Rotario - July 25, 2019

Dear Rotarians and Friends,


Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 10:00am
 Elevation 2477 (Cannabis Dispensary)
200 Searls Ave, Nevada City, CA 95959 Directions

Message from President Cathy

Some people think that Nevada City acted too hastily approving the cannabis dispensary in town. Some think they didn’t act fast enough. Some think that it is a terrible way to raise income for the town. Others think it’s the best thing to come along since Grass Valley Group. Some people think prescriptions for cannabis help their medical ailments while others think it’s just a ruse to allow someone to get high. There are all kinds of opinions about cannabis – I’m sure our club runs the gamut on opinions.

This Week: Elevation 2477 (Cannabis Dispensary)

This coming Thursday you have a chance to find out first-hand how the new cannabis dispensary (Elevation 2477) works and what they do. You’ll have a chance to tour the business and get all your questions (hopefully) answered. Then you can form an informed opinion and have information to back up your point of view. Connecting is more than just reading something and passing that information on. It’s about seeing for yourself and then connecting all the dots and passing THAT information on. It’s about connecting with facets of our community that we wouldn’t normally encounter. So, even if you are one of the members who may disapprove of the dispensary, come on the field trip and see what it’s all about. Go where you have never gone before and may never go again. Start connecting!

See you Thursday at 9:50 a.m. at the old South Yuba Club off Searls Ave. in Nevada City.

 Elevation 2477 (Cannabis Dispensary)
200 Searls Ave, Nevada City, CA 95959 Directions


  1. This Thursday July 25 10am - Elevation 2477 Field Trip at 200 Searls Avenue
  2. August 1 - Fair Booth Cleanup 9am
  3. August 1 - Pre-Fair Picnic 5:30pm - On Treat Street at the Fair Grounds . 
    Potluck - Bring a main course and a side dish (salad, veggies or dessert) to share
    Tickets for Fair Booth service to be distributed.
  4. August 3 - Fair Booth Cleanup 9am
  5. August 7 - 11 - Nevada County Fair starts Wednesday and ends Sunday.  See 2019 Fair Schedule. No regular Thursday meeting.

Last Week:  Fellow Rotarian Irene Perbal "My Life under Nazi Rule"

Irene Perbal concluded her very moving story of Life under Nazi Rule to a standing ovation.  She was only 6 years old when the Nazis invaded Holland and her home city of Amsterdam. Irene's parents were staunch patriots who took an active part in the resistance protecting Jewish friends. Her father called upon young Irene to assist delivering messages around the city. In 1942 the Gestapo invaded their home one morning when two Jewish friends were hiding in her house. The Gestapo took them away with my father. Irene never saw her father again.  Thank you Irene for sharing your stories so that the memories of the attrocities are not forgotten. 

Irene sent a Thank you: 

Cathy, Thank you so very much for the warm reception I received at your club.
I am impressed with your perfect organization  of your Area, everywhere my slideshow
was already in place. And I was very touched with your Thought for the Day with my school picture.

Please tell your club members how grateful I am for their total focus and respect for my life story. And also how pleased I was to see so many familiar faces.

My journey to Area 4 of our District has been beautiful. What a privilege to be part of the Rotary family.

Irene Perbal

Children's Festival - July 19

Over 2,500 children of all ages frolicked at this year's Children’s Festival on Friday, July 19.  A HUGE THANK YOU to Nancy Kemp for her yearround efforts to plan the delightful festivities each year.  Thank you to Gayle Denney (Renaissance Rubbings Chair), Karen Young, and Isabel Phelps for hosting the Renaissance Rubbings and to John Wilson, Cathy Wilcox-Barnes, Carolyn Fueille, Isabel Phelps and Robin Milam (jumping in for Sandy Stickel) for hosting Solar Nature Prints. 

Preparing for Fair Time!

Tom Ryan, Tom Milam and Robin have been handling maintenance and repairs in preparation for Clean Up work parties on August 1 and August 3.  With their efforts our work parties can focus on cleaning walls, floors and countertops.  Please plan to join us.  Some light raking of the outside (thanks to Walt) and removal of patio panels is needed while windows, countertops and floors get scrubbed.

Robin coordinated annual service of our walk-in cooler.  It is ready for food that Walt has ordered.  Tom Milam filled the gas water heater plus disconnected and removed the old hot water heater ... Any questions as to why, see the photo. Tom Ryan (on the ladder) and Tom repainted the top front portion of the booth.  The Nevada City Rotary signs are being repainted. They will be reinstalled during one of our work parties. 

Avenues of Service - District 5190 Training September 28

Click to Register     Click for Flyer and Program Schedule

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.

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

August 1: Pre-Fair Picnic 5:30pm Treat Street POTLUCK - Cleanup Work party at 9am - noon

August 3: Final Clean up for the Fair - 9am - noon

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

August 15: Social - Tracy Pepper from Community Beyond Violence

August 19: Board Meeting at Nevada County Properties/Recreation Realty 432 Broad St.

August 22: Lunch District Governor Randy Van Tassell visit

August 29:  5th Thursday - DARK

Late August: TBD Watch for Rotary Ramblers to resume after the Fair!

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

September 28: Avenues of Service

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 August 19, 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.