Rotario - February 15, 2018

Dear Rotarians and Friends,


Trolley Junction Restaurant at The Northern Queen
400 Railroad Avenue
, Nevada City, CA 95959

The National Hotel

The National HotelWhat can I say. We've come to the end of a long run of meetings at The National Hotel. As I write this, Tom should be closing escrow and with that the Hotel will close for an indefinite period of time while the new owners (as rumor has it) restore and transform it into a "destination boutique hotel" whatever that is. Thank you Tom for being so good to the Nevada City Rotary Club throughout the years. We wish you and Ernie a very happy, stress-free, healthy retirement from the National - not from our Rotary Club. We still expect to see you at all the meetings.

The Relocation Committee has been hard at work looking at possible places for us to meet which is a bit of a challenge in this area since we all know how scare meeting places are. This coming Thursday for our Mixer, we will be meeting at the Trolley Junction (Northern Queen motel) off Railroad Ave. in Nevada City. We'll meet at our usual time (5:30 p.m.) for a fun time of new beginnings. Light appetizers will be served but it will be a "bring your own alcohol" (BYOB) night. I will provide cups/glasses, sodas and water.

Penzance Park

I hope all of you have had a chance to drive by Penzance Park and see the daffodils that are beginning to bloom. I've had several people comment on how nice it is looking since our Rotary Club has been working on it. One person told me that we had created "a sweet little spot" in the neighborhood. I think we are Rotarians - Making a Difference. If this weather keeps up, we'll have to start mowing down the beautiful green grass that has sprung up so looks like it might be time for a work party pretty soon. I was down on the Rotary Miners' Trail this morning and it is looking good but will also need some weed whacking in the near future with this spring-like weather.

Los Barriles April 19-24

It looks like we have a good sized, fun-loving group heading down to Los Barriles to help on our International Service project in April. There is still time for people to make reservations and join us for this worth-while time of work and bonding with our partner club in Mexico. It is always so rewarding to see how appreciated our efforts are and how our contributions can help in so many ways to Make a Difference.

We always have fun while participating in life-changing projects Chris Geyer and John Hensley spearhead.  Current plans are for the group to volunteer at the East Cape Health Center in Los Barriles. We will plan to depart on April 19, work on April 20-22 and play on April 23, return home on the 23rd or 24th.

This is a low-cost, fun and very rewarding service project that is well organized and just needs you.  Yes, YOU! 

Ask Carolyn Feuille for details if you are interested in joining us.

Last Week - Child Advocates of Nevada County

Marina Bernheimer, MSW, Executive Director Child Advocates of Nevada County and Buzz Couch, Vice President of the Board. 

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a community-based program that recruits, trains and supports volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. Volunteer advocates, empowered by the courts, offer judges the critical information they need to ensure each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care. Foothills & Truckee Healthy Babies ~ A Home Visiting Program for Nevada County The Child Safety Puppeteers program harnesses the talent and creative energy of high school student volunteers to bring a message of personal safety to young children. Our age-appropriate puppet shows and skits help children learn how to handle bullying, and how to trust their instincts about touching. Additionally, the shows teach refusal skills and how to deal with peer pressure, as well as how to recognize and cope with physical and sexual harassment.

Rotary International Environmental Sustainability and Peace Conference

Robin Milam was one of 800 participants from over 30 countries at Rotary International's first Environmental Sustainability and Peace Conference hosted by RIP Ian Riseley in Vancouver, Canada this past weekend.  PDG Vicki Puliz, DG Doug and Karen McDonald also attended.  Keynote speakers included world renowned scientist, broadcaster, and environmental activist Dr David Suzuki.  A broad cadre of scientists, health care professionals, business, conservation and environmental executives, Rotary Peace Scholars, First Nations leaders, and other professionals from the public, private and government sectors presented and led engaging panel discussions. 

The focus was on understanding challenges related to environmental conditions and identifying opportunities to create a more peaceful world through environmentally sustainable efforts both locally and globally.  A common thread opened dialogue around how environmental conditions impact Rotary's Areas of Focus. Rotary is hosting several more International Peacebuilding Conferences with various themes around the world in the coming weeks.

Area Wide Special Event - Nevada County Fairgrounds

On March 28 we are partnering with Area 4 Rotary Clubs to host an Area Wide Special Event at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The Fairgrounds has made a very generous offer for facilities because of the relationship that we as Rotary have with the Fairgrounds.  More details will be coming.  In the meanwhile, as part of the festivities we will be honoring a Business of the Year, a Citizen of the Year and a Volunteer of the Year.

Club Leadership Assembly - Saturday April 7 The Nugget

Rotary 2018-19 ThemeOn April 7, 2018 we have our District Wide Club Leadership Assembly at the Nugget in Sparks. A day of learning, sharing and strategizing for a quick launch of our new Rotary year.  For newer members, Club Leadership Assembly is a great way to learn more about Rotary and to meet Rotarians from across our District.  For Club Committee Chairs and Board Members, Assembly is a great way to develop new skills and insights especially about your role/committee, to exchange creative ideas about what other Clubs are doing to revitalize and make a difference, and to strategize as a team in a setting that is looking ahead to the coming year.  

Click to Register Now!

For a printable flyer and quick reference guide, click CLA 2018 Flyer and Guide

Treats and Hosts for Girls Who Code 

Nancy Kemp is taking over coordination of hosts and refreshments and now has the signup form.  This year's program continues through the Spring and we have openings for you if you are looking to treat yourself by treating the girls to refreshments one or more times this winter and spring.  It is 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!

GWC club 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:


February 22: Lunch - MOVED TO TROLLEY JUNCTION Lynn Woerner--Kare Crisis Nursery

Mar 1: Mixer

Mar 8: Noon  Club Speech Contest

Mar 15: Mixer

Mar 22: Noon - Chris Newsom--The Five Wishes Advance Directive

March 28: Area Wide Rotary Community Awards Ceremony - Nevada County Fairgrounds

April 7:  2018 Club Leadership Assembly The Nuggett in Sparks, NV

April 19 - 24: Los Barriles, Baja - Clean Water Project Project days April 20-22

May 18-20: District 5190 Conference "Camp Atlantis", Reno, NV

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

Special Dates

               Birthdays                                                     Anniversaries
Tom Coleman 2/18  Carolyn Inglis and Mike 2/12
Carolyn Inglis 2/28  Allan Rogers  and Betty 2/18
Judy Soldavini 2/28    
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

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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 Febuary 19 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.