Rotario - October 4, 2018

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Social 5:30pm - Thursday October 4, 2018
Chris Newsom - The Rotary Foundation

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

PDG Dave Bianchi certainly had the room’s attention last week as he spoke about just what it is that Rotarians do.  Specifically, we make the world a better place.  Dave’s theme was, A Story to Tell ~ The story of Polio and Rotary’s role in eradicating this dreaded disease.  Like most of us the battle against polio has been the number one goal of Rotary since before I joined and our fight for this cause certainly has made the world a better place.  The incredible progress that has been made in such a short period of time truly is a marvel.

As we continue our crusade against the dread disease we have a particular focus at this time as World Polio Day is October 24 and we try to emphasize the importance of funding the effort.  This is a great time to make a donation to Polio Plus or to drop a few bucks in the “give polio the boot” boots that are always on our tables at every meeting.  We are so close but the big things only get done when we all do it together.

This Week - Foundation Chair Chris Newsom

Our speaker this week is our Foundation Chair Chris Newsom who will bring us all up to date regarding The Rotary Foundation.  There is so much to know about the breadth and depth of this amazing organization.  I am so glad to be able to get together with everyone at least once a week and learn through sharing.  It’s the easiest way and the most fun.

Area 4 Foundation Dinner - October 25

The sign up sheet will go around again for our Area 4 Foundation Dinner on October 25 so have a look at your calendars and check with your mates so you’ll be able to sign up with confidence.  We will be treated at the dinner with one of Rotary’s premier speakers, J.T. Capps.  The dinner starts at 6:00 PM at the Gold Miner’s Inn in Grass Valley and the cost is $50.00 per person.  We will be catered by Antonio with a choice of Tri Tip, Salmon or Vegetarian.  The number of vegetarian plates will be limited to the number requested so be sure to let me know your preference. We will be joined by District Governor Tina Spencer and her husband Brian.

Help that we need:  Each Club is asked to provide 2 members for setup, 1 member at check-in table and 2-3 members for cleanup.

I just signed up to join Amelia at the Pioneer Park Rake Event this Saturday from 9am till noon. I hope that some of you will come on out and join me in supporting our fellow Rotarian while burning a few calories doing a little community cleanup.

From Astana Kazakhstan - Dreams do come true!

Dear friends! We are happy to announce that we, the Rotary club of Astana, together with the akimat of Almaty district of Astana opened the inclusive playground for children with special needs "Kunshyaq", first in the capital!

The akimat of the district generously provided an area of 1382 square meters for the project - close to the "Kazakhstan" Palace of Sports, on the embankment of Akbulak river. The playground includes 42 units of various equipment, including playground complexes for wheelchaired kids, safe swings for children with special needs, adapted sandboxes, tables, special tactile panels.

The cost of the project amounted to 18 million tenge (approximately $50,000), all of which were collected by the Rotary Club of Astana during several charity events for the purchase and installation of special equipment for children with special needs.  Read more from PP Lyazzat at:

Girls Who Code at Seven Hills

Girls Who Code Nevada County is launching its fourth year! Nancy Kemp is coordinating signups for hosts and snacks each week for Girls Who Code participants. If you’ve done it before you know all about it and if you haven’t, here is another incredible opportunity to become involved and participate with the youth in our community.  Please contact Nancy to sign up and support this very special program.

Upcoming Partnership Events:

Random Acts of Event - RAKE at Pioneer Park

Amelia Barrett is running the Pioneer Park Rake Event (on behalf of NCAOR) location this year on Saturday, October 6th from 9am to 12pm.  RAKE stands for Random Acts of Kindness and is an annual event that supports Anew Day, which was an organization that was created when Michael Bratton JR took his life many years ago.

It's an AWESOME and SHORT one day event to clean the community.  Amelia's location is, and always has been since the inception of this event, Pioneer Park.  We meet that morning and pick up trash and this year we get to also PAINT Seamans Lodge!  For those who don't know, our Club has a special connection with Seaman's Lodge. Our own local historian Cathy Wilcox-Barnes reminded us that in the 1930's Nevada City Rotary built the bathroom and kitchen extensions. The new facilities were required by Boy Scouts of America in order for the local scout troop to meet in the Lodge. 

Amelia would LOVE for NC Rotarians to sign up with her to represent Nevada City!  Click the RAKE icon or register online at:

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.

DG Tina Spencer-Mulhern will be visiting our Club November 1 for our 5:30pm Club Social.  Board Members please mark your calendars for a special Board Meeting with DG Tina at 3:30pm on Thursday November 1.

Upcoming Events:

October 4: Social Chris Newsom - The Rotary Foundation

October 6:  Pioneer Park RAKE event 9am- 12 noon - click to register and participate with Amelia

October 11: Lunch:  Lori Osmond - “Situational Awareness and Empowerment”

October 18: Social:  Nathan Leischman - Craft Talk

October 25: Dinner Area 4 Foundation Dinner - Gold Miners Inn

November 1: District Governor Tina Spencer-Mulhern
  3:30pm Board meeting; 5:30pm Social

November 8 Lunch: Valerie Costa - Special Sections of The Union

November 15: Social Chris LaCentra:  GI JUNK

November 22: DARK Thanksgiving with loved ones

November 29: Fifth Thursday Dark

December 6: Holiday Party - TBD

December 13: Lunch

December 20: Social

December 27: DARK for Holidays

April 4:  Area Speech Contest 12 noon at Grass Valley Methodist Church

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

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

Special Dates

               Birthdays                                                    Anniversaries
Paul Boch 10/10   Nancy Kemp and Steve 10/12
Wally Krill 10/18     
Nancy Kemp 10/22    
Christine Newsom 10/30    
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, the meeting date will be on Mondays. Board Meetings are held on the third Wednesday 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 moving to 2nd Monday just this month because of Pres. Tom's travels and will be Monday October 15, 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.