Rotario - March 22, 2018

Dear Rotarians and Friends,


Lunch Meeting 12:15pmpm

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

This Week Christine Newsome - Five Wishes

Over her years of medical practice, Christine Newsom has found that it can bring tremendous peace of mind to patients to know that their health care wishes will be respected in the event that they can’t speak for themselves.  So why have only one in five Americans completed an advance directive or living will?  Many say it’s because the subject of illness and dying is just too uncomfortable;  others say the documents are too complicated, or don’t cover what’s really important to people. 

 At our lunch meeting this week, Chris will discuss the “Five Wishes” document, which is sometimes called the "advance directive with a heart”;  it covers issues not only of a health care agent and a living will, but also issues of comfort, dignity and reconciliation.  We will cover the legal standing of this document, what to do if you have already completed an advance directive but would like to change it, and other Q and A’s.  You will each be given a copy of the Five Wishes document which you may take home and fill out for yourself if you wish.

This Last Week

We had rain, we had snow, we had sleet, we had a little bit of what might optimistically be called sun and we had a GREAT mixer last Thursday night! Even with the inclement weather over twenty Rotarians and guests turned out to officially welcome Amelia Barrett as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Nevada City. After she was inducted Amelia made a few brief comments about her decision to join Rotary and I was so inspired I would have joined on the spot if I wasn't already a member. I was moved by her statement that she has to participate in a number of organizations and committees because of her job but that she chose Rotary to participate for herself. Wow! Now it is our responsibility to mentor Amelia and make sure she has a rewarding Rotary future.  If you haven't had a chance to get to know her yet, sit by her at a meeting and get a chance to visit.

Shout Outs All Around!

I want to give a shout out to another "newer" member - John Wilson. After the meeting Thursday night John approached me with a wonderful program topic for a meeting. Thank you John for thinking about our club and this program. That is the type of member participation that Christine Newsom (Program Coordinator) needs to continue to bring us the quality programs she lines up each week. Christine and Nancy Kemp are superheroes in this important role but they are also human and need assistance in coming up with program ideas. If you have seen someone give a talk lately, if you are involved with another group that our members might like to hear about or if you are just curious about a topic (local or beyond) and want to learn more about it at a meeting, make sure to pass the information on to Christine.

Walt Stickel is owed a big "thank you" for stepping up and coordinating RYLA for us this year. Walt stepped in to fill Dave Bunje's shoes and has handled our reservations for campers, arranged for members to conduct interviews of students and will follow through with students to make sure they get to RYLA. It's an important job and he is handling it beautifully.

Thanks go out to Carolyn Feuille and Susie Monary-Wilson for helping with the RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Academy) interviews at Nevada Union High School Monday morning. Rotary Clubs of Nevada City, Grass Valley, and Penn Valley sponsor participants from Nevada Union and Nevada City area high schools. There were 20 outstanding applicants for 7 slots so it made the selection process really hard. Seven alternates were also chosen. They have a chance to fill a spot if anyone can't make it for some reason. 49er Breakfast Club and Grass Valley South interviewed South County students at Bear River and will also send a good number of students. The youth are so impressive and word is out among them from prior attendees that RYLA is the best experience that they have ever had. We are growing future leaders at RYLA - another example of "Rotary - Making a Difference."

By now all of you should be receiving the one question Satisfaction Survey sent from District 5190. Results are in from the first survey conducted last month. About 1/3 of our club members responded and we achieved a 73% satisfaction result with 8 people rating us as 90-100% and 3 people 70-80%. 73% is pretty good but it also leaves us 27% room for improvement. The survey is anonymous and I don't get to see who responded or all the comments but I'm shown enough of the comments to figure out areas where we can improve. I promise that I will endeavor to find ways for our club to address the concerns.

Los Barriles Project

Wow, I think we have 13 or 14 Rotarians (and spouses) going to Los Barriles in just one short month. It's going to be both rewarding and fun and a great way to get to know your fellow Rotarians better. For those who are planning on going (or still thinking about maybe going) we will be having a short meeting BEFORE (11:30 a.m.) at the Trolley Junction before the start of our regular meeting to go over a few logistics such as carpooling to the airport, car rentals in Mexico, etc. Estoy tan emocionada!

Trolley Junction - Our Ongoing New Location

The Board has approved our formal move to Trolley Junction at Northern Queen.  Our standard lunch and social mixer price will remain the same at $14 and $5.  However after discussions about our new location and options, the Board has voted to suspend the no lunch option. 

Our Fifth Thursday of the month has been dark for the last year unless another special event falls that week.  We are exploring a "No Host Social" at Nevada City Winery for upcoming 5th Thursdays starting in May.  No program, truly just a social hour with our Club, friends and family.

Rotarians at Work Day Special Order!

Our annual International Rotarians at Work Day is coming up April 28. In preparation, Walt Stickel is taking the lead to order new Rotarians at Work Day shirts.  Walt will place orders no later than next Monday.  If you want a shirt, please let Walt know either at Thursday's meeting or contact him directly. Price is great! If you are a new member and this is your first Rotarians At Work t-shirt, yours is FREE!  If you are a more seasoned Rotarian and want to replace or expand your wardrobe the price will range between $12 and $14 depending on the number of shirts ordered and shipping rate.  You pay when shirts arrive.  Be sure to give Walt your shirt size!

Area Wide Special Community Awards Ceremony

On March 28 we are partnering with Area 4 Rotary Clubs to host an Area Wide Community Awards Ceremony at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. We will be honoring a Business of the Year, a Citizen of the Year and a Volunteer of the Year.

Rotary Community Awards Event

The Awards Dinner will be held on the evening of March 28 with a 5:30pm social hour, 6:15 dinner and 7pm awards program.  For details and tickets go to

Club Leadership Assembly 

All Club Members are invited!  Club covers cost ~ that means no cost to you.  Join us April 7, 2018 for Club Leadership Assembly:

8:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00am – 3:30pm Club Leadership Assembly Program
1100 Nugget Avenue, Sparks, Nevada

This is why Club Leadership Assembly is important for you: 

New to Rotary:  Assembly is a day to learn more about the “bigger” picture of Rotary, meet Rotarians from across District 5190, and explore opportunities within and beyond your Club.

PEs, Committee Chairs and Board Members:  Assembly is a great way to jump start the new Rotary year by developing new skills and insights especially about your role or committee, exchanging creative ideas to revitalize your Club and make a difference, and strategizing as a team in a setting that is looking ahead to the coming year.

For all Rotarians:  A fun, focused way to meet, reconnect, and make a difference!

Click to Register Now!

For a printable flyer and quick reference guide, click CLA 2018 Flyer and Guide

Rotary District 5190 Conference 2018 

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - Sunday, May 20, 2018

District Conference - Camp Atlantis

Click to download District Conference Schedule at a Glance

Treats and Hosts for Girls Who Code 

The program will wind down later this Spring. Openings pop up so you if you are looking to treat yourself by treating the girls to refreshments one or more times this spring let us know.  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.

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:

Mar 22: Noon - Chris Newsom--The Five Wishes Advance Directive

March 28: Area Wide Rotary Community Awards Ceremony - Nevada County Fairgrounds - 5:30pm
See Tom R for tickets or Register at

March 29: MOVED to March 28 Area Wide Event

April 3: Noon - Area Wide Speech Contest Grass Valley Methodist Church

April 5: MOVED to TUESDAY Area Speech Contest!

April 7:  2018 Club Leadership Assembly The Nuggett in Sparks, NV 9 - 3:30pm

April 19: Social Baja North Celebration!

April 19 - 24: Los Barriles, Baja - Clean Water Project Project days April 20-22

Apr. 26: Noon- Tiffany Roberts- - Nevada County History Library

May 10: Noon  John Christensen - Bringing back the NCNGRR

May 24: Noon District Conference Highlights

May 18-20: District 5190 Conference "Camp Atlantis", Reno, NV

June 7: Social Shana Maziarz from Three Forks Bakery and Brewery

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

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

Special Dates

               Birthdays                                                     Anniversaries
Dennis Geare 3/04  Dave Fluke and Carol 3/18
Carolyn Feuille 3/06    
John Woodford 3/07    
Allan Rogers 3/07    
John Wilson 3/21    
Dan Becker 3/25    
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:
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 April 16 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.