Rotario May 31, 2018

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

We don't have a regular meeting this week since it is a fifth Thursday but there is so much happening and my mind is racing in so many directions that I just had to send out something. We do have our special 7-Hills Leadership/Adaptive Education picnic on Friday so make sure to read further in this Rotario for those details.

This Rotary year is quickly drawing to a close. Our Club garnered a number of awards at District Conference, including "Club of Excellence" for medium-size clubs. But, we are not a lame-duck club or one to rest on our laurels and simply sit out the month of June. No, we will be pushing hard to the finish line.

This Week: 7-Hills Leadership/Adaptive Education picnic on Friday, June 1

Adaptive Ed Field Day

On Friday, June 1st, we will host our annual 7-Hills Leadership Class/Adaptive Education picnic. This year it will be held at Western Gateway Park. If you would like to bring something and you weren't at last Thursday's meeting to sign up, Robin Milam has a list of items needed so contact her to see what she might be missing -- certainly more cookies!  Whether you have signed up or not, plan to join us!!!

It's a fun, fast service project but it does take all of us working together to pull it off. Things like cutting boards, knives, plates, etc. are usually not on our minds as we work on a project but this one requires those items and lots of other things like mustard, tomatoes, cookies, cookies, cookies, etc.  Also, be sure to wear your Rotarians at Work shirts.

This year we will be travelling to Western Gateway Park for an morning/early afternoon of fun, food and smiles. For those club members who have participated in the past it is always a much-anticipated event. For new members you will be richly rewarded from the experience. We will setup at Western Gateway Park in Picnic Area 4 at 9:30am to build sandwiches. Lunch will be at 11 or 11:30am.  Fire truck may come after lunch.  Buses return student at 1:30pm we will be done before that.

Enter Western Gateway Park from Penn Valley Drive.  Follow the loop drive to the right.  Picnic area 4 will be on your right, before you get to the rest rooms and the road circles back to the left.

Last Week: Nevada City Club of Excellence and more from Camp Atlantis

We had a fun time at last week's meeting going back to Camp Atlantis. Since many of you couldn't attend Conference, we decided to bring camp to the club. Seven of us went to the Conference. Some for the entire time, some for just a day or two but we all came back with good memories and stories to share. So many thanks are needed and there are so few words to express them. Thank you Robin Milam for preparing the Powerpoint slides and for being our grrrrrreat bear in the skit and at the club. She really knows how to grin and BEAR it! (That's for Walt's sake).

Also to Tom Ryan for having the presence of mind to record the Area 4 skit for District Governor Doug McDonald. Our skit honoring DG Doug as our fearless leader can be seen on Facebook at

Camp Outlast Us video - click to view

Thank you Dennis Geare for three wonderful, productive years as Area District Governor and for continuing to push for new, innovative ways to make District 5190 better. Thank you Annette for loaning Dennis to Rotary almost 24/7 for the past three years.

I'd also like to thank Dave Denney for his continuing example of a gracious, committed Rotarian and the depth of knowledge he imparts to us. Dave Denney shared highlights of his Thursday night dinner with fellow PDGs.  Heidi Kuhn, shown with Dave, spoke at District Conference about her extensive global work as founder of Roots of Peace. A former journalist for CNN and NewsLink International, Heidi took on the vision to convert minefields into farmland—to keep digging deeper for peace shortly after Princess Diana died in a car crash in 1997. 

Thank you Walt for being the lone Rotarian from our club that didn't specifically need to be at Conference but went anyway and participated in several breakout sessions and Speech and Music contests. I so gratefully appreciate every one of you. And lastly, I'd like to thank the members of the Rotary Club of Nevada City for making it possible for us to shine at Conference. Without all of you, we'd have come back empty-handed; especially since we didn't even win the basket!

Nevada City Rotary Board Retreat
Wednesday May 30 12:00 noon - 5:00pm

President-Elect Tom Ryan will be hosting the incoming board at his house this Wednesday (May 30th) starting at noon for a planning session. If you aren't on the board but have some ideas you would like included in next year's planning, let Tom or another board member know. If you are on next year's board, be thinking about what you would like your Avenue of Service to look like next year and come prepared to get them into our Goals and plans for the year. We have a really engaged club with great Rotarians. I'm predicting it's going to be another great year for the Rotary Club of Nevada City with Tom at the helm.

Cathy's Demotion - Thursday June 28 at John & Carla Burke's Home

We have three more meetings before the Demotion Party - two mixers and a lunch time. Walt Stickel and his committee are working on the details for the party and it is bound to be a fun one in the beautiful setting of John and Carla Burke's house. I hope you have already marked your calendar for Thursday, June 28th so you'll be sure to be available. Watch for more details in the upcoming weeks on opportunities to help and for signup information.

2018 Nevada County Fair

Reports for the Fair Booth committee are that the booth is in pretty good shape and will only need a regular pre-fair cleaning this year. The damaged sign has been taken down to be repaired and we weathered the winter pretty well. Be on the watch for an announcement for a work day sometime in mid-July.

As always, Walt Stickel has the signup sheet in great shape already. There are some openings, especially for the 7-close shifts left so make sure you've got your name on the shifts you want before they are gone and ask family members or friends to join you for a shift. A great selling point is that fact that it is always a blast, they get to see people they haven't seen in ages because EVERYONE stops by our booth for the great pulled-pork sandwiches and, as if that isn't enough, they get a free ticket into the fair.

We need your support and partnership serving at the Fair!

August 8 – 12, 2018

Join us at our Nevada City Rotary booth on Treat Street as we dish up Pulled Pork and Shredded Chicken sandwiches for our annual community service fundraiser.  We need to fill 100 openings to cover the 5 days of the Fair.  We are asking Nevada City Rotarians be responsible for filling at least 3 shifts during Fair Week -- in the spirit of sharing the load we encourage you to engage friends and colleagues to work with us.  Working with friends and family is fun and a great way to serve not just Rotary but our Community!  Click to the Latest Schedule icon to check for open shifts.

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!

Honoring DG Doug and Karen McDonald with Scouting and Youth Leadership fund.

We wanted to say thank you to Doug and Karen for their service to Rotary and Scouting so we decided to collect pledges for a Scouting and Youth Leadership fund.  When it was announced on Saturday night it was a complete surprise to Doug.  However, because we were trying to keep it a secret before Conference, we might have inadvertently missed someone or a club that would like to make a pledge to the fund. If you would like to make a pledge please click the link below.  We are almost at $9,000 dollars as of 5/21 and our goal is $10,000 .  Doug and Karen will name the fund and be the advisors on the fund.  Thank you again to everyone who has made a pledge or is making a pledge to the fund.  Towards the end of June we will send out additional information on how to submit a contribution to the fund.

To make a pledge visit:

---- Pledges are still being accepted. Deadline for pledges is June 15th. ----

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:

Wednesday May 30  - 12 noon - 5pm Nevada City Rotary Board Retreat at PE Tom's home

FRIDAY June 1: 9am - 1pm Seven Hills Leadership + Adaptive Ed Field Day - Keeping the Rock Creek Tradition alive.

June 7: Social Shana Maziarz from Three Forks Bakery and Brewery

June 14: Noon Lynette Andersen--The Rotary House in Sacramento

June 21: Social John and Susie Wilson Craft Talk

June 28: Cathy's Demotion Party evening at the Burke's Home!

July 5: Social  Lyazzat Alshinova, Pres. Astana Rotary and Carolyn Feuille (date confirmed by Club on May 24)

July 12: Noon  Joe Scheimer: Background to the Vietnam War

July 26 Noon: Susie and John Wilson--Sierra Foothills Village

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

Special Dates

               Birthdays                                                    Anniversaries
John Burke 5/15      Robin Milam and Tom - Big 20!  5/01  
Trish Dellis 5/22      Wally Krill and Mary - Big 70!    5/02  
Stacy Drake 5/23      John Hensley and Sandra         5/05  
Gil Gray 5/31    
And also Nathan Leishman 5/08    
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: John Wilson
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 June 18 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

AND first and third Thursdays for BYOB Social Mixer at 5:30PM
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.