Rotario September 27, 2018

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Lunch 12:15pm - Thursday September 27, 2018
PDG David Bianchi : A Story to Tell ~ The story of Polio

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

PDG David Bianchi : A Story to Tell ~ The story of Polio and Rotary's role in eradicating this dreaded disease

Join us as Past District Governor Dave Bianchi expands on the story of Polio and Rotary's pivotal role in eradicating polio around the world.  Dave is currently serving as the District 5190 Polio Plus Chair and offers an informed perspective. A long time active Rotarian, Dave is Past President of the Rotary Club of Reno (1989-90)   He is also a past Youth Exchange Chair, Youth Services Chair, Foundation Chair and Rotary Leadership Institute Chair for the district. He and Lois, an Honorary Rotarian, are major donors, members of the Paul Harris Society and the Bequest Society.

He is a past Trustee of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, past president of the Reno Estate Planning Council, and past chair to the University of Nevada’s Planning Giving Council.  He also is a founder of the Truckee Meadows Boys and Girls Club, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful, KNPB-public television and the College of Business Alumni Association.  He is currently the president of the Education Alliance of Washoe County.

Aligned with our End Polio Now focus, Robin highly recommends reading To Play Again - A Memoir by Carol Rosenberger.  An accomplished pianist, at the age of twenty-one Carol contracted paralytic polio while she was studying with a world renowned pianist in France.  Polio ravagingly attacked her "piano-playing" muscles. To Play Again is Carol's courageous, inspiring story of determination and resiliency to learn to compensate and reclaim her skills to become a world-acclaimed pianist.  Her story is a bold reminder of how devastating a disease polio is, how it has affected the lives of many Americans, and how imperative it is that we eradicate polio around the world!  Published 2018, available on

We will also welcome back President Tom since he has returned safely from his sojourn to Boston and Cape Cod.

Thank you Dennis and Annette Geare and Ensemble Designs

Through a hands-on training for a small cadre of Club members, Dennis Geare made our District and Rotary International websites easily more accessible. Dennis has taught Rotary Tech Made Easy class at Club Leadership Assembly, Avenues of Service, PrePETS and AG training for the last few years. Thank you Dennis.

And a BIG THANK YOU to Annette Geare who cooked up a fabulous batch of jambalaya and polenta!!!

You missed a delicious treat if you missed the meeting!!!!

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.

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:

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 - 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
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.