Rotario November 9, 2017

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

I hope you have all been enjoying the beautiful fall we have had here in Nevada City. I know I have. But I've also enjoyed the refreshing rain this weekend. Sometimes a nice, rainy weekend gives us a chance to slow down a bit and regroup. After the busy pace we've had in our Rotary Club these past few months, maybe we also need some time to slow down and regroup. But that's hard to do when we have so much on our plate. I haven't heard from very many of you on my offer for coffee, tea or a drink but I know I will soon (or you'll hear from me).

We have some changes coming as we adjust to the news Dave Bunje sprang on us. In case you missed the October 26th meeting, Dave announced he and Janet have decided to move South to Studio City to be closer to children and grandchildren. Not that we can blame them but I know you all share my shock and sadness at hearing the news. So, we'll be needing someone to step into Dave's shoes (if it's even possible to fill them after all he's done) for Youth. We also need to seriously think about things such as next year's Fair Booth committee, the membership committee, community service projects and our open President-Elect slot.

We're a busy club. We have a great Board who work hard for the club and each of  you are all doing so much. But there is more to be done and I know we'll have fun doing it. So  ... when I approach you to ask what you want to do in our Rotary Club so that we can make a difference in our community and the world, give it some thought and, working together, we are Rotary: Making a Difference."

Support Nevada County Residents Rebuild after Fires

Our Area 4 Clubs are coming together to raise $5,000 to support local residents who lost homes or were heavily impacted by fires this month. It is easy to donate via Support Nevada County Residents Rebuild Giving Trail campaign. So far we have raised $650 via the campaign online. To learn more and/or make a donation of any amount, please visit: We encourage you to use the Support Nevada County Rebuild email Cathy sent last week 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.

Support Nevada County friends and colleagues

This Week Lunch:  Kat Kress Miners Foundry Cultural Center

The Miners Foundry Cultural Center is a living historic treasure serving Nevada County as a cultural arts and community events center. More than a venue, the nonprofit’s mission is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities in Nevada County.

It is a symbol of California’s rich historical heritage, providing an educational and social bridge from our past to the present and future. Kat Kress joined the staff of the Miners Foundry Cultural Center in 2011 as the Event Coordinator.

Nevada City - Miners Foundry

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.

Special guests will include Stephane Lewis and members of the ACME Robotics Team.

Foundation Dinner - November 30

As I write this there are only three days left in October and that means  the holidays are fast approaching. Thanksgiving is less than one month away and, since I doubt even the most loyal of Rotarians will be eager to hold a meeting that day, we will be moving our regular meeting to November 30th to participate in the Foundation Dinner. I really encourage everyone to try to attend this event. It is a special time when we pause to recognize the work of the Rotary Foundation and the contributions of clubs and individuals that make that work possible. In the coming weeks you will be hearing more about the dinner as Nicole Dillard talks about it and takes sign-ups.

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

We have also set the date for 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 them know. The date is set for Tuesday, December 12th so get it on your calendar NOW! You all know how busy December gets.

I don't know about you, but I had a fun time with "Last Man or Woman Standing" at the last mixer and I think I'll do it again this week. Here's a clue to help you get ready for it..... FYI, RSVP ASAP and PDQ to the BYOB mixer of the RCONC.  Hope to see you all Thursday evening. Oh, did I mention we are busy!

Last Week Social:  Jason Rainey, Growing Community

By November 15, Nevada City Council is expected to select an operator to set run and run the first and only medical cannabis dispensary in Nevada City. Jason Rainey is President of the Board of Growing Community. The City made a decision to approve a medical dispensary within the City over a year ago. Thus Jason's presentation/dialogue was not about whether marijauna should or should not be legalized. Given a choice of dispenary is imminent, the focus was on who and what type of dispensary the City should choose. 

Growing Community was founded this past year in response to Nevada City's decision to authorize the operation of one medical cannabis dispensary. Growing Community's vision is to serve patients, protect the environment, and give 100% of its net proceeds to local nonprofits that serve the community. Its’ volunteer Board of Directors are all Nevada County residents with deep community ties. The Board has also secured all its’ financing from local philanthropists who support this mission. It will be locally managed by Executive Director Paul Harton, the former General Manager of the BriarPatch. Growing Community is designed to be a full-service health and wellness center that will provide education and safe, legal access to high quality, locally grown medicinal cannabis for patients, and link to other holistic health services such as Ayurvedic medicine, massage therapy and herbal medicine. Growing Community’s location on Lower Grass Valley Road (beyond Robinson Enterprises) is zoned light industrial at the end of a frontage road with no residential neighbors. Onsite managers will ensure that only qualified patients are served, prevent diversion and keep youth and the surrounding neighborhood safe. The Board is committed to being good neighbors and is working with the surrounding businesses to minimize impacts. 

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.

Be a "sweet heart" for Girls Who Code 

Treating the girls to refreshments one or more times throughout the school year is a fabulous way for you to be personally involved supporting the program. We still have open slots for later in the year!

See Dave Bunje. He is circulating a signup sheet for our support with refreshments for the girls each week.  The girls certainly appreciate the snacks. Dave suggests that it is good to bring something sweet, something salty, including something filling.  Old reliables include chips, granola bars, juice drinks, cupcakes, pretzels, brownies, bagels, etc. Lynn Ching has set the bar with hard boiled eggs, sliced apples with almond butter, popcorn and red vines.  If you have not signed up for a slot in coming months, please contact Dave.  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.

Upcoming Events:

November 9: Lunch Kat Kress from Miners' Foundry

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

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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.