Rotario - August 29, 2019

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

August 29 2019 - 5th Thursday

We are DARK - No Meeting This Week


A Great Welcome for DG Randy Van Tassell

DG Randy Van Tassell’s visit to our Club last week was a big success. All of you really made him feel welcomed and showed him true Rotarian hospitality. My thanks go to all the Board members for being so well prepared and conveying to Randy what a dynamic club we have. He and our AG Anita were surprised by how much we are doing and the fun that we have doing it.

DG Randy gave a heart-felt talk about his involvement in Rotary, what our RI President Mark Daniel Maloney’s vision is and where we fit in as a club. Randy's symbol for the relationship of the Clubs and District is a tandem bicycle - with the District on the back peddling to add power to the direction the Club wants to go. He reminded us that we are steering the bike and setting our course – the District is behind us helping us get there.

Ken Ching was presented with the Quiet Rotarian award and it was well deserved. He is always behind the scenes doing the quiet little jobs that no one notices. The Making a Difference award will be presented at a future date. It is no longer a secret that Michael Young is to be the recipient. Michael created the vision for our fabulous Hungry Games event and certainly Makes a Difference in our club.  We’ll celebrate him at a future meeting.

Heartfelt Condolences to Michael Young and Family

Our deepest condolences go out to Michael and his family. We received heartbreaking news on Wednesday that his wife Karen suddenly passed away. Please keep him in your prayers. Karen was a sweet woman with a gentle soul and so talented. She will be really missed by everyone.

Special RYLA Thank You from Alex Macarty

Nevada CIty Rotary was especially pleased to sponsor Alex Macarty as the first student from Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning (SAEL)to attend RYLA this summer. At our pre-fair picnic, we had the privilege of hearing Alex share about her profound her RYLA experience. Her mother Carol was also at the picnic and expressed her gratitude. Attached is a handwritten letter from Alex which opens with "You have changed my life, and for that I cannot thank you enough. This journey of growth has held such an important impact on who I am as a leader, friend and community member..."  I encourage you to take a minute and read her letter yourself. 

Alex and her mother are also planning to attend the Interact Leadership Training in Reno that will run parallel with AOS on September 28. 

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. Cathy is envisioning 3 carloads of Nevada City Rotarians at Avenues of Service (AOS)A Day of Learning for all Rotary Members. Some fantastic sessions are planned with knowledgeable presenters. Both Robin and Pp and PAG Dennis Geare will lead sessions along with many more on the program so you know they’ll be educational (and fun).

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. To register, click or the flyer image.

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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 29:  5th Thursday - DARK

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 21: SYRCL River CleanUp - SIgn up with SYRCL at Yuba River CleanUp to help with Miners Trail or other favorite spot Cleanup.

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.