Rotario - February 19, 2020

 Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Wednesday February 19, 2020 - Community Awards Dinner

No Meeting This Thursday!  The Community Awards dinner is Wednesday evening (in place of our regular Thursday meeting) and, we are all eagerly waiting to hear who the awardees are this year. Nicole always does an outstanding job representing our club during the selection process. With so many deserving nominees I’m glad that I don’t have to help decide. Our community runs on volunteerism and Rotarians are usually involved, not only with Rotary projects, but also with a myriad of other things happening in Nevada County and beyond.

2020 Nominees include:

  • Lowell Robinson Business of the Year for 2020: Hansen Bros. Enterprises and Mike Bratton State Farm.
  • Citizen of the Year: Howard Levine, Doug Moon, Bill Drown and Tom Kellar.
  • Volunteer of the Year: Kari Stehmeyer, Tina Skrukrud and Linda Miller.

A final winner in each category will be announced that evening.

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. Robin is managing tickets.  If you have not gotten yours or need more event or raffle tickets for you to sell see Robin or reply to this newsletter.  We are asking each Club member to sell at least 3 raffle tickets plus as many event tickets as possible. 

We have 15 restaurants who have donated certificates so we will be doing our Winner Takes All Raffle PLUS BONUS drawings or other options. 

* * *  2020 Participating Raffle Restaurants  * * *

Friar Tuck's  ~  Lefty's Grill  ~  The Ham Stand  ~  Sopa Thai  ~ One11
Casa Las Katerinas  ~  New Moon Cafe ~ Sergio's Cafe  ~  Twelve 28 Kitchen
Tofanelli's ~ Bistro 221  ~  The Station at Northern Queen  
Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co.  ~  Ikes Quarter Cafe

The Ham Stand owner/chef Jason Jillson promises four different gourmet tastings from around the world and will compete with Rene Medina, his own sous chef. Nevada City and Szabo wineries will offer pairing tastings to go with the food.

We are also hosting a live and silent auction including a 10 day stay at Chris and Christine Geyers sweet casita in Los Barriles and other surprises.

Watch this space for new updates as plans are still forming.  Want to 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!  Meetings will be at his lovely home on Clay Street moving forward.

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.  

Members Corner

I mentioned in an earlier Rotario that I wanted to start highlighting what our members do when they aren’t busy being Rotarians and asked you to let me know what you do in your “spare” non-Rotarian time. This week I would like to highlight one of those busy members – Carolyn Feuille.

Carolyn paints Russian-style icons as a hobby.  She has been learning this sacred art form at her former church in San Francisco, St. Gregory of Nyssa, which is well known for its numerous icons.  She has arranged for some of these icons to be on exhibit at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Grass Valley -  the "Art and Spirit of Icons".  It will be open to the public on February 29 at Buck Hall, adjacent to the church from 11 am. -  4 pm.  

Viewers can learn how icons have evolved as both an art form and a means of worship starting in the 3rd century through the present. Icons are the original tradition of Christian sacred art and are still used to inspire us today. Several iconographers have contributed to make this beautiful display available to us and will be present to answer questions and explain the icons.  Icons painted in both egg tempera & pigments, and acrylic paint are shown. Please, no food or drinks allowed. Contact Carolyn for more information: or call 650-867-4564

In addition to organizing icon exhibits, Carolyn is active in AAUW and has most recently been leading a team coordinating a forum entitled "Domestic and Sexual Violence:  How It Affects Us All".  They will have speakers addressing the issue from multiple perspectives of health, law enforcement, forensic medicine, education and legal process. The forum will take place April 4, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church. I’m sure Carolyn will be happy to give you more details.

Please let me know if you are involved in something outside of Rotary (Paul with Habitat, PE Tom with North Star House, Robin with BYLT, etc…???) I’d love to share your activities here in the Rotario!


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. Also the Nugget is waving resort fees for a great discount for those who reserve your hotel room early!

A BIG THANK YOU to our own Dennis Geare who as District Registrar is implementing a brand new registration system for RALLYE.  A special At-a-Boy because thanks to his efforts, when you sign up for the Learning Leadership sessions on Saturday the Club will be billed for your participation as we have done with Club Leadership Assembly (CLA) and you will be billed for traditional Conference events such as Friday and Saturday dinners and Sunday Mimosa Brunch which includes recognition of outgoing President Cathy and PE Tom. 

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 19 - Wednesday - Community Awards Program, Foothills Event Center

February 20: - Moved to Community Awards Program

February 27:  Club Speech Contest - John Wilson is looking for judges! See John to volunteer.

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.

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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 March 16, 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.