Rotario - January 23, 2020

 Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday January 23, 2020 - Lunch 12:15pm
Midnight Girls Robotics Team - Brownies from Deer Creek School  

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


As I’m sitting down to write this article for the Rotario, it is getting late on a Monday night. Late because I wanted to wait to write this until after our Board Meeting. Late because we had a lot to talk about at our Board Meeting. Late because YOUR Board Members are awesome and stayed to work on all the little (and big) things that make our club seem to function so effortlessly. I say “seem” because things aren’t always as seamless as they may appear. Under the calm exterior of club meetings, your hard-working Board members are busy discussing, planning, budgeting, meeting with people and on and on. After each meeting I am reminded of how much everyone does for our club and after a meeting like tonight’s I’m so in awe of the people you have entrusted to lead our club. A big thanks goes out to every one of you for helping make this year a success. And, speaking of late, a REALLY BIG thank you to Robin who will be up even later than me getting the Rotario into the wonderful newsletter you all know and love!!

In the coming weeks you’ll be hearing about everything that is going on. Things like the Music and Speech contests, excellent programs that have been almost scheduled out until the end of this Rotary year, work projects we’ll be undertaking, not to mention a second helping of Hungry Games coming up in March. There are plenty of opportunities for everyone to be involved in one, two or more projects. If you want to learn more about a particular activity or Avenue of Service, ask a Board member and they’ll be glad to help you become more involved.

Area 4 Rotary Community Awards Celebration - February 19

Cast your ballot for Citizen of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Lowell Robinson Business Person of the Year at Community Awards  Nominations close on February 4.

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

This Week:  Midnight Girls Robotics Team November 19, 2019 It all started when Girl Scouts released a series of robotics badges. Local robotics team, Acme Robotics, offered to teach a robotics class to Girl Scouts, and Brownie Troop 181 was quick to sign up. These girl scouts discovered that they really loved working with EV3 Lego Mindstorm robots and had a knack for programming. Mike Oitzman, mentor of Acme Robotics, noticed that the girls had advanced cooperation skills, and offered to help start a FIRST Lego League team for the girls, and Acme member, Emma Scheffo, age 16, offered to help coach it. The local Girl Scout council, Girl Scouts Heart of Central California, offered a $400 grant to get the team started, and donated team shirts. How could they say no with all this support?

Girl Scout Leaders, and soon-to-be FIRST Lego League Mentors, Carmelita Wasson and Shannon Rashby invited the nine Girl Scouts in Troop 181 to join the new team. Six of these 4th graders accepted the invitation and named themselves the “Midnight Girls.

Please note, last week's meeting with Christina Giffin, Career Advisor Liasion, Nevada Co. Supt. of Schools is being rescheduled.

Los Barriles Project 2020 - January 30 - February 3

¡Buen viaje! The Los Barriles team is taking off next week!  Nevada City Rotarians, spouses and PDG Doug Mc Donald 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.

Do you have that last minute urge to go and not miss the fun and difference the team will make?  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 January 21 AFTER our meeting. 

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


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. 

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:

TBD: 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, 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

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 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

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.