Rotario - March 11, 2020

 Dear Rotarians and Friends,

This Week MOVED to Wednesday  - Area 4 Speech Contest

12 noon Grass Valley Methodist Church, 236 S Church St, Grass Valley

Sunday March 15 Hungry Games!!!
Miners Foundry Cultural Center

Setup starts at 10am
Club members on site at 4pm
Party begins at 5pm ends at 8pm

Does anyone else feel like this week has been crazy and it’s only Tuesday? Please remember that our regular Rotary meeting is tomorrow (Wednesday) at noon at the Grass Valley Methodist Church. It is our area-wide Speech Contest and I can promise you won’t be disappointed by the contestants. We all agreed we had great speakers at the Club level and now we’ll hear from the winners from the other four clubs. The winner of tomorrow’s contest will be heading to Reno for the finals at our annual convention (RALLYE this year). Since we’ve moved the regular meeting, there will be NO  regular club meeting on Thursday. So, if you show up at The Station at the Northern Queen (Trolley Junction) you’ll be dining alone (or with others who didn’t read the Rotario).

Hungry Games II - Let the Fun Begin!

The Hungry Games are only a few days away and as of this writing, we are full steam ahead. The team has been monitoring updates from the CDC, State and County Environmental Health and we are following their guidelines. Robin and Cathy attended the Board of Supervisors meeting this morning (Tuesday) where Dr. Ken Cuttler, Nevada County Health Officer, and Jill Blake, Public Health Director, gave a thorough briefing on what is happening here in Nevada County. Chris Newsom listened in at home and shared her thoughts with us after the meeting. We are also in communication with Miners Foundry who has implemented stringent cleaning processes and will be providing sanitizer stations for our event as well as other scheduled events. They have posted signs on their entrances requesting anyone who is ill not to enter.  This is a policy we endorse fully and will honor on Sunday.

The committee held an emergency meeting this afternoon and after a lot of discussion and careful consideration, decided to proceed as planned. We will stay in close contact with the County and, since this is an ever-evolving situation, we will inform you all of any updates, cancellations or whatever, should things change. In the meantime, please take care of yourselves, use the precautions that have been recommended and stay home if you are not feeling well. We’re all in this together and we need to set good examples for our fellow Nevada Countians. We will be sending a special Rotario out with more information as it becomes available.

In addition to great food from The Ham Stand with Nevada City and Szabo wine pairings, we will have several special “live” auction items including a 10-day stay in Chris and Christina Geyer’s wonderful casita in Los Barriles, Mexico. an airplane flight over beautiful Nevada County, and a special underground tour for 10 of the Sixteen to One Mine - the last working hard rock mine in this area. In addition to these fabulous items there will be a silent auction and an opportunity to dance the night away to the sounds of Sgt. Funky. The grand finale will be the drawing for the $1,200 Winner Takes All Raffle for twelve $100.00 certificates to top local restaurants. You won’t want to miss it and neither will your friends so make sure you pick up some tickets from Robin and sell, sell, sell. Please remind people -- You do not have to be present to win the Raffle!  Have money / checks in hand?  You can give monies collected thus far along with Raffle stubs to PE Tom at the Speech Contest tomorrow - Wednesday. 

Our last Hungry Games Planning meeting is Thursday at 4pm at Michael Young's home, 333 Clay Street, Nevada CIty.  You are welcome to join us for final planning details.

* * *  2020 Participating Raffle Restaurants  * * *

We have 14 restaurants who have donated certificates so we will be doing our Winner Takes All Raffle PLUS silent auction, BONUS drawings or other options. 

Friar Tuck's  ~  Lefty's Grill  ~  Sopa Thai  ~ One11 ~ Bistro 221
Casa Las Katerinas  ~  New Moon Cafe ~ Sergio's Cafe  ~  Twelve 28 Kitchen
Tofanelli's ~ Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co.  ~  Ikes Quarter Cafe

The Ham Stand  ~  The Station at Northern Queen 

Visit Nevada City Rotary Hungry Games or our Facebook Hungry Games event for more details and copies of our 2020 Hungry Games II press release. Click to download a printable flyer.

Mystery Picture

Third week of Where is It/What is It?

How are you doing so far in identifying where/what they are? Try to answer as many as possible BUT keep it to yourself! On May 7th you will find out the answers – person with the most correct just might win something!

Faith Tannenbaum, NU Interact Fullfilling a Dream with Project Amigo

Faith and Luna inspired us all with their dreams for the Project Amigo literacy trip that Faith has organized as her Senior Project.  A team of 6 students from Nevada Union Interact Club will be leaving in a few days. With our contribution they reached their funding goal. 

Faith is a graduating senior from Nevada County.  Luna is an exchange student from Switzerland. 


Member Corner - 2020 PETS

PETS 2020

PE Tom is ready to lead the Club as President in 2020-2021 after a full, engaging weekend at PETS with PP/PAG Dennis serving as SSA. With next year's theme Rotary Opens Opportunities, DGE Berta’s motto is When we give joy through service, we find joy in our JOurneY.  Tom is looking at new opportunities for our coming year with Nevada City Rotary!

REGISTER NOW FOR APRIL 24 - 26!  District 5190 combines Leadership Learning Assembly (formerly CLA) and District Conference.  Plan to come celebrate, learn and play!  April 24 - 26 at the Nugget in Sparks, NV.  Registration is now open -- Visit RALLYE 2020 Home for information on speakers, events and the Leadership Learning Assembly (formerly CLA) program and to REGISTER. Also the Nugget is waving resort fees for a great discount for those who reserve your hotel room early!

A BIG THANK YOU to our own Dennis Geare who as District Registrar is implementing a brand new registration system for RALLYE.  A special At-a-Boy because thanks to his efforts, when you sign up for the Learning Leadership sessions on Saturday the Club will be billed for your participation as we have done with Club Leadership Assembly (CLA) and you will be billed for traditional Conference events such as Friday and Saturday dinners and Sunday Mimosa Brunch which includes recognition of outgoing President Cathy and PE Tom. 

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:

March 11: Area 4 Speech Contest, Grass Valley Methodist Church

March 12: Moved to March 11 Speech contest; Hungry Games team may meet - watch for details

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 - Student musicians and volunteers only.

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 - open to Rotarians and the public

April 2: Social Christina Giffin, Nevada Co. Sup. of Schools Office  “Career Pathways Partners”

April 9- Lunch- Bob Branston, Citizens Climate Lobby:  “An Optimist’s Guide to Climate Change”

April 16: Social: Nancy Kemp:  Update on Girls Who Code

April 23- Lunch Debbie Thomas - A Peace Corps Volunteer’s Experience in Albania

April 24-26:  RALLYE - District 5190 combined Club Leadership Assembly and Conference at the Nugget in Sparks, NV

May 7:  FUN Social

March 14: Lunch

May 21 Social: Randy Arnold, The Barefoot Spirit - with goodie bags!

June 18: Cathy's Demotion Dinner

July 17: The Children's Festival, 9am - noon and 5pm - 8pm Pioneer Park, Nevada City

August 20: DG Roberta Pickett Visit

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 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. 

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

Special Dates


Dennis Geare 3/4  David Fluke and Carol 3/18
Carolyn Feuille 3/6   Chris Newsom and Bill 3/18
Allan Rogers 3/7  Stacy Robinson and Dave 3/20
John Woodford 3/7    
Greg Geare 3/10    
Lynda Guthrie 3/16    
John Wilson 3/21    

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 March 16, 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 The Station at The Northern Queen
(Formerly Trolley Junction Restaurant)

400 Railroad Avenue, Nevada City, CA 95959 Directions
Note: Lunch $14  Social Mixer $5 + BYOB — PO Box 74 — Nevada City, California 95959

Rotary Vision

                TOGETHER, we see a world
Where PEOPLE unite and take action
                to CREATE lasting
    CHANGE across the globe,
                          in our communities
                       and in ourselves.