Rotario - January 25, 2018

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Tom Ryan for President Elect

It's time to do the Rotario again and I suddenly feel like I'm back in college. No, not because I feel young and 21 again but because a paper's due by tomorrow morning and I'm just now sitting down to write it. Ugh, do you know the feeling? Actually, I was putting off writing this because I was hoping for good news to share and I have it. At the Thursday lunch meeting, the Nominating Committee will be presenting the Slate of Officers for 2018-2019, approved by the Board, for your vote. Yes, indeed we have a President-Elect candidate and a great one at that! You may notice I haven't said who it is because I'm going to let the suspense continue until Thursday so you come to the meeting to vote! We will accept nominations from the floor for any positions and we have one or two as-yet unfilled slots so if you would like to become more active in the club and serve on the Board, don't be shy. Wow, a mid-term 2018 election - I wonder how it will go???

This Week Noon Meeting

We also get to welcome two new members to our Club on Thursday. John Wilson and Susie Monary Wilsons will be officially inducted by Assistant Governor Dennis Geare. It has been such a pleasure to get acquainted with John and Susie and I can't wait to get to know them better. They not only bring a wealth of experience in government and international business that will complement our club but they are eager and ready to get involved in Service Above Self as Rotarians. I have a feeling they will be "Rotary(ians) - Making a Difference" in a very short time!

Our speakers this week will be Nevada County Grand Jury Foreperson Thomas Achter and JoAnn Marie. This is Tom's third year on the Grand Jury, twice as the Foreperson.

Tom is an eleven year resident of Nevada County, having come here from a 45 year stay in San Diego. He is a Certified Engineer and retired as the civilian Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of the Naval Aviation Depot at Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego. He is also a Combat Zone Vietnam Veteran. Among many personal endeavors are multiple Kiwanis Club presidencies, 25 yeas as a USGA Marshal and as a  “Guide Dogs for the Blind” puppy raiser.

Grand Jury

Other news

On another note, four members from our Club attended Rotary Leadership Institute 1 at the Ceronix company in Auburn on Saturday. This event was free of charge for members of Rotary Clubs in Areas 3, 4 and 5. A total of 19 attendees plus 4 presenters and one enthusiastic coordinator (Stacy Graham) made for a great day. Two of our Club members, Dennis Geare and Robin Milam were presenters, while Chris Newsom and I took advantage of the well-planned segments. The day was capped off with a guided tour of the rare, wild bird sanctuary located on the site.

On Tuesday, January 30th we are partnering with KVMR to present another Community Forum focusing on secondary education options in Nevada County. It is sure to be an evening of interest to all, whether you have children or grandchildren in that age group or not. Education has changed a lot since most of us were in high school and it's always good to keep up on new trends. The Board and the club members felt this Forum is a great way to serve our Youth and support our local radio program. So let's support it through attendance along with our financial support.

Music Contest - February 1 NOON MEETING

Mark your calendars with a special note that on February 1st, instead of our usual evening Mixer, we will be meeting at lunch time for our annual club-level music contest. This is a real treat and the talented high school students and their parents are always a delight to get to know. Let's have a great turnout of Club members to help encourage these young people.

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

Last Week:  Social Mixer Craft Talk with Carla Burke

Wow Carla, you are Amazing in so many ways and so much fun, too!!!  Sounds like you are truly one in a million 6 as a time 300 PERFECT score bowler!   Not to mention of course your soiree in softball with Cathy!  

If you weren't at our last social, you missed a really fun treat!




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

Rotary 2018-19 ThemeIn April 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.  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 25: Lunch   Tom Achter and 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.