Rotario October 19, 2017

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Message from President Cathy ~ Making a Difference

Let me start off by thanking all of you for making District Governor Doug McDonald"s visit such a success. Many thanks to the Board for coming early and starting the visit off on such a positive note. Also, thanks to the Club for such a good turnout and for inviting your family and friends. And what better day to welcome back our far-flung members and friends, Bob Buhlis and Chris Geyer. What a terrific day and I was so proud of  our small but mighty club.

Welcome to our newest Member Carla Burke

Many of us have known and loved Carla for years. The last few years she has stepped in to manage our daily cash and related functions during the Fair.  With John as her Sponsor, DG Doug partnered with Cathy to induct her as an Active Member of Nevada City Rotary!  We look forward to having Carla share her own personal "craft" talk in the coming months. Welcome Carla!

Congratulations to our newest Quiet Rotarian Christine Newsom and
DG Making a Difference Awardee Tom Ryan

Chris has been a member of our Club since April 2016 and immediately became an active, invaluable member in her wonderful soft-spoken, behind-the-scenes way. She co-chairs our Program Committee and as a result of her knowledge of and involvement in a broad spectrum of our community each week our members have enjoyed a variety of interesting programs. She and her husband Bill never hesitate to participate in our service projects, including our Los Barriles, Mexico project where her fluent Spanish made her a hit with everyone. But, to me, her ability of bring a quiet voice of unity and peace and gentle reminders of what we are and what we should be doing as Rotarians makes her the epitome of a Quiet Rotarian and I feel so fortunate that she is a member of our Club.

While Tom is a relatively new (one year – joining in August 2016) member of our Rotary Club he is not new to Rotary. Since June 1996, over his long Rotary history Tom has served as President of two other Rotary clubs in the Southern California area. From the lucky day Tom came to visit our club for the first time, he has been a great example of what Rotary is about - Service Above Self. Tom immediately steps in when something needs to be done. Our Fair Booth needed repairs; Tom was there with his expertise. The Rotary bench in front of the National Hotel needed refinishing; Tom cut new slats and oversaw the project. We needed a Sergeant of Arms; Tom grabbed the pan and stepped up. The flakey President was leaving town for two months; Tom covered the meetings in his easy-going, fun way. He is always asking me "what do you need me to do?"  When the "Making a Difference" theme was introduced for the year, Tom's comment was "That's why I'm a Rotarian."

I have had a couple of things on my mind this week.

First, I can't believe how fast a week goes by. It seems like it was only a day or two ago we were enjoying a visit from our District Governor and already Robin is reminding me it is time to get the Rotario done again. Is it just me or have they shortened the traditional week to 3-4 days?

Second, I'm amazed at how much the members of our Rotary Club do; whether it's putting together the Rotario, responding to the recent fires, cleaning up our local trails and parks, raising funds for NEO or other non-profits, helping Girls Who Code, making sure the bills are paid, keeping the local radio station on-air or the myriad of other things you all participate in. I guess the saying is true: "If you want to get something done, ask a busy person to do it." We are a club of busy people yet you all continue to find time to be Rotarians and Make a Difference. I'm so proud to serve with all of you. “My excuse was always I don’t have time, but I decided that I will make time and signed up.” — CJ Robinson  We all signed up to be Rotarians and from what I see being done by our club, none of us are making excuses.

Third, I'm blown away by our Program Chairs Nancy Kemp and Christine Newsom. They work tirelessly to provide us with informative, entertaining and unique programs and they never disappoint. Next time you see them, let them know how much you appreciate their efforts.

This Week:  Merchant Mixer
Franceska Alexander, The Alexander Gallery

Speaking of great programs, you are in for a treat at this week's mixer. Our featured Merchant is artist and gallery owner, Franceska Alexander who will share with us about The Alexander Gallery (just up the street from the National), the importance of art and how to realize your dreams of being an exhibited artist. 

Hope you can all join in the fellowship and fun at our Merchant Mixer Meeting.

Speaking of busy schedules... Coffee, tea or hot chocolate?

Maybe a drink at the National Hotel bar? Whatever you choose - drinks are on me. But the offer has a string attached - feedback! I had a lot of time to think while I walked this summer and I thought about our club and each member in it. Email me with dates/days/times you are available. If I don't hear from you first, I'll be getting in touch with members in the coming weeks to set up a time when we can chat and you can let me know what's on your mind when it comes to our Club and how you would like to Make a Difference.

World Polio Day - Nevada City Rotary in Motion with Cathy at the Lead!

October 24 is World Polio Day. Plan to join us 8:30am Tuesday morning October 24 on a Walk to End Polio from Nevada City to Grass Valley.  We will start at The National Hotel and walk up Zion and Nevada City Hwy to East Main and into Grass Valley.  For those who want to do a return walk, plan to continue the loop around Alta to Ridge Road and back to Nevada City. Start the walk with us or join in along the way.  We are inviting other Clubs to join us and will plan a coffee/snack break in Grass Valley.

One way, part way, all the way...Your choice!!!

We will keep Cathy's GivingTrail Make History Today End Polio Once and For All campaign live until October 24.  The clock is running down ~ if you want to make a donation do so now!  Many, many thanks.

Nevada City Clean Up Day - Penzance Park

We had a great turnout today at Penzance Park ... Check Nevada City Rotary Facebook now for pictures as well as next week's Rotario!


Area 4 is hosting an all Club Social Event and Concert Friday, Nov 3 at Reiki Kitchen Event Center and Off Broadway.  Don't miss Kris Stepanian & Dominic Stepanian In Concert at Off Broad Street. Cost for Concert and Social Hour with Heavy Appetites is $40.00/person. Concert only at $28.00 per person. Drop-dead date for reservations is October 31. Reservations can be called in to Anita at 530-272-6036. This will be a really fun Rotary social event.

Be a "sweet heart" for Girls Who Code 

Treating the girls to refreshments one or more times throughout the school year is a fabulous way for you to be personally involved supporting the program. We still have open slots for later in the year!

See Dave Bunje. He is circulating a signup sheet for our support with refreshments for the girls each week.  The girls certainly appreciate the snacks. Dave suggests that it is good to bring something sweet, something salty, including something filling.  Old reliables include chips, granola bars, juice drinks, cupcakes, pretzels, brownies, bagels, etc. Lynn Ching has set the bar with hard boiled eggs, sliced apples with almond butter, popcorn and red vines.  If you have not signed up for a slot in coming months, please contact Dave.  Many thanks to those who volunteer to bring snacks!

Please note: NEW PLACE AND TIME: The club now 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:

October 19: Mixer Franceska Alexander of The Alexander Gallery

October 24: World Wide Polio Day Walk 8:30am from The National Hotel to ...

October 26: Lunch Julie & Ken Hardin, InConcert Siert

November 2: Mixer

November 3: Area 4  6:00pm Social Reiki Kitchen Social Hour and 7:15pm Off Broadway Concert

November 9: Lunch Kat Kress from Miners' Foundry

November 16: Mixer: Michael Young - Sgt. Funky’s- origins and an update on current happenings

November 20: Board Meeting: 5:30pm Nevada County Properties/Recreation Realty, top of Broad St.

November 23: Thanksgiving - Enjoy with your Family! (Meeting moved to Foundation Dinner)

November 30: Foundation Dinner: Foothill Event Center

December 7: Mixer

December 14: Lunch

December 21: Mixer


January 4: Mixer

January 11: Lunch Don Rivenes from Nevada County Climate Change Coalition: Nevada City City Council’s recent resolution supporting a goal of 100% renewable energy

January 19: Mixer

January 25: Lunch

February 1: Mixer

February 8: Lunch

February 15: Mixer

February 22: Lunch

April 7:  2018 Club Leadership Assembly, The Nuggett in Reno

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

Special Dates

               Birthdays                                                     Anniversaries
Paul Boch 10/10   Nancy Kemp and Steve 10/12
Wally Krill 10/18     
Nancy Kemp  10/22    
Chris Newsom 10/30    
President: Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
Past President: Walt Stickel
Secretary: Robin Milam
Treasurer: Trisha Dellis
Public Image: Michael Young & Robin Milam
Youth Service: Dave Bunje
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 November 20 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.