Speaker Date Topic
InConcert Sierra - FIELD TRIP Jul 18, 2024 5:30 PM
Private Tour of InConcert Sierra's new Concert Hall, Blackbox Theater and Conference Center

Join us at 5:30pm sharp for a private tour of InConcert Sierra's new Event Complex including the concert hall, blackbox theater and conference center with Steve Mendoza.

Please read instructions here and wear close-toed shoes!


333 Crown Point Circle, #125
Grass Valley, CA ~ 95945

Google map - off Whispering Pines

David West Jul 25, 2024 12:15 PM
Veteran Services in Nevada County
Veteran Services in Nevada County

The Nevada County Veterans Services Office (NCVSO) promotes the interest and welfare of veterans, dependents, and their survivors by enhancing their quality of life through counseling, education, benefits assistance, and advocacy. 

We connect Veterans to their benefits by assisting in their interactions with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and hope to make the process easier when applying for benefits like Health Care, Compensation and Pension.  

David West - Veterans Services Officer

David West is the Nevada County Veterans Services Officer.  He served honorably for five years in the United States Marine Corps and was the Platoon Sergeant of Communications Platoon, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division.  David is familiar with the struggles that veterans face when transitioning from the military service back to civilian life and uses his own life experiences to connect with the veterans of our county.

David first started on his path toward a career in a Veterans Advocacy in 2007, while attending Sierra College in Rocklin, California.  He was instrumental in the advocating and the development of the Veterans Resource Center that provides a place for Veterans to learn from Veterans in an environment that suits their specific needs.  This model has been implemented by other colleges throughout the state.

David previously worked for the Veterans Benefits Administration as a Rating Veterans Services Representative who made decisions on claims for compensation that veterans filed with the VBA.  While working for the VBA, David also was selected to be a centralized trainer who taught newly hired employees how to properly process veterans claims for compensation.  Additionally, he was one of 20 national candidates selected for the VA’s Leadership Augmentation Program that teaches those selected how the VA operates on a National platform. 

However, in 2012 he moved to Bakersfield, CA to start a family and he began a career in the Oil & Gas Industry.  It was here that David learned the principles of process improvement and learned the importance of using data to influence decisions.  David uses tools to ensure that the veterans of Nevada County are receiving the highest quality of services and that the VSO is continually seeking avenues to improve the services that it provides.

Mr. West moved his family back to Sacramento, CA in the summer of 2018.  On August 2, 2018 David formally accepted the position as the Nevada County Veterans Service Officer (VSO).  As the VSO, David has used his diverse background and prior knowledge of working with the VA to provide services to the Veterans of Nevada County.  

President Louise Aug 01, 2024 5:30 PM
Club Assessment Report Out and Discussion
Club Assessment Report Out and Discussion

Thank you all who responded to our Rotary Membership Survey!  We had excellent participation.

Join us over pizza for active dialogue about what you love about Nevada City Rotary and areas you would like to see changed or improved.

We may even hear a few insightful, magical words from Rotary Rob! 

Wrenn Cleary Aug 08, 2024 12:15 PM
Rotary Global Scholar - Oxford University and Field Work in Greece
Rotary Global Scholar - Oxford University and Field Work in Greece

Wrenn officially matriculated and completed her studies in Oxford earlier in the year.  She has spent the last few months in Greece collecting data for her dissertation. Wrenn plans to complete her analysis and her written dissertation in August.

At Oxford, Wrenn completed courses in Water and Health, Economics Law and Governance of Water, Climate and Catchment Processes as well as Climate Change and the Media.

We look forward to having Wrenn share her studies and adventures with us.

Tom Ivy, Grass Valley City Councilman Aug 22, 2024
Grass Valley’s New BIoFuel Program
Grass Valley’s New BIoFuel Program

Tom runs a small, efficiency-minded, general and plumbing contracting business out of Grass Valley, originally started by his father. Born and raised in Nevada County, with some years spent at UC Santa Cruz and working in Seattle, he’s still taken with his home in western Nevada County.

He was appointed to the Grass Valley Planning Commission in 2018 and then elected to the Grass Valley City Council in 2020. As a Council member, his most recent efforts are bringing Pioneer Community Energy to Grass Valley and expanding and preserving the Loma Rica Trail Network. His wife and young child, their garden, walking or biking through their local natural areas and parks and more are the things that light up his life lately.

Lisa Davies CEO Sep 26, 2024 12:15 PM
Chapa-De Indian Health
Chapa-De Indian Health

Lisa Davies is currently working as the CEO of Chapa-De Indian Health in California. She has received an education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and has previous work experience as the Compliance Director at Chapa-De Indian Health. At Chapa-De Indian Health, she manages a team of 12 individuals.

Chapa-De Indian Health

Today Chapa-De operates two private, non-profit community health centers and is governed by an American Indian Board of Directors. The Board of Directors includes members of the United Auburn Indian Community, which is Chapa-De’s supporting Tribe.  Under UAIC’s authority, Chapa-De contracts with Indian Health Services (IHS) to provide no-cost or low-cost services and medications to verified American Indians and Alaska Natives from federally recognized and California tribes. We also welcome low-income individuals and families.

Our health centers offer adult and pediatric primary medical care, nutrition and health education, prenatal care, dental care, orthodontia, mental health counseling, psychiatry, optometry, and pharmacy services.

Chapa-De serves over 20,000 active patients and continue to expand our services based on the needs of our communities. We recently renovated our Auburn and Grass Valley campuses to help meet the rising demand for local healthcare providers who accept Medi-Cal patients. Chapa-De is committed to providing quality, integrated and patient-centered care to all people regardless of their financial situation or ethnicity.

DG Dennis Geare Dec 12, 2024 12:15 PM
Rotarians Make Beautiful Music
Dennis joined the Rotary Club of Nevada City in 2010. He served as club Secretary in 2014, club Membership Chair in 2014 – 2016 and club President in 2013 – 2014. Dennis was honored to serve as Area 4 Area Governor in 2015 – 2018. He continued his support of District 5190 as District Ethics Chair in 2017 – 2020, District Conference Registrar in 2019 – 2021 and District Conference Chair in 2022. Dennis has served as a District Technology Training Facilitator for Rotary Club Presidents and Area Governors 2017 – 2019, served as a Sargent At Arms for the 2020 PETS, and Tech Support in 2021 for Pre- PETS, PETS, and Post PETS Zoom sessions. Dennis currently serves as his club’s Membership Chair.
Dennis grew up in Walnut Creek, CA after his family relocated from Phoenix, Arizona. He attended the University of California at Berkeley, majoring in Anthropology. Dennis enjoyed a nearly 40- year career in the publishing business, first in book distribution at Bookpeople, Inc in Berkeley, CA where he was Assistant General Manager and Board Chairman and subsequently at CBS Fawcett Books Group, Bantam Doubleday Dell, and Random House where he was Director of Sales and Marketing for the wholesale channel of distribution in New York.

Dennis and his late wife, Annette relocated to Grass Valley, CA in 2000 where he was a founding partner of the Sierra Lifestyle Real Estate Team. Retiring from day-to-day real estate work in 2020, Dennis devotes his time to Rotary service to the community and is proud to support the greatest engine of doing good in the world, The Rotary Foundation. Dennis is a Paul Harris Fellow, a member of the Paul Harris Society, a member of the Bequest Society and is working toward his Major Donor status.
Dennis’ commitment to Rotary is to help all Rotarians and Clubs to be all they can be in maximizing good works in our communities! A long time Membership Chair, Dennis is particularly focused on supporting District 5190 Rotary Clubs membership efforts.
Dennis has a daughter, Sacha who lives in New Jersey. Dennis is passionate about service to community, books, music, fly-fishing and mineral collecting.
Dennis’ believes that Rotarians Make Beautiful Music in all we do and encourages every Rotarian to sing our songs loudly, inviting those with Rotarian values to join us!