September 21, 2017

Dear Rotarians and Friends, 

This Week Social Mixer:  Chris Newsom Craft Talk and Welcome Home President Cathy!

Our own Chris Newsom will be our showcase speaker for this week's Social Mixer.  Chris has been an active member  ~ often with her husband Bill for two years and is sure to delight us with her personal stories. 

Christine Mueller Newsom was born in San Francisco in 1946 and grew up on the San Francisco peninsula, the third of four girls.  She knew from the time she was in junior high school that she wanted to be a doctor, although she did take somewhat of an academic detour while attending UC Davis by majoring in German and spending her junior year in Germany.  She entered the inaugural class of the UC Davis School of Medicine when it opened in 1968, where she met her husband, Bill.  After graduating in 1972, they moved back to San Francisco to finish their residencies, started their medical practices, and had their first child, Peter.

After soon realizing that they didn’t want to raise a family in the City, Bill and Chris decided to look elsewhere in northern CA, and fell in love with Nevada City, moving here in 1981.  Two daughters, Joanna and Emily, were born soon afterward.  Life kind of becomes a blur after that!….career, family-raising, home-building….before long, three decades had gone by, the kids had left the nest and it was time for retirement.  

Life remains full, with lots of volunteer activities, some time for music, travel, and play; and most fascinating: the search for whatever connects us all.

Cathy's Camino Santiago Walk for Polio

Cathy has returned and will share just a snippet of her big adventure.  We will hear her full story at a later date once she has fully landed again!  

For those who were waiting proof that she completed her trek, you will have it now! We are only $55 short of $2000!  If you have not yet donated, celebrate with Cathy now! Even a few dollars puts you on the donor list supporting Cathy.  We have exceeded her goal and are ALMOST to $2,000. Donate and/or follow Cathy's End Polio Now trek with all her updates Make History Today ~ End Polio Once and For All! (link is external) 

Cathy dedicated her Camino walk to Sam Dardick.  If you have not seen the expanded video of Caleb sharing stories of growing up with his amazing father, please visit and scroll to the August 1 update. (link is external)

Note Cathy is back in time for next Monday's Board Meeting, September 25 at 5:30pm at John Hensley's Recreation Realty/Nevada County Properties office at 432 Broad St. Nevada City.

SYRCL's Yuba River Cleanup & Restoration Day

A big thank you to John Hensley, Tom Ryan, Walt Stickel, Chris and Bill Newsom, and Judy Soldavini and George Roberts for cleaning up Miner's Trail with SYRCL on Saturday!

SYRCL 2017 Miners Trail Clean Up

Last Week Carolyn Feuille ~ Astana Kazakhstan Twin Club

Carolyn Feuille in Kazakhstan

Carolyn Feuille delighted us all with photos and details of her recent trip to Astana, Kazakhstan. All of our Open World delegates except Ruslan (who lives in Almaty 500 miles from Astana) were able to join in at least two of the many activities they hosted for her.  She gave updates on our delegates and shared her many wonderful cultural experiences.  The entrepreneurial spirit among several of the delegates is alive and thriving especially for Emin and Aizhan who are both expanding their businesses. The photo of Emin shows a sample of the wooden furniture he added to his products.  Aizhan is now marketing a tea with her photo

She did a Rotary Friendship Exchange and stayed with Lyazzat Alshinova, the Astana Rotary Club president, and her family. She shared our Twin Club Certificate for Nevada City Rotary Astana Rotary. 

In Astana, Carolyn also stayed with Open World delegate Aizhan Mukatayeva.  Thanks to Elena and Astana Rotary her schedule was packed ~ turnabout for her coordination of the Kazahstan team visit to Nevada City!

Girls Who Code is now in session & You can participate!

A new Girls Who Code session has started at our new location in Seven Hills Middle School. There are currently 22 girls enrolled, with a couple more expressing interest. This is a younger group, with lots of giggles and fidgeting, and with a positive attitude for the opportunities ahead.

A sweet way for you to participate:

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. 

Dave Bunje 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. 

Rotary coming together to support victims of Hurricane Harvey

Three Rotary Districts have been heavily impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  We are providing them as a reference knowing many Rotarians are eager to provide aid and support. 

1. Rotary District 5910 includes Galvestion, Bay City, Palestine, Beaumont and surroundings. The District gratefully accepts your donations to assist with relief for the area.  An online donation page will be available as soon as possible.  Checks can be sent to: 

Rotary District 5910 Charitable Foundation
c/o Bobbie Applegate
985 IH-10N, Suite 111,Beaumont, TX 77706

Questions and requests for help can be sent to DG Rhonda Herrington, cell 903-724-8515,, 616 S Sycamore, Palestine, TX 75801.

2. Rotary District 5890 consists of 62 clubs throughout the Greater Houston Area and has a District 5890 Charities, Inc. Funds can be sent to:

District 5890 Charities, Inc.
c/o Jackie Barmore,
3525 Preston Ave., Pasadena, TX 77505

Questions and requests for help can be sent to DG Bill Palko, cell 303-618-6859, home 713-450-2623,, 202 Blue Castle Lane, Houston, TX 77015.

3. Rotary District 5930 has partnered with McAllen North Rotary Fund - a 501 (c) 3 to set up an Emergency Relief Fund. If you'd like to help please make checks payable to Rotary District 5930 
c/o McAllen North Rotary Fund -  Fed Tax Id# 27-3855943
501 W. Nolana
McAllen, TX  78504

Please make sure donor name and address is included so proper tax receipt can be sent especially for donations of $250 or more.

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:

September 21: 5:30 Mixer - Chris Newsom Craft Talk

September 28: Lunch Cliff Gold - Entomologist from Uganda (Tentative)

October 5: Mixer 

October 12: Lunch DG Doug Mc Donald visit

November 23: Thanksgiving - Enjoy with your Family! (Meeting moved to 5th Thursday)

November 31: Club Holiday Traditions Luncheon - share your favorite Holiday traditions

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


“Never forget that you are one of a kind. Never forget that if there weren't any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn't be here in the first place. And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life's challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes that matter in the world come about. So be that one person.” ― R. Buckminster Fuller


Special Dates

               Birthdays                                                     Anniversaries
Cathy Wilcox-Barnes 9/3   Carolyn Feuille and Bob 9/4
Dave Bunje 9/8   Walt Stickel and Sandy 9/9
Larry Undercoffer  9/9    
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
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.

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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. September meeting is moved out a week ~ it will be Monday Sept 25 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.