Lunch Options at TJs Roadhouse

Join us for our lunch meeting at TJs Roadhouse in Nevada City at Creekside.
This week’s options are:
  1. Salad Option 
    Greek Salad - Spinach, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Onions, Feta Cheese, Green Olives, Bell Peppers, and Artichoke Hearts.
  2. Meat Option
    Bluegrass Burger - 1/2 LB Angus Burger Patty topped with Bleu Cheese Crumble, Lettuce, Tomato, Grilled Onions, and Sautéed Spinach served with French Fries.
  3. Vegetarian Option 
    Veggie Cheese Burger - Vegetarian Burger with American cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion on Brioche Bun served with side of French Fries.
Please RSVP by noon on Wednesday and specify your choice for lunch. Meeting charges are $25 if you are eating and $10 if you are not eating. If you choose to pay via credit card in advance, please add $1/meal (i.e. $26) to cover fees and be sure you return to the RSVP form after paying to SUBMIT your reservation. 
Please to familiarize yourself with our Club's Lunch Policy 
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Rotary Clubs in Action - 2023 Training Event 2023-09-22 07:00:00Z 0

Restoration at BYLT Wildflower Ridge

SYRCL Clean Up Day 2023

Members of our Environmental Sustainability Committee spent the morning at BYLT’s Wildflower Ridge Preserve as part of South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) Annual Clean Up Day. Chris, Walt, Jim and Robin joined two crews let by BYLT staff Kate Gazzo and Shaun Clarke. The teams hauled out a managerie of discarded items from the property — filling three pickup loads — as well as pulled piles of invasive Scotch Broom and blackberry vines from along the trails.
And Carolyn and Nancy did their own Rotary cleanup on Nevada City Rotary's Miners Trail on Sunday!
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Rotary Aid to Morocco

Rotary Foundation Trustees establish targeted funds to aid Morocco

The Rotary Foundation Trustees established a Morocco Earthquake Response Fund in September 2023 to support relief efforts for people affected by the devastating earthquakes. Donors can give directly to relief efforts led by Rotary members.

  • To contribute online, use
  • To give by check, make it payable to The Rotary Foundation or to an associate foundation. Include a completed contribution form. For DESIGNATION/PURPOSE, choose Other and write the fund name (Morocco Earthquake Response Fund.)
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Growing Pumpkins for Polio

Pumpkins are bulging on the vines!

We are ready to start picking selected pumpkins and talking about World Polio Day October 24 and a Pumpkin Auction as we lead up to it. Watch for creative thinking! In the meanwhile, join us on Tuesday mornings to care for our plants from 7:30 a.m. (or what time works for you) until about 9:30 a.m. Contact Cathy if you can help at BakBraken Acres, 14283 Judy Lane (off Powerline) in Chicago Park.
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2025 Rotary River Cruise

An Invitation - Rotary Friends

Come travel with us on the ELEGANT ELBE (Prague to Berlin) 
NOVEMBER 11-20, 2025 - During the European Christmas Markets!
The trip is 10 days – 4 days of hotel stays, 6 days cruising on the Elbe River on a Viking riverboat (longship) that has a capacity of only 98 passengers!

This will be the second group cruise for many District 5190 Rotarians.  We had such a great time; we’re doing it again!  We’d like to fill the ship with Rotarians and their friends!
Come join us!
530-272-6036 home; 530-913-6036 

PDG Anita Daniels

Cruisez accommodations and other options: 

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Nevada City Club of the Year 2022-2023 2023-09-01 07:00:00Z 0 Interact,Nevada City Rotary,Rotary Global Scholar

Pumpkin Patch Polio Pond Party

You have heard about our Pumpkins for Polio Project for several months now. Are you curious to see how your apprentice farmer Rotarians are doing, or what we are doing every Tuesday morning? Well, wonder no longer. We are hosting an Open Pumpkin Patch/Pond Party this coming Tuesday morning (September 12th) at BakBraken Acres (the location of the Pumpkin Patch). We will work our regular morning in the field starting at 7:30am and then, around 9:30 a.m. or so, we will adjourn to the beautiful pond area to enjoy light brunch snacks and good conversation in a peaceful setting. Join us for work or just for snacks and play!
Menu includes fresh raspberry and blackberry scones with berry sauces and crème fraîche, watermelon slices, cheese squares and fresh hummus with veggies.
We will provide food but bring your own beverage of choice. If you would like to attend, please reply to let Cathy or Robin know so we can plan enough food. Also, if you need more information, please contact one of us. We look forward to hosting you in a beautiful setting and, hopefully, inspiring a few new farmer apprentices for next year.
More on the project at Pumpkins For Polio.
For directions,
Pumpkin Patch Polio Pond Party 2023-08-31 07:00:00Z 0 end polio

Rotary Night at Freshman NU Football

ALERT Thursday Night Lights - August 31 CANCELLED 
YES you read that right!!
The Freshman Football Game at NU on August 31 was cancelled by the opponent (Rio Linda) because they double scheduled themselves for that night.
Good News is we win - they lose.  It's a forfeit.  Bad news is it takes out our planned Rotary Social.
Western Nevada County Rotarians send congratulation to our Nevada Union Miners Freshman Football Team
Nevada City Rotary, this is our 5th Thursday so we will be dark, aka no meeting!
Louise, thank you for your commitment to our youth and for your moving stories of On Any Given Day last week — 
Rotary Night at Freshman NU Football 2023-08-19 07:00:00Z 0

Nevada City Rotary Lunch Policy

Lunch Policy – Adopted by the Board Aug. 14, 2023

  • All in attendance pay $25 for lunch or $10 if not eating.
  • Prospective members are guests for up to 2 noon meetings plus their induction.
  • Prospective members are encouraged to attend 2 noon meetings and 1 social no-host meeting.
  • Sponsors are responsible to make reservations for prospective members.
  • Sponsor is responsible to make reservations for family and guests attending induction at a noon meeting. These are paying guests, but the sponsor may choose to host them.
  • Meal tickets will be required for all attendees: 3 meal choices, not eating, and 1 choice for visiting Rotarians and guests who have not made a reservation (no ordering from the menu).
  • Treasurer should be in the same location near the main entrance each meeting. Greeter will explain procedure to guests and direct them to the treasurer. 
  • The treasurer will mark a membership roster for all attendees, adding names of visiting Rotarians and guests, collect payments and issue meal tickets, one person at a time.
  • The use of prepayment option will be encouraged. A $1/meal fee with be paid for credit card payments.
  • Invoices will be emailed/sent to those who do not pay in advance or who have forgotten cash or check in the amount of $27.50 per meal.
Nevada City Rotary Lunch Policy 2023-08-14 07:00:00Z 0

Create Hope for Maui

As you have seen on the news, the situation in Maui is catastrophic - so much devastating, heartbreaking loss, something many in our District, tragically, have experienced firsthand.  We know how much each and every gift will help. 
To donate through Rotary District 5000 visit:
Create Hope for Maui 2023-08-10 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarian At Work T-shirts

Did you get your Rotarian at Work Shirt when you joined our Club? If not, and you didn’t sign up for one at the last meeting, email Cathy your size/style. A gift from our club to you. 
If you have a shirt and it’s getting worn out or you would like another one, let Cathy know, and she’ll order you another one (you pay for this one).  Orders close August 31!
Unisex Sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL 
Styles:           (SS) Short Sleve (LS) Long Sleeve
Rotarian At Work T-shirts 2023-08-04 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Night at the SF Giants

In ORACLE PARK - September 8th @ 7:15 PM
Far West Rotarians are competing against Minneapolis to hold the 2029 Rotary International Convention in San Francisco, and the site selection committee will be at this event to see how ENERGIZED, COMMITTED and FUN  we Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors are!
Tickets are $35. Buy tickets through District 5150’s website: Rotary at the Giants Game 
Rotary Night at the SF Giants 2023-08-03 07:00:00Z 0

Colors Galore at National Night Out

Our local law enforcement agencies know how to throw a fabulous community party!  Rotarian and NCPD Chief Dan Foss and Nevada City Police Department (NCPD) fired up their awesome new grill and recruited Nevada City Rotarians to assist with cooking and distributing all sorts of goodies to kids and friends. Cathy had baked and baked cookies that were served up along with over 500 hot dogs provided by Nevada City Police! Plus NCPD’s cardboard police cars and mini handcuffs were big hitters as was Nevada City’s newest officer K-9 Ruby, a young bloodhound.
Crowds of locals joined in the merriment that came to a climax with the Kids Color Fun Run! Cathy and Robin joined in the fun run of the Colors on behalf of Nevada City Police and Nevada City Rotary. Kids of all ages ran the course throughout Memorial Park while officers and community partners shot out canisters and threw buckets of brightly color chalk on anyone around! Then a waterhose from a fire truck doused the runners! 
Nevada City Rotary is proud to partner with Nevada City Police Department (NCPD). Check out the fun photos at National Night Out!
Colors Galore at National Night Out 2023-08-02 07:00:00Z 0

Rafting for Polio 2023

Rotary Rafters Eliminating Polio Raft Trip
Saturday August 26th 2023

    North Fork of the American River (Class 3)
$130/person includes $50 to Rotary Polio Plus
LAST CALL: Prepayment due by August 7th via check, cash, or VENMO (@Bob-Santin).
Don’t miss out on the 2023’s epic snowpack runoff season. Again, this year after a COVID hiatus, the Rotary rafting trip is with the commercial rafting company H2O Rafting Guides.  Tyler Soule is the owner operator and our host. Being “Born” into a rafting family, Tyler has been rafting all his life and is one of the most recognized “Big Water” Class 5 guides in the industry. All his guides share his rafting passion and are extremely competent and a joy to be with too. 
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John Hensley Celebrating 50 Years

Talk about Vocational Service! John Hensley is celebrating 50 Golden Years with Nevada County Properties | Recreation Realty, Inc.
BBQ and LIVE Local Music
The Wheelhouse, Hwy 20 Outdoor Patio Party
July 22, 2023
Doors Open at 2 pm | Live Music 3-9 pm
John Hensley Celebrating 50 Years 2023-07-16 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Work Day at Nevada County Fairgrounds

All Hands On Deck for an Area 4 Rotary Work Day at the Nevada County Fair. The Fair has asked Rotary Clubs of Western Nevada County to help sand and re-stain 50 picnic tables so that fair goers can have a have a nice place to sit during the fair!

If you’re interested, please send an email to Bring a handsander if you have one!
Rotary Work Day at Nevada County Fairgrounds 2023-07-16 07:00:00Z 0

Patio Patter 2023

Nevada City Rotary’s 5th question of the 4-Way Test: “Is it Fun?”

Our first ever Patio Patter co-hosted by our Club Services and Membership Committees was fun and informative for all!  A great way to welcome and engage our new members more fully! A big thank you to Giudita and George for opening their beautiful home and bountiful garden and to Cathy and Giudita for the scrumputous treats.  Each of our committee chairs presented highlights and invitations to actively participate.  
This year’s Committee Chairs and contacts are listed on Club Officers page.  Click Patio Patter for more photos from the day.
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Wrenn Cleary 2023 Global Scholar

Wrenn Cleary has been selected as a Rotary Global Scholar for 2023-2024.  DG Stacy Graham presented Wrenn with her scholarship grant of $30,000 at our Nevada City Rotary Club's Social on Thursday July 6. District 5190, Nevada City Rotary, and 49er Breakfast Rotary are proud to co-sponsor Wrenn as she pursues a Master of Science with a focus in Water Science, Policy and Management at Oxford University starting in September.  The Rotary Club of Abingdon Vesper in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK, will serve as her in-country host Club.
Wrenn’s degree in Water Science, Policy and Management aligns with two main Rotary causes: Protecting the Environment and Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene. Through her scholarship, Wrenn's objective is to strengthen her effectiveness in working for non-profits to mitigate climate change’s imperilment of our finite freshwater resources.
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NEO Youth Center Pergola

At Bright Futures for Youth (BFFY)

Nevada City Rotary is proud to support the NEO Youth Center being built in the Litton Building. Participating in the Area 4 District Grant, Club members were eager to participate in hands-on projects related to the new center. BFFY asked if we would construct the heavy cedar pergola planned for the outdoor patio area. So a team of Nevada City Rotarians jumped in. A special thank you to Tom R, Tom M, and Cathy for laboring in the heat to complete the construction and spreading of decomposed granite!
NEO Youth Center Pergola 2023-06-28 07:00:00Z 0

NCRotary Patio Patter

Saturday July 8 11am-1pm

As we launch our new Rotary year, Club members - especially our newer members - are invited to a gathering of friendship and discovery.
Club Service Chairs will be on hand to discuss their committee activities. You will be able to interact with them, have your questions answered, and join committees of your choices and interests!
When: Saturday July 8
11am - 1pm
Where: Soldavini Home
11786 Tree Top Circle
Nevada City (Banner Mtn)
Refreshments will be served.
NCRotary Patio Patter 2023-06-26 07:00:00Z 0

2023 Backpacks for Children

Tally and First US Credit Union served as a collection point for all the backpacks and donations our Club made to BFFY and Nevada County Department of Child Support Services.  Backpacks were distributed to over 200 students before school started! 
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Annual Demotion Party June 22 2023

Nevada City Rotary celebrated Fiesta Style

Our congratulations and gratitude to Co-Presidents Chris and Carolyn for a successful Rotary year!  To celebrate our 2022-2023 Rotary Year and demote Las Presidentas Chris and Carolyn Nevada City Rotarians and guests gathered for a fiesta at Horsemen’s Lodge on Thursday June 22. Special thanks to Cathy and Judy for the fabulous taco bar spread all sorts of fixings and to PDG Dave, Past President Tom and Gayle for organizing the celebration and recognition of Chris and Carolyn.  
Their presentation of gifts included their Past President pins — yes, with 8 days remaining in their term!
Read more to enjoy videos of the pinata and photos from the evening! 
Annual Demotion Party June 22 2023 2023-06-18 07:00:00Z 0

Celebrating our Club Members June 2023

Area 4 Foundation Dinner Recognition

At our Area 4 Foundation Dinner, we celebrated Cathy as our newest Triple Crown Major Donor, Dennis as Major Donor, and fellow members for additional Paul Harris Fellow achievements.

Nevada County Community Leadership Institute Graduates

Chief Dan Foss graduated Nevada County Community Leadership Institute (NCCLI) with other local Rotarians on Friday June 16, 2023. Nevada City Rotary graduates Alison Lehman and Robin Milam, both alumni of the 2001/2002 program were on hand at the NCCLI Graduation ceremony Friday at Gold Miners Inn to celebrate with Dan and the class of 2022/2023. Pictured with Dan are 2023 graduates from other Area 4 Rotary Clubs.
Celebrating our Club Members June 2023 2023-06-18 07:00:00Z 0

Welcome Tally Gould

Nevada City Rotary was pleased to induct Tally Gould as our newest member.  A native of Western Nevada County, Tally is Branch Manager for First US Community Credit Union in Grass Valley.  Tally is shown with her sponsor Pearce Boyer, Co-President Carolyn, Cathy Wilcox-Barnes who inducted her, and her husband Colton. 
Our Club members — especially Tally — were honored to have First US Community Credit Union CEO and fellow Rotarian, Shonna Shearson and Regional Vice President Patricia Shepherd celebrating Tally’s induction with us. 
Welcome Tally Gould 2023-06-10 07:00:00Z 0

Welcome Mai Lee

Welcome Mai Lee as our newest member.  Dennis Geare inducted Mai with her sponsor Mary Ann Davis from 49er Breakfast Rotary.  Mary Ann proposed Mai join our Club after meeting through their work together at Hospice of the Foothills where Mai is Director of Marketing and Fundraising. 
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First Menstrual Kits have shipped

Lynda Guthrie proudly announced that the first 50 menstrual hygiene kits shipped in early June.  The kits were headed to Chiapas Mexico where they will be distributed to young girls and women in the region.  
The objective of this project is to make it possible for young girls to stay in school, avoid pregnancy, and gain greater potential for economic gain through menstrual health and sexual education training provided with the menstrual hygiene kits. 
Congratulations to our joint Nevada City and 49er Rotary project team. We have completed terms of the Grant and submitted the Grant report to District. To review the report summary and photos ...
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Sierra Harvest - It Tastes Like Pickles

Aimee Retzler, Executive Director delighted us with stories of the various ways Sierra Harvest is promoting healthy food programs in our local schools and transforming children's relationship to fresh produce and other foods. Join BriarPatch Food Co-op & Sierra Harvest on a video visit to a classroom at Cottage Hill School where third grade students taste Local Culture sauerkraut for the first time.

Sierra Harvest - It Tastes Like Pickles 2023-05-25 07:00:00Z 0

Trex bench on Noel Carter Loop

This week Nevada City Rotary and Bear Yuba Land Trust partnered to place our Trex bench at a scenic overlook along the Noel Carter Loop of the Orene Wetherall Trail. The trail is in the Land Trust’s Woodpecker Preserve on Banner Mountain. Access to the trail and preserve is off the Cascade Canal near the Gracie Road parking lot. Chris Newsom and Shaun Clarke, Public Recreation Stewardship Manager for BYLT are both enjoying a scenic sojourn after installing the bench.
Nevada City Rotary took the lead in starting our stretchable plastics recycling program over a year and a half ago.  With our first 500 lbs of plastics collected and given to Trex Company, Inc. through their NexTrex Recycling program, we earned a Trex bench.  
Trex bench on Noel Carter Loop 2023-05-21 07:00:00Z 0

2023-24 Club Leadership Learning

Join us for a morning of leadership and expanding Club impact training as we look to our upcoming 2023-2024 Rotary year with DGE Stacy Graham.  Pick your own location on Zoom. 
Saturday May 20 from 9:00am - 12:00 noon

Join us for a morning of leadership and expanding Club impact training as we look to our upcoming 2023-2024 Rotary year with DGE Stacy Graham.  Pick your location on Zoom. Click to REGISTER now.

2023-24 Club Leadership Learning 2023-05-14 07:00:00Z 0

Making Plans for 2023-24

Your 2023-24 Board met on a recent Saturday morning to make plans for the next Rotary year. Hosted at Doug and Karen McDonald's home in Lake Wildwood, 12 Nevada City Rotarians met to review service projects, activities and goals for next year (and have lunch!). Co-presidents Cathy Wilcox-Barnes, Karen McDonald and Doug McDonald led the discussion, and all the Directors had a chance to review their goals and plan the budget.
Thanks to Club Service Director Judy Soldavani, Public Image Director Walt Stickel, Vocations Director Nicole Dillard, Youth Services Director Louise Johnson, The Rotary Foundation Director Lynda Guthrie, Environmental Sustainability Director Chris Newsom, and Treasurer Tom Ryan for their participation. Not able to attend were Community Service Director Dan Foss, Membership Director Dennis Geare, International Service Chair Carolyn Feuille and Secretary Robin Milam.
We are looking forward to a great year of service in wide-ranging areas of interest to our club members!
Making Plans for 2023-24 PDG Doug McDonald 2023-05-13 07:00:00Z 0
Welcome Judge Kelly Babineau 2023-05-04 07:00:00Z 0

Club Meeting at Mt St Mary’s Academy

This week our Club Social moves to Mount Saint Mary’s Academy for a tour hosted by our Co-PE and teacher extradinaire Karen McDonald and REGL students.  We will meet on the front steps of Mt Saint Mary’s at 5:30pm … Please be prompt so we can start our tour together!
Mt Saint Mary’s is at 400 Church Street, across from St Patrick Catholic Church in Grass Valley. They share the parking lot with St Joseph’s Cultural Center at the end of Church Street. 
Club Meeting at Mt St Mary’s Academy 2023-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

Baraka Anderson, Area 4 places 3rd at Conference

Baraka Anderson, a 10th grader at Sierra Academy (SAEL) represented Area 4 at the District 5190 Music Contest at Conference on April 29.  A very talented pianist, Baraka placed third in the District competion.  He played Shumann’s quite difficult piece “Fantasiestucke.”  Winners shown left to right include first place winner ($1,000 prize) who is an accomplished violinist, second place ($500) also a pianist, and Baraka who won a $300 prize.
Baraka’s video entry to the Area 4 Young Musician’s Competition hosted by Music in the Mountains and Rotary can be viewed at the Baraka Anderson performance. 
Baraka’s mother Juliet, expressed her appreciation for his experience at the District Music Contest through Gayle Denney. “It was gorgeous day! Thank you so much! What a great experience for Baraka! So much appreciation to the Rotary club!
Baraka Anderson, Area 4 places 3rd at Conference 2023-04-30 07:00:00Z 0

Area 4 Community Awards 

The 49er Breakfast Rotary Club of Nevada City will be hosting the Rotary District 5190 Area 4 Annual Community Awards.  The event postponed due to snow has been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 10 from 5:30-7:00PM at Miners Foundry Cultural Center. Cost is $25/person payable through our Club. Please RSVP for Community Awards by Thursday, May 4.
Key selection criteria include that these Nevada County businesses, individuals, and volunteers exemplify the 4-Way Test, Service Above Self, and Personal/Business Ethics.
Lynn Skrukrud is serving as Nevada City Rotary’s Award Committee member to participate in the selection of awardees. For more details on awards…
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Area 4 Foundation Dinner June 12, 2023

Join us for our Area 4 Foundation Dinner as we recognize our newest Paul Harris Fellow achievements and Global Scholar Wrenn Cleary on Monday June 12th at the Wild Eye Pub in Grass Valley. The event is free to attend and attendees can order directly off the Wild Eye Pub regular menu and pay the restaurant directly. Reservations are now closed.
For flyer and more details, continue to ...
Area 4 Foundation Dinner June 12, 2023 2023-04-18 07:00:00Z 0

Nevada City Rotary's On the Move

As of April 13, we are moving to TJ’s Roadhouse of Nevada City at the Creekside for 2nd and 4th Thursday 12:15pm lunch meetings.
As we transition to TJ’s Roadhouse for our noon meetings, some things will naturally change.
Each meeting, TJ’s will be giving us 3 menu items from which to choose. We’ll be publishing those choices in the Rotario and asking that each member and guest choose one item when they RSVP, using a similar method to the way we have been responding for our meetings at Bistro 221.
Each person attending will need to RSVP through our website by noon Wednesday the previous day, so that we can give TJ’s our total order the afternoon before our meeting.
The menu will include burgers, hot dogs, BLTs, beef dip, pulled pork, grilled cheese and other sandwiches, salads, etc. At least one vegetarian item will be available each week. Coffee and cold drinks will be included. Those who don’t order a meal will not count in the club 15-person minimum.
The cost for the meal will be $25 per person including tax and gratuity, payable to our treasurer at the meeting.
TJ’s doesn’t charge for the use of the room. Let’s be flexible and enjoy our new surroundings.
Nevada City Rotary's On the Move 2023-03-31 07:00:00Z 0

Enriching our Rotary Experience in Los Barriles

Nevada City Rotary has been partnering with the Rotary Club of Los Barriles Cabo Este on special projects communities around Los Barriles since April 2015, with the exception of 2021-2022 because of COVID.  Fond memories run deep. This story shares reflections from several members of the 2023 team. 
Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
I always look forward to seeing everyone in Los Barriles again and catching up on how they are and what they’ve been doing, but this year it was even better since we missed a couple of years because of Covid. It was touching and enlightening to hear how it affected people in different ways. The Rotary Club in Los Barriles is comprised of Americans, Canadians, and local Mexicans, and each was impacted differently. The camaraderie as Rotarians that we have developed over the years is something we will always treasure.
Checkout photos at Los Barriles Project 2023 then click  Start Slideshow .
Continue to Read More from Cathy, Co-President Carolyn and others who shared the journey.
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Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling April 15 2023

Take Charge! Recycle Lithium-Ion Batteries Responsibly.

Rotary Clubs of Western Nevada County and Redwood Materials are co-hosting our second community Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling collection in the parking lot of the Nevada County Rood Center from 10:00am - 2:00pm on Saturday April 15, 2023.
The public can drop off Lithium-ion rechargeable devices and batteries for recycling by Redwood Materials, a company that recycles the minerals and uses them to make new rechargeable batteries. Eligible items include cellphones, tablets, laptops, electric toothbrushes, e-shavers, vapes, wireless headphones, Bluetooth speakers, power tool batteries, video game controllers, etc.
Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling April 15 2023 2023-03-20 07:00:00Z 0

Return to Los Barriles for Health Screening

Our team is back from Los Barriles for our club’s 7th International project with the Rotary Club of Los Barriles, Cabo del Este.  A cadre of Rotarians - including 49er, family, and friends participated this year.

Our return to Los Barriles for our health screenings of school kids was a real delight. The main focus of our trip this year after three years of absence -- thanks to Covid -- was an all-out intensive: screening over 350 school kids in two days. Nevada City Rotary delivered several hundred sets of eyeglasses which were distributed during the clinics.
Return to Los Barriles for Health Screening 2023-03-18 07:00:00Z 0

District 5190 Ukraine Mobile Clinic Global Grant

Nevada City Rotary has pledged $1,000 toward a District Global Grant to fund the cost of providing MOBILE CLINICS to Ukraine.
Each Clinic will cost $42,500. The unit cost covers the initial stocking and training of staff. After that the Mobile Clinic is owned by the regional hospital and it’s the Ukrainian hospital’s responsibility to maintain and resupply the unit.
District 5190 Ukraine Mobile Clinic Global Grant 2023-03-17 07:00:00Z 0

Area 4 Foundation Dinner with RID Vicki Puliz


While we look forward to an inspiring keynote with Rotary International Director Vicki Puliz, due to unpredictable weather this week, our Area 4 Foundation Dinner has been postponed. We will update everyone as soon as the new date is confirmed. 
A long-time Rotary member from the Rotary Club of Sparks and our own District 5190, Vicki is a vibrant energizer and engaging speaker. Our Foundation Dinner will be a special time to welcome RID Vicki to our Area and celebrate our contributions to The Rotary Foundation and Paul Harris Fellow achievements.
Area 4 Foundation Dinner with RID Vicki Puliz 2023-02-24 08:00:00Z 0 Foundation,Vicki Puliz

Young Musicians Competition and Concerts 2023

PLEASE NOTE - Due to snow, Sunday's Young Musicians Concert has been canceled.

Baraka Anderson, a 10th grader at Sierra Academy (SAEL) is the Rotary winner of the $200 first prize. For his video entry, he played Shumann’s quite difficult piece “Fantasiestucke.” 
For this virtual contest conducted jointly by Area 4 Rotary and Music in the Mountains, all entries were judged by professional musicians, and a critique of each performance has been sent to all who competed.
A live Showcase Concert had been planned—the first post pandemic—but had to be cancelled twice because of our epic snowstorm and further weather concerns. And also because the young musician winners were not all available for later dates.
Baraka will compete at the D5190 music competition April 29 at Harrah’s in Stateline, Nevada. You can watch his video entry at the Baraka Anderson performance. 

A big thank you to Gayle Denney who is our Club and Area Rotary representative coordinating with Music in the Mountains.
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NEO Youth Center Invitation

You are invited to learn more about Bright Futures For Youth (BFFY)’s life-changing program and the future of the NEO Youth Center and how it will help youth: 
Tuesday, March 14, 2-3:30pm
200 Litton Drive, Grass Valley
Note the cafe area we are funding with other local clubs and a Rotary D5190 grant.
Please RSVP to Sienna Crawford,    
Learn more at NEO Youth Center.
NEO Youth Center Invitation 2023-02-06 08:00:00Z 0

BFFY - Thank you Rotary

Sometimes words are not enough ...

Sometimes words are not enough, and that's how we feel about the donation from the Rotary Clubs in Nevada County that came together and donated $40,000 to the new NEO Youth Center under construction at Bright Futures for Youth on Litton Hill. The donation will specifically support the NEO Cafe portion of the NEO Youth Center (food is arguably the best way to connect with children and young adults). 
So much appreciation to the Rotary Club of Grass Valley, Rotary Club of Grass Valley South, Rotary Club of Nevada City and 49er Breakfast Rotary Club for coming together to change so many lives. If you know a Rotary member, please give them a hug and thank them for their commitment to the community and supporting our efforts.
From Jennifer Litton, Executive Director and the BFFY (including NEO) team
Click to read the BFFY Thank You Newsletter.
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D5190 Gathering of the Clans Conference 2023-01-24 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary presents $40,000 to NEO Youth Center

Four local Rotary Clubs are proud to partner with Bright Futures for Youth (BFFY) to build what will be called the Rotary Café in the new NEO Youth Center. The Grass Valley, 49er Breakfast, Grass Valley South, and Nevada City Rotary Clubs each contributed $2,500.  District 5190 matched the $10,000 Club balance with a $12,500 grant plus almost $2,500 in District Bonus Dollar contributions for a total grant of $25,000 (with some rounding). 
In addition to the District Grant, Grass Valley Rotary contributed $15,000 in honor of late Club member Mike Johnson.  The Clubs presented a check representing the $40,000 donation to Executive Director Jennifer Singer and NEO Program Director Halli Ellis-Edwards at Grass Valley Rotary's regular meeting on Monday January 23, 2023. 
Read BFFY’s Thank You Rotary
Rotary presents $40,000 to NEO Youth Center 2023-01-23 08:00:00Z 0

Penzance Park bulb planting

A small cadre of Nevada City Rotarians took advantage of the mid-January sunshine to do a bit of cleanup and replenish blubs planted in Penzance Park. Cathy Wilcox-Barnes, Tom Ryan, Chris Newsom, Walt Stickel, Tom and Robin Milam planted over 200 daffodils, hyacinths, and crocuses. 

It is a tradition we enjoy as a time for camaraderie , digging in the dirt, and enjoying Cathy’s cookies! And of course it has a history ...


Penzance Park bulb planting 2023-01-22 08:00:00Z 0
Annette's "Gone Fishing Party" 2023-01-21 08:00:00Z 0

Project Drawdown Focus

Throughout the 2022-2023 Rotary year, Nevada City Rotary has been enjoying a monthly viewing of the Project Drawdown Climate Change 101 series. Project Drawdown states:
Climate Solutions 101 is the world’s first major educational effort focused solely on solutions. Rather than rehashing well-known climate challenges, Project Drawdown centers game-changing climate action based on its own rigorous scientific research and analysis. This course, presented in video units and in-depth conversations, combines Project Drawdown’s trusted resources with the expertise of several inspiring voices from around the world. Climate solutions become attainable with increased access to free, science-based educational resources, elevated public discourse, and tangible examples of real-world action. Continue your climate solutions journey, today.
For information on the individual videos in the six-part series as well as related diagrams Chris has been sharing, click the read more button. 
Project Drawdown Focus 2023-01-12 08:00:00Z 0 environment

Robotics and more with ACME Robotics Inc

Photo credit: 2023 ACME Robotics Inc.

Always a fun evening when the ACME Robotics Inc team comes to wow our club with their knowledge, creativity, and mastery of robotics. The team showed off this year's robot and talked about the many facets of designing, building and maintaining a fully functional competitive robot.  Creativity abounds as they describe designing and creating critical parts via a 3D printer.

Nevada County's premier award-winning high school robotics team has been successfully competing in the FIRST Tech Challenge since 2014.  Nevada City Rotary is proud to be an ongoing sponsor of the ACME Robotics team.

Robotics and more with ACME Robotics Inc 2023-01-07 08:00:00Z 0 youth

2023-2024 Board Elected

Our Nevada City Rotary Nominating Committee proposed a slate of Presidents-Elect, Officers, and Directors for 2023-2024. The incoming Board of Directors was approved by a unanimous vote of all members present at our regular Club Social Meeting on January 5, 2023.  
A big thank you and congratulations to our new Board of Directors who will assume office on July 1, 2023.
Officers(Executive Committee)
Karen McDonald (Administrative)     July - October
Cathy Wilcox-Barnes                          November - February
Doug McDonald                                  March - June
President-Elect  Doug McDonald
SecretaryRobin Milam
TreasurerTom Ryan
Carolyn Feuille
Chris Newsom
Club Service  Giudita (Judy) Soldavini
Community Service Dan Foss
Environmental SustainabilityChris Newsom
International Service  Carolyn Feuille
MembershipDennis Geare
Public Image Walt Stickel
Rotary FoundationLynda Guthrie
Vocational Service  Nicole Dillard
Youth Service  Louise Johnson
Nancy Kemp will continue with Programs and Ken Ching will service as Sergeant At Arms.
And a special thank you to our Nominating Committee: Doug McDonald, Cathy Wilcox-Barnes, Dennis Geare, Carolyn Feuille and Chris Newsom.
2023-2024 Board Elected 2023-01-05 08:00:00Z 0

Aunt Ida drops in on Holiday Party

Good morning.

Hope this message finds you well recovered from last night's partying! Aunt Ida asked me to send along a little message from her. She said she hitched a ride over to Colfax and is on her way to Elko to bring some Rotary Christmas cheer, but she wanted us to know she really appreciated the invitation and the warm welcome and festivities last night.
She asked me to give a shout out to some key members of our Club and also wanted to tell us our club is a great example of what a Rotary family looks like: people from all walks of life, coming together as friends to have fun and celebrate Rotary and what Rotary can do around the world. She said, "after all, I am RI's World Goodwill Ambassador, so I should know!"  
Aunt Ida drops in on Holiday Party 2022-12-16 08:00:00Z 0

Nevada City Loves to Party

Rotarians and Guests ~ THIS WEEK!!!

Please Join us for a Holiday Potluck where we will share Festive Food and Good Cheer!

Wear your Holiday finest (elegant, ugly, funny, whatever) and bring a LOW COST ($5 max) gift to share!

Thursday, December 15, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. ~ At The Wheelhouse (Five-Mile House)

Cost:  $10.00 per person and No Host Cash Bar
Please NO BYOB!

A big thanks to Cathy and Judy ~  They know how to throw a fun and festive party!  Come prepared to celebrate! 
If you have not done so, please RSVP to Cathy Wilcox-Barnes at or (530) 265-2155 to sign up for the Potluck.  Check out the smorgasbord for Nevada City Rotary's Most Delicious Potluck Dinner! To see who is bringing what dish,
Nevada City Loves to Party 2022-12-14 08:00:00Z 0

Hear them ring!

Nevada City Rotary has a long tradition of serving as Bell Ringers for the Salvation Army.  It is a tradition shared by Rotarians throughout our community and across the United States during the holiday season.  Our Club's favorite spot is in front of SPD Nevada City.  Temperatures dropped to make for a cold but dry day on Tuesday December 13 for our teams of bell ringers. 
A big thank you to Walt Stickel for coordinating with the Salvation Army and organizing our crews!  Thanks to Gayle, Walt, Tom, Susy, Doug, Dennis, Nancy and Cathy for your good cheer ringing to collect monies on behalf of the Salvation Army and our community.
Hear them ring! 2022-12-14 08:00:00Z 0

BFFYouth Rocking Stockings Project


A big thank you to our volunteers who will fill stockings with gifts on December 7 or transport 250 stockings from the Cinderella Project to Bright Futures on December 8 for distribution.  Enjoy the gratitude expressed by Bright Futures for Youth:
I am sending a heartfelt “Thank you” to you and your members for supporting our Rocking Stocking project this year. Your efforts to stuff the stockings and help with transport made it possible to put smiles on many, many children this Christmas. We look forward to working with you in 2023!
Cindy Hintz
Community Engagement Manager
Arranger ~ Developer ~ Maximizer ~ Responsibility ~ Strategic
200 Litton Drive, Suite 308
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Phone: (530) 265-4311
For more details and ways for you to support this project, contact Co-Pres Carolyn or click
BFFYouth Rocking Stockings Project 2022-11-27 08:00:00Z 0

Menstrual Kits for Chiapas MX


The Rotary Clubs of Nevada City and the Rotary Club of Nevada City 49er Breakfast are sponsoring a Sewing Circle comprised of local Rotary women and their friends to create Menstrual Hygiene Kits to be delivered to girls & women in Chiapas, Mexico.   
The first “working” meeting of the Menstrual Hygiene Kit (MHK) Sewing Circle will meet on Wednesday, December 14 from 10am-12 noon at Wolf Creek Lodge to help us learn to use a Serger (Overlock) sewing machine. 
For further information, please contact Lynda Guthrie, Nevada City Rotarian, at 707-236-0220 or by email at
Menstrual Kits for Chiapas MX 2022-11-26 08:00:00Z 0 Chiapas,menstrual hygiene

Rotary Clubs come together for Afghan allies

When the Afghanistan government collapsed in August 2021, thousands of Afghan individuals and families went into hiding. Many of the individuals had been collaborating with the US and other nations in the building of a more stable regime, and were consequently facing retribution from the Taliban.

In 2022, two organizations, EVAC and Operation Snow Leopard (OSL), formed to help these people, and a local individual with ties to both approached the Rotary Club of Grass Valley South for help with funding and coordination of resources. All Rotary clubs in Western Nevada County (Rotary Club of Grass Valley South, Rotary Club of Grass Valley, Nevada City 49er Rotary Club, Nevada City Rotary Club, Rotary Club of Penn Valley), and two more in District 5190 (Rotary Club of Reno and Rotary Club of Truckee), collaborated on a grant to support the efforts of these organizations. Two significant individual donations from community members also empowered this work.

Thanks to this generosity of our greater community, over 150 at-risk Afghan allies benefited from a wide range of support, including food, shelter, internet services, medical resources, and assistance in the procurement of passport and immigration documents.

Rotary Clubs come together for Afghan allies 2022-11-18 08:00:00Z 0

Tallying Hungry Games II

Delicious Second Helpings!

Numbers are still being crunched so we don't have a final bottom line yet, but we do know, people were having a great time meeting and greeting; the chef tastings by The Ham Stand were scrumptious and creative; our restaurant raffle excelled; Pacific Auction Company brought a variety of art, jewelry, historical and sports memorabilia, travel experiences and more for the auctions; and Peace Lutheran Fellowship Center was a perfect venue for Hungry Games II.
Our Fund A Need campaign to support our broad range of Youth Projects stands at $7,750 and it is still open to anyone who wants to contribute.  Just raise your hand on Thursday or send a message to Co-Presidents Chris and Carolyn or treasurer Tom Ryan.  We would love to get to an even $8,000 or more!  Many, many thanks to the generosity of those who have donated.  Our Fund A Need donations ranged from $2,500 by Chris and Carolyn to $100 by a number of participants, including several $1,000 and $500 donations.
What a treat to have members of our new Interact Club helping setup, direct traffic, tear down and generally anything they were asked to do and to have a NEO student and a former RYLA student sharing their experiences.  A great reminder about why we put so much time and energy into Hungry Games II!

And the winners are:
Tallying Hungry Games II 2022-11-14 08:00:00Z 0 Hungry Games

Hungry Games II

YES IT IS TIME for second helpings!
Bring your friends and join us next Sunday November 13, 4-8pm ...

A fun-filled evening with friends tasting, toasting, bidding on exclusive auction items, and trying your luck at a 1-in-100 odds-friendly chance to win a $1,200 package of certificates from 12 favorite local restaurants.  All proceeds will support youth and community projects sponsored by Nevada City Rotary.
This year's Raffle Restaurants include:

Cirinos at Main Street ~ Alloro Cucina Italiana ~ Bistro 221 ~ Sopa Thai Cuisine ~ Tofanelli's Gold Country Bistro ~ Twelve 28 Kitchen ~ Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. ~ Golden Gate Saloon at the Holbrooke ~ Alexander’s Station Steakhouse ~ Casa Las Katerinas ~ Lola’s at The National ~ Sushi Q

Contact a Nevada City Rotarian to purchase raffle and/or event tickets: 
  • Raffle tickets for our Winner Take All $1,200 restaurant package are $100 and include entry for 1 person. 
  • Event tickets are $25 in advance; $35 at the door. Event tickets are also sold at Harmony Books in Nevada City and Bookseller in Grass Valley.
Rotarians needing tickets to sell, contact Gayle Denney at
Club members who have not signed up for a role putting on our scrumptious Hungry Games II event, we need your support!  Please contact Carolyn at
Have we tickled your taste buds?  Get your tickets today!
Hungry Games II 2022-10-30 07:00:00Z 0 Hungry Games,Nevada City Rotary

Post Trauma Healing

On Thursday Oct 27, Club members were moved by Michael Stone's insights on the impact of personal and societal trauma on each of us. Michael addresses trauma with empathy from his own personal experience and his years coaching individuals and in group settings. Pointing out that trauma is not the event but the way our minds and bodies react to traumatic events, Michael shared ways to handle and continually heal from the trauma we harbor in our bodies.
Click the image for a full size Trauma Awareness, Integration & Post Traumatic Healing flyer.
Michael is also offering a live six month Trauma-Informed Integration and healing workshop starting November 7, 2022.
Post Trauma Healing 2022-10-29 07:00:00Z 0
Supporting The Rotary Foundation 2022-10-28 07:00:00Z 0

Club Board Approves Updated Club Bylaws

Club Approved Revised Club Bylaws

At our October Board meeting, our Club Board approved the updated Bylaws and Club Constitution as submitted and recommended approval by the Club at large. 
On Thursday October 20, Club members approved the revised Bylaws at our regular Social meeting.  If you have questions or recommendations, please contact Robin via reply to the Rotario email. 
Click to view our revised Club Bylaws and Nevada City Rotary Club Constitution.
Club Board Approves Updated Club Bylaws 2022-10-10 07:00:00Z 0

Nicole McNeely Awarded for Vocational Service

Nevada City Rotary was proud to recognize Nicole McNeely with its 2022-23 Community Vocational Service Award.
The plaque, presented by Gayle Denney, states that the award was presented to Nicole McNeely in honor of and with sincere appreciation for your strong leadership of The Nevada County Food Bank exemplifying the ideals and aspirations of Rotary’s 4-Way Test of the things we think, say, and do.
As Executive Director, Nicole has led the Food Bank through significant growth and strategically addressing critical community needs through the COVID pandemic. In July, the Food Bank of Nevada County received its largest funding grant ever, a one-million dollar award from the California Department of Social Services. The grant will help expand its capacity to feed community members faced with food insecurity.  The expansion includes purchasing a new warehouse unit next to their existing location along with food handling equipment and a commercial baler to compress recyclable materials.
Read Food Bank of Nevada County Director in TheUnion by Elias Funes
Nicole McNeely Awarded for Vocational Service 2022-10-07 07:00:00Z 0

Socials Moving to Round Table Pizza

This Thursday October 20, Nevada City Rotary is moving its 1st and 3rd Thursday social gatherings to Round Table Pizza at 686 Sutton Way, near Staples in the Brunswick basin.
The site has a number of advantages: the staff will reserve the meeting room in the back for our club only, without conditions, on those two days of the month; we can use the room for free; the room is quite spacious, has plenty of tables and chairs, and there is plenty of parking outdoors. You can purchase your choice of beverages (wine, beer, & sodas) and food (pizza, appetizers, & generous salad bar.)  
We encourage you to arrive 10 -15 minutes early if you plan to order pizza or other foods!
Oct. 20 - First visit at Round Table Pizza
Oct. 27- Return for lunch at Bistro 211 (Please RSVP)
Join us each Thursday for fun gatherings and informative meetings!
Socials Moving to Round Table Pizza 2022-10-01 07:00:00Z 0

Nevada City Polio Walk Saturday, October 22

Nevada City Rotarians hosted an End Polio Now Walk-About downtown Nevada City on Saturday, October 22nd in celebration of World Polio Day.  Concurrent wt\ith the Nevada City Farmers Market on Union Street, we set up an End Polio Now table in front of the Firehouse Museum next to Treats as we have done in recent years. 

Wearing End Polio Now T-Shirts, members took turns on a walk-about down Broad Street and through the market (mindful that solicitation in the Market is strictly prohibited) while others staffed the table. 

Big thanks to Judy Soldavini, Carolyn Feuille, Paul Boch, Walt Stickel, Tom Ryan, Ken Ching, Tom Milam, Cathy Wilcox-Barnes, and Robin Milam for representing our club and of course, to Cathy for her every delicious cookies for both Rotarians and those who stopped by our table.

Nevada City Polio Walk Saturday, October 22 2022-09-24 07:00:00Z 0 end polio

RYLA Students Jason Lehman and Jessica Lake

Each summer Rotary Youth Leadership Awakening (RYLA) offers an intense, transformative experience for High School students from across Northern California and Nevada. Nevada City Rotary was proud to host Jason Lehman from Ghidotti Early College High School and  Jessica Lake from Nevada Union  at Camp RYLA (III) this summer. 
Alison Lehman joined us for lunch with her son Jason when he spoke to our club about his RYLA experience.
Jason Lehman pictured with Co-President Chris Newsom and Alison Lehman, CEO, Nevada County.
RYLA Students Jason Lehman and Jessica Lake 2022-09-22 07:00:00Z 0

Interact Club Forming at SAEL

Under the leadership of Science Teacher Byron Bird, the new Interact Club at Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning is off to a fast start this term.
A former Interactor himself, Byron contacted Tom Ryan to report that the students have held several organizing meetings and are preparing to apply for their new Interact Club charter through Rotary International.  The organizing students aren't waiting for an official charter to launch service projects.  On Saturday September 17, Tom and Cathy joined the Interact students and Byron at a work project packing food boxes for Interfaith Ministries.
At our September board meeting, our Club Board approved a motion for Nevada City Rotary to sponsor the Sierra Academy Interact Club.  Watch this space as updates unfold!
Interact Club Forming at SAEL 2022-09-19 07:00:00Z 0 Interact,Youth

Nevada City Rotary welcomes Chief Dan Foss

Nevada City Rotary and PDG Doug McDonald were proud to induct Chief Dan Foss as the newest member of Nevada City Rotary at our Thursday Social meeting on September 15! Dan joined the Rotary Club of Madera in 2019.  Dan shared a snippet about why he became a Rotarian because of the pivotal role Rotary played in the launch and expansion of OLIVE to create a safe house for young girls who are victims of sex trafficking.  We will learn more when he is speaker for our November 3 meeting.

We are delighted to WELCOME Chief Dan to our Club and our Community, along with his wife Lisa and their 16-year-old daughter Vivian!

Nevada City Rotary welcomes Chief Dan Foss 2022-09-15 07:00:00Z 0

Nevada City Rotary Presidential Citation 2022-2022

Dear Tom and Dave,
On behalf of Past President Shekhar Mehta and Past District Governor Anita Daniels;
Congratulations! The Rotary Club of Nevada City has earned the Rotary Citation, the most significant award a Rotary club can achieve, for 2021-22. During a year that was challenging for many Rotarians around the world, your club demonstrated a commitment to achieve their goals, which ultimately helps strengthen Rotary and shape our future.
Nevada City Rotary was one of eleven Clubs in District 5190 to achieve the 2021-2022 Rotary Citation awarded by PRIP Mehta.
Nevada City Rotary Presidential Citation 2022-2022  2022-09-10 07:00:00Z 0

2022 Free Flu Clinic with Nevada County

Nevada County Health and Human Services is again offering a free drive through flu shot clinic on Tuesday October 4, 2022. We have a special relationship supporting these flu clinics. As in past years, Nevada City Rotary volunteers will assist with morning setup as well check-in and traffic control during the clinic. Chris is coordinating volunteers and has information on how to register to volunteer. 
Tell your friends and family about the clinic!  More information at
2022 Free Flu Clinic with Nevada County 2022-09-09 07:00:00Z 0 Community,Nevada County Health and Human Services,vaccine

Karen McDonald - REGL Cheerleader

Nevada City Rotary enjoyed a fun and relaxing 1st Thursday Social at The National with our own Karen McDonald as keynote facilitator!  Karen delighted Rotarians with both our own hands-on REGL experiences and her personal stories of what led her to teaching, Rotary, and head cheerleader for Mount Saint Mary Academy students who are headed to REGL.
Dennis, Tom, Doug and Cathy engaged in a "low ropes" exercise as Karen coaches and talks about "her kids" who will be participating in REGL this month.  Obviously a proud teacher at Mt St Mary, Karen spoke about each individual student and her expectations of what they will gain from their upcoming REGL camp experience.  She is an inspiration clearly to her students and to all of us!
Karen McDonald - REGL Cheerleader 2022-09-04 07:00:00Z 0 regl,youth

Nevada City Rotary celebrates Rotary Global Scholar, Evani Radiya-Dixit

Nevada City Rotary was delighted to extend a warm welcome to Rotary Global Scholar, Evani Radiya-Dixit and her parents on Thursday August 25.  Evani presented an inspiring overview of her year in Cambridge conducting research at the Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy at the University of Cambridge as a Rotary Global Scholar.  Her focus was the ethical use of facial recognition technologies. 
Evani reaffirmed that her research aligns with Rotary's work in peacebuilding and conflict prevention by revealing the risks and harms of facial recognition and by informing tech policy in a manner that mitigates discrimination and promotes peace.
Pictured with Evani and her parents are District Grants chair Bill Boon and the Nevada City Rotary Global Scholarship Committee Co-President Carolyn Feuille, Treasure/PP Tom Ryan and PP Tom Milam.  
Nevada City Rotary celebrates Rotary Global Scholar, Evani Radiya-Dixit 2022-08-28 07:00:00Z 0 Evani Radiya-Dixit,Rotary Global Scholar

Astana Rotary in Rotary Magazine

Congratulations Lyazzat and the Rotary Club of Astana, Kazakhstan
The August 2022 edition of Rotary Magazine includes story of the Club's Inclusive Playground Project!
The Rotary Club of Astana in late 2018 inaugurated its first inclusive playground in a country sorely in need of such opportunities. Named Kunshyaq, or “Sunshine,” the playground has specialized swings, ramps, merry-go-rounds, and other equipment to accommodate children with and without disabilities and instill values of tolerance and empathy. While the municipal council of the capital city, now called Nur-Sultan, donated the land, Rotary members in Astana, led by Past President Lyazzat Alshinova, generated about $55,000 from club members, other District 2430 clubs, embassies and other organizations, and proceeds from an art auction and ball. The playground is such a hit that the club, composed of Kazakhstanis and expatriates, raised funds for a second one in the capital.
Astana Rotary in Rotary Magazine 2022-08-20 07:00:00Z 0

Evani's Rotary Global Grant Scholar Story

Rotary Global Grant Scholar

As a 2021 Rotary Global Grant Scholar, I spent nine months in the beautiful and quaint city of Cambridge, England, where a warm day felt like California in winter. There, I conducted research at the Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy at the University of Cambridge.
Over the past year, I have greatly enjoyed my time with the Grass Valley and Nevada City Rotary clubs. I cherish the inquisitive questions of members about my research and the tradition of happy/sad bucks! I also appreciate joining dinners with the Cambridge Sawston club and learning about members’ diverse life paths.
Evani's Rotary Global Grant Scholar StoryRotary Global Grant Scholar 2022-08-15 07:00:00Z 0

DG Jeff with Nevada City Rotary

Nevada City Rotary had a delightful visit with DG Jeff Gabriel for our first Thursday Lunch at Bistro 221.  It was a fun and inspiring meeting!
DG Jeff opened talking about Rotary International and RIP Jennifer Jones' theme "Imagine Rotary" and highlighted the meaning of the design elements in the this year's Rotary theme logo. He went on to expand on his own D5190 "Together we are one" logo. 
And such a good sport, he stepped in as our Jokester of the Week with some fun jokes about trees!
DG Jeff with Nevada City Rotary 2022-08-14 07:00:00Z 0

We have a new look!

Take a look around Nevada City Rotary's new website!

Poke around!  Check out Stories under News & Updates and Causes We Support under About Us to refresh memories and learn more about what our Club is up to.  Many more nuggets through out.  Have fun.  Nothing will bite you!
Also remember to RSVP for each of our 2nd & 4th Thursday lunch meetings at Bistro 221
We have a new look! 2022-08-08 07:00:00Z 0

DG Jeff and Jane Gabriel

Nevada City Rotary welcomes DG Jeff and Jane!

This Thursday August 11, DG Jeff and Jane Gabriel join us at our first lunch meeting at Bistro 221 Restaurant.  We are delighted to welcome Jeff for his first District Governor visit with our Club early in our Rotary year! 
DG Jeff and Jane Gabriel 2022-08-08 07:00:00Z 0

Vibrant Club Workshop - Sept 10

Join other District Rotarians for a training event that was designed for YOU!!

Cathy Wilcox-Barnes still needs a few more Rotarians to serve as SAA to help direct people to breakouts between the main session and probably, since it's at Truckee Meadows College again, to help with serving lunch. All SAA will be able to attend whatever sessions they plan to attend so it's just at the start and in-between sessions (and maybe lunch). If anyone is willing to help out, please contact Cathy right away.
Vibrant Club Workshop - Sept 10 2022-08-01 07:00:00Z 0

Starting in August - New Venues

Starting in August, we will be meeting at not one, but two new venues: 

Where?  The National Exchange and Bistro 221

  • 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 5:30pm In-Person Social in the upstairs salon of The National Exchange Hotel
  • 2nd and 4th Thursdays 12:15pm Lunch in the back room of Bistro 221 Restaurant (at 221 Broad Street). Please RSVP 
For menu options and logistics
Starting in August - New Venues 2022-08-01 07:00:00Z 0 meetings

Sean Grayson - City Manager

Nevada City Rotary is pleased to welcome our new City Manager as guest speaker for our first 5:30pm social at The National Exchange Hotel Thursday August 4, 2022.
Sean Grayson was appointed as the City Manager is Nevada City in February of 2022 bring his public service career full circle, returning home.
Sean was raised in Nevada City and was a valedictorian graduate of Nevada Union High School. As a high school athlete Sean was drawn to the team sport aspect of the fire service and entered public service employment more than 27 years ago as a firefighter paramedic. Sean has had assignments in both operational and administrative capacities, including serving in essentially every rank in the fire service, culminating with his appointment as Fire Chief in the City of Rialto.
Sean Grayson - City Manager 2022-07-29 07:00:00Z 0

Backpacks for Children

School Supplies to Fill Backpacks for Children

The Area 4 Rotary Clubs are partnering to fill backpacks with school supplies for 1st - 5th graders.  Together we filled at least 30 backpacks!  The non-profit Community Beyond Violence (CBV formerly Domestic Violence Coalition) is organizing this activity for children of the CBV clients.

Our Club is filling packs for students with requested school supplies.  Items the school kids need include:

  • #2 pencils, pens, crayons, erasers
  • notebooks and other paper, lined/ruled paper
  • rulers, paper folders, glue sticks
  • blunt tip scissors, box for pencils and pens
  • 2-pocket folders, coloring books

Lindy Beatie, our Area Assistant Governor and President of Penn Valley Rotary, picked up our donations with a back pack on July 28.  For more details, contact co-president Carolyn: sends e-mail)

Backpacks for Children 2022-07-27 07:00:00Z 0

Magical Children's Festival

The Nevada City Children's Festival is back after a two-year hiatus!  Over 2,500 children of all ages took to Pioneer Park for two sessions on Friday.  A big thank you to Nancy Kemp, Gayle Denney, Sandy and Walt Stickel, Cathy Wilcox-Barnes and anyone else who were involved with this year's festival. 
Planning is a year round affair for Nancy and the event team leads!  Congrats and thank you for keeping this event alive for our community! The little one working on a butterfly with her daddy is Dave and Gayle's granddaughter Sybil!
Magical Children's Festival 2022-07-19 07:00:00Z 0

Launching our New Year

Greetings to all our fellow Rotarians:

We, Queen Chris and Queen Carolyn, are excited about our co-presidency for the 2022-2023 Rotary year!  We honor the rich traditions of club presidents and plan to shake things up with a few new activities, based on our most important goals.
At the leadership retreat with the Board and club officers on June 20, we agreed on these goals as important and urgent:
  • Increase and enliven our membership
  • Put on a lucrative fundraiser
  • Find an appealing location for club meetings with food service and make social meetings more fun & livelier.
Launching our New Year  2022-07-03 07:00:00Z 0 Co-Presidents Carolyn and Chris

Recycling Plastics with Trex, Inc.

Nevada City Rotary took the lead to partner with Trex Company, Inc. to recycle stretchable plastics that Waste Management will not accept. The public response has been amazing! In less than 9 months we collected over 4,000 lbs -- 2 tons of plastics. 
Envirnomental Sustainability Committee Chair Chris Newsom says "Clearly this plastics recycling collection is one our community wants to support!" People are collecting plastics at home and bringing in bags to put in at 10 commercial and residential sites around Nevada City and Grass Valley. Club volunteers empty the bins and deliver them to SaveMart grocery in Grass Valley.  SaveMart has graciously agreed to add the collected plastics to their collections which are trucked to a location in central California for distribution to Trex. The stretchable plastic then becomes material for the productions of Trex decking, furniture and other products. The Club received a Trex bench made of recycle plastics that will be installed with a Rotary label in Nevada City.  We are partnering with Grass Valley Rotary during the second 6 month cycle and they will also receive a Trex bench. 
Recycling Plastics with Trex, Inc.  2022-07-01 07:00:00Z 0 Trex,recycle

Jennifer Jones imagines Rotary fulfilling big dreams

President Elect Jennifer Jones announces 2022-23 presidential theme.

By Ryan Hyland,

Rotary International President-elect Jennifer Jones wants members to imagine the possibilities in the change they can make to transform the world.

Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, revealed the 2022-23 presidential theme, Imagine Rotary, as she urged people to dream big and harness their connections and the power of Rotary to turn those dreams into reality.Your browser does not support the video tag.

“Imagine, a world that deserves our best,” Jones told incoming district governors on 20 January, “where we get up each day knowing that we can make a difference.”

Read full story and watch the theme address

Jennifer Jones imagines Rotary fulfilling big dreams 2022-06-27 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Global Scholar Evani Radiya-Dixit

As a Rotary International Global Peace Scholar, Evani Radiya-Dixit is conducting research on policymaking for facial recognition technology. Advised by Professor Gina Neff, Evani is a Visiting Researcher at Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy, at the University of Cambridge. Evani completed her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Stanford University. Previously, she worked on machine learning projects at Nvidia and Google. Her research work has been published at the International Conference on Machine Learning, the Stanford Public Interest Technology Lab, and the think tank New America. With her interest in public service, Evani recently worked at the U.S. federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and served as a data privacy strategist for a California City Council. She also served as a Teaching Assistant for Computer Science courses and taught in Bogotá through Stanford CS Bridge. The Rotary Club of Cambridge Sawston is her in country host Club.  Nevada City Rotary is her sponsoring Club with support from Grass Valley Rotary.
Rotary Global Scholar Evani Radiya-Dixit 2022-06-20 07:00:00Z 0 Evani Radiya-Dixit,Minderoo Centre,Rotary Global Scholar

Farm Fresh Produce for Nevada County Food Bank

Local farms across Western Nevada County are moving into the height of the fresh summer produce growing season. Thanks to a matching grant from Rotary District 5190, the Rotary Club of Nevada City has provided 1,100 servings of fresh vegetables to the Food Bank of Nevada County. A variety of fresh produce was purchased from three local farms including First Rain Farm (Nevada City), Starbright Acres Family Farm (Grass Valley) and Feeding Crane Farm (Penn Valley). the farm fresh organic produce is being distributed in food boxes that are delivered to family homes and seniors each week as well as in bag lunches for children. Each box of food is designed to provide a healthy balance of supplemental food for a week including substantial protein, grains, vegetables, and fruit. The fresh produce followed a donation of 1,800 cans of veggies.
Farm Fresh Produce for Nevada County Food Bank 2022-06-06 07:00:00Z 0 Food Bank,PPC,fresh produce

A special relationship with Baja

Since 2015 delegation from the Rotary Club of Nevada City has traveled to Baja California, Mexico to partner with Los Barriles Cabo Este Rotary Club. One year our focus was on the small communities around Los Barriles, where young elementary and high school students live in albergues, or dormitories, during the week.Their homes are too far from school for a daily commute over the dusty roads that crisscross the area. While the children were home for the weekend, the two Clubs worked together to scrub, scrape, and repaint the boy's dorm at La Ribera Albergue. Bright, fresh colors were chosen by the students for their weekday home. Once the paint had dried and the rooms detailed, the Clubs hung matching curtains throughout. Years before the Club had sponsored a local Rotary Club of San Jose Los Cabos, Mexico south of Los Barriless.  We provided wheelchairs and other medical assistance and are happy to have renewed our partnership with Baja CA del Sur.
A special relationship with Baja 2022-06-03 07:00:00Z 0 East Cape Health,Los Barriles,Nevada City Rotary,vision care

Canned Food Drive and Raffle Drawing

Nevada City Rotary hosted a drive-through Canned Food Drive to support Nevada County Food Bank on Saturday February 13 2021.  During the drive through, we raised over 1,100 lbs of food for the Food Bank of Nevada County!  Thank you to all our community members who so generously dropped off non-perishable food in quantities ranging from single cans and bags to full trunk loads!  The food will meet the urgent needs of our community during the extended pandemic.
The Club used the occasion to draw our winning Restaurant Raffle ticket. And the WINNER IS ROTARY SCHOLAR COURTNEY ANDES_MCCULLOUGH!

A big thank you to Dave's Auto Repair at 747 Zion St in Nevada City 7 Hills District for use of his facility!
Canned Food Drive and Raffle Drawing 2022-06-03 07:00:00Z 0
Nevada County Flu and COVID Shot Clinics 2022-06-01 07:00:00Z 0 COVID,Community,Nevada County Health and Human Services,pediatric,vaccine

Lithium-Ion Collection

Partnering with the Rotary Clubs of Western Nevada County and Redwood Materials, Nevada City Rotary co-hosted a Rotary Day of Service with a drive-through collection to recycle lithium-ion battery products.
Redwood Materials is creating a circular supply chain for lithium-ion batteries.  The company is working side by side with the Rotary Clubs offer convenient locations for community members to recycle their lithium-ion batteries.  The Clubs set up multiple drive through collection lanes at Litton Engineering.  During the day, the clubs collected household items that contain a rechargeable (lithium-ion) battery. This included old cell phones, electric toothbrushes, hair clippers, electric shavers, laptops, power tools, Bluetooth speakers, video game controllers, wireless headphones, and more! The event in April 2022 is planned to be repeated in Spring of 2023.
Lithium-Ion Collection 2022-06-01 07:00:00Z 0 Redwood Materials,Rotary Clubs of Western Nevada County,lithium-ion recycle

Dokimos Family Pharmacy Awarded

Kelly Dokimos, and Jacque Dokimos Paye accept the Community Vocational Service Award from Gail Denny of Nevada City Rotary.
Dokimos Family Pharmacy provided free COVID vaccinations for walk-in customers at the peak of the pandemic.   This was a terrific contribution to the community, since scheduling vaccinations was difficult at that time which was the Summer of 2021. As a result, Our club awarded the owners our first annual Community Service Award.
Dokimos Family Pharmacy Awarded 2022-04-04 07:00:00Z 0 COVID,Domikos Family Pharmacy,Nevada City Rotary,vaccine

Digging to rebuild Woolman Garden after Jones Fire

In August 2020, the Jones Fire raged through the South Yuba River Canyon up Jones Ridge devastating lands and buildings in its path. The Woolman campus was hit hard. The fire destroyed the garden buildings and the gardens. Now Woolman is looking to rebuild and replant. In celebration of Rotary's new Protecting the Environment focus, Nevada City Rotary decided to initiate an environmental project for Earth Day and Rotarians At Work Day 2021.
The Club partnered with a local farmer Malaika Bishop of BluebirdFarm to help in replanting parts of the garden, restoring fencing and repairing green houses and hoop houses. Supporting local healthy farms is critical to ensuring food security and a healthy environment for our community. In an all-hands project to celebrate Earth Day and Rotarians at Work Day, the Club was digging in the dirt together planting native pollinator plants, repairing irrigation lines, cleaning the garden and orchard in an effort to rebuild our community and help restore food sustainability.
Digging to rebuild Woolman Garden after Jones Fire 2022-04-01 07:00:00Z 0 Woolman Fire

Rotary Honors People of Action 2022

Rotary Clubs of Western Nevada County (CA, USA) honored first responders and essential workers of our community.
The five D5190 Area 4 Rotary Clubs partnered with local organizations and agencies for a community wide Rotary Honors People of Action event. The awards event was held on Sunday, March 27, 2022 at the Miner’s Foundry Cultural Center. Community leaders were asked to select 2 members of their organization to represent first responders and essential workers who have who supported our community selflessly during the last two years of COVID, wildfires and storms our community has endured. Honorees included, Police, Fire, Health Care, Grocery and School workers from across Western Nevada County in the Sierra Foothills of California. Participating organizations included Grass Valley Police, Nevada County Sheriff, CAL Trans, local school districts, local fire districts, CAL Fire, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, BriarPatch Food Co-Op, SPD Markets, SaveMart, Grass Valley Ladies Relief Society, and local food banks. A night filled with gratitude and community pride.
Rotary Honors People of Action 2022 2022-03-27 07:00:00Z 0

Girls Who Code Nevada County

Girls Who Code is a global movement to change the game for girls in technology.  Nevada City Rotary launched a Girls Who Code program to help young girls in our local community discover their own aptitude.  The intention was to create one Club of young girls ages 6-12 in order to to close the gender gap in computer science by teaching girls about programming, web design, mobile development and robotics.
Why? In 1995, 37% of computer scientists were women. Today, it’s only 24%. The percent will continue to decline if we do nothing. We know that the biggest drop off of girls in computer science is between the ages of 13 and 17.
Since 2017-18 the program has been meeting at Seven Hills Middle School under the direction of Leslie May, 7 Hills Teacher.   With the COVID pandemic, the program was suspended.  We are hoping to reconvene the program in 2022 or 2023.
Girls Who Code Nevada County 2022-03-10 08:00:00Z 0

Free Reusable COVID Masks

During the early days of the COVID pandemic, Nevada City Rotary moved in to action looking for ways to help keep our community safe.  We partnered with a group of sewers who call themselves “Mask Warriors Unite” to host a series of Free COVID Mask Give Away drive through events.  Masks were donated by Nevada County Mask Warriors, Zips Face Masks, and Nevada City Rotarians.  
Free Reusable COVID Masks  2022-03-01 08:00:00Z 0

Adaptive Ed and Leadership Class Field Days

One of the most heart-warming and memorable Nevada City Rotary projects is carried out in partnership with Seven Hills Middle School and the Nevada County Adaptive Education program. Over the years, we have moved locations at the preference of school leadership.  Our most recent events have been field days at the ball field at Seven Hills, Western Gateway Park, and Lions Park.  Before that we visited Empire State Mine and the Rock Creek Nature Trail.
The students from the Leadership Class and the Adaptive Ed program become buddies for the day. Always a very fun, special day for all! What a delight it is to experience the Seven Hills and Union Hill Leadership and Adaptive Education students buddying together around the lake to fish, play frisbee golf or other field games and make HUGE bubbles.
Adaptive Ed and Leadership Class Field Days 2022-01-07 08:00:00Z 0

Miners Trail Nevada City

Starting at Broad Street off ramp across Deer Creek from Lefty's Grill, a small public nature trail called "The Miner’s Trail" meanders along the creek and under the Highway 49 overpass. The trail, offers a short walk along Deer Creek near the downtown Nevada City historic district.
Nevada City Rotary built the trail in partnership with the City of Nevada City in 1998.  The Club planted trees, created rock benches and printed guides to the trail and posted access signage at the trailhead. A quiet way to enjoy a bit of nature while downtown.
Miners Trail Nevada City 2021-12-01 08:00:00Z 0 Deer Creek,Miners Trail,Nevada City

Our Fair Story

Nevada City Rotary was proud to have hosted our Pulled Pork and Shredded Chicken booth on Treat Street as our annual community service fundraiser literally for decades. Treat Street, is and has been, about community.  Lined with non-profit organizations of all sort, Treat Street continues to support our community in a significant way.

For years, the Club had a booth across Treat Street from the current location until a tree fell and crushed it.  In 1984 the Club built a new booth.  At that time Rotarians were selling Pepper Bellies with Chili.

Our Fair Story 2021-06-01 07:00:00Z 0

Open World Kazakhstan Entrepreneurs

Five young, enterprising entrepreneurs from Kazakhstan spent a very full week September 25 - October 3, 2015 in Northern California hosted by Nevada City Rotary.  The Kazakh delegates included small business owners, directors of private and public entrepreneur service agencies, a cultural facilitator and an interpreter.
From this delegation, grew a Twin Club partnership with the Rotary Club of Astana and a very special friendship exchange when Carolyn Feuille, International Service Chair visted Kazakhstan and Club President Lyassat visited Nevada City Rotary.
Open World Kazakhstan Entrepreneurs  2020-10-06 07:00:00Z 0 Open World,kazakhstan,rotary club of astana

Rotary Builds Heritage Garden at North Star House

In partnership with local area clubs and matched by a district grant, Rotarians restored and improved the Heritage Garden at the historic North Star House, designed by architect Julia Morgan. Under the direction of Grass Valley South Rotarian Adam Weiss of Weiss Landscaping, Rotarians installed sprinklers, rock work, pathways, and garden gates. Before planting we tilled soil and compost to create a vibrant community garden space.
District Governor Berta Pickett and President Tom Ryan admire the garden gate before the garden's dedication.
Rotary Builds Heritage Garden at North Star House 2020-04-04 07:00:00Z 0 Heritage Garden,North Star House

Noel Carter Loop Trail

Nevada City Rotary partnered with Nevada County Land Trust to build the Noel Carter Loop Trail in memory of Noel.  The beautifully wooded trail is an extension of the Orene Wetherall Trail in the Woodpecker Preserve on Banner Mountain and completes the loop section.  The trail was dedicated on May 11, 2013 and is maintained by Nevada County Land Trust (now Bear Yuba Land Trust) who owns the preserve.
Noel was a longtime member of Nevada City Rotary and served faithfully as our Club Treasurer for more than ten years. During the Nevada County Fair, Noel set aside several nights, always including Saturday night, to help staff our booth.  Because of his prominence in the community, along with his "gift of gab," he knew most of the people at the fair in those years, and many came by the booth to say hello.  Noel resigned from Rotary in 1998 upon his retirement so he could travel the West Coast and Mexico with his family. 
Noel passed away after a tragic accident in December 2009.  Sometime after that, Bank of America donated $10,000 per Noel’s will to Nevada City Rotary.  It is fitting that The Noel Carter Loop Trail is dedicated in memory of a Rotarian who lived life to the fullest and always celebrated the outdoors.
Noel Carter Loop Trail 2013-05-11 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary’s Response to the 1918 Flu Pandemic

An estimated 500 million people worldwide became infected. Many cities closed theaters and cinemas, and placed restrictions on public gatherings. Rotary clubs adjusted their activities while also helping the sick.

This is how Rotary responded to the influenza pandemic that began in 1918 and came in three waves, lasting more than a year.

The Rotary Club of Berkeley, California, USA, meets in John Hinkel Park during the 1918 flu pandemic.

Photo by Edwin J. McCullagh, 1931-32 club president. Courtesy of the Rotary Club of Berkeley.

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Rotary at the Start of the United Nations

Rotary and the United Nations have a shared history of working toward peace and addressing humanitarian issues around the world.

During World War II, Rotary informed and educated members about the formation of the United Nations and the importance of planning for peace. Materials such as the booklet “From Here On!” and articles in The Rotarian helped members understand the UN before it was formally established and follow its work after its charter. 

Many countries were fighting the war when the term “United Nations” was first used officially in the 1942 “Declaration by United Nations.” The 26 nations that signed it pledged to uphold the ideals expressed by the United States and the United Kingdom the previous year of the common principles “on which they based their hopes for a better future for the world.” 


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