Making a Difference Message from Cathy

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

This is it. The new Rotary year is less than a week away. It's time to tell the current President (of our Rotary Club) to "Take a Hike" and make way for a new leader. I can't believe I'm writing my last Rotario as your President. It has been a fast, fun, fantastic year and our Club truly rose to the theme of "Rotary - Making a Difference." I could go on and on about all we have done but you've heard it all before. So, I'm going to use this opportunity to leave you with a few Words of Wisdom that I've gleaned from my year as President of the Rotary Club of Nevada City, my miles on the trail and a few in italics that are pinched from my favorite philosopher Winnie the Pooh.

1. Be Prepared. OK, this one is from Governor Doug's and my Scouting backgrounds. But I've found out you can only prepare so much and then, it's anything goes once the meeting starts. So, prepare but when the unexpected occurs, embrace it because sometimes it turns out to be better than what was planned. It could be short notice on a meeting location, it could be a program speaker no-show or, as when backpacking one time, a trail closure due to a forest fire. Our meeting location change worked out well, our no-show speaker became an interesting program on Rotary and interesting places members have attended Rotary meetings, the trail closure resulted in an even better hike than planned. So - prepare and then prepare to be flexible!   "One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries."

2. You can carry the load by yourself but it is always easier and more fun to share it with others. I was worried about taking on the Presidency without a spouse or partner to help but, I forgot, I had more than 30 partners to help. Thank you all for making the burden light. Sometimes a member steps up and completes a task by themselves like Walt replacing the Rotary trail sign or Robin handling a last-minute meeting at the fair. It is great when members are willing to go it alone and get the job at hand done in time. But I'm sure you'll all agree, it's so much easier and more fun when we have a group whacking weeds or slinging pulled pork together! I have felt so supported throughout the year I don't know why I ever worried.  “And really, it wasn’t much good having anything exciting like floods, if you couldn’t share them with somebody.”  “It's so much more friendly with two.”

3.  Small actions can make big differences. A short, two-day project in Los Barriles, Mexico identified health problems in a number of children and adults who will now receive treatment. It may have seemed small to us, but to a child who will now receive corrective lens it will change a life. An elderly man with insanely high blood-pressure and blood-sugar will now receive proper medication. A high school student who attends RYLA this summer may take those life-altering skills learned with him or her into a career that changes the world. A quarter dropped in the Polio Boot can fund vaccinations for three children. Your presence and participation at meetings and work days can change the health of the club. A small action that made a big difference for me has been Ken Ching, without being asked, showing up early each meeting after we moved to the Trolley Junction to help set up. Then, afterwards he stays to help clean up. It may seem trivial but it made a huge impact on me. We are Rotary - Making a Difference.  "Sometimes, said Pooh, the smallest things take up the most room in your heart."

4. No matter what the destination, it begins by taking the first step and then the next. The first step on a trail is the start to the summit.That first step in a rewarding life of making a difference is becoming a Rotarian. If you are already a Rotarian it is in asking someone you know to join you on this journey. After that first step, it's another step along the path to bring a project to fruition. Our twinning with Astana, Kazakhstan didn't just magically happen. It was possible because Carolyn Feuille took that first step of planning the Open World exchange. Then she took another step in traveling to Kazakhstan to renew friendships and encourage a new Rotary club. Then she took the step of arranging a visit from their club President to our club. Some trips are short and some take much longer to arrive at the destination but they are all worth taking - especially as a group traveling the road together. I'm so glad all of you laced up your boots and took that first step with me this year. “When you see someone putting on his Big Boots, you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen.”

5.  Reaching the destination is exhilarating and bitter-sweet. Whether I've been on the trail for a few days or several weeks, I'm always anxiously awaiting the final mile but I also always feel sad that the hike is over. I feel the same way about this year. I'm eagerly anticipating Tom's presidency; yet I'm sad the year has drawn to an end so quickly. It has been an incredible journey with all of you. You have made my task easy and you have worked hard to give us a very successful year.

I have been truly blessed. "How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard." Not to the Club - just to the Presidency!

Upcoming Events:

June 28: Cathy's Demotion Party 5:30 evening at the Burke's Home!  No noon meeting.

July 1 - 7: Friendship Exchange with Lyazzat Alshinova, Pres. Astana Rotary

July 5: Social  Lyazzat Alshinova, Pres. Astana Rotary and Carolyn Feuille 

July 12: Noon  Tom Ryan--  Club Assembly:  Goals, Plans, and Objectives for the Year

July 18: 5:30pm Board Meeting - moved to Wednesday

July 19: Social:  John Christensen- History of the NCNG Railroad Museum

July 26 Noon: Susie and John Wilson--Sierra Foothills Village

July 27: The Children's Festival  9am-Noon and 5pm - 8pm

August 2: Social Annual Nevada County Fair Picnic

August 8 -12: All hands on deck at Nevada County Fair

August 16: Social Ben Emery:  Bareebo Project in Cambodia

Aug. 23- Lunch: Joe Scheimer--Background to the Vietnam War

August 29: Noon:  Field Trip to Madeline Helling Library- Virtual Reality Technology Experience, 980 Helling Way (Rood Center Complex), Nevada City

September 6: Social Amelia Barrett, Craft Talk

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

Special Dates

               Birthdays                                                    Anniversaries
Ken Ching 6/03      Dave and Gayle Denney            6/12  
Ron Knaus 6/09      Ron Knaus and Nancy              6/20  
Nicole Dillard 6/13      Michael Young and Karen         6/21  
Michael Young 6/17      Judy Soldavini and George       6/24  
Robin Milam 6/29    
President: Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
President-Elect: Tom Ryan
Past President: Walt Stickel
Secretary: Robin Milam
Treasurer: Trisha Dellis
Public Image: Michael Young & Robin Milam
Youth Service: John Wilson
Community Service: Carolyn Inglis
Sergeant at Arms: Tom Ryan
International Service: Carolyn Feuille
Vocational Service: Nicole Dillard
Foundation: Nicole Dillard
Membership: Stacy Drake
Program Chairs:  Nancy Kemp &
    Christine Newsom
ADG: Dennis Geare

For additional calendar events please visit the calendar at
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*Starting a new year with President Tom, the meeting date has moved to Wednesday. 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 will be Wednesday July 18, 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.