Rotario - October 3, 2019

 Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday, October 3, 2019
5:30pm Social ~  Dan Biebelheimer- Clinica Filadelfia Global Project
of 49’er Rotary Club in Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

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

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas but what happens in Reno goes viral (hopefully)

Last Saturday, before it was light enough to see the sky, three cars loaded with eight sleepy Rotarians, one RYLA graduate and her mother headed up to Reno for a jam-packed day at Avenues of Service. Robin and I were met with fierce winds that blew us sideways as we stepped out of the car and began unpacking easels, computers, Sergeant-at-Arm vests and other materials needed for the day. We were also met by other Rotarians who, along with Robin, had worked the past year to make this a fantastic day. With warm hugs of greeting and the smell of fresh-brewed coffee we were off to the races. As always, there are things going on behind the scenes that others may never know about. Like not having computer passwords or computers that are slower than the drive back home (but that comes later in this report) and all of these things fell to Robin to deal with before District 5190 Rotarians started showing up for registration.

Once again, our Club made me feel like a proud Mama (or Grandma) with John Wilson and Nathan Leishman attending the Interact training/events on the second floor of the college along with Alex Macarty, one of our 2019 RYLA students, and her mother Carol Macarty. Alex is actively working on starting an Interact Club at SAEL and was eager to learn more about how to go about it. Meanwhile  Chris Newsom, Lynda Guthrie and Dennis Geare were kept hopping as they scrambled between open General Sessions and breakout workshops. There were 18 different breakout sessions to choose from including such topics as “Engaging New Members and Re-igniting Existing Ones”,  “Participation, Organization, and Public Relations for Community Service Projects” (facilitated by Robin Milam), “Fellowship Activities and Other Great Meeting Ideas” (sorry I didn’t get a chance to attend this) and “Integrating Talks on Ethics and Vocations into Meeting” presented by our own Dennis Geare.

Like I said, it was a jam-packed day but somehow Susie Monary-Wilson managed to fit in the duties of Sergeant-at-Arms also. I’m not sure how she did it, but she seamlessly toggled between attending breakout sessions and assisting attendees in finding rooms, serving lunch, cleaning up dropped food and so much more. I had so many comments about how terrific that “new Sergeant-at-Arms” is and it made me so proud. Thank you all for making the day a huge success. I think our club had more attendees than the Sparks Rotary Club!

Editor's input: A big THANK YOU to our District Sergeant At Arms Chair, (that would be Cathy) for all her efforts to keep the day flowing smoothly behind and in front of the scenes including feeding us! 

Since what happens in Reno shouldn’t stay in Reno, I will be taking a little time at our meeting to let all of you who couldn’t make it up there Saturday hear a little bit about it first-hand from those who did. I’m sure you may also hear a little bit about what was waiting for us as we left the building. I mentioned that gale-force winds greeted us in the morning. They turned out to be nothing compared to the gale-force winds and rain which quickly turned to snow that greeted us as we left the building. Robin opened the window on the car to take a picture and quickly filled Doug and Karen McDonald's backseat with snow. We all had extra time for bonding as we sat for about 1 1/2 hours outside Truckee waiting for a terrible accident (Cal-Trans reported 2 semi-trucks and 12 cars) to be cleared. Thank heaven for cellphones as calls were going back and forth to make sure all attendees from Area 4 (about 8 cars full) were safe and not involved. Yes, it was a full day but a rewarding one. So, what happens in Reno should go viral (except one funny event that an unnamed Rotarian hopes stays not in Reno but outside on the way home).

Even with AOS (Avenues of Service) behind us, there is no time to rest. We’ve got a busy Fall coming up. Michael Young has scheduled the first Hungry Games committee meeting for Thursday at 4:00 p.m. at the Trolley Junction (before our 5:30 p.m. Mixer). Everyone who worked on it last year is encouraged to attend and Michael said he’s also looking for new committee members as well to bring in fresh ideas.

Additionally, we have our annual “Give Polio the Boot” walk coming up on World Polio Day (October 24th). It’s a fun time to walk and talk with other members and people we see along the route. Bring your spouses, friends, neighbors because the more the merrier. You can walk as much or as little as you want – one block or the whole way. If you can’t walk with us, drive by and honk/wave to encourage us or to pick up walkers who want to become riders at some point. I’ll have a copy of the route ready to be published in the next Rotario.

"New" and Returning Members for Nevada City Rotary

Welcome to our newest member for the time being ~ Lynda Guthrie.  We are delighted to have Lynda join us.  She is jumping right in and joined our cadre at Avenues of Service on Saturday.  Lynda is a Paul Harris +6 Fellow and a Past President of the Rotary Club of Healdsburg.  Her welcome package included a hand tool from Pres Cathy for planting daffodils.


Inducting Kim Stewart this week!

This Thursday, October 3rd, we will be inducting Kim Stewart; a returning member of our Club. Many of you know Kim (or have heard of her exploits as a former President of our Club). Due to the responsibilities of young children and a long commute (she lives in the little town of Washington) she had to leave the Club but the boys are now in school in town (wait, they can’t possibly be that old!!) and she is able to rejoin Rotary at last – lucky us!!  We are looking forward to having Kim's bright smile and creative energy back with us!  Welcome back Kim.

This Week Dan Biebelheimer- Clinica Filadelfia Global Project of 49’er Rotary Club in Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

Dan Biebelheimer will share the plans and work of the Clinica Filadelfia Project that 49er Breakfast Rotary is hosting in Tijuana, Baja Mexico. The project is supported by a Rotary Global Grant.

Centro Medico Filadelfia Hospital and Clinics, are located in Baja, Tijuana, Ejido district of Matamoros. This surgical hospital and clinic provides health services to an under-served population of thousands and is available 24 hours every day. The Clinic provides a range of services, from major surgeries to newborn deliveries to preventative consultations. Under the expert care of the Doctors and staff, hundreds of sick and indigent people receive medical treatment each month at Hospital Filadelfia in Tijuana.

Centro Medico Clinica Filadelfia II is owned by Real Life Ministries, a U.S. and Mexican non-profit corporation. Over the past 20 years, Luke Medical Foundation helped establish their surgical program and dental facilities, providing equipment and training as well as funding for development and also funding for surgical treatment of the indigent. This facility supports the specialty and extended care needs to not only the local community in this poor region but also the surrounding communities where the staff and volunteers conduct outreach clinics.

Last Week Catrina Olson, City Manager of Nevada City

Catrina Olson, City Manager of Nevada City gave us a State of the City report that was packed with detail but presented in interesting spoonfuls so we could easily follow. Catrina spoke to challenges and successes of running a small city.  With money always tight in a small community, we appreciate the ongoing efforts being made to improve the streets, sidewalks and other infrastructure and services for the citizens and our visitors.

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 3: Social Social- Dan Biebelheimer- Clinica Filadelfia Global Project of 49’er Rotary Club in Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

October 10: Lunch Dennis Geare "Ethics"

October 17- Social Kara Asilanis: The Curious Forge

October 24:  Annual Walk for Polio - details to be announced!

October 31:  5th Thursday - DARK

November 6:  Wednesday - Area 4 Foundation Dinner

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

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.

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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.