Rotario - February 27, 2020

 Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday February 27, 2020
12:15pm Lunch -
Club Speech Contest

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

It’s that time of the year again. We have the local club Speech Contest coming up at our Thursday meeting. To quote Jerry Seinfeld, “Surveys show that the #1 fear of Americans is public speaking. #2 is death. That means that at a funeral, the average American would rather be in the casket than doing the eulogy.”  That may be true of us adults but every year I am amazed at the poise and confidence that our speech contestants show. I’m sure this year will be no different. John Wilson has been hard at work rounding up contestants. Let’s all make an extra effort to attend Thursday’s meeting to support our contestants and our Youth Services director. I think I can promise you won’t be disappointed in the youth of today who will be the leaders of tomorrow.

Are you Hungry for some excitement and a great night out? Well, coming up on the heels of the Speech Contest is Hungry Games; a fun, festive, tasty evening. Watch our dueling chefs, sample tasty treats and then dance off all the calories to the great music of Sgt. Funky. Robin has tickets (both raffle and admission) to distribute for club members to sell. If you haven’t already picked some up from her, plan to do so Thursday. Michael has plenty of opportunities for you to work before, at or after the event. We’re getting down to the final countdown – only about 2-1/2 weeks until you can satisfy that Hungry Games hunger.

Can anyone identify this picture?  Over the next two months I will be putting pictures in the Rotario of places, objects or whatever in and around Nevada City for you to try to identify. Try to answer as many as possible BUT keep it to yourself! On May 7th you will find out the answers – person with the most correct just might win something!

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. 

Click flyer image to download a printable flyer.

We have 14 restaurants who have donated certificates so we will be doing our Winner Takes All Raffle PLUS silent auction, 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, a private tour of the 16 to 1 Mine, flight over Western Nevada County with Alpine Aviation, 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

Our Area 4 Leadership shared a fun dinner with DG Randy and DGN Roberta on Thursday after our Community Awards dinner on Wednesday last week.


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 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.

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 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.