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For our 2015-2016 District matching grant, we're promoting literacy in our community by providing every baby born at our local hospital with a bilingual English-Spanish book of nursery rhymes, along with a letter to parents explaining the importance of reading to children beginning at a very early age.  Rotarians of Winnemucca Kay Eason, Tom Klein, and our club's Foundation Chair JoAnn Casalez worked hard to write the grant.  Kay ordered the materials and many of our members helped to apply Rotary Club of Winnemucca book plates inside of and insert letters to parents in the books.
We would like to thank our Rotary District 5190, especially District Foundation Chair Vic Slaughter, for your assistance with the matching grant that made this community service project possible.  Also, thank you to Nicole Maher at Humboldt General Hospital, and Rotary member Tina Perkinson for helping to coordinate the distribution of the books!

On Nov. 19, 2015, the Rotary Club of Winnemucca had the unique opportunity to hear a presentation by world-leading humanitarian Deepa Willingham.  Deepa was born and brought up in Calcutta, India where she obtained her primary and secondary education under the stewardship of Mother Teresa.  Currently, she works to build schools to educate girls that would otherwise be married in early childhood, sent to work, or sold for sex trade.  Mrs. Willingham is the winner of many humanitarian awards.  She gave an inspirational lecture to our group about her charitable organization PACE (Promise of Assurance of Children Everywhere) Universal.  For more information about her cause, and to consider sponsoring a child, please go to 
Deepa's presentation was done through interactive video at our Great Basin College of Winnemucca.  We'd like to thank GBC for making the lecture available to us, as well as the Rotary Club of Elko for coordinating this event, especially current President Lucy Tomera-Miller and our Assistant District Governor Anita Franzoia.

Also, to support local and global projects that have significant positive impacts in our communities, please consider a donation to The Rotary Foundation's Annual Fund SHARE program:
Following the presentation by Deepa, our members met for a delicious dinner at the Winnemucca Inn, where Rotarians Mark and Jo Leiser hand delivered boxes of chocolates and toffees from their store in Fallon: Finest Confections.  Thanks to Mark and Jo's generosity and our club's Foundation Chair JoAnn Casalez's auctioneering skills, 3 of our members purchased the candy and sent donations totalling $4,300 to The Rotary Foundation!

For our first ever Rotary Club of Winnemucca "Build Up our Food Bank" event, we had 7 teams participate in creating some amazing sculptures to give our local Food Bank a boost.  Beginning Friday, October 9th, teams assembled their creations, then on Saturday our esteemed panel of judges decided on winners in the categories shown below.  The public was invited to vote with a dollar per vote on Saturday at the Exhibit Hall, and during the Humboldt Chamber of Commerce's Hops & Grapes gathering where the winners were announced.  On Sunday, local Boy Scout Troop 223 helped Rotarians and staff from the Winnemucca Food Bank fill their van and pickup with food used in the sculptures.  We were able to donate 3,710 pounds and $381 to our local Food Bank in preparation for the upcoming holiday season!!!  We thank all the businesses and volunteers who worked hard to make this event possible, especially Rotarians Amy Edwards, who coordinated the event, and Rhonda Coleman, who worked hard to encourage teams to participate and was involved in 3 teams herself!  We hope for an even larger community involvement next time!  Checkout these pictures from the event:
Century 21 Sonoma Realty, winner of best entry using only Original Labels (no food covered by other materials)
Comfy Cozy, 1st place winner in the Commercial class AND the People's Choice Award winner!
Winner's Inn & Casino's dice and poker chip, awarded 2nd place in the Commercial category
The Humboldt Sun, 3rd place winner in the Commercial class
The Tortuga, Most Creative winner
Winnemucca Relay for Life's sculpture, winner of Best Non-Commercial entry.
Rotary Club of Winnemucca's entry
Judges (left to right) Mayor Di An Putnam, City of Winnemucca Building Inspector Rick Robinson, an City of Winnemucca Police Lieutenant Pam Coats.
Boy Scott Troop 223, Rotarians and Winnemucca Food Bank staff helping to load vehicles with donations from the unassembled sculptures.
The van was chock-full of food!

Thank you so much for joining us in fighting the war on hunger right here in Winnemucca.  We are hoping to create a fun, energetic event that the entire community can take part in.  Form at team of coworkers, family &/or friends, and please help us spread the word!

Here are the only rules we have for you:
•  Every team will be given a 10 x 10 space to make your art piece.  Please do not exceed 6 feet in height.  We can’t be certain that any sculpture is structurally sound, and we would hate someone to get hurt during this event.
•  There are no regulations on team sizes.  The more, the merrier!
•  Use of colored paper will be allowed to cover the label.  This is an option when you need a certain color to complete your art piece and the existing label will not work well.  There are a few things to keep in mind, however.  First of all, the Food Bank cannot accept any food cans that have torn or missing labels, so please ensure that you will not be damaging the label when you remove the paper.  Secondly, we will be judging for certain awards based on creativity and use of labels.  Keep that in mind when considering paper.
•  Each vote is $1, and there are no minimum or maximum vote amounts.  Each art sculpture will have their own collection boxes and whomever has the most votes at the end of the night will be the winner of our “People’s Choice” award.
•  The other awards we will be judging for are Original Labels, Creativity, Commercial, and Non-Commercial.  (A hand selected panel of judges will be on-site to provide a non-biased decision on the best for those categories.)
•  You may use anything to support your structure.  Some ideas are thin plywood, foam boards, pvc pipes…etc.  The sky is the limit but please keep in mind that we must clean everything up by Sunday.  Perhaps cutting pieces of plywood and other materials may be a more suitable task to complete at home or work before the actual event begins.
•  Each structure can be hollow; however, extra points will be added for using food to fill the voids within your art piece.  An example would be to fill your core with bags of pinto beans, or perhaps an entire case of green beans left in the box and wrapper to help with stability.
•  Teams, along with other volunteers, are expected to help tear down the art sculptures on Sunday and deliver all of the food to the local food bank office.  We will have a representative from the food bank on hand to assist with this, but we will need all the help we can get!
•  Boxes can be used, but please not directly in the structure.  Boxes cannot hold as much weight as a can can (HA!)
•  No glass jars!
•  And most importantly, HAVE FUN!  We know that when things get going, we all tend to be a little competitive.  Just remember that this is for an amazing cause in a much needed time and anything we do will be a huge help to feed the hungry members in our community.

PLEASE use as many of the following items in your creation as possible.  They're specifically requested as being needed by our local food bank:

Canned soups
Canned meals (Ravioli, chili, beef stew, etc.)
Canned beans (all varieties)
Canned Vegetables
Canned fruit
Canned meats (tuna, spam, etc.)
Boxed pastas
Spaghetti Sauce
Cold Cereal and Oatmeal
Macaroni and Cheese
Hamburger/Chicken/Tuna Helper
Canned and/or powdered milk
Instant Potatoes
Thank you for joining us!  We are so excited for this event!  If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact a Rotary Member or Amy at 421-0677 (

On May 3rd, Chuckuma (Chuck) Jones hit a hole in one on hole number 14 at our 2015 Rotary Club of Winnemucca Golf Tournament! Paul Huet, President and CEO of Klondex Mining presented Chuck with a $10,000 prize.  Thank you to everyone who came out to support our event, and congratulations Chuck!

Our club was well represented at the annual Rotary Club Leadership Assembly at the Atlantis in Reno!  We met District Governor Elect Gail "Virus" Ellingwood's challenge of wearing a hat at the luncheon by sporting our golf tournament caps and visors, and with Amy paying homage to our meeting location at Las Margaritas with a sombrero!  We learned a great deal and returned to our club with a lot of ideas for the next Rotary year.


Lining up a $10,000 put for cash during the Putting Contest at the Rotary Club of Winnemucca Two-Person Best Ball Tournament.


Join us at the Rotary Club of Winnemucca/Humboldt General Hospital 2 Person Best Ball Golf Tournament on May 2 & 3 at the Winnemucca Golf Course for your share of $40,000 in prizes.

Hole in One prizes include a $10,000 cash prize sponsored by A and H Insurance, Inc. and a 2015 Polaris ACE sponsored by Sonoma Cycle. There will be a target drive for men and women sponsored by Winners Inn, a longest drive sponsored by Turquoise Ridge Mine and closest to the pins sponsored by the Newmont Mining and Hycroft Mine each day with the winners receiving guns, jewelry, or money.  Everyone has a chance to win $10,000 cash in a putting contest sponsored by Klondex on Saturday evening. Silver Standard Resources will sponsor lunch each day.

The tournament raises funds for scholarships and youth activities in Humboldt County.  Entry fees are $150 per team with 100% payout. No more than a ten stroke differential between team members is allowed and we expect to have two full flights. Green fees for the two days are $104 per team and carts are $60 per team for the two days.  There will be a raffle for a new driver and other prizes. There will also be a Calcutta on Saturday evening at the course after the putting contest concludes.

Rooms are available by calling the Winnemucca Inn at 775-623-2565 or 800-633-6435, or the Winners Inn at 775 623-2511 or 800-648-4770.  Spots are filling fast and we can only accept the first 60 paid teams!

Click here to Register Online

For further information call Tom Klein at 775-397-0624.

Thanks to the following Rotarians & friends/family who helped with the Rotary Vision Screening on March 21 at Grass Valley Elementary:
  • Victoria Dupuis
  • Steve Hunt
  • Tom Klein & Kay Eason (& thank you for preparing the nice lunch following :)
  • Bob Shaw & Alisa Harrison
  • JoAnn & Marcus Casalez
  • Bob Himmelreich
  • Lee Ann Morell
Here's a BIG THANK YOU to the GVES office staff for taking calls to schedule students: 
Vicki Cox & Debbie Carstensen
Also, thank you to GVES principal Mr. Byron Jeppsen for allowing us to use your school to hold our service project.
We screened 21 students and identified many who suffer from vision problems that could potentially affect their academic and athletic performance. I'll be sending results to each student's teacher within the next few days.
I greatly appreciate your help in keeping this service projecting going!
Cody Bengoa, OD, FCOVD
Rotary Club of Winnemucca

President Dave Jensen congratulates Cody Bengoa for receiving the Paul Harris award for generously giving $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation


Thinking of attending or sending your kids to a Rotary youth camp this summer? The District 5190 website has information on two upcoming camps that may be of interest:






At the recent Rotary District 5190 Rotary conference, the Rotary Club of Winnemucca was awarded the district "Literacy Project of the Year" for medium sized clubs in the 54 club district which spans northern Nevada and northern California.

The Rotary Club of Winnemucca donated two hundred and eighty Literacy Kits for each child who participated in the annual Humboldt County School District Kindergarten registration held in April.  Each incoming student received a pencil, paper, an eraser, a pencil sharpener, chalk and a chalkboard, scissors, glue, crayons, an alphabet sheet, play dough, a public library card application, Unifix cubes for counting, nursery rhyme coloring books, a book to read, and a bag to keep all of their things in. 

Teachers or administrators at each school explained to parents how to help their child hold a pencil, how to print their name, how to use the alphabet sheets, how to count with their children, and how important it is to read to their children.  Using scissors and colors improves fine motor skills and eye hand coordination which is important for children who are learning to read and write when they reach school age.  Reading to children and learning nursery rhymes helps children learn the cadence of reading and also teaches them some of the most used words in our language.

The Rotary Club of Winnemucca is committed to making a difference for children in our community and wants parents and grandparents to know that it is never too early to read to a child.  The larger a child’s vocabulary is when they begin school the better student they usually become.



Image Jeff Herzog is shown removing his ball from the #5 cup on Sunday morning as he aced the 162 yard hole sponsored by Sonoma Cycle.  In addition, to the hole in one prize, he also received $100 for being “Closest to the Pin” which was sponsored by Newmont Mining Corporation.  DiAn Putnam was closest to the pin on Sunday for the ladies and Marla Stafford was closest to the pin on Saturday.  Dean Vetter was the closest man to the pin on Saturday on #5 and each closest to the pin contestant was awarded $100 in pro shop merchandise.  Closest to the pin on hole #2 was sponsored by Hycroft Resources and Development and each winner received $200 dollars in the golf pro shop merchandise.  Saturdays men’s and women’s winners were Marla Stafford and Chris Dendary on hole #2 while Sunday’s winners were Kay Kludt and Chris Dendary. 

Barrick/Turquoise Ridge sponsored the longest drive contest.  Champoo Landt won a necklace and scarf for her drive and John Weber won a rifle for his long drive on Saturday.  Kay Kludt won a scarf and necklace for her long drive on Sunday and Chris Dendary won a pistol for his long drive on Sunday.

Recology sponsored a target drive competition and paid $300 in pro shop merchandise to the men’s and ladies winners each day.  Marla Stafford won the target drive on Saturday and Josh Shaver won the men’s portion.  Sunday, Heather Putnam won the target drive for the ladies and Frank Landt won the men’s side.

A & H Insurance sponsored a $10,000 cash prize for a hole in one on #2 and Goldcorp/Marigold Mining sponsored a $10,000 putting contest during the tournament.  Humboldt General Hospital was the title sponsor of the event this year.  Other major donors were Winners Inn Hotel Casino and Jim Dandy Productions.  This year’s tournament was very well attended with 51 teams participating on both days.  Proceeds of the tournament are used to sponsor youth events and activities in Humboldt County.

Gross winners in the first flight went to Dan Stewart and Brian Haslem with a score of 134, 2nd gross was Jake and John Webber, 3rd went to Jeff Carter and Jeff Patterson, 4th gross was won by Jeff Herzog and Mike Willey, and 5th gross was Cameron White and Justin Durant.   Net winners in the first flight were John Shorter and Jason Parola shooting a 121, 2nd net was won by Carl Rose and Brett Andreas, 3rd went to Ken and Kevin Mullins, 4th was Robert Velasquez and Mark Carlson, and 5th place was Chukuma Jones and Andrew Meyer.

In the second flight gross winners were Bill Barsanti and Dewey Guercio with a 155, 2nd place was Manny Esquivel and Mike Adams, 3rd went to Chris Aker and Matt Morgtan, there was a tie for 4th place between Frank and Chompoo Landt and the team of Scott Bullock and Micha Tolbert.  Net winners in the second flight were Paul and Michael Meckley with a score of 119, 2nd was Joe Leal and John Southall, 3rd place net was Karen and David Adams, and 4th net went to Dick Celio and Jim Jenista, 5th place was won by Timothy Trudell and Shane Havens.  American Ag Credit provided wine baskets for high gross in the first flight to Josh Stoker and Tyler Schoening, high net went to Marla Stafford and Steve Pierce.  In the second flight, high gross was won by Herb Ross and Raul Yott and high net went to Ken Graham and Rodd Stowell.



ImageThe Rotary Club of Winnemucca donated two hundred and sixty Literacy Kits for each child who participated in the annual Humboldt County School District Kindergarten registration held in April.  Each incoming student received a pencil, paper, an eraser, a pencil sharpener, scissors, glue, crayons, an alphabet sheet, play dough, a public library card application, Unifix cubes for counting, nursery rhyme coloring books, a book to read, and a bag to keep all of their things in. 

Teachers or administrators at each school explained to parents how to help their child hold a pencil, how to print their name, how to use the alphabet sheets, how to count with their children, and how important it is to read to their children.  Using scissors and colors improves fine motor skills and eye hand coordination which is important for children who are learning to read and write when they reach school age.  Reading to children and learning nursery rhymes helps children learn the cadence of reading and also teaches them some of the most used words in our language.

The Rotary Club of Winnemucca is committed to making a difference for children in our community and wants parents and grandparents to know that it is never too early to read to a child.  The larger a child’s vocabulary is when they begin school the better student they usually become.



ImageOn December 19th, 2012 the Rotary Club of Winnemucca held an evening of music with the Winnemucca Brass Quintet and the Swingin' Senior Choir at the Pleasant Senior Center.  The event was held to benefit the Pleasant Senior Center Kitchen Expansion fund, and netted $600.00.


Rotary President Lee Ann Morrell and Winnemucca Brass Quintet Director Mike Bumgartner were at the Center Wednesday to officially donate a check for the proceeds.  Pleasant Senior Center Board Members John Darre Jr. and Robert Osti happily accepted the check.  


In the photo at left (below), LeeAnn, Mike, and John look on as Robert colors in the donations thermometer - which topped the $19,000.00 mark today.  We are aiming high, at $50,000 that will form the match for a Community Development Block Grant application we have lodged with the City of Winnemucca.\



Thank you!

Patricia Tindall
Director, Pleasant Senior Center
Senior Citizens of Humboldt Co. Inc.


Winnemucca Brass Quintet
(Mike Bumgartner; Ed Andrews;
Joan, Benjamin, and Dave Munk)
The Swinging Seniors
Come join this festive event for a good cause!

Santa will visit!
Dessert and Drinks for Sale
Bake Sale Items
Tickets available at the Senior Center, Computer
Tamer or call for information 625-0040 or 623-6211
Ticket cost $5.00 each—get yours today! Limited seating.
Sponsored by Rotary Club of Winnemucca
Holiday ConcertHoliday Concert
December 21, 7:00 p.m.
Senior Center—1480 Lay Street


ImageThe Rotary Club of Winnemucca provided scholarships for five Winnemucca Junior High School students to attend a three day camp November 2-4, 2012 in Portola, California. One specific objective of the Rotary Eighth Grade Leadership experience is for the students to embrace the idea of creating a Caring Community at their school. During the three-day weekend at Grizzly Creek Ranch, the students developed and refined those skills and added tools to help in making choices, understanding themselves and being effective in a team situation. Our graduates are better equipped to be more effective communicators, to know themselves well and to make sound, ethical decisions in the coming years. These students are now catalysts for change in their school!

Participating girls include: 

Lucy Acevedo, Jessie Bell, Melanie Gomez, Jacy Urain and Annaleise Gabica.



ImageOn Sept. 29, local Rotary got behind two good causes. Eight members supported the Winnemucca Domestic Violence Shelter's Try-Athlon, while four staffed the BBQ pit at the BLM's Water Canyon Clean-up.

Try-Athlon participants pictured include: (back row, l-r) Cody Bengoa, Tom Klein, Lyssa and Henry Kingman, Lee Ann Morrell, Jill Thomason, (front row, l-r) Adua Boyle, and Kay Eason. 


ImageMeanwhile, up in Water Canyon, Rotary volunteers were busy cooking up burgers donated by Newmont. Volunteers pictured included (l-r) Tom Klein, Mike Owens, Laurel Thomas and Kay Eason. Several hungry Try-Athlon participants also made their way to the Canyon to help clean up the left-over food... these included Henry, Lyssa and Amanda Kingman and Lee Ann Morrell.



ImageUndetected vision problems are a leading cause of poor scholastic achievement among young children. With the help of Rotary volunteers, local Doctor of Optometry Cody Bengoa (pictured) held a vision screening clinic at Grass Valley Elementary school yesterday. The clinic aimed to discover problems that, if left untreated, could lead to struggles in school and in life. 

About 30 families availed themselves of the free service. According to Bengoa, "many" children were identified as having problems.

The clinic was staffed by Rotary volunteers, who teamed up to administer a series of simple vision tests. After completing all tests, each student was interviewed and further tested by Bengoa.

Rotary volunteers included Victoria Dupuis, Trina Kleintjes, Tom Klein, Mike Owens, Kay Eason, Bob Shaw, John Siegfried, Lee Ann Morrell, Bob Himmelreich, and Barbara Sealy. 

Bengoa and the Rotary Club hold vision screening clinics several times each year. The next is set for Nov. 17th, from 8:30 to noon, at the Winnemucca Grammar School.

Click for more photos from yesterday's clinic. Or, visit the Vision Screening Image Gallery.


The Rotary Club of Winnemucca held four Vision Screenings throughout the school year to help identify elementary age students in need of vision care.  The most recent screening was held at Sonoma Elementary School where thirty-one students were seen and twenty-one potential problems were identified.  Rotary Club members with training and assistance from Dr. Cody Bengoa of Northern Nevada Eye Care identified students with a variety of visual problems, including high amounts of astigmatism, farsightedness, color vision deficiency, focusing, tracking, depth perception and visual motor problems. Each student's results were sent to their teachers to help aid them in their classrooms, and those who did not pass the screening were recommended comprehensive vision examinations.  Bob Himmelreich from the Winnemucca Host Lions Club was also on hand to assist students in need with obtaining glasses.


Raven Black and Katie Boyle have been selected to represent the Rotary Club of Winnemucca and Albert Lowry High School at the 2012 Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA).  The camp will last five days and is hosted a Camp Grizzly in Portola, California.  Both girls will be seniors next year at Lowry High School and are looking forward to this outstanding leadership opportunity.

The Rotary Club of Winnemucca is currently searching for a boy and a girl at Lowry High School who are currently Juniors to attend a Rotary Youth Leadership Academy at Camp Grizzly in June.  Applications are available be contacting Ms. Dawson or Ms. Rebecca Hill at Lowry or by contacting Michelle Urain at the Winnemucca Convention Center.  Applications to attend the camp are due on April 1, 2012.  This is an opportunity for two Lowry High School students to attend an outstanding leadership camp to improve their leadership skills and meet new friends from Northern Nevada and California.



Twelve members of the Rotary Club of Winnemucca worked along with FFA members, Leo Club members, and students from the Family and Community Coalition to make the second annual Haunting Winnemucca a huge success.

The event was held Friday and Saturday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on October 28 and 29. Over 400 community members went through a very scary haunted house experience.

Each year we add new elements to the haunted house and change what the guests expect to see and experience. We look forward to a bigger and better haunting next year!



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