Rotario December 8, 2017

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Wow! Can you believe it's December already. Where did 2017 go? My grandmother always said years go by faster when you are old. I guess I'm OLD because it seems like 2017 only had about two months in it - January and December. November ended on a high note with the Foundation Dinner.

Last Week Foundation Dinner

For those of you who attended (I think we had 12) I thank you. Nicole did a great job for our Club; getting reservations in along with lists of Paul Harris Fellows, Major Donors and Bequest Society. We had four member receive next level Paul Harris Fellowships: Dennis Geare PHF+1, Tom Ryan PHF+3, Walt Stickel PHF+2 and myself PHF+5. Brenda Cressey, the Key Note Speaker was delightful to meet and gave a very inspirational talk. It turns out she and Dave Denney were classmates in 2001-02 as they served as District Governors together. Gayle and Dave had a good time catching up with Brenda. Also thanks to our talented Gayle and Chris Newsom for beautifully singing in the octet for the National Anthem. Plus, our own maestro AG Dennis Geare served as MC.

This Week's Social Mixer - Robin Milam Craft Talk

Our next meeting is a Mixer at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 7th. If you read the last Rotario, you are probably expecting Carla Burke as our speaker. A panicked Carla called me to say she wasn't going to be here that night. It turns out I was wrong when I put that in. Yes, I do make mistakes!! Carla will be a speaker at a future date. But, not to worry - our awesome Program coordinators have lined up a great headliner. Robin Milam has stepped up to fill the slot and all know that means we are in for an entertaining evening so don't miss it.  Robin will share goings on locally and internationally with Bear Yuba Land Trust and other organizations in her focus on conserving, preserving and living in harmory with the world around us.

Annual Holiday Celebration Tuesday December 12 at the Burke's Home

By now your Holiday Party invitation should have arrived in the mail. Please contact Judy Soldavini ASAP if you haven't RSVPd yet to the BYOB event - sounds like a "Last Man or Woman Standing" test doesn't it? We'll be gathering at John and Carla Burke's house at 11600 Red Dog Road on December 12th. There is sure to be lots of good food and fun fellowship so don't miss out. What do you think - should we have an "Ugly Holiday Sweater" contest to add a festive spirit? Let me know.

Join with your fellow Rotarians to Share Holiday Cheer

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 5:30 p.m.
John and Carla Burke's Home
Heavy Hors d'oeuvres ~ Soft drinks and some wine will be provided
but feel free to bring your own

       Cost:   $30.00 per person

       Reservations:    Due by December 5, 2017
Judy Soldavini at or 530-305-6990

Penzance Park - Holes needed for blooming Daffodils

Are any of you familiar with the 1998 National Book Award for Young Peoples Literature and the 1998 Newbury award winning book "Holes?"; written by Louis Sachar it was turned into a movie in 2003. It's the story of wrongfully convicted boy sent to a brutal detention camp in the desert where they dig holes every day. Well, now you get to recreate our Rotary version of "Holes."  Our version has a group of rightfully dedicated Rotarians sent to a potentially beautiful park in Nevada City.

We began by raking and clearing the hillside and now, on December 14, 2017 at 12:15 p.m., instead of sitting at a regular meeting of the club in the National Hotel, we will meet in the open air of Penzance Park and dig HOLES which we will quickly fill with daffodils to bloom in Spring. Plan to bring, as Arlo Guthrie said, an implement of destruction (shovel or other digging tool) and join us for an hour of fun and service. Be sure to wear the shirts you were issued (Walt, that means blue Rotarians at Work, not your standard orange issue). There might even be cookies and soft drinks involved. That little forgotten park is going to be beautiful when the Nevada City Rotary Club gets done with it!

$5,838 Thank You for Support Nevada County Residents Rebuild after Fires

A big thank you to Area 4 Rotary in partnership with Nevada City Rotary, we closed our campaign with $5.839 donated to donated Support Nevada County Residents Rebuild.  $2,805 was donated through GivingTrail. In addition, the Rotary Club of Penn Valley donated $1,000 in Holiday Market "wow" points which were presented to the Community Disaster Response Fund in the form of ten $100 voucher cards. Nevada City 49er Breakfast Rotary has contributed a cash collection of $664. The Rotary Club of Grass Valley has contributed $1,370 to the fund's Tri Counties Bank account.  Rotarians from around the District and community members all pitched in to make a difference!

A big thank you goes to Robin Milam for coordinating the Giving Trail page for the fire victims in Nevada County. Without her expertise and willingness to jump in set up our campaign, the Area Four Rotary Clubs would never have raised over $5,000.00 to help local residents begin the hard work of rebuilding after losing their homes to the recent devastating wildfires. Thank you Robin, you make our club proud!

Speaking of busy schedules... Coffee, tea or hot chocolate?

Maybe a drink at the National Hotel bar? Whatever you choose - drinks are on me. But the offer has a string attached - feedback! I had a lot of time to think while I walked this summer and I thought about our club and each member in it. Email me with dates/days/times you are available. If I don't hear from you first, I'll be getting in touch with members in the coming weeks to set up a time when we can chat and you can let me know what's on your mind when it comes to our Club and how you would like to Make a Difference.

Treats for Girls Who Code 

Dave Bunje is transitioning Girls Who Code Leadership to Nancy Kemp. A huge thank you to Dave for being the mastermind creating this fabulous program for our community and all the girls who have participated to date. You have created a rich legacy for the Girls Who Code and for our Club. 

Nancy will be taking over coordination of hosts and refreshments.  This year's program continues through the Spring.

Treat yourself by treating the girls to refreshments one or more times throughout the school year ~ a fabulous way for you to be personally involved supporting the program.   The girls certainly appreciate the snacks ~ it is good to offer something sweet, something salty, including something filling.  Old reliables include chips, granola bars, juice drinks, cupcakes, pretzels, brownies, bagels, etc. If you have not signed up for a slot, please contact Nancy.  Many thanks to those who volunteer to bring snacks!

Please note: NEW PLACE AND TIME: The club now meets in the library at Seven Hills Middle School, starting at 3:30 pm on Tuesdays. When bringing snacks, please arrive by 4:15 for 4:30 serving. Snacks are served in the covered patio just outside the library, while the weather stays fair, and in the Teacher’s Lounge when the weather turns foul. Seven Hills Middle School is at 700 Hoover Lane, opposite SPD Market off the far end of Brock Rd. From the main parking lot, go through the open hallway past the central office. The library and patio are just outside the hallway. 

Nevada City Rotary Board Activities

Stay informed about actions your Nevada City Rotary Board of Directors is taking.  Minutes of Board Meetings and Club Leadership Retreats for the past year along with survey results, Club Bylaws, Nevada City Rotary Foundation 501 (c) 3 status and other documents are available in our "Members Only" section of our website at  If you need assistance remembering your user ID and password, contact Robin or reply to this newsletter.

Area 4 Doing Business with Rotarians Directory

Interested in doing business with fellow Rotarians?  Check out the newly updated our Area 4  Rotarians Doing Business with Rotarians Directory. Is your business missing from the directory?  Click to Submit your business or professional service.  You may also use this link to remove your entry if appropriate.

Upcoming Events:

December 7: Mixer: Robin Milam Craft Talk

December 12 TUESDAY: Club Holiday Party 5:30pm at John and Carla Burke's home on Red Dog Road.

December 14: Lunch  Moved to TUESDAY Holiday Party! AND you can join us to plant daffoldil bulbs at Penzance Park - 12:15pm for an hour or however long it takes to plant the bulbs!

December 21: Mixer Good Cheer together - NC Rotary singers!


January 4: Mixer  Eddie Maria:  Blessings in a Backpack

January 11: Lunch Don Rivenes from Nevada County Climate Change Coalition: Nevada City City Council’s recent resolution supporting a goal of 100% renewable energy

January 18: Mixer Carla Burke Craft Talk

January 20: Rotary Leadership Institute, Area 3-4-5

January 25: Lunch JoAnn Marie - Grand Jury

February 1: Mixer

February 8: Lunch Buzz Crouch - Child Advocates

February 15: Mixer

February 22: Lunch Lynn Woerner--Kare Crisis Nursery

Mar 1: Mixer

Mar 8: Noon Chris Newsom--The Five Wishes Advance Directive

April 7:  2018 Club Leadership Assembly The Nuggett in Reno

Thank you Nancy Kemp and Christine Newsom for coordinating our programs!

Special Dates

               Birthdays                                                     Anniversaries
David Fluke 11/04  Ken Ching and Lynn 11/05
Jack Dinwiddie 11/25  Ken Myers and Akiko 11/10
     Dennis Geare and Annette 11/13
     Larry Undercoffer and Linda   11/24
President: Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
Past President: Walt Stickel
Secretary: Robin Milam
Treasurer: Trisha Dellis
Public Image: Michael Young & Robin Milam
Youth Service: Dave Bunje
Community Service: Carolyn Inglis
Sergeant at Arms Tom Ryan
International Service: Carolyn Feuille
Vocational Service: Nicole Dillard
Foundation: Nicole Dillard
Membership: Stacy Drake
Program Chairs:  Nancy Kemp &
    Christine Newsom
ADG: Dennis Geare

For additional calendar events please visit the calendar at
If you have a whine, write it on the back of a 20 dollar bill and give it to your president.
If you have an idea for a club program please contact Nancy Kemp or Christine Newsom.

The Fine Print

Did we forget your birthday or anniversary? Have you recently moved or changed email addresses? Please update your profile on our club website. If you have forgotten your password, you can click on the Lost Password feature and it will be sent to your email address. 

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*Board Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of the month at 5:30pm at John Hensley's Recreation Realty/Nevada County Properties office at 432 Broad St. Nevada City. Our next will be Monday December 18 with Pres Cathy!  All club members are encouraged to attend a meeting. Location subject to change, please ask.

Rotary Club of Nevada City — Established October 3, 1935
Meets second and fourth Thursdays at Noon at the National Hotel
AND first and third Thursdays which are at 5:30PM — PO Box 74 — Nevada City, California 95959

Mission Statement:
The Nevada City Rotary Club is a diverse and welcoming group of people who live Service Above Self by giving financial and hands-on support to local, national & international communities while exemplifying ethical leadership, cooperation and good, clean fun.