Rotario - November 22, 2018

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thanksgiving Thursday November 22, 2018

Enjoy with Friends and Family!!

Nevada City Rotary is Dark Thanksgiving & November 29

A message of gratitude from President Tom

What an incredible holiday is upon us as we gather with family and friends and give thanks for all that we have and provides opportunity to take a little time to express our gratitude for the wonders and blessings that surround us.  Of course, like most of you my highest gratitude is for my immediate family, circle of closest friends and for those who have gone before and set us on the course of becoming who we are and who we are to become.

Very high on my gratitude list is my Rotary family, both immediate and extended. The capacity for positive action, creative thought and problem solving are the bonds of Rotary that hold us together and create an environment that feeds our souls.  I will forever be indebted to one Alan Culiver, who introduced me to Rotary and hugely altered my life’s path in such a way that I could not be more thankful.  While my foundation is rooted in fond memories and experience it is my immediate Rotary family, my Club, that provide the support and challenge, encouragement and trepidation, questions and solutions that keep me in balance, curious and engaged in this incredible life.  I have no words to express my personal gratitude to each member of our Club for what you do for all of us.

Our hearts go out to Paradise

While we gather with friends and family to celebrate and feast and raise our glasses in good cheer, our hearts ache for our neighbors whose world has been completely shaken to its core.  Our hearts go out to our fellow Rotarians in Paradise.  Of their 70 members, 60 lost their homes and all of its contents.  We know that it will be at least a year before they can contemplate the beginning of rebuilding.  We also know that our hearts won’t stop aching until we start helping.  We know that but for a random lighting strike combined with wind direction it would be us instead of them and they would be reaching out to us to lend comfort, aid and support.

The time for hands on sweat equity in the massive cleanup and reconstruction is a little ways off.  It usually takes about 60 days after a catastrophe before residents and volunteers can come in and start the process.  We will be in close touch with the Rotary Clubs in the affected areas and relay any information about when and what is appropriate for group work days and how best we can serve.  There will be plenty of opportunities to push wheelbarrows, wield brooms, shovels and more.  For those of us whose wheelbarrow pushing days are behind us there will be water and refreshments to be served and warehouses of shirts, pants and shoes to be folded, stacked, categorized and inventoried.  In other words there is opportunity for all of us to pitch in.

Of course the financial need is endless and for those who are able and so inclined there is no shortage of tax-deductible opportunities for check equity.  Probably the best and easiest way to donate is through the D5190 Giving Trail set up by our District Governor Tina, with a goal of $100,000 to be distributed directly to local Rotary Clubs who will have the best hands on view to determine how funds can be put to the best and most effective use.  As we all know, when money goes to a Rotary Club to fund a project there is nominal overhead and every penny of every dollar will be used to provide relief.  As of this writing we have raised almost $40,000!  Make a tax-deductible donation using this link.

Support Paradise Fire Victims via Giving Trail

I thank you all in advance for however you choose to express your compassion in this effort of Rotarians helping Rotarians to rebuild a community.

Area 4 Garden Project at North Star House

There is another opportunity for anyone wanting to demonstrate their shoveling and irrigation talents on Saturday December 8 at the North Star House for an area wide workday.  We will begin at 8:30 A.M. and stay at it until around 12:30.  Coffee, donuts, OJ and water will be served as we begin trenching and laying out PVC pipe for the sprinkler system for the Rotary Garden that by the end of February will be complete with walking paths, benches, fountains, period plants and trees appropriate to the original gardens.  Each club is asked to provide 4 or 5 workers for each of the 5 or 6 days of this project.  If you are interested in joining me in the inaugural kickoff to the project let me know.

Holiday Goodwill: Bellringing for Salvation Army ~ A Rotary Tradition

All of our two member teams for the eight one hour shifts for bell ringing at SPD on December 15 have been filled but if you still want to join in come on by any time and join in the ringing or drop a coin or two into the kettle.  Who knows, you might get a treat.

I look forward to seeing many of you at our Holiday Party on the 6th of December and of course our regular meeting schedule resumes with a lunch meeting on December 13.

You fill my heart with joy and I wish you all the very best for a Happy Thanksgiving and as always a very special Thanks For Giving.

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

We are confirming with the caterer and need your RSVP Today!  Please confirm by reply to this email or reply to the email Cathy sent earlier this week!

The celebration cost is $30/person for dinner! 

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. 

Last week Bob and Austin      

If you missed last week then you also missed seeing fellow Rotarian Bob Buhlis and Austin Farrar visiting from Virginia! 

Michael Young also shared plans in the making for our new Hungry Games fundraising event.  Save the date Sunday March 10 for what will be a fun event to support the good work we do as Nevada City Rotary.

Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) I January 26 at Ensemble Designs

Rotary Leadership Institute is a grassroots training program that will significantly expand Rotary knowledge and enhance leadership skills that will benefit participants in their personal, professional and Rotary lives. The program is offered in three parts. The first part RLI I is being sponsored by Area 4 and 5 on Saturday, January 26 in Nevada City. A fun and informative day with fellow Rotarians taught by a few you may know!

WHERE:     Ensemble Designs Café
                  870 Gold Flat Rd, Nevada City, CA (map)

WHEN:       Saturday, January 26, 2019 8:30am – 3:30pm

COST:         $20 / person - Our Club will reimburse


Members who have a strong interest in Rotary and are ready to be exposed to the larger world of Rotary. The course will rejuvenate tenured members and engage and educate newer members.

Please Register at  by Thursday January 17, 2019!

Click for RLI I Area 4-5 January 26 Flyer

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.

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 22: DARK Thanksgiving with loved ones

November 29: Fifth Thursday Dark

December 6: Holiday Party 5:30pm John & Carla Burke's Home at 11600 Boulder St, Nevada CIty 

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.

The Fine Print

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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 is moved to Monday December 10, 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.