Rotario - November 6, 2019

 Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Area 4 Rotary Foundation Dinner
at Gold Miners Inn - 5:30pm social; 6:00pm opening

The Rotary Foundation

Thursday - No Meeting

This week - Area 4 Rotary Foundation Dinner - Wednesday

November 7, 2019 we are sort of DARK. Not like DARK because PG&E turned off the power again (at least I hope not). We are sort of DARK because the regular meeting has been moved to the day before, Wednesday, November 6th, for the Foundation Dinner. If you didn’t get a chance to sign up, I’m sorry but it is too late. Hopefully you’ll be able to next year. But, don’t show up at the Trolley Junction at 5:30 p.m. on  Thursday because we won’t be there!

I’m not too fond of the word DARK. I spent too many evenings in the DARK this past week because of power being turned off. Do you know one of the hardships from the power outage that I’ve faced (besides it being DARK and trying to read by flashlight, restocking my refrigerator three times, no heat) is trying to catch up on all the things that wouldn’t get, couldn’t get or just plain didn’t get done. Things like meetings being cancelled or rescheduled, paperwork that couldn’t get copied and mailed, bank deposits that didn’t get to the bank and all those other wonderful things that we count on power to do.

Well, Rotary is like that – we count on power to do things. Club power to do community service and youth projects, Area and District power to make our resources go further and to complete projects that are larger than “one club size.” We count on Rotary International to supply the administrative power to connect Rotary clubs around the world. We also count on The Rotary Foundation to supply the financial power and guidance to enable us to provide immunizations, clean water, health services, educational programs and so much more across the globe.

November is Rotary Foundation Month

It’s a time to focus on how our contributions to The Rotary Foundation are used, to acknowledge members who donate to the Foundation through such giving opportunities as giving to PolioPlus or to SHARE through directed giving to the Annual Fund, becoming a Major Donor or Bequest Society member and so many other programs for giving. The annual Foundation Dinner is a time to celebrate the successes of projects and to learn about other needs and ways to become involved. On Wednesday, November 6th, nineteen members of our club will gather with Rotarians from the other four Area 4 Rotary Clubs for a time of fellowship and sharing. I hope you are one of the members who will be enjoying the evening. If you couldn’t make it this year, try to find a time to talk with members who did to find out how Rotary International, through The Rotary Foundation, “Connects the World.”

Los Barriles Project 2020 - January 30 - February 3

Our 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 6:  5:30pm Social; 6:00pm opening Wednesday - Area 4 Foundation Dinner,
Gold Miners Inn

November 7: Moved to Wed Nov 6 Foundation Dinner

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

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.