Rotario - March 14, 2019

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday, March 14, 2019 Lunch
Club Speech Contest

Trolley Junction Restaurant at The Northern Queen
400 Railroad Avenue, Nevada City, CA 95959

Delicious Success!!! 1st Ever Hungry Games

If I were to say, “And that’s how it’s done”, would it sound like we were bragging?  Well, That’s How It’s Done and we have something to brag about.  The Hungry Games was just about as much fun as I’ve ever had while working.  The energy in the room, the smiling faces and positive comments showed the community at large how much fun the Nevada City Rotary Club can have while working together to put on a three ring circus with cooking, eating, music, dancing, laughing, shopping, tastings and fundraising for the benefit of our local community while working hand in hand with Rotary Clubs around the world to promote the simple concept of “Service Above Self” by giving a little time and a little money to make the world a better place to live for everyone.

The Hungry Games could not have happened without the incredible and generous support of the fine eating establishments in our area. The Ham Stand, Purveyor’s Pantry, Bistro 221 and Maria’s certainly went all in to insure the tremendous success of the Hungry Games by making sure that no one went hungry with their incredible food offerings in the Stone Hall accompanied with wine tastings from Szabos Vineyards and Nevada City Winery.  Downstairs there was incredible dance music provided by the amazing Sgt Funky band.  Along with dancing there were incredible deserts and tastings of truffles and pies, ice cream and delicious coffee provided by The Truffle Shop, Dr. Sarah’s Pies, Cheri’s Ice Cream and Crumbunny CoffeeBooktown Books and An Inner Sanctum offered up books on how to cook to satisfy your hunger and Michelle Jenkins of Pampered Chef put out a display of kitchen and cooking aids along with Sheila Keene-Larsen and her Tupperware.  And if you just want to sit back and have the feast delivered there was lots of information from Conscious Catering.  Nicole put together a fabulous selection of silent auction items including a gig donated by the Sgt Funky Band - on top of donating music during the event!

The main attraction to our fundraiser was of course the twelve restaurants that each provided a One Hundred Dollar Gift Certificate to our winner take all raffle.  A special thank you to:  Bistro 221, Kane’s, Purveyor’s Pantry, Friar Tuck’s, Casa Las Katerinas, Sergio’s Café, Lefty’s Grill, Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Company, Twelve 28 Kitchen, The Ham Stand, New Moon Café and Tofanelli’s.  And congratulations to one very happy Carla Burke for winning the raffle and also had a very good evening with her contributions to the silent auction table. 

Much of our success is due to great publicity.  Thank you to Richard Mentzer for our wonderful Top Chef videos, to Nevada City Advocate, the Union and for articles, and to KVMR and KNCO for radio interviews.

As the last of the music faded and the last of the guests were headed to the exit and the curtain came down on a truly enchanted evening there we were again.  The true heroes of The Hungry Games, the members of the Nevada City Rotary Club unanimously exhaling a deep sigh of relief for a job well done as we reveled in a great sense of satisfaction and pride in the camaraderie that thought up, planned and executed what can only be described as magic.  Our fellowship is alive and well.  This could not have happened without the help and support of every member of our Club. 

Over the next few weeks there will be plenty of time to share stories and make special acknowledgements for those who have gone above and beyond but for this writing it is all of us, as one, standing hand in hand and taking a bow.  I could not be prouder of being associated with such an amazing group of friends.

This Week Lunch Meeting: Speech Contest

This week’s meeting is our Speech Contest so be sure to take part in supporting our youthful contestants as we welcome back John and Susan from the northern lights and adventures in Norway and prepare to bid a bon voyage to half of our club who will be heading out to Los Barilles to continue our commitment to improving the clinic there for the benefit of another community in Mexico.  And one last reminder, if you plan on attending the Area Four Community Awards Dinner and support our very own Cathy Wilcox-Barnes, a nominee for Volunteer of the Year, you must go to and make your reservation right now. The deadline is tomorrow.

Last Week's Social:  Jason Jillson, The Ham Stand - a Top Chef in The Hungry Games

The Ham Stand Charcutier Jason Jillson

Jason Jillson taught us all about curing meats the salumi (Italian for cured meats) way.  A big congratulations to Jason and The Ham Stand for their success and for being chosen TOP CHEF at our Hungry Games event!

Rotary Community Awards Night March 20, 2019

Register now for our Area Wide Community Awards night next week and celebrate Cathy as on of the three top nominees for Volunteers of the Year. Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased online at

The five western Nevada County Rotary Clubs will once again host their annual Rotary Community Awards Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on March 20 at the Foothills Event Center to honor businesses, volunteers and citizens of the year. The event will include a dinner catered by Antonio and ceremony to honor the nominees and announce the "Volunteer of the Year," "Citizen of the Year" and the "Lowell Robinson Business of the Year for 2019."

A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Cathy Wilcox-Barnes as one of the TOP 3 nominees for Volunteer of the Year!. Businesses nominated for this year include Byers Enterprises, Grass Valley Dental Wellness and Volz Brothers Automotive. Nominees for "Citizen of the Year" are Bart Riebe, Mike Bratton and Jennifer Singer. Volunteer nominees are Cathy Wilcox-Barnes, John Renwick and Dr. Sarah Woerner. The public is invited to attend and join Rotarians in celebrating these nominees and a final winner in each category will be announced that evening.

For more information, call Dennis Geare at 530-263-1648 or email

North Star House Project - THIS SATURDAY

Work day to finish the project is scheduled for Saturday March 16.  Join us for a day of planting and clean up so the garden can be complete!

Bulbs watch continues at Penzance Park

Over the last few years we have planted 1,500 or so bulbs at Penzance Park.  We will be dancing through daffodils, hyacinths, and crocuses soon!!!

Watch this space for flowers popping out all over Penzance Park!




Los Barriles is fast approaching!

Nevada City Rotary is finalizing plans for our fourth trip to Los Barriles with 15 Rotarians and guests!  What a great trip.  Again we will partner with our Los Barriles Twin Club on a very special project.  See Carolyn Feuille if you are interested in going but have not signed up yet!

Project focus: This year's team is going to a number of schools on Friday and Saturday to do vision and wellness screenings in partnership with East Cape Community Vision Center in Los Barriles. This will enable East Cape Community Vision Center's medical staff to prescribe and fabricate eye glasses with corrective lenses. 

For fun: Work includes play too! Chris and Christine Geyer will again host a welcome dinner for all participants; on Sunday go to the beach/swim, outings in off-road vehicles/ATV’s, local tourism, shopping, and getting to know your counterparts in the Los Barriles club

Dates: March 21 travel day, March 22-23 work days at the Vision Center, March 24 R & R day with explorations, shopping, the beach, etc.  Return home March 25 or 26 (return in time to participate in the Area music contest March 27).

Want to support this project?  Whether you are traveling with the group or not, if you would like to make your own monetary contribution to the project, please give your check to Nicole and make it out to: The Rotary Club of Nevada City Foundation.  

Girls Who Code at Seven Hills

Girls Who Code program continues into the new year. The girls love our healthy snacks.  Please signup with Nancy Kemp to serve as host and/or bring healthy snacks a week or more for Girls Who Code participants. If you haven’t done it before, Nancy has great instructions on what to serve.  It is another incredible opportunity to become involved and participate with the youth in our community.

Area 4 Business/Professional Services Directory

The Rotary District 510 Area 4 Business/Professional Services Directory has been updated as of January 2019.  Click Rotary District 510 Area 4 Business/Professional Services Directory to download a printable copy.  Doing business with fellow Rotarians is just one example of Vocational Service in action!

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:

March 14 Lunch:  Club Speech Contest

March 19: RYLA Interviews 8am-12 noon at Nevada Union High School; 1-4pm at Bear River

March 20, 2019  Area Wide Community Awards Night, 5:30pm Foothill Event Center

March 21 - 25: Los Barriles, Baja Mexico Project trip

March 27:  Area Music Contest evening at Peace Lutheran Church

April 4:  Area Speech Contest 12 noon at Grass Valley Methodist Church

April 6:  Club Leadership Assembly The Nuggett, Sparks NV

April 11: Lunch  Tom Myers and the Free medical clinic

April 18: Social  Carolyn Feuille - South American trip

April 25: Lunch Erin Lewis- Update on National Exchange Hotel reconstruction

May 2: Social John and Susie Wilson-  NEW ZEALAND TRAVEL MEMORIES

May 9: Lunch Michelle Ogaidi and Forest Charter School REGL Students

May 16: Social  The Higher Commitment Analytic Lab with Michael Kepic and Dr. Robert Goldman

May 16 - 19: Rotary 4-Way Fest Conference Peppermill, Reno NV - D5190 one of 4 Districts together.

May 30: 5th Thursday DARK

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

Special Dates


Dennis Geare 3/4   David Fluke and Carol 3/18
Carolyn Feuille 3/6    
Allan Rogers 3/7    
John Woodford 3/7    
John WIlson 3/21    

Club Leadership

President: Tom Ryan 
President-Elect: Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
Past President: Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
Secretary: Robin Milam
Treasurer: Carla Burke
Public Image: Michael Young & Robin Milam
Youth Service: John Wilson
Community Service: Carolyn Inglis

Club Social:  Judy Soldavini
Sergeant at Arms: Walt Stickel
International Service: Carolyn Feuille
Vocational Service: Nicole Dillard
Foundation: Christine Newsom
Membership: Stacy Drake
Program Chairs: Christine Newsom
At Large: Dennis Geare

For additional calendar events please visit the calendar at
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If you have an idea for a club program please contact Nancy Kemp or Christine Newsom.

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*Starting a new year with President Tom, Board Meetings are held on the third Monday month at 5:30pm at John Hensley's Recreation Realty/Nevada County Properties office at 432 Broad St. Nevada City. Our next Board meeting is Monday March 18, 2019.   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.