Rotario - February 13, 2020

 Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday February 13, 2020 - 2nd Thursday
12:15pm Lunch with Jeannie Wood, CATS
“The Chinese and the Gold Rush”

The Station at Northern Queen Hotel
400 Railroad Avenue, Nevada City

Next Week Moved to February 19 - Wednesday - Community Awards Dinner
Sign up or by tickets this week.  See details below.

As the world turns...

It has taken a week, but things are beginning to settle down again after my return from Los Barriles. You know that feeling – take a couple of days off from your normal routine and it takes twice that to get caught up! The problem is that we took time away in Los Barriles, but the Rotary clock didn’t stop. It just kept on ticking off the hours and days to such things as the Community Awards Program, Hungry Games, the music and speech contests, RALLYE and more. I’m sure PE Tom feels the same way since he got back from Pre-Pets and is preparing for PETS. When he returns, we’ll make time to hear about his experiences. If you have never served as President and never been to PETS, you are missing something special. Just the opportunity to attend PETS should get some of you thinking about talking to PE Tom about being our President-Elect Nominee (next in line to the PE). Think about it and talk to Tom M. He has some great ideas for the coming year and being the PE will give you a great opportunity to help him.

Jeannie Wood, CATS - “The Chinese and the Gold Rush”

Hope some of you caught the Chinese New Year parade and events on Sunday (Feb. 9th). Jeannie Woods works hard to bring this event to our community each year. Thankfully the weather cooperated more than last year when it had to be cancelled due to rain. Except for the wind which made it difficult, it was a nice, clear afternoon. Firehouse No. 1 Museum was open so that parade goers could learn about life and the contributions of our Chinese community during the Gold Rush. The reason I am bringing this up is that the contributions didn’t stop when the gold mining did. If you have ever been to one of CATS mesmerizing performances, you’ll realize the contributions that are still being made today. Jeannie Woods is the dynamo and force behind CATS. Jeannie will be our Program speaker this week talking about the Chinese and the Gold Rush. You definitely won’t want to miss her presentation.

Jeannie Wood is grateful for the opportunity to serve Nevada County for the past twenty-six years as Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra’s (CATS) Executive Director, Producer, Marketing Director, Box Office Manager, and Cultural Enrichment Director. Born to immigrant parents in San Francisco’s Chinatown, participating in CATS has given her the opportunity to come full circle with her Chinese-American heritage, which has allowed her to appreciate the best of both worlds. Jeannie is also Nevada County’s Law Librarian, a Mobile Notary, and drums with Grass Valley Taiko. Jeannie is contributing on so many levels!

Visits the CATS website to learn more about this year's upcoming performance of The Joy Luck Club!

Next Week: Wednesday, February 19
Area 4 Rotary Community Awards Celebration

The Community Awards Program is next week. Our regular meeting that would normally be held the following day is moved to Wednesday night. We will have a signup sheet at Thursday’s meeting so that I can let them know how many from our club will be attending. For those of you who don’t know, this event was the brainchild of our own Dennis Geare. In addition to being a fun evening, it is inspirational to meet and hear about people in our community who are shining examples of “Service Above Self” and it is a wonderful way to get our Rotary name out in front of the community.

You can 1) purchase tickets in advance through Brown Paper Tickets or
2) signup with Cathy this week or 3) reply to this email. 

No-host bar social begins at 5:30pm. Dinner by Antonio's is at 6:15pm. 
Program begins at 7:00p.m.

Hungry Games Planning for 2020 - TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE

We are planning an even bigger and better Hungry Games for 2020. Plan to get tickets to sell from Robin at this week's meeting, we will have event and raffle tickets for you to sell.  We are asking each Club member to sell at least 3 raffle tickets and 10 event tickets. 

Join the fun and comradery of planning our 2020 Hungry Games event with the team.  Watch for updates from Michael or contact him if you want to be more involved!

Visit Nevada City Rotary Hungry Games or our Facebook Hungry Games event for more details and copies of our 2020 Hungry Games II press release.  

ACME and ARES Robotics - So Proud of these teams!

We were honored and delighted to have ACME and ARES Robotics teams put on another demonstration of their robots and update us on the successes of the twin teams.  And yes, they do compete with each other at tournaments and are proud of each other's successes.  They brought us a thank you letter and plaque for our support. 


District 5190 combines Leadership Learning Assembly (formerly CLA) and District Conference.  Plan to come celebrate, learn and play!  April 24 - 26 at the Nugget in Sparks, NV.  Registration is now open -- Visit RALLYE 2020 Home for information on speakers, events and the Leadership Learning Assembly (formerly CLA) program and to REGISTER.

A BIG THANK YOU to our own Dennis Geare who as District Registrar is implementing a brand new registration system for RALLYE.

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:

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

February 19 - Wednesday - Community Awards Program, Foothills Event Center

February 20: - Moved to Community Awards Program

February 27:  Club Speech Contest

March 5: Social Project Amigo, Faith Tannenbaum, NU Interact

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

March 12: Moved to March 11 Speech contest; Hungry Games team may meet - watch for details

March 15: Hungry Games, Miners Foundry

March 19: Social Bob Murley-  ”The Apollo Moon Project: Things You Probably Don’t Know”

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

March 26: Lunch Lynda Guthrie: Craft Talk

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

April 2: Social Christina Giffin, Nevada Co. Sup. of Schools Office  “Career Pathways Partners”

April 9- Lunch- Bob Branston, Citizens Climate Lobby:  “An Optimist’s Guide to Climate Change”

April 16: Social

April 23- Lunch Debbie Thomas - A Peace Corps Volunteer’s Experience in Albania

April 24-26:  RALLYE - District 5190 combined Club Leadership Assembly and Conference at the Nugget in Sparks, NV

May 21 Social: Randy Arnold, The Barefoot Spirit - with goodie bags!

June 18: Cathy's Demotion Dinner

August 20: DG Roberta Pickett Visit

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 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. 

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

Special Dates


Judy Soldavini 2/28   Carolyn Inglis and Mike 2/12
Carolyn Inglis 2/28   Allan Rogers and Betty 2/18

Club Leadership

President: Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
President-Elect: Tom Milam
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 February 17, 2020.  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 The Station at The Northern Queen
(Formerly Trolley Junction Restaurant)

400 Railroad Avenue, Nevada City, CA 95959 Directions
Note: Lunch $14  Social Mixer $5 + BYOB — PO Box 74 — Nevada City, California 95959

Rotary Vision

                TOGETHER, we see a world
Where PEOPLE unite and take action
                to CREATE lasting
    CHANGE across the globe,
                          in our communities
                       and in ourselves.