Rotario - November 14, 2019

 Dear Rotarians and Friends,

12:15pm Lunch: Gage McKinney - No Depression Here
Trolley Junction at Northern Queen Hotel

400 Railroad Avenue, Nevada City

Thank you Veterans ~ True Service Above Self

Even though you may read this after the fact, I’m writing this on Veterans Day and want to thank all our members who are Veterans for your service to our country. I can’t think of a greater example of Service Above Self. Serving in the military is a life-changing experience for those who serve and those they serve.

November is also Rotary Foundation Month

Not only is November the month we celebrate Veterans, it’s the month we focus on the Rotary Foundation; another life-changing organization. To quote their website “The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.”

What impact can one donation have?

For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio.
$50 can provide clean water to help fight waterborne illness.
$500 can launch an antibullying campaign and create a safe environment for children.

Chris Newsom has done a fantastic job of letting each of you know what you have personally contributed to the Rotary Foundation. At the recent Foundation Dinner our club received recognition as a 100%f Paul Harris Fellow club, $100% Member Participation in $100 Average Giving and a club that gave more than $1,500 last year in support of End Polio Now. I was so proud to be able to accept this recognition on behalf of our club. Thank you Chris for your dedicated service as our club Foundation Director and thank you all for your continued support of Rotary and all the great things we are accomplishing together as we are Rotary – Connecting the World.

This Week:  Gage McKinney - No Depression Here

Author and local historian, Gage McKinney will share his rich knowledge of the history of  Nevada County, the Gold Rush across the years including the 1930's when Nevada County thrived as the rest of the county dealt with the Great Depression. He brings Errol MacBoyle to life along with vivid stories of Nevada County's gold mining legacy. McKinney descends from Cornish miners who came to California in the Gold Rush.  Five generations of his family have lived in Nevada county. 

Gage McKinney has written six books about the social, economic and cultural histories of mining settlements, including MacBoyle's Gold and The 1930s: No Depression Here. His subjects include New Almaden and the Northern Mines region of the Sierra, including Nevada, Sierra, Plumas and Placer counties. He chronicled the migration of Cornish folk music to America in his book When Miners Sang.

Gage has received the Phelan Award and grants from the California Council for the Humanities, the Mining History Association and The Book Club of California. His work has been recognized by the Society of California Pioneers in Santa Clara County and the Holyer an Gof Awards in Cornwall, UK. He was made a Cornish bard in ceremonies at St. Just, Cornwall in 1998.

Gage was raised in a family business, was a purchasing manager for Ingersol Rand and retired after 25 years with Lockheed Martin Corporation. Gage lives in Grass Valley with his wife, Ilka Weber. He is past president of the California Cornish Cousins and a licensed lay preacher at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Sunnyvale and Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Grass Valley.

Thursday December 5 - 'Tis the Season!
Holiday Party at Carla and John Burke's Home

This year's Holiday Party will again be at the wonderful home of Carla and John Burke on Thursday December 5.  Bring your festive spirit along with a guest.  Our Holiday Party is always a very fun filled evening celebrating the season and our friendship through the extended family of Nevada City Rotary.  Social time will begin at 5:30 followed by a light dinner catered by Antonio.

RSPV before Thanksgiving by signing up at one of our next two meetings, replying to this email or contacting Judy Soldavini. We will confirm a headcount with Antonio so no cancelations after Thanksgiving. 

Los Barriles Project 2020 - January 30 - February 3

Los Barriles eye testingOur health care project in Los Barriles, Baja Sur, Mexico is shaping up for 2020!

Dates:  Arrive by January 30 and leave February 3 or later  Why so early this year?  We have many activities with fixed dates in March and need to do the final preparation for the March 15 Hungry Games in February.

Airfares:  Lowest rates (as of this week) are on American Airlines and Alaska Air from  Sacramento to Cabo San Lucas. Please purchase your tickets asap!!

Work:  Diagnostic screening of basic medical and dental care needs, mostly for children and seniors

Fun:  Dinners with our host club colleagues from Los Barriles, exploring the area - by off-road vehicles and hiking; shopping, swimming and hanging out, practicing your Spanish.

If you’ve already participated, you know how rewarding this experience is.  If you haven’t, please talk to those of us who have and see if it’s right for you.

We are looking into hotel choices and rates and will announce them shortly.

Hungry Games Planning for 2020 - 4pm Thursday at Trolley Junction

We are planning an even bigger and better Hungry Games for 2020.  The team is meeting at 4pm ahead of each of our Social meetings. Join the fun and comradery of planning our 2020 Hungry Games event with the team.  We will meet ahead of our Club Social on November 21 at Trolley Junction at 4:00pm.

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:

November 14: Lunch Gage McKinney - ‘No Depression Here’

November 21 - Social: Heather Heckler from Connecting Point:  “The 211 Program”

November 28 - Thanksgiving DARK - Celebrate with friends and family!

December 5:  Holiday Party. 5:30pm at Carla and John Burke's home

December 12: Lunch

December 19: Social Christine Murphy, PhD--SeniorWell (Fitness for Seniors) 

December 26: DARK for the Holidays

January 2: Field Trip to the Nevada City Firehouse Museum with our guide, President Cathy

January 9: Lunch: Ethics Talk--Dennis Geare (rescheduled due to earlier outage)

February 13: Lunch Jeannie Wood , CATS (Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra) “The Chinese and the Gold Rush”

March 21; Young Musicians Competition Area 4 Rotary and MIM Music Contest; Day-long, multi-level competitions at Grass Valley United Methodist Church

March 28: Young Musicians Concert 2:00pm Area 4 Rotary and MIM Music Concert by Competition winners, at Grass Valley United Methodist Church

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.  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 Nancy Kemp and Christine Newsom for coordinating our programs!

Special Dates


David Fluke 11/4  Ken Ching and Lynn 11/4
Jack Dinwiddie 11/25  Ken Myers and Akiko 11/10
Susie Monary-Wilson 11/29  Dennis Geare and Annette 11/13

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 November 18, 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.