Rotario - March 5, 2020

 Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday March 4, 2020
5:30pm Social - Project Amigo, Faith Tannenbaum, NU Interact

The Station at Northern Queen Hotel
400 Railroad Avenue, Nevada City

Faith Tannenbaum, NU Interact Fullfilling a Dream with Project Amigo

As a current member and leader of the Nevada Union Interact Club I am organizing a Project Amigo work-away service trip in March. Attending a Project Amigo service trip has been a dream of mine since I joined Interact in my freshman year, learned about Rotary’s impact in the village of Cofradía de Suchitlán, and found my passion for humanitarian aid work. Currently, I am planning to take 6 other students on this trip as part of my senior project before I graduate. We want to present in hopes of sharing our work as a Club, passion for Project Amigo, and fundraising for trip expenses. -- Faith

Project Amigo supports students from Colima, Mexico so that they can create their own educational opportunities and better their quality of life. To do this, we remove the financial barriers to education through scholarships that include school fees, transportation, uniforms and school supplies, and a hot lunch. Our staff also provide tutoring and mentoring during Project Amigo Homework Club. Homework Clubs also provide us with a way of keeping in close touch with the students so we can identify problems before they become so severe that the student is forced to drop out of school.

We also provide opportunities for volunteers from other countries to do valuable humanitarian service that creates and fosters friendship and understanding across cultures.

Education and literacy are powerful tools to create a brighter future for the world’s children who in turn benefit the nations they live in. Since 1984, Project Amigo has worked with rural youth in Mexico to continue their formal schooling including university level. Project Amigo became a U.S. 501c3 non-profit charity in 1996, providing educational scholarships, material support, enrichment activities, and health care to disadvantaged youth in the state of Colima, Mexico.

Project Amigo's Board is made up almost entirely of Rotarians, and the Executive Director is a long-time Rotarian.


It has been a real pleasure to see some familiar faces back among us again. Long-time club member David Fluke is feeling well enough to join us again. What a delight to see his smiling face at last Thursday’s meeting. Also, several weeks ago, former member Bonnie Hawthorne joined us for an evening mixer. Now that she’s “retired” again (but not from Trophies Anyone?) we’re hoping she’ll be able to reCONNECT with the club – don’t you have to love how I worked our theme in there instead of just saying join our club  again?

Hungry Games II, here we come!

In less than two weeks we’ll be pulling out all the stops for our Hungry Games, the Second Course. Michael and his team have been hard at work making sure it will be even more successful than last year’s debut. This year 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. We also have 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, delicious food and wine tastings 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.

Mystery Picture

Can anyone identify this picture?  Over the next two months I will be putting pictures in the Rotario of places, objects or whatever in and around Nevada City for you to try to identify. 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!


Members Corner: Off to PETS ...

Both Tom Milam as our PE and PP/PAG Dennis as Sergeant At Arms are headed to FarWest PETS for the weekend.  RI President-elect Holger Knaack's theme for 2020-21 is Rotary Opens Opportunities.  Tom and fellow PEs will be creating opportunities to strengthen their leadership, help put service ideas into action, and improve the lives of those in need. 

Click flyer image to download a printable flyer.

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. 

* * *  2020 Participating Raffle Restaurants  * * *

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 

The Ham Stand owner/chef Jason Jillson promises four different gourmet tastings from around the world and will compete with Rene Medina, his own sous chef. Nevada City and Szabo wineries will offer pairing tastings to go with the food.

We are also hosting a live and silent auction including a 10 day stay at Chris and Christine Geyers sweet casita in Los Barriles, a private tour of the 16 to 1 Mine, flight over Western Nevada County with Alpine Aviation, and other surprises.

Watch this space for new updates as plans are still forming.  Want to join the fun and comradery of planning our 2020 Hungry Games event with the team?  Watch for updates from Michael or contact him if you want to be more involved!  Meetings will be at his lovely home on Clay Street moving forward.

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. 


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 5: Social Project Amigo, Faith Tannenbaum, NU Interact

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

Did we forget your birthday or anniversary? Have you recently moved or changed email addresses? Please update your profile on our club website. If you have forgotten your password, you can click on the Lost Password feature and it will be sent to your email address. Or reply to this email and request assistance!

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

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.