Rotario - April 11, 2019

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday, April 11, 2019
12:00pm Lunch - Mindy Oberne and Grass Valley Free Health Care Clinic

Trolley Junction at Northern Queen Hotel
400 Railroad Avenue, Nevada City

This Week - Mindy Oberne and Grass Valley Free Health Care Clinic

Local artist and health care advocate, Mindy Oberne will present plans for the 2020 Grass Valley Free 2-day Health Care Clinic. United Way of Nevada County will be hosting the Free 2-day Health Care Clinic along with California CareForce in January 2020! Over a two-day period, hundreds of patients will receive medical, dental and vision services free of charge. Click here for more information on how to donate to the cause or volunteer for the clinic.

Organizers say the estimated number of 1,000-plus patients is the result of an increasing number of people who lack access to proper health care. Organizers hope to ramp up fundraising, outreach efforts and recruitment of medical staff with the goal of doubling the number of patients treated at the 2015 event.

       Grass Valley Free Health Care Clinic

Last Week: Area 4 Speech Contest

Amina Federspeil-Otlea, a student at Ghidotti Early College High School in Grass Valley will represent Area 4 at the District Conference in Reno on May 18.  An amazing group of intelligent, talented students who had been selected from local Club contests competed in the Area 4 Speech Contest last week. A big thank you to John Wilson and Nathan Leishman for chairing and coordinating this years Area contests.

Celebrating Leadership at CLA

Congratulations and a BIG THANK YOU to President Tom and PE Cathy for your leadership of our Club.  They were recognized in the Parade of Presidents and Club Leadership Assembly.  We had a great team participating with Carol Feuille, who also presented in the International Services Breakout Session, Walt who served as SAA, Tom Milam who provided AV support for the Breakout Sessions, Nathan Leishman, and Robin who served as CLA Chair joined Tom and Cathy.  Cathy went above and beyond assisting the AV crew gaffing the wires and cables Friday night in addition to serving as SAA. 

Rotary 4-Way Fest Conference Peppermill Resort - Reno May 17-19!

Click for Rotary 4-Way FestDistrict 5190 will join 3 other districts to hold our annual District Conference in Reno on May 17 - 19. Please check with the website to register - - or go to our district site - For our golfers, there is a separate online  registration for you! The golf package is $90 and you may add the Golf BBQ for $10 plus a $5 administration fee. Non-golfers maybe added for the BBQ at $25 per person. This conference will have the following speakers: Dave Dravecky, SF Giants Pitcher and cancer survivor - Friday night speaker; Lisa Kristine of Bound to Freedom and Jon Kaufman of H2Open Doors - Saturday Breakfast; CA State Senator Mike McGuire - Saturday Lunch presenter;  Past RI President Ron Burton - Saturday Dinner presenter; and Jim Marggraff speaking on "What will it mean to be a global citizen in 2050' at Sunday brunch.

Saturday will host a full slate of Breakout Sessions plus our Speech and Music contest finalists will be chosen. Extra events in a motorcycle ride and a walk to support Polio Plus and a Feed the Hungry hands on project. BUT time is running out, many of these items are reservation only and space is running out! Act now, go to

Congratulations Stacy Drake and Dave Robinson!

Stacy and Dave

In Sympathy for Gil Gray

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Gilbert (Gil) Gray on March 8, 2019.  Gil was a long time member of our Club and a proud Rotarian.  Gil's daughter Kimberly has invited anyone who knew her father to join family and friends at a Celebration of Life to be held at the Goldminer's Inn in downtown Grass Valley at 1 PM, Saturday May 4th, 2019. Our condolences to Gil's family and loved ones.

Bulbs watch continues at Penzance Park

Over the last few years we have planted 1,500 or so bulbs at Penzance Park.  We will be dancing through daffodils, hyacinths, and crocuses soon!!!

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

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:

April 11: Lunch Mindy Oberne and the Grass Valley Free medical clinic

April 18: Social  Carolyn Feuille - South American trip

April 25: Lunch Erin Lewis- Update on National Exchange Hotel reconstruction

May 2: Social John and Susie Wilson-  NEW ZEALAND TRAVEL MEMORIES

May 9: Lunch Michelle Ogaidi and Forest Charter School REGL Students

May 16: Social  The Higher Commitment Analytic Lab with Michael Kepic and Dr. Robert Goldman

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

May 30: 5th Thursday DARK

June 23: Rotary Heritage Garden Ribbon Cutting at the North Star House

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

Special Dates


"No Foolin" Walt Stickel 4/1     
John Hensley 4/11    

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.

The Fine Print

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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 April 15, 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.