Rotario - December 5, 2019

 Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Deck the Halls with Yummy Food and Friends!
Thursday December 5 - Holiday Party at Carla and John Burke's Home

The halls are decked, the food will be yummy and this week we will be meeting at the Burke home for our annual Holiday gathering. I know it’s a busy time of the year for everyone but taking a few hours to gather together, relax and enjoy one another’s company is a valuable gift to give yourself during this time of year. Your presence is also a valuable gift to give our Rotary club. What better way to start the season than over a game of … oh wait, I can’t tell you that or it won’t be a surprise. I can tell you there will be great food catered by Antonio, good company to share a story or laugh with, fun fashions (I know Sandy and Walt won’t disappoint us!) and I’m sure a game or two. A big “thanks” goes to Judy and Carla for their excellent party planning skills. I’m looking forward to the evening. I hope you are also. Social time will begin at 5:30pm followed by a light dinner catered by Antonio.  Cost is $35.

The Season of Giving...

Oh, but wait… there’s more. We’re collecting canned/boxed food items as a part of the Kids Can project benefitting the Nevada County Food bank. Bring your non-perishable items to the Holiday Party where Gayle Denney has graciously offered to collect them and drop them off. [Photo thanks to Nevada County Food Bank.]

Nevada County Food BankBut wait … there’s more. We are helping Community Beyond Violence (formerly the Domestic Violence Coalition) with the Fund-A-Family program   We will be collecting money at our Holiday Party to contribute to families in need through the Fund-A-Family program. Please see Carolyn Inglis to support our gift giving!

But wait…. there’s more. There is nothing like a little bellringing to get you in the holiday spirit. Our club will again be ringing the bell for Salvation Army at SPD Nevada City Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 0am-6pm. See current signups below ... we need more volunteers! Contact Tom Milam to signup for a 1-hour shift. It’s a lot of fun and a chance to put your best Rotary foot forward as we extend holiday cheer to friends and neighbors at the hub of Nevada City’s social life.

But wait… there’s more but we’re putting out a Rotario, not a book. So, this should be enough to help you find your holiday spirit for the first week of December. You can see from all the activities listed above that our Rotary Club is a vibrant part of this community thanks to all of you and your willingness to give of your time, talents and treasure. Each project we take on, each life we touch whether through ringing a bell for an hour, donating food to help the hungry or the myriad of other projects we undertake has a ripple effect. A child in the family we adopt might go on to be a Rotary Peace scholar. A person receiving help from funds raised in a bright red kettle may be a future community leader. We’re not just touching one life, we are touching and connecting countless unseen lives. Thank you for being Rotarians….connecting the World.

Bellringer for Salvation Army at SPD Nevada City
Saturday December 7, 2019 10am-6pm

Please sign up for 1 or 2 Shifts so we cover the day.   To sign up now, reply to this email or contact Tom Milam.  Thank you!

We need 2 people per 1 hour shift. Signup with Rotary buddy or bring a loved one.  Salvation Army is requesting no more than 2 people per shift, per kettle, unless you are a family with kids. 

10 AM – 11 AM       Tom & Robin – meet Salvation Army

11 AM – 12 PM        John and Susie Monary Wilson

12 PM – 1 PM         Judy Soldavini

1 PM – 2 PM           Walt and Sandy Stickel

2 PM – 3 PM           Chris Newsom

3PM – 4 PM           Tom Ryan & Suzy Brunnel

4PM – 5 PM            Carolyn and Mike Inglis

5 PM – 6 PM           Tom & Robin -- Salvation Army team to pick up bucket

Give a Gift with Impact - Adopt A Family 

The holidays are drawing near again! Community Beyond Violence offers two very special ways of making a difference through gift giving.  The Adopt-A-Family matches donors with families who need a little help this year. The Adopt-A-Family enables donors to provide tangible needs for client families by purchasing clothes, gift cards, household items, etc.

They also have an Fund-A-Family program which addresses those in need of basic assistance with things like gasoline, PG&E, propane, glasses, motel room nights, car repairs and so forth. We will be collecting moneys at our Holiday Party to contribute to families in need througth the Fund-A-Family program. Please see Carolyn Inglis to support our gift giving!

To learn more, click the Give A Gift with Impact or the logo

Los Barriles Project 2020 - January 30 - February 3

Los Barriles eye testingOur health care project in Los Barriles, Baja Sur, Mexico is shaping up for 2020!

Dates:  Arrive by January 30 and leave February 3 or later  Why so early this year?  We have many activities with fixed dates in March and need to do the final preparation for the March 15 Hungry Games in February.

Airfares:  Lowest rates (as of this week) are on American Airlines and Alaska Air from  Sacramento to Cabo San Lucas. Please purchase your tickets asap!!

Work:  Diagnostic screening of basic medical and dental care needs, mostly for children and seniors

Fun:  Dinners with our host club colleagues from Los Barriles, exploring the area - by off-road vehicles and hiking; shopping, swimming and hanging out, practicing your Spanish.

If you’ve already participated, you know how rewarding this experience is.  If you haven’t, please talk to those of us who have and see if it’s right for you.

We are looking into hotel choices and rates and will announce them shortly.

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.

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

United Way of Nevada County is hosting  the 2020 Grass Valley Free 2-day Health Clinic along with California CareForce!  Over  a two-day period, about 500 patients per day will receive medical, dental and vision services free of charge.  The biggest need is dental and vision care, as these patients are rarely covered in standard insurance policies, nor are they covered in Medicare. Complete eye exams will be available, including tests for glaucoma.  Patients may receive a prescription that is theirs to keep and is good for two years. Then that patient may pick out a new pair of eyeglass frames, and go home with brand new glasses made on site just for them.  The CareForce can make 250 brand new pairs of glasses each day. 

California CareForce will staff 60 dental chairs to provide patients with cleanings, fillings and extractions. A Panograph machine will take a full set of X-rays for each patient. Some local dental care providers will be donating post-clinic services as well. 

As we learned earlier this Fall, the free 2-day clinic will be held on January 11th and 12th at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. It will take many volunteers to hold the health clinic. We need professional medical volunteers to complete the general medical, dental and vision exams and procedures. We will also require volunteers  to help with setup, prep, food service and other odd jobs during the two days.  If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the e-form by clicking the button below. We will reply within a short time.

Club members are encouraged to sign up to Volunteer individually or create a team and work together.

Click for downloadable Health Clinic flyer

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 5:  Holiday Party. 5:30pm at Carla and John Burke's home

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

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

January 3:  DARK - 5th Thursday

February 6: Social

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

February 27: Speech Contest

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

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


David Fluke 11/4  Ken Ching and Lynn 11/4
Jack Dinwiddie 11/25  Ken Myers and Akiko 11/10
Susie Monary-Wilson 11/29  Dennis Geare and Annette 11/13

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.