Rotario June 21, 2018

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday 5:30pm Social Mixer - John and Susie Wilson Craft Talk
Trolley Junction Restaurant at The Northern Queen

400 Railroad AvenueNevada City, CA 95959 Directions

The clock is ticking ...

Maybe it's because this is the next-to-the-last Rotario I'll be writing for my Presidency, maybe it's because I'm resting on the club's laurels or maybe it's just because I'm feel a little bitter sweet as I think about this year; whatever it is, I'm having a really hard time coming up with what to write this week. All year long you have all approached each week and each project with enthusiasm and dedication. Working together as a team, we've embodied, I can state with 100% assurance, our theme "Rotary - Making a Difference." I couldn't have asked you to do more and I couldn't be prouder of what we have accomplished. Thank you all for 50 weeks of Service Above Self. Now only two more weeks to go in the 2017-2018 Rotary year. Keep up the good work.

So, what did you learn this year? What can you remember from our Last Man or Woman Standing? What did you learn during "I Have or I Have Never" mixers? What did you glean about Rotary or Nevada City?  Most importantly, did you have FUN?   Hmmmmm, just wondering because you have one more Mixer with me at the helm and, as Bigfoot Doug, our District Governor, might advise - "Be Prepared."   See you Thursday evening; same time, same location.

We have exciting news! At the Board meeting Monday night, we voted unanimously to recommend Tom Milam to the club for membership in the Rotary Club of Nevada City. Some of you who are thinking  "isn't he a member already?" because he has been so active in the club for a long time. But, now that he is retired, he has decided to make it official and apply for full membership. If everyone agrees (you have one week to voice an objection), he will be inducted on July 5, 2018 along with our other newest approved member Nathan Leishman. What a way for President Tom to start his term!

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

RSVP by simply REPLYing to this Rotario email.  Don't miss a fun evening celebrating our wonderful year. Carla and John Burke are again opening their beautiful home at 11600 Red Dog Rd in Nevada City and Judy Soldavini has planned a delicious summer menu.

Dinner will be $25 per person and it is BYOB.  Please pay Nicole for yourself and guests.  A great idea is to bring extra money or a check to this Thursday's Mixer. I've been told the organizers  - NOT me this year! :)  -  would like to collect all the money before the party on June 28th. Contact either Walt, Robin or Nicole to get your name on the list. I don't know what they have planned but it is sure to be fun.

July 1 - New Rotary Year Dues for 2018-2019

Good news for Club members. Your Board met Monday night and, after a lengthy review of our finances and a spirited debate, we voted for our dues structure to remain the same, with NO increase in dues this year. Even though there is a slight increase in Rotary International dues we will absorb it. That doesn't mean we are rolling in dough and that we don't need member donations, but we decided to try a new approach to our next fiscal year.

Dues invoices are being mailed this week. As a part of that discussion, you will notice something new on your Dues statement this year. You will now have the opportunity to donate money toward your Paul Harris, toward club expenses or toward the Nevada City Rotary Foundation at the time you pay your dues. Sort of a one-stop shopping approach to simplify your busy lives. Now, with one check you can fulfill your Rotary obligations. Of course, there will be plenty of other opportunities for you to give as you wish throughout the year. By collecting things such as E.R.E.Y. (Every Rotarian Every Year gives $25.00) or your contribution towards being a Paul Harris Sustaining member ($100.00 per year), or generous donations towards our own club expenses or to our Club Foundation, we will have a better idea of where our club stands financially and where to direct our fundraising efforts. If you would prefer to just pay your dues as usual, that's perfectly OK also. Your Board is here to help make this coming Rotary year fun, rewarding and hassle-free  Let us know what you think!   

We will be including a breakdown of where your dues go in our next Rotario.

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 - 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club and Oak Park Rotary House

DG100% Paul Harris Fellow Club Doug presented Nevada City Rotary Club with our 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club banner.  This award represents the generosity of our members in giving and sharing. At this point in time, all of our regular members are Paul Harris Fellows. It is an honor the Club will retain into the future even as our Club expands.

Our guest speaker, Rotarian Lynette Anderson shared the wonderful history and stories of the Oak Park Rotary House in Sacramento.  The Rotary House offers free lodging for families with children who are undergoing medical treatment in a beautiful home just a short distance from UC Davis Children's Hospital.  Watch a video

The Children's Festival - Friday July 27

Children's Festival

A big thank you to Nancy Kemp for her year round planning efforts and leadership for this very special Nevada City Renaissance Festival for so many years!  And to Sandy Stickel and Gayle Denney who are against hosting craft tables for the children.  Volunteering at the Children's Festival is always lots of fun because the children with their parents and grandparents have such a fabulous time.  Check with Sandy and Gayle to volunteer in supporting with nature sun prints or renaissance block prints. 

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

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 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 once a month at 5:30pm at John Hensley's Recreation Realty/Nevada County Properties office at 432 Broad St. Nevada City. Starting a new year with President Tom, we are reconsidering our meeting date.  The date for our July meeting will be announced soon.   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.