Rotario - July 4, 2019

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday, July 4, 2019
Happy 4th of July!

Meeting - DARK

Celebrate with Friends and Family
This year's parade is in Grass Valley.

Our first meeting of the year is next week lunch on July 11 with President Cathy! 

Message from President Cathy

I woke up this morning and asked myself if I was suddenly thrust into the lead in the movie Ground Hog day. You know, the one where Phil Connors had to keep repeating the same day until he got it right. The plot has changed a little; I get to repeat a year, not just a day. But, unlike Phil who couldn’t stand Punxsutawney and the people and couldn’t wait to get away, I love Nevada City, our Rotary club members and I don’t plan on going anywhere (at least not for more than a week or two) this time. So, in this déjà vu repeat of a year as President for me, I know I can count on all of you to not only help me get it right but to get it better than right – it’s going to be a fantastic, fun-filled Ground Hog day – the Sequel! You’ve got your tickets, grab your popcorn and let the movie roll. I can see an Academy Award blockbuster in the making.

On a side note, we are dark this coming Thursday as we celebrate our Nation’s 243rd birthday. In case you are missing not getting together with your fellow Rotarians that day, we are invited to march along with the 49er Rotary Club in the 4th of July parade. This year it will be held in Grass Valley. See details below.

Rotary Ramblers - TOMORROW!

Each Tuesday morning at 8:00am Cathy leads a group of Rotary Ramblers on easy hikes around our community.  This week the Rotary Ramblers will meet at the Nevada St. parking lot at 8:00 a.m on Tuesday and carpool to the hike location at the Round Mountain trail head. If you plan to join us, please let Cathy know so that we make sure to wait for everyone.

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

Invitation to join 49er Breakfast Club in the July 4th Parade

Everyone Loves a Parade...
Especially fun-loving Rotarians...  So bring the family, kids, grandkids, friends, and march with Rotary in this year's Fourth of July Parade.  Our entry number is No. 18, close to the front of the parade.  Line up on East Main Street at 10:30am or so.

The big event kicks off Thursday at 11am in downtown Grass Valley.  Theme this year is "Hats Off to Nevada County."

2019-2020 Rotary Connects the World

District 5190 Governor Randy Van Tassell

Meet District 5190 Governor Randy Van Tassell.  Randy has been a member of the Rotary Club of Bishop Since 1987.  He has served his Club in several positions including as President during 2000-2001.  He has held many District positions including Assistant Governor, as a member of the District Training Team and as co-Chair of the District Conference. Randy is a member of the Paul Harris Society and he and his wife Chris are Major Donors. 

DG Randy will visit our Club on Thursday August 22. Randy uses the image of a tandem bicycle to describe the role of District supporting Clubs this year.  District rides the back seat to add momentum and power while Clubs steer the way on the front of the bike. 

RIPE Maloney

Rotary International President Mark Daniel Maloney

New RI President Mark Maloney is a member of the Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama, USA.  President Maloney believes that connection is at the heart of the Rotary experience.

“(Rotary) allows us to connect with each other, in deep and meaningful ways, across our differences,” Maloney said. “It connects us to people we would never otherwise have met, who are more like us than we ever could have known. It connects us to our communities, to professional opportunities, and to the people who need our help.”

“Through Rotary, we connect to the incredible diversity of humanity on a truly unique footing, forging deep and lasting ties in pursuit of a common goal,” he added. “In this ever more divided world, Rotary connects us all.”

Last Week - AbleCarts with Tyler and Kevin Szura

Tyler and Kevin Szoua shared their inspiring vision for AbleCarts. An amazing pair of brothers. They are partnering with SPD and BriarPatch Coop to provide home delivery shopping for customers - especially those with limited transportation access.  The intention is to provide livable wages and meaningful work for people with disabilities who have not been afforded opportunities that recognize their full capacity. Tyler notes, " The AbleCarts team works very hard everyday to help rewrite the way people with disabilities are viewed in employment."

Read more about Able Carts and their plans in The Union article AbleCarts created to help get Nevada County residents with disabilities good jobs and fair wages, December 4, 2018 by Cory Fisher.

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).

Please get in touch with Robin (as Sandy and Walt are traveling in July) and Gayle if you would like to work the Solar Sunprint or Renaissance Rubbings craft tables.  Or get in touch with Nancy if you would like to volunteer for other crafts.

Childrens Festival

Area 4 Business/Professional Services Directory

The Rotary District 510 Area 4 Business/Professional Services Directory has been updated as of January 2019.  Click Rotary District 5190 Area 4 Business/Professional Services Directory to download a printable copy.  Doing business with fellow Rotarians is just one example of Vocational Service in action!

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 4: DARK - HAPPY July 4th!!! Parade is in Grass Valley - join 49er Club as entry 18 at 10:30am

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

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.