Rotario ~ Happy Thanksgiving 2014

RI President: Gary C.K. Huang
RI Director: Steve Snyder
District 5190 Governor: Joe Zarachoff
Asst. Governor, Area 4: Doug McDonald

Club Leadership

President: Robin Milam
President-Elect: David Bunje
Secretary: Walt Stickel
Treasurer: Ellen Davis
Director at Large:
Public Relations: Robin Milam
Membership: Dennis Geare
Club Service: Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
Community Service: Gary Gustafson/John Hensley
International Service: Nancy Kemp/Carolyn Feuille
Vocational Service: Nicole Dillard
Foundation: David Bunje
Youth Services: Kelly Christensen
Programs: Jeff Wenzel
Fundraising: Carolyn Inglis, Walt Stickel

Happy Thanksgiving! And Thank you for YOU!!!
This week is Thanksgiving! Thank you to each of you and your families for the gift you are to Rotary and especially our Nevada City Club!  It is an honor and a privilege to serve our global community with you!  Each act of kindness makes a difference in the lives of our local community and our world at large!  Enjoy the special day with family as we are DARK! 

Next week Dec 4 - Holiday Dinner at the National
Holiday Cheer to All!  Celebrate with Rotary friends and family at Nevada City Rotary's Holiday Dinner Thursday December 4 at the National Hotel. Social hour 6pm with dinner and program at 7pm!  Dinner price is $30 per person.  Please confirm with Jeff Wenzell.

PV ADG Doug McDonald now DGND for 2017-18
Past and future District Governors from around our District 5190 converged on PV Rotary today to celebrate the selection of ADG Doug as District Governor Nominee Designate! Our own Dennis Geare will serve with DG Doug during Dennis's third year as ADG!   A warm congratulations to DGND Doug and a BIG THANK YOU!

The photo includes the legacy of DGs and spouses who participated in PV's lunch meeting on Tuesday November 25.

District 5190 DGs and Spouses

Amazon SmileNevada City Rotary Bell Ringers at SPD Sat. Dec 13
Join in our annual Nevada City Bell Ringing Tradition for the Salvation Army at SPD Market.  Sign up for 1 hour ~ 2 hours or more!  See the attached signup sheet and let Gary know when you want to be ringing. Buddy up and/or bring a friend or family member.  We want groups of at least 2 people (and the more the merrier!)  ringing from 11am to 6pm on Saturday December 13. Always fun ... bring a smile and help us raise money for Salvation Army in front of SPD.  You can add to the pot too! George and Jo Ann always feed the kettle generously! 

Click for Sign up sheet

'Tis the Season for Gifts and Holiday Merry Making!
Amazon Smile gives .5% of every purchase to Nevada City Rotary if you are signed up!!!  Sign up through to earn money for our Club while you shop on  You will need to specifically select "Rotary Club of Nevada City Foundation" under "Pick Your Own Charitable Organization". Shopping is done via rather than but the items and buying experience are exactly the same. 

We are especially mindful for those who are less fortunate.  This holiday season our Club will be collecting non-perishable foods to deliver to our local Food Bank. Bring your donations of canned or other non-perishable foods to Club meetings through the month of December.  Each week as donations warrant, we will deliver locally. 

Special Holiday Request - URGENT BY DEC 4!
We have just received a special request.  Victor Community Support Services has an urgent need for toys to distribute to 85 LOCAL Nevada City, Grass Valley, Penn Valley and area kids ages 5 – 85.  Unfortunately Toys for Tots is in a leadership transition and was not able to do their annual collection and distributions.  Victor Services has just learned that they will not be getting gifts to distribute to the kids at their Christmas party next Thursday (same time as ours).

They are seeking donations of cash or toys/games – preferably cash at this point and they will buy the gifts. Donations are tax deductible and can be delivered to the Victor Community Support Services at: 

900 East Main Street, Suite #201 (below golf course)
Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-2244 phone

Learn more about them at:

Last Week ~ The Foundation Dinner!
Rotary Foundation Dinner last week a delightfully humorous Jean Irwin as our guest speaker.  We had 20 Rotarians and guests from our Club joining a group of 170 from Area 4 plus DG Joe Z and wife Cheryl!  Valerie Cassity wowed us all signing our National Anthem! 

DG Joe Z recognized George Rebane as a Foundation "Champion" for his perpetual support of both Rotary International Foundation and our local Nevada City Rotary Foundation.  George is a Major Donor who each year contributes multiple PH awards in his own name and for Jo Ann.  Congratulations and many, many thanks George and Jo Ann!

Mystery Rotarian ~ from Cathy Wilcox-Barnes, Club Services
Watch this space! With Foundation Dinner, Thanksgiving and our Christmas Dinner ahead, Mystery Rotarian is taking a break until the week of December 11.  We will be back with another Mystery Member for you!  In the meanwhile, continue to take those special moments to share and listen!  Enjoy the process!

Nevada City Rotary Fireside Chat 
Join us Wednesday December 17 at 5:30pm for a Nevada City Rotary Fireside Chat.  A welcoming gathering for sharing Rotary fundamentals and history with our newer members.  All members are welcome! If you have never participated in a Club Fireside Chat, this gathering is especially for you!  We will meet at Cheryl Rellstab's beautiful home at13840 Altair Dr at the top of Banner Mountain.

Word from District and Area 4 Rotary Clubs


Enrollment in online the Rotary Academy is now available.  Participate in a comprehensive study of the Rotary Club and Rotary International from your home.  This 10-lesson correspondence course covers the essentials of Rotary.  To see the flyer click HERE. For complete information click HERE. Great for new members and seasoned members too!

Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)
Mark your calendar Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) in Grass Valley Jan 24, 8:30-3:30pm

Rotary District 5190 Webinars

You can register at or by contacting Ginny Lewis at

Thought for the Week
“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” ― John Holmes
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Birthdays Anniversaries
David Fluke          11/04
Jack Dinnwiddie  11/25

        Ellen Davis and Frank              11/04
        Ken Myers and Akiko              11/10
        Dennis Geare and Annette      11/13
        Larry Undercoffer and Linda  11/24

Nov 27 Thanksgiving - Enjoy with friends and Family!
Dec 4 Holiday Party at the National
Good Cheer for All!
6pm Social Hour
7pm Dinner and Program
Dec 11 Chapa-De Indian Health Program
Presented by Lisa Davies
Dec 13 Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army 11am-6pm see sign up and let Gary know!!!
Dec 17 Fireside Chat at home of Cheryl Rellstab 5:30pm
Dec 18 Sierra College: Progress, Challenges and the Future
Aaron Klein - Sierra College Trustee
Dec 25 Merry Christmas to All!
- Dark
Jan 1 Happy New Year!
- Dark
Jan 12 5:30pm Gumbo Night at Cafe Ensemble (Ensemble Designs) for storming and forming plans for 2015 Adventures and Wine Auction.  Gumbo by Annette Geare; creative ideas and plans by Nevada City Rotary!  SAVE THE DATE!!!
Jan 24 Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) - Grass Valley 8:30-3:30pm

For additional calendar events please visit the caledar at
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*Board Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 5:30pm.
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 every Thursday at Noon at the National Hotel
except first Thursday's 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.