Rotario - March 15, 2018

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Social Mixer 5:30pm

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

This Week - Social Mixer - Inducting Amelia Barrett as new member

This coming Thursday Social Mixer we will have the special treat of officially welcoming Amelia Barrett to our club. Over the past couple of months we've grown to know her and I know it feels like she's already a member, but please come out for this special Mixer when she will be inducted by Area Governor Dennis Geare. Carla Burke is proud to be her sponsor. Amelia brings not only her youthful enthusiasm but a wealth of professional experience. I'm looking forward to getting to know her and her family better (she told Stacy and me that her sons are eager to help on our Community Service projects!).

Our featured merchant will be Wendy Barnhart of And While You’re Away…

Wendy says "I have been providing professional at-your-home pet, plant, and home care services for many years.  My commitment is to provide a safe, healthy, fun, and loving experience for my pet clients in the comfort of their own familiar surroundings.

I am licensed, bonded, insured, and Pet CPR/First Aid Certified to offer professional, trustworthy and relaxed “treat-them-like-they’re-mine” care for your pet, plant, and home needs when you have to be away."  Wendy holds a certificate from A Pet’s World Pet Sitters’ Academy and is a member of PET SITTERS INTERNATIONAL.

Rotary Making A Difference Oscars ...

The Academy Awards took place just about a week ago. I'm not sure how many of you watch this event but it draws a crowd of avid fans eagerly tuning in to see who wears what on the red carpet and who wins what in the various categories. One year our Pokerettes (women Rotarians in our club) held an Oscar Night party to watch. We had a blast watching stars strut their stuff in impossibly low-cut, form-fitting gowns and suave tuxedos. I miss our Pokerette gatherings. But, I digress. That's not my topic this particular time. As Oscar Night momentum built, I couldn't help but reflect on the fact that most of us will never be walking the red carpet or giving an acceptance speech as we gleefully grasp our little statuette. Most of us won't even ever meet anyone "famous.". But that doesn't mean we aren't just as important and famous in our own right. At last week's Speech Contest, one of the speakers said "You don't have to have a college degree to make a difference." I couldn't agree more. You can make a difference starring in our own life movie of Service Above Self. You don't have to have a degree, be someone famous or even know someone famous. You are Rotarians and each and every one of you deserves an award. And, just think, you don't even have to rent a fancy gown or tuxedo. You can just wear a "Rotarians at Work" shirt. And the Oscar goes to .....

Spring feels like it is in the air again. The clocks have sprung ahead and flowers are  beginning to pop up everywhere. That means Rotarians at Work Day (RAW) is coming soon ~ Saturday, April 28th. Carolyn Inglis (Community Service) is looking at various projects around Nevada City that we might participate in. Walt Stickel will be ordering shirts. If you are a newer member of our Club and have not received a RAW T-Shirt, see Walt to let him know your size. The first shirt is free to you. If you have a shirt already but may want a new one or a spare, you can also talk to Walt. You can purchase them at our club cost. Speaking of spring and projects, Penzance Park is looking beautiful (trust me it looks better in person) with the crocus, daffodils and hyacinth blooming but it will need a work project soon.

Last Week - Speech Contest

For those of you who missed it, last week's Speech Contest was terrific. Michael Young did an outstanding job coordinating the event. He even provided an outline for the meeting right down to a minute-by-minute script for me to follow. The three speakers were excellent and inspirational. A big thanks goes to the judges because they had a hard task choosing 1st, 2nd and 3rd. The first place winner was Ben Griffin. All three contestants, Ben, Cassandra and Mahina are all Sophomores from Ghidotti Early College High School which is lucky for us because we might have the chance of getting to hear them again for two more years!  Our Club winner will compete at the Area 4 level competition on April 3rd. This is a lunch meeting and our regular club meeting will be moved to Tuesday that week. It will be held at the Grass Valley Methodist Church with a pasty luncheon. The cost is $17.00 and it is sure to be a fun time. We will have a signup sheet at the next two meetings so make sure you get your name down.

Relocation Committee Update

The Relocation Committee is getting closer to finding us a more permanent home. After looking at a number of options and exploring the pros and cons of each, the Board met and voted to propose having our meetings at the Trolley Junction subject to working out the details with the owner/manager. If you have any other suggestions, concerns or other input that you would like us to consider, please don't hesitate to contact either Tom Ryan (310-795-0557 or me at (530-265-2155 Thanks for being patient as we work our new location out.

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 

All Club Members are invited!  Club covers cost ~ that means no cost to you.  Join us April 7, 2018 for Club Leadership Assembly:

8:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00am – 3:30pm Club Leadership Assembly Program
1100 Nugget Avenue, Sparks, Nevada

This is why Club Leadership Assembly is important for you: 

New to Rotary:  Assembly is a day to learn more about the “bigger” picture of Rotary, meet Rotarians from across District 5190, and explore opportunities within and beyond your Club.

PEs, Committee Chairs and Board Members:  Assembly is a great way to jump start the new Rotary year by developing new skills and insights especially about your role or committee, exchanging creative ideas to revitalize your Club and make a difference, and strategizing as a team in a setting that is looking ahead to the coming year.

For all Rotarians:  A fun, focused way to meet, reconnect, and make a difference!

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.

Treats and Hosts for Girls Who Code 

The program will wind down later this Spring. Openings pop up so you if you are looking to treat yourself by treating the girls to refreshments one or more times this spring let us know.  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:

Mar 15: Mixer Wendy Barnhart, And While You're Away

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 3: Noon - Area Wide Speech Contest Grass Valley Methodist Church (MOVED to TUESDAY!)

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
Dennis Geare 3/04  Dave Fluke and Carol 3/18
Carolyn Feuille 3/06    
John Woodford 3/07    
Allan Rogers 3/07    
Dan Becker 3/25    
President: Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
President-Elect: Tom Ryan
Past President: Walt Stickel
Secretary: Robin Milam
Treasurer: Trisha Dellis
Public Image: Michael Young & Robin Milam
Youth Service:
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 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.