Rotario - December 21, 2017

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Our last meeting of 2017 3rd Thursday Social Dec 21 5:30pm

Not too many years ago, our Rotary Club used to sing at each meeting. Allan Rogers always led us in a song. I miss singing each meeting. I can't sing (my voice would rival a cat in heat) but I love to sing, especially holiday songs. Not only does our Rotary Club not sing anymore but it seems like I haven't heard very many Christmas songs being played anywhere this year. Maybe it's because I haven't been down to the Mall or any big department stores. Maybe I haven't been listening to the right radio stations. I don't know why I haven't heard very many but it's been causing me some serious Christmas song withdrawal this holiday season.

But, fear not because Nancy and Chris have a solution for this problem. This Thursday night when we meet for our Mixer, it will be a fun, sing-along. So, invite your spouse and friends, come on down to the National, order a Tom and Jerry or a Hot Toddy or whatever else you'd like from Joanie and join us in a round of Deck the Halls, Jingle Bells or maybe even Grandma Got Run Over By a Logging Truck. Even if you don't sing it will be fun listening to me try!

Susie Monary-Wilson and John Wilson proposed as New Members

Susan "Susie" Monary-Wilson and John Wilson have attended a number of recent Club meetings and have met with President Cathy and Membership Chair Stacy Drake.  The Board has approved their membership proposal with Carolyn Feuille as their sponsor.  Susie was formerly a member of the Rotary Club of Berkeley during her time working as Customer Service manager for the City of Berkeley Finance Department.

Per our Club Bylaws, if no written objection to the proposal, stating reasons, is received by the board from any member of the club within seven (7) days following this publication about the prospective member, that person, upon payment of the admission fee as prescribed in these bylaws shall be considered to be elected to membership.  The deadline for feedback is 12/26/2017.

'Tis the season for love ...

Holidays are a time for celebrating, a time when the generosity in our hearts is tapped in many special ways, and it is a time of tenderness especially when we lose ones we love dearly.  To John Hensley we are sending you a special bundle of love wrapped in gentle hugs. To Sandra, we send prayers for continued speedy recovery.   

Tuesday night is the 8th night of Chanukah ~ Chanukah cheer to all who have been celebrating this week.

Ho Ho Ho thanks to Carla and John Burke, Judy Soldavini, Cathy and all!

I don't know about anyone else but I had a great time at the Holiday Party. Good food, good conversation, fun games, or at least I thought they were. Of course, we were going by the 3-Way Test, not the 4-Way test that night. 1) Is it fun - yes; 2) Will anyone get hurt (no one did); 3) Will anyone find out - only those reading this Rotario!

Seeing some of our blindfolded members trying to pin the nose on the snowman was funny already but listening to their fellow Rotarians calling out instructions that, at the least, were not very helpful was a hoot!  Who knew there were so many directions someone could go "to your left - no you other left!". 

Carla and John Burke's house was such a wonderful, inviting setting with a twinkle-light studded driveway,  a fire pit, outdoor heaters, indoor fire in the fireplace and enough food to feed an army. Carla was up until 4:00 a.m. doing the final touches. Judy Soldavini pulled off her usual magic with food, dishware, tables and linens. She also helped Carla with setup and cleanup (day before and after). Walt Stickel put together a fantastic slide show that played on the big screen throughout the evening and also found time to rustle up the drinks, ice and tubs. Thank you all for starting my Holiday Season off so cheerfully!

Holiday Party!

And a special shout out to Cathy for all the DELICIOUS desserts you baked for us!!!!

Daffodils in Penzance Park

As you know our theme this year is: "Rotarians - Making a Difference."  On Thursday, December 14th, a group of Nevada City Rotarians met at Penzance Park to continue our beautification project. Ken Ching, Judy Soldavini, John and Carla Burke, Walt and Sandy Stickel, Robin Milam, Tom Ryan and yours truly President Cathy planted 325 daffodil bulbs. We also planted hyacinth bulbs donated by Chris Newsom. We got thanks from neighbors and passersby who were so appreciative for the work we've done so far. Keep an eye on this once-neglected little plot of land at the corner of Sacramento and Adams Streets in Nevada City. This Spring it will be beautiful as the bulbs burst into color and we continue Making a Difference in Nevada City for all those who drive or walk by.

SAVE THE DATE - January 13, 2018 

400 Free Trees

Speaking of planting, you may know that Rotary International President Ian Riseley set a goal of planting a tree for every Rotarian. That's a lot of trees! To meet the goal for our local clubs, the Area 4 Rotary Clubs are joining together in a "tree giveaway" on January 13, 2018. We will give 400 Ponderosa Pine trees away in a drive-through event at The Union. Each of the five clubs need to provide 3 volunteers to help with traffic control, greeting, tree handling and more. Our own Ron Knaus is helping prepare a brochure about the care and handling of trees so we have the best chance of a high survival rate. Watch this space for more information in the coming weeks.

SAVE THE DATE - Rotary Leadership Institute, January 20, 2018

Area 4 & 5 Rotary Leadership Institute I in Auburn.  A great opportunity both for individual Rotarians and for Club teams to spend a powerful day exploring key elements of leadership.  Watch for details -

Saturday January 20, 2018
8:30am - 3:30pm.

Location: Ceronix
13350 New Airport Rd.
Auburn, CA 95602

Person to contact: Stacy L. Graham
Phone: (530) 559-6928

SAVE THE DATES: April 19 - 24 Los Barriles Clean Water Project

Los Barilles, Mexico Project 2018:  Our work in the Los Barilles area of Baja Sur, Mexico for school dormitories is complete.  Next we’ll be helping with the clean water project and maybe cleaning a community park in Los Barilles.  Details coming in January.

We will plan to depart on April 19, work on April 20-22 and play on April 23, return home on the 23rd or 24th.

This is a low-cost, fun and very rewarding service project that is well organized and just needs you.  Yes, YOU!

Treats and Hosts for Girls Who Code 

Nancy Kemp is taking over coordination of hosts and refreshments and now has the signup form.  This year's program continues through the Spring and we have openings for you if you are looking to treat yourself by treating the girls to refreshments one or more times this winter and spring.  It is a fabulous way for you to be personally involved supporting the program.   The girls certainly appreciate the snacks ~ it is good to offer something sweet, something salty, including something filling.  Old reliables include chips, granola bars, juice drinks, cupcakes, pretzels, brownies, bagels, etc. If you have not signed up for a slot, please contact Nancy.  Many thanks to those who volunteer to bring snacks!

GWC club meets in the library at Seven Hills Middle School, starting at 3:30 pm on Tuesdays. When bringing snacks, please arrive by 4:15 for 4:30 serving. Snacks are served in the covered patio just outside the library, while the weather stays fair, and in the Teacher’s Lounge when the weather turns foul. Seven Hills Middle School is at 700 Hoover Lane, opposite SPD Market off the far end of Brock Rd. From the main parking lot, go through the open hallway past the central office. The library and patio are just outside the hallway. 

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.

Area 4 Doing Business with Rotarians Directory

Interested in doing business with fellow Rotarians?  Check out the newly updated our Area 4  Rotarians Doing Business with Rotarians Directory. Is your business missing from the directory?  Click to Submit your business or professional service.  You may also use this link to remove your entry if appropriate.

Upcoming Events:

December 21: Mixer Good Cheer together - NC Rotary singers!


January 4: Mixer  Eddie Maria:  Blessings in a Backpack

January 11: Lunch Don Rivenes from Nevada County Climate Change Coalition: Nevada City City Council’s recent resolution supporting a goal of 100% renewable energy

January 13: Area Wide Tree Giveaway - The Union parking lot

January 18: Mixer Carla Burke Craft Talk

January 20: Rotary Leadership Institute, Area 3-4-5; 8:30am - 3:30pm.

January 25: Lunch JoAnn Marie - Grand Jury

February 1: LUNCH:  Club Music Contest MOVED TO LUNCH!!!

February 8: Lunch Buzz Crouch - Child Advocates

February 15: Mixer

February 22: Lunch Lynn Woerner--Kare Crisis Nursery

Mar 1: Mixer

Mar 8: Noon Chris Newsom--The Five Wishes Advance Directive

April 7:  2018 Club Leadership Assembly The Nuggett in Sparks

April 19 - 24: Los Barriles, Baja - Clean Water Project Project days April 20-22

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

Special Dates

               Birthdays                                                     Anniversaries
Bob Buhlis 12/30  Dave Bunje and Janet 12/12
     Paul Boch and Sonja 12/29
President: Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
Past President: Walt Stickel
Secretary: Robin Milam
Treasurer: Trisha Dellis
Public Image: Michael Young & Robin Milam
Youth Service: Dave Bunje
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
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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*Board Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of the month at 5:30pm at John Hensley's Recreation Realty/Nevada County Properties office at 432 Broad St. Nevada City. Our next will be Monday January 15 with Pres Cathy!  All club members are encouraged to attend a meeting. Location subject to change, please ask.

Rotary Club of Nevada City — Established October 3, 1935
Meets second and fourth Thursdays at Noon at the National Hotel
AND first and third Thursdays which are at 5:30PM — 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.