Rotario - January 18, 2018

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Do jeh, Arigato (ありがとう), Danke sehr, Khop Khun Mak Kha, Gracias, Merci Beaucoup, Grazie, Thank you, Thanks!

How many ways can I find to express my gratitude?  I'm sitting here trying to write something for the Rotario and, if you can believe it, I'm almost at a loss for words. I've been trying to think of a way to let you all know how proud I am of our Club.

At the Board meeting last night, we went over the goals and progress of the club six months into this year and it was AMAZING what we have accomplished. I don't know about you, but sometimes I'm at a meeting and I look around when we only have 12-15 members there and I wonder how can we be Making a Difference and I have to tell myself, "even the smallest act makes a difference."  And then I think about the difference we've made from projects we've supported in Uganda. I think about what a difference we have made to schoolchildren in villages around Los Barriles, Mexico like La Ribera. I remember the look of joy on the children's faces when they saw the new dorm rooms with the newly painted walls, bright curtains and new bedding. I see the difference we've made when I drive down Sacramento St. each day and see the green grass sprouting and the daffodil bulbs beginning to peak through the earth at Penzance Park. I think of the difference we've made when we get letters from students we've sponsored for RYLA and REGYL and from those who received life-changing scholarships from the Nevada City Rotary Club. Small changes making big differences all because of YOU. So, a simple Thank You may not suffice but know that it is from the bottom of my heart.

Pride is sometimes not a good thing but, in this case, it is.  I have to brag and say we have a great Club. We may be small but we are there when we're asked. The Area 4 Tree Give Away last Saturday is a great example. It was successful and fun and our members really "showed up" big time. Ron Knaus was unable to attend as he recuperates from the flu but he helped design the pamphlet that was distributed and we relied heavily on his tree expertise. Robin Milam was up to her armpits in duties for the Wild and Scenic Film Festival but she did a fantastic job of getting the word out ahead of time through the Rotario and our Facebook page. On Saturday we had 11 members of our club on hand working traffic control, tree distribution and donut/cookie consumption. Thanks to: Judy Soldavini, Stacy Drake, Dennis Geare, Walt Stickel, Tom Ryan, Ken Ching, John and Carla Burke, and Mike and Carolyn Inglis. There was great camaraderie, it was a beautiful day and a fantastic way to get visibility and recognition for Rotary.

If you had to miss this event, not to worry - there are plenty of opportunities for you in the coming months. Check out all the announcements in this Rotario. You'll see Rotary Leadership Institute this Saturday, an International Presidential Conference on Environmental Sustainability and Peace in February, our local Music and Speech Contests, Club Leadership Assembly and Los Barriles in April and the Annual District Conference in May. Not to mention our own local projects and Rotarians at Work sprinkled in there also. We're busy, we're involved, we're Rotarians: Making a Difference!

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.  

Please email your completed submissions to Sean Rockwell Deadline:  January 28th

This Week:  Social Mixer Craft Talk with Carla Burke

Carla Burke is our newest member and also a long time participant in Nevada City Rotary.  This week we get to pull back another layer of the onion to learn more about Carla's passions, interests and many faceted talents!  You can be sure this will be a delightful evening! 

Rotary Leadership Institute,
January 20, 2018

As we jump into 2018, we have some great opportunities for members to learn more about Rotary and leadership and to participate in service projects. On January 20th Area 4 Rotary Clubs are partnering with Areas 3 and 5 for the Rotary Leadership Institute. It will be held in Auburn and our own Robin Milam and Dennis Geare are instructors/hosts. Whether you are a new Rotarian or a seasoned (notice I didn't say "old") one, this is always a fun time to come together with other Rotarians to explore ways to strengthen leadership and enhance our Club. Look for the flyer attached in this Rotario and register now. We'll arrange car-pooling.

Saturday January 20, 2018
8:30am - 3:30pm.

Location: Ceronix
13350 New Airport Rd.
Auburn, CA 95602

Person to contact: Stacy L. Graham
Phone: (530) 559-6928

Click for printable flyer

Last Week:  Don Rivenes and Nevada County Climate Change Coalition


The mission of Nevada County Climate Change Coalition is to unite people of diverse generations and backgrounds in Nevada County to work toward climate change prevention and abatement, while demanding climate justice.  They are doing leading edge work actively supporting or participating in the creation of 100% Clean and Renewable Energy Plans that will guide all sectors of the cities and rural areas of Nevada County in the elimination of the use of fossil fuels.




Rotary International President Ian Riseley invites you to the Rotary Presidential Conference on Environmental Sustainability & Peace,  Vancouver, BC,  Friday to Sunday February 9 – 11, 2018.

Learn more at:

Club Leadership Assembly - Saturday April 7 The Nugget

In April we have our District Wide Club Leadership Assembly at the Nugget in Sparks. A day of learning, sharing and strategizing.  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.  Look for more information on this year's Assembly soon.

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.

Rotary Academy

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:

January 18: Mixer Carla Burke Craft Talk

January 20: Rotary Leadership Institute, Area 3-4-5; 8:30am - 3:30pm.

January 25: Lunch JoAnn Marie - Grand Jury

January 30: 6pm-8pm KVMR Community Forum on Nevada County High School Choices, Nevada Theater

February 1: LUNCH:  Club Music Contest MOVED TO LUNCH!!!

February 8: Lunch Buzz Crouch - 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
Carla Burke 1/13  John Woodford and Janna 1/1
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.