Rotario - July 11, 2019

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - Lunch 12:15pm
Welcome Area Presidents and Police Chef Chad Ellis

First Meeting of the New Year

Trolley Junction Restaurant at The Northern Queen
400 Railroad Avenue, Nevada City, CA 95959 Directions

Message from President Cathy

Thursday’s meeting will be my first official of this new Presidency. I know I’m the “recycled” President, but this time around won’t be just a repeat. Thanks to all of you, I had a fantastic Presidency in 2017-2018. We had a lot of fun and I learned a lot – both the things that worked and those that didn’t turn out exactly like I planned. I can’t promise you a smooth year with no hiccups. I can’t promise you a year of limitless funds to do all the great things we talked about at our Retreat. I can’t promise you won’t be “tested” again. What I can promise is that I will do my utmost best to make your valuable time that you give to our Rotary Club as fruitful and rewarding as possible. If you can dream it; if you are willing to step up and take on a project; if it isn’t illegal, immoral or fattening*, then I’ll support you 100% in getting it done. Several of you have asked if there will be trivia questions or other games and frivolity at our meetings. Hmmm… who knows. You’ll have to come to the meetings to find out. So, that being said, see you Thursday as we jump into Rotary Year 2019-2020!

* Editor's comment:  For the record, CWB delectable cookies are never "fattening"! 

Nevada City Police Chef Chad Ellis - This Thursday Lunch

Join us as we welcome Nevada City's new Police Chief Chad Ellis as our guest speaker. Chief Ellis has been a part of our community since high school. He graduated from Bear River High School and went on to attend Sierra College and Yuba College Police Basic Academy. After graduation he worked for Yuba County Sheriff’s Department.  In February 2008 he joined Nevada City PD and was recognized as officer of the year in 2009. He served as the first Nevada City police detective in partnership with Grass Valley police department.

After three years as a detective, Ellis was promoted to sergeant and was tasked with the supervision of employees on patrol, computer systems management, scheduling and the agency’s training regimen. During that time, Ellis received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice management, attended Nevada County Community Leadership Institute and currently holds his POST basic, intermediate and advanced certificates. In 2015, Ellis was honored by the Nevada County Law Enforcement and Fire Protection Council, receiving the Public Safety Commitment Award.  He was promoted to lieutenant in 2018.

Children's Festival - July 19

This year's Children’s Festival, which is scheduled for Friday, July 19, at Pioneer Park in Nevada City.  Nevada City Rotary has been involved with planning and hosting crafts -- especially Nancy Kemp, Gayle Denney and Sandy Stickel for many years.  The planning team is now in the process of organizing all the volunteers it takes to make the festival a reality!

The Festival has two sessions.  The morning session runs from 9 a.m. to noon.  We then take a break (during the heat of the day) and come back for an evening session from 5-8 p.m.  We will have about 25 crafts tables at each session, and each table needs 3-5 volunteers to help the kids create their works of art.  We also have a number of activities that are especially well suited for teens who want to volunteer (and we provide documentation of community service).

We need a couple more volunteers for the Solar Sunprint morning session 9am-noon.  Please get in touch with Robin (as Sandy and Walt are traveling in July) and Gayle if you would like to work the Renaissance Rubbings craft tables.  

Childrens Festival

A coincidental first: All five western Nevada County Rotary Clubs led by women

News | July 3, 2019 by Lorraine Jewett - Special to the Union: .Read full article.

Area 4 Led by Women 2019-2020

At the first meetings of the Rotary Club year that runs from July to June, presidents visit neighboring clubs to congratulate new officers and wish them success. All five local Rotary Clubs Presidents, and the Area 4 Assistant Governor gathered at Trolley Junction Wednesday. Shown left to right are Marcia Salter, Anita Daniels, Jody Osceola, Susan Drown, Cathy Wilcox-Barnes and Lindy Beatie.
Photo by Lorraine Jewett for The Union

Across District 5190

Celebrating PDG Vic Slaughter
We were saddened to learn that PDG Vic Slaughter passed away unexpectedly in late June. Many of you knew and worked with Vic in various Rotary capacities. A Celebration of Life for PDG Vic is planned for Sunday, August 11th at 2:00 pm at Red Hawk Resort Event Center, 6600 N Wingfield Pkwy, Sparks, NV 89436.  

Rotary Rafters Eliminating Polio Raft Trip - South Fork of the American River
Each year all four clubs in Auburn, CA ride the rapids to rid polio and this year we are asking Area 4 if they would like to join in. What better way to start a Rotary year that is all about connecting, then working with two area’s and multiple clubs, connecting members and their passion. Sunday August 11, 2019, cost is $125 per person with $50 of that going to you and your Rotary Clubs foundation. All food and drinks are provided for and the fun, well that is a given. For details on the day and contact for registration, visit Rotary Rafters.

Rotary Ramblers 

Each Tuesday morning at 8:00am Cathy leads a group of Rotary Ramblers on easy hikes around our community. With increasing temperatures, the group is discussing moving the regular local Tuesday hike to a higher elevation and thereby longer time commitment. For summer only they will be planning a once-a-month day hike to trails around Grouse Ridge, Loch Leven Lakes, etc. The hikes will still be easy-to-moderate and we will make sure to set a pace that is comfortable for everyone. Please consider joining us on an outing on some of our beautiful, back country trails. It's a great opportunity for exercise and more importantly fun fellowship. A schedule of the upcoming summer hikes will be posted soon.

Destinations change each week so check with Cathy if you want to ramble along with the group for a future ramble.

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:

July 11: Lunch:  Chad Ellis - Nevada City Police Chief; Cathy's first meeting

July 15: Board Meeting 5:30pm - John H's Nevada County Properties Office, 432 Broad St. Nevada City

July 18:  MOVED TO LUNCH: Fellow Rotarian Irene Perbal  "My Life under Nazi Rule"

July 19: Friday 9am-noon and 5pm-8pm Children's Festival, Pioneer Park

July 25: 10am Field Trip to Elevation 2477 (Cannabis Dispensary)

August 1: Pre-Fair Picnic 5:30pm Treat Street POTLUCK

August 7 - 11: 8:30am-midnight Nevada County Fair

August 15- Social - Tracy Pepper from Community Beyond Violence

August 22: Lunch District Governor Randy Van Tassell visit

August 29:  5th Thursday - DARK

September 5: Social Crumbunny Coffee Roasters of Nevada City

September 12: Lunch Lorraine Reich:  the “Move to Amend” Constitutional Amendment

September 19: Social

September 26: Lunch Catrina Olson, City Manager of Nevada City

October 3: Social

October 10: Lunch Dennis Geare "Ethics"

October 31:  5th Thursday - DARK

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

Special Dates


Tom Ryan 7/17  John and Carla Burke 7/28

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 July 15, 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.