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Club Leadership Roles and Committees 2023-2024

This document is a reference for Nevada City Rotarians looking for meaningful ways to engage with our Club. Brief descriptions of committees, projects, and club leadership are provided. We encourage you to reach out to committee chairs and officers for more specific information.
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Office                                                             Director

Co-Presidents                                                             Karen McDonald & Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
Lead our club to engage and inspire members, collaborate with Rotary leadership and our partners, and promote Rotary in our community. Preside over Club and Board Meetings.
President-Elect                                                          Louise Bennicoff Johnson
Prepare leadership for the upcoming year.
Treasurer                                                                    Tom Ryan
Ensure financial well-being of the club through financial management and reporting. Oversee annual budget; collect dues, fees and other income; and disburse expenses and other payments. Partner with the Secretary to prepare taxes and other official filings.
Secretary                                                                    Robin Milam
Ensure our Club runs smoothly through good governance and administrative processes, maintain Club records and membership roles. Facilitate Club communications in partnership with Club Presidents. Partner with the Treasurer to prepare taxes and other official filings.

Committees                                                Chair

Foundation                                                                Lynda Guthrie
Support and promote the activities of Rotary International’s  The Rotary Foundation (TRF) and manage Club administration of related programs and support. Note, see Nevada City Rotary Club Foundation on page 4; it is a separate, local California charitable entity.
  • Paul Harris Fellow and other TRF programs
  • Area wide TRF Events
  • World Polio Day
  • Pumpkins for Polio                                       Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
Membership                                                              Dennis Geare
Ensure the Club is actively engaged in attracting and retaining new members so our club is a successful, thriving, and fun place.
  • Oversee new member induction and orientation.
  • Patio Patter (with Club Service)
International Service                                              Carolyn Feuille
Lead our Club in identifying and meeting real needs in our global community by planning and implementing service projects around the world. Some of the recent projects include:
  • Los Barriles Health Scanning and Community Services Project - annually since 2015
  • Amigos de Guatemala Scholarship - Wendy Marisol, club is sponsoring her middle and high school education
  • Global Scholar - Wrenn Cleary, Oxford, UK; our Club’s second Rotary Global Scholar
  • Selected international projects led by other Rotary Clubs
  • Menstrual Hygiene Project - initiated 2023  Lynda Guthrie
Community Service                                                Dan Foss
Lead our Club in identifying and meeting real needs in our local community by planning and implementing service projects. Some recent projects include:
  • Partner with Nevada City Police Department on various projects
  • Partner with Nevada County Health Services to support vaccine and wellness clinics
  • Support Food Bank of Nevada County - supplying and packaging food
  • Beautification projects such as planting bulbs at Penzance park and assisting other organizations with trail maintenance
  • Participation in emergency response and selected projects across our District
Vocational                                                                Nicole Dillard
Promote vocational awareness and ethics within our club. Advance vocational excellence and integrity within our community and among our youth. 
  • Scholarships - academic and vocational awards to graduating High School students
  • Vocational and Business/Professional Awards
Club Service                                                            Cathy Wilcox-Barnes and Judy Soldavini
Foster strong, thriving clubs through programs that promote fellowship, membership development, and a better understanding of Rotary.
  • Social Events such as Holiday and Demotion parties                                   
  • Rambling Rotarians – fun hikes throughout our region                   
  • Sunshine – Member wellbeing                     
  • Venue Management – oversee venue selection and ongoing coordination
  • Club Meeting Programs                            Chris Newsom and Nancy Kemp
Youth Service                                                         Louise Bennicoff Johnson
Empower youth and young professionals through leadership development programs.
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Awareness (RYLA)
    An intense week-long leadership camp program for high school juniors and seniors.
  • Rotary Eighth Grade Leadership Experience (REGL)
    A weekend leadership training camp program for teams of selected 8th grade students who have demonstrated leadership skills.
  • Interact Club at Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning (SAEL)
    A Rotary sponsored Club at SAEL to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self for students. Chartered 2023.
  • Girls Who Code                                          Nancy Kemp
    A middle school club to introduce young girls to technology and to explore coding in a fun and friendly environment. Since 2015.
  • Area 4 Speech Contest
    District 5190 sponsored Speech Contest for high school students. Contests are hosted by Area. The winner from each Area advances to the District Contest during the annual District Conference.
  • Area 4 Music Contest
    District 5190 sponsored Music Contest for high school students. Contests are hosted by Area. The winner from each Area advances to the District Contest during the annual District Conference.
  • Literacy Project                                        Pearce Boyer
    Being defined
Environmental Sustainability                         Chris Newsom
Promote activities that strengthen the conservation and protection of natural resources, advance ecological sustainability, foster harmony between communities and the environment, and reduce our carbon consumption.
  • NexTrex Plastic Bag and Film Recycling program
  • Lithium-Ion Battery recycling in partnership with Redwood Materials
  • Nevada City Earth Day booth and other related events
  • Environmental Education and Awareness programs, such as plant-based diet awareness
Public Image                                                        Walt Stickel  
Create and implement a plan to tell Rotary’s story to the public and to promote the club’s projects and activities.
  • Local signage
  • Submissions to The Union, Yubanet, District, and other media
  • Upscale Resale Event                              Carolyn Feuille
Fundraiser for community and youth service projects by collecting and reselling upscale items.
  • Being Defined                                            Mai Lee
    A number of ideas for fundraising through multiple avenues are being explored.
  • Past events
    Hungry Games and Restaurant Raffle
Nevada City Rotary Club
The Rotary Club of Nevada City is a 501(c)4 social welfare charitable organization chartered by Rotary International.  The Club is part of District 5190 which is comprised of Clubs across northeastern California and northern Nevada.  Nevada City Rotary is one of five clubs in Area 4 – Western Nevada County (out of 13 Areas in District 5190.)
For more information about Rotary Committees and Focus Areas visit :
Club Foundation

Nevada City Rotary Club Foundation  

The Nevada City Rotary Club Foundation is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable corporation.
The purpose of the Club Foundation is to promote charitable, humanitarian and educational programs. The primary focus of the Club Foundation is to promote the programs of the Nevada City Rotary Club (a 501(c)4 social welfare charitable organization) and The Rotary Foundation (a 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable corporation).
  • Scholarships including Drew Reynolds scholarship
  • Support for selected Club service projects
President                                                      Pearce Boyer  
Treasurer                                                      Walt Stickel
Secretary                                                      Nancy Kemp
Director                                                         Nicole Dillard
Director                                                         Nathan Leishman
Director                                                         Louise Bennicoff Johnson

Nevada City Rotary in Action

Beautifying our City

Serving our Youth and Community

Recycling for our Environment

Girls Who Code teacher Leslie May and
Club liaison Nancy Kemp
Celebrating World Polio Day
Rambling Rotarians attack Sugar Loaf
NEO Pergola we built
PDG Jeff presenting
Club of the Year Award 
Patio Patter for new members
Los Barriles Health Screening
Nevada City Rotarians at Work
Hot dogs for Kids Color Race
Rotary Cafe at NEO Youth Center
Sewing Menstrual Hygiene Kits
RLI - Leadership Learning
Victorian Christmas with NCPD
Co-P Karen & PE Louise at PETS
Growing Pumpkins for Polio