Vocational Service encourages Rotarians to serve others through their vocations and to practice high ethical standards.

Dave RobinsonSince 1999, the Rotary Club of Nevada City has partnered with the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce to present the Business Person of the Year Award. This honor recognizes a local businessperson for operating their business according to the characteristics of Rotary’s Four Way Test. By encouraging local businesses to act in an ethical and community-conscience way, the ideals of Rotary are promoted in the community. January 2015, Dave Robinson of Dave's Auto Repair was recognized as the Business Person of the Year.

Another way to promote Rotary’s principles is through scholarships. The Drew Reynolds Memorial Scholarship was established in the memory of a past president’s son, Drew Reynolds. When Drew was killed tragically in 2004, he had been going to college classes part-time for nine years, while working full-time at UPS and raising a young family. He was expecting to obtain a college degree the year he died. The scholarship is awarded to a Nevada County resident seeking a college degree at one of the Sierra College campuses. To be eligible for the $2,000 renewable scholarship, the person must be living with dependents, must be enrolled in at least two classes, and must have good grades. Once awarded, the recipient can renew for the scholarship for up to four years.

For the first Thursday of each month, Nevada City Rotary holds a Merchant Mixer Social at 5:30PM in the bar of the historic National Hotel with a $5.00 ‘cover charge’ for appetizers and a cash bar. Members are encouraged to bring spouses and friends. We showcase a local business owner who gives a presentation. Club business is minimized to allow significant time for members to network and brainstorm as well as preserve time for the Merchant Showcase presentation. 

Service Projects

  • Drew Reynolds Memorial Scholarship
  • Business Person of the Year
  • Dictionary Project
  • Tools for School