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8924 Donner Pass Rd.
Truckee, CA  96161
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Robert E. Sutton March 20, 2017 1925 - ­2017
 
 
Robert Ellsworth Sutton "Bob", 91, a longtime resident of Truckee, passed away peacefully on March 16, 2017 after a brief illness. Bob was predeceased by his beloved wife of 59 years, Patricia Smith Sutton "Pat", a longtime local elected official; his parents Don and Opal Sutton; and his oldest brother Charles (Billie Jo, deceased). He is survived by his elder brother Don (Marilyn, deceased). Bob was the dedicated father to four children: Robert Jr., Keith (Anna), Paula, and Eric (Mary). He was grandfather to Keith and Anna's son Aaron, grandfather to Eric and Mary's children Matthew and Mark Lundbeck, and great­-grandfather to Mark's children Rio and Athena. Bob is survived by Sutton family nieces and nephews, as well as the large extended Smith family via Pat who brought him seven siblings-­in­-law and their families. Bob's parents were born in Indiana and he is survived by relatives there. He also was longtime friends with the Jack and Bonnie Houlgate family.
 
Bob was born in Bakersfield, CA on August 3, 1925. After he graduated from high school in 1943, Bob joined the Navy and was accepted into the V-­12 Navy College Training Program which was designed to increase the number of commissioned officers to meet the demands of World War II. He enrolled in an accelerated academic program at the University of Texas at Austin and received a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering in 1945. Subsequently, he was a LTJG assigned to a LSM, an amphibious landing ship.
 
After his military service, Bob received a Master's Degree in Civil Engineering from Stanford University. He then went to work for Clements Construction Company based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and made his first trip to Truckee in 1949 where he was the Superintendent responsible for paving the Brockway Shortcut, now Highway 267. Subsequently, he met his wife Pat whom he married in 1951 and settled in Fremont, CA. Bob kept close ties to the Truckee area and in 1962, he was honored to be a passenger in Jack Houlgate's Cessna 195 N9830A, the first plane to land at the Truckee Tahoe Airport. The Sutton family moved to Truckee in 1963 when Bob was assigned as Assistant Superintendent at the 24 hour a day Clements Rock Products plant that supplied material for the construction of Interstate 80 over Donner Summit. The family loved the Truckee area, so once I­80 was built they decided to stay on and started the first asphalt paving business in the area – Robert E. Sutton Company. During that time, Bob became a registered Professional Engineer. Bob also worked several winter seasons as a Civil Engineer Augmentee to assist FHWA and FEMA after the 1994 Northridge earthquake and the 1997 California floods. After 45 years as CEO, he retired in 2010 and passed the family business to his son Eric.
 
One of Bob's core values was service above self. He served his country and his community. He was a Shriner, Mason, Lion, and Charter Member of the Truckee Rotary Club. The Rotary Club honored him as a Paul Harris Fellow several times. Many years ago, Bob initiated the Rotary Ice Cream Booth at the Nevada County Fair and the Bud Fish Christmas Tree Lighting event in downtown Truckee, and both continue to this day. Bob also donated his equipment, crew, and expertise for the paving of Phase 1 of the Truckee River Legacy Trail. Earlier, both Bob and Pat were part of a citizens group that helped acquire the west­end beach at Donner Lake and successfully gain support for a community swimming pool for the Truckee­ Donner Recreation and Park District.
 
Bob had a tremendous life. He was kind, had a great sense of humor, and knew how to have a good time. He made sure his family had the opportunity to ski by providing season passes at either Sugar Bowl or Squaw Valley. He and Pat worked with an architect to design their house to include a "Ski Room". They enjoyed taking the family on local excursions, and camping trips to various places including Nevada, Death Valley, Yosemite, Williams Grove, Meadow Lake, Mexico, and British Columbia. Visits to museums, missions, ghost towns, historic mines, archaeological and palaeontological sites, and natural settings were fascinating educational experiences to all. Bob was famous for his Uncle Bob's sourdough pancakes and omelets, Joe's Special, Auntie Bert's Enchiladee, and grilling on the BBQ. He was an avid skier, golfer, and tennis player in his earlier years, and he played cribbage until recently. Bob had an active life as a retiree. He enjoyed family get-­togethers; holiday and birthday celebrations; Rotary events; trips to Indiana to see relatives, trace his heritage, and go to the Indy 500; as well as excursions around California to visit friends, attend family reunions, and go to Stanford football games and tailgate parties.
 
Bob and Pat were devoted members of the Squaw Valley Chapel, United Church of Christ since the early 1960s.
 
Bob was grateful for his relatives, friends from the Tahoe Truckee area and beyond, employees, and his caregivers. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. A Celebration of Life will be announced this spring. Memorial contributions can be made to the Pat Sutton Memorial Scholarship Fund administered by the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation http://www.ttcf.net/support­scholarships/ (http://www.ttcf.net/supportscholarships/).
It is with great sorrow that I inform the the club that Bob Sutton passed away this morning. Bob was a charter member of our club and long-time proponent of all things Truckee. I spoke with Eric this afternoon and he said that Bob had lead a long and happy life. Service will held in the spring at a date to be determined. I will post more information as it is made available. 
 
Sincerely,
jason
Rotary Club of Truckee in collaboration with Truckee Sunrise Rotary hosted the Rotary Music Contest.  5 talented musicians from Truckee High School competed to see who would go to the area contest.  All the musicians did a wonderful performance and we are very proud our youth.  
 
 
The WorkAbility and Transition Program honored Wes Beyer for his volunteer efforts in providing vocational training in collaboration with the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.  A big thank you goes out to W&T Graphix. 
 
Rotary Club of Truckee brings home the gold in the 41st Annual Dick Linkey Rotary Ski Challenge.  The club retained its undefeated record of 26 years.  It was a great day of fellowship and skiing.  The group was hosted to a wonderful lunch by Carla Yeager in which we celebrated Carla's 50-day countdown to retirement.  Thank you to everyone who attended and for supporting the Rotary Club of Tahoe City.
 
"FASTER AND FASTER UNTIL THE THRILL OF SPEED OVERCOMES THE FEAR OF DEATH"
 
 
Kim Szczurek was recognized for her commitment to our community and volunteer efforts.  Kim exemplifies the Rotary ideals of Service above Self.  She was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow by Tony Lashbrook on February 23, 2017.
 
Shannon Spangler is recognized for continued support of Rotary International as a Paul Harris Fellow + 1.  Thank Shannon for all she does for the Club and the World.
The Rotary Club of Truckee Presents the 24th Annual Chris Matthew Crab & Pasta Feed!  All Silent and live auction proceeds benefit Inner Rhythms Dance.  
 
Welcome our news member of the club, Bill Seline! Please take time to introduce yourself and make Bill feel welcome in our Club.  Thank you Ted for being a sponsor.
20 Rotarians and guests tour the Tesla Giga Factory in Reno.  Amazing technology, robotics and facility.  A second tour is being arranged by Jessica for those interested in attending.  Be on the lookout for fellow Rotarians in their new electric vehicles.
 
Today we inducted Bob Ellis as our newest member to the club.  Please introduce yourself and take the time to meet Bob.  Welcome to the Rotary Club of Truckee.
 
 
Today we were able to recognize two of our members for their continued financial contributions to the Paul Harris Foundation and the amazing work that Rotary International is doing around the world.  Bill Waters was recognized for his first Paul Harris Fellow.  Laura Ryan was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow + 1.  Thank you for your ongoing support.  As a club, 59 of 94 members have made contributions to the Rotary Foundation for a collective contribution of almost $13,ooo.  We are well on the way of meeting our goal of 100% member contribution and a total club contribution of $18,000.  If you have already given to the Foundation, thank you.  If you haven't, now is the time.  If you have any questions regarding Rotary Foundation and why you should donate, please contact our Foundation Chair, Carla Yeager.
 
In Service,
Jason
 
The Truckee Rotary Community Foundation is looking for community projects or needs to bestow their annual donations upon.  This year the foundation has $8,000 to donate for various projects.  The Truckee Rotary Community Foundation provides funds for worthy individuals, organizations or projects within the greater Truckee community.  The donated funds are generated from interest and profits made from investments during the year.  The foundation looks for unique projects or individuals that are not of a social nature or being funded by other organizations.
 
Any organization and/or individual who knows of a project or a need may submit an application by writing to the Truckee Rotary Community Foundation, c/o Steve Randall at P.O. Box 3236, Truckee, CA 96160 or by email steve@tdrpd.org.  Applications should include: a short description of the project or need; amount requested; the name or contact person; telephone number and e-mail address.  There is no formal application.  Any questions should be directed to Steve Randall at 550-4443.  Application deadline is Thursday, February 9, 2017. 
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Rotarians gather to celebrate the holiday season.  Ugly sweaters and couple themes were well represented but only one could be the winner: April Cole.  Look for more photos to come.  Jerry Blackwill was our photographer for the evening and he pulled together a fun video of the evening
 
 
ROTARY CARPENTER VALLEY HIKE
 
Under the arch of a stunning fall afternoon,  20 lucky souls walked through the Carpenter Valley gate and onto the land set to be purchased by the Truckee Donner Land Trust.  This valley, which is privately owned, has been off limits to the public for over a century.  It is relatively untouched and presents an inspiring example of the beautiful landscapes we are blessed to have close at hand…mountain meadows, glistening streams and abundant flora.
 
If you were unable to join in this hike, we’ll check the Land Trust’s calendar next year and see if we can participate in another docent led tour.
As the president of the club there are moments that fill me with pride and joy.  Yesterday was one of those. It was fantastic to see multiple generations of community members gathered under one roof to celebrate Thanksgiving.  Through the Club's fines, we were able to raise $640 for the seniors.  This year, these dollars will have a direct impact to residents of the Truckee Donner Senior Apartments.  
 
Yesterday, I was approached by Jesse, aka Clarence, who had a special request.  Clarence asked if there was a way that Rotary would be able to provide gift cards for food at Safeway so they could have tri-tip steak for this year's holiday diner. Clarence informed me that the residents of the Truckee Donner Senior Apartments live on an average of $850/mo. and that items like meat are rarely part of their menu.  Clarence has arranged for the Ritz Carlton staff to come to the complex and prepare an elaborate meal for the residents.  At the end of yesterday's meeting, I asked Clarence how much she thought she would need to for the dinner and she said $400 would be plenty.  I said we would be happy to do this.  Art was able to deliver the Safeway gift card to her apartment. Clarence sent me this email last night,
 
Jason, how do I thank you...you have no idea what those gift cards mean to make this holiday season .. I am so humbled by what you did today...wow talk about being surprised...again thank you.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and I wanted you all to know that you have made Clarence very happy.
Sincerely,
Jason
On September 18th, the Rotary Club of Truckee in partnership with Trout Unlimited participated in the Great Sierra River Cleanup.  The group collected trash along the river and roadway adjacent to the river protecting wildlife and river habitat.

Rotary Club of Truckee is cleaning up the Truckee River on September 17 as part of the Great Sierra River Cleanup with Trout Unlimited.

The Great Sierra Cleanup is happening on the 17th of September in Truckee, California. The Truckee River Chapter needs your help for this cleanup! We are meeting at 9 am in the dirt parking lot next to the Highway 80 Bridge at the Hirschdale exit 194. Half the group will be removing trash this section while the other half will head to the stateline to clean up the lower part of the Truckee River. Bring work clothes and a water bottle. You can be the difference in keeping the Truckee in pristene shape! Contact Sam Sedillo: ssedillo@tu.org if you have any questions.

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Donna Landeros presented Pat Callahan with a Paul Harris Fellow Award August 25, 2016. 
July 5th, 2016 Rotary Club of Truckee Board Meeting.  Board awards two funding requests totaling $1,465.
 
Tom Combs and Bill Palmer's last day as members of Rotary Club of Truckee. It is with best wishes and heavy hearts that we say goodbye. Bill Palmer has been a member with 27 years of service. Tom Combs has been a member with 10 years of service. Best of Luck and you are always welcome.
 
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Rotary Speech Contest
Mar 30, 2017
High school students will compete for a chance to go onto Area and District contests.
Susie Sutphin
Apr 06, 2017
Tahoe Food Hub
Mayor Morgan Goodwin
Apr 13, 2017
The State of the Town of Truckee -- An update on the Town and its activities.
Area Speech & Music Contest at Truckee High.
Apr 18, 2017
Speech contest 4-5PM. Music contest 5-6PM.
Stephanie Nistler
Apr 20, 2017
How the Humane Society improves the lives of people and pets in and beyond our community.
 
A Legacy of Giving Back
The 2016 Cadillac Ball Committee Thanks You for your Donation.  Your support goes a long way!
See how your contribution is at work in our community.  https://vimeo.com/145744958
 
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