Rotario - February 6, 2020

 Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday February 6, 2020 - 1st Thursday
5:30 Social with ACME Robotics

Next Week:  Trolley Junction at Northern Queen Hotel
400 Railroad Avenue, Nevada City Directions

Hola from Los Barriles.

We will probably be home by the time you read this (except for Juan Viejo who will stay down until Wednesday). We've had a great time reconnecting with members of the Los Barriles Rotary Club and other community members. Chris Geyer and the Rotary club here have been wonderful hosts, as always. We've seen some of the projects they have been doing and also some where we have helped with a monetary contribution and we held 4 health clinics. We'll take a moment at the next club meeting to fill you in. It's been rewarding, too short and eye-opening.

If haven't participated in a project down here I would urge you to go next year. If you have and missed this year hopefully you'll come back again. It is a wonderful way to see  OUR CLUB dollars at work up close and personal. I guarantee you won't leave here without at least one (and probably many more) heart-warming or perspective-altering experience.

See you Thursday - your Los Barriles 2020 Volunteer Nevada City Rotary Club Team:  Carolyn Feuille (International Service Chair and Project Coordinator), Lynda Guthrie, Juan Viejo (otherwise known as John Hensley) Paul and Sonja Boch, Paul's friend Mark and me, tus Presidenta Cathy.

$ Social Fee this week $

As President Cathy discussed last week, we are working with Trolley Junction on a new fee structure moving forward. In the spirit of keeping our Club costs down, the Board is looking at options and will be making immediate term decisions at our next Board meeting. In the meanwhile our cost to Trolley Junction for lunch has not changed.  For the social, Trolley Junction's cost to us is $10/person plus a $45 per meeting setup/teardown fee.  The setup cost is because the facility would not normally have staff on site Thursday evenings. 

The Board has anticipated needing to increase the social fee to at least $10 for some time but did not want to act until we knew what Trolley Junction was going to request.  For this week, we will charge $10/person and PE Tom and Robin will contribute the $45 setup fee.  As you all know, when we transferred to Trolley Junction, Hamid generously agreed to maintain the same fees that Tom Coleman had charged. Tom simply opened his bar to us with current staff and provided simple appetizers.  Additional expenses incurred by The National Hotel were covered by the drinks we purchased.

The Board will meet on February 17 to determine the ongoing fee for socials and related future actions. Your constructive thoughts and recommendations are welcome.

ACME Robotics

Back by popular demand! Our favorite advanced robotics team! We will get the latest updates from last week's NORCAL Tournament.

Area 4 Rotary Community Awards Celebration - February 19

LAST CALL to cast your ballot for Citizen of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Lowell Robinson Business Person of the Year at Community Awards close on February 4.

Save the Date!  This year's Area Wide Community Awards Celebration is at Foothill Event Center on Wednesday February 19.  

Bob and Peggy Wright, Treats Ice Cream - Business Persons of the Year

What a delicious Treat! Bob and Peggy Wright of Treats Ice Cream were honored as Business Persons of the Year by Nevada City Rotary and Nevada City Chamber! They bring such joy and delight to our community all because they wanted to share their love of ice cream!  The award is presented annually at the Nevada City Chamber Installation Dinner.  This year the event was last Saturday night at Miners Foundry.  Robin presented the award while President Cathy was in Los Barriles.

Thank you for your nominations and to Nicole for her coordination with the Nevada City Chamber.

A glimpse at the Year Ahead

Our President Elect Tom Milam joined the incoming crop of 2020 - 2021 Club Presidents and DGE Roberta Pickett this weekend in Reno for District 5190’s PrePETS program.  As part of the program, the Rotary International theme for 2020 - 2021 was revealed — Rotary Opens Opportunities.

On Friday Tom was trained in the important topic of Grants Management (Rotary International and District 5190 have lots of money available for Clubs to use for our good works, we have only to ask for funding).  Saturday was a full day of learning about all the resources that are available from our District to presidents, their clubs, and the members of the clubs.

A very important part of the program was meeting and comparing notes with presidents elect from other clubs across District 5190.

Hungry Games Planning for 2020

We are planning an even bigger and better Hungry Games for 2020.  At this week's meeting, we will have event and raffle tickets for you to sell.

Join the fun and comradery of planning our 2020 Hungry Games event with the team. The team is meeting at 4pm on Thursday February 6 before our meeting. 

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.  


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.  Watch for registration coming soon -- and a BIG THANK YOU to our own Dennis Geare who as District Registrar is implementing a brand new registration system for RALLYE. In the meanwhile, check out RALLYE 2020 Home for information on speakers, events and the Leadership Learning Assembly (formerly CLA) program.

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 6: Social: ACME Robotics

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

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 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 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

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.