Rotario - January 3, 2019

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday - January 3, 2019  ~ Social 5:30pm
Catharine Bramkamp, Nevada County Arts Council

Trolley Junction Restaurant at The Northern Queen
400 Railroad Avenue, Nevada City, CA 95959


This Week:  Catharine Bramkamp, Nevada County Arts Council and Writing Coach

Catharine Bramkamp is a successful writing coach, bringing her clients from idea to published book to promotion.  She produced 200 episodes of the writing podcast, Newbie Writers and has served a dozen clients as their Chief Storytelling Officer making sure the social media output matches and enhances the core values and message of the company.  She has written 17 novels and 3 books on writing, some self published, some traditionally published. Her poetry has been included in over a dozen anthologies. 

She holds an MA in Creative Writing from SSU and a BA in English from UCSB and a professional certificate from SSU specifically for Social Media.  She currently serves on the Nevada County Arts Council Board.  She is delighted to be back in Nevada County where she grew up. 

We are also looking forward to welcoming Megan Kennedy our 2016 RYLA participant as our guest. Megan is home from the University of Redlands for the holidays.  Megan brings along her mom, dad and sister to volunteer with us in our booth at the Fair for the last three years. 

Join us for a fun evening! 

Cathy Wilcox-Barnes - President-Elect

As published in our Special Rotario on December 31, Cathy Wilcox-Barnes has stepped forward to serve as Club President again for this coming Year 2019-2020.  President Tom is soliciting input from Club members and we will bring it to a Club vote at our January 10, 2019 Club meeting.  Please see Special Rotario December 31, 2018.

A big THANK YOU to Cathy!

SAVE THE DATE!!! MARCH 10 for Nevada City Rotary's all new HUNGRY GAMES! 

Watch this space for more details in the coming year!  Hungry Games will spotlight a Chef's cook off and a raffle for set of Cerficates from 12 local Restaurant favorites

The event will be at Miners Foundry, Sunday afternoon March 20, 2019 from 4 - 8pm.

Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) I January 26 at Ensemble Designs

Rotary Leadership Institute is a grassroots training program that will significantly expand Rotary knowledge and enhance leadership skills that will benefit participants in their personal, professional and Rotary lives. The program is offered in three parts. The first part RLI I is being sponsored by Area 4 and 5 on Saturday, January 26 in Nevada City. A fun and informative day with fellow Rotarians taught by a few you may know!

WHERE:     Ensemble Designs Café
                  870 Gold Flat Rd, Nevada City, CA (map)

WHEN:       Saturday, January 26, 2019 8:30am – 3:30pm

COST:         $20 / person - Our Club will reimburse


Members who have a strong interest in Rotary and are ready to be exposed to the larger world of Rotary. The course will rejuvenate tenured members and engage and educate newer members.

Please Register at  by Thursday January 17, 2019!

Click for RLI I Area 4-5 January 26 Flyer

Los Barriles, Baja Here We Come!

Nevada City Rotary is unfolding plans for our fourth trip to Los Barriles.  Again we will partner with our Los Barriles Twin Club on a very special project. Last year the team did diabetes and blood screening for students at East Cape Medical Clinic and a local school. Everyone was very moved by the experience with the children.

Project focus: This year's team is going to East Cape Community Vision Center in Los Barriles to assist in conducting secondary (follow-up) vision screening for children and adults. This will enable East Cape Community Vision Center's medical staff to prescribe and fabricate eye glasses with corrective lenses. 

For fun: Work includes play too! Chris and Christine Geyer will again host a dinner for all participants; on Sunday go to the beach/swim, outings in off-road vehicles/ATV’s, local tourism, shopping, and getting to know your counterparts in the Los Barriles club

Dates: March 21 travel day, March 22-23 work days at the Vision Center, March 24 R & R day with explorations, shopping, the beach, etc.  Return home March 25 or 26 (return in time to participate in the Area music contest March 27).

Meeting:  We will get together to discuss travel logistics in January. 

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.

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:

January 3: Social Catharine Bramkamp, Nevada County Arts Council;
Special guest Megan Kennedy, 2016 RYLA student

January 10 Lunch:  Don Harris and Daniel Casanova - Global Partners for Development: Vineyards to Villages
January 17  Social:  The ACME Robotics Team
and Stephanie Lewis

January 24 Lunch:  Jo Ann Marie -  Grand Jury

January 26 : Rotary Leadership Institute I (RLI I) 9:30am- 3:30pm Ensemble Designs Café,                   870 Gold Flat Rd, Nevada City, CA (map)

January 31 - 5th Thursday DARK

February 7 Social:

February 14 Lunch: Club Music Contest

February 21 Social:

February 28 Lunch: President Tom- Club Assembly

March 10: 5 pm - 8 pm:  Hungry Games Club Fundraiser - Miners Foundry

March 14 Lunch:  Club Speech Contest

March 19: RYLA Interviews 8am-12 noon at Nevada Union High School; 1-4pm at Bear River

March 21 - 25: Los Barriles, Baja Mexico Project trip

March 27:  Area Music Contest evening at Peace Lutheran Church

April 4:  Area Speech Contest 12 noon at Grass Valley Methodist Church

April 6: Club Leadership Assembly The Nuggett, Sparks NV

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

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

Special Dates

               Birthdays                                                    Anniversaries
Carla Burke 1/13   John Woodford and Janna 1/01
Amelia Barrett 1/23    

Club Leadership

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
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 moved to Monday January 14, 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.