Rotario - November 15, 2018

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Social 5:30pm Thursday November 15, 2018

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

Dark Thanksgiving & November 29

A message from President Tom ~

Once again Chris and Nancy reach into their speaker bag of tricks and pull out another fantastic speaker, Valerie Costa, who came complete with an armload of inside information on just how our local newspaper, The Union, pulls together all of those special sections included within the paper.  Quite simply, she comes up with them herself.  That in no way diminishes the staff and other resources at The Union but there was no question that she couldn’t answer and no topic on which she is not well versed.  Another fun filled, information packed presentation that make our Club meetings so much fun and so interesting.

No doubt we are all a little nervous about the Camp Fire and all of the tragedy and devastation that it has wrought.  I reached out via email to the Paradise Rotary Club not really expecting anyone there to still have a computer or internet but offering our support to the best of our abilities with anything that could be useful at this time.  I have not heard back but I am not surprised given that whoever receives their emails probably has a pretty full plate. You will see in DG Tina's message below that District 5190 has setup a campaign to provide a meaningful way to collect donations for sending humanitarian relief. 

Congratulations again to our Speaker Chairs, Chris and Nancy.  They both picked up their latest Paul Harris pins at our last meeting.  Chris earned her Paul Harris Fellow +1 and Nancy picked up her Paul Harris Fellow +5.

Holiday Goodwill: Bellringing for Salvation Army ~ A Rotary Tradition

We need five more people to sign up to be Bell Ringers at SPD Market on December 15.  Don’t be shy.  It’s only an hour out of your Saturday and the bells aren’t all that heavy.  Nevada City Rotary will again be bellringing for the Salvation Army from 10am to 6pm at SPD Market in Nevada CIty. 

Holiday Party December 6 ~ John and Carla Burke's Home RSVP!

And speaking of signing up, who is coming to our Holiday Party?  It’s Thursday, December 6 at John and Carla Burkes house and as usual you can expect a good time with your best friends while eating great food.  With Thanksgiving next week and 5th Thursday the following, this Thursday will be our last meeting before our Holiday Party.

The celebration cost is $30/person.  If you are not at our Social and plan to attend, please RSVP either by reply to this Rotario or send Pres Tom an email with the number in your party. 

We will be raffling the contents of the Jackson Club Basket at our Holiday Party. Receive a raffle ticket for every $20 donated to Polio Plus between our Club meeting with DG Tina and the party.  Tickets will be distributed at the Party.  Winners select among the various contents of the basket.  The Jackson basket includes lots of wine, wine glasses, jewelry, chocolates, nuts and gift certificates for a one night at the National Hotel in Jackson, gift certificates for food and with merchants.  

Rotary District 5190 Emergency Fire Relief - Message from DG Tina

Support Paradise Fire Victims via Giving Trail

Fellow Rotarians in District 5160, which include the towns of Paradise and Chico, California, are dealing with the devastation of California's largest, most destructive, and deadly wildfire known as the Camp Fire. As your District Governor I have been in contact with District Governor Jon Dwyer 5160. We have set a goal to raise $100,000.00 in emergency relief funds. Many of their club members are directly connected with the victims, and understand their immediate needs for prescriptions, food, clothing, housing, transportation, toiletries and pet food. District 5160 will distribute funds through their clubs.

Rotarians of District 5190 Here is what you can do to help. Make a tax-deductible donation using this link.

Girls Who Code at Seven Hills

Nancy Kemp was recognized last week by the girls in our Girls Who Code program for being one of them in her efforts to create a bat who actually flies on their web programs.  The girls love our healthy snacks.  The program is still early in the year.  Please signup 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.

The Armed Man:  A Mass For Peace
An Armistice Day Requiem in Berlin with Chris Newsom

In honor of Veteran's Day and the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day and the end of WWI, we are including this special recording from Chris Newsom.  Earlier this month, Chris traveled to Berlin and sang with a 2,000 voice choir accompanied by The UNESCO World Orchestra for Peace.  The 80 minute program is now online streaming for anyone who wants to listen to this beautifully dramatic concert. It will only be available through December 16.  English is interspersed with Welch throughout the English version.  

                       The Armed Man A Mass for Peace

The concert includes a number of pieces:

- Fanfare for the Common Man—Copeland

- Palladio— Karl Jenkins -Theme from Schindler’s List—  John Williams

- The Armed Man.  Written and conducted by Sir Karl Jenkins

You may not see her but Chris is seated on the back row just under the second movie screen from the right.

Rotary Youth Exchange Student Host Families needed

The Rotary Club of Grass Valley is seeking host families for their foreign exchange student this school year. Our student this year is a delightful young lady from Switzerland.

Host families are being sought for 3-4 months each, so that our student can experience life in the US with different families as part of this cultural exchange. It's a wonderful opportunity for your family to be a part this life changing experience.

Interested families are asked to contact Marcia Salter at 530-913-5908  or email: for more information.

The Rotary Youth Exchange Program is one of the largest student exchange groups, with connections in more than 100 countries and thousands of clubs reaching every continent.

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:

November 15: Social - Michael Young Nevada City Rotary Hungry Games

November 22: DARK Thanksgiving with loved ones

November 29: Fifth Thursday Dark

December 6: Holiday Party - John and Carla Burke's Home on Boulder St  5:30pm

December 13: Lunch Seven Hills School  “Nature Bridge” Program

December 15: Bellringing at SPD Nevada City 10am - 6pm

December 20: Social

December 27: DARK for Holidays

January 10 Lunch:  Don Harris and Daniel Casanova - Global Partners for Development: Vineyards to Villages

January 24 Lunch:  Jo Ann Marie -  Grand Jury

February 14 Lunch: Club Music Contest

March 14 Lunch:  Club Speech Contest

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

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

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

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

Special Dates

               Birthdays                                                    Anniversaries
Dave Fluke 11/04   Ken Ching and Lynn 11/05
Jack Dinwiddie 11/25   Ken Myers and Akiko 11/10
Susie Monary-Wilson 11/29   Dennis Geare and Annette 11/13
President: Tom Ryan 
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
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.

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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 Monday November 19, 2018.   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.