Rotario June 14, 2018

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday Lunch Meeting - The Oak Park Rotary House
A place to heal. A time to be with family.

Trolley Junction Restaurant at The Northern Queen
400 Railroad AvenueNevada City, CA 95959 Directions

This Week - Oak Park Rotary House with Lynette Andersen

Fellow Rotarian Lynette Andersen, a member of the Rotary Club of North Sacramento and secretary of the Oak Park Rotary House Foundation will share the moving story of Oak Park Rotary House.  Families whose child is undergoing extensive treatment for cancer, leukemia, or life-threatening complications from premature birth can stay at Rotary House. Only a short walk from UC Davis Childrens Hospital in Sacramento, Rotary House offers A place to heal. A time to be with family.  

From September 2016 to November 2017, a resident of Grass Valley, Lyndsey Call, stayed at Rotary House — for free — while her child, Shakti, received treatment for a brain tumor at UC Davis Childrens Hospital in Sacramento. Shakti was only 4 months old when she was diagnosed. Lynette will share Shakti's story along with others.  This unique project was the Centennial project of seven D5180 clubs from the Sacramento area. 

Our deepest condolences

We received sad news today. Long-time Nevada City Rotary member Larry Undercoffer passed away after suffering a massive heart attack a week ago. Our condolences go out to his wife Linda and family. Larry was the ultimate joke teller and was always ready to tell one, even if it meant paying a fine. He will be greatly missed by our club and our community.

Nevada City Rotary Making a Difference in 2017-2018

We only have two more official meetings left in the 2017-2018 Rotary Year. I don't need to remind you that the theme this year has been "Rotary - Making a Difference" because I believe our Club has really embraced the theme and lived it all year. We've raised over $3,000 for PolioPlus, that, matched with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation money means over 15,000 children receive polio vaccines. We provided much-needed health screenings to rural residents in Baja, Mexico. We are sending (or have sent) students to RYLA and REGL, given scholarships to graduating seniors and renewed scholarships for college students who are continuing their education. We have helped young musicians and budding leaders with our music and speech contests and sponsored incredibly gifted young math and science wizards compete in robotics contests. Sometimes making a difference is as simple as treating challenged students to a picnic and the joy of experiencing the outdoors or planting bulbs to bring beauty to a forgotten hillside. You have all been a part of making a difference in someone(s) life or lives this year with your willingness to volunteer and to give. Thank you for making a difference in mine by standing beside me this year as we lived Service Above Self and demonstrated to the world "Rotary - Making a Difference."  Next year we will "Be the Inspiration" and I'm so excited to see how PE Tom Ryan will inspire us to climb to new heights!

Has anyone noticed the wildflower seeds we broadcast at Penzance Park have started blooming. It's been exciting to watch as blue, pink, red and orange flowers (not sure what kinds they are except for the poppies) have sprouted and bloomed. I'm sure when we did our last cleanup/weed whacking we trampled some and cut other down but a number survived our stomping over them and next year, they will probably multiply.

Just because the year is almost over, doesn't mean we're slowing down. The current Board will meet one more time (June 21st) to wrap up some lose ends and to continue our discussion on finances and the Club budget. All members are welcome to join us. If you have never attended a Board meeting before, I would encourage you to try to come to this coming year. It really helps you become familiar with how our club (and Rotary) works.

The week after the Demotion Party (June 28th) we have a special treat. The President of our Twin Club in Astana, Kazakhstan, Lyazzat Alshinova, will be visiting the week of July 1 through July 6th and Carolyn Feuille has planned a busy week jam packed with opportunities for our club members to get a chance to visit with her during this Friendship Exchange. (See details below).  The Fair Booth will need a quick clean up before our annual picnic and, of course, our booth opening for the Fair on August 8-12. We are doing really well on signups (thank you Walt for all your hard work) but there are still a few slots open so make sure you let Walt know if you can fill any of them. Check out the calendar in The Rotario and you'll see that Christine Newsom has wonderful programs scheduled through the end of summer. I'm sure there is a whole lot more happening but, you know what, I'm going to stop at this and just say "See you Thursday for the last lunch meeting of this Rotary year!

Cathy's Demotion - Thursday June 28 at John & Carla Burke's Home

Please make your reservation for Cathy's Demotion party now and plan on a fun evening celebrating our wonderful year and Cathy's leadership. Carla and John Burke are again opening their beautiful home on Red Dog.

Dinner will be $25 per person.  Please pay Nicole for yourself and guests in advance if possible. 

Friendship Exchange with Lyazzat Alshinova, Pres. Astana Rotary

July 1-8, our club is hosting a Rotary Friendship Exchange for Lyazzat Alshinova, outgoing president of our Twin Club in Astana, Kazakhstan club.  This international exchange program allows participants to take turns hosting one another in their homes and experience a new culture, broaden international understanding and have fun.  Our International Services Chair, Carolyn Feuille, had a wonderful experience during her Friendship Exchange last summer when she stayed with Lyazzat’s family. In turn, we want to show her our region, customs, our club’s Rotary projects and hospitality, etc.  

Please contact Carolyn with your choices of activities at: or call her: 650-867-4564

Activities you’re invited to join are as follows:

Date & Time:      Activity:
Sunday evening 
July 1
Music in the Mountains concert, Music of Love & Drama (Buy your tickets.)
Monday morning
July 2
Visit Bridgeport and a hike (if not too hot) and potluck lunch at the Newsom home
July 3
Visit Lake Tahoe and dinner at the Inglis home
July 4
Join us in the 4th of July parade, potluck picnic dinner, and fireworks
July 5
Help show our own club’s project sites, join us for lunch in a Nevada City restaurant, listen to Lyazzat’s presentation at our weekly meeting
July 6
Shopping, then potluck lunch at the Wilson home
Saturday &
July 7 - 8
Visit San Francisco before returning to Kazakhstan on July 9

Last Week - Shana Maziarz, Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co.

Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. is the realization of two fervent passions coming together to create a local masterpiece! Shana Maziarz loves baking and Dave Cowie loves brewing. After years of delighting friends and family with her homebaked pastries and foods, Shana was looking to open a bakery in downtown Nevada City.  After Shana suggested Dave open his own brewery, the two recognized the benefit of joining forces and Nevada City's favorite bakery & brewery — Three Forks was born.  

Speaking of her love of baking, Shana talked about how Three Forks manages the temperatures in their food fired clay brick oven to create the best breads and pizzas around! Shana's passion for our community, fresh local foods, baking, and providing career opportunities for locals and keeping it local came through in her stories of planning, opening and running Three Forks Bakery & Brewery.  Shana is co-owner with Dave Cowie.  She is also deeply involved with our community outside of the restaurant and serves on the Board of South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL).

Foundation Chair Nicole also presented John Hensley with his NINTH Paul Harris Fellow and Stacy Drake with her first! 

2018 Nevada County Fair

Bushels of Fun are what we are planning for this year's Nevada County Fair! 

As always, Walt Stickel has the signup sheet in great shape already. There are some openings, especially for the 7-close shifts left so make sure you've got your name on the shifts you want before they are gone and ask family members or friends to join you for a shift.

A great selling point is that fact that it is always a blast, they get to see people they haven't seen in ages because EVERYONE stops by our booth for the great pulled-pork sandwiches and, as if that isn't enough, they get a free ticket into the fair.

Watch for a work party to clean up and prep our booth in late July!!!

Click for a printable 2018 Bushels of Fun Fair Poster!

Join us August 8 – 12, 2018

We need your support and partnership serving at the Fair!

Join us at our Nevada City Rotary booth on Treat Street as we dish up Pulled Pork and Shredded Chicken sandwiches for our annual community service fundraiser.  We need to fill 100 openings to cover the 5 days of the Fair.  We are asking Nevada City Rotarians be responsible for filling at least 3 shifts during Fair Week -- in the spirit of sharing the load we encourage you to engage friends and colleagues to work with us.  Working with friends and family is fun and a great way to serve not just Rotary but our Community!  Click to the Latest Schedule icon to check for open shifts.

To schedule to work one or more shifts, send an email to stating which shift you are available and willing to cover.  We ask you to be reponsible for finding a replacement in the event you can not make your shift.  THANK YOU for all you do in service for Rotary, our Club and our Community!

2019 District Conference - Rotary 4-Way Fest

In case you haven't heard we will be having a multi-District conference for 2019. This will not only be an opportunity to meet Rotarians from 3 other Districts but also a time for joint service projects, interactive breakouts and great fellowship. Planning for this Rotary 4-Way Fest started last year and will be held in Reno at the Peppermill.  Early bird registration is open at a special $205.00 for all meals for the conference price and room registration is also open.  Early bird pricing is good through July 1st. All those entered will also be entered into a drawing for 2 nights and 3 days at Wally's Hot Springs in Genoa.

Click for 2019 Rotary 4-Way Fest
Early Bird Registration Form


Honoring DG Doug and Karen McDonald with Scouting and Youth Leadership fund.

We wanted to say thank you to Doug and Karen for their service to Rotary and Scouting so we decided to collect pledges for a Scouting and Youth Leadership fund.  When it was announced on Saturday night it was a complete surprise to Doug.  However, because we were trying to keep it a secret before Conference, we might have inadvertently missed someone or a club that would like to make a pledge to the fund. If you would like to make a pledge please click the link below.  We are almost at $9,000 dollars as of 5/21 and our goal is $10,000 .  Doug and Karen will name the fund and be the advisors on the fund.  Thank you again to everyone who has made a pledge or is making a pledge to the fund.  Towards the end of June we will send out additional information on how to submit a contribution to the fund.

To make a pledge visit:

---- Pledges are still being accepted. Deadline for pledges is June 15th. ----

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.

Upcoming Events:

June 14: Noon Lynette Andersen--The Rotary House in Sacramento

June 21: Social John and Susie Wilson Craft Talk

June 28: Cathy's Demotion Party evening at the Burke's Home!

July 1 - 7: Friendship Exchange with Lyazzat Alshinova, Pres. Astana Rotary

July 5: Social  Lyazzat Alshinova, Pres. Astana Rotary and Carolyn Feuille 

July 12: Noon  Tom Ryan--  Club Assembly:  Goals, Plans, and Objectives for the Year

July 19: Social:  John Christensen- History of the NCNG Railroad Museum

July 26 Noon: Susie and John Wilson--Sierra Foothills Village

July 27: The Children's Festival  9am-Noon and 5pm - 8pm

August 2: Social Annual Nevada County Fair Picnic

August 8 -12: All hands on deck at Nevada County Fair

August 16: Social

Aug. 23- Lunch: Joe Scheimer--Background to the Vietnam War

August 29: Noon:  Field Trip to Madeline Helling Library- Virtual Reality Technology Experience, 980 Helling Way (Rood Center Complex), Nevada City

September 6: Social Amelia Barrett, Craft Talk

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

Special Dates

               Birthdays                                                    Anniversaries
Ken Ching 6/03      Dave and Gayle Denney            6/12  
Ron Knaus 6/09      Ron Knaus and Nancy              6/20  
Nicole Dillard 6/13      Michael Young and Karen         6/21  
Michael Young 6/17      Judy Soldavini and George       6/24  
Robin Milam 6/29    
President: Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
President-Elect: Tom Ryan
Past President: Walt Stickel
Secretary: Robin Milam
Treasurer: Trisha Dellis
Public Image: Michael Young & Robin Milam
Youth Service: John Wilson
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 June 18 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

Thursday Meetings
1st & 3rd Thursdays for Social Mixer at 5:30pm and
2nd & 4th Thursday for Lunch Meeting at 12:15pm
at Trolley Junction Restaurant at The Northern Queen
400 Railroad Avenue, Nevada City, CA 95959 Directions
Note: Lunch $14  Social Mixer $5 + BYOB — 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.