Rotario September 13, 2018

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Lunch 12:15pm - Thursday September 13, 2018
Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning

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

Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning (SAEL)

Join us this week as Dean, John Parkhouse, and Erica Crane, Principal of the Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning (SAEL) introduce themselves and their school as we explore opportunities for partnership.

SAEL just moved into the Nevada City Elementary building this fall. Want an advance look at their approach as a college preparatory charter school?  Watch their video:

Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning

A glance at Last Week and what's coming up ...

One of our newer members, but long time supporter, all round go to guy to get something fixed or just lend a hand, Tom (Bink) Milam, gave us a glimpse into the adventure that has been his life so far in last week’s craft talk.  From being born in South America and raised in Saudi Arabia to high school in Rome, college, scuba diving. Air Force, work, life and his ultimate accomplishment, meeting and marrying Robin, Tom’s life has certainly been an adventure.  We are most grateful that Tom has joined our ranks and honored that the Nevada City Rotary is his home Club. He and Robin are the perfect dynamic duo and together they are our gift that never stops giving.

Cathy at 6:30am ready to start the day at AOSThe other half of the duo, Robin, spent her Saturday blazing a trail to Reno with Cathy, Dennis and Carolyn F. to put on the district wide Avenues of Service training seminar.  The reports are that it was a stellar event and not only did Robin arrange for perfect weather and a flock of hot-air balloons greeting everyone, she spent a good part of the day running from one “I need your help” to another.  The really good news is that when called and Robin shows up that help truly has arrived.  Dennis led two breakout sessions and Carolyn was a star leading her sessions giving insights into Friendship exchanges and Twin Clubs.  Cathy took on the roll of Sargent At Arms for the day and organized the local Boy Scouts who had volunteered for the event into a well-oiled machine giving guidance and directions to anyone needing an assist to get to where they needed to be.  A big thanks to Robin, Cathy, Dennis and Carolyn for representing us so well.  All in all a perfect Rotary day and we are all so proud of our small but mighty Rotary Club and its wide range of talent that supports our District.

Be sure to turn out for our lunch meeting this week and engage with the leadership of the Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning and help build the bridge of interaction and friendship between our two incredible organizations.

The delightful Susan Brunell has kidnapped me and we will be spending the next ten days in Cape Cod and miss the next two meetings.  Have no fear as Immediate Past President Cathy will be at the helm at this week's ASEL meeting and Robin will be driving the bus the following week when Dennis takes us on a road trip to Ensemble Design for some lessons on how to get around with Rotary Tech on your computer

Ensemble Design - Rotary Tech 

For next week's offsite meeting at Ensemble Design, Dennis needs a head count for meals.  Please let Dennis or Robin (by reply to this Rotario email) know if you are coming!  This will be a hands on technology session so plan to bring your computers or mobile devices!

Have a great couple of weeks and I’ll be seeing you soon.

Spreading Rotary around the world, one new member at a time:

After our Open World program with a delegation from Kazakhstan exactly three years ago, we have formed a new relationship with the Astana Rotary Club and kept in touch with the delegates. One of them, Elina Aktiyarova, served as the delegation’s cultural facilitator from the US Embassy to help the group with translation, cross-cultural understanding, and logistics for their travel. Just this week she became a member of the Astana Rotary Club.  In the photo she’s standing with the Past President, Lyazzat Alshinova who visited with us this July. A very warm welcome to Elina and go Rotary International!!

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 signup and support this very special program.

Upcoming Partnership Events:

SYRCL's Annual Clean Up - on Miner's Trail

Don't forget to sign up for the Miner’s Trail clean up (listed as Deer Creek Downtown Nevada City) on September 15 as a part of SYRCL’s Annual Clean Up.

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.

Upcoming Events:

September 13: Lunch: John Parkhouse, Dean of Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning and Erica Crane, Principal of SAEL

September 15:  SYRCL River Clean Up - 9:00am Nevada City Rotary at Miners Trail. Volunteer picnic in Pioneer Park at 1pm

September 20: Social Dennis Geare - Field trip to Ensemble Design of Rotary TechEasy Program - BRING YOUR COMPUTER

September 27: Lunch:  PDG Dave Bianchi - A Story to Tell, The story of polio and Rotary’s role in eradicating this dreaded disease

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

November 1: District Governor Tina Spencer-Mulhern

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

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

Special Dates

               Birthdays                                                    Anniversaries
Cathy Wilcox-Barnes 9/03      Carolyn Feuille and Bob      9/04  
Dave Bunje (across the miles) 9/08      Walt Stickel and Sandy       9/09  
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, 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.