Rotario September 6, 2018

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Social Mixer 5:30pm - Thursday September 6, 2018

Craft talk by Tom Milam
Trolley Junction Restaurant at The Northern Queen
400 Railroad Avenue, Nevada City, CA 95959 Directions

Welcome to September or in Rotary terms Basic Education and Literacy Month.

We start the month off being educated by our very own and very literate Tom Milam with his craft talk at this Thursday’s mixer.  Come a little early if you can as there will be a slight change to the regular meeting format and with any luck we will start the meeting exactly on time and Tom’s craft talk will start promptly thereafter.  The reason for the hurry up and start is that I’ve heard from several members that they have a conflicting meeting on Thursday, and they would like to leave early.  I will do my best to keep the meeting moving along so that those that wish to leave early can do so without being rude to our speaker.

Staying on theme next week’s speakers are the Dean, John Parkhouse, and the Principal, Erica Crane, of the Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning (SAEL).  They will be introducing themselves and their school to us and informing us on their very successful and unique educational program.   Please come and hear about this school, as they are very high on the list in our search for an Interact Club.

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

And for even more school involvement, Nancy Kemp will be bringing a signup sheet for Girls Who Code at Seven Hills.  Nancy has made all of the necessary contacts and we are set to help out with the club and provide snacks.  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.

The following week our education continues with a field trip led by Dennis Geare to Ensemble Design with lessons on Rotary Tech Made Easy.  If you don’t believe that tech can be easy come on out and watch Dennis show you how.  If you already know how let Dennis show you how to navigate the tech of Rotary.

We are setting up for another great month and after being 5th Thursday dark last week I can’t wait to get back together with all of my best friends.

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 6:  Social Tom Milam, Craft Talk

September 8: Saturday - Avenues of Service Seminar - District Wide, Reno

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

September 15:  SYRCL River Clean Up - Nevada City Rotary at Miners Trail.

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 LaCentra:  GI JUNK

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

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 September 10, 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.