Rotario - February 22, 2018

Dear Rotarians and Friends,


Trolley Junction Restaurant at The Northern Queen
400 Railroad Avenue
, Nevada City, CA 95959
Lunch Meeting - 12:15pm  

For years we celebrated Abraham Lincoln's birthday on February 12 and George Washington's on February 22nd. Now, "Presidents' Day" seems to float around to whichever Monday gives people a three-day holiday. This year that falls on February 19th. Well, I've decided I'm going to use this week to celebrate Nevada City Rotary Club Presidents - Past and Future! I want to thank all of you who have served as Presidents; guiding and nurturing our Club throughout the years. Some of those years have been real challenges, to be sure, but every person who has served our Club has used their skills to steer us through the rough times, cheer us through the struggles and always lead us through with laughter and fellowship. For the Presidents of the future, Tom Ryan our President-Elect and the men and women who will ably follow in his footsteps, I thank you for your willingness to be involved and to take on this important task. We can't do it without you (and that means each and every member of our Club who should seize the opportunity to be President). My hat is off to all of you this Presidents' Day. In my book you are all right up there with Lincoln and Washington in Making a Difference.

This Week - Lynn Woerner KARE Crisis Nursery at Trolley Junction

KARE Crisis Nursery of Nevada County provides safe, nurturing care for small children of families experiencing a stressful situation. KARE Crisis Nursery offers 24 hour respite care in emergencies. Children from birth through age 6 can be placed in the KARE Crisis Nursery as needs define while parents receive support to resolve a stressful situation. Lynn Woerner is the Executive Director of the KARE Crisis Nursery in Grass Valley.  She has lived in this community for over 56 years, and can’t imagine living anywhere else. 

Trolley Junction

I want to give a special shout-out to Dennis Geare and John Hensley for arranging the meeting place for last week's mixer and this week's meeting. The Trolley Junction (TJ) rolled out the red carpet for us and I think everyone will agree it was a great venue. Your Relocation Committee continues to work diligently to find us a long-range home and the TJ certainly checked off a lot of the boxes. We still have a couple of other options to explore and we will keep you advised on where we'll be. Hopefully we will be able to announce a "permanent" home soon. In the meantime see you at Trolley Junction this week at lunch and give Dennis and John a big "thank you." 

Speaking of John Hensley, he had emergency surgery today to remove his appendix and I'm sure he would appreciate a card or two to cheer him up! John we're sending "get well" vibes your way!

Upcoming Rotary Events

Please read your Rotario carefully and consider registering for one or all of the great opportunities coming up to gather with Rotarians from throughout District 5190 for inspirational speakers, great training and all around fun and fellowship. Club Leadership Assembly will be held April 7th at the Nugget in Reno and is for ALL Club Members. Our own Robin Milam has been busy planning this event again this year. If you attended last year you know it was the best we ever had had and I'm confident with a the theme "Be the Inspiration" she will outdo herself this year. She is an inspiration to all of us!  Click to Register for CLA Now!

For a printable flyer and quick reference guide, click CLA 2018 Flyer and Guide

May 18-20th we have our District Conference "Camp Atlantis" coming. Registration is now open on the District 5190 website. Click to Register for Conference now! It's never too early to make your reservation for the Conference or the Hotel if you are staying overnight. Our Board is planning some special incentives. More details will follow in an upcoming Rotario.

Celebrating Tom Coleman and The National Hotel

At last week's social, Nevada City Rotary celebrated Tom Coleman’s 80th birthday with his partner Ernie Kehn.  Cathy led a qroup quiz on The National Hotel trivia, shared memories, stories and history of The National Hotel! After 39 years as its longest owner, Tom has sold The National. Club members contributed to a painting of the National by a local artist as a gift for Tom. Nevada City Rotary held its February 15 Social Mixer at Trolley Junction.

Area Wide Special Community Awards Ceremony

On March 28 we are partnering with Area 4 Rotary Clubs to host an Area Wide Community Awards Ceremony at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. We will be honoring a Business of the Year, a Citizen of the Year and a Volunteer of the Year.

Rotary Community Awards Event

The Awards Dinner will be held on the evening of March 28 with a 5:30pm social hour, 6:15 dinner and 7pm awards program.  For details and tickets go to

Club Leadership Assembly - Saturday April 7 The Nugget

Rotary 2018-19 Theme

On April 7, 2018 we have our District Wide Club Leadership Assembly at the Nugget in Sparks. A day of learning, sharing and strategizing for a quick launch of off our new Rotary year.  For newer members, Club Leadership Assembly is a great way to learn more about Rotary and to meet Rotarians from across our District.  For Club Committee Chairs and Board Members, Assembly is a great way to develop new skills and insights especially about your role/committee, to exchange creative ideas about what other Clubs are doing to revitalize and make a difference, and to strategize as a team in a setting that is looking ahead to the coming year.  

Click to Register Now!

For a printable flyer and quick reference guide, click CLA 2018 Flyer and Guide

Rotary District 5190 Conference 2018 

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - Sunday, May 20, 2018

District Conference - Camp Atlantis

Click to download District Conference Schedule at a Glance

Los Barriles April 19-24

It looks like we have a good sized, fun-loving group heading down to Los Barriles to help on our International Service project in April. There is still time for people to make reservations and join us for this worth-while time of work and bonding with our partner club in Mexico. It is always so rewarding to see how appreciated our efforts are and how our contributions can help in so many ways to Make a Difference.

We always have fun while participating in life-changing projects Chris Geyer and John Hensley spearhead.  Current plans are for the group to volunteer at the East Cape Health Center in Los Barriles. 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! 

Ask Carolyn Feuille for details if you are interested in joining us.

ACME Robotics heads to Western Regionals!

Yesterday, this incredible group of local kids won the FIRST FTC NorCal Championship in the Bay Area, competing with 56 other talented teams from around Northern California!

They won not only on points (with their "alliance" teammates they scored the highest score of any match west of the Mississippi!), but they also won the VERY prestigious ‘Inspire’ award, the top award of the day. ACME is now the #1 team in Northern California out of more than 200 teams, and earned the opportunity to compete next month in the western regionals in Spokane, WA!  Against so many other capable and big corporate supported teams from Silicon Valley and elsewhere, this is quite an accomplishment.

If you’d like to read more and stay current on their amazing journey, you can follow them on Facebook at

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:

February 22: Lunch - MOVED TO TROLLEY JUNCTION Lynn Woerner--Kare Crisis Nursery

Mar 1: Mixer Robin Milam, RI Presidential Environmental Sustainability and Peace Conference highlights

Mar 8: Noon  Club Speech Contest

Mar 15: Mixer

Mar 22: Noon - Chris Newsom--The Five Wishes Advance Directive

March 28: Area Wide Rotary Community Awards Ceremony - Nevada County Fairgrounds - 5:30pm
Register at

April 7:  2018 Club Leadership Assembly The Nuggett in Sparks, NV

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

May 18-20: District 5190 Conference "Camp Atlantis", Reno, NV

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

Special Dates

               Birthdays                                                     Anniversaries
Tom Coleman 2/18  Carolyn Inglis and Mike 2/12
Carolyn Inglis 2/28  Allan Rogers  and Betty 2/18
Judy Soldavini 2/28    
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

Did we forget your birthday or anniversary? Have you recently moved or changed email addresses? Please update your profile on our club website. If you have forgotten your password, you can click on the Lost Password feature and it will be sent to your email address. 

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

*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 March 19 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.