Rotario May 17, 2018

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

5:30pm Thursday Social Mixer Meeting
Nikki Ahrens - Human Trafficking Awareness in Our Own Backyard

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

This Week - Nikki Ahrens on Human Trafficking in the Sierra Foothills

Nikki Ahrens will speak about the prevalence of and efforts to eliminate Human Trafficking in our own Sierra Foothills.  As presented at Club Leadership Assembly, human trafficking is an emerging focus for Rotary and District 5190. A long time resident of Colfax, Nikki is an active member of Colfax Soroptomist International Club. Soroptimist is a coined Latin word meaning: Best for Women. Their Mission is to improve the lives of Women and Girls, in local communities and throughout the world.  Colfax Soroptimist International Club, is very passionate about eliminating Human Trafficking in our own backyards. Nikki will also share plans for a Human Trafficking Awareness Walk on May 20 in Auburn. Be prepared for a compelling program.

Last Week - Inspired by Fellow Rotarians

Life sometimes throws a curve ball at you and that's what happened at last Thursday's meeting. But, true to Rotary form, we knocked it out of the park! We were anticipating a talk by John Christensen about the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad but he wasn't able to make it. So, without a hitch, our members stepped up and filled the gap. We learned that Gil Gray (it was nice to have him back) first joined Rotary in 1962. Allen Rogers shared that when he joined the Nevada City Rotary Club in 1974 they only were doing local projects - no international. He then captivated us with stories of helping an Australian club raise money for a project in Fiji. It turns out a member of an Australian club came over, rented an RV, had it covered in Rotary signs and drove around District 5190 with Allen raising money. They raised over $40,000 which was matched in Australia and then matched again for over $160,000 for the Fiji project. The conversation then turned to visiting other clubs and how much fun it is, no matter where you are in the world. Dennis Geare brought us up-to-date with Rotary's switch from an emphasis on "perfect attendance" to "perfect engagement."  Our Club has really embraced the "perfect engagement" concept with high participation in all of our events and activities. Before we knew it, it was time to adjourn. We definitely need to do it again - I learned a lot!!  Thank you to all those in attendance last week for making me, once again, so proud to be your President.

Odd Fellows of Pine Grove Cemetery Clean Up - A BIG THANK YOU!

Speaking of perfect engagement, six Rotarians and three Rotary Pals cleaned up the historic Odd Fellows section of the Pine Grove Cemetery Monday morning (May 14). A representative of the Cemetery District met us with tarps and some extra rakes and instructions on which area to tackle. She also expressed their gratitude for the work the Nevada City Rotary Club has done for them now and in past years. A big thanks to Carolyn and Mike Inglis, Amellia Barrett and John Boyer, John Wilson, Susie Monary-Wilson, Tom Ryan and my friend Kathy DiMaggio, who came out bright and early and attacked those pine needles and leaves. After about 1-1/2 hours a huge pile of limbs, leaves and needles loomed over us as we settled in for chocolate covered strawberries and cookies. Talk about an incentive to come to a Rotarians-at-Work project!  As we worked people driving by honked and one man stopped his truck to thank us for working on the cemetery; another example of others seeing us as "Rotarians - Making a Difference."

This Week: District 5190 Camp Atlantis Conference

We're rolling on toward the end of my Rotary year and with that comes Conference. District Conference - Camp Atlantis is this weekend May 18 - 20.  It should be really fun. We have 7 Nevada City Rotary members participating. As I was putting the Performance Planner together I was blown away by our accomplishments and how well we demonstrated "Rotarians - Making a Difference."  If you want to see just how much our mighty club has done I encourage you to log in to the Rotary International website, click on Take Action and then Rotary Showcase and look at our club projects or click here for Nevada City Rotary Showcase. AND I didn't even get a chance to put everything in!!!!

We will celebrate Cathy as outgoing President on Saturday night and incoming President Tom Ryan on Sunday morning.  PE Tom will be flying our Pinewood Derby in the District races on Friday! Oh and Sunday morning, watch for familiar faces doing a special send off for DG Doug.

Click to download District Conference Schedule at a Glance

Annual 7-Hills Leadership/Adaptive Education Field Day Picnic - June 1

And then our much-anticipated picnic with the 7-Hills Leadership/Adaptive Education students. This year we will join the kids at Western Gateway Park on June 1st for sandwiches, chips, cookies and fun! It's a combined Youth/Community Service project and it is the one project we do that doesn't take a lot of agility, strength, good back or long hours. And the rewards are instant. As soon as you see the kids coming off the buses with laughter, giggles, and shrieks of joy it lifts your spirit. And then when they come through the line for food and you get to share a smile and some time with them it melts your heart and reconfirms why you became a Rotarian. Mark your calendar and try to make it that day.  We will setup between 9-9:30am to build sandwiches and should be done by 1pm. More details will follow.

Please note the date has changed to June 1.

Fishing and making voluptuous bubbles at last year's field day!

2018 Nevada County Fair Time August 8-12

We need your support and partnership serving at the Fair!

August 8 – 12, 2018

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 (link sends e-mail) 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!

Treats and Hosts for Girls Who Code 

The program will wind down next week with a final session celebration on May 22. The girls chose to extend the year through May so they can continue to learn new coding skills.

We celebrated Dave Bunje and his contribution creating Girls Who Code at our last Social Mixer.  Again a big thank you to all who have actively supported this year's Girls Who Code Program.  Special shout outs to Trisha Dellis who as Nevada City Superintendent of Schools is our program host and Leslie May, GWC facilitator extraordinaire!  A BIG THANK YOU to Nancy Kemp for coordinating Rotary hosts and treats throughout the year! 

GWC club meets in the library at Seven Hills Middle School, starting at 3:30 pm on Tuesdays. 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:

May 17: Social Mixer Nikki Ahrens - Human Trafficking in the Sierra Foothills

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

May 24: Noon District Conference Highlights

June 1: 9am - 1pm Seven Hills Leadership + Adaptive Ed Field Day - Keeping the Rock Creek Tradition alive.

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

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

July 12: Noon  Joe Scheimer: Background to the Vietnam War

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

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

Special Dates

               Birthdays                                                    Anniversaries
John Burke 5/15      Robin Milam and Tom - Big 20!  5/01  
Trish Dellis 5/22      Wally Krill and Mary - Big 70!    5/02  
Stacy Drake 5/23      John Hensley and Sandra         5/05  
Gil Gray 5/31    
And also Nathan Leishman 5/08    
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
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If you have an idea for a club program please contact Nancy Kemp or Christine Newsom.

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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 May 21 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

AND first and third Thursdays for BYOB Social Mixer at 5:30PM
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.