Rotario - January 9, 2020

 Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday January 9, 2020 - Lunch Meeting 12:15pm

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

Welcome to 2020!

I hope you all had a wonderful time celebrating entering a new decade. Some of us, like me, celebrated on New York time and in a quiet way. I’m sure others enjoyed some of the wonderful music and frivolity offered in our community. Whatever way you celebrated, I hope you paused to reflect on the year just passing (2019) and to look forward to the upcoming year (2020). If you did, maybe some of that reflection and anticipation of things to come was about the Nevada City Rotary Club and your valuable participation in it. What a great end to 2019 with our Polio Walk and Foundation Dinner, followed by a relaxing, fun-filled evening at our holiday party. We have a great, albeit busy, year ahead. Just a look at our Upcoming Events will exhaust you. We have a fantastic President Elect in Tom Milam and an exciting couple of months as he gears up for his term. We have multiple projects/events between now and the end of this Rotary year including our Los Barriles clinic, Hungry Games, bulb planting and hopefully a garage sale.

Here’s to 2020 and a great team to make it a bang-up year in this new decade!

Rotary - Ethics with Dennis Geare

Ethics. What are ethics? Am I ethical? Is it ever appropriate to tell a little white lie while conducting business? What does it mean to be ethical? Is being ethical out-of-style and no longer necessary???  The topic of ethics is as complex as it is simple. It’s as simple as “Do the right thing!” and as complex as “What is the right thing in this situation.” As Rotarians we have the Four-Way Test to help guide us but even that is confusing sometimes when we must decide just what will be beneficial to all concerned? What is ethical behavior when dealing with difficult people and why should I care anyway?

Our own Dennis Geare, the Ethics Chair for District 5190, will help answer all these difficult questions and more at our Thursday luncheon meeting. Dennis travels all over the District giving talks on ethics and he has graciously accepted our invitation to talk to our own club about this important subject. In this day and age, with the constant pressure to “take care of #1 first” and “whatever it takes to get it done” being pounded into us daily in print, airwaves and person-to-person a gentle reminder of what it takes to be ethical and how important it is in our daily lives, this is a meeting you won’t want to miss.

In case you missed it, The Four-Way Test in a post-truth era by Joseph Epstein Illustrations by Davide Bonazzi from the Rotarian Magazine

Night at the Museum - Nevada City Firehouse #1

We had about 25 Rotarians and guests who braved the cold Firehouse No. 1 building to join us last Thursday for our “Night at the Museum.” I’m not sure about anyone else, but I enjoyed it. Of course, I got to pick the topics and talk about what I wanted for the tour. If you missed out, I’d love to have you come visit the museum when we open again for our regular season (May 1 to Oct. 31, 2020).  I’m still getting used to typing 2020 so if you see 2019, make sure I’m talking about past, not future events.

A BIG THANK YOU CATHY for a wonderfully fun and informative visit to one of our local treasures!

Celebration of Life for John Patrick Burke

If anyone knew how to celebrate life that would be John Burke!  Carla has shared plans for his memorial service on Friday of this week. 


Date:       January 10 2020 (Friday)

Location:  Saint Canice Catholic Church
                317 Washington Street
                Nevada City, CA 95959

Viewing:   2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Mass:        4:30 p.m.

Reception Immediately Following:

Location:   Nevada City Winery
                321 Spring Street 
                Nevada City, CA  95959

In Lieu of Flower Donations, Carla and family are requesting a charitable contribution be made:

                In memory of John Patrick Burke
                Brain Support Network

                P.O. Box 7264
                Menlo Park, CA 94026

               or online at

If you have any questions, please contact Carla Burke 530-913-2091

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.

Grass Valley Free 2-day Health Clinic
January 11-12, 2020

Also, remember the 2020 Grass Valley Free 2-day Health Clinic hosted by United Way along with California CareForce! is  coming up closer to home. It is January 11th-12th at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. If you haven’t signed up to be a volunteer yet, there is still time. They need volunteers to help in several areas and you don’t have to have experience in health care. You can register to volunteer by clicking the link listed here. Volunteer individually or create a team and work together.

Click for downloadable Health Clinic flyer

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 CHANGED TO AFTER OUR LUNCH meeting on Thursday Jan 9 and again on 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 9: Lunch: Ethics Talk--Dennis Geare 

January 16: Social: Christina Giffin, 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 11: Area 4 Speech Contest, Grass Valley Methodist Church

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.