuadorian students

studying the endemic reptiles of Galapagos, among many other things. In her final year with the CDRS, Linda coordinated the start of the successful

Project Isabela, aimed at ridding Isabela and other islands of feral goats. She has worked as Galapagos Conservancy’s Science Advisor since 2008.

Linda continues to collaborate with the Galapagos National Park Service in strategizing and planning future conservation efforts for tortoises throughout

the islands.



Linda Cayot - Conservation Challenges in the Galapagos Pete Hochrein 2013-01-06 00:00:00Z 0

Christmas Party and New Generations Update

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Dec 13, 2012

Monday, December 10 by Donna Wood

Much has been said of late in the paper and elsewhere about how important it is to shop locally.  Monday Jeanne Brovelli and Dee Dee Driscoll shared information to support that appeal.  Speaking both as business owners and members of the Quincy Chamber of Commerce and merchants’ association pointed out how shopping locally is about “nurturing locally owned businesses which use local resources sustainably and employs local workers.”  For every $100 spent with local businesses, $73 stay in Quincy while for every $100 spent with non-local business, only $43 comes back to the community.  Apart from the obvious stimulus for the local economy so important in the current economy, there are other important reasons to shop locally.  It is important to remember as Rotarians often dependent on community support for service projects that local business owners donate more to local charities than non-local owners.  And if you enjoy living in this unique community as I do, remember the character of the community is defined in large part by the local businesses.  And certainly the ‘rudeness’ factor is much lower when you are served by locals you see every day.  Overall, it just makes sense to support local business, not just during the holidays, but year round.  Remember, local businesses are owned by people who are a part of our community and who are more invested in the community as a whole, it’s welfare and its future.  We are in this together.  Let’s support our local business!

A note from Ethan, our Exchange Student to Brazil

Hello Quincy Rotary! 

It’s been awhile since my last email, so here an update for you. This last months have been incredibly eventful. I went on the first Rotary sponsored trip. It was so amazing! The trip was to the Pantanal, a region in southern Brazilian notable for its remarkably sized swamp. So many stories and new friends that I made while I was there, too many to tell you all about, but to give an overview: I made a large number of new friends especially that of a group of incredibly nice Thai kids. I also became good friends with a number of Germans that were also on the trip. We went piranha fishing, and rafting and water tubing and swimming and say waterfalls and jumped off a 50 foot platform into water below, which was a lot fun. We all thought it crazy when we went swimming in the same spot we went piranha fishing the day before. I let someone else get in first. 

I have also become a bit of a celebrity here, everyone here knows me. I have been in the newspaper numerous times for various things which has only increased my fame. Just walking down the street I encounter numerous people that I know, and I am regularly invited to various outings with friends. The school got out a week ago now, so I have been invited to and attending numerous graduations and graduation parties, including those from other schools in the city. 

My relationship with my host Rotary club is extremely good. They all love having me at the meetings, and I go much more often than I am required. I also participate in Interact events, and was a part of Miss Socorro, which was an incredible experience. I spoke for the crowd briefly, just about myself, that fact that I am exchange student, etc, for some 500+ attendees. 

I have had no problems to speak of. I am speaking the language fairly effectively now, and can participate in day to day conversation, though I do still have to stop and ask for words as my exposure to words is still fairly limited. I have incorporated a decent number of the verb conjugations and can express most anything I desire, though I may have to slow down to think about the verbs. Everyone is impressed with my language learning skills. I can also write and read, albeit with minimal effectiveness. 

Estou aprendendo muito rápido escrever e ler. Coisas mais difícil são as palavras com acentos. A outro coisa que me deixa frustrado é que as palavras não perecem o som que eles tem. Por exemplo, quando eu olho uma palavra em inglês,  eu tenho uma ideá como falar este palavra, em português não tenho nem uma ideá. 

Translated that says: I am learning to read and write very quickly. The harder parts are words with accents. Another thing that frustrates me is that the words don't look like their sound. For example, if I look at a word in English I have an idea how to say it, but in Portuguese I don't even have a clue. 


So there is an update for all of you! Feel free to ask any questions you have, just email me at this email address and I will answer you as soon as I can. 


Thank you much,

Ethan Skemp 


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Mike Taborski and Local merchants Buying local: Why is it important?

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Dec 07, 2012


Monday, December 3  by Donna Wood

Rarely do our speakers share samples of their product, but Monday was an exception.  Lost Sierra Ales, aka UnderCover Ale Works owner operators Susan Duniphin and Rich DeLano shared samples of two of their popular brews (Incognito Saison and Stake Out, a coffee porter) with those in attendance.  They then shared the story of their 15-barrel brewery that began as UnderCover Ale Works in Blairsden in 2011.  The name change to Lost Sierra Ales has come about as a result of a ‘cease and desist’ request from Lagunitas Brewing who markets a once a year brew with the ‘undercover’ name.  But while the name has changed, the quality of the brew has not.

Rich is the Brew Master.  He first learned his craft from Susan who learned from a micro-biology professor at San Diego State.  (Wouldn’t you have loved a professor like that? Rich says his first batch, made on their kitchen stove, was less than successful.  But he persisted and studied and now their brewery is “dedicated to the production of high profile ales.”  Rich is continually seeking to enhance his knowledge of the art and to perfect his brews.  Susan is a former restaurateur.  She is responsible for the marketing end of the business.  The ales are available locally. They are working to expand their market to the Reno and Sacramento areas through distributors. They sell by the keg to “establishments wanting to serve craft beer.”  Kegs are also available to individuals at their brewery for whatever occasion you might find to tap a keg.

The public is invited to tour the brewery where you can relax and enjoy a pint.  You may also pick up a growler (64 oz in a refillable container) of one of their fine ales to take home with you.  They are located at 67007 Hwy 70 in Blairsden and can be reached at 530-394-0940.  The next time you are out for dinner or a drink, be sure to ask for a Lost Sierra/UnderCover ale. 





1.)    Hochrein                      4.) Little

2.)    Ryback                        5.) Boland

3.)    Summerfield                6.) Breaux

 Ignite/Membership Update:

1.)    We met our “club of excellence” status for the “Ignite” campaign tracking.

2.)    President Hochrein granted Carson Wingfield a leave of absence thru December so he could deal with some family matters, etc.

3.)    Jim Boland agreed to check with Chris Anderson & Bruce Carpenter, and Pete Hochrein agreed to check with Doug Lafferty to determine if they need any club support or help with membership/attendance/make-up opportunities.

4.)    Jim Boland agreed to invite the new Superintendent of Schools to an upcoming club meeting as a guest.

New Generations:

1.)    8th Grade Leadership to talk to the club for the November 19th program.

2.)    Andy Ryback brought up a concern about the expense/cost of the ski team for our three incoming exchange student.  Andy will call John DeSelle to check into how much money might be available in order to determine the level of participation that our club will be able to assist with.

3.)    In order to further our youth services discussions Pete will check with the Fairgrounds on the approximate cost involved if the “Quincy Thrive” group were to use the Mineral Building after our normal Monday meetings.

Club Service, Programs and Club Administration:

1.)    John Breaux agreed to work on a records retention policy and schedule, in addition to a records retention storage location for official Rotary club documentation.

2.)    December 17th will be our Holiday Lunch Party.

3.)    Pete agreed to work on a ClubRunner presentation for an upcoming program.

4.)    Reminder – no meeting on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.

Community Service:

1.)    We have 9 people lined-up to deliver Thanksgiving meals to.  Toni Thomas is coordinating that project.

2.)    The board decided to select a day in March as “Rotary-at-work” day, to clean up the little league building and storage area.

3.)    Pete agreed to check with Gerry Hendrick to see if he would be willing to attend an upcoming Chamber Meeting on 11/28/12 to discuss the “Welcome to Quincy” sign restoration project.


1.)    Pete recommended that we form a committee to brainstorm possible ideas for the usage of Wilbur Vaughn’s recent generous monetary donation from his estate.  Jim Boland will obtain some numbers for a well project on Plumas Rec. District’s property as one possible idea.  The Board agreed that whatever we use the money for, we should find a project (if at all possible) that would:

a.)    Serve many (as opposed only a few individuals or only a small group).

b.)    Be on-going or permanent in nature.

c.)    Honor Wilbur (plaque, recognition, etc.)

d.)   Have Terry Redkey’s ‘buy-in’ or approval.


1.)     Our next Board Meeting will be on Thursday, December 20th at 3:30 PM at the Plumas Bank Admin building.

 (Prepared by Mike Summerfield, Secretary)

Mike Taborski and Local merchants Buying local: Why is it important? Pete Hochrein 2012-12-08 00:00:00Z 0

Monday's Program: Under Cover Ale - Susan and Rich

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Nov 29, 2012

 Toy drive for Plumas County Sheriff's Association needy children. 

 Please bring an unwrapped toy by 12/17/12.

 Monday, November 26, 2012 by Donna Wood

Our own Karen Kleven gave an informative presentation on Learning Landscapes, a partnership between the Feather River Land Trust (FRLT), the public schools and landowners designed to “nurture a child’s relationship to land and learning.”   Memorandums of Understanding with property owners in areas around the schools provide access to student trails that become, in effect, an outdoor classroom where students interact with the environment to create a caring attitude toward natural habitats and engage in hands-on restoration and stewardship projects designed to protect these environments.  Teachers are resourced by the FRLT.  Karen showed slides of the inviting trail for the Quincy High and Junior High classes that accesses an area of the Leonhardt Ranch.  In addition to the student trail, there is also a short public access trail which they hope to expand to perhaps link to Gansner Park.  Another project underway funded through the FRLT using private donor funds is a barn that can be used for student activities and to stage future events. 

Our new exchange students from Ballarat were introduced at last

week's meeting.  Here is an introduction.






Monday's Program: Under Cover Ale - Susan and Rich Pete Hochrein 2012-11-30 00:00:00Z 0

Quincy Learning Landscapes - Karen Kleven Feather River Land Trust

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Nov 24, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

Four awesome eighth graders brought a sense that the future of the world is in good hands if they are any indication. Claire Coelho, Cody Morrison, Cherish Kuehlemann and Justin Sage gave an excellent report of their experiences at the Rotary Eighth Grade Leadership Camp held November 2, 3 and 4 at Grizzly Creek Ranch in Portola. Quincy’s team was one of seventeen teams of five students each from all over District 5190.  Instructors Dean and Rochelle Whellems led the students through a number of exercises and challenges in the areas of leadership, communication, teamwork, Rotary and the Four Way Test, ethics, and the values of respect, truth and trustworthiness. There was the added challenge of a Ropes Course that “took them outside their comfort zone” where teams learned the value of working together and the importance of trust.

At the end of the camp, each team was encouraged to establish a goal they wanted to work on in their respective schools and, in cooperation with their school principals, develop a plan to implement that goal.  The Quincy team chose to work building a greater sense of community.  They have chosen as their class motto “One Big Happy Family.  We look forward to a later update on the success of their project.

Among our guests for the day were Dr. Sue Segua, principal and Jeff Ray, Vice Principal of Quincy Junior/Senior High School who were there to encourage and support the youth.  We also welcomed Leslie Edlund, Pluma USD Board Trustee and new school superintendent  Dr. Micheline Miglis.

Quincy Learning Landscapes - Karen Kleven Feather River Land Trust Pete Hochrein 2012-11-25 00:00:00Z 0

8th Grade Leadership Program

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Nov 15, 2012


Monday, November 5, 2012

We had a fascinating program presented by Dr. Cathy Fitzgerald, Senior Engineer at The Planning Center/DC&E.  Dr. Fitzgerald works with hydrology student volunteers from the University of Nevada Reno’s Student Association for International Water Issues (SAIWI, pronounced ‘Say-wee’) in keeping with their mission implement sustainable water projects that educate and empower communities, while also providing hands-on international experiences to student volunteers.  Quincy Rotary contributes annually to this program.

Dr. Fitzgerald was joined by SAIWI president, Scott Fennema as they demonstrated with pictures the drilling of water wells in Kenya using a very simple method of drilling with local human power and simple mechanics and tools that can be easily obtained locally.  The system can be used by villagers to drill future wells themselves.   In a separate project in Guatemala, the volunteers helped to build a water distribution system that would enable villagers to access water without ‘draining’ the well and to install local sanitation stations.

A special Paul Harris recognition was made to Marilynn Britton in memory of her husband, Lloyd Britton.  Lloyd is remembered as an active member of Rotary who was working toward his second Paul Harris Award at the time of his death.   Mrs. Britton was so inspired she made and additional donation of $250 to the SAIWI water projects.  Gary was honored with a Paul Harris Recognition and was very happy with his new medallion. Way to go Gary!!


We collected $1,080 at the Polio drive by flu shot donations in shake down alley. We have met our $2,000 pledge with the district pledging another $1,000 in our clubs name.

Fines included:

Birthdays: Suzan, John Sheehan, Andy, John Breaux, Ken Barnard

Anniversaries Celebrated:  None

Membership Anniversary: Fred 39 years, Toni 3 years, Dwight 1 year, Suzan 1 year

Missing bell fines were extracted from “Nobody”. Nobody had any new information about his whereabouts. I think we should interrogate “Nobody”



Thanks for helping with the Thanksgiving meal delivery.  Toni will have the meals ready to pick up on November 21 at 4 PM.







8th Grade Leadership Program Pete Hochrein 2012-11-16 00:00:00Z 0

Africa Water Drilling Program and Our 49er Pizza Bash

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Nov 01, 2012



Students drill for clean water in East African village

Well drilling benefits AIDS orphanage and hundreds of villagers

Joan Otahal, a graduate student of hydrology.
Joan Otahal, a graduate student of hydrology, practicing well drilling at the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station's Main Station Field Laboratory in east Reno.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005
By Bob Conrad

Ron Petersen went to the remote village of Rabondo, Kenya in the summer of 2002 and heard a dire message:

“We know our water is poison,” Rabondo’s villagers told him. “We know that it is killing our children, but we don’t know what to do about it.”

A largely subsistence farming community, the livelihood of Rabondo’s more than 5,500 inhabitants depends heavily on water.

“When (environmental consultant) Cathy Fitzgerald and I went there for the first time, they were drinking putrid surface water,” said Petersen, co-founder of the Reno-based non-profit, International Development Missions. “People do laundry in the river, animals wade in it and pesticides wash downhill into the river.”

Since their visit, Petersen and Fitzgerald, of Lifewater International, have been bringing to Rabondo a solution: water drill rigs and hydrology graduate students from the University of Nevada, Reno.

“In 2004, we took five graduate students from the University’s hydrologic sciences program and drilled one well 30 feet deep,” Petersen said. “That well now provides clean water for several hundred people. “

Another group of five students just returned from two weeks in Rabondo, where they drilled another water well to 34 feet, which now provides water for the village’s AIDS orphanage and hundreds of villagers.

The students said that they benefit from their outreach efforts.

“It’s interesting to see how people can survive with so little by subsistence farming,” said Andrew Knust, a graduate student studying hydrology. “They were really appreciative of the work we did there. It felt good to be helping them and learning a lot at the same time.”

To drill one well in the region requires a significant investment by the students. The students enroll in a one-credit course to practice drilling a well at the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station Main Station Field Laboratory in east Reno. Travel arrangements and other details consume most of a semester.

Once in Rabondo, it takes a week or more to drill such a well and get it operating. The students also help teach classes at local schools while there, in addition to helping design and construct rainwater harvesting systems and perform a variety of other tasks that help community development.

The team plans to drill one or two wells a year for the next few years. The village has nine sub-clans and the goal is to eventually drill wells for each sub-clan.

The students are in the University’s Hydrologic Sciences graduate program, which is consistently ranked among the top 10 program in the United States by U.S. News and World Report. They are also members of the Student Association for International Water Issues (SAIWI). This year, they received a $4,000 grant from the Ann Campana Judge Foundation to help fund the cost of drilling the wells.



We enjoyed an evening of football, pizza and fun!!  Ken George won the first 2 quarters ($100) and David Windle won the last 2 quarters ($150) in the Football Pool.  Ken informed me that the moving vans arrive on Friday, best wishes to Ken and Nancee on their move to Lincoln.


Africa Water Drilling Program and Our 49er Pizza Bash Pete Hochrein 2012-11-02 00:00:00Z 0

Four New Members and a Gift from Wilbur

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Oct 24, 2012

See you at the Football Party on Monday at 5:30 PM (no noon meeting).  Meal cost will be $12 and we have guaranteed a minimum of $200 to the Main Street Sports Bar for opening that evening for us.  We need everyone to support the 49ers and the Sports Bar.  We also have a Pool started with one square for $5, 3 squares for $10 and 7 squares for $20.  Big money will be won.

Monday, October 22 – Sara Frigo with “Thrive Quincy: Youth Development Project” presented a program on how she is working with at risk kids to improve their self-esteem with activities after school. The Quincy Rotary Club inducted new members Karen Pierson, Johnny Mansell, John Sturley and Donna Wood with their sponsors Dwight Pierson, Cory Felker, Chuck Leonhardt and Jim Boland supporting them in the Red Badge journey.  President Pete was very pleased to announce that Wilbur Vaughan left $4,340 in his Living Trust to the Quincy Rotary Club.


Fines included:


Birthdays: None


Anniversaries Celebrated:  None


Membership Anniversary: Andy 2 Years


Missing bell fines were extracted from Tim, Doug Ely and Cory. The Bell even helped with the Highway Cleanup, drinking some of the refreshments and having a great time with the gang.


Chuck and Gerry gladly donated a fraction of their winnings from the Fireman’s 50/50 raffle to the club.




Polio Plus fund raiser at the drive up flu clinic October 26, 11:00 A.M.-1:30 P.M.


Readers needed - Once again the Quincy Rotary Club is purchasing books and reading to Quincy Elementary School Kindergarten students.    We are scheduled to read the first Thursday of each month.  At least two readers are needed for the following dates:  November 1, 2012, December 6, 2012, January 10, 2013, February 7, 2012, March 7, 2013, April 11, 2013, and May 2, 2013.  Please call Dwight Pierson at 283-3429 if you would like to schedule any of the dates listed.   Members will also be asked to volunteer at our regular meetings in the event there is an opening or a member had to cancel because of other commitments.   This program has many rewards for both the students and readers.   It also gives young students yet another example of a good role model who loves to read to others


 We still need a reader for November 1




Four New Members and a Gift from Wilbur Pete Hochrein 2012-10-25 00:00:00Z 0

Foundation Dinner and Painting the Little League Dug Outs

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Oct 18, 2012

Monday, October 15 – We had a great Foundation Dinner with 64 in attendance from Portola, Greenville and Quincy Rotary Clubs. The Quincy Rotary Club presented 10 Paul Harris Fellows. New Fellows included: John Breaux, Karen Kleven, Tim Gallagher, Debbie DeSelle, and Julie Hochrein. 2 Time Fellows included: Clay Dyrr (Thelma), Jim Boland, David Adrian, and Pete Hochrein. 3 Time Fellow included: David Windle.  Sam “Woody” Wilbanks along with Club Presidents awarded “The Rotary Foundation District Service Awards” to Bob Edwards – Quincy, Bob Conen – Portola, and Ken Tucker – Greenville. 

Scott Kellerman from the Rotary Club of Nevada City Sunrise gave an inspiring program on his work with the Batwa pygmies in Uganda.  He has immensely improved the standard of living for these wonderful people.  He is an inspiration of what “Peace through Service” really means.

The wine was raffled off with the winners being: Pierson family, Gallagher, Ryback.  The raffle raised over $700 for Polio Plus!!


  • Highway Clean Up October 20, 10:00 A.M.
  • Polio + fund raiser at the drive up flu clinic October 26, 11:00 A.M.-1:30 P.M.
  • Readers needed - Once again the Quincy Rotary Club is purchasing books and reading to Quincy Elementary School Kindergarten students.    We are scheduled to read the first Thursday of each month. At least two readers are needed for the following dates:  November 1, 2012, December 6, 2012, January 10, 2013, February 7, 2012, March 7, 2013, April 4, 2013, and May 2, 2013.  Please call Dwight Pierson at 283-3429 if you would like to schedule any of the dates listed.   Members will also be asked to volunteer at our regular meetings in the event there is an opening or a member had to cancel because of other commitments.   This program has many rewards for both the students and readers.   It also gives young students yet another example of a good role model who loves to read to others.
















Foundation Dinner and Painting the Little League Dug Outs Pete Hochrein 2012-10-19 00:00:00Z 0

Jim Belsher-Howe - Fall Colors

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Oct 11, 2012

Monday, October 8 – Jim Belsher-Howe presented a fine program on fall colors and the different hypotheses on why certain colors are more prominent in some areas, due to weather, temperature and soil conditions. Apparently the leaves change color as the plant retrieves nutrients from its leaves needed for next year’s growth. He says that the 3rd week in October is typically the prime time for Plumas County fall colors. Johnny Mansell, John Sturley and Donna Wood joined us for lunch as potential new members.

Fines included:

  • Birthdays: None
  • Anniversaries Celebrated:  Jim and Gloria 28 Years
  • Missing bell fines were extracted from Bob Edwards and John DeSelle. He claimed that the Bell, as a hood ornament for his Jeep, was causing a dent and reducing his mileage. We had a picture of Nico and Patrick with the Bell and even the Portola Rotary Club had the bell. How embarrassing!
  • Pete and John donated $5 for CAL’s 43 to 17 win over UCLA.
  • Doug was fined $5 for his old employer (Chevron) charging over $5/gal for gas.
  • Bill donated $10 for being back from his European Vacation and finally getting to relax.


  1. Rescheduled Little League Dugout painting October 13, 9:00 A.M.
  2. Foundation Dinner October 15, 6:00 P.M. Mineral Building (No noon meeting)
  3. Highway Clean Up October 20, 10:00 A.M.
  4. Polio Plus fund raiser at the drive up flu clinic October 26, 11:00 A.M.-1:30 P.M.

Dr. Scott Kellermann is the West Region 2012 CLASSY Awards Volunteer of the Year!

Photo of Scott and Carol Kellermann with a group of Batwa

The Batwa pygmies, conservation refugees from the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, were indigenous forest nomads in southwestern Uganda for millennia. In 1992 they were evicted from the rainforest when it was made a World Heritage Site to protect the endangered mountain gorilla. As hunter/gatherers, the Batwa had no title to land and were given no compensation. Outside the forest, their existence became a major struggle for survival. They are one of the most impoverished people groups on earth.

Photo of Batwa family by their hut

Batwa Development Program

The BDP is the Batwa-run group that oversees education and other projects. The first generation of Batwa pygmies to attend school is hard at work. Yet the Batwa are not forgetting their past—one of the BDP’s newest projects is the Batwa Experience, a living history cultural site where Batwa elders teach the children about their forest heritage and allow tourists a glimpse into their past.

Photo of Batwa children

American physician Dr. Scott Kellermann and his wife Carol have served as medical missionaries to the Batwa since 2001. The Kellermann Foundation was created to support and expand their work, empowering the Batwa to break the cycle of poverty through the , Batwa Development Program and providing healthcare through Bwindi Community Hospital These partner programs make a daily difference in the lives of the Batwa and other residents of this remote corner of Uganda.

A photo of the Bwindi Community Hospital

Bwindi Community Hospital

The hospital, founded by Dr. Kellermann, began a decade ago as an open-air clinic for the Batwa. BCH now provides first-rate healthcare to the entire population of a large area of southwest Uganda. For the past 3 years, it has been rated the best hospital in Uganda, and its community outreach programs reach thousands of Uganda’s poorest and most isolated citizens. This amazing institution has been described as one of the most successful healthcare centers in the developing world.

The Kellermann Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
Our funding comes from individuals and organizations.

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Nico and Argentina

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Oct 04, 2012

Monday, October 1 –Nico, our exchange student from Argentina revealed the answers to our first trivia quiz of the year.  We learned that the national game of Argentina is Duck. Pato, also called juego del pato is a game played on horseback that combine elements from polo and basketball. It is the national sport of Argentina as of 1953. Pato is Spanish for "duck", as early games used a live duck inside a basket instead of a ball. Accounts of early versions of pato have been written since 1610. The playing field would often stretch the distance between neighboring ranches. The first team to reach its own ranch house with the duck would be declared the winner. Nico then presented a great program on Argentina and showed pictures of his adventures in America.

Fines included:

  • Birthdays: Dwight 10/7
  • Anniversaries Celebrated:  None
  • Missing bell fines were extracted from David Little and Herschel.  Steve is taking the 5th on how he came into procession of the gavel. The trial may be delayed as more evidence is being recovered.
  • Tim celebrated the news of a new granddaughter. The club started a college fund of $90 with a match from Tim.
  • Ken revealed he is heading to Lincoln to bask in the heat and not have to fall on ice anymore.


  • Rescheduled Little League Dugout painting October 13, 9:00 A.M.
  • Foundation Dinner October 15, 6:00 P.M. Mineral Building (No noon meeting)
  • We are up to 19 bottles towards our 2 cases of wine needed for the Foundation Dinner.  Please sign up for the Dinner and bring those bottles to the next meeting.
  • Highway Clean Up October 20, 9:00 A.M.
  • Polio Plus fund raiser at the drive up flu clinic October 26, 11:00 A.M.-1:30 P.M.

Quincy Rotary Club Board Meeting Minutes For the 9-20-12 Meeting

1.) Attended: Hochrein, Ely, Summerfield, Edwards, Ryback, Little

2.) New Generations/Youth report (Andy Ryback):

  • Andy reported that Niko recently shifted over to his new host family, the Cunan’s.  We’re still looking for a host family for Patrick for the Spring. Patrick is now being hosted by the Hutchins.
  • The Board approved a request for our club to pay for a CAL/UCLA football game and a Shakespeare ticket for Niko.  The Board also authorized the expense of a 4 gift certificates at $40.00 each, for “thank you” gifts for this years host families (2 for Moons and 2 for Sweet Lorraine’s).
  • The 8th Grade Leadership program will be starting in October, and we need some Rotarians to volunteer to chaperons.  Dwight and Andy are working together on this project.  There will be a BBQ/Graduation Dinner on Sunday, November 4th for the 8th Grade Leadership students.
  • Andy announced that the dictionaries have been ordered for the Dictionary Project.    

3.) Club Service:

  • David Little postponed the Greenhorn BBQ to (hopefully) allow for better attendance at the Foundation Dinner.  Also, we decided not have a regular noon meeting on the day of the Foundation Dinner event (10-15-12).
  • The Board approved a 6 month leave of absence for Janet Hilde, and a 1-month leave of absence for Walt Steuben.
  • Pete announced that the grant funds for the “Trail Project” need to be spent by the end of January.  Pete will be ordering the material for that project.
  • Doug Ely signed up for the public relations committee.  Doug was asked to meet with Rick Foster to do some public relations planning.  We also need a club member to volunteer in that capacity, to take some notes/minutes at our regular club meetings.

4.) Foundation:

  • Bob Edward is preparing for the Foundation Dinner (gathering raffle prizes/wine, etc.).  Mike Summerfield was asked to obtain a 1-day liquor license/permit for that event (since it’s not a meeting exclusively for Rotarians and spouses of Rotarians). Which was determined was not needed   Pete will work on a program agenda for the Foundation Dinner.  Herschel will be asked to handle the bar.
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Jim Boland - Membership

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Sep 27, 2012

Monday, September 24th – Our very own Jim Boland gave us an update on what his committee has been up to and how
we have updated the new member firesides to make sure new members understand expectations and that there are no
surprises when they join.  He explained the new Red Badge program and discussed how important it is to retain members
by making new members feel welcome and involved in club activities.


Fines included:

  •     Anniversaries Celebrated:  Mike Taborski, Andy Ryback
  •     Missing bell fines were extracted from Mike Summerfield, Karen, Andy and Rick. We may be getting closer to 
        recovering the bell when we interrogate Steve to determine how he had possession of the gavel.  Stay tuned
        to the upcoming trial.
  •     John DeSelle donated $22 for his new sports car. Karen donated $10 for inviting all of us to the Land Trust
        Celebration Oct. 13 at the Heart K Ranch in Genesee.
  •     The Rotary wheel was spun several times when members couldn’t answer Rotary News Trivia.


  •     FRC Baseball Golf Tournament September 29
  •     Rescheduled Little League Dugout painting October 13, 9:00 A.M.
  •     Foundation Dinner October 15, 6:00 P.M. Mineral Building (No noon meeting)
  •     We are up to 16 bottles towards our 2 cases of wine needed for the Foundation Dinner.  Please sign up for
        the dinner and bring those bottles to the next meeting.
  •     Andy encouraged us to support the Fire District by purchasing 50/50 raffle tickets and to come out to the
        drawing on Oct. 20 following the Harvest Fest at the Fairgrounds.
  •     Highway Clean Up October 20, 9:00 A.M.
  •     Polio Plus fund raiser at the drive up flu clinic October 26, 11:00 A.M.-1:30 P.M.


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Membership Club Assemble - Jim Boland & Membership Committee

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Sep 20, 2012

Monday September 17th ADG Gail Ellingwood presented $2000 from Rotary International for our trail sign project. See the attached photo for an example of the signs we will be posting this spring.  We will also be constructing 3 trail head sign boards.

We recognized our newest members; Walt Steuben and Doug Ely along with their sponsors Ken George and Dwight Pierson. Dona Wood and Karen Pierson have been submitted to the membership for consideration as our newest members. Keep up the good work!!

We had a very informative presentation by our very own Doug Lafferty about the plans for the hospital expansion.  This is a very doable project with the low interest loan from USDA. Even the hospitals most vocal opponents are in favor of the project.  Good job Doug.

Fines included:

  • Birthdays celebrated: Toni and Doug P.
  • Missing bell fines were extracted from Suzan and Dwight. Steve was in possession of the gavel.  Do you think he may be guilt? I’ll need to consult with the DA and Judge.
  • Members were fined $5 if they did not attend the Starry Mountain Night Hospital Dinner. We made quite a haul – easy money.


  • Painting the Little League Dugouts work day September 29, 9:00 AM Rotary Field
  • Foundation Dinner October 15, 6:00 PM Mineral Building (No noon meeting)
  • We are up to 10 bottles towards our 2 cases of wine needed for the Foundation Dinner.  Please sign up for the Dinner and bring those bottles to the next meeting.


Membership Club Assemble - Jim Boland & Membership Committee Pete Hochrein 2012-09-21 00:00:00Z 0

Doug Lafferty: CEO Plumas District Hospital Plumas District Hospital – A Vision for Today and Tomorrow. New construction proposed.

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Sep 13, 2012
Mark your calendar for the Foundation Dinner on October 15, 2012.  We will move our regular Monday noon meeting to Monday evening.  The program will be an inspiring program from Scott Kellerman (see our web site) with additional special presentations.  Please bring your bottle of wine to donate to the raffle for Polio +   Thanks, -Pete

Doug Lafferty: CEO Plumas District Hospital Plumas District Hospital – A Vision for Today and Tomorrow. New construction proposed. Pete Hochrein 2012-09-14 00:00:00Z 0

Sam's Message and Eathan's Letter to Rotary

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Aug 19, 2012
Our District Governor Sam "Woody" Wilbanks spoke to the club on Mon., Aug. 20. Many veteran Rotarians, including myself, thought it was the best DG speech
we had ever heard. Andy Ryback was awarded the Quiet Rotarian Award for all the work he does in Rotary and for the community. We had a productive board
meeting, outlining our yearlong plans for the DG. Tim will fill in for me (good news!) on Aug. 27, as I am heading to the Mustang Fire in Salmon, Idaho. There
will be no meeting on Labor Day, so I will see you all at Bucks Lake on Sept. 10.   -Pete


I know nothing about the whereabouts of your bell President Pete! I am totally innocent.......NOT!

President Pete works the club over in search of his Bell.....missing since the beginning of his year!
Sam Wilbanks Pete might win the "No Bell" prize next May at the conference!
Photo: President Pete works the club over in search of his Bell.....missing since the beginning of his year!

DG Woody meets with the Rotary club of Quincy's board of directors on Monday August 20th.

Photo: DG Woody meets with the Rotary club of Quincy's board of directors on Monday August 20th.
Sam's Message and Eathan's Letter to Rotary Pete Hochrein 2012-08-20 00:00:00Z 0

How to apply to become a Rotary Youth Exchange Student

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Aug 19, 2012
Ali, our exchange student from France in 2010-2011, was visiting the club and gave us a quick update on what she has been doing.  She
is continuing to work towards becoming a doctor and spent her summer working as a tour guide in a castle giving tours in English and
French. It was great to see her. We hope to see here often.

If you know someone that is interested in becoming an exchange student, here is a quick overview of the selection process.

The procedure is that you apply for Rotary Youth Exchange through the Rotary Club of Quincy.  The normal time frame is for our club to start
the selection process starting in September, and completing the process by the middle of October.  If you are selected as an RYE Candidate,
you and at least one parent are required to attend a District RYE Briefing Meeting on October 20th.  The meeting will probably be in Incline
Village.  At that meeting you will learn about the costs of the program, about the country selection process, about your travel arrangements,
and how to fill out the full RYE application. The application is due at the end of November, and the second weekend in December you and at
least one parent must attend the District RYE Interviews. This is a one hour interview in Reno.
How to apply to become a Rotary Youth Exchange Student Pete Hochrein 2012-08-20 00:00:00Z 0

District Governors Visit

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Aug 17, 2012
Here is information on Sam's visit on August 20, 2012

Dear Quincy Rotary Club;

Kim and I are very excited about visiting the Rotary Club of Quincy on Monday, August 20, 2012. I will meet the board and committee chairs prior to the club meeting. I also encourage you to invite guests and spouses to your club meeting on the 20th. Hopefully, my presentation will make them feel good about their participation and the work of Rotary.

At Sam's visit on August 20, 2012, I will be asking everyone to stand who will pledge $100 as a sustaining member and those that are able to pledge any amount to the Every Rotarian Every Year campaign.

District Governor Sam "Woody" Wilbanks, 2012-2013 - Governor's Message

Rotary District District Governor Alan CainRotarians of District 5190, the power of Rotary is strong in you! The potential you wield through your Rotary service is immense. Envision the incredible force for good that you and over a million other Rotarians across the globe, represent.

Envision the end of Polio. We have already immunized billions of children, but with the eradication of this dreaded disease, envision all of the children of the earth free of this scourge forever. Only three endemic countries left!

Envision your club's impact on your community at the end of this Rotary year. Your local projects, hundreds of thousands of hours of volunteered time and resources will have helped thousands of children learn to read, and given hope to hundreds of individuals and families in desperate need. Your club sponsored scholarships will support the higher education of hundreds of students. Hundreds, if not thousands of scouts, will be given support and sponsorship by your clubs. Hundreds of local schools will be supported through your direct efforts, and monetary aid.

Envision the smile on the face of a RYLA camper that your club sponsored, as they see life from a new and deeper perspective. Now envision the positive difference that hundreds of RYLA campers will have on their schools, their families, and in their communities when they return from camp in June 2013. Envision the new reality that nearly a hundred eighth graders will be introduced to at the Rotary Eighth Grade Leadership Camp. Envision how these young people will return to impact the culture of their middle schools, and the lives of those close to them.

Now envision a village in an under developed country, where children have no hope of decent health care, clean water, or a place to learn how to read and write. Envision the difference in their lives when Rotary clubs from around the world pool their resources and commitment to build and staff a health clinic, drill a sanitary well and teach the villagers how to operate and maintain it, or build a school and train the teachers. Can you envision that? Now multiply that vision by hundreds, perhaps thousands, to get a sense of the impact that Rotary has around the world!

Think about the impact that you have as a Rotarian. What would your club be like without your efforts? Envision what your community would be like without your Rotary club. Envision what a different and much bleaker planet we would inhabit without the 34,000 Rotary clubs and 1.2 million Rotarians who, just like you, are committed to moving ahead with the work of Rotary.

Now, envision a world with 10 million Rotarians, forming 285,000 clubs, working ceaselessly to forward the object of Rotary. What kind a world would that be? What would it be like in your community?

Attaining this vision is up to you. Building our impact through increasing our membership is the most important responsibility each one of us has as a Rotarian. So reach out, and employ the "power of one" to change the world, not only through your own 'service above self', but by inviting, uniting, and igniting new Rotarians to create our vision of the future!

Sam "Woody" Wilbanks
District Governor, 2012-2013
Rotary District 5190
District Governors Visit Pete Hochrein 2012-08-18 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Leadership Award Presetation

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Aug 12, 2012
Madison Hokinson and Kyle Morgan gave us a marvelous program on their RYLA camp experience in June.  They provided us with an overview
of all the extraordinary challenges they were given from climbing walls, to rope courses, to having to put themselves in the place of a bully.
They also spoke about hearing from many inspirational speakers at camp.  They will be great influences on our five 8th Grade students we
are sending to a similar shorter camp in November.

Rotary Youth Leadership Award Presetation Pete Hochrein 2012-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Bocci Ball Tournament and Work Day Pete Hochrein 2012-07-30 00:00:00Z 0

Andrew Hagen and the North Fork Hydro Map

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Jul 22, 2012
On Monday July 23th we learned about the stair step of water in the North Fork of the Feather River and the job entailed in upgrading a plant that was built in the 1950's.  Hydro power is cheap (2-3 cents/KWH) and can come on line in less than 2 minutes.  The North Fork Feather River provides a substantial percent of PG&E's total hydro generation right here in Plumas and Butte Counties.

Good News Included:  The announcement of Kory's second child.

Missing bell fines were extracted from Mike T. 

Reminders: Park Bench work day July 28, 9:00 am Rotary Pavilion,
Bocce Ball Tournament Dinner July 30, 5:30 pm, Rotary Pavilion.

On another topic - Reno Aces game & Polio Plus on 8/26. The Portola Club is trying to secure a small bus to take them over to the game, it seats 29 so there is limited space.  The cost of the transportation would be approx $15-$18 per person (not a bad deal when you consider parking alone would cost you $10 if you drove yourself).  Let Pete know if you are interested in this great deal.


This years District 5190 Outbound Youth Exchange Students - Ethan is third from left on the top row.  He leaves for Brazil in August.

Andrew Hagen and the North Fork Hydro Map Pete Hochrein 2012-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary's Community Supper Pete Hochrein 2012-07-18 00:00:00Z 0

Glen Harris Newest Paul Harris Fellow and the Viewing of "The Final Inch" Polio Video

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Jul 15, 2012

Monday July 16th -- We presented Glen Harris with the most coveted Paul Harris Award.  Then the Final Inch Polio Video was shown describing the challenge of eradicating polio from India and what could happen if we don't complete our work. Mike T. and Steve presented the club with a $9,000 check for our last Golf Tournament.  They stressed how much more money we earned with just 10 additional golfers.

Fines included:   Birthdays celebrated was Mike F.
Missing bell fines were extracted from Fred, Carson and Glen. 
Several members neglected to inform the speaker that they had to leave early (road runner). What should that cost them? 


1.       1.      Park Bench work day July 28, 9:00 am Rotary Pavilion,
    2.      Bocce Ball Tournament Dinner July 30, 5:30 pm, Rotary Pavilion.

We had a great turnout for the Community Supper with 15 Rotarians and spouses helping out serving over 100 meals. Thanks Carson for organizing!!
  See pictures in the News Story.

If you are having trouble viewing the Web Site on internet explorer, click on the broken sheet of paper icon near the top right corner (comparability view).

Glen Harris Newest Paul Harris Fellow and the Viewing of "The Final Inch" Polio Video Pete Hochrein 2012-07-16 00:00:00Z 0

Cameron "The Life of a Quincy Exchange Student to Germany"

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Jul 08, 2012

Monday July 9th -- We had a great program from Cameron about his exchange to Germany.  It sounds like he had a great 2nd host family and that it was hard for him to leave all his friends.  His parents and a fellow exchange student, Catlin, joined us for a relaxing lunch.

Fines included:  Celebrations – Lisa Hochrein's wedding, Jim swimming with the Ducks (Rec Dist. Fund Raiser) and Bob’s picture with a big fat check for the museum.  Birthdays celebrated included Bob and Ken.  Missing bell fines were extracted from John D. and Gerry.  Those that missed my first program without paying a road runner fee ponied up $2.


1.       Community Supper July 18, 5:30pm Methodist Church,

2.       Board Meeting July 19, 3:30pm Plumas Bank Admin Building,

3.       Park Bench work day July 28, 9:00am Rotary Pavilion,

4.       Bocce Ball Tournament Dinner July 30, 5:30pm, Rotary Pavilion.

Cameron "The Life of a Quincy Exchange Student to Germany" Pete Hochrein 2012-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Peace Through Service Pete Hochrein 2012-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Demotion Dinner - Thanks for a Great Year Tim Pete Hochrein 2012-06-26 00:00:00Z 0

Quincy Rotary Board Meeting - June 13, 2012

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Jun 12, 2012

Quincy Rotary Board Meeting - June 13, 2012

  • We are requesting your participation in our Sustaining Member Pledges during the District Governors visit. This request will be included with you membership dues invoice.  Please indicate that you would like to be a RI Sustaining Member ($100/yr.) or an Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) for any amount ($10-$100). We would love to have everyone contribute something this year. We will be receiving a $2000 matching grant from the District next year for our trail signs – your money is at work.
  • We have work days coming up with the Community Supper and helping with tables and benches at the Bocce Ball court in July ($500 for kits with wood donated by SPI). Then in August we plan to work on the Baseball dugouts. 
  • Social events include a Bocce Ball evening BBQ on July 30, Bucks Lake Dinner September 10 and a possible Greenhorn BBQ on October 1.
  • The board recommended re-instituting recognizing make ups at meetings to encourage attendance.  Making up on line is easy, fun, informative, and a good way to stay connected.  It usually only takes 15-20 min. 
  • We will enforce road runner etiquette - $2 when paying for meal, a hand shake with the speaker and excused by the president prior to the program.
  • And lastly – Membership.  My goal is 50 members (+6) by the end of the year.  We have our work cut out for us. Invite someone you think would benefit from Rotary, would enjoy service – making Quincy better for everyone and someone with high ethical standards.  We need to get the word out on what we do and the fun we have.

Peace through Service, -Pete

Quincy Rotary Board Meeting - June 13, 2012 Pete Hochrein 2012-06-13 00:00:00Z 0

Quincy Rotary Scholarships 2012

Posted by Andrew Ryback on Jun 12, 2012


Academic: Lauren Braddick and Elizabeth Volz ($750 each)

Vocational: Nathan Brown ($750)

FRC 2-year scholarship: Brandy Kaumans ($3,000) This scholarship requires a monthly Rotary attendance along with mentoring by club members. Gerry Hendricks is our champion for making this possible.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA): Tori Beeson, Kyle Morgan & Madison Hokanson (fees we paid, $625 each)  This is a weeklong person development/leadership camp at Grizzly Ranch near Portola.

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Highway Cleanup

Posted by Pete Hochrein on Jun 09, 2012
 11 Donut Crazed Rotarians made 2 miles of Highway 70 more scenic on June 9th 2012.
Highway Cleanup Pete Hochrein 2012-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
South Park Trail System Pete Hochrein 2012-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
Please review your committee assignment and work with the committee of your choice. We will be having committee meetings during the June 4th assembly. Pete Hochrein 2012-06-04 00:00:00Z 0
At the Plumas County Museum Pete Hochrein 2012-05-18 00:00:00Z 0
The GSE Team from Brazil Pete Hochrein 2012-05-04 00:00:00Z 0

2012 Rotarians at Work

Posted by Peter Hochrein on Apr 27, 2012
12 Rotarians donated their time on a beautiful Saturday morning to make downtown Quincy a little nicer.
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