Rotario - December 12, 2019

 Dear Rotarians and Friends,

12:15pm Lunch: Mary Ann Davis
Hospice of the Foothills: 40th Anniversary Update

Trolley Junction at Northern Queen Hotel
400 Railroad Avenue, Nevada City

What a way to start out December! PDG Dave and Gayle Denney are now the proud grandparents of Sybil Martha, a beautiful 7 lb. 9 oz. baby girl born on December 3rd. We know Gayle’s been waiting a long time to be called “Grandma GG” and Dave was floating on air as he announced it. Congratulations! That’s going to be one, very loved, little girl!

I think it might be safe to say, judging on our recent activities, that the Nevada City Rotary Club is on Santa’s “Nice” list. Last Thursday about 35 of us gathered  at the Burke home for a fun, festive evening. The meal was delicious, the Burke home sparkled, the parade of holiday attire rivaled a Paris fashion show runway and there were a few games thrown in to get everyone into the holiday spirit.

A big thank you goes out to Carla Burke and Judy Soldavini for their hard work putting together this wonderful event. Thank you Walt Stickel for helping us keep those musical fruitcakes moving. In keeping with our “Service Above Self “ motto, we collected a trunk full of canned/boxed food items that Gayle Denney volunteered to take to the Food Bank as part of the Kids Can project.

Community Service Co-Chair Carolyn Inglis also collected enough money to “Adopt A Family” through the Community Beyond Violence program. With barely a day to rest in between, on Saturday Community Service Co-Chair Tom Milam had us ringing (and singing) in the rain around the Salvation Army kettle in front of SPD in Nevada City. We’re not sure who won the annual competition between Rotary clubs, but we had a lot of fun visiting with people as they scurried in and out of the store. Our bellringers were: Tom and Robin Milam (2 shifts), John and Susie Wilson, Judy Soldavini and George Roberts, Walt and Sandy Stickel, Chris Newsom and Cathy Wilcox-Barnes, Tom and Suzy Ryan, and Mike and Carolyn Inglis. It was a great way to see friends and neighbors to wish them Season’s Greetings  Thank you everyone for helping our club “Connect our Community and the World” at this busy time of the year.

Los Barriles Project 2020 - January 30 - February 3

Los Barriles eye testingWe can’t rest on our laurels (or poinsettias) yet. We still have lots of things coming up – like our Los Barilles project which is only 1-1/2 months away. This Thursday there will be a short meeting at 11:30 a.m., prior to our noon meeting, for everyone who is interested in going or thinking about going or already has made reservations to go. We have watched the East Cape Clinic grow from a small office (some of us were there to help celebrate the grand opening) to a clinic that has expanded to fill almost the entire building complex. The vision clinic portion is becoming a reality as we continue to be an active partner. If you’ve never gone on this project, I encourage you to try to join us this year. It is a very rewarding experience (and we also find time to relax and have fun with our twin club members). Thanks goes to Carolyn Feuille for putting this together again this year.

Grass Valley Free 2-day Health Clinic ~ January 11-12, 2020

Also, remember the 2020 Grass Valley Free 2-day Health Clinic hosted by United Way along with California CareForce! is  coming up closer to home. It is January 11th-12th at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. If you haven’t signed up to be a volunteer yet, there is still time. They need volunteers to help in several areas and you don’t have to have experience in health care. You can register to volunteer by clicking the link listed here. Volunteer individually or create a team and work together.

Click for downloadable Health Clinic flyer

Rotary Leadership Institute Journey Continues With RLI II

Expand your Rotary Leadership learning to focus on how best to help your club to make a real difference. Work on team building, targeting service, effective communications, attracting new members, and more.

WHERE:  Ensemble Designs Café, 870 Gold Flat Rd, Nevada City, CA (map)

WHEN:  Saturday, January 25, 2020, 8:30am – 3:30pm
COST: $20 / person, reimbursed by Club 

Please Register at by Thursday January 16, 2020!  

Click for Rotary Leadership Institute II flyer

Facilitated by Dennis Geare, Stacy Graham, PDG John Sullivan and Robin Milam

Hungry Games Planning for 2020 - 4pm Thursday, December 19 at Trolley Junction

We are planning an even bigger and better Hungry Games for 2020.  The team is meeting at 4pm ahead of each of our Social meetings. Join the fun and comradery of planning our 2020 Hungry Games event with the team.  We will meet ahead of our Club Social on December 19 at Trolley Junction at 4:00pm.

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:

December 12: Lunch Mary Anne Davis--Hospice of the Foothills: 40th Anniversary Update

December 19: Social Christine Murphy, PhD--SeniorWell (Fitness for Seniors) 

December 26: DARK for the Holidays

January 2: Field Trip to the Nevada City Firehouse Museum with our guide, President Cathy

January 9: Lunch: Ethics Talk--Dennis Geare (rescheduled due to earlier outage)

January 16: Social: Christina Giffin, Nevada Co. Supt. of Schools

January 23: Lunch: - Lynda Guthrie--Craft Talk

January 25: Rotary Leadership Institute II, Ensemble Designs

January 30:  DARK : 5th Thursday

January 30-February 3:  Los Barriles International Service Trip

February 6: Social

February 13: Lunch Jeannie Wood , CATS (Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra) “The Chinese and the Gold Rush”

February 20: Social

February 27: Speech Contest

March 11: Area 4 Speech Contest, Grass Valley Methodist Church

March 15: Hungry Games, Miners Foundry

March 19: Social

March 21; Young Musicians Competition Area 4 Rotary and MIM Music Contest; Day-long, multi-level competitions at Grass Valley United Methodist Church

March 28: Young Musicians Concert 2:00pm Area 4 Rotary and MIM Music Concert by Competition winners, at Grass Valley United Methodist Church

Thank you to John Wilson, Nathan Leishman, and Gayle Denney for planning this year's Music Contest.  John reached out to partner with MIM in order to recruit a larger number of youth musicians.  Click the Young Musicians Competition banner to learn more about the robust Competition and Concert plans for March 2020. If you have young musicians in your life, share this link...

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

Special Dates


      Paul Boch and Sonja 12/29

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 December 16, 2019 - Budget Only.  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.