Rotario - February 8, 2018

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

THIS WEEK - NOON MEETING  - regular schedule

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

Marina has lived and worked in Nevada County for the last 15 years.  She received a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) in 1995 and has been working in support of children and families since that time. Prior to joining Child Advocates of Nevada County, Marina was the Project Director of Nevada County’s successful Safe Schools Healthy Students Initiative that increased access to mental health services for students, opened three family resource centers with co-located social services, and implemented evidence-based curriculum in ten school districts to support the social emotional health of students.

Buzz opened New Moon Cafe with his business partner and friend, Peter Selaya in Nevada City in November of 1997. He and Peter have been working together now for nearly 30 years. Feeling a strong connection with the local community, Buzz and Peter believe in supporting local farmers and preparing dishes with only fresh ingredients. Buzz supports other local non-profits in addition to Child Advocates of Nevada County and believes in supporting local schools and education.

Last Week - Music Contest

What a fantastic week the Rotary Club of Nevada City has had. For those of you who were able to attend last Thursday's meeting, I'm sure you will agree with me when I say we were treated to a really special musical program. Three very talented high school pianists entertained us with complex piano pieces and with their plans for the future. Wow, and what a future that will be. This year the judges had their work cut out for them will all three contestants extremely close together with only a few points separating first from third.

Music contest winners 2018

First place winner was Ryan Brott. If the name sounds familiar it is because Ryan is no stranger to our club. Over his high school career he has visited us for both the music contest and as a member of the Robotics team. He has applied to MIT and will be a real asset to their student body when he is accepted. Kaia Smith placed second and Eliza Hales was third, however, as Tom Ryan (MC) said, they were all winners and our club was the biggest winner of all.

The Area Music Contest will be coming up shortly and I would encourage all of our members to take a few hours out of that Sunday afternoon to go listen and support Nevada County's incredible young musicians. Congrats to Kaia, Ryan and Eliza and their parents and grandparents for supporting them along the way!

Business Person of the Year - Stacy Drake, owner of the Nevada City Advocate

Next in the week for fun and surprises was the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Awards dinner and the presentation of the Business Person of the Year. Walt Stickel was kind enough to step in for your publicity-shy President and give the award to a person that really, really, really deserves it - our own Stacy Drake, owner of the Nevada City Advocate. I think it's the first time in years that I've seen Stacy actually at a loss for words. I wish we could have taken a picture of her face when her name was announced - it was priceless! Congratulations and thank you Stacy for all that you do for our club and our community. You set an example of the 4-Way Test in action every day in your professional and personal life. Way to Go!

The Business person of the Year Award is a joint decision made by the Rotary Club of Nevada City and the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce.  The intent is to honor a Nevada City business person who demonstrates ethical standards in his or her business or profession as well as community spirit and service.

In addition to the expected business ethics, it is important that the person can pass the Rotarian four-way test when conducting his or her activities in the following ways:

    Is it the truth?   
    Is it fair to all concerned?
    Will it build good will and better friendships?
    Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

The National Hotel

Change is hard sometimes and, for me, the older I get, the harder it becomes. It seems there are lots of changes going on lately from the National level on down to our local level and our Rotary Club. It's been the worst kept secret that the National Hotel has been for sale and that it has been in and out of escrow over the past couple of years. Now it appears (at least a 99% chance) the waiting may be over and after 49 years of hard work and dedication to Nevada City, Thomas A. Coleman is turning over the reins to a new owner and he'll be retiring (if escrow closes, he reminded me). We are all happy for Tom and Ernie and wish them well-deserved rest and relaxation. But with the sale of the Hotel comes change for our Rotary Club. Tom has been a gracious host for the weekly meetings since 1994 when the Club moved from The Coach House upon its closure. As you all know our club has a long history at the National Hotel, having been formed and chartered there in Oct. 1935. A Relocation Committee has been formed and we have been diligently looking at options for our noon and evening meetings. We will endeavor to keep the club informed but ask your patience and support as we go through this transition period. At this time, we are unsure of where we will be from week to week but, I promise we will let you know as soon as we know. The meetings may be a bit different; we may have to brown-bag one or two or meet for a beer along Rotary Trail with the homeless instead of in the bar for our Mixer but I promise you they will be interesting, fun, and held on schedule. I see this as a great opportunity for us to try out some new ideas and to pull together as a club in transit. We may have to rename the club The Traveling Wilbury's Rotary Club of Nevada City.  Wherever we are, whatever we have for lunch, whatever we do, we will continue to be "Rotarians - Making a Difference."  Just a footnote - Tom wants me to emphasize that there is still a chance the sale could fall out of escrow so let's not celebrate just yet!

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. We invite you to submit nominations via the attached form.  Click Nominations Form to open the form and save on your computer.  If you open the form using Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer, the form will allow you to type your suggestions in the autofill boxes. Save the completed form and then email. You can also print and complete the form by hand.  If you complete it by hand, take a photo with your phone or scan into your computer so that you can submit it by email.  

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 off 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

SAVE THE DATES: April 19 - 24 Los Barriles Clean Water Project

Also plan to join the team going to Los Barriles April 19-24. We always have fun while participating in life-changing projects Chris Geyer and John Hensley spearhead. Carolyn Feuille will be providing more information as the date gets closer.

Our work in the Los Barilles area of Baja Sur, Mexico for school dormitories is complete.  Next we’ll be helping with the clean water project and maybe cleaning a community park in Los Barilles.  Details coming in January.

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!

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 8: Lunch  Buzz Crouch and  Marina Bernheimer - Child Advocates

February 9 - 11: Rotary International Presidential Conference on Environmental Sustainability and Peace

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 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 January 15 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.