Rotario August 23, 2018

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Lunch Meeting - this Thursday August 23
Joe Scheimer--Background to the Vietnam War

Trolley Junction Restaurant at The Northern Queen
400 Railroad AvenueNevada City, CA 95959 Directions

This Week: Joe Scheimer - Background to the Vietnam War

Joe Scheimer Fellow Rotarian Joe Scheimer is a retired USAF Colonel who started his 24+ year Air Force career as a Forward Air Controller (FAC) directing air strikes against the enemy in the Vietnam War.  Joe will talk about the factors leading up to the Vietnam War as revealed in the Ken Burns documentary on The Vietnam War, and his involvement in that war.

Joe is a double graduate, bachelors & Masters, of Sacramento State University.  After his military career, he spent 20 years as an Investment Advisor in Gold River. Joe has been active in Rotary for 22+ years.  He has held many club and district positions, including President when his club won Best Medium Size Club in District 5180.  He has been an Assistant Governor twice.  He was involved in three wheelchair distributions, including one he led to Costa Rica.  He is a member of District 5180’s Triple Crown:  Major Donor, Bequest Society, & Paul Harris Society.

Last Week - David Emery, Bareebo Organization in Cambodia

If you missed last week’s meeting you missed an amazing presentation by David Emery, International Director of the Bareebo Organization.  David’s organization manufactures, installs and trains families in the use of the water cisterns and filters in rural areas of Cambodia.  David’s system provides an affordable rainwater collection and filtration system that provides a family with otherwise unobtainable drinking and household use water year round for about $400.00.  The system has a minimum 10-year life and makes an unbelievable difference in the quality of life for the families that receive these systems.

David is here as a representative of the Rotary Club of Pursat City, Cambodia and is spreading the word to other Rotary Clubs in the District.  David would like to collect enough money while here to fund his goal of providing 30 of his water collection and filter systems to 30 families in need in Cambodia.

Your Board Actions and Proposed Projects

At last night’s Board meeting we went over the budget and while our Club’s funds are fairly well committed for international projects this year if any of you would like to make and individual contribution to this project you have an opportunity to do that by contacting me and we will see that your contribution goes to the right place.

Speaking of opportunities, your board also pledged $500.00 to the Area 4 North Star House Garden Project.  If you’ll recall, just before the County Fair extravaganza kicked off, Adam Weiss of Grass Valley South, made a presentation at our mixer about the plans for the project to complete a Rotary Peace Garden at the North Star House.  The original ask was for $2,000.00 from each of the 5 clubs in Area 4.  The board determined that a $500.00 contribution is as far as finances would allow us to go. 

If this project is something that you have a passion for and would like to increase the contribution you should know that any money that you contribute will be matched by the District at a rate of 1.25:1.  We will all have additional opportunity to contribute to the project in the form of sweat equity as all clubs in the area will be scheduled for work days during the completion of the garden.

Treat Street Food for Thought

I would like to share with you all that during and after the fair that I have been approached by several club members expressing concern as to the viability of continuing with our fair booth effort.  While any decision as to whether to continue or discontinue with the fair booth will be a monumental decision for the Club, I do feel that this is a conversation that needs a good airing out.  I brought this up at the board meeting last night and there are lots of thoughts and opinions.  I would like to set up a time and a place in the near future for a thorough conversation to take place.  If you have any thoughts or suggestions on the subject feel free to contact me in person, on the phone or via e-mail. 

Coming September 8 Avenues of Service Seminar

There is an incredible seminar coming up September 8th in Reno from 8:30 – 3:30 if you’re interested in learning more about the Avenues Of Service and how best to serve.  The deadline is rapidly approaching and carpools are forming so follow the link and sign up now if you’d like to go.  And the good news is that there is money in the budget to pay your entry so there will be no cost to you. Our own Cathy W-B is chair of the Sergeant at Arms while Carolyn Feuille, Dennis Geare and Robin Milam will be facilitating various breakout sessions. 

Click for Avenues of Service Flyer ~ Avenues of Service is a Rotary day of Training for all Rotary Members.  A deeper dive into how to get things done in our Club and Community!  Inspiring new ways to be in action.  Design your own program from a smorgasbord of breakout sessions!

Click to watch video.

Next Week: Wednesday August 29, 1PM Field Trip

Next week has a "Fifth Thursday" of the month so we do not have a regularly scheduled meeting.  However, Program Chair Chris Newsom has arranged for a very special field trip to the Madeline Helling Library to have a Virtual Reality Technology Experience.  The Nevada County Library has implemented leading edge technology that is available to public.  Several years ago our Club had a fascinating visit to the library.  Since that time, Madeline Helling Library has added Virtual Reality Technology.  Are you wondering what Virtual Reality is?  Join us at 1:00pm on WEDNESDAY August 29 for a Virtual Reality Technology Experience at the library located at 980 Helling Way off Maidu Way in the Rood Center Complex, Nevada City.

Please note we will not be serving lunch!  You are on your own food wise. 

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:

August 23: Lunch: Joe Scheimer--Background to the Vietnam War

August 29 WEDNESDAY 1pm:  Field Trip to Madeline Helling Library- Virtual Reality Technology Experience, 980 Helling Way (Rood Center Complex), Nevada City - No lunch!

September 6:  Social Amelia Barrett, 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 20: Social Dennis Geare - Field trip to Ensemble Design of Rotary TechEasy Program

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

October 18: Social Nathan Leischman - Craft Talk

October 25: Dinner Area 4 Foundation Dinner

November 9 Lunch: Valerie Costa Special Sections of The Union

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
Cheryl Rellstab 8/01      Gil Gray and Dee                  8/22  
Dave Denney 8/20      Dan Becker and Carries         8/28  
         Jack Dinwiddie and Marty       8/31  
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
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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, 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.