Rotario November 16, 2017

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Back before the Rotary International President had a theme for the year (that started in 1953-1954 with the theme 'Rotary is Hope in Action'), the Presidents had a Rotary vision. In the Rotary year 1916-1917, a man named Arch Klumph had a vision; An endowment to fund the association's good works into perpetuity. That vision resulted in The Rotary Foundation. In the April 1929 Rotarian, Arch Klump stated "The Rotary Foundation is not to build monuments of brick and stone. If we work upon marble, it will perish; if we work on brass, time will efface it; if we rear temples they will crumble into dust; but if we work upon immortal minds, if we imbue them with the full meaning of the spirit of Rotary as expressed in our Objects and with the just fear of God and love of our fellowmen, we are engraving on those tablets something that will brighten all eternity."

Now over a hundred years later, Rotarians around the world have proven those words to be correct. Funded through the generous giving of Rotarians and partnerships with other such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rotary Foundation has provided funding to brighten lives around the world through a multitude of projects that provide clean water, promote peace, support education and fight disease and so much more.

November is Foundation Month and, with Thanksgiving just a week away, it is a great time to think about all that Rotary has done and is doing and to give thanks. It is also a great time to show that thanks with a contribution to the Rotary Foundation.

Foundation Dinner - Nov 30 
Foothills Event Center, 5:30 Cocktails, 7pm Dinner
Keynote Speaker:  Brenda Cressey, Rotary Foundation Trustee
Tickets are $50/person

Also, make plans to attend the Foundation Dinner. It is always an inspirational evening with a great speaker and recognition to clubs and individuals. If you haven't signed up yet, let Nicole know you plan to attend. If you are unsure of the in and outs of donating to the Foundation or you want to know how close you are to getting your Paul Harris, Nicole will be glad to answer all your questions.

This Week - Michael Young and Sgt Funky

This one is sure to be fun filled with our own Sgt Funky Michael Young sharing stories and anecdotes from years of "Playing those gnarly garage psychedelic tunes we remember, mixed with plenty of Beatles, Zombies, Airplane, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Doors and Stones. Their invitation to all is "Hear the songs you forgot you loved."

NU Interact Students hosting Fiesta Dinner for Project Amigo Trip

NU Interact Fiesta FeastTuesday November 28, 2017 - It's a FIESTA to support 10 NU Interact Students participate in a work-week in Colima, Mexico with Project Amigo.

Grass Valley United Methodist Church
5:30-7:30pm  ~ $15 / per person
RSVP Emily Norword

Enjoy the feast and help raise funds for this trip at a Mexican Fiesta Dinner. Don't miss the delicious food specially cooked by the famous Chef (&Rotarian) Gordon Beatie!

Click Fiesta image for larger flyer!

Support Nevada County Residents Rebuild after Fires

Why are we asking for your support?  This picture shows the before and after effects of local fires on just one family in our community last month. 

Wolf Home Before and After

So far we have raised $900 of our $5,000 goal for local families heavily impacted by the fires last month. You can donate via Support Nevada County Residents Rebuild Giving Trail campaign at

We encourage you to use the Support Nevada County Rebuild email Cathy sent as a template for inviting friends and loved ones to donate with us. It is also a great way to share with friends some of what we do as Rotary for our community.

Last Week Lunch:  Kat Kress Miners Foundry Cultural Center

Kat Kress, Event Coordinator for The Miners Foundry Cultural Center shared the living history and impact of Nevada County's most historic cultural arts and community events center.

Kat says “For me, the Foundry is the perfect blend of history, the arts, and community. It’s truly a joy to share in something bigger than myself and to use my skills to contribute to our community.”  It is a symbol of California’s rich historical heritage, providing an educational and social bridge from our past to the present and future.

ACME Robotics - Special Guests

Dave Bunje introduced Stephanie Lewis and her husband, Michael, who are mentors for the ACME Robotics Team. Stephanie, an engineer at Telestream, was also last year’s Girls Who Code instructor.  They came to thank the club for sponsorship last year, which enabled ACME Robotics to travel to Western Regional competition, where they put in a very good showing. Note the NC Rotary banner on their robot!

The club was also presented a $500 sponsorship donation to the team for this school year.  Our sponsorship supports the team in preparing for a new round of competition and a new robot to replace last year's Roadrunner according to a new set of specifications.  Our Nevada City Rotary logo will again appear on their robot as well as on the ACME team banner at tournaments, T-shirts and their website.

This year ACME's robotics team includes 11 brilliant, creative students - almost double the size of last year's team.  They  operate with three sub-teams which focus on Hardware, Software and Business aspects. 

Stephanie, Michael and Mike continue as mentors along with two new mentors Josh and Ron.

Learn more about the team at







Holiday Party - Tuesday December 12 at the Burke's Home

Join us at our annual Holiday Party. John and Carla Burke have graciously offered to host the party in their home and Judy Soldavini is again showing her party planning skills coordinating the food, drinks and other details. If you would like to help with the party, let either of Judy or Carla know. The date is set for Tuesday, December 12th so get it on your calendar NOW!
Note our Club meeting moves to TUESDAY that week!

Wreath Across America to Honor Veterans in our local cemeteries

Honor our veterans with the purchase of a wreath to be placed in local cemeteries for the holidays.  Each wreath is $15 and must be ordered this week.  Wreaths will be distributed on Saturday December 16 at the two cemeteries on West Main.

Speaking of busy schedules... Coffee, tea or hot chocolate?

Maybe a drink at the National Hotel bar? Whatever you choose - drinks are on me. But the offer has a string attached - feedback! I had a lot of time to think while I walked this summer and I thought about our club and each member in it. Email me with dates/days/times you are available. If I don't hear from you first, I'll be getting in touch with members in the coming weeks to set up a time when we can chat and you can let me know what's on your mind when it comes to our Club and how you would like to Make a Difference.

Treats for Girls Who Code 

Treat yourself by treating the girls to refreshments one or more times throughout the school year ~ a fabulous way for you to be personally involved supporting the program. 

Dave Bunje has a signup sheet with open refreshment slots for the girls each week. 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 Dave.  Let's get the commitments in place before Dave leaves us!  Many thanks to those who volunteer to bring snacks!

Please note: NEW PLACE AND TIME: The club now 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.

Special Vocational Event Invitation

Rotary Club of Grass Valley South and Stucki Jewelers are inviting Area 4 Rotarians and friends to join a special Stucki Jewelers Vocational Tour and Walk-In Humidor Grand Opening Tuesday November 21 from 5:30-7:30pm at 148 Mill Street in Grass Valley. RSVP James at   

Upcoming Events:

November 16: Mixer: Michael Young - Sgt. Funky’s- origins and an update on current happenings

November 20: Board Meeting: 5:30pm Nevada County Properties/Recreation Realty, top of Broad St.

November 23: Thanksgiving - Enjoy with your Family! (Meeting moved to Foundation Dinner)

November 30: Foundation Dinner: Foothill Event Center

December 7: Mixer: Carla Burke Craft Talk

December 12: Club Holiday Party 6:pm Celebrate the Holidays with Nevada City Rotary at John and Carla Burke's home on Red Dog Road.  Details to follow!

December 14: Lunch  JoAnn Marie - Grand Jury Outreach

December 21: Mixer


January 4: Mixer  Eddie Maria:  Blessings in a Backpack

January 11: Lunch Don Rivenes from Nevada County Climate Change Coalition: Nevada City City Council’s recent resolution supporting a goal of 100% renewable energy

January 19: Mixer

January 25: Lunch

February 1: Mixer

February 8: Lunch

February 15: Mixer

February 22: Lunch Lynn Woerner--Kare Crisis Nursery

April 7:  2018 Club Leadership Assembly The Nuggett in Reno

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

Special Dates

               Birthdays                                                     Anniversaries
David Fluke 11/04  Ken Ching and Lynn 11/05
Jack Dinwiddie 11/25  Ken Myers and Akiko 11/10
     Dennis Geare and Annette 11/13
     Larry Undercoffer and Linda   11/24
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

Did we forget your birthday or anniversary? Have you recently moved or changed email addresses? Please update your profile on our club website. If you have forgotten your password, you can click on the Lost Password feature and it will be sent to your email address. 

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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 November 20 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.