Rotario - October 17, 2019

 Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday, October 17, 2019
5:30pm Social - Liam Ellerby & Kara Asilanis: The Curious Forge

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

You know what happens when the power goes out? We get disconnected from our electronic devices, our friends and the world. We must take a pause from Rotarians connecting the world and try to find a way to just connect our refrigerators or lights or phones to something for power. For me, our Rotary meetings provide me with power. They connect me to energy from other Rotarians and help me focus on what’s important and how I can be of service. When we can’t meet (such as this week because the actual electrical power was turned off) it leaves me feeling like something’s wrong. Like my energy is drained a little. I miss spending time with friends who have the same goals of Service Above Self and the same core ethics (we will reschedule Dennis because he does a fantastic job with his Ethics presentation and it shouldn’t be missed because of a lousy power shutdown – maybe a PG&E representative can come). I love our Club and our members.

You know one of the things that I really love about our Rotary Club? Members are willing to step in to help whenever needed and I can turn over a meeting to someone else to handle without any doubts it will be run in a fun, effective manner. This meeting is a great example. Well, last meeting would have been a great example also if the power had been on and we met. Ken Ching was going to be gone and without any hesitation Tom Milam raised his hand to help setup for the meeting in Ken’s absence. Now fast forward to this week. I’m not able to stay for the meeting due to other obligations that evening (the Nevada County Historical Society is celebrating it’s 75th Anniversary and I’m on the guest speakers’ panel). I asked for someone to take the meeting for me and Robin agreed to do it, again without any hesitation. During the year, even when I’ll be at the meetings, I may ask members to run the meeting so I can sit back and relax. It’s a nice change of pace for the club and a great way for members to try their hand as “President” for a meeting. Now, that I mentioned it, we are looking for a President-elect for 2020-2021 so don’t be shy about letting me know if you are interested! I know you’ll be in good hands at this Thursday’s Mixer and Chris and Nancy have a great program lined up. Some of you may have been wondering what’s been going on with the old Grass Valley Group property on Bitney Springs Road. Come Thursday evening and you’ll find out some of what’s happening. Carla Burke, Tom Milam and I are all former “Groupies” with a lot of years spent at that site. It’s fun to know how it’s being repurposed!

This Week - Welcome Back Kim Stewart!

Welcome back Kim Stewart

We welcome back Past President Kim Stewart!

This Week - Curious Forge MakerSpace

Liam Ellerby and Kara Asilanis are business partners and co-founders of The Curious Forge Makerspace.

Liam is known for being “loose” with all kinds of materials and will generally learn anything once. Aesthetically appealing, utilitarian and weirdly functional assemblage pieces are his main interest. Metal was his first love and the first cut is the deepest. Kara is an acrylic painter and emerging metal artist passionate about creativity and helping others make what matters to them. They both share a vision about the Forge being a community hub and a belief that Making is Soulcraft and can only help build a resilient community.

Located in what used to be the "Machine Shop" for Grass Valley Group at the old Bitney Springs campus, the Forge is where you can learn to do for yourself to create your world,

This will be a fun opportunity to discover new creative outlets for self expression ... maybe even for you!!!

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 our Social. Join the fun and comradery of planning our 2020 Hungry Games event with the team.  We will meet ahead of our Club Social at Trolley Junction at 4:00pm.

Area 4 Foundation Dinner - Wednesday, November 6 at Gold Miners Inn 

The Rotary FoundationOne of the very impactful ways that Rotary Connects the World is through The Rotary Foundation.  Each year we come together for a very special Area wide event to celebrate the work of The Rotary Foundation and our Paul Harris Fellow achievements.

Join us for a wonderful evening celebrating as a Club and with other fellow local Rotarians. 

Area 4 Rotary Foundation Dinner
Wednesday, November 6
Gold Miners Inn
Dinner will be $45 per person. 

Note, that week our regular meeting moves to Wednesday for the Foundation Dinner. We will have a signup sheet at this week's Social.  Otherwise, please contact Chris Newsom or REPLY to this Rotario if you want to sign up.

Nevada City Rotary World Polio Day Walk Thursday, October 24th

Remember that the following Thursday, October 24th, we will be meeting at 8:00 a.m. for our World Polio Day walk. Get out those walking shoes and help us raise awareness as Rotary “Gives Polio the Boot.”  We’ll leave the Trolley Junction at 8:00 a.m. and walk up Sacramento St. to Zion, then Zion to the Nevada City Highway which we will follow over to Glenbrook Basin. We will cross over to the Safeway side walking along Brunswick Road to Old Tunnel where we walk up to the Banner Mountain overcrossing where we’ll head back to the Trolley Junction. It’s about 3-4 miles at a leisurely pace. Walk all of it, part of it or come out and honk and wave at us. The more the merrier. The weather should be nice walking weather and we should be done and ready to go for coffee by 11:00 a.m. or earlier. Bring signs, wear a costume, do something to attract attention. We want people to ask what we’re doing and be able to tell them about Rotary and our efforts to eradicate polio in the world. Some of the Clubs in our Area are doing Pizza for Polio and/or Pints for Polio.  We’re this … close!

Rotary International News - PDG Vicki Puliz RI Director Nominee

PDG Vicki Puliz - RI Director Nominee

Rotary International has redefined Zones in the United States.  District 5190 is now part of a much larger Zone 27 stretching from BC, Canada to Montana and from the SF Bay Area to northern Colorado.  Combined with Zone 26 south of us from Hawaii to West Texas, we make up the Big West Zones 26-27.  The Nominating Committee for RI Director in Zone 27 recently certified that it selected PDG 5190 Vicki Puliz, a member of the Rotary Club of Sparks, as a RI director representing the Big West Zones 26-27 in 2021–23.  We are delighted to congratulate PDG Vicki as RI Director Nominee!

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:

October 17- Social Kara Asilanis: The Curious Forge

October 24:  Annual Walk for Polio - meet at Trolley Junction at 8:00am

October 31:  5th Thursday - DARK

November 6:  6:00pm 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

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

Special Dates


Paul Boch 10/10  Nancy Kemp and Steve 10/12
Wally Krill 10/18    
Nancy Kemp 10/22    
Chris Newsom 10/30    

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 October 21, 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.