Rotario - Valentine's Day, 2019

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday, February 14, 2019 Valentine's Day Lunch 12:15pm
Feed Your Appetite for Hungry Games!

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

Last Week - Tax Strategies and Creative Ways to Raise $ for Nevada City Foundation!

Many thanks to our Nevada City Rotary Foundation Board for their informative presentation last week about our foundation’s history, current status and where we can go from here and how you can help. While John and Nathan along with Foundation President Nicole dealt with the nuts and bolts of foundation operations board member Carolyn Inglis walked us through the most painless way to give to the foundation by showing us how to sign up for Amazon Smile and direct a contribution from Amazon to our foundation.  That contribution will be a percentage of every purchase you make through Amazon with no increased cost to you.  Try this link if you haven’t signed up yet.

Amazon Smile

Do you shop SPD Market?  You can also signup for eScript and have a portion of your purchases go to our Club!  Like AmazonSmile, a contribution is made to our Club Foundation with every purchase you make with NO ADDITIONAL cost to you.   A BIG THANK YOU to SPD Market for so generously participating in this program.

This Week - Valentines Day and Hungry Games

This week’s lunch meeting is Valentines Day so please bring your sweetheart to lunch to celebrate the day with them and a few of your best friends.  There will also be a presentation by our fearless Hungry Games leader Michael on where we are, what we still need to do and how you can help make this inaugural fundraiser for next year’s budget a success. 

A reminder to all, if you have sold any raffle tickets or entry tickets for The Hungry Games event please bring the completed ticket stubs and money received to the meeting and hopefully check out some more tickets. Questions on selling tickets?  Visit Hungry Games ticketing instructions.

And a reminder to the Hungry Games committee, there will be a committee meeting at 11:00 o’clock ahead of our regular club meeting. 

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW for Nevada City Rotary's all new HUNGRY GAMES!

Let your friends and neighbors in on the fun and the great odds on our Raffle!!!

Hungry Games 2019 Flyer

The event will be at Miners Foundry, Sunday afternoon March 10, 2019 from 5 - 8pm.

Ken Ching at daffodill plantingCheckout the February Nevada City Advocate (pg 3 &5) and The Union ~ Plan ahead for Rotary's Hungry Games for great stories thanks to Michael!

Speaking of the Advocate, we have royalty in our Club!  Congrats to Stacy Drake ~ Queen of this year's Mardi Gras Pararde along with King Dave Robinson (and fellow 49er Rotarian). The parade begins on Broad St, Nevada City at 2pm this Sunday February 17.

January Rotarian of the Month - Ken Ching

Congratulations to Ken for being named the Rotarian Of The Month for his continued dedication to showing up early to every meeting to set up and prepare the room for our meeting and then staying after to put it all away.  Ken has also turned up at every workday opportunity the club has offered to lend a hand and support our community efforts to enrich the lives of everyone in our community.  I am most grateful to have joined a Rotary Club that has Ken in it.

CORRECTION!  850 not 350 Bulbs added to Penzance Park!!!

Head beautification gardener Cathy corrected us last week in that we had GROSSLY understated the planted bulp count. We had great fun planting another 850 bulbs in Penzance Park ... that is 500 more that the stated 350!  We will be dancing through daffodils, hyacinths, and crocuses soon!!!

Watch this space for flowers popping out all over Penzance Park!

ACME and ARES Robotics Sponsor Night

Tonight is the gathering for the ACME and ARES Robotics Sponsor night so come on out and join in the fun at NU and see their robots in action and try your hand at operating them yourself. ACME and ARES Robotics Sponsor Night on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 5:30-7:00 pm.  Place: Nevada Union High School, Room G13

See the map to find Building G at Nevada Union High School. The event is in Room G13 at NU.

ACME Robotics

Click for printable flyer and NU map

Area Wide Community Awards Night March 20, 2019

The second Annual Area Wide Community Awards Night will be held March 20, 2019 at the Foothill Event Center.  There will be three candidates selected for each of the three categories of awards:  Citizen of the Year Award, the Lowell Robinson Business of the Year Award and the Volunteer of the Year Award. Join us for a very special evening!

Los Barriles is fast approaching!

Nevada City Rotary is finalizing plans for our fourth trip to Los Barriles with 15 Rotarians and guests!  What a great trip.  Again we will partner with our Los Barriles Twin Club on a very special project.  See Carolyn Feuille if you are interested in going but have not signed up yet!

Project focus: This year's team is going to a number of schools on Friday and Saturday to do vision and wellness screenings in partnership with East Cape Community Vision Center in Los Barriles. This will enable East Cape Community Vision Center's medical staff to prescribe and fabricate eye glasses with corrective lenses. 

For fun: Work includes play too! Chris and Christine Geyer will again host a welcome dinner for all participants; on Sunday go to the beach/swim, outings in off-road vehicles/ATV’s, local tourism, shopping, and getting to know your counterparts in the Los Barriles club

Dates: March 21 travel day, March 22-23 work days at the Vision Center, March 24 R & R day with explorations, shopping, the beach, etc.  Return home March 25 or 26 (return in time to participate in the Area music contest March 27).

Want to support this project?  Whether you are traveling with the group or not, if you would like to make your own monetary contribution to the project, please give your check to Nicole and make it out to: The Rotary Club of Nevada City Foundation.  

Girls Who Code at Seven Hills

Girls Who Code program continues into the new year. The girls love our healthy snacks.  Please signup with Nancy Kemp to serve as host and/or bring healthy snacks a week or more for Girls Who Code participants. If you haven’t done it before, Nancy has great instructions on what to serve.  It is another incredible opportunity to become involved and participate with the youth in our community.

Area 4 Business/Professional Services Directory

The Rotary District 510 Area 4 Business/Professional Services Directory has been updated as of January 2019.  Click Rotary District 510 Area 4 Business/Professional Services Directory to download a printable copy.  Doing business with fellow Rotarians is just one example of Vocational Service in action!

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:

February 13:  Wednesday 5:30-7:00pm  ACME and ARES Robots Sponsor Night, NU High School ~ G13

February 14 Lunch:  Valentine's Day! Feed your Appetite for Hungry Games!

February 21 Social: Ramona Howard, Nevada County T.V.

February 28 Lunch: President Tom- Club Assembly

March 10: 5 pm - 8 pm:  Hungry Games Club Fundraiser - Miners Foundry

March 14 Lunch:  Club Speech Contest

March 19: RYLA Interviews 8am-12 noon at Nevada Union High School; 1-4pm at Bear River

March 20, 2019 Area Wide Community Awards Night

March 21 - 25: Los Barriles, Baja Mexico Project trip

March 27:  Area Music Contest evening at Peace Lutheran Church

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

April 6:  Club Leadership Assembly The Nuggett, Sparks NV

May 16 - 19: Rotary 4-Way Fest Conference Peppermill, Reno NV - D5190 one of 4 Districts together.

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

Special Dates


Two for - February 2!!!

Judy Soldavini 2/2   Carolyn Inglis and Mike 2/12
Carolyn Inglis 2/2   Allan Rogers and Betty 2/18

Club Leadership

President: Tom Ryan 
President-Elect: Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
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, Board Meetings are held on the third Monday 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 Monday February 18, 2019.   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.