Rotario - May 16, 2019

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday, May 16, 2019
5:30pm Social ~ THC Analytics: Bridging The Gap Between Science And Cannabis
with Michael Kepic and Dr. Robert Goldman

Trolley Junction at Northern Queen Hotel
400 Railroad Avenue, Nevada City

THC Analytics: Bridging The Gap Between Science And Cannabis

Michael Kepic and Dr. Robert Goldman of The Higher Commitment Analytic Lab will educate us on the importance of testing laboratories in the cannabis supply chain. Without access to quality analytics, patients and consumers risk the consumption of poor quality products, sometimes contaminated with harmful pesticides and heavy metals.

Dr. Goldman is The Higher Commitment’s Laboratory Director. Dr. Robert Goldman graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a BA in Biology and a focus on genetics. Subsequently he earned his PhD in microbiology from the University of Houston and had post-doctoral appointments at the University of Texas and the University of Minnesota. His cannabis testing experience began in 2015. He's worked with various labs throughout the country on method applications that are specific to cannabis as well as proper workflow in the laboratories.

Michael Kepic is a co-founder for The Higher Commitment Analytical Lab. Over the last 15 years, he's played an active role in the cannabis community where he's won multiple awards in cannabis cultivation competitions, including the High Times Cannabis Cup in Los Angeles, CA. Through the recent legalization of cannabis and the importance of safe cannabis products, Michael bridged the gap between his two passions- cannabis and science. With Nevada County having a large amount of extremely talented cultivators, he saw this beautiful place as the perfect location to launch The Higher Commitment Analytical Lab. 

Last Week: Forest Charter REGL Students with Michelle Ogaidi

We were delighted with a visit by Forest Charter School REGL students and Michelle Ogaidi, Supervising 6-8th Teacher.  Three students from the Nevada City and Truckee campuses shared their experiences from September 2018 REGL program. Then three students talked about their excitement and expectations for the coming session this fall.  These students have chosen Forest Charter because of its combined independent and classroom program which affords them the flexibility to pursue personal passions as well as their academic studies.  Among the REGL students we sponsor, one dedicates hours a day to practicing gymnastics, another is traveling to LA to audition for an acting role, one works and travels with his family's travel business. Five students from each school attend REGL and are asked to define a project that they will carry out together throughout the year. The Forest Charter students chose teacher appreciation and recognized teachers in special Teacher Recognition assemblies on the various Forest Charter campuses this year. 

REGL Students from Forest Charter 2018 and 2019

SAVE THE DATE - Thursday May 30 2019-2020 Club Leadership Retreat

Returning President Cathy Wilcox-Barnes is organizing a Club Leadership Retreat on Thursday Evening May 30.  Watch this space for details to follow.

Join Us Wednesday May 29 9am - 12 noon 7 Hills School
Annual Adaptive Education & 7 Hills Leadership Field Day

Our Annual Adaptive Education and Seven Hills Leadership Class outing is the morning of Wednesday May 29 from 9am - 12 noon. We will be on the fields at Seven Hills Middle School.  As we have done for many years, we will again be providing lunch - building sandwiches on site.  A favorite for the students are all the homemade cookies we bring.  Cathy has already volunteered her batch and we will need more. Please let John know if you can provide cookies too. A big thank you to John Wilson, our fabulous Youth Services Chair, for coordinating plans with the school staff.

Rambling Rotarians  8am-10am Tuesdays

Want a great way to start your day and enjoy time with fellow Rotarians!  Cathy leads a group of Rambling Rotarians on a two-hour hike each Tuesday heading out a different direction each time, paced to the level of Ramblers.   Last week Pres Tom, Walt and Sandy joined Cathy for a hike through the Tech Center across the Angkula Seo Suspension Bridge over Deer Creek in downtown Nevada City.  Looks like a fun and relaxing hike. 

See Cathy for details each week.  An early start for some but not THAT early. 

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:

May 16: Social  The Higher Commitment Analytic Lab with Michael Kepic and Dr. Robert Goldman

May 17 - 19  Rotary 4-Way Fest Conference Peppermill, Reno NV - D5190 one of 4 Districts together.

May 23: Lunch Susan Rogers - Firewise

May 29: 9:00am - 12:00noon - Adaptive Education/7 Hills Leadership Field Day at 7 Hills School

May 30: 5th Thursday - EVENING Club Planning Retreat

June 6: Social: - Seven-Hills Students Report on NatureBridge Experience

June 13: Lunch Nancy Baglietto, Hospitality House

June 20: President Tom's Demotion Party 

June 23: Rotary Heritage Garden Ribbon Cutting at the North Star House

June 27: Lunch Tyler Szura, AbleCarts

July 4: DARK - HAPPY July 4th!!! Parade is in Grass Valley

July 11: Lunch:  Cathy's first meeting

July 18: Social:

July 19: 9am-noon and 5pm-8pm Children's Festival, Pioneer Park

August 1: Pre-Fair Picnic 5:30pm Treat Street POTLUCK

August 7 - 11: 8:30am-midnight Nevada County Fair

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

Special Dates


Tom Milam 5/1   Tom and Robin Milam 5/1
Nathan Leishman 5/8   Wally Krill and Mary 5/2
John Burke 5/15   John Hensley and Sandra 5/5
Trish Dellis 5/22    
Stacy Drake 5/23    

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 May 20, 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.