Rotario - March 8, 2018

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Speech Contest & Lunch Meeting - 12:15pm

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

The weather outside was frightful but the music was so delightful!  Actually the weather wasn't too bad, the sidewalk and parking lot were a little snowy but the music at the Area 4 Music Contest on Sunday afternoon was well-worth walking around a few snow piles. These young musicians are so talented and I'm so glad I wasn't a judge like Christine Newsom was. Thank you Christine and Gayle Denney for all the work you put into making this year's contest(s) such a success. Like a true Rotarian Gayle was working on it and emailing from Hawaii right up until today. Our club had six members in attendance which was more than any of the other clubs so we get to put the Polio Plus money gathered for the vote for "People's Choice" award in towards our goal (which we have exceeded this year). Ryan Brott, the winner from our Club, was selected as People's Choice. The winners were as follows:  1st Place - (from Grass Valley Rotary Club) Miles Mason on drums; 2nd Place - (from Nevada City Rotary Club) Ryan Brott on piano; 3rd Place - (from Grass Valley Rotary Club) Adriana Martignago on sax.

Of course I felt Ryan should have won (gotta support our Club winner and I'm not much of a big bang theory drum aficionado) but actually any one of these youth are deserving of 1st place. Thank you to John Wilson, Susie Monary-Wilson, Dan Becker, Dave Bunje and Chris Newsom for coming out to help support these talented musicians even though the weather was iffy.

Tom Ryan missed the Music Contest but he had a good excuse. He was down in San Jose for the weekend attending PETS. With his experience I'm not sure if he was a student or a teacher but I'm sure he had a good time hanging out with his new best bud Barry (RIPE Barry Rassin)! Hopefully we'll hear more about it at our meeting.

This Week - Speech Contest

I'm bummed that the Music Contest is behind us because I just love the energy and passion these young people bring to our club.  But not to worry, this week we have our Club Speech Contest. Michael Young has been hard at work lining up judges, tellers, timekeepers, etc. so I know we'll be in for a treat. When I was their age there was no way I would have ever been able to get up and give a speech like these teens can. I am so impressed and in this topsy-turvy world it reassures me when I see them to know that with young people like these our future is in good hands. They are our tomorrow. That is why Rotary's focus on Youth is so important. Thank you all for supporting our Club's Youth efforts with RYLA, REGYL, Music, Speech, Scholarships and so much more. Thank you for being "Rotarians - Making A Difference."

Last Week's Mixer

We held last week's Mixer at the Nevada City Winery. For those who didn't venture out because of the weather, you missed a good time. Carla Burke and Judy Soldavini treated us to bowls of delicious soup and crusty French bread. It was the perfect belly-warmer for a cold, dreary night. Then, Robin Milam provided us with a few of the highlights of her recent participation in Rotary International's first ever Presidential Peacebuilding Conference on Environmental Sustainability and Peace hosted by RIP Ian Riseley. Not only did she travel all the way to Vancouver, Canada to attend but she left some of her sweat and tears (and maybe a little blood) there as she joined other Rotarians in an English Ivy eradication project. Way to go Robin! Putting your time, money and energy into where your passion lies. That's the way to be a "Rotarian - Making a Difference."

Camp RYLA Counselor Opportunity

If you enjoy interacting with teens and the beauty of the Sierras, then serving as a counselor at Camp RYLA this summer may be just the right volunteer experience for you.

WHAT:  The Rotary Youth Leadership Awakening Camp is for high school seniors who engage in challenging personal leadership activities, such as discussions, outdoor ropes course, learning games, and dancing.  It is a first-class character-building program.

WHERE: Grizzly Creek Ranch, near Portola in the high Sierras.

WHEN:  June 17-22, June 24-29, July 8-13

Ask Carolyn Feuille, who served as a counselor in 2016-2017, how she found it to be “exhilarating and inspiring.”  For more info. go to:

You can also sign up for a Breakout Session on RYLA and REGLE at Club Leadership Assembly.  A key focus of that session will be on the counseler opprotunity.

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

Los Barriles April 19-24

It looks like we have a good sized, fun-loving group heading down to Los Barriles to help on our International Service project in April. There is still time for people to make reservations and join us for this worth-while time of work and bonding with our partner club in Mexico. It is always so rewarding to see how appreciated our efforts are and how our contributions can help in so many ways to Make a Difference.

We always have fun while participating in life-changing projects Chris Geyer and John Hensley spearhead.  Current plans are for the group to volunteer at the East Cape Health Center in Los Barriles. 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! 
Ask Carolyn Feuille for details if you are interested in joining us.

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 8: Noon  Club Speech Contest atTrolley Junction

Mar 15: Mixer

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

March 28: Area Wide Rotary Community Awards Ceremony - Nevada County Fairgrounds - 5:30pm
Register at

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
Dennis Geare 3/04  Dave Fluke and Carol 3/18
Carolyn Feuille 3/06    
John Woodford 3/07    
Allan Rogers 3/07    
Dan Becker 3/25    
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 March 19 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.