Rotario - August 22, 2019

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

THURSDAY August 22, 2019 12:15pm Lunch
Welcome District Governor Randy Van Tassell

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

Welcome DG Randy Van Tassell

This week we will have the pleasure of welcoming District 5190’s own Governor Randy Van Tassell to our club. This will be a time for Randy to introduce himself and for you to get to know him. He will give a short presentation but the focus of our meeting will be a question/answer session for members to really pick his brain and ask him all those questions you’ve been dying to ask about District 5190 and how it can work to help us, about RI and where our club fits in, or all the other little questions about Rotary that keep you awake at night like “how do I get on a tandem bike without falling off?”

Born in Boise, Idaho, Randy moved to California to pursue his career as a CPA and CFO. He purchased a small tax practice and moved with his wife Chris to Bishop in November of 1984. Randy and Chris have been married for 48 years and they have one son, Tanner, a sophomore at the College of Idaho.

Randy joined the Rotary Club of Bishop in 1987. He served the Club in a variety of positions serving as President at turn of the century (2000-2001). He became involved at the District level when District 5260 was dissolved and the two Bishop and two Mammoth Lakes Clubs became part of District 5190. He served as the first Assistant Governor for Area 13 and has served in a variety of District positions including chairing the District Audit Committee, Co-Chair of the District Conference, District Annual Fund Chair, and District Secretary.

As we all know by now, Randy has chosen a theme of us riding a tandem bike – someone (i.e. the Club) in front steering and someone (i.e. District) adding power from behind. I’m not sure if we’re a little behind or a peddle ahead but we’re moving on down the Rotary road and looking good! Please plan to attend the meeting this Thursday and bring your questions and a guest. What better time to introduce someone to Rotary than at a District Governor’s visit!

The Board will meet with DG Randy before the meeting (10:45 a.m.) to fill him in on our goals and the health of our club. It’s a time when we recognize our strengths and find resources to help us in areas that aren’t quite so strong. It’s going to be a great meeting so don’t miss it.

              Schedule for DG Randy:
  9:45am Executive Team  (Cathy, Tom R, Carla, Robin)
10:45am Full Board
12:00pm Social time
12:15pm Club Meeting

August 29 - Fifth Thursday is DARK! No meeting!

After a lot of hard work for the Fair and being on our best behavior for the Governor’s visit you’ll have earned a week off from Rotary -– August 29th is a fifth Thursday so remember that means NO MEETING!

Avenues of Service - District 5190 Training September 28

On September 28, 2019 you will have another opportunity to learn about Rotary and where you might want to use your valuable talents. Our own Robin Milam has been busy with the District wide team planning for the annual Avenues of Service (AOS) seminars – A Day of Learning for all Rotary Members. Some fantastic sessions are planned with knowledgeable presenters. If I’m not mistaken both Robin and Pp and PAG Dennis Geare will lead sessions so you know they’ll be educational (and fun). We would like to have as many members as possible attend this year. The cost is $20.00 and includes a Continental breakfast and lunch AND the Club pays for it so the cost to you is zero! Cathy needs 2-3 more Sargent of Arms for the day so, if you are interested in helping, please let her know. See the Rotario for a link to registration.

Click to Register     Click for Flyer and Program Schedule

Last Week:  Tracy Pepper and Beth Volz, Community Beyond Violence

Outreach Director Tracy Pepper and Beth Volz gave an inspiring, moving presentation about the critical work of Community Beyond Violence in our community.  The mission of the organization is to offer resources for building healthy relationships and to work with community partners to provide services for healing the effects of interpersonal violence. CBV is partnering with a number of organizations and public service agencies to prevent violence and protect those most vulnerable.  Through their work, the organization is transforming lives and reshaping our community.  Click on their logo to learn more about the wonderful work of Community Beyond Violence.

Nevada City Rotary Board Activities

Stay informed about actions your Nevada City Rotary Board of Directors is taking.  Minutes of Board Meetings and Club Leadership Retreats for the past year along with survey results, Club Bylaws, Nevada City Rotary Foundation 501 (c) 3 status and other documents are available in our "Members Only" section of our website at  If you need assistance remembering your user ID and password, contact Robin or reply to this newsletter.

Upcoming Events:

August 22: Lunch District Governor Randy Van Tassell visit:

      9:45 am  Executive Team Meeting
     10:45am Board Meeting

August 29:  5th Thursday - DARK

Late August: TBD Watch for Rotary Ramblers to resume after the Fair!

September 5: Social Crumbunny Coffee Roasters of Nevada City

September 12: Lunch Lorraine Reich:  the “Move to Amend” Constitutional Amendment

September 16: Board meeting

September 19: Social

September 26: Lunch Catrina Olson, City Manager of Nevada City

September 28: Avenues of Service

October 3: Social - Social- Dan Biebelheimer- Clinica Filadelfia Global Project of 49’er Rotary Club in Tijuana,     B.C., Mexico

October 10: Lunch Dennis Geare "Ethics"

October 17- Social--Kara Asilanis: The Curious Forge

October 24: Lunch Gage McKinney - ‘No Depression Here’

October 31:  5th Thursday - DARK

November 28 - Thanksgiving DARK - Celebrate with friends and family!

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

Special Dates


Dave Denney 8/20  Jack Dinwiddie and Marty 8/31

Club Leadership

President: Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
Past President: Tom Ryan
Secretary: Robin Milam
Treasurer: Carla Burke
Public Image: Michael Young & Robin Milam
Youth Service: John Wilson & Nathan Leishman
Community Service: Carolyn Inglis & Tom Milam

Club Social:  Judy Soldavini
Sergeant at Arms: Walt Stickel
International Service: Carolyn Feuille
Vocational Service: Nicole Dillard
Foundation: Christine Newsom
Membership: Stacy Robinson & Tom Ryan
Program Chairs: Christine Newsom
& Nancy Kemp
At Large: Dennis Geare

If you have a whine, write it on the back of a 20 dollar bill and give it to your president.
If you have an idea for a club program please contact Nancy Kemp or Christine Newsom.

The Fine Print

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Board Meetings are held on the third Monday month at 5:30pm at John Hensley's Recreation Realty/Nevada County Properties office at 432 Broad St. Nevada City. Our next Board meeting is Monday September 16, 2019.  All club members are encouraged to attend a meeting. Location subject to change, please ask.

Rotary Club of Nevada City — Established October 3, 1935

Thursday Meetings
1st & 3rd Thursdays for Social Mixer at 5:30pm and
2nd & 4th Thursday for Lunch Meeting at 12:15pm
at Trolley Junction Restaurant at The Northern Queen
400 Railroad Avenue, Nevada City, CA 95959 Directions
Note: Lunch $14  Social Mixer $5 + BYOB — PO Box 74 — Nevada City, California 95959

Mission Statement:
The Nevada City Rotary Club is a diverse and welcoming group of people who live Service Above Self by giving financial and hands-on support to local, national & international communities while exemplifying ethical leadership, cooperation and good, clean fun.