Rotary January 17, 2019

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday - January 17, 2019  ~ Social 5:30pm
The ACME Robotics Team and Stephanie Lewis

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

This Week: The ACME Robotics Team and Stephanie Lewis

Nevada City Rotary has been a proud supporter of the ACME Robotics Team for several years now. This year is a big one for the team as several original members graduated and they added a second team ARES.  Stephanie Lewis is one of the team coaches.  She also taught our Girls Who Code program one year.

The team will share their successes for the year, probably show off their robot.  This is always a fun meeting!  

Last Week:  Cathy Wilcox-Barnes - President-Elect

It is official by unanymous exclamations!  A big THANK YOU to Cathy!

Area 4 North Star Garden Project

Last Saturday Tom, Ken and Tom went to the North Star House and joined about 15 other Area 4 Rotarians to complete Phase 2 of the garden project.  Led by Adam Weiss, of Grass Valley South, I pushed a wheelbarrow for about 4 hours delivering dirt to the planting areas while Tom M was on shovel duty spreading and leveling followed by a repeat performance with a delightful mix of compost and fertilizer. Meanwhile Ken worked with the Iron Gate team leveling and securing the really impressive iron gates at the front and rear entrance to the garden.  With the gates working perfectly and his task for the day complete Ken headed for home around 11:30 with the satisfaction of another job well done.  With the dirt and compost project done and all of my large muscle groups wondering aloud if we were done yet they took me and our wheelbarrow home around noon to finish off my weekend on the couch.  Tom M stayed with a few of the more stout of heart and spread a nice layer of base material on all of the walking paths and they wrapped up the project somewhere round 3 o’clock.

Stay tuned for Phase 3 of the garden project, which will be planting of the period correct foliage in the garden.  It really is a rewarding experience to pitch in and work shoulder to shoulder with fellow Rotarians from our Club and getting to know members of surrounding Clubs in our area.

Global Partners for Development: Vineyards to Villages

Don Harris and David Stare talked about the wonderful work ofGlobal Partners for Development: Vineyards to Villages.   A unique partnership has been built between the Sonoma County wine industry and African communities through the Vineyards to Villages (V2V) initiative. Through V2V, the Sonoma County wine industry is “turning wine into water” by funding clean water infrastructure, sanitation facilities, and hygiene education for rural schools in western Kenya.  Learn more at

Rotary District 5190 Area 4 Business and Professional Service Directory

Patrick Ward, Secretary of the Grass Valley Rotary Club, is in the process of updating the January 2019 edition of the Rotary District 5190 Area 4 Business and Professional Service Directory.  If you or your business would like to be included in the directory or if you need to update your information the easiest way is to complete the interactive on-line input form and directly submit it on-line by using this link:  Business/Professional Services Directory Input Form. To see the previous 2016 edition, click Rotarians Doing Business with Rotarians.

The committee for the Area Wide Community Awards Night to be held March 20, 2019 had its first meeting yesterday.  There will be three candidates selected for each of the three categories of awards:  Citizen of the Year Award, the Lowell Robinson Business of the Year Award and the Volunteer of the Year Award.  Watch for a separate email with instructions on how to nominate candidates later this t week but it is time to start thinking of anyone that you might want to put forward because the deadline for turning in the applications will be January 28th..

SAVE THE DATE!!! MARCH 10 for Nevada City Rotary's all new HUNGRY GAMES! 

Watch this space for more details in the coming year!  Hungry Games will spotlight a Chef's cook off and a raffle for set of Cerficates from 12 local Restaurant favorites

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

Our next planning meeting is Thursday January 24 at 11:00am ahead of our lunch meeting. Join us if you want to be part of the planning!

Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) I January 26 at Ensemble Designs

Rotary Leadership Institute is a grassroots training program that will significantly expand Rotary knowledge and enhance leadership skills that will benefit participants in their personal, professional and Rotary lives. The program is offered in three parts. The first part RLI I is being sponsored by Area 4 and 5 on Saturday, January 26 in Nevada City. A fun and informative day with fellow Rotarians taught by a few you may know!

WHERE:     Ensemble Designs Café
                  870 Gold Flat Rd, Nevada City, CA (map)

WHEN:       Saturday, January 26, 2019 8:30am – 3:30pm

COST:         $20 / person - Our Club will reimburse


Members who have a strong interest in Rotary and are ready to be exposed to the larger world of Rotary. The course will rejuvenate tenured members and engage and educate newer members.

Please Register at  by Thursday January 17, 2019!

Click for RLI I Area 4-5 January 26 Flyer

Bulb Planting Penzance Park - Thursday January 31

Join us for our Annual Daffodil, Crocus and Whatever is in Cathy's bag for planting time at Penzance Park. Digging starts at 10:00am Thursday morning January 31.  Bring planting tools such as trowel, gloves, and a big smile! We'll provide cookies and water!

Los Barriles, Baja Here We Come!

Nevada City Rotary is unfolding plans for our fourth trip to Los Barriles.  Again we will partner with our Los Barriles Twin Club on a very special project. Last year the team did diabetes and blood screening for students at East Cape Medical Clinic and a local school. Everyone was very moved by the experience with the children.

Project focus: This year's team is going to East Cape Community Vision Center in Los Barriles to assist in conducting secondary (follow-up) vision screening for children and adults. 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 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).

Meeting:  We will get together to discuss travel logistics in January. 

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.

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:

January 17  Social:  The ACME Robotics Team and Stephanie Lewis

January 24 Lunch:  Jo Ann Marie and Gordon Mangel -  Grand Jury

January 26 : Rotary Leadership Institute I (RLI I) 9:30am- 3:30pm Ensemble Designs Café,                   870 Gold Flat Rd, Nevada City, CA (map)

January 31 - 5th Thursday 10:00am Penzance Park Daffofils and more
Regular Club Meeting is DARK

February 7 Social:

February 14 Lunch: Club Music Contest

February 21 Social: Ramona Howard, Nevada County T.V.

February 28 Lunch: President Tom- Club Assembly

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

               Birthdays                                                    Anniversaries
Carla Burke 1/13   John Woodford and Janna 1/01
Amelia Barrett 1/23    

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.

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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 moved to Monday January 14, 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.