Rotario - June 6, 2019

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday, June 6, 2019
5:30pm Social ~ Seven Hills NatureBridge Science Camp

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

This Week ~ Seven Hills Nature Bridge Participants

At this week's evening social, Seven Hills students who participated in the Nature Bridge Science Camp in January will share their experiences.  This should be a delightful program hearing from students that we sponsored for a week long hands-on camp in the Marin Headlands. 

Last Thursday May 30 2019-2020 Club Leadership Retreat

Returning President Cathy Wilcox-Barnes hosted a Club Leadership Retreat to kickoff planning for our new Rotary year.  Lots of new ideas were discussed.  Thank you Walt and Sandy for hosting us and thank you Cathy for setting the stage for engaging our Club in a fun and meaningful year ahead.

Club Action - Bylaws Review

Our Club Bylaws need to be updated to reflect current Club practices including our varied meeting schedules and RI Council of Legislation changes. For a while RI referred to Youth Services as New Generations.  However, that language is no longer being used. The attached proposed Bylaws reflect these changes.  The base of these Bylaws were prepared by attorney Michael Colantuono during his tenure.

At our Board Meeting of May 27, 2019 the Board approved updated Club Bylaws pending review and approval by the Club. The bylaws are available for your review at Rotary Club of Nevada City Bylaws - Pending Approval.

Current Bylaws may be viewed at Rotary Club of Nevada City - Current BylawsThe Board is proposing the Club approve the Bylaws at next week's lunch meeting Thursday on June 13.  If you have questions, please address them to either Robin Milam, Secretary, or Tom Ryan, President.

Rotary Ramblers

Each Tuesday morning at 8:00am Cathy leads a group of Rotary Ramblers on easy hikes around our community.  Destinations change each week so check with Cathy if you want to ramble along with the group. This week our Ramblers included Cathy, Tom Ryan, Carolyn Feuille, Walt and Sandy Stickel who hiked along Rattlesnake Ridge off Hwy 174.

Annual Adaptive Education & 7 Hills Leadership Field Day and Graduation

Our Annual Adaptive Education and Seven Hills Leadership Class on Wednesday May 29 was special as it ended with an eighth grade graduation.  Eight Adaptive Ed students -- some we have seen at Field Days over the years -- have now graduated and will advance to High School.  The morning was filled with big bubbles, soccer and other field day activities while we Rotarians built sandwiches.  A big thank you to John Wilson for organizing the day with school liaison John Bryan, Adaptive Ed Specialist.  Thank yous to Greg Geare, Tom Ryan, Susie Monary-Wilson, Gayle and Dave Denney, Carolyn Feuille, Walt Stickel, Ken and Lynn Ching, Nancy Kemp, Cathy Wilcox-Barnes, Judy Soldavini, Tom and Robin Milam for all your help building sandwiches, protecting escape routes and jumping in to play with the students.  A big thank you to all who baked and provided cookies!  

Adaptive Ed Cooks

Tom's DEMOTION Party - June 20 5:30pm

Join us to celebrate our Rotary year with President Tom at his Demotion Party on Thursday June 20.  Festivities will be at John and Carla Burke's home starting at 5:30pm.  Dinner is being catered by Maria's so come join our Fiesta Fun!  PLEASE, sign up with Judy Soldavini and Carla if you have not already done so. 

Are you fire safe?

We are again including information from Susan Rogers on how to be a Firewise Community. She provided valuable information that is designed to save lives and property.  The 10 Minute Emergency Drill link did not work in all browsers last week so we are including these resources again this week:

Are you fire safe? The Nevada County Fire Safe Council has a repository of resources and range of services to help us become fire wise and prepared at

Let's work together to become a Fire Safe Club.  Ready to prepare?  Here are a few steps you and your family can take now:

  1. Click to Signup for CodeRed. Register your cellphone numbers in addition to your land lines.
  2. Add CodeRED's two phone numbers 1(866) 419-5000 and 1(855) 969-4636 to your cell phone and/or landline contacts as "CodeRED Emergency Alerts." This way, when you receive a phone call from either of CodeRED's phone numbers during an emergency event, you will be able to recognize the call as a CodeRED alert rather than easily mistaking the 1-866 or 1-855 number as a telemarketer.
  3. Download the 2019-20 Fire Season Guide and create a plan. The guide includes instructions on Emergency Preparedness and Evacuation plans. The Guide is filled with checklists, emergency contacts and instructive ways to prepare now.  You will be impressed with the number of ideas you have not thought about until reviewing this guide.  
  4. Download the The 10 Minute Emergency Drill and do a drill with your loved ones.

Girls Who Code at Seven Hills

Girls Who Code program for this year is coming to a close. A BIG THANK YOU to NANCY KEMP, Ms Girls Who Code Extraordinaire!  She has hoslted almost every week, coordinated the program and provided snacks when a volunteer did not step up to do so.  Thank you also to all who have provided snacks throughout the year.  This is a very special program addressing a very important need for our young girls. 

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:

June 6: Social: - Seven-Hills Students Report on NatureBridge Experience

June 13: Lunch  Nancy Baglietto, Hospitality House

June 20: 5:30pm Dinner - President Tom's Demotion Party at John and Carla Burke's home

June 23: Rotary Heritage Garden Ribbon Cutting at the North Star House

June 27: Lunch Tyler Szura, AbleCarts

July 4: DARK - HAPPY July 4th!!! Parade is in Grass Valley

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

October 31:  5th Thursday - DARK

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

Special Dates


Ken Ching 6/3   Dave and Gayle Denney 6/12
Ron Knaus 6/9   Ron Knaus and Nancy 6/20
Nicole Dillard 6/13   Michael Young and Karen 6/21
Michael Young 6/17  Judy Soldavini and George 6/24
Robin Milam 6/29    

Club Leadership

President: Tom Ryan 
President-Elect: Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
Past President: Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
Secretary: Robin Milam
Treasurer: Carla Burke
Public Image: Michael Young & Robin Milam
Youth Service: John Wilson
Community Service: Carolyn Inglis

Club Social:  Judy Soldavini
Sergeant at Arms: Walt Stickel
International Service: Carolyn Feuille
Vocational Service: Nicole Dillard
Foundation: Christine Newsom
Membership: Stacy Drake
Program Chairs: Christine Newsom
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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*Starting a new year with President Tom, 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 June 17, 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.