Rotario - November 8, 2018

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Lunch 12:15pm Thursday November 8, 2018
Valerie Costa - Special Sections of The Union

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

This week Valerie Costa of The Union and

Valerie Costa is Special Sections Manager of The Union and the administrator of, which is the official tourism site of Nevada County. With a ten year journalistic background, Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations, and a great passion for Grass Valley, Valerie enjoys writing and editing content to highlight some of the great features of the area.

Her projects at the Union include Healthy You magazine, Best of Nevada County contest and publication, Current magazine, Adventure magazine, Business Connections magazine, Nevada County Cannabis, Nevada County Rancher, and many more.  In addition, Valerie solicits, writes, and edits content for the weekly Eat.Drink.Enjoy. center section of the Prospector, as well as the monthly Senior Living insert and the free Foothill Weekly publication.  Join us as we welcome back Valerie, who is also a former Nevada City Rotarian.

Holiday Goodwill

Coming up December 15 Nevada City Rotary will again be bellringing for the Salvation Army from 10am to 6pm at SPD Market in Nevada CIty.  Rotary across the US has a long tradition of ringing bells to raise money for the Salvation Army over the holidays.

We still have three out of five one hour shifts available for teams of two. 12-1, 1-2,  2-3,  4-5,  5-6. Two teams have signed up and are willing to do whatever shifts are needed. Now is the time to pick which shift works best for you. See President Tom this week to confirm your shift.   

Last Week - A Fun Visit with DG Tina, Brian and Sparky

We sent DG Tina packing with a basket PLUS a tote filled with at least 8 bottles of local wines, wine glasses, coasters, openers, Grass Valley's own boutique distilled Vodka, bags of Nevada City's chocolate toffee delicacy's, local lore books and so much more!  Then we turned around and bought Jackson's basket for $1,520 with more still coming in! 

The Jackson basket includes lots of wine, wine glasses, jewelry, chocolates, nuts and gift certificates for a one night at the National Hotel in Jackson, gift certificates for food and with merchants.  We will be raffling the elements at our Holiday Party.

At a fun filled meeting, DG Tina recognized Carolyn Feuille as our quiet Rotarian of the Year and Robin Milam as Club and District MVP. 

On Friday Cathy Wilcox-Barnes led an incredible historical walking tour of Nevada City for DG Tina Spencer-Mulhern and Brian. The tour started at our own Miner's Trail and continued to Nevada City Winery and Firehouse #1 museum! We were amazed and reminded of Cathy's extensive knowledge of our community. Also a big thank you to Bill Jennings and Carla Burke for sharing the grape processing in the works at the winery!

Girls Who Code at Seven Hills

Girls Who Code Nevada County is launching its fourth year! Nancy Kemp shared stores of this years Club.  Please signup to serve as host and/or bring healthy snacks a week or more for Girls Who Code participants. If you’ve done it before you know all about it and if you haven’t, here is another incredible opportunity to become involved and participate with the youth in our community.  Please contact Nancy to sign up and support this very special program.

Nevada City Rotary to Sponsor 5 Students to NatureBridge

Given our Club’s relationship with Seven Hills School as host for Girls Who Code, John Wilson was approached by school facility about sponsoring students in their annual Seven Hills Nature Bridge Science Camp in January.  The Seven Hills 6th Grade Class has been participating in the 4-night, 5-day science camp in the Marin headlands for 25 years.  The staff recently learned that funding for the camp has been eliminated for this year. The school is reaching out to Rotary and other civic organizations for support to fund the program this year.  The intention is to send all 90 students to the camp at a cost of $440 per student.  While many students are able to self-fund, 35 students need sponsorships to cover camp expenses.  Nevada City Rotary is sponsoring 5 students.  John, Suzy and Chris are sponsoring additional students. If you are interesting in personally sponsoring at 7 Hills student, please see John Wilson.  The video shows what a wonderful program it is not only for students who attend the Marin County camp but other NatureBridge camps around the country.

NatureBridge Camp

Rotary Youth Exchange Student Host Families needed

The Rotary Club of Grass Valley is seeking host families for their foreign exchange student this school year. Our student this year is a delightful young lady from Switzerland.

Host families are being sought for 3-4 months each, so that our student can experience life in the US with different families as part of this cultural exchange. It's a wonderful opportunity for your family to be a part this life changing experience.

Interested families are asked to contact Marcia Salter at 530-913-5908  or email: for more information.

The Rotary Youth Exchange Program is one of the largest student exchange groups, with connections in more than 100 countries and thousands of clubs reaching every continent.

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:

November 8 Lunch: Valerie Costa - Special Sections of The Union

November 15: Social

November 22: DARK Thanksgiving with loved ones

November 29: Fifth Thursday Dark

December 6: Holiday Party 

December 13: Lunch Seven Hills School  “Nature Bridge” Program

December 15: Bellringing at SPD Nevada City 10am - 6pm

December 20: Social

December 27: DARK for Holidays

January 10 Lunch:  Don Harris and Daniel Casanova - Global Partners for Development: Vineyards to Villages

January 24 Lunch:  Jo Ann Marie -  Grand Jury

February 14 Lunch: Club Music Contest

March 14 Lunch:  Club Speech Contest

March 19: RYLA Interviews 8am-12 noon at Nevada Union High School; 1-4pm at Bear River

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

               Birthdays                                                    Anniversaries
Dave Fluke 11/04   Ken Ching and Lynn 11/05
Jack Dinwiddie 11/25   Ken Myers and Akiko 11/10
Susie Monary-Wilson 11/29   Dennis Geare and Annette 11/13
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: 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 Monday November 19, 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.