Rotario - Halloween 2019

 Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday, October 31, 2019
Celebrate Halloween with Friends, Family and Fellow Spooks!

5th Thursday - We are DARK!!!

Nevada City Rotary World Polio Day Walk Thursday, October 24th

Will we, or won’t we? That was the question for Monday (for those who had power) and the guessing game for club members who wanted to know if and/or when PG&E might shut off power again ended Tuesday morning as our lights once again went out. Hopefully your power has now been fully restored! 

One bright note for us is that you didn’t have to wonder will we or won’t we have a meeting on Thursday. The answer is “no” because it’s a 5th Thursday. If it wasn’t for the PG&E Power Game, I would suggest we do an impromptu costume party since that Thursday falls on Halloween. But instead I’ll just wish you all a very safe, sane Halloween. The power being off might make it a little spookier for the little ghosts and goblins out there searching for treats. If you are out and about after dark, please use extra caution. We’re all about youth activities in our club and we want our youth to remain safe to participate in things like the speech contest, music contest, ACME Robotics, Girls Who Code, and all the other things John and Nathan have been busy working on. One thing I can say for sure this Halloween is – Rotary is no Trick. It is always a Treat to be a Rotarian Connecting the World!

Nevada City Rotary World Polio Day Walk Thursday, October 24th

I want to give a special shout-out to the hardy Rotarians that showed up at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 24, 2019 for our World Polio Day Walk to End Polio. Paul and Sonja Boch drove up all the way from Oroville to participate and they were joined by Gayle Denney, Walt and Sandy Stickel, Robin Milam, Tom Ryan and Carolyn Feuille. I’m embarrassed to say that your hiking-obsessed President who planned the hike only made it to SPD (about ½ mile) before having to turn back. No excuses, just a wimp wimping out! The others made the entre 5.1 miles. My apologies to Gayle and the others for it being 2 miles more than I wrote it would be. However, even with those 2 extra miles they all finished with smiles on their faces and I hope a feeling of pride for having brought awareness to Rotary International’s efforts to “End Polio Now.” 

Other Area 4 Clubs celebrated at Roundtable Pizza, Players Pizza, and 1849 Brewing Co for World Polio Day!

World Polio Day 2019 in Area 4 Grass Valley, Penn Valley, Nevada City

And now, some good news….

On October 24th Rotary and its Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners announced that wild poliovirus type 3 (WPV3) has been eradicated worldwide. WPV3 is only the third infectious human disease-causing pathogen to be eradicated in history, following smallpox and wild poliovirus type 2. This achievement means that two of the three wild polio strains have now been wiped out, an important marker of progress against the disease. The announcement comes on the heels of recent news that Nigeria has gone three years without a case of wild poliovirus, which means that the entire African region could be certified wild poliovirus-free in sometime in 2020.

“The eradication of wild poliovirus type three is a critical step in Rotary’s fight to eradicate polio,” said Michael K. McGovern, Chair of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee. “Even as we’re addressing major challenges in Pakistan and Afghanistan, we continue to make historic progress that shows us that eradication is possible. Today is World Polio Day—a time to reflect on our efforts, how far we’ve come, and the work that still needs to be done to fulfill our promise of a polio-free world. It’s important that we remain optimistic and harness the momentum of this good news as we tackle the remaining challenges in the global effort to end polio.”

Our Club has been a part of this success. Keep up the good work. We are (…..) this close!

Next week - Area 4 Rotary Foundation Dinner - Wednesday, November 6 at Gold Miners Inn 

Next week, November 6th, we will celebrate the work that the Rotary Foundation is doing in the world. The efforts to eradicate polio is just one part. Join us to find out about that campaign and all the rest of the good work your gifts to The Rotary Foundation do. We have 19 members and spouses signed up! 

Reservations are due by October 31th TODAY so let CATHY know IMMEDIATELY if you want to attend but haven’t signed up yet. Or if you need to cancel you must do so today. After today we will need to pay the caterer for all reservations.

The Rotary Foundation

Area 4 Rotary Foundation Dinner
Wednesday, November 6
Gold Miners Inn
Dinner will be $45 per person.

Note, next week our regular meeting moves to Wednesday for the Foundation Dinner.

Hungry Games Planning for 2020 - 4pm Thursday 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 November 21 at Trolley Junction at 4:00pm.

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:

October 31:  5th Thursday - DARK

November 6:  6:00pm Wednesday - Area 4 Foundation Dinner, Gold Miners Inn

November 7: Moved to Wed Nov 6 Foundation Dinner

November 14: Lunch Gage McKinney - ‘No Depression Here’

November 21 - Social: Heather Heckler from Connecting Point:  “The 211 Program”

November 28 - Thanksgiving DARK - Celebrate with friends and family!

December 5:  Holiday Party

December 12: Lunch

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)

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

Special Dates


Paul Boch 10/10  Nancy Kemp and Steve 10/12
Wally Krill 10/18    
Nancy Kemp 10/22    
Chris Newsom 10/30    

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 October 21, 2019.  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.