Rotario - January 4, 2018

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Happy New Year!

By now, most of us have taken down the holiday decorations and they are safely packed away until next December. Maybe you spent New Year's Day watching the Rose Parade or a few Bowl games, snacking on left-over chips from New Year's Eve parties or perhaps you took a walk or bike ride to kick-start a "get healthy" resolution. Whatever you did, you couldn't escape the fact that 2017 is behind us and we are now in 2018. Did you make any resolutions? I'm more of a "goal setter" than resolver. When I became President of the Nevada City Rotary Club, I set a goal of having fun and WE set some goals to help us be "Rotarians - Making a Difference." Now is the time to review those goals. At our next Board meeting (January 15th) your Club leaders will be looking at the Areas of Service to see how we're doing. All members are always welcome at the meeting and we especially welcome ideas, questions and input at any time.

We, as a Club, set some great goals at the All-Club retreat last June. We have met and exceeded some and we are close to achieving others. We are on track to meeting our membership goal, we have surpassed our Polio Plus goal and, if you've driven by Penzance Park lately, you know it's really looking good. On January 13th we will join with the other clubs in our area for a Tree Give Away to help meet RI President Ian Riseley's goal of planting a tree for every Rotarian. Thanks to all of you and your commitment to our club, we are "Making a Difference" and we will continue to do so in 2018! Let's have fun and Make a Difference in Nevada City, Nevada County and around the world.

Yes, 2018 is going to be a full, FUN year for the Rotary Club of Nevada City. Speaking of fun, see you on the 4th at the Mixer. I'm excited and can't wait to get started. I hope you feel the same way.

This Week Social Mixer - Eddie Maria:  Blessings in a Backpack

Blessings in a Backpack mobilizes communities, individuals, and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry.There are more than 13.1 million children in this country who are at risk of hunger. The consequences of hunger are much more than a growling stomach. Poor nutrition can result in a weaker immune system, increased hospitalization, lower IQ, shorter attention spans, and lower academic achievement. Children are fed during the school week by federal government programs, but we want to make sure they’re getting nutritional meals over the weekend, too.

Four years ago, while flying back east, Eddie Maria was looking through a magazine and saw an article on Blessings in a Backpack.  He was looking for something that he could introduce to his kids, aged 8 and 9 at the time, that would teach them the importance of giving back to those in need.  He and his family started with 70 kids that they would feed at one local school and now they are feeding 140 kids at three local schools.Eddie serves as Program Manager for the greater Sacramento area of Blessings in a Backpack  He serves as a liaison between the local programs and the National Office. In an effort to raise awareness, he will talk about the Blessings program and the level of food insecurity in our own area.

Area 4 Rotary Tree Giveaway - January 13, 2018 

400 Free Trees

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

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.

2018 Rose Bowl Parade ~ Rotary Won Princess Award
for Floral Presentation on Float 35' and Shorter

Click photo or link to see video on Facebook.

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 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 13: Area Wide Tree Giveaway - The Union parking lot

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

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

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 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.