Rotario July 12, 2018

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Lunch 12:15pm - this Thursday July 12th
 Club Assembly - Goals, Plans, and Objectives for the Year - President Tom Ryan
Trolley Junction at the Northern Queen


That just about sums up the first week of our Club’s activities and participation in the new Rotary year.  In case you’ve been traveling somewhere far far away you might not have heard that in your absence our community and our hearts have been overwhelmed and captured by an incredible force from Kazakhstan. This powerful force of love, compassion and inspiration came in the form of Lyazzat Alshinova, immediate past president of our sister Rotary Club of Astana.  All I can say is that to know her is to love her and if you didn’t get a chance to meet her you need to talk with someone who did because there are not enough pages in a Rotario to do her justice.

I won’t rehash the schedule of events that filled the week and that were all printed in last week’s newsletter but I would like to recognize some of the very generous and kind Rotarians that made the week such a success.  First and foremost has to be Carolyn Feuille and husband Bob. Carolyn was the ringmaster for the entire week. She started the week before by meeting Lyazzat at the RI Convention in Toronto and sharing the Convention experience while serving as interpreter.  Carolyn and Bob then hosted Lyazzat in their home for the week that she was here and then took her for a tour of San Francisco on Saturday before her plane left for Kazakhstan on Sunday. I am assuming that Carolyn will be sleeping for the best part of this week.

Also Special thanks to Chris and Bill Newsom for opening their beautiful home to all who were able to attend a wonderful potluck luncheon followed by an incredible dessert of several pies from Dr Sarah Woerner in support of Care Crisis Nursery supplied by the Newsoms. John Wilson and Susie Monary–Wilson also opened up their incredible home and provided an exquisite bbq complete with wine, beer, water, sodas and bocce ball. Carolyn and Mike Inglis shared their home at Lake Tahoe with a few other Rotarians and spent the day showing Lyazzat another view of life in the Sierras.

Click to watch video of Nevada City Rotary honoring both Lyazzat and Tom Coleman.

In between the culinary gatherings there was hiking, shopping, exploring, music concerts, soaking up history and a fabulous parade on the 4th. 

And then there was the meeting with over 50 in attendance.  Dave and Janet Bunje drove up from Los Angeles. It was great to see Nancy Kemp back. PSG Wyn and Steve Spiller and Lindy and Gordon Beatie joined area Presidents Kris Stepanian, Adam Weiss, Kevin Cookson and Area AG Anita Daniels.  They all came to join in the celebration of the induction of our newest Rotarians Tom Milam and Nathan Leishman.  Nathan’s wife, Stephanie and his brother Seth (VP, Grass Valley Rotary) were there to support Nathan and Robin who sponsored both Tom and Nathan never looked happier than when she and Tom exchanged member and sponsor pins.  Of course Lyazzat continued her tour de force as our speaker and presented several of the outstanding projects that are happening and being planned in Astana.

I’m not surprised but it did my heart good to see that almost every member in the Club found time to attend one event or more this week to enhance and share in an amazing cultural exchange.  I’m not surprised because that seems to be the way the Nevada City Rotary Club rolls.

For more photos of our fabulous week visit 2018 Friendship Exchange with Lyazzat Alshinova and/or Rotary Club of Nevada City on Facebook!

2018 Nevada County Fair Booth Planning Every Week following Club Meetings

The fair booth committee will meet after every weekly meeting to discuss progress on the booth and it's procedures.  We are still looking for additional volunteers to participate in the fair booth clean up session scheduled for Saturday, July 21 from 9 AM till noon. Please get in touch with Walt for more details. 

We also need another shift captain for first half of Saturday and setup cooks for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Cllick Fair Booth Schedule to view current openings.   

Join us August 8 – 12, 2018

We need your support and partnership serving at the Fair!

To schedule to work one or more shifts, send an email to stating which shift you are available and willing to cover.  We ask you to be reponsible for finding a replacement in the event you can not make your shift.  THANK YOU for all you do in service for Rotary, our Club and our Community!

July 1 - New Rotary Year Dues for 2018-2019 - SOON TO BE OVER DUE!!!

If you have not paid your 2018-19 dues, they are due now!  Please take a moment and write your check and mail it or deliver on Thursday. You will notice something new on your Dues statement this year. You have the opportunity to donate money toward your Paul Harris Fellow, club expenses or the Nevada City Rotary Foundation at the time you pay your dues. Sort of a one-stop shopping approach to simplify your busy lives. Now, with one check you can fulfill your Rotary obligations. Of course, there will be plenty of other opportunities for you to give as you wish throughout the year. By collecting things such as E.R.E.Y. (Every Rotarian Every Year achieved when all members give $25.00) or your contribution towards being a Paul Harris Sustaining member ($100.00 per year), or generous donations towards our own club expenses or to our Club Foundation, we will have a better idea of where our club stands financially and where to direct our fundraising efforts. If you would prefer to just pay your dues as usual, that's perfectly OK also. Your Board is here to help make this coming Rotary year fun, rewarding and hassle-free  Let us know what you think!  

The following is a breakdown of where you dues are allocated: 

Goes to Amount
  Rotary International   $    60.00
  The Rotarian   $    10.00
  District 5190   $    38.00
  Club operations   $    67.00  (*$57.00)
  Total Dues 2018-2019         $ 180.00 (*$170 by July 15)

Remembering Tom Coleman

Tom Coleman's service is scheduled for 2 p.m. this Saturday, July 14 at the Nevada City Elks Lodge, 518 Highway 49, Nevada City. 

Tom was to be the Grand Marshall for this year's July 4th Parade.  Ernie rode in his honor.  A special thank you to Cathy Wilcox-Barnes who provided red roses for each of Nevada City Rotarian to carry in his honor during the parade. You will see the roses in the parade video above with Lyazzat.

Celebrating Barbara Ross

Tuesday, July 17 5:30pm ~ Western Gateway Park  

$6 includes BBQ Chicken - bring dish to share

RSVP and by THURSDAY, July 12

Barbara Ross has retired and will be moving to Wyoming with her husband Ted later this summer.  In addition to her District Scholarship Chair role at Nevada Union High School District, Barbara has been the anchor for our Rotary Area 4 music, speech, RYLA, REGL, and scholarship programs among many other services.  Quite honestly a lot of us aren’t sure just how we will get along without her.  Barbara has been our frontline link to students for years and truly lives Service Above Self.   Barbara is Past President of Penn Valley Rotary. 

Japanese Exchange Student - Short term housing need

I received the following from my harp teacher and have houseguests at the time that hosting is needed. A 17 year old Japanese exchange student needs housing from 7/14-8/11.  Of all the Rotary experiences that I have had, hosting a young person from another country has been the most rewarding.  Contact Kristin at to contact if you would be interested. Thanks so much,

Nancy Kemp

Open your hearts and home to the world! Looking for a loving family to host Shiho, a Japanese exchange student. She will be in Nevada County from 7/14 - 8/11 and needs a safe, loving home while she is here. A host family needs to provide a bed, meals, transportation to English class (at Bitney High School), and help with English.

Shiho is a shy 17 year old Japanese exchange student coming to the US for her first adventure abroad. She lives at home with her parents, who are both educators, and two sisters in a small town in Japan. She enjoys reading, her friends, and playing table tennis. She would like to be treated like a member of the host family. The quality she values most in people is hard work.

This is an excerpt from her letter to her host family:  “I am interested in the different culture between Japan and other country. If our culture was different, our ideas are different. I think it’s so interesting…. I am also interested in novels. If the writers are from a different country, the story is so different. … I am interested in differences between cultures. That is one of reasons why I would like to be exchange student. Also, I would like to be good at English. In the future, we will need to talk with other country’s people. Second, I would like to make my world bigger, to know many ideas, to have discussions and get a lot of experiences. They are difficult to do in Japan. And I want to make many friends. These are the reasons why I would like to be exchange student.”

Please contact Kristin at her for more information.

The Children's Festival - Friday July 27

Children's Festival

A big thank you to Nancy Kemp for her year round planning efforts and leadership for this very special Nevada City Renaissance Festival for so many years!  And to Sandy Stickel and Gayle Denney who are again hosting craft tables for the children.  Volunteering at the Children's Festival is always lots of fun because the children with their parents and grandparents have such a fabulous time.  Check with Sandy and Gayle to volunteer in supporting with nature sun prints or renaissance block prints.

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:

July 12: Noon  Tom Ryan--  Club Assembly:  Goals, Plans, and Objectives for the Year\

July 14: 2:00pm: Tom Coleman Memorial, Elks Lodge, 518 Highway 49, Nevada City, CA

July 17: 5:30pm   Celebrate Barbara Ross and all she has done for our Youth Programs $6/person.

July 18: 5:30pm Board Meeting - moved to Wednesday

July 19: Social:  John Christensen- History of the NCNG Railroad Museum

July 26 Noon: Jeanne Clark Scarmon, Sierra Foothills Village

July 27: The Children's Festival  9am-Noon and 5pm - 8pm

August 2: Social 5:30pm  Annual Nevada County Fair Picnic - on Treat Street

August 8 -12: All hands on deck at Nevada County Fair

August 16: Social Ben Emery:  Bareebo Project in Cambodia

Aug. 23- Lunch: Joe Scheimer--Background to the Vietnam War

August 29: Noon:  Field Trip to Madeline Helling Library- Virtual Reality Technology Experience, 980 Helling Way (Rood Center Complex), Nevada City

September 6: Social Amelia Barrett, Craft Talk

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

Special Dates

               Birthdays                                                    Anniversaries
Ken Myers 7/05      Trisha Dellis and Jeff             7/06  
Gayle Denney 7/07      John and Carla Burke            7/28  
Tom Ryan 7/17       
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:  Nancy Kemp &
    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, the meeting date has moved to Wednesday. 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 will be Wednesday July 18, 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.