Rotario September 20, 2018

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Social 5:30pm - Thursday September 20, 2018
Rotary Tech Made Easy at Ensemble Designs

Ensemble Designs, Inc. (Cafe on 2nd Floor)
870 Gold Flat Road Nevada City, CA 95959 map
(Just down from where Railroad Avenue runs into Gold Flat)

Ensemble Designs Field Trip for Rotary Tech Made Easy

Dennis Geare has been teaching the Rotary Tech Made Easy class at Club Leadership Assembly, Avenues of Service, PrePETS and AG training for the last few years.  For this week's offsite meeting at Ensemble Designs, Dennis and Robin are teaming up to bring the session home to our Club.  We encourage you to bring a laptop or mobile tablet/phone and your account login information.

Don't know your login and/or passwords??? Look for a separate personalized email with instructions on how to retrieve your passwords and account information.  If you did not receive an email and need the information, please reply to this email and Robin will send you instructions. 

Plus the REAL TREAT is Annette Geare is cooking for us again!!!!

President Tom is enjoying Cape Cod for a couple weeks but has not forgotten us ...

Notes from the Area 4 Foundation Dinner Committee Meeting

The Area 4 Rotary Clubs, of which we are one, will be holding the 2018 Foundation Dinner at the Gold Miners' Inn in Grass Valley on Thursday, October 25, starting at 6pm.    Our speaker is J.T. Capps, one of the most dynamic and entertaining of Rotary's inventory of superb dinner speakers!  Dinner will be by Antonio.  You can have Tri-tip, Salmon or Vegetarian, advance notice is necessary for vegetarian, so make your choice. It looks like we will be able to keep the cost down to $50 per person.  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.

Notes from the Road

Nearly became “The man who never returned” as all roads out of Boston are underground and GPS doesn’t work there.  Next time I’ll bring a map.  Managed to avoid the 70 gas explosions in Boston due to over pressurized gas lines.  The weather is great in Cape Cod, the beaches are fabulous, I wasn’t eaten by a shark but I have managed to eat a lobster or two.

Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning (SAEL)

Erica Crane, Principal of the Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning (SAEL) shared the magic of SAEL college preparatory high school. Expeditionary Learning started as a collaboration between Harvard Graduate School of Education and Outward Bound USA in 1991 with start-up funding by the New American Schools federal initiative. (Only the top 1% of proposals received funding). The model has spread across the country becoming an exceptional quality education movement.  Student incorporate meaningful hands-on projects and expeditions into their daily curriculum for ongoing real-life learning.

If you missed the session and the SAEL video, visit How is SAEL different or the Sierra Academy of Exdeditionary Learning website.

REGL Weekend

John Wilson was counselor for Rotary Eighth Grade Leadership (REGL) this past weekend.  His description: "I have one word for my experience, "inspiring". The camp was incredible and the 100 eighth graders were amazing. I highly recommend the experience to all, either as a counselor or as a participant. I wish I could have gone through something like that when I was in eighth grade. The best." 

A big heartfelt thank you and congratulations John -- for all you do for our youth and Club youth programs.

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.

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

John, Tom and Robin joined over 750 volunteers with South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) to clean up Deer Creek and the greater Yuba River watershed on Saturday.  John and Tom are pictured under the Broad Street bridge where they found a miners sluice box sans gold among lots of other junk and HUNDREDS of cigarette butts along the trail and off Hway 49 ramp.

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.

Upcoming Events:

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 - 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 -27: Los Barriless, 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
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.