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)


Dear 2012-2013 Club Presidents;

The District Nominating Committee met on Saturday, December 1st, and made their selection for the District Governor for 2015-2016. 

The committee unanimously selected Gail Ellingwood of the Rotary Club of Loyalton, club # 534, as the District Governor Nominate Designate (DGND). 

Pursuant to Article 13.020.8 of the Rotary International Bylaws, the challenge period for this selection shall be for 14 days and officially end on December 20, 2012.

Monday's Program - Why Buy Locally Owned?

There are many well-documented benefits to our communities and to each of us to choosing local, independently owned businesses. We realize it is not always possible to buy what you need locally and so merely ask you to Think Local FIRST!

Top Ten reasons to Think Local - Buy Local - Be Local

  1. Buy Local -- Support yourself: Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms -- continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community. (these include case studies showing that locally-owned businesses generate a premium in enhanced economic impact to the community and our tax base.)
  2. Support community groups: Non-profit organizations receive an average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.
  3. Keep our community unique: Where we shop, where we eat and have fun -- all of it makes our community home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place. Our tourism businesses also benefit.  “When people go on vacation they generally seek out destinations that offer them the sense of being someplace, not just anyplace.” ~ Richard Moe, President, National Historic Preservation Trust
  4. Reduce environmental impact: Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation and generally set up shop in town or city centers as opposed to developing on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.
  5. Create more good jobs: Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and in our community, provide the most jobs to residents.
  6. Get better service: Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know customers. 
  7. Invest in community: Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future.
  8. Put your taxes to good use: Local businesses in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community.
  9. Buy what you want, not what someone wants you to buy: A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.  A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based not on a national sales plan but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.
  10. Encourage local prosperity: A growing body of economic research shows that in an increasingly homogenized world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.

Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!