Rotario - March 7, 2019

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday, March 7, 2019 Social 5:30pm
Owner, Charcutier and Chef Jason Jillson, The Ham Stand

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

This Week's Social:  Meet Jason Jillson, The Ham Stand - a Top Chef in The Hungry Games

The Ham Stand Charcutier Jason Jillson

At The Ham Stand, we do one thing, and we do it really well: salumi. From coppa to culatello, bacon to bresaola, salami to sausage, we’ve got you covered from formal gatherings to backyard barbecues (and midnight snacks in between). In case you don't know, "Salumi is an umbrella term for the vast range of cured Italian meats available." Peruse the menu, get excited, sign up with your email to get updates.

"A self-taught butcher and curer, Jillson is by no means a novice. He earned a graduate degree in culinary instruction, a six-year program that set him on a long path of preparing and sharing food with the public.

He worked for the Fairmont hotel group, working in the property's kitchens in Chicago and Boston. He was then enlisted to help launch the eateries of the chain's Dubai location.

Eventually he moved to California and worked in catering before deciding to take the plunge and open a butcher/meat shop that would showcase his talents and use his passion for creating specialty meats.

Currently, Jillson is sourcing meat from ranches in Chico and Penn Valley."  Stand by Your Ham, The Union, July 10, 2018. Meet our Chefs!

Ticket sales for The Hungry Games are in full swing but there will be some nervous energy until the last ticket is sold.  We need every member sharing with friends, neighbors and colleagues so tell everybody you know about this exciting fundraiser and what we do with the money, how much fun there is to be had at the event, and a good chance of winning twelve $100.00 gift certificates to twelve great local restaurants.  Send your family, friends and neighbors a copy of our Hungry Games Press Release (attached) which talks about not only what but why this fun event.  Next year’s budget and what we can do largely depends on what we do with ticket sales in the next two and a half weeks.  I’m offering up as gourmet a meal as I can turn out at my house for two to the person who sells the most tickets.

Please bring payments for event and raffle tickets along with the raffle stubs to Thursday’s social so we can collect outstanding monies. If you have tickets that you do not think you are going to be able to sell, please bring them and turn them in on Thursday.  AND we have LOTS OF TICKETS available so KEEP ON SELLING! 

If you are a Facebook user share the Hungry Games event with all your friends.  Post the poster and the link to our web site on your Facebook page. Also check out the fabulous videos of our Chefs by clicking Meet our Top Chefs.  You just never know who might want to join in the fun.

Area Wide Community Awards Night March 20, 2019

The five western Nevada County Rotary Clubs will once again host their annual Rotary Community Awards Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on March 20 at the Foothills Event Center to honor businesses, volunteers and citizens of the year. The event will include a dinner catered by Antonio and ceremony to honor the nominees and announce the "Volunteer of the Year," "Citizen of the Year" and the "Lowell Robinson Business of the Year for 2019."

A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Cathy Wilcox-Barnes as one of the TOP 3 nominees for Volunteer of the Year!. Businesses nominated for this year include Byers Enterprises, Grass Valley Dental Wellness and Volz Brothers Automotive. Nominees for "Citizen of the Year" are Bart Riebe, Mike Bratton and Jennifer Singer. Volunteer nominees are Cathy Wilcox-Barnes, John Renwick and Dr. Sarah Woerner. The public is invited to attend and join Rotarians in celebrating these nominees and a final winner in each category will be announced that evening. Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased online at For more information, call Dennis Geare at 530-263-1648 or email

The second Annual Area Wide Community Awards Night will be held March 20, 2019 at the Foothill Event Center.  

North Star House Project

Work day to finish the project is scheduled for Saturday March 16.  Join us for a day of planting and clean up so the garden can be complete!

More on Hungry Games:

A reminder to all, if you have sold any raffle tickets or entry tickets for The Hungry Games event please bring the completed ticket stubs and money received to our next meeting and hopefully check out some more tickets. Questions on selling tickets?  Visit Hungry Games ticketing instructions.

And a reminder to the Hungry Games committee, there will be a committee meeting at 4:00 o’clock ahead of our regular club meeting.

Let your friends and neighbors in on the fun and the great odds on our Raffle!!!

Hungry Games 2019 Flyer

The event will be at Miners Foundry, Sunday afternoon March 10, 2019 from 5 - 8pm.

Checkout the February Nevada City Advocate (pg 3 &5) and The Union ~ Plan ahead for Rotary's Hungry Games for great stories thanks to Michael!

Bulbs watch continues at Penzance Park

Over the last few years we have planted 1,500 or so bulbs at Penzance Park.  We will be dancing through daffodils, hyacinths, and crocuses soon!!!

Watch this space for flowers popping out all over Penzance Park!


Los Barriles is fast approaching!

Nevada City Rotary is finalizing plans for our fourth trip to Los Barriles with 15 Rotarians and guests!  What a great trip.  Again we will partner with our Los Barriles Twin Club on a very special project.  See Carolyn Feuille if you are interested in going but have not signed up yet!

Project focus: This year's team is going to a number of schools on Friday and Saturday to do vision and wellness screenings in partnership with East Cape Community Vision Center in Los Barriles. 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 welcome 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).

Want to support this project?  Whether you are traveling with the group or not, if you would like to make your own monetary contribution to the project, please give your check to Nicole and make it out to: The Rotary Club of Nevada City Foundation.  

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.

Area 4 Business/Professional Services Directory

The Rotary District 510 Area 4 Business/Professional Services Directory has been updated as of January 2019.  Click Rotary District 510 Area 4 Business/Professional Services Directory to download a printable copy.  Doing business with fellow Rotarians is just one example of Vocational Service in action!

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:

March 7 Social:  The Ham Stand, Jason Jillson

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 20, 2019 Area Wide Community Awards Night

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


Dennis Geare 3/4   David Fluke and Carol 3/18
Carolyn Feuille 3/6    
Allan Rogers 3/7    
John Woodford 3/7    
John WIlson 3/21    

Club Leadership

President: Tom Ryan 
President-Elect: Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
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 Monday March 18, 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.