Rotario - January 16, 2020

 Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday January 16, 2020 - Social 5:30pm
Christina Giffin, Career Advisor Liaison, Nevada Co. Supt. of Schools 

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

Old as dirt ...

I’m sure you have heard, as I have, that time seems to go by faster as we get older. Well then, I must be getting older than dirt because time seems to be not just flying but rocketing past these days. As I started to write this for the Rotario I looked at the calendar and realized that the first month of the brand new year is almost half over already. Before we know it there will be just 21 shopping days left until Christmas.

Let’s not let this year pass us by so fast that we can’t look back and say “Wow, what a great year. We took advantage of our time, skills and leadership and look what we did. We went to Los Barilles and helped with the East Cape Clinic; we planted bulbs in Penzance Park; we put on a Hungry Games that was an even bigger success than last year and raised a lot of mney which we used for scholarships; we held music and speech contests; we went to District Conference; we graduated another group of Girls Who Code; we sent young people to REGL and RYLA; we rocked it at the Nevada County Fair Pulled Pork booth….

Oh yeah and somewhere in there we changed Presidents. Yes, we have a lot of irons in the fire for our small club and yes, time will fly. But, just as with time, we will fly also with our Rotary Banner held high and Nevada City, Nevada County and beyond saying “that gust of air is the Rotary Club of Nevada City rushing headlong into 2020 and not wasting a minute of the year!”

This week - Christina Giffin, Career Advisor Liaison, NCJUHSD
Nevada County Schools focusing Youth on Career Paths

Submitted by Christina Giffin

Nevada County schools have been trying to connect students to their future jobs and helping them envision who they are and what they might want out of life. In the Fall 2019 the Nevada Joint Union High School District rolled out Get Focused, Stay Focused, a program to help students orient themselves toward a stable, successful future.  Rather than college prep the focus is broader career and life preparation. 

Now the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools office is introducing a new program — Career Pathway Partners — to help businesses, nonprofits and others provide students professional opportunities.  For business owners wanting more information, please see Career Pathway Partners FAQs for Businesses.

Christina Giffin will share the creative vision and direction she is helping spearhead as Career Advisor Liaison in Nevada County Superintendent of Schools office.

Last week- Ethics with Dennis Geare

Thank you Dennis for excellent dialogue on Ethics in today's world. Our discussions reaffirms our Rotary values. He also referenced a thought provoking article from the Rotarian Magazine. It is available for reading on at The Four-Way Test in a post-truth era by Joseph Epstein Illustrations by Davide Bonazzi

Los Barriles Project 2020 - January 30 - February 3

The Los Barriles team is making final travel plans.  They will be participating in wellness checks and eye examinations for the children of the greater East Cape area around Los Barriles. The vision clinic is an expansion of the East Cape Medical Clinic and is becoming a reality through our partnership. We will be participating in a Rotary grant with Los Barriles and Reno Rotary Clubs in the coming year.

If you’ve never gone on this project, I encourage you to try to join us this year. It is a very rewarding experience (and we also find time to relax and have fun with our twin club members). The team is firming up plans quickly, so if you want to go, contact Carolyn Feuille now! 

Again, big thanks  to Carolyn Feuille for putting this together again this year.

Rotary Leadership Institute Journey Continues With RLI II -  Sign up closes January 15

Expand your Rotary Leadership learning to focus on how best to help your club to make a real difference. Work on team building, targeting service, effective communications, attracting new members, and more.

WHERE:  Ensemble Designs Café, 870 Gold Flat Rd, Nevada City, CA (map)

WHEN:  Saturday, January 25, 2020, 8:30am – 3:30pm
COST: $20 / person, reimbursed by Club 

Please Register at by Wednesday January 15, 2020!  

Click for Rotary Leadership Institute II flyer

Hungry Games Planning for 2020

We are planning an even bigger and better Hungry Games for 2020.  Join the fun and comradery of planning our 2020 Hungry Games event with the team. The team is meeting on Thursday September 23 at 11am. 

Watch for updates from Michael or contact him if you want to be more involved!

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:

January 16: Social: Christina Giffin, Career Advisor Liasion, Nevada Co. Supt. of Schools

January 23: Lunch: - Midnight Girls Robotics Team - Brownies from Deer Creek School

January 25: Rotary Leadership Institute II, Ensemble Designs

January 30:  DARK : 5th Thursday

January 30-February 3:  Los Barriles International Service Trip

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

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

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

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.  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 Nancy Kemp and Christine Newsom for coordinating our programs!

Special Dates


Carla Burke 1/13   John Woodford and Janna 1/01
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 January 20, 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

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.